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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992" Volume 11, No. 4, Two Sections, Dec. 11, 2002 FREE
The case of the disappearing easement
By Rick Catlin
"I say Holmes, this case is most singular," said Dr.
Watson to the world's most famous detective. "An
easement has gone missing in your namesake city,
"That," replied Holmes, "is not possible. On the
face of it, an easement cannot be missing. It is either
legally granted and executed and exists, or it is not le-
gally granted and executed and does not exist. If it was
never legally executed, it never existed in the first place
and something that never existed can't be missing."
"Wefrtaid, Holmes," exclaimed Watson.
"Elementary, my dear Watson. Now, pray tell, give
me the details about this most intriguing affair."
In fact, said Watson, the easement issue might
never have come to light except that Brian
Quartermain, owner of the Holmes Beach Marina on
52nd Street, asked the Holmes Beach City Commission
in November to consider a request to vacate that street.
Quartermain and partner Ken Ward want to demol-
ish the marina and build 21 townhomes on the site.
Without the city's vacation, they could build 17 units,
but that's not economically feasible due to land devel-
opment costs, said Ward.
But the city has its own plans to turn the area on
52nd Street adjacent to the marina into a retention pond
as part of its Haverkos Basin stormwater project.
The commission, however, agreed to "consider"
the request, but told Quartermain and Ward to first do
the research into the legal aspects of vacating the street
and determine how the city gained the property, then
report back to the commission on their findings.
Hold on a minute, said Ron Hirshberg, the guy who
built the marina more than a decade ago. The city might
not have a legal right to vacate the street.
During construction of the original marina in 1989-
91, the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation
(forerunner to the state's Department of Environmental
Protection) required him to get a conservation easement
from the city before the DER would issue a permit for him
to develop the marina's estuary at the end of the street
"This estuary was developed and paid for by me in
PLEASE SEE EASEMENT, PAGE 7
Students in Toni Lashway's kindergarten class at
Anna Maria Elementary School have been busy writ-
ing letters to Santa Claus.
Julian Botero, Sheldon Phillips and Austin Gardner
shared their holiday wishes, and a little advice for
Lighted boats will
parade Dec. 20
If the weather gods are good to us, Anna Maria
Island will have its lighted boat parade Dec. 20.
The Islander is busily contacting donors, sponsors
and the entries for the canceled Dec. 7 parade to rein-
state the event.
With the late date for the event, it is hoped that entries
from both the Sarasota and Bradenton lighted boat parades
will join the fun in Bimini Bay, parade the grand canal and
past Rotten Ralph's to Tampa Bay and a leisurely cruise
up to the Rod & Reel Pier and back to the historic Anna
Maria City Pier for a finale of fireworks.
Whether Jim Taylor can arrange to get fireworks
on such late notice (lots of permit restrictions since 9/
11, he says, and liability insurance requirements) re-
mains to be seen, but he's working on it. And he's help-
ing us all pray for good weather, light winds and the
donations needed to pay for a fantastic display.
Yes, Virginia, and for all the fun-loving Islanders
out there, there is a Santa Claus. And a lighted boat
The Islander 2002 Lighted Boat Parade.
Santa, with The Islander.
I have been a good boy this year. How are you, the
reindeers, elves and Mrs. Claus?
I helped my poppy put up the Christmas lights.
Santa, can you get my mommy a necklace and put
my name on it?
Merry Christmas! Thank you!
I hope you will get down the chimney because you
might be too fat to go down it.
It might be OK to take a chainsaw and make a hole
in the roof.
You're the best present giver. I don't want you to
Thank you, elves. If you didn't help Santa, Christ-
mas would be ruined.
I hope you're not rushing the elves or they will be
I have been really good. I don't have a chimney so
you can use your magic to open the door.
Just the highlights...
With a busy week of holiday happenings,
here are a few highlights of upcoming events,
with more information on these and others in-
side both sections of this week's edition.
Thursday: Holiday Walk at Whitney
Beach Plaza, Longboat Key.
Friday: Outdoor concert at the Island
Saturday: Art and bake sale at the Island
Artists Guild Gallery, Winterfest art and crafts
sale at city hall park in Holmes Beach (continu-
ing Sunday), and Chuck and Joey Lester's Fun
Day at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
Sunday: Island Run 2002 at Bayfront
Park in Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Orchestra and Chorus performance at
Island Baptist Church, and Roser Memorial
Community Church Bethlehem Walk.
Some letters to Santa
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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 11, 2002 M PAGE 3-A
Anna Maria's Tip in top shape Meetings
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's Tip of the Island pub/restaurant/tav-
ern is apparently in top shape and is not currently vio-
lating any city codes. That's the word from Code En-
forcement Officer Gerry Rathvon in a Nov. 27 report
toMayor SueLynn and city commissioners about resi-
dent complaints regarding the business.
Rathvon's report involved many hours of research
into complaints about activities at the establishment,
she said. Complaints included loud noise, enlargement
of the business, parking on the right of way, and the op-
eration of the business under the city's ordinance de-
fining a restaurant, among other complaints.
Concluded Rathvon, "I have tried to answer all of
the complaints I have received on the Tip of the Island
and, as I stated,.after many hours of research and an-
swering all complaints, no further action will be taken
on this property at the present time."
But the report doesn't make nearby residents happy
and doesn't address all their issues.
City Commissioner Linda Cramer, who lives
-across the street from the Tip, said the loud noise prob-
lem has become "considerably better" since the Tip
halted live band performances, but "a number of issues
regarding the Tip still have to be discussed.
"I need clarification, because I need to know about
the special exception use, and how the determination
was made that the Tip was 'grandfathered' (by
Rathvon) under the city's definition of a restaurant,"
Resident Joe Perricone lives just a few feet from
the Tip at 117 Palmetto Ave., and agreed that the area
is "quieter" since the bands have stopped playing, "but
it's not really quiet."
"When they close the bars in Bradenton Beach, the
drunks all come up here and start yelling and scream-
ing," claimed Perricone.
"They are not going to run me out of my neighbor-
hood. I've been here 26 years," he said.
Perricone also wants to know how a tavern that
serves nothing but sandwiches can be considered a res-
taurant under the current city ordinance.
He and other residents in the area "are not done
with this issue," he said.
Mayor SueLynn said she and city commissioners
have received the report and it will be discussed at a
future commission workshop.
In making her report, Rathvon did find several ar-
eas where the city commission could effect changes to
answer some resident complaints.
Rathvon said owners of the Tip cannot control
where people park. The city's parking ordinance pres-
ently allows people to park on the right of way. No
parking signs in the 100 and 200 block of Palmetto
Avenue would solve the problem of commercial traf-
fic parking in the residential area.
Complaints of public urination, loud music from
cars parked in the area, loud voices and use of drugs
outside the premises are problems for the Manatee
County Sheriffs Office, said Rathvon.
Rathvon did note the city allows establishments
that serve alcoholic beverages to remain open until
2:30 a.m. and this could be altered by the city com-
She also found the zoning has never changed, it has
always been commercial property at this address and
the Tip has had a license to sell beer since July 9, 1965.
There is also no current city ordinance that prohib-
its pool tables at restaurants.
Rathvon also addressed the question of whether or
not the Tip is a restaurant because of the ordinance re-
quirement that 51 percent of a restaurant's business be
in food sales.
Rathvon found that prior to passage of the ordi-
nance in 1996 that defined a restaurant by its percent-
age of sales, the Tip was governed by state statute and
the state did not have a percentage definition. The prop-
erty is therefore "grandfathered in" regarding the defi-
Perricone said if necessary, he and other area resi-
dents will hire a lawyer for advice on how to challenge
the city's determination that the Tip is "grandfathered"
as a restaurant.
Anna Maria City
Dec. 12, 6:45 p.m., special meeting on "special event."
Dec. 12, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Dec. 17, 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., city engineer interviews.
Dec. 17, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
Dec. 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Dec. 11, 7 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Dec. 12, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Dec. 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Dec. 16, 3 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Orga-
Many Manatee County residents will be get-
ting refunds for water deposits over the next few
months, the county has announced.
The refunds will go to water users who have
not been delinquent on payments for 24 consecu-
tive months, and will be credited on utility bills.
Details may be obtained by calling 792-8811.
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PAGE 4-AA-lfALA 11,-2002 THE ISLANDER
Island living for under $100,000: Sandpiper
By Rick Catlin
With Island real estate values spiraling and the
average home on Anna Maria Island selling for around
$350,000 if it's not on the water, don't be shocked
when Bradenton Beach resident Gordon Cleland says
you can have an Island home in his city on the water
for under $100,000. It's true.
And don't be put off when Cleland tells you this
value is found at the Sandpiper Mobile Resort on Gulf
This mobile home park features a Sarasota Bay
waterfront, dock space, a community center, parking
for boats, upscale mobile homes, and the Gulf of
Mexico just a few hundred feet from its front door.
It's also home to retired doctors, lawyers and other
professional people who have fixed up their homes for
Island living at an affordable price, says Cleland, who
is president of the Sandpiper Homeowner's Associa-
It's also Island living that could go the way of the
Cleland and the homeowners have until Jan. 27,
2003, to exercise their right of first refusal and raise the
necessary $9.6 million to purchase the property from
the current owner, the Vorbeck Corporation.
Seems Vorbeck got an offer last. year from a devel-
oper who apparently wants to bulldoze the property and
turn it into another Bradenton Beach condo project. Un-
der state law, however, Vorbeck had to give Sandpiper
homeowners the first option to purchase the property.
"We didn't want that to happen," said Cleland.
"This is our home. We weren't interested in moving.
Many of us have lived here for years, and it's a quiet
piece of Island living that won't be seen again if its
Cleland and the association went to work to raise
the money, selling shares in the association as an in-
vestment to current homeowners and interested home
buyers at a minimum $57,500.
The effort seems to be paying off.
Cleland says the association only needs to sell
around 20 more shares to meet the asking price and
he's positive the group will make the Jan. 23 deadline.
"If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't be doing this.
"And besides, this is a great opportunity for Island
living at an affordable price," he said with true real
estate seller enthusiasm. There's also a program to help
buyers finance the share purchase.
"You can pick up a home here anywhere from
$10,000 to $90,000. Even with the share purchase and
your home price, you can still get Island living under
$100,000. The average home here in the park is selling
for around $25,000 to $30,000," he said. Compare that
Saving the Sandpiper
Sandpiper Mobile Resort Homeowners Association president Gordon Cleland said the association has until
Jan. 23, 2003, to raise $9.6 million to buy the property from the current owner or the approximately 180
residents will face eviction and the developer's bulldozer for another Bradenton Beach condominium. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
with the average $350,000 price tag for other Island
"And these are quality homes that have been fixed
up nicely," Cleland added. "Our residents pride them-
selves on the quality of their homes and gardens."
Purchase of a share isn't just giving money to the
association, said Cleland. The association will run
Sandpiper as a money-making business for the share-
holders. "We've even had investors ask about just buy-
ing a share, but not living here," he added.
Indeed, with purchase of the entire property comes
about 10 vacant lots the association can sell in the fu-
ture or use as needed for the residents.
"With the rise in Island real estate, you can imag-
ine how much those lots will be worth in the next few
years," Cleland said.
"And people are buying. We've had people from
California to New York to Canada buying here," he
One drawback to purchasing is that the park is a
55-and-older community, although 20 percent of the
residents can be between 40 and 55 years of age,
But the association is still short of its goal and
Sandpiper is now advertising its available properties
with Century 21 real estate and on the Internet at
"I'm confident we'll make our goal. I can't afford
not to be confident. The crime would be if 200 people
lost their homes. No one wants to see that."
For further information on Sandpiper, call Gordon
or Mary Cleland at 779-1343.
Holmes Beach community vision plan submitted
By Diana Bogan
The final visioning workshop for Holmes Beach
resulted in a vision plan that was presented by the
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council to city com-
missioners Dec. 10.
During the final workshop, which was attended
by approximately 30 residents, the group defined its
vision statement and the community values, objec-
tives and strategies designed to achieve those values.
The group agreed the vision statement for the
city should read, "Holmes Beach is a unique, envi-
ronmentally sensitive community with a small-town
atmosphere comprised of low-rise, low-density,
mixed-income neighborhoods; nicely landscaped
streets and yards; clean beaches; pedestrian and bi-
cycle-friendly streets; and a centralized owner-oper-
ated shopping and restaurant district."
Strategies were proposed to improve upon the is-
sues that residents value most, including code en-
forcement, community character and the land-devel-
opment code, environment, mobility and intergov-
Residents said they would like the city to take a
proactive approach to code enforcement, but did not
come to a unified agreement over whether or not the
code enforcement staff should be increased to pro-
vide better service.
Some residents indicated that it wasn't up to
them to assume that the city needed to hire more
staff, when perhaps all that would be needed is more
time and attention being paid to matters by the cur-
Community character drew the largest number
of issues and strategies from residents. They would
like to see the city commission seek out positive in-
centives for redevelopment of its business district.
Residents also want more public gathering spots
and attention to landscaping. Architectural design
and landscaping should be elements that enhance
and preserve the community's "Florida beach
charm," according to participants.
The only issue that drew heated debate was how
the city might offer "affordable" housing.
Residents acknowledge there is a need for
middle-income families and service-industry work-
ers to live on the Island. The unresolved question
remained, "How do you encourage the development
of affordable housing and how do you define afford-
One resident said it was "ridiculous" to include
affordable housing as a strategy. "We're beating a
dead horse," he said. "It's ridiculous to think anyone
with a $50,000-a-year income would ever 'afford'
living on the Island. It's not affordable. It's not
middle income. Why try to force it in here? The only
way is to do away with single-family homes and I'm
opposed to that."
Still it remains a goal, and residents opted to
keep it among their proposed strategies.
Other items of importance included maintaining
and preserving the Island's wetlands and educating
both the public and commission to raise environ-
Mobility was also discussed. The consensus was
that residents want solutions for seasonal traffic, and
any access to the Island should reflect the character
and design of the community. Or, as one resident put
it, "we don't like tall buildings and we don't like tall
At the end of the final session, residents were
asked to rank the issues and strategies that matter
most to them through a voting exercise.
Joan Perry asked if the issues and strategies
could be posted at city hall through the week to al-
low more residents to stop by and cast a vote for the
issues that should take priority, but the other partici-
The participants believed every resident had an
equal opportunity to voice opinions at any one of the
three visioning workshops held throughout Novem-
"Government should be run by those who show
up," concluded resident Gary Hickerson.
The final draft of the community vision plan can
be reviewed on the Internet at www.tbrpc.org/
IMS board approves ninth.grade fact-finding committee
By Diana Bogan
The Island Middle School Board of Directors has
given its blessing to a parent committee interested in
researching the feasibility of adding a ninth-grade for
the 2003-04 school year.
Based on the support shown by parents at the Novem-
ber Parent-Teacher Organization meeting, PTO president
Julie Krokroskia, parent Jeanie Salter and IMS board
member and parent representative Scott Bassett formed a
committee with other interested parents.
The committee requested that the IMS board pass
a resolution authorizing the committee to serve as a
fact-finding agent for the school.
The parent committee will not be deciding if IMS
should add a ninth-grade, but will be conducting the
research to enable board members to make an informed
decision on the matter.
Krokroskia, who is also an accountant and the IMS
board's treasurer, presented a preliminary ninth-grade
budget based upon enrollment of 20 students. She be-
lieves that adding a ninth-grade could be feasible from
a financial standpoint.
The board unanimously agreed to allow
Krokroskia, Salter and Bassett to approach the Mana-
tee County School District as soon as possible to learn
what will be required to add another grade.
"There is a high level of parental involvement on
this issue," Bassett told the board. "I think the parents
appreciate the uniqueness here and want to benefit as
long as they can. A very large majority positively want
a ninth-grade, but aren't sure past that. We recognize
there are wrinkles to work out, but there is a potential
to do something great here."
The committee will report back to the board when
school resumes in January.
In other news, Shell said it would not be cost-ef-
fective to add a third bus as was requested by some par-
ents. Shell investigated the possibility of providing a
third school bus for students returning home after par-
ents notified her that some kids have not been getting
home until 6 p.m.
The school district's transportation department in-
formed Shell there is only one driver available and the
school would have to pay overtime rates, which
amounts to $1,500 a month.
Shell told the board she was informed by the trans-
portation department that with tourist season approach-
ing, students would still be faced with a lengthy ride
home and that an extra bus would not alleviate the
P&Z wants quick action on land development code
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board was in
a quandary at its Dec. 2 meeting.
Some board members believed they need profes-
sional advice before proceeding with possible changes
to the city's land development codes.
Others said the board had enough comparable land
development codes from other Florida cities to pro-
ceed as best they could with establishing procedures
for land development in the city.
