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feet offshore near Cypress Street in Anna Maria early last
Wednesday. After struggling for more than two hours, the Wran-
gler made it to shore. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin
True beach Jeep resurfaces
A 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport originally reported sto-
len around 11 p.m. Dec. 18 was found the next morning
around 7 a.m. in nearly 8 feet of water about 40 feet off
Anna Maria's west coast near Cypress Street.
A passerby walking on the beach spotted the top of
the Jeep and notified police. By the time a tow truck ar-
rived, however, the incoming tide had covered the top
of the vehicle.
A tow truck operator from Awesome Towing
swam out to the Jeep and was able to attach a tow rope
to the frame. After a 90-minute struggle, the water-
logged Jeep finally reached shore.
The vehicle's theft had been reported by Daniel
Mercak of 411 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria the previous
evening, Dec. 18. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office
report said the keys had been left in the ignition.
A sheriff's deputy at the scene of the towing, how-
ever, said the report was later changed and it was be-
lieved someone had been driving the vehicle on the
beach at low tide about 11 p.m. that evening when it
got stuck in the sand.
Efforts to obtain the complete incident report from
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office were unsuccess-
ful as of presstime.
Molly Manatee gets Anna Maria axe
By Rick Catlin
Manatees are an endangered species.
In Anna Maria, they're now going to be extinct, at
least on the proposed Manatee County Area Transit's
trolley stop sign for that city. And it looks like none of
the trolley signs in any Island city will carry the large
"cartoon" character logo of "Molly Manatee" that had
upset a few city residents.
Following an often stormy two-hour meeting of
the Manatee Trolley marketing committee Dec. 19, that
at times threatened to degenerate into a beaches "civil
war," representatives and officials of Anna Maria,
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach, Manatee County
and the Americans with Disabilities Act, members of
the public and MCAT marketing manager Susan
Hancock finally agreed to work on a compromise to the
offending manatee on the original sign.
Gone is the grinning "Molly Manatee" logo.
Hancock is now preparing artwork for a new sign that
will add stop numbers in place of the large manatee.
The image of the trolley will remain, along with a
smaller image of the manatee on the trolley.
The original trolley stop sign had already been
approved by the Manatee County Board of Commis-
sioners and the other two Island cities, but Bradenton
Beach Mayor John Chappie and Holmes Beach Com-
missioner Don Maloney both agreed their cities would
likely accept a compromise sign if it meant uniformity
throughout the Island.
After nearly 90 minutes of somewhat heated debate
on the sign issue, Anna Maria Commissioner Linda
Cramer, who called the meeting, asked "What can we
do to compromise?"
There were suggestions that Anna Maria should re-
design the sign since it was that city that did not ap-
PLEASE SEE TROLLEY, PAGE 4
Tell it like it is
Joanne Seppala, 7, of Bradenton, takes time out from
the Christmas festivities to tell Santa what she wants for
Christmas. The Anna Maria Moose Lodge celebrated
Christmas on Saturday with a family party for members
and their members' children. The Moose also raised
$1,150 for a donation to a needy family in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: J.L Robertson.
Volume 10, no. 7, Dec. 26, 2001 FREE
battle for Anna Maria
mayor; no election
By Rick Catlin
Current Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh has
decided not to run for re-election, leaving only two
candidates to battle for the post in the Feb. 12 ballot-
SueLynn and Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda both
qualified by the noon Dec. 21 deadline and will face
each other in the February elections. Deffenbaugh said
he decided not to seek re-election for personal reasons.
The race for the two commission seats up for grabs
won't be quite so dramatic. In fact, there won't be a
race at all.
Only two city residents, John Quam and Chuck
Webb, qualified for the election as commissioner. Ac-
cording to Manatee County Assistant Supervisor of
Elections Nancy Bignell, "we assume they would each
vote for themselves, so there is no need to have an elec-
The two will automatically be declared winners
following the official count of the ballots for the
mayor's race and will be sworn in accordingly with the
Both Quam and Webb are newcomers to Anna
Maria politics, although Webb was an unsuccessful
commission candidate in a prior election. He currently
sits on the city's planning and zoning board and on the
board of directors of Island Middle School. Quam is
also a member of the planning and zoning board.
Skoloda said he was looking forward to the race for
mayor and debate on the issues. "There are two good can-
didates here and it will be up to the voters to decide."
He thinks being mayor of Anna Maria would be
"an opportunity to run the city in a professional man-
ner and that's what we need."
SueLynn said she, too, was looking forward to the
election and the opportunity to be a pro-active mayor.
PLEASE SEE ELECTION, NEXT PAGE
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Agents for the
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Christmas, left to
Hample of the
Election only for mayor
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"I'm excited. I'm looking forward to meeting people
and finding out what they want and making it happen.
It will be a good race."
John Quam said he decided to run for a commis-
sion seat because the city has been in division the past
year. "I felt it is time for a change. The commission
must work as a team and I'm confident I have the busi-
ness knowledge and common sense to serve this city
Chuck Webb was out of town and could not be
reached for comment prior to press deadline.
Outgoing Mayor Deffenbaugh said he made the
right decision for him in not running for re-election.
"I'm glad. I'm very confident I did the right thing
at this time my business and my personal affairs
require more of my attention. I'll stay active in the city
and I'd like to serve on the planning and zoning board."
He said he would miss the staff at city hall. "I'm
heartbroken to leave them. They've become like fam-
ily to me.
"I'm leaving the city in excellent condition and I'm
proud of my accomplishments as mayor, rebuilding the
city from scratch after the previous administration."
As for the future of the city and its next mayor,
Deffenbaugh said, "I wish SueLynn the best of luck as
Holmes Beach mayor
ready to retire
from city office
Although she still remains the youngest elected of-
ficial on the Holmes Beach City Commission, Mayor
Carol Whitmore announced at a recent Key Royale As-
sociation meeting that she won't be running for office
again next November.
"Unless there is someone .
running who I don't think
will represent the city well, I
don't plan to run for office .
again," said Whitmore.
Whitmore has been a
member of the commission .
since 1991 and has served '
as mayor for almost four ,
and a half years. In addition
to serving her community, Whitmore
Whitmore works full time
as a nurse at husband Dr. Andre Renard's office and
says the time commitment required of both jobs leaves
her without a private life.
"I've loved being in office more than anything else
I've done and I've continued to do it for my commu-
nity and I want to be sure [the community] is taken care
of after I leave," she said.
Two achievements Whitmore notes as highlights
during her service include helping to establish the city's
beautification committee and implementing beautifica-
tion projects such as the Adopt-A-Spot program.
She is also proud of the fact that as mayor she was
able to finally find funding, $1.2 million, to replace the
Key Royale Bridge at no cost to the city.
Whitmore hopes her successor will maintain the
strong relationships she says she has worked to build.
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Objections withdrawn to Tidemark, Meetinrgs
By Rick Catlin
With objections to the Tidemark hotel and condo-
minium project now officially withdrawn, developer
Nick Easterling is hoping for a January date for the start
of construction on the site of the former Pete Reynard's
Marina Bay restaurant in Holmes Beach.
Holmes Beach residents Dan and Tina Howe and
Lance Spotts have officially withdrawn "all objections
to all comprehensive plan amendments, rezonings and
special exceptions to date relating to the Tidemark de-
velopment," said a letter to the City of Holmes Beach
from attorney Dan Lobeck on Dec. 17.
Lobeck also said he anticipates his clients' ap-
proval of a modified site plan that will be submitted to
Holmes Beach, "depending upon its specifics."
A settlement agreement with Spotts and the Howes
over their lawsuit filed against the city objecting to the
Bradenton Beach OKs waivers
for beach renourishment
Bradenton Beach city commissioners, in just a
matter of minutes, approved the needed waivers to
city ordinances to allow the beach renourishment
project to commence in late January.
Specifically, according to Building Official
Bob Welch, renourishment contractors need city
approval to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a
week, and need city approval to operate outside
of city noise and lighting laws.
City commissioners unanimously approved
Anna Maria commissioners debated the
waiver request in that city for hours before finally
approving the waivers and allowing the beach
renourishment to take place there.
project was first announced in July by Easterling, but
details of that settlement were to be kept private for six
months. That "informal" agreement allowed the city to
approve the development in late July.
Easterling said in addition to the removal of objec-
tions, the project has also received its construction fi-
In November, the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection gave the project a permit to widen
the channel basin to the project, creating more boat
slips, after initially rejecting the application.
With construction financing approved, Easterling
is now getting ready to submit his modified site plan for
approval by Holmes Beach before the actual start of
He'd like to get started in January and demolish the
restaurant and two duplexes now on the site. "It will
only take about one to three, days to remove those
buildings, then we'll start widening the canal," he said.
Total construction time is estimated at 12-14
months for the 40-unit, $20 million project.
While official presales have not yet started pend-
ing site plan approval, real estate agent Brenda Boyd
May said she's fielded about 50 calls from interested
parties. About half of those are from people already
living on the Island.
"They like what they are hearing and already be-
lieve in the Island," said May.
Most callers want to be informed immediately
when sales officially begin, and May said she expects
a lot of immediate interest in purchasing. "We are go-
ing to be very responsible when we open sales because
it appears the demand is greater than the supply."
Prices will range from $400,000 to $700,000, May
said, depending upon location, amenities and size.
The project was approved by the Holmes Beach
City Commission in July, but still had to meet a num-
ber of objections raised by the DEP. Easterling also had
to obtain a DEP permit to widen the channel and add
75 feet of seawall to the canal.
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The Tidemark advertises itself as a full-service
hotel and condominium, complete with marina and an
"owners only" lounge.
The Holmes Beach Planning and Zoning Board
approved the original site plan, but must now give its
approval to the modified plan, said Easterling, before
any construction or demolition can begin.
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Trolley logo catches flack
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
prove the sign. Members of the Anna Maria public
asked why they had to go along with the other two cit-
That's not exactly what Bradenton Beach is saying,
said Chappie. "I never said we could not reconsider if
you can come up with a compromise sign," he said.
Maloney agreed, although he noted that Anna
Maria was the only city having a problem with the
The manatee is the basic problem, said Cramer.
The Anna Maria commission had voted against the
sign with the manatee logo, as had the beautification
committee and the Anna Maria members of the trolley
marketing committee. Cramer believed that a rede-
signed trolley stop sign might be acceptable to Anna
Maria if the manatee were deleted.
"There's a feeling in Anna Maria it [the manatee
logo] is offensive, too Disney and too much like a car-
toon. The problem is the logo," said Cramer."
But the "Molly Manatee" logo was not the only
issue confronting the committee. The signs have to
conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act,. ac-
cording to ADA representative Pam Dorwarth of
Sarasota, who was invited to the meeting by Commis-
The original trolley sign was "not going to fly with
the ADA," said Dorwarth, because it did not designate
the stop number for a location.
So back to the drawing board again.
Dorwarth suggested adding the city name to the
sign, along with the stop number, but getting rid of the
large manatee logo. The trolley logo would be larger.
But even that suggestion might cause problems
with the Florida Department of Transportation, said
The DOT now requires a minimum sign of 24
inches by 30 inches, said Hancock. The trolley sign in
its present design and size is "grandfathered" by the
DOT at 18 inches by 24 inches. Hancock does not
know if the DOT will grandfather the same size sign
after it is redesigned.
Anna Maria residents at the meeting said they were
opposed to any sign larger than the one originally pro-
When Hancock asked if Anna Maria would accept
Offensive manatee found
Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda Cramer at the Manatee Trolley marketing committee meeting on Dec.
19 holds up a trolley stop sign with the manatee logo that some Anna Maria City residents found offensive. At
her left is Pam Dorwarth, representing Americans With Disabilities, who said the signs have to be numbered
to coincide with the stop location to meet ADA requirements. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
a 24-by-30-inch sign if the DOT would not grandfather
a new sign, city resident Margaret Jenkins said, that
"sounds like a threat."
Not so, said Hancock. But there is a time element
and she needs to know what direction to take in that
Community Services Supervisor Fred Loveland,
head of the department that supervises MCAT, said he
and Hancock will "put together something that the
mayors can take back to their commissions. These
things are not cast in concrete," said Loveland.
MCAT and the county want to work with each city
on the trolley. Loveland would prefer "uniformity" on
the signs for each Island city, rather than two cities with
signs and one with none.
The final compromise, however, did not come
without some haggling and bickering.
One Anna Maria resident suggested putting a
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Trolley system on Anna Maria Island.
The art should depict the trolley vehicle in
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Trolley logo catches flack
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
sticker over the offending manatee. That idea was also
After Chappie observed that two Island cities had
adopted the original logo but not Anna Maria, one resi-
dent said it sounded like he was saying "shame on us,"
if Anna Maria didn't like the logo.
"No," said Chappie. "That's not right. I have no
problem that you don't like the logo. I'm willing to
compromise," he said, but any approval must come
from the city commission.
OK on compromise, said Maloney but remember:
"You can please some of the people some of the time
and, that's a no, no."
That brought a laugh from some people and frowns
from a few Anna Maria residents.
Maloney drew more ire from the Anna Maria con-
tingent when he said the only thing negative he had
heard on the trolley issue from his constituents was
34210, by Jan. .19.
MCAT is also looking for "blurbs" from cit-
ies, environmental groups, historic associations, or
individuals to provide information of interest to
residents and tourists for inclusion on the Mana-
tee Trolley service map being planned for the ser-
The "blurb" may be something like "please
leave only your footprints when visiting our
beaches," or "lights out for turtle season."
"Blurbs" may be sent to the same address as
For further information, contact Susan
Hancock at 747-8621, extension 3308.
"make sure that when the bus leaves Anna Maria, it's
"What's that supposed to mean?" asked one Anna
Maria resident, but by then the meeting had moved into
other mud-slinging. Maloney and Anna Maria resident
Rick DeFrank even had a brief verbal sparring match
about Maloney interrupting a speaker.
