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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
George Norwood named
Anna Maria top
The Anna Maria Citizen Recognition Committee
has named George Norwood as the city's citizen of the
year for 2002. In 1995, George's wife, Carolyne, was
given the same honor by then-Mayor Dorothy
In giving the honor to Norwood, the committee
said in its announcement that he "exemplifies all the
qualities of the perfect family man, loyal friend and
community worker. He is patient, understanding, al-
ways cheerful and his gentle manner, especially with
children, sets him apart."
Norwood came to Anna t. .
Maria Island in 1956 and
soon became manager of the
Island Water Company. The Norwoods
When that business was
bought by Manatee County, George was then hired by
the Manatee County Utility System.
He also served with the all-volunteer Anna Maria
Fire Department for 20 years and has been an active
PLEASE SEE NORWOOD, NEXT PAGE
Christian Goulet, 5,
and Chase Stripling,
7, greeted Smokey
the Bear (Florida
Fish and Wildlife
Jay Bailey) with an
enthusiastic hug at
Roundabout 'no brainer'
at Cortez Road, Gulf Drive
Bradenton Beach was the first community in
Florida to receive a roundabout on a state highway
eight years ago. Now, the consultant who helped work
on the Gulf Drive-Bridge Street traffic contraption has
suggested two more be created in the city.
Michael Wallwork was hired by the Sarasota-
Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization to assess
the feasibility of installing roundabouts at 11 intersec-
tions in the two-county area. One of 11: the Cortez
Road-Gulf Drive intersection.
Wallwork told MPO members Monday that the
busy Island intersection was a "no-brainer, a location
where a roundabout is by far the most logical treatment
to control the intersection."
Wallwork said the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive inter-
section currently is a problem for big trucks attempt-
ing to negotiate the turns. "Trucks run over the curb,"
he said, explaining that his proposed elliptical-shaped
roundabout at the intersection "just fits without having
to add any rights of way, and would make an attractive
gateway to the beaches."
He also suggested a roundabout at the main en-
trance to the parking lot at Coquina Beach-Leffis Key.
"I recommended it eight years ago," Wallwork said of
PLEASE SEE ROUNDABOUT, PAGE 3
'olume 10, no. 46, Sept. 25, 2002 FREE
By Rick Catlin
Owners of the Perico Harbor Marina at the east end
of the Anna Maria Bridge have quietly submitted a
proposal to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in Tampa
to dredge 3.14 acres of seagrass from its marina basin
as part of a plan to convert the facility to 188 wet slips.
The marina, located on Perico Island adjacent to the
proposed Arvida development, currently has 240 dry
slips and 15 wet slips.
If approved, the dredging would also displace
about .5 acres of oyster beds, in addition to the seagrass
beds, the COE said on its Web site. About 42,240 cu-
bic yards of material would be dredged.
The COE also noted that several endangered spe-
cies could be affected by the dredging, including the
West Indian Manatee. Potential impacts to managed
species such as red drum, shrimp, spiny lobsters and the
snapper/grouper complex are also mentioned.
The marina owners have proposed a mitigation
plan to address the resource impacts, the COE said.
.That plan includes relocating some of the seagrass to
other sites and constructing a series of "oyster reefs" to
"translocate" the oyster bed.
While public meetings are not required to issue a
dredging permit, COE engineer Charles Schnepel in
Tampa said the COE "will hold a public hearing if we
feel the information from the meetings makes for a
more accurate and factual decision."
A decision to hold a public meeting will be based
in some measure on the amount of public comment
received on the proposal, he said.
The final determination by the COE is subject to
review and coordination with the National Marine
Fisheries Service, he said.
While the COE deadline for public comment was
Sept. 23, Schnepel said he would accept input as he had
only heard from governmental agencies, not the public.
Comments regarding the proposal should be sub-
mitted in writing to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers,
P.O. Box 19247, Tampa FL 33686. The file number
200204935 should be included with any comments,
T R A C K I NG
Hurricane Season: Junel -Nov. 30, 2002
Storms Isidore, Lili bear
watching this week
Two tropical storms Tuesday at pretsume were
expected to become hurricanes byv Wednesday and
ma.y ha'e an impact on Anna Maria Island. :
Hurricahe-Tropical, Storm-Hurricane (?)
Iidore was forecast to move north-northeast in the
1 esern Gulf of Mexico WednesdaN and Thursday,
tuth an expected landfall in southern Louisiana
niidda\ Thursday. The storm was expected to have
100 mph w% inds at landfall.
Tropical Storm-Humcane (?) Lili was moving
w\eestward across the Caribbean Sea and, although
still several da\s out, the expected hurricane could
affect the Island by Saturday or Sunday.
And stop at The Islander office for a free
cop) of our "'Hurricane Guide 2002.1"
Hurricane Season: June 1-Nov. 30, 2002
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PAGE 2 0 SEPT. 25, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER
Galati live-aboards, slip renters get the boot
By Rick Catlin
Approximately 20 Anna Maria residents who rent
dock space at Galati Marine to live aboard their vessels
are being given less than 30 days to move out of the
marina and find a new location, according to a letter
from Galati Yacht Sales general manager Bill King. In
fact, everyone who rents a slip at the marina for a boat
will have to move it, according to the letter. The relo-
cation affects nearly all of the approximately 100 slip
renters at the marina.
King informed marina slip holders on Sept. 17 that
the company is in the final permitting process to "com-
plete a dredging and dock renovation project," antici-
pating a start date of Oct. 15.
"Please make arrangements to relocate your vessel
to another marina before the commencement date of
Oct. 15, 2002," wrote King.
Once the project is 50 percent complete, said King,
the marina will begin accepting applications for its new
slips and previous renters can reapply. When the
project is completed, however, the marina will only
have about 65 available boat slips to rent, said King.
Renters are getting short notice to move because
the project permits "were received quicker than ex-
pected, requiring us to meet a mandatory completion
date," he stated. The letter also contained a list of lo-
cal marinas which King said have available slip space
for those who have to relocate their vessels.
King said he hopes to begin the project on Oct. 15
and complete the work within two months. He apolo-
gized for the inconvenience and noted the availability
of slips at other Island marinas for those who have to
The project is for maintenance dredging only, said
Mark Petersen of the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection, and approval for the dredging phase
was essentially routine. The deadline to complete the
work is December 2003, said Petersen.
The DEP's approval does not affect or include pro-
visions for any applicable city or county permits, said
But Anna Maria Public Works Director George'
McKay said the city has never issued its own permit for
that project and it still has to be inspected and ap-
Anna Maria is currently using building inspectors
from Holmes Beach and no inspection of the project
has yet been scheduled. Additionally, said McKay, a
number of items noted in a letter he sent to the marina
Norwood named citizen of year
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
member of Roser Memorial Community Church, even-
tually becoming an usher and head usher. He was head
of transportation for the church until his health de-
clined, the committee's announcement said.
George was always willing and patient to help eld-
erly residents, said the announcement, and for a num-
ber of years used to take a group of women from Roser
Memorial Community Church shopping for groceries.
He could often be seen climbing stairs with several
bags of groceries, always smiling and always happy.
For the past 10 years, George and Carolyne have
volunteered their time with the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society and helped it to grow from infancy.
He always handled anything mechanical or manual
for the society, Carolyne said. "The success of the so-
ciety would not have been possible without him," she
,__., Live-aboard boaters at
S, .. Anna Maria's Galati
Marine have been
-- given 30 days to
W.'I ^,,. ,p vacate their slips. In
S ": fact, all the boats at
interim building inspector before a city permit is is-
McKay said the permit application process does
not require a public meeting for approval.
The last dredging at the basin and marina took
place about five years ago.
In February 2002, George was stricken with can-
cer of the blood and was paralyzed from the waist
down. After six months of chemotherapy, he was pro-
nounced cancer free and is now working to get his legs
"All during his illness, he has remained optimistic
and his spirits have been up," said the announcement.
"The prayers, support and kindness of his many
Island friends have been a major part of his recovery,"
concluded the committee announcement.
George thanked the committee for his selection,
but wondered if he had really done anything spectacu-
lar to receive the award. "It's a real honor," he con-
The committee was composed of Charlie Daniel as
chairperson along with Larry Albert, Pennie Neumann,
Don Schmitzerle and Betsy Smith.
Presentation of the award will be at the Oct. 19
meeting of the Anna Maria City Commission and
George promised to be up and walking by that date.
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Woman dies in head.on crash
A Holmes Beach woman died in a head-on crash
in Cortez Sept. 18.
Elizabeth "Betty" Call, 57, was westbound on Cortez
Road at about 4:30 p.m., approaching the Cortez Bridge,
when a truck driven by Francisco Ruiz-Soria, 30, swerved
into her lane, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The report said the truck swerved into Call's lane to avoid
hitting a car turning from Cortez Road.
Call was trapped in her Jaguar and firefighters
were called to the scene to extricate her. She was later
Neither Ruiz-Soria nor his passenger in the truck,
Richard Johnson, 29, were injured in the crash. The
truck was owned by Longboat Key Maintenance, a
privately owned lawn and tree removal business.
Charges are pending.
Eastbound traffic was halted for several hours
while investigators worked at the crash scene.
A German visitor drowned Sunday afternoon
in the rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Adolph Buttner, 61, was swimming near the
Manatee Public Beach with his wife about 3:30
p.m. when the couple became separated in the 4-
foot surf spawned by Hurricane Isidore. Life-
guards searched for Buttner, whose body was re-
covered about 200 yards offshore.
An autopsy will be performed to determine
exact cause of death.
The incident spurred warnings to all swim-
mers, surfers and beachgoers.by Chief Jay Moyles
of Manatee County Marine Rescue.
"We get some very violent weather here, and
people tend to overestimate their skill in the wa-
ter," Moyles said. High surf and rip currents
caused by storms hundreds of miles away can
impact the Island's normally tranquil offshore
waters, sometimes with terrible results.
"If you're going swimming in the surf, swim
in front of a lifeguard," Moyles advised. "We
can't see everything, but your chances are 100-
fold better near a lifeguard stand that not."
He said the lifeguards constantly monitor
the conditions of the water and can advise
swimmers of changes in currents'or surf breaks.
"And if you get into trouble, we can spot you
The weekend's weather high surf and rain
- is expected to continue later this week as
Isidore moves north in the western with an ex-
pected landfall in Louisiana.
Sandberg, O'Brien vie for commission seat
There will be an election barely in Bradenton
Beach Nov. 5.
Incumbent Ward 4 City Commissioner Mollie
Sandberg is being challenged by resident Anna
O'Brien. O'Brien has been vocal in the past few years
with respect to controlling development in the city.
Incumbent Ward 2 City Commissioner Dawn Baker
was not challenged for her position on the dais and will
automatically take another two-year term in office.
. The Islander will sponsor a candidate forum for
residents of Bradenton Beach to meet and hear
Sandberg and O'Brien on current issues beginning at
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at city hall, 107 Gulf
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 25, 2002 N PAGE 3
Anna Maria City
Sept. 25, 1 p.m., meeting with mayor-businesspeople.
Sept. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
approval of minutes, reports and updates, mayor's up-
date and announcements, government week proclama-
tion, USF proclamation, charter presentation, WCIND
grand agreement for Lake LaVista dredging, Keines
and Keines budget amendment, Tampa Bay Regional
Planning Council budget amendment, sheriff s contract
review, capital plans committee appointments, Zoller,
Najjar & Shroyer proposal, parking update and public
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Sept. 25, 7 p.m., final public hearing on city budget.
Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m., city commission-department head
Oct. 3, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Sept. 26, 3 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the traffic device, "as a way to make it easier for pedes-
trians to cross the road. Now, with the trolley on the
Island, a roundabout would help the trolley make U-
Wallwork said roundabouts are safer than tradi-
tional signalized intersections for both motorists and
pedestrians. Of the more than 500 roundabouts in the
United States, none have had a fatal pedestrian crash,
Florida Department of Transportation officials are
expected to consider the intersection modifications and
provide cost estimates for the MPO officials.
Historic Cortez Miller's dock job stalled by county
By Jim Hanson
The mostly completed restoration of a historic
dock in the historic fishing village of Cortez has been
stalled indefinitely for lack of a building permit.
Rebuilding of the old Miller dock and net camp has
been delayed before, but for a familiar deficiency:
Money. Now it has the money and work has been un-
der way for three or four months, until Manatee County
decided the job isn't repair after all, but new construc-
That requires a county permit, which the Cortez
interests had had no reason to seek until the county's
At worst, that could shut down work there for a
year, said knowledgeable construction spokespersons.
It is hoped, however, that the permit may be issued in
Karen Bell, treasurer of the Florida Institute of
Saltwater Heritage, said Cortezians are working with
county officials to get the permit through the govern-
ment process as quickly as possible.
Working on the project have been Carl "Trigger"
Mora and Tom Mora, Cortez natives and principals in
Carl Mora Marine Construction. They've been fitting
the Miller dock into their work schedule in spite of a
busy summer. '%
Financing is $14,000 from the West Coast Inland
Navigation District and $15,000 from FISH. The fi-
nancing apparently is in no danger from the delay.
Under construction: the former Miller dock and net camp next to Star Fish in Cortez. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
FISH is the core organization with which the
county has signed a three-year, $1-a-year lease on the
old net camp while it is being restored.
The dock at the foot of 123rd Street West had
fallen into disrepair over the past many years, and
2001's Tropical Storm Gabrielle virtually dismantled
it except for some of the pilings, said Tom Mora.
A prosperous fisherman, Albert Few, built the origi-
nal dock 80 or 90 years ago, said village historian Mary
Fulford Green. Subsequently Tom Miller of Miller Insu-
lation and Acoustics Inc., himself a working fisherman,
acquired the dock from Few's survivors. He rebuilt it and
used it as his fishing base until the statewide net ban elimi-
nated that aspect of fishing in 1995.
Another angle on Cortez streets, as offered by Sue Maddox
By Jim Hanson
A principal protagonist in the semi-occasional contro-
versy over use of some Cortez streets that end at the wa-
ter has presented another take on the matter.
She is Sue Maddox, Cortez activist who for some time
has questioned the use of the street-ends by individuals, for
they are as public as any other part of any other street.
The Manatee County Commission recently decided after
a hearing to leave the street-ends as they are, open to tra-
ditional use as areas to store fishermen's gear, but directed
staff to find a way to make such use conform to land-use
Maddox denied being a recent proponent of making
parks of the small properties: "I have not mentioned
'parks' or benches since Jim Staples (Department of
Transportation) and Stan Stephens (former county com-
missioner) wanted to give two more accesses to the bay
away. (Commissioner) Joe McClash at a recent meeting
suggested having a bench on 125th Street West."
