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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 11, no.2, Nov. 20, 2002 FREE
Holmes Beach considers vacating 52nd Street
By Diana Bogan
Holmes Beach city commissioners have agreed to.
consider a request by Moreland Marine Development
Corp. to vacate 52nd Street.
Brian Quartermain of Moreland Marine and Ken
Ward, a Tampa attorney, presented a request to the
commission at its work session and were asked to con-
duct some further research into the legal aspects of
vacating the street.
Ward told the commission that the company is
developing plans to demolish the Holmes Beach Ma-
rina and construct 17 to 21 new townhomes.
The street vacation would permit 21 units to be
built instead of 17. Ward said the additional four units
make the development more feasible due to land devel-
The city currently plans to turn the area of 52nd
Street adjacent to the marina into a retention pond as
part of its Haverkos Basin stormwater project for which
it received grant money from the Southwest Florida
Water Management District.
Ward said the city would benefit from vacating the
street because Moreland Marine would take on liabil-
ity and maintenance of the area. He proposed that the
city could also defer the cost of providing adequate
stormwater drainage to Moreland Marine and use the
remaining grant money for another area of the city.
Ultimately, Ward's position is that the street vaca-
tion will be a win-win situation. The city would ben-
efit from additional tax revenue and relieve itself of the
PLEASE SEE VACATION, PAGE 4
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's city commission tried to do the right
thing Nov. 13, holding an historic, first known city
meeting to hear applications from residents for excep-
tions to right-of-way violations.
But nothing to do with the rights of way or park-
ing issues in the city ever comes easy. Before the meet-
ing ended, two residents discussed settling their differ-
ences outside in the parking lot, and two other residents
now appear to be "former friends."
Some might argue that's not historic in Anna
Maria, that's normal.
Mayor SueLynn said the meeting arose from letters
to 123 property owners sent by Code Enforcement
Officer Gerry Rathvon in reference to a citizen com-
plaint concerning items in the city right of way. Resi-
dents were given the option of correcting the problem,
PLEASE SEE RIGHTS OF WAY, PAGE 4
Red hat production
Members of the American Beauty Rose "branch" of the Red Hat Society, a free-spirited gathering of women
in red hats and purple attire, met for luncheon at the Sandbar and a tour of the Island Players theater with
member/Players board president Alice Doeden, front seated. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Bradenton Beach EconoLodge going condo
By Rick Catlin
The owner of the EconoLodge Surfside Resort in
Bradenton Beach plans to convert the 30 units of the
motel's northern building on Gulf Drive to 21 condo-
minium suites within the next year.
Owner Gary Lewison said renovations to the units
to upgrade them to condominiums should cost upwards
of $750,000 and construction should begin around
April 30, 2003. The units should be ready for occu-
pancy by October, he said. The new property will be
called Club Bamboo.
"We're also going to beautify the exterior of the
building and keep it in line with what's appropriate in
the city," Lewison said. There will be a "Key West"
flair to the building when renovations are completed,
All units will be refurbished and remodeled and no
interior or exterior walls will be removed or added.
Some units will be combined, he said, but all suites will
Prices will range from the mid-$200,000 to lower
$300,000, Lewison said, and five units have already
been reserved for purchase.
The 18 motel units at the southern EconoLodge
building on the beach about 100 yards south of the
planned condominiums, plus the five units on the east
side of Gulf Drive, will continue to operate as the
EconoLodge Surfside, Lewison said.
The EconoLodge was for sale as a motel, Lewison
admitted, but the rise in demand for Gulffront condo-
miniums prompted him to reconsider.
"The motel was doing well, but the opportunity
arose to change direction. There were not a lot of
beachfront, residential condominiums and this seemed
like a good opportunity, given the appreciation of Is-
land real estate values."
All renovation plans and permits have been ap-
proved by the Bradenton Beach building department,
Lewison said, and the area is already zoned residential.
State documents to convert the property to a con-
dominium should be ready within 60 days, allowing
contracts to be signed, said Dennis Girard of Central
Park Realty in Sarasota, the real estate company mar-
PLEASE SEE ECONOLODGE, NEXT PAGE
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Gardener's closes at BridgeWalk
By Rick Catlin
The upscale J.C. Gardener's restaurant on the sec-
ond and third floors ofBridgeWalk in Bradenton Beach
closed abruptly Nov. 13 afterjust five months in opera-
tion, leaving BridgeWalk owners and restaurant em-
ployees looking for answers.
Staff arriving for work Nov. 13 found a notice on
the door saying simply that the restaurant was closed,
but gave no information on final paychecks.
Barbara Rodocker of BridgeWalk said she really
could not offer too many details about the closing.
BridgeWalk is now.looking for a new tenant for the res-
taurant, she said, but has no operator lined upt.
Restaurant owner Graham Gardener, however,
hinted he and Rodocker may have been at odds over
some issues, saying the matter "is with our respective
attorneys at this moment." He declined to elaborate.
"That's all I can say at this point," he said, but
promised further details if his attorney consented.
The restaurant featured British and continental
cuisine done Island-style and opened in early June to
much fanfare. One Island restaurant owner who
asked not to be identified said the operation never re-
ally had time to develop a local following, although the
view and decor were valuable amenities.
An artist's rendering of the new Club Bamboo in Bradenton Beach.
EdonoLodge going condo
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
keting the project.
"We are taking reservations now and there's al-
ready been a tremendous interest from people on our
mailing list. We expect to sell out quickly once we
begin our active marketing and promotion campaign,"
He emphasized that Club Bamboo is not a time-
share property, and there will be no rental company to
manage units for owners.
"Owners can use their suite or rent it out as they
wish," said Girard.
Does your community organization serve the
needs of Islanders? If the answer is yes, you should be
included in The Islander's 10th annual Wish Book.
The Wish Book is devoted to Islanders and Island
community-service organizations and features the spe-
cial needs of local non-profits for improving assistance
to visitors and residents on Anna Maria Island.
Each organization is given an opportunity to list its
specific needs wishes for the coming year. In the
past, groups have asked for everything from typewrit-
ers to calculators, basketballs, an ice machine and more.
Each year we ask readers to add a gift from the
Wish Book to their holiday shopping list and
many wishes come true every year.
While all organizations need volunteers and dol-
lars, we will be listing specific tangible needs that will
make work and service for the community a little
Island organization leaders should contact The Is-
lander to ensure inclusion in the 2002 Wish Book. The
special edition will publish Nov. 27 and the deadline to
contact the newspaper is noon Nov. 22.
Advertising sponsors for this special section are
also needed. To be included, call 778-7978.
Anna Maria cleanup
rain date Nov. 23
Anna Maria's fall cleanup day will be from 8 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the south side of the
Anna Maria City Pier parking lot near Spring Avenue.
The date was changed from Nov. 16 due to inclem-
ent weather conditions.
Yard waste must be separated from other refuse
and trash, a city bulletin said, and no batteries, tires or
paint will be accepted at this cleanup.
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Perico Bayou land purchase
By Rick Catlin
The Florida Communities Trust Equity announced
Nov. 15 it had approved a grant application from
Manatee County for a maximum of $6 million to assist
in the purchase of an estimated 480 acres of undevel-
oped wetlands along the east side of Perico Bayou in
the northwest corner of the county.
The grant represents about 75 percent of the total
needed to purchase the property from the Robinson
family, Manatee County Ecosystems Manager Charlie
Hunsicker said. The remainder of the money should
come from a one-quarter-mill tax increase approved in
the recent county budget that would be set aside by the
county specifically to purchase environmentally sensi-
The land had been slated for development by the
Robinsons into approximately 250 single-family
homes, but the family this past summer presented the
county with an option to purchase the property as a
nature preserve rather than proceed with their housing
Under the offer, the Robinsons would keep about
200 acres in the southeast section of the property to
build a golf course and accompanying amenities, but
not a residential community.
Preliminary plans for the nature preserve have al-
ready been completed by Hunsicker's office.
Bill Robinson said his family was pleased by the
announcement and was confident a purchase agree-
ment with the county could be completed by mid-De-
cember. Otherwise, the family has to proceed with its
already-approved residential project to retain its devel-
No sales price has yet been agreed on between the
Perico Bayou lies between the property now owned
by the Robinsons, and Perico Island, where Arvida has
proposed an 898-unit condominium project.
The bayou is a shallow-water natural preserve for
birds, fish and other wildlife and is a favorite fishing
and sightseeing location for Islanders and visitors.
By Jim Hanson
No sailboats yet, seven power boats and maybe
entries from off the Island are in line for the 15th an-
nual Anna Maria Island Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
Don Schroder, who is organizing this year's event,
said he is reaching out to skippers from other areas to
expand the parade and to encourage fresh ideas from
newcomers to the spectacle.
It's all in the effort to bring the best parade of holi-
day-decorated boats to Islanders, he said.
'He particularly encourages sailboat skippers to get
their craft into the lineup because the masts and running
gear of a sailboat lend themselves to some spectacular
The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at Bimini Bay,
motor to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, back past the
Key Royale Bridge for judging, north along the
shore to the Rod & Reel Pier and back to the Anna
Maria City Pier to watch Jim Taylor's Taylor-Made
Pyrotechnical fireworks with the rest of the Island at
about 7:30 p.m.
Entry packets have been placed at many nautical
centers and area businesses for skippers' convenience.
The parade hotline is 778-6715, where the parade
captain, Chuck Stealey, may be reached, and Schroder
is available at 778-2200.
THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 20, 2002 0 PAGE 3
Anna Maria City
Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Nov. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Nov. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: public
comment, election of vice mayor, Time Warner resolution
correction, discussion regarding city's 50th anniversary, dis-
cussion regarding city planner, special event for New Year's
Eve fireworks at Beach House restaurant, police department
network request, election certification, P&Z board and board
of adjustment appointments, Winterfest banner request, Is-
land Tour of Homes banner request, Christmas Parade spe-
cial event request, consent agenda, and commission reports.
Nov. 21, 4 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m., commission-department head meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Nov. 20, 6 p.m., visioning meeting.
Nov. 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Nov. 21, 3 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Nov. 20, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials Forum meet-
ing, Anna Maria City Hall.
Nov. 21, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue Commission
meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Nov. 23, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning
Organization meeting, Sudakoff Hall, USF-New College
Nov. 21, 4-7 p.m., public meeting, Florida Department of
Transportation presentation of cost-benefit analysis on the
Anna Maria Bridge. St. Bernard Catholic Church activity
center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
City halls in Anna Maria City, Bradenton Beach, Holmes
Beach and Longboat Key will be closed for Thanksgiving on
Garbage, trash and recycling collection in Anna Maria City,
Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will not take place on Nov.
28. Alternate pickup date will be Saturday, Nov. 30. There
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By Jim Hanson
The project to turn the 1912-built schoolhouse in
Cortez into a community center and museum took a
substantial step from plan to reality this week.
Chips Shore, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit
Court, set into motion the search for an administrator
to oversee restoration of the imposing old building at
the eastern edge of the historic fishing village.
Shore approved a job description for the person
who will be responsible for the whole program, come
the first of 2003. Christine Pope, manager of Shore's
Historical Resources Division, will do the main parts
of the talent search.
Wanted, according to the job description, is some-
one with a high school diploma or GED certificate,
preferably also with a college bachelor's degree. The
pay initially will be $12 per hour for a 40-hour week.
'This is a brand new position and it will grow and
change," Pope said. It will expand from overseeing resto-
ration of the exterior to refurbishing the interior, setting up
a museum and "probably setting up tours of the property,"
The job title is "museum coordinator" and the search
and interviews are to be finished and the hiring an accom-
plished fact by the first of next year, Pope said.
The first phase of the restoration will be repairing
and even partially rebuilding the exterior of the brick
building, removing asbestos and other hazardous ma-
terials from the interior, and repairing the floor.
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burden of maintaining a retention pond.
Ward noted that it was understood that the pro-
posed townhome development would still need to meet
city building and zoning requirements and that, in the
event the street vacation be granted, no additional spe-
cial terms or exceptions would be assumed or expected.
Commissioners agreed that the proposal was worth
considering but stated that legally they were not able
to grant the request at this time.
First, Ward was told that the city can't grant a va-
cation to one property owner. The commission asked
that he consult the neighboring property owners who
would need to deed or sell their portion of the vacated
street to Moreland Marine.
Second, Ward was told to investigate how the
street was dedicated to the city and by whom to see if
the marina property is included.
Finally, the city attorney will need to determine if
the city would jeopardize its grant by vacating a street
included in the grant proposal.
Commissioner Roger Lutz suggested that the city
might consider moving forward with the Haverkos Ba-
sin project and the retention pond on 52nd Street and
then sell it to the applicant.
"As part of the drainage project, the road will cease
to be there," Lutz said. "By vacating the street, we
That phase will be financed by state, county and
Cortez money: $162,736 from the state's Historical Pres-
ervation Trust, $50,000 from Manatee County, $25,000
from the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage, $5,000
from the Cortez Village Historical Society, $5,000 from
an unnamed resident, and $42,000 from Shore's office,
taking the form of money and services.
Restoring the interior, heavily damaged by water
and insects and other ailments of old buildings, will
come in the second phase. Another aspect, putting the
four acres and more of its grounds in shape, is a sepa-
rate matter but likely will not be completed until at least
the exterior work is finished on the building.
Anna Maria Bridge
4.7 p.m. Thursday
The hearing on the status and cost-benefit
analysis of the Anna Maria Bridge linking Holmes
Beach to Perico Island will be from 4-7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21, at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The public hearing will feature a video outline
the results of a "life-cycle cost analysis" of three
options of repair, rehabilitation or replacement of
the 45-year-old bridge.
avoid the price to create and maintain the retention
pond. The four extra units might be added density, but
that might be nothing compared to the trouble in the
past with the boat lift disturbing neighbors."
Quartermain was brought before the code enforce-
ment board earlier this year for site-plan violations and
lighting and noise complaints by neighbors.
Quartermain has since brought the marina property into
"This is the type of thing we all feared would hap-
pen after the Tidemark," Lutz continued. "But I think
the neighbors would prefer expensive townhomes
rather than the marina."
Commissioner Don Maloney asked fellow com-
missioners to consider its position on vacating streets
in general. "We have had three requests to vacate a
street the city is not going to use. Maybe we need to
concern ourselves with which of the 19 unused streets
throughout our city we're not going to use and auction
them off," Maloney said.
According to Commission Chairman Rich
Bohnenberger, the circumstances surrounding this re-
quest are different.
