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Skimming the news ... Island Year in Review for 2002 begins on page 14.


Anna Maria


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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Volume 11, No. 9, Jan. 8, 2003 FREE


Sponsor-themed police cars proposed


By Paul Roat
Private enterprise may blend with public property
in a blatant move toward commercial capitalism.
Bradenton Beach officials later this month will
discuss a proposal from a company which would pro-
vide vehicles at $1 as long as the vehicles could have
corporate sponsor decals on them, similar to NASCAR
race cars.
Police Chief Sam Speciale told city commission-
ers last week he had received information from Gov-
ernment Acquisitions Inc., a North Carolina company,
explaining the offer.
"Instead of raising tax dollars or obtaining govern-
ment funding to purchase vehicles and equipment for


Expert views


Anna Maria


bayside erosion
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Florida coastal erosion expert Dr. Robert Dean of
the University of Florida's Coastal Engineering De-
partment inspected the eroding coastline of Anna
Maria's northeast and Bean Point shores for about five
hours Dec. 30 at the invitation of Mayor SueLynn in an
effort to come up with reasons and solutions for the
disappearance of sand in the area.
City residents along this section of shoreline from
just north of the Rod & Reel Pier to Bean Point have
been concerned for some time about the loss of beach
and the encroachment of Tampa Bay waters into their
backyards during storms and high tides (The Islander,
Oct. 16, 2002).
But don't expect an immediate solution, said the
mayor.
"He's going to send us a report on what is going on
and I expect that report in a few weeks, but he also
needs documentation for both the short- and long-term
on the erosion before he can come up with a long-term
PLEASE SEE BAY EROSION, PAGE 4


law enforcement, fire, rescue, EMS and other govern-
ment agencies that provide homeland security, we ac-
quire funding from local, regional and national compa-
nies in exchange for sponsor recognition and donate the
vehicles and equipment to the government agencies,"
according to Government Acquisitions Inc.
Excluded from sponsorship are companies that
promote alcohol, tobacco, firearms, gaming or other
"inappropriate" themes, Speciale said.
He said he responded to the offer and received
"pre-approval" for two four-wheel-drive Ford Explor-
ers and a Crown Victoria. The vehicles would come
fully equipped, Speciale added, and have a value of
about $40,000 each.


"We're always trying to come up with ways to save
the city money," Speciale said, "and this is one."
Seven cities in Florida have taken advantage of the
offer, according to Government Acquisitions Inc.
Website.
City Attorney Alan Prather urged caution in enter-
ing into the arrangement. "You will need to read the
contract very carefully," he said, "because you are
granting them a license with the city seal on it."
Commissioner Dawn Baker also urged caution
with the proposal. "The Island Transportation Planning
Organization went to great lengths to not have ads on
PLEASE SEE POLICE, NEXT PAGE


Endangered species?
Anna Maria resident Joan Dickinson watches waves splash against and over the seawall at her North Shore
Drive residence just north of the Rod & Reel Pier. She accompanied Dr. Robert Dean on his Dec. 30 inspec-
tion of shore erosion in the area. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Perico legal challenge drags on


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Some might call the legal battle over the proposed
Arvida condominium project on north Perico Island the
"never-ending story," and that's fine with attorney Dan
Lobeck, who represents ManaSota-88 in its lawsuit
against the City of Bradenton and Arvida to halt the
project.
On' Friday, Jan. 3, Lobeck ensured the story
wouldn't have an ending soon when he filed a motion
for the court to hear an amended complaint action in the
lawsuit.
By filing the motion within one year of the
lawsuit's last court action against Arvida and
Bradenton, Lobeck assured the case could not be
thrown out of court for inactivity, which would result
in an easy victory for Arvida and Bradenton.
A hearing on the amended motion has been set for
March 4 before Circuit Court Judge Charles E. Williams.


"This is not a hearing on the merits of the lawsuit,
this is just taken to have recorded action within a one-'
year period" and preserve all legal rights in the case,
said Lobeck. "It's basically our right to file an amended
motion. We're just clarifying the original issues."
Should Judge Williams grant the amended motion,
attorneys for Arvida and the City of Bradenton will
have 20 days to file a response. Should they miss that
deadline, ManaSota-88 would win the case to halt the
development by default.
"But I fully expect them to answer," said Lobeck,
although Arvida and Bradenton attorneys have taken
no action the past year to move the case forward
through the legal system.
In fact, said Lobeck in June 2002, those same at-
torneys did not seem interested in continuing to defend
the lawsuit, although no offer of settlement has been
PLEASE SEE PERICO, PAGE 4


Lappenings

Winter kickoff
The year's first "block party" will take place from 5
to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, on Bridge Street to celebrate
the new year. It involves nearly every business in the his-
toric district with music, prizes, raffles and fun.
Saturday night, the Anna Maria Island Rotary
Club invites everyone to attend their "Extravaganza,"
a Monte-Carlo-style gambling event with game chips,
dance music and food included in the $30 ticket price.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will redidicate its
renovated pipe organ with a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday
and the Island Baptist Church will host a concert by
gospel singer Diane Muise at 6:30 p.m. the same day.
More information and events inside ...


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PAGE 2 0 JAN. 8, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER


Fewer sea turtles born, more dying: Why?


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Something seems to be going wrong with marine
turtles in our waters, and no one knows why.
Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island's most knowledge-
able sea turtle preservationist and head of Turtle Watch
here, said "something definitely is not right"' with re-
production down and mortality up.
"We'd all like to say pollution is to blame, or lights
along the shore cause the fatalities," she said. "But
that's too easy, and it just isn't at all likely."
Island nests during the May-October incubation
season plummeted from 300 in 1997 to a few more than
90 in 2002. Scientists are studying data in an intense
effort to determine the cause, Fox said.
It isn't just Anna Maria, although the Island is fa-
vored by turtle scientists for analysis because it is iso-
lated by sea from all other natural turtle hatcheries on
the Gulf. With the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on one
side and Mote Marine Laboratory on the other, Fox
said, "the minute anything happens we are in the
middle of it."
The Island also is the only place in the state where

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the trolleys or at the trolley stops," she said, "and the
same is true for the taxis on the Island. We were all up
in arms over the boat in the Intracoastal Waterway that
had signs on it, and if we went into this arrangement,
Longboat Key would have an absolute hissy fit."
Commissioners agreed to discuss the matter further
at the commission-department head work session later
this month.
"The program is a way for businesses to obtain brand
recognition and point-of-sale activity while giving back to
the public by supporting homeland security, law enforce-
ment, fire, rescue and other government agencies," ac-
cording to Government Acquisitions. "It builds business
and promotes tourism while equipping our government
agencies to protect and serve American citizens."


turtles nest on the bay side, Fox said.
Statewide, 2002 had the lowest number of logger-
head nests in 14 years and the second straight year of
record sea turtle mortality, said the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission's Marine Research
Institute.
On the 32 Florida beaches used to monitor popu-
lation trends, the 38,125 nests counted were lower in
2002 than in any year of the past 14.


"This low level of loggerhead nesting is a concern
because Florida beaches are perhaps the most impor-
tant in the world for this threatened species," said the
CMA.
And more than 1,250 dead or debilitated sea turtles
have been found in the state during each of the last two
years, the greatest numbers since monitoring began in
1980. Collisions with watercraft, disease and drowning
in fish nets are blamed for most of the deaths.


Riverfront property
Residents of Sixth Avenue woke up New Year's Day to discover heavy rain the night before turned the road-
way into a river. According to Connie Brannon, by noon the water at the center of the road stood 16 inches
deep and Sixth Avenue was impassable by car for nearly 28 hours. Brannon's husband, Jim, and dog, Sugar,
chose to meander downstream by boat with the aid of a trolling motor. Islander Photo: Connie Brannon


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THE ISLANDER M JAN. 8, 2003 M PAGE 3


Holmes Beach is still working out the wrinkles
in providing Island youth with a skateboard park on
city property near city hall.
Holmes Beach City Attorney Patricia Petruff re-
cently reviewed concerns regarding the city's liabil-
ity insurance coverage, which were raised by Com-
missioner Roger Lutz in December.
Lutz was concerned that the city would not be
adequately covered by its insurance plan without
direct supervision of the skateboard park.
"Every skateboard park insurance policy that I
have seen," Lutz said, "requires 'direct supervision'
as a condition precedent of coverage."
Petruff reviewed the quote provided by City Se-
curities Corporation for the proposed skatepark and
spoke to Patrick O'Connor, a City Securities Corp.
agent.
O'Connor told Petruff that a "skate guard" is
recommended by risk management, but is not re-
quired to be insured.
If the city chooses to provide a skate guard when


the park is open, O'Connor indicated that this could
be a city employee or an informal network of volun-
teers.
Skate guards would be responsible for oversee-
ing the operation of the park and ensuring that the
risk-management requirements are being met.
The risk-management plan requires park users to
have a signed waiver on file with the city and to wear
protective equipment including helmets, wrist
guards and knee pads.
Petruff said that Commissioner Lutz is correct in
his assertion that the city could be potentially liable
if a minor is injured while using the park without a
waiver or without the proper safety equipment.
O'Connor told Petruff that he has been writing
policies for skate parks for nearly 10 years and in
that time has not had any catastrophic injury claim.
The worst claim was settled for less than
$25,000 and involved a deep laceration, according to
O'Connor, but most claims he says involve broken
arms and bruises.


Waste Management fights crime in Holmes Beach


Waste Management service providers in
Holmes Beach are not only ridding the city of
unwanted trash, but they also have their eye on
unwanted mischief and crime.
Through a program called Waste Watch,
Waste Management drivers are trained on how to
identify and report suspicious or unusual activi-
ties to local authorities.
Because Waste Management trucks are in
local neighborhoods collecting trash from homes
and businesses on a regular basis, crews become
familiar with the fabric of the community and


notice when something is out of the ordinary.
According to Holmes Beach Commissioner
Don Maloney, who spearheaded the project for
the city, Waste Watch is already in effect and driv-
ers now serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for
local emergency response organizations.
Drivers have the necessary equipment on their
trucks to radio their dispatch office in the event
they see something suspicious. The information is
immediately relayed to the local police depart-
ment, or appropriate authority, which can then
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Meetings

Anna Maria City
Jan. 8, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Enhancement and
Education Committee meeting.
Jan. 9, 6:45 p.m., special city commission meeting.
Agenda: selection of city engineer and architect selec-
tion committee determination.
Jan. 9, 7 p.m., city commission work session. Agenda:
job description for Web master, Website editorial
policy discussion, discussion of elimination of exces-
sive copies of documents, Island building official dis-
cussion, city leased/owned public parking area discus-
sion, wireless master plan discussion, modular
newsracks discussion, anti-war proclamation discus-
sion, and city commission picture scheduling.
Jan. 13, 7 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Jan 14, 7 p.m., town hall meeting on bay erosion.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
Jan. 16, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
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.
Jan. 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
Jan 16, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.

Of Interest
Jan. 8, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Operations Center
meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Jan 13, 3 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Organi-
zation meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Jan. 15, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials Organization meeting, Bradenton Beach
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PAGE 4 JAN. 8, 2003 U THE ISLANDER


Water advisory lifted for Bayfront Park


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A health advisory on the waters off Bayfront Park
in Anna Maria in effect since Dec. 23 was lifted by
county health officials Dec. 31 after water quality
samples tested that week met state and federal mini-
mum standards.
Acting Manatee County Environmental Health
Director Tom Larkin said tests done Dec. 30 on wa-
ter collected from both the north and south sections of
the park showed the levels of enteric bacteria, which



Bay erosion addressed
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

solution," said SueLynn.
What Dr. Dean needs is six months worth of high and
low tide measurements in the area along with a longer
period of tracking the disappearance of sand, she said.
On a positive note, Dean said there could be some
short-term solutions, including more rock groins or
trucking in sand from a current beach renourishment
project somewhere in Florida.
Both those solutions, however, likely involve city
money, said the mayor, because she's been unable to
find a currently available grant from any state or fed-
eral agency that the city might qualify for and that
would meet the city's needs.
Dean did note one long-term solution the city should
keep in mind. Purchase sand at discounted prices from the
next Anna Maria Island beach renourishment project on
the Gulf side to truck to the bay side.

Center plans to be announced
A spokesperson for the Anna Maria Island
Community Center said a "major announce-
ment" will be made at the Center's board meet-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8.
"It's more than routine business," Andy
Little, winter publicist for the Center, said of the
pending announcement regarding the capital
fundraising campaign.
"The money's just not there [since 9/11].
We're going to divide the plan into segments as
to how much money we need and our priorities
in three stages," Little said. "We'll start right
away with a goal of $800,000 to $1 million.
"There may be some changes to the proposed
building structure, but for the most part it's the
same old news but sliced in a new time frame."
Little said the board meeting is open to the
public and that the board will present architectural
plans and drawings along with its fundraising plans.



Perico Island battle continues
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
made to Lobeck.
"And that would seem to be the case now," he
added.
Lobeck said he couldn't speculate on when the
lawsuit might come to trial.
"The judge could move it forward to trial, or the
City of Bradenton could move to seek a conclusion
sooner rather than later," he said.
"They don't seem interested in doing that," he
added.
The cities of Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and
Holmes Beach along with Manatee County are also
parties to the lawsuit, as is Perico Island resident Ken
Crighton.
Glen Compton of ManaSota-88 said it was "en-
couraging" that Arvida may no longer be interested in
continuing to defend the lawsuit, but his group will
continue its lawsuit until either a court decision is
reached or Arvida withdraws its proposal.
One thing appears certain, Arvida is not likely to
begin construction on the Perico Island project until all
legal challenges have been successfully removed.
A Pompano Beach developer several years ago
built an apartment complex while facing a lawsuit from
an adjacent landowner over the project. When the land-
owner won the case, the developer was forced to tear
down the $3 million building and find a new location.


is an indication of fecal pollution, were at acceptable
levels as established by the U.S. Environmental Protec-
tion Agency.
The recent tests put the five-week average of tests
for fecal bacteria done in both locations at below EPA
advisory levels, prompting Larkin to lift the advisory.
The advisory did not prohibit bathing, but said that
water contact "may pose an increased risk of infectious
disease, particularly for susceptible individuals." Expo-
sure to the waters may also cause skin rash and infec-
tions.


Marine engineer Rick Spadoni of Coastal
Marine and Engineering, the Boca Raton-based
firm hired by Manatee County to oversee last
year's beach renourishment project, said many of
Florida's Gulf Coast barrier islands are losing
sand at their northern tips.
"North from Naples, nearly every island has
seen significant erosion at its northern tip the
past few years. At present, there's no explanation
for it," said Spadoni.
As an example, he said Beer Can Island at
the north end of Longboat Key has lost a lot of
sand recently, along with a number of trees that
have fallen into the Gulf and Longboat Pass.
"So what's happening on Anna Maria Island
is not unique and it's not caused by the beach
renourishment borrow pit," as some city resi-


Unfortunately, the next renourishment project isn't
scheduled for another five to seven years, said the mayor.
"But if we are to utilize that resource, we need to
start thinking now because the planning for the next
contract starts in two or three years," she said.
"We have to be included in that planning if we
want to have sand available, and that's something the
city is going to look at," she affirmed.
For the present, SueLynn said there is a current
dredging project in the Tampa Bay shipping channel
and she and Manatee County Ecosystems Manager
Charlie Hunsicker are trying to "track that one down"
to see if sand is available to purchase and if the qual-
ity is acceptable.
Hunsicker is also pushing the city to "get on top of
the next beach renourishment project," to include all
areas that may need renourishment, said the mayor.
An effort by North Shore Drive resident Joan
Dickinson to include Anna Maria's northeast coastline
in the recently completed Gulf front renourishment
project failed because some residents, despite the en-


The legal battle over the Arvida-Perico Island
development started nearly three years ago, soon
after the City of Bradenton annexed the land into
the city limits in 1998.
That action effectively removed any develop-
ment project on north Perico 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
approval on April 11, 2000, and city council ap-
proval a month later.
Legal challenges began almost immediately and
the ManaSota-88 lawsuit is over environmental is-
sues surrounding the project and public welfare dur-


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


Bacteria in the waters off Bayfront Park may have
come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and
human sewage, he said.
Tests were also conducted at various locations in
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach and all samples
met EPA saltwater standards, according to Larkin.
Waters at a number of Island locations, including
Coquina Beach, have been tested by the county health
department every two weeks since August 1, 2002,
under the federally funded Healthy Beaches Monitor-
ing Program, Larkin said.


dents claim, he said.
The borrow pit was dug about 2,000 feet off the
Island's northern tip and some residents said Bean
Point began to lose sand immediately after the bor-
row pit was dug.
Spadoni said scientific studies have discounted
those claims.
A number of city residents would agree, said
SueLynn.
"Many long-term residents say the sand at
Bean Point comes and goes," she said. Some people
remember 20 years ago fishing off a concrete wall
at Bean Point that is now about 200 feet from the
water, she said.
"So we have to track the gain or loss of sand at
Bean Point and other locations and see if its cycli-
cal," the mayor concluded.


croaching saltwater, did not want to grant easements to
the county.
An easement might not be a requirement if the city
purchases sand for its own renourishment project, how-
ever.
For the present, the city must wait for Dean's re-
port before any next step.
"The report will tell us what to do to get on top of
the problem, but at this point, there's nothing we can,
or should do, immediately."
Dr. Dean did say that Bean Point in Anna Maria is
"unique" and may require extensive study by the state
because it is being assaulted on three sides at the same
time by erosion, she said.
The mayor is hopeful that the city engineering firm
that will be hired in the next few weeks will have some
marine engineering experience to help the city with the
problem and look for grant money to aid in a solution.
"I'm hopeful Dr. Dean will be back with his initial
report by Jan. 14 for the town hall meeting on the prob-
lem," said the mayor.


ing a hurricane evaluation, among other objections.
A separate lawsuit by a group called the Con-
cerned Citizens of Manatee County challenges that
the project does not meet the comprehensive plans
of either the City of Bradenton or Manatee County.
Lobeck is also the attorney for that group.
Arvida's plan is to build 898 luxury condo-
miniums 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. When
fully occupied, the complex would house approxi-
mately 2,000 residents.
ManaSota-88 has also objected to the impact an
additional 2,000 residents on Perico Island would
have on the current traffic flow in the area.


