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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Vol. 11, No. 4, 2 Sections, Dec. 18, 2002 FREE


Interlocal skatepark agreement 'sham': Lutz


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Commissioner Roger Lutz voiced
his objections and concerns with the interlocal agree-
ment drafted between the city and Manatee County
regarding the proposed skate park at Tuesday's meet-
ing.
For the record Lutz addressed the commission with
a prepared statement. Despite the argument presented
by Lutz, the commission outvoted him, 4-1, to direct
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore to move for-


ward with the interlocal agreement with the county.
Lutz argued that having been a lawyer for nearly
30 years, "I can tell you unequivocally, that the pro-
posed agreement is a sham. It refers to several impor-
tant issues and at first blush it appears to cover them but
in reality, it doesn't. At the most it merely creates a
one-time obligation for Manatee County to contribute
'up to $5,000.'"
Lutz said he was "troubled and disappointed" by
the language in the proposed agreements between
Holmes Beach and the other cities regarding the skate-


Come, join the parade! Catch the fireworks!
If the weather gods are good to us, Anna Maria Island will have its lighted boat parade Dec. 20. The Islander
is inviting donors, sponsors and all boaters to participate in the revived event (the original organizer canceled
for Dec. 7) to join the new parade. Following the parade, which begins in Bimini Bay at 6 p.m. and winds up
to the Rod & Reel Pier and back to the Anna Maria City Pier for a spectacular fireworks show on the bayfront
at 7:30 p.m. thanks to many generous sponsors. Islander File Photo: J.L. Robertson


Another twist in 52nd Street plot


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Brian Quartermain and Ken Ward of Moreland
Marine Development Corp. returned to the Holmes
Beach City Commission with the results of their legal
research regarding the proposed vacation of 52nd
Street. The result, they say, is that 52nd Street is up for
grabs.
Research done by Quartermain's engineer Fred
Jones found that the 48 feet of "road" adjacent to the
marina and known as 52nd Street does not carry a deed
of ownership.
Quartermain and Ward want to demolish the
Holmes Beach Marina and construct 17 to 21 new
townhomes.
They requested the street vacation in order to in-
crease the land area density and build 21 units instead
of the allowed 17 units. Ward said the additional four
units make the development more feasible due to land
development costs.
The city currently plans to turn the area of 52nd
Street adjacent to the marina into a retention pond as


part of its Haverkos Basin stormwater project for which
it received grant money from the Southwest Florida
Water Management District.
If Jones' research is accurate, it may have an effect
on the city's plans to create a retention pond for the
Haverkos Basin project. Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore said the city staff will need to look at the
plats on file as well as determine if public use has made
it a public road.
Quartermain believes he may still have rights to the
road since he has maintained the road, as have the pre-
vious owners of Holmes Beach Marina.
"We feel we have superior rights and if we bring
an action to acquire the title there is a good chance
we'll win," Ward told the commission.
Ward proposed that if the city does not oppose
Moreland Marine in a suit for the title, Moreland Ma-
rine will agree to build adequate drainage.
"I think you have another problem," cautioned
Chairman Rich Bohnenberger. "You will need to re-
PLEASE SEE 52ND STREET, NEXT PAGE


board park as well because the proposed agreements
contain ambiguities.
City Attorney Pat Petruff defended the language
she used in drafting both the agreement with the county
and between the Island cities. She told the commission
that the present commission cannot obligate any future
commission to a long-term budgetary constraint.
Whitmore said that if the skateboard park doesn't
work out and none of the other cities choose to contrib-
PLEASE SEE SKATEBOARD, NEXT PAGE




New citizen


group targets


parking

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A core group of seven Anna Maria residents have
formed the Residential Community Association of
Anna Maria with the express purpose of helping the city
commission accomplish goals and solve problems,
rather than hinder its progress.
Duke Miller, one of the organizers, said the asso-
ciation is using the parking issue as the focal point to
start the association.
"Because the parking issue is so important to all of
us, we chose this as the 'launch' issue," Miller said.
A "small but vocal faction is lobbying your elected
representatives to open parking to everyone on our resi-
dential streets, a move that would greatly diminish the
village atmosphere we so cherish," Miller said in the
association's initial newsletter.
"It is critical that we express our views on this matter,
and one collective voice can speak loudly," he said.
Miller said he and the other organizers formed the
RCA out of concern that the views of many residents
were not expressed at public meetings.


Many residents do not
other public meetings to
present their views be-
cause of the sometimes ar-
gumentative and combat-
ive nature of a few people
that attend these meetings,
Miller said.
"So we have formed
to help the city commis-
sion," said Miller. The
RCA will provide input on


attend city commission or

"We have
formed to help
the city

commission."
Anna Maria City
resident Duke Miller


major issues from its members to the commission.
The RCA believes the city commission is on the right
track with its proposed outline for a master public parking
plan that the commission drafted at its Nov. 19 meeting.
"Now, we here to help the commission implement
a plan," said Miller, and the RCA believes resident-only
parking is what a vast majority of Anna Maria residents
want. They also believe it's a sensible solution to the
ongoing problem and protects property owner rights.
The RCA has produced a question and answer
sheet on resident-only parking as a solution and pre-
sented this to Mayor SueLynn at a Dec. 16 meeting.
PLEASE SEE PARKING, NEXT PAGE


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Anna Maria
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laugh Dec. 0 at the
city's annual party for
volunteers who assist
with numerous city
committees and
projects throughout
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Skateboard park called scam
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ute after the first year, then the city has the option of
closing the park or limiting its use to Holmes Beach
residents.
Lutz also raised concerns that the commission was
not addressing the liability insurance needs adequately.
"Every skateboard park insurance policy that I
have seen," Lutz said, "requires 'direct supervision' as
a condition precedent of coverage. If direct supervision
is required, we have to face the fact that having police
cars drive by the park occasionally isn't direct super-
vision. To suggest otherwise is reckless and foolhardy
and if we accept that fiction as truth we will be oper-
ating without insurance."
Lutz suggested that the commission examine the
cost of providing full-time supervision for the skate-
board park before moving forward. He also suggested
the commission review more closely the sovereign


immunity protection that might protect the city from
liability.
"Sovereign immunity may help," he said, "but a
skateboard park may not be a traditional governmen-
tal activity and immunity may not attach."
Petruff did state that Lutz's concerns regarding the
interpretation of "direct supervision" are well taken and
should be considered by the commission.
Whitmore argued that the insurance policy under
consideration is the same one that is used by the City
of Indian Rocks Beach for its skate park. "Their law-
yers looked at it and they don't have 24-hour supervi-
sion."
Lutz response was, "If the mayor of Indian Rocks
Beach jumps off the Skyway [Bridge], would you?
"It would feel great to be able to say that you gave
the kids a neat gift and if you say no you feel like a
Grinch," said Lutz. "However, as you know, we are
here to do what is right, not what is popular, and in
reality, the city cannot afford this expense and risk."


Parking to be address by group
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Miller said the RCA will address other issues in the
future.
Any Anna Maria resident wishing to join the RCA
should write to P.O. Box 1971 in Anna Maria, Miller
said.
Members get on the RCA mailing and e-mail list
and share their views with organizers to ensure a large
number of city residents will be heard as one voice at
commission meetings, Miller said.
The RCA has no formal charter, charges no dues
and has no elected board, said Miller.
Other members of the RCA organizing committee
are Cindy Miller, Al and Karen DiCostanzo, Norm and
Cindi Mansour and Bill Yanger.


52nd Street plot thickens
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
zone the property and go through a comprehensive plan
change. You have a long road yet."
Planning Commission Chairperson Sue Normand
confirmed that the Holmes Beach Marina property
would indeed need to be rezoned, a comprehensive
plan amendment and a future land-use map change
would be required before Moreland Marine could move
forward with a residential proposal.
Bohnenberger advised that the entire process would
take at least three to five months and the Florida Depart-
ment of Community Affairs would need to approve the
property's change in use. Bohnenberger speculated that
DCA might look at the rezone from commercial to a resi-
dential zone as an increase in density.
No one was quite sure how to advise Quartermain
and Ward to proceed. The issue was reminiscent of the
old "chicken before the egg" quandary.
Ward noted that if they obtained the title to 52nd
Street first, the land could be included in the overall
property to be rezoned. However, if the rezoning is not
granted, acquiring the street may not be necessary.
As the representatives for Moreland Marine head
back to the drawing board to asses their next move, the
city staff has its fair share of research to do.


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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
As of Tuesday, Dec. 17, no additional election quali-
fying packets had been handed out at Anna Maria City
Hall to potential candidates for the two commission seats
up for grabs in the Feb. 11, 2003 city elections.
Only current Commissioner Linda Cramer, former
Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh, former Commissioner Bob
Barlow and former commission candidate Jeff Smith
have picked up packets.
The four prospective candidates may be in the
unique position of running for two city commission
seats, but there could be a third seat available after the
election.
That's because city voters are also set to vote on a
new charter in February, a charter that would remove
the mayor from the city commission, but create a fifth


seat on the commission.
Should the charter be approved by voters, the
newly elected commission's first task would be to ap-
point a fifth commissioner for an eight-month term
until the November 2003 city elections.
That's why two could become three, because the
new commission would likely appoint the third high-
est vote getter in the February elections to the post,
according to one local political observer.
"They're not likely to go against someone a lot of
people voted for," said the observer. In addition, the
new commission would already know that person
wants the seat, he added.
As of press deadline on Dec. 17, no candidates had
qualified to run for a commission seat, a spokesperson
at the Manatee County Supervisor of Election's office
said.
The qualifying deadline is noon Monday, Dec. 23.


Last-minute changes may sink charter


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
After eight months of meetings by the Anna Maria
Charter Review Committee and a further two months of
discussions by the city commission, some last-minute pro-
posed alterations in the charter's language could prevent
the document from reaching the Manatee County Super-
visor of Elections Office by the Dec. 20 deadline.
That's the date the proposed charter has to reach the
elections office to be on the February ballot. Otherwise,
the city may have to wait another year for a charter vote,
or hold a special election at an additional cost.
At the Dec. 12 city commission workshop, Commis-
sioner Chuck Webb questioned the section on the city
commission's ability to vote the mayor out of office.
In his view, the city commission could decide what
constitutes a code of ethics violation without having
any specific city code of conduct rules, and a vote of


four commissioners could oust the mayor from office.
The Florida Ethics Commission can establish a
violation and the commission can use this to give
someone the boot without noting the intent of the vio-
lation.
"Remember, the mayor was put in by the voters,"
said Webb.
There is a "potential abuse of power" by the com-
mission under this section and Webb said he was un-
comfortable with the language.
Charter review committee chairperson Tom
Aposporos said that section in the new charter actually
creates a "higher standard" than the previous charter.
The charter language on removal of the mayor has
been reviewed previously by Dye and Dr. Larry
Walker, a law professor at the University of West
Florida, Aposporos said.
Commissioners and City Attorney Jim Dye then dis-


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Meetings

Anna Maria City
Dec. 23, noon, qualifying for city commission offices
ends.
Dec. 23, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
Dec. 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting CAN-
CELED.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
Dec. 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.

Of Interest
Dec. 19, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue District
meeting, Fire Station #1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.

Holiday Closures
City halls in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes
Beach and Longboat Key will be closed Dec. 24-25 for
the Christmas holiday.
There will be no yard waste or recyclable collection on
Wednesday, Dec. 25, in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach or
Longboat Key. The Christmas Day pickup date will be
Saturday, Dec. 28, for those cities. There will be no
interruption of service in Bradenton Beach.

cussed the issues of "misfeasance and malfeasance" and
Webb suggested inclusion of the words "moral turpitude"
in the charter as a reason for removal from office.
"Well, we do have a time issue here," said Mayor
SueLynn. The commission had to approve the pro-
posed charter at its Dec. 17 meeting to make the Dec.
20 deadline.
She asked Dye to investigate and iron out the lan-
guage of that section prior to the Dec. 17 meeting.


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Brown retiring as CME chairman, moving off Island


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Saying it's time for "new blood" to head up the
Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Corridor Manage-
ment Entity, chairman Harry Brown announced his
resignation at the CME's Dec. 10 meeting.
Brown said he and his wife were moving to Punta
Gorda in January, but even if he were staying in
Bradenton Beach, "it would be time for some new
blood."
Brown, who has been coming to the Island for the
past 12 years and has been a Bradenton Beach resident
since 1995, said the recreational opportunities for fish-
ing and boating were excellent in his new location.
Judy Giovanelli was elected to replace Brown, who
said he will keep his Bradenton Beach property while
living in Punta Gorda. Giovanelli, however, said she
would only hold the post for one year.
In other CME matters, members discussed the lat-
est proposal for a veterans memorial flagpole near
Leffis Key and agreed it was an issue for the mayor and
city commission to discuss with the parties concerned.
A presentation had been made to the CME in No-
vember by some veterans, but Brown said it was not
something the CME normally spearheads.
Brown and CME members did agree that a veter-
ans memorial would likely add to the scenic enjoyment
of the road and they would have no objection to such
a project.
The CME also got a site drawing from Tom
Katkiwicz of RMPK urban planners, a landscaping
and architect group of Sarasota, for the proposed
multi-use path along both sides of Gulf Drive from
the south edge of the city and connecting under the
Longboat Pass Bridge.
Giovanelli said Bradenton Beach Public Works
Director Dottie Poindexter had found a grant that could
be used to assist the project. The site drawings were
needed for this grant application and others, she said,
There was also discussion of the proposed city sign
at the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection.
Fawn Ker presented design drawings of the sign
and Mayor John Chappie said the sign would be on the
next city commission agenda. Once approved by the
city commission, the sign still has to be funded and
Chappie believed a forthcoming $10,000 grant to the


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city for beautification might be satisfactory.
Ker also reported that the CME's Web site,
www.bradentonbeachscenichighway.com, is up and
running on the Internet. The site is linked to the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Web site.
Giovanelli also reported on the latest information
for the county's beach revegetation project.
Originally, she said, Manatee County Ecosystems
Manager Charlie Hunsicker said he needed just 50 sig-
natures of beachfront property owners in Bradenton
Beach to proceed with the project.
Now, however, Hunsicker told her he needs all
beachfront property owners to state whether or not they
desire revegetation. Property owners who don't agree to
the revegetation will be by-passed by the project, she said.
Additionally, Hunsicker needs a letter of support
from the city commission to revegetate public property
along the beach.
Giovanelli said it will take time to contact all
beachfront property owners for a decision before the


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anticipated November 2003 project start date.
Chappie discussed the status of the proposed
modular newsstand program in the city.
The Bradenton Herald was supposed to run the
program using locations designated by the city, but that
publication now wants something in writing from the
city saying it's OK to proceed, he said.
It's in the hands of the lawyers now, he added.
Brown said to tell the Bradenton Herald to hurry
up and get started or the CME would go back to The
Islander newspaper's original proposal to run the pro-
gram.
Mollie Sandberg reported on the establishment of
benches at the Island Trolley stops in the city.
She was getting "no response" from Metro Bench
Co. to put the benches in place and since the city al-
ready has its own benches in storage, maybe it's time
to just put those at the stops and add a waste receptacle.
"I'm ready to say let's just put our own benches out
there," Sandberg said.


Public comment procedures aired in Anna Maria


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Faced with public comment during city commis-'
sion meetings that in the past has often turned into per-
sonal attacks, arguments and debate, Anna Maria
Mayor SueLynn changed the procedures for public
comment at the commission's Nov. 27 meeting.
Those procedures, which included public comment
only before an agenda item, no questions, and only one
comment per person per agenda, brought a storm of
protest from some residents, who claimed the mayor
was "stifling" the public.
At the Dec. 12 commission workshop, the mayor
included public comment procedures as an agenda item
for commission discussion, and once again was greeted
with a torrent of criticism from some members of the
public.
Resident Diane Canniff claimed the mayor
changes the rules at every meeting and there is no free
flow of communication between the public and city
commissioners. The mayor is disallowing dissent and
that's not democratic, she said.
Every citizen has the right to complain, said resi-
dent John Conoly.
Indeed, said City Commissioner Chuck Webb.
Healthy public comment and criticism are to be encour-
aged, but when the public gets into a "debating contest"
with commissioners, "this impedes our ability" to re-
solve issues, he said.
"I respect constructive criticism," said Webb, but
some people seem to come to city commission meet-
ings just to "to hear the sound of their voice," rather
than offer a solution.
And that was the reason she changed the proce-
dures, the mayor said. "Comments after [commission]
discussion had become argumentative. Opinion is one
thing, but comment was deteriorating into argument, so
I tried to handle it," SueLynn said.


"I have no problem with questions for clarifica-
tion," she said, but when people use questions to "set
up" a commissioner and become "argumentative," it's
"unfair and has no place" at a meeting, she said.
Webb said he had seen numerous personal attacks
on the mayor at commission meetings and these had no
place in the proceedings.
Commissioner John Michaels defended the mayor
from claims she was stifling the public, noting she has
held a number of town hall meetings since February
2002 for the public to comment on issues. These have
been poorly attended in the past.
Resident Dale Powers, however, said he could see
both sides of the issue and suggested there "ought to be
a better way" to deal with public comment than elimi-
nating questions from the public and requiring com-
ment only before commission debate.
Michaels and other commissioners said they didn't
mind questions from the public as long as they "did not
stray from the point."
Webb suggested a signup sheet for people who
want to speak on agenda items at commission meet-
ings. Most Florida municipal and county governments
use this procedure, he observed.
Commissioner Linda Cramer thought the commis-
sion was becoming too technical with advance signup
for public comment and believed two minutes for com-
ment was not enough time.
The mayor agreed, but she noted that in the past,
one person would often stand up six or seven times to
make a comment on the same issue.
Webb said the commission can always vote to al-
low a person to speak, whether they have already spo-
ken on an issue or did not sign up in advance.
SueLynn also observed that the public comment
rules for Longboat Key and Sarasota commission meet-
ings are much more restrictive.
She reminded commissioners and the public that if


the new charter passes, the mayor would no longer sit
on the city commission and the new commission could
adopt its own rules of procedure.
Eventually, the commission consensus was to have
members of the public sign up in advance at city hall
to speak on a particular agenda item.
Public comment would be after commission debate
on the item and questions would be allowed.
Public comment would be limited to two minutes
for each person speaking, and an individual could only
comment once on a particular item.
At the end of commission meetings, general com-
ment from the public would be allowed from those who
signed up in advance, but the commission would have
an option to allow comment from individuals who did
not sign up.
During workshop sessions, commissioners and the
mayor can allow public comment or ask questions of
the public following commission discussion of an item.
"Each commissioner can ask for public comment
on an agenda item during a work session," Webb clari-
fied.
Let's just try these rules for a few months until the
February elections, he said. If they don't work, the
commission can try something else.
But the workshop was not just about public com-
ment. Commissioners also dealt with a number of other
matters.

