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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 10, no. 26, May 8, 2002 FREE
Beach renourishment may end next week
By Rick Catlin
In case you're one of those strange Islanders who
takes a vacation from late March to early May, you
may have missed the much-ballyhooed beach
What started in late March with an anticipated end-
ing in early June is now expected to reach its finish line
near 13th Street South in Bradenton Beach sometime
early next week, about one month ahead of schedule.
That's the word from Manatee County Ecosystems
Manager Charlie Hunsicker. He's the county honcho
designated to ride herd over the project to ensure it had
minimal effect on sea turtles during the nesting season
and the contractors didn't delay completion until well
into hurricane season.
And judging by the results, Hunsicker and the
renourishment project seem to have been on target for
"I expect by next Monday or Tuesday, we'll be
'Key for Two' packs wallop
Island Players opens Friday, May 10, with its 2002 season-ending production of "Key fobr Two, a British farce,
that judging by rehearsals should have audiences in stitches, according to director Geoffrey Todd. Starring, left to
right, Miriam Ring, John Durkin, Sylvia Marnie, James Lewis and Jo Kendall. Not pictured from the cast, Laura
Morales and Todd, who directs and acts. More information inside, page 11. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Mar Vista restaurant: Millionaire haunt
The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant on Longboat
Key is one of the top 10 places in the country to meet
The Mar Vista? The sleepy little restaurant hidden in
the north-end village with the dollar bills stapled to the
walls and ceiling? With the outside deck that looks out on
Sarasota Bay? That's where the millionaires hang out?
Yep. According to Marylou Whitney in the May 3
edition of USA TODAY, Mar Vista ranks right up
there with the '21' Club in New York, the Clubhouse
at Churchill Downs in Kentucky, Claridge's in London
or the King Salmon Lodge outside Anchorage, Alaska,
as the place to meet the rich and famous.
"You have to know it to find it," Whitney says of
Mar Vista. "The former bait shack is on the Intracoastal
Waterway. You sit out under the stars and watch the
boats come in. The eatery, favored by dressed-down
plutocrats for decades, is simple paper napkins and
"We're not just a classic dive anymore," laughed Ed
Chiles, owner of Mar Vista and two restaurants on Anna
Maria Island, the Sandbar and the Beach House.
Chiles said Whitney's recommendation "came out
of the blue. That's the kind of publicity you can't buy.
I mean, isn't USA TODAY something like the world's
What kind of response has the restaurant gotten so
far from the article?
"We had a table of people come in last Friday from
Tampa with the newspaper, and the phone's been ring-
ing off the hook," Chiles said. "The staff is really
charged up, and we're starting to work on some T-
shirts about it."
So who is Marylou Whitney and what does she
know about millionaires?
The newspaper describes her as "the irrepressible
former actress from Kansas City, Mo." who was
"wooed and won first by an heir to the John Deere for-
tune, then by super-rich Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney.
She has inhabited Whitney's world of fast horses and
country retreats ever since."
"Marylou is a wonderful lady," Chiles said, who
lives in Anna Maria and "comes into the Mar Vista a
lot," adding, "she is very gracious."
done," he said. And this past week, there haven't been
any complaints, even about the noise. Great Lakes
Dredge and Dock is creating around 500 feet of sand
daily between 125 and 200 feet wide, meaning the loud
noise in an area one night is gone the next.
As of Tuesday, May 6, GLDD had reached the
Gulf Drive-Cortez Road intersection.
The late rush to finish was helped by the addition of
PLEASE SEE BEACH, NEXT PAGE
Recent rash of
sea turtle deaths
By Jim Hanson
Bodies of at least 12 marine turtles have washed up
on beaches from Anna Maria Island to Manasota Key,
and nobody is quite sure what killed them.
Afltera few days of carcasses being found in the surf
or sand every day, the rash of death seems to have abated
this week, said Jerris Foote of Mote Marine Laboratory.
On Anna Maria, a 300-pound loggerhead was found
in the surf off Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach on May
1, just at dinnertime with three restaurants nearby, said
Suzi Fox. She heads Turtle Watch and holds the state
marine turtle preservation permit for the Island.
She had her Turtle Watch volunteers were gathered
coincidentally at an organization meeting at the Beach
House Restaurant at the time, so until they could be
summoned several passersby hauled the body from the
surf up onto the beach. Bradenton Beach city workers
eventually disposed of the carcass.
PLEASE SEE TURTLE, NEXT PAGE
May Festival Saturday
at Palma Sola Park
Palma Sola Botanical Park will host its sixth
annual May Festival, with plants and art and na-
ture exhibits, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday,
A special feature will be the inauguration of a
"garden relics" sale, featuring gardeners' castoffs
such as tools, equipment, vessels, decorations and
other items that one gardener no longer needs but
another may find useful.
Also for sale will be unusual plants, outdoor
and nature-related merchandise, gardening ac-
cessories and fine arts.
There will be special events for children,
even a maypole for them to dance around, as
well as live music, special lecturers, food and
Admission is $1 for adults, children free, at
the park at 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton.
Details may be obtained at 761-2866.
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PAGE 2 M MAY 8, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER
Top winners named at Affaire to Remember
By Jim Hanson
Anna Maria Island is the real winner. Brass ring.
All the marbles. The pot at the end of the rainbow.
The community is the winner by anyone's judg-
ment, thanks to $268,074.42 raised at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center's 2002 Affaire to
That includes an anonymous donation to match the
live auction bidding total of $79,100.
Among individuals in attendance, Karen Schroder
is richer, Mayor Carol Whitmore's wrist is sparkling,
and Dr. Scott Kosfeld is California-bound after Satur-
day night's Affaire.
The Duffy's Tavern prize "took the cake," with the
top bid of the night at $3,500 from Islander publisher
Bonner Joy Futch. Seconding her effort, Pat "Miss
Duffy" Geyer generously doubled her package and
Darcie Duncan will host a similar party of cheesebur-
gers and beer for 20 persons with her bid of $3,200 -
before June 1, just before Duffy's closes.
Merry-makers filled the St. Bernard Catholic
Church activities center to its 350-person capacity for
the eighth annual event to benefit the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center.
Last year's Affaire raised more than $200,000
for the Center and high hopes for beating that record
were more than realized. Admission was $95 per
person to the champagne reception, dinner, dessert
"There seemed to be more tuxedoes and more el-
egant gowns this year than before," said Sandee Pruett
of the Center' staff, "but we don't know why. It was
Ms. Schroder of Holmes Beach won the big cash
prize, the $50-a-chance $5,000 Giveaway.
Holmes Beach's Mayor Whitmore won the dia-
mond bracelet raffle.
Dr. Kosfeld of Holmes Beach won the "pick-of-
the-live" raffle, giving him the choice of any item of-
fered in the live auction, and he chose the wine coun-
try tour of the Napa Valley in California.
Palmetto ticket holder Tom Bouchey was not
present for the drawing but he won the big-screen TV
donated by the Lutz, Webb and Bobo law firm.
Glitz, glamou galore
The "grand ballroom" of the May 4 Affaire to Remember to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center
bustles with people, prizes, raffle sales and a Broadway theme. Islander Photos: J.L. Robertson
W. i All that
S Affaire to Remember
,. "Diamond sponsors
"r". Chuck and Joey
Lester take a moment
from the auction
bidding and dinner at
the May 4 event with
S Scott Dell and
Pierrette Kelly of the
Anna Maria Island
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d.. and Affaire chairper-
S. son Trudy Moon.
A loggerhead Turtle deaths throughout coast
washed ashore CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Beach renourishment winds down
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
a booster pumping station a few hundred feet offshore in
Holmes Beach. While the noise might have bothered some
locals at all hours of the night, the extra pumping capac-
ity means an early finish for the entire project, according
to Jennifer Davis of Coastal Planning and Engineering, the
county's marine engineers on the project.
In the last phase of beach renourishment, the beach
sand width will be gradually slimmed down from
around Bridge Street to the end point at 13th Street.
There won't be an additional 125-foot wide beach at
the finish, just a tapering, said Hunsicker.
Hunsicker said the beach area near 13th Street is al-
ready about 30 feet wide and is in fairly healthy shape.
The groins in the area help with erosion control and the
beach there is not seriously threatened by erosion.
Once the widening phase of beach renourishment
week, one of at
least 12 turtles
the shores of
Florida in the
.. past few
su be g by M weeks. Is-
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is completed, Davis and marine engineers will then
check the compaction of the sand. If they can't get at
least a three-foot depth of fluffy sand, they'll send con-
tractor crews back to till the beach.
That could take another week, said Davis. Even if
tilling is necessary, however, all the crews and pipes
should be gone by Memorial weekend, she predicted.
Hunsicker is still seeking beachfront property own-
ers interested in the dunes revegetation project, which
is part of the renourishment effort. In Bradenton Beach,
the Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity is
spearheading the sign-up effort, with emphasis on
revegetation near the S-curve.
There is no group organizing revegetation in either
Holmes Beach or Anna Maria, Hunsicker said.
Turtle Watch Director Suzi Fox urged anyone in-
terested in revegetation to contact her organization as
her people have some ideas where revegetation would
be most helpful.
"There must have been 50 people there, helping in
spite of the aroma," said Fox of the badly decomposed
turtle. "It shows that it takes a community to make a
Next day Turtle Watch volunteers Bill and Marilyn
George, walking the beach for signs of turtles, found
the top half of a loggerhead shell farther north. It was
buried on the beach.
Fox quickly checked into the possibility that the
Island's beach renourishment dredging could have
been at fault, but was sure the project wasn't guilty.
Foote, who is top turtle expert at Mote and heads
the preservation program for Sarasota County, said that
five bodies washed ashore on Manasota Key, which
stretches some 50 miles south of Anna Maria. Four
others stranded on Casey Key and one in New Pass off
the south tip of Longboat Key.
Another five were found in the past week or two on
Pinellas County beaches to the north of Anna Maria.
Red tide is a candidate for blame, said Foote.
"They're so decomposed that necropsies aren't pos-
sible. But one Kemp's Ridley wasn't that bad and we
found fish in its stomach. Their diet doesn't include
fish, so it seems likely that red tide out in the Gulf
killed fish and made such an easy meal that the turtle
Scientists are not sure how widespread the red tide
algae bloom is, but there are deadly patches offshore
and that would bear out suspicions that it contributed
- and the state of the carcasses seemed to indicate the
turtles died far out in the Gulf and took awhile to drift
ashore, Fox said.
There were indications of injury by boat propeller
to one of them, and some Islanders observed darkly that
shrimp boats are working their nets nearer shore now.
There is no indication they were involved, though.
THE ISLANDER N MAY 8, 2002 0 PAGE 3
Sign gaffe again; no Cinco problems
For the second time in nearly a month, someone at
the Manatee County Emergency Management Office
turned on signs on the two main roads leading to the
Island advising motorists to be wary of holiday traffic.
The latest incident took place Friday afternoon,
May 2, when signs on both the Palma Sola Causeway
and the Cortez Bridge were turned on advising motor-
ists to use caution because of holiday traffic. There
wasn't any holiday Friday, although Sunday was the
Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie said the
signs weren't supposed to be on, but he was unable to
determine who gave the order at the county's emer-
gency management office. The signs were turned off
late Friday after Chappie complained.
On Easter Sunday, the signs had warned motorists
that the parking lots on the Island were full when there
was, in actuality, plenty of parking. That foul-up re-
sulted in a lot of traffic headed to the Island turning
around and heading home.
Although police were out in force Sunday in antici-
pation of Cinco de Mayo crowds at the Island's
beaches, no throngs were present and the weekend was
peaceful, according to Bradenton Beach Police Chief
Meters may solve BB parking woes
By Rick Catlin
The parking committee of the Bradenton
Beach Scenic Highway Corridor Management
Entity is looking at installation of parking meters
as one solution to control the city's parking prob-
lem, particularly along Bridge Street and in city
Two proposals for metered parking were pre-
sented at the April 30 meeting and a further presen-
tation by officials of two companies which provide
parking meters is expected at the committee's May
Parking Committee chairperson Connie
Drechser said a major problem in the central busi-
ness district is parking for employees of private
Some businesses have complained that employ-
ees of restaurants fill up the city parking lot on Sec-
ond Street during the day, preventing tourists and
potential shoppers from getting out of their ve-
One option could be a Park-and-Ride grant
with parking at Coquina Beach bayside, and a free
shuttle or taxi service to bring employees from the
lot to the central business district.
But the committee needs input from business
owners, particularly those along Bridge Street, on
what they would like to do.
"We need feedback," said Dreschser, who in-
vited business people to attend the 11 a.m. meet-
ing May 13 at City Hall. "We need them to discuss
the issue with us. We need to know if they are even
The Parking Committee will make a recom-
mendation to the ME which will then, in turn, rec-
ommend action to the city commission, which will
have the final say in the matter of parking.
Buddy Watts reception Friday in Bradenton Beach
The public is invited to a farewell reception for Watts is retiring due to health issues after serving
Bradenton Beach Public Works Director Buddy Watts the city for 19 years.
at noon Friday, May 10, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. For more information, call city hall at 778-1005.
Anna Maria City
May 8, 6:30 p.m., Environmental Education Enhance-
ment Committee meeting.
May 9, 6:45 p.m., special city commission meeting.
May 9, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
May 11, 9 a.m., special city commission meeting on
May 13, 7:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
May 14, 7 p.m., charter review commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
May 8, 6:30 p.m., code enforcement board meeting -
POSTPONED to May 23 at 6:30 p.m.
May 9, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting
May 14, 11 a.m., scenic highway parking and traffic
May 14, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
May 15, 3 p.m., board of adjustment meeting, sched-
uled to be rescheduled to 6:30 p.m.
May 16, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
May 16, 3 p.m., city commission recycling discussion.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
May 8, 7 p.m., parks and beautification committee
May 9, 1 p.m., planning commission meeting.
May 16, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting -
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
May 13, 3 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Orga-
nization meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
May 15, 3 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials meet-
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Requests for legal opinions hurting Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
It's getting to be an all-too-familiar refrain at many
Anna Maria City Commission meetings. At every
meeting, someone seems to stand up and say, "Send it
to the city attorney for a legal opinion."
From parking to rights of way, from charter review
to a possible building moratorium, from city code in-
terpretation to use of cellular telephones, City Attorney
Jim Dye is being called upon more and more to deliver
legal opinions and directives, or advice on what's the
best course of action for the city, all given at the cur-
rent rate of $115 an hour.
"We have so many issues that haven't been dealt with
over the years," said Mayor SueLynn. "We just have to be
sure of our legal ground and to avoid a lawsuit."
And it's not just when the city commission or the
mayor need advice that Dye is called upon, said
SueLynn, it's also when a citizen raises an issue that
requires a legal opinion. "And there have been a num-
ber of issues raised by our residents," she said.
All this legal advice is going to take a big chunk of
change out of the city's budget this year.
Through the first five months of the 2001-02 bud-
get year, which began Oct. 1, 2001, the city has already
paid Dye's firm $26,056, or $2,605 more than the en-
tire $24,000 budgeted for the whole year. At that rate,
Anna Maria will pay out $62,534 for Dye's services
this year, or nearly 5 percent of its total annual budget.
For all of last year, the city paid $28,699 in legal fees.
By contrast, Holmes Beach, a city with three times
the population of Anna Maria, and the same legal firm,
has paid just $35,471 to the firm of Dye, Deitrich,
Prather, Petruff and St. Paul, a mere $9,300 more than
Anna Maria for the same period. Holmes Beach has
budgeted $70,800 in legal fees for this year from a to-
tal city budget of about $5 million.
Anna Maria even has to pay for legal advice when
it gets a request from a resident on zoning issues.
