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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map in this edition, page 18.


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'The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992" Volume 11, No. 8, Jan. 1, 2003 FREE



Islander of Year 2002: Billie Martini


Special 'Islander' delivery
Former Holmes Beach Commissioner Billie Martini
received a recognition plaque from the city for her
contribution to the successful completion of the
acquisition of Grassy Point Preserve. It was
Martini's vision that the property become a public
preserve that started the acquisition process. Is-
lander Photo: Bonner Joy


Billie Martini is just our cup of tea. She exempli-
fies the charm and character of Anna Maria Island, the
place that we've all come to love and, as a result, she
is Islander of the Year for 2002.
Martini came to the Island in 1944 and resided in
Bradenton Beach for 16 years. After college, she mar-
ried and, with her husband, opened the first motor
court on the Island.
She has been a Holmes Beach resident for 32 years
and has had various jobs, including clerk in charge of
the city's post office, bookkeeper of the Karel Water
Company, and billing clerk and teacher's aide at Anna
Maria Elementary School. She is now retired and is a
member of Save Anna Maria Inc.
Bunny Garst, who led the crusade with members
of SAM against the proposed Anna Maria
"megabridge" replacement, said Martini was "in it
from the beginning. She went to the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection it's really how
we got them on our side."
She also went to the Florida Department of Trans-
portation and Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Plan-
ning Organization meetings, Garst said. "She went to
all the meetings, went once or twice to attorney meet-


ings. I don't know how she did it because I know she
was not in the best of health."
Garst said Martini focused on the environmental
impacts, the seagrasses and the manatees in relation to
the bridge and "she was the person who got in touch
with Save the Manatees. She arranged for [biologist]
Dr. Dave Tomasko to come look at the grasses and
even provided a boat for that. It was instrumental in our
success."
She contributed funding, too, said Garst. "She
stayed active doing anything she could do. She was a
godsend."
She was elected to the Holmes Beach City Com-
mission in 1993 for one two-year term. At that time,
she said she would be a voice for the people on the
commission. "I believe the present commission has
done an admirable job but, as happens so often, when
the citizens do not take active participation, the com-
mission will vote their own way," she said.
She stood firmly on the issue of consolidation of
the three Island cities. "I am not for Island incorpora-
tion, but for cooperation within the Island," she said.
PLEASE SEE MARTINI, PAGE 5


'Major' announcement on Perico expected Friday


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Attorney Dan Lobeck, who represents ManaSota-
88 and Concerned Citizens of Manatee County in sepa-
rate lawsuits against the City of Bradenton and the
planned Arvida condominium complex on Perico Is-
land, said he will have an announcement this week on
the future of that litigation.
Lobeck, however, declined to discuss specifics
when contacted Monday, but the deadline for filing
further legal action on behalf of ManaSota-88 to con-
tinue that case is Jan. 3, 2003.
In June, Lobeck had said Arvida appeared ready to
drop pursuit of its project.
At that time, Lobeck said Bradenton City Attorney


Bill Lisch had indicated to him that Arvida "does not
have a present interest in pushing the litigation for-
ward."
Lobeck said, however, that in the absence of an
out-of-court settlement offer and agreement, he was
proceeding with the two lawsuits and had to show
"some activity" every year in the cases. Otherwise, a
judge could throw the case out of court, and then
Arvida could have free rein to proceed without further
legal hassles.
While Lobeck said his clients don't want to tie up
the lawsuit in the court system, they also don't want
Arvida to develop the project. Lobeck, however, would
be happy if Arvida just threw in the towel.
"Arvida could abandon the development and ap-


Sandpiper still short of shares


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Gordon Cleland of the Sandpiper Mobile Resort
Homeowners Association in Bradenton Beach remains
upbeat and confident he and the other 175 residents of
the trailer park won't be looking for a new home come
Jan. 27.
That's the deadline the park's owner, the Vorbeck
Corp., has set for the residents to come up with $9.6
million to purchase the property. Otherwise, Vorbeck
plans to sell to a development company that will likely
evict the residents, tear down the park and build a con-
dominium complex.
Approximately $9 million has been raised through
the sale of shares in the homeowner's corporation that
would own and operate the park as a money making
business if the residents are successful.
"It would be a shame not to make it with us this
close," said Cleland, who is president of the associa-
tion.
Once the goal is met, the resort is safe and even
those current residents who could not afford to pay the


nearly $60,000 for a share will be able to continue rent-
ing in Sandpiper.
"This is a great value for Island living," said
Cleland. "You can pick up a home here anywhere from
$10,000 to $90,000. Even with the share purchase and
your home price, you can still get Island living under
$100,000. The average home here in the park is selling
for around $25,000 to $30,000," he said, compared to
$250,000 to $400,000
"There's no question people are still coming in to
look, but I'm still concerned. Some real estate compa-
nies like Century 21 have jumped in and really plugged
the place. Others just don't seem to care, and we are
still short of our goal," he said.
If the association doesn't meet the Jan. 27 deadline,
Cleland said he will ask for an extension because nearly
90 percent of the money has been raised.
"I'm confident we'll make our goal. I can't afford
not to be confident. The crime would be if 200 people
lost their homes. No one wants to see that."
For further information on Sandpiper, call Gordon
or Mary Cleland at 779-1343.


proach us to settle the case. That would mean they
agree the development judgment was invalid," he said
in June.
Efforts to reach Lisch or Bradenton Mayor Wayne
Poston for comment were unsuccessful prior to press
deadline.
Glen Compton of ManaSota-88 said it was "en-
couraging" that Arvida may no longer be interested in
the Perico Island project, but his group would continue
the lawsuit.
PLEASE SEE PERICO, PAGE 5


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Islands' bird count discounted by weather


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Winds and cold drove many birds out of sight into
shelter, but still Audubon counters sighted 5,163 of them
during the annual Christmas count on the Gulf Circle.
The circle is Anna Maria Island, Cortez and north
Longboat Key, and 22 volunteers in six groups covered
the territory. Ordinarily they would have counted on
Egmont and Passage keys, but the water was too rough
for their 26-foot catamaran, said Charles Pead.
He is a longtime stalwart of the Manatee County
Audubon Society and a birdwatcher of experience and
fame. He said the count this year is about 3,000 shy of
a "good" year, when 8,000 birds is the norm.
The extent of the wind's effect on the birds was
evident in the almost total absence of gulls on the
beaches, he said. They took shelter in mangroves and
were very hard to spot.


The effect was much less on pelicans 884 brown
pelicans were tallied, many of them on the sheltered
Kitchen or Cortez Key in Sarasota Bay south of
Cortez. There were 109 white pelicans, too.
Away from. the beaches, the counters found 450
laughing gulls and 217 black skimmers, that little
swifty that skims the surface with its mandible in the
water and when it feels something there, zooms up and
turns to snatch up lunch.
There were 177 fish crows, a nemesis of other
birds. It grabs the offspring of nesting birds and is
invulnerable to normal controls, Pead said. "We
can't fire weapons to scare it, that's illegal within
city limits. They bunch up and make a whole lot of
noise that's the 'ah-ah' you hear so often. They're
somewhat less noisy than crows, but not much less.
That 'ah-ah' certainly disturbs other birds."
Within the 62 species spotted were 275 great


egrets, three gannets and a roseate spoonbill, seldom
seen this far from its inland habitat.
There were 561 starlings, 276 Eurasian collared
doves, 15 osprey, one Cooper's hawk, one kestrel, one
merlin. Less lovely and more numerous were vultures:
132 turkey vultures and 13 blacks.
There were 178 rock doves, or pigeons, and six of
the reddish egrets that dance in the shallows to stir up
lunch.
No eagles were spotted this year, which was no
surprise to Pead. The eagle travels five miles from its
nest, he said, and there aren't trees tall and strong
enough on the Island for an eagle nest; nests measure
three to six feet in diameter and are quite heavy. Like
many mainlanders, eagles only visit the Island to fish.
Also absent, also no surprise to Pead, were wood-
land birds, for this area doesn't have the space they
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By Rick Catlin
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Manatee County Health Department officials last
week issued their second water-quality advisory in two
weeks for the waters off Bayfront Park in Anna Maria,
this time for the north portion of the park. A similar
warning was issued two weeks ago for waters off the
southern section of the park.
Tom Larkin of the Manatee County Health Depart-
ment said the advisory came after standard tests last
week on the saltwater off the north shore of the park
showed the presence of fecal pollution bacteria above
acceptable levels as recommended by the U.S. Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency.
The advisory for the southern portion of Bayfront
Park remains in effect, Larkin added.
The advisory does not prohibit bathing, but states that
water contact "may pose an increased risk of infectious
disease, particularly for susceptible individuals." Exposure
to the waters may also cause skin rash and infections.
Waters off both north and south sections of the


park will remain under an advisory until average wa-
ter-quality readings in either test area over a five-week
period reach'EPA standards, he said.
Tests were also conducted at various locations at
Coquina Beach and in Bradenton Beach and Holmes
Beach. All of those samples met EPA saltwater stan-,
dards, according to Larkin.
The presence of the bacteria off Bayfront Park may
have come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife,
or human sewage, he said.
Signs were posted at both ends of Bayfront Park
warning the public about the waters, said Larkin. No
signs were visible last Friday, but recent high winds
may have blown the signs down, he added.
Larkin said it's not likely anyone will be bathing
at Bayfront Park anytime soon because of the current
water temperature and cold weather, but issuing the
advisory for any location is standard procedure with
above-average readings.
Further tests for Bayfront Park waters were sched-
uled for either Dec. 30 or 31, Larkin said.


'Extravaganza' seeking sponsors, auction items
"Island Extravaganza," Rotary's January gaming Drive, Bradenton Beach. Rotary's Don Fernald, 779-
treat, needs table sponsors and items to be auctioned, 0329; Jim Dunne, 778-4060; and Ambrose, 778-5274,
said Nancy Ambrose of the Anna Maria Island Rotary also have tickets for sale, along with further informa-
Club. tion on the Extravaganza.
The event from 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at In addition to a buffet dinner, door prizes, live band
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, and a silent auction, the admission tickets also provide
Holmes Beach, will be "an evening of fun, food and chips for the games.
drink, music and prizes," Ambrose promised. Silent auction items already include Executive
It will feature 14 Monte Carlo-style gaming tables Limo ride and dinner for four at Ooh La La! European
for which sponsors are sought at $200 per table. Tick- Bistro in Holmes Beach, party aboard a Galati yacht,
ets to Extravaganza at $30 are already on sale at a Regal cruise, six hours of fishing with Capt. Jim Jack,
Ginny's Antiques & Art, 5600 Marina Drive, Holmes dinner at P.J.'s, getaway at Sunset Beach Motel, so-
Beach; Island Middle School, 8605 Gulf Drive, journ at Bridgewalk resort, bracelet from Sterling An-
Holmes Beach; The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, vil, six months of pet grooming at Bark and Meow. and
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Meetings

Anna Maria City
Jan. 7,.6 p.m., special meeting oh'parking.
Jan. 8, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Enhancement and
Education Committee meeting.
Jan. 9, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
Jan. 2, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: dis-
cussion of delinquent sanitation invoices, discussion of
interlocal agreement with Manatee County regarding
Coquina Beach Services, discussion on sponsored-
theme government vehicles, presentation on multi-use
path, discussion on policy and procedures, re-appoint-
ment of Joe Garbus to planning and zoning board, spe-
cial events request for Bridge Street merchants Jan. 10,
consent agenda and commission reports.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
Jan. 8, 7 p.m., parks and beautification committee
meeting.
Jan. 9, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
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 Jan. 1 for New
Year's Day.
There will be no yard waste or recyclable collection on
Wednesday, Jan. 1, in Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach
and Longboat Key; the alternate pickup day will be Jan.
4. There will be no interruption of service in Bradenton
Beach.

Money raised at the event will go to area charities,
including Special Olympics, the middle school, dictio-
naries for fourth-graders at the Anna Maria Elementary
School, Disaster Survival Tubs and Polio Plus.





Piv,,qatees dt m n ANllon't mourn Gaspaa p e DER

Pivateers don't mourn Gasparilla pirate ouster


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Gasparilla's dumping of other pirates along the
Gulf Coast after the 2003 parade won't make a lot of
difference to Anna Maria Island Privateers, says
Shiprek.


But he expressed sympathy for other piratical
groups that need Gasparilla more than the Privateers do
- and has begun forming plans to give those others an
outlet away from the Tampa parade.
Shipreck is the nom de pirate of Gregory Davidson,
president of the Privateers. He is as laid-back about this


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Gasparilla parade after 2003.


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worry many other people.
He was responding to the decision by Ye Mystic
Krewe of Gasparilla, the club that founded Tampa's
parade, to exclude other pirate-garbed organizations
from the cavalcade's centennial edition in 2004.
Ye Mystic Krewe runs and funds the parade every
year, and has admitted many of the 35 krewe-like out-
fits around the state to participate in the costumed
event, including the Privateers.
It was organized by 40 Tampa businessmen in
1904 and has had a parade nearly every year since. In
1991, when the parade was to coincide with the Super
Bowl in Tampa, public controversy erupted over the
krewe's all-white, all-male membership.
Ye Mystic Krewe canceled the festivities rather
than knuckle under to public pressure. After the City of
Tampa staged its own parade, the krewe in 1992 admit-
ted its first black members and launched a bigger, more
colorful Gasparilla.
Exclusion won't mean much to his corsairs, said
Shiprek (that's his spelling, and it's his name, and there
you are).
"It's a nice parade," he said, "gives us a lot of ex-
posure. We've enjoyed being part of it but it's not
something we can't get along without.
"We have a lot of other things to do. We're in an
average 20 parades a year, including three of our own
on the Island. We work the year around."
It's different with many of the pirate-founded
groups, he said some don't have many other func-
tions except Gasparilla. "I feel sorry for them, they'll
likely be out in the cold.
"I'm thinking of inviting them here for our parades,
give them some exposure and bring some free-spend-
ing visitors to Anna Maria. Everybody wins, that way."
The Privateers' main events include parades at Christ-
mas and Fourth of July and big kids affair for Snooks
Adams Kids Day.
Pointing out that "we've been pirates for 35 years
and more," Davidson said "we won't be changing our
pirate clothes or our ship or our programs for
Gasparilla. Not hardly."


