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Tax revolt planned in Anna Maria City
By Rick Catlin
In a city with a per capital income of slightly more than
$52,000 a year and the lowest property tax rate of any
municipality in Manatee County, 70 taxpayers have
signed a petition calling for the city commission to reduce
the city's reserve fund balance and distribute the money
back to taxpayers, either through a direct rebate or by
transferring the excess into a revenue account.
The petition says that according to "standard" au-
diting guidelines, "a reserve of 50 percent of the annual
budget is amply sufficient for a city."
Petitioners claim the city's reserve fund "has
soared beyond that level in recent years."
In addition to this "excess accumulation of
taxpayer's money, the commission is now planning to
increase spending 31 percent" in the 2002-03 budget.
The petitioners also claim that only part of that
increase is covered by "net withdrawals from the fund"
along with revenue from licenses, fees, fines and state/
But do birds kiss?
Tom Gross of Lafayette, Ind., and Perico Isle captured this photo at the Venice (Fla.) rookery last fall, and
titled it "Kiss. In spite of several wildlife photo winners this year, and many non-wildlife award-caliber
photos, it's the judges' choice for the eighth and final weekly winner in The Islander's"Top Notch" Photo
Contest. A certificate for brunch for two persons at Ooh La La! bistro, an Islander "more-than-a-mullet-
wrapper" T-shirt and a Duffy's Tavern cap await Gross at The Islander office on his return to Florida. The
photo now becomes eligible for the newspaper's grand-prize package, chosen from among the weekly winners,
to be announced Aug. 28. Also next week, almost winners and judges' favorites.
O'Connor Bowlig Challenge
You can still sign up in advance for the O'Connor
Bowling Challenge, or get a lane assigned by phone,
and there are plenty of lanes available yet for Saturday
night's bowling blowout.
The register is open at Billy O'Connor's new Golf
Etc. store, 3442 53rd St. W., Bradenton, or get a lane as-
signment by phone at 739-8474. Or sign up and pay in
advance between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. by Friday evening at
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Formal registration and payment will be from 5:30
to 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at AMF Bradenton
Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Bowling will
start at 6:30. Everyone is guaranteed plenty of bowling
and plenty of fun, although there is no promise of high-
There are so many prizes that almost everyone
comes out a winner, said Billy O'Connor, who with
twin brother George has run the popular event for a
A special event will be the raffle of a state-of-the-
art 32-inch, two-tuner, picture-in-picture, flat-screen
TV and JVC DVD-CD player, courtesy of the sponsor-
After the bowling, the hilarity kicks into high gear at
an awards ceremony, prize and raffle drawings and party
with live music with the O'Connors at Cortez Kitchen,
where a big tent, food and Koko Ray's entertainment
Cost of the three-game tourney and shoe rental is
$20 per person, and that includes six raffle tickets for
certificates for dinners at many, many restaurants, said
Bill, and merchandise prizes from a large number of
All proceeds go to the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, earmarked to enhance youth sports pro-
grams with needed equipment. The O'Connors have
raised more than $80,000 for the youngsters' sports
programs over the 11 previous years of the tournament.
county tax sharing. "To pay for the rest, the commis-
sion wants to levy a 2 mill tax rate that will increase
citizens' local ad valorem tax bill by 17.9 percent."
The proposed 2 mill tax rate is the same as the cur-
rent rate, according to Mayor SueLynn at the July 16
budget workshop. In addition, Commissioner Chuck
Webb pointed out that the county tax assessor deter-
mines the appraised value of property, not the city.
PLEASE SEE TAX REVOLT, NEXT PAGE
Holmes Beach to
become golf cart
Holmes Beach city commissioners have asked
Police Chief Jay Romine to map out areas where golf
carts could feasibly be used on city streets.
The commission would like Holmes Beach to be a
golf-cart-friendly community in which the vehicles
would be permitted on the city's side streets.
"When we discussed this issue in the past, I didn't
share [the commission's] excitement," said Romine.
"A waste management vehicle and golf cart collision
isn't a pretty picture."
Despite Romine's reservations, a state statute that
formerly limited golf cart use on roadways to a one-
mile radius from a golf course is no longer in place.
Romine told the commission that the city essentially
only needs to determine which.streets it deems safe to
permit the vehicles usage and post signage accordingly.
The consensus of the commission was in favor of
the change, indicating that allowing golf carts would
relieve traffic and pollution.
Romine will make recommendations as to where it
would be safe to use the vehicles at a future commis-
Be tidy out there!
These signs will be cropping up on trash receptacles
throughout the Island and Manatee County comple-
ments of Keep Manatee Beautiful, paid for by a grant
from the Manasota Basin Board.
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PAGE 2 E AUG. 21, 2002 E THE ISLANDER
Tax revolt brewing in Anna Maria
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
But the current economic climate is tough on many
Anna Maria residents, the petitioners claim.
"This is being done at a time in which many citi-
zens are suffering substantial losses in their business
revenues, bonuses, stock portfolio values and pension
fund balances," the petition said.
"Some consideration for these extraordinary hard-
ships should be reflected in the city budget for the com-
ing year, and correcting the reserve fund balance can
The taxpayers requested that the commission re-
duce the city's reserve fund balance on Oct. 1, 2002, to
50 percent of total expenditures budgeted for the 2002-
03 fiscal year.
Further, the petitioners requested that "the excess
removed from the fund to reach that 50 percent level
be distributed to taxpayers" in the form of one of two
Plan A: "Set a millage rate for 2002-03 that would
reduce ad valorem tax receipts by an amount equal to
the excess and transfer the excess into a revenue ac-
Plan B: "Send rebate checks to the taxpayers for
their proportionate share of the excess."
The petitioners also want the commission to pass
an ordinance to place a permanent 50 percent-of-bud-
get cap on the fund and to distribute the excess to the
taxpayers at the turn of each fiscal year.
The petitioners said the reserve fund balance as of
Oct. 1, 2001, was $1,223,667 which was 92.2 percent
of the 2002-03 budget of $1,337,590. The proposed
2002-03 budget is $1,758,349 and the reserve fund
balance if that budget is approved is unknown.
Former Commissioner Bob Barlow said he was
one of about 10 people who compiled the information
in the petition.
Barlow said over the years, the reserve has grown
because a lot of money budgeted for various projects in
successive budgets was never spent. If the city doesn't
spend the money, it gets swept into the reserve account.
The city reserve account also earns interest.
At the end of last year's budget period, the reserve
was $1.2 million and "that's a huge amount of dollars."
While the 2002-03 budget has not been finalized,
Barlow and his group expects to see a similar large sur-
It's time to say "Hey, time out, guys, the surplus is
Reducing the millage rate reduces everyone's ad
valorem taxes. Although this reduces revenues, Barlow
says the city should just move some of the surplus into
revenues "to even things out."
"And this is not a current problem and it's not a
reflection on Mayor SueLynn. The surplus has been
allowed to accumulate over the years," Barlow took
pains to point out.
Barlow and his group are not trying to be radicals,
but "We'd just like to see the commission discuss this."
The petitioners might find a receptive ear in Com-
missioner John Michaels, who agreed that the reserve
fund is too high. "I think we have overdone it with our
reserves. We need to lop some of that off," he said. "It's
definitely something we should look into and discuss."
A spokesperson for the Florida League of Cities
said the organization normally recommends a reserve
fund of between 33 and 50 percent as a "budget stan-
dard" for Florida cities.
Mayor SueLynn on Monday said she had just re-
turned to work and had not seen the petition, but the
proper place to discuss that with commissioners and the
public will be at either the next city commission work-
shop or, more likely, the first budget session Sept. 4.
Claims that the Anna Maria millage rate of 2.0 is
too high and should be lowered, however, might fall on
deaf ears in other Manatee County municipalities. It's
the lowest rate for any city in the county.
The proposed millage rates for the 2002-03 budget
Palmetto 5.1645, Bradenton 4.95, Bradenton
Beach 2.6816, Holmes Beach 2.25, Longboat
Key 2.15, and Anna Maria 2.00.
Longboat Key town commissioners are expected to
entertain a motion to lower that municipality's millage
rate to 2.00 at a September budget session, according
to a town financial official.
Rising property values in Anna Maria, however,
would seem to substantiate at least some of the claim
of economic hardship by the petitioners, especially for
those residents on fixed incomes.
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Property values in Anna Maria have risen an in-
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just this past year, according to the Manatee County
Property Appraiser's Office.
The total appraised value of all property in the city
for the fiscal year 2002-03 is $487,700,002, according
to the appraiser's office. In 1998, that figure was just
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THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 21, 2002 N PAGE 3
Anna Maria residents give up fight on right of way
By Rick Catlin
There's an old saying that you can't fight city hall,
and Anna Maria residents Gary and Donna Perez
They're giving up their fight to have the city vacate
the 10-foot-wide alleyway that runs behind their home
at 783 Jacaranda Ave.
"It's just a can of worms," said Donna Perez, who
wanted to add a pool to her backyard, but needed a 10-
foot setback. Two prior efforts during the past five
years to obtain a variance from the city for the setback
failed, so Perez tried to get the city to vacate the entire
right of way.
"After all," said Perez, "people have been en-
croaching along the alleyway for years, many of them
not even realizing they do not own that land, the city
"We are being penalized because we are-honest,"
she said. "We've put nothing in the alleyway, yet the
city refuses to penalize those who have."
Perez said she and her husband tried to get the va-
cation "in good faith" and by the rules, although the
rules aren't clear to everyone at city hall, she said.
She claims that there are two different sections in
the city land use codes on vacation. One says the city
can use the tax rolls to prove adjacent property owner-
ship, the other says title searches have do be done on
all affected properties, including those within 100 feet
of the proposed vacation.
That's 42 property owners at $100 each for a title
search, and Perez would have to pay for all of them, she
Still, the Perezes gave it the old college try. They
mailed out 44 certified letters, costing them $210, to
property owners on the tax roll in early August, trying
to make the 21-day deadline for inclusion on the city's
planning and zoning board agenda for Aug. 26.
The next day, however, City Attorney Jim Dye
gave his opinion that they needed individual title
searches. The title company said they couldn't do a
search without the owner's permission.
"Now, we have basically quit. Our hands are tied,"
said Perez. "The only one who can turn this thing
around is the city commission, so we're asking the
mayor to help us."
Honest people along Jacaranda and North Shore
Drive are being punished, she said.
"We should have just put a smaller pool in with the
proper fence. Then, after it was built, we could have
moved the fence back over the city's property like ev-
eryone else along the alleyway has done."
There is really no alleyway to observe, said Perez.
Walking along where the 10-foot-wide city right-of
way should be, Perez pointed out numerous encroach-
ments of fences, shrubs and tool sheds. One
homeowner has even built a pool deck out into the al-
leyway, apparently taking up the entire 10-foot section
of city property behind their house.
"None of these people have ever been told to
move," Perez claimed. "They are enjoying the use of
city property and not paying taxes on that land. It's ri-
Perez said that in 1998 then-Mayor Chuck
Shumard reportedly sent out letters to the property
owners advising them to remove the encroachments,
but nothing came of it, she said.
In the Nov. 11, 1998, issue of The Islander,
Shumard promised at a city commission meeting that
"all alleyways would be cleared of all encroachments
and trees," and "all alleyways would have a shell path
Four years later, said Perez, "nothing has been
"But I don't want to cause a problem. I want the
city to either vacate the land, or have everyone clear the
encroachments. I don't think anything should be
Perez would like to form a group of affected prop-
erty owners to hire an attorney to represent them before
the city, but that's a drastic and expensive step. She
wouldn't mind finding a lawyer to take the case "pro
"Clearly the city is not following its own laws," but
it's a "last alternative" to sue the city to get some ac-
tion, she said.
And not every property owner is interested in a fair
vacation of the alleyway, which would give five feet on
each side. "Some people have taken the entire 10 feet,"
claimed Perez. "Do you think they want to give any-
Now, she said, the right-of-way issue is in the
hands of the mayor and city commission.
And Perez is not alone in asking the city to either
spit or get off the spot.
Mark English, who owns houses at both 776 and
780 N. Shore Drive, also wants the city to either va-
cate the alleyway to adjacent property owners or clean
it up and force the owners to comply with the property
"My problem is my neighbors have built fences
onto the alleyway, but when I put in a short piece of
fence (at 780 N. Shore Drive) that encroached on city
property, I was told to remove it," said English.
"When you try to do things right and get a permit,
you seem to get punished. What about all these other
fences?" he asked.
A city edict forcing landowners along the alleyway
to vacate the city's property would be an expensive
measure for affected owners, observed English, and an
alleyway would be costly for the city to maintain. But
that's not his problem, it's the city's concern.
Successive commissions for at least the past 50
years have failed to take action and now the problem
is found throughout the city, he claimed.
"It's time for the city to bite the bullet and make
some hard decisions about these alleyways," said En-
glish. "That's why we elected them. What hope do our
elected officials give us when printed promises by our
former mayor go unfulfilled?" he asked.
Indeed, building inspector George McKay said
virtually every city alleyway has some encroachment
from an adjacent landowner.
"It's fair to say we could pick any alleyway in the
community and find fences, shrubs and other encroach-
ments," he said.
But whenever the parking and right-of-way issues
are discussed in Anna Maria, the question is usually:
"Who will be first?"
Mayor SueLynn and the city commission are try-
ing to deal with the issue, but when SueLynn circulated
a draft letter she had planned to send to suspected right-
of-way violators in the city in May on right-of-way
encroachment, the proposal drew a howl of protest
from several angry citizens.
The criticism was primarily that if the city forced
them to remove encroachments in the right of way,
what about their neighbor's plants, trees, landscaping,
rocks, tool shed or whatever? It should be everybody
or nobody, seemed to be the battle cry.
The letter was quietly withdrawn and the issue was
to be placed on a future workshop agenda. City offi-
cials estimated there were more than 130 potential en-
croachment violations in the city.
Surprisingly, however, 32 property owners re-
ceived a letter from Code Enforcement Officer Gerry
Rathvon recently noting a potential right-of-way vio-
lation on their properties and asking them to voluntar-
ily clear up the problem. The letter was prompted by
complaints submitted to the city.
Naturally, the letters drew another public protest
from several people who received the letters and the
city commission eventually concluded it had the right
to issue exceptions to certain right-of-way violations.
The mayor said the alleway between Jacaranda and
N. Shore Drive "has been the subject of discussion for
Some residents along
Jacaranda Avenue and N.
Shore Drive in Anna
S '. Maria claim the wooden
fence shown in the
S- background is just one of
h. numerous encroachments
on the city's 10-foot-wide
right of way that is
supposed to run behind
the houses on both
streets. The city's right of
way is all property 10
feet to the left of the metal
fence in the middle of the
picture, residents say.
Islander Photo: Rick
several years," and one of the problems in a solution is
"the number of residents any decision will impact."
However, she said the commission is committed to
addressing "several thorny issues" including rights of
way, alleys and a master parking plan.
So what's the answer to the question in Anna
Maria that probably began when the first plat was or-
ganized back in the early 1900s?
As one Anna Maria analyst observed, "The com-
mission that decides to vacate or require everyone to
remove the encroachment is headed for political disas-
Mayor SueLynn said the right-of-way issue will be
an upcoming workshop agenda item and may be tied
in with the parking question and the preparation of a
master parking plan.
Anna Maria City
Aug. 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
consent agenda; reports on Time Warner franchise
agreement, Grubbs post-disaster cleanup contract, Oak
Avenue paving, mayor's announcements, code en-
forcement update, financial report update, public works
and building department update, sheriff's report; dis-
cussion of city engineer; second reading and public
hearing on turtle ordinance; drainage proposal for
Spring and Lane avenues; discussion of July 8 minutes;
cellular communication tower report discussion; right
or way request for Oak Avenue; appointment of admin-
istrative assistant for mayor; city hall remodeling dis-
cussion; and public comment.
Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
Aug. 28, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Enhancement and
Education Committee meeting.
Aug. 29, 10:30 a.m., citizen recognition committee
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Aug. 22, 3 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Aug. 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session immediately following.
Aug. 29, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holimes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Aug. 19, Island Transportation Planning Organization
meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall, CANCELED.
Aug. 21,2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials meet-
ing, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Aug. 22, 3 p.m., meeting with all mayors and Manatee
County Commission Chair Amy Stein, Manatee
County Administrative Center, Suite 903, Bradenton.
Aug. 26, 5 p.m., U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will present an
update of affairs in Washington D.C., Holmes Beach
PAGE 4 M AUG. 21, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER
Despite concerns by Lutz, skate park OK'd
By Diana Bogan
In a speech to fellow Holmes Beach commission-
ers and Islanders in attendance at last week's city meet-
ing, Commissioner Roger Lutz outlined his concerns
regarding building a skate park on city property.
Despite Lutz's concerns, the commission voted 3
to 2, with Chairman Rick Bohnenberger and Lutz op-
posed, to direct City Attorney Patricia Petruff to draft
an interlocal agreement for the Island skateboard park.
The location of the park will be in Holmes Beach
if all Island cities agree to the terms, which Petruff will
draft based on information gathered by the city regard-
ing liability, construction and maintenance.
The interlocal agreement will be subject to ap-
proval by the three Island commissions, and as
Bohnenberger stated before the end of the meeting,
"There's still a long way to go."
In an effort to make his position clear, Lutz said,
"I am not against skateboarding or skateboarders."
"If a reasonable proposal is made to build a park
on land other than Holmes Beach city property, I would
vote in favor of [Holmes Beach] paying our fair share.
"However, I am absolutely opposed to the City of
Holmes Beach building, owning or operating a skate-
board park on city property.
"I can understand why some people want us to
build a skateboard park in Holmes Beach, and I think
their hearts are in the right place and they want to do
a good thing, but building a skateboard park on city
property would, in my view, be foolish and reckless for
a number of reasons."
First Lutz pointed out that skateboarding has been
referred to as an "extreme" sport by skaters, and many
of the courts and governments that have dealt with
them have designated skateboarding as an "inherently
The Florida Legislature has, according to Lutz,
said in a state statute that "risks and dangers are inher-
ent" in skateboarding and that those risks and dangers
are an integral part of skateboarding.
"Those words mean something," Lutz said. "The
words alone carry implications of non-delegable duties
and vicarious liability and they impose greater legal
duties to be safe than usual.
"In addition, 'inherently dangerous activity' means
exactly what it says and I do not think the city should
get involved in any inherently dangerous activities
unless absolutely necessary and it is not absolutely
necessary for us to build the skateboard park. Some
people think it would be nice, but it is not necessary."
In his second point, Lutz said that people in favor
of the park talk about a state statute that might help
limit liability by posting signs and requiring waivers.
"That statute has not been tested, so we are not sure
how much protection it will provide, and even if it does
provide protection, complying with the statute comes
at a dollars-and-cents price that we should not pay.
"People say we could get insurance to give us pro-
tection, but that too comes at a price we can not afford.
What is the price to comply with the statute and get in-
"I am told insurance will cost $3,500 per year for $1
million in coverage, but that is just for the first year. What
happens if after the money is spent and the park is built the
cost for insurance doubles or triples? That can happen.
Insurance companies will do things like that. But even if
that happens, that cost is the tip of the iceberg.
"The real cost of complying with the statute and
maintaining insurance coverage is elsewhere."
Lutz believes that to comply with the statute and
maintain insurance the city must:
Have waivers signed by the parents of all under-
age users of the park.
Make sure all park users wear helmets, elbow,
knee and wrist protection gear.
Have full-time supervision to get waivers signed,
check waivers throughout the day, make sure safety
equipment is being worn, properly supervise park us-
ers, monitor the condition of the park and maintain
"What is the cost of this supervision?" asks Lutz.
"Two full-time employees and maybe two part-time
employees. What does that cost per year? Are we go-
ing to have supervisors sit in the sun? For the first year
maybe, but sooner or later we are going to have to build
a shack or guard house, and then are we going to air
condition it? How about lights?
"Some say volunteers will supervise it or that the
police drive by all day long when they come and go and
that's good enough. We all know how well the volunteer
idea will work over the long haul and I do not think it
would be wise to risk the city's financial security on vol-
unteers, and I can personally guarantee you, after 25-plus
years as a lawyer, full-time supervision means full-time
supervision. Trying to trick the insurance company or cir-
cumvent the intent of the statute by calling a police drive-
by 'supervision' will not work and we will have no pro-
tection from liability and no insurance if we try.
"To proceed without insurance would mean plac-
ing all city property at risk and it is not our property to
risk, it belongs to all Holmes Beach residents and
frankly, most of them, in my opinion, do not want a
"Many people say we cannot let lawyers and con-
cerns about liability run our lives and tell us what to do,
and to some degree that is right, but not totally right
because we have to be concerned about liability be-
cause the property at risk is not ours.
"I have heard a lot of people say that we should not
worry about liability when we really want to get some-
thing done, but most of those people have big insurance
policies in place to protect their own property. It is easy
to say 'let's take a chance' when it isn't your property,
or when you're not a guardian of the public's property.
"The other Island cities support the skateboard
park plan, but I have had city officials from two of the
three other cities laugh and say, 'We will pay some-
thing just so you will do it in Holmes Beach and it is
not in our town. We have enough problems.'
"We do not have to get involved with this extreme
sport and inherently dangerous activity, and we
shouldn't. Instead, we should donate the $10,000 or
$20,000 this park will cost us the first year to the [Anna
Maria Island] Community Center."
LIGHTS OUT FOR
SLIGHTS OUT FOR
May 1 thru Oct. 31 9PM to 7AM
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and turtle hatchlings as they
journey to the Gulf.
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778-5638 or 713-5410 (cell)
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Beachfront properties: Use this reminder at the front door or in the kitchen wherever it
will be noticeable that lights near the beach must be turned out or shielded from May to
October. Just cut-out and tape up this light switch cover. This is your chance to contribute
to helping an endangered species and just maybe the hatchlings you save will return to
your beach sometime during the next 100 years to nest!
5404 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 34217 (941) 778-7978
By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach city commissioners appear
poised to pare the city's 2002-03 budget at the first
public hearing on Sept. 11.
Commissioners spent much of the summer work-
ing on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which
begins Oct. 1. Last month, they set a tentative city prop-
erty tax rate of 2.7470 mills, up from the current year's
2.6816 mills. A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed
value of property, less any exemptions.
Last week commissioners cut out some capital im-
provement projects to lower the property tax to match
the current millage, and discussed ever further cuts.
Tentatively deleted were $5,000 earmarked for de-
velopment of an anchorage just south of the city pier,
$10,500 on seawall projects, and $3,825 for street-end
New political record set
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day" in Holmes Beach last July, posing with Mayor
Carol Whitmore during a meeting and, last week,
serving as an "elected officialfor the day" in Braden i ,,i
Beach. she posed with Vice Mayor Mollie Sandberg.
Commissioner Scott Barr, Mayor John Chappie and
Commissioner Dawn Baker. Islander Photos: Paul Roat
Commissioners also discussed cutting an addi-
tional $28,000 from next year's budget for city hall im-
provements, mostly remodeling within the building and
With the first set of cuts totaling $19,325, the mill-
age is estimated at 2.6732. Adding in the $28,000 in
cuts would drop the city property tax rate to 2.5663
"I think it's a good budget," said Vice Mayor
The total budget proposed for next fiscal year is
$2.244 million, up from the current $2.075 million.
The first of two public hearings on the budget will
be at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 in city hall.
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United States Senator Bill Nelson of Florida
will meet with Island elected officials from
Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach
and Longboat Key at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26
at the Holmes Beach City Commission cham-
Nelson will give Island elected officials a
briefing on what's happening in Washington
that will directly and indirectly affect the Island,
the county, Florida and the nation.
After his briefing, questions will be taken
from the elected officials. The meeting is open
to the public.
Earlier that day, Nelson, a Democrat, is
scheduled to meet with the Manatee Board of
County Commissioners, Holmes Beach Mayor
Carol Whitmore said.
Trolley cautions drivers
to watch for kids
Sparked by complaints from motorists of near
misses between cars and kids exiting the Island Trol-
ley, the Manatee County Area Transit has placed exte-
rior signs on all trolleys to alert drivers to be on the
lookout for young passengers.
MCAT Marketing Director Susan Hancock said all
trolleys now have a sign on the front and back saying
"Caution, Watch Out for Children Crossing."
The hope is that drivers on the Island will be more
cautious when passing the trolley, from behind or in the
Signs have also been placed inside the trolley ad-
vising exiting passengers to wait safely for the trolley
and other cars to pull away before crossing the street.
Hancock said she has gone to Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School, Island Middle School, and both Sugg and
King Middle schools to give presentations on the im-
portance of looking both ways before crossing a street
after leaving the trolley.
She also discussed with students the difference
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in both directions when students load and exit, and a
trolley, which is public transportation. Traffic in either
direction is not required to stop for an MCAT trolley
or bus, Hancock told the students.
Hancock said she hopes parents will take note of
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to their children about safety issues.
She also reminded motorists of safety, whether
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Budget time is crunch time for Island cities, but not
nearly so much as northern cities, with dwindling tax
bases and falling property values.
Even in northern Florida, with a vast amount of
vacant land, large number of mobile home parks and
residences valued under the homestead exemption ceil-
ing of $25,000, tax dollars can be hard to come by ...
hence reapportionment for schools.
On Anna Maria Island it's a different story. Prop-
erty values continue to rise, vacant properties are be-
ing developed and older homes and businesses are be-
ing redeveloped, all adding to the tax base.
It's a good thing, as the mistress of all good things,
Martha Stewart, might have said before her recent
stock troubles came to light.
Then there's the reserve account. Cities hold money
in reserve in the event of emergencies hurricane recov-
ery and the like. Traditionally speaking, barrier islands
look to stockpile slightly more than inland counterparts,
due to the nature of their vulnerability to storms.
Anna Maria's reserves are currently approaching the
equivalent of the city budget for the coming year, and
some at the end of the road are hollering "whoa."
They want a rebate! At the least, they're asking the
city to utilize about 50 percent of the reserve as revenue,
thereby reducing the tax needed for the 2002-03 fiscal
For a modest Anna Maria home valued at
$225,000, and a homeowner taking the homestead ex-
emption of $25,000, the proposed tax rate of 2 mills
amounts to $500 in city property tax.
Not a huge sum. But perhaps Anna Maria taxpay-
ers should be looking for more improvements, beauti-
fication projects and benefits for the price they're pay-
ing if so much money remains unspent.
Certainly improvements are in order. New street
signs come to mind and combined with new street
lighting, the city could be looking at a more vill:,ge-like
quaintness, enhancing its image. Parking prove-
ments at the city pier, Bayfront Park and other public
areas is another suggestion. Dare we mention under-
ground utilities again? Bike paths?
In fact, the suggestions may be endless, but not
impossible to prioritize.
It the city has "too much money," then maybe com-
missioners should consider spending it to benefit all the
citizens, but we can't think returning small change would
be helpful. It may not even be appreciated by some.
Save the teabags. Keep the tax.
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Key Royale clarification
I would like to clarify the misunderstanding that
has arisen about the Key Royale Resident Owners As-
sociation (KRROA) and our request for adopting the
medians in our subdivision.
We (KRROA) applied to the Holmes Beach Beau-
tification Committee for the Adopt-a-Median program.
The program is an established, budgeted program run
by the City of Holmes Beach. Success of the program
is already obvious in other parts of our city.
The first misiiception is that Mayor Carol
Whitmore approachlkU us with the money when in fact
her only comment was to agree it is a worthy project,
after we had initiated the request through the beautifi-
The second misunderstanding is that only three
medians would be irrigated. The fact is that $10,000
will purchase three meters of sufficient size to irrigate
all 13 medians. This covers approximately .8 of a mile
(4,225 feet), which is quite a good return for a $10,000
investment. Especially when you consider the KRROA
is then responsible for the city-owned medians.
The final question is, how do we plan to pay for the
remainder of the supplies needed? We have applied for
a grant from the Gulfstream Natural Gas System to
help pay for the other irrigation supplies needed. They
seem very interested in helping.
If the grant is not approved we have three citizens
who have already offered to loan the money at zero
interest to get started.
Previously we have tried drought-resistant
plantings and other types of landscape that would re-
quire little or no water, but that has not been success-
ful, especially after the past two years of drought.
The Ace Irrigation Co. designed an irrigation sys-
tem for us that uses the minimum amount of water pos-
sible and offered great discounts if we follow their plan
and buy the supplies from them. I personally supplied
the $75 necessary for them to do this and will be reim-
bursed if we buy from them.
So we have not, nor do we plan to spend any pub-
lic money that was not already budgeted for a project
exactly like this. If anyone would like to discuss this
with Pete Robertson, chairman of the KRROA Beau-
tification Committee, or me, please feel free to call. My
number is 778-3778 and his is 779-0425.
Sam Planck, President, KRROA
Local chiropractors join
international 'Kids Day'
On Saturday, Sept. 21, chiropractic offices world-
wide will be participating in "Kids Day America/Inter-
national" from noon to 3 p.m. It is a momentous day
dedicated to health, safety and environmental issues
that affect individuals and our community. More than
1,300 offices have participated in this historic event.
As local chiropractors, we spend much of our time
both inside and outside our practice helping children.
It is for this reason that we have chosen to sponsor this
event in Holmes Beach.
During this event we will distribute essential infor-
mation on crime prevention, child safety and environ-
mental awareness issues. Our office will provide free
child ID cards, the Holmes Beach Police Department
will conduct free fingerprinting for all children who
attend, and a local dentist will be conducting free den-
tal screenings. The fire department also plans to sup-
port the event by providing fire safety tips.
In addition, our office will offer free spinal exams
and scoliosis screenings and distribute essential infor-
mation on disease prevention and health promotion.
We will also provide free balloons, snacks and give-
aways and hold prize drawings every half-hour. We
have chosen to sponsor the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation as part of our celebration to spotlight their
involvement in finding a cure for diabetes in children.
The public is cordially invited. We will hold the rib-
bon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. to dedicate our event.
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Shopping and pleasure? Some weighty thoughts ...
by Don Maloney
Special to The Islander
Wherever it was, I'm not sure, but while Wife Sarah
and I were stopped at a traffic light recently, a Publix su-
permarket delivery truck pulled up alongside us. Under the
store's name on the truck's side was promised: "Where
shopping is a pleasure."
My immediate thought was that on any list of
oxymorons, "shopping" and "pleasure" should go right
alongside "jumbo shrimp." The only place I could think
of where shopping has ever been a pleasure for me was at
the Shake Pit on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton.
But then I thought again, maybe in all the times that
I've been in our Island Publix I've gone in with the wrong
attitude. So I decided the next time I went there, I'd see
how I might mix some pleasure with shopping.
However, first off on my inspection visit, I saw no
pleasure in that giant scale they have right inside the front
door. A free scale yet, offering no monetary excuse for not
getting on. I'd rather go to the bathroom in public than get
on a scale that visible to the world. Why don't they vice
versa, and put that scale in the back of the store where the
rest rooms are?
