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Skimming the news ... Happy Valentine's Day from the Islander staff.


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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Volume 11, No. 14, Two Sections. Feb. 12, 2003 FREE


Cramer, Miller, charter win in Anna Maria


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria voters overwhelmingly approved a
new charter for the city yesterday at the same time re-
electing Linda Cramer for another two-year term as a
city commissioner. Duke Miller was selected to fill the
second commission seat in the Feb. 11 election.
Cramer was expected to win and garnered 333
votes, but was outdistanced by Miller's 382 votes. Jeff
Miller had 158 votes to finish third..
As expected, the city's new charter passed easily


with 343 yes votes and only 110 against, a more than
3-to-1 margin.
The voter turnout was extremely light as just 481
of the city's 1,530 registered voters cast ballots, a mere
31.4 percent of the electorate.
The charter was an easy winner as all three com-
mission candidates had advocated the new charter,
which removes the mayor from the city commission to
become the "city administrator" and creates a fifth
commission seat.
Cramer said she was pleased with the results and


thought Miller would be a great asset to the commis-
sion. "He's shows a good spirit to compromise and I
think the new commission will work well together un-
der the new charter," she said.
Miller, a winner in his first-ever political cam-
paign, said he never thought his election was a fore-
gone conclusion.
"When we moved here a year and a half ago, we
only knew about 12 people, so my backing has been
PLEASE SEE ELECTION, PAGE 3


Riding the cold, wild surf! Rough water in the Gulf of Mexico has delighted personal watercraft aficionados of late. Islander Photo: Courtesy Bill Pruitt


New elementary school principal Hayes 'anxious'


Kathy Hayes, principal at Orange Ridge-Bullock
Elementary School, has been selected to fill the va-
cancy at Anna Maria Elementary School. Current Prin-
cipal Tim Kolbe is leaving to take an administrative
position with the school district.
However, before Hayes can transfer to AME and
Kolbe starts his new job, a new principal must be se-
lected to fill Hayes' vacancy at Orange Ridge-Bullock
Elementary, where she has been principal since 1999.
Hayes said that her start date at AME will be in
early March, and that parents and teachers from Orange
Ridge will begin the site analysis and selection process
for their new principal next week.
She is the first female principal at the school.
Hayes was one of two principals recommended for
the position at AME by a selection committee that in-
cluded Elementary School Management Director Tom
Walker, AME parent Judy Holmes Tittsworth, AME
guidance counselor Cindi Harrison, AME secretary
Candi Shields, AME School Advisory Committee
member Don Schroder, and the school board's direc-


tor of personnel.
Hayes has been working with the Manatee County
School District for 25 years and she said her first edu-
cational job out of school was as Oneco Elementary
School's guidance counselor. Kolbe was principal at
Oneco Elementary School at the time and Hayes said
she worked with him for 12 years.
Prior to becoming the principal at Orange Ridge,
Hayes spent three years as an assistant principal at
Daughtrey Elementary School.
The Hayes family owns a vacation home on Anna
Maria Island where they spend most weekends and
Hayes said she has enjoyed connecting with local busi-
ness owners and community members during their time
on the Island.
"AME is a one-of-a-kind school and it has such an
interesting culture," Hayes said. "Not only does it have
a strong reputation for academic excellence but work-
ing at AME will offer a unique opportunity to work at
a school with strong parental and community support."
Hayes earned an "A" rating in 2002 at Orange


Objections lodged to Tidemark


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Tidemark hotel and condominium developer Nick
Easterling of Carlingford Development Inc. may be fac-
ing an uphill battle over his latest permit application with
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this time to replace
some seawall and boat slips at the site. A number of en-
vironmental groups have filed objections to the applica-
tion, citing environmental and planning concerns.
Easterling has applied to the Corps for a permit to


tear down some of the existing seawall at the Holmes
Beach development and replace it with 6,245 square
feet of new seawall. Tidemark already has a Corps
permit to move a different section of seawall at its
Holmes Beach property landward to increase the wa-
terway.
In its latest application, Tidemark has also pro-
posed to reduce the number of slips in the basin from
75 to 62 to allow larger vessels to dock, and add tele-
PLEASE SEE TIDEMARK, PAGE 5


Ridge, up from a "C" for the previous two years. And
Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary has been renovated
during her tenure there in the past few years a plus
for AME, which is presently in the planning phases of
reconstruction.
Hayes plans to visit AME later this week and meet
the teachers and staff.
"I'm anxious to meet the staff and I think the visit
will help get things off to a good start."



Jappenings

'If Wishes Were fishes'
The theme of the 21st annual Cortez Com-
mercial Fishing Festival remarkably reflects the
mood of the village since the net ban. Once a
hard-working fishing community, most villagers
now can only wish for times past when fishers
heaped food on the table for their family and the
world.
You can learn about Cortez, its former
lifestyle and its new beginnings at the event Sat-
urday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, in the village.
Experience seafood, nautical-themed crafts,
homegrown entertainment, sealife touch tanks,
pelicans and other old salts.
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PAGE 2A 0 FEB. 12, 2003 u THE ISLANDER


Traffic study at Cortez Road.Gulf Drive proposed


One of the Island's most congested intersections
may be the focus of an intersection improvement analy-
sis by transportation officials.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners agreed last
week to request the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan


Planning Organization to look at the traffic pattern and
flow of the Gulf Drive-Cortez Road intersection.
The intersection was the focus of another study by
an MPO consultant last year. Michael Wallwork
looked at several intersections in Manatee and Sarasota


Bike accident in Holmes Beach
An accident between a cyclist and a van shortly before noon Tuesday at 65th Street and Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach re-routed traffic on Marina Drive for more than 30 minutes while emergency medical person-
nel from the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District treated the injured cyclist. He was taken to Blake Hospital
in an unknown condition, but his injuries did not appear life-threatening. The cause of the crash is under
investigation by Holmes Beach police. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


counties to determine feasibility for replacement with
roundabouts.
The Gulf Drive-Cortez Road intersection was a "no
brainer" for a roundabout, Wallwork concluded.
MPO Executive Director Mike Guy told city com-
missioners that funding for an intersection improve-
ment analysis of the area could be provided fairly
quickly if MPO board members agreed to the financial
allocation. The funding will be requested at the MPO
meeting Feb. 24.
In other transportation matters, city commission-
ers agreed to request the members of another traffic
study committee, the Community Traffic Safety
Team, look into the possibility of installing pedes-
trian crosswalks at two locations on Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach.
Both Fifth Street South and 26th Street on Gulf
Drive are sites being considered for installation of
lighted pedestrian crosswalks as the result of a re-
quest from the city to Florida Department of Trans-
portation officials. However, DOT has repeatedly
said that lighted crosswalks offer pedestrians "a false
sense of security" and have rejected requests.
Guy said the current lighted crosswalk at 10th
Street North "works very well" and, as a result of its
effectiveness, DOT officials "are more receptive" to
such systems. He suggested, and city commissioners
concurred, to have the CTST look at the other two po-
tential crosswalk locations and make a recommenda-
tion to DOT.
City commissioners also agreed to request an
agreement with DOT to spend $300,000 for sidewalks
through an enhancement fund program.
Guy said the funding has been earmarked by DOT
for fiscal year 2004 but, in light of potential budget cuts
on the state level, the money may be in jeopardy. If the
city and DOT enter into an agreement and the city be-
gins to fund the project earlier than 2004, the state is
committed to reimbursing, Guy said. .
The $300,000 would be used for sidewalks in the
northern section of the city, as well as possibly bike
lanes and landscaping, city commissioners agreed.


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phenomenal. And I feel very good about my fellow
commissioners. I think we can work together for the
good of the city."
Smith, who was an unsuccessful candidate in the
2001 election for a commission seat, was gracious to
Miller and Cramer in defeat, wishing them the best.
But he was "a little unhappy," he said, because he
believed he was up against a "team" of commissioners
who campaigned against him, including a "commis-
sioner now ex-commissioner" in reference to outgoing
Commissioner John Michaels, who did not seek re-
election.
"I think I knew the outcome two weeks ago," he
said. "It's like a good player on a team going up against
a good team. The No. 1 player doesn't have much of a
chance.
"But I wish the new commissioners all the best and
I'm glad for them."
Following a swearing-in ceremony of the new
commissioners at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, Cramer,
Miller and current Commissioners Chuck Webb and
John Quam will meet in a special commission meeting
to elect a fifth commissioner to serve a 10-month term,
which will then fall into the normal election cycle in
November, 2003.
Once all five commission seats are filled, a chair-
person will be elected who will also serve as the city's
deputy mayor.
The new charter also moves the date of city elec-
tions to November to coincide with county, state and
national elections.

Fifth commissioner
While Smith has said previously that the commis-
sioner elected Feb. 13 under the new charter should be
the candidate who finished third in the election, other
names are reportedly being considered, including that
of Tom Aposporos, the chairman of the charter review
committee that wrote the just-passed charter over a
nine-month period, along with fellow committee mem-
ber and former Commissioner Bob Barlow.
Aposporos, the former mayor of Poughkepsie,
N.Y., has said previously he would not run for a city


Newly elected Anna Maria City Commissioner Duke
Miller embarces wife Cindi on the announcement of
Tuesday's election results. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

commission seat in Anna Maria, but that does not pre-
clude him from accepting a 10-month term if nomi-
nated and selected by the seated commissioners.
Aposporos was non-committal on whether or not
he would accept a nomination as the fifth commis-
sioner.
"It's really up to the commission," he said. "I'd
prefer to wait and see what they want to do."
But Aposporos' name along with Barlow's sur-
faced in January after Mayor SueLynn asked city com-
missioners to consider who they might nominate for the
fifth seat if the charter passed.
Cramer and Miller said they would now consider
candidates to nominate for the fifth commission seat,
but did not want to give a specific name at this time.
Aposporos did note that approval of the charter by
more than 75 percent of those voting validated the work
of the charter review committee.
"It's the democratic process. I'm very.pleased the
voters appreciated our work. The new structure will not
let down the voters, only people can let them down,"
he said.


THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 12, 2003 E PAGE 3A

iMeetings

Anna Maria City
Feb. 12, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting on
"master wireless plan."
Feb. 13, 6 p.m., reception for newly elected city commis-
sioners, with swearing-in at 6:15 p.m.
Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m., special city commission meeting.
Agenda: Nomination of fifth commission member, swear-
ing-in of fifth-commission member, nomination and election
of commission chair, organization discussion on meeting
conduct, discussion of next steps for commission, and set-
ting of meeting date for next work session.
Feb. 18, 4 p.m., capital improvement advisory committee
meeting.
Feb. 19, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Enhancement and Edu-
cation Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
Feb. 13, 8:30 a.m., special city commission, meeting.
Agenda: charter review discussion, elected official and staff
travel discussion, special event forin-review, citizen dona-
tion procedure for benches at city pier discussion, and re-
view of future special meeting agendas.
Feb. 18, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Feb. 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
Feb. 13, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.

Of Interest
Feb. 19, noon, Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials
metering, Anna Maria City Hall.

Holiday Closures
Offices in Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach and Longboat
Key will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, for President's Day.
Offices in Bradenton Beach will be open.
Garbage, trash and recyclable collection in the cities of Anna
Maria, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will not take place
on Feb. 17. The alternate collection day for those cities will
be Saturday, Feb. 15. There will be no interruption of ser-
vice for garbage collection in Bradenton Beach.


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PAGE 4A M FEB. 12, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER


Anna Maria City wants state retirement plan


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
In their final meeting before the Feb. 11 city elec-
tion, Anna Maria city commissioners voted Feb. 4 to
join the Florida Retirement System plan for govern-
ment workers.
Since the collapse of the Florida League of Cities
retirement plan, city staff have been without a plan,
although city contributions for such a plan were ap-
proved in the 2002-03 budget.
The state's retirement plan may also include
elected officials, said City Clerk Alice Baird, and the
commission approved that option in its motion.
The retirement plan must still be approved by ei-
ther an ordinance or resolution of the city commission
once the FRS admits the city into the plan.
Baird said the city had been paying about 10 per-
cent of each employee's annual salary under the FLC
plan, while the FRS contribution would be just 5.76
percent for the 2002-03 fiscal year.
Outgoing Commissioner John Michaels said the
FRS plan "makes good sense for the city" because

No workshop session for
new Anna Maria commission
The new Anna Maria city commission won't
hold a workshop session Thursday, Feb. 13, as
previously planned, said Mayor SueLynn.
Instead, the two newly elected city com-
missioners will be sworn in at 6 p.m. that day
followed by a special commission meeting.
In the event the revised charter is approved
in the Feb. 11 election, the now-four members
of the commission will then nominate and elect
a fifth commissioner to serve a 10-month term.
After the election of the fifth commissioner
as required by a new charter, the commission
will elect a commission chairperson, then dis-
cuss rules of procedure for the commission.


employees from other municipalities already in the FRS
can transfer their retirement funds to Anna Maria if they
become employed by the city.
And the state guarantees this plan, added Commis-
sioner Chuck Webb.
While it would be mandatory that all city staff join
the FRS plan, elected officials would have the option to
join.
Baird said the annual cost to the city to contribute
to a retirement plan for five commissioners and the
mayor would be $1,932.
Sgt. John Kenney of the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office station in Anna Maria said he believed that
elected officials must serve a minimum of two terms
before they are vested in the plan.
Baird said she would look into this and report back
to the commission.
Resident Diane Canniff objected to the city fund-
ing a retirement plan for elected officials, particularly
if it is not discussed at a regular commission meeting.


Final motion
Outgoing Anna
Maria City Com-
missioner John
Michaels said
goodbye to his
k. colleagues Feb. 4
,after the conclusion
of a special comn-
|' mission meeting on
retirement plans for
city staff. Michaels
is not seeking re-
election and is
moving to Amelia
S':; Island near Jack-
i.- Isonville. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin


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for Thieves' Market
The Anna Maria Island Privateers have another of
their popular Thieves' Markets coming up, and they are
looking for vendors to participate.
It will be at the open field at 'Holmes Beach City
Hall, 5901 Marina Drive, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 22, with a variety of items for shoppers and plenty
of space to park their cars.
Among other things it will offer collectibles,
books, crafts, tools, furniture, jewelry, antiques, cloth-
ing and so on. Proceeds will go to Privateers youth
programs.
Space is available to vendors at $15 for a 10-by-10-
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Electrical fire prompts quick action at AME


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Soon after the morning bell rang at
Anna Maria Elementary School Friday,
the fire bell was ringing and unlike
Monday's fire drill, Friday's event was
real prompted by smoke coming
from the air-conditioning and heating
unit that supplies art teacher Gary
Wooten's classroom.
Students were evacuated from
classrooms in two minutes and a team of
firefighters from West Manatee Fire and
Rescue, including Chief Andy Price, re-
sponded to the school's 911 call.
Warren Phillips, the school's media


specialist, has a classroom across from
the art room and said he smelled some-
thing burning.
A smell similar to burnt toast was be-
coming increasingly pungent and alarm-
ing, so school custodian Shirley Beard
shut off power to the art room and Candi
Shield called 911 to report a possible fire.
Firefighters thoroughly checked the
unit for problems and determined that it
was safe to turn the power back on and
resume classes.
Beard called the Manatee County
School Board electrical department and
arrangements were made for someone to
look at the unit's electrical wiring.


Neighborhood enhancement

grant money available


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Up to $2,500 in matching grant
money is available for neighborhood en-
hancement programs from the county.
The grant is available to
homeowner/condo associations, neigh-
borhood associations/coalitions, crime
or neighborhood watch groups and non-
profit organizations. The money is not
available to government organizations.
The money must be used for
projects with a valid public purpose and
benefit a majority of the community.
Examples of eligible projects in-
clude planting drought tolerant land-
scaping, water conservation projects,
neighborhood entryway signage, in-
creased street lighting, wetland and up-


Tidemark objections raised
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


phone, cable television and electrical hookups for boat-
ers using the facility.
Suzanne Tarr of the Save the Manatee Club said
her organization has some issues with the application
as the proposed construction would affect manatees in
the area.
"We have some concerns about deep draft and
commercial vessels affecting the manatees and we
want those addressed before any permit is issued," she
said.
Tarr said it appears from the application that the
proposed construction will lead to an increase in boat
activity in the basin, increasing the chances of an ac-
cidental manatee death.
Save the Manatee wants the developer to address
the issues of speed zones, enforcement, signage and ad-
equate depth in the basin channel, Tarr said.
Until those issues are resolved, "We will recom-
mend a denial to ensure the manatees are protected,"
she said.
Holmes Beach resident Joan Perry of the Manatee-
Sarasota Sierra Club said her organization is objecting
on the grounds that the basic "footprint" of the project
has been changed by Tidemark's application and a new
site plan may be needed.
"This permit application represents a substantial
deviation" from the Corps original approval of the
project in February 2002, said Perry.
The Sierra Club wants the Corps to have the appli-
cant address water quality issues related to boat waste
and treatment of sewage and address additional protec-
tion for the manatees.
Perry noted that the City of Holmes Beach owns
and leases to Tidemark approximately 2,097 square
feet of the basin and the applicant should present a new
site plan to show the city commission and public what
changes are proposed.
Perry also said that "archival records will show that
the applicant's property did not support 70-90 boats as
a frequent occurrence" as Tidemark has claimed in its
new application.


land protection and enhancement, and
historic preservation.
To be eligible, projects should cre-
ate and maintain communities and in-
corporate features such as improving
health and safety of residents, protect
and enhance the environment, address a
noted neighborhood deficiency, or pro-
mote neighborhood self-help efforts.
Matching funds are required and can
include labor, donated professional ser-
vices and materials, or landscaping main-
tenance.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Don
Maloney has offered to provide any in-
terested group with the grant application
and additional information. He can be
reached at 778-4865.
The application deadline is May 1..


