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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 11, No. 18 March 12, 2003 FREE
Perico Island condominium battle continues
By Rick Catlin
Opponents of the proposed Arvida 898-unit condo-
minium project on north Perico Island got a boost last
week when Circuit Court Judge Charles Williams al-
lowed an amended complaint against the project filed
by the environmental group ManaSota-88.
ManaSota-88 contends in its lawsuit the Arvida
By Paul Roat
Something is squirrely in Bradenton Beach.
Or, perhaps more accurately, something is not
squirrely in the Coquina Beach part of the Island's
An avid beachwalker and noted environmentalist
called The Islander last week to note that the squirrel
population at Manatee County's largest park had been
drastically diminished of late.
"I've been walking down there for years and
years," the squirrel fan said. "The population always
fluctuated between say 75 to 125, but one day last week
I saw something like 75 and the next day I saw only
The squirrel aficionado stopped a Manatee County
Parks and Recreation Department worker on his rounds
and.questioned him about the rodent census reduction.
The worker said he believed someone shot the squir-
rels and took them home to eat.
project is not compatible with the comprehensive land-
use plan for the City of Bradenton, which has already
approved the deal, and for Manatee County.
Even though approval of the amended complaint
was largely procedural, and done to keep the lawsuit in
the court system, attorney Dan Lobeck; who represents
ManaSota-88, said the amended complaint strengthens
the lawsuit's position.
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Holy iguana, Batman!
Contractor George Fara eyeballs the gigantic lizard
he lassoed in Anna Maria and brought to The
Islander newspaper office "lost and found" depart-
ment. The lizard, however, worked his charm on
Fara, who opted for "finders keepers, losers
weepers, and took him home to meet his kids and
wife instead. Pictured here, George eyeballs his new
pal, and a gathering of interested spectators. Is-
lander Photos: Bonner Joy
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Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch Director Suzi Fox
has reported that a fox appears to have taken up resi-
dence in the Coquina Beach-Leffis Key part of the Is-
land. Could the fox be the squirrel poacher?
"He'd have to weigh 600 pounds by now," said the
squirrel watcher. "And where are the bodies?"
As with all mysteries, Bradenton Beach Police
Chief Sam Speciale was alerted to the case. "Without
any corpus delecti, we have to believe that somebody
is taking the carcasses away," Speciale said.
He said officers will begin extra patrols of the
park on the alert for people with BB guns or pellet
rifles. Discharging a firearm, even a small-caliber
weapon such as a BB gun, violates city law and is
"If somebody is shooting the squirrels and eating
them, it's disgusting," Speciale said, adding "I wonder
if the officers in Bradenton and Manatee County have
to deal with these kinds of problems."
ManaSota-88 claims the Arvida project is incom-
patible with surrounding land uses, will cause unnec-
essary traffic congestion on Manatee Avenue, will
create problems during a hurricane evacuation, and
destroys the scenic view afforded by the unspoiled
northern portion of Perico Island.
PLEASE SEE PERICO, NEXT PAGE
end of March
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria should know in a few weeks if the
nonprofit Trust for Public Lands will become involved
with the city in efforts to purchase Roser Cottage for
preservation as a historically significant site.
John Garrisson of the TPL's St. Petersburg office said
Becky Bremser of his office is preparing an evaluation
report "to see if there is a role in Anna Maria for us."
Once completed, the report goes to the TPL's Tal-
lahassee office for review by a committee to determine
any TPL involvement.
"A lot depends upon the needs of the landowner,
and if we purchase, we have to know we can recover
the funds," Garrisson said.
The TPL purchases lands and property for preserva-
tion, then assists local governments and organizations with
raising the necessary funds to convey the title from TPL
to the local government or organization, he said.
"We are trying to make Roser Cottage a priority,
but there are so many projects in Southwest Florida,"
"I would like to meet with the mayor and discuss
the possibilities further," he added.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn and Kent Davis of the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society have shown a
willingness to raise the necessary funds for purchase,
if the TPL goes through with its purchase, he said.
"So we should know something by the end of
March," Garrisson said.
Puttin' on the Island Ritz ...
Put on a happy face for the "Cirque de Sidewalk
Sale" hosted by the Artists Guild Gallery at the Island
Shopping Center, Holmes Beach, Saturday with face
painting, balloons, the famous clown Saggie Aggie,
and other treats for youngsters.
Put on your happy feet for the "Gotta Dance"
dance Friday night at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, Anna Maria, with music by the
Put on your best green, anything green, and
head to the streets for the annual St. Patrick's Day
Parade from Holmes Beach City Hall to the Anna
Maria City Pier Sunday afternoon. (And be aware of
possible trolley delays on the parade route.)
Monday, celebrate the green and all your Irish
friends and keep a'smiling.
More information inside ...
Mystery of missing squirrels
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Board declares Second Avenue dead end, grants setback
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment unani-
mously granted Gregory Mitchell, owner of the
Alamanda Villa at 102 39th St., a three-foot side-yard
setback and declared Second Avenue a dead-end street.
Mitchell asked the board to consider Second Av-
enue a dead-end street because it is only 200 feet and
dead ends at the Manatee County Public Beach park-
Board member Jeff Hostetler questioned whether
Second Avenue could be considered a dead-end street
since it does continue into the beach parking lot but
City Attorney Jim Dye advised the city code does not
provide a definition of a dead-end street. Therefore Dye
advised the board that it needed to define it based on
Board Chairman Hugh Holmes Jr. said that be-
cause Second Avenue is a city street and it does end at
Perico Island legal fight goes on
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Neither Arvida nor the City of Bradenton, the two
defendants to the lawsuit, challenged the amended
Lobeck said the main reason to file the amended
complaint in early January 2003 was to keep the law-
suit alive in the court system. Without any action at
least once a year, a judge could dismiss the suit, he said.
Lobeck also represents a group of concerned citi-
zens who have filed a separate lawsuit against the
Glenn Compton of ManaSota-88 said the more his
group pushes its lawsuit, the more it appears Arvida
does not want to defend the suit.
The Bradenton City Council annexed the land in
early 2000 and within weeks had approved the Arvida
project, but the subsequent lawsuits have delayed any
start of construction.
Lobeck said it could be years before the courts deal
with either lawsuit.
county property the public beach it could be con-
sidered a dead-end street.
Mitchell's property fronts 39th Street and has a
side yard along Second Avenue.
According to Mitchell's request, all improvements
will be contained within a walled area and he has no
plans to install a bathhouse or pool cage.
Also, he said, the pool has been positioned as far
eastward on the property as possible in order to com-
ply with health department requirements.
As a motel/hotel, Mitchell believes the addition of
a pool is needed to stay competitive with other Island
The board granted the variance with the contin-
gency that Mitchell grant the city a non-ingress/egress
easement along 39th Street.
Fun for all 'Fat Friday'
It was "Fat Friday" on Bridge Street March 7 with merchants there presenting a Mardi Gras festival com-
plete with music, food, fun and a costume contest on Historic Bridge Street. Costume winners announced at
Bridge Street Interiors include third place winner Joanie Bigalow of Bradenton Beach; fourth place Dorothy
Blum of Bradenton Beach; Debbie Wolf of Bridge Street Interiors; Barbara Wolfe of Bridgewear; first place
winner Tom Siwa of Bradenton Beach; Julie Mueller of Seaweed Gallery and second place winner Mr.
Murphy of Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
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Accountants say former
Anna Maria officials owe money
By Rick Catlin
The accounting firm that audits the City of Anna
Maria payroll account has said five former public of-
ficials were overpaid varying amounts between Feb.
22, 2000, and Feb. 13, 2002.
In a Feb. 27 letter to the city, accountant Ed Leonard
of the accounting firm of Christopher, Smith, Leonard,
Bristow, Stanell & Wells said he found "noted overpay-
ments as shown in the attached schedules."
Leonard said that former Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh
was overpaid a full month's salary of $800 during the
audit period while former City Commissioners Bob
Barlow, Tom Skoloda and Doug Wolfe were each
Former City Commissioner Jay Hill, who has al-
ready returned one check to the city that he said was an
overpayment, was only overpaid $90, Leonard said.
"As the schedule shows, one additional full pay-
ment was made on each [pay] schedule shown. This ap-
peared to be due to temporary employees in the ac-
counting function as well as significant employee turn-
over," Leonard said.
During the period audited, Leonard said only 23
full months should have been paid. The city paid the of-
ficials for 24 full months during this period, he claims.
Mayor SueLynn said she will contact the former
public officials mentioned by Leonard and send them
a copy of the audit, but declined to speculate on any
other city action.
Variance may need another vote
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Commissioner Tom Aposporos
said he believes that according to the new city charter,
the city commission's 2-1 vote Feb. 27 to grant a vari-
ance request for a lot split at 224 Periwinkle Place ac-
tually did not pass.
Aposporos should know the rules. He was the
chairman of the charter review committee that drafted
the new charter adopted by voters Feb. 11.
The new charter states that motions must be passed
by a majority (at least three) of the five commission
members, said Aposporos, not merely a majority of
those present at a meeting.
At the Feb. 27 meeting, both Aposporos and Com-
missioner Duke Miller were absent when the vote was
taken on the request. Commissioners John Quam and
Linda Cramer voted for the request, while Commis-
sioner Chuck Webb cast the dissenting vote.
Technically speaking, that means the Periwinkle vari-
ance did not pass, said Aposporos, and the request will
likely have to be brought back before the commission.
Mayor SueLynn said she would contact Commission
Chairperson John Quam to bring the matter to his atten-
tion, in addition to speaking with City Attorney Jim Dye.
Friday court case on beachfront
property in Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach officials will face off against
developers in court Friday regarding a parcel of
City commissioners denied development of two du-
plexes on Gulffront property in the 1400 block of Gulf
Drive, across the street from the Bermuda Bay Condo-
minium, in April 2000. Attorneys for the developers, Is-
land Inc. and Beach Development Inc., filed a lawsuit
against the city, citing the city decision to deny the pro-
posed project was not made with "substantial, competent
A circuit court judge ruled in favor of the city in
August 2001. However, another phase of the legal pro-
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Anna Maria City
March 13, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Agenda: mayor's update, modular news rack discus-
sion, comprehensive planning services discussion, re-
vocable encroachment permit of easements discussion,
building official position discussion, review of ordi-
nance on height of building, and review of unfinished
March 19, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and
Enhancement Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
March 12, 2 p.m., city jubilee committee meeting.
March 13, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
March 14, 8:30 a.m., special city commission meeting.
March 18, 1 p.m., Scenic Highway Committee meet-
March 19, 2 p.m., city jubilee committee meeting.
March 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 20, 6 p.m., visioning meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
March 12, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Management
Officials Committee meeting, Fire Station No. 1,6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
March 19, 6:30 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
ceedings dealing with establishing declaratory judg-
ment on the property has been pending.
The matter will be heard by Circuit Court Judge
Charles E. Williams at 1:30 p.m. March 14 at the
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Davis granted 5-foot height variance in Holmes Beach
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment granted
a second height variance to applicant Frank Davis,
property owner at 5622 Gulf Drive. Russ Olson was the
only member of the board opposed to granting a height
Davis' request was based on the two-foot change
in minimum-elevation requirements imposed by the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection on
new construction seaward of the Coastal Construction
Control Line. The state previously required a minimum
elevation of 17.4 feet, which recently was changed to
City Attorney Jim Dye explained that there are
three levels of government that apply regulations to a
piece of property. According to Dye, the state says the
lowest structural member is now set by calculations
based on water levels, which is based on the 100-year
storm surge with a breaking wave, which is basically
a Category-Three hurricane.
Dye said FEMA requirements are different in that
they affect a homeowner's insurance. Local city regu-
lations follow the Florida Building Code and the state
has a rule that the most restrictive rules apply, which
in this case are the state regulations.
Davis wants to construct a new four-unit dwelling.
He plans to live in one unit and sell the rest, according
to Emily Anne Smith, representing the design firm of
Eatman and Smith, who presented the proposed three-
Smith said the integrity of architectural design was
threatened by having to design a box-like structure with
a flat roof. She suggested that she is trying to preserve
some of the charm and contemporary style, which adds
to the community.
Brent Whitehead of Whitehead Construction told
the board that the property owners across the street
from the Davis property could have, due to minimum
building-elevation requirements, 13-foot ceilings on
the first floor, 10-foot ceilings on the second floor and
five feet to slope their roof.
Whitehead said that essentially Davis is asking for
what his neighbor across the street is entitled to. He
wants to add a five-foot sloping roof on his new dwell-
ing and have 10-foot ceilings on the first and second
Olson asked Smith if it was traditional to have
nine- or 10-foot ceilings, and stated that he grew up
with eight-foot ceilings and he felt he was pretty tradi-
Olson also objected to the board granting any
height variance until the city commission had the op-
portunity to act on proposed legislation to amend the
Emily Anne Smith of Eatman & Smith Architecture presented the proposed site plan for Frank Davis' "dream
home" afourplex on the beach.
city's height restrictions.
"Height restrictions were put in for a reason and the
elected officials should decide this matter," Olson said.
In a 4-1 vote, Olson was outnumbered and the
board granted Davis a height increase from 36 feet to
41 feet above the crest of Gulf Drive.
Davis also requested a variance to reduce the sec-
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ond-story side-yard setback from 15 feet to 10 feet.
This request was made to accommodate plans to install
two upper level bay windows on the north and south
sides of the building.
The board denied the applicant's request and
granted a three-foot variance instead because city codes
only allow a 20 percent variance.
Planning commission opposes increasing height restrictions
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission voted 4-
1 against supporting a proposed ordinance amending
the land development code to allow new construction
seaward of the state's Coastal Construction Control
Line to be built to a maximum of 30 feet above the re-
quired minimum base elevation.
Currently, the land development code restricts
building heights to 36 feet above the crown of the road
measured at the front center of the property.
However, two applicants in Holmes Beach have
recently been granted a five-foot height variance by the
city's board of adjustment based on new base-elevation
requirements mandated by the state.
The proposed ordinance is intended to take into
consideration minimum first-floor elevation require-
ments of the Florida Department of Environmental
According to Assistant Superintendent of Public
Works Bill Saunders, DEP building requirements take
precedence and the requirements for base elevation for
new construction seaward of the CCCL has been
changed from a minimum elevation of 17.4 feet to 19.4
Saunders said that although the requirement for the
National Flood Insurance Program, which follows
guidelines set forth by the Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency, call for a base elevation of 14 feet, new
construction has always had to adhere to the DEP re-
quirements, which are more stringent.
Patrick McConnell was the first applicant in Holmes
Beach to receive afive-foot height variance for his
triplex at 3716 Gulf Drive from the city's board of
adjustment. The city is considering an ordinance to
increase its height restrictions to accommodate
recent baseline elevation requirements mandated by
the state. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Saunders said the DEP requirements have no affect
on NFIP requirements, and the changes do not effect
Planning Commission Chairman Sue Normand
questioned why the proposed ordinance allowed for a
five-foot change in height allowance when the state
elevation requirements have only increased by two feet
-from 17.4 to 19.4 feet.
Planning commission members also questioned
why two applicants have already been granted five-foot
height variances based on the argument that the change
in elevation requirements represent a hardship.
Saunders said, as far as he knew, five feet is just
what these applicants requested. He also told the com-
mission that allowing applicants 30 feet of buildable
space above the 19-foot base elevation allowed them
the flexibility of having 10-foot ceilings and gabled
The majority of the planning commission members
opposed the change and said they would be more com-
fortable if the amendment allowed for building heights
to be 38 feet above the crown of the road.
"It's ultimately not for us to decide if an eight-foot
ceiling versus a 10-foot ceiling is a hardship," said
Normand. "We are charged with determining whether
this ordinance is in keeping with the spirit and specif-
ics of the city's comprehensive plan."
Planning Commissioner Gary Hickerson said he
believed the proposed amendment was not in the spirit
of the comprehensive plan because it would not protect
the quality of life enjoyed by a resident in a one-story
home, nor would it encourage someone to build more
The majority of planning commissioners agreed
PLEASE SEE HEIGHT, NEXT PAGE
THE ISLANDER E MARCH 12, 2003 E PAGE 5
Holmes Beach's D.Coy Ducks sale imminent
D.Coy Ducks Bar & Grill is set to change hands
this week, with new owner Al Robinson stepping into.
the Holmes Beach tavern Friday, March 14.
Robinson said he was uncomfortable discussing
his plans with the sale not yet final, although he did say,
"I'm excited, especially about hiring Beth Guertin to
manage the place."
Height hike rejected by planners
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
that residents living in a neighborhood of one-story
homes would have a diminished quality of life if some-
one rebuilt a home that towered above the rest. It
wouldn't be in keeping with the community character.
"From a distance, a tall home with a gabled roof
looks great," said Hickerson, "but next door to your
one-story home, it's not so great."
Planning Commissioner John Monetti was the only
member who supported the amendment and he argued
that residents have previously had the flexibility to in-
corporate 10-foot ceilings and gabled roof lines in the
design of their home.
Monetti said the new state base-line elevation takes
away the ability to incorporate 10-foot ceilings and to
deny the amendment would be taking away something
Monetti was outvoted and the planning commis-
sion recommendation to the city commission was that
the ordinance is not in compliance with the long-term
goals of the city's comprehensive plan because it
would alter the community character and negatively
impact the availability of affordable dwellings.
The city commission will review the planning
commission's recommendations and make the final
decision on the proposed code change.
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D.Coy Ducks is located in the Island Shopping
Center at 5410 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The business, which is owned by S.B.S. Inc., has
been operated by Sophia Lardas of Anna Maria and son
Steve Lardas of Holmes Beach since 1993. The
Lardases maintained a mostly late-night business with
live music that featured a variety of local entertainers,
including Connie and Scott and Jay Crawford.
Previous to the Lardas' ownership, Ducks was -
owned and operated by Marty Moery with a popular i '
following for his father's musical talents with the Sons
of the Beach Band, all-you-can-eat spaghetti night and
other dining specials. D.Coy Duck's in Holmes Beach may be sold this
week. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Amy Hook new president of Friends of Library
Amy Hook will move up from vice president and
become president of the Friends of the Island Branch
Library Friday, March 14.
The organization will have its annual meeting and
election at a meeting starting at 10:30 a.m. at the li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. In addition
to new officers, board of directors members will be
Pat Hoefig will be the new vice president, while
also continuing to be program chairman, arranging,
among other events, the monthly lecture series featur-
ing presentations by authors, actors, academics and
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"We look on the library as the cultural center of the
Island," said the outgoing president, Joe Bracken. "We
are proud of the contributions Friends of the Library
have made over the 20 years of our existence."
He said the Friday meeting is open to the public,
with light refreshments served. Additional information
may be obtained by calling 778-6341.
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Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney
is the most Irish person we know, next to our cartoon-
ist Jack Egan. They think, laugh, joke and live Irish. In
fact, the jokes never end.
Maloney shared a few jokes with us early this week
in preparation for his numerous public appearances,
Sunday's parade, the Hibernian breakfast, and a speak-
ing engagement before the Anna Maria Island Histori-
Here's an Irish toast he's probably used a time or
two:-May you be in heaven a half-hour before the devil
knows you are dead.
Maloney keeps his Irish jokes categorized. Reli-
gion, wives, drinking, and so on.
We liked the one about the two Irish fishermen
who found a bottle floating in the sea. They opened the
bottle and out popped a genie, offering them one wish.
They quickly wished the water was Guinness stout and
it was done. The other fisher noted they now had a se-
rious problem. "We'll 'ave to whiz in the boat."
You can see, he's good for a laugh.
We've run many humorous stories in the Is-
lander over the years authored by Don, and we con-
sider his writing to be "top notch" in humor and
unique in style. Sometimes, it's been controversial,
such as his suggestion that Publix alphabetize the
entire stock in the store. Someone there took him
seriously. We all laughed.
In 1999, we ran a story by Don about his numer-
ous bouts with cancer.
"Everything that happens, happens for the best."
That's what he said his mother taught him and he
began to look for the "best."
He managed to look on the bright side of his cir-
cumstances, such as hair loss: "I saved a small fortune
in shampoo and razor blades and shaving cream and
after-shave lotion. Plus at least five or six $8 trips to the
He ended by saying he wished his mom could see
all that has happened for the "best," after what first
seemed indeed to be the worst.
"Just that I'm still around to tell this story proves
that she knew what she was talking about. It's helped
me move my big 'C' closer to an 'A-plus.'"
He helped some people with that story. People who
later found something to be grateful for in the worst of
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Dancers for St. Patrick
One of the best-kept secrets here on the Island is
that a group of Irish, both locals and snowbirds, have
been dancing weekly January through March, and pro-
viding lessons in Irish folk dancing, called Ceili (mean-
ing party or run and pronounced "kay-lee").
This all started in 1990. This group has provided
a show for all the past five Hibernian breakfasts on St.
Pat's Day, and will do so again this year.
Following the Hibernian morning presentation, the
dancers will be having their weekly session Monday,
March 17 (St. Pat's Day, of all things), at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 1-2:30 p.m.
If you drop in for a few minutes between Irish
flings, parades and beer tents, we will be glad to share
our secrets with you. Donations are at the door, to ben-
efit the Center.
John Corbett, Holmes Beach
Further on parking
We are professional people who live in Cleveland,
Ohio, and have been coming to Anna Maria Island for
the past 20 years twice a year for two weeks at a time.
We became acquainted with the Island through our
parents who used to come down for the winter for years
before we started coming down.
We are disappointed that the entire Island basically
has been put "up for sale" and the quaint Old Florida
cottages (which attracted us to the Island) are rapidly
disappearing and being replaced with huge monstrosi-
ties which block out the beach and the sun.
We subscribe to your paper and have been reading
for months now about the parking problem. We love
the Bean Point beach, but in the past couple of years it
has become almost impossible to get to. You have
beach access, but no parking anywhere except for one
street in the area.