She charged that more than half of the 33-foot-
wide 123rd Street access is used by an individual as a
garden and parking place. An encroaching house at
121 st Street Court West could be moved to the owner's
adjacent lot, she said. And on 125th Street, a property
owner has claimed the street "as his very own," with
privacy signs and posts, according to Maddox.
German drowns in Gulf off Holmes Beach
PAGE 4 M SEPT. 25, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER
Christmas Prelude costs may halt event this year
Organizers of the five-year Christmas Prelude in
Bradenton Beach have bowed out of a repeat perfor-
mance for 2002.
Lea Ann Bessonette, representing Legacy III Inc.,
told the Bradenton Beach City Commission last week
that "we three cannot fund this production again. The
funds are not there."
Bessonette, with Emily Anne Smith and John
Chappie, mayor of the city, began offering a musical
program on Thanksgiving at the foot of the clock tower
on Bridge Street five years ago. The event offers resi-
dents and visitors a family-oriented evening of
By Rick Catlin
The Tip of the Island restaurant and pub at 204
Palmetto Ave. in Anna Maria will reportedly discon-
tinue live music after this weekend, according to city
code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon. In addition,
the owners paid their past-due license fees Sept. 23 and
the establishment has been approved for a license re-
newal for the coming year, she said.
Rathvon said restaurant co-owner Terry McKee
told her he's halting the practice of live music at the
restaurant for the time, following this weekend's sched-
Rathvon emphasized she did not present McKee
with a code enforcement violation letter, only dis-
cussed various complaints that the city had received
recently about loud music emanating from the res-
"It's his choice" to halt live music, Rathvon said,
although McKee did not rule out use of live entertain-
ment in the future, she added.
Tip of the Island co-owner Gloria McKee had said
last week that the restaurant "doesn't have any loud
music," and claimed City Commissioner Linda Cramer
was behind the complaints to the city.
But it was City Commissioner John Michaels, not
Cramer, who first raised the issue of noise and parking
problems at Tip of the Island at a city commission
workshop in August. That was followed by written
complaints of loud noise to the city from three residents
living close to the establishment, including Joanna and
Steve Henriquez of Willow Avenue; Mary Costanza of
Palmetto Avenue; and Anthony Velazquez, also of
The city's noise ordinance does not require the use
of a decibel meter to determine noise levels, or prohibit
loud noises after any particular hour, but does say that
no person or establishment shall create noise that trav-
els off the property limits, Rathvon said.
The city had claimed the restaurant owed an occu-
pational fee for the past two years plus the 2002-03 fee,
and needed to file another commercial occupational
license application and get city approval to operate.
Rathvon approved the restaurant's license renewal
application after an on-site inspection of the premises
Sept. 23. She said the restaurant has had a Florida beer
and wine license (2-COP) annually since 1981 to op-
erate as a restaurant/pub. This particular license does
not require the restaurant to maintain any minimum
number of restaurant seats or food sales, according to
state inspectors, Rathvon said.
In addition to three years worth of occupational
license fees, the city also collected a late fine of 25
percent of the past due amount from McKee. The an-
nual license fee for the restaurant is $66 and the city
would have collected $198 plus $33.00 as a late fine.
Efforts to reach Terry McKee for comment on
his apparent decision to halt live music at Tip of the
Island were unsuccessful by press deadline. Gloria
McKee would only say that all problems with the
city and the restaurant's occupational license have
It's not the first time city residents have been up
in arms about the noise levels at the restaurant. Sev-
eral years ago, then-owners Roger and Ann
Mousseau halted live music at Tip of the Island af-
ter numerous complaints from nearby residents. The
Mousseaus eventually sold the business to the
singalongs and holiday music to usher in the holiday
However, spiraling expenses to put on the perfor-
mances have caused the trio to re-evaluate their abil-
ity to stage the production.
"The reality of this production, with a budget of
$6,000-plus each year for the past five years, totals
$30,000 out of our pockets," Bessonette said. Costs
include advertising fees, decorations, sound system
rental and payment to performers.
"It's gotten a little bit more than our pockets can
bear." she said.
Bessonette said she had hoped to find corporate
sponsors willing to help offset the cost of the produc-
tion, which draws thousands of people, but in light of
national and international events in the past year, fi-
nances everywhere are tight.
"We're willing to do the work," Chappie said, "but
we can't afford to write the checks."
City commissioners agreed to honor special-event
and banner-sign applications from the group in the
hope that funding will become available to allow the
event to continue.
Any deep pockets out there?
On the move
This house at Third Avenue and Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach is going to be moved to Cortez Village to make room
Jor a new "Sea Shell Beach" triplex. Whitehead Construction is handling the move and will be driving the home off
the Island and across the.Cortez Bridge to its new location in Cortez. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Rare whale adds to mysterious visits to Island
By Paul Roat
First it was an oarfish, a 10-foot-long silver fish
that looked like a big ribbon and is usually only found
in the deep ocean, that washed ashore on Anna Maria
Island last March.
Then it was a female green turtle that came ashore
in July and laid her eggs in the sand, the first of that en-
dangered species to hit Island beaches in recent
DEP wants comment
on county application
Florida's Department of Environmental Pro-
tection is seeking public comment on an applica-
tion by Manatee County for a coastal construction
and control line permit on Anna Maria Island.
The permit will allow the county to pursue
dune revegetation, the final phase of its beach
renourishment project, said Manatee County Eco-
systems Manager Charlie Hunsicker. The county
wants to build short rope fences around the areas
revegetated to alert beachgoers of the renourished
area, and needs a DEP permit for that.
"When we plant the vegetation, we have to
keep people out until the dunes grow back," said
The revegetation only concerns areas where
the beach sand was renourished by the recent
project, he said.
The DEP has no planned public meeting on
the Island to discuss the application, but public
comment on the proposal may be directed in writ-
ing to the DEP's Bureau of Beaches and Wetland
Resources at 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., Mail
Station 310, Tallahassee, FL 32399..
For further information on the application,
contact Charlie Hunsicker at 742-5980.
memory. The little hatchlings scampered into the Gulf
And finally, last Tuesday, a rare dwarf sperm
whale stranded on a beach in Anna Maria City. It was
the first such stranding of a dwarf sperm whale on
Florida's Gulf coast, according to officials at Mote
The 5-foot-long, 150-pound female whale, esti-
mated to be between six months and a year old, was
taken to Mote, where it later died. The cause of death
was estimated to have been pneumonia.
About 30 people rushed to the whale's aid after it
beached itself near the Sandbar restaurant. They turned
the whale back into the water, but it kept returning to
the beach. Rescuers kept the whale cool and covered
until Mote's mammal rescue team arrived and trans-
ported it to the laboratory.
One eye witness/aide said she and her grandson
were at the whale's side for more than an hour and a
half and that the whale had numerous "slashes" and
was bleeding heavily.
The dwarf sperm whale is widely distributed
through tropical and temperate seas. Records of
sightings are scattered along the American coast of the
North Atlantic, the South American and African coasts
of the South Atlantic, the Indo-Pacific region and the
Pacific Ocean as a whole.
Dwarf sperm whales are the smallest of all whales,
and closely resemble the pygmy sperm whale in size, stat-
ure and color. However, the snout of the dwarf sperm
whale becomes blunt and square, not rectangular, in adult-
hood, and the dorsal fin is larger. Maximum weight is
around 460 pounds, with a maximum length of 9 feet.
Like the pygmy sperm whale, this species of ceta-
cean is slow-moving and hunts by stealth, so since prey
are probably incapable of fast movement, the whale
eats small fish, cuttlefish, deep-sea shrimps and squid.
The creatures travel in pods of less than 10 ani-
mals, mainly females with calves and sexually-imma-
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 25, 2002 0 PAGE 5
Anna Maria City passes record budget
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria City Commission unanimously ap-
proved a record $1.78 million budget Sept. 18 for the
upcoming fiscal year, keeping the city's 2.0 millage rate
the same as this year, despite an increase in revenue from
ad valorem taxes through rising property values.
Several property owners lobbied for a reduction-in
either the millage rate or the reserve fund, which will
now be about 55 percent of the budget, Mayor
But commissioners observed the 2.0 millage is still
the lowest of any of the three Island cities.
Commissioners did change a controversial line
item for a drainage project on Spring Avenue and
Spring Lane. Some residents had objected that this
drainage project was taking precedence over others that
had been around longer than this particular problem.
Instead, commissioners renamed the line item as
"drainage projects as directed by the city commission."
Anna Maria resident Rick DeFrank, however, said
he -was confused. He wondered who had created the
Spring Avenue/Lane problem in the first place.
He and other residents also expressed concern
about the $143,200 budgeted to renovate city hall. The
original amount mentioned several years ago was
SueLynn said the project must be submitted for bid
and the current figures are only estimates supplied by
Public Works Director George McKay. The renovation
project was discussed at numerous budget and commis-
sion workshops the past several months, she said.
The amount is only an estimate and the final bid
could be less, she added. Any money not used would
go toward city drainage projects, she said.
DeFrank asserted that McKay, as a city employee,
should not have done the estimate, but rather an inde-
pendent contractor should have come up with the fig-
Residents were also concerned about rising taxes
and one Oak Avenue resident said taxes are going to
drive out the families and leave "only the rich" in the
Commissioner Linda Cramer said all Island cities
are having the same problem and it's time for the Bar-
rier Island Elected Officials to go to Manatee County
and ask where all the money is going.
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hoping Anna Maria Island's spiraling property val-
ues, along with those of Longboat Key, continue on
an upward trend.
That trend allowed the county to collect more
than 20 percent of its $285 million budget from Is-
land/Longboat Key property owners last year, de-
spite the fact only about 12,100 people (4.4 percent)
of the county's estimated 275,000 population live
on the two barrier islands.
The county's total budget in 2001 was $285
million, according to figures supplied by the
county's finance department. Of that amount, an es-
timated $31.32 million (10.998 percent) was paid by
Island property owners, using the same tax collec-
But according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the
three Island cities have a total population of only
about 8,300 people, or 3.018 percent of the county's
estimated 275,000 residents.
In. the Manatee County portion of Longboat
Key, the estimated 3,900 permanent residents rep-
resent just 1.4 percent of the county's population,
but paid for 9.7 percent ($27.7 million) of the
county's 2001-02 budget.
For all Island cities and the Manatee County
portion of Longboat Key, the approximately 12,100
residents paid about $59 million to the county in
taxes in 2001, or 20.7 percent of the county's total
$285 million budget that year.
Of that $59 million, about $5.3 million was re-
turned to the four cities as ad valorem tax revenue
collected by the county for the cities, or other rev-
Commissioner John Michaels said the city needs
someone from the county tax assessor's office to come
to the city and explain how they arrived at the assess-
ments and property values. Property values are going
through the roof, he said. He reminded the audience
that the city only gets about 9 percent of a property tax
bill back. Nearly 41 percent of tax money goes to the
school district while 47 percent supports the county.
The rest gets distributed to various agencies.
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In other words, said one local real estate agent,
"4 percent of the people pay 20 percent of the
But remember, he added, the population figures
are only for permanent residents, not winter visitors,
who may also own property here and pay taxes to
The agent said the answer to the inequity in
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"The county absolutely does not want property
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of money. They're getting the maximum assess-
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The City of Bradenton, with a current popula-
tion of about 50,000 people, paid approximately
$81 million in county taxes for 2001. That would
equate to 18 percent of the people living in the
county paying 28 percent of the taxes, the agent
said, a much more equitable ratio.
"Buyers always ask about taxes. We have to
give them a straight answer," the agent said. "The
property taxes are higher on the Island than the
mainland and higher in a city than the county," he
By contrast, the estimated 198,000 people liv-
ing in unincorporated areas of Manatee County in
2001, representing 70 percent of the county's total
population, paid just $81 million in taxes through
the county's special tax unit, or 28.4 percent of the
entire $285 million county budget that year.
An effort by Diane Caniff to get the city to reduce
its reserve fund from 55 percent to 50 percent as a
citizen's petition had requested was unsuccessful.
The mayor said 55 percent was a good figure for
a barrier island's reserve fund.
After nearly 90 minutes of public comment, the
commission approved the budget with a 15.6 percent
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Isidore is as far from Anna Maria Island in the Gulf
of Mexico as geographically is possible, yet it's probably
a contributing cause of a drowning death last weekend.
A vacationer was found to have drowned near the
Manatee Public Beach while swimming with his wife.
The incident should serve as a warning to all swim-
mers, surfers and beachgoers and especially parents
of young beachgoers.
The young surfers and body waveriders will
undoubtably lack fear, face challenges from their peers
and risk dangerous waters in the hope of taking a great
wave. After all, the Gulf waters are familiar territory to
kids who grow up here and as they progress through
adolescence their parents become more trusting.
"Mom, I'm goin' to the beach with Joey ..." can
be heard in almost any household. And the response,
"OK, don't stay too late ..." rings familiar, too.
But did mom check the surf? The Bay News 9
weather report? Not even Roy Leep, channel's former
weather god, could tell you from the kitchen window
how rough the Gulf might be, if there's a hidden rip-
tide, or how fast the surfboards will move up the shore
in the current toward Tampa Bay.
How could you know from the calm and comfort
of home that danger lurks on the beach? It may not be
raining. It might even be sunny.
Supervision is the only answer for parents whose
youngsters are hoping to enjoy the thrill of a storm.
For the rest of us, there are lessons learned from the
past. Flooded cars, homes, businesses. Not enough sand
for the bags. Not enough foam to seal the garage door.
Storm warnings come all too quickly and often
There is time to prepare for a storm, which may or
may not come. Preparation is the key. Check the bat-
tery, candle, and food and water supplies. Update pre-
scriptions, prepare spare bedding, a portable radio or
TV and personal items for use in a shelter. Prepare
important papers for easy packing in the glove box.
Develop a plan for where you'll go in the event of an
evacuation. And make plans for pets, too.
Be prepared to board up windows and seal doors.
Clear up the yard of yard furniture, potted plants and
lawn ornaments, children's toys and other items that
can become flying objects in a storm.
It's the least of what you can do to be prepared.
Be safe, not sorry.
