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'Captured' in Island soccer.
"The Best News on Anna Maria Island"
By Paul Roat
The game or at least the process is afoot re-
garding the future of the Anna Maria Bridge.
The first in what Florida Department of Transpor-
tation officials promise will be myriad meetings on the
bridge connecting Holmes Beach and Perico Island will
be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church's activity center at 248 S. Har-
bor Drive in Holmes Beach.
The "public information workshop" is held "at the
outset of a study that is being conducted to determine
the overall condition of the Anna Maria Bridge," ac-
cording to a DOT fact sheet.
The workshop "is being held to explain the scope
of the study and to solicit comments from the public on
what is important concerning the future of the bridge."
The $1 million ongoing study includes an inspec-
tion of the bridge's structural, mechanical and electri-
cal systems. The study will "concentrate on a thorough
evaluation of the overall condition of the bridge to de-
termine the remaining service life. Also, the extent of
corrosion within the bridge and scour around the pil-
ings will be identified. The results will determine the
feasibility of repairing the bridge."
On-site inspections will continue through the end
of August, according to DOT Public Information Of-
Anna Maria Bridge
workshop 5-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 28, at
St. Bernard Catholic
Center. 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
evaluation study re-
ports will be com-
pleted by next spring,
she said, and the re-
sults will be pre-
sented in another in-
on the Island at that
Actually, there will
be a slew of meetings
in the next few
months. Another public information workshop is sched-
uled for early December, followed by one in February
2002. If needed for the second phase of the project, there
will be yet another meeting in late November 2002, with
- if needed a formal public hearing in March 2003.
Current bridge inspections include examining the
corrosion on the bridge by consultants Concorr Inc.; the
drawbridge inspection including mechanical and elec-
trical systems by Hardesty and Hanover; and structural
inspections conducted by consultants affiliated with the
University of Michigan.
Based on the results of the review of the bridge's
condition, three options will be considered:
No build, or routine maintenance "may be all that is
necessary to ensure the integrity of the Anna Maria
Bridge," according to the DOT. "The repair alternative
consists of proactive major repairs to the bridge including
PLEASE SEE BRIDGE, NEXT PAGE
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It's- all about structure
We don't dare ask how photographer Harry Stoltzfus captured this stunning view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge,
but it's a winner the eighth and final weekly winner in The Islander's Top Notch 2001 Photo Contest. It puts
Stolzfius of Paradise, Pa., in the winning category a second time, his first winner a close-up of a white heron on
July 25. Next week, the grand prize winner, chosen from among the eight weekly winners, will be announced. The
grand prize includes an I 1-by-14-inch enlargement of the winning photo courtesy of The Islander, framing from
Phoenix Frame, and gift certificates from Mister Roberts and Ooh La La! European Bistro.
Officials seem to like skate park
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore addressed the
issue of providing a skate park for Island youths at a re-
cent Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting. Represen-
tatives from the three Island cities and Longboat Key at-
tended the meeting.
"I've been looking around and there are hundreds of
kids on skateboards on our streets," Whitmore told offi-
cials. "We have all these kids out here that want this and
we need to look at it with an open mind."
Whitmore has offered to provide a location for a skate
park in Holmes Beach if- and only if- all three cities
agree to share the cost of maintenance and liability.
"We need to think about our kids and where we can
put this park," said Whitmore. "I think we owe it to our
young people. We build bike paths for people our age.
Why not give kids some kind of controlled space to do
what they like to do?"
Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Maloney noted
that providing a skate park offers an advantage in provid-
ing more control over kids' activities than letting them
skate in driveways and parking lots.
"Everyone is liability crazy," said Holmes Beach
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens. "What if someone
gets hit with a baseball or hurt playing football? Those
Elected officials shared concerns that Island youths
don't have enough options and often spend time on the
beach drinking or taking drugs.
"I walked onto the beach the other day and two boys,
about 11 or 12 years old, lit up ajoint right in front of me,"
That prompted Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole to
ask, "Which is the greater risk, drugs, playing in the street,
or a skate park?"
Whitmore has asked each of the Island cities to dis-
cuss the viability of a skate park at an upcoming meeting
and to find room in their budgets to contribute to the cost.
"I'm all for it," said Anna Maria Commissioner Linda
Cramer. "But I'd like to know why some other parks have
closed and I'd like to see more leadership at the skate park.
I think it needs some regulation."
There are currently no plans to ask Longboat Key to
contribute to the skate park.
Plenty to do on/off Island
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will sponsor a business card exchange from 5,to 7
p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the First National
Bank in Holmes Beach. Details are available at
Then, on Saturday, Aug. 25, "y'all are invited"
to help legendary Cortez fiddler Goose Culbreath
celebrate 85 years at a big potluck party that starts
at noon Aug. 25 at the Cortez Community Center,
4523 123rd St. Ct.
Also Saturday, the long-awaited 1 Ith annual
O'Connor Bowling Challenge at AMF Bradenton
Lanes on Cortez Road. See inside for information
about advance registration and an early start time.
The Beach House restaurant in Bradenton
Beach will host its annual Beach Olympics Sunday
morning, Aug. 26. The fun fundraiser ($100 per
team benefits Tingley Library) starts at 9 a.m. at the
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Good fences do not always make good neighbors
By Laurie Krosney
When Robert Frost penned the words "Good
fences make good neighbors," he apparently hadn't
heard of Anna Maria.
Resident Joan Sackett called The Islander to com-
plain that Commissioner Jay Hill had hired someone to
put up a fence between her rental property and his, and
that he told them to dig up and move her cabbage palm.
Hill's rental property, a duplex, is at 304-306
Hardin Ave. Manatee County property rolls list Hill's
wife, Janet, as the owner. Sackett's rental duplex is east
"What has me really upset is that he stole a cabbage
palm," Sackett said. "It was about 95 percent on my
property and maybe 5 percent on his. The guys install-
ing his fence dug up the palm and just moved it onto
Another thing that has Sackett upset is the fate of
a small rubber plant and cabbage palm. "Those two
plants were just lying there. They had been on my prop-
erty, but the fence guys dug them up and they were just
lying there dying," she said.
Sackett and her daughter planted the small palm
and rubber plant in another part of the yard and watered
them. She said she hoped they would survive.
Then, Sackett said, Hill came over and dug up the
small cabbage palm and moved that tree onto his prop-
The fence in question. Islander Photo: Laurie Krosney
Sackett said she has no intention of approaching
Hill on the matter of the trees or the fence. "He's my
neighbor, and neighbors shouldn't fight. I just think he
wasn't very neighborly, and I think being a commis-
sioner, he should set a good example."
Another problem with the fence, according to
Sackett, is that the corner posts on Sackett's property
were removed and not put back. Additionally, her
fence, which was removed so the large cabbage palm
could be dug up, was not secured to the fence posts
when it was replaced.
Still another problem is that there was no permit for
construction of the fence on Hill's property.
On Aug. 17, Anna Maria Building Official/Public
Works Director George McKay said no permit had
been issued for construction of a fence at Hill's rental
Later that day, McKay talked to Hill about the lack
of a permit, and McKay said Hill thought the fence had
been erected legally.
Hill's fence contractor, Wayne Lewin of Lewin
Property Maintenance, came to city hall and pulled a
permit for the fence, although he is not a licensed con-
McKay said when an unlicensed contractor applies
for a permit, the city requires proof of liability insur-
ance and proof of workers' compensation coverage, or
a certificate of exemption.
McKay said Lewin provided proof of liability in-
surance, but not the workers' compensation paperwork.
He paid $69 for the permit, and paid a $200 fine for
doing the work without a permit.
Lewin couldn't be reached for comment.
Hill could not be reached for comment. He did not
return messages left on his voice-mail system.
Bridge meeting Tuesday
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
structural and corrosion protection."
Rehabilitation would include
"widening travel lanes, adding shoul-
ders and replacing sidewalks on the
structure, including the movable por-
tion. Also, the bridge would be im-
proved to handle current requirements
for vehicle loads."
If the results of the bridge evalua-
tion, including a cost-benefit analysis
comparing repairs versus rehabilitation,
determine the bridge can't be fixed, a
third option may be chosen:
Replacement, although DOT offi-
cials said the replacement alternative "is
not a part of this initial study. Should it
be determined that the bridge cannot be
repaired, the second portion of the
Project Development and Environment
Study will consist of evaluating replace-
ment alternatives, including a low-level
bascule [drawbridge], a mid-level bas-
cule and a high-level fixed bridge."
The current bridge inspection was
prompted by a routine annual bridge
inspection conducted earlier this year.
That inspection found "one-third of
the bridge piles [pilings] are jacketed,
with corrosion continuing within the
jackets. The concrete beams have
post-tensioning elements that have
become a cause for concern in recent
months. These and other concerns
have caused the DOT to conduct
maintenance on the bridge on an in-
creasingly frequent basis."
Tuesday's workshop will have
DOT officials available to present the
"project issues. A continuously run-
ning video will provide an overview
of the specifics of the study. Aerial
photographs of the bridge will be dis-
played. Information stations will be
located in the room, each with a scribe
who will document comments and
questions from attendees. Comment
forms and questionnaires will be
available that can be completed at the
workshop or taken home and mailed to
the DOT by Sept. 7."
Comments may also be provided at
the Anna Maria Bridge Web site:
The workshop will also include a
handout fact sheet on bridge terminology.
After the workshop, a second fact sheet
will be mailed to workshop attendees and
property owners included on the study
mailing list. The second fact sheet will in-
clude questions asked at the workshop and
Bachelder said Tuesday's work-
shop is the first in a series of meetings
with the DOT and the public to discuss
the Anna Maria Bridge. "The public
involvement approach will be
proactive with small group meetings,
larger public meetings and a formal
hearing," she said. "Fact sheets, news-
letters and handouts are planned to
facilitate interaction, especially for
seasonal residents. All public meet-
ings will be advertised in the newspa-
per and on the Web site."
The two-lane Anna Maria Bridge was
built in 1957. It has a clearance across the
Intracoastal Waterway of 24 feet.
In the mid-1990s, the bridge was the
focus of one of the most contentious
debates in Island history when the DOT
proposed to replace the bridge with a
65-foot center-clearance fixed-span
bridge. Islanders balked at the proposal,
and took state agencies to court and
through an administrative hearing to
block the high-level bridge.
Islanders prevailed in the legal
battle, and "megabridge" plans were
eventually dropped by the DOT.
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Second impersonation complaint
filed against Anna Maria's DeFrank
By Laurie Krosney
Another complaint has been lodged against Anna
Maria resident Richard DeFrank, again charging he
falsely represented himself as a city official.
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh said Sandy Morgan ap-
proached him after she saw recent newspaper coverage
of an impersonation complaint against DeFrank.
Morgan, a former employee of U.S. Office Furni-
ture, said DeFrank called her boss and represented him-
Party turns violent
Sunday morning, Aug. 19, Anna Maria
sheriffs deputies responded to a stabbing incident
at a pre-dawn party that a group of young adults had
on the beach at Bean Point in Anna Maria City.
According to the Manatee County Sheriffs
Office, Kristopher John Hammerick, 23, became
verbally aggressive and was asked to leave the
party. When he refused to leave, several members
of the group got into a yelling and shoving match.
Hammerick was arrested on charges of aggra-
vated battery with a weapon.
He is accused of pulling a knife and stabbing
Rick Moore. 22, in the abdomen and legs. Accord-
ing to police, Hammerick then fled the scene on foot
with his girlfriend.
Moore was transferred to Bayfront Medical
Center by Bayflite helicopter for treatment.
Hammerick was tracked down by a K-9 unit and
located on the beach, hiding under a boat with his
The sheriff's office spokesperson say they
believe this is "an isolated incident," which pri-
marily involved people from off the Island. They
are unsure what prompted the fight, but that al-
cohol may have been a factor.
self as a city official. She says DeFrank complained
about a presentation Morgan made about remodeling
city hall at the Nov. 9 commission meeting.
Morgan wrote a letter to the mayor stating DeFrank
told her boss that she had colluded with the mayor and
a city commissioner about remodeling city hall, which
resulted in her being fired from that job.
That same subject led City Commissioner Jay Hill
and resident Ed Rost to file a complaint against
Deffenbaugh and former Commissioner Bob Barlow,
claiming they violated Florida's Sunshine Law by having
private conversations about the remodeling of city hall.
The state attorney's office declined to file charges
in that case, stating there was no evidence the Sunshine
Law was violated.
A complaint filed with the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office last month by Deffenbaugh states
DeFrank misrepresented himself to Maxine Clements
of John's Tree Service, a Bradenton company doing
business with Anna Maria.