Firehouse fieldtrip
A team of West Manatee Fire and Rescue District fire fighters and ChiefAndy Price
answered a 911 call from Anna Maria Elementary School when the outdoor air
conditioning unit at the art room began to smoke. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan


Not to be outdone, Save Anna Maria Inc. has also
raised objections.
The Tidemark application "represents a potential
threat to the quality of life in the immediate area," said
SAM president Katie Pierola.
While the boat basin has been in use for the past 50
years, the increased usage represented in the permit
application "raises some serious questions," said
Pierola, not the least of which is that it is a critical habi-
tat for manatees.
SAM is also concerned about potential stormwater
pollutant discharges and water quality in the basin be-
cause "such intense usage of the boat basin and the
uplands are bound to have a negative effect on the re-
ceiving waters."
Both the Sierra Club and SAM have asked the
Corps to hold a public hearing on the application prior
to any decision if concerns about water quality and the
manatee habitat cannot be resolved by the developer.
Easterling said he appreciates the concerns some
people have with the application, and he's already told
the Corps he'll put up signage to indicate the basin is
a protected manatee zone and control the speed limit.
"We're also going to have a facility to educate
boaters on the manatees in the area," said Easterling.
He said he's also addressed the stormwater runoff and
water-quality issue with the Corps.
"We're as concerned as anyone with the environ-
ment of the basin. We're doing all we can to protect the
manatees," he said.
As a native Floridian, Easterling said he's "been in-
volved in conservation all my life and I have five children
and I want them to see the Florida I grew up in."
He also noted his application will reduce the num-
ber of slips in the basin, not increase the traffic.
The latest round of objections to the controversial
development, however, can't put a stop to the entire
project.
Easterling already has a special exception permit
for the development from the Holmes Beach City Com-
mission along with his Corps and Florida Department
of Environmental Protection permit to move a seawall
along the northeast portion of the site further inland.
Of the 62 slips in the new permit application,
Easterling said 40 would be associated with condo-


minitium units, five for fishing guides' boats, four slips
for pontoon boat rentals, 12 slips for the restaurant and
hotel and one for a law enforcement officer.-
The Holmes Beach special exception permit states
boat slips will be limited to 40 for lodging units, 12 for
restaurant guests, 12 for lodge guests, three slips for
charter boats and eight leased as wet slips.
Easterling also said in the application that boat-
related commercial activities at the Tidemark such as
a water taxi, sunset and yacht cruises, power and sail
boat rentals, water skiing lessons, and full marina ser-
vices such as fueling and boat repair, "will be provided
at other sites."
In fact, Easterling has also proposed in the Corps ap-
plication to replace some of the existing seawall on the
north side of the basin at Catcher's Marina opposite his
property, and repair the boat ramp at that marina.
Easterling explained that, in the original Tidemark
application for a DEP permit, that area was included for
seawall repair because it is "contiguous" to the Tide-
mark and Easterling thought he might have to buy the
marina to offer full services.
Easterling also said the basin has been used by char-
ter boats, fishing guides and sunset cruise operators for as
long as he can remember, so there is no difference in the
type of boats proposed to utilize the marina than have been
operating there the past 50 years.
But the Corps didn't accept the proposal for new
docks without comments from other agencies and the
public, particularly since the dock construction is lo-
cated in a manatee zone.
"Based on the overall improvement of the marina
facility, the change in the upland activities associated
with the basin," and other information, the Corps said
it has determined that the "proposed work may affect
the manatee" and asked for input from Save the Mana-
tee and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission.
Holmes Beach building officials confirmed the city
has issued Tidemark and Catcher's Marina building
permits.
A decision on the application and whether or not
to hold a public hearing is not expected for several
weeks, perhaps longer, said John Fellows of the Corps'
Tampa office.





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You gotta eat fish!
You don't have to love fish to enjoy the Cortez
Commercial Fishing Festival this weekend, but it helps.
They'll have barbecue and lots of other foods, but the
focus is on fishing) and what was once an industry for
almost every household there.
In years past, Cortezians would probably have
flipped over a transposition of this year's slogan "if
fishes were wishes." They'd all have been wealthy!
"I wish for $100 per fish." And they'd have been
soooo happy!
You see, in Cortez in years past, even before the nets
were banned in 1995, there were good times and bad.
That contributed, no doubt, to making Cortezians
an incredibly hardy stock. Tough when they needed to
be and generous and soft as fresh taffy when they
wanted to be.
You gotta love 'em.
The entertainment is homegrown who can top
Goose Culbreath on fiddle with his clan of musicians? The
mullet "dogs" are tops. The strawberry shortcake supreme.
The activities for kids are fantastic and some are se-
cretly educational! Arts and crafts are top notch.
And we're headed into a beautiful weekend for
weather and wishes, fishes and fishers and festival na-
tives and newcomers. See you there!

Danger lurks
Is it season yet? You bet. With more people and
more auto traffic, we're seeing a frightening increase
in crosswalk close calls and incidents involving bi-
cycles.
As an "elementary" reminder, people are pedestri-
ans and bikes are vehicles. Bikers should stop and walk
if they want drivers to respect the crosswalk. And driv-
ers need to be alert for persons at the crosswalk and
bikers sharing the roadway on Holmes Beach's new-
this-season bike paths.
What we really, desperately need, though, is a so-
lution to the abrupt end of the bike path from Gulf
Drive to 56th Street on Marina Drive which may
necessitate eliminating the two outside turn lanes to
improve the bike path and pedestrian flow.
One lane is dangerously close to the sidewalk and
the canal and part of the roadway has no sidewalks.
And too often we see speedsters passing on the right.
This area is also frequented by neighborhood kids on
their way to and from school. And it's too dangerous.
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Opinion


Cortez Fishing Festival
For more than 19 years the Cortez Village Historical
Society has counted on the media to tell our story so that
we could gain support for our many activities in preserv-
ing the heritage of the fishing village.
This has enabled us to make some significant achieve-
ments. These include having the village listed as an his-
toric district on the National Register of Historic Places,
production of three books, three videos, a cookbook, our
walking tours, and public presentations.
We begin a new phase of work now as we set up our
booths and the museum displays at the 21st Annual Cortez
Commercial Fishing Festival in the 114-year-old fishing
village.
"If Wishes Were Fishes" is the theme for this year.
Our first wish is that everyone will stop to buy the three
books on Cortez and the cookbook, "What's Cooking in
Cortez." Copies of the new video, "Commercial Fishing
Through the Centuries," will also be on sale. We do not
have a permanent store so this is the best opportunity for
the public to buy.
Secondly we wish that all neighbors and friends who
have artifacts that are related to the fishing families would
loan or give them to the CVHS for display in the CVHS
Museum. We are looking for vintage clothing, household
items and photos. We need additional display cases, in-
cluding an armoire. (Call 795-7121 to help us.)
We villagers believe the festival is the place to be on
Feb. 15 and 16. After the many fishy delectables, stop by
our CVHS booth for a dish of our famous strawberry
shortcake. We guarantee it. Be sure to tell us how much
you enjoy it.
Bring the family and all your friends. See you at the
festival.
Mary Fulford Green, Cortez
Good idea!
The following letter was sent to Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn and The Islander.
What a brilliant solution proposed by Ed Chiles in this
week's Islander! To be sure, his recommendation of al-


temate street parking on odd and even days is a compro-
mise and will not satisfy fanatics at either extreme of the
discussion. If enacted, his proposal will immediately re-
duce by 50 percent all that horrible litter, earsplitting
noises, defecation and urination, and undesired genital
exposure which seems to plague only the folks whose
property provides direct access to the beaches on Anna
Maria. Think of it, all that criminal behavior can now be
monitored and dealt with by your police force with a 50-
percent reduction in man hours (and tax money)
It is not enough to say that the county should build
parking lots somewhere, or that the visitors should take the
trolley to points not now on its route. We all know that we
are talking about auto access to the very few walkways
available to Bean Point and the other Gulf beaches of
Anna Maria City. The truth is, by following the Chiles
plan you will not increase the number of vehicles that seek
access (hardly anybody parks on these streets now, and
hardly anyone will park there in the future but you will
be saying to the rest of us, "Welcome, enjoy our beaches,
and respect our neighborhoods." This approach will pay
large dividends not only to the business interests of your
village, but to the property owners as well.
Think of the folks who would like to hold marriage
ceremonies or memorial services at Bean Point. There
would be no way to measure their gratitude to the citizens
and caretakers of Anna Maria.
The property owners of Anna Maria do have a right
to privacy, peace and quiet. They also have a legal and
moral responsibility to share with the rest of us the unique
gifts of Mother Nature with which your community is so
blessed.
Listen to Ed Chiles; he represents the voice of reason
in this querulous matter.
Ed Siemaszko, Bradenton
Correction
Due to an editor's error, in last week's guest edi-
torial by Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar restaurant in
Anna Maria City, Mr. Chiles' residence was incorrectly
stated. He lives in Holmes Beach.





THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 12, 2003 M PAGE 7A


Miller parking plan: let owners decide


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
There are two things most of the 1,600 residents of
Anna Maria seem to have: an opinion on everything
and a solution to the city's parking woes. Some would
argue those two are one and the same.
The latest solution to the parking problem -join-
ing the zone plan, the Zent plan, the 2000 parking com-
mittee plan, the Sanibel plan, and the Chiles plan,
among others has been submitted by resident and
environmental activist Mike Miller.
Miller said there are 10 interest groups in the city
with separate issues they want resolved in any parking
plan. Trying to provide a solution "for such numer-
ous diverse and opposite interests by means of a single
parking solution has doomed every plan to failure and
always will."
The simple remedy, said Miller, is a compromise
plan that "the use of any segment of street right of way
for the purpose of parking shall be designated by the
owner of the property abutting the right of way along
the segment in question, unless it has been excluded
from such use by the city in order to ensure safe and
efficient access and/or traffic flow."
It sounds almost too simple, but Miller believes his
solution eliminates a host of problems that other solu-
tions create.
Miller said individual owners can decide on park-
ing anytime, sometimes or at no time in front of their
residence or business.
Residents and businesses who want universal ac-
cess could cover the right of way with shell, a filter mix
or turf and provide parking for anyone who comes
along.
Those who don't want parking in front of their resi-
dence need only plant vegetation to eliminate the prob-
lem.
Miller called for a clear definition and responsibili-
ties of a city maintenance zone and an owner manage-
ment zone for maintaining the right of way.
The plan can be achieved by abolishing "all current
parking regulations not required by safety concerns or


mandates/agreements with other government authori-
ties," Miller said. All signage associated with the abol-
ished regulations would be removed.
The city would install a sign at the city limits stat-
ing: "Citywide by law: no parking with wheels in
street."
Smaller signs would be placed in other locations
stating: "Park only with wheels off street."
The duties of the Manatee County Sheriffs Office
deputies in enforcing the parking regulations would be
revised as would right-of-way-use regulations and paving.
Miller also said property owners would be prohib-
ited from installing their own signage on the right of
way abutting their property that "falsely implies that
some parking regulation of the city applies to the right
of way abutting their property."
The results and benefits of his plan would be im-
mediate, claimed Miller.
Property and business owners in the city would be
immediately satisfied because they would determine if
parking is allowed abutting their front yard.
All owners and businesses wanting to preserve
parking spaces for the public at large could provide a


Four longtime Longboat Key leaders were hon-
ored at a "They Make a Difference" dinner hosted
by the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.
Honored at the event at the Longboat Key Club
were Jim Patterson, D.M. Williams and Ralph and
Claire Hunter.
Patterson was recognized for participating in
many phases of public life on the key over the years,
and especially for organizing S.T.A.R.T., Solutions
To Avoid Red Tide, while he was mayor. He is a re-
tired Army major general who flew many helicop-
ter missions in Vietnam and was himself evacuated
after being injured in a battlefield crash.
Williams has participated in uncountable chari-


space in the right of way by their property.
The MCSO would not be involved in permits and
stickers.
Legislation and enforcement would apply equally
to all available right-of-way segments, "so the plan is
inherently equitable and non-discriminatory," claimed
Miller.
"We would also enjoy a massive reduction in sign
clutter," he added.
"Anna Maria would continue to support a vibrant
business community and extend its tradition of hospi-
tality, while becoming at the same time greener, pret-
tier and quieter."
Miller said he has asked Mayor SueLynn to include
his recommendations among other options the city is
considering to solve the problem.
SueLynn said she will present Miller's plan to city
commissioners, but under the anticipated new charter,
the commission and its chairperson will schedule the
next special commission meeting on parking.
Miller said his proposal needs to be read in detail
to be fully understood and a copy of his plan is in the
"read file" at city hall.


table causes, for years hosting the Kids by the Sea
program for terminally ill youngsters at the Casa
del Mar resort he manages. A principal cause he has
embraced for decades is the annual Longboat bike-
a-thon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hos-
pital in Memphis.
The Hunters are best known as founding pub-
lishers of the Longboat Observer, the newspaper
they sold several years ago, and as historians and
gardeners. Hunter is the key's premier historian
who recently published "From Calusas to Condo-
miniums: A Pictorial History of Longboat Key."
Both Hunters have been active in the key's garden
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PAGE 8A 0 FEB. 12, 2003 E THE ISLANDER


Anna Maria homeowner bonus homestead exemption


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn would like to remind
beleaguered city property owners faced with ever-in-
creasing taxes that some of them might qualify for an-
other $25,000 homestead exemption. That's in addition
to the already existing $25,000 exemption for
homeowners state wide.
The Anna Maria City Commission passed an ordi-
nance in 1999 granting the additional exemption after
it was authorized as a local option by Florida voters in
a state constitutional amendment in November 1998.
But the criteria to qualify for this "extra, added,
bonus exemption" might be difficult for a number of
Anna Maria homeowners to meet.
The homeowner "who has legal or equitable title

Anna Maria voting

snafu, detour shortlived
Anna Maria Public Works Department staff put up
a detour around the Pine Avenue entrance to city hall
the morning of election day, prompting complaints to
the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, the
newspaper and city hall.
The detour was posted to allow city workers to
paint crosswalk markings in the roadway at the inter-
section of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue.
Mayor SueLynn called a halt to the work around 10
a.m. after she received complaints that the detour made
it difficult for voters to get into the city hall parking lot
to cast their ballot in the city election.
The mayor said the crew was originally scheduled
to work in a different location that day, but they deter-
mined wet conditions would prevent the paint from
drying there.
The crew then went to work at the Gulf Drive-Pine
Avenue intersection as an alternate work site, not real-
izing the detour might interfere with voters headed to-
ward the city's Pine Avenue parking lot, she said.
She said she would speak to Public Works Direc-
tor George McKay to determine who ordered the move
to the alternate site.
Voters who cast their ballots Tuesday morning said
the detour was an inconvenience, but did not stop them
from finding a parking space in the city's Spring Av-
enue parking lot.


to real estate" inside the city limits must first be 65
years of age or older and maintain the location as a
permanent residence that already qualifies for a Florida
homestead exemption.
So far, so good, but the "kicker" is that the
homeowner can't have an "annual household income
as defined by general law" exceeding $20,000, accord-
ing to the city ordinance and Florida statutes.
"I don't know how many people in the city might
qualify, but it's something I want people to know
about," said the mayor.
If granted, the additional homestead exemption
applies only to ad valorem tax millage rates levied by
the city, the Anna Maria ordinance states.
Applications for the additional exemption have
to be filed with the Manatee County Property Ap-


praiser not later than March 1 of each year, but "sup-
porting documentation" has to be filed by June 1 of
each year.
The $20,000 annual income limitation is adjusted
annually, according to the ordinance, based upon "the
percentage change in the average cost-of-living index
for the immediately preceding calendar year compared
with the average cost of living index for the calendar
year immediately prior to that year."
The "index" shall be the average of the monthly
consumer-price-index figures for the stated 12-month
period "relative to the United States as a whole, issued
by the U.S. Department of Labor."
For further information on the additional exemp-
tion, contact the Manatee County Property Appraiser's
office at 748-8208.


Voters detoured
Voters headed to the Anna Maria City Hall Tuesday morning to cast their votes in the city election were
detoured around the city's Pine Avenue parking lot while public works department employees painted the
intersection at Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Please tell 'em, "I saw it in The Islander."


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THE ISLANDER U FEB. 12, 2003 U PAGE 9A


Fix Anna Maria roads, drainage problems together


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
After nearly two years of inactivity, Anna Maria's
new capital improvements advisory committee met Feb.
4 to prioritize a list of needed projects in the city and es-
tablish goals for the committee.
Fixing a goal was the easy part.
CIAC chairperson Larry Albert and members Chuck
White and William Snow agreed the goal should be to fix
the city's drainage problem and repave necessary roads.
The hard job, apparently, was establishing a priority
list of projects.
Public Works Director George McKay said a number
of repaving projects, such as Tarpon Avenue and Oak
Avenue, have been on hold until a city engineer can pro-


Another paper street actually, a paper alley -
has been vacated in Bradenton Beach.
City commissioners approved the vacation of an
easement at 2512 Gulf Drive that currently has an en-
croaching structure the Breakers resort. The vaca-
tion will allow property owner George Sinclair clear
title to the land.
Adjacent properties had the platted-but-never-
used alley vacated years ago, Sinclair said.
"The property to the south, the EconoLodge, had
the property vacated in 1974," Sinclair said, adding
that a building has been on the "paper street" for "more
than 50 years. I'm just trying to clear the title."
Attorney Jamie Esling, representing Sinclair, said
surveys indicated the alley had been vacated, but no
public records could be found to indicate the alley had
been officially vacated.
"The intent of the alley has been destroyed,"
Esling said, "and we're asking for the same relief as
the properties to the south."
Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the vacation,
with Commissioner Anna O'Brien casting the dissent-
ing vote. Her reasoning for opposing the vacation was
procedural in nature.


vide input.
That's what we're here for, said Kirk Jensen of
Baskerville-Donovan, the city's newly hired engineering
firm.
Jensen cautioned against any priority list until he and
his engineers have had a chance to examine those streets
proposed for resurfacing and the accompanying drainage
issues.
"We are not going to fix the streets unless we solve
the drainage problem," Jensen said. "The two go hand-in-
hand. In some cases, you may have to fix the drainage
problem before you can resurface."
Jensen also needs to look at currently budgeted
amounts for road resurfacing and drainage on Tarpon and
Oak and determine if that amount would be sufficient for


"I'm concerned not with the vacation," she said,
"but I'm concerned with the city doing so on your be-
half. We have a moratorium [against citizen-initiated
street vacations] and you're asking us to sidestep our
own moratorium. I believe we're setting a precedent."
Citizen-initiated street vacations, comprehensive
plan revisions and rezoning requests are currently un-
der a moratorium in Bradenton Beach. However, the
city can initiate any of the current building bans, which
it did in Sinclair's case.
"Yes, the city can do it," O'Brien said of the alley
vacation. "But should we? Obviously the city is doing
something on your behalf. I believe it is a manipulation
of the system."
Other commissioners did not share O'Brien's con-
cerns and had little comment on the matter other than
voting in favor of the vacation.
The city commission has had an erratic policy on
street vacations in the past few years. It approved an
alley vacation near Sinclair's property a few years ago,
then rejected vacating 17th Street as requested by the
Bradenton Beach Club shortly afterward. It also ap-
proved vacating the platted-but-unused Bay Drive
South along Anna Maria Sound.


recommendations by his firm.
CIAC board member Chuck White suggested Jensen
return with an overall plan for road resurfacing and solv-
ing the drainage problems, not something piecemeal.
Good idea, said Jensen, but engineering study costs
alone could eat up the entire amount of money already
allocated to capital improvements in the 2002-03 budget
if the CIAC and city commission want to "fix everything."
"But from the dollars budgeted, we could probably fix
Tarpon and Oak, but have no money left," he said.
Jensen suggested the city may want to establish a re-
serve fund in its next budget for capital improvement
projects.
The committee consensus was to put paving and
drainage as a priority goal, but an actual list of priority
projects will be discussed at the next meeting Feb. 18.
During the next two weeks, Jensen said his company
will study resurfacing of Tarpon and Oak and other city
streets to provide some cost estimates and an initial pri-
ority list.


Straw vote
Anna Maria resident Elizabeth Moss, left, was one of
several concerned citizens who conducted a straw
poll at city hall on election day to determine if voters
were in favor of the city hiring its own building
official or contracting with Holmes Beach for those
services. Islander photo: Rick Catlin


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White elephant sale due
at Annunciation Saturday
The annual white elephant sale of the Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation is scheduled for Saturday,
Feb. 15, with items ranging from plants to food to
"stuff" for sale.
The sale will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the church
facilities, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
A spokesperson said it will offer plants, antiques,
collectibles, furniture, dishes, sports items, books and
"a whole lot more." Raffles will be conducted, and
breakfast and lunch will be available. Details are avail-
able at 778-1638.