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.


North sections of islands disappearing


Arvida.Perico Island legal


battle nears third birthday





THE ISLANDER M JAN. 8, 2003 0 PAGE 5


'Tide' makes the mark in Holmes Beach


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Tidemark hotel, condominium and marina
project in Holmes Beach is a "go."
Pre-sales of units at the planned $20 million project
have reached the minimum number required for con-
struction financing to begin, said sales and marketing
director Brenda Boyd-May.
"The requirements have been met and we expect
to begin construction between March 1 and 15," said
Boyd-May.
"It could begin earlier and we've already been ap-
proved, but with all the paperwork involved, I'm esti-
mating conservatively."
Developer Nick Easterling has estimated a 12-14-
month construction period, once construction commences.
Of the planned 40 units, 17 have been pre-sold
while three are reserved. Twenty units remain, she said.
"We are still taking agreements for those remain-
ing," said Boyd-May.
Prices for units at the complex range from the mid-
$400,000 to upper $600,000, she said. The units are
"commercial condominiums," which allow owners to
utilize up to 120 days in a calendar year. The remain-
der of the year the "timeshare" units are held in a
"rental pool" by the lodge.
Located on the site of the former Pete Reynard's/
Marina Bay restaurant, the 40-unit Tidemark will be
designed after the century-old Rod & Gun Club in
Everglades City, Fla.
Tidemark will also have a 61-slip marina that can
accommodate craft of up to 65 feet in length, Easterling
has said.
"I wanted a modem, comfortable lodge and marina
that recalls the rich and colorful history of this part of
Florida and the boating and fishing culture that
spawned here," he added.


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A 'stitch in time'
Sherry Oehler and Penny Reinholz unveil the "Scenes of Paradise Quilt" at a kickoff party for the Anna
Maria Island Tour of Homes to be held March 8. The colorful quilt was custom-designed and handmade to
reflect Island scenes by the Eyeland Needlers, a dedicated group of stitchers. Raffle tickets for the prize quilt
priced at $1 went on sale at the kickoff and are available to the public at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia, Anna Maria. The event and quilt ticket sales will benefit the Center. The quilt is
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Opinion


Much ado about nothing
There seems to always be a plethora of news on
Anna Maria Island, in fact, there's never a shortage
of it, but while reviewing our own "year 2002 in re-
view," we began to realize much of the news
amounts to no news. Or news about nothing. Or
news that amounts to nothing.
There was news about the Arvida-Perico Island
proposed development recently. But the news is that
the opponents of the development filed papers to
continue their lawsuits another year, and with no
action on the part of Arvida, they hope it will wear
on without further action. In other words, they hope
Arvida is wearing thin and will move on to develop
high-rise condos elsewhere. No news is good news
here.
We learned late last year that the Florida Depart-
ment of Transcendental Conveyance, er, Transpor-
tation, will now repair rather than replace the bridge
linking the mainland and Perico Island to Anna
Maria Island. The decision represented a 10-year
newsworthy struggle to prevent a megabridge re-
placement, which a few Islanders sought and most
opposed. Amazingly, in-the 10 years since the DOT
announced its replacement plans, very little mainte-
nance was performed so that was long overdue. No
news on that front was bad news, as the bridge de-
teriorated and prompted some to conclude the DOT
had ulterior motives.
Not so, said DOT, and hence the good news that
a replacement bridge won't be needed for 20 years.
Start humming that tune before the music dies.
Beach renourishment came and went, the second
phase of a project begun in 1992. The offshore
dredge, sand pumping and bulldozing were big at-
tractions for gawkers. The whole project went
smoothly this time, with no storms and no big prob-
lems on the beach or with anticipated conflicts dur-
ing turtle nesting season. Having a big, wide expanse
of beach is grand, but it went so quickly and
smoothly, it seemed like hard work to make news of
it.
One of the best no-news nondevelopments came
with confirmation that the anticipated disastrous
drop in tourism afer 9/11 was as greatly exaggerated
as reports of Mark Twain's death. Many tourist-
based economies did indeed suffer, and continue to
do so, but ours just trundles along in good health.
Oh happiness. All is well, and quiet, on Anna
Maria Island. For the moment.




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Icing and sprinkles
I want to thank you for the great honor you have
bestowed on me. Being named by you as "Islander of
the Year 2002" is such a shock I really don't know how
to react.
You are giving me credit for work others have
done. Because we have dreams doesn't mean we ac-
complished them alone. As I have said many times, no
person can achieve anything without the support and
help of others.
This year has been the best I can remember, with
the acquisition of Grassy Point for the Island. Your
selecting me for this honor is the icing on the cake.
The sprinkles on the cake? The essays by the stu-
dents of Anna Maria Elementary School suggesting a
municipal swimming pool would be one of their priori-
ties "if they were major."
Thank you again.
Billie Martini, Holmes Beach


Thanks for help
Simply put, I was stuck in a ditch next to the bank
Tuesday evening when it had rained so hard on the Is-
land. I wish to thank Jason, a kind-hearted man who
helped push my car out. Luckily, we were able to res-
cue my car from the deep waters.
Again, thank you, Jason, for your help and kind
gesture. It was very much appreciated.
Christina Jordan, Holmes Beach

Counting blessings
Once again, we Islanders and families were blessed
by the wonderful Christmas Prelude held on Bridge
Street on Thanksgiving evening. Our grandchildren
were thrilled with all of the dazzling holiday light dis-
plays and their eyes lit up as Santa greeted them and
passed out candy canes. The musicians and singers
warmed our hearts on a chilly November evening. It


was wonderful to see friends and neighbors gathered
about wrapped in jackets and blankets.
This year's prelude came too close to not hap-
pening due to lack of business contributions. At the
last minute, the citizens banded together and dona-
tions poured, which allowed the event to go on as
planned.
It would be disappointing not to have this annual
Thanksgiving eve family event in our community. If
every citizen who attended the Prelude could donate
only $10, we would be well on the way to funding
the 2003 event.
While the warm feeling is still in our hearts, let's
all write a donation check to Legacy III Inc., P.O. Box
333, Bradenton Beach FL 34217. Your donation is tax
deductible.
I, for one, would like to see this tradition continue
for many years to come. I am dropping my check in the
mail today.
Sandy Greiner Lancrise, Holmes Beach


Remembering George
Coincidence? Or what? George Norwood loved the
smell of honeysuckle blossoms. Elizabeth and I made
a point of keeping him supplied with fresh blooms that
we replaced at least every third day or sooner. He said
he felt that something was wrong if he couldn't smell
them.
His bed was placed in front of the living room win-
dows where he could see what was going on outside.
The flowers were on a window ledge where the vase
was less than a foot from his face.
The honeysuckle blossoms were starting to "go
by." When we had no more on our property, we swiped
a sprig from nearby neighbors who were conveniently
out of the area. The very next day was when George
left us.
Coincidence? That's my vote.
Gene and Elizabeth Moss, Anna Maria


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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 8, 2003 M PAGE 7


Civic association presents 'getting to know your MPO'


The Holmes Beach Civic Association invited
Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
Executive Director Mike Guy and Planning Manager
Mike Howe to speak to the community about the role
of the MPO.
Guy began by telling the audience about the mem-
bers of the MPO board and its technical advisory and
citizen's advisory committees.
Anna Maria Island is represented on the MPO
board by Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie and on
the Citizen's Advisory Committee by Holmes Beach
resident Jane Early.
Guy said that prior to making any decision, the
MPO board gets feedback from the citizen's advisory
committee, which currently has 27 members.
Guy also explained the MPO's long-range plan-
ning process and how a project moves through the five-
year work plan.
Guy noted that all plans are based on financial fea-
sibility. The long-range plan includes projects that the
MPO can afford to do, not all the projects that need to
be done.
In developing its long-range plan, a travel demand
forecasting model is used to try to project human be-
havior and determine where the travel demand will be.
The long-range plan is updated every five years using
updated census bureau data.
The long-range plan includes three elements: high-
way, public transportation and bicycle and pedestrian
travel.


'Guys' from MPO
Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organiza-
tion Executive Director Mike Guy and Planning
Manager Mike Howe were guest speakers at the
Holmes Beach Civic Association's monthly meeting.
Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
The MPO's five-year work plan focuses on
projects that will be funded based on priority.
For example, Guy said, if Holmes Beach had a
project it wanted done, it would have to be included in
the long-range plan first.
Once that occurs, the city can submit it to the MPO
in April to be rated on its priority list. For the purposes
of the example, say the project was ranked seventh on
the priority list.


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Building official options on Jan. 9 Anna Maria agenda


Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn plans to present sev-
eral options to city commissioners at their Jan. 9 work-
shop with regard to the beleaguered Islandwide build-
ing department proposal.
Talks about a common building department among
the three Island city mayors had stalled last fall over an
equitable distribution of costs, but a Dec. 30 meeting
with Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore and
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie resolved many
of those issues, said SueLynn.


"I'll now be presenting several options to city com-
missioners at the [Jan. 9] meeting," she said, including
continuing to develop an Island building department
for all three cities, hiring a full-time official for the city,
or contracting with Holmes Beach for building inspec-
tions and building official requirements.
Cost for a full-time Anna Maria building official
was estimated at a maximum of approximately
$130,000 per year, including salary, benefits, transpor-
tation, supplies and auxiliary services, SueLynn said,


while being part of an Islandwide building department
would cost the city an estimated $133,000 annually.
The least expensive option to ensure a full-time
building official is always available to Anna Maria
would be to contract with Holmes Beach, which al-
ready has three full-time building officials, she said.
That would cost the city about $83,000 annually,
SueLynn estimated.
She emphasized these figures were just initial es-


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PAGE 8 0 JAN. 8, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER


Islander Ellen Marshall, editor, activist, Democrat


Ellen Marshall died Friday, Jan. 3.
Her lifetime reward came in part six years
ago from Gov. Lawton Chiles.
Chiles presented Marshall with a framed, limited
edition print of "Heartland," a watercolor by his wife
Rhea, in recognition of her service to the community
and to children in 1996.
Chiles' letter to Marshall said the award was in
"recognition and celebration of the difference you have
made in the quality of life in your community."
And that difference didn't just begin when Marshall
was among the first volunteers to serve in the Guardian Ad
Litem program, representing more than 100 children in
court hearings regarding abuse, neglect and custody
battles, after the death of her husband in 1981.
It began much earlier in her life, even before she
came to Anna Maria Island in 1947, having worked as
a nurse's aide in the children's ward of a large New
York City hospital.
Marshall accepted a new Guardian case the day of
the Heartland presentation, one she said would be very
interesting because, as she said, "There aren't any law-
yers involved -just us working for the children's
best interests."
In 1995, Marshall, a self-proclaimed "Yellow-dog
Democrat," made an introduction for a young attorney,
who in turn introduced Lt. Gov. Buddy McKay to a
gathering of Island Democrats, and it was then that she
caught the attention of a governor's aide. The occasion
served as the springboard to Marshall's award.
Heartland award recipients were selected by the late
Gov. Chiles from staff recommendations and supported
by recommendations from those in the community.
The aide contacted longtime friend and neighbor of
Marshall, Elizabeth Moss, for a letter of recommendation
and The Islander for background information and further
confirmation of her commitment to the community.
Months later, Islander publisher Bonner Joy was
asked to bring an unknowing Marshall to a meeting of
the governor in Bradenton with representatives of
Manatee County's Project Head Start.
Marshall was given flimsy false pretenses for her
attendance at a "newspaper conference" based on an-


Reading the writing on the wall
Ellen Marshall was surprised and delighted to see
the mural painted by Artists Guild members on the
north wall of Home True Value Hardware in the
Island Shopping Center. The man wearing the argyle
socks is reading the Anna Maria Key News, the
newspaper Marshall published between 1949-51.
Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

other of her accomplishments that of publishing the
Island's first community newspaper.
She wasn't even told Chiles would attend. Once at
the meeting, Marshall was told the governor was there
to present a check to Head Start and assured "our pre-
sentation will come later."
The governor's dialog focused on Head Start and the
future of children's programs and issues and Marshall later
said she found herself listening to the governor along with
the audience of teachers, administrators, business leaders,
county commissioners and children's advocates and think-
ing, "This really does have something to do with me and
my concerns for children."
Just as the governor began to wrap up his talk, he
said he was pleased to have an opportunity to recognize
someone in the audience for her contribution to the
community. Chiles said he thought the woman he
sought to honor probably didn't know she'd been
brought to this meeting to receive an award.
"I'm sure she'll be completely surprised," he said,
"She's a lady who deserves to be recognized for her


many years of community service and advocacy for
children. She is Ellen Marshall."
With that, Marshall gasped, flung one hand over
her heart, bounced a punch cup in the other hand, and
proclaimed, "Oh, my God."
And the governor apologized for startling Marshall
"nearly to death."
The room filled with warm laughter and congratu-
lations as Chiles continued his heartfelt remarks for an
"old friend and longtime acquaintance."

Forward-moving Island
editor and activist
Summoned to the offices of The Islander [By-
stander] back in 1994, Ellen Marshall was pleasantly,
surprised when she saw the rendering of the Anna
Maria Key News in a mural, painted by members of the
Artists Guild of Anna Maria, on the wall of the Island
Shopping Center in Holmes Beach.
After all, Marshall was the writer, editor, publisher
and owner of the first continuously published newspa-
per (an earlier paper published only one issue) on Anna
Maria Island. It began in 1949 and published for a little
more than a year.
The newspaper was "published semi-monthly" and
an annual subscription cost $2. The single-copy price
was 5 cents.
"It was a bona fide newspaper," says Marshall. "It
was never less than eight pages. Can you imagine the
nerve I had? It was a lot of fun and very unusual."
She said she styled the layout of the Key News af-
ter the Christian Science Monitor even though it was
the New York Times that she read faithfully.
A crusader might well describe Marshall, who led
a full and adventurous life.
She first came to visit the Island in 1947. By the
time she moved here in 1949, she was already a young
World War II widow.
Born in New York and raised in Manhattan and
Long Island, Marshall says she loved Anna Maria be-
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cause it reminded her of the island she grew up on.
She rented an apartment near the old Islander Mar-
ket and was a faithful customer there until it closed, a
strong believer in supporting local business.
"I'm a workaholic," said Marshall in a 1994 inter-
view with The Islander. "I've worked all my life."
Marshall said that as soon as she met Harriet Wil-
liams, "we hit it off."
Marshall said she told Harriet, the paper's adver-
tising representative, "'We need to have a decent news-
paper on this Island.' And when we began the Key
News, it was written on a typewriter, so your choice
was upper or lower case."
Marshall recalls when the two women had to bor-
row a truck to pick up the press they had bought.
"We made arrangements to go to Dade City. The
press'weighed over 2,500 pounds and we had to drive
it over the wooden bridge on Cortez."
Marshall later recalled the momentous occasion
when Holmes Beach was incorporated.
"I wrote on the results of the meeting held at the
school cafeteria when the mid-Island city was named," she
said.
"I likened the event to a shotgun wedding in my
story. From my seat in the back of the room, the two
factions, for and against incorporating, had seated
themselves on either side of the room and you could
just imagine shotguns laid across their laps.
"The folks on the right were for incorporating and
the folks on the left were against it, but the left side
wasn't called upon to speak and it passed."
The election which followed the city's incorpora-
tion went unreported, as Marshall's Key News had
ceased publication just weeks before.
The paper lasted about a year.
"It got to the point where I couldn't afford to run
that paper anymore," Marshall laughs. "It was costing
us too much money."
After she sold the paper, Marshall went on with her
life. She married and divorced another Islander before
she met Jack Marshall, an Island real estate agent and
the love of her life.


Gift of giving
Anna Maria resident Ellen Marshall's gift of giving
turned on her briefly when in 1996 Gov. Lawton
Chiles surprised her with his Heartland Award.
Comnnemorated with a limited-edition watercolor of
the Myakka River by his wife Rhea, the award
included a dedication to Marshall on the plaque.
Chiles recognized Marshall for her service to the
community and to children at a special meeting with
community leaders in Bradenton.

"We were married for 27 years," she says. "It was
a very fine marriage."
Marshall lived with her great-grandson from the
time he was 2 years old and the progression from
caregiver into the Guardian Ad Litem program seemed
a natural one for her.
"I always liked children," admitted Marshall. "I'd
spent my whole life raising other people's children."