Cramer criticized another newspaper's story on the
trolley signs, which quoted her as saying she didn't like
the "way the signs were rammed down our throats."
"I didn't say that," said Cramer, looking to soothe
tempers and placate the county officials present.
But she did say that she had concerns about the
way the trolley issue was handled by the county. There
was a rush by the county for city approvals on stops and
signs. "We were told we didn't have a choice, that it
was a done deal."
That wasn't the case, Cramer said. She found out
from the DOT that the city could reduce the number
of trolley stops where pedestrians could hop on and
off the trolley.
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In addition, after the Anna Maria City Commission
voted not to approve the trolley signs, the Manatee
County Commission said, in effect, "no problem,"
whatever you want to do is fine.
In her defense, Hancock said this was the first time
anyone at MCAT had put together this type of project.
In retrospect, it was a bit "naive" to think all Island
communities would agree with everything in the
There had been a lot of misunderstanding, she said,
and that was a statement which everyone from Anna
Maria seemed to agree with. But MCAT was working
for a common solution to all the problems, she and
In the end, after nearly two hours of complaints,
misunderstandings, innuendo, statements, and sugges-
tions for a compromise, Anna Maria businessman and
committee member Glenn Neumann asked if "Mana-
tee County could make a sign that you think all three
cities could agree to?"
Yes, said Hancock and Loveland.
Then let's do it, Neumann said.
Hancock confirmed that the compromise trolley
sign would delete the large manatee, retain the small
manatee logo on side of the trolley image on the sign,
and add the designated stop number.
The compromise was worked out. The civil war
The next day, Dec. 20, Hancock had the compro-
mise artwork finished and contacted each of the three
cities to review the new trolley sign.
Time, however, is "of the essence," she said. Trol-
ley service could start as early as February. Uniform
signs and a schedule of stops are needed as quickly as
The Anna Maria City Commission will not meet
again until early January to approve or reject a new
Cramer said she would try to organize a meeting of
the Anna Maria members of the marketing committee
prior to the next city commission meeting.
On the subject of another meeting of Island cit-
ies, however, one pundit who asked not to be iden-
tified said after this meeting, "Now you know why
it's a good thing we [three cities] don't meet like this
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Peace on Earth
The age-old wish for "Peace on Earth" is making
Sounds strange to say it, but it's true, and with the
wish for peace come reminders of other not so peace-
ful times and the peace sign.
Children of the 1960s and '70s know it well, as the
prominent symbol of protest during the Vietnam War.
In seeking the peace symbol's origin, we headed to
the Internet and found some debate on the symbol's be-
ginnings. According to some sources, it consists of the
Nordic Tyrrune lengthened upward, while resembling the
moose rune turned upside down. In Germany and Austria
it is often called the Todesrune, the rune of death an
inverted life rune. Not exactly peaceful.
We were led to check out the semaphore flags and
sure enough, when placed together N (flagperson holds
one flag straight up, one down) and D (flagperson holds
flags angled downward on left and right side), the result
(encircled) looks like the peace symbol.
There was mention the peace sign may have been
invented by Lord Bertrand Russell. Not knowing
Russell from Mickey Mouse, we embarked again.
It seems the peace symbol surfaced as March 1958
in its original form on letters from what was called the
Direct Action Committee in opposition to nuclear war
Russell was a member of this committee and his writ-
ings offer an unmistakable history of the "Peace Sign."
In response to a complaint that the DAC symbol was
a death symbol, Russell wrote, "I am afraid that I cannot
follow your argument that the 'ND' badge is a death sym-
bol. It was invented by a member of our movement and
was designed from the naval code of semaphore, and the
symbol represents the code letters for ND."
The peace symbol was adopted by war protesters
first in London and then in the United States in the
1960s. It wasn't long until it appeared in commercials,
on T-shirts, holiday cards, flags and banners.
Baby boomers may remember the frequent answer
to the question about what you-wanted for Christmas
as a youth most often was "Peace."
One particularly heartwarming holiday lighted dis-
play we saw spelled out "Imagine" in tiny white lights
and under the lettering was displayed a large lighted
"wreath" in the shape of the Peace symbol.
Indeed, 2001 was a long year. The attack of Sept.
11 was shocking in all respects. An unprecedented at-
tack on America.
And so we're wishing you peace. Imagine peace on
Earth. Peace on Anna Maria Island, too.
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This letter is intended to voice my unqualified sup-
port for the Old Bridge Village planned development
project scheduled for a public hearing before the
Bradenton Beach City Commission Jan. 3.
I live one block north from the property and I am
familiar with the comprehensive plan, the land devel-
opment code and the requested changes.
Last month I attended the planning and zoning
meeting and have had the opportunity to carefully re-
view the plans. There were several stipulations that
were suggested by staff, and with them the project re-
ceived unanimous approval from the committee. The
following is why I am supportive of this project and
recommend its approval:
The Old Bridge Village plan is consistent with the
goals, objectives and policies of the future land use
section of the Bradenton Beach Comprehensive Plan.
All development criteria required for approval of the
plan was met and approved.
The Old Bridge Village design is consistent with
the "Old Florida fishing village" character promoted in
the historic old-town overlay districts and is compat-
ible with existing zoning and surrounding development
patters of the neighborhood.
The project conforms better to the comprehensive
plan, will result in more compatible style of develop-
ment than that presently allowed "as-of-right," and will
improve the value of adjacent properties.
The Old Bridge Village suggested extension of
the Third Street South historic old-town overlay district
included lots 6, 7, 8 and 9 is a logical expansion of the
overlay district concept.
The project is an imaginative treatment of a dif-
ficult transitional area where residential and commer-
cial adjoins, without changing the underlying residen-
tial and commercial nature of part.
The Old Bridge Village plan reduces bulk, den-
sity and intensity: 11 residential units would be devel-
oped rather than 14. Four buildings, one existing,
would be developed rather than seven.
The project plan reduces parking by almost 30
percent (versus "as-of-right") and all of it is contained
within the property, with only one visitor's parking
space required on Third Street South.
The project plan has a negligible traffic impact on
the area and the level of service on adjacent streets will
not be reduced. Adequate ingress and egress to the
property and proposed structures would be provided.
The project plan preserves the existing garden
and picket fence. The "as-of-right" development alter-
native will provide a streetscape filled with cars and
Connie Drescher, Bradenton Beach
Thanks and so long
I want to thank The Islander for support and spon-
sorship of the Anna Maria Island Christmas Lighted
Boat Parade these last six years for which I have been
either co-chair or chairman.
I thank Don Schroder, who was co-chair this year and
raised the money for the spectacular fireworks show by
Jim Taylor. The parade preparations and production take
the efforts of many volunteers on the committee, includ-
ing Robert Byrne, Roger Byron and Merritt Fineout.
Thanks to parade judges Mary Ann Brockman,
Gary Deffenbaugh, Mollie Sandburg, Carol Whitmore,
Sandy Haas-Martens and Bonner Joy. The Parsons also
have my thanks for annually providing the use of their
dock and home for the judging.
Parade safety was provided by Holmes Beach marine
police, West Manatee Fire & Rescue, U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary Flotilla 81, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission boats; my thanks to them all.
After six years of heading the parade, it is time for
someone else to step forward and chair this event. I will
become an entrant and a committee member for the future.
My sincere thanks to the local business owners, skippers
and my wife and friends who have supported me and
made the parade a wonderful start to the holiday season.
Chuck Stealey, Holmes Beach
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Anyway, Happy New Year
By Don Maloney
Special to The Islander
Surely, I don't have to remind you that this is the
time of any year when all of us usually make it a spe-
cial point to wish family, friends, neighbors, co-work-
ers, even in-laws anyone we're likely to just smile
at in passing during other times a Happy New Year.
Sometimes, we even add "prosperous" to our
wishes. Or, if any of them don't look especially good,
we tack on "healthy."
At least, I assume that you wish all of that to all of
them. I know I do. I also assume that you make it a
point to skip such wishing of anything "happy," "pros-
perous" or "healthy" to another group of people who
seem to have consciously tried in one way or an-
other during the past year to ensure that none of us
will ever be able to ever again have a completely
"Happy New Year."
I got thinking, while taking down our plastic
Christmas tree the other day, that the really TRUE
spirit of the season calls for wishing GOOD things
even to those for whom you usually wish only BAD
things during the rest of the year. And so, I've decided
that's exactly what I'm going to do for a change in
Like I want to wish the healthiest of Happy New
Years to those who always seem to be in front of me
at Publix's 10-items-or-less express lanes when they
have a lot more than 10 items. They've only stayed
healthy up to now because the law prohibits me from
throwing my can of generic pork and beans at them.
And good wishes, too, to those cashiers in those
express lanes that let them get away with it. Those
cashiers could solve the problem instantly by short-
changing those people. After all, if they don't know
how to count to 10, they probably don't know how to
count their change either.
And good wishes, too, to those who are ahead of
me in any check-out lane K-Mart's or Publix's, ex-
press or otherwise and have either an item that
doesn't ring up at the right price, or they want to pay
with a traveler's check from some Asian bank. Generic
pork and beans to them, too.
And I'll wish prosperous coming months to some
inventors I've skipped in the past. Like I had some back
problems recently and took pills for them four times a
day, as instructed. The back got worse instead of bet-
ter, and I finally realized one day that the whole prob-
lem was caused by the increasing muscle spasms I got
from trying to open the child-proof pill bottle. I quit the
pills; my back is fine. A good 2002 lower back to that
inventor. Too bad his parents weren't child proof.
I know Wife Sarah wants to wish a special some-
thing to restaurants that provide hot-out-of-the-dish-
washer plates at their salad bars. She never cared for
body temperature lettuce.
Please, if you are among drivers out there who
never flick on your directionals before you turn or
among those who always flick on your directionals and
never turn don't think I've forgotten you. I'm only
surprised that we haven't already met at one intersec-
tion or another.
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2002 to legally park in those spaces in the future. And
I'm not leaving out those parkers who think the divid-
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under the center of their cars. I wish them double
spaces of happiness.
To those of you other Anna Maria Island-bound
drivers during 2001 to whom I have lost in our races to
do each other out by a car length down Manatee Av-
enue from 75th Street to the merge lane at the Palma
Sola Causeway, I wish you all a whole car length of
And a special 2002 collection of gale winds to all
of the high-masted sailors who cause the Island draw-
bridges to open when I'm in a hurry to get home for
reasons caused by the large amount of ice tea I downed
on the mainland.
Tourist-swelled new year traffic makes me wonder
which snowbird drivers should get my fondest wishes
for 2002 those who move 25 miles an hour in the 50-
mph zones, those who move 50 miles an hour in the 25-
mph zones, or those who move 15 miles an hour in any
zone. To all of you: God speed!
Probably I shouldn't leave out those Longboat Key
folks who think that all jet planes should fly over Anna
Maria instead of over their island. If our Anna Maria
Island buildings were as tall as theirs, I'd probably wish
the reverse to them. So, high 2002 hopes to them.
Last, and maybe least, kindest wishes to all those
who think Perico Island ought to be built up as far as
it is wide. And I can't leave out my fellow Island city
commissioners who must continue to try to solve in
2002 major local problems like how tall grass should
be, where boats and trailers should be parked, who's in
the sunshine and who's in the shade, where newspaper
machines should be, how big should a gazebo be if
there should indeed be a gazebo, plus a lot more.
But most important: While all that is being dis-
cussed during 2002, let there be peace on Earth.
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Pros, cons of county charter discussed
Manatee County Commissioner Jane von
Hahmann attended a Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting to lead a discussion regarding the proposed
county chartered government.
"I don't have a solid formulated opinion yet,"
said von Hahmann. "I'm in study-mode."
Part of studying the pros and cons to having a
charter government included taking the pulse of
elected officials representing Longboat Key,
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria
City at the BIEO meeting.
Von Hahmann asked Island and Key officials
how a charter government would affect the island
communities from a growth perspective, considering
the islands are almost built-out.
Von Hahmann stated that one reason she was
leaning in favor of the charter government is the fact
that all decisions are given to the people to vote on
This, however, is at the heart of objections from
several island officials.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Rich
Bohnenberger stated he didn't want residents of
Lakewood Ranch making decisions affecting the is-
Von Hahmann countered, "I have faith in the
voting populace. If you're afraid of the public, you'll
be afraid of charter government."
Anna Maria Commissioner John Michaels dis-
agreed, saying that not trusting people is a real issue
for the island since the voting population of the is-
land is small.
"I don't know what their concerns are in Lakewood
Ranch," said Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie. "I
trust Islanders. They choose to live out here and oth-
ers have chosen to live in other communities."
"The land development code and comprehensive
plan are the heart and soul of home-rule authority.
We don't want Lakewood Ranch to decide what we
can do when we've already made those decisions,"
said Bohnenberger. "I absolutely object to marrying
seven comprehensive plans into one. Anyone in the
future can amend the comprehensive plan, and if
Lakewood Ranch residents decide they want condos
on the Island, we don't have enough people to fight
a referendum on a ballot."
Commissioner Don Maloney added, "We're
built out, but should we leave it up to someone else
to build us up?"
Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh told von
Hahmann that he hasn't run across anyone who is in
favor of charter government and that as elected of-
ficials "we are supposed to represent our residents."
Maloney reminded von Hahmann of the key is-
sues that got her elected."
"You were elected due to a lack of representa-
tion out here. Don't let that happen again. Nothing
in our attitude out here has changed, but it seems the
county's attitude has changed. What's in it for us?"
Elected officials will continue to discuss the pros
and cons of charter government at an all-day public
forum beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 24 at the Manatee
County Civic Center.
... while Holmes Beach commissioner offers opposition
Holmes Beach Commissioner Rich
Bohnenberger presented a list of facts he compiled
about charter government to Manatee County Com-
missioner Jane von Hahmann at a Barrier Island
Elected Officials meeting.
