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Merry Christmas to all from the staff of The Islander, and Happy New Year!


SAn n a M a r ia !


T ie Islander

Ho, Ho, Ho!


News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa trades sleigh for trolley
It was a beautiful day on Anna Maria Island and just to prove it, following a pre-Christmas visit to youngsters
at Busy Bee Daycare in Holmes Beach Friday, Santa hopped on the trolley at the nearby stop No. 53 for a ride
around the Island. Maybe, too, it was too warm and sunny in Holmes Beach for the tiny reindeer, who natu-
rally like the colder weather at the North Pole. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


"The Best


Historic Anna Maria vote on parking


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria appears headed for a compromise
parking plan that stops short of resident-only parking,
but could eliminate parking on beach-access streets and
restrict public parking to designated areas.


It may have
taken more than
80 years, it may
have taken several
parking commit-
tee plans the past
25 years, it may
have taken public
meetings ad nau-
seam on the issue,
it may have taken
more complaints
from residents
than McDonalds


"We have a moral
obligation to the public
who use our beaches
to provide parking for
them, but not at the
expense of our
residents and property
owners."
Mayor SueLynn


has hamburgers, it may have polarized many residents
and business owners, and it may have finally taken
frustration on the part of both residents and commis-
sioners.
But city commissioners at their Dec. 17 meeting
did what no prior city commission could accomplish.
They voted on elements of a parking plan that will
eventually be incorporated into a city ordinance gov-
erning parking.
Elements of the future parking ordinance approved
by the commission include:
Allow right-of-way parking in commercial and


ROR zones. This is no change from the present park-
ing arrangement.
Issue permits for residents, including winter resi-
dents, residents' visitors, hotel and motel guests. Corn-
missioners Chuck Webb and John Quam voted against
this element while Commissioners John Michaels and
Linda Cramer voted for the proposal. Mayor SueLynn
casted the tie-breaking vote in favor of permits.
Identify specific streets where there would be no
parking, based upon predetermined criteria. These
streets would be identified on a street-by-street basis
and a traffic engineer would be consulted. No one, in-
cluding residents, will be allowed to park on these
streets.
Identify in conjunction with the city's traffic en-
gineer a beach drop-off and turn-around space at speci-
fied beach access points.
Designate clearly marked parking spaces at
Bayfront Park and at the city pier.
Protect restaurant parking spaces and other com-
mercial parking areas with enforcement language in the
ordinance.
Prohibit parking on or adjacent to bicycle paths.
Explore the purchase or lease of properties to
expand the city's public parking areas.
A motion by Commissioner Linda Cramer to ap-
prove a limited number of designated, restricted pub-
lic parking spaces on beach access streets as an element
failed for lack of a second. An effort by Cramer to in-
troduce the Sanibel Island parking ordinance as a guide
for commissioners also lacked a second.
Commissioners tabled further discussion on park-


ing at the Anna Maria Island Community Center as an
element of any parking ordinance until a Jan. 7 special
commission meeting on parking. At that meeting, com-
missioners will also discuss specifics of a parking per-
mit system and revisit the issues of parking at the Cen-
ter and on beach-access streets.
This being Anna Maria and an issue city residents
have debated since the first car drove across the origi-
nal Island bridge and into the city, approval of the ele-
ments did not come without lively debate and some
controversy.
There was strong disagreement among commis-
sioners regarding beach-access parking and establish-
ment of residential parking by permit.
At one point during the two-hour debate on park-
ing, Webb -u',_'eted the commission make these "hard
decisions" at a special commission meeting on parking,
giving commissioners more time to study the proposed
elements and "hash out" differences.
"That's what we've have we been doing for the
past two years," said Commissioner Michaels.
PLEASE SEE PARKING, PAGE 4


Cramer, Miller, Smith
qualify for Anna Maria City
Commission Feb. 11 election.
See article, page 10


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Volume 11, No. 7, Dec. 25, 2002 FREE


Gazebo spiked


by commission

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
In roughly 15 minutes the Holmes Beach City
Commission squashed its parks and beautification
committee's plans at least two years in the making
to build a gazebo in the field next to city hall.
Shortly afterward Jim Sardegna resigned from
the beautification committee, charging that the "city
government has led the ... committee astray" and ex-
pressing a conviction that a proposed skateboard park
"will doom a gazebo."
The commission convened in a special meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 18, to discuss the agenda items tabled
at its Dec. 10 meeting to avoid losing $97,000 in grant
money.
Back on the table was an action to accept or reject
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
grant money, to execute the project and approval of the
low bid submitted by Farrup Construction.
Commissioner Don Maloney began the meeting by
disapproving of the manner in which the gazebo has
been presented to the commission.
Maloney said the special meeting called was not
noticed 24 hours in advance as is required by law and
he didn't appreciate being rushed into making a deci-
sion on the agenda items without first discussing it fully
in a work session.
Holmes Beach Superintendent of Public Works Joe
Duennes called the special meeting because he re-
ceived notice on Dec. 1 from the Florida Department
PLEASE SEE GAZEBO, PAGE 4





PAGE 2 E DEC. 25, 2002 E THE ISLANDER

'No dock construction

moratorium' says U.S.

Fish & Wildlife Service
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
wants a five-year moratorium on new dock and marina
construction along the Gulf Coast and in Manatee
County in an effort to protect manatees from further
accidental kills are totally incorrect, said USFWS
spokesperson Chuck Underwood in Jacksonville.
"There is absolutely no proposed moratorium on
dock construction," said Underwood.
"These reports have gotten out of hand. They've
taken on a life of their own and a lot of misinformation
is being reported and spread," he said.
Underwood added that similar media accounts that
the USFWS wants to ban fishing in new areas along the
Gulf Coast are also incorrect.
"What we've proposed doesn't change anything,"
he said.
What the USFWS has proposed, said Underwood,
are more stringent guidelines to appropriate agencies
for issuing permits for new dock and marina construc-
tion. Those agencies include the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of En-
gineers, and various county agencies around Tampa
Bay and along the Gulf Coast.
Any agency issuing a permit for a new dock or
marina must also address to the USFWS the impact of
the new construction on the manatee population, in-
cluding the potential for accidental kills, called "takes"
in USFWS language.
Underwood conceded that "there may be a delay
with issuing a new permit until we get new regulations
in place at the state and local level," but there is abso-
lutely no moratorium.
The proposed policy does not apply to replacement
of an existing dock, marina or boat ramp, he said.
But the proposals do not have to be implemented,
and even if they are, the USFWS can always rescind or
amend the policy, Underwood said.


Bike crash at 'rush hour'
Two holiday visitors from Bryon Center, Mich., met up with more than they expected while biking in Holmes
Beach Thursday shortly after 5 p.m. when Daulton Smith of Palmetto pulled up to the stop sign at Gulf Drive
and Sunrise Lane and proceeded to cross into the new bike path and into the path of Mary Bredweg.
Smith's back is to the camera, while Bredweg receives treatment and her husband talks to Officer Cumston.
Smith was cited for violating the right of way. Bredweg's injuries were not serious, although she was taken by
EMS to the hospital for treatment. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


The USFWS believes the population of manatees
along Florida's Gulf Coast is declining and wants the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and affected
counties along the Gulf Coast to enact stringent regu-
lation of boat speed limits and in larger areas than at
present where manatees live, strictly enforce these
laws, and better educate the public on preserving the
manatee, among other requirements.


If these "tougher rules" are not in place by May
2003, said Underwood, the USFWS intends to estab-
lish its "tougher" policy.
"But it's an ongoing review," said Underwood.
Even if the USFWS adopts the new policy, it's ready
to relax the rules on dock and marina construction if
PLEASE SEE DOCK, NEXT PAGE


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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 25, 2002 0 PAGE 3


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Manatee County Health Department officials this
past weekend issued a water-quality advisory for the
saltwater off the south portion of Bayfront Park in
Anna Maria after determining the presence of fecal
pollution bacteria was above acceptable levels as rec-
ommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency.
The warning was for the waters off the south por-
tion of Bayfront Park only, from just north of the city
pier to around the middle of the park, county health
officials said.
A similar test at the north end of Bayfront Park
found the water quality met EPA standards.
County health officials said current water quality
samples from the waters off south Bayfront Park "are
within EPA limits, however, average water quality
readings over the last five weeks necessitate the advi-
sory."
The advisory does not prohibit bathing, but states
that water contact "may pose an increased risk of infec-


Dock impact lessened
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2
tougher state and local regulations to protect the mana-
tee are enacted in the affected area.
He also discounted reports the USFWS wants to
place large areas of Tampa Bay, Anna Maria Sound
and Sarasota Bay off-limits to fishing.
"That's simply not true," he said.
There are only four off-limit fishing areas in
Tampa Bay, Underwood said, and the only one in
Manatee County is by the power plant.
"And these areas are already designated as mana-
tee sanctuaries," he said. The USFWS just wants state
and local agencies to enforce the no-fishing ban in the


tious disease, particularly for susceptible individuals."
Exposure to the waters may also cause skin rash and in-
fections.
The advisory will remain in effect until average
water-quality readings over a five-week period reach
EPA standards.
Tests were also conducted at various locations in
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach and all samples met
EPA saltwater standards, according to health officials.
The bacteria off Bayfront Park may have come
from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human
sewage, the officials said.
For those who might think the bacteria could be a
result of the National Wildlife Refuge northeast of
Anna Maria in Tampa Bay known as Passage Key,
"That's not likely," said Rich Paul of the Tampa
Audubon office. "The birds were finished nesting in
July."
Paul said he would first assume that the area was
affected by a huge amount of rain lately, huge amounts
of stormwater runoff and the bay is the receiving body
for a strong influence from the Manatee River.


sanctuaries.
In its report on the manatee population along the
Gulf Coast, the USFWS said that boating speed zones
have been established in Manatee County "only in very
limited" locations.
Although there is no "significant wintering popu-
lation" of manatees in the county, "waters throughout
the county receive considerable use by manatees, par-
ticularly Terra Ceia Bay, Anna Maria Sound, Sarasota
Bay, the Manatee River and Braden River," said the
USFWS.
. "It is our view that additional protection measures
are necessary in Manatee County," and are necessary
to reduce watercraft related accidental deaths, the
USFWS concluded.
The USFWS is taking public comment on the is-


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County issues water.quality


warning for Bayfront Park


Ivieetin gs

Anna Maria City
None scheduled.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
Jan. 2, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
None scheduled.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.

Holiday Closures
City halls in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes
Beach and Longboat Key will be closed Dec. 25 for the
Christmas holiday and Jan. 1 for New Year's Day.
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 also be
no yard waste or recyclable collection on Jan. 1; the
alternate pickup day will be Saturday, Jan. 4. There will
be no interruption of service in Bradenton Beach.


sue until Jan. 13, 2003, Underwood said, and will make
a final decision on its proposals May 1.
In Anna Maria, Steve Noriega of Villa Rosa does
not see a problem for new homeowners looking to
build a dock in his planned 15-unit canalfront subdivi-
sion.
"We've discussed the issue with prospective buy-
ers and real estate brokers and told them there is no
moratorium.
"I believe we're up to speed with the issue and I
don't see a problem with a homeowner getting a per-
mit to build a dock, just the usual procedures and
maybe a little longer wait to get the permit," said
Noriega.


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PAGE 4 E DEC. 25, 2002 0 THE ISLANDER

Galati under way
Dredging of the Galati Marine yacht
basin at the end of South Bay Boule-
vard in Anna Maria got under way
last week as work crews began the
"odorous" task of dredging and
storing muck pulled from the marina
basin. Once dried, the dredged
material will be trucked up the road
to the Villa Rosa subdivision for use
as fill. The dredging will allow the
marina to bring in deeper draft
vessels and, at the same time, reduce
the number of slips to about 65.
Work is expected to continue for
several months, although trucking
operations to Villa Rosa take place
just every third day, marina officials
have said previously.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


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Gazebo grant funds rejected
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

of Community Affairs that the city must submit a
signed contract with a contractor by mid-January in
order to receive the grant.
Maloney objected to the time constraint placed on the
city commission to make a decision. The city received
notice of the grant award June 22. "For six months some-
one knew of and ignored the deadline," Maloney said.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore told the
commission that the reason the gazebo plans were not
presented sooner is because the city has gone through
the bidding process twice in an attempt to get a price
within the city's budget.
Maloney voiced several other reasons why he did
not want to move forward at this time with the gazebo.
He maintained that the parks and beautification com-
mittee has not properly presented information on the lo-
cation of the gazebo, how it will be maintained and
what the facilities will look like as well as a final site
plan of the city park area.
Surprising to some, Commissioner Roger Lutz, the
board's liaison to the beautification committee, agreed
with several of Maloney's concerns.
Lutz said because the parks and beautification
committee has not recommended a location for the
gazebo, because the plan the committee was given was
not a final plan and could be changed again, and be-
cause no one on the committee has seen the final speci-


Parking problem solved?
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

"I thought we were here to vote," said Cramer.
"We had a workshop and hashed these [elements]
out. I felt we had a consensus at the workshop" to pro-
ceed with a vote, she said.
That's what some members of the public thought, too.
Bill Yanger said the process was to take the issue
to a vote of the city commission. That's what the com-
mission said at its Nov. 27 parking workshop and
"that's what we were here expecting to see."
A member of the 1999-2000 city parking commit-
tee, Yanger said he felt like he was coming to the same
meeting for the third or fourth time, where the same
parking issues are discussed but nothing ever gets done.
The consensus from the Nov. 27 meeting was the
parking elements were fair and it was time for a deci-
sion at a voting meeting and that meeting was tonight,
Yanger said.
Duke Miller agreed. "This has all been talked
about" for the past 20 years. "Everyone here thought
this was a voting meeting."
I agree, said Michaels. "Let's vote. Let's do what
we came here to do."
Webb, however, said that what he agreed to at the
last workshop was not what he was hearing tonight.
But compromise is needed, said SueLynn, other-
wise "we are not going to get anywhere." She sug-
gested commissioners vote on elements for the parking
ordinance by separate motions and the majority of
commissioners agreed.
After the vote, Norm Mansour of the newly formed
Residential Community Association in Anna Maria
said he felt a great deal had been accomplished by the


fications or the elevation drawings for the gazebo, he
did not want to move forward.
Members of the beatification committee attending
the meeting sat looking stunned, the expression on their
faces begging the question: "Et tu Lutz?"
Whitmore spoke in the beautification committee's
defense, "We've had two bids. If you want a gazebo we
won't be able to afford it. This is our golden opportunity.
The cost of the gazebo is in our budget. The public didn't
oppose it at our budget hearings and neither did the com-
mission. We are not going to get this chance again."
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martins made a motion
to accept the grant, the first action placed on the table.
The room fell silent. For lack of a second, the
motion died.
"I can't believe the city staff did all this work and
you turned it down," Whitmore said as she walked out
of chambers before the meeting adjourned. "This was
going to be a community thing and I believe the com-
mission was short-sighted."
Parks and Beautification Committee Chairman Jim
Gloth agreed with Whitmore.
"All the commission is doing is copping a plea," he
said. "A lot of work was done by the beautification
committee and I'm highly disappointed with the-inac-
tion of the commission, especially when they blame
parks and beautification for not putting in the necessary
paperwork. It has been there all the time."
The end result: The city will lose $97,000 in grant
money and Whitmore swears she will not direct any of her
staff members to waste time writing any more grants.


