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Volume 10, no. 8, Jan. 2, 2002 FREE
Carolyne Norwood: Islander of Year
One of the greatest challenges facing all Floridians
is the development of a sense of community, a sense of
With hundreds of people moving to our area daily
from everywhere on the planet, the history of our re-
gion is often lost in the avalanche of new faces, new
homes, new businesses, new things to do and see.
Where we have been, what we have done, who
helped shape and form the place we now call home is
often forgotten, or never even thought of.
History is important if only so it does not have
to be relived.
The keeper of the Island's history is Carolyne
Norwood. She set out on a quest to preserve our history
and we think she's been a champion at it, so much so
that we selected her the Islander of the Year for 2001.
She surpassed her own great achievements this
year with the acquisition and preservation of a his-
toric cottage to enhance the Anna Maria Island His-
Old pictures, records, historic documents Carolyne
had collected over the years were stored in her garage,
and she finally decided it was time for them to be
placed on display.
She first founded the Anna Maria Historical Soci-
ety and in November 1990, Carolyne brought it all to-
gether with a proposal to the Island's three mayors to
create a historical museum containing memorabilia of
the Island's past. "If I got all three of the Island's may-
ors, I figured people would take me seriously," she
At first, the "collection" was housed by the Island's
veterinarian, Dr. Henry Stevens, in a cottage he owned
at Pine Avenue and Crescent Drive. After a year, the
fledgling historical museum moved to Anna Maria city
property, the old "turtle house" on Pine Avenue, where
it is housed today.
This year, with the aid of Anna Maria City Com-
missioner Linda Cramer and the financial assistance
(again) of the three Island cities, the historical society
made its greatest stride with the acquisition of the Belle
The 1910-era cracker house was built by Capt.
Mitch Davis, the first mayor of Anna Maria City, over
Tampa Bay at the end of the city pier. It collapsed into
the bay and was barged to Palmetto Avenue. The cur-
rent owner decided to raze the building, but relented
after Cramer's urgings to give her and the Island -
time to try to raise funds to relocate the structure.
Cramer teamed up with Carolyne and the histori-
cal society. They were successful. The Island was suc-
cessful. The building was saved and moved next to the
museum, where it will eventually become a landmark
for the quaint cottages that are the Island's heritage.
For all of Carolyn's efforts to protect the Island's
past for future generations, we thank her and are hon-
ored to call her our Islander of the Year.
Mullet season brings masses of fishers to local waters
A swarm of mullet fishers cast their nets into the Gulf of Mexico off the north end of Anna Maria Island, reaping a very good harvest. For more on the season, see page
22. Islander Photo: Courtesy Patricia Hunter
Island officials voice new year wishes
By Rick Catlin
There's plenty to wish for in 2002 world peace
being at the top of everyone's list. We asked Island
elected officials to share with us what they would like
to see accomplished in their city or on Anna Maria Is-
Holmes Beach condo
An early evening fire evicted a family of four
from their condominium in Holmes Beach Dec. 26.
Firefighters with West Manatee Fire & Res-
cue responded to fight the blaze at the Nautilus
condominiums, 7100 block Gulf Drive, about 7
p.m., according to Battalion Chief Rich Losek.
The fire had started in the kitchen of one unit.
Smoke and water eventually caused damage in
two other units, firefighters said.
John Fabre, of Dubois. Pa., and his wife and
children were staying in the unit. No one was
injured in the blaze. which also damaged the
roof of the condo.
land, and we got some answers to share with you.
Dawn Baker, Bradenton Beach city commissioner:
"I'd like to see a five-year plan. I've been saying it for
Ross Benjamin, Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioner: "Everyone is concerned about growth. It's a
sensitive issue. Let's look at comprehensive growth
and our streets and sidewalks."
Mollie Sandberg, Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioner: "I am noting the enchanced collaboration among
the [Island] cities and I'd like to see more of that in 2002."
Carol Whitmore, mayor, Holmes Beach: "I'd like
to have the three Island cities work together to report
a strong voice to county and state agencies as the way
to get things done."
Don Maloney, Holmes Beach city commissioner:
"I hope 2002 will see both governments and cities of
our three-city Island move closer to the operations and
financial advantages that all could enjoy by acting like
a single Island, rather than the part-time management
of cities we try to maintain. We could then see the pro-
fessionally managed Island we can be."
Linda Cramer, Anna Maria city commissioner:
"I'd like to have continued cooperation in moving city
business forward and have the charter review commit-
tee propose some positive changes for the city."
Tom Skoloda, Anna Maria vice mayor: "I think it's
important to continue the improvements initiated when
I first ran for the city commission two years ago. There
have been many accomplishments, including the re-
opening of the city pier, solving the drainage problems
on Spring Street and establish a stable and professional
work force, and eliminating nuisance building permits.
I'd also like to keep an open and professional, business-
like management for the city."
John Michaels, Anna Maria city commissioner:
"I'd like to prevent the county from usurping the Island
cities' rights of self-determination through the charter
county power grab; present the voters with a carefully
thoughtout city charter which will serve Anna Maria
well in the years ahead; adopt a Master Wireless Plan,
which will protect the city from inappropriate telecom-
munications development; and to accomplish these
goals, and much more, in an atmosphere of harmony
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PAGE 2 K JAN. 2, 2002 M THE ISLANDER
Tourism off for Christmas, expect normal season
By Rick Catlin
While nobody in the Anna Maria Island tourism
industry really wants to admit it, the Island's Christmas
holiday tourist week didn't exactly fill up all 1,192
available rooms on the island.
A recessed economy, the events of Sept. 11, exchange
rate of the Canadian dollar, warm temperatures up north
and the loss of some flights into Sarasota-Bradenton In-
ternational Airport were just a few reasons given by those
in the industry for the "slight" downturn in visitors.
But don't give up on the season just yet. Christmas
is just one week. Reservations for the traditional Janu-
ary through March winter season are running at or
above normal levels and rental agents, resort managers
and owners and tourism officials expect the season to
be as busy as last year.
Mary Ann Brockman of the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce said some chamber members
reported cancellations for Christmas week and "that
was unusual because we are usually full that week,"
But not every property reported a down Christmas
week, she added. Some vacation properties reported
100 percent occupancy, while others were down just
slightly from last year, she said.
Either way, no one is singing the blues just yet.
"There are not really any complaints from members
about a slow season, just a slow start."
The fall tourist season was definitely "soft" because
of the events of Sept. 11, she said. Reservations for Janu-
ary through March, however, are "holding their own."
"I'm optimistic," she said. Indeed, warmer than nor-
mal temperatures up north generally means people travel
south later than usual. "It's been a mild winter. Visitors
don't start coming until it gets cold." With snow and cold
weather now starting to hit the Midwest and New England
areas, Brockman expects reservations and visitors will
increase accordingly in the coming weeks.
That's a sentiment shared by Tom Ernst at the
Bradenton Beach Econo Lodge, the only chain-oper-
ated motel on the Island.
Advance reservations at the 54-unit property are
"looking real strong for February and March," Ernst
said. December is traditionally slow and the real sea-
son doesn't start until the first part of February or late
January, he added.
"It looks like we'll be back up to last year's figures.
Reservations [for February] are looking real strong."
The Christmas week, however, was just not quite
up to normal for visitors. With a cold front moving
through the Midwest this past week, however, people
are starting to think vacation. Ernst said he was start-
ing to get a lot of phone calls and expected to surpass
70 percent occupancy for the holiday week.
Some beach properties reported normal arrivals for
At the Bali Hai beach resort in Holmes Beach, Al
Bouziane said Christmas week was "the same as it was
last year," with occupancy at the 42-unit resort hitting
80 percent for the week.
Even better news is that advance reservations for
the January to March season are putting the resort at
near 100 percent occupancy for that period, he said.
It's definitely a turnaround from the hit that Island
tourism took following Sept. 11, he said.
"Everyone took a hickey from Sept. 11," Bouziane
said. The fall tourist season, always soft, took a
nosedive. "You don't recover from September and
October, you just go forward."
Bouziane is also glad to see the large number of
returning visitors. "Nearly all of our clientele is repeat
business and that's encouraging," he said.
Mike Norman of Mike Norman Real Estate said
his office handles 275 rental properties, making it one
of the largest rental agents on the island.
While the Christmas rental market was about 20
percent off from previous years, advance reservations
for rentals starting in January are up from last year at
this time, Norman said.
And there are reasons people didn't come for
Christmas, he said, most notably the fear of flying.
"People who come here during Christmas week are
the younger crowd and they usually fly. This year,
many simply didn't fly," he said. On the other hand,
"older people drive and tend to stay longer and they are
coming here regardless."
The ability to drive to the Manatee area rather than
being forced to fly could well be a factor in keeping tour-
ism occupancy levels near normal, said Susan Stoepker of
the Manatee County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Attraction-based destinations in Florida such as
Orlando and Miami are suffering a severe loss of tour-
ism dollars because they are "fly-in" destinations. Not
so in Manatee County and Anna Maria Island.
"We feel very fortunate our tourism was not hit as
hard as others" by the terrorism attacks of Sept. 11,
"Manatee County is very strong in repeat busi-
ness," she said, "and the majority of those visitors drive
from northern destinations and stay for longer periods
of time. They don't have to face the 'fear of flying.'"
"We are a 'retreat' destination. This is a place to go
to get away and restore yourself as opposed to attrac-
tion destinations where the emphasis is on doing lots
of things," she said.
Stoepker downplayed any thoughts of a really slow
Christmas season. The reports are that Christmas was a
"mixed bag" for tourist arrivals. Some properties did well,
others reported no change from last year and some said the
Christmas season was "a little soft," she said.
But remember, said Stoepker, "generally Decem-
ber is always a bit slow." The real tourist season starts
in late January to early February. Advance bookings for
those months are running about the same as last year,
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In charge of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce for the next year are, left to right, Judy Giovanelli,
secretary; Don Schroder, second vice president; Alan Galletto, president; Dennis Rauschl, treasurer; Mary
Ann Brockman, executive director. The officers were installed at an installation banquet aboard the Seafood
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Holmes Beach planners vote to split multi.
family residential/seasonal tourist zone
By Diana Bogan
Holmes Beach planning commissioners took the
first step in clarifying the city's land development
code with a unanimous vote in favor of splitting the
multi-family residential/seasonal tourist zone into
two separate zoning categories.
The commission will ask the city's attorneys to
draw up an ordinance to amend the LDC to create
the separate zones and rezone all property affected.
According to Tampa Bay Regional Planning
Council Government Services Coordinator Gerald
Smelt, who presented several options on the table,
this one offered the city an opportunity to address
concerns brought to light during the discussion of
the Tidemark Lodge development and at the same
time allow the commission the flexibility to consider
making future changes.
Smelt advised that "per Florida courts you can't
just rezone a city. The commission has to set forth
reasons to rezone to pass the ordinance. There has to
be a complete record."
A more time-consuming option, which was also
discussed, was to separate the multi-family residen-
tial/seasonal tourist into two separate land-use cat-
egories. This would necessitate amending the Future
Land Use Map.
The city's planning commission began review-
ing the "Future Land Use Element" to determine if
any text changes or verbiage should be added to
clarify where tourist development can be located at
the request of Holmes Beach Commissioner Rich
Planning Commissioner Sam Planck said, "I
want to stir the least amount of feathers and take the
least offensive route until we have time to study all
Bohnenberger proposed that a text change be
made to the comprehensive plan that in addition to
no residential development being allowed in a C-3
zone, no hotel/motel or seasonal tourist development
be allowed either.
"I just want it clarified to avoid hotel/motels in
the future," said Bohnenberger.
Smelt countered, "This is the only community I
know that doesn't recognize hotel/motels as commer-
cial use. Bohnenberger offers a simple solution but in
totality I'm not sure it gets to the heart of the issue."
Smelt believes the city commission needs the
flexibility to use its discretion to assign the multi-
family/seasonal tourist land use category to other
areas if the proposed project meets specific criteria,
including compatibility with neighboring proper-
ties, density and construction time constraints.
Smelt also advised that in order to avoid further
confusion and misinterpretation of policies, a defi-
nition section or glossary should be added to the
comprehensive plan. Further, he suggested that be-
fore any revision of the comprehensive plan is done
the city should complete a visioning process.
He said that the commission needs to sit down
and looks at its community through a visioning pro-
cess in order to have some basis to make changes to
the comprehensive plan.
"Rather than reacting to something that already
occurred, you have the opportunity to be proactive,"
said Smelt. "We often think we know what people
want but the visioning process lets you find out
what people's real concerns are."
Planning commissioners agreed to consider how
they might begin a visioning process for Holmes
One of the changes the commission would like
to see is the addition of mixed-use properties, which
the city currently doesn't allow.
Chairperson Sue Normand urged fellow com-
missioners to look at other cities that have mixed
use properties and consider how allowing these in
Holmes Beach could enhance the community.
Also, the commission's proposed comprehen-
sive plan definitions have been revised by Smelt and
the commission plans to review the changes.
THE ISLANDER N JAN. 2, 2002 E PAGE 3
Anna Maria City
Jan. 3, 2 p.m., administrative code committee meeting.
Jan. 7, 7 p.m., trolley marketing committee and Anna
Maria City Environmental Enhancement and Educa-
tion Committee joint meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
Jan. 9, 7 p.m., charter review committee meeting -
Jan. 10, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Jan. 3,7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: pub-
lic hearing on beach renourishment ordinance, public
hearing on comprehensive plan amendment, rezoning
and planned unit development of Old Bridge Village
property, 300 Bay Drive S., commission-liaison reports
and public comment.
Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m., city commission and public forum
meeting on city goals.
Jan. 8, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Jan. 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work ses-
sion to follow.
Jan 9, 7 p.m., beautification committee meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Jan. 5, Waste Management will collect yard waste that
is normally collected Wednesdays in Anna Maria and
Tourist season picking up
CONTINUED FROM PAGE.2
The real test of how the winter tourist season is
faring will come during February, when traditionally
all Island vacation resorts and properties are at, or near,
full occupancy, said Brockman.
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Anna Maria trolley meeting views new stop sign
anatee County Area Transit
A rendition of the newly designed Island trolley stop
sign from the Manatee County Area Transit has the
manatee logo removed and replaced with simply the
stop number on the route. Anna Maria members of
the Island Trolley Marketing Committee are to view
the new design at a meeting Jan. 7.
... while marketing
group plans to meet
twice in January
The Manatee Trolley Marketing Committee will
meet twice in January for input on planning start-up
promotions for the trolley.
Manatee County Area Transit marketing manager
Susan Hancock said the committee will meet at 5:30
p.m., Jan. 10 at the Holmes Beach City Hall and again
at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 23 in the same location.
Hancock said she would like to have Island mer-
chants and restaurant operators, hotel/motel and ac-
commodation managers, Island residents and any
group that might use the trolley service attend and par-
ticipate in the planning process.
With a possible February start date for the trolley,
Hancock wants to get a coordinated promotional pack-
age together for presentation to the Manatee County
Board of Commissioners as soon as possible. She will
also discuss rates for the trolley's onboard advertising
signs at the meetings.
Anyone interested in advertising on the trolleys
may call Hancock at 747-8621, extension 227.
