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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 10, no. 20, March 27, 2002 FREE
Anna Maria Bridge inspection results, by number
By Paul Roat
Here's the Anna Maria Bridge by the numbers:
$9.7 million to repair the 45-year-old span, which
would result in 15-20 years of effective "life." -
$25.5 million to rehabilitate the bridge, adding
about 30 feet to its existing width to bring it up to cur-
rent bridge design standards.
$29.6 million to build a new, 21-foot-high
clearance at center bridge, with an effective life span
of 75 years.
"The bridge could be rehabilitated through a pro-
active approach to the structural, mechanical and engi-
neering components of the basic bascule," said Amir
Kangari with the consulting firm of PBS&J, contracted
By Rick Catlin
Just six years after beach renourishment was ap-
proved by all three Island cities, and six weeks behind
the original schedule, the county's beach
renourishment project for Anna Maria Island is finally
Workers for contractor Great Lakes Dredge and
Dock of Illinois yesterday began pumping sand from
the borrow pit about 2,000 feet offshore to the .6 mile
section of Anna Maria beach that is the first phase of
the Island-long project.
Even though Anna Maria appears to have a lot of
beach sections in need of renourishment, county eco-
systems manager Charlie Hunsicker said, lack of ease-
ments from the property owners left them out of the
"But they will have something to judge" for the
next go-around in about seven years, he added-.
Hunsicker said he anticipates the Anna Maria por-
tion will only take about seven to 10 days to finish.
Once GLDD is finished in Anna Maria, the con-
tractor will move the pipe arrival point to a spot near.
the Martinique in Holmes Beach for the second phase
Fire district faces
possible rate hike
Members of the West Manatee Fire and Res-
cue District board discussed the upcoming bud-
get at their March 21 meeting, and the news from
Fire Chief Andy Price is that the budget is likely
to go up.
West Manatee Fire and Rescue District in-
cludes Anna Maria Island, a portion of northwest
Bradenton and Cortez.
The problem is, according to Price, that the
tax base is not increasing at the same rate as the
cost of providing services.
The WMFR has "no growth," said Price. He
explained that while a large tax base, such as
.Bradenton, is continually growing, the area cov-
ered by the WMFR isn't expanding. It's basically
PLEASE SEE FIRE, NEXT PAGE
by the Florida Department of Transportation to over-
see the series of bridge inspections performed on the
bridge last year.
"All the bridge pilings could be repaired to give the
bridge sufficient strength to last 20 years," he added.
So what does DOT say about the alternatives?
"We have not done an apples-to-apples compari-
son of the alternatives," DOT spokesperson
Maryemma Bachelder told The Islander. "We do not
have a recommended alternative. We're here at this
time to say, 'Here's the condition of the bridge. What's
DOT officials and consultants were on hand Tues-
day in Bradenton to unveil the condition status of the
Anna Maria Bridge, which links Holmes Beach to
Perico Island at Manatee Avenue.
DOT officials have maintained the effective life of
the bridge to be 50 years. Following defeat of a replace-
ment bridge several years ago, officials are now mid-
way through a series of workshops and studies to de-
termine the best course of action.
The presentation will be repeated Thursday, April
4, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. The informal presentation will run
from 5-8 p.m.
The voluminous bridge inspection reports are
available for review. Basically, the reports indicate that
the bridge can be rehabilitated.
Anchors aweigh, sand ashore
The dredge "Illinois" from beach renourishment contractor Great Lakes Dredge and Dock began pumping
sand ashore in Anna Maria City Tuesday morning from a borrow site about 2,000 feet offshore from Magno-
lia Avenue in Anna Maria, drawing a crowd of onlookers to watch the bulldozers move sand up and down the
beach. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
of the estimated 90-day project.
Because of safety issues, GLDD has contracted to
keep the public away from work areas on the beach,
Hunsicker said. But that doesn't mean people can't get
to the water.
GLDD is building 15-foot-wide walkovers every
200 feet along its pipes on the beach to ensure water
access for beachgoers.
Jennifer Davis of Coastal Engineering Co. of Boca
Raton, the county's beach engineer, will be on site
daily to monitor sand quality and other factors of the
project that might affect the beach.
GLDD had been awarded the $8.9 million contract
as the low bidder, and on a promise they could start
around Feb. 1 and finish before turtle nesting season or
the spring tourist season. However, due to delays at a
New York beach renourishment project, along with
mechanical difficulties, the company's dredge only
arrived off the northwest shore of Anna Maria last
The company faces a fine from the county of
$1,200 per da5y if it fails to complete the project by June
We wish you a happy Easter ...
... and a weekend of enjoyment with your
friends and family on Anna Maria Island.
New to the Island, or resurrected if you will,
is the age-old custom of Easter Egg hunts. In
years past, the Island was home to a huge egg
This year, the hunt is on at Church of the.
Annunciation in the garden and on the lawn of
St. Bernard Catholic Church. Both churches
welcome all children to attend and bring their
Enjoy the holiday ... and ride the trolley
wherever you go!
PAGE 2 0 MARCH 27, 2002 E THE ISLANDER
Sandpiper Resort sale price: $9.648 million
By Paul Roat
"This is a very valuable piece of property."
That's the assessment by Florida Community Ser-
vices Group President Marty Pozgay of the Sandpiper
Sale price for the 7.4-acre Bradenton Beach
bayfront parcel: $9.648 million.
Park residents have retained Pozgay to look into
purchasing the property from owner Vorbeck Enter-
prises. Florida law calls for Vorbeck to offer to sell the
park to its residents first before offering it to anyone
Fire district mulls rate hike
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
built out. In fact, it's shrinking, according to Price.
"The past three years we've lost a lot of income
to Bradenton" due to annexation. To replace that lost
income, Price said, the WMFR has to look at either
charging for services or increasing taxes.
Price cited the annexation of Perico Island by
Bradenton as a lost tax base with "huge potential."
As for expanding the tax base "we are handicapped
by geography," he said.
While some Island cities such as Holmes Beach
don't increase taxes annually, property values in that
city do go up every year, resulting in more taxes paid
into city coffers.
"But our assessment doesn't go up" every year,
To keep pace with the cost of doing business,
which is always going up, said Price, "we have to look
at raising our rates."
While that might be grim news for taxpayers in
the district, board chairman Jim Tyler said the com-
mission needs to look at "all the information first,"
before getting into serious discussions on raising
The next district board meeting will be at 6 p.m.
April 25 at fire station No. 1 in Holmes Beach, 6001
Marina Drive. For information, call 741-3900.
else. Park residents have until April 20 to decide
whether or not to buy and to put down a $10,000 de-
Another $40,000 deposit must be made seven days
after that, and a third deposit of $750,000 must be made
within another 60 days.
To fund the park purchase, Pozgay has come up
with a sliding scale based on the four current rental
prices within the park.
"The feedback from a previous meeting was that it
wasn't fair for everyone to pay the same share price,"
Good luck, Dale
Bradenton Beach Public Works employee Dale
Schueneman, right, received the best wishes of
Mayor John Chappie, city commissioners and
employees at his retirement party Monday. His last
day at work will be April 3. Schueneman received a
plaque commemorating his 19 years with the city
and a gold key. What does he plan to do in his
retirement? "I'm never going to cut another blade of
grass again!" he said. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Pozgay said at a meeting with park residents Monday
night. "We reconstructed the share prices to follow the
four categories of rent."
For residents paying $356 per month, the total
"share" cost would be $57,500. Rentals of $366 would
pay $62,500; rentals of $376 would pay $67,500; and
rentals of $412 would pay $72,500. All of those figures
do not include a mandatory monthly maintenance fee
Those share prices are for a full downpayment,
Pozgay said. For residents who do not wish to pay the
downpayment, monthly payments would increase.
Current rent of $356 would increase to $806 without
any downpayment; current rent of $366 would go to
$848; current rent of $376 to $890; and current rent of
$412 to $931.
Pozgay argued that share purchase would provide
owners with "a voice in management and operation of
their community and the security of owning real prop-
erty and no longer being subject to arbitrary or unrea-
sonable rental increases and assessments by an indi-
vidual park owner."
There are 161 park owners. Pozgay said that for
the park residents to purchase the property "we
strive for 50 percent of members, but the minimum
number of members required is that number needed
to meet the requirements of the bank providing the
mortgage to purchase the park and the number
needed to operate the community effectively and
keep it financially sound."
Another concern residents had concerned the
possibility of negotiation with the Vorbecks on
"The Vorbecks have said they have two offers on
the table to buy the park," Pozgay said. "They have said
the price is not negotiable."
Pozgay added that if another lower price is consid-
ered by Vorbeck, Florida law requires the park resi-
dents be offered that price.
Sandpiper Mobile Resort Residents Association
President Gordon Cleland said a property appraisal of
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 27, 2002 E PAGE 3
Development, moratorium review OK'd Meetings
By Paul Roat
Another opinion, please.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners have agreed to
ask for another opinion on the validity of three petitions
citizens brought forward in an effort to block a condo-
office development in the city. The petitions were based
on requirements outlined in the city charter.
Two of the petitions would have halted the Old
Bridge Village project on Bay Drive South; the third
would have instituted a moratorium on major develop-
ments, street vacations and comprehensive plan amend-
ments in the city until land development laws could be
reviewed and approved by voters.
Commissioners were told by acting City Attorney Bill
Lisch Feb. 21 that the two petitions regarding the Old
Bridge Village project were preemptedd by state law, pro-
hibited by state law and may not be used in Bradenton
Beach matters regarding comprehensive plans, changes,
rezones or special exceptions relating to land use decisions
or the repeal of any such actions taken by the governing
Lisch, who routinely represents the City of Bradenton,
rendered the opinion when Bradenton Beach's attorneys
with the law firm of Dye, Deitrich, Prather, Petruff and St.
Paul, declared a conflict on the Old Bridge Village project.
Lisch quoted a section of Florida Statutes which reads
that "an initiative or referendum process in regard to any
development order or in regard to any local comprehen-
sive plan amendment or map amendment that affects five
or fewer parcels of land is prohibited."
The parcels within the Old Bridge Village that were
affected are four lots.
Bradenton Beach City Attorney Alan Prather ren-
dered an opinion on the moratorium petition. He called the
petition "insufficient" in that it did not contain an ordi-
nance to be enacted by the city commission.
The moratorium petition members "failed to propose
an ordinance for action by the commission, but merely
expressed the generalized desire of the petitioners for the
city commission to pass an ordinance and not to act on a
'proposed ordinance' submitted by the petitioners,"
Prather wrote March 7.
Commissioners accepted Lisch's opinion Feb. 21 and
Prather's opinion March 7. The votes were identical in
both actions: Commissioners Dawn Baker and Ross Ben-
jamin voting against the decisions, Mayor John Chappie,
Vice Mayor Mollie Sandberg and Commissioner Bill
Arnold voting for the decisions.
On March 21, commissioners voted unanimously to
have the matters reconsidered by another yet-to-be-named
attorney. Baker led the charge for the new review.
"Part of the charter review process was to make it
easier for citizens, not to make them jump through hoops,"
she said. "The city has a lawsuit against the city in which
Bill Lisch is an attorney, and I believe it is a huge conflict
and I believe we need to start all over again," referring to
the ManaSota-88 lawsuit against developer Arvida Corp.
and Bradenton over the proposed Perico Island develop-
ment. All the Island cities and Manatee County joined
with ManaSota-88 on the Perico lawsuit as intervenors.
.. Although the city commission rejected the citizen
petition calling for a moratorium, it has initiated a six-
month moratorium process. Planning and zoning board
members will address the matter March 28; the city
commission will hold two hearings on the proposal in
Although the March 21 action appeared to appease
some of the members of the committee who solicited the
petitions, it was not without some strong words against
"There's not a damn thing wrong with our compre-
hensive plan," said resident and petition firebrand Anna
-O'Brien. "I'd love to have you point out the place in it that
itsays Old Bridge Village was planned for. You mean you
planned to tear all the houses down in the neighborhood
and build condos? Wow, no wonder we need a new plan.
"This is our city and it's not your city and we're not
going to let you or ... any of the rest of your developer
friends ruin it. When the dust clears, it's going to be the
people left standing, it's not going to be you and it's not
going to be Old Bridge Village."
Resident David Stott said "I hope and I think you all
are personally embarrassed with what happened with that
moratorium petition, and that you're going to address it
today, and hopefully correct any problems, but I person-
ally think this moratorium is a bad idea. If you didn't give
away portions of the city through ordinances, then you
wouldn't need a moratorium."
Anna Maria City
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,
March 28, 2 p.m., special city commission meeting to
select attorney to review citizen petition issues.
March 28,6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Agenda: public hearing on establishing a moratorium on
street vacations, amendments to land-use laws and com-
prehensive plan for six months, report on visioning pro-
cess, continuation of public hearing on Linger Longer
major development request, public hearing on Bradenton
Beach Club II major development and public comment.
April 2, noon, parking and traffic flow subcommittee
meeting of scenic highway committee.
April 2, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
April 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
April 3, 10 a.m., charter review ad hoc committee
April 3, 7 p.m., parks and beautification committee
April 4, 1 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
March 27, 12:30 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
Offices at Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach will be
closed on March 29 for Good Friday. Anna Maria of-
fices will be open; Longboat Key offices will be open
until 12:30 p.m. that day. There will be no change in
garbage or recycling collection due to the holiday.
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PAGE 4 0 MARCH 27, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER
Ann and Tom McFarland: "We can get places,
without a car. Islander Photos: Lisa Williams
Sandee Walsh: "This is great!"
Trolley an Island hit for all
By Rick Catlin
"Build it and they will come," is the famous line
from the Kevin Costner movie "Field of Dreams."
On Anna Maria Island, the county finally "built"
the trolley and riders certainly came in droves for the
start of the long-awaited service. Aside from the nov-
elty of the trolley, getting a free ride probably didn't
hurt passenger head counts either.
"Trolley usage is really going well," said Mana-
tee County Area Transit marketing manager Susan
Hancock. "We have nearly quadrupled our ridership
since the start of full service." That took place Sat-
urday when MCAT introduced three trolleys on the
MCAT's George Mendez said 1,508 people rode
the trolley on Saturday while 1,056 took advantage of
the free ride on Sunday.
"We had a great weekend," said Mendez. "It cer-
tainly exceeded our expectations."
Mendez said he would anticipate that ridership will
increase this Easter weekend as thousands of visitors
descend on the Island.
"We should be very busy this weekend," he said.
But the long-awaited trolley service is not without
Mendez noted that the door separating the open-air
portion of the trolley from the air-conditioned cab is not
self-locking and slides back and forth during the ride.
Additionally, some drivers are forgetting to tell
riders to be seated before the trolley starts and some
riders are sitting on top of the engine covering at the
back. That's a safety violation, said Mendez. MCAT
plans to block off that area, he said.
An informal survey of riders found a lot of Island-
ers are using the trolley.
"Since it's free, it's a great way to get around," said
Ryan, a seventh-grader at Island Middle School.
He and his friends went from Anna Maria to
Bradenton Beach for a few hours of wave riding, then
"We couldn't have done that before. We'd have
to ride our bikes or bug our parents to take us. Now,
It's not only cool just for the ride, if passenger
counts stay up, it should be a cool way to eliminate a
lot of traffic on Island roads.
"It's just great," said Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn.
"I hope Islanders continue to use it and we can have a
real reduction of cars on the roads."
Trolley patrons 'really enjoy ride'
Joan Founger and Nancy West: "It's been a long
Trolley driver Robert Gelinas.
Joey Gaston: "I'm going to visit friends."
Belinda and Michael O'Dell: "It's fun."
By Lisa Williams
The new Manatee Trolley appeared right on
schedule and the driver, Robert Gilenas, welcomed
the riders with a smile on the first day of service.
Choices are offered for seating, air-conditioned in
the front or open air in the back. Flaps can be un-
rolled in the rear section, in case of rain. The accom-
modations for wheelchairs are in the air-conditioned
area, which is separated from the back by a sliding
door. Storage is available for two bicycles on the
front of the trolley.
When asked her opinion of her first experience
on Anna Maria Island's new trolley service, Joan
Founger of western Canada and annual visitor to the
Island said, "It's been a long time coming."
She agreed with Nancy West of Seattle, who
said of the ride, "I love it; we can use it to go shop-
Bob Gagnon, a trolley driver himself, who was
along for the ride to prepare for his shift the follow-
ing day, and his wife Lenora both expressed the
same response as Joan Founger, that it has been
about a long 10-year wait for the trolley service.
He was very knowledgeable about the trolley,
demonstrating how the wheelchairs can be secured
and how the bicycles can be stored. He went on to
say, "The main reasons for the service are so that
Islanders can get across the Island easier and to cut
back on the traffic congestion. There are 75 stops
from beginning to end of the entire route. Number 1
is Coquina Beach and number 75 is Bradenton
Once back at Coquina, it turns around and runs
the Island again, along with three other identical
trolleys, maintaining a schedule that allows for an
approximate 20-minute wait at each stop.
The route follows along Marina and Palm drives
through Holmes Beach, then back on Gulf Drive to
Pine Avenue, down to the Anna Maria City Pier,
where it turns around and returns down Gulf Drive.