Board member Gary Deffenbaugh thought profes-
sional advice was needed because any changes the board
made on its own "might not be what the city needs."
Even City Attorney Jim Dye seemed to agree. "Cre-
ating a structure is the role of a professional planner."
Board member Charles Canniff said rewriting the
land development procedures "seems too compli-
cated" for the level of expertise of the board. "I would
not feel comfortable."
But wait, said board member Dale Woodland.
"This will just delay us further" in rewriting the pro-
cedures. As it stands now, "we can't even charge a de-
veloper" for the city's use of a professional planner to
review an application because "it's not in our codes."
Correct, said City Commissioner Chuck Webb, but
there may be a quick solution at hand.
Webb presented a draft copy of a land development
ordinance approved by the Florida Department of
Community Affairs in 1989.
Most Florida cities have now adopted this or a
similar ordinance, said Webb. Anna Maria, however,
has a history of not getting anything done.
This ordinance "gets the ball rolling," said Webb.
It gives the city some control over development now
while the board continues to review the land develop-
One provision in the ordinance would pass on
the city's cost of consulting services for a project to
That wasn't the case when Villa Rosa applied for
preliminary approval. In fact, the city didn't even
have a site plan review process for the Villa Rosa de-
velopers to follow.
This ordinance would change that and establish
some procedures for prospective developers in the city
to follow and "make it clear it's the developers respon-
sibility to read and understand our codes," said Webb.
It's not up to the city's building official to interpret the
code in order for the developer to prepare a site plan.
"We need something now, even if it's only mini-
mal control," suggested Webb. The city currently has
no licensed building official and there is no "profes-
sional staff to give the city guidance with a site plan"
submitted by a developer.
Woodland agreed, as did board member Charlie
Daniel. "Let's get it done this evening," said Daniel.
That might be moving a little too fast, other board
members suggested. Webb eventually agreed to go
through the DCA draft ordinance and simplify it for
Anna Maria. He agreed to have it ready as "soon as
possible" for review, perhaps by the Dec. 23 meeting.
At the same time, said board chairman Doug
Copeland, he'll ask Mayor SueLynn for funds to have
a professional planner come and advise the board on
proposed changes to the land development codes.
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To parade or not to parade?
... that was the question last week for the lighted
boat parade organizers in the face of a forecast for in-
clement weather for the scheduled date of Dec. 7. They
chose to cancel early in the week, they say, in the face
of that "horrendous forecast" and in order to have
ample time to notify participants.
Why didn't we have the lighted boat parade?
... is now the question on the minds of residents
and visitors to Anna Maria Island, disappointed and
disgruntled over the cancellation of the lighted boat
As it turned out, Dec. 7 was a beautiful day and an
even more beautiful evening, "perfect" for a lighted
boat parade according to one source at the Waterfront
restaurant on Anna Maria's bayfront where the parade
would have passed by and opposite the Anna Maria
City Pier where the fireworks display was scheduled to
take place for the finale.
At presstime, the sponsor for the event, the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce its president
and board members were contemplating an offer
from The Islander newspaper to take over the parade
responsibilities and reschedule and produce the event
As the chamber's cosponsor, The Islander pro-
posed to organize, schedule, seek permits, publicize
and implement the event, judging and awards. The
chamber would utilize the entries and donations col-
lected to date and would not incur further financial
obligation under the proposal.
Instead, the chamber is returning its donations and
supplying the list of donors and entries to the newspa-
per and in the coming week and a half The Islander
staff will be soliciting those and more to join them in
supporting this important at least to Islanders -
The new date for the event will be Dec. 20 with a
rain date of Dec. 21.
Jim Taylor is working on obtaining another fire-
works display and crossing his fingers and toes -
along with the rest of us for good weather and light
winds on one of the two nights.
Call The Islander at 778-7978 or e-mail us at
email@example.com for more information or to join the
list of sponsors on a 2002 Lighted Boat Parade Honor
We can do it. We can. We can do it if we try hard
enough. We can do it together.
Can we count you in?
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Boat parade solution
This letter is written to you out of pure frustration
regarding the cancellation of the Saturday, Dec. 7,
Christmas Lighted Boat Parade.
I'm requesting that from this date forward, there be
a committee of no less than five appointed to make a
decision regarding cancellation of our boat parade.
Never again should two people be allowed to make the
decision that affects so many.
Suggestion: Committee members should be: Two
business owners, one pyrotech, one boat parade chair-
man, and one Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
Cancellation decisions have always and should
continue to be made on Saturday morning (the day of
the boat parade) when we see what the weather brings
for that day, rather than relying on a long-range fore-
cast that too often proves to be wrong.
Yes, there is an element of risk for everyone mer-
chants who order extra inventory and bring on extra em-
ployees, the fireworks group who set up their display, and
for the boat owners who decorate for the parade. But given
the importance and popularity of this annual event, the
risks are well worth taking by all of us.
If we all work together in the spirit of the season,
then the boat parade tradition will continue to benefit
all of us.
Lois Finley, Anna Maria
Your "Opinion" piece on Dec. 4, "Put-up time in
Anna Maria," is right on target. I've listened to a con-
stant flood of negativity from the same small group for
almost two years and, like many others in the city, I
wish these malcontents would finally "put up or shut
up." Don't count on it, though.
This time last year, when it didn't look like we
would have any candidates for the two city commission
seats which were on the ballot, I called three of the
most prominent "watchdogs" and encouraged.them to
run. They ran, all right in the other direction. Three
people out of that group also picked up candidate pack-
ages but none of them ever filed to run.
These people don't have the gumption to commit
themselves but still demand to be involved in practi-
cally every commission debate. Why don't they have
the courage to run for office? My guess is that they
aren't very interested in city issues at all. They just
enjoy hearing their own voices and get their kicks by
keeping things stirred up.
All of us on the commission are willing to listen to
constructive criticism and innovative ideas, but what
we are hearing from the "watchdogs" are attacks, innu-
endo and nitpicking and, unfortunately, their nega-
tive approach is having its effect.
The city is embarrassed in the press on a weekly
basis and, worst of all, good people whose life experi-
ence would be helpful, avoid our meetings. Interested
citizens also avoid getting involved in city government.
Who wants to be subjected to abuse in exchange for the
well-intentioned public service?
I heartily support Mayor SueLynn in her efforts to
stifle the destructive activities of this clique and encour-
age the voters of Anna Maria to get behind our mayor.
She's working hard for Anna Maria, but taking an
unfair beating in the process. Come to city meetings. See
for yourself what's going on, and make your voices heard.
John Michaels, Anna Maria City Commissioner
Evidence on display
I found your article "Anna Maria City mystery:
Where's the point?" (Nov. 6) of particular interest.
Perhaps some of the best evidence of the shift of sand
on Anna Maria is seen in the collection of beautifully
framed large aerial photographs of Bean Point dating back
to the early 1970s which have been on public display for
years at the First Union/Wachovia Bank in Holmes Beach.
I recall in the fall of 1948, when I was at Anna Maria
Elementary, horseback riding with my first-grade teacher
from our house on Pine Avenue along the Gulf beach up
to Bean Point with a clear beach all along the shore.
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Easement mystery in Holmes Beach
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the early 1990s. The easement was deeded to the state
in perpetuity with access to the public and residents
along 52nd Street," said Hirshberg, and details of this
transfer are in the city's archives.
The city "may need to get the State of Florida to
deed back to them the marine estuary at the end of 52nd
Street" before it can vacate the property, or before it
can build the planned retention pond over the easement,
"Ah, but here's the rub, Holmes," said Watson.
The city's official file of easements contains no
record of a conservation easement granted to Holmes
Beach Marina and eventually to the State of Florida.
But the city does have a record of the Holmes
Beach City Commission meeting on Sept. 5, 1991, at
which commissioners approved Hirshberg's request for
a conservation easement at the end of 52nd Street.
"So does that mean a conservation easement for the
property in question exists?" enquired Holmes.
"No one seems exactly sure," replied Watson.
"There is apparently some confusion in this matter over
what is written and what constitutes a legal document."
Melanie Knapp of the DEP's Title and Lands
Record office in Tallahassee said her office has no
record of the easement.
According to Knapp, the proper procedure would
have been for the developer to obtain an official ease-
ment document from the DEP, signed and notarized by
all parties, at the completion of the required work.
That document should then have gone to city officials
in Holmes Beach where it would have been recorded in
the city's easement file, recorded with Manatee County
land records and then forwarded to the DEP in Tallahas-
A computer search of the Manatee County Clerk of
the Circuit Court records failed to find any easement
attached to the property in question.
But because Hirshberg's project involved a sub-
merged lands lease with the state, the DEP's sub-
merged lands office has a file on the project and could
have a copy of the conservation easement in the permit
file, said Knapp.
No such luck, said a spokesperson at the DEP's
submerged lands office. The 1,500-page file on
Hirshberg and Holmes Beach Marina contains a lot of
information, but no executed conservation easement
signed by Hirshberg, DER representatives and Holmes
Beach city officials.
Some of the papers in the file mention the ease-
ment requirement was met, the spokesperson said, but
an official easement document is not in the records.
Hirshberg said he didn't file the conservation ease-
ment with the city because "no one at the DER ever
told me I had to file."
But he's sure the original easement was signed by
all parties and went to the DER.
Hirshberg does have a copy of a Nov. 19, 1992,
letter from Attorney Bram Canter, who represented
Hirshberg before the DER, stating that according to the
DER's consent order for the permit, the conservation
easement requirement had been met. Canter also said
that according to the DER, the conservation easement
had been received by that department.
Hirshberg said in the 10 years since his issues with
the DER were resolved, he had always believed a con-
servation easement was in effect at the property.
"Most intriguing," said Holmes. "Surely the state
would not have permitted the project without the re-
quired easement, but we must remember this is Florida
and the Island. Stranger things have happened.
"It would seem to me, therefore, that questions are:
Is there a signed conservation easement document
somewhere and what is its legal significance if it was
never filed?" said Holmes.
Legally speaking, said Holmes Beach City Attorney
Patricia Petruff, just because the city commission in 1991
approved an easement request does not mean the easement
was legally granted or exists, in her opinion.
There was a proper process for the parties to fol-
low for a conservation easement to be duly recorded
and legal, and it does not appear that process was com-
pleted, she said.
Besides, an easement does not change ownership
of the land, it only grants limited rights to other parties.
And the city, in essence, owns the property in question.
If there is no easement legally executed and filed
with the state, the city can vacate the property if it
wishes or establish its water retention pond without
consulting the DEP, Petruff said. Or it can do nothing.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 11, 2002 E PAGE 7-A
If the easement is found and is legal, however, the
language of that document would dictate what the city
could do about its water basin plans, she indicated. "We
might then have to negotiate with the DEP over the
outfalls for the water basin," she said.
"But if there is no easement, there is no problem,"
Petruff added, except possibly between Hirshberg and
"Obviously, we need to figure out the status of the
property. Is there an easement and what is its legal
description?" she said. "I don't think we're going to
find an easement," Petruff concluded.
"And what do you conclude, Holmes?" asked
"My good Watson," replied Holmes. "The minimal
facts as presented by you might make a fine case for a
human error somewhere, but alas, I fear any conclusion
made now would be without all the facts. The paper
trail of the 'easement' is most intriguing.
"However, even the world's greatest detective can be
misled, although rarely. Perhaps this is such a case. This
'easement' may or may not have been legally granted, and
may or may not be missing. In any event, the 'easement'
issue may at some future point become moot.
"We will watch future events in this case with in-
terest. Anything to do with a city named Holmes must
be of great importance."
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PAGE 8-A U DEC. 11, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER
Organizers defend boat parade cancellation
By Rick Catlin
Organizers of the annual Island Lighted Boat Pa-
rade held in the waters off the Anna Maria City Pier
defended their decision to cancel the Dec. 7 event last
week because of expected foul weather, even though
winds and skies turned balmy last Saturday.
The expected low pressure system that prompted
cancellation moved through the Tampa Bay area rap-
idly on Friday, Dec. 6, faster than even weather fore-
casters had predicted, said organizer Don Schroder.
Schroder and fellow organizer Chuck Stealey
checked three separate weather forecasts, including
AccuWeather, the National Weather Service and the
Naval Observatory, before making the decision earlier
in the week.
"We had a forecast last week of 8- to 20-knots
winds out of the east-northeast with seas of three to
four feet for Saturday," said Schroder. "The wind
would have been coming right down Tampa Bay. If it
had been a west wind, we would have had no problem.
"We had to make a decision early because of safety
for the smaller boats and we didn't want people to put their
boats together, then have to dismantle them," he said.
There was also an issue of safety for the fireworks
barge in rough seas, he said.
Even as late as last Thursday, Dec. 5, forecasters
were still predicting foul conditions for Tampa Bay
waters on Saturday, he said.
But Florida weather is fickle and by Saturday af-
ternoon, temperatures were in the 70s and winds
seemed to have died down considerably. Schroder said
he went to the Anna Maria City Pier Saturday after-
noon and the seas were still too rough for the smaller
Schroder said even the weather for the rainout date
of Saturday, Dec. 14, calls for afternoon rains, winds
from the south-southwest at 8-12 knots and 98 percent
He also said the notion that he and Stealy decided
to cancel the parade because they didn't want to do the
work is "absolute rubbish."
"I can't believe some people would think that. We
would have had a parade even with just one boat if we
had a good weather forecast," said Schroder.
In fact, said Schroder, there were eight boats en-
tered and he and Stealey expected a few more boats
from Cortez and Bradenton to enter the parade.
"This was not a decision we made lightly," said
Schroder. "We made the best decision we could based
upon the information we had from the experts."
While there were two or three people who com-
plained about the cancellation, Schroder said a number
of people, including the largest contributor to the fire-
works barge, said the right decision was made.
"People called us to say thanks for thinking about
safety," he said.
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Unofficial boat parade in Holmes Beach
While the official Island Lighted Boat Parade off the Anna Maria City Pier was canceled for Dec. 7, about
120 people at a private party in Key Royale Saturday evening were treated to an "unofficial" parade offour
boats decorated and lit up in holiday fashion. Islander Photo courtesy of Sam Planck.
Thanks for unofficial boats
About 120 people attending Sam and Piroska
Planck's annual boat parade party at their Key
Royale home in Holmes Beach last Saturday evening
got an unexpected surprise. A boat parade, sort of.
"We heard about the cancellation" of the official
boat parade, said Piroska, "but since we have a boat
parade party every year, we decided to go ahead with
just the party. We were disappointed about the can-
cellation," she said, but wanted a party to start the
"Imagine our surprise when just after dark, one
boat came by all lighted up like a boat in the parade,"
About 20 minutes later, another decorated boat
came by, then a third. A fourth vessel, a yacht owned
"And remember, we get no benefit out of organiz-
ing the parade. We are trying to do something positive
for the community," Schroder said.
Hindsight is always 20/20, said Schroder, and he
and Stealey plan on organizing the event next Christ-
by Ed Sterba, came by at high tide in the bay with
holiday lights blazing.
"We were so surprised and happy," said Piroska.
"One boat sailed up and down the canal for quite
some time, then out in the bay.
"This was just so great when all the boats
showed up and people were yelling 'thank you'
across the water to the people on the boats. I don't
know who they were, but I'd like to thank them
again. It was wonderful."
One of the boats was the Misty Dolphin, but
Piroska did not know the owner.
And the weather was perfect that evening with
a gorgeous sunset, calm waters and little wind, she
"We've been doing this a long time and we'll be
back next year."
He also defended involvement by the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, saying that was neces-
sary because of the insurance liability issue.
Without AMICC sponsorship and its accompany-
ing insurance policy coverage, Schroder said he and
Stealey were personally liable should a mishap occur.
Efforts to reach Stealey for comment were unsuc-
Not everyone, however, was happy with the deci-
sion by Schroder and Stealey to cancel.
Lois Finley, owner of the Mama Lo by the Sea ice
cream and snack parlor in Anna Maria across from the
pier, said that two people shouldn't be allowed to make
a decision "that affects so many.
"Cancellation decisions have always, and should
continue to be, made on the Saturday morning [of the
boat parade] when we see what the weather brings for
that day, rather than relying on a long-range forecast
that too often proves to be wrong," she said.
There is an element of risk for everyone involved,
including the businesses that ordered extra inventory
and brought in additional staff, the fireworks group
who set up a display, and the boat owners who deco-
rate for the parade, Finley added.
"But given the importance and popularity of this
annual event, the risks are well worth taking," she said.
In the future, Finley would like to see a five-per-
son committee composed of two business owners, one
expert from the fireworks staff, the boat parade chair-
man and a chamber representative make the decision to
cancel the event, not just two people.
"If we all work together in the spirit of the season,
then the boat parade tradition will continue to benefit
all of us," Finley concluded.