A case in point came when the Garcias of 769
North Shore Drive asked about the status of a guest
house on their property if they tore down the original
"We didn't have the answer so we had to ask the
city attorney for his opinion," said SueLynn. "We were
doing the owners a favor, but we are paying for the
advice." She said there is really no way to bill private
landowners for legal opinions in matters such as this.
According to a spokesperson for the Florida
League of Cities, however, many municipalities could
have required the private landowner to pay for an
attorney's opinion on a zoning issue. That opinion
could then be reviewed by the city attorney, if neces-
sary. That would save the city a lot of money.
"So obviously we need to cut down on our usage
of the city attorney," said the mayor.
In fairness, the city attorney only does work when
requested by the mayor, she observed.
And Dye did a lot of work last year when there was
a serious question about the city charter. He had to give
numerous legal opinions at virtually every city meet-
This year, Dye has been needed to deal with a num-
ber of residents' requests in addition to the other issues
requiring his services.
Legal fees are billed to Anna Maria at a minimum
of $115 per hour. That includes attendance at any pub-
lic meeting where his presence is requested, in addition
to research for legal opinions or writing ordinances.
Nesting herons saved by neighbor in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
A pair of nesting herons in Anna Maria got saved
from the chainsaw last week by a watchful neighbor,
just moments before the bird's Australian pine home
along South Drive was to come crashing down in a
Contractor and Anna Maria resident Joe
Ungvarsky said his crews were clearing some Austra-
lian pine trees on a vacant lot on South Drive May 1,
next to a house he's remodeling, when some of the
workers spotted a supposedly empty bird nest in one of
Ungvarsky, who was not at the job site at the time,
said the workers moved the vacant nest to a tree not
slated for demolition, then saw another nest in a differ-
ent tree at the top of an Australian pine along the ca-
nal. This nest was occupied with two adults and appar-
ently some eggs.
When it looked like the workers were going to cut
down the nesting tree, nearby resident Russ Otto, who
had been watching the play unfold, told the workers
they might be breaking the law if they cut down the
tree. Otto then contacted Ungvarsky, who ordered an
immediate halt to any further tree-cutting. The work-
ers had already heeded Otto's advice.
"I had no idea there were any birds nesting in the
trees, but when I learned about the nests, I went out
there and told them to stop cutting anything," said
Ungvarsky. "I was really worried about the birds. I
don't believe in killing anything.
"Now, we're just going to wait until the nest is
vacated, however long that takes," he added.
That could be some time. Two adult herons appar-
ently are nesting on some eggs in the tree and it could
be months before they move out.
And it's a good thing Otto warned the workers in
time before they did anything drastic.
Capt. Calvin Adams of the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission office in Tampa said it's
against state law to cut down a tree inhabited by nest-
ing birds without a permit signed by both state and fed-
eral agencies. Violators face a maximum $500 fine and
up to 60 days in jail, and that's just on state charges.
Federal laws are even stricter, Adams said.
FWC enforcement officers visited the site late last
week, Adams said, and confirmed the nest contained
eggs. They're also investigating that supposedly "un-
occupied" first nest that workers reportedly moved to
another tree, to determine if that nest actually contained
eggs or was inhabited by birds at the time.
This adult heron carefully guards its nest high atop an Australian pine on South Drive in Anna Maria that
was slated for sawmill until a watchful neighbor complained to the workers and authorities. Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission officers who investigated the complaint believe the nest contains eggs and
the tree can't be cut down without state and federal permits. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
A report of that investigation will be released as
soon as its completed, Adams said. In the meantime,
the two trees with nests are staying where they are.
FWC biologist Andy Kropp in Lakeland said it
would probably take the contractor about six months to
get a permit to cut down the tree. By that time, the
chicks should have hatched and be out of the nest.
"But they can't touch the tree until we confirm the
birds have vacated the nest," said Kropp. Even then, a
permit from both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
and the FWC might still be necessary.
That's fine with Ungvarsky, who said he was just
cutting down the trees as a favor to the landowner.
Ungvarsky owns the adjacent property and is in the
process of remodeling the house there. He had some
old pines to cut down on his property and said he would
cut down the other trees at no charge.
According to Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, as far
as she is aware there is no ordinance requiring a per-
mit for destruction of any tree on private property, or
to cut down any tree containing a bird's nest.
Some Florida cities, such as Tarpon Springs, have
a city ordinance requiring a permit before any tree in
certain districts can be removed or cut down.
Daring daylight burglary in Anna Maria
Thieves broke into a residence in the 200 block of
Gladiolus in Anna Maria April 24 in broad daylight and
made off with an undisclosed amount of items.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office report of the
incident said the suspects apparently pulled into the
driveway, climbed the rear stairs and cut a screen door
to make their entrance. They then ransacked the prop-
erty, taking TVs, stereos, and numerous CDs. Total
amount of the loss was estimated at several thousand
dollars at a minimum, said one of the occupants.
Time of the burglary was put at between 7:15 a.m.
and 4:55 p.m. Neighbors in the area reported seeing or
hearing nothing unusual or suspicious that day.
The owner of the residence said on Monday, May
6, that there had been no new developments in the case.
THE ISLANDER U MAY 8, 2002 E PAGE 5
Butterflies astir in Holmes Beach over fence
By Rick Catlin
Members of the North American Butterfly Asso-
ciation-Manatee Chapter were in a flutter over a fence
the City of Holmes Beach recently installed in front of
the mulch pile at city hall mulch intended for the
Seems some people didn't like the look of the
dry leaves and mulch stored by park volunteers in a
white concrete enclosure, said Nancy Ambrose, the
only butterfly association member who lives on the
The butterfly association maintains the park on the
south side of city hall, and members sell and install the
memorial bricks on the walkway as a fundraising ac-
tivity, she said.
The mulch is donated to the association, she said,
and now there's no way a truck can unload more
mulch. The fence prohits a truck from backing up to the
walled area and also will make it difficult for volun-
teers to load wheelbarrows and access the mulch.
A gated enclosure would have been more consid-
erate and useful, she indicated.
"We are very concerned about what the city has
done," said Ambrose. "We'll ask them to give us future
complaints in writing and give us time to rectify them.
They put up the fence without any consultation."
The butterfly association is also concerned that the
city might remove something from the park that be-
longs to the association without any consultation. The
association wants something spelled out in writing as
to what belongs to the city and what rights and prop-
erty the association has in the park.
"We have done a lot of volunteer work in improv-
ing this park area," said Ambrose. "We don't want to
be left out."
But the city has a responsibility to keep the area
clean, said Mayor Carol Whitmore. "We put up the
fence because there was mulch and tools lying
around and it had become unsightly. We had some
complaints." It is, after all, city property, she noted.
All a flutter
Nancy Ambrose of the North American Butterfly Association stands next to a fence installed by the City of
Holmes Beach at the park the association maintains adjacent city hall. Ambrose maintains the city is hamper-
ing the volunteer effort. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
The mayor said she had discussed the current prob-
lems with Ambrose and in the future, complaints and
issues will be discussed mutually before any action is
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Just when you get a comfortable prejudice all
worked out, someone comes along and forces it into the
trash can. Remember the certainty that beach
renourishment was going to wreck the turtle hatchery?
Not to mention interrupt beach enjoyment by humans.
Well, that's been-dismissed, thankfully.
And then there's the prejudice for birthdays and
kids' parties and other celebrations. That's an endan-
gered one too, it turns out.
Far from interfering with turtle nesting,
renourishment caused Turtle Watch volunteers to relocate
the lone nest a loggerhead dug into the sand thus far, but
there's been no problems as a result of the new sand.
Far from being an expression of the wonders of party,
the universally accepted balloon has become a killer.
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock has been as good a
working neighbor as one could hope to find, given the
heavy thunderous work it does. Its executives and work-
ers have been wonderfully cooperative with Turtle Watch
volunteers monitoring the project and areas of beach cov-
ered and to come. And they've been cheerfully helpful as
well, attests Suzi Fox, the Island's chief sea turtle mentor.
Working around the clock seven days a week, they
have gotten so far ahead of schedule that they very
likely will finish the job next week.
Cause for celebration? Yes.
But as a trademark of celebrations, balloons are a
different story. One green turtle has been strangled by
a balloon that apparently drifted down onto seagrass
beds where turtles feed. It ingested the balloon along
with its regular food, and it was killed as a result.
Fox is outraged. So must be anyone who cares for
these rare and endangered species, millions of years old
and threatened with extinction.
It's not an isolated case, one balloon or one turtle.
Fox and her volunteers have picked up bagfuls of (rash
along the beach, including many discarded helium-in-
flated balloons. They could have come from a party, a
birthday token perhaps, though she thinks the recent
DeSoto parade is more likely the unwitting culprit.
She wants Island businesses to stop selling or giv-
ing away balloons, and that practice should be extended
to parents and other party-givers.
The contrast between the caring shown by strang-
ers expanding the beach, and residents and visitors let-
ting turtle-threatening balloons get loose, is as disap-
pointing as it is obvious.
Please, be sure balloons don't "travel." And help
us keep trash off the beach all year.
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I would like to respond to Nancy Richard's let-
ter in The Islander April 10. I have tried unsuccess-
fully to contact Nancy Richard and discuss her con-
cerns. I have checked both the phone book and
Manatee County Appraisers website. No Richards
are listed on 80th Street, Holmes Beach. There is a
Nancy listed under a different last name, but this
person did not purchase her half duplex until Jan. 18.
After driving through the neighborhood, I am
proud to admit that I am a partner in Beachwalk, the
homes on 81st Street to which Nancy Richards re-
fers. Many of the homes in this area are rentals. All
four of our homes will belong to an association that
will be responsible for landscaping, so even if
they're rentals, the neighborhood can rest assured
they will be kept in tip-top condition. I urge you to
drive by and make up your own mind.
Only July, 12, 2001, we bought a house at 213
81st St. in Holmes Beach from Rhonda Welsch.
Being very ill, Mrs. Welsch needed to sell her home.
Her house was built in 1953, almost 50 years ago.
Due to health problems Mrs. Welsch had not lived
in the house for some time and the house showed it.
Mrs. Welsch also owned the vacant lot next door
as an investment. Her house was built on a lot zoned
for duplexes, as was the vacant lot.
Before our purchase, we analyzed the property's
potential. Unfortunately, due to current government
regulations, it was not possible to rehabilitate the old
structure within the 50 percent rule. New construc-
tion was the only alternative.
If you think there are government regulations
when it comes to remodeling, try building new.
All new residential structures are required to be
raised so many feet above the mean high-water lien.
Building our homes at the height they are is not
something we chose to do, it was required. We real-
ize that some people do not want to climb stairs so
we have provided elevator options. Our homes were
built within the setbacks and codes of Holmes
Although not required, we installed the new hur-
ricane-impact glass windows. Current buyers also
want large modern kitchens, plenty of bathrooms
and amenities like pools. Homes built 50 years ago
do not offer these features. With the 50 percent rule
there is no way these features can be added to a 50-
Many of the structures built on Anna Maria are
at the end of their useful life. Government regula-
tions and the demand for larger, more modern homes
will determine what will be built. At some point in
time we all will have to sell our home. Unrealistic
building regulations will limit the future value of all
of our properties.
Jeff Wilson, Partner, Beachwalk, 81st Street De-
velopment Company, LLC
Keep open minds
As native Islanders, our family has grown to
love the Freeman family as well as the cold drafts
and burgers at Duffy's. Residents and visitors need
to take the time to try to understand the reasoning
behind the Freemans' decision to change, they aren't
trying to "make it better" just fulfill a wish made by
Carl Freeman, their loved one they recently lost. Our
family can relate to their loss and would do anything
to fulfill our father's final wishes.
Changing the location of a well known establish-
ment will be difficult but not nearly as hard as deal-
ing with the death of a family member. The
Freemans are a dedicated and loving family excited
about opening a new restaurant in honor of their
grandfather. It is disappointing to see such a nega-
tive response to such a good gesture. All that we ask
is for the residents and visitors of our Island to be
open minded and put themselves in the Freemans'
shoes. Clark, Estella and Maggie good luck in all
that you endeavor. We love you! The Purcells.
Jon Purcell, Anna Maria
THE ISLANDER E MAY 8, 2002 0 PAGE 7
A big thank you to all who donated merchandise to
Annie Silver Community Center and those who helped so
willingly with our yard sale. All of the proceeds will be
used for the maintenance and expenses of our community
center in Bradenton Beach. And thank you, too, Islander.
Kit Redeker, Bradenton Beach.
For Longboat Key bridge
I write to share what has happened, what is happen-
ing and what could happen regarding bridge repair, reha-
bilitation or replacement, between the mainland and Anna
Maria Island and Longboat Key. I'd also like to share the
past, present, and future options presented, as well as some
possible options not yet presented, by the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation and, closer to home, by the feder-
ally required regional transportation agency, the Sarasota-
Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization.
As president pro tem of Save Anna Maria Inc., I write
to say that SAM's participation in this process of planning
and securing the Island's future will be that which it has
always been: guided by the mission and tradition of pro-
tecting Anna Maria Island and its environs from plans and/
or projects that would and could reshape our horizons and
three municipalities by way of development dispropor-
tionate, overbearing to the natural capacity of this barrier
SAM's directors will continue, without missing a
step, the mission and tradition of protecting Anna
A future SAM meeting will include notices sent to
Island and regional publications and, as always, mem-
bers are invited to bring neighbors, friends and those
who are interested in the day after tomorrow.
As a voice for those who share my view, and for
those who disagree, I choose to share what I have for
years discussed with folks about the history of the
Cortez and Anna Maria bridges. History is, like yester-
day, a great teacher. A grasp of the past gives us an
informed perspective to better understand the present
and to measure proposals and options for the future.
For years I have studied and discussed with folks
the history of bridge proposals and options and bridges
built and planned bridges not built. I have actively par-
ticipated in proposals, plans and contests, particularly
related to the Island communities and transportation
equations for concrete slabs, be they high or low.
Here's a brief sketch of the past decade.
During the Cortez Bridge controversy, DOT
broke its own laws by not notifying persons within the
300-foot radius of its intentions to replace the bridge.
Had it not been for former Bradenton Beach
Commissioner John Kaufmann, we would not have
known the new high bridge would have been 8 feet
from Bridgeport Condominium.
It was stated that final consideration was to build
twin spans and remove the bascule bridge (Project No.
Islanders also determined they lacked notice from
DOT to residents within the 300-foot radiuses for the
Anna Maria Bridge.
Project No. 133150-1524, Anna Maria Bridge,
makes the final recommendation of a four-lane twin
structure high-level, fixed-span bridge.
I could go on and on. We must be vigilant. I tried
to prohibit twin bridge structures from Cortez to
Bradenton Beach. DOT wouldn't go for that.
DOT always looks for the easy way out concern-
ing Anna Maria Island. Had it not been for the late
Anna Maria Mayor Ray Simches, we would not have
known what the MPO meant to us. At least we have an
Island Transportation Planning Organization with rep-
resentation on the MPO, that votes for the final word
on roads and bridges.
There is no question that DOT is treating us differ-
ent with the workshops.
So far, results from the two workshops [of the 59
written responses]: 22 are for rehab, nine are for the high-
rise bridge, five have no comment or are neutral, four want
a new bridge with no height requirement, three favor a
tunnel, and 10 favor a Longboat Key bridge.
In closing, as long as there is no bridge to Longboat
Key, the assault will continue on Anna Maria Island.
Katie Pierola, SAM president pro tern
Save the trees
This letter is being written after the fact, but I feel
something has to be done about the wholesale cutting and
felling of trees in Holmes Beach. Between April 3 and 6,
11 trees were cut down and ground to pulp at the house
on the comer of Holmes Boulevard and 64th Street.