Longboat Key at least provides parking at its beach
accesses. We frequent the Rod & Reel and Anna Maria
piers, fish, eat, shop and stay in the area.
We have definitely decided that the Anna Maria
area of the Island is not nearly as friendly as the
Bradenton Beach area and although we like the beach
better in Anna Maria, as well as the fishing, we feel we
are being squeezed out now. Our tourist money evi-
dently is no longer needed.
We are amazed that public streets that are paid for
by taxpayer dollars are closed to parking because of a
few discourteous people.
We live on a main street in a Cleveland suburb and
constantly have trash thrown in our yard, including
empty beer cans, but I certainly wouldn't expect the
city to shut down my street to traffic because of those
few inconsiderate people.
If there are so many incidents that warrant the
streets being closed to parking, then a more logical
approach would be for the police to patrol more often.
It is a shame that when wealthy people and big
houses more into an area they were probably visitors
to themselves, other visitors are no longer welcome to
the area. We have definitely gotten the idea that Anna
Maria is no longer a friendly place to visit, and will be
heading elsewhere in the future.
Wake up, Anna Maria!
The Corrigan Family, Westlake, Ohio
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch recently ran a
little classified ad in your newspaper for any old beat-
up file cabinets for our soon-so-be Turtle Watch Envi-
ronmental Education Center.
The response was not to be believed. People even
gave new ones.
I love the saying, "It takes a community...." We
prove it every day as we now have five great cabinets, two
of which came from as far away as the Lakewood Ranch
Thank you, Anna Maria Island, for caring and thanks
to The Islander for always coming through for us.
Suzi Fox and the volunteers ofAMITW
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Visa rule withdrawal brings Island relief
By Rick Catlin
Canadians, Brits, Germans and other Island visitors
and property owners from outside the United States can
relax. They no longer have to worry that their next visa
to enter the country might only be for a two-week stay,
not the normal six-month tourist allowance.
The proposed U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service visa rule that would have eliminated the stan-
dard six-month tourist visa for millions of international
visitors has been officially dropped by the U.S. Depart-
ment of Justice (The Islander, Jan. 1, 2003).
If adopted, the INS rule would have required an
INS inspector's decision on the length of stay at the
time of entry, even for visitors from such "friendly"
countries as Canada.
Florida tourism and real estate officials, along with
the Canadian Snowbird Association, had lobbied
against the proposal and welcomed its withdrawal.
"We are absolutely delighted the proposal has been
withdrawn," said CSA spokesperson Heather
Nicolson-Morrisson. "Canadians now don't have to
worry about being refused entry or just getting a few
weeks stay in the United States," she said.
Canadians spend billions of dollars in Florida ev-
ery winter and many are property and business owners.
The proposed rule had many Canadians reconsidering
their winter vacations and investments, Nicolson-
"I think there's a lot of relief in the minds of Ca-
nadian visitors and investors now, especially in
Florida," where more than 100,000 Canadians annu-
ally visit for extended stays during the winter sea-
She also gave credit to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and
his staff for working with the CSA and Florida tourism
and real estate officials to get the proposal withdrawn.
Even in its draft form, the proposed visa rule
caused confusion for international travelers wanting to
visit the United States, said Travel Industry Association
President William Norman.
Overseas tour operators had expressed reservations
about sending their clients to the U.S. should the rule
have been adopted, he said.
"Without the certainty of a fixed admission period,
international visitors would have risked thousands of
dollars on trips of unknown duration. They would have
voted with their feet and their wallets and traveled to
destinations where they could be certain of complet-
ing their trip," said Norman.
On Anna Maria Island, foreign property owners
and visiting Canadians welcomed the news.
Andy Little of Holmes Beach, who holds dual
U.S.-Canadian citizenship, said the news was "wel-
come relief" for the estimated 1,000 Canadians who
annually visit Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key,
and in particular, his wife Dulce.
"I'm also proud of the work the Canadian Snow-
bird Association has done to get this proposal dropped.
It shows they are working in-the best interests of ev-
eryone," he added.
Canadian Gordon Cleland, who lives in the Sand-
piper Mobile Resort in Bradenton Beach, said the an-
nouncement also came as a relief, but was expected.
"I wasn't really worried because our representa-
tives in the snowbird association had assured us it
wasn't meant for Canadians and they were working
Hasan Hammami, a retired executive of Arab
extraction who has headed several Arab-related
entities, will discuss "The War" at a meeting of
Democrats on the Island Monday, March 17.
He will address the Anna Maria Island Demo-
cratic Club at a Dutch-treat luncheon at noon at
the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. It is open to the public, no res-
Hammami is a member of the Peace River
against it. Still, it was a load off my mind to know the
proposal is definitely not going to happen."
"It was the right thing to do," said Charles English
of Great Britain, a Holmes Beach property owner. "It
would have had a terrible effect on the American
economy. And it was especially right since the Brits
have been through thick and thin with America in the
war on terrorism," he added.
British citizen Charles Stanhope, who runs the
Orlando-based Florida Brits Club and is also a real
estate agent in Florida, said many Brits had canceled
travel plans to Florida because they were unsure how
long they would be allowed to stay.
"They had also stopped buying Florida real estate,"
he added. "Now, I fully expect they'll be back looking
to buy in Florida."
On Anna Maria Island, one real estate agent be-
lieves as many as 20 percent of all property and busi-
ness investments are by non-national investors, prima-
A CSA spokesperson said the association estimates
as many as 10,000 Canadians regularly stay in the
Bradenton area every winter season, although there are
probably fewer this year because of the poor economy
in North America and unfavorable exchange rate.
Peace Alliance in Charlotte County and is im-
mediate past president of the International
Men's Club of Florida. He is former president
of the Arab American Association of Cincin-
nati, former chair of the American Arab Anti-
Discrimination Committee in Cincinnati, and a
co-founder of an Arab-Jewish dialogue group
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Passage Key, Egmont Key among honorees
By Jim Hanson
Two wildlife refugees so nearby that Islanders con-
sider them almost their own will share centennial hon-
ors Friday, March 14, though it's a somewhat distant
The National Wildlife Refuge System is celebrat-
ing its 100th birthday, concentrating on the first refuge
established, tiny Pelican Island off Florida's Atlantic
President Theodore Roosevelt established it as the
nation's first federal bird reserve in 1903, and he
thought it such a grand idea that he designated 51 more
bird'reserves and four national game preserves. Now
the system has 540 National Wildlife Refuges on 95
Second among them was Passage Key, established
in 1905. It is about a mile off the north tip of Anna
Maria Island. Lagging behind but much larger was
Egmont Key, a 1974 designee.
Passage Key is a familiar of fishermen, but only as
a landmark. Humans are banned from setting foot there
except on special occasions such as debris cleanup days
under strict ranger supervision. Egmont is open, but
only portions of it are maintained as a park. Both keys
are accessible only by boat.
Now a 30-acre meandering barrier island, Passage
Key once was fairly prosperous as such islands go.
It was much larger, recall Cortez commercial fish-
ermen who are keepers of the history of the sea here-
"It used to have a big farm on it," said Blue
Fulford, lifelong Cortez fisherman. "I don't know what
they could have raised. Asa Pillsbury worked there. He
crossed to work by boat, lived in a shack over the wa-
ter near Boca del Rio.
"Passage Key was a gunnery range during World
War II and we stayed'away for those years. It was a
good island to fish, you could run 1,000 yards of net
His recollections and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service history coincide. "It's been up and down,"
Fulford said. "After the Skyway Bridge was built in
1950-'51, the tidal flow changed with half of it cut off."
When it was first designated a refuge, the FWS
said, it was a large mangrove island with a freshwater
lake. A hurricane just flat removed the island from
existence in 1920, said FWS, though locals suspect it
may have been the storm that destroyed Cortez in 1921.
The sea gradually built Passage Key up again, rav-
aged it again, and rebuilt it. Now its 30 acres form the
Passage Key, off the north tip of Anna Maria Island as shown in the foreground of this 1991 photo, was
named as the second national wildlife sanctuary in the United States in 1905. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
largest royal tern and sandwich tern nesting colonies in
Florida, as well as habitat for colonial water birds, in-
cluding laughing gulls, brown pelicans, black skim-
mers and oyster catchers.
Egmont is a couple of miles north of Aina Maria,
its 320 acres is about half its size 150 years ago when
a U.S. Army officer named Robert E. Lee convinced
the government to built a lighthouse there. During the
Spanish-American War in 1898 Fort Dade occupied the
seaward side of Egmont, and now three of its batteries
have been overwhelmed by the sea and the two remain-
ing are threatened constantly by erosion.
The beach was renourished in 1999 and needs it
again, said Jim Kraus, manager of the two refuges and
several others. The bird refuge is most of the island, with
the state maintaining a small state park open to boaters at
the north end and the U.S. Coast Guard maintaining the
lighthouse there. Pilots guiding ocean-going ships in and
out of Tampa Bay have quarters nearby, too.
Volunteers are welcome to help the rangers at both
islands, Kraus said, though they may do so only under
supervision because of the sensitivity of birds. Those
interested in volunteering should get in touch with him
or Shawn Gillette at 1502 S.E. Kings Bay Drive, Crys-
tal River FL 3442, e-mail jim_Kraus@fws.gov or
phone (352) 563-2088.
... and 3 wildlife grants awarded, one to Passage
By Jim Hanson
Passage Key's managing agency, Pelican Island
and Houston, Texas, are sharing $200,000 in grants to
be devoted to bird conservation and environmental
The grants are from the ConocoPhillips petroleum
giant, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service. They coincide with the cel-
ebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Wild-
life Refuge System, of which Passage and Pelican are
highly significant parts.
President Theodore Roosevelt established the fore-
runner of the system by naming Pelican the first such
refuge in 1903, and Passage Key the second in 1905.
Pelican Island, at Sebastian on the Florida Atlantic
Coast, is the focus of the centenary ceremonials and
festivals starting Friday, March 14.
Passage and Egmont Keys Wildlife Refuges' su-
pervising agency, Chassahowitzka National Wildlife
Refuge with headquarters in Crystal River, is getting an
$80,000 grant to "manage habitat for the newly reintro-
duced eastern migratory population of the whooping
Jim Kraus, Chassahowitzka's chief administrator,
said much of the grant will buy equipment for salt marsh
management at the refuge to "make it more crane-
friendly." Volunteers with the Friends of Chassahowitzka
organization will do much of the work.
Pelican Island will receive $40,000 to "provide
wildlife viewing opportunities and educational exhib-
Another $80,000 grant goes to "establish a migra-
tory bird urban conservation treaty with the city of
Houston that will include a number of habitat improve-
ment and education projects."
Turtle Watch opening education center Saturday
By Jim Hanson
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch will open its long-
awaited center to the public Saturday, "showing off
what we do and making everyone welcome to the world
they share with turtles."
The center, officially the Turtle Watch Environ-
mental Education Center, is at 5408 Marina Drive. It
will be open its first day, March 15, for the hours it will
observe year around, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., seven days a
Turtle Watch's rescue team will be singled out for
honors at the store. They are the volunteers who pick
up sick and injured sea turtles and see that they get
proper care for the best chance for survival.
Members of the team are Tom Van Ness, Joyce
Duxbury, Sherry and Morris Emigh, Jo Ann and Don
Meilner, and Claudia and Glenn Wiseman.
Florida Power & Light will have an official at the
event to answer any questions about the life-size cast
of a marine turtle FPL gave the center for its displays.
A display of turtle-friendly lights will be there too,
showing which light fixtures can be used without at-
tracting mother turtles and their offspring away from
the Gulf of Mexico to deadly peril upland off the beach.
Another display will show a turtle after it has eaten
such fatal marine trash as monofilament fishing line.
A special feature being inaugurated at the center
will be a membership data base and a drive for new
members, said Turtle Watch chief Suzi Fox, who holds
the state permit for marine turtle preservation on the
She noted the levels of membership in the organi-
zation: Basic for $10, which rates a bumper sticker and
receipt of the newsletter; full, $25, which also gets a T-
shirt; and corporate, $100 and more with no upper
limit, which provides the donor adopt a turtle nest.
A special opening within the opening will be from
6-8 p.m., with Manatee County commissioners and
other officials at all levels invited, along with people
who "have been of special help to Turtle Watch over
The center's phone number is 778-1435 and it will
use Fox's e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. Its Web site is
www.islandturtles.com and it is up and running, Fox said.
announces last day
Principal Tim Kolbe will be leaving Anna Maria
Elementary School at the end of the school day Mon-
day, March 17. After that, Kolbe will begin his new job
as coordinator of school leadership for the Manatee
County School District Tuesday.
AME faculty and students have planned a special
farewell for Kolbe, which includes a breakfast and
possibly a staff lunch.
Art teacher Gary Wooten is working with students
in class to create a banner to hang in the cafeteria.
Music teacher Marilyn Branning plans to gather
students in the auditorium at 2 p.m. to sing a special
farewell song to Kolbe.
And throughout the day teachers will be bringing
their students to the principal's office. Each student will
be provided with a penny to offer Kolbe for good luck.
Tuesday, March 18, students will welcome their
new principal, Kathy Hayes, to AME. Hayes is leaving
Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School to come to
the Island school.
Tickets still available for dance
The "Gotta Dance" dance Friday night is nearly
sold out, but there are still some tickets available at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Drive, Anna Maria.
The dance will be 8-11 p.m. March 14 in the
Center's gymnasium, with the Dreamclassics IV pro-
viding the music. Tickets at $10 may be obtained at the
Center or by calling 778-1908.
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 12, 2003 E PAGE 9
Hail and farewell
Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization members meet and greet new school principal
Kathy Hayes. Current AME principal Tim Kolbe's last day is March 17, the same day Hayes will step in as the
school's principal. From left are Kolbe, Shawn Carper, Linda Hicks, Hayes and Cindy Thompson. Islander
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The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will hear
"Why Irish Eyes Are Always Smiling," among many
things, when Don Maloney addresses the group Mon-
day, March 17.
It's only a coincidence that it's St. Patrick's Day,
the society insisted it's the regular monthly meeting
date. The session will be at 7:30 p.m. at Anna Maria
City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. It is open to the public.
Maloney, Holmes Beach city commissioner in his
fourth term, came to the Island in 1986 from Plattsburg,
N.Y., where he had a successful career in printing
"I'll tell my fellow Islanders some history about
why we Irish behave as we do. We never let the rest of
the world down, always behave just as they expected
"But we never make fun of anyone but ourselves.
The only people who hate the Irish are the ones who
wish they were."
Further information is available at 778-0492.
Privateers are seeking
flea market vendors
Vendors to participate in its next flea market are
being sought by the Anna Maria Island Privateers, to
help fund the civic organization's participation in lo-
cal youth programs.
The flea market will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March
29, at the Holmes Beach City Hall field. It will include
collectibles, books, crafts, tools, furniture, jewelry, an-
tiques, clothing and other items, said the Privateers.
Vendor space is available at $15 per 10-by-10-foot
plot, $25 for a 10 by 20. Further information may be ob-
tained and reservations made by calling 761-3565 or 752-
'Toucan' be surprised, too
Jesse Presswood-Powerss was surprised to find a
toucan stuffed in the mailbox of "Tiki Mon's"
display at the Springfest show in Holmes Beach.
Artist Jason Carter of Satellite Beach, Fla., had
already sold this tiki mailbox, but offers more at his
Web site, tikimon.net. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
St. Patrick's event full,
may need more room
The annual St. Patrick's Day breakfast Mon-
day, March 17, is sold out and there is a waiting
list of about 50 people, Don Maloney said.
He is instigator and organizer of the annual
event, which has grown from a relatively small
breakfast six years ago to overflow the Moose
Lodge this year. The lodge hall in Bradenton
Beach holds 150.
Success has just about run the Irish and their
friends out of the lodge, he said. "We may need a
bigger place next year."
The Anna Maria Island Irishman of the Year
will be announced, although the honor is not nec-
essarily reserved for an Irishman or even a man at
The affair will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the lodge
hall, 110 Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. It will
have Irish food, Irish jokes and stories, Irish mu-
sic and the Irish Ceili Dancers.
In what was termed an honorable Irish gesture
by Maloney, all past Irish honorees have been in-
vited to attend at a special table as guests of The
Islander newspaper this year.
Details may be obtained from Maloney at
everyone who feels the urge
is welcome to participate,
said Sean Murphy of the
Beach Bistro, parade spon-
sor and a Hibernian of note.
Participants are to as-
semble at 2 p.m. at Holmes
Beach City Hall, 5801 Ma-
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rade will head north, follow
Marina Drive to Palm Av-
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riders from Holmes
Beach City Hall to
the Anna Maria
City Pier are
advised there may
be delays with
behind the parade,
enue and the Anna Maria City Pier.
Ready to go are the Dunedin Irish Bagpipers, Lake-
wood Ranch High School's 45-piece marching band,
Riverview High School dancers and vocalist Howie
The Anna Maria Island Privateers.will be there
with their boat/float, and the DeSoto Conquistadors,
IMG's hockey team, contingents from Tiffany and La
Playa condominiums, law enforcement and fire and
Far from least will be Mayors Carol Whitmore of
Holmes Beach, SueLynn of Anna Maria, and John
Chappie of Bradenton Beach, and Pat Geyer of Duffy's
Tavern, with Joey Lester and husband Chuck as royal
chauffeur in their Rolls Royce.
Northbound trolley riders on the route from
Holmes Beach City Hall to the Anna Maria City Pier
are advised there may be delays with trolleys lagging
behind the parade.
Further information may be obtained at 778-6444.
Peace River Authority
and 'celebrating water'
With seasonal alarms over drinking water supplies,
and a serious shortage a serious possibility any time,
one organization is moving energetically to help people
understand what's up.
The Peace River /Manasota Regional Water Supply
Authority is publishing material with a detailed and clear
explanation of the problems and what the organization is
doing to relieve them, or at least live with them.
From aquifer to faucet to lawns to water-source
parks and preserves, the publication covers the fresh-
water picture for our region, helping with understand-
ing and conservation among consumers. It appears with
this week's Islander.
Annie Silver sale set for weekend
"Vacuum cleaners, exercise equipment, furniture,
clothing and much more" will be on sale Friday and Sat-
urday, March 14-15, at Annie Silver Community Center.
The sale will begin at 8 a.m. at the center, on 23rd
Street off Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. Barbecue,
hotdogs, rolls and coffee will be available. Details may
be obtained at 778-1915.
Sargent, Yao Springfest's best
Bill Sargent's photography was adjudged best in
show for two-dimensional works and Jean Yao with
fiber paperbaskets best in the three-dimensional class
in the annual Springfest last weekend.
The 15th annual festival of fine arts and crafts at
the Holmes Beach City Hall park attracted artists from
all over the southeastern U.S., said the sponsoring Anna
Maria Island Art League.
Other top winners in dimensional categories were
Robert Clibben for prints in two-dimensional and
James Wears, sculpture, three-dimensional.
Merit awards went to Jim Wilshire for watercolors;
Linda Molto, graphics/pastels; I. Ausley-Vandeepoel.
jewelry; John Harmon, photography; Albert Jones, mixed
media; Dennis Bochm, glass; Leslie Aubrey, pottery;
Wendell Malin, wood; Juliana Essenburg, fiber/pa-
per; Rommel Ricaurte, sculpture; Wayne Bellard, creative
Additional details may be obtained at 778-2099.
St. Patrick's parade
on north Island
Islanders will tip their collective hat to St. Patrick
with the annual parade honoring the Irish saint, all Irish
and friends a day early 6n Sunday, March 16.
It has a full complement of paraders, from Irish
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Sidewalk sale, fiesta
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A sidewalk sale and festive event is scheduled for
Saturday, March 15, at the Island Shopping Center,
5400 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will have
the sale at its gallery in the center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Face painting, balloons, Saggie Aggie the clown, and
other treats for youngsters will be there.
Artists from the guild will have their works on dis-
play and for sale. Details are available at 778-778-
'Reefs of Dry Totugas' Mote topic
Dr. Erich Mueller will discuss "Reefs of the Dry
Tortugas" Monday night, March 17, as part of a Mote
Marine Laboratory program series, which continues
through April 14.
The lecture will be at 7 p.m. at the Mote Marine
Laboratory on City Island, just off the south ramp of the
New Pass Bridge to Longboat Key. Members are free,
The remaining Monday Night at Mote topics:
March 24, "Emptying the Ocean," Richard Ellis.
March 31, "Summer of the Shark," Dr. Bob
April 7, "Observing Our Living Planet From
Space: The SeaWiFS Story," Dr. Gene Feldman.
April 14, "Secret Lights in the Sea: A Personal
Account of Life as a Marine Bioluminescence Junkie,"
Dr. Edith Widder.
Bloodmobile at Center
A blood drive will be conducted at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, from 8 a.m.-noon Monday, March 17.
The Manatee Community Blood Center bloodmo-
bile will collect blood there and each donor will receive
a free pass to the South Florida Museum. Appoint-
ments may be made by calling 778-1908, or donors
may just drop in.
Line dance fundraiser Sunday
A line-dancing fundraising event is scheduled for
1 la.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
There will be all levels of dance, plus a little bit of
country. No refreshments served, bring your own lunch
and drinks. The requested $5 donation will go to ben-
efit all Center programs. Details are available at 778-
Artist/author Kline to be
at Sea Hagg in Cortez
Robert Kline, Florida artist and author, will sign
copies of his new book, "The Forgotten Voyage of
HMS Baci," in Cortez Friday, March 14.
He will be at the Sea Hagg, 12304 Cortez Road,
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The book is "a romantic tale and great adventure
featuring the mermaids he has made so famous with his
mermaid artwork for the past several years," said a Sea
Further information may be obtained by calling
795-2206 or 795-5756.
