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Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( December 19, 2001 )

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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: December 19, 2001

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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Manatee -- Anna Maria
Coordinates: 27.530278 x -82.734444 ( Place of Publication )

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Skimming the news ... Merry Christmas from the staff of The Islander!


Anna Maria



The


Islander
Santa's coming!


'The Best News on Anna Maria Island"


ISLANDER


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Volume 10, no. 6, Dec. 19, 2001 FREE


New beach finally coming to Anna Maria


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
In the words of the 1970s Crosby, Stills and Nash
song, "It's been a long time coming."
After more than five years in the making and
nearly 10 years since the last Island renourishment
project for Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach, and
despite a desperate last-ditch effort by opponents,
beach renourishment is finally coming to Anna Maria.
In a 4-1 vote Dec. 13 in a packed court chamber,
oops, city commission chamber, commissioners ap-
proved two ordinances granting permitting and zoning


for the .6 mile Anna Maria portion of the $8.39 million
Manatee County beach renourishment project. In addi-
tion, commissioners voted 5-0 to approve an interlocal
agreement with Manatee County regarding parking,
beach access and extension of the Anna Maria City
limits to include the added beach.
Commissioner Jay Hill voted against the ordi-
nances, but approved the interlocal agreement. It was
the second and final reading for the two ordinances.
The small band of opponents to beach
renourishment, however, staged a furious, if somewhat
futile protest at the meeting, citing concerns about a


1933 property deed, the legality of a 1996 city referen-
dum approving beach renourishment by 62.2 percent of
the voters, easement letters sent only to beachfront
property owners, the color of the sand and the need for
more legal opinions.
While the opposition was vocal, there were none of
the verbal potshots taken by both sides of the issue in
previous public meetings.
Georgia Van Cleave dug up a 1933 deed to the lot
owners of the Anna Maria Beach subdivision in which
PLEASE SEE BEACH, PAGE 4


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Parent-Teacher
Organization
meeting. Students
performed songs
and dances
celebrating
winter holidays
from around the
world, like
Ramadan,
Kwanzaa and
Hanukkah.
Islander Photos:
Diana Bogan


Skoloda looking to battle


Deffenbaugh for mayoral seat


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Current Anna Maria City Vice Mayor Tom
Skoloda has opened up a campaign account for the
office of Mayor of Anna Maria and appears ready to
battle Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh for the city's top
spot.
Deffenbaugh has also opened up a campaign
contribution account for the mayor's office, said
Manatee County Assistant Elections Supervisor
Nancy Bignell.
But with less than three days before the qualifying
deadline, neither of the two have fully qualified for the
Feb. 12 election, she said.
As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, only announced
mayoral candidate SueLynn has met the qualifying
criteria, Bignell said.
The deadline for qualifying is noon Friday, Dec. 21.
A surprise candidate could be Rick DeFrank, an
often vocal critic of Deffenbaugh's administration.
DeFrank picked up an election packet from the Anna
Maria city clerk's office Dec. 17. Packets may also be
obtained from the supervisor of elections office in


Bradenton.
Two commission seats are up for grabs in the Feb-
ruary election along with the office of mayor.
Skoloda's seat is up for re-election, as is that of current
Commissioner Jay Hill, who has not indicated if he will
seek re-election.
Other Anna Maria residents who have picked up
election packets, but have not yet qualified with the
election office or opened a campaign contribution ac-
count are former Mayor Chuck Shumard, Carol Ann
McGill, John Quam and Chuck Webb, who is a mem-
ber of the planning and zoning board.
When qualifying is announced by the election of-
fice, the candidates must declare if they are running for
a city commission seat or the office of mayor.
Anna Maria residents who need to register to
vote or provide a change of address for registration
before the city election have until Jan. 15 to do so,
either in person at the Manatee County Supervisor of
Elections Office, 305 15th St. W., Bradenton, or by
mail-in registration form available at city hall, the
post office, or at The Islander office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.


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Community Center at 778-1908 to collect your
raffle prize a 27-inch color TV donated by
The Islander won in the Family Fun Festi-
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Last minute shopper?
You need to check this week's special
section, our third edition of the 2001 Holiday
Gift Guide. Something perfect is bound to
come to mind.

Happenings
Holiday events at area churches are listed
inside, along with other announcements. Also,
check out the new weekly "Islander Calendar."





PAGE 2-A M DEC. 19, 2001 M THE ISLANDER


Cortez Road turn lane work to avoid season


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Delayed time and again by protests
and accommodation, work on the left-tumrn
lane through Cortez will be put off again
in deference to the winter season.
Not this winter, but 2002-03, noted
both the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation and Manatee County Commissioner
Jane Von Hahmann.
It can't be blamed on DOT or Cortez
protesters or even the tourists. It's a manu-
facturer.
The most complex part of the other-
wise simple project is a new traffic signal
system at 119th street, which Von
Hahmann acknowledged has been "a real
mess" for years. The street doglegs where
it crosses Cortez Road, confusing drivers
and pedestrians, she said, as in Figure 4-
1A at right.
DOT will change that with some
roadwork and a new traffic light
system(Figure 4-1B) that takes six months
to manufacture, Von Hahmarin said.
DOT had planned to let a contract in
June and start construction work next July,
which was all well and good until the light
problem came to light, as it were. It would


put the construction in the middle of the
winter season next year.
So the state and county and Commis-
sioner Von Hahmann, who lives in Cortez
and has a business Surfing World on
Cortez Road, will hash out a new schedule
that avoids tearing up the road during the
tourist season. It is the main road through
the historic fishing village.
The project calls for:
Resurfacing and widening Cortez
Road to provide for a 12-foot-wide left-
turn lane.
Two 11-foot-wide lanes for through
traffic.
Five-foot paved shoulders as bicycle
lanes.
Five-foot concrete sidewalks on
each side of the road.
Three landscaped median islands
with raised curbing at or near 121 st Street
Court West, 124th Street West and 127th
Street West for pedestrian crossings.
New signal system at 119th Street.
Flashing beacons on 35-mph speed
limit signs.
The new delay is expected to drive the
project's cost above the department's es-
timate of $666,000.


Cortez Road existing photo at 119th Street West, looking west. Figure 4.1A


Trolley meeting today


The Manatee County Area
Transit's Trolley Marketing Commit-
tee for the Manatee Trolley will meet
today at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at
Anna Maria City Hall to discuss the
trolley signs and stops on the Island.
But the purpose of the meeting
might well be a moot point.
Manatee County Commissioners


on Tuesday said they had no problem
with Anna Maria opting out of the
proposed signage plan for the trolley
stops. Commission Chairman Joe
McClash said he understood Anna
Maria did not want a sign that looked
"Goofy, Daffy or Mickey."
The meeting was called by Anna
Maria Commissioner Linda Cramer.


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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 19, 2001 0 PAGE A-3


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
West Manatee Fire & Rescue Districtcommissioners
unanimously approved plans to remodel Fire Station No.
2, located in Bradenton Beach, assuming funds expected
from grants and reimbursements come through.
Chief Andy Price told commissioners that funding
for the project should be available from reimburse-
ments from the Mallory swamp fires and Tropical
Storm Gabrielle, which total more than $40,000.
Plans for Station No. 2 are limited to remodeling the
interior in order to provide better use of the floor space.


Holiday camp for kids
The Anna Maria Island Community Center TLC
After-School Program is offering a Holiday Camp
during the weeks the schools are closed for vacation.
The camp is open to children in grades kinder-
garten through fifth.
Besides offering a variety of educational and
recreational activities, staff will accompany the
campers on field trips to Smugglers Cove, Pirate's
Cove, Planet Fun, Bowling, Chuck E. Cheese, J.P.
Igloo, and even a visit to the Pelican Man.
For the benefit of working parents, the Center
will open as early as 7 a.m. All children must be
picked up by 6 p.m.
The first week of Holiday Camp is Dec. 26
through Dec. 28 and will cost $42 per child.
The second week includes Dec. 31 and Jan. 2
.through Jan. 4 and will cost $60 per child.
'; Plan for "lots o' fun and games" and activities
by saving a spot for your kids in the Holiday Camp
Sat the Center. Be sure to stop by to fill out an en-
rollrment form or call the Center.
The Center is located at 407 Magnolia in Anna
Maria For more information, call 778-1908.


Some of the remodeling plans include replacing
single beds with bunk beds to accommodate up to 18
personnel. Cabinets in the bedroom would also be re-
placed with lockers, providing enough room to hang
uniforms, store personal items and bedding.
Price said that staff members have been carrying
items back and forth from home because there isn't
enough space to keep toiletries and uniforms at the station.
Price also said the staff will be doing most of the
renovation work themselves, such as installing new
shower doors, kitchen cabinets and appliances and
painting.
There are also plans to move the dayroom and the
weight room area to increase functionality.
The estimated cost for the entire project is $30,000.
However, Price put two other projects on the table for
approval in addition to the remodeling.
The second project is shuttering Station No. 2
and Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach. The total cost
for this project is approximately $20,000, and ac-
cording to Price, grant money is currently being
sought for this project.
The third suggested project is to replace the bay
doors on Station No. 1 and possibly at Station No. 2,
which would cost roughly $22,000. Price said that he
is currently waiting for a response to an application sent
to Federal Emergency Management Agency, which
would cover 75 percent of the cost.
"Our bay doors don't meet current code standards
and if we don't get the grant," advised Price, "we will
have to pay out of our own pocket to have the new
doors in place before the next hurricane season."
The total cost for all three projects is $72,000, but
if all the grant money comes through, Price said it may
not cost the commission anything.
All three projects were approved contingent on re-
ceipt of outside funding. If the grant money does not
come through, money will need to be allocated from
building reserves and the projects will need to be pre-
sented again to the commission for approval.


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Dec. 21, noon, qualifying ends for mayor and two city
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Dec. 27,7 p.m., city commission meeting CANCELED.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.
Bradenton Beach
Dec. 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: discus-
sion on letter to Perico Island attorneys, appointment of po-
lice Lt. John Cosby as safety director and disaster coordina-
tor, beach renourishment waiver approval, purchase of po-
lice radio, discussion on disaster relief funding, law enforce-
ment block grant application, stormwater annual report,
grant procedures discussion, consent agenda, commission
reports and public comment.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.
Holmes Beach
Dec. 21, 8 a.m., charter review committee meeting.
Dec. 27, 1 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.
Of Interest
Dec. 19, 12:30 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials Or-
ganization meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
Dec. 19, 3 p.m., Island trolley discussion, Anna Maria
City Hall.
Holiday Closures
* The Islander offices will close at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec.
24 and reopen Wednesday, Dec. 26. Classified ad dead-
line for the Dec. 26 issue is noon Friday, Dec. 21.
* Bradenton Beach City Hall offices will close at noon
Friday, Dec. 21 for the Christmas holidays, reopening
Wednesday, Dec. 26.
* Offices in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Longboat
Key will be closed Dec. 24 and 25.
* There will be garbage collection as usual in Bradenton
Beach over the holidays. Garbage or recyclable collection
normally picked up on Tuesday, Dec. 25, will be collected
on Wednesday, Dec. 26, in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach
and Longboat Key. Yard waste normally collected on
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Beach
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the owners were given certain rights and control over
the area, including the beach. She claimed that the
majority of Anna Maria Beach subdivision lot owners
were not given notice to grant easements, only those
living on the beachfront.
In addition, the city allowed everyone to vote on
beach renourishment, not just the lot owners in that
subdivision.
"So my question is, was the 1996 vote legal?"
Shouldn't the city have gotten a consensus from "just
the Anna Maria Beach subdivision?" she asked.
City Attorney James Dye replied that in his inten-
sive "one minute research" on the matter, he believed
the land was given to the city for riparian rights and the
city has used the land and the beach for the public ben-
efit, including the lot owners in that subdivision. There
was no need to limit voting to just voters in that par-
ticular subdivision, in his opinion.
Van Cleave believed the matter serious enough for
the city to have more "investigation and have more than
one opinion" before voting on the ordinances.
Left unsaid was the fact that the 1996 vote was
non-binding, but was followed two months later by
a city commission resolution to Manatee County re-
questing inclusion in the next beach renourishment
project.
Diane Caniff said the ordinances may not be nec-
essary and she discussed an alternative between the city
and county to bring sugar sand to needed beach areas.
When Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda suggested that her
input did not pertain to the debate on the motion, Caniff
said commissioners should at least "discuss the possi-
bilities before you decide you have to change the ordi-
nances."
Skoloda said beach renourishment has been "dis-
cussed and rediscussed," at public meetings the past
five years. "We've all done considerable homework,"
and the commission has received "a lot of comment on
this issue already."
Rick DeFrank said he did not understand "how our
commission can move forward when our own attorney
says there is a gray area."
There are gray areas in a lot of issues, said Skoloda,
but the city commission has "a responsibility to inter-
pret" the city charter for the benefit of Anna Maria.
Resident Mike Miller argued that there is a liabil-
ity issue regarding the land use and current city code.
Any vote on these ordinances "is illegal." The city
commission should deal with the planning and zoning
-issue before any vote, he claimed.
Dye replied that he did not believe beach


Beach wanted
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar restaurant in Anna Maria, is one of the anxious property owners awaiting
beach renourishment in the northernmost city. This photo was taken shortly after Tropical Storm Gabrielle
brushed the Island in September and shortly after Chiles added tons of sand to the beach in his own effort
to renourish his property.


renourishment is in conflict with the city's code. "It's
an allowed use in the renourishment zone," he said.
Resident Eric Cox questioned the validity of the
1996 vote, saying the referendum only presented the
favorable side of beach renourishment. "I thought a
referendum was to inform the public."
Resident John Adams, who did a study of beach
erosion for Anna Maria prior to the 1996 vote, said the
city has lost entire streets and plots to beach erosion the
past 55 years, and there are many places that have no-
beach. He urged the commissioners to base their deci-
sion on the facts.
The commission allowed debate on both ordi-
nances at the same time, but was required to vote on
each ordinance separately.
The commission first approved the ordinance al-
lowing beach renourishment as a land use, but before
the vote on the ordinance establishing the permitting
process for temporary beach renourishment, more pub-
lic input was taken and there were further arguments


against the project.
Caniff said the 1996 vote was approved by just
163 votes out of 1,438 registered voters. There are
more than 1,600 voters now. She wondered if the city
had the right to push beach renourishment now when
there is new and different information. "Something
isn't right," she said.
Commissioner Linda Cramer countered that the
1996 vote "was the democratic process" in action, as
was the resolution to Manatee County in April 1996, by
the city commission requesting inclusion in the next
beach renourishment project.
Now, the commission is "damned if we do and
damned if we don't," on their vote, she said.
In retrospect, it would have been better to have the
referendum today and it might have produced a differ-
ent result, said Cramer. "But the vote we took at that
time was proper."
Commissioner John Michaels agreed, and said it
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would have been better to deal with these issues five
years ago, rather than go through them a second time.
Van Cleave said the city "should be obligated" to
study and resolve any "loopholes" stemming from the
1933 deed before any vote. "I hope this does not come
back to haunt the commission," she said.
Maureen Kirby said if the city rejects beach
renourishment, "who is going to come here" if the city
doesn't have any beach left?
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh was concerned about the
safety of the beach and the future of the city. "There is
no good way to protect our Island other than
renourishment. We have to protect this Island. The best
thing we can do for our city is go ahead."
Skoloda said he was also concerned for the safety
of the city and beachfront property owners. The city
had an obligation to protect them and the beach.
Finally, following just under two hours of debate,
there were no more speakers from the public and the
second ordinance was passed by a 4-1 vote.

