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Volume 11, no.1, Nov. 13, 2002 FREE
Results Nov. 21 on Anna Maria Bridge tests
By Paul Roat
The results of a "life cycle cost analysis" on the
Anna Maria Bridge will be presented by the Florida
Department of Transportation at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov.
The presentation will take place at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The 45-year-old bridge has been under scrutiny by
the DOT for about a decade. In the early 1990s, plans
were approved to demolish the span between Holmes
Beach and Perico Island with a replacement bridge of
65 feet of center-clearance for boaters.
Islanders objected to the replacement bridge and,
after a lengthy administrative hearing process followed
by lawsuits, the replacement structure was dropped by
the DOT. The bridge underwent repairs until last year,
when major inspections of the bridge's electrical, struc-
tural and mechanical components revealed damage.
The results of the inspections were made public in
two work sessions, the last of which was held April 4,
Essentially, the DOT has presented three options,
Spend $9.7 million to repair the span, which
would result in 15-20 years of effective "life."
Spend $25.5 million to rehabilitate the bridge,
Duffy's to move uptown!
The Geyer family celebrated the purchase of a new location for Duffy's Tavern Friday afternoon at Council's
in downtown Bradenton. Then visited the new location -formerly Island Auto Body at 58th Street and
Marina Drive- coincidentally across from Holmes Beach City Hall where Pat Geyer has served as both a
city commissioner and mayor for many years. Pat, Polli, Shelby and Ed wave from the doorway, ready to
greet new friends and old. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
adding about 30 feet to its existing width to bring it up
to current bridge design standards. This option also
would give the bridge an additional 15 to 20 years of
Spend $29.6 million to build a new, 21-foot-high-
clearance-at-center bridge, with an effective life span
of 75 years.
"We do not have a recommended alternative,"
DOT spokesperson Maryemma Bachelder said at the
time. "We're here at this time to say, 'Here's the con-
dition of the bridge. What's your pleasure?'"
The life cycle cost analysis is "so we can compare
apples to apples," Bachelder said then.
Duffy's finds a
home at last.
By Paul Roat
A new home with a new menu is awaiting patrons
of Duffy's Tavern come next January.
It is an absolute delight to the Geyers, some of
whom toured the empty auto body shop Saturday with
enthusiasm. "I'm ready to charge ahead," patriarch Pat
said. "I was terrified before."
The Geyer family has bought the former Island
Auto Body and Sales, 313 59th St., Holmes Beach, and
will transform it into Duffy's as soon as the needed city
permits are in hand.
"It's about three times as big as our old place," Pat
Geyer said, "but we're not going to use all of it at
Seating will be for 48 people with a 30-foot bar and
20 barstools, she said, "but people won't be on top of
each other," she added.
And the new menu? Of course Duffy's will continue
to have burgers, beer, bean soup and chili, but the new
Duffy's will add ... iced tea. Sweetened and regular,
"We won't have a deep fryer," Pat quickly added.
PLEASE SEE DUFFY'S, NEXT PAGE
Island visitors, winter friends returning early
By Rick Catlin
With unseasonably cold weather and early snow up
north, mild temperatures in Florida, and elections over,
Islanders can start bracing a little earlier than usual for
the annual influx of visitors and winter residents.
And from many accounts, this winter season
should be better than last year's, when all the effects of
9/11 were still being felt in the Bradenton-area tourism
industry. Visitor arrivals were down 10 percent for the
first three months of 2002 compared with the same
period in 2001.
"Traditionally, the season starts in mid-Novem-
ber," said Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director Mary Ann Brockman. "But we've
seen a lot of people in here the past few days and a lot
of people from Great Britain and Germany that we
didn't get last year because of 9/1 ," she said. "I think
the Europeans are really starting to come this year,"
Confirming her belief Island visitors are returning
early, the chamber recorded 487 telephone inquires and
416 e-mail requests for accommodation information in
October 2002 compared with 389 phone calls and 326
e-mails for the same month last year, she said.
And the number of "hits" on the chamber's Web
site has skyrocketed with 428,393 "hits" in October
2002 against 240,453 the same month last year.
But a few accommodation operators have asked
Brockman "Where is everybody?"
Not to worry, she said. Whenever there's a national
election, northern visitors to Anna Maria will stay
home to vote and get election results before heading
Brockman predicted that "by the middle of No-
vember, a lot of people will be back and certainly by
Thanksgiving," which is traditionally a "sell-out" with
Island motels and other accommodations.
Susan Estler of the B1radenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau agreed that early fall cold weather
in northern markets usually means an early arrival of
visitors to the Island.
PLEASE SEE WINTER FRIENDS, PAGE 3
Northern cars find
early winter home on Island
C'ars witll license plates. from Nova Scotia, left, and
Arkansas. right, (along with those. from Ohio, Michi-
gan(i (a0I Olltario .\cein to he on the Island a bit earl
t/hi year thanks to warinl weather iln Florida and
cold weather up north. Islander Photo: Rick Catlii
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PAGE 2 M NOV. 13, 2002 M THE ISLANDER
Holmes Beach begins visioning process
By Diana Bogan
A little more than 30 residents attended the first
visioning session in Holmes Beach and participated in
three activities designed by the Tampa Bay Regional
Planning Council to gather information and opinions.
Overwhelmingly, citizen input revealed that the
city's greatest asset is its small town charm, and the
need to maintain it is a top priority.
The first exercise involved rating 35 images of vari-
ous locations around the Island and neighboring cities
based on their aesthetic appeal. Facilitator Avera Wynne,
TBRPC planning director, showed the group images of
various Holmes Beach neighborhoods and shopping cen-
ters and asked participants to mark their gut reaction on
whether they liked or disliked the image.
Duffy's finds Holmes Beach locale
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"No french fries."
The Geyer family paid $500,000 for the building.
Pat said she expects the remodeling job to cost about
$75,000 to $100,000 and although she has plans in
hand from Holmes Construction, she hasn't asked for
the price tag.
The new locale was needed after the Geyers lost
the lease on the building Duffy's had occupied and the
Geyers had operated for 31 years. Duffy's Tavern had
become an Island landmark at its former location
across the street from the Manatee Public Beach
Look for the new location to open by February at
the former Island Auto Body on the corner of 58th
Street and Marina Drive, directly opposite Holmes
Beach City Hall. Plans there call for air conditioning,
although there will be outdoor seating on an attached
screened porch, a fireplace, a big, open-to-the-bar
kitchen and (get this) indoor restrooms!
Peg (Geyer) Davenport said she thought dad would
go along with air conditioning, but never heat, hence
the fireplace idea.
The new Duffy's will be both cool and cozy!
Participants were next given the opportunity to
share what they believe are the city's strengths and
opportunities as well as its weaknesses and threats.
The TBRPC visioning compiled the feedback by
listing comments and asking the residents to vote for
the issues they believed most strongly about.
Among the top strengths, residents said the city
offers a small-town atmosphere; quality beaches, wet-
lands and bay waters; good height restrictions; and
small owner-operated businesses.
Among the city's prominent weaknesses, partici-
pants listed loss of affordable housing, an outdated land
development code, poor code enforcement, lack of ar-
chitectural guidelines, and problems associated with
the number of rental units in the city.
Overall, the issues raised by participants fell into five
categories code enforcement, community character,
environment, the land development code, and mobility.
Participants were also asked to fill out individual
questionnaires regarding the issues to which they be-
lieve city commissioners should pay more attention.
Individual answers closely related to the issues dis-
cussed as a group, including environmental protection,
architecture and urban design, traffic congestion, com-
munity character, zoning and land use, landscaping,
The next visioning workshop will build upon the
information gathered at the first workshop. Participants
will discuss strategies to address the issues raised in the
The next visioning workshop will be held at city
hall from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 20.
Detailed results from the first session can be re-
viewed on the Internet at www.tbrpc.org/HBVision.
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Moratorium on some construction Meetings
By Paul Roat
A moratorium on some building has been extended
through May in Bradenton Beach.
City commissioner voted 3-2 to extend the mora-
torium on right of way vacations, rezonings and com-
prehensive plan amendments. Commissioners had
originally imposed the partial building ban last May.
The moratorium was implemented to allow the city
time to review its land development codes and deter-
mine if the past practices of development should be
Commissioners implemented a last-minute change in
the six-month moratorium, allowing right of way vaca-
tions if such right of way "serves no public purpose, do not
connect to existing streets or roads, or which are currently
running through existing structures or buildings."
The change was requested by resident George
Sinclair as a means to clear the title on his property,
The Breakers, 2500 block Gulf Drive, where a struc-
ture was built more than 30 years ago across an alley.
A handful of people spoke last week regarding the
extension of the moratorium.
Rick Bisio, a member of the city's planning and
zoning board, said planners voted against the exten-
sion. "We expected people to have strong feelings
about the moratorium," he said, "but nobody showed
up. We looked at the threat to the public health, safety
and welfare, and couldn't find anything in the city that
was under siege, and we recommended against extend-
ing the moratorium."
Former Mayor Gail Cole spoke in favor of the
building ban. "Obviously, growth is a very important
issue," he said, "and we need to go slow."
Resident David Stott opposed the moratorium.
Commissioner-elect Anna O'Brien favored the
moratorium. "There's a reason to bring this forward,"
she said. "The commission can override the land devel-
opment code and the charter and the comprehensive
plan. As long as that ability remains, we can make
In the end, Mayor John Chappie, Commissioner
Bill Arnold and Commissioner Scott Barr voted to ex-
tend the moratorium with the amendment to exclude
"non-purposeful" rights of way.
Commissioner Dawn Baker, who spoke in favor of
the extension earlier in the meeting, voted against the
moratorium, apparently because of the amendment.
"You're setting yourselves up for a lawsuit," Baker
warned other commissioners. Vice Mayor Mollie
Sandberg also voted against the moratorium.
Ahoy little pirates
Jenna, 5, and Sean Engelsen, 9, of West Palm Beach help Privateers Doris Rash and Gordy Barnes at the
Privateers' Mullet Smoke held Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Holmes Beach Publix. Jenna and Sean are the grand-
children of Privateers treasurer Liz Christie. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
Winter friends come back early
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"Some properties and accommodations have re-
ported seeing an early arrival of visitors. I would say
the weather is definitely a factor, plus it's been warm
Early season arrivals or not, Estler believes area
accommodations should have a solid Thanksgiving
weekend at the end of November. "That's traditionally
the kickoff for the season," she said.
On the Island, reaction among accommodation
operators was mixed about an early arrival of stayover
Judy Giovanelli of the Sand Pebble in Bradenton
Beach said the period from Nov. 1-18 "is a pretty good
showing," but for the 10-day period from Nov. 18 to
Thanksgiving, reservations were "slow." The holiday
weekend, however, is sold out.
A large number of European visitors have stayed
at the Sand Pebble, Giovanelli said, including many
from the Netherlands. "We still had German visitors,
but we had never seen so many from the Netherlands.
That's a good sign," she added.
The European market seems to be arriving early,
said a representative at the Sandcastle in Bradenton
Beach. "We've had a lot of Europeans, a little bit more
than normal at this time of year," said the representa-
But reservations are still available for Thanksgiv-
ing, she added.
At the Rod and Reel Motel in Anna Maria, a
spokesperson said the number of early season arrivals
is "just about average for us. I don't think the season
has started early," she said.
Thanksgiving weekend is not yet sold out, but tra-
ditionally local residents will book at the last minute.
She expects 100 percent occupancy that weekend.
While Island accommodations are reporting a mix
of early visitors and normal business, Island restaurants
are seeing a increase in business.
Damon Presswood of Ooh La La! restaurant in
Holmes Beach believes visitors have returned early.
"We're doing nearly double this year what we did last
year at this time," said Presswood. "Overall, it looks
like the season has already started for us."
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar and Beach House
restaurants on the Island and MarVista on Longboat
Key, said October business was up seven to 12 percent
extended in Bradenton Beach
Anna Maria City
Nov. 13, 4 p.m., city commission meeting on rights
Nov. 14, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Nov. 18, 7 p.m., code enforcement meeting.
Nov. 19, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Nov. 20, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Enhancement
and Education Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
Nov. 18, 11 a.m., Scenic Highway Committee meeting.
Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m., swearing in of Ward 2 and Ward
Nov. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Nov. 21, 5:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., "Designing concrete for dura-
Nov. 13, 6:45 p.m., parks and beautification commit-
Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., "Designing concrete for dura-
Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., "Designing concrete for dura-
Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-l p.m., "Designing concrete for dura-
Nov. 18, 10 a.m., swearing in of mayor and commis-
sioners, with organizational meeting to follow.
Nov. 20, 6 p.m., visioning meeting.
Nov. 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Nov. 21, 3 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Nov. 13, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Management Op-
erations Committee meeting, Fire Station Number 1,
6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Nov. 18, 3 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Orga-
nization meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Nov. 20, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials Forum
meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
from two years ago and November was starting out
"way up" from last year. Figures from October 2001
really don't count because the Island was still reeling
from the effects of 9/11, Chiles said.
"And we're seeing a lot of our six-month people
back earlier than usual, and a lot of European visitors
are showing up. We've been very, very pleased at the
start of this season."
The winter season does seem to have started early
on the Island, he agreed.
And while some Islanders might complain about
too many people, the Island is what brings visitors to
the area and it's what the CVB markets.
"The No. I reason people come to the area are the
beaches, iid Estler. "So that's what we market.
Beaches and the quiet and peacefulness they find here.
We're not DisneyWorld and never will be."
A lot of people seem to want the peace and quiet
found on the Island.
The CVB has estimated the Island population
swells from about 8,000 out-of-season to around
30,000 from January through March. Approximately
600,000 non-Florida residents will visit the the
Bradenton area and Anna Maria Island during the
three-month period from January through March, the
CVB has reported.
Tourism is a billion-dollar-a-year industry on Anna
Maria Island and Longboat Key, according to the
CVB's 2001 annual report on area tourism, and pro-
vides an estimated $2.2 million annually to the
county's beach renourishment fund through the "bed
tax" for accommodation rentals under six months.
Additionally, approximately 1,300 jobs on the Island
are directly related to the tourism industry.
PAGE 4 E NOV. 13, 2002 E THE ISLANDER
Fellowship lacking at special Anna Maria meeting
By Rick Catlin
Judging by all the accusations hurled at Anna
Maria Mayor SueLynn and the two commissioners
who attended a special commission meeting Nov. 5
held at Fellowship Hall of the Roser Community Me-
morial Church, the location might have been inappro-
Unfortunately, city hall was taken up with election
business and Dante's Inferno was likewise occupied.
City residents Rick DeFrank, former City Commis-
sioner Jay Hill, and Jane Green blasted the mayor's
handling of the building inspector/certificate of occu-
pancy issue, changes by the commission in the master
wireless communication plan, and erection by the city
of no parking signs without an accompanying city or-
DeFrank, long a vocal critic of mayors past and
present, claimed SueLynn was "dropping the ball" on
the certificate of occupancy issue and accused the
mayor of violating the city's codes at her whim.
Hill said the mayor doesn't believe the city's own
residents with regard to the no-parking sign issue, and
can issue a cell tower permit "behind closed doors."
Green was concerned about changes to the city's
cell tower plan and said the city is becoming "totalitar-
ian." She's "disturbed and frightened" that democracy
is being stifled in the city.
The special meeting was called by the mayor to
discuss building department issues in the city (The Is-
lander, Nov. 6), approval of a follow-up contract with
Kreines and Kreines on consultations for the cell tower
ordinance, and to reschedule the Nov. 7 meeting on
parking because SueLynn had an unexpected out-of-
With Commissioners Chuck Webb and John Quam
absent, Commissioners John Michaels and Linda
Cramer, along with the mayor, agreed the city would
hire an outside firm in the event "invasive"
reinspections of newly completed buildings are neces-
sary for a builder to obtain a certificate of occupancy.
Only building inspections done by former Anna
Anna Maria resident Rick DeFrank, center, blamed the current problem with building inspections and certifi-
cates of occupancy in Anna Maria on Mayor SueLynn at a special city commission meeting Nov. 5. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Maria Building Official George McKay are affected,
the mayor said.
Seven new buildings may need reinspections, but
if Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach building officials
did all the required inspections at any of those sites, or
a state-licensed architect was on-site for all inspections
and can certify the inspections, a C.O. can be issued for
Building officials from those two cities may also
be able to perform all necessary reinspections, she
An outside firm is only necessary for "invasive"
reinspections, that is if something has to be dug up for
Michaels said the city has a duty to pay for the
"invasive" inspections, if they're needed.
The mayor said she could have contacted an out-
side firm, but she didn't want to "obligate" the city
without discussing the issue first with the commission.
No sooner had commissioners concurred, however,
than DeFrank asked "who-dropped the ball?" on the
"I would have to look to you, mayor," DeFrank
said, without waiting for a reply.
He wanted to know what assurances the mayor
"can give this community" that the city will be run
properly. "Here we are, again," debating yet another
city crisis, he suggested.
SueLynn said she would respond to DeFrank's
comments at a later time, but noted that a large num-
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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 13, 2002 0 PAGE 5
Board of adjustment grants height variance
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment
granted property owner Patrick McConnell a
variance for a 5-foot increase in allowed height
for the triplex under construction at 3716 Gulf
According to Brent Whitehead, of Whitehead
Construction, the variance was requested to com-
pensate for new state regulations that require the
triplex have a base elevation of 19.2 feet above
sea level because the property is seaward of the
state's coastal control line.
Prior to March 1, 2002, regulations allowed
a base elevation of 14 feet.
Parking still issue in Anna Maria
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
ber of problems the commission is dealing with were
inherited from previous administrations.
With the building certificate issue apparently re-
solved momentarily, commissioners turned to a pro-
posal from Ted Kreines, who authored the city's mas-
ter wireless communications plan, for follow-up con-
sulting services on the city's accompanying ordinance
as written by City Attorney Jim Dye.
During discussion of the proposal, Greene said
she's concerned because the commission had previ-
ously changed the three-tier application system for a
cell tower originally proposed by Kreines by eliminat-
ing a public hearing in a tier two application, replacing
the hearing with simply approval by the mayor or city
Hill said the commission decision "has eliminated
the public hearing process and I think that's a very bad
According to McConnell and Whitehead, the
new regulations, combined with the city's 36-foot
height restriction measured from the crown of the
road would "squeeze the livable space."
McConnell argued that the city's method of
measuring height, starting from the crown of the road
was outdated and needed revision. He brought ex-
amples from Manatee County and Bradenton Beach,
which measure height from the base flood elevation.
The variance request gives McConnell the abil-
ity to build a 36-foot triplex, but applying the city's
method of measuring. From the crown of Gulf Drive,
the top of the building is at 41 feet.
The majority of board members agreed with
McConnell that the variance was a minimal request
Not so, said Dye. In a tier two application, the
mayor and city staff review the proposal and could
bring it to the city commission for discussion and ap-
"My point exactly," said Hill. The city could do
something "behind closed doors" and in his experience,
that's always "bad for the city."
"I object to doing away with a public hearing. It's
disturbing and frightening to me," said Green. Democ-
racy is being stifled in Anna Maria.
SueLynn tried to explain that a lot more public in-
put is still forthcoming in the ordinance process prior
to approval. "It's not a done deal," she said.
She also noted that changes to the wireless plan
were taken at a public hearing at which only two city
But Green said she was concerned about the "to-
talitarian state" of Anna Maria, about negligence and
misfeasance. "Things aren't working in our govern-
ment," she claimed.
When the mayor tried to turn the meeting toward
rescheduling the special meeting on parking, Hill inter-
that would make up for the height lost by the new
Board member Russ Olsen was the only
member to object. He believes the city imposed
its height restriction for a reason and the board's
decision sets a precedent.