Anna Maria members of the Trolley Marketing
Committee, along with the city's Environmental En-
hancement and Education Committee, are scheduled to
meet Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at Anna Maria City Hall to view
a new design proposal for the trolley stop sign in Anna
The newly designed sign by the Manatee County
Area Transit has eliminated the manatee logo dubbed
the "Annie Maria Manatee" that had offended some
Anna Maria residents and the EEEC, replacing it with
the stop number on the route.
The Anna Maria City Commission had voted not
to approve the original trolley sign logo because of the
offending cartoon manatee.
If marketing committee and EEEC members ap-
prove the new design, it could be an agenda item for the
Jan. 8 city commission meeting.
Both Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach city
commissions have voted to accept the original artwork
for their signs. MCAT officials have indicated they
would like uniformity among all Island cities regard-
ing the signs, but are willing to allow Anna Maria an
alternative sign to Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Anna Maria Islanders, visitors
reveal 2002 resolutions
Before the New Year's Eve celebrations were set
to begin, we asked people who were visiting the his-
i ^ ~~I* j'^,-
Barrie Green laughed
and said he does not '
subscribe to resolutions
as none have stuck yet.
Green is on holiday
David McLeod of
Bradenton said he
plans on catching more
fish in the upcoming
Callie Mathison, 7, is Lauren Mathison, 10,
visiting from Swiss Falls, of Swiss Falls, Ontario,
Ontario. She said she Canada, plans to study
wants to collect more harder at school.
seashells next year.
toric Anna Maria City Pier what resolutions they will
be making in 2002. Islander Photos: J.L. Robertson.
Nicole Covina of
Bradenton plans to
save up her money and
purchase a new car in
Visiting from Dublin,
Ohio, Lynn Vogt said her
New Year's resolution is
to live to be 82 years old.
She said she plans on
living a lot longer than
that, but you have to go
"piece by piece."
Terri Steele of
Bradenton said she also
wants to catch more
fish next year.
Carol Moldow of
Holmes Beach said
next year she hopes to
work less and enjoy life
Giuliani thanks Island, SueLynn for sand
New York City got Anna Maria Island's sand
and sympathy, and the Island and the sand's sponsor
got thanks from the Big Apple's mayor.
SueLynn, who-organized a memorial service fol-
lowing the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks, got a letter
from Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani thanking her for
the support for World Trade Center victims and for
But SueLynn made it clear that Anna Maria Is-
landers deserved the credit she was merely the
name Giuliani had on hand for his thank-you letter.
"We called the FBI to see how we should send
Anna Maria gets $1 OK for tree management
By Rick CatUin
The City of Anna Maria will be getting a
$10,000 grant from the Florida Department of Ag-
riculture and Consumer Sciences for its hazardous
tree removal and management program.
The city was informed Dec. 26 by Mike
Humphrey of the FDACS that a committee had rec-
ommended approval of the grant and a notification
letter would be sent in January.
In its August 2001 application to the FDACS,
the city had said the money would be used to help
fund a tree management program for "hazardous and
exotic tree removal on city property and rights of
The city had said in its grant application it
needed the money for the program for several rea-
sons, including safety, a reduction of storm damage
and protection and enhancement of natural re-
An inventory of offending trees prepared for the
grant showed large numbers of Brazilian pepper
trees throughout the city and a number of young and
old Australian pines that could be a threat to safety.
A number of areas were so overgrown with offend-
ing trees, it prevented a proper runoff of excess
water, the grant application said.
City Clerk Alice Baird said that a matching
$10,000 had already been budgeted by the city for
the tree program, making a total of $20,000 avail-
Anna Maria resident Georgia Van Cleave was
instrumental in preparing the grant and said the grant
is available annually.
it," she said. "We were sending the Island's lovely
white sand at a pretty scary time and didn't want to
cause a problem.
"They said to send it, OK, but be sure the pack-
age had a return address. So I used mine."
She and many fellow Islanders signed a scroll
expressing sympathy for victims of the Sept. 11 di-
saster, and mailed it and a box of sand to Giuliani
and another to Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld. They haven't heard from the latter.
Islanders want the Bean Point sand to be part of the
concrete used in any memorial built for the victims.
The mayor's letter to SueLynn:
"In the wake of the September 11th attack on the
World Trade Center, New York City has received an
overwhelming outpouring of support from individu-
als across the country and around the world.
"On behalf of our grateful city, I extend my most
heartfelt thanks for your thoughtful and generous
gift. The compassion of Americans from people all
over the world has been an invaluable source of hope
and courage for many New Yorkers and is deeply
"Your gesture of giving and kindness illustrates
our nation's strength and resilience during these dif-
"Thank you again for your support and friendship."
THE ISLANDER M JAN. 2, 2002 M PAGE 5
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 21, 900 S. Bay Blvd., Galati Marina, bur-
glary. A man reported seeing two men in an open
fishing boat flee from the marina after finding items
were missing from his boat.
Dec. 21, 4400 75th Street W., criminal mischief.
A man reported that the driver in the car ahead of
him stopped at a traffic light and then approached his
car. According to the report, the driver punched the
window and side mirror of the victim's car and
shouted at him before returning to his own car and
Dec. 22, 700 block of Jacaranda, burglary. A bi-
cycle was reported stolen from a resident's garage.
Dec. 15, 4600 block of West 14th Street, DUI.
Jose Trinidad Felipe-Castillo, 31, of Sarasota, was
arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol
after failing a field sobriety test.
Dec. 15, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, obstruc-
tion. A man was arrested for obstruction after fail-
ing to listen to a police officer. According to the re-
port, the officer attempted to issue the man a citation
for having an open container of alcohol in his ve-
hicle, however, the defendant would not listen to the
Holmes Beach police
arrest burglary suspect
Aaron Eugene McCormick, 26, was charged
with two counts of burglary after Holmes Beach
police caught him in an unoccupied residence.
Officers were conducting surveillance of an
area of Holmes Beach where several burglaries
of residences have taken place recently when
they discovered a broken window at an unoccu-
pied residence. With the assistance of Manatee
County deputies and a K-9 assistant, the resi-
dence was entered and searched.
A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy
and his K-9 Lex found McCormick hiding in the
bathtub behind the shower curtain.
McCormick may face other charges that are
still pending investigation.
Dec. 22, 600 block of Concord Lane, burglary.
Two color televisions, a boom box and a gas grill
were reported stolen from a vacation rental unit.
According to the report, the sliding glass door at the
back of the unit was found open.
Dec. 22, 3900 East Bay Drive, Publix, forgery.
A man attempted to cash a forged payroll check at
the customer service counter.
Dec. 22, 4200 Gulf Drive, Gulf Sands, illegal
dumping. The manager of the condominium reported
that someone from a neighboring property placed
tree trimmings in their private dumpster.
Dec. 22, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, battery. Of-
ficers witnessed a man hit a woman in the face and
approached the couple. According to the report, the
man had a bloody nose and both subjects admitted
to hitting each other during a mutual argument. Both
were arrested on domestic battery charges.
Dec. 22, 100 block of 51st Street, burglary. A
man chose to press charges against his son after
catching him in his garage. According to the report,
the son has broken into the father's home previously
and stolen items.
Dec. 23, 100 block of 49th Street, burglary. Ac-
cording to the report, a man woke up to find a
stranger in his bedroom. The burglar ran off and the
resident called police. Nothing appeared to be miss-
ing from the home.
Dec. 23, 6800 block of Palm Drive, suspicious
incident. A man found his stolen bike for sale at a
local antique store.
Dec. 23, 3200 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A
woman reported that she left her purse at Shell's res-
taurant. According to the report, when she went back
to pick up her purse she found her credit cards and
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Happy New Year
And thankfully, it should be a better year than
2001. How could it not be?
Oddly, we thought, several folks we encountered
with wishes for a "better year" coming up related our
sentiments to business.
Sure, we'd like a better year's worth of business for
everyone, more income and more discretionary funds
to spread happiness around.
But we were thinking more of a year without the
threat of terrorism. That's enough to wish for, we
It's been a year of losses and gains, both in the life
cycle and at the stock markets. Most of us have said
good-bye to family, friends and "dollars."
The business optimism brought us back to our
senses, so to speak. So we thought we'd see how the
2002 tourist season is shaping up.
Looks good, according to our sources and a story
We thought we'd ask around of our elected offi-
cials as to what they wish for in the coming year, and
they were forthcoming.
We also asked a sampling of visitors and Islanders
who were at the Anna Maria City Pier about their New
Year resolutions, although it appears folks don't do that
much anymore resolve, that is. It was a tough quiz.
And for several weeks we polled our incumbent "Is-
lander of the Year" award winners and The Islander staff
about who they would nominate from the past year.
The list grew long. All deserving and all running
a close second to this year's winner, Carolyne
Norwood. But Carolyne stood out this year for her
dilligence in obtaining a historic cottage, saving it from
demolition, for expansion at the Island Historical Mu-
seum. The acquisition will vastly enhance the cramped
space at the museum, allowing a display of early set-
tler furniture and accessories much like existed in the
It also gave us an opportunity to recognize Com-
missioner Linda Cramer's role in salvaging Belle Ha-
ven Cottage, a place she grew to love having called it
home for a number of years.
Cramer was insistent on having Belle Haven saved
and restored when even Norwood and the historical
group were reluctant to take on the task.
And Cramer inspired cooperation within Anna
Maria that carried over to the other cities which
naturally also benefit from the historical collection.
So we have nearly everyone to thank seeing that
tax dollars in all three Island cities are supporting the
Belle Haven move.
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SLICK New Year's resolutions By Egan
We also congratulate the Florida Institute for Salt-
water Heritage for insuring the future of Cortez with a
purchase of land that will provide a buffer from devel-
opment and a nature preserve for future generations to
We also heartily salute the efforts of many who
worked diligently to make the Island Middle School a
reality this year.
We praise the fundraising efforts of Billy and
George O'Connor, the many years devotion to protect-
ing sea turtles by Frank Almeda, the special anecdotes
and insights from Gib "the Cracker" Bergquist over the
years, and lastly, the weekly wisdom and wit from the
pen of Jack Egan.
Egan's editorial cartoons have been published in this
newspaper for the past nine years and before that for
other Island "rags" since 1973, when his main charac-
ter, the oil-drenched bird "Slick" was born from a dis-
pute over offshore oil drilling.
So as y'all contemplate "cutting back on the greasy
kid stuff," we wish for a good year all around for all
y'all. Us 'uns, too.
While a Baywatch-style rescue "tool" looks good
on paper and the water (Islander Nov. 28), where's the
life vest on the "rescue" person behind the driver?
Ronald S. Castle, Holmes Beach
What a fantastic turn out for our first ever Family
Fun Festival! There were smiles and laughter and holi-
day tidings for friends old and new.
There was snow (in Florida?) and Santa. Don't
forget face painting, cookie decorating, a puppet show
and food galore.
There was bingo and fishing, dancers and singers,
too. But most of all, there was a feeling of good, old-
fashioned fun with great, old-fashioned prices.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center would
like to extend a heartfelt thanks to its event sponsors
Chuck and Joey Lester, whose continued support over
the years has been just incredible.
We would also like to thank the following people
and organizations for their food and drink donations:
John Home of the Lazy Lobster and Anna Maria Oys-
ter Bar, Sean Murphy of Beach Bistro and Bistro at
Island's End, Pat Geyer of Duffy's Tavern, as well as
Publix, Lance and Pepsi.
Thanks to The Islander for donating a color tele-
vision for a raffle and to the Lesters for providing tur-
keys and hams to 62 lucky raffle winners.
Thanks to the Sun for providing the wonderful
Christmas ornament supplies. Thanks to our fitness
instructors Sherry Fideler, Laura Bennett and Dolce
Little for volunteering their time and demonstrating
Thanks to "Miss Darlene" Friedrich and her ador-
able dancing ballerinas, Jimi Gee and the Island Middle
School Singers, Jon Thornberg for turning into a very
believable Santa and thanks to West Manatee Fire &
Rescue for Santa's transportation.
Thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsor-
ing the delightfully entertaining puppet show and to
Mark Kimball and The Islander for providing Florida
Finally, we'd like to thank all of the volunteers,
including the Island Rotary Club and Island Kiwanis
who so graciously gave their time, rolled up their
sleeves and made this fantastic event happen.
The Family Fun Festival was a wonderful oppor-
tunity for everyone to come out and visit our Center as
we are in the midst of planning a much-needed reno-
vation and appreciate your comments for our wish list.
Wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy holiday
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Another Anna Maria City spitting contest
By Rick Catlin
Just when you think things have quieted down in
Anna Maria, another rhubarb erupts. Some city resi-
dents, however, might say that having a rhubarb erupt
in Anna Maria is normal.
The latest "spitting contest" is between Code Enforce-
ment Officer Chuck White and city resident Rick
DeFrank, who accuses White of "selective enforcement"
regarding the Fourth Annual Fine Art Yard Sale held Dec.
22 at Woody Candish's house on North Bay Blvd.
White wrote his initial report on Dec. 21 following
several "anonymous" phone calls to city hall express-
ing "concern'. about the lack of a permit for the sale,
the serving of complimentary snacks and wine and the
need to provide liability insurance.
As Anna Maria Code Enforcement officer, White
was assigned the complaint.
In his Dec. 21 report, White said that after "due
diligence in pursuing the facts extant," he determined
that there is "no overriding interest in this affair by the
City of Anna Maria."
White said that the art sale "is a seasonally festive
gathering of selected friends; artists, in fact, who will
be exhibiting and selling some of their works in an
entirely legal 'yard sale' fashion."
He also wrote that the "friends" offer complimen-
tary food and beverages to guests as part of the season
and this is of "no consequence to the city."
He also noted there was abundant parking at
Bayshore Park for the yard sale.
In conclusion, White observed that as "all calls
received on this subject have been anonymous," there
was no name he could address a response to and he was
simply making a report for the record.
It didn't take long for the anonymous caller to re-
veal himself following White's letter.
DeFrank, who owns a craft and jewelry store on
Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, spit back a Dec. 26 letter
to the city, saying he wanted to ask the city attorney and
Anna Maria elected officials how White could "totally
.,disregard" city ordinance No. 00-59. ..
DeFrank said the Island Players had a similar yard
sale and they had to get a special event permit.
An outraged DeFrank charged that "there is abso-
lutely no way that this annual art sale should be exempt
from the ordinance."
To set the record straight, this was not a personal
or business issue, he said. "I know almost all of the
artists who participated and I hope it was a very suc-
cessful event for all of them."
DeFrank also took pains to point out that "this
event helped the sales in our store on Pine Avenue. I
do not look upon this show as being competition. Ev-
eryone that knows me knows that I am only interested
in promoting the arts."
However, added DeFrank, "the problem I have with
the code enforcement officer's letter is that it is once again
selective enforcement of the city's ordinances."
He asked the city attorney to "please read ordi-
nance 00-59" and "let me know what you think."
DeFrank said in conclusion that "even a three-fam-
ily contiguous yard sale needs a permit. I am sure that
17 artists and the ads in both Island newspapers im-
pacted the city more than a three-family yard sale."
White then fired back with his own response, not-
ing that "for clarification," Ordinance 00-59 was now
Ordinance 00-580 [codified].
That ordinance, said White, "specifies those events
to be classified as special events. Specifically exempted
are garage sales."
