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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map in this edition, page 18.
"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 10, no. 28, May 22, 2002 FREE
By Paul Roat
Anna Maria Island is worth $1,761,955,523 for the
2002-03 fiscal year, up more than 21 percent from cur-
The Island's "worth" includes total market value of
property as estimated by the Manatee County property
The actual taxable value of the Island is lower than
that figure, since governmental buildings, churches, the
Anna Maria Elementary School and not-for-profit
buildings and contents are exempt from taxes.
Holmes Beach is the "wealthiest" of the three Is-
land cities, with just value at $959,107,366, up 22.55
percent from the current year.
Anna Maria has just value totaling $487,700,002,
up 21.72 percent from the current year.
Bradenton Beach has just value of $315,148,155,
up 20.07 percent from the current year.
Those who serve can't
live where they serve
By Rick Catlin
Those people Islanders depend upon most to run
the Island can't afford to live on the Island.
The answer is simple economics. With the cheap-
est home about $250,000 on Anna Maria Island, it's
just too expensive for public service employees to live
here, even if they work here.
And that's got West Manatee Fire & Rescue Dis-
trict Chief Andy Price worried.
Price, who grew up on Anna Maria, said he's the
only one of 42 full-time firefighters who owns a home
on the Island. Six other staff rent on Anna Maria, the
rest live on the mainland.
It's a problem when there's a full-blown emer-
gency requiring everyone back on the Island. Average
response time to get here is at least 20 minutes, said
But there's a budget concern, too.
When he joined as a volunteer fireman in 1979,
there were 90 volunteer firemen and only one paid staff
member, the fire marshal. All the volunteers lived on
the Island, Price said.
Even six years ago, there were just 17 full-time
firefighters. Now, there are only about 20 volunteers at
the district, and the numbers dwindle every year. And
not all the volunteers live on the Island.
Of the district's $3.5 million annual budget, 75
percent is for salary and benefits to full-time employ-
"Things have changed on the Island," said Price.
Over the years, the volunteers sold their Island
homes and moved to east Manatee, where they could
get a lot more home for their money. Once on the main-
land, many lost interest in volunteering for an Island
they no longer lived on, he observed.
In addition, said Price, the new Islanders coming
here are less and less inclined to volunteer, particularly
PLEASE SEE STAFF, PAGE 4
Big grins at Bridge Street Festival
The two-day Bridge Street Festival was a rousing success in Bradenton Beach last weekend. Crowds strolled
down the street, stopping to peruse the arts and crafts, sample the food from local restaurants and enjoy the
day. There was even painting arm painting for Anthony Occhiogrosso, 5, visiting from New York by
Clover the Clown. For more pictures, see inside. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
Parking meters recommended
in Bridge Street area
By Rick Catlin
It may only be a recommendation from one com-
mittee to another, and then to the city commission, but
the parking committee of the Bradenton Beach Scenic
Highway Corridor Management Entity is breaking new
ground and determined to do something about the criti-
cal shortage of parking spaces in the city, particularly
along Bridge Street.
The committee has recommended to the CME the
installation of parking meters along Bridge Street, at
city hall and in city-owned parking lots. There are a
total of 74 spaces involved, committee chairperson
Connie Drechser said. If the CME approves, the recom-
mendation will be forwarded to the city commission.
"We're not looking for money, just to alleviate
parking problems," said Drechser.
The committee also recommended the CME look
into establishing a park and ride at Coquina Beach, paid
parking at Coquina Beach bayside, and to request that
the Florida Department of Transportation and U.S.
Coast Guard reduce the number of times the Cortez
Bridge is raised from three times per hour to twice each
That, said Beach House restaurant owner Ed
Chiles, could be the "biggest help to traffic in
Bradenton Beach," especially during the winter season.
Executive Director Mike Guy of the Sarasota-
Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization said his
office would be happy to help write any requests or
obtain funding for any projects approved by the city
PLEASE SEE PARKING METERS, NEXT PAGE
Lower the glow
Learn how to safely dim lights on the beach
and reduce risks to endangered sea turtles dur-
ing nesting season at the Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch sponsored lighting workshop at 2
p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Holmes Beach City
Then you can improve fishing skills at The
Islander-sponsored "fishing college" and benefit
the Anna Maria Elementary School with your
$35 fee. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. Thurs-
day, May 23, at the school auditorium and fea-
tures local charter guides and fishing experts
Mike Heistand, Rick Gross and Thom Smith.
More inside ...
Little League, page 21.
PAGE 2 E MAY 22, 2002 E THE ISLANDER
Work crews from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock are busy this week clearing the beaches of pipes and equip-
ment used during phase one of the beach renourishment project that widened about eight miles of Island
beach to a width of between 125 and 200 feet. Here, pipe at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach is
loaded from the work area. Some equipment will remain while the sand is tested for compaction. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Parking meters suggested
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
There might be some funding available for a
shuttle service from Coquina Beach to the historic, old
town area, which is where Bridge Street is located.
The MPO has $800,000 annually in "box funds"
for congestion management. Although it's given out on
a "prioritized" list, he said, "anything that helps con-
gestion" is eligible and a shuttle service for Bradenton
Beach might qualify.
last day will be
By Paul Roat
The last cheeseburger and cold beer at the cur-
rent location of Duffy's Tavern will be sold June 1.
Pat Geyer, proprietress of the popular eatery
since 1970, learned last month her lease would be
terminated on the restaurant across the street from
the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.
"We're looking at one place in Bradenton Beach
and another in Cortez," she said, "but Holmes Beach
is my home." Geyer is a former mayor of the city
and currently serves as a city commissioner.
Geyer said she and daughters Peggi, Polly and
Pam probably won't be able to move immediately
into a new location. "We'll probably have a month
off for some much-needed rest."
The restaurant has been jammed with patrons
since word got out a month ago regarding the relo-
The Freeman family, owners of the property
since 1954, have vowed to open a restaurant similar
to Duffy's at the site, called "Skinny's Place."
Geyer said a fundraiser to help with relocation
costs last Sunday drew "200 to 300 people and raised
about $3,000. Someone paid $500 for my jacket, and
somebody else paid $425 for my barstool." She said
another barstool went for $400.
The event was something of an occasion in that
"for the first time ever Duffy's sold french fries. The
first and last time we'll ever sell french fries," Geyer
How many fries did they go through?
"I have no idea," she said. "I don't know any-
thing about french fries."
The fries were courtesy of Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Beach and the "Bistros" contributed hot
dogs and buns, Geyer said.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 22, 2002 A PAGE 3
Attorney bulldozes P&Z into approval Mee
By Rick Catlin
High-priced lawyers are paid big bucks to win favor-
able decisions for their clients. Influence people? Yes. Win
friends? Probably not.
If that's the case, attorney Conrad DeSantis of North
Palm Beach should be worth a bundle to developers Rob-
ert Byrne and Steve Noriega after the Anna Maria Plan-
ning and Zoning Board on May 13 approved the prelimi-
nary plans for the proposed Villa Rosa subdivision off
South Bay Boulevard.
The P&Z decision, however, came somewhat reluc-
tantly at the end of a stormy three-hour session with
DeSantis, during which he browbeat, cajoled, badgered,
interrupted and even threatened the P&Z board with legal
action if he didn't get what he wanted. And what he
wanted was clearly a favorable decision that very night on
the 17 single family home project.
Board members had initially suggested tabling the
matter to another meeting while City Attorney Jim Dye
looked at some legal issues involving a right-of-way va-
cation request. Dye would then provide the board with
legal information for a decision.
But any hint of a delay didn't sit well with DeSantis.
"If your intention is to derail these proceedings,
you're doing a good job," DeSantis said at one point.
When board member Charles Caniff said he wasn't
comfortable making a decision based upon information he
didn't have, DeSantis blustered, saying if the board con-
tinued to delay, the matter was going to end up in court.
One way or another, said DeSantis, he was going to
get a decision, either from the P&Z board or the courts.
That prompted board member Gary Deffenbaugh to
say the board was being "strong-armed" into taking im-
DeSantis said it seemed as if the board didn't want to
be rushed, but Caniff quashed that idea, noting that the
board had already moved the date of its regular May meet-
ing up accommodate Villa Rosa.
DeSantis apologized for his behavior several times to
the board, but also hinted that some board members, by
questioning his actions, were trying their best to find a
reason to deny the application, possibly because some area
residents didn't want the project.
The local media also came in for their share criticism
from DeSantis, who said newspaper accounts of the sub-
division were inaccurate. "The papers don't always under-
stand what they are reporting," he claimed.
There is now a "mistaken belief' that the developers
are trying to take something away from the public, he said.