According to Bohnenberger, proponents of es-
tablishing a county charter have made the follow-
ing statements, to which he offers counterpoints:
There is unchecked development in Manatee
Bohnenberger: This is true, 98 percent of all
development is taking place in unincorporated
Manatee County with the approval and blessings of
our county commission.
Home-rule authority will allow the county to
enact ordinances in the same manner as cities.
Bohnenberger: The county already has home-rule
authority; they just don't have it over the municipali-
The cities refuse to adopt impact fees and the
county residents have to pick up the additional costs of
Bohnenberger: The county already has the author-
ity to impose countywide impact fees. If this is such a
critical issue, the county commission must be guilty of
dereliction of duty for not acting on the matter.
The truth is Island cities do pay an impact fee for
water and sewer on new construction. The fee has an-
other name, but for all practical purposes it is an impact
Annexation has been used as an example of why
we need a county charter.
Bohnenberger: Annexation is controlled and
regulated by state growth management laws. If
there are problems with annexation, the proper
course of action is through the legislative process.
Growth management reform is on the table in Tal-
lahassee and I expect these concerns could be ad-
dressed through the Florida League of Cities and
the Florida Association of Counties.
Finally, Bohnenberger said, "the sad thing
about this proposed charter county initiative is that
it is being proposed and supported by the very
people we elected to represent the best interests of
these municipalities. To have our elected represen-
tatives ready and eager to disregard the constitu-
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 26, 2001 M PAGE 9
Car dealer application
approved in Holmes Beach
Banner day in Anna Maria, almost
City of Anna Maria public works staff members
struggled with putting up the newly arrived holiday
banners last week. The city eventually borrowed
expertise and equipment from Holmes Beach and the
banners were up by Friday. Islander Photo: Rick
Holmes Beach commissioners unanimously ap-
proved Donald Belmont's application to operate an
auto sales office at 3014 Avenue C in Holmes Beach.
Belmont buys cars in Florida and ships them to
Missouri for resale, where he has a dealer's license.
Belmont advised commissioners that all vehicles would
be trucked directly from the auction and would not be
stored at the Avenue C location.
Belmont provided the commission, per its request,
with a written statement advising that his business will
be a phone-computer operation.
Belmont's application now states that all transac-
tions will be off-site at local dealer auto auctions, that
no vehicles will be displayed for sale and no custom-
ers will visit his office in Holmes Beach.
In addition, Belmont clarified that no repairs will
be performed on vehicles at his Avenue C location.
Although residents of Avenue C still had concerns
regarding the true impact Belmont's business will have
on their block, Commission Chairman Rich
Bohnenberger noted that Belmont has been made fully
aware of the community's concerns and the city's code
enforcement officer will be asked to monitor the street
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore stated sim-
ply, "If Belmont will be a good neighbor, we'll be a
Bohnenberger asked that a copy of the city com-
mission meeting minutes be attached to Belmont's ap-
plication to provide a permanent record of the proceed-
In other business, Emily Anne Smith of Eatman &
Smith Architecture presented a proposal at the city's
work session on behalf of Ronald Chovan to build 11
condominiums at 6400 Gulf Drive in the residential/
seasonal tourist district.
The lot currently has one single-family home and
one duplex. The proposed development will be called
"L Plage" and according to Assistant Superintendent of
Public Works Bill Saunders, it meets all of the city's
Smith told the commission that the site plan allows
for 32 parking spaces, room for mature trees and land-
scaping, and falls well with the setback limits.
Smith said plans include putting a wooden board-
walk over the dunes so that guests won't harm the natu-
State approval from the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection is required before the devel-
oper may build above the coastal construction control
line. Saunders, however, advised the commission that
the city is not bound by the state's approval, the devel-
oper is. Therefore, the commission can choose to ap-
prove the plan based on city codes.
According to Saunders, DEP regulations are much
more stringent than city codes and the state requires a
letter from the city indicating its approval before mak-
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Art league sets classes
for January, February
Classes for early 2002 have been announced by the
Anna Maria Art League. The classes will be at the
league's quarters, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Quilting, with Brenda Holland as instructor, from
12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on six Mondays beginning Jan. 7.
Adult Mixed-Media Drawing, Stacia Dine-Axe,
from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on six Tuesdays starting Jan. 8,
registration required at 778-2099.
Old Masters Techniques in Oil Painting, Paul
Scibilia, 10 a.m. to noon on eight Wednesdays starting
Jan. 9, registration required at 778-2099.
Watercolors is an ongoing course by Barbara
Singer on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Open Studio with live model, open to all media, no
instruction, ongoing course from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
every second and fourth Thursday of the month.
Photography with John Bonser is by appointment
only, call 792-1039.
Youth classes will include:
Mixed-Media Drawing, Stacia Dine-Axe, 5:30 to
7 p.m. on six Tuesdays beginning Jan. 8.
Acrylic Painting, Stacia Dine-Axe, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
on six Wednesdays beginning Jan. 9.
Fees are charged for all classes. Further informa-
tion may be obtained by calling 778-2099.
'Creative Writing for Seniors'
meeting topic Jan. 2
Author and puppeteer Eleanor Boylan will present
a program on "Creative Writing for Seniors" at a meet-
ing at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, of the Woman's Club
of Anna Maria Island.
The meeting will be at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.
Hostesses will be Edythe Richardson, Bonnie
Chestnut, Jeanne McGrath, Jan Jansen, Blanche
Chambo, Virginia Kramer and Bea Van Welde.
Details are available at 778-7865.
Four women photographers'
works hang in library
Works of four women photographers will be on
display during January at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. They are:
Carly Carlson, Anna Maria Island photographer
and framer, whose specialties are wedding photos and
family portraits. She is a graduate of the University of
Wisconsin with a degree in communications.
Gwen Damon, also an Islander whose photos fea-
ture larger-than-life settings.
Shirley Foor, former newspaper editor, writer and
Maggie McGinley-Field, news photography.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday,
closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Details may be obtained at 778-6341.
Reservations due Monday
for Episcopal women
Reservations must be made by noon Monday, Dec.
31, for the Jan. 3 luncheon meeting of Episcopal
Church Women of the Church of the Annunciation.
Jeanne Akers will present a program on "Antique
Fans" at the session, which will begin at 10:15 a.m. at
the church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Reservations may be made and further information
obtained at 778-1638.
Center's holiday camp for kids
gets under way
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's holi-
day camp is under way, with openings for children kin-
dergarten through fifth grade. The camp began
Wednesday, Dec. 26, and goes through Jan. 4 in two
sessions at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria
City. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In addition to educational and recreational activi-
ties, field trips are planned to Smugglers Cove, Pirates
Cove, Planet Fun, Chuck E Cheese, J.P. Igloo and the
Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary. Charges are $42 per
child for the first session, $60 for the second.
Details may be obtained at 778-1908.
Native American art shown
at library in January
Pieces from 40 years' collection of native Ameri-
can art will be on display in January at the Island,
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The exhibit is from the collection of James and
Jocelyn Hicks of Anna Maria, native Coloradoans who
began collecting native pottery, baskets, rugs and jew-
elry in the early 1960s in Colorado, New Mexico and
Arizona. They have lived in Florida since 1981.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday
and closes at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Details are available at 778-6341.
'Visions of India' show
The photo exhibit "Visions of India," by part-time
Longboat Key resident Ruth Bermant, has opened in
the key's Education Center and will continue through
January. The center, at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, is
open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Details are available at 383-8811.
Cieszkis honored, Cogan
elected by Artists Guild
Longtime guild stalwarts Harry and Donna
Cieszki have been named recipients of the
Genevieve Alban Award of the Artists Guild of
Anna Maria Island.
Also at the Christmas party and annual meeting
of the guild at the Church of the Annunciation,
Phyllis Cogan was elected president of the artists
group succeeding Nancy Sullivan.
Others elected were Mary Carrillo, first vice
president; Barbara Singer, second vice president;
Penny Williams, recording secretary; Shirley
O'Day, corresponding secretary; and Ben Cooper,
The Cieszkis have been active in the guild for
many years, Sullivan said, always working as a de-
voted pair. His paintings hung there frequently,
mostly large oils, and as guild treasurer he set up the
organization's financial program.
Hours of the guild's gallery at 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. De-
tails may be obtained at 778-6694.
Longboat cover art
by local photographer
The Longboat Chamber of Commerce has this
Jack Elka photo on the cover of its 2002
visitors' guide. Elka is an renowned photogra-
pher and graphic designer who lives in
Holmes Beach. Limited signed and numbered
edition prints of the cover photo are available
at the chamber office, 6854 Gulf of Mexico
Drive. Further information is available at 387-
THE ISLANDER M DEC. 26, 2001 PAGE 11
Key Royale owners elect Planck
Sam Planck is president of the Key Royale Resi-
dent Owners Association, succeeding James Meena.
He and other officers were elected at the annual meet-
ing of the association at the Key Royale Club.
Roger Lutz was elected vice president, Gail Patsios
secretary, Dolores Jorgensen treasurer, Pete Robertson
chair of the beautification committee, Eleanor Sauers
chair of the nominating committee and Lutz, a Holmes
Beach city commissioner, liaison to the city commis-
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore told the
association that a new bridge to Key Royale is sched-
uled to be constructed in 2003. The new bridge will
replace the one which has become inadequate for its
traffic and the weight of some vehicles. The $1 million-
plus cost will be borne by the state, she said.
She is putting together a maintenance program to
streamline the canal dredging process, she told the in-
terested homeowners, and it "could cut six to nine
months off the process."
County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, who
represents Key Royale along with the Island and other
parts of western Manatee County, said the Arvida Co.'s
proposed Perico Island development is "not a done
deal," that she is hopeful some of the appeals now in
process will be successful. The City of Bradenton ap-
proved Arvida's plans to build 898 condos there, many
of them in 10-story high-rise buildings.
Local officials who brought accounting of their
offices to the Key Royale Resident Owners
Association's annual meeting: Manatee County
Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, left, and Holmes
Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore. Islander Photos:
Courtesy Jim Meena
A move to change the association's bylaws for
term limits of officers was narrowly defeated, 29-26,
after sometimes heated debate, according to Meena.
Genevieve M. 'Jan' DeFrain
Genevieve M. "Jan" DeFrain, 86, of Cortez, died
Born in Oscoda, Mich., Ms. DeFrain came to
Manatee County from Lansing, Mich., in 1975. She
was a homemaker. She was Catholic.
Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday,
Dec. 31, at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 5624
26th St. W., Bradenton.
She is survived by daughter Donna Bokovoy of
Six Lakes, Mich.; son Gary of Dallas, Texas; brother
Russell Herriek of Pt. Sanilac, Mich.; four grand-
children; and two great-grandchildren.
Viola Forsyth, 91, of Anna Maria, died Dec. 14.
Born in Crawford County, Pa., Mrs. Forsyth came to
Manatee County from Fort Myers Beach in April. She was
a retired registered nurse.
Memorial services will be in Leverett, Mass., at a later
date. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, was in
charge of arrangements.
She is survived by granddaughter Kelley J. of Glen -
Ridge, N.J.; and grandson Mark D. of Rockportmm,,.
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Islanders first at Ritz,
and they'll be back
The Gillihans were first at Sarasota's Ritz-Carlton
Hotel, found it "absolutely wonderful," and will do it
all again on the next anniversary of the blind date that
Harold and Phyllis Gillihan made their reservations
early at Sarasota's new claim to elegance and knew
they'd be there on the 28th anniversary of that fateful
What they didn't know was that they would be the
first guests ever at the hotel, where U.S. 41 turns to
avoid splashing into Sarasota Bay. They entered the
sumptuous lobby to applause, Ms. Gillihan said, and
saw "a lot of people we knew" who were at the hotel's
"We had a really beautiful suite," she said. "Two
TV stations interviewed us just like celebrities. We had
dinner at the hotel and breakfast the next day, and the
food was wonderful I'm taking some guests there
soon for the Ritz high tea."
The hotel is extraordinary, they found, but a truly
remarkable aspect was the service "the staff people
treated us royally, very thoughtful of everything, they
seemed to appreciate the people like us who come in."
The Gillihans were to be in the hotel with a party of
friends, who ultimately decided not to go. They went
anyway, spurred by that anniversary.
They met and married in Michigan, where he
was with the Buick Division of General Motors.
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Island police reports
Dec. 14,407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria Island
Community Center, alarm. Deputies responded to an
alarm and secured the area.
Dec. 14, 300 block of North Bay Boulevard, in-
formation. Deputies responded to a report of an un-
conscious person in Bayfront Park. According to the
report the man may have had a seizure and Emer-
gency Medical Services transported him to Blake
Dec. 17, 100 block of Palm Avenue, informa-
tion. A man reported that two screens on an apart-
ment appeared to have been tampered with and upon
investigation deputies found that the sliding glass
door was also unlocked. However, according to the
report, nothing inside the apartment was in disarray.
Dec. 18, 200 block of Periwinkle Plaza, alarm.
Deputies responded to an alarm and secured the area.
Dec. 18, 400 block of Pine Avenue, grand theft
auto. According to the report, a 2000 Jeep Wrangler,
which was parked in a driveway with the keys in it,
Dec. 7, 112 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach Post
Office, information. An officer on patrol contacted
a key holder to secure a stamp vending machine that
was dispensing stamps without requiring any money.
Dec. 8, 1000 block of Gulf Drive North, theft. A
woman reported that the fixed hood ornament on her
Mercedes Benz had been removed by an unknown
Dec. 9, 1900 Gulf Drive S., Leffis Key, burglary.
Officers discovered a parked van with the passenger
side window broken. Upon investigation officers
learned that a woman's purse had been taken from
Dec. 9, 1500 Gulf Drive S., Bayside Park North
boat ramp, criminal mischief. Officers received a report
that a man suspected someone shot at the passenger
side window of his parked vehicle. According to the
report, the window was shattered but still in the frame
and it had nine pellet BB size holes in it.