commission, but it didn't quite go as far as he wanted.
"I would have liked the city attorney to evaluate the
Sanibel Island ordinance to use that as a model to tweak
for Anna Maria issues," he said.
"I think it can still be introduced at the Jan. 7 meet-
ing to use as a model," Mansour added.
Using the Sanibel ordinance as a model would save
Dye a lot of time in drafting the city's parking ordinance,
he noted. Dye said he's working on the city's wireless
communications ordinance and won't be ready to tackle
a parking ordinance until mid-January, at the earliest.
"At least we now have the basis for an ordinance,"
said Cramer.
Although Cramer's effort to introduce the Sanibel
parking ordinance failed at this meeting, commission-
ers agreed to read the ordinance and discuss its merits
for Anna Maria at the Jan. 7 meeting.
"I applaud you for your efforts," SueLynn told
Cramer. "This will move us forward."
The mayor said she was pleased with the results of
the commission vote, but "we still have a ways to go"
before the elements are ready for an ordinance.
The commission still needs to "iron out" specifics
of a parking-permit plan for residents at its Jan. 7 meet-
ing and continue discussions on parking at the Center
and beach accesses.
"At this point in time, however," the commission
vote does not favor resident-only parking, or parking
anywhere in the city, said the mayor. "It's a compro-
mise, but we do have to increase our public-parking
areas. That's going to be critical to support our com-
mercial district.
"We also have a moral obligation to the public who
use our beaches to provide parking for them, but not at the
expense of our residents and property owners. I think
we're on the road to a good compromise," she concluded.


Expert to


assess Anna


Maria bayside


erosion

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
With all the publicity and money going toward the
recently completed renourishment of Anna Maria's
Gulf beach, some residents living on the city's bayside
north of the Rod & Reel Pier thought they might have
gotten short shrift as they have watched their coastline
gradually disappear into Sarasota Bay the past few
years (The Islander, Oct. 16).
That's about to change, said Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn.
Dr. Robert Dean of the University of Florida's
Coastal Engineering Department will visit the city and
the beleaguered coastline Dec. 30 to make an assess-
ment of the coastal erosion problem.
"I've been told he's the person who can make an
assessment of the problem and lay out a plan for the
city to move forward to do something," SueLynn
said.
Dr. Dean will meet with the mayor and affected
residents and inspect the shoreline, then "present op-
tions for renourishing the coast and methods to reduce
the loss," she said.
"We may have to do a complete study on why
the area is eroding, but Dr. Dean will be able to tell
us what to do and who to go to for assistance," Sue
.Lynn said.
If a complete beach study is needed for that area,
funds to pay for its cost might be available from the
West Coast Inland Navigation District, a four-county
state department that encompasses Manatee County.
"We'll have to wait and see what he says, but at
least we're moving forward" to solve the problem, she
added.
Once completed, the study could then be used by
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's
Beaches and Coastal Erosion division to have the area
designated a "critically eroded coastal zone."
That designation opens the door for several fund-
ing projects to assist the city in solving the problem,
Gene Chalicki of the DEP said in October.
SueLynn said a public meeting would be held Jan.
14 to discuss Dr. Dean's assessment with city residents
and determine the next step for a solution.
The pending report from Dr. Dean is good news for
people living along North Shore Drive, said resident
Joan Dicksinson, who failed in her efforts to have erod-
ing shoreline along that road included in this year's
beach renourishment project.
"That's wonderful, that we may not have to wait
seven years," for a beach renourishment project to
solve the problem, said Dickinson.
"I think the mayor is addressing the issue, not ig-
noring it, and she's been very responsive to the prob-
lem," she concluded.





THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 25, 2002 0 PAGE 5


Commission approves charter, rules for public comment


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
While Anna Maria city commissioners spent
more than two hours discussing parking issues at
their Dec. 17 meeting (see separate Islander story),
they also passed rules of procedure for public com-
ment at future commission meetings and approved a
new charter that will be presented to city voters in
the Feb. 11 elections.
The meeting, however, got off to an inauspicious
beginning when Mayor SueLynn allowed resident Rick
DeFrank to speak on the special event application for
an art/yard sale proposed by Woody Candish.
The item was part of the commission's consent
agenda after commissioners had delayed a decision at
their Dec. 12 meeting to await a site plan from Candish.
DeFrank cried foul and questioned why this was
even a consent agenda item when Candish had told the
city he was moving his art sale to Holmes Beach.
"I question the integrity of whomever put this on
the agenda," said DeFrank, who was critical of the
Candish proposal on Dec. 12.
Hey, said SueLynn. You are out of order. Remem-
ber our pledge not to make personal attacks?
"I haven't said anything wrong," claimed DeFrank,
who was again ruled out of order.
Commissioner John Michaels clarified that the
agenda was prepared last week, when the mayor and
commissioners believed Candish would bring his site
plan to the Dec. 17 meeting.
When DeFrank tried to respond to Michaels, he
was ruled out of order.
The mayor said it's a "sad commentary on the cur-
rent state of neighborliness" in this city when Candish
moves his annual sale to another city because of pub-
lic criticism.
"This just adds credence to why some people don't
want to speak at public meetings," she said.
Later in the meeting, when the audience applauded
the city's charter review commission for its work,
DeFrank interrupted as a "point of order" to say ap-
plause was "out of order." He was again ruled "out of
order" by the mayor.


Proposed charter
The commission approved the ordinance that will
present the proposed new city charter to voters in the
Feb. 11 city elections, but not without some last-
minute changes.
There was a "substantive issue" about the section
on ethics and removal of a mayor or commissioner
from office by the city commission, said City Attorney
Jim Dye
In the end, Dye said to remove this language and
simply state the city commission "may establish its
own code of ethics."
The Florida Commission on Ethics and state stat-
utes already cover misfeasance and malfeasance by an
elected official and removal from office, he added.
Charter Review Committee Chairperson Tom
Aposporos agreed with Dye's corrections.
"It's the best way to handle what really was the
last remaining issue," he said.
Key elements of the proposed charter include re-
moving the mayor from the city commission, but mak-
ing that person the head of the executive branch of the
city and responsible for city staff and administration;
creating a fifth city commission seat; and changing the
date for city elections to November to coincide with
county, state and national elections.
The mayor said she will hold a town hall meeting
Jan. 28 to discuss the proposed charter and its impli-
cations with city voters so they may make an informed
choice on Feb. 11.

Rules for public comment
Commissioners also adopted rules of procedure for
public comment during regular and special commission
meetings, but noted the new commission in February
could change these rules and adopt their own.
Commissioner John Quam suggested, however, that
the next two months would be a good trial period for the
rules.
Dye suggested adding a rule whereby the commis-
sion can waive any rule for public comment by a ma-
jority vote.
Some residents thought the rule requiring a mem-


ber of the public to fill out a form prior to a commis-
sion meeting to speak on agenda item was "inappropri-
ate," but resident Judy Adams agreed with the commis-
sion that meetings need to have order.
"I've been at many meetings and I've seen obstruc-
tions [placed] where city business could not be done."
Even DeFrank said he agreeds with the rules, as
long as we all abide by them."
The new procedures require persons wishing to
speak to complete a signup sheet prior to the start of a
meeting, limit comments to one person per agenda item
for two minutes, allow public questions only on the
agenda item after commission debate and prior to a
vote, and allow for a period of general public comment
on agenda items at the end of meetings.
Public comment during commission work sessions
will be at the discretion of commissioners.
In other matters, the commission approved the sec-
ond readings of the interior lot line ordinance dealing
with construction of a single structure on two lots, the
second reading of the traffic engineer ordinance, and
the first reading of the setback ordinance.
Discussion of the city assisting the current leasee
of the city pier with costs for improvements to meet
requirements established by the Americans with Dis-
abilities Act was tabled to a January meeting.
A new 99-year lease with the Anna Maria Island
Community Center will be an agenda item for the
commission's January workshop session.


Daniel resigns from Anna
Maria committees
Anna Maria resident Charlie Daniel has re-
signed from both the city's planning and zoning
board and the capital improvements advisory
committee effective Dec. 17.
Daniel was only recently named to the
CIAC by Mayor SueLynn, but has served on the
P&Z Board for the past two years.
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O111101pinion


The night before in Anna Maria
Twas the night before Christmas and in fair Anna
Maria
Not a soul was stirring, not even the usual suspects
who want to ban Christmas decorations, including red
sauce on pizza.
The watchdogs sat in their meeting room chairs,
in hopes the mayor and commissioners took dares,
To ask for comment and that's not rare,
but for Christmas good cheer, though few would care.
When out on the street there arose so much chatter,
I thought it must be the suspects demanding more time
to be heard in a public meeting, but what did it matter?
Away to the window, I flew like a flash
Just in time to see the mayor at a crash.
Seems a donkey had just run in to a jewelry store
clerk
Who, frankly speaking, had been too busy com-
plaining about code violations and lack of enforcement
to notice the ass's sudden jerk.
When what to my bleary eyes should appear,
but eight mainland investors in a miniature Mercedes,
looking to buy property to build their own Hades.
With a little lost driver so stupid and thick
I knew in a moment it wasn't St. Nick -
and his eight reindeer.
But more lunatics that Wyatt Blassingame once
wrote
could find their way blindfolded to this city remote.
This guy was dressed in a red Brooks Brofthers suit,
and his pockets were bulging with all kinds of loot.
Perhaps stolen from a Tampa Bay city
In a deal that was brokered by Larry, Moe and
Curly.
He had a small face and was a round little dandy
But he never laughed because it's too serious
around here for someone to look like a stupid advertise-
ment for Christmas candy.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Gave me to think Anna Maria had plenty to dread.
If he was changing his tune and spreading good
cheer,
Why, what a unique concept for many who live
here.
He spoke not a word but went straight to his pocket
Pulled out no cash but a quaint little locket
That said "Why can't we all just get along"
"No more fighting and pointing and raising a
frown.
"Peace on earth to the end and good will to all
men."



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SLICK 'Happy holidays to all!' By Egan


Then he added "women" because the politically
correct police would have screamed bloody murder if
he hadn't.
"Coming here has been such a fright
"So' Christmas to all and to all a good night."
Ano Alitically correct police in Anna Maria
did cite h. this time for saying Christmas, when it
should have been just "Merry holiday."
But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight.
"Thanks for the traffic ticket for parking on the
right."
Rick Catlin (with apologies to Clement C.
Moore)


Happy Holiday
In spite of criticism to the contrary from a self-pro-
claiming Christian resident of Anna Maria, who shall
remain nameless, we often prefer to say "Happy Holi-
day" to friends and acquaintances, not just for its "ge-
neric" acceptance for all faiths and religions, but to
encompass the spectrum of Christmas, New Year's and
as well.
With a cheery "Happy Holiday," we feel we're
wishing them well for all things holiday.
So "happy everything" to all and Merry Christmas
to all, especially our reader in Anna Maria.


Opinion


Catch the spirit
I personally would like to thank you for allowing
m- on, Zachary, to advertise free of charge in
your newspaper. He has figured out that in order to get
the extras in life he needs to work at it.
For a year, he continually talked about getting a
jon boat to go into the flats and the canal to fish. I was
unsure he was ready for the responsibility, so I hesi-
tated and asked him to educate me about this. Well,
fishing is his passion and on any nice say and school
holiday you would find him at the city pier for
hours!
Problem No. 1, a dozen shrimp cost $3. Problem
No. 2, tackle cost money. Problem No. 3, a nicer pole
would catch more fish. And so on.
I told him if he wanted to have all of these things
he needed to find a way to pay for it because I would
support him only so far. That's when he got the idea
to get a job. At 12 years old, you're not qualified, nor
is it legal to earn wages like a 14 year old.
Thank you for the free classified ad that has run for
months. He received a call straight away from an older
man in need of a dog walker because the man could no
longer walk very far and he tired easily. Marty Higgins
is now a big part of our lives thanks to the little ad in


your newspaper.
He is 86 years old and has a rambunctious dog
named Spirit. His family gave him the dog to keep him
company just 10 days after Marty's wife died.
We would never have met Marty Higgins had it not
been for the ad. So now my son Zachary walks (runs)
the dog several times per week and on occasion washes
Marty's car (and his daughter's car when she is here
from Tampa).
I have taken Marty to church at Roser, where he
introduced me as "his dog walker's mother", afterward
he took me to lunch at Hurricane Hank's. Marty has
come with us to watch Zachary play basketball for the
St. Joseph Eagles and last week, unfortunately, we vis-
ited Marty in the hospital. (He had double pneumonia)
Zachary and Marty are what life is all about. Since
their introduction, Zachary has proven he can be re-
sponsible and he has also proven that he doesn't expect
anything for free.
I am delighted to announce that upon his 13th
birthday, which was Dec. 15, his father and I presented
him with a brand new jon boat with an 8-hp Mecury
motor!
Zachary has to buy the gasoline and the bait.
Merry Christmas and thank you.
Carolyn Anderson, Holmes Beach





THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 25, 2002 0 PAGE 7


1111011nion


Proposal made in haste,
not well thought out
The City of Anna Maria Commission and mayor
have voted and approved nine of the 11 elements of a
parking plan to be incorporated into an ordinance that
will ban nonresident parking citywide except in the
commercial zone or at recreational parks.
Under this proposal each citizen will be required to
go to city hall to get a parking permit to park in their
own city or in front of their own house. Such a ban will
prevent yard sales or street festivals and waste taxpay-
ers money on an unneeded parking permit bureaucracy.
This decision, made in haste, was not well thought
out and uses as a model an ordinance from another city
with different problems.
Legislative action should be taken only in response
to an identified need. The Anna Maria City Commis-
sion never clearly stated what is "the parking problem."
When the commission developed the elements of a
parking plan without stating the problem, it constructed
an overly complex solution to nonexistent problems.
Based on public input received, a statement of "the
parking problem" might be: The primary problem is on
the Gulf beach access streets and Bean Point with sec-
ondary problems at the Community Center and
Bayfront Park.
The solution should use no more governmental
regulation than is needed to solve the identified prob-
lem. It should also take into account the needs of vari-
ous competing groups (resident, visitor, commercial,
etc.).
.A fair solution will satisfy no one but offer some-
thing to everyone. American democracy thrives on
such compromise solutions. The proposed citywide ban
on nonresident parking is far more extreme than is
needed to address these three problem areas and rep-
resents one interest group prevailing over all others.
A compromise solution might sound like: For all
Gulf beach accesses and Bean Point: No parking from