"As most garage sales are synonymous in nature,
if not in fact, and the 22 December 2001 yard sale was
held on Mr. Candish's own residence property, I made
the determination that no permit was needed.
White also said that because the sale was on a
single residential yard, the part in the ordinance about
"three or more contiguous dwelling units," did not ap-
ply. He added that the number of participants is not
addressed in the ordinance.
As no city property was involved in the sale itself,
there was no liability "accrued by the city."
Parking was in a county parking lot and "certainly
that was legal for this or any other reason, one may pre-
suppose." The parking did not interfere with the "free
flow of traffic" on North Bay Boulevard, he said.
White agreed that free wine and snacks were avail-
able, but there was no bartender "pushing" drinks.
Regarding DeFrank's claim that the Island Players
had to get a permit, why not the fine art yard sale,
White said he had no involvement with the Island Play-
ers sale and "cannot attest to anything that happened in
that specific circumstance." He did not know if the Is-
land Players were required to obtain a permit or not.
Finally, said White, the mayor or city commission
can always review his findings and disagree. "I wel-
come the opportunity to discuss the issue with them."
White concluded by observing that no permit was
issued for the first three fine art yard sales and he was
unaware of any objections or complaints the previous
years of the sale.
As of Dec. 31, DeFrank had not yet issued a re-
sponse to White's response to DeFrank's response to
White's response to the not-so-anonymous complaints.
Art sale organizer Woody Candish said only that
he "wished everyone a safe and happy new year" and
further comment was unnecessary.
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By Paul Roat
Although overshadowed by global events the
Sept. 11 attacks and subsequent United States action,
and natural events like Tropical Storm Gabrielle the
Island had another significant event take place in late
Beach renourishment was approved and slated to
start along the sandy Gulf shores in late January 2002.
As with many things pertaining to the Island, of
course, the renourishment was not without conflict.
Some Anna Maria City residents mounted an 11th-
hour effort to halt the $8.39 million project. They were
fearful the sand would be less than perfect, that the
added beach would add traffic, noise and congestion to
quiet residential neighborhoods and that amenities such
as lifeguard stands would be added along the shore.
The Anna Maria City Commission in mid-Decem-
ber voted to allow the project, sustaining a 1996 refer-
endum that approved inclusion in the Islandwide
Sand from an offshore underwater site 2,000 to
4,000 feet from shore will be pumped ashore when
Great Lakes Dredge Co. begins work, adding an aver-
age of 160 feet of beach to the Island. The added beach
will stretch from south of 13th Street South in
Bradenton Beach to 78th Street in Holmes Beach. In
Anna Maria City, the renourishment will be from Oak
to Sycamore avenues.
The project is paid from federal and state funds,
with local funding coming from the county's tourist
Below is the rest of the year in review for 2001.
Tidemark suit: Tidemark Lodge neighbors Lance
Spotts and Dan and Tina Howe hired an attorney to
block the Holmes Beach development. The project is
in violation of the city's comprehensive plan, attorney
Dan Lobeck said, and is illegal in the current zoning
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Variance suit: Anna Maria commissioners re-
jected Susan Negele's setback request to build on
beachfront property at 107 Elm. St., prompting her to
file a lawsuit in her efforts to receive the variance
needed to build a home.
Vacation, please: Bradenton Beach residents pe-
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Maria Sound. The street is platted but undeveloped,
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requesting a review of the city charter. She, and the sig-
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interpretation of the charter in regards to who should
chair meetings, the mayor or vice mayor. The city com-
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Palma Sola Causeway construction ends: After
more than a year of construction, work on replacing
two bridges along the causeway leading to Holmes
Beach was completed. Bradenton City Council mem-
bers banned alcohol along the beaches there last year,
citing danger caused by mixing construction and
booze, and causeway beachgoers requested the coun-
cil lift the ban, which was declined.
Another Anna Maria employee jets: Norma
Denmark, administrative assistant to the building de-
partment in Anna Maria, left that city's employ to take
a similar job with her former boss, Bob Welch, in
New-old vice mayor: Bradenton Beach city com-
missioners agreed Commissioner John Chappie should
take over the reins of the vice mayor position in the
wake of Commissioner Bill Arnold's resignation of the
No. 2 post in the city. Chappie had been vice mayor
before Arnold's appointment in 2000.
First hatch: The first loggerhead nest of 2001 laid
on the Island hatched and 109 baby turtles scampered
into the Gulf.
Close sails: Sailfish, usually a deep bluewater
hunt, were caught within 20 miles of the Island.
Perico project OK'd: An administrative law
judge found the Perico Island development project
complied with land-use laws and ordered approval of
the project. The project entailed 898 condominium
units on the north side of Perico Island, many of the
units housed in 10-story buildings. Concerned Citizens
of Manatee County and ManaSota-88 vowed to con-
tinue to block the project, this time through the court
Island Middle School finds home: The new char-
ter school on the Island found a home at the Island
Baptist Church after the congregation voted 68-1 to
allow classes in the church's education wing. School is
scheduled in August.
Complaint lodged: Anna Maria City Mayor Gary
Deffenbaugh filed a formal complaint with the Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office against resident Rick
DeFrank. The complaint charged DeFrank with imper-
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Bayfront condo proposed: The Bradenton Beach
Planning and Zoning Board recommended approval of
a four-unit condo project at 12th Street North at Anna
Maria Sound. The property, zoned for single-family
homes, needed a rezoning to multi-family. Approval by
the city commission is needed for the project, called
Vista del Ponticello, to proceed.
Tidemark dredging: Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection officials approved dredging of the
channel leading to the Tidemark Lodge project in
Holmes Beach. Relocation of a seawall into the prop-
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mark developer Nick Easterling vowed to appeal the
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at $50,000; no one was injured. Sea turtle nests were
swamped by the storm, but Turtle Watch volunteers
were able to rescue many of the eggs and were hope-
ful the remaining nests would survive the dunking.
Perico challenged: Concerned Citizens of Mana-
tee County challenged the administrative law judge
decision to allow 898 condo units to be built on Perico
Tidemark OK'd: Tidemark Lodge, the 40-unit
resort-condo project in Holmes Beach, received formal
approval by the city commission. An 11th-hour settle-
ment by the developer with neighbors was also reached
to allow the project to proceed without the threat of a
lawsuit to the city, although terms of the settlement
were not disclosed.
Miffed: A request by Bradenton Beach Mayor
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Author S.V. Date promises some unusual insights
into Florida politics when he addresses a public pro-
gram presented by the Friends of the Island Branch
Library on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
The event will begin at 3 p.m., following an inter-
lude by the string quartet from the Anna Maria Island
Community Orchestra, which will begin at 2:30 p.m.
It will be in the Walker-Swift room at the library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Date recalls completing his first novel, "Final Or-
bit," while spending a year sailing his 31-foot cutter
from Florida to the Mediterranean.
His next work, "Speed Week," is a comic thriller
set in Daytona Beach. His next, "Smokeout," was
called by the New York Times Book Review "hilari-
ous political satire." His newest novel is "Deep Water."
The program is free to the public, first come, first
seated. Details may be obtained from program chair Pat
Hoefig at 778-4672.
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
9 to 11:30 a.m. Winter dance camp at Manatee High
School, 1107 Cimarron Circle NW, Bradenton. Information:
792-3743 or 795-6449. Pre-registration and fee apply.
1 p.m. Eleanor Boylan will present "Creative Writing for
Seniors" during the Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City. Information: 778-7865.
Thursday, Jan. 3
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.
9 to 11 a.m. Pell-boat educational tours at the Pelican
Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
10:15a.m. -Jeanne Akers will speak about antiques at the
Episcopal Church Women of the Church of the Annunciation
luncheon. Information: 778-1638.
Noon to 2:30 p.m. Pell-boat educational luncheon tours
at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1700 Ken Thompson
Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
Friday, Jan. 4
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.
5 to 7p.m. Opening reception for a festive Caribbean
exhibit at the Artist's Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. -Opening reception for the Eighth Annual
James Pay Exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
Saturday, Jan. 5
10 a.m. to noon Demonstrations by watercolor artist Bar-
bara Orear and tile painter Jane FitzGerald at Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
10:30 a.m. Holmes Beach Civic Association launches
"Getting to Know Your Local Government:101" with Holmes
Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4012.
10:30 a.m. Wild bird rescue training class at the Pelican
Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
Noon to 2:30 p.m. Pell-boat educational luncheon tours
L Holidays end,
1i. sales begin
When the holidays wind
down, Islanders like a flea
market or garage sale event
to perk up their weekend. A
recent sidewalk sale at
S B Ginny's Antiques attracted
a crowd, and will repeat
Saturday, Jan. 5, at the
,J shop, 5600 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
Pancake breakfast Sunday
A pancake breakfast and bake sale will be from 8 to
11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
On the menu along with all the hotcakes you can
eat are sausage, orange juice and coffee, $3 for adults,
$1.50 for children under 12. Further information may
be obtained by calling 778-4769.
Know your local government 101
The Holmes Beach Civic Association will inaugu-
rate an effort to bring city government officials and
citizens into a closer, better informed, more collabora-
tive relationship at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
This season the civic association's four meetings
will be devoted to different elements of city govern-
ment. Each meeting will be hosted by a city official.
The first session will provide an overview of city gov-
ernment by Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore. For
more information, call Joe Bracken at 778-4012.
at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1700 Ken Thompson
Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
Sunday, Jan. 6
8 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Activ-
ity Center in Holmes Beach. Fee applies.
Monday, Jan. 7
10 a.m. -Adult Classical Ballet classes begin at the Sinclair
Dance Academy, 7540 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Infor-
10:15 a.m. Gulf Coast Writers will meet at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Irish Ceili dance lessons at the St.
Bernard Activity Center in Homes Beach. Information: 778-
6:30 p.m. Brenda Jackson from Phoenix Frame Shop will
speak at the Artist's Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting at
the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach.
Information: 78-6694, or 778-7923.
7 p.m. Kumar Mahadevan, executive director of Mote
Marine Laboratory will speak, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
2:30 p.m. -The Island Community Orchestra String Quar-
tet will perform at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
3 p.m. Author S.V. Date will speak about Florida politics
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
7 to 9 p.m. Boating skills and seamanship program at
Manatee Technical Institute, 5603 34th St. W., Room 62,
Bradenton. Information: 795-6189 or 778-2495. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ballroom dance lessons begin at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Av-
enue, Anna Maria City. Information: Robin Rhodes, 778-
1687. Fee applies.
6 to 9 p.m. Dolphins of the Gulf presentation at Mote
Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota.
Pre-registration: 388-4441. Fee applies.
* Peek Behind the Scenes at the Sarasota Opera House Jan.
* Sarasota Shell Club Hawaiian theme meeting at Mote
Marine Laboratory Jan. 10.
* Opening reception for the Longboat Key Center for the Arts
"Town of Longboat Key" exhibit Jan. 11.
* Watercolor demonstration at the Artist's Guild Gallery Jan.
* Jack Fones will speak at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center Jan. 14.
* The Hunt for Red Tide lecture at Mote Marine Laboratory
* Deputy Al DeMaio will speak at the Island Branch Library
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Jane FitzGerald will demonstrate painting on tiles,
one of two arts to be at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday,
Jan. 5. Also on the program is Barbara Orear, who will
demonstrate watercolor painting. Details may be ob-
tained at 778-6648.
Reception Friday to open
league members' exhibit
An artists' reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4,
will open the eighth annual James Pay Exhibit for
members of the Anna Maria Island Art League.
The reception and the exhibit will be at the league's
gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Artworks for the exhibit are being submitted
Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 2 and 3, with a limit of
three works per artist. The entry fee is $5 per piece. The
show is named for Pay, a league founder and organizer
of the group's first art and crafts show.
Hours at the gallery are 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Tues-
day through Friday. Details are available at 778-2099.
Dance reservations being taken
Reservations for a Polish dinner dance at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church are being taken and tickets sold,
Nina Compton of the event's planning committee an-
nounced this week.
The affair will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in
the activity center of the church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Live music and home-cooked food will
Reservations for the $15-per-person affair may be
made and further information obtained at the church
office, 778-4769, or from Ms. Compton at 778-3397.
Writers meet Monday
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 10:15 a.m.
Monday, Jan. 7, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Further information is
available at 761-9036.
Gloria Theresa DeVane
Gloria Theresa DeVane, 72, of Bradenton Beach,
died Dec. 28.
Born in Oradell, N.J., Mrs. DeVane came to Mana-
tee County from Spring Valley, N.Y., in 1957. She was
a retired secretary. She was a member of Veterans of
Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post No. 10141, American
Legion Kirby Stewart Post Auxiliary No. 24, and Air
Force Sergeant's Association Auxiliary of Tampa. She
attended Palma Sola Presbyterian Church.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan.
3, at the church. Memorial contributions may be made
to the church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton FL
34209, or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Sarasota-
Manatee Chapter, 2999 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL
34239. Brown and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of
She is survived by husband Robert E.; son David
of Palmetto; daughter Daphne Smith of Bradenton; sis-
ters Anne Louise Donovan of West Henrietta, N.Y.,
and Katherine Lyons of Vero Beach; brothers Robert
C. Guild of Parrish and Gerald D. Guild of Clearwater;
three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Donald J. Dreyer
Donald J. Dreyer, 69, of Bradenton Beach, died
Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., Mr. Dreyer moved
to Manatee County from Fremont, Mich., in 1986. He
was a retired self-employed electrician. He served in
the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a mem-
ber of the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach, the
V.F.W. in Newaygo, Mich., and the I.B.E.W. No. 275
in Muskegon, Mich. He was a member of the First
Congregational Church in Fremont, Mich.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 5, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel,
6000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
He is survived by wife Mary L.; daughters
Debroah Swenson of Lakeland and Janice Gustaw of
Harrison Township, Mich.; son Steven of Indiana; sis-
ters Marilyn Corley of Hesperia, Mich., and Cheryl
Hood of Marietta, Ga.; mother Dena of Grandville,
Mich.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchil-
Jackson speaks at guild
"Tips from the trade" to help artists "make the most
of their artwork" will be offered in a talk by Brenda
Jackson at a meeting Monday, Jan. 7, of the Artists
Guild of Anna Maria Island.
The meeting will begin with refreshments at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Jackson, whose Phoenix Frame in Holmes Beach
is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is a clay sculptor
who toured her native New York state for 15 years with
Her presentation Monday will tell of her experi-
ence and show methods of presenting artworks with a
professional finish. Details are available at 778-6694 or
Guild's Caribbean reception Friday
A Caribbean exhibit will open with a reception
from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the gallery of the
Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Artists on exhibit will include:
Joan Voyles, whose works have been mostly wa-
tercolors of Island life and places, will exhibit in her
new medium, silk painting.
Faye Nierman, a watercolorist portraying ideas in
acrylics and mixed media.
Donna Bednarz and Peggy Potter will show pas-
Phyllis Cogan will display her watercolors.
Gloria Cropper's entries will be fiber sculpture.
Further information may be obtained at 778-6694.
Dolphins topic at Mote
The several species of dolphins that inhabit the
Gulf of Mexico will be discussed at a program
Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Mote Marine Laboratory.