Along with my attempted change in attitude, I did step
on it and the weight it registered gave not one ounce of
pleasure. Strike one for pleasure at Publix.
Next, I noticed that you are supposed to keep to the
left as you enter the main store, not to the right. Maybe that
traffic direction change is to satisfy the drive-on-the-left
English tourists, but it handed me no pleasure. Strike two.
Once inside the main store, another left turn put me
right in line with the biggest in-store bakery I've ever seen.
My scale number left me no possibility of pleasure while
in that aisle. Yet another strike.
The next "non-pleasure" was all those things marked
"3 for" or "5 for" something or other. Since it's just Wife
Sarah and I at home now, the only thing I buy two of is
bananas. I'm not into those division problems for every-
Please, Publix, just tell me how much you want for
one; I'll handle the multiplication, if required. And that
reminds me of another non-pleasure, and that's what I
have to go through breaking off just two bananas from a
bunch without the produce manager seeing me.
There was, I'll admit, some pleasure found in the
veggie section. That was because I saw that Publix actu-
ally sells fresh zucchini; pleasure because the zucchini re-
minded me of home. Back up north, nobody ever buys
fresh zucchini. That's because there is always somebody
in the neighborhood growing more zucchini than they
could ever squash themselves. So, they're always giving
the extras away whether a neighbor wants it or not.
Maybe the growers should FedEx them to Publix.
Maybe I could also enjoy some pleasure at the frozen
food section but then only if I could convince the man-
ager there to load everything in the freezers in alphabeti-
cal order. Like when Wife Sarah sends me in for frozen
peas, I might eventually find them if I'm lucky be-
tween corn and asparagus. Peas (with a "P") belong next
to onions with an "O," not alongside "C" and "A."
And in all the other aisles, why are so many of the
things I'm looking for way down on the bottom shelf?
Bending over these days brings me no pleasure. In fact, I
don't remember when it ever did. I'd rather Publix paid
people to be in all the aisles to do that bending rather than
paying them to bag my stuff.
On that inspection visit, I did, I have to say, find a real
measure of pleasure in Publix, even though it was only
temporary. Like it was fun, on passing other shoppers, to
check what they had in their carts. My favorite that visit
was a local lady I was following (I'll not reveal her name)
that had only skim milk, cottage cheese, fat-free yogurt,
Diet Coke and vitamin E in her cart.
I decided she had probably boarded that scale on her
way in, as I had done. But in the next aisle, I saw her load
four half-gallons of ice cream on top of all that. That
wasn't the end, either. At the check-out counter, I saw her
again and, believe me I'm not joking, she had added two
Boston Cream pies to go with the ice cream, I'm sure.
But that pleasure was only temporary. I suddenly realized
she could look into MY cart.
Checking out at Publix is another pleasure stealer. Not
the cashiers they are all quite pleasureful. Maybe
they're even too pleasureful sometimes. Like why, for
instance, don't they either overcharge or short-change
those who get in the express lane with more than the al-
lowed and posted 15 items? If those people can't count to
15, they probably can't count their change either.
And while I'm at it, why doesn't Publix make it ex-
actly clear what does count as 15 items? Like if I get in
line with things like two six-packs of beer, two bananas,
a loaf of bread and a bottle of milk, should that be counted
as the four different things they are or as the 16 pieces in
those four things?
And I also get some pleasure in confusing the baggers
when they ask "paper or plastic?" That's because I intend
to pay for my stuff with my plastic credit card but carry it
home in a paper bag. So, I answer "both" to that question
- and enjoy the reaction.
Although, on the way out of the store, all chances of
pleasure go away when I have to pay tax on my newspa-
pers that are tax-free in machines. And not once did I ever
win the Lotto with tickets I bought at Publix, or even win
as much as a free ticket with a rub-off.
And then when I left the store, I ran head on into two
incoming fellow Americans who are obviously also in the
habit of keeping right everywhere else in this country.
After getting back into my car in the parking lot, I
thought everything over. I decided that now that we have
a supermarket right here on our Island and don't have to
cross that drawbridge anymore for super-type shopping,
that's maybe what the "pleasure" in that sign on the Publix
truck was referring to, and not what goes on when you're
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New Anna Maria City issue: parking
By Rick Catlin
Some old-timers might say the parking problem in
Anna Maria began the day the first Model-T Ford crossed
the brand new wooden bridge to the Island back in the
1920s and made a right turn into Anna Maria, and city
governments the past 80 years have failed to find a solu-
tion for that would make everyone happy.
Bill Yanger of 112 Park St., however, wants the
present city commission to do something.
"I can't stay quiet any more," said Yanger, an at-
torney who served on the city's parking committee
from September 1999 to May 2000.
None of that committee's recommendations were
ever enacted, including a recommendation for a park-
ing ordinance patterned after a Sanibel, Fla., ordinance.
Successive city commissions have failed to take
action on the parking problem and the issue "has taken
a back seat to other city matters," he said.
But "the parking problem is now getting danger-
ously out of control," said Yanger, "and I am more
concerned now than ever about the safety of my kids
and others in the neighborhood."
Yanger said that Sunday, July 14, "was just a com-
plete zoo" along Park Street. "At one point, 18 cars
were parked between our house and the beach access
Yanger said he had to call the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputy twice that day to get tickets
issued to parking violators.
He estimated about 80 people were on the beach by
his house that day and these people "eat, smoke, drink
and then relieve themselves in the sea oats and sea
grapes next to the path." This happens every weekend,
gets draft of
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria received the draft copy of its $25,000
wireless master plan from consultant Ted Kreines at an
Aug. 19 special city commission workshop, then spent
the next three hours learning what the plan calls for.
Actually, said Kreines, with the document in place
the city now has a number of options to proceed with
regulating the placement of personal wireless commu-
nications facilities don't call them cell towers -
within the city.
During the next two months, the city must return
any changes in the plan to Kreines, who will then re-
turn a final plan to the city.
When that is delivered, said Kreines, the city must
then decide if it wants to implement an ordinance on
cellular communications or make a change to its mas-
ter land-use plan. Most residents and city commission-
ers in attendance seemed to favor an ordinance.
Kreines said the city should stress placement of
cellular communications facilities on public property as
this would give the city more control and afford it an
opportunity for revenues.
The city can recommend non-specific private prop-
erty sites such as marinas, churches, telephone poles,
and such, but should stress the value of a public loca-
tion to the private industry.
He also noted that the city can pay for his services
with a suitable fee arrangement for cellular communi-
cations services in the city.
In Alachua County (Gainesville, Fla.), the present
fee is $6,000 for a cell tower and communications ser-
Attorney Laura Bellflower, representing Verizon
Inc., disagreed with several portions of the draft plan,
including Kreines' assertion that boaters were an up-
coming major market for cellular communications pro-
Commissioners will next decide whether to hold a
special meeting on the draft plan or place it on an up-
coming workshop agenda.
They leave trash everywhere and over the past few
weeks, he and his children have found soiled men's
briefs, diapers, toilet paper and other rubbish along the
path, on the beach and on Park Street.
Cars "race up and down the street and burn rubber
with no regard for the kids," he claimed.
And, he said, his quiet street should not have to
shoulder the city's burden of public parking for visi-
tors, while other roads such as Beach Street are closed
"I have been low key on this issue since the demise
of the parking committee and its ill-fated attempt at
resolution two years ago, but this has got to become a
priority for the city."
Yanger has asked Mayor SueLynn and other city
commissioners where the city is headed on parking.
"This is an issue that will affect each and every one
of us," he said. "And it is only getting worse. How we
choose to respond to this onslaught upon our resources
will dramatically affect the quality of our lives every
day, the safety of our children every minute, and the
value of our property forever," he said.
Anna Maria resident Dale Woodland, who also
served on that parking committee, agreed. Parking "is
a difficult issue" and there is "no one single solution"
that will please everyone, he said.
The previous city commission ignored the work of the
committee, Woodland said, but "this commission has
shown they will take up the issue. I just hope they will
make a decision, even if I don't agree with it," he said.
SueLynn said that the current city commission is
"committed to forging an agreement on a parking plan
for the city." Although other issues have taken prece-
dence, "parking has never been far from my mind," and
it's a serious concern of other commissioners as well.
The issue will be placed on a future workshop
agenda, SueLynn said, and she's not forgotten the work
of the committee.
Copies of the committee's recommendations were
given to city commissioners a few months ago when
the issue was again discussed at a commission meeting,
At that meeting, however, commissioners learned
that many of the no-parking zones in the city have
never been declared by ordinance, which is required for
the parking prohibition to be legally enforced.
Many residents have simply put up their own no-
parking signs and nobody wants to be the first to take
them down, despite the fact they may be illegal.
SueLynn also sent the proposals from the last park-
ing committee to the University of South Florida Cen-
ter for Urban Transportation Research in Tampa and
comments and observations have been sent back by
In a bit of an understatement in Anna Maria, the
mayor said parking "is a thorny issue. No decision
made is going to please all residents, but a decision
must be made."
All the people moving into eastern Manatee
County will eventually "be coming our way to go to the
beach. We must do something to preserve our resi-
dents' rights, as well as preserve and protect the
beaches for everyone's use, including the general pub-
The parking issue will likely be taken up shortly
after the city's visioning process ends in September, the
"The McGann women," the female side of the McGann family, had a reunion headquartered at the Holmes
Beach home of Lois McGann and an afternoon tea at Harrington House. The women came from all over the
United States and even a granddaughter from Australia, said Ms. McGann. They also had afish fry with
salmon brought from Seattle and other activities spread over two weeks. There will be another reunion in
about four years, she said.
Condos to purchase strip of Grassy Point
Holmes Beach has agreed to give up a 10-foot-
wide strip of Grassy Point, a 37-acre nature preserve
which abuts the Cove at Sandy Pointe property, located
at 3607 E. Bay Drive.
The city is moving forward with the closing pro-
cess on the last parcel of Grassy Point minus the 10-
foot strip and the Sandy Pointe Condominium As-
sociation will be responsible for purchasing directly
from the parcel's owner.
Currently the buildings at Sandy Pointe are built
illegally to the property line, and in some areas the sec-
ond floor of the condominium overhangs the adjacent
conservation area by two feet. The 10-foot strip will
make Sandy Pointe a conforming property, according
to Superintendent of Public Works Joe Duennes.
The condominium association requested that the city
allow it to purchase an additional half-acre leading out to
the water line along the eastern boundary of the condo-
miniums. According to Duennes, this would allow Sandy
Pointe to trim the mangroves and clear away debris col-
lecting in the mangrove's root system.
But Duennes indicated the city staff is willing to
work with the condominium association in maintaining
the mangroves in the belief the area should be left in as
much of a natural state as possible. The city will not be
relinquishing any more than a 10-foot strip from the
Grassy Point preserve, which is already under contract.
According to Duennes, this also will allow Sandy
Pointe to maintain its own buildings, but it will not give
access to the water line.
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 21, 2002 0 PAGE 9
Businesses turn to turtle.friendly lights
By Jim Hanson
Two locations with lights that turtles liked too well
are making amends, changing the offending lights to
turtle-friendly installations, while one newly hatched
nest made the upgrade moot this year at one location.
A relieved Suzi Fox said both Circle K stores in
Bradenton Beach have arranged for plastic amber-col-
ored sleeves to fit over fluorescent sign lights at the
stores. Fox holds the state permit for sea turtle preser-
vation on the Island and heads Anna Maria Island
At the Nautilus condominiums in Holmes Beach,
manager Fritz Dahlquist told Fox he studied the prob-
lem from a turtle's-eye view on the beach and will
make basic corrections.
Dahlquist said he will switch to 25-watt yellow
bulbs in apartment lights visible from the beach and is
educating tenants in turtle safety.
The nest which was causing a stir there hatched at
dusk Friday, Fox said. All of the loggerhead hatchlings
that dug up to the surface quickly headed for the back
of the nest's cage, "which tells you that the lights were
attracting them just as we feared."
Hatchlings instinctively head for light, which for
millions of years was the sparkle of the sea's surface
but nowadays is as likely to be man-made lights inland.
Such lighting can lure turtles to their death by de-
hydration or trampling among the causes. So Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers keep a sharp
watch to assure that the babies get to the Gulf.
The Circle K lighting corrections come through a
cooperative effort between the stores' management, the
city of Bradenton Beach, and Sylvania Lighting Ser-
vices, which devised the sleeves specifically for the
stores' lights, said Fox.
Turtle Watch is ending its grueling dawn patrol,
volunteers walking the beach every morning at sunrise
to find and mark any new nests. There haven't been any
for some time, Fox said.
The nest total stands at 106 on Anna Maria this
year, about half the number of an average year. Com-
parative numbers have been the case on nearly all of the
state's marine turtle nesting beaches.
Starting next week the volunteers will just check
existing nests, helping hatchlings reach the sea if they
Pride and turtles
Early on in the 2002 turtle
nesting season, during a
storm with plenty of wave
action on the beach,
Manatee County Marine
Rescue "lifeguard" Collin
Schmidt rescued turtle
eggs which had been
washed out of their nest
from the surf His reward:
he and wife Jennifer and
their children Joshua, 5,
and Courtney, 7, were
invited to assist in a
hatchling release at
Coquina Beach. The kids
received a first-hand
lesson in loggerhead
turtles from Suzi Fox,
Anna Maria Island's
turtle watch guru. The
released hatchlings were
rescued from an endan-
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Turtle egg poachers unlikely here
Poaching of sea turtle eggs from some
Florida beaches doesn't cause much worry here,
according to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch's
There was one poaching incident here this
year, an egg thief digging up a nest and making
off with the eggs over the Fourth of July holiday.
"But those eggs were much too mature for the
use people seem to be making of them," Fox said.
A loggerhead nest filled with 124 eggs was
found looted and filled with sand one morning re-
cently at Indian Rocks Beach, and similar inci-
dents have cropped up on the Florida Atlantic
In those cases, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission officials believe the eggs
were sold to men who believed in the Latin Ameri-
can claim that they are an aphrodisiac.
That only works with eggs within the first
week, according to the belief; any eggs older are
useless for that purpose. Fox pointed out that the
July 4 looting was of a nest laid on June 3, so its
eggs didn't qualify. And there aren't presently any
nests less than a week old remaining on the Island.
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Beach and the theme is definitely nautical, Islander and
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brought together many of the top artists from Sanibel,
Captiva, Pine Island and Naples and is incorporating
their crafts with that of local artists at the Bridgewalk
Hand-crafted jewelry, original paintings and prints
from such artists as Marty Stokes, Sissu Janku and Joan
Klutch are on display.
One featured artist is Linda Young, known as
"Lady Jane" for her fine, crafted glasswork that in-
cludes miniature furniture and decorated rooms done in
Local artist Diane Carter has done some fine pot-
tery and Botreck is seeking other local artists to con-
tribute to the gallery.
Joan Stewart-Kauffman operates the shop. She's a
retired Manatee County art teacher whose works are
also on display at Seaweed Gallery.
Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. The
Seaweed Gallery is closed on Monday until the winter
For further information, call 782-1128.
Number 1 China
China 1, Anna Maria Island's first New York-style
Chinese takeout restaurant, opened recently in the
Anna Maria Island Shopping Center at 3236 E. Bay
Drive in Holmes Beach, and from all indications, it's
a No. 1 hit.
Owned by the Wang family, who are from China
by way of New York City, China 1 is offering authen-
tic Chinese cuisine in Szechuan and Hunan style with
the taste of New York added.
As a bonus during the grand opening month, all
orders receive a 10 percent discount.