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Martini Islander of Year
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She sought numerous recreational opportunities for
city and Island residents, including an offer to fund a.
Community pool, a fountain at Holmes Beach City Hall
and, at one time, offered a park plan for the Holmes
Beach city property that included trees and shaded ar-
eas: with park benches for relaxation along Flotilla
Drive,, a playground for young persons, and her sought-
. ,after public swimming pool.
Although those pursuits did not see.reality (don't
count them out, she'll tell you) her finest achievement may
be the realization of the Grassy Point Preserve. Located
on the bayfront on Anna Maria Sound in the 3600 block
of East Bay Drive (opposite. Shells and Walgreens), the
undeveloped area was eyed by Martini for preservation.
It is a pristine mangrove area with a small canal
that can handle canoes from the bay, said Martini at the
time. The project became her "baby."
Holmes Beach took its first giant step toward purchas-
ing the 37 acres of mangroves in 1998 when it formally
asked the state to buy the land and preserve it as a wetland,
protect it from development and use it passively as a na-
ture park, with boardwalks and nature trails.
Martini said "it had been in my mind for several
years" that development should be prevented in the area,
which is the last large undeveloped waterfront parcel in the
city. Martini enlisted help from the Manatee County Trails
Committee and the city and anyone who would listen
to her pleas to preserve the property.
Another achievement to her credit is the play pa-
vilion at the Anna Maria Elementary School, a result
of her many teacher's aide hours at the school. She
knew all too well that the children needed outdoor rec-
reation but that the sun and the temperature and rain
were not always conducive and, of course, the
school lacked a gymnasium. Martini envisioned the
sheltered play area and donated the funding to make
that a reality as well.


Perico announcement this week
"CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"Some further court action must be filed by Jan. 3,
.2003," said Compton. "We justhave to show activity
every year. We are continuing the lawsuit, but the best


Tarpon 'martini'
This 122-pound tarpon outweighed the diminutive
fisher Billie Martini at 98 pounds and five feet, five
inches in 1953. She is pictured here at the Bradenton
Beach dock with her catch (from Sarasota Bay) and
husband Bob.
Martini was also recognized in 1997 with a "Pride
in Community" award from the Holmes Beach Civic
Association.
Thanks, Billie Martini. Thanks for your love of Anna
Maria Island. It wouldn't be the same without you.


news would be if they came to the conclusion not to
proceed."
Opponents of the Arvida-Perico Island develop-
ment have cited the environmental damage of the
project, the impact another 2,000 residents would have
on State Road 64 (Manatee Avenue), the Anna Maria
Bridge and the Island infrastructure, not to mention the
prospect of Island residents waking up every morning
to see 10-story condominiums rising over Perico Island
instead of a Florida sunrise.

Arvida-Perico Island
born in controversy
The battle over the Arvida-Perico Island develop-
ment started in 1998, soon after the City of Bradenton
annexed the land into the city limits. That effectively
removed any development project on the island from
having to pay Manatee County impact fees, or conform
to the county's height restrictions, density require-
ments, or other land-use regulations.
Bradenton then approved the Arvida project in
rapid-fire fashion, granting planning and zoning ap-
proval on April 11, 2000, and city council approval a
month later.
Legal challenges began almost immediately and
Florida's Department of Community Affairs has al-
ready sided with Bradenton and Arvida with regard to
compliance of the city's approval for the project.
The Concerned Citizens of Manatee County filed
a lawsuit claiming that the Arvida project does not fit
with Bradenton's master development plan. Another
lawsuit against the project was filed by ManaSota-88
over environmental issues.
Arvida has said it plans to build 898 luxury con-
dominiums on 353 acres on the northern peninsula of
Perico Island. The project calls for 130 three-story
townhomes, four six-story buildings, five seven-story
buildings, and five 10-story buildings.


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Madam Cleo accent, and share with us the Island future
for the new year.
Will the Perico Island development by Arvida go
by the wayside? Will Island real estate prices continue
the dramatic upward trend? Will the new Duffy's Tav-
ern serve iced tea and potato salad when it reopens
opposite Holmes Beach City Hall at 5808 Marina
Drive?
Will residents in Anna Maria continue to bicker?
Will the Bradenton Beach commission find itself fur-
ther at odds? Will Holmes Beach commissioners ac-
cede to a city manager/administrator?
Will any of the proposed city's charter government
changes and revisions be approved?
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, maybe, not likely, but keep
in mind that Islanders don't want anything to "change."
What will become of the vacant land on the north
side of Perico Island? When has Island real estate ever
lost value? Do we really care what Duffy's serves as
long as the cheeseburgers are the same, the beer is cold
and the hype is over?
As far as the bickering goes, well folks, that's Is-
land life. If history is apt to repeat itself elsewhere, why
not here? The residents within the cities disagree, be-
tween the cities they disagree, and the one sure thing
they all disagree about is Island consolidation. And
that's nothing new.
We have no lack of interesting subjects and people.
As the calendar changes, we're reminded that our past
is filled with colorful stories from many interesting
people and many have since passed.
One top storytellers come to mind quickly, such as
the late Wyatt Blassingame, who was widely published
and came here with his family long before most in the
mid-1930s.
Blassingame holds our attention through the years
with one simple quote that manages to explain most of
the comings and goings of folks on the Island.
In a short story published in 1956, he wrote, "
No one [on Anna Maria Island] paid the slightest atten-
tion to what I wrote, with the exception of one story.
In the opening paragraph of this one was the statement
that: 'If you unscrew a screwball anywhere in the
United States, blindfold him, turn him around twice
and turn him loose, he'll wind up in Anna Maria."'
The story title: "Anna Maria, I love you."
The love affair continues for "Islanders" in 2003.
And we're pleased to wind up here with you!
Happy New Year.


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Resignation explained
To my fellow citizens of Holmes Beach:
I thank all of you for allowing me to serve as a
member of the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautifica-
tion Committee, though at this time I am resigning
my position.
Unfortunately without the cooperation and sup-
port of a compatible city council, I feel this commit-
tee shall never be recognized with any respect. I
truly feel that the Holmes Beach Parks and our city
government have led the beautification committee
astray. We as a group were defined as a fact-finding
committee, yet the city commissioners apparently
never took the facts we found and presented to heart.
The hard work and diligence of this committee
seems to have been taken for granted by those who
asked us to serve them. The Holmes Beach Parks and
Beautification Committee members are assumed to
commit hundreds of volunteer hours a year for ad-
vising and directing the city council toward the
beautification of our city. Yet when personal agen-
das of the city council members reign above ou" de-
cisions the whole purpose of this committee be-
comes moot.
For several years the committee has researched,
studied and planned for a gazebo to be located on the
Holmes Beach city campus area. I know that every
member of this committee has worked in some man-
ner to provide a feasible plan for the location and
construction for this structure.
Funds for the proposed gazebo were to have
been provided to Holmes Beach from a grant issued
by the (Florida) Department of Environmental Pro-
tection. City employees worked long and hard to
secure this grant. Emily Anne Smith donated plans,
JMS Environmental was willing to landscape this
project for the cost of materials, and local contrac-
tor J.M. Faarup submitted the low bid for the con-
struction.
Yet the Holmes Beach City Commission refused


to accept this grant because they did not know the
exact location of the gazebo. The Parks and Beauti-
fication Committee had sent our recommendations
as per the location of the gazebo to the city council
only to be told to find another site because of the
now pending skate park.
Being a person that was blessed to have been
raised on this Island and an avid skateboarder from
days gone by, I now feel that a skateboard park that
might at best serve 300 Holmes Beach youths will
doom a gazebo that could benefit the entire Island.
I sincerely hope that my presence and input on
the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Commit-
tee has served everyone well.
Jim Sardegna, Holmes Beach


Leave us as we are
The current beach access controversy reminds
me somewhat of analogous events in the 1960s and
'70s, two periods when we took our children and
grandchildren tent camping at Lake Arrowhead,
north of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The property is now a first-class resort. Granted
it was a private park. bear with me.
The rules were posted in the entrance, those that
could not comply "leave at next exit." They ran a
tight ship, motorcycles were to be only used into and
out of the area. No teenagers without adults, etc.
Gates closed at 11 p.m., then you walked in. Keep in
mind tent camping, no RVs.
Some drove brand new Cadillacs pulling Apache
trailers, some came in beat-up pickups with Army
surplus tents. The dominating factor was family,
with a core set of values.
This to me is my Anna Maria Island. Wealth is
not the factor, if such was the case I would be long
gone.
Please come out but do not change our lifestyle.
Marty Higgins, Anna Maria


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Father Ellis appears on '60 Minutes'


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Father John Ellis of St. Bernard Catholic Church in
Holmes Beach has become somewhat of a television
celebrity on the Island following an appearance by him
and his wife on a segment of the CBS Television show
"60 Minutes" that aired Dec. 22.
Father Ellis was originally an Episcopal minister
who became a Roman Catholic priest. Although he was
married at the time of his conversion, he was allowed
to enter the Catholic priesthood due to a change in
church policy in 1981 that allows already married men
to become priests.
The program interviewed several married priests
and their spouses and discussed their lives as married
couples within the church. Father Ellis and wife Bur-
gess Ann were interviewed by Morley Safer of 60 Min-
utes.
The segment did not state Father Ellis was in
Holmes Beach, only that he was at a church in Florida.
Safer and the 60 Minutes film crew came to Anna
Maria last Easter to film the segment, Father Ellis said.
The Dec. 22 show was actually a re-run, he said,
as the original aired about a month ago.
Father Ellis has been a Catholic priest since 1989
and at St. Bernard since 1997.
Prior to entering the Episcopal priesthood, he was


Father John Ellis of St. Bernards Catholic Church in
Holmes Beach and his wife, Burgess Ann, recently
appeared on a segment of the CBS television program
60 Minutes. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
a radio disc jockey and worked in retail sales in Or-
lando for a number of years.
"I was in my 30s before I decided to enter seminary
school," said Father Ellis. "It's been great and I've
never regretted my decision" to become a priest, then
convert to the Roman Catholic religion.
He and his wife have two children and three grand-
children.


Thieves struck at a 38th Street residence in Holmes
Beach recently, but weren't interested in any interior
contents. Instead, they completely removed a nearly
new 1.5-ton Trane air-conditioning unit valued at
$2,000 from its outdoor platform.
"It seemed very much a professional job," said
property owner Fred Torres. "It would take at least two
men to carry that unit, and they knew what wires to cut
and re-tape. I don't know for sure, but my guess is it
was someone shopping for that specific unit," he said.
The men were probably driving around Holmes
Beach for several days looking for that model and size


of Trane condenser because the unit will only work
with the corresponding air handling system in a struc-
ture, Torres said.
He and his family have been coming to Holmes
Beach since the 1930s and have owned property for
about 40 years on the Island, and now he's worried that
crime is creeping onto the Island and thieves are tar-
geting vacant rental properties.
"It's very worrisome. It's the first time anything
like this has ever happened. We've never had anything
stolen before," Torres said.
He was also disappointed that Holmes Beach Police


Parks member resigns
In the wake of the Holmes Beach City
Commission's failure to move forward with the
proposed gazebo plans presented by the parks and
beautification committee, Jim Sardegna announced
his resignation from that committee.
Sardegna, owner of JMS Environmental, has
served on the committee for two years and during
that time he said he has "heard numerous arguments
of gazebos versus pavilions and pavilions versus
gazebos."
According to Sardegna, it is petty differences
such as this that led to the demise of the gazebo
project.
The city turned away $97,500 in grant money
slated for the proposed gazebo at a special meeting
Dec. 18 because some city commissioners believed
they did not have an adequate amount of informa-
tion from the committee regarding its plans.
Sardegna defended the beautification commit-
tee, stating that it has done everything in its power
to resolve any issues brought forward concerning
the gazebo status.
"To me, it seems the best interest of this com-
munity might have been better served by commu-
nication and compromise rather than unwillingness
to resolve differences between commissioners," he
said.
"I commend my fellow committee members for
their hard work and dedication towards the im-
provement of our city. We are truly blessed by the
services provided by Public Works Superintendent
Joe Duennes and parks and beautification Chairman
Jim Gloth," Sardegna said.
"These two men have served us well beyond
anyone's greatest expectations. It is much to my
dismay that the hard work of applying for and pur-
suing grants will all be for naught."