Interlocal agreement
But commissioners still weren't through with
beach renourishment. There had been commission
concerns with the interlocal agreement with the
county that allows beach renourishment to proceed,
particularly who will have jurisdiction and control
over the soon-to-be-created new beach area. There
were also concerns about the minimum number of
parking spaces and beach access routes.
Commissioner Jay Hill had pointed out on Dec. 11
that the city limits were established at the mean high
water mark and that was not going to change, even with
a beach extension of 200.feet. He had wondered who
would have authority over this new beach.
Dye said he and the county attorney had worked
hastily the past two days to resolve the issue. The best
solution was to have the state legislature extend the city
limits. But like every other issue in Anna Maria, time
is of the essence.
Dye said the bill has to be advertised for 30 days
before presentation to the Florida legislature and the
deadline to start advertising is Dec. 21. The next leg-


islative will begin in late January.
Other parts of the interlocal agreement were dis-
cussed including has a clause that retains all rights for
the city not specifically reserved for the county.
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar restaurant in Anna
Maria, has agreed to allow employees of the
renourishment contractor use of an empty lot he owns
for staff parking.
A construction trailer will be housed in Holmes
Beach, said Deffenbaugh.
The commissioners passed the interlocal agree-
ment, 5-0.
But they still weren't done with beach
renourishment.
Next came a formal application for the beach
renourishment project from Manatee County. The ap-
plication had been submitted on Dec. 6 in all three Is-
land communities in anticipation of a favorable vote.
The timeworn phrase for Anna Maria that "time is
of the essence" was used by Manatee County Ecosys-
tems Administrator Charles Hunsicker in his permit
applications that day.
As with the two ordinances and the interlocal
agreement on beach renourishment, opponents were
not ready to concede, although by now their bite was
without any serious barking.
Miller brought in sand samples and said the con-
tractor will not stop the project, even if the new sand
is not the proper mix.
Hunsicker agreed. The county cannot and will not
stop the project if the sand is not the right mix, he said,
although every effort will be made to pump sand that
is at least an 80-20 mixture of sand to crushed shell.
Van Cleave asked if the contractor would use a fil-
ter to eliminate large rocks and shells. The answer was
no.
Rick Spadoni of Coastal Engineering and Planning in
Boca Raton said the contractor is using a hydraulic dredge
that is not capable of filtering the sand. So his company
found a borrow pit with sand similar to that on Anna
Maria.
Spadoni has claimed the sand will be 90-10 content
with a minimum of 80-20, but admitted the project
won't be stopped if the sand falls below those ratios.
The commission approved the permit by a 4-1 vote
with Hill again voting no.


THE ISLANDER I DEC. 19' 2001 f PAGE A"-5

Holmes Beach mayor

wants power,

city manager
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore said she
would like to see the city convert to the city manager
form of government, but at the same time, she advo-
cated retaining a "strong mayor" with power to hire and
fire staff.
Speaking at the Holmes Beach charter review com-
mittee on Dec. 18, Whitmore said she was "looking at
what's best for my city." A "strong mayor" that does
not retain a commission seat would still be able to dis-
cuss issues and problems with commissioners outside
of meetings, she indicated.
But deputy charter review committee chairperson
Judy Perry said she saw problems with hiring a city
manager, while still having the mayor retain personnel
decisions. "Doesn't that set up a conflict?" she asked
Whitmore.
According to Ken Small at the Florida League of
Cities, what Whitmore is suggesting is still a "strong
mayor" form of government.
It's a question of definition, he said. In a "strong
mayor" form of government, the mayor has authority
to hire and fire city employees. In a "weak mayor"
form, staff authority rests with the city council.
"You can call it a city manager form, but the name is
not what gives it the form of government. It's who has the
authority to hire and fire city staff. What you have with
many strong mayor forms is a full-time city administra-
tor who performs the functions of a city manager," he said.
A city manager form of government is one in
which the city manager has hire and fire authority,
Small said.
Committee chairman Don Schroder said the com-
mittee needed many questions answered before it could
make any recommendation to the city commission on
a city manager form of government or altering the
present "strong mayor" form.
The committee will present its first report to the
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Opinion



It's finally Christmas
The usually high holiday spirit of Anna Maria Is-
land has returned, and thankfully, finally so.
With the state of the United States following Sept.
11, looking for warmth and comfort at every turn, from
meatloaf and mashed potatoes on the table to letters
from family and service personnel overseas in the mail-
box, we must say we're relieved.
We've said all along there's great comfort in
knowing "we're safe on Anna Maria Island." But we're
also greatful now for what has seemed for some years
to be an overburdening abundance of holiday glitter
and frivolty. And it seemed in years past it came too
soon.
This year we were ready for the decorations, the
music, the wrapping paper, the shopping. Shopping?
Yes, even the opportunity to break the Island stay-
home stronghold, venture out and shop for friends,
family and loved ones is welcomed.
Outdoor decorations are springing up like beach
daisies around the Island. Presents are wrapped and
under the tree early. The eggnog is flowing. Kids are
out caroling, some on their own to raise funds for a
program at Anna Maria Elementary School to benefit
young people in the Middle East.
Good deeds prevail, although good news does
not always accompany the holidays. And we can't
help but wish for better times for some folks this
time of year.
What better, then, than a good old-fashioned get-
together with hot dogs and sodas priced at 25 cents,
music and entertainment, games and activities and a
visit from Santa Claus as the "snow" blows through the
warm air of Anna Maria?
You guessed it. Saturday's Family Fun Festival. It
was a heartwarming event, filled with holiday cheer
and high spirits for the coming year.
Thanks, Chuck and Joey Lester, for reminding us
of what we've been missing amid all the fundraising
and hustling to keep our worthy nonprofit organiza-
tions afloat that it doesn't always have to be about
money.
Thanks for sponsoring a day for kids and families,
young and old, and for making it fun.
Once again, you've shown us how to make a dif-
ference in our community and you did it by not only
opening your wallet, but your hearts, as you have done
so well in the past.
Bless you, and bless you all. And we wish you all
a very happy holiday, too.




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Kudos for renourishment
I would like to thank everyone who helped support
the Anna Maria Island beach renourishment project.
Without the many letters of support that were sent to
the county commissioners, I don't think this project
would have a start date of Jan. 30, 2002.
Charlie Hunsicker has worked diligently on this
plan and there were many obstacles along the way, but
the end result will be well worth it. I appreciate all of
his hard work. County Commission Chairman Joe
McClash and Commissioner Jane Von Hahmann
should be credited as well.
Good beaches are perhaps more important to
Florida than any other state, and the beach on Anna
Maria Island is the No. 1 attractor of tourists to Mana-
tee County. Since 1970 more than 155 miles of badly
eroded beaches in Florida have been renourished. We
need to maintain our beach with periodic
renourishment, as necessary.
Judy Giovanelli, Bradenton Beach

Accolade to Charlie Guy
'Tis the season to recognize those wonderful
people on earth that show daily acts of kindness. I re-
cently received a phone call from a woman named Jen-
nifer in regard to purchasing a used vehicle. Her spe-
cial requests were few: Needs to be reliable, hatchback
and have air conditioning. I prompted Jennifer to tell
me what the car would be used for and here is her in-
credible story:
Picture this, a retired Vietnam veteran using his
tidbit of money to feed, spay and neuter homeless kit-
tens. Pretty unbelievable that someone would give their
last dime to a stray cat, huh?
Well, believe it, because that's what he does.
Along with volunteering time to the Humane Society
to insure that each one of his furry little beauties cap-
tures the heart of someone that will provide it with a
good home.
Charlie Guy is our angelic suspect. Recently, during


Tropical Storm Gabrielle, Charlie was rescuing cats when
lightning struck and a kitten bit him. While in the hospi-
tal, Charlie suffered from congestive heart failure. What
would these poor little kitties do without him for eight
weeks?
Well, that's where Jennifer comes into play. Jen-
nifer Dagher of Anna Maria is Charlie's sidekick.
There to help him every step of the way, Jennifer holds
a fulltime job and still finds time to assist Charlie with
daily duties of feeding and sheltering all of these pre-
cious animals.
It's the time of year that makes us all strive to be
better people. For these two, every day is a holiday.
Many thanks go to Charlie and Jennifer. Your gener-
ous hearts are applauded.
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Note: To reach Dagher regarding cat rescue donations,
call 778-0404.

More on Sigma
I just read the article "Sigma returns to Cortez for
awhile" (Islander Dec. 12) and wanted to clarify one
point. The article states that the Rivoltas are having
problems with their development request because
"...progress stalled by protests from Cortez residents."
Actually, the development request that they sub-
mitted does not meet the requirements of the Manatee
County Comprehensive Plan, the growth management
document for the county.
The problem with the proposed development is that
it includes an increase in residential density over what
is allowed in the comprehensive plan and the plan does
not allow for an amendment to increase residential
population in the coastal high hazard area where the
property is located.
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was adopted because there are not enough shelters for the
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Opponents claim small victory in trolley skirmish


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
While opponents of beach renourishment had their
noses pushed in the sand on that issue at the Anna Maria
city commission meeting on Dec. 13, those who were also
fighting against the 18 stops and 18 signs that the Mana-
tee County Area Transit requested for the upcoming trol-
ley service on Anna Maria Island won something of a vic-
tory.
After two hours of discussing beach renourishment,
commissioners voted to extend the meeting past the usual
9 p.m. closing for the trolley issue.
With nearly an extra 60 minutes worth of opposition
time available, commissioners eventually approved only
14 stops in the city and by a 3-2 margin, voted against any
MCAT signs, but approved a stenciled logo for the trol-
ley on the back of the trolley-stop benches.
There will be seven stops northbound and a corre-
sponding seven stops southbound in the city, generally just
across the street from each other, according to the list pre-
sented by Commissioner Linda Cramer, the commission
liaison to the trolley marketing committee.
Cramer said there had been a lot of confusion about
the number of signs and stops the trolley needed in Anna
Maria.
There was also a "lack of planning," she said. "We
would rather have been on a planning committee than a
marketing committee."
But it was never an issue that the city did not support
the trolley, she said. There was, however, a lot of resis-
tance from residents about the 18 trolley stops and signs,
and even the logo character for the signs.
At a marketing committee meeting of only Anna
Maria residents on Dec. 11, the committee had recom-
mended to the city commission just 14 stops and no signs.
"We don't want signs at the stops," said Cramer, "just a
visual sign on the bench."
The committee recommended a stenciled "trolley
stop" on the back of the bench.
Diane Caniff had opposed the trolley sign and logo,
saying it looked like a cartoon.
Cramer said MCAT supervisor Charles Clayman and
another staff member had been out earlier that week to


confer with city building inspector George McKay and
herself on the new locations and they have "no problem"
with the new locations.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore spoke in fa-
vor of having the signs uniform throughout the Island,
rather than just a logo in Anna Maria and signs elsewhere.
Susan Hancock, MCAT marketing manager, also
spoke of the need for "uniformity." However, she said,
"MCAT wants to do what the City of Anna Maria wants
to do, but we prefer standard signs.
"We will work with you, even if you don't approve
the signs," she added.
Ed Chiles said if the city supports the trolley 100 per-
cent, that should also mean they support the trolley signs.
"It seems to me you maybe support it [trolleys] 85 per-
cent."
He said this project is being done with public funds,
none of which is being paid by Anna Maria. The city
needs to make the trolley signs "visible" for the many for-
eign visitors who might not read English, he said.
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh replied there are already
"too many signs" in Anna Maria. "We can always add
signs at a later date."
Anna Maria resident Dale Powers said he'd only been
living here 16 years, "So I'm not accustomed to being
opposed to anything I didn't think of myself."
"But as long as our city commission is the laughing
stock of the suncoast, what's the difference on the signs,
or not?" he added to the applause of the few remaining
members of the public.
Mary Ann Brockman of the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce said she believes each Island city
"should be consistent," and every city "should have the
same sign all the way down the line."
Commissioner John Michaels and Vice Mayor Tom
Skoloda both indicated they were in favor of signs to iden-
tify the trolley stops.
Cramer said she was willing to wait on the issue of the
signs, but a motion to approve 14 stops without signs was
made, seconded and passed by a 3-2 vote without any
further public debate.
The commission then passed a resolution from
Michaels opposing any effort for a charter government in


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Commissioner Jay Hill observed that to have such a
late motion with no time for the public to digest the mat-
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the administrative committee he sits on. "It's the number
one complaint," Hill said.
Hill said he didn't have a problem voting in favor of
the resolution, just with its late presentation. It was 9:55
p.m. when the matter finally came up on the agenda.
The resolution passed, 5-0.
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh then asked if the regular
commission meeting of Dec. 27 could be canceled be-
cause he would be out of town.
The other four commissioners said they were going
to be on the Island at that time and would be able to attend
and Skoloda said there is still a lot of business to deal with,
including a lot leftover from previous meetings. So the
meeting stays on the schedule for Dec. 27 at 7 p.m.
With that, the three-hour city commission meeting
adjourned with just a few people left in the public gallery.