The owners of this property live in Canada and no
longer wanted to pay for trimming. The people who have
rented this home are heartsick. They had a beautiful yard,
which was a haven for birds, squirrels and a pleasure for
all of the neighbors to enjoy. Ficus trees were destroyed
as well as pines. These were tall, majestic trees, which
took more than an average lifetime to grow.
Although I am aware of the arguments against
Australian pines, I find it sad that the one tree that has
so expressed the beauty of this Island is so blatantly
destroyed. I think it is irresponsible and negligent that
this city does not have laws to protect the beautiful
natural resources that used to be abundant here.
I just returned from a week in Charlotte, N.C.,
which is growing and developing at a rapid pace, while
operating with a strictly enforced law preventing tree
removal. Any trees that have to be cut must be replaced
with a similar tree as close as possible to the original
site. As a result it is a beautiful place unlike the
bareness that we see all over here.
I am a teacher and know that even the youngest
child is taught the value of our diminishing natural re-
sources and the need to preserve what we have. I hope
that the lawmakers of Holmes Beach realize this before
it is too late to save some of our trees. The beautiful,
tasteful homes and condos being built here will look
barren and forlorn without the majestic trees that are
being destroyed with no thought for the future.
Barbara McDonnell, Holmes Beach
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By Rick Catlin
That green turtle that died three weeks ago after
being found alive on Coquina Beach didn't die of natu-
ral causes, as Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch Direc-
tor Suzi Fox first suspected. It got a little help from
unwitting humans, Fox learned last week.
"The turtle actually died from ingesting a balloon,"
said Fox. "It literally couldn't breathe."
That's according to the autopsy report Fox got
back April 30 from Dr. Allen Foley at the Florida
Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg, and she's
hopping mad that humans may have contributed to the
death of this creature..
"We're trying to save our endangered species and
instead, we're killing them." Maybe not intentionally,
conceded Fox, but even one accidental death is one too
The balloon was just like those distributed by su-
permarkets for birthdays or other occasions, said Fox,
and maybe it's time Island businesses stop selling or
giving away balloons during turtle-nesting season.
Last week, she and her volunteers picked up a lot
of trash along the beach, including a number of helium-
filled balloons that Fox suspects may have been dis-
carded and deflated during the Desoto Parade April 26.
One balloon said "Publix" on it, she said.
If those balloons came from the parade, said Fox,
there's a Florida law against setting 10 or more bal-
loons aloft at the same time, although she would like
to think that any balloons released during the parade
were just accidental and not a planned effort.
Fox said humans, especially children, don't realize
where a balloon goes when it's released, particularly
when you live near the ocean.
The green sea turtle probably found the balloon
floating in some seagrass, said Fox. "That's where the
greens like to feed," especially in places like the mouth
of the Manatee River and near Port Manatee.
"Green sea turtles can't smell that the balloon isn't
Fox would like to organize a public
awareness campaign of what can happen
when just one balloon is accidentally re-
leased, and she's got a petition drive under-
way asking Island businesses to stop selling
or giving away helium-filled balloons during
Anybody who wants to volunteer to help
with the petition, or to learn more about
Turtle Watch, can call Fox at 778-5638.
food," said Fox. "They'll eat anything that looks like
Fox said it's not just helium-filled balloons that
pose a danger to sea turtles and marine life, it's any-
thing plastic or styrofoam. Some Island restaurants al-
ready make it a point not to serve plastic straws to cus-
tomers along the beach.
That's a great start, said Fox, and she'd like all Is-
land businesses to voluntarily stop selling or giving
away helium-filled balloons during turtle-nesting sea-
"If businesses could just hold off until the fall and
tell people that they want to save our endangered spe-
cies, not hurt them, it would be a big help. Even one
dead turtle from a balloon is one too many," she said.
"As pretty as those balloons are, all it took was one six-
inch piece of plastic to kill this turtle."
And it's not the first time a man-made object, or
man's carelessness, has contributed to a turtle death,
Fox said. About six years ago, she found a turtle dead
from eating a plastic bag.
Efforts to reach a spokesperson for the Lakeland-
based Publix supermarket chain for comment on their
helium balloons given with birthday cakes were unsuc-
cessful by press time on Tuesday.
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Budget process begins
in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach officials have begun
the task of hammering out a budget for the
next fiscal year.
And if the first set of figures is any
indication, it should prove to be an inter-
esting balancing act between spiraling ex-
penses and the political desire to hold the
line on taxes. -
City commissioners received a fright-
ening glimpse into the budget when the
city's insurance provider, Blue Cross and
Blue Shield, notified them insurance
would go up about 62 percent next year.
"The trend in health care is costs go-
ing up," said Joan Greenwood with Boyd
Insurance, the city's consultant on insur-
Commissioners agreed to change car-
riers to United, which will increase the
city's premiums by about 46 percent. The
city currently pays $123,000 annually for
insurance for its 24 employees; the new
policy will have the city paying $179,000.
Commissioners have also tentatively
begun establishing a capital improvement
program for the city, with a beginning to-
tal of $125,000 and more projects ex-
pected to come later.
To date, commissioners indicated a
willingness to spend:
$15,000 on improvements to the city
pier railing, lighting and roof.
$30,000 toward the future purchase
of a new sanitation truck.
$60,000 to be set aside to match any
grants the city may apply for.
$20,000 to be set aside for a state-
mandated comprehensive plan update by
the year 2007.
Also discussed, but without cost esti-
mates, were remodeling city hall, a fence
around the city's maintenance/storage
property, trolley stop benches and shelters,
a generator for city hall and one for
Tingley Memorial Library and more trees
for city property and rights of way.
"About 17 percent of our budget goes
to capital improvements," warned Vice
Mayor Mollie Sandberg. "If we have in-
surance costs going up and other costs go-
ing up, we may have to cut the capital
Commissioners have to have a budget
and property tax rate established in time
for start of the next fiscal year Oct. 1.
Another budget work session is
scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 24.
No news on new Duffy's location
So what's the latest on the
Duffy's Tavern relocation?
"Nuttin,"' according to propri-
etress Pat Geyer. "We hope to have
some news by next week."
Duffy's is the popular Holmes
Beach beer and burger tavern
across the street from the Manatee
Public Beach. Pat and Ed Geyer
been running the establishment
since 1970, with plenty of help
from their daughters in recent
Last month, the Geyers learned
that the Freeman family would not
renew their lease on the building.
Duffy's will have to find a new loca-
tion by June 10.
"We definitely will be back,"
said Pat, although a location has not
yet been secured.
The Freeman family plans to
start a similar restaurant to be called
Skinny's Place at the Duffy's loca-
tion. They were the original owners
of what was called the Mid-Island
Drive In at the location, which
opened in 1953.
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria charter review com-
mission meetings began in March to much
fanfare and a packed audience.
Now, they're down to drawing a
crowd of one, namely Mayor SueLynn, if
you don't count the media in attendance.
But that doesn't make the work of this
committee less important, emphasized
chairman Tom Aposporos at the April 23
review commission meeting. In fact, the
commission's slow but steady line-by-line
progress through the charter has already
produced a nearly complete first draft of
proposed charter changes. Those revisions
have already been sent to City Attorney
Jim Dye for review.
Aposporos said he may even have a
completed and clarified draft document
ready for presentation to the city com-
mission when his next report is due in
The next major item of business for
the committee is a review of the various
forms of municipal governments available
to determine if any of those may suit Anna
Maria better than the current form, which
is in question.
A central issue for the review com-
mission is still whether or not Anna Maria
actually has a strong mayor form of gov-
emment in which the mayor is in charge of
personnel, or a mayor-commission form,
with the city commission having authority
over city staff, including hiring and firing.
The review commission had debated
this question at some of its earlier meet-
ings, but had not reached a consensus
pending a discussion of the various forms
During the next few meetings, said
Aposporos, the commission will hear ar-
guments pro and con on the different
forms of municipal government. "We
want to know if there is something bet-
ter, or is there something we can borrow
that would be better for us, if only to
straighten out what's already here."
The commission wants to make the
city charter "something that is not subject
to confusion," Aposporos said, noting the
historical perspective of confusing charter
interpretations in Anna Maria.
The final report of the charter review
commission is due at the end of Septem-
ber and Aposporos is confident his com-
mittee will be ready by its self-imposed
deadline of August 31.
Any recommendations presented by
the charter review committee must still be
approved by the city commission.
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World Prayer Day.
Islanders were asked
to participate by
listening and sharing
their prayers at the
event. All Island
sponsored the service.
Cheerleader tryouts at Center
Tryouts for the Dolphin football team's
cheerleading squad are scheduled from noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Age divisions are 7 to 10 years and 11 to 13. Fur-
ther information is available from Kim Steenstra at
Managing irrigation to be topic
of Island course
A free course to "familiarize homeowners with our
limited water supply" will be offered at the Island
Branch Library from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May
Developed by the Manatee County Extension Ser-
vice, the course will outline impacts and options for
attractive landscapes, so "participants may manage
their own micro-irrigation system," the library said.
Reservations are required, and may be made at
722-4524. Instructors will be Jack Tichenor, water con-
servation agent; Elissa Mirabelli, program assistant;
and Ethan English, irrigation technician. The library is
at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Summer camp scholarships
available for Island youth
The Lou Fiorentino Memorial Scholarship Com-
mittee is accepting applications for its annual scholar-
ships of up to $200 each for students attending summer
residential camps of their choice.
Students must be in fourth through eighth grade
and live in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach or Bradenton
The scholarships are a memorial to Fiorentino, a
longtime Island little league coach and umpire. Funds
for the scholarships are raised in an annual party held
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Applications are available at the Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria, and at Anna Maria Elementary
School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Applications must be submitted to the Center by
For more information, call the Center at 778-1908.
Senior driver refresher course
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The 55-Alive refresher course for drivers 50 and older
will be Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 11, at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The course will be from noon until 4 p.m. both
days. Registration is required at 776-1158, with the
class limited to 30 persons. Many insurance companies
reduce premiums for drivers who complete the course,
said the sponsoring AARP.
Island liquor store closed
The Anna Maria Island Wines and Sprits shop at 5508
Marina Drive in Holmes Beach closed its doors in early
March, and it's not likely to reopen any time soon.
In fact, according to new owner Curt Luttrell, the
business isn't going to reopen because he's suing the
former owner for $100,000 for breach of contract.
Luttrell claims the ex-owner failed to turn over the li-
quor license and had other business problems he ne-
glected to mention at closing.
The bottom line, said Luttrell, is that "we simply
couldn't stay open without a license." Luttrell had
bought the business in November 2001.
plans events next week
A breakfast and a "nooner" are scheduled next
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 14 and 15, by the
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce.
The breakfast will be a "Toot Your Own Horn"
event at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Hungry Fox restaurant,
419 St. Armands Circle, for $5 per person.
The "nooner" networking luncheon will begin at
11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Caf6 Don Giovanni, 5610
Gulf of Mexico Drive, $5 for members, $10 nonmem-
Details may be obtained and reservations made at
Squadron's 'Boat Smart'
safety course Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron will spon-
sor a "Boat Smart" safe-boating course all day Satur-
day, May 11, at 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton
The course will cover laws, weather, boat handling,
distress signals and other matters. Most insurance com-
panies provide a premium discount to boaters who pass
the course, the squadron said.
Cost is $27 for the 8 a.m.-to-5 p.m. session, includ-
ing book, materials and food. Further information may
be obtained at 778-8408 or 545-7646.
Dennis Rauschl led in obtaining new residential
listings and Jane Grossman and Nicole Skaggs in sales
during April at A Paradise Realty's Anna Maria Island
Dee Jorcyk was tops in listings and Dave
Moynihan in sales for April at the Bradenton Beach
office of Wagner Realty.
Thomas Nelson was leading agent for listings in
April and Richard Freeman sales agent with the most
closings at Island Real Estate.
High school artists show
works at Art League
Young artists and their works will be
"hanging from the ceiling" at the Anna Maria
Island Art League's gallery for the eighth an-
nual Manatee High Art Exhibit, a league
The big show will open with an artists' re-
ception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10,
at the gallery at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. A crowd of teen artists is expected, for
fun and for serious discussions with other art
More than 150 pieces created by Manatee
High School art students are being hung in the
exhibit, the traditional end-of-school-year show
for Manatee High students only.
The youngsters are students of teachers
Rich von Ende and Bradenton Beach resident
Rob Reiber. The pieces are not judged, but are
shown to let people know "just how good these
kids are," said the spokesperson.
The show continues at the gallery through
May 31 with hours from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday. Further details may be
obtained by calling 778-2099.
Consigned to the stars
Parents are looking to save money in today's
economy and what better way than at Little Stars
Children's Consignment at 3633 Cortez Road in the
College Plaza Shopping Center.
Owner June Niu has some excellent new and gen-
tly used children's items, particularly clothes, shoes,
toys, books, furniture and accessories. Many of Little
Stars items are brand new at one-third to one-half of the
price you pay the name-brand stores.
June says you never can tell what will be on her
racks, as shipments of brand new items at a fraction of
the regular cost arrive daily, in addition to new con-
There's even better news for daycare centers, fam-
ily care, preschools and children's doctors. Little Stars
offers a 10 percent discount on toys to those operators,
and that's in addition to the already low price.
With school just ending, a lot of parents won't be
thinking about school this fall, but come late July, new
school clothing will be in high demand and Little Stars
will be the place to shop.
June is also interested in meeting anyone who has
consignments, especially boys clothes from newborn to
size six. "Those are our hottest selling items," said
June, "and I expect a lot of people to be looking for
those when it comes time for back-to-school shop-
Little Stars is located adjacent to Healthcare
America Medical and behind McDonald's.
Summer hours for Little Stars is 10:30 a.m. to 4
p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
Saturday. For further information, call 756-3979.
EyeDesign creative greeting card company has
opened the first of five planned offices nationwide this
year in Holmes Beach with 607 Ambassador Lane its
"The demand for EyeDesign greeting cards has
exceeded our highest expectations," said EyeDesign
president Sandi Davidson. But even with high demand,
the company plans to stay with its plan for managed
growth. New locations are planned for this year in New
Mexico, Illinois, Texas and Washington.
Holmes Beach and Manatee County were chosen
as a test area because of the "diverse culture" and
strength in small business, said Davidson.
The success of EyeDesign is attributable to the
focus on corporate customer retention said Davidson,
as greeting cards are some of the more cost-effective
methods for a business to stay in touch with an exist-
ing or potential client.
The company's Web site for viewing and ordering
products is www.eyedesigncards.com, while the e-mail
address is email@example.com.
Presently, EyeDesign cards area available at
Expressit in the S&S Shopping Plaza in Holmes Beach
next to the Post Office. Other Island outlets are planned
in the next several weeks.
For further information on EyeDesign, call 778-
Free Tai Chi
Lee's White Leopard Kung Fu and Tai Chi
School at 5917 Manatee Avenue West will hold a free
Tai Chi demonstration and class from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
on the first Sunday of every month at Manatee Public
Beach in Holmes Beach. The next class is scheduled
for Sunday, June 2, and it is open to the public said
owner Sifu Lang.
Many of the school's students reside on the Island
and they will be leading the class.
While many people are aware of the Kung Fu mar-
tial arts, Tai Chi is relatively new in the west.
White Leopard is also offering a summer school
program for students.
For further information call 795-6986.
Going Bongos today
Bongos Bayside Bar and Grille on the Palma
Sola Causeway will officially open its doors today at
11 a.m. for lunch, but it will be a "soft" opening with
little fanfare until the Memorial Day weekend, accord-
ing to co-owner Steve Silvestri.
"We're just putting out the 'open' sign for now,"
said Silvestri, as the restaurant irons out the bugs the
accompany any new restaurant opening and comes up
to strength with staff. "But Memorial weekend we'll
have our grand opening and be really ready," he added.