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The state-mandated program began in 1981. That was
when Marshall read about it in Manatee County's League
of Women Voters newsletter. The 12th Judicial Circuit
Court was looking for volunteers to be trained to act as
advocates for children caught up in the court system.
Marshall was one of the first to join.
"It was wonderful for me," Marshall said. "Jack
had recently died and I didn't want to be involved in
real estate anymore. I had to have something to do. I
got really involved because it had just started."
Back in 1981, 15 Guardian Ad Litem volunteers
worked the three counties of the 12th Judicial Circuit:
Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties.
"We were all running around like crazy," Marshall
recalled.
The program grew to retain more than 200 trained
volunteers in the three-county district, all working to
help children.
"One of the things that kept a volunteer program
like this going was the possibility for a near miracle,"
said Marshall.
There very likely were many "near miracles" for
Marshll in her lifetime, and although she didn't like to
give her age, it was a long, productive, gifted life.
For a woman the likes of Ellen Marshall, the re-
wards in life were many.
Her joy? Giving of herself.
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church's organist-choirmaster. He will perform some
of the best-known works for a pipe organ.
The rededication will mark the third time the in-
strument has been updated since its installation 40
years ago, Parks said. It is Anna Maria Island's only
pipe organ.
"The organ is now capable of playing a wealth of
literature.that never would have worked on it before,"
Parks said. "Even though it is somewhat modest in the
actual number of pipes 697 many of the larger
works written for organ come across very well on it. It
also has a remarkable variety of tonal colors."
The recital will include three large works, includ-
ing two.famous toccatas the Toccata and Fugue in
D Minor by J.S. Bach and the toccata that concludes
Symphony No. 5 by Charles Marie Widor. The third
large work will be "Litanies" by Jehan Alain. Smaller
pieces to show off different tonal colors will round out
the program, Parks said.
Additions to the organ include one octave of big
wooden pipes to give the instrument more substantial
bass and a rank of 61 delicate Voix Celeste pipes to
match its softest sounds "and make them prettier," the
organist said.
Dale Jensen, local organ builder and retired music
supervisor for Manatee County schools, updated and
made the additions to the Gloria Dei organ. Bob
Campbell made the electrical connections.
While 40 years may seem a long time for an organ,
Parks said, many pipe organs in the United States are
well over 100 and there is one in Switzerland that has
been in use for 700 years.
The church is at 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Further information may be obtained at 778-
1813.

Irish dancing resumes Monday
Irish dancing will resume on Mondays starting Jan.
13 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Instructor will be John
Corbett, who said partners are not required and tempos
range from waltzes to reels. Cost is $3 for members, $4
for nonmembers. Further information is available at
778-1908.


Islander featured at boat show
Longtime local fishing guide and Islander colum-
nist Capt. Mike Heistand will detail secrets of the trade
at the Nautical Boat Show & Sale, scheduled Friday-
Sunday, Jan. 10-12, at the Manatee Convention and
Civic Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
He will discuss "Structure Fishing in Tampa Bay"
in a seminar at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. He oper-
ates his Magic Charters from Anna Maria Island. Fur-
ther information may be obtained at 779-9607.

Reservations being taken for
Wearable Art show
Reservations are being taken now for the annual
Wearable Art Fashion Show and Luncheon, scheduled
Feb. 15 at the Seafood Shack in Cortez.
Fashions will be by Jennifer's & Patchington at the 11
a.m.-2 p.m. event, said the sponsoring Art League of
Manatee County. Tickets are $22, or for a table of eight
$175. Reservations may be made by calling 746-2862.


'Island Extravaganza'

Saturday night
By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Roulette, dice, blackjack, food, drink, dancing to
live music it's all adding up to a full Saturday night
well worthy of the title "Extravaganza."
It's the Anna Maria Island Rotary Club's first an-
nual "Island Extravaganza," from 6:30-10 p.m. Satur-
day, Jan. 11, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Generations band will provide music through-
out the affair, which will have silent and live auctions,
door prizes, buffet dinner and dancing.
Two cash bars will open at 6:30 p.m., cocktails
served from 6:30-7:30, silent auction 6:30-9, dinner
starting at 7:30, live auction at 9, and dancing through-
out the evening.
There will be Monte Carlo-style gaming tables, six
offering blackjack, one roulette and one dice.
Three hundred tickets are being sold for $30 each
at Ginny's Antiques & Art, 5600 Marina Drive; Island
Middle School, 8605 Gulf Drive; and The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, all in Holmes Beach, and at Sun-
set Beach Resort, 2201 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
Also Don Fernald at 779-0329, Jim Dunne at 778-
4060 and Nancy Ambrose at 778-5274 have tickets for
sale. The $30 price includes chips for the games, as
well as dinner.
Silent auction items include Executive Limo trans-
port and dinner for four at Ooh La La! European Bis-
tro, Regal cruise, cocktail party on a Galati yacht, three
days and two nights at the BridgeWalk Resort, a get-
away at Sunset Beach Motel, and many, many more,
said Ambrose.
She said special Extravaganza sponsors are the
Bradenton Herald, Blake Medical Center, The Islander,
Marina Pointe Realty, LaPensee Plumbing, Publix,
Sunset Beach Motel, Titsworth Construction Co. and
Wachovia Bank.
Money raised by the event is to go to Island Middle
School, Special Olympics, dictionaries for fourth-grad-
ers at Anna Maria Elementary School, Disaster Sur-
vival Tubs and Polio Plus.


Islander's film will be shown
at Sarasota festival
"Yesterday and You," a tribute to her mother by
Debra Hussong of Holmes Beach, will be shown at a
film festival Friday and Saturday in Sarasota.
It is among works of 10 area women filmmakers at
"Through Women's Eyes: Fourth Annual Women's
International Video-Film Festival." The opening-day
showing will be open to the public free of charge from
10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Selby Library Friday, Jan. 10.
On Saturday, Jan. 11, films by national and inter-
national directors will be shown at Sainer Hall at New
College, at $6 for half a day and $10 the full day.
Further information may be obtained at 922-5303 or
954-0237.

'Living Thin' preview Monday
A preview of the "Living Thin, Living Young"
health program will be presented at the Bayfront Park
Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, at 6:390 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13.
The program will be presented by Sylvia M.
Goldman, author of "Living Thin, Living Young."
Reservations may be made and further information
obtained at 387-0024 or 316-1980.

Garden club will hear
Diane Broda Wednesday
Diane Broda will discuss guide dogs at a meeting
of the Anna Maria Island Garden Club at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Further informa-
tion may be obtained by calling 778-3665 or 756-3275.


Yoga class at Center
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is of-
fering twice-weekly yoga classes, Mondays and Fri-
days from 8:45-10 a.m., at the Center's facility, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Instructor is Dolce Little.
Cost is $5 per class. Details are available at 778-1908.
































Believe me, please
Joe Kerata as Sidney Bruhl and Michael Vogt as
Clifford Anderson plead with Diana Shoemaker, who
portrays Myra Bruhl, in the "Death Trap, the
Island Players production of the Ira Levin play
opening this week. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

'Death Trap' opening at Players
The curtain rises on an author of mystery thrillers
reading a manuscript submitted by a student, and,
though praising the play, brooding about his current
writing dry spell.
His long fictional association with devious plots
and characters gives him some characteristics he may
not have started out with, and he hatches schemes to
improve his lamentable situation.
Others, though, have minds just as devious, and
thereby hangs the humor and tension of "Death Trap,"
which opens Thursday night, Jan. 9, at the Island Play-
ers playhouse, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The Ira Levin play will run through Jan. 26. Cur-
tain times are 8 p.m. except for three Sunday matinees
at 2 p.m. The theater is closed Mondays.
Joe Kareta and Diana Shoemaker star in the play,
with Michael Vogt, Jo Kendall and David Smith shar-
ing honors.
Director is Kelly Woodland, while Carol Cozan is
stage manager, John Flannery set designer, Don Bailey
costume designer, Chris McVicker lighting designer,
and Walt Schmidt and Bob Grant sound specialists.
Tickets, at $14 each, may be purchased at the box
office between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily except Sunday,
or through 778-5755.

Reservations being taken
for Polish dinner dance
Reservations are being accepted for the Polish din-
ner dance scheduled Jan. 25 at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Live music and a home-cooked dinner are on the
program starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Reserva-
tions may be made and tickets obtained through the
church office, 778-4769, or Rickie Arnold, 778-3397.

Players audition Sunday for 'Art'
The Island Players will hold auditions Sunday, Jan.
12, for its presentation of "Art," the Yasmina Resa play
scheduled for March-23.
The auditions will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Players
Theater, Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
The play requires three men aged 35-50.
Director will be Phyllis Elfenbein, who will pro-
vide further information at 778-4412.
'Hipper Than Flipper' concert
A concert with three local bands, promising to be
"Hipper than Flipper," is scheduled at Mote Marine
Laboratory Saturday night, Jan. 11.
Aimed at over-21 young professionals, it will be
from 6 p.m. until midnight in the aquarium's courtyard.
Bands appearing will be Thread, Texarkana and
Chime. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door
and may be obtained by calling 388-4441 or at 1600
Ken Thompson Parkway, on City Island off the south
ramp of the New Pass Bridge to Longboat Key. Pro-
ceeds will go to Mote.


Canada-U.S. tournament
registration is open
The deadline is next Wednesday, Jan. 15, to reg-
ister to participate in Anna Maria Island's first annual
Canada-U.S. Tennis Tournament, scheduled for the
following Saturday.
The inaugural event will be from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 at the courts at Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Players may
register at the Center during the regular morning ten-
nis play, or by calling Don Moffatt at 778-8261.
Eligible for tournament action are people who play
on a regular basis with seniors in the morning or after-
noon groups at the Center. There is room in the event
for 18 women and 18 men, Moffatt said.
It will be on a seeded basis with mixed, men's and
women's doubles matches. Winners will be announced
that evening at a dinner beginning at 6:15 p.m. at Ato's
Polynesian Paradise restaurant, 7020 Cortez Road,
Bradenton.
Cost is $15 per player, of which $10 is to be re-
funded to those who attend the dinner.

Sandpiper penny sale
seeking contributions
The Sandpiper Mobile Resort is setting up its an-
nual "penny sale" and is looking for contributions to
help the cause along, said Geni Mohr, manager of the
resort.
The sale will be open to the public all day Satur-
day, Jan. 25, at the Sandpiper, 2601 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Tickets are $1 each for items to be
sold throughout the park, and are available at the office
now or on the day of the sale.
Proceeds go to the Anna Maria Island Privateers
for the scholarship fund that the organization has set up
in the Sandpiper's name. Last year the sale raised $800.
Further information may be obtained by calling 779-
2820 or 778-2955.

'Great Image Workshops'
scheduled at BridgeWalk
Photographer Jack Elka is launching a four-part
"Great Image Workshops" in many phases of taking
good pictures, including digital photography, at
BridgeWalk Resort in Bradenton Beach, with registra-
tion opening now.
The program will be in the Mira-Mar Room of
BridgeWalk, Gulf Drive and Bridge Street. It is first in
a number of series presented by the "landmark resort,"
this one on "What you need to know regarding the con-
stantly changing technology in this new century," said
a BridgeWalk spokesperson.
It will be from 5:30-7 p.m. on Jan. 14 and 31, and
Feb. 6 and 13. Cost is $125 per participant. Elka's
schedule:
First session, pointers for photos, discussion of
equipment.
Second, composition and lighting techniques.
Third, review of sunset pictures and tips for using
Adobe Photoshop.
Fourth, storing, sharing and printing digital images
and answers to questions from the first three sessions.
Those interested may register and receive further
information by calling 779-2545.
St. Bernard church sets
pancake breakfast Sunday
A pancake breakfast is scheduled from 8-11:30
a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Cost of the breakfast will be $3 for adults, $1.50 for
children. Along with the pancakes, sausage, juice and
coffee, a homemade bake sale will be conducted. De-
tails may be obtained by calling 778-4769.

Author Kaminsky talks at library
Sarasota author Stuart Kaminsky will speak at a
double-session program of the Friends of the Island
Branch Library on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
The sessions were doubled because of the popular-
ity of the Edgar-winning writer. They will be at 11 a.m.
and 2 p.m. at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. They are open to the public free of charge on a
first-come, first-seated basis.
Kaminsky is author of 53 books and 36 short sto-
ries and has been translated into 12 languages. His
Edgar Award came for "A Cold Red Sunrise." Next
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Obituaries


Anna M. Bickford
Anna M. Bickford, 96, of Bradenton, died Dec. 31.
Born in Shell, Wyo., Mrs. Bickford came to Mana-
tee County from Long Island, N.Y., in 1967. She re-
tired as chief dietitian for the Veterans Administration.
She served in the U.S. Army, Women's Army Corps,
during World War II.
Private services will be held in New York at a later
date.
She is survived by stepson George of Anna Maria
and niece Martha Kelly of Pittsford, N.Y.
Thelma M.. Blow
Thelma M. Blow, 90, of Holmes Beach, died Jan.
3.
Born in Flint, Mich., Mrs. Blow was a profession-
ally accredited interior designer and owner of "The
Vogue Shoppe" in Kalamazoo, Mich. She was a mem-
ber of the American Society of Interior Design. She
was a member of the Church of the Annunciation,
Holmes Beach.
Memorial services were private.
She is survived by daughter Sue Kemp of Portage,
Mich., and son Kenneth R. of Hulbert, Mich.

Richard Stanley Cushing
Richard Stanley Cushing, 84, of Longboat Key,
died Jan. 2.
Born in Springfield, Mass., Mr, Cushing came to
Manatee County from Suffield, Conn., 37 years ago.
He retired as sales manager for A.E.M.C. Corp. of
Boston. He owned T. F. Cushing Inc., of Springfield.
He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the
Anna Maria Power Squadron, was a past officer of
Electronic Representatives Association, and was a
Shriner. He attended Longboat Island Chapel.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-4 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 12, at Moore's Stone Crab restaurant,
Longboat Key. Memorial contributions may be made
to Shriner's Hospital for Children, care of Recorder
Sahib Shrine Center, 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota FL


34232. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel,
is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Ruth L. and sister Doris
Gormbley of Wilton, Conn.

Thomas P. Gearey III
Thomas P. Gearey III, 74, of Cortez, died Jan. 2.
Born in Upper Darby, Pa., Mr. Gearey came to
Manatee County from Mechanicsburg, Pa., in 1991.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World
War II and, after 23 years, retired as Lieutenant
Colonel from the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean
War and Vietnam War. He was a member of Roser
Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria City. He
was past president of Gettysburg Alumni Associa-
tion and was on the board of trustees of Gettysburg
College. He was a member of Bradenton Country
Club, Rex Masonic Lodge 251, in Rex, Ga., and
Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg, Pa.
Memorial services were Jan. 6 at Brown and Sons
Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
He is survived by wife Jeanne Z.; daughter Susan
Gearey Van Pelt of San Francisco; son Bruce P. of
Chesapeake, Va.; and two grandchildren.

William Boyd Hynd Sr.
William Boyd Hynd Sr.,-61, of Bradenton, died
Dec. 27.
Born in Morrisdale, Pa., Mr. Hynd came to Mana-
tee County from Phillipsburg, Pa., in 1995. He was
employed by Frederick Derr and Co., Sarasota. He
served in the U.S. Navy. He was Presbyterian.
Memorial services will be in Pennsylvania. Toale
Brothers, Bradenton Chapel, is in charge of arrange-
ments.
He is survived by wife Dolly; daughters Kimberly
Sankey of Anna Maria Island, Bobbie Jo Wasilko of
Pleasanton, Calif., and Brenda Fowler of Bradenton;
sons William B. Jr. of Phillipsburg and Troy D. of


Tyrone, Pa.; sisters Jean Hamilton and Kathy Woods,
both of Omaha, Ark.; brothers Archibald, Robert, Roy
and Alec, all of Osceola, Pa.; and 10 grandchildren.

Ellen Marshall
Ellen Marshall, 94, of Anna Maria City, died Jan.
3.
Born in Long Island, N.Y., Mrs. Marshall came to
Anna Maria from there in 1947. She was co-owner of
Jack Marshall Real Estate from 1955 to 1981. She
started the Island's first continuing newspaper, the
"Anna Maria Key News," in 1950. She was active in
the Guardian Ad Litem Program. She served as vice
chairwoman and chairwoman of the Roser Memorial
Community Church congregation between 1989 and
1992. She received the Heartland Award, named as
"One of Florida's Finest," from then Gov. Lawton
Chiles in 1996.
Memorial services were Jan. 7 at the church. Me-
morial contributions may be made to the church, P.O.
Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by seven grandchildren and a great-
grandchild.

'The Pelican Man' Dale Shields
"The Pelican Man" Dale Shields, 75, of Longboat
Key, died Jan. 2.
Born in Mantachie, Miss., Mr. Shields came here
from Flint. Mich., in 1975. He had a produce business
in Venice and worked in car sales in Flint. In 1980, he
began aiding injured wildlife, especially birds and peli-
cans, and became known as "The Pelican Man." At one
time, he had a bird rescue station located in Anna Maria
City. In 1990, he was honored as one of former Presi-
dent George Bush's "1000 Points of Light."
Memorial services were Jan. 5. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to The Pelican Man's Memorial
Fund, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota FL
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34236.
He is survived by daughters Dr. Linda Porter of
Deerfield Beach and Deborah Reed of Ft. Myers; sons
Clifford of Tampa, Steve of Bradenton and Barry of
Paragould, Ark.; stepson Dan O'Neill of Sarasota; sis-
ter Audrey Robinson of Fulton, Miss.; eight grandchil-
dren; and several great-grandchildren.