Even Dye got into the verbal sparring. He said it had
been suggested by DeSantis that there was action to de-
rail the application. He clarified that in his opinion, and for
the record, that was not the case, and the board was sim-
ply trying to gain information.
DeSantis and land-use planner Jim Farr of local archi-
tect George Young's office played "bad guy, good guy"
with the board. After the tactics of DeSantis, the calm
demeanor of Farr, who designed the development, seemed
a welcome relief.
Farr said the subdivision is consistent with the city's
comprehensive plan and the proposed units will be single-
family dwellings. All requirements for water, sewage and
transportation will be met and permits obtained from the
Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Building Official George McKay said at this point,
the project appears to have met the relevant city codes and
And while most board members did not appear com-
fortable with the unresolved easement issue, Deffenbaugh
said that he hadn't seen anything in that plan "injurious to
our city" where the board should not recommend approval
to the city commission.
Left unsaid was that denial of the application might
result in legal action against the city.
Caniff noted that even with preliminary approval, the
developers still have to come back with a final plan.
In the end, following all the accusations, threats and
innuendo- this is, after all, Anna Maria DeSantis got
what he wanted. And he didn't seem to win any friends.
After Dye said he had no legal objections to the pro-
posal, the board voted, somewhat reluctantly, to recom-
mend approval of the preliminary plans for the subdivi-
sion to the city commission.
P&Z board chairman Doug Copeland excused him-
self from voting on the matter to avoid any potential con-
flict of interest as he has a business relationship with the
current owners of the property.
Anna Maria City
May 22, 6:30 p.m., Environmental Enhancement and
Education Committee meeting.
May 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
May 28, 7 p.m., charter review commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
May 23, 6:30 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
May 24, 8:30 a.m., commission-department head meeting.
May 24,9:30 a.m., city commission workshop on budget.
May 28, 11 a.m., parking-traffic subcommittee meet-
ing of scenic highway committee.
May 29, 6 p.m., visioning work session.
May 30, 6:30 p.m., adjustment board meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
May 23, 1 p.m., planning commission meeting.
May 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session immediately following.
Holmnes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
May 22, 2 p.m., Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch-spon-
sored workshop on beach lighting, Holmes Beach City
The Islander office will be closed Monday, May 27, for
Memorial Day. Classified advertising deadline for the
issue of May 29 will be at noon Friday, May 24.
City offices in Anna Maria City, Bradenton Beach,
Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will be closed Mon-
day, May 27, for Memorial Day.
There will be no garbage and trash collection in Anna
Maria City, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key on May
27. Alternate collection date will be Saturday, May 25.
Garbage collection will be as usual in Bradenton Beach.
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Skate park location on
Holmes Beach agenda
Holmes Beach city commissioners will discuss
possible locations near city hall for an Island Skate-
board Park at its May 28 meeting.
Barrier Island Elected Officials including Holmes
Beach Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens, Don
Maloney, Rich Bohnenberger and the three Island
mayors agreed the first step in addressing citizens' re-
quests for a skate park is to find a suitable location.
Two possibilities brought up at the recent BIEO
meeting were Coquina Park near the Bradenton Beach
recycling station and near Holmes Beach City Hall
along Marina Drive, where a pile of dirt currently oc-
cupies some of the space.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie said his city
is already considering Coquina Park for other uses,
such as a park-and-ride lot for trolley users.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore, however,
agreed to formally discuss using city park space at her
city's next commission meeting.
According to Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale
Stephenson, a park similar to the 6,000-square-foot
skate park located in St. Pete Beach would be adequate.
Stephenson said the park would need to be a con-
crete area with four or five ramps and rails, and be open
during daylight hours only.
Stephenson said a more accurate description is a
"micro park" for beginners interested in learning tricks.
Stephenson, who has been researching area skate fa-
cilities, said that risk managers have told him most liabil-
ity claims come from football and basketball facilities.
"Kids know that bumps and bruises come with
skateboarding," Stephenson said. "Posted signs let kids
know what is allowed and they will police themselves
in order to keep the park open."
In addition, having the park located close to the po-
lice station allows officers to help maintain park safety.
Staff can't afford Island living
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
as fire calls increased and the amount of training
needed rose proportionately.
"The people moving here just don't want to volun-
teer for the fire department," he said.
The move to hire more and more full-time staff had
to be made when, on occasion, Price was unable to find
any Island volunteers available to man the equipment
to fight a fire. Firefighting units from the mainland had
"We had to start hiring (full time), even if they
lived off island," said Price.
"With what our people make, they just can't afford
a home on the Island." Even Price admitted he couldn't
afford to live here if he had to buy all over again, let
alone new hires.
It's not that they don't make a good living, they just
don't make a good enough salary to afford the Island.
And it's not only Anna Maria Island, said Price, it's
all barrier islands in Florida. Longboat Key has the
same problem with its police and fire departments, he
In the City of Anna Maria, only one of the eight
full-time staff members lives on the Island, said City
Clerk Alice Baird. That's Public Works Supervisor
George McKay, who moved to the Island long before
he became a city employee and a city commissioner in
"Where I live kids are out in the street on home-
made ramps," said Haas-Martens. "They aren't caus-
ing trouble, but it's a dangerous location."
Holmes Beach resident Matthew Dritone said, "We
take two steps forward and one step back. As a tax-
payer for 15 years I would like to see the skate park
happen. With all the trespass warnings going up, these
kids are getting a criminal record just for skating."
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine agreed
that although his officers work hard to build a positive
relationship with the kids, they become the "bad guys"
when they have to issue citations because there is no
place where the kids can skate.
Stephenson said that he already has individuals and
businesses that are willing to contribute money, s.up-
plies and labor to create a skate park.
Anna Maria Island Privateer President Mitch
Stewart said his organization is willing to help raise
funds. "I'm too old to skate now, but the kids who
aren't need a place to go."
County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann also
supports the idea of creating a micro-park on the Island.
She has two sons who skate and told the elected offi-
cials that "skateboarders are hard on property" by the
nature of the sport, so they need something built spe-
cifically for their purpose.
Von Hahmann agreed to help by looking into li-
ability issues. As a public park the question was raised
as to whether the county can assume liability through
an interlocal agreement.
In the meantime, elected officials agreed to discuss
the matter further, first finding a location for the park,
and second, once again, allocating money specifically
for the skate park in next year's budgets.
Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach officials have
agreed to discuss the skate park at their next meetings.
Anna Maria before that. Three other city staff rent on
the Island, Baird said.
With the cheapest home on the Island selling for
about $200,000 a few years ago, Baird said she didn't
even come close to qualifying for a home loan. She
used to live on the Island, but moved inland several
years ago to purchase a house. Baird currently makes
Like most city staff, when required to attend
evening meetings, she doesn't bother to make the
roundtrip to Bradenton and back.
Baird said that when she used to work for
Bradenton Beach several years ago a city commis-
sioner suggested making residency in the city a require-
ment for employment. That idea was quickly nixed by
the city attorney, who pointed out that would exclude
a lot of people because of the high cost of housing in
None of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
deputies assigned to Anna Maria live in the city, said
Sgt. Ed Norris of the MCSO in Anna Maria.
In Holmes Beach, City Clerk Brooke Bennett said
that of the 35 full-time city employees, only two own
homes on the Island. None of the city's police force live
in Holmes Beach.
Mayor Carol Whitmore said she believed four staff
members rent on the Island.
Again, it's just simple economics, said Bennett,
who makes $44,760 a year as the city's highest paid
staffer. Whitmore agreed. "It would be better if they
Too high in the Holmes Beach sky
This antenna at Cedar Cove Resort in Holmes Beach
was found to exceed the 36-foot height limit by Code
Enforcement Officer Walter Wunderlich. The 36-foot
limit is from the "crown of the road, not the roof "
said Wunderlich. The antenna is used to connect a
video camera and computer equipment at the resort
to the Internet via another antenna in Holmes Beach
that is itself in violation of city code (The Islander,
May 15). Owners of Cedar Cove promised to comply
with the notice from Wunderlich within the 30-day
time limit. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
could afford to live here, but it's Island economics and
what we pay them," she said. Because of the high cost
of living, even on the mainland, most of the police of-
ficers and laborers for the public works department
have part-time jobs, she said.
"It would be nice if we could pay them more,"
But Island cities can't afford to pay staff enough
money to buy a house on the Island at current real es-
tate values, not when home prices have nearly tripled
in the past five years, according to a local real estate
agent. There's nothing now selling on the Island under
$225,000, the agent said, and even that figure is ex-
"That ($44,760) salary alone would not qualify
anyone for an Island home purchase," said the agent.
