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Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( March 20, 2002 )

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Creation Date: March 20, 2002

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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: March 20, 2002

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

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Skimming the news ... Hatfields vs. McCoys do battle on Island? See page 4.


SAnna Maria



The


Islancler


"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"



Bridge: M



'Rehab is



option'

By Paul Roat
Florida Department of Transportation officials
have said rehabilitation of the 45-year-old Anna Mafia
Bridge is "an option." '-, :
"We still don't have the final reports," said DOT
spokesperson Marsha Burke, "but from what the engi- :,.,
neers have determined, rehabilitation is an option."
Engineers appear to be burning the midnight oil in i'
preparation for a workshop Tuesday, March 26, to
present to the public ,the results of inspections of the
bridge linking Holmes Beach to Perico Island. .,
DOT and consultants conducted an exhaustive
look at the electrical, mechanical and structural com-
ponents of the span last year. The inspections have
been analyzed by PBS&J, DOT consultants, and are
PLEASE SEE BRIDGE, NEXT PAGE ,
Eanrl finlvlirkl


Volume 10, no. 19, March 20, 2002 FREE

Oarfish washes

ashore on Island
A rare deepwater oarfish washed ashore dead on
the north end of Anna Maria Island Monday evening
near Spruce Street.
The 10-foot-long, silver fish featured bright red
"whiskers" which were actually fins.
"It felt like aluminum foil," said Earl Henslick,
who pulled the fish ashore. "When I brought it out of
the water, it broke." *
Oarfish occasionally wash ashore, but usually are
found in the deep oceans. They grow to lengths of 20
feet or more and were often thought of as sea serpents
by sailors before the turn of the century.


Manatee Trolley finally here on Anna Maria Island


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Many Islanders will tell you nothing major ever
happens on time on Anna Maria Island. Beach
renourishment, repairing a bridge, stormwater drainage
and the Manatee Trolley are all examples of "soon
come" on the Island.
But after nearly six years of planning, along with
objections to the design of the trolleys, and the mana-
tee logo on display at some trolley stops, the Manatee
Trolley serving Anna Maria Island is set to begin full
service this Saturday, March 23, about six weeks be-
hind the original start date.


Trolley comes
to Island
Islanders flocked
to Holmes Beach
City Hall last
week for a preview
of the Manatee
Trolley and
ribbon-cutting
ceremony. The fidl
trolley service on
Anna Maria Island
starts March 23,
from 6 a.m. to
10:30 p.m. seven
days a week, and
rides are free for
all ages. Islander
Photo.: J.L.
Robertson


One trolley started running the regular bus route on
the Island on March 18, one day after the official ribbon-
cutting for the trolley at the Holmes Beach City Hall.
And yes, Virginia, trolley rides around the Island
are free, at least for the first year.
Manatee County Area Transit marketing manager
Susan Hancock said rides will be free through the end
of 2002. County commissioners will discuss the issue
at the annual budget hearings this August and Septem-
ber and if usage levels are high, and revenue from ad-
vertisements on the trolley coming in, commissioners
will likely extend the freebie service through 2003.
PLEASE SEE TROLLEY, NEXT PAGE


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Trolley at center tomorrow
The Manatee Trolley will be on display at the
Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, March 21. Free
trolley rides will be available hourly at 10 minutes
past the hour on the trolley that is this week running
the MCAT bus route number 5, which makes a loop
to Coquina Beach and back.
The event was organized by The Islander to allow
residents an opportunity for a look at the new trolley.
Island Shopping Center merchants and businesses
will be "on-board" for promotional activities.



Happening
Festival Saturday
A community festival sponsored by the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday,
March 23, at the Anna Maria Centre Shoppes
on East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.
The event is a fundraiser for the chamber
and for the Anna Maria Elementary School,
Island Middle School and the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center.
Mote Marine Laboratory's "touch tank" will
be featured along with the Devil Ray's "Express"
fan bus and team mascot "Raymond."
For more information, call 761-4766.
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Since 1992
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PAGE 2 K MARCH 20, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER


It's a beautiful
thing ...
For Trudy Horigan, a
member of the Monday
Painters, the allure of
the beach and the
pending trolley service
on Anna Maria Island,
were cause to put
brush to canvas. Her
work, pictured here,
was chosen by the
Manatee County Area
Transit service for the
poster to promote the
new Manatee Trolley
and she was honored
at the ribbon-cutting
festivities March 17.


Getting ready for
beach renourishment
Crew members of Great Lakes Dredge
and Dock, the Illinois-based company
contracted for the $8.9 million Anna
Maria Island beach renourishment
project, are using the south end of the -
Island near Longboat Pass as a staging .
area to prepare the drag line, barge and 7-W :-
pipes needed for renourishment. When %-n,
ready, the equipment will be put in place
to assist the company's dredge in
moving sand from the offshore borrow
pit about .5 miles off the northwest point
of the Island to the beach. Islander
Photo: Paul Roat

Bridge hearing next Tuesday
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
now being reviewed by DOT officials.
"There are no conclusions yet," Burke said. "The


engineer told me he would probably still be working on
the results up to Tuesday."
Burke said the DOT would not make a specific


Trolley starts Saturday
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

This Saturday, March 23, will also be a free ride day
for all MCAT buses, Hancock added.
A free shuttle park-and-ride service begins Sunday,
March 24, from Beachway Plaza on Manatee Avenue
West to the Island from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hancock said.
Hancock said funds for the $3.2 million project
came from the Florida Department of Transportion and
Manatee County. An original proposal by the DOT to
have Island cities share in the cost was rejected outright
eight years ago by the cities.
The trolley service will utilize five trolleys, with two
and sometimes three in operation during heavy demand
periods from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hancock said. Service
begins at 6 a.m. daily and ends at 10:30 p.m., she added.


recommendation on the bridge until meeting and hear-
ing from the public on the future of the bridge.
There are several alternatives the DOT has offered
on the bridge, based on its condition. If the span be-
tween Holmes Beach and Perico Island is in fairly good
shape, routine maintenance may be all that is needed to
keep it in good condition.
If its repair need is extensive, rehabilitation may be
needed. This option could include widening travel
lanes, adding shoulders and replacing sidewalks on the
structure, including the movable portion.
If the results of the bridge evaluation, including a
cost-benefit analysis comparing repairs versus rehabili-
tation, determine the bridge can't be fixed, replacement
may be needed. If this solution is reached, an extensive
series of additional meetings with the public will take
place to determine what style of bridge is best.
Two meetings will be held, covering the same in-
formation, at different locations, one on the Island and
one in Bradenton.
The March 26 session will run from 5-8 p.m. at the
First Baptist Church of Bradenton, 1306 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton.
A second meeting will also be held from 5-8 p.m.
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Representatives of Hover USA, the company that
wants to bring visitors from Pinellas County to Anna
Maria gliding over the warm waters of Tampa Bay, got
a rather chilly reception from some of the 60 or so
members of the public at the Anna Maria City Com-
mission workshop March 14.
The company had submitted a proposal to bring
people to the Island, and it seems like all you have to
do in Anna Maria to get a big turnout at a commission
meeting is say there may be more coming to the city.
Company president Robert Wagner said they
want to bring about 15-20 people twice daily from
places like Egmont Key and Ft. Desoto Park to Anna
Maria for day trips of about four to six hours. Maxi-
mum number of trips each day would be six, he said,
if demand warrants.
They would utilize the 200-foot strip of beach at
Bayfront Park just north of Lake LaVista inlet that is
already designated by city ordinance as an area to take
on and disembark passengers from boats.
The initial service would start around April 15 and
be a "trial run" said Wagner, although surveys show an
"enormous interest" in Anna Maria. "We think it's
going to be a good route."
Jack Glacier of Hover USA, a native of Bradenton
and one-time Island resident, said the craft does not
come in contact with the water or any seagrasses, uses
vegetable oil as fuel so there is no pollution, smell or
smoke and it's environmentally friendly.
But Anna Maria resident Rick DeFrank chimed in
that he didn't think Bayfront Park was for commercial
use,and he didn't believe residents in the area would
appreciate all the extra traffic.
Former City Commissioner Jay Hill asked if the
company had a commercial carrier license. Wagner
said they didn't need one, but they are licensed by the
U.S. Coast Guard.


Resident Judy Adams said if the commission al-
lows Hover USA to land a commercial boat in the city,
"you have to allow all the others."
Diane Caniff said it looked like the city just got this
letter from Hover USA and now the commission seems
to be "very much in favor" of the idea. It appeared to
her to be as if the issue had already been decided.
Mayor SueLynn said nothing has been decided.
DeFrank said it did appear to him the commission
was already in favor of the project.
But trouble was brewing in paradise.
When Wagner was asked what the city would gain
if his company started bringing in 25 boats a day, an au-
dible murmur of dissent arose from the audience when
he said the company would be cutting down on auto-
mobile traffic to the city.
SueLynn pounded down the gavel sharply, saying
such outbursts were "unacceptable" and if it happened
again, "I will clear the room."
That quickly restored order and commissioners
eventually agreed to have City Attorney Jim Dye look
over the proposal.
The mayor is to arrange a "trial run" with Hover
USA for commissioners and the general public to view
first hand how the craft operates.
Further talk was tabled to the next work session.

Veterans memorial
The commission also heard from service veteran
and Island resident Jim Kissick about a county proposal
to change the location of a veterans' memorial flag on
Leffis Key to a nearby site. The commission agreed to
stick with the previous commission's resolution recom-
mending the original site chosen by Kissick.

Code enforcement
Only DeFrank has submitted an application for the
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Meetings

Anna Maria City
March 21, 7 p.m., charter review committee meeting.
March 25, 7:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
March 27, 6:30 p.m., Environmental Education and
Enhancement Committee meeting.
March 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
March 20, 6:30 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
March 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
public comment, first reading of wastewater franchise
with Manatee County, agreement with developers of
17th Street condominium discussion, citizen petition
process clarification, city pier discussion, Local
Agency Application certification discussion, city board
member requirements discussion, board appointments,
traffic calming at 26th Street discussion, crosswalk
discussion, Turtle Walk request for all-terrain vehicle
use on beach, computer purchase request, consent
agenda and commission reports.
March 22,.8:30 a.m., commission-department head
work session.
March 28, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
March 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
March 22, 8 a.m., charter review ad hoc committee
meeting.
March 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session following.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.

Of Interest
March 21, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue Dis-
trict Commission meeting, Station 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
March 25, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, CANCELED.






PAGE 4 0 MARCH 20, 2002 E THE ISLANDER



Hatfield vs. McCoy feud in Holmes Beach


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Along the western end of 79th Street
in Holmes Beach, right where the road
dead-ends against the grace and peaceful-
ness of the Australian pines and seagrapes
that line this section of beach, the serenity
of this tranquil paradise hides the fact
there's a feud going on here that pits
neighbor against neighbor.
And it's a feud over who even gets to
come to this quiet, gentle piece of Holmes
Beach.
It's the Hatfields versus McCoys all
over again, only this time, the weapons are
lawsuits and counter suits, and lawyers in
pinstripe suits.
Friends make that former friends
- no longer talk to each other. One owner
along the street gets the bird from some
kids in the area. Another gets "the stare,"
and some people go so far as to spit at the
feet of others and passively urinate on
another's property.
And the feud has now escalated into a
true "civil war," as one group of landown-
ers has sued the two property owners at the
west endof 79th Street over who has an
easement and who doesn't.
It's about who can use that portion of
the two properties at the beach end of 79th
Street that are right next to the beach, and
who can't. It's about who has access and
usage rights, and who doesn't have any
rights, and who may have rights, but who
may not be right.
Sound confusing?
It is.
The controversy dates back to the
summer of 1945, when Holmes Beach
developers J.E. and Maud Holmes sold
two parcels of land at the end of Starfish
Road (later changed to 79th Street). The
words "perpetual easements" and "provide
a common" were established in the origi-
nal sale, but never fully explained or de-
fined.
And that's what a lawsuit brought in
January by Jerald and Kristen
Landkammer and 11 other property own-
ers on 79th Street against beachfront own-
ers William Roe and Elizabeth Cole of 102
- 79th St. and John and Kathleen Robuck of
103 79th St. would like the courts to deter-
mine.
Their lawsuit claims that since 1945,
they've had a right to use the "common
area" of the two beachfront proeprties, and
have rights to an "easement" to get to this
area and to the beach. They want these
rights established by a court, not any
"gentlemen's agreement" with the two
property owners.
A counterclaim filed by lawyers for
Roe and Cole asks for dismissal of the suit
because the "Group of 12" haven't made
any "specific factual allegations," among
other points of law.
Asked for comment, William Roe and
Elizabeth Cole referred all inquiries to
their lawyer. Not surprisingly, Jerald and
Kristen Landkammer also deferred to their
attorney.
So nobody wants to talk on the record.
But off the record, some members of
the "Group of 12" say people along 79th
Street have been using the beach access in
question for more than 50 years without
any problems from the succession of own-
ers of the two properties.
A path was created to the beach
through the two properties so many years
ago, nobody alive today can ever remem-
ber when it wasn't there.
A cabana was built along the path
maybe 20 to 25 years ago. Nobody knows
exactly when it was built or by whom, but


...--..- -


North and south divided in 79th Street feud
Looking east from the beach toward 79th Street in Holmes Beach along the newly
created path that separates the "common" areas of private property that a group
of residents claim in a lawsuit they have a legal right to use. Islander Photo: Rick


Catlin
nobody ever complained, said one "Group
of 12" property owner who asked not to be
identified.
Picnics were held under the cool
Australian pines that kept out the summer
heat. Sunsets were viewed, Frisbees
thrown and softball games held, the owner
said.
Just a normal scene on a quiet Florida
beach on the paradise island of Anna
Maria.
"It was always understood that the
property at the end of the street was set
aside as a recreation area for residents of
the street," said one "Group of 12" mem-
ber who requested anonymity.
"We've used it regularly since we
came here in the 1970s. The owners [then]
even knew we had rights to use it. Nobody
ever complained about people using the
land along the beach. It was never treated
as a closed access."
That all began to change in late 1999
when the City of Holmes Beach needed'
easements to beach access for the upcom-
ing beach renourishment project. What the
city found was that it didn't have an ease-
ment to give in many locations, including
the end of 79th Street.
Then came the infamous "land swap."
Despite objections by many members
of the "Group of 12," and a lot of other
Holmes Beach residents, the City of
Holmes Beach "swapped" a large chunk
of road at the end of 79th Street with land-
owners William Roe and Elizabeth Cole
and John and Kathleeh Robuck at 102 and
403 79th Street respectively in exchange
for a 10-foot easement to the beach.
The days of "paradise beach" were
now numbered.
But the objecting landowners say they
aren't really complaining about the city.
They say they understand the city needed
deeded access to the beach. It's what hap-
pened after the land swap that aroused
their ire.
They claim that Roe then tore down
the cabana and cut down the Australian
pines on the north side of the path to the
beach. The street was shortened, and the
path was roped off.
The "Group of 12" felt they were now
being denied access to the "common" ar-
eas by the landowners following the
"swap," particularly access to the north
side of the path.
They hired a lawyer, Robert Blalock
of Bradenton, who wrote the two property
owners in February 2000, claiming the
Group of 12 "are the holders of certain
property rights."


Blalock said that his clients have "un-
der the law, without limitation, the right to
use and enjoy the common and the right to
be free from obstruction."
Blalock also claimed that any change
to the common could not be done without
obtaining the consent of all "holders of
rights to the common," and that Roe
should "cease and desist" from any further
planting and remove "the obstructions that
have already been planted."
Roe wrote back, not to Blalock, but to
Landkammer in April 2000 in an attempt
to soothe tempers and allay fears.
In his letter, Roe said he and his wife
purchased the property "on the under-
standing that we would be sole owners." A
title search had revealed no easements or
grants of rights to anyone to any areas of
the property.
However, said Roe, he wanted to
compromise.
While the legal questions are being
resolved about rights and responsibilities,
Roe said both he and his wife "believe it
would be fair and reasonable for you and
your associates in this matter to be able to
enjoy the undeveloped areas adjacent to
the beach."
He asked Landkammer as spokesper-
son for the 79th Street residents to "pass
this message along to all of your associates
in any manner you see fit.
"We welcome you," concluded Roe.
That invitation wasn't quite good
enough for the "Group of 12" for the long
haul.
Unsure of their legal standing and
rights, and following several unsuccessful
visits to city hall, the group filed a suit on
Jan. 18, 2002, asking that their rights be
declared by a court.
In the suit, the plaintiffs are identified
as Jerald and Kristen Landkammer, Ursula
Lewis and Talbot Lewis, Louis and Rena
Guiterrez, Delia and Charles Sierra, Vir-
ginia Messina, Rose Mary Patterson,
Nancy Kuhlmann, Richard and Susan
Wheeler, Gaspare, Gaspar, Denise and
Antoinette Monte, Anne Simmons and
David Ehrenzeller.
The defendants are William Roe,
Elizabeth Cole, John and Kathleen
Robuck and Sunset Beach Inc. (the origi-
nal land-development company from
1945).
The suit asks the courts to decide that
the Landkammers and the other plaintiffs
"have the right to use the common area,"
have an easement to the common area, and
"the right to reconstruct the shelter on the
common area, place benches or chairs in


the common area, picnic, sunbathe, sit and
relax, view the sunset, play ball, toss the
Frisbee," and to keep the property owners
"from destroying trees on the common
area."
The suit also asks the landowners to
pay attorney fees for the "Group of 12."
Not to be outdone in the legal wran-
gling, Roe's attorney, Caleb Grimes of
Bradenton, filed a motion to dismiss the
case on Feb. 8, 2002, citing a number of
legal points were against the
Landkammers.
In the motion Grimes claims, among
numerous other legal points for dismissal
of the case, that the plaintiffs "have failed
to allege specific factual allegations neces-
sary.... "
One point scored by the landowners
side. Lawyers representing the "Group of
12" had to file an amended suit on March
18.
Grimes had claimed that the "Group
of 12's" original complaint "is fatally
flawed in that it treats individual parcel
owners as if they were owners of a single
parcel. Although few, if any, specific facts
are alleged, the complaint basically as-
sumes that facts and circumstances which
may relate to one parcel [owner] somehow
serve to support the claims of an unrelated
parcel."
The owners of the property on the
south side of the path at the end of 79th
Street, the Robucks, have retained attorney
Robert Hendrickson of Bradenton to rep-
resent them in this case and it is under-
stood that he has filed a similar motion to
dismiss. Efforts to reach both the Robucks
and their attorney for comment were un-
successful.
There also is the issue of liability in-
volved, said one disinterested lawyer, who
asked not to be identified. "Who is liable
for any injury to someone while using the
[disputed] area? They (Roe and Robuck)
have to worry about that if people are us-
ing their property," he said.
Now that the attorneys have entered
the fray, neither side wants to talk publicly.
Motion after motion has been filed by
both parties since Jan. 18, and it's not
likely the case will be heard in court any
time in the near future.
And that's a shame because this is one
case that probably should never have gone
to court, said Kristen Landkammer.
"It's very sad that it's come to this,"
she said. "With a prescriptive easement, an
easement to the city could have been
given, yet we still could have retained our
rights."
Landkammer referred further ques-
tions to her attorney, James Aker of
Sarasota.
Now, everyone is going to court to
find out what everyone's rights are, and
ultimately to find out who is right and who
is wrong. And, ultimately, the courts might
say some people with rights may not be
right.
While the court battle is ongoing,
some 79th Street residents say they still
use the southside property along the beach
at 79th Street as "common" area, but are
afraid to utilize the north side for various
reasons.
Standing along the beach access at
79th Street with gentle Gulf breezes in
your face, and the hot sun hidden by the
tall pines to the south, it is hard to believe
that the courts must now decide who has
the right to tread here, and who doesn't.
There are going to be no winners in
this case, only the lawyers who represent
both sides, because they are going to be
paid no matter who wins or loses.