Two trolleys start out at 6 a.m. and a third joins the
route at 9 a.m. The entire route takes about an hour
Many of the trolley's passengers were children,
enjoying the freedom of this new transportation on
the first day of spring break.
"It's fun,"said Joey Gaston, "I'm using the trol-
ley to visit friends."
Ashley Bowling said, "It's good transportation,
I like it, it is fun."
Lance Durham, riding with his friend Kory
Boak, said, "We're just out having fun, going to see
some other friends."
One kind of fun was evident with Jon and
Audrey Myhr of Minnesota, who were holding a
skimboard as they headed home from the beach.
Audrey said, "The trolley is fun; we stopped at
the surf shop."
Bryce Durafourt, from Montreal, added that he
enjoyed the ride, saying it made it easy to get around.
Other riders included Tom and Ann McFarland,
annual visitors from Buffalo, N.Y. Ann stated, "We
can go places now, even without a car." Tom sim-
ply said, "I like it."
Sandee Walsh, of Bradenton and frequent Island
visitor, said, "This is great, to be sitting up so high
compared to driving along in a car, you can see so
much more. I can see the water."
Belinda O'Dell and son Michael enjoyed the
ride, but after completing the whole route said, "It's
great, but a little uncomfortable after an hour."
The trolley offers the service at 20-minute inter-
vals all day until 9- p.m., when it changes to 30-
minute intervals until 10:30 p.m. The frequent stops
make it convenient to travel to nearly any destination
on the Island.
Many people echoed Sandee Walsh, who said,
"I'll be back!"
Trolley, art, fun for all
Trudy Horigan, artist for the trolley's commemorative
poster, met fellow artist Phyliss Cogan and Rebecca
Barnett of The Islander at the new Manatee Trolley
last week at the Island Shopping Center when The
Islander sponsored a day of tours, including free hand
outs of "trolley fans" and ride guides. Having fun on
the trolley are, seated left to right, artists Faye
Niennan, Kathleen Riley, Carole Miller and Joan
Valenza, standing are Nadine King and Shona Otto of
The Islander. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
THE ISLANDER N MARCH 27, 2002 E PAGE 5
Anna Maria worksession turns vocal over JPC
By Rick Catlin
The idea of a sole Island representative on the
Joint Planning Commission proposed within "The
Accord" agreement on the control of future county
growth is "taxation without representation," said
Anna Maria resident Rick DeFrank. The city needs
its own representative on the board, he argued.
He and a few other residents at the Anna Maria
commission workshop March 18 said one person to
represent all three Island cities on the JPC isn't good
enough for Anna Maria.
"Our city is so different than Bradenton Beach
and Holmes Beach, we need our own representa-
tive," said DeFrank. "We should insist on represen-
DeFrank's comments came after Commissioner
John Michaels clarified portions of the "Accord" re-
lating to Island representation on the JPC.
At a previous commission meeting on March 14.,
Commissioner Linda Cramer had said the city
should have its own representative on the JPC.
Michaels, however, thought "demanding" a seat
for Anna Maria on the JPC might jeopardize the
"Accord," and if that agreement fails, the next step
is a county charter, which would infringe on the
city's right to self-determination. "I'm really afraid
of a [county] charter," he said.
"Accord" authors County Commissioner Joe
McClash and Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston had
not originally included the Island on the JPC in the
agreement. At the first "Accord" meeting March 22,
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore insisted on
Commissioner Chuck Webb gave an example of
how the JPC could be a significant player in control-
ling large developments in east Manatee whose resi-
dents could impact the Island.
DeFrank then said, "If it's that major, we need
to be on it."
Mayor SueLynn made it clear that all cities in
the county have to sign the "Accord" before it takes
effect. No one has signed for Anna Maria and a lot
more information and studies of the "Accord" are
needed before the city even. considers signing.
"Let's ask for the seat," said Michaels, "but not
Anna Maria Island Community Center
Representatives of the nonprofit agency that op-
erates the Center were to be at the workshop to dis-
cuss the possibility of the city deeding over the land.
A letter from attorney J. Allen Bobo, an Island
resident and member of the Center board, had indi-
cated there were difficulties in raising the $2.5 mil-
lion needed to renovate the facility because some
large individual and institutional donors had balked
because the Center land is leased, not owned.
However, Bobo was unable to make the work-
shop session and commissioners agreed to wait to
hear from the community center before further dis-
Several residents said they would be against giv-
ing up any city property.
Appointments and removals
The mayor got a consensus from commissioners
that she has the power to hire and fire city staff, sub-
ject to approval by the commission. She had wanted
this clarified because of some "muddied interpretation"
by the previous commission.
Commissioners had no problem in assuring the
mayor that she makes the selection of a new staff mem-
ber, then presents that recommendation at a regular
SueLynn said the charter review commission will
likely write recommendations for this section of the
city's charter to clarify any misunderstandings.
Code Enforcement Officer
The mayor has hired Gerry Rathvon as the city's
new code enforcement officer. She will be part time
as the CEO for eight hours each week at $20 per
hour, then fill in at the front desk at city hall while
two other staff members are on leave for various
reasons. She gets a lower payscale ($10 per hour) as
Commissioner Michaels said that street repaving
needs to get started as soon as possible. The commis-
sion had already provided the funds in the annual
Supervisor of Public Works George McKay said
he believes the issue of repaving (capital improve-
ments) and drainage should be tied together. He was
in the process of hiring an engineer to work with him
to marry the two issues. The engineer should be on
board in the very near future, he said.
To simply repave a street without considering
drainage is probably not the right move. However,
said McKay, he could begin paving tomorrow.
Commissioner John Quam asked if the city
shouldn't repave first, then start the drainage project.
"If we don't marry the two together, we are
wasting our money," McKay replied.
That might be true, said former Commissioner
Jay Hill from the public section, but the decision to
repave made by the previous commission was
"based on our best information at that time. This is
the first I'm hearing that it was not the best deci-
sion." He commended Michaels for pushing the
The commission has set the policy, said
Michaels. "Let's get it done," he concluded.
Cell tower consultant
SueLynn said the city needed to identify a con-
sultant to help write a cellular communications or-
dinance. She has been unable to find information
prepared by a citizen's group last fall and given to
the previous administration, but would be in contact
with those representatives and bring the information
to a commission meeting as soon as possible.
North Shore drainage
The mayor said she would likely schedule a pub-
lic meeting with residents of North Shore to discuss
the drainage problems there and seek a solution.
It was noted at a prior special city commission
meeting last November that it might take an appli-
cation to the Southwest Florida Water Management
District for a grant to find the money to solve
stormwater problems there.
Next workshop session
The next commission workshop session was
scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11. The next
regular city commission meeting is at 7 p.m. March
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Renourish, good beginning
Judging from the excitement up and down the
beach, you'd think money was falling from the sky.
And you'd be close.
Sand, pretty white sand, is flowing onto the beach
from huge pipes, connected to a monstrosity of a barge
offshore the north end, and it's the biggest thing to
happen on Anna Maria Island since, well, since the last
And what did that project produce? For beachfront
property owners in Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Beach, the project brought much-needed protection
from the ravages of storms. It brought increased tour-
ism and accompanying profits. It also brought a resur-
gence of remodeling and redevelopment which directly
related to increased property values.
Beach renourishment was very good in 1992-93
for Anna Maria Island.
In fact, just after the dredge and the equipment
pulled away, a March storm stripped the beach of about
half of the new sand about 100 feet all up and
down the Island. And that was good news. We could
only look and wonder what would have happened to
homes along the shoreline without the sand.
Some of that storm loss came back naturally, and
the escarpments and low spots filled in nicely and
beachgoers began enjoying the new, wide sandy beach.
This go-round, Anna Maria, .6 miles of it anyway,
will receive much-needed sand and the excitement is
evident. Swarms of onlookers are converging on the
beach where the workers are pushing and smoothing
the pumped offshore sand into place.
They'll move south, the workers and the swarm,
and soon the beach will stretch out into the Gulf so
far we'll be hearing complaints that the walk to the
water is "too far."
You can "bank" on it.
And although the beach wasn't in the dire straits of
1992-93, did we want to wait on it to wash away be-
fore taking action? Absolutely not.
It's a long, arduous process, and as we've seen, it
includes many, many delays.
Will everyone be happy? We doubt it. Soon to follow
will be complaints about increased property values, the
demand for increased density to better take advantage of
the higher cost of real estate, and the quality of new sand.
You can enumerate on that, too.
Still, it's a renewal for the beach and a boost for
Mother Nature. We hope the turtles will be happy.
Have a great holiday weekend. Drive safely or ride
the trolley if you can. Happy Easter.
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A few parting thoughts
Now that it is almost time for us to depart this
lovely isle after almost three months, to return again
next year, I have several comments to make.
1. After all the fuss made about the county not main-
taining Bayfront Park, I think some words of thanks are
needed. The county spent several weeks trimming the
trees and bushes, as well as doing some painting, etc.
The area looks very nice now.
2. Bike paths: Why can't the city finish the bike paths
from where they now terminate near Willow Avenue?
At least another block or two would be good. And why
not the portion at the Baptist Church?
3. Isn't it nice to see all of the political signs re-
moved so quickly after the election? Thank you to the
various candidates and their groups.
4. After eight years of coming to Anna Maria, I
find that the "Left Hand Syndrome" still remains. This
is characterized by the failure to use the no-extra-cost
equipment that their vehicles came with, namely the
turn signal. Maybe it is the desire of the driver to keep
everything secret. This includes county vehicles, even
Manatee County sheriff's vehicles. It is not restricted
5. We will be coming back next year to check on
Lawrence C. Dewey, Anna Maria and Cross
I have had some experience with a "hovercraft" in
the neighborhood. Let me assure you that there is one
major problem that immediately comes to mind -
I am not talking "some noise." I am saying it is a
horrific continuous drone. It permeates. It is constant.
It is penetrating. It never goes away. Maybe there have
been some changes over the past few years. My expe-
rience comes from a two- to four-person hovercraft.
If the noise is at all similar, the deaf residents
within a quarter mile will feel nauseating vibrations
throughout their bones. All hearing and non-hearing
residents within a half mile will curse the boat. Re-
member, all residents within at least one mile will curse
the mayor and commissioners that permitted this des-
ecration to our fair island. I recommend that your and
the commissioners spend a stay within 200 feet north
of the Lake La Vista inlet and try to absorb the bone
jarring, incessant, putrid flatulence emanating from an
air driven boat such as was my experience. Hopefully,
the craft is very quiet today. However, the mechanics
of a craft that hovers would seem to require different.
I strongly urge you to have a preliminary test pe-
riod with a clause that enables you to end this process
without any other reason then it is not what Anna Maria
wants. Case closed.
Remember also that the boat will have to "hover"
from a little before 10 a.m. until a little after 5 p.m.,
seven days a week. On at least one day the pastor of
Roser may not enjoy the drowning drone.
I am thankful that I will be on the other side of the
Island. Even this will not be far enough away.
Please be very careful how you may sign away a
very important part of what is Anna Maria.
William Wamester, Anna Maria
From St. Bernard Woman's Guild:
Thanks for party
As chairman of the St. Bernard Woman's Guild
Valentine dessert card party, I would like to thank all
the members and friends of the guild who helped make
this event such a success. This thank you is extended
to all who worked to make this party enjoyable and also
to all who attended.
A special thanks to all our loyal and generous mer-
chants for their continuing support and contributions to
our ongoing efforts. Their help and cooperation contin-
ues to earn our thanks and support.
Cornelia Zanetti, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER U MARCH 27(,20002; PAGEi7
You are absolutely right when you said that our future
was pretty much cut and dried in the 1980s. That's when
some of our forward-looking citizens gathered to put our
city's comprehensive plan and land-development code
together as a vision for our future.
How long ago that seems today. I wonder if now they
are pondering just what happened to that "vision" they had
back then? I know for a fact that their idea of R2 was to
set aside areas for single-family homes as well as du-
plexes, so that people who might not be able to afford to
pay for a single-family home would still be able to pur-
chase or build a duplex, and by being able to rent out the
other, they could afford to pay the mortgage and live there.
That was our "visionaries" concern for us. What a
simplistic vision they had and what a nightmare we
have now begun to foist on them.
You are darned right. Our laid-back lifestyle is in
jeopardy it's-in serious jeopardy! Already the shills for
the developers are out there having made their first big
money, cloaked in secrecy with an "authorized offer" to
purchase one of the properties on Third Street South, just
a week after the commission voted on the Old Bridge
Village project. And you know what? You can bet that
the rest of Third and Fourth streets are also in their sights.
Maybe now everyone will see how right on target I
was when I voiced my concern that the developers would
buy up the rest of the lots on Fourth Street, and by the
commission setting the precedent, would end up moving
the extension of the Third Street overlay district all the
way down Fourth Street South.
Does anyone remember the gist of my comments -
that I felt we were setting a dangerous precedent with the
zoning change and felt we would live to regret what we
were about to do?
Get ready Bradenton Beach. They are going to offer
big money to gobble it all up, tear down the old Florida-
style cottages and homes and we'll be left with nothing but
Longboat Key-north town homes, offices and condos!
Crystal balls? You don't need any. All you have to do
is listen closely and watch as the big money moves in and
starts to manipulate, double talk and maneuver! It's al-
What a vision for our future.
Commissioner Ross Benjamin, Bradenton Beach
In 1995 I1 won a photography award at Selby Gardens
and drove over from Orlando for the ceremony. Since I
was not familiar with this area, I decided to drive along the
water and headed for Longboat Key. When I crossed onto
Anna Maria Island I fell in love beautiful, unspoiled,
almost like a time warp into the Florida of 20 years ago.
This prompted our move to Northwest Bradenton
three years ago. A friend and neighbor of mine in the
Washington, D.C., area during my high-school years
dropped by on his way to a Key West vacation and we
gave him a tour of the area. He, too, fell in love with Anna
Maria Island and bought three bungalows on the bayside
in Bradenton Beach. These are not homes that most of us
would have purchased since they looked as if they would
collapse if the termites stopped holding hands. But he lov-
ingly restored them, then raised them from the flood plain.
Through landscaping and design he strove to preserve as
much of the old Florida as possible.
I'm sure not many people in Bradenton Beach know
the background of my friend Greg Watkins. When he
lived in Wrightsville Beach prior to moving to Bradenton
Beach, he saved the Tarheelia Inn (built in 1910) from the
wrecking ball and restored it. He founded and headed the
Wrightsville Beach Preservation Society, which saved
another home by relocating it to town land and convert-
ing it to the Wrightsville Historical Museum. He was also
the first chairman of the island's Historic Landmark Com-
mission. Greg then wrote and collected the photos for
Wrightsville Beach A Pictorial History, which was pub-
lished in 1997 and continues to sell well.
It is fairly obvious that one of his passions is histori-
cal preservation, which is why he became disturbed when
plans were announced to bulldoze the six cottages located
across the street from him and replace them with 11 con-
dos and three commercial properties. A review of the
plans showed what seemed to be blatant disregard for
town plans and building guidelines. It was surprising that
at the initial hearing the town building inspector seemed
to be "cheer leading" the development effort unusual
for a "non-political" position, and members of the com-
mission who had claimed that they were for the preserva-
tion of the town were letting major issues slide.
Greg joined with four others to form a committee to
round up the necessary signatures to halt the project and
have it subjected to review and a voter's referendum. They
needed 50 signatures and stopped at 80 plus.
In the meantime, up shows the building inspector at
Greg's place to issue a stop order on work that was already
completed (fully according to permits and plans). At a
hearing to add a deck to his home, the former mayor of the
town passed around a letter accusing Greg of working on
his home in the early evenings, thereby breaking state and
federal law as well as the U.S. Constitution and noting that
a stop order had been issued against him.
The next night at a public hearing, the city commis-
sion upholds the development property 3-2 and claims
they have the right to "quash" the public referendum. They
specifically refuse to answer the six questions presented
to them by the committee with regard to the alleged ille-
gal aspects and zoning violations of the project.
It will be difficult to move against this project since
it is owned by a failed commission candidate who still has
some obvious political pull and the city attorney has con-
nections with the project. (He recused himself from the
hearing and asked a friend to fill in for him.)
The sad thing is that the committee doesn't want to
kill the project, they just want it to comply with existing
regulations designed to preserve the character and spirit
of the city. It appears that the city's democratic process
must be bulldozed before the cottages. Given the arrogant
and inflexible posture of the mayor and city commission,
the residents had best prepare themselves for some ugly
surprises as new properties come up for approval.
Fred A. Forbes, Bradenton
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100,000-plus expected on Island for Easter
By Rick Catlin
Brace yourselves, Islanders. A wave is coming this
Not from the Gulf by way of a nice little spring
rainstorm, but from the east as more than 100,000
people are expected to flood Anna Maria Island over
the three-day holiday that starts Friday.
While no actual records are kept, public officials
say an estimate of 100,000 total visitors to the Island
for the three-day period is probably not too far off, and
may even be a bit low.
"We'll probably see about 25,000 people a day,
just in Bradenton Beach," said Police Chief Sam
At Coquina Beach, a lifeguard with Manatee
County Marine Rescue said they estimate that based
upon head counts from previous Easter weekends, at
least 20,000 people will be at the beach on both Satur-
day and Sunday, with good weather. "And that's prob-
ably a conservative estimate," she said.