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PAGE 8 0 JAN. 1, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER


INS cloud hanging over Brits, Canadians, others


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Charles English of Leeds in Great Britain has been
a Holmes Beach property owner for 12 years and he
enjoys his winter vacations on Anna Maria Island of
anywhere from a few weeks to several months.
But under rules proposed by the U.S. Immigration
and Naturalization Service in April 2002, following the
events of 9/11, English and other foreign visitors could
be restricted to a 30-day maximum stay within any 12-
month period.
The proposed restrictions would apply not just to
U.K. citizens, but also those from a number of other
"friendly" countries such as Canada, Germany and
Holland, all with large contingents of winter visitors to
the Island and Bradenton area.
If the new rules are enacted, the economic effect on
the Island could be devastating, said English.
"Those rules would influence my future on the Is-
land and I'm sure other Brits would look elsewhere to,
buy property, like in Spain," said English.
"Right now, I enjoy this Island but many people in
Britain wouldn't want to visit or buy here if they can
only come for 30 days."
English said the INS needs to understand that
everybody's situation is different.
"We're not terrorists," he said. "Britain is
America's strongest ally and I think the INS needs to
think about that."
Indeed, said Peter Stanhope of the Orlando-based
Florida Brits Club. Many of the 50,000 Brits who own
property in Florida would likely sell out and buy in
another country if the rules are enacted.
"Will people want to fly nine and a half hours, ar-
rive jet-lagged and time-lagged, then have to argue
their way into Florida for a six-month or six-week stay
at property they already own?" he asked.
"Our members are people who have bought houses
in Florida to enjoy the sunshine. They are not terror-
ists," he added.
These people pay Florida taxes, they hire people to
work in and around their homes, and they spend a lot
of money in Florida, said Stanhope. They don't want
to be told they can only stay for 30 days, he said.
He doesn't think a low-level INS officer should
make a determination on how long a British citizen
who owns property in Florida can stay.
The proposed rule doesn't actually limit every
visitor to the United States to a 30-day stay, but the
burden will be on the visitor to explain to an INS
officer upon entry why he or she needs longer than


Canadians who regularly come to the Island
for winter visits and those who own property here
can relax a little.
A proposed "Smart Border Accord" between
the United States and Canadian governments
may supersede any proposed INS regulations re-
quiring Canadians to prove they need more than
a 30-day tourist visa.
In addition, representatives of the Canadian
Snowbird Association appeared before a U.S.
House of Representatives committee in June to
lobby against the 30-day proposal. Following that
appearance, the INS was directed to send a letter
to the Canadian government stating that eligible
Canadians would continue to receive a six-month
visa to visit the United States.
A Canadian Embassy official in Washington,
D.C., said the two governments have been work-
ing on the SBA since the new INS regulations
were proposed in April.


30 days to complete business, even if that business
is a vacation.
"One person in line might get six months with no
problem, while another person in a different line would
only get 30 days," said Stanhope.
"People just aren't going to come and visit for the
winter under those restrictions and they are not going
to buy property" under the threat of that restriction,
Stanhope said.
And while many Canadians who regularly visit the
Island in winter and own property on the Island think
the new rules would not apply to them because of a
strong Canadian government protest to the INS last
April, that's not exactly the case, according to INS
spokesperson Barbara Gonzalez in Miami.
If the new rules are adopted, no country would be
on any "exempt" list, she said, at least at present.
Gonzalez emphasized, however, that "these are just
proposed rules and are subject to a public comment
period prior to becoming final."
Nothing is final and entry into the United States by
visitors will continue under the current INS rules, she
said.
"I think any change to the current policy to give


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Once approved, Canadians entering the United
States would fall under different regulations than the
current 30-day proposal, the official said.
Her understanding is that both sides are work-
ing together on the SBA to make the U.S.-Cana-
dian border more difficult to cross for suspected
terrorists, but at the same time not overly restric-
tive for genuine visitors and those who own prop-
erty or businesses in the United States
However, no accord has yet been reached be-
tween the two governments, the official said.
"I would say there is still some concern [about
the INS proposal], but it appears a separate agree-
ment between the United States and Canada on
our common border will eventually be reached."
Canada is America's largest trading partner
and more Canadians visit the United States annu-
ally than any other country. At the same time, the
main segment of the Canadian tourist economy is
American visitors.


Canadians only 30 days in the United States would be
devastating to the Island, Florida and U.S. economy,"
said one Canadian property owner on the Island.
"There was such an outcry last April and there
would be another if the rule is passed. I don't think
Canadians would be interested in buying property on
the Island as an investment or for retirement if they
could only stay here 30 days," the property owner said.
"Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail at the INS,"
he concluded.
Opponents of the INS proposals, including the
Toronto-based Canadian Snowbirds Association,
have found an ally in Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the
state's real estate and tourism industries, already
reeling from the 10 to 20 percent decline in visitors
following 9/1 1.
Bush sent the INS and brother George a message
in April that while he "supports, as do all Floridians,
every reasonable effort to ensure our citizens are pro-
tected from terrorist activities, we must not impose
unreasonable restrictions on the millions of interna-
tional visitors who come to this country."
A spokesperson at Visit Florida, the state's official
tourism agency, said millions of foreign nationals visit
Florida every year and the loss of even 10 or 20 percent
of that spending power would be "devastating" to the
Florida economy.
At this time, however, "we understand the propos-
als have not been implemented and may never be," the
spokesperson said.
Mike Norman of Mike Norman Realty in Holmes
Beach said approximately 30 percent of all real estate
inquiries at his office are from non-U.S. residents and
that figure is probably true throughout the Island.
Real estate broker John Michaels, who has had a
large number of clients from Germany, agreed with that
figure, but noted that inquiring visitors from Germany
to the Island seem to be down this year.
With a favorable exchange rate in Europe, he said
"We should have had an upturn in Germans purchas-
ing property on Anna Maria Island and that hasn't hap-
pened this year."
Michaels, who lived in Germany more than 20
years before returning to the United States, said Ger-
mans are wary of purchasing property on the Island
until they know exactly what the INS rules are.
"'There needs to be a clear statement from the INS.
Germans won't buy here until they know how long
they can stay."
Stanhope, who owns a real estate company in Or-
lando, agreed. Nervous Brits are calling him "almost
daily," wondering what the rules are and whether or not
they should sell now. Needless to say, he's not getting
a lot of new inquiries this year from British investors
looking to buy Florida property.
If the INS adopts the 30-day maximum stay rule
for visitors, the flow of British citizens along with those
from other countries such as Canada, Holland and
France to the United States and Anna Maria Island
could slow to a trickle or dry up completely, Stanhope
said.


U.S.-Canadian governments

working on border accord





THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 1, 2003 IRPAGE 9


Resolution for Island Starter before commission in city


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach City Commission will con-
sider whether or not to approve a resolution to allow
Island Starter and Alternator to continue operating its
business on Avenue C.
Business owner William Carlbert already com-
plied with the city's Dec. 1 deadline to take down the
outdoor lift that was being used to facilitate auto re-
pairs at the location.
The city's second requirement was that Carlbert
operate the majority of his business within his unit at
3014 Avenue C.
Carlbert asked the commission at a recent work
session to reconsider the language of the resolution
and determine what constitutes "work" within the
building versus work performed outside.
According to Carlbert, he can't access a vehicle from
inside his shop. Due to the configuration of the building,
he can't open the car doors when it is in the garage.
Carlbert has agreed to provide an appropriate buffer
to the adjoining residential properties and would like the
commission to allow him to continue removing auto parts
from vehicles outside his shop, repair them inside the
shop, and put them back in the vehicle outside.
Commissioner Roger Lutz told Carlbert he should
consider relocating his business. "You want to oper-
ate an auto repair business in a building you can't open
the car in. I don't know any other shop where you


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can't work on a car inside. At some level don't you
think you need to relocate? This building doesn't seem
to work. God almighty!"
Lutz also questioned why it now seemed that 90
percent of the work would need to be done outside,
when he was under the previous impression that all or
most of it could be done inside.
Carlbert said that most of his work does not need
to be done outside, although some of it does, and he is.
making an effort to screen his business so that it isn't
considered an eyesore. But at the same time, he points


Holmes Beach reappoints
city attorney
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mously voted to continue their contract with the
law firm of Dye, Deitrich, Prather, Petruff and
St. Paul for legal services.
Starting January 2003 the city will pay an
hourly rate of $140 for basic city matters,
amounting to a $5 increase over last year's
hourly rate. Litigation fees, which are $145 per
hour, will remain the same.
According to City Attorney Patricia Petruff,
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the city's most intense commercial use.
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens suggested the
commission give Carlbert a chance to live up to his word.
City Attorney Patricia Petruff advised that there is
a revocation clause in the resolution, but she believes
it will be difficult to police something as subjective as
how much work Carlbert is actually doing outside.
The commission will meet again at 7 p.m. Jan. 14.

Miller resigns from code board
Anna Maria City Commission candidate
DuLaurence "Duke" Miller has resigned his position as
a member of the city's code enforcement board to
avoid any possible conflict of interest with his candi-
dacy for the city commission.
Miller sent a letter to Mayor SueLynn on Dec. 20
stating that in the absence of any other advice, he was
resigning from the board.
The board was scheduled for a Jan. 20 meeting to
discuss possible changes in two city ordinances that
have given Code Enforcement Officer Gerry Rathvon
some enforcement problems.
SueLynn said she hoped to name a replacement
before the next meeting.
Other candidates for the two city commission seats
available in the Feb. 11 elections are current City Com-
missioner Linda Cramer and former commission can-
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Civic association meets Jan. 4
The Holmes Beach Civic Association will host
Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
Executive Director Mike Guy and Assistant Director
Mike Howe at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, with coffee
and snacks available starting at 10 a.m.
The MPO pair will discuss the function of the re-
gional transportation planning organization as well as
the Island Transportation Planning Organization. All
are welcome.
The meeting will take place at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Further
information is available at 778-4366.

Harvey Church adding
Sunday morning service
Harvey Memorial Community Church in
Bradenton Beach is adding an 8 o'clock Sunday morn-
ing worship service to its regular schedule, starting Jan.
5.
The Rev. Bill Grossman, pastor, said the 8 a.m.
service will be a bit shorter and more informal than the
9:30 service, which is followed by a coffee hour. The
church is at 300 Church St.
Further information may be obtained by calling
779-1912.

Parliamentary procedure class
A course on parliamentary procedure will be of-
fered at Holmes Beach City Hall from noon to 4 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 10.
The course costs $45 per person and is open to the
community.
During the seminar, students will learn how a mo-
tion is made, the order of business for meetings, vot-
ing information, duties and responsibilities of the com-
mittee chair and members, plus much more.
To register, or for more information, contact Sandy
Haas-Martens at 778-7888. Registration deadline is
Wednesday, Jan. 8.
Holmes Beach City Hall is located at 5801 Marina
Drive.

Public pancake breakfast
Sunday at St. Bernard
St. Bernard Catholic Church will host a public pan-
cake breakfast from 8-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at the
church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
On the mzcenu will be homemade pancakes, sausage,
juice and coffee at $3 for adults, half price for children.
A homemade bake sale will be in conjunction with the
breakfast. Details may be obtained by calling 778-
4769.

Voyles art on display at library
Watercolors and acrylics by Dr. Carl Voyles will
be on exhibit during January at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Voyles"studied medicine at Duke University and
Johns Hopkins. He was a Navy flight surgeon serving
in many parts of the world, and while in the Orient took
up writing and art. He has written several books and
paints on the Island, where he lives with wife Joan
Abrahamson-Voyles.
library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday,
c t 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m.
d Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Writers to hear author Dye
Marguerite Loucks Dye will speak at the Gulf
Coast Writers meeting at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6,
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
She will discuss and sign her new children's book,
"If I Were," a whimsical travelogue of birds, fish and
animals. The meeting is open to the public. Details are
available at 761-9036.

Off Stage Ladies lunch
next Wednesday
The Off Stage Ladies auxiliary of the Island Play-
ers will have a luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307
Snead Island Road, Palmetto.
On the program will be "Opal Moon's Handcrafted
Jewelry." Reservations may be made with and further
information obtained from Marilyn George at 778-
7423 or Marge Ebel at 792-7818.


Woody on the move
Woody Candish's annual art "yard sale," and 15 or
so of his artistic friends and their sale art, moved
from his home in Anna Maria to the Island Shopping
Center this year on Saturday. Woody tells Jeanie
Lane about the event, while Linda Molto's work, in
the background, was a hot seller with bargain prices
ranging from "free to $18" and more for her seri-
graphs. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Cortez sets potluck supper event
A community potluck supper is scheduled in Cortez
for Jan. 10 to "get the latest village news, see winter neigh-
bors and sign up to help the fishing festival."
Mary Fulford Green, community activist, said the
affair is being organized to welcome "snowbirds" back
from their summer up north and to get volunteers for
the Commercial Fishing Festival organized. The festi-
val will be Feb. 15-16.
The potluck will be at the Cortez Community Cen-
ter, 4523 123rd St. Ct. in the village. Details may be
obtained by calling 795-7121.

55-80 and up Islanders
start get-togethers
"Search No More," a casual group for persons 55-
80 years and up, will begin breakfast gatherings
Wednesday morning, Jan. 8, at the Caf6 on the Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The get-acquainted meetings will continue there
every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. for permanent residents
and visitors. No reservations, just show up, said one of
the unit's sponsors. Details may be obtained at 778-
4181.

Books sought for sale at library
Friends of the Island Branch Library are seeking
books, videos, cassette tapes, CDs and other likely
items for the annual book sale on Jan 25.
The donated items will be accepted through Jan. 23
at the library, 5701 Marina Drive; Holmes Beach, dur-
ing normal operating hours 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday
and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thurs-
days, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturdays.
Proceeds will go directly to the library for its facili-
ties and services, said a Friends spokesperson. Details
are available at 778-6341.

Painters demonstrate techniques
Helen DeForge and Barbara Orear will demon-
strate their specialties from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at
Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
DeForge will show the art of porcelain painting of
flowers, for which the state has certified her as a
teacher for 17 years. Orear will demonstrate "creating
memories from photographs."
Further information may be obtained by calling
778-6648.

Writing workshop starts Monday
An informal weekly workshop in creative writing
will have its first session at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6,
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Author and university professor Andrew Clyde
Little will lead the workshop. Cost is $60 for four ses-
sions. Those interested may register and receive further
information by calling 778-1908.


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day, Jan. 3, at the league's gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
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Submissions of artworks will be accepted Thurs-
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try fee $5 per work.
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ger White, 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 7-Feb. 1 1 and
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and Chris Galanopoulos, 6 p.m. Monday Jan. 13-Feb.
17 and Feb. 24-March 3.
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plus $30 lab fee.
Old Masters Methodology Landscape Oil Painting,
Paul Scibilia, Wednesdays Jan. 15-March 5 and March
5-April 23, $96 plus $30 lab fee.
Floorcloth workshop. Elena de la Ville, Thursdays
Feb. 6-March 6, 's plus $15 lab fee.
Four Weeks in Manatee County, April 1-22, $60.
Mosaic Stepping Stones, Sandy French, 9 a.m.-I p.m.
March 1 and 10-11 a.m. Saturday March 15; 9 a.m.-1
p.m. April 1 I and 10-11 a.m. April 12, two-day work-
shop for $60 plus $10 lab fee.
Two ongoing features will continue: Watercolors
with Barb Singer, 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, $13 per
class, and Open Studio with live model, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
every second and fourth Thursday, $5.
Hours at the gallery are 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday-
Friday. Details may be obtained by calling 778-2099.