Proposed trolley stops in Anna Maria City
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PAGE 8-A DEC. 19, 2o0I 6 THETSLANDER


Longboat Key has a saint for a town manager


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Hey, Islanders. Thinking about changing your
form of municipal government, but don't know where
you want to go?
You might want to go a few miles south to
Longboat Key.
That's where city manager ("town" manager in
LBK vernacular) Bruce St. Denis advocates the profes-
sionalism and administrative process a commission-
city manager form of government brings to a munici-
pality.
Not to mention the fact that a lot of politics are
removed from the daily operation of the town of
Longboat Key.
With charter review committees in both Anna
Maria and Holmes Beach now examining alternative
forms of government, which is being proposed to elimi-
nate much of the political bickering and infighting that
appears all too frequently in a commission-mayor sys-
tem, Longboat Key's commission-city manager system
might be worth a first or second look.
"Our charter excludes town commissioners from
going directly to city employees with problems and
complaints," said St. Denis. "The town commissioners
come to me with complaints. It's my job to help in
solving the problems. They can't go directly to public
works or the code enforcement officer. They can't just
try to get [staff] to do something for them. That's my
job.
"The town commission is the true policy board. I
am basically the chief administrative officer," said St.
Denis.
The town commission supervises two employees:
the city manager and the city attorney.
St. Denis then hires the heads of the seven depart-
ments in his town. Department heads, in turn, hire their
staff, or fire them, if necessary.
This system removes the "politics" often associ-
ated with a newly elected commission member or
mayor under a commission-mayor system who can
come in and remove city staff, if they want.
There's also a lot less pressure on city employees
when a new commission or mayor is elected. Often,
under a commission-mayor form of government, city
staff may feel they have to please the politicians or face
dismissal, St. Denis said.
"When town commissioners have a political dis-

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agreement, I may be affected, but city staff members
are not," he said.
Another aspect is training. A lot of time and money
has been invested in training city staff members by the
city, particularly professional people. It doesn't pay to
keep having to hire new staff, he noted. Because he's
a professional, he's also able to train department heads
and other staff on how to run a city and he knows what
training they need for their positions.
A good city manager also keeps tabs on all the
grant money available for public projects. He and his
staff also have to be "up to speed" on county [both
Sarasota and Manatee counties in the case of Longboat
Key], state and federal laws and regulations pertaining
to them.
A case in point occurred recently after Tropical
Storm Gabrielle where St. Denis, with his knowledge
of the Federal Emergency Management Agency rules,
had already arranged for cleanup and reimbursement of
the town's expenses under FEMA before the storm hit.
"That's what comes from being a professional city
manager," he said.
All this doesn't mean town commissioners have


nothing to do. Quite the contrary.
The preparation of the city's $12 million annual
budget is the commission's number one annual issue.
The town commission prepares a "goals and objec-
tives" list for the city manager in the spring, giving
priority to projects they would like to see initiated. The
commission gains input from members of the public,
associations and groups at a series of town meetings
during this time.
The commission ranks its "goals and objectives" in
order of preference in the budget, then gives it to the
city manager. The manager and his staff prepare a "rec-
ommended" budget to the commission by June 1, based
upon what that they think will work, given the current
city finances and tax rate.
The budget is based upon the priorities given the
city manager. He tries to ensure the "goals and objec-
tives" of the commission are met in order of priority.
Once returned to the commission, it's then up to that
body to adopt, amend or reject the budget.
This keeps the politics within the policy makers,
said St. Denis. "People don't come to me, they come
to the commission. The commission comes to me. I and
the city staff go back to the commission with a budget."
Does this sound like professional city management
as opposed to politics?
St. Denis believes that his 25 years of training and
experience in city government are a definite advantage
in running a city.
The other side of the coin is in Bradenton, which
does not have a city manager, but a council-mayor form
of government. Wayne Poston was elected Bradenton
mayor recently with no extensive city administration or
management experience. Poston oversees a city of
about 50,000 people with an annual budget of $79 mil-
lion compared with Longboat Key, with 22,000 people
[in winter] and an annual budget of $12 million.
St. Denis is a definite advocate of the commission-
city manager form of government, although he's heard
all the arguments about the cost of a city manager in a
small city with limited tax base.
"You can't look at the cost of a city manager, you
have to look at value for money. Are you getting value
for the money spent?"
St. Denis believes you do with a city manager.
"You want to give the best service level to your
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Basic forms of municipal government in Florida


There are four basic forms of city government in
Florida, according to the Florida League of Cities in
Tallahassee.
While each has its own merits, by far the most
widespread system is the council-manager form of

St. Denis of Longboat Key
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
city," and a city manager form of government elimi-
nates a lot of government inefficiency, staff turnover,
training expenses, and gives a better product at less cost
than some other municipal government systems.
St. Denis is a professional at city administration
and he's been helping prepare city budgets and learn-
ing how to run a city since 1976 when he graduated
from the University of Buffalo and started as an assis-
tant in the Largo public works department.
Since then, he's been with the city of Dunedin,
Pinellas County as the director of facility management,
and Longboat Key as the assistant town manager. He
was promoted to the top spot in 1997.
He's a member of the national and state associa-
tions for city managers and confers on a regular basis
with other city and county managers in the area, often
speculating on how to solve problems before they oc-
cur.
How well does the. system work for Longboat
Key?
According to former Longboat town clerk Pat
Arends, the town's had a commission-city manager
form of government since it was founded in 1955 and
nobody's ever asked to change the system.
But a commission-city manager form of govern-
ment may not be for every city, particularly very small
communities in rural areas. Cities have to look at all the
issues with a city manager, then decide for themselves.
St. Denis believes, however, that most Florida
coastal cities, with constant pressure to grow and with
all the associated problems of running a city where
tourism, retirement communities and real estate are
major industries, need a city manager, not a mayor who
-already has a full-time job.
"You simply can't run one of these cities on a part-
time basis," he said.


government, said Ken Small of the FLC.
"This is the most popular system in Florida," said
Small, and 230 of the FLC's 405 member municipali-
ties (58 percent) operate under this form of govern-
ment. For cities with population between 5,000 and
150,000 "the figure is 90 percent," Small added.
The FLC publishes a synopsis of each form of gov-
ernment. The other three forms of municipal govern-
ment are council-weak mayor, council-strong mayor,
and commission form.
When reading the synopsis of each government
form, remember that council and commission are inter-
changeable, according to Small.

Council-manager government
This form has become very popular with munici-
pal governments since its introduction in Dayton, Ohio,
in 1916.
It parallels the organization of the business corpo-
ration: voters (stockholders) elect the council (board of
directors), including the mayor (chairman of the
board), which, in turn, appoints the manager (chief
executive officer). Unlike the two council-mayor forms
of government, where the emphasis is on political lead-
ership, the prevailing norms in the council-manager
form are administrative competency and efficiency.
Under the council-manager form, the manager is
the chief administrative officer of the city and is hired
by the council.
The manager supervises and coordinates the de-
partments, employs and terminates their directors; pre-
pares the budget for the council's consideration; and
makes reports and recommendations to the council. All
department heads report to the manager, who is fully
responsible for municipal administration.
The position of mayor in this form is largely cer-
emonial, although he/she may hold a seat on the coun-
cil and have a vote. The mayor presides over council
meetings and makes appointments to boards. The
mayor may be an important political figure, but he/she
has little, if any, role in the day-to-day administration
of the city. The mayor and council members do not
interfere with the daily administration of the city, but
deal directly with the city manager with problems.
Some city charters provide that interference in ad-


ministrative matters by an elected city official is
grounds for removal from office.
The council-manager form is widely viewed as a
way to take politics out of municipal administration
and the city manager is also expected to abstain from
any and all political involvement.
This plan is particularly attractive to small and
medium-size cities, said Small, and the number of cit-
ies utilizing this form is growing in Florida every year.
Sarasota and Longboat Key both have commis-
sion-city manager form of government.

Council-strong mayor
Small said 40 municipalities in Florida presently
utilize this form of government and the number is con-
tinually diminishing each year as more and more cit-
ies convert by a charter vote to a council-manager
form. It is popular in larger cities with more than
150,000 people, including Miami and St. Petersburg.
Bradenton is also a council-strong mayor system.
The council-strong mayor form of government
provides a distinct division of powers between the
council and the mayor. The mayor is considered
"strong" because he/she has the power to hire and fire
city staff.
The mayor actually is the chief executive and has
substantial influence on the policy-making process and
substantial control over administration of the city, in-
cluding personnel matters. He/she has important bud-
getary and appointing powers and administrative au-
thority is not shared with independent boards and com-
missions.

Council-weak mayor
Small said this form of government is very popu-
lar with small communities under 5,000 people with a
limited annual budget. Approximately 125 Florida cit-
ies have this form of government, but the numbers are
gradually dwindling as cities, particularly those grow-
ing in population annually, convert to the city manager
form.
In the 19th century, this was the most common
form of city government and was nearly universal
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Dec. 10, 300 block of Spring Avenue, burglary.
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Bradenton Beach
Dec. 3, 200 block of 22nd Street, possession of
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Government
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9
among cities.
The major distinction between this form and a
strong mayor is that the mayor does not have author-
ity over personnel. Instead, the city council retains
collective control over administration, including ap-
pointment and dismissal of municipal employees and
appointments to boards and commissions.
Control of some functional areas (parks, library,
etc.) may be delegated by charter or ordinance to semi-
independent boards and commissions. Department
heads report directly to the city council as a whole, or
the mayor in his/her capacity as spokesperson for the
council.
In general, the mayor's authority is limited and
often, the post is filled by election from the city coun-
cil, not by the voters.
Sometimes, the city clerk functions as a de facto
chief administrator.

Commission form
The fourth type of municipal government in
Florida is a commission-only form.
Only 12 of Florida's 405 municipalities still use
this form of government, Small said, and the cities are
generally rural with a small population and tax base.
The commission form combines both executive
and legislative powers in a governing board: the com-
mission. There is no single chief executive or mayor.
Instead, commissioners serve collectively as the policy-
making board and individually as heads of specific
departments within the city.


the beds looked as if it had been slept in.
Dec. 9, 200 Bridge St., Bridge Street Pier, posses-
sion of alcohol. Three minors were arrested for posses-
sion of alcohol. According to the report, officers also
found one minor in possession of a six-inch hunting
knife and a second minor had a warrant out of Mana-
tee County for a parole violation.
Dec. 12, 1007 Gulf Drive N., Summer Sands con-
dominiums, theft. According to the report, several de-
cals had been stolen off vehicles in the parking garage.
Dec. 12, 2513 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, retail theft.
A man stole a 20-pack of beer from the store.

Holmes Beach
Dec. 10, 500 block of 71st Street, theft. The tailgate
of a man's truck was reported stolen.
Dec. 13, 5704 Marina Drive, Everything Under the
Sun, burglary. Two Mexican-style painted pots valued
at an approximate total of $200 were reportedly stolen
from the property.
Dec. 13, 5600 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A man
reported that five areca palms had been dug out of his
backyard and stolen. According to the report, each
plant weighed about 100 pounds.
Dec. 13, 2900 block of Avenue E, theft. A woman
reported that charges had been made to her credit card
by an unknown person. According to the report, one
charge was for a $1,051 Seascape Cruise and the sec-
ond charge was for an unknown item that cost $529.
Dec. 13, 200 Bridge St., Bridge Street Pier Cafe,
alarm. Officers assisted Bradenton Beach police in
securing the irea due to an alarm. The key holder was
contacted and confirmed that nothing was missing.

Rotarians
Nancy Ambrose of
Holmes Beach is
welcomed to member-
ship in the Anna Maria
Island Rotary Club by
Alex Creagh, Rotarian
for more than 45 years.
She also is active in the
Island Players and
Butterfly Association.
The club is celebrating
its 35th year.