Dec. 9, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Sandpiper Mobile
Home Park, trespass warning. According to the re-
port, a trespass warning was issued against a juve-
nile who was using a bench to perform tricks with
Dec. 10, 1007 Gulf Drive N., Summer Sands
condominiums, found property. A resident found
four stacks of compact disks laying on the ground of
the east side parking garage.
Dec. 14, 900 block of Gulf Drive S., warrant ar-
rest. A man was arrested on a Broward County war-
rant for violation of probation after officers stopped
him for a routine traffic violation.
Dec. 15, 2000 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, city
ordinance violation. A man was issued a city ordi-
nance beach parking violation after attempting to
drive out onto the beach.
Dec. 15, 100 block of Gulf Drive, warrant arrest.
According to the report, officers witnessed a driver's
front and back left tires blow out. On a routine check
of the driver's license officers discovered the driver
was wanted on a Manatee County warrant and he
Dec. 15, 201 Gulf Drive North, Oma's Pizza, in-
formation. Officers investigated a report of a fight in
front of the restaurant. No action was taken as the
people involved did not wish to file a complaint.
Dec. 18, 103 Gulf Drive N., Banana Cabana,
property damage. According to the report, the
restaurant's wooden walkway was damaged by a
driver attempting to make a U-turn in front of the
property. The owner was unable to get a tag number.
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Dec. 14, 5500 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
couple reported two travel bags missing from their
rental vehicle. According to the report, the bags were
found on a street nearby. Everything except a cell
phone that was in one of the bags was returned to the
Dec. 15, 5700 Block of Holmes Boulevard, bur-
glary. A man reported the screen on a garage win-
dow had been removed, however, no items seemed
to be missing.
Dec. 15, 4000 block of Sixth Avenue, drunk. Of-
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out from intoxication. According to the report, offic-
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and took him to the county jail.
Dec. 17, 700 Manatee Avenue, Kingfish Boat
ramp, burglary. A man reported that someone at-
tempted to break into his vehicle and damaged the
key hole on the driver's side.
Dec. 18, 5360 Gulf Drive, Brian's Sunny Side
Up, theft. An employee reported his bicycle stolen
from behind the restaurant.
Dec. 19, 100 block of 45th Street, theft. A man
taking care of a home while the owners were away
called police to report a burglary. According to the
report, the owner's Cadillac was missing from the
garage and a laptop computer was missing from one
of the rooms inside. The car was found abandoned
Dec. 19, 8300 block of Marina Drive, burglary.
A man reported his tools missing from his work van.
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Wish Book works; still time to help
By Jim Hanson
Painted steps, a garageful of 300 buckets, an easel
from out of town the Wish Book brought results and
some disappointments to Anna Maria Island.
As for the disappointments, there is still time for
Islanders to turn them around. There is no time limit on
generosity, and the holiday season is ripe for it.
Published by The Islander on Nov. 21, the special
section featured the fondest wishes for gifts of many civic,
nonprofit, educational organizations on the Island, Cortez
and Longboat Key. Wishes ranged from paper clips to
property, from a garden hoe to computers.
Many organizations expressed interest in money
and people, more donations to carry on their work and
volunteers to see to their many tasks. A garden club
Wednesday, Dec. 26
7 a.m. to dusk The Manatee County Audubon
Society's Christmas bird count, Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: Don
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday camp at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria City. Registration: 778-1908. Fee applies.
12:30 to 3:30 p.m. -Duplicate Bridge Group at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
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7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday camp at the Anna Maria
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wished simply for rain.
Some who got what they wanted were the Island's
libraries and Turtle Watch.
Tingley Memorial Library wished for "a volunteer
to paint the front steps yellow," and got that and more.
"A man came by and did a fine job on the steps," said
John Sandberg of the library's committee. "Then he
volunteered for more, and he's doing wonders working
out some rough spots on the building."
Friends of the Island Branch Library wished for "a
display easel for large portraits or signs," and got it in
spades a professional artist's easel that came "out of the
blue" from a Bradenton man who had seen the book.
Buckets? Turtle Watch expressed a need for "large,
five-gallon plastic pails" to help the work of making
life more likely for the baby loggerhead turtles hatch-
Friday, Dec. 28
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday camp at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria City. Registration: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Saturday, Dec. 29
10:30 a.m. Egret lecture at the Pelican Man's Bird
Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota.
Monday, Dec. 31
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday camp at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria City. Registration: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Jan. 1
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jim and Jocelyn Hicks Native
American art on exhibit at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through Feb. 1.
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ing on the Island's beach.
"We got 300 of them," said Suzi Fox, Turtle Watch
president. "My garage is stuffed with them."
Another holiday outpouring brought adoptions of
hatchlings literally by the dozens, she said. This is the
program, co-sponsored by The Islander, offering
people the chance to adopt their own hatchling for a
$15 donation to Turtle Watch. Many are giving
hatchling "parentage" as holiday gifts, Fox said, and
The Islander mails the packages for free.
A dividend that finds her especially grateful: Vir-
tually all of the people who gave, also asked to be put
on the Turtle Watch volunteer register.
For those who lost track of favorite organizations
in the holiday rush, giving thoughtful and useful pre-
sents to them will be appreciated, many said.
Wednesday, Jan. 2
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday camp at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria City. Registration: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7:30 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna Maria
City Pier Restaurant.
9 to 11:30 a.m. Winter dance camp at Manatee High
School, 1107 Cimarron Circle NW, Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 792-3743 or 795-6449. Pre-registration and fee.
1 p.m. Eleanor Boylan will present "Creative Writ-
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Maria Island meeting at the Anna Maria Island Com-
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* Episcopal Church Women lunch meeting at the
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* Mote Marine Laboratory Monday Night Lecture Jan. 7.
* Adult Ballet class at Sinclair Dance Academy Jan. 7.
* Author S.V. Date at the Island Branch Library Jan. 8.
* Boating skills and seamanship program at Manatee
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Quilters preparing March's premier prize
A dozen Island women calling themselves
"Eyelanders" are sewing their fingers tender to com-
plete the 2002 "Island Fantasy" quilt in time for a pub-
lic display in January. It then becomes the major prize
of the annual March home tour.
It is the second quilt to be the focus of fundraising
efforts by the Anna Maria Island Community Center
Home Tour. The first, last .year, surprised even the most
optimistic seamstress by raising $4,600.
Penny Reinholz, who originated the quilt project
last year as chair of the tour's boutique committee, said
the quilt will have 12 squares of fanciful scenes of the
Island, with 12 women doing a square apiece.
"The scenes. are sort of fantasies of sea turtle
hatchlings, dolphins and other Island views," she said.
With each square requiring thousands of precise
hand-sewn stitches, it will be a race against the calen-
dar to get it finished by the end of December. It will
then be displayed in the Island Branch Library through
From Feb. 1 until the day of the tour, chances will
be sold at $1 each, six for $5, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Thursday and Saturdays in the lobby of the Publix,
3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach..
On the morning of the tour in March, Reinholz will
draw the lucky number and name the winner.
The quilting began, she recalled, when she wanted
Tickets to Mote Valentine dinner
are available now
Tickets have gone on sale on a first-come, first-
served basis for the annual Valentine Dinner With the
Stars of Mote Marine Laboratory.
The event will be at Michael's on East in Sarasota
and will feature stars of the ABC soap operas "All My
Children" and "One Life to Live." It will include an
autograph session with the stars as well as dinner and
Tickets at $85 per person are available through
388-4441 or by mail from Mote, 1600 Ken Thompson
Parkway, Sarasota FL 34236, checks payable to Mote
"a project we could all work on together, instead of
individuals. We had such good times together, we
wanted to put it to work."
Further information may be obtained by phone or
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Valentine Pops reservations
are being made now
Reservations are being taken for the 17th annual
Valentine Pops party in February at the Manatee Civic
& Convention Center in Palmetto.
Leif Bjaland will conduct the Florida West Coast
Symphony at the affair, which begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 9.
Tickets are from $65 and $45 per person, tables from
$500 and $300. Proceeds are to go to the symphony and
.to right: Quilt-
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None of them knew anything about quilts and
quilting, she said, "but we went out and got a book on
it and it worked out just fine."
its youth programs.
In addition to music and food, a silent auction is
planned and a traditional debutante presentation will be
made. Reservations may be arranged and details ob-
tained at 953-4252.
Ballet registration is open now
Registration is under way for an adult exercise
course featuring classical ballet taught by Maureen Dye
of Anna Maria at Sinclair Dance Academy, 7540
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
The inaugural class will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan.
7. Those interested may register and obtain further in-
formation at 779 1108.
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Elementary school improvement plan approved
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School's 2001-02 School
Improvement Plan has been approved by the Manatee
County School Board.
The SIP plan is revised each year by a team of
teachers and Principal Tim Kolbe in order to develop
This year the SIP committee consisted of Kolbe,
guidance counselor Cindi Harrison, and teachers Lynn
Drolet, Lynne McDonough and Joan Sackett.
According to the SIP checklist, the school board
looks for objectives that address remedial education
By Diana Bogan
Members of the Anna Maria Elementary School
advisory committee, which comprises both school staff
and parents, is drafting a resolution to either improve
or eliminate the A+ school program and the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Tests (FCAT) until the
state can adequately fund Florida's public school sys-
Due to inadequate funding from the state, the
Manatee County School Board developed a budget
reduction plan at the start of the school year which re-
quired each school in the county to reduce its discre-
tionary budget by 10 percent.
After consulting with staff, AME Principal Tim
Kolbe decided to cut money earmarked for field trips
and school supplies.
A second round of state budget cuts could mean an
additional $4.7 million reduction in funds for Manatee
County public schools. Kolbe said that second budget
cut was not anticipated and the county school board has
not yet presented a plan proposing how the cutbacks
will effect individual schools.
SAC members, however, are proposing a resolu-
tion that urges Gov. Jeb Bush to abandon FCAT test-
ing until the state can adequately fund schools.
In addition, the SAC would like to see the A+
school program, which rewards schools with cash bo-
nuses in many cases, modified or abolished.
Students are required to take the FCAT each year,
which focuses on reading, writing and mathematics skills.
The test is administered in schools statewide and the
fourth- and fifth-grade scores are used by the county to
track a school's academic improvement from year to year.
In turn, each school receives a grade level based on
the results of the FCAT.
To achieve an "A" status, schools must test at least
95 percent of eligible students, including speech im-
paired, gifted, hospital/homebound and limited English
proficient students who have been in an ESOL program
more than two years.
The core criteria for becoming an "A" school is to
demonstrate substantial improvement in reading; main-
tain or improve reading scores of lowest performing
students; and to exhibit no substantial decline in math
The resolution drafted for SAC approval states that
the A-plus program negatively effects schools by "la-
beling students, teachers and staff to the detriment of
The resolution also objects to the use of achieve-
ment on a single test to determine if a child should re-
peat a grade. AME SAC members believe that the
county curriculum bench marks and teacher's profes-
sional judgment should be used to determine if a stu-
dent is promoted to the next grade level.
Finally, the proposed resolution objects to the A-
plus program for rewarding teachers with cash bonuses
in mainly affluent schools, while labeling as failures
and withholding bonus pay from teachers in less eco-
nomically advantaged schools, thus forcing schools to
compete on an uneven playing field for scarce state
and strategies to improve reading skills.
Kolbe recently distributed the 29-page plan to
members of the school's advisory committee and said
the plan outlines goals to be accomplished over the next
The goals outlined in the plan include:
The reading skills of all students will improve as
evidenced by all fifth-grade students scoring at a level
two or above on standardized tests in Spring 2006.
Reading skills of students will improve with all
fifth-grade students scoring above the 34th percentile
on standardized tests in 2006.
Science skills of students will improve with fifth-
grade students scoring above the district and state av-
erages on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment
Tests in science in Spring 2006,
Efficiency in the operation of the media center for
staff and students will improve by 2004.
All classrooms will show evidence of a balanced
reading approach as measured by district criteria in
All classrooms will demonstrate evidence of the
use of technology across the curriculum as measured
by school developed criteria by April 2004.
Kolbe encourages anyone with questions to contact
him at the school by calling 708-5525.
Santa Claus visited each of the classrooms at Anna Maria Elementary School delivering candy canes to
students. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Anna Maria student
Anna Maria Elementary School third-grader
Amanda Hopf placed fifth in the National Punt,
Pass and Kick final competition held prior to a
Tampa Bay Buccaneers home game at Raymond
James Stadium in Tampa.
The competition offers boys and girls in third
through fifth grade the opportunity to compete,
matching their skills in punting, passing and
place-kicking against their peers.
The first round of competition takes place
during gym class, where students compete against
classmates. The top three winners from each class
move on to the second round, where they compete
against the winners from other schools in the
county. In the final round students compete
against peers from across the state.
Hopf said that her favorite part of the compe-
tition was the passing portion. She thinks she
threw her personal best, but didn't know what her
overall score came to.
Hopf admitted, although she was nervous,
she didn't have any lucky charms or special strat-
egies to help prepare for competition. She is look-
education tax dollars.
In many cases, schools that receive an "A" grade
receive a cash bonus based on the number of students
enrolled. When AME received an "A" grade for the
1999-00 school year, Florida State Rep. Mark Flanagan
presented the school with a check for $38,216, or
roughly $100 per student.
The SAC's biggest concern is that money is being
taken away this year from school budgets, but millions
of dollars are spent to pay for the FCAT.
fifth in state contest
Punt pass kick champ
Island third-grader Amanda Hopf placed fifth in the
statewide competition of the National Punt Pass and
Kick Competition. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
ing forward to competing again next year.
Gatorade and the National Football League
sponsor the competition.
SAC members unanimously agreed that SAC
chairperson Joyce Karp should send a final copy of the
resolution to Gov. Bush, Florida Department of Edu-
cation Commissioner Charlie Christ, and State Sen.
In addition the SAC would like to develop a peti-
tion for public backing.