Reception Friday evening for featured artists


An artists' reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3,
will open the January exhibit at the gallery of the Art-
ists Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
The exhibit of Artists of the Month will feature
photography and three artists: Elizabeth Davies,
Shirley Foor and Richard Stewart.
Organized by the guild, the event is dubbed "First
Friday" and will include open house at several other
shops and galleries in the Island Shopping Center, in-
cluding Island Girl Interiors, Parrot Bay Cafe, Phoenix

Body ball exercise class starting
A body ball class, an exercise course using special
balls of sizes varying according to the height of the
individual, will begin Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
Sherry Fideler will instruct the course meeting at
10:15 a.m. on four consecutive Tuesdays at the Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Cost is $25 for mem-
bers, $35 for nonmembers. BYOB bring your own
ball, which the Center said costs about $20 at stores.
Those interested may register and receive further
information from Fideler at 794-6904.

'Judaism Mini-Versity'
slates two courses
Temple Beth Israel will sponsor a series of lectures
in January on Jewish topics under its "Mini-Versity of
Judaism" program.
The sessions begin at 3 p.m. one day a week for
three weeks beginning Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the
temple, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
The "Mini-versity" program is for members and
nonmembers "who are interested in furthering their
understanding of Judaism," said Rabbi Michael B.
Eisenstat, rabbi of the temple.
On Jan. 8, 15 and 22 Rabbi H. Bruce Ehrmann will
discuss the life and times of his great-grandfather,
Rabbi Samson Wolf Rosenfeld, regarded as the first
reform rabbi.


Frame, Sand Dollar Gifts and Sun & Surf Resortwear.
The guild is also offering a "First Friday" prize for the
"most outrageous hat" worn to the event.
Guild President Phyllis Cogan encouraged riding the
trolley to the event "for fun and for easing parking."
On Monday, Jan. 6, the guild will have its general
meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the An-
nunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive. Holmes Beach. Charles
Townsend will discuss pastel painting, give a demon-
stration and answer questions.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-6694.

Approval of estuary
preserve expected
The Manatee County Commission was ex-
pected to sign an option yesterday to purchase the
483 acres along the shores of the Manatee River and
Perico Bayou known as the Robinson Preserve.
Plans call for the county to tu1,rn the property
into a nature park with trails, hiking, canoeing and
other outdoor activities available.
The price of the property is approximately $10
million with $7.5 million available from a state
grant for the purchase.
At the same time, the commission was to grant
the Robinson family the right to develop 200 other
acres in the area as a public golf and country club
with no housing complement.
The Robinson family originally planned a ma-
jor housing development to surround the club in the
northwest part of the county, but opted instead to
sell the 483 acres to the county to maintain as a na-
ture preserve.


Jan. 9, 16 and 23 Rabbi Peter Kasdan will exam-
ine the commandments that form the basis of Jewish
law in a series titled "A Challenge in Jewish Living -
Creating your Own Mitzvah Law."
Further information may be obtained by calling
383-3428.


Obituaries


Steven 'Buddah' Collier
Steven "Buddah" Collier, 28, of Bradenton, died
Dec. 20.
Born in London, Ohio, Mr. Collier came to
Manatee County from Mechanicsburg, Ohio, in
1980. He was a delivery driver for Pizza Hut on
State Road 70. He performed in community theater
at Island Players and Manatee Community College.
He was Baptist.
Visitation was Dec. 26. Burial will be in Guy Cem-
etery, Rosedale, Ohio. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home,
Cortez Road Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by mother Dinah of Bradenton and
sisters Tiffany Cramer of St. Petersburg and Hawaii
Grimes of Clearwater.

Robert 'Bob' P. O'Bannon Jr.
Robert "Bob" P. O'Bannon Jr., 71, of Bradenton
Beach and formerly of Carmel, Ind., died Dec. 23.
Born in New Albany, Ind., Mr. O'Bannon came


to Manatee County and spent winters here since
1993 and moved here full time three years ago. He
was president of Indiana Telephone Association,
was on the Rochester Indiana Telephone Company
board of directors, and co-owner of the Corydon
Democrat newspaper, Corydon, Ind. He served in
the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Hope
Lutheran Church, Bradenton.
Memorial services were Dec. 28. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to the Lutheran Church-Missouri
Synod, LCMS World Relief-IHuman Care, P.O. Box
66861, St. Louis MO 63166-9810, or to the Salvation
Army, P.O. Box 1179, Bradenton FL 34206. Griffith-
Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of
arrangements.
He is survived by wife Sara:; daughters Christine
McKeon of Carmnel and Rosemary Roberlson of
Lafayette, Ind.: son Robert Paul of St. Louis: sisters
Jane Parker of Plainfield, Ind., Rosamond Sample of
Corydon, and Margaret Fawver of Orange, Calif.: and
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Island for 2002.
Below is Part 1 of the Year in Review. Part 2 will
conclude our "look back" in the edition of Jan. 8.
Happy New Year!

January
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2001. She founded the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society in 1990. A year later, with the help of the three
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bilia to its current site on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria
City. In 2001, with the help of the Anna Maria City
Commission and Commissioner Linda Cramer, the
society was able to relocate the historic Belle Haven
Cottage to historical society (city) property adjacent to
the museum. With more help from the city and appli-
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cracker house.
Tourism down, season hopes up: Island tourism
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Visioning: Holmes Beach was the first city on the
Island to broach the subject of visioningg," a process
of looking 20 or 30 years ahead to determine how and
what the Island would or should look like. As the year
progressed, the other cities would also begin the pro-
cess. In Holmes Beach's case, the issue driving the
matter was the quintessential debate over family/resi-
dential and seasonal/tourist zoning being intermixed.
Trolley stop sign: Islanders were presented with
a revised sign for the 70-plus trolley stops which de-
leted a "smiling manatee" symbol that Anna Maria City
officials and residents found objectionable.
Mullet good: The 2001 mullet season ended on an
"unexpectedly good" note for commercial fishers. At
$1 a pound, and with two men frequently castnetting up
to 3,000 pounds a day, some real money was made.
Old Bridge Village OK'd: A condo-office devel-
opment on Bay Drive South in Bradenton Beach was
approved by the city commission before a 70-strong
standing-room-only audience. The project comprised
11 townhouse units and three offices. Owners Harry
Brown and Susan Kehne, and developer David
Teitelbaum, said the project would be less intensive
than if they went in and built elevated houses. Resi-
dents, led by Anna O'Brien, said the project would
bring condominiums into a residential neighborhood.
No flagpole!: Island veterans objected strongly to
a memorial near Coquina Bay Walk. The veterans first
requested Island cities' approval to appear before the
county commission to request the memorial on Leffis
Key. Environmentalists objected, citing the flagpole
and people attending the several ceremonies during the
year would be obtrusive to bird life. County commis-
sioners offered a compromise of a site about.300 feet
away, to which veterans objected.-"It is preferred the
entire project be officially abandoned, with honor,"
veteran Jim Kissick stated.
Bayfront Park a mess: Anna Maria city commis-
sioners and residents objected to the condition of the
county-managed Bayfront Park in the city, citing pot-
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Trolley stop sign: Islanders were presented with
another trolley stop sign logo, this one featuring the
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in part that Benjamin promised to "kick big develop-
ment out of city hall and give it back to the citizens."
Benjamin said he had nothing to do with the flyer.
Condo OK'd: Holmes Beach city commissioners
unanimously approved an 11-unit condo project on the
Gulf of Mexico shore at 64th Street. L Plage still needs
state approval before construction may commence.
Peace Pole: The Anna Maria Island Rotary Club,
in conjunction with the Anna Maria Elementary
School, will purchase a "Peace Pole": a six-sided pole
which proclaims "May peace prevail on earth" in six
languages. It will be dedicated in February.
Grassy Point: A second parcel of Grassy Point in
Holmes Beach was placed under contract, bringing to
33 acres the amount of wetland property to be held for
public use, mostly as a preserve. The property east of
East Bay Drive is mostly mangroves and is being ac-
quired by the Florida Communities Trust.
Trolley stop sign: Bradenton Beach and Holmes
Beach voted for the "smiling manatee" trolley sign;
Anna Maria voted against it. The issue now goes to the
Manatee County Commission for final approval.
Charter changes: Anna Maria and Holmes Beach
charter review commissions began or continued meet-
ings on revising the way government in the cities op-
erate. The process of changing the charter basically
the constitution of the city is expected to take
months and, when completed, needs city commission
approval to place it on the ballot for voter approval or
rejection.
Sandbar fire: Second-story offices of the Sandbar
restaurant in a building adjacent to the restaurant in
Anna Maria City burned, causing an estimated $40,000
in damage.
Max Znika dies: Former Anna Maria Mayor and
Commissioner Max Znika died Jan. 25.

February
Bayfront Park debate continues: Anna Maria
officials began discussing taking over maintenance for
the city-owned Bayfront Park from Manatee County,
arguing the city can maintain the facility better than the
county.
Cortez memorial: A monument to memorialize
commercial fishers was installed in Cortez. The life-
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Anna Maria election results: Anna Maria City
electors selected SueLynn to serve as mayor. She de-
feated Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda 582 to 234. Winning
commission seats without opposition were John Quam
and Chuck Webb. All took office Feb. 14. A whopping
54 percent of registered voters went to the polls.
Oops: Bid proposals to create a bike path along the
northern section of Holmes Beach came in $100,000
more than expected and now total $325,000.
50 years of growing: The Anna Maria Island Gar-
den Club celebrated its 50th year of service.
Still down: Island tourism officials said visitor
arrivals were down about 10 percent in January from
last year. Fear of flying after 9/11 and a sluggish Ca-
nadian dollar were attributed to the downturn in rent-
als.
Booze OK'd: Bradenton Beach officials blessed
alcohol sales at J.C. Gardener's at Bridgewalk on
Bridge Street. The approval was needed due to city
codes that restrict alcohol consumption within 200 feet
of other such establishments. The facility is opposite
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the property itself, commissioners stipulated.
Old Bridge Village: Organizers of the petition
drive to halt construction of the Old Bridge Village
condo-office project in the city presented signatures to
the city commission, which then rejected overturning
its January vote approving the project. The city attor-
ney said a petition-initiative dealing with land-use
matters was "prohibited by state law" and therefore il-
legal. Petition drive organizers said they would take the
city to court to block the project on Bay Drive South.
Dolphin logo for school: Anna Maria Elementary
School selected "Splash," a baby dolphin, as its new
logo and began selling T-shirts with the emblem.

March
Cortez Bridge repairs start: "Routine mainte-
nance" to the Cortez Bridge began, with work expected
to conclude in late July. Total cost of $409,000 will
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Most of the work is to be done from barges, and lane
closures are expected to be minimal and mostly at
night, according to the Florida Department of Trans-
portation.
Beach renourishment: After two months of de-
lays, beach renourishment along 6.2 miles of Anna
Maria Island's Gulf shores began. The $8.9 million
project will pump sand from a single offshore site west
of the north end of the Island to the beach, adding about
250 feet of sandy shoreline from Elm in Anna Maria
south to Bradenton Beach. It was the second beach
renourishment on the Island, and featured the same
dredge, the "Illinois," that did the first project in 1992-
93.
Center land request made: The Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center said it has run into a snag in
raising funds for a $2.5 million expansion of the Anna
Maria City facility and, unless the city gives the Cen-
ter the land upon which it rests, the snag could halt the
project. The Center leases the property from the city.
City commissioners agreed to discuss the matter at a
later date.
Visioning, Bradenton Beach style: Bradenton
Beach officials agreed to go out to bid for consultants
to conduct a visioning process for how the city should
appear 30 years from now.
No flooding here: Two homes in Holmes Beach
received federal funds to flood-proof the structures,
which suffered from repeated losses due to water intru-
sion over the years. The federal funds will cover about
75 percent of the cost of basically elevating the houses.
Peace Pole dedicated: Hundreds of people at-
tended the festivities associated with the dedication of
the "Peace Pole" at Anna Maria Elementary School.
The pole proclaims "May peace prevail on earth" in six
languages.
Moratorium?: Bradenton Beach city commission-
ers approved drafting of an ordinance that would ini-
tiate a six-month moratorium on street vacations, prop-
erty rezonings and comprehensive plan amendments,
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of the 9.15-acre property which constitutes the Sand-
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Beach, offered the property to the mobile home park
residents. Negotiations began on the purchase, with a
price as-yet-to-be determined.
Hovercraft coming?: A St. Petersburg-based
company requested permission to land customers in
Anna Maria City for daytrips. The city commission
agreed to discuss the matter.
Cortez schoolhouse plans revealed: The 1912-
built Cortez school building renovation plans were
unveiled. The school, owned by Manatee County,
needs a new roof, structural work, refurbished heart of
pine floors, air conditioning and other improvements
before it can be transformed into a community center,
according to architect Linda Stevenson. Total cost:
$650,000.
Tour totals: The annual Tour of Homes produced
$38,000 for the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
event organizers said.
17th Street improvements proposed: In a rare -
for the Island, anyway, and especially Bradenton Beach
- public-private partnership, developers of condos at
17th Street proposed jointly improving drainage and
paving of the street A ith Bradenton Beach officials.
City cost would be $75,000, spread across three years.
City officials agreed to discuss the matter further.
"Bridge: Rehab is 'option'": Florida Department
of Transportation officials did an abrupt reversal of 10
years past and announced that the Anna Maria Bridge
could indeed be rehabilitated, rather than demolished
and rebuilt as previously stated. A cost-benefit anal!-
sis still is needed, with results promised b\ DOT later
in the year.
Trolley finally arrives: After six years of debate,
three trolley buses began running up and down the Is-
land, providing passengers no more than a 20-minute
wait to catch the bus. The trolley, funded through fed-
eral, state and county money, operates seven days a
week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and offers free ridership.
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City manager for Holmes Beach proposed: A
majority of the members of the Holmes Beach Charter
Review Board agreed the city needs a manager to
handle the day-to-day operation of the city. Further
debate ensud.
Sandpiper sale price: If residents at the mobile
home park want to buy the land under their units, it will
cost $9.6 million, property owners announced. Resi-
dents agreed to set up a sliding scale based on base rent
for property "shares" ranging from $57,500 to $72,500.
Further discussion ensues.
Old Bridge Village: Bradenton Beach officials
agreed to have a second legal opinion provided on the
petitions submitted to halt construction of Old Bridge
Village. The acting city attorney who initially advised
the city commission that a citizen-initiated petition to
block land-use matters was contrary to state law was
Bill Lisch, city attorney for Bradenton. Bradenton
Beach is involved in a lawsuit over development on
Perico Island with Bradenton, and city commissioners
said a possible conflict of interest may exist. Further
deliberations were expected.