"The city is going to turn the street into a retention
pond anyway," he said.
Two other street vacation requests have been made
for portions of Fourth Avenue including a request by
Mary Menedez which was denied, and a request by
Richard Wheeler which has not yet been presented to
or asking for a hearing before the city commission to
request an exception to the violation.
Twelve residents asked for hearings, the mayor
said, and exception requests will be dealt with at a later
"So that's what's brought us here. Don't know if
there's ever been a meeting like this before in the city."
One of the exception requests was brought by Flora
Webb, wife of City Commissioner Chuck Webb. Webb
excused himself during discussion of his wife's request
and was not present when the commission voted 3-0 to
deny the exception.
Later, Webb said the vote shows the impartiality
and fairness of the commission.
The commission also denied exception requests
from property owners at 243 Willow Ave. and 307 S.
Commissioners did approve an exception request
at 790 N. Shore Drive, but owner Henry Blackburn said
he would just move the offending bush back a few feet
to satisfy everyone. He estimated the bush had been
planted about 25 to 30 years ago, long before he and his
wife bought the property.
The commission also granted an exception request
for 813 S. Bay Blvd., while the property owner at 240
Oak Ave. has moved his offending plants and was no
longer seeking an exception.
But tempers had begun to flare after commission
discussion on 813 S. Bay Blvd., the first item under
new business, when SueLynn asked for public com-
ment pertaining only to direct knowledge of this vio-
City resident Rick DeFrank was ruled out of order
when he stood up and asked when the list of exceptions
was posted for the public to review.
He got another chance, however, when the com-
mission completed its decisions and the mayor called
for public comment only on what the commission had
DeFrank claimed the list was not posted the previ-
ous week, as Rathvon said, but that day, Wednesday,
He also claimed the mayor acted like she.didn't
know what she was doing when she said the right of
way extends eight feet from the edge of the pavement
and City Attorney Jim Dye had interrupted to explain
that the length of the city's right of way from the pave-
ment varies from street to street.
Public officials should "know what they are talk-
ing about," claimed DeFrank. "So, before you speak,
know what you are talking about"
That was too much for Charie Daniel, who said he
had seen the list on Tuesday. He indicated DeFrank
was questioning the integrity of a city official, while
DeFrank himself might not have any integrity.
That brought DeFrank to his feet, "begging to dif-
fer," but he was gaveled down by SueLynn.
Later in the meeting, Daniel and DeFrank again
exchanged words and DeFrank alleged Daniel should
not be a member of the city's planning and zoning
board. Daniel suggested they meet later in the parking
lot to discuss the issue.
The surprise of the meeting came when resident
Larry Alberts said he was the one who had inspected
the properties and reported the violations to
Herb Ditzel, the property owner at 813 S. Bay
Blvd., thanked the commission for the exception, but
suggested Alberts "get a hobby" instead of spying on
Alberts said Ditzel was a friend of his and he didn't
"pick on anyone." Of the estimated 1,600 to 1,700
properties he inspected, he found only 123 safety vio-
lations. Of those 123, only 12 requested a hearing.
"That tells you that most people who are wrong want
to do the right thing," said Alberts.
Resident Charles Caniff suggested a "can of worms
has now been opened" and a lot of other properties in
the city are in violation of city codes and they have not
been cited. Do it to all or none, he suggested. What has
happened was "discriminating," he said.
But Rathvon is a "reactive" enforcement officer,
not pro-active, said resident Jim Conoly. It was estab-
lished by the city commission when she was hired as
a part-time city employee that she would only pursue
The commission set no date for the next hearing on
the remaining six exception requests.
Dawn Baker, left, and Anna O'Brien were sworn into office in Bradenton Beach Monday. It will be Baker's
third term as a city commissioner, thefirst for O'Brien. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Holmes Beach Mayor
SCarol Whitmore and
Lutz and Sandy Haas-
Martens were sworn into
office by Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections
Bob Sweat after their re-
election Nov. 5. Following
the swearing-in ceremony,
the commission re-elected
Rich Bohnberger as
chairperson and Roger
Lutz was selected to serve
as vice chair. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan
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Anna Maria Elementary School Principal Tim
Kolbe said that the Parent-Teacher Organization will
have to find an alternative fundraiser for future fall
This year the organization raised a total of $10,500,
of which $6,100 came from selling tickets for prize
drawings. Yet according to school board policy, any
game of chance is considered a form of gambling and
Kolbe said he and other area principals were re-
minded of the school board policy at their monthly
principals' meeting last week.
The school board policy and procedures state un-
der the use of facilities that "no group may use school
facilities to conduct or permit on school board premises
any game of chance, including bingo, raffles and cake
The PTO Fall Festival is AME's largest fundraiser
and Kolbe has notified PTO President Cindy Thomp-
son and Fall Festival Chairperson Dawn Wash of the
Kolbe indicated that he hopes to find a way to le-
gally hold something similar to a prize drawing
fundraiser in time for next year's fall festival.
Kolbe believes the main reason raffles fall under
scrutiny is because each individual does not get a prod-
uct in return for his or her money and plans to discuss
options with the school board's legal advisor.
AME was not singled out by the school district,
said Kolbe. The issue was an agenda item at the
monthly principals' meeting and several schools in the
county hold festivals and drawings similar to AME.
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Our winter friends are back. The infusion of
non-native, non-Florida auto tags are as colorful as
the northern fall foilage, and isn't it nice they've rep-
licated it for us to enjoy.
And cool weather. Er, cold weather. Darn cold
for those of us acclimated to the daily heat index
(95-plus degrees) during the past six months or
WELCOME BACK, WINTER FRIENDS.
So now it's time to talk turkey. Be prepared.
With winter friends come busier retail stores, restau-
rants, roadways and calendars.
There will be plenty to do on Anna Maria Island
in the coming months, including art shows, concerts,
theater presentations, holiday events and parties and
more. It is officially "season."
The Islander just topped off its 10-year anniver-
sary with a big, big outdoor party in front of the of-
fice. More than 800 "Islanders" jammed under the
big tent and onto the covered sidewalk to celebrate
and enjoy 480 Duffy burgers (thanks, Duffy
women!), 7 kegs of Budweiser (thanks to Anna
Maria Island Privateers for serving) and 14 cases of
wine (thank you, too, Ooh La La! for 150 French hot
dogs, serving wine, setting up and cleaning up).
And, hoo boy, did we ever enjoy the sounds of
the Billy Rice Band! Thanks to them our frequent
photography contributor and BRB keyboardist Jack
Elka, we danced away a few hours of the night.
Thanks to those who "sat in" with the band, "Is-
landers" Gene Aubry on guitar, Koko Ray on sax,
and vocalist Connie Ferguson.
Thanks also go to "Islander" John Van Zandt of
John Van Zandt Marketing Services and staff for
their party organizing expertise.
And thank you to everyone who came and the
rain (for the party may have attracted twice as many
revelers). And shame on those who now complain
they didn't read the Islandwide invitation in the Nov.
Thank you all for the many congratulations and
compliments. Thank you also for your kind senti-
It was 10 years in the making and we couldn't
have done it without all of you.
We can't say it often enough ... thanks again for
reading The Islander.
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SLICK 'They're back!' By Egan
Response to charges
on parking for beach
Residents who live in the proximity of our beaches
and are opposed to opening all our rights of way to
parking are unfairly coming under fire by critic..
Charges range from "shameful social engineering" to
"elitist attitude" that deprives Americans of freedom to
access our beaches.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. What
we're seeking is protection of our rights (and those of
the critics) to the way of life we sought when moving
to Anna Maria City in the first place. One that is un-
crowded, quiet and friendly.
To say that restricted parking "sends the wrong
message" is equally untrue. Manatee County provides
over 1,300 parking places for the public at the south
entrance, center entrance and northern end of the Is-
land. That averages out to almost 200 spaces per mile
What's more, unlike our residential streets, these
areas are adequately equipped with sanitary, picnic and
trash disposal facilities with the personnel needed to
The county also provides 20-minute-interval
trolley service so visitors can easily get to any beach
access they desire. The same trolley service, by the
way, that was heralded as a means to reduce traffic
on the Island. All that adds up to a huge "welcome
To say that commercial interests will be hurt is also
without merit. Sanibel Island has restricted parking, as
does Longboat Key. Yet commercial businesses in
those locales continue to thrive. Recently a small busi-
ness owner on Pine Avenue was heard to comment
how much his business has improved since the advent
of the trolley service.
There was a time when parking was open and un-
limited. The reason residents sought relief was because
the public abused the beaches and adjoining properties.
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Where parking near beach accesses is allowed today,
those abuses continue, as witnessed by letters on file at
Plain and simple, streets in the vicinity of beach ac-
cesses are not equipped to handle traffic. Streets dead-
ending into the beach have neither turnaround areas nor
sanitary facilities nor the staff for maintenance on a
seven-day-a-week basis. To open these areas to unlim-
ited public parking is to unfairly place a major burden
Our recent visioning process overwhelmingly en-
dorses our desire for a quiet and friendly Anna Maria
City. It's hoped our city commissioners and mayor will
keep that mandate in their minds as they craft a policy
that's fair to everyone.
Duke and Cindy Miller, Anna Maria
A note of admiration
Congratulations on The Islander's 10th anniver-
Though we are different and apart on many issues
and sometimes combatants, I have always admired
your grit, determination and ability to run a lean and
Matt Walsh, publisher, Longboat Observer
Bravo to R. LaCombe of Holmes Beach for the
letter about the trolley (Your Opinion Nov. 6). How
many other people are asking, have asked, the same
We never get a reply. Is anybody listening to these
comments from residents? All I keep hearing is that it
is a great success ... who for? How smart of Longboat
Key to not entertain this white elephant. Please, can
somebody in power look seriously at a remedy?
Susan Hatch, Anna Maria
THiE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 20, 2002 M PAGE 7
Anna Maria development under fire again!
By Rick Catlin
Developers ofthe Villa Rosa subdivision could be
wondering what's the next obstacle they have to over-
come in their efforts to build a 15-unit subdivision of
canaifront homes in Anna Maria.
Having already faced the city's planning and zon-
ing board and city commission to obtain preliminary
plat approval, several complaints of code enforcement
violations, completing a controversial closing to pur-
chase the property from the Lardas family, and having
had to file a subsequent lawsuit against the Lardases
over who owns the submerged bottomlands, Steve
Noriega and Bob Byme of GSR development are un-
der fire again.
This latestcontroversy surfaced at the Nov. 14 city
commission workshop regarding public recreational
space at the development
Mayor SueLynn raised the possibility that GSR's
already approved preliminary site plan may not meet
the requirements of the city's recreation and open space
ordinance, which requires all city residential develop-
ments to contribute to the cost of new recreational land
and facilities according to the need generated by the:
The planning and zoning board is supposed to de-
termine need" during its determination of concurrency
for the project, the ordinance states.
"This seems to apply to Villa Rosa," the mayor
said. "I just brought it for discussion."
Land planner Jim Farr said GSR believes it met the
recreation requirement when the planning and zoning
board determined concurrency for the project in May.
City Commissioner John Michaels asked if the rec-
reational space issue was specifically addressed by the
planning and zoning board, but SueLynn .said she as-
sumed it was not The topic was not discussed when the
city commission gave preliminary plat approval to the
project in July.
Commissioner Linda Cramer suggested that prior
to final plat approval, GSR "give consideration" to
adding recreational space to its final plat.
Noriega, however, said to change the preliminary
plat now would push the development back another six
to eight months because a new Southwest Florida
Water Management District permit would be needed.
That would throw the entire project into difficulty be-
cause the final plat is near completion and should be
ready for submission to the city in a matter of weeks.
He suggested the waters in the adjoining canals and
accompanying bottom lands which GSR believes it
owns are open to boating for everyone.
City Attorney Jim Dye said that while he hasn't
had a chance to study the entire issue, he conceded
there is "an implied dedication" and a public-use right
for the waters.
"Well, I didn't bring it up to put a cog in the
wheel," SueLynn said. "It's only for discussion at this
Dye said he would look into the issue and give a
report to the commission.
Carmine Galati of Galati Marine on South Bay
Boulevard gave commissioners and the public a "cour-
tesy" update on their proposed maintenance dredging
and dock renovation project.
Galati said all state and federal permits are ready
and the dredging will commence once a final permit
from the city's appointed building official is obtained.
Dredged material will be stored on the site until it
dries, then trucked up South Bay Boulevard to the Villa
Rosa project, where it will be used as fill. Trucks will
only operate every third day, then make only 12 runs
to Villa Rosa for the day's operation.
That's good news, said SueLynn, because the
dredged material can be "pretty smelly" and the city
often gets calls from someone thinking a sewer line has
right of way relief
Gary Perez of Jacaranda Street made a presentation
on a possible solution to the problem of right-of-way
encumbrances in the city's alleyway between Jacar-
anda Street and North Shore Drive.
Instead of a city vacation of the alleyway, Perez
proposed the city "close" the 10-foot-wide strip of right
of way by resolution and allow property owners on
each side the use of the additional five feet of land.
The problem of encumbrances has been ongoing
for years in the alleyway, Perez noted, and there are
currently about 40 trees, two sheds, severalfences,
some swimming pools, and at least two houses that
encroach on either the right of way or the setback re-
By closing the alleyway, "the city still owns it, but
the residents get to use it. They already do use it," Perez
And there is a city precedent for closure, Perez
noted. Several years ago, the city closed an alleyway
behind Tarpon Street.
"I believe this [closure] is the best solution for all,"
But commissioners seemed divided on the issue.
Closure is not such a problem, said Michaels, but
the setback problems would remain.
SueLynn asked Dye to prepare a resolution for clo-
sure, but noted that "this is not a done deal." The reso-
lution would still have to be passed by the commission
at a regular meeting.
Dye agreed with Michaels that the closure resolu-
tion just takes care of one problem, and an ordinance
would be needed to address the setbacks.
In other business, the commission heard a request
from businessman Robert Hinsch, owner of the 307
Pine Store, to be allowed to sell wine.
The store already has a beer license, Hinsch said,
and the state will allow him to add wine if he obtains
city approval. He can already sell some of the less ex-
pensive wines that are below a certain alcohol content,
Dye said it would appear an amendment would be
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Parks, committee says move skateboard park
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Com-
mittee members want a minimum of 100 yards between
the proposed skate park and gazebo locations.