10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and odd/even day parking for alter-
nating blocks. This provides nighttime relief and whole
days without parking. It also provides visitors access to
the beaches, an important historical value of Anna
Maria.
The. Bayfront Park and Community Center prob-
lems can best be solved with solutions unique to the
residents in these areas (spot "no parking," etc.) com-
bined with strict enforcement of existing ordinances. A
compromise may be different than this but it should not
be a citywide ban on parking.
What should not be done is to enact an imported,
overly broad ordinance that imposes extreme and harsh
solutions to problems that do not exist. The proposed
solution burdens individual citizens with a bureaucratic
permitting process and will make them pay the cost of
additional employees to operate the process.
The City of Anna Maria can, and should, do bet-
ter than the current proposal.
Larry Albert, Anna Maria

Fantastic Fun Day
What a fantastic turnout for the second annual
"Lesters' Family Fun Day!" There were smiles and
laughter and holiday tidings for friends old and new.
There was Santa's awesome arrival by fire truck,
face painting, cookie and ornament decorating, a pup-
pet show, and Christmas story telling. Don't forget the
fish pond and bingo, Saggy Aggy with her colorful
balloon bouquet. But most of all there was a feeling of
good old-fashioned fun with great old-fashioned prices.
The Island Community Center would like to ex-
tend a heartfelt thanks to event sponsors Chuck and
Joey Lester, whose continued support over the years
has been.just incredible.
We would also like to thank the following people
and organizations for their food and drink donations:
Pat Geyer and the Duffy's Grill Team, Chef Damon
Presswood of Ooh La La!, Albertson's bakery and


Lance Snacks.
Thanks to The Islander for donating a big-screen
TV for the drawing (congratulations to winner Peter
Hecht of Holmes Beach) and for three full-page adver-
tisements and publicity, another thanks to the Lesters
for providing 30 turkeys to some lucky winners, to
Duffy's, The Islander, Ooh La La! and Golf Etc. for
additional raffle prizes. Thanks to Miss Sara and her
pretty-in-pink ballerinas, thanks to Bob Mullikin for
transforming into a very believable Santa for two
hours, thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsor-
ing the delightfully entertaining puppet show and
thanks to the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District for
being Santa's "wheels." Thanks also to the Privateers
for their very generous donation to the Island Commu-
nity Center and for adding fun to the event with beads
and holiday greetings for all.
Also, we'd like to acknowledge all of the wonder-
ful volunteers who so graciously gave their time, rolled
up their sleeves and made this event happen: The AMI
Rotary Club, Manatee High School Key Club, Shannon
Dell and the many who simply showed up and asked
"What can I do to help?"
The Lesters' Family Fun Fest was a wonderful
opportunity for everyone to come out and visit our
Center, to see what we do and meet our staff. We wish
you all a very safe, healthy and happy holiday.
Pierrette Kelley, Executive Director

Thanks and oh-oh
Thank you all so much for the fantastic publicity
this holiday season. Our Bethlehem Walk (at Roser
Memorial Community Church) had a wonderful turn-
out.
Only one tiny flaw: The picture of Caitlin Tribble,
8, with goat was actually Nichole Pierce, 8.
Hope you all have a merry Christmas. Thanks
again so much.
Kelley Tribble, Roser church school administrator


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Code enforcement board lenient with violators


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board
showed some leniency and compassion in sentencing
two business owners found in violation of city codes at
its Dec. 19 hearing.
The first case brought before the board involved
Grant Beer, who rents a free-standing garage unit at
133 51st St.
Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Officer Walter
Wunderlich reported that he had received complaints
that Beer was living and operating a business in the
garage. .
Wunderlich said his investigation did not prove
that anyone was residing in the garage, but he did find
evidence that the building is being used as a business.
According to Beer, he rents the garage from the
Holuba family and has been using it to store building
materials since 1965.
Beer maintains that he operates his business from
a location in northwest Bradenton and the garage is
solely used as storage. There is no mail delivery or any
other business transaction taking place there, he said.
Wunderlich testified that he observed the location
over a period of time and saw materials being picked
up and dropped off at the garage almost daily.
City Attorney Jim Dye advised the board that if
materials are picked up daily, as Wunderlich claims,
then the use goes beyond personal storage.
Beer told the board that he already had plans to
clear his stuff out by April 24, which is when he plans
to retire.
Wunderlich said he would not be opposed to allow-
ing Beer to have until his retirement to come into com-
pliance with the stipulation that the property is kept
clean and nothing is stored outside.
Although clearly in violation of the city's land
development code, the board took Beer's retirement
into consideration and unanimously voted to give him
until April 10 to come into compliance.
The decision allows time for Wunderlich to inspect
the property and make a final report to the board at its


April meeting.
Board member Don Schroder said, "We are not
asking Beer to vacate the property. We're just asking
that it not be used for his business."
The board also showed some leniency in its action
against Bret Vandevrede, operator of the BP Gas Sta-
tion at 5333 Gulf Drive.
In November, the city notified three auto repair
shops that the use of an outdoor hydraulic lift is in vio-
lation of city codes. The business owners were given
30 days to come into compliance.
Vandevrede's BP station remains in violation of
the code. According to Wunderlich, the city maintains
files on all businesses for the lifetime of the business
and no record was found of a permit for the station's
lift.
William Meade, a representative of J.H. Williams
Oil Co., which subleases the property to Vandevrede,
suggested that the station should fall under a grandfa-
ther clause because the lift has been in plain view for
several years.
Wunderlich argued that the ordinance requiring
hydraulic lifts to be enclosed dates back to the 1950s.
The lift in question was installed in the 1980s, and
therefore has always been a code violation and cannot
be grandfathered.
Meade questioned why the city has ignored the use
of outdoor, lifts all these years.
Wunderlich responded that everyone on staff has
only been on the job for the past five or six years, well
after the lifts were in place, and didn't know that they
were not permitted.
"Unfortunately things come to light after many
years," said board chairman Charles Stealey. "In a case
like this it is clear the code has been in effect before the
lift was assembled. It doesn't matter if it was under our
nose all these years, it still wasn't legal."
The board unanimously agreed that the lift violated
city codes, but disagreed on how much time to allow
Vandevrede to dismantle it.
Schroder suggested that since testimony was given
that work done on the lift accounted for one-third of


Vandevrede's business, the board allow him to operate
with the lift until tourist season ends in May.
Stealey argued that "regardless of our feelings
about having to do this to a business, it's going to be a
hardship in 30 days or 150 days."
Board member DuWayne Dzibinski was not in
favor of giving Vandevrede until May to comply. "Two
business owners did comply and it doesn't seem to
make sense for someone who doesn't comply to get
more time."
After a lengthy discussion, the board unanimously
agreed to give Vandevrede until March 12 to come into
compliance.


Environmental lands

unit members

being sought
Manatee County has sent out a call for volunteers
to serve on its Environmental Lands Management and
Acquisition Advisory Committee.
It is a principal advisor to the county commission-
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for acquired lands. It meets the first Monday each
month at 6:30 p.m. at the county administration build-
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Fifteen vacancies exist for three-year terms for
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finance or real estate, two schooled in natural science,
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 25, 2002 U PAGE 9


Mullet run peaks, fades in local waters


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
The 2002 mullet run has come and is in the process
of going, following the fish's ancient path of reproduc-
tion.
Long the mainstay of the historic fishing village of
Cortez, the mullet annually school up on their way off-
shore to spawn, said the area's most experienced mul-
let man, Walter Bell.
. He is longtime chief of the biggest fish house, the
family's A.P. Bell Fish Co. in Cortez. The company
bought 150,000-200,000 pounds of mullet in one week
this season, and that wasn't regarded as anything spe-
cial.
Unlike most fish, the mullet is vegetarian and so
doesn't bite on a baited hook. It must be caught with
nets instead, a difficult and backbreaking undertaking
with hand-cast nets. Commercial gill netting was
banned in 1995 by statewide referendum, virtually
wrecking Cortez's old way of life.
Bell said that interest in mullet as food seems to be
diminishing, but the roe is highly valued especially in
the Orient. The roe, sacs of eggs from the female mul-
let, is shipped to Japan and Taiwan where it is regarded
as a delicacy, about as we regard caviar. The mullet
was once in its abundance considered a bread-
and-butter food source for low income families.
Bell said the run comes when mullet gather in
schools before heading into the Gulf of Mexico to
spawn. "They go the opposite direction from salmon,"
which go inshore and upstream for spawning.
The normal mullet run begins just after Thanksgiv-
ing, though this year it was later. It lasts only two or
three weeks, said Bell. Then they go out to sea.
"Weather controls the fish," he said. "A good hard
norther for four or five days and they go offshore to
spawn.
"They come back in around the end of January and
lay around on the bottom. You don't know they're here
unless you look down and see them loafing around
down there. That's the ones that survive the sharks in
the Gulf."


He said they begin to fatten up and they're "really
good eating about May and from then on."
Altogether, the state says roe fishermen are taking
some five million pounds of mullet a year, compared
with 20 million before the gill-net ban. The officials
figure the current rate of harvest keeps mullet as a sus-
tainable resource.
The mullet run remains the big payday of the year


for most commercial fishermen here and almost an
annual ritual practiced in these waters since the Indi-
ans perfected their harvest.
There used to be a summer mullet run, Bell said,
but that is many years in the past and there's no way of
predicting whether it is gone for good or just part of a
cycle and will resume sometime.


... and fish catch siezed in Cortez

Enforcement officers of the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission seized a gill net fish
catch in Cortez Dec. 18 after determining the boat used '
was under the minimum 25-foot length for gill-net fish-
ing.
Gary Morris of the FWC said FWC enforcement
officer Terry Nolls was called by the U.S. Coast Guard
that day to inspect a vessel the USCG had stopped for
possibly using a gill net more than 500 square feet in
area.
Morris said Nolls inspected the vessel and found
the gill net was under the maximum size, but a piece
of plywood had been added to the bow of the boat to
make it the minimum 25-feet length for gill-net fishing.
"When officers removed the plywood, they deter-
mined the boat was only 23-feet long," said Morris.
State law says gill-net fishing is not allowed on
vessels under 25 feet, he said. Gill-net fishing is al-
lowed in federal waters offshore, said Morris, but ves-
sels have to be a minimum 25 feet long.
Nolls, other FWC officers and USCG personnel
from Cortez then removed the catch from the gill net.
Standard procedure in these cases, said Morris, is
for the FWC to sell the catch to a local fishery, then
place the money in an escrow account.
If the parties charged are found guilty in court, the Fish enforcement
money goes to the FWC. If the people are innocent, he
said, they get the money. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Three candidates will square off in the Feb. 11
Anna Maria city election for the two upcoming va-
cant seats on the city commission.
Qualifying by the noon Dec. 23 deadline were
current City Commissioner Linda Cramer along
with Duke Miller and Jeff Smith.
Smith is a former city commission candidate
while this will be Miller's first at-bat in a city elec-
tion. He is currently a member of the city's code
enforcement board.


The three candidates are running for the two
vacant city commission seats, but there could be a
third seat available after the election if city voters
approve the proposed revised charter also on the
ballot.
If the charter passes, the newly elected
commission's first task will be to appoint a fifth
commissioner to serve an eight-month term until
the November 2003 city elections.
City Commissioner John Michaels chose not
to seek reelection and in April plans to move to
Amelia Island near Jacksonville.


Anna Maria eyes city engineer


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
In a move to fill a void in a city lacking a licensed
building official amid concerns about its current drain-
age plan and trying to rewrite its land development
codes and ordinances at the same time, the Anna Maria
City Commission interviewed two local engineering
firms Dec. 16 to serve as its city engineer.
Presentations were made by Hough Engineering of
Bradenton and Baskerville Donovan Engineering from
Sarasota as the two companies narrowed from 11 firms
that originally submitted proposals.
After the presentations, however, commissioners
were generally impressed with Baskerville Donovan,
primarily because of its experience in dealing with lo-


cal governments and grant writing.
That firm also has a traffic engineer who could advise
the city on numerous traffic and parking problems, includ-
ing elements of a proposed parking ordinance.
Kurt Jensen of Baskerville Donovan said if his firm
is selected, one of the first orders of business is to hold
a workshop session with commissioners and the pub-
lic to "set priorities" for a five-year capital improve-
ments strategic plan.
Jensen said his firm also has considerable experi-
ence in dealing with the Southwest Florida Water Man-
agement District.
Commissioners scheduled a consensus vote for
their Jan. 9 workshop for the mayor to hire one of the
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The appointment was made in response to a re-
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implementing a program called "Enhanced Represen-
tation System."
As the designated liaison to Galvano's office,


Maloney will be notified of any bill or amendment filed
that will directly affect the authority, jurisdiction, or
fiscal status of Holmes Beach.
Maloney will receive notification, which identifies
the bill, the potential impact or conflict, a response
deadline and a summary status. The commission will
be given a time frame to respond to Galvano with in-
put, questions and concerns.
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to keep an open dialogue between his office and local
governments in his legislative district.


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Christian Vlanch of Anna Maria, Tony Valentine of Bradenton, City of Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, Gene
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Sea detail .
This is a detail of the large mural painted on .
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Story of Pelican Man recounted on Saturday
The "inside story" of the Pelican Man's Bird Sanc- tuary, on City Island off the south ramp of the I'
tuary will be told at the open-to-the-public "Saturday Pass bridge.
at the Sanctuary" program starting at 10:30 a.m. Dec. Peli-Boat tours will continue into the new
28. from 9-11 a.m. Thursday as well as luncheon t(


It will cover the sanctuary's "humble and inspiring
beginnings as what goes on behind the scenes to save
Florida's precious wildlife," said a spokesperson.
The 2003 wild bird rescue-training program will
begin with a class on Jan. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the sanc-


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Obituaries


John A. Fuller
John A. Fuller, 93, a winter resident of Holmes
Beach, died Dec. 11.
Mr. Fuller served as a U.S. Marine in the Pacific
Theater during World War II. He was retired from the
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. He was
a former produce buyer for Wegner Canning Corp. and
Comstock Foods. He was a life member of the Sodus
Bay Heights Golf Club.
There were no services.
He is survived by son Thomas of Holmes Beach;
daughter Joan of Sodus; brother Thomas of La Mesa,
Calif.; sister Mollie Green of Carleton, Mich.; three
grandchildren; and on great-grandchild.