Participants must register by Tuesday by calling
388-4441, extension 229. The program from 6 to 9 p.m.
is open to all ages at $15 for Mote members, $20 for
Anna Maria Elementary
Monday, Jan. 7
Tuesday, Jan. 8
Breakfast: Breakfast Pockets, Yogurt, Cereal
Lunch: Hamburger on a Bun or Peanut Butter
and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad with Ranch
Dressing, Fresh Apple
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup,
Lunch: Tacos or Chicken Wings with Roll,
Sweet Corn, Fresh Fruit
Thursday, Jan. 10
Breakfast: Sausage with Toast, Yogurt, Cereal
Lunch: Baked Chicken or Breaded Pork Chop,
Roll, Seasoned Green Beans, Pineapple Tidbits
Friday, Jan. 11
Breakfast: Pancake with Syrup, Yogurt, Cereal
Lunch: Cheese Pizza or Junior Cuban Sandwich,
Tossed Salad with Ranch Dressing, Applesauce
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Island Middle School menu
Monday, Jan. 7
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza or Corndog, Chef Salad with
Dressing, Fresh Broccoli and Cauliflower, Fruit
Tuesday, Jan. 8
Lunch: Hoagie Sandwich or Grilled Chicken Patty
on a Bun, Chef Salad with Dressing, Tater Tots,
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Lunch: Chicken and Rice with Roll or Hamburger,
Chef Salad with Dressing, Seasoned Green Beans,
Thursday, Jan. 10
Lunch: Cheese Pizza or Fish Sandwich with Chips,
Chef Salad with Dressing, Mixed Vegetables, Fruit
Friday, Jan. 11
Lunch: Nachos with Beef and Cheese or Two Egg
Rolls with Sweet and Sour Sauce, Chef Salad with
Dressing, Sweet Corn Niblets, Fruit
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
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denied by the city commission. "I don't feel there is a
need for you to go, and there certainly is no need for
both of you to go," said Commissioner Bill Arnold.
Cost of the conference, lodging and meals would have
totaled about $1,400.
People are nice: Flowers and happy wishes del-
uged Anna Maria City Hall in the wake of employees'
complaints of how rude citizens were to them. "This is
just what we needed to hear from the citizens of this
community," City Clerk Alice Baird said.
Center expansion: Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center officials agreed that the facility needs to
expand. Definition of the expansion, costs and other
elements were to be reviewed.
Record: Islander Fran Galati caught a world-
record gag grouper while fishing in the Gulf. The 39-
pound fish was caught with 60-pound-test line about 70
Flapper flap continues: Anna Maria commission-
ers again directed Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh to buy
$10,000 worth of flapper valves in an attempt to alle-
viate flooding on North Shore Drive. The commission
first agreed to purchase the valves, which were sup-
posed to open and allow stormwater to drain off
flooded streets into the bay, then close to keep bay
water from entering, in October 2000 and again in May
2001. Deffenbaugh had rejected ordering the valves
because he said they wouldn't work and spending the
funds would be "irresponsible." Former Building Of-
ficial Bob Welch said the valves wouldn't work; cur-
rent Building Official George McKay concurred.
Deffenbaugh said he would order the devices to follow
the commission's direction.
Budgets: All three Island cities proposed tentative
spending plans for fiscal year 2001-02. Anna Maria has
Robert P. Ryan of Naples was the overall winner of The Islander's 2001 Top Notch Photo Contest with his
"swoop of spoonbills" photograph taken at Perico Island.
a proposed tax rate of 2 mills (a mill is $1 for every
$1,000 of assessed property value, less any exemp-
tions); Bradenton Beach proposed 2.7288; and Holmes
Beach proposed 2.25. Final ratification of the budgets
is due in September.
Cut it short: The Anna Maria City Commission,
not known for its brevity during meetings, agreed to an
ordinance creating a two-hour time limit for its ses-
Bridge evaluation: Florida Department of Trans-
portation workers began the evaluation of the Anna
Maria Bridge from Holmes Beach to Perico Island. The
work will include electrical, structural and mechanical
inspections, with a decision to be reached in early 2002
as to whether the bridge can be repaired, rehabilitated
or needs to be replaced.
Citizen of year sought: Anna Maria City began
accepting applications for a citizen of the year, a pro-
gram that fell by the wayside in 1995.
Barry brushes Island: Tropical Storm Barry
dropped 2.5 inches of rain on the Island in early August
but, other than a few downed tree limbs, caused little
if any damage.
They came, they saw, they delayed...: A vari-
ance to allow a two-story office near the southeast cor-
ner of Gulf Drive and Manatee Avenue was heard and
tabled by the Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment.
Entrance to the property, owned and developed by
Dean Holmstrom, .would be off Fourth Avenue. The
delay was to allow Florida Department of Transporta-
tion officials to provide documentation that Fourth
Avenue would not run into Manatee Avenue, thereby
added more congestion to the busy intersection.
City wins: A circuit court judge upheld the
Bradenton Beach City Commission vote in April 2000
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in the 1400 block of Gulf Drive across the street from
Bermuda Bay condominiums. Developers for the
projects had taken the city to court to overturn the rul-
ing. Still to come is another legal action to determine
a declaratory judgment, although both sides hoped a
settlement may be reached.
City served: Holmes Beach officials were served
with a lawsuit based on problems at Second Avenue
and 38th Street, just south of the Manatee Public
Beach. Resort owners had planted landscaping last
September; the suit, by homeowners, said the plantings
impaired access to their home and diminished property
Not that short: Anna Maria commissioners, just
after passing an ordinance to limit the length of their
meetings to two hours, extended the meeting a half-
.Eerie glow: An odd blue-green glow permeated
bay and Gulf waters in late August, caused by a biolu-
Skateboard park: City officials on the Island all
agreed that a skateboard park would be a good idea.
Still undecided: where to put it and how to pay for it.
Outta there: Developers of a proposed four-unit
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In there: Holmes Beach commissioners unani-
mously approved rezoning property adjacent to the
Martinique condominiums from commercial to resi-
Leggy winner: Islander Dr. Scott Kosfeld won the
annual "Mr. Legs 2001" contest, raising more than
$15,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Picture winner: Robert P. Ryan of Naples was the
overall winner of The Islander's 2001 Top Notch Photo
Contest with his "swoop of spoonbills" photograph
taken at Perico Island.
Another charge: Anna Maria resident Rick
DeFrank received another complaint of his imperson-
ating a city official, this one from an office furniture
company employee who said DeFrank told her boss she
had colluded with Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh and an-
other city commissioner regarding remodeling of city
hall. Sandy Morgan said she was fired as a result of
DeFrank's comments. Another complaint was filed
against DeFrank for similar charges regarding tree
trimming last April. Both cases are pending in the state
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School starts: ... for the Island's elementary and
fledgling middle school.
DOT meeting: More than 100 people attended a
public information workshop sponsored by the Florida
Department of Transportation on what to do with the
Anna Maria Bridge: repair, rehab or replace. The in-
spection of the bridge was still under way, and results
of that inspection were due to be released in early 2002.
Islanders at the meeting agreed to try to keep an open
Careful, or not: Anna Maria City Building Offi-
cial George McKay warned owners of the Castaways
Motel to stop renovation work on the property until
building permits are issued. Kent and "Pa" Davis con-
tinued work, prompting McKay to issue a red tag to
halt renovation and a $200-per-day fine.
... ditto in Holmes Beach: The city's code en-
forcement board cited the Holmes Beach Marina with
12 violations of a 1987 site plan and gave marina owner
Brian Quartermain 60 days to bring the property into
Office OK'd: Dean Holmstrom received variance
approval from the Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment
to build an office building at 305 Manatee Ave. Those
pesky Florida Department of Transportation docu-
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ments weren't forthcoming to keep Fourth Avenue
from intersecting Manatee Avenue, so city officials
worked out an alternate plan that kept the avenue a
Cut: Anna Maria Elementary School cut its bud-
get 10 percent to meet county directives to reduce funds
due to cutbacks in education dollars.
Fire budget: West Manatee Fire & Rescue District
members approved a $3.3 million budget for fiscal year
2001-02. Included in the budget were funds to hire
seven new firefighters.
Shark!: A woman visiting from Illinois was
nipped by a blacktip shark while swimming off Co-
quina Beach, prompting closure of the beach to swim-
mers for about an hour. She was treated and released
at the hospital, suffering a bite on her left arm.
Red tide: "Moderate to high" levels of red tide
appeared offshore. The algae bloom caused scratchy
throats and itchy noses in humans; fish died when lev-
els got too high. As the month progressed, dead fish
littered the beaches of the Island, prompting a massive
cleanup effort by city and county workers.
Award winner: Perico Harbor Marina was desig-
nated a Clean Marina by the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection, one of only two in the
Fire: Gerry Sponaas, 79, of Anna Maria City,
awoke early in the morning to the smell of smoke from
her burning home. She called firefighters, then ran
screaming into her yard. Neighbor Jay Crawford
doused the fire with a garden hose, prompting
firefighters to call him "a true hero."
We quit: The newly formed Environmental En-
hancement and Education Committee members voted
to dissolve, citing the overburdening size of the com-
mittee 15 members and problems with meeting
in public to discuss plans for Anna Maria City.
Oops: Ownership of a communication tower in
Holmes Beach utilized by the West Manatee Fire &
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as Commissioner Jay Hill observed. Islander Photo:
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antenna 14 feet. The problem was that ownership trans-
fers must be OK'd by the city commission, as do height
changes. Tower height was dropped while city officials
reviewed documents, and the city commission eventu-
ally approved the changes.
Budget finales: All three cities approved budgets
for fiscal year 2001-02 in September. Anna Maria's
budget is $1.38 million, Bradenton Beach $2.21 mil-
lion, and Holmes Beach $5 million.
Terroism attacks: Islanders remembered friends
and family in New York elsewhere in the wake of the
Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Gabrielle grazes Island: Tropical Storm Gabrielle
came ashore just south of Sarasota and pounded the
Island with 70-mph winds Sept. 14. Many Islanders
were without electricity for several days, trees toppled
but no injuries were reported. Subsequent cleanup was
extensive: Manatee County spent more than $2 million
in trash hauling to pick up fallen trees and limbs from
homes and businesses. On the Island, Anna Maria City
was the hardest hit, with more than $700,000 in dam-
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early December. Docks and seawalls sustained damage
in Holmes Beach. Boats sank at the Bradenton Beach
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Tropical Storm Gabrielle was a "wake-up call" or a
harbinger of things to come if a real hurricane were to
strike the region.
Save the house!: Islanders joined forces to save an
historic Anna Maria City house, the Belle Haven Cot-
tage. The owner agreed to give the 1911-vintage house
to the Anna Maria Island Historical Society if funds
could be raised to move it from its Palmetto Avenue
location to the society's museum on Pine Avenue. The
three Island cities contributed, as did others, and the
house was moved. It will be used as an example of an
authentic cracker-style house.
Scratch the flappers: Anna Maria City Vice
Mayor Tom Skoloda, apparently surprised that the
flapper valves that were supposed to alleviate flooding
on North Shore Drive would cost $10,000, reversed his
earlier stance and requested the devices not be ordered
so more study could be done on their effectiveness.
Roser cell tower controversy: Roser Memorial
Community Church members voted unanimously to
allow a communications tower to be erected on church
property at Pine Avenue. Tech Towers would erect the
120-foot-high tower, which would be in the shape of a
cross. Still to come was city approval.
Pier problems: The Anna Maria City Pier sus-
tained substantial damage from Tropical Storm
Gabrielle. Anna Maria City officials determined the
lease on the city pier called for the city to pay for dam-
ages sustained by "acts of God," and voted to have Jeff
Murray do the repairs to the decking at a cost of
$16,000. The next day it was discovered that another
bid to do the work, by Mark Kimball, was submitted at
a cost of $9,500 but Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda opened
Kimball's bid before the meeting and did not mention
it to the commission. Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh issued
a stop-work order to Murray the next day, when he was
told of the Kimball bid, while officials tried to work out
what to do about accepting bids. The city eventually
deciding to let Murray go forth with the repairs. Dur-
ing the confusion, Skoloda requested a copy of the tape
of the meeting and was told he could have it in a few
days by the city clerk's office. He apparently decided
not to wait and took the tape, returning it while the
mayor and Deputy Clerk Diane Percycoe were in city
hall after discovering the tape's absence. Charges were
filed with the sheriff's office against Skoloda for tak-
ing the tape, city property that allegedly must remain
in the clerk's control.
Grassy Point purchase finalized: A contract to
purchase Grassy Point, 37 acres of undeveloped
bayfront land in Holmes Beach, was finalized. State
funds to the tune of more than $700,000 were allo-
cated to purchase the property, which will become a
Bradenton Beach election: Seven candidates
qualified to run for four seats on the Bradenton Beach
City Commission. Mayor Gail Cole was challenged for
his post by Vice Mayor John Chappie, Commissioner
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Year in review
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
Bill Arnold will face off against resident Harry Brown,
former Mayor Connie Drescher will run against resi-
dent Ross Benjamin, and Mollie Sandberg was unop-
posed in her bid for her ward's commission seat. The
election is Nov. 6.
... and none in Holmes Beach: Incumbent Com-
missioners Rich Bohnenberger, Pat Geyer and Don
Maloney were unopposed in their bids for re-election.
However, no candidates qualified to serve on the city's
charter review committee, forcing the commission to
appoint members to review the guiding document of
Turtle statistics: Sea turtle nesting season was
down for 2001 compared to 2000, with 168 nests and
172 false crawls. For 2000, there were 207 nests and
164 false crawls.
Illegal fines: Anna Maria city commissioners
learned that the parking fines they established earlier
in the year could not be enforced because the no-park-
ing zones were not established by ordinance.
Vacation OK'd: The Bradenton Beach City Com-
mission unanimously approved vacation of Bay Drive
South along Anna Maria Sound. Residents abutting the
platted-but-undeveloped street had requested taking
over the property earlier in the year, citing lack of city
maintenance of the property.
Delayed: The Island's beach renourishment
project may not start until April, according to Manatee
County officials. Bradenton Beach residents and busi-
ness owners were upset about the delay and urged city
commissioners to pressure the county to speed up the
... trolley, too: Trolley service on the Island prob-
ably won't start until late January or February, accord-
ing to county officials.
Wanna sell?: Bradenton Beach officials agreed to
apply for a state grant to purchase beachfront property
in the 1400 block of Gulf Drive across from the Ber-
muda Bay condominiums. The property was the focus
of a lawsuit by owners against the city in the wake of
Islanders remembered the Sept. 11 tragedy Oct. 11.
Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
the city's decision to deny development of the land, a
lawsuit in which a circuit court judge upheld the city's
decision. The grant was for naught, though, as property
owners declined to be "willing sellers."
Cortez fishermen's memorial installed: A monu-
ment to commercial fishermen was installed in Cortez.
New committee: A scaled-down Environmental
Enhancement and Education Committee was formed in
Anna Maria City.
Charter proposed: Manatee County Commission
Chairman Joe McClash proposed creation of a county
charter which would allow impact fees to be collected
within municipalities. The proposed charter would also
overlay comprehensive planning and land use
countywide. Island officials voiced concerns on the
matter, which would have to be approved by voters in
Manatee County to be implemented.
Cortez Bridge work: Florida Department of
Transportation officials said "regular maintenance" on
the Cortez Bridge would begin in April and last four
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 2, 2002 E PAGE 15
months. The $409,000 project will include painting and
Condo approval recommended: Bradenton
Beach Planning and Zoning Board members voted to
recommend to the city commission approval of an
eight-unit condominium project at the southwest cor-
ner of Gulf Drive and Bridge Street on the site of the
Beach Barn, a sundry store. The Sand Castle is being
developed by Jeff and Pam Wilson.
