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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map in this edition, page 20.


Anna Maria


Islander


Little League pitched, page 28


"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Volume 11, No. 19 March 19, 2003 FREE


Holmes Beach nixes 52nd Street vacation


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners told represen-
tatives of Moreland Marine Development Corp. that
they would not consider a request to vacate 52nd Street
until the city's Haverkos Basin stormwater drainage
project is completed.
The city currently plans to turn the area of 52nd
Street adjacent to the Holmes Beach Marina, owned by
Brian Quartermain of Morland Marine, into a retention


Bradenton Beach


vision meeting


Thursday night
By Paul Roat
The conclusion of Bradenton Beach's look into the
future will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20,
with the culmination of the city's visioning process.
Representatives from the Tampa Bay Regional
Planning Council will provide winter residents with an
update of findings reached during meetings held last
May and June to determine how residents would like
the city to look in 30 years.
It is expected that either ratification of those results
or amendment of the city's vision will take place, with
the grand finale to be presented to the city commission
later this spring. The vision plan will then be incorpo-
rated into the city's land development rules for imple-
mentation.
The Bradenton Beach Vision Statement reads:
"Bradenton Beach is a friendly, small island com-
munity where both permanent and seasonal residents
display civic pride and encourage balanced growth
while retaining its Old Florida charm. We have respect
for our beach and environment, are regarded for our
lush landscaping and recreation opportunities, and
mobility can be achieved with similar ease via car, trol-
ley, bicycle or foot."
The objectives of the vision statement are:
Recognize the importance of maintaining the
community's Old Florida Charm through the prudent
application of appropriate regulatory techniques.
Recognize that improving the public's under-
standing of the complexities of land use and zoning
regulations will require greater education and commu-
nication between the city and its residents.
Recognize that the mobility concerns of the com-
munity are interrelated with the traffic issues associated


Trolley celebrates first
year anniversary Sunday
The trolley service on Anna Maria Island will
celebrate its one-year anniversary Sunday.
According to Ralf Heseler with Manatee
County Area Transit, the seven-day-a-week trol-
ley service on the Island should total about
138,000 passengers, with an average of 910 pas-
sengers a day or about 26 riders an hour.
The trolley operates from 6 a.m. to 10:30
p.m. and is free. It runs from Coquina Beach in
Bradenton Beach to the Anna Maria City Pier in
Anna Maria City.


pond, a project for which the city received grant money
from the Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict.
According to city staff, entering into any third
party agreement with Moreland Marine would jeopar-
dize the project and the plans already permitted by
Swiftmud would have to be abandoned.
Moreland Marine wants to demolish the Holmes
Beach Marina and construct 17 to 21 new townhomes.
The vacation was requested to increase the land


density for the development to allow 21 units instead
of 17 units, which is the currently allowed number
based on the land owned by Moreland.
According to Tom Ranchberger, an attorney rep-
resenting Quatermain and his partner Ken Ward, the
neighboring property owners are in favor of a rezone
and are willing to provide a quit claim deed relinquish-
ing their rights to 52nd Street should it be vacated.
PLEASE SEE STREET, NEXT PAGE


Last look for Principal Tim Kolbe
Principal Tim Kolbe took center stage at a special assembly at Anna Maria Elementary School to say goodbye
to students, staff and parents before leaving for a new job with the school district. For more of his final day,


see page 22. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan

with Gulf Drive and can be addressed only through
cooperative efforts by all affected parties.
Recognize that improving the efficiency of city
operations and the need to address modern issues may
require a change in municipal governance.
Recognize that the city must continue to be vigi-
lant in enhancing and protecting those environmental
qualities which are integral to the community's char-
acter.
Recognize that good civic relations and the over-
all betterment of the community must be built upon
continued dialogue between the city's residents.
In an effort to achieve those objectives, residents
offered a number of strategies. Highlights of those
strategies include:
Encourage revitalization of existing structures
where feasible.
Establish monetary thresholds where remodeling
or rehabilitation of buildings trigger greater landscap-
ing requirements.
Ensure that there be no increase of nonconforming
structures in the city.
Establish an architectural and community character
review board to establish guidelines for construction.
Create a citizen's guide to city government regard-
PLEASE SEE VISIONING, NEXT PAGE


Happenings

Coquina Tides arts/crafts
show this weekend
The seventh annual Coquina Tides Arts and
Crafts Show is scheduled at Coquina Beach
from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
March 22-23.
It will be admission-free at Coquina Beach
off Gulf Drive at the south end of Bradenton
Beach. Artists and crafters from 22 states will be
here, sponsors said. Lectures by the Wildlife
Education Rehabilitation Center will be a high-
light of the event, along with the opportunity to
view some of their wild birds and critters.



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Burned up

in Anna Maria
Smoke rises from this
rented 18-foot fishing
boat that.burned and
sank early Sunday
morning about 250
yards off Bayfront Park
in Anna Maria after a
battery spark apparently
ignited a can of gas in
the boat. A spokesper-
son for the West Mana-
tee Fire & Rescue
District said two men
from Oklahoma, Robert
Vaughn and David
Stabler, were in the boat
when it caught fire. Both
jumped into the water
and were pulled to
safety by passing
boaters. Vaughn was
treated at a local
hospital for minor skin
burns. Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy


Street vacation on hold
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Ranchberger said Moreland Marine would be open
to a dialogue regarding the Haverkos Basin project and
Quatermain and Ward would be willing to help pay for
the drainage project, maintain the retention pond and
landscape the area.
"I'm not opposed to the concept, however, it is
undoable because it would jeopardize the drainage
project we have been working on for years," said Com-
missioner Roger Lutz. "It would be a lose-lose situa-
tion if done any other way."
"At this point," Commission Chairman Rich
Bohnenberger told Ranchberger, "the only stumbling


block is the grant we've received and the commission
doesn't want to move forward."
Mayor Carol Whitmore explained that the city has
already received the grant and is waiting for a permit
from Swiftmud to begin the project. The city is respon-
sible for matching the grant ard Whitmore said to put
anyone else in the deal would mean starting over.
Bohnenberger indicated that even without the
pending basin project he would be uncomfortable with
someone else maintaining the drainage for the area.
The consensus of the commissioners was that they
did not want to discuss the matter any further until the
city's project is completed.
City Treasurer Rick Ashley told the commission
that he expected to see a permit from Swiftmud within
the next two months.