In fact, "I can't even afford to live here," he said.
The story is much the same in Bradenton Beach,
said City Clerk Pat Grizzle. Only two of the city's 24
full-time employees live on the Island and one of those
is a renter. None of the city's police officers, including
Police Chief Sam Speciale, live in Bradenton Beach,
Grizzle, who earns about $43,000 annually, said
she believed the two staff who live on the Island rent
in Bradenton Beach.
Of the 109 employees in the three Island cities and
the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District identified in
the story, 15 live on the Island and of those, only five
are home owners.
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Offshore molasses barge
may gain statewide fame
By Paul Roat
The remains of the "Regina" near-
shore to Bradenton Beach may soon be-
come part of a statewide chain of his-
toric shipwrecks, part of Florida's Mari-
time Heritage Trail.
"The idea of a series of underwater
parks, trails and preserves is new to
Florida," Della A. Scott-Ireton told the
Bradenton Beach City Commission last
week. She is with the Florida Depart-
ment of State's Division of Historical
Resources and heads the underwater
program, which to date has identified 15
wrecks and logged them onto the trail.
"We promote .preservation of ship-
wrecks as part of Florida's maritime re-
sources," she said.
The "Regina" is the infamous mo-
lasses barge that sank about 50 yards
from shore in the Gulf of Mexico off
Ninth Street North in Bradenton Beach
on March 8, 1940. The barge was
launched from Belfast, Ireland, in 1904
as a steam schooner, but later converted
to a barge.
It.was sailing from Havana, Cuba,
to New Orleans when a winter storm
caused its tug to apparently make way to
Tampa Bay. High winds and seas either
broke the tow or the crew of the tugboat
towing the 247-foot-long vessel cut the
cable, driving the barge with its
350,000-gallon cargo of molasses to
The crew of eight clung to the vessel
throughout the night. The ship's cook and
his German shepherd dog tried to swim to
shore at first light, only to drown. The re-
maining seamen were rescued, but the
"Regina" ended up on the bottom with no
hopes of recovery and over time became
a popular local dive spot.
"There is a lot of structure there,"
Scott-Ireton said, "and wonderful ma-
rine life. It is something we would like
to support" in the statewide heritage trail
She lauded Lorraine and Pete Athas
of Sea-Trek Divers in Bradenton Beach
for their efforts in having the "Regina"
included in the state program.
Bradenton Beach city commission-
ers lauded the program as well. "This is
a great opportunity for Bradenton Beach
and Anna Maria Island," said Mayor
Scott-Ireton said the next step in the
process would be to have the wreck
mapped by local divers and others to
facilitate the creation of a comprehen-
sive brochure showing visiting divers
the various components of the wreck. A
"Friends of the Preserve" group should
also be formed, she said, to aid in the
mapping and to help gain state approval
for the wreck's inclusion in the trail pro-
Bradenton Beach officials vowed to
assist as well through the approval of
resolutions supporting the "Regina" in
the trail program.
Of the 15 shipwrecks statewide cur-
rently on the trail list, only two lie in
Gulf waters, both off the Florida Pan-
Cortez programs move amid cakes
By Jim Hanson
The successful but temporary
Cortez Waterfronts Florida shut itself
down last week with plans to move re-
maining programs to a permanent
agency, with surprise cakes passing
from friend to friend in the historic fish-
The 2-year-old agency's manager,
Janet Hoffman, cited achievements of
Waterfronts at the meeting in the Cortez
Community Center, whose renovation
was among those accomplishments.
It was founded and funded by the state
under a program to preserve commercial
fishing villages and their now-fragile way
of life. Joint sponsor was Manatee County,
which not only provided funds, but also
provided one of its planners, Ms. Hoffman,
to run the agency.
This was her finale in Cortez, too, for
she has to be in Sheridan, Wyo., in June to
take over the planning department there.
She expressed profound regret at leav-
ing the village where she has encountered
great friendliness and a certain amount of
controversy. "There aren't many villages
left alive representing an entire way of
life," she said. "It's hard to find their like,
and it's a real joy when you do."
Cortezians surprised her with a fare-
well party complete with cake. And -
surprise! she had brought a cake for
them in turn. Sadly, there wasn't enough
left over to take to Wyoming, she said
The organization went out with the
kind of bang which has characterized it
all along, passing a motion for the
county to let commercial fishermen keep
equipment in the street rights of way as
they've done for 100 years and more,
and a request that the county amend its
land development code to limit new
building heights to 24 feet.
The height limit was needed, the
group decided, because the county's 35-
foot limit would permit buildings too
tall. The Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency requires that living quar-
ters be one story above mean high wa-
ter along the shore, and 35 feet above
that would mean four-story structures,
Waterfronts said. A limit in Cortez of 24
feet above the first story was felt to be
Waterfronts acted to have the
Cortez organization Florida Institute for
Saltwater Heritage take over its func-
tions and remaining programs.
Under the proposal, FISH will be
the clearinghouse for Cortez issues to be
taken to the county commissioners and
handle public input on them. FISH
President Blue Fulford said he is agree-
able to that plan; he also was an officer
of Cortez Waterfronts.
Also turned over to FISH was re-
construction of the old Miller dock, site
of an old-time fishing net camp which is
to be rebuilt at the end of the dock. The
West Coast Inland Navigation District
gave Cortez Waterfronts a $14,000
grant for the project two years ago and
FISH has provided another $15,000.
In its brief but active life, Hoffman
said, Waterfronts erected a memorial to
commercial fishermen lost at sea or in
war, a large bronze scene installed be-
tween A.P. Bell and Star fish houses,
and had numerous other successes.
Chief among them all, though, she
said, was developing a land-use plan for
the village, now being acted upon by the
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PAGE 6 K MAY 22, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER
Shame, for shame
Yes, shame on the old fuddy-duddies in Holmes
Beach who don't want lights on a ball field in the eve-
nings (which, of course, could be regulated to shut off
at 9 or 10 p.m.).
And shame on the city officials and administration
for giving weight to what may only be a few naysayers.
What can they be thinking? Not only are youth
sports character building, extremely worthwhile pro-
grams, but Little League baseball is played here in the
winter, when darkness comes early. It would be impos-
sible for school-age kids and their working parents to
get to a ball field much before 5 p.m. for a game, only
to discover darkness (and dangerous conditions for
baseball) coming at 5:30 p.m.
The field is virtually useless weekdays six months
a year without lights.
At a time when the three cities are struggling to
locate, fund and eventually deal with similar objections
about a skate board park, it seems the appropriate time
to take a stand for youth and youth activities.
And what became of the basketball courts that we
were promised would come after the new Holmes
Beach Taj Mahal er, city hall was built at the site
of the former city hall?
In February 1996, while planning for the new city
hall, then Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said there were
grant funds to replace the basketball court and create
a soccer field, and the county would maintain the ten-
nis courts and upgrade the existing baseball field.
Then in September, the project architect said "the
basketball courts have been moved to a site between the
public works garage and the current city hall. There is
a Little League practice field behind the fire station, a
Babe Ruth field in the same location as the current field
and a soccer field with portable goals in the field be-
hind the current city hall."
In November 1996, then Mayor Bob VanWagoner
said the city had $28,000 earmarked for a soccer field,
basketball court, baseball field, bleachers, a batting
cage, and bathroom renovations.
We could go on. But it resounds of broken prom-
ises to the youth of our community.
We encourage the Hagen Foundation to stand firm
on its resolve ($50,000) to light Birdie Tebbetts Field.
Parents and youth advocates unite. Tell Holmes
Beach officials how you feel about their nixing the ball
field lights. Tell them how you feel about letting the
funds allocated for youth sports facilities go to other
city needs. Call city hall at 708-5800.
Kids gotta play..
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Praise for teamwork
The Manatee County Board of Commissioners must
be praised. They are the project sponsors of the beach res-
toration and renourishing of Anna Maria Island's shore-
line (namely Anna Maria City, Bradenton Beach and
They are also the managers of this second interval
sand replenishing event. The first time was 1992-93. I un-
derstand the county bonded the federal share. (One-cent
resort tax share pays the local and the state pays the rest.)
Praise also goes to Charlie Hunsicker, county ecosys-
tems administrator. Jack Gorzeman, former point man of
the project, should be thanked also.
Former Mayor Dottie McChesney deserves a great
deal of credit for her courage and tenacity to place on the
ballot of Anna Maria City the issue of including the north
end of Anna Maria in the blueprint of the project.
The importance of this means that all three cities are now
on the same wavelength of preserving and protecting a vi-
tal natural resource, that is, beach use in our community.