Charles 'Bud' Stokes
Charles "Bud" Stokes, 72, of Holmes Beach and
Burton, Mich., died Dec. 9.
Mr. Stokes was chairman of the board of Mid-State
Plating Co., Flint, Mich. He was a member of the Key
Royale Golf Club, Holmes
Beach, the Bradenton Coun-
Stry Club, and the Flint Golf
Club in Flint. He was a
S --- member of Flint-C.A.
-v Durand Masonic Lodge 23.
He was a member of Roser
Memorial Community
/ "Church.
Memorial services
Stokeswill be at 11 a.m. Thursday,
Jan. 9, at the church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria City. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 51' years Janet; Sons
David and Timothy of Burton; daughter Diane Burchett
of Clio, Mich.; brother W. Edward of Grand Blanc,
Mich.; and five grandchildren.


Helen I. Webb
Helen I. Webb, 92, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 4.
Born in North East, Pa., Mrs. Webb came here 30
years ago. She was an artist. She was a member of
Anna Maria Artist Guild and Longboat Key Art
League. She was a member the 77*th Street Cabana
Club and an avid traveler. She was a member of Roser


Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria City.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan.
10, at the church, 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church,
P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216, or to the Artists
Guild, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
She is survived by son George Anthony "Tony" of
Holmes Beach; daughter Mary Ellen Burns of
Hamilton, Ohio; five grandchildren; and seven great-
grandchildren.


James G. Wikoff
James G. Wikoff, 97, of Bradenton, died Jan. 1.
Born in Middletown, Ohio, Mr. Wikoff came to
Manatee County from there in 1985. He retired as
vice president of sales from Armco Inc., after 43
years. He was a member of the Hi Twelve Club of
Anna Maria Island, member and past master of
Middletown Masonic Lodge 693, member of Royal
Arch Masons Chapter 87 in Middletown, Ancient
Accepted Scottish Rite Valley in Dayton, Ohio, and
Antiock Temple Shrine in Dayton. He was director
emeritus of Dietrick Industries in Pittsburgh and past
director of the Red Cross in Middletown. He was a
member of the Browns Run Country Club and a vol-
unteer for the Cancer Society and Meals on Wheels,
both in Middletown. He was a member of Palma
Sola Presbyterian Church.
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18
at Freedom Village, 6410 21st Ave. W., Bradenton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Free-
dom Village Scholarship Fund, 6501 17th Ave. W.,
Bradenton FL 34209. Toale Brothers Funeral Home,
South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Marion; son James C. of
Bradenton; stepsons Thomas V. Lefferson and
Timothy Murphy, both of Bradenton; stepdaughter
Nancy Jo Gass of Akron, Ohio; two grandchildren;
four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren;
and seven step-great-grandchildren.


THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 8, 2003 E PAGE 13
Library special events lead
January schedule
Special events, ranging from art to a best-selling
author to a trip through the Rockies to the big book
sale, are features of the January program at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Acrylic paintings by Carl Voyles and Rose Schulpe
along with antique glass bottles provided by Harold
Folkerth will be on exhibit throughout the month.
Stuart Kaminsky, prolific prize-winning author
who lives in Sarasota, will appear at 11 a.m. and 2
p.m. on the Friends of the Island Library's Focus on
Florida program Tuesday, Jan. 14.
The following Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m., an-
other Friends program will feature a travel lecture by
Jim Hyndman on the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
The Friends book sale will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25, featuring myriad bargains in books,
CDs, video-tapes, and other library-related items.
The complete schedule for the library:
Monday, Jan. 13-17, Internet class for begin-
ners, 8:30 a.m., registration required through 778-
6341.
Tuesday, Jan. 14-28, veterans service officer
will interview clients from 1-4 p.m. by appointment
arranged through 749-3030.
Tuesday, Jan. 14, Kaminsky's appearance at 11
a.m. and 2 p.m. on Focus on Florida program.
Tuesday, Jan. 21, Hyndman's travel lecture on
the Canadian Rockies, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 8-29, Family Storytime, 7
p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 15, Friends Book Club, 10:30
a.m.
Friday, Jan. 17, Manatee County Neighborly Se-
nior Services meeting, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11, origami class, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25, Friends book sale, 10 a.m.-3
p.m.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sun-
day, closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6
p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Sat-
urday. Further information may be obtained by call-
ing 778-6341.


A Statement of Appreciation

An addition to our home in Key Royale on Anna Maria
Island has just been completed by an extraordinary team of
creative and gifted professionals headed by Kit Welsch,
contractor, and architect Art Ballman.
Their imagination and careful attention to detail has resulted
in a beautifully designed and expertly crafted wing to our house.
Our cabinet work was extensive, so special mention needs to be
given to Bob Lounds.
Thanks Art, Kit and company.
Francis and Herb Harris

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2002 Year in Review, Part 2


By Paul Roat
And now, for the rest of the news for 2002.

July
Perico Island: Arvida may decide to drop its plans
for a 898-unit condominium development on Perico
Island, according to Bradenton officials. Island cities :-',
and Manatee County joined lawsuits filed by Con-
cerned Citizens of Manatee County and ManaSota-88 .: ..
last year opposing the City of Bradenton and Arvida in A
an effort to block the project, citing a number of envi- .. _.,
ronmental concerns. Arvida had indicated that it "does <.^JL-, ""-- ".-, -' "
not have a present interest in pushing the litigation for-
ward," according to Bradenton City Attorney Bill
Lisch.
Beach shrinks: Coastal engineers told Islanders to
expect the new beach to diminish in size as wind and
waves carry part of the sand offshore. The beach
renourishment project earlier in the year was designed ,"- .. ,
to accommodate the reduced beach width, and 20 to 40 .. '
percent of sand will eventually join the offshore cur-
rents.
School gets an "A": Anna Maria Elementary .....
School received a perfect score from the Florida De- i "
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sive Assessment Tests, up from its previous "B" grade. .
The school will receive a bonus of $100 per student in .
the upcoming fiscal year as a result of the testing im-
provement score. .
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Association targeted commercial businesses along -
Avenue C in the city, stating that the mix of residen-
The borrow pit for the Island's beach renourishment project looks like a moonscape. The Island's beach
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tial and commercial use was in violation of city land-
development codes.
Villa Rosa: Anna Maria city commissioners tabled
action on permitting the 15-unit development proposed
for South Bay Boulevard in the city until county offi-
cials signed off on providing adequate water pressure
for all city residents.
Visioning OK'd in Anna Maria: Anna Maria city
commissioners approved hiring Tampa Bay Regional
Planning Council members to conduct a visioning pro-
cess for the city at a cost of up to $18,000.
Oops: A Tampa man apparently attempted to
elude law enforcement officers and drove his pickup
truck out to the end of the Anna Maria City Pier, turned
around, then drove back before being stopped by offic-
ers. He was charged with reckless driving and other
charges.
Outta there: Bradenton Beach City Commissioner
Ross Benjamin announced his intention to resign from
the post he won in last November's election. Pro- and
anti-development factors in the city prompted his de-
cision, Benjamin said. "I was stunned by the anger,
stunned by the accusation, stunned by the subtle
threats, and ultimately stunned by the outright nastiness
that poured out in commission meetings and private
conversations as each side took its swipe pro or anti
- at whatever was said," he said.
City manager discussions: Holmes Beach offi-
cials, apparently unsettled by the conclusion of a char-
ter review committee that a city manager form of gov-
ernment would be good for the city, hired an outside
consultant to review the matter. The consultant's find-
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was vandalized, and lighting along the beach continued
to be a problem. Turtles instinctively head toward the
sparkle of the water at night, but bright lights on signs
and buildings often lead them to their death.
Tall ships: A Cortez-based 50-foot staysail schoo-
ner participated with other "tall ships" in a weekend
event in St. Petersburg which featured the "Eagle," a
295-foot-long U.S. Coast Guard training vessel.
Quiet Fourth: Despite tens of thousands of visi-
tors flocking to the Island's beaches during the Fourth
of July, no real problems were reported by law enforce-
ment officers.
Villa Rosa: Anna Maria city commissioners ap-
proved the 15-unit Villa Rosa development when ad-
equate water supply for the project and the city were
assured, but not before attorneys for the developers
threatened the city with lawsuits if the project was not
approved. It will be the first gated community on Anna
Maria Island.
Gazebo: Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore
accepted $97,500 from the Florida Recreation Devel-
opment Assistance Program for creation of an open-air
gazebo near city hall.
Estuary: Manatee County commissioners ap-
proved the application for a $6 million grant from the
Florida Communities Trust Equity to purchase 480
acres of wetlands on the east side of Perico Bayou on
Perico Island for preservation. If acquired, the land
would be used for a passive park, and an adjacent 200
acres not within the purchase package could be used for
a golf course but not residential homes. The Robinson
family, owners of the whole 680 acres, could have de-
veloped 250 single-family homes on the site, but said
it preferred the land be used as a passive park. A deci-
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First green: The first-ever green turtle nest ap-
peared on Anna Maria Island. The green sea turtle is
one of the rarest found in the area.
Fire budget up slightly: The West Manatee Fire
& Rescue District Commission approved a modest in-
crease in its budget for fiscal year 2002-03. The bud-
get of $3.59 million is up from the current $3.4 million
and reflects cost-of-living salary hikes for firefighters.
Bike lanes: Holmes Beach bike paths in the north-
ern section of the city took shape as workers began
adding four-foot-wide lanes along Gulf Drive, Marina
and Palm drives.
No city manager: Holmes Beach city commis-
sioners narrowly voted to strike placing a city manager
proposal on the ballot in November despite a city char-
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to decide the matter.

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for barbecue and remembrances before a bulldozer
operated by Eleanor Reynard Tatakis took out the
former Pete Reynard's Restaurant in Holmes Beach,
and Island landmark since 1954. The site will be devel-
oped into the upscale 40-unit condo resort, Tidemark.
Barr new commissioner: Bradenton Beach city
commissioners approved political newcomer Scott
Barr as the newest member of the commission to re-
place Ross Benjamin, who resigned in July.
Huh?: An entry-level administrative assistant po-
sition in Anna Maria City Hall generated more than 70
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applicants for the $21,000-per-year job.
Tax revolt: More than 70 people signed a petition
calling for the Anna Maria City Commission to reduce
its tax rate and rebate the city's cash reserves to taxpay-
ers. Commissioners demurred from the request.
Golf cart community: Holmes Beach officials
approved allowed the operation of golf carts on some
city streets.
Skate park approved: Holmes Beach city com-
missioners approved the creation of a skateboard park
on land adjacent to city hall and hope to get other Is-
land cities and Manatee County to help offset the esti-
mated $60,000 cost.
Anna Maria parking: Residents in Anna Maria
City requested city officials to look into beachgoer
parking on city streets, citing problems with trash and
unruly behavior. The commission agreed to look into
the matter later.
Wireless plan: Anna Maria city commissioners
received a copy of a $25,000 plan to regulate commu-
nication towers in the city. Further debate was prom-
ised. The issue came to a head when Roser Memorial
Community Church indicated it was willing to allow a
communication tower on its grounds on Pine Avenue
and nearby residents objected.
Holmes Beach election: Holmes Beach Mayor
Carol Whitmore, despite earlier statements that she
would not seek re-election, announced plans to run for
a second term of office. Businesswoman Joan Perry
also announced her intention to seek the top office in
the city. Taking office without opposition were Com-
missioners Sandy Haas-Martens and Roger Lutz. The
election is Nov. 5.
Kudos: Manatee County Ecosystems Manager
Charlie Hunsicker was named Environmentalist of the
Year by the Florida Beach and Shore Preservation
Association. Hunsicker spearheaded the beach
renourishment project on Anna Maria Island earlier in
2002.
Free trolley: Manatee County commissioners an-
nounced the trolley bus service on the Island would
continue to be free to passengers through 2003.
Bowling for dollars: The 12th Annual Billy and
George O'Connor Bowling Challenge drew 280 par-
ticipants and raised more than $8,000 for the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.

September
Out: Anna Maria Building Official George
McKay was removed from his position by Mayor
SueLynn after she learned that the Florida Department
of Business and Professional Regulation had denied
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and he had been performing the duties of the building
official all along.
Island high school?: Island Middle School board
members considered adding grades 9 through 12 to the
charter school. Further discussion is assured.
No more signs!: Bradenton Beach Scenic High-
way officials rejected a proposal by the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation to erect variable-message signs
in the city, citing there are too many signs on the Island
as it is. The message boards would flash warnings to
motorists of bridge closures or other traffic impedi-
ments.
Gazebo bids: Holmes Beach officials went out to
bid for a contractor to build an open-air gazebo near
city hall.
Expensive Island living: Based on the 2000 cen-
sus and property tax figures, Island residents pay much
more in taxes by living on the barrier island than main-
land residents. The breakout by year for 2001 was:
Bradenton Beach, $408; Anna Maria, $362; Holmes
Beach, $305; Palmetto, $197; Bradenton, $153.
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Budgets: All three Island cities adopted budgets
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the upcoming year is $1.779 million; in Bradenton
Beach, the new budget will be $2.244 million; and in
Holmes Beach it will be $5.962 million.
More Center bucks: A golf tournament netted the
Anna Maria Island Community Center more than
$28,000.
Villa Rosa: The Lardas family maintained that
they retained ownership of bay bottom land adjacent to
the Villa Rosa development in Anna Maria City when
they sold the property to the new developers, Steve
Noriega and Robert Byrne doing business as GSR
Development LLC. Further discussion is assured.
Citizen of Year: George Norwood was named
Anna Maria Citizen of the Year for 2002. He was in-
strumental in formation of the Island Historical Soci-
ety with wife Carolyne.
Marina expansion: Perico Harbor Marina on
Perico Island requested state approval to expand the
facility to include 188 wet slips for boats. The effort
would entail dredging 3.14 acres of seagrasses and .5
acres of oyster beds.
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mended installation of two more traffic roundabouts in
Bradenton Beach to join the current one at Gulf Drive
and Bridge Street. The two additional traffic devices,
which are generally viewed as a viable alternative to
traffic signals, would be installed at Gulf Drive and
Cortez Road and Gulf Drive at the entrance to Coquina
Beach. Further discussion was expected.
Bradenton Beach election: Bradenton Beach City
Commissioner Mollie Sandberg will face challenger
Anna O'Brien in the Nov. 5 election. Incumbent Com-
missioner Dawn Baker had no one file to run against
her and will take office automatically.
Galati liveaboards ousted: Galati Marine in Anna
Maria City gave the boot to liveaboard boaters, and
plans call for expanded dock space and a dredging
project to deepen the channel leading to the marina.
Music ends: Tip of the Island restaurant at Pal-
metto Avenue and Gulf Drive in Anna Maria City dis-
continued live entertainment after numerous com-
plaints were voiced about loud music.
Rare whale: A rare dwarf sperm whale stranded
itself on the Island and later died due to injuries. It is
the smallest of all whales at 9 feet in length.
Anna Maria charter: The Anna Maria City Char-
ter Review Committee presented its findings to the city
commission, which then approved its recommenda-
tions to the electorate for ratification or rejection in
February's election. Among the changes was the addi-
tion of another city commissioner and striking the
mayor's voting ability on the commission in favor of
a more administrative role for that position.

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mental group ManaSota-88 objected to the proposed
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serving the community." For Bradenton Beach, the
statement was: "Bradenton Beach is a friendly, small
island community where both permanent and seasonal
residents display civic pride and encourage balanced
growth while retaining its Old Florida charm. We have
respect for our beach and environment, are regarded for
our lush landscaping and recreation opportunities, and
mobility can be achieved with similar ease via car, trol-
ley, bicycle or foot." For Holmes Beach, the statement
was: "Holmes Beach is a unique, environmentally sen-
sitive community with a small-town atmosphere com-
prised of low-rise, low-density, mixed-income neigh-
borhoods; nicely landscaped streets and yards; clean
beaches; pedestrian and bicycle friendly streets; and a
centralized owner-operated shopping and restaurant
district." Implementation of the goals of the visioning
process was expected to take months.
Kiwanis at 50: The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Save the auditorium: Anna Maria Elementary
School construction plans call for demolition of the
auditorium, a proposal that launched a drive to raise
funds to save the building.
Building officials: Applicants to fill the vacant
building official position in Anna Maria City included
Bradenton Beach Building Official Bob Welch, who
formerly served in that capacity in Anna Maria City.
Welch later dropped out of the running.
... and partial consolidation?: The three Island
mayors began discussions on consolidating the three
building departments within the municipalities. Further
discussion is definitely assured.
Bye-bye turtles: The last of the season's baby
turtles left the nest and headed out to sea. The nest
numbers were low: 93 this year compared with 168 in
2001, but turtle watchers hoped for better results next
year.
islander.org: The Islander started a Web site, fea-
turing news, columns, features and classified advertis-
ing at islander.org.
Another beach renourishment: A top priority of
the Palma Sola Causeway Scenic Highway Committee
is renourishing the beach along the roadway linking the
mainland with Perico Island.
Oops: A 1995 law that increased occupational li-
cense fees in Anna Maria City may be invalid, city
commissioners learned from City Attorney Jim Dye.
The matter will be addressed at length later.
Avenue C, addendum: Island Starter and Alterna-
tor on Avenue C was allowed continued operation, but
its outdoor vehicle lift must be removed, Holmes Beach
city commissioners decided as must outdoor lifts at
two other automobile repair shops in the city. Busi-
nesses and commercial operation on the street have
been at odds for most of 2002.