Visioning in Bradenton Beach
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ing land use, and require courses on the guide for all
elected or appointed officials.
Increase sidewalks and bike paths.
Promote the continued feasibility assessment of
constructing a new bridge to Longboat Key.
Consider appointment of a professional city manager.
Consider creation of a cultural and nature center as
a meeting place for up to 150 people east of Gulf Drive
between 13th Street South and Leffis Key.
A pamphlet highlighting the material gleaned from
the previous visioning meeting is available at city hall.
The final visioning meeting will start at 6 p.m. and
conclude at 8:30 p.m. at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.


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explanations for missing squirrels


By Paul Roat
The mystery of the Coquina Beach missing squir-
rels has produced several suspects but no arrests.
A veteran beachwalker alerted Bradenton Beach
police last week that the usually robust squirrel popu-
lation that lives in the Australian pines at the park sud-
denly appeared to be decimated. One day there were
100 or so, he said, and the next only a handful.
There were no carcasses, he said, leading him to
believe that the squirrels were being shot, hauled off
and eaten.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said in-
creased patrols at the beach would be on the lookout for
anyone with a pellet gun. Discharging a firearm in the city,
even something like a BB gun, is a violation of city law.
Several calls to The Islander have suggested other
suspects: hawks.
Jack Webber of Holmes Beach said he once had "a
bunch of squirrels" in his neighborhood. The squirrels
would enjoy themselves eating the bird food he would
put out but, over a period of several months, hawks
pretty much wiped out the squirrels.
Another theory that had been broached was that a


fox was eating the squirrels. Several Turtle Watch vol-
unteers have reported sighting a fox in the Coquina
Beach-Leffis Key area in the past few years.
And one caller suggested that perhaps the squirrels
were migrating. To where would be anyone's guess.
Bradenton Beach Public Works Director Dottie
Poindexter said now is the time that squirrels nest, and
perhaps the diminishment of the population is merely
because only the males are scampering around on the
ground females are taking care of the young in nests
high in the trees.
Missing squirrels are not the only rodent mys-
tery that has cropped up in our region in the past few
weeks, though. A park ranger at Myakka River State
Park found a dead capybara in the park recently. A
native of South America, capybaras are the largest
rodent in the world, and the dead one tipped the
scales at better than 100 pounds.
How it got from South America to Myakka is still
unknown, although the release of someone's "pet" into
the wild is suspected.
Perhaps the mystery about the capybara lies in who
would want a 100-pound rat as a pet.


Palma Sola water advisory issued by county


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Just when you thought it was safe to go in the wa-
ter.
No, "Jaws" isn't out there, it's the quality of the
saltwater in some locations in Manatee County that
might make it unsafe.
Two weeks after lifting a health advisory for the
waters off Bayfront Park in Anna Maria, the Manatee
County Health Department has issued a similar advi-
sory for the waters of Palma Sola Bay at both its north
and south testing locations.
Acting Manatee County Environmental Health
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Director Tom Larkin said March 11 that an advisory
for Palma Sola Bay was issued based upon the marine
water bacteria indicators issued by the U.S: Environ-
mental Protection Agency.
The five-week average of tests at the Palma Sola Bay
north location off the east end of Palma Sola Causeway
found the average value of Colony Forming Units of fe-
cal bacteria was 44.41 CFUs per 100 milliliters of water.
Tests at the south Palma Sola Bay location found an av-
erage of 36.5. The EPA recommends an average of no
more than 35 CFU per 100 ml of water.
Larkin said that high levels of fecal matter can
cause human disease, infections or rash. The bacteria


THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 19, 2003 E PAGE 3

Meetings

Anna Maria City
March 19, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and
Enhancement Committee meeting.
March 24, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
March 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
March 19, 2 p.m., city jubilee committee meeting.
March 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
public comment, discussion of delinquent sanitation
agreement, skateboard park payment request discus-
sion, budget amendment for Community Redevelop-
ment Agency payment, consent agenda and commis-
sion reports.
March 20, 6 p.m., visioning meeting.
March 25, 1 p.m., Scenic Highway Committee meet-
ing.
March 26, 2 p.m., city jubilee committee meeting.
March 27, 6:30 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
March 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
March 27, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.

Of Interest
March 20, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue Dis-
trict Commission meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
March 26, 6:30 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.

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Anna Maria City parking issue: another plan


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners March 11
agreed to yet another modified proposal on the city's
parking woes that have been ongoing for more than
80 years, backing off from a January commission
decision to establish zones for resident-only parking
that was itself a change from the Dec. 17 commis-
sion vote for resident-only parking citywide.
-Commissioners instead approved a modified
version of a parking solution that calls for a traffic
engineer's study to determine the number of parking
spaces that beach access streets can accommodate
for public parking, if any.
The commission also directed City Attorney Jim
Dye to prepare two versions of a draft parking ordi-
nance: one for resident-only parking on various city
streets, primarily beach access streets; and the sec-
ond with some localized parking for non-residents at
those locations.
Commissioners also agreed to study a Sanibel Is-
land ordinance which allows resident and non-resi-
dent parking by an annual permit.
City Commissioner Duke Miller, however, was
initially reluctant to stray from the commission's
stated intention at its Jan. 9 meeting, which wasto
establish zones for permit parking for residents.
"It's been voted on before," said Miller, who
was elected to the commission in February. "We've
beaten this horse to death. How many times do we
have to-have a special meeting on parking?"
But Commission Chairperson John Quam was
concerned about the legality of a parking ordinance
without sufficient study to identify a problem. He
wanted to ensure the ordinance was "bulletproof"
from a lawsuit.
Dye indicated that parking ordinances that have
withstood legal challenges had a factual basis for a
problem that created the ordinance, although he
agreed an Anna Maria ordinance could be:written
based upon the verbal statements of numerous resi-
dents.
Miller said the time has come to act. "We could
carry this on for another 80 years," he said.



Spring breakers


head elsewhere

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The annual invasion of Florida's beaches by
thousands of college students on spring break seems
to have bypassed Anna Maria Island, and that's just
fine with local law enforcement officials and tour-
ism representatives.
Most spring breakers head to Panama City,
Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and even Clearwater
Beach for fun and excitement. Those that'find Anna
Maria Island either arrive by accident, or aren't
looking for wild nightlife and all-night parties.
"I talked to a few college kids who were on
spring break," said Sgt. John Kinney of the Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria sub-station.
"They said they weren't looking to party anywhere,
they came here because it was peaceful and quiet
and that's what they wanted.
"And that's the way we like it," Kinney added.
That was a sentiment echoed by Lt. Dale
Stephenson of the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment.
-Most of the spring break crowd found at the
Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach are area
residents back from college and they usually head
back to the mainland after sunset, he said.
And there really isn't much for spring breakers
to do on the Island, said Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce Executive Director'MaryAnn
Brockman.
"We're don't have nightclubs with loud music
and we're not geared for beach parties and all-night
partying," she said.
"We don't have those type of facilities and I
think most Island residents are glad we don't."