The SAC will discuss the resolution further at its
meeting 3 p.m. Jan. 14. Meetings are held in the school
auditorium, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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with a festive party.
Party prince and princess
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Year in review
By Paul Roat
Sept. 11, 2001, has been burned into our memory
and headlines national and international events of the
year if not the past few decades. Terrorist attacks on
New York, Washington, D.C., and in Pennsylvania
took thousands of innocent lives and left us all with a
sense of vulnerability.
Three days later, Islanders had their own sense of
invulnerability shaken when Tropical Storm Gabrielle
made landfall just south of Sarasota and swept up the
coast. Although packing winds of "only" 70 mph, the
storm caused massive power outages upward of
300,000 people were left literally in the dark for days.
All power on the Island was disrupted for hours, and
although there were no local injuries from the storm,
massive tree damage was sustained.
Fortunately, the rest of the year on Anna Maria
Island was not as,fraught with disaster. Here is the year
in review for 2001.
Perico Island: The island's proposed development
was an ongoing issue at the beginning of the new year.
Arvida, a development company, last year proposed
building 898 condominium units on the island due east
of Anna Maria, many of the units within 10-story build-
ings. The Bradenton City Council approved the devel-
opment. Manatee County, the environmental group
ManaSota-88 and all three Island cities opposed the
action, charging among other things it would violate
land use laws, and filed for an administrative hearing
and two lawsuits to attempt to block the project. Early
in the month, two adjacent properties the locations
of Perico Harbor Marina and a convenience store, both
just east of the Anna Maria Bridge were annexed
into Bradenton "to ensure they would be part of the
planning process," according to property owners.
Nancy Ambrose was named by The Islander as
Islander of the Year for 2000. She spearheaded the cre-
ation of the Island's butterfly garden, adjacent to
Holmes Beach City Hall.
Cortez guards against developmental encroach-
ment:iThe Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage
struck a deal with Louise Schewe to buy from her 95
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acres of undeveloped property just east of the fishing
village. The sale price of $250,000, payable over four
years, was called a "steal." No plans for the property
were set other than preserving the site from develop-
ment, although there is talk of creating nature trails and
boardwalks through areas within the mangrove forests.
Closing on the property is expected April 2.
Community Center challenge match met: Is-
landers more than met the financial challenge by Joey
and Chuck Lester and The Islander last year, with a
total of $72,275 going to the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center endowment fund. The Lesters contrib-
uted $25,000; Islanders chipped in the rest. The annual
challenge began in 1997.
Dog beach in Anna Maria City?: Beginning a
controversy that would fester for months, resident
Cindy Moller requested designation of a beach where
dogs could romp just north of the Anna Maria City
Pier. Dogs are prohibited from beaches on the Island,
but allowed along the shore of the Palma Sola Cause-
Key West Willy's gone: An Island landmark, Key
West Willy's restaurant at Gulf Drive and Bridge Street
in Bradenton Beach, was demolished to make room for
a resort-restaurant-shopping complex to be called
Holmes Beach land swap approved: Holmes
Beach city commissioners OK'd the vacation of a por-
tion of 79th Street at the beach in return for a portion
of two adjacent property owner's land. The swap will
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allow for a legalpublic beach access. Nearby residents
objected to the action, though, citing additional noise,
traffic and parking problems...
Bradenton Beach Marina parking lot OK'd:
City commissioners in Bradenton Beach approved a
request by marina owner Allan Bazzy to extend park-
ing at the marina onto two residential lots just south of
the marina off Bay Drive. The parking lot will accom-
modate about 18 parking spaces. The lot will be used
only for parking of cars, commissioners stipulated.
Residents objected, citing traffic problems in the resi-
Island Middle School approved sorta: The
Manatee County School Board provisionally approved
a charter middle school for Anna Maria Island. A group
of Islanders began laying the groundwork for a school
for sixth- and seventh-graders in 2000. Still to come is
a location for the school and $100,000 in start-up capi-
tal. A final decision on the school is expected in April.
Dirty dog beach!: Residents in Anna Maria City
said unhealthy levels of bacteria in the water would re-
sult if a dog beach were created. Other residents sup-
poited the idea. City commissioners decided to con-
tinue to review the concept.
Pier deck replaced: Workers began to replace the
deck on the 600-foot-long Bradenton Beach City Pier,
at Bridge Street on Anna Maria Sound. Work is esti-
mated to cost $184,000 and is projected to be com-
pleted by March.
Shocked!: Parents were shocked to hear from their
children that a Holmes Beach store, Beach Unlimited,
had sexually explicit items for sale in plain view. City
officials were shocked, too, and store officials agreed
to work with the community to tone down their mer-
Turn lane turns into trouble: Cortez residents
were upset at a Florida Department of Transportation
proposal to create turn lanes and a bike path through the
village along Cortez Road. DOT officials agreed to re-
think the project and bring another proposal back to the
"Officer Friendly" retires: Holmes Beach Police
OfficeriChuck Stearns retired from the force after serv-
ing for 10 years. His laid-back attitude earned him the
Anna Maria postmaster retires: Ron Smith, the
city's postmaster for 13 years, announced his retire-
Perico mediation rejected: An attempt to work
out the differences with the proposed Perico Island
development project without going to court or to an
administrative hearing was rejected by the Bradenton
City Council, leaving nothing left but the state hearing
Fenced in: Bradenton Beach city officials agreed
a fence installed on property at 17th Street was legal,
although nearby businesses objected to the "No Park-
ing" signs and difficulty customers faced backing in
and out with the barrier in place. The property was pro-
posed as a 44-unit condo, the Bradenton Beach Club,
Key West Willy's restaurant in Bradenton Beach was demolished in January. The resort-restaurant-shop
complex Bridgewalk should open in early 2002.
until city commissioners rejected a proposed street
vacation last year. Developers vowed to bring another
Anna Maria City Commission election heats up:
Seven candidates qualified to run for two seats on the
Anna Maria City Commission. Commissioner Bob
Barlow and Vice Mayor Doug Wolfe decided not to
seek re-election. Candidates include Jason Cimino,
Linda Cramer, George McKay, John Michaels, Diana
Milesko, Jeff Smith and Chuck Webb.
Perico mediation approved: Bradenton City
Council members reversed themselves and agreed to
mediation to work out differences between all the par-
ties involved in the Perico Island development dispute.
The action delayed or perhaps negated the sched-
uled administrative hearing on the issue. Clearwater
attorney Patrick Maguire will oversee the meeting.
Cramer, Michaels win: Anna Maria voters chose
Linda Cramer and John Michaels to serve on the city
commission. More than 42 percent of voters went to the
poll to cast ballots in the election. Michaels received
268 votes, Cramer 239, Jason Cimino 234, Chuck
Webb 231, George McKay 198, Diana Milesko 100,
and Jeff Smith 22.
Minutes brouhaha: When city commissioners in
Anna Maria disputed the content of the minutes of a
particular meeting, Deputy City Clerk Diane Percycoe
created a verbatim record of the 2 1/2-hour meeting. It
took her 11 hours to transcribe the meeting, creating a
Islanders were greeted with a new welcome sign in Holmes Beach in April.
41-page document instead of the original six-page ac-
count. Commissioners were aghast.
Dock dispute: Changes in dock permitting in the
wake of a federal court decision made it harder to get
a permit to build a dock on the Island. Anna Maria and
Holmes Beach building officials said any dock request
for a single-family home would immediately be di-
rected to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Bradenton
Beach has a provision which allows the city to review
and grant or reject docks less than 500 square feet. As
one dock builder said regarding the Corps review of
docks, "Who can guess how long that will take?" The
extra review by the Corps will cost an additional $546
per dock in the form of a contribution to the Save the
Manatee Club, the group which brought forward the
lawsuit in the first place.
20,000-plus: The Cortez Commercial Fishing Fes-
tival drew more than 20,000 people to the village for
music, food and fun. Proceeds totaling $40,000 were
raised from the event and will be used to pay for the 95-
acre Schewe property east of the village, earmarked to
be a buffer between Cortez and future development.
Trolleys approved: Island trolley bus service was
approved by Manatee County and Florida Department
of Transportation officials. Five rubber-tire trolleys
will go up and down the Island seven days a week from
6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The initially free service was
scheduled to start in early 2002.
Perico mediation flops: All the parties involved
in the attempted mediation on the Perico Island devel-
opment agreed to disagree on all points, and the mat-
ter will now go to a state-appointed administrative law
judge in mid-March.
Vice mayor or not?: Anna Maria City Mayor
Gary Deffenbaugh nominated Commissioner Linda
Cramer as vice-mayor. The city commission did not
agree, voting 3-2 against her nomination, with Com-
missioners Jay Hill, John Michaels and Tom Skoloda
voting against. Hill then nominated Skoloda, which the
commission endorsed 3-2 with Cramer and
Deffenbaugh in the minority.
... and who puts what on the agenda?: Vice
Mayor Tom Skoloda blasted Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh
for not putting items he requested on the meeting
Invalid election?: Anna Maria City Attorney Jim
Dye said the vote for vice mayor was invalid. The city
charter states that only the mayor may nominate a com-
missioner for the post. Since Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh
did not nominate Commissioner Tom Skoloda for vice
mayor, "The commission should consider the office of
vice mayor as still unfilled until another election can be
held," Dye said. Skoloda disagreed with Dye's assess-
ment, as did Commissioner Jay Hill, also an attorney.
Charter school finds a home: The proposed Is-
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land Middle School board of directors announced the
new school's location: Loggerhead Junction on Mana-
tee Avenue between Duffy's Tavern and the new
Watercraft rentals OK on beach: Bradenton
Beach city commissioners approved the rental of sail-
boats and personal watercraft on the beach in front of
the Silver Surf Resort. The 20-year rental operation had
moved to Silver Surf from adjacent Tortuga Inn several
months ago and needed a new special exception to
continue in business.
Setback dispute begins: In a matter that would
eventually stretch through most of the year, Susan
Negele requested setback variances from the Anna
Maria Planning and Zoning Board and the city com-
mission for property her family owns at 107 Elm Ave.
The beachfront property went before an administrative
law judge and the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection, which eventually ruled a building could
be constructed on a small footprint on the site, but to
do so would require city approval to have a setback one
foot from the property line instead of the required 10
feet. Planners reviewed the matter and tabled action,
awaiting more answers to myriad questions.
Still no vice mayor: Anna Maria City commis-
sioners debated the vice mayor issue for three hours
without reaching a conclusion. The matter was tabled.
Help!: Holmes Beach officials requested Anna
Maria City's help in maintaining Gulf Drive in Holmes
Beach, the evacuation route for the northernmost city.
The matter was scheduled to come before Anna Maria
at a later date.
New traffic signal: The Island's fifth traffic light
was installed and created monumental gridlock thanks
to a computer glitch that set it to a four-way red flash-
ing cycle. The $101,000 light at Gulf Drive and Mana-
tee Avenue due east of the Manatee Public Beach was
Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach opened in March 2001. Islander Photo: Courtesy Jack Elka
eventually put right.
Permit permissions: Anna Maria City commis-
sioners agreed to waive permits for "minor" home
Tour of Homes a winner: About 1,300 people
attended the 2001 Island home tour, which generated
$26,000 to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community
Field dedicated: Birdie Tebbetts Field was offi-
cially opened in Holmes Beach. The baseball field was
named after the late Tebbetts, former manager of the
Cincinnati Reds baseball team and Island resident.
Perico hearing begins: The administrative hear-
ing on Perico Island began, with experts debating the
effects on evacuation in the event of a hurricane threat
to the island, among other cited problems.
Who's minding the store?: Anna Maria Mayor
Gary Deffenbaugh left town on a family emergency
and sent the city into turmoil: who would run the regu-
larly scheduled meeting with the position of vice mayor
still uncertain? Commissioner-Vice Mayor (?) Tom
Skoloda announced he would chair the meeting.
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Outta here: Longtime Anna Maria Public Works
Director Anne Beck announced her retirement, as did
Public Works Foreman Bud Bailey. Both started work
in the city in 1991.
Grant granted: Holmes Beach resident Joe
Kennedy was the first area homeowner to receive a
federal-state grant for more than $51,000 to elevate his
house and alleviate a "repetitive loss" issue. Kennedy's
house tended to flood during storms; the grant was is-
sued to cut down on repeat insurance payments for
Records still in peril: Bradenton Beach city com-
missioners rejected bids to upgrade the records storage
room in city hall to meet state requirements, stating the
scope of work for the $8,000 project was not specific
enough. No word was made as to re-bidding the
Vice mayor as mayor: Anna Maria City commis-
sioners decided that the city charter was unclear as to
who should run the meetings, the mayor or the vice
mayor. Oh, and commissioners decided to have Com-
missioner John Michaels run the meeting in Mayor
Gary Deffenbaugh's absence.
Adams retires: Judy Adams, a 23-veteran at the
Anna Maria City Post Office, retired.
Island Middle School a go: Manatee County School
Board members unanimously approved a charter school
in Holmes Beach. The school should open in the fall.
Vacation requested: Residents in the Bay Drive
South area of Bradenton Beach requested the city va-
cate a platted but. never built stretch of land from Fifth
Street South to 13th Street South along Anna Maria
Sound. The city did not maintain its property, residents
said, and they could do a better job. The city commis-
sion agreed to hold work sessions on the matter.
How big are we?: The 2000. census figures were
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Island was 8,262, up 101 from the 1990 figure.
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residents; Anna Maria has 1,814, up 120; and Holmes
Beach has 4,966, up 156 people.
Perico hearing ends, wait begins: The administra-
tive hearing on the proposed Perico Island development
ended after 80 hours of testimony. A ruling from the judge
is expected in July. All sides believe they won.
Condo project approved: Bradenton Beach city
commissioners approved the Bradenton Beach Club, a
36-unit condominium project at 17th Street. City com-
missioners rejected the matter last year when develop-
ers Lyn Hazlett and Harry Nikias presented the project
to the city asking for a vacation of most of the street.