All of the approximately $7,000 in donations and
cash for the parade will be refunded, Schroder said.
THE ISLANDER S DEC. 11, 2002 0 PAGE 9-A
Palma Sola Scenic Highway committee discusses future
By Rick Catlin
With its eligibility application to have the Palma
Sola Causeway designated as a scenic highway by the
Florida Scepic Highway Advisory Committee cur-
rently under review by independent consultants, mem-
bers of the committee overseeing the project turned
their attention to the future at their Dec. 4 meeting.
That future includes establishing a Scenic Highway
Corridor Management Entity to pursue the action plan
for the causeway if it gets the designation as expected.
Susan King of the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation said the CME would be the caretaker of the ac-
tion plan and coordinate activities, improvements and
other matters relating to the beautification and better-
ment of the causeway.
While that sounds all well and good, the CME
could easily become a political entity if members were
appointed by the various cities involved, said one com-
King thought six to eight people would make a
good CME and some members should come from the
business community. Naturally the DOT would want
to be represented on the CME, she said.
Other suggestions for CME membership were to
have a representative each from Bradenton, Holmes
Beach and Manatee County. Keep Manatee Beautiful
should be on the CME as should the Manatee-Sarasota
Metropolitan Planning Organization. Throw in a few
civic and homeowners associations along with volun-
teer members and suddenly the CME could have a
fairly large membership.
Maybe we should just have a core group of six
to eight members within the larger membership, sug-
gested King, after studying a potential membership
Further discussion of the composition of the CME
will be at the committee's January meeting, King said.
The committee also discussed a suggestion from
the consultants that the grant application address the
issue of connecting the Palma Sola Scenic Highway
down East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach to the existing
Islander Rob Gerbracht honored the memory of his father, Fredrick W., by raising the flag from his father's
tour on the destroyer escort U.S.S. Jacob Jones, where he served as a radarman second class from 1941-45, at
the Martinique South condominiums. Rob, who is the condo's maintenance provider, chose what would have
been his father's 88th birthday, Dec. 6, and Dec. 7 in honor of Pearl Harbor Day, to fly the flag. Helping him
display the flag is coworker Wendy Smith.
scenic corridor in Bradenton Beach. The proposed sce-
nic highway designation currently ends near the King-
fish Boat Ramp.
To date, its never been a priority, said Holmes
Beach City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens, but
the idea will be explored with city officials.
Myra Monreal of the RS&H Marketing Co. in Or-
lando will address that and other issues in a detailed
response to the consultants prior to submission of the
final application to the SHAC.
A scenic highway designation, however, really has
little effect on traffic flow to and from Holmes Beach
and along East Bay Drive, Haas-Martens noted.
"People are going to come to the Island regardless
of whether or not the causeway is a scenic highway,"
she said. A scenic highway designation and accompa-
nying CME for the Palma Sola Causeway is a conve-
nient method to obtain funds to fix up the causeway and
its amenities, she said.
Goals, strategies, objectives and an action plan for
the CME will be discussed at the January meeting.
Mullet run lags,
stone crabs better
By Jim Hanson
The much-anticipated early-winter mullet run is
not looking good but stone crabs are showing up in
some volume after the recent cold fronts.
That is the word from the A.P. Bell Fish Co., larg-
est processor of seafood in the historic commercial
fishing village of Cortez.
Karen Bell said the mullet run has gotten a slow
start, has improved a bit in the past few days but is still
not great. "It should get better," she said, as a passing
fisherman said "It's got to."
Cold fronts generally are good for the mullet run,
though "not for the fishermen themselves."
As for the Gulf delicacy of stone crabs, "last Fri-
day was a pretty good day after that front went
through." Cold fronts help stir up the crabs, Cortez
crabbers say, and the front moving through this week
may help more.
Mullet, for decades the bread and butter of Cortez,
can be caught legally now only with the back-breaking
work of cast-netting, or with small 500-foot seine nets.
The time-honored seining with larger nets was out-
lawed by state voters in 1995.
Blue Fulford, long-time commercial fisherman
now making many of the cast nets being used out of
Cortez, said the mullet may be in deep holes, rivers and
bayous and "when the weather is right they may come
"In the late summer and early fall there were as
many mullet as ever seen in the waters around here.
Now just look, in vain. You don't outthink fish."
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Get in line to sponsor
The Anna Maria Island Rotary Club is lining up
sponsors for its first annual Island Extravaganza, pro-
ceeds to go to Island charities with emphasis on those
that work with children.
There will be 14 tables of games of chance, the
sponsorship to cost $200 per table. Rotary plans to sell
300 tickets at $30 each, with chips for playing included
in that purchase.
The event will be Jan. 11 at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Sponsor-
ships may be arranged and tickets purchased by call-
ing Nancy Ambrose at 778-5274.
Island Run to kick off
early Sunday morning
Island Run 2002 will start at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec.
15, at Bayfront Park, Anna Maria, with a 5K run and
a one-mile family fun run/walk.
Registration will begin at the park at 7 a.m., with
goodie bags and T-shirts for the first 125 registrants.
Awards in 5K will be made to male and female over-
all winners, masters and grand masters, plus 14 age
groups from 10 and under to 70 and over.
The run will benefit Manatee County Nursery
Schools Inc. Details may be obtained at 746-3503.
Artists guild art, bake sale
An art and bake sale is planned for Saturday, Dec.
14, in front of the gallery of the sponsoring Artists
Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5414 Marina Drive,
The sale will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The art and the
baked goods will be provided by members of the guild.
Further information may be obtained by calling 778-
Stroke, arterial disease
screenings at Center
Health screenings for the detection and prevention
of stroke and arterial disease will be Monday, Dec. 16,
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The tests will be by individual appointments by
calling in advance to 1-888-667-7587. They will be
administered by Prevention Plus Inc., which earlier had
announced an incorrect testing date. Offered are tests
for stroke/carotid, abdominal aortic aneurysm, arterial
disease, osteoporosis screening, prostate cancer, and
cholesterol screening. Charges are $35-$45 per test.
Indeed, it's beginning to look a lot like win-
ter and since holiday shopping is on the minds
of many folks, we have a craft show and sale
just in the "nick of time."
Featuring 108 artists, the 14th annual
Winterfest will be Saturday and Sunday, Dec.
14 and 15, at the field adjacent to, the Holmes .
Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
The arts and crafts festival will be from 10
a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days, said Ginger White of
the Anna Maria Island Art League, sponsor of
the annual event.
In addition to the arts and crafts displays,
there will be booths by nonprofit organizations,
a food court, activities for children, and continu-
ous live entertainment.
This is a juried art show, with cash prizes
for winners. It is open to the public free of
charge and there is ample free parking, said
The nonprofit art league was founded in
1989 by a small group of artists and art lovers
"to bring art to the Island," she said. In 1993 it
opened the art center where it still headquarters
at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Winterfest is one of two major fundraisers
for the league, the other being Springfest in
March. Proceeds go to community programs
and art scholarships. Details may be obtained at
'Nooner' set next Wednesday
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will
have its December "Nooner" Wednesday, Dec. 18,
from 11:30 a.m.-I p.m. at the Chart House, 201 Gulf
of Mexico Drive.
Cost of the networking luncheon is $15, or $20 for
guests. Details may be obtained by calling 387-9519.
Winners in the Dec. 7 horseshoe games were John
Crawford and Fritz Erdrich, both of Bradenton. Run-
ners-up were Ron Pepka of Bradenton and Tom
Rhodes of Cortez.
Winners in the Dec. 4 games were Kim Thomas of
Holmes Beach and Bill Starrett of Anna Maria. Run-
ners-up were Jessie Brisson of Holmes Beach and
Carol Watson of England.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
day and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no membership fees
and everyone is welcome.
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Roser's traditional walk Sunday
The annual Bethlehem Walk of Roser Memorial
CommunityChurch will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday,
Dec. 15, at the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The participants will gather at the narthex, then
"walk to Bethlehem with Mary, Joseph and domestic
animals in search of shelter." The walk will go from inn
to inn around the block of Pine and Spring avenues and
back to the church.
During the walk they will sing carols and at its
conclusion hear a Scripture reading near "baby Jesus
in the manger."
Participants may wear their own costumes appro-
priate to the event, or obtain them at the church first
come, first served.
Further information may be obtained by calling
"Messiah" and "Christmas Oratorio" will ring out
on the Island Sunday, Dec. 15, as the Island's own or-
chestra and chorus present their 10th anniversary holi-
The Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra &
Chorus will celebrate its 10 years and the holiday sea-
son with its program starting at 2 p.m. at the Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
First come, first seated will be the policy. The con-
cert is free but a $10 donation will be welcome.
Alfred Gershfeld, artistic director, will direct the
orchestra and chorus.
He noted that at an early performance of G..F.
Handel's "Messiah" in London, King George II rose
spontaneously to his feet when he heard the "Hallalujah
Chorus." When the king stood, everyone in the audi-
ence had to stand. That established the tradition of au-
diences standing throughout the chorus.
"Christmas Oratorio" is one of the greatest achieve-
ments of French composer Camille Saint-Saens, said the
director, although he is most famous for his opera
"Samson and Delilah" and "Carnival of Animals."
Soloists for the performance will be Rebecca Hill,
soprano; Marcy Gobell, mezzo-soprano; Martha
DiPalma, alto; Enoch Sherman, tenor; and Jay Kimpel,
Further information may be obtained by calling
Chiles Christmas for Kids
The late Gov. Lawton Chiles' generosity will be
remembered anew with the ninth annual Christmas for
Kids party sponsored by his son Ed and his Chiles
The party will be Dec. 17 and Chiles and helper
Patti McKee are lining up food baskets, lunch, games,
gifts and special guest Santa Claus. It all takes money,
so they are asking Islanders to participate by donations.
The gifts should be noted with McKee at the corpo-
rate office, 778-1691, or just by checks made out to the
Sandbar with a notation that it's for the Kids' Christmas,
and mailed to P.O. Box 1478, Anna Maria FL 34216.
The party has grown from 25 youngsters in 1994,
to 75 last year, and Chiles noted that for many of them
"this is the only Christmas they receive." At the Chiles
party, they will get shoes, clothing and toys, and their
families will get a basket with ready-to-make turkey
dinner and the trimmings.
Hours for the party will be 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at
the Sandbar, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, and every-
one is invitedChili said :
Dickens scholar Curry at
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at the Anna Maria Island Historical Soeeityt hfeetik fr
7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec.'16. 'f .
The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Anna
Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. Curry, in period
costume, will read from the Dickens story "Bob Saw-
yers Gives a Christmas Party.'" :
Further information may be obtained by calling
Come one, come all
to Lesters' Fun Day
Island benefactors Chuck and Joey Lester are
inviting their Anna Maria Island family the
whole Island, actually to "an old-fashioned
family gathering" Saturday, Dec. 14.
No special reason, simply a way to express
their love of the Island and its people "just like old
Santa Claus will be there, along with 50-cent
Duffy burgers, 25-cent hot dogs and sodas and
other gastronomic goodies prepared by the
Duffy's Grill Team and Chef Damon Presswood
of Ooh La La! restaurant.
Plus music, bingo, ball toss, raffles including
30 turkeys, a big-screen TV from the event spon-
sor The Islander and other donated prizes,
singalongs, cookie decorating, wreath and orna-
ment making, reading and a whole lot more, said
the Lesters. It will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria, as a "benefit" for the
Center and the community.
The underwriters, the Lesters, are winter resi-
dents of Holmes Beach who have contributed
regularly to the Center, having established the
foundation fund, and donated to the Island in
many other ways. This is the latest, the second
annual Fun Day, and certainly not the last.
Holiday Walk Thursday Longboat
Whitney Beach Plaza on north Longboat Key has
scheduled its Holiday Walk for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thurs-
day, Dec. 12.
Santa Claus be there to pick up Christmas wish lists
from young and old, Brian Beebe will bring his music,
and hors d'oeurves, wine tasting, sweets and even
doggie treats are on the menu.
The plaza itself, under new ownership, is "dazzling
in its decorations," said Dawdi Lorenzo, spokesperson
for the village shopping center at 8610 Gulf of Mexico
Drive. Details are available at 387-7662.
'Night Before...' Sunday evening
at Bray park
"A Night Before Christmas," first of what sponsors
hope will be many such programs, will be presented
from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at G.T. Bray Park,
5504 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton.
The family affair will host Santa Claus on his ar-
rival by helicopter at 4:45 p.m. at the Little League
field. To make him feel at home, snow flurries will be
provided. A family in-line skate party will take advan-
tage of the snow, too.
There will be a bounce house, cookie crafts, carni-
val games, carriage rides, face painting zoo, a dance
troupe, chorus, jazz band, orchestra and storytelling.
Details may be obtained by calling the Manatee County
Parks and Recreation Department at 742-5974, exten-
Pines Christmas party for kids
The Pines Trailer Park in Bradenton Beach will
have a big Christmas party for a group of Manatee
County Head Start children Monday, Dec. 16.
Some 20 preschool youngsters will arrive at the park
clubhouse by bus from Bradenton at 10 a.m., and Santa
Claus won't be far behind. He's coming by fire truck.
Park manager Janice Dingman said the children, in
choir robes,, ill 1ing for their:hpsts and then Santa will
distribute presents assembled by the Pines
;T, he.rewill be a donation bowl at the clubhouse,
Dningman sa4id,where the.park residents and visitors can
give money toi help with school supplies and other
She: said Braddenton Beach merchants' response
has been "fabulous," $190 given by early this week.
Women from the park will meet to decide where best
to spend the money, she said.
Details may be obtained by calling Dingman at
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Christmas tea next week
for garden club
Members of the Anna Maria Garden Club will hear
harpist Megha Morganfield at the annual Christmas tea
at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.
The event will be at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. New members
and guests will be welcomed. Details may be obtained
from Priscilla Seewald at 778-3665 or Esther Callahan
under the stars Friday
The Island Baptist Church will present an outdoors
Christmas musical program Friday, Dec. 13, with the
public invited, said Sandy Taylor, church music direc-
It will be "music, fellowship and the joy of the sea-
son under the stars," she said, by the Celebration Choir
from Palma Sola Bay Baptist Church. The program
will begin at 7 p.m. at 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
"Come casual, bring your family and friends and
a folding chair or two to 'The Treasures of Christmas,'"
she said. Further information is available at 778-0719.
Meals on Wheels box
at Island Real Estate
Canned goods and other nonperishable food for the
needy is being sought for Meals on Wheels, via a do-
nation box in the lobby of Island Real Estate, 6101
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
"Having a local box makes it convenient for Is-
landers to donate," said the firm's spokesperson.
"Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit organization that
provides food to the housebound and needy all year
Further information may be obtained by calling
Hailey Dearlove and Daniel Pimentel, students in Toni Lashway's kindergarten class at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School, are filling up shoeboxes with toys for children 6 to 9 years old. Lashway said her class partici-
pates in the Santa's Shoe Box program instead of having a class.gift exchange. The boxed presents are
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Roser men host ladies
The Roser Men's Club will host its annual "Christ-
mas dinner for the ladies" starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 17, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The church's new musical group, the Quarter
Notes, will entertain during the evening. The Quarter
Notes are church members who sing along with guitar
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Zent threatens Anna Maria City Commission again
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria property owner Peter Zent of
Femrtreet has threatened further "civil disobedi-
ence" against city commissioners because Mayor
SueLynn would not put his proposed "solution" to.
the city's parking problem on the Dec. 1.7 city
commission meeting agenda, he said.
SueLynn said she told Zent he could speak
during public comment time, but the city al-
ready has enough reports and draft ordinances
on the parking problem.
Zent did not attend the Nov. 19 special city
commission meeting on parking where commis-
sioners agreed on an outline for a master park-
ing plan and decided to move the plan through
the city's legal system for an eventual vote.
Now, however, Zent wants "his attorney to
speak for 10 to 15 minutes on a parking report
he's prepared," said the mayor. "I told him he could
have two minutes as any member of the public can."
That didn't sit well with Zent, who e-mailed the
mayor from his Colorado home that he would resume
his "civil disobedience" campaign if his demands
Zent is already the subject of an investigation by
the 12th Circuit of Florida State Attorney's Office of
Manatee, Sarasota and Desoto counties into a series of
late-night telephone calls he made to city officials in
November that could lead to charges against him by
state prosecutors. Zent has never denied making the
telephone calls and said he would be happy if the city
made him a "martyr."
The mayor said the parking issue is on the Dec. 17
agenda and the city commission has already identified
and agreed to proceed with an outline of a master park-
Zent apparently wants immediate action by the city
to solve the Fern Street parking issue.