Committee Chairman Jim Gloth and Public Works
Superintendent Joe Duennes agreed to discuss the
committee's concerns with Holmes Beach Mayor
Carol Whitmore and Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale
Stephenson before determining how the committee
should address the issue with the commission.
Committee members are not entirely opposed to a
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7
needed to the city's liquor ordinance because of the
distance requirement from churches and other estab-
lishments that serve alcoholic beverages.
Michaels suggested the commission "get a reading
from Dye" on what steps to take "if we want to permit
The commission also updated the proposed city
charter, approving language that addresses the situation
of the mayor not being able to serve. With no more
corrections, the proposed charter should be ready for a
vote by the city electorate in February.
The mayor-also said she wanted to appoint Chuck
White to the capital improvements committee. He has
numerous years experience in construction and super-
vision, she said, although she noted she has a personal
relationship with White.
When resident Rick DeFrank jumped up to claim
that the two might violate the Sunshine Law by dis-
cussing issues in private, Dye responded that the Sun-
shine Law "applies only to members of the same
board." The mayor can talk to any member of any
board, just as she would talk to any citizen about an
issue, he said.
"I beg to differ," said DeFrank, vowing he would
"revisit this issue."
skate park, but all of the members agree the close prox-
imity to the proposed gazebo is incompatible.
The gazebo is slated to be built along Marina Drive
next to the shuffleboard court and the skate park is
slated to. be built across from.the gazebo next to the
public works storage bunkers.
Members walked the site to see exactly how close
in proximity the two amenities would sit and concluded
that "all the landscaping in the world" wouldn't provide
a significant buffer.
Committee member Deborah Hager voiced some
concern that the committee's recommendation would
carry little weight with city commissioners.
"Seventy percent of the voters elected Carol
Whitmore and therefore must also be in favor of the skate
park," Hager concluded. "This committee dropped the ball
in working with the city and its commission in ironing out
the exact location of the gazebo."
Committee member Melanie McCaleb said she
believes building the gazebo would be a waste of
money if it remains so close to the skate park.
"The type of functions we intend to hold at the
gazebo couldn't happen," McCaleb said.
The Manatee County Area Transit wants to
know what Islanders think, not of the Island Trol-
ley but of the Island mini-maps and posters MCAT
has produced that are now available at the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
To get Islander input and distribute copies of the
maps and posters, MCAT has scheduled meetings at
noon and 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Holmes
Beach City Hall.
MCAT Marketing Manager Susan Hancock
said the mini-maps contain Island trolley informa-
tion including scheduled stops, a "free trolley ride
ticket" and a rider-information telephone number.
The committee envisioned that the gazebo would
be a meeting place for Islanders as well as a space for
special events such as outdoor concerts and weddings.
Hager recommended the committee meet with
Stephenson and the mayor and propose alternative lo-
cations for the skate park.
Some of the locations the committee discussed in-
clude putting the skate park closer to Flotilla Drive and
the right field line of the baseball field, or near the bas-
Duennes admitted that despite where the skate park
goes, the soccer field becomes a moot point and un-
likely to ever be used.
In other matters, the committee's grant application
to Gulfstream Natural Gas Systems for landscaping
along Gulf Drive was turned down. Gloth said he is
requesting detailed information regarding why the ap-
plication was denied, as well as searching for alterna-
tive grant funds for the project.
Three contractors attended a pre-bid meeting for
the proposed gazebo. Two of the contractors are Island
based and the third is from Bradenton. The bid process
officially begins Nov. 27.
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available Monday through Saturday for $1.
The mini-maps also have information on the
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from K-Mart at the Beachway Plaza on Manatee
Avenue to the Island and back.
Artwork is also being provided to businesses
and resort properties on the Island for reproduction
in brochures, maps and Web sites at no charge from
the transit section of the Manatee County Web site
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Sea life graces obtrusive wall in Holmes Beach
By Diana Bogan
In the eyes of Laura Rabinette, the walls of the
Holmes Beach public works storage bunker are one
The Bradenton artist is quickly transforming the
plain concrete walls into an underwater playground.
Inspired by the close proximity to the beach,
Rabinette is painting a mural of dolphins, manatees,
sting rays and sea turtles swimming among a coral
"My passion is painting sea life," Rabinette said.
"Especially painting sea turtles. I love the look of them.
They're calming and they appear wise and carefree."
Rabinette has been painting professionally for
more than three years and paints furniture and canvas
in addition to murals.
All of her work is original. "Everything is one of
a kind, I don't repeat paintings."
The mural poses a challenge for her because of its
size, but Rabinette believes there is nothing like a good
Her goal is to have the entire mural finished by
Thanksgiving and she's looking forward to seeing the
final product herself.
"I start with a general idea and wing it from there,"
she said. "I've lucked out that way and until I paint, I'm
not sure what the final outcome will be. It's kind of fun
to see what I come up with."
Since moving back to Bradenton from North Caro-
lina, Rabinette has also painted a mural for the Elks
Club on 75th Street. The three-wall mural of a beach
scene surrounds the club pool.
Rabinette said she works quickly because she can't
has set a
sleep until the painting is done.
So far work has come to the artist by word of
mouth. Rabinette says her work is versatile and anyone
interested in contacting her can call 752-3674.
Holmes Beach continues visioning workshops
The City of Holmes Beach will host the second of
three visioning workshops from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Visioning workshops are an opportunity for resi-
dents to share what they feel the future of their commu-
nity should be. Each workshop builds upon the infor-
mation gathered at the previous session.
The workshop will be held in the city commission
chambers at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
Participants will review the information gathered
at the first session and begin to identify strategies with
which to address key issues.
The key issues identified in the first session fell
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By David Futch
It's high society high jinks in the current Island
Players production of "Rumors."
And the Neil Simon play is as much fun for the ac-
tors as it is for the audience.
The action takes place at the home of a couple that
has invited friends for a wedding anniversary celebra-
tion. The hosts are "rumored" to be having marital
troubles, and although they never appear on stage, their
tribulations play a major role in the plot. Even their
"absent" domestic help plays a part in the rumor and in-
nuendo that ensue.
Actor Robin Rhodes, who plays nervous guest
Chris Gorman, said, "This play is fun. There are so
many lines and it was a lot of work, but it is a fun and
Kudos to director Phyllis Elfenbein who shows
command and understanding of Simon's wit and the
nuances inherent in his work. "Rumors" is her third
Simon play for Island Players, including past seasons'
"Plaza Suite" and "California Suite."
Indeed, this is a play right up Elfenbein's alley.
Elfenbein knows that words aren't everything. At a
number of critical moments, the actors' facial expres-
sions and body language offer up laughs as much as
anything they could have said.
It's not all about words and expression, though.
Simon has a way and Elfenbein capitalizes on it
of using simple props to bring on side-splitting humor.
There are two vignettes involving a bag of pretzels
that had the audience howling. Another involves a gift-
wrapped present that sends laughs through the roof.
Gabe Simches, who plays a clever Lenny Ganz,
has the duty of trying to unravel the rumors that are at
the play's core.
His soliloquy at the end of the final act has no ba-
sis in reality, but rather is based on producing laughs,
Simches is charged with explaining to the police
about the funny goings-on in the tony New York City
flat. His "hutzpah" shines through in the end.
The set was designed by Island architect Arthur
Ballman and has that New York state of mind its
upstairs-downstairs and balcony are as integral to the
play as the actors.
What is supposed to be a party turns into a slap-
stick farce, especially in light of what Simches tells the
two officers who show up to get to the bottom of the
Toilets flush, glass crashes, gunshots ring out and
cars come and go in the driveway to much laughter.
There are strong performances from each of the
Simches' on-stage wife Claire Ganz. played by
Georgette Thomas, relishes the moment as rumor after
rumor bounces off the walls of the flat. There is a gleam
in her eye as she discovers each scandal and indiscretion.
Simches tells her, "We're not telling either of them
and I'm sorry I told you."
She complains the cover-ups and yarns are "too
hard to follow. I need a bookmark for my head."
Rhodes as Chris Gorman and Hugh Scanlon as
husband Ken Gorman set the play's pace and tone with
their frenetic energy uip and down the stairs, in and
out of the bedroom at the start of the first act in an
attempt to defuse a dastardly deed by one of the party's
hosts. The deed is the basis for all the lies and laugh-
ter to come.
Frustrated, Rhodes gets tipsy on cocktails and
stomps her feet and curses when she is asked to again
answer the door as the guests begin to arrive.
The always-loveable Sam McDowell provides
understated humor with his portrayal of psychiatrist
Ernie Cusack. Miriam Ring is a hoot as his goofy, off-
beat wife Cookie, as in kooky.
Tom Aposporos as Glenn Cooper and Sylvia Marnie
as his wife Cassie are the last to get to the party and the
last to know what's going on. Their obvious confusion -
and marriage problems- increase audience laughter. It's
just really silly stuff when the other couples continue the
farce with each lie they tell the Coopers.
Glenn Cooper is livid because now he's part of
something scandalous and he's running for the state
senate. But Cooper is caught in the web of deceit and
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'Rumors:' ruse, scandal, surprise
The Island Players current production of Neil
Simon's "Rumors" excels on all counts. The en-
semble meshes on stage and everything backstage
works to the production's credit. The audience loves
it. Pictured here, Sylvia Marnie and Robin Rhodes
try to convince a confused Hugh Scanlon to join the
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is forced to play along when the cops, played by Roger
Byron and Sally Good, show up to interrogate.
As director Elfenbein says about the play, "Neil
Simon, America's favorite comic playwright, has taken
a giant leap into the hysterical land of outright farce.
Does anybody know what's going on? Well, there are
'Rumors' of course, but will the truth ever be told?
Maybe the policemen who arrive late at the party can
figure it out. Simon's devilish wit will keep us in sus-
pense and laughter until the final curtain. So sit back
and enjoy this play of pure fun."
There's little question the audience did just that as
the laughter continued as they filed out the doors.
"Rumors" runs through Sunday, Nov. 24. Curtain
times are 8 p.m. except for one more Sunday matinee
at 2 p.m. The theater is at Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria and the box office is open from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. and one hour before performances. Call 778-
5755 for information.
As a postscript. Island Players announced the the-
ater will replace its seats and have new carpet installed
prior to the 2003 season.
There's also a chance for Island Players support-
ers to get their name in lights, or at least on one of the
new seats. For $125, a patron can have his/her name
engraved on the arm of one of the seats. One seat, two
names: $150. Call the theater if you want your "15
minutes of fame."
Also, the anticipated shipment of fresh pecans, an
annual Island Players fundraiser, is due Thursday, Nov.
21. The holiday packages will be available at the the-
ater and at The Islander and at SunCoast Real Estate,
both in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach.
Tickets available now
for Tingley dinner
Tickets have gone on sale for the annual
fundraising dinner for Tingley Memorial Library and
may be purchased at the library, 111 Second St.,
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased during library
business hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 3-5 p.m. Thursday.
The affair will be at the Moose Lodge Dec. 7 with
happy hour from 5-6 p.m. and dinner at 6. There will be
music by Scott Blume, a silent auction, raffle and door
Additional information may be obtained by calling
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in recital at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach Nov. 12. All are Bradenton residents and past
deans of various American Guild of Organists chapters. The program was sponsored by the guild's Sarasota-
Manatee Chapter. The instrument is the Island's only pipe organ, just updated for the third time since its
installation some 40 years ago. The church plans a rededication and recital Jan. 12, 2003. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Carl Parks.
Thanksgiving services on Island
By Jim Hanson
An ecumenical worship service including all Island
churches will highlight the Thanksgiving for the faith-
ful, and many churches will have their own services as
The all-Island service will be Thanksgiving eve,
Wednesday, Nov. 27, at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Every church on Anna Maria Island will have a
part in the service, said St. Bernard Deacon Al Gaspari,
who is in charge of organizing the event.
Clergy from all will participate in the liturgy, he
said, and a combined choir made up of all the churches'
choirs will sing under the direction of Don Donahue Jr.
Speakers will be pastors or their representatives at "this
evening of song, praise and thanksgiving," said
After the service there will be refreshments in the
church's fellowship hall, and contributions of canned
goods for the needy and donations for the All Island
Denominations organization of all Anna Maria
churches will be received. Details may be obtained by
On Thanksgiving Day, Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will have
its service at 9:30 a.m. Phone 778-1813.
All Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, plans a Thanksgiving Day dinner at 1
p.m. for people who have no family or close friends
here with whom to give thanks. They are to bring a
dish to share, the church will provide turkey and
dressing. Though the diners will be mostly Island
Baptist members, all others are welcome, a spokes-
person said -just let the church know as far in ad-
vance as possible at 778-0719.
Roser Memorial Community Church at 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will have its Thanksgiving Day ser-
vice with communion at 10 a.m. in the chapel. Phone
Special service with music and sermon will be at
9:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
St. Bernard also will have a mass on Thanksgiving
Day at 8:30 a.m.
On Longboat Key, the key's 22nd annual interfaith
Thanksgiving service will be at St. Mary Star of the Sea
Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27. Phone 383-1255.
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Dorothy G. Libke, 76, of Bradenton, died Nov. 14.
Born in Milwaukee, Wis., Mrs. Libke came to
Manatee County from there 30 years ago. She was a
homemaker. She was a member of St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, Holmes Beach.
Services will be at a later date. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to the American Diabetic Associa-
tion, 5011-L W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa FL 33634.
Shannon Funeral Home, Westview Chapel, is in charge
She is survived by daughters Judy Bernthal of
Blairsville, Ga., and Diane Horsfield of Milwaukee;
sons Bob of Mechanicstown, Ohio, Kirk of
Bradenton and Stephen of Elkhart Lake, Wis.; and
Ernie R. Whitney
Ernie R. Whitney, 50, of Cortez, died Nov. 15.
Born in Farmington, Conn., Mr. Whitney moved to
Manatee County from Naples in 1999. He was a board
member of Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage (FISH)
in Cortez, a volunteer at Mote Marine Laboratory and a
longtime member of the Anchorage Audubon Society.
Memorial services will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday,
Nov. 24, at Star Fish Co., 12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez.
Memorial contributions may be made to FISH, P.O.
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Home, 43rd Street Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Judith Breuggeman; sisters
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Morneau, both of Avon, Conn.; brother Orrin Jr. of
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THE ISLANDER ROCKS AT AGE 10!
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More than 800 "Islanders" joined the staff and friends of The Islander newspaper Nov. 12
to celebrate their 10th anniversary of publishing "The Best News on Anna Maria Island."