Candish, Thomas art in exhibit
Island artists Woody Candish and Richard Thomas
are featured in the fifth annual Invitational Art Exhibi-
tion at Selby Public Library in Sarasota.
Others in the exhibit, all residents of Sarasota or
Manatee County, are Jean Blackburn, Don Brandes,
Emily DiNardo and Joe Loccisano.
Candish, who lives in Anna Maria, is a sculptor
who transforms steel and scrap metal into art creations,
with rich textures and recognizable elements.
Thomas, also of Anna Maria, says his art is "a
problem to be solved every time I work," though his
works don't give evidence of a particular struggle.
The exhibit will be in place through March 14 at the
library, 1331 First St. in downtown Sarasota. Details
are available at 861-1174.

'Hunt for Red Tide' club's topic
Gary Kirkpatrick of Mote Marine Laboratory will
detail "The Hunt for Red Tide" for the Anna Maria
Garden Club when it meets Wednesday, Feb. 19.
The session will be at 12:30 p.m. at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Information may be obtained by calling 778-3665 or
756-3275.

Islanders contribute $7,839
to Salvation Army
Anna Maria Islanders gave a record amount of
donations for the Salvation Army during December
through the kettle fund drive, Russ Olson said.
He is a member of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis
Club and organizer of the bell-ringers who collected funds
in the kettles from passers-by. Kiwanis and Anna Maria
Island Women's Club volunteers staffed the drive.
Olson expressed special gratitude from both clubs
to the Holmes Beach Publix store, where the bell-ring-
ers set up shop.
Altogether, $7,839.93 was realized from the annual
fundraising effort, Olson said.

Democratic chair talks to
Island club Monday
Chuck Cooper, who chairs the Manatee County
Democratic Party, will tell fellow Democrats how
"Manatee Democrats Think Big" at an Island luncheon
Monday, Feb. 17.
He will be the featured speaker at a noon meeting
of the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club at a dutch-
treat luncheon at noon at the Beach House Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

Beading, porcelain paint
demonstrations Saturday
Irene Murphy will demonstrate the art of beading
and Helen DeForge will demonstrate porcelain paint-
ing Saturday, Feb. 15, at Island Gallery West.
The demonstrations will be from 10 a.m.-noon at
the gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, where
information is available at 778-6648.
Murphy's works include necklaces, earrings,
bracelets and pins. DeForge's porcelain painting in-
cludes tiles, plates, mugs and refrigerator magnets.

Health screenings coming
to church on Tuesday
Health screenings will be conducted from 9 a.m.-
4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Island Baptist Church,
8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Life Line Screening will offer the services at $45
for one screening, three for $99, four for $125. Ap-
pointments may be made and further information ob-
tained at 778-0719.


778-4751
5312 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217
toll free 800-771-7163
www island-florist.com


Miss Lindsey's first pageant
Lindsey Geeraerts, daughter of Ted and Cathy of
Holmes Beach, was the Island's lone representative
among more than 260 entries in the Miss Junior Florida
Pageant held in January in Melbourne, Fla., and she
made it to the top fifteen.
"Quite an accomplishment for my first pageant,"
she said. The competition included an interview and
evening gown and casual-wear presentations.
It was the lure of scholarship funding that took her
to the competition with help from sponsors Janis and
Dick Oaks, Bob, Debbie and Hannah Crowe, Emma &
Angelo Cayo, Carol Whitmore, Tami Catt, Dan and
Tina Howe, Michelle Woodson, Barbara Sato, Green
Real Estate, The Islander, Damon and Joselin
Presswood, and Kendra Presswood and Jesse
Presswood-Powers.
"I learned a lot about myself and my capabilities"
Lindsey said, "and I really want to thank all the spon-
sors that helped me enter the competition and offered
so much encouragement especially my mom."


Hyndmans will showcase
Las Vegas Tuesday
James and Ruth Hyndman will take their audience
on a tour of Las Vegas in a Friends of the Island Branch
Library free program at the library at 2 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 18.
The Hyndmans are from Toronto and he has exten-
sive experience in the travel business. He points out
that "The Elegant New Las Vegas" is the No. 1 tourist
destination with 38 million visitors a year.
Seating at the program will be on a first-come,
first-served basis. The library is at 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Further information may be obtained at
778-6341.

Longboat chamber's 'nooner'
next week at Chart House
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Febru-
ary "nooner" will be from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednes-
day, Feb. 19, at the Chart House restaurant, 201 Gulf
of Mexico Drive. The luncheon is $15 for members,
$20 for guests, and reservations may be made by call-
ing 387-9519.

County seeks member for council
A volunteer without direct tourist resort business
interest is being sought to serve on the Tourist Devel-
opment Council of Manatee County. Application dead-
line is Feb. 28.
The council makes recommendations to the Mana-
tee County Commission on projects set forth in the
county tourist development plan and the uses for which
tourist development tax revenue may be spent.
Eligible is any county citizen who is interested in tour-
ism but "is not an owner or operator of a hotel, motel or
other tourist accommodation that collects the 3 percent
resort tax." Council members serve four-year terms.
Applications may be obtained from the county
commission at 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, or
by phoning 745-3700.


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Save Anna Maria to m
The Save Anna Maria activist group will meet at
10:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Island Branch Li-
brary to discuss safety guidelines and issues related to
crossing the Anna Maria and Cortez bridges.
Guest speaker will be Lt. John Cosby of the
Bradenton Beach Police Department.
Cosby will address SAM members on how Emer-
gency Medical Service vehicles operate over the
bridges to the mainland and what options they have
during a medical emergency when the bridge is up.
SAM chairperson Katie Pierola said the meeting is
open to members, the public, and anyone wishing to

Tickets for Annunciation
Greek dinner on sale
Tickets are on sale now for "Greek Night" at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
A full Greek dinner from roast lamb shanks to bak-
lava and more will be served Thursday evening, Feb.
20. Tickets at $12 per person are available at the church
office or by calling 778-1638.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., serving to begin
at 6. Take-out orders may be picked up starting at 6:45.
Profits are to go "to further the church's program
of outreach to local charitable and educational causes,"
said a spokesperson.

Botti exhibit opening at gallery
New works by Italo Botti will be exhibited in a
one-man show from Feb. 13-March 5 at the Wallace
Fine Art Gallery, 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key.
A public artist's reception will be from 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 13.
March 13-April 3 the gallery will show a collection
of Russian plein air artists, and April 4-May 1 will
present another group show of contemporary artists.
Details are available at 387-0746.

Blood donors get free passes
Donors of blood at any collection in Manatee County,
including Anna Maria Island, during February and March
will get free passes to the South Florida Museum.
The museum is providing passes worth $9.50 to help
the blood drive, said a Manatee Community Blood Cen-
ter spokesperson. The museum is at 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton.
Next appearance on the Island of the bloodmobile will
be 8 a.m.-noon March 17 at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. It will
receive blood at the Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from 7:45-11 a.m.
March 26.
Further information may be obtained by calling
746-7195.

Missionaries will speak
Missionaries will speak at both services Sunday, Feb.
16, at the Island Baptist, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The Revs. Ray and Helen Reynolds are coming
here from Europe, where they have been associated for
years with the European Baptist Convention.
At the 11 a.m. service Mr. Reynolds will discuss
"God's Heart for the Nation," and Ms. Reynolds will
talk about China at the evening service at 6:30 p.m.
Further information may be obtained by calling the
church at 778-0719.


Welcome Blake
Marshall Rowe
Born Jan. 19 to Nathan
(Fat Cat carpet cleaner for
four-plus years) and Amie
Rowe of Bradenton at
SBlake Medical Center, son
S. aBlake Marshall weighed in
at 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and
was a lean 20 inches from
head to toe. Nathan says
he's thrilled to have "more
than carpets to care for."
And "yes," Blake is for the
hospital and Marshall is
dad's middle name.




eet Feb. 22 at library
join SAM. The library is at 5701 Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach.
SAM was instrumental in having the Florida De-
partment of Transportation scrap a proposed 65-foot-
high bridge to replace the Anna Maria Bridge. Instead,
the DOT agreed the bridge could be maintained in its
current condition for at least another 10 years.
Following its success with the bridge, members
decided to keep SAM active in environmental and de-
velopment issues that affect the Island.
For further information on SAM, call Pierola at
778-9390.


Original Buccaneer poster
at Island museum
Now at the Anna Maria Island Historical
Museum is the original poster of the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers, the museum announced, and the
poster is on display there.
It depicts a toddler a Buc in his infancy -
in diaper and football gear, and it is signed by
celebrities of that time.
Frank Cavendish, owner of the Rod & Reel
Pier, was given the poster and was one of the
well-known people who signed it. Others include
Salty Sol and Andy Hardy of radio-TV fame, and
John McKay, early Buc coach.
The museum at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Saturday. Details are available at
778-0492.


Martin Luther portrayal Sunday
A portrayal of "Martin Luther: Captive to the Word
of God" will be presented by Fred Moore Sunday at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Moore, who is portraying various personages
around the country, will "present the human and spiri-
tual dimensions of the man whose work is the basis of
the Lutheran faith" based on Luther's conversations
with friends, said a church spokesperson.
The public presentation will begin at 3 p.m. at the
church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. It will be
followed by refreshments in the fellowship hall. Details
may be obtained by calling 778-1813.

AID offering assistance
All Island Denominations has opened applications
for its assistance to college students and vocational
aspirants, with the deadline for applying April 1.
The organization of all churches on Anna Maria Is-
land said assistance is available for students graduating
from high school this year, those attending a two- or four-
year college, those wanting to do advanced study or wish-
ing to be certified in a vocational occupation.
Applications are available at Island churches or
may be obtained from Bob Meyer at 798-8916.

Fashion luncheon coming
St. Bernard Ladies Guild will sponsor its annual
fashion show luncheon at.noon Wednesday, Feb. 19, at
the activity center of St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
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By Jim Hanson
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One of the earliest commercial fishermen's groups
to organize, and one of the strongest, is still fighting
against the economy and apathy and even standing up
to fellow fishermen.
It will be manning the steamed clam booth at this
weekend's Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, trying
to balance its part of the economy and overcome the
apathy. It's about given up on the "others," who will be
down the street frying mullet for the festivalgoers.
The organization is Organized Fishermen of
Florida, which Blue Fulford of Cortez was instrumen-
tal in founding in 1967. He was its president and chief
executive officer for 10 years in the 1970s and '80s,
and is still its chief advocate.
The opposition is the Florida Fishermen's Federa-
tion, and Fulford says as delicately as a lifelong com-
mercial fisherman can say anything, "We are not in
fellowship with them."
Combat is neyer hard to find among such sturdy
people as fishermen, they fell out during the long and
bitter battle over banning gillnet fishing for mullet in
Florida nearshore waters, which culminated in the
state's voters passing a referendum which did indeed
end such fishing in 1995.
Now mullet fishermen are limited to 500-square-
foot castnets, a brutally hard way to catch anything in
quantity. Fulford is making a virtue of necessity by
making the castnets for sale, quite lucratively.
A native of Cortez, he fished commercially all his
life until an accident aboard his boat left him with only
one leg. That's still a heartbreaker, for he loved his
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Cortez commercial fishing fest this weekend


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Those four pioneers who founded a village and a
way of life here in 1888 would be confounded this
weekend at what they wrought a festival that will fill
10-square-block Cortez with 20,000 or more happy
people.
The historic fishing village will host its 21st Cortez
Commercial Fishing Festival Saturday and Sunday,
with entertainment and action and food and a wealth of
affable, laid-back visiting.
The festival will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday,
noon-6 Sunday. Admission will be $2, kids free. Park-
ing is on village streets, at Coquina Beach Gulfside/
Pavillion No. 5 and at Cortez Road and 75th Street,
with frequent shuttles from both for a roundtrip fee of
$2.
The inadvertent founders of this fiercely indepen-
dent and vibrant historic village were four young fish-
ermen from Cartaret County, N.C., who were looking
for a livelihood.
They found it, millions of fish, principally mullet, that
they and their descendants gathered with hard, hard work.


And they founded families that live on today in the
village. "Capt. Billy" Fulford emerged as their leader,
and is regarded today as "godfather" of Correz. The
house he built in 1889 is .tll led-in. Nate Fulford,
David Sanders and JimnGuthrie live on, too, in-their
descendants.
They joked that they came here from North Caro-
lina "and never made enough money to go back."'
They doubtless would have approved of the main
beneficiary of the festival the village is hosting this
weekend. The proceeds will help make the next-to-last
$63,000 payment on the FISH Preserve, the 95-acre
tract at the edge of Cortez that is keeping development
from invading from the east; other directions are pro-
tected by salt water and zoning laws. FISH is the
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, which is buy-
ing the land for the villagers.
On the festival schedule are music by the Richard
Culbreath Group, Gumbo Boogie Band, Dr. Dave Band
and the Unkel Skini Band. The Sunshine Express
Cloggers will perform, as they have at all 20 earlier
festivals.
T-shirts with the winning design by young artist


Matthew Norris based on the festival's "If Wishes
Were Fishes" will be sold. Raffled during the festival
will be artwork by Linda Molto, dinners at Star Fish
Co., Gulf shrimp from A.P. Bell Fish Co., kayak/canoe
trip for four through the preserve, and the raffle topper,
a nautical motif quilt by Alice Gullet.
There will be marine life and cultural exhibits, nau-
tical arts and crafts, a climbing wall, boat rides, pony
rides, a touch tank where youngsters may fondle sea
critters brought in by Cortez fishermen.
And food everywhere 16'vendors in all, from
barbecue to mullet to steamed clams to oysters, from
ice cream to the Cortez Village Historical Society's
strawberry shortcake.
Karen Bell is the FISH official in charge. She may
be reached at 794-1249.
If you think 20,000 and more people in a two-by-
five-block area is crowding it, check it out this week-
end and see how easily Cortez handles it. "It's a
breeze."
Meanwhile, reflect on the prospect of an entire vil-
lage on its knees negotiating for two days of better
weather than some recent days.


Resident steams over neighbor's stormwater runoff


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Carol Codella's 84th Street property wasn't a wa-
terfront property when she bought it almost two years
ago, but now that the neighboring lot has been topped
with a "mountain" of dirt, she says stormwater runoff
habitually floods her yard.
Codella recently asked the Holmes Beach City
Commission to take action, arguing that the city is re-
sponsible for allowing Donald Bahr, the owner of the
neighboring vacant lot at 205 84th St., to dump nine
feet of dirt without regard for the effect it has on adja-
cent properties.
Assistant Superintendent of Public Works Bill
Saunders told the commission that it is perfectly legal
according to city codes for Bahr to use fill to raise his
lot elevation to nine feet, as opposed to building his
home on stilts, as long as the dirt is compacted prop-
erly and a silt fence is in place to control erosion.
According to Saunders, Bahr has done everything
the city requires, and therefore is not in violation of city
codes.
Codella said that since the dirt was added to Bahr's
lot, the erosion following storms comes under the silt
fence and has filled in the three-foot-deep swale along
her property line. She testified that her property has
been damaged by standing water and that stormwater
runoff consistently flows onto her yard.
"My yard slopes so that the water used to run into
the swale, which has now been filled in from Bahr's
lot," Codella said. "I spent $23,000 on landscaping
with a design chosen because of the dryness of my

OFF fighting for life
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12
ened that they think the lawmakers and regulators can't
hurt us any more than they have, so we don't need an
organization any more," Fulford said.
That is just wrong, he maintains: "The amendment
says it does not prohibit further restriction. There's
nothing to stop" them even from eliminating the
castnet."
It's tough going. The young who should be fight-
ing for their way of life have "lost the will to do any-
thing," Fulford said. "They've been harped at so much
they've come to believe it's hopeless.
"We need a champion to get people to realize that
all these fish in the bays and the Gulf are rich nutrition,
that they need to be put on the table. A champion will
emerge, sometime, and-he or she will help the fisher-
men get back to making a living. Maybe even reverse
the net ban."
To wait sensibly for that, he feels, OFF must live.
And he'll do his bit, as always, this time by hustling
steamed clams at the Cortez festival Saturday and Sun-
day, Feb. 15 and 16.
And he'll hit the FFF booth for mullet. "The orga-
nization has declared OFF and me the enemy, and the
Bible says if your enemy is hungry, feed him," he said.
"Maybe I'll get a meal free."


property and now my grass is burnt out and I've already
lost one tree to standing water."
Codella showed the commission pictures of PVC
pipes Bahr put on his lot, allegedly to direct water off
of his lot and into the swale.
Superintendent of Public Works Joe Duenries said
that he did not know why the pipes had been put in
place and that it was "highly unusual."
Commissioner Roger Lutz advised Codella that it
sounded as if she had a good chance at winning a civil
case against Bahr, but it would not be appropriate for
the city to get involved.
"If what he did is legal, all we can do is change the
ordinance to prevent this situation in the future," Lutz


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said. "He may have done it legally, but not necessar-
ily with the blessing of the city."
City Attomne Patricia Petruff said that if the ero-
sion has filled Codella's swale causing its diminished
capacity, then there could be a code violation. How-
ever, she said it was difficult to make that determina-
tion from the submitted photos.:-..
Petruff, Duennes and Saunders met with Codella
following the commission meeting to walk her property
and see the damage. Petruff said she saw some areas of
erosion that concerned her on her visit to the site and
that she would research the city's ordinances for any
grounds that might lead to action by the city's code
enforcement officer.


Obituaries


James T. Grant Jr.
James T. Grant Jr., 75, of Anna Maria, died Feb. 4.
Born in South Carolina, Mr. Grant came to Manatee
County from Winter Haven in 1989. He retired as an el-
ementary school principal. He served in the Seabees dur-
ing World War II. He was a member of the Florida Asso-
ciation of School Administration. He was a member of the
Jaycees Sertoma Club. He was a member of Roser Me-
morial Community Church, Anna Maria City.
Memorial services were Feb. 10 at the church. Memo-
rial contributions may be made to the church, P.O. Box
247, Anna Maria FL 34216.
He is survived by wife Elizabeth; daughter Kandise
Kerekes of Clearwater; son James. T. III of Bonita Beach;
sister Sarah Scott of Marion, S.C.; and three grandchil-
dren.


John Perry Talbot
John Perry Talbot, 71, who wintered on Anna
Maria Island for the past 10 years, died in Provi-
dence, R.I., Dec. 18.
Mr. Talbot was an artist, teacher, social worker
and real estate agent in the northeast, Hawaii and
North Carolina.
He was a member of the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society and created a series of sketches of Is-
land landmarks.
Services were in Providence.
He is survived by wife Jean Hallett Talbot;
daughter Annie Talbot Heyman; sister Anne Talbot
Treat and brother Richard of New Hampshire; and
two grandchildren.






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for Valentine's Day. For $1, you can buy a heart at
the Holmes Beach store with proceeds going to the
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and already they have topped 750 this month. From
left, manager Jeff Radcliff, clerks Claire Hamilton
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and pharmacist Dolores Pick. Islander Photo: J.L.
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Island police are on "high alert" following the "Con-
dition Orange" alert issued last week by the U.S. Office
of Homeland Security for New York and the east coast.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said his
officers are "keeping an eye out" for anything out of the
ordinary. Additionally, all officers are "on call" should
they be needed.
"Out of the ordinary" could mean cars or trucks
parked for long periods of time in unusual locations, sus-
picious packages or events out of the ordinary, Speciale
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Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stevenson said offic-
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Waste Management of Manatee County will not be picking
up garbage or recycling on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 17,
2003. Monday's garbage and recycling will be picked up
on the Saturday prior to Feb. 17, which is Feb. 15.
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lic for assistance.
"We want citizens to report any suspicious activities
to us," Stevenson said. "We've also instructed officers and
the public to be more watchful. Take precautions at pub-
lic events and be aware of building security," he added.
Security bulletins are received constantly from Home-
land Security advising local law enforcement officials of
the latest terrorist threat or developments, said Stevenson.
He and other Island police regularly attend security
task force briefings held every month in Tampa to advise
officials of whom and what to look for.