Special event permit
Commissioners tabled a request from Woody
Candish of North Bay Boulevard for a special event/
yard sale on Dec. 21 because the application did not
contain a required site plan or permission from his
landlord.
Following the meeting, Candish said he would
PLEASE SEE ANNA MARIA, NEXT PAGE


Going out,
coming in at
Bradenton
Beach CME
Outgoing
Bradenton Beach
Corridor Manage-
ment Entity board
chairperson Harry
Brown gets a
goodbye hug from
incoming CME
chairperson Judy
Giovanelli.
Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin







Anna Maria
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4


move the yard sale to the Island Shopping Center park-
ing lot in Holmes Beach on Dec. 21 in front of The Is-
lander newspaper office.

Comprehensive plan,
code coordination
Commissioners agreed to schedule a comprehensive
plan and code workshop with Tony Arendt, an expert in
writing comprehensive plans and accompanying codes.
The workshop will give the city an understanding of the
process to develop a plan to rewrite the comprehensive
plan, a state requirement due within the next three years.
The cost will be $1,500 for the workshop and
Arendt said he would review the city's comp plan prior
to the workshop, SueLynn said.
The workshop will be scheduled for a January date,
she said.

Public school interlocal agreement
Planning and zoning board chairman Doug
Copeland said he attended a Manatee County School
Board session on behalf of the city and learned that
because there is no public school located within the city
limits, Anna Maria may not be obligated to sign an
interlocal agreement with the school board for the im-
pact of future development on schools.
Webb, who sits on the Island Middle School board,
said IMS is a charter school and he believes that school
is actually located in Holmes Beach.
City Attorney Jim Dye said he would investigate
the actual location of the school and whether or not the
city is legally required to sign the interlocal if it does
not have a public school.

City pier ADA requirements
Commissioners also discussed a proposal by the
mayor to split the cost of repairs at the city pier with the
current leaseholder to bring the pier into compliance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The city's share would be $10,000.
But Webb hesitated at the city paying the money,
noting that the leasee signed the document agreeing to


THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 18, 2002 M PAGE 5


Woody's Art Yard Sale to

Island Shopping Center Dec. 21


Anna Maria artist Woody Candish will hold
his annual Art Yard Sale for Island artists on Sat-
urday, Dec. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Island
Shopping Center in Holmes Beach in front of The
Islander newspaper offices.
Candish had applied for a special event permit
with the City of Anna Maria to hold the annual
event in the front yard of his North Bay Boulevard
residence, but his request was tabled until the city
commission's Dec. 17 meeting because a site plan
was not provided in the original application.


Because of advertising and publicity consider-
ations, and the fact he might still be turned down in
Anna Maria, Candish decided to take The Islander's
offer to sponsor the event.
Pottery, sculpture, paintings and'more from Island
and area artists such as Candish, Jean Blackburn, Su-
-san Curry, Shirley Dean, Walter Johnson, Andrew
Brownewell, Linda Molto, Hannah Price, Rob Reiber,
CeCe Richardson, Joan Voyles, Eddie LaCroix Bolo-
gna and others will be on display for sale.
For more information, call 778-9230.


By Paul Roat
A story that appeared to be never-ending has fi-
nally reached a conclusion.
After "only" five years and four city administra-
tions, a property transfer between Bradenton Beach and
the Bridge Tender Inn has been signed, sealed, deliv-
ered and officially recorded with the circuit court.
Dr. Fred Bartizal, owner of the Bridge Tender Inn,
has given the city the property around the boardwalk
and clock tower at Bay Drive South and Bridge Street,
plus the northernmost of the three existing docks jut-
ting into Anna Maria Sound.
In exchange, the city has deeded to Bartizal the
southernmost dock on Bay Drive South and some ad-
joining property.
The story started in the early 1990s, when the city.


bring everything up to all applicable state and federal
codes. In his view, that included the ADA.
SueLynn said the leaseholder claims he was never
told he had to comply with ADA requirements, but
Webb countered it was his responsibility to check all
the code requirements when he signed the lease.
Dye said that legally when someone signs a lease,
it is their responsibility to investigate the applicable


built a boardwalk and clock tower on property at the
foot of Bridge Street leading to the Bradenton Beach
City Pier. But the matter didn't became an issue until
Bartizal built a dock just south of the boardwalk.
The city said the dock was not legally constructed.
Bartizal countered that the city's boardwalk and
part of the clock tower were on his property.
Surveys were inconclusive and, in lieu of taking the
matter to court, a settlement was eventually reached.
The current four parking spaces in the boardwalk
area will not be changed by the city under the agree-
ment, and the southernmost property will only be used
for parking by Bartizal.
As to the docks, the northernmost dock will be uti-
lized by the city for the public, with the southernmost
dock going to Bartizal.


codes.
However, it's OK for the city to help a good ten-
ant, Dye noted.
Michaels and Commissioner John Quam said they
didn't mind meeting the lessee halfway.
The issue was eventually placed on the Dec. 17
regular commission meeting agenda for further discus-
sion and a vote.


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1111Opinion

We wish you...
We all hope for many things at the beginning of the
holiday season. Children wish for toys. Adults dream
of new cars, televisions, digital cameras, jewelry and
much more.
We recalled recently an old but amusing television
commercial with a poignant message to male shoppers
- one in which a TV news "reporter" interviews women
on the street about what they want for Christmas.
"Would you rather have a new microwave or a dia-
mond ring?" the actor asks. Coyness and giggles flow
from the respondents usually, some followed by adamant
answers, but all agreed they'd rather have a diamond ring.
Duh?
You'd have the same luck if you asked kids
whether they want new socks or new toys. Muck or
candy. Anyway, the message was clear, women want
frills, not practicality when it comes to gifts and,
after all, it was a jewelry store commercial.
That commercial led to talk of other holiday com-
mercial devices, but we agreed none were as success-
ful at warming hearts as Coca-Cola's missive, "We'd
like to teach the world to sing...."
It was sung by children of all nations in places
around the world and it was about peace and perfect
harmony. Well, it was about Coca-Cola, true, but it had
a warm, fuzzy message that stuck with many people
through many years.
There's "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby and a
host of memorable songs to reminisce about Christ-
mases past. The television is offering reruns of "Holi-
day Inn" and "It's a Wonderful Life."
It's all very Christmas-like, everywhere we turn.
Still, there's a Christmas greeting card on our table
from a client business that tastefully reminds us this is
not exactly like Christmas past. This card looks to be
wrapped with a beautiful bow and the American flag
waves proudly above "God Bless America."
The message: "Wishing you and yours the gifts of
peace, hope and joy this holiday season. May God bless
America throughout the New Year."
Another card offers '"The gift of love, the gift of peace,
the gift of happiness May these be yours at Christmas."
Still another announces, "Let peace encircle all the
World!" And, "May the miracle of Christmas fill your
heart with joy and peace."
With U.S. troops overseas, a threat of terrorist at-
tacks in our homeland, and a world of unrest, peace is
foremost on our minds this holiday season.
We hope for peace and a kind word from our
friends.
We wish you peace and a wonderful holiday season.


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Dec. 18, 2002 Vol. 11, No. 6
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Bah hum bug,
Christmas
I'm sure you all have seen the articles on the sale
of Sandpiper Mobile Home Park in Bradenton Beach.
We have the lousy owner Vorbeck Equities who only
care about one thing "the all mighty dollar". In Novem-
ber they just completed a sale of 18-million dollars on
a park in Ellenton.
They put this park up for sale in February 2002 for
$9.6 million saying that the final date could be three
years away or sooner.
All you read about is the sale and what a good deal
it is and I know it is but there area many year-round
residents who have lived here for years and because
they are too old and/or too broke can in no way afford
to buy.
Couldn't Vorbeck have waited until after the holi-
days? None.of you know the personal heartbreak go-
ing on with the residents of this park. You see the "for
sale" signs, you read what a good deal it is, but no one
feels the anguish of the residents who should be enjoy-
ing the holiday season with joys of laughter instead of
crying and wondering where will I be living in 2003?
Ray Wallace, Bradenton Beach

Parking solutions
The issue of parking for off-Islanders seems rea-
sonable. Each of the three cities have designated areas
for "public parking." These parks have appropriate fa-
cilities to meet their physical needs as well as trash
accumulation. Think about it.
Since the mayor of Anna Maria is intent on cater-
ing to businesses in this city at the expense of residents,
I have a suggestion to offer.
Property designated commercial should have right-
of-way parking adjacent to the business property. Prop-
erty designated residential should allow "resident park-
ing only" on the right of way.


This would prevent businesses from using the right
of way adjacent to their establishments as overflow
parking. If they do not have sufficient parking for their
customers, it would be their responsibility to solve the
problem.
Dorothy Perricone, Anna Maria


Park for sale
Last weeks story on Island real estate has a glaring
omission. Sandpiper Mobile Resort at 2601 Gulf Drive
in Bradenton Beach has shares and mobile homes
available for as little as $58,000.
The residents are buying the park through a coop-
erative corporation set up under Florida state law. The
shares are a vehicle for resident owned communities to
manage both the purchase and operation of the park.
For information, visit us online at
www.sandpiperpurchase.com or call 779-1343 or 778-
1190.
Lew Radcliffe, Bradenton Beach


More open
Thank you so much for featuring our business Ev-
erything Under the Sun Garden Center and its new
adventure the Jungle Room in The Islander's Island
Biz column.
A small error was made regarding our hours. We
are open Tuesday-Friday from 9-5 and Saturdays 9-2.
The article made it appear that the Jungle Room is open
only one day per month although, once a month on a
Sunday we will have an open house with Jungle Room
special snacks and refreshments.
So all of you faithful Islander readers please come
see us anytime.
Congrats again on your 10th, we are going on our
seventh and fully understand the hard work it takes to
be a successful business.
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 18, 2002 M PAGE 7


Hunter book successful labor of love


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Ralph Hunter got hooked on history on Cape
Cod, and the long move to Longboat Key and writ-
ing millions of words didn't cure him.
The result is his just-published "From Calusas to
Condominiums, a Pictorial History of Longboat
Key." It is 240 pages of well-crafted prose and pic-
tures 358 of those by his own count. It takes the
key from the Calusa Indians through natural and
man-caused beauties and outrages to the 21st cen-
tury.
It's a good trip, a most welcome one to anyone
who has ever been exposed to our sometimes
troubled, sometimes snooty, often irksome island
neighbor to the south.
As a matter of note, he has a fascinating section
on squabbles, a sociopolitical pastime which
Longboaters have perfected through years of
scratching. It is the favorite section of the book for
many, including Hunter himself.
He participated in most of the squabbles and
covered them all for the Longboat Observer, which
he founded in 1978 and ran until its sale in 1995. His
best squabble may be the scheme in 1941 to build a
toll bridge between Longboat and Anna Maria, with
'stock sold and a kickoff party attended by thousands.
The promoters haven't been heard from to this day,
neither has the money. They were not the last pro-
moters around Longboat.
The first non-Indians here were the Spanish
Conquistadors, then Cuban/Spanish fishermen in the
early 1800s. Commercial fishing was nearly as big
as farming for decades until the 1921 hurricane that
wiped out Cortez pretty much swept Longboat bare,
even of its rich farming soil. Even so, through the
1930s a Longboat-based toughie made a business of
marketing more than 3,000 sharks he caught off the
key.
Developers landed early, platting and selling the
north-end Village in the early 1900s, and John


Ringling developing his Ritz Carlton almost to
completion before abandoning it. Not, however, be-
fore he introduced Australian pines to the key. It
took Arvida Corp. to build to Ringling's grandiose
specifications decades later.
Hunter doesn't fail in the local legend depart-
ment, affirming one and coming close on another. It
seems true that Jewfish Key was formed by a case of
scotch it was the Intracoastal Waterway dredge
operator's price for pumping spoil from the project
to form one island of two. But, disappointingly, even
Hunter couldn't settle which of two Beer Can ver-
sions is true.
One has the little island off north Longboat


named for the number of beer cans that exuberant
partiers left there, the other says the name came from
a cargo that washed ashore in the 1940s when a
smuggler ran afoul of government officers. Take
your pick.
The two surefire subjects endemic to our barrier
islands figure as large in the book as they do in ev-
eryday life here: Bridges and beaches.
Longboat Key is captive to Anna Maria Island
bridges to the north and the Ringling Causeway to
the south, but the key has no basic bridge of its own.
A Longboat-to-mainland bridge has been discussed
and cussed, and still is today.
In a footnote dear to Anna Maria hearts, a high-
rise replacement New Pass bridge apparently was
favored by most people, but a dedicated group
pushed through a new drawbridge instead.
As for beaches, Longboat Key might as well
have invented the word "renourishment." The key
was early in the beach-rebuilding game in the area
and did its own project in 1993, but the initial
renourishment was far less successful than Anna
Maria's have been.
For the full benefit of Hunter's scholarship, you
have to be there in the book and perhaps on
Longboat. Things even longtime residents never
heard of crop up regularly: Frank Sinatra slept here,
for example.
If you ever met anyone who got his or her
(Longboat has a long string of strong and colorful
women, including Clare Hunter herself) head
above lawn level, the name will be in this book.
More than 500 people have thought well enough
of it to buy it this early in its life, probably forcing
a second printing by Hunter's Royal Palm Publish-
ing Co. It is available for $22.95 at Circle Books on
St. Armands Circle, exclusive to Anna Maria Island
at The Islander office in Holmes Beach, and
Longboat Package, Mail Boxes Etc. in the Center
Shops, the key's Publix and at the Observer, all on
Longboat Key.


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Commission considers vacating Third Avenue


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
In January the Holmes Beach City Commission
will consider whether or not to vacate Third Avenue
between Gulf Drive and 37th Street, and sell as surplus
the small traffic island adjacent to Third Avenue.
Patrick McConnell is the owner of the property
located at 3716 Gulf Drive where he and his wife are
building their "dream house," a triplex.
McConnell has proposed that the city vacate the
portion of Third Avenue that runs in front of his prop-
erty and in exchange he will do the following:
Remove any existing shell at his own expense and
donate it back to the city.
Irrigate and landscape a portion of the vacated
right of way, except a portion--earmarked for the
development's driveway to Gulf Drive.
Place a restrictive covenant so that the land ac-
quired can never be developed and must be used for a
driveway and yard only.
Install a new sidewalk along, the eastern param-
eter.
Install parking bumpers on 37th Street creating
new parking places and protecting new landscaping.
Mark Barnebey, a land development attorney,
spoke on behalf of McConnell and advised the com-
mission that, in his opinion, it has the authority to va-
cate Third Avenue.
Barnebey asked the commission to consider why
the road was platted and if it provides a public service.
According to Barnebey, the road was platted 100
years ago and was part of a grid that tied to Gulf Bou-
levard, which ran along the Gulf of Mexico.
Today most of the road is a dead end at the Gulf of
Mexico or submerged and, in this case, Bamebey said
the history and condition of the road have changed sub-
stantially.
According to McConnell, Third Avenue south of
37th Street was vacated in 1983 and 37th Street could
never be extended.
He also met with Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay"
Romine to inquire about traffic flow,and potential fu-
ture needs. McConnell said he was told by Romine that
.the vacation wouldn't pose a problem.
McConnell said that the vacation would not
block the beach access since 37th Street would re-
main open and Third Avenue doesn't lead directly to
the beach.
The commission will also consider declaring the
620-square-foot traffic island adjacent to Third Avenue
as surplus. As the only adjoining property owner,
McConnell could purchase the land from the city.
McConnell has proposed that in addition to main-
taining the vacated street, he would like to purchase the
island for $25,000.
McConnell said he will irrigate and landscape the
island as well as the right of way and place a restrictive
covenant over the island.
Bamebey told the commission that the island is too


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architectural
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believe Island-
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aesthetically
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To vacate-or not to vacate
The city is considering vacating Third Avenue and selling the traffic island as surplus to Patrick McConnell.


small for the city to create park space and that it cur-
rently- serves no useful municipal benefit.
The proposed benefit to the city would be the en-
hanced beautification of the area and increased tax rev-
enue by the land being added to the tax rolls.
McConnell said he spoke to Bill Saunders, assis-
tant superintendent of public works, regarding drainage
issues and was told that by removing the shell, the
impervious surface will be reduced. This will actually
improve drainage.
McConnell said that the additional land could not
be used to increase the density from the presently per-.
mitted number of units.
However, the additional land would give
McConnell room to add more architecturally pleasing


features to his home. He told'the commission that when
he designed the home, he' was unaware that he didn't
own the land seaward of the erosion control line.
McConnell said this revelation has caused them to
scale back on some of the features that make the home
more aesthetically pleasing, such as enclosed garages
instead of carports.
McConnell said the approval of this proposal is
important to him because it allows him to build the
planned architectural features that improve the appear-
ance of his home.
SMcConnell also suggested thai based on the com-
munity visioning workshops, the public would be hap-
pier with aesthetically pleasing architecture and land-
scaping.