Gazebo grant: Holmes Beach city commissioners
agreed to apply for a $97,500 state grant to build an
open-air gazebo near city hall.
Flagpole flap: Manatee County Administrator
Ernie Padgett mediated a meeting between veterans
and environmentalists regarding placement of a flag-
pole atop the highest part of Leffis Key. Vets want the
flagpole for ceremonies; environmentalists say the
flagpole will frighten birds in the nature park. The up-
shot was a decision to place the flagpole at another site
nearby but away from wildlife. Veterans were upset;
Citizen named: Mike Miller was named Anna
Maria Citizen of the Year by city officials.
Ring those cell bells: Anna Maria residents
banded together to object to a proposed cellular com-
munication tower at Roser Memorial Community
Church. The group argued that towers emit radiation
that is harmful to people and wildlife and the Roser site
is not suitable for a tower.
Economic upswing: The weeks following the ter-
rorist attacks on America were dismal times economi-
cally for tourism-driven businesses on the Island, but
business picked up afterward and business owners were
"cautiously optimistic" the winter season would be a
financially successful one.
Spa planned: The former Eckerd building at 5610
Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach will be converted to a fit-
ness-spa facility, according to new owner John Belsito.
He owns Island Fitness Center.
Bradenton Beach election results: John Chappie,
Bill Arnold and Ross Benjamin took office in
Bradenton Beach following the Nov. 6 election.
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Chappie took the post of mayor with 224 votes versus
incumbent Mayor Gail Cole's 191. Incumbent Com-
missioner Arnold received 218 over challenger Harry
Brown's 165. Benjamin received 210 versus former
Mayor Connie Drescher's 184. Mollie Sandberg will
also take office as commissioner after having no chal-
lengers for the seat from her ward.
Just say no to cells: More than 80 people packed
Anna Maria City Hall to oppose a cell tower at Roser
Memorial Community Church. City commissioners
also faced a quandary: the ordinance regulating the
towers in the city was apparently in violation of federal
communication rules regulating the towers because the
ordinance is so restrictive that no towers can be built
anywhere in the city limits. In the end, commissioners
agreed to search for consultants or legal experts spe-
cializing in towers to rewrite the tower ordinance.
Tapegate: The state attorney's office received
from the sheriff's office the complaint against Vice
Mayor Tom Skoloda regarding the taking of a tape of
minutes of a city commission meeting and began inves-
tigating the matter.
Marina violations: The Holmes Beach Code En-
forcement Board levied fines against the Holmes Beach
Marina for violations of city codes.
Sand Castle OK'd: Bradenton Beach city com-
missioners unanimously approved the Sand Castle
condo project at 200 Gulf Drive S., an eight-unit
project that will replace the Beach Barn.
Drainage debate: Following up with an earlier
request by residents to address drainage problems in
the city, Anna Maria officials met with Southwest
Florida Water Management District officials regarding
flooding. Swiftmud produced a study of drainage woes
throughout the Island in 1995, with no follow-through
by the city. Cost to alleviate flooding in the city is now
estimated to cost $250,000. Grants will be sought to
address flooding, commissioners agreed.
"New" school approved: Manatee County School
Board members agreed to fund up to $5.17 million to
construct, renovate or combine the two options for
Anna Maria Elementary School. Architect Ernie
Dreher and a team of school and community represen-
tatives were selected to formulate a master plan, which
was to start immediately to determine what to do with
the school in Holmes Beach.
Tidemark dredging settled: Tidemark developer
Nick Easterling announced a settlement with the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection to
allow him to widen the channel leading to the Holmes
Beach resort-condo-restaurant project. The channel
will be dredged to a depth of four feet, widened by
about 40 feet by moving a seawall on the north side of
the project landward. A new 170-foot-long seawall will
also be built.
Waivers, please: Manatee County officials re-
quested waivers for noise, lighting and driving on the
beach from all three cities on the Island to allow the
beach renourishment project to-proceed. The new start
date is now either Jan. 30 or April 15, depending on
bids from dredging companies due to be opened in
Nice meeting: Big news in Anna Maria City the
city commission held a meeting and no one got into a
Another condo moves forward: Old Bridge Vil-
lage, 300 Bay Drive S., Bradenton Beach, received a
recommendation of approval from the city's planning
and zoning board. Owners Harry Brown and Susan
Kehne hope to build 11 condos and three offices on the
property. Current zoning would allow 14 homes on the
site. Resident response was mixed. A group of citizens
vowed to save Historic Old Town. City commission
action was scheduled for early January.
Manager?: The newly appointed Holmes Beach
Charter Review Committee debated changing the form
of government in the city from the current mayor-com-
mission form to a commission-manager format. The
change would provide more professional governance.
Any charter revisions would go to the citizens as a ref-
erendum, probably in November 2002.
Stay the same: A survey of Cortez residents indi-
cated the majority of the people want the village to stay
as it is presently, with continuation of "water-depen-
dent uses" along the shore. Marinas or boat-storage
facilities were not desirable, though.
Starting 10 years: The Islander began its 10th
year of publishing on Nov. 14.
Center expansion cost: Expansion of the Anna
Maria Island Community Center would cost about $2.1
million, the board of directors announced. Planned was
adding a second floor for more classrooms and storage,
expansion of the ground floor and relocation of the
playground. The project would be phased. Further
planning will take place in January, with no date for
construction set as yet.
Anchorage OK'd in concept: Manatee County
commissioners approved in concept a plan to enter into
an interlocal agreement with Bradenton Beach to regu-
A monument to commercial fishers was erected in
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late a boat anchorage area south of the city pier. City
property ends at the water's edge; an interlocal agree-
ment was needed for the city to enforce rules to be
drafted in a future anchorage management plan.
No county charter: City officials throughout
Manatee County decried proposals to ask voters to
approve a countywide charter. Constitutional officers
also voiced disapproval of the proposal. Officials
agreed to meet in late January to further discuss the
Back to normal: Anna Maria city commissioners
returned to their "normal" bout of tempers and contro-
versies, questioning the need for speed in adoption of
ordinances to allow the beach renourishment project to
proceed in the city. Bradenton Beach and Holmes
Beach city commissions approved the waivers without
Trolley delayed: The trolley bus #rrvice on the
Island probably won't start until Mairch, Manatee
County officials said.
Shooting: An early morning shooting outside
Hurricane Hanks restaurant in Holmes Beach left one
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man hospitalized and another in jail, charged with ag-
gravated assault and attempted murder. Scott Scranton,
33, of Holmes Beach, got into a fight with'Matthew
Denham and Matthew Scott, both 24 and from
Bradenton Beach, according to police. Scranton
scuffled with the other two and produced a gun and
fired two shots, one of which struck Denham in the
upper chest, police said. He was hospitalized for sev-
eral days, but was expected to fully recover.
No cell towers for now: Anna Maria city commis-
sioners placed a moratorium on communication towers
in the city through the end of August 2002 in order to
study the issue.
Light show on, parking off: A Bradenton
Beach police officer chased more than 100 people
off Coquina Beach in the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 18
during the Leonid.meteor shower. The park is closed
from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Residents' reaction was
mixed: some said the officer was just doing his job,
others said running people off was an overzealous
application of the law.
No beach renourishment: A group of citizens
petitioned Anna Maria city commissioners to drop out
of the beach renourishment project. They questioned
the quality of the sand, changes in tidal flow, parking,
the addition of lifeguard stands, noise and a host of
Belle Haven moved: The historic Belle Haven
Cottage was moved to its new home at Pine Avenue,
next to the Island historical museum.
Peacock Lane sewers may be coming: Peacock
Lane homeowners agreed to proceed with having their
homes included in the countywide sewer system. The
Homes Beach street was apparently overlooked when
the Island sewer service was initiated in the 1970s.
Beach renourishment a go: Beach renourishment
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Chicago was the low bidder for the project at $8.39
million. It is the same company that did the
renourishment on Island beaches in 1992-93.
Skoloda cleared: The state attorney's office con-
cluded that Anna Maria Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda did
not violate Florida's public records laws regarding the
taking of a tape from city hall in September.
Fined: Holmes Beach Marina owners received a
waiver of ongoing fines for not meeting Holmes Beach
codes, but were told they still owe $6,000 in back fines.
The city's code enforcement board found the marina in
violation of moving fences and storing boats in inap-
Paving starts: Almost $28,000 in street paving
work was done in Bradenton Beach, mostly in the
northern part of the city.
Beach OK in Anna Maria City: City commis-
sioners voted to approve the beach renourishment
project in the city.
Cortez Road widening delayed: In an effort to
avoid construction during the busy winter months,
Florida Department of Transportation officials an-
nounced the widening of Cortez Road through the vil-
lage of Cortez would be delayed until sometime in the
2002-03 fiscal year.
Change it: Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore
said she favored changing city government by the hir-
ing of a city manager although she preferred to re-
tain the power to hire and fire staff.
Trolley controversy: Some Anna Maria City resi-
dents and officials decided they didn't like the logo of
the Manatee Trolley, calling it "cartoonish." They also
didn't like the proposed 18 stops and, more
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significantly, the accompanying signage. The commis-
sion voted to limit the trolley stops in the city to 14 and
no signs. Manatee County Area Transit officials said
they would come up with another logo for the trolley.
No parking: Anna Maria City officials decided the
no-parking zones in the city have little rhyme or rea-
son and decided to create a master list of where park-
ing is or is not allowed to try to figure the whole mat-
Election: Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbau^i
decided not to seek a second term in office. Only two
residents, John Quam and Chuck Webb, qualified to
run for two vacated seats on the city commission, so
they won by default. Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda quali-
fied to run for the position of mayor, as did resident
SueLynn. The two will face off on the February ballot.
Commissioner Jay Hill did not seek re-election and
Skoloda vacated his seat to run for mayor.
Outta here: Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore announced she will not seek another term in
office when her current term ends next November.
Deja vu: As if a grand finale for the year, Anna
Maria resident Rick DeFrank lodged yet another
complaint with the city regarding an artists' yard
sale held at another resident's home just before
Christmas. DeFrank argued the "event" was a festi-
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Anna Maria Dolphins top sports story for 2001
By Kevin Cassidy
Special to The Islander
I have had the privilege of being in attendance to
many a youth sporting event over the past year and
have now been entrusted to put together a "year in re-
view" in an attempt to take another look at the top
sporting events for 2001. I can rattle off what I feel are
special moments both on and off the field that contrib-
uted to the sports year, but condensing each and every
one of them enough to ensure that no story goes un-
mentioned is a daunting task to say the least, so instead,
I will try and list what I believe are the top 10 sports
stories for Anna Maria Islanders.
The meteoric rise of the Anna Maria Island Dol-
phins football program tops the sports stories here for
2001. There were many other stories that warranted
consideration for top honors including the dedication
of Birdie Tebbetts Field, several individual perfor-
mances in Little League baseball and soccer, and some
Islanders excelling in high school sports, but the Dol-
phins topped them all.
The Dolphins were born from a simple announce-
ment of a meeting for all interested parties on March
7 and started gathering steam in late March when 29
prospective players showed up at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School for the team's first-ever practice.
On August 4, the Dolphins "got their fins wet"
when they hosted the Pride Park Packers for their first
actual taste of a tackle football game. The Packers gave
the Fins a lesson in football that day in handing the Is-
landers a 33-0 defeat, but the Dolphins learned their
lesson well to become one of the surprise teams in the
P.A.L. Football League.
Coach Tom Moore, his coaching staff, and most
importantly his players worked their "fins" off to go
from a team that opposing teams had circled on their
Sam Lott, right, led the Dolphin football team to an
impressive first-season effort.
schedules as a sure win to the team nobody wanted
to play because they knew they were in for a dog-
The Dolphins earned their first victory of the year
on Aug. 25 when they ran roughshod over the Steelers
by a 39-0 score behind MVP tailback / safety Sam Lott.
Lott scored two touchdowns and rushed for 105 yards
and caught two passes for 69 yards.
The Dolphins finished the year with victories over
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Jets, Steelers and Packers to conclude their innaugeral
season with an impressive 5-4 record and a berth in the
playoffs. The Fins lost to the Jaguars for the third time
in that game, but it did little to dampen the enthusiasm
of the players, coaches and fans.
The excitement and enthusiasm generated by the
Dolphin football team had not been seen on the Island
since the inaugural season of the Island Football Club
adult soccer team. The Island was well represented at
every game as many Islanders made the trek across the
bridge to watch their team. Congratulations to every-
one who was involved with the program.
2. Comeback keys championship
In Island Little League, West Manatee Fire District
was trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning when
Zach Geerearts reached base on an infield single to start
an incredible rally against Haley's Motel. Geerearts
raced around to score on a single to center by Greg
Lowman. A walk to Chris Klotz was followed by a
two-run double to right field to cut the Haley's lead to
5-4. Patrick Cole followed by reaching on an error to
send Price to third, bringing Ben Valdivisio to the plate.
Valdivisio responded with a shot down the right-field
line to tie the score at 5-5.
Haley's pitcher Steve Faasse escaped further dam-
age by striking out the last batter, but with six innings
pitched, Haley's would have to replace their season-
long ace pitcher.
WMFD was in a similar situation with their ace
pitcher Lowman, but WMFD had pitching depth and
sent Patrick Cole, who boasted a 5-1 record, to the
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mound to start the seventh inning.
Cole gave up a single to Faasse before getting Matt
Bobo to fly out to short. A walk by Shane Pelkey and
some alert base running put Faasse on third and Pelkey
on second with only one out, but Cole responded by
striking out the last two batters to escape the jam.
WMFD's Nick Sato and Geerearts opened the bot-
tom of the inning with singles before Lowman moved
the runners to second and third with a sacrifice fly to
right. Klotz came up and hit a lazy fly ball over
Faasse's head at first. Faasse made the catch, but an
alert Sato noticed that Faasse wasn't in position to
make a strong throw so he tagged up and raced home
with the winning run and the championship.
3. Air & Energy outslugs Waterfront
in AAA tilt
Air & Energy outlasted Waterfront Restaurant 13-
12 in what arguably was the best Anna Maria Little
League game of the season.
The two teams battled back and forth through five
innings before Waterfront looked like they had taken
control of the game with a 7-4 lead.
A&E fought back in the bottom of the inning to
pull to within 7-6 when Justin Dearlove and Cody
Wash led off with singles before easily scoring on John
Gregory's two-run triple.
The top of the sixth inning saw Waterfront ex-
tended their lead to what looked like a comfortable
margin on a walk to Miles Hostetler, which was fol-
lowed by an RBI double by Ryan Guerin. Chris Mar-
tin then plated Guerin on an RBI ground out for a 9-6
A&E roared back in the bottom of the sixth with
three runs when Dearlove got plunked and Wash
singled. Gregory followed with a two-run double to
pull to within one run. Jake Corby knocked in the ty-
ing run with a grounder to the right side that scored an
alert Gregory to tie the score at 9-9.
With two outs, Severin Walstad ripped what
looked like a potential game-winning home run, but
center fielder Lafuren Barth backpedaled and stuck her
glove up at the last second to snare Walstad's shot.