Anna Maria
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3


current vacancy on the city's code enforcement board,
SueLynn said. Anyone interested can apply.
DeFrank asked why he hadn't already been ap-
pointed.
The mayor said this can only be done at a regular
commission meeting, not a workshop session.
The next regular meeting is March 28.

Defibrillators
One defibrillator has arrived at city hall and
sheriff's deputies will train on the device in April.
Discussion was held on having city staff train to use
the machine and possibly members of the public.


Animal control ordinance
SueLynn reported that even if the city writes a
more stringent code, county animal control officers are
only obligated to enforce the state and county law. The
city would have to hire its own animal control officer,
purchase a vehicle, build cages for animals and so
forth, to enforce its own code.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Capt. Mike
Mayer said he and his officers in Anna Maria will en-
force any ordinance passed that is enforceable.
Further discussion on animal control will take
place at the next workshop session in April.

City staff
The mayor reported that city clerk Alice Baird has
pneumonia and has been unable to work for the past


City hall fix
Anna Maria Supervisor of Public Works George McKay showed city commissioners and the public the pro-
posed changes for remodeling city hall at the commission workshop March 14. No cost estimate has yet been
announced. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has scheduled Public Information Workshops
to present the results of inspections and testing that have been completed to determine the overall con-
dition of the Anna Maria Island Bridge on SR 64. The workshops will be held on Tuesday, March 26,
2002 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the First Baptist Church of Bradenton (Family Life Center), 1306 Mana-
tee Avenue West in Bradenton; and on Thursday, April 4, 2002 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Saint Ber-
nard Catholic Church (Activity Center), 248 South Harbor Drive in Holmes Beach.
A continuously running video will provide an overview of the results of the study and aerial
photographs of the bridge will be displayed. Department representatives will be present to discuss the
inspections and testing. Information stations will be staffed with scribes who will document comments
and questions from the attendees. Comment forms and questionnaires will be available that can be com-
pleted at the workshops or taken home, completed and mailed to the FDOT by April 15, 2002. Also,
comments can be submitted by accessing the study web site at www.annamariabridgc.com.
Additional information including study newsletters and handouts will be available. Following
the workshops, comments will be reviewed and together with the results of the bridge testing, the
Department will determine whether to proceed with a Project Development and Environment or PD&E
study. The study., if necessary, would consist of an in-depth engineering and environmental evalua-
tion of the No Build alternative, the Rehabilitation alternative and Build alternatives. A newsletter will
be mailed to workshop attendees and property owners included on the study mailing list. The news-
letter will include a summary of questions and comments received at the workshops with correspond-
ing answers.
Persons with disabilities who may need special accommodations at the workshops under the
Americans with Disabilities Act of-1990 should contact Mr. Antone N. Sherrard at (863) 519-2304 at
least seven days before the meetirigs. If you have any questions about the projects, please feel free to
contact Ben Walker, project manager, at (863) 519-2656.

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two weeks, but should be back soon.
City hall staff member Sharla Capitano has been
out sick with back problems and now her son is very
ill. The mayor does not expect her to return to work in
the near future, so a temporary, full-time receptionist
will be hired.
She said volunteers have been manning the city tele-
phones at city hall in the absence of the two staffers.

Meeting times
The commission discussed the ordinance passed by
the previous commission that requires commission
meetings to end at 9 p.m.
Hill said that the ordinance was only drafted be-
cause continuous, lengthy commission meetings kept
city staff on duty for long hours. It was not done for the
convenience of commissioners, but city staff.
Commissioners agreed to keep the status quo for
the time being.

Commission goals
Commissioners listed various goals they would
like the city to achieve during this administration.
Commissioner John Quam wanted to do something
about animal control, among other objectives.
Commissioner Chuck Webb said the city needs
"public meetings" on various inconsistent ordinances.
One issue was "zero lot lines." He believes builders
will start trying to construct three houses on one lot
unless the subject is addressed.
Commissioner Linda Cramer wants to establish a
Capital Improvements Advisory Board, and pursue
Southwest Florida Water Management District grant
money by December.
Commissioner John Michaels wants to work with
the other two Island cities on purchasing items for com-
mon use, like a chipper.
Michaels also wants to get moving on the cellular
communications master plan.
The commission also heard from Supervisor of
Public Works George McKay on remodeling city hall.
No dollar estimate for the improvements has been set.
A "Town Hall" meeting date was set for 7 p.m.
April 3. General public issues will include rights of
way, a master parking plan and a forum for members
of the public to present issues.


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Here's a portion of an article that appeared in the
July 15, 1993, edition of The Islander:
"The grant applications are in, and transportation
officials are hopeful a beach trolley system linking
Anna Maria Island with Lido Beach can be paid for,
purchased and in operation by October 1994.
"The open-sided trolley system is modeled after
highly successful systems in Ft. Myers Beach, Ft. Lau-
derdale, Clearwater and Daytona Beach, according to
Florida Department of Transportation officials."
Oops. That trolley never rolled.
Let's fast forward to Oct. 20, 1997:
"Another Island trolley bus system, this one pub-
licly funded, is being proposed again.
"Members of the Island Transportation Planning
Organization heard presentations and were effusive in
their enthusiasm for an Island trolley system running
from Anna Maria to Coquina Beach.
"If approved by the three Island cities, the Mana-
tee County Commission and the Florida Department of
Transportation, the trolley system could be operational
in July 1999, transportation experts agreed Monday."
Well, that one more or less came to pass, although
about three years later than first predicted.
The Manatee Trolley is here and, starting Saturday,
will be rolling to a street near you.
It has definitely been a long, long, long road.
Let's see if we can make it work. This time. How?
Ride the trolley. And for 2002, it will be a free ride,
seven days a week, 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., with only a
20-minute headway from any location on the route.
Whether resident or visitor, you'll be seeing the Island
in a whole new light. We predict it will be so much fun
and so successful, the turtles will be wanting a ride.

Bridge study results
The much-awaited results of tests and studies con-
ducted by the Florida Department of Transportation to
finally determine the validity and structural integrity of
the Anna Maria Bridge will be revealed Tuesday,
March 26, at the first of two workshops. That meeting
will be held at the First Baptist Church of Bradenton.
The DOT will provide a video, aerial photos, a
study newsletter, handout, fact sheet and department
representatives to discuss it. all.
The Islander learned at presstime that one conclu-
sion of the testing is that rehabilitation of the bridge is
indeed a viable option.
A second identical workshop will be held April 4
at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
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left it.
"Those" must certainly include the writer in
"Opinion" on Feb. 6 who consider the rotary two-lane
snail-pace traffic thing erected just south of Cortez
Road on Gulf Drive a "roundabout" and boasts no ac-
cidents.
Better leave the Island for a few days and visit
places of real multi-lane fast-driver "roundabouts" in
such places as Massachusetts and New Jersey, where
zero accidents quickly become many per day. As I hear
it, one only has to go as far as Clearwater where rumor
has it they are considering having their roundabout re-
moved.
The best suggestion I have seen was that of Bill
McGown, who promotes building a helicopter pad in
the center of all "real" roundabouts for carrying victims
to emergency medical treatment.
A "roundabout" at an intersection like Cortez Road
and U.S. 41 should include in its construction fence-
protected outer circumference viewing segments for
Daytona Beach race track enthusiasts, parking for po-
lice cruisers, and elevated overpass sidewalks for pe-
destrian stay-alive crossing.
Glenn A. Reed, Bradenton

Stop trolley,
stop
I'm so glad that Anna Maria has finally decided
on a trolley stop sign. But I'm not sure wether, 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 ac-
tion.
I'm just glad that I am not the MCAT chairman,
as I would have terminated the service at the triangle
junction 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 indiffer-
ence.
Bob Klauss, Holmes Beach


Tour of Homes helped Center
with programs
On behalf of the Anna Maria Island Tour of
Homes, I would like to thank The Islander for sponsor-
ing our event this year. With your help the tour was a
tremendous success, bringing in more than $38,000 to
benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
In addition to your sponsorship the coverage pro-
vided by your paper played a big role in the success of
the tour.
We would like you to know that your support helps
to provide the youth of Anna Maria not only with a
place to be, but the Center offers these children a place
to grow, with opportunities and challenges they need
to develop. The Center provides them with a place to
learn values, work ethics, learning skills to improve
their grades, good citizenship, sportsmanship, volun-
teer services and leadership skills.
The goal of the Community Center is to provide
the Island's youth with tools needed to become produc-
tive members of their community.
The Center also provides a wonderful place for its
citizens to meet, learn and exercise their bodies and
minds. There are craft workshops, exercise classes,
yoga, tennis, computer workshops, just too many to
mention. Without your generous support the Center
could not provide these much-needed and -loved ser-
vices.
We hope that we can count on your support in the
future because your support does make such a differ-
ence in the lives of the children and residents of Anna
Maria Island.
Barbara Mason, Tour of Homes chair

Roundabout
speedways
As one who spent 10 winters on the Island and then
moved to the mainland, I knew hordes came to visit the
Island but never knew there were those who had never


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Fishing in Florida: putting
classroom lessons to the test
I've always heard that 10 percent of fishermen
catch 90 percent of the fish. Guy DeBlasto, our fishing
instructor at Manatee Technical College, easily falls
into that 10 percent category. A skilled and lifelong
fishing expert, Guy is the fishing instructor for a class
that my husband and I are taking at Manatee Techni-
cal Institute.
Since my husband and I fall into that unlucky and
unskilled 90 percent who return home empty-handed.
we were thrilled when Guy invited us to go snook fish-
ing with him. This was an opportunity not only to learn
from a pro, but also to spend time with an interesting
and very special person.
Guy had spent much of one class giving us real
trade secrets some of his favorite places to fish. He
explained exactly where they were and how to fish
them, a real gift coming from such an excellent fisher-
man (sorry, we're all sworn to secrecy).
So when my husband and I met Guy near his
Bradenton home, we were especially excited about
fishing at one of these spots. Since we both had equip-
ment in our cars, we decided that it would be easiest to
follow Guy's car to the fishing location.
When we pulled to a stop, my husband and I saw
immediately that it was just the kind of location Guy
had said most fishermen ignore noisy, close to the
road with lots of activity and boat traffic pulling in and
out. But it also had the piers and structures he had told
us to watch for.
Guy was about to walk over to the bait shop when
a man who was loading his fishing equipment in his
truck stopped him. He offered us the dozen live shrimp
he had left. A true fisherman, he refused to take any


Columnist, outdoorswoman Jean Steiger proudly
displays her first ever snook, which was promptly
released.
money for the bait. When we asked him if he had
caught anything, he responded negatively.
We followed Guy across the parking lot to the
piers. First, he hooked up my husband's line, using the
knots I was still struggling with. Then he prepared my
line. I was a little uncomfortable with all the assistance
since I have always handled my own equipment (ex-
cept for unhooking fish with deeply embedded hooks).
But I understood that this was part of the learning pro-
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The tide was just beginning to come in so Guy was
a little nervous about our timing. We put our lines
down only about three or four feet in the shallow wa-
ter. For about 10 minutes, we stood there, Guy moni-
toring our lines, being sure we were both pulling the
lively shrimp to the surface and letting them drop again
to provide some movement in the water.
Then my husband yelled. I turned quickly and saw
a huge fish break the surface. My husband's rod was
doubled over as he attempted to reel in the line. Guy
kept up a steady stream of instructions. But in 30 sec-
onds it was all over. My husband stood on the pier, a
bemused expression on his face and an empty hook
dangling in the air. The snook had come loose.
I was now terrified. The fish we caught in upstate
New York were not only much smaller, they did not
grab the hook with as much force nor run in quite that
dramatic fashion. I hung on to my pole with such in-
tensity that my wrists hurt and my fingers began to
tremble. I couldn't decide if I really wanted to catch a
snook. Wasn't there something smaller in these waters?
Guy saw what I was doing. "Relax," he instructed. "If
you hang on like that, you'll be too tired to pull the fish
in."
"I'm afraid I'll drop the rod and reel in the water
if a snook blits," I responded. "I have to hold it tight."
Guy laughed and showed me again how to hold the rod.
"Just relax," he said again. "You'll do fine."
Then it happened. The snook hit with such inten-
sity, I let out a scream. Guy shouted instructions and I
tried to follow them pull the rod tip up and reel in as
you lower it. But the line wouldn't reel in. The fish was
stronger than me.
"Hold it there," Guy yelled. I glanced up and real-
ized that both Guy and my husband were holding cam-
eras, trying to take pictures of me as I battled this mon-
ster.
"I can't move the reel," I yelled back. Finally, I
gave up on reeling in the fish and reached for the line.
Then, very unprofessionally (for a fisherman), I pulled
the line in hand over hand, lifting the fish out of the
water and onto the dock. I was lucky; he was hooked
well enough to make it in.

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Holmes Beach planners

view possible mixed-use
Members. of the Holmes Beach Planning Com-
mission on March 12 continued their discussion of
potential mixed use land areas with a tour of the
city's commercial districts. The commission also
looked at the A-1 district, the hotel/motel zone,
which extends from the Martinique north and from
Gulf Drive to the west along the beach.
Commission Chairperson Sue Normand cau-
tioned that the commission is only viewing areas that
"could potentially be for mixed use." Any recommen-
dations adopted by the planning commission will be
forwarded to the city commission for discussion, pub-
lic input, and final action.
She did note that an area designated for mixed use
could potentially increase the value of the property.
One recommendation the commission did make
is that submerged lands in a development plan do not
count toward "gross acreage" in determining density.
"We are recommending it not be considered
part of the gross acreage," because developers have
the potential to increase the density of the land
without actually having the lands readily available
to build on, said Normand.
"It's just an error that needed to be corrected,"
she said, without singling out any particular prop-
erty or developer.


Cortez land use would favor fishing


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Cortez will take a close look Thursday night at the
regulations proposed to keep the village as it is.
It is the draft of proposed changes to the Manatee
County Land Development Code, to be discussed by
villagers after their first chance to study the proposals.
It is on the agenda of a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday,
March 21, of Cortez Waterfronts Florida.
The draft was compiled by Janet Hoffman, Water-
fronts manager. Repeated consultation with Cortez orga-
nizations and individuals, county land-use experts and
state regulators made the draft a long, complex project, she
noted.
The document, which remains to be reviewed by gov-
emrnment agencies, aims to promote commercial fishing by
enabling fishermen to store boats and equipment on their
property, "without opening Cortez up as one big boat stor-
age lot," she said. In many instances it would codify cus-
toms established over the village's 112 years.
Under the proposals:
Fishermen could keep licensed commercial fishing
vessels 35 feet or less in length in front and side yards.


Beachwalker
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7


I posed for photos with my trophy. Then Guy
unhooked the snook and measured him 24 inches.
The legal size for a snook is 26 inches. I couldn't
believe a fish this large was not a "keeper." But back
in the water he went. -
We fished in the same spot another fifteen min-
utes but when there was no more action, we moved
to the adjoining pier. Soon, my husband had another
hit. This time, the fish broke the line, but not before
I saw him and realized this was an even bigger fish
than the one I caught a "keeper" for sure.
Not long after that, I had another bite but when
the fish ran with the line, I failed to keep him facing
me and his sharp fins broke the line.
A boat with two fishermen pulled up to the pier.
They began unloading and I asked them the peren-
nial fisherman's question: "Catch anything?"
"Nothing," one of the men replied. "It's too
rough out there. What about you?"


Equipment such as traps, rollers, nets, etc., could
be stored there up to nine months.
Docks could be rebuilt where and as they were
before damage.
Setbacks would try to accommodate the small lots
peculiar to the old village.
Waterfront development would be limited to wa-
ter-dependent uses such as fish houses, boatworks,
aquaculture, marine research, residences, restaurants
and so on. Marinas would be strictly limited and regu-
lated. Cultural facilities would be OK.
To relieve drainage problems, more grass parking
would be encouraged, raising construction heights with
dirt fill would be prohibited, parking lots would have
to have at least 50 percent pervious surface.
Hoffman explained that the village was divided
into three areas: commercial along Cortez Road, resi-
dential, and waterfront. The latter was further split into
west and south waterfront, based mainly on vehicular
traffic and access.
The document faces a long review process by le-
gal experts and government agencies before being con-
sidered by the Manatee County commissioners.


I had my mouth open, ready to reply, when Guy
said, "Oh, we caught some sun rays."
For a moment I was completely surprised. Then
I laughed. I had just learned another secret of good
fishing: Never give away your spot (even if I was
dying to brag).
Soon, we had to leave. Even though we had
nothing to show for the fishing expedition, we had
a lot of fun and definitely a lot of action. We had
only been there one and one-half hours.
Guy had proved his point if you have the right
spot, the right equipment and the right bait, you will
catch fish quickly. (I know, we didn't exactly catch
all the fish, but who's counting.)
Guy is organizing an evening snook expedition
for the entire class and an all-day wade and pier fish-
ing expedition for a fee. I'm planning to attend both.
Fishing in Florida is proving to be exciting and, as
Guy said, "You don't need a boat to catch fish."
Guy DeBlasto is offering guided wade and pier
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Charter board majority wants city manager


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Three of five members of the Holmes Beach Char-
ter Review Commission are in favor of a city manager
form of government for the city, while a fourth mem-
ber, Commission Chairman Don Schroder, believes
change is needed, but he's not totally sold on a city
manager.
The fifth member of the commission, Joan Perry,
is opposed to a city manager.
The committee has been discussing the issue off
and on for the past four months and has spoken with
numerous parties on both the pros and cons of a city
manager form of government.
At its March 15 meeting, Schroder asked each
member to give their views on a city manager form of
government for the committee's record.
Bob Fitro said that with a budget in excess of $5
million and 35 full-time employees "the city needs a
full-time, on-site city manager [chief operating officer]
to facilitate the daily functions of Holmes Beach."
Don Knode agreed, noting that a part-time mayor
"should not be expected to exercise day-to-day execu-


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tive power."
Arthur Heath said a city manager would "devote
more time and energy to applying for grants and other
sources of money for the city." In addition, a city man-
ager would keep the city "running smoothly."
Schroder said he was concerned about the future
government of the city. While the current mayor and
city commissioners were doing an excellent job of run-
ning the city and have a lot of experience, "in the fu-
ture, none of this current expertise may be available."
In the present analysis, Schroder thought the hiring
of an administrative assistant to the mayor might be "a
natural intermediate step to be taken at this time."
Perry said she had seen "no compelling evidence"
that the city needed a manager and at this time was "not
in favor of a city manager."
There had been some discussion in previous meet-
ings about an administrative assistant to the mayor to
handle the day-to-day operations of the city.
Schroder pointed out that while this position might
be designated to handle a lot of daily duties, the mayor
and city commission already have the power in the
current charter to appoint an assistant. It would simply


be an addition for the next budget.
But everyone seemed to balk a little when the sub-
ject of costs for a city manager were discussed.
Schroder estimated the salary for a city manager,
at a minimum, would be $60,000.
Add in another $12,000 in benefits, plus the pos-
sibility of a secretary or assistant for the city manager,
and the annual cost would be about $100,000. That's
approximately a 2 percent increase in the city's annual
budget.
To find that money, however, the city would need
a millage rate of about 2.40, or a 6.7 percent increase
from the current 2.25 rate. A homeowner already pay-
ing $2,000 a year in city taxes would pay approxi-
mately $134 more annually to fund a city manager
position.
There was a general discussion of what to do with
the position of mayor under a city manager form of
government. One possibility discussed was to eliminate
election of the mayor by the voters, and have the five
city commissioners elect the mayor, who would basi-
cally be a figurehead for the city.
Under a city manager form of government, the city
commission hires the city manager, who is then respon-
sible for the day-to-day operations of the city. Staff
report directly to the city manager, who has the power
to hire and fire accordingly. The city commission can
approve or reject any personnel moves, and ultimately
has the power to hire and fire the city manager. Com-
mission members deal directly with the city manager
when discussing city business or seeking information
on city affairs.
No motion to recommend a change to the city char-
ter was made at the March 15 meeting, and further dis-
cussion was tabled until the March 22 meeting.
Schroder reminded members that any approved
motion is "only a recommendation." These recommen-
dations will be forwarded to the city commission for
eventual discussion and public input.
Any changes to the charter approved by the city
commission will then be put on a ballot for approval or
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Easter season concert Sunday is Baroque.
Easter season concert Sunday is Baroque


The Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra &
Chorus will present "Giants of Baroque" in its Easter
season concert Sunday, March 24, featuring "two of the
greatest Baroque oratorios in music literature."
The principal selections will be J.S. Bach's "St.
John Passion" and G.F. Handel's "Messiah." They will
be performed under artistic director Alfred Gershfeld
at 2 p.m. the Sunday before Easter at the Island Bap-
tist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Joan Zak, speaking for the orchestra and chorus,
said "Passion" contains "some of the composer's most
beautiful arias and choruses. The tenor and two basses
take the roles of the evangelist, Jesus and Pontius
Pilate. The chorus represents the crowds present at each
scene. Interlaced are chorales and arias elaborating or

Sunset dinner, silent auction
The third annual Anna Maria Island Butterfly Gar-
den Sunset Dinner and silent auction, has been resched-
uled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the Moose
Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
Event organizer Nancy Ambrose promises a beau-
tiful Anna Maria Island sunset, entertainment by Larry
Reich, and a buffet dinner consisting of grouper and
roast pork and all the trimmings, with a chocolate cake
for dessert.
There will also be a silent auction with wonderful
items up for bid all to benefit the North American
Butterfly Association-Manasota Chapter and the
Island's butterfly park.
Tickets are available at the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, Ginny's Antiques and Art, the
Seafood Shack, or by calling Nancy Ambrose at 778-
5274.
Tickets will not be available at the door and must
be purchased by April 3. Proceeds are earmarked to
help the organization finish the garden in Holmes
Beach.