Anna Maria needs decision on Islandwide building official


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
With the Dec. 9 meeting among the three Island
mayors to continue discussion of an Islandwide build-
ing department canceled, Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn
is in a quandary.
"I need to know we are moving forward in a positive
manner with this idea," the mayor said. Otherwise, she's
going to proceed to hire someone for the vacancy in Anna
Maria and, in fact, has already received a number of ap-
plications.
Advertising was placed in local newspapers before
the Island mayors agreed in October to discuss a com-
rion building department for all three cities as a means
of reducing costs and ensuring building official cover-
age for each city at all times.
But no agreement has been reached and there's
nothing for the mayors to take back to their respective
city commissions for discussion and approval.
SueLynn is getting nervous.
As the only Island city without a full-time build-
ing official, Anna Maria has relied on Bradenton Beach
and Holmes Beach officials for building inspections,
plans review and approvals.


That's not how she wants the city's building de-
partment to operate.
"This city needs to hire a building official" if the
three cities can't reach an agreement, she said. "I need
to know by mid-January if we are moving forward in
a positive manner."
The stumbling block appears to be the distribution
of costs to each city, the mayor has previously indi-
cated.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore proposed
Holmes Beach City Hall as a location for a common
building department and estimated an annual cost of
$332,000. SueLynn and Bradenton Beach Mayor John
Chappie previously rejected Whitmore's original sug-.,
gestion that each city share that cost equally.
Instead, the mayors agreed at their Nov. 4 meeting-
to.determine the number of inspections and permits
issued in each city during the 2001-02 fiscal year, then
pro-rate Whitmore's estimated cost among the cities.
SueLynn said then that with a much larger population,
Holmes Beach would be paying a larger pro-rated share.
But no followup meeting to review figures has
taken place, causing SueLynn's concern that nothing is
happening.


The city's 2002-03 budget has placed a ceiling on
the cost of a city building official at $55,000 plus ben-
efits while splitting the cost of an Island-wide building
department equally among the three cities would have
cost Anna Maria $110,666 annually.
SueLynn said she's held off on interviews for the
position in the hope a consensus could be reached on
cost sharing among the three cities for the common
building department. That, however, does not appear
likely in the immediate future and the mayor will wait
until mid-January before giving up the idea and purs-
.ingia separate buildirtg official for Anna Maria.
Public Works Director George McKay was previ-
., ously th City's building official. In August, however,
SueLynn ,as forced to rehiovee McKay from the build-
ing official post after officials at .the Florida Depart-
ment of Business and Professional Regulation said they
had denied McKay's application for a temporary li-
cense in August 2001.
McKay is pursuing building official certification
on his own, but must first pass a series of tests before
a temporary license from the DBPR is issued. That
might not be until the summer of 2003 at the earliest,
McKay has indicated.






THE ISLANDER U DEC. 18, 2002 PAGE 9


Zent rips SueLynn over comment time on parking


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria property owner Peter Zent is continu-
ing his e-mail attacks on Anna Maria officials and
Mayor SueLynn over the parking issue on Fern Street,
claiming the mayor "really does not want public com-
ment."
Zent's latest tirade came after the mayor rejected
a request by Zent to present his own parking solution
for Fern Street at the Dec. 17 city commission meet-
ing. Zent claimed he or his representative needed
about 15 minutes while the mayor would only allot
him two minutes for "public comment."
"Two minutes is simply not enough time," said
Zent in a Dec. 10 e-mail, and then launched into an
attack on SueLynn's personal status.
The mayor "really does not want public com-
ment," said Zent.
"Here is a middle-aged woman, probably making
more as mayor at $9,600 per year than she has ever
made in her life, who cannot even afford a home by
herself, making decisions without regard to
homeowners input.
"The report that I have commissioned is all that is
needed to solve the parking problem on Fern Street, so
the mayor may go to another problem neighborhood.
"Should we have a person making $9,600 a year,
who can't afford a home of her own, making decisions
that effect the value of our $500,000-plus homes? Is
she afraid to listen to a professional report?" Zent said.
SueLynn said she forwarded a copy of Zent's Dec.
10 e-mail to City Attorney Jim Dye for advice on re-
sponding.
In an earlier Dec. 10 e-mail to City Clerk Alice
Baird, Zent said he was "close to losing my patience
with the both of you. If you want me to start the civil
disobedience program again, I will do so in one heart-
beat. Don't think for a minute that the call from John
Kenney did anything to stop me."
Zent claimed he and Kenney the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office deputy in charge of the Anna
Maria station had "a great laugh" over the issue,


and claimed Kenney was going skiing with him in
Colorado last week where Zent has his primary resi-
dence.
Not so, said Kenney. He said his phone call to Zent
in November was an official effort to halt Zent's ha-
rassing telephone calls to public officials. While
Kenney is vacationing in Colorado at this time, he is
nowhere near Zent and he is not "going skiing" with
him.
"I would not go see him or talk to him. He is the
subject of an official investigation," said Kenney.
Kenney investigated several possibly harassing
telephone calls Zent reportedly made to city officials
in November.


The results of that investigation have been turned
over to the State's Attorney Office in Manatee County
for the 12th Judicial Circuit for further investigation
and charges against Zent could be filed, Ed Nicholas of
the SAO has said previously.
Zent's latest e-mails have also been forwarded to
the MCSO and SAO, SueLynn said.
Zent, however, said any investigation doesn't faze
him, claiming he'll be happy to become a "martyr" to
solve the parking problem.
Threatening or coercing city officials and staff is
against Florida law, Dye has said previously.
PLEASE SEE FEUD, NEXT PAGE


Happy folks at
Tingley
fundraiser
More than 85
people attended the
annual Tingley
Memorial
Fundraiser at the
Moose Lodge in
Bradenton Beach,
raising more than
$1,200 for the
Bradenton Beach
library. Among the
attendees were
former library clerk
Carol Sandidge,
left, and current
library clerk Linda
Murphy. Islander
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SueLynn said she would respond to Zent's latest
comments after consultations with Dye, but defended
the record of the city commission on dealing with the
parking issue.
At a Nov. 19 commission workshop on parking,
which neither Zent or his representatives attended,
commissioners agreed on five major points for an out-
line of a master parking plan for the city.
Those were:
Control the number of parking spaces on each of
the city's 34 beach access roads. Some city streets
might have no parking at all.
Continue to allow parking on the right of way in
the city's commercial district.
Establish no public parking on bike paths.
Issue parking permits to city residents and prop-
erty owners.
Enact a parking ordinance.
SueLynn noted that the current city commission is
"committed" to moving forward with a solution to the
city's parking woes after nearly 25 years of inaction by
previous commissions dating back to the mid-1970s.
At least two parking committee reports have been


submitted to the city commission since 1977 and nu-
merous ordinances and suggestions have been pro-
posed, the mayor noted on Nov. 19.
In fact, the mayor said at the Nov. 19 meeting that
the parking situation on Fern Street, where public park-
ing on the right of way is allowed, is unfair because
surrounding streets prohibit public parking.
But the city must proceed in a proper manner to
establish a parking.plan and ordinance, she said.
Zent is trying to force the city into an immediate
solution, said SueLynn.
The parking outline approved by commissioners at
their Nov. 19 meeting was to be an agenda item at the
Dec. 17 city commission meeting with discussion ex-
pected on the next step for a final parking plan and
accompanying ordinance.
The ordinance could become a complex issue be-
cause Dye noted at a prior commission meeting that
many areas in the city where no-parking signs have
been erected have never been approved by ordinance.
Many residents in the past simply picked up no-
parking signs from a mayor, city commissioner or city
staff member, and installed the signs in front of their
houses.
Legally speaking, Dye said, this does not establish
a no-parking zone and someone ticketed for a parking
offense in those areas might have a solid legal chal-
lenge in court.


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Gershwin and gospel and jazz will come to Neel
Auditorium on the Manatee Community College cam-
pus Friday, Dec. 20, in a concert by the Sarasota Con-
cert Band.
The band starts playing at 8 p.m. at 5840 26th St.
W, Bradenton. Tickets at $15, or $8 for students under
18, may be purchased by calling 364-2263 or on-line
at www.sarasotaconcertband.homestead.com.
Russian-born pianist Elenora Lavov will play the
complete "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin,
with full band accompaniment. Spirituals and Christ-
mas carols will be presented by Art Hallett and "a hip
view of the holidays" will come from the Sarasota Jazz
Orchestra. The concert band will round out the program
with holiday favorites from around the world.

Holiday camp at Center
begins on Monday
"Holiday of the Arts" is the title of the annual holi-
day camp at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, open to youngsters during school break Dec. 23-
Jan. 6.
Gary Wooten, the Center's education director, said
that during the camp children "will learn all about the
arts: Theater and movies, dance and movement, cos-
tumes, stage lighting and color, musical instruments."
Theater tours are planned, and local artists and musi-
cians are to visit the Center. The campers will create
their own play as a finale.
The first week of camp will be Monday, Dec. 23,
to Dec. 27, closed for the day before Christmas and
Christmas Day. Cost of that camp is $45.
Second week will be Dec. 30-Jan. 3, closed New
Year's Day, cost $60.
Payment is due at registration at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Wooten offers further
information at 778-1908.

Holiday waste collection dates
rescheduled for holidays
There will be no yard waste or recyclable collection
on Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Instead, the Christ-
mas Day pickup date will be Saturday, Dec. 28, and the
New Year's Day pickup will be Saturday, Jan. 4.
Manatee County also has added an "e-scrap" col-
lection schedule for residential disposal of televisions,
computer components, copiers, video and audio equip-
ment, and small household electrical appliances. Be-
ginning Saturday, Jan. 18, "e-scrap" will be collected
during household hazardous waste collection the third
Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the
landfill at 3333 Lena Road. Small businesses must call
795-3423 before disposal.


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Christmas on a warm beach won't be any big thing
for 5-month-old Max Horsley Christmas comes in'
midsummer at his native Sydney, Australia. Young
Max, here on Anna Maria Beach with Island-style
snowless snowman, was visiting his grandfather,
Christopher Horsley.

Wish Book brings library gift -
and an extra
The Islander's Wish Book did what it was de-
signed to do, and the Friends of the Island Branch Li-
brary couldn't be more pleased they got the wheel-
chair they wished for, and quickly put it use.
Friends is an organization nearly as old as the li-
brary itself, and it helps the library and its patrons in
innumerable ways. It provided yet another service to an
old friend at the 20th birthday party of the library build-
ing.
The organization listed a wheelchair among its
needs in The Islander's 2002 Wish Book, and Dorothy
Moore of Holmes Beach was able to provide that gift.
"It's a beautiful chair," said Joe Backen of the
Friends. "We got it one day and incredibly we got an-
other call the next day offering another wheelchair. We
just needed one, and I referred the caller to Freedom
Village, where I was sure it could be used."
The library's wheelchair was put to good and wel-
come use- Helen Swift, herself an early Friend, was
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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 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
12:30 p.m. Anna Maria Garden Club Christmas
Tea with harp performance by Megha Morganfield at
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: Priscilla Seewald, 778-3665
or Esther Callahan, 756-3275.
6 to 7:30 p.m. Parent's support group with
Shirley Romberger at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-1908. Fee applies.
6 to 8 p.m. Boy's and Girl's Club Christmas
party at the Bradenton Club, 1415 Ninth St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 761-2582.

Thursday, Dec. 19
7p.m. Gulfcoast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus
at St. George Episcopal Church, 912 63rd Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 778-4590.

Friday, Dec. 20
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Village of the Arts Open House
along 11th and 12th Avenues West, downtown
Bradenton. Information: 741-8056.
6 p.m. Lighted boat parade at Bimini Bay with
a grand finale of fireworks off the Anna Maria City Pier.
All lighted boats welcome to gather in Bimini Bay at
5:30 p.m., no entry form/fee. Information: 778-7978.
8 p.m. Sarasota Concert Band at Neel Audito-
rium, at 5840 26th St. W, Bradenton. Information: 364-
2263. Fee applies.

Saturday, Dec. 21
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. --Woody Candish's fine art yard
sale at The Islanderoffice, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes


Beach. Anna Maria. Information: 778-9230.
10 a.m. Christmas party for Anna Maria City
Pier Regulars at the City Pier Restaurant, 100 S. Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.
10 a.m. to noon Pottery making demonstrations
by Reda Reynolds at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Village of the Arts Open House
along 11th and 12th Avenues West, downtown
Bradenton. Information: 741-8056.

Sunday, Dec. 22
2 p.m. Mostly Pops Orchestra from Tampa at
Neel Auditorium, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 752-5390. Fee applies.
4 to 5 p.m. Christmas caroling at Longboat Is-
land Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Information: 383-6491.

Monday, Dec. 23
7a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday Camp of the Arts (Mon-
day, Thursday, Friday) at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Ongoing:
"Natural Florida: Paintings from the George Percy
and Debbie Geiger Collection" at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through Janu-
ary. Information: 746-4131.
"My Women" by Liz Epstein at the Joan Peters
Gallery, Village of the Arts, 1210 11th Ave. W.,
Bradenton, through Dec. 28. Information: 741-8056.
Digital Fine Artists Association exhibit at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Homes Beach, through December. Information: 778-
2099.
7a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday Camp of the Arts (Mon-
day, Thursday, Friday) at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 778-1908. Fee applies.


Christmas services at Island churches


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Special Christmas services are on the schedules of
Anna Maria Island churches, many of them on Christ-
mas eve. Fittingly for the season, there will be pageants
by and for children among the services, and family is
stressed in all.
Islanders' services of the season:
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, Rev. Gary Batey, pastor Christmas
Eve, two services. At 5:30 p.m. a family-oriented service
will have a pageant with a short play featuring the three
wise men and angels as big puppets, an interactive service
by the pastor with the congregation and children partici-
pating. The 9 p.m. service will feature special music and
a message from the pastor. The congregation will sing
"Silent Night" while candles are lighted in the narthex at
the end of both services. On Christmas Day, a chapel
Communion service will be at 10 a.m.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, Father John H.R. Ellis, pastor Sun-
day at 4 p.m. there will be a children's Christmas pag-
eant followed by covered-dish dinner in the activities
center. Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. there will be a family
Mass, and at 11:30 the choir will present Christmas
carols before Midnight Mass. On Christmas Day,
Masses will be at 8:30 and 10 a.m.
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria,
Rev. Jack Carroll, interim pastor Island Middle
School Band will play Christmas music at the 11 a.m.
service Sunday. Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. a family ser-
vice will have Christmas carols, drama, readings and
special music.


Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, Rev. Kenneth Gill, senior min-
ister Sunday from 4-5 p.m. a community carol sing
will be in the chapel garden with refreshments pro-
vided. Christmas Eve candlelight service at 10 p.m.,
music by the choir, harp and flute, Rev. Gill leading
Christmas meditation. Fellowship with cookies and
cider will precede the service in the Friendship Garden.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church St., Bradenton Beach, Rev. William Grossman,
pastor Candlelight service at 7 p.m. Christmas eve,
with the choir singing special numbers under the direc-
tion of Betty Simches.
First Church of Christ Scientist, 6300 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, Mary Anderson, first reader,
and Jean Muncy, second reader Regular Sunday ser-
vice at 10:30 a.m., the regularly scheduled Wednesday
evening service will not be conducted on Christmas
Day.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, Rev. Danith Kilts, pastor- Candlelight
services at 4:30 and 8 p.m. Christmas Eve, with the
Bell Choir singing Christmas hymns at 4:30 and the
church choir singing the hymns at 8, the Sunday School
youngsters involved in the 8 o'clock service and Com-
munion at both. Christmas Day service at 9:30 a.m.
with Christmas hymns and Communion.
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, Father Bennett Barnes, interim
rector Christmas Eve at 5 p.m., family service, Holy
Eucharist Rite II; at 9:30 p.m. carol singing before the
10 p.m. service, Solemn Holy Eucharist of the Nativ-
ity. Christmas Day, Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m.


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PAGE 12 M DEC. 18, 2002 M THE ISLANDER

Gazebo tabled, revisited by parks and beautification


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Time is ticking away while $97,000 in grant fund-
ing sits unused as the money awarded to the city by the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection for
outdoor recreation use may disappear when the fiscal
year ends in June 2003.
Holmes Beach city commissioners tabled three
actions to move forward with the gazebo project at their
Dec. 10 meeting. On the agenda was an action to ac-
cept or reject the DEP grant money, to execute the
project and approve the low bid submitted by Farrup
Construction.
Commissioner Don Maloney said he did not have
the "slightest idea of what was finally decided" by the
beautification committee regarding the design, location
and amenities proposed for the gazebo project.
Maloney was "more than just somewhat upset that
we spend months of work sessions considering a skate
park" but have not been equally informed on the
progress of the gazebo.
In addition, Maloney brought to the commission's
attention that he had concerns with the bids received.
At the time of the commission meeting, an issue sur-


rounding Farrup Construction's qualifications to bid on
the project remained in question, but has since been
resolved.
Brian Hennesey of Tri-Tech Construction also bid
on the gazebo project and called to question whether
Farrup is licensed to bid on commercial projects.
According to city staff, Farrup does have the ap-
propriate license to bid on commercial projects and the
misunderstanding between the contractors has been
resolved.
Farrup's bid on the project is $136,928. Maloney
suggested that if all three cities are to share the cost of
a public skate park, why not the cost of a public ga-
zebo?
"More important than the gazebo itself," Maloney
said, "is the current condition of the general area where
it is planned to be located. My prime concern is that
before we do anything else on that property, we look
into first things first and come to a final plan for clear-
ing up the public works area. And I mean a final plan,
not just bushes and fences.
"I believe the area is now among the very least
beautiful in our city and I hate the thought of seeing
anything new added there to call more attention to it,"


Maloney said.
Maloney moved to table the agenda items related
to the gazebo so the beautification committee could
better inform the commission. Commissioner Roger
Lutz, the beautification committee's liaison, seconded
the motion, which passed unanimously.
Lutz said he seconded the motion given the
commission's confusion because he believed it might
not consider the project favorably and he didn't want
to see the commission vote against the gazebo. Tabling
the gazebo gives the committee the opportunity to ad-
dress the commission again.
The committee has agreed to make it a priority to
provide the commission with a site plan of the city park
facilities and further clarify the final details on the ga-
zebo.
The city has scheduled a special commission meet-
ing to address the gazebo items tabled at 8 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 18.
In other matters, the parks and beautification com-
mittee will be reviewing the information gathered dur-
ing the city's visioning workshops in conjunction with
a review of the city's landscaping regulations.
The next committee meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 8.