Olsen was outvoted.
In other matters, the board.denied John and
Joanne Driscolls request for a 17-foot setback at
their Clark Drive property.
The Driscoll's planned to extend their living
room, but due to the way the house sits on the lot
there are two front-yard setbacks.
The board denied the request because it ex-
ceeded the 20-foot setback of the city's code.
jected that he was still waiting for an answer from the
mayor on why no-parking signs were still being erected
on Palm Avenue.
After the mayor said every sign has been accounted
for, Hill responded "That's like saying you don't be-
When the mayor admitted that one no-parking sign
had been put up to replace an old one, DeFrank jumped
"So you took it upon yourself to put that sign back
without an ordinance? So you are doing things that are
violating the codes of this city at your whim?" he asked
All city no-parking signs have been erected with-
out an ordinance, she responded.
Both SueLynn and Michaels said they were frus-
trated because during the past year, it seems the com-
mission has done nothing but work on corrective mea-
sures for actions, or non-actions, by previous commis-
The meeting did not seem to adjourn on a positive,
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A couple of years ago when the residents of
Longboat Key complained about all the noise the air-
planes would cause with the 270-degree turn (after
takeoff from Sarasota-Bradenton International Air-
port), I recommended that the town commissioners buy
crying towels for all the residents instead of attorneys'
Now these people are complaining that there are
not enough planes that go over the key. These people
are so unhappy, whether there is something to complain
about or not, that my recommendation for crying tow-
els is warranted.
Joseph F. Mammnina, St. Armands Key
for help for daughter
I'd like offer a sincere expression of gratitude to the
many people who reached out to help my daughter. As
Annie was riding her bike home from school, she had an
accident and flipped off the sidewalk and into the water
along Marina Drive. She told me later it was the single
most frightening moment of her nine years of life!
Thank you so much to fifth-grader Michael Rogers
for staying with Annie and to Margaret Hoffman of Hur-
ricane Hanks who helped pull her out of the canal. A huge
thanks to the emergency personnel who administered first
aid and looked out for her, and everyone else who covered
Annie with blankets and towels and concern.
Lisa Williams, Holmes Beach
in Anna Maria
Two Anna Maria businesses that donated gift cer-
tificates to the Anna Maria Citizen of the Year were
accidentally omitted from the Oct. 30 news article.
Those businesses were the Sandbar restaurant and
AMI West. The Citizen of the Year Committee is most
grateful to these businesses, and apologizes for their
Charles S. Daniel, Anna Maria
Help is close by
My wife and I work on the Island every day in our
lawn and tree business. A couple of weeks ago my wife
moved the wrong way and hurt her back. She couldn't
I remembered there was a chiropractor on the Is-
land. We drove there and I went inside. I spoke with Dr.
Joe and told him what happened.
He stopped what he was doing to come out to our
truck and talk with my wife. He explained what she
should do to help her back. We did this and she was
able to walk the next day.
I would like to thank Dr. Joseph Acebal for his help
and let the people of the Island know there is a great
chiropractor close by.
Jeff (and Lisa) Gunn, Bradenton
This observation concerns the proposal to limit
parking in the City of Anna Maria to residents only.
It has been my understanding that parking restric-
tions were a function of traffic safety. This proposal
seems to be a thinly veiled attempt at social engineer-
ing to keep folks not like "us" off our beaches and
out of our city.
George Whelpley, Anna Maria
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THE ISLANDER M NOV. 13, 2002 0 PAGE 7
Longtime music lover and benefactor John "Skip"
Pettigrew will be eulogized in music at the 10th anni-
versary concert of the aggregation he helped found, the
Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Orchestra & Chorus.
The concert with re-
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1. ,- 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
S Maria. The group requests a
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Tutte" by Mozart, "Symphony No. I in C" by
Beethoven, "Cuckoo in Spring, Summer Night" by
Delius and Bach's "Cantata No. 80." Soloists will be
Lorraine Murphy-Renfroe, soprano; Martha DiPalma,
alto; Don Davis, tenor; and Douglas Renfroe, bass.
"Skip" Pettigrew was an attorney with offices in
Bradenton and on the Island, and he did the legal work
to incorporate the nonprofit organization in 1992. He
served on the board of directors all 10 years of the
orchestra's history and opened his Anna Maria Island
office to the organization's use when it needed space.
He played the trombone and guitar, but not with the
orchestra, for he was strictly an amateur devoted to
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PAGE 8 0 NOV. 13, 2002 E THE ISLANDER
Schoolyard rift, Anna Maria
property owners in middle
By Rick Catlin
A legal battle in Anna Maria between Villa Rosa
developers GSR Limited Liability Co. and the
Lardas family over who actually owns the canal bot-
tom lands east of Tarpon Avenue and south of Mag-
nolia Street was likened to "two schoolboys getting
into a fight," said one affected property owner at a
Nov. 6 meeting called by GSR to explain "our side
of the story."
Unfortunately, said the property owner, "We are
drawn in the middle."
Nobody seems to be legally positive who owns
the submerged lands in question that GSR believes
it purchased in June when it paid $3.1 million for
five pieces of canalfront property on South Bay Bou-
levard to develop Villa Rosa.
GSR believes it also bought the submerged
lands, the Lardas family claimed in a letter to the
City of Anna Maria it still owns those lands, prop-
erty owners along the canals thought they had al-
ready purchased the bottomlands, and the State of
Florida may not be interested in owning any of those
A lawsuit has been filed by GSR against the
Lardas family to determine exactly who owns what
Until the lawsuit is settled, either in or out of
court, however, Villa Rosa can't promise any poten-
tial homeowner the right to build a dock or seawall,
and sales of existing houses along the affected canals
are in limbo.
Remember, this is Anna Maria where the bizarre,
strange and confusing are often treated as ordinary,
The GSR side of the story was explained by at-
torney Jamie Ebling and Steve Noriega of GSR at the
Nov. 5 meeting with affected landowners and their
attorneys to calm fears and ensure GSR will "do the
right thing," said Noriega, when the ownership issue
Noriega said his company believes it was were
buying property and canal bottom lands when the
deal with Lardas closed in June.
At the closing, said Noriega, the tax bill for the
five parcels, each with a separate tax identification
number, was pro-rated and paid by GSR, and the plat
map provided GSR later by the tax appraiser's office
shows the bottom lands as part of GSR's property.
But someone other than GSR, somewhere, some-
how made an error, said Ebling, and the Manatee
County Tax Appraiser's Office recorded only four of
the five parcels to GSR, then sent a tax bill to the
Lardas family for the fifth parcel about a month af-
ter the closing.
That apparently led the Lardas family to think
they still owned the bottom lands, if they didn't al-
ready believe it at closing, claimed Noriega.
Steve Lardas claimed in a July 2002 letter to the
City of Anna Maria that his family still owns the bot-
tom land in question and no one, including GSR, has
a right to build docks and seawalls on the property.
Lardas directed the city "not to issue any permits"
that would "impact on our property."
The city essentially ignored the letter, saying
Lardas didn't have the right to tell the city what to
Ebling said that following the Nov. 6 meeting,
GSR submitted a new settlement offer to the
Lardas family for consideration.
Under the proposal, instead of having the
Lardas family deed over the entire submerged
lands in the affected canals to GSR, they would
only deed to GSR that portion of the canals that
abuts the Villa Rosa subdivision.
"The remainder of the canal would be retained
by the Lardas family who must deed over the ca-
do, and any ownership dispute was between Lardas
But if the.Lardas claim were true, that could
mean landowners along the affected canals may not
own the submerged lands abutting their property, and
might not even own docks and seawalls built in the
past 40 years.
Noriega said when he learned of the letter, he
tried to contact Lardas to discuss the issue and reach
a solution, but never got a return phone call.
At that point, said Ebling, "We became con-
cerned about what was going to happen to these bot-
He said it appeared there was a possibility the
lands might be sold or given over to the State of
Florida, hence the lawsuit to "protect our property
But the good news is that both sides are at least
attempting to settle the issue out of court, said
The current offer from GSR, he said, is for the
Lardas family to deed all of the affected bottom
lands to GSR. GSR would then deed all bottom lands
from the mid-line of the affected canals to the adja-
cent property owners.
Ebling said GSR would put the offer in writing,
and agreed landowners could have their attorneys
present at a closing to ensure property owner rights
are protected in the new agreement.
But Ebling said he couldn't speak for the
Lardases, who would also have to agree for any
other representatives to attend.
It sounds like a simple solution, but the catch, ac-
cording to Ebling, is that the Lardas family wants
GSR to again pay all of their attorney and legal fees
in this new deal.
"Not another dollar," said Noriega. GSR already
paid about $13,000 in Lardas legal fees at the first
closing just to get the deal done, he said, and that was
after he was originally told the legal fees would only
be about $4,000. Why should GSR pay fees again for
something it believes it has already purchased?
One property owner at the meeting said the
Lardas' attorney had told an informal gathering of
affected owners recently that GSR had turned down
a proposal by the Lardas family to deed the mid-
point of the affected canals to GSR and the other half
to the State of Florida.
"Correct," said Ebling, but what the Lardas' at-
torney failed to mention was they wanted GSR to pay
for all their attorney fees, sign new releases and dis-
miss the case with prejudice.
"We turned it down," he said. "We countered
that we would turn over the bottom lands to the prop-
erty owners, but you (the Lardas family) give it to us
first and we'll give it to the homeowners. And each
side pays their own legal fees."
So basically, the whole issue could be settled im-
mediately if the Lardas family agrees to pay their
own legal expenses, Ebling conceded in response to
a question from the audience.
"Drop the attorney fees and the release issue and
we have a deal," said Ebling.
If that sounds like a simple solution, remember
this is Anna Maria.
Efforts to reach a Lardas family representative
for their side of the story were unsuccessful.
nal to either the property owners or the State of
Florida," said Ebling.
He said he asked the Lardas family attorney
to contact the legal counsel for the property own-
ers to determine if they are agreeable.
"In essence, this simplifies the process and
eliminates a few steps," said Ebling.
"We want the property owners to get what
they want as soon as possible, so they can put this
issue to bed and move on with their lives."
Jeff Williams, left, manager of Publix at Holmes
Beach, and Stretch Fretwell, chairman of the fruit
sales committee of the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island, show the wares they'll be selling for kids
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16 and 17. Kiwanians
will take orders for the citrus from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. both
days at the Publix store, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach. Prices arefrom $27 to $42 per box. Proceeds
will go to children's programs. Details are available
from Rich Bohnenberger at 778-0355.
controversy in limbo
By Jim Hanson
Cortez residents have registered their preferences
in the controversy over waterfront street-ends being
used privately or cleared for public use, with the pub-
lic ahead 16-11.
That is, of those responding to the 105 Cortezians
approached for an opinion, 16 checked "I am in favor
of (Manatee) county clearing our rights of way for our
use," while 11 said, "I am opposed to the county open-
ing our public rights of way for our use."
Five wrote they wanted the street-ends left as is,
but the option was not included in the survey and won't
The question is not resolved, however, and prob-
ably won't be considered again until county commis-
sioners take up the land-use code treating Cortez as a
special case with special problems.
That is the word from Jane von Hahmann, Cortez
resident and county commissioner for the district in-
cluding the village. She said the land-use proposal is
now being studied by the county's legal and planning
staffs, and its schedule for action up in the air.
The survey was made by mail by longtime Cortez
resident Sue Maddox, long the leading proponent of
clearing out fishing gear, boats and other watermen's
articles stored in the rights of way for generations in the
historic fishing village.
"It's a no-brainer," she said, "public places should
be for the public. I don't know why it has taken 20
years to get it cleared up not that it's cleared up."
She particularly wants to use as a boat-launching
ramp the 60-foot-wide stretch of 1 19th Street that runs
into the water at the east end of Cortez.
She devised and mailed the survey at her own ex-
pense, citing five rights of way that end in the water.
The card she enclosed, addressed to the county com-
mission, gave respondents the choice between:
"I am in favor of the county clearing our public
rights of way for our use.
"I am opposed to the county opening our public
rights of way for our use."
But keep those cards and letters coming, von
Hahmann said in effect there's still time to respond
to the informal survey.
GSR submits new offer
THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 13, 2002 0 PAGE 9
Parking issue brings out Anna Maria passion
By Rick Catlin
Is the current parking issue in Anna Maria really
ongoing and unresolved, continuing for the past 80-odd
Does the issue divide the city between those who
favor public parking on rights of way and those who
want resident-only parking?
Does the issue of parking and no-parking signs in
the city, none of which have ever been established by
ordinance, inflame tempers, spark heated exchanges,
and create constant letters to city hall asking for an
Is a 500-pound rabbit fat? Are there cows in
Texas? Are Islanders different than mainlanders? Has
it come to threatening letters over the parking issue?
An e-mail letter Nov. 5 from Anna Maria resi-
dent Peter Zent of Fern Street to city commissioners
on public parking apparently does just that, and was
turned over to City Attorney Jim Dye and the Mana-
Longboat chamber slates
chairman's event, 'nooner'
Two midweek events are scheduled by the
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce next
week the annual chairman's reception and its
The chairman's reception will be from 5:30-
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Classic Car
Museum, 5500 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Vol-
unteers who have served on committees and spe-
cial events and those who have helped the cham-
ber financially will be honored at the free event.
The networking "nooner" will be from
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the
Chart House, 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost is
$15 for members, $20 guests.
Further information on either event may be
obtained and reservations made by calling 387-
tee County Sheriff's Office for review.
Zent said in his letter that Anna Maria City Com-
missioners should "be aware that we on Fern Street
will be taking the law into our own hands to protect
our property rights" over the parking issue along the
Dye said that without commenting specifically on
the Zent letter, no one has the right to take the law into
their own hands.
Zent further claimed that "We have construction park-
ing at 7 a.m. every day; on Friday and Saturday nights we
have party people parking and going to the beach we
even had a tour bus with people on our beach at 1 a.m. on
Oct. 25 and the sheriff did nothing about it."
He also said Fern Street residents are constantly
bothered by beachgoers urinating on lawns and using
private water faucets.
"Starting today, we will be calling your homes and
exercising our First Amendment rights every night,"
said Zent. He said commissioners could either change
the parking on Fern Street to allow only resident park-
ing, or change their telephone numbers to stop harass-
ment from citizens.
Zent admitted that the current commissioners "are
not responsible, but your past colleagues put no-park-
ing signs all around us to please their friends. However,
you are now in charge."
He also said that in about a week, his group will be
hiring drug dealers "to steal parking signs with a bounty,
so they may buy drugs with the bounty money. We will
not stop until a solution is found," he concluded.
Other Fern Street residents, however, were a bit
"kinder and gentler" to the city commission than Zent.
Patricia and J.W. Cunningham said in a Nov. 5
letter to the city commission that they were "concerned
about the parking situation on Fern Street" for a vari-
ety of reasons.
They said that although they bought their property
in 1978, they have only been permanent residents since
July. In just three months they have determined that the
city has a "serious problem with public parking."
Public parking is allowed only on their side of the
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street, they said. Other streets leading to North Shore
Drive all have no-parking signs.
Cars and trucks park day and night in front of their
house, subjecting them to loud stereos, vocal ex-
changes, trash in their yard, discarded clothing and dia-
pers, and people stealing their property, the
Late-night and early-morning parties on the beach
are routine, they said, and in three months, there have
been two post-midnight parties requiring police to in-
In one case, they said, a drunk tried to hide in their
utility room and wound up hiding under a boat trailer
across the street, they said.
They also said that any city parking policy is sup-
posed to be "fair and equitable" and that's not the case
when public parking is allowed only on their side of
Fern Street and the last block of North Shore Drive,
while all other streets in the area are cluttered with no-
"The only available parking less than one block from
the beach is located in front of our property and alongside
the property adjacent to ours. This, of course, places a
disproportionate share of the parking burden on us.
"We request that the parking signs on our side of
Fern Street be replaced with signs prohibiting parking,
thereby bringing Fern in conformance with the other
streets we have cited," the Cunninghams said.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn was out of town
and unavailable for comment on either letter, but the
city commission is presently holding workshop ses-
sions and special meetings to discuss the issue and
establish criteria for a master parking plan. One of
the issues being discussed by the commission is
"resident only" parking against "public parking."
None of the parking plans presented to the city
since 1977, nor any resolution on the public-versus-
resident parking issue, have ever been approved by a
city commission, commissioners learned at their Oct.
29 meeting on parking.
The next city commission meeting on the parking
issue is 7 p.m. Nov. 19.
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Running .or class elections in Anne Kinnan 's fifti-grade class at Anna Maria Elementary School are, front
row, from left, Noeli Mills for treasurer, Miles Hosteler for historian, Kayla Jennis for treasurer, Kiera
Knope for president, Clloe Bertrand for secretary. Middle row, from left, are Cory Wash for historian, Ryan
Agnew j/or treasurer and Jarott Nelson jor president. Back row, from left, are Kirsten Whitt for secretary,
Krista Davidson for president, Hilary Halhaway for vice president, Kasey McDearis for vice president, Nash
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Temple Beth Israel sets
public events Sunday
Temple Beth Israel Women plan a day of public
activities from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the
temple at 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
A Chanukah gift sale at the Judaica Gift Shop is
planned, along with sale of home-baked goods "with an
Further information may be obtained by calling
Anna Maria Garden Club
to hear about bugs
A representative of the Manatee County Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Natural Resources will discuss
"Is Something Bugging You?" at a meeting of the
Anna Maria Garden Club Wednesday, Nov. 20.
The meeting will be 12:30 p.m. at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The
following Friday, Nov. 22, club members will take the
tour arranged for Manatee County Farm/City Week. In-
terested persons may call Betty Glassbum at 772-4524.
Youths setting up for Yule sales
Some 2,000 Christmas trees are to be set up Friday,
Nov. 29, for the 48th annual sale by the Boys & Girls
Clubs of Manatee County. The lot will be in business
from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily on Miller Elementary School
property, 4201 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
The organization is seeking volunteers to help with
the sales. They may call 761-2582 to volunteer and
receive further information.
Perico is meeting's topic;
bread goes on sale
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will
see the Perico Bayou video "One Heart One Mind"
at a meeting at 3 p.m. Monday at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The society also announced that its popular
"early settler's bread," home-baked by society
members, is once again on sale every Wednesday
at the historical museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna
The video presents concepts of the interde-
pendence of life in Perico Bayou and how that
ecosystem could be thrown out of balance by
development such as that proposed by Arvida
Corp. along the shore.
Nan Cerwin, Perico resident who helped
develop the video, will present it to the histori-
cal society, which noted that she may be con-
tacted at 795-0841 for other showings.
Hours at the museum are 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Satur-
days. Further information may be obtained by
Shell club to meet
The Sarasota Shell Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thurs-
day, Nov. 14, at the aquarium at More Marine Labora-
tory, on City Island just off the south ramp of the New
Pass Bridge to Longboat Key. Details are available at
Juel 'Judy' Cook
Juel "Judy" Cook, 93, of Holmes Beach, died Nov.
Born in Dickson City, Pa., Mrs. Cook came to
Manatee County from York, Pa., in 1968. She was a
retired registered nurse. She was a member of Church
of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach, and the Episco-
pal Church Women.
She was a member of Retired Nurses Club of
Manatee-Sarasota, Manatee River Garden Club, Floun-
ders Circle and Bradenton Womens' Club.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday,
Nov. 13, at the church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Burial will be in Manasota Memorial Park,
Ellenton. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel,
is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by caregiver Louise Lyle of
Holmes Beach and several cousins.