Cortez Road turn lane discussion continues:
Florida Department of Transportation officials contin-
ued working with Cortez residents on design of a
Cortez Road turn lane through the village.
No: Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Commission
members denied the setback variance for Susan
Negele. She said she would meet with her architect and
bring revised plans back to the board.
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the former Pete Reynards-Marina Bay restaurant site in
Holmes Beach. The 40-unit condo-resort project would
also have a 120-seat restaurant on its 4-plus acres. The
proposal needs city planning and commission approval.
Sunshine violated?: A special advisory commit-
tee in Anna Maria charged with reviewing administra-
tive procedures was alleged to have violated Florida's
Sunshine Law governing public meetings when mem-
bers met in pairs to review documents. The law prohib-
its two or more elected or appointed officials from
meeting behind closed doors to discuss matters that
may come before them for a vote.
Vice mayor named: After all kinds of legal wran-
gling, Tom Skoloda was named vice mayor in Anna
Maria City. He will also run the city commission meet-
ings based on his interpretation of the city charter.
Scenic Highway: Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach
was named as a scenic highway, one of only four in the
state. The designation will make available federal and
state funds to preserve and maintain the road. Officials
hope to add landscaping, informational kiosks,
streetlighting and sidewalks, among other amenities,
along the road.
Firefighter dies: Brian Reed, a veteran firefighter
with West Manatee Fire & Rescue, died after he fell
from a ladder while performing duties at the district's
Cortez Road fire station.
Barking about trees: Tree trimming in Anna
Maria became controversial when residents and com-
missioners questioned billing from one contractor for
six jobs under $2,500, which was the financial cap for
projects without city commission approval. Tree trim-
mers said the bill was broken up because the work was
performed at six different locations in the city. Resident
Rick DeFrank said the billing was a ploy and as a re-
sult called for Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh's resignation.
The city commission eventually agreed to pay the bill.
Beach fun: More than 40,000 people visited Co-
quina Beach on Easter Sunday, with another 15,000
turned away because there just was no more room to
park cars. Island residents were amazed at the volume
of trash left behind.
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missioners enacted higher parking fines to discourage
illegal parking on city streets. The $5 fine was changed
Beach project a go: It was announced that beach
renourishment would start along most of the Island's
Gulf shore by late August, according to Manatee
County officials. Sand will be pumped from 13th Street
South to 78th Street, skip a bit, then resume from Oak
Avenue to Sycamore Avenue in Anna Maria City.
More tree barking: Tree trimmers who did the work
in Anna Maria accused Rick DeFrank of representing
himself as a city official when he questioned the billing for
their tree work. Maxine Clement of John's Tree Trimming
said DeFrank told her to consolidate the six bills into one,
something she refused to do.
Building official outta there: Bradenton Beach
Building Official Roger Titus resigned after two years
in office, citing "the task of pleasing this commission
was impossible." He had previously requested the city
commission approve his attendance at a building offi-
cial conference, but the commission refused.
Tax hike: West Manatee Fire & Rescue proposed
a 5.9 percent increase in its 2001-02 budget. The extra
revenue generated will go toward hiring six new
firefighters as required by federal standards.
Top dollar: The annual fundraising dinner-dance
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3,000 pounds of trash from Island beaches during the
Great American Cleanup.
First turtle nest: A female loggerhead sea turtle
came ashore May 2 to lay eggs in a nest on south Co-
quina Beach. Turtles come ashore from May to late
,October. In light of the beach renourishment project
expected to start in late August, Turtle Watch volun-
teers are prepared to relocate any nests within the
renourishment area to a safe haven which just hap-
pened to be where the first nest of the season was laid.
Island Middle School problems: Just after sign-
ing a lease to locate the new charter school at Logger-
head Junction in Holmes Beach, city officials said the
zoning at the site is not appropriate for a school. Every-
one involved in the issue began to look for a solution,
or loophole, to let the school start there in the fall.
Island trolley a go: Manatee County commission-
ers approved a rubber-tire trolley operation on the Is-
land. The trolley is planned to begin in early 2002. It
will operate seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
from the Anna Maria City Pier to Coquina Beach. Cost
is $3.7 million for three years, which includes purchase
of five trolley buses.
Go with third lane: Manatee County Commis-
sioner Jane von Hahmann polled Cortez residents to
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Road through the village. Most favored the lane.
Skateboard park proposed: About 150 kids and
parents requested a skateboard park somewhere on the
Island. Officials from all three Island cities said they
would look into it.
Tidemark gets first approval: The condo-resort
Tidemark project in Holmes Beach received the bless-
ing of the city's planning and zoning board with its
recommendation to the city commission to allow a re-
zoning of the two residential properties adjoining the
former Pete Reynards-Marina Bay restaurant site.
Drainage help, please: Anna Maria residents said
the biggest problem in the city is flooding, and they
want the city to do something about it.
Veterans' memorial requested: A memorial for
U.S. military veterans was proposed atop the highest
mound at Leffis Key. The memorial was approved by
mayors of the three Island cities and Longboat Key and
presented to the Manatee County Commission for fi-
nal approval, probably in June. The monument would
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Eighth annual Indoor Soccer Tournament a blast!
By Kevin Cassidy
Special to The Islander
The eighth annual Anna Maria Island Community
Center Christmas Indoor Soccer Tournament came to a
close with champions being crowned in seven age/gender
divisions. There were some great games and a lot of end-
to-end, hard-hitting action that made raucous fans out of
the most mild-mannered parents and friends.
Two divisions, U-12 female and the U-8 male, had
championship games end in a tie after regulation play,
forcing an overtime penalty-kick shootout to decide a
The U-8 Firebolts took top honors in its division by
defeating the Island Warriors in a shootbout after bat-
tling to a 3-3 tie in regulation. MVP for the U-8
Firebolts was Andrew Chlebina, who helped his team
advance through the winner's bracket undefeated. They
opened the tournament by beating the Panthers 9-1
before advancing to the winner's bracket finals on the
strength of a 3-0 win over the Island Warriors.
The Firebolts then watched and waited as the War-
riors fought its way through the loser's bracket. The
Warriors opened with a 3-1 win over the Shooters be-
fore dropping the 3-0 decision to the Firebolts.
The Warriors then rolled past the Panthers by a 7-
1 score to earn a rematch with the Firebolts. The War-
riors snuck past the Firebolts 4-3 to force a winner-
take-all final, which was won by the Firebotls.
The Manatee Magic boys rolled through the com-
petition in the U-10 boys division behind the play of
Island resident and tournament MVP Stephen Thomas.
The Magic defeated the Mustangs 6-2 in the finals to
earn the first-place trophy.
The champs opened the tournament with an 11-0
pasting of the Stingers before beating up on the Island-
ers by a 10-2 score to advance to the finals.
The Mustangs lost its opening game 1-0 to the Is-
landers, but.rebounded with a 1-0 win over the Sting-
ers before beating the Islanders 6-2 in their rematch to
advance to the finals.
Island youth basketball players who took home
trophies in the Manatee area Elks Hoop Shoot are,
left to right, Danielle Mullen, Celia Ware, Brodrick
West and Dylan Mullen. Islander Photo: Courtesy
The U-12 boys division was a very competitive
division with eight teams vying for the crown, which
was eventually won by the Manatee Magic A-team.
The A-team, led by MVP Pablo Varon, twice defeated
the Manatee Madness, a U-I 1 team to claim the first-
They opened the tournament with a 9-3 win over the
Cyclones before edging IMG by a 3-2 score. The A-team
then lost in a double shootoutto the Madness to drop into
the loser's bracket, where they once again edged IMG by
Island basketball players
are Hoop Shooters
Three youth basketball players from Anna
Maria Island took home trophies in the Elks Na-
tional Free Throw "Hoop Shoot" city qualifying
event on Dec. 8 with Dylan Mullen advancing to
the district tournament with his first-place finish.
Mullen finished first in the boys 10-11 age
group while Brodrick West took third place in
the boys 10-11. Celia Ware had a second-place
finish in the girls 10-11 and Danielle Mullen
finished high up in girls 10-11.
By winning his age group, Dylan Mullen ad-
vances to the regional "Hoop Shoot" scheduled for
January at Manatee Community College. Winners
at the regionals will advance to the state champi-
onships followed by the national "Hoop Shoot."
Organizer Bill Cahill of the Elks Club said
more than 80 youngsters in various age groups
from the Elks district for west central Florida will
be at the January "Hoop Shoot."
Second-place finishers in each age group will
participate in the district championships, if the first
place winner is unable to compete, Cahill said.
Cahill said more than 3 million youngsters
ages 8 to 13 participated nationally last year.
one goal to earn a rematch against the Madness.
The Magic ended the "Madness" with a 7-1 victory
to force another game and followed that up with a 5-2
win to claim the title.
Manatee Madness made it to the finals by opening
the tournament with a 7-0 win over the U-11 Magic
before defeating the Beach Bums 3-2. They followed
with a 3-2 shootout win to earn a spot in the finals.
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Year in review
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
consist of a flagpole and plaque on top of the mini-
Vacation delayed: Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioners agreed to keep studying a proposal by residents
to vacate a section of platted-but-unbuilt street along
Anna Maria Sound on Bay Drive South.
Flappers approved: Anna Maria City commis-
sioners approved $10,000 to buy two "flapper" valves
to ease flooding problems along North Shore Drive.
The valves, affixed to thfe end of pipes going into the
bay, allow rainwater to flow out but flap closed to keep
bay water from going into streets.
Gazebo: Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification
Committee members approved a gazebo plan and for-
warded the proposal to the city commission. The open-
air gazebo would be located near city hall, and would
be used for special events such as concerts.
Exonerated: No charges were filed against Anna
Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh and former Commis-
sioner Bob Barlow after allegations they violated
Florida's Sunshine Law last November. The charges
were made by resident Ed Rost and dealt with his claim
that the two elected officials had private discussions
regarding a proposed remodeling of city hall. The state
attorney's office declined to proceed on the matter,
stating the discussion the two had was only to gather
information and did not violate state law.
Movable building officials: Anna Maria Building
Official Bob Welch accepted a similar position in
Bradenton Beach. Anna Maria began a search for a new
head of the building department as well as director of
Ransacked: Armed robbers broke into the home of
former Holmes Beach City Commissioner Luke Courtney
and, while holding three people there at gunpoint, includ-
ing Courtney's daughter, ransacked the Key Royale Drive
house. Police later said they believed the suspects broke
into the wrong house in search of drugs.
Crash: An early morning car crash on an under-
construction bridge on the Palma Sola Causeway
caused a total of $65,000 in damage and sent three
people to the hospital.
Cortez loves former fish house development:
Piero Rivolta received approval from a Cortez commit-
tee for updating his property, the former Sigma fish
house, into a woodworking-boat outfitting-residential
Biggest deal: Realtor Mike Norman handled the
biggest-ever real estate transaction on the Island, a 1-
plus-acre beachfront tract in Holmes Beach that buyer
Ron Chovan purchased for $2.5 million. Chovan, of
Key Royale and Joliet, Ill., said he planned to put 10
condos on the site at 65th Street and the beach. Sellers
were Dr. Robert and Michael Fronk, grandsons of Key
Royale developer Peter Michelson.
Delayed: Beach renourishment won't start until
September, according to Manatee County officials.
Veterans monument stalled: A memorial to vet-
erans at Leffis Key was stalled by Manatee County
commissioners after representatives from Manatee
County Audubon voiced concerns that the flagpole
would be upsetting to birds. Commissioners asked vet-
erans and birdwatchers to work out their differences
and come back with a solution.
Tarpon on!: Tarpon season starts in the waters off
Anna Maria Island. Some charter captains report -
rejoice--jumping six to eight silver kings each trip.
Another Sunshine complaint: Resident Rick
DeFrank filed charges against Anna Maria Mayor Gary
Deffenbaugh, claiming he violated the Sunshine Law.
DeFrank said he attempted to speak at a meeting last
September and Deffenbaugh back when he was run-
ning the meetings wouldn't let him talk because the
public part of the meeting had not yet been opened.
DeFrank then left the meeting. DeFrank said his right;
to speak was violated. The matter was turned over to
the sheriff's office for investigation.
Marina rezone rejected: Captain's Marina owners
requested a rezoning of their property from residential to
commercial. Holmes Beach Planning Commission mem-
bers said the marina was operating under a grandfather
provision and saw no need for the rezoning of the prop-
erty located at Marina Drive and 56th Street.
...and another property, too: Holmes Beach
planners also rejected a request to rezone property ad-
jacent to the Martinique Condominium from commer-
cial to residential. Both rezonings went to the city corn
mission for final decision.
New postmaster: Danny Haynes was named the
new Anna Maria City postmaster.
Yes: Susan Negele received approval from the
Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board for revised
setback variances on her property at 107 Elm St. She
gained approval for a five-foot setback on one side of
the odd-shaped buildable area of the lot and a five-foot
setback on the rear of the property. The matter will be
decided by the city commission.
Building official hired: Former City Commis-
sioner George McKay was selected to fill the position
of building official-public works director in Anna
Maria City. He had been a contractor. Commissioners
agree to look into privatizing some of the building of-
Tidemark OK'd: Holmes Beach city commis-
sioners unanimously approved the Tidemark condo-
resort project at the former Pete Reynards-Marina Bay
restaurant site. The project consists of nine hotel units,
31 rental condos and a 120-seat restaurant and lounge.
Beach delayed: Beach renourishment on Anna
Maria Island now should start by Thanksgiving, ac-
cording to Manatee County officials.
Where's the school?: Island Middle School officials
requested a temporary-use permit to start the school at
Loggerhead Junction in the fall. The special permit would
allow them time to go through the process to receive spe-
cial zoning as required by Holmes Beach. Holmes Beach
city commissioners rejected the proposal.