November
Winners: Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore
won re-election over challenger Joan Perry, 1,580 to
642. In Bradenton Beach, challenger Anna O'Brien
bested incumbent Commissioner Mollie Sandberg 275
to 257.
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Holmes Beach received a state grant of $97,500 for construction of a gazebo, but turned it down.


city and agreed that a compromise must be reached be-
tween residents and visitors. More debate is promised.
Duffy's Tavern finds a home: The Geyer family,
longtime owners of Duffy's Tavern, closed on a new
location and vowed to be open by February 2003. The
new site for cold beer and cheeseburgers will be at the
former Island Auto Body And Sales, 313 59th St.,
Holmes Beach. Although the new location is larger
than the former site across the street from the Manatee
Public Beach, the number of patrons will be about the
same. Oh, and there will be an addition to the standard
menu: iced tea.
Moratorium: A moratorium on rezonings, com-
prehensive plan amendments and street vacations was
extended through May 2003 by the city commission in
Bradenton Beach.
And now we're 10: The Islander celebrated its 10
anniversary of publishing "The best news on Anna
Maria Island." .'
Vacation: Developers requested Ho'mes Beach
vacate a portion of 52nd Street from Gulf Drive to
Anna Maria Sound to allow demolition of the Holmes
Beach Marina and construction of between 17 and 21
townhouses.
Right of way exceptions: Anna Maria city com-
missioners held a meeting to hear from the 123 resi-
dents who have "encumbrances" within city rights of
way. Some residents were granted variances, some
were not, and most were continued to a later date.
Perico Bayou grant awarded: Manatee County
learned it would receive $6 million from the state for
purchase of 480 acres of property along the east side of
Perico Bayou on Perico Island for a nature park.
Parking: The newly formed Anna Maria Village
Merchants Association voiced concern about parking
in the city.
Ninth-grade?: Most Island Middle School parents
favored adding a ninth-grade to charter school.
Repair of bridge: The Florida Department of
Transportation agreed to repair, not replace, the Anna
Maria Bridge linking Holmes Beach to Perico Island.
























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The $7.2 million for repairs will start in 2003 and
should give the bridge an extended "life" of 20 years.
Down trend: Although real estate on the Island is
still in demand, the astronomical escalation in value in
the past two years appears to be slowing, down from
the previous 15-30 percent per year to 8-15 percent
annually. However, the rise in property values is draw-
ing investors interested in rental properties rather than
full-time residents: registered voter totals Islandwide
dropped by more than 8 percent in the last two years.
20 years: The Island Branch Library celebrated its
20th anniversary on the Island.

December
Boatel?: A boat-hotel with 20 rooms, a 40-seat
restaurant and three townhouses was proposed for the
Cortez Cove Marina property in Cortez. The motif
would echo that of the former Albion Inn in the village,
a structure that was built around the turn of the century.
Parking: A new citizen group in Anna Maria City,
the Residential Community Association, was con-
cerned about parking.
52nd Street: Ownership and easements along
52nd Street appear clouded. Further research is prom-
ised.
Skateboard park: Holmes Beach city commis-
sioners approved an interlocal agreement with Mana-
tee County for creation of a skateboard park adjacent
to city hall, although Commissioner Roger Lutz ob-
jected to the agreement, calling it a "sham" due to non-
recurring funding provisions.
Gazebo: The Holmes Beach City Commission
tabled action on moving forward toward accepting
award a construction contract for the open-air gazebo
near city hall.
... and then its outta here: Holmes Beach city
commissioners then rejected the $97,500 grant for con-
struction of the gazebo because a definite location for
the structure was not provided by the city's parks and
beautification committee.
Parking: Anna Maria city commissioners ap-
proved an outline of a parking plan for the city and
directed the city attorney to draft an ordinance. Among
the highlights of the plan: residents and visitors would
receive parking permits, street-by-street no-parking
decisions would be made, drop-off locations would be
identified for beachgoers, and additional sites for park-
ing would be explored. "We have a moral obligation to
the public who use our beaches to provide parking for
them, but not at the expense of our residents and prop-
erty owners," said Mayor SueLynn.
Charter OK'd: Anna Maria city commissioners
approved charter revisions outlined by the charter re-
view committee. The issue will be decided on the Feb.
11 city ballot. Highlights of the charter changes include
removing the mayor from the commission and placing
that post as head of the administration of city staff,
adding a fifth commissioner, and changing the date of
elections to November.
... and three run for two seats: Incumbent
Commissioner Linda Cramer will face Duke Miller
and Jeff Smith in the Feb. 11 election in Anna Maria
City. Two seats will be filled and, if the charter
amendments pass, a new commissioner will be
named by the commission.





THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 8, 2003 M PAGE 19


Children's artwork needed for local shop, gallery


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The walls of Rita Meckler Fisher's shop in Holmes
Beach are a blank slate, waiting to be filled with art-
work created by kids.
Fisher owns Fur Kids & U2, a shop that offers toys
and gifts for pets and children. Aside from a selection
of educational toys, most of the merchandise in her
store is for pets or pet lovers.
Fisher not only wants her store to be the place Is-
landers come to for their pet needs, but she also wants
to give back to the Island community in a unique way.
She is seeking animal theme artwork created by
kids between 2 and 18-years old to display and sell as
a community fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit local
schools and animal organizations.
Fisher said by allowing her store to also serve as a
children's art gallery, she hopes to give kids the oppor-
tunity to share their talent and build a sense of compas-
sion and self esteem.
Artwork can be done in any medium as long as it
is no larger than 11 inches by 14 inches. The artist's
name, age and school should be printed on the bottom
right-hand comer of the artwork. Also, the artist's name
and phone number need to be on the back of the art-
work.
Fisher will accept one piece of artwork per indi-
vidual artist to hang at the store until it is sold. Once a
piece has sold, the artist can submit another piece to be
hung in the "gallery," she said.
Fisher said the price of the artwork will be based
on the child's age. The money will be used as a dona-
tion 30 percent of the sale price going to the artist's
school art department and 50 percent going to a local
animal rescue or charity. The remainder will be used by
Fisher to cover administrative costs.
Once the artwork starts filling the walls, Fisher
plans to have gallery night to showcase the children's
creative achievements.
-'ur Kids and U2 is located at 3222 E. Bay Drive,
in the Anna Maria Island Centre Shops in Holmes
Beach.
Artists, schools and animal organizations inter-
ested in participating can contact Fisher at 778-4460.

Concert, big Island party
on church's agenda
A free public concert by gospel singer Diane Muise
will be presented by the Island Baptist Church Sunday,
Jan. 12. The soloist from Auburn, Maine, will appear at
6:30 p.m. at the church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The following Saturday, Jan. 18, the church will
sponsor a "Party in the Parking Lot" for the entire com-
munity, said a spokesperson.
It will feature music, games, entertainment and "a
lot of food" in the form of barbecue sandwiches and hot
dogs. The entire event will be open to the public and
will be free of charge "just a big community party."
Further information may be obtained by calling
778-0719.

Anna Maria Elementary

School Menu
Monday, Jan. 13
Breakfast: Dannon Danimals Yogurt, Fruit, Cereal,
Juice
Lunch: Chicken Nugget Basket or Two Egg Rolls,
Fried Rice, Broccoli, Fruit, Fortune Cookie
Tuesday, Jan. 14
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Fruit, Cereal,
Juice
Lunch: Two Italian Dunkers or Cheeseburger Basket
with French Fries, Garden Salad, Fruit
Wednesday, Jan. 15
Breakfast: Dannon Danimals Yogurt, Fruit, Cereal,
Juice
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese or Fish Sandwich,
Green Beans, Fruit
Thursday, Jan. 16
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Chicken Sandwich or Chili Con Carne with
Fritos, California Blend, Fruit
Friday, Jan. 17
Breakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Pizza Sticks or Shaker Salad, Corn, Fruit
Milk and juice are served with every meal.


Fur kid shoppers
Ashley Zinkhan and her grandmother Joy Noha,
above, browse the Fur Kids & U2 pet-related
gifts. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan


Fur Kids & U2
Rita Meckler Fisher and her son Marshall,
left, own and operate Fur Kids & U2. The
store offers a selection of gifts and toys for
people and pets.



Dream team
.Kyle Parsons and
Christian Goulet
work together to
make a dream
catcher at the Anna
Maria Island Com-
munity Center's
Holiday Camp. Camp
Director Gary
Wooten offered a
variety of creative art
activities from theater
to music to crafts
during the young
campers winter break
from school. Islander
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Island Biz


Cuzins' on Longboat Key
Cuzins' New York-style pizza and Italian cuisine
take-out restaurant recently opened its second area
location, this one on Longboat Key in the Whitney
Beach Shopping Center. From left are owner John
Clarke, chef Eric Holderby and manager Sean
Kaber. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Kissin' Cuzin pizza, Italian,
for Longboat Key, Island
John Clarke of Cuzins Italian restaurant at 7220
Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton wanted to have a "soft"
opening for his new Cuzins of Longboat take-out and
delivery location in the Whitney Beach Shopping
Center on Longboat Key.
But when you already offer "the best pizza in
town," and some of the best Italian food as well, it's
pretty hard to keep that a secret for long, said John.
"We tried a soft opening on Dec. 18, but the word
spread pretty quick. We've been very busy and people
have been very supportive. We seem to be getting
busier every day."
With a full Italian menu for take-out or delivery at
very reasonable prices, and large pizzas offered at
$9.95, it's easy to see why Cuzins' has been a hit for
Longboat Key and Island residents.


The menu offers everything from traditional Ital-
ian baked entrees such as Chicken Parmesan, Veal
Marsala and seafood items to Hero sandwiches, pasta
dishes, fresh Italian salads, and appetizers such as
strombolis, calzones and Italian rolls.
"And everything is handmade, including our pizza
dough and sauces, at our Manatee location, then
brought here daily," said John.
But with success comes a bit of advice for those
looking for "the best pizza" in the area, said John.
The smart thing to do is order ahead for pickup or
delivery, suggested John.
"We've attracted some very loyal customers al-
ready and lunch and dinner have been very busy, so
please call ahead for faster service."
Cuzins of Longboat delivers to Longboat Key and
Anna Maria Island and also offers catering for all oc-
casions.
Store hours at present are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. week-
days and from 4-9 p.m. on weekends.
For more information on Cuzins Longboat call
383-9477 or the original location at 761-2202.

Island Mail and More hours
The Island Mail and More store in the Anna Maria
Island Shopping Centre is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For further information on the store, call Sue
Normand at 778-1911.

Woodson Brothers plan
'soft' Jan. 13 opening
Woodson brothers Burt, Bobby, Danny and David
are quietly readying their Woodson Brothers Seafood
Grille at 7423 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton for a
"soft" opening Monday, Jan. 13.
"We've had so much interest, we're really hopeful
of just a quiet opening to get everything worked out,
then have a grand opening celebration later," said Burt.
But the Jan. 13 opening is not officially set, said
Burt, because the restaurant still needs to get its certifi-


cate of occupancy from building inspectors.
"If we get it in time, we'll just quietly open our
doors Monday," he said.
The 200-seat restaurant and bar will feature sea-
food, steaks, poultry and pasta along with signature
appetizers from the Bait House Raw Bar and Appetizer
Grille.
The four bring a wealth of restaurant experience
and expertise to their new venture, with Burt a former
restaurant owner in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands
and Bobby with nearly 30 years experience in restau-
rant management. Danny and David are executives
with two major international seafood companies.
The brothers grew up in Cortez on Sarasota Bay
and mother Marlene Howard is a former Florida state
senator from the district that includes Cortez and Anna
Maria Island.
Call 795-2778 for more information on the
Woodson Bros. restaurant.


Time Saver champagne winner
Judy Dzibinski of Holmes Beach was the second
week's winner in the Time Saver Food and Wine
Store's Great Time Saver Champagne Giveaway. A
bottle of vintage Grand Siecle champagne valued at
more than $150 was given to Judy by Time Saver
owner Munther Islander Photo: Bonner Joy





THE ISLANDER M JAN. 8, 2003 M PAGE 21


Streetltife


Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 28, 100 S. Bay Blvd., the City Pier Restau-
rant, criminal mischief. A chocolate cheesecake was re-
portedly stolen from an outdoor freezer.
Dec. 29, 500 block of Spring Avenue, information.
A woman called police to notify them that, according
to the report, her husband was out drinking and she
feared he might cause trouble when he got home.
Dec. 30 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, burglary.
A woman's purse was reportedly stolen from a car.

Bradenton Beach
Dec. 16, 400 block of 21st Place North, disorderly
conduct. According to the report, a man drove his van
to the edge of his neighbor's property, revving his en-
gine, flashing his lights and yelling obscenities. The
man's actions were caught on a surveillance tape and
he was given a warning.
Dec. 18, 2200 block of Avenue B, warrant arrest.
Officers arrested a man charged with grand theft on a
Manatee County warrant.
Dec. 20, 2500 block of Avenue C, warrant arrest.
A man was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Dec. 21, 12700 block of Cortez Road West, drug
arrest. Javon Peterson, 26, and Jimmie Prater, 19, both
of Bradenton, and Rickie White, 22, of Oneco, were
arrested for possession of cocaine.
Dec. 22, 100 block of Fourth Street North, domes-
tic battery. A manr was arrested after his girlfriend
called police for assistance. According tothe report, the


Local officer plucks teen from under fishing pier


Lucky for 16-year-old William Tuttle of St.
Petersburg that Holmes Beach Police Officer
Vern McGowin was in the right place at the right
time.
McGowin was on routine water patrol Sunday,
Dec. 22, when he heard the U.S. Coast Guard send
out a call at 11:56 a.m. that a child was in the wa-
ter at the south Skyway Fishing Pier.
McGowin said he was in the Intracoastal Wa-
terway when he heard the call and was the only
boat to respond to the scene.
McGowin was on the scene in eight minutes,
where he found Tuttle in the water with a life
jacket under one arm and hanging on to a rope,
which was thrown to him by a Manatee County


girlfriend was attempting to move out and the boy-
friend became angry and abusive. The woman told
police she had been kicked by the defendant. Accord-
ing to the report, the boyfriend resisted arrest and of-
ficers had to use pepper spray to restrain him.
Dec. 23, 100 block of Bridge Street, alcohol vio-
lation. According to the report, officers witnessed a
passing driver drinking a bottle of beer. Officers pulled
the driver over and discovered that he was only 19. The
driver was given a summons to appear in court.

Holmes Beach
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McGowin plucked Tuttle, who was being
pulled under the pier by the current, out of the
water and onto the Holmes Beach police boat.
McGowin transported him to land, where he was
met by Emergency Medical Services from Mana-
tee County and the North River Fire Department.
McGowin said Tuttle fell into the water when
something on the pier startled him. Despite being cold
from the water, McGowin said the boy seemed to be
OK.
What McGowin said surprised him the most
was that there were other boats in the area, yet no
one seemed to be monitoring their VHF radios and
apparently weren't aware of the distress call.


man reported that he lost his cell phone at the drugstore.
Dec. 29, 100 block of 50th Street South, burglary.
A woman's purse was reportedly stolen from her car.
Dec. 30, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, Marchman
Act. A woman was taken into custody under the
Marchman Act after officers found her sitting in front of
the bar. According to police, she had an argument with her
mother at the bar and had nowhere to go.
Dec. 30, 100 block of 50th Street, criminal mis-
chief. A woman's purse was reportedly stolen from her
car and was later found in a trash can at the beach near
Fifth Avenue. According to the report, the woman's
wallet was missing from her purse.


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Wednesday, Jan. 8
8:30 a.m. "Search No More" breakfast gathering at
Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-4181.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies auxiliary of the Island
Players meeting and "Opal Moon's Handcrafted Jewelry"
presentation at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Is-
land Road, Palmetto. Information: Marilyn George, 778-7423
or Marge Ebel, 792-7818.
3 p.m. "Mini-versity" lecture series with Rabbi H.
-- Bruce Ehrmann at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-3428.
7p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

Thursday, Jan. 9
Noon to 4 p.m. Floorcloth workshop with Elena De La
Villa at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
3 p.m. "A Challenge in Jewish Living Creating
Your Own Mitzvah Law" with Rabbi Peter Kasdan at Temple
Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Information:
383-3428.
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tion: 739-0908.
8 p.m. Opening night of "Death Trap" at the Island
Players playhouse, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Box of-
fice: 778-5755. Fee applies.

Friday, Jan. 10
8:45 to 10 a.m. Yoga with Dolce Little at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nautical Boat Show at the Mana-
tee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Informa-
tion: 748-0411 extension 5323. Fee applies.
Noon to 4 p.m. Parliamentary procedure class at
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Information:
778-7888. Fee applies.

Saturday, Jan. 11
9 a.m. to 5p.m. Nautical Boat Show at the Manatee
Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information:
748-0411, extension 5323. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. Origami class at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
6341.
10:30 a.m. Butterfly gardening class at Flutterby
Gardens, 30902 Taylor Grade Rd., Duette. Information: 776-
1480. Fee applies.
2p.m. Auditions for the Manatee Players' production
of "The Emperor's New Clothes" at the Riverfront Theater,
102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 748-0111.
6 p.m. to midnight- "Hipper than Flipper" concert with
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6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Rotary Club
"Extravaganza," a Monte Carlo-style casino night, including
dinner and dancing at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5274, or 779-
0333. Fee applies.