The late Mayor Cagnina, Governor Chiles and
Tropicana founder Rossi must be smiling on us. Their
efforts were in the 1970s.
Hugh Holmes Jr. also tried to create an erosion con-
trol district in the 1980s.
It takes years of work, patience and monitoring.
Please believe it takes teamwork to get the job done.
Katie Pierola, former mayor, Bradenton Beach
Roundabouts a waste
I have addressed the following letter to members of
the Manatee-Sarasota Counties Metropolitan Planning
I keep hearing of your planned study of employment
of traffic roundabouts in our communities. I believe this
is a gigantic waste of tax money.
All you have to do is take a trip up north to the capi-
tal of New Jersey, Trenton, and visit the Department of
Transportation to find out how disastrous this idea is. New
Jersey is the most densely populated state in the U.S.A.
and its possessions, with well over 1,000 persons per
This state has methodically removed roundabouts
from the highway system. The reason? They are 1920-ish
in concept and a miserable failure.
Please contact the New Jersey Department of Trans-
portation and exchange ideas on handling dense traffic
problems. I'm sure they can shed some light on your prob-
lems. I'm sure this is a more economically feasible study
than to pay a consultant a large fee for telling you he can
design roundabouts. That's his business, why else would
he recommend them? Please reconsider. Remember, "if
ain't broke, don't fix it."
Robert V. Klauss, Holmes Beach
Your donation and support of the Affaire to Remem-
ber 2002 directly or indirectly benefits every child, parent
and senior who participates in any of the programs or ser-
vices of the Anna Maria Island Community Center and
helps make our community a better place in which to live.
Nearly 4,000 individuals participate in programs annually.
By making your donation, you support quality pro-
grams that develop the best in children and families, as
well as programs that provide support and learning oppor-
tunities for many of our seniors. Your generous spirit
works year-round in our community helping Island neigh-
bors to help each other live better and more fulfilled lives.
Once again, thank you helping us make this year's
Affaire to Remember 2002 an event of incredible success
and one that will make a positive difference for children,
teens, parents, adults and seniors living in our community.
My heartfelt gratitude to Trudy, Scott, Sandee, Suki,
Gary, Lisa, Lori, Kathy, Denise, Ilona, Peggy and all our
sponsors, especially our generous anonymous donor,
Chuck and Joey Lester, the Center's board members and
all of the "angels" and businesses who also generously
supported this year's event.
Pierrette Kelly, executive director, Anna Maria Island
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 22, 2002 0 PAGE 7
Returning healthy wildlife
back to the wild
It's not too difficult to find Gail and Ed Straight's
home in Bradenton Beach. There's the flock of birds
circling overhead, calling noisily to each other the
first sign that this is also home to a facility known as
Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education.
Then, there's the police car parked in front of the
house. Although Ed recently retired as a public safety
officer for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, he is
still a certified deputy and a reserve officer.
My neighbor Ruth Jex accompanied a visit to
Wildlife Inc. She had told me about both the Wildlife
Rescue (Palmetto) and Wildlife Inc. of Bradenton
Beach, which she had used several times once for
an injured pelican that found sanctuary in her garage
and a second time for an iguana that turned up in her
We were both looking forward to seeing some
spring babies, and as we walked up, the sidewalk was
lined with tall cages occupied by a variety of baby
birds. They chirped loudly, greeting us with tiny beaks
opened wide, begging for a tasty morsel. I wished I
Gail and Ed literally live with their work. The back
half of their house and all of the back and side yard are
dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation, now going on 17
Wildlife Inc. is equipped to care for sick, injured
and infant birds and animals, including two pediatric
incubators, stocks of frozen rats and chicks for the meat
eaters, medications, milk formulas, clean towels, twee-
zers and droppers, and cages and containers to fit any-
thing that flies, crawls, hops or walks. They work with
three veterinarians who donate services.
The Straights have lived here for 29 years, begin-
Perico Island resident Ruth Jex feeds baby raccoons at Wildlife Inc. 's rehab facility in Bradenton Beach.
Islander Photo: Jean Steiger
ning this amazing rehabilitation center when their
young son came home with a sick baby duck. When
they tried to find help for the duckling, they discovered
there was none.
Slowly, they began taking in injured wildlife and
learning how to care for the delicate creatures. Their
inquiries prompted the beginning of the Florida Wild-
life Rehabilitation Association, of which Gail is pres-
ently the president.
They've had more than 500 admissions to date, and
last year had 3,000 patients. Most them come from
another agency Wildlife Rescue that provides the
service of rescue that Gail and Ed do not provide. Gail
is a licensed rehabilitation specialist and attends two
training sessions a year.
While Gail administers to tiny patients, Ed intro-
duces us to their mascot Jackson, a 6-foot-long iguana.
He has lived with the Straights since he was rescued
seven years ago.
We watched Ed feed the baby birds that had
greeted us when we entered. The orphaned residents
included starlings, doves, grackles, blue jays, mocking-
birds and shrikes. As he fed them with a dropper filled
with a special formula, they gradually quieted and
dozed off, just like human babies.
The baby birds must be fed every hour and the
mammals every two hours.
Also in residence this day were baby armadillos,
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Big year seems at hand for turtles
By Jim Hanson
What bids fair to be a banner year for marine turtle
nests on Anna Maria Island's beach seems to be building,
the Island's principal turtle advocate said this week.
Eleven loggerheads have waddled ashore, dug
nests, laid an average of 100 eggs per nest and covered
them to let the sun and warm sand do the incubating,
said Suzi Fox. She holds the state permit for the Island
for marine turtle preservation.
Along with the 11 mothers who made nests, nine
others left "false crawl" tracks, indicating they came up
the beach to nest and changed their minds. That ratio
is about average, said Fox.
Reassuringly, half of the nests are in new sand,
dredged from a sandbar offshore and spread to expand the
beach in the just-completed renourishment project. Some
such projects elsewhere have interfered with turtle nest-
ing, but the ancient giants have no problem with this one.
Jo Ann Meilner, who took over while Fox was out
of town over the weekend, said Turtle Watchers found
three new nests Sunday morning alone, with one false
crawl in the downpour of rain and two new nests
Saturday morning as well.
A dividend was a return visit from an old friend,
"Pegleg," the three-legged loggerhead that came ashore
a couple of seasons ago to the delight of aficionados.
She was identified by her lopsided tracks.
Most of the nests are low on the beach, nearer the
waterline than usual, which "must mean something, but
we don't know what," said Fox.
For a time they faced "quite a berm" an escarp-
ment carved on the beach by Saturday's stormy waters
- she said, but the dredging contractor, Great Lakes
Dredge and Dock, sent a tractor and tiller to trim it
down with Turtle Watch guidance.
No excuses now: Lights out for turtles
By Jim Hanson
"After Wednesday, no one will have any excuses
for not making their lights turtle-friendly," said the
turtles' principal protector on the Island.
Suzi Fox was referring to the May 22 Sea Turtle
Lighting Workshop at Holmes Beach City Hall, where
the latest lighting developments will be displayed, ex-
plained and discussed for Island residents and business
Even as they spoke, more turtles came in from the
Gulf of Mexico to make nests that need protection from
upland lights 11 nests in all and more on the way.
Fox heads Turtle Watch and holds the state's ma-
rine turtle preservation permit for Anna Maria Island.
She arranged the workshop after seeing the lighting
alternatives offered at a statewide meeting last month
- and lighting problems on the beaches of the Island.
With help from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission, including sample lights and the
people with expertise to explain the various fixtures
and their applications, the lighting workshop is ex-
pected to be "enlightening."
Participants in the workshop will include George
Fleenor of International Dark Skys Inc., an organiza-
tion of astronomers. Also assisting Fox will be Meghan
Conti, Environmental Specialist II with the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Expected to be in attendance to take advantage of
the comprehensive program are officials from Sarasota
County, the City of Venice, Collier County Natural
Resourses Department, the Clearwater Marine
Aquarium, Longboat Key, Mote Marine Laboratory
and sea turtle directors from six other permit areas in
Egmont Key, the historic northside neighbor
of Anna Maria Island, has one new sea turtle nest
and expects at least a dozen more.
So said Ranger Don Niles, in charge of the
Egmont State Park part of the key. There were 16
marine turtle nests on the small island last year, he
noted, all on the Gulfside beach and none on the
Tampa Bay part.
"There's lots of beach here now," Niles said.
"Most of the island has beach around it." Its north-
west side was renourished two years ago after severe
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7
red-shouldered hawks, opossum, rabbits, raccoons,
squirrels and eastern screech owls. Last year, Wildlife
Inc. also treated baby otters, foxes, deer and a bobcat.