Joan Hooper-May
Joan Hooper-May, 74, of Holmes Beach, died Dec.
16.
Bom in Ypsilanti, Mich., Mrs. Hooper-May came to
Manatee County from Sarasota in 1993. She was a retired
registered nurse. She opened and operated the first
Alzheimer's Care Unit in Sarasota and was a founding
member of Alzheimer's Dementia Care and Research in
.England in 2000. She was a member of the University of
Michigan Alumni Club and past president and longtime
member of the Alzheimer's Association, Manatee-
Sarasota Counties Chapter. She was a member of Church


of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach.
Memorial services will be at a later date. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Associa-
tion, Manatee-Sarasota Counties Chapter Respite Care
Inc., 1230 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota FL 34239. Brown
and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, is in
charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughters Martha Hooper-
Johnson and Betsy, both of Sarasota; son Joseph C. III
of Sarasota; nine grandchildren; and five great-grand-
children.

Ernest 'Ernie' W. Kreher
Ernest "Ernie" W. Kreher, 89, of Anna Maria, died
Dec. 21.
Born in Tampa, Mr. Kreher came to Manatee
County from there in 1972. He was a retired forester.
He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He
attended Roser.Memorial Community Church, Anna
Maria.
Services will be private. Memorial contributions
may be made to World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th St.
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Island Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Henrietta; daughters Pamela
K. Buzbee of Marietta, Ga., Gayla K. Fitzpatrick of
Anna Maria, and Patricia of Belleair Beach; and three
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Boat parade? No. Fireworks? Wow!


Alas, it was the parade that wasn't meant to be. Ah,
but the fireworks were ever so spectacular.
The 2002 lighted boat parade and fireworks, origi-
nally planned for Dec. 7, were canceled by organizer
Don Schroeder and the sponsoring Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce.
The event was then revived by The Islander, reor-
ganized and planned for Dec. 20, with some new and
former supporters. Taylor-Made Pyrotechnical Enter-
tainment agreed to do fireworks and Jim "Capt. Happy"
Taylor drove again across the state to pickup the explo-
sive charges.
The U.S. Coast Guard St. Petersburg and Cortez
stations gave their blessings to the event and USCG
Auxiliary Flotilla 81 pitched in with two boats and
crews to patrol the parade route and escort the lighted-
boats. The Holmes Beach Police Department's Marine
Patrol Officer Vern McGowin wason hand to assist in
the parade, as were a patrol boat from the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office, the West Manatee Fire &
Rescue District and USCG Station Cortez.
But foul weather the previous night played havoc
with some of the lighted boat's decorations and a brisk
wind which was predicted to subside, and did for a
time, picked back up by parade time.
Capt. Raymond Paysour of Flotilla 81 thought con-
ditions were good at 4 p.m. and headed out to check the
parade route, but it was not to be.
By 6 p.m., the starting time for the parade, the winds
at the Anna Maria City Pier- the ultimate destination for
the lighted boats from the protected waters of Bimini
Bay- were at 25 mph and the marine patrol officers
agreed the parade would end before entering Tampa Bay.
But Taylor and crew were already headed to the
pier with the fireworks and in the hope of not disap-
pointing the crowd, he wanted to "shoot the works."
Waves were breaking over the bow of his barge,
and he worked his way into the wild waters of Tampa
Bay and into position east of the city pier but
couldn't hold off until the expected start at 7:30 p.m.
Taylor's spectacular show was applauded by hun-


Hurry up and wait
U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 81 members, including Capt.
Wayne Paysour at the helm of Lollipop II, awaited
holiday decorated boats in Bimini Bay before the
anticipated start of the lighted boat parade and fire-
works Friday. Islander Photo: Jack Elka


,.

dreds of persons at the pier and many more along the
bayfront who were awaiting the lighted boat parade. The
spectacular, thundering fireworks were done by 7:30 p.m.
The beleaguered marine safety patrols headed
home. Taylor and crew made it back to the dock. It was
all over until 2003.
The following-agencies and businesses supported
the event this year, most with donations to offset the
cost of the fireworks display:
Anna Maria City Pier, City of Anna Maria, City of
Holmes Beach, Steve Noriega of Villa Rosa development,
Chiles Restaurant Group, Hurricane Hanks, Brian's


Sky rockets at night!
Taylor-Made Pyrotechnical Entertainment featuring
the artistry of Jim "Capt. Happy" Taylor lit the sky
in Anna Maria. Hundreds lined the shores of Anna
Maria for the event. Islander Photos: J.L. Robertson
and Bonner Joy
Sunnyside Up restaurant, Mama Lo's, Green Real Estate,
Anna Maria Realty, Beach Bistro/Island's End, Two Sides
of Nature, LaPensee Plumbing, Tidemark Lodge,
Wolfgang Schulz Marine Repair, Waterfront Restaurant,
Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, Island Starter and
Alternator, Peaches Restaurants, Gulf Drive Cafe and Ooh
La La! European Bistro.
And in 2003, plans are under way at The Islander
to ensure the holiday boat parade and fireworks will be
top-notch with cash awards for the lighted boat parade
decoration contest and, hopefully, more donations for
an even greater fireworks display. And better weather.


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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 25, 2002 0 PAGE 13


One kind of cleanup turtle skulls


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
It takes all kinds of stuff to get a turtle display
ready for public consumption. Skulls, for instance.
Clean skulls.
Joyce Duxbury can tell you about that, for she has
gotten into the surprising craft of turtle skulls. Clean


Holmes Beach


adopts county's


vacation


procedures
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach City Commission approved an
action to use Manatee County's requirements for vacat-
ing certain streets, roads or other appropriate property.
The city currently does not have any procedures in
place for applicants to follow when requesting a vaca-
tion.
The commission voted 4-1 to utilize the county
guidelines until the city can draft and adopt its own
procedures.
Commissioner Don Maloney gave the dissenting
vote, saying the commission had two options before it.
The first option Maloney presented was to state -
for the record that the city would not entertain any
requests for vacation.
The second option he proposed was to table all
requests currently before the commission until the city
drafts its own policy.
City Attorney Pat Petruff advised that adopting the
county guidelines clarifies what the applicant needs to
research and present to the commission with a request.
It does not give the commission guidelines in determin-
ing whether to approve or deny an application.
Commissioner Roger Lutz agreed. "It just formal-
izes what we do anyway."


ones, courtesy of herself.
When she's finished her work and the display area
is ready in Holmes Beach, the skulls will be part of the
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch learning center. Un-
til then, they're in her home in Cortez.
This volunteer job is not dissimilar to the one to
which she devoted her professional life until retirement
a few years ago. She was in the Animal Health Divi-
sion of Bayer's Corp. in Mission, Kan.
There she was in biological research and develop-
ment of vaccines for large animals. She was involved
in many years of studies and testing in laboratories, she
said. Developing any vaccine takes an average five
years, she said, and is extremely expensive. Animal
vaccines are regulated by the Food and Drug Admin-
istration with requirements similar to the FDA's rules
for human vaccine development.
She fit in well there, by education and preference:
"I've always been involved with animals. On Anna
Maria, I just changed one bunch of animals for another
type."
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turtles with Suzi Fox, who holds the state sea turtle
preservation permit for the Island and heads Turtle
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Now she is cleaning some adult loggerhead skulls
which Mote Marine Laboratory donated to the turtle
learning center which will be established on the Island.
Jo Ann Meilner of Turtle Watch explained that the
center hopefully will open early in 2003, probably in
a storefront in the Island Shopping Center.
It will have displays of those skulls and other sea
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where such items as turtle T-shirts, key chains, pencils
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School classes can come there to learn about sea
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them and help them learn about their marine environ-
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Island cities proclaim 'Islander Day'


The Island cities of Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach
and Holmes Beach proclaimed Nov. 13 "The Islander
Day" in celebration of The Islander newspaper's 10th
anniversary.
The newspaper has been published continually


since November 1992 and has served as a voice of the
community.
The proclamation was read into public record at the
Nov. 12 Holmes Beach commission meeting and high-
lighted the publication's dedication to covering city


'Artists on the Move'
Several members of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island have formed an informal group, "Artists on the
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commission and committee meetings and weekly po-
lice briefs as well as advertising the products and ser-
vices of Island merchants.
The proclamation reads:
The Islander has been publishing continually since
its first Volume 1, number 1 on 25 November 1992;
and
Whereas, The Islander has served as a voice of our
community since then; and
Whereas, The Islander has reported the news of our
City's Commission and Committee meetings and
weekly police briefs, thus providing a news of record
during that time; and
Whereas, The Islander has published the product
and service advertising of our City's merchants; and
Whereas, tomorrow, 13 November 2002 will mark
the publication of The Islander's 10th anniversary is-
sue Volume 11, Number 1 signifying more than
10 years of service to our City in particular and to Anna
Maria Island in general.
Now, therefore, I, Carol Whitmore, Mayor of the
City of Holmes Beach, do hereby proclaim Nov. 13,
2002, as The Islander Day.
Whitmore signed the proclamation Nov. 12.
Similar proclamations were signed by Anna Maria
Mayor SueLynn and Bradenton Beach Mayor John
Chappie with approval of their respective commis-
sions.
The Islander's first issue was published on Anna
Maria Island on Nov. 25, 1992.





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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 25, 2002 0 PAGE 15


Christmas Day

services

at Island churches
Special Christmas Day services are on the sched-
ule of some Anna Maria Island churches.
Islanders' Christmas Day services of the season:
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, Rev. Gary Batey, pastor -
Christmas Day there will be a chapel Communion
service at 10 a.m.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, Father John H.R. Ellis, pas-
tor- Christmas Day Masses will be at 8:30 and 10
a.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, Rev. Danith Kilts, pastor -
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 Day, Holy Eucharist at
10 a.m.



School holiday closings
Students at Anna Maria Elementary School
and Island Middle School are in the midst of
enjoying time off from school.
Winter vacation began for Island students
Monday, Dec. 23.
School will resume Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003.
Student report cards will be sent home on
Wednesday, Jan. 8, for students at both Island
Schools.
For more information, call AME at 708-
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There is still time to register children for the
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The concluding week of the holiday camp will be
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Chiles Christmas


for Kids at Sandbar
Santa arrived by fire truck at the Sandbar restaurant
in Anna Maria with presents for the children from A
Growing Place in Palmetto, who were invited for a
special party hosted by the Chiles Restaurant Group.
There were 78 kids present and all received shoes,
an outfit and a toy and lunch. Chiles party host Patti
McKee said they bought for 92 kids and sent the absent
children's gifts back with school supervisors. In addi-
tion, food baskets with ingredients for a turkey dinner
and all the trimmings were delivered to the school for
each student by Sandbar staff elves.
Santa, the elves and reindeer and all the rest of the
helpers at the party work at either the Sandbar, Mar
Vista or Beach House restaurants and volunteer to
make the kids' party and their Christmas holiday a spe-
cial time.
This was the ninth annual Christmas for Kids party
sponsored by Ed Chiles and his Chiles Restaurant
Group.


Santa's
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In search of


an archangel
The Cracker's love of history prompts him to re-
visit the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg and
other battle sites. These visits not only refresh this
U.S. Marine Corps veteran's knowledge of some of
this country's darkest days but also graphically illus-
.trates the futility and horror of man's inhumanity to
man, a lesson that the world in general has yet to
fully comprehend. His wife Madeleine finds these
visits depressing but tolerates them.
On his most recent visit to Gettysburg, he had
another mission to fulfill, a request from his brother
John, who lives over in Bartow. John has a daugh-
ter, Janet, a talented artist who created a Christmas
lawn ornament for him. The beautiful rendition de-
picts an archangel announcing the Christmas season
with a triumphant blast of his clarion.
The picture the artist used as a model is that of
the State of Louisiana monument at Gettysburg de-
picting an archangel hovering over a fallen Confed-
erate soldier. This imposing sculpture is the work of
Daniel De Lue, who also created the State of Florida
monument at Gettysburg. The original work was
commissioned by the Daughters of the Confederacy
of the State of Louisiana and is entitled "The Spirit
of the Confederacy."
A postcard silhouette of De Lue's work was all
Janet had to work from and thus used artistic license
to recreate the piece, which would do credit to both
Michael and Gabriel. Brother John commissioned
Madeleine to seek out the monument at Gettysburg
and photograph it from all angles, which she did in
admirable fashion. It became immediately apparent


from the breastworkss" of this monument that
John's archangel was in fact a lady angel. John was
flabbergasted!
The Cracker has only this to add: As you mean-
der through life, always check the flip side. "Peace
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 25, 2002 U PAGE 17

Golf cart routes added

in Holmes Beach
Additional streets in Holmes Beach are included on
the list approved by the city commission for the opera-
tion of golf carts.
The complete list submitted by Holmes Beach
Police Chief Jay Romine where golf cart operation is
allowed include:
71st Street from the bay to the Gulf.
Holmes Boulevard from Gulf Drive to 75th Street.
75th Street from the bay to the Gulf.
77th Street from the bay to the Gulf.
White Avenue from Gulf Drive to Aqua Lane.
All streets on Key Royale.
Marina Drive north of Key Royale Drive.
All streets north of Key Royale Drive and east of
Palm Drive.
Flotilla Drive.
62nd Street.
The streets chosen have a 25-mph speed limit and
will be posted with proper signage.
Florida requires that all golf carts operated after sun-
set have headlights, brake lights, turn signals and a wind-
shield.
Golf carts must also be equipped with efficient brakes,
reliable steering, safe tires, a rearview mirror and red
reflectorized warning devices on the front and rear. Golf
carts may not be driven on the roadways by anyone un-
der the age of 14, Romine noted.