John Parker White
John Parker White, 81, of Holmes Beach, died Nov.
Born in Owosso, Mich., Mr. White came to Manatee
County from Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1963. He was a
sales representative with Carpart Corp. in Owosso for
seven years and vice president and sales manager of
Thread-Ezy Manufacturing Co. in Corunna, Mich. He
served in World War II in the Pacific and retired as lieu-
tenant. He was on the board of directors of Owosso Argus
Press and the Thread-Ezy Manufacturing Co. He was a
past member of the Island Players and a member of
American Legion Kirby Stewart Post, Bradenton.
There were no services. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Island Players, P.O. Box 2059,
Anna Maria FL 34216. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home,
Island Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Helen, daughter Ann S. of
Michigan and son John P. II of Houghton Lake, Mich.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Oct. 16, 500 block of Magnolia Avenue, theft. A
power tool was reportedly stolen from a construction site.
Oct. 17,400 block of Magnolia Avenue, informa-
tion. A woman went to the police station after she was
unable to locate her rental car. According to the report,
she left her car at a friend's house and rode in a sepa-
rate vehicle to a party. After leaving the party, she was
unable to locate her rental car.
Oct. 27, 800 block of South Bay Boulevard, theft.
A 10-foot dingy was reportedly stolen from the shore-
line behind a residence.
Oct. 28, 500 block of South Bay Boulevard, burglary.
Video equipment was reported stolen from a home.
Oct. 31, 9906 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
Laundromat, information. According to the report, the
cleaning woman found two silver tubes lodged in the
tank of a toilet, causing it to keep running. According
to police, the tubes appeared to be drug paraphernalia
used to smoke crack cocaine.
Oct. 27, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Sandpiper Mobile
Home Park, theft. Two bicycles were reported stolen.
Oct. 28, 1101 Gulf Drive N., Queen's Gate Motel,
criminal mischief. Someone was seen trying to break
into a soft drink vending machine, according to the re-
Oct. 29, 200 block of Avenue C, lost property. A
man reported losing a diver's watch valued at $2,000
on the beach.
Oct. 29, 200 Bay Drive N., Pines Mobile Home
Park, burglary. According to the report, someone broke
into a woman's Florida room, but nothing appeared to
Oct. 30, 201 Gulf Drive N., Oma's Pizza, informa-
tion. A man reported that as he stood in the parking lot,
two individuals threw eggs at him from their vehicle on
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Beach, domestic disturbance. Officers responded to a
call that a man was threatening a woman with a ham-
mer. Upon arriving at the scene, officers searched the
man's car and found the hammer as well as a sword in
the trunk. According to the report, no one actually
heard the suspect threaten the woman, he was just seen
tapping on her car window with the hammer. Officers
let him go and the woman has not pressed charges.
Nov. 1, 300 block of Second Street North, informa-
tion. An 18-year-old male was rushed to the hospital
after a suspected alcohol and drug overdose. Accord-
ing to the report, when officers arrived the patient's
brother was trying to revive him. The man was report-
edly in stable condition at the hospital later that day.
Nov. 2, 2200 block of Avenue C, information. A
man called police after a construction contractor he
fired was seen trespassing at the site for his new home.
Oct. 25, 200 block of 71st Street, battery. A man
was arrested after an argument with his girlfriend.
According to the report, he refused to let her leave the
house with her paycheck because, he told police, he
was afraid she would spend it on drugs.
Oct. 26, 300 block of 72nd Street, theft. A woman at
a party reported her car stolen. According to the report, the
vehicle was found parked at Clancy's Bar in Bradenton
with the keys left inside. Several people at the party told
police one of the guests had been asking around for a ride
to Clancy's where he allegedly left his own car.
Oct 28, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A man
reported his vehicle was broken into, but nothing ap-
peared to be missing.
Oct. 28, 5400 Marina Drive, information. Officers
responded to a girl who fell into the canal after a bicycling
Nov. 2, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, driver's license.
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A man was cited for driving without a license and with
a tag registered to another car.
Nov. 2, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, theft. Accord-
ing to the report a young male snatched a purse from a
woman's arm as she exited her car. The suspect left the
scene in a car waiting at the back of the store.
Nov. 2, 77th street beach access, burglary. Accord-
ing to the report, a cell phone, jewelry and a Palm Pi-
lot were among items stolen from a rental car parked
at the beach access.
Nov. 3, 3015 Gulf Drive, Citgo, theft. A customer
reportedly drove off without paying for $10 worth of gas.
Nov. 5, 4000 Gulf Drive, Cafe on the Beach, bur-
glary. Officers responded to an alarm and found a win-
dow with the screen pushed in. According to the report,
a footprint was left at the scene but the suspect did not
gain access to the building.
Nov. 5, 100 block of 51st Street, theft. A man re-
ported some yard equipment stolen.
Mote volunteers' essay
contest seeks entries
An essay contest for volunteers at Mote Ma-
rine Laboratory and Aquarium is open and seek-
ing entries, with the prizes cash and a weekend on
Volunteers 21 and older are eligible to submit
an essay of 400 to 500 words, judged by an
anonymous committee. Entry deadline is Nov. 27.
The winner will be flown to Marathon Key by
Dolphin Aviation, cosponsor of the contest with
Sarasota Ford, which will award $100 cash prize.
From Marathon the winner will be transported to
Pigeon Key, where Mote has a house near its
former field station.
Details of the competition may be obtained
by calling 388-4441.
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Don Schroder has the course, the schedule, the
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fleet of boats.
He is chairing this year's Christmas Lighted
Boat Parade, 15th of its celebrated kind here, and is
issuing a call for boats of all shapes and sizes for the
big parade Dec. 7.
Power or sail, they're welcome, he stressed. He
has a shortage of stalwarts, with some boaters from
past parades having moved from the Island and oth-
ers' boats out of the water being readied for the win-
The boats will be decorated by their skippers and
helpers, and will sail at full dark in the bay around
Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. Entry fee is a token
$25. Sponsor is the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Boaters may register for the parade via entry forms
at marinas or by calling the Boat Hotline at 778-6715.
In a pinch they may call Schroder at 778-2200.
The boats are to assemble in Bimini Bay, leave
from there at 6 p.m. to cruise down the canal to Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, back past the Key Royale bridge
where boat-decoration judges will be waiting, through
the Galati channel and along the Sarasota Bay shore
north to the Rod & Reel Pier, then back to the Anna
Maria City Pier to rendezvous for fireworks there.
The fireworks spectacular at approximately 7:30
p.m. will be provided again this year by Taylor-Made
Pyrotechnical Entertainment, with Jim Taylor in charge
aboard his barge off the pier.
Holly Berry Bazaar at church
The annual Holly Berry Bazaar of the Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation will be from 9 a.m.-1:30
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.
The sale at the church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, will have holiday decorations, crafts and gifts
of all kinds, said a spokesperson.
"You will find adult and children's books, dolls,
teddy bears, jewelry, candles, wreaths, shell creations
and boutique articles," she said.
Pastries will be offered as well, and coffee, donuts
and hot dogs. Details are available at 778-7658.
Pilates program schedules
classes 3 days a week
Three sessions are scheduled weekly starting Sat-
urday, Nov. 16, for the pilates non-stress exercise pro-
gram at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The classes will be 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, 6
p.m. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the latter geared
to newcomers to the pilate method. Instructor will be
Laura Bennet. The classes are $5 per session.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
THE ISLANDER E NOV. 13, 2002 E PAGE 13
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Since it's the first sale of
Sthe new season, they
were pleased by the
Turnout. The guild's next
,event will be Saturday,
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Breakfast: Large Orange Muffin, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Grilled Cheese or Shaker Salad, Goldfish Tomato
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup, Fruit, Cereal,
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Wednesday, Nov. 20
Breakfast: Apple Churro, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Sliced Turkey with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes,
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Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
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Ninth.grade top priority on IMS/PTO agenda
By Diana Bogan
Island Middle School parents are invited to share
their opinions on adding additional grade levels at the
Parent-Teacher Organization meeting Thursday, Nov.
The discussion was initiated at a recent charter
board meeting by parents interested in keeping students
at the Island charter school next year for ninth-grade.
The school currently includes sixth- through eighth-
Before initiating the process of amending the
school charter and structure, board members asked
PTO President Julie Krokroskia to put the item on
Thursday's PTO meeting agenda to determine how
many parents are in favor of expanding the school.
If parents are in favor of adding one or more grade
levels, the board will have several issues to address.
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to decide if the school will maintain a middle school
atmosphere and only increase in size with a ninth-
grade, or if one new grade per year would be added
Adding additional grade levels brings with it the
need to amend the current charter, which is up for re-
newal after the next school year. Also board members
will need to determine if they need to build or renovate
a facility on the Island, run the high school as a char-
ter or private school, and if there is enough community
support to make it viable.
Bassett said with the expansion there would also be
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Boardmember John Monetti cautioned that the
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is to overstep our needs," he said.
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Anna Maria Island Dolphins Superbowl bound!
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Dolphins have gone from upstarts
at the beginning of their second season of Police Ath-
letic League football play to prohibitive favorites head-
ing into the playoffs and the latter almost bit them in
the "Fins" during their 28-12 playoff victory over the
Bears Saturday, Nov. 9.
The Bears surprised the Dolphins by jumping out
to a 12-0 lead which they took to the locker room at
The Bears opened the game with a 42-yard scoring
drive that saw quarterback Daniel Sapupo connect with
Johnny Enrisma for 20 yards and Chase Adams with an
11-yard touchdown pass for an early lead.
The Dolphins looked like they would answer right
back when Jordan Pritchard broke free for a 44-yard
kick return, giving the Fins good field position near
The Dolphins ran Eric Whitley up the middle for
gains of 22 and five yards, but quarterback Nick Sato
lost two yards on the next play before fumbling the
snap on third down to give the ball back to the Bears.
Luis Valezuala gained four yards on first down
before surprising the Fins defense with a 30-yard, half-
back pass to Adams on second down that took the
Bears to midfield. Valezuala took it to the house on the
next play to complete a 50-yard sweep for a touchdown
and a 12-0 Bears lead.
Being a touchdown behind reminded the Dolphins
they were in a game, but being two down gave them a
kick in the rear that awoke them from their slumber,
though it didn't show until the second half.
Whitley gained 10 and 12 yards on consecutive
carries before Sato just missed connecting with Chad
Richardson on a pass play. The Dolphins then ran
Whitley four straight times and he responded with runs
of six, five, two and 23 yards, but Valezuala poked the
ball out from behind and pounced on the ball to give it
back to the Bears.
The Fins defense made its first appearance at this
juncture, forcing the Bears to punt, but the referee
failed to notice that Richardson got a hand-tipped
Valezuala punt, resulting in a roughing-the-kicker pen-
alty and an automatic Bears first down.
The Dolphins surrendered 37 yards on three carries
by Nathaniel Turner, but Curtis Reynolds came
Eric Whitley scoring a touchdown in the Dolphins win in football semifinals. Islander Photo: Courtesy Anne-
through on first down to nail Sapupo as he released a
pass resulting in an incompletion. Turner gained five
yards on second down, but he paid a big price as
Whitley absolutely "T-boned" him in making the stop.
Then.on third down, Sean Price swooped in to hit
Sapupo to force yet another incomplete pass and end
the first half.
The Fins started the second half at their own 39
thanks to a 30-yard kick return by Richardson. Five of
the next nine plays had Whitley running the ball, cul-
minating in a one-yard plunge for a touchdown by
Whitley. Whitley's extra point cut the Bears' lead to
12-7 with 3:55 left in the third quarter.
On the Bears first play of the second half,
Valezuala fumbled and Price recovered to give the
Dolphins the ball at the 42.
On first down, Whitley took the pitch from Sato
and swept right before pulling up and firing a pass
downfield to a wide-open Connor Bystrom, who got
dragged down at the three-yard line.
The play was called back due to an illegal man
downfield penalty that had the Dolphin faithful shak-
ing their heads and voicing their displeasure.
A reverse by Bystrom netted a couple of yards
before Sato found Richardson on a quick slant for a 41-
yard touchdown pass to give the Fins their first lead on
From then on, it was all Dolphins as Richardson
intercepted a Sapupo pass, giving the Dolphins the ball
at the Bear 31. Five runs by Whitley including a four-
yard touchdown run sandwiched a Sato completion to
Richardson to complete the 31-yard drive and a 20-12
Dolphin lead with 5:34 remaining to play.
Richardson added to the Dolphin lead when he
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stepped in front of a Bear receiver to make a spectacu-
lar one-handed interception that he returned 34 yards
for a touchdown thanks to a great block from Price,
putting them at a 26-12 lead.
Tanner Pelkey, Dillon Cutler-Frank and Reynolds
put the exclamation point on the victory when they
stormed into the Bears' backfield to sack Sapupo for a
safety, ending any hopes of a Bear comeback.
Whitley had another huge day for the Dolphins
with 136 yards on 18 carries and two touchdown runs
while Richardson added a pair of touchdowns on a 41-
yard pass from Sato and his 34-yard interception return
for a touchdown.
Reynolds led an inspired defensive effort with two
sacks, three tackles, a safety and three quarterback
pressures, while C.J. Wickersham and Whitley led the
Fins with five tackles.
LaPensee, Island Real Estate, Danziger
claim division championships
Another great season of soccer has come to an end
and, as expected, there were no changes atop the three
divisions in the Anna Maria Island Commnunity Cen-
ter soccer league.
Division I LaPensee Plumbing, behind the scoring
of Lorenzo Rivera, completed an undefeated season to
finish five games ahead of second-place Island Pest
Division II saw Island Real Estate complete a wire-
to-wire race for first behind the dynamic scoring duo
of Max Marnie and Stephen Thomas. Island Real Es-
tate lost just one game to finish 12 points in front of
Harry's Continental Kitchens which finished with an 8-
Danziger Allergy & Sinus also completed a wire-
to-wire finish in Division III behind the scoring com-
bination of Jordan Sebastiano and Joey Hutchinson to
finish 8-1-3 on the season. Bistros and Air & Energy
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An Instructional Division skills challenge and the
All-Star games are set for Wednesday, Nov. 13, with
the action getting started at 6 p.m.
The season-ending awards ceremonies will be held
on Thursday, Nov. 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. for the In-
structional Division, while Division I, II, and III get
going at 7:30 p.m.
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Community Center's REACH program.
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traveling extreme sports tour.
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the first 20 to sign up will secure a spot on the bus.
Show starts at 7 p.m. so be at the Center by 5 p.m.
For more information, call the Center at 778-1908. For
more information on the event, visit the Web site at
AMICC 2002-03 basketball season
cranks up Nov. 21
The Anna Maria Island Community Center an-
nounces its 2002-03 basketball season is open for reg-
istration now until Nov. 21.
Boys and girls age 5 to 16 can register at a cost of
$40 for members of the Center and $45 for non-mem-
bers. The Center's family membership is $50 per year.
Mandatory try-outs will be held at the Center on
Saturday, Nov. 23, at the times listed below and all
children who register before the deadline will be placed
on a team. Players must be age 5 and no older than 16
by Nov. 23, 2002.
Anyone interested in being a coach or an assistant
coach for this year's exciting season can sign up at the
Center Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
For more information, call the Center at 778-1908.
The spokesperson noted that the Center does not
turn any participant away for lack of fees. Scholarships
are available for those that qualify.
Mandatory basketball try-outs
Saturday, Nov. 23:
Ages 5-7 10-11 a.m. (coach draft 11 a.m.-noon)
Ages 8-9 Noon-1 p.m. (coach draft 1-2 p.m.)
Ages 10-11 2-3 p.m. (coach draft 3-4 p.m.)
Ages 12-13 4-5 p.m. (coach draft 5-6 p.m.)
Ages 14-16 6-7 p.m. (coach draft 7-8 p.m.)
The Center will host an instructional basketball
camp for ages 5 to 13 on Nov. 21-22. Joe Chlebus,
Center athletic assistant and Division 3 college player
with more then five years experience in camp instruc-
tion, will facilitate the camp.
The camp will emphasize specific fundamentals of
offense and defense related to ability and age group. Cost
Dolphin defenders Andrew Burgess and Curtis Reynolds close in to sack Bear quarterback Daniel Sapupo
during Saturday's playoff victory.
of the camp is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
For more information, call Chlebus at 778-1908.
Cheerleading starts, too
A Center spokesperson said its largest program for
girls age 6 to 16 is cheerleading during basketball sea-
Cheerleading squads are forming and coaches are
urgently needed and coach training is also provided.
Girls must be age 6 and no older than 16 by Nov.
18, 2002. Registrations are being accepted through
Friday, Nov. 15, at the Center. The cost is $35 for Cen-
ter members and $40 for non-members. Uniforms are
On Nov. 19 at 7:15 p.m. there will be a mandatory
clinic for all cheerleaders and coaches to organize and
select squads. Sara Tanner, long-time dance instructor
at the Center, will be the cheerleading coordinator.
Call 778-1908 for more information.
On Monday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the Cen-
ter will be host a free cheerleading camp for all girls
registered in this season's cheerleading program.
All volunteer coaches are asked to attend. Tanner
will emphasize proper techniques, warming up,
synchronicity of movement, basic cheers and safety.
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10:30 a.m. Book club discussion on Fannie
Flagg's "Standing in the Rainbow" at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive,'Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.- --
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary silent auc-
tion and lunchedri at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307
Snead Island Road, Palmetto. Information: 778-7423,
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
7p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
7 to. 8:30 p.m. -- Adult basketball at the Anna
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Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Thursday, Nov. 14
9'to 11 a.m. Peli-boat educational tours with the
Pelican Man at the Holiday Inn Marina, 7150 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 388-4444. Fee
7 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote
Marine Aquarium, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 739-0908.
8 p.m. Opening night of "Rumors" at the Island
Players Theater, corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue,
Anna Maria. Box office: 778-5755. Fee applies.
Friday, Nov. 15
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Egmont Key State Park
cruise with the Pelican Man departing from the Holiday
Inn Marina, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Informa-
tion: 388-4444. Fee applies.
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Saturday, Nov. 16
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Holly Berry Bazaar at the
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1638.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Poinsettia Bazaar at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-7865.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Art and bake sale at the Artists
Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. In-
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10 a.m. to noon Learn to grow roses with Russ
Bowermaster at Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th
Ave. NW, Bradenton. Information: 761-2866. Fee ap-
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flu shots at Publix on East
Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Butterfly gardening basics
class with Connie Hodson at Flutterby Garden Center,
30902 Taylor Grade Rd., Duette. Information: 776-
Noon to 2:30 p.m. Peli-boat educational tours
with the Pelican Man at the Holiday Inn Marina, 7150
N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
Sunday, Nov. 17
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Poinsettia Bazaar at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-7865.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chanukah gift sale, bake sale
and library open house at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay
Isles Rd., Longboat Key. Information: 383-3428.
2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra
and Chorus at the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-5730. Donation requested.
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8:30 to 10 a.m. Internet class for beginners at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
3p.m. "One Heart, One Mind" video presenta-
tion by the Anna Maria Island Historical Society at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 795-0841.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Noon Roser Men's Club lunch with guest
speaker Tom Skoloda at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1 to 4 p.m. Veteran's Service Officers at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Registration: 749-3030.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce Chairman's reception at the Classic Car
Museum, 5500 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Informa-
Wednesday, Nov. 20
11 a.m. "Stars and Stripes" gala lunch and fash-
ion show presented by the Woman's Club of Anna
Maria at the El Conquistador Country Club, 4350 El
Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. Information: 778-
2427 or 778-7865. Fee applies.