April
Condo approved: Contrary to other condominium
projects in the city, no one spoke in opposition to a
seven-unit condo on the beach at 17th Street in
Bradenton Beach, and the city's planning commission-
ers unanimously approved the Bradenton Beach Club
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the matter.
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provided for need. Again, city commissioners will cast
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17th Street: Bradenton Beach and developers of
Bradenton Beach Club agreed to split the cost of pav-
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serves the project.
Multi-use path proposed: An eight-foot-wide
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path from Eighth Street South that would meander
south along the dunes, loop under the Longboat Bridge
and then wind north to Leffis Key was proposed by the
Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Corridor Manage-
ment Entity. No cost or funding source was mentioned.
Stabbing: A Bradenton man was stabbed Easter
Sunday at Coquina Beach in what police called a gang-
related incident. He said he was entering the rest room
when someone unknown stabbed him three times in the
back. No suspects were found. A witness, who admit-
ted being a member of a Latino gang, said he suspected
rival gang members committed the attack.
Beach closed: Parking lots at public Island
beaches were jammed on Easter Sunday, and county
personnel activated roadside signs at Palma Sola
Causeway and Cortez Road to proclaim "Beaches
Closed." Usually busy restaurants and retail shop own-
ers said the signage snafu caused them to have "the
worst-ever Easter Sunday." Red-faced county officials
proclaimed it would not happen again.
Bayfront Park: Sparks fly at a meeting to discuss
the merits of Anna Maria City taking over maintenance
of Bayfront Park from Manatee County, but nothing
was resolved.
Center land transfer: Residents opposed turning
over the city property upon which the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center is located to the Center. The
Center had requested the transfer to facilitate garner-
ing grants and donations to improve the building. Noth-
ing was resolved.
Duffy's Tavern closing: Island landmark Duffy's
Tavern, across the street from the Manatee Public
Beach, lost its lease and will have to relocate. "We're
closing, but we'll definitely be back," said proprietress
Pat Geyer, who took over the burger-beer establish-
ment in 1970. The property owners since the mid-
1950s, the Freeman family, said they would operate a
similar business at the site, called "Skinny's. Place."
Moratorium: A six-month moratorium on street
vacations, comprehensive plan amendments and
rezonings, was approved in Bradenton Beach. The par-
tial building ban will start May 1.
Property values up: Island property values, par-
ticularly waterfront homes, have increased about 30
percent a year for the past two years. Annual popula-
tion figures for full-time residents have also dropped,
causing some Island officials to reason that the Island
is becoming too expensive for year-round residents to
live here.
Watts, Baker leave city: Bradenton Beach Public
Works Director Buddy Watts and Foreman Ben Daker
left city employ. Between them they had 33 years ex-
perience in the city.
Sandpiper purchase: Residents at the mobile
home resort in Bradenton.Beach made the first $10,000
down payment to buy the land upon which their homes
are located.


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May
Turtles: The first loggerhead sea turtle nest of the
year on Anna Maria Island came ashore four days
ahead of the "scheduled" date of May I in Bradenton
Beach. Due to the ongoing beach renourishment
project, the nest was relocated, pursuant to state law.
"Season" was good: Tourism officials said the
winter "season" of visitors was overall a good one de-
spite a sluggish start, with occupancies up to 92 percent
at some locations in March and April.
Beach bash not: Islanders braced for an ex-
pected onslaught of visitors for the Cinco de Mayo
holiday, with extra law enforcement located on all
beaches. No problems were experienced, though the
promised "no beach parking" signage again repeated
itself, this time with the statement of "beach traffic"
when there were no traffic tie-ups. County officials,
again red-faced, promised it would not happen again -
again after the Easter Sunday debacle.
Moratorium, again: Anna Maria city commis-
sioners consider a moratorium on building in light of
a consideration of reviewing the building codes there.
... and petitions invalid: Bradenton Beach offi-
cials learned from a second source that the citizen-ini-
tiated petitions, including a moratorium on some con-
struction, was indeed invalid under Florida law. The
city commission had already enacted the partial build-
ing ban.
"Record" goes on the record of going out: "The
Record" staff in Anna Maria City, a five-member group
that provided citizens with regular newsletters of infor-
mation about city meetings and goings-on, resigned en
mass when informed that conformance with the state's
public meeting laws was required of it. The future of
"The Record" was left in doubt.
Anna Maria parking: City commissioners de-
cided they would start working on the issue of parking
on city streets, a much debated issue that dated back to
when the first car drove across the first bridge to the
Island in the 1920s.
Mar Vista millionaires: Mar Vista Dockside Res-
taurant on Longboat Key is listed as one of the 10-best
places to meet a millionaire by a writer in USA TO-
DAY.
Affaire to Remember: The annual Anna Maria
Island Community Center fundraiser "Affaire to Re-
member" dinner-auction raised $268,000 for the Cen-
ter.
50th for church: The Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation celebrated 50 years of providing minis-
try services to Islanders.
Beach done: Although it started about two months
late, the Island's beach renourishment project finished
33 days early, thanks in part to good weather.
Moratorium: not!: Anna Maria city commission-
ers faced a crowd of people at city hall who questioned


why the notion of a building moratorium was even
being broached and, despite the fact it was "for discus-
sion only," the "discussion" was quickly dropped.
Building projects: Bridgewalk on Bridge Street in
Bradenton Beach opened, with shops, the J.C.
Gardener's restaurant, and a 40-unit resort. In Holmes
Beach, the Tidemark resort at the former Pete
Reynard's-Marina Bay restaurants began sales.
Gazebo: Holmes Beach receives word from the
Florida Legislature that it received approval for a
$97,500 grant to build a gazebo on city hall property.
The open-air facility would be a community feature for
concerts and general get-togethers, as envisioned by
proponents.
Villa Rosa: A 17-unit condo project was approved
by planning commission members in Anna Maria City.
Villa Rosa principals still must submit a site plan for
the project, off South Bay Boulevard, to the city com-
mission, which will make the final determination on the
project.
Cell sell: Consultants told Anna Maria city com-
missioners that a cell tower ordinance could be drafted
that would stand up in court for $25,000. City commis-
sioners took the offer under advisement.
One-way, with meters?: The parking committee
of the Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Corridor
Management Entity proposes traffic meters and a one-
way Bridge Street to address parking and traffic con-
cerns. There is also discussion of a park-and-ride lot at
Coquina Beach for workers in the southern part of the
city. No resolution is made on the proposals.
Valuable barrier island: Island property values
are estimated by the county property appraiser at $1.76
billion for fiscal year 2002-03, up 21 percent from the
current period.
Skateboard park: The Holmes Beach city com-
mission suggests that a skate park be created at the city
hall complex for Island youth, and hope the other Is-
land cities and Manatee County would consider help-
ing defray the as-yet undisclosed costs.
No city manager: Anna Maria City Charter Re-
view Commission members decided that a city man-
ager form of government was not to be in the city.
Election issues: Four charges were dropped
against Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Ross
Benjamin by the Florida Elections Commission result-
ing from the November 2001 election, but one remains.
His challenger, Connie Drescher, said he had violated
election la\ s by not placing a disclaimer on some cam-.
paign literature.
Villa Rosa: The question of who owns submerged
lands adjacent to the condo project in Anna Maria City
is raised. Subsequent discussion is assured to take
place.

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The first sea turtle nest of the year come ashore in
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Year in Review 2002
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16

June
Hurricane season starts: Hurricane experts pre-
dict an "above average" hurricane season for 2002,
which runs through Nov. 30, with 12 named tropical
storms, seven of those hurricanes and three to be se-
vere.
Island tourism: Anna Maria Island and the Mana-
tee County portion of Longboat Key generated nearly
$1 billion to the economy in 2001, according to the
Manatee County Bradenton-Area Convention and
Visitor's Bureau.
Visioning: Bradenton Beach is the first of the three
Island cities to convene a visioning process. As with
the other two cities, people are asked to tell what they
like and dislike about the city. A full report will be
produced by Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
members later in the month.
Anna Maria City charter: Charter review com-
mission members came up with a slew of suggestions
to change the city's guiding document, including re-
moving the mayor as a voting member of the commis-
sion and replacing him or her as the "chief administra-
tor," and then adding another member of the commis-
sion.
Duffy's Tavern closes: After 32 years operating
across the street from the Manatee Public Beach,
Duffy's Tavern closed its doors June 1. Proprietors, the
Geyer family, promised to reopen in a new location
soon.
Yuck!: A pesky algae bloom that emitted an odor
of raw sewage prompted two Islanders to take matters
into their own hands to keep the stinking muck away
from their bayfront property. A turbidity, boom was
installed off a Holmes Beach canal to keep the floating
algae from entering the canal. The naturally occurring
algae problem began a month or so ago.
Anna Maria parking: City commissioners contin-
ued to discuss parking along the streets in the city.
Further discussion is expected.
Gazebo or skate park?: The Holmes Beach Parks
and Beautification Committee questioned the place-


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ment of the skateboard park at the city hall complex as
it related to the planned gazebo.
Rare turtle: A hawksbill turtle, the first of its kind
to ever come ashore on Anna Maria Island, came
ashore at Coquina Beach but apparently didn't tarry
long enough to lay any eggs.
Cortez movie: The film "Out of Time," starring
Denzel Washington, shot scenes in Cortez for the forth-
coming movie.
Sidewalk funds OK'd: Florida Department of
Transportation officials announced approval of a
$300,000 grant for sidewalks along Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach as part of the city's scenic highway
program for fiscal year 2002-03.
Bradenton Beach vision: The city commission
approved the proposed vision plan which included the
guiding statement: "Bradenton Beach is a friendly,
small island community where both permanent and


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Peacock Lane sewers: Residents on the last, and
perhaps only, stretch of the Island not joined to the
Manatee County sewer system requested admittance to
the program. Peacock Lane's 11 residents in Holmes
Beach were impacted by the decision.

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Year in Review 2002


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Christmas characters
In a small town called Snowy Gulch, "Bubble Gum Bart," played by Cameron
Ellsworth, nearly stopped Christmas from coming that is, until the "Candy
Cane Kid" Vajra Morano, and "Ralph the Reindeer" Patrick Facheris, came to
the town's rescue in the Anna Maria Elementary School production "Christmas at
the OK Corral." Islander Photos: Diana Bogan.

Anna Maria Elementary School menu
Monday, Jan. 6
Winter vacation
Tuesday, Jan. 7
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Garlic Breadstick, or Ham and Cheese
Basket with Goldfish Crackers, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Wednesday, Jan. 8
Breakfast: Dannon Danimals Yogurt, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Taco with Lettuce, Tomato and Cheese, or Burrito with Salsa, Peas and
Carrots, Fruit
Thursday, Jan. 9
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Breaded Chicken with Mashed Potatoes or Barbecue Pork on Bun, Tossed
Salad, Fruit
Friday, Jan. 10
Breakfast: Apple Churro, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza or Munchable, Veggie Beef Soup, Fruit, Oatmeal Cookie
Milk and juice are served with every meal.


Santa-gram
The mayor of Snowy Gulch sent a telegram to Santa Claus asking for help after
"Bubble Gum Bart" threatened to spread "bubble gum goo" over the town in the
AME Christmas production. Matthew Branning portrayed Santa Claus in the
fourth-grade performance.


Sticky situation
The townspeople wonder what to do to save Christmas from a sticky situation in
the musical "Christmas at the OK Corral, which was performed by AME
fourth-graders at the December Parent-Teacher Organization meeting.







IMS ready for next semester
S-- By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Island Middle School is increasing its staff and
student body for its second semester, which begins Jan. 7.
The school is increasing its enrollment with the
addition of a seventh-grade class. Currently there are
approximately 10 spaces available for new students on
a first-come, first-served basis for the additional section
of seventh-graders.
With the increase in enrollment, Janet Toy will
become a full-time teacher at IMS. Toy was the
school's resource teacher, although when classes re-
sume she will teach social studies.
Toy said she is looking forward to getting started
and is excited about the opportunities and challenges
that lie ahead.
Due to Toy's change in position, the school has
hired Michelle Easterling as its teacher's aide.
The school will also be developing its marine-and-
environmental studies program with the help of Helen
Dixon.
The IMS office will be open between 8 a.m. and 4
p.m. Monday, Jan. 6. Parents of all new students are re-
quested to complete any remaining paperwork at that time.
Classes will resume Tuesday, Jan. 7: For more in-
formation, call 778-5200.

Two Islanders elected by UN.
_, DAssociation
S r. Francis Smith-Williams and Dr.James R.
Dunhne. both of Anna Maria, have been elected secre-
Sar\ and director, respectively, of the Sarasota-Mana-
Stee County Chapter of the United Nations Association.
Smith-Williams has served in a number of offices for
the association. %khile Dunne', tmo-\ear term as director
is his first elected UNA office. The association is "dedi-
cated to enhancing United States participation in the
United Nations system and to strengthening that s stem."