The Straights order $500 worth of a special milk
formula every month and the last order for frozen rats
and chicks was $1,500. Food and medicine for one year
costs $50,000 to $75,000. Wildlife Inc. is funded solely
by donations. They receive no state funding.
When I asked the Straights if they're ever able to
take time off from their demanding patients, Gail
laughed. "The only vacation I've had for quite a while
is the annual conference, and then I have to work be-
cause I'm the president," she said.
Gail and Ed carefully log the date of admission and
the location that each animal and bird was found. When
3\ '. \
"Turtle Tom" Van Ness worked the Turtle Watch tent at the Bridge Street Festival which advocates turning
off lights at beachfront areas. Islander Photo: Jo Ann Meilner
Invited to the meeting at 2 p.m. May 22 are people
with residences and businesses along the beach, build-
ing and code enforcement officials from all three Island
cities, law enforcement, government officials, visitors,
guests anyone who might come in contact with the
turtles that come ashore every year.
The nesting mother turtles and, later in the May-
October nesting season, their hatchlings by the hun-
dreds, depend on the sparkling reflection of the moon
and stars on the Gulf's waters to guide them to the sea,
and upland lights often distract them to their death.
The workshop came none too soon, just as indig-
nation was high after Bradenton Beach's weekend
Bridge Street Festival whose beach-visible lights
brought complaints from dozens of turtle fans.
A city ordinance calls for beach lights to be out or
shielded by 9 p.m. in Bradenton Beach, but the Bridge
Street area and businesses were "lit like Christmas," ac-
cording to numerous callers to the turtle hotline.
Fox and Turtle Watch work every year to convince
people along the beach that their lights can be fatal to
the endangered species, and Fox said the results are
better, the battle easier, every year.
"Residents and business owners are incredibly ef-
fective," she said. "We've seen them come together on
many things, and they can move mountains. I'm bet-
ting they will totally beat this problem.
"And from now on, they will have every tool they
need to correct it. No excuses after this workshop."
life, especially the babies, according to the Straights,
who have several cats themselves. They're adamant
about the need to keep cats indoors. "My idea of a pet
is something equivalent to a child that you want to pro-
tect and take care of," Ed said.
The Straights also warn people about trying to raise
baby birds and animals themselves. "People find baby
owls and feed them hamburger and the birds get meta-
bolic bone disease," Gail said. "The first time they flap
their wings, they break."
Unfortunately, the Straights have run out of room
in their Bradenton Beach location and are looking for
a larger location in Bradenton.
"I pity the person who moves here if we leave be-
cause they're going to come home and find animals on
their doorstep," Gail said.
If you are interested in volunteering for wildlife,
please call 778-6324.
erosion threatened to close the island to public traf-
On June 1 three young women from Eckerd
College in nearby St. Petersburg are to arrive to take
over turtle preservation duties, the ranger said.
His park shares Egmont with the U.S. Coast
Guard lighthouse, a small section housing Tampa
Bay shipping pilots who guide ships in and out of
port, and the large U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
area of the key. Ownership of the key is with the
the babies are mature or the adult is recovered from inju-
ries, they are released to the location of their origin.
Gail prepared a bottle of formula for a litter of baby
raccoons whose eyes were not yet open and invited us
to feed them. Ruth eagerly accepted, feeding each of
the youngsters, while I watched Gail chop up a frozen
chick and mix it with formula. This meal was for the
baby screech owls, wonderful little creatures whose
eyes seem much too big for their tiny bodies.
With amazement, I watched the three-inch-tall
babies swallow the pieces. The Straights said they raise
20 to 30 screech owls every spring.
They also house some permanently injured resi-
dents, such as a red-shouldered and red-tailed hawk, a
barn owl and two great-horned owls. Ed takes the birds
to outdoor art shows to educate the public about the
fragility of the wildlife.
Cats are frequently the source of injuries for wild-
Egmont welcomes first turtle nest
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 22, 2002 0 PAGE 9
Memorial Day holiday next Monday
By Jim Hanson
Memorial Day, on Anna Maria Island and else-
where, is one of those ceremonials that were formed by
a few fervent advocates and grew to a patriotic peak
and has now diminished for many Americans.
Still, it's a strong enough tradition to give most.
people a day off for its observance Monday, May 27.
Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach city
government offices will be shut down except for law
enforcement and fire/rescue agencies, and the Island
Branch Library and Tingley Memorial Library will be
Same with Manatee County, whose government
will take the day off except for sheriff's deputies and
firefighters. Longboat Key likewise.
Banks will have the holiday off, and some busi-
nesses. Others, though, will not only be open but will
expect good business that day with special sales in
some cases and restaurants traditionally having good
As a day to honor military dead, it has gone from
holiday of parades and military music and patriotic
speeches to fewer veterans' ceremonies. The principal
ones here are under the Manatee County Veterans
Council's sponsorship in Veterans Memorial Park ad-
jacent to Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St.
E., Bradenton, at 9 a.m. and the annual reenactment of
the Civil War at the Gamble Mansion in Ellenton at 11
There is no official observance on Anna Maria Is-
land beyond recognition of the national holiday.
A druggist in Waterloo, N.Y., started it by suggest-
ing that it would be well to remember the dead of the
Civil War by placing flowers on their graves.
On May 5, 1866, the village was decorated with
flags at half-staff, draped with evergreens and mourn-
ing black, and a march to the cemetery with martial
music. It spread from there, geographically and cer-
emonially, from Waterloo across the country and from
Civil War dead to the casualties of all wars.
It has been called Decoration Day, too, for the
custom of honoring the dead by decorating their
graves with flowers. There is a parallel day of re-
membrance in the South, called Confederate Memo-
rial Day and observed variously on April 26, May 10
and June 3.
Memorial Day remembrance
Emily Malone, 14, of Bradenton, snapped this black-and-white photo of the New York City skyline, including
the twin towers of the World Trade Center, a fidl year ago in May on a trip to the Big Apple. Mom Georgene
Malone Adkins, a staff member at Dr. Gy Yatros' office,
remembrance and it does.
Cortez eatery listed at $1.2 million
Wet Willie's restaurant on the Cortez waterfront is
for sale, the asking price $1,250,000, said Barry Seidel
of the American Property Group.
The property's "highest and best use" may well be
as a development of some sort, he indicated, as it has
failed as a restaurant several times over the years. It is
at the eastern part of the waterfront in Cortez.
The building is 8,000 square feet and seats more
than 150 persons as a restaurant. Sizable dock space
and parking are included. Wet Willie's closed a month
ago at the end of the winter season.
Branson Corp. owns the property. Details may be
obtained from Seidel at 923-0535.
thought it would make a fitting Memorial Day
Visioning starts next Wednesday
in Bradenton Beach
The long-awaited review of city growth rules will
begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in Bradenton Beach.
The'community visioning process will allow citizens
and business owners a chance to plot out how the city
should look in the next 25 years. The process is being or-
chestrated by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Commis-
Other visioning sessions will be held June 4 and
Further information may be obtained by calling
city hall at 778-1005.
For more information, call 753-7591.
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garbage or recycling on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.
Monday's garbage and recycling will be picked up on the
Saturday prior to the holiday, which is May 25.
Thank you and enjoy a safe weekend.
of Manatee County
to our graduate
SARAH ANN THOMAS
Manatee High School Class of 2002
National Honor Society
Talented Top 20% High Schools
Varsity Soccer 4 Years
Voted Most Athletic Senior Girl
Prom Princess Nominee
Senior Class Board, Spanish Club M H S
TWe are so proud! 2002
Good luckin college.
- with. love, your family
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Hurricane Awareness Week
ongoing; season starts June 1
Hurricane Awareness Week continues
through Sunday, and weather watchers warn that
preparation is the key to surviving what is pre-
dicted to be a busy storm season.
"Preparation through education is less costly
than learning through tragedy," is how Max
Mayfield put it. He is the director of the National
Hurricane Center. "History teaches that a lack of
hurricane awareness and preparation are com-
mon threads among all major hurricane disasters.
By knowing your vulnerability and what actions
you should take, you can reduce the effects of a
The National Hurricane Center is predicting
nine to 13 named storms this hurricane season,
with six to eight of the storms becoming hurri-
canes and two or three of the hurricanes being
severe. On average, there are about 10 named
storms, of which six are hurricanes with two of
those storms severe.
Hurricane season starts June 1 and runs
through Nov. 30.
For more about hurricanes, storm prepared-
ness and how to reason with hurricane season,
look for The Islander 10th annual hurricane sec-
tion in the May 29 edition.
Rotary opens Australia trip for
Anna Maria Island Rotary Club President Jim
Dunne is looking for four professionals to send on a
month-long trip to Australia, all expenses paid.