Susan Estler of the Manatee Convention and Visi-
tors Bureau said 100,000 total visitors for the weekend
would not be out of the question for the county and
"While we don't have exact records for one par-
ticular weekend, we expect Easter to be sold out," said
What it means for Islanders is good news for busi-
nesses, but a lot traffic to deal with. Special recom-
mends leaving the family vehicle in the garage and
"utilize public transportation."
He expects a lot of back-up traffic coming on and
off the Cortez Bridge, and a lot of pedestrian traffic
walking up and down Gulf Drive. Motorists are ad-
vised to use caution, he said, but they won't be able to
go very fast. There will be just too many cars for any-
one to speed.
In Anna Maria, Sgt. Ed Norris of the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office will have six officers on duty
this weekend, with two patrolling the beach on ATVs.
Officers will be looking to ensure everyone has a
good time, but will also be on the lookout for any al-
coholic beverages, Norris said, which are prohibited.
Traffic could be a problem near Bayfront Park,
where visitors usually fill up the pavilions and the park-
ing lot by 8 a.m. Easter Saturday and Sunday, said
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn. She said she expects
about 2,000 to 3,000 people, just in that area of the city
near Bayfront Park and the City Pier.
If necessary, Norris will have officers directing
traffic at Bayfront Park and along Gulf Drive.
In Holmes Beach, Mayor Carol Whitmore said
extra police will be on duty, and officers are prepared
for traffic control at the city's major intersections.
But Islanders and visitors shouldn't feel they have
to drive anywhere on the Island this weekend. The in-
troduction of the Manatee Trolley service is a welcome
alternative for getting around the Island, said Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Director Mary
"It's certainly a good idea to take the trolley this
weekend," said Brockman. "Everybody should take the
trolley and leave the car at home. The trolley's a fun
way to travel" around the Island this weekend because
indications are "it's going to be pretty busy," she
Indeed, said Brockmam, the chamber has been tak-
ing more than 100 calls a day from people looking for
a room this weekend, but everybody's full.
"There's just no place to put all the people. We
have a limited number of rooms on the Island," she
In fact, Brockman said, anybody with an accom-
modation not already rented for Easter is asked to call
the chamber immediately to get a booking. "Anybody
with a vacancy, please call the chamber right away.
She doesn't want to have anybody turned away
from an Island vacation. "We want everybody to have
fun on the Island this weekend."
And that's usually what visitors do Easter weekend
on Anna Maria Island.
"We're not a 'spring break' type of destination,"
said Brockman. College students looking for night-
clubs and raucous entertainment generally head for
Panama City or Daytona Beach. "We're very family-
A lot of Island visitors this weekend are from
Florida, particularly Hillsborough County and Lake-
land, she said, in addition to county residents heading
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 27, 2002 0 PAGE 9
Sunrise, other services note Easter
By Jim Hanson
Traditional sunrise services will celebrate Easter
Sunday, March 31, on Anna Maria Island and
The Anna Maria service will begin at 6:30 a.m. at
the Manatee County Public Beach, where Manatee
Avenue ends at the Gulf of Mexico. On Longboat, the
service will start at 6:15 a.m. at Bayfront Park, 4052
Gulf of Mexico Drive.
The Rev. Kenneth Gill, senior minister at Longboat
Island Chapel and speaker at Bayfront Park, said the
service there is earlier than usual because Easter 2002
comes before the change to daylight saving time (April
7), when sunrise will be later by the clock. '
The Island service is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club
of Anna Maria Island, which gives the proceeds to the
seven Island churches. Last year it raised $4,077 with a
crowd of 1,500, bringing the total to $109,000 over the
years, said Bob LoPiccolo, chairman of the event and pre-
senter of the prelude and postlude Sunday.
The Rev. William Grossman of Harvey Memorial
Church will offer the invocation. The Rev. Danith Kilts
of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Mary Anderson,
first reader of the First Church of Christ Scientist, will
give the Scriptures.
The sermon will be by the Rev. Ed Northrop of Island
Baptist Church, the offertory by the Rev. Alfred Gaspari
of St. Bernard Catholic Church, and the benediction by the
Rev. Gary Batey of Roser Memorial Community Church.
Carl Jones and Dennis Miller will provide music.
At Longboat Key's service an Easter message will
be brought by Rev. Gill and special Easter music will
Both celebrations are open to all, and those attend-
ing are advised to bring a chair or blanket.
In addition to sunrise services, there are these other
Holy Week and Easter Sunday services at our churches
(including telephone numbers where further informa-
tion may be obtained):
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Maundy Thursday observances at 10:30 a.m. and
7:15 p.m., with Holy Communion and foot-washing
Good Friday, Tenebrae services at 2 and 7:15 p.m.
Easter Saturday, Resurrection celebration with
Holy Communion at 5:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday services at 8 and 10:30 a.m., Sun-
day School at 9 a.m., fellowship for new members
The Rev. Danith L. Kilts, pastor. (778-1813)
First Church of Christ Scientist, 6300 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesday evening service at 7:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday service and Sunday School at 10:30
Mary Anderson, first reader. (778-4266)
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
Easter Sunday special service at 11 a.m., with nurs-
ery available. No evening service.
The Rev. Ed Northrop, pastor. (778-0719)
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
Holy Thursday service with Holy Communion in
the sanctuary at 7 p.m:
Good Friday service at noon in the chapel.
Easter Sunday services at 9 and 11 a.m. with spe-
cial musicians to present music.
The Easter Bunny
made an early
visit to The
that we welcome
all children to his
Easter Egg Hunt
at Church of the
At least two Easter egg hunts Sunday
Easter egg hunts are on Sunday's agenda in the
garden at the Church of the Annunciation and the
lawn of St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Both are open to all children from all over, the
churches said, and children may wish to bring their
Easter baskets empty so they can leave with them
The Annunciation fete will begin right after the
9 a.m. service, and the Easter bunny will be on hand
The Rev. Gary Batey, pastor. (778-0414)
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Holy. Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7
p.m. (no morning Mass this day).
Good Friday, Divine Mercy services at 8:30 a.m.,
Passion of Our Lord at 3 p.m. followed by Stations of
the Cross; Children's Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m.
Holy Saturday, Divine Mercy services at 8:30 a.m.,
blessing of Easter baskets at 11 a.m., confessions from
3 until 4:15 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m., Eas-
ter Mass at 7:30.
Easter Sunday, Masses at 7, 8:30, 10 and 11:30
a.m., Divine Mercy services following 11:30 mass.
Father John H.R. Ellis, pastor; Father Bernard P.
Evanofski, assistant pastor. (778-4769)
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesday, Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m.
Maundy Thursday, Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m.,
Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar at 7:30 p.m.
Good Friday, the Good Friday liturgy at noon fol-
lowed by the Way of the Cross, and the Way of the
Cross again at 5:30 p.m.
for the youngsters, promised his bunny bride, Carol
K. Broden. It is for children through the fifth grade,
and all youngsters are welcome, said the church.
In addition to the egg hunt, cake and punch
will be served in the parish hall and each child,
including teens, will receive a flowering plant.
The St. Bernard scramble will begin at 12:45
p.m. on the lawn between the church and the rec-
Saturday, Easter Eve, Great Vigil of Easter at 8
Easter Sunday, Holy Eucharist Rite I at 7 a.m.,
Choral Eucharist at 9 and I 1 a.m. with nursery pro-
vided at the 9 o'clock service.
Father Bennett Barnes, interim rector; Father Rich-
ard Bennett, assisting priest; Barbara Carmine, deacon.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church St., Bradenton Beach.
Maundy Thursday observances at 6 p.m., potluck
supper with Holy Communion around the dinner table.
Easter Sunday services at 8 and 9:30 a.m. with the
pastor discussing "Search for Tomorrow."
The Rev. William Grossman, pastor. (721-3643)
Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Maundy Thursday soup supper and Communion
service at 5:30 p.m.
Good Friday service with special music at noon.
Easter Sunday, chapel worship service at 9 and I 1
The Rev. Kenneth Gill, senior minister; the Rev.
Cleta Anderson, associate minister. (383-6491)
People expected to pack slaend
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Special agreed that things can be a-lot quieter here
than some other Florida beaches during Easter.
Although he's got all his full-and-part-time offic-
ers lined up for duty this weekend, incidents are usu-
ally minor in nature, if the past Easter holidays are any
"Everyone's pretty much well-behaved," said
Special. "We usually don't have anything serious, just
minor infractions. But there will be a lot of pedestrian
traffic, so drive carefully and be aware."
That's if you have to drive at all. If you go off-Is-
land this weekend, expect delays of 45 to 90 minutes
getting back from the mainland.
A lot of that traffic will be visitors who booked a
hotel room on the mainland because all the Island rental
properties are full, said Brockman.
A random survey of motels and rental properties on
the Island failed to find anyone with a vacancy Easter
"We turning away at least 10 callers a day," said
Fawn Ker of SeaSide Resort in Bradenton Beach. "If
we get a cancellation, the room is taken before we even
have time to put up the 'vacancy' sign."
But there will always be people who drive up on
Good Friday and try to get a room. "They usually say
they've been here before and never had a problem get-
ting a room," she said. "We try to help them out, but
it's hard finding any vacancy this weekend."
Brockman said that because Easter falls at the end
of March this year, a lot of rental properties that might
be available for Easter in April are still rented in March,
making it tougher for the weekend visitor to find a
room, and costing property owners some much-needed
Many winter visitors to the Island have rented
through the end of March, she said. Between April 1
and 15 is usually when they head back north. With
Easter falling on March 31, it was just natural that they
leave the next day.
"So in a way, Island businesses do better when
Easter comes in April," said Brockman.
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Florida-themed show on display
A special display designed by the Florida Humani-
ties Council will call the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society Museum home for the next three months.
The display consists of large panels featuring pho-
tographs, artwork and accompanying text, and covers
three Florida-themed topics.
"Florida's Folklife: Traditional Arts in Contempo-
rary Communities" will illustrate how artists have, over
time, drawn .on traditional, community-based designs
to create objects valued for both their usefulness and
"Florida's Journeys into Space" combines space-
shot images with those of the wildlife that live in
And, "Remember When: Forgotten Florida
Women" introduces the women who impacted the
state's early history.
Admission is free at the museum, 402 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, and hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
For more information, contact the museum, 778-
Reservations due Monday
for Episcopal luncheon
The deadline is noon Monday, April 1, for reser-
vations for the luncheon meeting April 4 of the Epis-
copal Women of the Church of Annunciation.
The meeting will begin at 10:15 a.m. at the church,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Details may be ob-
tained by calling 778-1638.
Island's Thornton showing car
in Shrine show
Jim Thornton of Holmes Beach is among the own-
ers of special vehicles entering a car in the Sahib
Shriners annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show Sat-
urday, March 30, at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.
The poker run and trade show is open free to the
public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds on
Fruitville Road. Proceeds will go to Shriners Hospitals
Three ex-teachers teaching
new venue on Island
Retired Michigan teachers have found a new subject
to teach on Anna Maria Island, one that brought them re-
lief from pain and they are taking to other sufferers.
They are Rosemary Althoff, Vera M. Bennett and
Virginia Lambert, and their teaching specialty nowadays
is upper cervical care through chiropractic treatment.
Althoff credited the other two with the main effort
in this form of teaching, saying their informal manner
gets the message through to women who need relief.
The treatment employs a special activating machine,
she said. Interested persons may get details by calling
Farewell party Tuesday for
Tingley library clerk
An open house will be held from noon to 4
p.m. Tuesday, April 2, for Tingley Memorial Li-
brary Clerk Carol Sandidge, who is retiring after
eight years at the library.
The open house will be at the library, 111
Second St., Bradenton Beach. The public is in-
Woman's club to install officers,
Faye Pratt will be installed as president of the
Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island and members
will see a fashion show by Irene's on Wednesday, April
The club's installation/fashion meeting will be at
noon at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Island
Road, Palmetto. Reservations at $15 must be made by
Thursday at 778-2427 or 778-7865.
Lee Nees, past district director of the Florida Fed-
eration of Women's Clubs, will install the officers.
Along with Pratt, they are Marian Van Winkle, first
vice president; Janet Clark, second vice president; Sa-
rah Maloney, treasurer; Ginny Smith, recording secre-
tary; and Ernestine Bassler-Lawton, corresponding
Fashions by Irene's of Holmes Beach will be mod-
eled by Nina Compton, Dorothy Keene, Blanch
Chambo, Irene Flinn, Sarah Maloney, Ginny Smith and
'Spring Fling' will open Friday
at Gallery West
Works of local and regional artists will be on ex-
hibit starting Friday, March 29, at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The show will run through May 20. It will include
watercolor, acrylic, porcelain, raku, photography, In-
dian beadwork, quilting, stained glass, mosaic, stone,
wood and clay sculpture.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mon-
day through Saturday. Further information may be
obtained at 778-6648.
Anna Maria hovercraft
Anna Maria city officials have canceled a
scheduled demonstration of a hovercraft by Hover
USA on March 30 near Bayfront Park due to the
expected heavy traffic and large volume of
beachgoers in that area this Easter weekend.
The demonstration will be rescheduled at a
later date, Mayor SueLynn said.
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 27, 2002 0 PAGE 11
Joey and Chuck Lester ogle over the puppy that will be auctioned at the Affaire to Remember May 4 to
benefit Anna Maria Island Community Center. The Lesters are major "Diamond" sponsors of the event. The
Affaire will be at St. Bernard Catholic Church. The puppy? Name's Delilah. Priceless?
Affaire 2002 near capacity
Only 82 tickets remained at the first of the week for
the 2002 edition of An Affaire to Remember. A sellout
is predicted by the end of next week.
So hurry, advised Sandee Pruett of the sponsoring
Anna Maria Island Community Center. Get a seat at the
table before it fills up. Capacity is 350 at the public hall
of St. Bernard Catholic Church, where the Affaire will
celebrate on May 4.
The $95 auction dinner tickets may be obtained at
the Center, 4007 Magnolia Ave., Anna-Maria, or by
calling 778-1908. A table of eight costs $750.
The Affaire will feature champagne reception, hors
d'oeuvres, dinner, dessert, wine, open bar, live and si-
lent auctions, $5,000 Giveaway, items to be won in-
cluding sports events, children's summer packages, 36-
inch color TV, vacations and more.
Last year's Affaire raised more than $200,000 for
Marilyn Bruneman, 71, of Longboat Key, died
Born in Elgin, Ill., Mrs. Bruneman came to Mana-
tee County from.Dundee, Ill., in 1952. She was a mem-
ber of Anna Maria Garden Club.
Memorial services will be at a later date.
She is survived by husband Robert and brother
Howard Peitsch of Minocqua, Wis.
Paul E. Coughlin
Paul E. Coughlin, 83, of Bradenton and formerly
Holmes Beach, died March 18.
Born in Holloway, Mich., Mr. Coughlin came to
Manatee County from Trenton, Mich., in 1974. He was
a retired'manager in the trucking industry in Riverview,
Mich. He served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific
during World War II. He was a member of the Ameri-
can Legion Kirby Stewart Post #24, Elks Lodge #1511,
and VFW Post #10141, all in Bradenton. He was a
member of the Eagles Club in Pentwater, Mich. He was
Memorial services were March 23. Memorial con-
tributions may be made to University of Maryland
Baltimore Foundation, Center for Celiac Research, 22
S. Greene St., Box 140, BAltimore MD 21201. Griffith-
Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by daughters Christine M. Barnard
of Wyandotte, Mich., and Nancy J. Vargo of Trenton;
sons Dennis A. of Boise, Idaho, and Michael J. of Livo-
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Rose Ella Field
Rose Ella Field, 98, of Holmes Beach, died March
Born in Howell, Mich., Mrs. Field came to Holmes
Beach 35 years ago. She was a member of Key Royale
Golf Club, Women's Club of Anna Maria Island and
was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star #148 of
Milford, Mich. She attended Roser Memorial Commu-
Memorial services were March 22 in Milford,
Mich. Memorial contributions may be made to the
church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216. Griffith-
Cline Funeral Home, Manasota Chapel, was in charge
She is survived by son Robert of Bradenton; two
grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Harold Michael Ristow
Harold Michael Ristow, 55, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in Farmington, Minn., Mr. Ristow came to
Manatee County from Stillwater, Minn., in 1993. He
owned Custom Bronze Works in Holmes Beach. He
Memorial services will be in Stillwater at a later
He is survived by companion Kym Groves; son
Timothy of Honolulu; sisters Darlene Ryan, Deborah
St. Martin and Mary-Lou, all of the Twin Cities, Minn.,
area; and brothers James, William, Raymond and
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Charter review addresses 'fundamental question'
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria Charter Review Commission got
down to serious business at its March 21 meeting as it
tackled the ticklish "appointments and removals" sec-
tion of the charter.
The "fundamental question for this charter," said
chairman Tom Aposporos, "is do we have a strong
mayor [form of government] or a weak mayor?"
In a strong mayor form of government, the mayor
has the power to hire and dismiss city staff, while in a
weak mayor form, he/she does not.