Waterfront tacked on three more runs to take a 12-
9 lead when Culhane homered to right center. Hostetler
doubled and Guerin singled to contribute to the rally.
A&E refused to fold, however, getting a leadoff single
from Broderick West and a walk by Kenny Burns.
Hostetler saved one run when he stabbed a line drive off
the bat of Alisha Ware, but an error and a fielder's choice
scored, bringing home two runs for A&E.
Dearlove reached on a fielder's choice and stole sec-
ond before Wash came to the plate with the game more
than two hours old. On a 3-0 pitch, Wash rifled a shot to
deep right center to easily score Dearlove for the tying run.
Wash kept running and hustled all the way into home with
the winning run to set off a wild celebration as the A&E
players mobbed him at the plate.
4. Marco Polo wins with four players
The Marco Polo Rockets emphatically demon-
strated why hustle wins basketball games in a game
played Jan. 12.
Playing with just four players, the Rockets went
after every ball and played tenacious defense to beat the
Annr Marialsland Spirit 9-5 in a Division II- game for
players age 8-9.
Dylan Mullen led the way for the Rockets with
seven points including a three-point shot from the cor-
ner. Terra Cole and Forrest Schield were tough on de-
fense and Cole contributed two assists for the Rockets.
5. AMICC crowns four division champs
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
crowned four champions in their youth basketball
league Feb. 3 at the Center.
Island Real Estate took top honors in the Premier
Division as Diego Felipe sank both ends of a one-on-
one foul situation to clinch a 55-52 see-saw victory
over Sign of the Mermaid.
Josh Sato led IRE with 20 points, while Felipe and
Bobby Cooper added 15 points apiece.
Jeff Wehling scored 22 points to lead Econo Lodge
past A-Paradise by a 46-39 score. Courtney Taylor
added 14 points for the Realtors, who also got six
points from Brett Milks and four points from Phelps
Islander Stephen Thomas, U-10 Manatee Magic
Soccer most-valuable player
Manatee Magic U.10 Champs
MVP Stephen Thomas,Andrew Morrish, Colton
Morrish, Colby Lengel, Charlie Dye, James Allen,
Cameron Allen, Kevin Harvey, Kyle Thomas, Chase
Carter and Kyle Bellingar.
Division II saw Bryant's Recycled Treasures beat
up on Publix 41-25 behind a monster game from cen-
ter Steve Faasse. Faasse scored 18 points and grabbed
an incredible 21 rebounds to lead the Spurs, who also
got 19 points from Chad Richardson, while Shane
Pelkey and Brad Bryant scored two points apiece.
Dylan Mullen scored 11 points and Justin Dearlove
added eight points to lead Marco Polo past LPAC by
a 25-4 score to claim the Division III championship.
The win capped a 13-1 season for Marco Polo.
6. Spirit, Bones, and LaPensee
top soccer season
The Anna Maria Island Spirit, boasting an 8-0-2
record, took top honors in Division III soccer as the
only undefeated team among the three soccer leagues.
Mr. Bones claimed the top spot in Division II with
an 8-3-1 record, while LaPensee Plumbing ruled Divi-
sion I with a 7-1-2 record.
The Spirit erased any doubt as to which team
would win Division III thanks to a 7-5 victory over Air
America. Stephen Thomas led the way with seven
goals to out duel Air America's Alex Wright, who tal-
lied five goals.
Division II action saw Air & Energy temporarily
halt Mr. Bones' championship plans with a 7-6 victory
over the eventual Division II champs behind four goals
and two assists from Spencer Carper and three goals
from Andrew Fortenbury. Alex Phillips paced the
Bones scoring efforts with five goals and one assist,
while Brad Bryant added one goal and one assist.
7. Lowman breaks out big
Big things were expected from Greg Lowman the
minute he was drafted on the first pick by WMFD some
four years ago and he hasn't disappointed, but the game
Lowman had against Kiwanis on March 1 was without
a doubt, the most impressive offensive display in a
Little League baseball game the Island has seen in a
Lowman personally beat up on Kiwanis with three
home runs, a double, a single, nine RBI, and five runs
scored. Lowman singled and had two home runs, in-
cluding a grand slam in the third inning.
The game was called after four innings because of the
10-run mercy rule, depriving Lowman of at least two more
at bats. Oh yeah. Lowman was also the winning pitcher
with four strikeouts in three innings of work.
8. Islanders making high school mark
There isn't one story to capture the contributions
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 2, 2002 0 PAGE 21
that Islanders are making at their respective high
schools, but the fact remains that several Island youths
are making the Island proud in high school athletics.
Islander Gerald Ciarleglio was a scoring machine
for his Cardinal Mooney basketball squad in January
2001, averaging 20 points, eight rebounds, and six as-
sists per game.
The Manatee Hurricanes football team boasted the
services of Josh Sato, a reserve offensive lineman, and
Mark Rudacille, who plays linebacker and is on the
kickoff team. Rudacille was also a starter on the JV
baseball team coached by Islander Joe Roberts. Other
Island members of that team include Brandon Roberts,
Mario Torres and Chris Nelson.
The JV basketball team at MHS has Islander
Courtney Taylor running the point and leading the team
in scoring ,while the track team boasts the services of
middle-distance runner Ryan Quigley.
The MHS girls' soccer team has three Islanders in
the starting line up. Freshmen Skyler Purcell and
Naomi Osborne see plenty of field time with senior
defender Sarah Thomas.
Thomas was named most athletic girl at Manatee
this year and was also nominated as "most laid back,"
a fitting title for an Islander!
Bayshore High's soccer team had Islander Kelsey
Bachman between the pipes as they earned a 1-1 tie
against area power Manatee High.
Jim Sebastiano is a major contributor to the
Bradenton Christian basketball and soccer teams, while
Peter Dowling was an effective pitcher for the varsity
Bobby Gibbons was a regular contributor for the
St. Stephens JV baseball team, which was coached by
Bob Gibbons Sr., while the St. Stephens JV soccer
team got big contributions from players Brian
DeBellevue and Chris Klotz.
I may have missed a few Islanders, but it's great to see
our Island youth taking their talents to a bigger stage.
9. Island basketball players
win hoop-shoot trophies
Dylan Mullen took home first-place honors in the
boys 10-11 Elks National Free Throw "Hoop Shoot"
city qualifying event on Dec. 8 to advance to the re-
gional "Hoop Shoot" scheduled for January at Mana-
tee Community College.
Other Island youths winning trophies include
Broderick West, who took home a third place trophy in
the boys 10-11 shoot, and Celia Ware, who had a sec-
ond-place finish in the girls 10-11 age group.
10. Local youths top
DeSoto Fishing Tournament
Three young anglers took first place in the inshore
junior division of the Fifth Annual DeSoto Fishing
Tournament held over the July 21-22 weekend.
Captain Zane Zavaldi, 14, and Trevor Flathman,
14, both of Flamingo Cay, and Max Gazzo, 14, of Anna
Maria, took top honors with five redfish and one trout
while fishing off the boat "Captain Fantastic II."
Anna Maria Island Community
Center basketball schedule
Premiere League, age 14-16
Date Time Teams
Jan. 9 8 p.m. Island Real Estate vs.
Division I, age 12-13
Date Time Teams
Jan. 8 7 p.m. Island Discount Tackle vs.
Jessie's Island Store
8 p.m. Galati Marine vs. Bryant's
Jan. 9 7 p.m. Jessie's vs. Air & Energy
Division II, age 10-11
Date Time Teams
Jan. 9 6 p.m. Marco Polo vs.
A.M. Island Spirits
Division III, age 8-9
Date Time Teams
Jan. 8 6 p.m. Island Survey & Mapping vs.
Duncan Real Estate
Instructional League, age 5-7
Clinics and practice for January; games start Jan.
PAGE 22 M JAN. 2, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER
No-fish zones mean more fish in nearby waters
Here's a no-brainer: If you restrict fishing in an
area of water and wait a few years, fishing will get
better when the area is opened again.
The idea of marine reserves, or no-fish zones, has
been going on in the South Pacific for centuries. Ap-
parently they do sort of a rolling taboo zone, where one
part of the ocean is restricted for several years, then
opened for harvest for a few years, then closed. It's like
farmers letting fields lay fallow for a year or so.
Scientists have studied the fishery in the nation's
oldest marine reserve, the Merritt Island National Wild-
life Refuge at Cape Canaveral. About 40 square kilo-
meters of the waters off the Cape were closed to fish-
ing in 1962 for space launch security. Another 60
square kilometers nearby were closed to motorized
vessels but not fishing in 1990.
Scientists studied the area last year. The results?
"It blew me away," said Jim Bohnsack of Miami's
National Marine Fisheries Service, one of the research-
ers attached to the study. "We saw an alligator and
around him was a school of mullet, three snook, three
red drum and some spadefish. The whole food web was
there. I could have thrown a castnet over it."
Here are the results by the numbers.
The Cape area encompasses 13 percent of
Florida's coastline and resulted in more than half of the
world records for sea trout, redfish and black drum.
Snook are found in the area now, although they
had not been spotted in the area before it was made a
Florida accounts for 39 of the 90 world records
for black drum, and 24 of them came from the area of
the Cape where fishing is permitted.
For redfish, 37 of 143 world records were set in
Florida, and 36 of them were set in the study area.
For sea trout, 64 of 80 world records were set in
Florida, 32 of them from the Cape.
"The point, obviously, is that having an area with
French gets award
for fighting red tide
Lynn French of Anna Maria has been recog-
nized by Solutions To Avoid Red Tide for her
"outstanding contribution to the fight against red
tide," according to START president Jeremy
French is an environmental plant leader for
Florida Power & Light Co., and was an original
member of START.
The Longboat Key-based group also thanked
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore and
former Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole for
leading those city's efforts to aid the group.
START funds research to keep red tide blooms
and the resulting dead fish away from shore.
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no fishing, we have an area with more world records
than if the area opened," Bohnsack said. "It actually
There was some discussion among scientists locally,
back five or so years ago, to create a marine reserve in the
waters around Sisters Keys. I guess pressure from fishing
interests killed the deal, but perhaps in light of the Cape
Canaveral studies it could be revisited. Hey, do a census
of fish in the area now, shut it down for three years or so,
and do another count to see what's happened.
And before you start picketing the office or asking for
my head on a gaff for suggesting the idea, remember all
those world-record fish that are still being caught in the
areas near the no-fish zone on the East Coast.
Here's another idea to ponder: artificial reefs either
allow fish to congregate in one area (and be caught) or
cause more fish to be able to survive by providing habi-
tat. What if we were to create some artificial reefs in
the proposed marine preserve? Seems to me we'd end
up with a real kick-start for fishing in the area.
What a deal!
Here's a pretty good deal for plant-lovers: Selby
Gardens annual sale of plants for the Holiday Brome-
liad Tree will start at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3.
There are something like 1,000 of the colorful
airplants that will be sold. This is the 10th year of the
post-holiday sale, where they get rid of the plants that
comprise a 20-foot-tall holiday tree.
And get this: the plants are going for $3 each. I
understand that the sale bromeliads, Neoregelia Ultima
and other variegated hybrids, are pretty common, but
usually go for $6 or more. Hey, at the least it's a half-
The sale is popular enough that Selby officials urge
visitors to come early and folks are "encouraged to
bring wagons or baskets to carry plants."
Selby is located at the corner of South Palm Av-
enue and Mound Street (U.S. 41) in downtown
Sarasota, just south of the waterfront.
Make a date with
'Deep Water' author Date
Shirish Date will be on the Island Jan. 8 at 3 p.m.
to talk about writing and his new book, "Deep Water."
You may even be able to watch him and me get into a
squabble, because his previous book, "Smokeout," told
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of your catch are always
welcome at The Islander.
Photos are returned.
Label with names, catch,
etc. Phone contact.
nearly all the good stories I'd been saving up after a
stint working for the Florida Legislature in Tallahassee.
So much for my big break as a novelist, Date!
"Deep Water" is a twisted tale of Serenity, a de-
signed community that is part of a Central Florida
theme park called Whipple World. Serenity is the per-
fect community except for the graffiti spawned by resi-
dent terrorists, and Whipple World is the perfect theme
park except for the dying animals.
The story revolves around investigative journalist
Ernest G. Warner, who writes for something called the
Orlando Advocate. Newspaper management loves Se-
renity and Whipple World; Warner does not. He also
doesn't think much of his newspaper:
"... He sat at his computer terminal, idly let his fin-
gers roll across the keys: the quick brown fox kills the
venal editor ... the quick brown fox maims the cow-
ardly reporter ... the quick brown fox procures a quan-
tity of plastic explosives and one night razes the venal,
cowardly newspaper ..."
Date is the Tallahassee bureau chief for The Palm
Beach Post. He will address the Friends of the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. It's
first-come, first-seated, public-invited, and a musical pro-
gram is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m., so you may want
to get there early. If you miss him there, he'll be signing
copies of his novels at Circle Books, 478 John Ringling
Blvd., St. Armands Circle, that evening at 7.
Here's a suggestion to my stone crab fishing
friends in Cortez: eco-tourism during the crab harvest
for extra bucks and maybe some help that pays you
for the privilege of working at your side.
Keys Fisheries in Marathon, in the Florida Keys, is
taking reservations for tourists to go on crab boats to watch
how the harvest goes. During a three-hour "tour," the eco-
tourists get to watch real commercial fishers catch real
crabs from real traps. And for a mere $425 bucks, the
passengers get to take up to six pounds of claws home with
them when they get back to the dock.
Remember the old story about Tom Sawyer painting
the fence and having neighbor kids ask to be allowed to
help? Somehow I would guess that pretty soon the tour-
ists would not only lay out the big bucks to go crabbing,
but some would chip in and help with the harvest.
Winners in the Dec. 29 horseshoe games
were John Bennett of Anna Maria and Neil
Sweerus of Bradenton. Runners-up were Herb
Puryear of Anna Maria and Art Kingstad of
Winners in the Dec. 26 games were Jim
Spencer of Holmes Beach and Bill Starrett of
Anna Maria. Runners-up were Jack Cooper of
Holmes Beach and Ron Pepka of Bradenton.
The weekly contests get under way every
Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria
City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no
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THE ISLANDER U JAN. 2, 2002 U PAGE 23
Sheepshead season turns from cold to red hot
By Capt. Mike Heistand
The cold front and accompanying cold Gulf water
may have chilled fishers, but sheepshead fishing has
turned red-hot. The tasty striped fish are being caught
up to 6 pounds in size near almost any artificial struc-
ture in the bays or by the fishing piers.
Offshore fishing has been slowed due to the high
wind and heavy seas, but those charter captains who
ventured out reported continued excellent catches of
grouper and snapper.
Pass angling for pompano and bluefish remains
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said his best bet was
sheepshead. He's also putting charters onto big catch-
and-release trout on the seagrass flats, plus some
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said sheep-
shead fishing is hot right now with the cold weather. On
the beaches, look for bluefish, pompano and whiting. Reds
and big catch-and-release trout are throughout the seagrass
flats. Offshore fishing was slow due to the rough weather
and high winds, but there were still a few reports of ex-
cellent catches of grouper.