He previously threatened to hire drug deal-
ers to come to Anna Maria and steal parking
signs if the city commission did not immedi-
ately place no-parking signs on that street.
Zent claimed the mayor has refused to take
his telephone calls, a claim SueLynn denied.
She did say that Zent's latest e-mail con-
taining threats to resume his "civil disobedi-
ence" has been turned over to City Attorney Jim
Dye for an appropriate response.
"In my view, he's now threatening the city,"
Zent's recent e-mail has also been for-
warded to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
for investigation and review.
Florida law makes it illegal to threaten or
coerce city officials into taking action, Dye has
Cortez Kitchen adding
'On the Bay'
Island and mainland families who love seafood can
rejoice starting Dec. 17.
That's the planned opening day for the Cortez
Kitchen on the Bay family restaurant (formerly Wet
Willie's) that's now part of the Cortez Kitchen next
door, and owners Pete and Mark Barreda plan a
menu that features surprise seafood.
"We'll have really fresh seafood caught every day
by Cortez fishermen," said Pete. "In fact, we won't
even have a freezer, just a cooler."
What kind of seafood? How about grouper, snap-
per, kingfish, sheepshead, cobia, mullet, mackerel and
stone crabs and lobster in season, to name just a few.
Landlubbers can feast on steaks and chicken, but the
menu and decor are definitely nautical.
The lobster will have to be brought in from the
Keys, said Pete, but everything else is from local
fishermen with Glen Brooks of Cortez as the chief
The head chef will be Bob Wheeler, who has
served up the finest in seafood at several local restau-
rants, including Beach Bistro and Le Baines.
The opening of "On the Bay" will provide a fam-
ily alternative to the popular, open-air Cortez Kitchen,
"On the Bay will give families a place to dine. We
won't even have a sit-down bar. That will still be next
door, as will the entertainment," said Pete. "We will
have a comfortable lounge at On the Bay and one of the
finest views of Sarasota Bay anywhere."
The new restaurant has been entirely remodeled by
the Barreda brothers to give it an old-time Cortez look.
"This will give people two places to enjoy. They
can eat dinner here, then go next door for a few drinks
and music. It's going to be a unique place."
The Dec. 17 opening will be. "soft" said Pete, with
a grand opening to come later.
Hours of operation initially will be 11:30 a.m. to
10 p.m. weekdays and to midnight on Friday and
For more information, call 798-9404.
at Time Saver
The Time Saver convenience store at 5353 Gulf
Drive in Holmes Beach will show its holiday spirit to
its customers with a drawing for a free bottle of top
shelf champagent every Tuesday for the next three
These are not ordinary bottles of champagne, said
Time Saver owner Monther, but from the top shelf of
Bottles of Dom Perignon, Cristal and Le Grande
Dame, each valued at more than $150, will be given
away from Dec. 1 I through New Year's Eve, he said.
No purchase is necessary. To enter, just fill out an
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"This is just a simple way of showing my apprecia-
tion to our loyal customers," said Monther.
For further information, call 778-1524.
Bridge Street open house
Businesses along historic Bridge Street in
Bradenton Beach will hold an open house today, Dec.
11, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Gift certificates, prizes, drawings for merchandise
and special sales will be offered by participating mer-
chants along with free refreshments.
Santa Claus is scheduled to make a visit and live
music will also be provided.
Flash Flights stops flashing
The popular Flash Flights kite, flag and "all things
in the wind" gift shop in the Anna Maria Shopping
Centre will close its doors for good Dec. 14.
Owner Connie Shipley said the store is offering
tremendous discounts of up to 30 and 40 percent on a
number of items, including wind chimes, kites, wind
toys and other gifts.
The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec.
14 and "we'll probably have a lot more store discounts"
She and husband Jim have operated the business for
the past seven years and have a lot of regrets over the clos-
ing. "But rents have just gotten too high," she said.
Regular customers and patrons of the store, how-
ever, should not despair. The Flash Flights Web site at
www.flashflights.net will still be in operation and or-
ders can be placed via the Internet.
"So people can still find us under the Web site,"
Husband Jim, known for the intricate sand castles
he's built on Island beaches, will be applying his sand
castle expertise to the front yard at their Island resi-
dence, Connie said.
"Dec. 14 will be our last day, so we invite all our
friends to stop in and see us before we close," Connie
For more information, call 778-7600.
Got a new business going up in Anna Maria Island,
Cortez or Longboat Key? Call Island Biz at 778-7978,
fax your news to 778-9392, or e-mail us at
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Cramer, three others pick up
Anna Maria election packets
Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda
Cramer along with former Mayor Gary
Deffenbaugh, former City Commissioner Bob
Barlow and former city commission candidate
Jeff Smith have all picked up qualifying packets
from city hall the past week, city officials said.
Cramer officially announced Monday she
will seek a second two-year term in the Febru-
ary city elections in which voters will elect two
city commissioners and vote on the proposed
new city charter.
She said her first term has been positive,
particularly the past year, and she and the com-
mission "have been involved in a lot of good
things. A lot of things have been done, but
there are still pressing issues. I've gotten my
feet wet during my first term and I believe that
experience will serve me well in a second
Her goals for a
second term on the
city commission in- ,"
clude obtaining '
grants for the resto-
ration of Belle Ha- -
ven cottage, rewrit-
ing a number of city
codes and ordi-
nances, and continu-
ing to address the Cramer
parking and rights-of-way issues in the city.
Qualifying packets for the city commission
candidates may be picked up at the Anna Maria
The deadline for prospective candidates to
qualify for the Feb. 4 city election is noon Mon-
day, Dec. 23.
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Anna Maria capital improvements committee organizes
The first-ever capital improvements advisory
committee in Anna Maria held its inaugural meeting
Dec. 5 and elected Larry Albert as its chairman.
Members discussed the structure and responsi-
bilities of the CIAC and learned that among other
duties, thd' CIAC is charged with monitoring the
progress of capital improvements in the city
throughout the fiscal year.
By Jim Hanson
If Friday the 13th gives you pause, you're
That's what the semanticists say. But what
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huh? We're just cautious; why take a chance?
A lot of convoluting goes into explaining the
widely shared suspicion of Friday the 13th. Most
agree that the fear of 13 goes back to Norse my-
thology (sure, blame that on the Vikings, as well
as all that other stuff). The Norse god Odin and
11 pals were partying.one night when the evil
Loki crashed the affair, making it 13. When
Balder tried to give him the boot, he was killed
with a spear of mistletoe.
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last supper, Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 hours
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Friday itself isn't without taint, either. The
Bible says Eve gave Adam the apple on a Friday,
the great flood began on a Friday, the Temple of
Solomon was destroyed on a Friday, Christ was
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Of particular interest to committee members
were the current stormwater drainage projects ap-
proved by the city commission in the 2002-03 bud-
McKay noted that the city still has a Swiftmud
permit program for stormwater drainage and if the
city "can work within that plan, it's the path of least
The current Swiftmud plan was halted because
many city residents complained about its effects,
A city engineering firm, once hired, is expected
to review the Swiftmud plan and make recommen-
dations, Mayor SueLynn has said previously.
McKay also discussed the status of replacement
of potable water lines by Manatee County and road
paving projects such as that on Tarpon Avenue.
The city commission approved $108,300 for
stormwater capital improvements and $116,845 for
capital improvements in the 2002-03 budget.
Among the capital improvement projects ap-
proved are repaving Tarpon Avenue and Oak Street,
improving the parking at the city pier to meet re-
quirements for disabled people and the Gulf Boule-
vard beach walkovers.
The city also approved $143,200 for city hall re-
construction. A separate committee is overseeing
that project and the selection of the architect and
CIAC members will have to establish a process
for identifying future capital improvements and pri-
oritizing those projects. Board members said they
would look at established procedures in area cities
such as Bradenton and discuss appropriate proce-
dures for Anna Maria at the next CIAC meeting on
Jan. 21, 2003.
CIAC board members are Albert, Snow, Chuck
White, Charlie Daniel and Ed Schultz.
Webb is the city commission liaison to the
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Fox invited to serve third year on state panel
By Jim Hanson
Her first year was all work, the second saw proof
of the importance of the work "so dear to my heart,"
and now Suzi Fox has accepted a third year judging
She has said "yes" to a request that she spend an-
other year on the Marine Turtle Grant Committee
evaluating grant applications from various marine
turtle preservation programs in Florida.
Fox holds the state sea turtle preservation permit
for Anna Maria Island and heads the Island's Turtle
Watch. She has kept any local grant proposals in abey-
ance during her time on the committee, feeling it might
not be proper, but probably will apply next year "when
our needs become more immediate."
The committee, an arm of the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission, disburses funds
from the sale of Florida's special sea turtle license
Its functions probably will be privatized next year,
Fox said, changing from state management to the Car-
ibbean Conservation Corp., a private nonprofit organi-
zation headed by David Godfrey and headquartered in
Of major satisfaction to her is a $35,000 grant to
Mote Marine Laboratory last year to enlarge its
"I stood with Dr. Charles Manire last summer dur-
ing a necropsy on a turtle, and we just beamed and gave
each other a thumbs-up. A year ago the area could hold
about two students and one surgeon, this year it held
about 20 students and several participants. What a
wonderful feeling, to know I had helped him get the
Actually, she pushed the grant through the commit-
tee by main force of personality. Several persons on the
committee indicated to Fox that they believed Mote
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had a wealth of donations, but she held firm this
The students to whom she referred are Mote in-
terns, especially promising veterinary medicine and
biological research students. Manire is the Mote staff
The committee to select an architect for the pro-
posed Anna Maria City Hall remodeling met Dec. 3 to
look at three RFP's for architectural services.
The committee is composed of Mayor SueLynn,
Planning and Zoning Board Chairman Doug Copeland,
Holmes Beach Building Department supervisor Joe
Duennes, builders Jeff Murray, Rick Whitehead, and
Her continued service was requested by Alan Huff,
who heads the committee. He said of Fox, "I feel, as do
others, that your knowledge and background is needed
not only to efficiently select appropriate projects for
funding, but also to add stability during the proposed
transfer of the program to the CCC."
Islander's film 'effective' in issue
The documentary film on Fort Hamer by
a veteran producer from Anna Maria Island is
"very effective" in the controversy over the
Ft. Hamer bridge in eastern Manatee County.
Karen Siminiki, involved in the issue
since 1999, said David Beaton's "Ft. Hamer:
Bridge to the past or to the future," has been
valuable as an educational tool for people who
were not aware of the significance of the mat-
It has been shown around the area in
hopes of illuminating the controversy before
the final decision next year on Ft. Hamer.
Siminiki has followed the issue and the
documentary for Save Our Neighborhood and
the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club.
Beaton, of Bradenton Beach, produced
the film to document the pros and cons from both
sides of the controversial bridge.
"It has so many facets," he said, "transpor-
tation, historic preservation, wildlife and other
environmental concerns. It is really a bridge to
Lakewood Ranch, which is becoming a new
Beaton teaches at Manatee Community Col-
lege and is staff support to the film school there.
He worked with Del Jacobs of the Sierra Club,
who was-co-producer of the Ft. Hamer film.
Beaton came here from Chicago, where he
had a broadcast film production company. He
describes himself as a "political junkie" whose
latest involvement was as volunteer manager of
Arlene Sweeting's campaign for the Florida Leg-
Tom Lenhen, and former Anna Maria City Commis-
sioner Bob Barlow.
SueLynn said she expects the committee to make
a selection by mid-January.
The committee will also establish a priority list of
sections of the current building to be remodeled.
Approximately $140,000 is budgeted for the project.
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Kinnan's crew takes time for tea, Japanese style
By Diana Bogan "
Anne Kinnan's fifth-grade class at Anna Maria
Elementary School learned about Japanese culture
when a classmate's family visited the Island.
Fifth-grader Chloe Bertrand invited her aunts and
grandmother to visit her class and talk about some of
the traditions and culture in Japan.
Bertrand's family was on a two-week vacation, some
of them visiting the United States for the first time.
Bertrand's aunts and grandmother live in the To-.
kyo area and she tries to visit them in Japan at least
once a year.,
During their visit to Bertrand's classroom, they
taught the students how to speak a few words in Japa-
nese, how to write their names and how to make an
Students also got a taste of ceremonial green tea
and candy that Bertrand's grandmother brought with-1
her on her trip.
To fly from Japan to Detroit, Bertrand told the ,,
class it took them 14 hours. She said someone could
watch three full-length movies in about the same Educational reunion
amount of time. Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-grader Chloe Bertrand introduced her classmates to her family's Japa-
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Lunch: Manager's Choice
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Breakfast: Large Blueberry Muffin, Fruit, Cereal,
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Breakfast: Belgian Waffle Sticks with Syrup, Fruit,
Lunch: Cheese Pizza Sticks or Turkey and Cheese
Sandwich, Corn on the Cob, Garden Salad, Fruit,
Milk and juice are served with every meal.
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Meal tickets can be purchased through the school's
administrative office until Friday, Dec. 13, or the night of
the meeting. Meals cost $4 for students and $6 for adults.
Prices increase by a dollar if purchased the night of
the event. Dinners are also available for carry-out.
The monthly PTO meeting will be held in the school
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Island fifth.graders imagine being mayor of Holmes Beach
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders think
Holmes Beach needs more park activities, more cross-
walks, clean beaches and a later start to the school day
- that is, if they could-be mayor.
The students voiced their opinions of what they
would do if elected mayor in an essay contest spon-
sored by the city.
The key item that students overwhelmingly believe
the city needs is a public swimming pool. The major-
ity of students wrote that they would build a pool so
that children would have a place to take swimming les-
sons, have pool parties and stay out of trouble, while
adults could use the facilities for water exercise classes
and swimming laps. The Island could even have its
own swim and water sport teams, according to the stu-
Another issue that came up frequently in the stu-
dent essays is the Island Trolley. Students suggested
that fewer trolley stops and wider streets with trolley
pull-offs would help keep traffic flowing.
Joseph Karasiewicz's solution, however, would be
to let 10-year-olds have driving privileges because
"kids need a way to get around faster than the trolley."
Students want a dog park and more pedestrian
crossings. Safety and the environment were also on the
minds of several students.
Kiera Knope would put boat sensors on docks to
make boats slow down, protecting Island marine life.
Karsen Lonzo would have all business signs made
out of wood, rather than having lighted signs, to pro-
tect turtles during turtle nesting season.
Joe Gaston would turn Bridge Street into a tree
garden and outlaw the use of two-stroke boat motors
because they pollute the water.
Lauren Branning would ban smoking on Island
beaches to reduce water pollution caused by cigarette
Some students were more interested in making
improvements to the Island elementary school and
would lobby for more funding and changing the
school start time to 9 or 9:30 a.m. so kids could get
Noeli Carver-Mills would like to see a mural of the
school mascot, a dolphin, painted in the covered play
Overall, students wrote about how much they love
the Island and how much they want to keep it a clean,
safe, family-oriented environment.
Three students, one from each of the three fifth-
grade classes, were selected to read their essays at the
Dec. 10 city commission meeting and as first place
winners, they received a $50 U.S. government savings
bond and a $25 gift card to Foot Locker from The Is-
The winning essays were written by Allyssa
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recycling bin at each house doorstep. Then I'd place a
pool in the middle of our community, free to all visi-
tors and citizens. Along with that, I'd add a Project
Childcare daycare center, and a small lot for children's
Every recycling.bin I'd hope would be used for
recycling, but of course our citizens may use them as
they please. Perhaps there is somebody who is already
recycling and was short one bin. This could provide
that missing bin or play its part as an extra.
If there was a public pool it could be a relief to
some people. See, I'm not so sure about other people,
but I don't exactly love swimming at the beach. You
can't jump in or see clearly under water. So, if we add
a public pool I'm sure our community's residents
would enjoy it tremendously.
Even though there is a Project Childcare daycare
center nearby in some places, others have to drive for
quite a long time just to arrive at one. That's one of the
reasons I chose this daycare idea. It could also cost a
large sum for gasoline or problems for some with trans-
Remember when all you adults were children and
had all those ambitious ideas of starting to sell objects
you make or created? Well, plenty of kids have the
same kind of ideas. That's why I thought of the small
lot that should be used for this reason. Most children
can't find anywhere to sell their inventory.
See? Kids can help the government with ideas and
projects. Being elected mayor is complicated because
you have to think of things to help your community,
like these four ideas free recycling bins, a public
pool, more Project Daycare facilities and last, but not
least, a small lot for children's businesses. If I were
mayor I could put these examples into action.
If I were mayor
By Kendra Zeimis
Anne Kinnan's fifth-grade class
If I were mayor, the first think I would do is have
volunteers go up and down the streets picking up trash.
I would also reinforce that law that says you must
stop at a crosswalk if somebody is trying to cross.