Final 'Thieves' Market'
Saturday for Privateers
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will run their last
"Thieves' Market" of the season Saturday, March 23,
from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The affair will be on the Holmes Beach City Hall
field, 5801 Marina Drive, with "plenty of free parking,"
the civic organization pointed out.
There will be a flea market with collectibles,
books, crafts, tools, jewelry, antiques, clothing, pottery,
fresh vegetables and other items, said a spokesperson.
Barbecue will be served.
Space for vendors is still available at $10 per 10-
by-20-foot lot.
It is a fundraiser to help the nonprofit organization
support and sponsor local youth programs and schol-
arships. Further information may be obtained and space
reserved by calling 748-2143 or 747-1308.

Visionaires meet Tuesday
The Visionaires group, devoted to those with low
vision, will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Holmes
Beach. Information may be obtained and transportation
arranged by calling 778-5001.


commenting on the action."
"St. John Passion," she noted, was first performed
on Good Friday in 1724.
"Messiah" was composed three weeks in 1741 and
is the most widely performed oratorio, she noted.
"Parts II and III, although not performed as frequently
as the Christmas portion, contain some of Handel's
most powerful and beautiful scores."
Soloists will be Jennifer Hester-Sanchez, soprano;
Edith Browning, alto; David Kesler, tenor; Doug
Renfroe and Richard Storm, basses.
Admission is free with a $10 donation suggested,
and seating is first come, first seated. The group's pre-
vious offering was a "sell out," and so early arrival is
recommended.


Move fast tickets getting
scarce for Affaire 2002
Less than 100 seats remain available for the
2002 version of An Affaire to Remember, the
extravaganza to raise funds for the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
Anyone wishing to attend the gala will have
to act quickly, a Center spokesperson said, for
every year the event is an early sellout. Reser-
vations at $95 per person, $750 for a table of
eight, may be made at the Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria, or by phoning 778-1908.
The event will be May 4 at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. On the agenda are a champagne recep-
tion, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dessert, wine, open
bar and the chance to bid on a long list of do-
nated silent auction items. Cocktail attire is rec-
ommended, black tie optional.
Also, 300 raffle tickets are on sale at $50
each in the $5,000 Giveaway with the drawing
to be held at the Affaire.


Reservations due Tuesday
for chiropractic workshop
Reservations are due by Tuesday, March 26, for a
workshop "guaranteed to change your life" by Dr.
Kathleen Schubel of Island Chiropractic.
The free public workshop will be at 11 a.m. at Is-
land Chiropractic, 3612 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
Schubel said it will cover exercises, lifestyle, chronic
pain, nutrition, back pain, pregnancy and other physi-
cal problems.
The talk will be followed by refreshments. Details
may be obtained and reservations noted by calling 778-
0722.

'Orchids' headline program
of Island Garden Club
Roger Miller will outline "The History and Growing
of Orchids" for the Island Garden Club when it meets
Thursday, March 21, at the Church of the Annunciation.
The meeting will follow a potluck supper at 6:30
p.m. in the social room of the church. 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Further information may be obtained
from the club's president, Val McGannon, at 778-5538.


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Sylvia K. Benedict
Sylvia K. Benedict, 92, of Holmes Beach, died
March 15.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Benedict came to
Manatee County from there in 1971. She was a retired
deputy clerk for the clerk of courts in Columbus. She
was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chap-
ter 467 of Columbus, past Supreme Guardian of Inter-
national Order of Jobs Daughters, and Ladies Oriental
Shrine of Columbus. She was a member of Longboat
Island Chapel.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday,
March 21, at The Shores, 1700 Third Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to
Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238.
She is survived by daughter Beverly B. Reed of
Bradenton; son Duane Richard of Holmes Beach; three
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Harvey W. Chapman
Harvey W. Chapman, 93, of Bradenton Beach,
died March 14.
Born in Lowell, Mass., Mr. Chapman came to
Manatee County from Detroit in the mid-1980s. He
was a retired chief engineer with Evans Products Corp.
in Plymouth, Mich. He served as a first lieutenant in the
U.S. Army. He was a lifetime member of Ashlar Ma-
sonic Lodge No. 91 in Detroit and the MIT Club of
Boston.
There were no services. Memorial contributions
may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955
Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Manasota Chapel, was in charge of arrange-
ments.
He is survived by son Harvey W. Jr., of Bradenton.

John R. Cooney Jr.
John R. Cooney Jr., 80 of Bradenton, died March
12.
Born in Chicago, Mr. Cooney came to Manatee
County from Berkley Heights, N.J., 20 years ago. He was


an executive for an insurance company. He served in the
U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a mem-
ber of the Key Royale Golf Club and volunteered for
Blake Medical Center for more than 10 years.
Memorial services were private. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc.,
4210 77th St. E., Palmetto FL 34221.
He is survived by wife Lucille; daughter Jeanne
Russell of Longmont, Colo.; sons John R. of
Morristown, N.J., and James R. of Sarasota; and two
grandchildren.

Lois Crawford
Lois Crawford, 99, of Dallas and formerly
Bradenton Beach, died March 12.
Born in Trimble, Tenn., Mrs. Crawford came to
Manatee County from Tennessee in 1960. She was a
homemaker and a concert violinist. She was a member
of the Ladies Auxiliary of Anna Maria Island Veterans
of Foreign Wars. She attended Island Baptist Church.
Visitation was March 17 and graveside services
March 18. Burial was in Skyway Memorial Gardens,
Palmetto. Memorial contributions may be made to
Northway Baptist Church General Fund, 3877 Walnut
Hill Lane, Dallas TX 35229.
She is survived by daughters Joanne Hawkins of
Dallas,.Jeanne Cheatham of Spartanburg, S.C., and
Joyce Cloninger of Kingsport, Tenn.; son the Rev.
Rufus Judson of Columbia, S.C.; 10 grandchildren; 12
great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchil-
dren.

Thomas Wilson Frey
Thomas Wilson Frey, 48, of Bradenton, died
March 9.
Born in Northhtampton, Pa., Mr. Frey came to
Manatee County 14 years ago. He was a welder. He
served in the U.S. Army. He was Protestant.
Services were private. Memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
He is survived by sister Bonnie M. Ross of Holmes
Beach and mother Helen Horan of Bradenton.


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Russ Olson is Irishman of Year


Russell Olson, "Scandinavian as he is," rules
the Irish contingent of Anna Maria Island as
Irishman of the Year.
His incumbency was announced at the St.
Patrick's Day brunch Sunday at the Moose Lodge
hall. Doing the announcing was Don Maloney,
prominent son of Erin and active in the Ancient
Order of Hibernians.
Maloney noted that Olson was a Marine dur-
ing World War II, a member of the Wisconsin
Legislature and then was lieutenant governor, ul-
timately serving as a national transportation advi-
sor in the Reagan administration.
On the Island since 1990, he has organized


the annual Kiwanis Big Band Dance, partici-
pates in the Salvation Army's bellringing cam-
paign at Christmastime, and "will once again as
in the past organize and participate in the
Kiwanis Annual Easter sunrise service" on
Manatee Beach.
He helped put together the Manatee County
Historical Village and has helped countless seniors
keep their homes in repair, said Maloney, and "has
always provided all that service very quietly."
Olson accepted the honor, saying his wife of-
ten questions why he volunteers so much and why
he stays so busy, to which he said he replies to her,
"Because it feels so good to do things for others."


Irish award:
cabbage and
grins
Russ Olson was
humble and thank-
ful as he accepted
the award from the
Ancient Order of
Hibernians' Don
Maloney as the
honored Irishman
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Island sand tested for sea turtles' use


Testing has begun to build a data base for determi-
nation of just how friendly Anna Maria Island beach
sand is and will be (post renourishment) for sea turtles.
Dr. Glenn Harman, director of the sea turtle depart-
ment of Clearwater Marine Aquarium, spent a day on
the beach here with a "cone penetometer," checking the
consistency of the sand.
It is being done as part of the beach renourishment
project, which is getting under way momentarily, re-
quired to satisfy the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection. The sand will be tested after
renourishment for similar data, he said.
If the sand is too compacted, sea turtles may not be
able to dig down a foot and a half or so to make a nest
for an average 100 eggs. After laying the eggs, the
mother turtles leave the incubation to the sun and sand.
If the sand is harder than is generally believed ac-


ceptable to turtles, it will be tilled with a machine much
as soil in an agricultural field is loosened, Harman said.
Both phases of the sand compaction testing process
are somewhat controversial, Harman said, the penetrom-
eter because its findings are suspect among some scien-
tists and the tilling because "the first rain can compact the
sand again if there's a certain amount of clay in it."
"But it's what we have in the way of sand consis-
tency measurement," Harman said, "and it's very much
better than just leaving leaving turtles at the mercy of
a beach that can be made better for them, particularly
in a renourishment situation."
The data from the tests will take awhile to process,
he said, to determine particle size, clay content, shell
and so on. The information is useful now to gauge
beaches as incubators, and particularly when compared
with post-renourishment data.


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Dr. Glenn Harman came to the Island to check the
sand for turtles both before and after the pending
beach renourishent project.


Proud turtle friend
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attended the volunteer training session just one day
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Turtle Watch gets 2-year ATV ride


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners on March 12
voted unanimously to allow Turtle Watch representa-
tives to operate an all-terrain vehicle on city beaches
until Jan. 1, 2004, as part of Manatee County's contract
for the upcoming beach renourishment project.
Commissioners had previously voted to allow the
ATV only for the duration of renourishment, which is
expected to finish this June.
City Attorney Patricia Petruff said she was com-
fortable that the State of Florida had issued a permit for
beach renourishment "with the knowledge that an ATV
was part of the project." There is now a "comfort level"
knowing the state will allow Holmes Beach to grant
Turtle Watch the extended time period, Petruff said.
Commissioner Roger Lutz amended the motion to
point out that the city "is in no way giving an opinion
that they [Turtle Watch] are operating legally," and that
approval by the city commission can be rescinded at
any time.
"We just don't want this going on if there are com-
plaints. We need the ability to shut it down," Lutz said.
There is no city liability for the Turtle Watch ATV,
Petruff said, because Turtle Watch will operate under
a county contract.
Although approval to Turtle Watch for the ATV is
limited only to specific access points to:the beach, the
ATV can operate 24 hours per day during the approved;
22-month period, commissioners learned.

Alcoholic beverages
Commission Chairman Rich Bohnenberger said it
was time the city look at amending its codes to allow
for sale and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages on
city property under certain conditions and with a spe-
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tions to their city codes and it was time Holmes Beach
had the same authority.
Lutz suggested the city attorney "check and see
what Longboat Key does and report back."
Petruff said she will prepare a report for the next
meeting.

Bridge
Lutz announced he had received a letter from the
Florida Department of Transportation stating there would
be a public information workshop session on the Anna
Maria Bridge from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. There will be a
similar meeting Tuesday, March 26, at the First Baptist
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able to issue citations to owners whose animals create
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animal control law, particularly definitions for catego-
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ling animals within the city. "Issuing citations is a
start," agreed Bohnenberger.

Commission announcements
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is
planning to move from its present location to the
former Eckerd building, once remodeling at that loca-
tion is completed, Bohnenberger said.
Whitmore announced that the Manatee Trolley will
start full service on Saturday, March 23, according to
information given her by the Manatee County Area
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Wednesday, March 20
10:30 a.m. "Service of the Word" at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-1813.
Noon St. Bernard Ladies' Guild fashion show
luncheon at St. Bernard Catholic Church Activity Cen-
ter, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-3397. Tickets required.
Noon to 3 p.m. Duplicate Bridge meets at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist and "Souper Supper"
at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1638.
6 to 7:30p.m. Parent Support Group with thera-
pist Shirley Romberger at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 778-1908.
6:30 p.m. -Dinner and "Service of the Word" at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1813.
7to 8:30 p.m. Adult volleyball at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
8p.m. Island Players present "California Suite"
at the Island Players Theatre, Pine Avenue and Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Box office: 778-5755.
8 p.m. Manatee Players present "Arsenic and
Old Lace".at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875.

Thursday, March 21
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blood drive at Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free tax help from AARP at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 758-9271.
Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting
at the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach.
6:30 p.m. Island Garden Club presents the his-
tory and growing of orchids and potluck dinner at the
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-5538.
7p.m. Smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver's Com-
munity Center, 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton
Beach.
7 to 8:15 p.m. Yoga/dance class with Angela
Jackson at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City. Information: 778-
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8 p.m. Manatee Players opening night of "Ar-
senic and Old Lace" at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old
Main St., Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875.

Friday, March 22
8 p.m. Island Players present "California Suite"
at the Island Players Theatre, Pine Avenue and Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Box office: 778-5755.
8 p.m. Manatee Players present "Arsenic and
Old Lace" at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875.

Saturday, March 23
7 a.m. to noon Rummage sale at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information:778-1908.
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. University of Florida/ Manatee
County Extension Service spring plant sale at the
Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Pal-
metto. Information: 722-4524 or 742-5986 ext. 231.
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Privateer's flea market at
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 748-2143 or 747-1308.
9 a.m. Horseshoes contest at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive.
9 to 11:30 a.m. Connie Hodson teaches butter-
fly gardening at the Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800
17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 761-2866.
Fee applies.
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. University of Florida/ Mana-
tee County Extension Service heritage gardening class
at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W.,
Palmetto. Information: 722-4524 or 742-5986 ext. 231.
Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. Baby bird identification and orienta-
tion class at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708
Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 388-
4444.
2p.m. Gulfcoast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus
presents "Sittin' On Top of the World" at Neel Audito-
rium, Manatee County Community College, Bradenton.
Information: 778-3820 or 778-4590. Fee applies.
8 p.m. Island Players present "California Suite"
at the Island Players Theatre, Pine Avenue and Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Box office: 778-5755.
8 p.m. Manatee Players present "Arsenic and
Old Lace" at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875.

Sunday, March 24
2 p.m. Island Players present "California Suite"
at the Island Players Theatre, Pine Avenue and Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Box office: 778-5755.
2 p.m. Manatee Players present "Arsenic and
Old Lace" at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875.
2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Orchestra & Chorus


present "Giants of Baroque" at the Island Baptist
Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
778-5730.
4 p.m. Dessert buffet and raffle for a Chrysler
PT Cruiser at Temple Beth El, 2209 75th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 792-0870.

Monday, March 25
9 a.m. Life-line screenings at Island Baptist
Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 1-
800-407-4557. Fee applies.
9 to 10 a.m. Manatee Widowed Persons meet-
ing at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blood drive at the Longboat Key
fire station, 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Information: 316-1999.
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Ceili Dance Group Irish
dance party at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2416.
Fee applies.
7 p.m. Scientist Ernie Estevez presents "The
Other Edge of the Sea" at Mote Marine Laboratory,
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information:
388-4441. Fee applies.

Tuesday, March 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. Information: 778-2416. Fee applies.
1:30 p.m. Visionaires meeting at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-5001.
8 p.m. Island Players present "California Suite"
at the Island Players Theatre, Pine Avenue and Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Box office: 778-5755.
8 p.m. Manatee Players present "Arsenic and
Old Lace" at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875.

Wednesday, March 27
Noon to 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge meets at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Adult volleyball at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
8p.m. Island Players present "California Suite"
at'the Island Players Theatre, Pine Avenue and Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Box office: 778-5755.
8 p.m. Manatee Players present "Arsenic and
Old Lace" at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875.

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Worship services for Palm Sunday on islands


Island churches will celebrate Jesus' triumphal
entry into Jerusalem with Palm Sunday services, inau-
gurating the formal Christian observances of Holy
Week.
The services will culminate with celebration of
Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Palm Sunday services on Anna Maria Island and
north Longboat Key:
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church St., Bradenton Beach No special Palm Sun-
day services, but Maundy Thursday March 28 will see
supper and communion around the dining table at 6
p.m. at the church.



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23.
Joining their fellow choristers will be Is-
landers Charley Canniff, Jim Graham, Alec
Grae and Will Little. The concert will be at 2
p.m. in Neel Auditorium of Manatee Commu-
nity College, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.
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and sing during the 10:30 a.m. service; the entire Pas-
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vices: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sun-
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First Church of Christ Scientist, 6300 Marina
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at the church.
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria Worship service at 11 a.m., AWANA for all
children of the Island at 6:30 p.m.
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Holmes Beach Palm Sunday vigil, masses at 4 and
5:30 p.m. Saturday; masses at 7, 8:30, 10 and 11:30
a.m. Sunday; 8:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 and
11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Confessions 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Monday through Wednesday and 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach Holy Eucharist Rite I at 7
a.m., Choral Eucharist at 7 and 11 a.m., with palms
blessed and distributed at all services; Christian educa-
tion for children and youth at 9 a.m., nursery available.
Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.
Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive Services at 9 and 11 a.m. Palm Sunday.


Action tabled on Linger Lodge redevelopment
With more questions than answers, Bradenton Front- and sideyard setback variances from the
Beach planners have tabled action on a request for a Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment. The non-con-
major development at 302-304 Gulf Drive S. forming buildings extend into the setback areas; the
The proposed redevelopment of the Linger Lodge improvements would further the non-conformity.
property is complicated and somewhat rare for the city. Variances from landscape buffer requirements.
Architect Mike McCaleb, representing owner William There were also questions raised about the imper-
T. Shearon, hopes to receive city approval to elevate vious surface coverage of the buildings on the property.
the two ground-level buildings on the site, restore the "The comprehensive plan calls for revitalization of
damaged foundations, then replace them four to five existing housing stock," Building Official Bob Welch
feet above ground level, told the planning board, "but you're still left with build-
He also hopes to expand the size of one of the ings that are very close together. Whatever you do, you
buildings, a duplex, to bring it up to city codes for will be setting a milestone on this project."
square footage. Architectural features will also be There was no public comment offered at last
added to the older buildings to give them a contempo- week's planning board meeting on the project.
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ily three-bedroom house, a two-story duplex with two opment, planners tabled action until April 11.
one-bedroom units and a single-story garage. In the meantime, board of adjustment members
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City commission looks to hire former police chief


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Former Holmes Beach Police Chief "Snooks"
Adams is an Island legend, said Mayor Carol
Whitmore at the Holmes Beach City Commission
meeting March 12. But even legends need occasional
help, especially with an out dated retirement plan.
Adams was the first police chief in Holmes Beach
when it became a city in 1955, and his exploits as a six-
gun-toting, no-nonsense police officer are indeed leg-
endary, even following his retirement in 1978.
But city commissioners learned that Adams' retire-
ment plan isn't going quite as far today as was hoped
24 years ago.
Seems he retired under an old plan that did not in-
clude cost of living raises. Adams did get a one-time
cost-of-living increase from the city's pension board in
1991, but that was 11 years ago.
Pension board representative Dale Stephenson, a
lieutenant with the Holmes Beach Police Department,
said they'd like to do something because "Snooks is a
good friend," but they can't come up with additional
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Commissioners also learned they have no author-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
March 11, domestic argument, 200 block Chilson
Avenue. A couple had a verbal argument, and the man
left the house. Deputies interviewed both people and
provided the woman with a domestic disturbance
packet.
March 13, alarm, 10101 Gulf Drive, Island's End.
An alarm sounded at the restaurant. There were no
signs of entry.