The Anna Maria Historical
Society took part in the 24th
Annual Manatee Heritage
Days Wednesday, March 5,
at the Island Museum on
Pine Avenue in Anna
Maria. It offered tours of
the museum, photo opportu-
nities with appropriate
attire in the old jail and
Early Settlers bread for
Sale. Here, Bob Armstrong
of Holmes Beach displays
his personal collection of
antique radios and receiv-
ers from 1920-30s. Mr.
Armstrong is also a ham
radio operator. Islander
Photo: J.L. Robertson
'Greek sampler' dinner March 20
at Church of Annunciation
A "Greek Sampler Dinner" featuring an assortment
of Greek dishes will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, March
20, at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tickets at $12 per plate must be purchased in ad-
vance and are limited. Doors open to the event at 5:30
Further information is available at 778-1638.
Fishing guides featured
at Cannons sale
Two longtime fishing guides are on the program
over the weekend to spotlight Cannons Marina's "Big
Boat Sale" on north Longboat Key, said Cannons
owner David Miller.
Capt. Rob Roberts will be there at 1 p.m. Saturday,
March 15, and Capt. Scott Moore at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 16. They will discuss techniques for
finding and catching "the big ones," said Miller.
The event is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.
The marina is a Longboat landmark at 6040 Gulf of
Cannons traced the marina's history back to when
it was operated as a fishing camp on "what was then a
remote island" until Paul D. Miller purchased it from
Ernie Cannon in 1955. Son David now operates the
Further information may be obtained by telephon-
Gallery West schedules
Two free art demonstrations are on the program
Saturday morning at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Shirley Rish Dean will demonstrate watercolor
painting and Dee Pastorius will show techniques in
painting on glass, both from 10 a.m.-noon. More infor-
mation is available at 778-6648.
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discuss the Middle East at a meeting of the Men's
Club of Roser Memorial Community Church
Tuesday, March 18.
He will speak at a luncheon at noon in the
fellowship hall of the church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Leidel will discuss "The Middle East: Myths,
Policies and Experiences." He is former U.S.
ambassador to Bahrain.
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Island Players' 'Art' is all about appreciation
By Bonner Joy
"Art's" universal theme is its appeal.
You may remember that required course, Art Ap-
preciation 101, or whatever name they gave it, where
you learned about "real" art. You know, the kind you
can appreciate. You probably learned about the "mas-
ters" and maybe even a little about Picasso, Dali, or
even some 1950s American artists, such as Warhol and
John Chamberlain? Oh, you don't know of Cham-
berlain? Real art appreciation began for me on meet-
ing the world's originator of abstract sculpture, John
Chamberlain, while he resided in Sarasota. If you
haven't heard of him, maybe his primary works, large-
scale pieces formed of car hoods and chrome bumpers
welded into wildly abstract contortions, rings your bell.
He was recognized in the 1950s, alongside the likes of
his contemporary Andy Warhol, as the first abstract
His studio was filled with art, friends and challeng-
ing conversation, and sometimes turmoil in no par-
ticular order. It had great appeal.
All this raced through my mind as Tom Aposporos,
playing Serge the art connoisseur, introduced his new-
est, pricey acquisition to friend Marc, played by Mark
Woodland, a classicist and a snob who lacks the ambi-
tion to be whatever it is that the dilettante Serge has
achieved by virtue of his mounting wealth in the Island
Players' latest theatrical offering.
Serge shows off the modern, large all-white paint-
ing, although there are obvious textures and "lines" and
Marc ponders and then pronounces it to be "sh !"
As you can imagine, Serge is offended by Marc's
outright blasphemy and his lack of "appreciation."
Marc is unsettled by Serge's apparent and sudden
dearth of a sense of humor, and he ultimately finds the
situation of Serge's "entree" to the art world threaten-
ing, threatening their friendship.
He consults mutual friend Yvan, played by Mark
Shoemaker, who is widely ambivalent. An amoeba, he
is later labeled, for his lack of commitment to life. His
only choices, it seems, are bad ones. His pending mar-
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who shows off his white painting with pride and Yvan
ponders and gradually comes to see "it," he tells Serge
approvingly, and they laugh wildly when Serge reveals
the price, himself admitting it's "crazy."
Yvan then relates his art encounter to Marc, who
immediately claims the pair laughed for the wrong rea-
"What would you pay?" Marc asks Yvan.
Thinking for a moment, Yvan reluctantly answers,
"Jack sh_." Adding quickly, "But if it makes him
Marc thinks Serge is a connoisseur who has bought
his way into being a snob.
Yvan tells Marc, "You're getting bitter. It's not
The characters squabble, then approach the audi-
ence and, as the rest of the stage darkens, speak directly
and frankly about their feelings, complaining about the
bickering and conceding their feelings.
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The argument over the painting "it's just a
painting, let's not get bogged down, life's too short" -
reaches a passion, leading Yvan to declare, "to think
we've reached an apocalypse because of a white
The focus of the argument changes from the paint-
ing to the trio's friendship. Marc tells Serge, "You've
abandoned me" in favor of the artist. The argument
It's surprisingly light entertainment, with sophis-
ticated tones, a short play with no intermission that
examines the friendships of three unlikely male friends.
The actors are strong, very strong in their roles.
Equally strong in their portrayals and technique.
They fully carry the weight of a three-person cast
and pull you into their passion not just for the art,
It's an actor's play and allows for entertaining
stage indulgences, as each of the three men approaches
the front of the stage to "speak their mind" to the au-
dience. The audience is drawn in and immersed. Even
the simplicity of the set speaks of contradiction in con-
trast to the complicated abstract concepts presented.
French author Yasmina Reza was winner of the
Molire Award for best play, best production and best
author, and a Tony Award winner on Broadway for
Director Phyliss Elfenbein notes the "clash of three
disparate personalities ... and the ties that bind. Ah,
men!" She deserves applause for directing yet another
I left contemplating how I missed the camaraderie
that revolved around Chamberlain and how he used art
to draw in his circle of friends artists and disparate
The Island Players have produced yet another hit
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Commission tables historic height variance request
By Rick Catlin
Citing the need to examine the "wider issue" of
possible changes to Anna Maria's building-height or-
dinance, city commissioners March 6 granted a con-
tinuance to May 23 on a variance request from Jim
DePorre to build a new house on North Shore Drive to
a height of 42 feet, five feet above the current 37-foot
The variance request to build above the 37-foot
limit was the first in Anna Maria since the new Florida
building codes went into effect in March, 2002.
DePorre had requested the variance because the
home is being designed to meet criteria for property
height west of the Coastal Construction Control Line
as established by the Florida Department of Environ-
The new Florida building codes have pushed the
height of the first floor of a house built within the
CCCL to 18 feet above the crown of the road, about
four feet higher than-required by the city under its cur-
Brent Whitehead of Whitehead Construction had
argued on behalf of the DePorres that it was a hardship
to build two floors of living above the garage with just
19 feet of space.
Whitehead needs the extra five feet to build a
sloped roof and allow for adequate ceiling space in the
rooms. Without the variance, Whitehead said he has to
build a flat roof house which is "not what the city wants
to see" based upon Anna Maria's recent visioning
statement on the desired architectural style of homes
built in the city.
"That's what we are dealing with, a five-foot
sloped roof. That's really all our request is for," he said.
But commissioners were not swayed.
Commission Chairperson John Quam said a vari-
ance is usually granted because of hardship and he
couldn't see the hardship in this case. The DePorres can
still build a two-story house plus the garage floor on the
Whitehead argued that 13 months ago, before the
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A funny thing happened on the way to the
Anna Maria planning and zoning board's forum on
the city's wireless communications ordinance.
Before the board addressed changes to the
draft wireless ordinance, board member Charles
Canniff suggested the board recommend that the
city commission "revisit" the city's ordinance gov-
erning the height of new construction.
new Florida building codes came into effect, he could
have built the house the way the DePorres wished.
Now, the "heavy" in this case is the State of
Florida's new building codes.
Commissioner Linda Cramer seemed to agree with
Whitehead and said it was "unfortunate" the city now
has a problem because of the state's action.
Her motion to approve the variance request as rec-
ommended by the planning and zoning board failed for
lack of a second.
She suggested that Anna Maria address its current
height-restriction ordinance, but Quam said the city can
only act on the variance request based upon the current
height ordinance, which sets a maximum height of the
structure at 37 feet.
"It's not a hardship to build [under the present or-
dinance] so I can't see voting for [the variance re-
quest]," he said.
DePorre made an impassioned plea that he and his
wife had bought the property three weeks before the
new codes came into effect, "believing we could build
like everyone else."
City Attorney Jim Dye suggested that perhaps
what is needed is a "legislative fix" and Commis-
sioners Tom Aposporos and Duke Miller, along with
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The request came because the board had recom-
mended a variance to the city commission to allow
Jim DePorre to construct his home on North Shore
Drive to a height of 42 feet, five feet above the cur-
rent 37-foot maximum in the ordinance (see accom-
DePorre has requested the variance because the
property is seaward of the Coastal Construction
PLEASE SEE HEIGHT, NEXT PAGE
"We need to address the larger question of con-
struction within the CCCL," said Aposporos. "If we
deal with the larger issue, we may negate the variance,"
Miller said he would like a lot more information on
the planning and zoning board's reasons for recom-
Quam said the height issue is on the agenda for the
next commission workshop.
Because of the pending commission review,
Whitehead asked for a continuance and Aposporos
moved to continue the matter to the commission's May
23 meeting while the commission studies the current
height limit of construction seaward of the CCCL.
Mayor SueLynn noted that the planning and zon-
ing board will have another height variance request at
its next meeting and suggested commission guidance.
It's actually academic, said Aposporos. The plan-
ning and zoning board should continue future height
variance requests pending action by the commission.
The motion to table DePorre's motion was unani-
mous among the four commissioners present. Commis-
sioner Chuck Webb had excused himself from the meet-
ing because of a potential conflict of interest, he said.
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Peace March scheduled
for March 15 on Green Bridge
A peace march in support of a peaceful solution in
Iraq will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, start-
ing at the Green Bridge in Bradenton.
Organizer Joe Kane of Cortez said the peace march
scheduled for March 2 at the Cortez Bridge was rained
Marchers will start at the south (Bradenton) end of
the Green Bridge, said Kane, and march over the
After a rest break in Palmetto, marchers will return
The march is scheduled to coincide with large
marches the same day in Washington, D.C., San Fran-
cisco and Los Angeles, Kane said, and should take
about one hour.
"This idea has taken on a life of its own. Already,
peace organizations throughout southwest Florida and
Tampa Bay have offered to help get the word out and
encourage their members to participate," said Kane.
Anyone wishing to participate in the march should
contact Kane at 795-7370, or be at the south end of the
Green Bridge by 1 p.m. March 15.
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John Schneider, 73, of Bradenton Beach, is in
custody charged with arson for allegedly setting
fire to his Imperial House condominium after a
dispute with his live-in companion.
He is in the Port Manatee Correctional Facil-
ity under close watch for "acting strangely," said
an officer "he's been trying to eat his clothes.
We may have to Baker Act him," which would
allow authorities to hospitalize him for his own
Schneider is accused of starting a fire in a resi-
dential unit at Imperial House, 611 Gulf Drive N.,
Friday night. He was an Imperial resident.
Ernie Cave of the West Manatee Fire and Res-
cue District said Schneider originally faced 18
counts of arson, one for each of the 18 units at
A spokesperson for the Bradenton Beach Po-
lice Department said the charges were later re-
duced to eight counts and is expected to end up as
one charge of arson "when the state attorney's
office gets done with it."
Manatee Heritage Days
open house Saturday
An open house at Manatee Village Historical Park
is scheduled Saturday. March 15, to note Manatee
Heritage Days sponsored by the Manatee County His-
It will be run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 604 15th St. E.,
Bradenton, which is SR 64 at 15th Street East. Food,
guided tours, mock trials, reenactments of significant
events, pioneer arts and crafts and "trash and treasure"
sales are on the agenda.
Entertainment will be Hub Hubbell with his trick
horse, Too Phat Cats country and bluegrass band, Bob
Criswell's Old West Entertainment, Simple Faith Blue-
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Control Line and the new Florida Building Code
adopted in March 2002 requires the first floor of new
homes in this area be built at least 18 feet above the
crown of the nearest road, not 14 feet as the city cur-
Canniff believes the doors could now be open for
anyone building a new home to expect a height vari-
ance, something that is at odds with the city's vision-
"I don't think anyone agreed or felt good about
giving the variance" to DePorre, said Canniff, "but
there were circumstances."
From his discussions with members of the public,
Canniff said he has determined "we'll have some up-
set citizens" if the board and commission keep grant-
City Attorney Jim Dye said that in his experience,
a variance is historically to give a property owner
"some way out" when the property is unusable or
unbuildable within the current code.
Sometimes, said Dye, variance requests turn into
"the rules seem silly, give me my variance."
Board Chairman Doug Copeland asked Commis-
sion Chairman John Quam, who was at the meeting, to
place the height issue on a future commission agenda.
The board then turned its attention to the proposed
wireless communications ordinance and agreed that the
language concerning a Tier 2 application for a wireless
facility was not what they had indicated to Dye at the
Board members unanimously agreed that a Tier 2
application should be reviewed by the city staff and the
mayor, who would then forward a recommendation for
approval or denial to the city commission for a final
Under the original proposed wireless ordinance,
the mayor could give approval to a Tier 2 location with-
out city commission review.
The board also recommended a fee schedule for
wireless-facility applications and an annual license fee
for such facilities to be established by the commission.
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Marie Francis Glynn
Marie Francis Glynn, 71, of Anna Maria Island,
died March 5.
Born in Flushing, N.Y., Mrs. Glynn came to Mana-
tee County from Hauppauge, N.Y., in 1984. She was
a secretary for True Green Chemlawn in Sarasota for
Visitation was March 7 and services March 8 at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Griffith-
Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Arthur J.; daughter
Karen L. Deleeuw of Bradenton; son Stewart A. of St.
Petersburg; and a grandchild.
George Stokes Goolsby
George Stokes Goolsby, 87, of Holmes Beach, died
Bom in Denmark, S.C., Mr. Goolsby came to Mana-
tee County from Albuquerque, N.M., in 1969. He was a
retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, serving as
a fighter pilot from 1940 to 1967. He was a member of the
Distinguished Flying Cross Society.
There was no local services. Burial will be in Den-
mark. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of
Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238,
or Temple Beth El, 2209 75th St., Bradenton FL 34209.
He is survived by wife Miriam B.; daughters Diane
of Leesville, S.C., and Margaret E. Derrick of Irmo, S.C.;
and sister Kathleen Clybur of Kershaw, S.C.
Dr. Thomas Francis Hoey
Dr. Thomas Francis Hoey, 80, of Bradenton Beach,
died March 6.
Bor in Campbell Ford, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Hoey
moved to Bradenton Beach from Canada in 1992. He was
a professor of classics at McMaster University in
Hamilton, Ontario. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard
University and was formerly a Jesuit priest. He was a
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501 Manatee Avenue Holmes Beach (941) 778-7054
friends Bunny Garst, Jim Kissick and Billie Martini, all
longtime members of Save Anna Maria.
"In the early 1990s our Island was being threatened
by prospects of two 83-foot-high, fixed-span twin bridges.
The first would be twice as steep as the Skyway, totally
divide Cortez village, eliminate 12 businesses and 114
Island-Cortez residential units, and would have leveled
just outside the Hoey's condo, passing within eight feet of
the structure. Save Anna Maria was formed to inject fac-
tuality and realism into the blatantly fabricated, flawed
political effort, and the Hoeys were among its founding
and most dedicated members.
"They waded the Holmes Beach swamp with measur-
ing tape and note pad, proving the Florida Department of
Transportation had grossly falsified percentages of man-
groves versus Brazilian pepper in what the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection described as one of the
best illustrations ever presented. Unilaterally, they visited
every high bridge on the Atlantic seaboard from Miami to
New York, evaluating evacuation problems at every site.
Thereafter, they did a comparison study of our bridges'
futures with that of Tampa's Howard Frankland span. Kay
left her grieving, very religious husband in March 1997.
Tom continued, remaining in close contact with those with
whom he and Kay had shared their concerns and their
conquest to mandate veracity from those in public service.
"Tom was an ardent sports fan, accomplished linguist,
extremely well-educated with a Ph.D. from Harvard.and
a devotee of Yogi Berra. He was also a very close and dear
friend and shall be terribly missed from our daily routines,
eased only by the knowledge he and Kay are together."
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday,
March 12, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel,
6000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis
Society, 3659 Maguire Blvd., Suite 110, Orlando FL
He is survived by son Ted of Bradenton Beach;
daughter Jennifer Fedus of Bradenton; and sister
Katherine of Toronto, Canada.
Nathen H. Page
Nathen H. Page, 65, of Bradenton, died March 8.
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Born in Leetown, W. Va., Mr. Page came to Mana-
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jazz musician and president
of Hugo's Music Inc. He
served in the U.S. Army. He '
was listed in the Encyclope-
dia of Jazz for his musical
contributions and recorded
six albums and recorded one
industrial commercial. He t ,
was a member of the Musi- L'
cians Union. He performed Page
regularly on the Island and
recorded a CD, "Nathen Page's Piano Trio Live at Island's
End," on the Island. He was Christian.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at
Palma Sola Bay Baptist Church, 4000 75th St. W.,
Bradenton, with services to follow at noon. Memorial
contributions may be made to H. Lee Moffitt Center, care
of Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Research, 12902 Mag-
nolia Drive, Tampa FL 33612, or to Hospice of Southwest
Florida, Guitar and Piano Program, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Virginia; sons Jonathan Jay
of Ranson, W. Va., and Brad L. of Martinsburg, W.
Va.; sister Olivia Jacqueline Coats of Maitland; broth-
ers Gale of Newport News, Va., Clarence of Manhat-
tan, N.Y., and Henry of Tampa; six grandchildren; and
Reid L. Van Wormer
Reid L. Van Wormer, 82, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in Albany, N.Y., Mr. Van Wormer came to
Holmes Beach from Orlando in 1979. He was a retired
electrical contractor. He served in the U.S. Army dur-
ing World War II.
Private services will be held at a later date.
He is survived by wife Leda; sons Koert of
Titusville and David of Orlando; two grandchildren;
and a great-grandchild.
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Improper advertising delays action on surplus island
By Diana Bogan
Holmes Beach city commissioners have been delayed
once again by improper legal advertising on the pending
ordinance to declare the traffic island adjacent to Third
Avenue in the 3700 block of Gulf Drive surplus property
and available for sale to Patrick McConnell.
According to City Attorney Patricia Petruff, the error
in advertising the legal description of the lot was a typo-
graphical mistake made by the Bradenton Herald.
Recently the commission vacated Third Avenue to
McConnell, the property owner at 3716 Gulf Drive,
and if declared surplus, he has offered to pay $25,000
for the traffic island.
The legal description will be re-advertised and the
commission was to have voted on the second reading
of the ordinance at presstime March 11.
According to McConnell, the additional land
would allow more architecturally pleasing features for
the triplex he is building, such as enclosed garages
rather than open carports.
The city will retain easement rights on Third Av-
enue for utility and stormwater drainage needs that
might arise in the future.
In other matters, the commission approved the site
plan for the micro-skateboard park, which will be lo-
cated next to the city public works bunker. The action
-,- Dr. Diane Michaels
501 Village Green Parkway Bradenton
(1 block east of Albertson's Manatee Ave.)
passed 3 to 2 with commissioners Rich Bohnenberger
and Roger Lutz opposed.
Also the commission unanimously agreed to sign
a mutual-aid agreement with the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office to make Holmes Beach officers avail-
able for additional duties at Port Manatee.
According to Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay
Romine, security measures have been increased since
the events of Sept. 11 and additional law enforcement
officers are needed to secure the ships as they enter Port
Romine said this service does not fall under the
interlocal agreement already in place because the cruise
lines and carriers will pay officers for their services.
Officers from participating areas will be placed on a list
and work in rotation.
Seewald resigns from beautification committee
Longtime member of the Holmes Beach Parks and
Beautification Committee Pricilla Seewald announced
her resignation at the March 5 meeting.
Seewald has been a member of the committee since
it began seven years ago.
"I'm still interested in this stuff but I feel like I'm
butting my head against the wall," she said. "I think
what did it was the gazebo and the skate park."
The committee recently had to return $97,000 in grant
money it received for a proposed gazebo it hoped to see
built on city park property. Many members feel the city
gave the skate park proposal precedence over its gazebo
project and were disappointed when the city commission
did not approve the gazebo plans.
Seewald said she believes her attitude has become
increasingly negative and that it is time for someone
new to step in and offer a more positive outlook.
In other business, committee chairman Jim Gloth
plans to meet with members of Anna Maria Elementary
School's Parent-Teacher Organization to discuss ap-
plying for a neighborhood grant to beautify Gulf Drive
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flag pole, which was originally proposed for Leffis Key
in Bradenton Beach.
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BB gun vandal strikes in Holmes Beach
Holmes Beach Police Department officers received
two separate reports of vandalism, which may be
caused by someoneusing a CO-2-powered BB gun to
shoot out windows of parked cars and storefronts.
On Friday, March 7, a woman reported that two
windows of her 1994 Mercury had been broken. The
vehicle was parked on the shoulder of Sixth Avenue
and, according to the report, the windows had a single
point where the glass shattered.
A neighbor reported seeing a small import car with
a loud exhaust drive alongside of the victim's car and
heard two small "pop-pop" sounds. The neighbor said
he did not see the damage to the victim's car or he
would have called the police that evening.
Todd Fleck, owner of Essence of Time on Holmes
Boulevard, also the location of Under the Sun An-
tiques, reported similar damage to a shop window and
the front door of the business March 7. According to
the report, some time during the previous evening,
someone smashed out one of the plate-glass window in
the front of the store and the door. According to the
report, the damage at Essence of Time is similar to that
found on the 1994 Mercury.