That's basically the question for the review com-
mission and the problem is the paragraph in the current
charter that states: "The mayor shall appoint, suspend
(with or without pay) and discharge all employees,
administrative officers and officials, except elected
officials, subject to commission approval."
Does that mean the mayor hires and fires, or does
it mean the commission hires and fires, asked
While the review commission merely discussed
this charter section, Aposporos said any change could
be historical. "We can create a government with the re-
writing of a single section of the charter."
Aposporos asked current review board members
who served on previous charter review commissions
what was their intent of "commission approval."
Board member Chris Collins was of the view that
"commission approval" gave the section its "due pro-
cess" and "checks and balances" by giving the commis-
sion, with a majority vote, the power to override a
He did not want the city to lose valuable staff mem-
bers simply on the whims of a new mayor.
Mayor SueLynn said that in some previous admin-
istrations, this section was interpreted to mean the com-
mission could be actively involved in the process, such
as interviewing candidates for a city job.
It was noted that Holmes Beach, which has a strong
mayor form of government, also has a clause requiring
the commission to approve or disapprove personnel
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The commission tabled further discussion of this
section until its April 4 meeting.
Commission members also discussed changing the
election date from February to November to coincide
with national, state and other local elections. Moving
the date to November would save the city $2,000 each
election, according to information given to Aposporos
by the county election office.
The county data also noted that more people vote
in an Anna Maria election in November than in Febru-
However, said Bob Barlow, "sometimes its not a
question of money. The February election is a tradition
Aposporos suggested putting the question on the
city's Web site to get feedback from voters.
Members were nearly unanimous in agreeing to
recommend that the residency requirement to be an
elected official be changed from six months to two
There was also discussion about an elected official
of Anna Maria (mayor or commissioner) working or
holding office at another municipality. Commissioner
Collins said he didn't want an Anna Maria city com-
missioner working for the county or another city.
Commissioners were in general agreement on this
principle, but decided to review this further.
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... while Holmes Beach charter review in 'home stretch'
By Rick Catlin
The Holmes Beach charter review commission is
"rounding third and heading home" in its review of the
The review commission is presently studying the
various forms of municipal government available to see
if any might fit the city's future needs better than the
current "council-strong mayor" form.
Members are in general agreement that the current
form "is working," but there is no guarantee for the
future. The present form works because of the people
elected and hired.
Presently, the mayor is parttime and is paid a small
salary, although he/she has numerous administrative
duties, including hiring and firing staff.
The review commission examined the possibility
of a full-time mayor with a full-time salary. That would
not amount to a change in the form of government,
noted chairman Don Schroder, but it might necessitate
changing the term of office from two years to three or
A council-city manager form of government-was
also discussed. In this form, the mayor is essentially a
figurehead, while the city manager would be respon-
sible for the day-to-day administration of the city,
along with personnel decisions.
A similar form of government to the current
Holmes Beach operation is a council-strong mayor
with an administrative assistant. Basically, this is the
same form of government the city now has, it simply
adds a chief operating officer under the mayor to
handle day-to-day operations. The mayor would still
retain hiring and firing powers.
There was no consideration of the council-weak
mayor form of government where the city council is
Trespohsible for the daily operations of the city, along
with staffing issues.
The review commission will hear from Indian
Rocks Beach City Manager Tom Brobid on April 4,
before making any decision on a recommendation to
change to a city manager.
Schroder said Indian Rocks Beach is of a similar
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Verbal agreement reached on county 'Accord'
By Rick Catlin
Elected officials from the three Island cities along
with their counterparts from Bradenton, Palmetto,
Manatee County and the Manatee County School
Board on March 20 gave verbal approval to the "Ac-
cord" agreement that will manage future growth and
development in the county, and hopefully prevent an-
other Arvida-Perico Island development.
The next phase of the "Accord" is for each munici-
pal government, including the three Island cities and
Longboat Key, to ratify the provisions.
But what's in it for the Island?
Not much of substance, according to Island offi-
cials who attended the meeting and gave their blessing
to the "Accord," following some minor adjustments.
The "Accord" calls for-a five-member Joint Plan-
ning Commission to oversee future development
countywide, and includes an Island representative. The
JPC is probably the major benefit to Island cities.
"What that does is give us input into proposed de-
velopments that will have a direct or indirect impact on
the Island," said Anna Maria Commissioner John
At the least, there's now going to be one Island
representative on the JPC. The original "Accord" docu-
ment did not include Island representation and it was
only put in when Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore insisted upon that provision at the Feb. 28
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said at the meeting
that her city would prefer to have its own representa-
tive on the JPC, but in the interests of compromise and
to ensure an "Accord" agreement, they would agree to
a single Island delegate on the JPC.
While the JPC is only "advisory" in nature,
Michaels feels having a representative from the Island
to give input is better than having no representation
"It allows us to figure out what effect these devel-
opments will have to our Island and beaches," he said.
"It keeps us apprised of what's going on."
Let's face it, Michaels acknowledged. With lots of
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county development" and tourism, and gets almost
nothing in return.
He agreed that everyone moving to Manatee knows
about the beaches, everyone coming on vacation knows
about the beaches. The Island is what the county sells.
With membership on the JPC, said Michaels, if
there's a 2,400-unit development proposed for east
Manatee, we can figure out what effect it will have on
our Island and beaches and make recommendations.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger
agreed there is little direct benefit of the "Accord" to
the Island and Holmes Beach, but "what it does directly
is we'll have input on any development," particularly
if it's along the Palma Sola Causeway.
Bohnenberger didn't need to mention any further
Perico Island development proposals as something the
JPC would be involved with.
"It's just a good thing we're involved with what
does impact us on the Island," he added.
What the "Accord' also does for the Island is set
aside any vote on a county charter form of government,
at least for the next 18 months while the county's Vi-
sion Manatee process goes forward.
And a county charter could have easily removed
Anna Maria and other Island cities from having any
voice whatsoever in future county development and
placed it squarely in the hands of the board of county
commissioners, Michaels and other Island elected of-
ficials have long argued.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Maloney said
that at the least, approval of the "Accord" will put off
any consideration of a county charter for at least a year.
However, he believes among proponents of the
county charter on the county commission, notably Joe
McClash, "the desire for a charter is still there."
The next step for the Island is to elect a single rep-
resentative to the JPC. That's likely to be a hot issue at
the next Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting March
27 in Anna Maria as it's not often the Island cities and
Longboat Key agree.
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ing, interlocal agreement. There are still a number of
sub-issues to be decided.
Commissioners from all three Island cities and
Longboat Key must still each approve a resolution au-
thorizing their respective mayors to sign the "Accord."
Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston has said his city
will go along with the "Accord" if the city gets voter
approval for a half-cent sales tax increase. Without the
tax increase, no "Accord," Poston has said previously.
In addition to a county tax increase, the. school
board has said it wants its own half-cent sales tax in-
crease on the ballot in May for approval by county
voters to finance more schools and teachers.
Heritage festival starts,
Island 'race' is coming
The annual Florida Heritage Festival is under
way, starting last weekend with a "mall capture"
and running for five weeks.
Along the way the Island will see a major
event, the Bottle Boat Regatta on the bayside of
Coquina Park. The April 13 event will be a race
between "boats" constructed of empty plastic milk
bottles, with paddles the only propulsion permitted.
Teams of up to 12 contestants man each craft,
and it is open to anyone in two divisions: Under 14
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Details are available at 747-1998 or the festival's
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Splashing along from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. or
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Linger Longer setback variances denied in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
It's back to the drawing board for the architect,
contractor and owner of the Linger Longer in the wake
of last week's denial of setback variances from the
Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment.
The property, at 302-304 Gulf Drive S., consists of
a duplex, single-family house and garage. Owner Wil-
liam T. Shearon, represented by architect Mike
McCaleb, requested variances for sideyard setbacks on
the north and south side of the buildings.
Plans called for elevating the structures, repairing
the foundations, then lowering the buildings to about
four feet above ground.
The bedrooms would have been expanded to meet
current codes and the 1940-era buildings restored, with
the single-family house to receive a second floor addi-
tion. Additional parking would have also been added,
and the front entrance relocated to a breezeway be-
tween the buildings.
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The Linger Longer project would have looked
something like this if it had been approved by board
of adjustment members.
structures of the historic old fishing village in
Bradenton Beach," McCaleb said. "We're coming to
you to see if you believe in revitalizing Bradenton
However, board of adjustment member John Bums
noted that the northwest comer setback would be about
fine amount accordingly.
The board also heard Quartermain now has a
revised site plan, as requested, and nearly all of the
necessary corrections to meet the city code have
been made at the marina.
Code Enforcement Officer Walter Wunderlich
was instructed to follow up on the remaining de-
ficiency, and Quartermain promised to have a gate
to the dumpster enclosure installed within 14 days.
Board chairperson Charles Stealey said he
believed Quartermain had procrastinated perform-
ing the necessary changes to comply with the
code, as ordered by the board, for both business
and personal reasons.
"I feel the board has fairly looked at the facts.
We have been extremely fair to you."
Board member Don Schroder said he was vot-
ing for the fine reduction "reluctantly."
The board gave Quartermain 14 days to pay
the reduced fine.
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one foot from the property line and, when the overhang
of the building was added, would actually overlap the
The variance request "appears to be a hardship of
the owners' own creation," Bums said.
"The city has no revitalization rules, and perhaps
the city should address that issue," Burns said. "It
should be brought to the attention of the city commis-
Burns made the motion to deny the Linger Longer
setback variances, which was approved by a 4-2 vote.
Casting votes supporting denial were Burns, Connie
Drescher, Anna O'Brien and Greg Watkins. Opposing
the denial were Ken Lohn and Jan Vosburgh.
Still pending with the Linger Longer is a major
development request before the city planning and zon-
ing board. Developers of the project said they intend to
proceed with plans to renovate the buildings, but on a
smaller scale and the petition before the planning board
may be withdrawn.
'Friendly' public meetings?
Following up on a campaign promise, Anna Maria
Mayor SueLynn will host her inaugural "Town Hall
Meeting" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the city hall
and the public is invited to attend.
The first agenda item will be "general public is-
sues" and each person who wants to present an issue
will have five minutes to speak. Anyone who wants
additional time should contact the city clerk at least five
working days in advance to secure a place on the
agenda, a bulletin from the city said.
After general public issues, there will be a discus-
sion of "rights of way," and how these are determined.
At 8 p.m., citizens will break into work groups of five
to eight people to discuss that section in the city's code that
deals with encumbrances on the rights of way.
Essentially, the work groups will attempt to deter-
mine if they feel the code is still viable and if so, how
should it be enforced
The city will also hold a public meeting at 7 p.m.
April 9 on Bayfront Park.
A city bulletin said the meeting was for city residents
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Holmes Beach code enforcement
reduces marina fine
By Rick Catlin
The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement
Board, although somewhat reluctantly, agreed
at its March 21 meeting to reduce a fine against
Holmes Beach Marina and owner Brian
Quartermain from $6,000 to $3,450. The board
had instituted a schedule of fines against
Holmes Beach Marina at its Oct. 23, 2001,
meeting after Quartermain failed to correct a
number of deficiencies and had been given
ample time, the board said.
The reduction came after Quartermain said
he thought he had 60 days to comply with a board
order from the date the order was signed, not the
. "I was unaware my time period had run out,"
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fines at $150 per day in question and reduced the
PAGE 16 N MARCH 27,'2002 U THE ISLANDER
Mary Ann at the Oscars with Whoopi, Woody, Will
By Andrea Dennis
... Whoopi Goldberg, Woody Allen and Will
Smith, that is.
We all know by now who the Oscars went to, but
our own Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
Mary Ann Brockman was lucky enough to see the
awards given out in person.
But, that's not all. Son Kevin, senior vice president of
communication and entertainment at ABC Television, had
plenty more in store for mom. Her whirlwind trip began
when she touched ground in Los Angeles last Thursday,
and here's how her schedule was laid out.
Friday, she and Kevin were going to mix and
mingle with Hollywood's names and faces at the pre-
miere of a new Vanessa Williams movie. Saturday, the
two would attend a Miramar sit-down stage production
and $1,000-a-plate fundraising dinner at the the home
of Star Trek's voyager captain Kate Mulgrew. They
were going to arrive too late for dinner there, however
(one can only guess why in Hollywood), so they would
then go out to dine in true style with Mulgrew and her
husband following the party. And, finally, the big day
would arrive Sunday with an early start and a long day
of Oscar preparations, parties and presentations.
June Bracken, three-time Emmy award nominee,
would apply Brockman's make-up, and a gentleman
For weeks you've been patient, waiting to find
out not just which dress Mary Ann Brockman
would wear to the Oscar's, decided by a popular
vote among Islander readers, you're also probably
anxious about who will win the Islander's Oscar
Well, Brockman went to the Oscar's in style in
the blue gown, No. 2, the top choice with almost
one-third of the votes received. And for the curious,
the No. 1 black dress with a jacket came in second,
and Mary Ann wore it to a pre-Oscar event.
Now, envelope please. It's time for us to an-
nounce winners for the "Mary Ann Goes to the
Oscars" dress contest, drawn randomly from all
And, the winners are:
First place: Karen Roetker of Holmes Beach.
Her prize is a $100 AMI Chamber of Commerce
gift certificate, a $100 gift certificate at Jennifer's
fashion store, dinner for two at Ooh La La! and $50
from The Islander.
Second place: Franz Luedicke of Anna Maria.
Luedicke will receive a $75 AMI Chamber of
Commerce gift certificate, bruch for two at Ooh La
La! and $25 from The Islander.
Third place: Mrs. Ronald Burrows of Holmes
Beach. Her prize is a $25 AMI Chamber of Com-
merce gift certificate, latte and dessert for two at
Ooh La La! and two Islander "More-than-a-mullet
Prizes may be claimed at The Islander office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Island's own Mary Ann in Hollywood
Mary Ann Brockman was absolutely thrilled that Islander readers chose the blue gown for her night at the
Oscars. "It was my pick," she said. She can thank her "lucky stars" for a wonderful son, Kevin, who arranged
her dream trip to Hollywood and escorted her to the night at the Oscars. Islander Photo: Courtesy Hollywood
she only knew as Carlos was to style her hair. Finally,
at 2:30 p.m., the limo would arrive to whisk Brockman
(in either her black or blue gown!) and her son away to
The Kodak Theatre for the Academy Awards.
That's as far as the pre-trip plans went, though.
You'll have to wait for Mary Ann to tear herself away
from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and return
home before reading about all the juicy details of her
experience in Hollywood. Stay tuned for Mary Ann's
"tell all" in the next issue of The Islander.
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THE ISLANDER N MARCH 27, 2002 E PAGE 17
Turtle Watch begins beach patrols on Island
By Jim Hanson
Turtle preservation volunteers have begun their
annual patrols of the Anna Maria Island beaches, a
month earlier than usual because of the beach
renourishment project under way.
They will check the beach renourishment areas
every morning through April, said Suzi Fox, who holds
the state marine turtle preservation permit for the Is-
land. Come May 1, they will begin patrolling the en-
tire beach from Bean Point to Longboat Pass, looking
for signs of turtle nesting.
"April is very early for sea turtles to come ashore
to nest," she said, "but not unheard of. We have to be
sure we know about any nests in the renourished area
especially, so we can move them to safety."
Most of the turtles laying eggs on Anna Maria are
loggerheads, with the occasional green and even leather-
back showing up. The mothers come ashore where they
hatched decades ago, dig down a foot and a half or so, lay
up to 100 eggs in it, cover them and go back to the Gulf,
letting the sun and warm sand do the incubating.
A couple of months later the tiny hatchlings
emerge and head to the Gulf to begin a long struggle
for survival. Instinct attracts them to the sparkle of the
water, upland lights often lure them to death away from
The nesting season runs generally from May to
October, but it can begin any time now whenever
the water warms to near 80 degrees. It was 70 earlier
Turtle Watch is organized, beach walkers trained,
dredge contractors briefed and cooperative, Fox's all-
terrain vehicle finally permitted to travel on all sections
of the beach, and all is ready ... except.
Except for towels. Fox said the program needs
towels by the hundreds to clean and wrap ailing turtles.
Strong old towels in large numbers: "I'd like to keep
my own this year."
The winners, please
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contemporary clothing store in Bradenton, met to pick
the winners in the Islander's Oscar contest. The gown
was chosen by popular vote from Islander readers, and
the raffle prizes were drawn randomly from the entries.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
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tal beading and a keyhole bodice, the one chosen by
a popularity contest from among four in The Islander
newspaper's Oscar contest. She's delighted with with
the winner, she said, and she'll wore it to the Oscar
presentations March 24, where she was the guest of
her son Kevin, senior vice president at ABC-TV.
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Cortez executive Hoffman is heading west
By Jim Hanson
Janet Hoffman has done what she came to Cortez
to do, and more. Now she's heading home, to Wyo-
She is, until May 23, manager of Cortez Water-
fronts Florida, the group formed by the state and Mana-
tee County to help Cortez remain Cortez.
A county planner, her job has been financed by the
county. The state part of the Cortez Waterfronts pro-
gram ended last September, but the county extended it
for a year to wrap up loose ends.