Bradenton Beach
March 8, theft, 200 Gulf Drive N., Beach House
restaurant. The complainant reported while he went for
a walk on the beach someone took items he had left on
the beach. Missing was a beach bag containing a watch,
keys and sports equipment.
March 9, Baker Act, 100 block Seventh Street
South. The complainant said a man unknown to him
entered his house and sat down on the couch. After
being questioned by the homeowner, the man left. Po-
lice located the man on the beach and attempted to take
him home, but his actions were so peculiar he was
placed under the Baker Act, according to the report.
March 9,-aggravated battery, 1800 block Gulf
Drive. Police responded to a domestic argument. The
woman, who was five months pregnant, said her boy-
friend had been abusive. Police observed no injuries
and advised the boyfriend to leave for the night.
March 10, alcohol violation, 2300 block Gulf
Drive, beach. A complainant told police three juveniles
were approaching people asking them to buy beer for
them. Officers located the suspects, who admitted to
being under the age of 21 but denied they wege trying
to purchase alcohol. Two hours later, police were called
again to the area on a complaint of three juveniles


drinking beer on the beach. The same juveniles were
located with open bottles of beer and all three were is-
sued notices to appear in court.
March 11, car burglary, Coquina Beach. The com-
plainant said someone entered her open car while
parked at the beach and took a small bag containing
$400 in traveler's checks and binoculars.

Holmes Beach
March 9, battery, 3246 East Bay Drive, Old Hamburg
restaurant. A woman entered the restaurant and asked why
a Nazi flag was outside the restaurant. Employees said it
was a German restaurant and the flag was German. The
woman began to cause a disturbance, according to wit-
nesses, and refused to leave. When she was being escorted
out by employees and patrons, a fight broke out. She was
charged with battery and taken to jail.
March 10, driving with suspended license, 200 S.
Harbor Drive. While investigating an earlier report of
a theft, officers stopped a man and determined his li-
cense was suspended.
March 10, larceny-theft, 100 block 73rd Street. The
complainant said unknown persons had taken two bi-
cycles from his carport.
March 10, criminal mischief, 500 block Key
Royale Drive. The complainant reported someone had
knocked down his mailbox overnight.
March 11, theft, 600 block Ivanhoe Lane. The
complainant said someone entered his boat, moored in
the canal at back of his home, and removed a depth
sounder. He added that he had noticed boats in the ca-
nal late at night. The depth sounder was valued at $700.
March 11, fraud, 3015 Gulf Drive, Payless Gas.
Bradenton Beach police charged a woman with fraudulent
use of a credit card, and the woman admitted using the
card to make purchases in Holmes Beach. The matter was
turned over to the Manatee County Sheriffs Office.


March 12, vehicle theft, 4100 block Sixth Avenue.
A construction trailer was removed from the lot. The
trailer's identification was placed on the statewide sto-
len vehicle list.
March 13, criminal mischief, 2800 block Gulf
Drive. The complainant said someone had placed a
deep scratch in the paint of his car. He believed his
brother-in-law was the one who damaged the vehicle.
Damage was estimated at less than $200.
March 13, burglary of a residence, 600 block Con-
cord Lane. The complainant reported someone had
entered the garage of a house he was watching for the
owners and removed a pressure washer and blower
sometime after December 2001.
March 14, battery, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn.
Officers responded to a call of battery in the parking
lot. A woman who police described as "extremely in-
toxicated" said her ex-boyfriend threw her to the
ground and slammed her head into the ground several
times, then left the scene. He was stopped by sheriffs
deputies in Bradenton and was taken to the Holmes
Beach Police Station, where he said he was attempting
to take her home when she fell, then began to strike
him, according to the report. He was taken to jail.
March 15, burglary, Jessie's Island Store, 5425
Marina Drive. While on patrol, the officer noticed a
man walking around the back of the store. The officer
saw the man pick up a pair of cutters lying on the
ground, climb on a bucket and tear off the a fan cov-
ering on the.storage trailer behind the store. The report
states the suspect then began to try to cut the fan loose
from the wall in an attempt to gain access to the trailer.
The man saw the officer's car, pulled a shirt over his
head and began to walk away, when he was stopped by
another officer. The store's owner was contacted and
agreed to press charges. He was charged with burglary,
possession of burglary tools and criminal mischief.


FREE WORKSHOP ON ISLAND
Dr. Kathleen Schubel of
Island Chiropractic will host
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Chronic pain and alternatives for
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SAn alternative for some common
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Class hears about Operation Enduring Freedom


By Andrea Dennis
Islander Reporter
Joyce Ellis' fifth-grade class at Anna Maria El-
ementary School had a special visitor last Thursday,
Chris Whitley, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine
Corps. He returned from a 41-day tour of duty in Af-
ghanistan and Pakistan as part of Operation Enduring
Freedom to visit family and the school on Anna Maria.
Whitley, brother of AME fifth-grader Mark, ar-
ranged the visit with the class after receiving letters
from each student several months ago during his jour-
ney. He wrote them back in January, also sending a
certificate of appreciation, but he was unable to re-
spond to the many questions they asked. According to
Whitley, this visit was their chance to ask whatever
they wanted about his assignment.
And, that they did.
The students asked questions ranging from what
did Afghanistan look like, to what he ate while there.
Here's a brief look at some of the questions and an-
swers from the visit:
Q: Where was Whitley stationed?
A: Camp Rhino, just north of Kandahar.
Q: Was it scary?
A: Not really. Everything was under control.
Q: Did he or anyone he knows see Osama bin
Laden?
A: No.
Q: Does he know anyone who was killed?
A: No
Q: Was the base shot at while he was there?
A: Yes, a couple of times.
Q: Has he ever killed anyone?
A: No.
Q: Was it hot?
A: Not really. It was about 60 to 70 degrees dur-
ing the day, but it got quite cold at night.
Q: Was it sandy there?
A: The majority of it was like desert, but it was also
very mountainous.
Q: Did the people in Afghanistan live in the caves?

POP rummaging for
community aid
Anna Maria Elementary School's POP, or Parents
on Patrol, is holding a collection drive and rummage
sale at the school, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 23, and needs
help from the community to succeed.
POP will accept a variety of items for the sale, and
each will be put to good local use. All books will be
donated to Captain Kim's Caribbean Children, new and
used toys will go to Andrew's Toy Box, an organiza-
tion for terminally ill children, AME teachers will ben-
efit from any school supplies donated, and the remain-
der of the items will be sold at the rummage sale to help
fund POP and the cost of safety items for the school
grounds.
All donations can be dropped off at one of two lo-
cations, either 6404 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, or
224 Chilson Ave, Anna Maria. For information or to
arrange pickup, call Debbie Scott, 778-0268, or Laurie
Goulet, 778-5225.


Four screenings scheduled
Monday at Island Baptist
Screenings to catch physical debilities early are
scheduled all day Monday, March 25, at Island Baptist
Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The screenings are painless and non-invasive, said
Life Line Screenings of Largo, which will conduct the
ultrasound service.
Being offered are carotid artery, abdominal aortic
aneurysm, ankle brachial index and osteoporosis
screenings. Prices are $35 and $40, or all four for $125.
The screenings begin at 9 a.m. and continue all
day. Appointments are preferred at 1-800-407-4557,
but drop-ins may be accommodated.


Correction
The Anna Maria Charter Review Commission
will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at the Anna
Maria City Hall, not March 19 as previously re-
ported.


A: No, they lived in very small rock houses.
Q: Did he understand what the people were saying?
A: Not a word.
Q: Did he know anyone who died?
A: No one in his unit died.
Q: When did they fight?
A: At night with night-vision equipment.
Q: What did he do during the day?
A: Different things like perform raids and secure
areas.
Q: What did he do for fun when he wasn't work-
ing?
A: There wasn't much to do at all.
Q: Did he see any schools?
A: No, not any formal schools, but he did see



Put veterans


memorial at


Leffis Key

By Paul Roat
Leffis Key it is, at least as far as Bradenton
Beach is concerned.
City commission members voted unanimously
to have any memorial to Island veterans placed
atop the highest mound on Leffis Key, thereby
continuing a controversy that began last year to
find an appropriate site for the monument.
Jim Kissick and other veterans appeared at a
Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting last year
to request permission to erect a memorial some-
where on the Islands. After discussion, Leffis Key
in Bradenton Beach was selected as the best loca-
tion, and a request was made to the Manatee
County Commission for permission to place a flag
pole and small plaque atop the mound.
Audubon Society members objected to the
memorial, though, citing the distraction the flag
pole would cause to birds. County commissioners
tabled the matter in the hope that bird watchers and
veterans would work out their differences.
County Administrator Ernie Padgett eventu-
ally entered into the issue, and offered a compro-
mise location southwest of Leffis Key, near Gulf
Drive, as a site for the memorial.
Bradenton Beach officials last week rejected
that spot.
"Leffis Key was chosen unanimously by the
Barrier Island Elected Officials," said Mayor John
Chappie, "and it was supposed to be a slam-dunk
at the county commission. Then the bird person got
involved, and the county decided to go with the
concerns of the environmental group, not what the
Island communities decided was a better site. I'd
like to see it at Leffis Key."
Commissioners agreed.


Brothers
united
The Whitley
brothers,
Chris, left,
and Mark,
right, pose
together after
a "Q&A"
session at
Anna Maria
Elementary
School. They
also have
another
brother,
Chris' twin,
who serves in
the U.S.
military as
well. Islander
,Photos:
Autd.a
Dennis


mothers teaching their children at home.
Q: Were there any McDonald's?
A: No.
Q: What kind of food do the soldiers ear?
A: M.R.E. or Meal Ready to Eat. It's a packaged
meal with a 40-year shelf life .'i
Another question brought to Whitley was did he
think his being there helped in America's fight against
terrorism? He hoped so.
"We did what we could," he said. "Our mission
was up, so that's why we came home."
He also said he would return if asked, but Afghani-
stan may not actually be his next destination.
"I may have to go to Iraq," Whitley said. "They're
in talks about it now."

Help with income tax forms
Free assistance in preparation of federal income tax
returns will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thurs-
day, March 21, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The sponsoring AARP Tax-Aide said taxpayers
are to bring copy of 2000 tax return, 2001 tax package
from the IRS, all 2001 tax-related documents, cost and
purchase date for all investments sold or exchanged.

Butterfly garden topic Saturday
Butterfly gardening will be explored in a program
from 9 until 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, in the
butterfly garden of Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800
17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton.
Leading the course will be Connie Hodson,
founder of the North American Butterfly Association-
Manasota Chapter. Host plants and nectar plants will
be available for purchase. Fees are $8 for members, $10
non-members. Details are available at 761-2866.

'Golden Years' Choices' to be
widows' topic
"Life Choices for the Golden Years" will be dis-
cussed by Islander Gene Ciliberti at a meeting of the
Widowed Persons Group Monday, March 25, at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Ciliberti is author of the book "Anna Maria Island,"
featuring photos and details that encompass a self-
guided tour.
The meeting will be at 9 a.m. at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Details about the meeting
may be obtained by calling 778-1908.

Center schedules rummage sale
A rummage sale is planned for Saturday morning,
March 23, and there's plenty of time to donate itenis for
it at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The sale will be from 7 a.m. until noon. Items for
the sale may be donated between 1 and 6 p.m. Friday,
March 22. Proceeds will go to the teen program
REACH, Responsible, Educated Adolescents Can
Help, whose members are raising money for a field trip.
Information may be obtained at 778-1908.





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include, left to right, Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie,
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore, County Commissioner Joe McClash and son Sean,
Peter Gajdjis. The full trolley service begins March 23, seven
days a week from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on the Island, with a park-
and-ride-service from the shopping center at 75th Street and
Manatee Avenue in Bradenton on Sundays. Ridership will be free
through December 2002. MCAT Ride Guides listing all the trolley
stops are available at The Islander office and at all three city
halls. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson


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Above and right, the annual Holmes Beach to Anha Maria St. Patrick's Day parade fostered by Sean Murphy was joined this year by the Southeast High School
Seminole's marching band in casual "Irish" attire. Islander Photos.: Bonner Joy and J.L. Robertson


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Sandpiper residents talk land use, traffic


By Paul Roat
Although Bradenton Beach city commissioners
intended to discuss problems such as traffic, drainage
and crosswalks with residents of the Sandpiper Mobile
Resort, it was future land use that keyed the most dis-
cussion.
Specifically, would or could the zoning of the park
be changed from its current mobile home use to some-
thing different say, commercial? Or condo?
*Residents learned earlier this month that an offer
had been made to buy the park at 2601 Gulf Drive.

School's out ...
Manatee County elementary schools will close
early March 22. Students will be released at noon.
Manatee County Public Schools will have Spring
Break March 25-29 and all public schools will be
closed.
For more information, call Marianne Lorentzen at
the School Board of Manatee County, 741-7615.

Volleyball at Center
Adult volleyball will resume from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27, and succeeding Wednesdays at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria. Details are available at 778-1908.

Blood drives on schedule on
Island, Longboat Key
Blood drives are scheduled Thursday and Monday,
March 21 and 25, on Anna Maria Island andLongboat
Key.
Thursday, blood may be donated from 9 a.m. un-
til 1 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Drive, Anna Maria. Appointments are to
be-made at 778-1908.
Monday from 8 to 11 a.m. the town of Longboat
Key is sponsoring a blood drive at the key's fire station
at 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Appointments may be
made at 316-1999.
In addition to appointments, walk-ins are welcome,
said the Manatee Community Blood Center.


They will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, to dis-
cuss purchasing the 7.4-acre tract of land.
But last week, residents wanted to know what city
commissioners thought of changing the current mobile
home zoning designation at the park. The commission
held a rare meeting with residents at the park.
"Sandpiper is part of the unique character of
Bradenton Beach," Mayor John Chappie said. In light
of a proposed moratorium on some development in the
city, and city commission actions on growth in the past,
sweeping changes of land use for the park appeared


Beach bike bliss
Tracy Fry and Tom Florey turn their bicycles toward
Harrington House where ,h, y honeymooned after a
sunset beach wedding in Holmes Beach; both are
from Pennsylvania.
Bingo Thursday night
"Smoke-free bingo" is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thurs-
day, March 21, at the Annie Silvers Community Cen-
ter, 23rd Street at Avenue C in Bradenton Beach.

Bridge on Wednesday
Duplicate bridge will be played from noon to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27, at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Reserva-
tions at $2 per player may be made at 778-3390.


unlikely, he added.
Residents in the park did talk about traffic and
drainage, especially speeding, commercial use of 26th
Street and a clogged irrigation ditch at 27th Street.
Commissioners agreed to address the traffic matter at
their March 21 meeting, with speed bumps a possible
solution.
And Chappie pledged to try to convince the Florida
Department of Transportation to revisit the issue of
installing a lighted pedestrian crosswalk at 26th Street,
similar to one installed last year at Ninth Street North.

Parents group meeting
The parent support group of Anna Maria Island
,Community Center will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20, at the Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria, with family therapist Shirley
Romberger in charge. For details, call 778-1908.

Only one more step
for embattled marina
"Some of those commissioners sounded like boat-
ers," said Kris Gagnon, owner of Sunny Shores Marina
of Manatee County planning commission members.
Now he hopes the Manatee County commissioners feel
the same.
The county commission is to act next week on the
planners' recommendation to approve a new site plan
for the marina, which has been involved in legal and
zoning tangles for the better part of a decade.
The site plan would legalize a third dock there,
built without permits, and bring the entire marina site
up to code. Gagnon said he thought that building a dock
in 1989 was merely maintenance of his property. Other
improvements also would be covered.
Happy though he was with the planning
commission's decision, Gagnon said there are 'some
stipulations that will be hard to live with.
"I've been doing things on the property for 22
years," he said. "It's small, 34 slips, and you can't
spend a fortune on development and hope to earn it
back at that size." But he's content to go along.


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Players offer emotional smorgasboard in Simon's 'Suite'
By David Futch
Islander Correspondent
Playwright Neil Simon's reputation for offering a .--.,
wide range of human emotions/situations rings loud
and clear in the Island Players' current production of -
"California Suite." '
For more than three decades Simon has explored
the emotional recesses of the American mind, hitting fit
bull's-eye after bull's-eye.
Island Players strikes targets close to home to all '
of us with director Phyllis Elfenbein's interpretation of "
"Suite." The four vignettes are a study in emotion, all
of them with a wry, comedic twist.
What rings true and sticks with people is Simon's r
talent for presenting people as they are with their as Marvin and Millie, played by Hugh Scranton and
foibles, cracks, crags and imperfections. Peggy Cole, confronted by his tryst, Bunny, played
Elfenbein writes in her director's notes, "Neil by Debron Keller-McCartney.
Simon had such a ringing success with his New York c l e-..ies
comedy 'Plaza Suite' that it was a natural move to the "' l -;
west coast for 'California Suite.' Simon's skill allows
us to experience the pure fun of some outlandish situ-
ations, as well as the touching complex ties of other
human conditions." Mona Upp as divorced Hannah. Islander Photos:
There are two acts and four scenes, each of them Bonner Joy
a play within a play and played out in two suites at theV
Beverly Hills Hotel.
Act I, Scene one, brings together divorced couple 2
Hannah, played by Mona Upp, and Mark Shoemaker t
as Billy, both dredging up good times and bad.
Since their separation, Billy has given up alcohol, I
cigarettes, red meat and Snickers candy bars, to which .
Hannah replies, "Isn't divorce wonderful?"
Bill fires back "I hear you have a boyfriend."
Hannah returns volley with "A boyfriend? For
God's sake, I'm 42. What I have is a lover. Can I throw .
you a few more questions?"
"Questions?" Billy asks, "I thought they were spears."
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especially coming from Simon's gifted mind and Morales as Beth, Sam McDowell as Stu and Sally Geoffrey Todd and Sylvia Marnie as Sidney and
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Players production: 'Suite'
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
adroitly pulled off by Upp and Shoemaker, who bob
and weave in a biting, love-hate dance.
In Scene two, Marvin, played by Hugh Scranton,
has a problem and it, er, she, is passed out in his bed.
At- the same time, Marvin's wife Millie, played by
Peggy Cole, has just arrived to make her way up to
Suite 203 following a long flight from Philadelphia.
"Don't panic," Mar\ in says, talking to himself,
"It's the quickest way to divorce."
He quickly calls the front desk for a room change.
"My wife's not going to like this room."
The gyrations of the philandering husband are .hi-
larious. The ensuing admission of guilt ensures life will
never be the same again for poor Marvin after his tryst
with the hooker called Bunny (Debron Keller-
McCartney).
"You tell that hooker," Millie commands, "to
give you back your pajamas, because that's all I'm
leaving yoiu,."
Act II, Scenes one and two bring more of the same
dry wit from Simon as Sidney (Geoffrey Todd) and his
actress wife Diana (Sylvia Marnie), both with proper
(real) British accents, continue the thread, showing the
good and bad of relationships.
The good comes prior to their attending the Acad-
emy Awards, where Diana has been nominated for a
best actress Oscar. Each heaps praise on the other.
When all is said and done and it's 3 a.m. and both
are drunk, the stinging barbs fly. In a sad way, this is
how Sidney and Diana show their love for each other.
In the final scene, two vacationing couples rip each
other to pieces with words while into their third week
of traveling together.
Each of the players cast stones in the direction of
their friends. If you've ever traveled in close quarters
with people, you'll appreciate the predicament.
It is an hilarious finish made even more so by the
expert timing of the four characters played by veteran
actors Gabe Simches as Mort, Laura Morales as Beth,
Sam McDowell as Stu and Sally Good as Gert.
The set design by Jack Abene transports the audi-
ence to LA-LA Land, Chris McVicker sets the mood
with his lighting design along with help from lighting
technician Ruth Stevens, while costume designs are the
accomplished effort of Don Bailey.
Walter Schmidt and Bob Grant are responsible for
sound design and stage manager is Dorothy Eder with
help from assistants Marilyn Moroni, Anne Fasulo and


Island visitors
Enjoying a break
at the beach from
an intensive
program in
SL "Tampa courts are
Russian judges,
7" _- r shown with U.S.
counterparts, left
nto right, Alexandr
Feopentov,
". Tatyana
..Nauuova, Anna
Maria's Debra
Behnke, Zoyo
Bespolova, Irina
Kornylyeva,
.Tatyana Bogouol,
U.S. Magistrate
Elizabeth Jenkins,
t-.f-.4Chuck Hudson
OP -and Islander Dr.
Donald Behnke.