Symphony's conductor talks
on Longboat Key
Leif Bjaland, artistic director and conductor of
the Florida West Coast Symphony, Sarasota, will
discuss "What's So Scary About Modern Music?"
on Longboat Key Tuesday, Jan. 7.
He will be kicking off the 2003 lecture series
at the Longboat Education Center, 5370 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, at 3 p.m. Further information may
be obtained by calling the center at 383-8811.


Watercolor course starts Tuesday-
Watercolor painting will be taught by Sue Lynn
Cotton starting Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria.
The class from 10 a.m.-noon is designed for nov-
ices and experienced artists, said the Center. Cost is
$60 for members, $65 nonmembers. Registration
will be accepted and further information provided at
778-1908.

Winter term beginning at
education center
The Education Center on Longboat Key will start
.its winter term Monday, Jan. 6, with courses of either
four or eight weeks meeting once a week.
More than 150 programs are offered at the center,
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, and several new courses
have openings for students. They include:
Ask the Doctor. Woman Talk, A Sense of Place,
Piano HistorN and Legends, Non-Impact Aerobics,
Meditation, SireN, Management, New Deal Drama,
Spanish for Tra\elers and Drawing.
Further information is available at 383-8811.


THE ISLANDER E JAN. 1, 2003 N PAGE 21
Line dancing to begin-at-
Community Center v
Line dancing will begin at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
from 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Jan. 3.
Bunny Burton will lead the dance. Cost is $2 for
members. $3 nonmembers. Details may be obtained at
778-1908.

Auerbach leading bridge lessons
starting Friday at Center
Bridge lessons will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan.
3, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Larry Auerbach will teach the new course. Cost is
$8 per lesson for members, $10 nonmembers. Registra-
tion is required at 778-1908.

Affaire to Remember open now
for sponsors
The Anna Maria Island Community Center has
begun opening up its Affaire to Remember 2003 to
sponsors whose participation may range from $1,000-
$15,000 and up.
The Affaire will be May 10 and is the Center's
principal fundraising event each year, raising nearly
some $268,000 last year, said executive director
Pierrette Kelly.
Benefits of sponsorship include promotion of a
good corporate image on the Island and elsewhere, in-
creasing the Center's ability to care for the 1,200 chil-
dren and 2,500 seniors it helps every year, and continu-
ing and even expanding the after-school program.
Sponsors are Diamond, donation of $15,000 or
more; Platinum; $10,000-$14,999; Gold, $5,000-
$9,999; Silver, $2,500-4,999; Bronze, $1,000-$2,499.
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8 a.m. Anna Maria City Pier Regulars at the City
Pier Restaurant, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 778-7062.

Thursday, Jan. 2
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday Camp at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7p.m. Gulfcoast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus
atSt. George Episcopal Church, 912 63rd Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 778-4590.

Friday, Jan. 3
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday Camp at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
9 to 10 a.m. Classical body conditioning class
with Mo Dye at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge lessons with Jerry
Auerbach at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908: Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. to noon Line dancing with Bunny
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5 to 8 p.m. Opening reception for photogra-
phers Elizabeth Davies, Shirley Foor and Richard
Stewart at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1788.

Saturday, Jan. 4
10 to 10:30 a.m. Holmes Beach Civic Associa-
tion meeting with guests Mike Guy and Mike Howe of
the Metropolitan Planning Organization at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 761-9036.

Sunday, Jan. 5
8 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast and bake
sale at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4769. Fee
applies.
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Breakfast at the American
Legion Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 794-3489. Fee applies.

Monday, Jan. 6
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday Camp at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
9:30 a.m. "The Write Stuff" writing class with
Andrew Clyde Little at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-1908. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to noon-- Landscape painting class with
Paul Scibilia at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
2099. Fee applies.
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guest Marguerite Loucks Dye at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
761-9036.
6:30 p.m. Artists Guild of Anna Maria meeting
with guest Charles Townsend at Church of the Annun-
ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-1788.

Tuesday, Jan. 7
10 a.m. to noon- Watercolor class with Sue Lynn
Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
10:15 a.m. "Body Ball" class with Sherry Fideler
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
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applies.
4 to 5:30 p.m. "Drawing the Tropical Landscape"
class with Ginger White at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-2099. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Jan. 8
7 a.m. Anna Maria Island Privateers' Thieves
Market at Holmes Beach City Park, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 792-3965.

Ongoing:
"Natural Florida: Paintings from the George Percy
and Debbie Geiger Collection" at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. through Janu-
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Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, through January. Information: 778-2099.

Upcoming:
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League Jan. 9.
Sarasota Sea Shell Club meeting at Mote Marine
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Butterfly gardening class at Flutterby Gardens
Jan. 11.
Anna Maria Island Rotary Club's Monte Carlo
Casino Night at St. Bernard Catholic Church Jan. 11.
Black-and-white photography class at the Anna
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Streetlife

Island police reports
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information. Deputies responded to a dispute between a
trolley driver and a juvenile's father. According to the
report, the driver would not allow the juvenile girl to ride
the trolley because she had been disruptive on a previous
occasion. According to the report, the girl called her fa-
ther who drove to the pier and confronted the trolley
driver. A county transit supervisor was called to the scene
and the girl was allowed to ride the trolley with the under-
standing that if she caused a disturbance in the future, she
would be banned from riding.

Bradenton Beach
No reports available.

Holmes Beach
Dec. 21, 3200 block of East Bay Drive, trespass. A
woman called police after a stranger was seen entering
her car. According to the report, nothing was missing
from the vehicle and the suspect told police he was just
looking for a place to sleep.
Dec. 22, 7600 block of Palm Drive, DUI. James
Malfese, 39, of Anna Maria, was arrested for driving
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Beach water testing deja vu, polar bear problems


I have to admit to feeling a bit smug in the past
week or so regarding the closure of Bayfront Park to
swimming due to fecal pollution, apparently spurred by
the nearly 10 inches of rain that has carried pollutants
into the nearshore water of Tampa Bay.
The predecessor of the "Sandscript" column began
a crusade in The Islander more than six years ago to get
Manatee County to test water quality off the beaches,
to no avail until just recently when the feds mandated
such samplings.
In July 18, 1996, Bob Ardren wrote in his "Outdoor
Perspectives" column that, "In case you didn't know it, the
counties north and south of us are two of just I 1 of
Florida's 34 coastal counties that regularly monitor water
quality at local beaches. That's the word from the National
Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit environmental
group with offices in Washington, D.C.
"Florida had 830 beach closings and advisories last
year [1995], second only to California's 1,305. In the
majority of cases, closings and advisories come from
high levels of bacteria resulting from human or animal
waste such as sewer overflows, main breaks or plant
malfunctions.
"Robert Forbes, environmental administrator in
Sarasota County's Department of Environmental En-
gineering, says he's 'astounded more counties don't do
the testing because it requires a minimum of effort.'"
In Aug. 29, 1996, Ardren wrote that "testing of
beach water is suddenly a hot issue. [A local daily
newspaper] pronounced in an editorial 'our beaches are
among the cleanest in the state. Tests aren't needed.'
"Really.
"Imagine that: our beach waters are so clean we don't
even need to test them. Boy, am I ever glad the drinking
water department doesn't use that line of logic.
"And how would we know? Unless and until
somebody does some testing, the truth is, we don't
know. And neither do our tourists who come here trust-
ing us to provide safe accommodations.
"Pinellas County spends a whopping $10,000 a
year to test local beaches once a week. It has such a
good program that it's praised nationally.
"Sarasota spends $1,100 a year to test its beaches
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"And we're told the county can't afford it.
"[The late] Gloria Rains and ManaSota-88 have
jumped into the fray. In a letter to Manatee County
Commissioners Aug. 12, [1996] Rains said, 'The mem-
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adoption of minimum standards, monitoring proce-
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reation waters.
'"Significant amounts of sewage sludge, reclaimed
water, runoff from animal contamination, etc., run off into
our recreational waters. Pathogens in these waters can
cause diarrhea, rashes, infections and other health prob-
lems. Of particular concern are areas adjacent to Palma
Sola Bay and other public beach areas,' she continues."
A year later, nothing still had been done. And al-
most a year after that, in March 25, 1998, Ardren wrote,
"The relentless string of winter storms, mostly brought
on by El Nifio, have finally struck Sarasota Bay in the
worst way. Several million gallons of raw sewage
spilled into the bay last week when a sewer main, over-
loaded by stormwater, broke in the northern area of the
City of Sarasota.
"It took two days to finally get the flow stopped,
and meanwhile officials were busy posting 'No Swim-
ming' signs all along the bayfront. It was a mess.
"So despite that city's efforts of spending tens of
millions of dollars on water treatment equipment, ac-
cidents can still happen. On a much smaller level, sep-
tic tanks throughout the Sarasota area are presently sit-
ting in the now-raised water table and health officials
say the safe thing is to jut stay oult of the water.
"And by that they mean any water, except perhaps
the Gulf beaches. Sarasota is busy testing those beaches


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registration under way
Registration is open now for an "all sea-
sons" fishing course at the Longboat Key Edu-
cation Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
The classes will begin Thursday, Jan. 9,
and continue for eight consecutive Thursdays.
The course will cover rigging baits and fishing
conditions to catch snook, trout, redfish, cobia,
tarpon, grouper and tarpon, said its instructor,
Capt. Ric Ehlis, local fishing guide for 36
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We've always had a problem with raccoons getting
into garbage cans on Anna Maria Island. Those tricky
little furry bandits just have a way to pry up even the
most intricately tied-down lids and then strew trash
everywhere looking for a snack.
It's an inconvenience, but nothing really life-
threatening.
So imagine how the residents of Churchill, Canada,
must feel when they step outside and find a 1,500-
pound polar bear going through the garbage.
It seems the town is situated on a historic migratory
route for the bears. Every winter, they move from their
summer haunts in the tundra out onto the sea ice of
Hudson Bay to snack on seals.
But the bears are becoming a nuisance of late,
thanks to global warming. The sea ice hasn't formed.
The bears have, though, and they're roaming the town
looking for something to eat. In fact, things are so bad
that a lot of the bears are starving, and one thing you
don't want to do on a brisk winter morning while tak-
ing out the trash is come face-to-face with a starving
polar bear.
The bear migration has become something of a
cottage industry for Churchillians, who rake in millions
a year from tourists who want to watch the bears. In the
region, that tourism figure is $300 million annually, so
killing the meandering bears is like killing the goose
that lays gold eggs.
Nuisance bears are trapped, put in a bruin jail cell,
then released when the sea ice forms.
Only two people have been killed by bears in
Churchill in the past 40 years, and the hardy residents
seem to be more amused than terrified of their "neigh-
bors" and have learned to adapt to the visitors.
Children aren't allowed outside at night because of
the bears. On Halloween, the only night kids can wan-
der outside after dark, -volunteers drive fire trucks,
ambulances and trucks around the perimeter of
Churchill to let the ghosts and goblins trick-or-treat -
except that dressing as a ghost is not advised lest a child
be mistaken for a bear and shot.
My favorite story was when a polar bear wandered
into an exclusive lodge and a manager shouted out,
"You're not a member!" and the bear left.
I'll take the raccoons.

Sandscript factoid
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Welcome to winter fishing: sheepies, grouper


By Capt. Mike Heistand
Winter fishing is formally here, with just about
anyone who drops a line in the water likely to catch a
sheepshead or two. Redfish and catch-and-release trout
are also a good bet in the backwaters.
Offshore fishing is "iffy" with the weather, but on
the days anyone can get out there are lots of grouper
within 12 miles of shore, plus lots of snapper.
I'll be at Boater's World at DeSoto Square Mall at
7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, talking about winter time fish-
ing, and also at the Nautical Boat Extravaganza at the
civic center in Palmetto at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Please
stop by and say hello.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he caught a
few snook in the canals on the east side of the Island
last week, plus some black drum, a few small redfish
and lots of keeper-size sheepshead to 4 pounds.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said it was too rough to
fish the Gulf last week, but inside he did good on red-
fish, sheepshead and catch-and-release trout.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he was getting amberjack to 30 pounds
out in the Gulf, plus red grouper to 20 pounds, gag
grouper to 10 pounds, lane and mangrove snapper to 4
pounds and a few yellowtail snapper.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said the
temperature may be cold but fishing is red-hot right
now. There are lots of redfish lurking around the docks
in the bays, sheepshead are still thick near the bridges
and piers, and pompano are just off the beaches or in
the passes. Good grouper action is also only 10 or 12
miles offshore.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers are
reeling in sheepshead to 4 pounds, redfish too big to
keep, drum, whiting and a few pompano.
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier report lots
of good-sized catches of sheepshead, a few bonnethead
sharks, flounder and black drum.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said its been rough
offshore, but when he was able to get out he did very
well with keeper-size red grouper, lane and mangrove
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9th annual Christmas indoor soccer tourney a blast!