Commissioner Chuck Webb proposed that
Mayor SueLynn commission the city's traffic engi-
neer to provide the commission with a study deter-
mining how many parking spaces-could be accom-
modated on beach access streets.
Armed with this study, the commission could
then decide if it wanted limited public-parking in a
few spaces along beach access streets, he said.
"We need to know the number of spaces appro-
priate for each street in the zone" before the commis-
sion proceeds, said Webb. The city needs to know
the "load" factor for parked cars on those streets
before it proceeds, he said.
"I'm not in favor of total resident-only parking,
but we need to get started" on a solution, he sug-
gested.
Webb's motion passed by a 3-0 vote with Com-
missioners Linda Cramer and Tom Aposporos ab-
sent.
Commissioners rejected a compromise parking
proposal from Mayor SueLynn that was a combina-
tion of proposals presented by Sandbar restaurant
owner Ed Chiles and city resident Dale Woodland.
The compromise proposal would allow for park-
ing on a beach-access street for one month, followed
the next month by no parking. Streets along Gulf
Drive and within the specified zone would be al-
lowed parking in alternate months.
SueLynn said it's now obvious that "there is not
going to be a resolution to the parking dilemma the
city faces that is going to satisfy everyone."
Both sides of the issue believe that what they are
proposing "is best for the city."
This compromise solution would be even-
handed, allow for public access and be enforceable
with the establishment of a parking control officer to
issue tickets to violators, she said.
Chiles congratulated the mayor for presenting
the compromise, saying that a plan that "gives every-
one 100 percent of what they want" can't be found.
"Fifty percent relief is compromise," he said.
Chiles said he believes that if the city passes a
resident-only parking ordinance, the city is restrict-
ing beach access on the north end of the Island, a


claim Miller rejected.
"We're not denying anyone beach access," said
Miller, just establishing parking criteria on beach ac-
cess streets.
However, said Miller, misinformation about
"beach access" in some media has created a lot of
confusion among people about Anna Maria's park-
ing problems and the proposed solutions.
Chiles said since the first car crossed the first
wooden bridge in the 1920s, people have been com-
ing to "friendly" Anna Maria and he wants to keep
the city friendly. But parking is a difficult issue to
solve.
He's trying to be the good neighbor at the Sand-
bar, yet he sees his parking lot fill up on weekends,
not with restaurant patrons, but beachgoers. Instead
of running them off, Chiles said he's built an outdoor
shower and has rest rooms they can use when return-
ing from the beach.
One irate resident, however, said the solution is
to "put up a toll gate at the entrance to the city" on
Gulf Drive. That will stop all the people from com-
ing to.Anna Maria.
Resident Norm Mansour said the city should not
be looking at creating more spaces for public park-
ing. There's already enough.
"We are filled up. We don't have the ability to
provide additional [parking] facilities," he con-
tended. There's no obligation on the.part of the city
to provide more parking for the general public.
"Take care of the needs of our own citizens."
Besides, Mansour added, "we are doing a lot
more for parking than other cities," citing parking at
the city pier and Bayfront Park as examples.
He also said having non-resident parking stick-
ers is a waste. "The people we're having problems
with are not the ones who are going to buy a decal,"
Mansour claimed.
Commissioners held off on scheduling another
special meeting on parking, and instead they'll discuss
the issue again at a workshop session when information
from the traffic engineer's study is available.
Dye will also proceed with writing the draft or-
dinances.


Anna Maria pier beautification project under way
Members of the city's Environmental Education and Enhancement Committee this past weekend planted new
vegetation around utility poles at the city pier as part of a beautification project at that location. The project
does eliminate some parking spaces at the pier. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


College students coming to the Island for spring
break "would get bored by 9 p.m.," she said.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale
said he hasn't seen any large numbers of spring
breakers at Coquina Beach. So far, he's observed
just a normal busy weeks during the winter tourist
season, he said.


Easter weekend is usually the busiest time of
year on the Island for visitors, particularly young
people and families, Speciale has said previously.
When spring break and Easter weekend come at
or near the same time, the Island generally has a
heavier than normal flood of traffic and people.
This year, Easter is April 20.





THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 19, 2003 0 PAGE 5


Change to nonconforming lot setbacks considered


Smith's proposal would change the code to allow
legal nonconforming 50-by-100-foot lots, such as hers
on Avenue E, to build a second story directly above the
ground-floor living space and maintain a maximum'
10-foot setback.
Commissioner Don Maloney has argued recently
that he thought one of the reasons the city instituted the
wedding-cake structure was to allow more space be-
tween structures and keep property owners from hin-
dering a neighbor's view or natural lighting.
Smith's rebuttal was that if she were to rebuild her
home on her property, she would have to utilize the


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By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach City Commission will con-
tinue to discuss a request by Rebecca Smith, property
owner at 2814 Avenue E, to change the side-yard set-
back requirements for legal nonconforming 50-by-
100-foot buildable lots at its March 25 work session.
The city currently requires a 10-foot setback for
the first floor of living space and a 15-foot setback on
the second floor of living space, which creates what is
referred to as a "wedding-cake" structure because the
levels resemble tiers on a wedding cake.