For now, the entertainment will be "Carl" at the pi-
ano bar during evening hours, but Bongos will "heat up"
on Memorial Day weekend with two live bands. Shawn
Brown will play Saturday, May 25, while blues aficionado
Sarasota Slim is lined up for Sunday, May 26.
Got a new business going up on Anna Maria Is-
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Island Players' 'Key for Two' opens Friday
The Island Players will open its last play of the
season Friday evening, May 10, with a short-run pre-
sentation of the comedy "Keys for Two."
Performances will be at 8 p.m. nightly until May
19, with matinees at 2 p.m. on two Sundays, May 12
and the closing show on the 19th. The theater is closed
The first and last plays of a season are several per-
formances shorter than the rest of the season's pro-
gram, explained "Keys for Two" director Geoffrey
Todd, because it was felt that the Island's population
was too small to support a full run at those times.
That's turned out to be not the case, he noted, with
nearly all performances of all plays sold out before
opening night. "Keys" is no exception: Only single
tickets are available now, and few of them.
This has led to an expanded schedule next season,
performances added to every program to accommodate
"Last of the season" is now a misnomer, Todd
pointed out, as the Players will present Shakespeare's
"The Taming of the Shrew" in July. Last year's inau-
gural midsummer Shakespeare presentation was a re-
"The Players are going from strength to strength,"
the director said.
In the play opening Friday, longtime Player Jo
Kendall stars in the role of a fetching young woman who
finances an elegant flat by taking two lovers, both married
but with schedules convenient for double lives. When one
of them is immobilized in her flat with a broken leg, the
plot thickens and becomes mirthfully out of hand.
The men who pick up the bills for her precarious
lifestyle are played by John Durkin and James Lewis.
Director Todd himself plays still another suitor, the
only man onstage who is not a financial contributor
to the woman. Todd stepped into the role when the
actor originally assigned left the production.
Sylvia Marnie, Miriam Ring and Laura Morales
fill out the cast.
Alice Doeden is stage manager, Carol Cozan
assistant, Chris McVickers lighting, Walt Schmidt
and Bob Grant, sound, John Flannery set design,
Don Bailey costumes and Rita Amoureauz makeup.
The theater is at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. The box office can be reached weekdays
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one hour before perfor-
mances at 778-5755.
Postal carriers collect food for needy Saturday
Anna Maria Island's postal carriers hope to
be seriously overworked Saturday when they
collect food for the needy from Islanders.
Householders and businesses may leave bags of
nonperishable food May 11 at their mailboxes or at
any of the three post offices on the Island. That usu-
ally turns out to be mostly canned goods, but also can
be boxed cereals, flour, rice, sugar anything that
won't spoil in storage.
It will be picked up by members of the Na-
tional Association of Letter Carriers and deliv-
ered to the Meals on Wheels program for Mana-
Since there is no route delivery in the city of
Anna Maria, residents there may take their dona-
tions to the post office at 101 S. Bay Blvd. There
will be similar collection barrels for convenience
at the other two post offices: 116 Bridge St. in
Bradenton Beach, 5354 Gulf Drive in.Holmes
The collections here have risen appreciably
over the 10 years of the drive, for example,
9,000 pounds in 2000 and 10,000 in 2002, and
the letter carriers hope to continue the trend this
They are pleased to note that in Manatee
County, they started it all here the Island col-
lected food for the first years of the drive and
Bradenton didn't, although the Bradenton bunch
have been catching up for the past few years.
Charlotte A. Hewitt
Charlotte A. Hewitt, 70, of Longboat Key, died April
Born in Ridley Park, Pa., Mrs. Hewitt came to Mana-
tee County from there in 1950. She was a retired registered
nurse. She was a Longboat Key Pioneer and the former
director of the Longboat Historical Society. She was a
volunteer at the Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton
Beach and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the
Longboat Key Volunteer Fire Department.
There were no services. Memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
She is survived by daughters Judith A. Siefert of
Longboat Key and Jeanne E. Sicard of Vermont; sons
Donald P. of Longboat Key and William Jr., of Bradenton;
four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Maurice F. Vidal
Maurice F. Vidal, 33, of Bradenton, died May 3.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mr. Vidal came to
Manatee County in 1975. He was a fishing guide. He
Services were May 7 at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, Anna Maria. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of arrange-
He is survived by companion Nikki Graves; son
Zachary of Siesta Key; stepson Benjamin Graves of
Bradenton; sister Nicole of Bradenton; stepsister
Whitney of Bradenton; father Phillip of Bradenton;
mother and stepfather Ines and Mike Norman of
Bradenton Beach; maternal grandmother Carmen
Costa of Puerto Rico; and paternal grandmother Cova
Martinez of Miami.
Jo Ann Meilner!
To the most wonderful mama I know...
Each day something reminds me of my mom.
I see her in the mirror, I have her nose.
I see her when I put my shoes on; our feet are just about the same.
I think about her when everyone is getting their coffee in the
she says coffee should always be enjoyed!
I know that I look at life a certain way because she raised me to
always look at the positive side of things.
I am thankful each day because I'm in love with a wonderful man,
She would always ask me, "name three things you like about your
I am now engaged to someone she approves of.
I admire the woman she is.
She is an amazing friend, wife and mother.
Everyday I hope my marriage will be as great as hers is.
That I have supportive friends always around me as she does,
And that someday I will be the caring mother she was to me.
Yes mama, you are always right!
I love you more than our "Mini Pearl" is black!
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Maurice Vidal's family and friends gathered for a candlelight vigil at Palma Sola Bay.
They launched 33 handpainted rice-paper floating lanterns to celebrate each year of
his life. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Friends & Family
THE ISLANDER MAY 8,2002 PAGE 13
Watching Venus on beach on Anna Maria Island
By Rick Catlin
Many Islanders have noticed some fairly large
crowds of young men on the beach these days, particu-
larly during the week. With spring break over and most
of the snowbirds gone, these groups of males might
seem a bit unusual, but it would appear the guys are
studying rather than partying.
Seems they're into studying Venus. Not the planet,
but the young ladies who model Venus swimwear,
what little there is .of it they can see.
The Jacksonville-based company is on Anna Maria
Island shooting pictures for its fall catalogue and top
models from all over the world are here to display the lat-
est beach and casual wear, a company spokesperson said.
A model for Venus swimwear during the company's
photo shoot on Anna Maria Island last week. Is-
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Wednesday, May 8
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the
Island Players luncheon and silent auction at the
Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Island Road,
Palmetto. Information: 761-1599.
1 to 3 p.m. Caroline Whitmore demon-
strates watercolor and oil painting at the Artists
Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
7 p.m. Family storytime at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Adult volleyball at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Friday, May 10
9 to 10 a.m. Aerobics class with Mo Dye at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Manatee High Art Exhibit
opening reception at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Infor-
8 p.m. Opening night for Island Players
"Key For Two" at the Island Players Theater, Gulf
Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Box office:
Saturday, May 11
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Power
Squadron "Boat Smart Safety Course" at 1200
71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 778-8408,
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2 to 4 p.m. Opening reception for "Plein Air"
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8p.m. -Island Players present "Key For Two"
at the Island Players Theater, Gulf Drive and Pine
Avenue, Anna Maria. Box office: 778-5755.
Sunday, May 12
2 p.m. -Island Players present "Key For Two"
at the Island Players Theater, Gulf Drive and Pine
Avenue, Anna Maria. Box office: 778-5755.
2 p.m. North American Butterfly Associa-
tion-Manatee Chapter meeting and presentation
on the Schaus Swallowtail at the Redeemer
Lutheran Church, 6311 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton.
Tuesday, May 14
8 p.m. -Island Players present "Key For Two"
at the Island Players Theater, Gulf Drive and Pine.
Avenue, Anna Maria. Box office: 778-5755.
Wednesday, May 15
7 p.m. Family storytime at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Adult volleyball at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
8 p.m. -Island Players present "Key For
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and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Box office: 778-
Lecture on the Victoria at the Palma Sola
Botanical Park May 18.
Organ Plus Five concert at First United Meth-
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Anna Maria Island Privateer
Treasurer Liz Christie kisses
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Heritage Festival Parade for the
Boys and Girls Club's annual
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Church of Annunciation notes 50th anniversary
By Jim Hanson
The Church of the Annunciation Episcopal cel-
ebrated its 50th anniversary on Anna Maria Island last
Friday with an evensong similar to its first service here
The Rt. Rev. John B. Lipscomb, bishop of Southwest
Florida, was preacher at Friday evening's prayer service
and the Rev. Bennett Barnes, interim rector, was officiant.
The evensong filled the church and the service
turned out to be "kind of a reunion," noted one parish-
ioner. People who hadn't seen each other for years met
there again, and some came from out of town for the
They were celebrating progress from the 12 people
who participated in the first evensong in a private home
to the vigorous congregation of today in its church on
Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
That first service was in the home of Mae and
George Harris, with the Rev. Burkett J. Kniveton lead-
ing what was then an Island mission. Services moved
on succeeding Sundays to the original Island school-
house and community center, with Father Kniveton as
You're reading the "Best News on
Anna Maria Island" (since 1992).
Evensong at 50
The Church of the Annunciation Episcopal celebrated its 50th anniversary with an evensong similar to its first
service here in 1952. Left to right, the Rt. Rev. John B. Lipscomb, bishop of Southwest Florida, the Rev.
Richard Fellows, the Rev. Benton Wood and the Rev. Bennett Barnes, interim rector at the church. Islander
Photo: J.L. Robertson.
He lived in an apartment above a garage, where
later that year he and energetic parishioners built a 60-
seat chapel known as St. Michael's Oratory and the fol-
lowing year built their church. The Rev. Gerald K.
Lowe succeeded Kniveton as vicar in 1956.
The mission was elevated to parish status in 1962
and Father Lowe installed as rector. On his retirement
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Mother's Day celebration older than you think
By Jim Hanson
Mothers get a special ration next Sunday of what
they should be getting every day of their lives a lot
of attention and appreciation and affection.
It's Mother's Day 2002, and churches and busi-
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phy in the Be Nice to Mom sweepstakes. That's one
day a year, mind you, the second Sunday of May, but
it needn't be the only one. A number of mothers have
For decades now the United States has taken shad-
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Anna Jarvis did the fine deed in West Virginia in 1910,
we are told.
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The first to honor mothers with organized celebra-
tions were the ancient Greeks, who paid homage to
Rhea, the mother of gods. England got into it in the
17th century, noting "Mothering Sunday" on the fourth
Sunday of Lent.
Julia Ward Howe, who wrote the "Battle Hymn of
the Republic," suggested in 1872 a Mother's Day dedi-
cated to peace.
It took Anna Jarvis to get the job done, though. Her
.efforts to establish a mothers' holiday came as a result
of her love for her own mother, who in the years before
her death in 1905 sought "Mother's Friendship Days"
to heal scars of the Civil War.
Jarvis held a ceremony in Grafton, W. Va., in
1907 to honor her mother and went on to mount a
massive letter-writing campaign to establish a holi-
day honoring mothers. West Virginia did so in 1910.
Within a year nearly every state followed suit. And
in 1914 President Wilson proclaimed Mother's Day
a national holiday on the second Sunday of May.
As the years wore on, Jarvis's achievement turned
to bitterness as the holiday was commercialized. She
filed suit in 1923 to stop a Mother's Day festival and
was even arrested for disturbing the peace. She died in
1948 expressing regret at her success.
Now many countries have formally adopted the
American practice. Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Fin-
land, Italy and Turkey celebrate Mother's Day on the
same day as we, but others find different days to honor
Mom. International Mother's Day has been established
as May 11.
Incidentally, one of the more exotic lands that
formally observe Mother's Day is Afghanistan.
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THE ISLANDER E MAY 8, 2002 0 PAGE 17
From labor to love in an instant
By Diana Bogan
My pregnancy flew by in a blink of an eye. And ev-
eryone tells me that my daughter's childhood will fly
by just as fast.
I don't think anyone realizes how fast time can
pass until it's gone. So, when people tell me to "enjoy
every minute" of motherhood, because "she'll be all
grown up before I know it," I take a pause.
I pause in the morning when the sunlight is filter-
ing through the bedroom window and I hear my daugh-
ter rustling in the bed beside me.
I catch my breath every time I find her gazing at
me, or a huge smile lights her face and she giggles. It's
enough to make my heart race knowing that this is joy
in its purest form.
From the time we start our day together we pause
every two hours to nurse. At first this constant need for
attention left me frustrated. I want my daughter to be
independent but that doesn't mean she has to be less
dependent on me no%\.
Soon enough she won't need me to feed
her. She won't want to sleep in my room or listen
to me babble. She'll have more interesting things to do
- things that are way too cool for mom to understand.
So I keep reminding myself to enjoy how much she
needs me. To slow down and take things at her pace.
And as I take my cues from her needs, I find ample time
to hold her, to comfort her and to discover who she is.
Every time I tend to her is an opportunity to watch
her grow and her personality emerge. Already I've dis-
covered that she runs her fingers through her hair when
she is nursing. She hates to ride in her car seat for any
length of time. She loves to stretch out when she sleeps,
and hates being covered with blankets.
I'm anxious to know what else she will like as she
grows older, but I'm also anxious to hold onto every
moment a memory can be made. I'm afraid if I blink,
I'll miss something important.
I don't know what motherhood is all about yet. I
just know that right now there is a perfect little girl who
loves spending every minute with me. And I might not
know what to do, but I know to take it slow and trea-
sure each moment she gives me.
Editor's note: Ray Hansen and Diana Bogan, Is-
lander reporter, are the parents of a baby girl, Piper
Leigh Hansen, born March 5 at Labor of Love Birthing
Center in Dunedin. Alert Islander readers may note
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AME peace efforts just beginning
By Andrea Dennis
Anna Maria Elementary School principal Tim
Kolbe and guidance counselor Cindi Harrison recently
returned from visiting Public School 69 in Jackson
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its new peace pole with the help of the two adminis-
While there, both Kolbe and Harrison learned how
vastly different the two schools are. In comparison to
AME, with its 300 students of similar backgrounds,
for example, of the 1,383 students attending PS69, the
most culturally diverse school in the most culturally
diverse city in the world, 90 percent do not speak En-
glish when they begin school. And, when thinking of
AME's modest construction and tropical location,
PS69 is, in comparison, five stories high with a fenced,
But, when it comes to important things, such as
living in peace, the schools are virtually identical.
"Everything about us is at opposite ends of the
spectrum," said Kolbe. "Yet, we want the same thing."
This encouraged Harrison when she was perhaps
starting to have some doubts. "I thought while I
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kids at Anna Maria, there is hope."'
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the horizon at AME.
PS69 will soon send a peace quilt to AME with each
square of the quilt completed by the different classes at the
New York school. This quilt will be a duplicate, however,
so both schools will have something to display. For the
time being, though, PS69 sent one square, framed, with
Harrison for AME students to share.
In addition, AME's peace pole will receive a little
facelift in the form of flowers. PS69's peace pole is
surrounded by a perennial garden, and the school sent
a basketful of perennial seeds back with Harrison for
AME's students to plant and "replicate," said Harrison.
"It was such a lovely token."
Perhaps the biggest project yet to come is the Peace
Pals program that AME will take part in with PS69.
It's more than just pen pals," said Kolbe. "It's a
In fact, the Peace Pals program encourages children
to embrace the peace message through drawing and paint-
ing their visions of peace, writing peace messages and
poems, performing plays and dances about peace, and
sharing their thoughts about peace through correspon-
dence. Harrison will head this project at AME.