The Billy Rice Band performed everyone's favorite hits, and Billy himself even had time
for a twirl with Jade Eller, 4, pictured left. The music drove the crowds to the impromptu
dance floor, above. The gang from Duffy's Tavern was on hand to dole out the burgers,
below left, while Privateer Eric Rushnell serves adult beverages, below right.
Islander Photos: Paul Roat
There was a lot ofjammin' going on, as "Koko" Ray Hansen, left, joined Jack Elka and Gene Aubry
on stage with the Billy Rice Band.
Mary Stockmaster, 10-year home delivery specialist for
The Islander, made her special edition into a nifty hat.
'Secret Shop' for kids
slated by art league
The annual Anna Maria Island Art League's "Se-
cret Shop" where youngsters may buy special gifts for
parents and friends for holiday giving will be from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.
-. Secret Shop merchandise is handcrafted and do-
inated by league member/volunteers and specially
priced (25 cents to $2.50) for child-size wallets and
i pocketbooks. One group of volunteers has worked to-
gether Tuesday. evenings since June preparing "secret
gifts." Others work at home and donate their crafts.
Younger children will be assisted in their shopping
by older kids and teens from the Island Middle School,
as no parents/adults are allowed in the shop.
It will be at the league's gallery, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Along with the "Secret Shop"
will be an outdoor bake sale, "where parents can pur-
chase great food and enjoy it in our shaded yard while
they wait for their young shoppers to finish making
their purchases inside the building."
Further information is available at 778-2099.
Children's chorus plans
The Bradenton Community Children's Chorus will
present "Songs of Sharing and Thanksgiving" in a spe-
cial concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.
The choral event will be in the First United Meth-
odist Church, 603 1 th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets at
$6, or $15 per family, will be available at the door.
Further information may be obtained by phoning 795-
'Good morning Longboat'
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will
host a "Good Morning, Longboat Key" breakfast at 8
a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the chamber office, 6854
Gulf of Mexico Drive. Reservations may be made and
information obtained at 387-9519.
Eckankar's first service
on Island Sunday
Eckankar will have its first worship service
on Anna Maria Island at 9:30 a.m. Sunday,
Nov. '24, just north of the Sandbar restaurant,
on the beach at Pine Avenue at the Gulf of
Mexico, Anna Maria.
Topic of the public service will be "How to
Open Your Heart to Receive God's Love."
James Rohr, Eckankar clergyman from Westin,
will speak and special music will feature so-
prano Gladys Earnest of Tampa.
Details are available at 778-7139 or 779-
Business 'disaster planning'
seminar postponed on Longboat
A seminar on "disaster planning for business," previ-
ously scheduled for Thursday, is postponed until spring,
according to Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce.
The spring event is scheduled to tell businesses
how to prepare and put a disaster plan in place, what
happens during a storm, and how to get a business up
and running again afterward.
Pelican Man boat tours
scheduled in November
The Pelican Man's "peli-boat" will make several
tours during the remainder of November, the first on
the schedule Thursday, Nov. 21.
That tour, like the others, will depart from and re-
turn to the Holiday Inn Marina, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail,
near the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. It
will leave at 9 a.m. and return at 11 a.m., $10.50 for
adults, half-price for children.
Luncheon tours will be Saturdays, Nov. 23 and 30,
from noon to 2:30 p.m., $20 for adults and $12 for chil-
dren including lunch, $14 and $7 without lunch.
Reservations may be made and information re-
ceived by calling 388-4444.
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History fair on display Thursday
The public is invited to view the Manatee County
history fair entries from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 21
at the Manatee County Convention Center.
The fair is open to students in'the fourth- through
12th-grades and this year student projects were based
on the theme "Rights and Responsibilities in History."
Students had their choice in writing a paper, cre-
ating a project board, documentary or performance.
Some students who do well at the county fair will
be selected to enter the Florida State History Fair held
in Tallahassee in May.
Students projects are judged by community volun-
teers who evaluate each project based on historical
quality, relation to the theme, clarity of presentation
and basic rules such as size or word limit.
In addition to prizes awarded for Manatee County,
Florida, American and world histories, special prizes
are also awarded in a number of categories at the
county level, which include Anna Maria Island history
and Cortez history. The awards ceremony will be held
after the public viewing at 7 p.m.
The convention center is located at One Haben
Blvd., Palmetto. For more information, call the Mana-
tee County Historical Society at 749-7165.
Sign up for SHARE packages
The Anna Maria Island Community Center.is now
receiving applications for SHARE holiday food pack-
ages. Deadline is Dec. 6.
The Center said the organization is a nonprofit,
nongovernmental program that distributes food pack-
ages for a Christmas dinner to the needy at a low price,
"a wonderful way to share with a family member,
friend, neighbor or stranger in need."
The cost is $16 per person, and the participant is re-
quired to contribute two hours of volunteer work in the
community. The package contains roast beef, bread, gravy
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Island Starter on December agenda in Holmes Beach
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach City Commission will consider
approving a draft resolution to accept William Carlbert
and Don Belmont's application for a special exception
at its Dec. 10 meeting.
Donald Belmont and William Carlbert filed a joint
petition for a special exception for Don's Auto Sales
and Island Starter and Alternator, at 3014 Avenue C.
Belmont owns and leases the two units fronting
Avenue C to Carlbert, who owns and operates Island
Starter and Alternator, a full-service auto repair
The location is currently zoned commercial, C-3,
and this block of Avenue C is a mixture of residential
and commercial properties.
The proposed resolution comes with six stipula-
tions. The first stipulation is that the outdoor automo-
bile lift be removed within 30 days of the resolution's
Two other automobile service shops have also been
notified by the city that they must remove their outdoor
lifts, which are in violation of city codes.
Both of the other service shops believe they have
permits for their lifts and plan to pursue the matter fur-
ther with the city.
The resolution for Carlbert and Belmont also stipu-
lates that the approved uses for the space include an
office for off-site auto sales and an auto repair business,
both of which shall be conducted within the first two
No automobiles or other vehicles may be displayed
or parked on the premises for sale to third parties, and
all repair work must be done within the building.
This stipulation raised the question as to whether
Carlbert would be permitted to open the hood of a car
in front of his business.
"Does popping the hood of a car constitute work-
ing outside?" asked Commission Chairman Rich
"Popping a hood and pulling an engine are two
different things," Commissioner Roger Lutz com-
City Attorney Patricia Petruff advised that the reso-
lution could be fine-tuned so that the code enforcement
officer wouldn't be called every time Carlbert had the
need to open a car hood and assess a situation.
Final stipulations stated there could be no addi-
tional outdoor lighting other than security lighting and
no outdoor sound speakers.
Sue Normand, a resident of Avenue C, stated her
objection to the resolution. She said that allowing a busi-
ness that has been violating the city's codes for several
years to be approved by resolution is wrong. She said it
sends a message that it is OK to go ahead and break the
law, or if you apologize, later it can be fixed.
She also took exception to the fact that the resolu-
tion states the proposed special exception uses are con-
sistent with the city's land-development code and com-
Normand reminded the commission that she sub-
mitted a five-page letter citing specific LDC and com-
prehensive plan regulations the business violates.
One of the regulations the business violates, she
claims, is the city's parking requirements. The resolu-
tion would authorize a modification of the current off-
street parking requirements and minimum-yard re-
quirements in order for the property to be used for any
use allowed in the commercial C-3 zoning district.
Normand said she did not object to the provisions
stipulated in the resolution, but she and neighbor
Darlene Doran both questioned how the city proposed
to monitor the business.
Carlbert's attorney Richard Carter stated that his
client had no intention of arguing the merits of his case
again, and that he is willing to cooperate.
"Some work outside may need to be done but, with
all due respect, we don't want to be dragged down here
every time [Carlbert] pops the hood of a car," Carter
Normand closed by asking the commission to give
Avenue C the same amount of consideration as other
"Tonight you stated one of the benefits for vacat-
ing a street is that it would eliminate a business that
disturbed the neighborhood," said Normand. "Yet you
show little concern for our neighborhood. We're on the
wrong end of the city. We're ignored. We only ask for
the same consideration given to other areas."
10th season, new dedication for orchestra, chorus
The Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and Chorus held the inaugural concert of its 10th season
Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Island Baptist Church with Alfred Gershfeld conducting. The concert was dedicated to
the late Skip Pettigrew, an early supporter of the organization. The program included works by Mozart and -
Bach. The next performance will be Sunday, Dec. 15, and will include selections from Handel's "Messiah,"
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Get in line for Christmas parade Dec. 7
By Jim Hanson
The Anna Maria Island Privateers are lining up
paraders now for their big annual Christmas Parade and
Gifts From Santa.
The parade will be Saturday, Dec. 7, from end to
end of the Island, and the Gifts From Santa part will be
at the parade's end at Coquina Beach Gulfside.
Greg "Wig" Luzier, Privateers' ship captain and
again this year in charge of organizing the barely or-
ganizable Privateers and parade participants, all filled
with the season's exuberance and rearing to go.
Participants can be anybody, Luzier said, except
pedestrians. The route is so long at seven-plus miles
that no one can be expected to walk it at parade speed,
so paraders have to be on wheels even if it's only a
bicycle. The vehicles should be decorated in the holi-
day spirit, he added.
They will assemble before 9:30 a.m. at Bayfront
Park in Anna Maria, launch themselves down-Island
with a 10 a.m. cannon-shot from the Privateer ship's
biggest weapon, wind through Anna Maria, Holmes
Beach and Bradenton Beach to end up at Coquina
There, Santa Claus will take over and invite chil-
dren (12 and under) aboard the ship to receive gifts,
while free hot dogs and sodas will be offered the kids
by the Privateers. No charge, but donations are wel-
come and "mighty useful." The festivities are expected
to be over about 2:30 p.m.
Applications for parade participation are available
at The Islander and from Luzier through 752-5973. He
prefers to have them in hand before the starting gun, but
late-comers can fill out an application at Bayfront the
morning of the parade; he needs the completed forms
for liability reasons and to have records for next year's
As he said, "it wouldn't be Christmas on this Island
without the Privateers' parade."
And it's not just the parade floats and Privateers
and other participants: "It's also the people along the
route that make it an outstanding fun day."
Anna Maria merchants concerned about parking
The newly formed Anna Maria Village Merchant's
Association has become concerned about the future of
public parking in the city.
AMVMA member Kent Davis of the Siam Garden
resort said the city commission's "proposed strategy to
restrict parking to residents only" is cause for concern
"Trying to prevent nonresidents from parking
within our city limits sends an elitist and false message
about our friendly village to the outside world," said
Davis in an AMVMA press release.
"Our concern is that this will not only damage the
city's reputation, but businesses, residents, employees,
service workers, visitors and tourists will also suffer,"
Davis called on the city to thoroughly examine
existing ordinances and compliance first, consider the
"logistical complexity of issuing permits, and purchase
additional parking areas for public parking.
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never be less expensive than it is now. Had the city
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The AMVMA does "not see sufficient research or
evidence to enact a restrictive parking plan at this time,
especially with the impact of the three existing parking
issues" mentioned, he concluded.
Mayor SueLynn said nothing has been decided by
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meeting on parking was to establish criteria for a mas-
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Concerned Citizens plan yard
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Seat belt crackdown next week on Island
By Jim Hanson
Buckle up or pay up. That's the word of fair warn-
ing from law enforcement officials on the Island and
The seven-day stretch from Nov. 25-Dec. 1, cov-
ering the Thanksgiving holiday, has been designated as
"the largest nationwide seat belt crackdown ever" by
Operation ABC Mobilization.
More to the point, it is Islandwide as well as nation-
wide. Police officers and sheriff's deputies have given
advance notice that they will bear down especially hard
on seat belt violations during that period.
A Holmes Beach Police Department spokesperson
said they will be "wholeheartedly in support of the ef-
By Diana Bogan
Three cases are on the agenda for the next
Holmes Beach code enforcement board hearing at
10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.
The first case involves the estate of Stanley
Jacob Holuba and Grant Beer at the corner of Sec-
ond Avenue and 51st Street.
According to Code Enforcement Officer
Walter Wunderlich, the garage on the lot is being
used by Beer as a business, although the property
is zoned for residential use. According to his pre-
liminary report, pickup trucks have been observed
loading and unloading materials at the site.
Wunderlich also said building material and a
trailer are being stored on the property, which is
fort. We'll jump on it with both feet."
Bradenton Beach police will be only too happy to
ticket drivers for noncompliance with buckle-up laws
on the part of anyone in a vehicle driver, passengers,
The Manatee County Sheriffs Office, which provides
policing for Anna Maria City, said deputies will BOLO
- "be on the lookout" for any seat belt lawbreakers. Seat
belt violations are "secondary infractions," meaning a
driver can't be stopped for that violation alone but will be
ticketed for it in addition to the primary infraction. There
were indications, though, that officers will be especially
vigilant for such primary violations.
This crackdown is billed as at least partly protec-
tive of military personnel: "Young servicemen and
zoned R-2, two-family residential.
The second case involves John Evans'and the
Tidemark Partners LLC. According to
Wunderlich, Evans is living on a boat, which is
docked on the Tidemark canal at 5325 Marina
City code prohibits live-aboard mooring in a
location that will impede navigation of other wa-
tercraft and it is prohibited to use a watercraft an-
chored within the city limits as a residence.
The third case involves Lorraine Dujardin and
her property at 312 64th St. Wunderlich alleges the
property, which is zoned R-2, is being used as a
All parties have been notified of the violations
and the hearing date.
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Art/bake sale rain date Nov. 23
Art and bake sales have been rescheduled due to
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the gallery of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island,
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The Holmes Beach Planning Commission will meet
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of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council again
Thursday, Nov. 21, to continue discussing proposed
revisions to the land-development code, which will al-
low mixed-use zoning in commercial districts.
The planning commission will meet at 3 p.m. at
Holmes Beach City Hall to discuss Smelt's comments
and revisions of the planning commission's proposed
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mercial C-1 and C-2 zones be permitted to have hous-
ing above commercial businesses, and the C-3 district
would be permitted to add office space, but not hous-
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Smelt also offered insight into the commission's
proposed changes to the comprehensive plan for mixed-
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Majority support ninth-grade at IMS
By Diana Bogan
The majority of Island Middle School parents
voiced their support for adding a ninth-grade to the
curriculum for the 2003-04 school year.