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's ninth
annual Christmas indoor soccer tournament was an-
other huge success with 33 teams entered in the week-
long double-elimination tournament that featured fast-
paced, end-to-end action that produces an atmosphere
unmatched in other sporting events.
Seven players were crowned as champions in ad-
dition to seven players being named to the Kendra
Presswood MVP roll to culminate the week-long event
with second-place finishes coming from two Island
teams.
The West Coast Surf Dogs took second in the U8
division, while the Islanders took second in the U10
girls division.
Champion for the U8 division was the Titans,
which split a pair of games with the West Coast Surf
Dogs during preliminary rounds before rebounding
with an 8-2 victory in the championship game.
Members of the champion Titans are Thomas
Anderson, Austin Poelsma, Devon Brown, Alexander
Hall, Josh Peduzzi, Alexander Sabin, Greg Harmon,
Austin Fox, and tournament MVP Zach Kelle.
The U10 boys division was a three-team tourney
that saw the Rage go through the tournament un-
scathed, claiming a 5-2 victory over the U9 Magic in
its first game before routing the Magic in a champion-
ship-game rematch by an 8-3 score to claim the first-
place trophy.
Members of the U10 Rage are Shane Bauman, Zak
Golden, JJ Hareza, Kyle Loeffler, Zach Reda, Alan
.Roberts, Christian Schagen, Ryan Praizner, Matthew
Ferguson and MVP Seth Browning.
The U12 boys division was one of the more com-
petitive divisions with eight teams entered. The local
favorite Islanders got off to a good start in the tourney
with an 11-3 win over the Firebirds to open the tour-
ney, followed by an equally impressive 12-0 win over
the Silver Streaks.
The Islanders' luck ran out when they ran into
eventual champion Sarasota Storm and suffered a 16-
2 loss, which dropped them into the loser's bracket
where they fell 11-3 to the Futball Fanatics.
The Storm looked to be unbeatable with a 9-1 win
over the Magic "A" team and a 6-2 win over the Mana-
tee Madness in the winner's bracket final to go along
with its victory over the Islanders.
-- The Fanatics and the Madness then went to double-.
overtime shootout for a rematch with the Storm, which
was won by the Fanatics, which then surprised the
Storm by a 4-2 score to force a winner-take-all cham-
pionship game.
The Storm prevailed over the short-handed Fanat-
ics by an 8-5 score to claim the championship trophy.
Members of the Storm are Alex Edelmann, Tyler Dou-
glas, Alex Walters, Trevor Roberts, Stephen Bucker,
Michael Stoner, Joe Carila, Justin Adamo, Jared Ross,
Riley Delgado and Glenn Duffy.
The U14 boys division was swept by Santa's
*Magic, which raced through the tournament undefeated
by outscoring four opponents with a total 33-11 score.
They defeated Radical Rudolph 10-2 in their opening
game before steamrollin' the Nutmegs by a 9-2 score
in their second game.
The winner's bracket final was their toughest test as
they edged the Magic "A" team by a 6-4 score before


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Logan Reda fires a shot on goal for his UJO Rage team during the holiday indoor soccer tourney action at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy


beating Radical Rudolph in the finals with an 8-3 score.
Members of Santa's Magic are Zachary Jennison,
Kenneth Sinclair, Jeff Heargraves, Allen Ponce, An-
drea Varon, Pablo Varon, Mark Zeller, Christian
Randalas, Robbie Hichley and Roberto Mendoza, who
was the winner of the Kendra Presswood MVP award.
The U10 girls championship went to the Manatee
Madness, which twice edged the Islanders by a single
goal to claim the first-place trophy. The Madness won
the opening game 5-4 before edging the Islanders 3-2
in the championship game.
Members of the first-place Madness are Sara
Kuritz, Rachel Luciano, Samantha Hill, Cassidy
Whidden, Jessica Hall, Brielle Campbell, Nicole
Dixon, Meredith Argeros and MVP Kristin Farrari.
The Manatee Magic swept the U12 girls division
with a pair of easy wins over the Rage. After receiving
a "bye" to open the tournament, the Magic dispatched
the Rage with a 7-2 victory on Dec. 16 and followed
that win with a 10-3 victory in the championship game
Dec. 22.
Ariel Booth, Eliza Failace, Lacinda Hoke, Ashlee


Molly
Knight
carries
the ball
forward
for her
U12
Manatee
Magic
team.


Quintero, Erika Tymrak, Shelby Knox, Molly Knight,
Emily Argeros and MVP Kelly Cline make up the U12
champion Magic.
The Townies claimed the U14 girls title by fight-
ing their way through the loser's bracket after dropping
their opening game to the Elves in a shootout. The
Townies defeated Plumb Crazy 5-2, the Magic 4-2 and
the Raindeer 3-2 to earn a rematch with the Elves.
The Townies then defeated teams in the next two
games, including a 6-0 shutout in the championship
game, to claim the title.
Hannah Brickse, Colleen Laurie, Cindy Garcia,
Lauren Gabreski, Angela Wiles, Kristin DeSaulniers,
Rachel Ramirez, Lindsey Ingram, De Shapiro and
Hannah Warne make up the Townies' roster.
Now, it's on to Center basketball, which begins a
roster of games next week.

Kevin Cassidy is publisher of Sports Page, a free
countywide publication focusing on youth sports,
coach for Manatee High School female soccer and a
full-time teacher/parent.


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your house. Call Jeff Gunn, 809-7930.
DESIGNER'S FURNITURE SALE. Large kid-skin
leather reclining sectional, $900. White muslin sec-
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1997 FORD WINDSTAR front hub/wheel bearing
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two need one new caster each, $25. 778-2991.
BIG BEAUTIFUL HOUSEBOAT $28,500 or make
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store golf cart. Prefer Key Royale area. 778-8690.
ISLAND PLAYER'S PECAN SALE: Mammoth
halves! New crop. Holiday bags $6.95 lb., chocolate
covered $7.95 lb. Now available at SunCoast Real
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Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach. Proceeds
benefit the Island Players. For information call: 779-
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Competitive salary and benefits, plus bonuses. Fax
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ROTTEN RALPH'S Waterfront Restaurant: Hiring
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investment property at an affordable price! $399,000.


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CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
WE NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.


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

RN AND LICENSED MASSAGE therapist with
graduate degree in psychiatric nursing seeks
weekend position on the Island. 723-4392.


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 service
and private lessons. Special $20 per hour- free
advice. 545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, 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.
Did you know you can place classified ads and
subscribe online? Check it out at www.islander.org.


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.



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

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. Hon-
est and dependable. Ellen, 779-2422, or Nancy,
779-0040.

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

JANUARY-FEBRUARY-MARCH: Cancellation. Va-
cation & season. Private Beach. Walk to everything.
New kitchen, washer/dryer, dishwasher, phone.
VCR, grill, bikes bring your toothbrush! $375-
$775/week and $975-$2,275/month. Please call
737-1121 or (800) 977-0803.

MUSIC LESSONS! Also available: flute, saxo-
phone, clarinet. Beginning to advanced. 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.

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.

NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Very professional.
Many Island references. Call today for an appoint-
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131 Crescent, Anna Maria Must see! $599,000.
409 Pine Ave. Historical Cottage. $379,000.
428 Magnolia 3BR/2BA Anna Maria. $364,900.
Bayou Condominium. $259,000. Anna Maria.
Terrace Condo (used to be model) $359,000.
Imperial House Condo Coming Soon.
Anna Maria Buildable Lot $249,000.
BRADENTON PROPERTIES
One-acre Estate 5BR/3.5BA $749,000.
Palma Sola Park 4BR/3.5BA $479,000.
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One house from the beach. Custom-built house by
Whitehead. 3BR, plus den, 3BA, gourmet kitchen,
separate dining room, deck, patio and two-car ga-
rage. Walls of windows to enjoy the sunsets.
$1,295,000.
LARGE DUPLEX NEAR BEACH
2BR/2BA each side. Just steps to one of area's best
beaches. Quiet secluded street in North Holmes
Beach. Very residential area. Two garages and two
carports. Excellent rental. $695,000.
KEY ROYALE POOL HOME
4BR/3BA Key Royale "500" block, split-plan,
canalfront, 4,000 lb. boat lift, caged pool, family
room, two blocks to great beach. $499,000.
PERICO BAY CLUB WATERFRONT
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished villa, beautifully ap-
pointed, ceramic tile, walk-in closets, glassed-in
porch, balcony overlooking water, vaulted ceiling,
two-car garage. Secure community, guard gate, and
24-hour security. $279,900.

ANNUAL RENTALS
From $700 / month
SEASONAL RENTALS
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month

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at $179,000.

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WATERFRONT HOMES
& 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

710 North Shore. Lot. ..... $299,000

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

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

MAINLAND
634 Estuary.................... $210,000

1276 Spoonbill Landings Cr. $249,999

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

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

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

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

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

1275 Spoonbill Landings Cir.... $219,000

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furnished and ready to go for season. Great cen-
tral Island location. Walk to shopping, dining and
the Gulf beach. Priced to sell at $229,000.

SEASIDE BUNGALOW
1BR villa with Florida room and screened
porch. Turnkey furnished and already rented for
season. 300 steps to the Gulf beach in a nice
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ISERVICESoned.ANSAP nI


TREE SERVICE BY BREWER. Topping, trim-
ming, shaping, stump grinding and removals. Trim
palm trees. Insured. Call Phil, 778-6014 or cell
545-4770.
MAID TO CLEAN: Island resident, professional
house cleaning services. References available.
Call Wendy, 778-0321.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ences. 778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.


PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation and pest control service. Every-
thing 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 look-
ing for the lowest price, call any Tom, Mark or Larry.
If you want the job done right the first time, call
David Bannigan, 794-6971, cell phone 504-7045.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
insured. 727-5066.


VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.


INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
778-1730.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certi-
fying 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 great 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: Inte-
rior/exterior painting, pressure washing and wall-
paper. For prompt, reliable service at reasonable
rates, call Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
Early riser? Check out the ads first at islander.org


NEW CONSTRUCTION
THE VILLAGE

AT HOLMES BEACH
LUXURY CONDO TOWNHOUSES
Model Open Daily 3800 Sixth Ave., Holmes Reach










3BR/2BA 1,700 sq.ft. Living Area Heated Pool
Elevator Available Large Private Garage
Steps to Beach/Shopping Starting at $375,000
Call: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464
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DWARD BAY Outstanding bayview GULF FRONT ANNA MARIA Fabulous MILLION-DOLLAR VIEW
this 2BR/2BA penthouse condo. Gulf Views from this fully furnished 2BR/ Luxury penthouse, totally renovated
windows, updated kit, nicely furn'd. 2BA unit w/heated pool, elevator and 3BR/3BA with deeded boat dock, under
t docks, clubhouse, tennis, pools & steps to beach. Walk to shopping and building parking and many other ameni-
oh acc. Dorothy Cook. 383-5577. restaurants. Dave Moynihan. ties. John Preskenis, 761-3100 or direct,
)695. $350,000. 778-2246. #88496. $349,500. 228-2818. #84192. $348,900

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


$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/1 BA with garage. IB86388.

6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at www.cbflorida.com


S Single-family homes from
H\ the $190s, including homesites.
Island lifestyle with off-Island convenience!

W ATCH Just a five-minute ride to the beach!

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

l. HOMESITES. ONLY 8 LEFT!

SFor information call 778-7127


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 Canaifront
condo, dock & pool
Efficiency 500-ft. to beach
Key Royale 2/2 pool, boat lift
Brand New 3BR/2BA Home
Phone 778-0807
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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.


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RESIDENTIAL
5400 CONDO 1 BR/1 BA, ceramic tile, gulfview, htd pool, $244,500
TAMPA BAYFRONT Double lot, 3BR/2BA, two greatrooms,
2,506 sq.ft. living area, ceramic floors, garage. $1,900,000.
LAUREL OAK PARK Acacia model, pool and upgrades. $382,000.
DEEDED BOAT DOCK 3BR/2BA, wood decks, clear views
down canal to bay. Elevated with bonus area. $369,000.
COMMERCIAL
STYLING SALON 8 station, established over 35 years. $39,000.
ANTIQUE & ART GALLERY Old Main Street. $69,000
MOBILE HOME PARK-71 spaces, lakefront. 10 percent cap.
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REALTORS


5910 Marina Dr.. rolrhes Beach, FL 34217
-,: Ua1l(941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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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.


SASONAL ENAL


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

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


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



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


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


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

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

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

Buy it, sell it, find it fast with ads in The Islander.


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

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


MASON: 26-years experience. Glass-block,
cinderblock, brick, tile. Walls built and repaired. Ce-
ment repairs. Licensed/insured. Chris, 795-3034.


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


53 YEARS OF DISTINCTIVE ISLAND SERVICE

3224 East Bay Dr. Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
Sales: 941-778-0700 Rentals: 778-6665
1-800-749-6665
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

REAL ESTATE COMPANY Personalized, not fanchised
Extended evening hours Mon.- Fri. Open til 8pm

FORA CMPET*ELIST F RPETES ISTUSATW W.EEBOK.O


BAYFRONT CONDO Turnkey fu
and beautifully updated 1BR at
Terrace in Bradenton Beach. Peak
and Gulf from lanai. Bayside pool a
Steps to beach. No age res
$175,900. Gail Tutewiler, 778-071


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ISLAND DOLL HOUSE 2BR/1BA
with boat dock and boat a block
away. Close to beach. $334,500.
Gail Tutewiler, 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 or Geoff
Wall, 778-0700.


furnished BAYFRONT CONDO Upstairs bayfront at
Bayview Imperial House of Bradenton Beach. 2BR/
ks of bay 2BA end unit, updated kitchen. Social club-
and park, house; heated pool, fishing pier, bayside
trictions. patio and private beach. 55+ community.
00. $226,000. Gail Tutewiler, 778-0700.







NORTH BEACH VILLAGE Can't SPACIOUS ISLAND I-
decide if you want a house or den. Close to beach. Bo
condo? This is it! Rarely available able. $439,000 (plus $
3BR/2.5BA, townhouse with two-car ance to remodeling and
garage. Close to beach. You'll love Gail Tutewiler, 778-07
it here! $415,000. Gail Tutewiler,
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.







HIGHLAND LAKES GEM Great
area, close to beaches, shopping,
schools, community pool. Won't last
long! Larry Smith, 778-0700.


RARELY AVAILABLE Tropical updates in
Shell Point 2BR/2BA condo. Tile, carpet,
parquet flooring. Ample storage, parking.
Shows impeccably. $299,500. Geoff Wall,
778-0700.


IOME 4BR+ MARTINIQUE SOUTH Awesome
oat slip avail- Gulfviews from this fourth-floor cor-
6,000 allow- ner-unit. Heated pool, tennis, club-
decorating.) house. 2BR/2BA. $475,000. Gall
00. Tutewiler, Wedebrock Real Es-
tate, 778-0700.