China 1 also has a special Chinese-American menu
of chicken wings, buffalo wings, fried shrimp, boneless
spare ribs, fried crab sticks and fried scallops. There's
also a dieter's menu for those looking to shed a few
Hours of operation are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon-
day through Thursday, until I p.m. Friday and Satur-
day, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information on China 1, call 779-2933.
Seaweed Gallery opens at Bridgewalk
Joan Stewart-Kauffman of Seaweed Gallery in
Bridgewalk displays some of the unique and exquis-
ite paintings, jewelry and crafts at the newly opened
boutique. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Mobile mechanic parks at
Well-known Island mobile marine mechanic
Wolfgang Schulz is going to put down some roots
He and wife Gayle are busy preparing for the grand
opening of Wolfgang Schulz Marine Engine Services
Inc. at Catcher's Marina in Holmes Beach that day.
But not to worry. Wolfgang will still keep the
mobile service Island boaters have come to know and
respect in operation from his home base at Catcher's.
"We're definitely not going to give that up," said
Wolfgang. "We have more than 200 boats around the
Island that we service with the mobile truck," he said.
With more than 30 years experience as a marine
mechanic, Wolfgang has established a solid reputation
on Anna Maria Island for quality service.
The new shop will service all makes of inboard and
outboard motors in addition to diesel engines, said
Wolfgang. "We'll also do bottom painting and other
repairs," he added.
The shop will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-
day through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Sunday will be devoted to boating for Wolfgang
For more information, call 778-2873.
Although the election is almost three months
away, at least one city commission seat appears to
be contested in Bradenton Beach.
Anna O'Brien has announced her plans to run
against incumbent City Commissioner Mollie
Sandberg for the Ward 4 seat in the southern sec-
tion of the city.
Sandberg was uncontested in her bid for the
seat last year. She has said she intends to seek re-
Holmes Beach city commissioners who want to run
for mayor in the November election, but are not up for re-
election themselves, have just a few more days to an-
nounce their intentions and resign from the commission.
According to City Clerk Brooke Bennett, the dead-
line for a commissioner to resign his/her seat to run for
mayor is Friday, Aug. 23. Commissioners whose seats
expire this November do not have to announce their
resignation to run for mayor, Bennett said, and can file
during the normal qualifying period.
Any commissioner resigning the post to run for
mayor by Friday, however, retains that seat until a new
commissioner is sworn in, Bennett added.
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Bob
Sweat said the qualifying date for the November elec-
tions in Holmes Beach begins at noon Tuesday, Sept.
O'Brien has been vocal regarding growth and
-development in the city in recent years.
Besides Ward 4, the Ward 2 position will be on
the Nov. 5 ballot. That seat is currently filled by Dawn
Baker, who has said she intends to seek re-election.
Qualifying for the two seats starts at noon Sept.
16 and concludes at noon Sept. 20. Candidates
must live within the district they represent, but are
elected by all city voters. Commissioners earn
$4,800 per year.
3, and continues through noon Sept. 17.
Commissioners whose seats are not up for re-elec-
tion and must announce their resignation by the Aug.
23 deadline to run for mayor if so inclined are
Rich Bohnenberger, Pat Geyer and Don Maloney.
Maloney has indicated he will retire from office at
the end his term in 2003, while Bohnenberger said he
had nothing to announce. Efforts to reach Pat Geyer for
comment were unsuccessful by press deadline.
Mayor Carol Whitmore's term is up in November
and she first declared, for more than a year, that she
would not seek re-election. Recently she has said she
is reconsidering, and she budgeted up to $70,000 for an
assistant for the mayor's office.
Seats on the commission that expire in November
include those of Sandy Haas-Martens and Roger Lutz.
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Holmes Beach city commissioners have opted once
again not to raise the city's millage rate. The maximum
millage rate will remain at 2.25 mills.
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of
property less any exemptions. This rate can be lowered
through the adoption of the budget at the second hearing
in September, but it cannot be raised by elected officials.
Holmes Beach homeowners with a home valued at
$225,000, and claiming a $25,000 homestead exemption,
will pay $450 in city taxes next year.
The overall proposed budget for the City of Holmes
Beach is scheduled for review at the first of two public
hearings at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept..10.
The proposed budget amount is $5,961,794, which is
an increase from last year's $5,003,868 budget.
This year's budget includes $70,000 in the contin-
gency fund for a possible administrative assistant for the
Mayor Carol Whitmore defended her request for the
$70,000 position in a memo to the commission.
"The majority of the commission voted not to approve
a city manager form of government, but in the next breath
stated the mayor has the authority to hire someone at
present," Whitmore said. "I have not made a decision that
this is the best way to go, but requested money in case we
decide to hire someone full or part time to assist in vari-
ous administrative functions. The cost could be less than
requested, but I felt we should plan for the future."
Another special request came from Police Chief Jay
Romine for $20,000 to purchase a speed trailer/message
board. Romine said the speed trailer would allow the de-
partment to do traffic studies, traffic enforcement and con-
duct unmanned speed control. The variable message board
would allow the department to communicate traffic prob-
lems or advertise major events to the public.
Romine said in order to make room for the speed
trailer/message board in the budget, his department will
only be replacing one of the two patrol vehicles that would
have been replaced this budget year.
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$12,000 for a micro-skate park.
$9,000 for bus [trolley] shelters.
$175,000 is still budgeted for the Haverkos basin
drainage project, which is still in the permitting process.
$300,000 for capital improvement drainage projects.
$130,000 for the gazebo, which includes $97,500 in
grant money received.
In the original budget proposal, $22,000 was bud-
geted for the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
However, commissioners asked Ashley to budget $26,500
to meet the Center's request.
Other outside agency requests included one from the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce for lighted
display cases at its future location. A total of $3,000 has
been budgeted for the chamber.
Finally, up in the air is $1,000 budgeted for the cham-
ber fireworks display.
Residents will be allowed to comment on the pro-
posed budget during the public hearings in September.
Chamber is assembling 2003
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce has begun work on its 2003 guidebook,
with advertising sales under way.
Deadline for reserving advertising space is
Oct. 4, and Oct. 11 for materials to be used in the
ad, said Mary Ann Brockman, executive director
of the chamber. Rates range from $275 for one-
eighth of a page to $3,500 for the center spread.
The book has grown every year, she said, up
16 pages last year to 80 pages. She hopes that
trend continues this year. It will be available the
first week of January.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-1541.
Frances D. Miller
Frances D. Miller, 91, of Bradenton and formerly
Anna Maria Island, died Aug. 16.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Ms. Miller came to Manatee
County from Alliance, Ohio, in 1974. She was a retired
high school Latin teacher. She was a graduate of Mount
Union College, a post-graduate of Kent State University
and earned her M.A. at the University of Michigan. She
was a member of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island,
a member of the Off-Stage Ladies, Anna Maria and a
member of Sumi-e Society of America, Sarasota. She was
a member of Roser Memorial Community Church.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday,
Aug. 23, at Roser Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
City. Memorial contribution may be made to the church.
She is survived by sister Marion Duytschaever of
Robert E. Van Housen
Robert E. Van Housen, 73, of Anna Maria, died
Born in San Mateo, Calif., Mr. Van Housen came
to Manatee County from Bethany Beach., Del., 13
years ago. He retired as a pilot after 35 years for United
Airlines. He was a retired brigadier general in the Air
Force Reserves and a member of the V.F.W.
There were no services. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by daughters Karen B. DeLorenzo
of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Patricia Lynn of
Berkley, Calif.; son James C. of Franklin, Wis.; step-
daughters Sally Bishop and Cheri Bentley, both of
Mobile, Ala.; six grandchildren; and two step-grand-
Laura Lee Waddington
Laura Lee (Bugna) Waddington, 38, of High
Springs and formerly
Holmes Beach and Cortez,
died Aug. 11.
Born in St. Petersburg,
Mrs. Waddington was a
Memorial services will
be held at 10 a.m. Satur-
day, Aug. 24, at the Roser '
Chapel, Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Waddington
Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
She is survived by sons Talen Bugna of Alachua
and Christopher of Leesburg; parents Robert and
Hazel Bugna of High Springs; brothers Terry Bugna
of Bradenton and Tim Bugna of Alachua; and sister
Kim Hoatland of Bradenton.
Warren S. Young
Warren S. Young, 75, of Wallingford, Conn., and
formerly Holmes Beach, died Aug. 8.
Born in Yalesville, Conn., Mr. Young was re-
tired from Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. after 32
years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War
II and the Korean War. He was a member of Com-
pass Lodge and the American Legion Shaw Simon
Post No. 73, both of Wallingford, the Wallingford
Rod and Gun Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post No. 9965 of Yalesville.
He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Memorial services were in Wallingford.
He is survived by wife of 53 years Jean; daughters
Susan Walton and Shelley Mongilio of Wallingford
and Cathy MacKenzie of Bradenton; sisters Virginia
McCarthy of Wallingford and Verna Rhodes of Rocky
Hill; and seven grandchildren.
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Skimmers take to beach Saturday
in skimboard contest
A skim boarding contest will take place on the
shore in front of the Beach House Restaurant Satur-
day, Aug. 24.
The event, sponsored in part by the restaurant,
EZ Skimmers and the West Coast Surf Shop, will
run from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Fee is $15 before the
day of the event; $20 on Saturday. Contestants will
receive a T-shirt and other prizes, and awards will be
presented to the top three finishers in nine divisions.
Applications may be picked up at the restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, or at the surf
shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
"We're looking to have 50 or 75 entrants," said
Beach House manager Mike Shannon. "If there is
any money left over, it will be donated to Mote
More information may be obtained by calling
779-2222, 778-1001, or 447-4064.
Gloria Dei Sunday School
program is under way
Launched at a special "Gather," Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church's "Life Together" Sunday School
program is ongoing for the school season.
Classes for youngsters starting at age 3 through
seventh-grade students will meet Sunday, Aug. 25,
and each Sunday thereafter from 9 to 10 a.m. at the
church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Classes for adults will begin Sunday, Sept. 1.
The confirmation program is scheduled also, with
enrollment to be made through the Rev. Danith
Kilts, pastor, at 778-3788.
After students and parents gathered last Sunday
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Registration has begun for the second annual
golf tournament benefiting the Anna Maria Island
Community Center and sponsored by the Anna
Maria Oyster Bar and Lazy Lobster restaurants.
The tournament will be at El Conquistador
County Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy.,
Bradenton, on Sept. 13, opening with lunch at
noon and shotgun start at I p.m.
"Our response last year was tremendous,"
said sponsor/restaurant owner John Home. "It's
best to sign up early." The deadline is Sept. 1.
Registration at $125 per person, $500 per
team, may be made by mail to Laura Vogel, Anna
Maria Oyster Bar, 6688 Cortez Road W.,
Bradenton FL 34210, checks payable to Anna
Maria Oyster Bar with the note "For AMICC."
The fee includes lunch, range balls, goodie
bag, golf shirt, beer, soft drinks and prime rib
dinner after the tournament. "Car girls" will be
around with beverages.
Home said sponsorships available are:
Blue Tee, $ 1,000; foursome, eight invitations
to VIP cocktail party by the Lazy Lobster, pro-
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with company logo.
White Tee, $700; foursome, four invitations
to Lazy Lobster VIP cocktail party, signage on
course, name announced at tournament.
Red Tee, $200; two invitations to VIP cock-
tail party, signage on course.
Hole sponsorship, $100.
Further information may be obtained from
Home at 761-7797 or Fred Hurley at 758-7880.
Center seeking dancers
Dancers from ages 4 to 15 are being sought for a
new series of classes under a new teacher at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
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Sandee Pruett of the Center staff.
Dance leader will be Sara Tanner, who graduated
from the University of Florida two years ago in devel-
opmental psychology and health sciences education.
She has danced for 21 of her 23 years, beginning train-
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and going on to classical ballet, tap, modern and jazz.
She also has been active in theater.
Call the Center at 778-1908 for more information,
or visit the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Landscape' class registration due
Registration is open now, but not for long, for a
class in "Maintaining Your Florida Landscape" which
begins on Sept. 9.
It is under the auspices of the Manatee County
Cooperative Extension Service and will be at the
service's Kendrick Auditorium, 1303 17th St. W., Pal-
metto, for a six-week evening program.
Registration may be by the office's Internet home
page http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu or by calling 722-4524
or 742-5986, extension 231. Registration fee is $45.
Registration will close when the class is filled, the of-
Ice cream social Saturday
An old-fashioned ice cream social for the entire
Island is scheduled Saturday afternoon, Aug. 24, at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
The Rev. Danith Kilts, pastor, said "Everyone is
invited to join us for an afternoon of ice cream sundaes
and fellowship" at the church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Those attending will gather in the fellowship hall
to build sundaes and "take a break from the heat." No
reservations, dress is "ice cream casual." Available in
addition to the ice cream and toppings will be cookies,
lemonade and surprises for youngsters.
At 5:30 the Saturday Service of Praise will begin,
with ice cream eaters welcome, said Kilts "some of
us even sing better with full tummies."
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Anna Maria city commissioners grill McKay
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners were called into a
special budget workshop session Aug. 12 because sev-
eral line items, including salaries for some public
works department staff in the 2002-03 proposed bud-
get were incorrect, and commissioners wanted to know
Commissioners grilled Public Works Director
George McKay on his initial budget request which in-
cluded increases for the employees, including last
year's incentive raises, not starting salaries for the year.
McKay said it was not done to lead anyone
astray, but he presumed the deputy city clerk would
have informed the mayor that certain pay incentives
had been.withheld. McKay said he took full respon-
Contrary to past years, delinquent sanitation
- garbage fees in Bradenton Beach are few
and far between.
Only four out of the approximate 550 sanita-
tion customers are late in paying their bills this
year. Bills are sent in December and due upon
One of the tardy customers is Dawn Baker, a
"I was going to pay it in June," she said. "I
sibility for the error.
Mayor SueLynn said she was "extremely con-
cerned" that McKay first notified the commission that
the salary of one staff member was inflated, and now
there were two more PWD staff members with inflated
The salaries of all three PWD staff were corrected
by the commission.
But commissioners weren't through with McKay.
Vice Mayor John Michaels questioned the budget
line item for paving Oak Avenue. The figure given by
McKay was an eight-month-old estimate and it may no
longer be valid.
"I have a real problem with 'guesstimates,'" said
Michaels. When preparing for a capital project next
year "try and get real numbers," Michaels directed.
meant to pay it in January, but it wasn't a prior-
ity. I'll pay the bill in the next few weeks.
The delinquent list "was put on the city com-
mission agenda to embarrass me," Baker added.
"No one brought up the fact that Commissioner
Bill Arnold didn't pay his bill a few years ago
because he wasn't satisfied with the service."
Other customers late in paying the sanitation
bill are George Athans, George Coniglio and
FPL addresses electric concerns in Holmes Beach
Florida Power and Light responded to the concerns
brought to the attention of the Holmes Beach Public
Works Department regarding electrical connections on
utility poles at the Marina Drive/Gulf Drive intersection.
Apparently, the electrical outlet, which was in-
stalled to accommodate holiday lighting, was acces-
sible to the public and was improperly installed.
Superintendent of Public Works Joe Duennes said
that any time there is an installation for holiday light-
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McKay said he had met with two private firms and
county officials earlier and expected quotes on paving
Oak Avenue within the next few days.
Michaels was still worried that the actual cost
would be much higher than the estimate. "I don't think
we're safe with these numbers."
McKay said not every company wants to re-
spond immediately to a bid request from Anna
Maria. "I'm doing the best I can," he said and prom-
ised to have actual figures by the Aug. 22 city com-
At that meeting, McKay is likely to face more
questioning over the Spring Avenue drainage problem.