Island Florist reported similar damage to its deliv-
ery vehicle, which was parked at the rear of the store
on Holmes Boulevard, opposite Essence of Time.
Officers also responded to a similar criminal mis-
chief call Wednesday, February 26, when owners of the
Anna Maria El-
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Newhall's and Lynn
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had shot out three windows at the -front of the resort
with a BB or pellet gun.
HBPD reports they currently have no suspects.
Island police reports
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Feb. 28, 100 block of Hammock Road, criminal
mischief. Lattice work around a home was reportedly
damaged. According to the police report, a local real
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IMS board forms review committee for evaluation
By Diana Bogan
Island Middle School board members have created
a four-member subcommittee to review the operation
and performance of the entire school.
Members of the review committee include IMS
board chairman and parent representative Scott Bassett,
Cindy Jennis, Marlene West and John Monetti.
Bassett spearheaded the creation of a review com-
mittee to help identify internal problems that may not
be obvious and to ensure the school is on solid ground
when it undergoes its charter renewal and review pro-
cess by the Manatee County School Board next year.
Some of the questions Bassett hopes the commit-
tee will answer include whether or not the school is
functioning in the spirit its charter intended.
Members of the review committee will be respon-
sible for interviewing all members of the teaching and
administrative staff at IMS, as well as fellow board
members, IMS student council members and as many
parents as possible.
Committee members will also be interviewing Jane
Barton, the school's volunteer grant writer. Barton also
opened the first charter school in the country "before
it was popular." said IMS director Jeanne Shell. "She
has been a wealth of knowledge and.a great help "
SHelen Dixon'will-also be interviewed. She i \ rit--
ing an en\ irorimenal-and-marine-
Finally, the committee would like to interview
someone from Trinity Charter School in Tampa, since
they have offered their guidance in the past.
"We have to decide if IMS is nothing more than a
three-year experiment or if we'll act on the potential we
have to be a great school," said Bassett. "We don't al-
ways pull the same way philosophically, but we need
to work together."
The committee hopes that everyone involved with
the school will take this opportunity to speak openly
about issues that may threaten the survival of the
Anna Maria Elementary School menu
Monday, March 17
Breakfast: Large Orange Muffin, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Grilled Cheese Sandwich or Shaker Salad,
Goldfish Tomato Soup, Fruit
Tuesday, March 18
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup, Fruit,
Lunch: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Garlic
Breadstick or Ham and Cheese Basket with Goldfish
Crackers, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Wednesday, March 19
Breakfast: Dannon Danimals Yogurt, Fruit, Cereal,
Lunch: Taco or Burrito with Salsa, Peas and Carrots,
Thursday, March 20
Breakfast: Scrambled. Eggs and Toast, Fruit, Cereal,
Lunch. Baked Chicken with Mashed Potatoes or
: Barbecue Pork on a Bun, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Friday, March 21
Breakfast: Apple Churro, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza or Munchable, Veggie Beef
Soup, Fruit, Oatmeal Cookie
Milk and juice are served with every meal.
school. All names will be kept confidential and the in-
formation will be used only to analyze how well the
school meets the needs of its community, parents, stu-
dents and teachers.
Two members of the review committee will be avail-
able to speak with parents at the Parent-Teacher Organi-
zation meeting/dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13.
Committee members will begin interviews this
week and will have a second organizational meeting
-Fall registration open for
Island Middle School
The Island Middle School is accepting applications
for students interested in enrolling in seventh- and
eighth-grade for the 2003-04 school year.
All current students are also required to submit an
application to confirm their intention to return to the
The open registration period will end Thursday,
March 13. Returning students will be given priority and
any remaining openings will be assigned to students
coming from other schools.
Applications for all new and returning seventh- and
eight-graders are available through the school admin-
istration office. There is currently a waiting list for
sixth-grade and plans to offer a ninth-grade curriculum
are still in progress.
Students interested in attending ninth-grade at IMS
should also complete an application at this time.
For more information call the school at 778-5200.
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Coach Gene Burr: Islander AME spotlight teacher
Each week The Islander spotlights one of Anna Maria
Elementary School's staff.
This week physical education teacher Gene Burr,
known at AME simply as "Coach," is in our spotlight.
Originally from Minnesota, Burr moved to Florida in
1975 and has been teaching at AME for 23 years. He is r
certified to teach physical education to kindergarten
through 12th-grade students.
He has also taught at several other Manatee County
elementary schools, including Samoset, Palmetto,
Bashaw, Tara and Prine.
Because AME is a small school, Burr said he is only n
on campus three or four days a week and students get PE
once a week.
"I enjoy working with kids and I love my job because
I get to teach sports and games in a beautiful outdoor Is-
land setting," he said.
Students here have an opportunity to learn basketball,
football, soccer, baseball, golf, hockey, tennis and volley- '.
ball in gym class. ;
Burr tells students to "give your best effort and have
fun doing it." .
Students also have a chance to compete in the Na- BH
tional Punt, Pass and Kick competition each year and Burr
also holds a basketball "hot shots" competition among
Keeping students interested isn't tough at AME. Burr -
says in most cases, PE is their favorite time of day.
When not on the field at AME, Burr enjoys playing
a round of golf. Teacher spotlight
He has seven brothers and two sisters, and a 12-year Gene Burr, known as "coach" around campus, is the physical education teacher at Anna Maria Elementary
old daughter, Alyssa. School. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
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I would make fewer trolley stops because now it
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IMS guest 'charms' students with etiquette
Island Middle School board member Marlene West
volunteered her time to teach students in life skills class
at IMS proper etiquette.
West said she spent three years in finishing, or
charm school, after her parents thought it was time for
her to stop climbing trees with the boys.
When IMS teacher Gary Hughes learned that West
was schooled in proper etiquette, he invited her to pass
on some of her knowledge to his sixth-, seventh- and
West spent a full class period teaching students
basic manners and social skills.
Students learned the proper way to greet someone and
shake hands. West also gave the young ladies pointers on
the proper way to sit in a chair and get in or out of a car.
Good posture is not only important for your health,
West told the students, but it also sends a positive image
when you stand up straight and make eye contact with
Students practiced walking confidently and with
good posture by balancing a book on top of their heads
while walking across the room.
Finally, West gave each student a set of paper
plates, glasses and flatware. Each student had to figure
out how to arrange a formal dinner place setting before
she revealed the proper tabletop presentation.
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THE ISLANDER N MARCH 12, 2003 E PAGE 21
earn spot in
the sun house
By Diana Bogan
Five Island Middle School students, and budding
musicians, have formed a musical ensemble called
"Soleil," French for "sun," and spend one Saturday
a month basking in the spotlight at The Sun House
restaurant on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
The group accompanies IMS music teacher and
professional musician Jimi Gee as a backup band for
his weekly solo performance at the new restaurant.
Serious about the possibility of pursuing life as a
professional musician, Gee said students Alex Stewart,
Rachel Bassett, Jake Orr, Winn Haslem and Josh
Schieble are getting a jump start on first-hand experi-
ence with the monthly gig.
Gee said the members of Soleil are expected to
show up on time and play from 6 to 9 p.m. In return
they get paid for their time and talent.
Soleil consists of Stewart on ke\ board. Bassett on
drums, Orr on bass guitar, Haslem on alto saxophone
and Schieble on trombone.
The group plays the same songs they are already
familiar with as members of the IMS Conch Fritter
school band, such as "Watermelon Man," "Moon
Glow," and "My Funny Valentine."
Keyboard player Alex Stewart recruited fellow
Island Middle School musicians to play light jazz
and classic rock at The Sun House restaurant on
Bridge Street with teacher/professional musician
Jimi Gee. Playing the drums with Stewart is
Jake Orr holds down the rhythm on the bass with the
student band Soleil at The Sun House. Islander
Photos: Diana Bogan
PAGE 22 E MARCH 12, 2003 E THE ISLANDER
-Masters of the Sommeliers
Celebrating the completion of a master sommeliers
certification class at DisneyWorld recently were,
from left, Mar Vista, Beach House and Sandbar
restaurant owner Ed Chiles, Master Sommelier Joe
Spellman, Mar Vista manager Joe Rogers, and Fred
Dames, the Worldwide president of the Court of
Master Sommeliers. Chiles and Rogers received
their sommelier certifications after the class. Is-
lander Photo: Courtesy Ed Chiles
Fine wine tasters
Ed Chiles, owner of the Chiles Group of restau-
rants comprising the Sandbar, Mar Vista and Beach
House, along with Mar Vista general manager Joe
Rogers received their sommelier certifications recently
after attending a course given by the Court of Master
Sommeliers at DisneyWorld in Orlando.
The course, taught by master sommeliers including
Doug Frost and Fred Dames, dealt with all of the
major wine regions in the world, in addition to pro-
duction techniques, grape varieties, wine identifica-
tion and classification.
The Orlando class was the first of a three-part cer-
tification course to become a master sommelier, said
Chiles. There are only 47 master sommeliers in the
United States, he added.
Chiles and Rogers were excited about taking their
passion for wine to a new level, allowing them to bet-
ter serve the growing taste of their clientele who en-
joy a quality wine along with their favorite seafood or
"The class was a lot of work. It was extremely
satisfying for both of us to obtain our certifications,"
The two celebrated with a nice dinner and a great
bottle of wine. "Ed bought," said Rogers.
Bonefish Grill now open
The Bonefish Grill in the Shoppes of Paradise
Bay at the intersection of Cortez Road and 75th
Street West opened its doors Saturday, March 8, with
a benefit for the Mote Marine Laboratory Sea Turtle
Conservation and Research Program.
The official grand opening was Monday, March
Founded in St. Petersburg in 2000 by veteran res-
taurateurs Tim Curci and Chris Parker, Bonefish Grill
PLEASE SEE ISLAND BIZ, NEXT PAGE
Tim Curci, left, and Chris Parker are the owners of
the new Bonefish Grill at the corner of Cortez Road
and 75th St. W. in Bradenton. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Stephanie Amberg
S a b r el m 6 r ill ( Banana Cabana
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an eclectic, island
Caribbean gourmet food
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OPEN DAILY 779-1930
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specializes in market-fresh fish prepared over an oak-
burning grill, which gives the fish'Yfasty, evenly
cooked flavor, said Curci:
The 6.000-square-foot restaurant features a spa-
cious dining room with an open kitchen and large bar
area featunng three community tables. '
General manager MichaelHand said the.restaurant
is "very excited aboutour opening in Bradenton and we
are committed to providing our guests an enjoyable
dining experience that excels in offering consistently
good food within a comfortable and stylish setting, and
impeccable service, all at an affordable price."
The Bonefish Grill is open from 4 p.m. to 10:30
p.m. Monday, through Thursday and to 11:30 p.m. on
Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are 4 p.m. to 10
For more information call 795-8020.
Cannons Marina is
Cannons Marina on Longboat Key has achieved
a 100 percent customer satisfaction index for 2002
from Grady-White Boats, earning Cannons the presti-
gious Gold Anchor Service Award.
In addition, Cannons was named to the exclusive
Admiral's Circle group of marinas during the annual
Grady-White dealers conference recently in North
The Gold Anchor Service Award is Grady-White's
highest level of dealer recognition for excellence in
customer satisfaction, while the Admiral's Circle rep-
resents dealers who have achieved high levels of sales
volume and customer satisfaction.
Cannons owner David A. Miller said he and his
employees were excited to be included among the top
Grady-White dealers again this year.
"Recei ing the Gold Anchor a% ard, in addition to-
maintaining our Admiral's Circle desigtnation ,ispar-:
ticularly special because it recognizes that at Cannons
Marina, our commitment t-, our customers is ongoing
before, during and after the sale." said Miller-
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fish camp when Paul Miller purchased the marina from
Ernie Cannon in 1955.
For more information, call 383-1311.
New digs for Gulf-Bay Realty
Gulf Bay Realty has moved from the Island Shop-
ping Center to the Sunrise Landings/Island Fitness
Center building, site of the former Eckerd store and
adjacent to the Wachovia Bank in Holmes Beach.
Owner Robin Kollar said the new location, right next
to the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, creates
a "higher profile presence for the office," making it easier
to locate for both visitors and Island residents.
"We're very easy to find now," she said.
Kollar has 25 years of real estate experience on
Anna Maria Island and Gulf-Bay Realty currently has
eight staff members, including property manager Zita
To learn more about Gulf-Bay Realty, call 778-
Golden Spoon for Beach Bistro
Florida Trend magazine food editor Robert Tolf
has once again bestowed his Golden Spoon Award on
the Beach Bistro restaurant at 6600 Gulf Drive in
Holmes Beach, said restaurant owner Sean Murphy.
"The secret of our success is the Bistro's talented
team of professionals," said Murphy. "They share my
commitment to excellence."
.Beach Bistro has also been rated in the past as one
of America's top restaurants by Zagat Guides and has
won the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.
Only 25 of Florida's 250,000 restaurants are se-
lected each year to receive the Golden Spoon award.
Some repeat winners have been elevated to a Golden
Spoon Hall of Fame, including Chalet Suzanne in Lake
Wales and Euphemia Haye on Longboat Key.
Also on the 25 best list this year, the Colony Din-
ing Room at the Colony Beach Resort, and among the
top 400 restaurants are Harry's Continental Kitchens,
Maureen's Palm Grille and Pattigeorge's, all of
and Sushi Bar
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Realty Raves: Galletto
tops sales in Manatee
Alan Galletto of Island Real Estate was the top
residential sales agent for 2002 in all of Manatee
County, the Manatee County Association of Realtors
He has been here for four years, coming from
Rochelter. N.Y., where he worked for IBM and then
formed;ind sold his own computer-related company.
He has a son anhdtwo grandchildren in Rochester.
He also is currently serving as president of the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
Also at Island Real Estate, Marilyn Trevethan was
named IRE'S top listing agent for bringing in the most
new listings during 2002, and Richard Freeman was
leading sales agent for the year at IRE.
For February at Island, Trevethan and Wendy
Foldes were top listing agents and Galletto and Nick
Patsios were the leading sales agents.
Wagner Realty's honors for most new listings in
February at the Anna Maria Island office went to David
Moynihan, while leading in sales were the team of
Becky Smith and Elfi Starrett. Moynihan also led the
"closed volume" category for the Island office.
At Wedebrock Real Estate Co., Marcus Turner led
in listings during February at the Holmes Beach office
and Gail Tutewiler was top selling agent. The Mike
Migone/Tina Rudek team led the roll for both listings
and sales at the Longboat Key office that month, along
with Courtney Campbell in listings there, while Karen
Ankerstar waslistings leader at Avenue of the Flowers.
Bruce Meyer shared sales honors at the Longboat Key
office and Bridget Spiess at Avenue of the Flowers.
Island real estate sales
405 Spring, Anna Maria, a 3bed/3bath/lcar 1,528
sfla home transported in 1946 onto a 52x145 lot, was
sold 1/27/03, Davis to Whitfield Investments, for
509 68th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 2bed/
2bath/lcar 1,262 sfla home built in 1970 on an 80x102
lot, was sold 1/29/03, Cooper to Rhoads Morgan LLC,
for $415,000; list $439,000.
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Wednesday, March 12
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Terra Ceia Village RV Resort
craft fair, 9303 U.S. 41 N., Palmetto. Information: 723-
10:30 a.m. Friends book club at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Is-
land Players lunch and silent auction at the Bradenton
Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Island Road, Palmetto. Infor-
5:30 to 9p.m. Citizens Advisory Group meeting
to select a new superintendent of Manatee County
schools at the School Board Administration Building,
215 Manatee Ave. W., Room 203, Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 708-8770 extension 2452.
7 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Thursday, March 13
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. AARP tax help at Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. "Business After Hours" with
the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce at Laguna
Yacht Village, 6330 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 108,
Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519. Fee applies.
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6 to 8 p.m. Opening reception for 11 Russian
Plein Air Artists at Wallace Fine Art, 5360 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-0746.
7 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote
Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 739-0908.
7p.m. Bingo at Annie Silver Community Cen-
ter, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
Friday, March 14
8 a.m. Yard sale at Annie Silver Community
Center, 23rd Street off Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.
10:30 a.m. Friends annual meeting and conti-
nental breakfast at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
5 to 9p.m. Seaweed Gallery open house at 112
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 782-1128.
6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Bradenton Rotary Club and
Village of the Arts Spring Fling at the Holiday Inn
Riverfront, 100 Riverfront Blvd., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 747-3727. Fee applies. Proceeds benefit schol-
arships for high school seniors and enhancement of
the Village of the Arts.
8 to 11 p.m. "Gotta Dance" at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Saturday, March 15
8 a.m. Yard sale at Annie Silver Community
Center, 23rd Street off Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.
9 a.m. to noon- Keep Manatee Beautiful Great
American Cleanup City-of Bradenton and Wares
Creek. For locations citywide call 795-8272 or 228-
10 a.m. to noon Watercolor and glass painting
demonstrations by Shirley Rish Dean and Dee
Pastorius at Island Gallery West, 5408 Marina Drive,
THE BEST REAL GERMAN RESTAURANT
Best German home cooking c .
Florida's West Coast
Owners Brigitte and Wolfgang and the friendly staff
welcome you to their comfortable atmosphere.
Chef Brigitte prepares traditional German food and cakes.
German beer and select wines. Friday Dinner Special:
Porkk Knuckles with bread
778-1 320 ,,,dumplings and sauerkraut.
LUNCH Tues Fri 11:30-2:30 DINNER Mon- Sat 5-9:30
Anna Maria-island Centre 3246 E. Bay Dr. Holmes Beach
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Artists Guild of Anna Maria
Island sidewalk sale at the Island Shopping Center,
5400 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Heritage Days open house at
the Manatee Village Historical Park, 604 15th St. E.,
Bradenton. Information: 749-7165.
10 a.m. to 5p.m. Art League of Manatee County
fine art and craft show at Lakewood Ranch Town Cen-
ter, Market Square on University Parkway just East of
1-75. Information: 746-2862.
1 p.m. Fishing guide Capt. Rob Roberts dis-
cusses "Catching the 'Big Ones"' at Cannons Marina,
6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
6 p.m. Sunset potluck dinner and moonlight
walk on Siesta Beach sponsored by the Manatee-
Sarasota Sierra Club at the Siesta Key Beach Main
Pavilion, Sarasota. Information: 747-7080. Donation
Sunday, March 16
9 to 11:30 a.m. Sierra Club Emerson Point hike
at Snead Island, Palmetto. Information: 753-9709. Fee
10 a.m. Fishing guide Capt. Scott Moore dis-
cusses "Catching the 'Big Ones"' at Cannons Marina,
6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
10 a.m. to 5p.m. Art League of Manatee County
fine art and craft show at Lakewood Ranch Town Cen-
ter, Market Square on University Parkway just east of
1-75. Information: 746-2862.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. --Line dancing fundraiser for the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. "Ain't I A Woman" by Lilia Abron at
the International Women's Day Lunch at Michael's On
East, Sarasota. Information: 924-2495. Fee applies.
Monday, March 17
8 a.m. to noon Blood drive at the Anna Maria
PLEASE SEE CALENDAR, NEXT PAGE
Wine Tasting... on the Island
Wednesday, March 26, 6-8 pm
/ +' Cost is $20 per person
S Enjoy the pairing of food with
S) | wines from select vineyards
S' '' '" In the Mira-Mar room at
Bridgewalk, a landmark resort.
Presented by Vinjavagar
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110 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach
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Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
8:30 a.m. Internet class for beginners at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
9:30 a.m. St. Patrick's Day breakfast at the
Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-4865. Fee applies.
Noon "The War" by Hasan Hammami, Peace
River Peace Alliance member, at the Anna Maria Is-
land Democratic Club lunch, Beach House Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-
9287. Fee applies.
7 p.m. "Reefs of the Dry Tortugas" by Erich
Mueller at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thomp-
son Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441. Fee ap-
7:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Historical Society
presents "Why Irish Eyes Are Always Smiling" by Don
Maloney at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-0492.
Tuesday, March 18
Noon 'The Middle East Myths, Policies and
Experiences" by former U.S. Ambassador Donald
Leidel at the Men's Club of Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church luncheon, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. In-
formation: 778-0414. 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. "Alaska: Land of Glaciers" by Jim
Hyndman at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Wednesday, March 19
10 a.m. Learn flower and plant arranging at the
Anna Maria Garden Club meeting, Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Nooner" with the Longboat
Key Chamber of Commerce at the Chart House, 201
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-
9519. Fee applies.
7 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
'Treasures: Silver and the Age of Opulence" at
the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St., Bradenton,
through April 27. Information: 746-4131.
Digital photos by Bob Fink, watercolor and Sumi-
e by Frederica Marshall and abstract paintings by
Kevin Costello at the Education Center, 5370 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811.
Manatee Players present "No Sex Please, We're
British" at the Riverfront Theater, Old Main Street,
Bradenton, through March 16. Information: 748-5875.
Island Players present "Art" at the Island Players
Theater, Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria,
through March 23. Information: 778-5755. Fee applies.
Anna Maria Island Art League's "Student Exhibit"
at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through March
27. Information: 778-2099.
"Painted Lives" exhibit by Miki Boni at Kaos Gal-
lery South, 1122 12th St. W., Bradenton, through April
5. Information: 747-0823.
"Chicago Picasso" on display at Coast Bank,
5390 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
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Russian Plein Air exhibit at Wallace Fine Art,
5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 108, Longboat Key,
through April 3. Information: 387-0746.
AMI Chamber of Commerce "Cruisin' to Fashion"
fashion show and luncheon at the Bradenton Country
Club March 20.
Citizens Advisory Group Superintendent of
School selection meeting in Bradenton March 20.
Manatee Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus presents
"Young 'n Foolish, Again" at Neel Auditorium March 22.