Capt. Curt Mortison and Capt. Ryan Hackney on
the Neva-Miss said their eight-hour trips offshore were
producing amberjack, red and black grouper to 32 inches
and a few kingfish to 20 pounds. They also said they were
running into some patches of red tide out in the Gulf.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business said the cold
snap really hit the sheepshead fishing in a great way,
and the striped fish are almost jumping into the boat.
He's also catching a few redfish.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
fishers report black drum in the cut, lots of reds in Terra
Ceia Bay and sheepshead and mangrove snapper near
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach said he's getting reds from around the
docks in the bays,.some pompano in the passes and
sheepshead around just about any kind of underwater
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Dr. David Nonell caught this 24-inch redfish while fishing with Capt. Thom Smith of Angler's Repair.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
redfish are lurking in the potholes in the seagrass flats
in the bays, and there are still hungry catch-and-release
snook on the flats. There are also some big sheepshead
hanging around the Anna Maria Bridge.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said action there
has really picked up, with sheepshead, redfish and
drum. Some of the reds caught were too big to keep, he
said with a sigh.
Fishers at the Anna Maria City Pier report sheep-
shead to 6 pounds, flounder and whiting were caught.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Clarke, Susan Adrian,
Barbara May and
Jarda Urbanek are the
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Captain Mike Heistand U.S.C.G. Lic.
Road said he's reeling in catch-and-release trout, lots
of small redfish and a few snook.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Holmes Beach is back in action after his accident, put-
ting charters onto good catches of red grouper to 15
pounds, lane and mangrove snapper to 4 pounds, plus
a few triggerfish.
On my boat Magic, we have been catching redfish
to 27 inches, sheepshead to 4 pounds and some 25-inch
Good luck and good fishing.
Call Capt. Mike Heistand at 779-9607 to provide
a fishing report. Pictures of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Please include identifi-
cation for persons in the picture along with informa-
tion on the catch and a name and phone number for
more information. Pictures may be retrieved once they
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Local mullet haul unexpectedly good this season
By Jim Hanson
The winter's mullet harvest here is surprisingly
good, probably through a balance of natural phenom-
The fish that literally built Cortez and some of
Anna Maria Island has been netted by the thousands in
the last month, with the harvest and the price holding
fairly steady, said Karen Bell.
She is the operating executive of A.P. Bell Fish
Co., the only remaining fish house in Cortez that still
works at full throttle. It processes most of the mullet
caught in these waters.
The world's experts on mullet, the fishermen who
catch the unusual fish, expected a small harvest this
year. As they noted to Bell, "we had a terrible red tide,"
an algae bloom that kills fish in the millions.
But balancing that, apparently, was the mild De-
cember weather that let fish remain within reach closer
inshore before going out into the Gulf to spawn.
Nick Ibasfalean, one of a family that has fished
these waters for generations, said the season has been
good from his standpoint but the prices could have
been better. Bell said the price at the fish house has
been about $1 a pound.
Where mullet used to be hauled aboard good-sized
boats in large nets, now fishermen are limited to small
nets that are cast by hand from their boats. The big nets
were banned in 1995 by statewide referendum.
Castnetting is "tough work," Ibasfalean said, "but
it pays off." Two men on a boat such as his 24-footer
could net 3,000 pounds of mullet in one day, "but that
would be a really good day." There are still a few days
of the mullet swarm that began in early December, but
it's tapering off.
At the fish house, workers cut the eggs out and
package them for the Orient and Europe, although
"some true southerners still eat the eggs," said Bell.
Most of the fish themselves are "butterflied" for smok-
ing, and those not good enough for human food are cut
up for bait for crabs and other seafood.
Yolanda Parker, widow of a longtime Cortez fish-
erman and mother of Ibasfalean's wife Debbie, ex-
pressed profound sympathy for the tough young men
who cast their nets for mullet.
"I talked with some of them here from the East Coast
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Boating course starts Tuesday
A seven-session program in boating skills and
seamanship will start Tuesday, Jan. 8, sponsored
by Flotilla 81 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
The program will be on seven consecutive
Tuesday and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the
Manatee Technical Institute, 5603 34th St. W.,
Bradenton. It will result in certification that a par-
ticipant has fulfilled state requirements to operate
Cost is $25 per participant, including materi-
als. Those interested may register and obtain fur-
ther information at 778-2495 or 795-6189.
Mullet harvest good
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
and Carolina," she said, "and they were too hard-put mak-
ing a living for their families to get home for the holidays.
One said he was three months behind in his mortgage but
he made a good catch on Christmas day.
"Like all of them he was wet and cold and hungry,
but he was cheerful, glad to be making a fair year."
Many of the boatmen fish their way south, follow-
ing the mullet, said Bell. Some 30 to 50 bring their
catches into A.P. Bell most days, with maybe 15 local
men among them. They fish seven days a week "if the
weather lets them," she said.
"I know it's a good year when I don't get home
before midnight for days on end."
27 Years of Professional Service
OUR LISTINGS DON'T EXPIRE, WE SELL THEM!
ANNA MARIA Exclusive turnkey furnished 3BR/2BA, covered deck,
enclosed lower level, two-car garage plus room for boat.$395,000.
PERICO SHORES LAKEFRONT 3BR/2BA quality home. Pristine
island. Enjoy nature and privacy plus tasteful decorating. $349,000.
HAWTHORNE PARK 3BR/2BA, furnished. Like new. $335,000.
STYLING SALON 8 station, established over 35 years. $39,000.
WALGREENS Triple Net. Good CAP. $2,650,000.
SUPERMARKET Plus rental income and inventory. $3,150,000.
VACANT CONVENIENCE STORE SITE Sarasota. $419,000.
ANNUAL IMPERIAL HOUSE 2BR, Gulf to bay
5400 GULF DRIVE IBR, Gulfviews (3 month min.)
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2BR duplex (Jan., Feb., March)
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2306 Canasta Drive ............................ S 1.095.000
201 North Harbor Drive ........................... $899,000
615 Ivanhoe Lane .................................. S729.000
407 N. 20th Place.................................... S639.000
619 Ivanhoe Lane .................................. S629,000
722 Key Royale Drive .............................. 569.000
608 Emerald Lane......................... NEW S525,000
ISLAND HOMES. CONDOS & LOTS
509 S. Bay Bld ............................ NEW $679,000
Bradenton Beach Club ....................from $500.000
210 671h St........................ REDUCED! $399.000
Beachwalk Townhomes New Project ... from S434,900
4 11 Spring Ave..................................... $380,000
409 Bay Palms Drive .................... NEW S369.500
2903 Gulf Drive.................................... $369,000
4002 6th Ave. ........................................$389.000
5619 Gulf Drike.................................... S349,000
501 70th Street......................... ........ S325,000
710 North Shore lot................................$299,000
2904 Gulf Drive lot.............................. $199,900
104 7th St. Soutlh................................... S349.000
204 65th St....................... ............. $299.000
106 7th St. ............................................. S795.000
2418 90th St. NW ................................3,495,000
Mote director will report on research Monday night
Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, executive director of Mote
Marine Laboratory, will give an overview of Mote's
progress and prospects in research Monday, Jan. 7.
He will launch the 22nd season of the Monday
Night at Mote lecture series. Aquarium doors will open
at 6 p.m., an hour before Mahadevan's presentation in
Martin-Selby Science Education Center.
The lecture is free to Mote members and one guest
each, $5 for non-member adults and children 4 to 18.
The Mote complex is on City Island, off the south ramp
of the New Pass Bridge leading from Longboat Key.
LOT! Lowest priced lot west of Gulf Drive,
available at $165,000. Can build up to 2,500
sq.ft. (AC'd living space) home. BONUS pos-
sible Gulf views from top floor! Lot has fruit and
palm trees and is close school. Survey and info
on site at 4806 Gulf Drive.
GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA condo has beautiful
Gulf and beach views, granite countertops,
new tile/carpet, pool, tennis. Totally renovated
unit is available for $405,000. 5300 Gulf Drive,
Martinique North Unit 102.
BAYVIEW 2BR/2BA, ground floor condo is be-
ing completely remodeled, just steps to pool
and tennis. Granite counters, new tile and car-
pet throughout, 200 sq.ft. bonus outdoor living
area with fountain, plus screened lanai. 701
Manatee Ave., Westbay Cove South, Unit 703.
778-4523 Or 8CC-977-C8C3
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
(941) 778-2291 PO Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
WATERFRONT DOLL HOUSE
ANNA MARIA VILLAGE
This charming, completely renovated 2BR/2BA home
offers sparkling views of Lake La Vista from all major
living areas! Amenities include gorgeous ceramic-tiled
floors, frosted maple cabinets, Corian-style countertops
and vanities, ceiling fans, new windows and appliances,
easy care vinyl siding, and oyster shell landscaping. Other
features include an expansive breakfast bar, 30-foot
screened lanai overlooking the beautiful bayou and
birdlife, double-car garage, brushed-nickel faucets,
outside shower, and more! Dock permit has been
approved by DEP! Zoned residential or retail. $410,000.
Visit our Web site at www.betsyhills.com
Other speakers on this month's schedule:
Jan. 14, Dr. Gary Kirkpatrick, Mote senior scien-
tist, "Microscopes to Satellites: The Hunt for Red
Jan. 21, Randy Puckett, wildlife sculptor, "The
Whales of Randy Puckett."
Jan. 28, Dick Russell, author and environmental
journalist, "Eye of the Whale Epic Passage from Baja
More details may be obtained from Mote at 388-
4441 or www.mote.org.
Jody Denham of Sarasota accepts a
check for $300 he won in Mote
Marine Laboratory's shark tagging
program. He caught a tagged
blacktip shark last spring in Char-
lotte Harbor and his name was
drawn from among 50 who had
caught sharks tagged for the Mote
study. Handing over the check is
John Tyminski of Mote.
Resort-Style uving at
TOWN & COUNTRY
Spacious 1 & 2 BR Apartnenis
Attractive Island Location
Podol & Spa
Lake or Nature Views
Free Boat Parking*
Small Pets Welcome
A P A R T 1N T -S
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HOURS: Mon-ri9-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5
Dbeckons From U.S. 41, travel west on Manatee
Avenue (SR 64) and across Palma Solo Causeway
to Peco Island. Town & Country Perico
wi be on the left.
Limited time offer certain restrictions apply.
'Size restrictions apply.
AT HOLMES BEACH
LUXURY CONDO TOWNHOUSES
MODEL NOW OPEN
3800 6th Avenue, Holmes Beach
1,700 sq.ft. Living Area
Large Private Garage
Steps to Beach/Shopping
Starting at $375,000
Developer Pays Closing Costs
The Village at Holmes Beach Development, LLC
Call: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464
VISIT US AT
Planning & Design General Contractor
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CENTER INDOOR SOCCER WINNERS
Firebolts U-8 Boys Champs
MVP Andrew Chlebina, Chris Falls, Chase Sandberg,
Cord Sandberg, Quinn MacArthur, Dillan Lofthouse,
Jonathan Schnering and Morgan Demo.
Manatee Magic U-12 Girls Champs
MVP Ezgi Hikmet, Katie Rubino, Tara Stutts,
Lindsay Thompson, Ryane Laber, Ali Thomas, Sara
Seiden and Lindsey Pinkerton.
Manatee Magic U-12 Boys Champs
MVP Pablo Varon, Tom Sicking, Alex Torres, Max
Gabreski, Zach Geeraerts, Jay Jaudon, Keith
Jaudon, Al Barrett, Will Kretzmann, Chris Burnett,
Ryan Arndt, Kyle Scott, Marc Hartman and Justin
U-13 Magic U-14 Girls Champs
MVP Lauren Grabreski, Hannah Brickse, Cindy
Garcia, Kristin DeSaulniers, De Shapiro, Lindsay
Ingram, Leigh Ellinger, Rachel Ramirez and Colleen
Rage U-14 Boys Champs
MVP P.J. Moreau, Jonathan Turpin, Adam
Buchanan, Robert Mendoza, Andrew Bobrek, Robert
Benac, Neven Subotic, Cheyne Gevero, Francisco
Oosha, Ryan Zinn, Jonathan Kurutz and Jared
Strokers U-18 Girls Champs
MVP Liza Preseault, John Maser, Mike Burnett,
Brendan Limbaue, Joe Presault, Dustin McKinzie
and Matt Clark.
Wishing you a Happy New Year for 2002!
REAL ESTATE COMPANY
3224 East Bay Dr. Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
Sales: 941-778-0700 Rentals: 778-6665
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LOVELY BEACHFRONT CONDO wonder-
fully decorated, 2BR/2BA, with den. Large lanai,
perfect for sunsets. Monthly and weekly rates.
ENJOY FISHING off the historic pier and
shopping. Excellent location, 2BR/1BA condo.
Seasonal rental. Monthly only. Won't last long!
Robert St. Jean
PINE MEADOW CHARMER.
Stained glass foyer, vaulted/beamned ceil-
ings and wood-burning fireplace, 3BR/
2BA lakefront home. $229,900. Becky
Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-0700.
KEY ROYALE Elegant, easy living.
Key West-Style home, private deep-
water dock. Water vicws to main-
land. $725,000. Valerie Hietala,
RETAIL SHOPPING CENTER.
40,000 sq.ft. $3,000,000. Call Mary
Bowlby or Jim Foster, 778-0700.
CASCO DORADO CONDO- Lov-
ingly maintained 2BR/2BA condo, over
55 community with clubhouse, heated
pool, carport and community boat dock-
age. $101,000. Becky Smith or lfi
SHOREWALK CONDO Beauti-
ful 2BR/2BA, community pool, ten-
nis, clubhouse. Next to shopping and
fine restaurants. Only a few minutes
from the beach. $85,900. Robert St.
LAUREL OAK PARK Spacious
4BR/3BA, three-car garage. Execu-
tive home, numerous upgrades, cus-
tom features. $369,900. Call Becky
Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-0700.
For all your vacation rentals call
Tracy Bernard or Cristin Curl, Property Managers.
941 778-6665 or 800 749-6665
Elfi Starrett Dan Reedy
Becky Smith Mary Bowlby
Valerie Hietala Teresia Bradford www.WedebrockRealEstate.com
CHOICE GULF PROPERTY!
Ideal partnership purchase for these two 100 by
100 parcels which includes Gulffront cottage and
duplex, 100 ft. to beach! Great spot for dream
home with removal of cottage and grab a partner
to purchase duplex or resell duplex to lessen cost
of your Gulffront new home! Call for details as a
property with lots of potential! Additional depth too
on north side of Gulf lot ideal setting for a pool. A
rare find! $1,750,000.
MARIE LIC REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN REA LTY BROKER
"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
(941) 778-2259 Fax: (941) 778-2250
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LA ND9 CLA SS FIED
NEW YEAR'S SALE: Storewide clearance;10 to 70
percent off! Sterling jewelry 50 percent off and $2
item close-out table. Gifts, jewelry, antiques. Free
gift with a smile. Niki's Island Treasures, 5351 Gulf
Drive,. Holmes Beach. (Next to Time Saver.)
U.S. MINT SEALED BAGS of 100 Anthony dollars.
1979 and 1980 Philadelphia, Denver, San Fran-
cisco. $125 per bag. 792-4274.
THE NUTS ARE GONE! Thanks to a great crop and
a great effort by the Island Players, the pecans are
sold out! The fundraiser was a success and we
thank you all. Off Stage Ladies, SunCoast Real
Estate and The Islander.
