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Skimming the news ... Waterways special section inside, page 19.
Man with a plan, page 27.
"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
to start vision
Not waiting for any Manatee
County initiative, the Holmes Beach
Planning Commission intends to start its
own visioning process in the city in the
very near future.
Commission Chairperson Sue
Normand said the city and her commis-
sion want to find out from residents
"what is the city now and what do we
want to change?"
The commission will identify spe-
cific neighborhoods in Holmes Beach,
then schedule public meetings with
those residents, Normand said at the
Feb. 14 meeting.
While the next comprehensive plan
review is not due until 2006, Normand
said the time to start the visioning pro-
cess is now.
"We are growing and changing so
fast, we need citizen input. We want to
pull everything:together and do a vision-
ing process, then make recommenda-
tions. Let's not wait until 2006.
"We can get more input if people
will talk about their specific neighbor-
Commission member Sue Harris
said now is a good time to start the vi-
sioning process as Manatee County,
which has $400,000 budgeted for vi- Stars from the ba
sioning, "is going to come and ask us Joselin Presswood, 4, of Bi
SEE VISION, NEXT PAGE touch tanks at the Cortez C
y shine at Cortez
radenton, oohed and aahed at the starfis
commerciall Fishing Festival last weekend
2. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Volume 10, no. 15, Feb. 20, 2002 FREE
By Rick Catlin
Visitor arrivals to Manatee County
,. declined nearly 10 percent in January
from the same month last year, with just
about that same percentage drop re-
flected in an informal survey of several
Island accommodation operators. The
10 percent fall in tourism would have
cost county businesses approximately
$5.3 million, of which an estimated
$1.17 million would have been spent on
Anna Maria Island.
The good news is that reservations
for February and March should put Is-
land tourism at or near levels of last
year, Island accommodation operators
The Manatee County Convention
and Visitors Bureau reported a
countywide occupancy level of 56.9
percent daily average for January 2002
for the county's 5,239 accommodation
rooms, compared with 66.7 occupancy
in January 2001. Anna Maria Island has
1,232 rooms, or 22 percent of the
h in the sealife But the overall drop in tourism was
d. For more of not unexpected, said Susan Stoepker of
SEE TOURISM, PAGE 5
Anna Maria honeymoon begins on city commission dais
By Rick Catlin
Let the record show that the honeymoon in Anna
Maria with new mayor SueLynn officially began at
6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 when she and new commissioners
John Quam and Chuck Webb were sworn into office.
And, surprise, the honeymoon continued right
through the two-hour meeting as everyone seemed to
Thanks, Anna Maria
Anna Maria's new mayor, SueLynn, stands along
Gulf Drive the day after the city's election in a
unique way of saying 'Thank You' to city voters.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
be on their best behavior. The platitudes and gratitudes,
polite smiles and thank yous were so plentiful, some
people might have thought they'd come to the wrong
The meeting began with SueLynn announcing a
return to commission workshop sessions. The first was
scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.
John Michaels was nominated as vice mayor by
SueLynn and elected by a 5-0 vote. That was consid-
ered a "sweetheart" election, considering last year's
bickering over the appointment.
The new mayor said that following legal advice
from City Attorney Jim Dye, it was her view that the
new commission could make its own interpretation of
the charter on who should chair city commission meet-
ings, and that should be the mayor. The previous com-
mission had voted to give the gavel to the vice mayor
after a different interpretation of the charter.
Commissioner Michaels said that while last year he
had voted for the vice mayor to run the meetings, "in
the interest of unity and cooperation, I will join with the
rest of the commission."
New Commissioner John Quam agreed, but said it
appeared the charter indicated the vice mayor should
chair commission meetings. However, he, too, wanted
unity and a fresh start.
Commissioner Linda Cramer said this is obviously
one area of inconsistency that the charter review com-
mission "needs to clean up" as quickly as possible.
The commission voted unanimously to hand the
gavel back to the mayor for city commission meetings.
PLEASE SEE HONEYMOON, PAGE 4
Lots of fun this weekend
From street sales to "thieves" sales to bake sales,
there's a lot going on this weekend on the Island.
The annual Sandpiper Street Sale starts at 7 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23, at Sandpiper Mobile Resort, 2601
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Besides the crafts and
raffles, be sure to sample some of the homemade
pies or sloppy joes.
Also Saturday is Privateers' Thieves market,
from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holmes Beach City Hall
park, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
And a sidewalk art show and bake sale will be
held at 5414 Marina Drive. Holmes Beach, that day
from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., to benefit the Artists Guild
of Anna Maria Island!
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PAGE 2 0 FEB. 20, 2002 M THE ISLANDER
Island school gears up for peace celebration Friday
By Diana Bogan
The excitement is building at Anna Maria Elementary
School as students and community members prepare to
dedicate a peace pole on the campus of the Island school.
With the help of the Anna Maria Island Rotary
Club, Anna Maria Elementary School purchased a six-
sided peace pole, which arrived last week and has been
kept under wraps by AME guidance counselor Cindi
Harrison until the dedication ceremony, which will
begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22.
Peace poles are handcrafted out of environmentally
friendly wood and stand 7 feet tall. A plaque is fastened
to each side of the pole with the message "May peace
prevail on Earth" in different languages.
AME chose to have the message displayed in the
following languages: French, German, Norwegian,
Cherokee, Hungarian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese,
Hebrew and Arabic, as well as English.
During the dedication ceremony and planting of
the pole, Harrison said children from each nationality
will be asked to come forward and read the plaque.
A special guest, Chief Jeff White Horse Hubbell,
will offer a prayer and sing to represent the Native
American voice at the dedication.
"I'm just one piece of the puzzle and I'm honored
that I could be here to celebrate this event," said
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
about our vision, so we want to be ready."
Normand said the commission does not have a
budget for the visioning process, but feels it can handle
"We probably don't want to be another Longboat
Key, because we like our laid-back atmosphere, but
people can tell us how they want their neighborhood
developed," said Normand.
The commission will go neighborhood by neigh-
borhood, with meetings and notices to be published in
the local media.
The commission also discussed definitions for the
city's comprehensive plan and dealt with the issue of
current trend toward mixed land use in the city.
Planning commission members will tour the city
individually during the next two weeks looking at pos-
sible mixed land-use areas that are currently zoned for
commercial use only.
The next planning commission meeting is sched-
uled for 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at Holmes Beach
A Texas resident and part Native American,
Hubbell just happened to be in town visiting former
Islander Sioux Nickoley, who is also taking part in the
Nickoley will be leading a drum circle later in the
evening around a bonfire on the school's athletic field.
In addition to the peace pole dedication and plant-
ing, there will be an international food court offering
desserts and drinks.
Students will perform a special peace presentation
and there will be performances by Irish, Greek and
Korean dance troupes.
The evening will cap with a fireworks display by
Islander Jim Taylor.
Anna Maria Elementary School Parents-on-Patrol
members are also taking part in the evening's celebra-
tion. They are holding a clothing and shoe drive to
collect items for the American Red Cross.
POP members have also made more than 2,000
peace bracelets for members of the community who
attend the celebration.
Students will also be sending peace bracelets, an
iMovie of the evening's events and a small companion
peace pole to Public School No. 69Q in Jackson
Two students transferred from the New York
school to AME on Sept. 11, the same day as the terror-
ist attacks on America.
After the peace pole celebration, Harrison plans to
continue incorporating the message of peace into the
school curriculum. She is working with Phyllis Bowles,
a teacher at Bashaw Elementary School who was instru-
mental in bringing a peace pole to Bashaw, on what she
refers to as an "east-meets-west" peace pal program.
Harrison hopes to have a rededication ceremony in
the fall for all three schools (PS69, AME and Bashaw)
to rededicate students to helping make peace prevail.
Harrison is also looking into programs for students
available through the World Peace Prayer Society that
will not only help the three schools bond, but will also
link students to other peace pole sites around the globe.
Friday's celebration is open to the public and the
official dedication of the peace pole will take place in
the school's courtyard at 6:45 p.m.
For more information, call 708-5525.
Old Bridge Village controversy airs Thursday
Development of Old Bridge Village, currently five cottages between Third and Fourth Streets on Bay Drive
South in Bradenton Beach, will be the focus of a meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Owners and
developers have received city approval to build 11 residential condominium units with three office spaces on
the site. Residents have garnered sufficient signatures on petitions to block the development, pursuant to the
city charter to overturn a city commission decision. The city commission will discuss the matter Thursday. If
the January city commission vote of 3-2 to approve the development is not reversed, the matter will go to
voters of the city within 120 days for final decision. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
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In response to the loss of Holmes Beach resident
Susan Freeman's Yorkshire terrier, killed in an at-
tack by a neighbor's German shepherd, Holmes
Beach city commissioners are taking a closer look at
the city's animal control ordinance.
The city of Holmes Beach adopted the Manatee
County animal ordinance, which follows the Florida
Freeman believes that these regulations are not
strict enough and leave the victim with few options.
As the ordinance reads now, a dog is not defined
White resigns code
Anna Maria Code Enforcement Officer
Chuck White, a close personal friend of newly
elected Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, has re-
signed his position effective Feb. 14.
In a brief statement to the commission,
White said that while Anna Maria has no
nepotism clause in either a code or ordinance,
the election of SueLynn "gives me the per-
ceived ethical necessity to resign my position
as code enforcement officer for the city."
White did recommend that the position,
although only part time for eight hours each
week, be retained in the budget and a replace-
ment found as soon as possible.
A code enforcement officer is a "neces-
sary adjunct to the smooth running of our
White said he resigned "with gratitude at
having had the opportunity to serve our city."
as dangerous until it "has injured or killed a domes-
tic animal while off the owner's property more than
Freeman told the commission at a recent work
session that residents in her neighborhood are fright-
ened and that under the current ordinance the city
can't even require a "beware of dog" sign be put in
the dog owner's yard.
After the incident, Freeman said a Manatee
County Animal Control officer told her she would
"have her day in court."
In essence, Freeman said animal control chose to
leave any decision up to a judge, and if the neighbor
chooses to plead guilty he may receive a minimum
fine of $50.
"This leaves us with no options," said Freeman.
"It leaves us with no guarantee that the next time this
dog won't hurt a small child."
Freeman urged the commission to consider mak-
ing the city's animal ordinance more stringent than
the county ordinance. She suggested the city provide
its own definition of a dangerous dog, define specific
actions to take in the event an incident occurs, and
perhaps employ a local animal control officer to
enforce a stricter city ordinance.
City Attorney Patricia Petruff raised a few issues
that she agreed to research further. Because the state
statutes clearly define a dangerous dog, Petruff said
she is unsure if the city has the authority to use a
Petruff also noted that the city may need to hire
its own animal control officer to enforce any amend-
ments the city makes to its ordinance, or enter into
an interlocal agreement with the county to have the
county officers enforce the local laws.
Commissioners have asked Petruff to look into
the viability of adopting a more stringent code in
addition to the county code, and perhaps enforcing
it through the city's code enforcement office.
Holmes Beach considers
stronger animal ordinances
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Anna Maria City
Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Environmental Education and Enhance-
ment Committee meeting.
Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Feb. 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Feb. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Ameri-
can Heart Association grant presentation, grant procedures
and forms discussion, city hall roof cap discussion, Harvey
Memorial Church banner request, Longboat Chapel banner
request, city hall mail slot discussion, unemployment com-
pensation payment discussion, employee increase request,
Florida Department of Revenue reimbursement of sales tax
on city pier discussion, consent agenda, commission reports
and public comment.
Feb. 21,6 p.m., special city commission meeting on petitions
to overturn city decision on Old Bridge Village project.
Feb. 22, 8:30 a.m., commission-department head meeting.
Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Feb. 22, 8 a.m., charter review ad hoc committee meet-
Feb. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work ses-
sion immediately following.
Feb. 28, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting,
Holmes Beach City Hall.
Feb. 21, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue District
Commission meeting, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Agenda includes amending district pension plan
to echo the Florida Retirement System pension plan.
Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Plan-
ning Organization, Sudakoff Hall, USF-New College
PAGE 4 E FEB. 20, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER
Honeymoon starts in Anna Maria
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Planning and zoning
The new mayor and commission dealt with two
recommendations from the planning and zoning board.
The commission approved an after-the-fact vari-
ance for Robert Bowes of 402 S. Bay Blvd. to have a
larger driveway surface than allowed by code due to his
wife's medical condition.
A condition of approval from the commission was
that the additional surface would be removed if the
property were sold or Mrs. Bowes' medical condition
changed to where the larger surface was no longer nec-
essary. Additionally, they decided these conditions
would be legally recorded as part of the chain of title
on the property.
The commission also approved a motion to remove
a variance at 812 N. Bay Blvd. for Drago Horvat and
vacate a 15-foot right of way. The variance was origi-
nally granted in 1995 when there was concern that fire
trucks would not be able to access the rear of the prop-
erty where a new house was to be constructed.
Now the house has a sprinkler system and the West
Manatee Fire & Rescue District has approved the sys-
tem and said by letter that it no longer needs the addi-
tional right of way.
The variance was approved with the stipulation
that the owners have an annual inspection done of the
sprinkler system by a licensed inspector and a copy sent
to both the city and the fire district.
Cell tower moratorium
Commissioners had their first reading of an ordi-
nance approving a moratorium on construction of cel-
lular communications towers. The P&Z had recom-
mended a one-year moratorium or until completion of
a cellular communications master plan for the city.
City attorney Dye said industry trade groups had
recently asked the Federal Communications Commis-
sion to intervene when it appeared a local government
was using a moratorium to prevent a cellular commu-
nications company from entering a community.
However, said Dye, the FCC had said it would not
intervene, but the communities and the companies
should work out their problems.
In his opinion, the Anna Maria moratorium is not
"open ended," but has an end date that could always be
The previous administration of Mayor Gary
Deffenbaugh had contacted several companies with
expertise in drafting cellular communications ordi-
nances and obtained information and costs. However,
no presentation was made to the commission by any of
Garbage and recycling franchise
The first reading of the ordinance granting Waste
Management Inc. the continued waste and recycling
franchise was also held.
The city learned that WMI will not be able to have
a special day to pickup hazardous waste as it had pre-
viously indicated because it is not licensed to handle
Anna Maria resident Carol Ann McGill wanted
WMI to pickup hazardous waste as part of the franchise
Michaels responded that WMI "can't legally do it,
but they will work with us" on scheduling a day for
hazardous waste pickup with a licensed company.
The mayor said she would check with Manatee
County on the procedure to establish a hazardous waste
Anna Maria resident Jim Conoly was concerned
about certifying the 4 percent rebate to the city from
WMI. He wanted to make sure the city was being given
the right amount by WMI.
Larry Alberts had the right idea, judging by the
applause, when he said WMI should just give every
customer a 4 percent rebate on their bills. "Then the
money is going where it ought to," he said.
McGill also questioned the fact that a lot with a
duplex gets two bills. She suggested a rebate or adjust-
ment. SueLynn promised to check into this with WMI.
The second reading of the ordinance will be on
Supervisor of Public Works George McKay said
that Tropical Storm Gabrielle was a "learning experi-
SueLynn, right, is sworn in as Anna Maria's mayor John Quam takes the oath as Anna Maria commis-
by City Clerk Alice Baird at the Feb. 14 commission sioner.
Chuck Webb joins the Anna Maria City Commission.
ence" for the city, when it had no electricity and no
power at city hall, and that the city needs to buy a gen-
erator to keep things operating in the event of an emer-
gency. During Gabrielle, the city had to rely on other
cities and services to get through.
The generator he had looked at came with a trailer
and costs $25,000. He said it provided enough power
to operate lights, computers, air conditioners and
phones at city hall, if necessary.
"Don't wait until next hurricane season," advised
Michaels agreed the city shouldn't wait for another
emergency, but $25,000 is "a lot of money." There is
no money currently budgeted to purchase a generator.
He suggested making this a discussion item at the up-
coming workshop session.
Dye reported that the city decision not to grant a
variance in the Negele case was upheld upon review by
the court. "The city's decision not to grant a variance
was legal," he said.
Negele sought to permit a home on the beachfront
at Elm Avenue and through lengthy negotiations with
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection,
submitted construction plans for a small footprint on
the lot, including several variance requests.
Following several meetings and compromises before
the P&Z board, a recommendation was sent to the city
commission and the request from Negele was denied.
While Negele could possibly appeal this decision
further, she could also file a property rights case and
ask the DEP and the city to reach an agreement in her
Dale Woodland said he was very concerned about
a possible county charter and invited commissioners
and the public to attend a Feb. 20 meeting of the Bar-
rier Island Elected Officials where a county charter will
be the topic of discussion.
"Anna Maria is in a unique position," with its low
density zoning, he said, and "it's not by accident."
SueLynn said this will also be a workshop discus-
Conoly brought up the issue of the purchase of
defibrillators and SueLynn said she understood that one
had been purchased already and the city was looking
for another one. Training must be given to the sheriff's
deputies on proper use before they can be put into ser-
Rick DeFrank asked what had happened to his re-
quest to have the city attorney review a December art
sale that was not required to obtain a special-use per-
SueLynn bangs down the gavel to begin her first
meeting as mayor of Anna Maria. Islander Photos:
Dye said he had reviewed the file, but had not yet
formed and written an opinion. He said he would have
that for the Feb. 28 meeting.
Glenn Neumann said he would like to see the pub-
lic works department give regular updates at meetings
on the status of its projects and upcoming scheduled
And that was it.
The new commission and mayor finished the
agenda by the 9 p.m. deadline, a curfew established by
the previous commission.
There were no fireworks or name calling, no innu-
endo or spitting contest, no accusations and counter
accusations. In fact, the whole atmosphere was down-
right friendly, and that might seem a bit strange in Anna
Of course, it could have been that there was noth-
ing really controversial to talk about yet.
Kinda like a honeymoon. Everyone's lovey-dovey
at the start. The bickering comes later.
The next regular commission meeting is scheduled
for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.