Russian judges find Island their trip's highlight


Russian judges found Anna Maria Island, courtesy
of our own resident Judge Debra Behnke, and said it
was the high point of a week in Florida studying the
American judicial system.
The visitors interrupted an intensive judicial pro-
gram to relax, on the Island at the home of Judge
Behnke and her husband, Dr. Donald Behnke.
The visiting Russian jurists spent part of the day at
the beach and enjoying a sunset at the Sandbar restau-
rant in Anna Maria, Judge Behnke said. The rest of
their tour they spent in Tampa, with U.S. Magistrate
Elizabeth Jenkins as official host of the delegation
along with her husband, Chuck Hudson.
Judge Behnke, a circuit judge in Tampa, noted that
the Russians were here to delve into the American sys-


Barbara Gusie. Rita Lamoreux is responsible for
makeup and hair design, with Miren Alonso doing cos-
tume alteration.
"Suite" runs through April 1. Tickets are $14 and
may be purchased 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the theater box


tem at both state and federal levels. They seemed to
find especially interesting a roundtable discussion
about legal practice in family and civil law.
Their visit is part of the Open World Program de-
signed to foster professional and personal relationships
between judges of the two countries.
Judge Behnke said about two-thirds of judges in Rus-
sia are women and one-third men, "just the opposite of
the American ratio."
The Behnkes have a home in Ruskin and spend as
much time as they can at their Island retreat, where they
plan to retire eventually. Judge Behnke commutes 45
minutes a day to Tampa, she noted, and Dr. Behnke
about five minutes to his practice in Sun City Center,
a division of driving she doesn't entirely approve.


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Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach snowbird resident Pierre Chatillon
is probably the most famous author that Islanders have
never heard about. He's extremely well known in his
native Quebec and his books generally make the best
seller list in that province when they're published.
But he's a relative unknown here because all of his
23 books are in French and available only in Quebec
or France.
What makes his novels unique, however, is that
seven of them are set on Anna Maria Island.
One book written in 1975 was the "La Mort
"Rousse" ("The Auburn Death") in which he used
streets, places, flowers and locations around the Island
for a dying man to reminisce about a love affair on
Anna Maria Island 50 years earlier.
In the book, the dying man returns to Anna Maria
in the 1970s in hopes of finding the spirit of love for
the young auburn-haired Nicolet from New England
that he met during a vacation on Anna Maria in 1925.
Although Nicolet eventually returned home and mar-
ried someone else, the man never forgot her beauty, nor
the beauty of the Island.
Pierre should know Anna Maria Island pretty well
by now. "I've been coming here since the 1970s," he
said. "Every time I come here, I write a book. This is
a special place. For me, it is the inspiration to write."
Chatillon is currently writing "The Sand Castle,"
the story of his life and his books, and it also contains

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One recent novel was "Childhood Is an Island"
which is set on the Island in the 1950s. It's about the
experiences of a young boy who comes to Anna Maria
Island for the first time in the 1950s.
Pierre's love of Anna Maria, however, extends far
beyond his books.
He's established a park in the town of Nicolet (the
same name as the girl in "The Auburn Death") about
80 miles north of Montreal. What makes the park
unique is that it's a literary park that contains statutes
and sculptures describing his literary characters and the
Island.
People visiting the park get a pretty good impres-
sion of what some places on Anna Maria Island might
be like. There are lots of sun and beach sculptures to
highlight the Island. He's sort of a "goodwill ambassa-
dor" for Anna Maria in Quebec.
Not only has Chatillon written novels about the
Island, he's also a poet who has done a number of po-
ems about Anna Maria.
So how did this "Island love affair" get started?
Pierre was driving through Florida on vacation
.back in the early 1970s, but he didn't want to head to
the Hollywood-Ft. Lauderdale area where most winter
visitors from Quebec can be found.
"Too crowded. I need peace and quiet for my
work."
His uncle had visited the Island and told him about
its beauty and tranquillity. When he got here, "I said
this is perfect. This is the place. This is my place."
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By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Carol Sandidge has spent the last eight years help-
ing build the Tingley Memorial Library, and now she's
heading for her own building project.
Tingley's clerk since 1994, she is retiring as of
April 2, spending the time until her last day training her
successor, Linda Murphy of Holmes Beach.
"Carol has been the mainstay of the library," said
John Sandberg, library chairman. "She's kept us all
organized, including about 40 volunteers, and that's a
big task."
A psychiatric nurse at Bradenton's Charter Hospi-
tal before going to Tingley, Sandidge came here in
1989 after selling her audio-visual production business
in Illinois.


Author finds Island an inspiration
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
He's been coming ever since.
Not only does he love the Island, he loves the
French food restaurants and bistros he finds here. A
favorite watering hole used to be called Andre's (now
the Ooh La La! restaurant) in the Island Shopping Cen-
ter. "Good food," said Pierre, better than many of the
French restaurants in France.
Chatillion's next major project is to translate his
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started at 18 hours a week which has become 25 as the
library stretched its hours to 24 a week.
Sandberg noted that the library's finances have
come mainly from a bequest by Beulah Tingley, an
Islander noted for having nominated Franklin Delano
Roosevelt for president at the 1932 Democratic na-
tional convention. She had orchards in Florida, lived a
long time in Bradenton Beach and then in Holmes
Beach.
She left $640,000 to Bradenton Beach for a library,
and it stayed in the city's account for 10 years "in the
high interest time," said Sandberg. He and other activ-
ists finally got the city commission off dead center and


speaking Canadian markets for his works.
In the meantime, he'll continue getting his inspira-
tion from Island sunsets, walking on the beach, riding
his bicycle, talking to friends and strangers, and soak-
ing up the sun's rays. Sounds like a real Islander.
Now if he can just get those books translated into
English so Islanders can read about their Island.

*Pierre Chatillon has a Web site about himself and the
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people, but it's time to move along. She has decided on
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bought an acre of land with two buildings that she'll be
renovating.
She'll take some time to relax, "maybe volunteer
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Save Haley's flamingos
Tom Buehler and Sabine Musil-Buehler, new owners
of Haley's Motel at 8102 Gulf Drive in Holmes
Beach, stand in front of the long-standing pink
flamingos that the public may vote to eliminate.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Rock around the Flamingo clock
New owners Tom Buehler and Sabine Musil-
Buehler are "rockin' around the clock" at Haley's
Motel with renovations to the 1950s-style property at
8102 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
That's because they're working feverishly to re-
model the units, paint the exterior, put in new and col-
orful doors, plant trees and gardens, and, oh yes, de-
ciding what to do with the pink flamingos that grace
the outside.
"When we bought the place, we thought the first
things to go would be the flamingos," said Musil-
Buehler. "But many guests said the flamingos were a
landmark, a part of Haley's. In fact, we even got a res-
ervation from someone who wanted to know if we
were the ones with the flamingos."
Now, guests and the public are invited to vote on
whether the flamingos should stay or go. All the vot-
ers get their name entered in a drawing to be held
March 25 with the prize a free night's stay at Haley's.
"So far, it's running in favor of keeping the fla-
mingos," said Musil-Buehler with a smile.
In addition to painting and remodeling, the couple
also plan on keeping the 1950s decor of the motel alive
with an "enchanted garden" and '50s music at the pool
deck.
Should we vote for "Rock Around the Clock" as
the motel's theme song?


Island home finds Bradenton
Our Island Home, the assisted living facility in
Anna Maria, recently received its Florida operating li-
cense for a second facility, this one in Bradenton.
Marella House is located in a quiet neighborhood in
the 5000 block of 24th Street South and owner Annie
Close and son and daughter-in-law Chris and Maria
Grumley say the new ALF offers all the "home-away-
from-home" amenities associated with Our Island
Home. Marella House is an eight-bed facility with
home cooking, family atmosphere and loving and spe-
cial care for the elderly. Marella House also offers day
care and respite care.
Chris Grumley is the marketing manager for both
facilities, while Maria is the administrator for Homes
for the Elderly Inc., the parent company of both loca-
tions.
Our Island Home was started in 1996 by Annie,
who has more than 25 years experience as a registered
nurse in Great Britain. Through "sheer determination
and hard work," said Annie, she put "Our Island Home
firmly on the map and it is now the only ALF in Anna
Maria."
Our Island Home is located at 520 South Drive in
Anna Maria. For further information on Marella House
or Our Island Home, call 778-7842.

The crepes de la crepes
That unique dining experience in Bradenton
Beach known as La Creperie recently celebrated its
two-year anniversary at 127 Bridge St., and owner/
chef Geraldine Bush said the small but intimate res-
taurant is doing quite well with its house specialties of
crepes buckwheat and crepes sweet, along with a great
French breakfast and lunch, and numerous dinner en-
trees.
The 26-seat restaurant has attracted a following on
the Island, and Bradenton Beach residents Reginna and
Ivan Zhidov love the atmosphere and the food.
"When I took my first bite, I was overwhelmed,"
said Reggina of the beef tips in wine sauce. "Not too
spicy, not too rich, just right." Dessert was a combina-
tion of chocolate mousse and a crepe with warm pears
and melted chocolate with almonds that disappeared
rather quickly.
"Great food, great ambiance and reasonable
prices," said Reggina.
While Geraldine is pleased to accept compliments
about her cooking, she became a chef and restaurant
owner almost by accident. Married to an American in
her native France, Geraldine was a stay-at-home mom
while her husband worked.
"I had cooked a lot for my seven children, so I-
knew how to do something: cook French food," she
said with a laugh. The family moved to Bradenton two
years ago.
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Tuesday through Sunday and 5-9 p.m. Friday and Sat-
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The lighthouse marks the Haven
Peggy Barron of Haven Home stands beside the
replica of the lighthouse in Cornwall, England, that
beckons to her adult living facility in Bradenton
Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Home is a Haven
Peggy Baron of Haven Home adult living facil-
ity at 2202 Avenue B in Bradenton Beach has decided
to stay at her charming facility. Peggy had been con-
templating retirement, but after the events of Sept. 11,
"I just felt I was needed here. It's such a great commu-
nity and our staff and residents are wonderful. I just
want everyone to know I'm staying. I would have
missed everybody so much."
Indeed. Peggy has more than 21 years experience
in nursing and adult living facilities in both her native
England and in Florida. She brings old-world care and
courtesy to the stately elegance of her secluded
Bradenton Beach adult residence.
In addition to keeping the books and making sure
everyone gets hugs and kisses daily, Peggy is also the
head cook, and her homemade pies and cakes add just
the right touch to meals at Haven Home.
And Peggy takes care not to forget her roots, either.
Although she's been on Anna Maria Island since 1980,
afternoon tea is held on the verandah daily at 5 p.m. for
residents and staff. Cheers, mate!
Peggy resides on the premises to provide 24-hour
care and service to residents.
For further information on Haven Home, call 778-
4912.

'Rich' chocolate tradition
continues at Richey's
Richey's Chocolates at 7200 Cortez Road in The
Shoppes at Paradise Bay recently celebrated its fifth
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Our Island Home on the mainland
Standing in front of their new assisted living facility,.
Marella House, in Bradenton, Our Island Home
operators are, from left, Annie Close, Maria
Grumley with son Aidan and husband Chris. Is-
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way
Candy and
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makers Ann
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practice their
craft in the
kitchen of
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Chocolates,
getting ready
for the Easter
season.
Islander
Photo: Rick
Catlin





THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 20, 2002 0 PAGE 27


Biz
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26
anniversary at its present location. But owners David
Snyder and LouAnn McFarland say the roots of their
landmark business go back much further in Manatee
County.
Richey's Chocolates has been in business since
1949, said David, and as far as he knows, "We're the
only chocolate factory around for 500 miles," he said
with a laugh. "There's not too many people left who do
what we do."
And what Richey's does is make chocolates,
creams, fudges, nut clusters and other candies the old-
fashioned way: by hand, from scratch with the raw
materials, and they do it on site.
"Everything in the store is made here," said David.
"We pride ourselves on not having a production line.
We are the production line." Visitors to the shop can
actually view chocolate makers at their craft, painstak-
ingly shaping each candy, Easter basket and chocolate
nugget by hand.
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Bungalow Beall
The Bungalow Beach Resort in Bradenton Beach
was the scene of a recent Beall's department store
photo shoot for spring and summer fashions. Is-
larider Photo: Rick Catlin

Bealls ring for Bungalow Beach
Bungalow Beach Resort at 2000 Gulf Drive N. in
Bradenton Beach was recently featured as the back-
drop for a Beall's department store photo shoot to
showcase upcoming spring and summer clothing lines.
The two-day shoot was held in December and the
swimwear models were certainly glad of the resort's
heated pool, said Beall's photo-stylist Whitney Smith.
"The resort has the charm and ambiance that fit the
theme of our books perfectly," Smith said. "Given the
opportunity, we'd love to shoot at Bungalow Beach
again."
Photographers shot scenes at a number of pictur-
esque locations around the resort, including the terrace
entrance, Gulffront on the beach and the swimming
pool.
Catalogues and advertisements featuring the pho-
tos from Bungalow Beach appeared in local newspa-
pers in late February and are now available at Beall's
stores everywhere. The photos are also available online
at www.beallsflorida.com.
For further information on Bungalow Beach Re-
sort, call 778-3600.

Paradise found clean
Former Islander Bruce Skorupa recently cel-
ebrated the first anniversary of his Paradise Coin
Laundry in The Shoppes at Paradise at 7466 Cortez
Road in Bradenton.
Tucked in the western end of the shopping center,
Paradise does a lot more than provide washers and dry-
ers to customers, said Bruce.
"We have an alterations service, in addition to
washing and drying, ironing and folding services," said
Bruce.
Customers can drop off a laundry bundle in the
morning and return that evening for clothes that have
been washed, dried, ironed and folded. And new but-
tons sewn on, if needed, Bruce said.
Paradise Coin Laundry is open from 7 a.m. to 8
p.m. seven days each week. To learn more about Para-
dise, call 795-1657.


Chamber of Commerce getting
new location
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will move to new quarters "when our section is far
enough along for use to finish it."
Mary Ann Brockman, executive director of the
chamber, said the organization will have to be in the
new offices soon because several tourist-promotional
publications due out in May and June will bear the new
address, 5317 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
That is just down the street from the current office
at 5337 Gulf Drive. It will be prominent on the corner
of Gulf Drive and Marina Drive, she noted, in the
former Eckerd building now being rehabilitated by
owner John Bersuto.
Chamber President Alan Galletto said that the
move will necessitate "some one-time-only money to
pay for the build-out.'" He is looking for sponsors
among chamber members.
The new location is expected to bring 50 percent
more tourist traffic to the chamber's Visitor Informa-
tion Center, which has served 2,000 to 2,500 visitors a
month in the office it has occupied for five years.
The new location will solve the parking pinch, too,
said Brockman.
The chamber is changing quarters with some re-
gret, she said, for Earl Mowry, owner of the current
location, "has been a great landlord, just awesome. The
new place is just a better spot for our purposes."

Realty raves
Top listing agents at Wedebrock Real Estate Co.
during February were Gail Tutewiler at the Holmes
Beach office, Lynda Melnick and the Mike Migone/
Tina Rudek team at Longboat Key, and Bill Greene at
Avenue of the Flowers. Leading in sales were Teresia
Bradford and the Rebecca Smith/Elfi Starrett team at
Holmes Beach, Melnick and the team of Cindy and
Gary LaFlamme at Longboat Key, and Greene at Av-
enue of the Flowers.
At A Paradise Realty, two teams led in both busi-
ness divisions in February at the Anna Maria Island
office, Jane Grossman/Nicole Skaggs in listings and
Dave Jones/Dick Maher in sales.
Yvonne Higgins rolled up top honors in both new
listings and sales during February at the Anna Maria
Island office of Wagner Realty. Other leading listers
included Mary Wickersham and Cindy English,
Longboat Key. Sonya Powell led listings and David
Fletcher sales in the commercial division.
Alan Galletto and Christine Shaw have been
named top listing agents and Galletto and Bob Fittro
leaders in sales at Island Real Estate during February.

LBK Chamber announces
March meetings
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce has
scheduled three meetings for March.
First up, the chamber's monthly networking lun-
cheon, "Nooner," will be held Wednesday, March 20,
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Caf6 Don Giovanni, 5610
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Rhapsodies-A


Basket and Gift Emporium will sponsor the event. The
cost of the lunch is $10 per person.
Next on the docket, the chamber will hold its Busi-
ness After Hours meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday,
March 21, at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center,
4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Compli-
mentary hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be served,
and "Van the Reggae Man" will entertain. Andrew Vac,
Realty, the Florida Vacation Connection, Morty's Ba-
gel Caf6 Wholesale, Longboat Connection, Foodies at
the Centre Market and Maggie Hicks, Coldwell Banker
Previews, will sponsor the event. The cost is $5 for
chamber members and $10 for guests.
The "Good Morning Longboat Key!" member
breakfast will be 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at
the chamber office, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Benefits of chamber membership will
be discussed and breakfast will be served. Current, new
and prospective members are invited to attend this
meeting, sponsored by Island Java and Juice. There is
no charge to attend.
For more information or to make reservations, call
the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce at 387-9519.

McNaughton returns
to run Island Eckerds
Joe McNaughton is back by popular demand, once
again managing the local Eckerd store.
He considers himself a lucky man, lucky to have
managed the old store and lucky to be back and lucky
to have loyal supporters "We had a lot of calls ask-
ing to get him back," said a district office representa-
tive.
McNaughton came to the Island a dozen years ago
to run the store on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. That
was a lucky stroke for him, McNaughton feels, because
"we had bought the old Webb's Pharmacy and some of,
the people there just transferred to Eckerd and it was
like a family store, warm and friendly."
There was no grocery on the Island then, he re-
called, so "to make it easier for people I started stock-
ing a lot of food items in the store."
He stayed for nine years, then three years ago the
corporation moved him to the Palmetto store. Since
he lives in Ellenton, the drive time was shorter. That
store was different, because "the customer base is
different."
Eckerd built its new building at 611 Manatee Ave.
W. and moved in a few months ago, the old location-
now being converted to a fitness center.
"This new store is bigger, more modern, more
merchandise," McNaughton said. "It was built to fit
into the Island with a kind of 'beachy' atmosphere, and
it is nice and relaxed and friendly."
And warm he came here 15 years ago to escape
the chilly weather of New Jersey, where he had taught
school and ran a family nursery and garden store.

Got a new business going up on Anna Maria Is-
land, in Cortez or on Longboat Key? How about a new
product or service; a new hire, or an award-winning
staff member? Call Island Biz at 778-7978, fax your
news to 778-9392, or e-mail us at news@islander.org.