Merry, merry
Laura Beard paints
holiday artwork on
the cheeks of Sarah
Wolfe, 5, with Jerry
Mayer, 7, waiting his
turn, in the
children's' section at
the library during the
anniversary party.


S. 'Welcome to the Island Branch Library'
Pat Hoefig, chairperson of the Island Branch Library "Friends" anniversary
party, and keyboardist Michael Tucci put on puppets (two of many gifted to
.H ....' youngsters in attendance) and greeted new and old library friends alongside
'' the Christmas tree. The event featured music, Santa visits, an author signing,
face painting, art displays and refreshments including an anniversary cake.


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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 18, 2002 0 PAGE 13


Residents, attorney demand Tip investigation


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Residents living near the Tip of the Island pub/tav-
ern/restaurant in Anna Maria have followed through on
a threat to hire an attorney and pursue their complaints
about the establishment through legal channels and are
asking the perceived code violations be presented to the
city's Code Enforcement Board for a ruling.
Attorney Stephen W. Thompson of Bradenton has
sent the city a letter noting he now represents a num-
ber of people living near the Tip, including current City
Commissioner Linda Cramer, in the matter of "code
violations at the Tip of the Island Restaurant."
Other Anna Maria residents represented previously
by Thompson include Mary Costanzo, Steve and Jo
Anna Henriquez, Joe and Dorothy Perricone, David
and Jackie.Roberson, Dick and Sandy Schoenke, Karl
and Sarah Thompson, Tony and Dolores Velazquez
and Peter and Robin Wall.


Commission denies


'Skinny's' signage


request again
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners denied a second
request from the Freeman family to hang a sign they
had made for their business, "Skinny's Place."
In September, the commission unanimously voted
to allow the Freemans to hang signage similar to that of
"Duffy's Tavern," the former tenant, rather than the
sign they purchased in preparation of this opening.
Also at the September meeting, Commission Chair-
man Rich Bohnenberger advised the Freemans not to
throw away the sign they had made, since the commis-
sion would be amending its ordinance on sign require-
ments for nonconforming properties.
-Skinny's Place, at the corner of Manatee Avenue
and Gulf Drive, as well as Duffy's, were nonconform-
ing commercial businesses in a residential-zoned area
and the Duffy's sign was also nonconforming.
A glitch in the city's zoning codes for commercial
signs was discovered when Skinny's applied for its sign
- there are no guidelines for placing a sign on a non-
conforming commercial property in a residential neigh-
borhood.
According to the city's zoning codes, which were
revised in 1992,. when a commercial property with a
nonconforming sign changes hands, any new signage
must be brought to conformity. But that would only
hold true if the business were in a properly zoned busi-
ness district.
At the Dec. 10 commission work session, the Free-
man family made a second request to hang the sign they
have, but this time on a temporary basis until the city
amends its ordinance.
The Freemans said the expense of purchasing an-
other sign, which could only be used temporarily,
would be a hardship.
The commission upheld its original ruling.
"We already gave them an opportunity to hang a'
temporary sign," said Commissioner Don Maloney. "I
think we inade the right decision the first time."

Center gifts tax-free
if given by Dec. 31
Gifts to the Anna Maria Island Community Center
can be tax advantages if the donation is made by Dec. 31.,
notes Pierrette Kelly, executive director of the Center.
The gift .may be outright or through a planned
mechanism,; she said, but.the key is having it completed
by Dec. 31 to be used on this year's federal income tax
return.
She said complete information on making a
planned gift is available from Steve Mills in the trust
department of First National Bank, phone 794-6969.
She also has put together a brochure on the various
kinds of gifts, available by calling 778-1908.
She said the Center works with 1,200 children and
2,700 seniors in the course of a year, and last year pro-
vided nearly two million hours of programs and ser-
vices.


Thompson contends the city "has failed to enforce
several city ordinances currently being violated" by the
Tip and his clients "demand" that the city "take appro-
priate action to fulfill its obligation to enforce such
ordinances."
Based upon a review of current city ordinances,
said Thompson, it is his position that the Tip is no
longer operating as a restaurant as defined by the city
code, but is now a tavern with its primary business the
sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consump-
tion.
According to city code, said Thompson, operation
of a tavern in the city is a prohibited use and the Tip can
no longer be classified as a restaurant because a mini-
mum 51 percent of its sales do not come from serving
food.
Thompson disagreed strongly with the findings of
Anna Maria Code Enforcement Officer Gerry Rathvon
in her November report to the city on the Tip in which


she determined the establishment was "grandfathered"
under the ordinance.
The Tip was "never permitted to operate as a tav-
ern" in the first place and consequently "cannot be
grandfathered in under the ordinance that prohibits
operation of a tavern in the City of Anna Maria," Th-
ompson said.
Thompson also expressed his clients concern that
off-street parking and the establishment's garbage
dumpster do not meet the appropriate city code require-
ments.
"It is the city's obligation to investigate such
possible violations" and enforce the ordinances, said
Thompson.
As such, said Thompson, these matters should be
referred to the Code Enforcement Board for a final
determination.
Efforts to reach Thompson for further comment
were unsuccessful.


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SSpann, Yao judged

A best in Winterfest
A Susanne Spann and Jean Yao won Best of Show
S honors at last weekend's Winterfest art and crafts show
in Holmes Beach.
They won $400 each for Spann's watercolor work
in the two-dimensional division and Yao's three-di-
mensional fiber creation.
The show drew more than 100 artists from the area
A and beyond, a two-day event at the Holmes Beach City






SEssenburg; watercolors, William Ford; graphics/pas-
r"" Hall Park.


.'Price in mixed media, and in three-dimensional,

Merit prizes, $100 each Oils/acrylics, B.
... Essenburg; watercolors, William Ford; graphics/pas-
tels, Linda Molto; photography, John Higgins; jewelry,
a Autumn DeFrank; mixed media, Rolly Reel; glass,
Kellmis Fernandez; pottery, Glenn Woods; fiber/paper,

Joseph Levy; creative crafts, Kawdi Kerekes.

Sally Dutton, left, and husband Ray said they wished
they had earmuffs to stave off the cold at Winterfest.





PAGE 14 0 DEC. 18, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER


Santa visits Pines
Santa Claus and 15
students from Head Start
visited the Pines Trailer
Park in Bradenton Beach.
The kids, age 3 to 5, sang
songs and danced to the
delight of the residents,
then were delighted in turn
with gifts and hugs,
although Elizabeth
Androtti was all too happy
to hug her stuffed lamb.
The holiday party was the
brainchild of the late
Gladys Olson. Islander
Photos: Paul Roat


Anna Maria

Elementary not


going anywhere
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A report that Manatee County School Board plan-
ners had indicated the Anna Maria Elementary School
might close within 10 years is not true, said MCSB
spokesperson Marianne Lorentenzen.
"That's news to me," said Lorentenzen. "In fact,
we've just signed a $7.1 million contract to build a new
elementary school on the Island."
What happened, she said, was that at the Nov. 5
school board workshop on interlocal agreements by the
board with municipal governments to handle future
growth, the comment was made by a school board plan-
ner that AME would be torn down in the future.
What the school board official forgot to mention
was that the current AME will be replaced by a new
facility at the same location, Lorentenzen said.
"There's nothing in the plans to close Anna Maria
Elementary permanently and there's never been any
talk along those lines," she said. The plan is simply to
replace the old buildings with a new facility to accom-
modate 350 students.
That was a sentiment echoed by AME Principal
Tim Kolbe.
"I don't think we're going to close a school if we're
already budgeted to build a new one," he said.
No start date of construction has been set, said
Kolbe, but contractors for the project will be at AME
this week to inspect the premises.
In fact, while it's no secret that AME's enrollment
has declined the past four years, discussions are already
taking place to bring in more students, possibly from
Cortez.
Enrollment at the school is now 315 students,
Kolbe said, while four years ago, AME had 380 stu-
dents.
Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board Director
Doug Copeland, who attended the Nov. 5 meeting on
behalf of the city, said at the Dec. 12 city commission
workshop that an official at the school board meeting
had indicated AME would be closed within a decade.


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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 18, 2002 0 PAGE 15


Commission declines Fluke mitigation proposal


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners declined to
accept mitigation money, in a 4-1 vote, from Robert
Fluke and Lori Hostetter who want to develop wet-
land property on the city's bayfront. Commissioner


Roger Lutz voted in favor of accepting the mitiga-
tion fee.
Fluke has a Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection permit to build a single-family resi-
dence involving 3,100 square feet of wetland im-
pacts for a fill pad and approximately 200 square


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Griffith-Cline Funeral Homes annual Toys-for-Tots program is off to a grand start this year, with toys spread-
ing out along the halls at the Island chapel. Staff member Bette Kissick says there are more toys than ever this
year and more welcome. "We still need gifts for teenage recipients," she said. The U.S. Marine Corps.-
sponsored program provides gifts for less fortunate youngsters. To add to the collection, take an unwrapped
toy to the chapel at 6000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson

Manatee Trolley operating on Christmas
The Manatee County Area Transit's Manatee Trolley The MCAT bus service will provide free rides on
serving Anna Maria Island will operate its regular hours Saturday, Dec. 21, she said, but will not operate Christ-
of 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Christmas and New Year's Eve, mas or New Year's Day.
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feet for a stilt-supported structure. However, the
permit-is contingent on mitigation.
Fluke's property is located at 2902 Avenue A in
Holmes Beach. The lot is near the Grassy Point pre-
serve adjacent to Anna Maria Sound.
According to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
report, the existing condition of the affected property
consists of two residential lots totaling 10,000
square feet, which are 100 percent wetlands.
Fluke offered Holmes Beach $3,125 in mitiga-
tion money to be used for environmental restoration
or enhancement at Grassy Point.
Commissioner Don Maloney said the city's wet-
lands should be left as they are, and made the motion
to decline the offer.
According to Holmes Beach City Attorney Pat
Petruff, even though Holmes Beach has not accepted
the offer, Fluke can look for other alternatives for
mitigation and would not necessarily be prevented
from moving forward with plans for his property.
Assistant Superintendent of Public Works Bill
Saunders told the commission that Fluke has not
submitted any proposed plans for the property and
any application that would be submitted at this time
would be denied.
One reason Saunders said the building depart-
ment couldn't grant a permit is that the property cur-
rently has no access to 29th Street, and that would
have to be developed first.
Lutz maintained that if Fluke can still move for-
ward by offering the money for another project, the
City of Holmes Beach might as well benefit from the
money.
"It makes no sense to me to accept the money when
we know we won't issue a permit," Maloney argued.
"I wouldn't sleep too well, but I'm not a lawyer."
Chairman Rich Bohnenberger issued the bottom
line, "There is no street access, no plans have been
submitted to the city, if we allow land fill for an
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30 years of ringing and loving it


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
They rang in Illinois for 23 years, came here and
have been ringing for seven and plan many more.
They're bellringers for the Salvation Army's an-
nual "kettle drive" at Christmastime. Donors fill the
kettles, hopefully, with coin and dollars, hopefully
- to help the needy at this holiday time and through-
out the year.
They are Audrey and Jack Smith, Bradenton Beach
residents and Holmes Beach businesspeople they
own Casa Sierra Resort on 36th Street and after 30
years are still enthusiastic about helping people via the
bells, as well as other voluntary ways.
Christmas Prelude on Bridge Street Thanksgiving
Day was one of the most productive kettle days they've
seen, with "people in the mood to give and feeling good
about having given," said Audrey.
The other major kettle location on Anna Maria Is-
land is at Publix at Holmes Beach, whose bells are rung
by Island Kiwanis Club volunteers.
There are many differences between holiday sea-
sons here and where they came from.
"We had one dime store, Woolworth's, downtown
[in Belvedere, Ill.] and we started with a kettle there,"
said Audrey. "When you got done you were frozen to
death but you sure had the spirit."
She was a real estate agent and husband Jack was
in rental properties, and through the Board of Realtors
she put a bell in the hand of every available agent, end-
ing up with five kettles in what had been a one-kettle
town.
They retired from business seven years ago and
came to the Island to live and ring. "Here I ring in
shorts and not long underwear," she marveled.
They also helped prepare Christmas food bags for
the Salvation Army in Illinois and here. "We made up
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Holiday decorations can be dangerous: be careful


Water. That's the prime requirement for a safe
Christmas, at least where the often treacherous tree
is concerned.
Kurt Lathrop, deputy fire marshal of the West
Manatee Fire District, said every Christmas season
brings fires from decorated evergreen trees, "and that's
pretty bad, especially since it can be prevented so eas-
ily."
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Obituaries

Theodore H. Cole
Theodore H. Cole, 81, of Anna Maria, died Dec.
15.
Born in Horseheads, N.Y., Mr. Cole came to
Manatee County from Birmingham, N.Y., in 1969. He
was a mechanical engineer and owner of Cole Realty.
He was the owner of the "post office plaza" in Anna
Maria City. He served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd lieu-
tenant in the infantry during World War II. He was a
member of American Legion Kirby Stewart Post #24
in Bradenton and BPOE in Bradenton.
There were no services. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Betty; daughters Sandra
Rich of Anna Maria and Vicky Hanes of Wilmington,
N.C.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Harry Lewis Freeman
Harry Lewis Freeman, 64, of Holmes Beach died
Saturday, Dec. 14.
He first moved to Anna Maria Island from Colum-
bus, Ohio, in 1959 after three years in the U.S. Navy.
After a career in sales in Bradenton he returned to Co-
lumbus, where he was a stockbroker for 14 years. Eight
years ago he retired to the Island.
He was an active member of Anna Maria Island
Moose Lodge 2188.
He is survived by wife Sandy, mother Florence,
siblings Doug, Dan, Tim, Steve, Mary Kay, Hilda and
Jeff, children Mark, David, Jamie, Jennifer, Missy and
Brian, and 15 grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be from 2-4 p.m. Sun-
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A six-foot tree consumes up to two gallons of wa-
ter a day, he said, and that much should be added daily
to the container at the base of the tree.
Keep open flames far from the tree, and don't even
think of decorating with candles. Space heaters can ignite
trees, too, so move them to the opposite side of the room.
Decorative lights are enjoyable, Lathrop said, as long
as they don't short-circuit and cause their own fires. He
advises people to avoid the small brown and white exten-
sion cords, use heavier-duty cords indoors and out.
Make sure the extension cords are approved for
outdoor use, and that the light strings' labels carry no-
tice of approval by the Underwriters Laboratory.
"Don't get carried away and overload an electrical

Gift tips from the postal service
"Wrap your gift as pretty as you please," Bob
Willis says affably. "But when preparing it for mailing,
be practical and protective, for sturdy packages with
clear addresses help gifts arrive on time and in good
shape."
Willis is postmaster at the Bradenton Beach Post
Office, and he's seen a lot of merry Christmases. And
some not so merry when gifts arrived damaged because
of poor packaging, or didn't arrive at all due to illeg-
ible or incorrect addresses.
"Use a sturdy carton large enough to accommodate
the gift package plus cushioning," Willis advises, "and
remove or mark out conflicting address information
already on the carton. Don't use wrapping paper or
twine on the outside of the carton.
"It is important to seal your parcel securely. We-
recommend pressure-sensitive tape, nylon-reinforced
craft paper tape, or glass-reinforced, pressure-sensitive
tape."
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are careless in this. Make the recipient's address com-
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upper left corner. It's advisable also to put the delivery
address on a sheet of paper inside the package, just in
case.
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Teacher spotlight of week: Marcia Brockway


Each week The Islander will put the spotlight on
one of Anna Maria Elementary School's teachers and
their classroom.
This week fourth-grade teacher Marcia Brockway
is in our spotlight.
Brockway moved to Florida from Michigan in
1985 and has been teaching at AME for 18 years. She
is certified to teach first- through sixth-grades, plus
kindergarten through twelfth-grade reading.
She earned her teaching degree in Michigan, a
bachelor's degree from Spring Arbor College and a
master's degree from Oakland University.
Brockway said she always wanted to become a
teacher. "My mother was a teacher and I loved school.
Each year I was in school, it made it more difficult for
me to decide which grade level I wanted to teach."
Her favorite subject in school was math because
she enjoyed the challenge of problem-solving.
In her classroom at AME, Brockway said she en-


joys teaching her science units, especially on the solar
system, volcanoes, oceans and the rainforest.
She also enjoys doing art projects that relate to
geometry and the science units.
To keep her students interested in learning she
keeps them on their toes.
"Surprises are good!" she said. "Some days we
play games as a social studies review and we have a
dictionary drill game that teaches ne%% vocabularyy and
is fun to play.
"Education is a journey. Each student is on their
own distinctive path," Brockway said. "My job is to
instill a 'joy' for the journey."
When not teaching, Brockway enjoys walking the
beach, reading and spending time with her family.
Brockway has two daughters. One is a senior at the
University of Central Florida majoring in elementary
education and the other is a freshman majoring in so-
cial work at Mars Hill College in North Carolina.