Sunday, Jan. 12
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.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nautical Boat Show at the Mana-
tee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Informa-
tion: 748-0411 extension 5323. Fee applies.
3p.m. Pipe organ recital with Carl Parks at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-1813.
6:30 p.m. Gospel singer Diane Muise at the Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
778-0719.
7:30 p.m. Island Players' auditions for "Art" at the
Players Theater, Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
Information: 778-4412.

Monday, Jan. 13
8:30 a.m. Internet class for beginners at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.
8:45 to 10 a.m. Yoga with Dolce Little at the Anna
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Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Irish dancing with John Corbett at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
6 to 8 p.m. Black-and-white photography class with
Jerry Quin and Chris Galanopoulos at the Anna Maria Island
Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information:
778-2099. Fee applies.
6:30 p.m. "Living Young, Living Thin" program pre-
view with Sylvia Goldman at Bayfront Park Recreation Cen-
ter, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
387-0024, or 316-1980.

Tuesday, Jan. 14
11 a.m. Author Stuart Kaminsky at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
6341.
12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Tile art class with Margo Belaga
at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veteran's service officer available at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. By
appointment: 749-3030.
2 p.m. Author Stuart Kaminsky at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
6341.

Wednesday, Jan. 15
8:30 a.m. "Search No More" breakfast gathering at
Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-4181.
10:30 a.m. Friends Book Club at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-6341.
12:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Garden Club presents
"service/guide dogs" with guest speaker Diane Broda at Roser
Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. In-
formation: 778-3665, or 756-3275.
2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Historical Society guest
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5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4018.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 8, 2003 0 PAGE 23

Author Perry to make rare appearance Saturday


By Paul Roat
The first chapter has one of the most brutal murder
scenes ever to see print. The second chapter has a nar-
rowly averted drowning followed by some pretty tor-
rid sex.
Then Thomas Perry's latest mystery novel, "Dead
Aim," starts to get really good.
Perry, a reticent book tour-est and reluctant
speaker, will be at Circle Books on St. Armands at I
p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, to talk about his 13 novels and
sign copies of "Dead Aim."
"Every year I go on a little tour," Perry told The
Islander in a telephone interview from his California
home. "Usually I stay in California, or occasionally go
to the East Coast. This year I thought I'd go somewhere
I've never gone before, and Florida was the only stop
on the tour where it's warm."
Probably Perry's most memorable character is Jane
Whitefield, a Seneca Indian "guide" who helps people in
trouble disappear, an act she repeated in five novels. Perry
has stepped aside from the Whitefield character in his past
few books, but said he would revisit her soon.
"I wanted to give her a vacation from me," he said,
adding that when she returns to the printed page she
will be older and "I'm thinking that she may have some


Bruce Ehrmann at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-3428.
7p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

Ongoing:
"Natural Florida: Paintings from the George Percy and
Debbie Geiger Collection" at the South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton, through January. Information: 746-
4131.
Ninth Annual James Pay Exhibit at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through January. Information: 778-2099.
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Perry's first novel, "The Butcher's Boy," won an
Edgar in 1982. He wrote three more books before do-
ing a sequel, "Sleeping Dogs," in 1992.
"When I wrote 'Butcher's Boy,' the character was
exactly my age," Perry said. "After 10 years, I noticed
I was slowing down a bit, and I wondered what the
character would be like now, so I decided to find out
by writing the sequel."
Perry's new book, "Dead Aim," is the tale of a man
adrift in the middle of his life when he discovers a
beautiful woman who disappears. His obsession with
finding out who she was and, later, why she commit-
ted suicide, propels the character into a world unlike
any he had imagined existed.
"The content of the book was the character who
had given up on his life, and then realized just how
precious life really is," Perry said.
He said he's looking forward to visiting Florida
because it will give him a chance to discover new au-
thors. "I like Carl Hiaasen," Perry said, "and Dave
Barry and Michael Connolly, but I understand there are
a lot of good authors there."
And when Thomas Perry comes to the state, there
will be another good author in Florida.


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Information: 747-0823.
"Death Trap" at the Island Players playhouse, 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, through Jan. 26. Information: 778-
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Manatee report favors reclassification to 'threatened'


"The Florida manatee is currently listed by the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as
'endangered.' Assessment of the population relative to
Florida's current listing criteria indicates that the mana-
tee does not meet any of the criteria for classification
as endangered. It does meet [criterion] as a 'threatened'
species based on a projected population decline of at
least 50 percent over the next 45 years under various
reasonable scenarios of environmental change. There-
fore, FWC staff recommend that the Florida manatee
be reclassified as threatened in Florida."
That statement concludes the final report on the
status of manatees in Florida and will be considered by
FWC commissioners later this month.
The report was spurred by claims made by the
Coastal Conservation Association that sea cows should
no longer be listed as "endangered," that the population
had increased to such a level that manatees should be
re-classified as either "threatened" or "a species of spe-
cial concern."
The history of protecting the marine mammals
from humans dates back to 1893, when killing mana-
tees was outlawed. Other protective measures cre-
ating manatee sanctuaries and no-wake zones were
implemented in 1978 and continue today. However,
CCA pointed out, no biological assessment of mana-
tees was ever conducted, hence the 151-page report by
FWC officials.
The report states that about 25 percent of manatee
mortalities are caused by collisions with boats. With
943,000 registered boaters in Florida and countless out-
of-state vessels plying local waters, the chances of
manatee-boat "interaction" increases each year, espe-
cially in light of an expected 3 percent increase in boat
registrations annually.
There are also natural, non-human causes for
manatee deaths. In Southwest Florida, red tide is of
special concern. In 1996, 149 manatees died during a
severe red tide outbreak. Cold weather also causes
stress to sea cows and can cause death.
To change the classification, biologists looked at
five criteria: Criterion A, population reduction; Crite-
rion B, extent of occupancy and area of occupancy;
Criterion C, population size and trends; Criterion D,
mature population estimate; and Criterion E, quantita-
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Criterion A received a species classification
change to "threatened." Criterion B was deemed not
to be applicable.
Criterion C population falls into three cat-
egories based on state guidelines. "Endangered" has
to have a total population of less than 250; "threat-
ened" is 2,500; and "species of special concern" is
10,000. Also factored into the equation is having an
estimated population decline of 25 percent in one
generation for "endangered," 20 percent decline in
two generations for threateneded" and 10 percent de-
cline in three generations for "species of special con-
cern."
Here's a quote regarding manatee populations from
the report:
"No statistically based estimates (and confidence
intervals) of population size exist for the Florida mana-
tee. Since 1991, statewide synoptic surveys have been
conducted on the coldest days of the year to provide
data on minimum population size. In January 2001,
under excellent weather and sighting conditions, 3,276
manatees were counted," which translated to 2,165
mature individuals using a complicated formula. "Ma-
ture," by the way, is a manatee more than 4 years of
age.
Biologists admitted that the number was under-
stated, though, and believed the actual count of adult
manatees is greater than the 2,500 threshold to qualify
for the "threatened" listing.
Scientists also agreed that by using computer mod-
els there would be a greater than 20 percent probabil-
ity of a population reduction of at least 20 percent over
30 years, bolstering the "threatened" listing. In order to
meet the definition of "endangered" there would have
to be a projected 80 percent decline in a species' popu-
lation during the next 45 years. None of the scenarios
modeled as part of the analysis resulted in extinction of
the population within 100 years, according to the re-
port.
The Criterion D mature population numbers are
less than 50 to meet the "endangered" level, less than
250 for "threatened," and 1,000 for "species of special
concern." What with the mature manatee census esti-
mates, the scientists agreed that "species of special
concern" fits this criterion.
And manatees don't fit any of the elements of Cri-
terion E.
So what. does it mean to change the classification
from "endangered" to "threatened?" Probably not a lot,
according to FWC officials. No-wake zones will con-
tinue to be enforced and expanded as needed and mana-
tees will still be protected.
And it appears likely that manatees will continue
to die as a result of boat collisions.

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Kaminsky is coming
Author Stuart Kaminsky will be at the Island
Branch Library next Tuesday. Author of 50 published
novels, he also has screen writing credits on four pro-
duced films, is past president of the Mystery Writers of
America and has been nominated for six prestigious
Edgar Allen Poe Awards and won an Edgar for his
novel "A Cold Red Sunrise."
He's also a heckuva nice guy.
Of note for Islanders is a relatively new series fea-
turing Sarasota-based private detective Lew Fonesca,
who lives upstairs in back of a Dairy Queen off U.S.
301. Both "Vengeance" and "Retribution" feature ac-
tual local locales, with one key scene in "Vengeance"
taking place at the "Barrington House Bed & Break-
fast" in Holmes Beach.
Why "Barrington House" instead of the real-life
Harrington House? I asked him a while back. After all,
you use real names of real places throughout most of
the book.
Well, bad things happened at the [fictional] bed
and breakfast, Kaminsky told me, and I didn't want to
drive off any business to the place. He very much liked
Harrington House.
Here's a scene from "Vengeance:"
"I drove over the short bridge at the end of
Longboat Key and went through the far less upscale
and often ramshackle small hotels and rental houses
along the water in Bradenton Beach. Ten minutes later,
I spotted the sign for Barrington House and pulled into
the shaded driveway. I parked on the white-crushed-
shell-and-white-pebble lot, which held only two other
cars.
"Barrington House was a white three-floor 1920s
stucco-over-cement-block building with green wooden
shutters. There were flowers behind a low picket fence and
a sign to the right of the house pointing toward the en-
trance. I walked up the brick path for about a dozen steps
and came to a door. I found myself inside a very large
lodge-style living room with a carpeted dark wooden stair-
case leading up to a small landing and, I assumed, rooms.
There were bookcases whose shelves were filled and a
chess table with checkers lined up and ready to go. The big
fireplace was probably used no more than a few days dur-
ing the central Florida winter."
,Sound familiar?
Kaminsky will be at the library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, to give both readings and
signing at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. I've heard ru-
mors that he has been contacted to write the scripts for
the TV show featuring Nero Wolfe, and I'm anxious to
hear if the deal went .through. He's already done a few,
but this apparently would be a long-term project.
And, of course, I want to know if the next Lew
Fonesca novel, "Midnight Pass," really will be coming
out this fall.

Sandscript factoid
This factoid may fall under the "urban legend"
category, but I'd love to have somebody prove me
wrong:
There is only one manatee found in Florida that
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Cold fronts hit, but sheepies still good bet this winter


By Capt. Mike Heistand
The cold weather has slowed fishing quite a bit this
week, but action continues to be fair for sheepshead in
the bays and snapper out in the Gulf of Mexico when
the weather is good.
Stop by and see me at the Nautical Boat Show at the
Manatee Civic Center in Palmetto at 3:30 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 11, where I'll be talking about winter fishing.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's getting
lots of redfish near Buttonwood Harbor off Longboat
Key in Sarasota Bay, most too small but a few keep-
ers, plus sheepshead to 4 pounds and a few small snook
from the canals.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's getting good
catches of trout on the seagrass flats, plus sheepshead
and redfish near the docks in the bays.
Capt. Eric Bergan on the Kattina said he was
able to make one trip offshore last week and, although
it was a little rough, still was able to catch some keeper-
size red grouper and mangrove snapper.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
pompano are starting to make a showing in the
middlegrounds of Sarasota Bay, with best results from
jigs tipped with shrimp. Redfish are still hitting despite
the cold weather and water, and sheepshead are on all
the structures in the bays. Offshore action is almost nil
due to the cold and winds, he added.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheepshead
and reds are the best bets right now.
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier are doing
well with sheepshead, plus bonnethead sharks, bonita
and flounder.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he found sheepshead to be his mainstay
last week, but was also able to get into some redfish
to 24 inches in length, plus flounder, bluefish and
mangrove 'snapper near Longbar Point in Sarasota
Bay.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
cold hit the fishing action out of his location, and
shrimp are getting hard to get so please call ahead be-
fore you stop by to pick up a few dozen.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are good reports of black drum being caught at the
Snead Island Boat Works in the Manatee River, plus
trout on the rocks in front of Terra Ceia Bay and a few
redfish being boated in Miguel Bay.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's been catching trout after trout on arti-
ficial lures despite the rough water, plus redfish to 26
inches using lead-head jigs. Snook hunting continues
for Capt. Thom, but the linesiders just don't seem to be


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Island sports year 2002 in review


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
Another great year of Island sports stories has
come and gone with another year ready to start with the
beginning of the 2003 basketball season.
I'm quite sure I attended more than my share of
sporting events during the past year, so please excuse
me if I've left out a name or story, or two.
Besides, in reading the back issues of The Islander
in order to put this year in review together, my personal
favorite would be the birth of my son Conal on June 12
or my reports on watching the World Cup. The Ryder
Cup golf competition was up there as well, but I lost my
match so that didn't make the list.
Other events that merit mention were the always
fun O'Connor Bowling Challenge, which was bigger
than ever, and the Anna Maria Oyster Bar's second
annual golf tournament which raised close to $40,000
for the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
In all seriousness, there's no competition for top
sports story of 2002. It's the Dolphins fins down!

1. Superbowl champion Dolphins
top sports stories for 2002
The JV Anna Maria Dolphins are once again the
top sports story on Anna Maria Island for the year
2002, repeating the distinction they earned after their
inaugural 5-5 season of the year before.
The 2001 team earned top honors based on the fact
that the Island had a football team and they were pretty
dam competitive.
The 2002 team had high hopes coming into the sea-
son, but nobody ever envisioned that they would come
within a game of an undefeated season, while winning
the Superbowl title with an 10-1 record in the tough
world of the Police Athletic League.
Different players stepped up each week to contrib-
ute during Dolphin games, but the constant for the team
was a swarming defense that made their opponents earn
every inch, and a punishing ground game led by
tailback Eric Whitley, who ran behind a strong offen-
sive line to the tune of 1,021 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Other offensive contributors included Chad
Richardson, who was a jack-of-all-trades, scoring
seven touchdowns. He scored once on an interception
return, twice on pass receptions and four other times on
running plays.
Quarterback Nick Sato managed the game effi-
ciently and was an effective passer when he was called
upon. He finished with a pair of touchdown runs, while
also connecting with his receivers for over 350 passing
yards, including six touchdown passes.
Richardson and wide receiver Connor Bystrom
each were on the receiving end of touchdown passes by
Sato. Fullbacks Tim Bouziane and Jarrod McKenzie
also got into the scoring act with three and two touch-
down runs respectively.
The defense, which kept the Fins in every game,
surrendered only 36 points on the season for an aver-
age of three points allowed per game. Compare that to
the 226 points the Fins scored and you can see just how
dominating the Dolphin defense was.
They went six games before surrendering their first
offensive touchdown to an opposing team and finished
the season with six shutouts, while also receiving three
defensive touchdowns by Richardson, Corey
Williamson and Sean Price.
Congratulations to coaches Tom Moore, Brad
Lisk, Andy Price and Scott Steenstra for an excellent


2002 PAL Superbowl Champions: Island's JV Dolphins
The champs surrounded mentor and former coach Sam Sato, father of teammate Nick, in celebrating one of
many victories. Team members: Jordan Pritchard, Nick Sato, Chad Richardson, Corey Williamson, Eric
Whitley, Heath English, Jarrod McKenzie, Tim Bouziane, Charlie Woodson, C.J. Wickersham, Tanner Pelkey,
Jimmy Lease, Shane Pelkey, Sean Price, Pat Cole, Curtis Reynolds, Andrew Burgess, Scottie Steenstra, Dillon
Frank, Conner Bystrom. Coaches: Tom Moore, Brad Lisk, Andy Price, Scott Steenstra.


coaching job and a hearty congrats to all of the play-
ers and their parents for a fantastic season of youth
football.

2. Skimboarding contest
draws crowd to Beach House
The inaugural EZ Skimmers Back-to-School
skimboarding contest drew 87 competitors and hun-
dreds of spectators to the all-day event hosted and
sponsored by the Beach House Restaurant on the
Gulffront in Bradenton Beach on Aug. 24.
Nice weather, good music and some awesome
skimboarding by the contestants made for a "beautiful
day at the Beach House."
EZ Skimmers owner/operator Chris Ambut orga-
nized the event along with Beach House manager Mike
Shannon and Jim and Ronnie Brady of the West Coast
Surf Shop.
The contest had competitors in nine divisions rang-
ing from Minis, age 8 and under, up to Masters, age 25
and older. Contestants were judged on a 1-10 point
system for their consistency, technique and for nailing
some radical power moves and getting serious "air."

3. AMICC crowns four champions
in pre-season basketball tourney
The inaugural Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter pre-season basketball tournament came to an end on
Dec. 12 with four champions being crowned in four age
divisions.
The Bistros ruled Division III, while Marco Polo
came out on top in Division II. Island Pressure Clean-
ing was the top dog in Division I, while the Beach
House dominated the Premier Division, outscoring
their opponents 164-97 in two games.
Each division also had an all-tournament team
named for the five best overall performers from each
team.
Division III all-tourney team had Joey Hutchinson,
Tommy Price, Ally Titsworth, Chris Callahan and
Blake Wilson.
Division II all-tourney team included Dylan
Mullen, Broderick West, Justin Dearlove, Jordan
Sebastiano and Celia Ware.
Spencer Carper led the Division I all-tournament
team along with Chad Richardson, Matt McDonough,
Cody Knight and Steven Faasse.
David and Gary Scott led the Premier all-tourna-
ment team that also boasted Mike Wallen, Clay Orr and
Bobby Cooper as members.
Congratulations to all of the players, coaches and
parents for a great tournament!