The trip will be part of the program that earlier this
month brought five people from Argentina to the Gulf
Coast district and sent four from this area to Argentina.
It is under Rotary International's Group Study Ex-
change program which lets Americans see how profes-
sionals in other countries "meet their responsibilities
and economic opportunities," and others visit this
country for the same purpose.
While in the area the Argentines joined the Dunnes
and members of seven Rotary clubs in the Anna Maria-
to-Naples district for a day aboard the Seafood Shack's
Dunne said non-Rotarian professionals between 25
and 40 are eligible for the visit early next year. Besides
the age qualification and certification of good health,
applicants must have been in their profession for at
least two years and can't be related to a Rotarian; if
they were once members of Rotary they must have
been absent from the organization for the past three
Applications are due by Aug. 1 and applicants will
be interviewed in Cape Coral Aug. 17. Application
forms may be obtained from Dunne by calling him at
Center closed for
Memorial Day holiday
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will be
closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial
The center is located at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. For more information, call 778-1908.
Privateers plot 'raid'
on high seas cruise
Expanding their "piracy" to the high seas, the al-
ways benevolent Anna Maria Island Privateers are plot-
ting to take over a cruise ship and are opening their
ranks to 800 conspirators to help their scheme.
They have arranged for ticket sales to begin right
now for the October cruise, with rates for the overnight
party starting at $59 per bunk.
A bunk is enough for a lot of celebrating deputy
pirates, said Privateers President Mitch Stewart.
"There's entertainment, duty-free shops, around-the-
clock buffets, a busy dining room, and a very friendly
casino who's going to spend much of that night in
The most anyone can spend for a cabin is $129 in
an "admiral suite," said the travel agency in charge of
booking for the cruise. That's Fantasy Travel, 6630
Cortez Road in Bradenton, phone 795-3900, whose
Teresa Margraf is handling the cruise. Her husband
Robert is a Privateer, Stewart noted.
There's room for 800 passengers aboard the Regal
Empress when she sails out of Port Manatee for the
overnight event. When she is well out to sea, the Pri-
vateers will capture the "Empress" ship and her cap-
The interlopers have permission from the U.S.
Coast Guard and the port authority to carry their
swords, Stewart said, but no guns or cannons allowed.
"This is our first big cruise," he said. "If it works
out well, we'll do a two-day cruise next year and then,
assuming success, more in the future."
9,000 pounds of food
collected from Islanders
Anna Maria Islanders donated 9,000 pounds of
food to Meals on Wheels in the postal workers' cam-
paign, according to final compilation of results.
The National Association of Letter Carriers picked
up food from residents and businesses on their Satur-
day rounds on May 11, in addition to delivering the
mail. Throughout the union's district, which includes
parts of the Gulf Coast from St. Petersburg to
Englewood, the mail deliverers collected 1.2 million
Longboat breakfast Wednesday
A "Good Morning, Longboat Key" free break-
fast is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at
the offices of the Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Open to members and prospective members, it
will feature explanations of the chamber's structure
and benefits. Reservations may be made and infor-
mation obtained at 387-9519.
Dancers rehearse Saturday
Young dancers some of them very young will
show what they've learned this season at a recital, but first
will rehearse their presentation Saturday, May 25.
They are part of the Anna Maria Island Community
Center's program, taught by Darlene Friedrich. Aged 4 to
teens, they have been learning dance from "Miss Darlene"
since the program started the 2001-02 season last fall.
The rehearsal will be from 11 a.m. until noon Satur-
day, and the recital will be from I to 2 p.m. the following
Saturday, June 1. Both will be at the Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria.
It will be the finale of the dance program for this sea-
son, the Center said. It will resume when school starts.
Further information may be obtained by calling the
Center at 778-1908.
Basketball games starting
The Anna Maria Island Community Center lo-
cated at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria is offering
adult basketball from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $2
For more information, call 778-1908.
Recommendations by the Holmes Beach charter
review committee will be presented to the city commis-
sion at its 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29 meeting, not May
22 as reported last week in The Islander.
Oops, Rob not Jeff
In a photograph appearing in the May 15 Islander
recognizing recipients of the 2001 Gold Blood Drive
Award, Rob Termini was incorrectly identified as Jeff.
We regret the error.
Date Low High Rainfall
May 12 77 93 0
May 13 75 88 0
May 14 73 86 0
May 15 73 89 0
May 16 76 92 0
May 17 76 94 0
May 18 80 91 0
Average Gulf water temperature 840
24-hour accumulation with reading at approximately 5 p.m. daily.
THE ISLANDER E MAY 22, 2002 E PAGE 11
Roser volunteers help poor
By Jim Hanson
Several Roser church volunteers have done so well
that they worked themselves out of a job for now, but
they'll be back at it next week.
They have been assembling packages of vegetable
seeds for third-world countries, working with Hope
Seeds to "Plant a seed, feed a soul." They got ahead of
the market a few weeks ago and had to take some time
off so the rest of the operation could catch up with
Eight strong, they will meet again next Tuesday,
May 28, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria, from 9 until 10:30 a.m., to sift
vegetable seeds into packages.
From there the seed packets will be packed into
larger packages and taken to hungry people in many
parts of the world.
It's the late-lifework of a Bradenton couple, Mike
and Jean Mueller, retirees who three years ago found
their new agricultural calling in a charity trip to Haiti.
As explained by Frank Sinnott, like them a retiree
with a new mission in Hope Seeds, the Muellers were
part of an effort by Bradenton's Hope Lutheran Church
to help the poor in that island country.
"They had been in the wholesale seed business in
the Midwest," Sinnott said, "and they included a vari-
ety of seeds with a 40-foot trailerload of food, clothing,
medical supplies and the like.
"They were told that in spite of the desperate need
for everything in the trailer, the Haitians paid no atten-
tion to anything else until the seeds had been distrib-
With that seed of an idea, the Muellers renewed
acquaintance with seed houses, farmers, even agricul-
tural conglomerates, and started gathering the seeds.
The seed producers and processors donate 90 percent
of the seeds Hope Seeds send out, and the Muellers buy
specialized ones. For distribution, Hope Seeds has
hooked up with some 800 agricultural Christian mis-
sionaries around the world.
The seeds arrive in bulk at a warehouse in Pal-
metto, where they are divided up among volunteers
including Rosers' and a big contingent of 50 to 60 in
Palmetto. The volunteers repack the seeds into packets
of a size manageable by a third-world farmer.
Since he lives on Anna Maria Island, Sinnott brings
the bulk seeds to Roser and takes the packets back to
Palmetto. Most in demand are corn or maize, upland
rice and tomatoes. Some 350,000 packages are distrib-
uted every year. Other Islanders serving with Sinnott
and his wife on governing units of Hope Seeds are Irv
and Eloise Bobbitt and Lyle and Nancy Kuhlman.
Hope Seeds operates on a budget of about $300,000
a year, most of which goes into storage and transportation
costs. It is beginning to focus also on placing agricultural
technicians in Africa, Asia and South America to help
natives produce more from their seeds.
Further information may be obtained from Hope
Seeds at 723-6051.
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to remodel the church kitchen. The
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Mary H. Adams, 88, of Bradenton, died May 17.
Born in Coshocton, Ohio, Mrs. Adams came to
Manatee County from Cincinnati in 1984. She was a
homemaker. She was Episcopalian.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May
23, at Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Memorial contributions may be made
to the church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL
34217, or to Shriners Children's Hospital, in care of
Sahib Temple, 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota FL
She is survived by husband Robert; daughters
Mary Kay of Holmes Beach and Anne A. Jeschke of
Muir Beach, Calif.; son Thomas R. of Holmes Beach;
sister Juanita Schube of Louisville, Ky.; and five grand-
Evelyn C. Quigg
Evelyn C. Quigg, 93, of Holmes Beach, died May
Born in Staffordville, Conn., Mrs. Quigg came to
Manatee County from Eastchester, N.Y., in 1970. She
was a homemaker and also worked in sales with Lord
& Taylor in Eastchester. She attended St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.
Visitation was May 20 and services May 21 at the
church. Burial was at Mansion Memorial Park in
Ellenton. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughter Althea O'Sullivan of
Holmes Beach; sons Ray of Holmes Beach and Clark
of Harwick, Mass; sister Virginia Hilinski of Manches-
ter, Conn.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchil-
Anne M. Reardon
Anne M. Reardon, 83, of Bradenton, died May 13.
Born in Boston, Ms. Reardon came to Manatee
County from there in 1985. She was a secretary and
bookkeeper at Coloured Picture Publishers of Bos-
ton. She attended Saint Mary's Traditional Roman
Catholic Church, Bradenton. She was active in com-
munity functions at Presbyterian Villas, Bradenton.