ground level for parking and storage and build the first
living level above that, both at a 10-foot setback. If she
were to keep her current ground-floor living area and
build an additional second story, she would have to
abide by the 15-foot setback.
Smith's argument is that building a second story
with a 10-foot side-yard setback above an existing
ground-level living space with the same setback would
not take up any more or less space than a structure with
a carport or garage on the ground level and a first-floor
living level above that.
Smith also told the commission that the wedding-
cake design compromises the structural integrity of
homes on these nonconforming lots because it creates
a less-than-sturdy transfer of load to the ground.
She told the commission that the code limits the
reasonable use of livable space and she questions
whether the code offers a fair and equitable use of prop-
erty.
"The code is written based on an 80-foot lot," said
Smith. "Giving up 15 feet on each side yard for a sec-
ond story on a 50-foot-wide block is 60 percent of the
property's width and places imposition on the
homeowner to figure out how to build on 20 feet of liv-
able space."
Smith, who has degrees in architecture and con-
struction, works as a commercial general contractor
and said that the wedding-cake structure is an appro-
priate design and use of space on an 80-foot-wide lot.
But on the legally nonconforming 50-foot-wide lot, the
wedding-cake structure compromises the stability of
the structure to withstand hurricane force winds and it
limits the interior design of the living space.
Commissioner Roger Lutz said Smith's proposal
would increase the value of single-story homes.
Smith countered that property values in general are
already high and her intent is simply to update her
property and to do it properly from an architectural and
construction point of view.
City Attorney Patricia Petruff advised the city
commission to consider the request very carefully be-
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Proper news?
It may be a little silly, the whole issue about the
squirrels allegedly disappearing from Coquina Beach
- at least we've had a little fun with it at The Islander.
For squirrel lovers, it's serious business and we're
all too familiar with animal lovers and tree huggers at
this newspaper. Count us among them, please. But give
us credit for a sense of humor, too.
Fun it was, when we received an e-mail suggesting
the squirrels missing from the Coquina Beach area may
have migrated.
Migrated where? Longboat Key? Kentucky?
Do squirrels migrate? They certainly run fast from
little dogs namely three cairn terriers, The Islander's
mascots. A former Islander who rehabilitated injured
or abandoned squirrels took all the critter friends she
could catch with her on moving to the mainland.
(Whew.) They all migrated to 11 acres in northwest
Bradenton.
A more serious suggestion came from two sources
alleging the missing squirrels most likely were killed
by humans for food which makes us wonder about
the desperation or poverty of anyone who would do
such a thing. It's not exactly "sport" to hunt them in a
county park.
If not the squirrels, there are other matters, such as
parking problems and nixed solutions in Anna Maria,
the selling of public property to private development in
Holmes Beach, and the looming conversion of homes
to condos in Bradenton Beach to worry about.
All that will be overshadowed in the next few days
by the actions of the U.S. government against Iraq.
There are more serious matters at hand, although
we try our best to keep the news in The Islander local.
Island newspaper, Island news.
But there are those on Anna Maria Island who ei-
ther support the war, or seek peace, and most are deeply
devoted to their convictions.
That's true of nearly every issue we come across.
In this instance, whatever your beliefs or feelings
may be about war, our thoughts and prayers are with
the military service persons overseas and all those who
defend the United States.
We again extend our offer to Island families to
share with us and our readers news about your family
members in the service. We also are pleased to mail
The Islander free to military service personnel at U.S.
bases at home and abroad. Just give us a call at 778-
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No harm intended
In response to the misdirected letter to the editor
from Netty Yarbrough, I'm responsible for the new T-
shirt design for Duffy's Tavern. It is not a new logo, but
one in a series of new shirt designs for Duffy's Tavern.
As for finding a better model than Miss Duffy, I
can think of no one more beautiful than Pat Geyer. The
Geyer family has never made any mention to me to do
a design that would-in any way ridicule Skinny's or the
Freeman family.
It was not my intention, nor the artist's intent, to
insult the Freeman family or their business. I'm sure
the Freeman family are very nice people and I apolo-
gize for any misunderstanding the "mermaid" design
may have implied.
I find it sad that someone found it necessary to in-
sult the Geyers (and Pat) with a hateful nasty letter
without first finding out the facts.
Please do not perpetuate this nonexistent rivalry.
Best of luck to Duffy's and Skinny's.
Joe Hutchinson, Holmes Beach

Nothing but benefits
I am writing in regards to the Anna Maria Island
trolley, which I happen to think is a wonderful idea.
How can people be so selfish to complain about a posi-
tive asset to the community?
Not only does the trolley enhance tourism by pro-
viding a cost-free service for the newcomers ... it also
provides assistance to those people who cannot drive
due to some sort of disability or setback in their lives.
The trolley also provides a means of transportation for
those who want to go out just for fun and have a drink,
leaving the worry of a DUI at home.
I think the ignorant people of Anna Maria Island
need to welcome themselves into the 21st century. The
trolley provides nothing but benefits to the public and
the economy surrounding it.
As far as the noise, if you don't like it, move to the
desert. But there's no doubt something would be found


to complain about there as well.
Get real!
Wendy McGlynn, Bradenton
Make up for that lack
The status of the computer classes offered at Anna
Maria Elementary School is in jeopardy. We have a
facility with adequate equipment, trained teachers, rea-
sonable price and Manatee Technical Institute in
charge of it, but no interest from the public.
I've taken a number of classes there and always
come away with more knowledge of the computer.
This year I called to register for a spring session class
and was told they were all canceled due to lack of in-
terest, as no one had signed up for them.
This is so hard to believe, because in the past the
classes were full and, in those my husband and I attended,
everyone seemed to learn and some had much to learn.
This is a gift we senior citizens have right here in
our school. I think if our local newspaper in conjunc-
tion with MTI informed Islanders of the availability of
these classes, they would get enough people to continue
these courses. To show your interest call MTI at 751-
7900, extension 1092.
Markie Ksiazek, Holmes Beach

Hats off to Island cops
Several times recently it became necessary to re-
quire the assistance of the Bradenton Beach Police
Department. Since then we have been wondering if the
citizens of Anna Maria realize how blessed we are to
have such efficient and up-to-date police officers.
The response we've had was nothing less than
spectacular.
At one incident there were also Holmes Beach
police and sheriffs deputies all working together. They
all put everything they had into solving our problem
and for this we will be forever grateful.
We are so proud of them and hope the rest of the
Island is also.
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Gulffront property

case heard in

court this week
By Paul Roat
Whether a stretch of Bradenton Beach Gulffront
property is deserving of conservation or development
is being debated in court this week.
Attorneys for the city and property owners in the
1400 block of Gulf Drive are arguing their respective
cases before Circuit Court Judge Charles Williams.
In 1999, developers for Island Inc. and Beach De-
velopment-Inc. applied for permits to develop property
in the 1400 block of Gulf Drive. Two duplexes were
requested on the site, which had a land-use designation
of preservation or conservation, according to city de-
velopment codes.
However, previous city Building Official Bill
Sanders said that the conservation designation was in
error, based on surrounding property, and indicated the
development would be permitted. After he left the city,
then-Building Official Roger Titus disputed the devel-
opable use of the property, and variances were applied
for by the developers.
The city's planning and zoning board approved the
projects in early 2000. City commissioners denied the
request in April 2000. The developers filed a lawsuit
against the city, citing that the denial was not made
with "substantial, competent evidence."
Attorney John Harllee, representing the develop-
ers, said in his opening arguments Monday before
Judge Williams that the issues revolved around an "er-
roneous map." He said that city map designating the
area as a conservation area was in error, and was
proven to be so by expert testimony during the public
hearings in 2000.
"The city was not asked to make a land-use deci-
sion," Harllee said. "The question was whether the
map, which is imprecise, was in error. There is noth-
ing unique about the property to show it fits the need
of preservation. At the hearings, no one gave evidence