Cortez hates former fish house development:
Cortezians rescinded their support of Piero Rivolta's
plans for the former Sigma fish house, a woodworking-
boat outfitting-residential enclave. Cortez residents
apparently feared the project would allow condomini-
ums to take over the village.
"I resign!": Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Bill
Arnold stepped down from his duties as the city's No.
2 official but retained his seat on the city commission.
His action followed complaints made by other commis-
sioners during his chairing of a meeting in early June.
Look for the rest of the year "wrapup" in next
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The U-12 female division was a battle as well with
the two-time defending Region C champion Manatee
Magic split into two teams the Magic and the Blitzy
Chicks. The division was won by the Magic in an over-
time shootout after the Magic and the Blitzy Chicks
had battled to a 2-2 tie in regulation.
MVP for the Magic was goalie Egzi Hikmet, who
came up big in the shootout. The Magic opened with a 7-
0 thumping of the Christmas Rage before rolling its regu-
lar-season teammates by a 5-1 score. The Blitzy Chicks
dropped into the loser's bracket, where they defeated the
Rage 3-0 to earn a rematch with the Magic.
There was a couple of great battles between the
Manatee Maniacs and the Braden River'Rage in the U-
14 boys division, which was eventually won by the
Rage by a 6-3 score.
The Rage, which opened with a 10-0 win over the
Merruci Rage, were led by goalie P.J. Moreau, who
won the most valuable player award for the tourna-
ment. The Rage met the Maniacs in its second game
and got rolled 9-2.
The loss dropped the Rage into the loser's bracket,
where they again defeated the Merruci Rage 11-3 to
earn a rematch with the Maniacs.
The Rage and the Maniacs battled it out in two very
close games, but the Rage prevailed in both games by
identicle 6-3 scores to win the title.
The U-14 division was won by the Manatee Magic,
which raced through its four games undefeated and
outscored its opponents 35-3 to earn the first-place trophy.
The Magic, led by MVP Lauren Gabreski, defeated the
Franzt-Campbell Magic 9-2 in the finals. They opened
with a 5-0 win over the Lightning and followed that up
with a 7-1 win over Franzt-Campbell before defeating the
Blazers 14-0 to advance to the finals.
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Franzt-Campbell Magic dropped its opener to the
Magic, but rebounded with a 6-1 win over the Light-
ning and followed that up with a 5-1 win over the Blaz-
ers to earn a rematch with the Magic.
The final division was the U-18 females, but there
weren't enough teams so the U-16 Strokers a team
comprised of Southeast High boys and Liza Presseault, a
member of the girl's team agreed to play up an age
The Strokers ended up winning the division after
a couple of "spirited" games against the Manatee High
School Girls. The Strokers defeated the Girls 4-1 in the
finals behind two goals from MVP Presseault to claim
the first-place trophy.
MHS made it to the finals by twice defeating the
Blazers by 13-0 and 9-0 scores.
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Eco-news from afar; journalism funnies
Red tide has waxed and waned off the Island for
months. We're in a waning period right now, with no
fish kills reported from red tide and no irritating, nose-
tingling smells wafting ashore from the algae blooms.
The resulting blooms can impact Island tourism
and its associated businesses: resorts, restaurants and
shops. In other parts of the state it can pretty much put
an industry out of business.
A severe bloom hit the Florida Panhandle hard in
October. Since the toxic algae accumulates in oysters
and other shellfish, state officials shut down oyster
harvesting in Apalachicola Bay, center of Florida's
oyster industry, as a health issue.
Fishers suffered. Big time.
One guy's car was repossessed when he couldn't
make payments while he was out of work. Others had
to hock TVs and appliances to put food on the table.
Florida Power & Light agreed not to shut off any oys-
ter fisher's electricity during the shellfish harvest ban,
but the bills continued to pile up.
As red tide diminished in the region, state officials late
last month reopened about 10 percent of the bay to oys-
ter harvesting, but fishers said it was too little, too late.
Not a very merry holiday season in the Pan-
Turtle deaths from down south
A rash of sea turtle deaths in Costa Rico have
puzzled officials. More than 200 turtles have washed
ashore from the Pacific coast of the Central American
country in the past few weeks, as many as 20 in a one-
mile stretch of coastline.
Cause of death is unknown. Officials are looking
into a floating barrel that had a strong odor of fuel from
it, but lab tests are pending. Others officials believe
drastically falling water temperatures may have some-
thing to do with it El Nino precursor, perhaps?
There are also theories that shrimpers are the cause of
the fatalities, as turtles become entangled in nets.
It's not just turtles that are dying, either: also
washed ashore were dolphin, a humpbacked whale and
tons of fish.
It's a good thing our sea turtle nesting season was
a productive one, if there's that kind of mortality tak-
ing place elsewhere in the world.
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Anna Maria Island came to mind when I read the
following from a recent edition of "The Seaside Times"
from the highly recognized Panhandle community that
was founded 20 years ago. I also like the newspaper's
slogan: "All the news that washes up on the beach."
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provides an essential human element of interaction and
community as well as a sense of stability for all.
"More than ever, we need the roots of community
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Seems like you could replace "Seaside" with
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go camping and
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In Hong Kong
Carla, Kimberly and Alex Kuizon of Holmes Beach drift past a famed restaurant on the Hong Kong waterfront
while checking the hometown news during a vacation in the Chinese New Territories and the Philippine
Islands. They returned in time for Kimberly to start Manatee High School.
On the wall
Ralph and Barbara Lazzara of Anna Maria and Oklahoma City take their Islander to the Great Wall of China
while attending the Asian Pacific Cardiology Conference in Beijing. Daughter Melissa stayed home to run her
Islander Market Antiques in Anna Maria City.
Winners in the Dec. 22 horseshoe games were Ron
Pepka of Bradenton and Herb Puryear of Anna Maria.
Runners-up were Jack Cooper of Holmes Beach and
Roger Kipp of Bradenton.
Winners in the Dec. 19 games were Karl Thomas
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Island 'girl,' family returning to Philippines missionary work
By Rick Catlin
After spending nearly five years on the Philippine
island of Mindanao as missionaries, Island "girl" Beth
Moss Waters, husband Alan from Bradenton, and their
two children are ready to return. Not back to Manatee
County as they've been here since July, but ready to
return to working in an impoverished third-world coun-
try, where they feel they are really needed.
They're already making plans, hoping to be as-
signed back to the island of Mindanao in the southern
Philippines next year to continue their missionary work
for the Southern Baptist Convention.
Mindanao, however, is a far cry from the creature
comforts of Bradenton, and the westernization and
modernization of Manila, the Filipino capital city on
Luzon island in the north. Mindanao is the southern-
most island in the country, one of the poorest regions,
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and the majority of the country's 3.5 million Muslims
live there. And it's full of dangerous people.
"To say there is a danger on the island is an under-
statement," said Alan Waters. Two missionary friends
of theirs, Martin and Gracia Burnham of Kansas, were
kidnapped by the extremist Muslim group known as
Abu Sayyef in July. The couple are reportedly being
held for ransom in the remote parts of the island.
There's another Muslim rebel group that operates in
Mindanao called the MILF.
If the Muslim extremists don't capture you, there
are the communist National People's Army fighting the
Filipino government. They, too, have been known to
capture westerners for ransom. In some cases, those
kidnapped have been killed.
"We have had some general death threats against
all missionaries on Mindanao," said Alan. "We are an
easy target. The danger just makes us re-evaluate so we
know what we have to do to be as safe as possible."
Only the extremist Muslim groups are worrisome
and they are normally in the jungles or mountains. The
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Muslim Filipinos the Waters came in contact with on
a daily basis were wonderful, said Alan.
So why go back to a third-world country where the
lives of you and your family are in danger and you
won't be able to enjoy the good life of America, par-
ticularly in Manatee County and on Anna Maria Is-
It's a labor of love and life's work, said Alan. "We
feel the calling of the Lord. We are missionaries and we
want to share our love of the Lord and help the church
develop in countries where there is a need.
"We have committed our lives to helping other
communities in need and spreading the word of the
Gospel and that's where the Lord is taking us," he said.
"Here in America, we are confronted with choices
of what to buy every day. On Mindanao, people are
confronted with just a daily struggle to live," Beth said.
"It is so rewarding to be able to help them."
Life on Mindanao is definitely not like living in
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Anna Maria or Bradenton, or anywhere in civilized
In Mindanao, you don't decide what to buy from
all the brands at the supermarket, you decide what you
have to grow or raise within the next six months just to
If you're not a farmer, you'll buy just enough food
for your family for that day, what you can cook and eat
right away as few people have refrigerators, even in the
cities where electricity is present.
Life without the luxuries of western society takes
on a whole new meaning, said Alan. One learns to ap-
preciate good deeds, simple pleasures, and the beauty
of the people and country.
Indeed, one of the great joys the Waters had was
the establishment of a Baptist church in the village
where no church had existed before. A major achieve-
ment for the church was getting a tin roof and building
a fence to keep stray dogs and wildlife out of the open-
While Beth ran the church Sunday school for vil-
lage youngsters and educated the couple's two chil-
dren, Alan put his degrees in agriculture and horticul-
ture to work with the local farmers.
It was not easy. The road system is a series of mud
trails, often washed out by monsoon rains and impass-
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Often, he would travel by motorcycle to get to the
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Even canoes were used to travel the maze of rivers in
Tropical diseases, parasites, cholera, poor drinking
water and personal hygiene are major obstacles for the
people. Avoiding Muslim and communist guerrilla
groups is a daily problem, as is communication.
Phones are virtually nonexistent in the countryside
although cell phones are becoming popular. Electric-
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of the national highway system, Alan said.
Just getting some new clothes is a monumental
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2 our home
I w o ... Alan and Beth
Waters along with
and Melani on the
patio of their home
in Mindanao in the
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Wishing all our friends a Happy New Year.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29
Mosquito netting is a necessity at night.
On many farms, clothes get washed in a mountain
stream by pounding out the dirt with a rock.
Food is cooked in an open pot or an outdoor fire-
place. A wood-burning stove is upscale. A few people
in the larger cities have microwaves and refrigerators,
but only those locations with electricity. Fresh milk
comes from domestic goats, not some pasteurized dairy
farm in Plant City.
The Waters lived near Bansalam, a city of about
8,000 people, so there were products such as tooth-
paste, soap and detergent that could be purchased along
with other minor supplies.
Davao, about a two-hour drive, has about 100,000
people and the Waters would make this trip every few
months to stock up on major items.
Before beginning their life on Mindanao, the Wa-
ters spent a year on Luzon at a church facility studying
the local language (cebuano) and learning about the
culture they would be living in.
"Most Filipinos in the cities speak English, but we
were dealing with people in Mindanao who spoke
mostly cebuano [the local dialect] or tagalog [the offi-
cial language]," said Alan.
Life for the Waters might not seem so harsh, but
does anybody want to trade places?
Despite the difficulties, the Waters family enjoyed
their five years in the Philippines were rewarded with
many simple pleasures.
A church and community development training
center were built; farmers learned to grow more fruits
and raise more livestock.
"The church was in a community that did not have
a church, so we were pretty happy with that," said
Alan. Indeed, with a real church, Sunday services were
established with a permanent base.
That gave the local ministers a good platform for
preaching and Sunday sermons would often extend for
hours, said Alan. "It was a very good accomplishment.
The church made services into a community event,"
complete with large Sunday dinners and all-day sing-
ing and preaching.
Beth home schooled their two children, Matthew
and Melani, while Alan was out in the countryside
teaching farmers about mist irrigation, vegetable trans-
plants, rooting and seed boxes for better crop produc-
tion, among a lot of other things.
Within a few short months of their new life, the
Waters learned to love the people of the Philippines and
discovered they were doing something very good and
positive for humanity.
They sponsored two students, who had lost their
father, through university studies to graduation. And
they renewed their faith by "spreading the gospel."
That's why they want to go back.
"We feel we are needed in the Philippines," said
in the rural
d- nothing more
than clay roads.
trucks often get
stuck in the oozy
Beth, "although my parents [Gene and Elizabeth Moss
of Anna Maria] worry a lot about the kidnapping. But
God is calling us."
Their work has taken Beth a long way from the
days when she was the assistant city clerk in Anna
Maria from 1986 to 1991, but she still calls Anna Maria
"home." Alan was born in Bradenton and this is also
"home" for him.
The Waters will spend about a year in Bradenton
before their next assignment. Regional church leaders
in the Philippines have asked them to return, but the
church may assign them to another country. India is
their second choice, Alan said, but "Wherever God
leads us, we will go."
"Anna Maria and Bradenton will always be home,
but there is so much good we can do in the Philippines.
Where God sends us is our second home," said Beth.
"Our calling is much higher than the comforts of
home, even though we do miss our families," added Alan.
Wishing you health, happiness
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windows and central air and heat! The oversized, fully
fenced lot is just steps to the sparkling Gulf of Mexico
and is zoned R3, offering lots of potential for expansion.
An elevated addition or new home would offer views of
both the Gulf and Intracoastal Waterway. Other features
include charming tongue in groove paneling, ceiling
fans, new refrigerator, sunny, new Florida room and
handy outdoor shower. Don't miss this wonderful buy,
priced at only $249,900 furnished.
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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.
1998 ZODIAC DINGHY, 1999 Yamaha 8HP (5
hours), Barry Trailer, $2,500. 387-7146.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything else
in The Islander, 778-7978.
PRIVATE CHARTERS. Fishing, snorkeling,
sightseeing, Egmont Key. U.S.C.G. License. Captain
Keith Barnett. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
FULL-TIME PREP and line cook wanted with people/
customer skills for open kitchen. Also hiring servers
with fine dining experience. Will train if necessary.
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.
SECURITY PART TIME mature-minded person for
Longboat Key Resort. Five years experience with
references. Hours: 7 pm to 3 am. $7 $8.50. Phone
383-1716 between 9 am and 12 pm, ask for Mark.