The trip was extremely rewarding for both Kolbe
and Harrison, and both are looking forward to what lies
"I'm so inspired to continue. I mean, how lucky
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Karen Newhall's third-grade class says "cheese" on April 19 as each student *
shows their school spirit by donning the school's new dolphin T-shirt or one of-a
similar bright green color. On May 3, the class received a "We Are 'Ver Excep-
tional" award as the first class to ever accomplish this feat. Islander Pholo-
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Laboratory will reward students who new area in the aquarium called Anna Maria Elementary School students recognized for civic achievements May
earned an "A" in science during the "Mysterious Mollusks," including a 3 at the We Are Very Exceptional "WAVE" awards include, Tori Boltwood,
2001 school year with free admis- 25-foot preserved giant squid speci- Matthew Branning, Kevin Callahan, Daniel Connelly, Hailey Dearlove,
sion to the Mote Aquarium. men. This rewarding offer runs Nathaniel Ellsworth, Austin Frische, Joseph Garbus, Lindsey George, Ashley
Students must bring in a report through June 30. Gomes, Denver Hardy, Emily Hostetler, Mellissa Johnson, Matt Lannon, Rainia
card displaying the exceptional Mote is open daily from 10 a.m. to lardas, Alison Lukitsch, Rachel Nelson, Michael Rogers, Rip Shafer, Anthony
grade and be accompanied by an 5 p.m. Prices are $12 for adults, $10 for Slack, Molly Slicker, Amanda White, Kirsten Whitt and Blake Wilson. Karen
adult to gain free entrance and see, kids 4-12 years old and free for children Newhall's third-grade class and all third- and fifth-graders in the grandparent's
among-many things, a new 30-foot age 3 and under. For more information, program were also recognized for their achievements this week. Recipients of
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in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Andrea Dennis
Students 'tell all' on teacher-of-year picks
Anna Maria Elementary School
By Andrea Dennis menu
Islander Reporter n %
The special people who are nominated for Disney's Monday, May 13
American Teacher Awards are not supposed to know who Breakfast: Ham Slice with Toast, Yogurt,
nominated them. But when four local students nominated Cereal
Anna Maria Elementary School teachers Lynn Drolet, Lunch. Chicken and Rice with Roll or Fish on a
Anne Kinnan and Joan Sackettfor the award that honors Bun, Streamed Fresh Broccoli and Cheese
creativity in teaching, they were told to go ahead and let' ". Sauce, Raisin Cup
the-teachers know anyway. So they did. -- Tuesday, May 14
They've said more than just that, though. Carly 'Breakfast: Pancake and Syrup, Yogurt, Cereal
Bartlett, Kayte Bartlett, Tyler Fitzgerald and Heither .' / Lunch: Hamburger on Bun or Peanut Butter and
Howard all had their own reasons for nominating these Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad and Dressing,
teachers. And each is proud to tell us why. Anne Kinnan sits with former student Heather Fresh Fruit
AME third-grader Kayte Bartlett, 9, had, Lynn Howard, now an Island Middle School seventh- Wednesday, May 15
Drolet for first grade, and says Drolet is "really nice." grader, and current student Tyler Fitzgerald. Breakfast: Scrambled Egg and Toast, Yogurt,
"She's one of my favorite teachers. She did a lot of Howard and Fitzgerald both nominated Kinnan for Cereal
fun things," Kayte said. Disney's American Teacher Awards. Islander Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese with Ham and
And Kayte's nomination of Drolet was a "given" Photos: Andrea Dennis Roll or Yogurt and Muffin, Peas and Carrots,
when she saw the ad on the Disney Channel. Chilled Peaches
"I thought, 'I have to do this because she was one Thursday, May 16
of my nicest teachers,'" she said. .-Breakfast: Cinnamon Toast, Yogurt, Cereal
Tyler Fitzgerald, 11, said that because Anne Lunch: Tacos and Sauce or Chicken Wings and
Kinnan is a "very nice and very fun" teacher is only Roll, Corn on the Cob, Assorted Fresh Fruit
part of the reason he nominated her. He also believes Friday,May17
she deserves a break. Breakfast: Waffle and Syrup, Yogurt, Cereal
"Since we have a very large class, she gets a lot of Lunch: Cheese Pizza or Ham and Cheese
stress sometimes," said Tyler, who is currently in Hoagie, Tossed Salad and Dressing, Apple
Kinnan's fifth-grade class. "She needs a vacation, and f Crisp
when I nominated her, they said she'd get one." Juice and milk are served and every meal.
Island Middle School seventh-grader Heather _.,::
Howard, 13, was in Kinnan's class two years ago at AME
and also nominated her for the award. For Heather, it was Island Middle School lunch menu
Kinnan's teaching methods through such things as plays, Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-grader Carly Monday, May 13
painting and games that sparked the nomination. Bartlett poses with "pal" Joan Sackett, AME fourth- Hoagie Sandwich or Grilled Chicken Patty on Bun,
"She's creative and does a lot of activities with grade teacher, whom Bartlett nominated for Chef Salad and Dressing, Fries, Assorted Fresh and
you," said Heather. "It's an easy way of learning." Disney's American Teacher Awards. Canned Fruit
Carly Bartlett, 11, also had teaching methods in Tuesday, May 14
mind when she nominated AME fourth-grade teacher Chicken and Rice with Roll, Hamburger and Fries,
Joan Sackett. Chef Salad and Dressing, Seasoned Green Beans,
"She's really hands-on with her teaching. She I Assorted Fresh and Canned Fruit
brought stuff to life," said Carly. "She's a really good Wednesday, May 15
teacher. She helped me learn a lot." Tacos and Salsa or Comdog with Fries, Chef Salad
These students' efforts are not going unnoticed, and Dressing, Sweet Green Peas, Assorted Fresh and
however, as the teachers are quite thankful. Canned Fruit
"I feel very honored," said Kinnan. Thursday, May 16
Drolet is also excited about the nomination. "I Chicken Nuggets or Burrito and Salsa, Chef Salad
think it's great. It made me feel very special," she said. and Dressing, Steamed Rice, Tossed Salad and
"I'm tickled to death." Dressing, Assorted Fresh and Canned Fruit
Sackett is flattered, as well, but she's also pleased r"Friday, May 17
with the example such actions show to other students. Pepperoni Pizza or Corndog, Chef Salad and Dress-
"I think it is very special for a former student to Anna Maria Elementary Schoolfirst-grade teacher Lynn ing, Corn on the Cob, Assorted Fresh and Canned
recommend a teacher," she said. "Students like Carly Drolet sits with her buddy Kayte Bartlett who nominated Fruit
are perfect examples for others." '. .. ,a Dialefor Disney's American Teacher Awards. Juice and milk-are served and every meal.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
April 28, 10100 Gulf Drive, Beach Bistro parking
lot, burglary. A purse was reportedly stolen from an
April 28, 314 N. Bay Blvd., Bayfront Park, viola-
tion of injunction. According to the report, a man was
found in the company of a woman who filed an injunc-
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police he thought the injunction had expired.
April 25, 2500 block of Avenue B, missing person.
A man filed a missing persons report on his 16-year-
old son after the juvenile left his home. According to
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April 26, 100 N. Gulf Drive, Circle K, grand theft.
A man reported his "one-of-a-kind" racing bike stolen
after he left it at the entrance of the store to make a
purchase. He valued the bike at $1,700.
April 26, 1500 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, theft.
A woman's wallet was reportedly stolen from her
purse. According to the report, the woman forgot her
purse in one of the portable bathrooms and when she
returned for it her wallet was missing.
April 27, 300 block of Church Avenue, loitering
and prowling. While patrolling, officers noticed a man
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April 27, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
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On May 2, Holmes Beach police officers re-
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called officers to discuss a complaint of "possible
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Upon arrival at the residence, officers observed
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a neighbor claimed to have heard shots coming from
the area of Melson's home.
During the conversation, officers observed that
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out of a pickup truck.
April 27, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, battery. A
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Kiwanis, Air & Energy take Little League titles
By Kevin Cassidy
Special to the Islander
Kiwanis and Air & Energy came out on top in the
major and AAA divisions of Anna Maria Island Little
League as the regular season comes to a close.
Air & Energy, which clinched the AAA title a few
weeks ago, edged Quality Builders 11-8 on Tuesday,
April 30, and blasted Ellis Construction 14-4 Friday,
May 3, to finish with an impressive 12-2 record, includ-
ing a perfect 5-0 in town.
The majors was a different story altogether as
Kiwanis and WMFD went into their last game head
to head separated by one game. A WMFD victory
would have forced a one-game playoff to determine a
regular-season champion, but Kiwanis took care of
business with a 6-2 victory to finish with a 10-5 over-
Now the major league teams look forward to a
three-game "Island World Series" as well as an inter-
league tournament before All-Star selections and
In Junior League (ages 13-14) action, Time Saver
ran into a buzzsaw at Birdie Tebbetts Field as unde-
feated McBride Construction made quick work of the
Time Saver 6-5 on season
following 11-run loss
A five-run fourth, and a four-run fifth inning put an
exclamation point on McBride Concrete
Construction's 12-1, five-inning victory over Time
Saver in Junior League baseball action Saturday, May
4, at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach.
The loss drops Time Saver to 6-5 on the season,
while McBride improved to a league-best 11-0-1
record with four games remaining.
McBride scored two runs in the top in the first in-
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A walk by Clay Cook brought Levins in to score and
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run double just over the glove of a leaping Orr in left
field to give McBride an insurmountable 9-0 lead.
The top of the fifth saw McBride score three runs,
while Time Saver scored its lone run in the bottom of
the inning when Orr sliced a double down the line, and
after stealing third, easily scored on Matt Bobo's RBI
single. McBride pitcher Levins struck out the next two
batters, but Sean Pittman walked, bringing Jordan
Pritchard to the plate. Pritchard hit a grounder up the
middle, but McBride's.shortstop Powell made a lung-
ing stop and stepped on second for the final out of the
Hanna went 2-for-2 and scored three runs and
Levins singled, doubled, and scored three runs to pace
the McBride offense. James Robertson had a pair of
singles and three RBIs, while John Robertson had a
two-run double and a sacrifice fly while also earning
the pitching win. Robertson held Time Saver hitless
through four innings, striking out two before Levins
relieved in the fifth inning.
Time Saver was led by Orr, who made a spectacu-
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Next up for Time Saver is a 6:30 p.m. May 9 game
against Manatee East #2 at Lakewood Ranch.
Kiwanis 6, WMFD 2
Pat Cole pitched a complete-game, four-hitter on
Tuesday, April 30, to lead Kiwanis past WMFD to
claim the regular season championship on the Island.
Tyler Schneerer provided most of the offense for
Kiwanis, going 3-for-3, including a double and one run
scored, while Cole and Tanner Pelkey each singled and
scored. Dylan Mullen reached base twice and came
around to score two runs, while Connor Bystrom
walked and scored one run.
Zach Geeraerts led WMFD at the plate with a
single, double and one run scored, while Alex Phillips
added a double. Spencer Carper completed the scoring
for WMFD with a single and one run scored.
Kiwanis 4, Family Medicine 3
Connor Bystrom pitched one-hit ball through six
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Kenny Burns went 2-for-2, including a two-run
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A&E 14, Ellis 4
Kayla Boak and Carmine Galati each contributed
a double and one run scored to help Air & Energy de-
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an undefeated season in games played off the Island.
Scottie Steenstra added a pair of singles and one run
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Final Little League standings
Majors, ages 10-12
Kiwanis 10-5 overall, 5-2 town, 5-3 head
WMFD 7-9 overall, 3-4 town, 3-5 head
AAA Division, ages 8-10
Air & Energy 12-2 overall, 6-0 town, 6-2 head
Quality Builders7-7 overall, 5-1 town, 2-6 head
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
scored, while Shane Culhane went 2-for-2.
Rudacille, Perez help Canes
to district title
Manatee High School junior second baseman and
longtime Island resident Mark Rudacille recently
helped the Manatee Hurricane baseball team to its first
district baseball championship since 1998 when they
defeated North Ft. Myers High School by an 8-2 score
April 26 in Ft. Myers.
Rudacille played solid defense throughout the game
and came up with a clutch hit on offense. With men on
second and third, North Ft. Myers elected to intentionally
walk catcher Jason Cooper to pitch to Rudacille, but the
junior second baseman made them pay for that strategy by
ripping a double that plated two runs.
Against Naples Gulf Coast, Rudacille came through
with a two-run single down the right-field line to help the
Canes turn a slim 3-2 lead into a 5-2 cushion. Another
Island resident, Chris Perez came on to pitch in the sixth
and "mowed 'em down," striking out five out of the six
batters he faced to emphatically shut the door.
Unfortunately, the Canes lost 3-2 in the regional
semifinals to Tarpon Springs East Lake to end its sea-
son a little earlier than it had hoped.
Rudacille will now turn his attention to football where
he is mentioned as a possible starting linebacker for the
Canes. Perez will continue working at adding a couple
more miles per hour to his already impressive "heater."
Word is the Miami Hurricanes are interested in the
Cane righty, while Rudacille is looking ahead at the
University of Florida.
Kevin Cassidy is publisher of Sports Page, a free pub-
lication focusing on youth sports and distributed
countywide, coach for Manatee High School female
soccer, and a full-time teacher.
Time Saver left fielder Clay Orr made a leaping catch to rob McBride Construction's Tripp Powell of a sure
double during Junior League baseball action at Birdie Tebbetts Field. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Anna Maria Island Little League schedule
Junior League, ages 13-14
May 9 6:30 p.m.
May 14 6:30 p.m.
Major League, ages 10-12
May 8 6:30 p.m.
May 10 6:30 p.m.
May 13 6:30 p.m.
AAA Division, ages 8-10
May 15 6:30 p.m.
May 17 6:30 p.m.
May 20 6:30 p.m.
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Critter tales, weather puzzles, 38.7-inch 1i-day rain?
There've been some pretty big fish caught in the
waters off Florida in the last year.
The International Game Fish Association is the
keeper of records of all things piscatorial. It reports that
Conrad E. Hawkins of Jacksonville caught the second-
heaviest fish ever landed in Florida, a 1,046-pound blue
marlin, off Panama City last July. The heaviest, by the
way, was a 1,065-pound tiger shark caught off
Pensacola in 1981.
The largest tarpon in history caught on a flyrod was
cast last May by James J. Holland of Vancouver, Wash.
His 202-pound silver king was caught at the
Chassahowitzka Springs, which is up near Homosassa.
He fought the fish for two hours before landing it.
Here's one to make you jealous: a 96-pound black
drum caught by James E. Cartwright of Yulee. His record-
breaker was caught off Femandina Beach and bested the
93-pound record that had been on the books since 1957.
Florida holds the all-tackle records for 73 saltwa-
ter species in both conventional and fly tackle catego-
ries, according to the association. If you want to get
your name in the records, there are three vacancies in
the conventional tackle categories and 29 openings in
the fly lists. Good luck.
A hole to let the cold in
Scientists may have puzzled out why parts of Ant-
arctica are warming and other chilling. In part, it's be-
cause of global warming.
You've probably heard about how huge ice
shelves have calved down south, forming icebergs
the size of Connecticut, all the result of warmer-
But the interior of the great frozen continent has
been getting cooler, and at the eastern edge of Antarc-
tica the frozen sea ice has thickened. Hmmm, scientists
said, wonder why that is?
It seems that the climate changes in such a rela-
tively small area are caused by winds whipping through
the stratosphere around that big hole in the ozone layer
over the South Pole. Those cold upper-level winds
don't have any ozone to insulate the planet, so
whatever's underneath it gets really cold.
On the fringes of the hole, though, things get
warmer, hence the warming and the icebergs.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the cool and
warm balance out and, although it's probably too early
to make a prediction, there is a chance the extra ice-
bergs could accelerate global warming and increase
sea-level rise. That prediction is being muttered by
some researchers, who say the sea-level rise may be
greater than first thought.