Although offering more integration of policy and
administration than the council-weak mayor, the com-
mission form tends to provide inadequate coordination,
insufficient internal control and amateur direction of
administration. There is also a great potential for politi-
cal influence, particularly with city staff positions.
But before anyone in Anna Maria or Holmes Beach
.gets the idea that a council-city manager form of gov-
ernment is a cure-all for the political machinations,
innuendo and interference under a council-mayor gov-
ernment, there is a downside.
For small cities, the cost of a city manager could
be a major financial burden.
"The cheapest city manager you might get would
cost you about $55,000 a year," said Small, who is him-
self a former city manager. And that's only if he or she
didn't have to live on the Island, where the cost of
housing is much higher than on the mainland, he indi-
cated. In addition, a city manager working for mini-
mum salary might just work a few years before head-
ing for a larger city and more money.
City managers don't have to have a college degree
in city planning, said Small, although many do. He's
known city managers who came up through the ranks
of city employment, often starting in a menial desk job.
"So the best bet might be to hire someone already
in the [city] system," he observed, or look for a retired
city manager looking to stay active.
But any discussion about a city manager for Anna
Maria or Holmes Beach is academic at this point.
While charter review commissions in both cities
expected to spend considerable time examining the
possibility of a new form of city government, no mea-
sure is expected to be presented to the voters until
November 2002 at the earliest.







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meets Friday afternoon
at Island Center
The Caregiver Support Group of Neighborly Se-
nior Services of Manatee will meet at 1 p.m. Friday,
Dec. 21, at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.
The discussion and advice session is aimed at
persons caring for an adult with chronic health or
memory problems, including Alzheimer's disease.
Further information may be obtained at 748-
3001.


Obituaries


Lita De Rivera
Lita De Rivera, 94, of New York City and Anna
Maria, died Dec. 11.
Born in Tampa, Ms. De Rivera came to Manatee
County from New York City 40 years ago. She was a
hat maker.
There were no services.
She is survived by sister Connie Barral of Queens,
N.Y.; and nephews Vincent Ujcic and Carl Jeronimo,
both of Anna Maria City.


Margaret Drew
Margaret Drew, 87, of Bradenton and formerly
Holmes Beach, died Dec. 13.
Born in Michigan, Mrs. Drew came to Manatee
County in the late 1940s. She was a teacher for 31 years
at Anna Maria Elementary School before her retire-
ment in 1987. She attended Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, Anna Maria City.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
20, at Shannon Funeral Home, 5610 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Fri-
day, Dec. 21, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sky-
way Memorial Gardens, Palmetto. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to the church, P.O. Box 247, Anna
Maria FL 34216.
She is survived by daughter Margaret Cannon.

Frank Duytschaever
Frank Duytschaever, 89, of Bradenton, died Dec.
13.
Born in Bettendorf, Iowa, Mr. Duytschaever came
to Manatee County from Alliance, Ohio, in 1976. He
lived in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach before moving
to Bradenton in 1987.
He was retired from the metal pattern shop of the
American Steel Foundry in Ohio. He was a member of
Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria
City. He was an honorary member of the 25 Year Club
of A.S.F. Keystone Inc., and a member of the Benevo-
lent and Protective Order of Elks of Alliance for 61
years.
Memorial services were Dec. 18 at Roser Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church,
P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34217, or to Hospice of
Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
34238.
He is survived by wife Marion; son F. Jeffrey of
Cincinnati; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Leslie F. Kenworthy
Leslie F. Kenworthy, 80, of Whiting, N.J., and
Bradenton, died Dec. 14.
Born in Kearny, N.J., Mr. Kenworthy was a win-
ter visitor to the area since 1987. He was a retired edu-
cator from the New Jersey public school system. He
served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He at-
tended Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach. He
was a member of High Twelve Club of Anna Maria,
American Legion Kirby Stewart Post No. 24 in
Bradenton, VFW and Moose Lodge in Bradenton. He
was a member and 32nd Degree Mason of Masonic
Lodge No. 7 of Montclair, N.J.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday,
Dec. 20, at the church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
FL 34217. Memorial contributions may be made to the
church. Brown and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of
arrangements.
He is survived by wife Lottie; daughter Maryann


Rhines of Bradenton; sister Nancy L. Mitchell of
Sarasota; brother A. Eugene of Long Beach Island,
N.J.; and two grandchildren.

Susan Langley Fowler McCoy
Susan Langley Fowler McCoy, 42, of Anna Maria
Island and Bradenton Beach, died Dec. 8 in Washing-
ton, D.C.
Born in Jacksonville Fla., Ms. McCoy graduated
from Aurora High School in Colorado. She had
bachelor's degree in marketing from Florida State
University and a master's degree from FSU. She
worked with Bank of Sarasota, and later for a computer
software company based in Lincoln, Neb. She was an
avid turtle preservationist and enjoyed biking, tennis
and watching each sunrise and sunset.
Memorial services were Dec. 10.
She is survived by husband Michael Sean of Char-
lotte, N.C.; parents, Virginia and Lang Fowler of Jack-
sonville; stepson Michael Sean IV of Charlotte; and
daughters Erin McCoy Pedersen and Kelly, both of
Charlotte.

Emmett J. Shelley
Emmett J. Shelley, 87, of Lloydharbor, Hunting-
ton, N.Y., and Holmes Beach, died Oct. 4.
Born in Manhattan, Mr. Shelley was retired as an
account executive from J. Walter Thompson. He at-
tended Manhattan College. He was a winter visitor of
Holmes Beach.
Memorial services were Huntington.
He is survived by wife Toni; stepson William T.
Sykes; daughter-in-law Barbara; and two grandchil-
dren.

Jane M. Wagner
Jane M. Wagner, 62, of Nappanee, Ind., and Anna
Maria Island, died Dec. 14.
Born in Bremen, Ind., Mrs. Wagner spent most of
her life in the Nappanee area and was a winter visitor
to the Island. She was a homemaker and co-owner of
L.J. Wagner Home Interiors, Nappanee. She attended
Roser.Memcrial Community Church, Anna Maria
City, and Nappanee Missionary Church, where she
held many leadership positions. She was a member of
the Nappanee Home and Garden Club.
Visitation was Dec. 17 and services Dec. 18 in
Nappanee.
She is survived by husband Larry L.; daughter
Cheryl Yoder of Nappanee; son Steve of Chicago; sis-
ter Becky Lehman of Nappanee; brothers James
Unsicker of Osceola, Ind., and Rick Unsicker of
Elkhart, Ind.; and two grandchildren.


Zackery Thomas Williams
Zackery Thomas Williams, infant, of Holmes
Beach, died Dec. 13.
He was born in St. Petersburg.
Visitation and services were Dec. 17. Memorial
contributions may be made to All Children's Hospital,
801 Sixth St. S., St. Petersburg FL 33701. Griffith-
Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of
arrangements.
He is survived by parents Elizabeth and Adam;
sister Ashley; paternal grandparents Sue and Curtis
Woodall of Bradenton and Janet and Cliff Crippen of
Hemlock, Mich.; and maternal grandparents Shiela and
Roy Fisher of Elizabethtown, Tenn., and Lauri and Ed
Klages of Franklin, N.C.


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Parking not easy in Anna Maria City


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Seems like nothing comes easy in the City of Anna
Maria. Try beach- renourishment. Try the Manatee
Trolley. Try drainage control. Try finding a parking
space near the beach on a weekend.
Actually, what's easy to find near the beach is a
"No Parking" sign, according to many Anna Maria
residents and the city's own map of no parking signs.
At the long-awaited special city commission meet-
ing on parking held Dec. 11, a number of people won-
dered why there are a lot of no-parking signs on many
streets near the beach, while parking seems to be al-
lowed along many other city rights of way not near the
beach, to the disgruntlement of those who live on those
streets.
The answer, as always in Anna Maria, doesn't
seem easy to come by.
City Attorney James Dye said certain no-parking
signs may be invalid, as some of these zones have ap-
parently been established without an ordinance.
So the first thing for the city to do is establish a new
parking/no-parking ordinance complete with amend-
ments that designate exactly where no-parking areas
are and their limits, or with a schedule describing block
by block where the parking and no-parking zones will
be located, he said.
Easier said than done in Anna Maria.
"Right of way and parking are emotional issues,"
said Commissioner John Michaels, and "I don't think
we'll find a solution to satisfy everybody."
Michaels gave some background to the parking
problem, saying that a previous building inspector and
prior city commissions seemed to give no-parking
signs to whomever wanted one.
"So we have to educate the public what the rules
are. A lot of people don't realize their property ends
before the [street] asphalt," he said.
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh said there have been
many requests to various city commissions over the
years for no parking in front of someone's house or on


a particular street. Now, many people have landscaped
on a right of way or blocked it off. The city now is
having difficulty "getting residents to clear those rights
of way," he said.
So where can you park in Anna Maria? Or, where
can you not park? Where you can't park seems an easy
answer, at first glance.
Deffenbaugh produced a map done by Public
Works Director George McKay showing where no-
parking signs are located. The vast majority were on
beach access streets and there's a good reason for that,
said Michaels.
"It's clear the reason no-parking signs are there is
the beach," Michaels said. "Residents [on beach access
roads] have been abused" over the years by visitors
parking in front of their houses to get to the beach, of-
ten blocking a driveway or other access.
So people who didn't want parking on their street
would just go down to the city commission or friendly
building inspector in years past, put in their request and
get a no-parking sign, said Deffenbaugh. All of which
was apparently done without a proper ordinance, ac-
cording to Dye.
But there are problems even with those signs and
locations, said Deffenbaugh.
Many signs just say "No Parking," and don't iden-
tify the actual no-parking zone. In most cases there is
no indication if no parking extends across the street, if
it is only for a few feet, if it is just in front of that sign,
or if it is meant to be the entire street.
"We are trying to figure out where parking was
supposed to be when the signs were erected,"
Deffenbaugh said. "There is nothing in writing to in-
dicate what [was] meant when the sign went up."
Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda said many areas of the
city "don't have clean blocks." Many people have
abused parking on a right of way by parking in front of
a vacant rental unit, often blocking nearby residents. So
some residents simply blocked off the right of way, he
said.
Deffenbaugh said the first step is get a clear list of


where all the no-parking signs are, then try to interpret.
the limits of those signs. The next step is a valid park-
ing ordinance with amendments and clear descriptions
of parking and no-parking zones.
Anna Maria resident Georgia Van Cleef argued the
city should start from "ground zero" and not with the
current no parking signs. If residents on a street want
no parking, they should simply bring a petition to the
city commission and it would be granted.
Michaels said the city was trying not to restrict
parking to just city residents, as many Florida beach
cities do. "Is it possible to have a daily parking sticker
[for visitors] as an option" to no parking? he asked.
Diane Caniff said she and Carol Ann McGill were
members of a city parking committee that had submit-
ted several proposals on parking to the city. One of
those was to maintain the current no-parking zones.
Dale Woodland believed the problem is that "there
are some who thinking parking should be available to
the general public and some who think parking should
be for residents only."
But Anna Maria's success may also contribute to
its parking problem, said Deffenbaugh, because build-
ers and developers in Manatee County are "selling the
beach as only 20 minutes away. Everyone in Manatee
County sells the beaches. If we don't get something
enacted soon, we'll be inundated with cars.
"We are not designed like Bradenton Beach and
Holmes Beach. They, have large parking areas. We
don't."
Maybe the answer for non-resident parking is ei-
ther to sell a day permit or send them to Bayfront Park,
Deffenbaugh suggested.
But even Bayfront Park, which is city property
operated by Manatee County, is not without problems.
Nearby residents complained at the meeting that
people often double and triple park and park along the
street. In addition, people leave trash on the ground,
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nate in public and drink alcoholic beverages openly.
Karen DiCostanzo said visitors do that on every
Anna Maria beach. There is no public bathroom on any
Anna Maria city beach except at Bayfront Park.
Commissioner Linda Cramer wondered if the city
should take out all the no-parking signs and "start over."
Leave them in until we have a plan, said
Deffenbaugh. "There are a lot of things to sort
through."
Duke Miller, who said his family has lived in Anna
Maria for 44 years, remembers when the city tried open
parking and "it doesn't work. Open parking was hell.
"This is our city. It's the beautiful jewel we've
been able to pursue because it's special. Think of our-
selves first," said Miller.
Visitors who want to go to the beach already have
a location, Miller said, "and it's called Holmes Beach."
At the end of the meeting, nobody voted to do any-
thing and that was easy.
No motion was made for any master plan or ordi-
nance.
Deffenbaugh said he would prepare a master list of
no-parking zones and affected rights of way, but gave no
deadline. No future special meeting on parking was
planned.
Deffenbaugh later said he will prepare an agenda
item once the master list is completed.
The motion to adjourn was the easiest part of the
meeting.


Wednesday, Dec. 19
12:30 p.m. Men's Barbershop Quartet Christ-
mas Program at the Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City. Informa-
tion: 778-2658.
6:30 p.m. -First Position Dance Studio performs
to a reading of the "Nutcracker Suite" at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
8 p.m. Manatee Players present "1940s Radio
Hour" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Information: box office, 748-5875.

Thursday, Dec. 20
8 p.m. Manatee Players present "1940s Radio
Hour" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Information: box office, 748-5875.

Friday, Dec. 21
1 to 2p.m. Caregiver support group at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Avenue, Anna Maria City. Information: Susan
Horton, 748-3001.
8 p.m. -Manatee Players present "1940s Radio
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Saturday, Dec. 22
9 a.m. & 1 p.m. -"Stars and Angels of the Sea"
family program at Mote Marine Laboratory, City Is-
land, just off the south ramp of the New Pass bridge
to Longboat Key. Registration applies: 388-4441.
8 p.m. Manatee Players present "1940s Radio
Hour" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Information: box office, 748-5875.

Sunday, Dec. 23
2 p.m. Manatee Players present "1940s Radio
Hour" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Information: box office, 748-5875.

Monday, Dec. 24
10 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at
the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-6491.