Streetlife

Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Jan. 28, 8605 Gulf Drive, Island Baptist Church
and Island Middle School, open doors. While conduct-
ing a routine building check, deputies reportedly found
a door to the church sanctuary and another door to the
middle school open.
Feb. 2, Coconut Avenue and North Shore Drive,
information. While on routine patrol, deputies report-
edly stopped a man who seemed to be having difficulty
driving his car. According to the report, the man was
disoriented and his speech was unrecognizable so
deputies contacted EMS, which transported him to
Blake Medical Center as a possible stroke victim.

Bradenton Beach
No reports.

Holmes Beach
Feb. 1, 6900 block of Palm Drive, theft. A man
reported his car stolen and it was later found in the
parking lot at the Anchor Inn.
Feb. 2, 100 block of 66th Street, burglary. A couple
reported their wallets stolen from their apartment. Ac-
cording to the report, the couple went to a pool area and
left the rear apartment door unlocked. The wallets were
missing when they returned to the apartment.


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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 12, 2003 0 PAGE 15A


Island Biz


A star Dy me ocean
Mon and Chi Lu plan to open the Ocean Star Japa-
nese restaurant and sushi bar Feb. 14 at 3608 East
Bay Drive in Holmes Beach, next door to Beach
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An ocean of stars
Mon and Chi Lu have more than 25 years expe-
rience in the restaurant business in the Sarasota-
Bradenton area between them, so it was a natural idea
that when they got married in 1998, they'd open a res-
taurant together.
That dream is coming true Friday, Feb. 14, when
they open the Ocean Star Japanese restaurant and
sushi bar at 3608 East Bay Dr. in Holmes Beach, right
next door to Beach Unlimited.
"This is a dream come true for us," said Mon, who
was head chef at the Taste of Tokyo restaurant in
Bradenton for six years prior to opening Ocean Star.
But Ocean Star is not just a sushi bar or takeout
facility, said Mon. Ocean Star has seating for 50-plus
people and the best Japanese food on Anna Maria Is-
land.
"We have a full menu of Japanese entrees in a va-
riety of cooking styles, including tempura, katsu and
nabemono," he said. Nabemono is traditional Japanese
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The menu also features Japanese curry and pasta
dishes and an excellent selection of imported beers and
sake from Japan.
Take out is available and delivery service may be
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"We're hoping to have all our old friends from the
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Ocean Star is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to
2:30 p.m. daily and 5-9 p.m. for dinner.
For more information on Ocean Star, call Mon or
Chi at 778-1236.

Sun shining
at BridgeWalk restaurant
The Sun House restaurant at BridgeWalk in
Bradenton Beach will hold its grand opening from 5 to
10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, and owners Richard and
Tess Horn are looking forward to becoming a "staple"
on the Island.
"We're going to be featuring Floribbean-style
foods," said Tess, which is a combination of Florida,
Caribbean, Key West and Latin American dishes. Fresh
seafood will be prominent on the menu for both lunch
and dinner.
But the Sun House is more than just another Island
eatery.
"We're going to be a fun place to visit, eat and
work," exclaimed Tess. "We want people to leave here
happier than when they came in."
The Horns have solved one problem by clearly in-
dicating to patrons the location of the restaurant's
elevator to reach the second- and third-floor establish-
ment. They've even redecorated the elevator and
named it the "Sunshine Express," she said.
For the grand opening, Jimi Gee and the Inside Out
band will be playing calypso, Jimmy Buffet and Island-
style music and the house special drink, a green flash
shooter, will be on hand when the sun goes down.
Sun House patrons will celebrate each evening's
sunset by sounding a gong and looking for that particu-
lar "green flash" of light when the sun disappears from
the horizon.
"We're going to make the gong a daily event at
sunset," said Tess.


The Sun House is also family friendly with an ex-
cellent children's menu. There's also outdoor dining
with views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota
Bay and meeting and banquet space is available.
"We're going to have a great relationship with our
patrons," said Tess. "Hopefully, we'll be a fun spot for
visitors, Island and Longboat Key residents and staff
from other restaurants. We have a fantastic staff and
great food and we want to develop a great following on
the Island."
Richard is the former general manager of the Chart
House restaurant on Longboat Key and will be the Sun
House manager, while wife Tess is ip charge of cater-
ing and special events.
For more information on Sun House, call 782-
1182.

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

Realty raves
Gail Tutewiler led in bringing in new listings and
Geoff Wall was tops in sales during January at the
Holmes Beach office of Wedebrock Real Estate Co.
The teams of Mike Migone/Tina Rudek led in listings
at the Longboat Key office with Gary/Cindy
LaFlamme heading sales. Bridget Spiess was leader in
both listings and sales at Avenue of the Flowers,
Longboat Key.

Wedebrock adds three at
Longboat offices
Deni Dillon, Bridget Spiess and Caroline Worley
have been added to the Wedebrock Real Estate Co.
roster as agents with assignments to Longboat Key
offices.
Dillon comes to the key from Knoxville, Tenn.,
Spiess from County Kildare in Ireland by way of Madi-
son Avenue in New York City, and Worley came here
from Columbus, Ohio, where she was a prosecuting
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IMS parents still aiming for ninth-grade addition


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Island Middle School parents Genie Salter and
Scott Bassett have written a draft proposal outlining
how the Island Middle School could accommodate a
ninth-grade class of 20 students next fall.
Salter told IMS board members that the proposal
is still a rough draft and that IMS Director Jeanne Shell
has offered to help polish off the report.
Salter said that if approved, IMS could offer the
following high school freshman-level courses: lan-
guage arts, algebra, biology with lab, physical and en-


Anna Maria Elementary
School menu
Monday, Feb. 17
School Holiday
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Fruit, Cereal,
Juice
Lunch: Two Italian Dunkers or Cheeseburger Basket
with French Fries, Garden Salad, Fruit
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Breakfast: Dannon Danimals Yogurt, Fruit, Cereal,
Juice
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese or Fish Sandwich,
Green Beans, Fruit
Thursday, Feb. 20
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Chicken Sandwich or Chili Con Carne with
Fritos, California Blend, Fruit
Friday, Feb. 21
Breakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Pizza Sticks or Shaker Salad, Corn, Fruit
Milk and juice are served with every meal.


vironmental science, American history, advanced band,
jazz ensemble, creative and journal writing, music
theory, Spanish and three physical education courses.
The school would like to offer the courses through
the Virtual Learning Academy's online high school
curriculum, but the courses have not yet been aligned
to the Manatee County School Board's curriculum
standards.
Salter said the Virtual Learning Academy should
be in line with the county's public school curriculum
this summer. If it isn't accredited in time, Salter said the
alternative would be to hire a teacher to facilitate
courses through the school's currently approved
Riverdeep program.
The difference, Salter said, is in the way the


courses would be taught. Riverdeep would require a
teacher to track student progress, whereas the Virtual
Learning Academy tests and tracks student progress
online.
IMS would also need to hire a teacher certified to
teach high school social studies because Salter said it
is not available through Riverdeep.
The high school proposal will also leave future
growth at the school open. Salter said the plan will
address potential ideas such as adding additional grade
levels as an option if all goes well.
"But, its only an option," Salter said of the possibil-
ity of adding additional grades. "No one can be 100 per-
cent sure how it will go and we want to wait and see be-
fore committing to additional grade levels in the future."


IMS accepting applications for sixth.graders


Island Middle School held an open house for parents
of prospective sixth-grade students. The window of oppor-
tunity to register for the 2003-04 school year ends Feb. 14.
IMS Director Jeanne Shell reassured parents at the
open house that the school uses the same curriculum as all
other Manatee County public middle schools and that stu-
dents take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
What Shell said is different about IMS is that they
have the freedom to approach teaching differently. For
example, teachers offer a lot of hands-on learning
throughout the year and strive to demonstrate how sub-
jects pertain to life outside the classroom.
Shell said teachers at IMS don't teach specifically
for the FCAT, but they prepare students academically
to do well on the exam. Its not until January that stu-
dents take practice FCAT exams and really focus on
aspects of taking the test, she said.
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After Shell's introduction to the school, parents
had an opportunity to visit classrooms and learn about
the school's focus on the arts and environmental sci-
ences directly from IMS teachers.
For more information or an application, call 778-
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Dance Sunday at Center
A dance for teenagers to celebrate "no school tomor-
row" is scheduled Sunday night, Feb. 16, at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria.
Monday is a day off for schools.
It will be for 11- to 17-year-old youths from 6-9 p.m.,
free for members and $3 for nonmembers. Pizza and so-
das will be provided, and candy, balloons and flowers will
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THE ISLANDER M FEB. 12, 2003 i PAGE 17A



Music is an elementary class production


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
At Anna Maria Elementary School, musical pro-
ductions are a team effort. In one short week, music
teacher Marilyn Branning will have students in her
three first-grade classes transformed into gardeners,
flowers, weeds and scarecrows for a production of
"How Does Your Garden Grow."
The musical was performed for all AME stu-
dents at a school assembly and at the Parent-Teacher
Organization meeting Feb. 11.
Still a week away, the students are learning their
lines, cues and stage entrances and exits.
The auditorium stage is a mass of activity as
little feet tramp up and down stage risers while
Branning and the first-grade teachers mark the stage
with tape to remind students where to stand.
Branning said the students have been practicing
since the beginning of January and that the teachers
picked the play to coincide with other class lesson
plans. For example, Joan Sackett's first-graders
plant a vegetable garden outdoors behind their class-
room in the fall and spring.
Today's music class isn't the typical one, and
Branning gets help from the first-grade teachers in
cueing lines.
"Can you say that slower?" Branning asks one
student.
"Can the scarecrows say the line together?" she
asks another group.
And as she teaches a group of flowers to "swoon
and croon," she reminds the rest of the students on
the risers not to twirl.
By Tuesday night's performance, these students
will have it all together. The flowers will sing about
their garden and the weeds will try to rule the gar-
den.
The flowers will turn to the scarecrows for ad-
vice to help Herb, the gardener, learn how to keep
the garden growing beautifully.
The music is lively and the students are gearing
up for a fun play that is sure to be nothing other than
a "forget-me-not."


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Each week The Islander spotlights one of Anna
Maria Elementary School's teachers and their class-
room.
This week music teacher Marilyn Branning is in
our spotlight.
Originally from Michigan, Branning moved to
Florida in 1984 and has been teaching at AME for 13
years. She is certified to teach music for kindergarten
through 12th-grade.
Branning previously taught at Manatee Elementary
and Orange Ridge Elementary schools in Manatee
County.
She earned her teaching degree from Western
Michigan University and said she chose to become a
teacher to help children learn and experience music.
Branning's teaching philosophy revolves around
the notion that children are a work in'progress. "They
need to experience music in many different ways be-
cause we all learn differently."


Class act
Music teacher
Marilyn
Branning guides
Anna Maria
Elementary
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In music class students sing, play instruments,
dance, learn about rhythm and notation as well as per-
form musicals.
The biggest musical highlight in AME's calendar
this year, according to Branning, will be the fifth-grade
production of "The Music Man Jr." on May 6 and 7.
Music was Branning's favorite school subject be-
cause she found it fun and rewarding. "It is so reward-
ing to perform in plays and be a part of something so
beautiful."
Branning said she had an "awesome" choir direc-
tor in high school that was one of her mentors. "He
encouraged me to use my musical talent and helped me
come out of my shell."
Branning's advice to her own students is to get
involved in a musical group or some other activity be-
cause it will help them enjoy school even more.
When not teaching Branning enjoys playing the
keyboard and singing on her church's worship team.
But, she said, her newest hobby is learning to play
the bass guitar. "My husband is teaching me."




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Wednesday, Feb. 12
10:30 a.m. Friends book club at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-6341.
11:30 a.m. "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"
with Donna Seguin, owner of Suncoast Gems, at Off
Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players luncheon
at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Island
Road, Palmetto. Information: 778-7423.
Noon German-American Club luncheon at
Ato's Polynesian Restaurant, 71st Street and Cortez
Road, Bradenton. Information: 756-8081.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce "Business After Hours" and jewelry trunk
show at A. Dodge Concept Salon, 5370.Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
Fee applies.
7p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-6341.
7 p.m. "Are You Listening to Me?" parenting
workshop at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101
Cortez Rd., Bradenton. Information: 756-3007.

Thursday, Feb. 13
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. AARP tax help at Island
Branch Library, 701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. In-
formation: 888-227-7669.
3 to 4:30p.m. 'The Russians are Coming! The
Russians are Coming!" with Rabbi Michael B.
Eisenstat at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road,
Lohgboat Key. Information: 383-3428. Fee applies.
5:30 to 7 p.m. Photography workshop with
Jack Elka at the Bridgewalk Resort, 100 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-2545. Fee ap-
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7p.m. Bingo at Annie Silver Community Cen-
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778-1915.
7 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote
Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy,
Sarasota. Information: 739-0908.
8 to 11 p.m. Kiwanis Club Big Band Dance at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
applies.

Friday, Feb. 14
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marilyn Lilygren art sale at
622 Dundee Lane, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
4114.
5 to 9p.m. Historic Bridge Street Open House,
Scott Blum Band performs downtown Bradenton
Beach.
6 to 9 p.m. "Sunset Stroll on the Circle" at St.
Armands Circle, Sarasota. Information: 388-1554.
7 p.m. "The Emperor's New Clothes" by the
Manatee Players at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old
Main St., Bradenton. Information: 748-5875. Fee ap-
plies.

Saturday, Feb. 15
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. White Elephant sale at the
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1638.
10 a.m. to noon Porcelain painting and bead-
ing art demonstrations by Helen DeForge and Irene
Murphy at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marilyn Lilygren art sale at
622 Dundee Lane, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
4114.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival in the Cortez fishing village. Fee applies.
3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. "The Emperor's New
Clothes" by the Manatee Players at the Riverfront
Theater, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information:
748-5875. Fee applies.
7 to 10 p.m. "An Evening of Valentine Magic"
dinner and silent auction fundraiser for the Center for
Education Montessori School at the Gitt's home, 6400
Riverview Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 812-1689.
Fee applies.
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Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club
meeting at the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9287.
6 p.m. "Rehabilitation with a Twist" with
Charles Manire at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota. Information: 388-4441.
Fee applies.

Tuesday, Feb. 18
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Health screenings at the Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-0719. 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. '"The Elegant New Las Vegas" with Jim
Hyndman at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.

Wednesday, Feb. 19
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber
of Commerce "Nooner" at the Chart House Restau-
rant, 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Infor-
mation: 387-9519. Fee applies.
Noon St. Bernard Catholic Church Ladies
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Turtle admirer leaves strong legacy


ity center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-3397. Fee applies.
12:30 p.m. "The Hunt for Red Tide" with Gary
Kirkpatrick of Mote Marine Laboratory at the Anna
Maria Garden Club meeting, Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-3665 or 756-3275.
7p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-6341.

Ongoing:
"Village of the Arts" exhibit at the Anna Maria Is-
land Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through February. Information: 778-2099.
One-man show for Italo Botti at Wallace Fine Art,
5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, through
March 5. Information: 387-0746.
Stone sculptor Maxine Block at Joan Peters Gal-
lery, Village of the Arts, 1210 11th Ave W., Bradenton,
through February. Information: 741-8056.
Island Gallery West Holmes Beach artists coop-
erative at Graciela Giles Gallery, 1014 12th St. W.,
Bradenton, through Feb. 23. Information: 778-6648.
'"Treasures: Silver and the Age of Opulence" at
the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St., Bradenton,
through April 27. Information: 746-4131.
Invitational Art Exhibit featuring Islanders Woody
Candish and Richard Thomas at Selby Public Library,
1331 First St., Sarasota. Information: 861-1170.

Upcoming:
Florida intangible-tax seminar at the Island
Branch Library Feb. 20.
"Everything You Wanted to Know About Flute
and Bassoon" at the Education Center Feb. 21.
"Concert in the Garage" at Jake's Automotive for
Manatee High School Feb. 21.
Service Club of Manatee County antique show
at the Manatee County Civic Center Feb. 21-23.
Pancake breakfast at Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church Feb. 22.
Keep Manatee Beautiful Sandblast at the Beach
House Restaurant Feb. 22.
"Opera on the Island" at the Island Baptist
Church Feb. 23.
"A Motown Sunset" at Cafe on the Beach Feb.
23.
"Don't Hit Me" drum session at Tidy Island Feb. 25.


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Peggy Craig "will live forever on Anna Maria Is-
land," said Suzi Fox. "Even in death, her life will af-
fect thousands of children and adults here."
When she died last fall Craig asked that her many
mourners make donations to the Island's marine turtle
preservation program in lieu of floral tributes. Her fam-
ily is giving an amount equal to the donations. That
total will come to about $1,400.
As head of Turtle Watch here, Fox is overseeing
the donations. They'll be put to excellent use, and soon,
Fox promised.
The money will buy a life-size sculpture of a cut-
away loggerhead turtle nest fronted with glass, not
unlike ant nests that show life in an ant hill. This won't
be live, of course, but it will give a clear picture of a
nest at hatching time some eggs still intact, others
hatched with the baby turtles digging up through the
sand to the surface, still others scrambling away on the
beach toward the Gulf of Mexico.
If the donations aren't enough to cover the costs,
the family has even promised to make up the differ-
ence.
Tom McFarland of North Carolina is sculpting the
nest, which will be of clay between three and four feet
tall and enclosed in Plexiglas. He did a similar sculp-
ture for Mote Marine Laboratory.
The sculpture will be the centerpiece of the turtle
and environmental education center that AMI Turtle
Watch plans to open in Holmes Beach by the first of
March.
Fox mourns Craig along with her family and
friends and colleagues in the Lakeland public school
system, where Craig taught. "I didn't know her," Fox
said, "but I've learned a lot about her, and I feel I'm the
one who lost by not knowing her."
Craig spent summers and weekends at the family
cottage on the Island, and came here to rest and relax
before her death last autumn. She was devoted to the
turtle preservation program, walking the beach and
even helping excavate nests after they hatched to be
sure no eggs or babies were left stranded.


The Turtle Watch environmental and education
center willfeature a cutaway of a sea turtle nest.

Many donations came from colleagues in the Polk
County school system, many more from friends there,
said Fox. From the letters accompanying most of the
donations, "you just know her life tells thetale of why
we must be so cautious with the environment."
Many of the donors don't know about sea turtles
and have no idea what turtle programs are about, said
Fox, but it seemed that "if Peggy asked them to help a
program, that was good enough for them.
do"Neighbors boasted 'I knew Peggy,"' t Fox said.
"Even many, many children recalled her with love and
respect.
"I'm sad that I didn't know her, but she's embed-
ded in my heart. She gave a gift of love at the end of
her life."
And just maybe her friends and family will enjoy
the new center and especially the nest exhibit when
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By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Even the gushiest Valentine's Day enthusiast never
had this in mind a 46-year engagement with pictures
and ring and either unabated or strongly renewed affec-
tion.
That's Jane Robinson and Joe Shea, here again for
the winter and together as always now.
They met when he was a cadet at West Point Mili-
tary Academy and she a student at the University of
Pennsylvania. It was love at almost-first sight and it
went on and on to formal engagement.
He sealed it with a miniature ring just like his West
Point class ring, only small enough for a more dainty
finger. Took pictures to record the occasion, too, at
Fenwick Island, Del.
Well, heck, even in 1957 forever wasn't all that
forever, and they drifted apart and Jane gave back the
ring and they took off in seriously different directions,
both marrying others and doing the family thing.
In 1997, Joe's mother was moving and in sifting
through what to keep and not, she found the old photo
Joe had taken in Delaware.
On what was almost a whim, Joe sent it and a let-
ter to Jane at her mother's address, which with West
Point precision he had remembered for 40 years.