McKay submitted a proposal at the Aug. 8 com-
mission workshop from the engineering firm of Ed
Barber and Associates for $3,250 to provide consult-
ing services regarding drainage problems on Spring
Avenue and Spring Avenue Lane.
Commissioner Linda Cramer thought McKay was
to have brought three proposals.
In fact, said Cramer after the meeting, the city held
a special meeting on drainage with Southwest Florida
Water Management District officials in October 2001.
At that meeting, then-Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh said
the city should find an engineering firm that had the
experience to submit a proposal for grant funding to
Swiftmud to solve.the city's drainage problems, includ-
ing Spring Avenue.
Cramer said she followed that up at the next com-
mission meeting with a motion that passed unani-
mously directing McKay to obtain a suitable engineer-
ing firm that could prepare the drainage study and sub-
mit the application to Swiftmud.
"It's now 10 months later," said Cramer, "and
we're nowhere closer to solving the problem or getting
our application in."
The deadline for application to Swiftmud is Dec.
7, 2002, for funding that begins Oct. 1, 2003.
"So I don't think we're going to make that dead-
line again," quipped Cramer. If the city fails to make
this year's deadline, the earliest it can then expect
Swiftmud grant money is October 2004, she observed.
The Spring Avenue drainage problem will be on
the Aug. 22 city commission agenda, the mayor said.
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New snag perils Cortez channel dredging
By Jim Hanson
The submerged land issue has surfaced again in
Cortez, this time threatening the once-promising
project to dredge the old boat channel along the water-
The new controversy has at least temporarily ren-
dered moot a budding battle over whether to pump
spoil dredged from the channel onto the FISH Preserve.
The West Coast Inland Navigation District had
accepted the dredging project as one of its own, taking
initial steps to get permits for the dredging and then
supervise the project itself.
But a survey by another independent agency,
Southwest Florida Water Management District, raised
the question of submerged land ownership along the
waterfront, a matter that has pitted waterfront owners
against the state for years.
Swiftmud was checking all aspects of the preserve
preparatory to its proposed purchase of development
rights there from owner Florida Institute of Saltwater
Heritage, to preclude permanently any development.
The survey concluded that FISH owns the land
under the water off the mangrove wetlands at the east
end of the preserve.
That throws into confusion the ownership of lands
under the entire adjacent waterfront, from Cortez Bait
& Seafood north to A.P. Bell Fish Co., adjacent to the
U.S. Coast Guard station. Bell over the past few years
has fought the state to a standstill over whether Bell or
the state owns the land under the Bell docks. The state
claimed it under legislation adopted in the 1950s.
If the channel is privately owned submerged land,
the state and Manatee'County and WCIND, the public
agencies involved, can't dredge there. The property
owners would have to pay for the dredging themselves
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And "I certainly wouldn't do that or advise it," said
Karen Bell, who led the fight against the state in her
family company's long ordeal against giving up its
claim to land there.
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A small move against one part of the dredging had
begun in Cortez before the submerged land ownership
issue surfaced. A proposal was to deposit the spoil from
the dredging on the upland part of FISH preserve, at
least temporarily while the muck dried.
But Mary Fulford Green, longtime Cortez activist,
said tests indicated arsenic in the channel's bottom and
said FISH Preserve should be spared at least until fur-
their tests. Others, including the county's Jim
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As with most other aspects of the dredging project,
that one goes on hold until the submerged land ques-
tions are cleared up.
And that, those involved agree, is likely to be some
Residents encroach upon city-owned alley
An investigation into a complaint that a property
owner planted palm trees in the city's alleyway be-
tween Carissa and Guava streets proved that just about
everyone on the block is guilty of encroaching on the
city's right of way.
In his report to the Holmes Beach City Commis-
sion, Superintendent of Public Works Joe Duennes said
that the resident who filed the complaint is the only one
not "using" the alleyway.
Most neighbors have built fences, installed spotlights
and erected a shed in the city's right of way. And, accord-
ing to Duennes, this isn't the only city right of way in town
where these types of violations are present.
Mayor Carol Whitmore plans to draft a letter no-
tifying homeowners that the structures, fencing and
Mr. Legs title
remains on Island
Mitch Stewart did just what he worked hard to do
- he hit cancer hard by raising more than $3,600 on
the way to becoming Mr. Legs.
His victory was announced Saturday night at the an-
nual Tennis Shoe Ball, the annual fundraising event for the
Manatee County chapter of the Americana Cancer Soci-
ety. Attendees wore formal clothing with tennis shoes.
Stewart won by raising a bit more than $3,600 during
the past several weeks at parties, T-shirt sales, donation
cans in various businesses around the Island and other
activities. Final figures are still being added up.
That keeps the Mr. Legs title on Anna Maria Is-
land. Last year it went to Dr. Scott Kosfeld, Island
physician and Anna Maria resident. Bradenton resident
Stewart qualifies as an Islander two ways he's out-
going president of the Anna Maria Island Privateers,
and since June 3 he has been the midnight-shift 911 dis-
patcher at the Holmes Beach Police Department.
He said he entered the contest to help the fight
landscaping along the alleyway are on city property
and the city has the right to tear them down.
However, the city has not yet made plans to tear
down any of the structures in violation.
Jane Early accused the commission of benign neglect
- taking a do-nothing stance. She said that if she owned
property on an alleyway she would feel free to do as she
wished since the city doesn't seem to object, nor is it will-
ing to take any action to maintain its right of way.
Commissioner Don Maloney suggested that the
mayor send letters to all property owners citywide that
are encroaching upon the city's rights of way.
To date, plans are to send letters to the property
owners along Carissa and Guava streets notifying them
of the violations.
Ribbon pillows Center's
'Craft Crazy' project
The art of making ribbon pillows will be the
subject of the "Craft Crazy" class Tuesday, Aug.
27, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Registration is required by Friday evening,
Aug. 23, at the Center or by calling 778-1908. Par-
ticipants are to bring a 10-inch pillow form for the
ribbon process. Cost is $8 for the class.
Wiffle ball tournament
at Center gym Friday
The 2002 wiffle ball season ends on the Island with
a tournament and derby Friday, Aug. 23, from.6 to 8:30
:p.m. in the Anna Maria Island Community Center gym-
nasium, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
There will be a home-run derby, staff game and
championship game, with awards to be presented after-
ward. Details are available at 778-1908.
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THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 21, 2002 M PAGE 15
Delicate work far above deck for Rivolta boat
By Jim Hanson
Island-reared Cortezian Mark Bowers does the
most delicate and complex of electronic work every
day but 137 feet up in the air?
He spent part of a shift up there atop the mast of the
90-foot sloop Rivolta Marine built at Port Manatee,
with Bowers' work among the final parts of finishing
the great sloop.
He was doing the final adjustments on the mast-
head unit of the intricate electronic systems that run the
state-of-the-art sailboat. It was almost the last chore of
an eight-month-long job on the boat at Port Manatee
and then in St. Petersburg, where she got final fitting-
out before sailing around the Keys to the Atlantic
Bowers is a specialist in marine navigation equip-
ment, working on radar, autopilot, satellite phones,
global positioning systems and other electronic
"This one was pretty complex," he said. "It's a big
boat, a big job."
Deep though he is in the electronic world, it was
not his first choice for making a living. Born in Penn-
sylvania, reared on Anna Maria Island, he was a com-
mercial fisherman out of Cortez until the statewide ban
on inshore net fishing killed that way of life.
"I was lucky," he said, "in that I didn't have a
whole lifetime invested in fishing, as so many of my
neighbors did." He has lived in Cortez for eight years.
"Like everyone else, I did whatever I could to make a
Center soccer tryouts
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Mandatory tryouts for soccer play are scheduled
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Tryouts for players age 10-11 will be from 7 to
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living." Five or six years ago he hooked up with
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Along the way he "was lucky enough to acquire
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Now he's ended up doing the demanding installa-
tion and repair work on intricate electronic equipment
on boats. One of his jobs now is on a 150-foot tugboat,
and he has worked on pleasure boats of all sizes.
"I like it. I get to work on really nice boats. And I
get to cut holes in other people's boats."
And, of course, do a job on the 90-footer with the
137-foot mast. He was boosted to the top by the boat's
winch equipment and rigging, which he said "was a
little spooky." The highest he'd been before was 70 feet
on another mast.
"I could see for miles and miles from up there," he
said. "It seemed I could see halfway across Florida.
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THE ISLANDER M AUG. 21, 2002 M PAGE 17
Anna Maria Elementary welcomes friendly face
Lee Ann Watts has brought her love of kids and
passion for nursing to Anna Maria Elementary School.
Watts has joined Debbie Gomes in the nurse's sta-
tion at the school to help students maintain their health.
Watts, who splits her time at the Island school with
another nursing position at Palma Sola Elementary
School, has been working as a nurse for the Manatee
County School District for 14 years.
Prior to working with the school district, she
worked at Manatee Memorial Hospital and at a private
"I love working with kids," said Watts. "Every day
is different and I enjoy it."
Watts will spend two half days or one full day a
week at AME helping Gomes until she "gets into the
flow" of splitting her time between the Island and
Palma Sola school.
Watts will be responsible for checking that stu-
dents have all their immunizations, conducting health
screenings and lending an extra hand as needed.
Most of the health complaints students come through
her door with are bumps and bruises from the playground,
she said. But, the first week of school she soothes a lot of
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Watts said the fact that Island parents are so
proactive is a plus. "When a child needs to be home and
cared for by a parent, we're able to reach them
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"Debbie gets a different nurse to work with every
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"I love being at Anna Maria. The staff and every-
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Lee Ann Watts has joined the team at Anna Maria
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Gee is stepping up beat at Island Middle School
By Diana Bogan
Island Middle School Band Director Jimi Gee has
big plans to step up his music program for the 2002-03
Last year's school band, the Conch Fritters, took
third place at a music competition in Disney World,
and Gee plans to work hard and do even better in this
year's competition. The band has also been invited to
compete in a band competition held at Busch Gardens
after the winter holidays.
Also in time for the winter holidays, the school
band will have a compact disc available for sale. Gee
said that he will be teaching the students how to record
music and bur their compilation CD in-house with a
school computer and equipment that was donated to the
Gee said the school has also received sheet music,
a drum kit and a keyboard for the band.
So far students have been busy learning new tunes,
including "Peter Gunn" and "Watermelon Man," and
Gee said Islanders can look forward to hearing the
Conch Fritters play more jazz at future performances.
Gee said the band is scheduled to perform at the
Island Branch Library Dec. 8 and at the Manatee
County Fair in February.
Island Middle School menu
Monday, Aug. 26
Traditional Meal: Beef-a-Roni, Roll, Green Beans,
Tossed Salad with Dressing
Basket Meal: Chicken Nuggets, Goldfish, Jello
Lighter Side: Salad Sensations or Ham and Cheese
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Traditional Meal: Nachos with Beef and Cheese,
Broccoli, Tossed Salad with Dressing
Basket Meal: Pizza with Pretzels
Lighter Side: Salad Sensations or Tuna Salad Sand-
Wednesday, Aug. 28
Traditional Meal: Grilled Cheese, Soup, Green Peas,
Tossed Salad with Dressing
Basket Meal: Barbecue Pork on Bun, Baked Chips,
Lighter Side: Salad Sensations or Fruit, Yogurt and
Thursday, Aug. 29
Traditional Meal: Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes,
Roll, Mixed Vegetables
Basket Meal: Manager's Choice
Lighter Side: Salad Sensations or Turkey and Cheese
Friday, Aug. 30
Traditional Meal: Pizza, Veggie Pick-Up with Dip,
Corn on the Cob
Basket Meal: Cheeseburger with Fries, Fruit Juice
Lighter Side: Salad Sensations or Fruit, Muffin and
Free "Happy Birthday" cupcake for students with
July and August birthdays
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
This year students will also be learning different
aspects of the music industry. They will be learning to
lay down their own dance tracks for school dances,
clean and repair instruments, and write music using
Anna Maria Elementary
Monday, Aug. 26
Breakfast: Yogurt, Cereal, Fruit, Juice
Lunch: Hamburger or Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Potato Smiles, Veggie Dippers,
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Breakfast: Sausage and Biscuit, Fruit, Cereal,
Lunch: Grilled Cheese Sandwich or Salad
Shaker, Goldfish Tomato Soup, Chocolate
Chip Cookie, Fruit
Wednesday, Aug. 28
Breakfast: Yogurt, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Chicken Tetrazzini or Manager's
Choice, Broccoli, Fruit
Thursday, Aug. 29
Breakfast: Super Donut, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Fish Sticks with Roll or Stuffed Shells,
Seasoned Mixed Veggies, Fruit
Friday, Aug. 30
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup,
Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza or Ham and Cheese
Sandwich, Corn, Garden Salad, Fruit, free
"Happy Birthday" cupcake for students cel-
ebrating July and August birthdays
Milk and juice are served with every meal.
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S'i; expanding his
music class at the
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Students will also have the benefit of learning from
professionals in the music business as Gee continues
his monthly guest speaker program.
Upcoming guests include singer/songwriter Mindy
Simmons, Joe Bruno from Pass the Torch mentoring
program, and possibly a Mariachi band. Musicians
Leon Marion, Danny Negris and Carolyn Davis will
also be paying a visit, said Gee.
Picture day at Anna Maria
Lifetouch will be.on campus at Anna Maria
Elementary School Thursday, Aug. 22, to take
All students will be photographed for the
yearbook, but only students paying at the time of
their portrait sitting will receive a portrait pack-
Photo package information has already been
sent home with students. For more information,
call the school administrative office at 708-5200.
for school kids
According to Anna Maria Elementary School
Nurse Lee Ann Watts, the school will contact parents
if their child needs to update their immunizations.
Previously there was a shortage of tetanus vaccines
but, Watts said, it is currently available and parents
should inquire with their family physician as to
whether their child has received them.
Also, kindergarten and first-graders are now re-
quired to have the chicken pox vaccine.
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Island Middle School guest talks 'trash'
By Diana Bogan
Charlie Barr, the Ocean
Conservancy's debris monitoring program
manager, paid a visit to Island Middle
School students to talk about trash. Not
just any trash, but the trash students will be
collecting and monitoring on Anna Maria
IMS is one of 130 sites worldwide
that participates in the Ocean Conservancy
Debris Monitoring in an attempt to deter-
mine the source of debris found on the
Once a month, IMS students will col-
lect and analyze debris found on Anna
Maria. Barr, who was visiting the area
from his Virginia Beach office on other
business, said the data recorded by IMS
will be used to form a core of information
to analyze how the nation's oceans are
doing as a whole.
The intent of the program is to deter-
mine if the amount of debris on our coast-
lines is decreasing and what the major
sources of debris are.
Barr said the information he has been
receiving from Anna Maria Island partici-
pants has been consistent and timely.
In the five years he's been the pro-
gram manger, Barr said he's seen the
amount of debris in some areas both in-
crease and decrease, but along the Gulf the
amount of debris has stayed the same.
"Out of all the U.S. beaches," said
Barr, "some of the cleanest are on the
Gulf coast of Florida. You can be
proud of that."
Barr said one middle school team in
Texas collects 500 to 1,000 pounds of
trash every month, so much that it needs to
be hauled away by the truckload.
Barr also, told students that different
parts of the United States have what he
calls "signature trash."
Hard hats from offshore oil rig work-
ers are the signature trash in Texas. In New
England, bait bags and rubber lobster claw
bands are a problem. New Jersey's signa-
ture trash is syringes, possibly washing
down the coast from New York.