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Citizens of the City of Anna Maria who haven't
been paying much attention to recent activities in town
may be in for a very rude and expensive surprise. There
is a small faction of very vocal citizens who, under the
banner of maintaining the "old Florida" character of
our town, are anxious to use the visioning process and
review of building codes to further restrict our already
restricted ability to build on or make change to our
This group completely ignores the oppressive Fed-
eral Emergency Management Agency rules. No one,
including those that govern our city, seem to be aware
that under the March 2002 revision to the Florida
Building Code properties within the Coastal Construc-
tion Zone must now be elevated 18 to 20 feet above sea
Between the state forcing us to build up and a
meddlesome group of citizens who want us to build
small, it will become nearly impossible to build a de-
cent home in this city. Under the new Florida building
code it will be impossible to put a second living floor
on some homes due to the 37-foot height restriction the
city imposes. Rather than try to help citizens who might
be faced with this problem our mayor and others are
leading the charge to further restrict height and set-
Just wait until a hurricane wipes out some of these
single-story structures these folks love so much. They
won't be able to rebuild and the building restrictions
they want to npose on others will render their prop-
erty virtually worthless.
Don't get sucked into this "preserving the old
Florida charm" argument. It is just code language for
losing your property rights. We've trusted property
owners to do the right thing for the last 100 years and
We need less rules and restrictions not more.
There are some selfish folks in this town who have
their little bit of paradise and want to deprive the rest
of us of ours. They want to control what you can do
with your property. They don't care about our property
values since they are never going to sell and think the
rest of us should subsidize them. Don't let them steal
our property rights to support this misguided "vision."
Let your voice be heard now or you will pay a price
James L. DePorre, Anna Maria
coming to town?
To James L. Deporre of Anna Maria:
Mr. Deporre is absolutely correct when he
sounds the "warning bell" to the citizens of Anna
Maria, only what he means is: The carpetbaggers are
coming! The carpetbaggers are coming! Some are
I venture to say that the majority of citizens who
reside in the City of Anna Maria are here because we
love the ambiance, the lack of condos and large opu-
lent homes. We can still see they bay and the Gulf
and our lovely natural foliage.
While most homeowners are happy their prop-
erty sees appreciation, what they really want at
least in Anna Maria is the small town, quaint,
My suggestion to Mr. Deporre and others who
share his same value system is to sell their valuable
Anna Maria property and find some other fair city
which welcomes their financial philosophy and vi-
sions for their town.
May I also suggest to Mr. Deporre that there is
more to quality of life than money and investments.
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THE ISLANDER M SEPT. 25, 2002 0 PAGE 7
Changes needed in Anna Maria cell tower plan
By Rick Catlin
After sifting through the 100-page Anna Maria Mas-
ter Wireless Communications plan looking for changes
warily eye Isidore
By Jim Hanson
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers
are keeping a weather eye on Hurricane Isidore,
ready to move sea turtle nests to safety if seas
build to a threat here.
Hurricanes' effects on the water can be felt
for hundreds of miles, far beyond the range of the
torrential wind and rain at the center of the storm.
"Luckily we're nearing the end of the marine
turtle nesting season," said Suzi Fox, head of
Turtle Watch and holder of the state's sea turtle
preservation permit for the Island.
"If the tides grow high and the waves be-
come threatening, of course we will relocate the
nests to safer territory up away from the water.
We just hope we can avoid that this year."
She noted that a storm a year ago July piled
water over the beach and wiped out 40 nests.
That amounts to some 4,000 baby turtles that
didn't hatch and didn't make it to the Gulf.
The nests are down to five, she said, which
is normal for this late in the nesting season that
officially ends Oct. 31. Two are near the Mana-
tee Public Beach, two at the north end of the Is-
land, one off the Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach.
"These late-hatching nests are laid by mother
turtles who are just cleaning out their systems
before going back to sea until it's time to be
thinking about parenting again next year," Fox
and revisions, city commissioners agreed at their work-
shop session Sept. 9 they needed more information from
author Ted Kreines before submitting their recommenda-
Commissioners did agree that the city's planning and
zoning board be removed from the approval process on an
application for a cell tower and that the commission would
deal directly with applicants.
Commissioner Chuck Webb said it was his view that
unless the master plan is adopted as an ordinance, cell
tower companies applying for a construction permit only
have to "look at this document," not adhere to it. The plan
is only a guideline.
City Attorney Jim Dye agreed, saying the document
could work as the city's ordinance.
Commissioners also agreed to have public lands listed
as preferred sites for cell towers.
When discussion moved to co-location of more than
one cellular phone system on the same tower, Laura
Belflower, an attorney who represents both Verizon Wire-
less and Tech Tower, said the plan discourages wireless
phone companies from operating at the same tower.
It's "not true" that co-location encourages taller cell
towers, she claimed, and the master plan gives no reason
to discourage co-location. "Co-location is not a problem,
just the visual impact."
Belflower, who said she had offered to write the city's
wireless communications plan last year and was involved
in writing the cellular communications ordinance in
Holmes Beach, said it's too expensive for cellular tele-
phone companies to each operate on a separate mount.
But commissioners disagreed. They felt the language
in the Kreines report was "appropriate."
Commissioner John Quam said the commission "is
not rejecting anything" in the wireless plan.
Belflower claimed the master plan calls for a height
restriction of 37 feet with no chance for a special excep-
tion from the city commission. Commissioners agreed to
discuss this issue further with Kreines.
Belflower also claimed the report discussion on radia-
tion emitted by a cell tower is nothing more than a "scare
tactic by Kreines & Kreines on hazardous material."
Anna Maria resident Jamie Armstead, who spent con-
siderable time researching wireless communications fa-
cilities and experts last fall for the city, disagreed with
Dye said radiation tests conducted by the wireless
company on a cell tower have to be submitted to the fed-
eral government and copies can be provided to the city.
Commissioner John Michaels believed the city might
need to hire a consultant to handle the administrative end
of all the inspections, reports and procedures generated by
an application from a company to build a cell tower in
When Webb brought up the subject of prohibiting a
cell tower company's application, Belflower said the city
can't prohibit a tower at all. Webb disagreed. "That's not
the way I read it."
The commission agreed to discuss that issue and pos-
sible changes to the master plan further with Kreines and
schedule another work session after those discussions.
Belflower has said previously that Verizon Wireless
along with Tech Tower will likely be among the the first
companies to apply for a tower and communications fa-
cility in Anna Maria, once a master plan and ordinance are
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Villa Rosa developers buy adjacent property
By Rick Catlin
Confirming what some Anna Maria residents sus-
pected when plans for the controversial 15-unit Villa
Rosa subdivision were first presented to the city for
approval, developers GSR Limited Liability Co. are
expanding their property ownership in the city.
According to Manatee County property records,
GSR purchased the canalfront home at 403 S. Bay
Blvd. on July 17, 2002, for $495,000. The property is
adjacent to the Villa Rosa site and could be included in
any final plans for the development.
Completion of the purchase came just two days
after Villa Rosa received its preliminary site-plan ap-
proval from the city commission after numerous threats
of a lawsuit by lawyers representing GSR. During the
nearly six weeks of deliberations, GSR officials at one
time told commissioners they had no plans for expan-
sion of Villa Rosa.
The 1,652-square-foot home at 403 S. Bay Boule-
vard sits on a 73-by-105-foot lot next to the Villa Rosa
complex, which is currently being cleared for develop-
ment of the 15-unit single-family homes subdivision.
A doublewide construction trailer at the Villa Rosa
site has already received approval from the city to op-
erate as a temporary sales and construction office.
Only preliminary site plans have been approved.
GSR must still provide the city with final plat plans and.
obtain approval prior to the sale of any homesites, ac-
cording to the city commission's preliminary site-plan
approval. George F. Young Engineering Inc. presented
the preliminary plans to the city on behalf of GSR.
Developers of the planned Villa Rosa development, pictured in center, have acquired the adjacent lot. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Jack Elka
Residents want remedy for Sixth Avenue floods
Residents of Sixth Avenue in Holmes Beach
flooded the city's mailbox with complaints about inad-
equate stormwater drainage, which they say is causing
their street to flood.
Audrey Smith has owned property on Sixth Av-
enue for eight years and believes 95 percent of the
water comes from the East Bay Drive shopping plazas
where Walgreens and Beach Unlimited are located.
According to Smith, although there are retention ponds
in front of the shopping plaza, stormwater runoff from
shops as far as away as Shell's restaurant runs to Sixth
Robyn Radick, another resident, also said the
flooding has been an ongoing problem, which has only
been getting progressively worse during the eight years
she has been on Sixth Avenue.
According to Radick, mail was not delivered to her
home for several days because of recent flooding.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore notified resi-
dents that the city would be willing to look at the problem
and add a drainage ditch to both sides of the street.
Radick, however, said that a swale dug across the
street has done nothing to remedy the problem. "It did
no good whatsoever but left dirty, mosquito-infested
water and a large amount of dead grass. The last thing
we need is another swale."
Several residents also expressed concern that the
city's failure to clean and maintain the stormwater
drains could result in a continuing health hazard due to
mosquitoes and bacteria attracted to the stagnant wa-
ter remaining for prolonged periods.
Residents plan to voice concerns to the city com-
mission at this week's scheduled work session.
Charter review is through in Anna Maria City
By Rick Catlin
After more than seven months of meetings, Anna
Maria's charter review committee has approved a pro-
posed new charter for the city that will be presented at
the Sept. 26 city commission meeting.
By a unanimous vote Sept. 23 of the five charter
review committee members Tom Aposporos, Mady
Iseman, Chris Collins, Bob Barlow and James Adams
- the committee agreed to the following proposed
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Addition of a definitions section to the charter to
help reduce any confusion caused by the use of certain
terms within the document.
Election day would be changed from February to
November because the committee has learned that more
registered voters vote in a November election than in a
February election and it costs the city about $2,000 more
to hold a February election than in November.
The new charter would separate the legislative
and executive branches of government, remove the
mayor from the city commission and create a fifth
commission seat. The new commission would elect
its own chairperson who shall also serve as the city's
deputy mayor. Under this separation, the mayor
would be the chief executive officer of the city as in
the current charter, but the proposed charter more
clearly defines the separation and strengthens the
legislative and executive roles in city government.
The new charter would create the position of ad-
ministrator as a possible future appointment by the
mayor, subject to city commission approval. The job
description and qualifications will be defined in -the
city's administrative code.
The residency requirement to seek election to a
municipal office would be extended from six months
to two years.
The proposed charter has been reviewed by City
Attorney Jim Dye and political analyst Dr. Larry
Walker of the University of West Florida.
In addition to a proposed new charter, the charter
review committee included a section on simple changes
to the current charter, if the city commission and Anna
Maria public do not believe a new charter warrants a
The city commission is under no obligation to
accept any or all of the proposed recommendations
or present them to the public for a vote, charter re-
view committee chairperson Tom Aposporos has
However, Mayor SueLynn and other city commis-
sioners have indicated that, at a minimum, the proposed
charter should be discussed with the public and a spe-
cial city commission meeting on the recommendations
is likely. She has also indicated any charter changes
would go to the public for a vote.
THE ISLANDER M SEPT. 25, 2002 0 PAGE 9
'Simple' causeway has extensive plans
By Rick Catlin
The Palma Sola Scenic Highway Committee Cor-
ridor Advocacy Group learned in a survey earlier this
year that users of the causeway want it kept as simple
as possible in the future.
With that in mind, the committee heard a presen-
tation Sept. 18 by Ron Hills of Reynolds, Smith and
Hills, a Tampa firm, of future Palma Sola Causeway
landscaping and of a design for the area between the
east bridge on the causeway to just before the entrance
to Flamingo Cay.
Hills also wants to keep the causeway simple if it
receives its designation as a scenic highway as ex-
He only wants to add more picnic areas, a pavilion,
control access points to parking, rest rooms, small
shrubs between the parking area and the causeway, an
outdoor shower, maybe a crosswalk or a bike path,
boulders under some trees to eliminate parking in those
locations, removal of exotic plants, and possibly an-
other boat ramp.
The draft design is being kept as simple as pos-
sible, said Hills. "It won't look like DisneyWorld." The
design concept "calls out what's beautiful" and doesn't
Hills also noted that if the south side beach on the
causeway were renourished, that would add a lot more
real estate to the causeway and "increase options" for
A landscaped median is also in the future design
picture, but that doesn't mean the causeway would
become a four-lane road. "We may never widen Palma
Sola Causeway," said a Florida Department of Trans-
portation representative at the meeting.
But this conceptual design is only a draft, observed
Manatee County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann,
who wants the scenic highway designation but is wor-
ried about too many changes along its borders.
Then tell us what you want or don't want, said
marketing expert Myra Monreal of RS&H marketing
from Orlando, the firm that conducted the survey.
Committee members questioned the wisdom of
adding large rest rooms and a crosswalk in addition to
shrubbery between the causeway and parking.
"The shrubbery will be wiped out in a month" by
motorists looking to grab a parking place, said one
Von Hahmann along with Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens were adamant that
Kingfish Boat Ramp should stay where it is.
The CAG has already obtained a $160,000 grant to
either add rest rooms along the causeway or upgrade
the existing facilities.
Hills admitted he and his planners have not visited
the causeway on a busy holiday such as Labor Day or
the Fourth of July.
Susan King of the DOT said the-eligibility appli-
cation to designate Palma Sola Causeway as a scenic
highway has been submitted to the Florida Scenic
Highway Committee for comments. Once that's ap-
proved and returned, the CAG then develops the cor-
ridor management plan for the actual application to the
Scenic Highway Committee.
Monreal said she was confident the causeway
would meet the initial eligibility criteria.
Oktoberfest grand opening
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Oktoberfest Suncoast 2002 will start a weekend
festival with a grand opening at 12:15 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 27, at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Pal-
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offered to those entering the Oktoberfest between 10
a.m. and 2 p.m., said the sponsoring Great Outdoors
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The event will be open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Officiating at the opening ceremony will be Mana-
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Larry Bustle and Bradenton Councilwoman Marianne
Serving on the Oktoberfest planning committee is
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Duffy's Tavern will opne for one day only at an
off-Island venue the Boiler Room Bar & Grille on
the Bradenton mainland.
Matt Lavalle, Boiler Room proprietor, invited the
whole Duffy's gang to serve the entire Duffy's menu
from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at his estab-
lishment at 5600 Manatee Ave. W.
"We will be using Duffy's menu, so there will be
no steak sandwiches, wings or FRIES!" said Pam
Geyer. She, Mom Pat, and Geyer daughters Peggi,
Patti, Polli, and even Penni from Henderson, N.C., in
town to work that day, will pump beers and grill
burgers just like at the former Holmes Beach location.
"It will be like Duffy's only at the Boiler Room,"
Pam said, "so come get your cheeseburger, bean soup,
chili dog, chili, and frosted cold mug of beer! And yes,
Peggi will be behind the bar."