You valentines


should've been


there then not
By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Much as we may enjoy the season and the senti-
ment, romantic as the gooiest of us may be, it's just as
well we missed the founding of Valentine's Day.
It seems to have grown out of the Roman celebra-
tion commemorating young men's rite of passage to the
god Lupercus. It was a festival of eroticism that also
honored Juno Februata, the goddess of feverish love.
The main course was a lottery in which young men
drew the names of teenage girls, and the youthful girl
"won" that way was his companion for a year of feast-
ing and game playing.
Some 800 years of this, and Christians put a
hammerlock on this sort of hoo-haw, decreeing that
instead of girls the boys should draw the names of
saints.
You know how that must have gone over. When it
fell flat, the church went to plan B, turning the festival
from a "feast of the flesh" into a "ritual of romance."
It cast about for a saint to take the blame or the credit,
whatever.
It settled on the late Valentinus, martyred on an
earlier Feb. 14 as St. Valentine.
Credit for the first written valentine goes to the
Duke of Orleans, who in 1415 wrote romantic verses
to his wife while he was in the hoosegow.
Authorities credit the popularity of St. Valentine's
Day greeting cards to that paragon of romance, the
postal service. Valentines were delivered by hand un-
til the penny post came along in the mid-1800s.
So much for history, and maybe even regretting our
missing out on those old, old boy-girl days. The valen-
tine is still second only to Christmas as a "card day."
So get with it.


"A couple of months and here comes a letter from
her," he recalled. "She said her husband had died. I'd
been divorced for years, so I said maybe we ought to
visit, just for old times' sake.
"We've been together ever since," including win-
ters on Anna Maria Island.
Not only that, his mother, without saying a word
about it, had kept the engagement ring Jane had given
back to Joe and which he, man-like, had forgotten
about getting back along with that unwelcome good-
bye way back when.
Mom gave it back to Jane, and it's back on the
proper finger.
They live in Fenwick Island not two miles from the
beach where he took that vital photo, but they're only
there in warm weather. The rest of the time they're on
Anna Maria Island..
He graduated from West Point, spent four years in
the Army and enjoyed a successful civilian career in an
esoteric field "vibration analysis of rotating machin-
ery." He is retired, but still consults and teaches off and
on.
Jane had a harder job, raising a family and sending
them along to their own successes.
Now they're together constantly, friends say, and
with obvious enjoyment remedying the years apart.


Happy Valentine's Day from The Islander ... Wizard, Birdie and Forrest, too.


Jane Robinson and Joe Shea today ..


... and on their engagement in 1957.




PAGE 2B M FEB. 12, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER

Playmakers give students rap on playwriting


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
It's time to think and dream and let your imagi-
nation go if you're a budding playwright at Anna
Maria Elementary School.
Members of the Florida Studio Theatre's
"Playmakers" grooved their way into AME's audi-
torium promoting FST's Young Playwrights Festi-
val with a hip-hop rap encouraging students to find
their writing voice. To "let it flow, get in the zone,
and own it."
Playmakers Jill Sanders, Megan Ross and
Kristin Burnett showed students how writing can be
exciting with a performance of four short plays writ-
ten by elementary school students last year for the
playwright's festival.
The plays presented a wide range of characters
and themes, some wise and some light-hearted.
The Playmakers also tapped into the imagination
of the audience by letting students improvise scenes
on stage with them and create a play of their own on
the spot.
Through this hands-on play writing, students
learned the basic elements of a play: setting, charac-
ters, conflict and dialogue. Young writers are en-
couraged to take these elements and find the words
that will bring them around the corner or to a land far
away, riding in the comfort of their imagination.
The Young Playwrights Festival receives 5,000
plays, from students each year. The actors read all of
the plays and packets are made available for the
public to read and evaluate.
In the past, Anna Maria Elementary School has
produced two winning plays.
Amanda Nelson and Rachel Sawmiller, who
both graduated from AME two years ago, wrote
"The Missing Glasses," a humorous play about an
absent-minded teacher.
Another AME alumnus, Mark Whitley, penned
the winning play "The Handicapped Kid," which
demonstrated how disabled people can do anything
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FST crew
Florida Studio Theater Playmakers Jill Sanders, Megan Ross and Kristin Burnett performed four student
plays at Anna Maria Elementary School to inspire students to write. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan


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Young playwright

guidelines
Once again it's time for the Young Playwrights
Festival competition. Each entry will receive a cer-
tificate of achievement. Approximately 100 plays re-
ceive an honorable mention and a select group are
performed by the Florida Studio Theatre .at schools
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Scripts must be typed or printed and stapled to-
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Scripts must have a cover page including: date
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The submission deadline for this year's festival
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kindergarten-12.
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Anna Maria draws turtle praise; nestings dwindle


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island TurtleWatch Director Suzi Fox
has praised a recent decision by the Anna Maria City
Commission to try and reach a compromise in the
city's turtle ordinance.
Commissioners voted Jan. 23 to change the defini-
tion of beach in the city's turtle ordinance and to clearly
identify areas of beach where private property must be
removed during darkness to facilitate nesting turtles.
The changes must still be approved in an accom-
panying ordinance at a public meeting, but Fox was
ecstatic that "now we have a compromise."
During commission meetings on the ordinance last
summer, "no one seemed to have a compromise solu-
tion," said Fox, and the ordinance was tabled.
The new definition of beach would identify it as
"soft sand," while the beach areas where property must
be removed during darkness are from the mean high-
water mark to the permanent vegetation line, or to a
seawall, whichever comes first.
The ordinance would affect all public beach areas
and private beach where there are "soft sand" areas.
"I'm glad the commission is concerned with the
environment," said Fox. What it has proposed "will do"
to protect nesting turtles from human property interfer-
ence, she said.
Last nesting season, said Fox, there were three
cases reported on the Island where a turtle returned to
the sea rather than build a nest because of a private
property obstruction. "I'm very proud that they have
taken a strong stance to protect turtles," she said.
And something apparently has to be done to pro-
tect nesting turtles.
"We were down nearly two-thirds in the number of
nests last season," said Fox.
Normally, Anna Maria Island will have 300 nests.
Last nesting season, from May through October, only
96 nests were observed and it's not just a local prob-
lem, it's statewide.
"So beach renourishment did not have an impact
on the decline in the number of nests here," said Fox,


Tiny turtles scamper into the surf during summer months on Anna Maria Island, but not as many as in years past.


"but something is taking place with the turtles."
Whatever is causing nesting turtles to disappear
from Florida's beaches in 2002 can't be answered with-
out more data, said Dr. Larry Woods, director of the
Marine Life Center in Juno Beach on Florida's east
coast.
"Last year was a slow nesting season throughout
Florida, but we need to have a decline for four or five
straight years before there is cause for real concern,"
said Woods.
There are a number of factors, primarily weather,
currents and high water, that affect the number of fe-
male turtles that nest on Florida beaches in any given
season, he said.
Typically, Florida has anywhere from 40,000 to
60,000 turtle nests each year with approximately 85
percent of those on the Atlantic side. In 2001, only
6,900 nests were recorded on Florida's Gulf coast out
of a state total of 59,221. Accurate figures for the 2002
nesting season are not yet available, said Woods, but
initial estimates place the statewide total for all turtles


at just over 40,000, a decline of about 33 percent.
"Interestingly, last year was a good year for green
and leatherback turtle nesting," said Woods. Only the
number of loggerhead turtle nests declined.
But Woods said it may be time to seriously study
turtle nests along Manatee County shores.
The 96 recorded nests in 2002 for the county was
the lowest since 1988, when only 80 nests were re-
ported. The number of nests reached a high in 1999 of
436 and has dropped each of the past three years.
If the 2003 nesting season shows a continued de-
cline, Woods said he and other researchers in Florida,
including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, would begin an immediate monitoring
program.
"So the decline is of interest, but let's see what this
season brings."
The turtle-nesting season on Anna Maria Island
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Island girls end Southeast High's 3-year win streak


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
The Manatee High School girls junior varsity bas-
ketball team defeated Southeast High School 42-36 on
Thursday, Feb. 6, at Southeast to end an incredible
three-year winning streak by the local Seminoles, in-
cluding an 18-0 start this year.
Manatee trailed 26-24 at the end of the third quar-
ter, but a blocked shot by Ryanne Carden started a fast
break that saw Carden hustle down court for a layup off
a pass from Courtney Taylor to tie the score at 26-26.
Another Manatee defensive stop resulted in Tay-
lor finding Carden along the baseline for a 10-footer
that swished through the net for a 28-26 lead with 6:12
remaining in the game.
Manatee extended its lead to 32-26 on a pair of foul
shots by Stacy Flood-Bemowski and a foul-line jumper
by Undine Shorey. Southeast battled back with a sti-
fling full-court press, resulting in steals by Thonlata
Sloan and Kimber Smith that they converted into
layups to pull to within 32-30 with 2:16 remaining to
be played.
Manatee then put its fate into the hands of point
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Courtney Taylor, who is the unquestioned team leader.
Taylor averages a team-high 19 points while also dish-
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30 a night if that's what she wanted to do, but she gets
more excited when she sets up one of her teammates for
a basket," stated Coach Hays. "She controls the tempo
of the game and really adheres to the game plan that is
implemented.
"Our team is like a family," Hays added. "The girls
genuinely care about each other, which really helps out
when the game gets tight. They know that they can
count on each other to pull the team through the tough-
est times."
The players are now counting on Coach Hays to
fulfill a promise made earlier in the season if they man-
aged to beat Southeast. He has to shave his head. No
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settle who has Division I bragging rights in a 3 p.m.
match up.
Playoffs are on the horizon so stay tuned.

A&E puts more distance between rivals
Air & Energy recorded a 30-16 victory over sec-
ond-place Marco Polo Pizza Saturday, Feb. 8, to
open up a three-game cushion in the Division II
standings.
Ben Valdivieso led A&E with 12 points, while
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seven rebounds. Point guard Justin Dearlove rounded
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Marco Polo was led by Whitney Bauer's 12 points
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7 victory over Banks Engineering in Division II action.
Banks Engineering kept it close throughout the
game behind the nine points of Broderick West and
five points from Max Marnie.


THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 12, 2003 0 PAGE 7B
Duncan RE 27, Marco Polo 24
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Banks Engineering 14, A Paradise 12
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Division III:
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Matt Bauer and Chris Callahan to smother Danziger
Allergy & Sinus on Saturday, Feb. 8, in a Division III
tilt. Wyatt Easterling chipped in with six points, while
Kara Nelson added two points in the win.
Tommy Price had a pair of three pointers to finish
with a team-high eight points, while Danziger team-
mate Emily White added two points in the loss.

Bistros 15, Titsworth 8
Emma Barlow's eight points and seven points from
Joey Hutchinson condemned Titsworth Construction to
a seven-point loss in a Division III contest with the
Bistros Saturday, Feb. 8.
Titsworth Construction was led by Ally
Titsworth's four points and two points each from
Trevor Bystrom and Gabe Salter.

Bistros 20, Jessie's 8
Joey Hutchinson's 10 points helped the Bistros
cook Jessie's Island Store in a Feb. 7 Division III con-
test. Ashley Waring and Emma Barlow added four
points apiece, while Hailey Dearlove finished with two
points in the win.
Blake Wilson's six points paced Jessie's, which
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Titsworth 16, Danziger 11
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Acute Care 16, Jessie's 13
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points apiece from Jordan Graeff and Corey
Williamson.

Mermaid 46, Tackle 37
Sign of the Mermaid received double-figure scor-
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I victory over Island Discount Tackle Saturday, Feb. 8.
Matt McDonough led the way with 16 points, followed
by 15 points from Kevin Kim and 10 points from Tyler
Schneerer. Pat Cole and Andrew Burgess rounded out
the Mermaid scoring with three and two points respec-
tively.
Steve Faasse's 15 points paced Island Discount
Tackle, which also received eight points from Nick
Sato and five points each from Jake Orr and Jesse
LeVine. Mikey Schweitzer and Lauren Barth com-
pleted the scoring with two points apiece.

Island Pressure 43, Tackle 38
Island Pressure Cleaning received double-figure
scoring efforts from three players to record a 43-38
victory over Island Discount Tackle on Friday, Feb. 7.
Spencer Carper-and Matthew Skaggs led the way with
14 points each, while David Tyson chipped in with 10
points in the victory. Tanner Pelkey added four points
and brother Shane scored two to round out the Pressure
Cleaning scoring attack.
Steve Faasse scored 14 points to lead Island Dis-
count Tackle, which also received seven points from
Mikey Schweitzer and six points from Nick Sato. Jesse
Levine added four points and Christian Evangelista
scored three to complete the scoring for the Discount-
ers.

Island Pressure 48, Bryant's Treasures 34
Island Pressure Cleaning disposed of Bryant's
Recycled Treasures behind 14 points apiece from
Spencer Carper and Matthew Skaggs. David Tyson's
10 points and eight points from Shane Pelkey contrib-
uted to the Thursday, Feb. 6, victory.
Shawn Samuels's nine points and eight points from
Cody Knight paced the Recyclers, which also received
six points from Carlton Clown and four points from
Jordan Graeff in the loss.

Mermaid 49, LPAC 47
Sign of the Mermaid cooled off Larry Pearson
Air Conditioning in the fourth quarter to record a 49-
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loss. Eric Distelhurst added seven points for LPAC,
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loss.

Premier Division:
PAL 56, IRE 55
Police Athletic League edged Island Real Estate
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Marquis Murray Saturday, Feb. 8, to remain in second
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Corey Freeman chipped in with nine points for
PAL, which also received six points from Namou Rice
and five points from Dominic Alexander.
Tyler Bekkerus scored 15 of his game-high 20
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Real Estate scoring.

Beach House 70, AM Glass & Screen 35
Bobby Gibbons scored a game-high 24 points, but
it wasn't enough as the Beach House Restaurant re-
ceived double-figure scoring efforts from four players
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Maria Glass & Screen Saturday, Feb. 8.
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Zach Schields supported Gibbons with five points,
while Will Langston scored four and Phelps Tracy fin-
ished with two points in the loss.

AM Glass & Screen 49, AM Oyster Bar 35
Fourteen points from Bobby Gibbons, 13 points
from Bobby Cooper and 11 points from Billy Malfese
carried Anna Maria Glass & Screen past the Anna
Maria Oyster Bar Tuesday, Feb. 4. Zach Schield added
six points, while Will Langston scored three points and
Sarah White and Andrew Royals finished with two
points each.
Clay Orr's 16 points paced the Oyster Bar, which
also received eight points from Michael Cramer and
seven points from Steve Seaton in the loss.

Beach House 103, IRE 42
The Beach House Restaurant broke the century
mark in scoring, getting 20-point games from David
Buck, Chris Chawi and David Scott on the way to a
103-42 victory over Island Real Estate Monday, Feb.
3. David Scott led all scorers with 26 points followed


THE ISLANDER E FEB. 12, 2003 E PAGE 9B
by 24 from Buck and 21 from Chawi. Gary Scott fin-
ished with 19 points, while Derik Mendez finished with
eight points and Mark Templeton added five.
Tyler Bekkerus' 14 points and 13 points from
Michael Wallen led Island Real Estate, which also re-
ceived eight points from Lorenzo Rivera.

PAL 47, AM Oyster Bar 38
Twelve points from Dominic Alexander and eight
points apiece from Tarvin Martin and Marquis Murray
lefted Police Athletic League's team past the Anna
Maria Oyster Bar Monday, Feb. 3. Edgar Thelian and
Corey Freeman chipped in with four points each for the
victory.
Taylor Manning's 18 points and 15 points from
Clay Orr led the Oyster Bar, which also received two
points each from Casey Swartzendruber and Mike
Cramer.

Center basketball

schedule
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Feb. 15 12 p.m. Harry's Continental Kitchens
vs. Sun
Feb. 15 1 p.m. Galati Marine vs.
Young's Landscape
Feb. 18 7:15 p.m. Young's Landscape.vs. Sun

Division III (ages 8-9)
Feb. 14 6 p.m. Bistros vs. Acute Care Team
Feb. 14 7 p.m. Titsworth Construction vs.
Jessie's Island Store
Feb. 15 4 p.m. Danziger Allergy & Sinus vs.
The Bistros
Feb. 15 5 p.m. Acute Care Team vs.
Titsworth Construction

Division II (ages 10-11)
Feb. 14 8 p.m. A Paradise Realty vs.
Air & Energy
Feb. 15 6 p.m. Banks Engineering vs.
A Paradise Realty
Feb. 15 7 p.m. Air & Energy vs.
Duncan Real Estate

Division I (ages 12-13)
Feb. 15 2 p.m. LPAC vs.
Island Discount Tackle
Feb. 15 3 p.m. Sign of the Mermaid vs.
Island Pressure Cleaning
Feb. 18 8 p.m. Bryant's Recycled Treasures
vs. Sign of the Mermaid

Premier League (ages 14-16)
Feb. 15 10 a.m. Island Real Estate vs.
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Environmental disasters from all sides


It appears the Florida environment is taking an-
other hit, this time from Tallahassee.
Gov. Jeb Bush wants to shift about one-third of the
funds traditionally earmarked for environmental pro-
grams to the general fund account where the money can
be used for any purpose.
The dedicated or supposedly dedicated fund-
ing comes from real estate documentary stamps and
was established 11 years ago. It was a pleasant surprise
back then, having money that comes from the real es-
tate industry to pay for things that help the state's natu-
ral resources. Hey, developments have -one of the great-
est impacts on the state ecosystems why not let them
help make things as good as they can be?
The upcoming budget proposed by the governor
has about $1.6 billion coming from doc stamps. Bush
wants to shift about $600 million from that account for
other purposes.
Among the uses for the documentary stamp dollars
are beach renourishment, sea turtle and saltwater fish
research, coral reef restoration, lake and river cleanup,
eradication of exotic plants and affordable housing -
all pretty good programs.
As reported in the St. Petersburg Times, "The scope
of Bush's plan is unprecedented in modem Florida. Each
year, governors and lawmakers raid trust funds, but
Bush's proposal would take nearly all of the documentary
stamp tax revenue out of environmental and affordable
housing trust funds. If the Legislature goes along, the pro-
grams will have to beg for money each year."
Environmentalists and real estate officials are un-
commonly joined in outrage over the proposal.
"Every year, they will approve less and less money
for environmental programs and propose more and
more for other budget issues of the state," said a mem-
ber of the Florida Audubon Society.
"We agreed to a tax increase [in 1992] to fund both
a fine environmental program and a fine affordable
housing program it is the model for the country -
and now, we're breaking faith with that," said a mem-
ber of the Realtors Association.
It's far from a done deal. The governor presents his
budget, the Florida House of Representatives drafts its
budget, and the Florida Senate drafts a budget of its
own. The Legislature then hammers out a compromise
budget and presents it to the governor, who can ap-
prove it, reject it or, most commonly, exercise a line-
item veto on the parts he finds objectionable.
What's interesting is that Bush is taking the docu-
mentary stamp funding out of a dedicated account and
freeing a lot of it up for poaching by members of the
Legislature. Often, that poaching is for pet projects in
a powerful member's district.
Back many, many years ago, when I had short
hair and owned ties, I worked for a state representa-
tive. He was successful in funneling off about
$750,000 from some account to fund improvements,
to a nature: center in his district. It was poaching,
pure and simple and dirty. Now, the same thievery
can happen to all that once-dedicated money for
environmental purposes.
It promises to be an interesting spring in Florida's
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volving Native Americans.
The Seminole Tribe is building a $100-million
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Tribe is a sovereign nation, the casino complex is be-
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undergoing any sort of comprehensive plan or land-use
review, citizen comment or even the need for a build-
ing permit.
The tribe has another $300-million casino in Hol-
lywood, Fla. The proceeds from the gambling are
enough to pay every one of the 2,800 Seminoles $3,000
a month, every month, for life. The tribe now receives
90 percent of its revenue from gambling.
The new Tampa casino is expected to have 1,500
video gaming machines, a bingo parlor to accommo-
date 800 people, and 55 poker tables. The tribe is also
trying to get the U.S. Department of Interior to OK its
request to offer full-scale Las Vegas-style games, like
blackjack and roulette. The state rejected the tribe's
full-service gaming proposal once.
The Tampa casino-resort is scheduled to open in
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Stunned turtles
The late-January cold snap did more than shock
plants and dramatically increase our heating bills: it
killed 14 sea turtles in St. Joseph Bay in the Florida
Panhandle due to uncommon cold water.
Turtle researchers and volunteers started to spot
stranded turtles along the shore Jan. 25 and began a
rescue operation for those still alive. As they day pro-
gressed, 22 turtles were found, 15 of them relocated to
a marine lab. The next day 18 were found, and the day
after that another two. Of the 42 found, 28 were able
to be warmed up and were released back into the Gulf
about a week later when the water warmed up.
Only one loggerhead sea turtle the most com-
mon found in our waters was among the bunch
found up north. The majority were rare-to-our shores
greens or Kemp's Ridley.
Just when you think that shrimp boats are the big-
gest danger to our seagoing reptile friends, Mother
Nature comes along with a decided shocker.