That complaint relates to an April 12 commission
meeting at which a $6,300 bill from the company was
questioned. DeFrank told commissioners at that time
that he had spoken to Maxine Clements, the owner of
the tree service, and that she told him she was asked to
break up the bill into several invoices of smaller
amounts before she submitted it.
Clements, who was not present at the meeting, later
denied saying that to DeFrank.
But DeFrank charged the mayor was trying to by-
pass a $2,500 spending cap.
"He misrepresented himself," Clements said of
DeFrank. "He said he was with the City of Anna Maria
and asked all kinds of questions." Clements said
DeFrank was told the billing was separated by address,
as was the practice in the past.
Clements said her daughter Yvonne takes care of
the billing, and she thought DeFrank was calling to pay
Clements said Yvonne was asked by DeFrank to
THE ISLANDER E AUGUST 22, 2001 0 PAGE 3
Anna Maria City
Aug. 22, 2 p.m., administrative code committee meet-
Aug. 23, 4 p.m., citizen of the year committee meeting.
Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m., planning and zoning commission
Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m., environmental enhancement and
education commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Aug. 22, 7 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Aug. 23, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* Aug. 23, 7 p.m., Cortez Waterfronts Florida meeting,
Cortez Community Center. Agenda: discussion of pro-
posed changes to the Cortez Vision Plan, work to be
done on the base for the fisherman's memorial.
* Aug. 28, 5-8 p.m., Anna Maria Bridge public infor-
mation workshop, St. Bernard Catholic Church Activ-
ity Center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
find a bill for the total amount before it was separated,
but no such bill existed.
She added that when she finally asked DeFrank
what position he had with the city, he told her he was
a "concerned citizen."
Both complaints have been turned over to sheriff's
detectives for investigation. The results will be for-
warded to the state attorney's office, where a determi-
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Legal conflict delays code enforcement hearing
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board was
forced to delay hearing a case against the Holmes
Beach Marina due to a conflict of interest.
City Attorney Jim Dye notified board members
that he could not act as counsel for the city because he
has represented the Holmes Beach Marina in the past.
Alan Prather, who was not available at the time, has
been asked to act as legal counsel for the city in this
Prather and Dye are partners in the Bradenton firm
of Dye, Deitrich, Prather, Petruff & St. Paul. P.L.,
which represents the three Island cities.
The complaint filed against the marina cites 12
violations of the December 1987 site plan for the prop-
erty. The violations cited include:
Use of a diesel boat lift and not the specified
Boats stored on the ground.
Fire lanes blocked.
A chain-link fence installed where the site plan
does not indicate a fence.
Rolling gates between buildings have been elimi-
A gate has been installed at the north end of a
Outboard motors are being operated outside.
The buffer zone is being used for boat storage,
repair, running of motors and Dumpster storage.
A public address system is in use.
The buffer landscaping is not being maintained.
Security lighting is not shielded.
A banner sign is on display.
The code enforcement board rescheduled the mat-
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Holmes Beach planning commissioners voted 4-1 in
favor of amending home-occupation regulations to allow
residents to provide academic tutoring and art or music.
John Williamson cast the dissenting vote. Dolly
Young, Sylvia Harris, Susan Normand and Sam Planck
approved the recommendation.
Restrictions within the existing home-occupation
ordinance limiting vehicular traffic have prevented
residents such as Paulette Kilts, a piano teacher, from
obtaining a home-occupation license in the past.
The amendment to the ordinance, which will go
before the city commission for final approval, allows
for a single vehicle belonging to a student to stay at the
residence during a lesson, or for an adult to drop off and
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"I feel we're getting away from our original plan.
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By Diana Bogan
At a recent Holmes Beach City Commis-
sion work session, West Manatee Fire & Res-
cue Chief Andy Price asked commissioners to
waive site plan fees for adjusting the height of
the fire district's antenna on the cell tower.
The antenna was originally placed at a
height of 155 feet, but Price recently learned
that the Federal Aviation Administration now
allows a maximum height of 175 feet.
Crown Castle International, the owner of the
telecommunications tower located at Smith Re-
alty, has agreed to adjust the fire department's
antenna to 165 feet. According to Crown Castle,
the antenna has been temporarily moved to that
height to test its viability.
Price told commissioners the adjusted
height of the antenna improves the fire
department's ability to receive emergency calls
without interference both on the Island and as a
backup for the station on Cortez Road.
A site plan fee of $5,000 is charged to for-
profit companies to cover the city's expenses
should it need to hire a consultant to review
the project, according to City Attorney Jim
Dye told commissioners that the money left
at the end of the site plan review is refunded to
the applicant. In this case, the fire district is a
nonprofit entity entitled to place an antenna on
the tower at no cost to the fire district.
"If we waive the fee, we're not losing any
money." said Commissioner Don Maloney.
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By Jim Hanson
The first stage is being undertaken in what prom-
ises to be the long-awaited rehabilitation of the boat
channel along the Cortez waterfront.
The West Coast Inland Navigation District is
poised to begin the steps toward ultimate dredging
and clearing of the channel, said WCIND Executive
Director Charles Listowski.
The channel hugs the shore around the A.P. Bell
Co. fish house, runs east past Star Fish and the old
Fulford Fish House, onward past Cortez Wood De-
sign and a deserted restaurant site (Blue Water) to
the old fish house that is now Cortez Bait & Seafood.
Drifting sand and soil and debris have begun to
strangle the passage, which was kept clear for boats'
usage during the decades of Cortez's heyday as a
commercial fishing capital,
The channel is a natural cut around the Bell fish
house, but beyond Fulford it gets shallow and rocky,
said Karen Bell. "The local people are good at navi-
gating there, but a lot of others run aground, bend
propellers and have other troubles."
The navigation district needs to complete bathy-
metric studies to determine the channel's present
depth and what would be ideal. "We sometimes have
to go into tratigraphy, core samples to find where the
original channel was," Listowski said. "I hope it
won't be needed; it's pretty expensive."
Applications for permits to dredge the channel
will be submitted soon to the controlling state and
federal agencies, Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
WCIND has held off on the Cortez application
and several others until it could get a feel for what
would persuade the Corps of Engineers of the need
for any project, said Listowski.
Last week the Corps gave the nod to a WCIND
dredging project at Whitaker Bayou in Sarasota, and
that told Listowski what he wanted to know -
"Now we can figure how the Corps will react to
That indication of Corps' receptivity and Mana-
tee County's request Aug. 21 that the navigation dis-
trict start bathymetric studies were what Listowski
needed to get the project launched, he said.
Working with Cortez residents will be Jim
Engelhardt of the county staff. He is cheered at the
prospect, noting that it has been identified by a Uni-
versity of Florida study as a high-priority dredging
WCIND is a four-county special taxing district that
focuses on marine navigation, particularly on the
Intracoastal Waterway, and often provides half of the
funding for recreational boating facilities and educa-
tion. It is funded by a .04-mill special tax levy in Mana-
tee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties and,
Listowski added, "We're the lowest part of your tax
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and paving streets at the following locations from 7
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Gulf Drive from 81st Street to 52nd Street
Old Gulf Drive from Manatee Avenue to East
81st Street between Palm Avenue and Gulf
82nd Street from Palm Avenue to Marina Drive
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Government lite and good
It's frustrating. You just get a good prejudice put
together and justify it to yourself, and then something
reminds your judgment isn't perfect.
Our prejudice against and suspicion of govern-
ments and their follies and excesses is second to none.
But there's an entity at work in these parts that makes
one think maybe all is not lost.
It does excellent and necessary work quietly,
matter-of-factly and without chest-beating. It doesn't
seek credit, though it earns it. It doesn't blame anyone
else for its mistakes, which happily are few.
It is the West Coast Inland Navigation District,
which is reminding us of its existence and good works
by its involvement in two local projects, among a dozen
on its agenda.
Ready for bid-opening is a three-part dredging pro-
gram called the Paradise Bay Restoration Project, clear-
ing the channel east and south of Cortez from Paradise
Bay to Coral Shores. WCIND is funding one part for
$110,000 and another for $103,000. The third part is a
$35,000 section being paid for by exemplary residents.
At Cortez itself, the navigation district is ready to
begin the long process that will lead to making the water-
front channel there as good as it ever was or better. The
work is a way off, for engineers must first determine what
and where the channel is and what it should be.
WCIND is a unique form of government, says its
executive director, Charles Listowski, who describes it
as "government light." It is an independent,
multicounty special taxing district funded by a levy of
.04 of a mill, or $8 on a home valued at $200,000, ex-
Founded in 1947, WCIND focuses on the section
of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in four counties -
Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee. It is active in
channel marking, the building of artificial reefs, recre-
ation and other matters nautical, but its major impact
is in dredging.
The Florida Legislature provides some funding, too,
for operations and maintenance of the waterway that runs
from the northeast United States to the Mississippi River.
But there are no funds in the state's plans for the next fis-
cal year, and Listowski is getting nervous. He'd like
people to let the legislature know they consider the water-
way important enough to put money into.
We'd like to think every government entity might
look into WCIND and see how much of it they could
Then, maybe we could say WCIND's "government
lite" is epidemic.
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from our front yard. Not only was this act very distaste-
ful, but also dishonorable due to the fact that this bi-
cycle belonged to a child.
We live in a neighborhood where we feel very safe
and love our neighbors. When something like this hap-
pens, it is very disturbing to all of us because our sense
of safety and security is all of a sudden taken away.
I am asking for the bicycle to be returned. I will not
press charges and I will offer a reward for any informa-
The bike in question is blue and white and went miss-
ing from our home on the 2700 block of Avenue C.
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I was far more than somewhat concerned when I
read about how Robert Jones apparently misunderstood
my remarks while our Holmes Beach Commission dis-
cussed the pros and cons of professional city manage-
ment a course that more than 250 of Florida's 450
cities have followed. I'm happy Mayor Whitmore took
them the way I meant them.
During my more than six years as commissioner,
I have served with Nurse Whitmore, both while she
was commissioner and now as mayor. We have had
some disagreements (all of them quite civil), but we are
now in total agreement about the advantages profes-
sional city management would offer Holmes Beach. It
was her request at that recent meeting that we look
deeper into it a path I've proposed regularly during
the past five years and we will at our Sept. 18 com-
Managing a city such as Holmes Beach these days,
Mayor Whitmore has personally discovered and pub-
licly admitted, is a job for more than a nurse or any
other elected official uneducated in the administration
arm of municipal government. My remark only under-
lined that fact.
Believe me, I have the deepest respect for
nurses' abilities when they are working at their
trade. At more times than I cared, physical problems
have put me in their care. Their resulting "TLC" and
comfort helped solve all those problems and insured
I notice by your letter's signature that you, not a
nurse, served as the administrator of your hospital. That
choice by your hospital was, I trust, certainly not a re-
flection on nurses working there at the time. Neither
should you have taken my statement as an uncivilized
reflection on Mayor Whitmore's abilities.
I don't want to close this without thanking you for
labeling me learned, articulate and clever. I'll continue
to try to further-develop all three traits just as I have
done in the past civilly.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Maloney
Show a little respect:
I was surprised and disappointed by the story re-
garding an Anna Maria beautification committee
member's comment that Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Beach have rock gardens and the gingerbread look was
As mayor of Holmes Beach, I do not consider any
island that a resident of my city has adopted as noth-
ing [sic] but a great job.
These residents that have landscaped the city rights
of way have contributed their own funds to landscape
and maintain them. I know for a fact that the cost has
been approximately $5,000 and up. These residents are
also paying monthly to maintain them.
I understand that the residents establishing a beau-
tification committee in Anna Maria want to make their
own mark and we respect that. Please respect what the
beautification committee and residents of our city do
for the city of Holmes Beach.
Mayor Carol Whitmore, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER 0 AUGUST 22, 2001 M PAGE 7
Three enter race for office in Bradenton Beach
Three candidates have started the electoral process
for what appear to be four seats on the Bradenton
Beach City Commission to be filled in the Nov. 6 elec-
Current Vice Mayor John Chappie has filed papers
and will resign his Ward 4 seat, effective in December,
to run for mayor.
There is no "definitive" word from Mayor Gail
Cole as to his intentions. He recently said he would quit
after this term, then immediately retracted his decision.
Harry Brown has opened a campaign account to
run for the Ward 1 seat, currently held by Commis-
sioner Bill Arnold. Ward 1 is in the northernmost sec-
tion of the city. Arnold has not made his intentions to
seek or not to seek re-election known.
Mollie Sandberg has opened a campaign account
to run for Chappie's Ward 4 position, representing the
southernmost section of the city.
Also on the ballot will be an opening for a commis-
sioner to represent Ward 3, generally between Cortez
Road and Bridge Street. Commissioner Berneitta Kays
has said she will not seek re-election to a third term in
office for that ward.