Remember, conservative predictions for the Island
call for the waters to rise six inches by the year 2020,
and more than a foot by 2065.
My suggestion is to invest in companies that make
waders and rubber boots. Or find a nice, cozy spot in,
say, Inverness, far away from the coastline.
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body can push a person through soft sand and even into
Now, comes motorized surf chairs.
San Diego unveiled the Beach Cruzr chairs last
summer to rave reviews. The chairs have big tires, an
electric motor and a high-torque gearbox that facilitates
zipping through deep sand. They aren't hot rod-class in
terms of speed, but will zip along the shore at about the
same rate as what a weekend jogger can attain.
"Recreation is very important for quality of life," said
the head of the organization that got federal grants to buy
two of the $11,000 chairs. "More and more people with
disabilities are looking for activities that they can enjoy,
and enjoying the water and beaches is right up there. This
is the future. We're on the cutting edge of providing rec-
reation for people with disabilities."
Two questions: Could your insurance provider pay
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Beach Cruzr information is available at 858-279-
Tim Dorsey will be in the area Wednesday, May 8,
signing copies of his new book, "Triggerfish Twist."
He's that wacky writer from Tampa whose previous
novels about Florida feature the lovable maniac Serge.
Dorsey worked for the Tampa Tribune for a time,
and covered issues in Manatee County about 15 years
ago. He has fond memories of hanging out at the Anna
Maria City Pier on his days off. I keep hoping he'll
feature the Island in one of his novels, but to date he's
kept us out of his tales of Florida craziness.
Come to think of it, maybe we should hope he
doesn't write about the Island, based on what he's done
to other parts of the state.
Tim will be signing his works at Circle Books on
St. Armands Circle at 7-p.m.
'Aliens among us'
There's been a lot of information coming across
my desk of late about exotic, non-native wildlife -
plants and critters that are not a part of the natural
Florida scene. Some of the information is pretty scary.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture introduced
more than 300,000 plants into the United States be-
tween 1898 and 1967. Some were benign corn, cit-
rus trees, stuff like that but some have wreaked
havoc to native plants, especially in Florida.
In fact, our state government spends about $30
million a year to remove exotic plants.
Non-native plants and wildlife are generally bad
for the local stuff. The aliens create what botanists call
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a mono-culture, stifling the biodiversity of the natural
system that makes Florida so great. When was the last
time you saw anything but Brazilian peppers in a Bra-
zilian pepper thicket?
Here's a little history on some of our more alien
Brazilian pepper, sometimes called Florida Holly,
hit the state in about 1950. People liked the bright red
berries. Birds did too, and after eating the berries the
birds distributed what was left of the seeds across the
state as they flew around and, well, left their deposits.
Brazilian pepper trees are related to poison ivy and can
cause the same kind of rash.
Australian pine trees came to the Sunshine State in the
late 1800s to provide shade and serve as a windbreak
along the coast. Unfortunately, the trees drop their needles
a lot, stopping any other plant from growing under the tall
branches. They've got a shallow root system, too, making
them susceptible to toppling over in high winds.
Melaleuca, or paper trees, is another Australian na-
tive. The trees are water suckers; one acre of.melaleuca
trees will consume 2,100 gallons of water per hour. Yes,
per hour. Seeds from the trees were imported in 1936 and
spread by airplane across the Everglades to dry the land.
"Oops" for the rest of the Everglades ecosystem. The trees
are pretty hardy, apparently resistant to fire, frost, drought
and flood. Oh, and the pollen can cause allergies in hu-
mans, and if bees get into the pollen it ruins the taste of the
Invasive critters? Oh, yes, Florida's got them, too.
Coyotes crossed the Mississippi Riverin the 1980s,
spread through the Florida Panhandle and were spotted in
the Everglades in 1994. They eat anything and everything:
cats, dogs, grasshoppers, sea turtle eggs. At St. Joseph
Peninsula State Park perhaps the finest beach park in
Florida, by the way coyotes destroyed or damaged half
of the sea turtle nests one year. The western doggies even
went so far as to stake out a female turtle crawling ashore,
sitting patiently until she had laid her eggs in the sand
before having their breakfast.
Remember the walking catfish scare of years ago?
Stories of the big gray fish strolling along by pushing
their pectoral fins like crutches were all the rage in the
1980s in South Florida. They're still there, and still
crowding out native species of freshwater fish, and
have been seen as far north as Orlando.
Oh, and then there are the snakes. An animal con-
trol company in Miami collects at least 40 large con-
stricting snakes boas or pythons a year from
backyards and homes. If the big snakes get more nu-
merous and hungry, there is a threat that pets and small
children will become prey.
Isn't Florida a wonderful place?
As we continue suffering through a drought in the
United States and in Florida, here's a wet-weather bit of
news: The greatest 24-hour rainfall total in the Sunshine
State was in Yankeetown Sept. 5-6, 1950, at 38.7 inches.
I'm having a problem getting my feet into that
amount of water. Almost 40 inches of rainfall in a day?
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Mackerel offshore; trout, reds features in backwater
By Capt. Mike Heistand
"Mack attack" is how Bill Lowman puts it, and
mackerel seem to be the best bet of the week. There
were reports of some 30-inch-long monsters caught last
Other offshore action includes a few kingfish,
amberjack and cobia. Grouper and snapper fishing re-
In the backwater, trout and redfish are the hot
items, as well as catch-and-release snook.
We're finalizing our annual Islander fishing "col-
lege," set for May 23 at the Anna Maria Elementary
School auditorium. Call me at 779-9607 to pre-regis-
ter for the backwater instruction that will include tips
from Capt. Thom Smith and Capt. Rick Gross, as well
as myself. And the $35 fee will include handouts from
Xplores (great floating pliers) and others, as well as an
Islander T-shirt for all participants.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's putting his
charters onto some kingfish, but he's having to travel
farther out in the Gulf to find them. Same goes for
keeper grouper to 16 pounds and lots of mangrove
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he's finding the cobia action slowing
down a little bit, but he's catching lots of mackerel and
bonita off the artificial reefs.
Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said the
"mack attack" is still on going, with reports of mack-
erel up to 30 inches in length coming in from the Gulf
fishers. A few kingfish are still moving through, but the
run is pretty much over. Backwater action includes
good catches of redfish.
Capt. Curt Morrison and Capt. Ryan Hackney
on the Neva-Miss said they're putting their charters
skill during I
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boat "Skinny M." Islander Photo: Courtesy Cortez
onto kingfish and amberjack, plus good catches of
grouper and snapper. Some of the grouper are going to
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Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business said his
charters have been catching a few cobia, some Span-
ish mackerel and, in the backwater, catch-and-release
snook and redfish.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach said he's hooking up with a few permit,
but they're hard to find. Easier prey are Spanish mack-
erel and cobia, he added.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
trout are still thick on the seagrass flats in the bays, with
some reports of 26-inch-long monsters coming in. Red-
fish action remains steady, and there are a few floun-
der to 20 inches making it into the boat.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are still lots of big trout out there, plus redfish and
some really big catch-and-release snook. The hot action
seems to be in Terra Ceia Bay and Miguel Bay, he
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said action there
includes a few pompano, mangrove snapper, mackerel
in the morning and some catch-and-release snook at
night. Jacks and bluefish are also being landed, he said.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, look for mackerel
and jacks in the mornings, plus a few flounder, some
small bonnethead sharks and an occasional redfish.
Capt. Thornm Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he took top honors in last weekend's FCA
all-release tournament and, using artificial bait only,
caught a 28-inch snook, a 26-inch redfish and a 16-inch
trout. Way to go, Thom!
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Holmes Beach said he's catching amberjack, cobia,
grouper to 20 pounds and both lane and mangrove
snapper to 4 pounds.
On my boat Magic we have been catching mack-
erel to 26 inches, bonita to 15 pounds, kingfish to 15
pounds, cobia to 25 pounds, trout to 24 inches and red-
fish to 26 inches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide.
Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report. Pic-
tures of your catch are also welcome and may be
dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Please include identification for per-
sons in the picture along with information on the catch
and a name and phone number for more information.
Pictures may be retrieved once they appear in the pa-
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BED CLEARANCE: King Size Sealy, Simmons,
Sterns & Foster and more. Starting at $285. All
new, in plastic. (813) 662-9175.
150-GALLON SALTWATER aquarium with hand-
made oak cabinet. Fully equipped, $800. Call Bill,
RECLINER GOOD CONDITION. Call 778-3234.
BED FREE FRAME with pillow-top mattress
set. All new, in plastic. Queen $235, King $285.
Cash, (813) 662-9175.
COMPLETE 300 MG computer set-up. Includes
Windows 95, 56K modem, many programs such
as MS Money, Outlook Express, Collegiate Dic-
tionary, 15-inch monitor, speakers, $250. 792-
BED DAYBED complete with trundle and mat-
tress with warranty. All new, in plastic. $250 cash.
ART PRINTS Duffy's Tavern and trolley scene.
Signed and numbered at Housewarmings by
Horigans, located in Under the Sun Antiques,
SEALY POSTERPEDIC king size bed Never
used, still in plastic. Must sell for $200 cash. (813)
WATERFRONT HOME FOR $45,000! See our
ad under boats and boating!
Find the home of your dreams in The Islander.
SATURDAY MAY 11, 8am. Almost new sofa and
loveseat, microwave, typewriter, patio chair with
cushion, bassinet, car seat, miscellaneous
household, collectibles. 621 Gladstone, Key
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open Tuesday, Thurs-
day, 9:30am-2pm, Saturday, 9am-Noon. Dona-
tions Wednesday 9am-11am. Always sales
racks. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.
LOST BABY KITTY 3 months old, male, long
hair, solid black, lost in the area of 71st Street.
We have been knocking on doors and leaving
notes for a month now. 778-2546.
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.
FOUND BLACK AND white short-hair cat. Black
on head and back. Found in vicinity of 71st.
DACHSHUND adoption and rescue (D.A.R.E.).
Call Shona at 761-2642 for information or visit
our Web site: www.daretorescue.com.
16-FOOT HUTCHINSON compact sail boat. 18-
inch draft, main jib. New lines, steel rudder.
BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vaca-
tion or long term. Private ramp, wash-down ar-
eas. Minutes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants,
bait. Captain John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom
One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
en you choose Chase you
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. RON HAYES
So, whatever your mortgage RON HAYES
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
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The longevity of our office has solidified
our reputation in sales and rentals. Honesty,
personal service and personal knowledge of
our Island is what we offer and it has retained
our "repeat business" through the years. We
welcome your call if you wish to go "back in
time" with your sale, purchase or rental.
We ARE the Island!
MARIE R E LIC. REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN RE ALTY BROKER
"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site annamariareal.com
50-FOOT HOUSEBOAT for sale. Very nice, but
needs power. $45,000 firm. 778-3526.
FLORIDA FISHING CLASSES with Guy
DeBlasio, Learn how to fish the flats, canals,
boat, pier and bridges, plus knot tying. Call 727-
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Captain Mike Heistand
on the charter boat "Magic". Full or half day back-
water fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle
PRIVATE CHARTERS. Fishing, snorkeling,
sightseeing, Egmont Key. USCG License. Cap-
tain Keith Barnett. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
BABYSITTER 14 years old, attends St.
Stephen's Episcopal School. Certified by the Red
Cross. Call Nita, 778-3187.
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.
HELP WANTED for all positions, all shifts, espe-
cially breakfast. Apply in person at Rotten
Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, or call 778-3953.
GROUNDS POSITION for condo on Longboat
Key. References and experience required. Call
383-3571, between 7:30am-3:30pm.
CASHIER TWO DAYS per week. Friday and Sat-
urday, good pay, good people. Apply at Brian's
Sunny Side Up, 5360 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
CLASSIC ISLAND DUPLEX
412 Spring Ave. 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 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.
Doug Dowling Realty
409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, FI 34216
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
Resort-style Living at
TOWN & COUNTRY
Spacious 1 & 2 BR Apartments
Attractive Island Location
Pool & Spa
Lake or Nature Views
Free Boat Parking*
Small Pets Welcome
TOWN & COUNTRY PERICO
HOURS: Mon-Fri9-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5
Dbedons From U.S. 41, travel west on Manatee
Avenue R 64) oand a cross Poma Sob Cause.way
to Pedco Isnd. Town & Country Perico
wi be on the left.
Limited time offer certain restrictions apply.
*Size restrictions apply.
AT HOLMES BEACH
LUXURY CONDO TOWNHOUSES
MODEL NOW OPEN
3800 6th Avenue, Holmes Beach
1,700 sq.ft. Living Area
Large Private Garage
Steps to Beach/Shopping
Starting at $375,000
Developer Pays Closing Costs
The Village at Holmes Beach Development, LLC
Call: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464
VISIT US AT
Planning & Design General Contractor
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REAL ESTATE SALES people. Excellent terms/
splits. T. Dolly Young, 778-0807.
DRIVER: Three shifts, 7am-5pm; two shifts, noon-
10pm. Serious, drug-free work ethic required. Fun
job, good money. Our season doesn't end! Island
Transportation Inc., 779-2520.
MATURE MINDED PERSON for Longboat Key
Resort. Five years experience. 9am to 5pm, Sat-
urday, Sunday and Monday. $12/hour. 383-5549
and ask for D.M., Mark or Jeanette.
HIRING FULL-TIME servers for upscale restau-
rant/bistro, fine dining experience preferred, but
will train the right person. Apply in person
Wednesday-Sunday at Ooh La La!, 5406 Marina
Drive, Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Advertising layout and
design for weekly newspaper, some Web site
production. 30 to 40 hours per week. Work Mon-
day through Friday, and Saturday, half day. Sun-
day and Tuesday off. Qualifications include: com-
puter graphics, advertising layout and design,
PhotoShop, Illustrator and Pagemaker proficient.
Macintosh environment. Associate's Degree or
Technical School Certificate preferred. Re-
sumes: E-mail email@example.com, or fax 778-
9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
SITE AMBASSADOR to meet and greet visitors,
weed and maintain grounds, for beautiful devel-
opment on north end of Longboat Key. Full-time
with flexible hours. $10/hour, plus bonus pack-
age. Call Conrad Beach, 365-7338.
GROUNDS POSITION for condo on Longboat
Key. References and experience required. Call
383-3571, between 7:30am-3:3OPm.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial!
.Library. Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or
MAKE YOUR MOVE
. ." :
To see all the listings,
call the Perico specialist ...
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.
LPN/COMPANION part or full-time, home visits
or live in my licensed home. Negotiable rates.
Medical references. Call 365-6008 or E-mail:
audreysantini @ aol.com.
ALZHEIMER'S CARE giver needed for very spe-
cial Island resident. Good wages for the right
person. Call Brenda, 778-2837.
COMPASSIONATE CAREGIVER will provide
quality in home care. Excellent references.
Harriet at 761-0142.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE now accepting new cli-
ents. Massaging residents and visitors more than
eight years. Call today for an appointment, 795-
PERSONAL ASSISTANT current RN license.
Appointments, light meal preparation, shopping,
correspondence. Call 729-6891.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio
gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, more.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent refer-
ences. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YQU! Shopping, medical ap-
pointments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates.
Sunshine Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
FURNITURE UPHOLSTERY, cushions, etc. Re-
pair and restoring antique specialist. Island Uphol-
stery. 121 Bridge St. Free estimates. 778-4335.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIEDS- The best news in
town and the best results from classified ads.
LONGBOAT PASS Build your
dream home and a boat dock on this
one acre property on Jewfish Key, a
private island in Sarasota Bay.
Accessible by boat only. Water,
electric and septic on site. IB82851.