Approximately 20 parents attended a Parent-
Teacher-Organization meeting to discuss the issue fur-
ther. Most were in favor of the potential opportunities
from including ninth-grade, but were tentative to com-
mit to the possibility of having a full high school cur-
Some of the concerns voiced by parents included
the difference in maturity between sixth- and ninth-
graders as well as ninth- and twelfth-graders.
SPTr-President Julie Krokroskia asked parents to
consider whether they wanted their sixth-grade girls
going to school with ninth-grade boys.
On the either hand, Jeanie Salter said that her
daughter, an eighth-grader at IMS, has been able to
build self-esteem at the smaller Island school.
"I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she has one
more year to find out who she is," Salter said. "Add-
ing a ninth-grade gives our kids one more year to grow
up and become the person they want to be before head-
ing into a large high school."
Winn Haslam, currently attending eighth-grade at
IMS, said that he would like to stay at the school for one
more year and then move on to a larger high school.
"Here you're one out of 90 students and it feels like
our own small town so everyone feels noticed," Haslam
said. "In ninth-grade you're at the bottom of the bar-
rel in a big school and it's better to start as a sophomore
or junior when you know the basics of what high
school is like."
Parent and IMS board member Scott Bassett added
that there is a third alternative to adding just a ninth-
grade or a full high school, which would be to add a
ninth-grade that is blended with independent study
This third alternative could lead into having a vir-
tual-reality classroom for students in 10th- through
12th-grades. IMS Director Jeanne Shell said she con-
siders a virtual high school run via the Internet to be a
The PTO agreed to form a committee to spearhead
efforts in determining the feasibility of adding the ex-
tra grade next year...
Some parents believe that since the school is young
- only in its second year they would prefer that
more focus be kept on maintaining and impro, ing the
quality of the school as it is now.
IMS currently has 90 students in sixth-,-seventh-
and eighth-grades. Of those, 18 students are eighth-
graders that would potentially benefit if ninth-grade
were for the next school year.
In other matters, Shell said she is working with the
school district's transportation department to provide
a third bus because some students are reportedlN not
getting home until 6 p.m.
Shell also asked that parents make arrangements
with their students prior to their arrival at school re-
garding what is expected of them after school. Shell
said that too many students are asking to call home at
the end of the school day.
Finally, teachers are undergoing training for the
Riverdeep computer program, which will allow stui-
dents to access classwork from home via the Internet.
Each child will be given a password and subscription
to utilize the program.
The next PTO meeting will be held .at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12. The school's Conch Fritter Bandi
will perform a holiday concert after the meeting.
Food, history make tasty lesson at IMS
By Diana Bogan
Stephanie Kubilius has introduced a unique blend
of kitchen wisdom to the Island Middle School with a
home economics course she calls "Eating History."
One part history lesson and one part cooking lesson,
the enrichment course was inspired in part by a book
Kubilius read: "Salt: A World History," by Mark
Kubilius begins her course with salt and pepper.
She explains how wars were fought over commodities
such as salt and how it was used as currency. For ex-
ample, Roman soldiers were paid in salt for their horses,
she said, and the word "salary" has its root in salt.
"These are commodities that used to rule the world
and today they're condiments," Kubilius said.
In addition to learning about world history, the
course helps students develop discerning tastebuds. In
the second session, students tasted a variety of fer-
mented foods from around the world and in the third
session they tasted a variety of mustards.
Mustard was also one of the ingredients students
used to make deviled eggs. Kubilius believes part of
learning to cook is knowing what the individual ingre-
dients taste like, and from that you learnmhow well the
various flavors will combine& .
The course will run through the end of December
and there is a chance the course may be added for at
least one more quarter next semester.
Kubilius has a degree in geography and has taught
various age groups. She currently teaches preschool at
the Unity Church in Sarasota.
Kubilius said she has been developing the "Eating
,History" curriculum during the past three years and it
evolved from teaching science.
"I used food to illustrate chemistry and nutrition
and this course has just evolved," she said.
She hopes students learn to distinguish the differ-
Stephanie Kubilius is running a special home economics class at the Island Middle School. Last week students+
learned about a variety of mustard. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
ences in the taste, texture, and flavor of foods, discussed their likes and dislikes. Mayonnaise, pickled
Rather than assuming they don't like something, relish and English mustard were debatable, but the
Kubilius is teaching them that perhaps it's the tex- Chinese hot mustard left almost everyone's tongue
ture or the flavor of an ingredient that they really warm by the end of the third class.
find objectionable. Next up, students will learn to cook a sweet potato
Around the kitchen counter, IMS students freely casserole in time for Thanksgiving.
Island Middle School charter board elects officers
By Diana Bogan
John Monetti opened the Island Middle School's
Charter Board of Directors meeting with the announce-
ment that he did not wish to be re-elected as the board's
"The school is on solid ground," Monetti said, "and
our parents hae become more actively involved."
SMonetti said he would remain on the board, but
because he's confident the school is doing well he
would rather open the position to someone else.
In light of Monetti's announcement, Vice Chair-
man Chuck Webb nominated Scott Bassett for the po-
sition, which Monetti supported, stating that Bassett
"has a lot of technical background and board experi-
ence" with schools.
Bassett was unanimously elected to the position.
Bassett previously served the IMS board as the trea-
surer. Kimberly Holmstrom was nominated and unani-
mously elected to replace Bassett as treasurer.
The board also agreed to retain the members cur-
rently holding board positions. Therefore, Webb re-
mains vice chairman and Cindy Jennis retains her po-
sition as secretary.
As chairman, Bassetialso hLild_ the position of
president. Webb explained that as president, Bassett is
responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the
school. As chairman, he is responsible for running
The positions are held by the same person due to
the school's small size.
In other matters, IMS DirectorJeanne Shell and
math teacher Kelly Parsons gave the board a brief
summary of their trip to a charter school conference in
Both said that they were able to network with a
number of other charter school representatives and
plan to foster those relationships.
Parsons said the amount of information she
brought back in two days would have taken her two
years to research on her own. She plans to organize the
information and give the board a full report at its De-
The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Dec.
3 at the school, 206 85th St., Holmes Beach.
THE ISLANDER M NOV. 20, 2002 M PAGE 19
Kara Nelson and Breslyn Reiber are a friendly duo during their "Just For Grins" dance number at the AME
third-grade production. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
Mighty warriors to
visit Island Middle
By Diana Bogan
Island Middle School students are about to be
pumped up by the Mighty Warriors. The Mighty War-
riors will challenge students to make the right choices
in life based on integrity and strong moral character.
Mighty Warriors, based in Bradenton, is a team of
body builders that teach youth the benefits of avoiding
drugs, gangs, violence and promiscuity.
The primary message of the Mighty Warriors is
that of the power of choice. Members of the team will
share stories of their own experiences and how they
equip themselves to maintain the right attitudes, mo-
tives, morals and a positive outlook on life.
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club donated the
money to bring the group to the Island school. IMS
Director Jeanne Shell and Holmes Beach Officer Pete
Lannon believe the message the Mighty Warriors will
share with students will reinforce what they are learn- .
ing through the Drug Awareness Resistance Education
program taught by Lannon.
IMS has invited the fifth-graders at Anna Maria
Elementary School to join them for this special event,-
which will take place Thursday, Nov. 21, at the middle ...
school. AME fifth-graders also participate in a DARE '
program taught by Lannon.
Shell said that both schools are looking for oppor- :".
tunities to work together and especially make the fifth-
graders more familiar with the middle school.
Anna Maria Elementary School
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Lunch: Chicken Nugget Basket or Two Egg Rolls,
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King of frowning
AME third-grader Peyton Phillips played King
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Ginnie Neill of Noah's Country Ark hand-crafted
ceramics in Bradenton Beach stands in front of the
individually tiled mural she did to remember 9/11.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Seeing the world
one tile at a time
Ginnie Neill of Noah's Country Ark in
Bradenton Beach was an Island visitor every winter for
30 years, from the time she was just a kid with mom
and dad through her own marriage, child-rearing and
her successful art business in Missouri.
On her last trip to the Island as a visitor seven years
ago, Ginnie cried on the drive back at the thought of
leaving the Island she had come to love.
"And remember, that's a long drive to Missouri,"
She decided she'd had enough of crying and upon
return, moved her mom, her family, and her sculptur-
ing studio to Bradenton Beach.
"It was the best move I ever made," said Ginnie. "The
Island atmosphere has allowed me to be very creative and
has been real good to me. I'm grateful to be here."
Ginnie spent the next six years handcrafting and
sculpting her miniature animals and enjoying the good
life of an artist on the Island.
But the events of 9/11 had a tremendous effect on
her, and she believed that as an artist, she needed to
express her concern for her country, "the people who
defend us, and the world we live in," she said.
She began to put together a wall mural at her
Bradenton Beach home of tiles collected from around
the country and the world of people, places and events
that shape our lives. She also added a few of her hand-
made tiles to the mural.
"I was in such pain from 9/11, I felt I just had to do
something for myself, to bring some sort of meaning to
the world," she said. "It's a mosaic of life."
Friends and patrons of her studio stopping by to see
her latest collection of miniatures would comment on
how wonderful the mural was and wouldn't it be great
if Ginnie could do the same at their house.
She didn't pay much attention to those suggestions,
but gradually, word of her mural expertise and indi-
viduality spread and she eventually agreed to build a
tiled mural for a Florida east coast family.
Her reputation gained by word of mouth and
Ginnie now has a waiting list of clients looking for that
special, handmade wall mural, patio wall or outdoor
shower stall. Her next major project is a wall mural for
a horse lover.
Although the wall mosaics can take some time to
complete, Ginnie also finds time for tiling such things
as tabletops, plant containers, and countertops.
"I'm still doing my miniature critters, but I've now got
a waiting list of people who want a tiled mosaic wall or
other item. It's been incredible how word has spread."
The artistic work involved in an interior wall mo-
saic can take months to complete, she said. "That's why
I prefer to do an outdoor patio wall or shower stall be-
cause the creation takes a shorter time period."
She's now so busy that she no longer has time to
do art shows for her miniatures outside of Florida or in
the summer. But not to worry. Her next show will be
Jan. 17, 2003, in Sarasota.
Additionally, her miniatures will be on display at
the Seaweed Gallery in Bradenton Beach in the very
near future, she said.
For more information on Noah's Country Ark, call
Ginnie at 779-2212.
It's a jungle under the sun
Owners Jon Westergard and Nicole Heslop of
Everything Under the Sun at 5704 Marina Drive in
PLEASE SEE ISLAND BIZ, NEXT PAGE
NORTHBOUND TROLLEY STOPS
(City of Bradenton Beach)
1. Coquina Beach Turnaround -E14 '
2. Gulf Dr. at 13th St. S.
3. Gulf Dr. at 8th St. S.
4. Gulf Dr. at 6th St. S.
5. Gulf Dr. at 3rd St. S.
6. Bridge St. -E12
7. Gulf Dr. at Brad. Beach City Hall -E12
8. Gulf Dr. at 3rd St. N.
9. Gulf Dr. at 9th St. N.
10. Gulf Dr. at 13th St. N.-E10
11. Gulf Dr. at Runaway Bay Condos -ElO
12. Gulf Dr. at 23rd St. N.
13. Gulf Dr. at 25th St. N.
14. Gulf Dr. at Sandpiper Trailer Prk.
(Holmes Beach City Limit)
15. Gulf Dr. at 28th St.
16. Gulf Dr. at East Bay Dr.
17. East Bay Dr. at Grocery Store -E8
18. Manatee Ave. at 6th Ave.
19. Manatee County Public Beach -E8 '
20. Gulf Dr. at 45th St.
21. Gulf Dr. at Anna Maria Elementary -E7
22. Gulf Dr. at 50th St.
23. Marina Dr. at 54th St. (Island Shopping)- E7
24. Marina at the Island Library -E6
25. Marina Dr. at 60th St.
26. Marina Dr. at 63rd St.
27. Marina Dr. at Key Royale Dr. -E5
28. Palm Dr. at Clark Ln.
29. Palm Dr. at 71 St.
30. Palm Dr. at 74th St.
31. Palm Dr. at 76th St.
32. Palm Dr. at 79th St.
33. Palm Dr. at 82nd St
(City of Anna Maria)
34. Gulf Dr. at Archer Way
35. Gulf Dr. at Oak Ave.
36. Gulf Dr. at Magnolia Ave.
37. Gulf Dr. at Pine Ave.
38. Pine Ave. at Crescent Dr.
39. Pine Ave. at Tarpon St.
40. Pine Ave. North Bay BlvdJPier -D2
(City of Ann Maria)
40. Pine Ave. North Bay BlvdJPier D2
41. Pine Ave. at Tarpon St.
42. Pine Ave. at Crescent Dr.
43. Pine Ave. at Gulf Dr.
44. Gulf Dr. at Magnolia Ave.
45. Gulf Dr. at Oak Ave.
46. Gulf Dr. at Beach Ave.
(City of Holmes Beach)
47. Gulf Dr. at 78th St.
48. Gulf Dr. at 74th St.
49. Gulf Dr. at 70th St.
50. Gulf Dr. at 65th St.
51. Gulf Dr. at 58th St.
52. Martinique Apartments -D7
53. SS Plaza, Chamber of Commerce,
Island Shopping Center D7
54. Gulf Dr. at 50th St.
55. Gulf Dr. at 47th St.
56. Gulf Dr. at 45th St.
57. Manatee County Public Beach- E8
58. Manatee Ave. at Gulf Dr.
59. Manatee Ave. at 6th Ave.
60. East Bay Dr. at Grocery Store
61. East Bay Dr. at Gulf Dr.
62. Gulf Dr. at 30th St.
63: Gulf Dr. at 28th St.
64. Gulf Dr. at the Sandpiper Trailer Park
65. Gulf Dr. at 25th St. E9
66. Gulf Dr. at 23rd St.
67. LaCosta Condominiums (South side)
68. Gulf Dr. at 13th St. -E10
69. Gulf Dr. Cafe'
70. Gulf Dr. at Cortez Rd.
71. Gulf Dr. across from Bradenton Beach CH- E12
72. Gulf Dr. at 4th St. S. (Gulf side)
73. Bridge St.- E1
'1 74. Gulf Dr. at 8th St. S. (Gulf side)
75. Gulf Dr. at 13th St. S. (Gulf side)
I 1. Coquina Beach Turnaround- E14
The Manatee Trolley runs
seven days a week, 6 a.m. to
10:30 p.m., with 20-minute
intervals at all 75 stops up to 9
p.m., and 30-minute intervals
from 9-10:30 p.m. It starts at
both ends of the Island at 6
a.m., from Coquina Beach and
from the Anna Maria City Pier.