Marcia Brockway at Anna Maria Elementary.


Holiday essays by Island school fourth.graders


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Marcia Brockway's class have written essays explain-
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Molly Slicker and Sarah Balducci shared their
essays, which focus on food, family and gift giving,
with their class and The Islander. In their own words,
the best things about Christmas are...

Why I Love Christmas
By Molly Slicker
I tip-toed into the living room and looked under
the glimmering Christmas tree and "Wow!" Look at
all those big presents. I hope they're for me.
Christmas is the best. First of all, the food is de-
licious. Also, I love to spend time with my family.
Last, but not least, you can't forget the presents.
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Turkey is one of my favorite holiday foods. I
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My family is always there for me. I love to be
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If Christmas didn't have presents I don't know
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Christmas morning I creeped down the hall at 1:15
to see what I got in the pretty pink paper with the satin
bow.
That same day my favorite family members came
over and sat at the big table and ate until we were as full
as hippos. All of my cousins and I stared at all the pre-
sents.
I love when my cheerful family comes over and I
get to see all of my aunts, uncles and grandparents. Last
but not least, my cousins from China come down ev-
ery year for Christmas.
I love waking up on Christmas and going into the
living room and seeing a sea of presents. I just love
seeing all those toys like stuffed animals.
I love Christmas dinner. I love the smell of juicy
ham and eggnog and the smell of.fresh baked cookies
and sitting at the table with my family.
This is how Christmas is at the Balducci house. It
smells good in the kitchen; the house is a jungle of
people and under that tree is presents.
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Science, reading, fun in Brockway's class


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
It's 9:30 a.m. and students in Marcia Brockway's
class are quietly waiting for second period to begin.
At the top of the agenda is a review of yesterday's
lesson on volcanoes. Lauren Woodson and Frances
Bergeron volunteered to share their artwork for the
review session.
Each student drew a picture showing the layers of
the Earth and another showing the parts of a volcano.
Drawings were labeled with the depth and temperature
of the different layers.
Next students reviewed the components that make
a complete sentence and discussed the difference of
writing a story versus an essay.
Earlier in the week students wrote essays explain-
ing why Christmas is their favorite time of year. Molly
Slicker and Sarah Balducci read their essays for the
class.
After the review session, students were given sev-
eral projects to choose from to work on at their desks.
On the class to do list: answer questions in a workbook
about volcanoes, write a paragraph using this week's
spelling words and write about the daily journal topic,
"What I'd do if I had $1,000 to spend."
During a 15-minute snack break, students gathered
to discuss the daily journal topic and what they'd de-
cided to do with $1,000.
Jenna Duvall said she would buy a pug dog and a
play station. Samantha Fische would buy her father an
expensive car to replace one he used to have. And
Cameron Ellsworth would purchase a paintball gun
known as the dark angel. He said it's the best one on
the market.
Most of the students would use their financial


windfall on a shopping spree, and most of the girls
agreed they'd buy new clothes.
Kristi Wickersham, however, wouldn't spend the
money on herself. She would buy clothes and toys for
needy children first before spending the money on her
family and save whatever might be left over.
Getting back to work, Brockway leads the class in
a dictionary drill. Students raise a large red and gray
dictionary above their heads and wait.
Brockway writes a new vocabulary word on the
chalk board, and when everyone is ready says
"Charge!"
Immediately the dictionaries hit the desks with a
loud bang and the students busily flip through pages in
search of the word "discipline."


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AME's Sackett achieves national certification


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Elementary School first-grade teacher
Joan Sackett is one of 24 teachers in Manatee County
who recently achieved national certification from the
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
The certification is the profession's top honor.
Certification is voluntary and is achieved through


Walk the Island
for IMS date change
The Island Middle School is preparing for
its second annual "Walk the Island for Island
Middle School" fundraising event and is cur-
rently seeking community sponsors.
The fundraiser was scheduled for Saturday,
Feb. 22, but due to a conflict with another event
it has been rescheduled.
The walk-a-thon will be held Saturday,
March 1, but students are looking for pledges
now for the six-mile walk. They will walk from
IMS to the Coquina Beach Pavilion, earning
money from pledges for each of the six miles
they walk.
Funds raised will be used to enhance the
educational opportunities offered at IMS. Spon-
sorship opportunities are available to local busi-
nesses, and community involvement is wel-
come.
There are several sponsorship levels avail-
able. The "Diamond" level, which is the high-
est sponsorship level, requires a minimum do-
nation of $5,000 and offers the sponsor a week
on Grand Cayman Island.
Other sponsorship incentives include a list-
ing in the newspaper, on event T-shirts, banners
and water stations.
For more information, call the school's
administrative office at 778-5200.


Song for St. Lucia
Joan Sackett listens as first-graders Reina Glavan
and Bailey Bannigan practice a song for St. Lucia
Day Dec. 13. Sackett recently achieved national
certification for teaching. Part of her certification
was based on classroom activities that make learn-
ing fun. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes
nearly a year to complete.
Sackett said it took her two years to finally achieve
a passing score.
"It's a difficult process," she admitted. "Getting the
certification didn't prove I'm a better teacher, but it
made me analyze what I do in the classroom. It's a lot
of work."
According to Sackett, the certification process has
four parts related to individual teaching methods.
Sackett was evaluated on her ability to teach science,
math and writing to third- through sixth-graders in ad-
dition to how she structures her classroom community.
Sackett said that her students became involved in
her work certification process. She submitted video-
taped segments of classroom activities to show the cer-
tification board how she interacts with students.
Sackett also wrote about the "fun things kids don't
forget" to inform the certification board about the ways


in which she keeps kids involved with learning. Some
of those activities include the kids' vegetable garden
and the mini-mall where students sell their own arts and
crafts.
In addition to submitting written documentation of
class activities, Sackett was required to take four 90-
minute tests.
The benefit of national certification is a 10 percent
boost in pay. In Florida, teachers who become nation-
ally certified are entitled to a yearly bonus equaling 10
percent of the average Florida teacher's salary.
Certified teachers can earn another 10 percent
yearly bonus if they volunteer to mentor other teach-
ers. Sackett plans to attend a mentoring meeting to
learn more about those requirements.
Florida has the second-highest number of teachers
achieving certification nationally in 2002. Manatee
County has 70 teachers who are nationally certified and
Sackett is the first at AME to achieve certification.
Fifth-grade teacher Lynn McDonough and first-
grade teacher Lynn Drolet have also been working to-
ward certification.
Sackett said that if your combined score on all the
tests and classroom analysis isn't high enough to pass,
you don't have to start all over. Teachers have the op-
tion of redoing the areas where they may have scored
low and reapplying for certification the following year.
According to Sackett, board certification is good
for 10 years.


Classroom mix-up
The authors of the letters to Santa Claus fea-
tured on the cover of the Dec. 11 issue are sec-
ond-graders, not kindergartners, as was reported
in The Islander.
Toni Lashway teaches second-grade at
Anna Maria Elementary School and her class
was incorrectly identified as a kindergarten
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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 18, 2002 0 PAGE 23


Big John does it in a big way barbecue, that is


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Big John has proved what everyone in these parts
has known all along he's one of the very best
barbecuers on earth.
John Swager, an Anna Maria Islander until a few
weeks ago, is basking and basting in his new West
Bradenton home. Basting his luscious ribs and chicken,
basking in a cook's glory of knowing only four people
could out-barbecue him in all of Florida.
He was judged fifth-place winner in the statewide
cookoff at the Hernando County Barbecue and Rodeo
in Brooksville. Thirty-eight of the best at their trade
competed, and the competition was stiff, Swager said.
Scoring was in four disciplines, he said. His standing
in each: Chicken 10th, ribs 4th, pork 5th, beef brisket 11 th.
Plus the.judges gauge entries for appearance, cleanliness,
and taste. It was the aggregate of all points that put Swager
in fifth over all in the state championships.
"It's great to place that high," he said, "especially
since I'm not a regular competitor. Most of those (com-
peting) people are in 10 or 20 or even 30 barbecue
events a year."
There are 100 and more competitive events a year,
sponsored by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. The
prizes are high for the top contests $50,000 for first
place over all in the Kansas City Royale, $40,000 in the

Pottery demonstration due
at Island Gallery West
Reda Reynolds will show how to create pottery
from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Island
Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Reynolds is a former Anna Maria Island resident
who started pottery as a hobby and turned it into vir-
tually a fulltime occupation. She uses the hand-built
form, as opposed to a pottery wheel, and glazes her
works with the raku method.
She currently specializes in "imaginary landscapes
and seascapes" in wall hangings, has enjoyed success
at many exhibits and has a major exhibition coming up


Big John Swager, right, and Joe Propsom with some
of their barbecue awards.
Jack Daniel's Classic. Swager won't be competing in
either of those, since a cook has to win state or special
qualifying firsts to gain entry there.
The first-place winner in the Florida-wide cookoff
in Brooksville was awarded $1,750.

Parents Support Group meets
The Parents Support Group of the Anna Maria
Island Community Center will meet from 6-7:30
p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Shirley Romberger, the Center's family thera-
pist, will be facilitator for the meeting. For regis-
tration and information, telephone 778-1908.


in Atlanta in January.
Further information
778-6648.


may be obtained by calling


Big John has barbecued most of his life, starting as
a youngster in Texas where he was reared. He com-
peted a bit there, but only once a year in all the time
he's been here.
He may well be the best-known barbecuer in the
area, with his own catering company, Big John's Texas
Barbecue, plus providing the food for big events spon-
sored by the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
He barbecues free for the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, too, and for other meals he donates to
the Center regularly for the elderly and needy.
His own kitchen can handle the smaller demands,
but he borrows restaurant kitchens when the big ones
come along because he builds every meal from scratch
and that takes room. He proudly notes that he and his
crew served 400 people in an hour and 20 minutes
.when Tidemark cleared off the old Pete Reynards res-
taurant. That crew is Carol Saulnier, Constance Jordan
and Joe Propsom.
Big John has a date with the meat and the heat and
his spicy sauce almost every weekend in summer and
many in winter, and happily fits them in with his sched-
ule as manager of Phillips Plumbing Co. in Bradenton.
He and his wife lived on the Island for 15 years
until moving to the mainland.
What's next? "Well," he said, the light of battle in
his Texas eye, "maybe I'll compete a little more."

Boating course
Registration is open for a Coast Guard Flotilla
81 course in boating skills that will be on seven con-
secutive Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Jan. 8 at
5801 33rd Ave. Ct. W., Bradenton.
For registration and information call 778-2495
or 795-6189.

Realty raves
Marilyn Trevethan took the honors for obtaining
the most new listings and Bob Fittro was top sales
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Island Biz


Club Bamboo
on fast sell-out track
Presales of condominiums at the planned Club
Bamboo in Bradenton Beach presently the north
building of the Econolodge Beach Resort are better
than anticipated at this point, said sales representative
Dennis Girard of Central Park Realty in Sarasota.
In fact, more than 75 percent of the proposed 21
units have been reserved by prospective buyers, and
that's without any major marketing or advertising,
Girard said.
"Word seems to have spread by word of mouth and
a recent newspaper story," he said.
With only a few units left, Girard said anyone in-
terested in a unit should contact him immediately.
"I wouldn't be surprised to be sold out by mid-
January. The response has been overwhelming. People
seem to know a good value," he added.
That "value" includes furnishings in Tommy
Bahama-style and major kitchen appliances included in
the purchase price, said Girard.
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Financing for the renovations that will convert the
current 30 units at the north Econolodge building into
21 upscale one-bedroom beachfront units has been
approved, he said. Actual conversion is expected to
begin by May 2003.
Unit prices range from the upper-$200,000s to the
lower $300,000s, he said.
For more information on Club Bamboo, contact
Girard at 941-809-0041.


Holistic health
Raynera Mroktek
^ of Bradenton Beach re-
cently opened her holistic
lifestyle education and con-
sulting business "Healthy
Hair, Healthy Skin" from
her residence and plans two
workshops in January to
educate Islanders on the
value of a holistic approach
to health and beauty.
A licensed cosme-


tologist and aromatherapist, Raynera also provides
botanical facials and foot treatments.
Raynera said she turned to the holistic approach to
health and beauty after learning of all the toxic chemi-
cals in many hair and beauty products.
Now, she gives private and group classes on the
holistic approach to hair and skin care, informing
people that "there are products available that are really
non-toxic to the individual," teaching people how to
use those products, and how to make healthy lifestyle
choices, she said.
Although she's owned non-toxic salons in Palm
Beach, North Carolina and California, she won't have
a permanent salon on the Island, choosing to present
her message at group and individual sessions.
Two public seminars on holistic health and fitness
are planned in January at Ansley's Health Food Store
in the S&S Shopping Center in Holmes Beach, with the
first scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 8.
For further information, call 778-0357.




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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 18, 2002 M PAGE 25


HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES CELEBRATED ON ISLAND


Musical Christmas under the stars
The Island Baptist Church presented an outdoor holiday mu sc program De c. 13.
featuring the Celebration Choir fro Panlma Sola Bay Baptlit Church. The music
celebrated the joy of the season and brought the spirit of the hlu oila a oon to diu
manv who attended. Islander Photos: Jack Elka

Holiday angels
Jennifer Reynolds, Melanie Dan and Sizi Olivia were featured vocalists with the
Celebration Choir of Palmna Sola Bay Baptist Church at the Island Baptist Church
outdoor concert Dec. 13.


Bethlehem Walk at Roser
More than 100 people chose to "walk Bethlehem with Mary, Joseph and domestic
animals" during the annual Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria
Sunday. Cait Tribble, 8, of Bradenton, was one of the angels who walked with the
animals. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson


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Holiday concert featured 'Messiah'
It was "standing room only" for the featured "Messiah" and "Christmas
Oratorio" by the Anna Maria Island Orchestra and Chorus at their 10th
anniversary holiday concert Dec. 15 at the Island Baptist Church which was
festively decorated for the event. Alfred Gershfeld, artistic director, directed.
Soloists were Rebecca Hill, Marcy Gobell, Martha DiPalma, Enoch Sherman
and Jay Kimpel. The next concert is Feb. 23 and will feature an "all opera"
program. Islander Photo.: J.L. Robertson





PAGE 26 E DEC. 18, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER


Center crowns 4 champs in basketball tourney

By Kevin Cassidy 11
Islander Correspondent
The inaugural Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter preseason basketball tournament came to an end
Friday, Dec. 12, with four champions being crowned
in four age divisions.
The Bistros ruled Division III (ages 8-9), while
Marco Polo came out on top in Division II (ages 10-
11). Island Pressure Cleaning was the top dog in Divi- j. -..
sion I (ages 12-13), while the Beach House dominated
the Premier League (ages 14-16)tourney, outscoring its A ,
opponents 164-97 in two games. _y."\ i4
Each division also named an all-tourney team of its ...-,
five best overall performers from each team.-.
Division III all-tourney team had Joey Hutchinson,
Tommy Price, Ally Titsworth, Chris Callahan and
Blake Wilson.
Division II all-tourney team was led by Dylan
Mullen, Broderick West, Justin Dearlove, Jordan
Sebastiano and Celia Ware.
Spencer Carper led the Division I all-tournament
team along with Chad Richardson, Matt McDonough,
Cody Knight and Steven Faasse.
David and Gary Scott led the Premier all-tourna- "
ment team that also boasted Mike Wallen, Clay Orr and
Bobby Cooper as members...
Congratulations to the Center and all the players,
coaches and parents for a great tournament!


Hutchinson, Dearlove key comeback win
The Bistros won the Division III tournament cham-
.4 pionship thanks to a come-from-behind victory keyed by
Joey Hutchinson and Hailey Dearlove Friday, Dec. 13.
Acute Care Team jumped out to an early 10-2 lead
behind four points apiece from Burns Easterling and
Geza Lott and two points from Chris Callahan, but they
weren't prepared for the second-half onslaught that
gave the Bistro's the Division III crown.
Emma Barlow's basket was the only score in the
half for the Bistros, but they came out strong in the
third quarter, getting four points from Hutchinson and
two points from Barlow to pull to within 10-8.
Hutchinson made a steal and drove the length of
the floor to tie the score at 10-10 when point guard
Dearlove took over,
She brought the ball up with 2:58 left to play and
promptly drove the lane and drew a foul to go to the
line for two shots. Dearlove missed the first shot, but
her second attempt was swished through to give the
Bistros their first lead of the game.
Dearlove then came through with a steal and sealed
the win when she hit a running floater in the lane to
complete the 13-10 victory.
Hutchinson led the Bistros with six points while
Barlow added four and Dearlove finished with three
points.

Acute Care Team 25, Jessie's Island Store 8
Chris Callahan scored 14 points to lead Acute Care
past Jessie's in the second game of the Division III
tournament on Thursday, Dec. 12. Burns Easterling
supported Callahan with seven points while Geeza Lott
finished with four points.
Blake Wilson led Jessie's with eight points in the
loss.

The Bistros 12, Danziger 9
Joey Hutchinson scored a game-high six points,
but it was his defensive effort against Tommy Price that
keyed Bistros' three-point victory over Danziger Al-
lergy & Sinus Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Hutchinson guarded Price man-to-man and held
him scoreless while he was assigned to guard him
which upset the Danziger offense.
Hutchinson was given a bit of rest early in the
fourth quarter and Price got loose for a three-pointer
and a layup to tighten the game, but Emma Barlow
scored a pair of baskets to keep the Bistros on top.
Hutchinson's six led the Bistros, which also re-
ceived four points from Barlow and two points from
Ashley Waring.
Price's five points paced Danziger, which also re-
ceived two points apiece from John Brooks-Atkins and
* Matt Danziger.