Paradise
clean
Owner
Bruce
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Paradise
Coin
Laundry on
Cortez
Road.
Islander
Photo: Rick
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PAGE 28 M MARCH 20, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER


More than you want to know about driving, license tags


Welcome, winter friends!
The next few weeks will see the peak of the an-
nual winter season. Motels are full. Restaurants will
be packed. Beaches will be crowded. Shops will be
filled with shoppers.
It's the time of year residents dread, but busi-
nesses need to make it through the slower offseason.
And, of course, the roads are full of drivers un-
familiar with exactly where things are, or who are
busier watching the Gulf or the sky than they are
other vehicles and pedestrians.
Several years ago I wrote what I thought at the
time was a tongue-in-cheek commentary on how to
-survive the season. Apparently some people didn't
find it that funny, and we got something like 12
weeks of letters to the editor pretty much demand-
ing my head on a pike.
So I'm not going to offer any of those previous
tips here, but rather some observations and sugges-
tions based on some driving practices I've observed
over the years on the Island.
Suggestion 1: Don't drive.
Seriously, this is a lousy time of year for resi-
dents to go sightseeing. Traffic on the Island is a
nightmare, especially on the weekends. If you're out
there cruising around for something to do, you're
just adding to the madness.
The Island trolley system is starting up this
weekend. There's something like 70 stops all along
Gulf Drive, Marina and Palm drives and Pine Av-
enue. One of 'em's gotta be close to where you live.
- Stroll to the. stop, jump on the trolley it's free,
after all and sightsee on it. You'll be one less car
on the road.
Suggestion 2: Don't be quite so courteous about
letting other cars or pedestrians out in front of you.
Yes, Islanders are generally a friendly lot, and
we all want to be nice to people. But be aware of
what's around you before you be so nice.
I was behind a car with out-of-state tags last week
when the driver suddenly slammed on the brakes to let
some people (not at a crosswalk) cross the road. I
screeched to a halt inches from the rear bumper of the
car and hunched down for the expected collision of the
car behind me as it rammed my rear bumper.
When the expected crash didn't happen, I looked
in the rear-view mirror to see how close it had been
and, thankfully for me, didn't see a car behind me
for at least a quarter-mile. Of course, the "thought-
ful" driver ahead of me could have let the pedestri-
ans wait just one more minute, too.
Sure, it's important to be nice and let people pass
in front of you. But it's not so nice to be the cause
of a multi-car pileup because you wanted to let
someone cross the road. Look behind you to judge
the traffic pattern before you turn on your happy Is-
lander smile and wave.
Suggestion 3: Pedestrians, pay attention.
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beside the road to cross. There was a string of cars
behind me and I knew it would be a wait for the
walkers, so I started to slow down and wave to let
the family know they could start the trek across the
road. I waved. And waved. And slowed. Arid finally
stopped. They were looking everywhere but at the
traffic.
They finally got the idea and crossed. Ho hum.
Suggestion 4: Be especially careful around sunset.
It seems that almost everybody on the east side of
Gulf Drive wants to be on the west side of Gulf Drive to
watch the big orange ball drop into the water. This exo-
dus seems to be particularly evident in Bradenton Beach.
One day last week I counted what must have been 50
people going across the street as I rolled through, and traf-
fic was backed up well into Holmes Beach.
The solution? Don't drive anywhere in the hour
around sunset.
Suggestion 4: Pay attention to the time, and
drive or don't accordingly.
Tens of thousands of visitors trickle onto the
Island's beaches during the day. Come 3:30 p.m.,
everybody seems to decide they've had enough sun
and fun, pack up their stuff and head home. The re-
sult is gridlock, especially approaching the bridges
near Cortez Road and Manatee Avenue.
My record of traffic hell was watching cars
bumper-to-bumper from the Cortez Road intersec-
tion in Bradenton Beach to the Publix on Longboat
Key. That time, I was going the other way and I have
to admit taking a perverse glee in thinking how
lucky I was to be going the other way.
Of course, I also made the mistake of driving
from Lido Key to Anna Maria Island one Sunday af-
ternoon. The usual 30-minute trip took 90.
The solution is the same one residents of south
Bradenton Beach have learned for decades: don't
plan to go anywhere late in the afternoon, unless you
like to sit in traffic.
Suggestion 5: If traffic is inevitable, lay back
and enjoy it.
When you're gridlocked, roll down the win-
dows, find a favorite radio station or CD and enjoy
the view. If there's a shop or restaurant coming up
you've wanted to visit, do so. You aren't going any-
where anytime soon anyway. Why not enjoy the Is-
land ambiance? After all, we live here not like all
those people in the cars around us.

Vanity plate politics
We're fond of vanity license plates here at The
Islander. The boss has one that reads "ISLNDER."
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got a second-generation plate: "15W 104."
OK, that one needs to be explained for anyone
with less than 30 years' tenure in the Sunshine State.
'Way back when, the prefix on Florida license
plates was determined by the population of the
county in which they were issued. Manatee County
was the 15th most populated county, hence the "15."
The "W" was the weight of the car, and then the
numbers started.
My dad had a buddy at the tag office, and he
would set aside the "104" for my father, since Dad
was born on October 4. The "15W 104" plate was on
my folks' car the year I was born, and I requested it
as a vanity plate years ago.
It's been a blessing and a curse. I occasionally
get a few old-timers who honk and give me a
thumbs-up when they see it, since they're in on the
gag. I've also been pulled over by some young law
enforcement officers who have no idea what the
plate signifies and are convinced it's a fake. They
always seem to like the story about it, though.
You may have seen that vanity plates have been
in the news of late.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles issues specialized plates to anyone who
comes up with a statement of less than eight characters
as long as the word isn't "obscene or objectionable." In
that category are the usual four-letter words you can
think of, plus terms like "YOMAMA," "ON DRUGS,"
XEQ-SHNE" and "INSANE."
A guy in Gainesville was ordered to return his
plate last month when somebody complained about
it: "ATHEIST." He contacted the American Civil
Liberties Union, they appealed the decision and
Florida decided the plate was OK after all, although
the department agreed to of course form a
committee to review all questionable vanity plates.
What makes the story ironic is that the state had
no qualms issuing a New Port Richey woman a plate
that read "JESUS."
But there's more license plate brouhaha going on.
An Orlando man has had a vanity plate for nine
years that is a single character: "0," or zero.
Unfortunately, he has competition for the plate
from a woman in Ft. Lauderdale who has a plate of
"O," the alpha letter that follows "N." The license
plate department said no two plates in the state can
be the same, and is trying to get both people to give
'em up. Especially considering the machines that
stamp the plates have only one character for either
"0" or "O."
Both people are fighting the department ruling.
In fact, the Orlando guy drove to Tallahassee to
talk to the higher-ups about his plate, he was so en-
amored with it.
Of course, he drove a rental car up there. "I
rented a car so I wouldn't be driving the tag up there
right into their hands," he said.

Sandscript factoid
There are about 160,000 personalized Florida li-
cense tags. About 500 a year are rejected under that
"obscene or objectionable" category.


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Spring fishing finally hits local waters


By Capt. Mike Heistand
Spring is finally here as far as fishing is concerned.
Backwater anglers report snook action has greatly
improved, as have redfish and trout. Offshore action
includes snapper, grouper and amberjack.
Kingfish should start to run any day now.
And there are some reports of tarpon and cobia
being spotted, but no "hookups just yet. Wait for it.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's finding
some huge sheepshead in the backwater. Offshore ac-
tion for grouper and snapper is getting better every day,
and he expects the kingfish run to start any day now.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said his charters were catching a bunch of
trout, redfish and snook, and the fishing is improving
every day.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
"spring has sprung" at last. Snook action is getting
better by the day, sheepshead are still out there and
should be hanging around through the end of the
month. Offshore anglers are finding snapper fishing to
be about as good as it gets, and grouper action is get-
ting better by the day.
Capt. Curt Morrison and Capt. Ryan Hackney
on the Neva-Miss said they are still catching some
cobia, but red and gag grouper, plus mangrove snapper,
are their best bets.
Capt.. Rick Gross on Fishy Business said spring
is here: whitebait is starting to show up in thicker
schools, snook fishing is getting better by the day and
he's able to put his charters onto limit catches most
trips.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach said there are still plenty of sheepshead
on the artificial reefs, running up to 6 pounds for the
most part. He's also finding redfish action getting bet-
ter.
Capt. Matt Bowers said he's still catching some
really big red grouper, to 25 pounds, plus mangrove
and lane snapper.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
it's pretty much catch-what-you-want right now:
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Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said pier fishers
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Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier report
sheepshead just about everywhere, although better
catches are occurring in the mornings. Mackerel also
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Holmes Beach said his picks of the week are amber-
jack, grouper and snapper.
On my boat Magic, we have been catching a few
keeper-size snook up to 30 inches and limited-out on
reds onr a few charters. We also caught more than 100
sheepshead last week, lots up to 6 pounds.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide. Call
him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report. Pictures of
your catch are also welcome and may be dropped off at
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Please
include identification for persons in the picture along with
information on the catch and a name and phone number
for more information. Pictures may be retrieved once they
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Island baseball players get the 'swing' of things


By Kevin Cassidy
Special to The Islander
Baseball is back in full swing as all teams in all age
groups have a couple of games under their respective
belts. Major and AAA teams and parents seem to be
enjoying inter-league play and it's nice to finally see a
real baseball game being played at Birdie Tebbetts
Field, which had its official opening day a year ago on
March 17.
Meanwhile, AA and T-ball players are having a
ball while learning the basics of the game.

Island Juniors win inaugural game at Birdie
Tebbetts Field
Lorenzo Rivera and Steve Faasse combined to
pitch a two-hitter with nine strikeouts to lead Time
Saver to a 14-4 victory over Red Hoagland in Jr.
League baseball action at Birdie Tebbett's Field on
Saturday, March 16, a year minus one day after the
field's official opening day.
Time Saver coach Jim Pettee said before the game
he was proud to have his team play the first official
game on the field. "I was scouted by Birdie Tebbetts
for the majors. To come back and be able to give back
to this community and the kids in this league means a
lot to me."
Starting pitcher Rivera got the win with three in-
nings of no-hit ball including five strikeouts, while
Faasse closed the game by striking out four batters in
two innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Time Saver jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom
of the first when Sean Pittman and Clay Orr led off the
game with walks. Both runners scored on Greg
Lowman's two-run double to left field. Lowman later
scored when Rivera's grounder got past the Red
Hoagland third baseman.
Time Saver added three more runs in the second
when Pittman again reached base via walk and Orr
singled. Both players moved up a base on a passed ball
before Lowman's second double of the game brought
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Time Saver put the game out of reach with six runs
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Monday, March 11, at Palmetto.
Steve Faasse got the pitching win, throwing the
first three innings and allowing only one hit and two
runs, while also contributing a single and one run
scored. Sean Pittman and Greg Lowman each added a-
single and two runs scored to the victory, while
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Stinton Roofing was led by Schue who went two-
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runs.

Majors: Kiwanis 8, Mini Storage 5
C.J. Wickersham's three-run home run in the bot-
tom of the fourth inning capped an eight-run inning to
help Kiwanis overcome a three-run deficit and claim an
8-5 victory Friday, March 15, at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's Benji Scanio Field. .
Connor Bystrom and Shane Pelkey each contrib-
uted two hits and two RBIs, while Bystrom also added
four runs scored. Korey Shafer added a single, double
and one run scored, while Tanner Pelkey had a pair of
singles and scored once.
Palmetto's FL Mini Storage was led by Scottie
Harvin who had a pair of doubles arid scored three runs,
while Griffin Deans, Stephen Morgan, and Lody
Singleton added singles.

Kiwanis 8, WMFD 4
Kiwanis combined a potent offense that banged out
nine hits and a strong pitching effort from Patrick Cole
to record an 8-4 win over WMFD March 12 at the
Center field.
Tyler Schneerer led the way with a two-for-four
performance, including one run scored. Connor
Bystrom, Shane Pelkey, Dylan Mullen, Tanner Pelkey
and Andrew Woten each had one hit and one run
scored. Charlie Woodson and Tyler Fitzgerald each
added a single for Kiwanis to support the four-hit, nine-
strikeout pitching performance of Cole.
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE


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941-795-4899
HOURS: Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5
Directions: From U.S. 41, travel west on Manatee
Avenue (SR 64) and across Palma Sola Causeway
to Perico Island. Town & Country Peco
wil be on the left.
www.tchome.com
Limited time offer, certain restrictions apply.
*Size restrictions apply.


CUSTOM WATERFRONT HOME
This spacious 3BR/2.5BA custom waterfront
home offers a southeast exposure on a pro-
tected canal with easy no-bridge access to
the bay. The location is a very short walk to
the bay, post office and pier. The home fea-
tures double pane windows and sliding glass
.doors with security film, extra insulation, V V i '.
jfa -large screened decks, a private master suite i l1 i
SII ,' on upper level with views of bay and Gulf
t i'" --I "' ,' from another deck. Electric and water are at Ip'
the dock as is a 12,000-lb. boatlift. Priced to r
S sell at S695,000. Call for appointment.
o- nRobert L. Loomis
-- Lic. Real Estate Broker
Phone (941) 779-9200
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story? Photo?



The Islander

Fish stories and photos
of your catch are .
we come at The slander.
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Label with names, catch,
etc. Phone contact.
941-778-7978.


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which also received hits from Carmine Galati, Shaw,
and Scottie Steenstra.

Air & Energy 9, Quality Builders 2
Ryan Guerin allowed three hits and two runs in
three innings of work to lead A & E to a convincing 9-
2 victory over Quality Builders on Tuesday, March 12
at the Community Center. Jared Culhane then shut the
door on any hope of a Quality Builders comeback with
two hitless innings of relief pitching to earn the save.
Cammeron Moroz had the biggest hit on the day
when he laced a three-run triple to right field that
scored Scottie Steenstra, Carmine Galati, and Jared
Culhane. Justin Dearlove and Dimiceli each added a
double and one run scored to the offense.
Miles Hostetler and Garrett Waiters contributed
hits for Quality Builders.whilke Waiters and Celia
Ware scored a run each.

Horseshoe winners
Winners in the March 16 horseshoe games were
Tom Markley of Holmes Beach and George McKay of


THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 20, 2002 0 PAGE 31


Standings, Island

Inter-League
Majors 10-12 yr. olds,
Kiwanis 1-1 3-1
WMFD 1-1 1-3

AAA 8-10 yr, olds
Air & Energy 1-1 2-1
Quality Builders 1-1 2-1


Anna Maria. Runners-up were John Crawford of
Bradenton and George Page of Bradenton Beach.
Winners in the Feb. 27 games were Ron Pepka of
Bradenton and Adin Shank of Anna Maria. Runners-
up were Markley and Adin Shank of Anna Maria.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
day and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no membership fees
and everyone is welcome.


Steve Faasse struck out four batters in relief of starting
pitcher Lorenzo Rivera, who pitched three hitless
innings.

Sports
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30
WMFD was led by Nick Sato's two-for-four day
including a double and Zach Geerarts who singled and
scored twice. Garrett Waiters and Andrew Fortenberry
each added a single and one run scored for WMFD who
also received hits from Jared McKenzie and Kyle
Schoonover.

AAA: Air & Energy 10, Advanced Management 0
Ryan Guerin and Justin Dearlove pitched a com-
bined one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts to lead A
& E to a 10-0 win on Friday, March 15 at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center. Guerin pitched the
first three innings and allowed only a. single to
Management's Kevin Kechcigl in the second before
Dearlove closed the game out in the fourth.
Dearlove, Alex Wright, and Guerin each went 1-
for-1 with two runs scored to lead the A & E offense


Beautiful canalfront lot in Anna Maria.



"Call
Patricia Stabler,
Lic. Real Estate Broker

Granny's Beach Vacation Inc.
VI 409 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
778-0123 e-mail: PatStaebler@aol.com

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Tropical Isle

Vacation Properties
Rentals and Property Management
with a Personal Touch!
16-years experience on the Islands


941-779-1995
515 58th St., Suite F., Holmes Beach (Behind the Garden Center)
www.atropicallsle.com







IRONWOOD CONDO
Want it all but don't want to pay a lot? This fur-
nished 2BR/2BA condo has it all, plus a low main-
tenance fee! Amenities include golf, pool, club-
house, tennis and is just minutes to the beach!
Asking only $79.800. For further details call Frank
Mighore, Realtor at 778-2307.





MLS Serving the Island since 1970! 13


Anna Maria Island Little League schedule


Major division, ages 10-12
Date Time Field
March 22 7:45 AMI Field
7:45 Palmetto Boys Club Field


AAA division, ages 8-11
March 22 5:45
5:45

AA division, ages 6-8
March 20 5
6:30
March 23 11:30
1:30

T-ball division, ages 5-7
March 23 9


Manatee East Field
AMI Field


AMI Field
AMI Field
AMI Field
AMI Field


AMI Field


10 AMI Field


Junior League, age 13-15
April 6 10 Birdie Tebbetts Field
Home team is listed


Make Your Move


SVONN- HIGG IN .

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S---22.41 or 800-211-2323


SALES ASSOCIATES WANTED
Island Vacation Properties LLC will be doubling the
physical size of its office in the near future and is in
need of quality sales associates who are both familiar
with real estate sales and the Island of Anna Maria.
This is a unique opportunity for career real estate
sales personnel to join a growth-oriented firm with a
great location and a bright future.


10006 GULF DRIVE BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY An artist's
paradise in downtown Anna Maria across the street from city
hall and a stone's throw from the Sandbar restaurant. Two
huge (1,400 sq. ft.) work bays downstairs with a mighty
Gulfview upstairs (1,200 sq. ft.). Two full baths upstairs with
two one-half baths downstairs. Parks eight. Asking $500,000.
Doug Dowling Realty
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, Fl 34216
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
E-Mail: dougdowling@earthlink.net
www.dougdowling.com


Visitor vs. Home
Troxler & Smith vs. Kiwanis
WMFD vs. Palmetto #4


Air & Energy vs. Pirates Cove
Advanced Mgt. vs. Quality Builders


Home True Value vs. Betsy Hills
Bark Realty vs. Gateway Solutions
Sandbar vs. Gateway Solutions
Betsy Hills vs. Bark Realty


Morgan Stanley vs. Shafer Law
Galati vs. Harry's Continental Kitchens


North River vs. Time Saver
second in all divisions.


DICK MAHER .
AND .
DAVE JONES
ISLAND SPECIALISTS A
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SSimplify Your Search!
Call anytime for a consultation.


P'i'f REALTOR.
M W 1 28 Years of Professional Service
OUR LISTINGS DON'T EXPIRE, WE SELL THEM!
WE NEED LISTINGS! ON & OFF ISLAND

ANNA MARIA 3BR/2BA, elevated, pool, covered deck plus open dock,
enclosed lower level, two-car garage, plus room for boat. $395,000.
PERICO SHORES LAKEFRONT 3BR/2BA quality home. Pristine
island. Enjoy nature and privacy plus tasteful decorating. $348,900.
TRIPLEX 2BR/1BA, 1BR/1 BA plus parent apartment. Walk to beach.
$439,000.
COMMERCIAL
STYLING SALON 8 station, established over 35 years. $39,000.
WALGREENS Triple Net. Good CAP. $2,650,000.
VACANT CONVENIENCE STORE SITE Sarasota. $419,000.
SEASONAL/ANNUAL IMPERIAL HOUSE 2BR, Gulf to bay.
SEASONAL OR ANNUAL 2BR/2Ba Canalfront Home
WE ARE BOOKING MARTINIQUES FOR 2003!

5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
tdy41@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


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FUTON: All oak, honey finish, no metal, mission
frame, nine-layer foam mattress. Still in box. Cost
was $525, will sell for $325. Can deliver, 761-2344.