Noon Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce
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Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
12:30 p.m. Anna Maria Garden Club presents
"Is Something Bugging You?" with the Manatee County
Agricultural Department at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
7 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
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.
"Rumors" at the Island Players theater, corner of
Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, through Nov.
24. Box office: 778-5755.
"Open Exhibit" at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through
November. Information: 778-2099.
Watercolors by Carl Voyles at the Artists Guild
Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through
November. Information: 778-6694.
"Natural Florida: Paintings from the George Percy
and Debbie Geiger Collection" at the South Florida
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Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through Janu-
ary. Information: 746-4131.
Jack Dowd and friends at Kaos Gallery South,
1122 12th St. W., Bradenton's Village of the Arts Dis-
trict, through Dec. 15. Information: 747-0823.
"American Patriotism Exhibit" courtesy of the
Manatee County Veterans Council at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through
November. Information: 778-6341.
"Disaster Planning for Business" seminar with the
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Nov. 21.
Flower arrangement class at Palma Sola Botani-
Scal Park Nov. 23.
Secret shop and bake sale at the Anna Maria Is-
land Art League Nov. 23.
Feldenktais Workshop at the Education Center,
Longboat Key Nov. 23.
"Songs of Sharing and Thanksgiving" by the
Bradenton Community Children's Chorus at the First
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'The Art of Scrapbooking" at the Education Cen-
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Internet class for beginners at the Island Branch
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Island student to punt, pass, kick at Bucs game
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-grader
Stephen Thomas will take the field Sunday, Nov. 17,
at Raymond James Stadium to compete in the 2002
NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick competition.
Each year third- through fifth-grade students at
Anna Maria Elementary School participate in the Na-
tional Punt, Pass and Kick Contest during their physi-
cal education class.
The competition offers boys and girls the opportu-
nity to compete, matching their skills in punting, pass-
ing and place kicking against their peers. Each partici-
pant receives a certificate and ribbons are awarded to
the first-, second- and third-place winner of each group.
A combined total of the three skills is used to de-
termine who advances to the sectional competition,
which was held at G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton, on
Representing AME in the boy's divisions were
Tommy Price (age 8-9) and Thomas (age 10-11). In the
girl's divisions, Emma Barlow (age 8-9) and Claudia
Tango (age 10-11) competed.
As one of the winners at the sectional competi-
tion, Thomas will be competing against sectional
winners from across the state in a competition prior
to Sunday's Buccaneers game against the Carolina
Panthers in Tampa.
Each student will receive one punt, one pass and
one place kick as part of their competition. Final scores
are based on distance and accuracy from the combined
scores of all three events.
Competitors receive tickets to the game and will
participate in a passing exhibition during half-time.
Scores of the first-place finishers will be submit-
ted to the NFL. Once all 32 teams have completed
their championships, the scores will be ranked and
the top four finishers nationwide in each age group
Tommy Price, Stephen Thomas, Claudia Tango and Emma Barlow represented Anna Maria Elementary
School in the sectional punt pass and kick competition at G. T. Bray Park last month. Thomas has advanced to
compete again at the Bucs game Sunday. The competition is sponsored by Gatorade and the National Football
League. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
will receive an all-expense-paid trip for three to the
national finals, which will take place at an NFL play-
off game in January.
As team championships take place, Thomas and
fellow Islanders can track his score on the Internet at
Cortez youth reaches 'American Idol' semi-finals
Cortez resident and Manatee High School student
Eric von Hahmann traveled to Miami recently as one of
the 125 semi-final contestants out of an original 3,000 en-
tries to perform for a spot in the finals of the popular Fox
Network television show "American Idol."
Unfortunately for von Hahmann, his singing style
wasn't exactly suited to the "pop star," made-for-TV
image the show's producers told him they were look-
ing for to make the final 10, he said.
But unlike many other contestants, who broke
down and cried when they learned.they didn't make the
finals, the guitar-playing and song-writing von
Hahmann took the news in stride.
"I was happy just to do it for the exposure. From
what they said, they liked my singing and music, but
it wasn't exactly suited for what they wanted," Eric
"I'm not disappointed, but a lot of people there
were. Some actually cried," he said. "It probably hurt
my chances when I told them I'd never seen the show,"
He said the show's producer was up front when he
said he was looking for a particular person that would
fit the show's "pop" image.
"I don't really consider myself like the Backstreet
Boys," he said.
His music is probably more modern country than
anything, although he believes it doesn't really fit into
"I really like Jimmy Buffett, island-style music,
Sublime, and Keith Urban, so that's pretty much the
type of music I write. I'm really not into Backstreet
Boys or 'N Sync. I like groups and performers who
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Eric von Hahmann.
actually play their own instruments and sing their own
Eric said he's going to take his music "as far as I
can" after high school.
Erik is the son of Rocky and Jane von Hahmann of
Cortez. His mother is currently a Manatee County com-
"American Idol" is based on the former "Star
Search" series that originally brought Britney Spears to
fame. "American Idol" contestants, mostly teenagers,
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compete through a series of competitions to make the
The 10 finalists performances and their lives lead-
ing up to the final show are aired as "American Idol."
Celebrity entertainers vote on the winner. The winner
is guaranteed a recording contract and last year's top
performer, Kelly Clarkson, recorded the hit single "A
Moment Like This."
Boy Scout Troop 102 is taking orders for its.
poinsettia sale fundraiser.
Troop members are selling 6-inch potted
red poinsettias with gold foil "hats" via pre-sale
orders. Plants are $6 each, and due to the in-
crease in cost to the troop, this year they will not
be offering a two-for-$10 deal. The cost is tax
The holiday plants will be delivered by the
Scouts Dec. 10 to decorate Island homes and
The troop's goal is to sell 750 plants. Orders
can be placed by calling Julie Krokroskia at
MULLET & DUFFY SHIRTS
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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 13, 2002 u PAGE 23
Kingfish run 'best in years,' snook action picking up
By Capt. Mike Heistand
The kingfish run is still going strong, and the tally
so far is making this one of the best seasons in the past
Farther offshore, grouper action continues to be
great, and snook fishing is picking up by the day.
I'll be doing a fishing seminar at the St. Pete boat
show Nov. 22 at noon on fishing the flats of Tampa Bay
using live bait, although I'll also talk about different tackle,
times and tides to make your day on the water a success-
ful one. Give me a call and I'll give you the details.
And don't forget that mullet are starting to get fat and
full of roe, so throw a castnet in your boat if you're going
out in case you run into a run of the "chicken of the sea."
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catcher's Marina in Holmes Beach said kingfish are
still coming on strong for his charters, but he's also
catching snook and redfish in the bays, with the reds
coming on strong.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catcher's said small sharks and
lots of kings and mackerel are keeping his clients very,
very happy right now.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catcher's said he's doing great with red and gag grou-
per up to 20 pounds, lane and mangrove snapper to 4
pounds, and amberjack to 30 pounds.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said the
kingfish run is still on, with good reports stretching
from the beaches to about 7 miles out in the Gulf of
Mexico. Chumming is the best way to get those big 30-
pound kings, Bill advised, although most of the catch
seems in'the 10- to 15-pound range. Chumming is also
turning on lots of other species, such as barracuda,
sharks, cobia and some grouper and snapper, so look
for a mixed bag in that chum line.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
continue to catch too-big redfish, plus mackerel, snap-
per and some black drum and snook at night.
Mote studying red tide
effects on human lungs
Volunteers are needed for a Mote Marine
Laboratory study of the effects of red tide on hu-
man lungs, the research organization has an-
It needs volunteers who have asthma or
chronic lung disease to participate in the study
into the human health effects from exposure to
Florida red tide.
Participants must live in Florida at least six
months of the year. They will be asked to answer
a questionnaire and complete such activities as
performing a breathing test before and after walk-
ing on the beach during red tide outbreaks and at
times when no red tide is present. They will be
paid $100, Mote said.
Recruitment is under way now for the study,
which will continue through 2005. Dr. Barbara
Kirkpatrick will provide full information at 388-
4441, extension 226.
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Capt. Justin Moore took Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden, right, with sons Mike and Duce, out
for a day on the water. The trip was filmed by a local TV station. The catch included trout and some small
snook. Islander Photo: Courtesy Capt. Justin Moore
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said there
are lots of snook being caught there are night, plus
flounder, mackerel and snapper for the daytime an-
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said kingfish, mack-
erel, barracuda and bonita were his best bets last week.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he's been reeling in a bunch of kingfish,
mackerel, cobia, snapper, redfish and snook during his
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
boaters from the marina are catching lots of kings and
mackerel off the artificial reefs. Wade fishers continue
to do very well with redfish on the lower tides, and
whitebait continues to be plentiful.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
mullet are starting to get fat and school, so it's probably
time to break out the castnet and start flinging. There
are also good reports of flounder, black drum and re-
ally big snook, plus mackerel, being boated in the past
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's been getting into lots of redfish to 28
inches, snook to 30 inches, and catch-and-release trout
to 20 inches using artificial lures. He's finding the best
action in either Miguel Bay or Terra Ceia Bay.
On my boat Magic we have been catching reds to
33 inches, kingfish to 40 inches, plus mackerel and
flounder and some huge snook to 30 inches, with most
of the best action on the outgoing tides.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide. Call
him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report. Pictures of
your catch are also welcome and may be dropped off at
Gruden holds one of the snook caught while fishing
aboard Capt. Justin Moore's boat on a recent trip.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Justin Moore
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Please
include identificationfor persons in the picture along with
information on the catch and a name and phone number
for more information. Pictures may be retrieved once they
appear in the paper.
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND Video: A Musical Tour. As
seen in the Islander! Now available at A.M.I. Video,
3213 E. Bay Drive, 779-0880.
48-INCH GLASS TOP table with four arm chairs,
leather bound, dark rattan with animal print seats.
Like new. $550. 761-0608.
EXCELLENT CONDITION: Craftsman 12-inch
bandsaw/sander; Craftsman 10-inch table saw;
DeWalt 10-inch 770 radial arm saw; DeWalt 12-inch
compound saw; plus more. $125-$250. 778-1217.
WHIRLPOOL MICROWAVE oven, 900 watts, excel-
lent condition, rotating turntable, $60. 778-7823.
BIG BEAUTIFUL HOUSEBOAT $28,500 or make
offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat_sunseeker or call 778-3526.
WANTED: CORTEZ ARTISTS and "Artists of
Cortez." Please contact The Sea Hagg at 795-5756.
MUSICIAN: Guitarist looking to meet other guitarist
for jamming. Influences: Rush, Styx, Boston, Def
Leppard. Call 779-2241.
CHURCH GARAGE SALE Saturday, Nov. 16, 8am-
1pm. Furniture, housewares, clothing, appliances,
collectibles, books, toys, crafts and much more! To
benefit church missions programs. Palma Sola
Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W.,
ROSER THRIFT SHOP Open Tuesday, Thursday
9:30am-2pm and Saturday 9-noon. Always sales
racks. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.
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TAG SALE Saturday, Nov. 16, 8am-Noon. Queen
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toys, microwave, scanner, futon. 206 83rd St.,
LARGE FOUR-FAMILY sale. Friday-Saturday, Nov.
15-16, 8am-4pm. Oriental rug, furniture, sofa, bed-
room, lamps, desk, books, collectibles, jewelry,
clothing, tons of bric-a-brac and household, new TV.
106 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach.
GARAGE SALE Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 16-17,
9am-2pm. Housewares, clothing, blow-up pool,
large ladder. 308-B, 63rd St., Holmes Beach.
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 (DARE). Call
Shona at 761-2642 for information or visit our Web
1981 MERCEDES WAGON turbo diesel. $3,900.
1980 MERCEDES BENZ 450 SL cream, black
leather interior, air conditioning, power steering,
95,000 miles, hard and soft tops, alloy wheels, ex-
ceptional condition. $14,000, or best offer. Call
1998 CHEVY CAVALIER Two door, new tires, bat-
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miles. $6,500, or best offer. 794-6994.
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$3,100, or best offer. 730-9622.
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.
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard,
guest quarters or rental income. $28,500 or make
offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat_sunseeker or call 778-3526.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
PRIVATE CHARTERS. Fishing, snorkeling,
sightseeing, Egmont Key. USCG License. Capt.
Keith Barnett. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
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.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9803.
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DIRECT GULFVIEW Beach Cottage. Completed rehabed.
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ASSISTANT INNKEEPER in training. Holmes
Beach, very busy B&B and motel. Must be ener-
getic, positive, dependable and eager to learn! Will
train, must have own dependable transportation,
non smoking facility. Call 778-5444.
BEACH MOTEL SEEKS part-time housekeeper. 20-
30 hours, weekends and some weekdays. Transpor-
tation a must. Hourly, 778-1010.
WANTED: HOUSEKEEPER for Longboat Key re-
sort. Must be honest, dependable and sober. Good
starting pay and friendly working atmosphere, 15-25
hours per week, including weekends. Call 383-2431,
between 9am-6pm on Tuesday-Saturday.
SEASON IS COMING and we're gearing up! Look-
ing for experienced cashiers. We have one full-time
night position and one part-time day position avail-
able. Apply at Jessie's Island Store, 5424 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, or call Jimmy or Jessie at
778-6903 between 9-11am or 1-3pm.
COOKS, SERVERS, BUS persons with experi-
ence only. 5610 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
FULL-TIME EXPERIENCED millwork and cabinet
maker. Apply at store, Island Lumber & Hardware,
213 54th St., Holmes Beach.
Outgoing personality to sell unusual and fun gifts
and also has flair for "crafty" creativity! 383-5919 or
leave message all calls returned.
SERVERS AND KITCHEN help apply Qoh La La!
European Bistro. Fine dining service, days and/or
evenings. Will train dishwasher/prep help. 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Ask for Chef Damon.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Library.
Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-6247.
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.
PART-TIME ISLANDER REPORTER: Journalism
skills a must. Computer literate. Independent
worker. Resumes: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax
778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
ASSISTED LIVING: Haven Home Bradenton Beach
is admitting residents. Respite, long term. Call 779-
0322 for details, inquiries welcome.
WANTED: live-in companion/aide. Room and board
furnished with small weekly salary. 778-7122.
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.
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ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
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LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evenings, weekends. For any computer needs,
hardware, software, network, commercial, private.
BOOKKEEPING: We can invoice your clients, pay
your bills, reconcile your bank accounts. We pro-
vide appropriate financial reports; working with your
accountant at tax time and much more. Local, expe-
MUSIC LESSONS! Also available: flute, saxophone,
clarinet.. Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray,
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast and
reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines, cush-
ions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call 727-5873.
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 per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
JACK'S HANDYMAN SERVICES No job too small.
Home repairs, painting, textures, tiling, property
maintenance. Phone (941) 724-1958.
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HOUSE CLEANING Permanent weekly or bi-
weekly. Experienced, reliable. Call for a free esti-
mate and ask for Marieta, 722-4866.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
LUISA'S CLEANING service. Complete cleaning
service for homes, offices, banks, resorts, etc.
Also, handyman services. Low rates. 739-0149 or
SOS SERVICES Professional cleaning and organi-
zational services for your home. Free estimates,
Island references. Call Sharon, 920-1992.
LARGE FUNDING COMPANY
Pays cash for owner-financed mortgage notes, court
settlements and lottery winnings. Call or fax us to-
day, 751-1905 or pager, 506-0221.
THE ROYAL MAID SERVICE Licensed, bonded,
insured. Professional experienced maids, free esti-
mate, gift certificates available. Call now, 727-9337
HOUSE CLEANING 12 years experience. Island
references. Call 792-3772, or leave message.
FIREWOOD, SEASONED hardwoods, delivered,
stacked. Call Jeff, 809-7930.
GERMAN HANDYMAN Tiles, wood flooring, paint-
ing and all other home repair you may need. High
quality, reasonable prices. No job too small! Li-
censed and insured. 539-7937.
KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service: Delivering a
standard of excellence for all your interior and exte-
rior cleaning needs. No job too big or small. Great
rates and references, 722-4358.
Buy it, sell it, find it fast in The Islander classified.
CODWP 1 (41)778076
Choice location for this 3BR/2BA
with a den of fourth bedroom
located in Glenn Lakes. Great
room, caged pool area, two-car
garage. Pantry and laundry area
add to your convenience. Close to
schools and shopping. IB84366.
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 778-0766 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at www.cbflorida.com
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.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, hauling,
Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent references.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
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. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 795-7775, cell 720-0770.
FREE SNOW REMOVAL! Everything else costs
extra. Crushed, washed 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.
Buy it, sell it fast in The Islanderclassifieds. 778-7978
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning,.wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. 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 certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Inte-
rior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Have
sawmill, will travel. Dan Michael, master carpenter.
Call, 745-1043 or cell 705-1422.
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT/ paper services: Inte-
rior/exterior painting, pressure washing and wallpa-
per. For prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates,
call Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGCO61519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, hignly- .illed, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpents.rfine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
Buy it, sell it fast in The Islanderclassifieds. 778-7978
AT HOLMES BEACH
LUXURY CONDO TOWNHOUSES
Model Open! 3800 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach
3BR/2BA 1,700 sq.ft. Living Area Heated Pool
Elevator Available Large Private Garage
SSteps to Beach/Shopping Starting at $375,000
Call: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464
Visit us at WWW.ABOUTTHEVILIAGES.COM
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2317 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach
Gulfview, two-story residential triplex with two
units of 2BR/1BA down and one unit of 1BR/
1BA up, overlooking the Gulf. $550,000.
Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
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KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
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.
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Homes, 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).
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
WINDOW AND DOOR SILLS. Have cracked, crum-
bling, broken cement sills? Will rebuild all sills
promptly. 26-years experience. Chris, 795-3034.
TWO "J"s HOME Service and Repairs. Tile, deck-
ing, windows, doors, woodwork, painting, drywall,
etc. Experienced guaranteed satisfaction. No job
too small to call! Joe or Jay, cell 737-5292.
ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
We have the Island's best real estate section.
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available.
Turnkey, beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No
pets, non smoking. Priced from $750/month, $400/
week, $80/night. 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
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL. Large 2BR ground
floor. Just steps to beach, fully furnished. Bikes,
cable TV, washer/dryer. $475/week. 866-4-LEASE-
3 or 447-6797.
FALL, WINTER, SPRING rentals available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate Co.,
778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
UNFURNISHED ANNUAL Bradenton Beach.
Steps to the beach. Large 1BR/1BA with Jacuzzi
tub, washer/dryer, large sundeck with great views.
$850/month. By appointment only, call 778-0292
VACATION & SEASON. Private Beach. Walk to
everything. 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.
STEPS TO BEACH: 1-2BR, newly remodeled, fully
furnished, TV, telephone, kitchen, microwave. $395/
week or $1,295/month, plus tax. Call 778-1098.
TURNKEY FURNISHED 1BR/1BA. Available now
through February. Full kitchen. $500/week or
$1,000/month. Small pet OK. Walk to beach or
downtown Holmes Beach. Call 778-0554.
HOLMES BEACH GULFVIEW 3BR home only 50
yards to beach. Ground level, located at 3105 Av-
enue F. No pets. Good credit. $1,050/month and
security. (800) 894-1950.
ANNA MARIA: Quiet north end, three-minute walk
to beach. 3BR/2BA, sleeps four. Beautifully fur-
nished. January-April, $2,900/month; $700/week,
other weeks during the year. Call 795-5500 or e-
CONDO: HOLMES BEACH furnished 2BR/2BA,
vacation, seasonal or annual, non smoking, close to
everything. Heated pool, tennis court, fishing dock.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Two spacious
homes both 3BR/2BA with all conveniences. One is
$4,700/month, the other is $4,300/month. Photos
available upon request. Please call (813) 752-4235.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $350 to $450/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ANNUAL CANALFRONT HOME unfurnished (pets
OK, non smoking). Renovated 2BR/1BA, $2,250/
month. Available now, 779-2217.