Acute Care 17, Titsworth 14
Acute Care Team's Matt Bauer scored five points


Hailey Dearlove drives to the basket to score for her Bistro's team.


Matt McDonough scores another basket from the
paint during Division I tourney action.


David Scott snatches a rebound away from Sarah
White during Premier League tourney action.

in overtime to spark Acute Care to a three-point victory
over Titsworth Construction in the Division III open-
ing game played Monday, Dec. 9.
Bauer finished with a game-high seven points
while teammates Geeza Lott and Chris Callahan each
scored four points. Jay Beard completed the scoring for
Acute Care with two points.
Ally Titsworth scored six points to lead Titsworth
Construction in the loss. Alex Thurkettle chipped in


Will Langston shows good form on this fall-away
jumper during Premier League tourney action.


Spencer Carper fires up a three-pointer during
Division I tourney action.

with five points, while Gabe Salter added two and
Trevor Bystrom finished with one point.

Marco Polo rallies to claim
Division II crown
Dylan Mullen scored seven of his game-high 14

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points Friday, Dec. 13, to lead Marco Polo to an 18-15,
comeback victory over Air & Energy in Division II
tourney action.
Air & Energy grabbed a two-point lead in the first
quarter behind four points each from Ben Valdivieso
and Justin Dearlove, but a three-pointer by Mullen tied
the score as the first half came to a close.
Ryan Guerin of Marco Polo and Air & Energy's
Dearlove traded baskets in the third before Mullen took
over the fourth quarter for Marco Polo.
Guerin and Terra Cole each added two points to the
Marco Polo total.
Valdivieso led Air & Energy with eight points,
while Dearlove added six points and Garrett Secor
scored two to complete the Air & Energy scoring.

Air & Energy 22, Banks Engineering 14
Justin Dearlove scored 16 points to lead Air &
Energy past Banks Engineering on Wednesday, Dec.
11. Garrett Secor chipped in with four points and Ben
Valdivieso scored to complete the Air & Energy scor-
ing.
Banks Engineering was led by Broderick West
who scored 12 points and Miles Hostetler who finished
with two points.

Marco Polo 27, A Paradise Realty 2
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Banks 16, Duncan 8
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Island Pressure Cleaning
holds two-point victory
Island Pressure Cleaning withstood a furious sec-
ond-half rally by the Sign of the Mermaid to hold onto
a 47-45 victory to claim the Division I tournament title
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Island Pressure Cleaning held leads of 14 points at
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been for the heady play of Spencer Carper.
Pat Cole's rebound put back pulled the Mermaid to
within 44-42 with just over two minutes left to play.
Cole then made a steal and passed ahead to Matt
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foul shot, which was matched by Carper a few seconds
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The Pressure Washers got the ball back and put it
in Carper's hands. Carper dribbled around and through
the Mermaid team to whittle the clock down to nine
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Mermaid 45, Discount Tackle 22
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Turtle laughs, water safety hints, bald bears


Suzi Fox of Anna Maria Turtle Watch sent me a
copy of "Suggested Sea Turtle Permit Procedures"
which is purported to have been drafted by someone
from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission.
As I went through the long document, I kept won-
dering why Suzi had sent me this pretty technical mis-
sive until I noticed some of the procedures were be-
coming increasingly wacky. When I got to the end and
noticed the author's name, I realized it was a pretty
well-done spoof. Here's an abbreviated version.
During our long and very fruitful years of sea turtle
research, the process of applying for the appropriate
federal, state, county, and park research permits has
changed considerably. There has been an increased
concern over "invasive" research techniques, and re-
cent attempts have been implemented to ensure that
these techniques do not adversely impact on the health
and well being of these sensitive and gentle.creatures.
The primary concern of permitting offices is to
ensure that turtles are not subjected to undue stress,
injury, and infection. The collection of valuable scien-
tific information may be necessary to help prevent the.
extinction of sea turtle populations, but the welfare of
the research subjects apparently comes first. We hope
that these suggestions for in-water research activities
will help future turtle conservationists obtain their re-
search permits.
Suggested field procedures for turtle collection:
The net should be constructed out of 100 percent
natural hemp and soaked in betadyne to minimize cap-
ture stress and infections.
All captured turtles should be immediately cut out
of the net to minimize capture stress, and the net burned
after each collecting expedition.
Captured turtles should be placed on aloe-impreg-
nated ergonomic-foam rubber mats with individual
umbrellas to prevent shell damage and sun stress while
awaiting disposition.
Measurements should be made with pre-softened
cotton measuring tape and/or natural rubber calipers to
prevent injury to the carapace, or any associated



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Standard monel flipper and PIT tagging should be
immediately abandoned as excessively cruel and
invasive. We suggest using biodegradable latex paint
to place alphanumeric codes on the marginal scutes of
the carapace.
Blood should only be collected with pre-wvarmed
sterilized needles, and after suitable betadyne and lo-
cal anesthesia has been applied to the dorsal cervical
sinus.
Satellite transmitters must be quickly applied
using Elmer's glue or they should be held to the cara-
pace with biodegradable latex rubber bands to ensure
that the devices do not stay on too long, and disengage
long before the batteries wear down. Fiberglass and
epoxy resins give off noxious fumes that might cause
nausea and disorientation.
Radio and sonic devices to be attached to the
posterior marginal scutes must be done with sterilized
diamond-tipped drill bits after the mandatory local
anesthesia and betadyne have been applied to the ap-
propriate scute surfaces.
Turtles held for fecal collection must be main-
tained in soft rubber tubs with filtered sea water, pri-
vacy screens, and John Tesh music played softly in the
background. We suggest the "Live at the Red Rocks"
album for maximum fecal production, eliminating the
need for invasive enemas.
Turtles held for fecal collection should also be fed
prior to release. We suggest soft-shell blue crabs. These
will replace protein lost due to the duration spent in
captivity and the crabs' soft shells will not injure their
mouths.
Turtles should be named after famous folk sing-
ers or J.R.R. Tolkien characters from the Hobbit and/
or Lord of the Rings.
Waiting for a turtle to blunder into the researchers
vicinity can take as long time. This is definitely the
dullest of fisheries and efforts should be taken to re-
lieve boredom while still maintaining the peak effi-
ciency needed to deal with an entangled specimen. We
suggest the following at-sea procedures:
There will be no undue levity aboard the research
vessel. No reciting lines from Mel Brooks, Cheech and
Chong, or Monty Python movies.
There will be no telling of off-color or ethnic
jokes, obscene limericks, or the singing of Australian
drinking songs.
No plastic wrapped junk food (that might strangle
sensitive leatherbacks) is allowed onboard the vessel.
Only homemade trail mix and organic fruits and veg-
etables may be consumed.
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that there is nothing I can say here that will prepare you
for the comments that you will be expected to address.
However, you must respond to these comments, even
though they might seem like they are stupid and irrel-
evant, or even vicious. These reviewers are usually not
bona fide chelonian research biologists themselves and
just "don't know". The permitting office is just going
through the motions of allocating "peer-review" per-
mits, or weeding out competitive research. Just say
something about each comment. It does not matter how
offended you might be when preparing a response, re-
member that you will never be able to insult their in-
telligence. However, if they remain persistent, offer
them co-authorship on any resulting publications. That
almost always works.
Signed: Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Department of
Ethical Research.
Dr. Thompson, of course, is the infamous "Gonzo"
journalist who wrote the book Fear and Loathing in
Las Vegas.

Boat safety
I had always thought the holidays weren't prime
boat time, but apparently a lot of people do go out on
the water now. Unfortunately, some of those people
don't return from their day on the water. Last year there
were 13 boating-related fatalities in Florida from Dec.
1 to Jan. 31; five were alcohol-related, and 15 percent
of the 2001 boating deaths occurred in December.
"Florida's beautiful winter weather means our
waters are crowded year-round, even during winter
holidays," said FWC Lt. Kent Harvey. "Along with all
the usual boating dangers, winter boaters have the
added risk of suffering from hypothermia if a boating
accident throws them into the water."-.
Harvey cited as an example the two teenage boys
who died from hypothermia in the 60-degree waters of
the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa earlier this month.
Since they were wearing life vests and no foul play is
suspected, Harvey said there is every reason to believe
it would have been a survivable incident had it occurred
in warm weather.
He said a good holiday gift is one of the newer in-
flatable life vests: they're more comfortable than the
traditional bulkier versions, and that means the chances
of your wearing it will increase.
And remember to bundle up. If it's cold outside,
it's usually a lot colder out'on the water than you think,
and when you're under way that cold wind gets really
chilly.
Enjoy, and be safe out there.

Sandscript factoid
Black bears are showing up hairless in north-cen-
tral Florida, victims of mange. A FWC veterinarian got
a picture of one of the sad-looking critters and de-
scribed it as looking like "a large, bald rat." The hair-
less bears are pretty much isolated in the Ocala Na-
tional Forest and, with estimates of 40 bald bears out
of a total population of 1,000 in the park, it's not like
there's a mange epidemic, but it's something of some
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Wet weather swamps fishing, but sheepies still strong
By Capt. Mike Heistand
With almost nine inches of rain last week, fishers T
pretty much stayed in port and out of the rain. For thosefi
who did venture out into the elements offshore, grou- .
per and snapper action remains strong, with an occa- -.
sional amberjack to add to the catch. ,. .
Backwater fishing for redfish, trout and sheeps- '
head is also good when the weather permits.- .,
The upcoming week's forecast is much better than AN,
last, and good fishing should resume.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said the weather
was tough to get through last week, what with all the
rain and wind, but when they were able to get out they
caught redfish and sheepshead to 5 pounds.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in -.- -'.,
Holmes Beach out of Catchers echoed Capt. Rick: .-' -
lousy weather, a few redfish and sheepies moving
around the docks.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of .
Catchers said he was able to get his charters offshore .
one day last week and caught grouper to 20 pounds, : ;


Massive mangrove snapper catch
Bill Mackson, Mitzi Mates, Don Clegg and Bob
Granzeier caught 25 mangrove snapper using live
shrimp on a trip out in the Gulf of Mexico with Capt.
Larry McGuire.aboard the "Show Me the Fish
Charters" out of Cortez Fishing Center.


King-size kingfish
Bill Mackson and friends caught a 35-pound kingfish while fishing with Capt. Larry McGuire aboard the


charter boat "Show Me the Fish Charters." The action
Gulf of Mexico.

yellowtail and mangrove snapper and a few amberjack.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said it's
generally too rough for any of the offshore boats to get
into any significant fish, but backwater anglers report
good results of catch-and-release trout to 6 pounds, and
sheepshead are coming on strong. There are also some
good catches of bluefish in the passes.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said big redfish
- near the outside of the slot limit are being caught
from the deck, plus some black drum, pompano and
sheepshead.
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier said sheep-
shead are the best bet there, with some tipping the
scales at 6 pounds. There are still good reports of man-
grove snapper, flounder and redfish as well.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's finding
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Tackle, bait, ice, fishing license provided!
779-9607
Capt. Mike Heistand USCG Licensed





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Sports
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27

scored eight points and pulled down six rebounds.
Island Discount Tackle was led by Steve Faasse's
11 points and six points from Nick Sato. Jesse LeVine
added three points and Jake Orr finished with two
points in the loss.

Island Pressure Cleaning 63, LPAC 42
Island Pressure Cleaning rode a balanced scoring
attack that saw six different players score to record a
63-42 victory Wednesday Dec. 11.
Spencer Carper led the way with 23 points, includ-
ing three three-pointers, while teammate David Tyson
added 17 points. Matthew Skaggs with eight points and
six points from Tanner Pelkey added to the Pressure
Washer's score. Shane Pelkey scored four points and
Harrison Skaggs added two points to complete the Pres-
sure Washer scoring.
LPAC was led by Chad Richardson's 16 points and
nine points from Eric Distelhurst in the loss. Connor
Bystrom scored seven points and Danielle Mullen
scored six to complete the LPAC scoring.

Mermaid 58, Recycled Treasures 16
Sign of the Mermaid swam past Bryant's Recycled
Treasures in the opening game of the Division I Pre-
season tourney behind 27 points from Matt
McDonough Tuesday, Dec. 10
Kevin Kirn supported McDonough with 10 points,
while Pat Cole added eight and Tyler Schneerer fin-
ished with seven. Andrew Burgess scored four points
and Ananda Moreno added two to complete the Mer-
maid scoring.
Bryant's was led by Cody Knight's 12 points and
four points from Shawn Samuels in the loss.

Beach House cruises to title
in Premier League tourney
Brothers Gary and David Scott combined to score 55
points to lead the Beach House Restaurant to a 76-54 vic-
tory over AUnaAlanwaGla.s & Screen to win the Premier
League preseason tournament Thursday, Dec. 12.
Gary Scott dominated down low, scoring 29 points
to lead all scorers. while Da% id Scott finished with 26
points, including three three-pointers. Chris Chawi
added eight points to the Beach House total and Mark
Templeton scored five points. Eujene Distelhurst and
Derik Mendez completed the scoring with four points
each.
Will Langston with 18 points and Bobby Cooper's
16 points led the Anna Maria Glass & Screen offense
that also received 13 points from Bobby Gibbons. Zach
Schield chipped in with three points while Phelps Tracy
and Billy Malfese each finished with two points.

Glass & Screen 53, Oyster Bar 50
Anna Maria Glass & Screen received double-figure
scoring efforts from three players in their three-point
tournament-opening victory over Anna Maria Oyster
Bar Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Bobby Cooper led the way with 20 points, while
Will Langston and Bobby Gibbons added 12 and 10
points respectively. Zach Schield chipped in with seven
points for Glass & Screen, which also received two
points apiece from Billy Malfese and Phelps Tracy.
Clay Orr helped keep the Oyster Bar in the game
with a game-high 21 points, including four three-point
baskets, but it wasn't quite enough. Casey
Swartzendruber added nine points and Mike Cramer
and Steve Seaton finished with eight points apiece.
Dylan O'Sullivan and Josh Wimberly completed the
scoring with two points each.

Beach House 88, Island Real Estate 43
Gary Scott's 24 points and 15 points from brother
David sparked the Beach House Restaurant to a run-
away victory over Island Real Estate in the opening
game of the Premier tourney on Monday Dec. 9.
Chris Chawi added 13 points for the Beach House,
which also received six points apiece from Eugene
Distelhurst and Derek Mendez and five points from
David Buck.
Michael Wallen made three long-range baskets on
the way to a team-high 19 points. Tyler Bekkerus added
13 points for Island Real Estate, which also received
seven points from Kyle Schweitzer and four points
from Anthony Rosas.


Division III
tourney
champs the
Bistros
Emma
Barlow,
Hailey
Dearlove,
Patrick
Edwards,
Kelly
Guerin,
Wyatt
Hoffman,
Joey
Hutchinson,
Molly
McDonough,
Ashley
Waring and
Coach Ron
McDonough.


Indoor soccer tournament under way
The ninth annual Anna Maria Island Community
Center indoor soccer tournament got underway Sun-
day, Dec. 12, and will continue play throughout the
week with championship games being played on either
Saturday, Sunday or Monday, Dec. 21, 22 or 23.
If you've never caught an indoor soccer game, call the


Division II
tourney
champs
Marco Polo
Pizza Donna
Barth,
Whitney
Bauer, Terra
Cole, Justin
Dimiceli,
Ryan Guerin,
Dylan Mullen,
Gabby Pace
and Coach
-Tracey
Glarner.










.. .~ 4 -
Division I
tourney
champs Island
Pressure
Cleaning
Spencer
.Carper,
- Tanner
Pelkey, Shane
Pelkey,
Harrison
:, "Skaggs,
Matthew
Skaggs, David
a Tyson, Crystal
S" Wolfe and
~Coach David
Carper.




Center at 778-1908 for the nightly schedule and plan to
catch some of the hard-hitting, end-to-end action.

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 fidl-time teacher/parent.


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CASH REGISTER, new, electric, Royal 587. Cus-
tom keyboard, protector included, state of the art.
Never used, $250. 792-2913.
SEASONED FIREWOOD delivered and stacked at
your house. Call Jeff Gunn, 809-7930.
CHINA CLOSET Large two-piece honey-colored oak,
country French, beveled glass, $650; matching buffet
sever with storage, $350, or best offer. 778-1646.
TABLE: CHERRY, Hitchcock leaves, four chairs,
$175; Drexel desk chair, $90; Cedar chest, old, $90;
Oriental rugs, deco floor lamps. 792-1197.
WEBER GAS GRILL, one year old, many accessories,,
over $700 new, now only $285; rattan glass-top din-
ing table and four cushioned chairs, $190. 778-2167.


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.
MORE ADS = MORE READERS = MORE ADS!
You get it all in The Islander classified ads.



FRESH MULLET SALE

ore than a mulletV wrapper!





The Islander

Mail order add $3 for postage and handling.
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
941 778 7978






SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
(941) 778-2291 P 0 Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294


This spacious 3BR/2BA home offers a fabulous lo-
cation on a deep, seawalled canal with boat dock
and a bright southerly exposure! Features include a
wonderful waterside family room with beamed,
vaulted ceilings and a cozy wood-burning fireplace.
There is also a sunny Florida room and a preferred
split-bedroom design. Amenities include ceramic
tiled floors in the living and Florida rooms, barrel-tile
roof, spacious interior laundry room with washer,
dryer and laundry tub, double-car garage andl a
convenient driveway with additional guest parking.
Potential unlimited for the savvy investor! Priced to
sell at $568,000.


VIDEO TOUR
BROCHURE


Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com


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 SALE SATURDAY, Dec. 21, 9am-2pm.
No early birds, please! 407 72nd St., Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE FRIDAY and Saturday, Dec. 20-21,
9am-2pm. Rain date, Sunday. Great deals, great
stuff! Sofa, chairs, coffee tables, lamps, mirrors,
books, stereo, microwave, appliances, dishes, jew-
elry, designer clothing, tons of bric-a-brac. 106
Church Ave., corner of Second Street North,
Bradenton Beach.
ART SALE: Woody Candish and friends. Saturday,
Dec. 21, 9am-4pm. Sculpture, pottery, paintings and
more by 12-plus top area artists. On the sidewalk at
The Islander newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach located in the Island Shopping Center.