Lavalle said he will only be open that day from 11
to 7 for Duffy's, so the Boiler Room will not be open
late that night. "We're all good friends," he said, "and
since they're still looking for a place, we thought it
would be a good idea to let everyone know they're still
There is still no word on a new home for Duffy's
Tavern, which lost its lease at its 32-year-old location
across from the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes
Beach last June. Peggi Geyer has said only that nego-
tiations are ongoing to purchase property in Holmes
Beach, and contracts and offers and contingencies are
all in the works.
Cortez candidate forum
A forum for candidates in the general election Nov.
5 has been organized for 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Cortez
Community Center, in the 4500 block of 123rd Street
It is open for all candidates to present their plat-
forms and explain their candidacies, said its organizer,
Mary Fulford Green. It will be co-sponsored by The
Residents and candidates are welcome to come
early to mingle, and stay for coffee and cake following
the question-and-answer session.
Candidates wishing to participate are to call Dr.
Green at 795-7121 to be scheduled.
Island Rotary's October schedule
The Anna Maria Island Rotary Club will welcome
summertime absentees and hear Manatee County Commis-
sioner Jane von Hahmann discuss county issues when it
opens its October schedule.
It will meet at noon Tuesdays at the Beach House Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Its opening
session will be Oct. 1 for a club assembly, followed Oct. 8
by Commissioner von Hahmann's visit.
Also on Oct. 8 will be "Rotary Information Night" from
5 to 6:30 p.m. at the First National Bank & Trust, 5324 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. There, prospective members will get
an outline of Rotary goals and objectives.
On Oct. 15, the Rotary Foundation will head the pro-
gram, Oct. 22 Rotary shelter boxes for world disaster areas
will be presented by the Lakewood Ranch Rotary, and Oct.
29's program is yet to be organized.
Further information may be obtained by calling 778-
Island Players schedule auditions
Auditions will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, for
10 parts in the Island Players.upcoming production of
"Rumors." The auditions will be at the Island Players
theater, Gulf Drive at Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
The play has roles for four male and female "party
animals" young to middle-aged, one middle-aged po-
liceman and one policewoman in her late 20s. Direc-
tor will be Phyllis Elfenbein. Details are available at
Beginner plates Thursday
The beginners' pilates class will be from 10:30 to
1 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Personal trainer Laura Bennet will lead the exer-
cise system. She also teaches pilates at 7 p.m. Tuesday
and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Charge for the Thursday class
is $4 for members, $5 non-members. Details are avail-
able at 778-1908.
Page plays perfection
Playing for an audience of friends and admirers can be
tough, recording the session for posterity even tougher,
but pianist/jazz artist Nathan Page did so with grace
and aplomb at Island's End Bistro Friday eve. His trio,
including Mark Neuenschwander on bass and John
Jenkins on drums, are a favorite Island's End attrac-
tion. Page will produce a compact disc through his
Hugo Recording Artists company, and will offer it for
sale at the Bistros and other Island locations includ-
ing The Islander office later in the fall/winter season.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Middle school seeks donation
The Island Middle School is looking for a donation
of picnic tables to use for outdoor lunches and an out-
door learning center.
According to IMS Director Jeanne Shell, the
school already has umbrellas, but no tables.
IMS is also searching for local businesses to part-
ner with the school and contribute to its Life Skills
curriculum. In order to help students learn about pos-
sible career paths, Islanders are invited to share their
IMS is located at 206 85th St., at the Island Bap-
tist Church, Holmes Beach. For more information, call
the administrative office at 778-5200.
IMS hosts back-to-school night
The Island Middle School will host a Back-to-
School Night for parents at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.
Following a brief welcome assembly, students will
take their parents through an abbreviated class sched-
ule. During each class session, parents will meet with
teachers and review the students' work in progress. All
students are expected to attend with their parents.
For more information, call the administrative office
Rain delays bike path
The bike path construction in Holmes Beach is de-
layed once again, but this time it's Mother Nature's fault.
According to the city's public works department, the
contractor has finished putting in the new storm drain
Once the road is dry, Superior Asphalt can put down
the final layer of paving the path and level out the path
with the storm grates.
The city's completed bike path will take riders north
from Gulf Drive to East Bay Drive, along East Bay Drive
to Manatee Avenue toward the beach, and continue north
on Gulf Drive to Marina Drive where it merges with Palm
Drive and then north to the city limit of Anna Maria.
The total cost to complete the project is $256,765.
October exhibits set at Library
"Baskets and Fiber Figures" by Gloria Hall Cropper
and "Mixed Media" from Island Gallery West will be fea-
tured art exhibits next month at the Island Branch Library.
The exhibits will be in place all through October at the
library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Cropper is a Holmes Beach resident who has moved
from batik and tapestries to work in fibers, with exhibits
in many shows and inclusion in the Florida craftsmen's
permanent collection at the University of Florida.
The Gallery West exhibit will include works se-
lected from 30 artists.
The library opens daily except Sunday at 10 a.m.,
closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Information may be obtained by calling 778-6341.
THE ISLANDER M SEPT. 25, 2002 M PAGE 11
Islanders win beautification awards
Island people and programs have been rewarded
for years of beautifying and cleaning up with awards
presented by Keep Manatee Beautiful.
Anna Maria-Tsland Turtle Watch was honored for
what it does the year around, keeping trash and junk off
the beach especially during the sea turtle nesting sea-
son when the ancient reptiles and their babies can be-
come fatally entangled in the litter.
One winner, Helen Hagen, was recovering from
surgery so Holhies Beach City Commissioner Sandy
Haas-Martens accepted the award for her.
A special award for public service went to Melanie
McCaleb of Holmes Beach for creating and managing
the annual SandBlast sandcastle contest.
Neighboring Sunny Shores scored, too, in the
beautification honors. The Sunny Shores Garden Club
won an "outstanding volunteer group" award for its
James Gloth's service on the Keep Manatee Beau-
tiful board of directors and chairmanship of the Holmes
Beach Beautification Committee were recognized with
a special certificate of appreciation.
The awards were presented in ceremonies last
Cortez paddle, dinner Saturday
A canoe and kayak paddle around the Cortez wa-
terfront and the FISH Preserve's mangrove wetlands
will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.
After working up an appetite at their paddles, par-
ticipants will have dinner at the Star Fish Co. Restau-
rant on the shore of Sarasota Bay in Cortez.
The paddlers will view the historic fishing village's
waterfront and its fish houses, check the preserved
mangrove shore and view wildlife in the Florida Insti-
tute of Saltwater Heritage Preserve, then dine on fresh
seafood at Star, said Laura Gray.
She said the excursion, sponsored by the Manatee-
Sarasota Sierra Club, is open to any interested canoer
or kayaker, with the fee $5.
The paddlers will gather at Charlie's Cottages at
the end of 125th St. W., then launch.
Directions and other details may be obtained from
Laura Gray at 794-5980.
Woman's Club opening season
The Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island will open
its club year at a meeting Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. at
the Anna Maria Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Hostesses headed by Helen Intile are Beverly
Long, Mary Bear, Nancy Dunne, Lynne Kline and Bonnie
Chestnut. The meeting is open to the public. Details may
be obtained from Janet Clark at 778-6083.
week by Keep Manatee Beautiful, and were repre-
sented by Commissioner Haas-Martens at the city com-
mission meeting Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Hagen was cited for her work in the Holmes Beach
Adopt-A-Spot program, keeping beautiful the triangle
where Gulf Drive and Palm Avenue meet.
McCaleb's SandBlast celebration has raised sub-
stantial funds for Keep Manatee Beautiful, said Execu-
tive Director Ingrid McClellan. The centerpiece is the
annual competition in sand sculpture on the beach at
the Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
McClellan noted ihat the restaurant sponsors the
event with a $2,500 contribution, which goes to pay the
Team Sandtastic professional sculptors who build an
exhibition sculpture and instruct amateur entrants in the
event. This year's SandBlast will be Nov. 9.
Sunny Shores Garden Club's program keeps the
road from Cortez Road to the mobile home park free
from litter, explained the club's Vera North. The
members have cleaned up the roadside twice a week
for four years, and "when we were all gone on va-
cation for two weeks, the trash we picked up filled
two huge bags."
'Stepping Stones' course
deadline is Monday
The deadline is Monday, Sept. 30, for registra-
tion for the "Garden Stepping Stones" class at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Taught by Glen LeFevre, the session will be 9
a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 7, and 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 8. Fees are $15 for Center members
and $20 non-members, plus $40 for materials. The
classes stone design this go-round is a humming-
bird. Details are available at 778-1908.
One-stroke painting deadline
Deadline is Friday, Sept. 27, for registering for a
one-stroke painting course at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Instructor will be Jo Gustafsen. The technique may
be used, she said, to paint murals, perk up old furniture
and paint on fabric, among other applications.
The class will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 26, and on the next three Thursdays. Cost is $90
for all four sessions. Further information may be ob-
tained by calling 778-1908.
Elizabeth 'Betty' Call
Elizabeth "Betty" Call, 57, of Holmes Beach, died
Bom in Steubenville, Ohio, Mrs. Call moved here
from Ohio five years ago. She was the manager of the
Blake Medical Center Gift
Shop. She was a volunteer
chaplain at Blake and a
member of the Blake Medi-
cal Center Auxiliary. She
was a member of St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church,
Holmes Beach, and was a
Visitation was Sept. 20
and services Sept. 21 at the
church. Burial was in Ohio.
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Memorial contributions may be made to Blake Schol-
arship Fund, 2020 59th St. W., Bradenton FL 34209,
Attention: Blake Auxiliary. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Rick; son Jason Vargo
of Pittsburgh, Pa.; daughter Kelly of Holmes Beach;
mother Anne DeBacco of Mingo Junction, Ohio; broth-
ers James DeBacco and Ralph DeBacco, both of Mingo
Junction; and sister Diane Martin of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Chester J. Milley
Chester J. Milley, 86, of Bradenton, died Sept. 17.
Bom in Chelsea, Mass., Mr. Milley came to Manatee
County from Lynn, Mass., in 1977. He was a retired tur-
bine and generator worker for General Electric in Lynn.
He served in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II. He
was a member of High Twelve Club of Anna Maria Is-
land, Aleppo Temple Shrine in Massachusetts, Mt. Carmel
Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Lynn and
97th Bomb Group. He was Methodist.
There were no services. Memorial contributions
may be made to Shriner's Hospital Burn Center, 51
Blossom St., Boston MA 02114.
He is survived by wife Emily "Connie" and sister
Florence of Chelsea, Mass.
Helen N. Nettleton
Helen N. Nettleton, 88, of Bradenton, died Sept.
Born in Newark, N.J., Mrs. Nettleton came to
Manatee County from Milford, Conn., in 1988. She
was a retired journalism teacher for Senior Centers in
Anna Maria Island, Sarasota, Bradenton and Longboat
Key. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church,
Private family services will be held at a later date.
memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of
Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
She is survived by husband Harvey; daughters
Susan Spain of Darien, Conn., Judith Dado of Paxton,
Conn., and Laurie Nixon of Gainesville, Ga.; son
Stephen Moynahan of Rye, N.Y.; brother Charles M.
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Anna Maria visioning: complaints about past, present, future
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria residents who missed the first session
of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council's vision-
ing process for the city made up for lost time at the
Sept. 17 session, airing more complaints about the Is-
land trolley, architecture, city government and the tra-
ditional problems of parking and drainage.
Avrea Wynne of the TBRPC tried to keep the
meeting focused on strategies established from the first
session for dealing with likes and dislikes, but in Anna
Maria, everyone's got a pet peeve and they want it
heard, even if it's at odds with another point of view.
The TBRPC did, however, identify six themes
from the first session for the city to work on as part of
its vision. Those were architectural style, community
character, environment, governance, mobility and pub-
lic services and facilities.
Architecture and community character
While most of the 50-plus who attended the second
meeting agreed the city's community character should
include an architectural style that "fits in Anna Maria" and
retains the "Old Florida" buildings and lifestyle, one per-
son believed new three-story homes in the city show
people have confidence in buying and building in the city.
The consensus, however, was that smaller homes in
By Rick Catlin
The Florida Department of Business and Profes-
sional Regulation can neither confirm nor deny that it
is investigating former Anna Maria Building Official
George McKay for operating without a provisional li-
cense from June 2001 until August 2002.
Mayor SueLynn was forced by the DBPR to re-
move McKay as the city's building official in late
August after she learned the DBPR had denied his pro-
visional building inspector's license a year ago. The
DBPR said it mailed the denial letter to McKay 12
months ago, but McKay said he never received it.
At the same time DBPR officials were telling
SueLynn to ditch McKay, the mayor said DBPR head
Alan Spivey said his department would have to launch
an investigation into McKay and his actions.
But DBPR spokesperson Meg Shannon in Talla-
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community. Large, three-story modem-looking houses
don't fit in Anna Maria. Most people agreed they would
like to see verandah homes with wraparound porches, lots
of native plants and plenty of setback.
A "Key West-style building" is appropriate for the
city's commercial district, but buildings should not be
placed together. Older homes in the city should be pre-
served and encouraged. Homes built with metal, bar-
rel-tile or shingles were best to maintain the city's "Old
Sidewalks are out, except for a few areas such as the
Pine Avenue business district. On-street parking doesn't
fit the city's character. Shell roads and parking lots should
be preserved rather than paved over with asphalt.
Resident Charles Caniff was concerned about water
pollution in the canals and "no one is worried about it."
Commissioner Linda Cramer said stormwater con-
trol and drainage are issues the city must deal with.
Another resident complained there were no public rest
rooms on the beaches.
Discussion of the drainage problem indicated it's
very important for the city to create a drainage plan,
hassee said she could neither "confirm nor deny" that
any investigation into McKay is under way, or will
She did say that if any "probable cause" is found
in a DBPR investigation, the results of that investiga-
tion are made public 10 days after the conclusion of the
investigation. She said she could not comment on what
"probable cause" is under DBPR guidelines, or what
actions, if any, the DBPR might undertake should it
find "probable cause."
Spivey has acknowledged that it is unusual for a
city to "turn itself in," as SueLynn did when she told
Spivey that McKay had been unwittingly acting as a
building official the past year because he never got a
letter denying his provisional application.
While McKay has been stripped of .his building
official duties, he retains his post as director of public
works for the city.
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Although Anna Maria residents at the first vision-
ing session had already established taxation as their
number one concern, some expressed concern that city
government is run "by fear," while others said they
feared just a small group of people were controlling
Wynne also looked at ways to improve communi-
cations between government and city residents. Charles
Caniff observed there is no longer a city-sponsored
newsletter of city events and meetings.