Commission workshop session
a little different
Members of the public attending the Anna Maria
City Commission workshop session at 7 p.m. Feb. 21
will find the order of business a little different than a
regular commission meeting.
The Florida League of Cities handbook on com-
mission meetings says that a commission "work ses-
sion" is essentially a "shirtsleeve" meeting where the
commissioners can informally discuss topics to get a
better understanding of issues and bring up new ones.
There is usually a lot of background discussion,
particularly on items scheduled for discussion at the
next regular commission meeting.
Work sessions, however, are "not formal legisla-
tive meetings," and no official vote is taken. A "straw
vote" is allowed, but this is non-binding. It only serves
as an "indicator" of sentiment for other commissioners,
the press and public.
Work sessions are open to the public, but the for-
mat allows for informal, open-ended discussion by
commission members. It provides them the ability to
discuss agenda items in a "give-and-take" fashion with-
out the formality of a regular meeting.
Press and public generally do not participate in the
discussions unless someone is called on as a "resource
person" or recognized expert in a field the commission
is discussing or considering.
When issues are presented at a formal commission
meeting, public input is always taken.
Tourism down in January
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the CVB, and other Florida markets are in worse shape.
"We're actually doing a lot better than the larger
Florida markets," said Stoepker. "Our decline is a lot
less that other places." Destinations such as Orlando
and Miami, which are fly-in destinations, were off any-
where from 16 to 28 percent in visitor arrivals in Janu-
ary, she said.
"Manatee is primarily a drive-in destination,"
Stoepker said. "Most people come from the northeast,
and drive here because they stay for longer periods and
want a vehicle."
That takes out the "fear-of-flying" factor caused by
the events of 9-11, she said.
But there is a decline, if only slight, and there's no
getting around it, she admitted.
A recessed economy, fears from terrorism and a
weak Canadian dollar have all contributed to the slight
fall in tourism, she said.
On Anna Maria Island, there was a lot of optimism
for the remainder of the season, at the same time many
in the industry agreed January was off slightly.
"We haven't had any members say they were way
down, but a few have reported slight declines," said
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Director
Mary Ann Brockman. "That's not too bad, considering
Brockman said it was fair to say that while Island
tourism might have been off slightly in January from
last year, it's in good shape considering the 9-11 ter-
rorism threat and economic recession.
"And February and March look very good. We're
getting 125-130 people a day coming in and asking
about the Island and accommodations, and that's about
normal. in the season.
"We're optimistic that we'll have a real good sea-
son on the Island. From the number of out-of-state cars,
it looks like we're getting pretty busy."
Judy Giovanelli of the Sand Pebble Resort in
Bradenton Beach agreed January occupancy was
"down a little, not a lot."
"We were down about 8 to 10 percent in January,"
she said, just about what the CVB reported for Mana-
"And from what I'm hearing, a lot of other opera-
tors said they weren't as busy as before in January," she
But a solid tourist season looks like a strong pos-
for le$$ from
Tourism by the numbers
The 10 percent decline in room occupancy
in Manatee County translates into the loss of
511 rented rooms per day for January. With an
average daily rate of $103.15, an estimated
$1.633 million was lost in the county's accom-
modations market in January 2002, compared
with last year for the same month.
While the county does not keep exact visi-
tor arrival figures, the loss of 511 rented rooms
per night would equal about 37,000 fewer visi-
tor nights in Manatee County this past January
than the same month last year, figured at 2.5
people per rental unit per night. The loss to area
businesses such as restaurants, supermarkets
and golf courses is estimated at an additional
Combined, Manatee County lost $5.333
million in tourist spending in January. Anna
Maria Island would account for 22 percent of
that figure, or approximately $1.7 million.
sibility for the next two months. "People I've talked to
expect to hold their own for February and March,"
February is not yet a complete sell-out yet at the
Sand Pebble, but March looks like it will be 100 per-
cent occupancy, she said.
She had some January and February cancellations
from people who had lost their jobs in a down
economy, she said.
Owner Lois Post of the Pelican Post in Bradenton
Beach said she was at 100 percent occupancy in Janu-
ary, except for one week. "And we're booked solid up
through March." She's already getting reservations for
She's been "pleasantly surprised" that a slow
THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 20, 2002 E PAGE 5
economy and the events of 9-11 have not seriously af-
fected tourist arrivals.
At the Seaside Motel in Bradenton Beach, Fawn
Ker said January was down about 12 percent from last
year, but December occupancy was up 20 percent. Feb-
ruary and March "look great. We should be back to
Some restaurants reported increased sales in Janu-
ary, despite the drop in visitors.
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar restaurant in Anna
Maria, the Beach House in Bradenton Beach, and the
Mar Vista on Longboat Key, said business has actually
increased lately, when he was expecting a potential
"We've been fortunate that we were up in business
the last three months," said Chiles, and good weather
on the Island had a lot to do with it. "Weather is usu-
ally critical for Island businesses," particularly water-
He's "cautiously optimistic" that with continued
good weather, his restaurants will hold their own for
the rest of the season.
At the upscale Ooh La La Bistro in Holmes Beach,
owner Damon Presswood said business has been good
and steady, right through January. "Our numbers are
pretty much the same," said Presswood. "So far, it's
been a normal season."
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, while
not directly involved in the tourist trade, says he hasn't
seen any noticeable drop in vehicles that would indi-
cate a big decline in tourism arrivals.
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Just when you thought it was safe
Bradenton Beach appears poised to take over the lime-
light from Anna Maria, if only for the fact that there cur-
rently is no controversy in the northernmost Island city.
Following the election in Anna Maria, the new mayor
and commission are on a brief "honeymoon." A getting-to-
know-you period, if you will, before tackling tough issues
addressed in the mayoral campaign drainage, parking,
drainage, parking ....
They even managed to breeze through the appointment
of a vice mayor, now John Michaels, and resolved the is-
sue of who runs meetings, now the mayor.
Anna Maria's back on track.
But folks are certainly stirred up in Bradenton Beach,
and it's mostly over the Old Bridge Village development
proposal, although not entirely, not always specifically.
Some of the city's new government watchdogs and a
faction of former city officials are upset with the develop-
Former Mayor Gail Cole insists he's done everything
possible to stop the proliferation of condos where previ-
ously single-family homes and duplexes existed. He won't
be held responsible for the significant lack of parking pro-
vided by commercial development.
Also a former mayor, Connie Drescher has entered the
fray saying the proposal to replace the present Old Bridge
Village cottages with three-story-tall buildings, including
residential and office units, is wonderful. "Wonderful."
Like it or not, during both their administrations, plans
were brought forward for blocks of condos that have cre-
ated the canyon effect on Gulf Drive. It's more the fault-
or the result of what the city has been striving for with
its comprehensive plan in 1989, the 1992-93 beach
renourishment, the subsequent historic old-town district
designation and the surge of redevelopment that followed.
Instead of discouraging high-density development in
residential zones within the old-town area, the city allowed
an "overlay district" that encouraged mixed uses and higher
density a sure beacon for developers.
Now citizens are looking for ways to put on the brakes
- "desperately seeking" ways to stop the build-at-all-costs
They should get busy because folks from all over
are talking about the overwhelming presence of
Bridgewalk, a three-story restaurant, lounge, motel and
retail store development that looms over the roundabout on
What will they think when the Beach Barn on the other
side of the roundabout becomes condos and parking? And
why aren't the citizens as focused on this project as well?
What's next, the Moose Lodge?
Doesn't anyone else remember when the city eyed the
beachfront end of Bridge Street for a public park and pier?
Where has all the vision gone?
SLICK By Egan
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I'm so glad that Anna Maria has finally decided on
a trolley stop sign. But I'm not sure whether the
"Disneyesque" cartoonish sign was worse than the Max
Sennet scenario that took place. I'm sure that Laurel and
Hardy could have improved on the action.
I'm just glad that I am not the MCAT chairman, as
I would have terminated the service at the triangle junc-
tion of Gulf Drive and Palm Drive. Then I would post
all of the Anna Maria stop signs in a nice circle at the
triangle as a reminder of their indifference.
Bob Klauss, Holmes Beach
Gracious in victory?
I was quite pleased with the decorum shown by
both sides in the Bradenton Beach City Commission
meeting Jan. 3 concerning the zoning change for the
Old Bridge Village development. It was a very long
meeting and yet everyone involved, both pro and con,
maintained proper politeness and congeniality.
As an avid opponent of the project, I was obviously
not happy with the final vote and was very surprised
that Bill Arnold, who had defeated the owner of the
property, Harry Brown, in the recent commission elec-
tion without even campaigning, was the crucial pro
However, it was after the meeting where I was
shocked when the true character of the developer came
to light. I attempted to talk to Mr. Teitelbaum and
touched his shoulder as I approached him.
He turned to me and angrily shouted, "Don't touch
me, you schmuck" and turned away.
I retorted, "What did you say?" He answered, "I
said don't touch me" and continued walking away.
I looked at John Sandberg, who was standing next
to me, who said, "He must have been joking."
If that were true, Mr. Teitelbaum has a strange
sense of humor.
I would have expected that reaction from an oppo-
nent up north were I am involved in real estate, but not
here in Bradenton Beach. Apparently, New York City
is not as far away as I thought. One can only imagine
his reaction if the commission had denied his request.
In retrospect, however, I realize he was correct in
calling me a schmuck since I now believe that we are
Those who oppose his project are schmucks in
thinking that the commission would deny his request
due to its detrimental impact on the neighborhood, and
those who support his project, including the majority
of the commission, are schmucks for thinking he would
be an asset to this city. I can hardly wait for his next
I thank Mr. Teitelbaum for pointing this out to us.
David P. Stott, Bradenton Beach
My husband and I have been property owners in
Bradenton Beach since 1991. We try to keep up with
all of the changes on the Island, but we are surprised
at the differences between the three [Island] cities.
Somehow, some way, you would think we would
all want the same things. There have been many issues
in the past 10 years, most have been handled in a rea-
sonable manner by reasonable people.
The City of Anna Maria and its pettiness over the
display of a cartoon-type manatee being used for the
trolley is shocking!
With all of the real problems that our country is
facing, we hope that those people who argue about the
manatee trolley character find a more useful outlet for
their lives. All of that time and energy could be appre-
ciated by the Red Cross, a nursing home, a children's
home, the Salvation Army or a host of other worth-
We like the smiling, cute manatee. We think it may
entice riders onto the trolley and help local businesses.
If nothing else, it's an affectionate character to have
associated with our Island.
Sue Simpson, Bradenton Beach
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THE ISLANDER M FEB. 20, 2002 0 PAGE 7
Goodbye, Bradenton Beach
Down with the "Old Bridge Village." Up with the
"New Old Bridge Village." All you need to do is pass
two little old ordinances. Say goodbye to another piece
of our city history.
Tell me, does it matter? All the developers want to
do is rearrange our zoning a little here, a little there, a
little everywhere. Touch up a policy, fix up an objec-
tive, and alter those goals just a wee bit. Then of course
you need to rearrange your mind to be in tune and har-
mony to their grand future vision for our small island
Our city commission has amended .our comp plan
to accommodate the developer for Old Bridge Village
with two new ordinances.
Our commissioners must have forgotten that in
1985 the city appointed a citizens advisory committee
to put together a future vision of Bradenton Beach. It
was to save a very delicate blend of a residential and
commercial community, allowing managed economic
growth while protecting its unique island history. Some
of the members on the committee were Katie Pierola,
Gale Carter, John Burns and John Chappie. It was a
lengthy arduous task assisted by the Tampa Bay Re-
gional Planning Council.
I recall that our present mayor, John Chappie, com-
mented at one of the public hearings on the Bermuda
Bay for two duplex condominiums on the beach. Com-
missioner Chappie said, "A couple of things first. You
know, with your presentation, you know, where you
see an inconsistency in the designation of preservation
on the future land use map, I see consistency. I was on
the board, the group that did that, and I know why it
was done. And where you see error, I see a plan. And
the plan is the comprehensive plan that we formulated
and developed. The comp plan is a story. It tells you
how we want our community to develop."
I will quote Commissioner Chappie once more on
amending the comp plan: "We don't want that door
even cracked open a little bit. We want it bolted and
One thing that Mayor John Chappie and I agree on
if we are to keep the long-term benefit of the Bradenton
Beach Comprehensive Plan, we must protect and en-
force that body of laws. We must not take the short-
term benefits that developers offer which erode the
value and integrity of our city character.
It is obvious that amendments to accommodate
developers do nothing other than usurp the comp plan.
There goes your city character and identity. Say
goodbye to your unique city residential and commer-
Gail Cole, Bradenton Beach
For Old Bridge Village
Gail Cole's letter is the latest attempt by members
of the gang of five objectors to distort the truth and
spread fear among residents of Bradenton Beach about
the Old Bridge Village project. People have been told
by this group that this thoughtful and attractive plan -
which reduces residential and commercial use com-
pared to what is allowable according to existing laws
- will be a "megaplex" of massive skyscrapers, rowdy
bars, 18-wheeler trucks and commercial shops. And
yes as documented "how would you like it if a
whorehouse were built next to you?" Nothing could be
nastier and further from the truth.
We all appreciate that in America people can dis-
like and disagree with almost anything. That is one of
our great freedoms! But, to do so by spreading lies and
trying to bully people is'an unacceptable way to exer-
cise that right.
Old Bridge Village will produce just 11 residential
units compared to the 14 residential units permitted by
existing law. It will bring no retail/commercial use to
Fourth Street South at all. Parking is accommodated
and totally hidden on the site except for one car. Its
building height is no higher than the height of any
houses that would be built on the site in accordance
with the existing zoning and Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency rules.
Most importantly, the project has been reviewed
and examined during two lengthy official hearings that
required expert testimony and legal process. It has been
recommended by the planners of the city and approved
unanimously by the planning and zoning board. Fur-
ther, the majority of commissioners, elected by the
voters to represent their interests, approved it. The rea-
son it was approved is because it complies with the
comprehensive plan, the future land use map and the
land development code. The commissioners know that
the land will be developed and this is a superior alter-
native with the same heights and ground coverage. Old
Bridge Village is legal and proper in every respect.
The misinformation about the project is a disser-
vice and disrespectful to the people of Bradenton
Beach. The proposed referendums are illegal and are an
attempt to avoid both the laws of the State of Florida
and the zoning process of the City of Bradenton Beach.
Old Bridge Village is a small, old Florida style
development, designed to minimize the impact on the
neighborhood. If anyone wants to know the truth about
Old Bridge Village, I suggest they go to city hall in
person to review the approved plans.
Connie Drescher, Bradenton Beach
'White elephant' bench
The people who live at 5806 Gulf Drive wish
Manatee County Area Transit had ordered and gotten
them before they put in the "white elephant" of a bench
in front of our property.
By the time the "come soon" trolleys get here it will
be summer. Until then we have to look at an ugly bench
that is really not for us but for the transient tourists.
We think they could have found a more useful
place for the bench.
Charles Underwood, Holmes Beach
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Commercial netters win major court case
By Paul Roat
"It's not the war, but it's a battle. A major battle
That's the assessment of Ray Pringle regarding a
circuit court judge's ruling favoring gillnet fishers in
Gillnetting in nearshore waters was banned in 1995
after voters approved the prohibition through a consti-
tutional amendment. Pringle, a third-generation
Cortezian who now lives in Panacea, filed suit in 1996
against the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission's interpretation of the amendment.
Circuit Court Judge N. Sanders Sauls declared the
interpretation "unconstitutional and thereby invalid ..."
on Feb. 11.
The FWC has appealed the decision.
It's all about nets
Fishers have used nets to catch mullet off the
shores of Florida for more than 100 years. Historically,
the skiffs were small, the nets of linen, and the catches
modest. The size of the mesh would change with the
season or the species that was targeted: for example,
during mullet roe season, when the fish were fat, a
larger mesh net was used to trap the big fish while let-
ting the smaller, juvenile fish swim through the gaps.
As demand for fish grew, so did the boats and nets
used. In the early 1990s, it was not uncommon for nets
made of monofilament line to stretch upwards of 1,100
yards in length, with a possible catch of 300,000
pounds of fish at a time. The average net length was
about 1,800 feet, the length of six football fields.
The constitutional amendment -and subsequent
laws in Florida changed that recent trend in gillnet fish-
ing in waters of the state less than three miles from
shore. Monofilament nets were eventually banned.
Total mesh size could be no more than two inches
stretched, and nets could be no more than 500 square
yards. Gillnets, which trap fish by the gills, were pro-
Sauls ruled that the evidence presented "estab-
lished that a net cannot be defined and classified by its
design, mesh size, configuration and construction
alone. Its characterization and classification also fur-
ther depends on how it is used ... and, finally, and most
importantly, by the resultant catch."
Sauls said the key to the issue of nets is how it is
constructed versus how it is used. He said a net is a
gillnet when it is suspended in the water and fish are
entangled in the mesh. The same net may become a
seine when it is pulled along the bottom. Same net,
Sauls was clearly not pleased with the explanations
offered on the dichotomy of nets.
"It is extremely difficult to grasp and fully under-
stand all of the many facets of the actual mechanics
involved in the construction, deployment and operation
of nets in commercial fishing," he wrote. "In review-
ing it, it is confusing."
Cast nets, which are thrown and dropped over
fish, were excluded from the constitutional amend-
ment as long as they are hand-thrown. However, as
Pringle pointed out and as Sauls concurred, "inher-
ent physical limitation of the plaintiffs and other
members of their organization who are similarly
situated and disadvantaged such as elderly, handi-
capped or physically impaired women and men
make it impossible to use large, commercially vi-
able, hand-thrown cast nets."
"We got to use cast nets," Pringle said, "but at 60
years of age, I can't get it out there. It's only those
young bucks that can sling that thing. Other folks like
me can't fish that gear commercially."
Gill nets are called "passive" nets, because they
pretty much just sit there and let the fish run into them.
Seine nets are called "active," because they are moved
through the water to trap fish. Cast nets are called a
hybrid net, because they both entrap and entangle the
Enter Pringle who, with associate Ronald Crum,
came up with a hybrid net. It's made of braided nylon,
meets the 500-square-foot requirement, and has the
required two-inch mesh. The FWC thought it was an
illegal gill net, and hence the six-year-long lawsuit.