Chappie has been a city commissioner since
1996, when he ran unopposed for the office, and has
He is owner of a lawn care and landscape company
and has been active on city beautification boards and the
city's planning and zoning board, serving as chair, vice-
chair and member for a number of years. He was also on
the board of adjustment and the city's comprehensive plan
committee in the mid-1980s and the land development
code committee. He has lived in the city for 27 years.
Brown is co-owner with wife Susan of Old Bridge
Village on Bay Drive South. He retired in 1996 from
the U.S. Department of Energy, where he served as a
manager in the areas of emergency response and off-
Brown served as acting governor of the Ponape
Islands in the Eastern Caroline Islands during the U.S.
Trusteeship era, served as a budget officer to the
Micronesian Congress and staff adviser in political sta-
tus negotiations to determine its political future. He
was also program manager to support the government's
responsibilities in the Marshall Islands.
Sandberg moved to the city in 1987 and became a
homeowner in 1989. She and husband John began work
to create the Tingley Memorial Library in 1991, and she
Kimball rezone request OK'd in Holmes Beach
By Diana Bogan
Holmes Beach city commissioners unanimously ap-
proved builder Mark Kimball's request for rezoning
property located at 5384 Gulf Drive.
Kimball requested that the property, which is ad-
jacent to the Martinique condominium, be changed
from C-2, commercial, to A-1, multi-family residential/
tourist, to allow him to build a duplex.
Kimball said he asked for a change to A-1 rather
than R-2 to allow for a duplex based on the recommen-
dation of Governmental Services Coordinator Gerald
Smelt of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.
In a letter to the city, property owner Marilyn Pow-
ers asked that commissioners "please, please, change
the zoning to multi-family" so that the family's contract
to sell the property to Kimball could be fulfilled.
Powers said that the family has been trying to sell
the commercial property for at least four years.
Powers said she and her sisters inherited the prop-
erty from their parents, who bought the property in the
1970s, and that their original intent was to build a du-
plex. They were unaware that the zoning changed at a
Kimball pointed out that the change in zoning
would be a reduction in density and that the surround-
ing neighbors were in favor of the change.
"I'm thrilled to see some commercial property turn
into residential property," said Commissioner Don
created the original collection and managed the library for
the eight months following its opening in 1994. She has
been the chair of the city's code enforcement board for 10
years and is a member of the Scenic Highway Corridor
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Candidates for the district seats must reside in their
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An llth-hour application withdrawal abruptly
halted a four-unit condominium project, called Vista
del Ponticello, at 114 12th St. N. in Bradenton Beach.
"Please cease and desist any further action," Emily
Anne Smith with the architectural firm of Eatman &
Smith wrote to the city on behalf of the property owner
Linda Nelson. "This is a formal request to withdraw
any and all applications which have been submitted to
Nelson was the property owner; John Touchton
hoped to develop the 100-by-100-foot property.
Touchton, reached at his Winter Haven home, de-
clined to comment to The Islander on the reason for the
Current zoning on the property is single-family
residential; the request was to change the zoning to
allow a higher-density use.
Although the city commission didn't vote on the Vista
del Ponticello project, commissioners expressed their
thoughts on the development Aug. 2. Few expressed a
positive response to the proposed development.
"It will change the neighborhood, said Mayor
Gail Cole then. "When do you say no? Where do you
draw the line? I don't want Bradenton Beach to be like
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Committee re-thinks privatization, undergoes reorganization
By Laurie Krosney
After several weeks of discussion about the diffi-
culties of working under the provisions of Florida's
Sunshine Law, Anna Maria's Environmental Enhance-
ment and Education Committee has tabled the idea of
divorcing itself from the city.
Instead, the committee voted to dissolve and ask the
city commission to reconstitute it with fewer members.
The committee currently consists of 15 members.
Some haven't attended any meetings, and some have
attended only sporadically. With 15 members, there
must be at least eight members present to constitute a
The committee was formed by the city commission
to deal with what was formerly termed beautification.
Committee members were struggling with the idea
that they couldn't just pick up the phone and talk to
each other about what they were thinking about the
committee and its work. There was concern that the
committee couldn't be effective under those conditions.
According to the Sunshine Law, elected officials
and members of decision-making or recommending
bodies may not have private conversations about mat-
ters that may come before them for a vote.
EEEC Chairman Tim Eiseler said he spent some
time talking to residents and doing extensive research
on the Internet, and he has come to the conclusion that
there is really no way around the law.
"Whenever a beautification committee has tried to
go private, it has been found to be in violation of the
Sunshine Law. There is case after case after case where
you think it wouldn't matter [if a committee goes pri-
vate], but it does. It's mind-boggling how comprehen-
sive the law is," Eiseler said.
He proposed that the committee disband itself
and reorganize with five voting members and an
army of volunteers. "It's my understanding that this
is the way to get things done and still follow the dic-
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Several members indicated they would watch the
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Mayor orders flapper valves; claims they won't work
By Laurie Krosney
Flapper valves will soon be installed on three out-
flow pipes leading from North Shore Drive into Tampa
Bay. Controversy has swirled around the valves lately
in Anna Maria because they weren't ordered, as di-
rected by the commission.
Last year, they were recommended as a solution to
storm drainage problems in 800 block of North Shore
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh informed commission-
ers last week that he had purchased the valves and they
will be installed as soon as they arrive. Deffenbaugh
then said he wanted to go on record as being opposed
to "wasting the city's money on something that
wouldn't work. It might make things a little bit better,
but it isn't going to fix the problem."
Deffenbaugh made his remarks at the
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ing the commission's directive at the previous meeting.
At that time, the mayor said he hadn't ordered the
valves because he was convinced they won't work, and
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Deffenbaugh said the area around the outflow pipe
where the valves are installed will have to be cleared
after every high tide. The valves are supposed to flap
open when stormwater from heavy rains flows into the
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the stormwater runoff will then flow into the bay.
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lot of wave action, the water from the bay can then flow
through the pipes and onto the roadway and into yards
Building Official/Public Works Director George
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will not be effective.
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THE ISLANDER 0 AUGUST 22, 2001 0 PAGE 9
Paving, curbing work OK'd in Bradenton Beach
Long-awaited street paving has been approved and
should start in about a month in Bradenton Beach.
City commissioners unanimously approved a street
paving plan offered by Public Works Director Buddy
Watts that will resurface 11 sections of roads, most in
the northern part of the city. Total cost for the improve-
ments is $27,806.80. APAC-Florida Inc., of Sarasota,
will do the work.
The work will include:
Resurface Bay Drive South from Bridge Street to
Third Street South.
Resurface Canasta Lane between 23rd and 24th
Resurface intersection at Avenue C and 23rd
Build up low area between 2213 and 2217 Av-
Resurface intersection at 24th Street and Avenue B.
Resurface 24th Street from Gulf Drive to Avenue C.
Build up low area between 2409 and 2413 Av-
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enues B and C and the street between.
Fill low area between 2507 and 2512 Avenue C.
Resurface Avenue A between 25th Street and
Resurface approximately 30 feet at north end of
Avenue B at 26th Street.
Watts said the focus was on the northern end of the
city because he hoped Manatee County Utility Depart-
ment crews would resurface many of the streets south
of Bridge Street later this year as they continued ongo-
ing water line replacement.
In a related streets and roads issue, city commis-
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feet of curb along Bridge Street. Oneco Concrete &
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existing curbing. Watts said the existing curbs are
prone to breakage if struck by trucks.
Paradise Bay dredging near Cortez ready to start
By Jim Hanson
Dredging of a channel just east and south of Cortez
is all but begun, thanks to two persistent residents, one
of whom "got tired of my boat running aground."
The $238.000 project, called the Paradise Bay
Restoration Project, treats the channel as three sections:
Mount Vernon/Coral Shores, cost $110,000.
Paradise Bay Estates mobile home park, cost
Private residential section along 46th Avenue
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He joined the efforts of Tom Ewing, who he said
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Wedel owns a home on 46th Avenue and keeps his
charter boat moored behind his house, he said. "I kept
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Teams and individuals can pre-register at Bill's
workplace, Island Discount Tackle, 2218 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tues-
day-Saturday, or at the office of longtime challenge
sponsor, The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Sign-up/sign-in is at AMF Lanes from 6 to 6:15 p.m.
the day of the tournament.
Billy warns that bowling will start earlier than past
years promptly at 6:30 p.m.
An awards party at the Beach House restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, immediately fol-
lows the bowling. The awards will be many, and other
prizes as well as entertainment are on tap.
The fee of $20 covers three games, shoes and six
raffle tickets, with proceeds going to the Center.
A feature of the event is a "strike" raffle on a des-
ignated lane with a special prize, a TV set donated
by The Islander and Circuit City. Bowlers take $1
chances at throwing strikes for entry in the TV raffle.
Here's the Deal: Olympics
at Beach House Sunday
"Here's the Deal," says the Beach House, as the
restaurant proceeds to set up its Olympics on the beach
Sunday morning, Aug. 26.
Teams of more-or-less athletes will register at 9
a.m. at the restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Games will run most of the day.
Competition will be in volleyball, keg roll, water
relay, Frisbee toss and other such demanding sports.
Each team must have eight members, at least two of
them women, said the Beach House's Molly Bramwell.
Team registration of $100 benefits the Bradenton
Beach Tingley Memorial Library.
For further details, contact the restaurant at 779-
Annunciation may reactivate
parish church school
Parents, grandparents and other interested adults of
the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation will meet Sun-
day, Aug. 26, with a view to reactivating the parish church
school after a year without a children's program.
The meeting will follow the baptism at 10 a.m. of
Caitlin Jeanne Kelly Colwell. The regular morning service
will continue after the baptism while the adults and chil-
dren interested in church school will meet in Lowe Hall
at the church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Teachers will be introduced and the church school
schedule of Christian education discussed. A similar
program of years' standing was discontinued last year.
Coordinators of the effort to revive it are Pat
Johnson and Bill and Carol Broden. Further informa-
tion may be obtained by calling 778-1638 or 794-0797.
Ready to go
Proud grandpa James Lavaty ofAnna Maria City
insists that young Lucas MacMahon is gearing up to
lend a hand to the Island beach renourishment
project. Ten-month-old Lucas is the son of Holly and
Scott MacMahon of Tampa. Lavaty is the seafood
specialist at Publix.
Island entities in competition
for landscaping beauty
Two Anna Maria Island spots are in the running for
awards for landscaping under a countywide program
sponsored by Keep Manatee Beautiful.
The Island Branch Library and the new butterfly
park are among 16 places nominated in the landscape
competition. Plaque winners will be announced at a
ceremony and luncheon Sept. 20 at the Manatee
County Civic Center.
A parallel program gives awards for recycling, but
no Anna Maria Island entry was nominated.
Ingrid McClellan, executive director of Keep
Manatee Beautiful, said the landscaping event is judged
on "landscaping that surpasses norms and design,
neighborhood enhancement, maintenance and use of
native and drought-tolerant plants." Awards will go to
winners in each of five categories small business,
large business, public spaces, neighborhoods and mul-
The recycling segment considers recycling goods
used in the workplace or home that otherwise would be
discarded. It has three categories small and large
businesses and individuals.
Viewers may see the Island nominees in Holmes
Beach at 5701 and 5801 Marina Drive, respectively, for
the library and butterfly garden.
'Centering Prayer' workshop
at Gloria Dei Saturday
A workshop on "Centering Prayer" is scheduled at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.
Bob Fasulo will conduct the workshop. Those attend-
ing are to bring their own lunches, although drinks and
snacks will be available. Registration is at 778-1813, and
more information is available from Fasulo at 778-3091.
Card exchange Aug. 22
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
sponsor a business card exchange from 5 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the First National Bank, 5324
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Details are available at 778-
Moerk's works featured
Alice Moerk, Anna Maria composer, has returned
from a trip abroad and a concert for which she com-
posed special music.
Before touring Scandinavia and Russia, she organized
and performed at a benefit concert for multiple sclerosis
in West Virginia. She composed '"Tina's Songs" for voice
and piano especially for the concert. Also presented at the
concert was her choral work "Eternal Summer."
Also this season,her orchestral work "Crystal Sing-
ers" in Argentina was performed, and her Emily
Dickenson "Songs" for two sopranos, flute and bass pre-
miered at the Millennium Music Series at Bellingham,
Moerk received an award from the American So-
ciety of Composers, Authors and Publishers this year,
to go with the music composition award from the Na-
tional League of Pen Women she won last year.
THE ISLANDER 0 AUGUST 22, 2001 0 PAGE 11
Water, water, water: key
to surviving summer heat
By Jim Hanson
"We all like a good sweat, it makes us feel
healthy," said Jay Moyles. "That's OK if you re-
place the fluid you sweat out."