County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, Cortez
resident and businesswoman who has chaired the pro-
gram, said Waterfronts officials are talking with other
Cortez organizations about continuing the program.
"It's not dead by any means," she said. "It just needs
a new home, which could be FISH (Florida Institute for
Saltwater Heritage) or another village organization."
Hoffman's tenure has seen grants to renovate the
former fire house cum community center, rebuild the
historic Miller dock/net camp, create the bronze monu-
The Anna Maria Island
Privateers held its final
Thieves Market Saturday, .
March 23. The event was held
at the Holmes Beach City Hall
field. The market offered deals
on collectibles, books, crafts, B
tools, jewelry, antiques,
clothing, pottery and fresh i
vegetables. Barbecue was also --
served. The fundraiser will -
help the group support local
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Designed to keep Cortez as it is and take care of
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Originally from Los Angeles, she ended up driving
a truck in the Wyoming oil fields to support her four
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 27, 2002 E PAGE 19
School planning making some progress
The big new school project has cleared some
hurdles and faces more, architect Ernest Dreher told a
meeting of intensely interested people at the old
Parents, teachers, just interested citizens showed up
in numbers for the master plan review by Dreher and the
project manager for the Manatee County School Board.
This was No. 7 in the series of master plans to re-
place the Anna Maria Elementary School in Holmes
Beach, Dreher said.
It's all coming together piece by piece, he said, and
will be presented to the school board in May and just
possibly the formal design phase may begin in June.
"We're figuring how best to use the site for the new
school while still using the old one during'construc-
tion," he said. "It will be a phased construction project
One approach had most of the campus staying in-
tact, he said, while another had most of it torn down.
"Now we're in between. It's important to understand
that we're not yet in the design phase, only dealing in
concepts for now."
The school board has allocated $5.17 million for
the school, and some additional tax money could be
forthcoming, though specific cost and size of the new
school are not yet established.
One thing for sure, it will be bigger the present
complex is 42,800 square feet, which is 25 percent
undersize according to state requirements. The new one
will be somewhere around 55,000 square feet, Dreher
Caught in the WAVE
Anna Maria Elementary School students recognized for civic achievements March 22 at the We Are Very
Exceptional "WAVE" awards include, in alphabetical order, Carly Bartlett, Isaiah Beaton, Neasa Calleja,
Terra Cole, Kyle Crum, Megan Drake, Nathaniel Ellsworth, Zach Evans, Lindsey George, Mallory Kosfeld,
Rainia Lardas, Liz Matney, Kayleigh Monetti, Vajra Morano, Chris Perez, Michael Rogers, Kyla Secor,
Taylor Smith and Annie Williams. Recipients of the WAVE award receive a coupon for a free serving of ice
cream at Mama Lois in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Andrea Dennis
PAC at IMS elects new board representative
By Andrea Dennis
"He strikes me as a speak softly but carry a big
stick kind of guy." That's how Island Middle School
secretary Mary Beth Morgan describes Scott Bassett,
who was elected by the Parent Advisory Committee to
serve as the PAC's representative to the charter school
board March 19.
New to the area from Michigan, Bassett and his
wife Debbie have sixth-grade twins who attend IMS.
The family chose IMS over other area middle
schools because, as Bassett stated, "it offers our chil-
dren a more hands-on approach to education -
smaller classrooms, strong academics and a more
Because of several reasons, including his more than
20 years practicing law, service as an advocate for children
and current position as board member of a national child
advocacy organization, Bassett said he believed he could
contribute his knowledge and experience in order to help
the school reach its full potential.
"My experience as a mediator, in particular, has
taught me to assist others in finding common ground
and settling their differences," he said in the statement
read by wife Debbie at the PAC meeting before being
elected by a vote of the parents. "I will commit to use
the skills I have acquired over the years as a mediator
to facilitate the board in overcoming challenges and in
making decisions that will benefit all our children."
Though elected, Scott isn't the only member of his
family to step up and help the school. Morgan said
Debbie has been helpful to the school since the family
came to the area in January.
"She's been very involved," Morgan said. "If I
need anything, I know I can pick up the phone and ask
said. That amounts to 145 square feet per student,. com-
pared with the present 113.
"The big concern is to replicate the existing envi-
ronment with its openness and courtyards, while keep-
ing it relatively small scale," he said. Part of it will be
two stories. All of it will get highly focused attention
to air quality, for that is a nagging problem with the
The auditorium may survive under current think-
ing, and will be separate from the dining facility, where
in previous discussions a combined facility, a
"cafetorium" was considered.
And so, incidentally, will the big oak trees if
Dreher has his way. He swears he will figure out a way
to fit an excellent big new campus among the trees.
The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the
temperatures are rising. Spring is finally here, and that
means Spring Break is in full swing.
With the Island's children out and about, we at The
Islander thought it would be fitting to send out a mes-
sage full of meaning and vision. And to do this, we
reflect back to Anna Maria Elementary School's Peace
Pole celebration in early March when students wrote
essays for the event. Following is the winning essay:
May peace prevail on Earth
By Maria Price
"May peace prevail on Earth." That means the
kindness of everybody treating everyone fair and equal,
at least that's what it means to me.
The way I put it, it is like having a whole commu-
nity bond together and share the blessings of each
other, letting everyone know their feelings. It would be
so nice seeing people helping other people. Not being
cruel to anybody would be a miracle. If I was the mayor
or president, I would only allow a little cruelness, so it
wouldn't be so bad.
If we had guns in this world I would only let people
use them for shooting targets and killing some animals
for food. The sound of a gun shooting at people rings
violently in my ears. People who use violence scare us.
I wouldn't want those people to be left alone and out
of everything. So I would help them.
If people were judged by their color it would make
me feel angry and sad. I mean, just because I'm a dif-
ferent color it doesn't mean that I'm bad or anything,
but all my friends are very nice. I am very lucky to have
friends who accept me for who I am and not for what
I look like. I am also very lucky to live in a country that
lets people be free.
That is what "May peace prevail on Earth" means
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Students in Jenifer Catlin's
sixth- and seventh-grade
science classes at Island
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Beach got a first-hand look last
week at all the trash on Island
beaches. What's more, they
volunteered to pick up as much
as they could during an hour-
long beach cleanup. It's all
.O part of learning about the
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.determine if the garbage comes
A. from ships and boats at sea or
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participating in the project
5 were Catlin and Janet Toy with
students Jason Grey, Jennifer
Walker, Danielle Cronin,
Stepanie Diaz, Alexa Thorne,
Wade Risha and Jennifer Head.
Sue Scheurle also participated
as a volunteer.
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AME students receive 'DAREing' diplomas
By Andrea Dennis
After 17 weeks, Anna Maria Elementary School's
fifth-graders have finally passed a daring test and re-
ceived their DARE, or Drug Abuse Resistance Educa-
The graduation ceremony was held in the school's
auditorium last Thursday and honored the students
from Joyce Ellis' and Anne Kinnan's classes. Students
received a certificate and a stuffed "DARE bear" for
In addition, the winning authors of essays on drugs
- and how they could adversely affect their lives were
recognized during the ceremony. Madison Easterling
from Kinnan's class and Lacey Reddy from Ellis' class
read their essays and were each awarded a medal, gift
certificate to Wheels Skating Inc., and an evening of
fun at Chuck E. Cheese restaurant with DARE leader/
Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon and school
guidance counselor Cindi Harrison.
Principal Tim Kolbe stressed the importance of
good decision-making by the kids in the future to
graduates and attending parents.
"You hear the message of drugs. It's all around
you," Kolbe said. "You kids have to make the decision
not to do it. So, make good choices."
A sleepover at Mote
Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson
Parkway, Sarasota, is holding Twilight with the
Turtles, a unique overnight program where children can
learn fascinating facts about sea turtles.
Then it's time for lights out with the children set-
tling down to sleep in the Marine Mammal Center next
to their favorite animal exhibit.
The event will take place from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30
a.m. Friday, April 5, for children 7-9 years old and
Saturday, April 6, for children 10-12 years old. Activi-
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The cost is $30 per child for Mote Marine Labora-
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Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Intormafion:.778-3390. Fee applies.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Adult volleyball at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407-Magnolia Aye ,'Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
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.
Thursday, March 28
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free tax help from AARP at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, IHolmes Beach.
Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting at
the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
11 a.m. Kathleen Schubel of Island Chiropractic
hosts a health workshop at Island Chiropractic, 3612 East
Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0722.
7p.m. Smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Commu-
nity Center, 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach.
7 to 8:15 p.m. Yoga/dance class with Angela Jack-
son at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria City. Information: 778-1908.
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 opening night of "Arsenic
and Old Lace" at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875.
Friday, March 29
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 30
9 a.m. Horseshoes contest at Anna Maria-City Hall.
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. .; : ',
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sahib Shriners annual car. truck.
and motorcycle show and poker run at Robarts Arena.
Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Information- 358-8835. .
9:30 a.m. Manatee County Parks and Recreation
Easter Egg Hurit at G.T. Bray Recreational Complex,.
5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Information: 742-.
5974 ext. 6032.
10:30 a.m.- Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary presents
"Saturday at the Sanctuary Shorebirds" at 1708 Ken
Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
8 p.m. Island Players present "California Suite" at
the Island Players Theatre, Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria.BSox office: 778-5755.
8 pm. Manatee Players present "Arsenic and Old
Lace" at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875.
Sunday, March 31
6:30 a.m. Anna Maria Island Easter sunrise ser-
vices at Manatee County Public Beach, Manatee Avenue
and Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
9 a.m. Easter egg hunt at Church of the Annuncia-
tion, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
12:45 p.m. Easter egg hunt at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
2p.m. Island Players present "California Suite" at
the Island Players Theatre, Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Box office: 778-5755.
2p.m. Manatee Players present "Arsenic and Old
Lace" at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875.
Monday, April 1
10:15 a.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting with guest
authors Sylvia Price and Paul Adams at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
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Noon to 4 p.m. Farewell party for library clerk Carol
Sandidge at Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St.,
6:30p.m. Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island meet-
ing with guest speaker Carl Voyles at the Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Tuesday, April 2
7 to 9 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating
Skills and Seamanship program begins at Manatee Tech-
nical Institute, 5603 34th St. W., Room 62, Bradenton.
Information: 795-6189 or 778-2495. Fee applies.
Wednesday, April 3
Noon Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island meet-
ing and fashion show at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307
Snead Island Rd., Palmetto. Information: 778-2427 or
778-7865. 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.
Episcopal Church women luncheon at the church of
the Annunciation April 4.
Artists Guild Gallery opening reception for "Artists-
in-Waiting" April 5.
Anna Maria Art League opening reception for "Fresh
Stuff' April 5.
Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden Sunset Dinner
Duette Park Ranger guided trail tour with the Mana-
tee-Sarasota Sierra Club April 6.
Palma Sola Botanical Park Spring Garden Tour
April 6 & 7.
Blood drive at Roser Memorial Community Church
"Conserving our Ocean Resources through Aquac-
ulture" at Mote Marine Laboratory April 8.
First United Methodist Church presents "Cotton
Patch Gospel" April 9.
Friends of the Island Branch Library present news
correspondent James McCartney April 9.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Spring
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
March 15, found property, 200 block South Bay
Boulevard. A bicyclist found a wallet and turned it
over to sheriff's deputies, who contacted the owner
and returned it to hinmr.
March 15, information, 200 block Elm Avenue.
The complainant called deputies after having a dis-
pute with a contractor doing work on her home.
Deputies advised her the matter was civil in nature.
March 15, underage drinking, Maple Avenue at
the beach. The underage suspect was found in pos-
session of a beer at the beach.
March 16, criminal mischief, 200 block Chilson
Avenue. The complainant reported he and a contrac-
tor doing work on his house had a dispute regarding
the amount of time involved spent on the work. The
homeowner told deputies he saw the contractor go
around the side of the house and then heard the
sound of leaking gas. He then saw the contractor
leave the property. Someone had cut the wires and
punched holes in the air conditioning unit at the
house, according to the report.
March 18, theft, 100 block 81st Street. The com-
plainant reported someone took her wallet contain-
ing identification and credit cards.
March 18, stolen bicycle, 200 block Magnolia
Avenue. The complainant reported she left her bike
in a bike rack and, when she returned, it was miss-
March 20, information, 300 block North Bay
Boulevard, Bayfront Park. Deputies responded to a
report of an assault. The victim said she had been
kicked in the ribs when she left the rest room. Para-
medics and the deputy could see no signs of injury.
She became increasingly belligerent and would not
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appeared from the scene.
March 20, information, 300 block North Bay
Boulevard. The complainant said she tripped on a
broken sidewalk while walking.
March 14, warrant arrest, 100 block Third Street
South. Officers arrested a woman on an outstanding
driving under the influence warrant.
March 15, defrauding an innkeeper, 200 N. Gulf
Drive, Beach House Restaurant. A restaurant patron
order a burger and fries and left without paying. Of-
ficers searched the area but were unable to locate the
March 15, criminal mischief, 2200 block Av-
enue B. Unknown person shot at least two BBs into
the front window about two weeks ago and the com-
plainant just noticed the damage, according to the
March 16, domestic battery, Highland Avenue.
Officers responded to a domestic call involving two
roommates. One man was outside the residence with
blood and abrasions on his face and hands. A friend
of the man inside the residence came by to talk to
him and the man outside became violent and had to
be restrained by officers, according to the report. He
was placed in handcuffs and, while in the patrol car,
began to try to kick out the windows of the patrol
car. He eventually calmed down, was transported to
the police station and questioned. Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies arrived to transport him to
jail and, when he was placed in the patrol car, began
to strike his head against the interior of the vehicle.
He was further restrained and taken to Blake Medi-
cal Center for treatment. He again became violent in
the emergency room, but eventually received treat-
ment. While being transported to jail, the suspect
once again became violent and the officer reported
the suspect was pepper sprayed.
March 16, burglary of a vehicle, 2312 Gulf
Drive, Sunset Terrace. The complainant reported
someone had removed a CD player from his un-
locked vehicle. The CD player was valued at $90.
March 16, lost/stolen property, 1100 block Gulf
Drive North, beach. The complainant said he took
his camera to the beach to take pictures of the sun-
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later when he wanted to take more pictures and re-
alized he had left his camera on the beach, he re-
turned to the beach and it was not there. The value
of the camera was estimated at $135.
March 17, Baker Act, 2400 Avenue C. Officers
responded to a call and, after investigation, placed
the suspect under the Baker Act and assisted para-
medics in transporting the suspect to the hospital.
March 18, theft, Coquina Beach Bayside Park. A
vending machine was broken into and approximately
March 19, city ordinance violation, Cortez
Beach. Officers noticed a man fishing off one of the
erosion control groins and cited the man for trespass-
March 19, trespass, 100 block Gulf Drive North.
The complainant said an unknown man was standing
in her bedroom. He left the room when she entered,
police canvassed the area and were unable to locate
March 20, Marchman Act, 2502 Gulf Drive
North, EconoLodge. The manager of the resort
called police and reported a man was causing a dis-
turbance. Officers located the suspect, who was in-
toxicated, according to the report. He had no iden-
tification and his speech was so slurred he could not
be understood and was transported to jail.
March 15, gas drive off, 3015 Gulf Drive. The
complainant said someone drove off without paying
for $11.26 in gasoline.
March 15, theft, 7200 block Marina Drive. The
complainant said someone took his 12-foot alumi-
num boat, valued at $600.
March 16, theft and driving without a valid
driver's license, 2900 block Gulf Drive. While on
patrol the officer noticed a car weaving in the road.
The officer ran the license plate of the car and was
told it was reported stolen from another vehicle. The
officer stopped the driver and determined the car
was owned by someone other than the driver. The
driver also did not have a valid driver's license.
March 17, burglary, 6500 block Gulf Drive. The
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complainant said he returned to the house after it had
been vacant for three months and discovered some-
one had removed the well pump and motor from the
pump house in the back yard.
March 17, burglary, 3700 block Gulf Drive. The
complainant reported someone entered her condo-
minium unit and took her purse and jewelry case
with a combined value of $2,000.
March 19, trespass, 2900 block Avenue C. The
complainant said juveniles were in her garage when
she returned home and one kicked her cat as he left.
They left before police could respond. Neighbors
told police the juveniles had lived in the residence
before the complainant moved in.
March 19, stolen property, 300 block 72nd
Street. Neighbors agreed to a bike sale transaction,
but money was not exchanged. Police were called,
the bicycle confiscated as evidence, the bike was
later paid for and returned to the new owner. Total
dollar amount involved in the transaction was $25.
March 19, burglary of vehicle, 3000 block Gulf
Drive. Someone entered a truck through a back win-
dow and took a cellular phone valued at $120.
March 21, burglary of vehicle, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Manatee Public Beach. While dining at the restau-
rant, someone broke into the complainants car win-
dow and removed money, credit cards and jewelry.
March 21, burglary, 5608 Marina Drive, Island
Auto Repair. Someone entered the business through
a back window. Cabinets were ransacked and loose
hand tools valued at $300 were taken. Police believe
two people broke into the business. Four cars in the
garage were also burglarized.
March 21, theft, 6400 Marina Flotilla Drive. The
complainant reported someone had taken a rental bi-
cycle from his unlocked carport.