SAN REMO CANALFRONT 3BR/
2BA home, private dock, pool, two-
car garage, bay view. $450,000.
Larry Smith, 778-0700.


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SELLER WANTS OUT. Double lot,
subdivision potential, family home
with two-story guest house. Swoop
on this! $175,000. Geoff Wall, 778-
0700.


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SHAWS POINT Brick colonial, 4BR/
2.5BA. Plenty of privacy and room for
pool. Wood floors and shutters, cus-
tom built-ins, French doors. Great for
family home! $254,900. Tina Rudek
or Mike Migone, 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. Gail Tutewiler,
778-0700.


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

BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available now.
Beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non
smoking. Priced from $1,400/month, $500/week,
$90/night. 794-5980. www.divefish.com.

CONDO 2BR FURNISHED, beachfront, heated
pool, fishing dock, seasonal, three-month minimum.
Age 55 and older. (813) 247-3178 or week ends
(813) 927-1632.

WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.

JANUARY-FEBRUARY-MARCH: Cancellation. Va-
cation & season. Private Beach. Walk to everything.
New kitchen, washer/dryer, dishwasher, phone.
VCR, grill, bikes bring your toothbrush! $375-$775/
week and $975-$2,275/month. Please call 737-1121
or (800) 977-0803.

TURNKEY FURNISHED 1BR/1BA. Available now
through February. Full kitchen. December $1,500/
month; January-February $1,600/month. Small pet
OK. Walk to beach or downtown Holmes Beach.
Call 778-0554.

NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Two spacious
homes both 3BR/2BA with all conveniences. One is
$4,700/month, the other is $4,300/month. Photos
available upon request. Please call (813) 752-4235.

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

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

ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA, duplex in Bradenton
Beach. Newly renovated, more to come! Washer/
dryer hookup, covered parking. $850/month. (813)
300-8543 or 265-3458.
HOLMES BEACH Weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Large modern, new 1 BR, ground-floor, just steps to
the nicest beach on Anna Maria Island. Fully fur-
nished, washer/dryer, dishwasher. 778-4555.

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ANNUAL RENTAL Holmes Beach. 2BR/1BA, totally
remodeled, tile floors, carpeting in bedrooms. Non
smoking, no pets. Washer/dryer hook-up. $900/
month. Will work with first, last and security deposit.
730-5118.

SEASONAL RENTAL Anna Maria, 200 feet to Rod
and Reel Pier. Ground floor, 2BR/1BA. Completely
remodeled, washer/dryer. Available now. 387-8610.

BEACHFRONT 2BR/2BA, large-glass enclosed liv-
ing room, kitchen with fireplace. All new furniture
and appliances, phone and cable. 778-3645.

HOLMES BEACH annual. 3BR/2BA steps to beach.
No pets. $900/month. 725-4190.

ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new
ceramic floors, $750; 2BR/1BA, stackable washer/
dryer hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrigera-
tor, 1 BR/1BA, $650. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-
7500.

VACATION RENTAL: You can have the warm west
coast Florida sun with beautiful white sand outside
your door. 1BR, located at Resort 66, Holmes
Beach, on Anna Maria Island. Full housekeeping
with kitchen, cable TV, pool, ocean. Fully furnished.
$900/weekly. Available March: 1-8, 8-15, 15-22, 22-
29. Call (315) 894-2304.

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


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

GRANNY'S BEACH VACATION Property Manage-
ment: We have vacation rentals available for De-
cember, January, and March. Call Pat Staebler, Li-
censed Real Estate Broker, 778-0123 or 705-0123.

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

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.

FURNISHED EFFICIENCY two blocks from beach.
January, February, or March. All inclusive. $850/
month. (727) 656-3384.

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

JANUARY AND/OR FEBRUARY 2003. Gulf Shores
condo, 2BR+den/2BA Gulffront, $3,400/month;
3BR/2BA Gulffront cottage, $3,200/month; 2BR/
1BA canalfront home, $2,600/month; 1BR/1BA
Anna Maria cottage. Sunset Terrace 2BR/2BA,
Gulffront $3,500/month. Wedebrock Real E.state
Company, 778-6665, or (800) 749-6665.

BRADENTON BEACH CONDO 2BR seasonal, three-
month minimum. Attractively furnished, bay views.
pool, steps to beach. $1,400/month. 794-0763.

FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2003 Imperial House
2BR/1BA, $2,300/month; Sunbow Bay 2BR/2BA,
$3,000/month; Bayfront 2BR/2BA, $2,800/month;
San Remo Shores 2BR/2BA canal/Jacuzzi, $3,000/
month; Laurel Oak N.W. Bradenton, 3BR/3BA
$3,200/month; South Bay Blvd. studio, bay view,
$1,000/month; Peacock Lane 2BR/2BA, $1,500/
month; 2BR/2BA, pool home $3,500/month; 2BR/
2BA duplex, bay views, $2,800/month. Wedebrock
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MARCH 2003 Sunset Terrace Gulffront, 2BR/2BA,
$3,500/month; Bermuda Bay Club 3BR/2BA,
$3,800/month; Gulf Watch 2BR, $2,600/month;
Shorewalk Bradenton, 2BR/2BA, $2,600/month.
Wedebrock Real Estate Company, 778-6665, or
(800) 749-6665.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.

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 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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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,~o0. 1-Heron Harbor 2BR/2BA condo across
from golf course. wc-o $2.500 now $2,200. Call
Valerie Kruse at Wagner Realty, 778-2246.

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


BEACH TO BAY 2BR turnkey condo. Gulf views,
heated pool, fishing pier. Bradenton Beach, sea-
sonal, 55-plus, $2,100/month. 727-9513.
SEASONAL 1BR/1BA: Sunny second-floor porch
overlooks canal, boat slip. Near shopping, beach.
$1,500/month including utilities/tax, one-month
minimum. 747-7051.
HOLMES BEACH studio apartment two and half
blocks to beach on Palm Drive, fully furnished with
queen bed. $1,200/month. 778-0212.
FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL. Bayview Terrace
2BR and 1BR, $1,600/month and $2,600/month.
Wedebrock Real Estate Company, 778-6665 or
(809) 749-6665.
JANUARY SPECIAL: Vacation rental, heated pool,
close to beach. 2BR/2BA, sleeps six. $600-$850/
week; 3BR/2BA, sleeps eight, $800-$975/week.
778-5405 or see us at www.Haleysmotel.com.
HOLMES BACH ANNUAL: Spacious 2BR/1BA,
screened porch. New to market. 100 steps to
beach. $875/month. (585) 244-5049.
WINTER SEASON in City of Anna Maria. 2BR/1BA.
$1,800/month, three month minimum. Non smok-
ing. 778-5439.
TWO ALL NEW renovated 2BR/2BA plus third bed-
room, den ground/upstairs duplexes. Washer/dryer,
dishwasher, porch, grill, TV/DVD/stereo, bikes.
Steps to beautiful Holmes beach. Both sleep eight.
Non smoking. Seasonally $2,300month or $750/
week. 724-0025.
SEASONAL ANNA MARIA beach house, 3BR/2BA,
large balcony with direct Gulf views. Nautically fur-
nished and clean. Available January, February,
April. $3,800/month. 776-1789.
4BR/3BA POOL HOME with private jungle garden.
Nicely furnished. RV or boat parking OK. Available
March, April, May. $900/week, $1,600/bi-week,
$2,400/month. 761-0832.


SELLING OR BUYING a house? Need extra
space? Budget Self Storage can help. Daily,
weekly, monthly specials. Boxes and packing sup-
plies. 795-5510.

LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty park-
ing spaces, contemporary design, great visibility.
$14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor, 388-
5514, or call 809-4253.
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.
DUPLEX FOR SALE by owner. 2BR/2BA and 1 BR/
1 BA. Two and half blocks to beach. Priced to sell
quickly at $375,000. 779-0470.


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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.
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

OPEN HOUSE Sunday, Jan. 5. Perico Bay Club for
sale by owner. Located on a large lake. Furnished
2BR/2BA with extra-large walk-in closets and ga-
rige. See sunsets from 27-foot deck. Patio, en-
closed lanai, tiled throughout (except bedrooms).
Neighborhood spa, large pool, excellent tennis
courts. Also shown by appointment, 795-5025. 888
Waterside Lane, Bradenton.


BRAND NEW 2BR/2.5BA condo on golf course at
beautiful Tobago Hilton on Tobago Island, Trinidad
in the Caribbean. 1,694 square feet. Excellent rental
market. Asking $229,000, appraised at $241,000.
Call Rick at 778-1102 or 727-5873.
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard,
guest quarters or rental income producer. $28,500
or make offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
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SECLUDED BAYFRONT PARADISE
4BR/2.5BA plus guest quarters. Two
docks, solar heated pool, metal roof, two
fireplaces, large screened verandah, hard-
wood floors. Completely surrounded by
lush tropical landscaping. Very private.
$1.1 million. To view, call Yvonne Higgins
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COMPLETELY RE-DONE TRIPLEX A
stone's throw to the beach. Upstairs unit
has wonderful Gulf views. Not a penny
pared with the updates. Tons of charm
and character. $559,000. Owner anxious -
bring all offers. Call Jane Grossman or
Nicole Skaggs at 778-4800 or 795-5704.


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


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SUNSET BEACH MOTEL 13 guest rooms DEEP-WATER CANAL HOME with direct
plus a four bedroom beach house. Li- shot to Manatee River. This 3BR/2BA Pal-
censed for 14 units. Heated pool plus ca- metto home with private dock is nicely up-
,..ana and an elevated "sunset" deck. Good dated and priced to sell! $299,000. Call Ed
rental history and advance bookings. In- Oliveira at 778-4800 or 705-4800.
cludes a small parcel of beach.
$2,600,000. Call David Vande Vrede or
Dave Jones at 778-4800.


TROPICAL HORIZONS Large 2BR condo
in choice Holmes Beach area. Walk to
shopping and restaurants. Very close to
the beach with some Gulf views. Rooftop
sundeck. $399,900. Call Denny Rauschl at
778-4800, 705-4800.


BEAUTIFUL CONDO in Smugglers Land-
ing. Large 2,495 sq.ft. unit on bay with 40-
ft. deep-water dock. 3BR/3BA unit with
lanai. Priced to sell at $495,000. Call Jim
La Rose at 729-2381.


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CHRISTMAS EVE ADVICE
By Frances Hansen / Edited by Will Shortz


Across
1 Famed family of auto
racers
7 Not lost
14 Drug for a poison
victim, maybe
20 Kind of eyes
21 Lallygags
22 In-flight
23 Start of a Christmas
verse
26 Sandpapered
27 Airport abbr.
28 Park, Colo.
29 Article in Die Zeit
30 "Damage" director
32 Part of a car test
course
33 Rub
37 Mrs. John_
(Pocahontas)
38 "__ calls?"
39 Not brilliant
43 They're uplifting
44 Event covered by
paparazzi
45 1917 Theda Bara role,
informally
46 Mosque head
47 Verse, part 2
53 Oklahoma Indian
54 Utah skiing resort
55 Field for a gov. or a
sen.
56 Gulf sight
57 Casual time to start
work
58 "0__ babbino caro"
(Puccini aria)
59 Removing one's hat in
an elevator, e.g.
61 Where grapes are
grown
62 1930's-60's columnist
who wrote "Washington


Merry-Go-Round"
64 Not straight
66 Epistle of the New
Testament
69 Pals
71 Not an exact fig.
72 Big shock?
75 Nuclear event, in
headlines
76 Rugged ridge
77 Came down
78 First of a Latin trio
79 Verse, part 3
84 Withered
85 Skinny
86 Roman called "the
Censor"
87 "Bus Stop" playwright
88 Viva-voce
89 Abbr. after some
church names
90 One cycle per second
92 Enter the picture
94 Vacation locale
95 James __, who
wrote "The Thin Red
Line"
96 Go astray
97 Hilton rival
99 Tolkien cannibal
100 Whispers
105 End of the verse
110 "Put your rear down!"
111 More squalid
112 Head car, maybe
113 California county or
its seat
114 Purely extra
115 On high


Down
Terse critiques
Linguist Chomsky
Mozart's "Dove "_
Brand in the frozen


foods section
5 Put to flight
6 Actress Marceau of
"Braveheart"
7 Knucklehead
8 Baseball's Piniella
9 Melody
10 Intensifying word
11 Grit
12 Wear away
13 Hero's medal: Abbr.
14 Comment from a
lonely-heart
15 Half- (pipsqueaks)
16 Cusp
17 One of the Mamas and
the Papas
18 A helping hand
19 -Magnon
24 Urge
25 Most acute
30 Marilyn Monroe feature
31 "When I was-..."
33 "The Name of the
Rose" figure
34 Beast
35 Betray, in a way
36 45-Across had one
37 Tabula (clean
slate)
38 Nissan sedan
39 Ornamental cord on
clothing
40 Soap plant
41 Kind of beam
42 File
44 Florida collegian
45 They precede many
lists
48 Bewails
49 Inventor Howe
50 Photo__
51 False
52 Indicate
59 Attack


60 Central principle of
Baha'ism
61 Stay
62 Soft shade
63 "The Flies" dramatist
65 Scottish town of Sir
Walter Scott's youth
66 "Midnight Cowboy" role
67 Survey choice
68 Funny Anne
70 Relative of
"Hmm ..."
72 Down East
73 Last of a series
74 Might


76 Lively
77 Film cartoon with the
voice of Woody Allen
80 Gets comfortable with
81 Growing amount?
82 Lab subjects
83 Limo occupant,
perhaps
90 Played (around)
91 Hide, in a way
92 Self-titled 1986
R & B album
93 Grace, e.g.
94 Robe material
95 Wisecracked


96 Directional suffix
97 On earth
98 Rattles on
100 Country dance locale
101 Popular cuisine
102 __de combat
103 Start of North
Carolina's motto
104 No longer secret
105 Suntan lotion letters
106 Combat
107 Davis was its pres.
108 Disencumber
109 Can. province

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