Moyles, who's chief of marine rescue for Manatee
County, sees a discouraging lot of heat problems,
mainly on the county's beaches since he's the boss life-
Most of the beaches are on Anna Maria Island, so
his warnings land close to home.
Heat is a blessing and a problem in Florida, espe-
cially on the beach. And the notion of a "hot season"
can be dangerously misleading. Just because the start
of official autumn is near doesn't mean heat will lessen,
said the Manatee County Health Department. There is
still potentially deadly heat in plenty ahead through
September and often beyond.
If Moyles had to advise an antidote in one word, it
would be "water."
"We have to take on enough fluid in a day to keep
levels even sweat out, water in," he said. "Keep
drinking, sipping or gulping or somewhere in between.
Keep it flowing."
And he means water, not coffee or tea or sodas.
"They all have caffeine and/or sugar," he said. "And
cpfeine and sugar aid dehydration."
A full 75 percent of Americans are chronically
dehydrated, he said, citing supporting figures. And the
thirst mechanism in 37 percent of Americans is so
weak that thirst is mistaken for hunger, another reason
the country is running so strongly to fat.
Anna Maria Island singers were among
members of the Magic of Manatee
Sweet Adelines choral group who
picnicked and sang at Manatee County
Public Beach on the Island. Left to
right. Nancy Jones, Jeanette Rothberg
of Anna Maria City, Barbara Marcheck
of Holmes Beach, Gail Holzapfel and
Carol McLoughlin. Singers interested
in joining the aggregation may get
further information at 778-5499.
He's a real water advocate, claiming that a lot of
it, eight to 10 glasses a day, eases pain in the back and
joints; a mere five glasses a day decreases the risk of
colon and breast cancer and who knows what else.
He's talking about water from the faucet, not bottled
water, although that's just fine, too.
For most people, what water does is keep the
body's metabolism balanced so the danger of heat-
caused damage is minimized. Athletes in excellent
condition collapse and even die from heat-caused
problems, Moyles noted, "so the average Joe is ask-
ing for trouble by overdoing it in high heat."
His advice for a hot day on the beach is to not stay
in the sun all day, but get under shelter from time to
time. Wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. And drink
lots and lots of water.
The county's heat warning notes that the young,
elderly and anyone not in good health are particularly
vulnerable. It defines three levels of heat damage:
Heat cramps, which are muscular pains and
spasms due to exertion. Treatment: Rest in a cooler
place and replenish fluids.
Heat exhaustion, following heavy sweating, when
blood flows to the skin instead of to vital organs.
Treatment: Cooler location, wet cloths on the skin,
drink cool water.
Heat stroke, life-threatening when the body's tem-
perature-control system stops working and the body gets
so hot that brain damage and death may result. Treat-
ment: Call 911, cool the victim any way you can.
As Moyles said, keep cool sensibly and keep the
water flowing. It can't hurt, and it can save your life.
John Leslie Corrigan
John Leslie Corrigan, 50, of Austell, Ga., and for-
merly Bradenton, died Aug. 4.
Born in Manatee County, Mr. Corrigan managed
the Godby Medical Clinic. He served in the U.S. Army.
Services will be held at a later date.
He is survived by mother Jacqueline Prieto of
Bradenton; step-grandmother Ellen Marshall of Anna
Maria City; sister Lisa of Bradenton; and brother Chris
Geraldine S. Freeman
Geraldine S. Freeman, 85, of Bradenton, died Aug.
Born in Varnado, La., Mrs. Freeman came to
Manatee County from Mississippi in 1979. She was a
homemaker. She was an Episcopalian.
Memorial services were Aug. 19 at Christ Episco-
pal Church, Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be
made to Alzheimer's Association, Manatee-Sarasota
Chapter Inc., 1230 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota FL 34239.
Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughter H. Victoria of
Bradenton: son Currey S. of Dallas; sister Helen
Stewart of Anna Maria Island; and two grandchildren.
Frederick C. Wesche
Frederick C. Wesche, 87, of Bradenton, died Aug. 19.
Born in Terre Haute, Ind., Mr. Wesche came to
Manatee County from there in 1970. He owned and
operated Gulf Beach Apartments in Holmes Beach. He
served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was
a meat cutter at Valentine and Co. in Terre Haute for
30 years before his retirement. He was state president
of the Meat Cutters Union. He owned and operated a
service station and garage in Terre Haute. He served
as a deacon at Braden River Baptist Church.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22,
at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 1221 53rd Ave. E.,
Bradenton. Service will be at 2 p.m. at the funeral
home. Memorial contributions may be made to
Bradenton River Baptist Church, 5412 State Road 64
E., Bradenton FL 34208.
He is survived by son Jay F. of Bradenton; five
grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Dora May Wiltse
Dora May Wiltse, 92, of Bradenton and formerly
of Bradenton Beach, died Aug. 18.
Born in South Berne, N.Y., Mrs. Wiltse came to
Manatee County from Schenectady, N.Y., in 1970.
She was a homemaker. She attended Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22,
at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Burial will be in Memory Gardens
Colonie, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made
to Gloria Dei, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL
34217, or Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
She is survived by daughter Gail W. Groggins of
Roanoke, Va.; son Willard R. Jr. of Bradenton; a
grandchild; four great-grandchildren; and a great-
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Rare leatherback nest a dud
By Jim Hanson
The only leatherback turtle nest on record on this
part of the Gulf Coast has turned out to be a no-go.
Turtle specialists gave the nest on Longboat Key's
beach several extra days beyond the normal two
months to produce hatchlings, but gave up on the 70th
day and scraped the sand away.
They weren't surprised to find the 72 eggs intact,
obviously unfertilized before being deposited and cov-
ered in June, said Suzi Fox, who holds the state marine
turtle preservation permit for Anna Maria Island.
For the unveiling, Fox joined permit holders from
all three local turtle jurisdictions: Sarasota, Longboat
and Manasota Key. Heading the group was Jerris Foote
of Mote Marine Laboratory, who oversees turtle mat-
ters for the lab and for Sarasota County.
The only other known leatherback nest in this part of
the state was in the Panhandle many years ago, Fox said.
Sea turtles nesting on the beaches in this part of the coast
are mainly loggerheads, with some greens. Leatherbacks,
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at six feet long and twice the size of the loggerheads, are
more common on the Atlantic side of the state.
The eggs are different, too, Fox said. Where log-
gerheads lay eggs the size of ping-pong balls, the leath-
erback eggs are as large as a baseball.
On Anna Maria Island, Turtle Watch volunteers
are watching hatchlings emerge and head for the Gulf
at night by the hundreds, with 50 nests hatched thus far.
That leaves 134 or so to go at this point, Fox said, and
mother loggerheads are still showing up some nights
and making nests here.
Lights are still an occasional problem, she said.
"Summer may be ending, but not the turtle season, so
lights have to be invisible from the beach. Hatchlings
instinctively go to the sparkle of the Gulf, and lights
upland attract them and they go there and die.
"We've lost three nestfuls that way in Holmes
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Island Middle School menu
Monday, Aug. 27
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Tuesday, Aug. 28
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza or Corndog, Chef Salad with
Dressing, Broccoli and Cauliflower, Fruit
Wednesday, Aug. 29
Lunsh: Hoagie Sandwich or Grilled Chicken Patty
on Bun, Chef Salad with Dressing, Tater Tots, Fruit
Thursday, Aug. 30
Lunch: Chicken and Noodles with Roll or Corndog,
Chef Salad with Dressing, Mixed Vegetables, Fruit
Friday, Aug. 31
Lunch: Cheese Pizza or Hot Dog on a Bun, Chef
Salad or Tossed Salad with Dressing, Fruit
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Anna Maria Elementary menu
Monday, Aug. 27
Breakfast: Pancake-Wrapped Sausage on Stick with
Syrup, Cereal, Yogurt
Lunch: Hamburger on a Bun or Peanut Butter and
Jelly Sandwich, Peas and Carrots, Fresh Apple
Tuesday, Aug. 28
Breakfast: Cheese Toast, Yogurt, Cereal
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage Link and
Roll or Yogurt with Muffin, Fresh Steamed Broccoli,
Wednesday, Aug. 29
Breakfast: Breakfast Pocket, Yogurt, Cereal
Lunch: Baked Chicken or Breaded Pork, Roll,
Parsley Potatoes, Applesauce Cup
Thursday, Aug. 30
Breakfast: French Toast Stick with Syrup, Yogurt,
Lunch: Tacos or Chicken Wings with Roll, Sweet
Corn, Pineapple Tidbits
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Breakfast: Sausage with Toast, Yogurt, Cereal
Lunch: Cheese Pizza or Junior Cuban Sandwich,
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New/old hands at Seafood Shack helm
By Jim Hanson
Ham Jones is getting used to retirement and his
daughter and daughter-in-law are getting used to run-
ning the Seafood Shack.
They have ambitious but down-to-earth plans for
the big restaurant and showboat in Cortez, institutions
there for 30 years and more.
Ham just plain decided to retire after all those
years, some of them hard ones, but he wanted to keep
the operation in the family. So he turned it over to
daughter Adele and daughter-in-law Rebecca, widow
of Ham Jr., who died in an auto accident eight years
Jones started the Shack in 1972 at the site it still
occupies. It had room for 150 diners then, as opposed
to 750 now. He had the riverboat-like Showboat built
in Kentucky in 1980 and sailed down the Mississippi
River. It is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard for 320
Daughter Adele recalled washing dishes in the res-
taurant at age 13, working in every position until 1982
when she became her father's assistant. Two years later
she joined a corporation that manages 100 country
clubs around the United States and became food and
When she had a baby, daughter Alexandra, now 5,
she started working from her Atlanta home, returning
to Cortez to stay "when Dad called."
Rebecca, meanwhile, was running her own real es-
tate brokerage in North Carolina and then in Kentucky.
Some tree trimming
finally approved in
The great Bradenton Beach tree tiff appears to have
City commissioners have approved trimming all of
the palm trees on city property or rights of way there
are 255 of them, by the way plus one sea grape tree
at a total cost of $4,005; M and N Tree Service will do
Commissioners also agreed to remove five Austra-
lian pine trees and stumps at the Herb Dolan North Park
at 25th Street at a cost of $2,400. The same contractor
will do the work.
Pines will also be trimmed at the Lou Barolo South
Park off Highland Avenue and stumps removed at a
cost of $1,425. M and N will do that work, too.
And oleanders along a right of way/easement north
of the Herb Dolan Park? They have been trimmed by
homeowners and will remain.
The tree issue has prompted shouting matches in the
past few commission meetings after city officials origi-
nally proposed cutting down many of the pines at the
city's parks. Residents argued the trees provide shade and
the parks would be bare without landscaping.
Officials countered that the trees pose a safety hazard
during storms or high winds due to their shallow root
A compromise was eventually reached, with some
trees close to houses being removed and others trimmed.
Police Lt. John Cosby added that by trimming all the
palms and other trees, the city's insurance carrier would
probably reduce the city's premium by 2 percent.
Adele Jones, seated, and Rebecca Keith-Jones, new
operators of the Seafood Shack in Cortez.
She is keeping that firm and commuting between
Cortez and Lexington.
The two of them, leaning heavily on Ham for his
knowledge and wisdom, have charted a course for the
restaurant that is part traditional, part departure.
They have hired a new executive chef, who starts
Sept. 1. They're developing new menus, big on fresh
seafood and emphasizing "lighter and funner fare with
a Caribbean influence." Prices will stay about the same,
They're adding tables outside along the waterfront
and adding specialty cruises on the Showboat. They're
putting in giant-screen TV and introducing Sunday
football bigtime in the upstairs bar, starting Sept. 9.
They plan to introduce afternoon and early evening
Their yacht basin has slips for 90 boats and their
parking lot has spaces for 500 vehicles.
Hours at the Marina Grill on the ground floor will be
11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10
p.m. Friday and Saturday. In the dining room upstairs,
hours will be 4:30 to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4:30 to 10
p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sun-
The double-deck Showboat, with two bars and
dining rooms, gets more of a workout under the
women's regime: Specialty cruises are programmed,
starting Sept. 2 with "Rockin' the Bay," featuring Full
Tilt from St. Petersburg. Reggae and jazz cruises will
follow. There will be sunset cruises, Saturday morning
sightseeing and a Sunday brunch. Some sunset dis-
count dinners are in the works.
As for Ham, who surprisingly finds himself the
patriarch now, he's looking for a power boat to replace
the one he sold a year ago that, and advising his
As Adele expressed it, "He's keeping his nose out
of the business more than we'd like. We have to ask."