The judge's ruling
Judge Sauls wasn't shy about stating his thoughts
on the net matter, as evidenced in his 26-page ruling.
Sauls, by the way, may be a familiar name to many -
his ruling awarded the 2000 Florida election to George
The Pringle and Crum net was not a gill net, Sauls
wrote, and it wasn't a seine net. It was a hybrid net, like
a cast net, and should be allowed.
Then Sauls apparently got a little testy.
"The constitutional amendment involved is entitled
'Limiting Marine Net Fishing,' not 'Prohibiting All
Marine Net Fishing.' The amendment drastically and
dramatically reduced the size of all nets in nearshore
and inshore Florida water to a total of 500 square feet
of mesh area. If not on a vessel, only one such net may
be used. If on a vessel, only two such nets, which must
not be connected, may be used. The effect of this was
to limit or reduce marine fishing nets by approximately
98 percent from the size of .the netting that was typi-
cally employed prior to the amendment."
Pre-amendment, using an average 1,800-foot-long
net with a depth of 20 feet resulted in 36,000 square
feet of mesh area. "The limitation to 500 square feet
from 36,000 is an approximate 99 percent reduction,
leaving net fishermen in nearshore and inshore waters
only 1.4 percent of what they formerly fished for,"
He cited a Florida Supreme Court decision re-
garding trawl nets, the type used in shrimping. In
that case, the court ruled that "commercial viability
was and is an important, appropriate and relevant
consideration in determining how the constitutional
amendment is to be interpreted. The evidence and
record in this case [Pringle-Crum net] also clearly
established that the interpretation and action of the
state through its rules would have the operation and
effect of completely eliminating any commercial
viability with respect to the commercial mullet fish-
"The net at issue herein is clearly not a prohib-
ited net, and can not be considered a gill-entangling
net," Sauls continued. "Any interpretation of the
amendment language ... that has the effect and op-
eration of completely confiscating or taking the
plaintiffs' constitutionally guaranteed rights to their
means of earning a livelihood will deny to them due
process and the equal protection of the laws that is
guaranteed to them under the Florida Constitution
and the 14th Amendment to the United States Con-
Sauls probably sums it up best in one statement:
"The definition of gill and entangling nets in the
constitutional amendment is flawed and from this
stems great difficulty." He adds that several rules of-
fered by the FWC to enforce the gill net amendment are
unconstitutional and in %alid.
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Commission to review Holmes Beach Marina site plan
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach City Commission will review
Brian Quartermain's revised site plan for Holmes
Beach Marina at its work session Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Quartermain was found in violation of a 1987 site
plan for the marina by the code enforcement board in
the fall of 2001.
The board gave Quatermain the option of submit-
ting a revised site plan for approval by the city commis-
sion, or to restore the marina to the configuration of the
1987 site plan.
Quartermain chose to submit an amended site plan,
-which Assistant Superintendent of Public Works Bill
Saunders says, if accepted, would put the marina in
compliance with city ordinances.
Holmes Beach resident Hugh Holmes Sr., who
lives on Sunrise Lane adjacent to the marina, however,
has asked the board to consider the marina's site plan
Fishers win one in court
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
Yesterday, today, tomorrow
Pringle was obviously pleased with the court deci-
sion, although the appeal could drag out for several
more years. He said the net he's proposing is commer-
cially viable and "will allow fishermen to get back to
work and, hopefully, make a living. We're getting a
little more .than 1 percent of what we used to have in
He.said he fished with two partners during mullet
season last year in Sarasota Bay.
"We fished three schools down by Longbar Point,"
he said. "We fished them all day. There were probably
150,000 pounds of fish in those schools, and we got
900 pounds of them."
So much for the new net taking "all the fish" from
"We won a major battle," Pringle said with a grin.
"You've gotta win battles if you're going to win the
According to Holmes, several elements on the
1987 site plan, which was previously approved, have
been a constant source of agitation to neighbors.
Holmes told board members that the light fixtures
approved by the city, although shielded, shine onto his
property. In addition, the landscape buffering approved
by the commission doesn't adequately separate or
shield the property.
Holmes asked the board to consider 15 years of
complaints from neighbors about noise and lights and
other nuisances generated by the marina's business.
"What was done in the past has not been adequate,"
Holmes said. "I feel Quartermain should be required in
the new site plan to address new lighting and buffer-
In other news, Code Enforcement Officer Walter
Wunderlich responded to a resident's complaint against
the Island Lumber Company.
Joseph Burke asked that the city address an ongo-
ing problem caused by the lumber company's trucks
and forklift, which frequently block the right of way on
Wunderlich said he spoke to the owner of the lum-
ber company, who claims he has no control over when
his delivery trucks show up.
The owner told Wunderlich that his delivery truck
drivers have been notified of the problem and Burke was
advised to call the police to help monitor the situation.
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9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at its gallery
at 5414 Marina Drive in the Island Shopping Center,
Several members of the guild will exhibit their
works and there also will be displays outdoors of art-
works for sale. Proceeds will go to the gallery's pro-
Nancy Sullivan, past president of the guild, will
demonstrate working in acrylics and Doug Wolfe will
show "how to approach wood carving," and exhibit
some of his works.
Further information may be obtained by phoning
Sandpiper Street Sale
is scheduled Saturday
The Sandpiper Street Sale is back with its 2002
edition, on Saturday's agenda with features from food
to carport sales to raffles.
It will be at-the Sandpiper Mobile Resort, 2601
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, from 7 a.m. until 2
Margaret Ryan of the resort hopes to keep carport
sales to one street in the complex to avoid confusion.
Much of the rest of the event will take place in the com-
There, craft sales are being set up, raffles will
award many items given to the resort by merchants
around Anna Maria Island, baked goods sales will be
featured and especially the resort residents' homemade
The pies will be part of the food service through-
out the day, too. That will include sloppy joes and other
foods and snacks.
This is the only event devoted to raising funds for
the resort, Ryan said, with the money going to main-
tenance of the kitchen, the hall, and so on. The rest will
be donated to charities.
The sale is apart from the Penny Fair of a few
weeks ago, Ryan pointed out. That was for the benefit
of the Anna Maria Island Privateers, and the park raised
$900 for that civic organization.
Further information may be obtained by calling
Visionaires meet Tuesday
The Visionaires, a group working with persons with
low vision, will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Details may be obtained and transportation ar-
ranged by calling Laura Spaulding at 778-5001.
Breakfast on Longboat
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will host
a "Good Morning, Longboat Key" breakfast at 8 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the chamber office, 6854 Gulf of
Mexico Drive. Details are available at 387-9519.
Island Democrats hear
James McCartney of Holmes Beach and Washington,
D. C., former national columnist for Knight-Ridder
Newspapers, spoke to Anna Maria Island Democrats
Feb. 18 at the Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton
Beach. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
At the season's second St. Bernard Catholic Church
pancake breakfast, Peter Klosky of Holmes Beach
offers fresh oranges and grapefruit to Harriet and
Leonard Roth. The Roths moved to Perico this
month. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
Pancake breakfast planned
at St. Bernard Sunday
An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be
served from 8 until 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at St.
Bernard Catholic Church's activity center, 248 S. Har-
bor Drive, Holmes Beach.
On the menu with the stacks of hotcakes are sau-
sage, orange juice and coffee, $3 for adults, $1.50 for
children under 12. Details may be obtained by calling
Seminar on intangible taxes
Thursday at Island library
A seminar on preparation of the forms for Florida's
tax on intangible assets will be from 10:15 a.m. until
noon Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Robert Norring of the Florida Department of Rev-
enue will conduct the session. Reservations are not
required for the program, which is free and open to the
Further information is available at 778-6341.
Island Garden Club plant sale
Master gardener Russ North will discuss plant
pruning on Thursday and a yard sale is planned for
Saturday by the Island Garden Club.
Garden plant pruning will be the topic at the club's
meeting following a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. Thurs-
day, Feb. 21, at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The plant and yard sale will be by club members
from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the yard
of the home of the organization's president, Valerie
McGannon, 201 Peacock Lane, Holmes Beach. The
sale will include bromeliads, frangipani, baked goods
Among information to be brought to the club at its
meeting Thursday will be the results of its Christmas
party for Island children, where more than 100 gifts
Those attending the supper may call Art Koelsch
at 778-4432, said the club's Barbara Wright.
Privateers' Thieves Market
is Saturday on Island
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will have a
Thieves Market with assorted items for sale, plus fresh
vegetables and barbecue straight from the smoker
oven, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.
The event will be at the Holmes Beach City Hall
field, 5801 Marina Drive. It will be a fundraiser to help
the nonprofit Privateers support and sponsor local
A flea market will include vendors with col-
lectibles, books, crafts, tools, jewelry, antiques, cloth-
ing, pottery, farm-fresh vegetables and many other
Parking is plentiful and free, said Privateers. De-
tails may be obtained at 748-2143 or 747-1308.
THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 20, 2002 M PAGE 11
Swing your sweetie on Valentine's Day
The big band, Sophiscats of Bradenton and Sarasota, performed at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center's annual Valentine's Day dance. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson.
Islander presidential scholar candidate
Cara Ann Perinetti of Holmes Beach has been
named a candidate to be a Presidential Scholar, one of
the highest honors bestowed on graduating high school
She will graduate from Manatee High School this
year, and is busy now gathering information needed
for finalists in the state's competition and writing
The essay is on the back burner for the moment.
She has, after all, until the end of February to finish it.
After deciding on a topic, that is. But she has no fear
She is one of 20 young women semifinalists in
Florida, chosen along with 20 male graduating seniors
in the state on the basis of academic achievement.
"One girl and one boy will get to go to Washington,
D.C.," she said.
The two winners will get a week in the capital in
June, expenses paid, to receive Presidential Scholar
medallions and work with their senators and represen-
tatives, educators and others in public life. They will
join the two winners from each of the other 49 states,
Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
Perinetti has kept busy in MHS with the mock
trial program, presidency of the Environmental Sci-
ences Organization and other extracurricular interests,
and working in her off hours in customer services at
the Island Publix. -
She is the daughter of Robert and Cynthia
Perinetti. Her father is a retired New York police of-
ficer and departmental recovery diver, and her mother
is office manager for Dr. Roger Danziger on Cortez
Road. The family has lived here "since I was in the
second grade" at Anna Maria Elementary School, she
She has applied to Harvard, Duke and Princeton
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James (Jim) W. Green, 62, of Bradenton, died
Feb. 19 at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton.
A memorial service will be held at Harvey Memo-
rial Community Church, 300 Church St., Bradenton
Beach, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, with the Rev. Bill
Grossman officiating. Memorial contributions may be
made to a favorite charity.
Born in Moline, Ill., he was raised in Whittier, Ca-
lif. He coached junior varsity football and Pop Warner
baseball. Mr. Green was a commercial artist, was em-
ployed at Armour Pharmaceuticals, and later became
a mortgage and real estate broker.
He moved to Manatee County in 1980 and con-
tinued his career as a real estate broker.
He was a member of Harvey Memorial Commu-
He is survived by fiancee Diane L. Beer and her
daughter Nicole of Bradenton; sons Kelly and Scott of
Los Angeles; and three granddaughters.
Milton H. Hemman
Milton H. Hemman, 85, of Bradenton, died Feb.
Born in Hannibal, Mo., Mr. Hemman came to
Manatee County from Chicago in 1980. He retired as
vice president from Chemtron in Chicago after 45
years. He attended Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
Holmes Beach. -'
There were no services. Shannon Funeral Home
was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by daughter Nancy Powers of
Bradenton; sister Verna Romberg of Quincy, Ill.;
brother Cliff Hemman of Quincy; and a grandchild.
Kossie C. Parrish
Kossie C. Parrish, 77, of Ruskin, died Feb. 16.
Born in Parrish, Mr. Parrish was a former Mana-
tee County resident. He was a firefighter with the for-
estry service. He served in the U.S. Army during World
War II. He was a member of Palmetto Pines Golf
Course. He was a member of the United Methodist
Church of Parrish.
Services will be held at a later date.
He is survived by wife Anna Mae; daughters
Darlene Patrick of Tampa and Dale Davis of
Cottondale, Ala.; stepdaughters Joy Simmons of York,
Pa., and Linda Johnson of St. Cloud; stepsons Rodney
Bubb of Ocoee and Timothy Bubb and Jack Bubb, both
of St. Cloud; sisters Elizabeth Myrick of Holmes
Beach, Jeanette Keever of Ellenton, and Cleo Amlong
of Glenwood; 20 grandchildren; and 22 great-grand-
John R. Simmons
John R. Simmons, 78, of Holmes Beach and North
Branch, Mich., died Feb. 15.
Born in North Branch, Mr. Simmons was a winter
resident of Holmes Beach for 30 years. He was retired
as owner of a farm in North Branch. He was a mem-
ber of Palmetto Pines Golf Course and First United
Methodist Church in North Branch.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, was in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Joan; daughter Jill of Glen
Ridge, N.J.; sons George of Albuquerque, N.M., James
of Alden, Mich., and John of North Branch; brother
William of North Branch; 12 grandchildren; and a
PAGE 12 E FEB. 20, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER
An estimated crowd of 30,000 people enjoyed the fun at the 20th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
last weekend. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
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Islander Photo: Paul Roat
may top record
The weekend's Cortez Commercial Fishing Festi-
val attracted 30,000 or more people and "very likely"
cleared more money than last year's record.
That's the good word from Karen Bell, treasurer of
the sponsoring Florida Institute of Saltwater Fishing.
"All I know for sure is that we deposited
$125,000," she said. "That's more than last year. We
won't know yet just how much of that we get to keep,
until we've paid the vendors their share and paid other
"Last year we cleared $40,000, which was a record.
I think we'll top that this year."
The money will go to the sponsor's mortgage pay-
ment, $63,000 due April 1 as the second of four install-
ments for the FISH Preserve at the east end of the his-
The 95-acre parcel is being purchased by FISH and
supporting villagers and friends for preservation of its
72 acres of mangrove wetlands and 23 acres of uplands
as a buffer against high-rise development.
The festival drew more than 15,000 patrons each
of its two days, Bell said.
"We did great!" she exulted. "We were so lucky
with the nice weather Sunday, and even if it wasn't so
nice on that wet and windy Saturday, a good crowd
came and stayed."
Rick Kessler and his friend, Rambo, enjoyed the
festivities. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Mary Balbo, 7, of Bradenton, enjoyed the llamas.
Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
Mike Rappaport of Banana Cabana in Bradenton
Beach offered festivalgoers jerked chicken or grou-
per sandwiches. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
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Sarah Chapman, 5, of Bradenton, enjoyed the Mote
Marine Lab touch tank. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Face painting was just some of the fun, as Hunter Harrison, 7, discovered. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
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Turtle Watch beach ATV stalled in Holmes Beach
By Jim Hanson
Holmes Beach is the only beach in the state that
won't let turtle guardians have wheels, says Suzi Fox,
and with beach renourishment coming the issue gets
more critical by the day.
Last week it seemed to edge closer to resolution,
then reverted to its customary confusion and inertia.
At issue is the use of an all-terrain vehicle by Turtle
Watch volunteers in turtle rescue operations, which
Fox said can be critical but Holmes Beach won't per-
mit. Fox holds the Florida marine turtle preservation
permit for Anna Maria Island.
She recalls asking the city commission last year to
let her use the donated vehicle in some situations and
the commission refusing its permission because stat-
utes forbid vehicles on the beach except for emergency
or construction vehicles.
She rarely will need the ATV, Fox said, but "if
a turtle nest is in trouble, I'll need the ATV badly
to move the eggs quickly" down the beach for relo-
She and her volunteers would be hard-pressed to
move to safer beaches the dozens of nests from the
beach being renourished this spring, as required by
law, she said,
"If I can't perform my job, renourishment stops,"
Fox said. "That's the law."
Fox said that last week Mayor Carol Whitmore,
who has been trying to break the impasse, told her to
call the city attorney and work out details for a solu-
Attorney Patricia Petroff told her to have Charlie
Hunsicker, Manatee County's supervisor of the
renourishment project, certify that nest moving is part
of renourishment. "Charlie has nothing to do with it,
it's state law," Fox said.
She was told by the city to make an ATV part of
her application for her annual turtle permit renewal, but
permits were renewed in January.
The other Island cities have approved the Turtle
Watch ATV on their beaches, Fox noted, and every
other turtle-beach jurisdiction in the state has done so,
too, "and the state has already blessed my ATV use by
letter and the city commission has the letter."
The issue awaits either compromise or improve-
ments in communications, and meanwhile the
renourishment project and that potential deadlock
looms nearer daily.
Latest word from Hunsicker is that the job may
start March 12.
A valentine for Cupid the turtle
The little green turtle's instincts were fault-
less sick and lost, it came to Anna Maria Is-
land and found all the help humans can give.
It wasn't quite enough.
An Anna Maria City woman spotted the
turtle on the bayside beach along South Bay Bou-
levard, across from Rotten Ralph's restaurant,
and called Turtle Watch.
Suzi Fox, who holds the Florida marine turtle
preservation permit for the Island, and the
woman plowed through residential yards and
found a small green with tumors on its body.
They carried the 30-pounder to Fox's truck
and headed for Mote Marine Laboratory. There,
Dr. Charles Manire started treatment, working in the
rain in Fox's truckbed by flashlight.
He couldn't bring the turtle into the crowded
Mote hospital for fear of infecting other animals
there. No one has yet figured out what is causing the
tumors on turtles, a spreading threat.
Fox brought it home to Anna Maria and kept it
in her bathtub overnight, then bade it goodbye next
day when a truck came from the Clearwater Marine
Aquarium to take it for treatment.