Carol Ann Magill blamed the media, saying the
press is "biased" and the city needs "proper and correct
There was a lot of concern that information pro-
vided by Manatee County about projects affecting the
city is often incorrect. Rick DeFrank claimed the Island
trolley and the recent beach renourishment project were
two instances where "the county is not giving us cor-
He also called on more residents to participate in
the discussion at public meetings.
Mention the Island Trolley to three Anna Maria
residents and you'll get four opinions. Some people
like it, some don't.
Major concerns voiced at the meeting were the
noise caused by the trolley, the lack of lay-by areas for
the trolley to pick up and discharge passengers without
backing up traffic, and operating the trolley beginning
at 6 a.m.
As expected in Anna Maria, there was a lot of dis-
cussion about parking. Some said there was too much
parking, others said there was too little.
Is parking being provided for residents or for visi-
tors was one question. Visitors to the beach park on the
first available street, often preventing residents from
getting to or from their homes.
When Wynne asked "what's the magic cure?" he was
told there isn't one, that the parking problem "has been
around for years and years with no solution in sight."
Wynne said there are obviously a number of issues
in Anna Maria, and public services and facilities were
to be discussed at the Sept. 24 workshop.
The TBRPC's visioning report of what residents
want for the future of Anna Maria is to be presented to
the city commission Oct. 3.
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Glitch in sign codes stumps Skinny's, commission
By Diana Bogan
Holmes Beach city commissioners are stumped
by a glitch in the city's zoning code for commercial
The Freeman family, owners of the property
where Duffy's Tavern formerly operated, attended a
recent commission work session to get the skinny on
requirements for a new sign to advertise their restau-
rant, "Skinny's Place."
The establishment at 3901 Gulf Drive is a non-
conforming (grandfathered) commercial business in
a residential zoned area and the Duffy's Tavern sign
was also nonconforming. According to the city's
zoning codes, which were revised in 1992, when a
commercial property with a nonconforming sign
changes hands, the new sign must be brought to con-
formity. But, that would only hold true if the busi-
ness were in a properly zoned business district.
According to City Attorney Patricia Petruff, the
problem is that the code does not specify what a con-
Owners would like this 72-by-44.5-inch sign to hang
at Skinny's Place. City codes, however, currently
have no provisions for signs on nonconforming
properties in residential neighborhoods.
forming sign should be for a nonconforming prop-
erty located in a residential district. "It's a classic
glitch in the zoning code," she said.
The commission's quandary is whether the sign
for Skinny's Place should conform to the
grandfathered use or to the residential zoning of the
The only provision in a residential neighborhood
Chairman Rich Bohnenberger could find was a six-
foot height limit measuring from the ground.
The Freeman family already had a sign built be-
fore the city stumbled across this roadblock. The
sign they built is 72 inches wide and 44.5 inches tall
at the peak of the rounded top. The family said it
planed to affix the sign to the railing on the porch
above the restaurant. The second story unit at the
location is a residence.
Walter Wunderlich, code enforcement officer,
said he believed the commission has a lot of latitude
in this case and as long as the sign doesn't extend
past the roofline, he believes it should be acceptable.
The commission will come to a decision about
what to permit at Skinny's Place and whether it
wants to amend the code at its Sept. 24 meeting.
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with county money in hand Oct. 1 and a state grant
Manatee County Clerk of Court Chips Shore led
a Cortez and Manatee County delegation to Talla-
hassee last week to present the case for the grant
application before the state Historical Preservation
The grant "is not 100 percent certain," Shore
said at his office in Bradenton. "There are a couple
of stages it has to get through yet."
But the trust ranked it No. 22 on its priority list
of 103 applicants, which changed "hope" for the
project to "almost certain" among the local represen-
The grant would be for $162,000-plus and would
become available next July 1. It would go hand in
hand with $150,000 the county already has commit-
ted and will be available next Tuesday, Oct. 1. The
Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage has come in
with another $25,000 and other organizations and in-
dividuals are making "in-kind" contributions.
The Trust works from a pool of $13 million, said
Allen Garner, longtime Cortez activist, and the 113
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requests totaled $27 million. Twenty-two is a very
high number on such a list, .he said.
Karen Bell, probably the village's premier advo-
cate, said several other applicants for HPT grants
dropped out while the local delegation was in Tallahas-
see, and that too was seen as a cause for optimism.
Shore said his office will go on working with the
county construction people, probably hiring a person
soon after Oct. 1 to gather up all the strings of affairs
concerning the Cortez Historical District.
A contractor must be found, too, for exterior
work only, Bell emphasized. Work on the interior
and landscaping are separate phases of the restora-
The building is of brick, but covered with stucco
which is decaying and will have to be restored or re-
moved and the brickwork restored. Most of its win-
dows and some doors need replacing, the portico
will be replaced, the roof repaired, the structural
The county owns the building, having bought it
and its four-plus acres of grounds with the help of
the Florida Communities Trust. Finished, it most
likely will be used as a community meeting place,
museum and park.
"This is the preservation not just of a building
but of a way of life," Shore said.
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Wednesday, Sept. 25
7:30 to 11 a.m. Blood drive at the Longboat Key
Chamber of Commerce, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519. .
7 to 8:30 p.m. -- Adult basketball at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies
Thursday, Sept. 26
10:30 a.m. Beginners Pilates with Laura Bennett at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Adult volleyball at the Anna Maria Is-
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Information: 778-3390. Fee applies. .
Friday, Sept. 27 .
10 a.m. to 10p.m.--The Great Ot4tdoors Conservancy
Oktoberfest at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto.
Information: 708-3456 or www.OktoberfestSuncoast.com.
1 to 2 p.m. Family caregiver support group at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: contact Susan.Horton, 748-3001.
7p.m. Missoula Children's Theatre present "Tales of
Hans Christian Ahderson'-at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old
Main Street, Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Saturday, Sept. 28
10 a.m. to 10p.m. -The Great Outdoors Conservancy
Oktoberfest at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto.
Information: 708-3456 or www.OktoberfestSuncoast.com.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Duffy's Day with the Duffy's Tav-
ern crew at the Boiler Room, 5600 Manatee Ave. W.,
3p.m. Missoula Children's Theatre present "Tales of
Hans Christian Anderson" at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old
Main Street, Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875. Fee applies.
4:30 p.m. FISH Preservation canoe/kayak trip and
dinner at historic Star Fish Restaurant in Cortez with the Si-
erra Club. Reservations: 794-5980. Fee applies.
7p.m. Missoula Children's Theatre present "Tales of
Hans Christian Anderson" at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old
Main Street, Bradenton. Box Office: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Sunday, Sept. 29
Noon to 6 p.m. -The Great Outdoors Conservancy
Oktoberfest at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto.
Information: 708-3456 or www.OktoberfestSuncoast.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Noon Island Bridge Club meets at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: contact Hubert Mitchell at 792-6133. Fee ap-
5 to 6 p.m. Team Tennis Ralleyball for kindergarten
through fifth-graders at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
7 to 9 p.m. -Flotilla 81 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary boating skills and seamanship class at the auxiliary
building, 5801 33rd Ave. Ct. W., Bradenton. Information:
778-2495 or 795-6189. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Oct. 2
1 p.m. Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island welcome
back gathering at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-6083,..
6 to 7:30 p.m. Parent's support group with Shirely
Romberger at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee for
7 to 8:30 p.m. Adult basketball at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 778-1908. Fee applies.
*Take a Closer Look" photographs by Shirfey Foor and
paintings by Charles Sierra at the Island Branch Library,
,5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Hours: 778-6341.
Community Harvest program at all Columbia restau-
rant locations. Five percent of all checks will be donated to
"Natural Florida: Paintings from the George Percy and
Debbie Geiger Collection" at the South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton, through January. Information: 746-
Seventies Dance Party at the Crosley Mansion Oct. 4.
Opening reception for "Faculty Exhibit" at Anna Maria
Island Art League Oct. 4.
First Friday Art Walk at Village of the Arts, Bradenton,
Master gardener plant sale at Manatee County Fairgrounds
Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts show in downtown Bradenton
Oct. 5 and 6.
Sunday breakfast at American Legion Post 24 Oct. 6.
Opening reception for Mary DuCharme at the Artists Guild
Gallery Oct. 6.
Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island general meeting at the
Church of the Annunciation Oct. 7.
Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island Branch Library
Handcraft tile art class at the Anna Maria Island Art League
"Birds and Berries" with Steve Black at the Island Branch
Library Oct. 8.
Landscape oil painting class at Anna Maria Island Art
League Oct. 9.
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front of the Sandbar restaurant. Deputies maintained
crowd control until representatives from Mote Ma-
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Sept. 12, 100 block of 13th Street South, general
disturbance. A man reported that one of his neigh-
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woman reported losing a cell phone at the beach.
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Sept. 13, 200 block of 34th Street, assault. Ac-
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request to his apartment because he wanted to re-
trieve his personal belongings. When officers ar-
rived at the residence with the tenant, the owner was
waiting outside with a baseball bat and threatened
the tenant in front of the officers. He was arrested for
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sault. A woman was arrested for domestic assault
after having an argument with her boyfriend. Ac-
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Sept. 16, 6300 block of Holmes Boulevard, dis-
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her daughter-in-law after she was found in bed with
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These animals love the attention and the walks, and
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The Southeastern Guide Dog facility, at 4210 77th
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Island Middle School hits 'spud busting" trail
By Diana Bogan
Students at Island Middle School hit the trails at
Emerson Point Park on Snead Island in Palmetto with
environmentalist Karen Fraley to bust some spuds.
With a grant from several environmental organiza-
tions, including the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, the
Pinellas County Environmental Foundation and Mana-
tee County Conservation Lands, Fraley transforms stu-
dents into "spud busters."
The "spud busting" program raises student aware-
ness of native versus exotic plants. The air potato is an
exotic invasive plant introduced into Florida many
Students competed to collect the biggest and small-
est spud as well as the most spuds during the field trip.
Fraley sees to it that all spuds are incinerated after stu-
dents collect them.
Since Fraley began offering the field trip to fourth
through 12-graders in 2001, students have helped re-
move 3,100 pounds of exotic air potato vine from
Emerson Point Park.
At the park, students also participated in a nature
search along "restoration trail." During the hike, stu-
dents observe natural elements and learn to classify
various plants and animals along the Manatee River.
The "spud busting" field trip is offered free to all
local schools and, according to Fraley, it allows stu-
dents to learn about the environment in a way that is
meaningful to them.
pares a large
air potato to a
smaller one at
Point Park on
IMS sixth-graders Dylan Quattromani and Lesli Price compare class notes on air
potatoes during their environmental field trip to Emerson Point Park.
On the spud trail
Sixth-graders Britteny Judah, Kassiie Bowen and Caitlin Lipke hit the trail looking
for invasive air-potato plants during the IMS field trip to Emerson Point Park.
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Sea Reflection's LeRoy McNeal shared his experience as an underwater videographer with Island Middle
School students in a special presentation featuring his footage of reef habitats. McNeal has filmed around the
world and features samples of his work on the Internet at his Web site www.seareflections.com. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan
Walk, bike your kid
to school day at
Anna Maria Elementary
Parents and students at Anna Maria Elementary
School are encouraged to participate in this year's na-
tional Walk or Bike Your Kid to School Day Wednes-
day, Oct. 2.
AME's Parents-On-Patrol safety watch organiza-
tion is planning the event, which will take place before
classes begin from 7:20 to 8:10 a.m.
The purpose of the event is to teach children how
to look for strangers, watch for cars and cross the street
safely in addition to parents talking to their children
about safety as they walk.
Students can gather the following locations and
walk with POP parent volunteers:
Manatee Public Beach parking lot.
Holmes Beach Post Office parking lot.
First Union National Bank parking lot.
All walks will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. and stu-
dents will make "pit stops" along the way.
The local garden club, Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce and Island Chiropractic have volun-
teered to set up booths and offer a small snack or drink
to students at each stop.
According to POP member Debbie Scott, students
will be given safety information before the walk to take
home and read with their parents.
For more information, Scott can be reached
through the school administrative office at 708-5525.
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 25, 2002 M PAGE 19
Elementary School advisory committee gets organized
By Diana Bogan
The Anna Maria Elementary School Advisory Com-
mittee held its first meeting of the school year Monday.
Among the agenda items was talk about finances and con-
The committee, which is comprised of representatives
from the community, parents and teachers, first approved
its budget of $3,690. The committee voted to spend
$3,190 on miscellaneous training, which includes confer-
ence attendance or bringing in consultants and $500 for
teachers working overtime on writing the School Im-
The SIP is a long-range plan that outlines the school's
goals to improve remediation and student performance.
The plan must be updated and approved by the SAC and
the district school board each year.
The SAC also discussed the status of the school
board's plans to renovate the school. Principal Tim Kolbe
said that he met recently with the construction team and
was told the school could not keep its existing auditorium
as a separate facility.
According to Kolbe, the school board is open to build-
ing a combined cafeteria and auditorium, called a
"cafetorium," but the cost to maintain separate facilities
However, Kolbe said he has not been given "concrete
information" on the actual cost of maintaining the audi-
torium. He has heard figures ranging from $350,000 to
more than $1 million. Kolbe said he has been told that the
school would have to raise funds on its own to bring the
auditorium up to code and keep it as a separate facility.
First-grade teacher Lynn Drolet said that the school
benefits more from having a separate auditorium and
noted that teachers are currently competing to schedule
class time in the auditorium.
Drolet said that not only is the space used for special
assemblies and practicing plays, but also by the parents
who come in to help set up for events.
Maria Facheris, SAC chairman, said that she has
heard complaints from parents from schools with
cafetoriums and most parents at AME are not in favor of
having the combined facility.
Don Schroder believes it is unfair for the school to be
asked to raise funds from the community considering the
community just voted in favor of the half-cent school tax,
which is supposed to be used to fund new construction and
Kolbe and Facheris plan to meet with Bill Horton
from the school board construction department.
In other news, Kolbe anticipates receiving an incen-
tive check for approximately $32,000, or $100 per student,
Anna Maria Elementary School menu
Monday, Sept. 30
Breakfast: Dannon Danimals Yogurt, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Hamburger or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich,
Potato Smiles, Veggie Dippers, Fruit, Birthday Cupcake for
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Breakfast: Sausage and Biscuit, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Grilled Cheese or Salad Shaker, Goldfish Tomato
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Breakfast: Dannon Danimals Yogurt, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Chicken Tetrazzini or Manager's Choice, Broccoli,
Thursday, Oct. 3
Breakfast: Super Donut, Fwit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Fish Sticks with Roll or Stuffed Shells, Mixed Veg-
Friday, Oct. 4
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup, Fruit, Cereal,
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza or Ham and Cheese Sandwich,
Corn, Garden Salad, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Fruit
Milk and juice are served with every meal.