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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Li-
brary. Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
"# J.-MM L M Can Deborah Thrasher
or 2 or Burt AZupa
I Gulfstream Realty or 778-7777
4BR/2BA pool home in central Holmes Beach.
One short block to the Gulf beach. Nicely remod-
eled with large wrap-around porch.
Bay View Building Lot
Watch the sailboats by day and the lights of
the Sunshine Skyway by night from this ex-
ceptional lot on the north end of Anna Maria.
57 by 110 ft. in area of fine homes. Don't miss
this chance of a lifetime to own in this pre-
ferred location. Just listed at $425,000.
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MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, more. Hard-work-
ing and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
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COMPUTER TRAINING: Microsoft-certified systems
engineer 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.
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 com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $15 per hour- free advice.
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wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
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LIc. l2eal Estate Broker
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THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Interior, ex-
terior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Have saw-
mill, will travel. 745-1043 Dan Michael, master car-
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
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.
Reasonable rates and references. 778-0864.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, clean-ups, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
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 in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation and pest control service. Everything
Under the Sun Garden Centre, 5704 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
GILLIS & GILLIS ENT. Crushed, washed shell, top-
soil, landscaping services. We install shell drive-
ways. Serving Sarasota and Keys since 1978. Fully
licensed and insured. 753-2954 or 376-2954, cell.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, 795-5100 or cell 809-3100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors.ITn-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
MIKE McCALEB, ARCHITECT, P.A. 10-year Island
resident, 25 years experience. Remodels, new
homes, commercial. FEMA, DEP, waterfront. #AR-
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, re-
liable, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-3077.
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT/paper services: Inte-
rior/exterior painting, pressure washing and wallpa-
per. For prompt, reliable service at reasonable
rates, call Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine fin-
ishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist. Re-
pairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
B&D SEAMLESS aluminum gutters, 5 or 6 inch avail-
able. Insured, free estimates. Dean Guth, owner and
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
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,
waterproofing. Residential/commercial. Life-time lo-
cal resident. Fully insured. Cell, 224-1560. 795-2771,
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-
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.
BEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED 1BR/1BA Holmes
Beach. Across from beach. Utilities, cable television
included. Available now through April 30. 778-8211.
HOUSE FOR RENT. Private, 100-steps to beach.
3BR/1.5BA. Spacious, clean, bright. City of Anna
Maria. Weekly or monthly. 778-3006.
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ANNUAL NEAR BEACH 2BR/2BA with laundry
room and garage, $1,100/month. Also, 2BR/1BA
with laundry 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. 713-30968or 779-1801.
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-
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-
PANORAMIC BAY-VIEW ground-floor triplex. Fully
furnished, seasonal, new tile and paneling. Nice,
quiet with beautiful view. Steps to Gulf. Nonsmoking,
no pets. December-May, 778-7107.
2BR CANAL HOME, 68 Street, Holmes Beach. So-
lar-heated screened pool, big room by canal, walk-
in shower, washer/dryer, etc. Beautifully furnished.
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.
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.
CASA SIERRA CONDO. 2BR/2BA, heated pool,
pretty garden, available for January or March. 778-
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.
ANNUAL RENTALS. Several to choose from: 2BR/
2BA, 3BR/2BA, 2BA/1BA, and small cottage.
Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-7500.
ITALIAN VILLA: 4BA/4BA with pool and two-car ga-
rage. $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-
WATERFRONT 1 BR annual apartment. Cable tele-
vision, water included. $750/month, plus $750 secu-
rity deposit. Call C.J., 741-8688.
HOLMES BEACH RENTAL. Great 3BR/2BA ranch
on canal, open floor plan with applianced kitchen.
Living room, garage and lanai. Available Dec. 1, an-
nual 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.
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.
ANNUAL RENTALS! 1BR and 2BR units available.
Price range $610 to $850/month. No pets. Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.
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.
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.
SEASONAL 2BR/2BA second-floor corner unit,
bayview, Westbay Cove. Available Jan. 5 Feb. 28.
Annual 2BR/1BA cottage, carport and storage.
Close to beach and school. Aposporos & Son Real
BRADENTON BEACH seasonal duplex, newly re-
modeled 2BR/1.5BA, beautiful view of Intracoastal
Waterway, quiet neighborhood, washer/dryer, dish-
washer, short walk to beach. $2,000 per month.
SEASONAL COTTAGE available Christmas week
and January through April. 200 feet to beach.
Sleeps four. Near pier, restaurants. $600/week or
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.
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BAYVIEW 2BR/2BA ground floor condo. 711 Mana-
tee Ave., Westbay Cove South, #703. Call: 778-4523
or (800) 977-0803.
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.
LOT west of Gulf Drive, $165,000. Close to school.
Information on-site at 4806 Gulf Drive, or call 778-
4523 or (800) 977-0803.
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BEACHFRONT: Prestigious North Shore Drive 2BR/
2BA, newly remodeled home with incredible pan-
oramic beach view from one of two decks. All new
appliances, carpet, tile, doors, indoor/outdoor paint,
blinds and much more. $899,000. 778-3645.
HOLMES BEACH VILLA. One block to beach, fabu-
lous, lake view. 2BR/1.5BA, tile and new carpet. Ga-
rage, large storage/workshop. $198,500. 778-4010.
WATERFRONT HOME and two building lots on
separate, 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-
GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA condo, $405,000. 5300 Gulf
Drive, Martinique North, unit #102. 778-4523 or
A FAMILY FUN pool home. Two miles to beach, 3-
4BR/2BA, large pool, large yard with nine fruit trees.
$139,900. Bea Zaffina, Wagner Realty, 795-2743.
MOBILE HOME. Great park, 2BR/1 BA. New central
air, screened porch. $6,500 or offer. 761-4839.
HOUSE FOR SALE
3BR/2BA ISLAND POOL HOME Turnkey fur-
nished and steps to the Gulf or bay. Tile
throughout and pool cabana. $329,000. Call
Jane Grossman or Nicole Skaggs at 778-4800
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COMPLETELY REMODELED canal home in pres-
tigious Key Royale. 3BR/2BA luxury pool with full cool
deck. New appliances and A/C. Large eat-in kitchen.
Priced at $499,000. Call Quentin Talbert at 778-4800
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EXPANSIVE BAYFRONT VIEWS of the out is-
lands and Skyway Bridge from this stunning
3BR/2BA home. Boat dock with davits and huge
lot. $799,000. Call Jane Grossman at 778-4800
3BR/2BA ISLAND HOME turnkey furnished
with a dock. Front and rear decks. Catch every
breeze. $285,000. Call Ed Oliveira at 778-4800
ELEVATED ISLAND DUPLEX 2BR/2BA each RARE OPPORTUNITY 7BR licensed ALF one
side. Excellent location, walk to beach or bay. block to the beach. Wonderfully updated, would
$289,000. Call Ed Oliveira, 778-4800 or 705-4800. make a great "Bed and Breakfast". $759,000. Call
Jane Grossman or Nicole Skaggs at 778-4800.
678 Key Royale Drive
3Bl/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.
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month Call Frank MIgiiore. Realtor at 778.2307
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~ 70+ Gulffront Units
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from the beach
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3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
LONGBOAT KEY SINGLE FAMILY LOTS. Nine luxury
homesto.pe built on 6.53 acres with only 5 lots remaining. As-
signed boat docks with electric and water and no bridge ob-
struction to the Intracoastal waterway. Walk to the Gulf of
Mexico, community heated pool/spa. Will custom build or
developer must approve plans. Priced from $230,000 -
$265,000. Call Carol Williams, Broker or Clarke Williams, Re-
altor for details, 744-0700 eves.
LANN ALRE -N-AL -
Perico Bay Club.Renovated 2/2+loft townhouse. View on
mangroves. Tennis, pool and clubhouse. Gated community.
Anna Maria 2BR/1BA condo on beach. $2,000
Holmes Beach 3BR/2BA home.on beach. $3,500/mo.
Holmes Beach 2BR/2BA home.on canal. $3,000/mo.
Holmes Beach Sandy Point.2BR/3BA+ Den Townhouse.
On bay. pool. $3,800/mo.
Bradenton Beach KWest 2BR/2BA. Next to the beach.
Longboat Key ~ 1BR/1BA. Villa. Pool. Tennis. Boat dock.
Call Michel Cerene, Realtor, 941-778-0770.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
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Gloria Schorpp Helen White Mary Ann Schmidt
ISLAND FAMILY HOME
4BR/2BA in Holmes Beach. Family room, fireplace, eat-
in kitchen, deck, outdoor shower, storage/workshop, close
to beach and shopping. $429,000.
2BR/1.5BA Holmes Beach duplex. Immaculate! Freshly
painted, newer A/C and appliances, ceramic tile, Berber
carpeting, ceiling fans, screened porches, large lot, elevated,
short walk to beach. Great rental. $329,900.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX PLUS
2BR/2BA, 2BR/1BA plus 1BR/1BA guest quarters.
Freshly painted and beautifully landscaped. Double
lot, short walk to beach, restaurants and shops. Gen-
erates good income. $449,900.
2BR/2BA Perico Island. Just listed! Excellent con-
dition. Screened porch, two-car garage. Short drive
to beach and shopping. $225,000.
Julie Gilstrap-Royal Patti Marifjeren
2106 Ave. B 1BR/1BA duplex $700 month
Northbeach Village 3BR/2BA townhouse,
two-car garage, pool. $1,500 month
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7 White rat, e.g.
13 Donut, mathematically
19 Showy shrub
20 Enter, as data
21 Up for grabs
23 Screwball actress?
25 Science of
26 Burlesque bit
27 It's outstanding
28 Passport producer
30 Twisty turns
31 Checks out carefully
33 Turners of blind eyes
35 Big Indian
38 Cousin of "Rah!"
39 Schiller work adapted
43 Ovid opus
47 French illustrator Gustave
48 Not shut, to Shelley
52 "Suppose ..."
55 The Admiral Benbow_
("Treasure Island" locale)
56 Actress on parole?
58 Animals with twisted horns
60 "Two Years Before
the Mast" writer
62 3:1, e.g.
63 "Family Ties" mother
65 This puzzle's surplus
66 Farsi speaker
68 Colorless gas with a
pungent odor, for short
69 Nuremberg trial defendant
72 Words following "often"
75 Prefix with -hedron
77 Part of an oil lamp
80 Pablum eater
82 Cross-dressing comedian?
85 Prefix with -hedron
86 Place for bateaux
89 Nationalists' capital
90 Feline, to Tweety
91 Clark's "Mogambo"
92 Make more potent
93 Winter Palace figures
95 Blessing elicitor
97 Gloomy Gus
99 Quotable one
100 Shipping weights
101 None the worse for
104 "Full House" star
107 Ladybug's prey
110 Romance novelist
111 Cassio's rival
112 Online event
116 Junior partner, maybe
118 Mad-dog singer?
121 Widens, in a way
122 News-making 1926
124 Setting of many
125 Turn in
126 Site of 1970's marches
P 2 Book before Daniel: Abbr.
STUMPED? No. 1216
3 Lahore garb
4 Miniature racer
5 Dusk, to Donne
6 Bootleggers' worries
7 Some Semites
8 Took a powder
9 __ Harbour, Fla.
10 Some taters
11 Canon rival
13 1926 La Scala premiere
15 Chicken general?
16 Michigan town where
Thomas Dewey was born
17 Results of some bad
18 "Dat (jazz tune)
22 Prefix with function
24 Clamp shape
32 On top
33 Actor Lee Van
34 Like "The X-Files"
36 "Built better than it has
to be" sloganeer
37 Singer in a brawl?
38 Ocean menaces
40 Dawdling actor?
41 Some newspaper essays
44 Runaway of rhyme
45 Look after
51 Kind of ink
57 Prefix with linear
59 Not many
64 Bar, in law
67 Belgian advice columnist?
68 Actor Buchholz
70 Duelers' units
71 1983 Indy 500 winner
73 Eyeball covers
74 Art Ross Trophy org.
76 Collinsworth of N.F.L.
78 The twist, once
79 Toys with tails
81 Cafeteria needs
88 Picnic staple
94 Avoided an
96 Be humiliated
102 Golf's__ Cup
103 Aptly named author
104 "The Crucible" setting
105 Store, as wine
107 Financing abbr.
108 Sentence part: Abbr.
113 Jazz (up)
114 Going _
115 Huxtable boy
117 Word said while
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120 Rock's __Fighters
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PELICAN COVE Great Gulf to bay income pro-
ducing unit. Direct Gulfview, heated pool,
Jacuzzi, tennis courts, boat docks. $285,000.
Bobye Chasey, 778-2261.
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MIRROR LAKE This 2BR/2BA second floor end unit is
light, bright and neat as a pin. Easy care ceramic floors
give plenty of time to enjoy the heated pool or short drive
to the beach. $74,900. Noreen Roberts, 778-2261.
Build your own Rental Department
at our beautiful new office on Anna
Maria Island. If you would like to
know more about the advantages of
working with Coldwell Banker, call
Pat Emmett at 794-8200 in confi-
Patty Stump Ellenton 708 E.
44th Ave. $55,000.
Noreen Roberts 1103 E. 70th
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Jan A. Schmidt
Kansas City, MO
SUNBOW BAY Immaculate 2BR/2BA, first-floor condo.
Covered parking, elevator, view of bay and Anna Maria
Bridge and lagoon. Tennis courts, pool, beach close by.
$223,500. MLS#79260. Rose Schnoerr, 778-2261.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX Convenient to all amenities
such as shopping, restaurants, library and a few blocks to
beach. Garage on each side. Recently been refurbished.
$287,000. MLS#77285. Rose Schnoerr, 778-2261.
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NORTHWEST BRADENTON Great north-west split plan
pool home! Custom designed and spacious that says easy
entertaining! Tropical free form pool and spa for six!
$239,000. MLS#T77856. Laura McGeary, 778-2261.
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