The youngster died shortly thereafter, but not
before, as often happens with turtle people, they
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Peacock homeowners move
forward with petition
Eight of the 10 property owners on Peacock Lane
in Holmes Beach have signed and submitted a petition
to Janet McAfee at the Manatee County Government
Project Management Department asking for sewer ser-
The decision to move forward with the petition
follows an informational meeting held at city hall in
which McAfee outlined the cost and procedures to
hook up to Manatee County's sewer system.
The homeowners have come to an informal agree-
ment to divide the total assessed cost equally among all
At a previous meeting, McAfee told homeowners
the maximum cost would be approximately $3,000 per
residential unit. With a total of 18 units on Peacock
Lane, the total cost will now come to $54,000, or
$3,000 per each unit.
McAfee also told homeowners that they could so-
licit bids from a private contractor to build the sewer
extension. Homeowner Thomas McGannon is pursuing
this avenue and has contacted Dennis Holt, chief esti-
mator at Woodruff Construction the company re-
sponsible for building the original Holmes Beach sewer
system for a bid.
Currently all of the properties on Peacock Lane,
which were built between 1973 and 1990, use septic
tanks. Since 1975, the property owners have made two
efforts to hook up to the sewer line.
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Advice: Hoof it for Tour of Homes for parking ease
By Jim Hanson
The Tour of Homes chief has some earnest advice
for those making the tour March 9: Walk. Or bike.
Anything to avoid parking a car in the City of Anna
Maria. Tour officials won't say so, but the advice is
caused partly by unpleasantness on the streets.
Parking for the event, of course, has always has
been on the streets, and every year it's gotten more
difficult because of narrow streets. Now it's become
unpleasant, even downright ugly in spots.
Some residents are up in arms about parking on
their streets by anyone, particularly people from "else-
where." Sheriff's deputies working in Anna Maria have
ticketed cars for parking on the asphalt or is it off the
asphalt? and that became an additional controversy.
It's not the kind of attitude anyone wants to associate
with a charming event such as the Tour of Homes.
Though she'd never admit it, that and the tussle for
spaces are why Tour Chair Barbara Mason advises
anyone who can do so to walk or bike the tour.
The tour will open five homes, four of them neigh-
bors in the City of Anna Maria, for visits by the pub-
lic. One is a vintage cottage in Holmes Beach which is
being redecorated by women of the tour committee.
Tickets at $10 may be purchased at any of two
dozen businesses on the Island and northwest
Bradenton. They will cost $12 on the day of the tour.
Tour participants may join the stroll at any of the five
homes and proceed in any order.
There will be lunch offered at one of the homes
along the way, featuring "Island ritzy cookies," and a
wine tasting at Island's End.
At 3 p.m. all of the raffle tickets will be put into a
cage and spun to pick the winner of the "Island Fan-
tasy" quilt hand-stitched by the Eyeland Needlers. This
award will be announced at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria
City. Lots of tickets are still available at $1 each at the
Center, Publix and Ginny's Antiques & Art, 5600
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Proceeds from the tickets, raffle, wine tasting, lun-
cheon and other activities will go to the Center.
Further information may be obtained from the cen-
ter at 778-1908.
Islander organizes Scots once more
Marcia McCabe of Holmes Beach can do, and
successfully does, what many wouldn't even try -
organizes a bunch of those ferociously independent
For the fifth time in five years she is chairing the
Scottish Symposium of the Caledonian Foundation
U.S.A. Inc. It will take place Friday and Saturday,
Feb. 22 and 23, in Sarasota.
Before and during those events, McCabe will be
hosting and guiding tours with the official represen-
tative from Scotland, filling him full of Anna Maria
He is Colin McCallum, director of development
of the National Museums of Scotland. He is filling
in for the chairman of the Caledonian Foundation,
the Earl of Dalkeith, who can't make it this year.
McCallum will get the full Islander-enthusiast's
tour, McCabe promised, as she has arranged in the
past. "I'll show him the whole Island," she said.
"Everyone loves coming to Anna Maria."
People from Scotland and Americans of Scottish
heritage from all over the United States will be at the
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endar, she said.
The Caledonian Foundation is devoted to the arts
and heritage of Scotland, she said, donating money
and efforts to the country's arts and music. It even
sends an educational boat to bring the arts to the far-
away Outer Hebrides Islands.
It sponsors and maintains the Scottish Opera and
the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, Edinburgh Festival
Theatre in Edinburgh, Balnain House in Inverness,
and the College of Piping on Prince Edward Island
The Sarasota area has a long history of things
Scottish, she noted, with early settlers hoodwinked
by promoters into coming here from Scotland and
many of them persevering despite the odds. She also
noted the first golf course in the United States was
built in what became downtown Sarasota by a Scot.
The golf course and many other contributions to
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The Florida Marine Research Institute conducted
a study last week on the location of all man-made ob-
stacles on Coquina Beach that might interfere with sea
turtles and their hatchlings during the upcoming turtle
Shigetomo Hirama of the FMRI conducted the
study and used a state-of-the-art global positioning
system to map out all man-made objects.
The data are part of a complete study of man-made
hazards on Florida's beaches that the FMRI is doing for
its parent, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, Hirama said.
Holmes Beach leaves fence
Holmes Beach city commissioners discussed the
possibility of raising fence heights from 4 feet to 6 feet
at a recent work session, but left things as they are in
The discussion was prompted by Commissioner
Don Maloney after Georgia Burke, manager of Palm
Key condominiums, asked the city commission if the
4-foot-high chain-link fence around the swimming pool
area could be replaced with a 6-foot-high PVC fence.
Maloney believed requests have come before the
commission often enough that the city should consider
under what circumstances a 6-foot fence should be al-
A concerned citizen, however, spoke to the com-
mission and encouraged them to leave the fence height
restrictions in residential areas at 4 feet.
The resident said, and the commission agreed, that
a four-foot fence height might impact a neighbor's sce-
nic view or the amount of air circulating into the home,
but wouldn't destroy it.
The consensus of the commission was that 6-foot
fences may be appropriate in commercial districts, but
they have no place in residential neighborhoods.
In other business, the commission agreed to have
City Treasurer Rick Ashley work with Mayor Carol
Whitmore in reallocating funds in the current budget to
cover the increased cost of finishing the city's bike
paths. Bids for the project came in at $70-75 thousand
more than initially expected.
The commission is considering Suzi Fox's request
to use an ATV on the beach during the beach
renourishment project. Fox has the support of the
Manatee County commission, and approvals from the
Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach city commissions, as
well as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
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of an ATV on the beach, but the commission can grant
an exception since the use is deemed an integral part of
the renourishment project.
Community Center plans
special cookbook plus
A special cookbook, with recipes and stories, is to
be published this year by the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, the organization has announced.
It asks that Islanders and other friends share their
favorite family recipes, and especially welcome will be
"homespun" stories that can accompany the recipes or
stand alone in the book.
"All culinary delights are welcome," said spokes-
woman Sandee Pruett. She asks that recipes be mailed
to P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
She noted that the Center published a cookbook
about five years ago and tried to repeat last year, but
didn't get enough recipes. This year, she said, there is
sure to be a bookful of new recipes, and they will in-
clude ones submitted last year and maybe some from
the original book.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-1908.
Mote will host volunteer
prospects next Wednesday
Mote Marine Laboratory has sent out an urgent call
for volunteers of all kinds, and has scheduled a coffee
Wednesday, Feb. 27, to talk it over with them.
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The coffee will be from 10 a.m. until noon at the
Martin-Selby Education Center on the Mote campus,
on City Island off the south ramp of the New Pass
Especially needed are people with customer ser-
vice or retail experience, Mote said, and also anyone
interested in helping out at the aquarium. Greeters,
guides, gift shop personnel and cashiers are especially
needed at the aquarium.
Those interested are to call the coordinator of vol-
unteer services, Andrea Davis, at 388-4441 ext. 438.
Book signing Thursday
Frances Jordan Beard will sign her Anna Maria
Island-based novel "The Ties That Bind" starting at 1
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Circle Books, 478 John
Ringling Blvd. on St. Armands Circle.
This is the Sarasota author's third mystery featur-
ing Island real estate operators Mary Sue and Sam Gil-
bert. Details on the signing may be obtained by calling
Digital photographic show
at education center
The "Downtown Sarasota Close Up" digital photo
exhibit by Bob Fink will hang until March 22 at the
Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Fink is an award-winning photographer who
teaches photography at the center. The center's hours
are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Details are
available at 383-8811.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Feb. 11, burglary of occupied dwelling, battery,
200 block Coconut Avenue. The suspect entered the
house in search of his girlfriend, according to police
reports. The homeowner ordered him to leave, although
he continued to search the residence until he found his
girlfriend, who eventually left the house and entered
her car. The suspect attempted to pull his girlfriend
from the car, according to the report, until the
homeowner was able to verbally force him to leave.
No reports provided.
Feb. 8, theft, 8300 Marina Drive. A resident re-
ported someone took his bicycle from the front door of
Feb. 8, missing person. A resident reported her 15-
year-old daughter had run away from home. A "be-on-the-
lookout" was issued for her. She was last seen wearing
blue jeans with sparkles on the side of each leg.
Feb. 12, recovered stolen goods, 100 block 65th
Street. A business owner called police to report a white
truck had been parked on the street for several days.
After a computer check it was determined the truck had
been reported stolen from Marion County. The vehicle
was processed and towed to storage until the owner
could recover it.
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Her mother, Louann Alberts, lives in Georgia and
her grandmother, Beatrice Mayville, in Anna
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Beware of Swiss bills
Some Swiss companies have developed a cute little
"scam" to get unsuspecting bookkeepers to fork over
big bucks for unordered advertisements.
One such company, IT&T of Zug, Switzerland,
mailed a bill to The Islander newspaper in early Feb-
ruary for $965.15. The bill was for publication of the
newspaper's fax number in an international direc-
tory. The advertisement was never ordered, said
Publisher Bonner Joy, who supervises the payment
of bills for the newspaper.
But it's like the old adage, that if you throw enough
mud against the wall, some of it will stick.
Investigators with Interpol, the international police
agency in Europe, have said previously that unscrupulous
Manatee Players plan five
plays next season
"Peter Pan" will open the Manatee Players 2002-
03 season at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton, the theatrical troupe has announced.
The musical will be Oct. 24-Nov. 10, 2002. Oth-
ers on the schedule are "Nuncrackers" Dec. 5-22,
"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" Jan. 16-Feb. 2,
2003, "No Sex Please We're British" Feb. 27-March
16, "Camelot" April 3-20, and "Ten Little Indians"
May 1-18, 2003.
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Nurse Schoeffel promoted to
Sally W. Schoeffel, daughter of-Rosemarie C.
Willis of Anna Maria City, has been promoted to lieu-
tenant colonel while serving with the U.S. Air Force in
She is a clinical nurse assigned to the 65th
Medical Group at Lajes Field in Portugal's
Azores Islands. She is the twin sister of Susan M.
Willis of Bradenton.
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companies mail out thousands of these bills world wide
every day. The hope is the bill will make its way to the
bookkeeping department of a large firm, where an unsus-
pecting clerk will authorize payment. Sooner or later, in-
vestigators say, the bill scores a hit and gets paid.
The bills are generated by a computer from tele-
phone and business directories readily available.
Interpol has said that some of these companies now
actually publish a small directory of business phones
and fax numbers, just to avoid any entanglement with
But companies have still paid nearly $1,000 just for
a one-line sentence in a directory that is distributed
only in a few cities in Switzerland.
'Scam artist' sought
Holmes Beach police warn that a man is
attempting to solicit money for nonexistent
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale
Stephenson said a man calling himself Ray
Whitehead or Ray Anderson approaches busi-
ness to solicit money for advertisements in
church bulletins or newsletters.
"This appears to be a scam," according to
Gail McGrath with the Diocese of Venice,
adding that anyone approached by someone
unknown to them soliciting money for adver-
tising should check with the church men-
tioned, or call Stephenson at 708-5804.
Raptors to be discussed Saturday
Eagles, ospreys, hawks and other raptors will be
discussed Saturday, Feb. 23, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at
the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary on City Island, off
the south ramp of the New Pass Bridge.
The program is free and open to the public and is
designed for families, particularly children. Details are
available at 388-4444.
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Golf and golf
Well-known Island resident Bill O'Connor has
just opened up Golf Etc. in the new MarketPlace
West Shopping Center at 3442 53rd Ave. West in
Bradenton. While Golf Etc. has all the latest clubs and
accessories, along with custom clubmaking and repairs,
it's the high- tech computerized swing analysis that
separates Golf Etc. from ordinary golf shops. Take one
swing with any club at the indoor driving mat and Bill's
"Golf Achiever" laser-generated computer analysis
will tell you how far you hit it, if it was square on the
face or on the toe or heel, if it sliced or hooked, if you
swung out to in or off-line, and if the club was the right
type of shaft and length for you. He says you don't have
to buy clubs from Golf Etc. to get a golf analysis. It's
free. You can even bring in your own clubs to see how
"A golfer can come in and see right away what is
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here," he said, and he's inviting all Island golfers to
stop in and check out their swing or just talk golf. Bill
has been involved in Island youth activities for more
than 16 years and sponsors an annual bowling tourna-
ment. This year, he's helping with the Island Commu-
nity Center golf tournament. To start swingin' right,
Locks of thanks
Bob Woods of Lock Around the Clock takes
helping his customers seriously. Recently, frequent
Island visitor Gail Stolof found out, while jumping out
of her car to throw out some trash, that her 2002 car
was self locking when the engine was running. Oops!
She first called police, who warned her that breaking
a window could cause the airbags to inflate. That's
when she called Bod Woods, who figured out a way to
open the door in less than five minutes, she said.
"His concern was truly to help me," she said. But
there's more to the story.
When Gail realized she didn't have enough money
to pay Bob, he said "don't worry."
"This is obviously a man who cares about helping
others rather than taking advantage of a distressed and
desperate visitor. In these days and times, it is comfort-
ing to know that there are still people out there who
care more about helping people than the almighty dol-
lar. Thank you again, Bob," she said. To get more locks
unlocked, call 778-1661.
Whole lotta Shake
Holmes Beach residents Debbie and Robert
Crowe recently purchased the Shake Pit at 3801 West
Manatee Avenue in Bradeton. The popular location
has been in business since 1959. Debbie, who operates
the Shake Pit along with daughter Hannah, said the Pit
will keep all the old flavor and charm of the original
Shake Pit. The best homemade shakes, sodas, ice
creams, burgers and fries are still available. Debbie
gave a special thanks to staff members Molly Jasper,
Rachel Bell, Yvonne Gerrlish and Mike Manassa. To
get Shaked, call 748-4016.
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THE ISIfANDERl t FEB. 20, 2993 U PAGE 19
Long fishing history in Island area
By Paul Roat
Fishing in the waters off Anna
Maria Island did not always include
graphite rods, $30,000 flats boats and
bright-colored plastic artificial lures.
In fact, historical accounts of the
region's fisheries make today's catches
pale in comparison.
Fishing in this part of the state has al-
ways been a way of life. Tocobaga, Calusa
and Timucuan Indians plied the bays and
passes thousands of years ago, bringing in
catches of mullet, pompano and redfish to
feed their extended families.
Oysters, clams and scallops were
scooped from the shallow waters. The
shells were heaped in huge piles, some-
times reaching heights of more than 100
Cuban fishers set up camps through-
out the region in the 1600s, shipping
salted mulletato fish houses in Havana.
The practice continued until the late
One of the larger fish camps in the
state was at Hunter's Point in Cortez. In
1879, a surveyor with the U.S. Fish
Commission reported that 28 fishers
were at Hunter's Point. "There were no
permanent dwellings at Hunter's Point,"
Ben Green writes in his book "Finest
Kind," only a large fish house for stor-
ing fish and two rooms built onto the
fish house where the men slept.
"The mullet and the roe were kench-
cured rubbed with salt and then dried
in the sun and shipped to Cuba to be
sold," Green continues.
Where the name "Hunter's Point"
originated is uncertain. Some say an
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original settler named Hunter bought the
land from the state but was unable to
homestead it. Others said the name
came from the wildlife deer, turkeys
and rabbits that made the area home.
But wherever the name came from,
the area became home to a group of
families originally from Carteret County
in North Carolina. As Green writes:
"The immigrants had found what
they were looking for: Sarasota Bay,
sheltered from the Gulf by Anna Maria
Island and Longboat Key, provided
miles and miles of fishing grounds that
were teeming with mullet, redfish, trout,
bluefish, snook, sheepshead and floun-
der. Just beyond Anna Maria with easy
access through Longboat Pass lay the
Gulf of Mexico, which had huge schools
of mullet running along its beaches dur-
ing roe season and, in the spring,- a
wealth of mackerel and kingfish.
"It was all there within easy reach of
young men and women with strong
backs and a determination to work hard.
The beautiful pristine environment must
have looked like heaven, or something
close to it, since at dusk the mosquitoes
surely reminded them that it wasn't. But
the fish were there in abundance, and,
other than a few fishermen from
Fogartyville up the Manatee River and
a few other small villages scattered fur-
ther south towards Punta Gorda and
Charlotte Harbor, it was theirs for the
The taking of fish wasn't easy.
Hours were long and the work often
backbreaking. Mosquitoes often cov-
ered the screens of the houses so thickly
that little light could penetrate. Drinking
water came from rain, and was often so
thick with mosquito larvae that the wa-
ter had a consistency of sludge. A hur-
ricane in October 1921 completely de-
stroyed the village waterfront. Red tide
decimated the fish in Sarasota Bay in
1946 with an algae bloom that lasted for
more than a year.
But the fishing continued and, de-
spite the devastating effect of the 1995
ban on inshore gill-net fishing in
Florida, the village of Cortez and the
fishers there continue.
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Mullet mysteries continues to perplex all
By Jim Hanson
A funny fish is the mullet
He has a chicken-like gullet
He just disappears
For several years
Then he's back, and you can just mull it.
OK, so it isn't poetry, but the mullet is still a most
peculiar fish with mysterious habits.
It indeed has a gizzard just like a chicken's, the
only fish in the world so equipped. And its millions
vanish from these parts semi-periodically and no one
knows why, then reappear and no one knows why. All
anyone can do is wonder.