Wednesday, Dec. 26
7 a.m. to dusk The Manatee County Audubon
Society's Christmas bird count originates at the Is-
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Christmas services in Island churches


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Two Island churches will combine choirs and al-
ternate locations for special Christmas Eve services -
Monday, Dec. 24.
The choirs of the Episcopal Church of the An-
nunciation and of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
will sing together at their churches in worship ser-
vices for all to enjoy.
They will take part in services at 8 p.m. at Gloria
Dei, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and at 10 p.m.
at Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Islanders' services of the season:
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, Father John H.R. Ellis, pastor Christ-
mas.Eve, Children's Mass at 3:30 p.m., children will sing
and present a pageant during mass; 11:20 p.m., carols and
anthems by the Celebration Choir; midnight mass at 12.
Christmas Day, masses at 8:30 and 10 a.m.
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria City, Rev. Ed Northrup, pastor Christmas
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Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
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and the more traditional candlelight service at 9 p.m.,
with special music at the latter featuring Victor and
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Holy Eucharist (Rite I) at 10 a.m.
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THE ISLANDER'WDEC. 19, 2001 E'PAGE A-45


Key Royale holiday lighting contest winners


A contest seeking the best holiday-decorated Key
Royale homes concluded with organizers "very im-
pressed" with the results and greatly encouraged to repeat
their effort next year.
The first-place winners are Carmine and Jane
Galati of 608 North Point. Their decorations incorpo-
rated a theme of characters near the road including
Santa, a snowman and Winnie the Pooh, areas of lots
of white lights and areas of lots of mixed-color lights,
grand red bows on the double front doors and tin sol-
diers standing guard at the steps. The Christmas tree
lights reflected through the cut-glass panes on the front
doors for a warm, cozy holiday glow from inside the
Galati home.
Second-place winners are John and Diane Crawford
with their white, winter wonderland at 601 Ambassador
on the comer of Key Royale Drive. A beautiful, sparkling
wreath hangs from the trellis over the entryway and the
Crawford's comer is illuminated by hundreds (thou-
sands?) of white lights and a large, puffy "Frosty the
Snowman."
Third place was captured by Nancy Wood of 615
Dundee. Wood's yard and home is illuminated with a
dozen or so reindeer, candy canes and assorted characters
and plenty of lights and icicles.
Honorable mention went to a tasteful display at the
home of Al and Jane Gunn at 725 Key Royale Drive.
Theirs is a beautiful nativity scene comprising nearly life-
sized statuary and effective lighting.
The winners received gift certificates from Bistro at
Island's End, Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, Oma
Pizza and Italian Restaurant and the honorable mention
award was a gift certificate from Publix.
Lisa Baker and Karen Zimmerman undertook getting
the new competition organized, distributed flyers and at-
tended the association meeting to get the word out.
The judging took place on the eve of Dec. 16 with

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First place winner, the Galatis of 608 North Point. Second place winner, the Crawfords, 601 Ambassador.
First place winner, the Galatis of 608 North Point. Second place winner, the Crawfords, 601 Ambassador.


Baker and Zimmerman accompanying judge Bonner Joy,
publisher of The Islander, on the rounds of Key Royale.
Baker and Zimmerman noted homes that hadn't been
decorated for many years were lit up by the deadline, sev-
eral elderly residents ventured out to decorate on their
own, and the holiday spirit was evident on Key Royale


Third-place
winner,
Nancy Wood
of 615
Dundee.
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We'll do it again next year, they concluded, possibly
including waterfront decorating in time for the lighted boat
parade. And Baker also said they'd offer decorating assis-
tance next year.
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PAGE 18-A 0 DEC. 19, 2001 0 THE ISLANDER


Basketball races starting to heat up at Center


By Kevin Cassidy
Special to The Islander
Basketball action at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center is over for the month of December with
the eighth annual Christmas Indoor Soccer Tournament
taking precedence.
A few teams have had good jump starts and find
themselves on top of their respective divisions. IMG
Academy looks to be the class of the Premier
League, though Island Real Estate isn't conceding
anything as of yet.
In Division I, Air & Energy has raced to the top of
the standings with a 3-1 record, while Sign of the Mer-
maid is on top in Division II with a perfect 3-0 record.
Division III LPAC appears to be the class of the
division, led by sharp-shooting forward Justin
Dearlove. Dearlove gets ample support from team-
mates Nick Tankersley, Sarah Howard, Forrest
Schield, Daniel Janisch, Steven Orlando, Brooke
Fitzgerald and Breanne Richardson, who all work to-
gether to make their zone defense and half-court press
a nightmare for the opposition.

Danziger 20, LPAC 4
On Wednesday, Dec. 12, LPAC defeated Danziger
20-4. LPAC attempted 42 shots enough that six
players scored. Justin Dearlove led all scorers with 12
points on 6-for-8 shooting and seven steals. Nick
Tankersley was 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. Sarah
Howard and Steven Orlando each added one from the
line, while Brooke Fitzgerald and Breann Richardson
each contributed two points.
Dylan King and Ashley Waring each scored two
points to lead Danziger.

Danziger 12, Survey 5
Danziger Allergy & Sinus rode a balanced scoring
attack that saw five players score against Island Survey
& Mapping. They were led by four points from Ashley
Waring for their first win of the season on Wednesday,
Dec. 12. Dylan King, Martine Miller, Tommy Price,
and Gabe Saulter each added two points to the victory.
Island Survey & Mapping minus regular player
Joey Hutchison was led by Chris Callahan who
scored five points.

Duncan 6, Survey 2
Duncan Real Estate defeated Island Survey &
Mapping in its second game of the season on Monday,
Dec. 10, behind a strong defense and three points from
Kyle Sewall. Blake Wilson added two points for
Duncan, who also got one point from Corey Strickler.
Kevin Callahan scored the only basket for Island
Survey & Mapping to finish with two points.
The Island Spirits evened its record at 2-2 with a
22-9 victory over Accute Care Team in Division II
action on Friday, Dec. 14.
Tyler Fitzgerald led the way for the Spirits with 10
points, while Broderick West chipped in with eight
points. Jordan Graeff and Sarah Platt added two points
each to the victory.
Zach Meshes led the Accute Care team with four
points while Celia Ware added three points. Scottie
Steenstra rounded out the scoring with two points.

Mermaid 28, Spirits 14
Sign of the Mermaid remained undefeated in Di-
vision II as they doubled up on the Island Spirits by a
28-14 score Tuesday, Dec. 11. The Mermaid was led
by Jarrod McKenzie with. 14 points and Tyler
Schneerer, who scored 12 points, including two three-
pointers. Ian Douglas completed the scoring for the
Mermaid with two points.
Broderick West led the Spirits with six points,
while Jordan Graeff added four points. Sarah Platt and
Kyle Swartzend each finished with two points for the
Spirits, who fell to 2-2 on the season.

Polo 35, A-Paradise 20
Marco Polo got double-figure scoring efforts from
three players as they rolled past A-Paradise Realty
Tuesday, Dec. 11, to improve to 2-1 on the season.
John Orr paced Marco Polo with 12 points, while
Dylan and Danielle Mullen each finished with 10
points. Justin Anton completed the scoring for Marco
Polo with three points.
Charlie Woodson and Kyle Victor led A-Paradise
with six points apiece, while C.J. Wickersham added four


Sam Lott hangs in the air as he scores two points for his Galati Marine team. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy


points. Mickey O'Bannon and Ian Beck each finished with
two points as A-Paradise fell to 1-2 on the season.

Energy 52, Tackle 43
Air & Energy remained atop Division I thanks to a 52-


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43 victory over Island Discount Tackle Friday, Dec. 14.
Air & Energy rode a balanced scoring attack led by
Jeff Wehling's 19 points that saw all but two players on
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE




THE ISLANDER U DEC. 19, 2001 U PAGE A-19


Sports
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18
its roster score. Clay Orr added 12 points, while Ryane
Garden and Chad Ensley each scored six points, Mikey
Schweitzer added five points, including a three-point bas-
ket, while Connor Bystrom finished with four points.
Island Discount Tackle was led by Greg Lowman's
18 points along with 11 points from Joey Mattay. Zach
Schield added six points, while Spencer Carper finished
with four points and Matt McDonough scored three.

Galati 46, Jessie's 36
Galati Marine took a 10-point victory over Jessies'
Island Store Wednesdy, Dec. 12, to improve to 2-1 and
stay a game behind Air & Energy in its division.
Sam Lott led Galati with 15 points, while Michael
Cramer chipped in with 10 points. Steve Seaton added
nine points for Galati, which also got two points from
Patrick Cole.
Jessie's had a trio of players in double figures led
by Steve Faasse's 14 points, with 12 points from Brad
Milks. Michael Wallen's 10 points were all scored in
the first half.

Energy 51, Bryant's Recycled Treasures 39
Air & Energy utilized a balanced scoring attack led
by Clay Orr's 15 points to race past the "treasure hunt-
ers" Tuesday, Dec. 11. Teammate Jeff Wehling added
10 points, while Chad Ensley scored nine and Ryane
Carden finished with eight. Connor Bystrom, Sarah
White and Mikey Schweitzer each scored two points to
complete the scoring for Air & Energy.
Mark Templeton's 18 points paced Bryants, which


also got 12 points from Steven Faillace and four points
from Jobe Smith. Brad Bryant's three points along with
two points from Chad Richardson rounded out the scor-
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Glass 63, Oyster 36
Anna Maria Glass & Screen finally played the way
they are capable of doing in taking an easy 63-36 win
over the Oyster Bar Wednesday, Dec. 12, for its first
victory of the season.
Daniel VanAndel dominated down low, scoring 18
points to lead all scorers, while Will Langston added
15. B.J. Keim added 12 points and Billy Malfese fin-
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Cramer completed the scoring for Anna Maria Glass &
Screen with five and two points, respectively.
Tyler Krauss scored 17 points, including two three-
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Milks added one.
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Bar, which also got seven points from Mic Cripe and
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in with five points, while Brandon Roberts finished
with two points.
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PAGE 20-A 0 DEC. 19, 2001 M THE ISLANDER

Island charter school board offers solutions for teachers


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Island Middle School charter board has agreed
to review its budget and hire a long-term substitute to
team-teach math and science.
The decision came after Director Jeanne Shell
raised concerns about discipline and effective teaching
at the school.
Team-teaching allows one teacher to monitor the
classroom while the other teacher presents the lesson
plan on one subject. During the second half of the class,
the teachers switch roles and subjects.
"If it is in the budget to hire a long-term substitute
for the remainder of the year," said board chairman
John Monetti, "it will have a long-term benefit for the
school."
Shell told the board that plans for the 2002-03
school year may include splitting math and science into
two separate classes taught by two separate full-time
teachers. The board hopes that if the,budget permits
hiring a long-term substitute, there may also be an op-
portunity to retain the substitute to teach math next
year.
According to Shell, another benefit of hiring an-
other teacher for the next semester is the opportunity
to expand the school's enrichment program. Each
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Author Lehane working on book as Island visitor


By Paul Roat
Crime fiction author Dennis Lehane is having a
wonderful working vacation this winter on Anna Maria
Island.
"I seem to work well when I'm near the water,"
Lehane, usually Boston-based, said of his time at a
beachfront home he shares with wife Sheila and their
two English bulldogs until late January. "It works as
some kind of trigger."
He's no stranger to the Island, spending vacations
here as a student at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.
He left Southwest Florida for the East Coast while he
attended Florida International University, graduating
with a master's degree in creative writing.
"Then it was back to Boston," he said with a grin.
"I missed the change in seasons."
Lehane is working on his seventh novel, "Missing
Dolores," due to be released "probably in early 2003."
He was reluctant to discuss the in-process novel: "I'm
superstitious about that."
His first book, "A Drink Before the War," won him
the prestigious Shamus Award for Best First Novel
presented by the Private Eye Writers of America. The
novel introduced readers to Boston private investiga-
tors Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, and was fol-
lowed by four more books featuring the characters.
"Sacred," his third novel, was the only story that
ventured away from Boston as the pair track down a
suspect in the Tampa Bay area. In fact, a pivotal scene
takes place on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
"The bridge had two spans," Lehane wrote in "Sa-
cred," "which seemed to be modeled after dorsal fins.
From a distance, as the sun dipped toward the sea and
the sky turned purple, the dorsal fins appeared to have
been painted a smoky gold, but as we rode over the
bridge itself, we saw that the fins were made up of sev-
eral yellow beams, that converged in ever-smaller tri-
angles. At the base of the beams were lights that when
turned on and combined with the setting sun, gave the
fins a golden hue.
"Christ, they loved their colors down in these
parts."
"I spent three years looking at the bridge out my
window," Lehane said of his Eckerd days and the Sky-
way.
His most recent book, "Mystic River," was a de-
parture from the Boston P.I. duo and a departure from
his usual writing style.
"I had never written in the first person before the
first book," Lehane said, "and I was chaffing to get
back into offering multiple points of view. Usually,
when I'm finishing a book I've always got an idea for
the next book. I had an empty void after book five."
"Mystic River" had its genesis as a thesis com-
pleted during graduate school, he said, "and I decided
to give it a whirl."
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he said, "but it doesn't have any weight. I need two
years on a book."
Lehane said he has a loose outline from which he
works when he's writing. "I'll pretty much know what
A and B are, and I'll have a pretty good idea of what
M is, and I might know X," he said. The rest of the
novel gets filled in as he writes.
And the writing is somewhat forced at the begin-
ning. He said at the start he has to force himself to sit
down each morning and write for a few hours. As the
manuscript proceeds, it goes faster. "Once I get going,
I'll do 12- or 16-hour days and not notice it."
Natural comparisons have been made between
Lehane and another Boston-based crime fiction
writer, Robert B. Parker, whose character Spencer
has appeared in 30-odd books. Lehane said he be-
lieved the only similarities are in a shared sense of
humor.
"The first chapter in 'Drink' was like Parker,"
Lehane admits, but the similarities ended at the start
of the second chapter and never reappeared in his other
novels.
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Among some of his favorite books are "Black
Dahlia," by James Ellroy, and "The Last Good Kiss,"
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"I think MacDonald is the only writer that got bet-
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"'Stormy Weather' was the book on Hurricane
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What's next after "Missing Dolores" for the 36-
year-old novelist? He does write short stories, but
"mostly for myself. I haven't had many published."
He said he would like to get a position at a college
to teach writing, a task he has done during summers
in Maine.
Teaching is fine, just as long as you don't give up
your "day job" of writing crime fiction, Mr. Lehane.
And welcome back to the Island.
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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 19, 2001 U PAGE 23