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three hours, starting at 8:30 a.m.
The hike will cover upland parts of Myakka
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Teacher spotlight of week: Lynne McDonough


Each week The Islander will focus on one of Anna
Maria Elementary School's teachers and their class-
room.
This week fifth-grade teacher Lynne McDonough
is in our spotlight.
McDonough moved to Florida from Michigan in
1983 and has been teaching at AME for 16 years. She is
certified to teach first- through sixth-grades, and as a
media specialist for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade. -
She earned her teaching degree from Michigan
State University and a master's degree from Nova
Southeastern University.
McDonough said her favorite subject in school was
writing. "I enjoyed writing articles for my high school
newspaper. I enjoyed interviewing people and report-
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In her classroom at AME, McDonough said she
looks forward to having students take part in the mini-
mall, where students create their own products to sell
to other classmates.
To keep her students interested in learning
McDonough said she learns what their interests are and
relates those interests to the subjects she teaches. Some
of the topics students are exploring include inventors
and their inventions, space travel and sea life.
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THE. ISLANDER 0 DEC. 25, 2002 0 PAGE 19


McDonough's 'mustangs' brimming with holiday spirit


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
It's the last day of school before winter vacation
and the little portable containing Lynne McDonough's
fifth-grade class is brimming with holiday spirit.
It's hard to miss the energy permeating the air as stu-
dents excitedly chat about gifts, "Secret Santas" and math.
Yes, math. It's 8:30 a.m. and as volunteer parents
prepare fruit and muffins for the class party, students
are working in teams of three or four to solve a math
puzzle shaped like a Christmas tree. The objective: to
fill in numbers along the tree so that the sum of each
side is the same.
Some students had a difficult time staying focused
on the math challenge with so much more to look for-
ward to on this morning.
Hunter Hardy sits with two of his classmates
speculating on who their "Secret Santa" might be.
For this activity, students picked names out of a hat
and began secretly leaving notes for the person they
picked today is finally the day that everyone
comes clean.
"I know who your 'Secret Santa' is," a blonde girl
tells Hardy.
"I don't want to know who it is," he responds, "but
whoever it is has bad handwriting."
"He did that to trick you!" she says.
Apparently there was a lot of trickery going on
with the "Secret Santa" game. Students devised all
sorts of ways to mislead the recipient of their "Secret
Santa" notes. Some wrote with left hand instead of
right, some had friends pass off notes for them and one
even asked her mom to write a note for her.
McDonough didn't make the students wait long to
find out the identity of their "Secret Santa." The first
party activity was to reveal their identies with one fi-
nal note. Most students had guessed correctly, but some
were genuinely surprised.
Hannah Moses was so excited, she told Rachel
Nelson she was her "Secret Santa" on the first day of
the game. And even though Nelson's recipient guessed
who she was, it didn't matter.
"It's OK though," Nelson said. "It's all in fun."
After the "Secret Santas" had all been revealed, stu-
dents presented some of the inventions they created as.
part of their unit on famous inventors and inventions.
McDonough asked everyone to write a "rap song"
and create a poster to advertise his or her invention.
Many of the inventions presented were pet related, in-
cluding Nelson's.
She invented a light that attaches to pet collars so
that you can find them in the dark. She endorsed her
product with the following rap.
"I was walking my dog it was already dark.
"When all of a sudden she heard another dog bark.


Puzzled
Paige Carper
shares some math
strategies with
fellow Anna Maria
Elementary School
fifth-grader Sean
Edwards. Students
in Lynne
McDonough's
class were given a
math puzzle to
solve as a team.
Islander Photos:
Diana Bogan


Fifth-graders in Lynne McDonough's class listen
attentively to each other's inventive ideas. The class
at AME has been learning about inventors.

"Before I knew it she had gotten herself loose,
"And all I could see was the end of her caboose.
"I started to panic cause she was out of sight,
"But it's all good it's alright 'cause she has
a doggie light!"
Another popular theme among McDonough's
young inventors was cleaning products. Justin
Dearlove invented a vacuum cleaner attachment that
made cleaning fan blades a breeze.
"It is as easy as can be.
"It is such a cinch you see.
"It is the fan duster.
"It picks up the dust.
"It is a must.
"It is now on sale for just $11.09.


While learning about inventors and inventions,
students came up with their own innovative ideas,
like these "mop shoes."

"So, you can save a dollar and a dime.
"So, buy it now.
"And say 'Wow!'
"As you see those dust bunnies
"Save you all kinds of money."
Before the party ended, students flooded
McDonough with presents, including a class gift a
stuffed mustang, which is the class mascot.
Students also had a book exchange. Those who
wanted to participate brought a gift-wrapped book for
a girl or boy and in exchange got to choose one for
themselves.
Students will have plenty of free time to read their
books over the winter holiday before school resumes
Jan. 7.


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Paper crafts
This paper butterfly was made by fifth-grader Melissa Johnson's
grandmother, Virginia Miller, to sell at the AME holiday mini-
mall.


Tiny plants
Patrick Watts crafted poinsettia's out of red paper and Hershey kisses and sold them in
small plant pots at the AME mini-mall.


Tree
ornaments
Fifth-grader
Kyle
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displayed his
colorful
snowman
ornaments at
"Patrick's
Kringle
Craft" mini-
mall booth.


Karoake carols
Allyssa Parker and Lauren Branning convinced Karsen Lonzo to sing Christmas carols at their
Karaoke booth at the AME mini-mall.


Holiday glitter
Brooke Fitzgerald and Ashley Gomes made holiday sponge pins deco-
rated with glitter to sell at the Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-
grade mini-mall. Each year the fifth-graders make their own products to
sell to their peers. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan


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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 25, 2002 M PAGE 21


AME's PTO sets goals for next semester


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Elementary School is already
planning events for the next semester, which begins
Jan. 7, following the winter/holiday break.
According to PTO President Cindy Thompson,
members are planning a big "Spring Fling" event at St.
Bernard Catholic Church April 26.
The theme for the event is "The Love Boat" and it
will be a teacher recognition dinner/dance and silent
auction. The main focus of the Spring Fling will be the
dinner and dancing and the committee is currently busy
looking for a band and restaurant participation.
Thompson said the Spring Fling is being planned
not only to recognize the teachers and staff at AME, but
also to give parents a night out where they can enjoy
themselves and get to know the teachers better. The
PTO will also provide babysitting services for students
for the evening.
Thompson said the Spring Fling is open to all par-
ents and community members. The PTO hopes to raise
$10,000 to $20,000 with this event.
Committee members Danielle Seawall and
Sharon Alexander are in charge of planning the
event and Thompson said she "has all the confidence
in the world" they will do a great job. Alexander has
experience planning this type of fundraiser at other
schools with great success.
The PTO plans to purchase digital microscopes for
the fifth-grade classes with proceeds from the Spring
Fling.
There are several other items on the PTO wish




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and science programs.
They are also working on another fundraising pro-
gram that involves students. The PTO plans to sell li-
cense plates featuring the school mascot, the dolphin.
Students have been given an opportunity to work
on a design for the license plates over winter break.
When students-return to school in January, the PTO
will begin the task of selecting the student artwork to
feature on the license plates.
Thompson said she hopes to have the fundraiser off
the ground by spring.
The PTO could also use more involvement with
its box tops for education collection drive and car-
tridge recycling program. Both programs create pas-
sive income for the school and community members
can help the school by collecting box tops off food
packages.
Islanders are welcome to drop off the box tops or
used fax and printer cartridges at the school office.
The next PTO meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan 21.
Dinner, catered by Ooh La La!, will be offered in the
cafeteria before the meeting. Thompson said that in
January there won't be a student production following
the meeting.
Instead, Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon
will be presenting a parental awareness program that
covers everything from drug use to popular song lyr-
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-- Food glorious food
Anna Maria Elementary School second-graders feasted
on an international buffet that included Italian Bragiole,
Chinese fried rice, Polish sausage, Irish scalloped
potatoes, American apple pie and much more. The feast
is part of their unit on holiday celebrations around the
world. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan


Two senoritas
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Belle Haven grant 'looks good' for 2003


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Stung by the state's rejection of a grant application
by the City of Anna Maria for funds to restore the near-
century-old Belle Haven cottage to its former glory,
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn and Anna Maria Island
Historical Society members went right to the source to
find.out what they did wrong and what they can do
right next year.
At a Dec. 5 meeting with field representative Jeff
Thirlwall of the Florida Division of Historical Re-
sources, Belle Haven cottage restoration backers
learned one criterion for grant approval is that plans for
the structure should be to restore it to its former use.
Since Belle Haven was originally a ship's store
near the waterfront, Thirlwall suggested the application
forget about restoring Belle Haven as a residence and
concentrate on remodeling it as an early 1900s store.
The application should also show Belle Haven's close
proximity to the water, he said.
Additionally, the grant application should have a
structural analysis done by a qualified architect, said
Thirlwall. This would show what is present at the struc-
ture, what has to be done to the structure, and the best
approach to accomplish what has to be done to the
structure.
He also suggested members of the AMIHS be
present in Tallahassee next summer when the DHR
selection committee reviews the application.
"Nobody can be a better advocate than you," said
Thirlwall. Having someone actually in front of the
committee to, answer questions "improves your
chances," he said.
Thirlwall also said the committee looks at "geo-
graphic disbursement" of grants. In other words, sev-
eral grant applications from the same general area
won't all be approved.
For next year's grant application, Thirlwall said
make sure the building is not on wheels as last year's
application showed, but actually in place at its pro-
posed location. The National Park Service, which funds


Moving day
The Belle Haven cottage should be restored to its former glory as a ship's store, a representative from the
Florida Division of Historical Resources recommended. It is pictured as it was moved to its current site on
Pine Avenue earlier this year. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


the program, "wants sites in place before funding," he
said.
Submitting a video to show Belle Haven in a per-
manent location and its proximity to the water might
not be a bad idea, he said.
"Don't get discouraged," said Thirlwall. "You
have a wonderful city and a wonderful history here.
We're here to help you."
Make sure your grant application follows the gen-
eral guidelines established by the National Parks Ser-
vice, he added, and ensure the application is submitted


well before the May 31, 2003, deadline.
In fact, he said, with all the proposed changes to the
grant application in place, an early submission, and
"input from (architect) Linda Stevenson on structural
analysis, I'm guessing you've got a pretty good grant
application."
While Thirlwall said he can't give a yes or no to
any grant, "I'm telling you how to play the game" to
get approval.
The ad-hoc grant application committee will meet
again in January, SueLynn said.


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Anna Maria City
Dec. 1,402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria Island Histori-
cal Society park, possession of alcohol under age. A
teenager was reportedly found in the park with a quart
of beer. An officer from Holmes Beach was called to
drive the juvenile home after deputies were unable to
reach the boy's parents.
Dec. 13, 9906 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
Laundromat, theft. According to the report, someone
tried to pry open the dollar-bill change machine.
Dec. 14,412 Pine Ave., Island Marine, drug charge.
Jennifer Grund was stopped by deputies on patrol near
Island Marine. Several cars fled the scene when police
arrived, but according to the report, deputies were able to
stop Grund before she could drive away. She was found
to be in possession of marijuana and was also charged with
fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer and resisting an
officer without violence.
Dec. 15, 200 block of Maxine Way (behind the
Anna Maria Island Community Center), battery. A man
reported being the victim of a battery.

Bradenton Beach
Dec. 6, 2101 Gulf Drive N., Sunset Beach Resort,
burglary. A juvenile was arrested for stealing a com-
pact-disk player and a wicker chair from the resort.


Dec. 12, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Sandpiper Mobile
Home Park, information. According to the report, a
home belonging to a part-time resident was discovered
to have a leak in the bathroom, causing the park's wa-
ter bill to be higher than usual.

Holmes Beach
Dec. 13, 200 block of 56th Street, theft. A man
reported his bike missing. According to the report, the
bike was found by an officer at the corner of 63rd and
Marina Drive.
Dec. 13, 3900 East Bay Drive, Publix, battery. Ac-
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by a man who claimed the woman scratched his car door.
Dec. 14, 3015 Gulf Drive, Citgo, theft. Someone
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Dec. 14, 5500 block of Marina Drive, traffic. A man
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Dec. 14, 400 block of 72nd Street, warrant arrest.
A man was arrested after his mother called police.
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Dec. 14, 100 block of 38th Street, theft. A woman
reported an air conditioner condenser was removed
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Port Manatee mitigation project works; Darwin winners (?)


A seagrass mitigation project has apparently been
effective at Port Manatee, clearing the way for a multi-
million-dollar expansion of the facility in northern
Manatee County.
Port officials had planned to expand berths for big
ships, widen a channel and extend a turning basin. The
problem was that there were several acres of seagrass
beds in the way of part of the work, and state officials
had balked at the idea of ripping up seagrass beds to
allow for the port improvements.
So the port came up with a plan to relocate
seagrasses from the impacted area to another area ad-
jacent to the channel and turning basin.
Replanting seagrass isn't like slapping sod down in
your front yard. You pretty much have to do it one
grass shoot at a time, and seagrass grows very, very
slowly. As an example, the Sarasota Bay National Es-
tuary Program found scars in seagrass beds caused by
errant powerboaters running aground can take up to 10
years to "heal."
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
officials were skeptical of the port's seagrass relocation
plans, but tentatively agreed to the plan. The port hired
crews to relocate the grass beds, and the DEP moni-
tored the effort.
The project didn't go all that well and, after drop-
ping something like $2 million, -port officials still
hadn't reached the needed threshold of almost six acres
of thriving grass. Another $100,000 was spent to beef
up the project, and last week the DEP said the seagrass
mitigation project was of a sufficient success to allow
the port's expansion to commence.
A total of almost 13 acres of seagrasses need to
flourish for the full go-ahead by the DEP for the chan-
nel projects, and a full report of the success of the
project is expected in January.
Seagrasses, by the way, serve as a nursery area-for
most of the critters found in the Gulf of Mexico and
bays, hence the state's desire to protect the fragile es-
tuary necessity.
I'm glad the mitigation project worked at Port
Manatee, but I can't help wondering if some sort of
precedent has been set that will eventually lead to de-
velopers eyeing other sorts of dredge-and-fill programs
in Florida waters based on this struggle for success.
I guess we'll just have to wait and see.