JANUARY WHITE SALE. 50 percent off vintage
clothes and linens. "Housewarmings by Horigan's"
at "Under the Sun" on Holmes Boulevard.
MOVING SALE Saturday, Jan. 5, 9am-1pm. Com-
plete twin-bedroom suite. Full-size bed, bureau, rat-
tan queen-size pull-out couch, end tables, lamps,
two wooden chairs with new cushions, two dining
room sets, assorted miscellaneous. Glassware,
dishes and more. 408 80th St., Holmes Beach.
FRESH MULLET SALE
4oore than a mullet Wrapper,
Mullet T-shirts M,L,XL $10 XXL $12
Mail order add $3 for postage and handling.
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday 9:30am-2pm. Saturday 9am-noon. Dona-
tions Wednesday 9-11am. Sales racks. 511 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.
LOST: Diamond engagement ring Dec. 22 near Tif-
fany Place condos Holmes Beach. Family heirloom,
generous reward! 779-1380 or cell, (847) 909-5115.
FOUND: Woman's two-tone watch in North Anna
Maria. To claim call Holmes Beach Barber Shop,
CRITTER SITTER Six years in pet care, 21 years
as an Island resident. Tender, loving care for your
pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.
MISSING CAT: Black/brown tabby, 20 pounds.
Missing from 7,500 block of Gulf Drive. Cat's name
is Kayla, missing since Dec. 11. Reward if found!
778-5584, 726-1713 or 778-0488.
DACHSHUND adoption and rescue (DARE). Call
Shona Otto at 761-2642 for information.
Buy it, sell it or find it fast in The Islander. It works.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
New windows, sliders, decks
Call Deborah Thrasher
or Burt Zupa
*- Gulfstream Realty or 778-7777
Wishing you health, happiness
and a prosperous 2002 from
Visit our website at www.ArvidaRealty.com
OPENING DOORS TO MANATEE COUNTY
SPECTACULAR PANORAMIC Tampa Bay
views. Located at the tip of Anna Maria Island.
An enchanted tropical world. Enjoy strolling the
beach, shelling, boating, fishing and cycling.
$434,900. Kathy Marcinko 713-1100 or Sandy
Drapala 749-5797. 79116
BREATHTAKING PANORAMIC sunset views. Addi-
tional rooms include 14 by 16 fifth bedroom and 23 by 16
game room. Fully equipped gourmet kitchen with marble
tile, Corian counters, exercise room and storage. Dock on
bay. $2,250,000. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy
Drapala, 749-5797. 78367
RARE 4+/- ACRE PARCEL. Palma Sola Bay and canal
frontage, rear view of the bay, 2,481+/- sq. ft. of living area,
4BR, sunroom with brick fireplace, greatroom. Very private
setting. $895,000. Don Lewis, 319-0323.
ENJOY THIS tastefully updated condo which fea-
tures 2BR/2BA and magnificent views. Ideally lo-
cated on the Island. Lay by the pool and enjoy the
breezes while relaxing among an impeccably mani-
cured tropical landscape. Enjoy the breathtaking
views from the lanai. Amenities feature two heated
pools, tennis, fishing pier and boat docks. $259,000.
Steve Perez 320-7300. 79587.
HERE'S YOUR CHANCE to own a spacious condo
in a garden setting for an affordable price. Lakeside
location with magnificent vistas in gated community
near Bolettieri & MCC. $105,500. Bob or Penny Hall,
MANATEE COUNTY'S BEST KEPT SECRET.
Newer subdivision offers water access for small craft.
Model perfect custom-built home with attention to
detail. On cul-de-sac in Ellenton. $219,000. Joanne
Jenkins, 795-3838 or Cindy Pierro, 794-6818. 77700
4 004Mana ee Aeus esBaenoFord*40
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. Cap-
tain Keith Barnett. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
1998 SEA-PRO 180 CC, $12,500. Beautiful boat,
low hours. Hull, motor still under warranty. Center
console, 115-HP Johnson motor. 778-4743.
FREE MOTOR with best offer for pontoon boat.
1993 50hp motor works fine. Boat is stripped of old
seats and redone. New bimini, carpet, bottom paint.
Asking $2,000. Call 778-1102.
FULL-TIME PREP and line cook wanted with
people/customer skills for open kitchen. Also hiring
servers with fine dining experience. Will train if nec-
essary. Call Chef Damon at Ooh La La!, 778-5320.
HELP WANTED for all positions, all shifts, espe-
cially breakfast. Apply in person at Rotten Ralph's
Waterfront Restaurant, or call 778-3953.
10006 GULF DRIVE BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY An artist's
paradise in downtown Anna Maria across the street from city
hall and a stone's throw from the Sandbar restaurant. Two
huge (1,400 sq. ft.) work bays downstairs with a mighty
Gulfview upstairs (1,200 sq. ft.). Two full baths upstairs with
two one-half baths downstairs. Parks eight. Asking $500,000.
IDoug Dowling Realty
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, Fl 34216
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
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520 Glf rieHolesBeall L 3421-80-27-25
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY. Seven rental
units one block from beach. Classy turnkey fur-
nishings, brand new pool and common laundry.
$1,050,000. Call Dave Jones or Dick Maher at
UNOBSTRUCTED GULF VIEW from this his-
toric beach cottage. 2BR/1 BA turnkey furnished
with deeded boat dock. $279,900. Call Jane .
Grossman at 778-4800 or 778-4451.
GREAT GULF VIEW. 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished
Island condo. Secured entry, elevator, heated
pool, sauna, tennis, extra storage. $399,000. Call
Dave Jones or Dick Maher at 778-4800.
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
COMPLETELY REMODELED canal home in
prestigious Key Royale. 3BR/2BA luxury poll
with full cool deck. New appliances and A/C.
Large eat-in kitchen. Priced at $499,000. Call
Quentin Talbert at 778-4800 or 704-9680.
3BR/2BA ISLAND HOME turnkey furnished
with a dock. Front and rear decks. Catch every
breeze. $279,900. Call Ed Oliveira at 778-4800
The best news on
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Commercial Residential Free Estimates
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meet interesting people from around the world?
Are you interested in learning the history of Anna
Maria Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria
Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. WE NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Li-
brary. Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, more. Hard-
working and responsible. Excellent references. Ed-
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIEDS- The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
COMPUTER TRAINING: Microsoft-certified sys-
tems engineer available to assist with in-home
computer training. Basic to advanced training for
software, Internet, e-mail, digital photography. In-
stall software programs, hardware. Senior dis-
counts. Serving Longboat, Anna Maria. E-mail:
AMIComputerTutor@aol.com. Call 778-9436, cell
SOS SERVICES. Full-service cleaning/organiza-
tion for your entire home. Professional, experi-
enced, and references. Free estimates. Call
FURNITURE UPHOLSTERY, cushions, etc. Re-
pair and restoring antique specialist. Island Uphol-
stery. 121 Bridge St. Free estimates. 778-4335.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $15 per hour- free ad-
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, rea-
sonable and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs, hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Have
sawmill, will travel. 745-1043 Dan Michael, master
TAMBOURINE LESSONS! Also available: flute,
saxophone, clarinet lessons. Beginning to ad-
vanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
* * * * r -CLIP AND SAVE * *.
W WATERING RESTRICTIONS
Rules in effect for Manatee County: :
> Lawn and landscape watering is limited to two days a week.
* > Addresses ending in even numbers (or A M): Tuesday *
* Addresses ending in odd numbers (or N Z): Wednes-
* day and Sunday. *
S Irrigation not allowed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Irrigation
e with treated waste water allowed any time.)
S > Owners can wash their vehicles anytime as long as they
* use a hand-held hose with a shut-off nozzle. (Pull thle car on *
S the lawn to wash!)
> Rinsing boats and flushing of boat motors is allowed for ten
* minutes daily.
> Hand-watering of plants. NOT LAWNS, is permitted any day.
* Questions or comments? Call the Southwest Florida Water
* Management District (Swiftmud) toll-free: 1-800-423-1476.
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WALLPAPERING: Highest quality craftsmanship.
Also, interior painting. Custom valances, wall re-
pair, etc. Cell: (941) 266-8328 or (813) 679-7943.
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
discount. 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.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
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. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
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.
213 54th St., Holmes Beach 778-3082
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ISLAND, CONDO AND DUPLxL SPCCIAUIrT
"Personal Service is Miy First Nomer''
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Only a few spots left!
413 Pine Avenue 778-5354
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,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-
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-
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
MASON with 25-years experience. Glass, block,
cinderblock, brick, tile. Walls built and repaired. Ce-
ment repairs. Chris, 795-3034
B&D SEAMLESS aluminum gutters, 5 or 6 inch
available. Insured, free estimates. Dean Guth,
owner and operator, 729-0619.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
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
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks. Turnkey,
beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non-
smoking. Priced from $1,200/month, $450/week.
UNFURNISHED 1BR/1BA 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 tele-
vision included. Available now through April 30.
ANNUAL ONLY. 1BR/1BA directly on Gulf in
Bradenton Beach. $1,000/month, assurity/security
required with contract. 792-2779.
SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA. Quiet
area, block to beach, nice back yard. Laundry, grill,
hammock, ground floor, etc. Monthly or weekly.
PANORAMIC BAY-VIEW ground-floor triplex. Fully
furnished, seasonal, new tile and paneling. Nice,
quiet with beautiful view. Steps to Gulf. Nonsmok-
ing, no pets. December-May, 778-7107.
CANALFRONT HOME. 2BR/1.5BA recently totally
renovated with new kitchen, baths and more. New
dock and lift, large fenced yard, pets welcome.
Seasonal/monthly. $2,750/month. (813) 258-6405.
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.
WATERFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA with boat
dock, carport. Gorgeous waterviews, heated pool
and spa. Available Jan. 1. Unfurnished. $1,200/
WATERFRONT 1BR annual apartment. Cable
television, water included. $750/month, plus $750
security 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,
annual lease, $1,350/month, security, references.
Call Vinnie at (941) 545-6118.
ANNUAL RENTALS. Several to choose from: 2BR/
2BA, 3BR/2BA, 2BA/1BA, and small cottage.
Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-7500.
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ANNUAL RENTALS! 1 BR and 2BR units available.
Price range $610 to $850/month. No pets. Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.
CANALFRONT HOME FOR RENT. Anna Maria
3BR/2BA Key West- style home with pool. Newly
decorated, totally private back yard. Monthly and
seasonal. (908) 832-1034.
BEACH HOUSE: Annual 2BR apartment across
from beach. Available now, $850/month. 104 Sev-
enth St. S., Bradenton Beach. Call Russell, 378-
4530 evenings, .or 954-1718 days.
ANNUAL DUPLEX 2BR/1BA, nice lanai, washer/
dryer hookup, high ceilings, half block to beach. On
north end, includes water, garbage. Small pet OK.
PARADISE BAY area 2BR/1 BA, extra large, turnkey
seasonal rental available January. $1,200/month.
792-7599, 708-6189, (850) 544-4052.
YOU CAN HAVE the warm Florida west coast with
beautiful white sand outside your door. 1 BR efficiency
available at Resort 66 in Holmes Beach. Pool, ocean,
full housekeeping. Fully furnished. Weeks available
during March 9-30. $900/weekly. (315) 894-2304.
FOR RENT in March and April: Vacation rental
home in Anna Maria. Canalfront, heated pool, 4BR,
fully equipped. Granny's Beach Vacation Inc. 778-
0123 or 778-2469. E-mail: PatStaebler@aol.com.
SEASONAL COTTAGE available January through
April. 200 feet to beach. Spacious 1 BR, sleeps four.
Near pier, restaurants. $550/week or $1,600/month.
STEPS TO BEACH. 3BR/2BA home, two-car ga-
rage, fully furnished, washer/dryer, quiet neighbor-
hood, small pet considered, non-smoking. Pictures
available. (813) 684-2644.
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314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
BAYVIEW 2BR/2BA ground floor condo. 711 Mana-
tee Ave., Westbay Cove South, #703. Call: 778-
4523 or (800) 977-0803.
PARADISE BAY, 46th and First Street, Cortez.
Turnkey furnished, newly redecorated. Huge living
room, front dining room, kitchen and 1BR. Lot in-
cluded. $44,500. 721-4890.
BEACHFRONT: Prestigious North Shore Drive
2BR/2BA, newly remodeled home with incredible
panoramic beach view from one of two decks. All
new appliances, carpet, tile, doors, indoor/outdoor
paint, blinds and much more. $899,000. 778-3645.
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.
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 (800) 977-0803.
MOBILE HOME. Great park, 2BR/1BA. New central
air, screened porch. $6,500 or offer. 761-4839.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX canalfront, fenced yard.
2BR/1BA each side. Good income potential, excel-
lent condition, newer roof. Call Buy Owner, 745-
1999, code #50618.
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HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX PLUS
2BR/2BA, 2BR/1 BA plus 1 BR/I BA guest quarters.
Freshly painted and beautifully landscaped. Double
lot, short walk to beach, restaurants and shops. Gen-
erates good income. $449,900.
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.
2BR/2BA Perico Island. Just listed! Excellent con-
dition. Screened porch, two-car garage. Short drive
to beach and shopping. $225,000.
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4BR/2BA in Holmes Beach. Family room, fireplace, eat-
in kitchen, deck, outdoor shower, storage/workshop, close
to beach and shopping. $429,000.
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2106 Ave. B 1BR/1BA duplex $700 month
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KEY ROYALE. Delightful 3BR/2BA home in pristine
condition. Enjoy the direct view down canal past pool
and 47-foot dock and lift. Golf? Out the front door! En-
tirely tiled, white ceramic except bedrooms. Upgrades
include windows, heat/AC, domed kitchen, pool and
spa, bath, security, storage. $599,000. For information
call Judy Duncan, Broker. 778-1589 eves.
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 .
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Longboat Key 1BR/1BA. Villa. Pool. Tennis. Boat dock.
Call Michel Cerene, Realtor, 941-778-0770.
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78 Infamous Amin
79 Verse, part 3
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86 Place for a patch
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88 Zenith, metaphorically
89 "Krazy "
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ers I.:, lanai Tenni-:. heated pool and spas, clubhouse.
24-hour manried ."27,900. Rose Schnoerr, 778-2261.
CYPRESS CREEK ESTATE Well maintained home. Un-
der co tool olai-. 4 2 ~q.ft. 3BR, den/office/library, 2.5 baths,
separate Ic.rmal joiningg room. Large family-sized eat-in
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view Gulf sunsets and big pass. Move-in ready, unique
friendly-sized complex, walk to village. Pet okay.
$387,000. MLS#78194. Laura McGeary, 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
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ILEXHURST. Bayfront corner lot. Include land across Av-
enue A., on waters edge. Lots of room for expanding this
home. Room for a pool. Home is charming and well main-
tained. $499,000. Rose Schnoerr, 778-2261. MLS#72634
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BAY PALMS Totally updated over $50,00C:, u aprph.
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split-plan pool home. Formal dining room, fami. roo:rr n.
door utility, new appliances, oversized two-car qarage
$362,900. Peggy Johnson. 920-9187. MLS#78.0i
PELICAN COVE Great Gulf to bay inc.:.rn p-r :.i
during unit. Direct Gulfview, heat- :o p:'
Jacuzzi, tennis courts, boat docks. S-: ',,H',
Bobye Chasey, 778-2261.
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