LOST GOLD BRACELET. Vicinity of Bayfront Park,
North Shore Drive area on Dec. 5. Please call 778-
1663.
CLASSIFIEDS ADS and subscription orders can be
placed online at our secure server at
www.islander.org. And you get to read it early!
Classifieds are posted online at noon Tuesday.


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.


29 Years of Profissional Service



REALTOR.
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
RESIDENTIAL
5400 CONDO 1 BR/1 BA, ceramic tile, gulfview, htd pool, $244,500
TAMPA BAYFRONT Double lot, 3BR/2BA, two greatrooms,
2,506 sq.ft. living area, ceramic floors, garage. $1,900,000.
LAUREL OAK PARK Acacia model, pool and upgrades. $382,000.
DEEDED BOAT DOCK 3BR/2BA, wood decks, clear views
down canal to bay. Elevated with bonus area. $369,000.
COMMERCIAL
STYLIUNG SALON 8 station, established over 35 years. $39,000.
ANTIQUE & ART GALLERY Old Main Street. $69,000
MOBILE HOME PARK- 71 spaces, lakefront. 10 percent cap.
See our classified ads We're booking 2003 rentals now!
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
yrealt7@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


DACHSHUND adoption and rescue (DARE). Call
Shona at 761-2642 for information or visit our Web
site: www.daretorescue.com.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at
Islander.org. And it's FREE!


1970 MERCEDES BENZ 280SL, red and gray,
auto, air conditioning, both tops, 60,500 original
miles. Must see! $25,500. Drive anywhere. 755-
3588
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$3,100, or best offer. 730-9622.


BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vacation
or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.

STORAGE FOR BOATS, cars, RVs. Long and short
term. Transportation available to the airport. Resident
manager. 4518 119th St., Cortez. Call 761-7471.

OUTBOARD MOTOR new 2001, 5-hp Mercury,
used only a few times. $1,150 new, now only $750.
Call 792-4156.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard,
guest quarters or rental income. $28,500 or make
offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat_sunseeker or call 778-3526.















One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
Wahen you choose Chase you
are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community.
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.

CHASE













2317 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach
Gulfview, two-story residential triplex with two
units of 2BR/1BA down and one unit of 1BR/
1BA up, overlooking the Gulf. $550,000.

0Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
E-Mail: dougdowling@earthlink.net
www.dougdowling.com


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NORTH END BEAUTY This is a beautifully built 3-4BR/
2BA home in a beautiful secluded area only three minutes
to the sugar sand beaches of the Gulf. Newly constructed
and designed by it's English artist owner it has that Eu-
ropean feel and many fine upgrades. All tastefully done.
This is for the discerning buyer. $795,000. Call Susan
Hatch, Realtor, 778-7616, eves.


REALTORS


5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach. FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
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LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
779-9607.
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 Sunday morn-
ings at local church. Call weekdays, 778-1813.
WANTED: LICENSED EXPERIENCED rental agent
for established Anna Maria Island office. Competitive
salary and benefits, plus bonuses. Fax resume to
383-9453. All inquiries confidential.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Advertising layout and design,
some Web site production. Proficiency in PhotoShop;
knowledge of Illustrator/Pagemaker/Acrobat a plus.
Resumes: E-mail news@islander.org, fax 778-9392, or
mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.


Your Neighborhood
." Real Estate Shoppe
SEASONAL RENTALS
Anna Maria Beachfront,
3BR/2BA home
Perico Bay Club Villas
RHblmes Beacihduplex
Key Royale ?/2-pool, boat lift
2BR/2BA Home & Efficiency.
500-ft. to beach,
ANNUAL RENTALS
2BR/2BA Canalfront Home
2BR/2BA Canalfront
condo, dock & pool
Efficiency 500-ft. to-beach
Key Royale 2/2 pool, boat lift
Brand New 3BR/2BA Home
Phone 778-0807
Email: yrealt7@aol.com
www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


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 news@islander.org, or
fax 778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Li-
brary. Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-
6247.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.


ASSISTED LIVING: Haven Home Bradenton Beach
is admitting residents. Respite, long term. Call 779-
0322 for details, inquiries welcome.


MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, more. Hard-
working and responsible. Excellent references.
Edward 778-3222.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!


i Single-family homes from
[ the $190s, including homesites.
Island lifestyle with off-Island convenience!
W ATCH Just a five-minute ride to thebeach!

5 Different Floor Plans
All open & spacious ...
3' 3R/2BA & 4BR/2BA
"- .. OPEN DAILY 12-5 PM
Directions: Cortez Roadc to
,,.,..... i 5--86th St. W., turn south on
86th St. W. Entrance to Heron's
Watch is 1/2 mile on the right.

a3. ZW HOMESITES. ONLY 8 LEFT!

For information call 778-7127


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 com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $20 per hour- free advice.
545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
sured. 778-0944.

LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evenings, weekends. For any computer needs,
hardware, software, network, commercial, private.
Call 778-8473.
BOOKKEEPING: We can invoice your clients, pay
your bills, reconcile your bank accounts.Local, ex-
perienced. 778-9436.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast and
reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines, cush-
ions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call 727-5873.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.




Marina Pointe

Realty Co.

314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732


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7By/ lawn-d,


7y/ Sea-


Karen M. Johnson

Ellse M. Braaten

Captain Jeff Braaten

778-0176

ON TIP OF ANNA MARIA!
Walk to the sandy beaches from this
2,150+ sq.ft. home. Fabulous Gulf views,
vaulted ceilings, living room, loft and large
morning room off dining area. Wood deck,
extra large two-car garage. $549,900.

NORTH POINT HARBOR!
Tremendous views of Tampa Bay and
down canal from this Key West-style
home. 2,000+ sq.ft., stone fireplace, 3BR,
den, wrap-around porches, two family
rooms, community pool and tennis out
your back door! $799,900.

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ISLAND!
Short walk to the beaches, shops and
your deeded boat slip from this 1,980+
sq.ft. home! 4BR/3BA, pool bath, large
family room opens up to pool, formal liv-
ing, split design, updated. $349,900.


Rr/MAK Gulfstream Realty
407 Manatee Ave. Holmes Beach
(941) 778-7777


Exclusive North End


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This wonderful duplex has over 3,000 sq.ft. of living
area on a large lot. A custom remodel by Joe
Ungvarsky. This beautiful home features a gourmet
kitchen with bar seating for 12, custom tile through-
out, sky lights, open decks and great views of the
Gulf. Downstairs apartment has 2BR/2BA and single-
car garage. Upstairs has 2BR/3BA, living room, din-
ing room, large great room/family-room and best of all
an ELEVATOR! A terrific beach house with rental in-
come or convert to an expansive home. For the dis-
criminating buyer. Offered at $939,000.

3 reenl n,
REAL ESTATE a ,
OF ANNA MARIA 'Wi
778-0455 .
9906 Gulf Drive
Visit our website 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!



since 1
1957
MARIE LIC REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN REALTY BROKER
"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria. Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Email amrlty@gte.net
Web site annamariareal.com


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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.
THE ROYAL MAID SERVICE Licensed, bonded,
insured. Professional experienced maids, free es-
timate, gift certificates available. Call now, 727-9337
(72-SWEEP).
NOTARY PUBLIC Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows. Sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.

MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." 779-"
9666.

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.
ABSOLUTELY SPOTLESS Residential, commer-
cial, home organization. Housekeeping a must?
Call someone you trust! 26-years experience. Ref-
erences, dependable. Bonita, 745-2284.

WACKY SISTERS HOUSECLEANING. We're ob-
sessed with cleaning, painting and decorating. Hon-
est and dependable. Ellen, 779-2422, or Nancy,
779-0040.


PAINTING: INTERIOR and exterior by Henry. 25
years experience. Free estimates. 748-8959.
TRANSPORTATION..Safe new Volvo, same low
rates. Up to four people Sarasota Airport, $30;
Tampa Airport, $75. Saylor Sedan (941) 447-6967
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
MAID TO CLEAN: Island resident, professional
house cleaning services. References available.
Call Wendy, 778-0321.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ences. 778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.

FINAL TOUCH Complete lawn care. Commercial
and residential. Licensed. Call for a free estimate.
778-7196.

JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.

ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news and the
best results from classified and service advertising!


PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation and pest control service. Everything
Under the Sun Garden Centre, 5704 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-4441.

GILLIS & GILLIS ENT. Crushed, washed shell, top-
soil, landscaping services. We install shell drive-
ways. Serving Sarasota and Keys since 1978. Fully
licensed and insured. 753-2954 or 376-2954, cell.

SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $27/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free es-
timates. Call Larry at 795-7775, cell 720-0770.

FREE SNOW REMOVAL! Everything else costs
extra. Crushed, washed shell, gravel, mulch, dirt,
and rip rap delivered and spread. If you're looking
for the lowest price, call any Tom, Mark or Larry. If
you want the job done right the first time, call David
Bannigan, 794-6971, cell phone 504-7045.

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
insured. 727-5066.


VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
.references. Dan or Bill, 795-5100

JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.


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.


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VACATION AND ANNUAL RENTALS AVAILABLE
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 2217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BRADENTON BEACH


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$224,900 -
POOL HOME
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.


$349,900 -
PLAYA ENCANTADA
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.


www.bradentonareahomes.com
$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


You'll be glad you called.

YVONNE HIGGINS P.A.
778-7778 or 518-9003
"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.


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INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
778-1730.

CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now'certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.

OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Inte-
rior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Have
sawmill, will travel. Dan Michael, master carpenter.
Call, 745-1043 or cell 705-1422.

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TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-
3077.

GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT/ paper services: Inte-
rior/exterior painting, pressure washing and wallpa-
per. For prompt, reliable service at reasonable
rates, call Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.

ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. 720-0794.


25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.

KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.

TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.

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BAYFRONT CONDO Upstairs bayfront
at Imperial House of Bradenton Beach.
2BR/2BA end unit, updated kitchen. Club-
house, pool, fishing pier, bayside patio,
private beach. 55+ community.$226,000.
Gail Tutewiler, 778-0700.


OUTSTANDING VALUE! 3BR/
2BA, ranch beauty. Great location
and schools. Privacy fence, room
for pool. A steal! $120,900. Marie
Franklln-Paullns, 778-0700.


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SHAWS POINT Traditional brick colo-
nial, 4BR/2.58A. Plenty of privacy.
Room for pool. Wood floors, shutters,
custom built-ins, French doors. Great
family home! $259,900. Tina Rudek
or Mike Migone, 778-0700.

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CONDO, SWEET CONDO 2BR/
2BA cream puff! Updated, poolside,
with all new windows, tile and
Berber carpet. Turnkey furnished.
$135,000. Marc Turner, 778-0700.


RARELY AVAILABLE Updated
Shell Point 2BR/2BA condo. Tile,
carpet, parquet flooring. $299,500.
Geoff Wall, 778-0700.


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ISLAND'S BEST BUY
Look no further! This 2BR/2BA condo has it all.
Pool, tennis, community and boat dock. Turnkey
furnished and ready to go for season. Great cen-
tral Island location. Walk to shopping, dining and
the Gulf beach. Priced to sell at $229,000.


SEASIDE BUNGALOW
1BR villa with Florida room and screened porch.
Turnkey furnished and already rented for season.
300 steps to the Gulf beach in a nice complex com-
plete with community pool. Offered at $195,000.












CUTE ISLAND GETAWAY
1 BR villa, turnkey furnished, only 300 steps to the
beach! This cozy unit would make a great "Island
getaway". Located in a quiet complex complete
with pool. Low maintenance fees! Offered at
$179,000.


Call Kathy Geeraerts 778-0072
LaRae Regis 779-1858
Ken Jackson 778-6986


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MARTINIQUE SOUTH Awesome
Gulf views from this fourth-floor north-
west comer unit. Heated pool, tennis,
clubhouse. 2BR/2BA. $475,000. Gall
Tutewiler, 778-0700.


BRING YOUR BOAT Spectacular SPACIOUS ISLAND HOME ISLAND DOLL HOUSE. 2BR/1BA with
unobstructed water view. Unique 4BR+ den. Close to beach. Boat boat dock and boat a block away. Close
1BR/1BA condo in Palma Sola Har- slip available. $439,000. Gall to beach. $329,900. Gall Tutewlier,
bor. Dock your boat at your back Tutewiler, 778-0700. 778-0700.
door. $150,000. Gail Tutewiler,
778-0700.


BRADENTON WATERFRONT WORK PULLS OWNER FROM
Beautiful house on Braden River DREAM HOUSE Renovated top to bot-
with boat dock and 10,000-lb. lift. tom: tile floor, crown molding, new appli-
3BR/2BA, pool overlooks river, ances.Tropicalsettingaccents40-ft. lap
peaceful and scenic. $399,000. pool. $269,000. Tim Strzelczyk or
Lowell Shoaf, 778-0700. Maria Schmandt, 383-5544.


10-ACRE RANCHETTE Sits on a lake,
perfect for horses, bring your house plans!
East of 1-75. $110,000. Michael Faber,
778-0700.


BREATHTAKING GULFV1EWS Totally
updated, perfectly decorated, ground-
floor unit. One of the most desirable
complexes on the Gulf. Turnkey fur-
nished. Gourmet kitchen. Two pools.
Shows like a model. Must see, won't last
long. Marc Turner, 778-0700.


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IMMACULATE AND INVITING home on
protected bayou off Manatee River in NW
Bradenton. Quiet location with great views,
sparkling lap pool and numerous improve-
ments. $525,000. Tina Rudek or Mike
Migone, 383-5543.


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PANORAMIC BAY VIEW 2BR/2BA, gorgeous
upstairs unit, one block to beach. Available
weekly, monthly for season! Call today to reserve.


GULF WATCH Well maintained complex be-
tween the Gulf and the bay. Available weekly/
monthly. Bring your swimsuit!


OLD FLORIDA Gulffront home, 3BR/2BA, front
porch overlooking gorgeous Gulf of Mexico,
great for large family. Weekly/monthly.


REDUCED $10,000 SELLER. SAN REMO CANALFRONT 3BR/ NORTH BEACH VILLAGERarelyavail-
WANTS OUT. Double lot, subdivi- 2BA home, private dock, pool, two- able 3BR/2.5BA townhouse nestled in
sion potential, family home with two- car garage. bay view. $450,000. the trees. Two-car garage. Low mainte-
story guest house. Swoop on this! Larry Smith, 778-0700. nancefee.Newlaminatefloors&carpet,
$175,000. Geoff Wall, 778-0700. a large screened porch. Close to the
beach. You'll love it!. $415,000. Gall
Tutewiler, 778-0700.


MODEL-LIKE VILLA! Gorgeous 2BR/
2BA villa shows like a model. New every-
thing paint, tile, carpet and appliances.
Skylights, cathedral/vaulted ceilings, two
patios, lush landscaping. $89,900.
Michael Faber, 778-0700.


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painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Homes, rentals. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.
COMPLETE BATHROOM REMODELING Drywall,
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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.

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MASON: 26-years experience. Glass-block,
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ment repairs. Licensed and insured. Chris, 795-3034.

HANDY ANTHONY. Jack of most trades. Home
refurbishing and detailing, 778-6000.


ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.

BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available now.
Beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non
smoking. Priced from $1,400/month, $500/week,
$90/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
(813) 927-1632.
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
(800) 977-0803.

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.
Call 778-0554.

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-
ments, 778-2374.

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, totally
remodeled, tile floors, carpeting in bedrooms. Non
smoking, no pets. Washer/dryer hook-up. $900/
month. Will work with first, last and security deposit.
730-5118.

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, larg, 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.

SUNNY AND SPACIOUS annual canalfront home in
city of Anna Maria. 3BR/3BA, new paint, carpet, tile.
$1,600/month. 779-2241.

BAYFRONT HOME with beach. City of Anna Maria.
Furnished 3BR/2BA, garage, immaculate. Available
weekly, monthly or annually. 779-2241.

SEASON/ACATION 2BR and 3BR, Gulffront apart-
ments, lovely furnished interiors, private beach, patio,
sundeck, porch, no pets. Tropical setting. 778-3143.

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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.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental. 2BR/2BA, spacious,
attractive, half-block to beach, 1,400 sq.ft. $1,200/
month. 142 Crescent. Mr. Glaser, (813) 839-3800.

BAY WATCH CONDOMINIUM Unit 7A, Bradenton
Beach. Available for January and February 2003.
Pool, bay views. $3,000/month. Call toll-free, (800),
237-2252.

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,
778-2307.

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.

1 BR CONDO Annual, unfurnished, all tile, one block
to beach, large pool. Very nice! $750/month. 778-
1915.
HOI MES 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.
BRADENTON BEACH DUPLEX Intracoastal water-
front. Dock, davits, 2BR/1BA, 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.
778-2651.
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
furnished, weekly or seasonal rates. Pets OK. E-
mail: CARR5821 @BellSouth.net or (770) 840-0028.

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.