Bud Bates, with the Bradenton Beach Public Works Department, waters the newly relocated trees at the beach
off Bridge Street. The trees were moved from near the under-construction BridgeWalk motel-restaurant-shop
complex. Financially aiding in the move were Barbara and Angela Rodocker, developers of BridgeWalk;
Young's Landscaping and Irrigation; Jeb Stewart Landscaping; John Chappie; and the City of Bradenton
Beach. Islander Photo: Laurie Krosney
1912 Cortez Schoolhouse restoration takes first step toward completion
By Jim Hanson
Restoration of the old school building in Cortez is
officially under way, with award of a contract for de-
velopment of a historical rehabilitation plan.
The contract was negotiated with Linda
Stevenson, who heads her own architectural firm in
Bradenton. It is funded by a $40,000 grant from the
Bureau of Historical Preservation of the Florida
Department of State.
Stevenson said her job, starting in September, will
be to survey the old school to determine its condition,
documented by many photographs. She will conduct
public meetings where people, particularly Cortez resi-
dents, can tell her what they'd like to have done with
One of the more difficult parts of such a project,
she indicated, is reaching a consensus on "just what we
want it restored to, what phase in its history we want
Those elements in hand, she will prepare a program
for renovation and restoration, including construction
documents, plus estimates of the cost. She has until
May 2002 to complete the work.
She has been involved in many local historic
projects in her 10 years here, including restoration of
Manatee County's Crosley Estate and Ca' d'Zan in
Sarasota, the John and Mable Ringling mansion.
More recently she developed the Cortez design
standards that have just been approved by the Cortez
Waterfronts Florida Committee, the organization
which has assumed responsibility for preservation of
the historic fishing village.
The brick schoolhouse was built in 1912 at the east
end of the village, subsequently used as a residence and
studio by artist Robert Sailors until his death in 1995,
and ultimately acquired by Manatee County in 1998.
The county and the Florida Communities Trust
shared the $420,000 price and propose to keep the
building and its 4.5-acres of grounds in public use,
probably as a community meeting place, museum
THE ISLANDER 0 AUGUST 22, 2001 0 PAGE 15
By Jim Hanson
Dr. Scott Kosfeld's legs raced ahead of the 1 1 other
competitors to win him the Mr. Legs 2001 title and the
American Cancer Society $15,231.
That was the amount raised in the form of votes for
Kosfeld's legs at $10 a vote. It was the Island's share
of the $66,000 that the annual contest and Tennis Shoe
Ball Saturday night raised for ACS.
"Nearly all of the money for me came from Anna
Maria Island," said the Island Family Physicians doc-
tor. "I'm really proud of our Island."
He, volunteer helpers, his office staff and several
restaurants raised the money with car washes, donor
jars in businesses around the Island, the "Great
American Duck Race" and, the Friday evening be-
fore the ball in Bradenton, a luau where 150 guests
He gave full credit to his team wife Erin, Suki
Janisch, Dot Howard, Jeannie Bystrom and Pam
Fortenberry. Restaurants that donated space, help, food
and even a chef were the Sandbar, Beach House. Sign
of the Mermaid. Cafe on the Beach, Beach Bistro and
Anna Maria Oyster Bar.
He has two hopes: A good rest, and even more than
the record $66,000 against cancer at next year's event.
"I was really dragging toward the end," he said.
"I'm ready for a rest, but a partner is on vacation and I
can't let up just yet."
Will he compete again next year? "Right now is
not a good time to ask."
Scott Kosfeld, officially dubbed Mr. Legs 2001 for his astonishing fundraising efforts for the American Cancer
Society at the Tennis Shoe Ball, is flanked by Kimberly Schulz, event co-chair, and Suki Janisch of Anna
Maria, best tennis shoe winner.
Party Saturday to note 85 for Goose
Legendary Cortez fiddler Goose Culbreath will
celebrate 85 years Saturday, and a host of relatives,
friends and fans will help him do so.
The big potluck party, to which "just everybody,
that's all" is invited, will start at noon Aug. 25 at the
Cortez Community Center, 4523 123rd St. Ct., and the
streets around it.
Culbreath has been fiddling for more than three-
quarters of a century, and not losing a beat as the years
passed. The Gulf Coast's premier fiddler plays the
same fiddle he bought as a boy.
He recalled gutting mackerel for 25 cents per 100
pounds until he earned $12 to buy the second-hand in-
strument. In a contest with two other boys, he learned
to play the fiddle in three days. He was 8 years old.
He went on playing by ear over the decades, starring
in the "Cortez Grand 01' Opry" countless times, his fame
spreading throughout the southeastern United States.
He fished commercially, too, for half a century until
a heart attack slowed him down in 1993. When net fish-
ing was outlawed in 1995, he gave his boat to the Florida
Institute of Saltwater Heritage.
Nothing has changed about his music, though: "I
just love to play music when I feel like it."
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Aug. 10, 101 South Bay Blvd., City Pier Restau-
rant, alarm. Deputies responded to an alarm. The area
was secured and an alarm compliance card was left at
Aug. 10, 9200 block of Gulf Drive, driving with-
out a license. A man was stopped for driving with a
broken tail light and having a tag light out on his ve-
hicle. Deputies ran a check on his driver's license and
found that it had been suspended.
Aug. 12, 200 block of South Bay Boulevard, crimi-
nal mischief. A woman reported that the right and left
side marker lights on her vehicle were broken.
Aug. 14, 500 block of Loquat Drive, alarm. Depu-
ties responded to an alarm that was activated by a land-
scaper who had a key to the property.
Aug. 10, 500 block of Fifth Street North, DUI.
Officers responded to a traffic accident in which a ve-
hicle struck a tree. The driver. Alex Bobnic, 28, of
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Bobnic was driving with a suspended license.
Aug. 10, 1801 Gulf Drive North, Runaway Bay
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camera and compact-disc player was stolen from a
Aug. 10, 2500 block of Gulf Drive, traffic. Offic-
ers responded to a traffic accident involving three cars.
According to the report, a man swerved to avoid strik-
ing a vehicle making a turn and subsequently crashed
into two parked vehicles. No injuries were reported.
Aug. 10, 2500 block of Avenue B, information.
Officers were able to track down two of three bikes
reported stolen from a home.
Aug. 11, 2502 Gulf Drive N., Econo Lodge
Surfside, information. An employee reported that a
section of a light fixture inside a hotel elevator had
been removed. The frame that holds the elevator oper-
ating license was also reported missing.
Aug. 11, 1900 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, theft.
Two duffel bags were reported stolen from the picnic
area of the beach. The bags were left unattended while
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Aug. 12, 300 block of Gulf Drive North, assist
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Aug. 13, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, false alarm.
Officers responded to a hold-up alarm. According to
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Aug. 13, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, traf-
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Aug. 13, 400 block of 20th Place, information. A
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and this week officers observed a man sitting in his
vehicle for a length of time. A computer check showed
the tag on the vehicle was registered to an abandoned
car. The man was wanted on warrants from several
counties for armed robbery, drug violations and theft.
During the arrest, officers reported they discovered
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crack cocaine. According to the report, a search of
Collins' vehicle turned up eight syringes, two crack
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Aug. 13, 5324 Gulf Drive, First National Bank,
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Aug. 13, 3014 Avenue C, Island Starter and Alter-
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Back into the muck, you scum!
Anna Maria Island is rightfully renowned for its
white sandy beaches and spectacular sunsets. What
many beachgoers forget, though, is the fantastic man-
grove forests and wonderful sunrises on the Anna
Maria Sound side of the Island.
We lucked out with a really, really high tide for a
bayside tour of Grassy Point in Holmes Beach one day
last week. Grassy Point is 37 acres of land east of East
Bay Drive and south of Manatee Avenue. (Opposite
Walgreens/Shells restaurant.) State officials are hoping
to negotiate a deal with the owners of the property to
buy it and turn it into a nature park. I'd tagged along
with a bunch of scientists a few years ago to take pic-
tures for the grant application, and several of us visited
the bayside property again last week.
Lush meadows of turtle grass led to the mangrove
shoreline. Schools of hundreds of needlefish darted
along the top of the water, and bait were thick in the
nearshore water. An occasional mullet would jump out
of the water, and little herons sat as silent sentinels on
the red mangrove prop roots. A cormorant with what
appeared to be a death wish kept flying in front of the
boat, diving in the water and swimming down to the
bottom as we passed, I guess hoping we'd scare him up
a fish or two for an early lunch.
On the previous visit, we had to wade the shallows
for what seemed miles to get to shore. Last week's high
tide let us get the boat right to the edge of the man-
groves, right where an old mosquito drainage ditch runs
from an interior lake to the bay. The tide had just
changed, and the outgoing water was filled with mul-
let and bait; tiny crabs scuttled along the bottom.
Grassy Point is a 37-acre mostly mangrove forest off
East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach, the last relatively
untouched ;ract of wetlands on Anna Maria Island.
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There's nothing like an old-growth mangrove for-
est. The canopy filters the light in wonderful ways. Red
and yellow leaves float past as the tide ebbs, and the
water is amazingly clear.
One of our group put on a mask and flippers and
as she was snorkeling along, she started up out of the
3-foot-deep water upon coming nose to nose with a
school of mullet.
Red mangrove prop roots were coated with bar-
nacles and oysters, filtering out food and helping keep
the water clear.
There were no beer cans, Styrofoam cups or paper
trash in the mangroves. At one bend in the ditch, out of
sight of the boat, it was as if we had stepped back 100
years in time to the way most of the Island once was -
quiet, peaceful, native.
Grassy Point is a real treasure. I hope negotiations
to acquire the land for the public reach fruition and
everyone can one day enjoy the property hopefully
people who will respect the property without leaving
their manmade litter detritus.
Speaking of detritus, mangroves are a pretty litter-
intensive tree, but their trash is a very, very good thing
for the environment.
Leaves and bark fall off mangroves into the water,
a virtual nursery of marine life. The detritus is eaten by
little critters, which are then eaten by bigger critters,
which are eaten by even bigger critters.
"Among other values, wetlands produce large
amounts of organic matter that can be consumed in
marine food chains, contribute to peat formations or be
exported to other ecosystems," Dr. Ernest Estevez
writes in a Wetlands chapter of the book "Sarasota Bay
National Estuary Program: Framework For Action."
"The importance of tidal wetlands to fisheries can-
not be over-emphasized," he continued. "Wetlands
provide shelter and food to developing invertebrates
and finfish. Around the Gulf of Mexico, as much as 95
percent of commercial fish landed and 85 percent of the
sport catch [by weight] spend at least a portion of their
lives in coastal wetland habitats."
There is also an interesting synergy between man-
groves and seagrasses. Both are vital, productive areas
for marine life. Take a seagrass bed alone, though, or
a mangrove forest without a rim of seagrasses, and pro-
A canopy of red mangroves lines old mosquito
control ditches at Grassy Point. Islander Photos:
ductivity is drastically reduced in comparison to areas
that have both. It's the old "sum of the parts being
greater than the individual components" equation.
If you go ...
Grassy Point is pretty much accessible only by
boat, and even then you've got to luck out on a good
tide or face a lengthy wade. A quicker, easier way to
tour mangroves is at Leffis Key in Bradenton Beach.
Trails lead into the island, with interpretive signs
to let you know what you're seeing. Hundreds of
school children visit the park every week, as do count-
But why not take a more adventurous trip? Grab an
old pair of sneakers, slip on your bathing suit and go
wading along the shore after you tour the park on foot.
You'll be amazed at what you'll see.
Here are some grim factoids from Dr. Estevez.
"Florida had an estimated 20,325,000 acres of
wetlands in 1850, not counting open water islands.
"By 1956, the state's wetlands had been reduced
by 25 percent to 15,266,400 acres, with the greatest
losses (more than 46,000 per year) occurring from
1906 to 1922.
"By 1985, Florida had lost a total of 9,286,713
wetland acres, about 46 percent of the original wet-
"The overall average rate of loss during that 135
years was more than 100 square miles of wetland per
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Grouper red.hot offshore; reds schooling in bays
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing is great if you can stand the heat of late
August. Even the water, nudging 90 degrees, doesn't
bring much relief from the hot sun.
Backwater fishers are catching lots of redfish and
trout. Offshore anglers report grouper action is about
as good as it gets right now, and there are still reports
of sharks, wahoo, dolphin and tuna. Snapper action is
Capt. R.W. Best on the Happy Hooker out of
Cortez said red grouper have been swarming the 10-
fathom break, eating small crabs. "We landed from 14
to 16 in an eight-hour trip this last week." he said, "in-
cluding up to 17 large lane snapper. We are still catch-
ing a large kingfish or two here and there. Fishing over-
all has been outstanding."