$289,900 ISLAND TOWNHOUSE 2BR/2BA fur-
nished unit overlooking lagoon. Den and extra bed-
room downstairs. Enclosed carport, heated pool and
tennis. Close to beaches and shopping. IB77766.
Pat Thompson. 751-1155.
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 778-0766 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at www.ArvidaRealty.com
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $15 per hour-
free advice. 545-7508
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great re-
sults, wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thor-
ough, reasonable and reliable. Free estimates,
licensed and insured. 778-0944.
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Avail-
able evening, weekend. For any computer
needs, hardware, software, network, commer-
cial, private. Call 778-8473.
TAMBOURINE LESSONS! Also available: flute,
saxophone, clarinet lessons. Beginning to ad-
vanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waist-
lines, etc. Reasonably priced. Call 727-5873.
NOTARY PUBLIC, CIVIL marriages and re-
newal of wedding vows. Sunset beach setting
or wherever. Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
TRAILER FOR HIRE Too big for your car?
Trailer available. Merchandise delivery, yard
clean-up, dump runs, miscellaneous services,
sod, mulch, shell and stone. Call J.D. at 750-
0337 and leave message.
HOUSE CLEANING. Permanent: weekly or bi-
weekly. Experienced, reliable. Call for a free es-
timate and ask for Marieta, 722-4866 or Silvia,
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance ser-
vice. Over 30 years experience, self-employed
in construction trades. "I'm handy to have
LOT! Lowest priced lot, and west of Gulf Drive, too.
Available at $165,000. Can build up to 2,500 sq.ft.
(AC'd living space) home. BONUS bay and Gulf
views from roof deck! Lot has fruit and palm trees
and is close school. Survey and info on site at 4806
GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA condo has beautiful Gulf and
beach views, granite countertops, new tile/carpet,
pool, tennis. 80% renovated, pick your colors now.
Unit is available for $399,000. 5300 Gulf Drive,
Martinique North Unit 102.
BAYVIEW 2BR/2BA, ground or condo is being
completely remod to pool and tennis.
Granite counters, n4 .OjLD Set throughout, 200
sq.ft. bonus outdoo s screened lanai.
$274,900. 701 ManA ye., Westbay Cove South,
BAYVIEW HOME in the remodeling process. Quiet
Holmes Beach location.
CONDO WITH VIEW of bay and pool. Second floor.
Pre-remodeling price $247,000.
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CLEANINGS-R-JOB: Bonded, insured, profes-
sional and experienced. 35-year resident will
clean weekly, bi-weekly, monthly. No job too big!
CAR SERVICE! Competitive rates. None extra for
early/late pickups. Tampa $75. Free local quotes.
24/7 Saylor Sedan 685-3233.
THE ROYAL MAID Service. Licensed, bonded, in-
sured. Professional, experienced maids. Weekly,
biweekly, monthly, move-in/move-out, free esti-
mates. Gift certificates. 727-9337 (72-SWEEP).
~" COMPUTER TEACHER/Web designer. Reason-
able prices. References, experienced. Visit my Web
site: www.kellyz.com, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 504-5875 for more information.
MILLENNIUM CLEANING Bonded, insured.
Homes, offices, yachts. Free estimates, lowest
rates. Reliable, responsible, references. Sherry
Myers, (941) 545-3315.
Don't leave the
Island without us.
Call 778-7978 to
subscribe by mail.
OVERNIGHT COMPUTER SERVICE repair and
upgrades. Drop off your PC today. Located on
ASAP DIVORCE INC: Starting at $195. Adop-
tions, name changes, deeds, wills, living trusts,
incorporations. Modification of child support, ali-
mony, custody, etc. 756-7005.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, clean-ups, tree trimming,
hauling, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent ref-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
If it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Se-
nior discount. Call 778-2581 or 713-0676.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
Correll says ...
"Buy now for your future! A piece 'l the Island
is a perfect investment. Don't think about living in
paradise... do it! Together we can make it happen.
I am a professional who is dedicated to hard work
where everyone wins. Call and talk with me any-
time for information on the best properties to en-
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INCREDIBLE HOME totally updated, quiet
Holmes Beach location. This is not a drive-by. 2BR/
RARE 2BR/2BA HOME with deeded boat dock.
Open plan, large Florida room. $319,000.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
This wonderful 3BR/3BA hideaway
is tucked away in a quiet neighbor-
hood on Anna Maria's pristine
north end, offering panoramic
views across tranquil Lake La Vista from a cheerful southwest exposure. The
34 by 13 ft. heated pool comes complete with a new vaulted cage and 7 ft. oc-
tagonal spa. There is also a boat dock and an enchanting butterfly garden with
meandering brick walkways, waterfall, goldfish pond and many lush specimen
plants and flowers. The cozy family room offers French doors and a white-brick
fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases and the elevated master suite offers pri-
vacy plus space and light throughout. Other features include a brand new roof,
automatic sprinkler system and an expansive double lot with 251 ft. of water-
front. The lovely Gulf beach is just steps away! Priced at $895,000, including
a one year homeowner's warranty and shown by appointment.
Visit our Web site at www.betsyhills.com
JAMIE BASSHAM'S LAWN Service. Profes-
sional lawn service and landscaping. For free
estimate call: 778-0934 or 705-5901 mobile.
ALL YOUR LAWN care needs, including tree
removal and landscaping. Midwest Mowing,
MEIKALYA & JORDYN'S Islandscapes specializ-
ing in palm tree trimming. Complete lawn and land-
scape management. Irrigation repairs, sodding.
Licensed, insured. Island residents, 779-0496.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation and pest control service. Every-
thing Under the Sun Garden Centre, 5704 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
Seasonal and Annual Rentals
(941) 778-6066 TOLL FREE 800-865-0800
6101 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217
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ELEVATED ISLAND DUPLEX LOTS OF
SPACE. Large 3BR/2BA Island duplex with two-
car garage each side. Completely redone.
$369,900. Call Ed Oliveira 778-4800 or 705-4800.
LOWEST PRICED ISLAND CONDO 2BR/1BA,
55+ community. Turnkey furnished, heated
pool. Gulf and bay views. $139,900. Call Ed
Oliveira at 778-4800 or 705-4800.
GREAT INVESTMENT Five-units in Bradenton
Beach. Four 1 BR units and a darling historic 2BR/
2BA house with hardwood floors. Less than a
block from beach. $629,000. Call Jane Grossman
or Nicole Skaggs at 778-4800 or 778-4451.
GULF AND BAY VIEW "PELICAN COVE"
CONDO 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished. Commu-
nity dock, tennis, heated pool and spa. Excellent
rental! $299,500. Call Lynn Hostetler at 778-
4800 or 720-5876.
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GILLIS & GILLIS ENT. Crushed, washed shell,
topsoil, landscaping services. We install shell
driveways. Serving Sarasota and Keys since
1978. Fully licensed and insured. 753-2954 or
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $27/yard.
Hauling: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 795-7775, cell
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-
rap, mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reli-
able and insured. 727-5066.
OUR LISTINGS DON'T EXPIRE, WE SELL THEM!
ANNA MARIA 3BR/2BA, elevated, pool, covered deck plus open dock, en-
closed lower level, two-car garage, plus room for boat. $395,000.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX with parent quarters, 3BR/2BA, IBR/I BA,
new roof, newer appliances. Walk to beach. $439,000.
DEEDED BOAT DOCK 3BR/2BA. wood decks, clear views down
canal to bay. Elevated with bonus area. $350,000.
STYLING SALON 8 station, established over 35 years. $39,000.
WALGREENS Triple Net. Good CAP. $2,650,000.
ANTIQUE & ART GALLERY Old Main Street. $69,000
APARTMENTS Steps to Gulf/bay. $475,000.
WE ARE BOOKING MARTINIQUE FOR 2003 NOW
2BR IMPERIAL CONDO ~ Seasonal/Annual
2BR/2BA CANALFRONT Seasonal/Annual
2-3BR/2BA PALMA SOLA BLVD/iPOOL -Annual- -.
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INVESTORS Do you think you will ever see an Is-
land duplex priced this low again? Make your move
now and own a piece of paradise with steady in-
come. 1 BR/1 BA each side. $229,000.
SUN PLAZA WEST 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished
condo in a Gulffront complex offering pool, tennis,
covered parking and more. $425,000.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Established Is-
land coffee cafe with loads of possibilities for
Furnished 2BR/1BA in Anna Maria,
lease term negotiable.
Unfurnished 2BR/2BA, Holmes Beach
available June 1. $850/month.
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Dan or Bill, 795-5100 or cell
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remod-
eling contractors. In-house plan designs. State
licensed and insured. Many Island references.
778-2993. Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free es-
timates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal
COME IN TODAY AND
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REAL ESTATE, LLC
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO
3BR/2BA turnkey furnished Gulfplace condo.
Walk out to gorgeous white sandy beach. Tennis,
heated pool and great rental history. $769,000.
ISLAND FAMILY HOME
3BR/2BA, plus den. Holmes Beach, split-plan, ce-
ramic tile, skylights, French doors, fireplace, cor-
ner lot, deck, workshop. Close to beach. $429,000.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
2BR/2BA each side. Mint condition, short walk to
beach. Excellent rental. New kitchen, new roof,
beautiful landscaping, deck. $264,900.
3BR/2BA, professionally decorated condo. Fur-
nished, heated pool, small pets, tennis, across
from beach, close to everything. $294,000.
2BR/2BA Perico Island. Split plan, excellent con-
dition. Screened porch, two-car garage, commu-
nity pool, tennis, short drive to beach. $225,000.
KEY ROYALE POOL HOME + BOAT
4BR/3BA Key Royale "500" block, split plan, fam-
ily room, canalfront, boat lift and 17-foot boat,
caged pool, two blocks to great beach. $539,000.
SUNBOW BAY CONDO
Spacious 1BR/1BA. Bayfront Complex. Ceramic
tile, elevator, garage, heated pool, tennis, small pet,
partial bay view, close to everything. $188,500.
From $800 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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REAL ESTATE, LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construc-
tion. Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now
certifying 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, water-
front. #AR-0014004. 778-5560.
Simplify Your Search!
Call anytime for a consultation.
COMMERCIAL Unique opportunity to invest in a
nine-unit income producing commercial property
located in a very desirable area of Holmes Beach.
Three apartments with some Gulf views, hair sa-
lon, daycare, two storage units and two work-
shops. Records of the many upgrades, renova-
tions and repairs upon request. Owner willing to
hold some financing. $765,000. Call Susan
Hatch, Realtor, 778-7616 eves.
SU MER ENTLS
* 1/1 Steps to beach
* 2/1 Pool and steps
* 1/1 Steps to beach
* 1/1 Pool and steps to
* 2/2 On beach
* 3/2 Steps to beach
* 2/2 Pool, on beach
* 2/2 Bay, pool, steps
* 2/1 On beach
* 2/2 Pool
* 2/1.5 Lake, steps
* 2/2 On golf course
* 2/2 Steps to beach
* 2/1 Dock
* 3/2 Steps to beach
* 2/2 On canal
* 3/2 Canal
* 2/2 Pool, steps to
* 2/1 Steps to beach
* 1/1 Pool
* 3/2 Pool, steps to beach
Call Michel Cerene, Realtor, 941-778-0770.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
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Paradise Improvements 778.-4173
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
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available. Insured, free estimates. Dean Guth,
owner and operator, 729-0619.
THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Have
sawmill, will travel. Dan Michael, master carpen-
ter. Call, 745-1043 or cell 962-4068.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more
by Hunter Douglas and other major manufactur-
ers. Lifetime warranty. Call Island resident Keith
Barnett for a free in-home consultation. Many Is-
land references, 15 years experience. 778-3526
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT/ paper services: In-
terior/exterior painting, pressure washing and
wallpaper. For prompt, reliable service at reason-
able rates, call Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife
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
references. 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-
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.
BAYSIDE ROOFING. Roof repair specialists. Re-
Roofs! New Roofs! Tile replacement! All work
guaranteed! RC0042064. 753-6879.
TILE: There's a new girl on the Island and she in-
stalls tile! New or remodel. Also, custom made-
medallions in tumbled marble. Licensed and in-
sured. 24-years experience. Katrina's Custom
Tile Inc. 778-2546.
GENERAL REPAIRS, CARPENTRY, painting,
doors, trim work, rotted wood, popcorn and dry-
wall. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.
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 available.
Turnkey, beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No
pets, nonsmoking. Priced from $800/month, $400/
week, $85/night. 941-794-5980.
Buy it! Find it! Sell it! FAST in The Islander.
CANALFRONT HOME. 2BR/1.5BA recently to-
tally renovated with new kitchen, baths and more.
New dock and lift, large fenced yard, pets wel-
come. Seasonal/monthly. $2,750/month. (813)
SPACIOUS WATERFRONT upper with dock.
Panoramic view. Furnished Key West style 2BR/
2BA with washer/dryer. Pet considered. $2,300/
month. Also, renting for year 2003. 794-5980.
BEACHFRONT: Next season, Anna Maria. 869
N. Shore Drive. Just remodeled 2BR/2BA with in-
credible view. Available December 2002 through
April 2003, minimum 3 months. $3,000/month.
ANNUAL ONLY 1BR/1BA, directly on Gulf in
Bradenton Beach. $1,000/month, assurity/secu-
rity required with contract. 792-2779.
HOLMES BEACH SPECIAL Spacious 2BR
ground floor, steps to beach, now through Dec.
10, 2002. 447-6797.
INDULGE YOURSELF. Spend the summer in
paradise. Gulffront beach house has front and
rear decks, central air conditioning, new decor.
1BR/1BA, turnkey. June through October, $800/
month, five-month minimum. 779-0095.
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RENTAS Con inuN AL SCo t
SUMMER SPECIAL: 1-2BR, steps from beach,
fully furnished, cable television, kitchen, micro-
wave. $350-$450/week, plus tax. 778-1098
HOLMES BEACH. Lovely 2BR/2BA, elevated
duplex, washer/dryer, nice screened porch.
Available now, $850/month, annual, first, last, se-
CONDO 2BR FURNISHED, beachfront, heated
pool, fishing dock, seasonal, three-month mini-
mum. Age 55 and older. (813) 247-3178 or week
ends (813) 927-1632.
VACATION RENTAL 2BR/1BA, $1,800/month.
Walk to beach, fine restaurants and shopping.
202 56th St., Holmes Beach. 778-3875.
SPECTACULAR OCEAN VIEW condo on Gulf.
2BR/2BA on Anna Maria Island. 803 Gulf Drive
S. $800/weekly, $2,500/monthly. For info call
(941) 539-1133 or 747-7302.
HOLMES BEACH CANALFRONT home, 2BR/
2BA, completely furnished, garage, laundry,
dock, many extras. $650/week, $1,800/month.
Available May 1. Call (813) 286-9814.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Spacious
3BR/2BA house with all conveniences. Available
January through April 2003. $4,500/month. (813)
AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY! Holmes Beach
canalfront, elevated home. Upscale furnishings,
newly decorated, 2BR/1 BA. Private dock, just
steps to beach. Seasonal renters preferred.
$2,500/month. 216 S. Harbor Drive. Call (813)
971-7999 day, (813) 920-3845 evenings.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/1 5BA olovated
duDlIx. .-,ra i Mung, storage, washer/dryer
hook up, close to beach. Available June 1, $800/
- month. 778-4498.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX turnkey furnished
-4-, .i^ -Aolus hide-a-bed in living room. Up to
date with ceraffid-tile-Tloors. -Walk to beach.
Available starting May 15. $750/monthly, plus
electric. Call 778-0176.