Spring Garden Festival at the Palma Sola Botani-
cal Park March 22 and 23.
Pianist Andrew Lapp at Neel Auditorium March
"Emptying the Ocean" at Mote Marine Laboratory
Blood drive at Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce March 26.
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The 10th annual Anna Maria Island Home Tour, a benefit for the Anna Maria Island Community Center, went
off without a hitch Saturday, no rain drops and no problems for the throngs visiting the five homes on the tour
in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. Evidenced here, plenty offolks biked to Anna Maria to the two homes on
Kumquat, which also included the boutique and luncheon. The event raised more than $34,000.
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Islander improves to 2-0 in Junior League baseball
By Kevin Cassidy
Pat Cole allowed two hits in six innings of work as
The Islander newspaper team improved to 2-0 after a
6-4 victory over Beef O'Brady's in Junior League
baseball action Saturday, March 8, at Birdie Tebbetts
Field. Cole completely befuddled the opposition with
an effective curveball that resulted in six strikeouts.
The Islander's scored four runs in the fourth on
walks by Sean Pittman and Matt Bobo, who both ad-
vanced on passed balls and came around to score on a
double by Sean Price. Nick Sato singled and Tim
Bouziane walked to load the bases for Cole, who re-
sponded with a two-run double and a 4-1 lead.
S Beef O'Brady's scored single runs in the next three
innings, but it wasn't enough as the Islanders scored
two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Sato led off with a single and Bouziane reached on a
fielder's choice. Both runners moved up on passed
balls and scored on a single by Chad Richardson.
Price finished the day 2-for-2 with a double and
one run scored and Nick Sato had a pair of singles and
two runs scored to lead The Islander offense. Cole
added the three-run double, while Richardson and
Bystrom added singles.
The Islander 5, Ball & Shoe 2
Shane Pelkey, Sean Pittman and Sean Price com-
bined to pitch a two-hitter to lead The Islander past Ball
& Shoe in Junior League baseball action Thursday,
March 6, at G.T. Bray. Pelkey started the game and
pitched two hitless innings before running into trouble
in the third. Pelkey walked two and surrendered a
single to load the bases with no outs.
Pittman came on in relief and saw his first offering
get past his catcher, sending the base runner for home,
but Pelkey quickly retrieved the ball and threw it to
Pittman who made the tag for the first out.
Pittman then induced an infield fly for the second
out and after reloading the bases with a walk, he struck
out the next batter to get out of the inning.
After falling behind by a 2-0 score, Islanders came
back to score one run in the fourth when Pittman
doubled and scored and Sean Price reached on an er-
Islanders took. the lead with four runs in the sixth
keyed by an inside-the-park home run by Pittman and
Anna Maria Island
Little League schedule
WMFD Major Division
(All games played at 7:30 p.m. at G.T. Bray Park)
Date Field Visitors vs. Home
March 12 3 WMFD vs.
March 15 1 Beef O'Brady's vs. WMFD
March 17 3 American Car Care vs.
AAA Division (ages 9-12)
(All games played at G.T. Bray Park)
Date Field Time Visitors vs. Home
March 13 2 7:30 p.m. Trinity Title Services
vs. Bark Realty
March 15 2 5:30 p.m. J&M Enterprises vs.
Air & Energy
March 17 1 5:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs.
March 18 1 5:30 p.m. Air & Energy vs.
Trinity Title Services
AA Division (ages 8-9) All games at AMICC
(All games played at AMICC)
Date Time Visitors vs. Home
March 15 4 p.m. Morgan Stanley vs.
March 15 6 p.m. Betsy Hill vs.
T-ball Division (ages 5-7)
(All games played at AMICC)
March 15 9 a.m.
Visitors vs. Home
Morgan Stanley vs.
an RBI double by Kevin Kirn.
Pittman got the pitching win, allowing one hit
while striking out six. Pittman also paced the offense
with a home run, a double and two runs scored, while
Kirn added a double and one run scored. Alonzo Price
also singled while Price and Nick Sato scored runs.
WMFD sweeps pair of games to reach Mendoza line
West Manatee Fire & Rescue District rallied for a
pair of victories in Little League's Major League Di-
vision last week to improve its record to 3-3 on the
season after starting out 0-2.
Pitchers Jarrod McKenzie and Ben Valdivieso
have proven to be a potent one-two punch on the
mound for the Islanders, which helps keep them in
every game. McKenzie has a 2-1 record with 24
strikeouts and an impressive 2.47 earned run average,
while Valdivieso is 1-1 with 26 strikeouts and a 2.63
ERA. The only area that they need to improve upon is
their control as both pitchers are putting too many run-
ners on base via the walk, which has contributed might-
ily in their three losses.
WMFD took on Wood Dock & Seawall Tuesday,
March 4, and quickly found themselves down by a 3-
0 score after only one inning thanks to a bases-loaded
double by Derek Bouwer. WMFD gave up another run
in the third to trail 4-0 and had only managed one hit
off Wood pitcher J.T. Thomas a double by Lance
WMFD staged an impressive two-out, seven-run
rally in the fourth with Stephen Thomas coming
through with a bases-loaded single and Alex Wright
followed with an RBI walk to make the score 4-2.
Burger followed with a two-run single to score Ryan
Guerin and Thomas to tie the score at 4-4. Tyler
Fitzgerald drove in the eventual winning run with a
single to right that scored Wright to give WMFD a 5-
4 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Jarrod McKenzie got the pitching win, allowing
two hits and four runs while striking out 10.
Burger paced the offense with a 3-for-4 perfor-
mance including a double, two runs scored and two
RBIs, while Fitzgerald went 2-for-3 with two runs
scored. Guerin and Thomas each had singles and
scored one run while Wright scored a pair of runs.
WMFD again made their lives more difficult Sat-
urday, March 8, when they found themselves trailing
4-0 at the end of the second inning. Pitcher Ben
Valdivieso struggled with his control in his first start-
ing assignment, walking three and allowing two hits
and three runs in the first. WMFD allowed another run
in the second on a pair of hits to put them behind.
WMFD then rallied for four runs in the bottom of
the second to tie the score. Matt Shafer and Ryan
Guerin started the rally with singles up the middle and
moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Valdivieso
helped himself with an RBI single to right to score
Shafer with Valdivieso hustling into second to get into
The next two batters struck out, but Lance Burger
came through in the clutch with a two-run single to left
field to plate Guerin and Valdivieso and pull to within
one run. Jarrod McKenzie then came through with an
RBI'double to score Burger and tie the game at 4-4.
Heading into the bottom of the fourth, WMFD
found themselves trailing 5-4, but Burger got things
going with a double off the left-field fence. Tyler
Fitzgerald followed with a single to send Burger to
Junior League (ages 14-16)
Date Field Time Visitors vs. Home
March 15 Tebbetts 10 a.m. North River #2 vs.
March 17 G.T. Bray 7 p.m. The Islander vs.
third before McKenzie plated both runners with a two-
run double into the gap in left-center to give WMFD
their first lead of the game.
Valdivieso got stronger as the game progressed,
finishing the 9-5 victory by striking out the side in the
sixth to even WMFD's record at 3-3 on the season.
Valdivieso finished with 11 strikeouts in six in-
nings of work to even his pitching record at 1-1, while
also going 2-for-3, including an RBI and one run
scored. McKenzie carried the big stick for WMFD,
going 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs, while
Burger finished with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored
during his 2-for-3 night. Tyler Fitzgerald added a pair
of singles and two runs scored for WMFD, which also
received RBIs singles from Shafer and Guerin and a
single and a walk from Cody Wooten.
Air & Energy wins pair of games
Air & Energy defeated Casual Tone Furniture 11-
8 Monday, March 3, and Giroux & Associates 12-10
to improve to 2-2 on the season.
On Monday, Justin Anton went 3-for-3 with a pair
of extra-base hits and three runs scored and Billy
Alstrom went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs to
lead A&E. Jordan Sebastiano singled and scored a pair
of runs while Zach Evan singled and scored one run for
A&E, which also received a single from Gabe Salter
and one run each from Molly Wolfe and Forest Schield.
Friday's win over Girox & Associates saw Forest
Schield wield the heavy lumber for A&E, going 2-for-
3 with two runs scored, while Billy Allstrom came
through with a two-run single and one run scored. Matt
Bauer had a pair of walks and two runs scored, while
Cory Wash singled and scored one run for A&E, which
also received single runs from Severin Walstad, Jordan
Sebastiano, Zach Evans and Vajra Moreno in the vic-
Bark splits pair of games
Bark Realty dropped a 12-10 decision to Gold
Designs Wednesday, March 5, but bounced back the
following night to record a 13-4 victory over Giroux &
Celia Ware ripped a double and scored two runs
during the 12-10 loss, while Dylan King and Joey
Hutchinson both singled and scored twice to lead Bark.
John Brooks added a single for Bark, while Daniel
Janisch, Tommy Price, Garrett Secor and Zack Evan
each scored one run in the loss.
Tommy Price tripled and scored two runs and Celia
Ware singled and scored twice to lead Bark Realty to
a 13-4 victory. Dylan King singled twice and scored
one run, while John Akins added a pair of walks and
two runs scored for Bark, which also received runs
from Patrick Facheris, Chandler Hardy, Zachary Evan,
Joey Hutchinson and Joseph Karasiewicz. Garrett
Secor and Joey Hutchinson combined to limit Giroux
& Associates to four hits and four runs including five
AMI Little League day at the Trop April 6
Sunday, April 6, is Anna Maria Island Little
League Day at the Tropicana Field in St. Pete as the
Devil Rays host the New York Yankees.
The day serves as a league fundraiser with players
getting the chance to walk onto the field prior to the
game and compete for the honor of throwing out the
first pitch. Stay tuned for more information.
Lakewood Ranch High
School juniors Jessi
, "", --. L Lannon, Ashley Romine
and Cameron Kolesa
Spoke candidly to Anna
Maria Elementary School
fifth-graders about the
c challenges and expecta-
tions faced by high school
students. The question-
and-answer session was
-part of the students Drug
S taught by Holmes Beach
Police Officer Pete
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 12, 2003 0 PAGE 27
Longboat to get yachting condos at old Buc site
By Jim Hanson
The only condominium complex on Longboat Key
designed for yachtsmen is into the permitting and pre-
sales phases, and both are going well.
The luxury condos of Grand Mariner will go up start-
ing this summer if all goes as well as it has so far, said Tom
Hires, co-developer who owns the property there, the old
Buccaneer restaurant on Dream Island Road.
That landmark building will be demolished, he
said, for it just doesn't cut.it these days. He knows:
He bought it in 1994 and ran it as a restaurant un-
til it became obvious that it was never going to be what
it once was when the late Herb Field operated one of
the "in" places on the key.
"It has 350 seats in 15,000 square feet with only 65
parking spaces," Hires said.
He teamed up with the Chicago developer Terra-
pin Properties, which specializes in developing condos
and mixed-use properties. A spokesperson for Michael
Saunders & Co., which is marketing the Grand Mari-
ner, described Terrapin as "friendly developers."
There will be 14 condos in the gated complex, the
smallest 3,194 square feet air-conditioned and the larg-
est 3,624. Add to those spaces 414 to 849 square feet
of balcony and terrace, and you end up with a big'un.
Prices range from $1,599,000 to $2,799,000.
There's more, as befits Longboat and the prices.
There is the view, the Gulf in the distance and Sarasota
Bay over the lagoon and marina that have been a hall-
mark of the Buccaneer and will be much more so with
the Grand Mariner.
The deep-water marina will have a dozen docks
that accommodate 70-foot yachts and eight others for
smaller boats, plus a guest dock handling vessels up to
.80 feet. The really telling feature of the marina is that
it is so well protected from storms; as many boaters as
can find room have traditionally tucked in there when
hurricanes approached. But dock space is extra, rang-
ing from $89,000 to $199,000.
Security is increasingly important nowadays, Hires
pointed out, and it is integral to Grand Mariner. Each
unit has a secure two-car garage accessed by elevators,
and each unit's entryway can be "locked down."
The condos currently there will remain and will
share some amenities, he said. The "parent tract" is 6.5
acres, "enough room for everyone."
The town of Longboat Key has approved the site
plan. Hires and Terrapin are finishing construction
documents and asking the town for construction per-
"The best news"
Bait & .&
mits. They plan to start construction in June on the 18-
month job. They have two reservations, with a dozen
left to sell.
Hires himself is a local product, a Tampa native
whose family has Sarasota/Manatee ties going back 50
years, he said. He got into construction in 1977 and has
stayed there "all my active life."
He and his wife and children lived on Longboat
"until the kids got into school and soccer and Scouts
and all that, and it became much more convenient for
all concerned to go back to the mainland." They live
now in the Palma Sola area of Bradenton.
Of the Grand Mariner, Hires said "It's one of a
kind, the only one geared to yachtsmen. There just isn't
anything like it."
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Paddlin' around the docks in the bay; RV fun, too
Hang on we're going from paddle adventures to
recreational vehicle stories to wind-driven trips and
tours this week.
There has been a lot of kayak news in the press of
late. My colleague Terry Tomalin at the St. Petersburg
Times and some buddies circumnavigated Pinellas
County last December, a trip he chronicled in the pa-
per last week in three parts.
It didn't sound like much fun: 100 miles or so of
paddling in less than 48 hours, much of the trek through
icy water and high winds. It was one of those things
that make for great telling after the fact, but appear to
be pure misery during the execution. .
Another series of kayak-canoe-biking-hiking ad-
ventures has been chronicled in a new book by Gene
Jones, "Adventures in Paradise." He lists a whole slew
of places to explore in Manatee and Sarasota counties,
including some of our favorites on the Island.
There's a great description of Leffis Key in
Bradenton Beach, for example. The key "was severely
degraded with spoil when the Intracoastal Waterway
was dug," Jones writes. "The area was restored under
the auspices of the National Estuary Program by exca-
vating tidal lagoons and creating tidal wetlands. Exotic
plants were removed and native plants and grasses re-
planted. Spoil mounds replicate coastal ridges. The job
was done so well it almost looks natural."
Jones also goes into some detail about Egmont Key
and Passage Key paddles, with the preface that ventur-
ing to either island "is probably the most challenging
along this section of coast." Some understatement.
"This paddle," he continues, "ranks as premier, but
difficult, requiring strength and skill. Except during the
calmest of conditions, expect to be tested. You will
probably encounter breaking surf somewhere on the'
route. Currents can be strong. Small boat traffic can be
heavy, worse if you cross a ship channel. Do not at-
tempt this paddle by canoe or open boat. Kayak this
route only if you are skilled and experienced. Remem-
ber that ships move faster than they appear to travel and
that a kayak is often invisible from a ship."
Another understatement, as anyone who has made
the trip in rough weather knows all too well.
I was surprised that Jones missed one of the pre-
miere kayak-canoe trips in the area, though a tour
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Back several years ago a friend gushed about how
beautiful that stretch of Sarasota Bay was, and I was
semi-ashamed to admit I'd never been in there. We
borrowed a canoe from some friends and took off one
Of course, we were about 100 feet into what would
end up being a six-mile paddle when my friend said she
really didn't like to paddle all that much and would I
mind taking over the chore? Great.
But she told funny stories and we sipped adult bev-
erages during one of those special days as we passed
through a bit of Florida that you could turn the clock
back a few hundred years and not notice the change.
Adding to the drama was the fog. Being on the
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it's a pretty weird experience.
Long Bar Point is really shallow water, by the
way, and where we went was pretty much accessible
only by canoe, and only by the fact that it was high tide
were we able to keep from grounding more than we
did. It was a great paddle and something I strongly
urge anyone interested in looking at "Florida past" to
But try to bring along someone who doesn't mind
pulling her share of the water.
RV adventures, or not
It may again be that I'm paying more attention,
but I've seen a lot of those big recreational vehicles out
there these days. Also adding to the mix are a few sto-
ries from a Tampa buddy who remodels the things.
Apparently, $1 million isn't at all an uncommon
price to pay for one of the bigger RVs. Most buyers are
in their late 60s or early 70s in age, finally deciding to
hit the highways after the kids are grown and retire-
ment has set in.
My buddy says that the big coaches weigh up-
wards of 50,000 pounds.
He also told me that almost without fail, the first
thing a first-time RV buyer does when he or she brings
the coach back for its first maintenance check is to ask
if the cruise control setting could be adjusted. See,
most RVs have a maximum setting of 87 mph on the
cruise, and it's just not fast enough.
So what you've got is somebody driving 25 tons
of vehicle down the road that thinks that almost 90
mph is too slow to go. Yikes!
He also told mea funny story about the designers
of RVs: they seem to love the people who work on
them. He called it the RV remodeler relief act.
You would think that designers would build appli-
ances that would be modular and easy to replace.
Rounded corners, lots of padding, non-breakable fea-
tures ... nope, it's all glass, sharp edges, fixtures too
big to fit through the tiny doors.
My buddy said he had to replace a shower assem-
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was the only way to get the old shower out and the
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Start of spring: reds, snook, amberjack, grouper
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing action has really picked up in the past few
days, with both inshore and offshore action improving
as the water temperatures rise.
Backwater highlights include lots and lots of red-
fish, trout and snook. Just off the beaches, look for
sheepshead, bluefish and mackerel. Farther out in the
Gulf of Mexico, grouper fishing is getting to be about
as "excellent" as it can get, plus lots of big amberjack.
New to our reports this week, Capt. Mike Yoro on
the Sea Fox charter boat out of Cortez said his clients
are reeling in up to 30 to 60 fish per person, with Dawn
Makee getting the catch of the week with a 15-pound
grouper. On one of the boat's-18-hour trips, anglers
caught a total of 109 grouper, mostly reds.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheepshead
are still the mainstay for pier fishers, with lots of good
hits. Other action includes mackerel, bluefish and some
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier are filling
their stringers with sheepshead to 4 pounds, and mack-
erel action is getting better, mostly in the mornings.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said whitebait is
thick around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge system, and
with that bait he's getting into lots of snook and redfish
inside and mackerel and sheepshead in the Gulf of
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's been targeting
snook, redfish and trout and has done well with all.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 28
He laughed all the way to the bank with his huge
Aquarian Quest Water
& Wooden Boat Festival
You'll get a chance to crawl around what is billed
as "Sarasota's own official tall ship," the 72-foot-long
gaff-rigged schooner "Daniel Webster Clements" from
noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Sarasota Sail-
ing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy., on City
Island just east of Mote Marine Laboratory, during the
Aquarian Quest Water & Wooden Boat Festival.
Organizers say there will be displays of wooden
boats from the turn of the century, plus a special
children's area with hands-on nautical arts and crafts
activities. There will also be music and entertainment,
food and beverages.
I've always thought that the Squadron was one of
Sarasota's best-kept secrets, one of those places I keep
kicking myself for not frequenting more often. Here's
your chance to enjoy the place and tour a tall ship to
Shuttle quarter OK'd
The people have spoken and, not unexpectedly, the
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he's getting amberjack to 35 pounds and
grouper to 20 pounds, mostly in the 60-mile range out
in the Gulf.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said off-
shore grouper fishing is getting better every day, with
some of the big bottom-feeders being hooked only 4
miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. Mackerel are "all over
the place," Bill says, with trolling working the best for
hookups. In the backwaters, look for lots of snook hit-
ting on all the whitebait that's starting to show up.
Other features include sea bass, grunts and sheepshead
on any of the artificial reefs.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said things have
really broken loose in the past few days, with excellent
catches of mackerel, bluefish, and sheepshead to 5
pounds off the beaches, while inshore action features
snook, redfish and big trout.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
shrimp are big right now and producing good catches
of trout and reds in the Palma Sola Bay area by wade
fishers, with the best action coming on lower tides.
Boaters out of the marina report good catches of Span-
ish mackerel as well.
Capt. Brian Kuslic said he has had good action on
trout and redfishing in the Buttonwood Harbor part of
Sarasota Bay, with limit catches on ever trip.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's getting lots of reports of cobia being caught in
Terra Ceia Bay, with two legal-sized fish brought back
Florida commemorative quarter will feature the shuttle
and a Spanish galleon with the logo, "Gateway to Dis-
The design will be added to the 25-cent piece by the
U.S. Mint in spring 2004. Florida's addition will the
27th state in the State Quarters Program.
In the wake of the Columbia tragedy, it appeared
the design would be a sure winner, although most
people I've talked to all admitted to voting for the third-
place submission, depicting the Everglades.
Probably a week doesn't pass that some eagle-eyed
reader calls with a spelling goof in The Islander. Hey,
an average issue has something like 20,000 words in it
- we do our best, but sometimes things slip past us,
So I had to laugh when I caught a recent headline
from a newspaper that comes out every day. It was a
sports story: "Yankees (yawn) deal with more mania -
Matsuimania doesn't phase N.Y. veterans who are used
to it all."
The goof, of course, is the head should read "faze,"
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Purring engines. Quiet conversations. Dry rides and steady
footing. Skipping across the waves. Dipping gently in the
troughs. Hair streaming in the wind!
to the dock in the past few days. Reds are also a good
bet, with some anglers reporting up to 10 hookups per
trip on the spotties.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's been able to get his charters onto red-
fish to 22 inches in length in Terra Ceia Bay, mackerel
and trout out in front of the bay, all using Mister
Twister and Exudes lures.
On my boat Magic, we have been out a couple of
days and caught lots of redfish, up to 15 per trip, plus
whiting, sheepshead, bluefish, mackerel and some 27-
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide.
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
email@example.com. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.
Winners in the March 8 horseshoe games
were Jesse Brisson and Al Norman "Mr.
TriVector," both of Holmes Beach. Runners-up
were Tom Rhodes of Cortez and Bill Starrett of
Anna Maria City.
Winners in the March 5 games were Dean
Rhodes of Lemars, Iowa, and Starrett. Runners-
up were Norman and Ron Pepka of Bradenton.