Watch the weather
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Mother Nature can throw at us except ice storms and
earthquakes and even that's not a sure thing. There was
lots of ice in the Panhandle in late January, and Manatee
County recorded a moderate earthquake on Sept. 4, 1905,
while Escambia County recorded an earthquake on Oct.
24, 1997, that registered 4.9 on the Richter scale.
Anyway, the Florida Division of Emergency Man-
agement and the National Weather Service are provid-
ing info on all the bad things that can happen to us
through a pretty good Web site with the catchy title of
www.floridadisaster.org. Not only does it go into the
Homeland Security listings, but also outlines some of
the natural disasters that we face every day.
For instance, Florida leads the nation in lightning-
related deaths. Central Florida is the most lightning-
prone area, and in just five days at the end of June 2002
16 people were struck. The most dangerous months to
discover that shocking truth are June, July and August.
Lightning means thunderstorms, and thunder-
storms can mean hail. In Lake Wales on March 30,
1996, softball-sized hail fell to the ground, traveling at
speeds better than 100 mph.
Of course, in the past few years we've had more of
a problem with drought than thunderstorms, although
all the rain we've had this winter thanks to El Nino may
have lessened our drought problem. Remember that
smoky haze we had over the Island a few years ago
from wildfires in the Lakeland area? What happens in
the center of the state can indeed impact us on the coast.

Be careful out there
I had a winter season driving rite of passage a while
ago a fender-bender. It was what law enforcement
types call an "accident" with no blame assigned and no
one hurt, but perhaps it can serve as a wake-up call to
all motorists in the upcoming, traffic-choked months.
As our winter friends come to visit for the next few
weeks or months, please drive cautiously. The old de-
fensive driving technique is to expect the unexpected
and, if I'd remembered that, I wouldn't be missing my
front bumper.
You've heard this before, but the admonition is
worth repeating: Be careful out there. For the next
couple of months our roads will be filled with people
- both in cars and on foot who aren't familiar with
our Island, perhaps unsure of exactly where they want
to go, and occasionally will jet out into traffic or make
an unexpected turns without proper signaling.
We've all got our favorite horror stories. Remem-
ber them now and drive carefully.

Sandscript factoid
Thanks to a fungus called black Sigatoka, banana
plantations around the world are being devastated,
leading some scientists to predict that bananas will dis-
appear from supermarket shelves within 10 years.
The most common banana is the Cavendish, a hy-
brid that appears to lack genetic diversity, meaning it
can't adapt to fight the fungus back. Other varieties of
bananas can fight back, but they ripen too quickly for
easy import to the United States.
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Fisher lament: 'When is this lousy weather going to end?'


By Capt. Mike Heistand
Less-than-ideal weather again slowed fishing last
week. Those able to make it through the cold and wind
reported good catches of sheepshead, trout and some
redfish in the bay. Offshore action is still good for snap-
per, grouper and an occasional amberjack.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said his charters
were doing well even with the cold, wet weather, with
sheepshead still a mainstay. He's getting better results
on small sheepies than large, plus catching a few trout
and redfish.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers spoke the question al-
most everybody is asking: "When is this lousy weather
going to end?" He was able to get out in the wet and
cold a few times, bringing back trout, redfish and
sheepshead.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he made it about 60 miles offshore last
week and caught amberjack to 30 pounds, red and gag
grouper to 10 pounds, and snapper to 4 pounds. Fish-
ing is good that far offshore as long as you can get
through the weather to get that far out, he said.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
sheepsheadd it is" for local action right now. Although
Gulf of Mexico and bay waters did warm somewhat
last week from the previous frigid low-50s, it's just still
too darn cold for most species. The best sheepie action
comes from using either sand fleas or fiddler crabs as
bait. Offshore action includes some grouper, amberjack
and snapper, he added.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
there are still some hardy wade fishers wearing
waders, he added doing well with trout and reds in
Palma Sola Bay. The redfish catches are on the small
size at 18 to 22 inches, and the trout running up to 18
inches.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he took Keith Pratt of fi.shingmanatee.com
out one day last week and caught some redfish up in
Terra Ceia Bay using artificial, plus a few trout.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
snook are staring to show up around the dock during
the day, and some fishers are bringing in trout and
black drum while fishing in the Manatee River.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheepshead
are around almost every piling at the pier but don't
seem all that hungry. Other action includes pompano,
whiting, drum and redfish.
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snapper while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico with
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Charters.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he had one excellent trip offshore last
week, filling the coolers with red grouper to 15 pounds
and snapper to 5 pounds, with a total of about 20 fish
caught.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said grouper fishing
is a little slow, since the water needs to come up a few
more degrees to make it right. Snapper action is good,
though, and backwater fishing features sheepshead and
trout.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said sheepshead are still his best bet right now,
with some fish going to 5 pounds. He's also getting an
occasional bluefish, pompano or trout.
On my boat Magic, we were able to get out once
last week and caught sheepshead to 4 pounds, but had
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Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report. Prints
and digital images of your catch are also welcome and
may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news@islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
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No room left at Mote's

rehabilitation hospitals
Vixen filled up the last vacancy at the Mote Marine
Laboratory dolphin, whale and sea turtle hospitals.
She is a juvenile rough-tooth dolphin hybrid
stranded in Englewood and brought to Mote. Subse-
quently she was being transported to Gulf World Ma-
rine Park in Panama City and hadn't even reached 1-75
when she went into shock and stopped breathing.
Mote staff members were able to stabilize her and
whisk her back to Mote.
Now she's much better, but not well enough to risk
the trip to the Panhandle. "Even if we could fly her
there, we'd still have to find a way to keep her from
going into shock," said Dr. Charles Manire, Mote vet-
erinarian.
So Vixen is still in the hospital, being tube-fed and
treated for ulcers as well as pneumonia and wounds she
suffered in the grounding.
She pretty well fills up the hospital, with two
whales there already. One is Armand, a pygmy sperm
whale stranded last fall near Daytona, the other
Simone, a dwarf sperm whale that stranded near Cape
Canaveral at the age of one month. Both are doing
fairly well, Manire said.
He, his staff and volunteers also are caring for four sea
turtles stunned by the cold and beached near Cape Cod.
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Fishing can be a very dangerous sport


By Jean Steiger
Islander Correspondent
On Sunday afternoon, my husband and I made our
first trip to an emergency care clinic.
The day began just like any other Sunday. We
made omelets for breakfast and spent the usual two
hours devouring the newspaper. Late morning, our
friend called to say he might drop by to fish in the small
lake behind our house.
This promised to be a new discovery. We had
heard that the manmade lake that encircles the back
yards of the houses on our street were stocked with
bass, although we had never tried fishing the lake -
that is until now.
Our friend and my husband decided to see if the
bass stories were true. They caught (and released) six
good-sized bass in just a short time earlier in the week,
so the fishing fever was on and now our friend was
coming to try his luck again.
At 1 p.m. my husband settled down to watch the
Tampa Bay Buccaneer's playoff football game on tele-
vision and during the second quarter, I caught sight of
our friend casting into the lake. Then a neighbor came
out and joined him. Tampa Bay was way ahead and my
husband heard the call of the great outdoors.
He went out to say hello and watch. I stayed in the
kitchen, putting the finishing touches (too much butter)
on the popcorn I had just made to go with the football
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Fifteen minutes later, my husband burst through
the porch door. "I need to drive to the emergency care
center," he said, his voice controlled but edgy.
My first thought was for our friend, who has not
been well recently. Then I realized he was clutching
one hand -a large fishing plug with three three-prong
hooks seemed to be attached to his finger. I looked
more closely. It was attached to his finger one hook
deeply imbedded in his left index finger!
"I'll drive," I said instantly, gazing longingly at the
popcorn I had just started eating and thought briefly of
bringing it with me, although I knew it would be crass,
so I resisted.
I drove with my usual speed to the clinic. My hus-
band, hand in hand, kept mumbling, "Slow down.
There's no rush."
He told me what had happened. He had used our
friend's rod for a few casts and then had reeled in a good-
sized bass. Our friend had worked the hook out while my
husband held the slippery fish. Suddenly, somehow, the
fish slipped and the hook caught another, larger prey.
At the clinic, my husband checked in and we
settled down to wait our turn. Always impatient, I fidg-
eted and started counting the number of people in the
waiting room, trying to guess how many were ahead of
us. Finally, I decided the wait would be long and this
might be a good time to go to the grocery store just up.
the street.
My husband agreed. I think he was glad to be rid
of me for a while, especially since I was having a prob-
lem keeping a straight face. After all, no one else in the
waiting room had a very large fish plug attached to a
hand.
On my way out, I stopped to talk to the reception-
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emergencies Urgent Care Clinic handled. She told me
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"He told us he hadn't even realized it was there
until his fishing buddy pointed it out," she said. "I think
they had been drinking a lot." Then she added, "We
have a gentleman here now who came in with a fish
hook in his finger."
"I know," I said. "He's my husband."
This seemed like a good time to leave for the gro-
cery store.
When I returned, my husband was no longer in the
waiting room and I approached the desk and asked if I
could be with him in the treatment area.
"Oh yes," the nurse replied. "But he said you can't
come in if you're going to laugh."
I suppressed a smile and promised to be good.
When I entered the room, he was partially reclining on
the exam table, his hand with the plug still in -
propped up next to him on a stained cotton pad. I was
aghast and started backing toward the door.
"Is that blood?" I asked.
"No," he assured me. "Just iodine."
I sat down, my legs a bit wobbly. After a brief dis-
cussion, the nurse-practitioner decided to try cutting the
barb off the hook, with hopes of pulling it out. She left
and came back with a pair of wire cutters. With both
hands, she pressed the cutters as hard as she could but
the hook wasn't even dented. Then my husband de-
cided to try, using his right hand. Still no success. -
The nurse-practitioner called for the doctor, who,
she hoped, might be stronger. He took one look and
decided cutting the hook wouldn't work. At this mo-
ment, I realized I could no longer ignore the nausea that
was beginning to dominate my stomach.
"I think I'll wait outside," I said. "It's a bit crowded
in here."
"You can wait on the chairs just outside the room,"
the nurse said.Then she tooka closer look at me. "Are
you all right?"
"I'm fine," I said, smiling weakly. How embarrass-
ing. My husband is in dire need and I'm about to throw



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up. I took a chair and opened the newspaper in my
hand, trying to look busy. Another nurse approached.
"Are you all right?" she asked.
"I'm fine," I responded again, thinking it must be
all over my face.
I waited about 10 minutes and then went back in. The
hook was out and, unbelievably, still in one piece. So was
my husband still in one piece. No one wanted to handle
the plug with its treacherous treble hooks. Finally, in spite
of our pleas to throw it away, the nurse put it in a plastic
medicine tray and gave it to us to take home.
My husband was bandaged, given a tetanus shot
and a list of instructions for care of the wound, includ-
ing an admonition against fishing for at least a week.
We left for home where I knew the buttered popcorn
was still waiting.
Our son called later that night and I told him our
"fish story."
Laughing, he quickly summed up the whole adven-
ture: "Fish one, Dad zero."


START annual meeting
Feb. 24 on key
The annual meeting of Solutions To Avoid
Red Tide will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24,
at the Holiday Inn, 4949 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. In addition to members of the
board of directors and members, anyone who is
interested in learning more about START and
red tide is invited.
Guest speaker will be Dr. Barbara
Kirkpatrick, of Mote Marine Laboratory, who
will give an update on red tide. Also on the
agenda is Manatee County Commissioner Pat
Glass, who will present the group with a procla-
mation.
Further information is available by calling
383-0325.


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Rotarians sponsor fourth.grade writing contest

By Diana Bogan',
Islander Reporter o
The Anna Maria Island Rotary Club will sponsor ,
a writing contest for fourth-graders at Anna Maria El-
ementary School.
Students will have the opportunity to practice their
composition skills by writing an essay built on the
Rotary Club's tenets, included in the Rotary Four-Way
Test.
According to Rotary Club President Jim Dunne,
the test is a way of life for Rotarians and consists of the -A
following questions:
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build good will and better friendships?-
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Dunne hopes students will be encouraged to apply
these questions to situations they encounter and use it%
as a basis when making decisions and the essay contest '-.o
is aimed to help students prepare for the upcoming -
Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. ; -
To help the students, Rotary Club members pro- -
vided each fourth-grader with their own personal dic- ..-
tionary.
The inside the cover of each dictionary has a book- S
plate with Rotary's Four-Way Test on ethics and busi- .,:
ness practices.
The Rotarian providing the dictionary and the stu- _
dent also signed the bookplates.
The Island Rotary Club plans to give a $50 U.S. Sharing words
Savings Bond to the student writing the best essay, Island Rotarian Pat Hannon helps distribute free dictionaries to fourth-graders at Anna Maria Elementary
which will be judged by AME teachers. School. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan

'Gotta Dance' tickets sold at Island Community Center
Tickets for the first annual "Gotta Dance" dance at sale at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. ter, or by calling 778-1908.
Anna Maria Island Community Center have gone on The event will be 8-11 p.m. Friday, March 14, in Music will be by the Dreamclassics IV, billing itself
the Center gymnasium. Tickets at $10 per person may as "the little band with the big band sound," promising
S l & l t ad be purchased 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Cen- jazz to jitterbug to jive. Proceeds will go to the Center.

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND/The Video. A musical tour.
Show your friends back home the Island you love to
come visit! The video makes a great gift. To pur-
chase your copy now, call 761-3001. $19.95, plus
tax, shipping and handling.
NIKI'S ISLAND TREASURES 5351 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Storewide sale, 10% to 70% off.
Half-price on sterling jewelry and Limoges col-
lectibles.
FULL-SIZE BED: Frame, mattress, box spring,
white headboard, accessories to match. Brand new.
$400. 795-0479.
BRAND NEW natural rattan 40-inch round table
with glass top and four chairs, $225. To view on
Island call (812) 486-5987 cell.
KING MATTRESS SET: Brand name, pillow-top
set. All new in plastic with manufacturers warranty.
$260. Can deliver, 906-9668
IMPORTED ITALIAN: 100 percent leather. New in
box. Sofa $699; loveseat $655; chair $499 or group
$1,699. 232-2544. Can deliver.
QUEEN MATTRESS SET: Brand new pillow-top still
in the plastic with warranty. $160. Can deliver, 232-
2544.
NATHEN PAGE LIVE CD! Hear the magic of Island
favorite Nathen Page classic tunes such as Love
for Sale and Summertime plus many more. Pick up
a copy for only $15 at The Islander office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!


ORTHOPEDIC MATTRESS SET: Full size. Abso-
lutely brand new, still in wrapper with warranty.
$145. Can deliver. 906-9677.
BIG BEAUTIFUL HOUSEBOAT $28,500 or make
offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat_sunseeker or call 778-3526.


BINGO: Annie Silvers Community Center, 103 23rd
St. N., Bradenton Beach. Every Thursday, 7pm now
through March. Smoke free.
CELEBRITY PSYCHIC MEDIUM "Tree" Edwards.
Positive spiritual comfort by connecting with loved
ones who crossed over. $50 special reading. Call
447-7735.
ISLAND PLAYER'S PECAN SALE: We still have pe-
cans! Mammoth halves. New crop. New lower price!
Bag $5.50 lb., chocolate covered $6.00 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 or-
anges and grapefruit from Kiwanis Club of Anna
Maria Island by calling Rich, 778-0355.
BUTTERFLY GARDEN personalized bricks. Last
chance for years. Order now. Only $40! Order forms
available at The Islander or call Nancy, 778-5274.
AMI TURTLE WATCH NEEDS a four-drawer tall legal-
size file cabinet. Does not matter what condition, as
long as the drawers open and close. Call 778-5638.


DACHSHUND ADOPTION and rescue needs dona-
tions for three paralyzed dachshunds. Carts cost
$350-plus each. Also needed: medications for sick
dogs. If you have unused, non-expired canine medi-
cations you can drop them at The Islander office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Please send do-
nations to DARE c/o Shona Otto, 7804 Second Ave.
W., Bradenton FL 34209; visit our Web site at
www.daretorescue.com or call 761-2642.


ROSER THRIFT STORE. Open Tuesday, Thurs-
day, Friday, 9:30am-2pm and Saturday 9am-noon.
In stock children's clothing, sales racks. 511 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.

MARILYN LILYGREN ARTWORKS Handmade pa-
per, prints, ink weaves, digital. Reduced 50 percent.
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, 10am-4pm. 622
Dundee Lane, Holmes Beach.

CORAL SHORES Seventh annual yard sale Saturday,
Feb. 15, 8am-1 pm. Many families. 9200 Cortez Rd.

SATURDAY, FEB. 15, 10am-4pm. Turquoise
leather sofa $450, garage vacuum $35, tall TV cabi-
net with drawers and 27-inch Zenith TV and VCR
$350. Porch furniture, artwork. 622 Dundee Lane,
Holmes Beach.
RESCHEDULED YARD SALE! Saturday, Feb. 15,
9am-1 pm. Rain or shine. Kenmore dryer, computer
table and lots more. No early birds, please. 315 Pine
Ave., corner of Pine and Crescent.
Classified ads continued on next page!