Capt. Curt Morrison and Capt. Ryan Hackney
on the Neva-Miss said they're catching mangrove and
lane snapper, red and gag grouper, amberjack, dolphin
and mutton snapper up to 8 pounds.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he got into lots
of redfish from 16 to 30 inches long over the weekend,
a few snook, snapper and grouper, plus some morning
mackerel. He also spotted a 12-foot hammerhead shark.
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Winners in the Aug. 18 horseshoe games were
John Bennett of Anna Maria and Neil Sweerus of
Bradenton. Runners-up were Jack Cooper of Holmes
Beach and Ron Pepka of Bradenton.
Winners in the Aug. 15 games were Bill Starrett of
Anna Maria and Sweerus. Runners-up were Pepka and
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40-minute fight. The fish was estimated to weigh 60
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Cliff at the Anna Maria City Pier said anglers
there have been catching mackerel both morning and
afternoon; mangrove snapper, yellowtail and snook are
starting to congregate under the deck. They've also
decked some blacktip and bonnethead sharks.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said fish-
ing couldn't be any better in the backwater: redfish are
thick on the flats, mackerel are along the beaches,
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per to 5 pounds and lots and lots of snapper.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business said his
weekly highlights included some nice-sized catch-and-
release snook, keeper redfish, trout and mackerel.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach said his best bets are mackerel, sharks,
redfish and trout.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said pier fishers
are getting red and black drum, lots of mackerel, a few
mangrove and the snook under the pier are just teasing
fishers they don't seem to be hungry.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's finding reds in Palma Sola Bay up to 25
inches long, mangrove snapper up to 14 inches and
some 16-inch trout.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Holmes Beach said he's been getting into red and black
grouper up to 20 pounds in about 100 feet of water off-
shore, plus mangrove and lane snapper to 4 pounds.
He's able to put his charters onto grouper on every trip
right now, he added.
Capt. Mark Bradow said tarpon are just about
gone, but there are a few still snapping up a hook. He's
also catching some small sharks, plus trout and school-
ing redfish on the seagrass flats.
On my boat Magic we've been catching redfish on
every trip one outing produced more than 30 fish
caught and released, all to 29 inches long. We also
caught some 23-inch trout, and adding in the flounder
and snapper, made it a nice mixed bag of fish. I also
came in fifth place in the Pete Turner Fishing Classic
last weekend in the professional inshore category. Pro-
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Palmetto, and there were 81 boats entered this year.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand, a 20-year localfishing guide,
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Island youth get their 'kicks' with MHS Her-icanes
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's an-
nual soccer camp, Aug. 15-17, had more than 65 kids,
ages 5-13, performing intensive drills in the basic skills
of the game.
Coaches for the camp were players from the Mana-
tee High School "Her-icanes" soccer program, who
came out with their new varsity coach, former Islander
Kevin Cassidy, and junior varsity coach Jeff Nelson.
"Can we scrimmage?" was a familiar cry from the
camp participants who really wanted to play. Campers
were given time to scrimmage during the last half-hour
of the two-hour camp, but not before participating in a
series of drills designed to improve passing, dribbling,
trapping, and heading skills. The campers also worked
on drills to improve their physical conditioning and
Three games pitting the coaches versus the camp-
ers highlighted the last day of the camp. The campers
made a good showing, and with superior numbers and
great hustle, all three age groups managed to mount tie
scores on the board in their end-of-camp scrimmage.
MHS players who participated in the camp re-
ceived much-needed community service hours, which
help them earn scholarships to college and a whole new
appreciation for coaching and working with kids.
Her-icane players who volunteered their time in-
cluded Jenna Algozzine, Ally Barrese, April Berra.
Alex Bouziane, Mo Davilla, Nichole Davilla, Ginger
Davenport, Amy Detone, Gina Divincenzo, Courtney
Foley. Jamie Gregorich, Megan Haller, Priscilla
Henriques, Christine Howard, E.J. Howland, Mary
Ann Hubbard, Whitney Orban, Naomi Osborne, Skyler
Purcell, Danielle Wood, Lila Stone, Courtney Taylor,
Sarah Thomas and Sasha Torres.
Mandatory tryouts for the 2001 Island soccer sea-
son are ongoing through Thursday, Aug. 23, at the
Center, while the season-opening jamboree will be held
Saturday, Sept. 1.
For more information, call the Center at 778-1908.
Anna Maria Dolphins make huge strides
despite 20-0 loss to Jaguars
The Anna Maria Island Dolphins football team
made its first trek across the bridge to the Police Ath-
letic League for its first-ever regular season tackle foot-
ball game Saturday, Aug. 18.
With a scrimmage and one regular season game
under the Dolphins' belts, the team still lacks tackle
football experience compared with their opponents, but
judging from the improvement shown by the Dolphin
players since their scrimmage of two weeks ago, the
teams from PAL had better not take the Islanders
The Dolphins put together an impressive opening
drive featuring an effective running game led by Sam
Lott and fullbacks Andrew Sutton and Tyler Schneerer.
The Dolphins drove down to the Jaguars' 22-yard line
before the Jaguar defense stiffened, forcing a punt and
giving the ball back to the Jaguars.
Early on, the Jaguars didn't have much luck against
a tough Dolphin defense led by defensive end Eric
Whitley, who had two sacks and forced a fumble that
was recovered by Dylan Frank. Fellow defenders C.J.
Wickersham. Steve Faasse, Greg Lowman and Sam
Lott were flying to the ball and making big hits.
The two teams battled back and forth until midway
through the second quarter when Jaguar fullback
Adrian Jenkins burst through the middle of the line for
a 67-yard touchdown run, followed by the extra point
run for a 7-0 lead, which held until halftime.
Dolphins coaches and players were feeling pretty
good about their chances after battling the defending
JV Superbowl champions evenly in the first half, but
a missed call on an illegal block in the back sprung the
Jaguars' Tracy Sanders for an 85-yard kick-off return
for a touchdown to open the second half. Jenkins ran
in the extra point to give the Jaguars a 14-0 lead.
The Dolphins continued to gain positive yards on
offense, but as in the first half, turnovers and/or funda-
mental errors kept them out of the end zone.
On one play, Lott looked like he was going to "take
it to the house" on a sweep to the left, but instead of
cutting the play inside where he had a blocker posi-
tioned against the lone Jaguar defender, Lott tried to
outrun the defender around the corner and was stopped
for no gain.
Quarterback Lowman made two impressive throws
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shown here sacking Jaguar QB Jerome Davis, had a
huge game on defense for the local boys.
on fade patterns in the second half when the Dolphins
tried to stage a late rally. The first one was right on the
money, but the receiver tried to make a one-handed
catch and dropped the pass. Another fade pattern saw
Lowman get intercepted when his intended receiver
broke off his pattern, leaving defensive back Sanders
alone to make the grab and stop the Dolphin drive.
The Dolphin coaching staff was generally pleased
with the improved play on offense and defense and will
continue to work hard with the players to eliminate
Offensive linemen Shane Pelkey, Faasse,
Wickersham, Sean Price, and Whitley opened up holes
traps the ball
Anna Maria running back Sam Lott rips off a big
gain as Jaguar defenders William Griffin and Eddie
Clark give chase.
stand up and
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and Amber Allen.
for running back Lott, who rushed for 75 yards on the
day. Unfortunately for the Dolphin faithful, most of the
Dolphin yardage gained came between the 20-yard
lines, and untimely turnovers stalled two impressive
Coach Tom Moore said, "We were dominating the
line of scrimmage and were one break away from beating
one of the better teams in the league. If we continue to im-
prove, we'll be right in the thick of things at the end."
Next, the Dolphins take on the Steelers at 11 a.m.
Aug. 25 at the Police Athletic League field, 202
13th Ave. E., Bradenton. Come on out and catch the
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BUILDERS HOME FURNITURE Displayed but never
used. Four-piece bedroom sets $259; sofa and love
seat $399; queen bed set $199; full $159; twin $129;
futons (sofa by day, bed at night) frame and mattress
$199; daybed (white with brass finials) including two
mattresses and pop-up unit $285. Can deliver. Call
TWO MCGREGOR PUTTERS: 1920 Hickory shaft
and 1950 glass shaft. $75 for both. Call 792-4274.
54-GALLON AQUARIUM. Corner tank with rounded
glass front. Complete saltwater set-up, includes five
fish. Will deliver. $500. Call 794-8677.
Simplify Your Search!
Call anytime for a consultation.
A S AL A
SEASONAL Beautiful 2BR/2BA fully-furnished duplex with
1BR/1 BA plus large den. Condo on the beach. Heated pools.
Minimum three months, $2,600/mo.
1BR/1BA Condo, first floor, refurnished. Pool. $1.500/mo.
2BR/2BA Condo on the beach. Furnished; Monthly, $3,600/mo.
2BR/2BA House on the bay with private dock. Monthly,
2BR/2BA House on the beach. Furnished, new tile. View of
the Gulf. Monthly, $3.500/mo.
Call Michel Cerene, Realtor, 941-778-0770.
5910 Marina Dr Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call 941-778-0770 Toll Free 800 741-3772
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
S..5500 Marina Drive
.Holmes Beach, FL
Tropical 7 Fax: 941 779-2602
Prope rtAAfter Hours:
S 1jJLIe I Larry Albert 725-1074
Greg Oberhofer 720-0932
SHARP Hi8 VIEWCAM. Model 875. Three-inch color
LCD screen, 220x digital lens, hi-fi audio, touch
screen controls, extra battery, charger, AV hook-ups.
Less than one year old, in mint condition. Retail $369,
asking $300. 748-6222.
FOUR-POSTER BED. Solid pine, queen size, cannon
ball red. Roll-pin headboard blanket and roll footboard.
Elite colonial piece. $2,000, or best offer. 650-7872.
ANTIQUE PERSIAN RUG. 1940s 8-by-10 foot. Red
and blue color. Good shape, cleaned. $500, or best
"WALK WITH ME..."
in paradise at
-.can make your
island dreams come true.
Sales & Rentals Since 1981
Office 778-4800 Cell 778-1199
i 5201 Gulf Dr. Holmes Beach, Fl 34217
10006 GULF DRIVE BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY An artist's
paradise in downtown Anna Maria across the street from city
hall and a stone's throw from the Sandbar restaurant. Two
huge (1,400 sq. ft.) work bays downstairs with a mighty
Gulfview upstairs (1,200 sq. ft.). Two full baths upstairs.with
two one-half baths downstairs. Parks eight. Asking $500,000.
Doug Dowling Realty
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, Fl 34216
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
SALE: Saturday, Aug. 25, 8am to 2pm. Four rattan
chairs, 48-inch table, stool, serving table, walnut,
round-end table and two deck chairs. 507 71st St.,
GARAGE SALE. Saturday, Aug. 25. Microwave,
small drop-leaf table, tool boxes, baby items, mis-
cellaneous, and more. 8006 Marina Drive, Holmes
GARAGE SALE. Saturday, Aug. 25, 9am-1pm. 635
Dundee Lane, off Key Royale Drive, Holmes
REAL ESTATE, LLC
Gloria Schorpp Helen White Mary Ann Schmidt
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS CONDO
2BR/2BA immaculate, turnkey furnished. View of
lush landscaping and heated pool. Ceramic tile and
Berber carpeting, glassed-in lanai. $289,900.
4BR/4BA turnkey furnished beach house west of
Gulf Drive in historic Anna Maria City. Large lot,
great rental. $495,000.
PALMA SOLA BAYFRONT
3BR/4.5BA contemporary cedar home. Panoramic
ciew of Palma Sola Bay. More than 5,000 sq. ft. of
living area. Cathedral ceiling, elevator, loft, family
room, den, pool and spa, deck and boat dock.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB
2BR/2BA Gulffront turnkey-furnished condo.
Gorgeous Gulf view, beautiful beach, heated pool,
excellent rental income. $475,000.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEXES
3BR/2BA & 2BR/1BA duplex west of Gulf Drive.
Near gorgeous beach. Large yard. $249,000.
2BR/2BA each. Close to beach, new roof and
carpeting. Large lot. Excellent rental. $299,900.
Garage, large storage, available Aug. 1 $850 month
Furnished, available September 1 $700 month
2301 GULF DRIVE
2BR/1.5BA cottage. Furnished,
available immediately $875 month
Condominiums and Homes Weekly/Monthly
from $500 week / $1000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
MLS SW SINCoast
REAL ESTATE, LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
E mail: email@example.com
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
LONGBOAT KEY LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE. New
luxury single-family home in nine unit exclusive subdi-
vision, 3BR plus office/den, 3BA, assigned boat docks
on protected bayou, community pool/spa, short walk to
the Gulf of Mexico. Boating water with no bridge ob-
struction to the Intracoastal Waterway. Priced at
$659,000. Call Carol Williams, Broker or Clarke Will-
iams, Realtor, 744-0700 eves.