It's been awhile since they last did their disappear-
ing act, but it could happen again any day now. Or not.
Who knows? "
Snooks Adams and Walter Bell, who have kept a
sharp eye on mullet longer than most, don't know. A
theory or two, maybe, but nothing serious.
Adams was born in the fishing village of Cortez
when it was the mullet capital of the world, and fished
commercially from childhood until he became head of
law enforcement on Anna Maria Island, later retiring.
Bell helped make Cortez the mullet capital of the
world, fishing when he was younger and then taking
over his father's A.P. Bell Fish Co., also later retiring. Mullet school in Anna Maria Sound and Sarasota Bay. Islander Photo: Courtesy Mark Bradow
Mullet school in Anna Maria Sound and Sarasota Bay. Islander Photo: Courtesy Mark Bradow
Both recall the time when mullet abandoned Cortez
and Sarasota Bay and all these parts in the 1930s.
"We all tried the bays and all over, and couldn't see
enough mullet to make a living," Adams said.
Bell said, "I was a kid then, ahd my dad left here
to find the mullet, camped out on the Alafia River south
of Tampa to fish, even for blue crab, and fishing was
so bad he just came on home."
Then came World War II in late 1941, and the
fish came back with it. It was too much coincidence
for some people, said Bell "They figured God
was with our country. He sent the fish back to feed
Americans. You could look anywhere and see 50
jump, millions of them."
But they didn't stay. Adams said that a couple of
years after he came back from World War II he trav-
eled all of Tampa Bay and around St. Petersburg
hunting mullet, and couldn't catch enough to pay for
his boat's fuel.
"Along in the late '40s," Bell said, "most of the
men in the community had to quit trying to fish and
went to scalloping for a living. I went with Charlie
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Guthrie down to the Sister Keys where some mullet
were jumping, and we caught 10 head in four nets."
Fishing for painters
A memorable bumper crop came when the dredg-
ing began for construction of the original Sunshine
Skyway Bridge across Tampa Bay in 1954, said Bell.
"They showed thick then, during construction. I took
a job for $25 a day watching out for falling painters,
laid off the bridge in my boat and picked them out of
the bay, and the mullet were all over the place."
Same thing happened during dredging of Port Mana-
tee in the early 1970s, he said. Mullet were scarce until
work started, then they showed up in great number.
Again in the '80s, for "about '81, '82, '83, around
in there, there were the most fish I ever saw around
here," said Adams. "Then they fell off again."
Neither of these thoughtful veterans knows for sure
what brings this great ebb and flow of mullet. Nor does
Dr. Randy Edwards, staff scientist at Mote Marine
Laboratory and an acknowledged expert on Gulf fish.
Edwards suggested that a series of red tide blooms
may decimate mullet along with everything else in the
sea, so there are no mullet until the survivors replen-
ish themselves. And the fish move around, he said, re-
sponding to conditions.
Running in cycles
Adams suspects mullet run in cycles, "like most
life, animals and even vegetables. They come out of
THE ISLANDER U FEB. 20, 2002 0 PAGE 23
How to unhook a snagged bird
Unfortunately, fishers sometimes reel in critters
without fins. Hungry birds often dive for a baited hook
and become snagged in the line or barb. Here's how
to safely remove a fish hook from a bird.
Don't cut the line! Reel the bird in slowly, and
if possible lift the bird with a net rather than pull-
ing it up with the line.
Get someone to help you hold the bird. Place
a towel over the bird's head to help calm it, and hold
its head or beak through the towel to contain it.
Find the hook and push it through the skin so
the barb is exposed.
Cut off the barb and back the hook out.
Remove all fishing line that may be entangling
If the puncture wound appears to be the only
injury, you can probably release the bird. However,
the safest course of action for the bird is to bring it
to a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility. If the
bird has other injuries or the hook is too deeply
imbedded to be easily removed, by all means take
the bird to a rehab place as soon as possible.
Call the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary for help:
Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, come across the south part
of the Gulf and up into Florida waters. Seems every
seven or eight years they fall off and then pick up
Bell feels they may come and go according to the
weather and respond to such conditions as air pressure.
"One year may be a big one in Louisiana, the next one
Florida. Get a spell of weather in Carolina in the fall, a
hard nor'easter, and the mullet come down around
Florida and up into the Gulf."
The mystery may never be solved, or even seriously
investigated, for mullet don't matter much here anymore.
Inshore netting has been prohibited since 1995 and
along with it went the hope for loads of mullet.
It doesn't bother the mullet. They go on as always,
coming and going for whatever fishy reasons, not car-
ing at all whether or not man understands.
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Anna Maria Elementary
Monday, Feb. 25
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup, Yogurt,
Lunch: Tacos or Chicken Wings with Roll, Sweet Corn,
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Breakfast: Sausage with Toast, Yogurt, Cereal
Lunch: Corndog or Barbecue Rib Sandwich, Oven Fries,
Baked Beans, Fresh Fruit
Wednesday, Feb. 27
Breakfast: Pancake with Syrup, Yogurt, Cereal
Lunch: Breaded Beef Patty with Roll or Beef and Cheese
Burrito, Winter Mix Vegetables, Cinnamon Apples
Thursday, Feb. 28
Breakfast: Scrambled Egg with Toast, Yogurt, Cereal
Lunch: Turkey and Noodles with Roll or Fish on Bun,
Steamed Fresh Broccoli with Cheese Sauce, Applesauce
Friday, March 1
Breakfast: Cinnamon Toast, Yogurt, Cereal
Lunch: Cheese Pizza or Junior Cuban Sandwich, Tossed
Salad with Ranch Dressing, Applesauce Cup
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Island Middle School menu
Monday, Feb. 25
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage Link and
Roll, or Chicken Patty on Bun, Chef Salad with
Dressing, Mixed Vegetables, Fruit
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Lunch: Chicken Wings or Hamburger with Fries,
Chef Salad with Dressing, Seasoned Green Beans,
Wednesday, Feb. 27
Lunch: Cheese Pizza or Fish Sandwich with Chips,
Chef Salad with Dressing, Mixed Vegetables, Fruit
Thursday, Feb. 28
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Chef Salad with Dressing, Fresh Steamed Baby
Friday, March 1
Lunch: Hamburger Gravy with Mashed Potatoes and
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Exceptional "WAVE" awards include: Zack Geeraerts, Kevin Callahan, Madison Easterling, Kayleigh
Monetti, Kelley Ice, Chelsea Burgess, Max Marnie and Chris Galati. Recipients of the WAVE award receive a
coupon for a free serving of ice cream at Mama Lo's in Anna Maria.
'Wide open' scholarships being offered by AID
AID scholarship applications are ready at the Is-
land churches, and the program is not only open to new
high school graduates it's for anyone who wants
That is the word from Bob Meylan, who helps
handle the scholarship program for All Islands De-
nominations, the organization of all seven churches on
Anna Maria Island.
He stressed that the scholarships may be
awarded to attend junior college, technical school,
business school or any other institution that can help
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Wednesday, Feb. 20
10:30 a.m. "Service of the Word" at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Noon St. Bernard Ladies' Guild dessert card party at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, Activity Center, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-7771. Fee applies.
12:30 p.m. Peggy Williams presents "Shell Collecting in
Belize" at the Anna Maria Garden Club meeting, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria City. Information: 722-5902.
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist and "Souper Supper" at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1638.
6 p.m. Trusts in Real Estate Transactions seminar at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-2261.
6:30 p.m. -Dinner and "Service of the Word" at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cheerleaders awards ceremony at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria City. Information: 778-1908.
8 p.m. Manatee Community College presents "Re-
hearsal for Murder" at the John W. James Studio Theatre,
5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 752-5252. Fee
Thursday, Feb. 21
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free tax help from AARP at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
10:15 a.m. to noon Florida intangible tax seminar at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
1 p.m. Frances Jordan Beard signs her novel "The Ties
That Bind" at Circle Books, 478 John Ringling Blvd. on St.
Armands Circle. Information: 388-2850.
6:30p.m. Island Garden Club potluck supper and presenta-
tion on pruning garden plants at the Church of the Annuncia-
tion, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4432.
7p.m. Bingo at the Annie Silver Community Center, 23rd
Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach.
7 to 9 p.m. Teen Valentine Dance at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria
City. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Friday, Feb. 22
5 to 9 p.m. Antique.and collectable show at the Manatee
Convention and Civic Center, U.S. Hwy. 41/301 and Haben
Boulevard, Palmetto. Information: 722-3244. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. Peace pole dedication celebration at Anna
Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
5:30 p.m. "Way of the Cross" at the Episcopal Church of
the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
7 p.m. Manatee Players present "Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Saturday, Feb. 23
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Street sale at the Sandpiper Mobile Re-
sort, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Privateers' "Thieves" Market at Holmes
Beach city hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 748-2143 or 747-1308.
9 to 11 a.m. Growing palm trees class with Orban
Nursery's Tim Myers at 9403 Ninth Ave. N.W., Bradenton.
Information: 761-2866. Fee applies.
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Art show and sidewalk bake sale at
the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6694.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Island Garden Club plant and yard sale at
201 Peacock Lane, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4432.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Antique and collectable show at the
Manatee Convention and Civic Center, U.S. Hwy. 41/301
and Haben Boulevard, Palmetto. Information: 722-3244. Fee
10:30 a.m. "Eagles, Ospreys, Hawks and other Raptors"
at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson
Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
2 p.m. Manatee Players present "Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist at the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
7 p.m. Manatee Players present "Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875. Fee applies.
8 p.m. Manatee Community College presents "Re-
hearsal for Murder" at the John W. Jaines Studio Theatre,
5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 752-5252. Fee
Sunday, Feb. 24
8 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast and bake sale at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-4769.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Antique and collectable show at the
Manatee Convention and Civic Center, U.S. Hwy 41/301
and Haben Boulevard, Palmetto. Information: 722-3244. Fee
THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 20, 2002 0 PAGE 25
2 p.m. Manatee Players present "Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875. Fee applies.
5 p.m. Flag dedication ceremony at the Island Middle
School, 206 85th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5200.
Monday, Feb. 25
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Irish-dance lessons at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist at the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
7p.m. Exploring the dark side of ocean sunfish with sci-
ence editor Tierney Thys at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600
Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 388-4441.
Tuesday, Feb. 26
10:15 to 11:45 a.m. "Beyond Your Wildest Dreams"
workshop with Angela Jackson at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Blood drive at Gulf Drive Cafe, 900
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 746-7195.
1:30 p.m. -Visionaires meeting at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5001.
7 to 8 p.m. Yoga/Dance class with Angela Jackson at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria City. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Feb. 27
8 a.m. Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce "Good
Morning, Longboat Key" breakfast at the chamber office,
6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Information: 387-9519.
10:30 a.m. "Service of the Word" at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist and "Souper Supper" at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1638.
6:30 p.m. -Dinner and "Service of the Word" at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
* Run for the Turtles at Siesta Key Public Beach March 2.
* Longboat Key Home and Garden Tour March 2.
* "Getting to Know Your Local Government: Service Sys-
tems" at the Island Branch Library March 2.
* Crime prevention seminar with Manatee County Sheriff's
Deputy Al Demaio at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center March 6.
* "Successful Relationship Selling Beat the Economic
Slump" at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce March 6.
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Anna Maria Elementary School's visionary
By Diana Bogan
All eyes at Anna Maria Elementary School are fo-
cused intently on architect Ernest Dreher as he takes on
the task of integrating a plethora of community input
into one common vision for a new Island school.
Dreher, a principal architect at SMRT Architec-
tural Design of Sarasota, was recently chosen by the
Manatee County School Board to design a master plan
- either for renovations or new construction at both
King Middle School and AME and is under consider-
ation for several other upcoming school projects.
However,. in Dreher's personal master plan, he
didn't always envision being an architect.
The Philadelphia native says he was a high school
chemistry wizard and ventured on to Princeton Univer-
sity in pursuit of becoming a chemist.
By his sophomore year, however, he admitted he
caught the "family disease" and changed his major to
become an architect like both his father and grandfa-
"My parents told me I was detail oriented so I took
some architecture courses," he said. "I saw how. cre-
ative it was and I loved it."
After completing his master's degree at Princeton,
Dreher moved to Maine where he worked predomi-
nantly on designs for hospitals.
"Working on hospitals taught me to be thorough
and particular about things," said Dreher.
After 17 years working in Maine, Dreher moved
his family to Sarasota and opened his own practice,
which focused on designing banks.
Dreher eventually merged his company with
SMRT and has worked on projects such as renovating
the Sarasota County office building and Sarasota's
newly redesigned Gulf Gate Elementary School.
Dreher believes the bright colors and design of
Gulf Gate Elementary put SMRT on the map for future
Although Gulf Gate Elementary is three times the
size of Anna Maria, Dreher said it shows what can be
done architecturally and can give Islanders a feel for
the design elements that may be infused into AME's
"We can always overcome site-specific issues,"
said Dreher. "I know Anna Maria has an active com-
munity with a lot of input and opinions. I try to satisfy
everyone I can.
"I believe the architect's approach should reflect
the owner's use, style and criteria of a site. It's not the
architect's building," continued Dreher. "I always try
to be economical, straightforward and attentive to
beautiful details in my design. I'm not into angles and
crazy things. A school should be practical."
Dreher has spent time soliciting input from the
school community in order to fine-tune his initial vision
of the school. He hopes to be able to incorporate some
of the same elements, such as color and attention to
detail, from Gulf Gate Elementary at AME.
Some of the elements he'd like to incorporate at
AME include keeping the trees which give the campus
its Island character, creating a lobby and entryway that
offers an element of control and feeling of home, and
adding a cafetorium a combination cafeteria and
As the master plan continues to evolve, Dreher
continues to be involved with the school's advisory
classrooms at -
AME will be r
similar to those .
at Gulf Gate 1 W
School with a
carpeted and -
will also be
ample storage -
and natural ,,'
Anna Maria Elementary School's cafeteria and auditorium are likely to be combined into a "cafetorium." A
stage flanks one end of the room and the kitchen flanks the other end. Backstage offers direct access to stor-
age, dressing rooms and the music and art classrooms.
Ernie Dreher of SMRT Architectural Design in
Sarasota is the man drawing up the master plan for
Anna Maria Elementary School's new construction. .
Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
committee and welcomes community input.
Dreher has followed his passion for architecture for
"Just having satisfied clients is what keeps me
going," he said.
Dreher offers classrooms with built in storage that
adds to the functionality of the room. The art room's
storage is not only a working part of the classroom
but a decorative element.
The lobby of Gulf Gate Elementary School offers a
bright and welcoming atmosphere. The use of color-
coded corridors guides students and visitors to
classrooms and the entry provides security as well as
centering the school with the administrative office,
guidance office and media center at its focal point.
Dreher hopes to provide AME with a similar entry
that acts as a control center for the school.
THE ISLANDER M FEB. 20, 2002 M PAGE 27
School Advisory Council view construction plans
Architect Ernie Dreher of SMRT Architectural
Design of Sarasota presented Anna Maria Island
School Advisory Council members and staff with an
initial design concept for the school's renovation.
The Manatee County School Board has $5.17 mil-
lion earmarked for new construction and/or renovations
at Anna Maria Elementary School.
Dreher based his current design concept on infor-
mation gathered at public forums and from interview-
ing AME staff.
According to the information gathered, the follow-
ing key elements prevailed:
New construction is preferred.
The auditorium should be replaced.
Build in a single construction phase.
Consider a two-story building.
Raise the building 4 1/2 feet above the flood plain.
Provide a maximum view of the water.
Provide a single entrance to the school.
Use "Island-style" architecture.
Provide more parking.
Provide better site circulation.
Dreher proposed building a single, enclosed build-
ing on the footprint of the current school. The proposed
building would have a single entry from the parking lot
that leads to the administrative office and guidance
Extending from the main entry would be a corridor
leading to the media center, television studio, technology
center, art and music rooms, which will be close together
in order to provide the school with improved circulation.
The new building will be a combination of a two-
story building and a single-story building that form an
The existing auditorium will be replaced by a new
"cafetorium" a new concept for schools that com-
bines the two largest interior spaces. According to
Dreher, the new facility will be the same size as the
"The current auditorium is larger in size than the
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wouldn't dare replace it with anything smaller."
The cafetorium would have a separate service en-
trance off Gulf Drive, a kitchen and custodial facilities,
as well as a stage with dressing rooms and storage.
The two-story building will house 20 classrooms,
16 of which have a view of the bay. The current school
has only 14 classrooms.
Dreher's proposal increases the average square
footage per student from 113 square feet to 145 square
feet, as required by state standards. His research
showed that the school's current site is approximately
25 percent below standard in facility space.
The current proposal also increases the parking from
33 to 44 spaces. To accommodate the added parking, the
covered play area would be relocated toward the bay.
Dreher's plans for the school involve all new con-
struction and an enclosed building that does not include
the present open breezeways.
There are several reasons that he says the project
Upcoming events at
Island Middle School
Island Middle School Students have several
upcoming events the public is welcome to at-
Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. the Parent's Advisory
Committee will meet in the school cafeteria.
Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. there will be a flag dedi-
cation ceremony outside around the flagpole.
March 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. show your support
at the Sock Hop fundraiser.
March 22 students will kick off the Walk-
the-Island fundraiser in support of the school
For more information call the administrative
office at 778-5200.
The Island Middle School is located at 206
85th St., Holmes Beach.
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such as increasing security, providing hurricane protec-
tion and controlling environmental concerns like air
quality and mildew, which are problematic elements
with the existing buildings.
Dreher believes the new construction can feasibly
be done in one phase by moving staff and students into
a "portable city" where the basketball court, kindergar-
ten playground and covered area currently exist.
The school would operate in the portable class-
rooms for one school year. During that time the exist-
ing cafeteria would remain in use and the ball fields
behind the school would be available for physical edu-
cation and recess.
Plans are still under development and the project
team is gathering input to revise the current proposal.
SAC members and staff told Dreher they still have
concerns about traffic flow during arrival and dismissal
times as well as storage facilities for equipment.