CHARMING 1BR/1 BA on canal. Furnished, washer/
dryer. $850/month, all utilities included. Available
now through Dec. 31. 778-5405.
HOLMES BEACH 1-2BR, steps to beach, remod-
eled, fully furnished, TV, phone, kitchen, washer/
dryer. $395 /week, $1,295/month. Call 778-1098.
THE ISLANDER CLASSIFIED The best news in
town and the best results from classified advertising.!
VACANT LOT FOR SALE
Just steps away from the Gulf! Enjoy
direct beach access and experience
Island living today! Priced to sell at
$259,000. ML#86560.Call Bonnie
Bowers at 350-1300.
SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970
S53 YEARS OF DISTINCTIVE ISLAND SERVICE
3224 East Bay Dr. Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
Sales: 941-778-0700 Rentals: 778-6665
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
BRADENTON WATERFRONT Beautiful.
house on Braden River with boat dock and
10,000-lb. lift. 3BR/2BA, pool overlooks
river, peaceful and scenic. $399,000.
Lowell Shoaf, 778-0700.
CONDO SWEET CONDO 2BR/2BA
cream puffl Updated, poolside, with all
new windows, tile and Berber carpet.
Turnkey furnished. $135,000. Marc
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MARTINIQUE SOUTH Awesome Gulf-
views from this fourth-floor corner unit.
Heated pool, tennis, clubhouse. 2BR/2BA.
$475,000. Gail Tutewiler, 778-0700.
SPACIOUS ISLAND HOME 4BR+ den.
Close to beach. Boat slip available.
$439,000. (Plus $6,000 allowance for
remodeling and decorating.) Gall
as: em am me a.
STUNNING! WATERVIEW CONDO! Sun-
bow Bay 2BR/2BA, completely updated. Open
kitchen with office space. Tile throughout Ex-
pansive view down lagoon to Intracoastal.
$274,500. Gail Tutewiler, 778-07001
BRING YOUR BOAT! Spectacular unob-
structed water view. Unique 1BR/1BA
condo in Palma Sola Harbor. Dock your
boat at your back door. $150,000. Gail
ATTENTION INVESTORS 3BR/2BA,
ranch beauty. Great location and
schools. Privacy fence, room for pool. A
steal! $120,900. Marie Franklin-
SHAWS POINT Traditional brick colonial,
4BR/2.5BA. Plenty of privacy. Room for
pool. Wood floors, shutters, custom built-ins,
french doors. Great family home! $259,900.
Tina Rudck or Mike Migone, 778-0700.
ISLAND DOLL HOUSE. 2BR/1BA with
boat dock and boat a block away. Close
to beach. $334,500. Gall Tutewiler,
Wedebrock Distinctive Rentals
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PANORAMIC BAY VIEW! 2BR/2BA, gor- IMPERIAL HOUSE Steps to beach! 2BR,'
geous upstairs unit, one block to beach. 1BA. Heated pool, nicely furnished. An-
Available weekly, monthly for season Call nual or seasonal rental.
today to reserve.
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Maria City on a double lot. Home
features a wrap-around deck, sky-
lights, fireplace, walk-in closets and
a four-car garage. List price
$439,000. MLS#87031. Call Frank
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SPACIOUS WATERFRONT upper with dock. Pan-
oramic view. Furnished Key West style 2BR/2BA
with washer/dryer. Pet considered. $2,300/month.
Also, renting for year 2003. 794-5980 or 778-0349.
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 265-3458.
HOLMES BEACH Weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Large modern, new 1BR, ground-floor, just steps to
the nicest beach on Anna Maria Island. Fully fur-
nished, washer/dryer, dishwasher. 778-4555.
VACATION RENTAL: You can have the warm west
coast Florida sun with beautiful white sand outside
your door. 1BR, located at Resort 66, Holmes
Beach, on Anna Maria Island. Full housekeeping
with kitchen, cable TV, pool, ocean. Fully furnished.
$900/weekly. Available March: 1-8, 8-15, 15-22,22-
29. Call (315) 894-2304.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB January, February
2003. Non smoking, 2BR/2BA, no children. Four-
week minimum. Beachfront. Call (813) 781-7562.
WESTBAY COVE SOUTH: 2BR/2BA unfurnished
condo, full bay view, heated pool and tennis courts.
newly decorated, new air conditioning and heating.
Available Dec. 1. $1,150.00/month, plus one month
security deposit. 739-0851.
VACATION RENTAL: Open, airy 3BR/2BA, loft,
two porches. Immaculate, two blocks to North
Point beach. $3,000/month, including taxes. (813)
BAYFRONT HOME with beach. City of Anna Maria.
Furnished 3BR, immaculate. Available weekly,
monthly or annually. 779-2241.
WANTED TO RENT: Room with bath on Anna
Maria Island sought by single female. Ready to
move in immediately on an annual basis. Pool/laun-
dry preferred. Please call 704-4176, mobile or 778-
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL rental. Updated,
very clean, close to beach. Available monthly, De-
cember-May. 2BR/1BA, $1,800/month; 1BR/1BA,
$1,500/month. Call (813) 928-5378.
2BR CONDO Gulfview, beach access. Fully fur-
nished, available until Jan. 15, 2003. Off season
special, $400/week, holidays $100 higher. Call 761-
9530 or e-mail: email@example.com.
LIKE NEW 2BR/1.5BA with new washer/dryer.
Small pet OK. $895/month, plus utilities and deposit.
302-0779. 310 61st St., Holmes Beach. '
SEASONAL Nice 2BR/2.5BA townhouse available
November-April. Gulf view, covered parking, heated
pool, lots of space $2,200/month, utilities included.
Call 792-8747 or 447-6759.
ANNUAL RENTAL Holmes Beach. 2BR/1BA, totally
remodeled, tile floors, carpeting in bedrooms. Non
smoking, no pets. Washer/dryer hook-up. $900/
month. Will work with first, last and security deposit.
UNFURNISHED COZY 1BR/1BA, steps to the
beach. $650/month, plus security and utilities. No
pets. Call 778-3854.
BRADENTON BEACH CONDO 2BR seasonal,
three-month minimum. Attractively furnished,
bay views, pool, steps to beach. $1,400/month.
ANNUAL RENTAL north end. 2BR/2BA, half-block
to beach, newly redone. 1,400 sq.ft. $1,200/month.
142 Crescent. Mr. Glaser, (813) 839-3800.
ATTENTION SEASONAL RENTERS! Beautiful,
modern 2BR/1.5BA, elevated home on canal in
Holmes Beach. Newly renovated, upscale furnish-
ings and appliances with washer/dryer, private out-
door shower, patio and dock. Just steps to the
beach. $2,500/month. 216 S. Harbor Drive. Call
(813) 971-7999 day or (813) 920-3845 evenings.
DIRECT GULFFRONT 2BR/1BA condo. Bradenton
Beach. Fully renovated with new furniture. $1,000/
week or $3,000/month, seasonal. 713-4187, leave
JANUARY RENTAL Anna Maria Island Club, unit
26. Offered Jan. 4-15. Toll free, (800) 237-2252.
SEASONAL RENTAL Anna Maria, 200 feet to Rod
and Reel Pier. Ground floor, 2BR/1BA. Completely
remodeled, washer/dryer. Available now. 387-8610.
2BR/1BA FURNISHED COTTAGE. $1,650/month.
Log onto www.floridabeachcottage.com or cell (863)
VACATION RENTAL AVAILABLE now! 2BR/1BA,
pool, walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. $1,800/
Buy it, sell it fast in The Islander classified.
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PET FRIENDLY old-fashioned bungalow, ideal for
single/couple. South Bradenton Beach, fumished/un-
fumished, short/long term. Fax owner, (941) 485-2057.
CHRISTMAS WEEK on the Gulf. 2BR Bradenton
Beach for rent Dec. 21-28. Three minutes to beach,
non smoking. $550/week. 778-7370
BEACHFRONT 2BR/2BA, large-glass enclosed liv-
ing room, kitchen with fireplace. All new fumiture
and appliances, phone and cable. 778-3645.
FURNISHED STUDIO APARTMENT in Holmes
Beach. Two blocks from beach. $1,000/month, mini-
mum three months. 778-0212.
ANNUAL RENTAL Westbay Cove, at light by Publix.
2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, cable, water/sewer paid. From
$1,000/month. Old Florida Realty Co., 778-3377.
HOLMES BEACH annual. 3BR/2BA steps to beach.
No pets. $900/month. 725-4190.
SEASONAL: a few units available for 2003 at
Westbay Cove condo. Turnkey furnished. Season
and single month. Old Florida Realty Co., 778-3377.
BAYFRONT HOME with.beach. City of Anna Maria.
Furnished 3BR, immaculate. Available weekly,
monthly or annually. 779-2241.
SUNNY AND SPACIOUS canalfront home in city of
Anna Maria. 3BR/3BA with garage, new paint and
tile. $1,600/month. 779-2241.
HOLMES BEACH 2BR duplex. Immaculate, fully
fumished;dishwasher, TV, telephone, washor/dryer,
garage, balcony. Three minutes to beach. Weekly,
$350; monthly $1,350-$1,800. November 2002 -
February 2003. 778-st10.
MONri-FY SPECIAL: Holmes Beach turnkey
townhouse. Save $700. Newly constructed,
everything's included taxes, cleaning, utilities,
cable, phone. $2,660. manateevacations.com or
Jim, (219) 924-0221.
ROOMMATE WANTED 1-2 bedrooms, $400 per
room, per month. Female preferred, family environ-
ANNA MARIA BEACH West of Gulf Boulevard,
3BR/2.5BA. Attractively furnished, eight-years old.
Three-month minimum rental, no pets or children.
110 Maple Ave. Dec. 1 to April 30. $2,850/month,
plus electric. Call (813) 335-3825 for appointment.
RANCH-STYLE DUPLEX, Holmes Beach, 2BR/
1.5BA, laundry hook-ups, stove and refrigerator.
Annual, $750/month. No pets, 778-0032.
ANNUAL CANALFRONT, ground level with dock.
Non smoking, 2BR/2BA, Florida room, carport Easy
walk to north-end beaches. $1,200/month. Available
12/1/02. (610) 692-4773.
Buy it, sell it fast in The Islanderclassifieds. 778-7978
FANTASTIC GULFVIEW, first-floor 2BR/2BA,
beachfront condo. $3,000/month, three-month mini-
mum. (734) 665-4641.
Perico Bay Villa, 2BR/2BA, $2,500/month; Perico
Bay Edgewater, 2BR/2BA, spectacular panoramic
yiew $2,600/month; Longboat Key, north-end vil-
lage, 2BR/1BA, large screened lanai, walk to beach
and restaurants, $2,900/month; Parkway Villas,
2BR/2BA, $1,700/month, four-month minimum;
Palma Sola townhouse, pool, boating, steps to bay
beach and restaurant, $2,500/month. Real Estate
ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new ce-
ramic floors, $750; 2BR/1BA, stackable washer/dryer
hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrigerator, 1 BR/
1BA, $650. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-7500.
SEASONAL RENTAL City of Anna Maria, 2BR
house, one block to bay, $2,000/month. Available
now. Marina Pointe Realty Co., 779-0732.
SEASONAL RENTAL Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA
house. $2,000/month. Available January, February,
March. Marina Pointe Realty Co., 779-0732.
ANNUAL RENTALS Home, condo, apartments, effi-
ciency available. Prices range from $475-$975/month.
Call Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307 for details.
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL, beautifully furnished
large 2BR/2BA, kitchen-dining room, living room,
garage, pool, all amenities, close to shopping and
beach. Contact Lu Rhoden, Property Manager, di-
rectly at 758-3939. Aposporos & Son, 387-3474.
SEASONAL RENTALS AVAILABLE Gulffront,
canalfronts and several close to the beach. Prices
range $1,350-$3,400/month. Call Fran Maxon Real
Estate 778-2307 for details.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL or seasonal, furnished,
large 1BR/1BA, living room, eat-in kitchen, washer/
dryer, pool, close to beach. Contact Lu Rhoden,
property manager, directly at 758-3939. Aposporos
& Son, 387-3474.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, Holmes Beach. Screened lanai,
new carpet and appliances, washer/dryer hookup.
$900/month, plus utilities. First, last and security
deposit. 737-6484 or (703) 691-2526.
WINTER IN FLORIDA, furnished Key West-style
2BR/2BA, two decks, two-car garage, 100 yards to
beach. Available December-April, $2,500/month,
3BR/2BA CANAL HOME, dock, $1,800/month.
2BR/2BA, furnished duplex, $1,200/month. 3BR/
2BA with boat dock, $1,500/month, furnished or
unfurnished. 3BR/2BA, canalfront with pool and
dock, Longboat Key, $3,400/month, furnished. Is-
land Vacation Properties, 778-6849.
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HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL Beautifully updated
2BR/2BA elevated home with garage and covered
carport. Large deck and sun deck. Just steps to the
beach and trolley stop. Cable, washer/dryer. $3,000/
monthly; $900/weekly. (813) 685-8506.
1BR CONDO Annual, unfurnished, all tile, one
block to beach, large pool. Very nice! $750/month.
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.
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-
BEAUTIFUL BRADENTON BEACH: Affordable
paradise, across from Gulf, furnished 1BR/1BA
mobile home. Carport, shed. Sandpiper Senior
Park. Call 778-1251 for details.
OPEN HOUSE: Sandpiper Mobile Resort Residents
buying 9-acre 55-plus bayfront park, across Gulf
Drive from great beach. Shares available at
$57,500. Open house this Saturday, 1-4pm or con-
tact Gord Cleland 779-1343 or
HOUSE ON BAY For sale by owner. 3BR/2BA.
$665,000. 526 56th St., Holmes Beach. 232-3665.
TOTALLY RENOVATED 3BR/2BA ground-level.
home. One block to Gulf. Must see to appreciate.
For sale by owner. $375,000. Call (813) 300-8543
or (813) 265-3458.
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.
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.
WATERFRONT MOBILE HOME Pines Trailer Park,
Bradenton Beach. $55,000. 778-3888.
COMPLETELY REMODELED 4BR/2BA, northwest
Bradenton. One block from mouth of river. 7803
18th Ave. N.W. $285,900. 795-1295 or 545-0575.
LAKESIDE ISLAND HOME 2BR/2BA, large yard.
Zoned duplex, block to beach. $365,000. Westbay
Cove 1BR/1BA, poolside, newly upgraded. Must
see! Old Florida Realty Co., 778-3377.
We have the Island's most comprehensive real es-
tate section. Call us at 778-7978 or visit us online
ONE-OF-A-KIND Rare, double lot (both buildable)
with 250 feet on canal at north end of Anna Maria.
Ground-floor, two-story, 3BR/3BA home in garden
setting complete with heated pool and spa. Offers
privacy in quiet neighborhood, short walk to Gulf.
New roof, pool screen, solar panels, air conditioning
unit and dock. Includes one-year homeowner's war-
ranty. $799,000. 778-0171.
DUPLEX FOR SALE by owner. Call 302-0779 or
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX 2BR/2BA, two garages.
Built in 1978. Original, private owner. $329,000. Call
ISLAND LIVING YOU CAN AFFORD! Turnkey fur-
nished 1 BR/1BA mobile home. High 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.
BRAND NEW 2BR/2.5BA condo on golf course at
beautiful Tobago Hilton on Tobago Island, Trinidad
in the Caribbean. 1,694 square feet. Excellent rental
market. Asking $229,000, appraised at $241,000.
Call Rick at 778-1102 or 727-5873. .
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard,
guest quarters or rental income producer. $28,500
or make offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat_sunseeker or call 778-3526.
Be sure to visit our Web site at www.islander.org for
secure submission of classified ads and much more.
B Real Estate
NEW LISTING 3BR/2BA elevated home located in quiet residential area of Holmes Beach. Ameni-
ties include: great room design, cathedral ceilings, fireplace, 39 by 30 enclosed garage, screened
lanai, sprinkler system, all appliances, ceramic tile/carpet and walk-in closet. Priced at $360,000.
HAWTHORN PARK NORTHWEST BRADENTON 4BR/2.5BA, two-story pool home with many
deluxe features. Dual fireplace, eat-in kitchen, all appliances, lots of storage. Immediate posses-
CAYMAN CAY CONDO 2BR/2BA, ground level Holmes Beach condo. Heated pool, covered
parking, screened lanai, interior laundry, steps to beach. Pets accepted. $239,900. Furnished.
WEST OF GULF DRIVE Luxury Island retreat with Gulf views. Top of the line throughout, exquis-
itely turnkey furnished. One large master suite, sitting room or library and two baths. Oversized
two-car garage, two screened lanais, open deck. Over 1,770 sq.ft. of living area. $650,000.
Please call Carol R. Williams, Broker/Realtor for more details or appointment to show.
(941) 744-0700 or (941) 720-7761 Email: email@example.com
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
TROPICAL WATERFRONT HIDEAWAY
This delightful 3 BR/2BA, Key West style
hideaway is tucked away on a natural
mangrove setting with a beautiful water-
S-, : I side brick patio nestled among the foliage.
S|Features include high ceilings throughout
SI the home, wooden floors, Saltillo tile, gas
fireplace, large gourmet kitchen complete
with a center island, built-in wine rack and
JennAir glass cook top. Other amenities
include a large, screened patio overlooking
Lake LaVista and a spiral oak staircase
S' I leading to a loft which could be an office,
', gym or fourth bedroom. Easy vinyl siding
.and low maintenance yard with an auto-
matic irrigation system makes taking care
of the wonderful queen, coconut and
Christmas palms, as well as the jasmine
S '1 1 vines and ferns, a breeze!
Priced at $695,000.
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Single-family homes from
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Island lifestyle with off-Island cfnv,-3lnce!
Just a five-minute ride to the beach!
5 Different Floor Plan-
All open & spa. ous ...
3R/-zBA & 4BR/23A
OPEN DAILY12-5 PM
Directions: Cortez Road to
S 86th St. W., turn south on
S..5. 86th St. W. Entrance to Heron's
Watch is 1/2 mile on the right.
For information call 778-7127
arais Re e
UPDATED 3BR/2BA turnkey furnished Is-
land home. Great canal view, boat slip, lush
and private backyard. Won't last! $349,000.
Call Nicole Skaggs or Jane Grossman at
778-4800 or 795-5704.
TROPICAL HORIZONS Large 2BR condo
in choice Holmes Beach area. Walk to
shopping and restaurants. Very close to
the beach with some Gulf views. Rooftop
sundeck. $415,000. Call Denny Rauschl at
WESTBAY POINT AND MOORINGS
3BR/2BA first floor, end unit with deeded
covered parking. Pool, hot tub, tennis and
26 acres of tropical splendor. Don't miss
this one! $350,000. Call Dick Maher or
Dave Jones at 778-4800.
MOST REASONABLE PRICED TOWNHOUSE
at Sunbow! Roomy Island condo close to
beach and shopping. 2BR/2BA on main level
and hobby room/bedroom/den and one bath
downstairs. Quiet, well maintained complex
with two pools and tennis. $299,000. Call Ed
Oliveira at 778-4800 or 705-4800.
THE ISLANDER M NOV. 13, 2002 M PAGE 31
Simplify Your Search!
Call anytime for a consultation.
A.~ericN TREASURE "FOR SALE" IN OUR BACKYARD!