Gulfstream Realty


YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU CALLED.
YVONNE HIGGINS
"I serve the Islands & the Inlands"


P.A.


941 778-7777 or

941 518-9003
web: higginshomes.com
e-mail: y.hlsgins@verizon.net


SECLUDED BAYFRONT Lovely
views from this 4BR/2.5BA plus
two extra rooms and bath on first
level. Hardwood floors, two fire-
places, deep-water dockage.
Large screened verandah. Sur-
rounded by tropical lushness.
Very private. $995,000.


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GULFFRONT CONDO Fabulous
Gulfviews and sunsets from this
spacious 2BR/2BA with garage
and extra storage. Second floor
unit has been updated and well
cared for. Heated pool, tennis.
See by appointment only.
$525,000.


BAYFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BA
and two lanais.- Ceramic tile
floors, granite kitchen counter,
washer/dryer. Owner almost done
with remodel. Small complex with
heated pool, tennis. Easy to see.
$279,000.


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your house, buy a home,
or relocate, just give me a
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$349,900 -
PLAYA ENCANTADA
Exceptional value for this well-
maintained 2BR/2BA unit located
on tennis court side of outstanding
Gulffront complex. New appli-
ances, Corian counter top, A/C,
tile and carpet. Enjoy the beach,
the pool or the tennis court!
Turnkey furnished. IB88068.


$299,900 BEACH COTTAGE
Best buy on the Island and only one block to the beach!
Completely renovated 2BR/1BA with garage. IB86388.

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SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, Feb. 15-16, 9am-3pm.
Computer and office supplies and more. 620 N. Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria.

MULTI-FAMILY Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 13-16.,
8am-2pm. Moving and estate sale. 225 84th St.,
Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE SATURDAY, Feb. 15, 9am-noon. One
more time, many new items, all priced to go! Over
100 Architectural Digests, lawn furniture, lamps, too
many treasures to mention. 7805 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.


LOST CAT: Large neutered male with kink in tail,
broad black and gray stripes. Last seen Thursday,
Jan. 30. Reward. Leave message, 778-1389.

CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found online at
www.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.

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


1986 MERCEDES 190E 2.3: 16V, five-speed. Col-
lector car, one of 1,700 produced. Factory race
model with body cladding, spoilers, tricked-out en-
gine, transmission, brakes, wheels and tires. Gor-
geous show winning. Mechanically and cosmetically
perfect. Fun to drive! $15,000. 778-1132.


EST

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Duplex- Anna Maria! NEW!
1 Bik to Gulf and Rod & F-_ei
Pier. New roof and more.
$439,900
131 Crescent- Anna Maria
A must see! $599,000
* 428 Magnolia-
* Possibilities! Rare
* handyman special. $359,000
522 Pine Ave.- Bayou
condos (2 available) Boat
dock turnkey furnished
$259,000


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BRADENTON
1 Acre Estate-
Close to town & beach!
$749,000
Palma Sola Park- 4/3.5/
pool. Built by architect!
$459,000
Palma Sola Park- With
guest house around
pool. $579,000
West Bradenton-
River district houses. 5
possibilities. $119,000-
$369,900!


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CONTACT BOYI RHAI.TY, BRENDA BOYI MAY,
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1990 LEXUS: 4-door, leather, sunroof, alarm. 87,500
miles. $5,500. 778-9262.

2000 FORD WINDSTAR SEL minivan. 44,000 miles,
one owner, leather. Towing package loaded.
$16,000. 778-0073.

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

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. Minutes
to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt. John's
Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.

FOR SALE: The cute red boat at Catcher's Marina.
Built in Canada to harbor ferry specs. Ideal for use as
a water taxi. 20-ft, diesel powered. See John at
Catcher's or call him at 778-1977.

20-FT. YAMAHA LS2000 Jet boat, twin 135hp, Berber
carpet, Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo, bimini, depth
sounder, extremely low hours, anchor and safety gear.
Shore Lander boat trailer. $15,400. 778-0095.

SAILBOAT: 23-ft. Hunter, 5hp Mercury motor. Two-
and-a-half years old. $7,000. Call 518-9003.

1995 SEA-DOO: Three passenger wave runner with
cover and two life jackets. $2,450. 778-9262.

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

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Elevator Available Large Private Garage
Steps to Beach/Shopping Starting at $385,000
Call: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464
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LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
779-9607.

FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander,
778-7978.


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.

NEED A BABY-SITTER? Or a pet sitter? Our motto:
Anytime, any place, any price! We love kids and
that's all that matters! Call one line and get con-
nected to six wonderful babysitters, 778-3295.


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

COOKING AND CLEANING in a busy five-person
household. Monday-Friday, 2-6pm. Starting May 1.
Driver's license required. 778-3678.

NURSES NEEDED for active lady with spinal injury.
Daily 9am-1pm and every other weekend 10pm-
10am. Traveling nurses also needed. Call 383-
6953.

Buy It, Sell It, Find It in The Islander.


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H EL P W A NT5r zf E D c onr ti n e H A T & B A T IS R I C S c n t n e


DRIVER WANTED (own car) for road travel to
northeast on Feb. 17-18. Competitive hourly rate/
gas. Inquiries: 779-0139.

SERVICE WRITER: Full time position. Candidate
needs good clerical and computer skills with boat
knowledge for a large boat dealer. Group insurance,
vacation, holidays. EOE & DFWP. Call Galati Yacht
Sales, 778-0755.

PART-TIME ISLANDER REPORTER: Journalism
skills a must. Computer literate. Independent
worker. Resumes: E-mail news@islander.org, or
fax 778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Li-
brary. Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-
6247.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
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from upper deck and loft. 2BR/2BA house in nice
condition. Cul-de-sac street. $349,500.
Call Ted Schlegel at 778-6849 or 518-6117


Bank of America.
Consumer Real Estate


JI is pleased to announce that
Carol Codella has accepted
the position of Mortgage
Account Executive at our

Manatee Avenue. Carol has
25 years of experience in real
estate. This experience gives
her a good hands-on knowl-
edge of the needs of the
seller, buyer and Realtor in a real estate transaction. This
experience coupled with Bank of America's top quality
lending programs and service will provide the tools nec-
essary for successful closings.

Carol is a full-time resident of the Island making her
more accessible to her clients and knowledgeable about
the Island nuances.

We welcome Carol to our staff and know she can and will
do the job for you. Give her a call at 1-877-372-9399 or
email her at carol.codella@bankofamerica.com.
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HOUSIR Bankof AmericaMortgage divisionof Bankof AmericaNN.A.
LENDER Bank of America Mortgage is a division of Bank of America. N.A.


ASSISTED LIVING: Haven Home Bradenton Beach
is admitting residents. Respite, long term. Call 779-
0322 for details, inquiries welcome.
ENJOY A MANICURE or pedicure. For an appoint-
ment, please call Mardi, 704-5543.

HOME HEALTH AIDE available for evenings and
overnights. No lifting. Reasonable. Call 746-9246.


MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward 778-3222.

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

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

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


$275,000 Incredible view of lagoon and
Intracoastal Waterway. Turnkey furnished, elevator,
two heated pools, tennis, underbuilding parking,
fishing pier, walk to beach, shopping across the
street, doctors and dentist next door! Call 713-1277.
CALL BOBYE CHASE |
F 94a1-713-1277
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LAKEFRONT DUPLEX


This charming duplex is just three blocks to the Gulf in central
Holmes Beach. 1BR side is completely redone with all new
construction and easy to show. Wonderful long-term tenant
already in place on the 2BR side. Elevated with enclosed two-
car garage on both sides with large lot complete with boat dock
all on Spring Lake. Don't miss it! Offered at $365,000.

ISLAND'S BEST BUY





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

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REAL ESTATE *
OF ANNA MARIA
941-778-0455 ,-
9906 Gulf Drive :
Visit our website at www.greenreal.com


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

LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evenings, weekends. For any computer needs,
hardware, software, network, commercial, private.
Call 778-8473.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe on line with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service: Delivering a
standard of excellence for all your interior and exte-
rior cleaning needs. No job too big or small. Great
rates and references, 722-4358.

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

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.


Karen M. Johnson, Elise Braaten

& Captain Jeff Braaten

778-0176


Overlooking Tampa Bay, this home in North Pointe
Harbour features a stone fireplace, 2,800 sq.ft. of liv-
ing area, four-car garage, dynamite design with high
ceilings, loft, open living area. $749,900.
M.Y


On the tip of Anna Maria! This up-to-date home
has the Island charm with views of the Gulf, only
a block to the beach. Two-plus car garage.


Pool! Deeded boat slip! Walk to beach. Over 1,900
sq.ft. of living area with 4BR/3.5BA,
ceramic tile. $349,900.

s R&AMO Gulfstream Realty
401 Manaiee Ave. Holmes Beach 778-7777






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CLEANINGS-R-JOB Will clean your residence, of-
fice, rental or new construction. Island resident of 35
years. No job too big! Please call 779-9633.

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

DUST BUSTERS Want to do a clean sweep? Spe-
cial rate $35 for two hours of general cleaning. Call
Ellen 778-1375 or Nancy 792-4136.

HOUSE CLEANING Permanent weekly or bi-
weekly. Experienced, reliable. Call for a free esti-
mate and ask for Marieta, 722-4866.

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

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

ANNA MARIA APPLIANCE and TV Service. Hon-
est, reliable, experienced service major appli-
ances, home electronics, ceiling fans, garage door
openers, marine electronics. 779-1779.

INCOME TAX SERVICE: For individuals and small
businesses. Thirty years experience. We do all
states. Call Pat at Kenney Tax Service, 761-8156.

HANDYMAN SERVICES: Scott Fulton contractor.
20 years experience. Island resident, area refer-
.ences available. Cell, 713-1907; home, 778-4192;
e-mail: scottfulton636@hotmail.com

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


NEED SOMEONE to look after your property during
the off season? Full-time Island resident experienced
in property management will customize a schedule
and services to meet your needs. References avail-
able. Call 778-0393 for appointment.

MUSIC LESSONS! Also available: flute, saxophone, clari-
net.. Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.

SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast and
reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines, cush-
ions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call 727-5873.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration.
Commercial and residential service, repair and/or re-
placement. 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 appoint-
ment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 778-2711.

PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
778-2711.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Maintenance.
Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn main-
tenance, cleanup, tree trimming, hauling,
Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent references.
778-5294.

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

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


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ISLAND LIFESTYLE Location! Location! PENTHOUSE 3BR/2BA with 30-ft. deeded
Location! Three blocks from white sandy boat dock on deep sail water with direct ac-
beaches at Gulf of Mexico. Neat and sweet cess to Intracoastal and Gulf of Mexico.
concrete block home with tile roof on cor- FantastLc views. Completely renovated.
ner lot. Homeowners option with the city is less than 2 miles from, Gulf beaches.
first come, first serve for boat slip. Heated pool and spa, one fitness and two
$310,000. recreational rooms, clubhouse and tennis
court. $335,000.
Kenyon Real Estate
(941) 753-7228 800-226-6593 Email: Geri@ KenyonReal Estate.net







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BEST VALUE ON ISLAND 2BR/2BA Turnkey
Furnished Condo. gulf and Bay Views with
boat docks and good rental history. $359,000
call Lynn Hostetler at 720-5876


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


LUSH TROPICAL SETTING Westbay
Point & Moorings 2BR/2BA upstairs, end
unit with view of pool and Jacuuzi. Fur-
nished and ready to use. $295,000 Call
Dave Jones or Dick Maher at 778-4800.


BEAUTIFUL HOME ON BAY 3BR/2BA home
with deeded beach access. Complete renovation
on this direct bayfront home that was featured in
House and Home Magazine. done with great
taste and award winning construction. $1,500,000
Call Quentin Talbert at 778-4800 or 795-9860.


KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. Call
779-0851 or cell 448-3857.

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


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

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

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

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

FREE
FEBRUARY IS PRUNING season for the Hawaiian
flowering frangipani tree. Call Bob and I will trim
your tree free for the clippings. 798-9173.

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


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


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

Island lifestyle with off-Island convenience!
W ATCH Just a five-minute ride to the beach!


5 Different Floor Plans
All open & spacious ...
SIBR/2BA &4B1R/2BA
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Directions: Cortez Road to
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86th St. W. Entrance to Heron's
Watch is 1/2 mile on the right.

W -"HOMESITES. ONLY 8 LEFT!
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Si 7 For information call 778-7127


Thanks for saying,"I saw it in The Islander."


It's all about real estate!


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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 certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.

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

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

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

GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT Interior/exterior paint-
ing, pressure washing and wallpaper. For prompt,
reliable service at reasonable rates, call Kevin at
704-7115 or 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).

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

CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and fair
prices. Call 795-1947. Bradenton Lic #RR0066450
Florida.

ISLAND HOME REPAIRS: Painting, carpentry, ceiling
fans, kitchen, bath, drywall repairs. Small jobs wel-
come. Low prices, Island references. Call 504-2027.

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


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



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, special
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 Estate
Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.

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

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

Classified advertising continues on the next page.


ENJOY A QUICKER SALE!
Remember... without proper marketing and promotion, a terrible thing happens NOTHING! You've trusted me for years...
you can trust me to sell your home faster, without closing hassles and for the right price. Isn't that what you want?


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778-6066. It takes aggr elsl Want fabulous island living plus A special 2BR/2.5BA canalfront Need a home for your boat? The Beautiful Bridgeport Condo just
innovative marketing to sell a pool? This is the one! 2BR/2BA home with ceramic tile, super lowest price in Key Royale... en- across from the warm Gulf of
innour home quickly, without canalfront with office/sewing room, kitchen, family room and two-car joy this 2BR/2BA home with fam- Mexico. 2BR/2BA with heated pool
your homes and for the eat-in kitchen and large bright garage, boatlift. Relax in the spa on ily room on a canal. Plenty of and furnished. Enjoy Gulf views,
closing hassles hat I do. Florida room. Get some rays by the the lanai while gazing out over the room for a pool or expansion. great vacations, the beach and
right price. That's wlesIan pool, park your boat at the dock too! lush back yard. $525,000. Call Jon $435,000 Call Jon to buy at close by restaurants and shopping.
Jon Kent, Broker/Salesma $539,900. Call Jon to buy at 778- to buy at 778-6066. #89036. 778-6066. #88177. $269,900. Call Jon to buy at 778-
6066. #89214 6066. #85510.
Call Jon 778-6066 "Hottest Line" 920-0832 800-865-0800 e-mail: jon@jonkentsells.com


A f/1 53 YEARS OF DISTINCTIVE ISLAND SERVICE


3224 East Bay Dr. Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
Sales: 941-778-0700 Rentals: 778-6665
1-800-749-6665
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
Personalized, not fanchised
Extended evening hours Mon.- Fri. Open til 8pm


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RARELY AVAILABLE Tr,:,p,,: a up.-al: in'
Shell Point 2BR/2BA condo. Tile, carpet, par-
quet flooring. Ample storage, parking. Shows
impeccably. $299,500. Geoff Wall,
778-0700.


uBtA II IAMI uI l ULI-viEws I totally up-
dated, decorated perfect, ground-floor. 5400
Condos. Turnkey furnished. Gourmet kitchen.
Two pools. Must see, won't last long. $550,000.
Marc Turner, 778-0700.




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HISTORIC ROSER COTTAGE Own a piece of
Anna Maria Island's history. Live or work in this
prime north Island location. Possibly one of the
oldest homes on Anna Maria Island. Unbelievable
Island charm with partial bay views. $459,000.
Cindy and Gary LaFlamme, 383-5543.


TODAY'S FEATURED PROPERTY


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608 KEY ROYALE DRIVE
A super view up the canal from
this 3BR/2BA home. There's room
for a pool too! This is most likely
one of the best buys on the Island.
$469,000. Call Jon to buy at 778-
6066. #84638
S,. JON KENT
The "Hettest"
S.- Real Estate Agent on
.2 Anna Maria Island!
Ask me whyl
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PRIVATE ISLAND RETREAT

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

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
S Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Lic#CBC056755

MORENO MARBLE & TILE
Installation & Restoration
So, : Quality Work Over 20 Years Experience
.a, Licensed and Insured
795-6615 or 685-5163 moreno.fly@verizon.net


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


.i SHUTTER-VUE me.
1tB,' License # CG C061513
Replacement Windows Doors
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Room Enclosures Interior Blinds
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NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Two spacious
homes both 3BR/2BA with all conveniences. One is
$4,700/month, the other is $4,500/month. 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.

RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
Islander.

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, 1BR/1BA, $650. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-
7500.

VACATION RENTAL: You can have the warm west
coast Florida sun with beautiful white sand outside
your door. 1BR, located at Resort 66, Holmes
Beach, on Anna Maria Island. Full housekeeping
with kitchen, cable TV, pool, ocean. Fully furnished.
$800/weekly. Available March: 1-8, 8-15, 15-22, 22-
29. Call (315) 894-2304.

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. 2004 season: $3,500/
month. 730-1086.

SEASONAL FURNISHED efficiency two blocks to
beach. January, February, or March. All inclusive.
$850/month. (727) 656-3384 or (727) 461-3384.

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

RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
Islander.

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

ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental. 2BR/2BA, spacious,
attractive, half-block to beach, 1,400 sq.ft. $1,100/
month. 142 Crescent. Mr. Glaser, (813) 839-3800.

ANNUAL FAMILY HOME Large 2BR/2BA, washer/
dryer, no yard work. See at 506 69th St., Holmes
Beach. $1,295/month. Pets OK. 726-1898.


i CO 52-uLIHi4ff n ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT Furnished 2BR/2BA
I with large glass-enclosed living area with fireplace.
Recently remodeled with everything new. Incredible
************************ ** view. 871 North Shore Drive. $2,900/month. 778-

: WATERING RESTRICTIONS : 3645.


* Rules in effect for Manatee County:
S> Lawn and landscape watering is limited to two days
* a week.
>- Addresses ending in even numbers (or A M): *
9 Tuesday and Saturday,
)>- Addresses ending in odd numbers (or N Z):
Wednesday and Sunday.
Irrigation not allowed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ir-
rigation with treated waste water allowed any time.)
* > Owners can wash their vehicles anytime as long *
as they use a hose with a shut-off nozzle. (Pull the
Scar on the lawn to wash!)
>- Rinsing boats and flushing of boat motors is al- *
lowed for ten minutes daily.
>- Hand-watering of plants, NOT LAWNS, is permit-
* ted any day. *

Questions or comments? Call the Southwest Florida Water
* Management District (Swiftmud) toll-free: 1-800-423-1476. *


THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria Is-
land since 1992.

ANNUAL UNFURNISHED rentals. Holmes Beach,
two blocks to beach, two 1BR units available, $585/
month, plus utilities, first and security. Mary Ann,
(727) 656-3384 or (727) 461-3384.

SEASONAL RENTAL Anna Maria, 200 feet to Rod
& Reel Pier, ground floor, 2BR/1 BA, completely re-
modeled, washer/dryer, available for February,
April, and on. $1,000/month. Taking reservations for
next season, prefer five months plus. 387-8610.

BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted to
a two-unit property. Each side is 2BR/1 BA com-
pletely renovated, new washer/dryer, microwave.
Three-minute walk to beach. $950/month for large
side unfurnished and $750/month for smaller side
furnished. 212 81st St., A and B unit, Holmes Beach.
Call Ron, 761-9808.