WE HAVE JUST LISTED a nice 3BR/1BA home in
west Bradenton, which has a family room plus a
Florida room, circle driveway and fenced yard with
fruit trees. Here is the starter home for you at only
$95,900. Call now for an appointment, Zee
Catanese, Broker, 794-8991 eves.
MIRROR LAKE. Well-kept 2BR/2BA condo in desir-
able location overlooking lake and steps to pool. Fire-
place in living room, split-bedroom design. Tennis,
heated pool, sauna, exercise room. $74,900. Call
Martine J. Moore, Realtor, 795-2983 eves.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
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Mit uns koennen Sie deutsch reden
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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. Immediate occupancy. $995,000.
BUILD YOUR NEW ISI.AND BEACH HOUSE!
TWO GREAT LOTS: 103 Gladiulus St., $340,000,
an: o 303 South Bay, $295,000.
Call today! 779-2580
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FOUND CAT: Tortoise shell color. Wearing collar
with bell. Very friendly. Call 778-4330.
FOUND: TAME CONURE near Key Royale Club-
house. To claim, call 778-4182.
LOST: PLATINUM RING with three diamonds in the
vicinity of First Union Bank. Family keepsake. Re-
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.
ANIMAL LOVER? Foster, adopt or help transport
dachshunds for coast-to-coast dachshund rescue.
Call Shona at 941-761-2642 for information.
I'LL LOVE THEM while you leave them. Reliable,
responsible pet lover to care for your pets. Excellent
GOING THE EXTRA MILE
S Kathy Caserta
Realtor, GRI, CRS
After Hours: 941-778-6943
Michael Saunders & Company
Licensed Real Estate Broker
440 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Longboat Key (941) 383-7591
$359,000 ONE OF THE FEW...
Gulffront condos available. 2BR/
2BA with security entrance, elevator
and heated pool. Bonuses are a one-
Scar garage and extra storage space.
Turnkey furnished. Appliances have
been updated. IB75628.
$225,000 LA LENAIRE ISLE.
Accessible by boat only, this
bayfront acre+ lot on Jewfish Key in
Sarasota Bay will provide serene liv-
ing. Great bay view from one of 13 parcels on this 26-
acre island. Water, septic and electric at site. Commu-
nity dock, sandy beaches. IB73855
1810 59th Street West Bradenton
(941) 778-0766 (877) 924-9001
Visit our website at www.ArvidaRealty.com
1993 FORD CONVERSION VAN. 75,000 miles.
Excellent condition. Like new inside. Clean and
ready to travel. TV/VCR, $13,500. 2917 Avenue C,
778-5125, or cell phone 704-1791.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels ... and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
LARGE AND LUXURIOUS houseboat for sale,
$70,000. Shown by appointment only. Call for more
2000 KEY WEST: 20 foot, 150 HP Yamaha engine,
15 hours, two year warranty. Perfect condition.
$19,500. Call 778-6724.
BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vacation
or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas.
Minutes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait.
Captain John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom paint-
ing, rentals, service.
.j, Moving In?
Call Karen Day
Mike Norman Realty, inc.
3101 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
21-FOOT ALL-SEAS. 150-HP Yamaha, jack plate,
trim tabs, two live wells. 180/HR. $18,500. 778-0072.
OCEAN KAYAK for two. $350 with paddles, cart, life
preservers. 778-5125, or cell phone 704-1791.
FOR SALE: Various boat items. Radio, depth-finder,
lines, anchors, life jackets, etc. 778-2036.
ACHILLES INFLATABLE 11-foot with 8-HP Yamaha
motor. Boat in good condition and motor runs great.
$975 call 779-2456.
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-mail
Anna Maria Island
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Vacation Rentals & Personalized Property Management!
SEASONAL RENTALS AVAILABLE FOR 2002
413 Pine Ave. Anna Maria 866.264.2226 941.779.0733
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Ann (Harmon) Caron
COME IN TODAY AND MEET OUR FRIENDLY STAFF
3001 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217
4'ore than a mullet Wrapper
FRESH MULLET T-SHIRTS $10
Mail order add $3 for postage and handling.
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
941-778-7978 Fax 778-9392
2217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BRADENTON BEACH, FL 34217
941 778-2246 800 211-2323
201 North Harbor Drive. .......................... $949,000
2306 Canasta Drive ............................... $895,000
527 Key Royale Drive...................... NEW $489,000
628 Dundee Lane ................................... $459,900
ISLAND HOMES AND CONDOS
100 7th St. S. ....................................... $569,000
Bradenton Beach Club .................... from $500,000
210 67th St. ........................................ $449,000
203 North Harbor ................ ................. $439,000
5 Palm Harbor Drive .............................. $399,000
4002 6th Ave. .............:......... ............... $369,000
5008 Gulf Drive .............................. NEW $359,000
2101 Ave. B ......................................... $229,500
2500 Gulf Drive ....................................... $825,000
106 7th St. ............... .............. ............. $849,000
308 57th St. ......................................... $369,000
5008 Gulf Drive. ............................. NEW $359.000
2418 90th St. NW ................................ $3,495.000
7419 8th Ave. NW ......................... NEW $249,000
Regatta Pointe Condo............................. $199,000
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH CONDO
Fantastic view overlooking nature preserve and the
Intracoastal Waterway. Great location near shopping
and beaches. This three-year-new unit includes
washer/dryer, all window treatments, storage shed,
covered parking for two cars and pool.
For sale by owner $150,000.
Call 941-778-1260 or 941-778-3097
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LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL 24-40 hours
per week. Casual office, litigation experience pre-
ferred, for sole practitioner, employment litigation.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world?
Are you interested in learning the history of Anna
Maria Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria
Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. WE NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial
Library. Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or
FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME cashiers/deli help.
Days, 5am to 3pm, or nights 2pm to 11:30pm. Ap-
ply at Jessie's Island Store, 5424 Marina Dr.,
Holmes Beach, or call Jimmy or Jessie at 778-
Resort-style Living at
TOWN & COUNTRY
Spacious 1 & 2 BR Apartments
Attractive Island Location
Lake or Nature Views
Free Boat Parking*
Small Pets Welcome
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TOWN & COUNTRY PERICO
HOURS: Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5
Directions: From U.S. 41. travel west on Manatee
Avenue (SR 64) and across Palma Sola Causeway
to Perico Islnd. Town & Country Perico
will be on the left.
Limited time offer certain restrictions apply.
*Size restrictions apply.
HELP WANTED PART-TIME (20-24 hours) Inside
sales for lumber and hardware, inventory manage-
ment and lifting required. Island Lumber and Hard-
SALES CLERK. Week-ends and evenings. Apply in
person at Shell Land Gifts, 301 Gulf Drive,
ISLAND SITTERS. We sit animals for $3/hour and
kids for $5/hour. Please call Sarah 778-7622, or
ASSISTED LIVING IN YOUR HOME. Flexible hours
or fulltime. Alzheimer's trained. Run by nurses, call
for appointment and ask for Jane at 751-1141. Se-
lect Health Care, HAA #299991458.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, more. Hard-
working and responsible. Excellent references. Ed-
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
I The Islander
Don't leave the
Island without us.
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Featuring one of the most expansive and prettiest
views anywhere on Anna Maria Island. Enjoy 100
feet of Gulffront with sea oats, small dunes and
loads of privacy. Impeccably kept, the three bed-
rooms and living room all face the beach and
open onto a 52-foot private deck. This gorgeous
and informal home features large rooms, a fire-
place, two baths plus a "beach clean-up" bath in
the garage. Designed by renowned Island
architect H. Patterson Fletcher, this home is a
"must consider" if you're searching
for the perfect beach house.
a 3101 GULF DRIVE
Realty inc. HOLMES BEACH
OUR LISTINGS DON'T EXPIRE, WE SELL THEM!
RIVERFRONT 2BR/2BA condo. Boat dock,
clubhouse, elevator. $120.000.
IMPERIAL HOUSE CONDO 2BR, Gull 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.
TARA 3BR/2BA pool, over 2.500 sf. $289,000.
WALGREENS Triple net. AAA, good CAP. $2.65 million.
SUPERMARKET Plus rental income and inventory. $3,150,000.
VACANT CONVENIENCE STORE Sarasota. $419,000.
STYLING SALON Eight stations. 35+ years. $39,000.
VACATION AND SEASONAL AVAILABLE
GULFFRONT CONDOS, HOMES, APARTMENTS
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
Recently refurbished "near Gulf" duplex offers two
nice units separated by twin garages and only 350
feet to beach! More than 1,900 sq. ft. includes spa-
cious 2BR/1BA and 1BR/1BA. Great rentals or
home/rental. Possible owner financing for qualified
buyer. JUST REDUCED $435,000.
Call us for details on the above "near
Gulf" property and also for our
"direct Gulffront" listings.
/ / 1957
MARIE 5 LIC. REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN REALTY ROKER
"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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Lawn Hauling By the cut or by the month.
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
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| Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN
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Water Damaged Drywall Tiling Painting
HAND AND SPRAY TEXTURE
Clean, Honest, Reliable More than 20-years experience
= Fred 752-7758 Cellular 545-6141
S LEW MOORE'S
Tree and Lawn Maintenance
Get MOORE for your money!
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A mail subscription to fw
The Islander for family and
friends away from the Island.
In fact, we're global times 1,400 plus!
More than 1,400 PAID subscribers receive
The Islander out of town, out of state and
out of the United States.
Hawaii and nearly all points in between.
These news-hungry subscribers can't wait
to get their hands on
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Island Shopping Center 5404 Marina Drive
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941 778-7978 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I SERVES Continue Ii HOMEIM V E T I
BATHROOM REMODELING. Water damaged
drywall, tiling, texturing, painting. Reliable, over 20 years
experience. Call Fred, 752-7758 or 545-6141, cell.
SIMPLY BLUE POOL Maintenance. Full or
chemical service. Dependability guaranteed. Free
estimate, call 795-2052.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $10 per hour- free advice.
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs-hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
SOS SERVICES. Full-service cleaning/organization
for your entire home. Professional, experienced, and
references. Free estimates. Call Sharon, 920-1992.
HURRICANE PROTECTION for your home.
Choose shutters or Glass Sentinel, a super-strength
protective shield. Call ESP Island Shutters. Li-
censed, insured, free estimates. Call 778-2840
ISLAND TRANSPORTATION now offering flat rates
to Tampa and St. Pete. Member of Longboat Key
and Anna Maria chambers. $1.50 to get in, $1.50
per mile. Clean, friendly service 7am-3am. (Call
ahead for later pickup.) New! Land line! No more
dropped calls! 779-2520
PROPERTY CARETAKER. I will look after your resi-
dential, rental or commercial property in terms of se-
curity, regular upkeep, light maintenance, tidiness, etc.
Dependable. References. Call 778-7462.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
TIRED OF IRONING CLOTHES? We do comfort-
ers, $12. Alterations, including gowns. Paradise
Coin Laundry, 7466 Cortez Rd. W., 795-1657.
KATHY'S CLEANING SERVICE. I will clean your
home to your satisfaction. Reasonable rates. Call
PHOTOGRAPHY. Experienced Island husband/wife
team offer professional wedding day photos and glam-
our or family portraits at reasonable rates. Please call
778-9436, or 704-7283 and leave message.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it's broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis-
count. Call 778-2581 or 713-0676.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, clean-ups, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape, ponds. Free estimates. Island resi-
dent. Excellent references. Call 778-5294.
ADAM TAYLOR'S LAWN CARE. Reliable, quality
work at a reasonable price. Call 778-3464.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation and pest control service. Everything
Under the Sun Garden Centre, 5704 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $27 a yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free es-
timates. Call Larry at 795-7775.
STRAIGHT-SHOT LANDSCAPE Service. Installations,
Koi ponds, clean-ups and hauling. Shell delivered and
installed as low as $26.50 per yard. 727-5066.
JEK LANDSCAPE AND HOME IMPROVEMENT.
Lawn service, plants, pruning, tree trimming, painting,
power washing, clean-ups and more. Call: 448-3857.
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 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIES PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing 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: Inte-
rior/exterior painting, pressure washing and wallpa-
per. For prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates,
call Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodeling,
repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths. Free
estimates. Lic#CGC061519, #CCC057977,
#PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able 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
available. Insured, free estimates. Dean Guth,
owner and operator, 729-0619.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Contractor. Remodeling,
additions, new homes, design service. Free esti-
mates. Call 795-1947. Lic #RR-0066450.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
form beautiful beach, $350 per week. Fall and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments,
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ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
SEASONAL 3BR/3BA Holmes Beach townhouse.