The weekly contests get under way every
Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna
Maria City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There
are no membership fees and everyone is wel-
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Cortez High Tides 7 minutes later lows 1:06 later
Mon-Frl 8-5pm Sat 8-12pm
5804 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach 778-1617
MAJOR CREDIT CARDS & DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED
DEEP SEA FISHING
Sailing Daily from the Seafood Shack
Marina at the base of the Cortez Bridge
DAILY 9am-3pm $40 (excluding Weds. & Sat.)
Weds. & Sat. Special 8am-5pm 9 Hours $50
Every Thursday is Ladies Day only $20!
Senior Citizens $5 Off Children 12 and Under
$10 Off Our Regular Adult Fare Private Charters Available
For Reservations Call 795-1930
Boat Phone (908) 902-3377
Offshore Fishing Charters
266 Worldcat SC 6-9-11-13 Hour Charters
Capt. Matt Denham 778-0662
USCG Licensed Master
Docked at Catchers Marina, 5505 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach
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NATHEN PAGE LIVE CD! Hear the magic of the
late 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.
FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, crabs,
native fish. Delivered to your door. Call James Lee,
795-1112 or 704-8421.
SELL it fast in The Islander.
WANTED: FOLDING BICYCLE. Gentleman wants
folding bicycle in good condition. Price negotiable.
Please call 792-4274.
KING BEDROOM SET: headboard, dresser,
nightstand, almond $150. Dresser, nightstand, Dixie
white $125. Wicker bath cabinet $15. 779-9291,
ANNA MARIA ISLAND/The Video. A musical tour.
Show your friends back home the Island you love to
visit! The video makes a great gift. To purchase di-
rect for $19.95, plus tax, shipping and handling, call
761-3001. Now available on the Island at Home
True Value Hardware and A.M.I. Video for $24.99,
Thanks for saying I saw it in The Islander"
One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
Jhen you choose Chase you
V are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community. N HAYES
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
Manhotton Mortgage Corporation
of Anna Maria Inc.
5408 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
BEST DUPLEX BUYI 3BR/
2BA Each Unit. Totally re- .
furbished. New tile, new ap-
I pliances, solar
i heated POOL. .$89-66,
REDUCED TO $379,000!
Call Ursula Stemm @
S NORTH BEACH VILLAGE
.i Desirable 3BR/2BA
townhome turnkey fur-
Pl ll^^ Immaculate. $3.89-_O.
Reduced $379,000. Call
Robin Kollar @713-4515
Architectural design, al-
most Gulffront, beautifully
refurbished. A must see for
the savvy investor/mar-
keter. Owner financing.
Sought-after Indian Beach
2BA, tile roof, garage, large
Reduced $184,000 Call
See Our Sales & Rentals
KING-SIZE BEDSPREAD custom made, designer.
Floral and white, unused. Beautiful. $50. Call 779-
9291, leave message.
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
NEED EXTRA STORAGE space? For convenient
on-Island storage, call Anna Maria Storage, 779-
BOOK SIGNING at the Sea Hagg, March 14, 11am-
3pm. Mermaid artist/author Robert Kline. Just re-
leased novel about his mermaids The Unforgotten
Voyage of the H.M.S Baci. Refreshments served.
12304 Cortez Rd. W., Cortez. 795-5756.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES available at The Islander,
assorted varieties, $3.50 box. All proceeds to local
a Girl Scout troop.
,C Be a good Islander and
' t invest in the future.
K Recycle! The Islander
728 Holly, Anna Maria.
S. A 2BR/2BA, one-car home for
7" '' '*830 N. Shore Drive, Anna
SMaria: A 3BR/3BA, one-car
S Gulfview home on two buildable
Doug Dowlin 1 lots for $975,000.
the Island's 801 Fern, Anna Maria. A 4BR/
m. inn. otiv 2BA duplex, two houses from Gulf
most innovative for $750,000.
and up-to-date 10006 Gulf Dri aria.
Realtor, now A fourplex Vt-
has a apa Sf1-, -ores) with great
TELEPHONE. Gu C0 or $550,000.
Call him today 2317 Gulf Drive, Bradenton.
at 778-1222 Beach. Triplex with great
Gulfviews for $550,000.
Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
Direct Gulffront and poolside
condos priced from
f. ,, .
Econo Lodge Going Condo
No minimum rental
On-site rental office
All new furnishings
Now taking contracts
II CENTRAL PARK REALTY
Call Dennis Girard
ISLAND PLAYER'S PECAN SALE: We still have
pecans, but at a new lower price! Mammoth
halves. New crop. Bag $5.50 lb. Available at
SunCoast Real Estate and The Islander newspa-
per located in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes
Beach. Proceeds benefit the Island Players. For
information call: 779-0202.
KIWANIS FRIENDS: Order fresh-picked Florida
oranges and grapefruit from Kiwanis Club of Anna
Maria Island by calling Rich, 778-0355.
BUTTERFLY GARDEN personalized bricks. Last
chance for years. Order now. Only $40! Order
forms available at The Islander or call Nancy, 778-
AMI TURTLE WATCH NEEDS a four-drawer tall
legal-size file cabinet. Does not matter what con-
dition, as long as the drawers open and close. Call
DACHSHUND ADOPTION and rescue needs do-
nations for three paralyzed dachshunds. Carts cost
$350-plus each. Also needed: medications for sick
dogs. If you have unused, non-expired canine
medications you can drop them at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Please
send donations to DARE c/o Shona Otto, 7804
Second Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34209; visit our
Web site at www.daretorescue.com or call 761-
ROSER THRIFT STORE Open Tuesday, Thurs-
day, Friday, 9:30am-2pm and Saturday 9am-noon.
Always 50 percent off sales racks. 511 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. 779-2733.
VILLAGE GREEN MOVING sale Saturday, March
15, 8am-2pm. Antiques, collectibles and
housewares. 6702 13th Ave. Drive W., Bradenton.
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MAliJ Islander Island is now online: islander.org
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Islan Aussie GeoffWall. Realtor.
No one knows an Island like an Aussie
941-545-0206 Toll Free 1-866-206-4510
2501 Gulf Dr. Suite 101
Rarely on market, one and two bedroom Westbay Cove mod-
els. Poolside and bayfront. Upgraded and close to all ser-
vices. Open most days from 11am. From $215,000.
Annual 2BR/2BA poolside condominium with bay view. Very
nicely redone. Water/cable included. From $950/month.
After hours Sharon Annis 778-3730 or 713-9096
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STREETWIDE YARD SALE Saturday, March 15,
9am-lpm. Something for everyone! Periwinkle
Plaza, Anna Maria.
YARD SALE FRIDAY and Saturday, March 14-15,
8:30an-1lpm. 518 67th St., Holmes Beach.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, March 14-15, 8am. Coffee,
rolls, hot dogs, BBQ. Vacuums, exercise equipment,
furniture, clothing and much more. Annie Silver
Community Center, 23rd. Street, Bradenton Beach.
GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, March 15, 8am-1pm.
The fun one! Antiques, nauticals, hammock, etc. Frivo-
lous to fabulous! 7002 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MOVING SALE SATURDAY, March 15, 9am-5pm.
Variety of items. Westbay Cove condo #208, 600
Manatee Ave., Holmes Beach.
FLEA MARKET SATURDAY, March 15, 8am-4pm.
Tons of furniture, antiques, collectibles, office desks,
and chairs, rugs, jewelry, knick-knacks, art work and
the unusual. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, next
to Time Saver at the Dolphin Plaza.
APPLIANCE DRIVEWAY SALE: Ongoing sale of
excellent condition merchandise! Three Maytag air-
conditioners (6,000, 8,000 and 18,000 BTU) 18-
cubic foot refrigerator, Whirlpool range. Priced to
sell. 213 Coconut, Anna Maria.
GIGANTIC ESTATE SALE. Contents of New York
City apartment. Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
March 14-16, 9am-4pm. Antiques, china, glassware,
Chinese porcelain, lamps, linens, paintings, posters,
upholstery fabric, kitchen equipment and appli-
ances, office supplies, TVs, stereos, inflatable boat,
collectibles galore and much more! Different items
each day. 634 Emerald Lane on Key Royale,
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e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 941-962-0971
3001 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach 941-778-6849 1-800-778-9599
ANNA MARIA'S LAST GULFFRONT LOT!
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MULTI-FAMILY YARD sale Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, March 13-15, 8am-noon. Furniture, lots of
great stuff. Huge variety. 211 85th St., Holmes
MULTI-FAMILY YARD/Moving Sale. Saturday,
March 15, 8am-1pm Toys, linens, photo enlarger
and more! 335 Tarpon St. Anna Maria.
SALE: SATURDAY, March 15, 8am-noon. Accent
furniture, art, electronics, household items. 240
Chilson St., Anna Maria.
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!
SCOOTERS: The most fun you'll have on two
wheels. The all new MZ Moskito SX and Classico
models. German built 49-cc, 45-mph, two year fac-
tory warranty. My mobile showroom brings them di-
rectly to your door. Simply call for an appointment.
Al, the scooter man, 794-2163 or Conni, the scooter
gal, 778-2267. See and enjoy the Islands on your
1993 FORD MUSTANG: Convertible, four cylinders,
runs great. $3,200. Call 779-1114.
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. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard,
guest quarters or rental income. $28,500 or make
offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat_sunseeker or call 778-3526.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
No O0e C4tow T4
Isnd Lik A NatL
Dial Darcie Duncan, CRS, GRI
PERICO BAY CLUB SPECIALS
CONDOS & VILLAS FOR SALE
TURNKEY FURNISHED ~ BEAUTIFUL!
618 Estuary Drive Largest 2BR/
2BA, many upgrades. $227,000.
1243 Spoonbill Landings Lakefront
2BR/2BA villa, two-car garage. $249,900.
1248 Spoonbill Landings Furnished
2BR/2BA villa, one-car, fall occu-
UNFURNISHED ~ UPDATED!
516 Sanderling Circle All updated,
new wood floors, 2BR/2BA, one-car
634 Estuary Drive Spacious 2BR/
2BA condo, freshly painted. $210,000.
1276 Spoonbill Landings Lagoon
front, 2BR/2BA, one-car garage, $249,000.
1259 Spoonbill Landings Largest
villa, den, 2BR/2BA, two-car garage.
Direct lakefront, tile and carpet. $310,000.
1280 Spoonbill Landings Largest
villa, den, 2BR/2BA, two-car, many
extras, fireplace, Jacuzzi. $324,000.
Call to see all listings today!
* Cleared and ready for construction!
* Pristine natural beach location!
* Direct Gulf with Riparian rights!
* Water and sewer lines to property
New home possible for less than older
Gulf homes! Asking $949,500.
* Direct access 50-ft. from property line
* Over 2,000 sq.ft. living area on a 75-by-100-ft. lot!
* 2BR and possible third with three full baths!
Great location with lots of potential!
we .,IRE the island/
"L'aI ARE the Ilarl "
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941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site annamariareal.com
NEW LISTING NORTH HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2.5BA
convenient ground-level home in quiet residential area.
Open floor plan, eat-in kitchen, 16-by-24-ft. family room,
1,721 sq.ft. of living area plus extra-large two-car garage.
$365,000, furnished turnkey.
CAYMAN CAY CONDOS Two well cared for updated 2BR/
2BA side by side condos in Holmes Beach. Heated pool,
covered parking, screened lanais, interior laundries. Steps
to beach and pets accepted. $255,000 and $279,000. Both
are furnished turnkey.
Hawthorn Park 4BR/2.5BA, NW Bradenton pool
Gulfside Village West of Gulf Drive. Large 1 BR/
2BA luxury unit. $650,000 FTK.
t, o Real static
Please call Carol R. Williams.
Broker/Realtor for more
details or appointment to show.
(941) 744-0700 or (941) 720-7761.
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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.
BABY -SITTING AVAILABLE: Ages 9 months
through 11 years old. Experienced, references avail-
able upon request. Call Megahan, 778-7502.
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-
MOTEL SEEKS EXPERIENCED housekeeper for
weekdays and weekends. Transportation neces-
sary. Call 778-1010.
DISHWASHER/COOKS/servers, bus persons
needed. Experienced only need apply. 5610 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Phone, 383-0013.
NURSES NEEDED for active lady with spinal injury.
Daily 9am-lpm and every other weekend 10pm-
10am. Traveling nurses also needed. Call 383-
MOTEL SEEKS WEEKEND manager. Must have
minimum five years experience and work well with
the public. Call 778-1010.
The best news on
Anna Maria Island -
TeM Islander since 1992.
EXPERIENCED HOUSEKEEPERS needed for Is-
land rental homes. Dependable and self-moti-
vated. Saturday only. Own transportation re-
quired. $12/hour. Call 794-6201, leave message.
REAL ESTATE ASSISTANT needed. Experienced
real estate assistant or inactive/retired agent.
Knowledge of being a top producer. Microsoft pub-
lisher experience helpful. Part-time, flexible hours.
Help! Call 705-0227.
DINING ROOM SERVERS: apply Ooh La La! Eu-
ropean Bistro. Day and/or evenings. Fine dining
experience preferred. 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Ask for Chef Damon.
PART-TIME ISLANDER REPORTER: Journalism
skills a must. Computer literate. Independent
worker. Resumes: E-mail email@example.com, or
fax 778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Tingley Memorial Library.
Three and six hour shifts. 779-1208 or 778-6247.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world?
Are you interested in learning the history of Anna
Maria Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria
Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. WE NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
ASSISTED LIVING: Haven Home Bradenton
Beach is admitting residents. Respite, long term.
Call 779-0322 for details, inquiries welcome.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent
references. Edward 778-3222.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $20 per hour- free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, rea-
sonable and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evenings, weekends. For any computer needs,
hardware, software, network, commercial, private.
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
exterior cleaning needs. No job too big or small.
Great rates and references, 722-4358.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." 779-
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.
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.
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amenities for gracious
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with cathedral ceilings,
media/family rooms, large
screen porches, pool, spa
& fountains all in a lush
tropical garden setting.
now available. Call today!
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S3BR/2BA 1,700 sq.ft. Living Area Heated Pool
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SSteps to Beach/Shopping Starting at $385,000
Call: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464
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DO YOU LIKE... .
Airstream trailers and -
cottages? Would you like to-
walk down to the river and ; .
see where the Bradenton
jelly factory was in the the ,
If you like whimsy with ,.
historical significance, call
or drop by the back porch
of my 1915 cottage!
Established in 1952 and still operated by the Boyd Family
309 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
Sales Brenda Boyd May, Broker Rentalsl
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HANDYMAN SERVICES: Scott Fulton contractor.
20 years experience. Island resident, area refer-
ences available. Cell, 713-1907; home, 778-4192;
NOTARY PUBLIC: Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows, sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
PAINTING: INTERIOR and exterior by Henry. 25
years experience. Free estimates. 748-8959.
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.
THE ROYAL MAID SERVICE Licensed, bonded,
insured. Professional experienced maids, free es-
timate, gift certificates available. Call now, 727-
MUSIC LESSONS! Also available: flute, saxo-
phone, clarinet.. Beginning to advanced. Contact
Koko Ray, 792-0160.
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems,. zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
cushions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
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Waterview from every room. 245-ft. of
protected waterfront. This magnificent
two-year-old home is uniquely wheel-
chair friendly. $2,500,000. #90163
Call Piroska Kallay Planck
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free, estimates. Senior
discount. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. Call
779-0851 or cell 448-3857.
LET ME CARE for your lawn. For a full service lawn care
at a great price. Call Adam, 756-1818. Free estimates.
-ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
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You've trusted me for years...
You can trust me to sell your home faster,
Without closing hassles and for the right price.
I Isn't that what you want?
S That's what I do. Call me, let's talk about it.
j| JON KENT
Real Estate Agent on
Anna Maria Island!
I Ask me why! I
02003 Jon Kent
2BR/1BA steps to beach in Anna
Maria. Not too big and not too fancy
and not too expensive. $750/month
2BR/2BA home with den and
screened porch on a quiet canal on
the north end of Anna Maria. Com-
plete with boat dock and single-car
garage. Walk to Bean Point.
$1,200/month plus utilities.
Call Carol Saulnier to see!
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9906 Gulf Drive
Visit our website at www.greenreal.com
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SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone" 720-
FREE SNOW REMOVAL! And when it's not snow-
ing, I specialize in installing shell and rock yards,
driveways and walkways. Rip-rap, sand and mulch
also delivered and spread. Please call David
Bannigan at 794-6971 or cell at 504-7045.
SANDY'S LAWN SERVICE. Celebrating 20 years of
quality and dependable service. Call us for all your
landscape and hardscape needs 778-1345.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
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.
$487,500. -i, 4BR/2.5BA,. well-maintained
Bay Palm canal hqrne with dock and caged
pool. Curb appeal and a unique polished flag-
stone and terrazzo entry are just a few of the
many fine touches in this lovely home.
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$495,000.3BR/2BA, two-car garage, Bay Palm
canal home with caged/heated pool and 7,000-
lb. boat lift and dock. Nice split floor-plan great
for privacy or entertaining. Numerous updates
including newer kitchen, roof, windows, A/C and
See More at www.MarinaPointeRealty.com
31.- Pine Avenue Anna Maria -
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
SALE*RNALS* ANGM T
MAKE YOUR MOVE
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DISCOVER PERICO ISLAND
(Between Anna Maria and the Mainland)
NO BRIDGES TO THE MAINLAND
11336 Perico Isles Circle
Updated pool home. 3BR/2BA,
spacious family kitchen.
Turnkey furnishings included. $339,900.
Marilyn Trevethan, Realtor
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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-
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
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.
, ISLAND -^-^ -rg
3001 Gulf Drive
Toll Free: 1-800-778-9599
NEW LISTING THIS WEEK AT THE NAUTILUS, ONE OF
THE ISLAND'S MOST DESIRABLE CONDOMINIUMS. The
only thing between your private.patio and the white sandy
beach is ten-feet of lawn! Rarely available, this 2BR/2BA
ground-floor condo shares a large pool and a tennis court in
a quiet part of Holmes Beach. Extremely lucrative rental his-
JUST LISTED! TOWNHOUSE CONDOMINIUM AT THE
TERRACE. Completed last year, this turnkey furnished 2BR/
2BA end-unit has large new pool, gazebo garden deck with
an oversized garage. Watch Gulf sunsets from on of three bal-
conies. West of Gulf Drive and very close to beach. Great
rental investment. $345,000.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX REDUCED S20,000! West of Gulf
Drive, this elevated duplex features an 800 sq.ft. 2BR/2BA unit
plus a 600 sq.ft. 1 BR/1 BA unit. The large private backyard had
room for a pool and is a short walk to beach. Featuring cov-
ered parking and large covered porch, this investment prop-
erty is priced to sell at $339,000.
COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT PROPERTY:
14-UNIT BEACHFRONT MOTEL IN BRADENTON BEACH.
Directly on the Gulf, this property features two pools and a spa
and has been operating successfully for many years. Owner
wants to retire. Over 18,000 sq.ft. of land. One and two bed-
room, turnkey furnished units plus several efficiencies.
Call Barry Gould, Realtor, 778-3314
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Homes, rentals. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.
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.
ARTHUR GUIDE'S Home Repairs from A-Z. Car-
penter, electrician, plumber. Free estimates, inte-
rior/exterior, no job too small. Call 749-0454. Sat-
isfaction and quality guaranteed.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and
fair prices. Call 795-1947. Bradenton Lic
COMPLETE BATHROOM REMODELING Drywall,
repairs, texture coating, painting. Custom shower
stalls, tub enclosures, fixtures, cabinets, tile.
Unique Options, 752-7758 or 545-6141 cell.
HANDYMAN: Repairs, installations. Minor carpen-
try, plumbing, electrical. Painting, yard work, prun-
ing, fertilizing. Experienced, dependable. Reason-
able rates. Call Jim, 779-2022.
HANDY ANTHONY. Jack of most trades. Home
refurbishing 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.
OPEN SUNDAY 2-4 PM
3601 East Bay Drive, Unit 209
5500 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL
Fax: 941 779-2602
Greg Oberhofer 720-0932
North Pointe Harbour
720 Key Royale Drive
New 5BR/3.5BA home. Deep-water canal access to
Tampa Bay. Maple cabinetry with granite
countertops. Ceramic tile and wood floors. Elevator.
New seawall. Immediate occupancy. $1.1 million.
Larry Albert 725-1074
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available now.
Beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non
smoking. Priced from $1,400/month, $500/week,
$90/night. 794-5980. www.divefish.com.
CONDO 2BR FURNISHED, beachfront, heated
pool, fishing dock, available April-December, spe-
cial rates, three-month minimum. Age 55 and older.
(813) 247-3178 or week ends (813) 927-1632.
WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
TURNKEY FURNISHED 1 BR/1 BA with full kitchen.
Taking reservations for next year, January-March.
Walk to beach or downtown Holmes Beach. Small
pet OK. 1,600/month Call 778-0554.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Two spacious
homes both 3BR/2BA with all conveniences. One is
$4,700/month, the other is $4,500/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-
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
HOLMES BEACH annual. 3BR/2BA steps to beach.
No pets. $900/month. 725-4190.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new
ceramic floors, $750; 2BR/1BA, stackable washer/
dryer hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrigera-
tor, 1BR/1BA, $650. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-
Please mention you saw it in The Islander.
.2. ANNA MARIA GULFFRONT
sale FOR SALE This 2BR/2BA
c noge ..'ith detached ga-
f, .F H "j ragee apartment is located in
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in Anna Maria City. Gulf
S' .. Frc m almost every room,
Se.er, the garage apartment
has a view. Offered at $1,100,000. MLS#87264
Call Stephanie Bell, (941)778-2307 or (941)920-5156
I SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
2BR/2BA charmer with tranquil views and peeks of
Intracoastal. Wood floors, two-car carport.