Northbound the trolley runs
Gulf Drive to Marina/Palm Drive
in Holmes Beach, merging back
to Gulf Drive in Anna Maria. It
runs from Gulf Drive to the city
pier along Pine Avenue, where
it turns around.
Southbound it runs Gulf Drive
all the way from Anna Maria
City Hall to Coquina Beach.
Have some fun, ride the trolley,
and tell folks along the way and
at all the stops, "The Islander
Sunny day under the sun
Jon Westergard of Everything Under the Sun at 5704
Marina Drive in Honles Beach enjoys a sunny day
in the garden section. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
Holmes Beach are enjoying their once-a-month jungle.
That's their new Jungle Room, featuring new prod-
ucts, new plants, one-of-a-kind items and a lot of im-
ported specialty products from Mexico. It's ajungle out
there, filled literally with "everything under the sun,"
The Jungle Room is only open one Sunday each
month, said Nicole, and with last Sunday's successful
grand opening and open house, Nicole and Jon are al-
ready making plans for the December "jungle."
No date has yet been decided but Nicole promised
to give ample notice for patrons to mark their calen-
'.We really don't want to say everything we're
going to have because that might spoil the fun, but there
will be something for everyone," said Nicole.
In the meantime, Everything Under the Sun is open
Monday through Saturday featuring its gift shop, land-
: **** "
scaping, trees, shells, soil and mulch, pottery, fruits and
juices from Mixon Fruit Farms.
Sounds like they've got just about everything un-
der the sun.
For more information on Everything Under the
Sun and the next Jungle Room opening, call 778-4441.
Connecting to the coast
Coastal Connections of Ellenton installs and re-
pairs so many telephone systems, computer networks,
cables and wires on Anna Maria Island and Longboat
Key, along with computer tutoring, communications
specialists Bill Hileman and Victor Esposito have
decided to give something back to the Island commu-
Being weekend musicians in the band "Longboat
Sound & Friends," they've decided to hold a free
"Beach Jam" concert Sunday, Dec. 1, at the southern-
most pavilion on the beach side of Coquina Beach.
The band has already obtained the necessary per-
mits, and will provide the music and heat up the grills.
Anyone can join them and bring their own food to cook
up, said Victor.
"This is our way of saying thanks to everyone for
their support out here," said Victor. "We do so much
work on the Island and Longboat Key, we just wanted
to thank everyone."
The band plays a bit of everything, said Bill, but
the specialties of Dec. 1 will be Island-style beach
music ala Jimmy Buffett, contemporary Christian,
some Top 40 and some old-time rock and roll.
"We'll start off with playing Island music and just
take it from there," said Victor.
Fellow musicians are welcome to attend and play.
For more information on Beach Jam, call 720-0569.
Geoff Wall led in obtaining new listings and Gail
Tutewiler was tops in sales during October at the
Wedebrock Real Estate Co.'s Holmes Beach office.
Other leaders in listings were the Mike Migone/Tina
Rudek team of the Longboat Key office and Karen
Ankerstar of Avenue of the Flowers. Other sales lead-
ers are John Hines and Migone/Rudek at Longboat Key
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and Tammy Halsted of Avenue of the Flowers.
Alan Galletto was named top listing agent and
Nick Patsios leading sales agent for October at Island
Wagner Realty's David Moynihan and Ron
Cornette were leaders in listings and sales, respectively,
during October. At Wagner's Longboat Key office,
Cathy Mendahl led in listings and Dorothy Cook in
A Paradise Realty's top producers during October
at the Anna Maria Island office were Dave Jones and
Dick Maher in listings, and Ed Oliveira in sales.
This Danny Edwards eagle carving, donated to the
Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary by an anonymous
benefactor, is being raffled as afundraiser. It is
valued at $300. Tickets at $2 are available at the
sanctuary, on City Island off the south ramp of the
New Pass Bridge. The drawing will be Jan. I at 3
p.m. Details may be obtained at 388-4444.
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Island police reports
No reports available.
Nov. 3, 2500 block of Gulf Drive, traffic arrest. A
man was arrested for driving without a license and cited
for driving without headlights between twilight and
dawn, failing to display registration and operating a
motor vehicle with an expired tag.
Nov. 3,403 Gulf Drive S., Bird's Nest Condomini-
ums, Marchman Act. A man found sleeping in his car
was taken into custody under the Marchman Act. Ac-
Scording to the report, he was intoxicated to the point
that he could not stand without help and told officers
that he had no money and nowhere to go.
Nov. 6, 1600 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, drug
violation. Jason Garrett, 30, of Bradenton, was arrested
for possession of marijuana. According to the report,
officers approached Garrett to notify him Coquina Park
was closed and saw him throw a plastic bag out his car
window. The substance in the bag field tested positive
Nov. 6, 900 Gulf Drive N., Gulf Drive Cafe, war-
rant arrest. A man seen loitering in the parking lot af-
ter hours was stopped by officers and, according to the
report, arrested on a warrant out of Pinellas County for
driving without a license.
Nov. 6, 1500 block of Gulf Drive South, traffic
arrest. According to the report, a man was arrested for
driving with a suspended license.
Nov. 6, 1500 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, traffic
arrest. According to the report, a man was arrested for
driving with a suspended license.
Nov. 7, 2513 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, resisting
arrest. A passenger in a vehicle stopped on a routine
traffic violation was arrested after he reportedly be-
came aggressive with another passenger as well as with
Nov. 9, 2700 block of Gulf Drive, driver's license.
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According to the report, a woman was given a citation
for speeding and a summons to appear in court for driv-
ing without a license.
Nov. 9, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, criminal mis-
chief. According to the report, a man was arrested for
leaving dents in another person's car with his elbows.
Nov. 9, 100 block of 68th Street, theft. A woman
reported that she suspects a package she mailed to her
Island home from up north was stolen after being left
on her front porch by the delivery man.
Nov. 10, 6800 block of Palm Drive, criminal mis-
chief. A man reported that the windshield of his rental
car had been broken.
Nov. 10, 200 block of North Harbor Drive, theft.
A kid's bike was reportedly stolen.
Nov. 11,4000 Gulf Drive, Cafe on the Beach, open
door. While on patrol, officers found a window open
and a panel on the garage doors pushed open. A
keyholder could not be located to check the premises.
Nov. 11, 6000 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
man reported the window of his truck broken and ciga-
rettes missing from inside the vehicle.
Nov. 11, 200 block of 67th Street, theft. A girl's
bicycle was reportedly stolen.
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;THE ISLANDER NOV.20, ~QqO2 PAGE 25
Try life with snake you try it, this Islander advises
By Susan Thomas
Special to The Islander
The only thing in the entire world my son Stephen
wanted for the Christmas of his seventh year was a
snake from Santa. What do you say when your child
Wants only one thing for Christmas but it's not exactly
the one thing you want in your home or, for that
matter, in your car?
Well, I talked to husband Richard and he said sure,.
Stephen can have a snake. Huh! That quick approval
really came as no surprise to me because my husband
had owned a red tail boa constrictor when he was
He still had that snake when we became engaged
in 1980. He did decide, though, that bringing a snake
into a new marriage might not be such a good idea
so he found a home for Acouna before we got mar-
Well, Christmas morning of 1998 came and under
the tree was a 6-month-old ball python in her new cage
waiting for her 7-year-old new owner.
Stephen came down from his room that morning
and I still remember the look of complete and total
happiness on his face upon finding his new pet snake
under the tree. He was thrilled with Savannah, as he
quickly named her. We knew it was a female as the pet
store owner had given that information to Santa.
Right away we learned she was very docile with
Stephen. She had been born in captivity and was not
aggressive at all. Still, I had no desire those first few
hours to get near her or touch her skin.
At this time Stephen was wearing glasses to correct
an eye problem. Well, those glasses got left in my
brand new Ford Expedition, so Steve went down into
my car with his new snake to retrieve his glasses. While
he sat in the front seat cleaning his glasses and putting
them on, his snake slithered under the seat and up into
the seat frame.
Stephen came running upstairs from the garage in
"Christmas morning of 1998 came and under the
tree was a 6-month-old ball python in her new cage
waiting for her 7-year-old new owner. Stephen came
down from his room that morning and I still remem-
ber the look of complete and total happiness on his
face upon finding his new pet snake under the tree."
Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
panic and his dad went down to check out the situation.
He couldn't reach the snake, so he left it there with no
recourse but to wait and see if it moved. Hours later the
snake had disappeared into the inner workings of my
car and my son had lost his Christmas present an hour
after getting it.
The devastation was widespread. Stephen was
crushed. I could not, would not, get into my only mode
Not driving my car lasted for four solid days, then
I told myself "This is ridiculous, I have to drive." So I
entered my car and drove to the necessary places and
kept my nervous eye out for any sign of the snake. She
was nowhere to be seen. After six weeks of this we
assumed she had gotten out of my car somehow and
I started leaving my windows open again and not
worrying about her escaping somewhere because our
whole family thought the snake was gone. Until I went
down to the garage late one evening to get something
from my car, and there was our long-lost Savannah
coiled on the garage floor.
She was as startled and scared as I was. I yelled for
Richard and he came and retrieved her and put her in
When Stephen woke up the next morning it was
like Christmas all over again.
Now, four years later, I am at complete ease with
our snake. I hold her and even let her wrap around my
arm or neck. She is a healthy and well-fed 4-foot-long
The snake has actually been a wonderful, easy pet
as well as a good learning experience for our son. He
feeds her, gives her fresh water, cleans her cage, and
takes her out to hold. Stephen also enjoys when Savan-
nah sheds her old skin and appears vith a beautiful new
Most of all, Savannah is his. For our family, hav-
ing a snake for a pet along with a dog, two cats and
fish has worked out just fine and we have all learned
some valuable lessons from her.
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Wednesday, Nov. 20
11 a.m. "Stars and Stripes" gala lunch and
fashion 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
"Nooner" at the Chart House, 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519. Fee applies.
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. In-
7 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branc.h
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.
Thursday, Nov. 21
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Disaster Planning for Busi-
ness" seminar at the Holiday Inn, 4949 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519. Fee ap-
9 to 11 a.m. Peli-boat educational tours with
Sthe Pelican Man at the Holiday Inn Marina, 7150 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 388-4444. Fee
3 to 7 p.m. Manatee County History Fair stu-
dent displays at the Manatee Convention Center, One
Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 749-7165.
Saturday, Nov. 23
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Concerned Citizens of Mana-
tee County yard sale at 7814 Seville Circle, Palma
Sola Park, Bradenton. Information: 795-0841.
10 a.m. to noon Feldenkrais workshop with
Barbara Leverone at the Education Center, 5370 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-
8811. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Secret shop and bake sale
at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flower arrangement class
with Dave Junks at Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800
17th Ave. NW, Bradenton. Information: 761-2866.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Art of Scrapbooking" with
Leslie Rudden at the Education Center, 5370 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811.
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.
1 to 3p.m. Feldenkrais workshop with Barbara
Leverone at the Education Center, 5370 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811.
7p.m. "Songs of Sharing and Thanksgiving" at
the First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 795-6675. Fee applies.
Sunday, Nov. 24
8 a.m to -4 p.m. Mustang and Ford show at the
DeSoto Square Mall, 303 U.S. 301 Blvd. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 351-3789 or 497-1509.
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Marine Corps League Sun-
day morning breakfast at American Legion Post No.
24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-
3489. Fee applies.
Monday, Nov. 25
8:30 to 10 a.m. Internet class for beginners at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
9:30 a.m. "The Write Stuff' with Andy Little at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-4018. Fee
Tuesday, Nov. 26
8 to 9 a.m. "Good Morning, Longboat Key"
breakfast at the Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. In-
1 to 4 p.m. Veteran's Service officers at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Registration: 749-3030.
Wednesday, Nov. 27
7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce blood drive at 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
Noon to 3:30p.m.- Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
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 Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through
January. 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.
"My Women" by Liz Epstein at the Joqn Peters
Gallery, Village of the Arts, 1210 11th Ave. W.,
Bradenton, through Dec. 28. Information: 741-8056.
Christmas Prelude on Bridge Street in
Bradenton Beach, Nov. 28.
First candle for Chanukah service at Temple
Beth Israel, Longboat Key, Nov. 29.
"Genevieve" and Dennis Fried at the Island
Branch Library Nov. 30.
Native edible plant lecture at the Pelican Man
Bird Sanctuary Nov. 30.
Artists reception at the Artists Guild Gallery Dec.
"Beach Jam" benefit concert for the Boys and
Girls Club at Coquina Beach Dec. 1.
Book fair begins at Anna Maria Elementary
School Dec. 2.
S"'Twas the Night Before Christmas" at Neel Au-
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Young Thomas competes on big field of dreams
By Kevin Cassidy
Life-long Island resident Stephen Thomas, 11,
competed in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition
on Sunday, Nov. 17, before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
game against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James
Stadium in Tampa.
Thomas got there by winning the sectional compe-
tition held in September, which made him punt, pass
and kick champion for five counties in the age 10-11
On Sunday, Thomas competed against six other
sectional champions representing 30 counties and came
away with a second-place overall finish.
The actual punt, pass and kick competition took
place before the Bucs game, but Thomas and the other
participants were introduced to the crowd during half-
time, where they demonstrationed their skills.
Thomas said running out of the tunnel onto the
field was a big moment for him.
For his efforts, Thomas received a plaque, game
tickets, food passes and a jersey, hat and shorts. Tho-
mas is the first youngster from Anna Maria Island El-
ementary to advance to the Bucs game competition.
Thomas took his mom Susan and dad Richard to
the game, which he said was a "blast."
Osborne leads Her-icanes to 3-3 tie
Island resident Naomi Osborne scored the tying
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goal with 30 seconds remaining to be played to lead the
girls soccer Manatee Her-icanes to a 3-3 tie against
Bayshore High on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Manatee
The jamboree serves as a kickoff for the 2002-03
girls high school soccer season.
With just over one minute remaining, play was re-
started after an injury to MHS stopper Courtney Foley.
Manatee's Ginger Davenport gained possession of the
ball and passed it outside to former Islander Jamie
Gregorich. Gregorich beat her defender down the wing
where she crossed inside to Osborne. Osborne one-
timed it past hard-charging Bayshore keeper and Island
resident Kelsey Bachman to notch the game-tying goal.
Osborne played the first half in goal and came
away with two spectacular saves before playing the
field in the second half.