Some teachers raised concerns about classroom
storage and bathroom facilities, Current plans provide
for bathrooms in each classroom, a combination of
carpeted and tile floors, ample storage, interior doors
that join every two classrooms and separate exterior
doors to each room.
A final site plan and elevated drawing have not
been created at this time. The estimated timeline shows
final drawings being drafted this summer or fall.
The portable city could potentially be put in place
during the summer of 2003 and ready for the 2003-04
school year. The new facilities would then open in the
fall for the 2004-05 school year.
Dreher said the project team has discussed taking
teachers on site tours of other schools as well as hold-
ing another public meeting for the community.
Feedback and concerns can be directed to AME
Principal Tim Kolbe and AME-SAC President Joyce
Karp, both members of the project team. To reach them
through the school administrative office, call 708-5525.
The next SAC meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Mon-
day, March 11.
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Bugs galore; how about Island surfing, dude?
One of the more unusual insects that visit the Island
has suffered an unusual fate in the mountains of
A severe winter storm froze to death upward of 270
million monarch butterflies in two huge colonies in
Mexico last month. The frozen butterflies ended up in
piles of up to a foot thick.
Scientists predict the massive die-off won't stress
the survival of the species, but could threaten the even-
tual survival of monarchs if the upcoming spring is
unsuitable for the butterfly's egg-laying capacity in the
What makes monarchs so unusual is the incredible
annual migration they go through. In the spring, zillions
of butterflies leave Mexico and fly north through the
eastern United States, sometimes as far north as
Canada. As they travel, they lay eggs and, as the lar-
vae hatch, the little butterflies eventually return to
Mexico for the winter.
No one seems to know why the orange and black
butterflies migrate such great distances, and this year
it appears there won't be as many as they flock to the
Let's hope a lot of them find safe refuge at the
Island's butterfly garden.
Another weird insect migration, this time a one-
shot occurrence of locusts, took place in October 1988.
The 2,600-mile journey took only five days and drove
the pesky bugs from Africa to the Leeward Islands and
the Greater Antilles in the eastern Caribbean.
Yep, grasshoppers made it across the Atlantic
Ocean in five days.
And yep, blame it on El Nino.
It seems that 1988 was a strong El Nino year.
Strong El Nino means a wetter-than-usual summer and
fall in Africa, and that wetness meant more plant
growth. More food, more locusts.
Since prevailing winds in Africa are westward, the
swarms of locusts moved in that direction, eventually
reaching the coast. The winds continued, and so did the
"For such a journey to be successful," according to
Cesar N. Caviedes in his book "El Nino in History,"
"the flow of winds must remain steady for several days,
which is what happened in early October 1988. Flying
in swarms also allows mature and immature locusts to
cover long distances that could not even be attempted
in individual endeavors and permits them to take a
well-established path downward."
The pox upon the islands wasn't too bad, appar-
ently. Caviedes said that "the locusts that arrived on the
Antilles after the five-day journey were utterly ex-
hausted" duh! and that Tropical Storm Joan's
arrival plus pest control, predators and domestic fowl
pretty much gobbled up the locust problem in the is-
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Another migration: to the beach, dude!
Memo to the Island Middle School: ditch the band
classes. Start offering Surfing 101.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Palisades
Charter High School has come up with an innovated
first-period course offering surfing at nearby Will
Rogers State Beach in Southern California. It's a for-
credit course, part of the curriculum within the physi-
cal education world of school.
There are several other schools that offer surfing as
an extracurricular activity, but Pali High has it as part
of the PE course. And it's held at first period.
"I don't need to cut class," said one of the five fe-
male students in the 25-member class. "This is my
motivation to go to school. This starts my day off on a
The class isn't just for veteran surfers. There's in-
struction for beginners. It's also not just futzing around
in the water, either there are "skill tests" every five
weeks, beach runs when the tubes aren't rolling, and
lots of paddle drills.
Before the IMS officials start to write nasty letters
to The Islander regarding who the heck would teach
such a course, here's a quote from the teacher at the
Winners in the Feb. 16 horseshoe games
were John Crawford of Bradenton and Adin
Shank of Anna Maria. Runners-up were Art
Kingstad of Holmes Beach and Ron Simpson
of Anna Maria.
Winners in the Feb. 6 games were Shank
and Bill Starrett of Anna Maria. Runners-up
were Bob Hitchcock of Anna Maria and Ron
Pepka of Bradenton.
The weekly contests get under way every
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Pali High surf class:
"Of all my friends," he said, "I'm the only one who
gets paid to surf. I guess that makes me a pro."
And from a kid who saw a buddy after a long
weekend was this exchange:
"Dude, where've you been? What did you do this
"Surf," his bro said.
When was the last time any of us overheard teens
brag about weekend homework?
Literary quotes are wonderful things. I ran across
the one below from an old book by the late John D.
MacDonald, "Cinnamon Skin."
"Florida was second rate, flashy and cheap, tacky
and noisy. The water supply was failing. The develop-
ers were moving in on the marshlands and estuaries,
pleasing new economic growth. The commercial fish-
ermen were an endangered species. Miami was the
world's murder capital. Phosphate and fruit trucks were
pounding the tired old roads to rubble. Droughts of
increasing severity were browning the landscape. Wary
folks stayed off the unlighted beaches and dimly
lighted streets at night, fearing the minority knife, the
ethnic club. the bullet from the stolen gun.
"And yet ... and yet ...
"There would be a time again when I would canoe
down the Withlacoochee, adrift in a slow current, see-
ing the morning mist rising at the base of the limestone
buttes, seeing the sudden heart-stopping dip and wheel
of a flight of birds of incredible whiteness.
"On an unknown day down the road ahead, I would
see that slow slide of the gator down the mudbank into
the pond, see his eye knobs watching me, see a dance
cloud of a billion gnats in the ray of sun coming
through Spanish moss.
"And once again maybe I would be wading and
spincasting a pass at dawn, in an intense, misty silence,
and suddenly hear the loud hissy gasp of a porpoise
coming up for air just a few feet behind me, startling
me out of my wits, and see his benign, enigmatic smile
as he sounded again.
"Tacky though it might be, its fate uncertain, too
much of its destiny in the hands of men whose sole
thought was grab the money and run, cheap little city
politicians with blow-dried hair, ice-eyed old men from
the North with devout claims about their duties to their
shareholders, big-rumped good old boys from the cattle
countries with their fingers in the till right up to their
cologned armpits it was still my place in the world.
It is where I am and where I will stay, right up to the
point where the Neptune Society sprinkles me into the
dilute sewage off the Fun Coast."
What's pretty surprising about the comments are
that MacDonald made them exactly 20 years ago.
Could he have known that so much of what he would
write would become true?
One of the better surfing beaches on Anna Maria
Island is at the beach at White Avenue, pretty much
across the street and on the beach from the Island
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 20, 2002 0 PAGE 29
Slow boat speed zone suggested for Terra Ceia Bay
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Cooler water in the Gulf and bays have cooled
fishing somewhat, but there are still good reports of
sheepshead to 5 pounds, some scattered redfish and
some small snook in the bays.
Offshore, look for amberjack to 50 pounds, plus
lots of snapper and grouper.
By the way, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
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Thursday to hear from boaters regarding a proposal to
implement slow-speed zones in Terra Ceia Bay. The
slower speeds are being suggested as a means to reduce
Based on the information received, the FWC will
make a decision later this year, probably in September.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at the
Manatee County Commission chambers, 1112 Mana-
tee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle reports
snook still haven't come on strong yet, but redfish and
trout are hitting well in the backwater. Offshore, grou-
per and snapper are the best bets.
Capt. Matt Bowers on the Outcast in Holmes
Beach said he's caught red grouper to 10 pounds and
lots of good-size mangrove snapper.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business said he's
putting his charters onto lots of trout and sheepshead.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach has been catching sheepshead to 6
pounds, small snook and a few pompano.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
he's still getting good reports of plenty of trout being
caught on the seagrass flats near Perico Harbor Marina
and sheepshead are still biting near the Manatee Pub-
lic Beach pier.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said the best bet
for pier fishers remains sheepshead, with some good-
sized convict fish being reeled in. There are a few
snook hanging around, he said, but they're small. He
added that there's an occasional trout or redfish being
hooked, but "it hasn't really opened up just yet" for
really great fishing.
Capt. Thornm Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's catching redfish to 24 inches, trout to
20 inches, a few flounder and lots of keeper-sized man-
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
anglers are reeling in lots and lots of sheepshead near
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. There were a few man-
grove snapper and snook that started to show up, but
the latest and hopefully last cold front slowed the
Capt. Mike Greig of Captain Mike's Charters
in Holmes Beach said he's getting into some 5-pound
sheepshead, a few scattered redfish and trout, and an
occasional pompano in the bay. Fishing had really
picked up earlier in the month as water temperatures
reached 70 degrees, he said, but the back-to-back cold
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Basketball season wraps up at Community Center
By Kevin Cassidy
Special to The Islander
There were no major surprises in the Anna Maria
Island Community Center playoffs last week as each of
the regular-season basketball leaders did what was
expected of them.
Division HI LPAC completed an undefeated season
by defeating Island Survey & Mapping while Sign of the
Mermaid edged Marco Polo in the best game of the day
by three points to claim the top spot in Division II. Air &
Energy had no problems with second-place Island Dis-
count Tackle in the Division I finals, while 1MG, as it has
done four other times this season, was unable to make it
to its game, so Anna Maria Oyster Bar took its place and
dropped a 48-34 decision in the championship game
against Anna Maria Glass & Screen.
Thus ends another fantastic season of basketball at
the Center, though there may a movement started to
"Break up the Cardens." Carden patriarch boasted of
having two championship team members in the family.
We won't question who the kids got their athletic
ability from, but there's no question as to where they
didn't get their height! (Just kidding there, Tim.)
Congratulations to all of the players, parents and
coaches. Trophies and individual awards will be
handed out Tuesday, Feb. 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. for
the instructional league, 7 p.m. for Divisions II and III
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Division II. Jeff Wehling or Air & Energy teammate
Clay Orr should take MVP in Division I. The MVP for
the Premier League is tough to call, but it should be
either Graeff or Yoder from IMG, but Island Real
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Estate's Gary Scott or the Oyster Bar's Tyler Krauss
should receive some votes as well.
Premier League: Glass & Screen 48, Oyster Bar 34
Teddy Carlson scored 18 points while teammate
Daniel VanAndel added 11 points, 12 rebounds, and
six blocked shots to lead Anna Maria Glass & Screen
past the Oyster Bar to win the Premier League title on
Saturday. Will Langston added nine points for Glass
& Screen, which also received five points from Bobby
Gibbons, four points from B.J. Keim and one point
from Bill Malfese.
The Oyster Bar were led by Tyler Krauss, 14
points, and seven points from Sean Sanders. Mic Cripe
added six points, while Brandon Roberts scored four
and Brett Slowey added three points.
Glass & Screen 55, IRE 50
Will Langston's 18 points led a balanced Glass &
Screen scoring attack to edge Island Real Estate by five
points in a Feb. 13 playoff game. B.J. Keim and Daniel
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to a close.
A&E responded by opening the second half with
a 19-10 run to effectively end any chance Discount
Tackle had in overtaking the champs.
Jeff Wehling showed why he is the probable MVP
recipient by dominating the low post, scoring 23 points,
pulling down 14 rebounds and blocking eight shots.
Teammates Clay Orr with 14 points and 12 points from
Connor Bystrom provided offensive balance to the
Division I champs. Chad Ensley added a pair of three-
point baskets to finish with eight points, while Mikey
Schweitzer scored four points and Ryane Carden fin-
ished with three points.
Island Discount Tackle was led by Greg Lowman
who overcame a slow start to score 19 of his 21 points
over the final three quarters while also pulling down 10
rebounds. Teammate Joe Mattay added 16 points,
while Spencer Carper scored six and Zach Schield fin-
ished with five points. Anthony Rosas completed the
Island Discount Tackle scoring with two points.
A&E 62, Jessie's 52
Clay Orr scored 22 of his game-high 24 points in the
first three quarters to lead A&E past a pesky Jessie's Is-
land Store team Monday, Feb. 13. Jeff Wehling and
Ryane Carden dominated down low with 13 and 12 points
respectively. Chad Ensley added eight points, while
Mikey Schweitzer finished with three points.
Jessie's was led by Michael Wallen, who nailed
three jumpers from beyond the arc to finish with 23
points, and Steve Faasse who scored 18 points. Ananda
Morano added four points, while Jordan Pritchard and
Kevin Kirn finished with two points apiece.
Tackle 61, Galati 45
Island Discount Tackle overcame a slow start and
an upset bid by Galati Marine with a balanced scoring
attack led by Greg Lowman's 18 points and 16 points
from Joe Mattay to record a 61-45 comeback victory
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Division II: Mermaid 32, Polo 29
Sign of the Mermaid edged Marco Polo by three
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championship games to win the Division II title.
Sign of the Mermaid, which never trailed in the
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refused to give in. They rallied to pull within three
points with less than a minute to play and came excru-
ciatingly close to nailing the game-tying basket on a
couple of attempts.
Trailing 32-29, John Orr quickly pushed the ball
upcourt and let it fly from beyond the arc, only to have
the shot rim out. A traveling call gave the ball back to
Marco Polo, but Schneerer came up with a hugh defen-
sive play when he blocked Orr's three-point attempt.
A pair of missed foul shots that would have iced
the game for the Mermaids failed to find their mark,
giving Marco Polo one last chance. But Justin Anton,
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who sparked the late Marco Polo rally with six, fourth-
quarter points, saw his three-point attempt rim out as
the clock ticked down to zero, giving Sign of the Mer-
maid the title.
Schneerer led all scorers with 14 points while Sign
of the Mermaid teammates Jarrod McKenzie added
eight points and Ian Douglas finished with six. Catie
Garden added two points and Clay Barlow scored one.
Anton's 12 points paced Marco Polo, which also
received four points apiece from Christian Evangellista
and Orr. Dylan Mullen added a three-pointer, while
Terra Cole finished with two points and Danielle
Mullen scored one point.
Polo 21, Spirits 15
Danielle Mullen and John Orr scored six points
apiece to help lead Marco Polo to a six-point victory
over the Island Wine & Spirits Feb. 15. Marco Polo
also received four points from Justin Anton and two
points each from Ed Shaw and Dylan Mullen.
Broderick West scored eight points to lead the
Spirits, which also received three points from Tyler
Fitzgerald and two points apiece from Jordan Graeff
and Hilary Powers.
Mermaid 30, ACT 20
Ian Douglas and Tyler Schneerer scored 11 points
each to lead the Mermaid past Acute Care Team Feb.
11. Jarrod McKenzie added six points and Joseph
Karasiewicz scored two to complete the scoring for the
Celia Ware's 11 points paced Acute Care, which
also received six points from Jake Wood and two
points from Zach Meshes.
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Division III: LPAC 25, Map 11
LPAC rode a 12-point, four-assist performance
from Justin Dearlove and a strong defensive effort that
saw it hold Island Survey & Map scoreless in the first
and third quarters to a 25-11 victory in the Feb. 16
Division III championship game.
The game was tight early on, with LPAC taking an
early 2-0 lead on a driving lay up by Dearlove, but two
minutes later, Joey Hutchinson answered with a 15-foot
jumper to tie the score at 2-2. Kevin Callahan scored
after grabbing an offensive rebound to give the Map-
pers a 4-2 lead, but Dearlove closed out the half with
three straight baskets to give LPAC an 8-4 lead they
The second half saw the Mappers come out deter-
mined to shut down Dearlove, who had scored every
point for LPAC in the first half. The Mappers managed
to slow him down, but they couldn't stop Breanne
Richardson, who finished with eight points and eight
rebounds all in the second half. LPAC received bas-
kets from four different players in the second half to ice
Dearlove led the LPAC attack and all scorers with
12 points and four assists. Forrest Schield finished with
three points, while Brooke Fitzgerald added two points
and six rebounds.
Joey Hutchinson led the Mappers with six points,
while Kevin Callahan and Vajra Morano scored two
points apiece. Allyson Titsworth displayed a lot of
heart and hustle while also scoring one point and hand-
ing out two assists.
Map 11, Duncan 4
Joey Hutchinson scored six points to lead Island
Survey & Map past Duncan Real Estate Feb. 15. Kevin
Callahan and Allyson Titsworth added two points
apiece and Nash Thompson scored one to contribute to
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Outstanding 2BR/2BA condo with
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OPEN HOUSE SUN. 1 4 PM
KEY WEST-STYLE triplex on Anna Maria Island offers abundant space
for addition or garage. Walk to Gulf of Mexico, shops and restaurants.
Price reduced from $399,900 to $369,900.
POSSIBILITIES ABOUND in
A VERY RARE FIND ON ANNA
MARIA. Beautiful three-story duplex
with private dock and fabulous views of
the Intracoastal, across from sandy beach.
Fairly new building with high ceilings,
four-car garage and room for a pooL One
side has 3BR/3BA with fireplace. The
other side has 2BR/2BA. Great income
producer. Offered at $799,900. Call
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Stephan 504-4435. REALTOR
SUN PLAZA WEST spacious 2BR/
2BA condo. Heated pool, sauna, ten- M DU
nis courts and covered parking. Can Chairman's Circle
be leased 26 times per year. Excellent "Ich Spreche Deutsch"
investment. Offered at $375,000.
LIDO BEACH HIGH RISE condo overlooking the Ritz Carlton beach
club ocean view. Remodeled and redecorated building with 2BR/2BA, ex-
ercise room, heated pool and sauna. Breathtaking views. offered at $399,000.
THE ISLANDER U FEB. 20, 2002 E PAGE 33
Garrett Secor and Kyle Sewall scored two points
apiece to lead the Duncan Real Estate scoring attack.
LPAC 32, Danziger 6
Forrest Schield exploded for 14 points and Justin
Dearlove scored 10 to help LPAC defeat Danziger
Allergy & Sinus Feb. 13. Stephen Orlando added four
points, while Breanne Richardson and Brooke
Fitzgerald each scored two points.