Beautiful unit, great location, heated pool, washer/
dryer, garage, much more! 713-0096 for more infor-
SUMMER SPECIAL 1BR/2BA, furnished, steps
from beach, Anna Maria Island. Pets are welcome.
$350/week; $1,198/month. Call Gulf Drive Apart-
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.
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks. Turnkey,
beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets/smok-
ing. Priced from $700/month, $350/week. 941-794-
5980. www.divefish.com. .
STEPS TO THE BEACH. 2BR/1BA with washer/
dryer, screened lanai. $800/monthly, utilities not in-
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL 2BR/2BA large, open floor
plan, tastefully decorated, new appliances, washer/
dryer, ground level, double lot. $1,200/month or
$1,400/month with six month lease. Call Bob, (813)
ANNUAL RENTAL WANTED: Professional couple
seeks single-family home with pool preferred. Call
ANNUAL RENTAL Holmes Beach 1BR/1BA $650.
Available immediately. Also, 2BR/1BA $750, avail-
able Sept. 1. First, last and security. 795-7805.
SEASONAL FURNISHED RENTAL Holmes Beach.
2BR/1BA elevated house. $1,200/month, plus tax.
Available September-December 2001. 778-5908.
GULFFRONT VIEW DUPLEX furnished. Steps to
the beach. First, last and security required. Non-
smoking units, $900/month. Utilities not included.
CUTE 2BR/1BA COTTAGE (side A of duplex), ca-
nal/Skyway view, annual rental, non-smoker pre-
ferred, $1,000/month. Holmes Beach. By appoint-
ment only, call 778-1319.
ANNUAL 1BR. Very clean. No pets. $600/month
and security. 5607 Guava. Holmes Beach. 778-
WESTCHESTER ON LONGBOAT KEY. 2BR/2BA
ground-floor condo, beachfront, pools, tennis, one-
month minimum, call (813) 961-8923.
2BR/1BA DUPLEX with large screened lanai in
Anna Maria. Annual lease required, no pets. First,
last and security. 792-8817.
ANNUAL ONLY 2BR/1BA directly on Gulf in
Bradenton Beach. $1,000/month, assurity/security
required with contract. 792-2779.
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/1.5BA. Half block to
beach. $750/month. Small dog OK. First, last and
security deposit. Call 795-7288.
WATERFRONT VACATION, Bradenton Beach.
1BR furnished, nice, clean, reasonable rates. Daily,
weekly, monthly, seasonal. 778-4555.
QUAINT 1BR APARTMENT. Annual or seven
months. Prefer mature, single, non-smoking person.
Furnished, all utilities included, $600/month. 737-
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Vacation rental. 2BR/2BA
fully furnished. Old- Florida charm. Walk to beach.
Call for rates. (810) 695-6379.
ANNUAL ELEVATED 2BR/1.5BA, screened porch,
covered parking, washer/dryer, new carpet and
paint. Nice location. Adults only and no pets. $865/
month, plus utilities. 778-2167.
1 BR/1 BA TREEHOUSE APARTMENT near beach.
Non-smoking. Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, $1,100/month or
$350/week (minimum 2 weeks). 778-4246.
ANNUAL RENTAL: TOWNHOUSE in the Cay. Fla-
mingo Cay 2BR/2BA, heated pool, community boat
dock. Available immediately at $850/month, or sea-
sonal at $2,300/month. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
INDULGE YOURSELF! Spend autumn in paradise.
Gulffront beach house, 1BR/BA, front/rear deck,
central air, available Aug. 27-Oct. 15. Weekly, bi-
weekly or monthly. 779-0095.
1BR/1BA APARTMENT. Furnished, clean,
comfortable, peaceful, private. $675/month,
includes utilities. No pets. Perfect for fisherman,
FOR RENT: Semi-annual furnished 2BR/1BA,
washer/dryer, cable, and phone. Two blocks to
beach and bay. $850, monthly rates available.
ANNUAL LOVELY 1BR/1BA apartment. Half block
from the beach. $650/month, plus security.
ANNUAL spacious 1BR cottage, 200 feet to
beach, furnished or unfurnished, private, quiet,
courtyard. $825/month, includes electric, cable
UNFURNISHED 2BR/1BA upstairs condo with ca-
nal and bay views! Boat dock included. Washer/
dryer in unit. $800/month and security. No pets.
Anna Maria Realty, 778-2259.
2BR DUPLEX in Anna Maria. No pets. $700/month,
plus security. 778-6088.
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CANALFRONT POOL HOME. 2BR/2BA elevated, just
250 feet to Intracoastal waters. Turnkey furnished.
$379,000. Yvonne Higgins at Wagner Realty, 720-3879.
3BR/2BA SPLIT PLAN. Panoramic Skyway view.
Month-to-month rental at $1,400/month. 741-8688.
SUNNY DUPLEX on quiet street in Holmes Beach,
just one lot from the bay. New tile, paint. $269,000.
Yvonne Higgins at Wagner Realty, 720-3879.
GREAT DEAL! Mature roommate needed to share
nice house on the bay. Available immediately. Call
Patty at 779-0905.
TWO DUPLEXES ON CANAL. Short walk to beach.
Lush landscaping, very private, beautiful view of canal/
bayou. Great for rental or family compound. $599,000.
Yvonne Higgins at Wagner Realty, 720-3879.
ROOMMATE WANTED: 3BR/2.5BA canal home on
Key Royale. Boat slip available. $750/month, includ-
ing utilities. 729-4759.
ANNA MARIA CANALFRONT. 2BR/2BA duplex
with dock. Near City Pier. $450/month (negotiable),
no pets. 778-5793. Available holidays.
3BR/2BA DUPLEX. Central heat and air. Near
beach, fenced yard, sun deck, shade porch. Low
utilities. References, security. Available now. Pets
OK. $795/month. 778-7431.
WATERFRONT HOME $70,000. Large 1BR/1BA
houseboat. Jacuzzi on top deck. Must see to appre-
ciate. Call 778-3526 for appointment.
WATERFRONT. Free automated information on all
waterfront properties for sale. Any price or area.
VanDerNoord Realty. Call 24- hours, (888) 651-
9596, extension 2098.
WANTED TO BUY: Mobile home, condo or small
house close to the Moose Club in Bradenton Beach.
Write: PO Box 130, Oconto Falls, WI 54154, or call
FLORIDA HOUSE ON THREE LOTS. 606 84th St.,
N.W. Palma Sola, water view. $283,000. 778-5125,
cell phone 704-1791.
331 TARPON ST., ANNA MARIA. 4BR/2.5BA, pri-
vate, lush, tropical landscaping, pool, large play-
room, dining room, marble bath/Jacuzzi tub. Deep-
water canal. Brokers welcome. $618,000. 778-0361.
ISLAND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY. Well built
older home with large rooms. 2BR/2BA, family room
and screened lanai. Large lot, zoned R-2. Many
possibilities to expand. Call Fred Flis, Real Estate
Mart, at 756-1090.
DEADLINE: MONDAY NOON for Wednesday publi-
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21 words $9.00. Additional lines $3.00 each. Box:
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to 5404 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach FL 34217. We're
located next to Ooh La La! in the Island Shopping
Center. More information: 778-7978.
OPENING DOORS TO MANATEE COUNTY
GULFFRONT LOT Incredible buildable lot on
north end of Anna Maria. Full unobstructed
Gulf view. Some trees, private tropical set-
ting. One of the best lots on the Gulf.
$799,900. Sandy Drapala, 749-5797 or Kathy
Marcinko, 713-1100. 72806
SLEEPY, TRANQUIL RIVERFRONT SET-
TING with private dock, spectacular panoramic
water view. Over 1/2 acre of beautifully land-
scaped property. Updated and meticulously
maintained home. $424,900. Sandy Drapala,
749-5797 or Kathy Marcinko. 713-1100. 76160
PRIVATE LAKEFRONT SETTING in Hawthorne
Park. Wonderful open floor plan with sun flooded
rooms throughout. 4BR plus office. Heated pool
overlooking lake. $339,900. Sandy Drapala, 749-
5797 or Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 75777
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
RELAX TO THE SOUNDS OF WATER. This
2BR/2BA unit has separate family and living
rooms. Beautiful lake and wooded view. Turn-
key furnished. $52,900. Steve Georgie, 374-
WONDERFUL VILLA. 2BR ground unit. Cen-
trally located and close to community college.
$62,500. Ruth Lawler, 856-0396. 77173.
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419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
This impeccable 3 or 4 BR,.3 5BA
vwalerfront retreat offers the finest
amenities and appointments
throughout. Situated on an expansive, high and dry canalfront lot located at the
open end of the channel, this superlative Key Royale home offers 260 feet of deep,
seawalled, navigable waterfront with a boat dock and 12,000-lb davits! Other
amenities include a spacious split- level floor plan complimented by soaring vaulted
ceilings with fans, track lighting, crown molding and a stunning brass chandelier. All
bedrooms have private baths, one with sumptuous Roman-style spa with gold-plated
fixtures. There are top-of-the-line tinted Pella windows and lovely, white ceramic tile
floors throughout. There's a spacious gourmet kitchen with Jenn-Air range and
handy center island, cozy brick fireplace, stereo sound system, Direct-TV satellite
dish, four-zone central air and heat, 12-zone automatic sprinkler system, brand new
Mediterranean-style barrel-tile roof. Many specimen palms and a dazzling royal
poincianna tree complete the picture perfect! Truly in a class by itself. $925,000.
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home with a new kitchen, A/C, carpet and tile. Family room,
screened lanai, possible mother-in-law suite and a dock just
steps from your door! It's all here for just $279,500.
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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 $449,000. Call Lynn Hostetler at
778-4800 or 720-5876.
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.
TOTALLY RENOVATED 2BR/2BA duplex min-
utes to the beach. New carpet and tile, two
screened porches and covered parking. Excel-
lent investment opportunity at only $149,900.
Call Jane Grossman or Nicole Skaggs at 778-
4800 or 795-5704.
2BR/2BA CONDO Enjoy beautiful Gulf views from
your living room in your new Island getaway. This
unit is tastefully furnished and the complex has
many amenities including clubhouse, pool and
tennis courts. $399,000. Call Quentin Talbert 778-
4800 or 704-9680. MLS#74843
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1 Teaching device
8 View from Windsor
14 Bay, part of Lake
21 Tasmania's capital
22 Winner of all four grand
23 Famous presidential
25 Person with no pockets
27 Rosacea and others
28 "C6mo usted?"
30 One of the 12 tribes of
34 Start of some Spanish
35 Eddie Cantor's "
36 Suffix with butyl
37 Mozart's fan tutte"
38 Eye-catching beachwear
42 Claims, briefly
43 In all respects
46 Talking bird of poetry
47 Park, Colo.
49 "As Good As It Gets"
50 Barbecue item
52 Consider again
54 Deposed tyrant
55 Casual Friday casualties
59 Tennessee Williams, to
62 They may get a dusting
66 Speaker accompanied,
67 -B (Gillette division)
69 Dynamic opener
75 Like many Hitchcock films
83 Name on some Scotch
84 Gone by
85 Puts one's foot down
87 Chief Ouray's tribe
88 "A Passage to India" family
94 Reacts to a shock
96 Weapon on an
98 Some campaign charges
99 "My Fair Lady" song
104 Take off
105 Ticket abbr.
106 It'll hold water
107 Person looking for a seat?
108 Half of a famous 1930's duo
110 "Joseph and His Brothers"
113 Run (for)
114 More contrived
116 Meal enders
122 Puts up
123 Kind of fuel
124 Amusement park features
125 Easy _
1 Telepathy, e.g.
2 Cable channel for film
4 Like Mother Teresa
5 Deprives of judgment
6 What settles
7 Irish lass's name
8 1977 James Brolin
11 They may be full of gas
12 Poetic preposition
13 1973-74 faddist
14 "The Great
15 Request from a thirsty
17 Stock no-no
18 "The Mambo Kings"
24 Latvian, e.g.
29 Worker with hides
31 Agt.'s cut
33 John of "Viva Max!"
35 Year in the rule of
Ethelred the Unready
38 Shot putter?
39 One of football's
40 Enables a runner to
44 Two pages
48 Foil alternative
51 "Great Expectations"
53 Going back to
57 Sky over Strasbourg
58 First name in
59 Big music news
60 "Yes ?"
61 Gibson fan, say
63 Speech stumbles
65 Part: Abbr.
71 El _,1942
74 Circus prop
76 Pancreatic hormone
77 Dines at home
78 Number of coins in the 102
Fontana di Trevi 103
79 Foul-up 108
82 Broadcast 110
86 Activity at a sorority 111
89 See 96-Across 112
91 Place for runners 113
92 Big successes 115
93 Claim 117
95 Musician's need 118
97 Pee__, Carolina river 119
100 "Citizen Kane" 120
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