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I would try and make sure everyone is being
treated fairly. I would do these things because these
things are the most important things I can think of.
Also, it seems like the streets always have some
kind of litter on them, and every time someone is try-
ing to cross the street no one will stop.
Finally, I would make sure everyone is being
treated fairly. These are the main things I would do if
I were mayor.
If I were mayor
By Paige Carper
Lynne McDonough's fifth-grade class
Paige Carper here, the next mayor of Anna Maria.
If I were to be elected mayor of Anna Maria, I would
like to build an Olympic size public swimming pool,
start a sailing program, and start a small marine
aquarium. As mayor, I would like to get started on my
projects very soon.
First, I would build an Olympic size public swim-
ming pool. There would be swimming classes for all
ages. There would also be lifesaving classes and
springboard diving classes, as well as water aerobics
for adults. Kids and teenagers would have a place to
hand out and even get a summer job! Most importantly,
there would be a swim team right here on our Island!
Next, I would start a sailing program for young
children, older children, teenagers, adults and seniors.
I think people, especially people who live on an island,
should learn how to sail. Sailing is a wonderful expe-
rience for people of all ages. Anna Maria Island could
have their own sailing team and even hold races.
Another project I would like to do as mayor would
be to build a small aquarium on Anna Maria Island. I
would like more people to learn about the ocean.
Maybe if more people learn about the ocean, they will
respect and take care of it more. Learning about your
environment and everything in it is very important.
This aquarium would be good for both visitors and the
people who live on Anna Maria Island.
These are a few of the things I would do for Anna
Maria if I were elected mayor. I would like more
people to learn to swim, to sail and to experience more
about their environment.
My proposed projects would give the people of
Anna Maria an opportunity to learn about their envi-
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Following the meeting, the school's sixth-, sev-
enth- and eighth-grade bands will perform a selection
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tion wing located at 206 85th St., Holmes Beach.
For more information, call the school office at 778-
Become an IMS band grouper
Don't be a flounder, be a grouper for the Island
Middle School Conch Fritter Band. That's the
school's slogan for its new band booster program.
The IMS music education program, which is
directed by musician Jimi Gee, offers beginning to
advanced band classes and guitar and keyboard
The Conch Fritter advanced band has been in
demand, having performed at several Islandwide
events, including the Christmas Prelude on Bridge
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You can "tune a piano" by being a tuna fish for
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And, earn the title of King Neptune with a do-
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give kids an opportunity to participate in swim and
sailing teams. Remember Paige Carper would make a
great new mayor of Anna Maria.
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No reports available.
Dec. 3, 12000 block of Cortez Road, DUI arrest.
Demaris Kleckner, 41, of Bradenton, was arrested for
driving while intoxicated after she reportedly was seen
fleeing the scene of an accident in'the 100 block of Gulf
Drive North. According to the report, officers caught
up with Kleckner after she ran her car off the road and
into a ditch along Cortez Road. Kleckner was also
charged with fleeing the scene of a crash.
Nov. 28, theft, 500 block 56th Street. The com-
plainant said unknown persons took an outboard mo-
tor off a boat tied up to his dock. The 30-hp engine was
valued at $2,900.
Nov. 29, burglary, Citgo, 3015 Gulf Drive. The
officer was checking businesses and saw a large shell
rock on the floor of the business. It appeared that eight
cartons of cigarettes, lottery tickets and $150 in cash
were taken by an unknown intruder.
Dec. 1, driving with license suspended, 3000 block
Gulf Drive. The officer stopped the driver for speeding
and determined his license was suspended and the
driver was issued a traffic summons.
Dec. 1, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, driving without
a license. A driver stopped for speeding was given a
summons after officers determined that his license was
Dec. 4, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A woman's wallet was stolen from her ve-
hicle. According to the report, the wallet was later re-
trieved from the Manatee River at 44th Avenue Drive
Dec. 5, 5200 block of Gulf Drive, DUI. According
to the report, Justin Hagelberg, 22, of Bradenton, was
cited for-driving while intoxicated and driving on the
wrong side of the road. Hagelberg reportedly caused a
head-on collision with a pickup truck. Witnesses told
police Hagelberg had been driving his car on the wrong
side of the road and did not have the vehicle's head-
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Dec. 5, 6400 block of Marina Drive, burglary. A
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that a bottle of prescription arthritis medication was miss-
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Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
5 to 9 p.m. Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach
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Thursday, Dec. 12
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6 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club Holiday Pot Luck
Dinner at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1700 Ken Thompson
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7p.m. Gulfcoast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus
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Bradenton. Information: 778-4590.
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7 p.m. "The Treasures of Christmas" outdoor
musical concert at the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf
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9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Art and bake sale at the Anna
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11 a.m. to 2p.m. Chuck and Joey Lester's Fun
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Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
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4 to 8 p.m. "A Night Before Christmas" and holi-
day festivities at G.T. Bray Park, 5504 33rd Ave. Drive
W., Bradenton. Information: 742-5974 extension 6032.
Sunday, Dec. 15
8 a.m. Island Run 2002 to benefit Manatee
County Nursery Schools Inc. starts at Bayfront Park,
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10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Winterfest arts and crafts
show at Holmes Beach City Hall Park, 5801 Marina
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2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community Orches-
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the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
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6:30 p.m. Roser Memorial Community Church
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9 a.m. to noon -Stepping Stone Class with Glen
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7:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Historical Society
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6 p.m. Roser Men's Club holiday dinner at the
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-0414.
Wednesday, Dec. 18
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce "Nooner" at the Chart House Restaurant,
201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
387-9519. Fee applies.
Noon to 3:30p.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 Christmas
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"Natural Florida: Paintings from the George Percy
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Jack Dowd and friends at Kaos Gallery South,
1122 12th St. W., Bradenton's Village of the Arts Dis-
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in the 2002-03 College Board's Talent Roster of Out-
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Our neighbors to the south are looking forward
to a true White Christmas complete with white frost-
ing on their "shore-cake."
Workers are mobilizing now for an expected
Dec. 20 startup on a New Pass dredging project that
will pump sand onto the beaches of Longboat and
Lido keys. It's what the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers calls a "routine maintenance" dredging effort
to keep the silted inlet open for boat traffic. The side
benefit: about 250,000 cubic yards of sand for the
eroding beaches of the two keys.
There's a new twist in the sand project for Lido.
Residents, visitors and beachgoers have complained
for years about the quality of the sand on the shore.
-Lido doesn't share Anna Maria Island's bountiful
white sand or its renourishment source just off the
north tip of our Island, and in the past workers there
had to go about seven miles out in the Gulf of
Mexico to get sand. The result was a dark gray,
coarse-grained sand that tended to broil bare feet and
ruined the chamber of commerce's perfect beach
So Sarasota engineers came up with a frosting
approach for the-upcoming beach renourishment
project. They plan to bulldoze the icky gray sand
from far out into the water, widening the beach in the
process, then pump the clean, white sand from New
Pass on top on the shore.
Coastal engineers are confident the sand grain
size will be compatible and the new beach will
"stick" to the shore and not sluice out into t.he Gulf.
Grain size compatibility is a coastal engineering
discovery made a few years ago. Not all sand is the
same color or size. You can mix colors OK, but for
a beach renourishment project to be successful,
you've got to have sand that's the same grain size.
The best description I've heard is covering your
yard with bowling balls one grain size then
coating the bowling balls with marbles another
grain size then turning a firehose on the whole
thing. The marbles end up washing away into your
neighbor's yard, the bowling balls remain.
Everything's gotta be compatible for a workable
beach renourishment project.
Anyway, the sand size is supposed to be compat-
ible for existing Lido and Longboat beaches from
New Pass, and the $2.3 million project should be
completed by the end of January. By summer, we
should know if it worked well or not.
I can't mention Longboat Key and beaches with-
out remembering a beach renourishment project
from hell down there almost 10 years ago. Key of-
ficials received state and federal permits to renourish
the whole length of Longboat, and work -started in
The town and its citizens decided they didn't
like the idea of coarse sand. Anna Maria Island had
just finished its first renourishment, and town offi-
cials were not silent on the subject of our "dark"
4sand and all the shell "lhash" in the mix. We want
only white, sugary sand for our beaches, the town
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Longboat Key's beach nourishment project was
plagued with problems from the very beginning. Re-
luctant to provide public beach access and parking
to meet state requirements, Longboat residents opted
to pay for most of the sand addition themselves
through a special taxing district.
The contract to do the nourishment went to a
new, so-called "state of the art" dredge that used jets
of water, rather than an auger, to produce the slurry
that would eventually be the new beach. The dredge
was plagued with delays and pumping problems and
was far behind schedule when March 13 dawned.
Residents of Southwest Florida awoke Saturday,
March 13, 1993, to the howl of wind and the slap of
waves. A phenomenally powerful low pressure sys-
tem brought near-hurricane force steady 60-mph
winds to the state. Coastal flooding was extensive,
as was damage elsewhere.
The storm cost Longboat Key several hundred
thousand cubic yards of sand. It also cost the dredge
company most of its pipe, as the high waves tore the
equipment apart. Pipe parts were later recovered
from as far away as Venice.
Longboat used as its sand "borrow site" areas
near New Pass and Longboat Pass rather than "walk-
ing" the dredge along the shore, as Anna Maria did
in 1992-93. The sand from the sandbars was finer,
more powdery, and eventually the town learned it
didn't "stick" to the beach as well, either.
The following is from the Longboat Observer,
dated March 17, 1994:
"Town consultants and Longboat Key officials
were aware before the renourishment that shell-filled
sand is more resistant to erosion. However, they
bowed to the wishes of Longboat Key residents for
"In fact, after renourishment, property owners
along a 3,000-foot stretch of beach ... demanded that
their shell-filled beach be replaced with powder
sand. Bulldozers subsequently scraped off the
'shelly' sand and replaced it with finer material
The most telling tale of Longboat's first beach
renourishment project came from the town's coastal
engineering consultant Rick Spadoni, who bluntly
said at the time that "the Longboat Key beach
project is the worst-performing project that I've ever
seen and, with the two beaches [Longboat and Anna
Maria Island] as comparison, it certainly drives
home the point of the importance of grain size."
Let's hope the two keys' new White Christmas
renourishment will last for a long, long time.
Goliath Grouper Creek: Not!
Federal officials last year quietly announced that
there would no longer be a fish called ajewfish, opt-
ing for the more politically correct goliath grouper.
Now, a guy from Washington is requesting the
U.S. Board of Geographic Names change the name
of a channel in Key Largo from Jewfish Creek to
Goliath Grouper Creek. Jewfish Creek is on charts
dating back to the 1900s; even Key Largo was called
jewfish until 1921.
The Monroe County Commission has voted
unanimously against the name change, and that vote
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is expected to be endorsed in rejecting the request by
Gary Grossman is a fish ecologist from the Uni-
versity of Georgia and was the moving force behind
the jewfish-to-goliath grouper switch. "I don't be-
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There's no word on anybody requesting a name
change for Jewfish Key off Longboat Pass, although
some real estate sales pitches have referred to it as
Top 10 list
My friend Paul Bergin just finished an interest-
ing project: the top 10 Florida crime fiction novels.
"When it comes to crime fiction, Florida suffers an
embarrassment of riches," Bergin wrote in Forum, a
Florida Humanities Council quarterly magazine.
Since he and I share a love for a good mystery,
we talked a bit about the project. Actually, we ar-
gued a bit about the project, since I liked another
Randy Wayne White novel better than the one he se-
lected. I was able to get one of my favorites on his
list, though, and I agree with him on most of the oth-
So with the holidays approaching and stockings
beckoning for gifts, here's the Paul Bergin list of
Florida's best of the best, with some of his thoughts
on each book. Most are still in print, by the way.
The Drowner, by John D. MacDonald "a
straightforward mystery interwoven with themes of
repressed sexuality, religious zealotry, and parental
domination played out in an atmosphere of good-ol'-
boy small-town politics and featuring one of
MacDonald's creepiest villains."
The Hated One, by Don Tracy "Tracy's un-
blinking portrayal of racial politics in Florida during
a watershed period in American history shimmers
Ninety-two in the Shade, by Thomas McGuane
"this lyrical, often grotesque novel of Key West
is a landmark in the development of Florida fiction."
Street 8, by Douglas Fairbairn "one of the
bleakest, most existential novels every written."
The Case of Lucy Bending, by Lawrence Sand-
ers "it pains me to praise the author responsible
for the unbearably lightweight Archy McNally se-
ries, but Sanders actually could write."
LaBrava, by Elmore Leonard "Leonard's
most ambitious and literary novel, and easily the best
of those he set in Florida."
New Hope for the Dead, by Charles Willeford -
The Heat Islands, by Randy Wayne White -
"when it comes to depicting life in Southwest
Florida, particularly on the water, White has no peer,
and he's never done it better than in The Heat Is-
Done Deal, by Les Standiford "the climactic
showdown is so gut-clenchingly convicting that it
ought to be part of the curriculum at every creative
writing program in the country."
Gone Wild, by James W. Hall "an astonish-
Jewfish Key was actually two islands about 100
years ago. Rumor has it that when the Gulf
Intracoastal Waterway was dredged, the island's
owner convinced the dredge operator with the
help of a case of scotch to dump the spoil from
the channel dredging between the two islands to
expand the land mass.
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Despite weather, reds, grouper, trout still hitting
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Welcome to winter fishing. Cooler water temps
and repeated fronts have slowed offshore fishing, but
the few boats that got out reported good results on
mackerel, grouper, lane and mangrove snapper and
some big amberjack.
Inshore anglers are continuing the good redfish
streak, plus catches of trout, flounder and lots of pretty
good-sized sheepshead to 5 pounds.
By the way, don't forget that snook season closes
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he put his
clients onto redfish, sheepshead, mackerel and floun-
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said his best bets for the
week were mackerel and redfish, plus a few cobia.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he's getting into red grouper to 20 pounds
in size, lane and mangrove snapper and amberjack to
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said off-
shore boats are having a hard time getting out with the
wind and rain, but backwater fishers report continued
good catches of redfish, trout, snapper, mackerel, blue-
fish, pompano and flounder.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said this is a great time of year for gag grou-
per in the Gulf. He took Jim Turner of Turner Marine
and girlfriend Denise to a nice catch of gag grouper to
12 pounds. It was Denise's first time fishing offshore
for grouper. Bill Mackson, Mitzi Mates, Don Clegg
and Bob Granzeier got into a phenomenal catch of 25
mangrove snapper, plus some gags to 20 pounds on live
pinfish and frozen spanish sardines.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheepshead
are the hot ticket off the dock there, with a few pom-
pano, reds. mackerel and black drum added into the
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier said fishing
was slow due to the inclement weather, but there were
still some good reports of sheepshead, bonita, flounder,
some mangrove snapper and some snook, although the
snook action there is also slow.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's catching
gag grouper in about 45 feet of water out in the Gulf of
Mexico, plus a few mackerel and bonita and some nice-
sized mangrove snapper.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said winter weather patterns are in full force
and he's catching sheepshead to 5 pounds, reds to 7
pounds, a few flounder, pompano, mangrove snapper
and a few snook, although the linesiders don't seem to
be very hungry right now.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
wade fishers are still going out, and the extra-low tides
are helping them reel in lots of trout and redfish. Sheep-
shead is still a good bet off the Anna Maria Bridge, he
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Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
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On my boat Magic, we only made it out one day
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Good luck and good fishing.
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Dustin Cole on the mat, in the classroom
By Kevin Cassidy
Island resident Dustin Cole has wrestled his way to
a 5-1 start for Bayshore High School and recently
helped his fellow Bruin wrestlers to a six-team tourna-
ment win on Dec. 7 at Bayshore High.
Bayshore defeated Englewood Lemon Bay (51-
25), Port Charlotte (67-12), Sebring (60-16), Cape
Coral (44-34) and Lakewood Ranch (47-28) to claim
Cole won four out of five matches on the day to
support seniors Tony Valcarcel (275), Jon Davis (189),
Bryce Johnson (160) and Damian VanMetre (125),
-who each won all five of their matches in helping the
Bruins improve to 6-0 on the season.
Cole has wrestled for the varsity Bruins since his
freshmen year when freshmen football coach Trevor
Johnson, who also serves as the Bayshore wrestling
coach, coaxed him into coming out for the team.
Cole won only four or five matches in his first year
of wrestling, but he gained a lot of valuable experience.
"I pretty much got handled that first year," said Cole.
"I had never set foot on a wrestling mat in my life."
Cole wrestled at 145 pounds during his freshmen
year but moved up to the 152-pound class last year and
improved to the point where he won half of his
This year Cole is wrestling in the 170-pound class
though he only weighs in at 160 pounds, but he more
than holds his own. "Dustin is a great kid and a real
hard worker," according to Coach Johnson.