Dylan King and Tommy Price both connected
from behind the three-point line to finish with three
Devil Ray caravan visits Center
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays "Fan Caravan" visited
the Anna Maria Island Community Center Feb. 15.
Devil Ray infielders Aubrey Huff, Russ Johnson and
Jared Sandberg, along with play-by-play announcer
Dwayne Staats, entertained Island youngsters and
adults alike during a light-hearted, one-on-one session.
The players followed the question-and-answer ses-
sion by signing autographs, where they were met with
more queries from kids who weren't quite brave
enough to pose their question for the group.
Once the kids had their fill of autographed pictures
and other free Devil Ray paraphernalia, they then
turned their attention to a basketball shoot-around with
the Devil Ray players a fun time for all.
The Rays are set to start the spring training sched-
ule with a game March 1 against the University of
Tampa and on March 2 against the Atlanta Braves -
and they're hoping baseball fans will support the new-
look Rays and the new slogan, "Heart and Hustle!"
The Rays are a young team that showed some
promise in the second half of the 2001-02 season.
They're obviously hoping to build upon that success,
both on the field and at the box office. Stay tuned!
BAY PALMS CANAL FRONT HOME
3-4BR/2BA, Florida room, spacious lanai, heated pool,
dock. A great home for $399,900. For more informa-
tion, please call Carol Williams, Broker, 744-0700 or
Zee Catanese, 794-8991 eves.
PERICO BAY CLUB Renovated 2/2+loft townhouse. View of
mangroves. Tennis, pool and clubhouse. Gated community.
Holmes Beach 2BR/1 BA home on canal.
Bradenton Beach Key West 2BR/2BA.
Next to the beach.
Call Michel Cerene, Realtor, 941-778-0770.
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RATTAN GLASS-TOP dining table, four uphol-
stered chairs. Rattan couch, two matching chairs,
glass coffee table and end table. Rattan loveseat,
coffee table, two matching chairs, Lazyboy recliner.
Desk and chair. Glass table, four chairs. Washer/
dryer. All nice! 809-0575.
DINETTE SUITE: Blonde oak, leaf, swivel cushion
chairs, wooden arms, castors, excellent condition,
$340. For details, 778-4883.
BIG SALE: Niki's Island Treasures. New shipment
of sterling, rings, charms, etc. 50 percent off select
collectibles, gifts, pottery. Visit our new bargain
room: 40 to 90 percent off all jewelry, gifts, crystal,
designer clothing. Great stuff! 5351 Gulf Drive,
BEACH CABANA for two. Cost $560, sell for $200;
8-foot beach umbrella; beach table to hold um-
brella; electric crisper. 778-1441.
TONY BENNETT: Two tickets, left side, row 29, seat
5 and 6, Van Wezel. March 9, 8pm. Price $110. Call
WANTED 24-foot extension ladder. Call 778-5734.
WANTED: OLD SILVER flatware and serving
pieces, old lighting fixtures, paintings and furniture.
Call Ed or Christine, 726-2165 or 364-8444.
SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 8 am no early birds. Hard-
ware, tools, fishing equipment, household and much
more. 706 Jacaranda, Anna Maria.
TWO FAMILY SALE: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23
and 24, 8am to 3pm. Kayaks, antiques, mens/
women' clothes, strollers, bikes, figurines, glass-
ware, etc. 211 Haverkos, Holmes Beach.
ONLY STEPS TO BEACH, this property include 2BR/
1BA, great room design with atta uding
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interest. Call today!
CHOICE GULF LOT
Why settle for less? A magnificent Gulf lot cleared and
ready for construction where you'll enjoy panoramic
views from all rooms in your new home. Construct new
with little more investment than remodeling old.
Private beach with riparian rights and reduced to an
affordable price for direct Gulf location! $849,500 and
Additional Gulf side and Gulffront properties
available, call for further details!
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"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
1-800-845-9573 (941) 778-2259 Fax (941) 778-2250
YARD SALE SATURDAY, Feb. 23, 9 am until ? Two
families. Fumiture, clothing, toys, sports stuff, more. 874
Alamanda, Anna Maria, opposite Rod and Reel Pier.
STREET-WIDE SALE Saturday, Feb. 23, 8am to
noon. Ambassador Lane, Key Royale, Holmes Beach.
POSTPONED: Street sale at Pines Trailer Park,
Saturday, Feb. 23, 9am-2pm. Featuring arts and
crafts, white elephant sale, homemade pies, Sloppy
Joe sandwiches and hot dogs. Pines Trailer Park,
near Bridge Street Fishing Pier in Bradenton Beach.
For information, call 778-4651.
ISLAND GARDEN CLUB plant and yard sale. Sat-
urday, Feb. 23, 9am-2pm. Plants: bromeliads, co-
leus, frangipani and more! Baked goods, col-
lectibles, etc. 201 Peacock Lane, Holmes Beach.
FLEA MARKET: Saturday, Feb. 23, 8am-1pm. Ap-
pliances large and small, refrigerators, furniture,
clothes, sporting equipment, jewelry, bikes, baked
goods, plants, shells, lunch and more. 9400 Cortez
Rd. W., Bradenton, Palma Sola Harbour condos.
THREE-FAMILY GARAGE SALE: Saturday, Feb.
23 8am-2pm. Furniture, household items, wheelbar-
row, miscellaneous. Please no early arrivals. 6808-
B Palm Drive, Holmes Beach.
BIG, BIG, BIG yard sale at Haley's Motel. Friday,
Feb. 22, 8am-1pm. Linens, housewares, furniture,
air conditioners, lamps and lots more! 81-02 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
DEALERS AND NEIGHBORS reserve a free space
for March 2 flea market at Niki's Island Treasure
parking lot. Call: 778-4451.
SANDPIPER MOBILE RESORT street and large
carport sale. Saturday, Feb. 23, 7am-2pm. Raffle,
lunch available. Homemade pies and crafts. 2601
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
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Call: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464
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ROSER THRIFT SHOP open Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday 9:30am-2pm. Saturday 9am-noon. Donations
Wednesday 9-11am. Sales racks. 511 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. 779-2733.
LOST: COPPER BRACELET at Gloria Dei Church
or Rotten Ralph's. Reward! 778-0186.
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.
DACHSHUND adoption and rescue (D.A.R.E.). Call
Shona at 761-2642 for information.
1990 LEXUS 250, looks new. $7,800, or trade for
minivan or passenger auto of equal value. 778-
BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vacation
or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Captain
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
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.
MARINE OUTBOARD SERVICE. Reliable, reason-
able, honest, talented. Bill's Marine HFepair Inc.
Located at Capt. John's Marina, 761-7657.
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Wart i all but don I wart lo pay a 1lo? This lurnihed 2eR'2BA
condo as it all, plus a low mainionance feel Amenilies include
gc'il, po'-l. clublous'ej, tennis and is lust minutes to the Lteachi
Asking ornl $85,000 For further details call Franl M.glore.
Reallor at 778-2307.
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KIDS-FOR IRE HELPWANTED Continue ISERVICESContinue
MY NAME is Sarah, I am 13-years old, and baby sit
pets and children. Charge $3 per pet and $5 per
child. Call 778-7622 or 778-7611.
TWO SIDES OF NATURE: Anna Maria Island's
largest little beach shoppers have immediate part-
time retail sales positions available. Great store,
great pay and great fun! Flexible hours, shifts avail-
able, 1-8pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Apply in
person at the Bayview Plaza location: Two Sides of
Nature, 100 S. Bay Blvd, unit 1-A.
SECURITY PART TIME. Mature person for
Longboat Key Resort. Five years experience with
references. Hours: 7pm to 3 am. $7 to $8.50/hour.
Phone 383-1716 between 9am and 12pm, ask for
CERTIFIED PEST CONTROL operator (lawn and
ornamental) needed for local landscape company.
Fax responses to 383-9620.
HEALTH AIDE REQUIRED for "Our Island Home"
assisted living facility. Saturday and Sunday morn-
ings and possible evenings. Call 778-7842, Maria.
OFFICE MANAGER personable, reliable, accurate,
motivated. Tuesday Saturday. Casual atmosphere.
Small boat knowledge helpful. Leave message, 792-
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.
f HOUSE FOR SALE
678 Key Royale Drive
3BR/2BA, great room, laundry room and two-car garage.
Recently remodeled, new roof, new windows, new A/C,
new carpet and tile throughout. Newly painted Inside.
Newly stuccoed and painted exterior. $455,000.
Please call 778-6805 for appointment.
HELP WANTED for all positions, all shifts, espe-
cially breakfast. Apply in person at Rotten Ralph's
Waterfront Restaurant, or call 778-3953.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Li-
brary. Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-
PART-TIME ISLANDER REPORTER: Journalism
skills a must. Computer literate. Independent
worker. Resumes: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax
778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
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.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and
/j Moving Out?
Call Karen Day
Mike Norman Realty, inc.
3101 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
YOUR HOMETOWN REALTOR SINCE 1939
WAGNIE D EALTY
Email: email@example.com www.wagnerrealty.com
TRULY PARADISE! Bay front with privates,
Caribbean-like lush tropical setting. 4BR/
2.5BA plus guest suite and maid's room! Out-
standing architectural design for Island
lifestyle with pool and deeded boat space.
Live-in gourmet cook may be willing to stay
for buyer! $1,150,000. Call Yvonne Higgins,
778-2246 or 720-3879.
NW EXECUTIVE HOME! Exceptional four
bedrooms plus den with open floor plan, cus-
tom upgrades, 12-foot ceilings, crown mold-
ings, hardwood floors, eat-in kitchen with
granite counter tops. Architectural gem has a
family room with fireplace and fabulous
caged pool area. $439,500. Call Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246 or 778-7976.
WEST GLEN REDUCED! Lovely 3BR/2BA,
pool home with open floor plan. Ample
1,564 sq.ft. home has eat-in kitchen with
light oak cabinets and cathedral ceilings.
Two car garage and minutes from the
beaches. Reduced $10,000 to $173,900.
Call Anne Milter, 778-2246.
Two long established businesses ready
to take over fast on Manatee Avenue!
Gift shop is near Albertson's at 75th
Street. Loaded with merchandise and
waiting for quick sale at $95,000 or ??
Optical business near Kash 'n Karry at
59th Street is turnkey ready for buyer at
$60,000. For information on either call
Ron Cornette or Dee Jorcyk, 778-2246.
REAL ESTATE COMPANY
COMPUTER TRAINING: Microsoft-certified systems
engineer offers in-home computer training. Basic to
advanced training for software, Internet, e-mail, digi-
tal photography, QuickBooks set-up/training. Install
software programs, hardware. Serving Longboat,
Anna Maria. E-mail: AMIComputerTutor@aol.com.
Call 778-9436, cell 704-7662.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIEDS- The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
FURNITURE UPHOLSTERY, cushions, etc. Repair
and restoring antique specialist. Island Upholstery.
121 Bridge St. Free estimates. 778-4335.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $15 per hour- free
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs,
hardware, software, network, commercial, private.
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.
3224 East Bay Dr. Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
Sales: 941-778-0700 Rentals: 778-6665
CASCO DORADO CONDO, 9804 Dorado Ave. Lovingly
maintained 2BR/2BA, community clubhouse, heated pool,
carport and community boat dockage. $98,999. Becky
Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-0700.
PEBBLE SPRINGS 6307 _I W., #6307. Light
and bright, 2B p13 'TRACPEN~ ctive clubhouse,
small pets oka'a iil Tutewiler, 705-0227.
SANDY POINTE CONDOS 3607 E. Bay Dr., Holmes
Beach. Elevated 2BR/2BA, weekly rentals and pets okay.
Only $185,900. Gail Tutewiler, 705-0227.
PALMETTO 1614 7th St. W. Huge, two-story 6BR/3BA on
large corner lot (three lots). Perfect location, fireplace,
screen porch, room for a pool. $209,900. Teresia
LAUREL OAK PARK 111 86th Ct. NW. Spacious 4BR/
3BA, three-car garage. Executive home, numerous up-
grades, custom features. $369,900. Call Becky Smith or
Elfi Starrett, 778-0700.
PINE MEADOW CHARMER 919 83rd ST. NW. Stained
glass foyer, vaulted/beamed ceilings and wood-burning
fireplace, 3BR/2BA lakefront home. $199,900. Becky
Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-0700.
SAILBOAT WATER 214 S. Harbor Dr., Holmes Beach.
3BR/2BA with attached garage, fireplace, many modern
conveniences. $595,000. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett,
KEY ROYALE 501 Key Royale, Holmes Beach. Elegant,
easy living, Key West-style home, private deepwater
dock. Water views to mainland. $695,000. Valerie
C I No fI .or a"P i
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
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HUSBAND/WIFE team for general house cleaning
with the personal touch. Local residents, depend-
able, trustworthy, references. Satisfaction guaran-
teed. Call Ginny, 727-8329.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in
construction trades. "I'm handy to have around."
MANICURES, PEDICURES and Tammy Taylor
Acrylics. For an appointment, please call Mardi,
INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small busi-
nesses. All states. Ohio and Michigan our special-
ties. Call Pat, Kenney Tax Service, 761-8156.
NOTARY PUBLIC, CIVIL marriages and renewal of
wedding vows. Sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
PROPERTY CARETAKER. I will look after your resi-
dential, rental or commercial property, whether you
are at home or away, in terms of security, regular
upkeep, light maintenance, tidiness, etc. Depend-
able. References. Call 778-7462.
"CLEAN WINDOWS" Wouldn't that be nice? We'll
make your glass gleam. Chris's Window Cleaning.
Local, licensed, insured. 725-0399.
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.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $27/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 795-7775, cell 720-0770.
TREES BY BREEZE. Landscapes, tree trimming,
tree removal, and property maintenance since 1988.
Check-a-Home service, Island resident. Call Chris,
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100 or cell 809-3100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
MIKE McCALEB, ARCHITECT, P.A. 10-year Island
resident, 25 years experience. Remodels, new
homes, commercial. FEMA, DEP, waterfront. #AR-
B&D SEAMLESS aluminum gutters, 5 or 6 inch
available. Insured, free estimates. Dean Guth,
owner and operator, 729-0619.
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
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT/ paper services: Inte-
rior/exterior painting, pressure washing and wallpa-
per. For prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates,
call Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodeling,
repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths. Free
estimates. Lic#CGC061519, #CCC057977,
#PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-0794.
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
MASON with 25-years experience. Glass, block,
cinderblock, brick, tile. Walls built and repaired.
Cement repairs. Chris, 795-3034
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.
MASTER PAPERHANGER 25 years. Local refer-
ences and photos. Former installer for Laura Ashley
Interiors in New York and Boston. Also, wallpaper
removal and painting. Call Ray Parker, 713-9391, or
BAYSIDE ROOFING. Roof repair specialists. Re-
Roofs! New Roofs! Tile replacement! All work guar-
anteed! RC0042064. 366-9606.
HANDY ANTHONY. Jack of most trades. Home re-
furbishing and detailing, 778-6000.
ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks. Turnkey,
beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non-
smoking. Priced from $1,200/month, $450/week.
SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR. Available Feb.
24 and forward. 779-9549.
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CANALFRONT HOME. 2BR/1.5BA recently totally
renovated with new kitchen, baths and more. New
dock and lift, large fenced yard, pets welcome. Sea-
sonal/monthly. $2,750/month. (813) 258-6405.
PANORAMIC BAY-VIEW, ground-floor triplex, fully
furnished, new ceramic tile. 1BR and 2BR. Very
nice, quiet with beautiful view. Steps to Gulf. Avail-
able now through May. Non-smoking, no pets. 778-
VACATION RENTALS: Seasonal and annual. Call
Wedebrock rental office 778-6665 or (800) 749-
3BR/3BA HOLMES BEACH townhouse. Beautiful
decor, great location close to beach, overlooking
nature preserve. Heated pool, washer/dryer, ga-
rage, more! 713-0096.
BAYFRONT, DOCK, UPPER 2BR/1 BA duplex with
deck and fabulous view from Cortez to Sarasota.
$1,200/month annual. 778-0300.
AVAILABLE MARCH. Bradenton Beach waterfront.
1 BR and 2BR apartments with balcony. Newly reno-
vated, fully furnished. Very clean, private. Week,
month, season or long term. 778-4555.
HOLMES BEACH 1BR/1BA, duplex with covered
parking, only two and half blocks to beach. $650/
YOU CAN HAVE the warm Florida west coast with
beautiful white sand outside your door. 1BR effi-
ciency available at Resort 66 in Holmes Beach.
Pool, Gulf of Mexico, full housekeeping. Fully fur-
.ISh..h.ed. Weeks available during March 2 to March
23. $900Fweekly.-(i-O) o84-2304.
ANNA MARIA: Attractive upper 2BR/1 BA, open floor
plan, fourth house from Gulf. Available November
2002 to May 2003. $1,300/month. 778-7933.
SOULFUL GARDEN house near beach on north tip.
Elevated, 3B3/2BA,.,screened .lanai, available De-
cember 2002 and January-February 2003. $2,700/
month. (813) 495-7048.
SPACIOUS WATERFRONT upper with dock. Pan-
oramic view. Furnished Key West style. Pet consid-
ered. Also, renting for year 2003. $2,300/month.
SEASONAL WITH BOAT dock. Holmes Beach,
beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, balcony, screen
porch, garage. Tropical and private. $750/week,
ANNA MARIA Key Royale canalfront seasonal
rental: 2BR/2BA bright and open. Family, dining,
laundry rooms. Island kitchen, breakfast bar, sunset
terrace, dock, equipped. $3,600/month. (813) 991-
FRONT GULF DUPLEX for annual rental. Fur-
nished, no pets $850/month, plus utilities. First, last
and security required. For details, (407) 595-4015.