VACATION GULF BEACH apartments. Lovely
furnished interior. 2-3BR, sundeck, porch. Tropi-
cal Anna Maria waterfront setting. Weekly, no
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA apartment. Good location,
easy walk to shopping center and beach. Nice.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA ELEVATED duplex, two
miles from Island, like new, large rooms, washer/
dryer hook-ups. Background check, no pets.
$795/month, plus deposit. 383-6272.
The home of your dreams may be in The Islander!
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA plus office,
west of Gulf Drive. Unfurnished, ground-floor, all
appliances, garage. $1,500/month, 779-9233
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA, elevated
duplex. Laundry, private parking, clean and mod-
ern, steps to beach. $719/month. 342-9456 or
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA, steps to
beach, lanai, laundry, beautiful yard. $795/
month, plus. 778-5412 or (716) 473-9361.
2BR/2BA ANNUAL Elevated over carport. Nice
view on lake. Washer/dryer, dishwasher, central
air, lanai, fruits and flowers. No pets. $775/
month. First, last. 952-1592.
SHORT TERM OR seasonal. Beautifully fur-
nished Sunbow Bay 2BR/2BA. Walk to beach. All
amenities. Small pet considered. (813) 681-5783.
BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted
to a two-unit property. Each side is 2BR/1 BA,
completely renovated, new washer/dryer, micro-
wave. Three minute walk to beach. $950/month
for larger side, unfurnished. $750/month for
smaller side, furnished. Will rent weekly, $400/
week. Call Ron, 761-9808.
BOATER'S DELIGHT on 150 feet of deep-water
canal with dock. Walk to beach. 3BR/2BA house,
eat-in kitchen and garage. Large lot. Annual
rental, $1,500/month, plus security deposit. Avail-
able June 1. 742-6029 or 545-6118.
MARTINIQUE CONDOS from $3,000-$3,400/
month. Some weekly. Call Dolly at T. Dolly Young
Real Estate, 778-0807 or 778-5427.
VACATION 3BR/2BA, pool. 212 Palm. $1,000/
week, four persons. No pets. T. Dolly Young Real
WEEKLY/MONTHLY furnished studio includes
water, electric, $200/week or $500/month, plus
electric. $200 security deposit. 778-4941 or cell
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH fully furnished 1BR/
1BA, near library, $550/month, plus electric. Ref-
erences and deposit required. 778-4044.
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Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any pref-
erence, limitation or discrimination based on race, color,
religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin,
or intention to make any such preference, limitation or
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age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, preg-
nant women and people securing custody of children
under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any
advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law.
Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings ad-
vertised in this newspaper are available on an equal op-
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ANNUAL RENTAL: Steps to beach, beautiful
2BR/2BA half duplex with new kitchen, dish-
washer, washer/dryer hookup, tile floors, Florida
room, $850/month. Annual Holmes Beach rentals:
2BR/2BA, tile floors, small storage, washer/dryer
hook-up, $725/month. 2BR/1BA, tile floors,
washer/dryer hook-up, small screened porch, car-
port, $825/month. 1BR/1BA, tile floors, $650/
month. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-7500.
DUPLEX 2BR/2BA and 2BR/1 BA, furnished. May 5-
Oct. 20, includes utilities and cable. Two blocks to
Gulf. Nonsmoking. 210 82nd St., Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL ANNA MARIA nicely furnished 1BR/
1 BA, central A/C, washer/dryer, TV, VCR, gas grill
on patio. Private front/back entrance, one block to
beach. Move-in condition. $650/month, plus utili-
ties, no pets, nonsmoking. Call 778-7754.
CHARMING 1BR/1BA with new tile, kitchen,
washer/dryer, French doors open to private court-
yard. $695/month, plus utilities and deposit. Call
2BR/2BA CONDO on bay. Boat dock, carport,
utility room. Furnished or unfurnished, water in-
cluded. $975/month. 923-4212.
BRAND NEW 2BR/2.5BA condo on golf course at
beautiful Tobago Hilton on Tobago Island,
Trinidad in the Caribbean. 1,694 square feet. Ex-
cellent rental market. Asking $229,000, appraised
at $241,000. Call Rick at 778-1102 or 727-5873.
CONDO WANTED: 2BR/2BA on Anna Maria Is-
land or west Bradenton. Professional couple to
buy or assume from owner with owner financing
or creative financing. Phone, 778-9436. E-mail:
GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA condo, $399,000. 5300
Gulf Drive, Martinique North, unit #102. Robinson
Properties, 778-4523 or (800) 977-0803.
ISLAND LIVING YOU CAN AFFORD! Turn key
furnished 1BR/1BA mobile home. Elevated ceil-
ings in living room, dining area off of kitchen.
Large outdoor shed. View of Gulf, steps to beach.
Located in Sandpiper Mobile Resort senior park,
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 BOULEVARD bayfront Mediterra-
nean on two lots. 6BR/5.5BA, 6,500-square-foot-liv-
ing, 9,300 total square feet. Six-car garage, triple
pool, three stories with glass elevator, 24-karat gold
fixtures, lots of marble. Three-zoned air conditioning,
heat, etc. Magnificent! $990,000, or best offer.
Terms by owner. Mr. and Mrs. Kerper, 795-4432.
PALMA SOLA PARK 3BR/2BA, split-plan pool
home. Completely remodeled. $269,000. Dan,
LOT FOR SALE ready to build. Gulf view and
access. Corner of Newton and Jacaranda in Anna
Maria. (813) 748-1313 or (813) 990-8543.
PERICO ISLAND 3BR/2BA, two-car garage.
Open house 1-4pm Sunday. 11324 Perico Isle
Circle. Price reduced! $245,900. 792-5372.
SELLING OR BUYING a house? Need extra
space? Budget Self- Storage can help. Daily,
weekly, monthly specials. Boxes and packing
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty
parking spaces, contemporary design, great vis-
ibility. $14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Real-
tor, 388-5514 or call 809-4253.
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CONDOMINIUM FOR SALE: Spectacular bay
view. Spacious, 2BR/2BA, large family room, more
than 1,700 square feet. $342,000. For appoint-
ment call, 778-0585.
BEACH HOUSE BETWEEN Gulf and bay. 3BR/
2BA, four years new. Outstanding condition. Many
luxury upgrades. $370,000. Call 778-7911 or 915-
GREAT HIDDEN LOCATION in desirable Anna
Maria. Ground-level 3BR/2BA. Directly on a deep-
water canal. Outstanding view with direct bay ac-
cess (no bridges). Undergoing complete renova-
tion by Anna Maria Island's most renowned remod-
eling contractor. Plans available for review. Pick
your carpet and tile. Offered at the low, pre-
completion price of $575,000. Call owner/contrac-
WESTBAY COVE SOUTH Super view! Unit #711,
2BR/2BA. $247,000. Robinson Properties, 778-
4523 or (800) 977-0803.
BAYVIEW DUPLEX two blocks to beach. 2BR/
1 BA upstairs, 1 BR/1 BA downstairs. Unique moun-
tain chalet-style building. $250,000. 2508 Avenue
B, Bradenton Beach. 922-2473.
DEEP-WATER CANAL home, one house from
bay, 3BR/2BA, totally renovated including updated
kitchen. Pool, garage, north end of Anna Maria.
Reduced to $535,000. Towne & Shore of
Longboat Key, 383-3840.
DIRECT GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA Island condo
with spectacular 180-degree unobstructed Gulf
and shoreline view. Must see! Very private, quiet
corner unit, separate entrances from both beach
and parking. Unit beautifully updated, tile through-
out, ample storage, heated pool. By owner,
$519,000. Turnmoy porknae available. Call 778-
0927 for appointment.
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AWESOME GULF VIEWS Direct
Gulffront sixth-floor end-unit at
Martinique South. $409,000. Gail
SANDY BEACHES and Gulf views!
807 S. Gulf Drive. Great rental in-
come. Close to Bridge St. $429,000.
Teresia Bradford, 778-0700.
DIRECT GULF VIEW UNDER
$200,000 Rare upstairs 2BR/2BA
end unit. Private beach. 55+. Gall
Tutewiler, 778-0700. $199,000.
SAILBOAT WATER 214 S. Har-
bor Dr., Holmes Beach. 3BR/
2BA, fireplace. $559,000. Becky
Smith or Elfl Starrett, 778-0700.
ATTENTION BOATERS! 2BR/
1BA, Island home with dock and
21-ft. boat included. $334.500.
Gail Tutewiler, 778-0700.
DEFIES HEMINGWAY! Ground-
level two-story Key West-style 3BR/
2BA. Pristine beach access.
$485,000. Geoff Wall, 778-0700.
LAUREL OAK PARK 1111 86th
Ct. NW. 4BR/3BA, three-car ga-
rage. $369,900'. Call Becky
Smith or Elfl Starrett, 778-0700.
RARELY AVAILABLE Updated
Shell Point 2BR/2BA condo. Tile,
carpet, parquet flooring. $298,000.
Geoff Wall, 778-0700.
SPACIOUS ISLAND HOME
4BR+ den. Large suite upstairs.
Boat slip available. $449,900.
Gail Tutewiler, 778-0700.
AFFORDABLE BEACH CONDO
2BR/1BA with peaks of bay and
Gulf from lanai. 55+. $139,000.
Gail Tutewiler, 778-0700.
WATER VIEW FROM LIVING
ROOMI Beautifully furnished
unit in Casco Dorado.
$139,900. Nick Staab, 778-0700.
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homes, deep-water dock, pool.
Two models for immediate delivery
starting at $659,000. 778-0700.
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THE ISLANDER N MAY 8, 2002 N PAGE 35
YOUR HOMETOWN REALTOR SINCE 1939
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TRULY PARADISE! Luxurious bayfront home in a
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ings, freshly painted. Pool and deeded boat space
and easy access to Tampa Bay. Outstanding home
for $1,150,000. Call Yvonne Higgins, 778-2246.
RIVERFRONT ESTATE! Magnificent five acre
estate in pristine Braden River setting and fabu-
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5BR/4.5BA residence was built in 1998. 5,160
sq.ft. of living area, grand foyer, deluxe kitchen,
heated pbol and spa, dock and lift and three-car
garage. $1,350,000. Call Dave Moynihan, 778-
2246 or 778-7976.
MAGNIFICENT BAYFRONT built by Whitehead
in 1996 on double lot, this 3/5 bedroom, 4/5 bath
home is 5,450 sq.ft. of exceptional quality and
detail. Lush, tropical setting with incredible pool,
spa and large covered dock with lifts. Spectacu-
lar bay and Gulf views from several levels.
$2,750,000. Call Dave Moynihan, 778-2246 or
2217 Gulf Drive North
Bradenton Beach, Florida 34217
GULF COAST REAL ESTATE
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GULF FRoWCT CONDO
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70+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
525 67th St. ...................... 499,500
684 Key Royale Dr ............. 725,000
2306 Canasta Drive ..... $1,095,000
632 Key Royale Drive ......... $559,000
509 68th Street .............. 439,000
722 Key Royale Dr.......... 625,000
506 Bayview Dr .............. 789,000
621 Concord Lane .......... 499,000
CONDOS & LOTS
Sun Plaza West #201 ...... $425,000
8803 Gulf Dr .................. 334,700
509 S. Bay Blvd ............. 659,000
1103 Gulf Dr. South........... 535,000
Bradenton Beach Club from$500,000
409 Spring Ave lot ............ 249,500
Sunbow Bay #204............. 259,000
The Terrace #1, 3-6 .. from $289,900
Cayman Cay Villas #105 ..... $229,500
Beachwalk Townhomes New Project from... $434,900
409 Bay Palms Drive....... $369,500
4002 6th Ave. ............... $389,000
113 75th St................... $649,000
214 83rd Street .............. 339,000
5619 Gulf Drive ........... $349,000
216 85th St .................... 319,000
2906 Gulf Drive .............. 299,900
710 North Shore lot ........ $299,000
2904 Gulf Drive lot........... $175,000
1703 Gulf Dr. N............. $495,000
405 N. Bay Blvd............. $629,000
204 65th St............... $299,000
116 22nd St. W. ............ $249,000
3948 Mariners Way......... $439,900
2418 90th St. NW........ $3,195,000
1111 Edgewater Cr. ............ 227,000
1189 Edgewater Cr. .......... $247,500
1323 Perico Pt. Cir........... $245,000
Two waterfront acres ........ $950,000
1703 Gulf Dr. N............. $495,000
S WATERFRONT HOMES
625 Ivanhoe ...................... $849,0(
Frank Davis 505 67th St. ...................... $468,9(
P"*-AGE 36 E MAY 8, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER
By Elizabeth C. Gorski/ Edited by Will Shortz
1 Unlikely candidate for a
5 Place for platters
9 In-box build-up
18 Prince William's school
22 Cell phone setting
23 Sign in a window
24 Product of a Chrysler/
Krazy Glue merger?
26 Relative of a rattlesnake
28 State with just three
29 Wolf _, captain in "The
30 Product of a Serta/Louis
37 1950s-60s title TV star
39 Actor Voight
41 Rap's Dr.
43 Chicken parts
44 Rhetorical device like
"this earth, this realm, this
47 Clarinetist Shaw
49 Metal waste
50 Product of a Canon/
54 Suffix with meteor
56 Store, as fodder
57 "For shame!"
63 "Good !"
67 Water color
68 Product of a Krispy
'f f f r
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72 Summers in Europe
73 Regular hangout
75 Common carriers
76 100 simoleons
77 Acapulco aunt
78 Mix anew, as greens
83 Shut out
84 Product of a Lanc6me/
90 Like some important visits
93 Give (try)
94 Election night figure
95 S.o Paulo feature
96 Garden variety?
99 Wood sorrel
100 Narc's employer
101 Pack in a ship's hold
103 Product of a Dr. Scholl's/
109 Emmy-winning Christine
112 Product of a Weight
119 In the
120 Bawl (out)
121 Meir and Thatcher, e.g.
122 Architect Saarinen
123 Great Britain, e.g.
124 Overdo it, in a way
125 Stopping point
126 Sleek fleet, briefly
1 "_ Rebel" (1962 hit)
3 Sudden drop-off
4 Use a prayer rug, e.g.
6 N.Y.S.E. debut, maybe
7 Gucci competitor
8 Cook up
9 Basse _(low tide): Fr.
10 Take in
11 Hosp. procedure
12 Parlor operator: Abbr.
13 What bears do
14 Dentists' patients,
15 "The Bald Soprano"
17 Masthead V.I.P.'s
20 Higar's other half
25 Just out
27 Spicy candies
31 Lose ground?
32 Indiana town where
Cole Porter was born
33 Good: Ger.
36 Ruins 007's martini, say
38 Twisty turn
39 Candy holder
40 Series opener
45 Kind of scream
46 Capital on the Bight of
48 Authorities: Var.
51 City of southwest
52 What did
de Gaulle think?
53 "Dear me!"
57 Picture, informally
58 "Now it!"
59 Latin 101 verb
60 Bill Clinton, for one:
61 Prefix with lateral
63 Sitting muscles
64 Approval-granting org.
66 Jazzman Niehaus or
69 Low brass
71 Good thinking
88 Society page word
89 Mexican Mrs.
90 Some milk cartons:
91 High ends?
92 Of lung membranes
97 "It must be __ news
98 Hide out
102 Funhouse cries
104 Plant swelling
105 Wings, in a way
107 It may have ".com" in
110 Suit material?
111 Words that leave one
in a bind?
112 Delhi title
113 "Platoon" setting
114 1964 Ronny & the
115 Check for accuracy
116 Suffix with expert
117 Letterhead abbr.
118 TV inits. since
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Army to collect baby items,
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loddlersi. shampoo and
bottles for the family shelters.
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We all thank you!
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81 Repetition mark, in
84 Traveled quickly
86 Jordan's Queen
87 Cobblers' leftovers