March 21, theft, 6200 Flotilla Drive. The com-
plainant reported someone removed a bicycle from
his carport. The bike was valued at $400.
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There's some pretty weird things out in the Gulf
It's been a few weeks of weirdness in this part of
the world, what with an oarfish washing ashore on the
north end of the Island and a 5-foot-long sturgeon end-
ing up on a Pinellas County beach earlier in the month.
From the Internet comes this info about the oarfish:
"It is the longest bony fish in the sea. Also known
as the ribbon fish, it can grow up to 50 feet in length
and weigh as much as 100 pounds. The oarfish is eas-
ily distinguished by its shiny, silvery body and its
bright red crest that runs the entire length of its body.
"Oarfish live in the deep ocean at depths down to
3,000 feet. They have only been known to come up to
the surface when sick or dying and have rarely ever
. been seen alive. Oarfish have a small mouth and no
teeth. They strain crustaceans from the gill rakers in
their mouth. It is believed that an oarfish can survive
with only half of its body intact.
"It is believed that the oarfish may have been re-
sponsible for the many sightings of sea serpents re-
ported by ancient mariners. It is indeed one of the
strangest looking fish in the sea. Oarfish are found
throughout the deep seas of the eastern Atlantic and
They're in the Gulf of Mexico, too? Apparently so,
which makes sense when you remember that parts of
the Gulf are 14,400 feet deep.
Snooks Adams, the Island's authority on all things
pertaining to water, said he's seen a few oarfish in his
time, but none as long as the 10-footer found on Anna
And the sturgeon?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers lineman Jeff Winans has
a house on the water in St. Petersburg and found a
weird fish washed ashore on his shore March 15. It
looked kinda like an alligator: flat snout with a hard,
bony back. It was white, with bright yellow plates on
Come to find out, it was a sturgeon, the fish that
Sturgeon were once plentiful in the Gulf, but over-
fishing around the turn of the century pretty much
wiped them out. Mote Marine Laboratory began breed-
ing sturgeon a few years ago in the hopes of producing
a cash crop of caviar. The Florida Marine Research
Institute also bred a bunch of sturgeon and released
them in the Hillsborough River a few years ago to see
if the species could re-establish itself.
Apparently it can, if the dead 5-footer in St. Peters-
burg is any indication.
Black zone off Florida
It appears we have our own dead zone in the Gulf
between Marathon and Naples, adding to the weirdness
in and around our coast.
"We haven't seen anything like it before," was how
one Mote Marine Laboratory scientist put it.
The black water encompasses an area about the
size of Lake Okeechobee. The water is full of a phy-
toplankton not too much different than red tide, al-
though the variety found to the south isn't as toxic to
fish. In fact, water samples taken from the area aren't
all that toxic: fish just don't seem to like to hang out in
And the water is black in color, or at least a lot
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darker than surrounding Gulf waters.
There is some good news, though, in that the black
zone appears to be shrinking. Scientists are trying to
figure out if it's a pulse of freshwater carrying dirt or
other sediments which has attracted the phytoplankton,
or if its something altogether different.
Right now, they're still staring into microscopes at
the samples retrieved from the area.
You may remember that there is another dead zone
of water in the Gulf south of Louisiana. That zone,
about 8,000 square miles last year, is thought to be in
an area of little current movement but sort of the final
resting place from waters of the Mississippi River.
With the river collecting about half the runoff of the
United States, and carrying in it all that fertilizer, pes-
ticide and other goop, it's no wonder it ends up as a
dead region in the Gulf.
Perhaps Florida's dead zone is the end result of the
River of Grass, the end product of all the runoff from
Government has stepped in to bail out a private
contractor building one of the world's largest water
desalination plants, under construction south of Tampa.
Tampa Bay Water found out a few weeks ago that the
private outfit building the plant, Tampa Bay Desal, had a
horrible credit rating. Bonds the private organization
hoped to get to finish the $110 million project would be
high-priced if possible at all in light of the lousy
credit rating. However, Tampa Bay Water has an A-plus
bond rating, meaning lower interest rates and, eventually,
a lower cost for consumers of the water.
Some estimates predict the buyout will drop the
cost of water by as much as 25 cents per thousand gal-
Boating skills, seamanship
program starting Tuesday
Flotilla 81 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will
launch a seven-part boating skills and seaman-
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The program will run for seven consecutive
Tuesday and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in
Room 62 of Manatee Technical Institute, 5603
34th St. W., Bradenton.
Completion of the course will result in a cer-
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prove the holder is qualified to operate a power
boat. Cost of $25 includes materials.
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So what does all that mean to us?
Remember that all water runs downhill, in this case
from the north to the south. The Floridan Aquifer is like
a huge sponge under Florida's surface, and if you suck
water out of that sponge uphill, it diminishes the
amount of water around it.
Less water taken from the sponge to our north,
more water in our own sponge to the south.
Nudity coming to a beach near you?
Here's a titillating story for you: a group called the
Tampa Area Naturists want to set aside a portion of
Fort DeSoto Park in Pinellas County as a clothing-op-
The TAN people ya gotta love the name, huh?
- estimate the admission charges to the beach would
produce a cool $1 million a year, plus somewhere be-
tween $25-$85 million in other revenue from restau-
rants, motels and shops.
The request goes to the board of directors of the
park, just across Tampa Bay from Anna Maria Island.
The board will then make a recommendation to the
Pinellas County Commission for a final decision.
My old buddy John Morroni, a county commis-
sioner up there, summed up his thoughts about a nude
beach in his usual straight-laced Republican way: "Ab-
solutely not. Nada. No way."
There is a huge clothing-optional resort in north-
east Tampa called Paradise Lakes which, I understand,
is packed with naked people from around the world
most of the time. TAN people believe a naked beach
would siphon off some of Paradise Lakes' revenue.
"Between being nude in beautiful Fort DeSoto
beach and sitting around a pool in downtown Lutz,
where would you rather be?" a TAN spokesperson
And before you start writing angry letters to me:
No, I'm not suggesting clothing be an option at Co-
Here's a fun factoid. A Colorado inventor has de-
signed and hopes to market a gizmo that lets deaf
people communicate with non-hearing impaired folks.
Ryan Patterson has come up with a glove that the
deaf can wear. They go through the usual American
Sign Language and what they sign is turned into text
on a small display screen.
The glove and display screen won't allow deaf
people to exchange lengthy conversations the
screen's too small but would allow simple conver-
sations to take place. Patterson got the idea while
watching a bunch of deaf people try to order at a Burger
King, of all places.
Patterson has received inquiries from manufactur-
ers who want to produce his glove, but he's decided to
make and market it himself.
Not too bad for a 17-year-old, huh?
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 27, 2002 0 PAGE 27
Snook fishing starting to really pick up
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Whitebait is back and with it, snook action has
really exploded this week.
Other backwater action includes redfish and big
trout. Offshore, look for kingfish to start their run any
day now. While waiting on the kings, try to catch some
of the cobia which are starting to show up, or the main-
stays: big grouper and snapper.
If you're still hungry for sheepshead, better get 'em
while you can: action is starting to slow for those tasty
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's getting
good catches of grouper, snapper and mackerel, plus
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's suggests you pick what you want to catch:
sheepshead or mackerel in the Gulf or snook, redfish
or trout in the backwater. Fishing is pretty much excel-
lent anywhere you go right now.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said co-
bia are starting to show up and kingfish should appear
any day now. Offshore fishing for grouper and snapper
is still excellent, and snook seem to be the choice of
backwater anglers right now.
Capt. Curt Morrison and Capt. Ryan Hackney
on the Neva-Miss said they're putting charters onto
grouper to 20 pounds, snapper to 4 pounds, plus lane
snapper and triggerfish. They also caught at least one
keeper-size cobia on three trips running.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business said he's
been catching snook to 39 inches, with limit catches on
almost every trip out. Other featured fare includes some
redfish and trout.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach said mackerel are starting to show up
and snook fishing is getting better now that whitebait
are getting thick in the bays.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
fishing is finally where it should be for this time of
year, with good reports of snook, redfish and trout be-
ing caught by wade fishers and grouper and snapper for
the offshore anglers.
Capt. Matt Bowers said he's still catching lots of
big red grouper to 20 pounds and mangrove snapper to
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Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
more and more snook are being brought back to the
docks these days. Sheepshead are still lurking around
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and adjacent reefs, and
black drum are hanging around the cut.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said there are
still big sheepshead out there, plus mackerel, oversize
redfish and a few pompano and black drum, as well as
some huge jacks being reeled onto the dock.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, look for sheeps-
head, pompano and mackerel, plus yellowtail snapper
and some jacks. Whitebait is starting to get thick
around the pilings, and seem to be drawing in keeper-
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's doing well with redfish and big trout,
with artificial baits working the best for him as he
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Holmes Beach said he's caught several blackfin tuna
up to 30 pounds, plus amberjack to 30 pounds, red
grouper to 20 pounds plus lane and mangrove snapper
to 4 pounds.
On my boat Magic we have still been catching
sheepshead, up to 30 a day, plus snook, mackerel, trig-
gerfish, mangrove snapper, redfish and some really big
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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At Che's monument
Thomas J. and Lois D. McGann of Holmes Beach
take their Islander to the monument for Che
Guevara, hero of the Cuban revolution, in Santa
Islander goes Hollywood
Former Islander David Reid, right, points out local news to Bob Saget, star of stage and (TV) screen from
"Full House" to "America's Funniest Videos" to "Raising Dad."
Donald and Susan Fernald with hometown news at Taormina, Sicily, while cruising
the Mediterranean aboard the "mega-yacht" Sea Dream. Susan explained that with
cruise reservations chancy after Sept. 11, they booked aboard the super-yacht "and
that's how we'll travel from now on."
John Fara of Anna Maria City pauses near the Coliseum in Rome to rest and read about the Island during a
holiday in Italy.
Peter and Janice Mattina of Anna Maria take their
news a long way from home to Maracas Bay,
Trinidad, where they were cruising.
here at the
THE ISLANDER E MARCH 27, 2002 E PAGE 29
Top techs at Island Marine
Island Marine technicians Brian Malcolm, right, and
Wayne Garlock, left, along with owner Rudy Kratz,
recently completed their five-star certification for
Yamaha motors. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Island Marine certified
Veteran Island businessman Rudy Kratz is now
certified. While some people might think the popular
owner of Island Marine at 412 Pine Ave. in Anna
Maria has been certified for years (just joking), he's
actually obtained his master technician certification
from Yamaha Motors.
Along with Island Marine technicians Brian
Malcolm, Jeff Brown Jr. and Wayne Garlock, Kratz
and the staff all recently completed the required
Yamaha training for the company's designation. That
means they are fully trained to handle all types of prob-
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Kratz, who has been on the Island since 1972, said
the Island Marine technicians also have certifications
for Evinrude-Johnson engines and Mercury outboards.
Island Marine recently started selling Suzuki en-
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Marine include Sailfish and Triumph boats.
With certified technicians, a full-service marina
along with high-and-dry and wet storage, Island Marine
is in good shape to handle just about every boater's
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"We've got boat rentals and bait, and we have a
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said with a laugh.
Island Marine is open seven days a week from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information, or free boating
advice, call 778-1260.
Anna Maria Luigi digs espresso
Noted Island character Luigi has now moved to a
new residence at the Anna Maria Island Coffee Com-
pany at 314 Pine Ave., just a few blocks from his old
spot at the Island Deli.
Forget the deli stuff, Luigi's now a coffee drinker,
said Coffee Company owner Bob Termini.
"Actually, we adopted Luigi. When we first got
him, he was missing an arm. So [artist] Richard Tho-
mas got him a new arm and hand and he's been with
us ever since."
Luigi has become so popular that Island visitors
stop to have their picture taken with him all the time,
"He's really become quite a tourist attraction," he
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But Luigi is doing more than just drinking espresso
and cappuccino these days. The Coffee Company now
boasts a menu of Cuban, American and Italian subs,
sandwiches, pasta, salads and soups. There's also a
daily special complete with focaccia bread.
Termini suggests calling ahead for a takeout order.
The Coffee Company is open daily from 7 a.m. to
10:30 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 779-
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product or service; a new hire, or an award-winning
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Islanders holding their own in inter-league play
By Kevin Cassidy
Special to The Islander
Having Island baseball teams regularly play
against teams from Manatee East and North River
Little Leagues has been well received by players,
parents, and coaches alike, and our Island teams
have more than held their own against the teams
from "across the bridges."
As Little League enjoys a "Spring Break" in the
action this week, both AAA teams currently hold
winning inter-league records, while both major
league teams are at .500.
The biggest problem that is occurring with inter-
league play is in getting timely results and statistics
as the two "town" leagues involved don't have a
weekly newspaper reporting for them.
Speaking of statistics, Jarrod McKenzie "went
yard" twice in the past week to give him the early
lead in homeruns. Nick Sato also knocked one out of
the park last week while C.J. Wickersham hit one
over the fence the week before.
Action resumes on Tuesday, April 2. Stay tuned!
Kiwanis drops heartbreaker
in inter-league action
A slow rolling grounder up the middle by
Stanley scored Kyle Friewald with the winning run
to propel Troxler & Smith to a 2-1 inter-league Little
League victory over Kiwanis Friday, March 22, at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Kiwanis had an opportunity to get the run back
in the bottom of the sixth inning when Patrick Cole
reached on an error leading off the inning, but T&S
pitcher Brandon Hardy struck out the next two bat-
ters and Cole got caught straying too far from first
to end the game with T&S on top by a 2-1 score.
Stanley's seeing-eye, game-winning hit spoiled
an outstanding pitching effort by Kiwanis' Patrick
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Kiwanis' Patrick Cole follows through during his
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''-' K market for over ten years,
and bring. enthusiasm to
e ever transaction. She worked
for a largc Gurman bank for
nine.Near., and is also skilled
in deiigning custom Porsches,
sales, -marketing. advertising
"'A o1z-nancial management.
Shb a~rnd-J a lau degree from
-. ... t ie L1r. er..it olf Heidelberg.
I CE N R.
CGot a fish
Fish stories and photos
of your catch are always
welcome at The Islander.
Photos are returned.
Label with names, catch,
etc. Phone contact.
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 s
" doors with security film, extra insulation, o '
i-i. large screened decks, a private master suite "" '
,. " ^ on upper level with views of bay and Gulf .. ll 11 11 I
$ from another deck. Electric and water are at
the dock as is a 12,000-lb. boatlift. Priced to
I'sell at $695,000. Call for appointment. . -
.-sellt Robert L. Loomis
Lic. Real Estate Broker
Phone (941) 779-9200
.... Cell (941) 704-0489
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30
both runs, while Hardy and Stanley each managed
Schneerer's double and one run scored led
Kiwanis, who also received singles from Shane
Pelkey, Cole and Woten.
WMFD 12, Kiwanis 2
Jared McKenzie and Nick Sato each "went yard"
in the bottom of the first inning to jump-start the
WMFD offense to a 12-2 win over Kiwanis Tuesday,
March 19, at the Center. McKenzie was also the win-
ning pitcher, going three innings and allowing only
three hits and one run while striking out four before
Sean Price relieved and closed the game out with
two innings of one-hit ball.
McKenzie (2-for-3 double and a homerun) and
Sato (2-for-4 double, homerun and four RBI) led the
offensive charge for WMFD, which also received a
double and one run scored from both Ben Valdivisio
and Kyle Schoonover. Price went 2-for-3 including
a double and one run scored, while Spencer Carper
and Lance Berger each added singles. Zach
Geeraerts chipped in with three runs scored.
Kiwanis was led by Tanner Pelkey, who singled
and scored one run, and Connor Bystrom, who
walked and scored. Tyler Schneerer added an RBI
single, while Patrick Cole and Dylan Mullen each
AAA: Builders 12, Advanced 2
Celia Ware pitched three no-hit shutout innings,
Standings, Island inter-league
Major League, age 10-12
J irmie i .. .. 1 2, o33
AAA League, age 8-10
Quality Builders 1-2, 3-2
Boyd v Realty
in the Village of Longboat Key.
"Think Local, Buy Coastal"
410 22nd St. W. 309 Pine Ave.
Bradenton Anna Maria
(941) 750-8844 (941) 779-2233
Brenda Boyd May, Broker
TOLL FREE: 1(800) 813-7517
*O 3 *10P e v u-.O Bx *9 An M ra -- :.. O O,
218 84th St. Holmes Beach
You must not miss this custom built 3BR/2BA elevated home
located within walking distance to the beach. Beautiful hard-
wood floors, exquisite stone fireplace, large kitchen with
plenty of cabinet and counter space. Additional features
include laundry room, a brightly lit family room with spiral
staircase leading down to a 420 sq.ft. bonus room and an
expansive 4 to 6 car garage with built-in cabinets and work-
bench. Tropically landscaped, low maintenance yard with
sprinkler system. 5,000 sq.ft. can be yours for only
$379,900! Boat slip can be purchased separately. Dial
Darcie Duncan for your personal showing!
" I ]
Troxler & Smith pitcher Brandon Hardy silenced the
Kiwanis bats with a complete-game four-hitter in
their 2-1 win. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
including five strikeouts, to lead Quality Builders to
a 10-run inter-league victory over Advanced Man-
agement Systems Friday, March 22, at the Center.