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ommendations on the best use of the fund. The SAC will
have final approval.
The next SAC meeting will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 and
parents are welcome to attend. The SAC serves as a liai-
son between the community and the school to discuss is-
sues such as food service, testing information, or any con-
cern parents may have about the school.
The SAC represents the voice of the community and
most of the board is parents or members of the commu-
Island Middle School menu
Monday, Sept. 30
Traditional Meal: Ravioli with Roll, Green Peas, Tossed
Salad with Dressing
Basket Meal: Chicken Patty on Bun, Pretzels, Happy
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Tuesday, Oct. 1
Traditional Meal: Breaded Beef Patty with Mashed Potatoes
and Gravy, Baked Beans
Basket Meal: Corndog, Fries, Cookie
Lighter Side: Salad Sensations or Tuna Salad Sandwich
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Traditional Meal: Chicken Tetrazzini, Green Beans, Tossed
Salad with Dressing
Basket Meal: Barbecue Ribette on Bun and Goldfish
Lighter Side: Salad Sensations or Fruit, Cheese and Muffin
Thursday, Oct. 3
Traditional Meal: Hamburger Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Roll,
Basket Meal: Chicken Fries with Baked Chips
Lighter Side: Salad Sensations or Turkey and Cheese
Friday, Oct. 4
Traditional Meal: Black Beans and Rice, Garlic Breadstick,
Corn, Tossed Salad with Dressing
Basket Meal: Pizza Sticks with Sauce, Pretzels, Fruit Cup
Lighter Side: Salad Sensations or Fruit, Muffin and Yogurt
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PAGE 20 E SEPT. 25, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER
Rain continues to hamper soccer season
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's soc-
cer season got in a few more games than the previous
week, but continues to lag behind in the schedule.
Games were played on Monday, Tuesday, and Thurs-
day, but all of Friday's games were rained out when
downpours flooded the Island fields.
Monday, Sept. 16, saw Island Real Estate take a 4-
1 decision over Air America in Division III action be-
hind three goals from Stephen Thomas and one goal
from Max Marnie.
Alex Wright notched the lone goal for Air
America, which fell to 0-1 on the season.
The second game of the night was a Division III
barn burner as Gateway Solutions and the Bistros
battled to a 4-4 tie.
Blake Wilson scored all four goals for Gateway
Solutions while the Bistros were led by Nick
Tankersley's two goals and a goal apiece from Sage
Geeraerts and Justin Garcia.
The Bistros were back in action on Tuesday, Sept.
17, and again came away with a tie, this time at 2-2
with first-place Danziger Allergy & Sinus.
Nick Tankersley and Sage Geeraerts each notched
goals for the Bistros, while Joey Hutchinson and Jor-
dan Sebastiano scored for Danziger.
The second game of the evening was a Division
I contest between LaPensee Plumbing and Island
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12-13) Dolphins football team of Anna Maria Island
split a pair of games during the past week, recording a
22-0 victory over the Raiders on Wednesday before
dropping a heartbreaking 6-0 loss to the Jaguars on
Wednesday's shutout victory saw the Fins explode
for more than 200 yards of offense, though they did
lose four fumbles. Eric Whitley accounted for half of
that total, rushing for 111 yards and a touchdown while
also contributing 70 yards on kick returns.
Chad Richardson added 51 yards and a touchdown
and Tim Bouziane scored on a one-yard plunge to com-
plete the Dolphin scoring. Whitley set up Bouziane's
score with a 39-yard run to the one, while Jordan
Pritchard added the extra point run.
Saturday's game against the Jaguars was a battle
between what could be the two best teams in the
Both teams had success running the ball between-
the 20-yard lines, but were unable to sustain their of-
fensive drives in a truly hard-hitting affair.
The only score on the day came when Chad
Richardson got stripped of the ball after a four-yard
gain. Players from both teams momentarily stopped,
thinking the play had been blown dead, but Andrew
Young grabbed the ball and rambled 32 yards for the
Eric Whitley led the offense with 64 yards on 13
carries while also adding six tackles on defense. An-
drew Burgess contributed six tackles to the Dolphin
defensive effort that also received five tackles from
Tim Bouziane, four tackles from C.J. Wickersham and
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The Jaguars were led on offense by Michael
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AMICC soccer league standings
as of Sep
Division III (Ages 8-9) Win
Air & Energy 1
The Bistros 0
Gateway Solutions 0
Jessie's Island Store 0
Division II (Ages 10-11)
Island Real Estate 2
Mr. Bones 0
Air America 0
Harry's Kitchens 0
Division I (Ages 12-14)
LaPensee Plumbing 1
West Coast Refrigeration 1
Island Pest Control 1
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Mitey Mites drop 25.0 decision
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the Jaguars to remain winless on the season.
With only 11 players dressed, lack of playing
time wasn't a problem, but size and stamina certainly
was. Despite being outweighed by 20 pounds across
the board, the Dolphins did manage a couple of first
downs thanks to some hard running from Eddie
Shaw and Heath English, while Broderick West
completed a nice swing pass to Tommy Price for
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Paid parking for Siesta Key? And keep that mutt!
The evil specter of charging for parking at public
beaches has raised its ugly head toward our neighbors
to the south.
Sarasota County commissioners are expected to
take up the concept of charging beachgoers to park at
Siesta Beach early next month. The 800-plus-space
parking lot there fronts one of the most popular public
beaches in the state; the lot is usually full by late morn-
ing, and cars cruise like sharks through the aisles hop-
ing to spot a departing beachgoer and an empty place
The county commission is looking at an automated
parking system similar to ones installed in downtown
Sarasota. You park your car, go to an automated kiosk,
put in some money, get a sticker and place it on your
dashboard. Police cruise the lot, and no pass-tickey,
you get a parking tickey under the proposal.
Revenue from the parking surcharge is estimated
at between $500,000 and $1 million a year at Siesta
Key. Other Sarasota County beaches may get the same
treatment at a later date.
Probably the biggest issue outside of whether
or not to charge to park is how much to charge.
Sarasota County staff said the average parking
charge in Florida for beach parking is $1 an hour,
with some counties charging as much as $2. Char-
lotte County has five machines at Englewood Beach
that collect 25 cents per hour for parking there, with
an all-day pass costing $2.
The system there began in 1996 and, according to
officials in Charlotte County, there were initial com-
plaints but little opposition today.
Paid beach parking in Manatee County surfaces
every few years. Recent discussions by the Scenic
Highway group in Bradenton Beach have broached
paid parking at Coquina Beach, but so far it's only been
talk, with nothing formal being presented to city or
Scenic Highway Chair Harry Brown hinted that the
group may hold off on making a recommendation un-
til after Sarasota County embarks or not on the
program. "It makes sense to follow somebody else's
footprints in walking through a minefield," he said.
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Sep 25 1:52 2.3 8:31 0.4 3:23 1.9 8:06 1.2
Sep26 2:14 2.3 9:17 0.4 4:20 1.8 8:21 1.4
Sep27 2:46 2.4 10:13 0.4 5:30 1.7 8:40 1.5
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Sep30 5:22 2.3 - - 2:11 0.3
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I have been a longtime opponent of charging to
park at the beach. It's one of the few things that Joe
Sixpack and his family can do for free, the beaches
were acquired and maintained with public funds, and
free and public use of public facilities should be
However, my position may be softening a bit in
light of the problems at Coquina Beach in the past few
years. Granted, a riot involving 50 or so people, and
what police described as a gang-related stabbing over
the course of two years does not begin to compare with
problems elsewhere, but the vast out-of-county
beachgoers are starting to give police headaches and
auger a state of affairs that is very un-Islandlike.
Discussions have evolved around charging to park
at the beach as a means to control the folks who go
there, although how charging $2 a day to park will stop
somebody from stabbing someone else is a bit of logic
that escapes me.
It will be interesting to see what happens to our
south county neighbor regarding paid beach parking in
the months ahead.
Speed zones for manatees approved
for Terra Ceia Bay area
Boaters will have to slow down a little more in the
wake of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission approval of new manatee protection
Locally, FWC will establish slow-speed shoreline
buffer zones throughout most of Terra Ceia Bay and
Terra Ceia Bayou, with the waters outside of the buffer
in the western part of the bay having a 25-mph speed
limit. Shore-to-shore slow-speed regulations will apply
in Peterson Bayou and the portions of Terra Ceia Bay
south of Terra Ceia Bayou and north of Snead Cut to
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become an idle speed zone.
In a popular boating area of Sarasota County, the
eastern boundary of the existing slow-speed zone in the
vicinity of City Island will move westward to a line
between the northwestern end of Bird Key and the east-
ern end of City Island. In addition, the currently un-
regulated area northeast of Pansy Bayou will become
a slow-speed zone. Commissioners granted a variance
for the Ski-A-Rees water skiing not-for-profit organi-
zation operating in that area.
The new manatee protection zones will take effect
as soon as signs can be posted.
In a tale with Biblical proportions, a female
whitespotted bamboo shark in an aquarium in Detroit
has given birth to three pups despite the fact that the last
time she was with a male shark was six years ago.
"Fish do so many quirky things," said an official
at the Belle Island Aquarium. "Even though this is
exciting for us, we're like, 'Well, those darn fish are
doing it again.' We kind of expect half-crazy things
Apparently, female sharks will lay infertile eggs
upon occasion, and it's usually assumed that they
aren't viable. For some reason, aquarium officials
didn't remove the eggs from the 2-foot-long shark,
and three of them hatched.
Biologists are puzzled by the birth, to say the least,
but agree that rarely unfertilized eggs can develop into
embryos without sperm, something fairly common in
lower forms of life but seldom seen in higher verte-
A long-standing and totally unscientific observa-
tion of mine is that newly married couples usually will
get a dog and, shortly afterward, have a baby.
It would now appear that having a dog or cat
around the house is actually good for the infant's
Researchers conducted a study on 474 youngsters
and found that those raised from birth in homes with
pets were less likely to develop allergies later in life.
Apparently dog and cat dander triggers some kind of
immune system response early on in the kids that lets
them fight allergies to mold, mildew or plant pollen. I
guess it's like a furry vaccination.
The study reverses earlier assumptions that pets
were the cause of childhood allergies.
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Weather slows fishing, but reds, trout still good
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Rain and wind, plus high seas thrown off by Hur-
ricane Isidore, slowed fishing last week and could keep
more boats at the dock this week if storm predictions
A few guides were able to get offshore and report
continued good results fishing for snapper and grouper.
Backwater action continues to be good for redfish,'
flounder are starting to become a more popular catch,
and although the snook season has started out slow,
there are still some good reports of big fish being
And a few of the pier fishers report some pompano
are coming onto the hooks.
Be sure to watch the weather as Hurricane Isidore
meanders into the Gulf of Mexico.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's getting into
good catches of red grouper, bonita, triggerfish, man-
grove snapper and barracuda on his offshore trips in
about 100 feet of water.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he's catching plenty of redfish in the bays,
although he's finding snook action to still be a little
slow, he's still'able to get a few keeper linesiders on
most trips. Mangrove snapper are still pretty plentiful,
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said in-
shore redfish and mangrove snapper action is the best
bet right now, with red grouper and snapper a good try
offshore when you can get out. Other reports of trout,
flounder, sharks and a few cobia also came in last
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business said he's still
catching upwards of 30 redfish on his trips and, al-
though snook season has started slow, he was able to
hook linesiders of 32, 30 and 27 inches on one trip.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach said the Gulf was too rough to venture
out for most of last week, but in the backwater he was
able to get his charters onto snook and reds, and he's
starting to see more and more sheepshead.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
beach anglers were catching a few snook off the shores
of the Island early in the morning before the waves got
big. Backwater anglers are catching redfish and trout
south of the Anna Maria Bridge along the flats.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
Flotilla launching 7-part
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The course will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on seven
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he's hearing good reports of redfish.and big schools of '
yellowtail jacks roaming the seagrass flats, plus black
drum in the cut and mangrove snapper thick around the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
there are catching oversize redfish that were released,
some up to 32 inches in length. There are still lots of
snook hanging out around the pilings, as well as black
drum, whiting and pompano that are starting to show
At the Anna Maria City Pier, fishers are catching
snapper, flounder, a few mackerel, some keeper-size
snook and lots of yellowtail jacks plus a few small
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he fared well with schooling redfish in front
of Miguel Bay, with artificial such as Mr. Twisters,
Exudes and gold spoons producing the best catches.
He's also catching lots of trout.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Holmes Beach said it was pretty much too much to get
outside last week, but he has good hopes for better
weather this week.
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Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide. Call
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for more infonnation. Pictures may be retrieved once they
appear in the paper.
Boat Smart safety class
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The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron
has begun registration for a Boat Smart safety
course scheduled all day Oct. 12.
It will be at 1200 71st St. N.W.,
Bradenton, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. It will
explore safety, Florida boating laws, weather,
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Steps to Beach/Shopping Starting at $375,000
Call: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464
Visit us at WWW.ABOUTTHEVILLAGES.COM
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.wagnerrealty.com
lsled. ir,,s 3BR 2BA el-
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in 1998 Otters 1 402 B L .--
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open fioor plan wi'-, l- ll-
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$329,500. Call Dave Moynihan 778-2246 or 778-7976 eves.
FISH KEY! Seclu-
sion and privacy in
this island hide-
; away! 2,300 sq.ft.
.. -. on 1.7 acres. Lots of
glass for fabulous
water views, coral
stone fireplace in
master bedroom and living area. Reduced to $1,950,000.
Call Anne Miller, 778-2246 or 792-6475.
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cently updated 3 or
at Sunbow Bay with
lovely lagoon view
and close to 2,000
sq.ft. of living area. lI
Tennis, two pools, l .
fishing pier, dock, short walk to beach. Offered at $299,900.
Call Dave Moynihan, 778-2246 or 778-7978 eves.
' brook condo with
a I 2BR/BA totally reno-
vated with beautiful
view of the golf course
from the screened in
lanai. Priced to sell at
$119,500. Call Dee Jorcyk 778-2246 or 778-8550.
DUPLEX 1BR/1BA steps to the beach. $725
including utilities! May accept small pet with
DUPLEX 2BR/2BA, $825 per month! Call Valerie
or Talia at 778-2246.