4. Young Thomas competes
on field of dreams
Life-long Island resident Stephen Thomas, 11,


competed in the National Football League's Punt, Pass
and Kick competition on Nov. 17 before the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers' game against the Carolina Panthers at
Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Thomas got there by winning the sectional compe-
tition held in September, which made him champion of
five counties in the 10-11 age group.
Thomas' reward was a chance to compete against
six other sectional champions representing 30 counties
with Thomas finishing in a very respectable second
place.
For his efforts, Thomas received a plaque, game
tickets for the family, food passes and a jersey, hat and
shorts..
Thomas now has the distinction of being the first
youngster from Anna Maria Elementary school to ad-
vance to the Bucs game competition.

5. Basketball season wraps up
at Anna Maria Island Community Center
The regular season proved prophetic with no upsets
in the Anna Maria Island Community Center basketball
playoffs as all four regular season championship teams
made their way through the playoffs and came away with
championship trophies during the week of Feb. 10.
Anna Maria Glass & Screen defeated the Anna
Maria Oyster Bar 48-34 to claim the Premier League
championship, while Division I Air & Energy raced
past Island Discount Tackle by a 70-51 score. Division
II saw Sign of the Mermaid edge Marco Polo Pizza 32-
29, while Larry Pearson Air Conditioning completed
an undefeated season by defeating Island Survey and
Map by a 25-11 score.

6. Islanders make mark
in high school sports
Several Islanders made their way into Islander
sports stories in the 2002 year with Manatee High
School senior Mark Rudacille leading the way.
Rudacille teamed with fellow Islander Chris Perez
in helping the Manatee Hurricanes baseball team win
its first district title since 1998.
Rudacille also found his way into the Islander
sports section along with Josh Sato, Aaron Lowman,
Hunter Green and Mario Torres as members of the
Manatee Hurricanes varsity football team.
Other Islanders who are making their mark in high
school sports include Peter Dowling, who was featured
in the April 3 Islander after pitching a three-hitter to
run his record as a starting pitcher for the Bradenton
Christian baseball team to a team-leading 5-2 record,
while Dustin Cole excelled on Bayshore High's wres-
tling team and was featured in a Dec. 1 1 story.
Naomi Osborne continues to excel as the starting
goalie for the Manatee Hurricanes soccer team, as does
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE


Chad Richardson takes the pitch from quarterback
Nick Sato during Dolphin football action at the
Police Athletic League.









Sports
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26

Kelsey Bachman, who starts for the Bayshore varsity
soccer team that also boasts Islander Miranda Massey
as a member.
Last, but not least, Island and Manatee High
School track star Ryan Quigley took fourth in both the
400- and 800-meter runs in the Manatee County track-
and-field championships held April 5.
He followed that up with a third-place finish in the
800-meter run at the Manatee/Sarasota county track-
and-field championships April 12. Fellow Islander Ben
Miller also competed for his Manatee team.

7. Interleague play comes to
Island Little League
There were several good games along with some
great individual performances during the 2002 Little
League season, but the fact that our Islanders got to com-
pete on a regular basis with "town teams" was the big
story.
The Island teams did very well in the interleague
games, both at the Major League level and the AAA
League, prompting talk of perhaps making a good
showing in the North Sub-District 16 Little League
playoffs. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, although
the Islanders did battle eventual "Team Florida" tough
for three innings before succumbing by a 9-2 score.
The Island All-Stars then beat up on North River
American before getting thumped in an uninspired
performance against Manatee National to end their
season.
Braden River captured the attention of baseball
fans when they beat Venice to win the district before
winning sectional and state tournaments. Their run fi-
nally came to an end when they lost in the Southeast
Regional tournament, just one win away from advanc-
ing to Williamsport.
The April 17 edition of The Islander boasted the
first-ever win over a Manatee East team when Kiwanis
defeated Manatee Family Medicine 3-0 behind a 2-for-


Dave Armstrong gets some serious air during the EZ
Skimmers skimboarding contest on Aug. 24.
2 hitting performance by Pat Cole.
Kiwanis and Air & Energy won Island Little
League titles, while AA put together a traveling team
that earned its first win when they defeated PAL by a
15-5 score.
C.J. Wickersham, Nick Sato and Pat Cole all came
through with hits that left the yard, while Cole, Connor
Bystrom and Jarrod McKenzie each came through with
some pitching gems.

8. McKay, Markley win
weekly horseshoe contest
Anna Maria resident George McKay and Holmes
Beach resident Tom Markley were the winners of the
March 16 horseshoe competition. Matches are held
every Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Anna Maria City Hall.
The horseshoe contests are also held on Wednes-
day mornings. There are no membership fees and ev-
eryone is welcome!


THE ISLANDER U JAN. 8, 2003 U PAGE 27

9. LaPensee, Island Real Estate,
Danziger claim division championships
Another great season of soccer came to an end and,
as expected, there were no changes atop the three di-
visions in the Anna Maria Island Community Center
soccer league.
Division I LaPensee Plumbing, behind the scoring of
Lorenzo Rivera, completed an undefeated season to fin-
ish five games ahead of second-place Island Pest Control.
Division II saw Island Real Estate complete a wire-
to-wire race for first behind the dynamic scoring duo of
Max Mamie and Stephen Thomas. Island Real Estate lost
just one game to finish 12 points in front of Harry's Con-
tinental Kitchens, which finished with an 8-4 record.
Danziger Allergy & Sinus also completed a wire-to-
wire finish in Division III behind the scoring combination
of Jordan Sebastiano and Joey Hutchinson to finish 8-1-
3 on the season. The Bistros and Air & Energy both com-
piled 5-4-3 records to finish in a tie for second.
The instructional league where no official
scores or standings are kept had a great season of
competition as well. Morgan Stanley and West Coast
Surf Shop appeared to be the two strongest teams as
they battled for the unofficial top spot in the league.
Players like West Coast's Travis Belsito and Morgan
Stanley's Giorgio Gomez, Wyatt Easterling and Austin
Frische and Island Animal Clinic's Trevor Bystrom and
Jack Titsworth were dominant players and will probably
make the jump to the big field next season.

10. Island juniors win inaugural game
at Birdie Tebbetts Field
Lorenzo Rivera and Steve Faasse combined to pitch
a two-hitter with nine strikeouts to lead Time Saver to a
14-4 victory over Red Hoagland in Jr. League action at
Birdie Tebbetts Field on March 16, a year minus one day
after the field's official opening day.

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.


S L A M D9Ei R C L A S S I EK I E
'IES O SL 10LOTAD ONDCntned 0FIHN


4.5-HP SELF-PROPELLED mulching Lawn Boy
mower in excellent condition, $85. 26-inch lady's
bicycle, $20. 779-1503.

STACKABLE WASHER/DRYER Kenmore, good
condition. $250. Call 779-0392.

NEW YEAR SALE storewide 10 to 90 percent off.
Sterling jewelry 50 percent off. Niki's Island Trea-
sures, 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Open 7
days a week.

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


WANTED: GARAGE or dry shed to store belong-
ings on Island. Will pay rent. Please call, (813) 643-
3138.

ISLAND PLAYER'S PECAN SALE: We still have
pecans! Mammoth halves. New crop $6.95 lb..,
chocolate covered $7.95 lb. Now available at
SunCoast Real Estate and The Islander newspaper
located in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes
Beach. Proceeds benefit the Island Players. For
information call: 779-0202.

KIWANIS FRIENDS: Order fresh-picked Florida
oranges and grapefruit from Kiwanis Club of Anna
Maria Island by calling Rich, 778-0355.

BUTTERFLY GARDEN personalized.bricks. Last
chance for years. Order now. Only $40! Order forms
available at The Islander or call Nancy, 778-5274.


ROSER THRIFT STORE. Open Tuesday, Thurs-
day, Friday, 9:30am-2pm and Saturday 9am-noon.
Donations accepted Wednesday 9-11am. Clear-
ance racks. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.


CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found online at
www.islander.org.


BIKE: LOST OR STOLEN men's beach cruiser, red
with yellow rims. Please call 778-1915.

FOUND: SMALL DOG, vicinity of Bradenton
Beach. Call 778-6000.

FOUND: MEN'S BI-FOCAL sunglasses on beach
between 67th and 72nd Street, Holmes Beach. Call
Holmes Beach Police Department to claim.

SELL it fast in The Islander and at islander.org.


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

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

LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon on Tuesday at
Islander.org. And it's FREE!


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


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

WANTED: 12-14 FT. aluminum rowboat. Call 778-
5212.

FOR SALE: 14-FT "Glass" Cox fishing boat with
trailer. Good condition. $600. 778-6000.

1998 MAXUM 17-FT Bow Rider with 120-hp Force
outboard and trailer. Like new, 80-hour operation.
Full cover and bimini, many other extras. $7,800.
761-4429.


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

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


BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
Sarah, I am 14-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child
or $3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or
child. Please call 778-7622 or 778-7611.

CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9803.


NURSERY ATTENDANT NEEDED Sunday morn-
ings at local church. Call weekdays, 778-1813.

WANTED: LICENSED EXPERIENCED rental
agent for established Anna Maria Island office.
Competitive salary and benefits, plus bonuses. Fax
resume to 383-9453. All inquiries confidential.

ROTTEN RALPH'S Waterfront Restaurant: Hir-
ing all positions, all shifts. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at 902 S. Bay Blvd, Anna Maria or
call, 778-3953.

COOKS, SERVER, bus person with experience
only. 5610 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
383-0013.

GENERAL OFFICE HELP Career opportunity in
busy, fast-paced insurance office. Need team
player with good people skills. Mortgage or bank-
ing experience a plus. Fax resume to 778-7071.

MOTEL SEEKS EXPERIENCED housekeeper for
weekdays and weekends. Transportation neces-
sary. Call 778-1010.

Classifieds are continued on the next page.


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WANTED: Licensed rental agent for major Island
real estate company. Very active established office.
Competitive salary and benefits. Fax resume to
383-9453. All inquiries confidential.
DRIVERS Island Transportation Inc. Fun job, good
money. No drunks, druggies, prima donnas, whin-
ers, liars or thieves. Weekends required. 779-2520.
PART-TIME ISLANDER REPORTER: Journalism
skills a must. Computer literate. Independent
worker. Resumes: E-mail news@islander.org, or
fax 778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Li-
brary. 779-1208 or 778-6247.

Advertising sizzles in
The Islander.
Call 778 7978 for info today!


"WALK WITH ME..."

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


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

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


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 week-
end position on the Island. 723-4392.


BEACHWALK TOWNHOME
ONLY TWO BLOCKS
TO THE BEACH -
New townhome with
F 3BR/2.5BA, private back
INlLLV yard, elevator tower in
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upgrade and 2-car garage.
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Call Bob Fittro today
to see this magnificent
newly constructed
P townhome! 778-6066.


CURRENT RN licensed caregiver/companion with
local references. 729-6891.
ADULT CARE in your home. Mature, caring, hon-
est, dependable. Experienced care for all medical
conditions by CNA. Call Donna, 761-7227.


MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, more. Hard-
working and responsible. Excellent references.
Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.


Toni Lupino
Experience counts!
Call me to market your
home aggressively!
941-778-0700

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

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, rea-
sonable and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and
insured. 778-0944.

LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evenings, weekends. For any computer needs,
hardware, software, network, commercial, private.
Call 778-8473.
KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service: Delivering
a standard of excellence for all your interior and
exterior cleaning needs. No job too big or small.
Great rates and references, 722-4358.
PAINTING: INTERIOR and exterior by Henry. 25
years experience. Free estimates. 748-8959.
WACKY SISTERS HOUSECLEANING. We're ob-
sessed with cleaning, painting and decorating.
Honest and dependable. Ellen, 778-1375, or
Nancy, 779-0040.

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

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


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

TREE SERVICE BY BREWER. Topping, trimming,
shaping, stump grinding and removals. Trim palm
trees. Insured. Call Phil, 778-6014 or cell 545-4770.
GERMAN HANDYMAN Tiles, wood flooring, paint-
ing and all other home repair you may need. High
quality, reasonable prices. No job too small! Li-
censed and insured. 539-7937.
DON'T FEEL LIKE fighting traffic, parking? Not sure
where the address is? Tired of waiting in the weather?
Take a taxi door to door and arrive safely (or just get
a delivery). $1.50 to get in, $1.50/mile. Clean, friendly,
safe, serving all Manatee and Sarasota counties, as
well as airports. Island Transportation, 7am to 3am, or
by appointment. 779-2520.
HANDYMAN: Repairs, installations. Minor carpen-
try, plumbing, electrical. Painting, yard work, prun-
ing, fertilizing. Experienced, dependable. Reason-
able rates. Call Jim, 779-2022.

HYPNOSIS can help you stop smoking, lose weight,
overcome fears and phobias, improve sports perfor-
mance, control pain. Call for appointment or free bro-
chure. Barbara Powell, Ph.D. 741-8015.

NOTARY PUBLIC Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows. Sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
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. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
MAID TO CLEAN: Island resident, professional
house cleaning services. References available.
Call Wendy, 778-0321.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe on line with our se-
cure server? Check it out at www.islander.org.


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.

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REALTORS

NEW LISTING MOTE RANCH Arbor Lakes, 3BR/2BA open floor plan with 2,300+
sq.ft. of living area. Better than new inside and out on beautifully landscaped corner
lot. Eat-in kitchen, cathedral ceilings and split bedrooms. Large community pool and
nature walk leading to the Braden River. $259,000.
HAWTHORN PARK NORTHWEST BRADENTON 4BR/2.5BA, two-story pool home
with many deluxe features. Dual fireplace, eat-in kitchen, all appliances, lots of stor-
age. Immediate possession, $349,000.
WEST OF GULF DRIVE Luxury Island retreat with Gulf views. Top of the line through-
out, exquisitely turnkey furnished. One large master suite, sitting room or library and
two baths. Oversized two-car garage, two screened lanais, open deck. Over 1,770 sq.ft.
of living area. $650,000.
r Please call Carol R. or Clarke D. Williams, Broker/Realtor for more details or appoint-
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The best news on Anna Maria Island

since 1992! The Islander


You'll be glad you called.
SYVONNE HIGGINS P.A.
778-7778 or 518-900
"I work the Islands & the Inlands"


BAYSIDE CONDO STEPS TO BEACH
2BR/2BA, laundry room, lanai. Beautiful tropical
.ij]..T furnishings included. Ceramic tile entry, kitchen
'- and baths. Complex has elevator, trash shoot,
S" covered parking, lots of guest parking, heated
pool and low condo fee of $240 per month. Pet
allowed with approval. Walk to shops, restau-
rants, marina and miles of white sandy beach.
B $319,900. Call Yvonne today for viewing.

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This custom-built home on the north end of Anna Maria is nestled
away on an extra large lot in a park-like setting. The 44-foot
screened porch brings the lush tropical paradise inside. Large
master suite, complete with 10-by-10 foot bathroom with garden
tub. Soaring 22-foot ceilings in greatroom with beautiful tongue-
and-groove cedar. Lock yourself away from the world in this very
special place complete with peeks of the Gulf and just steps to the
beach. Offered at $849,000.

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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 driveways.
Serving Sarasota and Keys since 1978. Fully li-
censed 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.


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

CHECK US OUT ONLINE AT www.islander.org !!!


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.

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 wallpa-
per. For prompt, reliable service at reasonable
rates, call Kevin at 778-2996. Husband/wife team.


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

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

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

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

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

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


5500 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL
941-779-2580
Fax: 941 779-2602


BEACH HOUSE $895,000.
810 North Shore Drive *Anna Maria

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bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home, four-car garage.
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3BR/2BA home
,Perico Bay Club Villas
Holmes Beach Duplex
Key Royale 2/2 pool, boat lift
2BR/ZBA Home & Efficiency,
500-ft. to beach
Townhouse across from
beach, 2/2, Pool
ANNUAL RENTALS
2BR/2BA Canalfront Home
2BR/2BA Canalfront
condo, dock & pool
Efficiency 500-ft. to beach
Key Royale 2/2 pool, boat lift
Brand New 3BR/2BA Home
Phone 778-0807
Email: yrealt7@aol.com
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$149,000 Six-unit
triplex, IB86973.
$107,500 2BR/1BA in
Fairfield Acres, IB86738.
$79,900 2BR/1BA
in Fairview Park, IB86741.


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(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 2217 GULF DR. N. 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 thec Island and only one block to the beach!
Completely renovated 2BR/I BA with garage. IB86388.

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


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

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


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

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This spic-and-span totally refurbished duplex offers
1 BR/1 BA on each side and is located a short stroll to the
sparkling Gulf of Mexico! Features include beautiful
tropical landscaping, new roof, paint and tile, all white
kitchens with track lighting and center islands and a
spacious lot with plenty of room for a pool! There is one
annual tenant in place at $525 per month. Don't miss
this fantastic investment opportunity, priced to sell at
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NORTH END BEAUTY This is a beautifully built 3-
4BR/2BA home in a beautiful secluded area only
three minutes to the sugar sand beaches of the Gulf.
Newly constructed and designed by it's English art-
ist owner it has that European feel and many fine
upgrades. All tastefully done. This is for the discern-
ing buyer. $795,000. Call Susan Hatch, Realtor,
778-7616, eves.
GULF FRONT CONDO Martinique North 2BR/2BA.
Totally remodeled, new kitchen, porcelain tile floors,
new windows. Outstanding view. A beauty. $589,900.
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Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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ISLAND HOME REPAIRS Painting, carpentry, ceil-
ing fans installed, cable, phone, drywall repairs,
kitchen/bathroom repairs. Low prices, Island refer-
ences. 504-2027 or 792-4876.