Directly on canal with private boat dock and davits
on Anna Maria Island. Call Mel. (941) 809-5565
REAL ESTATE, LLC
GREAT STARTER HOME
2BR/1BA West Bradenton home near Wares
Creek. Close to downtown, hardwood floors,
eat-in kitchen, wood deck, fence. $128,900.
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.
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.
LARGE DUPLEX NEAR BEACH
2BR/2BA each side. Just steps to one of area's
best beaches. Quiet secluded street in North
Holmes Beach. Very residential area. Two
garages and two carports. Excellent rental.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
MLS S Coast
REAL ESTATE, LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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70+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
Sun Plaza West Condo! Gulf front complex
with heated pool and tennis. 2BR/2BA,
Turnkey furnished. Fabulous Island re-
treat! $399,00. MLS 82209
WATERFRONT HOME & LOTS
2+ Acre Estate ................ $1,850.000
513 69th St .................... $599,000
618 Hampshire Ln. ........... $595,000
657 Key Royale Dr ........... $1,099,000
909 N. Shore Dr. ............. $889,500
505 67th St .................... $439,000
616 Emerald Lane............. $539,000
608 Key Royale Dr. ......... $489,000
524 71st St ................ $1,490,000
623 Foxworth Ln. .......... $575,000
CONDOS & LOTS
233 85th St. ................. $349,900
140 50th St. ................. $489,500
308 55th St. Lot ........... $197,500
Tom Nelson 405 Bay Palms Dr ........
1276 Spoonbill Landings Cr. $249,999
8809 12th Ave. NW. ..... $239,900
Vizcaya #31C............. $134,900
3948 Mariners Way..... $439,900
2418 90th St. NW.......... $2,995,000
6506 W. 38th Ave. ...... $129,000
2+ Acre Estate ............ $1,850,000
6916 9th Ave. W. ......... $158,900
11332 Perico Isle Cir ........ $325,000
Sarasota Bay Club, #201.... $359,000
1275 Spoonbill Landings Cr. $219,000
"WALK WITH ME..."
Sin paradise at
I can make your
island dreams come true.
Sales & Rentals Since 1981
;. 7 -Office 778-4800 Cell 705-4800
5201 Gulf Dr. Holmes Beach, Fl
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632 Key Royale Dr .......
509 68th St. ............... $439,000
510 68th St. ...............
Sun Plaza West #201. ...
Sunbow Bay #204. ......... $239,000
Beachwalk Townhomes- 1 Left. $499,900
6925 Holmes Bvld ........
214 83rd Street. ...........
710 North Shore. Lot .....
213 Coconut Ave..........
747 Jacaranda. Lot........ $389,000
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By Patrick Berry /
Edited by Will Shortz
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18 "What did you say?"
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27 Beats in battle
29 Of a color scheme
30 Spiteful shout
32 Pigment that's a
36 Gets married?
38 Cheat on a diet
40 Response to revela-
42 Calendar pgs.
43 What the adorable
Southern belle had?
46 Raise, as prices
48 Low places
50 Urban reformer Jacob
51 Cartoon dog
53 Home away from
54 Crime-fighting grp.
57 Stops playing hang-
man after the first
63 Certain Muslim
64 Overhead light?
66 Hotel room listing
67 Compliment paid to
5 Dan Blocker role on
6 Piece of software, for
7 Rum cocktails
9 They serve dictators
10 Concern of some
11 Official lang. of Malta
12 Superlatively brief
13 Modern ice cream
14 Subject for Gregor
15 Cause of depletion
16 They may play first
17 Favored bunch
25 Work with a shuttle
26 Corpus Christi's day:
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32 "Let's roll"
35 Bring in
36 "Dinner & A Movie"
37 Church chorus
43 Soothing stuff
45 Edna Ferber novel
48 Proud cry
49 Cast iron, e.g.
53 Its busiest street is
54 Garden party
55 Heavyweight champ
56 Air travelers' needs,
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79 Former Rep.
80 With reservations
81 What's up?
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SMUGGLERS LANDING Gorgeous condo
with 40-ft. boat dock. Inviting foyer, dream
kitchen, spacious living/dining with wet bar.
Bedroom suite for king/queen. Glassed-in lanai
looks at dock. Two covered parking. $389,000.
MLS#87456. Bobye Chasey, 778-2261.
WEST BRADENTON Westside 3BR/2BA
charmer! Updated kitchen, baths and more!
Warm wood flooring, plus ceramic tile! Neutral
interior. Extra large fenced yard with plenty of
room for a pool. $125,000. MLS#87356. Laura
COVE SOUND YACHT CLUB You live only once -
but if you live in this gated waterfront community, once
is enough. This Key West-style home has a soaring
two-story entrance, 3BR including a dreamy master
suite, two skylighted loft dens. $835,000. MLS#86248.
Noreen Roberts, 778-2261.
LONGBOAT KEY Beautiful direct Gulf views
from this third-floor, 1,896 sf, well maintained
2BR, plus den (or convert to third BR). 20-unit
complex, conveniently located. $719,000.
MLS#86950. Rose Schnoerr, 778-2261.
SABAL PALM 1BR/1.5BA. Minutes to beauti-
ful pristine white sand beaches. Great location,
walk to shopping. This is the best condo for
price and location on the market. $59,900.
MLS#84317. Chard Winhiem, 778-2261.
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shaded lot. 83-ft. river frontage and 118 ft. on
Warner's Bayou with dock. Effectively rebuilt
1987. Striking contemporary, two-story home,
fabulous waterview. $940,000. MLS#86066.
Rose Schnoerr, 778-2261
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ater. Island Opportunity Knocks! As-is, with right to
inspect. Side A needs some TLC. $385,000.
MLS#87023. Laura McGeary, 778-2261.
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10 Best Headlines
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"Human squakers hit beak of meanness"
April 4, 1996
"Reef Reacher Capt. captures headlines"
April, 11, 1996
"Island to have best ambulance service"
Feb. 26, 1997
"Islander Bystander awarded $1.3 million in libel suit damage"
March 19, 1997
"Protesters: Hey, hey, ho, ho, this big tower's got to go!"
June 18, 1998
"Mayor proposed Island city consolidation"
June, 25, 1997
"He-Coon walks in heaven"
Dec. 16, 1998
"Harvey flinches, misses Island"
Sept. 22, 1999
"15 seeking election in Anna Maria city election"
Dec. 22, 1999
"$2.5 million deal is Island's biggest sale"
June 6, 2001
Cong t nations Islander
on 10 Great Years
and "the Best News!"
F, ........ '...-
Ken Jackson, LaRae Regis, Jeff Thayer,
Kathy Geeraerts, Marilyn Klemish,
Carol Saulnier and Linda Green
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10 Best Crime Reports
EDITOR'S NOTE: Police reports are one of the most
popular features in The Islander. Below, in chrono-
logical order, are the 10 best crime reports from the
past 10 years.
Trigger trouble translates into
the old 'Cortez massage'
It wasn't exactly a tranquil Sunday afternoon, even by
Cortez or Trigger Mora standards of the rugged old days.
Mora, lifetimecommercial fisherman born and
reared in the tough old fish town of Cortez, said he was
working on a new net when a couple of visitors rudely
interrupted his easy Sunday, then got their own "wel-
come" in return.
This was at the Sigma International fish house,
once a thriving business but now mainly a handy place
for fisherfolk like Mora to tend their rigs and discuss
seafood prices and other scandals.
The two visitors drew up along the shore in a truck
with a canoe aboard, Mora said. "I told them fairly
politely that the owner didn't permit strangers here,
they'd have to leave."
They left, all right, but soon showed up again in the
canoe, said Mora. "I advised them again to shove.off,
and they did.
"Next thing I knew, the two of them came at me
out of the woods, one white guy and one black guy.
They backed me up against my truck."
Mora told them "I'd like to accommodate you,"
which might be no surprise to a broad range of Gulf
veterans who remember the battling, fearless Trigger
Mora of yore. "But I told them I had three fingers on
my right hand amputated by a winch on my seiner three
years ago and even though they're sewed back on, I
can't make a fist.
"One of them said something like 'That's tough,'
and hit me on the head with something. The white guy
was working me over and the black guy pulled him off
me. He started vandalizing my truck, and the black man
pulled him away from that too. They took off."
Another fisherman down the shore realized what
was happening and called 911. Before a deputy sher-
iff arrived, the pair came back to get their canoe, which
they loaded on a car and left.
"They didn't get a couple of blocks before a welcom-
ing committee stopped them and gave them the old Cortez
massage," Mora said. "I came out of the day with 12
stitches, but they say what happened to that one guy, the
white one, made my cuts look like a scratch on my big
A deputy came, and an ambulance, but Mora rode
to Blake Memorial Hospital with his wife in her car.
Cuts over his left eye were patched up, and a nasty
lump near his left temple was X-rayed just in case.
Major Jim Foy of the Manatee County Sheriff's
Department said the attacker was identified as Joseph
E. Frost, 32, of Bradenton. The case is being turned
over to the state attorney's office with a request that
battery charges be filed against Frost, but probably not
against his peace-making companion.
Mora said he expects Sigma, whose Gulf coast
operations are now centered at St. Petersburg, to press
charges of trespass against Frost as well.
He's had stitches a number of times, Mora said, but
he's never been attacked like that before. "I can't fig-
ure it out, I was nice to them both times."
About the Cortez-style "welcoming committee"
that settled up for him with his attackers: Were they
friends and neighbors or what?
"Gee, I don't know," Mora said earnestly. "Prob-
ably just a coincidence."
Feb. 23, 1995
Fire bomber strikes
Holmes Beach business
Someone threw their version of a Moltov cocktail
onto the roof of an Island bar a one-gallon gas con-
tainer filled with ignited gasoline.
The roof of the Anchor Inn, located at 3007 Gulf
Dr. North in Holmes Beach, was on fire at 8:30 p.m.
Friday night, Sept. 8, as a result of the fire bomb.
Quick thinking and a phone call that brought quick
response from the Anna Maria Fire District and
Holmes Beach Police spared the bar and an adjoining
business, Mr. Bones BBQ restaurant from disaster.
Anchor owner Bob Tingler estimated there were 45
to 50 patrons in the bar, the band was in the process of
moving their equipment to the stage and employees were
preparing for a busy Friday night when flames were spot-
ted on the roof by two patrons. "They were just leaving
and on their way from the bar to their car they saw the fire
and came back in to get me," Tingler said.
Tingler quickly alerted personnel to call 911 and
the bar was immediately evacuated. Tingler said every-
one stood in the parking lot watching flames roll into
the sky from the roof on the south side of the building.
Anna Maria Fire District Chief Andy Price said they
were "real lucky. They were fortunate the gas didn't go in
the vent on the roof. If it had run in the vent, the inside of
the bar would have been on fire very quickly. Fortunately
there were no leaks around the vent and it was extremely
fortunate it didn't land on the flat gravel roof."
The gas can landed on the pitched roof of an addi-
tion to the bar. The main part of the building has a flat
gravel roof and Price said, "they may not have seen it
in time and the fire would have had a better chance to
get started. The section that burned was newer and
Sept. 14, 1995
in bomb scare
A oil painting of George and Martha Washington was
destroyed by the Manatee County Hazardous Materials
Unit in a bomb scare in Holmes Beach Friday.
The story unfolded when Anna Maria resident Pat
Comkowycz found a suspicious package partially cov-
ered by newspapers in the back seat of her car. Her car
was parked outside the post office at the S & S Plaza
in the 5300 block of Gulf Drive.
Comkowycz said she drove to the Holmes Beach
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Police Department with the unmarked package where
the dispatcher on duty placed it a safe area on city prop-
erty and called the sheriff's department.
The bomb squad was dispatched to Holmes Beach.
The city parking lots were blocked off while MSO
First Lt. George Harris examined the package. Accord-
ing to the report, "an X-ray of the box showed a lot of
metal shaped as nails. It was determined at that time
that the box should be opened by way of a small charge
The package revealed a picture frame and the re-
mains of a painting of George and Martha Washington
valued at $15,000 by the avowed owner. The nails
shown in the X-ray held the frame together.
On Monday, Holmes Beach Lt. Dale Stephenson
announced that a man wishing to remain anonymous
had claimed ownership of the package. The owner had
placed the package containing the valuable oil painting
in the wrong car, a car model closely resembling his,
"It's unfortunate the way it happened," Stephenson
said. "It was the owner's mistake. We can only go on
what's before us and rely on our best judgment. It was
suspicious the way it was put in the vehicle and cov-
June 20, 1996
Islander rescues couple
from yacht basin
Bob Cooper was minding his own business in
Holmes Beach when he looked up and saw a car lurch
over the sidewalk into the water.
John and Helen Danko had been on their way from
Longboat Key to enjoy a day browsing through arts and
crafts at the Heritage Festival in Anna Maria when their
car struck an object in the north bound lane of Marina
Drive at the city yacht basin. Their car veered across
the lane, hit the median and was propelled back across
the road and over the seawall into the water.
"It was beyond valor," said John Danko of
Bob Cooper dove into the boat basin in Holmes Beach
twice in 1996, once to rescue a Longboat Key couple
who had driven their car into the drink, the second time
to rescue a set of golf clubs from the trunk.
Cooper's rescue. "We have our lives to thank for his
efforts. We're very appreciative."
Cooper, 37, of Bradenton Beach, jumped into four
feet of water in the canal alongside Backbay
Steakhouse Saturday afternoon and rescued the Dankos
from the freak accident.
Cooper, who was dropping off a friend at the
Holmes Beach Shopping Center at the time, said, "I
heard a squeal and saw the car launch into the water. I
ran across the road and jumped in. I couldn't get the
front doors open, so I went to the back door and got it
open. The driver seemed stunned and sat there with his
hands on the wheel. I pulled him over the seat and got
him out, then I got his wife out."
Another Samaritan at the seawall helped Cooper
get the couple onto land.
With everyone safe on the sidewalk, the Danko's
had just one further request: would Cooper return to the
car to retrieve John Danko's golf clubs from the trunk
and his wife's purse from the car?
The obliging Cooper, already a hero, went back
into the canal for the Danko's personal items.
Danko said he would like to thank the many people
who helped him and his wife those who pulled them
out of the water and brought blankets to keep them
warm and the woman who drove his wife home to get
"I'm just really happy I was there," said Cooper. "It
all happened so fast."
Wintesses said it appeared that the Danko's vehicle
hit a grate a storm-drain cover in the road which
popped up and struck the underside of the vehicle,
sending it out of control.
Nov. 14, 1996
Youth shot in drive-by
shooting at Coquina Beach
A trip to the beach turned tragic for 9-year-old
David Pavkovich last week.
The Bradenton youth was hospitalized after a bul-
let struck him in the back of the head while he and his
church group were at a cookout following a baptism at
Police described the incident as a random drive-by
shooting and suspect gang members may have fired the
shot, which came from a small caliber weapon.
Although the bullet passed through the back of his
head, Pavkovich suffered no serious injury and was
released from the hospital after two days.
Pavkovich was with about 125 members of the
Church of the Cross, 5051 26th St. W., Bradenton,
Wednesday at sunset to baptize several members of the
congregation. His father is associate pastor at the
church. After the ceremony, about 50 church members
remained at the beach for a cookout.
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At 8:45 p.m., church members heard a popping
noise, and Pavkovich collapsed. A car driving south on
Gulf Drive a car which had been seen cruising the
beach earlier in the evening is believed to have car-
ried the shooter.
Bradenton Beach police are searching for a late
1960s or early 1970s Chevrolet Impala low rider, royal
blue in color, with dark tinted windows, chrome
wheels, dual exhausts and white seats.
Bradenton Beach Det. Matt Duffy said he had re-
ceived scores of calls and was following up leads in
Clearwater, Hillsborough County and Sarasota in an
attempt to determine ownership of the vehicle. Anyone
with any information should call him at 778-6311.
Pavkovich was taken to Blake Medical Center,
then flown to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg
later that evening. Two CAT scans revealed no serious
injuries, and he was released Friday.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Jack Maloney said the
shooting was random and the first drive-by shooting on the
Island in his 10 years of working on the force.
Aug. 12, 1998
Island businessman held
on federal drug charges
Island businessman and community activist Dale T.
Marler was arrested last week on federal drug charges
after a five-month investigation by four agencies.
"In April, our department started getting informa-
tion about Marler's possible drug involvement," ex-
plained Lt. Dale Stephenson of the Holmes Beach Po-
lice Department. "In late June I had a report of an un-
related matter and when I investigated, the information
started coming together."
Marler, 55, of 528 56th Street, is charged with
possession with intent to distribute marijuana and 500
grams or more of cocaine. Federal agents, along with
Manatee County sheriff's deputies, arrested Marler in
Palmetto Aug. 18.
During the past year, Marler served as foreman of
the grand jury that indicted the Rev. Henry Lyons in
Tampa. Lyons was charged with tax evasion, extortion,
conspiracy, money laundering and bank fraud.
In the 1970s, Marler served as executive assistant
to then-U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles, now Florida's
governor. He shared ownership with other family
members in Buck Creek Groves, was active in the Is-
land Baptist Church and served as a Little League
coach at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. In
recent years, the family has opened a seasonal citrus
and vegetable business in Holmes Beach.
"We started our reports on Marler on July 6 and the
sheriff's office came on board July 8," Stephenson said.
"Then we notified the U.S. Attorney's office and the
FBI after we found out about his grand jury duty. It was
a joint investigation down the line."
Stephenson said the case was made using confiden-
tial sources, both on and off the Island. He estimated
that Marler's drug activities have been on-going for
about two years.
"On Tuesday we learned of a possible drug deal
and did surveillance, then the sheriff's office made the
arrest," Stephenson said. "They searched Marler's car
and found a good deal of marijuana and cocaine."
Marler was denied bail on Thursday by a U.S.
magistrate because of "information we had that he had
threatened individuals with great bodily harm,"
"We are interviewing other persons who are pos-
sibly involved in the case and there may be more ar-
rests, both on and off the Island," Stephenson said.
"There's still a lot of work to be done."
Aug. 26, 1998
Argument leads to
death in Cortez
Lance Ritchison remains in Manatee County jail,
charged with murder in the shotgunning of Lonnie
Both 54, both homeless, they lived in huts on vacant
land near the old Cortez school where the shooting took
place. Sheriff s detectives said they and a third man, James
Walkup, 41, were involved in a lovers' triangle.
Officers said Poole, armed with two knives, chased
Walkup and later Ritchison. Poole and Ritchison
scuffled, they said, and Ritchison got a 20-gauge shot-
gun. He said he shot Poole in the chest in self-defense.
Detectives said, however, that because of conflict-
ing statements by Ritchison, statements by Walkup and
evidence at the scene, they discounted self-defense and
filed a second-degree murder charge.
Poole was shot Tuesday night, March 3, according
to the deputies, in the camp occupied by homeless.
Ritchison told the third man, Walkup, to call 911 about
11 a.m. the next day.
Walkup told officers Ritchison was jealous of Poole
and angry because of Poole's abusive behavior toward
Walkup. He said he was watching television in Poole's
hut, heard the other two arguing and then a gunshot.
Both Ritchison and Poole had lived in Cortez for
years, once employed by the A.P. Bell Fish Co. Cortez
residents said both men were known to drink, but that
Poole was a "happy drunk" who was not ever known to
They seemed to be happy in the woods where they
had their "tent city," neighbors said. It had electricity pro-
vided by car batteries and a generator, a shower and a
Mary Fulford Green, descendant of Cortez pio-
neers and a civic leader, said the property had been
used as an illegal dumping ground for years, but she
thought it had been cleaned up when the county closed
the road there at her suggestion.