Reserve your Island getaway now!
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POOL TABLE for sale. $500, firm! New felt, new
slate. Bar size. Very nice. Must see. 779-9752.
BIG BEAUTIFUL HOUSEBOAT $45,000 or make
offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat_sunseeker or call 778-3526.
NATUZZI LEATHER SOFA and love seat, like
new, $900; two end tables and coffee table, light
fruitwood, $200; oak entertainment center, $175.
LOVE SEAT AND SOFA, swivel chair, good con-
dition, $350. 778-5820.
SOLOFLEX WITH ALL attachments. Plus dumb-
bells. $200 or best offer. Will deliver. 778-6387.
COUCH, LOVESEAT and ottoman, oversized, very
comfortable, good quality, burgundy, $500. Drop-
leaf kitchen table, natural color wood, six chairs,
TV AND VCR 27-inch, Sony, RV27V55, picture-in-
picture, excellent condition, $150. Sony SLV-
960HF VCR, universal remote, works great, $75.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thursday
9:30-2 and Saturday 9-noon. Sales racks. Two
cribs for sale. Donations accepted Wednesday
mornings. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.
MULTI-FAMILY SALE: Sunday, Sept. 22, 8am.
Tools, garden items, household goods, beach
items, miscellaneous. Across from Mr. Bones.
3008 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
.YOGA CLASSES with Harmony Ananda. Now on
Tuesday and Thursday, morning and evening. Is-
land Fitness Center. To enroll, call 921-0074
FOUND MEN'S RING. Holmes Beach. Call
PARROT FOUND Anna Maria, North Shore
area. Call with identification and ID tag num-
One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
hen you choose Chase you
VVare guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community. RON HAYES
So, whatever your mortgage RON HAYES
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
Manhattan Mortgage Corpofation
LOST GRAY TIGER cat, large, 12 years old. An-
swers to Kiki or Keekers. Lost Tuesday, Sept. 10,
vicinity of 200 block in Holmes Beach. Very lovable
and trusting. Call 778-5497.
CRITTER SITTER Seven years in pet care, 22
years as an Island resident. Tender, loving care for
your pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.
DACHSHUND adoption and rescue (D.A.R.E.).
Call Shona at 761-2642 for information or visit our
Web site: www.daretorescue.com.
1993 HONDA ACCORD LX, four door, 133,000
miles, five speed. Original owner, $2,500. 778-
1991 FORD TAURUS wagon. Good condition.
New air conditioning and tires, runs great! $2,100
or best offer. Call 778-9161.
1983 DODGE CONVERTIBLE: Some repairs
needed, runs good. Turbo. $300. 778-8209.
1998 HONDA CRV Like new inside and out! Only
39,000 miles. Teal green, power everything. Must
sell! $11,900. Call 730-7564.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN. 135,000 highway
miles, cold air conditioning. Runs top! Has towing
package. Ready for travel. $3,100, or best offer.
Will consider trade for pickup truck of equal value.
BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vacation
or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
12-FOOT ALUMINUM flat-bottom boat. Water
ready! $200, or best offer. 778-8209.
4 DIAL DARCIE DUNCAN!
Your Real Estate Specialist
1 Peal N
233 85th Street
4 ~. ~1"h_
This 3BR/2BA home, located in a
quiet north Holmes Beach neighbor-
hood, has a new kitchen, new tile and
lots more. Large separate main bed-
room suite opens to the Florida room.
Large lanai, carport, new landscaping.
Separate deeded boat slip and dock
across the street. Room for a pool.
J Call Chris Shaw or
Melinda Bordes '
BOAT SLIP with davits for rent in Holmes Beach.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything else
in The Islander, 778-7978.
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard,
guest quarters or rental income producer. $45,000 or
make offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat_sunseeker or call 778-3526.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
PRIVATE CHARTERS. Fishing, snorkeling,
sightseeing, Egmont Key. USCG License. Capt.
Keith Barnett. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
CHILD 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 Sa-
rah, I am 14-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child or $3/
pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or child.
Please call 778-7622 or 778-7611.
LAUNDRY ATTENDANT for small motel to work five
days per week, 9am-3pm. Must have good commu-
nication skills. Apply in person, Silver Beach Resort,
4131 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
DRIVERS Island Transportation Inc. Part-time
work into full-time. Fun job, good money. Depend-
able, honest work ethics and Sunday work re-
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 -.Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
S E A M
NOT JUST ANOTHER FINE VACATION
RENTAL FROM DDR
No sir. 103 Pelican, Anna Maria, is not just another
pretty face in the maddening crowd of fine DDR va-
cation rentals. A lady is in charge of this one and it
shows. Heated pool. 3BR/2BA, three-car, dock view.
Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
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HELP WANTED Continued HEALTH CARE Continued SERVICES Continue
EXPERIENCED CASHIERS WANTED Dayshift
5am-2pm; Nightshift, 2pm-11 pm. Apply at Jessie's
Island Store, 5424 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or
call Jimmy or Jessie at 778-6903, 8am-2pm.
BEACH MOTEL SEEKS part-time housekeeper, 20
to 30 hours, weekends and some weekdays,
hourly. Transportation a must. 778-1010.
PART-TIME ISLANDER REPORTER: Journalism
skills a must. Computer literate. Independent
worker. Resumes: E-mail email@example.com, or
fax 778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial
Library. Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
ASSISTED LIVING: Haven Home Bradenton
Beach is admitting residents. Respite, long term.
Call 779-0322 for details, inquiries welcome.
ISLAND LICENSED CNA with local references.
More than15 years experience. Will provide loving,
personal care, including meals and transportation.
Call 778-5394, leave message.
GREAT NEWS! OUR ISLAND HOME is now offer-
ing "Care in the Community." Our licensed nurse
and caregivers will visit you or a loved one in your
own home to offer assistance. Call Annie, Maria or
ASSISTED LIVING COMPANION to help with baths,
cooking, errands, etc. Retired nurse, 778-4298.
NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY, craniosaced
therapy or Swedish massage in our office or in the
comfort of your own home. Call today for an ap-
pointment. 779-9404. MA#36714.
Buy it, sell it, find it fast in The Islander classified.
* 2/1 Unfurnished duplex in Holmes Beach.
Steps to the beach. $850/mo.
* 2/1 Condo on Canal. Cortez Road. $850/mo.
* 3/2 SF home w/dock in Bradenton Beach.
* 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, spa
* 2/2 Steps to beach
* 2/1 Dock
* 3/2 Steps to beach
* 2/2 On canal
* 3/2 On 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
Nous parlors francais
Mit uns koennen Sie deutsch reden
NADIA'S EUROSAGE now accepting new clients.
Massaging residents and visitors more than eight
years. Call today for an appointment, 795-0887.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, more. Hard-
working and responsible. Excellent references. Ed-
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $20 per hour- free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evening, weekend. For any computer needs, hard-
ware, software, network, commercial, private. Call
TAMBOURINE LESSONS! Also available: flute,
saxophone, clarinet lessons. Beginning to ad-
vanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
cushions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call 727-5873.
CLEANING: Honest, dependable Island woman will
clean your home at reasonable rates. Deborah,
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
Vacation and Annual Rentals
(941) 778-6066 TOLL FREE 800-865-0800
6101 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217
TURN BACK TIME
In September of 1957, the year our office
was established, we had two heavy
Infestations of red tide in the Gulf.
Airplanes dumped 25 tons of copper
sulfate on the outbreaks off St. Peters-
burg Beach to avoid the spread to other
beaches. Today, year 2002, we still try to
deal with the red tide outbreaks.
We, too, are still doing business
as in the past ...
Personal attention and services and
personal Island knowledge. Call us an
"old Islander," but call us progressive.
We are the Island!
.r <' ^<\.Since
MAMlE 15 LIC REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN R A BROKE
,We ARE the Island.'
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site annamariareal.com
ORIGINAL HUSBAND/WIFE team for general
house cleaning with the personal touch. Local resi-
dents. Dependable, trustworthy. Satisfaction guar-
anteed. References. Ask about our "Homewatch"
service. Call Ginny, 727-8329.
TREE SERVICE BY BREWER. Topping, trimming,
shaping, stump grinding and removals. Trim palm
trees. Insured. Call Phil, 778-6014 or cell 545-4770.
MAID TO CLEAN: Island resident, professional
house cleaning services. References available. Call
HOUSE CLEANING Permanent weekly or bi-
weekly. Experienced, reliable. Call for a free esti-
mate and ask for Marieta, 722-4866.
THE ROYAL MAID SERVICE Licensed, bonded,
insured. Professional experienced maids, free es-
timate, gift certificates available. Call now, 727-
BEACH APPLIANCE REPAIR Services every
brand and model of major appliances. Call today for
a free estimate. 778-0056.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in construc-
tion trades. "I'm handy to have around." 779-9666.
SUZIE HOMEMAKER! She cooks and cleans. Ex-
perienced chef and professional housekeeper.
Single mom needs work. Island resident, refer-
ences. 962-2553 or 778-0898.
DON'T FEEL LIKE waiting in the rain, heat and dust?
Take a taxi door to door. Very reasonable rates.
Clean, friendly serving all of Manatee and Sarasota
counties, as well as most airports. Island Transporta-
tion, 7am-3am, or by appointment. 779-2520.
SHUTTER AND WINDOW specialist. Impact film
and glass, room enclosures, screened rooms. Li-
censed and insured. Visit our showroom or call for
in-home estimate. Call Shutter-Vue at 745-2363.
JACK'S HANDYMAN SERVICES No job too small.
Home repairs, painting, textures, tiling, property
maintenance. Phone (941) 724-1958.
CODUM 1(91 7806
.Ke (00) 78-844
Thinking commercial venture?
Vacant 194 ft. by 253 ft.
commercial lot on the NE
corner of State Road 70
(53rd Ave.) and 37th St. E.
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 778-0766 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at www.cbflorida.com
28 Years of Professional Service
OUR LISTINGS DON'T EXPIRE, WE SELL THEM!
FLAMINGO CAY CONDO CANALFRONT. Boat Slip, 2BR/2BA. Htd
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX with parent quarters. 3BR/2BA, l BR/IBA,
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
Carol S. Heinze
Evcs. 778-50 1
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9LAWNAN D GARDENIL CINE IMROEMENCi
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, clean-ups, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount.. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
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 ex-
tra. Crushed, wasted shell, gravel, mulch, dirt, and rip
rap delivered and spread. If you're looking for the
lowest price, call any Tom, Mark or Larry. If you want
the job done right the first time, call David Bannigan,
794-6971, cell phone 504-7045.
MULLET & DUFFY SHIRTS
Get 'em while they're hot! Exclusively at
t- Io4uhan Ilev WraPPerl
Call or e-mail for prices and sizes available.
email@example.com 941-778-7978 5404 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
REAL ESTATE, LLC
SARASOTA 28 UNIT MOTEL
1.4 acres on US-41 prime location. Located
near the Ritz, airports, colleges and Van
Wezel. NT-zoned, many other property uses.
In the "Enterprise Zone" = tax incentives.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND HOME
3BR/2BA home in central Holmes Beach.
Large lot with room for a pool. Immaculate,
short walk to beach. Garage.$329,900
SUNBOW BAY CO
Spacious 1BR/1BA x. Ceramic
tile, el.Sa- SOI pool, tennis, small
pe ay view, close to everything.
KEY ROYALE POOL HOME
4BR/3BA Key Royale "500" block, split-plan,
canalfront, 4,000 lb. boat lift, caged pool,
family room, two blocks to great beach.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
., MLS SiLCoast
REAL ESTATE, LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
ALL PHASES OF LANDSCAPING. Free consulta-
tion for trimming, clean-up, palm and plant instal-
lation, irrigation, shell ($25/yard). Specializing in re-
designs. To start a great relationship, call Jerry of
Anna Maria, 779-1952.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
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.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certi-
fying back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
THE ISLANDER CLASSIFIEDS- The best news in town!
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 manufacturers.
Lifetime warranty. Call Island resident Keith
Barnett for a free in-home consultation. Many Is-
land references, 15 years experience. 778-3526 or
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT/ paper services: Inte-
rior/exterior painting, pressure washing and wall-
paper. For prompt, reliable service at reasonable
rates, call Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
-. Simplify Your Search!
SCall anytime for a consultation.
53 YEARS OF DISTINCTIVE ISLAND SERVICE
3224 East Bay Dr. Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
Sales: 941-778-0700 Rentals: 778-6665
/ C 1-800-749-6665 www.Wedebrock.com
S I/REAL ESTATE COMPANY OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
LAUREL OAK PARK 4BR/3BA pool
home. Cul de sac, private, lakefront loca-
tion. $357,353. Elfi Starret & Becky
SPACIOUS ISLAND HOME 4BR+ den.
Close to beach. Boat slip available.
$439,000. Gail Tutewiler, 778-0700.
CAN'T FIND YOUR DREAM? Build it
here. Exclusive northwest Bradenton.
$70,000 Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett,
BAYVIEW TERRACE 2BR ground-floor
unit in (rarely available) bayfront com-
plex. Steps to beach. $175,000. Gail
NORTH SHORE DRIVE Own a piece of RARELY AVAILABLE Updated Shell
north Anna Maria Island with this 3BR Point 2BR/2BA condo. Tile, carpet,
charmer just one block from the beach. parquet flooring. $298,000. Geoff
Rent or renovate. $469,000. Gary or Wall, 778-0700.
Cindy LaFlamme 778-0700
BRING YOUR BOAT! Spectacular un-
obstructed water view. Unique 1 BR/1 BA
condo in Palma Sola Harbor. Dock your
boat at your back door. $150,000.
Becky Smith & ElfI Starrett, 778-0700
ISLAND DOLL HOUSE. 2BR/1BA with
boat dock and boat a block away. Close
to beach. $334,500. Gall Tutewiler,
AFFORDABLE NAUTICAL LIVING
Garden villa, split 2BR/2BA, deep-water
docking available. Minutes to Gulf
beaches. Move right in, maintenance
free! $110,250, Geoff Wall, 778-0700.
Wedebrock Distinctive Rentals
2BR/2BA spacious duplex with gor-
geous bay views, one block to beach,
kitchen with bar, open lanai and covered
Bay Winds Panoramic Bay View!
2BR/2BA with loft, bayfront, steps to 2BR/2BA, gorgeous upstairs unit, one
beach, available weekly, monthly for block to beach. Available weekly,
season! Call for our winter brochure with monthly for season! Call today to re-
more rentals! serve.