Cole and his teammates' practice programs are not for
the faint of heart. They typically run two to three miles and
mix in running the stadium steps or doing sprints. Then the
real practice starts. Afterwards, it's a half-hour working on
different drills to improve technique on takedowns and
escapes before finishing with an hour of live wrestling, at
which point Cole gets to butt heads with Bryce Johnson,
one of the best wrestlers in the state.
Dustin, who lives in Bradenton Beach with his
parents Beth and Ralph and younger brother Pat, is also
a good student. He currently carries a 3.4 grade-point
average, but is undecided about his future plans.
For now, he's content with school and wrestling
along with hobbies like surfing, fishing, hanging out at
the beach or driving around in his new car.
Center Tip-Off-The-Season tourney
The Anna Maria Island Community Center an-
nounced Dec. 6 it will host its first ever Tip-Off-The-
Season Basketball Tournament. The single-elimination
tournament was announced Friday and began Monday,
Dec. 9, with play through Dec. 13, and championship
games set for Friday the 13th at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. for
Divisions I, II and III.
The Premier League for ages 14-16 will play off
for its championship Thursday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. at the
First-place tourney winners will receive trophies
-and there will also be an all-tourney team selected in
Three Anna Maria
Island seniors at
Manatee High -w i q
School are nominees -
- as Mr. Sugar Cane, .
performing a dance
number and model-
ing clothes at the
- i 2002 Mr. Sugar
recently. Left to right
are Josh Sato, Ryah n
Quigley and Mark ,
Islander Dustin Cole, shown here on the left with Coach Trevor Johnson, will be back on the mat Wednesday,
Dec. 11, when Bayshore High School hosts Venice High School for a 5:30 p.m. matchup.
Center Tip.Off Basketball Season Tournament
6 p.m. Div. III Bistros vs. Danziger Allergy
7 p.m. Div. II Air & Energy vs. Acute Care Team
8 p.m. Div. I Island Pressure Cleaning vs. Larry Pearson AC
6 p.m. Div. III Jessie's Island Store vs. Banks Engineering
7 p.m. Div. I Island Discount Tackle vs. Dec. 10 winner
(A Paradise vs. Marco Polo)
8 p.m. Premier League Championship
6 p.m. Division III Championship
7 p.m. Division II Championship
8 p.m. Division I Championship
Premier League ages 14-16
Division I ages 12-13
Division II ages 10-11
Division III ages 8-9
each of the three divisions.
The regular season is ready to start after the holi-
days on Jan. 9 with 19 teams participating in four age
divisions, not including the instructional division,
where scores and stats not maintained in order to keep
the focus on instruction, not winning.
The Center noted that neither the instructional di-
vision teams nor the Police Athletic League Premier
League team will participate in the tournament.
Sign up now for 9th annual
indoor soccer tourney
Registration for the ninth annual Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center indoor soccer tournament is
under way this week. The event will take place from
Dec. 15 to 23 and will have four age divisions for both
male and females. Girls and boys teams will be com-
peting for division titles in U8, U10, U12, and U14.
This is the largest and most popular tournament the
Center organizes and it continues to grow in popular-
ity. Last year had 350 children participating in the tour-
nament with three different counties represented so
don't wait too long to register your team.
Cost is $100 per team with a maximum of 12 play-
ers per team and deadline for entering a team is 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 11.. There is mandatory attendance
for one team member at a coach's meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 2.
Due to the increased popularity of the indoor tour-
ney, the Center is accepting only the first six teams in
each age group on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call
the Center's Scott Dell for more information at 778-
Kevin Cassidy is publisher of Sports Page, a free pub-
lication focusing on youth sports and distributed
countywide, coach for Manatee High School female
soccer, and a fdull-time teacher/parent.
TflE ISLANDER DEC. 11, 2002 U PAGE 27-A
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Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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1BR/1BA duplex. One
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$1,400/month, plus utilities.
3BR/2BA HOUSE on
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deep canal. North of Anna
3BR/2BA HOUSE on
deep canal. North of Anna
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Don't forget to say you saw it in The Islander.
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SPECTACULAR GULF VIEWS!
One house from the beach. Custom-built house by
Whitehead. 3BR, plus den, 3BA, gourmet kitchen,
separate dining room, deck, patio and two-car ga-
rage. Walls of windows to enjoy the sunsets.
PERICO BAY CLUB WATERFRONT
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished villa, beautifully ap-
pointed, ceramic tile, walk-in closets, glassed-in
porch, balcony overlooking water, vaulted ceiling,
two-car garage. Secure community, guard gate, and
24-hour security. $279,900.
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. $695,000.
KEY ROYALE POOL HOME
4BR/3BA Key Royale "500" block, split-plan,
canalfront, 4,000 lb. boat lift, caged pool, family
room, two blocks to great beach. $499,000.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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SPECTACULAR VIEWS both day
and night from this 2BR/2BA
bayfront condo. Located in a park
like setting of over 25-plus acres
with tennis and a heated pool. This
property is a must see! $385,000.
WATERFRONT HOME & LOTS
861 North Shore Dr ....... $1,950,000
513 69th St. .....................
510 72nd St ...................
618 Hampshire Ln. ...........
622 Dundee Ln. ...............
510 Key Royale Dr............
505 67th St. .....................
616 Emerald Lane. .............
608 Key Royale Dr. .........
Westbay Pt. Moorings #55... $385,000
509 68th St. ...............
510 68th St .................
524 71st St. ................ $1,490,000
623 Foxworth Ln. .......... $575,000
CONDOS & LOTS
140 50th St. ................
308 55th St. Lot........... $197,500
Sun Plaza West #201...
Sunbow Bay #204. .........
BeachwalkTownhomes-1 Left. $499,900
211 83rd St. ..................
408 Pointsetta Rd. ..........
6925 Holmes Bvid ........
214 83rd Street. ........... $332,900
710 North Shore. Lot ...... $299,000
747 Jacaranda. Lot........
405 Bay Palms Dr. ......... $329,900
634 Estuary. ............... $210,000
1276 Spoonbill landings Cr. $249,999
8809 12th Ave. NW. ..... $239,900
Vizcaya #31C. ............... 134,900
3948 Mariners Way ..... $439,900
2418 90th St. NW ......... $2,995,000
11332 Perico Isle Cir ...... $325,000
1275 Spoonbill Landings Cr. $219,000
Stop by and use our talking
window 24 hour information center.
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\\ ALNUT CHINA CLOSET $195; one-year-old We-
oer gas grill, new $780 now $325; rattan glass-top
dining table and four chairs, $235; dark wood buffet
S35: oak desk chair $25. 778-2167.
DOLLS: WORLDS GALLERY collectible dolls. Beau-
tifully dressed, like new with box. Phillip Saylor prize
winner, artist Linda Steele and others. 778-1814.
SEASONED FIREWOOD delivered and stacked at
your house. Call Jeff Gunn, 809-7930.
UPRIGHT INDUSTRIAL-SIZE deep freeze. Has lock
and key. $250. Call 779-9027 or 720-4401, ask for
CHINA CLOSET Large two-piece honey-colored oak,
country French, beveled glass, $650; matching buffet
sever with storage, $350, or best offer. 778-1646.
TWIN BEDS can be used as king. King-size head-
board and excellent mattresses. $100. 778-2067.
QUEEN MATTRESS, BOX SPRING and frame, $90
or best offer. Wicker headboard and matching chair,
$25 or best offer. 778-9692.
TWO TWIN MATTRESSES and springs. Frames,
quilts, risers, sheets, pillowcases, dust ruffles, etc. In
excellent condition. $500. 727-0707.
BIG BEAUTIFUL HOUSEBOAT $28,500 or make
offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat_sunseeker or call 778-3526.
ISLAND PLAYER'S PECAN SALE: Mammoth
halves! New crop. Holiday bags $6.95 lb., choco-
late covered $7.95 lb. Now available at SunCoast
Real Estate and The Islander newspaper located
in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach.
Proceeds benefit the Island Players. For informa-
tion call: 779-0202.
KIWANIS.FRIENDS: Order fresh-picked Florida or-
anges and grapefruit from Kiwanis Club of Anna
Maria Island by calling Rich, 778-0355.
BUTTERFLY GARDEN personalized bricks. Last
chance for years. Order now. Only $40! Order forms
available at The Islander or call Nancy, 778-5274.
ROSER THRIFT STORE. Open Tuesday, Thursday
9:30am-2pm and Saturday 9am-noon. We have
Christmas decorations. 50 percent off rack. 511 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.
GARAGE/ESTATE SALE Saturday and Sunday,
Dec. 14-15, 8am-5pm. Furniture, tools, computers,
office supplies, rugs, appliances, French doors and
more! 314 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, Dec. 14, 8:30am-
4:30pm. Toys, furniture, many others items. 505
71st St., Holmes Beach.
LARGE FLEA MARKET Saturday, 8am-5pm. 14
dealers, great buys, antiques, collectibles, jewelry,
nautical, furniture, wicker, glassware. 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach (in parking lot of Dolphin
Plaza, next to Time Saver, across from Martinique).
GARAGE SALE SATURDAY only, Dec. 14, 10am-
3pm. Wood bunk beds/new mattresses, dining table,
children's items, fun junk. 614 Rose Street, Anna
Maria (off Jacaranda).
LOST GOLD BRACELET. Vicinity of Bayfront Park,
North Shore Drive area on Dec. 5. Please call 778-
CRITTER SITTER Seven years in pet care, 22
years as an Island resident. Tender, loving care for
your pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.
DACHSHUND adoption and rescue (DARE). Call
Shona at 761-2642 for information or visit our Web
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon on Tuesday at
islander.org. And it's FREE!
( The best news on
Anna Maria Island!
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$2,999, or best offer. 730-9622.
BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vacation or
long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Minutes
to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt. John's
Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
THE CUTE LITTLE red boat at Catcher's Marina is
for sale! Great for day outings,. 20-ft., diesel pow-
ered. Call John at Catcher's Marina, 778-1977.
80-FEET OF canal dockage on seawall for rent near
Holmes Beach City Hall. $125/month. Call 725-1222.
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 fish-
ing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided. 779-
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.
NURSERY ATTENDANT NEEDED SundarOn-
ings at local church. Call weekdays, 778-1813.
NANNY/HOUSEKEEPER needed immediately. De-
pendable, healthy, energetic, trustworthy and experi-
enced for 8-month-old infant in my Island home for at-
home working mom. 11am-3pm, Mon.-Fri.,-sat. night
and weekend day shift occasionally. Pleasant job re-
quires flexible schedule for $7/hour. Application, refer-
ences, background check required. 779-1121.
ANNA MARIA GULFFRONT FOR SALE! Many possibilities for this Gulffront cottage with garage apartment. Continue
using as vacation rental or update/renovate for your dream home Gulf views from almost every room. Features roof-
top deck, several open patios, wet bar, fireplace, single-car garage and storage. Garage apartment is an efficiency.
List price $1,200,000. MLS#87264. Call Stephanie Bell (941) 778-2307 or (941) 920-5156.
r1. SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
SIMPLY THE BEST
We're not the Best because we're the biggest vacation rental company on the
Island, we're the biggest because we're the Best. With more than 275 vacation
properties, we're doing something right. So hook up with a winner and call one
of our four full-time rental agents if you want results with world-wide exposure.
3101 GULF DRIVE
You'll be glad you called.
YVONNE HIGGINS P.A.
4W 778-7778 or 518-9005 -
6' "I work the Islands & the Inlands"
SECLUDED BAYFRONT PARADISE
4BR/2.5BA plus guest quarters. Two
docks, solar heated pool, metal roof, two
fireplaces, large screened verandah, hard-
wood floors. Completely surrounded by
lush tropical landscaping. Very private.
$1.1 million. To view, call Yvonne Higgins
at RE/MAX Gulfstream Realty, 518-9003.
WMR l Gulfstream Realty
THE BIG PICTURE
. It's all about real estate!
THE ISLANDER M DEC. 11, 2002 M PAGE 29-A
,HEL WANTED Continued __ HELP WANTED ContinuedI___EMES Continued
HOUSEKEEPING NEEDED for Island hotel and bed
& breakfast. Energetic person needed to join our staff!
Must have own transportation. Call 778-6335.
WANTED: LICENSED EXPERIENCED rental agent
for established Anna Maria Island office. Competi-
tive salary and benefits, plus bonuses. Fax resume
to 383-9453. All inquiries confidential.
COOKS, SERVER, BUS PERSON with experience
only. 5610 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Call
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Advertising layout and design
for weekly newspaper, some Web site production.
Knowledge of advertising design and layout with a
strong understanding of typography, composition and
copy writing. Qualifications include proficiency in
PhotoShop; knowledge of Illustrator/Pagemaker/Acro-
bat a plus. Minimum one-year experience required
and associate's degree or technical school certificate
preferred. Resumes: E-mail email@example.com, fax
778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
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.
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.
Simplify Your Search!
Call anytime for a consultation.
$ave Big Bucks
on Seasonal Rentals
I- 3001 Gulf Drive
VAIATIN Ix... Holmes Beach
VACATIONc (941) 778-6849
PROPERTIES, L Toll Free: 800 778-9599
SALES AND RENTALS email@example.com
dB I_,C i www.islandvacationproperties.com
Licensed Real Estate Broker Ann Caron
ANNA MARIA'S ONLY GULF LOT
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Li-
brary. Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved-with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
ASSISTED LIVING: Haven Home Bradenton Beach
is admitting residents. Respite, long term. Call 779-
0322 for details, inquiries welcome.
COMPANION/AIDE Looking for companionship?
iRides to doctor, shopping, etc? Need some light
housework done? Call Claudette, 448-6185.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, more. Hard-
working and responsible. Excellent references. Ed-
CHECK US OUT ONLINE at www.islander.org !!!
in paradise at
N R,,.V- REALTOR
ES- ir Sales & Rentals Since 1981
Office 778-4800 Cell 705-4800
5201 Gulf Dr. Holmes Beach, Fl
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
(941) 778-2291 PO Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
This beautifully appointed and decorated 3BR/
2.5BA townhouse is located one short block to
the beach and offers countless amenities, in-
cluding soaring vaulted ceilings with fans, radius
walls, glass blocks, mirrored bar and wine rack,
Corian countertops, white lacquered cabinetry,
Jacuzzi tub, walk-in closet, etched-glass mural,
central vacuum system, cultured-marble show-
ers and raised vanities for sinks, skylights and
beveled-glass mirrors. Priced at $595,000!
& VIDEO TOUR
Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $20 per hour- free ad-
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.
MUSIC LESSONS! Also available: flute, saxo-
phone, clarinet.. Beginning to advanced. Contact
Koko Ray, 792-0160.
AT HOLMES BEACH
LUXURY CONDO TOWNHOUSES
Model Open Daily 3800 Sixth Ave., Holmes Reach
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
EXECUTIVE ISLAND HOME This custom built home is
tucked away on a Lake La Vista canal on the north end
of Anna Maria. This one-of-a-kind Island home is located
in a gorgeous neighborhood. Park-like grounds, lots of
decks, dream workshop and RV garage. This exceptional
home has it all! Offered at $695,000.
STEPS TO THE BEACH! This 3BR/2BA home is just
steps to the Gulf in north Holmes Beach. Split bedrooms,
covered parking and room for a pool. Loads of potential.
With a little "TLC" this would make a great affordable
beach house. Just listed at $299,500.
REAL ESTATE *
OF ANNA MARIA
9906 Gulf Drive VS
Visit our Web site at www.greenreal.com
Why pay same or more for an older Gulffront
home when a new home is possible on this
Gulf lot "complete!" Platted depth is 124-ft.
plus additional 75-100-ft. to mean high-water
line with Riparian rights. Call today for further
details. Asking $949,500.
We are the Island!
P 5 1957
MARIE LC REAL ESTATE
.FA IKLiN REA LTY 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
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ISLA NDE" C, A ,wl--]fE D -
SEVCSCntne ERIE otnudISRICSCniud
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, ex-
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
cushions, 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
personalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
THE ROYAL MAID SERVICE Licensed, bonded,
insured. Professional experienced maids, free es-
timate, gift certificates available. Call now, 727-
NOTARY PUBLIC Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows. Sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service: Delivering
a standard of excellence for all your interior and ex-
terior cleaning needs. No job too big or small. Great
rates and references, 722-4358.