But students were somewhat sur-
prised to learn about Florida's signature
trash. According to Barr. monitoring
groups in both Florida and Puerto Rico
find more beverage straws than anywhere
Even with the various signature trash
items, Barr noted that there is one problem
common to all our coastlines cigarette
"People aren't handling waste respon-
sibly," Barr said. "Every piece of trash you
see was put there by a human and most
trash is made of plastic, which lasts hun-
dreds of years."
IMS sixth-graders will be the first to
participate in the monitoring program this
school year. They will head to the beach
on Aug. 29 as part of their science class.
The Environmental Protection
Agency funds the program and more in-
formation can be found on the Internet at
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Island police reports
Aug. 8, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, criminal
mischief. According to the report, a woman com-
plained that her neighbor was washing a concrete wall
with an unknown substance and splashed it on her car.
Aug. 11, Gulf beach at Oak Avenue, theft. Beach
umbrellas and sand anchors were reportedly stolen
from the beach.
Aug. 2, 2500 block of Avenue B, grand theft. A
saw used for tile work was reportedly stolen from a
Aug. 4, 600 block of Gulf Drive South, found prop-
erty. According to the.report, a found wallet was placed
into an evidence locker after officers were unable to
locate the owner.
Aug. 5, 2000 Gulf Drive North, Bungalow Beach
Resort, burglary. According to the report, a golf bag
and clubs, as well as a bowling ball, bag, and shoes
were stolen from a man's Jeep.
Aug. 5, 500 block of Gulf Drive North, grand theft.
Two bicycles were reportedly stolen from a bike rack.
Aug. 9, 2900 block of Gulf Drive, driver's license.
According to the report, a woman was stopped for driv-
ing a vehicle with only one headlight and was found to
be driving with a suspended license.
Aug. 11, 500 block of Key Royale Drive, fire-
Sworks. According to the report, a man was cited in vio-
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works in his backyard.
Aug. 13, 4900 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A man
reported a cell phone and gas-powered yard blower
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German citizen arrested
in Holmes Beach burglary
Holmes Beach Police arrested a German
man in the process of breaking into a residence
in the 3700 block of Gulf Drive last Thursday.
Upon arrival at the home, officers observed
the front window had been broken and the de-
fendant was crouched behind the front door
using a multitool to remove the door knob.
According to the report, the defendant was
surprised to see the officers and stood up and
said, "You got me."
He also told police that he is a German citi-
zen and has over-stayed his tourist visa more
than a year.
According to the report, the man has no
residence and that he said he broke into the
home in order to shower and stay the night.
The defendant was booked on one charge
of burglary and one charge of burglary tools
with a bond of $10,750.
According to the report, the German Em-
bassy will be notified of the man's arrest and
Immigration and the Naturalization Service
will need to verify his visa is expired.
Aug. 13, 3607 East Bay Drive, Sandy Pointe Con-
dominiums, burglary. A bicycle was reportedly stolen
from a woman's carport.
Aug. 13, 700 block of Manatee Avenue, driver's
license. A man stopped by officers for speeding was
found to be driving with a suspended license.
Aug. 14, 5800 block of Marina Drive, driver's li-
We'll let you know where we'll be, hopefully soon!
The Florida Highway Patrol will sponsor a meet-
ing Thursday, Aug. 22, to open its auxiliary to new
members who will help officers of Troop F. The state
Lt. Tony Conboy, in charge of the Bradenton unit,
said the meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the FHP station,
5023 State Road 70 East.
"The patrol is short of staff in a fast-growing
state," he said. "Auxiliary troopers help by sharing the
load." Troop F covers a 10-county area on the west
coast from Manatee County to Collier and counties in
the central part of the state, said its commander, Maj.
Anyone over age 21 is welcome, Conboy said. A
physician must sign off volunteers for police work. A
polygraph test is required and there will be a full back-
A 100-hour training course and instruction and
practice in weapons use will be on the program.
The state provides all equipment, including use of
a .40-caliber Beretta handgun and body armor. The
auxiliary members patrol with regular troopers and
have full arrest powers, Conboy said.
Further information may be obtained by calling
cense. According to the report, a criminal traffic cita-
tion was issued to a man after a traffic accident because
he had been driving with a suspended license.
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9 to 10 a.m. Aerobics at the Anna Maria
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11:30 a.m. Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce "Nooner" at Cafe Don Giovanni, 5610
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
387-9519. Fee applies.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Family movie night at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
7 to 8 p.m. Fall soccer mandatory tryouts
for players age 10 to 11 at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Adult basketball at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Thursday, Aug. 22
9 to 10 a.m. Muscles and More class with
Sherry Fideler at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 778-1908. Fee applies.
9 to 11 a.m. Educational "peli-boat" tour
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6 to 8:30 p.m. Wiffle Ball Tournament and
Derby at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
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3 to 5 p.m. Old-fashioned ice cream social
at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1813.
5:30 p.m. O'Connor Bowling Challenge at
AMF Bradenton Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road,
Bradenton. Information: 739-8474. Fee applies.
9 to 10 a.m. Sunday school classes at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1813.
4:30 p.m. "Bird Walk" at Myakka State Park
with the Sierra Club. Directions/reservations: 746-
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Monday, Aug. 26
9 to 10 a.m. Aerobics with Reba at the
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9 to 10 a.m. Muscles and More class with
Sherry Fideler at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon Island Bridge Club meets at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 792-6133. Fee
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber
of Commerce "Business After Hours" at Moore's
Stone Crab restaurant, 800 Broadway, Longboat
Key. Information: 387-9519. Fee applies.
7 to 8:30 p.m. -Ribbon pillow craft class at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
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8 to 9 a.m. Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
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9 to 10 a.m. Aerobics at the Anna Maria
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Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Adult basketball at the Anna
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Lobster Dog takes a sniff out of nature crime
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission has added to its arsenal of weapons to
seek out people who violate game and fish laws.
Forget guns or high-tech surveillance gear.
They've got Moose the Lobster Dog.
Moose is a 6-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever
who is specially trained to signal whenever he smells
lobster. He also alerts his handler when he picks up
the scent of wild turkey or venison.
The mutt took a trip to the Florida Keys at the
end of July for the start of Florida's lobster season,
checking boats for hidden undersized or over-the-
bag-limit lobsters. It was the second season dogs
Shave been employed in protecting the lobster re-
source from over-exploitation, according to FWC of-
ficials, and "it's worked out well," said Moose's
human partner. "Our K9s have made several good
cases and will probably be in the field during the
regular lobster season."
He said the dog not only detects lobsters that hu-
man officers would probably miss, but also does the
job in much less time. "Moose's friendly disposition
makes the rugged animal popular with the public,
especially children," he added.
Moose also is good at tracking violators, leading
searchers to lost children or hikers, and locating evi-
dence like weapons and clothing.
Moose's schooling was more than a walk in the
park. The FWC K9/officer teams must successfully
complete a 400-hour intensive 10-week training pro-
gram. Teams live, train and sleep together. Officer
and K9 are challenged repeatedly in realistic tacti-
cal field exercises. Handlers also learn K9 first aid,
health maintenance and state laws regarding the ad-
missibility of evidence located by K9 searches.
Detector dog certification testing consists of
searches for designated substances concealed in ve-
hicles and on premises.
"Natural resource violators should be aware that
no matter where or when, someone might be watch-
ing," FWC officials said. "Or, in Moose's case,
Spiders might be lurking for you
I've run into three people in the last year or so who
have been bitten by spiders. One ended up in the hos-
pital for a while getting treatment for the nip.
So what with all the spider bites I've heard of
lately, Jane Morse's comments about spiders seems
timely. She's with the Manatee County Extension Ser-
"The northern and southern black widow, the red
widow and the brown widow are the four species of
widow spiders found in Florida.
"The southern black widow is the most widespread
widow spider in Florida. It is usually found outdoors in
protected areas. Around houses, the southern widow is
found in garages, storage sheds, rain spouts, etc. Both
the northern and southern black widows are shiny, jet-
black in color. The southern widow has a red hourglass
marking on the underside of the abdomen and another
red spot at the tip end of the abdomen. The northern.
widow has a row of red spots located in the middle of
its back and two reddish triangles which look like an
hourglass on the underside of the abdomen. The north-
ern black is found west of Tallahassee.
"The red widow spider has a reddish-orange head-
thorax and legs with a black abdomen. The red widow
spider makes its web off the ground in palmetto habitats
and has only been found in sand-pine scrub habitats.
"The brown widow spider varies in color from
gray to light brown or black. The abdomen has vari-
able markings of black, white, red, and yellow. On
the underside of the abdomen it has an orange hour-
glass marking. The brown widow is found pretty
much throughout Florida. It is most common on
buildings. They are also found on bridges and
fences. The brown widow spiders are extremely
timid; the only bites reported have happened when
the spider becomes accidentally trapped against a
"All of the widows are rather large spiders, about
1- inch long with the legs extended. The brown widow
is slightly smaller than the black widow, is very timid
and does not defend its web."
So how do you deal with spiders? Morse said that
"non-chemical control of spiders is very effective in
decreasing their numbers. Turn off outside lights at
night because lights attract insects which the spiders
then eat. Reduce clutter both inside and outside. A thor-
ough cleaning inside the house with a vacuum cleaner
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Flood toll worldwide
You've probably seen the devastation in Europe
caused by all the rain and subsequent flooding. In the
Czech Republic, floods are the worst they've had in
more than 175 years, and more than 200,000 people
have had to be evacuated. That number is about the
population of Manatee County to help give you an idea
of the magnitude of the situation.
Russia has been hit by floodwaters and almost 60
people are dead. There has also been dramatic flood-
ing reported in Austria, Germany and Hungary.
But what came as a shock to me was what's hap-
pening in Asia, China and, closer to home, Mexico.
Monsoons have ravaged India, Nepal and
Bangladesh. More than 900 people have been killed
and 25 million people have been either evacuated or
dislocated from flooded rivers and streams.
Mudslides in China have killed 28 and damaged
more than 600 homes.
In Mexico, dams burst under the pressure of
flooded rivers in the central part of the country, killing
11 and wiping out village after village.
We're getting into the peak of hurricane season
and, although the number of tropical storms is pre-
dicted to be less than an average year, remember all it
takes is one hurricane to hit our area to do some awful
Since hurricane storm surge is the biggest danger
to coastal residents in a big storm, the flooding dangers
worldwide should be of particular note to Islanders.
"Don't cut the line!" is the message offered in a
new brochure published by Save Our Seabirds Inc.,
a not-for-profit organization in Pinellas County dedi-
cated to rescuing injured birds.
Much of the pamphlet tells how to take a fishing
hook out of a bird that you may have accidentally
caught, and explains the dangers that monofilament
line causes to birds: even a piece as short as a few
inches can get wrapped around a mangrove tree and
trap a pelican until it starves to death.
There was also a bit of news about catfish and
pelicans. A catfish will flare its spines if a pelican
catches it, choking the bird to death. Pelicans there-
fore know not to dive on a catfish, but aren't so
smart at recognizing one if it's tossed to it. Gulp,
Don't feed birds catfish. In fact, don't feed birds
anything after all, they are the consummate pro-
We've got the Save Our Seabirds brochure at
The Islander office. If you'd like a copy, stop by at
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The organization is on-line at www.
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Hot summer fishing: trout, grouper, bonita, redfish
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Welcome to the height of summer as far as fishing
When you go out, plan to start either early or late.
The fish are feeling the heat the same as we are, and
midday should be a time of siesta for all.
Offshore, grouper, bonita and snapper fishing re-
mains excellent, with a few bonita and lots of barracuda
Backwater action for trout, redfish and a few floun-
der and catch-and-release snook continues the summer
And with no reports of tarpon sightings or hook-
ups, it would appear that tarpon season for 2002 is
pretty much fished out.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's catching
mackerel, bonita from 10- to 12 pounds, plus barracuda
are thick out in the Gulf, as well as red grouper and
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he's putting his charters onto all that good
summer stuff: mackerel, triggerfish and bluefish on the
beaches, plus trout and redfish on the seagrass flats.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said snook
are off the beaches of the Island, with mackerel hanging
out on the artificial reefs offshore. Redfish are starting to
school on the seagrass flats, and mangrove snapper are
thick along the Intracoastal Waterway. Offshore, grouper
and snapper fishing continues to be excellent.
Capt. Matt Bowers on the Outcast in Holmes
Beach said he's getting good catches of red and gag
grouper up to 15 pounds in about 100 feet of water. He
added that there are lots of barracuda hanging out
around the offshore reefs.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business said his
week's highlights included mangrove snapper, mack-
erel, trout and lots of redfish.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach said he's been seeing a lot of cobia and
permit in the past week, but they haven't been able to
get any hookups. On the plus side, his charters have
been reeling in lots of trout and redfish.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
wade fishers are doing great with trout within the slot
limit, but they're finding redfish a little hard to get. Off
the beaches, look to get into a bunch of small sharks
and some pompano.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
lots of redfish are being caught in Miguel Bay, plus
trout around Joe's Island and flounder in Terra Ceia
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
there are catching lots of oversize redfish, mackerel,
snapper, black drum, a few cobia that were hooked and
lost, and some catch-and-release snook.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, look for the best
bets to be mackerel, snapper, yellowtail jacks, and
some big catch-and-release snook roaming around all
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Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's getting snook to 28 inches, redfish to 29
inches, lots and lots of trout with Mister Twister Ex-
udes producing the best results.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Holmes Beach said he's catching gag grouper to 15
pounds, red grouper to 25 pounds, mangrove and lane
snapper, plus a few blackfin tuna.
On my boat Magic, we've been catching lots of
reds, sometimes up to 20 per trip, with trout to 21
inches in length and snapper to 16 inches long.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide.
Call 358-3116 to provide a fishing report. Pictures of
your catch are also welcome and may be dropped off
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Kids get their kicks at soccer camp
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's pre-
season soccer camp was a hit with the 33 kids that at-
tended, despite camp ending a bit early on Wednesday
and Thursday due to rain and lightning.
Once again, members of the Manatee High School
Her-icanes girls' varsity soccer team along with team
coaches Kevin Cassidy and Jeff Nelson volunteered
their time to provide instruction on the basic skills to
get the kids ready for the center's recreational soccer
league, which gets under way this week.
Because of the low turnout, the kids that did attend
the camp received a lot of one-on-one attention to hone
their soccer skills.
Courtney Foley, Katie Saunders, Alise Velardi,
Allie Mattice, Lindsey Weaver, Skyler Purcell, Gina
DiVincenzo, Naomi Osborne, Priscilla Henriques, Gin-
ger Davenport, Jamie Gregorich, Nichole Davila, April
Lee, and Alex Bouziane were the MHS players who
participated in the camp.
Soccer team tryouts began this week and individual
team practices will be starting soon.
Next up is the big dinner to kick off the season at
5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. This league fundraiser is a
good time to get the soccer family together with din-
ner $6 for adults and $5 for kids. There's also a prize
raffle, with donations from the community of soccer
friends. And once again the meal is being donated and
prepared by Beach Bistro and Island's End restaurants.
Parents are asked to bring a dessert to share.
Uniforms will be handed out by coaches to all soc-
cer players following the meal, so that everyone is
ready for the soccerjamboree and picture day Saturday,
Sept. 7. A schedule for the jamboree will be announced
at the dinner.
key Dolphins ground game
A big part of the Dolphins surprising success dur-
ing its inaugural season of Police Athletic League jun-
ior varsity (ages 12-13) football in 2002 was the run-
ning of tailback Sam Lott.
Based on how well Eric Whitley, Chad Richardson
and the rest of the Dolphins ran during the recent jam-
boree, it looks like the Dolphins will once again depend
on an effective ground game if they hope to duplicate
or surpass last season's success.