She knew Ritchison, she said, and had seen him
when she went there two years ago. He was on medi-
cation for mental illness, she said.
The shooting was the first homicide this year in
Manatee County, which usually has about one a month.
March 19, 1999
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Bradenton Beach armed
robbery first in 14 years
An unidentified man took $54 Sept. 11 from the
Circle K at 2513 Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach dur-
ing an armed robbery.
The suspect entered the store just after 11:30 p.m.,
selected a Snicker's candy bar, approached the regis-
ter, and presented a dollar bill for payment. The store
clerk told police that when the cash drawer was opened,
the suspect pulled out a small caliber handgun from his
right pocket, pointed it at him and said, "Give me your
money. Give me all of it right now!"
After snatching all the bills from the cash drawer,
the suspect exited the store and was last seen walking
south on the sidewalk, the clerk said.
The suspect was described as a heavy-set white
male with medium complexion, approximately 5 feet
5 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with a "pot belly"
and a stubble of black beard.
At the time of the robbery, he was photographed by
Circle K's video surveillance camera wearing a yellow
T-shirt, red shorts, white shoes, and a tan "Gilligan
type" hat pulled down on his forehead.
Bradenton Beach Police Officer R.A. Joslin said he
arrived at the scene within one minute of the robbery,
but did not see the suspect while en route.
A K-9 Unit from the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office was dispatched to the scene and the suspect was
tracked to an empty lot just southeast of the Circle K
in the 2500 block of Avenue C. There officers found a
yellow-green T-shirt and new tire tracks on the wet
grass. The tracks led out of the field onto Avenue C,
northbound, Joslin said.
Police speculate that the suspect turned left onto
26th Street North and then right onto Gulf Drive North.
Holmes Beach Police Officer Rob Velardi found a tan
"Gilligan style" hat matching the description of the one
worn by the suspect during the robbery lying in the middle
of the roadway in the 2600 block of Gulf Drive North.
Crime scene technician Deputy Richard Talbot of
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office took into evidence
the hat, the Snicker's candy bar, the dollar bill, and the
yellow-green T-shirt. Talbot also obtained fingerprints
from the store's checkout counter and front door.
A video tape of the robbery and film from a second
security camera behind the store's checkout counter
were taken into evidence by Joslin.
Police Chief Sam Speciale said this is the first
armed robbery in Bradenton Beach in the 14 years he's
been with the city.
Sept. 20, 2000
Shark bites woman
swimming off Coquina Beach
An Illinois woman was nipped by a4-foot-longjuve-
nile blacktip shark while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico
off Coquina Beach Aug. 29, prompting lifeguards to close
the beach for swimming for about an hour.
Kristie Herzberg, 29, of Highland, Ill., was treated
at Blake Medical Center and released for the bite on her
Lifeguards and paramedics originally believed
Herzberg's wound was the result of a run-in with a
barracuda, but shark experts at Mote Marine Labora-
tory later confirmed the bite was indeed from a shark.
Last week's incident was the third confirmed shark
attack ever in Manatee County, although the bite was
the 28th statewide so far this year. Twenty of those
attacks were to surfers in Volusia County on Florida's
east coast. None of this year's shark-human interac-
tions have been fatal.
Another shark sighting Aug. 30 at Coquina Beach
caused lifeguards to ask swimmers to leave the water
for an hour.
Herzberg was about 25 feet from shore when the
incident occurred. Shark experts suspect the flash of
rings on her hand may have caused the shark to believe
it was a fish.
Manatee County Sheriffs Office officials said they
would increase helicopter patrols of the Island's
beaches in an effort to spot any wayward sharks lurk-
ing in swimming areas.
Sept. 5, 2001
Parking lot shooting
in Holmes Beach
One local man was shot and another was assaulted
following an altercation outside Hurricane Hanks res-
taurant in Holmes Beach early Tuesday morning.
Scott Scranton, 33, of Holmes Beach, is charged with
aggravated assault and attempted murder of Matthew
Denham and Matthew Scott, both 24, both from
According to police, Scranton and Scott began ar-
guing at the bar, located at 5349 Gulf Drive, because
Scranton had been flirting with the girlfriend of one of
the victims earlier in the week.
The argument moved outside the bar, where Scranton
pulled a .40-caliber Glock handgun from his waistband
and assaulted Scott, pointing the gun in his face.
Both Denham and Scott fought with Scranton to
gain control of the gun and subsequently two shots
were fired. The first shot went astray and the second
shot struck Denham in the chest.
Eyewitness and co-captain with Denham on the
charter boat "Rip Tide" Rodney Shirley said he went
outdoors immediately on hearing the first shot and at-
tempted to wrestle the gun from Scranton.
He first saw Scranton drop the gun to his side, cock
it, and put it back at Scott's head. "He pretty much
The second bullet went through Denham's right
chest and exited, and according to Shirley, Denham
continued to struggle with Scranton. "He's a tough
guy," Shirley said.
Shirley said he grabbed the gun while it was still
in Scranton's hand and it jammed.
Denham was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in
St. Petersburg by helicopter ambulance and has been
upgraded from critical to stable condition.
Nov. 28, 2001
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10 Best of Streetlife
EDITOR'S NOTE: The "Streetlife" column (generated
from police reports) in The Islander is a favorite by
readers. Below are some of the more unusual...
March 21, 1993, 100 block Bridge Street,
Bradenton Beach, driving with suspended license. Car
stopped for driving backwards on Bridge Street with no
headlights. Warrant check disclosed 15 suspensions on
driver's license. Arrest made.
April 11, 1993, 100 block 49th St., Holmes Beach,
cat attack and killing. Residents stated they were sitting
on their back porch when a cat jumped through the
screen and attempted to attack their cat. The two resi-
dents were bitten while trying to catch the attacking cat.
When they were able to catch the animal, they drowned
it in a hot tub. Animal control was notified.
May 5, 1994, assistance, Holmes Beach. Two com-
plainants reported that their neighbor's sea grape leaves
were blowing on their property and making a mess.
They wanted to know if the city could force their neigh-
bors to remove the tree. They were told no.
Dec. 8, 1994, suspicious, 5324 Gulf Drive, First
National Bank. The complainant reported several juve-
niles skateboarding on the property and was concerned
about the liability and damage. Extra patrol was or-
dered and any juveniles skateboarding on the premises
will be given trespass warnings.
Nov. 9, 1995, 600 block Dundee Lane, Holmes
Beach, suspicious. The officer responded in reference
to a report of nude subjects and observed nude subjects
through a sliding glass door. He explained to the resi-
dent if she and her guests wished to be nude in the
home they should close the curtains and not entertain
the neighborhood or they would face arrest.
March 1, 1996, Castnetter Apartments,-Holmes
Beach, larceny. The complainant reported the theft of
a chair from the apartment. As she was showing the
officer the apartment, she realized she had stripped the
beds and thrown the sheets over the chair.
Feb. 19, 1997, 500 block 75th Street, Holmes
Beach, suspicious. The complainant reported the sub-
ject was driving a boat too fast in the canal. The officer
spoke to the subject who said he had just picked up the
Bradenton Beach Police responded to an unusual instance on the city pier: a lightening strike on one of the pilings.
No one was injured, but the incident prompted city commissioners to install lightening rods on the structure.
boat at the marina and discovered the drain plug miss-
ing. He said the boat was filling up with water and he
sped up to reach to dock in an effort to keep the boat
from sinking. The officer advised him to be more care-
ful in the future.
March 17, 1997, Harbor Lane and Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, suspicious. The complainant reported he
was walking when a van pulled up beside him with a male
subject driving and a female subject in the passenger seat.
The male subject asked, "Are you interested in any of
this?" The complainant observed the female subject was
naked except for a shawl on her shoulders. The complain-
ant replied, "No," and the van left the area.
June 17, 1998, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach,
possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. The officer
on patrol observed a vehicle parked after hours and saw
a pipe on the dashboard. The owner arrived and the
officer asked if the pipe belonged to her. "Yes," she
said, "I use it to smoke my marijuana," according to the
report. The officer asked to search the vehicle, she con-
sented, and the officer found a second pipe and a con-
tainer of marijuana. She was issued a summons.
Nov. 11, 1998, 2700 block Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, harassment. The complainant reported the suspect
was harassing her at her place of employment. While the
officer was taking the complaint, the suspect called 27
times. On the 28th call, the officer answered the phone,
identified himself, and advised the suspect to stop calling.
The officer said the suspect swore at him and hung up. The
suspect continued to call and, after the 45th call, the of-
ficer advised the suspect he was preparing arrest paper-
work. The suspect was taken into custody.
June 9, 2000, 3352 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach,
suspicious. A store manager said someone cut the cable
securing bicycles in front of the store and removed a
man's bike. He said a white male described as a "salty
dog" was seen earlier in the day near the bikes, and had
purchased a pair of pliers. The area was searched and
fingerprinted, but neither the bike nor the "salty dog"
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The Islander values your opin-
ions. Below are arguably the 10 best letters to
OK with publisher
In The Islander Bystander's "Stir It Up" column of
your wonderful edition of Feb. 9, the item about a
bandstand proposal was illustrated with a purloined
drawing from the "Best Read Guide/Cape Cod" of
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The fact that I spotted it at all in your three-year-
young weekly is a tribute to the extraordinary excel-
lence of your publication which demands my rapt at-
tention each issue.
I'm not just an off-islander but an off-Floridian
whose only interest in your journal is to be shown each
week "how it should be done" in community journal-
If I felt like bugging you for your usurpation, I
would only demand you teach other local journalists
connection with Anna Maria Island.
And I bet most Anna Marians haven't the foggiest
grasp of their good luck at having such a "bonnie" wee
journal. Just as a prophet is never revered in his own
land, so local newspapers are usually disdained by lo-
But The Islander Bystander is a paragon of journal-
istic virtue "The Best News" deserves better.
To "illustrate" the level of my forgiveness, I quote
you John Dryden who in 1795 said:
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"Welcome thou kind deceiver!
Thou 'BEST' of thieves; who, with easy 'key,'
Dost open life, and, unperceived by us,
Even steal us from ourselves."
Walt Brooks, publisher "Best Read Guide, Inc.,"
P.S. Maybe readers are unaware that among editrix
Bonner Presswood's triumphs before she launched The
Islander Bystander was to serve as the creative director of
"Best Read Guides" at their inception in 1988. It is today
a network of newspaper-owned vacation magazines
which is the largest in the world with 30 editions from
coast-to-coast including a half dozen in Florida.
Feb. 23, 1995
Owner 'fur-ious'over cat
claws on convertible cover
I am compelled to respond to the individuals who
have been lamenting the fact that someone on the Is-
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that unless an individual has a fenced yard that is ines-
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their pet out to roam.
I am the proud owner of a 24-year-old Mercedes
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$800. One morning I came out to go to work and wit-
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To suggest that people who catch roaming cats
"should live somewhere else" as one of the letter writers
stated, is asinine. We should have respect and concern for
the safety and lives of animals, but people who just open
their door and let pets out to roam have neither.
George Mendez, Bradenton Beach
Nov. 28, 1996
Perversion in schools?
Today I received a call from Bayshore High School
that my daughter's shirt was too short and she had to
change it. I totally agree with a dress code and have no
problem with my daughter walking home to change.
Perhaps, however, you can explain the logic of
your rules allowing and even encouraging public
transvestism for "gender-bender" day earlier that week
at Bayshore High School. Maybe I'm missing some-
thing, but I think you or whoever is responsible for this
certainly needs a course in logic. Of course, you are
being logical if you are pandering to the pervert lobby
and attempting to have our (not the schools') children
view perversion as an acceptable norm. The latter is
certainly a far worse scenario than just being illogical
My daughter is new to the school system and I
didn't realize that you were actively promoting perver-
sion. I wonder if most parents are cognizant of it. I
know that you wrongly believe you can't teach or dem-
onstrate a Christian type of morality, but you surely
can't be promoting immorality or the false religion of
secular humanism, which believes in no objective stan-
dard of right or wrong. If you can't promote the Judeo-
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Christian ethics, you certainly promote its opposite.
John J. Maloney, Bradenton
Nov. 12, 1997
Meek inherit earth,
but without beach
The prophecy by Kate Gooderham of the Florida
Shore and Beach Preservation Association could come
true in the city of Anna Maria if the many who own the
beach let a few beachfront property owners who do
not believe that Anna Maria beaches are eroding, do
not want to hear the facts, or are frightened of a prop-
erty easement agreement fail to sign one.
The sad facts are that the recorded goings of sand,
1,115,000 cubic yards from 1946 through 1977, were
seven and a half times greater than the comings of sand
- 150,000 cubic yards through 1985. These facts are
on file at city hall in the 1985 U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers survey documents.
Later arrivers do not remember that you could
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nolia to Spring Street in front of the houses, or how it
has been necessary to extend the Anna Maria City Pier
They fool themselves by thinking that their eyes.
are sensitive enough to see and their memory long
enough to remember what their eyes cannot see. The
net annual loss through 1985 of 22,000 cubic yards per
year amounts to only a two-inch lowering of the active
beach, half of which is under water and can't be seen.
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year again too small to see, but it continues year
We live in a litigious society that we created to-
gether by suing at the drop of a hat. The Corps would
be idiots to put sand on anyone's property without their
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and are often renewed, it would be foolish to use one-
In all the many renourishments the Corps has done,
now over $650 million worth per year, experts cannot
remember even one instance of the Corps overstepping
their authority or not using common decency and cour-
Those who see signing the easement, in exchange
for 40 free years of the best wave damage ever devel-
oped, as a usurpation of their property rights border on
Those who think that the easement curtails their
riparian rights understand neither what riparian rights
are, or Florida beach law section 160, which changed
and protected their riparian rights in 1971.
Unstated at the Anna Maria meeting April 9 was
that easements can be obtained through condemnation.
Owner permission, while most desirable, is not a pre-
requisite. Courts have ruled that obtaining the best ero-
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munities best interest. Bradenton Beach and Holmes
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Beach's renourishment was commenced with 13 hold-
outs, and 11 signed at the last moment while one was
overlooked and never bothered with and the last signed
when he saw the hole in his beach when renourishment
bypassed it. The difference then was their erosion was
more devastating and they were not meek they rose
up and backed efforts by their elected leaders and
county authorities to convince the majority to sign, and
to override the remainder.
Elected officials and county employees set and
carry out policies that the majority want. Anna Marians
cannot expect them to take the lead in contention if the
majority is not strongly behind them.
Fifty years ago one could drive from the bayou to
the city pier on the beach and drive from there on
around the point and south to Longboat Pass. Today the
amount of beach.you can't even walk on approaches 50
percent and, unless Anna Maria joins the county
renourishment program, it will be reduced to zero
within our life span.
Please Anna Marians, get off your duffs, rise up
and support your officials, help the county employees
convince or override the ignorant and paranoid. We
did! If you don't, the rest of the beach will disappear
in your lifetime and nothing will remain in Anna Maria
for your kids, or for mine.
John Adams, Holmes Beach
April 22, 1998
Get a grip?
I can't believe the insipid analysis you and your
cartoonist made of the recent incident our mayor had
to deal with here in Bradenton Beach. You seem to
have no common sense.
What if Paul Roat, your news editor, had stormed
into owner Bonner Presswood's office, closed the door
behind himself, started haranguing her in a threatening
manner including, according to reports, liberal use of
the "F" word, then physically impeded her escape.
Wouldn't Paul get fired? Are you kidding?
Perhaps your entire editorial staff should serve a
prolonged internship as homemakers. You'd have a
better grip on things and stuff, and what for and where
Ken Lohn, Bradenton Beach
Oct. 21, 1998
What is that fish?
The largest, longest and heaviest of the groupers is
called the "giant grouper." Because they have a promi-
nent snout and thick lips, someone years ago began
calling them jewfishh."
At that time, blacks, Italians, Polish, Irish and
countless others were described by insulting stereo-
types in newspapers. It has been many years since I
have read any of these derogatory terms.
I think it is time to follow the lead of the scientists
at the Mote Marine Center Research Lab in Sarasota by
calling Epinephelus itajara the "giant grouper." The
fish will appreciate this and I am sure that many of your
John Elfenbein, Anna Maria
EDITOR'S NOTE: According to Mote Marine Labora-
tory officials, volunteers at the Aquarium said the), and
visitors became "uncomfortable with the name "jew-
fish" several years ago. Mote officials changed the
signage and informational literature on jewfish to "gi-
ant grouper." All other references accessed by The
Islander Bystander, including the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection's guide to Florida marine
resources, The Saltwater Fish Identifier by Al Ristori
and McClane's Field Guide to Saltwater Fishes, refer
to the species as a jewfish.
March 3, 1999
EDITOR'S NOTE: Jewfish were reclassified as
Goliath Grouper in 2001.
What is the Island coming to?
In the beginning there was this small, pleasant barrier
island. In its relatively short life it has survived storms,
floods, annoying bugs, tourists, real estate sales people and
to a degree, overcrowding. Now it faces its greatest chal-
lenge, the silly behavior of its elected officials.
In Anna Maria we have a mayor who has annoyed
almost everybody. In Holmes Beach we have an ad-
ministration which failed to supervise the building of
its rather extravagant city hall and which has made a
settlement with the builder which is sure to cost them
(us) more money in the future. And, in Bradenton
Beach, we have altercations between the mayor and the
This island is becoming a microcosm of what goes
on in Washington, D.C. I think it's about time for these
folks to grow up and to begin acting in a responsible
fashion or enter a group therapy program towards
which I will happily donate my fair share.
James Gilroy, Holmes Beach
June 23, 1999
Bring me my mail
Can anyone tell me why Anna Maria just can't
have mail delivered like every other city in the United
If snowbirds want a post office box, let them have
Everyone else should have their mail delivered.
We wouldn't need another post office and have to
waste all that money on moving the post office. The
existing post office would have enough P.O. boxes for
people who don't want their mail delivered. I want my
Is this Russia? (Oops, they have their mail deliv-
Tommy Johnson, Anna Maria
Sept. 22, 1999
Repent, ye thieves
You who stole three very good fishing poles from
the carport at No. 2 in Pines Trailer Park:
I wish you bad luck using them. Perhaps you will
hook a large shark that will pull you overboard.
Be careful your punishment will come in due
time. Sinners, cowards to steal from our elders.
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publishing on Nov. 25, 1992, the first editorial -
"Our Opinion didn't appear until Jan. 7, 1993.
It, and some of the other best editorials of the last 10
years, are listed chronologically below.
What a tangled web!
What with all the flack over a proposed $100,000
drainage project and the success of an unwanted (by
some) low-income grant application for $500,000
worth of neighborhood revitalization, we thought
surely someone would come forward to challenge the
incumbents up for re-election in Anna Maria.
Apathy is the culprit at work in Anna Maria.
There'll be no election as there were no challengers,
excepting politico Max Znika, who claimed the seat of
Elaine Burkly, who chose not to run for re-election.
Those residents who express concern for the city tell
us they simply have thrown up their hands. They say
they've been shushed and ridiculed into complacency. So,
in spite of recent criticism, Mayor Chuck Shumard is re-
elected for lack of a challenger and Commission Robert
McElheny, content to follow suit with the mayor's agenda,
will remain on the commission as well.
Holmes Beach is a different story.
Like in the Marx Brothers movies, we're off to the
While only Mayor Bob VanWagoner and Com-
missioners Carol Whitmore and Ron Robinson are up
for re-election, everyone's in the running it seems.
But as we attempt to track who's doing what, the flow
chart of "persons taking packets" (PTPs) goes somewhat
like this: Don Maloney, who has another year to serve as
commissioner may run for mayor. He has a packet.