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in attendance, is greeted by longtime turtle volunteer Frank Almeda, clown/turtle volunteer Maddy Eisman
and volunteer Nancy Ambrose. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


to dispute the expert testimony."
Attorney Greg Hootman, representing the city,
countered that the city commission in 1988 voted to
preserve that portion of Bradenton Beach. "In 1988,
there was only about 12 feet of beach there," Hootman
said, "and that area was subject to severe erosion."
He said that what developers wanted to do was
change the land-use designation and the zoning of the
property and, although building officials and planners


may have approved the change, "when it got to the city
commission, it basically said the other guys got it
wrong and it was corrected by the commission when it
denied the variances."
Hootman said the developers' attempt to develop
the property was "a very sophisticated effort to circum-
vent the land-use restrictions of the city."
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Anna Maria commissioners saved by Woodland


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners were saved from
a potentially embarrassing situation March 13 at their
workshop session by resident Dale Woodland, who
questioned why commissioners had approved a
$56,000 contract at a workshop session.
The commission voted to authorize Mayor
SueLynn to hire Tony Arrant of the Florida Institute of
Government as its consultant at $7,000 every three
months for the next two years to bring the city's com-
prehensive plan and land development codes up'to state
standards. Arrant made a presentation Jan. 18 on what
the city needed to do during the next two years as its
next comprehensive plan is due for revision by March
2005.
Hold on a minute, said Woodland.
"I don't have a problem with the vote, but if you
are spending $56,000 of our money, let's talk about it,"
he said, noting this was a work session where commis-
sion votes are supposed to be non-binding.
"It's a workshop item and never brought up before
and you-did not let us comment on it," Woodland
added, "and that's wrong."
Commissioners agreed with Woodland and placed
the matter on the March 27 meeting agenda, where
public input will be taken.
"You're right," said Commission Chairperson John
Quam. "Workshop votes are non-binding."
"I also agree," said Commissioner Chuck Webb.
S"Votes on policy are OK at a workshop, but not when
we're spending money."
"And thank you, Dale" for bringing it to the atten-
tion of the commission, said Quam.
The commission had only voted on the contract
after City Attorney Jim Dye said it could vote on such
measures at workshop sessions if it wished.
Commissioners all agreed that the $56,000 was an
inexpensive price to pay for the city's new comprehen-
sive plan.
Webb said Arrant works in Tallahassee and has all
the contacts with the Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs to ensure the new plan meets state require-
ments.
"If we do it wrong, it becomes a lot more expen-
sive than $56,000;" said Webb.

Modular news racks
Commissioners gave approval for the Bradenton
Herald and Gold Eagle Distributors to go ahead with
a modular newsstand, program in the city, approving
two locations, one at city hall and one at the city pier.
Tim Eisler, chairman of the city's Environmental
Education and Enhancement Committee, said the
EEEC would prefer an ordinance in place similar to
that in Sarasota, to prevent the indiscriminate placing
of single, free-standing news racks on the locations
designated for modulars.
City Attorney Jim Dye said the city really doesn't


McKay states his case
Public Works Director George McKay has
told Anna Mayor in a March 16 letter he believes
he would "best serve the city as public works di-
rector" rather than as the city's building official
because of his knowledge of the city, the upcom-
ing work schedule of projects and his familiarity
with the land development regulations.
McKay added, however, that he thought the
city should add another public works person "to
help me out" and funding for this position could
come from the already-budgeted $55,000 for a
building official.
He also said he will continue to pursue his
final building official certification so he can be
used by the city as a backup.


need an ordinance if all publications are in agreement.
The commission consensus was to proceed with
the plan and determine later if an accompanying ordi-
nance was needed.
Gold Eagle will contract to build the necessary
concrete platforms for the modular newsstands and
contact publications for placement. Each publication
*pays a one-time fee for its place in the newsstand.
Gold Eagle representatives will meet with Public
Works Director George McKay to finalize site location
and in the case of the city pier, which is leased, they
will also coordinate a desired location with manager
David Sork.
The modular newsstand program for Anna Maria
was initially proposed by The Islander last year.

Revocable encroachment permit
Commissioner Linda Cramer made a presentation
on how the City of Port St. Lucie deals with encroach-.
ments on its right of way.
Port St. Lucie allows a property owner to purchase
a revocable encroachment permit from the city that is
an actual legal document allowing the encroachment on
a case-by-case basis, but gives the city the right to re-
voke the permit, with a 30-day notice.
"Considering all of our right-of-way violations,
code violations and the exception process, I thought we
should.look into this," Cramer said.
From Dye's initial reading of the permit, "it just
needs minor tweaking" for use in Anna Maria, but "the
bigger issue, however, is what to do about encroach-
ments already there," he said.
Let them get a permit, suggested Cramer.
Mayor SueLynn and Webb thought the idea had
merit.
"I see this as an easy way to solve many com-
plaints" about encroachments, the mayor said.
Commissioners agreed to investigate further and
;Quam asked SueLynn to prepare an inventory of loca-
tions where right-of-way violations exist in the city.


The mayor said this might take some time because
Code Enforcement Officer Gerry Rathvon is only a
part-time employee and already has a considerable
work load.

Building official
SueLynn said that considering the current and ex-
pected workload of Public Works Director George
McKay, he could not function effectively in that job
and at the same time perform the duties of the city's
full-time building official.
Commissioners were divided on whether to hire a
full-time or part-time building official, or whether the
city should continue to utilize the interlocal agreement
with Holmes Beach for building official services.
Quam presented figures for the past six months
showing 84 building permits issued in Anna Maria by
Holmes Beach building officials, less than one per day.
Contractor Jeff Murray, however, argued that a lot
of remodeling and rebuilding work is coming in Anna
Maria and the city needs its own building official for
the future.
He said McKay is an "asset" to the city and the best
building official the city has ever had.
Commissioner Duke Miller said he needed facts to
make a decision and asked the mayor to prepare a time
and cost analysis for the past six months of Holmes
Beach building official services. Additionally,
Bradenton Beach building official charges should be
included in the study.
Miller also observed that while McKay is techni-
cally not the city's building official, he does hold a tem-
porary license and "everyone stops by his office to ask
him questions about building problems and he takes
time to answer them, but he's not getting paid as a
[building official] resource."
SueLynn suggested increasing McKay's annual
salary by an additional $6,000 to $8,000 for his advice
with zoning, variances, height of construction and other
issues.
Members of the public spoke in favor of having
McKay do both jobs, orjust the building official posi-
tion.
SueLynn, however, said the duties of public works
director far outweigh those of building official, particu-
larly in view of upcoming capital works projects that
need expertise.
There is no one in the public works department
with the experience to take over from McKay, she said.
SueLynn said a full-time building official would
cost the city about $79,000 annually, including ben-
efits, while using Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach
building officials costs the city about $44,000.
McKay himself has indicated he would prefer to
remain as the public works director, but make himself
available as a "resource" (See accompanying story).
The issue was continued to the commission's April
work session pending data from the mayor on actual
costs to the city for an outside building official.