Boyd ., Realty
Tidemark Lodge & Marina -
Bayou Condo, Anna Maria, $259,000
131 Crescent, Anna Maria, $599,000
428 Magnolia, 3BR/2BA, $369,000
409 Pine Avenue, Historical Cottage, $379,000 *
Palma Sola Park, Montezuma, $479,000
Palma Sola Park, Alhambra, $599,000
NW One Acre Estate, $749,000
Riverview and 26th St., Old Florida, $399,000
20th St., Down by the River, $389,000
4.9 Acres NW Bradenton River, $1.1 Million
Historical Hurricane House, Anna Maria U
Half-Duplex, two blocks to Gulf, Anna Maria, U
Beautiful Home with Dock & Pool, San Remo U
Home on Bayou with Dock, LBK Village U
CONTACT BOYD REALTY, BRENDA BOYI MAY,
LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER, SALES DIRECTOR *
(941) 779-2233 1-800-813-7517
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." 779-
CLEANINGS-R-JOB Will clean your residence, of-
fice, rental or new construction. Island resident of 35
years. No job too big! Please call 779-9633.
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.
PAINTING: INTERIOR and exterior by Henry. 25
years experience. Free estimates. 748-8959.
TREE SERVICE BY BREWER. Topping, trimming,
shaping, stump grinding and removals. Trim palm
trees. Insured. Call Phil, 778-6014 or cell 545-4770.
HEATHER'S PROFESSIONAL house cleaning. Ex-
cellent service at an affordable price. $10 off your
first clean! 705-0579.
DON'T FEEL LIKE fighting traffic, parking? Not sure
where the address is? Tired of waiting in the
weather? Take a taxi door to door and arrive safely
(or just get a delivery). $1.50 to get in, $1.50/mile.
Clean, friendly, serving all Manatee and Sarasota
counties, as well as airports. Island Transportation,
7am to 3am, or by appointment. 779-2520.
ABSOLUTELY SPOTLESS Residential, commer-
cial, home organization. Housekeeping a must?
Call someone you trust! 26-years experience. Ref-
erences, dependable. Bonita, 745-2284.
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.
WACKY SISTERS HOUSECLEANING. We're ob-
sessed with cleaning, painting and decorating. Hon-
est and .dependable. Ellen, 779-2422, or Nancy,
CERTIFIED TUTOR K-6, 35 years experience. In
your home, Bradenton area. Call (734) 678-3821.
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, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
Real Estate Shoppe
Anna Maria Beachfront,
Perico Bay Club Villas
Holmes Beach Duplex
5400 Condo, 2BR/2BA
2BR/2BA Home & Efficiency,
500-ft. to beach
2BR/2BA Canalfront Home
Efficiency 500-ft. to beach
2BR/2BA Perico Bay CluO
Brand New 3BR/ZBA Home
VACATION AND ANNUAL RENTALS AVAILABLE
F(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 2217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BRADENTON BEACH
RE REAL ESTATEgINC.
Choice location for this 3BR/2BA
with a den or fourth bedroom
located in Glenn Lakes. Great
room, caged pool area, two-car
garage. Pantry and laundry area
add to your convenience. Close to
schools and shopping. IB84366.
Exceptional value for this well-
maintained 2BR/2BA unit located
on tennis court side of outstanding
Gulffront complex. New appli-
ances, Corian counter top, A/C,
tile and carpet. Enjoy the beach,
the pool or the tennis court!
Turnkey furnished. IB88068.
$299,900 BEACH COTTAGE
Best buy on the Island and only one block to the beach!
Completely renovated 2BR/1BA with garage. IB86388.
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at www.cbflorida.com
Looking for the.
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LAWN AND GA'LvRDEN Continued --ANDSCAPI_, Contin-ed HOMEIMPROEMNTCotiue
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
FINAL TOUCH Complete lawn care. Commercial
and residential. Licensed. Call for a free estimate.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation and pest control service. Everything
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Geoff Wall, 778-0700. 3BR/2BA, pool overlooks river,
peaceful and scenic. $399,000.
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tom: tile floor, crown molding, new appli-
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pool. $269,000. Tim Strzelczyk or
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complexes on the Gulf. Turnkey fur-
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long. Marc Turner, 778.0700.
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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
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Options, 752-7758 or 545-6141 (cell).
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
GREG HOWLE dba Howle Homes. New, remodels,
additions, tile, painting. Free estimates.
Lic#RB29003120. Insured. 761-3053.
WINDOW AND DOOR SILLS. Have cracked, crum-
bling, broken cement sills? Will rebuild all sills
promptly. 26-years experience. Chris, 795-3034.
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.
JANUARY-FEBRUARY: Cancellation. 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
TURNKEY FURNISHED 1BR/1BA. Available now
through February. Full kitchen. December $1,500/
month; January-February $1,600/month. Small pet
OK. Walk to beach or downtown Holmes Beach.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Two spacious
homes both 3BR/2BA with all conveniences. One is
$4,700/month, the other is $4,300/month. Photos
available upon request. Please call (813) 752-4235.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $350 to $450/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ANNUAL CANALFRONT HOME unfurnished (pets
OK, non smoking). Renovated 2BR/1BA, $2,250/
month. Available now, 779-2217.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA, duplex in Bradenton
Beach. Newly renovated, more to come! Washer/
dryer hookup, covered parking. $850/month. (813)
300-8543 or 265-3458.
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.
ANNUAL RENTAL Holmes Beach. 2BR/1 BA, to-
tally remodeled, tile floors, carpeting in bedrooms.
Non smoking, no pets. Washer/dryer hook-up.
$900/month. Will work with first, last and security
DIRECT GULFFRONT 2BR/1BA condo. Bradenton
Beach. Fully renovated with new furniture. $1,000/
week or $3,000/month, seasonal. 713-4187, leave
SEASONAL RENTAL Anna Maria, 200 feet to Rod
and Reel Pier. Ground floor, 2BR/1BA. Completely
remodeled, washer/dryer. Available now. 387-8610.
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.
RANCH-STYLE DUPLEX, Holmes Beach, 2BR/
1.5BA, laundry hook-ups, stove and refrigerator.
Annual, $750/month. No pets, 778-0032.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new ce-
ramic floors, $750; 2BR/1 BA, stackable washer/dryer
hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrigerator, 1 BR/
1BA, $650. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-7500.
VACATION RENTAL: You can have the warm, west
coast Florida sun with beautiful white sand outside
your door. 1BR, located at Resort 66, Holmes
Beach, on Anna Maria Island. Full housekeeping
with kitchen, cable TV, pool, ocean. Fully furnished.
$900/weekly. Available March: 1-8, 8-15, 15-22, 22-
29. Call (315) 894-2304.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental. 2BR/2BA, spacious,
attractive, half-block to beach, 1,400 sq.ft. 142 Cres-
cent. Mr. Glaser, (813) 839-3800.
213 54th St., Holmes Beach 778-3082
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SUNNY AND SPACIOUS annual canalfront home in
city of Anna Maria. 3BR/3BA,. new paint, carpet, tile.
BAYFRONT HOME with beach. City of Anna Maria.
Furnished 3BR/2BA, garage, immaculate. Available
weekly, monthly or annually. 779-2241.
SEASON/VACATION 2BR and 3BR, Gulffront
apartments, lovely furnished interiors, private
beach, patio, sundeck, porch, no pets. Tropical
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.
BRADENTON BEACH CONDO 2BR seasonal,
three-month minimum. Attractively furnished, bay
Views, pool, steps to beach. $1,400/month. 794-
SEASONAL BEAUTIFUL 2BR house on canal in
Holmes Beach. Heated pool, garage, washer/dryer,
etc. Available January and February 2003. $2,600/
month, plus tax. Call (813) 645-0577.
10-BY-20-FOOT secured garage space for rent
near Holmes Beach City Hall. $125/month. Call 725-
ANNA MARIA ISLAND 1-2BR, steps to beach. Fully
furnished, washer/dryer, cable, VCR, phone. Still
available for winter season. $395-$595/week and
$1,250-$1,850/month. 778-1098 or e-mail:
2florida @ usa.com.
ANNUAL RENTAL Westbay Cove, at light by Publix.
2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, cable, water/sewer paid.
$1,200/month. Old Florida Realty Co., 778-3377.
ROOM MATE WANT-Co for canalfront home near
Holmes P Ori t<.ity Hall. Annual rental, $400/month,
. pus utilities. Call 725-1222.
A FEW UNITS available for 2003 at Westbay Cove
condo. Turnkey furnished. Season and single
month. Old Florida Realty Co., 778-3377.
SEAi NAL RENTAL 1 BR apartment. 300 steps to
beach, heated pnol. $1,150, plus tax, 778-4499.
BAY WATCH CONDOMINIUM Unit 7A, Bradenton
Beach..Available for January and February 2003.
Pool, bay views. $3,000/month. Call toll-free, (800)
SEASONAL RENTALS book now! Perico Bay Club,
2BR/2BA, garage, $2,500/month; Palma Sola Bay,
2BR, $2,400/month; Longboat house, $2,900/
month; Mirror Lake 2BR/2BA, $1,800/month; Park-
ways Villas, $1,600/month. Flexible leases, Real
Estate Mart, 756-1090.
VACATION RENTAL Open, airy, 3BR, loft, 2BA,
immaculate, two blocks from north point beach, two
porches, $3,000/month, including taxes. Available
Jan. 1-23. and May 2003. Call (813) 969-3344.
ANNUAL RENTALS 2BR/1BA waterfront apart-
ment, Anna Maria, $725/month; 2BR/2BA Holmes
Beach apartment, $875/month; efficiency apart-
ment, $475/month. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate,
WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA, beautiful location, must
see to appreciate. Week, month, season. 779-9074
or (703) 587-4675.
SEASONAL RENTALS AVAILABLE Gulffront,
canalfronts and several close to the beach. Prices
range $1,350-$3,400/month. Call Fran Maxon Real
Estate 778-2307 for details.
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL 3BR/3BA. Remod-
eled, new to market, 1,150 sq.ft., steps to beach.
$2,500/month. 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.
1BR CONDO Annual, unfurnished, all tile, one
block to beach, large pool. Very nice! $750/month.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL. Remodeled, 2BR/2BA
with office. 1,150 sq.ft. Steps to beach. First, last,
security, $950/month. 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.
ALMOST ON THE BEACH. Charming newly deco-
rated vacation rental. 1BR/1BA with laundry. All
utilities included. Available January and April. Small
pet friendly. Call 778-5120.
ANNUAL 1 AND 2BR rentals available now. Close
to the Gulf. Priced from $620/month. Call Island
Real Estate, 778-6066.
BRADENTON BEACH DUPLEX Intracoastal water-
front. Dock, davits, 2BR/1 BA, large dining area, liv-
ing room, carport, washer/dryer. Annual, $1,000/
month. (727) 784-3679.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach. Clean, com-
fortable, four-room, ground-floor duplex. One-and-
a-half blocks to beach. $1,700/month, $500/week.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: January, February
2003. Non smoking, 2BR/2BA, no children. Four-
week minimum. Beachfront. Call (813) 781-7562.
LONGBOAT KEY Emerald Harbour home, 3BR/2BA,
deep-water canal, beach access, pool, newly fur-
nished, weekly or seasonal rates. Pets OK. E-mail:
CARR5821 @ BellSouth.net or (770) 840-0028.
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL large 1BR/1BA, fur-
nished or unfurnished, all amenities, pool, close to
beach. Seasonal 2BR/2BA, all amenities, pool, ga-
rage, close to beach. Aposporos & Son, 758-3939.
JANUARY AND/OR FEBRUARY 2003. Gulf
Shores condo, 2BR+den/2BA Gulffront, $3,400/
month; 3BR/2BA Gulffront cottage, $3,200/month;
2BR/1BA canalfront home, $2,600/month; 1BR/
1BA Anna Maria cottage, $1,800/month; Anna
Maria Island Club 2BR/2BA, $4,300/month; Sunset
Terrace 2BR/2BA, Gulffront $3,500/month, Gulf
Place 2BR/2BA, $3,300/month. Wedebrock Real
Estate Company, 778-6665, or 800-749-6665.
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ANNUAL DUPLEX 2dR/2BA, steps to beach and
shopping, small pets OK. Large deck, washer/dryer,
available immediately. $850/month. 778-0837.
KEY ROYALE BEAUTIFUL canalfront home 2BR/
2BA, tropical pool area with hot tub, dock with two
boat lifts, completely updated. Seasonal $2,800/
month, annual $2,500/month. 730-1086.
FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2003 Horizons West 2BR/
2BA, $2,300/month; Imperial House 2BR/1 BA, $2,300/
month; Bayview Terrace 2BR/2BA, $2,600/month;
Sunbow Bay 2BR/2BA, $3,000/month; Bayfront 2BR/
2BA, $2,800/month; Bay Drive North 2BR/2BA,
$2,800/month; San Remo Shores 2BR/2BA canal/
Jacuzzi, $3,000/month; Laurel Oak N.W. Bradenton,
3BR/3BA $3,200/month; South Bay Blvd. studio, bay
view, $1,000/month; Peacock Lane 2BR/2BA, $1,500/
month; 2BR/2BA, pool home $3,500/month; 2BR/2BA
duplex, bay views, $2.,800/month. Wedebrock Real
Estate Company, 778-6665 or (809) 749-6665.
BEAUTIFUL 2BR/1 BA apartment, unfurnished, gor-
geous. Gulf view; about 65'steps to beach, $1,200/
month, plus security. 778-4451.
MARCH 2003 Sunset Terrace Gulffront, 2BR/2BA,
$3,500/month; Bermuda Bay Club 3BR/2BA,
$3,800/month; Gulf Watch 2BR, $2,600/month;
Shorewalk Bradenton, 2BR/2BA, $2,600/month.
Wedebrock Real Estate Company, 778-6665, or
FURNISHED 2BR/1BA, Anna Maria City. Quiet
neighborhood, nor smoking. 778-5439.
SEASONAL 2BR/2BA townrihouse condo. Heated
pool, canal, laundry, new tile, clean and sharp.
$1,495/month. Possible weekly rental. 342-9456 or
SUNBOW BAY seasonal rental available. Two
heated pools, tennis, elevator, under building park-
ing, walk to everything. Turnkey furnished. For infor-
mation, call 795-3778.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Anna Maria 2BR/1 BA cottage.
$750/month. Marina Pointe Realty Co., 779-0732.
ANNUAL RENTALS unfurnished: 3BR/3BA bayfront
with boat dock, $1,200/month; 1BR/1BA steps to
bay, $600/month; 3BR/2BA second floor, close to
beach. Wedebrock Real Estate Company, 778-
6665, or (800) 749-6665.
SELLING OR BUYING a house? Need extra space?
Budget Self Storage can help. Daily, weekly,
monthly specials. Boxes and packing supplies. 795-
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty park-
ing spaces, contemporary design, great visibility.
$14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor, 388-
5514, or call 809-4253.
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. (813) 300-8543 or
MOBILE HOME for sale. 1 BR/1 BA. Good condition,
in a great location Pines Trailer Park, next to the
pier in Bradenton Beach. (907) 479-2774. #83
LIKE NEW two-year-old home. 3BR/2BA, garage,
cathedral ceilings, large eat-in kitchen, ceramic tile.
Located in west Manatee, lease option considered.
$123,900. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
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
PERICO BAY CLUB villa. Two-car garage, 2BR/
2BA, lakefront. Scrumptious furnishings included.
New roof only $249,000. "Exclusive listing must
be seen with Marilyn Trevethan, Realtor, Island
Real Estate." 778-6066.
WESTBAY COVE CONDO, poolside, second-floor
unit. Walk to beach, shopping. Old Florida Realty
FOR SALE BY OWNER, half-duplex, turnkey, 2BR/
2BA, 1,180 sq.ft., 45-by-91-ft. lot. $210,000. 444
62nd St., Holmes Beach. 778-4671.
SPRING LAKE HOME 2BR/2BA on duplex lot. One-
and-a-half blocks to beach. Old Florida Realty Co.,
SUNBOW BAY DIRECT bayfront, panoramic cor-
ner unit, 2BR/2BA, terrace, completely updated,
new furnishings, two heated pools, tennis, elevator,
under building-parking. Walk to all. Hurry! $315,000.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Canal waterfront lot. No
bridges, deep water, 75-by-125-feet with boat ramp.
$400,000. First in Real Estate, Vicky Groggin, Toll-
free, (866) 402-0745.
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 Tobago Hilton on Tobago Island, Trinidad
in the Caribbean. 1,694 square feet. Excellent rental
market. Asking $229,000, appraised at $241,000.
Call Rick at 778-1102 or 727-5873.
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard,
guest quarters or rental income producer. $28,500
or make offer. --v.wat Web site: geocities.com/
Single-family homes from
Sthe $190s, including homesites.
Island lifestyle with off-Island conven!.e'-.'
W AT 1 Just a five-minute ridpt^.*-""1eeach
5 Different F ioor Plans
All open & spacious ...