Mostly furnished. $215,000. Call Barbara Forrest
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
OPEN HOUSE SUN. 2-4PM
115 HAMMOCK RD. ANNA MARIA
NORTH END BEAUTY This is a beautifully
built 3-4BR/2BA home in a beautiful se-
cluded area only three minutes to the sugar
sand beaches of the Gulf. Newly constructed
and designed by it's English artist owner it
has that European feel and many fine up-
grades. All tastefully done. This is for the dis-
cerning buyer. $685,000. Call Susan Hatch,
Realtor 778-7616 eves.
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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: 15-22, 22-29. Call
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT Furnished 2BR/2BA
with large glass-enclosed living area with fireplace.
Recently remodeled with everything new. Incredible
view. 871 North Shore Drive. $3,500/month. 778-
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/
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
29Years ofProfessional Service
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
5400 Condo 1 or 2BR, ceramic tile, Gulfview, heated pool,
dryo, unique paved deck/chairs "on the beach."
Near Beach 3BR/2BA, R-2, 100-by-117-ft. lot, fireplace,
tile, 1,800 sq.ft. vaulted and tongue-and-groove ceilings,
built-ins, screened, tiled lanai. $394,000.
Tampa Bayfront 2BR/2BA, 2,506 sq. ft.. two greatrooms,
two lots. $1,900,000.
SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTAL
KEY ROYALE Large 2/2, pool, spa, boat dock/lift.
MARTINIQUE Gulffront 2/2, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 Gulffront complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3/2 home, tastefully furnished.
BEACH TOWNHOUSE 2/2, pool, across from beach.
CANALFRONT 2/2, condo, pool, near Island.
PERICO BAY CLUB CONDOS Waterfront.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED rentals. Holmes Beach,
two blocks to beach, 1BR unit available, $585/
month, plus utilities, first and security, (727) 656-
3384 or (727) 461-3384.
SEASONAL RENTAL Anna Maria, 200 feet to Rod
& Reel Pier, ground floor, 2BR/1BA, completely
remodeled, washer/dryer, available for April, May,
June and on. $1,000/month. Taking reservations
for next season, four months minimum. 387-8610.
BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted to
a two-unit property. Each side is 2BR/1BA 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.
PRESTIGIOUS PLAYA ENCANTADA 2BR/2BA beach
or tennis court condos. Heated pool and Jacuzzi, rec-
reation room with kitchen, saunas, baths. Seasonal
rentals, two-week minimum. Details, 778-6322.
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL Rental: Ground-
level duplex close to beach, available April-May.
Two-week minimum. 2/BR, $500/week. 1 BR, $400/
week. Non smoking. Call (813) 928-5378.
BEST CONDO VALUE!
1205 Gulf Dhive, Bradenton Beach
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Beautiful ulf view from thisjust like new con-
lominium only steps from our wide white
sandy beaches. Tumkey fur-
nished. Elevator, hunicane
shutters, heated pool.
Call Chris Shaw
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
SPACIOUS WATERFRONT, upper, sundeck, dock.
Panoramic view, Key West-style. 2BR/2BA, washer/
dryer. Pet considered. 778-0349.
ANNUAL RENTAL Large two-story townhouse,
beautiful, across from beach view. 2BR/3BA, heated
pool. No pets. Available April 15. Call owner, 545-
6118 or 792-6029. $1,200/month.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED Holmes Beach, 2BR/
1 BA, second bedroom can be home office. Steps to
beach, lanai, no pets, non smoking. $850/month,
first, last, security. Call 778-7665.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria Is-
land since 1992.
KEY ROYALE 2004 seasonal. Impeccable
canalfront heated-pool home. 2BR/2BA, gorgeous
paver terrace overlooking water. High standards.
Earlybird savings. (863) 712-7847. View at:
Classifieds continue on next page.
Looking for a place to build your
home? Here is one of the few canal
front lots available in Homes
Beach! No bridges to Tampa Bay
and the Gulf. IB90367
Exceptional value for this well-
maintained 2BR/2BA unit located
on tennis court side of outstanding
Gulffront complex. New appliances,
Corian counter top, A/C, tile and
carpet. Enjoy the beach, the pool or
the tennis court! Turnkey fur-
$299,900 BEACH COTTAGE
Best buy on the Island and only one block to the beach!
Completely renovated 2BR/1BA with garage. IB86388.
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at www.cbflorida.com
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(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH ?
BAYFRONT PARADISE Surround yourself with beautiful
views and tropical lushness. 4BR/2.5BA, plus guest quar-
ters. Deep-water dockage, hardwood floors. Two fire-
places. Very Private, $995,000.
GULFFRONT CONDO Fabulous Gulf and sunset views.
2BR/2BA, garage, extra storage. Heated pool, tennis.
BAYFRONT CONDO Updated 2BR/2BA, two lanais,
washer/dryer. Heated pool, tennis. $279,000.
You'll be glad you called
SYvonne Higgins P.A.
B RE/MAX GULFSTREAM REALTY
(941) 778-7777 or 518-9003
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>- Addresses ending in even numbers (or A M):
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-
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- Owners can wash their vehicles anytime as long
as they use a hose with a shut-off nozzle. (Pull the
car on the lawn to wash!)
> Rinsing boats and flushing of boat motors is al-
lowed for ten minutes daily.
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Questions or comments? Call the Southwest Florida Water
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RENA LS conti n I RENT
ALMOST ON THE BEACH Vacation rental. Lovely
1BR duplex available March and April due to can-
cellation. Call 778-5120.
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.
CONDO: Spectacular view and summer breezes
from 2BR/2BA Gulffront unit. Elevator, pool and ten-
nis, 55-plus. May, June, August and October. Call
CHOICE OF 3 and 5BR houses, all with heated
pools, on the water. Long or short term rentals.
www.hartwellvillas.co.uk or e-mail:
Barbara@hartwellvillas.co.uk. Call 011-44-2564-
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR/1BA in Bradenton Beach.
55-plus, across street from beautiful Gulf beach.
Furnished, carport, central air conditioning. $650/
month, no pets. Call 778-4349 or 725-1074.
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR duplex, immaculate, fully
furnished, central air, cable, dishwasher, micro-
wave, washer/dryer, garage, balcony. Three min-
utes to beach. April 2003; $450/week or $800/two
weeks. May-Oct. 31, $825/month, plus utilities. 778-
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA Anna Maria $750/
month; 2BR/2BA with washer/dryer hook-ups $875/
month; 1BR/1BA, direct Gulf view $645/month.
Fran Maxon Real Estate 778-2307.
HOLMES BEACH MARCH-APRIL 2003. Fur-
nished, 1BR/2BA, steps to beach. Telephone,
washer/dryer, cable TV, pets welcome. $2,050/
month, $560/week. Call 778-1098.
2BR/1BA RUSTIC COTTAGE close to bay. $700/
month, first, last and security. No pets. 795-1243 or
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BA, im-
maculate, pool, tennis, elevators, cable TV, non
smoking, available April 1. 778-6288 or e-mail
ANNA MARIA GULFFRONT vacation rental. Spa-
cious 2BR apartment, enclosed porch, private pa-
tio, sundeck, tropical beach setting, garage, im-
NEW-renovated 2BR, plus 3BR/den, up or down
duplexes. Sleeps eight. Dishwasher, washer/dryer,
DVD, VCR, cable, porch, grill. One block to Holmes
Beach. $2,300/month, $700/week. Non smoking.
NEXT SEASON RESERVE now! 2BR/1BA,
ground floor, washer/dryer, nicely furnished, north
end of Anna Maria, $1,200/month. Call 387-8610.
INDULGE YOURSELF Spend the summer in para-
dise. Gulffront beach house nicely furnished, central
air, front and rear decks, 1 BR. Available June through
September only, $900/month plus, utilities. 779-0095.
BRADENTON BEACH unfurnished 2BR/2.5BA
Garage, deck, patio. Walk to beach. Annual. $875/
LONGBOAT KEY Annual rental. 1BR/1BA unfur-
nished. No dogs, quiet area, beach easement avail-
able. $560/month includes water. First, last and
security required. Excellent for single. St. Judes
Drive. Call 387-9252.
KEY ROYALE 2004 seasonal. Charming canalfront
home, 2BR/2BA/den, heated pool, paver terrace,
dock, wide water. Beautifully equipped. High stan-
dards. $4,200/month. Early bird savings. Call (863)
712-7847 or www.vrbo.com/18876.htm.
HOLMES BEACH 1BR. Spacious, renovated with
screened lanai. Steps to beach and shopping. Fur-
nished or unfurnished. $650/month, plus utilities.
TRAILER 1BR/1BA, view of Gulf, steps to beach.
$600/month, includes utilities. 55-plus park. 727-1683.
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WATERFRONT EFFICIENCY with boat dock. Un-
furnished, $500/month, plus utilities. Call Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
HOLMES BEACH MAY-June 2003. Furnished,
1 BR/2BA, steps to beach. Telephone, washer/dryer,
cable TV, pets welcome. $1,695/month, $495/week.
WATERFRONT 1BR/1BA with boat dock. Unfur-
nished. $750/month, plus utilities. Call Mike Norman
FULLY FURNISHED STUDIO apartment in Holmes
Beach. $1,200/month. Call 778-0212.
FURNISHED ANNUAL 1BR in City of Anna Maria.
Gulf view, $675/month plus utilities. First, last, se-
curity. No pets, non smoking, references. 778-5439.
2004 RESERVATIONS for March. Week or month, pan-
oramic Gulffront, 3BR/2BA home, huge deck, North
Shore Drive in Anna Maria. (813) 920-5595 or 778-5722.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA duplex, garage; washer/dryer.
80th Street and Marina Drive. $800/month. Call
ANNUAL PERICO ISLAND 3BR/2.5BA. Brand new
model home! Open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, tile
throughout! Two-car garage, laundry room, sauna,
tennis courts in association. $1,400/month. 720-2242.
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some lo-
cations. Book now for 2003. Units are complete,
most have bikes, two TVs and VCR, fully-equipped
kitchens, dishwashers, washer/dryer, gas grills,
beach chairs and more. Rates occasionally ad-
justed. $375-$775/week, $975-$2,275/month. (800)
977-0803 or 737-1121 or www.abeacview.com.
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EL CONQUISTADOR 2BR/2BA condo with garage,
nice view, one-and-a-half blocks to bay. Tennis
(clay), golf and shopping. Three months, six months
or annual. 545-3097.
BAY VIEW and across from the Gulf, 2BR/1BA,
upgraded, furnished, seasonal or annual. Call (941)
BEAUTIFUL HOME to share in Bradenton Beach,
Heated pool. Non smoking house. Small pet OK.
779 9146 or 224 0997.
CHARMING 1BR/1BA furnished apartment on ca-
nal. Phone, washer/dryer, very private yard with
pond. Available this April to December and next
March and April. 778-5405.
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space? Budget Self Storage can help. Daily,
weekly, monthly specials. Boxes and packing sup-
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.
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.
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
CONDO ON WATER best views of bayou in City of
Anna Maria. Lovely upstairs unit, 2BR/1BA, dock,
walk to city pier, shops and restaurants. Call (603)
GULF-BAY RENOVATED mid-rise rarely available
2BR/2BA unit. Pristine, turnkey furnished and Gulf
views. $449,900. Weekly rentals possible. Latitude
27 Realty, 744-2727.
TRAILER: Located in Pines Trailer Park, Bradenton
Beach. #61 Bay Drive. No water view. See Josie in
#20, or call 778-3572 or (248) 670-1928.
The best news on
SAnna Maria Island -
SThe Islander Since 1992.
AVAILABLE: One unique Gulffront home with pan-
oramic views in a brand new three-home condo
being built at 3716 Gulf Drive. A special place for
special people. The price is not yet finalized, but
under $1.3 million. Information is available at the
construction site or at www.seashellbeach.com.
Those financially qualified will be interviewed and
given tours by appointment. E-mail:
SSBIMail@aol.com, or leave message 778-7845.
DUPLEX IN Holmes Beach. Current owner will
lease back long term. All the tax benefits of income
property without the headaches. Call Tom at 779-
ANNA MARIA ISLAND grand canal 2,400-sq.ft.
home. 2-3BR/2BA with washer/dryer in large utility
room. Two-car garage, new tile floors and seawall
with 3,000-lb. davits. $589,000. Call 778-5186.
CANAL LOT 75X139 for sale by owner. 240 Willow
Ave., Anna Maria. Will consider financing. Call
(423) 639-5797 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ISLAND CONDO REDUCED: $218,900. Beautiful
Cove at Sandy Pointe complex. Quiet, private
bridge and road overlooking the new Grassy Point
Park. Centrally located, close to beaches, restau-
rants and shops. Weekly rentals! Unfurnished and
available immediately. Call Tom Condron 748-5551
ext. 105. Century 21, Scotland Yard Realty Inc.
KEY ROYALE: Spacious 3BR/3BA fully updated!
Laundry room, screened lanai, boat dock.
$625,000. 779-2022. No solicitors. Open house 1-
4 pm Sunday, March 16. 620 Dundee, Holmes
1BR/1BA VILLA in Seaside Gardens. Remodeled
and newly furnished. Asking $150,000. Call for
appointment, 778-0117. Ask for Aletha.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Gated, landscaped island
sanctuary. 2BR/2BA upper bayfront condo with
vaulted ceiling, glassed-in lanai and panoramic
Palma Sola Bay views. Garage, pools, tennis, wild-
life trails, active waterway. Close to beaches, res-
taurants, shops, golf. 24-hour security. Hanly and
Associates, (941) 224-9564.
OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY and Sunday, March
15-16, steps to Anna Maria Island, 7908 18th Ave.
W., Bradenton. 3BR/2BA, heated pool, large lanai,
move-in condition, looks new! Cortez Road or
Manatee Avenue to Palma Sola Boulevard to 18th
Avenue West. $329,900. 761-2810.
WEST SIDE TRIPLEX Great income. 3BR/2BA,
2BR/2BA and 2BR/2BA. Towne & Shore Realty,
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office space. West Bay Cove South. 737-1121 or
(800) 977-0803 or view at www.abeachview.com.
ON THE ISLAND Single-family home. Elevated.
2BR/2BA, totally redone with deeded boat slip.
$399,000. Towne and Shore Realty, 383-3840.
CUTEST AND CHEAPEST house on the Island!
Pool, beautifully landscaped, buy your Island get-
away today. Call Annie 737-0163, or drive by 204
Haverkos Ct. (just north of Anna Maria Elemen-
tary). View at www.abeachview.com.
SALON FOR SALE Cortez Road West. Call 798-
3754, evenings after 6.
MORE THAN A peek of the Gulf from this Holmes
Beach triplex. Two 2BR/1BA are annually rented
and 1BR/1BA has recently been totally renovated
with granite, paint and tile floors. 104 29th St. Call
737-1121 or (800) 977-0803 or view it at.
BAYFRONT two-year old, custom 3BR/2BA home,
large deck overlooking water, boat docks and
more. $260,000. Sandpiper Mobile Resort. 55-plus.
GREAT WATERVIEWS 3BR/3BA totally reno-
vated. Beadboard, cottage kitchen with sage green
Corian counters, views from almost every room.
New everything! 509 Bayview Drive, Holmes
Beach (east on 28th, right on Avenue B, left on
Bayview) 737-1121 or (800) 977-0803 or view it at
PERICO BAY CLUB. Gated, landscaped Island
sanctuary. 2BR/2BA upper bayfront condo with
vaulted ceiling, glassed-in lanai and panoramic
Palma Sola Bay views. Garage, pools, tennis, wild-
life trails, active waterway. Close to beaches, res-
taurants, shops, golf. 24-hour security. (770) 399-
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard,
guest quarters or rental income producer. $28,500
or make offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboatsunseeker or call 778-3526.
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BEAUTIFUL CONDO in Smugglers Land-
ing. Large 2,495 sq.ft. unit on bay with 40-
ft. deep-water dock. 3BR/3BA unit with
lanai. Priced to sell at $495,000. Call Jim
La Rose at 729-2381.
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ISLAND BARGAIN! Bright and sunny
2BR/2BA furnished condo. Covered park-
ing and close to shopping, restaurants and
beach. Won't last long! $219,900. Call
Dick Maheror Dave Jones at 778-4800.
ANNA MARIA NORTH END
4BR/2.5BA. Custom Key West-style canal home built in 2000. 10-
foot ceilings, arched doorways, spacious open and bright double
greatroom/dining area. Rocking chair porches front and rear. Large
kitchen. Unique laundry room with built-ins for hobbist/artist or sec-
ond office. Recreation room, four-car garage, pool and private dock.
Creative extras and details throughout. $995,000.
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This inviting 3BR/2BA waterfront pool
home-offers a cheerful westerly expo-
sure overlooking tranquil Lake La Vista. ,.
Features of this.charming hideaway, tucked away on the Island's quiet north end, include
a spacious eat-in kitchen with white glass-front cabinets, cozy waterside Florida room,
with built-in bar area and pecky cypress siding, newer seawall and dock, lovely vaulted
pool cage, new Trane heat pump, easy-care shell landscaping accented by citrus trees
and a covered cabana area. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity! Priced at $699,900.
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LARGE DUPLEX NEAR BEACH
2BR/2BA each side. Just steps to one of area's best
beaches. Quiet secluded street in North Holmes
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carports. Excellent rental. $695,000.
JUST LISTED! POOL HOME
3BR/2BA, completely remodeled. Eat-in kitchen,
breakfast bar, vaulted ceiling, new baths, open plan,
private setting, in-ground pool and deck. Barrel-tile
roof. Holmes Beach. $449,000.
ANNA MARIA WATERFRONT
2BR/2BA elevated contemporary island home with
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dock. Lots of storage, close to fishing pier, restau-
rants and shopping. 2 car garage residential area.
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pointed, ceramic tile, walk-in closets, glassed-in
porch, balcony overlooking water, vaulted ceiling,
two-car garage. Secure community, guard gate, and
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style duplex? Then this is it! Located
on a fabulous street just steps to the
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munity boat dock. $459,000.
ell & LOTS
861 North Shore Dr......... $1,950,000
S513 69th St. ..................... $519,000
510 72nd St.................... $559,000
510 Key Royale Dr ......... $399,900
510 68th St .................. $489,000
608 Key Royale .............. $469,000
524 71st St................ $1,490,000
8401 Marina Dr.............. $725,000
509 65th St ............... $439,500
S4212 Redfish Ct. LOT ..... $575,000
307 Iris ...................... $495,000
611 Dundee .................. $525,000
536 Key Royale Dr.......... $878,400
523 Loquat Dr............. $699,000
an 106 Gull Dr. ................. $629,000
CONDOS & LOTS
Westbay Pt. Moorings #268 $374,000
308 55th St. Lot............. $197,500
Sun Plaza West #201...... $399,000
n Bridgeport #113 ............ $269,900
Beachwalk Townhomes 1 Left .. $499,900
Key West #100 ................. $439,000
408 Pointsetta Rd. ........... $495,000
710 North Shore. Lot...... $279,000
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
311 66th St.................. $345,000
104 7th St. S................ $459,000
516 Sanderling Cir.......... $245,900
634 Estuary .................... $210,000
Vizcaya #31C............... $129,900
1243 Spoonbill Landings Cr...... $244,500
2418 90th St. NW........ $2,995,000
1280 Spoonbill Landings Cir.... $324,000
618 Estuary Dr ..................... $227,000
Mirror Lake #3401 ................... $87,000
9905 E. Spoonbill Rd ............ $675,000
11336 Perico Isles Cr.............. $339,900
1248 Spoonbill Landings Cir.... $249,999
517 Lakeside Dr. .................. $118,800
1259 Spoonbill Landings Cr. ... $310,000
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What agriculture and golf courses are doing to conserve
". .How to increase your property value and still save water
usual places to visit and enjoy our water resource environment
AND ITS IMPORTANCE IN LIFE
Celebrate Our Water in 2003
We invite you to join the Peace River/
Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
(the Authority) and our region's public water
systems in celebrating our water and its
importance in life.
Florida doesn't normally
receive rainfall year-
round, water levels
fluctuate during the
year. The challenge is
to bridge the temporary
shortfall between rainy
periods and those
normal dry periods that
usually occur each year.
should learn all we can
about making the most
efficient use of our
water resources. We ec
hope by reading this Authority Executive Director
hope by reading this
insert, you'll learn more
about water and water resource protection.
Where does our water
In southwest Florida, the public relies on
two different types of water supply resources,
ground water and surface water. Ground
water is water that originates from below land
surface in aquifers. Surface water originates
from rivers, streams and lakes.
Charlotte and DeSoto counties primarily
rely on the Peace River, a surface
water source for their potable water
supply needs. This water is supplied
by the Authority.
Manatee County is unique because
the public water supply resources with-
in its boundaries are made up of both
surface water from Lake Manatee and i
ground water from the Floridan aquifer. "'
In Sarasota County, both ground
water and surface water are used.
Ground water from the Floridan
aquifer has been the primary resource.
Surface water, treated to drinking
water standards, is purchased from
Manatee County and the Authority.
North Port purchases water from
the Authority and has a surface
Do we have enough water?
Your public water utility has sufficient
supplies to meet current demands and
needs into the next decade.
SUtilities in the region are
S also committed to identifying
and securing adequate water
supplies for the future by
taking a regional approach
to water supply planning.
Alternative sources, con-
servation, new technologies
and rotation of resources
within the region are all
options being considered.
What are aquifer
storage and recovery
ick J. Lehman Through aquifer storage
and recovery (ASR) wells,
utilities are able to pump treated surface
water into an aquifer during the wet season
when water resources are plentiful. Months
later, ASR wells pump that same water out
of the wells to meet the public's need for
water during the dry periods, when demand
is high and water resources are low.
Currently Manatee County and the
Authority are using ASR wells (see graphic)
to manage the region's water resources.