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, available April-December, spe-
cial rates, 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 Es-
tate Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.


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


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


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



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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.


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


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NORTH BEACH VILLAGE Can't SPACIOUS ISLAND HOME 4BR+
decide if you want a house or den. Close to beach. Boat slip avail-
condo? This is it! Rarely available able. $439,000 (plus $6,000 allow-
3BR/2.5BA, townhouse with two-car ance to remodeling and decorating.)
garage. Close to beach. You'll love Gall Tutewiler, 778-0700.
it here! $415,000. Gall Tutewiler,
778-0700.
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IMMACULATE AND INVITING SAN REMO CANALFRONT 3BR/
home on protected bayou off Mana- 2BA home, private dock, pool, two-
tee River in NW Bradenton. Quiet car garage, bay view. $450,000.
location with great views, sparkling Larry Smith, 778-0700.
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.


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


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


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MARTINIQUE SOUTH Awesome
Gulfviews from this fourth-floor cor-
ner-unit. Heated pool, tennis, club-
house. 2BR/2BA. $475,000. Gall
Tutewiler, Wedebrock Real Es-
tate, 778-0700.








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. Gall Tutewiler,
778-0700.


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


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


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able. Sparkling pool right on the bay. Quiet lanai and all the extras. Available seasonal or
bayfront community. Call today to reserve! annual. Call for rates!


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The Islander since 1992.


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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.

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.

RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
Islander.

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

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/1 BA, stackable washer/
dryer hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrigera-
tor, 1 BR/1 BA, $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.
$800/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.
Pets OK. $1,600/month. 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 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.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.

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

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 BEACH 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.
$1,600/month, three month minimum. Non smoking.
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.

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 or
cell, 704-4591.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA, Westbay Cove
condo; Second floor poolside with waterview. Old
Florida Realty Co., 778-3377, or call Sharon Annis
after hours, 778-3730.

ANNUAL CANALFRONT with 20-foot dock, 2BR/
1 BA, spacious rental. Washer/dryer, yard service,
trash pick-up included. $900/month. No pets. 778-
5793.

HOLMES BEACH studio apartment two and half
blocks to beach on Palm Drive, fully furnished with
queen bed. $1,200/month. 778-0212.

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.

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

40-FT DEEP-WATER DOCK. 31BF/2BA condo, to-
tally upgraded. Pool and tennis court. Marina and
canal views. $2,500/month. Call 792-4254.



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ANNUAL FURNISHED 2BR/1 BA, Anna Maria City.
Non smoking, $750/month, plus utilities, annual
lease. 778-5439.
ANNUAL 1 BR/1BA, very clean apartment. No pets,
non smoking. One person. Furnished, $600/month,
includes water and garbage. First, last, security. 55-
plus preferred. 778-6511.

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

ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA Bradenton Beach,
2304 Avenue C., washer/dryer hookup, covered
parking. Terrace/lanai. $800/month. 778-5136.
SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH Immaculate 2BR/
2BA elevated home. Tastefully decorated and up-
dated. Steps to the beach and trolley stop. Large
wooden deck surrounded by tropical foliage.
Sundeck, garage, carport, washer/dryer and cable
included. $2,500/monthly. (813) 685-8506.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental. 2BR/2BA canalfront
home on quiet cul-de-sac. Private dock with water
view. $1,200/month. 778-0405 or (610) 692-4773.
DIRECTLY ON THE BEACH 2BR/2BA condo,
nicely furnished, heated pool, tennis, elevator, un-
der building parking, available due to cancellation,
Feb. 1- March 15, 2003. $715/week, please e-mail:
ckd.sunplaza@gmx.net or call 778-1690.
BAYFRONT ANNA MARIA Beautiful view of Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge. Furnished, 1 BR/1BA, utilities
included. Parking, seasonal/annual. Non smoking,
778-4147.
LOVELY 2BR/1 BA unfurnished apartment with
great Gulf and bay views. 65 steps to beach. $1,200/
month, plus $500 security. 778-4451.
ANNUAL RENTAL. Holmes Beach duplex, 2BR/
1BA. $RGO/mon tn; 1 BR/1BA, $650/month. Three
blocks to beach, new tile floors, canal view. (813)
251-8945 or pager, (813) 883-5317.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE 2BR/2BA, February
through April 15. $2,600/month. Must see! Excalibur
Realty, 792-55o0.- -
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA waterfront apartment in Anna
Maria. Open deck on secluded lake, quiet north-end
location. Close to beach, updated interior. $725/
month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.
JANUARY, FEBRUARY, APRIL Holmes Beach.
Attractive 3BR/2BA home just steps to beautiful Gulf
beach. Comfortably furnished, private, all amenities.
Screened lanai. Vacation in paradise. $3,600/
month; $1,350/week. (863) 686-8207.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA Holmes Beach apartment. Up-
dated interior, dishwasher, storage, washer/dryer
hook-ups. $875/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate,
778-2307.


1 BR/1 BA UPPER FLOOR apartment. Pet OK, cen-
tral air conditioning and heat. $625/month, security
$625. Water, sewer and garbage furnished. Annual
lease required with references. Phone 778-0473,
located at 200 Bay Drive N., #3, Bradenton Beach.
HOLMES BEACH MARCH 2003. Furnished, 1BR/
2BA, steps to beach. Telephone, washer/dryer, pets
welcome. $2,050/month, $560/week. Call 778-1098.
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.
BEAUTIFUL HOUSE WITH the perfect view on the
north end of Anna Maria. Sorry it's mine, but I do
have one-two rooms for rent. All bills paid. 779-0999.

ANNUAL WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA, like new,
beautiful location. $1,600/month. Call 779-9074 or
cell phone (703) 587-4675.

SEASONAL WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA, beautiful
location. $3,000/month. 779-9074 or (703) 587-
4675.

ANNUAL RENTALS available now. 1,2 and 3 bed-
rooms. Anna Maria Island or mainland. Priced from
$550/month. Call Island Real Estate, 778-6066.

HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL 2BR/1BA, lanai,
steps to beach, one-month minimum. $2,000/
month. (585) 317-5767.
SEASONAL ANNA MARIA canalfront home. 2BR/
2BA, washer/dryer, cheery and tropical. Available
immediately. $2,400/month. 778-2880. ANNUAL
RENTAL Stilted duplex in Holmes Beach. 2BR/
1.5BA, laundry hookup. First, last and deposit. New
appliances, no pets. $900/month. 779-2220.
SEASONAL/WEEKLY 2BR/2BA townhouse condo
on canal. Beautifully furnished, heated pool, laun-
dry, clean and modern. $1,395 monthly, $395
weekly. 342-9456 or cell (239) 410-4466.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, nice ground level unit in
Holmes Beach. Newer paint, tile and appliances.
$775/month. Marina Pointe Realty Co., 779-0732.

ANNUAL FAMILY HOME Large 2BR/2BA, washer/
dryer, no yard work. See at 509 69th St., Holmes
Beach. $1,295/month. 726-1898.

SEASONAL 2BR/2BA canal home with dock.
$2,500/month; seasonal 3BR/2BA, ground level,
sleeps five, $1,800/month. Available now! Marina
Pointe Realty Co., 779-0732.
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Anna Maria cottage. Sunset Terrace 2BR/2BA,
Gulffront $3,500/month. Wedebrock Real Estate
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ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT Furnished 2BR/2BA
with large glass-enclosed living area with fireplace.
Recently remodeled with everything new. Incredible
view. 871 North Shore Drive. $3,500/month. 778-
3645.
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; Pea-
cock Lane 2BR/2BA, $1,500/month; 2BR/2BA, pool
home $3,500/month; 2BR/2BA duplex, bay views,
$2,800/month. Wedebrock Real Estate Company,
778-6665 or (809) 749-6665.

1BR/1BA APARTMENT clean and cheerful. An-
nual, $650/month includes utilities. No pets. 792-
2620 or 720-0067.

MARCH 2003 Sunset Terrace Gulffront, 2BR/2BA,
$3,500/month; Bermuda Bay Club 3BR/2BA, $3,800/
month; Gulf Watch 2BR, $2,600/month; Shorewalk -
Bradenton, 2BR/2BA, $2,600/month. Wedebrock
Real Estate Company, 778-6665, or (800) 749-6665.

SEASONAL RENTAL Anna Maria, 200 feet to Rod
& Reel Pier, ground floor, 2BR/1 BA, completely re-
modeled, washer/dryer available. April 1 on $1,200/
month. Taking reservations for next season, prefer
three plus months. 387-8610.

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.



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.


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.

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

BEAUTIFUL CANALFRONT LOT in prestigious north-
ern 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

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

DUPLEX FOR SALE by owner. 2BR/2BA and 1BR/
1BA. Two and half blocks to beach. Priced to sell
quickly at $375,000. 779-0470.

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

WATERFRONT ESTATE Rare, double lot (both build-
able) with 250 feet on canal at north end of Anna Maria.
Ground-floor, two-story, 3BR/3BA home in a garden set-
ting complete with heated pool and spa. Offers privacy in
quiet neighborhood, short walk to Gulf. New roof, new
pool screen, new solar panels, new dock and new air
conditioning unit (heat pump). One-year home warranty
included. $799,000. Call 778-0171.

FOR SALE BY OWNER 3BR/2.5BA home on Perico
Island, mint condition. Large family room, heated
caged pool, lanai and two-car garage. All new appli-
ances, security system. Tile floors throughout except
bedrooms with Berber carpeting. Beautifully furnished.
$325,000 firm. Call 761-8550 or 794-0959.
COTTAGE 2BR/1 BA, 1,200 sq.ft. on Gulf Drive. Fixer-
upper cottage in Holmes Beach. $269,000 or best of-
fer. Monthly rental also available. For sale by owner,
383-7992.


WATERFRONT MOBILE HOME Pines Trailer Park,
Bradenton Beach. Asking $55,000. 778-3888.

PALMA SOLA HARBOUR Canalfront condo with
dock, davits, easy access to Gulf, heated pools,
2BR/2BA, complete remodel and furnishings.
$239,900. 794-0497.

DUPLEX FOR SALE Gulf Drive corner lot in Holmes
Beach. Call 778-2549.

BRIDGEPORT BAYFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BA,
laundry, covered parking, heated pool, beautifully
furnished, quiet unit. Walk to beach, shops, marina.
To view, call Yvonne Higgins at Re/Max Gulfstream
Realty, 518-9003. $319,000.
ANNA MARIA NORTH Charming, ground-level 3BR/
2BA home on serene, natural canal. Room for pool.
Ideal as getaway or retirement home. $485,000, fully
furnished. Call John Michaels, Pelican Real Estate,
779-1101.

CITY OF ANNA Maria. Condo (upstairs) with boat
dock! Canal view, 2BR/1 BA, great location, walk to pier
and three restaurants. $295,000. 778-1367, owner.

DUPLEX 300 feet to Gulf. 2BR/1 BA and 3BR/2BA.
205 69th St., Holmes Beach. By appointment, agents
welcome, 778-3173.

NORTHWEST BRADENTON 2-3BR/1BA. Great lo-
cation! Close to beaches and river. Huge lot with fruit
trees. RV parking. New roof, air conditioning, carpet
and kitchen appliances. Fast move in. Job relocation.
$124,900/offer. 4415 First Ave. N.W.

BEACHFRONT Prestigious North Shore Drive, live
here or ideal investment as income property. Two
homes on one lot. Total of 5BR/4BA. Over 3,200
sq.ft. Newly remodeled with incredible panoramic
beach view. 871 North Shore Drive. $1,249,000.
Partial financing available and brokers protected.
778-3645.

BRAND NEW 2BR/2.5BA condo on golf course at
beautiful Tobago Hilton on Tobago Island, Trinidad
in the Caribbean. 1,694 square teei. EAooatint rental
market. Asking $229,000, appraised at $241,000 -.
Call Rick at 778-1102 or 727-5873.


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UPDATED 3BR/2BA turnkey furnished Is-
land home. Great canal view, boat slip,
lush and private backyard. Won't last!
$349,000. Call Nicole Skaggs or Jane
Grossman at 778-4800 or 795-5704.


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


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


WESTBAY POINT AND MOORINGS
3BR/2BA first floor, end unit with deeded
covered parking. Pool, hot tub, tennis and
26 acres of tropical splendor. Don't miss
this one! $350,000. Call Dick Maher or
Dave Jones at 778-4800.


MOST REASONABLE PRICED TOWNHOUSE
at Sunbow! Roomy Island condo close to
beach and shopping. 2BR/2BA main level
and hobby room/bedroom/den and one
bath downstairs. Quiet, well-maintained
complex, two pools, tennis. $299,000. Call
Ed Oliveira at 778-4800 or 705-4800.







GULFFRONT Fabulous views of Gulf from
this top-floor unit. 2BR/2BA turnkey fur-
nished and renovated in the last several
years. Resort atmosphere complex with
tennis and heated pool. On-site manager
with strong rental program. $595,000. Call
Ken Rickett at 778-3026.


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2BR/2BA turnkey furnished villa, beautifully ap-
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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
Westbay Pt. Moorings #55 ... $385,000
510 68th St .................. $489,000

608 Key Royale ............. $469,000

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

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

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

Beachwalk Townhomes 1 Left .. $499,900

Key West #100 ................. $439,000

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

1243 Spoonbill Landings Cr ...... $244,500

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

725 Estuary Dr ............. $219,000

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

969 Sandpiper Cr ................ $193,000

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

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BONUS ROUNDS
By Richard Silvestri / Edited by Will Shortz


Across
1 Partial
7 Boxing prize
11 Area next to an
ambulatory
15 Natural emollient
19 And others, to Ovid
20 "A loaf of bread ..."
poet
21 Victim
22 Tip off
23 Precious strings
24 Dentist's jazz band?
27 Many a cabbie
28 Like tongues of fire
29 Intrepid
30 Student of Seneca
31 Alitalia destination
33 Test material
34 Picked-up item
36 Mason's makeover?
41 Box
46 Millstone
48 Doily shade
49 Turn on a pivot
51 __ Holmes, "From
Here to Eternity" wife
52 Pub competition
54 Two years in the
House
56 Longfellow's bell town
58 Transportation with
rails
59 Calls the shots
61 poll-collecting
gambler's two favorite
things?
65 "Oops!"
66 Not sleeping
67 County office
68 Answer to the folk
riddle "Big head, no
hair"
70 Confucian principle
71 Overflow
72 Deposit


76 Jackets and collars
78 Italian winemaker
Carlo
82 Top-secret turmoil?
84 Secures
86 Offering
87 Jodie Foster film
88 Take off
90 Key of Beethoven's
"Eroica"
91 "Peanuts" character
93 Win going away
95 Part of a
58-Across
97 See 44-Down
98 Bygone money
100 Embryonic instru-
ment?
103 Former name of
Tokyo
104 Early asylum
106 It holds the line
107 Way out there
110 Kind of partner
115 Tiny amount
118 Strauss opera
121 "I think, therefore I
wrestle"?
123 Bridal shop section
124 Set down
125 Pig feed
126 Abridge, maybe
127 __J. Gaines, who
wrote 'The Autobiog-
raphy of Miss Jane
Pittman"
128 Auto pioneer Karl
129 Actress Petrova,
femme fatale of
silents
130 Sherpa sighting
131 Mississippi River
explorer

Down
1 Oscar word


2 The Eagles' "Take
the Limit"
3 Biblical ass?
4 Party offering
5 You get down from
it
6 Strip
7 Hit on Broadway
8 Literary Ludwig
9 Old Scottish county
on the Clyde
10 Earthquake's onset
11 Months
12 Magical sound
effect
13 Filled to the brim
14 C2H6
15 Roll-call no-show
16 Fancy fabric
17 "Fiery" things, to
Shakespeare
18 Genesis son
25 "So Much in Love"
singers, 1963, with
"the"
26 Nut-case
32 First name in 1950's
politics
34 Mike who produced
"Around the World
in 80 Days"
35 Diarist Nin
37 Gate: Abbr.
38 Dander
39 Reins in
40 Tops at the table
42 Port holders
43 Van Gogh locale
44 With 97-Across, a
proverbial monkey's
advice
45 Witch's place
47 Suffix with dump
50 Take marks off
53 Beats it
55 Unkempt, in a way


57 Bit of newspaper
advertising
60 Enter via keyboard
62 Ranch rope
63 Litters
64 Bust
66 Math table entry
69 Surmise
72 Hustle tickets
73 Songwriter Greenwich
74 Some cursing
75 Campaign topic
77 Rope's end, maybe
79 Call at first
80 25th anniversary cookie?
81 Grant-_


83 Bull of ads
84 Asia's Sea
85 Normandy battle site
89 Pledge of Allegiance
ender
92 Dive in
94 RagO rival
96 Like newlyweds, often
99 Vocal passage
101 Liverpool's river
102 Rains in the movies
105 Mournful chime
108 Renaissance __ (old-
fashioned festival)
109 English novelist Sillitoe
and others


110 Healing sign
111 Spar, e.g.
112 Votin' no
113 Nabisco brand
114 Drink on board
116 Not orig.
117 Reply to the Little
Red Hen
119 Ship timber
120 This, in Taxco
122 3.0, e.g.

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