Samantha Perry and Alex Bouziane scored the
other goals for Manatee.
The Her-icanes get their regular season under way
with three straight road games. They open at Venice on
Tuesday, Nov. 19 before traveling to Sarasota on Nov.
21. Friday, Nov. 22 has the girls traveling to Stuart for
a noon game Saturday, Nov. 23.
Game times for the Sarasota contest are 6 p.m. for
JV and 8 p.m. for the Varsity.
2002-03 basketball season cranks up
The Anna Maria Island Community Center an-
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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 a.m. to 9 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.)
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The Kenny Randall Sportsmanship Award went to
Kevin Greunke, pictured with the Center's Joe
The Dennis Granstad Most Valuable Player award went to Spencer Carper, left, and Lorenzo Rivera, pictured
with the Center's Joe Chlebus.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27
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Dolphins Superbowl rained out
The Anna Maria Island Dolphins Superbowl plans
were temporarily derailed thanks to a nasty cold front
that brought a lot of rain to the area on the event's
scheduled day, Saturday, Nov. 16.
The game was rescheduled for Nov. 19 at the Po-
lice Athletic League field in Bradenton.
Complete results will be reported in next week's
edition of The Islander.
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Looking back at 10 fun.packed years of The Islander
Any anniversary that ends with a zero is time for
reflection and, last week marking 10 years of publish-
ing The Islander, it seems only fitting that a look back
is in order.
We've only made a few glorious mistakes in our
decade of being a newspaper. Almost without fail, I've
made almost all of the screwups.
I'll spare both my boss and The Islander with the
faux pas in Issue 1, Volume 1. The headline was before
my time and I had absolutely nothing to do with it. If
you can catch the goof, good for you. I won't mention
that oopss" again, boss, really.
The article or lack of an article that nearly
drove me out of the journalism trade took place in Sep-
tember 1994. It was the final public hearing on the
Bradenton Beach budget, a Tuesday night meeting af-
ter our press deadline, so anything that happened would
appear eight days later.
As a little background, we go to press, or get the
newspaper printed, on Tuesday night. We have and will
hold the paper for late-breaking events like elections or
something else that is Island-important, but doing so re-
ally messes up our distribution people and we try to
delay the paper only for those special news events.
The week before the budget meeting, I had done
one of those rare "Stop the presses!" things to get the
absurdly high budget hike Bradenton Beach commis-
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sioners touted the previous Tuesday in the paper to let
the Bradenton Beach citizens know what their elected
officials were planning for the following Tuesday
night. The final public hearing was pretty much a fait
accompli, I figured, and besides I had an old friend in
town from Washington, D.C., I hadn't seen for years.
So I blew off the Tuesday meeting, figuring I'd
listen to the tape of the meeting and write the story
from what I heard on the tape and interview a few folks.
I had a week anyway, right?
There was a new building official in Bradenton
Beach that I had an appointment to interview Wednes-
day morning. As an opening comment, I asked how the
previous night's budget meeting went.
"They tabled any action," he said.
"Why?" I asked.
"Well, after the ambulances left, nobody wanted to
continue the meeting. Didn't you see one of the papers
that come out every day?"
Seems that a former commissioner gave an impas-
sioned speech against the budget hike, then collapsed
froin a heart attack and died. I'd missed it.
In March 1995 I did what at the time seemed to me
to be a light-hearted article about how to survive the
tourist season. It was filled with what I thought were
funny anecdotes and helpful tips regarding driving,
getting restaurant reservations and generally getting
along with our winter friends during the snowbird
months. I thought it "as pretty useful. tips like don't
ever use your horn when driving, because all you'll do
is make somebody who's already doing something stu-
pid compound their stupidness, and stuff such as that.
Unfortunately, I failed to put a "Commentary" or
"Satire" or some such other disclaimer on the article, and
people apparently mistook it for a "news" and took offense
at it. Actually, a lot of people took offense at it.
So after the police were called to escort one gentle-
man from the office who demanded to take my head
off, and something like 12 weeks of letters to the edi-
tor demanding my body parts be strewn along the
beach like the jetsam that I must be, I was advised to
avoid any future satire in The Islander.
I'd like to avoid mentioning the issue date, because
it really wasn't my fault, but ...
There are four places/pages in The Islander which
have a date that has to be changed weekly. Readers
probably think that changing those dates the mas-
ter pages for left and right sides of the newspaper page,
the front page, and the dateline on the masthead on the
editorial page would be the first correction made
from week to week. Wrong.
So my boss went out of town and I checked all the
pages with the dates but the front page, which, for some
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reason, I missed. It would happen to be the week she
was out of town, everything was great except the front
page of the new paper said it was the old paper.
I decided to hide after the 200th person stopped by
the office to ask when the new paper was going to come
out. Oops again.
There were two goofs that really weren't my fault
upon which I gleefully can blame on our printer. One
was an article we ran about six years ago about this guy
who had a nifty kind of frying pan that would do ev-
erything from scramble eggs to bake bread. We ran a
picture of the pan with the article, and the printer ran
the shot of the pan upside down.
Another great printer goof was of a picture that
accompanied an article on a cellular communication
tower in September 1997. The cutline ran something
like "here's an example of a California tower that looks
just like a palm tree" and the photo was of some guy.
Maybe Mr. Palm? Who knows.
Then there was the crossword debacle a while
back, but we won't go there....
And our apologies go to Pat Geyer, Duffy's Tav-
ern MATRIARCH. We mistakenly referred to her oth-
erwise, and won't rehash it here, but we must have been
Process of The Islander
We do the best we can to bring you the best news-
paper we can, as error free as possible. Really, we do.
At least two editors read every article in The Is-
lander, and shoot it back to the person who wrote it to
make corrections. Those corrections are then read
again, corrected again, then put into the final page for-
mat which is read again.
I would like to think that we're pretty much as er-
ror free as we can be. Yeah, I know, you're going to
start red-lining the pages and bringing them into the
office, but remember that we produce something like
20,000 words a week. Stuff happens.
That great mystery novel you're reading right
now? It's probably 80,000 words in length, and has
been in production for at least six months with a slew
of editors perusing every word. The Islander is one-
quarter of that, and in production for less than a week.
OK, so we make mistakes. We screw up and we've
gotta live with them for a week, or sometimes forever.
Here's a sentence from a book called The Last Ship
by William Brinkley which may cause you to think
more favorably about the prose in The Islander. I sug-
gest you read it aloud. Take a deep breath first, though.
"Before Lieutenant Girard came to me today I sat
in my cabin, renewedly disturbed, if but faintly so,
more nagging than acute, from a cause undetermined,
imprecise in nature, a captain's sense of recent origin
of a certain restiveness abroad on the ship; giving rise
in turn to an apprehension, if still not one of major
force, or unduly pressing, seeming to intensify as the
day went by, and thought suddenly of a conversation
of three months or so ago, on another sea."
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THE ISLANDER M NOV. 20, 2002 M PAGE 31
Welcome to winter fishing, Island style
By Capt. Mike Heistand
First it rained. A lot.
Then the temperature dropped. A lot, in both air
What part of "winter" needs to be explained when
its time to change up your fishing gear?
Welcome to the winter angling season.
The kingfish run appears to be all but over, al-
though a few fish are probably still lurking offshore in
the rapidly cooling water. Grouper and snapper action
continues to be good on those days when the seas co-
operate to let anyone out into the depths.
Backwater action is moving around. Redfish are
still a good bet, but the water temperature drop is start-
ing to move the fish to different areas. Ditto for snook,
which are starting to move into the rivers and canals -
although we know one dock with a good light that's
still got plenty lurking below.
Perhaps the best harbinger of the seasonal change
is the increase in sheepshead action, which should con-
tinue for the next few months.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said kingfish ac-
tion slowed in the wake of the rough seas and drop in
temperature, but predicts the action will improve as the
rough waves drop. Backwater action features redfish
and snook in light of the close of trout season.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said weather has kept
him on the inside of the bays in the past few days, with
good catches of redfish the result.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said the
fronts that pushed through last week hurt fishing a little,
but he expects action to pick up this week. Redfish are
still coming on strong on the seagrass flats, snook are
biting pretty good, although the kingfish run seems to
have been aborted by the cold front and rough seas.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said there are
lots of sheepshead starting to show up under the pil-
ings, plus oversize redfish, some black drum and small
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier report mack-
erel action continues to be fair, but snook fishing is
getting to be very good, with one fisher catching eight
linesiders in one night alone. Other catches include
bluefish, some legal-size snapper and a beginning sea-
son of sheepshead.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said when he was
able to get out into the Gulf of Mexico he was able to
bring back good catches of Spanish mackerel and the
last-of-the-run kingfish. Bottom fishing continues to
feature grouper to 12 pounds and snapper to 4 pounds.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said his charters slowed a bit due to the in-
clement weather, but he was still able to hook into
snook to 36 inches, reds up to 34 inches, some nice-
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Bridge, with wade fishers reporting lots of reds on the
flats just south of the bridge in Anna Maria Sound.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
snook are starting to move into the Manatee River.
He's spotting big linesiders every day by the dock, plus
he's hearing good reports of redfish catches in Terra
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's getting into reds to 23 inches in Terra
Ceia Bay, snook up to 27 inches, catch-and-release
trout to 18 inches, silver trout to 16 inches and floun-
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utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
1995 25-FT. "BACK BAY" pontoon with 90 HP
Evinrude. Painted bottom, in water, no trailer. Great
shape, $5,000. 778-4800.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
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.
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
Sarah, 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.
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.
FOR OUR BROCHURE
ISLAND PLAYER'S PECAN SALE: Mammoth
halves! New crop. Holiday bags $6.95 lb., chocolate
covered $7.95 lb. Available Thursday, Nov. 14, at
SunCoast Real Estate and The Islander newspaper
located in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes
Beach. Proceeds benefit the Island Players. For in-
formation call: 779-0202.
gJ I j W--'" REALTOR.
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
TAMPA BAYFRONT Double lot, 3BR/2BA, two greatrooms,
2,506 sq.ft. living area, ceramic floors, garage. $1,900,000.
LAUREL OAK PARK Acacia model, pool and upgrades. $382,000.
DEEDED BOAT DOCK 3BR/2BA, wood decks, clear views
down canal to bay. Elevated with bonus area. $350,000.
STYLNG SALON 8 station, established over 35 years. $39,000.
WALGREENS Triple Net. Good CAP. $2,650,000.
ANTIQUE & ART GALLERY Old Main Street. $69,000
MOBILE HOME PARK 71 spaces, lakefront. 10 percent cap.
See our classified ads We're booking 2003 rentals now!
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
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FLORAL DESIGNER, season only. Design experi-
ence is a must. Please call Birgit or Herbert at the
Island Florist, Holmes Beach, 778-4751.
SERVERS AND KITCHEN help apply Ooh 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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial
Library. Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
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.
MANWITH 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-
monto,-airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
Find great deals in The Islander classified. The
best results from classified ads and service adver-
Looking for the
Frien iJ family that live,
afar will surely appreciate
keeping in touch with 6hat's
happening on Anna Maria -
it's like a letter from home.
Keep in touch with a gift
subscription. You can
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Real Estate Shoppe
A.M. Bedahfront, 3BR/2BA
Perico B'y Club Villas
Holmes Beach Duplex
5400 Condo, 2/2, 3mo min.
Efficiency, 500-ft. beach
2/2 Canalfront Home
2/2 Canalfront Condo
Efficiency 500 ft. to beach
2/2 Perico Bay Club
Brand New 3/2 Home
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $20 per hour- free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
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.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
advertising! You can place your classified on-line
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
(941) 778-2291 PO Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
t*qh;C 4t l.i4t RaVt4
This exquisite, quality constructed 3BR/2BA,
canalfront pool home is built for the most discrimi-
nating buyer. Located in desirable Anna Maria City,
this treasure is only a short stroll to one of the fin-
est walking beaches. Amenities include a lovely
den area, porcelain tile floors, custom woodwork,
wood shutters, thermal-pane windows, crown
moulding and decks off each floor. Other features
include a cheerful eat-in kitchen with a breakfast
bar and a spacious master suite, all overlooking the
heated pool and spa. Carefree vinyl siding, sprin-
kler system, dock and 15,000-lb. boat lift round out
this rare find. Priced at $795,000.
Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com
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
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.
CLEANING SERVICE Five years of experience in
house, apartment, office and hotel cleaning. Refer-
ences available. Free estimates. Call Madalena,
744-0208 or 228-5063.
JACK OF ALL TRADES Carpentry, home repair,
yard work, painting, cleaning, home audio, car
alarms, automotive headliners. Scott, 761-2416.
MAN FOR HIRE Get organized deep-cleaning
handyman multi-talented prompt and thorough.
REAL ESTATE, LLC
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.
KEY ROYALE POOL HOME....
4BR/3BA Key Royale "500" block, split-pla',
canalfront, 4,000 lb. boat lift, caged pool,
family room, two blocks to great beach.
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.
GREAT STARTER HOME
2BR/1BA West Bradenton home near Wares
Creek. Close to downtown, hardwood floors,
eat-in kitchen, wood deck, fence. $128,900.
From $700 / month
'Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE, LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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
Steps to Beach/Shopping Starting at $375,000
Call: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464
Visit us at WWW.ABOUTTHEVILLAGES.COM
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LIGHT(EN) UP YOUR holiday season. Call the Holi-
day Hotline, 721-4354. Supply the decorations and
we'll hang them. Take advantage of our wide vari-
ety of holiday services.
GREG HOWLE dba Howle Homes. New, remodels,
additions, tile, painting. Free estimates.
Lic#RB29003120. Insured. 761-3053.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
MAID TO CLEAN: Island resident, professional
house cleaning services. References available. Call
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.
Doug Dowling Realty
Really likes animals
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.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
Buy it, sell it, find it fast in The Islander classified.
ONLY TWO BLOCKS
TO THE BEACH -
New townhome with
3BR/2.5BA, private back
yard, elevator tower in
place, screened lanai,
5 i hurricane impact window
upgrade and 2-car garage.
Call Bob Fittro today
to see this magnificent
..,g -townhome! 778-6066.