*3R. 5BR/2BA & 4R/213A
-OPEN DAILY 12-5 PM
Directions: Cortez Road to
86th St. W., turn south on
86th St. W. Entrance to Heron's
Watch is 1/2 mile on the right.
i. WoHOMESITES. ONLY 8 LEFT!
For information call 778-7127
UPDATED 3BR/2BA turnkey furnished Is-
land home. Great canal view, boat slip, lush
and private backyard. Won't last! $349,000.
Call Nicole Skaggs or Jane Grossman-at
778-4800 or 795-5704.
TROPICAL HORIZONS Large 2BR condo
in choice Holmes Beach area. Walk to
shopping and restaurants. Very close to
the beach with some Gulf views. Rooftop
sundeck. $399,900. Call Denny Rauschl at
WESTBAY POINT AND MOORINGS
3BR/2BA first floor, end unit with deeded
covered parking. Pool, hot tub, tennis and
26 acres of tropical splendor. Don't miss
this one! $350,000. Call Dick Maher -or
Dave-Jon'es'at 778-4800: ,
MOST REASONABLE PRICED TOWNHOUSE
at Sunbow! Roomy Island condo close to
beach and shopping. 2BR/2BA on main level
and hobby room/bedroom/den and one bath
downstairs. Quiet, well maintained complex
with two pools and tennis. $299,000. Call Ed
Oliveira at 778-4800 or 705-4800.
HAWTHORN PARK -
NR/TAHWEST BRADENTo N WEST OF GULF DRIVE Luxury Island
4BR/2.5BA, 2 story pool home retreat with Gulf views. Top of the line
with many deluxe features. Dual throughout, exquisitely turnkey furnished.
fireplace, eat-in kitchen, family One large master suite, sitting room or li-
'.room, all appliances, lots of brary and two baths. Oversized two-car
storage. Immediate possession. garage, two screened lanais, open deck.
.$349,000. Over 1,770 sf. of living area. $650,000
r Carol R. Williams, Broker/Realtor, 744-0700 720-7761
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1 Belittle, as yo' mama
4 One who might slip
one past you
13 See 123-Across
18 Guess: Abbr.
19 Without equal
20 Big fan of Dr. Phil
21 "Maria _" (1963 hit)
22 Nest-egg builder, for
23 Guinness orders
24 View from Geneva
25 Do tune-up work
26 Clue for 29-Across
29 Step 7 of the journey
30 One using crystals
32 Vacation souvenir
34 Vacation locale, with
35 Bohemian, e.g.
36 Didn't rent
40 Like some muscles
43 Step 6 of the journey
44 Semi conductor?
48 Fight down 'n' dirty
50 Calendar abbr.
53 Mince words?
54 Thesaurus abbr.
55 Chemical suffix
57 Carvey and Delany
59 They have strings
61 Soft & __(Gillette
62 Brief phrase
64 Step 5 of the journey
66 Remove viscid
67 Canvas cover
69 Chiang __-shek
73 Get past
74 Step 4 of the journey
77 Mtn. statistic
78 Lab assignment,
80 Actress Watts
83 __ culpa
84 Condos, e.g.
85 One may be square
87 "Wheel of Fortune"
91 Suspect's byword
92 Step 3 of the journey
93 Set about
95 Octave, e.g.
96 "The Temptation of
St. Anthony" artist
98 "_ job"
101 Medical suffix
104 Rhineland spa
105 Cat calls
106 Passenger vehicle
109 Step 2 of the journey
111 Clue for 74-Across
115 E. M. Forster subject
116 Smart one
118 Got into a stew?
119 Three-time 1950's
120 Olds model
121 W.W. II conference
122 Web site address
123 Start of a journey
13-Across (changing one
letter at a time)
125 Valle del Bove locale
126 Surg. gen. and others
1 Thinks fit
2 Where Mount Tabor is
3 Clue for
4 Dress design
6 Within: Prefix
7 Got back (to)
8 With 97-Down, bird of
9 Biblical land of wealth
11 Named names
12 America, familiarly
15 Some signs
16 Gang up
17 Mouth burner, maybe
19 Take down
27 Song thrush
28 Start of something big
33 2002 British Open
37 Bentley of "American
38 Bank job
41 Seven nymphs of
42 Clue for 43-Across
43 Charm and more
44 Isn't level
45 Clue for 64-Across
46 Ovary secretion
47 Matter in court
48 "Hair" co-writer
49 National Book Award-
53 Wishes, sufferingly
56 Directional suffix
60 Clue for 92-Across
63 List ender
68 It may fit the mold
72 Kind of beetle
75 Make __ of (record)
79 Historic region divided
86 Web site address
88 Part of some co.
90 Doer's cry
94 Add at the last minute
95 Unoriginal work
97 See 8-Down
99 Fort in 1861 news
100 Bonds and others
101 "Swan Lake" role
105 Smaller than small
107 Bony cavities,
108 In case it's true
110 Windshield option
112 "Legally Blonde" girl
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SPECIAL 2002 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Always last, best
Santa Claus was the fine finale for long, exc
parade from Anna Maria to Bradenton Bea
his duties continued, waiting and listening t
children's Christmas wishes. Islander Phoi
Bonner Joy and Paul Roat
o all the Fancy floaters for cause
tos: Students from Island Middle School participated on a float for "Students Working Against Tobacco" in the
lo'COWS WIM'0 TM
EarthBoxes make great
gifts! This is a gift that
will keep on giving...
fresh herbs, veggies
and beautiful flowers all
year long. Stop by our
"garden gift shop" for a
variety of gardening
gifts. Special on
with strawberries. $45.
Ellenton-Gillette Road Ellenton 941-723-2911
Open Mon.-Fri. 9am-4pm Sat. 9am-2pm
Jewelry & Watch Repair
40% OFF all jewelry in stock
including estate jewelry
and selected watches.
25% OFF watch bands.
50% OFF battfferies.
The Perfect Holiday Gift at a Fabulous Value!
Just minutes from the Island! ,,
Mon, thru Fri. 10 AM-6 PM Sat. 10 AM-4 PM
S 7358 Cortez Road West Bradenton 798-9585
Visit ppr new
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Tues-Fri 9-5 Sat 9-noon
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It's beginning to look -
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We deliver top quality
flowers to Anna Maria
Cortez and Longboat
Key since 1973.
Advent wreaths and
Assortment of interna-
tional chocolates and
Wir beraten Sie gerne
oauch ouf Deutsch
5312 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
(941) 778-4751 toll free 800-771-7163
o- r i .Ul
THE ISLANDER M DEC. 11, 2002 M PAGE 3-B
10 great years
Mary Siockmaster, 10-year home delivery speciahii for The Islander, let
husband Dave do the driving in the Privateers parade while she did the
waving and expert candy no newspaper Saturday throwing!
Decked out for holidays
The Privateers roared their cannon and plundered down the Island from north Anna
Maria to south Bradenton Beach, leading the parade and, like the pied piper, the
children to Coquina Beach for a party and a visit with Santa Claus.
Everyone loves chocolate! ,
Richey's Chocolates make a delicious holiday gift T'
for everyone on your list.., especially those secret Santas!
- GREAT HOLIDAY TREATS & GIFTS
SHIPPING AVAILABLE TO ALL 50 STATES 7200 Cortez Rd. 941 761-1500
We have an
of gifts for everyone
on your list! ,
Rainbow & Reef
Clothing & Accessories
Not sure what they want?
We have gift certificates!
Up to 30 Percent Off Selected Items!
11904 Cortez Road West Cortez Village 794-1233
Fichey C ocolates
FINE HOMEMADE CANDIES
THE AREA'S LARGEST SELECTION OF
* Nutcrackers Angels & Santas Ornaments
Festive Holiday and Casual
Jewelry & Accessories
French Dressing Jeanswear
Music Boxes .
S Nx -* Nautical Gifts
Dolls, Candles, Perfume,
Bottles and Much More
Santas and Angels
make great gifts!
Gift & Clwistmnas Shoppe-
Anna Maria Island Shopping Centre
Next to Crowder Bros. Hardware
3324 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach 778-4665
Get that tropical Island feeling at Helton's, the area
leader in quality wicker and rattan furnishings in a variety
of styles and finishes. We also have a large selection of
tropical accent pieces, framed prints
and decorative lamps.
?FrdaFow eurwe & e
4919 14th St. W, (US 41). Bradenton (941)727-1757
SPECIAL 2002 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
PAGE 4-B U DEC. 11, 2002 U THE ISLANDER
Young members of Roser Memorial Community Church lent their spirit to the Privateers parade.
Pause for Santa Paws!
Larry Foley's sheep dog kept up the pace in Foley's
convertible. What was all that barking? Why that
was just "Jingle Bell Rock," sung for the boss, who
delivers shell, mulch and rip-rap to his Island
7465 Manatee Ave, W, (next to Jennifers) 795-2046
Thyoga before TV.
Truth not delusion.
The Chameleon ...
795-5082 Manatee Ave West, #603 V
S362-3362 407 Pineapple Sarasota
YOUR HOLIDAY CANDLE CONNECTION
A.I. Root, Beeswax Designs, Aspen Bay, Caspari
Beach Glass Jewelry is Here!
Unique Cards & Stationary Fine Gifts & Toiletries
F Ku rd s 3222 East Bay Drive
". Near Shells at the
S' Anna Maria Island
A', _____* )v 778-4460
Affordable Gifts, Gear & Goodies for People and Pets
$25 OFF $100 or more purchase thru Dec. 25 Please mention this ad.
_ Artist Joan Voyles Island T-Shirts Hand-painted Sweaters
' Cotton Sportswear: Cotton Connection & Color We Cotton
* Swimwear from Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Kleiin, Nautica and Jantzen
Free Gift Wrap Gift Certificates
S ALEXIS SHOPPING PLAZA
XI (2 blocks south of the Sandbar)
9801 GULF DRIVE ANNA MARIA
it-AM W S ___778-6877
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 11, 2002 M PAGE 5-B
We love a parade!
The annual Anna Maria Island Privateers parade from Anna Maria's Bayfront Park to Bradenton Beach's
Coquina Beach was filled with kids, clubs, floats, music, bicyclists, Privateers, Conquistadors and even dogs!
Here, students at Anna Maria Elementary School ride with their Kiwanis Club Adopt-A-Grandparent mem-
Merry Christmas, Santa!
Carley Speciale, 9, of Bradenton, pondered her
Christmas wish list with Santa at the Coquina Beach
kids party hosted by the Anna Maria Island Priva-
teers. Hundreds of parents and kids attended, and
each child who visited Santa received a gift. Hot
dogs and sodas were dished up as well, following the
Island-long parade from Anna Maria.
clothing cottage furniture home
Uw IA -
STOREWIDE 20 50 PERCENT OFF THRU CHRISTMAS!
10010 Gulf Drive Anna Maria
and Curiosities -
Gift Certificates Available
For the nautical lover on your Christmas list. Ship's wheel,
clocks, portholes, nautical instruments, jewelry,
mermaids, pelicans, figureheads, lamps/lanterns,
- statuary, fishnet, local art, telescopes, telegraphs,
compasses, dive helmets and Trapp candles.
12304 Cortez Road West Cortez
4 blocks east of the Cortez Bridge (941)795-5756
LAWN & FUN
S. Great Gifts for the Holidays!
* Gopeds ,,
* Paintball & accessories
* Grasshopper & Snapper
Mowers 4- -.
* Parts & Service -U -
and much, much morel
and financing available
Gift certificates can
make life easy!
Family owned and operated
6004 43rd Ave. West, Bradenton *
(Behind R.J. Gators)
Mon.-Fri. 8-5 Sat. 8-Noon
Nothing says "I love you but I need you to
give me some space" more than this...
21-ft. Center Console with 150-hp Yamaha, T-top, 30-gallon live well.
As low as $22,500.
W-, Island Boat Sales F
AT PERICO HARBOR
12310 Manatee Ave. W. on Perico Island 795-3014 -g-
OPEN 7 DAYS 9 TO 5
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PAGE 6-B M DEC. 11, 2002 M THE ISLANDER
Island snow flurries
A special "snow" machine pumped out mini-flakes during the open house at the Island Shopping Center.
Ashley Ormsby from Sun & Surf Lifestyle Apparel at
the Island Shopping Center was all grins as she
served patrons some meatballs at the center's open
LGift boxes for the
food lovers on your list!
Mr. Bones (World Famous) BBQ Sauce, Hot BBQ Sauce, Magic Dust
Dry Rub, 100% Organic Peruvian Coffee, Logo Mugs, T-Shirts, Hats
and Gift Certificates. Combination boxes from $18.99 to $39.50.
We can ship 'em for you, too!
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-,- 3007 GULF DR. HOLMES BEACH (941) 778-661
LUNCH AND DINNER 7 DAYS A WEEK!
FOR WOMEN ,
/ "30 Minute Fitness & Weight Loss Centeris"
Give yourself or a loved
one the gift of good
health. At Curves, there
'$ J are no men, no make-up
Z and no mirrors! Our
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and in shape! \
Gift certificates ._
Happy Holidays! Call Today! 794-2878 ..
4228 W. 60th St., Bradenton
-'* One block north of Cortez Rd., a block west of 59th St. West.
.3-s. E s
Come see our new selection of orchid hybrids, ,
- winter-blooming species and orchid supplies.
Gift certificates available!
'-,:-Open Saturday & Sunday 9am-5:30pm -
i Weekdays by appointment
3605 61st. St. East (Palmview Rd.)
THE RAIN y)REST ^
CONSOiNMONTS FOR KiDX+ '^
More than 2,600 sq.ft. of pre-loved, quality-brand kids clothing, maternity
wear, books, strollers, playpens, cradles, accessories and much more.
There's even a play room and video library for the kids! '.l
W Visit Santa's workshop for a huge selection of toys and gifts! -
^. 7220 Cortez Rd. W. Bradenton 794-1260 _
at the corner of 75th & Cortez in the Winn Dixie Plaza 1'
SPECIAL 2002 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
THE ISLANDER M DEC. 11, 2002 0 PAGE 7-B
Strings, stars and snow flurries
The Manatee High School Chamber Orchestra were featured performers at the Island
Shopping Center holiday open house courtesy of The Islander marking the
group's seventh annual appearance. Several directors and many returning students
(sadly, they graduate) have performed over the years always a highlight of the
event for the orchestra members, according to director Shirley Lowe, and the audi-
Light Up Someone's
Holiday with a Gift from
Garden Inspired Gifts:
Torches, Candles, Lotions,
Soaps, Fairies, Chimes,
Statues and More.
Featuring Local Artists!
-9/o&iij & t,~ A Gardener's Delight
4- 7427 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
near Albertsons 761-3548
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'Saggy' puts fun in holiday
Saggy Aggy visited the Island Shopping Center holiday open house Dec. 7
with her friends, balloons and hand puppets and all manner of surprises, for
Austin Lazoran, 21 months, and his great Aunt Shirley Evans, both of Akron,
t r-.L IPamper yourself or
'U 1 a loved one for
01It Enjoy "A Little Peace and
Quiet" $80 includes a
soothing seawater whirl-
Spool soak followed by a
'" massage. Indulge in a
"Total Transformation" for
$175 massage, facial,
spa manicure and
1* ~pedicure, ending with
a make-up application.
> Gift Certificates Available
TREATMENTS DAY SPA -
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761-SPA1 (7721) -
Large selection of holiday gift items for everyone.
American-made children's games and toys priced from $5.
Scrimshaw, balance art, model ships, clocks, nautical
accents and much more... It's worth the trip!
it -, ,. L. ""/
GNC has a great
selection of gifts for
everyone on your.Ilist!
course, gift certifi-
Stop in today and
cross another name
off of your list.
Shops of Paradise Bay
7362 Cortez Rd. W,
Next to Winn Dixie Bradenton
OPEN 7 DAYS
THE MUSEUM SHOPPE
-- k L ^-f I/1 Fine Antiques Marine Art Unique Gifts
,! A101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, Across from City Pier
,- 1, I941.779.0273 www.themuseumshoppe.com
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Your kids will think you are the coolest!
Stop by and check out our expanded
showroom and great selection of holiday gifts!
Jet Skis Motorcycles ATVs
Go Peds Dirt Bikes Mules
Kawa I Accessories & More!
Gift Certificates Available!
2705 1st St. Bradenton 745-9521 www.actionjetsports.com
Give a gift certificate this holiday season!
Dinner Wednesday thru Sunday 5:30 PM
for New Year's Eve!
Island Shopping Center 5406 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 941 778 5320
Help save loggerhead turtles with your gift!
*4 .- '. .
Adopt-A-Hatchling Birth Certificate ~ $15
Adopt-A-Nest Certificate $100
What a wonderful gift for this holiday season!
All proceeds to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch Inc.
Call The Islander, 778,7978, or AMITW, 778,5638. -
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