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Commercial Residential Free Estimates
1 B Sandy's Lawn Mowing Trimming Edging
Lawnl Hauling By the cut or by the month.
SWe Monitor Irrigation Systems
Service INSURED GUARANTEED LOWEST
778.1345 PRICES AND SATISFACTION
Established in 1983
@@N T3'VU[ll@0 STATE LICENSED & INSURED
@@ [aTRU@'ilo@Ga CRC 035261 EXPERIENCED
@@N aVYTU@TDl@N JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION
CONSTRUCTION Remodeling Contractors
CONSTRUCTION In-house plan designs
@@ [ TV'UUD Building Anna Maria since 1975
@@NO @T'UD@I (941) 778-2993
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
-Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
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
Fred 752-7758. Cellular 545-6141 0
Residential Interior Exterior Pressure Washing
Roof Coating Insured 29 Years Experience
Rick Tanner 941-798-6985
4203 76th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
IIsland CtQstom Tops
Complete Corian Counter Top Service
Dave Spicer 778-2010
in The Islander.
Call 778 7978 for info today!
* All types and brands
* Room enclosures
* Heat control glass
* Impact windows & film
* Hurricane protection
Custom Made & Finished to Any Specifications
In Home or Showroom 8106 Cortez Rd. West
S 363 Serving Manatee &
145-2303 Since 1988
Check our references:
"Quality work at a reasonable price.
Ucensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
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, crum-
bling, 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, condos,
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).
MOSAIC MANIAC Custom tile designs. Kitchens,
baths, patio, pool, tub surrounds, counter tops, back
splashes, mock-tile rugs. Island resident, Leigh,
HANDY ANTHONY. Jack of most trades. Home re-
furbishing and detailing, 778-6000.
ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available.
Turnkey, beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No
pets, nonsmoking. Priced from $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 447-6797.
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. $1,100/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,
1BR/1BA, 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.
UNFURNISHED ANNUAL Bradenton Beach. Steps to
the beach. Large 1 BR/1 BA with Jacuzzi tub, washer/
dryer, large sundeck with great views. $850/month. By
appointment only, call 778-0292 or 650-3552.
STEPS TO BEACH: 1-2BR, newly remodeled, fully
furnished, TV, telephone, kitchen, microwave. $395/
week or $1,250/month, plus tax. Call 778-1098.
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ANNUAL RENTALS: Beautiful 2BR/2BA half duplex,
steps to beach, new ceramic floors, new stove and
refrigerator, washer/dryer hookup, new carport, no
pets $900/month. 2BR/2BA half duplex, new ce-
ramic floors, $750/month. 2BR/1BA stackable
washer/dryer hookup, $725/month. 1BR/1BA, neat
clean, no pets, $650/month. Dolores M. Baker Re-
ANNUAL CANALFRONT HOME unfurnished (pets
OK, non smoking). Renovated 2BR/1BA, $2,250/
month, with optional 1 BR/1 BA apartment. Available
Oct. 1, 779-2217.
VACATION & SEASON. Private Beach. Walk to ev-
erything. New kitchen, washer/dryer, dishwasher,
phone. VCR, grill, bikes bring your toothbrush!
$375-$775/week and $975-$2,275/month. Please
call 737-1121 or (800) 977-0803.
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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.
LONGBOAT KEY CONDO Banyon Bay Club, 2BR/
2BA, first-floor unit. Heated pool, tennis, fishing
dock, steps to beach. Available monthly, seasonal
or annually. (203) 481-0000.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/2BA screen
lanai, garage, dock. remodeled in Island style and
colors, tropical landscaping. Nice, quiet area, no
pets, non smoking, $950/month. Also, available
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Two spacious
homes both 3BR/2BA with all conveniences. One
is $4,700/month, the other is $4,300/month. (813)
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $350 to $450/week. Fall and
winter dates available. Almost Beach Apartments,
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/1BA, duplex in Bradenton
Beach. Newly renovated with more to come.
Washer/dryer hookup, covered parking. $850/
month. Call (813) 300-8543 or (813) 990-8543.
SEASONAL/VACATION: Martinique condos. All
updated. north and south buildings. One-month
minirimum- Also, Peric'Bay Club condos: 2BR/2BA
waterfront, beautifully furnished. T. Dolly Real Es-
CANALFRONT CONDO with dock. 2BR/2BA.
$900/month. T. Dolly Real Estate, 778-0807.
ANNUAL 1 BR/1 BA Duplex. New kitchen, tile floors,
washer/dryer, carport. Water and garbage in-
cluded. Clean, sober adults only. $700/month, plus
EXCEPTIONALLY NICE: 3BR/2BA unfurnished
home with two-car garage and dock. 6601 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. $1,800/month. (941) 725-4488.
TURNKEY FURNISHED 1BR/1BA. Available Oc-
tober to February. Full kitchen. $500/week or
$1,000/month. Small pet OK. Walk to beach, or
downtown Holmes Beach. Call 807-5626.
HOLMES BEACH GULFVIEW 3BR home only 50
yards to beach. Ground level, located at 3105 Av-
enue F. No pets. Good credit. $1,150/month and
security. (800) 894-1950.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED DUPLEX across from
beach. 2BR/1BA each side, freshly painted.
Aposporos and Son, 795-6216.
SEASONAL GROUND-LEVEL duplex, close to
beach. Quiet Holmes Beach neighborhood. Non
smoking, no pets. Available December-May. 2BR/
1BA, $1,900/month. 1BR/1BA, $1,500/month. Call
(813) 928-5378 for more information.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA ground-level unit in great condi-
tion in Holmes Beach. Close to shopping and beach.
Marina Pointe Realty Co., 779-0732.
BAYFRONT HOME with beach. City of Anna Maria.
Furnished 3BR, immaculate. Available weekly,
monthly or annually. 779-2241.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY in Anna Maria. 675 s.f.
office or retail space available on Pine Avenue.
Good visibility. Marina Pointe Realty Co., 779-0732.
VACATION/SEASONAL private Gulf beach apart-
ments. Lovely, spacious interior, sundeck, porch,
patio. Tropical setting, great location, Anna Maria.
No pets. 778-3143.
HOLMES BEACH north end. Seasonal/annual,
beautifully furnished. 2BR/2.5BA, two-car garage.
Photos and floor plan available. (614) 792-7535.
SEASONAL AVAILABLE NOW (2002-03) Gulffront,
private beach. Great view. Newly remodeled 2BR/
2BA. Tile and hardwood floors, vaulted ceiling, sky-
light, washer/dryer, decks. Beautiful must see!
$2,600/month, includes utilities. 778-1086.
HOLMES BEACH CANALFRONT home, 2BR/2BA,
completely furnished, garage, laundry, dock, many
extras. $650/week, $1,800/month. Now available.
Call (813) 286-9814.
BREATHTAKING VIEW OF GULF. 2BR/2BA
ground-floor condo, heated pool, friendly commu-
nity. Clean and turnkey furnished. Carport. Three-
month minimum. (734) 665-4641.
LARGE ANNUAL: Bradenton Beach, 2BR/2BA, du-
plex, carport, storage room, washer/dryer hookup, new
carpet. Glimpse of Gulf. $850/month. (941) 625-2889.
2BR/1BA ANNUAL UNIT in Holmes Beach. Short
walk to Gulf. Central heat and air conditioning. New
appliances. Some utilities included. $650/month,
plus security. Call 778-1193.
LARGE BAYFRONT home in Holmes Beach. 3BR/
2BA, two-car garage. Boat davits, 100 feet on the
water. Beautiful view. $3,500/month. Mike Norman
ROOMMATE WANTED Bradenton Country Club
area, 3BR/3BA, furnished, pool, office, family/living
room, etc. Utilities included. References required.
Call 886-7122 or 750-9281.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA apartment, Anna
Maria, $750/month; 2BR/1BA apartment, Anna
Maria, $725/month. No pets. Call Fran Maxon Real
SEASONAL DECEMBER-APRIL Second-floor unit
in Holmes Beach, west of Gulf Drive and only steps
to the beaches. 1 BR/1BA, plus queen sleeper, hy-
dro tub, skylight, turnkey furnished, open-air deck
with Gulf view, washer/dryer in unit. $1,700/month.
Wagner Realty, 794-2246.
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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 now. $2,300/month.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: Bradenton Beach. 2BR/1BA.
Carport, laundry room with washer/dryer hookup.
First, last, security. $775/month. 778-2918.
BRADENTON BEACH: Avenue A, very large 2BR/
1BA. Tile throughout. Across from Intracoastal, two
blocks to beach. No pets. $820/month with annual
lease, all utilities included. Call evenings only.
WESTBAY POINT & Moorings condo for rent No-
vember-December, $1,700/month. Call 778-1766.
SEASONAL 3BR/2BA, 50 yards to beach. $3,000/
month. (813) 661-5252 or (813) 684-2644.
ANNA MARIA: Quiet north end, three-minute walk to
beach. 3BR/2BA, sleeps four. Beautifully furnished.
January-April, $2,900/month; $700/week, other
weeks during the year. Call 795-5500 or e-mail:
BEAUTIFUL EFFICIENCY, fully furnished, one block
to beach. Utilities and local phone service included,
available now through Dec. 31, 2002. Call 778-4611.
TRIPLEX DECK UNIT, private yard and storage.
Month or annual, 1 BR/1 BA, steps to the beach. 2404
Ave. B., Bradenton Beach. $675/month (first and
$400 deposit), washer/dryer, water and trash in-
cluded. Pet friendly. 778-6690.
ROOMMATE WANTED to share half duplex in
Bradenton Beach. Half block to Gulf. $450/month
and half of utilities. Non smoking. Call 778-3320.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA, newer Holmes Beach canal
home. Two-car garage, large bonus room, dock and
more. Marina Pointe Realty Co., 779-0732.
SOUTH SEAS MARINA VILLA condo, 2BR/2BA,
newly renovated, waterview. Available Dec. 24-Jan.
8. and Feb. 15-21. Call Richard, (973) 744-2100.
SELLING OR BUYING a house? Need extra space?
Budget Self- Storage can help. Daily, weekly, monthly
specials. Boxes and packing supplies. 795-5510.
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty park-
ing spaces, contemporary design, great visibility.
$14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor, 388-
5514 or call 809-4253.
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 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. Of-
SECLUDED DEEPWATER Canalfront house, 44-foot
dock, huge pool and lanai. Must sell! Terms or trade.
730 Penfield, north end of Longboat Key. 302-3840.
LOT FOR SALE: 75 by 115 feet, zoned ROR. Walk
to beach or bay. Corner of Pine Avenue and North
Shore Drive, Anna Maria. $299,000. 746-2863.
"-:VWEST OF GULF DRIVE B4'
Luxury Island retreat with Gulf
views. Top of the line throughout, STEPS TO BEACH
excpOisitely 'tbUrnkey furnished. 2BR/2BA, ground level Holmes
One large master suite, two Beach condo. Heated pool,
baths. $650,000. covered parking and lanai. Pets
Carol R. Williams, Broker/Realtor, 744-0700 720-7761
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
This wonderful 3BR/3BA hideaway .
is tucked away in a quiet neighbor- .
hood on Anna Maria's pristine
north end, offering panoramic
views across tranquil Lake La Vista from a cheerful southwest exposure. The
34-by-13 foot heated pool comes complete with a new vaulted cage and 7 foot.
octagonal spa. There is also a boat dock and an enchanting butterfly garden
with meandering brick walkways, waterfall, goldfish pond and many lush speci-
men plants and flowers. The cozy family room offers French doors and a white
brick fireplace flanked by built in bookcases and the elevated master.suite of-
fers privacy plus space and light throughout. Other features include a brand new
roof, automatic sprinkler system and an expansive double lot with 251 feet of
waterfront. The lovely Gulf beach is just steps away! Priced at $895,000, includ-
ing a one-year homeowner's warranty. Shown by appointment. ,^,,
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND canal waterfront lot. No.
bridges, deep water. 75 by 125 feet with boat ramp.
$375,000. First In Real Estate Vicky Goggin, (813)
GATES CREEK (East County) 3BR/2BA, two-car ga-
rage, wood floors, new carpet, big corner lot, built in
1997. Could have fourth bedroom. 1,812 heated
square feet, $170,000. Yvonne Higgins, PA, Re/Max
Gulfstream Realty, 778-7777 or 518-9003.
BEAUTIFUL CANALFRONT LOT in prestigious
northern Anna Maria. Direct bay access, no bridges.
Quiet cul-de-sac., 75-by-151 -foot lot (11,350 square
feet). 516 Kumquat. For sale by owner, $419,000.
ANNA MARIA CITY: 3BR/2.5BA waterfront home, no-
bridge access to bay. Large screened decks, dock with
12,000 lb. lift. Open plan, many extra features, excel-
lent condition. Asking $649,000. Robert Loomis, li-
censed broker. Call 779-9200 for appointment.
250-FOOT FRONTAGE deep-water canal custom
home. Vaulted ceilings, 3-4BR/3.5BA, granite kitchen
counters, Roman spa, exceptional porch for entertain-
ing. Landscaped, palm trees. 631 Foxworth Lane.
$998,500, open to reasonable offers. 778-7837.
GREAT HOUSE 2BR/2BA, one block from beauti-
ful beach. Raised, 1,200 square foot. 2713 Gulf
Drive, $339,000 or trade equity for larger house in
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.
RARELY OFFERED Anna Maria
canalfront home with very private lot and
boat dock. 3BR/2.5BA with great open
floor plan. Very close to beach! Perfect to
redecorate for your retirement home or
use as a rental property. $589,000. Call
Quentin Talbert at 778-4800 or 704-9680.
RARE OPPORTUNITY Westbay Point
and Moorings 3BR/2BA first floor, end unit
with deeded covered parking. Pool, hot
tub, tennis and 26 acres of tropical splen-
dor. Don't miss this one! $350,000. Call
Dick Maher or Dave Jones at 778-4800.
GREAT VACATION OR RENTAL HOME
2BR/2BA with views of Gulf from huge
deck and master bedroom. Nicely updated,
including Mexican tile. Great location and
is in move-in condition. $399,000. Call Ed
Oliveira at 778-4800 or 705-4800.
COMPLETELY RE-DONE TRIPLEX A
stone's throw to the beach. Upstairs unit has
wonderful Gulf views. Not a penny spared with
the updates. Tons of charm and character.
$559,000. Call Jane Grossman or Nicole
Skaggs at 778-4800 or 795-5704.
Sinale-family homes from,--
the $190s, including homesites.
Island lifestyle with off-Island convenience!
Just a five-minute ride to the beach!,
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