Belle Haven

fundraising

T-shirts being sold
The city's part in renovating historic
Belle Haven cottage still has to be for-
mally approved, but the Anna Maria Is-
land Historical Society is launching its
first fundraiser toward its share.
The Anna Maria City Commission is
to vote March 27 on helping the society
restore the old cottage. The society said it
will begin renovation as soon as possible
after Anna Maria's anticipated approval.
Meanwhile, the society is selling T-
shirts with a drawing of Belle Haven by
Island artist Peggy Potter, with the in-
scription "I Helped Restore Belle Ha-
ven."
The T-shirts are available for $16 at
the Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. The museum is open
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sat-
urday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Details are
available at 778-0492.


Badgers
Brownies of Troop 329 completed requirements for two "try-it" badges at Island's End restaurant. They toured the
establishment, then each Brownie created her own pizza. ("Great food, great fun, they said in a note to Island's End.)
Left to right, back row, Breslyn Reiber, Rachel White, Kelly Guerin, Molly McDonough, Erin Dolan and Savannah
Hendrickson; front row, Virginia Sportelli, Emily White, Cana Sylvester, Maria Sylvester and Rita Lott.








City to purchase


$52,000 in skate


park equipment
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach City Commissioners Roger Lutz
and Rich Bohnenberger were outvoted 3-2 to authorize
the city staff to purchase Woodward ramps and rails by
Huna Designs from Playmore Recreational Products in
Ft. Myers for a total of $52,595.98 for the skate park.
Both Bohnenberger and Lutz said they understood
that opening a skate park on city property would be
predicated on all three Island cities entering into an
interlocal agreement to maintain and share the burden
of operating the park.
"I have yet to see a signed interlocal agreement,"
said Bohnenberger.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore said the
interlocal agreement is a separate issue and irrelevant
when it comes to purchasing the equipment for the park
because the city already has money budgeted for the
expense.
"This whole thing was predicated on having the
cooperation of the other cities," countered Lutz. "It is
connected. If the other cities don't come through, the
mayor will surely say 'it's too late now, we have the
equipment.' I think Rich and I are wasting our time
when three [commissioners] will vote for the skate park
come hell or high water."
The cost of the equipment is based on a State Ne-
gotiated Agreement Price, which means the city does
not have to go through the expense and time of seek-
ing the lowest bids.
Playmore will be providing skate park equipment
for several other Florida cities this year including
Deerfield Beach, Brighton and the Village of
Wellington. It has already completed projects for
Deltona, Niceville and the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando.
To see samples of skatepark equipment online, go
to www.playmoreonline.com.


THE ISLANDER U MARCH 19, 2003 'PPAGE 9


Rotary gift
Anna Maria Elementary School guidance counselor Cindi Harrison and Principal Tim Kolbe accepted a
$1,000 check from Anna Maria Island Rotary Club President Jim Dunne. The donation from local Rotarians
will be used to continue the school's Peace Pole project. Harrison said she is working on plans to bring
students from Manatee Elementary School, which is another Manatee County school with a peace pole, for a
visit to the Island school before the end of the school year. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


Mercedes stolen from Bayview Plaza


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from the Bayview Plaza parking lot in Anna Maria.
The vehicle belongs to Museum Shoppe owner Ed
Hall. According to Sgt. John Kenney of the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office-Anna Maria Substation, Hall
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away from his vehicle for a few minutes, it was obvi-
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The tournament is named for longtime Islander and
Privateer Whitey Hort6n, who died six years ago. His
survivors set up a scholarship fund in his honor, and
money from the tournament goes there.
The Whitey Horton fund has provided a $2,500
scholarship to Island college and college-bound stu-
dents each year, said the Privateers, and the civic orga-
nization hopes to increase the amount of scholarship or
divide it into multiple awards.
"Most of the scholarship funding comes from the
sponsors of the golf tournament," said a spokesperson.
Sponsorships are $100 per hole for a silver sponsor,
which earns a tee sign at the tournament, and $250 for
gold, which allows for a tee sign, one entry for golf and
dinner as well as a dinner guest.
Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring
the event may get in touch with Shelley and Pete
Calcatera at 792-4642. or send a sponsor form to the
Privateers at P.O. Box 1238, Holmes Beach FL 34218.
The Calcateras and other Privateers can provide the
forms and they are available at T7e Islander office,
5404 Marina Drive in the Island Shopping Center,
Holmes Beach.
Registration for the big event will be from I 1:30
a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at the Palma Sola Golf Course. Cost is
$60 per person. The tournament will tee off with a
"cannon start" at 1 p.m.
The entry fee covers golf, drinks on the course,
awards dinner and loads of prizes.

Spring Garden Festival
at Palma Sola Park
Palma Sola Botanical Park ,will have its seasonal
grand opening with its first annual Spring Garden Fes-
tival from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. March
22-23.
For the festival, it is seeking "garden relic." usable
gardening and landscaping items the ow ncr no longer
need,. The\ will be recycled at the tetl\ ail in place of
the traditional "white elephant" sale. said Eileen
Hoffner, executive director of the park.
Items may be dropped up to Friday night at the
park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton.
In addition to the sale, the festival will feature sales
of unusual plants and fine arts, horticultural and envi-
ronmental exhibits, guest lecturers, children's activi-
ties, and food.
Details may be obtained by calling 761-2866.


Friends of Island Library seat
2003-04 officers
Amy Hook was installed as president and Amy
Hoefig vice president of the Friends of the Island Li-
brary at the group's annual meeting last week.
Seated as secretary was Karen Perry and treasurer,
Ed Blagdon. Glenn Vergason took office as three-year
member of the board of directors; Alice Reed, two
years: and Mary Ann Jones, one year.
Joan Pettigrew is the Island library's branch repre-
sentative to the Manatee County Library Board. Joe
Bracken is outgoing president of the library group.
The annual book sale set a record this year. Hook
told the members at the meeting, netting $3,000 for
support of the library's programs.
She also said it's time to gear up or gear down
- for the summer season, when action slows at the
library but children's activities quicken and grow un-
der staff member Laura Beard's direction.