It is expected that the use of ASR wells
will be expanded in the future.
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What alternative water sources
are being explored?
Regional water managers are already
using, expanding and exploring alternative
water sources, such as the use of
reclaimed water, desalination and storm
Reclaimed water is provided by highly
treated wastewater and is used for irrigation
of landscapes. The beneficial use of this
water allows us to save higher quality
drinking water for public use.
Desalination is the process where salt
is removed from brackish ground water or
seawater. This is generally considered a
drought-proof alternative, but itcan-be costly.
Storm water requires the collection,
storage and pumpage of water to land-
scape orfIrrigation water' sers. Similar to
the reclaimed water alternative, storm
water catf provide a beneficial alternative
for irrigation of landscapes saving higher
quality water for the ';iubjii
The Water Planning Alliance -
working together for our region.
The Water Planning Alliance is a
coalition of governments in the region.
Members are Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee
and Sarasota counties; the Englewood
Water District; the cities of Arcadia,
Bradenton, North Port, Palmetto, Punta
Gorda, Sarasota and Venice; and the
town of Longboat Key.
The Alliance is looking
at member's water resources
and analyzing supplies and
their reliability. It is also
evaluating infrastructure and
Sweater needs. This effort
t' hopes to create cost-
effective regional solutions.
By working together,
the Alliance hopes to
benefit the four-county area
with a sustainable source
of water while protecting
this valuable resource and
the environment for
generations to come.
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Rain, Rain Everywhere...
So Why Should I Conserve Water?
Thomas G. Dabney II, Governing Board Vice-Chair, Southwest Florida Water Management District
It's a question I am frequently asked.
It's easy to remember to conserve when
you're in the middle of a drought. But
what about when it rains like it has in
recent months? The answer can be found
by looking back at our recent history.
In 1997 and 1998, El NifRo deposited
massive amounts of rainfall during the
typical dry winter season, resulting in
flooding throughout west-central Florida.
Two years later, the worst drought in our
recorded history ravaged the state. At the
end of 2002, the area again experienced
the effects of another El Nifo with higher
than normal rainfall and periodic flooding.
Who knows what tomorrow will bring?
We face many water supply challenges,
especially in the southern part of our
District Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee
and Sarasota counties where an over-
reliance on ground water is allowing
saltwater intrusion in the coastal areas
and lowered lake levels in the Highlands
To address these challenges, the
Southwest Florida Water Management
District (the District) is employing a multi-
prong approach that uses both regulatory
and non-regulatory methods to ensure an
adequate water supply for both human
and environmental needs during times of
plenty as well as times of drought. While
our regulatory programs are requiring
more efficient uses of water, the District
has also completed a Regional Water
Supply Plan that lists potential water
supply alternatives to ground water.
The District is also continuing its
partnerships with local governments and
other water users to develop alternative
water supplies, such as expansions of
the Peace River Regional Reservoir and
Facility, reclaimed water projects for both
public supply and agriculture, additional
opportunities to store water in the aquifer
and the development of improved
irrigation practices for agriculture.
Along with these new supplies, a vital
part of the solution to our water supply
challenges is conservation. By conserving
water, we reduce the need for developing
new water supplies, and we show respect
for the fragile nature of our most precious
resource. Conservation is not a hardship,
but rather simply being non-wasteful. Use
what you need and need what you use.
We ask everyone to look for ways to
conserve, whether it be through using
low-flow showerheads, appropriate water
levels for wash loads or waiting until the
dishwasher is full with dishes before
running. Look to landscaping, one of the
biggest water users, and seek ways to
beautify and improve its water efficiency.
Information is available from the District
(WaterMatters.org) and from your local
cooperative extension offices on Florida-
friendly landscape principles.
Conservation is more than just a
temporary fix to a temporary problem. It is
really a lifestyle change and should be a
year-round effort. As good stewards, we
should treat these precious resources
respectfully and never waste them.
The Peace River is not only a water supply resource, but also a source of recreational enjoyment.
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What are Agriculture
and Gol Courses Doing
to Conserve Water?
Agriculture and golf courses celebrate
water and recognize its importance because
it is the lifeblood of their business operations.
Often requiring large amounts of water to
irrigate, farms and golf courses sometimes face
criticism from homeowners.
The criticism is sometimes
misdirected. The following
examples of local agricultural
and golf course managers
demonstrate efforts of doing
their part to make efficient
and effective use of Florida's
to save water -
to save water At PTG, storm water is
Boran Ranch & to be used later for irrig
Sod Farm in DeSoto County
Todd Boran, president of the Boran Ranch
& Sod Farm, became intrigued with the
drainage system used on clay tennis courts.
After doing research, he decided to install 60
acres to test the feasibility of the dual-purpose
drainage and irrigation system. Not only was it
feasible, it was phenomenal. In terms of water
and labor savings, the ranch now has over 650
acres under a subsurface tile irrigation and
The concept is simple perforated pipes
are installed two to three feet under ground with
a few small, open-top, box-like structures
attached to the main pipe. Each small box is
equipped with a divider that can be raised or
lowered. Water is brought into the system either
by natural rainfall or pumped in from a well. In
either event, when the field needs to hold water,
the divider is lowered. When the field needs to
drain water, the divider is raised.
The system produces a 25 percent annual
water savings over the previous irrigation sys-
tem. This improved efficiency also allows the
farm to produce a better, more uniform product.
"The water savings and quality product
really pays for itself," says Boran. "We are now
experimenting with using this system on small
crops of cucumbers and watermelons. I've also
invited other farmers to see how it operates."
Sometimes there's too much
water Pacific Tomato Growers
of Manatee County
In the early 1990s,
masses of trees began to
Sdie at the headwaters of
Sthe Myakka River in a
S3,000-acre area known
as the Flatford Swamp.
S' Excess ground water flow
S into the swamp was the
primary cause of the
stressed and dying trees.
S When the Southwest
charged into the reservoir Management District
n. began looking for solu-
tions to restore the
swamp, it found a partner in Pacific Tomato
Growers (PTG) of Manatee County.
In 2001, PTG began pumping excess
surface water from the swamp and storing it
in reservoirs for use as irrigation water for
its tomato crops. To date, this swamp water
has successfully offset over 38 million
gallons of ground water.
But PTG did not stop there. Recognizing
that the irrigation water was seeping under-
ground back into the swamp, PTG also
constructed an innovative tail-water recovery
and seepage-water interception system. This
system features an underground, perforated
drainpipe that collects irrigation water at the
low end of the field and then automatically
pumps it back to the top of the field to further
reduce the need for ground water irrigation
and reduce seepage back into the swamp.
Golf courses use new
technology Sara Bay Golf
and Country Club
The historic Sara Bay Golf and Country
Club had three different irrigation systems
with components that were over 77 years
old and riddled with leaks. But all that is his-
tory due to a recent million-dollar renovation
resulting in water savings of up to 70 percent.
over the old system, according to golf course
superintendent Bob Gwodz.
"Each green in the old system had four
sprinkler heads, and each head used 90
gallons of water per minute," says Gwodz.
"Compare that to the new system which has
two sprinkler heads per green and each uses
27 gallons per minute."
That's just the beginning of Sara Bay's
conservation efforts. From his desk, Gwodz can
modify the amount of irrigation down to the per-
centage point needed for maximum efficiency.
"The old pumps used the same amount of
power to run one sprinkler head as they did to
run 20," says Gwodz. "The use of new variable
speed pumps results in energy savings of $800
Tournament Players Club
Of the 20,000 golf courses in the world,
only 500 are recognized as Certified Audubon
Cooperative Sanctuaries. The Tournament
Players Club (TPC) at Prestancia in Sarasota
County is one of those courses. The certifica-
tion program recognizes only those that
demonstrate a commitment to environmental
stewardship and sustainable management, a
key component of which is water conservation.
"It is an honor to be Audubon-certified,"says
golf course superintendent Mark Johnson, "but
it also requires a significant effort on our part,
especially in the planning phase and steps we
must take to manage our water."
Very conscious of water usage, TPC has
full-time irrigation personnel to monitor and
calculate water needs. The fully automated
irrigation system gives them the control to
send water only where it is needed.
"It's all about efficiencies," says Johnson.
With a $1.5 million irrigation upgrade in the
works for 2004, TPC will continue doing its part
to conserve our water resources.
From his desktop, golf course superintendent Bob Gwodz
determines how much irrigation water is needed and adjusts
the quantity applied accordingly
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AND ITS IMPORTANCE IN LIFE
Can Also Save Water
Michael J. Holsinger, Sarasota County Extension Agent
Besides saving water, homeowners who
convert some of their lawn areas to special-
ized landscape features can add significant
value to their property. As these landscapes
mature, they can add up to 15 percent to a
property's market value.
Literally speaking, "outdoor rooms" can be
established by creative citizens and contractors
that can make landscapes enjoyable places to
spend time, not just workplaces.
The following options are just a few of many
available to residents in southwest Florida. Each
reduces irrigation requirements and saves water.
Increased Tree Canopy
Trees provide shade and comfort. The
temperature under a tree can be about 10
degrees cooler than in the sun. Strategically
placed, they can also shade the house and
reduce air-conditioning costs. The right trees
can attract birds, and birdfeeders and a bird-
house placed in the trees can be enjoyable to
watch. Because of their extensive root systems,
trees require little to no supplemental irrigation
once established, and as they mature, they
enhance curb appeal and add privacy.
Patios and Decks
Patios and decks save significant water
because they do not require irrigation. In order to
keep water from running off, patios can be made
of pervious materials such as brick, flat stone or
porous concrete. Decks can now be made out of
materials using recycled plastic and wood chips
that require no staining or painting. In addition,
much of the time plants, such as orchids and
bromeliads, can brighten up decks and patios
on only the water nature provides. Trellises and
arbors, incorporating drought-tolerant flowering
or fruiting vines, can add additional privacy and
interest by attracting hummingbirds and butter-
flies or providing edible returns on investment.
Swimming pools and spas, properly main-
tained, can be modest users of water over time.
In recent years, pre-formed plastic composite
pools with cascading water have become popu-
lar. They can produce soothing sounds that
help wipe away the worries and frustration of
busy days. These units incorporate small
recirculating pumps for constant water flow and
drastically reduce the need for cleaning and
water replacement, and water is only lost through
evaporation. The pools can contain goldfish,
small turtles, water lilies and other aquatic plants,
and they can also attract frogs, dragonflies and
toads. Along with the more compact birdbaths,
they also serve as a water source for both
drinking and bathing by our feathery friends.
Florida friendly landscapes can be beautiful and livable.
Sarasota Chamber of Commerce public affairs vice-president
Bill Couch created an 'butdoor room" in his backyard that not
only uses the principles, but also increases property value.
Walkways to Connect it all
Some enterprising homeowners have
constructed walkways connecting decks to
patios. Patlpscan also be extended throughout
the landscape-so one can visit various varieties'
of plants, decorative art and other features.
With landscape lighting elements, these walk-
ways can be used to show interesting night-
flowering plants and the rarely-seen pollinators
visiting them. Try to construct walkways of
pervious materials such as pavers, shell,
or mulch to reduce water runoff.
Other elements can add interest and variety
to our landscapes. The only limitation may be
the imagination of the property owner and the
family budget. In southwest Florida we are
blessed with warm weather year-round, allowing
us to get more out of our landscapes and save
water at the same time. And, the payoffs in
outdoor enjoyment and increased property
value are well worth the initial investment.
Our Water Cycle
We have recovered from the recent
drought. So why do we still have irrigation
restrictions or guidelines in place?
records it's apparent ,.. "
that floods and
droughts will always -
And, while residents
know the importance -
of berng prepared "' ., ..
for possible floods,
they also need to be Watering three-quarters ofan i
prepared for drought ifneeded, develops deep root
Preparing is a two-fold E
approach. The first is to develop C
a dependable, drought-resistant =,
drinking water supply. The ,
second is to evaluate how
water is used and make "
sure that it effectively
reflects our environment.
Landscape irrigation is Total annual
District for ye
one of our largest water
users. To ensure that your landscape
can withstand droughts requires
drought-resistant plants and a water
e a week, regime that develops deep root systems.
s. 'Watering three-quarters of an inch once
a week and following the Florida Yards
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rainfall for the southern region of the Southwest Florida Management
ars 1991 through 2001.
& Neighborhoods principles will help develop
such a landscape.
Being prepared for whatever Florida's
weather sends our way means we recognize the
importance of working with our environment and
will ensure there is water for future generations.
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CALehrnrinorWni-r AND ITS IMPORTANT IN LIFE
Jack Tichenor, Manatee County Extension Agent for Water Conservation
Nine steps to improve your lawn
and lower your water bill
I Reduce the area of water-thirsty grass
in your lawn and replace part of it with attrac-
tive shrubs in mulched beds. There is a great
variety to choose from and most shrubs need
only 10 inches of extra water (in addition to
normal rainfall) a year, while grasses may
need 20 to 35 inches per year. Some shrubs
need little or no extra water once they are
established, and none of them need mowing!
2. Group plants in shrub bed areas
according to their water, sunlight and soil type
needs. Your county extension office or your
water management district has excellent plant
selection guides and can answer your ques-
tions on shrub choices.
3. Group sprinkler zones according to
how much water the plants need. Group high
water-use plants such as grass, in one zone,
medium water-use plants in another zone
and low water use plants in a different zone.
Also, plants growing in shaded areas need
less water than plants located in full sun.
4. Water only as needed. You will get a
healthier lawn, less lawn maintenance and a
lower water bill. Watch plants for their first
signs of dryness tender leaves begin to wilt,
footprints remain in grass and grass blades
fold together. Remember to stay within your
designated watering days.
5. Use a rain gauge to keep up with
current rainfall amounts. Skip watering after
rains and when the soil is moist. Remember,
our purpose is only to substitute for the lack
of rainfall after the root zone moisture-is used
up. Reduce how often you water during the
cool season and in times of frequent rainfall.
Follow the dynamics of the seasons, it's not
"set and forget'
6. Install a rain shut-off device-(a state
law on newly installed systems since 1991)
to turn off your watering system during and
after rains. This one simple step can save
much over-watering. Test it quarterly during
the dry season and monthly during the rainy
season to make sure it works.
Pop-up spray sprinklers are popular for small turf areas.
Each type sprinkler has a different application rate and should
not be mixed within a sprinkler zone.
7. Calibrate each sprinkler zone using
straight-sided "catch" cans, such as tuna fish
or pet food cans, scattered randomly, but set
level, throughout the zone. When it's time to
water, place the cans, turn that sprinkler zone
on and time how long it takes to get an.
average depth of 3/4 inch of water in the
cans. Set the sprinkler timer for that many
minutes in this zone. Repeat the procedure
for the other sprinkler zones.
8. Use only one type of sprinkler within
an individual watering zone to avoid over-or
under-watered areas within that zone. Rotor
and impact type sprinklers are for large, open
spaces and apply about 1/2 inch water per
hour. Sprayers are for smaller or odd-shaped
areas and apply about two inches per hour.
Micro-irrigation systems in lawns are ideal
for shrub beds and long, narrow plantings.
Micro-irrigation watering rates vary, depending
on which of the four basic types are used:
micro sprayers/sprinklers, bubblers, drippers
or drip tubing.
9. Every month inspect, adjust and repair
irrigation system leaks, overspray onto paved
surfaces, clogged, worn or damaged sprinklers
and micro-irrigation parts. Check and clean
the water strainers at well pump (if used),
the micro-irrigation water supply and the small
screens inside pop-up sprayer type sprinklers.
Keep plant material trimmed away from
sprinkler spray paths.
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AND ITS IMPORTANCE IN LIFE
to Enjoy Our Environment
Grab your camera and binoculars, put on your walking shoes and get outdoors to learn
how our water resources play such an important role in our environment. Here are some
places to visit that might be a surprise:
Alligator Creek Preserve
This 3,000-acre site is owned by the state
with a portion leased to the Charlotte Harbor
Environmental Center for educational and
passive recreational purposes. The main.
attraction is the area's four miles of nature
trails. Volunteers offer interpretive trail walks.
Directions: Take exit 1-75 at exit # 161,
head west on Jones Loop Road to Hwy 41,
cross Hwy 41 and continue west on Burnt
Store Road. The Alligator Creek site is about
1.25 miles on the right from Hwy 41.
Trails open dawn to dusk
Office hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
10941 Burnt Store Road
Punta Gorda, FL 33955
Cedar Point Park
A large tract of environmentally undisturbed
land on Lemon Bay has samples.of most of
.southwest Florida's coastal ecological sys-
tems. The park is best known for being home
to two bald eagles' nests. Hiking along 4.5
miles of trails, visitors may see many species
of wildlife. Guided walks are available on
weekends during winter months. Amenities
include a small playground and picnic tables.
Directions: Take Hwy 776 in Englewood,
tum south onto Placida Road. The Cedar
Point site is 1.5 miles from Hwy 776 on the
right across from Lemon Bay High School.
Trails open dawn to dusk
Office hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2300 Placida Road
This 22,000-acre park contains diverse
ecosystems, palmetto prairies, dense oak
hammocks, marshes, wetlands, pine forest
and scrubs. Amenities include a picnic area,
camping (tents only), nature trails, bicycling,
hiking, horseback riding and hunting (hunters
have to meet requirements). Rangers on
at all times for tours and information.
Directions: Go east on State Road 64 to!
Duette Road, turn left, go 6.6 miles to Rawls
Road. From 1-75 approximately 25 miles east.
Open 8 a.m. to sunset
2649 Rawls Road
Duette, FL 33834
Emerson Point Park
State-owned and county-managed, this
365-acre park is the home of the Portevant
Temple Mound, the largest remaining Indian
mound on Florida's west coast. Native
ecosystems include beaches, lagoons, salt
marshes, mangrove swamps, extensive
grass flats, tropical hardwood hammocks,
hardwood hammocks, and semi-upland
wooded areas. Amenities include a picnic
shelter, observation tower, boardwalk, a
paved bike lane and several hiking trails.
Park has rangers on duty at all times for
tours and information.
Directions: Take 1-75 to exit 224
(Palmetto/Ellenton), take ramp (RIGHT) onto
US-301 (SR-43) toward US-301/Gamble
Mansion/Ellenton/Palmetto, approx. 6 miles,
cross the bridge onto Snead Island, right on
Tarpon Avenue, then left on 17th St., which
dead ends at the park.
Open 8 a.m. to sunset
5801 17th St. W.
Palmetto, FL 34221
The Brown Thrasher is a skilled singer like its close relative
the Mocking Bird. It can be found in many of the places
discussed in this insert.
Rye Wilderness Park
Located on the Manatee River, this 146-acre
park contains four distinctive ecosystems,
sand-pine scrub, xeric oak scrub, oak ham-
mocks and the rivertommunity. Dry upland
is home to several threatened animals. Ask
the ranger for the animal checklist. Amenities
include a picnic area, boating, nature trails,
biking, historical sites, horseback riding,
canoeing/ kayaking, playground and camping
Directions: Take exit 220 from 1-75. Take
ramp onto SR-64 toward Wauchula/Zolfo
Springs, approx. 4 miles; turn left onto Rye
Open 8 a.m. to sunset
905 Rye Wilderness Trail
Parrish, FL 34219
and Preservation Corridor
Consists of the entire, undeveloped length
of the Myakkahatchee Creek north of US
Highway 41. The preserve protects the
water quality within the creek and is impor-
tant because that is the city's main drinking
water source. The city envisions creating a
seven-mile long linear park and greenway
with opportunities for people to enjoy
camping, hiking, canoeing and bird
watching in an unspoiled setting.
Directions: Take the Sumter Boulevard
exit on 1-75 head north to Tropicaire, follow
signs to the park.
Open 8 a.m. to sunset
North Port, FL 34287
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Off the Beaten Path Places
to Enjoy Our Environment
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(Park listings continued on back cover)
This 24,285-acre reserve consists of pine flatwoods,
dry prairie, wetlands and oak hammocks. Amenities
include a visitor center (log cabin), restrooms, nature
trails, canoe/ kayak launch, picnic tables with grills
and large pavilion.
Directions: From Exit 193 on 1-75, head north on
Jacaranda Blvd to Border Rd., then 2.5 miles east
on Border Rd to entrance.
Open 8 a.m. to sunset
1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway
Venice, FL 34292
This 600-acre preserve consists of pine and
scrubby flatwoods, oak hammocks, kiosk with trash
receptacles and nature trails including a 3/4 mile
loop trail to Myakka River. No restrooms.
' Directions: From Exit 191 on 1-75, go approxi-
mately 2 miles south on River Road to the entrance
on east side of road
Open 8 a.m. to sunset
N. River Road
Venice, FL 34292
(941) 316-1172 or (941) 861-6230
Shamrock Park & Nature Center
This natural 82-acre park abuts the Intercoastal
Waterway in Venice and consists of mangroves
and scrub oaks. Amenities include an educational .
center with handouts, basketball and tennis courts,
picnic shelters, vending machines, playground and
Directions: From Exit 193 on 1-75, go approxi-
mately 3 miles south on Jacaranda Blvd. to Center
Road, turn right (west) on Center Rd. Travel 4 miles
to US 41, turn left on US 41 and go to Shamrock
Blvd. Turn right (west) and go 2 miles to the
Open 8 a.m. to sunset
4100 W. Shamrock Drive
Venice, FL 34293
Charlotte County Extension Service:
DeSoto County Extension Service:
Manatee County Extension Service:
Sarasota County Extension Service:
Southwest Florida Water
1-800-423-1476 ext. 4756
Peace River Manasota Regional
Water Supply Authority
Charlotte County Utilities
(941) 764-4300 or 1-800-524-3494
Manatee County Utilities
(941) 792-8811 ext 5327
North Port Utilities
1 Ili I www.ci.north-port.fl.us.com
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