Pat Geyer (Maloney's companion on the ticket last
year), also with a year remaining on the commission,
may run for mayor. Geyer has said for months that she
wants to keep her commission seat and her vote -
but she'll throw her hat in the mayoral ring if now-
mayor VanWagoner up and runs for re-election.
A year ago VanWagoner made comments he could
do anything he wanted as mayor because he was a lame
Yes! THE ISLANDER (Bystander) is a brand new
newspaper. While this is being written, we have not a
single subscriber nor one advertise. We have no connec-
tion whatever with previous newspapers, so our mail-
ing list comes from the directory, telephone book and
the memories of our friends. Already many people have
promised to advertise in The Islander and many others
have promised to subscribe. (We will mail from 500 to
700 copies of this issue besides those we sell in the
The publisher is The Islander, Inc., Anna Maria,
While our initial issue is small, we plan to stan-
dardize on a minimum 8-page weekly paper servic-
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duck he said he wouldn't run again. (And he is most
certainly at the center of a large lawsuit as a result of
When we published the news he wouldn't run, he
just as quickly denied it to the city staff in a memo,
saying he would reserve his decision.
Now, he's a PTP. Trouble is (according to his more
vocal dissenters), where is home? He housesits in
Holmes Beach and spends the majority of his time with
a lady friend on Siesta Key. Maybe they intend to re-
side here. In any event, he should satisfy the residency
requirement with more than a facade.
Carol Whitmore is forfeiting a seven-year commis-
sion incumbancy to run for mayor. She says she looks
forward to the opportunity to administer.
Ron Robinson has filed forms to run for mayor
following two quiet years on the commission.
Commissioner Luke Courtney, professed a year
ago prior to re-election that he would forfeit one year
of his term to run for mayor, has now backed down,
The Islander will be written and edited as an en-
tirely independent newspaper owing no self-service.
allegiance to any individual group or organization and
devoted wholly to the entire population of the Island.
Its pages will be open as a forum where matters per-
taining to Anna Maria may be discussed by both sides
on any subject that affects the welfare of the people.
We intend to prove whether or not Anna Maria
needs and will support a good newspaper. If our
endeavor fails, it will not be our failure. Success is
in your hands residents, freeholders, Realtors,
tradesman, service people and all the civic and cul-
tural organizations on the Island.
Ditto, from the publisher, editor and staff of
The Islander. Nov. 25, 1992, and again in 2002.
Reprinted from The Islander, Anna Maria,
Florida, Thursday, Nov. 15, 1951.
saying he doesn't think he can beat Whitmore.
Add to that, another possible bid for mayor from
Courtney's wife Joy. He says he is a PTP on her behalf.
The project of her success brings new meaning to politi-
cians "in bed together." The only positive aspect is that in
Holmes Beach, the mayor only votes in the event of a tie.
Running from the past, (no pun intended) are
Mercedes Thornburg and Roger Lutz. Both had bids
for commissioner within the past two years.
Last but not least, newcomer Lou Fiorentino is
definitely running for mayor. He's taken out papers,
opened an account (Possibly prematurely, but who's
splitting hairs? The rules changed.) and he's deter-
mined to fight for a Babe Ruth/Little League field and
a soccer field behind city hall.
That's just the beginning. To date there are 10
PTPs in Holmes Beach for three seats, and counting.
And the election isn't until March.
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Bradenton Beach and Cortez thought they won a
fight just a few years ago when they defeated Florida
Department of Transportation plans to replace the
Cortez Bridge with a huge, 65-foot clearance bridge.
The proposed replacement would have disrupted more
than 100 homes and businesses, nearly gutting the his-
toric village of Cortez and the entrance to Bradenton
Beach from the mainland.
As everyone in the area buckled down to face a
month-long October closure of the bridge while a DOT
contractor began rehabilitating the mechanics and the
bascule structure, the skeptics were doubting whether
they could accomplish meeting the 30-day deadline for
The skeptics were proven right. The work was
stopped by DOT last week and the contractor employ-
ees loitered around the bridge site waiting for word on
how to proceed.
The problem? A crucial mechanical part was left
off the specs and workers discovered red lead paint.
The part has to be spec'd, tooled and replaced. The
lead paint has to be removed according to strict
Environmental Protection Agency standards.
Workers say they're going to have to tent the
bridge over and under the lead paint to prevent it from
entering the environment the bay or the air. And
they'll be required to install a shower in the contain-
ment area for the workers to clean up before they re-
enter the environment.
In other words, this is going to be a nightmare and
there is no end in sight. If the delay and the work lasts
into tourist season it will be economically devastating.
It also has the potential of creating a tremendous
gridlock over the holidays.
The merchants and businesses on Cortez Road who
have already seen revenues drop to the floor will be
severely stressed by this development.
We're left with only a few questions for the pow-
ers that be:
Why didn't they know, or at least anticipate, there
would be red lead paint on the bridge? After all, they
Why don't they put the span down and let traffic
pass until they develop a plan of action?
More than a few mega-bridge opponents are ask-
ing if this is a conspiracy by DOT. They believe this a
method of punishment for the opposition the depart-
ment has encountered over the Cortez and Anna Maria
.Meanwhile, DOT's Cortez Bridge project director
is away for a month-long vacation.
Oct. 26, 1995
VanWagoner's new folly
Imagine another beautiful day at the beach. The
gulls are cawing as they beg for snacks. The gentle
breezes cool the sweat from your body as, once again,
you trudge across the hot asphalt of the parking lot to
feed the parking meter so you won't get a $25 ticket.
The joy of the beach on Anna Maria Island.
Paid beach parking is again coming into discus-
sions for the Island. Holmes Beach Mayor Bob
VanWagoner now believes that charging for parking at
the beaches would be a means to alleviate traffic con-
gestion during the winter tourist season.
He said he believes Bradenton Beach Mayor-elect
Connie Drescher would concur with him. Indeed, she
indicated approval of parking fees at Coquina Beach
during this newspaper's forum. Anna Maria balked at
the suggestion in the past, fearing paid parking to the
south would force additional beachgoers to their city
where very little public beach parking exists now.
Of course, the question of paid beach parking is
one that will have to be addressed by the Manatee
County Commission. Since that body has suggested
beach parking fees in the past, only to be rebuffed by
Islanders, it's a fair assumption they would jump at the
We don't like the idea at all. Parking fees at Co-
quina Beach will logically send free-beach seekers
north to the Manatee Public Beach where cars are al-
ready crammed on prime beach days. Fees surely won't
bode well with the restaurant concession there.
Then it would be Anna Maria's turn to try and ebb
the fee-free beach parking flow. As it would be for
Longboat, the Palma Sola Causeway and on and on.
VanWagoner says the Island will have to make
some kind of financial contribution to get a full-fleged
trolley system in place out here to offset the beach
traffic flow. Hence, beach parking fees and tolls on the
How about finding out how much money may or
may not be asked of us before suggesting we give away
our free parking? Before off-handedly suggesting a
bridge toll that can't be authorized without action by
the Florida legislature.
The idea of implementing toll charges to this Island
came and went when the Cortez and Anna Maria Island
bridges, built in 1957, were paid off. It's too ludicrous
a proposal to be discussed, not to mention the fact that
tolls on bridges is contrary to state law without bonds
to be satisfied by the fees.
The toll bridge at Boca Grande works to keep out
the riff-raff (er, beach traffic) at a $3.20 crossing fee,
if that's what VanWagoner's really after. But that
bridge is privately owned and they can charge what
For those of us that have "survived" seasons here
for a little longer than VanWagoner's three years,
there's a distinct preference to keep things the way they
Nov. 12, 1997
What's the problem?
Island thugs? Island parents?
Is there a gross over-reaction to reports of juvenile
The issue was brought to the foreground by a citi-
zen in Anna Maria who asked for help following a
break-in, then criticized the city and it's patrol officers
for not reporting crime to the newspaper. Now, we're
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awash in inquiries at the newspaper about the severity
of the problem.
Is the Longboat Key mayor overly solicitous in his
concern that crime will be displaced from Anna Maria
to Longboat Key if the northern city enacts a curfew?
Is Holmes Beach Commissioner Luke Courtney over
dramatizing the "gang problem" on television news?
These reactions, and other media's reactions to the
flurry of hyperbole, are quickly approaching paranoia.
Generation after generation has problems with its
youth. Remember the 1960s and the fear that swelled
across the country over what to do about juvenile de-
The only thing new then was the fact they gave it
a name: JDs ... juvenile delinquents.
Our kids go through periods where they knock over
mailboxes, pool hop up and down the beach from re-
sort to resort, ride friends bikes off and ditch them and
myriad other pranks.
Most kids get over it a few progress to real prob-
lems. And it's got nothing to do with good home, bad
home. While having an understanding family can help
kids move beyond rebellion, it's no guarantee.
The "crime du jour" appears to be breaking into va-
cant vacation homes and enjoying the amenities so,
please be on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary
in your neighborhood. The police are at a disadvantage
due to juvenile cunning no lights on in the homes, no
car in the driveway, and often only a bicycle in the bushes.
So, we now stand on notice to lock doors and se-
cure our property. Parents know to keep kids without
planned, supervised activities at home.
And we all need to look out for one another. One
problem with these kids is that they don't want to go
home. They're apparently happy to live a carefree,
beach-bum lifestyle at our expense.
Has the gang gotten too much recognition and pub-
licity? Sure. But we felt you needed to know there was
It's not at the level of inner-city gang problems. It's
"Let's roll the video and show
you your new bridge!"
DOT representative Chuck Williams, Nov. 4, 1993, at the
first public hearing to gain feedback from the public on the
replacement for the Anna Maria Bridge.
not nearly that severe. And yet the parents of good kids
are scared. We haven't heard from the parents of the
trouble makers. And it's likely they haven't heard from
We just have to expect our police forces to do their
job and be dilligent.
Good heavens, with all this hype, you'd think it
was an election year.
Oh yeah, it is.
July 22, 1998
Was it bound to happen?
Anna Maria homeowners, contractors and laborers
are saying that Phil Charnock's abrasive, confronta-
tional attitude was bound to come to a head.
Anna Maria city administrators have buried their
heads in the sand with regard to complaints about the
public works director's temperament. As a matter of
fact, no letters of complaint exist in Charnock's person-
nel file, although we know of many, most of which
have gone unanswered.
But immediately following Charnock's arrest,
Anna Maria folks were relating their apprehensions. It
seems everyone willing to speak out had a "Charnock"
story. Under fear of retribution, they tell anonymously
of difficulty in dealing with him as the city building
inspector over simple procedures and permitting,
claiming he is confrontational to the point of threats
and abusive yelling.
A sign Charnock hung in his office stating, "Wel-
fare should be as hard to get as a building permit," may
have been the beginning of his downfall.
The present predicament is reminiscent of the
mayor's refusal to face problems associated with the
former city clerk's employment and numerous, blatant
violations of Florida's public records laws.
As insistent as the concerned residents are, we
agree that discussion regarding Charnock's arrest for
brandishing a gun at a driver on the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge in apparent road rage would have been prema-
ture last week.
The mayor and commissioners didn't have all the
facts regarding the incident, such as the trooper's report
and the witness' account. And, in light of the fact that
Charnock's and the victim's accounts are in conflict,
it's not up to the commission to pass judgment.
Yet we all know, as Charnock admits, he bran-
dished .22-caliber revolver at the other driver.
Most of us agree that Charnock should be sus-
pended with pay until the charge of aggravated assault
is resolved if only to alleviate his apparent stress
And if you think that would leave public works and
the building department crippled for that time period,
we remind folks that all three Island cities have
interlocal agreements for these services.
It's a sad state of affairs in Anna Maria where
the administration's hope for regaining citizen confi-
dence may prove to be impossible.
While we can't begin to predict the eventual out-
come, it's obvious the city needs help and an elec-
Aug. 18, 1999
A need to know
Many of us can admit a typical Island attitude to-
ward closed doors. We don't like 'em.
We're so comfortable in our cozy, quaint, laid-
back surroundings we not only like our doors open, we
leave them unlocked.
If you knew a sexual molestor/burglar was loose on
the beach, would you lock up? Would you tell your
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friends to lock up? If you were a motel or vacation-
property manager, would you warn visitors to take pre-
Of course you would.
But Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine de-
cided to withhold information about a July 9 sexual
attack on a 14-year-old girl, which occurred during the
commencement of a burglary at a beachfront tourist
The same dreadful scenario played out nearly one
month later on Aug. 7 involving a 9-year-old girl. An-
other attack most unfortunately involving sexual
molestation. Same description, same "MO."
It's a shame we the community and the news-
paper weren't made aware of these attacks.
The next logical thought is "Why?" Well, it's not
a new problem to us. We've gone around before with
Chief Romine about withholding crime from the pub-
lic at a time when it also appeared critical.
It seems the newspaper must literally trip over
crime-scene tape to know when a serious, unsolved
crime occurs in Holmes Beach.
Romine says he withheld the information for
nearly three months for "investigative reasons." Should
he be held accountable for a recurrence of the attack,
as his critics imply?
Did the attacker think no one knew?
We're certainly not asking police to "compromise
their investigation," by releasing critical crime-solving
information. We just think you should know. We be-
lieve reporting the crime not incriminating details
- is a responsibility.
Other local law enforcement agencies, including
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, are more coop-
To make matters worse, we find ourselves upset
over the fact that our police department's description
of the incidents states the two girls weren't injured.
So it's not just the fact that the police department
withheld the crimes from the public, a Neanderthal-
style attitude prevails over the nature of the crime and
a perception the young girls haven't suffered injury.
Indeed, knowing the nature of the circumstances,
they may be injured for life.
Trust us when we say, "The time to lock the doors
is long past on Anna Maria Island."
And join us in saying, "We've had enough pablum.
We want the truth, and we want it while it can still do
us some good."
What you don't know, can hurt you. Obviously.
Sept. 8, 1999
Anna Maria amok?
What the heck is goin' on in Anna Maria?
It's a redundant question. It's been goin' on, and
on, and on.
Basically it's bad administration. Or lack of it.
It's bad memories and a narrow focus.
Some of the problems are cited by newcomers, or
folks new to the band wagon. Other issues linger
among oldtimers due to an archaic fear of change.
The solution:'Stop. Quit. Pay. Default. Do nothing.
It stands to cost taxpayers nearly three years worth of
property taxes and the loss of a long-awaited bike path that
would provide safe transit and alternative transportion
linking the way south to Longboat Key, and beyond.
So, what is it?
The pier. The drainage project. An alcohol prohi-
bition. The bike path.
The pier needs repairs. In spite of the fact that the
former tenant was responsible for all maintenance and
repair, the mayor says he doesn't want to sue for the
damages left by the former tenant. We're not surprised.
The mayor favored giving the tenant another lease
without even raising the rent, yet taking over mainte-
nance. When the consensus was to ask for more
money, the tenant walked. Repair cost: $800,000.
The grant sought to fund the drainage project in
1987 not the project was the subject of citizen ire.
Anna Marians didn't want government charity, calling
it an insult to be considered "needy." Now, with work
under way, they want to can the project. Cost:
"They want us to do away
with the hatcheries.
Hatcheries are the success of
our program, because we
have control over those
Chuck Shumard, former head of Anna Maria Turtle Watch,
March 2, 1995, on the decision by state officials to abolish
hatcheries for sea turtles.
Ed Porter, owner of the defunct Fast Eddie's res-
taurant, got his way in the 1980s when a then-receptive
commission banned future restaurants from serving
alcohol. Commissioners now say they shouldn't help
business thrive in Anna Maria not their job. Or, no
changes, ever. Two restaurants licensed and properly
zoned, meeting all state criteria for alcoholic beverage
service, are prohibited from doing so.
Bike path money was eagerly sought by past ad-
ministrations and residents as long ago as 1994 from
the Florida Department of Transportation. It was
awarded and is forthcoming, finally, in the 2000 bud-
get. In 1995 a Manatee County Bicycle and Pedestrian
Advisory Committee recommended four-foot bike
lanes from Pine Avenue to the Longboat Pass bridge.
Now a Pine Avenue business, located in a former
residence, threatens to halt this project, claiming it will
be deprived of street parking.
But businesses on Pine Avenue, or any other street
in Anna Maria, don't own the right of way and should
be required to provide their own parking. The bike path
promises safe, alternative transportion for lots of folks,
and it makes sense it should
What's the loss to Anna Maria? In dollars, nearly
three times this year's ad valorem taxes. And, a city run
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10 Best Islanders
By Bonner Joy
We started out with friends, and
gained more as we went along, like a stone
First it was "old man Huffine." He
lived a little bit down the road from the
office, and on his way to work at his ser-
vice station (now Jessie's Island Store) he
stopped by to chat. It was more likely be-
cause I was the only person at work at that
hour, before 7 a.m., but he shared a little
bit of morning with me. Told me how he
made "cowboy coffee" (boiled grounds)
and read me the headlines from the daily
he had just purchased.
As he parted, I'd remark "Have a
He'd always reply, "What's left of it."
It went that way for a year or more,
until Mr. Huffine's wife's health failed
and then his.
Next I met John Holmes Sr., who
came across the parking lot with his trade-
mark plaid shirt, hat and cigar, looking
like Walter Huston in the old movie "The
Treasure of the Sierra Madre." He poked
his head through the door and
complimented the newspaper.
We were barely publishing three
Next time through the parking lot, he
stopped in to comment and get a subscrip-
tion to his summer address.
Then along came Snooks Adams, leg-
endary former police chief of Holmes
Beach the Island really and a
Cortez/Island native. Full of history and
stories, he shared what he knew and con-
tribute greatly to our historical per-,
spective of Anna Maria Island.
He got to like the dog, too. Mr.
Wizard sits, shakes hands and rolls
over thanks to Snooks.
Jean Blassingame, wife of the
then-famous Anna Maria Island au-
thor Wyatt, shared her wisdom, some
of Wyatt's writings and an original
copy of the first and only edition of
the Island newspaper, the Bradenton
Beachcomber, published in 1947.
Lots of folks helped what we first
called The Islander/Bystander.
It was 1994 and the newspaper
was two years old before we real-
ized we wanted to recognize people
who gave so much to Anna Maria
Island, some in quiet ways, some in
the forefront of politics and corm-
Katie Pierola, the former mayor of
Bradenton Beach and a real bulldog when it
came to getting beach renourishment, rec-
ognition and grant money for the "little city
that could," was the first.
Then Snooks 1996 Islander of the
Chuck Lester a big donor and cata-
lyst for donations to the Anna Maria Island
Community Center and other organizations
- Islander of the year 1997.
Retired former elementary school prin-
cipal Jim Kronus Islander of the year
And there were other important Island-
ers who passed away before their turn for
our recognition: Anna Maria Mayor Ernie
Cagnina ("Take anything you want," he'd
say when you asked him for a donation
from the IGA store); Anna Maria Commis-
sioner Mary Ross, who lovingly cared for
the gardens at city hall with the same gentle
touch she gave to politics; Anna Maria
Mayor Ray Simches, who elevated politics
in Anna Maria to an art form; and last but
not least, a good friend met too late in my
life and his, Birdie Tebbetts. The consum-
mate storyteller. A philosopher. A baseball
Then came environmentalist and turtle
guru Suzi Fox Islander of the year 1999.
Nancy Ambrose, creator of the butter-
fly garden and Islander of the year 2000.
Last year we honored Carolyne
Norwood for her work creating the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society.
It's been an honor to know them.
Speaking for all of us at The Islander
newspaper, we look forward to getting to
know you, too.
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