Islander winner of Naples
kingfish tourney
Islander Scott Elliott and teammates Ron Berdell,
Jon Pearman and Mark Foerstemann won the Dodge
Naples Contender/Yamaha Kingfish Classic March 9
with a 56-pound king.
The foursome also took home cash and prizes
worth about $50,000.
The huge fish was caught on the first day of the
two-day tournament and was so big the group decided
to forgo fishing the on the second day.
Elliott is an investment banker.
The fish was caught about 125 miles out in the Gulf
of Mexico.


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merce, Island Fitness Center, Gulf-Bay Realty
and the soon-to-open Amy Dodge Salon will
have a joint open house Friday, March 21, to
show off their new homes at the Island Fitness
Business Center.
The affair will be from 5-7:30 p.m. at 5313
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, the former Eckerd
building, refurbished and open for business.
Food, drink and music are promised.
Details may be obtained by calling the cham-
ber at 778-1541.







Dr. Dinkin qualifies
in yoga, sets classes
Her certification as a yoga teacher in hand, Dr.
Roxane Dinkin is setting up a schedule of classes start-
ing the first of April.
A clinical psychologist, she completed a year of
yoga teacher training led by Harmony Ananda, for-
merly of Anna Maria, now with the Ayurvedic Center
for Well Being in Sarasota.
Graduating along with Dinkin were Susan Adrian,
Gigi Alexander, Karin Scanlon and Norma Whitfield.
Dinkin will have two levels of yoga at the Island
Fitness Center, 5317 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Tues-
days from April 1-May 13 she will teach basics from
10:30-noon, and Thursdays from April 3-May 15 will
feature mixed levels from 6:30-8 p.m.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
727-8799.

St. Bernard breakfast
St. Bernard Catholic Church will sponsor a public
pancake breakfast from 8-11:30 a.m. Sunday, March
23, at the church activities room, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, adults $3, children half price. Details
are available at 778-4769.

Odom concert Sunday
at Baptist church
Aaron Odom, Palmetto resident who trained in
opera, will appear in concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday,
March 23, at the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
A church spokesperson said Odom will present a
mix of traditional and contemporary songs to this pub-
lic concert. Further information may be obtained at
778-0719.

St. Bernard youngsters
offering fish fry
The St. Bernard Catholic Church's Parish School
of Religion and the Spirit Youth Group are sponsoring
a fish fry Friday, March 21.
It will be from 5-7 p.m. at the church hall, with
fried fish, shrimp, cole slaw and hush puppies with iced
tea or lemonade for $7 adults, $5 children. Takeout is
available. Further details are available at 778-4769.

'Two Cantors and Choir'
at temple Saturday
"Two Cantors and a Choir" will appear in a pub-
lic concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Temple
Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
The temple's own cantor, Joseph Spinella, will be
joined by Cantor Harold Orbach of Detroit, who has
appeared at.New York's Lincoln Center, across the
United States and many foreign countries. The temple
choir will back them up.
A reception will follow. Cost is $20 for temple
members, $30 nonmembers. Proceeds will go to the
temple's music program. Tickets may be obtained at
the temple office or by calling 383-3426.

'Camelot' at Riverfront,
tickets on sale now
Tickets have gone on sale for the Manatee Play-
ers production of the musical comedy "Camelot,"
opening April 3 at the Riverfront Theater,.102 Old
Main St., Bradenton.
Admission is $18 adults, $9 students, and tickets
may be reserved by calling 748-5875 Monday-Friday,
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday performances are at
8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The show will run
through April 20.
The stage classic is the Lerner and Loewe tale of
King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and the knights of the
round table. Leading the big cast are Michael Bajjaly,
Kali Westphalen, Scott Ehrenpreis, Denny Miller, Jeff
Logan and Carl Denney. Director is Debra Baron,
musical director Kate Eade.

Chamber breakfast due
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will spon-
sor a "Good Morning, Longboat Key" breakfast at 8 a.m.
Wednesday, March 26, at the chamber office, 6854 Gulf
of Mexico Drive. Details are available at 387-9519.


Celebrating
Lifelong Islander Margaret Chapman celebrated her
birthday with the help offriends and her daughter,
Sherry Chapman Grizzel, who flew in from Dela-
ware. In front are the birthday lady under a "birth-
day-cake" hat, and daughter Sherry; behind them
are longtime friends Kathy and Vic Caserta of
Holmes Beach. Ms. Chapman's mother and father,
Norene and Paul Carlisle, owned the first motel on
the Island, the Anna Maria Motel at the northern tip
of Anna Maria, and Magagaret operated itfrom 1982-
89. Paul Carlisle was 1952-54 mayor of Holmes
Beach.

Widowed group meets
The Widowed Persons support group will meet at
9 a.m. Monday, March 24, for "coffee and conversa-
tion" at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Speaker will be Mary
Ann Brockman, executive director of the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce. Details may be obtained
by calling 778-1908.

55 Alive senior driver
refresher due on Island
AARP's 55-Alive refresher course for drivers 50
and older will be Monday and Tuesday, March 24-25,
with advance registration required and open now.
It will be at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach, from noon-4 p.m. both
days. To register call 776-1158.

Longboat chamber golf
tournament scheduled
The 15th annual amateur golf tournament spon-
sored by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce has
been scheduled for June 22, and sponsors are being
sought.
The tourney is open to nonmember of the chamber
as well as members and will have four "greats," said
the chamber: Great golf, prizes, networking and a ban-
quet. It will be at the Harbourside course of the
Longboat Key Club. Details may be obtained by call-
ing 383-2466.


Obituaries


Caroline M. Green
Caroline M. Green, 78, of Richfield, Minn., and
formerly Holmes Beach, died Feb. 28.
Memorial services were March 7 in Minneapolis,
Minn.
She is survived by husband Russell.