Darwin Award winners or
maybe losers
The Darwin Awards are a somewhat macabre list
of the people who died, or almost died, in the stupid-
est ways. The name of the awards comes from the "sur-
vival of the fittest" category, and the folks who make
up the awards state that "hopefully these idiots haven't
passed along their stupidity."
The winner, from a newspaper article: "Two men
were injured when their pickup truck left the road and
struck a tree near Cotton Patch. Woodruff County
deputy Dovey Snyder reported the accident shortly
after midnight. Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc, and
Billy Ray Wallis, 38, of Little Rock, were returning to
Des Arc after a frog gigging trip. On an overcast Sun-
day night, Poole's pickup truck headlights malfunc-
tioned. The two men concluded that the headlight fuse
on the older model truck had burned out. As a replace-
ment fuse was not available, Wallis noticed that the
.22-caliber bullet from his pistol fit perfectly into the
fuse box next to the steering wheel column. Upon in-
serting the bullet the headlights again began to operate
properly and the two men proceeded on eastbound to-
ward the White River Bridge.
"After traveling approximately 20 miles and just
before crossing the river, the bullet apparently over-
heated, discharged and struck Poole in the right testicle.
The vehicle swerved sharply right, exiting the pave-
ment and striking a tree. Poole suffered only minor cuts
and abrasions from the accident, but will require sur-
gery to repair the testicle. Wallis sustained a broken
clavicle and was treated and released.
"'I've been a trooper for 10 years in this part of the
world, but this is a first for me,' Trooper Wallis said.
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"Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia
(Poole's wife) asked how many frogs the boys had
caught and did anyone get them from the truck."
Some other "favorite" nominees:
"An unidentified man, using a shotgun like a club
to break a former girlfriend's windshield, accidentally
shot himself to death when the gun discharged, blow-
ing a hole in his gut."
"James Bums, 34, (a mechanic) of Alamo, Mich.,
was killed in March as he was trying to repair what
police describe as a 'farm-type truck.' Burns got a
friend to drive the truck on a highway while Burns
hung underneath so that he could ascertain the source
of a troubling noise. Bums' clothes caught on some-
thing, however, and the other man found Burns
'wrapped in the drive shaft.'"
"Ken Charles Barger, 47, accidentally shot himself to
death in December in Newton, N.C., wakening to the
sound of a ringing telephone beside his bed, he reached for
the phone but grabbed instead a Smith & Wesson 38-Spe-
cial, which discharged when he drew it to his ear."
"Police said a lawyer demonstrating the safety of
windows in a downtown Toronto skyscraper crashed
through a pane with his shoulder and plunged 24 floors
to his death. A police spokesman said Garry Hoyt, 39,
fell into the courtyard of the Toronto Dominion Bank
Tower early Friday evening as he was explaining the
strength of the building's windows to visiting law stu-
dents. Hoyt previously has conducted demonstrations
of window strength according to police reports. Peter
Lawson, managing partner of the firm Holden Day
Wilson, told the Toronto Sun newspaper that Hoy was
'one of the best and brightest' members of the 200-
member association."
"A terrible diet and room with no ventilation are
being blamed for the death of a man who was killed by
his own gas. There was no mark on his body and an
autopsy showed large amounts of methane gas in his
system. His diet had consisted primarily of beans and
cabbage (and a couple of other things). It was just the
right combination of foods. It appears that the man died
in his sleep from breathing the poisonous cloud that
was hanging over his bed. Had he been outside or had
his windows been opened, it wouldn't have been fatal.
But the man was shut up in his near airtight bedroom.
According to the article, 'He was a big man with a huge
capacity for creating this deadly gas.' Three of the res-
cuers got sick and one was hospitalized."
"A cigarette lighter may have triggered a fatal ex-
plosion in Dunkirk, Ind. A Jay County man using a
cigarette lighter to check the barrel of a muzzle loader
was killed Monday night when the weapon discharged
in his face, sheriff's investigators said. Gregory David
Pryor, 19, died in his parents' rural Dunkirk home
about 11:30 p.m. Investigators said Pryor was cleaning
a .54-caliber muzzle loader that had not been firing
properly. He was using the lighter to look into the bar-
rel when the gunpowder ignited."
"A man cleaning a bird feeder on the balcony of his
condominium apartment in Toronto slipped and fell 23
stories to his death. Stefan Macko, 55, was standing on
a wheeled chair when the accident occurred, said In-
spector D'Arcy Honer of the Peel Regional Police. 'It
appears the chair moved and he went over the balcony,'
Honer said."
Jeez!

Sandscript factoid
2002 is going down in the record books as being
the second-warmest year of the planet since records
began to be kept in the late 1800s. And the United
States had the 19th warmest year in 2002.
What's disturbing about the records is that the hot-
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Fishing action picking up inshore, offshore


By Capt. Mike Heistand
Improving weather resulted in better fishing action
last week, with good reports of grouper and snapper
offshore. Backwater fishing for sheepshead is really
coming on strong, and there are good reports of catch-
and-release snook and some big redfish.
I'll be talking about fishing near structures in
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Jan. 10-12. Stop by and say hello at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said redfish and
sheepshead were his best bet, but he did catch some
catch-and-release snook in the canals using artificial
jigs last week.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said.he's getting into
lots of mackerel, pompano, bluefish, sheepshead and a
few keeper redfish.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he's been fishing 45 to 60 miles out in the
Gulf with great results: red grouper to 20 pounds, lane
and mangrove snapper to 4 pounds, and amberjack to
30 pounds.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said fish-
ing has improved in the past few days. In the backwa-
ters, fishers are catching some good-sized catch-and-
release snook, lots of redfish on the right tides, and
sheepshead have "invaded" the nearshore reefs, Bill
said. Offshore fishing also improved with better
weather, and grouper and snapper are a good bet.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said improving
weather has allowed him to get offshore more fre-
quently, and he's catching lots of grouper, lane and
mangrove snapper.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said sheepshead are a strong favorite right
now. He's also catching lots of bluefish, pompano
along the beach and redfish to 20 inches in length.
Capt. Matt Bowers on the Outcast in Holmes
Beach said he's been doing well with red grouper up
to 26 inches in length just 12 miles out in the Gulf.
Fishing is great, Capt. Matt said on those days he
can get out in the Gulf, that is.
At Perico Bait and Tackle, sheepshead are the
lead fish. Trout season is still closed, as is snook, but
sheepies are the target for most fishers, with good re-
sults coming from the Anna Maria Bridge.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
all the rain runoff is pushing fish out Terra Ceia Bay,
but mangrove snapper and sheepshead are still being
caught by the Sunshine Skyway Pier.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheepshead
have really started to congregate under the structure.
Other action includes black drum, whiting, pompano
and a few good-sized redfish.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, anglers are catch-
ing sheepies to 4 pounds, some small catch-and-release
snook, plus mangrove snapper flounder, and some
small bonnethead sharks.
Capt. Thom Smith said he's catching redfish to
26 inches, catch-and-release trout to 20 inches, lots of
small reds to 20 inches, all caught on Mister Twister














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Prize permit
Margie Ward caught this 25-pound permit about five miles out in the Gulf of Mexico while fishing with Capt.
Tom Chaya aboard his boat "Dolphin Dreams."


Exudes, with the gold color working the best.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide. Call
him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report. Pictures of
your catch are also welcome and may be dropped off at





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Charter Boat

"MAGIC"
Backwater Near Shore e Up to 7 miles out in the Gulf
Snook Redfish Trout Flounder Mackerel Snapper
Light Tackle Fishing Reservations a must
Tackle, bait, ice, fishing license provided!
779-9607
Capt. Mike Heistand USCG Licensed


Baby shark
Jason Ritter
braved the high
a winds and the
crowd awaiting
thefireworks at
the Anna Maria
City Pier Friday
night. Just
before the
celebration got
under way, he
caught this small
bonnethead
shark, which he
thought might
make a good
meal.
^ Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy



The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Please
include identificationfor persons in the picture along with
information on the catch and a name and phone number
for more information. Pictures may be retrieved once they
appear in the paper.





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Island Biz


Christmas family No. 8

for Island Real Estate
Island Real Estate has a family, a single Mom and
four small girls, acquired through the Manatee County
"Adopt-A-Family" program.
This year was the eighth year of participation for
the firm, and each year all the sales agents, rental
agents and employees donate money to buy presents
for the selected family. Whatever is raised, broker/
owner Frank Davis matches. This makes it possible to
adopt a large family, said Carol Bernard, manager.
This year's total was $625, enough to provide a
good Christmas for the five-female family.
The county agency lets Island Real Estate know the
ages, sizes and wishes of each child, as well as what
they all need as a family.
"All the girls got everything on their lists, plus a lot
more," said Bernard. "Everyone got new books, art
supplies, games, pajamas and stockings stuffed to
overflowing.
"We even had enough to give the family a $200
gift card to Wal-Mart for food."
Island Real Estate also includes each year a dispos-
able camera with a certificate for processing the film
so the family can take pictures on Christmas morning.
"We started doing this eight years ago to help oth-
ers, bring us all together in the Christmas spirit and
have a bit of fun," said Bernard, of the firm located at
6101 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

More than just mail
Long-time Holmes Beach resident Sue Normand
has opened the Island Mail and More store in the
Anna Maria Island Shopping Centre between Shells
restaurant and Walgreens, and she's right.
"We do a lot more than just handle mail," said Sue,
who has been a Holmes Beach resident for 25 years.
"We cover a tremendous range of personal and busi-
ness services. Much more than mail."
In addition to handling and shipping for FedEx,


Island mail
Owner Sue Normand of Island Mail and More in the
Anna Maria Island Shopping Centre recently opened
her neighborhood postal center where she does a lot
more than just mail. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

UPS, the U.S. Postal Service and Airborne Express,
Sue also has four rental computers with Internet and e-
mail service for use at the store.
"Suppose you're down here on vacation and don't
have access to a computer where you're staying," asked
Sue. "Here, you can keep in touch with clients, busi-
nesses, your own e-mail account, or send e-mail. You
can work on papers, research the Internet, or just keep
up with your computer needs."
She also provides computer instruction for begin-
ning and intermediate computer users.
But there's more.
Fax and copy machine service is available along
with private post office boxes to rent for mail delivery.
But there's much more.
There's also a private conference room for meet-
ings, complete with telephone and other services.
Other services include bookkeeping, typing, ac-
counting, tax preparation and Web page design.


"Did I forget anything?" she asked.
Well, you forgot to mention Island Mail and More
can ship an automobile, in addition to furniture and
other large items.
What else?
"Oh, I'm sure there's much more in the future,"
said Sue.
Island Mail and More is open daily from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For further
information, call 778-1911.

Good steaks on Bayou
Mark Hopkins and partner Joe Carrino thought
they would have a quiet opening Dec. 16 for their
Bayou Steakhouse restaurant in the Whitney Beach
Shopping Plaza on Longboat Key.
It didn't stay quiet long.
"The response has been tremendous," said Mark.
"Seems people have learned about us by word-of-mouth
and we're filling up nicely for lunch and dinner."
Indeed, the relaxed Island atmosphere and Spanish
decor of the interior, along with the culturally mixed
and moderately priced menu, seem to be a hit with
Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island residents.
The Bayou Steakhouse features steak done in a
variety of styles, but executive chef James Beard also
has Italian pasta, Mediterranean and Florida seafood
dishes, and some New Orleans-style entrees.
Early favorites at the Bayou seem to be Bayou
chicken, tuna steak, swordfish, grouper, shrimp kabobs,
scampi, pasta primavera, and the Bayou shrimp and
seafood pasta.
"But steaks are our strong point," said Mark. "All
our steaks are aged meats and steaks are hand-cut and
cooked to order."
Steak filet, petite, New York strip, Porterhouse and
Delmonico are all available, as is prime rib.
All entrees on the menu automatically include two
side dishes, Mark said.
The restaurant seats 150 people including open-air
PLEASE SEE ISLAND BIZ, NEXT PAGE





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Back on the Bayou
Mark Hopkins, left, along with executive chef James
Beard, center, and manager Rick Canali have just
opened the Bayou Steakhouse in the Whitney Beach
Plaza Shopping Center on Longboat Key. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin

Island Biz
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 28
and waterfront seating.
The full service bar features a daily happy hour.
With waterfront dining on the Longboat Key
Bayou, the Bayou Restaurant is making a splash in the
local restaurant industry.
The restaurant is open daily for lunch from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday
hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The bar is open nightly
until 12:30 with late night hours on Friday and Satur-
day.
To learn more about the Bayou Steakhouse, call
383-7699.

Cortez brothers preparing
seafood grille
Woodson brothers Bert, Bobby, Danny and David


are readying their Woodson Brothers Seafood Grille
at 7423 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton for a grand
January opening.
The 200-seat restaurant and bar will feature seafood,
steaks, poultry and pasta along with signature appetizers
from the Bait House Raw Bar and Appetizer Grille.
The four bring a wealth of restaurant experience
and expertise to their new venture, with Bert a former
restaurant owner in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands
and Bobby with nearly 30 years experience in restau-
rant management. Danny and David are executives
with two major international seafood companies.
The brothers grew up in Cortez on Sarasota Bay
and mother Marlene Howard is a former Florida state
senator from the district that includes Cortez and Anna
Maria Island.

No Fantasy to help Christmas
Staff members of the Fantasy Travel Agency at
6630 Cortez Road. W. conducted their annual Christ-
mas Toy drive recently with all gifts going to the Sal-
vation Army and Manatee Children's Services for dis-
tribution to needy kids.
Kids and clients get a real Christmas break at Fan-
tasy Travel as customers who brought in a new toy for
the Christmas project got a discount on the purchase of
travel tickets.
"The customers really enjoy the program," said
Pieter Hahn of Fantasy Travel.
"We had one lady we call 'Santa Mary' who
brought more than $250 in gifts. Everyone seems to
enjoy helping the kids," he said.
This is the third year of the drive and Fantasy
Travel also sponsors a Christmas in July effort for
needy children.
For more information on Fantasy Christmas, call
795-3900.


Fantasy Christmas comes true
Members of the Fantasy Travel Agency at 6630
Cortez Rd. W. helped dreams come true for under-
privileged children in Manatee County by collecting
Christmas toys. From left are Teresa Margeras,
Pieter Hahn, Debbie Crissma, Ben Mixter and May
Holt. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Got a new business going up in Anna Maria Island,
Cortez or Longboat Key? How about a new product or
service, an anniversary, a new hire, or an award-win-
ning staff member? Call Island Biz at 778-7978, fax
your news to 778-9392, or e-mail us at
news @ islander., org.


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10:30 p.m., with approximately 20-minute intervals at all
75 stops up to 9 p.m., and 30-minute intervals from 9-
.10:30 p.m. It starts at both ends of the Island at 6 a.m.,
from Coquina Beach and from the Anna Maria City Pier.
Northbound the trolley runs Gulf Drive to Marina/Palm
Drive in Holmes Beach, merging back to Gulf Drive in
Anna Maria. It runs from Gulf Drive to the city pier along
Pine Avenue, where it turns around.
Southbound it runs Gulf Drive all the way from Anna
Maria City Hall to Coquina Beach.
Have some fun, ride the trolley, and tell folks along the
way and at all the stops, "The Islander"
sent me!
Free MCAT ride guides available at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (Trolley stops No. 23/53.)
Islander Info: 941 778 7978
MCAT: 749-7116


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SEASONED FIREWOOD delivered and stacked
at your house. Call Jeff Gunn, 809-7930.

1997 FORD WINDSTAR front hub/wheel bearing
assembly, $150 or best offer; three bicycles, $25-
$100; lanai chairs, bamboo with plastic cushions,
two need one new caster each, $25. 778-2991.