What is the constant between last year and this
year? That would be the offensive line, which returns
four starters with a year of experience under their belts.
Left tackle C.J. Wickersham is 12 years old and
weighs in at 158 pounds. He is flanked by Andrew
Burgess, 12 years old and 145 pounds and the new-
comer to the offensive line. Pat Cole at 13 is the old
man of the group, weighs in at 150 pounds and holds
down the center position. To the right of Cole is Shane
Pelkey. Pelkey, 12, is the lightest of the lineman at 135
and mans the right guard position, while Sean Price, 12,
plays right tackle.
The effectiveness of the five offensive linemen was
clearly evident during the jamboree as they blew the
opposing defensive line off the field, with the Fins fin-
ishing with 100 yards rushing on only 10 carries. The
Dolphin line was particularly effective during an open-
ing drive for the touchdown that saw the offense keep
the ball for almost the entire first quarter of action.
Curtis Reynolds, Dylan Frank and Jimmy Lease
provide much-needed depth on the offensive line
and are ready to step in when one of the starters
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Left to right, Dolphin offensive linemen C.J. Wickersham, Andrew Burgess, Pat Cole, Shane Pelkey and Sean
Price paved the way for Dolphin runners to average 10 yards a carry during the PAL football jamboree.
Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
needs a break.
Coach Tom Moore attributes some of the units'
success to the experience gained last year, but says that
the two-man blocking sled purchased for the team from
proceeds of last year's O'Conner Bowling Challenge
has paid huge dividends in trenches.
The Dolphin JV and Mitey Mite (ages 9-11) teams
get their regular season under way when each takes on
the Panthers in their respective age divisions. Kickoff
for the Mitey Mite game is 11:10 a.m., while the JV
Dolphins kickoff against the defending PAL
Superbowl champion is at 3 p.m.
Island sports fans should hustle out to the PAL
complex at 202 13th Ave. E. in Bradenton and support
Don't miss the
O'Connor Bowling Challenge
The O'Connor Bowling Challenge is ready to roll
on Saturday, Aug. 24, at AMF Bradenton Lanes at
4208 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton.
The O'Connor twins, Billy (the fun one) and
George (the sensible one) host the event to raise funds
earmarked to purchase sports equipment for youth pro-
grams at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
If you've never participated in this event, which is
now in its 12th year, you don't know what you're miss-
ing. It is the social event of the season as far as I'm con-
cerned. (And far more casual than the season-highlight-
ing auction affair.)
Registration and payment, $20 for three games
with shoes and 6 raffle prize tickets included, will be
the night of the tournament, from 5:30 to 6:15, with
bowling getting started promptly at 6:30 p.m.
There are prizes galore and as always, there is the
raffle for a TV. This year, it's not just any TV. This
year's TV is a state-of-the-art, 32-inch, two-tuner, pic-
ture-in-picture, flat-screen JVC TV and JVC DVD-CD
player, donated by The Islander.
There will be an awards ceremony following the
bowling at Cortez Kitchen, where a big tent, plenty of
food and entertainment by Koko Ray awaits the
bowlers and, of course, the prizes. Raffle drawings
for lots of certificates donated by area merchants and
restaurants will be handled by Billy and George, with
the highlight being the TV drawing. Stay tuned!
Islanders help Manatee Magic team
to victory in first game
The Manatee Magic U 15 boys soccer team opened
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Morgan Greig, Kylie Brownwell and Giorgio Gomez
lead a pack of players to the ball during the AMICC
the 2002 season with an impressive 4-1 victory over the
Largo Wolves on Saturday, Aug. 17, at G.T. Bray Park
The Magic team features Islanders Michael Wallen
in goal and Daniel Miller at left defense. Sean Pittman
is a starter at left midfield, while former Islander
Brayan Felipe patrols central midfield.
The Magic jumped out on top in the 15th minute
when Pittman stole the ball at midfield and passed for-
ward to Felipe. Felipe dribbled forward to about the 25-
yard line, where he played the ball off to Alex loneda
who one-timed a swerving rocket past the Largo keeper
for a 1-0 lead.
The Magic went up 2-0 in the 34th minute when
Felipe found Ryan Rubino making a run up the right
side. Rubino chipped the ball inside to Anthony
Barrett. Barrett carried the ball past the penalty spot
where he directed a shot far post. Christian Dubbs
hustled to beat a Largo defender to the ball and poked
it past the keeper for a goal.
Largo notched a goal as the whistle sounded, sig-
naling the end of the first half and making it 2-1 in fa-
vor of the Magic.
The Magic came out after the half and restored its
two-goal advantage in the 48th minute.
Nevin Subotic took a free kick 35 yards out along
the right sideline. Subotic's service found Felipe, who
settled the for loneda. Ioneda took a hard-angle shot
that got past the keeper and rolled along the goal line
where Robert Armstrong poked it into the open goal
before the Largo keeper could recover.
Felipe scored the final goal of the game when
Armstrong saved the ball from going out of bounds
with a sliding pass to Pittman. Pittman took the pass,
split two defenders and carried the ball on goal where
he hit a pass that Felipe ran onto and deposited in the
goal with a nice left foot.
Skimboard contest Saturday
The Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach
is hosting a skimboard contest for kids ages 8-18 Sat-
urday, Aug. 24. The contest gets started at 8 a.m. and
will run throughout the day.
For more information, call Mike Shannon at 779-
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/parent.
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TWO GREEN LEATHER sofas; white leather chair;
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CRITTER SITTER Seven years in pet care, 22
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persons with no problem. $109,900, or best offer.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
PRIVATE CHARTERS. Fishing, snorkeling,
sightseeing, Egmont Key. USCG License. Capt.
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SCHILD SITTER and pet sitter. Seventh-grade male
looking for a job, Friday afternoons and Saturdays.
Call Zachary, 779-9803.
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
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GENERAL OFFICE and computer experience for
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LIVE-IN HOUSEKEEPER wanted for large beauti-
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license and references. Non smoking environment.
RETAIL SALES: Part-time, full-time. Good starting
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NADIA'S EUROSAGE now accepting new clients.
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FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
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MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
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FURNITURE UPHOLSTERY, cushions, etc. Re-
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COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
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LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
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TAMBOURINE LESSONS! Also available: flute,
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and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
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ASAP DIVORCE INC: Starting at $195. Adoptions,
name changes, deeds, wills, living trusts, incorpo-
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BERMUDA BAY CLUB GULF WATCH Bay and Gulf. COQUINA MOORINGS
Beautifully furnished 3BR 2BR, beach access across 2BR/2BA with den overlook-
townhouses with pool and di- the street, walk to eateries ing bay. Beach access, full
rect beach and bay access, and historic Bridge Street. amenities including boat
$900/week or $2,700/month. $650/week or $1,800/month. dock. $900/week.
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place, screened lanai, Isl der
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--a ., with pool. Call Bob Fittro on eave e an
today to see these magnifi- without taking time
S ._ cent newly constructed to subscribe. Visit us
properties! 778-6066. at 5404 Marina Dr.,
Beach or call
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the $190s, including homesites.
SIsland lifestyle with off-Island convenience!
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OPEN DAILY 12-5 PM
Directions: Cortez Road to
86th St. W., turn south on
8 th St. W. Entrance to Heron's
SWatch is 1/2 mile on the right.
QUALITY BUILDERS INC.
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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Maintenance.
Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn main-
tenance, clean-ups, tree trimming, hauling, Xeriscape.
Island resident. Excellent references. 778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 778-6508.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation and pest control service. Everything
Under the Sun Garden Centre, 5704 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
GILLIS & GILLIS ENT. Crushed, washed shell, top-
soil, landscaping services. We install shell drive-
ways. Serving Sarasota and Keys since 1978. Fully
licensed and insured. 753-2954 or 376-2954, cell.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $27/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free es-
timates. Call Larry at 795-7775, cell 720-0770.
-FREE SNOW REMOVAL! Everything else costs
extra. Crushed, wasted shell, gravel, mulch, dirt,
and rip rap delivered and spread. If you're look-
ing for the lowest price, call any Tom, Mark or Larry.
If youyvarit the job done right the first time, call
David Bannigan, 794-6971, cell phone 504-7045.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
More ads = more readers in The Islander classified.
* 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
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
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INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. In-
terior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim.
Have sawmill, will travel. Dan Michael, master car-
penter. 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 Neil,
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT/ paper services: Inte-
rior/exterior painting, pressure washing and wallpa-
per. For prompt, reliable service at reasonable
rates, call Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
Buy it, sell it fast with a classified in The Islander.
"WALK WITH ME..."
7 in paradise at
I can make your
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Sales & Rentals Since 1981
Office 778-4800 *Cell
i. 5201 Gulf Dr. Holmes Beach,
TURN BACK TIME
SIll doing business as in the past You'll
have our personal allention and services
and our personal Island knowledge
when you purchase, sell or rent. Call us
an "old Islander." but call us progressive.
We are the Island!
MARtiE LIi KAE LE'JIarE
FRPAN'II REALTY ""A.:."
TVe ARE the Island
9805 Gull Drive PO B6o 835 Anna lanria. Flricia 341216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site annamariareal.com
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
MASON: 26-years experience. Glass-block,
cinderblock, brick, tile. Walls built and repaired. Ce-
ment repairs. Licensed and insured. Chris, 795-3034
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
WINDOW AND DOOR SILLS. Have cracked,
crumbling, broken cement sills? Will rebuild all sills
promptly. 26-years experience. Chris, 795-3034.
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheet-rock and popcorn, doors, bi-folds,
trim, moldings and general repairs. Homes, con-
dos, rentals. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.
COMPLETE BATHROOM REMODELING Drywall,
repairs, texture coating, painting. Custom shower
stalls, tub enclosures, fixtures, cabinets, tile.
Unique Options, 752-7758 or 545-6141 (cell).
REFACE OR REPLACE you kitchen cabinets.
Solid surface or mica countertops. Chamber mem-
ber, 30 years experience. Avalon Kitchen and Bath,
752-7014 or 737-3593.
ECONOMY KITCHEN and bath. Replace, remodel,
repair. Also, furniture painted. Call A.J. Winters,
ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
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"Quality work at a reasonable price."
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
1I -- Replacement Doors and Windows
E -- Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Water Damaged Drywall Tiling Painting
HAND AND SPRAY TEXTURE
Clean, Honest, Reliable More than 20 years experience
S Fred 752-7758 Cellular 545-6141 C
Residential Interior Exterior Pressure Washing
Roof Coating Insured 29 Years Experience
Rick Tanner 941-798-6985
4203 76th St. W., Bradcnion. FL 34209
213 54th St., Holmes Beach 778-3082
OPEN: MONDAY thru FRIDAY 7:30 to 5 SATURDAY 8 to 12
Please mention you saw it in The Islander.
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Rules in effect for Manatee County:
Lawn and landscape watering is limited to two
s a week.
Addresses ending in even numbers (or A M):
esday and Saturday.
Addresses ending in odd numbers (or N Z): *
dnesday and Sunday. 0
Irrigation not allowed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
gation with treated waste water allowed any
Owners can wash their vehicles anytime as long
hey use a hand-held hose with a shut-off nozzle. *
11 the car on the lawn to wash!)
Rinsing boats and flushing of boat motors is al-
'ed for ten minutes daily.
Hand-watering of plants, NOT LAWNS, is permit-
stions or comments? Call the Southwest Florida Water
agement District (Swiftmud) toll-free: 1-800-423-1476.
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available.
Turnkey, beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No
pets, nonsmoking. Priced from $750/month, $400/
week, $80/night. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
CONDO 2BR FURNISHED, beachfront, heated
pool, fishing dock, seasonal, three-month minimum.
Age 55 and older. (813) 247-3178 or week ends
VACATION RENTAL 2BR/1BA, $1,800/month.
Walk to beach, fine restaurants and shopping. 202
56th St., Holmes Beach. 778-3875.
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL. Large 2BR ground
floor. Just steps to beach, fully furnished. Bikes,
cable, washer/dryer. $475/week. 704-7650 or 447-
BAYFRONT TRIPLEX annual. Large 2BR/1BA,
$1,000/month and large 1BR/1BA, $850/month.
Washer/dryer hookup, full kitchen, newly reno-
vated. First, last, security. Steps to Bradenton
Beach. Realtor/owner. Home (352) 243-7916, of-
fice (352) 242-0167.
SUMMER, FALL, WINTER rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
ANNUAL ONLY 2BR/1BA, directly on Gulf in
Bradenton Beach. $1,050/month, assurity/security
required with contract. 792-2779.
PERICO BAY CLUB 2BR/2BA condo in gated com-
munity, pool, tennis, carport, washer/dryer and lake
view, $950/month, plus utilities. Sunny Shores,
1 BR/1 BA, furnished apartment, washer/dyer, close
to beach, $1,000 includes utilities. Peacock Lane,
2BR/2BA, furnished duplex, washer/dryer, $1000/
month, plus utilities. Wedebrock Real Estate Com-
pany, 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
CHARMING 2BR/1.5BA with new floors and appli-
ances. Includes washer/dryer, $895/month, plus all
ENCHANTED GINGERBREAD HOUSE: Bed and
breakfast decor, adorable 2BR/1BA, covered gar-
den patio, washer/dryer, phone and cable included.
Historic village of Bradenton Beach, two blocks to
beach/bay/pier. Available until Jan. 1. $650/weekly.
UNFURNISHED ANNUAL Bradenton Beach. Steps
to the beach. Large 1BR/1BA with Jacuzzi tub,
washer/dryer, large sundeck with great views.
$850/month. By appointment only, call 778-0292 or
ANNUAL RENTAL: Unfurnished 1BR/1BA duplex
apartment. Only 400 feet to beach. $675/month,
plus utilities and security. No pets. Anna Maria
TRADE FOR one-two weeks. 4BR Lake Erie house
for Gulffront house. www.woodsideinn.net or call
ANNUAL CANALFRONT HOME unfurnished (pets
OK, non smoking). Renovated 2BR/1BA, $2,250/
month, with optional 1 BR/1 BA apartment. Available
WANTED: ANNA MARIA rental. Gulffront or close.
3BR, plus. February 2003- March 31, 2003, or
longer. Call toll free, Jim (877) 476-0488, ext. 214.
VACATION RENTAL Charming 1BR/1BA, fully fur-
nished, across from beach. Call 778-8211.
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA, clean, remodeled, great neigh-
borhood. Close to beach and shopping. $800/
month. Call 737-8555.
KEY ROYALE: Bayfront home offers 3BR/3BA,
lovely gourmet kitchen, two-car garage, heated
pool, dock with boat lift and bay views from every
room. Annual, unfurnished, available Sept. 1. Call
ANNUAL RENTAL Spacious 2BR/2BA villa, at-
tached garage, large utility room, sunny den, fruit
trees, quiet neighborhood, walk to beach. $1,100/
month, plus utilities. 778-1589.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA ground-level unit near
beach in Holmes Beach. Super clean! $850/month.
Call Marina Pointe Realty Co. 779-0732.
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VACATION & SEASON. Private Beach. Walk to
everything. New kitchen, washer/dryer, dish-
washer, phone. VCR, grill, bikes bring your tooth-
brush! $375-$775/week and $975-$2,275/month.
Please call 737-1121 or (800) 977-0803.
ROOMMATE WANTED to share half-duplex in
Bradenton Beach. Half-block to Gulf. $450/month
plus half of utilities. Non smoking. Call 778-3320.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY 675 square foot unit.
On Pine Avenue with good exposure. Zoned ROR.
Lease term negotiable. Marina Pointe Realty Co.