Calendars at The Islander; snook season closed


By Capt. Mike Heistand
There are still a few moon calendars for 2002 left
at The Islander offices, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. It's first-come, first-served for these free calen-
dars, which are produced by Lindgren-Pitman and
show a year's worth of lunar phases at a glance. Help
yourself.
Snook season closed at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 15, so go
into the catch-and-release mode for linesiders.
Other backwater action includes good catches of
redfish, pompano in the passes and some mackerel off
the beaches. Offshore grouper fishing remains good,
and there are good reports of snapper being caught.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said inshore fishing
has been good for him, with lots of snook, redfish,
trout, flounder and jacks. He's also getting into cobia
and some mackerel along the beach, and pompano are
hanging out around the passes. Whitebait is still plen-
tiful, too, he said.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's said he's getting gag grouper to 18 pounds,
kingfish to 15 pounds and bonito to 10 pounds with the
best results on the bonito coming from using trolling
lures. Bottom fishing offshore includes good catches of
triggerfish plus lane and mangrove snapper.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said off-
shore grouper action remains hot, although the best bets
are coming while fishing in about 100 feet of water or
more. There are plenty of snapper out there lane,
mangrove and yellowtail, with the best results coming
from the deeper offshore artificial reefs. Backwater
action includes plenty of redfish plus some trout and
snook.
Capt. Curt Morrison and Capt. Ryan Hackney
on the Neva-Miss said they're putting charters onto red
and gag grouper to 20 pounds while fishing offshore,
plus a few late-season kingfish and lane snapper, trig-
gerfish and flounder.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business said he
caught more than 30 snook on one trip last week, some
of them keeper size. Terra Ceia Bay seems to be where
the action is, with lots of reds being boat there. He's
also been catching a few legal-sized grouper.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach said he had a really good week, with
some 10-pound snook and lots of redfish and catch-
and-release trout.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
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really pick up any day now. He reported good-size redfish
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Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said pier fishers
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At the Anna Maria City Pier, look for sheeps-
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Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide. Call
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Real Estate


Island real estate sales
611 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 22 Imperial
House of Bradenton Beach, a 754 sfla 2bed/lbath
condo built in 1968, was sold 11/6/01, Chapman to
Traina, for $135,000; list $140,000.
611 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 27 Imperial
House of Bradenton Beach, a 754 sfla 2bed/lbath
condo built in 1968, was sold 11/6/01, Luh to Traina,
for $120,000.
1801 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 163 Runaway Bay,
a 691 sfla lbed/Ibath condo built in 1978, was sold 11/
16/01, Peebles to Finelli, for $145,000.
1906 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 104 Coquina Beach
Club, a Gulffront 2bed/2bath 1,072 sfla condo built in
1985, was sold 11/16/01, Hostetler to South Valley Drive
LLC & Clover Industrial LLC, for $440,000.
203 56th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,665 sfla home
built in 1966 on a 75x106 lot, was sold 11/13/01,
Landers to Deal, for $275,000.
3000 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 1 Palm Cay, a 756
sfla 2bed/lbath condo built in 1980, was sold 11/16/01,
Denesa to Geldert, for $130,150.
3501 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, Pirates Den, a five-


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were Ron Pepka of Bradenton and Tom Skoloda
of Anna Maria. Runners-up were Jack Cooper
and Art Kingstad, both of Holmes Beach.
Winners in the Dec. 12 games were George
Landraitis of Bradenton and Bill Starrett of Anna
Maria. Runners-up were Kingstad and Karl Tho-
mas of Holmes Beach.
The weekly contests get under way every
Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria
City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no
membership fees and everyone is welcome.


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drop-off location! If you
want to donate this
u holiday season, please
feel free to bring
any nonperishable
items to the drop box in
our office lobby.

WATERFRONT HOMES
2306 Canasta Drive .............................. S 1.095.000
201 North Harbor Drive............................ 899.000
615 Ivanhoe Lane .................................... S729.000
407 N. 20th Place.................................... 639.000
619 Ivanhoe Lane .................................... 629.000
722 Key Royale Drive .............................. 569.000
608 Emerald Lane......................... NEW S525.000
503 67th St .................................. NEW S385,000
ISLAND HOMES CONDOS & LOTS
509 S. Bay Blvd........................... NEW S679.000
Bradenton Beach Club ................... from $500.000
210 67th St......................... REDUCED! S399.000
Beachualk Townhomes New Project .... from $434,900
4 11 Spring Ave....................................... $380,000
2903 Gulf Drive................................. S369.000
4002 6th Ave. ....................................$389,000
5619 Gulf Drive...................................... $349.000
501 70th Street .................................... S325.000
West Bay Point& Moorings ................... $3 19.000
710 North Shore lot ................................. 299.000
212 75th St .............................................S285,000
311 671h Si .................................. NEW S229.500
2904 Gulf Drive lot..................................199,900
DUPLEXES
104 7th St. Soulh ................................... 349.000
204 65th Sit............................................. 299.000
FOUR-PLEXES
106 71h Si. ............................................. S 795.000
MAINLAND
2418 90th St. NW ...............................$3,495,000


Realty raves
Alan Galletto led in acquiring new listings
and Nick Patsios was leader in sales and closings
during November at Island Real Estate of Anna
Maria Island Inc.
Heading listing honors at Wagner Realty's
Anna Maria Island office for November was
David Moynihan, with Harold Small tops in sales.
Cindy English and Mary Wickersham led in new
listings and Dorothy Cook in sales for the
Longboat Key office.
Gail Tutewiler led in listings and Valerie
Hietala in sales at the Holmes Beach office of
Wedebrock Real Estate Co. in November. Lynda
Melnick led in listings and shared sales honors
with Mike Migone and Tina Rudek at the
Longboat Key office. Cathy Meldahl was leading
lister and salesperson at Avenue of the Flowers.

unit apartment complex of two buildings, one built in
1968 of 1,276 sfla and the other built in 1983 of 2,530
sfla, pool, 100x100 lot, was sold 11/16/01, Clark to
Rodgers, for $550,000.
5608 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 214 Sun Plaza
West, a 1,092 sfla 2bed/lbath condo built in 1981, was
sold 11/13/01, Casaula to Acken, for $280,000.
600 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes Beach, 118
Westbay Cove, a 1,179 afla 2bed/2bath condo built in
1977, was sold 11/14/01, Ainslie to Crain, for
$230,000.
1007 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, 218 Summer
Sands, a 1,252 sfgla 2bed/2.5bath condo built in 1982,
was sold 11/30/01, Terrafrance to Snydel, for
$280,000; list $294,500.
104 23rd St., Bradenton Beach, a residential complex
of unknown configuration, built in 1954 of two buildings
with 2,763 sfla on a 58x100 lot, was sold 11/26/01,
Boudreau to Lumkins, for $570,000; list $599,999.
207 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 912 sfla 2bed/2bath/
I car half duplex built in 1987 on a 30x 105 lot, was sold
11/30/01, Wolf to Gikas, for $199,900.
2700 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 203 Ocean Park
Terrace, a 2bed/2bath 1092 sfla condo built in 1982,
was sold 11/28/01, Jones to Russel, for $364,000.
405 Bay Palms, Holmes Beach, a 1,124 sfla 2bed/
2bath/lcar home built in 1968 on an 80x100 lot, was
sold 11/26/01, Huerta to Maughan, for $275,000; list





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Island Properties For Sale
Island Cafe/Business Only...................... $75,000
2BR/2BA, 1BR/1BA, ground-level duplex.
North of Manatee Avenue ..................... $257,5.00
Sun Plaza West condo........................ $425,000
Island West (LBK) Gulffront condo. ........ $550,000
2BR/2BA bayfront home with 3BR/2BA
guest house. Income opportunity .......... $897,000
Seasonal Rentals
2BR/1 BA Ground-level duplex ............... $1,800 mo
2BR/1BA Single-family home............. $2,100 mo
2BR/2BA Canal home with dock........... $2,600 mo
Annual Rentals
3BR/2BA Pool home ............................ $1,200 mo.


$285,000.
4806 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a 50x90 lot, was
sold 11/28/01, Klores to Robinson, for $110,000; list
$115,000.
107-B 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a 784 sfla 2bed/2bath
1/2 duplex built in 1978 on a 26x100 lot, was sold 12/3/
01, 107-B 73rd Ave. Club Inc. to Collins, for $235,000.
1801 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 268 Runaway
Bay, a 2bed/2bath 1,080 sfla condo built in 1978, was
sold 12/4/01, Dren Enterprises Inc to Amos, for
$195,000; list $195,000.
200 block Elm, Anna Maria, a 79x1 10 lot, was sold
12/3/01, Ney to Hatch, for $181,000.
305 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes Beach, a 60x100
lot, was sold 12/6/01, Rodriguez/Dulce/Sosa to
Simmons/Cornerstone Investment, for $100,000.
3225 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,134 sfla duplex
built in 1966, was sold 12/6/01, Rogers to Radick, for
$175,000.
501 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 303 Bridgeport,
a 2bed/2.5bath 1,128 sfla condo built in 1982, was sold
12/3/01, Woodland to Hugenberg, for $305,000; list
$314,900.
5200 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 505 Martinique
South, a 2bed/2bath 1,057 sfla condo built in 1970, was
sold 12/3/01, Wells to Kreps, for $369,000.
612 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,324 sfla
non-canalfront home built in 1964 on a 100x110 lot,
was sold 12/3/01, Staples to Snyder, for $350,000.
680 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a canalfront
3bed/2bath home built in 1972 with 1,792 sfla on a
90x114 lot, was sold 12/7/01, Hostetler to Five Forks
LLC, for $350,000; list $469,900.
8305 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, a canalfront
1,290 sfla home built in 1959 on an 80x100 lot, was
sold 12/7/01, Holmes to Fla. Land Sales & Mgt. Inc. for
$375,000.
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander. Copy-
right 2001.


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$145,000 BAYFRONT CONDO
Great bay view, heated pool, club-
house, deeded beach access, short
walk to just about everything! All of
this goes with this 2BR/1BA turnkey
furnished unit. IB79194.
$420,000 DIRECT GULF
FRONT And what a view from this
2BR/2BA condo in a well maintained
complex. Slate floor entry. Heated
pool, carport, utility area in unit.
Close to everything. IB77433.


$315,000 ISLAND TOWNHOUSE Roomy 4BR/3BA
furnished unit at Sunbow Bay. Two bedrooms, bath and
family room downstairs make this ideal for visiting
family and friends. Deck overlooks lagoon. Heated pool,
tennis, enclosed carport and availability of shopping,
restaurants and the beach add to your Island enjoyment.
Pat Thompson, eves 778-6439. IB77766.

1810 59th Street West, Bradenton
(941) 778-0766 (800) 778-8448
Visit our website at www.ArvidaRealty.com





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FUTON SOFA BED: ALL OAK, honey finish, no metal,
mission frame with recline. Nine-layer foam mattress,
still in box. Cost $525, sell $325. Can deliver. 761-2344.
HOT TUB with redwood base, seats six. Cost $4,000
new. Excellent condition, months old, barely used.
Will sell for $2,000, or best offer. (404) 849-6971.
STOREWIDE CHRISTMAS sale. 10 to 70 percent
off! Niki's Island Treasures, 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Gifts, gold, sterling and designer jewelry.
Antiques and collectibles. Great Buys.
CHRISTMAS SALE at Bayers Swimwear. 10 to 50
percent off. Select two-piece suits at $11.90. 5351
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Dolphin Plaza, next to
Time Saver.
WHITE METAL BUNK-BED with single and double
mattresses. In excellent condition, $150. 778-5419.
U.S. MINT SEALED BAGS of 100 Anthony dollars.
1979 and 1980 Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco.
$125 per bag. 792-4274.


ISLAND PLAYER'S PECAN SALE: Mammoth
halves! New crop. $6.95 lb., chocolate covered $7.95
lb. Available at SunCoast Real Estate and The Is-
lander Newspaper located in the Island Shopping
Center, Holmes Beach. Proceeds benefit the Island
Players. For information call: 779-0202.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP open Tuesday and Thursday
9:30am-2pm. Saturday 9am-noon. Sales racks. Lots
of holiday decorations. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
779-2733.


FOUND: BLUE JEAN shorts with jewelry in pockets.
52nd Street area. 792-7568


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.


MISSING CAT: Black/brown tabby, 20 pounds.
Missing from 7500 block of Gulf Drive. Cat's name is
Kayla, missing since Dec. 11. Reward if found! 778-
5584, 726-1713 or 778-0488.
DACHSHUND adoption and rescue (D.A.R.E.). Call
Shona at 761-2642 for information.
www.daretorescue.com.