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SEASONAL 2BR/2BA townhouse condo. Heated
pool, canal, laundry, new tile, clean and sharp.
$1,495/month. Possible weekly rental. 342-9456 or
410-4466, cell.
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.
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.
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.
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
(800) 749-6665.
SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE January, Febru-
ary, March. Charming cottage, 2BR/1BA, $1,300/
month, inclusive. Quiet, historic neighborhood,
stones throw to restaurants, bars, Coquina beach.
Small pet welcome. (813) 659-0370 or 778-4941.
SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH. Immaculate 2BR/
2BA elevated home. Tastefully decorated and up-
dated. Steps to the beach and trolley stop. Large
wooden deck surrounded by tropical foliage.
Sundeck, garage, carport, washer/dryer, cable in-
cluded. $2,500/month. (813) 685-8506.
FURNISHED EFFICIENCY two. blocks from beach.
January, February, or March. All inclusive. $850/
month. (727) 656-3384.
BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted to
a two-unit property. 2BR/1BA, completely reno-
vated and furnished. New washer/dryer, micro-
wave. Three minute walk to beach. Seasonal,
$1,400/month. Call Ron, 761-9808.
40-FT DEEP-WATER DOCK. 3BR/2BA condo, to-
tally upgraded. Pool and tennis court. Marina and
canal views. $2,500/month. Call 792-4254.
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ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA, Westbay Cove
condo; Second floor poolside with waterview. Old
Florida Realty Co., 778-3377, or call Sharon Annis
after hours, 778-3730.

FURNISHED 2BR/1 BA, annual lease or winter sea-
son in Anna Maria season. Quiet neighborhood,
non smoking. 778-5439.


SEASONAL RENTAL: January, February, availabil-
ity at Westbay Cove condo. 2BR/2BA, close to all
amenities. Old Florida Realty Co., 778-3377, or call
Sharon Annis after hours, 778-3730.

WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS condo. 2BR/
2BA, available until March 1. Turnkey furnished,
washer/dryer, cable, VCR, pool, tennis. Walk to
beach and village. 778-6746.

SEASONAL RENTAL 1BR apartment available
January 2003. 300 steps to beach, heated pool,
$1,200/month, plus tax. 778-4499.

ANNUAL: STEPS to beach, shopping, restaurants,
2BR/2BA, duplex, small pets welcome, washer/
dryer, large deck. Available immediately. $825/
month. 778-0837.

DIRECT GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA Bradenton Beach
condo in Bridgeport complex. Really nice! $2,400/
month, seasonal. 795-8819.

TURNKEY FURNISHED Very clean, extra large,
2BR/1 BA, washer/dryer, carport, back porch. Quiet
neighborhood, Paradise Bay area, walk to enjoy
Florida's most beautiful sunsets and meet new
friends. No pets. Available Dec. 15 monthly, season-
ally or annually. 4432 106th St. W., Bradenton. Call
Dan, 792-7599, 708-6189, or cell (850) 544-4052.

TWO ALL NEW renovated 2BR/2BA, plus third
bedroom/den. Ground and upstairs duplexes.
Washer/dryer, dishwasher, porch, grill, TV, DVD,
stereo, bikes. Just bring yourself. Steps to beauti-
ful Holmes Beach. Both sleep eight. Non smoking.
Seasonally $2,300/month, $750/week. 724-0025.


2BR/2BA LAKEFRONT, nicely furnished end unit,
top floor. Bradenton. Pool, washer/dryer. Club-
house, activities. $1,400/month, three-month mini-
mum. 778-2706.



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monthly specials. Boxes and packing supplies. 795-
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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.

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
(813) 265-3458.

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.

ANNA MARIA CITY 3BR/2.5BA waterfront home, no
-bridge access to bay. Large screened decks, dock
with 12,000-pound lift. Open plan, many extra features,
excellent condition. Asking $649,500. Robert Loomis,
licensed broker. Call 779-9200 for appointment.

40-FT. DEEP-WATER DOCK, marina and canal
views. 3BR/2BA condo, totally upgraded. High ceil-
ings, new tile, bar with wine cooler and gourmet
kitchen. Large attic storage area, climate controlled
workshop. Two pools and tennis court. A must see
in Cortez, behind the Seafood Shack. For pictures,
send e-mail to: smccay@tampabay.rr.com. For sale
by owner. $415,006. Call for showing, 792-4254.

CANALFRONT HOME 2BR/2BA, excellent rental,
21feet on canal, boat dock, garage, corner lot, bay
easement opposite. $450,000. Terms available, W.
Patrick Sipe, broker, 726-1407 anytime. Principals
invited.


2BR/2BA LAKESIDE beach house. Duplex zoning,
close to beach. Old Florida Realty Co., 778-3377,
or call Sharon Annis after hours, 778-3730.

DUPLEX: HOLMES BEACH, 2BR/2BA, garage
each side. New roof, excellent rental history.
$335,000. Private owner, 721-3649.

WESTBAY COVE CONDO second-floor poolside.
Upgraded, close to all services. Old Florida Realty
Co., 778-3377, or call Sharon Annis after hours,
778-3730.

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.

BY OWNER: Great west Bradenton pool home.
3BR/2BA, two-car garage. New paint, carpet, heat,
air conditioning. Many other updates. Immediate oc-
cupancy. $179,900. 761-8407 or 807-1428.

1 BR/1 BA CONDO, one block to Bradenton Beach,
tile throughout. Large pool view, low maintenance
fee, ready to occupy. $149,000. 778-1915.

CANALFRONT HOME by owner. 3BR/3BA home in
San Remo Shores. Dock, pool, totally renovated in-
cluding landscaping. View is down deep-water ca-
nal into Palma Sola Bay. Minutes to the Gulf. 10012
Royal Palm Drive. $410,000. 794-0497.

BRADENTON BEACH: Turnkey furnished 1BR/
1BA mobile home. High ceiling in living room, eat-
in kitchen. Large outdoor shed. Peek of Gulf, steps
to beach. Located in Sandpiper Mobile Resort (se-
nior park). (905) 623-0881.

BRAND NEW 2BR/2.5BA condonolf course at
beautiful Tobago Hilton on Tobago Islan ,T- inidad
in the Caribbean. 1,694 square feet. Excellent retal -
market. Asking $229,000, appraised at $241,00.,6
Call Rick at 778-1102 or 727-5873.

HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live abpard.
$28,500 or make offer. 778-3526.


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has wonderful Gulf views. Not a penny
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and character. $559,000. Owner anxious -
bring all offers. Call Jane Grossman or
Nicole Skaggs at 778-4800 or 795-5704.


INVESTMENT/BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
Island six-unit motel/apts. Gulf Drive location
one block from the beach! All updated units
with heated pool and on-site laundry. Just
take over the business! $995,000. Call Dick
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bana and an elevated "sunset" deck. Good
rental history and advance bookings. In-
cludes a small parcel of beach.
$2,600,000. Call David Vande Vrede or
Dave Jones at 778-4800.


RARELY OFFERED Anna Maria
canalfront home with very private lot and
boat dock. 3BR/2.5BA with great open
floor plan. Very close to beach! Perfect to
redecorate for your retirement home or
use as a rental property. $589,000. Call
Quentin Talbert at 778-4800 or 704-9680.


DEEP-WATER CANAL HOME with direct
shot to Manatee River. This 3BR/2BA Pal-
metto home with private dock is nicely up-
dated and priced to sell! $299,000. Call Ed
Oliveira at 778-4800 or 705-4800.


GULFFRONT Fabulous views of Gulf from
this' top-floor unit. 2BR/2BA turnkey fur-
nished and renovated in the last several
years. Resort atmosphere complex with
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513 69th St. ................... $549,000

510 72nd St.................... $559,000

618 Hampshire Ln. ............ $595,000

622 Dundee Ln. ............ $579,900

510 Key Royale Dr .......... $459,000

505 67th St. ................... $439,000

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509 68th St.................. $439,000

510 68th St ................. $489,000

524 71st St .............. $1,490,000

509 65th St.................. $439,500

623 Foxworth Ln. ......... $575,000

ISLAND HOMES,
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308 55th St. Lot .......... $197,500

Sun Plaza West #201 ..... $399,000

Bridgeport #113 .......... $289,000

Sunbow Bay #204.......... $239,000

233 85th St.................. $349,900

Beachwalk Townhomes 1 Left .. $499,900

211 83rd St. .................. $339,900

408 Pointsetta Rd. .......... $495,000

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747 Jacaranda. Lot ......... $389,000

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ODD JOBS
By Nancy Salomon and Lee Glickstein / Edited by Will Shortz


Across
1 Fundraising letter,
e.g.
7 Kiln users
14 Hatreds
20 Line of clothing?
21 Royal band
22 Alley name
23 Mint stamper?
25 Resolve
26 Letters at sea
27 __ pro nobis (pray
for us): Lat.
28 Place out of place
30 Lifework
31 Caesar's "vidi"
33 Hardly haute cuisine
36 One giving shots on a
horse farm?
38 First baseman
Martinez
39 English literary alias
40 Court sport
42 Rank below a
It. j.g.
43 Japan's P.M., 1964-
72
44 Like young Abe
Lincoln
45 Days.
46 Laid up
48 Singer Taylor_
50 CPR expert
51 Stuffed
56 Tangles
59 Soothers
61 Mr. Rogers
62 Ready and willing
63 Repay
64 "Dear" one
65 Boggy lowland
66 Waverer's word
67 'The Admirable
Crichton" playwright


68 Campfire sound
70 Came together
71 Preparing to bloom
72 Caribbean music
73 Dye-yielding plant
74 Complete
75 Series ender
76 Telecom giant
77 Scacchi of "Pre-
sumed Innocent"
78 Feared fly
79 Mafia bad guy
81 Packed away
82 Month after Adar
84 Prot., for one
85 Schooner contents
86 Plot part
87 Arnaz Sr. or Jr.
91 "The Simpsons"
shopkeeper
94 Tearing more
97 Speak (with)
98 North Carolina
university
99 Hit man of the
Year?
101 Make
102 "Dang it all!"
103 Clamorous
104 Charges
107 Political suffix
110 Moo __ pork
111 Matchmakers
113 Auditor of restaurant
facilities?
117 Online newsgroup
system
118 Spring
119 Scoring up a storm
120 Halter?
121 Interim government
122 Sprinkled with
powder


Down
1 Lets off the hook
2 Where Wilhelm I
ruled
3 Kind of blouse
4 Teacup handle
5 About
6 Look like a wolf
7 Narc's find
8 "Hollywood Squares"
win
9 Declared suit
10 Three-time skiing
gold medalist
Sailer
11 Aims
12 Captures, as a catfish
13 Levels
14 Fourth periods in the
N.H.L.
15 Something to take
before you take off?
16 Opener
17 Comprehension
18 Karl of "The Streets
of San Francisco"
19 Snide asides
24 Sleeve type
29 First name debuting
on Broadway, 1951
32 Stiff sultan?
34 Customer service
agent?
35 Symbol of strength
37 How some medicines
are taken
39 Paris palace
40 Crowbar schlepper?
41 Tiny soldiers
47 Court-appointed
guardian?
49 Cold
50 Portoferraio's island
51 Charitable surgeon?


Charge carrier
Seen in the sun
Brown pigments
Carolina river
It might come with a
bite
Sporty Studebaker
S.A.T. score compo-
nent
Incantation opener
Dart
140 or more people?
It's covered by a cap
Frequent fliers
lie _-H6elne


Staff leader?
Big blow
Changed way of
doing things
Promoting peace
Sponsor's purchase
Doc bloc
Adaptable
'Take that!"
Covered
Early computer
Study
Major in golf
Flunking letters
Cheater, perhaps


100 Sully
101 Hawke of 2000's
"Hamlet"
105 Deer sir
106 Stridex target
108 Lampblack
109 Yellowfin, e.g.
112 Pork place
114 "... yadda, yadda,
yadda"
115 Waterloo commander
116 Titans grp.

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Cooper Hardy told Santa his wishes for Christmas
presents at the Lester's Holiday Fun Day.

On the cover
Santa arrived at Chuck and Joey Lester's Fun
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to coordinate events at Fun Day.


Santa surrounded
Chuck and Joey Lester, left, founders and sponsors of the Anna Maria Island Community Center's Holiday
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grill team .
smokes the rest,
It was Duffy burgers for
all until the supply ran
out and was quickly
restocked and the
Duffy's Tavern gang was '
on hand to do the cooking.
Helping out on the grill
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Melissa Rushnell awaits the final touches to her snowflake, which is being created by Heather Howard's passed out balloons to all who desired them at the
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Free layaway
and financing available

Gift certificates can
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Family owned and operated
6004 43rd Ave. West, Bradenton *
792-1122
(Behind R.J. Gators)
Mon.-Fri. 8-5 Sat. 8-Noon


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STOREWIDE 20- 50 PERCENT OFF THRU CHRISTMAS!
STOREWIDE 20 50 PERCENT OFF THRU CHRISTMAS!


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10010 Gulf Drive Anna Maria 778-4323


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Specializingin Nautic Items














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: Codrtez
4 blocks east of the Cortez Bridge (941)795-5756


Nothing says "I love you but I need you to
give me some space" more than this...
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21-ft. Center Console with 150-hp Yamaha. T-top, 30-gallon live well.
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AT PERICO HARBOR
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And the winner is ...
Peter Hecht of Holmes Beach was the grand prize winner at the Lester Fun Day. His was the lucky ticket
drawn for the big TV donated by The Islander. On accepting his prize, Hecht was worried he couldn't take it
home because, he said, "Oh, no. I came on my bicycle!" He's pictured with the Center's Sandee Pruett.


Fishing for fun
Kids fished for prizes at the fish pond until the
prizes ran out, and it was so much fun, they gave
back their prize to fish again!


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50% Off Everything in the Store!
Hand-painted plates, leather goods, candles, beadwork,
ostrich eggs, stationary, clothing, ceremonial dolls,
jewelry and much more!
Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri: Noon to 5:30
792-2838 4404 124th St. Ct. W. & Cortez Road W.
(AT THE BEACH VET CLINIC)


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Come see our new selection of orchid hybrids, .
winter-blooming species and orchid supplies.
Gift certificates available!
-5 -Open Saturday & Sunday 9am-5:30pm
'- Weekdays by appointment
3605 61st. St. East (Palmview Rd.)
Palmetto 722-9308


HAPPY HOLIDAYS! GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE
Oakmont Terrace 4921 Cortez Rd. W. Bradenton 794-1164


=,Happy Holidays
Clean up after
the holidays and
start the new
year with clean
carpet and
furniture.
We clean tile
and grout, too,
Carpet and
Upholstery Cleaning


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778-2882 or 387-0607


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upscale, friendly
atmosphere and
receive the time
and personal
attention you
deserve. Choose
from our customized
packages -
a perfect
Christmas gift!


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Big crowd
Sfor Fun Day
Holy cheeseburger Santa!
I' Some 1,000 folks at Fun
tA.-. '. iDay consumed 500 Duffy
A. burgers, 120 hot dogs and
innumerable sodas and
snacks. Others carried
4 home turkeys and other
.. prizes for the price of a few
,r 25-cent raffle tickets. In all,
about $1,300 was raised
.e .c. ,for the Center at the event,
'&-but that doesn't account for
the huge amount offamily
fun gained by everyone
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Pamper yourself or
a loved one for
Merry Christmas from the holidays!
the Mister Roberts Crew!
LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS! Enjoy "A Little Peace and
FOR HIM: Quiet" $80 includes a
Paradise Found Shirts soothing seawater whirl-
Guy Harvey .- pool soak followed by a
H Spor & Tackles -- massage. Indulge in a
FOR "Total Transformation" for
FOR HER:
CMC by Color Me Cotton $175 massage, facial,
CMC by Color Me Cotton samncrad
Koret always 25% off spa manicure and
Key Lime Pie pedicure, ending with
Accessories a make-up application.
Can't decide? GORGEOUS!
Gift Certificates Available Gift Certificates Available
Free Gift wrap

4 TREATMENTS DAY SPA
Ladies & Mens Resortwear 5105 Manatee Ave. W. Suite 20
S & S Plaza Holmes Beach 778-4505 761-SPA1 (7721)-*1
MISTER ROBERTS IS FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1966

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Whitney Beach Plaza .383-2999 ,
6844 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key GNC has a great
selection of gifts for
everyone on your list!
Massagers, vitamins,
healthfood, nutritional
supplements,
0 1"' ,weightloss programs
and, of
course, gift certifi-
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Stop in today and
cross another name
off of your list.
A unique gift shop with up to 95% off retail and an ..Shops Happy Hofidays!
overchanging inventory. We have something ,7362 Cortez PRd. W.
.,. special for everyone on your list, -; .-- .794-6683
Even a dollar room for perfect stocking stuffers! Next to Winn Dixie Bradenton
Gift baskets made to order, OPEN 7 DAYS


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Stop by and check out our expanded
showroom and great selection of holiday gifts! ,
t Aka Jet Skis Motorcycles ATVs
Go Peds Dirt Bikes Mules
Kawa i Accessories & More!
AH Gift Certificates Available!

2705 1st St. Bradenton 745-9521 wwwactionjetsports.com


Give a gift certificate this holiday season!


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Wed thru Sun 11 AM-2:30 PM
Sunday Breakfast from 8 AM
Dinner Wednesday thru Sunday 5:30 PM
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for New Year's Eve!


Island Shopping Center 5406 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 941 778 5320


Cobacco Depot


PREMIUM CIGAR HEADQUARTERS
FOR ANNA MARIA ISLAND,
& MANATEE COUNTY -*-


Holiday Sampler Boxes Gift Certificates Humidors Accessories
Macanundo, Partagas, Cohiba, Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, Fuente, Cuesta-
Rey, Montesino, Cusano, Oliva, Padron, Montecristo, Onyx and more.
Bring in this ad and receive a 15% discount on any box or bundle
of premium cigars, humidor, Zippo or Colibri lighter.
Open 7 Days Mon.-Sat. 9am-9pm Sun. 10am-6pm
^-'- Store #6: 4635 Cortez Road (in Albertson's Plaza) 795-7776
Store #12: 6028A 14th Street West (Bayshore Gardens) 727-5553


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Visit our shop for
a unique selection
of furnishings,
wallpaper, -'
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J. accessories,
Hunter Douglas
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