Visitation was May 16 and services May 17 at the
church. Burial will be in Manasota Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American
Cancer Society, 600 U.S. 301 Blvd. W., Suite 136,
Bradenton FL 34205. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home is
in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughters Susan Kettlar of Anna
Maria Island, Katheryn Clarke of Bradenton, Diane
Haack of St. Petersburg, and Michelle Jones of
Raymond, N.H.; sons David of North Adams, Mass.,
Michael of Jamaica Plain, Mass., and William Jr. of
Bradenton; sisters Florence Giangrande of Winchester,
Mass., Joan Grace of Arlington, Mass., and Kathleen
Grace of Woburn, Mass.; brother Thomas Hennessey
of Pensacola; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grand-
Robert H. Theobald
Robert H. Theobald, 50, of Bradenton, died May
Born in Holdrege, Neb., Mr. Theobald came to
Manatee County from Garden City, Kan., in 2000.
He was a clerk at Circle K in Holmes Beach. He at-
tended First Presbyterian Church of Beaver City,
Memorial services will be in Beaver City at a later
date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice
of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand. Blvd., Sarasota FL
34238. Brown and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of
He is survived by daughter Holly Anne of Topeka,
Kan.; son Dustin Ross of Basalt, Colo.; mother Florine
of Beaver City; and sisters Barb Johnson of Bradenton
and Patty Stump of Dannebrog, Neb.
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Island Players' Todd directing his last finale
By Jim Hanson
Geoffrey Todd, 22 years with the Island Players
and 25 plays as director, says this season is his last with
the Anna Maria theater group.
He hasn't been invited back for the next season
after the current "Keys for Two" closes out the season,
he said, and he doesn't know why and if anyone else
does, he hasn't been told.
Management is equally confused, it seems, for the
incoming president of the Players said Todd had said
"this is my last play as director" and the whole thing "is
not as if he is being rejected."
That was Alice Doeden speaking as current first
vice president, the office which traditionally selects the
next season's directors before moving up to president.
Outgoing President Marilyn Moroni said Todd "simply
wasn't chosen this time around."
Guest directors are selected year by year and play
by play, Doeden explained.
Todd said that in his 22 years here he has seen the
Players grow into "a very good repertory group," and
indicated his part of that success was as "someone who
put buns on the theater seats for years."
He's not worried, he said, for "actors work until
they die" and he has 40 years' background in theater,
starting with training by the Old Vic company in Lon-
don and 18 years on England's stages.
This summer he and his wife will spend a month
or so in the United Kingdom and he'll check around
there for work, as well as elsewhere in the United States
He'd like to be within commuting distance of
Bradenton, where he has lived since 1980.
"We're very sad that Geoff is leaving after many
fine years here," said Doeden. "On the other hand, it
may turn out good for him to broaden his scope out
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Commissioners are interested in having clear
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it can be used, but also what it isn't. In addition the
city may also add a paragraph that defines clearly
what the statement "other similar uses" means.
Petruff agreed to look at how other communities
have handled the same issue.
Commissioners agree they want to remain flex-
ible without leaving an open door so wide it creates
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Privateers president presents pins for philanthropy
Mitch Stewart is willing to do a lot for charity, even
expose his big hairy legs to public view.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers president is
competing in the "Mr. Legs 2002 Contest," a compe-
tition based less on legs than on raising funds for the
American Cancer Society.
A candidate gets one vote for each $10 he brings
into the Manatee County unit of the cancer society, and
the annual competition gets fierce before it's all settled
The winner will be announced Aug. 17 at the 14th
annual Tennis Shoe Ball, a black-tie spoof whose dress
is gowns and tuxedos with tennis shoes. More than 500
persons witness and applaud the competing legs each
Stewart has some impressive shoes well, at least
socks to fill: Last year's countywide winner was the
Island's Dr. Scott Kosfeld, and it took him tremendous
planning and work to amass more than $16,000 for the
cancer society and cop the prize.
Stewart has met with Kosfeld, to see what winning
pointers he can pick up. They aren't plotting, he insists,
just a couple of knobby-kneed men meeting and greet-
ing and trying to keep the championship on their Island.
Stewart already has big plans, with $10 one-vote T-
shirts bearing his own logo, a pirate sporting one
wooden leg and one hairy one. He is putting together
a big fundraising party July 28 at D Coy Ducks in
He also has set up a donation jar at Duffy's Tav-
ern, and plans to plant others around the Island and
Cortez and West Bradenton.
"It's all great fun in a great cause," he said, point-
ing out that the Tennis Shoe Ball and Mr. Legs contest
are a major part of the Manatee cancer society unit's
He is open to suggestions as well as donations at
Scenic Highway wants trolley stop in Holmes Beach
By Rick Catlin
The Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Corridor
Management Entity will ask officials of the Manatee
Trolley for another trolley stop, this one in Holmes
CME member Fawn Ker said the trolley, at
present, only stops at Publix along East Bay Drive. A
stop at the Anna Maria Island Shopping Center is nec-
essary, because it's a long walk from Publix to the
shopping center, she said.
There was also a general discussion about the
Manatee County Area Transit trolley, including the
rudeness of just a few drivers.
Drivers are being educated, Ker said, and she
hoped they would eventually offer some verbal infor-
mation to trolley riders on the history of the Island and
the various stops along the trolley route.
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city, including speed limit signs. He was making a list
of signs to get rid of.
At the same time, Ker suggested a sign at every
entrance to the city observing that there is no parking
on any city-owned right of way.
Police Chief Sam Speciale rejected any idea of
converting all speed limits to a maximum of 25 miles
per hour. That would produce a serious traffic flow
problem in the city, he claimed.
The CME also heard that the welcome sign at the
foot of Cortez Bridge has not been completed yet.
Mayor John Chappie said the Bridgeport
Homeowners Association would likely give approval,
but they would probably want an agreement with the
city on maintenance.
CME member Judy Giovanelli is still looking for
50 signatures from beachfront property owners who
would like to have the county-funded dunes revegeta-
tion project be done in front of their properties.
School is out Friday!
No more teachers, no more books. School lets
out for the summer Friday, May 24.
Students at Anna Maria Elementary School,
however, will be bringing home classroom assign-
ments for the next school year. According to Prin-
cipal Tim Kolbe, students will be notified which
teacher's classroom to report to for the 2002-03
school year with their report cards, which will be
sent home on the last day of school.
Students are reminded to check the lost and
found for coats, sweaters and shoes. Any items
left unclaimed will be picked up and distributed
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exiting the trolley.
That's what Manatee County Area Transit Market-
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Island students the past two weeks in visits to Island
Middle School and Anna Maria Elementary School.
"I've told them this is not a school bus, this is pub-
lic transportation, that traffic doesn't have to stop for
the trolley or for them, and the trolley is not going to
wait for them to cross the street before moving on,"
"We want them to stop and let the trolley and traffic
pass before they cross the street. We want them to utilize
the trolley, but we want them to remember safety."
Hancock said she also addressed the students on be-
While there have only been a few complaints,
Hancock said behavior on the trolley must be to adult
standards. The driver can order unruly passengers to
leave at any time, she said, and in extreme cases, can
call upon the Manatee County Sheriff's Office to deal
with a behavioral problem.
A list of "rider rules" will be posted at the entrance
doors to each trolley very soon, she added. Once those are
in place, drivers will become more stringent in dealing
with current behavior problems or a future dress code.
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another stop might be needed.
MCAT is also considering adding an intercom sys-
tem to allow drivers to dispense facts and information
about the Island to riders. Several businesses and orga-
nizations have said visitors would welcome this type of
interaction, particularly during the winter season.
Emergency Medical Services
National Emergency Medical Services
week is being held this week (May 19-25) and
Manatee County Emergency Medical Services
and personnel are participating with open
houses and demonstrations.
Local EMS providers are "on call for life,"
said a press release from the county EMS office.
Persons, groups or organizations interested
in touring the 911 center and meeting the men
and women responsible for providing emer-
gency services should call Lt. Larry Leinhauser
at 749-3022, ext. 3568, for further information.
"Please give these professionals the recog-
nition they deserve," said the press release.
"They are ready 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
to serve this community."
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THE ISLANDER E MAY 22, 2002 N PAGE 15
Charter review not heading toward city manager
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's charter review committee seems
to be moving away from any consensus to recom-
mend the city change its form of government to that
of a council-city manager.
There are several reasons why the idea of a city
manager form of government doesn't seem to fit in
Anna Maria, not the least of which is cost, said com-
mittee chairman Tom Aposporos.