BIG BEAUTIFUL HOUSEBOAT $28,500 or make
offer. View at Web site: geocities..com/
houseboatsunseeker or call 778-3526.


EARLY CLASSIFIED AD deadline: noon Friday,
Dec. 27 for ads that will appear in the Wednesday,
Jan. 1 publication.

WILL PAY GENEROUS year-round rent for spot
to store golf cart. Prefer Key Royale area. 778-
8690.

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
oranges 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.

CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be placed with our se-
cure server online at www.islander.org.


TMe Islander

Friends and family that live
afar will surely appreciate
keeping in touch with what's
happening on Anna Maria -
it's like a letter from home.
Keep in touch with a gift
subscription. You can
charge it to your
MasterCardor Visa
by phone or visit us online:
islander.org or stop by
5404 Marina Drive, Island
Shopping Center,
Holmes Beach.
941-778-7978


ROSER THRIFT STORE. Open Tuesday, Thurs-
day 9:30am-2pm and Saturday 9am-noon. After-
Christmas clearance sale on now! 511 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. 779-2733.


LOST: Diamond stud earring on beach in Holmes
Beach or Key Royale area. Reward! 778-0186.


CRITTER SITTER Seven years in pet care, 22
years as an Island resident. Tender, loving care for
your pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.

DACHSHUND adoption and rescue (DARE). Call
Shona at 761-2642 for information or visit our Web
site: www.daretorescue.com.

LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon on 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.

1989 DODGE ARIES 61,000 miles, good to excel-
lent condition. New tires. $1,500. 761-9028.

1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$3,100, or best offer. 730-9622.

CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early noon Tues-
day online at islander.org. Check it out! Use our
secure server to place ads, too.


, easoUnr elngs


To all my friends,

past and present...







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Ib Marilyn Trevethan, Realtor
S (941) 778-6066
Home 792-8477


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.

FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.

HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard,
guest quarters or rental income. $28,500 or make
offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat_sunseeker or call 778-3526.


LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
vided. 779-9607.

PRIVATE CHARTERS. Fishing, snorkeling,
sightseeing, Egmont Key. USCG License. Capt.
Keith Barnett. 778-3526 or 730-0516.

EARLY CLASSIFIED deadline: noon Friday,
Dec. 27 for ads that will appear in the Wednes-
day, Jan. 1 publication.


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.


KEY ROYALE 4BR/3BA quality built, updated, 3,000
sq.ft. home on wide canal. On sail-
boat water, new seawall and cap in


1998. 40-ft. dock with electric and wa-
ter sprinklers on community well.
$695,000. (87540)
CALL HAL GILLIHAN, GRI
713-5555


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$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


Your Neighborhood
Real Estate Shoppe
SEASONAL RENTALS
Anna Maria Beachfront, 3BR/
2BA home
Perico Bay Club Villas
Holmes Beach Duplex
Key Royale 2/2 pool, boat lift
2BR/2BA Home & Efficiency,
500-ft. to beach
Beach Townhouse, 2/2, Pool
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


iIf-Bay Realty
C of Anna Maria Inc.
778-7244

5408 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
INCOME PROPERTY
Beautifully refurbished, six-unit Island resort. Sold turn-
key furnished, architecturally designed, with a splashing
fountain and lush botani-
cal exotics. Offering con-
sists of four 2BR/2BA
units, and two spacious
I BR units. Showings by
appointment only. '- -
$1,650,000. .
Call Robin Kollar, Broker, (941) 713-4515
DUPLEX
Best buy on Island. Two
3BR/2BA units, corn-
pletely refurbished, new ..
appliances. Heated pool 1 .. i
and walk to the beach.
Only $389,000.
Call Ursula Stemm,
Realtor, 545-6426.
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KIDSFRHIEHRE SE RVI ESCni e


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.

IN-HOME COOK needed. Busy professional seeks
part-time cook to cook meals in my home. Perfect
for retiree. Please call, 779-2411.
I-
ANNIE'S HOME for the elderly require part-time
assistant for Island and Bradenton office. Contact
Maria, 778-7842.

MODEL WANTED: Island artist seeks female mod-
els to sketch. No alcohol or drugs. 545-6213.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Advertising layout and de-
sign for weekly newspaper, some Web site produc-
tion. Knowledge of advertising design and layout
with a strong understanding of typography, compo-
sition and copy writing. Qualifications include pro-
ficiency in PhotoShop; knowledge of Illustrator/
PageMaker/Acrobat a plus. Minimum one-year
experience required and associate's degree or
technical school certificate preferred. Resumes: E-
mail news@islander.org, fax 778-9392, or mail/
deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.

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.

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.

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830 & 832 N. Shore Dr., Anna Maria '
Two platted lots overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. One j
house of 3BR/3BA, one-car garage. The house used to
be too nice to tear down to take advantage of the two
building lots but not any more. $975,000.

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


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 !!!

LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.

COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $20 per hour-
free advice. 545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, rea-
sonable and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and
insured. 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. We pro-
vide appropriate financial reports; working with
your accountant at tax time and much more. Lo-
cal, experienced. 778-9436.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our se-
cure server? Check it out at www.islander.org.

MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Learn from a pro. Contact
Koko Ray, 792-0160.
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
cushions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call 727-5873.

ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and ser-
vice advertising!


BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
RA005052.

KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service: Delivering
a standard of excellence for all your interior and
exterior cleaning needs. No job too big or small.
Great rates and references, 722-4358.

EARLY CLASSIFIED AD deadline: noon Friday,
Dec. 27, for ads that will appear in the Wednesday,
Jan. 1, publication.

NOTARY PUBLIC Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows. Sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.

GERMAN HANDYMAN Tiles, wood flooring, paint-
ing and-all other home repair you may need. High
quality, reasonable prices. No job too small! Li-
censed and insured. 539-7937.

PAINTING: INTERIOR and exterior by Henry. 25
years experience. Free estimates. 748-8959.

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

TRANSPORTATION. Safe new Volvo, same low
rates. Up to four people Sarasota Airport, $30;
Tampa Airport, $75. Saylor Sedan (941) 447-6967.

TREE SERVICE BY BREWER. Topping, trimming,
shaping, stump grinding and removals. Trim palm
trees. Insured. Call Phil, 778-6014 or cell 545-4770.

CLEAN WINDOWS: Wouldn't that be nice? We will
make your glass gleam. Local, licensed, insured.
Call Chris, 724-0221.

NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.

MAID TO CLEAN: Island resident, professional
house cleaning services. References available.
Call Wendy, 778-0321.


ownhome! 778-6066. FOR SALE BY OWNER
444 62nd St. Holmes Beach
Half-duplex, turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA, 1,180
sq.ft. on 45-by-91-ft. lot. Completely updated and
modern. $210,000. Call Richard at 778-4671.



S Single-family homes from
the $190s, including homesites.

M h Island lifestyle with off-,lsland convenience!

W A T CH Just a five-minute ride to the beach!

5 Different Floor Plans
All open & spacious ...
3BR/2BA &4BR/2BA
.. OPEN DAILY 12-5 PM
S'B Directions: Cortez Road to
-"-_ B. 86th St. W., turn south on
|.^ 5 586th St. W. Entrance to Heron's
Watch is 1/2 mile on the right.

-3 HOMESITES. ONLY 8 LEFT!

For information call 778-7127


Private Waterfront Estate On Bimini Bay
.524 7 st St. Holmes Beach, F ,nd ,


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6101 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217 ISLA N D
Christine 941-778-6066 FAX 778-6306
Shaw, Toll Free 800-865-0800 RnEAL ESTATE
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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.

EARLY CLASSIFIED AD deadline: noon Friday,
Dec. 27, for ads that will appear in the Wednesday,
Jan. 1, publication.

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.

More ads=more readers. You get more every week
from The Islander. Online, too. www.islander.org


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.
HOEIMPOEET


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

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


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UPDATED 3BR/2BA turnkey furnished Is- WESTBAY POINT AND MOORINGS
land home. Great canal view, boat slip, 3BR/2BA first floor, end unit with deeded
lush and private backyard. Won't last! covered parking. Pool, hot tub, tennis and
$349,000. Call Nicole Skaggs or Jane 26 acres of tropical splendor. Don't miss
Grossman at 778-4800 or 795-5704. this one! $350,000. Call Dick Maher or
Dave Jones at 778-4800.


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INVESTMENT/BUSINESS OPPORTU-
NITY Island six-unit motel/apartments. Gulf
Drive location one block from beach! All up-
dated units with heated pool, and on-site
laundry. Just take over the business!
$995,000. Call Dick Maher or Dave Jones
at 778-4800.


GREAT VACATION OR RENTAL HOME
2BR/2BA with views of Gulf from huge
desk and master bedroom. Nicely updated
including Mexican tile. Great location and
is in move-in condition. $399,000. Call Ed
Oliveira at 778-4800 or 705-4800.


MOST REASONABLE PRICED TOWNHOUSE
at Sunbow! Roomy Island condo close to
beach and shopping. 2BR/2BA main level
and hobby room/bedroom/den and one
bath downstairs. Quiet, well-maintained
complex, two pools, tennis. $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
tennis and heated pool. On-site manager
with strong rental program. $595,000. Call
Ken Rickett at 778-3026.


JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodel-
ing contractor. In-house plan designs. State li-
censed, insured. Many Island references. 778-
2993. Lic# CRC 035261.

CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construc-
tion. Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now
certifying back flow at water meters.
(FL#RF0038118) 778-3924 or 778-4461.

DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet T-
shirts and Duffy's Tavern "stuff" for holiday gift
giving. Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.

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

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

GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT/ paper services: In-
terior/exterior painting, pressure washing and
wallpaper. For prompt, reliable service at reason-
able rates, call Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife
team.


EXCLUSIVE NORTH END


This wonderful duplex has
more than 3,000 sq.ft. of liv-
ing 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 throughout,
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, dining room, large great room/family
room and best of all an ELEVATOR! A terrific beach house with rental income or
convert to an expansive home. For the discriminating buyer. Offered at $939,000.









GREAT ISLAND HIDEAWAY LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!
Two separate villas just 300 steps to the Gulf This 2BR duplex is on the north end of
in central Holmes Beach. Beautifully fur- Anna Maria. Just steps to beautiful Gulf
nished, community pool and low monthly beach. Great area of expensive homes.
fees. These units have individual tax rolls and Don't miss this Island hideaway with great
could be sold separately by the owner. Great rental history. Offered at $419,000.


rental history. Don't miss this super invest-
ment opportunity! Offered at $350,000.








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

.....HAPPY
SHOLIDIAYS!



3reen
REAL ESTATE

OF ANNA MARIA

778-0455
9906 Gulf Drive


HISTORIC 1912 ROSER COTTAGE
Take a stroll back in time in this vintage sea-
side cottage with incredible bay view. Struc-
turally sound and ready for restoration.
Wood floors and tongue-in-groove paneling.
Yellow-pine construction, antique-brick pa-
tio. So many possibilities with ROR zoning.
Artisans, craftsmen, jewelers. Live and work
from home in the village of Anna Maria, all
within steps of the City Pier and Tampa Bay!
Perfect location for your gallery, boutique or
salon. Offered at $465,000.










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MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Thank s.for a great tear!

M arina Pointe

Realty Co.

314 Pine Aenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
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ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, 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.

EARLY CLASSIFIED AD deadline: noon Friday,
Dec. 27, for ads that will appear in the Wednesday,
Jan. 1, publication.

HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Homes, rentals. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.

COMPLETE BATHROOM REMODELING Drywall,
repairs, texture coating, painting. Custom shower
stalls, tub enclosures, fixtures, cabinets, tile.
Unique Options, 752-7758 or 545-6141 (cell).

WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.

MORE ADS = MORE READERS. The Islander.



DICK MAHER --
AND

DAVE JONES
ISLAND SPECIALISTS



Simplify Your Search!
Call anytime for a consultation.


GREG HOWLE dba Howle Homes. New, remod-
els, additions, tile, painting. Free estimates.
Lic#RB29003120. Insured. 761-3053.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe on line with our se-
cure server? Check it out at www.islander.org.

WINDOW AND DOOR SILLS. Have cracked,
crumbling, broken cement sills? Will rebuild all sills
promptly. 26-years experience. Chris, 795-3034.



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

BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available
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 mini-
mum. 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-MARCH: Cancellation.
Vacation & season. Private Beach. Walk to every-
thing. 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.


ULFFRONT TOWNHOME! Fabulous ISLAND TOWNHOME Sunbow Bay UNIQUE PRIVATE ISLAND Discover
ulfviews from this well maintained, fully Townhome recently updated with 3BR/ this 2,400 sq.ft. residence with unparal-
mished, 2BR/2.5BA townhome on Anna 3BA, lagoon view and 1995 sq.ft. of liv- leled views. Custom with lots of glass,
aria Island. Excellent second home or ing area, two pools, tennis and small cypress and cedar. 70-ft. dock, ten
vestment property. Dave Moynihan, boat access to bay. $299,900. Dave minute access to mainland. Anne Miller,
78-2246. #87065. $395,000. Moynihan, 778-2246. #85068. 77802246. #83986. $1,950,000.

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


TURNKEY FURNISHED 1 BR/1 BA. 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 spa-
cious homes both 3BR/2BA with all conve-
niences. One is $4,700/month, the other is
$4,300/month. Photos available upon request.
Please call (813) 752-4235.

VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $350 to $450/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, 778-2374.

ANNUAL CANALFRONT HOME unfurnished
(pets OK, non smoking). Renovated 2BR/1BA,
$2,250/month. Available now, 779-2217.

ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1 BA, 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 1BR, ground-floor, just steps
to the nicest beach on Anna Maria Island. Fully
furnished, washer/dryer, dishwasher. 778-4555.

ANNUAL RENTAL Holmes Beach. 2BR/1 BA, to-
tally remodeled, tile floors, carpeting in bedrooms.
Non .smoking, no pets. Washer/dryer hook-up.
$900/month. Will work with first, last and security
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.


"WALK WITH ME..."

in paradise at



I can make your
island dreams come true.
ED OLIVEIRA
REALTOR
Sales & Rentals Since 1981
Office 778-4800 Cell 705-4800
... 5201 Gulf Dr. Holmes Beach, Fl
34217




..










December... a beautiful time of remembering
and caring, a wonderful time to be happily
sharing the gift of love called Christmas.
Holding it close to our hearts... for its
meaning never ends and its spirit is the
warmth and joy of remembering friends.
Merry Christmas!


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
We are the Island!