MERCEDES: 1975 450SL. One owner, 24 years,
59,000 original miles. Red/black, both tops, mint,
$14,900. 730-5034
LEXUS: 1992 SL400. Silver/gray, 95,000 miles. Lexus
serviced, all options, excellent. $7,900. 730-5034.


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 painting, rentals.


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PRIVATE CHARTERS. Fishing, "snorkeling,
sightseeing, Egmont Key. U.S.C.G. License. Cap-
tain Keith Barnett. 778-3526 or 730-0516.

FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.



FULL-TIME PREP and line cook wanted with
people/customer skills for open kitchen. Also hiring
servers with fine dining experience. Will train if nec-
essary. Call Chef Damon at Ooh La La!, 778-5320.

HELP WANTED for all positions, all shifts, especially
breakfast. Apply in person at Rotten Ralph's Water-
front Restaurant, or call 778-3953.

CLEANING REP: Service lighting fixtures in major
retail locations. $20,000 annual salary, health ben-
efits, mileage. Opportunity for advancement. Fax
resume to (813) 960-7910 or mail to Personnel:
10008 N. Dale Mabry Hwy #102, Tampa FL 33618.

ESTATE GARDENER. Condo association at north
end of Longboat Key seeks experienced landscape
maintenance person for approximately 20 hours per
week. Duties include pruning, trimming, raking, weed-
ing, blowing, lawn maintenance, fertilization, irrigation
maintenance, pool maintenance and debris removal.
Gardening, equipment and truck required. Contact Ma-
Con Inc. 2198 Princeton St., Suite 20, Sarasota FL
34237. Telephone, 366-8480. References required.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Library.
Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-6247.








I- IROVNCOD CONDO FOR CALE-3
Comfortable 2BR/2BA end unit with screened lanai and
carport Turnkey furnished, len minutes to beach Condo
amenities include clubhouse, golf course tennis, pool and
more. $85.000. Also available for seasonal rental $1,400
month. Call Frank Migliore, Realtor at 778-2307.





MuS Serving the Island since 1970' []3

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
fa Ia-1" Y d 7,' 7T^ -7

LPNs: ACTIVE, DISABLED woman needs four-hours
morning care and weekend nights, 10pm-9am. Trav-
eling nurses also needed. 383-6953.



MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, more. Hard-work-
ing and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
778-3222.

LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.

ISLANDER CLASSIFIEDS- The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
advertising!

COMPUTER TRAINING: Microsoft-certified systems en-
gineer available to assist with in-home computer training.
Basic to advanced training for software, Internet, e-mail,
digital photography. Install software programs, hardware.
Senior discounts. Serving Longboat and Anna Maria. E-
mail: AMIComputerTutor@aol.com. Call 778-9436, cell
704-7662.


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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
E-Mail: dougdowling@earthlink.net
www.dougdowling.com


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SOS SERVICES. Full-service cleaning/organization
for your entire home. Professional, experienced, and
references. Free estimates. Call Sharon, 920-1992.

FURNITURE UPHOLSTERY, cushions, etc. Repair
and restoring antique specialist. Island Upholstery.
121 Bridge St. Free estimates. 778-4335.

COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your computer
misbehaving? Certified computer service and private les-
sons. Special $15 per hour- free advice. 545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
sured. 778-0944.

LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs, hardware,
software, network, commercial, private. Call 778-8473.

THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Interior; ex-
terior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Have sawmill,
will travel. 745-1043 Dan Michael, master carpenter.

CATERING! BARTENDER and/or server. Assist with
your dinner party. No party too small or large. Set-up
to clean-up. Formal or casual. 761-8135.

TREE TRIMMING and hauling. Great rates, free es-
timates. Call Wes, 727-1076.

CHAMBERLAIN PROFESSIONAL CLEANING.
Residential and condos. Free estimates. Experi-
enced, affordable, dependable and honest. Local
references. 545-5510.

NOTARY PUBLIC, civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows. Sunset beach setting or where ever.
Norman R. Veenstra. 778-5834.

CLEANING ON ISLAND by long-time resident. Rea-
sonable rates and references. 778-0864.

SHIRTS TO SHEETS IRONED. Serving the Island
for 15 years. Smoke-free environment. Pick-up and
delivery. Call Pressed for Time, 778-4192.

CHEAP CHARLIE'S in-home computer training and
technical services. Software and hardware installa-
tion, discount group rates, referral bonus plan. $20/
hour. Call today, 447-1250.


SASOAL ANDANNALRENAL

(91 78606TOLFRE80-6500
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OPENING DOORS TO MANATEE COUNTY


ENCHANTED ANNA MARIA ISLAND RE-
TREAT on Bimini Bay. Serene tropical gran-
deur is displayed throughout the grounds and
interior of this striking residence. Heated pool
and 35 ft. dock with lift. $1,430,000. Sandy
Drapala, 749-5797 or Kathy Marcinko, 713-
1100. 76167

WATERFRONT
EXCEPTIONAL PANORAMIC WATER-
FRONT and white sandy beach view. Sailboat
water, covered dock. 864 sq.ft. attached 1BR
guest house. $1,250,000. Sandy Drapala, 749-
5797 or Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 78763
STUNNING DEEP WATER FRONT HOME on
fabulous Palma Sola Bay. 210 ft. frontage with
9000-lb. boat dock. Deep-water channel to ac-
commodate sailboats. $699,000. Chuck West,
374-3211 or Steve Georgie, 374-3632. 79612


SPECTACULAR PANORAMIC Tampa Bay
views. Located at the tip of Anna Maria Island.
An enchanted tropical world. This wonderful
area has kept a quaint tranquil atmosphere.
Enjoy strolling the beach, shelling, boating,
fishing and cycling. $434,900. Kathy Marcinko
713-1100 or Sandy Drapala 749-5797. 79116

MAINLAND
TRADITIONAL ELEGANCE in quiet setting in
gated country club community. Perfectly main-
tained. Quality construction. Large lanai and pool
area. $289,000. Julie DeSear, 794-3041. 76131
FREE BOAT SLIP or free maintenance fees!
Super home with two lanais. Riverside commu-
nity with awesome amenities dock, tennis,
pool and spa. $249,900. Wendy Gaudioso, 725-
4663. 76204.


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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Maintenance.
Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn main-
tenance, clean-ups, tree .trimming, hauling,
Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent references.
778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it
is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis-
count. Call 778-2581 or 713-0676.

JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.


PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs'and trees.
Irrigation and pest control service. Everything Under
the Sun Garden Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. 778-4441.

SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $27/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates.
Call Larry at 795-7775, or 720-0770, cell.

GILLIS & GILLIS ENT. Crushed, washed shell, top-
soil, landscaping services. We install shell driveways.
Serving Sarasota and Keys since 1978. Fully li-
censed and insured. 753-2954 or 376-2954, cell.

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
insured. 727-5066.


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 estimates.
35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at 778-1730.


CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118) 778-3924 or
778-4461.

MIKE McCALEB, ARCHITECT, P.A. 10-year Island
resident, 25 years experience. Remodels, new
homes, commercial. FEMA, DEP, waterfront. #AR-
0014004. 778-5560.

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.

TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-3077.

GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT/ paper services: Interior/
exterior painting, pressure washing and wallpaper.
For prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates, call
Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.

ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519, #CCC057977,
#PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.

25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, dependable
restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine finish-
ing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist. Repairs,
painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.

KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.

B&D SEAMLESS aluminum gutters, 5 or 6 inch avail-
able. 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.


MASON with 25-years experience. Glass, block,
cinderblock, brick, tile. Walls built and repaired. Ce-
ment repairs. Chris, 795-3034

JACKSON HOLMES PAINTING Interior, exterior, wa-
terproofing. Residential/commercial. Life-time local resi-
dent. Fully insured. Cell, 224-1560. 795-2771, fax.

WINDOW AND DOOR SILLS. Have cracked, crum-
bling, broken cement sills. Will rebuild all sills
promptly. 25-years experience. Chris, 795-3034.



ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.

ANNA MARIA PROPERTIES desperately needed!
Immediate waiting list for rental units, especially 3BR/
2BA. Call Tracy at Wedebrock Real Estate 778-6665.

BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks. Turnkey, beau-
tiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non-smoking.
Priced from $1,200/month, $450/week. 941-794-
5980. www.divefish.com.

UNFURNISHED 1-BR/1 BA units on west side of Gulf
Drive. Near beach and both attractive. Choice of
Anna Maria or Holmes Beach location. $700/month
and $725/month, includes water. No pets, first, last,
security. Anna Maria Realty, 778-2259.

WATERFRONT BEACH HOME available all winter.
Turnkey furnished, upscale Key West style. Sweep-
ing panoramic views. Pets on approval. $2,300/
month. 794-5980. Website: www.divefish.com.

BEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED 1BR/1BA Holmes
Beach. Across from beach. Utilities, cable television
included. Available now through April 30. 778-8211.

ANNUAL NEAR BEACH 2BR/2BA with laundry room
and garage, $1,100/month. Also, 2BR/1 BA with laun-
dry room, $975/month, and ground level with nice
large yard; both have new tile and paint throughout.
Large and nice. Pet considered. 308 57th St.,
Holmes Beach. 713-3098 or 779-1801.


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678 Key Royale Drive
35BP/2BA, great room, laundry room and two-car garage.
Recently remodeled, new roof, new windows, new A/C,
new carpet and tile throughout. Newly painted Inside.
Newly stuccoed and painted exterior. $455,000.
Please call 778-6805 for appointment.


OUR LISTINGS DON'T EXPIRE, WE SELL THEM!
ANNA MARIA Exclusive turnkey furnished 3BR/2BA, covered deck,
enclosed lower level, two-car garage plus room for boat.$395,000.
PERICO SHORES LAKEFRONT- 3BR/2BA quality home. Pristine
island. Enjoy nature and privacy plus tasteful decorating. $349,000.
HAWTHORNE PARK 3BR/2BA, furnished. Like new. $335,000.
COMMERCIAL
STYLING SALON 8 station, established over 35 years. $39,000.
WALGREENS Triple Net. Good CAP. $2,650,000.
SUPERMARKET Plus rental income and inventory. $3,150,000.
VACANT CONVENIENCE STORE SITE Sarasota. $419,000.
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Lovingly maintained 2BR/2BA
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$109,900. Becky Smith or Elfi
Starrett, 778-0700.
SHOREWALK CONDO Beauti-
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nis, clubhouse. Next to shopping
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minutes from the beach. $85,900.


LAUREL OAK Spacious 4BR/3BA,
three-car garage. Executive home,
numerous upgrades, custom features.
$369,900. Call Becky Smith or Elfi
Starrett, 778-0700.


PINE MEADOW CHARMER.
.Stained glass foyer, vaulted/beamed
ceilings and wood-burning fireplace,
3BR/2BA lakefront home. $229,900.
Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-
0700.

KEY ROYALE Elegant, easy living.
Key West-Style home, private deep-
water dock. Water views to main-
land. $725,000. Valerie Hietala, 778-
0700.
RETAIL SHOPPING CENTER.
40,000 sq.ft. $3,000,000. Call Mary
Bowlby or Jim Foster, 778-0700.


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ANNUAL ONLY. 1BR/1BA directly on Gulf in
Bradenton Beach. $1,000/month, assurity/security
required with contract. 792-2779.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB. Available March
through April. 2BR/2BA with elevator. Non-smoking,
two week minimum, $1,100/week. (813) 781-7562.

SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA. Quiet
area, block to beach, nice back yard. Laundry, grill,
hammock, ground floor, etc. Monthly or weekly.
779-9549.

CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA luxury condo. Very spa-
cious. Direct access to Gulf and bay. Fireplace,
heated pool, cathedral ceilings. Power and light to
private boat slip. $1,200/month. 725-2826 or 798-
3518.

PANORAMIC BAY-VIEW ground-floor triplex. Fully
furnished, seasonal, new tile and paneling. Nice,
quiet with beautiful view. Steps to Gulf. Nonsmok-
ing, no pets. December-May, 778-7107.

CANALFRONT HOME FOR RENT. Anna Maria
3BR/2BA Key West- style home with pool. Newly
decorated, totally private back yard. Monthly and
seasonal. (908) 832-1034.

2BR CANAL HOME, 68 Street, Holmes Beach.
Solar-heated screened pool, big room by canal,
walk-in shower, washer/dryer, etc. Beautifully fur-
nished. Available January through April. Two-to
three-month rental possible. $2,600/month. (813)
645-0577.

ANNA MARIA KEY ROYALE Canalfront. 2BR/2BA
upgraded home. Family room, sunset terrace, dock,
garage, laundry. Bright and open. $3,200/monthly.
(813) 991-5462.

HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL 3BR/3BA
townhouse. Beautiful decor, great location overlook-
ing nature preserve. Heated pool, washer/dryer,
garage and much more! 713-0096.

CANALFRONT HOME. 2BR/1.5BA recently totally
renovated with new kitchen, baths and more. New
dock and lift, large fenced yard, pets welcome. Sea-
sonal/monthly. $2,750/month. (813) 258-6405.

SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA Imperial House
ground-level condo, Gulf side with view. Beautifully
furnished, must see! $1,800/month, three-morith
minimum. 778-0257 or 778-1655, leave message.

CASA SIERRA CONDO. 2BR/2BA, heated pool,
pretty garden, available for January or March. 778-
0032.

MARINER'S COVE. Furnished condo 2BR/2BA,
. plus den. Fabulous water view, gated community,
January through April. $3,000/month or annually
$2,000/month. Wagner Realty, 794-2246.