SUNNY AND SPACIOUS annual canalfront home in
city of Anna Maria. 3BR/3BA, new paint, carpet, tile.
Pets OK. $1,500/month. 778-3006.

GULFFRONT 3BR/2BA private home/beach on
North Shore Drive. Carpeted, screened porch,
beautiful beach. Available now to Feb. 28, 2003.
Weekly or monthly. (813) 920-5595.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA Holmes Beach apartment. Up-
dated interior, dishwasher, storage, washer/dryer
hookups. $875/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate,
778-2307.

PANORAMIC GULFFRONT 3BR/2BA private
home. Carpeted, huge deck overlooking beautiful
beach on North Shore Drive. Available March 1-17,
weekly. (813) 920-5595.

SEASONAL BRADENTON BEACH rental. Immaculate
2BR/2BA home, walk to beach, boat slip. computer with
Internet access, cable, laundry, screened patio, garage.
All new furnishings, appliances and flooring. Call (863)
683-6869 for prices and availability.

PRESTIGIOUS PLAYA ENCANTADA 2BR/2BA
beach or tennis court condos. Heated pool and
Jacuzzi, recreation room with kitchen, saunas,
baths. Seasonal rentals, two-week minimum. De-
tails, 778-6322.

URGENT! Due to selling all my listings and a high
volume of buyers, I need properties to sell. Please
contact me: Suzanne Wilson, 962-0971, Island Va-
cation Properties, LLC, 778-6849.

ANNA MARIA BEACH HOUSE. North end, 3BR/
2BA, unique decor, large balcony to view Gulf sun-
sets, very clean, seasonal. $1,200/week or $3,200/
month. 776-1789.

3BR WATERFRONT: Enjoy a year round fantastic
view from huge living/dining area, floor to ceiling
windows, plus 30-by-12-foot. screened deck,
fronting beach, bay and park just steps away. unfur-
nished annual in north Anna Maria. Call 748-5334
for details.

HOLMES BEACH MARCH 2003. Furnished, 1BR/
2BA, steps to beach. Telephone, washer/dryer,
cable TV, pets welcome. $2,050/month, $560/week.
Call 778-1098.

HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL Rental: Ground-
level duplex close to beach, available March-May.
Two-week minimum. 2/BR, $500/week. 1 BR, $400/
week. Non smoking. Call (813) 928-5378.

PALMA SOLA BAY in Flamingo Cay 2BR/2BA
condo. Furnished with all linens. $2,500/month.
(863) 293-7305 or (863) 294-9261.

SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach 2BR/1BA,
garage, two decks. Overlooking lake and two blocks
to Gulf beach. Available now and next season. Clean,
nicely furnished. $1,750/month. (941) 625-2889.

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ANNUAL 1BR/1BA spacious Holmes Beach apart-
ment with great storage. Yard. Paved parking. $650,/
month. Call 778-0405.
FEBRUARY, APRIL. Holmes Beach. Attractive
3BR/2BA home just steps from beautiful Gulf beach.
Comfortably furnished, private, all amenities,
screened lanai. Vacation in paradise. $3,400/month,
$1,300/week. (863) 686-8207.

GROUND LEVEL 1BR turnkey furnished with
screened lanai. Steps to beach and shopping. $600/
week or $1,800/month. Call 779-9470.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Bradenton Beach 2BR/1BA.
Newly renovated. One block to Gulf. $1,000/month,
plus first and last. No pets. 779-1161.

ANNUAL RENTAL 1BR/1BA, furnished or unfur-
nished. One-and-a-half blocks to beach, washer/
dryer, patio, pool, free 60-station cable. $750/month.
82nd Street, Holmes Beach. 778-3104.

TWO ALL NEW renovated 2BR, plus third bedroom/
den. Up and downstairs duplexes. Both sleep eight.
Available March 15-21 and April on. Dishwasher,
washer/dryer, DVD/VCR, porch, grill, bikes. One
short block to beautiful Holmes Beach. $2,300/
month, $700/week. Non smoking. 724-0025.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
Islander.
1BR/1BA CONDO in Holmes Beach on Gulf.
Ground floor, unfurnished, pool. $850/month. Smith
Realtors, 778-0770.
ANNUAL DUPLEX north end of Anna Maria, four
houses to beach, 2BR/1BA, large lanai, high ceil-
ings, washer/dryer hookup, immaculate, fenced
yard. Small pet OK. $800/month. 778-4837.
2BR/1BA CONDO in Cortez on canal. Furnished.
$850/month. Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
SEASONAL RENTAL nine houses to beach. Walk to
everything, updated throughout. 2BR/1 BA, back deck,
grill, VCR, dishwasher. $400-$700/week; $1,500-
$2,700/month. Pets negotiable. 778-2677 or 730-8339.
2BR/2BA HOUSE in Holmes Beach on canal.
$1,400/month. Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA duplex in Holmes
Beach. Washer/dryer hook-up. Freshly painted and
ready for immediate move in. $600/month. Call Talia
or Valerie at Wagner Realty for more info. 778-2246.
1BR/1BA. DUPLEX in Holmes Beach. Close to
beach. $700/month. Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
MARTINIQUE CONDO 2BR/2BA, fully furnished,
screened lanai, Gulfview, two TVs, garage, tennis.
April 15-Dec. 31. Two-week minimum. (423) 884-
2598.

ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA townhouses. Tile floors,
washer/dryer, sun deck, Gulfviews, steps to Gulf.
Two available, $795 and $825/month. Call 758-1899
or (203) 417-2331.


ANNUAL RENTALS: 1BR $595/month; 2BR/2BA
with caged pool; $1,300/month. Call Island Real
Estate, 778-6066.

STUDIO APARTMENT in Holmes Beach fully fur-
nished, queen bed, $1,400/month, now through
April. Call 778-2833.

LONGBOAT VILLAGE home. 2BR, pet OK. $2,600/
month. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH: Ground+floor, well-
furnished, clean duplex. 2BR/2BA, close to beach,
pool, utilities included. Non smoking, no pets.
$2,250/month. 778-9576.
MIRROR LAKE CONDO 2BR/2BA, tennis, pool.
$1,800/month. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
ANNA MARIA BAYFRONT Beautiful view of Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge. Furnished, 1BR/1BA, utilities
included. Parking. Non smoking. Price subject to
length rented. 778-4147.
ANNUAL DIRECT GULFVIEW 1BR/1BA apart-
ment. Open deck, covered parking. $645/month, in-
cludes water/garbage. No pets. Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 778-2307.
ANNUAL: Completely remodeled furnished 1BR/
1BA ground-level unit in Holmes Beach. $725/
month. Valerie Kruse, Wagner Realty, 778-2246.

SPACIOUS WATERFRONT, upper, sundeck, dock.
Panoramic view, Key West-style. 2BR/2BA, washer/
dryer. Pet considered. 778-0349.

LEASE A 900 sq.ft. retail or office space in a great
location in a commercial center. Good parking. 778-
4451.
O.B.X. VACATION RENTAL: Hatteras Village.
Spectacular view, Pamlico Sound. Walk to Atlantic
beach. 2BR/2BA. Deep-water boat dock for your
boat. This house is new, be the first to use it! 778-
7556.


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.
SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.

CITY OF ANNA Maria. Condo (upstairs) with boat
dock! Canal view, 2BR/1 BA, great location, walk to
pier and three restaurants. $295,000. (770) 889-
2887, owner.

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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.

TOTALLY RENOVATED 3BR/2BA ground-level
home. One block to Gulf. Must see to appreciate.
For sale by owner. $369,900. (813) 300-8543 or
(813) 265-3458.
REMODELED DUPLEX all new inside and out.
3BR/2BA downstairs, 2BR/1BA plus den upstairs.
This duplex has a lot of Florida charm and charac-
ter. One block to beach and one block to bay. Very
nice duplex, great investment property. Good ten-
ant upstairs who would like to stay on. For sale by
owner, 778-4499.

DIRECT BAYFRONT UNIT. Fabulous view from
this contemporary 2BR/2BA home. All new every-
thing! Must see to appreciate. Two heated pools,
tennis, under-building parking. One block to beach
and stores. $349,900. Private, 795-3778.

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, Feb. 16, 1-4pm. Steps to
Island, 3BR/2BA, office/computer room, heated
pool, large lanai, new condition. Must see! Cortez
Road or Manatee Avenue to Palma Sola to 8002
18th Ave. W. Realtors welcome. $359,900. 761-
2810.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS condo 2BR/2BA
second-floor end- unit with water-view, southern
exposure, furnished. $298,000. Call 779-1518.
PERICO ISLAND! Beautiful high ceilings, extra
large master bath, large open kitchen, 3BR/2BA
with ceramic tile throughout! Beautiful lanai, private
setting, two-car garage, heated pool privileges, ten-
nis court, clubhouse, exercise room, sauna!
$345,000. For sale by owner. Call anytime for a
showing! 720-2242.


14-UNIT GULFFRONT motel on Anna Maria Island.
Call Barry Gould, Realtor, 778-3314. Island Vaca-
tion Properties LLC, 778-6849.
KEY ROYALE: Spacious 3BR/3BA fully updated!
Laundry room, screened lanai, boat dock. $625,000.
779-2022. No solicitors. Open house 1-4 pm Sun-
day, Feb. 16. 620 Dundee, Holmes Beach.
PERICO BAY CLUB by owner. Spectacular view,
Palma Sola Bayfront. 2BR/2BA. New in 2001: lami-
nate floors throughout, new appliances, extended
kitchen cabinets/countertop. 792-9200. $270,000.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX Just reduced $20,000.
West of Gulf Drive, two blocks to beach. Room for
pool. Super investment opportunity. $339,000. Call
Barry Gould, Realtor, 778-3314. Island Vacation
Properties, 778-6849.
BEAUTIFUL CANALFRONT LOT in prestigious
northern Anna Maria. Direct bay access, no bridges.
Quiet cul-de-sac. 75-by-151-foot lot (11,350 sq.ft.)
516 Kumquat. For sale by owner, $419,000. E-mail:
OliverZorn@web.de

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, Feb. 16, lpm-3pm, 727
Jacaranda Rd. Come view this private Island retreat
nestled away on a large lot on the north end of Anna
Maria. Offered at $849,000. Green Real Estate,
778-0455.

HOUSE FOR SALE by owner, Riverview Boulevard
location. Ceramic tile floors, 3BR/2BA, two-car ga-
rage. Immediate occupancy. $229,000. Accepting
offers. Call 795-7154.

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, Feb. 16, l1pm-3pm. 6816
Palm Drive. This lakefront duplex in central Holmes
Beach features 2BR/1BA and 1BR/1BA. Elevated
with enclosed garages. Complete with a dock on
Spring Lake. Offered at $365,000. Green Real Es-
tate, 778-0455.


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BEST BUY on the bay. Two years old. 3BR/2BA,
large deck overlooking water. Boat dock and
more. $260,000. 778-7197.
THE COVE at Sandy Pointe: Open house Satur-
day, noon-2pm and Sunday 1 pm-4pm. Best value
on the Island! Price just reduced! 2BR/2BA, close
to beaches, shops and restaurants. $218,900.
3601 East Bay Drive, Unit 204. For more informa-
tion or special showings call 748-5551, ext. 105,
Tom Condron.
DUPLEX 3BR/2BA, 300 feet to beach. Ground
floor, 30 years old. Updated with tile floors,
shingle roof, appliance, air conditioning and wa-
ter heaters. Agents welcome. 778-3173.205 69th
St., Holmes Beach.
GIFT SHOP FOR SALE: Longboat Key gift shop
in Whitney Beach Plaza. Leaving the area, re-
quires quick sale. $50,000, negotiable. Call 737-
4860.
BRAND NEW 2BR/2.5BA condo on golf course at
beautiful Tobago Hilton on Tobago Island,
Trinidad in the Caribbean. 1,694 square feet.
Excellent rental market. Asking $229,000, ap-
praised at $241,000. Call Rick at 778-1102 or
727-5873.
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard,
guest quarters or rental income producer. $28,500
or make offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat sunseeker or call 778-3526.


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and Gulf beaches. Glassed screened lanai,
covered parking, second floor elevator. Com-
munity pool and tennis courts. $273,000.


SARASOTA BAY WATERFRONT Panoramic
bayfront views from Sarasota to Anna Maria
Island. 130-ft. water frontage directly on
Sarasota Bay. Immaculate 5BR/4.5BA updated
and renovated in 1997. Heated/caged pool and
spa. Four-zone A/C. New tile throughout up-
dated kitchen and family room. $925,000.


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2BA condo located directly across the street
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separdtie dining room, deck, patio and two-car ga-
rage. Walls of windows to enjoy the sunsets.
$1,295,000.

PERICO BAY CLUB WATERFRONT
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished villa, beautifully ap-
pointed, ceramic tile, walk-in closets, glassed-in
porch, balcony overlooking water, vaulted ceiling,
two-car garage. Secure community, guard gate, and
24-hour security. $279,900.

ANNA MARIA WATERFRONT
2BR/2BA elevated contemporary island home with
sundeck overlooking natural canal and private boat
dock. Lots of storage, close to fishing pier, restau-
rants and shopping. 2 car garage residential area.
$499,900.

LARGE DUPLEX NEAR BEACH
2BR/2BA each side. Just steps to one of area's best
beaches. Quiet secluded street in North Holmes
Beach. Very residential area. Two garages and two
carports. Excellent rental. $695,000.

KEY ROYALE POOL HOME
4BR/3BA Key Royale "500" block, split-plan,
canalfront, 4,000 lb. boat lift, caged pool, family
room, two blocks to great beach. $479,000.

JUST LISTED! POOL HOME
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private setting, in-ground pool and deck. Barrel-tile
roof. Holmes Beach. $449,000.

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like a home in itself. The 1,644 sq.ft. unit
has two large bedrooms, a large open
kitchen, an open plan with cathedral ceilings
and fireplace. The 1,100 sq.ft. unit has a
spacious bedroom and living room. Both
units surround one of the largest caged in-
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well landscaped, has a two-car garage and
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equipment. Appraised at over the list price!
$875,000. MLS#89754.
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861 North Shore Dr......... $1,950,000
513 69th St. .................... $549,000
510 72nd St.................... $559,000
510 Key Royale Dr ........... $435,000
510 68th St .................. $489,000

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

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

8401 Marina Dr. -NEW-... $725,000

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

4212 Redfish Ct. LOT ..... $575,000

623 Foxworth Ln. .......... $575,000
307 Iris ..................... $495,000
611 Dundee............... $525,000
625 Emerald Ln ............ $539,900

ISLAND HOMES,
CONDOS & LOTS
Westbay Pt. Moorings #55... $385,000
308 55th St. Lot ........... $197,500
Sun Plaza West #201. ..... $399,000
Bridgeport #113 ........... $269,900
Sunbow Bay #204............$239,000
Beachwalk Townhomes 1 Left .. $499,900
Key West #100 ................$439,000
408 Pointsetta Rd. ........... $495,000
6925 Holmes Bvld. ........ $215,000
710 North Shore. Lot. ..... $299,000
444 62nd St. ................. $198,500
747 Jacaranda. Lot ......... $389,000
405 Bay Palms Dr ......... $329,900
Water's Edge #110N ....... $759,000
Sun Plaza West #202 ..... $409,000
404 80th St................... $875,000

MAINLAND
516 Sanderling Cir........ $245,900
634 Estuary .................. $210,000
1276 Spoonbill Landings Cr. $249,999
Vizcaya #31C................ $134,900
1243 Spoonbill Landings Cr ...... $244,500
2418 90th St. NW........ $2,995,000
1280 Spoonbill Landings Cir.... $324,000
618 Estuary Dr. -NEW- ........... $227,000
617 Estuary Dr..................... $215,000

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ARTFUL EXPRESSIONS
By Mark Danna / Edited by Will Shortz


Across
1 Mogul
6 One for the road
9 Declines to take part,
with "out"
13 Keen
19 Napping
20 Mobile home?: Abbr.
21 He ran from Iran
22 In the attic
23 "That's very fitting!"
26 Paste ingredient
27 "You're not O.K. with
that, bub?"
29 Scene of a May 1942
U.S. victory in W.W. II
32 Suffix with access
33 Fat removal, for short
34 Mail letters
35 Orchestra sect.
36 Org.
37 Groundskeeper's sup-
ply
38 Try to reach the hard-
of-hearing?
42 Union strikers
44 Give in to gravity
46 Mud
48 Game player's rackful
49 Ring of color
52 They're boring
55 Barely touched
56 "It's a group effort,
guys!"
59 Top to bottom
60 Ancient Hebrew liquid
measure
61 Prefix with -phile
62 Fabric purchase: Abbr.
63 Awe
67 Away's partner
70 Kind of party
72 Party member, maybe
73 Not unwilling?


77 "Is that a new man
you're dating?"
83 Thingamajig
84 Predisposed about
85 lago's wife
86 Tanks and such
87 Rank
88 Prefix with dermis
90 Spoil
91 Hold
92 Go right
93 LAX info
96 Sliding door site
99 Like some gas: Abbr.
100 Wire transfer?: Abbr.
102 Heading in cable TV
listings
103 Nudity
105 "This could lead to
something big!"
111 Ulnae neighbors
112 "i demand to see
cash up-front!"
116 Surface
117 An S.S.R.
118 Sarge, for one
119 Bubbly
120 Freezes up
121 buco
122 Doe or heifer
123 Where
Pietermaritzburg is

Down
1 "Uh-uh"
2 Pother
3 A violinist might use
one or take one
4 Shenyang-born con-
ductor
5 Jewelers' offerings
6 Some Teamsters
7 Hello or goodbye


8 Absorbed
9 Basketmaker's sup-
plies
10 Links to esophagi
11 New Criticism poet
Allen
12 Queens diamond
holder
13 __ Lindgren, cre-
ator of Pippi
Longstocking
14 Urban sitting place
15 Not so feminine
16 River to the Caspian
17 Beret setting
18 Another name for
the biblical Esau
24 Ant, maybe
25 Fraternity characters
28 When repeated,
start of an old antacid
jingle
29 Bagel topper
30 Mathematical quan-
tity acted upon
31 Best Actress of 2000
36 First name in mys-
teries
37 "This early?"
39 "What __?"
40 Look of lust
41 It was dropped in the
60's
43 Gallery area
45 Author Rand
47 Table scrap
48 One of the Jacksons
50 First name in horror
51 Khan
53 Brainiac
54 Certain bowling tar-
get
55 Scope


57 Conception
58 Los Angeles attrac-
tion, with "the"
64 Rossini's "The
Thieving __"
65 Jazz pianist Allison
66 Makes up?
67 Bomb
68 Decks out
69 Fixes at a gallery
70 Old monarch
71 "That's_ ..."
74 Want ad inits.
75 What to pay
76 Hardly a brainiac
77 Sported


78 Directive to a chauffeur
79 They go on for miles
80 What may follow you
81 Objects of much ribbing
82 Doo-_
83 Pop
87 Kind of support
89 Novel that includes
Robin Hood
92 They need bottle open-
ers
94 1990 Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame inductees
95 Campus site
97 "Acoustic Soul" singer
India.


98 Court figure
101 Grande
103 Haircut style
104 African antelope
105 Stimulate
106 "An Enquiry Concerning
Human Understanding'
essayist
107 Word of agreement
108 Ibsen's home
109 Diameter symbols, in
math
110 Counting method
113 Lousy egg?
114 Popular Per6n
115 Business card abbr..


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