During the Holmes Beach charter review, that
committee learned that salary and benefits for a pro-
fessional city manager would run about $90,000 a
year at a minimum. That's nearly 10 percent of Anna
Maria's entire annual budget. Additionally, most
Florida cities with a manager have a population of at
least 5,000 people. A city manager would report di-
rectly to the city commission.
But that doesn't mean the Anna Maria commit-
tee is tossing out the idea of professional administra-
tion in the city, Aposporos said.
Instead, the city could create a provision in the
charter where the city commission could employ a
city administrator under the mayor.
The idea is still under discussion by the commit-
But there is now a general belief among commit-
tee members that the current charter requires a more
clear separation of powers.
"We should strengthen the role of the executive,
but not at the expense of the legislature [city com-
mission]," Aposporos said.
With rising real estate values in Anna Maria, the
"stakes are very high," in city planning and develop-
ment, and this has been coming for some time,
The informal way of governing will disappear
because of mounting pressure resulting from high
real estate prices, Aposporos predicted. As an ex-
ample, he cited a recent planning and zoning board
meeting where tempers flared between board mem-
bers and a lawyer representing developers of a ma-
jor, multi-million dollar project proposed in the city.
Like it or not, the city is changing and the char-
ter must address the future of the city.
"We want the charter to be responsible to the
present and future needs of Anna Maria," he said.
Other issues that must be immediately addressed for
the future of the city are an employee handbook and
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an administrative code.
Aposporos is preparing a summation of commit-
tee discussions on the various forms of municipal
government that will be presented at the May 28
meeting. A number of recommendations for changes
in the charter have already been given preliminary
Wednesday, May 22
8 to 10 a.m. Longboat Key Chamber
of Commerce presents "How to Hire and Re-
tain Good Employees" with speaker Tom
Davenport at the Holiday Inn, 4949 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Longboat Key
Chamber of Commerce presents "Marketing
in the New Economy" with speaker Andy Fox
at the Holiday Inn, 4949 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
2 p.m., Sea Turtle Lighting Workshop at
Holmes Beach city Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5833.
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 basketball at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
Thursday, May 23
6p.m. Little League baseball awards at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center ball
field, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
7:30 a.m. Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce Small Business Person of the
Year awards breakfast at the Holiday Inn,
4949 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
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approval by the committee.
Aposporos will make a progress report to the
city commission at the end of June and anticipates
that final charter review recommendations will be
ready for presentation to the commission by the
committee's self-imposed August 31 deadline.
Information: 387-9519. Fee applies.
Saturday, May 25
10:30 a.m. "Ducks and Geese" pre-
sentation at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctu-
ary, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
Wednesday, May 29
8 to 9 a.m. "Good Morning Longboat
Key" Chamber of Commerce breakfast at
Island Juice and Java, Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Adult basketball at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
Stepping stones class at Anna Maria
Island Community Center May 30 and 31.
U.S.A./Latin American Extravaganza at
the Riverfront Theatre May 31.
Opening exhibit "Small Stuff" at
L'Attitudes Gallery June 1.
Miss Darlene's dance class recital at
Anna Maria Island Community Center June
Tai Chi and Chi Kung class on Manatee
Public Beach June 2.
Opening reception for Valeri Rose at
the Island Branch Library June 3.
Summer camp begins at Anna Maria
Island Community Center June 3.
Boating skills and seamanship course
at Manatee Technical Institute June 4.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No reports available.
May 3, 2100 block of Avenue A, criminal mis-
chief. A woman reported damage to her garage door.
According to the report, she found a three-inch hole on
one of the door panels.
May 4, 100 block of 11th Street South, burglary.
-A man reported that his truck was broken into during
the night. According to the report, he left the unlocked
vehicle parked in his carport.
May 4, 100 block of 12th Street South, burglary.
A man reported that his vehicle had been broken into
during the night. According to the report, a carton of
cigarettes was stolen from the vehicle, which was
parked in the driveway of the victim's residence.
May 6, 1500 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, infor-
mation. While on patrol, officers found a woman and
her infant son sleeping in the bed of a pickup truck. The
woman told officers she recently left her husband in
Indiana and was on her way to visit a girlfriend in Ft.
Lauderdale. Officers, however, discovered that her li-
cense had been suspended and her tag had expired.
According to the report, there were empty bottles of
Jim Beam liquor in the vehicle and officers believed the
woman was intoxicated. Child Protection Services was
contacted and, according to the report, after question-
ing, an investigator from the agency took custody of the
infant. The mother was free to leave and given a court
date to petition for her child.
May 6, 100 block of 10th Street North, criminal
mischief. According to the report, someone gained
entry to a vehicle by cutting through the plastic roof.
Thomas H. Schmidterrer of
Anna Maria receives a French
government certificate from
France's consul general at
Miami. The certificate is a
"Thank You America" honor
given to Allied soldiers who
helped liberate France in
World War II. Schmidtetter
served with the 601st Field
Artillery Battalion (Pack), 10th
Mountain Division, Fifth
Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon is
the city's "officer of the year."
Lannon's duties as the community policing of-
ficer include serving as the School Resource Officer
for Anna Maria Elementary School and the Island
According to Chief Jay Romine, Lannon has de-
veloped a close relationship with the students and is
genuinely interested in all of the students' well-being.
"The students consider Officer Lannon not only
as a mentor and a role model, but also as a good
friend," Romine said. "It is not uncommon to find
Nothing of value was missing from the vehicle.
May 7, 135 Bridge St., Bridge Tender Inn, battery.
A woman claimed that a man touched her inappropri-
ately. According to the report, the man was taken into
May 8, 100 block of First Street North, informa-
tion. A man reported that the plants in his yard had been -
damaged and his wind chime was stolen.
May 10, 100 block of Bridge Street, lost property.
A man reported his cell phone missing.
May 10, 2000 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, alco-
hol violation. While on patrol, officers found an 18-
year-old male drinking beer in the park. He was issued
a notice to appear for possession of alcohol under the
age of 21.
May 11, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, drug arrest.
Adam McDermid, 18, of Bradenton, was arrested af-
ter selling marijuana to a police officer. According to
the report, a metal scale and a total of 10 bags of mari-
Lannon attending school and community func-
tions on his own time, and he never hesitates to
perform whatever duties the department asks of
him. He is truly a role model, not only for the stu-
dents, but also for his co-workers."
Lannon has been employed with the Holmes
Beach Police Department for two years. He
worked previously with the Palmetto Police De-
partment, the Carrboro (N.C.) Police Department
and the Warrenton (N.C.) Police Department.
Romine nominated Lannon for the Manatee
County 100 Club County Officer of the Year.
juana were in the defendant's vehicle. McDermid was
charged with sale of a controlled substance, possession
of a controlled substance with intent to sell and posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. The driver of his vehicle,
Andrea Peterson, 19, of Bradenton, was charged as an
accessory to the sale of a controlled substance.
May 11, 103 Gulf Drive N., Banana Cabana, infor-
mation. The owner of the restaurant filed a report de-
scribing a verbal disagreement with an employee he
had fired. According to the report, he wanted the infor-
mation filed in case the employee came back to cause
May 11, 300 Bay Drive S., boat dock, battery. Two
men got into a fight over damage to a boat dock. Ac-
cording to the report, the damage resulted from a boat
hitting the dock.
May 12, 200 block of Second Street North, battery.
A man was arrested for physically abusing his girl-
friend. According to the report, upon arriving at the
scene, officers also found marijuana and parapherna-
lia on the coffee table of the residence. The male in
custody claimed it belonged to him.
May 13, 100 block of 12th Street North, burglary.
A Hummingbird Fish Finder was reportedly stolen
from a boat.
May 15, 500 block of 67th Street, burglary. A man
reported two checks stolen from his checkbooks. Ac-
cording to the report, the checks had already cleared his
May 16, 3602 East Bay Drive, Beach Unlimited,
assist other agency. An employee was turned over to
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office on a warrant.
According to the report, deputies discovered the war-
rant while conducting background checks during an-
other investigation regarding stolen money.
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THE ISLANDER E MAY 22, 2002 0 PAGE 17
Not everyone got excited about the music, arts,
crafts, food and fun at the Bridge Street Festival.
Jessica Aplin, 5 months old, from Sussex, England,
caught a few Z's during the event..
Bridge Street bash
A good crowd showed up on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach on Saturday and Sunday for the big festival.
Proceeds from the event went to the Tingley Memorial Library. Islander Photos: J.L. Robertson
Alison Clark, 1, from Baltimore, Md., visiting her
uncle in Holmes Beach, saw lots of things she liked.
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