SEASONAL RENTALS: Palma Sola 2BR
townhouse $2,200/month. Perico Bay 2BR/2BA villa
$2,400/month. Longboat Key 3BR village home
$2,900/month. Anna Maria home, $2,900/month.
Call Fred Flis at Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

SANTA STOPS HERE! House for rent. Private,
100-steps to beach. 3BR/1.5BA. Spacious, clean,
bright. City of Anna Maria. Weekly or monthly. 778-
3006.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA Townhouse in the Cay. Heated
pool. $850/month. Available immediately. Call Fred
Flis at Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

SEASONAL NORTH SHORE 2BR/2BA, central
heat and air-conditioning..Screened porch, washer/
dryer, ground floor. Pet considered. $1,800/month.
(813) 935-2086 or (813) 431-5226.

ITALIAN VILLA: 4BA/4BA with pool and two-car
garage. $2,500/month. 704-1490.

WATERFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA with boat dock,
carport. Gorgeous waterviews, heated pool and
spa. Available Jan. 1. Unfurnished. $1,200/month.
778-0176.


WATERFRONT 1 BR annual apartment. Cable tele-
vision, water included. $750/month, plus $750 secu-
rity deposit. Call C.J., 741-8688.

ANNA MARIA duplex 2BR/2BA, furnished, utilities
included. Central heating and air conditioning,
washer/dryer. Available now through April. $1,400/
month. 218 Palmetto Ave. (813) 949-6891.

SEASONAL RENTAL still available! A wide variety
of premium properties, some waterfront. Anna Maria
Island Accommodations, 779-0733.

HOLMES BEACH RENTAL. Great 3BR/2BA ranch
on canal, open floor plan with applianced kitchen.
Living room, garage and lanai. Available Dec. 1,
annual lease, $1,350/month, security, references.
Call Vinnie at (941) 545-6118.

WATERFRONT SEASONAL RENTAL in Anna
Maria. Steps to beach, bay and shopping. Great
views, completely updated. Available now thru April.
Pictures available. 778-5482.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, ground-level duplex. No pets,
available, unfurnished. 200 feet to beach. $685. 778-
8352.

ANNUAL 1BR, big, nice, clean. No pets. 5607
Guava, Holmes Beach. $625/month. 778-9378.

BEACHFRONT North Shore 2BR/2BA, newly re-
modeled, furnished stilt-home on beach. Incredible
panoramic view, great fishing. Available December-
April. Minimum three-month rental. 778-3645.

BEACH HOUSE: Annual 2BR apartment across
from beach. Available now, $850/month. 104 Sev-
enth St. S., Bradenton Beach. Call Russell, 378-
4530 evenings, or 954-1718 days.

SEASONAL RENTALS Newly remodeled 3BR/2BA half-
duplex within walking distance of the beach, $2,700/
month. Coconut Cottage in the lovely village of Longboat.
Exquisitely furnished 2BR/1.5BA with a one-car carport.
$2,800/month. Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
ANNUAL RENTALS. Several to choose from: 2BR/
2BA, 3BR/2BA, 2BA/1BA, and small cottage.
Dolores Baker Realty, 778-7500 or 778-5025.

BRADENTON BEACH waterfront. 1BR and 2BR
apartments with balcony. Newly renovated, fully-fur-
nished. Very clean, private. Week, month, season,
or long-term. 778-4555.

ANNA MARIA CITY, Sept. 11 cancellation. Available
January. 2BR/1.5BA. Ground-level home. All ameni-
ties included. $1,375/month. (863) 529-6569.

ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA unfurnished
elevated duplex. Walk to Gulf. Tile throughout.
Screened lanai. $950/month, includes garbage and
yard care. No pets. First, last and security. Island
Real Estate, 778-6066.

BRADENTON BEACH: Steps to the beach and bay.
Unfurnished 1BR/1BA, washer/dryer, private yard,
storage shed, pet friendly. $675/month, plus deposit,
includes water, garbage. 778-6690.

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Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.

ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA unfurnished
elevated duplex. Updated. $915/month, includes
garbage and yard care. No pets. First, last and se-
curity. Island Real Estate, 778-6066.

HOLMES BEACH TOWNHOUSE steps to beach.
2BR/1.5BA, washer/dryer, ceiling fans, central air
conditioning, quiet area, central location. Annual, no
pets. $765/month, 778-6743.

LATE CANCELLATIONS in Westbay Cove. 2BR/
2BA, some waterfront. Rates reduced. Also, Perico
Bay Club seasonal 2BR/2BA at attractive rate.
Sharon Annis, Old Florida Realty, 778-3377 or 778-
3730.

ANNUAL PERICO BAY CLUB 2BR/2BA with loft.
Unfurnished townhouse with view of Palma Sola
Bay. $1,100/month includes cable, water, sewer,
garbage, pest control. No pets. First, last and secu-
rity. Island Real Estate, 778-6066.



BY OWNER: Holmes Beach lot, west of Gulf Drive,
$155,000. 778-4523 or (800) 977-0803.

BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA CONDO in Holmes Beach.
Overlooking mangrove preserve. Built in 1996. Com-
munity pool, steps to beach and shopping.
$175,000. 778-5388.

PALMA SOLA 2BR townhouse condo. Prime loca-
tion, walk to Palma Sola Beach. Unit features a
heated pool in a tropical courtyard setting. Commu-
nity boat docks with Intracoastal access. Save thou-
sands over renting, $114,900. Real Estate Mart,
756-1090.

KEY ROYALE: 3BR/2BA with great room, laundry
- room, 2-car garage. Recently painted and remodeled
with new windows, air-conditioning, carpet, tile. New
roof, and new stucco, painted exterior. 778-6805.

LAND A PIECE OF THE SUN on Anna Maria Island.
Well kept 2BR/2BA with family room, screened lanai,
garage, large lot. A short walk to beach. Many pos-
sibilities, zoned R-2, $349,000. Call Fred Flis at Real
Estate Mart, 756-1090.

WATERFRONT 1,202-s.f. 3BR/2BA remodeled home on
canal to Tampa Bay. Great fishing! Thirty minutes to
Bradenton. $169,900. David Brawley, Signature Realty,
(813) 625-4137. www.davidbrawley.com.

FOR SALE BY OWNER: Bayfront condo 2BR/2BA,
very nice, furnished. $235,500. For appointment:
761-3001 or 713-7878.

PARADISE BAY, 46th and First Street, Cortez. Turn-
key furnished, newly redecorated. Huge living room,
front dining room, kitchen and 1BR. Lot included.
$44,500. 721-4890.


2BR/1BA WATERFRONT condo in City of Anna
Maria. Newly remodeled. $195,000. Call 778-0572
or (727) 347-4016.

3BR/2BA new roof, air conditioning and electric. Has
a boat dock across the street. 233 85th St.
$260,000. 778-8340.

BEACHFRONT: Prestigious North Shore Drive
2BR/2BA, newly remodeled home with incredible
panoramic beach view from one of two decks. All
new appliances, carpet, tile, doors, indoor/outdoor
paint, blinds and much more. $899,000. 778-3645.

www.Florida-Lifestyles.com

HOLMES BEACH VILLA. One block to beach, fabu-
lous, lake view. 2BR/1.5BA, tile and new carpet.
Garage, large storage/workshop. $198,500. 778-
4010.

HOLMES BEACH CONDO built in 1996. Furnished
2BR/2BA, washer/dryer, heated pool, covered park-
ing. Walk to Gulf, low fees. Can be rented out
weekly. $155,000. 792-8747.

DUPLEX: Quiet street in Holmes Beach. Sunny
rooms with new tile and paint. Super nice lot with
room for pool. $264,900. Must see inside to appre-
ciate. Call Yvonne Higgins, Wagner Realty, 720-
3879.

LOWEST PRICED LOT west of Gulf Drive, available
at $165,000. Can build up to a 2,500 square-foot
plus air-conditioned living area. Bonus: possible Gulf
views from top floor. Lot has fruit and palm trees and
close to school. Survey and information on-site at
4806 Gulf Drive, or call 778-4523 or (800) 977-0803.

WATERFRONT HOME and two building lots on sepa-
rate, deep saltwater canals. All seawalled and very
close to open bay and Intracoastal, no bridges. All to
be auctioned off Saturday, Jan. 26. (800) 246-4882.

GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA condo has beautiful Gulf
and beach views, granite countertops, new tile and
carpet, pool, tennis. Totally renovated unit is avail-
able for $405,000. 5300 Gulf Drive, Martinique
North, unit #102. Call: 778-4523 or (800) 977-0803.

ANNA MARIA POOL HOME Just steps to deeded 20-
by-20-foot lot on a canal for your boat. Gorgeous
caged pool. 2BR/2BA with loft, lots of storage. New
paint in and out, all new carpet. $359,000. Easy to See.
Call Yvonne Higgins, Wagner Realty, 720-3879.

TURNKEY TROPICAL PARADISE 2BR/2BA stand-
alone villa. 55-plus, active waterfront boating community.
$180,000. Shown by appointment, 795-8259.

BAYVIEW 2BR/2BA condo is being completely re-
modeled. Unit is just steps to pool and tennis. Granite
countertops, new tile and carpet throughout. 200-
square-foot bonus outdoor living area with fountain,
plus screened lanai. 711 Manatee Ave., Westbay
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First Family Fun Festival a rousing success
By Bonner Joy Taylor
Taylor
You couldn't ask for a better day for outdoor -Beal, 6
games. You surely couldn't ask for food and drinks at ria,
any better prices (excepting free). You couldn't ask for right,
took her
more kids, more fun, or happier folks. Christ-
Lots of friendly folks pitched in to make the Fam- as-card
ily Fun Festival at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center a success but none more so than Chuck andmaking
Joey Lester. seriously
It was their idea-- to invite everyone to get together atthe
for an old-fashioned day of food and fun, including old- Family
fashioned prices to promote community well being. F
And it worked. Folks came from all over, and as the Festival,
Lesters and others greeted the participants, the over- x taking
whelming comment seemed to be: What a great day! ..time toh
Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda Cramer makeher
learned she'd won three turkeys and a ham in the food- -..project
prize raffles (donated by the Lesters) and commented "just
she'd never had such a great day. "I ate lunch and won right.
all this food and only spent $5." Islander
Her comments were echoed all around the Center -- Photos:
as kids danced, sang, watched puppet shows, met Bonner
Santa, made cards, ornaments, decorated sugar cook- Joy
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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 19, 2001 M PAGE 3-B


Jacqueline Gailey, 3, of DeBarry, Fla., wasn 't as
excited as some of the other kids to meet Santa at the
Fun Festival, although grandmother Donna Hayes of
Bradenton did her best to soothe her.
FESTIVAL, FROM PAGE 2
ies (and ate them), and played games for prizes.
And shared holiday greetings and wishes for a
great new year.
Where else but Anna Maria Island? Who else but
the very generous, fun-loving Lesters to bring us to-
gether?


Heather Howard gives lan Beck a fidll-ftce paint job as Jake Orr, painted "help, and Dylan Mullen look on.


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PAGE 4-B M DEC. 19, 2001 0 THE ISLANDER
TV WINNER: Claim your prize!
Kris Lawson of 77th Street in Holmes Beach, you're a win-
ner. A 27-inch color television is yours for the taking at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, a donation from The Islander
newspaper. The TV raffle raised $567 give or take a buck.


The puppet show sponsored by the Friends of the Island
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Family Fun Festival.


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The food was delicious, plentiful and cheap at the Family Fun Festival, where most of the
consumables were donated by local restaurateurs or provided by the event sponsors, the Lesters.
Clockwise, from left, enjoying the edibles are John and Chris Rudacille, Chuck and Joe y Lester,
Treba Bedinghaus holding son Carter, 1 1/2, Rookie Wicklund, Mattie Bedinghaus, 3, and David
Wicklund.


Brothers Gene, foreground, and Jim Moss dispensed fishing' poles
for fin fishing' -for prizes. The Moss "boys" participated in
Family Fun Festival on behalf of Island Rotary Club.


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Merry Christmas my friend


Anna Maria Galati, left, 5 1/2, decorated her cookie
and gobbled it down, while most of the other kids at
the cookie-decorating table at Family Fun Day did
the same.


Chuck Webb, LTC U.S. Army Reserve, former
captain of Marines and a resident of Anna Maria with
his attorney's office in Holmes Beach, sent us a poem
that, according to him, has been sent from Marine to
Marine and soldier to soldier over the last 10 years as
a Christmas greeting. "I first saw it while serving in
Bosnia in '96. Hope you can use it ..."

'Twas The Night Before Christmas
Written by a Marine on Okinawa
'Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
in a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give,
and to see just who in this home did live.
I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand,
on the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.
With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,
a sober thought came through my mind.
For this house was different, it was dark and dreary,
I found the home of a Marine, once I could see clearly.
The Marine lay sleeping, silent, alone,
curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.
The face was so gentle, the room so unclean,
not how I pictured a United States Marine.


Was this the hero of whom I'd just read?
Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?
I realized the families that I saw this night,
owed their lives to these Marines, willing to fight.
Soon 'round the world, the children would play,
and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas Day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,
because of the Marines, like the one lying here.
I couldn't help wonder how many lay lone,
on a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.
The Marine awakened and I heard a rough voice,
"Santa don't cry, this life is my choice;
I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more,
my life is my God, my country, my Corps." A
The Marine rolled over and drifted to sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent and still
and we both shivered in the night's cold chill.
I didn't want to leave on that cold, dark night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
Then the Marine rolled over, with a voice soft and pure,
whispered, "Carry on Santa, it's Christmas Day, all is
secure."
One look at my watch, and I knew he was right.
"Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night."


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