YOUR HOMETOWN REALTOR SINCE 1939
E-Mail: email@example.com* Website: Wagnerrealty.com
Realty is proud to welcome
3ecky Smith .. Elfi Starrett
Manager 798-9716 (eves)
- .- / Ielfistarrett@wagnerrealty.com
MAGNIFICENT BAYFRONT NORTH LONGBOAT KEY NORTHWEST BRADENTON
-5BR/4.5BA, custom home, 5,450 sf. PREMIERE CONDO Can't find your dream home? Build
ush tropical setting with incredible pool/ Gulffront, large 2BR/2BA, separate River Harbor West. Community
pa area and large covered dock with breakfast room, totally upgraded, turn- clubhouse, tennis and dock. All o
ts. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246. #82138. key furnished, exceptional large pool, amenities, none of the bother.
2,450,000. tennis, qarage park (2), A/C, storage Starrett, 778-2246. #83276. $70,0(
and ; lohn McCormick, 383-5577.
VACATION Ar!D JAL RENTALS AVAILABLE 6
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 .217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BRADENTON BEACH
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#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
FRESH MULLET SALE
,kOre than a mullet wrapper!
Duffy stuff, too.
Shirts, coozies, hats!
Mail order add $3 for postage and handling.
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
941 778 7978
TURN BACK TIME!
CONSTRUCT YOUR DREAM HOME on this
pristine "natural beach" Gulf lot for the price of
an existing older Gulffront home. Call for details.
Priced at $949,500.
Call us for your real estate needs. We continue
to offer personal attention and first hand
We are the Island!
LIC. REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN REALTY BROKER
"We ARE the Island.'
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria. Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site annamariareal.com
Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
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25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
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 545-61.41 (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.
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.
HANDY ANTHONY. Jack of most trades. Home re-
furbishing and detailing, 778-6000.
Buy il, sell it fast in The Islander classified.
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
2BR/2BA canal home with dock.
$2,600/month. Available Jan.-April, 2003.
ANNA MARIA 2BR/1BA home, one block to
bay, $2,000/month. Available now through season.
HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA home,
$2,000/month. Available Jan.-March, 2003.
C I No fI orClaP .
MASON: 26-years experience. Glass-block,
cinderblock, brick, tile. Walls built and repaired.
Cement repairs. Licensed and insured. Chris,
ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available.
Turnkey, beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No
pets, 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
FALL, WINTER, SPRING rentals available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate Co.,
778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
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.
Buy it, sell it, find it fast in The Islanderclassifieds.
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.
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-
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Two spa-
cious homes both 3BR/2BA with all conve-
niences. 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/1BA 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.
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.
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andy's Lawn Mowing Trimming Edging
SHauling By the cut or by the month.
SWe Monitor Irrigation Systems
Service INSURED *GUARANTEED LOWEST
778-1345 PRICES AND SATISFACTION
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Check our references:
"Quality work'at a reasonable price."
Ucensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath- Remodeling Specialist
S rReplacement Doors and Windows
Steven KaluZa Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Water Damaged Drywall Tiling Painting
HAND AND SPRAY TEXTURE
Clean, Honest, Reliable More than 20 years experience
= Fred 752-7758 Cellular 545-6141
Residential Interior Exterior Pressure Washing
Roof Coating Insured 29 Years Experience
Rick Tanner 941-798-6985
4203 76th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
with your ad for as little as $16.56
Call Shona or Rebecca 778-7978
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HOLMES BEACH Weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Large modern, new 1 BR, ground-floor, just steps to
the nicest beach on Anna Maria Island. Fully fur-
nished, washer/dryer, dishwasher. 778-4555.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB January, February
2003. Non smoking, 2BR/2BA, no children. Four-
week minimum. Beachfront. Call (813) 781-7562.
VACATION RENTAL: Open, airy 3BR/2BA, loft,
two porches. Immaculate, two blocks to North
Point beach. $3,000/month, including taxes. (813)
WANTED TO RENT: Room with bath on Anna
Maria Island sought by single female. Ready to
move in immediately on an annual basis. Pool/
laundry preferred. Please call 704-4176, mobile or
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.
MONTHLY Nice 2BR/2.5BA townhouse available
now-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/1 BA, 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.
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/1 BA 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.
VACATION RENTAL AVAILABLE now! 2BR/1BA,
pool, walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. $1,800/
PET FRIENDLY old-fashioned bungalow, ideal for
single/couple. South Bradenton Beach, furnished/
unfurnished, short/long term. Fax owner, (941)
BEACHFRONT 2BR/2BA, large-glass enclosed liv-
ing room, kitchen with fireplace. All new furniture
and appliances, phone and cable. 778-3645.
HOLMES BEACH annual. 3BR/2BA steps to beach.
No pets. $900/month. 725-4190.
HOLMES BEACH 2BR duplex. Immaculate, fully
furnished, dishwasher, TV, telephone, washer/dryer,
garage, balcony. Three minutes to beach. Weekly,
$350; monthly $1,350-$1,800. November 2002 -
January 2003. 778-6310.
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.
FANTASTIC GULFVIEW, first-floor 2BR/2BA,
beachfront condo, $3,000/month, three-month mini-
mum. (734) 665-4641.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new
ceramic floors, $750; 2BR/1BA, stackable washer/
dryer hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrig-
erator, 1BR/1BA, $650. Dolores M. Baker Realty,
ANNUAL RENTALS Home, condo, apartments, ef-
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new carpet and appliances, washer/dryer hookup.
$900/month, plus utilities. First, last and security
deposit. 737-6484 or (703) 691-2526.
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.
WINTER IN FLORIDA, furnished Key West-style
2BR/2BA, two decks, two-car garage, 100 yards to
beach. Available December-April, $2,500/month,
BRADENTON BEACH COTTAGE for rent. Dec. 21-
28. Three minutes to beach, 2BR, non smoking.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNUAL RENTAL Westbay Cove, at light by Publix.
2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, cable, water/sewer paid.
From $1,000/month. 778-3377.
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.
SUNNY AND SPACIOUS annual canalfront home in
city of Annra-aria. 3BR/3BA, new paint, carpet, tile.
$1 ,eoo/month. 779-2241.
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.
Fumrshed BR/2BA, garage, immaculate. Available
weekly, monthlyor annually. 779-2241.
FURNISHED STUDIO APARTMENT in Holmes
Beach. Two blocks from beach. $1,200/month, mini-
mum three months. 779-0041.
SEASON/VACATION 2BR and 3BR, Gulffront
apartments, lovely furnished interiors, private
beach, patio, sundeck, porch, no pets. Tropical
AVAILABLE FOR SEASON! Sunset Terrace con-
dos, Gulfront, 2BR/2BA; Gulf Place condo,
Gulffront 2BR/2BA; Bay-view duplex, 2518 Av-
enue B, 2BR/2BA; bayfront, upstairs, 303 Bay
Drive N., 2BR/2BA; Bayfront duplex, 116 11th St.
Harbor S., 2BR/2BA; canal home, 216 S. Harbor
Drive, 2BR/2BA; Gulffront home, 5002 Fifth Ave.
3BR/2BA. Plus many more for weekly and monthly
rentals. Wedebrock Real Estate, Debbie
LARGE 3BR/2BA, garage, trailer parking space,
large lot, annual or seasonal. Holmes Beach min-
utes to beach. 778-3498 or (410) 923-6999.
SEASONAL/VACATION RENTALS from $1,800 to
$2,900/month. 2BR/2BA, condo, homes. Selection
still good. Call now Real Estate Mart. 756-1090. E-
mail: remartfl @aol.com.
GRANNY'S BEACH VACATION Property Manage-
ment: We have vacation rentals available for De-
cember, January, and March. Call Pat Staebler, Li-
censed Real Estate Broker, 778-0123 or 705-0123.
DUPLEX 2BR/2BA, ground level, available Decem-
ber and January. Utilities included, washer/dryer,
steps to beach. Call 778-1819.
ANNUAL CANALFRONT with 20-foot dock, 2BR/
1BA, spacious rental. Washer/dryer, yard service,
trash pick-up included. $900/month. No pets. 778-
SEASONAL OFFERING 2BR/1BA, nicely furnished,
clean accommodation on canal with 18-foot dock.
Available now through Jan. $1,800 per month, no
SEASONAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA, canalfront,
across street from bay beach. Four to six months,
MONTHLY SPECIAL Holmes Beach turnkey
townhouse. Save $700. Newly constructed,
everything's included taxes, cleaning, utilities,
cable, phone. $2,660. manateevacations.com or
Jim at (219) 924-0221.
RENTALS UNFURNISHED: 3BR/3BA, bayfront SEASONAL RENTAL 1 BR apartment. 300 steps to
duplex, new kitchen, boat docks and Jacuzzi tub, beach, heated pool. $1,150, plus tax, 778-4499.
$1,200/month; 1BR/1BA bayfront duplex, good lo- ANNUAL GROUND-LEVEL duplex in Holmes
cation, $600/month; 2BR/1BA duplex, new tile, Beach. 2BR/1BA, lanai, unfurnished. Steps to
blinds and half-block to beach, $700/month; 3BR/
blinds and half-block to beach, $700/month; 3BR/ beach. $875/month. Security, first and last. No pets,
2BA Pine Bay Forest condo with pool, close to non-smoking. 778-7665.
Palma Sola, $1,200/month; 3BR/2BA on canal in
northwest Bradenton, lap pool, boat dock, screened SPACIOUS 1BR/1BA, steps to beach, screened
lanai, two car garage, really desirable location! lanai, laundry. Furnished or unfurnished. 779-9470.
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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
beach and trolley stop! Cable, washer/dryer.
$2,700/monthly. (813) 685-8506.
CONDO 2BR/2BA, Westbay Point & Moorings.
Monthly, available December-February, competitive
rate, nicely furnished. 778-6746.
SPACIOUS 1BR/1BA, resort-style furnishings, el-
evated duplex. Bradenton Beach/Cortez location.
$900/month with six-month minimum, or $1,200/
month seasonal. 761-2725.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA Holmes Beach ground level-
unit, newer paint, tile and appliances, including
washer/dryer. $775/month. Marina Pointe Realty
NEW SEASONAL ground-level, canalfront home in
Anna Maria, 2BR/2BA. Available December-May.
One block to beach. $2,600/month. 778-2880.
1BR CONDO Annual, unfurnished, all tile, one
block to beach, large pool. Very nice! $750/month.
HOLMES BEACH new to market. Large 2BR/2BA,
close to beach. Available mid-December. 778-5412,
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square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty
parking spaces, contemporary design, great vis-
ibility. $14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor,
388-5514, or call 809-4253.
ANNA MARIA 4,300-square-foot, multi-use resi-
dential/retail office. 2,200 square-foot elevated,
2,160-square-foot ground level. Built 1983.
$549,900. Offers 761-2457.
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. E-mail: OliverZorn@web.de
DUPLEX FOR SALE by owner. Call 302-0779 or
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 condition-
ing unit and dock. Includes one-year homeowner's
warranty. $799,000. 778-0171.
FLAMINGO CAY 2BR/2BA, condo, boat dock and
lift, two-car garage, pool, tennis court. $260,000.
OPEN HOUSE Palma Sola Park, Sunday, 1-3pm.
1004 Estremadura Drive. 3BR/2.5BA, large garage/
shop, double lot, 1,900 sq.ft. living, 1,600 sq.ft. ga-
DUPLEX 2BR/2BA, one garage each side. Upper
Holmes Beach, built in 1978. Excellent rental history.
Private owner. $325,000 U.S. currency. 721-3649.
NORTHWEST STEAL: 2BR/1BA, plus den. New air,
roof and appliances. Large private yard with
sundeck, close to beaches and river. 4415 First Ave.
Drive N.W. $124,900.
LEARN TO INVEST in rental properties. No up-front
capital. One day course. Free coaching. L&R Prop-
erties. 779-9549 or 704-7650.
ISLAND LIVING YOU CAN AFFORD! Turnkey fur-
nished 1 BR/1 BA 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 Hilton on Tobago Island, Trinidad in the
Caribbean. Asking $229,000, appraised at
$241,000. Call Rick at 778-1102 or 727-5873..
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard.
$28,500 or make offer. View at Web site:
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NEW LISTING 3BR/2BA, elevated home
located in quiet residential area of Holmes
Beach. Amenities include greatroom de-
sign, cathedral ceilings, fireplace, 39 by
30 enclosed garage, screened lanai,
sprinkler system, appliances, ceramic tile/
carpet and walk-in closet. $360,000.
Carol R. Williams, Broker/Realtor, 744-0700 720-7761
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COMPLETELY RE-DONE TRIPLEX A
stone's throw to the beach. Upstairs unit has
wonderful Gulf views. Not a penny spared
with the updates. Tons of charm and charac-
ter. $559,000. Call Jane Grossman or Nicole
Skaggs at 778-4800 or 795-5704.
GREAT VACATION OR RENTAL HOME
2BR/2BA with views of Gulf from huge deck
and master bedroom. Nicely updated, in-
cluding Mexican tile. Great location and is
in move-in condition. $399,000. Call Ed
Oliveira at 778-4800 or 705-4800.
INVESTMENT/BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY RARELY OFFERED Anna Maria
Island six-unit motel/apts. Gulf Drive location canalfront home with very private lot and
one block from the beach! All updated units boat dock. 3BR/2.5BA with great open floor
with heated pool and on-site laundry. Just plan. Very close to beach! Perfect to re-
take over the business! $995,000. Call Dick decorate for your retirement home or use
Maher or Dave Jones at 778-4800. as a rental property. $589,000. Call
Quentin Talbert at 778-4800 or 704-9680.
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* 2BR/2BA lakefront villa in 43 West. Pets OK.
* 3BR/2BA Elevated home in Anna Maria, ca-
thedral ceilings, large master suite, washer/
dryer, carport and storage, walk to beach.
* 3BR/2BA ground-level home within steps of the
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* 1 BR/l-A Io...l,friont bungalow. $1,800/month.
*.~,BR/ BA completely remodeled cottage with Gulf
view on the north end of Anna Maria. Beach ac-
cess right across the street. $850/week or
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Island in 1983. She's active in
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Maria Elementary School, A.M.I. Community
Center and youth sports programs. Kathy is par-
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Anna Maria. Kathy and her husband Ted have
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ISLAND'S BEST BUY
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34 Suffix with schnozz
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49 Jacket part
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55 What an optometrist at a
60 Wife of Esau
61 Vascular viae
62 Fictional Twelve Oaks
63 Painter Magritte
64 Penn. Ave. resident
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71 Oscar Renta
73 Where the Tajo and
76 Cut and paste, e.g.
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81 Princess plus Elvis?
84 Gregory's "On the
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88 Auto racer Gordon
90 Concerns of a safety
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96 Human's tail?
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112 Caesar salad
116 Something to kick
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