Ware also helped herself at the plate, going 2-
for-3 including a double and one run scored, while
Stephen Thomas added a triple and an RBI single.
Broderick West singled and scored twice while
Miles Hostetler added a single, two walks, and three
runs scored. Garret Waiters and Sverin Walsted each
added singles to the Quality Builders offense.
A&E 7, Builders 6
Kayla Boak tripled and scored the winning run
on Shaw's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth in-
ning to propel Air & Energy past Quality Builders on
Tuesday, March 19, at the Center.
Boak finished the game with a perfect 3-for-3
performance as did Ryan Guerin who also scored
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
Offering the best customer
service and least problems '
when selling or buying.
I take the time and
listen to your needs.
1189 Edgewater Circle $247,500
PERICO BAY CLUB Nature-abounds, lovely 2BR/2BA with
one-car garage, views overlooking the bay with its sparkling
water, sunrise and sunset reflection illuminate the water and
sky. This condo is light and bright. Very easy to show.
214 83rd Street. Holmes Beach $339,000.
COMPLETELY REMODELED Just like a new home, 2BR/2BA,
one-car garage completely remodeled inside and out, Corian
counters, new bathrooms, new windows and doors, new A/C sys-
tem, new appliances, new ceilings and floors.
216 85th Street, Holmes Beach $324,900.
DEEDED BOAT DOCK Short walk to the beach, 2BR/2BA,
one-car garage plus a carport, 1,235 sq.ft. of living area, very
private yard, cozy screened porch, very spacious and well
maintained home. Move right in. With deeded boat dock on
524 72nd Street, Holmes Beach $459,000.
CANAL HOME Best home at the best price! 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Great price for this lovely home. Don't miss a great
opportunity to own on the Island. Very desirable elevated canal
home, sail boat water, open plan, cathedral ceiling, screened
patio overlooking the canal, views of the bay.
Marianne Correll, Realtor
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 27, 2002 0 PAGE 31
Island Day is
scheduled at Devil
The second annual Anna Maria Island Day
at the Ball Park has been set aside for April 20
by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
The baseball team has reserved 1,000 tick-
ets for Island fans at the game against the Bal-
timore Orioles. Tickets at $14 each may be ob-
tained at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Tick-
ets to ride a chartered bus to the game and back
The game is not the only competition in-
volved: The Little League team that sells the
most tickets to the affair gets to sing "Take Me
Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning
All Island Little League teams will be able
to participate in a parade on the field before the
game, the Center said. A team can be sponsored
to the event for $250.
The buses will leave the Center on game
day at 4:30 p.m. Additional information may be
obtained by calling 778-1908.
two runs. Alex Wright and Nick Galati each singled
and scored one run while Justin Dearlove and
DiMiceli added singles for A&E.
Quality Builders was led by Stephen Thomas,
who doubled and scored one run, and Garrett Wait-
ers, who singled and scored. Miles Hostetler, Burns
Easterling, and Joseph Karasiewicz each walked and
scored one run to round out the QB offense.
Kevin Cassidy is publisher of Sports Page, a
youth sports free publication distributed countywide,
coach for Manatee High School female soccer, and
a full-time teacher.
Make Your Move
so much easier
when buying or selling call
I serve the Islands e& the Inlands!
. 778-2246 or 800-211-2323
ONE OF THE KEY'S
KEYWEST-STYLE HOME IN ANNA MARIA
Anna Maria is the spectacular backdrop for this charming,
new Key West-style 4 bedroom home that is nestled on a
canal just 1 1/2 blocks from a white sandy beach. Picture this
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 for a virtual tour. $839,000.
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
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ITM O ALEGRG AE aRANSPORTATION
QUEEN-SIZE MATTRESS and box. Firm pillow top,
15-year warranty, like new, paid $900, sacrifice at
SOLID PINE CORNER cabinet, $325; Tunturi exer-
cise bike, $45; Round metal outdoor table and four
chairs, $60; Chinese rug, 8-by 12-feet, $129. Phone
778-1670, after 5pm.
FULL-SIZE MATTRESS and foundation, firm, like.
new, still in plastic, asking $250. 447-3767.
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.
FOR SALE: QUEEN bedroom set, washer/dryer,
stove, mirrored entertainment center, dining room
set, lamps, tables. Call 778-2484 or 778-1873.
150-GALLON SALTWATER aquarium with hand-
made oak cabinet. Fully equipped, $800. Call Bill,
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.
BINGO: Smoke free every Thursday, 7pm. Annie
Silvers Community Center, 23rd Street at Avenue C,
ISLANDER CLASSIFIEDS sell items fast. No bogus
work-at-home ads or scams. Just locals!
u Real Estate Specialist
SDed'icaton and EKxperience.
You C n Co~tnt On ...
YARD SALE SATURDAY March 30, 9am. House-
hold, clothes, toys, lots more. 412 Alamanda Road,
THREE HOUSEHOLD SALE: Saturday, March 30,
9am-1pm. Household, nick-knacks, a bit of every-
thing. 110 Third. St. S., Bradenton 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-
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 Islanderoffice, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Phone, 778-7978
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
Island Resident for 25 year
Realtor for 18 years, knows
Islands, Bradenton, Sarasc
Specializing in listing and s
residential and commercial
estate. Call Deborah for all
real estate needs!
941-778-0700 or 941-518-;
3224 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach
1973 MGB green, tan interior. $3,700. Call 779-
TWO 49CC SCOOTERS: 1999 Panda Cub, white/
purple, $900; 2000 Tomos TSR, silver/black,
1999 BUICK PARK Avenue. Burgundy with leather,
etc. 43,000 miles, one owner. $19,000. Please call
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.
1997 18-FOOT LEGACY deck boat, 90-HP
Johnson outboard, GPS fish/depth finder, custom t-
top, dual batteries. Always on lift and professionally
maintained, low hours. Must sell. $9,000. Phil, 778-
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
FLORIDA FISHING CLASSES with Guy DeBlasio,
Learn how to fish the flats, canals, boat, pier and
bridges, plus knot tying. Call 727-4343.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
% 7 2217 cu.I DRIVI2: NOGIIn BDoAINTON 5BEACHI. 'i 34217
SINCI 1939 '
HAROLD SMALL -
Office: (941) 778-2246 Fax (941) 778-4978
Toll Free: (800) 211-2323* Pager (941) 215-5450
Residence: (941) 792-8628
Ea E-mail: email@example.com
Call Samuel S. Smith
Quaint, north Anna
dence is located at
Maria's north point
beaches are just
steps away. This
property is a must
see and priced to
sell at $425,000.
Call Sam Smith,
"It'h s A SlihanXe !"
Without proper marketing and promotion, a terrible thing happens Nothing!
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 (941) 778-6066 or 800-865-0800 6101 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
Avoid the most common mistakes people
make when selling their homes. I'll show
you how. See my special "Hottest Home
Selling Plan." I'll share it with you for only
$10,000. Only kidding, its free!
S! Single-family homes from
SH the $180s, including homesites.
H_ Island lifestyle with
W ATCH off-Island convenience!
Just a five-minute
l .... ; ride to the beach!
OPEN DAILY 12-5 PM
PDirections: Cortez Road to
86th St. W., turn south on
86th St. W. Entrance to Heron's
Watch is 1/2 mile on the right.
QUALITY BUILDERS INC.
For information call 778-7127
THE ISLANDER N MARCH 27, 2002 I PAGE 33
FISHING__Continued__7-_HELPWANTEDContinued HEALTH CARE
PRIVATE CHARTERS. Fishing, snorkeling,
sightseeing, Egmont Key. USCG License. Captain
Keith Barnett. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
MY NAME is Sarah, I am 13 years old, and baby sit
pets and children. Charge $3 per pet and $5 per
child. Call 778-7622 or 778-7611.
FULL-TIME DISHWASHER/PREP wanted for open
kitchen. Hours are: Sunday-Wednesday, 9:30am-
3:30pm. Also hiring servers with fine dining expe-
rience. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or
fax 778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
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: email@example.com.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Li-
brary. Three-six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-6247.
BY LAND or BY SEA!
Karen M. Johnson & Captain Jeff Braaten
THINKING OF BUYING OR SELLING YOUR
HOME? LET OUR TEAM WORK FOR YOU ...
FROM THE ISLAND TO THE COUNTRY AND
FROM TERRA CEIA BAY TO SARASOTA BAY.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND
4BR/3.5BA, 1,984 sq.ft., pool. Walk to the beach
and your deeded boat slip. $349,900.
RVA4II Gulfstream Realty
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.
CHILDCARE WANTED in my home. Non-smoker
with valid driver's license. References required. Call
SERVERS WANTED part-time and/or full-time.
Apply in person at Augie's Italian Restaurant, 5366
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
GARDENER WANTED: Key Royale Club, part-
time up to 20 hours per week, $8/hour. Drug-free
workplace. Call John, 778-4598.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax 778-9392, or
mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.
DRIVERS: ISLAND TRANSPORTATION Inc. Fun
job, good money. Serious work ethic required. 779-
BUY IT, SELL IT FAST with ads in The Islander!
LOWEST PRICED CONDO
IN PERICO BAY!
--.- 2BR/2BA with magnificent
water views. New ceramic tile
7 throughout, all new appli-
"ances, updated kitchen and
baths. Beautifully decorated
..... and turnkey furnished. Heated
pool, Jacuzzi and tennis
lid_ courts! $198,000.
Don't leave the Island without
us. Subscribe by mail.
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.
ADULT CARE PROVIDER by experienced C.N.A.
792-5039, leave message.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, more. Hard-
working and responsible. Excellent references.
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.
ISLANDER Subscription? You can trust us to mail the
news the best news since 1992.
CorjrahiLat4iori to Frra v Mla..on orwntr
Stephalie BeLl, hlisband Kich
arnd brother Kee-c
Ernil. KJa arrived March 20!
7 [bs., 21 inches long!
Take your choice of only five remaining units at an unbelievable
Coveted Bay Palms area of Holmes price of only $279,000. These upscale properties
*. Beach. Delightful 3BR/2BA, 1,540 will not last long at this asking price.
Townhouse condo overlooking the t living and dining Showings and offers taken at our Open House,
Townhouse condo overlooking the rooms. Bright sunny exposures with
pool. Gulf views from two floors. Spa- year-round Florida room overlooking Daily 1-4 pm, at The Terrace, 3100 Gulf Drive.
cious, turnkey furnished, tastefully private, landscaped yard with patioIfyou are unable to attend, please call for an appointment
decorated. Excellent rental history. area. One-car garage and tile roof.
$465,000. Call Gayle Schulz, 778- Room for a pool. Priced to sell at to view this exceptional investment opportunity. (Closed Easter)
4847 or Lyn Poole, 725-0161. $317,500. Call Lyn Poole at 725-0161.
SEASONAL RENTALS -l.' /
2BR/2BA, one block to beach, beautiful. Available monthly April 3. I(LANt
New 3BR/2-5BA townhouse. One-and-a-half blocks VACATION <
to beach. Available after April 15. PROPERTIES, LLC
2BR/2BA Key Royale canal home with dock and
heated pool. Available seasonally. SALES AND RENTALS
CALL GAYLE SCHULZ FOR DETAILS, 778-4847. 3001 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217 941.778.6849 1.800.778.9599
www.islandvacationproperties.com or email@example.com
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Call Sue Carlson
779-0733 or 720-2242
413 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
"The best value on the Island just got better!"
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FURNITURE UPHOLSTERY, cushions, etc. Repair
and restoring antique specialist. Island Upholstery.
121 Bridge St. Free estimates. 778-4335.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $15 per hour- free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs, hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Interior, exte-
rior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Have sawmill, will
travel. 745-1043 Dan Michael, master carpenter.
MUSIC LESSONS for kids and adults: flute, saxo-
phone, clarinet. Beginning to advanced. 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.
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.
One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
W ben you choose Chase you
V are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders. .
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community. R
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, juml".:- L .f
ment, call Ron ocall for a free consular n
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (8001SO 9 .
Manhattan Mortgage Cornoratlon
PUT YOUR HOUSEWORK in my hands! Residen-
tial and commercial cleaning. Free estimates. All
work guaranteed. Call Laureen at "Supreme
INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small
businesses. All states. Ohio and Michigan our spe-
cialties. Call Pat, Kenney Tax Service, 761-8156.
EXCELLENT HOUSE CLEANING: Experienced,
reliable, clean and organized. Good references.
Please call Carla at 748-2300.
CAR SERVICE! Competitive rates. None extra for
early/late pickups. Tampa $75. Free local quotes.
24/7 Saylor Sedan 685-3233.
MY GRANDMOTHER TAUGHT me how to clean.
Let me clean your house the way grandma would.
Call Jeff, 792-5739.
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
etc. Reasonably priced. Call 727-5873.
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-
Tons of classified = tons of readers: The Islander
YOUR HOMETOWN REALTOR SINCE 1939
E-MAIL: AMI@WAGNERREALTY.COM WEBSITE: WAGNERREALTY.COM
.1 f-.-- -.---- ..2.
..... -........ -
WESTSIDE TOWNHOUSE! Updated
and spacious 2BR/2.5BA home across
from Palma Sola Golf Course. Large 15
by 31 ft. garage for lots of storage.
Close to beaches and priced at
$112,500. Call Dave Moynihan, 778-
2246 or 778-7976 eves.
GO INTO BUSINESS
Upscale gift shop at Manatee and
75th St., catering to the carriage
trade. Loaded with merchandise
and reduced again to just $90,000
for a quick sale. Call Ron Cornette
for appointment, 778-2246.
BAYFRONT CONDO! Summer Sands
2BR/2.5BA condo has it all! Heated
pool, Jacuzzi, secured elevator, cov-
ered parking for two cars. Across from
Gulf in most popular recently renovated
building. $299,900. Call Bill Bowman,
In exclusive gated community with
docking for 40-ft. boat. On Palma
Sola Bay with access to
Intracoastal Waterway. Bay views
for overprotected Mangroves.
$259,500. Call Dave Moynihan at
778-2246 or 778-7976 evenings.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON well
maintained 3BR/2BA residence with
large caged pool area, lovely lake vies
and short drive to the beaches! New
roof and air conditioner! $197,500. Call
Dave Moynihan, 778-2246 or 778-7976
Your own business in large shop-
ping center on Manatee Avenue.
Only $37,500 gets you a turnkey
operation with large clientele
base! Take over tomorrow.
MLS#81821. Call Dee Jorcyk at
778-2246 for appointment!
2217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BRADENTON BEACH, FL 34217 ,r
941 778-2246 800 211-2323
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ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it's 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.
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. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free es-
timates. 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
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
- G If-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria Inc.
5408 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
on beautiful Lake LaVista. A
m' 50-foot wrap-around deck,
lofty ceilings, fireplace, open
floor plan, all in a private tropi-
cal setting. Walk to the beach.
FIX IT UP
.. OR TEAR IT DOWN
Canalfront, 2.5 lots on sailboat
water or classic 50's redo with
5,400 sq.ft. and indoor heated
email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.gulfbayrealty.com
CLASSIC ISLAND DUPLEX
412 Spring boasts having as part of it's architecture the old Anna
Maria post office that used to be attached to my office at 409 Pine.
It was moved to 412 Spring many years ago and
attached to the circa 1935 Island cottage already there. 948 sfla
with two bath, two screened porches and a two-car carport on a
52 by 145 ft. lot in the City of Anna Maria. NOW ASKING $245,000.
TDoug Dowling Realty
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, Fl 34216
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
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.
AA MA /?A
MARIE 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
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VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, 795-5100 or cell 809-3100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodel-
ing contractors. In-house plan designs. State li-
censed and insured. Many Island references. 778-
2993. Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certi-
fying back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
MIKE McCALEB, ARCHITECT, P.A. 10-year Is-
land resident, 25 years experience. Remodels,
new homes, commercial. FEMA, DEP, waterfront.
B&D SEAMLESS aluminum gutters, 5 or 6 inch
available. Insured, free estimates. Dean Guth,
owner and operator, 729-0619.
A VERY RARE FIND ON ANNA
MARIA. Beautiful three-story du-
plex with private dock and fabulous
views of the Intracoastal, across from
sandy beach. Fairly new building
with high ceilings, four-car garage
--na room tor a pool. une side has
3BR/3BA with fireplace. The other
side has 2BR/2BA. Great income
producer. Offered at $799,900. Call
Bibiann Allard (941) 685-0422 or
Karin Stephan (941) 504-4435.
$369,000! Key West-style triplex
on Anna Maria I
da NVrACT pEND e.
Wa exico, shops and
SUN PLAZA WEST spacious 2BR/
2BA condo. Heated pool, sauna, ten-
nis courts and covered parking. Can
be leased 26 times per year. Excellent
investment. Offered at $375,000.
Chairman s Circle
"Ich Spreche Deutsch"
AT HOLMES BEACH
LUXURY CONDO TOWNHOUSES
MODEL NOW OPEN
3800 6th Avenue, Holmes Beach
1,700 sq.ft. Living Area
Large Private Garage
Steps to Beach/Shopping
Starting at $375,000
Developer Pays Closing Costs
The Village at Holmes Beach Development, LLC
Call: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464
VISIT US AT
Planning & Design General Contractor
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more
by Hunter Douglas and other major manufacturers.