150-GALLON SALTWATER aquarium with hand-
made oak cabinet. Fully equipped, $800. Call Bill,
798-3448.
SIX-DRAWER DRESSER, mirror and two two-
drawer night stands. Faux black marble, easy glide
drawers. Excellent condition. Paid $665 three years
ago, now asking $300 or best offer. 778-2991.
COMPLETE 300 MG computer set-up. Includes
Windows 95, 56K modem, many programs such as
MS Money, Outlook Express, Collegiate Dictionary,
15-inch monitor, speakers, $250. 792-4274.
FREE FOR PICKUP One double and one single
sliding glass doors, all rails and hardware included.
Used. Call 778-7589.
QUEEN-SIZE MATTRESS and box spring, firm pil-
low top, 15-year warranty, like new, paid $900 -
sacrifice at $400. 748-7583.
MOVING: WHITE SOFA, black chair-bed, tables,
bed set, sofa-bed. Miscellaneous. Reasonable
prices, 952-1592.


FULL-SIZE MATTRESS and foundation, firm, like
new, still in plastic. Asking $250. (941) 447-3767.


BINGO: Smoke free every Thursday, 7pm. Annie
Silvers Community Center, 23rd Street at Avenue C,
Bradenton Beach.


HUGE GARAGE SALE Sat., March 23, 8am-2pm.
Household items, collectibles, lots of miscellaneous
Something for everyone. 3008 Gulf drive, across
from Mr. Bones.
HUGE SALE FRIDAY and Saturday, 8am-noon.
Baby furniture, kids clothes, toys, bedding,
housewares, collectibles, lots of miscellaneous. 417
N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE THURSDAY & Friday, March 21
and 22, 8am-4pm. Lots of miscellaneous, some fur-
niture and clothes. 814 85th St., Holmes Beach.
SALE: Sat., March 23, 8am-noon. Toys, clothes,
patio furniture, lots of miscellaneous. 504 75th St.,
Holmes Beach.


GARAGE SALE: Sat., March 23, 8am-2pm. Golf
clubs and bags, CD player, silk flowers, baskets,
radio, Mr. Coffee tea maker, jewelry, calculators,
paintings, rug,, household items. 515 58th St.,
Holmes Beach.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday 9:30am-2pm. Saturday 9am-noon. Donations
Wednesday 9-11am. Sales racks. Closed Good Fri-
day. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.

HAVE YOU SOMETHING to sell? We specialize
in the delicate matters of estate liquidation.
George M. Hicks, 5206 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton. 749-1866.


GRAY CAT lost from 524 67th St., Holmes Beach.
Large gray male with white paws and no collar. Very
missed! Please call 778-3812.
PRESCRIPTION GLASSES found on log across
from "Water's Edge" immediately after parade on
Sunday. Can be claimed at The Islander office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Phone, 778-7978


ENJOY YOUR PRIVATE SUNSETS
from your new home on this wonderful Gulffront lot.
Why settle for less with an older remodeled home
when. brand new with your own ideas is possible.
Priced affordably for direct Gulffront with riparian
rights and cleared building lot. $949,500.
Additional details available.



1\Since
MARIE 1957 LIC.REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN REA LTY BROKER
'"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




Hannerle

f| Moore.
SREALTOR
ONE OF THE KEY'S

NATURAL RESOURCES









KEYWEST-STYLE HOME IN ANNA MARIA
Anna Maria is the spectacular backdrop for dhis charming,
new Key \'est-srvle 4 bedroom home chat is nestled on a
canaljust1 1/2 blocks from a white sand),y beach. Picturethis
- warm summer breezes, lush Florida fauna, a beautiful
yellow exterior with bright white trim, soft island colored
interior paint, Bimini shutters, warm hardwood floors, soar-
ing ceilings, screened Florida room, a sumptuous master
suite, maple cabinetry and a boat dock with lift. Go to
www.hannerle.com fora virtual tour. $875,000.
Call Hannerle Moore at:
Bus. (941) 383-6411 Res. (941) 778-1096
Mobile (941) 302-8537 800-910-8728
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc.
201 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 1, Longboat Key, FL 34228


REALTORS


WEST OF GULF DRIVE A RARE ISLAND
JEWEL This new personal luxury Island retreat is
finished in beautiful detailed woods and includes a
fireplace, granite counter tops, custom cabinetry,
top-of-the-line appliances and it is exquisitely fur-
nished. One large master bedroom, library/office,
two baths and 1,773 sq.ft. of living area. Oversized
double garage, screened lanais and open deck. Gulf
views from every area. Priced at $650,000, fur-
nished turnkey. Please call Carol Williams, Bro-
ker, for private showing, 744-0700, eves.

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PERICO BAY CLUB. Renovated 2BR/2BA, plus
loft. View of mangroves. Tennis, pool and club-
house. Gated community. $1,100/month, includ-
ing water and cable.


Holmes Beach Martinique South 1 BR/1 BA,
$2,000/month, one-month minimum.
Call Michel Cerene, Realtor, 941-778-0700.


REALTORS


Rsuth!


5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
E mail: info@smithrealtors.com
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
Nous parlons francais
Mit uns koennen Sie deutsch reden
MLs E r


Get to know us!

Meet Jeff Thayer.
Jeff has been a sales '-
consultant for Green Real ,
Estate since 1996. Origi-
nally from Clarkston,
Mich., Jeff moved to the |
Island in 1987 and now
feels like a native. In his key position as sales
consultant, Jeff dedicates himself to helping
clients obtain their personal real estate goals.
Stop by Green Real Estate to say "Hi Jeff."


CHARMING KEY WEST-STYLE HOME
This immaculate 3BR/2BA home has fabulous
views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Like new with
many upgrades. Private, low maintenance yard.
Short walk to Gulf beach. This is a must see and
easy to show! Offered at $395,000.

reen ,.,
REAL ESTATE *
OF ANNA MARIA
778-0455 L ,
9906 Gulf Drive -
Visit our website at www.greenreal.com


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I9ES EL ATDI EPWNE


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 (DARE). Call
Shona at 761-2642 for information or visit our Web
site at www.daretorescue.com.


PERFECT FOR ISLAND hopping! Purchased new
April 1999.1996 Tomas Targa LX moped. Red, like
new, under 2,500 miles. Only $800. 795-7007.


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 advertising 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.
WANTED BOAT SLIP for 13-foot Zodiac on Anna
Maria Island for month of May. Call (516) 627-2652.
BOAT SLIP on Key Royale for rent, between Bar-
onet and Concord Lane. Includes electricity and wa-
ter. Very private area. 778-2003.


MY NAME is Sarah, I am 13-years old, and baby sit
pets and children. Charge $3 per pet and $5 per
child. Call 776-7622 or 778-7611.


FULL-TIME DISHWASHER/PREP wanted for open
kitchen. Hours are: Sunday-Wednesday, 9:30am-
3:30pm. Also hiring servers with fine dining experi-
ence. Will train if necessary. Call Chef Damon at
Ooh La La!, 778-5320.
HELP WANTED for all positions, all shifts, espe-
cially breakfast. Apply in person at Rotten Ralph's
Waterfront Restaurant, or call 778-3953.
PART-TIME ISLANDER REPORTER: Journalism
skills a must. Computer literate. Independent
worker. Resumes: E-mail news@islander.org, or
fax 778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
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-
6247.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Advertising layout and de-
sign for weekly newspaper, some Web site produc-
tion. 30 to 40 hours per week. Work Monday
through Friday, and Saturday, half day. Sunday and
Tuesday off. Qualifications include: computer
graphics, advertising layout and design,
PhotoShop, Illustrator and Pagemaker proficient.
Macintosh environment. Associate's Degree or
Technical School Certificate preferred. Resumes:
E-mail news@islander.org, or fax 778-9392, or
mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.


HOUSEKEEPER/NANNY in northwest Bra.denton
for happy, non-smoking household. Must be ener-
getic, organized and experienced in managing a
household and love children. Driver's license nec-
essary. References a must. Please write: House-
keeper, PO Box 14522, Bradenton FL 34209.
SOFTWARE COMPANY seeking trainer/support
person with vacation rental experience (bookkeep-
ing, reservations or manager.) If you have experi-
ence in the vacation rental industry, have good
computer skills, and willing to travel one week out
of the month, we will train you for this position. E-
mail your resume to: sales@rental-network.com.
DISHWASHER WANTED: Full time, good pay.
Great hours. Apply in person at Brian's Sunny Side
Up Cafe, 5360 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

NEED PART-TIME maintenance person. Phone,
778-7153.



MASSAGE THERAPY: Coastal Massage Therapy.
Home visits. Relaxation and therapeutic massages
available. Call 753-7766. License #MA34584.
HOMEMAKER/COMPANION. Experienced, com-
passionate caregiver will provide in-home care with
full range of services. 2 to 24-hour shifts available.
Excellent references, call Harriet, 761-0142.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE now accepting new clients.
Massaging residents and visitors more than eight
years. Call today for an appointment, 795-0887.
MA#0017550.
Classified advertising is 100 percent local in The
Islander. Turn the page for more ...


"It's A. Shaine!"
Without proper marketing and promotion, a terrible thing happens Nothing!


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you how. See my special "Hottest Home
Selling Plan." I'll share it with you for only


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ONLY 500 FEET TO WHITE UNBELIEVABLE GULF WHAT A BEACH! 2BR/2BA
Call me now at 778-6066. It takes SANDY BEACH. Fabulous new VIEWS from this Old Florida condo in Gulffront complex on
aggressive, innovative marketing to kitchen, 3BR/1.5BA, bright beach house, Beautifully fur- the beach with elevator, pool,
sell your home quickly, without Florida room looking out to large nished. Fabulous beach across sauna, lighted tennis court and
closing hassles and for the right fenced back yard. Must see in- street great income property. covered parking. Wonderful
price. That's what I do. side! $334,700. Call Jon, 778- $535,000. Call Richard or Jon, views! $372,000. Call Bob or
-Jon Kent, Realtor 6066. MLS#81664. 778-6066. MLS#80542. Jon, 778-6066. MLS#80334.
Call Jon Kent today (941) 778-6066 Toll Free: 800-865-0800 6101 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach


Only kidding, its free!

JON KENT
The *Hfttest"
Real Estate Agent on
Anna Maria Island!
Ask me why!


Just visiting
paradise?

The Islander
Don't leave the island without
taking time to subscribe.
Visit us at 5404 Marina Drive,
Island Shopping Center,
Holmes Beach
or call 941-778-7978.


S WAGNEQ REALTY
2217 CULr DRIVE NOQTII BQADENTON BEACIIH, f 34217
6INCE 1939
HOLD (SMALL L.
REALTOR -
Office: (941) 778-2246 Fax (941) 778-4978
Toll Free: (800) 211-2323 Pager (941) 215-5450
Residence: (941) 792-8628
E2 E-mail: haroldsmall@wagnerrealty.com


S Single-family homes from
the $170's, including homesites.

Island lifestyle with

\WIAT CH off-Island convenience!


Just a five-minute
ride to the beach!

OPEN DAILY 12-5 PM
Directions: Cortez Road to
86th St. W., turn south on
86th St. W. Entrance to Heron's
Watch is 1/2 mile on the right.


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For information call 778-7127


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Take ,,our choice of onl hrie remaining units at an unbelievable
price of onl\ $279,000. These ups.ale properies
\\ill not last long at thi, asking price
Showings and offers taken at our Open House.
Sat & Sun, 1-4 pm, at The Terrace, 3100 Gulf Drive.
If you are unable to attend, please call for an appointment
to view this exceptional investment opportunity.

JMLANDI
VACATION -.
PROPERTIES, LLC
SALES AND RENTALS
3001 Gull Drve-* Holmes Beach, FL 34217 941.778.6849 1.800.778.9599
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MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, more. Hard-
working and responsible. Excellent references. Ed-
ward 778-3222.

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

COMPUTER TRAINING: Microsoft-certified sys-
tems engineer offers in-home computer training.
Basic to advanced training for software, Internet, e-
mail, digital photography, QuickBooks set-up/train-
ing. Install software programs, hardware. Serving
Longboat, Anna Maria. E-mail:
AMIComputerTutor@aol.com. Call 778-9436, cell
704-7662.

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

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

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

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

THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Have saw-
mill, will travel. 745-1043 Dan Michael, master car-
penter.






2 BR /2 Bath / Completely Furnished
Swimming Pool /Tennis Courts -..
-- / New Tile Floors -\

$ 339,000
Realtors Welcome
(863) 712-6272

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INCOME OPPORTUNITY Anna Maria Island
bayfront property offers fantastic views, 50 ft. of
sandy beach, 2BR/2BA home plus 3BR/2BA
guest house. $897,000.


SUN PLAZA WEST 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished
condo in a Gulffront complex offering pool, tennis,
covered parking and more. $425,000.


aranna Pointe

Realty Co.

314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
SAE RNAS AAGMN


TAMBOURINE LESSONS! Also available: flute,
saxophone, clarinet lessons. Beginning to ad-
vanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.

"CLEAN WINDOWS" Wouldn't that be nice? We'll
make your glass gleam. Chris's Window Cleaning.
Local, licensed, insured. 725-0399.

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

PUT YOUR HOUSEWORK in my hands! Residen-
tial and commercial cleaning. Free estimates. All
work guaranteed. Call Laureen at "Supreme Klean"
753-6843.

INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small busi-
nesses. All states. Ohio and Michigan our special-
ties. Call Pat, Kenney Tax Service, 761-8156.

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.

CAR SERVICE! Competitive rates. None extra for
early/late pickups. Tampa $75. Free local quotes.
24/7 Saylor Sedan 685-3233.

HOUSE CLEANING. Permanent: weekly or bi-
weekly. Experienced, reliable. Call for a free esti-
mate and ask for Silvia, 723-3874.


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-
ences. 778-5294.


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Want to enjoy the beauty of country
life? This 6.78 acre country home site
on SR 64, east of 1-75, will fit the bill.
Oak trees, wildlife and privacy!
IB76303.


JUST REDUCED
$324,900
Completely renovated 2BR
charming beach cottage with
attached garage on quiet street.
New kitchen, windows,
carpeting, tile and sprinkler
system. Only one block to the
beach. A must see! IB81214.


$289,000 HARD TO FIND FOUR BEDROOM
CONDO Do you have family and guests visit? This unit
is ideal! Rare 4BR/3BA furnished unit at Sunbow Bay.
Unit overlooks lagoon. Enclosed carport, heated pool and
tennis. Close to beaches and shopping. IB77766. Pat
Thompson, eves. 778-6439.

6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 778-0766 (800) 778-8448
Visit our website at www.ArvidaRealty.com


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

JAMIE BASSHAM'S LAWN Service. Professional
lawn service and landscaping. For free estimate call:
778-0934 or 705-5901 mobile.

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

MEIKALYA & JORDYN'S Islandscapes specializing
in palm tree trimming. Complete lawn and landscape
management. Irrigation repairs and sodding. Li-
censed and insured. Island residents, 779-0496.


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,
778-2837.

ISLANDER CLASSIFIEDS- The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
advertising! And it's strictly local! No scams.


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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
778-1730.

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-
0014004. 778-5560.

B&D SEAMLESS aluminum gutters, 5 or 6 inch
available. Insured, free estimates. Dean Guth,
owner and operator, 729-0619. .

MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in construc-
tion trades. "I'm handy to have around." 779-9666.

WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more by
Hunter Douglas and-otuher major manufacturers.
Lifetime warranty. Call Island resident Keith Barnett
for a free in-home consultation. Many Island refer-
ences, is years experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-
05-6.



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in paradise at


I can make your

ED OLIVEIRA
REALTOR
Sales & Rentals Since 1981
Office 778-4800 Cell
705-4800
... 5201 Gulf Dr. Holmes Beach,
Fl 34217


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

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

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

25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
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.


Denise Langlois
Real Estate Specialist
^r )T ^ Hi Dedication and Experhiew
S,/i --s You Can Count On...

Call Today
(941) 725-4425
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BAYSIDE ROOFING. Roof repair specialists. Re-
Roofs! New Roofs! Tile replacement! All work guar-
anteed! RC0042064. 366-9606

HOME IMPROVEMENT: repairs, paint, general
repairs, carpentry, drywall, popcorn. Rotten wood
and soffit repairs, bi-folds, vinyl siding, aluminum.
Molding, wainscoting. A.J. Winters, 713-1921.



ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
N6rman Realty, 778-6696.

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

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.

3BR/3BA HOLMES BEACH townhouse. Beautiful
decor, great location close to beach, overlooking
nature preserve. Heated pool, washer/dryer, ga-
rage, more! 713-0096.

SPACIOUS WATERFRONT upper with dock. Pan-
oramic view. Furnished Key West style. Pet consid-
ered. Also, renting for year 2003. $2,300/month.
794-5980.

SEASONAL WITH BOAT dock. Holmes Beach,
beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, balcony, screen
porch, garage. Tropical and private. $750/week,
$2,400/month. 776-1789.








GULF COAST REAL ESTATE
(941) 795-3500
Licensed Real Estate Brokers offering full service
including multiple listing service (MLS).


The Islander


SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294


This captivaling 3 or 4BR 2BA,
bayview retreat captures the es-
sence of the timeless Anna Maria
lifestyle! Amenities include soaring vaulted ceilings with fans, attractive two-
sided wood-burning fireplace and.a wonderful eat-in kitchen with two breakfast
bars, built-in desk and cozy adjoining dining area. The elevated master suite
offers serene bay views from both the deck and landing areas and comes com-
plete with a dressing room, walk-in closet and Jacuzzi tub. There are beauti-
fully tiled floors in the foyer, kitchen and bathrooms, plus new Berber carpet-
ing and custom-made window treatments. Other features include a convenient
circular driveway, double car garage with air conditioned workshop, double
carports and several lovely decks, including an expansive covered front porch
area, surrounded by lush, tropical landscaping watered by an automatic drip
irrigation system. There are three sets of stairs, including a handy interior stair-
way, an enclosed outdoor shower and plenty of parking, including a hidden
space for an RV. A brand new roof, central air and heat system and new hot
water tank complete the picture perfect! Priced at $635,000.
Visit our Web sitd at www.betsyhills.com


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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
-Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
I- n Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Lic#OBC056755



Water Damaged Drywall Tiling Painting
HAND AND SPRAY TEXTURE
Clean, Honest, Reliable More than 20 years experience
l Fred 752-7758 Cellular 545-6141 l


MARIANNE CORRE1., REALTOR
ISLAND, CONDO AND DUPLEX SPECIAUST
re" 'Personal Service is My First Name!"
SI (941) 778-6066


SEASCAPE PAINTING
Residential Interior Exterior Pressure Washing
Roof Coating Insured 29 Years Experience
Rick Tanner 941-798-6985
4203 76th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209

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RE- STRICTIONS
Rules in effect for Manatee County: *
> Lawn and landscape watering is limited to two
0 days a week.
>- Addresses ending in even numbers (or A M):
* Tuesday and Saturday.
. >- Addresses ending in odd numbers (or N Z):
* Wednesday and Sunday.
* > Irrigation not allowed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Irrigation with treated waste water allowed any
0 time.)
2- Owners can wash their vehicles anytime as long
* as they use a hand-held hose with a shut-off nozzle.
(Pull the car on the lawn to wash!)
>!* Rinsing boats and flushing of boat motors is al-
lowed for ten minutes daily.
>- Hand-watering of plants, NOT LAWNS, is permit-
0 ted any day.
* Questions or comments? Call the Southwest Florida Water
* Management District (Swiftmud) toll-free: 1-800-423-1476.


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BEACHFRONT: Next season, Anna Maria. 869 N.
Shore Drive. Just remodeled 2BR/2BA with incred-
ible view. Available December 2002 through April
2003, minimum 3 months. $3,500/month. 778-3645.

NEW! SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA overlooks Sarasota
Bay. Private balcony, washer/dryer, cathedral ceil-
ings. $575/week, $1,950/month. Ask about off sea-
son and 2003 rates! 761-7684.

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

HOLMES BEACH SPECIAL Spacious 2BR, $475/
week, now through Dec. 10, 2002. 779-9549.

BAYVIEW 2BR ground-floor, nice, quiet. Beautiful
view. Steps to Gulf. Fully furnished. Nonsmoking, no
pets. $895/month. 778-7107.

BEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED 1 BR/1 BA, across from
beach. Utilities included, cable and VCR. Monthly,
weekly, nightly. 778-8211.

ATTENTION SEASONAL RENTERS! Beautiful
modern 2BR/1BA elevated home on canal in
Holmes Beach. Newly renovated, upscale furnish-
ings and appliances with washer/dryer, private out-
door shower, patio and dock. $2,500/month. 216 S.
Harbor Drive. Call (813) 971-7999 (day), (813) 920-
3845 (evenings).

INDULGE YOURSELF. Spend the summer in para-
dise. Gulffront beach house has front and rear
decks, central air conditioning, new decor. 1 BR/
1BA, turnkey. June through October, $900/month,
five-month minimum. 779-0095.

WHAT A VIEW! Gulffront one-half duplex for rent.
Just steps to beach. Completely furnished, no pets.
$850/month, plus utilities and cable television. (407)
595-4015.

BEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED 3BR/2BA canalfront
home. Available April-December 2002 $1,500/
month, plus utilities and taxes, and 2003 season
$2,800/month. 920-1558 or 485-1373.

HOLMES BEACH: 3BR/2BA with garage and large
canalfront lot. Annual, $1,200/month. Owner: 545-
6118 or 792-6029.

BRADENTON BEACH: Quiet updated 2BR/2BA
condo on Intracoastal with boat dock. Just across
from Gulf. January-March: $3,200/month. 752-3632.

ROOM FOR RENT monthly. Furnished, utilities and
housekeeping included. 779-0322.

FULLY FURNISHED 2BR/2BA condos in quiet four-
unit complex. Available January to March 2003.
Close to Duffy's, Manatee Public Beach and Publix.
Pool, washer/dryer, garage. 778-4560 or 920-4539.

BRADENTON BEACH: Furnished 2BR/2BA with
garage and washer/dryer. Central air conditioning.
Season 2003, March or April 2003. 778-5208.

EASTER SPECIAL: 1-2BR, steps from beach, fully
furnished, cable television, kitchen, microwave.
$350-$450/week, plus tax. 778-1098

HOLMES BEACH. Lovely 2BR/2BA, elevated du-
plex, washer/dryer, nice screened porch. Available
April 1, $900/month, annual, first, last, security. 795-
3838.

ANNUAL RENTALS: Spacious 2BR/1.5BA, Holmes
Beach, $850/month; 2BR/2BA, Anna Maria, $750/
month; 3BR/2BA home on Bimini Bay, $1,300/
month. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.

STEPS TO BEACH 2BR/1BA, furnished Holmes
Beach annual rental. Washer/dryer and storage
room, carport. $700/month, plus utilities, no pets,
non-smoking. (863) 696-4352 or 779-9587.

SPACIOUS 1BR with screened lanai. Steps to
beach, laundry included. $600/month, plus utilities.
779-9470.

LOW RATES 2BR/2BA Island home, ground level,
near bay and beach. Satellite, phone, washer/dryer.
Available through December 2002. 383-6272.


AVAILABLE 2003 2BR/2BA Westbay Cove; Large
2BR/2BA Summer Sands; Gulffront Anna Maria Is-
land Club; 3BR/2BA house on White Avenue.
House and Anna Maria Island Club also available
May to December, 2002, weekly or monthly.
Aposporos & Son, 795-6216.

2BR/2BA ELEVATED over carport. All amenities.
On lake. No pets. Annual, $800/month. 952-1592.

PROFESSIONAL WOMAN who grew up on Island
moving back and seeking furnished 1-2BR for April
1 to Sept. 30 (dates flexible) for approximately $600/
month. Local references, call Judy (626) 278-2453
or E-mail: globalresults@ hotmail.com.

WANTED: Annual rental by retired couple. Unfur-
nished, 2BR/2BA, modern, with garage. 779-2326.

LOW RATES 2BR/2BA Island home, ground level,
near bay and beach. Satellite, phone, washer/dryer.
Available through December 2002. 383-6272.

ANNUAL RENTAL Steps to beach, beautiful 2BR/
2BA half duplex, with new kitchen, dishwasher,
washer/dryer hook up, tile floors, Florida room.
Dolores Baker Realty, 778-7500.

ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH rentals: 2BR/2BA, tile
floors and small storage, $725/month; 2BR/1BA, tile
floors, stackable washer/dryer hookup, close to
beach, $725/month; 1BR/1BA, $600/month; 2BR/
1 BA, $600/monrh. Dolores Baker Realty, 778-7500.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH, 2BR/1.5BA ranch,
near beach and town, large fenced yard, oversized
garage with workshop, laundry room, tile floors,
Florida room. Available April 1. $1,050/moroth. plus
utilities. Call 778-9437.

Custom Painting
Wallpaper Hanging
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S.4%9'420 Pressure Cleaning
Call Bill or Dan 941 795-5100
Licensed & Insured

ARMOND P. BISHOP
LIGHT CONSTRUCTION SERVICES
WOODWORKING & CABINETRY PAINTING
PAPER HANGING CERAMIC TILE
Phone: 941-756-2146 Cell: 941-504-7701
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EFFICIENCY APARTMENT $550/month, $400 se-
curity deposit. Utilities included, near beach, close
to shopping. 778-3938.



AUCTION SIX waterfront properties! Homes and
lots, most on deep sailboat water, all close to bay
and Gulf. (800) 246-4882.

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

AWESOME KEY ROYALE Point location, 247-foot
seawall with open bay views, 172-foot golf course
frontage, 3 or 4BR/3BA, large open plan, huge ga-
rage (two cars plus recreational vehicle). Sailboat
water. www.byUSAowner.com. FL #82, MLS listed,
brokers protected. $950,000. 778-1130.

BRAND NEW 2BR/2.5BA condo on golf course at
beautiful Tobago Hilton on Tobago Island, Trinidad
in the Caribbean. 1,694 square feet. Excellent rental
market. Asking $229,000, appraised at $241,000.
Call Rick at 778-1102 or 727-5873.

GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA condo, $405,000. 5300 Gulf
Drive, Martinique North, unit #102. Robinson Prop-
erties, 778-4523 or (800) 977-0803- _

GULFVIEW BUILDING LOT 50 by 100 feet. Priced
reduced to.$329,000. Sale or trade for Island prop-
erty.,'314 Ave. E., Holmes Beach. 798-3885.
6006 GULF DRIVE Gulffront complex at the Playa
Encantada on Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, completely
remodeled and tastefully decorated. Call owner,
778-2145.

LOT west of Gulf Drive, $165,000. Close to school.
Information on-site at 4806 Gulf brive, or call 778-
4523 or (800) 977-0803.

PALMA SOLA PARK 3BR/2BA/2-car garage. Re-
modeled executive home. Lushly landscaped with
unique private pool area. A must see! Call Dan at
795-5100 for appointment.

LAST OF THE GOOD DEALS 2BR condo. Boat dock
to the Intracoastal. Heated pool, friendly atmosphere.
Steps to Palma Sola Beach. $117,900. By owner/Re-
altor. Fred T. Flis, Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.


AVAILABLE FALL 2002: ground-floor 2BR/1BA
near Rod & Reel Pier, 150 feet to bay, all amenities,
recently updated. $1,500/month. 387-8610.

HALF OF DUPLEX in Holmes Beach. Beautiful
2BR/2BA, steps to Gulf with permanent beach ac-
cess. Eat-in kitchen, washer/dryer hook up. Large
deck off living room and kitchen. Large bonus room,
new tile and carpet, inside staircase, garage and
carport. Total 1,671-square feet under roof. Must
see! $224,900, owner, 778-3427.

TURN KEY FURNISHED 1BR/1BA mobile home.
Elevated ceilings in living room, dining area off of
kitchen. Large outdoor shed. View of Gulf, steps to
beach. Located in Island senior park, 778-5272.

5400 GULF DRIVE 2BR/2BA, second-floor, rear unit
with Gulf views from enclosed lanai. $275,000.
Home Vision Realty, (727) 409-1879.

INCREDIBLE VIEW at Perico Bay Club. Pride of
ownership abounds in this first-floor 2BR/2BA condo
overlooking Palma Sola Bay. Tile floors, garage,
tastefully turnkey furnished. Offered at $259,000.
Contact Susan Hollywood at Coldwell Banker Real
Estate, 778-2261 or 506-2906.
ISLAND LIVING for $12,000. Sandpiper Mobile
Resort, lot 513. Boat dock, short walk from beach.
Senior park. Leave message with Suzi, 778-5638.

WANTED TO BUY: House in Village Green. Will pay
cash, 778-2960.

BEACH COTTAGE Holmes Beach. Completely
renovated 2BR with attached garage. One-and-one-
half block to beach. 5800 Imperiore (off 58th Street)
"Open House" Wed. and Thurs., March 20 and 21,
Denise Langlois, Arvida Realty, 725-4425.
Find it, buy it, sell it, really fast in The Islander.


EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY
All real estate advertising herein is subject to the
Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to adver-
tise any preference, limitation or discrimination
based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap,
familial status or national origin, or intention to
make any such preference, limitation or discrimi-
nation Familial status includes children under
age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians,
pregnant women and people securing custody of
children under 18. This newspaper will not know-
ingly accept any advertising for real estate which
is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby
informed that all dwellings advertised in this
newspaper are available on an equal opportunity
basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD
toll-free at (800) 669-9777, for the hearing im-
paired (0) (800) 543-8294.


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PLAN AHEAD! You owe it to your family to grasp
the unique 2002 opportunity to purchase a rare
two-story duplex on Anna Maria with magnificent
views of Tampa Bay/Sunshine Skyway. Use the
upper level living/dining area with huge deck for a
panoramic view of the sea-sky-park-beach below.
Reserve the 2BR apartment below with patio for in-
laws, guests and/or rental income. Call Bill Jones,
Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
PERICO ISLAND 2BR/2BA patio home. Open
floor plan, vaulted ceilings, heated pool with
cage. Two-car garage. A must see! $265,900.
Owner, 794-0258.


PALMA SOLA BOULEVARD bayfront Mediterra-
nean on two lots. 6BR/5.5BA, 6,500-square-foot-
living, 9,300 total square feet. Six-car garage,
triple pool, three stories with glass elevator, 24-
karat gold fixtures, lots of marble. Three-zoned air
conditioning, heat, etc. Magnificent! $990,000, or
best offer. Terms by owner. Mr. and Mrs. Kerper,
795-4432.
KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT home. New! Pri-
vate 70-foot dock and seawall. Boat lift, new tile
roof, 2-3BR/2BA. Open floor plan, private golf
course. Now $469,000. Call for photos and virtual
tour. Jessyca Sanders, 1-800-928-1116 or (727)
409-6929. Remax Executives.


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Quaint, North Anna Maria cottage available. This 3Bn/
2BA residence is located at 806 Jacaranda Boulevard,
Anna Maria. Anna Maria's north point beaches are just..
steps away. This property is a must see and priced to
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y,1f 3224 East Bay Dr. Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
__ Sales: 941-778-0700 Rentals: 778-6665
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ISLAND DOLL HOUSE WITH BOAT DOCK 7302 Palm
Drive. Adorable 2BR house on corner lot, close to beach
with 20-foot deeded boat dock. Totally renovated in
1995. This one won't last! $334,500. Ask for Gail
Tutewiler, 778-0700.
SAILBOAT WATER 214 S. Harbor Dr., Holmes Beach.
3BR/2BA with attached garage, fireplace, many modern
conveniences. $579,000. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett,
778-0700.

SANDY POINTE BEAUTY 3607 E. Bay Dr. Elevated
Island condo, elegantly turnkey furnished. Weekly
rentals, pets okay. Bargain at $179,900. Call Gail
Tutewiler, 778-0700.

SANDY BEACHES and Gulf views! 807 S. Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Great rental income. Enjoy sunsets
from your deck. Close to Bridge Street, shopping and
restaurants. $429,000. Barbara Spotelson, 778-0700.

MARTINIQUE SOUTH 5200 Gulf Drive. Direct Gulffront,
end unit, 2BR/2BA, with upgraded kitchen, new carpet.
Heated pool, tennis, clubhouse. $409,000. Gail
Tutewiler, 778-0700.

PINE MEADOW CHARMER 919 83rd ST. N.W. Stained
glass foyer, vaulted/beamed ceilings and wood-burning
fireplace, 3BR/2BA lakefront home. $199,900. Becky
Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-0700.

FAMILY-SIZED ISLAND HOME 7204 Palm Dr.,
Holmes Beach. 4-5BR, Jacuzzi, fenced yard. New
roof and appliances! Large lot, deeded boat slip.
$479,000. Gail Tutewiler, 778-0700.

WHAT A BUY! 1614 7th St. W., Palmetto. Huge,
two-story 6BR/3BA on large corner lot (three lots).
Perfect location, fireplace, screen porch, room for a
pool. $209,900. Teresia Bradford, 778-0700.

CANALFRONT CONDO! 2BR/2BA, ground-floor unit at
Flamingo Cay. 10423 Waterbird Way. 20-ft. boat dock, new
seawall on sailboat water. Upgrades, carport, heated pool,
tennis. $151,900. Call Gail Tutewiler, 778-0700.

LAUREL OAK PARK 111 86th Ct. NW. Spacious 4BR/
3BA, three-car garage. Executive home, numerous
upgrades, custom features. $369,900. Call Becky
Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-0700.

IMPERIAL HOUSE 611 Gulf Dr. Updated 2BR condo,
fishing dock, private beach, active clubhouse. You'll
love it here. $139,000. Call Gail Tutewiler, 778-0700.








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small pets, tennis, across from beach and close to
everything. $294,000.
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.
PERICO ISLAND
2BR/2BA Perico Island. Split plan, excellent condi-
tion. Screened porch, two-car garage, community
pool, tennis, short drive to beach. $225,000.
ISLAND FAMILY HOME
4BR/2BA in Holmes Beach. Family room, fireplace, eat-
in kitchen, deck, outdoor shower, storage/workshop,
close to beach and shopping. $429,000.
SUNBOW BAY CONDO
Spacious 1BR/1BA. Bayfront Complex. Ceramic tile,
elevator, garage, heated pool, tennis, small pet, par-
tial bay view, close to everything. Central Holmes
Beach. $188,500.


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ANNUAL RENTALS
Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA villa,
pool, garage $1,100 month
Runaway Bay 1BR/1BA, pool, tennis $700 month

SEASONAL RENTALS
Condominiums and Homes Weekly/Monthly
from $500 week / $1000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
ANNA MARIA

MLS SihCoast
REAL ESTATE, LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com


Frank Davis
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Melinda Bordes
Realtor


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Bob Fittro
Realtor






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Jon Kent
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Marilyn TroetIan
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WATERFRONT HOMES

612 gladstone .......... New $450,000

684 Key Royale Dr ......NEW $725,000

524 72nd St .............NEW $495,000

2306 Canasta Drive ..... $1,095,000

111 Gull Drive ...Reduced $529,500

632 Key Royale Drive ....... $559,000

621 Emerald Lane ........... $550,000

608 Emerald Lane ........... 500,000

509 68th Street .............. 459,000

621 Concord Lane ........ $499,000

ISLAND HOMES,
CONDOS & LOTS

8803 Gulf Dr ......... NEW$334,700

509 S. Bay Blvd ............... 679,000

1103 Gulf Dr. South ........... 535,000

Bradenton Beach Club from$500,000

409 Spring Ave lot .......... $229,500

Beachwalk Townhomes New Project from... $434,900

428 Magnolia.................. 379,000

409 Bay Palms Drive....... $369,500

2903 Gulf Drive ........... $369,000

4002 6th Ave. ............... $389,000

Waters Edge #208N ........ $399,000

113 75th St................... $725,000

Sun Plaza West #106.......... 372,500

214 83rd Street .............. 339,000

5619 Gulf Drive ............. $349,000

210 83rd Street .............. 345,000

216 85th Street.............. $324,900

Westbay Pt. & Moorings ...... $319,000

501 70th Street ........... $295,000

2906 Gulf Drive .............. 299,900

710 North Shore lot ........ $299,000

2904 Gulf Drive lot ....... $199,900

DUPLEXES

1703 Gulf Dr. N ............ $495,000

405 N. Bay Blvd............ $629,000

204 65th St................... $299,000

MAINLAND

2418 90th St. NW........ $3,195,000

1189 Edgewater Cr. .......... $247,500

1206 Spoonbill Landing Cir $227,000

Two waterfront acres ....... $1,500,000


COMMERCIAL

PROPERTIES


Sports Bar & Restaurant .... $129,900
(business only)

1703 Gulf Dr. N............. $495,000


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Across
1 Some amateur comedy
5 Encircle
10 P.O. boxful
14 "Fee, fi, fo, fum"
speakers
19 A strong one may be
found in a gym
20 to bury Caesar..."
21 Turkey toucher
22 Harem accessories
23 Misconceptions about
electricity?
25 Adoring ones
26 "Ninotchka" director
Lubitsch
27 Flower
28 Heavy load for Santa?
30 Accompany
33 "Dark Angel" star
Jessica
35 Actually
36 Liqueur flavoring
38 Cabinet dept.
40 Served, as soup
44 Classic French film "_
Le Moko"
45 Moorland shrub
48 Like tears
49 Dutch city NW of
Arnhem
50 Yogi's strength?
54 Fed. property manager
55 Farmer's field: Abbr.
56 Noted scavengers
57 Speaker's output
58 Blackball
59 Edison contemporary
61 Has a flat
63 Produces





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65 Toy ball material
67 Fall down
69 Sets the dogs (on)
70 Not flaky
75 1968 gold-medal
swimmer Debbie
79 One of five-and-a-half
82 Works on a hedgerow
83 One may be caught on
the fly
85 "Domani" singer, 1955
87 River to the English
Channel
88 Person at home
89 Successful brat's motto?
91 Coolers, for short
92 Do a slow burn
94 Not on staff
95 Suffix with sinus
96 "Oh, no!"
98 Leaning against
99 Cache
101 Provides with an office
103 People
106 Relatively cheesy
107 Chiropractor?
111 Admits
113 Beethoven's 'Choral"
Symphony
114 Doofus
115 Easy cats' prey?
119 Playground retort
120 Decent
121 von Baeyer, Nobel-
winning chemist
122 Part of a libretto
123 Attention-getting
beachwear
124 Some bends
125 Simmons competitor
126 Around

Down
1 Badge wearer
2 Big deal


3 Do a greenskeeper's
job
4 Assumption
5 Turn in
6 Brown relative
7 "On the Beach" heroine
8 Drive
9 Family tree word
10 Stew bean
11 Like "Macbeth"
12 Tease
13 Exhibits haughtiness
14 Cold comfort?
15 "Iron is its middle name"
sloganeer
16 Where to see a camel
17 Further
18 Orly risers?
24 Size up
28 Justice Ruth
Ginsburg
29 They click on the dance
floor
30 Watch in disbelief
31 Uptight
32 Careless car wash
employee?
34 Commands
37 Inhibit
39 "Major" animal
41 Person having scary
dreams?
42 Result
43 list
46 Teen spots
47 Comparative word
50 Tickle
51 Puss
52 Suffix with chlor-
53 Pink lady ingredient
58 Maine/New Hampshire
river
60 Endurance
62 Dooley Wilson's role in
"Casablanca"


Compete with
Made young?
Foundation of some
cultures
Ritzy
Paris fighter
Pod opener?
It's always charged
Shark's need
Talks a blue streak
"... saw Elba"
Transportation network
Fire


81 Like a certain evil
84 1982 Disney film
86 Convertible
89 All out
90 Coach
93 Battle site of Decem-
ber 26, 1776
95 Tough guy
97 One may carry a torch
98 Like stars
100 Coconu iu ibo
102 Immune response
orchestrator


104 Duck
105 Man in a sombrero,
perhaps
107 Hissy fit
108 "Baloney!"
109 Digging, so to speak
110 Track info
112 Knight fight
115 Madison or Monroe:
Abbr.
116 Incense
11 i/ o0,1. in "Patriot
Games"
118 Where to find a
hamni,. or anvil


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