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BEACHFRONT 2BR/2BA, large-glass enclosed
living room, kitchen with fireplace. All new furni-
ture 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/1BA, stack 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 house-
keeping with kitchen, cable TV, pool, ocean. Fully
furnished. $900/weekly. Available March: 1-8, 8-
15, 15-22, 22-29. Call (315) 894-2304.

EARLY CLASSIFIED AD deadline: noon Friday,
Dec. 27 for ads that will appear in the Wednesday,
Jan. 1 publication.

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/VACATION 2BR and 3BR, Gulffront
apartments, lovely furnished interiors, private
beach, patio, sundeck, porch, no pets. Tropical
setting. 778-3143.

GRANNY'S BEACH VACATION Property Man-
agement: We have vacation rentals available for
December, January, and March. Call Pat
Staebler, Licensed Real Estate Broker, 778-0123
or 705-0123.


Our wishes to everyone

for a Happy Holiday!

ANNA MARIA GULFFRONT FOR SALE This
2BR/2BA cottage with detached garage
Apartment is located in one of the most desired
areas in Anna Maria City. Gulf view from al-
most every room, even the garage apartment
has a view. Offered at $1,200,00.
MLS#87264 Call Stephanie Bell, 778-2307.

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1BR/1BA duplex. One
block to the beach.
Unfurnished. $700/month.



2BR/2BA house. On
deep canal. Holmes
Beach. $1,400/month,
plus utilities.


S 3BR/2BA HOUSE on
S deep canal. Caged
S heated pool. Flamingo
Cay. Two-car garage,
washer/dryer.

3BR/2BA HOUSE. On
Gulf Drive. Open heated
pool. Washer/dryer.
Holmes Beach.


2 112BR/2BA HOUSE on
_. ll deep canal. North of Anna
Maria. Washer/dryer.



3BR/2BA HOUSE on
deep canal. North of Anna
Maria. Washer/dryer.



3BR/2BA CONDO on the
beach. Second floor.
Private elevator. Washer/
dryer. Holmes Beach.


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BAYFRONT CONDO Turnkey furnished
and beautifully updated 1BR at Bayview
Terrace in Bradenton Beach. Peaks of bay
and Gulf from lanai. Bayside pool and park.
Steps to beach. No age restrictions.
$175,900. Gall Tutewiler, 778-0700.


ISLAND DOLL HOUSE 2BR/1BA
with boat dock and boat a block
away. Close to beach. $334,500.
Gall Tutewller, 778-0700.


BREATHTAKING GULFVIEWS To-
tally updated, decorated perfect,
ground-floor. 5400 Condos. Turnkey
furnished. Gourmet kitchen. Two
pools. Must see, won't last long.
$550,000. Marc Turner, 778-0700.







WORK PULLS OWNER FROM
DREAM HOUSE Renovated top to
bottom, tile floor, new appliances.
Tropical setting accents 40-ft. lap pool.
$234,900. Tim Strzelczyk or Maria
Schmandt, 383-5544.


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


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


RARELY AVAILABLE Tropical updates in
Shell Point 2BR/2BA condo. Tile, carpet,
parquet flooring. Ample storage, parking.
Shows impeccably. $298,000. Geoff Wall,
778-0700.


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NORTH BEACH VILLAGE Can't SPACIOUS ISLAND HOME 4BR+ MARTINIQUE SOUTH Awesome
decide if you want a house or den. Close to beach. Boat slip avail- Gulfviews from this fourth-floor cor-
condo? This is it! Rarely available able. $439,000 (plus $6,000 allow- ner-unit. Heated pool, tennis, club-
3BR/2.5BA, townhouse with two-car ance to remodeling and decorating.) house. 2BR/2BA. $475,000. Gall
garage. Close to beach. You'll love Gall Tutewiler, 778-0700. Tutewller, Wedebrock Real Es-
it here! $415,000. Gall Tutewiler, tate, 778-0700.
778-0700.


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



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SAN REMO CANALFRONT 3BR/ SHAWS POINT Brick colonial, 4BR/
2BA home, private dock, pool, two- 2.5BA. Plenty of privacy and room for
car garage, bay view. $450,000. pool. Wood floors and shutters, cus-
Larry Smith, 778-0700. tom built-ins, French doors. Great for
family home! $254,900. Tina Rudek
or Mike Migone, 778-0700.

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HIGHLAND LAKES GEM Great SELLER WANTS OUT. Double lot,
area, close to beaches, shopping, subdivision potential, family home
schools, community pool. Won't last with two-story guest house. Swoop
long! Larry Smith, 778-0700. on this! $175,000. Geoff Wall, 778-
0700.


OUTSTANDING VALUE! 3BR/2BA, 10-ACRE RANCHETTE Sits on a
ranch beauty. Great location and lake, perfect for horses, bring your
schools. Privacy fence, room for house plans! East of 1-75. $110,000.
pool. A steal! $120,900. Marie Michael Faber, 778-0700.
Franklln-Paullns, 778-0700.


BRING YOUR BOAT Spectacular
unobstructed waterview. Unique
1 BR/1 BA condo in Palma Sola Har-
bor. Dock your boat at your back
door. $150,000. Gall Tutewller,
778-0700.


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


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SUNSET TERRACE Gulffront condo, 2BR/2BA
with spacious lanai overlooking gorgeous Gulf
of Mexico. Pool washer/dryer and covered park-
ing. Available weekly/monthly.


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BAYVIEW TERRACE 1 BR and 2BR units avail-
able. Sparkling pool right on the bay. Quiet
bayfront community. Call today to reserve!


SUNBOW BAY Like newly 2BR/2BA condo with
lanai and all the extras. Available seasonal or
annual. Call for rates


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Lawn Hauling By the cut or by the month.
Service We Monitor Irrigation Systems
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Residential Commercial
Check our references:
"Quality work at a reasonable price.
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Lic#CBC056755I


Water Damaged Drywall Tiling Painting
HAND AND SPRAY TEXTURE
Clean, Honest, Reliable More than 20 years experience
Fred 752-7758.o Cellular 545-6141 :


SEASCAPE PAINTING
Residential Interior Exterior Pressure Washing
Roof Coating Insured 29 Years Experience
Rick Tanner 941-798-6985
4203 76th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209


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AN .HARDWARE
213 54th St., Holmes Beach 778-3082
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Shopping Center, Holmes Beach
941-778-7978 islander.org


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.

VACATION RENTAL Open, airy, 3BR, loft, 2BA, im-
maculate, 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.

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.

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.
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.

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/1 BA, completely renovated
and furnished. New washer/dryer, microwave.
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.

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 City. 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. 308 60th St., Holmes Beach. 778-0837.
2BR/2BA LAKEFRONT, nicely furnished end unit, top
floor. Bradenton. Pool, washer/dryer. Clubhouse, ac-
tivities. $1,400/month, three-month minimum.


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


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Company, 778-6665, or 800-749-6665.

BRADENTON BEACH CONDO 2BR seasonal,
three-month minimum. Attractively furnished, bay
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0763.

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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.

LIFE'S NEW VISION: Enjoy a 24/7 panoramic wa-
terfront view from upper-floor duplex. 30-by-12-ft.
screened deck. 30 steps to beach, park, bay. 3BR,
$1,400/month, annual, unfurnished. 748-5334.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.
SEASONAL: Beautiful north beach village, 3BR/
2.5BA, pool, close to beach, very nice. $2,400/
month. John Zirrow, Markey Realty, 778-9171 or
753-1620.
ANNUAL COTTAGE RENTAL in Longboat Key Vil-
lage, 1BR/1BA with large kitchen/dining/living.
Fenced-in yard. Water/sewer/trash included. $800/
monthly. Please contact Joe Rogers, 383-2391.
SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH furnished condo.
2BR/2BA, ground-floor, screened patio, heated
pool, utilities included. Available January 2003 only!
$1,800/month. Call (407) 846-8741.

DIRECT GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA, Bradenton
Beach, Bridgeport. Gorgeous view! $2,400/monthly,
seasonally. 795-8819.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA APARTMENT in Anna Maria.
Open deck on secluded lake, quiet north-end loca-
tion. Steps to beach, updated interior. $725/month.
Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.


SEASONAL RENTAL Holmes Beach. Newly refur-
bished, four rooms: kitchen, living room, bedroom
and Florida room. $1,200/month, $400/week. One-
and-a-half blocks to beach. Call 778-2651.

VACATION RENTALS REDUCED! Westbay Cove
South 2BR/2BA with bay views. Was $3,400 now
$3,000. Mariner's Cove 2BR/2BA with Intracoastal
views. Was $3,500 now $3,200. Summer Sands
condo across from Gulf. Was $3,400 now $3,200.
Heron Harbor 2BR/2BA condo across from golf
course. Was $2,500 now $2,200. Call Valerie
Kruse at Wagner Realty, 778-2246.

EARLY CLASSIFIED AD deadline: noon Friday,
Dec. 27 for ads that will appear in the Wednesday,
Jan. 1 publication.
ANNUAL CONDO RENTALS. Waterway 2BR/2BA,
unfurnished $1,000/month. Sunbow Bay 2BR/2BA,
furnished or unfurnished, $1,100/month. Pine For-
est, 3BR/3BA, unfurnished, $1,200/month.
Wedebrock Real Estate Company, 778-6665, or
800-749-6665.


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space? Budget Self Storage can help. Daily,
weekly, monthly specials. Boxes and packing sup-
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LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty park-
ing spaces, contemporary design, great visibility.
$14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor, 388-
5514, or call 809-4253.
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.
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. $415,000. Call for showing, 792-4254.

EARLY CLASSIFIED AD deadline: noon Friday,
Dec. 27 for ads that will appear in the Wednesday,
Jan. 1 publication.
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
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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 Re-
alty 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. Imme-
diate occupancy. $179,900. 761-8407 or 807-
1428.


BEAUTIFUL CANALFRONT LOT in prestigious
northern Anna Maria. Direct bay access, no
bridges. Quiet cul-de-sac. 75-by-151-foot lot
(11,350 square feet). 516 Kumquat. For sale by
owner, $419,000. E-mail: OliverZorn@web.de
BRADENTON BEACH: Turnkey furnished 1BR/
1 BA mobile home. High ceiling in living room, eat-
in kitchen. Large outdoor shed. Peek of Gulf,
steps to beach. Located in Sandpiper Mobile Re-
sort (senior park). (905) 623-0881.
BRAND NEW 2BR/2.5BA condo on golf course at
beautiful Tobago Hilton on Tobago Island,
Trinidad in the Caribbean. 1,694 square feet. Ex-
cellent rental market. Asking $229,000, appraised
at $241,000. Call Rick at 778-1102 or 727-5873.
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard,
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& LOTS
861 North Shore Dr......... $1,950,000

513 69th St. .................... $549,000

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

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

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

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

Westbay Pt. Moorings #55 ... $385,000

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

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

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

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

ISLAND HOMES,
CONDOS & LOTS
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

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

6925 Holmes Bvld. ....... $224,900
Jon Kent
Broker/Salesperson 710 North Shore. Lot. ..... $299,000
AiPk 747 Jacaranda. Lot ......... $389,000

Water's Edge #110N ....... $759,000

MAINLAND
Tom Nelson 634 Estuary ................. $210,000
Realtor


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1276 Spoonbill Landings Cr. $249,999

8809 12th Ave. NW. ....... $239,900

Vizcaya #31C................ $134,900

3948 Mariners Way......... $439,900

2418 90th St. NW........ $2,995,000

11332 Perico Isle Cir ......... $325,000

1275 Spoonbill Landings Cir.... $219,000
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them
34 Deli stock
36 Up from Mexico
38 Author Deighton
39 Bar locking a capstan in
place
40 The fortunate bracelet
maker ...
43 "I fall upon the thorns of
life! I !": Shelley
45 Stop
46 Took the cake?
47 "The Principles and
Practice of Medicine"
author
48 Renowned London
gallery
51 Mess up
55 Husband of Persephone
59 The cautious tightrope
artist ...
62 Related on the mother's
side
63 Ralph who starred in
"The Waltons"
64 Result of a bad chip,
maybe
65 World Series-winning
manager of 1998, 1999
and 2000
66 Row


70 Isabella, e.g.
72 Like battle stations
73 Pale reddish purple
74 Emmy-winning
interviewer
76 Squib
79 Site of Velazquez's
"The Forge of Vulcan"
80 The vengeful comedian

86 Place
87 Vase handle
88 Mother of Castor and
Pollux
89 Listlessness
90 German cry
92 Chess champion of
1960-61
94 Protest, of a sort
95 The talkative coffee
shop worker ...
104 Bit of masonry
105 Period in the earth's
history
106 Bridge officer on the
original "Star Trek"
107 Illusory
109 Molson and others
110 Jerks
112 Sticks in the mud
114 Former first lady
116 Shirley Temple title
role
117 The daring pool shark

123 only (sans
pictures)
124 Besides
125 Wedding exchange
126 Deserted
127 Inexperienced
128 She had a 1980 #1 hit
with "Upside Down"
129 Child spoiler?
130 Eminent

Down
1 Word to a dog


2 Hockey's 1967 Calder
Trophy winner
3 Years
4 Excursion or Xterra, for
short
5 Crawl (with)
6 Unprincipled
7 Mar
8 Went one-on-one
9 Patty Hearst captors, in
brief
10 Secure
11 Italian journalist Fallaci
12 Certain muscle
13 For the prescribed time
14 The clever busboy ...
15 Prefix with resin
16 Spots on peacock
feathers
17 Vividness
18 __Lupin, the Prince of
Thieves
24 Center
25 "My Cousin Vinny" star
30 Violin stroke symbolized
by aV
31 Ballroom dance
32 1940's-50's All-Star
pitcher Blackwell
33 Smooth
35 Burdened
37 Caffeine source
41 Alabama senator of the
1970's-90's
42 Pressure
44 The artistic lawyer ...
48 chi
49 Where life jackets may
be stored
50 Auto parts
52 Decent, as accommoda-
tions
53 Popular card game
54 "Wanna ?"
56 Mend
57 To be in Paree
58 Progeny
60 See 121-Down


83 Up to
84 Craft
85 Jazzman who played
"Boogie Woogie on The
St. Louis Blues"
91 Devilish laugh
93 Obloquy
95 "The Little Mermaid"
villainess
96 Phony
97 Kind of information
98 Sanitation worker, at
times
99 Three-time Gold Glove
winner Manny
100 Trouble


101 War group
102 Kevin formerly of
"S.N.L."
103 Small turnover
108 Vietnam War Memorial
designer
111 Singer Adams
113 Scans
115 Richard of "Pollyanna"
118 Racket
119 _-mo
120 Angry
121 With 60-Down, eventu-
ally
122 "The Mary Tyler Moore
Show" character
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