2BR/2BA CONDO overlooks Watson Bay. Boat
dock, carport, heated pool and spa. Annual $1,000/
HOLMES BEACH minutes to beach. 1 BR/1 BA, up-
per level. Available April 16 to June 25. $1,000/
month, $450 per week (minimum 2 weeks). 778-
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental. Newly reno-
vated 3BR/2BA ranch on canal, open floor plan,
garage and lanai. Available immediately. $1,250/
month, lease, security, reference. Call Lisa, 778-
DUPLEX 1 BR/1 BA with garage. 250 yards to beach.
212 70th St., Holmes Beach. $875/month, annual.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX seasonal available January
through April, 2003. 2BR/1 BA, nicely furnished with
garage, lanai, patio, washer/dryer. One block to
beach. No pets, nonsmoking. $1,800/month. 778-
2BR/1.5BA HOME available March 3 to April 11.
Short walk to beach, use of heated pool. Marina
Pointe Realty Co., 779-0732.
SPACIOUS 2BR BAYVIEW duplex. Ceramic tile
floors throughout, laundry. Available April 1 .Annual,
$660/month, plus utilities. 779-9470, evenings.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX. Furnished 2BR/1BA, ga-
rage, lanai, patio, washer/dryer, large yard in quiet
neighborhood. April only, $1,500/month. May
through October, $1,000/month. Includes utilities,
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX semi-annual available May
through December. 2BR/1 BA, nicely furnished with
garage, lanai, patio in private yard, washer/dryer.
$950/month, plus utilities. No pets, nonsmoking,
FURNISHED EFFICIENCY for rent in Cortez. An-
nual, $450/month, plus electric and water. Seasonal
ROOMMATE WANTED: Beautiful home in
Bradenton Beach, heated pool. One or two females
preferred. Nonsmoking. 779-9146 or 224-0997.
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
Robinson Properties 778-4523 or (800) 977-0803.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX on 90-by-112-foot lot.
Only two and half blocks to beach, $299,500. 305
57th St. 779-2114.
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GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA condo, $405,000. 5300
Gulf Drive, Martinique North, unit #102. Robinson
Properties, 778-4523 or (800) 977-0803.
CONDO WITH FULL WATERVIEW. Top floor, 2BR/
2BA, completely furnished for convenience of buyer.
$269,000. Boat docks, fishing, tennis and two heated
pools. Across street from all shopping, next to doctors,
one and half blocks to beach. Under building parking,
elevators and garden paradise. 778-1120.
MARKET NEWCOMER fully furnished, 2BR/2BA villa
in Spanish Main Yacht Club on Longboat Key. Com-
pletely remodeled in 1999 with many nice features.
Gulf beach access and marina on Club property. You'll
love it here. $224,000. Call owners at 387-3234.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Open house 1-4pm Wednes-
day, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 24. 715 Estuary.
2BR/2BA, beautiful view, carport, move in condition.
GULFVIEW 2BR/2BA furnished condo in Bradenton
Beach. Second-floor front unit. Imperial House,
BRADENTON BEACH ELEVATED duplex. 2BR/
1.5BA. Great location, one block to beach. Great
rental history. New air condition units. Owner will
hold second mortgage. $235,000.Call 778-0998.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Open house 1-4pm Wednesday,
and Sunday, 715 Estuary. 2BR/2BA, beautiful view, car-
port, move in condition. $172,500. 761-3369.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: 2,515-square feet.
4BR/3BA, family room. Brand new house in Laurel
Oak Park, available this spring, $357,363. 795-7372.
3,001-SQUARE FOOT house, 4BR/3BA, plus den
and family room. Available this summer. Laurel Oak
Park in northwest Bradenton, $399,589,795-7372.
210 67th ST. Holmes Beach. Half block from beach,
private. 3,200 square feet, 3BR/4BA and enclosed
17-by-16-foot den for additional bedroom. Master
bedroom upstairs, 20-by-18-feet, walk-in closet,
ensuite with Jacuzzi and shower, high ceiling and
private deck, wall-to-wall carpet. New tile and ter-
razzo floor downstairs, three-sided wood fireplace in
40-by-22-foot living/family/dining room with plenty of
light from patio doors. Breakfast bar and skylight in
kitchen. Two three-ton air conditioning units and
humidistat. $399,000, 778-0795.
LAUREL OAK PARK: 2,514-square feet. 4BR/3BA,
family room, northwest Bradenton. Brand new
house! Available this spring, $332,015. 795-7372.
NEW HOUSE: available this summer, 2,430-square
feet. 4BR/3BA, family room, $341,560. Laurel Oak
Park in northwest Bradenton, 795-7372.
BRAND NEW HOUSE, $307,511, available this
summer. 3BR/2BA, family room. 2,000-square feet.
Laurel Oak Park in northwest Bradenton, 795-7372.
MOVE IN TODAY! Brand new home, 2,665-square
feet, 4BR/2.5BA, plus den and family room. Corian
and appliances included. Caged pool, in The Coun-
try Club at Lakewood Ranch, 390,137. 907-9777.
524 72nd ST.: 3BR/2BA on canal. Cathedral,
beamed ceiling in living area, new carpet and tile
throughout. Large screened deck, new stove, two-
car garage, lawn sprinkling system. Seawall in good
condition, $495,000. Must see to believe! 778-2072.
PRICE REDUCED! Triplex only 200 feet to beach.
Quaint historic old town area. 3BR house, plus two
spacious apartments. $399,900. 778-8571.
NEW LISTING by owner. Westbay Point & Moorings III.
2BR/2BA, all amenities, spectacular water view. Carport
and boat dock. 778-2484. REDUCED! 2BR CONDO, like
new. Close to beach and shopping. $152,000. Call Karen
now! Mike Norman Realty, 779-2237.
SUMMER SANDS 2BR/2.5BA bayview. $279,000.,
heated pool, spa, elevator, covered parking, newly
restored buildings, unfurnished. Call 778-5192 for
BRADENTON BEACH MOBILE HOME on a corner
lot with bay view. Only steps away from the Gulf
HOLMES BEACH Absolutely adorable beach cot-
tage with one-car garage, completely renovated.
Move right in! This is one of a kind! $399,000.
Denise Langlois, Arvida Realty Services, 725-4425.
Open house, Sunday, 2 to 4pm.
2BR CONDO Westbay Point & Moorings. First floor, car-
port, turnkey furnished. Motivated seller, 778-6746.
BUY OWNER Tropical Island home directly across
street from bay in Anna Maria with 2,500 square feet.
4BR/2BA with outside shower. Living room has fire-
place, cathedral ceiling and relaxing porch. Large
kitchen, dining room. Double garage, carport and
workshop. Low maintenance yard. Large master suite
with deck. 811 Bay Blvd. S., $629,000. 778-0405.
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advertising herein is subject to the Fair Housing Act,
which makes it illegal to advertise any preference,
limitation or discrimination based on race, color,
religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national
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children under age of 18 living with parents or legal
custodians, .pregnant women and people securing
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basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-
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2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE end unit. Gulfview, EXPANSIVE BAYFRONT VIEWS of the out
turnkey furnished, heated pool. $199,900. Call islands and Skyway Bridge from this stunning
Ed Oliveira, 778-4800 or 705-4800. 3BR/2BA home. Boat dock with davits and huge
lot. $799,000. Call Jane Grossman or Nicole
Skaggs at 778-4800 or 778-4451.
UNOBSTRUCTED GULF VIEW from this historic ELEVATED ISLAND DUPLEX 2BR/2BA each
beach cottage. 2BR/1BA turnkey furnished with side. Excellent location, walk to beach or bay.
deeded boat dock. $279,900. Call Jane Grossman $289,000. Call Ed Oliveira, 778-4800 or 705-
or Nicole Skaggs at 778-4800 or 778-4451. 4800.
PANORAMIC BAYFRONT CONDO Steps to INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY. Seven rental
the Gulf. Great rental, turnkey furnished. Call units one block from beach. Classy turnkey fur-
Lynn Hostetler, 778-4800 or 720-5876. nishings, brand new pool and common laundry.
$1,050,000. Call Dave Jones or Dick Maher at
Prime Ellenton location, 40 acres zoned MHP for 240 pads. $1,350,000.
Downtown Sarasota, 3.28 acres plus 50,000 sq.ft.
retail building on Main Street $7,500,000.
Industrial Flex building with 20,000 sq.ft. at Port Manatee, $985,000.
Marina with 34 slips and building with approximately 5,000 sq.ft., $2,400,000.
Call Jane Grossman or Nicole Skaggs at 778-4800 or 778-4451.
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
Overlooking panoramic Bimini Bay and the magnificent Sunshine Skyway Bridge,
spacious 3 or 4BR/3BA, waterfront villa reflects the romantic Mediterranean-style
of timeless Tuscany! Amenities include lovely ceramic tiled and laminated floors,
granite countertops and breakfast bar, plus honey-maple cabinets and gas range
in the spacious gourmet kitchen and comfy greatroom, split-level floorplan. The
master suite is conveniently situated on the ground level, offering spellbinding bay
views, Italian-tiled bathroom with walk-in shower and a convenient adjoining office.
Other outstanding features include more than 162 feet of deep seawall on the bay
and canalfront with a new seawall cap, two boat docks and two electric boat lifts.
There is a beautiful, lushly landscaped, gas-heated kidney-shaped swimming pool
with therapy jets, surrounded by a lovely brick patio. Tropical plants and trees in-
clude two Canary Island date palms, banana, grapefruit and lemon trees, watered
by an automatic sprinkler systems. Also included is a central vacuum and two cen-
tral air and heat system. A rare and wonderful opportunity for panoramic bay views
plus protected boat anchorage for two yachts. Don't miss it! Priced at $1,475,000.
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"Think Local, Buy Coastal" Est. 1952
4.9 acres. NW Bradenton. Access to river with
300-foot boat dock. Build a coastal living compound!
Elevated coastal cottage.
2208 Avenue A $389,900
Brenda Boyd May, Broker
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Bradenton Anna Maria
(941) 750-8844 (941) 779-2233
TOLL FREE: 1(800) 813-7517
2306 Canasta Drive ..... $1,095,0
Frank Davis 201 North Harbor Drive. $799,0
619 Ivanhoe Lane ........ $629,0
111 Gull Drive ............ $575,0
722 Key Royale Drive .....$625,0
Melinda Bordes 632 Key Royale Drive ......... $559,0
621 Emerald Lane ........ $550,0
l 608 Emerald Lane........... $525,0
509 68th Street ........... $459,0
Realtor 621 Concord Lane ....... $499,0
CONDOS & LOTS
509 S. Bay Blvd ............. $679,0
Realtor 1103 Gulf Dr. South ........... $535,0
Bradenton Beach Clubfrom $500,(
409 Spring Ave lot ......... $229,5
Beachwalk Townhomes New Project.... from $434,
409 Bay Palms Drive....... $369,5
2903 Gulf Drive ........ $369,0
4002 6th Ave. .............. $389,0
Alan GalettoWaters Edge #208N ........ $399,0
Sun Plaza West #106.......... $372,5
214 83rd Street ........... $359,0
5619 Gulf Drive .......... $349,0
Bill Jones 2108 83rd Street.... NEW $345,0
216 85th Street ...... NEW $324,9
~ Westbay Pt.&Moorings. NEW $319,0
o, ,501 70th Street .......... $304,0(
Jon Kent 2906 Gulf Drive ........... $299,9(
710 North Shore lot ........ $299,0(
2904 Gulf Drive lot ......... $199,9(
Tom Nelson DUPLEXES
1703 Gulf Dr. N...... NEW $345,0(
204 65th St ................. $299,0(
Nick Patsios MAINLAND
2418 90th St. NW........ $3,495,0(
) Two waterfront acres ....... $1,500,0(
Chris Shaw PROPERTIES
9915 Manatee Avenue.. $1,495,00
Sports Bar & Restaurant .... $129,90
5704 Marina Dr ........... $695,00
Realtor 1703 Gulf Dr. N...... NEW $495,00
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Largest selection of
rentals on Anna Maria!
~ 70+ Gulffront Units
~ Hundreds more just steps
from the beach
Four full-time rental agents
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
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Gloria Schorpp Helen White Mary Ann Schmidt
7 PERICO ISLAND
-2BR/2BA Perico Island. Just listed! Excellent con-
dition. 'Screened porch, two-car garage. Short drive
to beach and shopping. $225,000.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX PLUS
2BR/2BA, 2BR/1BA l _.'.-1 --PT rters.
Fres RALEIPNNDhG uble
lot, s n- ts an shops.
Generates good income. $398,800.
ISLAND FAMILY HOME
4BR/2BA in Holmes Beach. Family room, fireplace, eat-
in kitchen, deck, outdoor shower, storage/workshop, dose
to beach and shopping. $429,000.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO
3BR/2BA turnkey furnished Gulfplace condo. Walk out
to gorgeous white sandy beach in prime Holmes Beach
area. Lighted tennis, heated pool and great rental history.
Call to view. Exclusively shown. $769,000.
Julie Gilstrap-Royal Patti Marifjeren
Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA villa,
pool, garage $1,100 month
Runaway Bay 1BR/1BA, pool, tennis $700 month
1BR/1BA duplex $525 month
2BR/2BA duplex on stilts $875 month
Condominiums and Homes Weekly/Monthly
from $500 week / $1000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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REAL ESTATE, LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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by Harvey Estes & Nancy Saloman / Edited by Will Shortz
1 One of the friends on
5 Fictional circumnavigator
9 Does a Sylvester
14 Mosque heads
19 "... for care!"
20 Superman's mother
22 Favorite babysitters,
23 For-display-only deli
25 Protest that eventually
27 Shooter's setting
28 Pitcher's delivery
31 Potherb mint
33 Joust verbally
35 Eden was one
36 Gut reaction?
38 "Ed Wood" director
39 Causes of rain in
44 Touch upon
46 Aeneas abandoned her
48 Poets' dark periods
50 Song that doesn't go on
53 Small portions
55 Class-conscious org.?
56 Matzoh meal?
57 At the front of the line
59 Harry's successor
60 Ice cream purchases
62 Museum piece
65 Like some restaurant
67 Where El Niio comes from
69 Decision for Dracula?
72 Track meet lineup
74 Flies and such
75 Come after
76 Do away with
77 Dallas dribbler, briefly
79 See 80-Down
81 Fiesta fare
85 23rd Hebrew letter
88 Baby bloomer?
94 Political columnist Charen
96 Star sci.
97 Satirist Mort
98 Well-mannered gymnast?
101 Danube locale: Abbr.
103 Mule of song
104 Rough breathing
105 Channel choker
106 Erred big-time
108 Targets, collectively
111 "Star Wars" name
113 Mr. Television
115 Kilted musician everyone
feels sorry for?
117 Flippant attitude toward
120 Frog removers?
121 Squeezing (out)
122 Censorship-fighting org.
123 Watering holes
124 Rival of Ajax
125 Salon job
126 Literally, "injured"
127 "Hud" Oscar winner
IV 1 W.W. II bombers
2 Norwegian saint
3 Money for who-knows-
4 A mile a minute
5 Half a platter
6 Bit in a horse's mouth
8 Have a sudden inspiration?
9 Green dessert
10 Walled off
11 Camera type, briefly
12 Bad moods-
14 Magazine fallout?
15 One-piece swimsuit
16 Pay to play
17 Marian, for one
18 1040 info: Abbr.
24 Put up
26 Flat contracts
29 Med. country
34 Went wild
37 Stage award
39 Exemplar of dryness
40 Author Dinesen
41 "The Day the Earth Stood
Still" star Michael
42 Boy-girl link
43 Hard show to get
45 Bars on cars
47 No Mensa member
52 One of a Hollywood
54 Quantum physics particle
58 Mixer of a sort
60 Nevada native
61 Deeply touched, perhaps
63 Many an excuse
64 Knocker's announcement
68 "Mystery!" shower
69 Go places
70 Hardly subtle
71 Lab work
72 In a lather
73 Heavens: Prefix
78 First word of Virgil's
80 With 79-Across, babes
in the woods?
82 Place to patrol
83 Dept. of Labor arm
86 Lens cover?
87 Adds pizazz to
89 Leaning letters: Abbr.
92 Some advertisers buy it
93 Most musty
95 Not in custody
99 Evening bell
100 Announcement in a
waiting area: Abbr.
107 Monte of
108 "Farmer in the Dell"
109 Tabloid twosome
110 Polynesian pendant
112 Bibliog. space saver
114 European erupter
115 D.C. donator
116 Olympics souvenir
118 Big sizes, briefly
119 Fashion letters
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OAKWOOD VILLAS Nice 1BR/1BA villa in Oakwood
Villas. Attached carport, heated community pool and dub-
house. Nice foyer entry, eat-in kitchen and walk-in clos-
ets. $44,900. MLS#80894. Noreen Roberts, 778-2261.
SHAWS POINT Great home with NW location for
serious boaters, protected waters of Manatee River
near Desoto Park. Heated pool, upgraded throughout.
$765,000. MLS#79945. Bobye Chasey, 778-2261.
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CYPRESS CREEK ESTATE Lovely well maintained
home. Under roof totals 4,200 sq.ft. 3BR, den/office/
library, 2.5 baths, separate formal dining room.
$479,000. MLS#77269. Rose Schnoerr, 778-2261.
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HOLMES BEACH GULFFRONT Direct Gulffront,
small complex of six units, well maintained glassed
and screened Florida room. Large storage shed.
$539,000. MLS 81052. Rose Schnoerr, 778-2261.
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BAY PALMS Totally updated over $50,000 of appli-
ances, tile, electrical, plumbing, carpet, cabinets, clos-
ets and landscaping. Deeded boat dock included!
$325,000. MLS#80221. Doug Newcomer, 778-2261.
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SUNBOW BAY Tropical and private! Large 3BR/3BA,
split plan townhouse near beaches and shopping. Dra-
matic cathedral ceilings, unique decor and tile flooring.
$349,500. MLS#78313. Jan Schmidt, 778-2261.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON Great north-west split plan
pool home! Custom designed and spacious that says
easy entertaining! Tropical free form pool and spa for six!
$234,000. MLS#77856. Laura McGeary, 778-2261.
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