Call Island resident Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Many Island references, 15
years experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT/ paper services: Inte-
rior/exterior painting, pressure washing and wall-
paper. For prompt, reliable service at reasonable
rates, call Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Call 720-
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
MASON with 25-years experience. Glass, block,
cinderblock, brick, tile. Walls built and repaired.
Cement repairs. Chris, 795-3034
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and in-
stalled. Why pay retail? Island resident, many ref-
erences. Free estimates, prompt service. Steve
Allen Floor Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
WINDOW AND DOOR SILLS. Have cracked,
crumbling, broken cement sills? Will rebuild all sills
promptly. 25-years experience. Chris, 795-3034.
BAYSIDE ROOFING. Roof repair specialists. Re-
Roofs! New Roofs! Tile replacement! All work
guaranteed! 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, 713-1951.
IMPECCABLE ISLAND HIDEAWAY
This charming 3BR/2BA, blue ribbon home offers many
lovely amenities, including a bright eat-in kitchen with
center-island breakfast bar and almond cabinetry and
appliances. The cozy living room offers a traditional brick
gas fireplace and there is an inviting hot tub on the sunny
screened lanai. Solid concrete block/stucco/plaster con-
struction is enhanced by ceramic tiled floors plus new car-
peting, ceiling fans, gorgeous beveled glass front door, en-
try foyer and more! The fully fenced back yard offers plenty
of room for a pool and the entire lot is watered by an
automatic sprinkler system. Located just steps from Bayfront
Park, this tidy, beautifully appointed home is the finest
value in the village of Anna Maria! Ready for immediate
occupancy! Priced to sell at only $379,000!
KEY ROYALE GEM! S
CANALFRONT POOL HOME 71
This newly listed 3BR/3BA, waterfront beauty reflects pride
of ownership throughout! Amenities include ceramic tiled
floors in the kitchen, laundry and baths, an all white kitchen
with pass-thru to the sunny family room, new windows,
textured ceilings with crown moulding and a gorgeous
front door of mahogany and beveled glass. The sparkling
swimming pool offers a new vaulted cage and there is a
beautifully landscaped back yard with coconut palms and
citrus trees leading to the deep, seawalled canal with boat
dock and electric boat lift! Other features include an au-
tomatic sprinkler system, new seawall cap and a spacious
double garage with electric door opener. $625,000 in-
cludes a preferred one-year homeowner's warranty!
Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com
TASTEFULLY UPDATED 2BR/2BA, ground-
level condo with Florida room, eat-in kitchen, car-
port, all appliances including washer/dryer.
Amenities include: clubhouse with exercise room,
heated pool and tennis. Pets accepted and min-
utes to the Gulf of Mexico. Priced at $155,000.
Call Carol Williams, Broker, for appointment, 744-
BRADENTON 2BR/2BA, tennis, pool, clubhouse.
Holmes Beach Martinique South 1BR/1BA,
$2,000/month, one-month minimum.
Holmes Beach Martinique North, 2BR/2BA,
one month minimum.
Call Michel Cerene, Realtor, 941-778-0700.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
74ed Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Water Damaged Drywall Tiling Painting
HAND AND SPRAY TEXTURE
,Clean, Honest, Reliable More than 20 years experience
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MARANNE CORRELL, REALTOR
ISLAND, CONDO AND DUPLEX SPECIALIST
"Personal Service is My First Name!"
e (941) 778-6066
Residential Interior Exterior Pressure Washing
Roof Coating Insured 29 Years Experience
Rick Tanner 941-798-6985
4203 76th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
Advertising works fast in The Islander.
LAWJ0 LOU&SINCE 1982
AIR CONDITIONING PLUMBING
CUSTOM MADE INDOOR WEATHER
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Rules in effect for Manatee County:
> Lawn and landscape watering is limited to two
days a week.
> Addresses ending in even numbers (or A M):
Tuesday 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
>- 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-
ted any day.
Questions or comments? Call the Southwest Florida Water
Management District (Swiftmud) toll-free: 1-800-423-1476.
ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks. Turnkey,
beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non-
smoking. Priced from $1,200/month, $450/week.
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.
SEASONAL WITH BOAT dock. Holmes Beach,
beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, balcony, screen
porch, garage. Tropical and private. $750/week,
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.
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-
INDULGE YOURSELF. Spend the summer in para-
dise. Gulffront beach house has front and rear
decks, central air conditioning, new decor. 1BR/
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)
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.
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.
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. Avail-
able April 1, $900/month, annual, first, last, secu-
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 746-8544 or E-
WANTED: Annual rental by retired couple. Unfur-
nished, 2BR/2BA, modern, with garage. 779-2326.
UNIQUE GULF BEACH HOUSE: 3BR/3BA, Florida
room, fully furnished. Dishwasher, washer/dryer,
Great views and beach. Prefer annual rental of
AVAILABLE FALL 2002: ground-floor 2BR/1BA
near Rod & Reel Pier, 150 feet to bay, all amenities,
recently updated. $1,500/month. 387-8610.
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.
LOW RATES 2BR/2BA Island home, ground level,
near bay and beach. Satellite, phone, washer/dryer.
Available through December 2002. 383-6272.
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WOODWORKING & CABINETRY PAINTING
PAPER HANGING CERAMIC TILE
Phone: 941-756-2146 Cell: 941-504-7701
'LICENSED AND INSURED
213 54th St., Holmes Beach 778-3082
OPEN: MONDAY thru FRIDAY 7:30 to 5 SATURDAY 8 to 12
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GORGEOUS 4BR/2BA canal home with heated
pool and boat dock, $2,000/month; Spacious 2BR/
2BA waterfront condo with pool, tennis, spa and el-
evator, $1,000/month; Newly renovated 2BR/1BA
duplex across from beach, $850/month; Cute 2BR/
1BA duplex close to beach, $750/month. Island
Vacation Properties, 778-6849.
ANNUAL RENTAL available April 15. Fully fur-
nished 2BR/2BA condominium. Heated pool, ga-
rage, close to shopping and beach. $1,050/month.
1BR HOUSE Cortez Village. $600/month, plus utili-
ties, first, last, security. No pets, non-smoking. Un-
furnished. Year lease required. 795-0466.
ANNUAL FURNISHED 2BR Anna Maria City. $725/
month, plus utilities. No pets, available May. First,
last, security. 778-5439.
VACATION RENTAL, open, airy 2BR/2BA, plus loft
and porches. Immaculate, only two blocks to beach.
$2,975/month, includes taxes. (813) 969-3344.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 1BR, Anna Maria City.
Gulfview, $700/month, plus utilities. No pets. Avail-
able May. First, last, security. 778-5439.
BEACH COTTAGE Holmes Beach. Completely
renovated 2BR with attached garage. One block to
beach. 5800 Imperiore (off 58th Street). Denise
Langlois, Arvida Realty, 725-4425.
LARGE ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, duplex, carport, stor-
age room, washer/dryer hook-up. Glimpse of Gulf.
$875/month. Available April 1. (941) 625-2889.
BED & BREAKFAST INN decor, adorably furnished.
--. -.. i-ua, ,,.aDi auitui g oeacn:r One block to beach
or bay. Cable, phone, washer/dryer, 2BR/1BA,
ANNA MARIA GULFFRONT apartments. Weekly,
monthly, season. Lovely furnished interior, sundeck,
enclosed porch, patio, many extras. Private, no
LOW RATES 2BR/2BA Island home, ground level,
near bay and beach, satellite, phone, washer/dryer.
Available through December 2002, 383-6272.
NORTH ANNA MARIA Island. One block to beach.
Furnished room and bath in 3BR home. $485/month
includes utilities. Non smoking, no pets. References.
(207) 774-0068 or (207) 838-9626.
KEY ROYALE: 2BR/2BA canalfront. Dining, break-
fast and family rooms. Terrace, dock, pool and spa.
Garage and boat lift. New everything! Bright and
open. $3,600/month, call (863) 712-7847.
CHARMING 1BR Island apartment on canalfront.
Residential home in Holmes Beach. Washer/dryer
included. Nonsmoking. $850/month, 726-5890.
BEACHFRONT: Prestigious North Shore Drive
2BR/2BA, newly remodeled home with incredible
panoramic beach view from one of two decks. All
new appliances, carpet, tile, doors, indoor/outdoor
paint, blinds and much more. $899,000. 778-3645.
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, $399,000. 5300
Gulf Drive, Martinique North, unit #102. Robinson
Properties, 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. 3014 Ave. E., Holmes Beach. 798-3885.
LOT west of Gulf Drive, $165,000. Close to school.
Information on-site at 4806 Gulf Drive, or call 778-
4523 or (800) 977-0803.
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.
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-
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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.
KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT home. New! Private
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.
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OF DISTINCTIVE SERVICE
RARE TROPICAL ISLAND PARADISE. Want a
place just steps to the Gulf beach? Want to be sur-
rounded by native Florida vegetation, palms and
fruit trees? Want the "Old Florida" feel, no high
rises or acres of parking lots? Hurry! Because this
beach cottage has it all. 3BR/2B, 1,872-square-foot
updated home with Gulf and bay views. $395,000.
Adjacent 50-by-100-foot lot also available for sale.
Call Wavecrest Real Estate, (800) 550-0758.
YARDS to Longboat Key's finest beach.
ning cottage on double lot. 2BR/2BA, lowest
west of Gulf of Mexico Drive. $399,000. Open
esday through Saturday, 1-3pm, or appoint-
411 North Shore Road. Brokers welcome.
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3224 East Bay Dr. Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
Sales: 941-778-0700 Rentals: 778-6665
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
FOR THE CLIENT WHO WANTS IT ALL 3BR/2.5BA
plus den, living room, family room with fireplace, new
caged pool with wet bar. On half acre lakefront in
Shaws Point. Wonderful floor plan opens onto pool,
views of river. Master suite includes room with Jacuzzi
tub. $294,000. Elfi Starret or Becky Smith, 778-0700.
TWO BLOCKS FROM SANDY GULF BEACH 2BR/2BA
with bonus room. 2BR/1BA with 12-by-18 building in
rear. Fruit trees, circular drive, lots of parking. Room for
pool. Excellent condition. New windows, sliders, decks,
vinyl siding. $399,000. Deborah Thrasher, 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
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 Awesome views from this light
and bright direct Gulffront end unit. 2BR/2BA, garage,
extra storage. 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 Drive..
4-5BR/2.5BA, more than 3,000 sq.ft. Could create
separate apartment for income. Deeded right to boat slip,
beach access. $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. $149,900. 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., Bradenton Beach.
Updated 2BR condo, fishing dock, private beach, active
clubhouse. You'll love it here. $139,000. Call Gail
ISLAND DOLL HOUSE WITH BOAT DOCK 7302 Palm
Drive, Holmes Beach. Adorable 2BR house on beautifully
landscaped corner lot. Beach access. Totally renovated.
$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,
ONE OF A KIND 611 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
Upstairs direct Gulf view condo at Imperial House.
2BR/2BA end unit. Private beach, clubhouse, fishing
pier on bay, heated pool. $199,000. Ask for Gail
GULFFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BA, new tile floors,
completely furnished. Pool, tennis courts, spec-
tacular view. Best beachfront buy on the Island at
$339,000. (863) 712-6272.
AUCTION Six waterfront properties! Most on deep
sailboat water, all close to bay and Gulf. Four
building lots at 4.5 percent financing, plus two
homes. (800) 241-9128.
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SNEAD ISLAND Three-sto:,ry Key Weil home on
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PRIVATE CUL-DE-SAC Iwo-story ,4BR, pool home
Updaled IrrouqhrUI. Ito-car plus moiir horre ga3.
rage $699.000 Don Lewis, 746-32l0 8i05S
SECLUDED RIVERFRONT ESTATE! Greal views
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GREAT VACATION HOME 2BR villa. o.nernd-a-nill
bl,.:'i ,.: ea:r REl3.in j,;,ws Turnkey $269.000
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TROPICAL HORIZONS Large 2BR condo in
choice Holmes Beach area. Walk to shopping
and restaurants. Very close to the beach with
some Gulf views. Rooftop sundeck. $415,000.
Call Denny Rauschl at 778-4800 or 725-2924.
EXPANSIVE BAYFRONT VIEWS of the out is-
lands and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from this
stunning 3BR/2BA home. Boat dock with davits
and.huge lot. $799,000. Call Jane Grossman or
Nicole Skaggs at 778-480Q or 778-4451.
WHAT A VIEW Direct Gulf view at a bargain 66 STEPS TO THE BEACH 3BR/2BA turkey
price. 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished. Great vaca- furnished Island pool home with pool cabana.
tion home or rental. Heated pool and within Tile throughout. $329,000. Call Jane Grossman
walking distance to everything. $349,000. Call or Nicole Skaggs, 778-4800.
Ed Oliveira at 778-4800 or 705-4800.
STUNNING KEY WEST ISLAND HOME 3BR/ ELEVATED ISLAND DUPLEX LOTS OF
3BA with partial Gulf and Bay views. Tile with SPACE. Large 3BR/2BA Island duplex with a
marble borders throughout and too many up- two-car garage each side. Completely redone,
grades to list. $479,000. Call Jane Grossman or light and bright. $369,900. Call Ed Oliveira at
Nicole Skaggs at 778-4800 or 778-4451. 778-4800 or 705-4800.
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Beautiful canalfront lot in Anna Maria.
-,.- Patricia Stabler,
-- Lic. Real Estate Broker
Granny's Beach Vacation Inc.
'. 409 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
778-0123 email: PatStaebler@aol.com
REAL ESTATE, LLC
Helen White Mary Ann Schmidt
3BR/2BA, professionally decorated condo. Just
listed! Turnkey furnished, spacious, heated pool,
small pets, tennis, across from beach and close to
SUNBOW BAY CONDO
Spacious 1IBR/1BA. Bayfront Complex. Ceramic tile,
elevator, garage, heated pool, tennis, small pet, par-
tial bay view, close to everything. Central Holmes
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.
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.
Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA villa,
pool, garage $1,100 month
Runaway Bay 1BR/1BA, pool, tennis $700 month
Condominiums and Homes Weekly/Monthly
from $500 week / $1000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
MLS S DCoast
REAL ESTATE, LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
525 67th St. ......... NEW $499,500
684 Key Royale Dr .......... $725,000
524 72nd St .................. $459,000
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 ........ $490,000
509 68th Street ........... $459,000
621 Concord Lane ....... $499,000
CONDOS & LOTS
8803 Gulf Dr ......... NEW$334,700
Playa Encantada #212..... $459,000
509 S. Bay Blvd ........... $679,000
1103 Gulf Dr. South ......... $535,000
Bradenton Beach Club from$500,000
409 Spring Ave lot .......... $249,500
Beachwalk Townhomes New Project from ... $434,900
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
2906 Gulf Drive ............ $299,900
710 North Shore lot ........ $299,000
2904 Gulf Drive lot ....... $199,900
1703 Gulf Dr. N............. $495,000
405 N. Bay Blvd............ $629,000
204 65th St.................... $299,000
2418 90th St. NW........ $3,195,000
1189 Edgewater Cr. .......... $247,500
1206 Spoonbill Landing Cir $227,000
1323 Perico Pt. Cir......NEW $255,000
Two waterfront acres ....... $1,500,000
Sports Bar & Restaurant .... $129,900
1703 Gulf Dr. N............. $495,000
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FIESOiDEfTTIAL REAL ESTATE iNC
SHAWS POINT Great home with NW location for
serious boaters, protected waters of Manatee River
near Desoto Park. Heated pool, upgraded.
$765,000. MLS#79945. Bobye Chasey, 778-2261.
CREME PUFF! On a private "no travel" street.
-3BR/2BA, glassed-in lanai, split floor plan, updated
with tile, carpet, paint and blinds. $159,000.
MLS#80771. Doug Newcomer, 778-2261.
Laura McGeary Noi
Buffalo, NY Ch
UNOBSTRUCTED PANORAMIC view of the
Gulf, glorious sunsets. Well maintained 1,800
sq.ft. living area, 30-foot Florida room. $539,000.
MLS#81052. Rose Schnoerr, 778-2261.
SABAL PALM Nicely updated 2BR/2BA. Great
location, minutes to Gulf beaches. No age restric-
tions! Pets OK! Best price and location! $74,900.
Chard Winheim, 778-2261. MLS#81882
Jan A Schmidt
Kansas City, MO
PERICO BAY CLUB Antigua Villa, beautifully fur-
nished, 2BR/2BA, glassed/screened Florida
room, tiled courtyard. $237,000. MLS#81548.
Rose Schnoerr, 778-2261.
LIGHT, BRIGHT, OPEN 3BR/2BA, split plan. So-
lar heated pool, spas, Jenn-Aire grill, wetbar. Ce-
ramic tile, eat-in kitchen, dining room. $229,000.
MLS#77856. Laura McGeary, 778-2261.
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PERICO BAY CLUB Incredible view of Palma
Sola Bay. Rarely available 3BR end unit. First
floor, turnkey, two lanais. $299,900.
MLS#81404. Susan Hollywood, 778-2261.
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