2BR/1BA BEAUTIFULLY remodeled duplex steps
to beach. Please call 779-0863, if no answer call
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA in City of Anna Maria.
Close to beach and bay. Marina Pointe Realty Co.
ANNUALS: Canal, 2BR/2BA, Holmes Beach; 2BR/
2BA, Perico Bay Club; Canal/dock, 2BR/2BA; All
negotiable. T. Dolly Young Real Estate, 778-0807.
CONDO: HOLMES BEACH furnished 2BR/2BA,
vacation, seasonal or annual, non smoking, close
to everything. Heated pool, tennis court, fishing
BEACHFRONT ANNA MARIA, North Shore Drive.
Currently being remodeled, 2BR/2BA, living room
with fireplace, kitchen, large enclosed porch with
incredible panoramic view. Fully furnished. Avail-
able November 2002 through May 2003, minimum
three months. 778-3645.
SEASONAL/VACATION MARTINIQUE condos.
Three south and one north. Beautifully updated. T
Dolly Young Real Estate, 778-0807.
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DIRECT GULFFRONT: Water's Edge condo.
Beautiful 2BR/2BA available February, March, April
2003 season. Newly remodeled, heated pool, ten-
nis courts. (530) 581-3396.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1 BA, ground-level
unit. Central heating and air conditioning. New ap-
pliances. Short walk to beach. Some utilities in-
cluded. First, last and security required. Call 778-
ANNUAL RENTALS Steps to beach, beautiful 2BR/
2BA, half of duplex with new tile floors, Florida
room, washer/dryer hook up, carport, $850/month,
no pets; 2BR/2BA, half of duplex, new tile, washer/
dryer hook-up, $725/month; 2BR/1BA, tile floors,
carport, small screened porch, $800/month; 1 BR/
1BA, new tile floors, $650/month. Dolores M. Baker
2BR/2BA FIRST FLOOR, Gulffront condo, heated
pool, friendly, adult community. Three-month mini-
mum. (734) 665-4641.
SEASONAL RENTAL Renovated ground-level
home, steps to beach. Available at 2BR/1BA or
3BR/2BA, cable TV, dishwasher, washer/dryer.
(813) 300-8543 or (813) 990-8543.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Elevated duplex with one-car
garage. Spacious 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer hook-up.
Covered deck. Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
ANNUAL RENTAL Cute 1BR/1BA duplex in
Holmes Beach. $620/month. Rate includes water/
sewer, trash, yard care. Island Real Estate, 778-
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA duplex, north end of Anna
Maria, quiet and private. Newly remodeled four
houses from beach. Fenced yard, small pet OK.
$850/month. Phone 778-4837.
NEAR THE BEACH: 1-2BR, newly remodeled, fully
furnished, TV, telephone, kitchen, microwave.
,395/week or $1,250/month, plus tax. Call 778-
A BOATER'S DREAM on Anna Maria Island. 50-
foot dock with full shore power service on deep-
water canal. Fully remodeled 3BR/2BA home. Mas-
ter suite with office/library overlooking water. Slid-
ing glass doors open to trellis and 1,600 square feet
of decking down to dock. Fully fenced back yard.
Pets welcome with deposit. Short-term lease avail-
able. $2,500 per month. Contact owner at 776-
LONGBOAT KEY CONDO Banyon Bay Club, 2BR/
2BA, first-floor unit. Heated pool, tennis, fishing
dock, steps to beach. Available monthly, seasonal
or annuallysig03) 481-0000.
1BR, ONE BLOCK to beach. $60/day, three-day
minimum. Tim, 748-2386 or 792-8648 after 5pm.
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA, furnished, utilities in-
cluded, washer/dryer from September until end of
November $800/month. Just bring your toothbrush.
Buy it, sell it, find it fast in The Islanderclassifieds.
FALL SEASON SPECIAL rates with lease. Through
December-January. Completely furnished, includ-
ing utilities. Washer/dryer, beach and bay views,
community dock. 2-3BR/2BA, $1,350/month; 1BR/
1BA, $900/month. 962-8328.
BEACH RENTALS furnished directly on beach.
1BR/1BA apartment, private deck. Weekly $500 or
monthly $1,600. 2908 Avenue E, Holmes Beach.
ROOM FOR RENT furnished, private bath. 63rd
Street, Holmes Beach. Available, Aug. 26. $400/
CANALFRONT HOME Holmes Beach, 2BR/2BA,
nicely furnished, garage, large screened lanai,
peaceful, nice view, new dock. No pets, non smok-
ing. Weekly, monthly, seasonally. 779-2005.
2BR/1BA COTTAGE UNIT. Beautiful views of Gulf
and bay. Community dock. $1,150/month, plus utili-
ties. Annual or short term, first, last, security. 962-
TURNKEY FURNISHED 2BR efficiency, one block
to beach. Private entrance, bath and phone. Utili-
ties included, newly remodeled. No pets. Applica-
tion required. Drug and alcohol free. $200/week,
$400 deposit. Available now, 779-1121.
AVAILABLE WEEKLY/MONTHLY 1 and 2BR, va-
cation cottage units with beach and bay views and
community dock. 962-8328.
CANALFRONT DUPLEX with dock. Comparable to
single-family dwelling (adjoining side seasonally oc-
cupied approximately four months per year). Yard
maintenance and trash removal included. $850/
month, no pets. 778-5793.
WALK TO BEACH fully furnished 2BR/2BA home
in beautiful Anna Maria. Non smoking, no pets,
please. Weekly/monthly/seasonally. (810) 695-
VACATION/SEASONAL large Gulffront apart-
ments. Tropical setting, sundeck, patio, porch,
lovely furnished interior, private beach, great loca-
tion, no pets. Owner, 778-3143.
BAYFRONT HOME with beach. City of Anna Maria.
Furnished 3BR, immaculate. Available August and
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 visibil-
ity. $14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor,
388-5514 or call 809-4253.
LOT: HOLMES BEACH, Carissa Street. Walk to
beach, shopping. Fruit trees. Last one! $165,000.
57.6 by 105 feet. Call (813) 855-5479.
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ANNA MARIA CITY waterfront. Quiet north-end ca-
nal with dock and boat lift, 3BR/2BA, formal dining
room, large gourmet kitchen, gas fireplace, wood
floors, low maintenance yard, beautiful landscape
with irrigation. Shows like model home. Selling be-
low recent appraisal. Asking $699,000. 778-8422.
LOT FOR SALE Newton and Jacaranda in Anna
Maria. Ready to build with plans available, not on
coastal construction line, Gulfview and access.
$274,900. Call (813) 990-8543 or (813) 300-8543.
FOR SALE BY OWNER Steps to beautiful beach
on north end of Anna Maria. 2BR/3BA, over 2,000
square feet under air conditioning, two-car garage,
enclosed porch, large living room and separate din-
ing room. 788 N. Shore Drive. $689,000. Shown by
appointment only, call Lori, 322-8335.
ANNA MARIA CITY 3BR/2.5BA waterfront home,
no bridges to access bay. Large screened decks,
dock with 12,000-lb. lift. Open plan. Move-in condi-
tion. Asking $649,000. Call Robert Loomis, li-
censed. Broker for appointment, 779-9200.
GOLD MINE! Duplex, 2BR/2BA, up/down for sale.
Terrific rental history. Call for information Island Vaca-
tion Property, 778-6849.
WEST OF GULF DRIVE Steps to beach, luxury Island
retreat. Top of the line throughout. Exquisitely turnkey
furnished. One large master suite, two baths. Gulf
views. $650,000. Carol R. Williams, Broker, C&C Real
CATCH EVERY BREEZE! Waterview, turnkey fur-
nished 3BR/2BA with boat slip, great landscaping,
fenced backyard, two blocks to beach and trolley.
$342,000. Owner, 778-0805 or 962-6056.
ANNA MARIA 4,300-square-foot, multi-use residen-
tial/retail office. 2,200 square-foot elevated, 2,160-
square-foot ground level. Built 1983. $549,900. Offers
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY Bayfront paradise. 8021
Marina Drive. 4BR/2BA, plus guest quarters, pool,
metal roof, lush tropical landscape, deep dockage.
$1,150,000. Open 1-4pm. Yvonne Higgins at Wagner
OPEN HOUSE on the beach. Sunday, Aug. 25, 1-
3pm. 101 Seventh St. Duplex, investment/rental.
Gorgeous sunsets, turnkey furnished, boat dock,
sand. Come investigate. Suzanne Wilson, Island
Vacation Properties, 778-6849.
ONE BLOCK TO BEACH. Experience the magic of
Island living in this charming Holmes Beach 2BR
beach cottage with attached garage. Completely
renovated. Priced to sell at $299,900. Call Denise
Langlois, Coldwell Banker 751-1155. ML81214.
HOME WITH IN-LAW suite and views of bay. Nice
lot with room for pool. Quiet location in Holmes
Beach. Ceramic tile throughout. Great for vacations,
investment or year-round home. Best buy on the
Island. $255,000. Call Yvonne Higgins, Wagner Re-
ISLAND LIVING YOU CAN AFFORD! Turn key fur-
nished 1BR/1BA mobile home. Elevated ceiling in
living room, eat-in kitchen. Large outdoor shed.
Peek of Gulf, steps to beach. Located in Sandpiper
Mobile Resort senior park, (905) 623-0881.
Thank you for reading The Islander classified.
THE BIG PICTURE
It's all about real estate!
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Sept. 1- Dec. 15, 2002.
Mention "Autumn getaway"
coupon when reserving your
vacation rental and receive a
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One coupon per customer/one coupon per rental
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Coupon must be presented with payment.
VA.ATION '-~ '
3001 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217
PHONE: 941.778.6849 TOLL FREE: 800 778 9599 FAX: 941 779 1750
THE ISLANDER U AUG. 14, 2002 M PAGE 31
FOR SALE BY OWNER ISLAND PARADISE
788 North Shore Drive
Just steps to beach. This 2BR/3BA, two-car
garage, 2,000 sq.ft. home is located on the
desirable north end of Anna Maria. $689,000.
By appointment. Call Lori, (941) 322-8335.
28 Years of Professional Service
OUR LISTINGS DON'T EXPIRE, WE SELL THEM!
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX with parent quarters, 3BR/2BA, I BR/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.
DIRECT GULFVIEW Beach Cottage. Completed rehabed.
2BR/2BA Home with boat-slip $278.000.
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
5 APARTMENTS Steps to Gulf/bay. $475,000.
MOBILE HOME PARK 71 spaces, lakefront. 10 percent cap.
See our classified ads We're booking 2003 rentals now!
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
Aetyj96lY 9?eal &tate, .
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
P O Box 2150
FAX (941) 778-2294
CUTEST HOUSE ON THE ISLAND!
This captivating 3BR/2BA vintage hideaway has
been lovingly restored and offers many lovely ameni-
ties including wooden floors, high ceilings with fans,
a wonderful, spacious dining area and fully updated
bathrooms. There is an expansive kitchen with ad-
joining butler's pantry/utility area and charming land-
scaping, including an adorable white picket fence
and jasmine covered trellis! Located directly across
the street from the sparkling Gulf of Mexico! Priced
' _- .. I
This beautifully appointed and decorated townhouse
is located one short block to the beach and offers
countless amenities, including soaring vaulted ceil-
ings with fans, radius walls, glass blocks, mirrored
bar and wine rack, Corian countertops, white lac-
quered cabinetry, Jacuzzi tub, walk-in closet, etched
glass mural, central vacuum system, cultured
marble showers and raised vanities for sinks, sky-
lights and beveled glass mirrors. Priced at $595,000!
Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com
r Moving Out?
Call Karen Day
Mike Norman Realty, inc.
3101 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
AT HOLMES BEACH
LUXURY CONDO TOWNHOUSES
Model Open! 3800 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach
S3BR/2BA 1,700 sq.ft. Living Area Heated Pool
Elevator Available Large Private Garage
SSteps to Beach/Shopping Starting at $375,000
Call: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464
Visit us at VWWW.ABOUTTHIEVILLAGES.COM
YOUR HOMETOWN REALTOR SINCE 1939
: new! Custom-crafted
and designed by local
contractor, this 2BR/
2.5BA residence fea-
tures 1,781 sq.ft, of
fabulous detail. Unique
tropical setting, deep-
water dockage, spectacular views and walking distance to
beach. $745,000. Call Dave Moynihan, 778-2246 or 778-7976
MAGNIFICENT ...-. -"-. -- -1
cently built by ,, B
home is most luxuri-
ous. Both Gulf and
bay views from sev- .
eral levels. Lush, -
tropical setting, pool and docks. $2,750,000. Call Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246 or 778-7976 eves.
AWAY with pro-
plus guest quarters.
l Two fireplaces, hard-
t wood floors, solar
.heated pool, metal
roof, lush, tropical landscaping in very secluded setting.
$1,150,000. Call Yvonne Higgins, 778-2246 or 720-3879.
SUNBOW BAY Spa- 74il
cious, updated town- -
home with 2 or 3BR/
lovely lagoon. Two
pools, tennis and
bay. Offered at .,
mal boat ac s to s 1ac
$315,000. Call Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246 or 778-7976 eves.
,. EXCLUSIVE JEW-
p ,FISH KEY! Seclusion
S/ -l' '. and privacy in this Is-
.. .w .m.ri land retreat. 2,300
St sq.ft., 1.7 acres. Lots
of glass, fabulous wa-
ra : terviews, coral-stone
fireplace in master
BR & living area. Re-
duced to $1,950,000. Call Anne Miller, 778-2246 or 792-6475.
ELEGANT GIFT SHOP 1P' '
Back on the market at -
a really low price of (ii ,B . 3;4
$75,000. Furnishings, L ..
fixtures and inventory t -
are worth much more. .
Excellent opportunity, .
great location: Mana- -,4
tee Ave. & 75th '
Street. Call Ron Cornette, 778-2246
2217 Gulf Drive N. Bradenton Beach FL 34217
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P. T. Barnum, notably
Some war forces
Basic cable channel
New Deal program: Abbr.
Harass, in a way
"King Cotton" composer
Round up some
Makes lots of catcalls?
Hall of humor
Dutch portrait painter
Kind of bar
Attacks in two different
Mary Poppins, for one
Milo of "Only the Lonely,"
2 "Laugh-In" giggler
3 Dentist's directive
4 Madison's home:
5 Soft shoe, briefly
6 Squirrel's stash
7 Having a handle
9 Director Howard
10 Travel by sled
11 Red Sox div.
"Star Wars" warrior
Munches on fries and
Close by, once
Brief sighs of relief?
Trojan War figure
Lacking anywhere to
"Halt!" to a salt
Plugs, plugs, plugs
12 Tony of TV's "Family
14 Seashell seller, in a
15 Hayes who sang "Do
17 Tiny amount
18 Running mate of '68
19 They're sometimes
24 French teacher
30 Last sign
31 One with an 801 area
32 Bud site
35 Small groups
36 Takes off
39 E-address ending
41 Jazz technique
42 Platter player
45 It comes in sheets
46 Series finale
47 "You betcha"
50 Amount given away
51 Like some dealings
52 Single, potentially
55 Retort: Abbr.
59 Modulates, with "down"
60 Go to pieces
61 Stop by the roadside
62 Strive to stay within
63 Offering to voters
65 Heart of France
67 Not docked
68 "Rush Hour" star, 1998
86 Deli offering
93 Drought ender
94 Vaughan of jazz
96 Coming up
97 Old Ebbets Field
98 The Queen of
in a nursery rhyme
99 Dylan Thomas's
Place for a stroll
Clinton, for one: Abbr.
Writer's helper: Abbr.
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