Betty T. Sturgeon
Betty T. Sturgeon, 88, of Holmes Beach, died
March 8.
Born in Springfield, Ohio, Mrs. Sturgeon came to
Manatee County from London, Ohio, in 1970. She was
a homemaker.
There were no services.
She is survived by daughters Sue Hamilton of St.
Petersburg and Sara Donald of Richmond, Va.; and
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Roser Cottage


under contract
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter.
Recent efforts by the City of Anna Maria, the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society and the national non-
profit Trust for Public Lands to find the necessary
funds to purchase historic Roser Cottage on Pine Av-
enue may be a case of a lot of effort too late (The Is-
lander, March 12).
Real estate agent Gary LaFlamme, who represents
the present owners of Roser Cottage, said he has a con-
tract with a private individual to purchase the property
and he anticipates a closing within 30 days.
No one from the city or the historical society has
talked to him about the property since the pending sale
was initiated, and no one has asked to speak to the pro-
spective buyer.
LaFlamme said when the property was first listed,
Mayor SueLynn met with him and discussed a purchase.
"The mayor said the city would love to buy it, but
they didn't have the money," he said.
He received a similar response from the Roser
Memorial Community Church, he added.
Now, there seems to be a lot of interest on the part
of the city in buying the property after SueLynn spoke
with a St. Petersburg representative of the Trust for
Public Lands, which buys land and buildings nationally
for communities as historic preservation sites.
While LaFlamme said he could not discuss the
contract price or the buyer's future plans for Roser
Cottage, "I can tell you she is not interested in tearing
it down, but will try to preserve it. She is going to make
use of the property."
The property was originally listed for-sale at
$469,000. One real estate agent who asked not to be


In fine voice
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'Young 'n Foolish, Again'
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County will bring "Young 'n Foolish, Again" in
barbershop harmony to Neel Auditorium Saturday,
March 22.
Show time will be 2 p.m. at the auditorium,
5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets at $15 and $13


identified said he understood the contract sale price was
round $430,000.
SueLynn said that she is trying to enlist the aid of
the Trust for Public Lands to purchase the property. If
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Reggae Fest Saturday to aid cleanup drives


An enthusiastic and vigorous Reggae Fest, first of
its kind on Palma Sola Causeway, .will bring four
musical groups there Saturday afternoon and evening.
"We are expecting 4,000 or 5,000 people, it's such
a natural major attraction and such a good cause," said
a spokesperson for the sponsor.
The event will be from 1-8:30 p.m. at Bongo's of
Florida, 9915 Manatee Ave. W. on the causeway.
Bongo's is sponsoring and hosting the musical blow-
out. Most of the blast will be outdoors in "nature's
music hall," stretching from Bongo's over the beach
to the water, said the spokesperson.
There will be hamburgers, hotdogs and two bars.
Tables will be set up to serve the crowd, $60 for a table


Anna Maria

Commission giveth,

taketh away
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's city commission March 11 approved
an exception request to a right-of-way violation by
Doug Gelderman at 516 South Drive to allow a 7-foot-
high Barbados cherry tree more than 10 years old to
remain.
At the same time, however, commissioners told
Gelderman to remove a frame box in the right of way used
to retain the tree's root system and prevent flooding.
Commissioners agreed the box was a safety haz-
ard.
Gelderman was one of 132 city residents who re-
ceived a letter from Code Enforcement Officer Gerry
Rathvon that she had received a complaint from some-
one about his property.
Under the city's right-of-way ordinance, violators
could appeal to the city commission for an exception.
Gelderman, however, wondered how the city had
reached the point of acting on anonymous complaints.
S "I think it's :sad we have someone in Anna Maria
going around and complaining anonymously,"
Gelderman said. Complaint forms used to require two
signatures, he said.
Gelderman's neighbor at 519 South Drive, Joe
Ungavarsky, was not so lucky with his exception re-
quest.
Commissioners denied Ungavarsky's request by a
3-1 vote for an exception to a rock driveway and some
palm trees that were in the right of way.
Ungavarsky said he had no problem removing the


seating six, or just rent a chair for $15. "Browsing is free
and browsers are welcome," said the spokesperson.
Climaxing the program will be Third World, the
group that does the music for the TV show "Cops" and has
been recognized worldwide since its first album in 1976.
Third World holds a top spot in reggae music with
classic hits that include "96 Degrees in the Shade,"
"Now that We Found Love" and the anthem "Try Jah
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Third World will start its gig at 7 p.m., but there's
a world of music before then: Spy-vs.-Spy will appear
at 1 p.m., Impulse at 3 and Democracy at 5.


Bongo's advises an early arrival to assure a seat or
even a place within hearing distance, for "a really huge
crowd is all but inevitable."
Proceeds will go to beautify the causeway with
landscaping, native plants and other needed improve-
ments, said Ingrid McClellan, executive director of
Keep Manatee Beautiful.
It's all part of the annual giant drive to clean up the
country and the county through the Great American
Cleanup. Bradenton's share of it was done last weekend,
Palmetto's will come March 29, and Anna Maria Island,
Cortez and Braden River from 9 a.m.-noon April 12.
Further information may be obtained by calling
795-8272 or 761-2411.


Everybody's gotta dance
The St. Patrick's Day dance at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, with music by the Dream Classics
IV, Saturday, March 14, was a big hit with Islanders. The band played all types of dance music from a variety
of eras back to the big band sounds, through the 1950s and 80s. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson


rocks, but he wondered when the city was going to fix
the road. The rocks were used to keep the driveway
from flooding every time it rains, he said.
He wondered why the commission would order
him to remove the landscaping because South Drive is
a dead end and only residents use the road.
He contended the trees were not a safety hazard.
Commission Chairperson John Quam said if every-
one else has to have landscaping eight feet back from
the edge of the road, Ungavarsky should also.
Commissioner Chuck Webb, however, argued that
anyone can come and ask for a right-of-way exception.
He thought the landscaping was an appropriate beau-
tification project and not a safety issue.


Webb noted the ordinance had not been enforced
for 20 years in the city, now enforcement has become
a big issue.
"The problem is people not knowing the city codes
and something has been going on for years that's not
been enforced," he added.
Ungavarsky, a contractor, said he only planted the
trees in January. "I never thought about any violation
when I planted the trees," he said.
He also wondered why the city was responding to
anonymous complaints. "People are just stabbing each
other" with these complaints, he said.
Other exception requests will be dealt with by the
commission at a future meeting, said Quam.


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Island developer was destined for Gator stardom


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Steve Noriega is probably best known on Anna
Maria Island as the developer of the Villa Rosa project
in Anna Maria.
What Islanders may not know about Noriega is that
he was slated to be the quarterback for the University
of Florida Gators in 1969, and could have easily been
a professional athlete in either baseball or football.
Knowledgeable Gator fans will tell you the school
really became big-time in college football when the
Gators opened the 1969 season by beating then No. 1
Houston, 59-35.
The Gators led 35-7 at half-time, and the score
shocked ABC announcer Chris Schenkel at the net-
work studio so much, he suggested on the air that
someone check to see if it was the right score.
Were it not for a physiological fluke, Noriega, not
sophomore quarterback John Reaves, might have been
the star of that game and an NCAA record-setting quar-
terback by the end of his college career.
Noriega might have even gone on to play profes-
sional baseball or in the National Football League, such
were his talents coming out of Jesuit High School in
Tampa in 1968:
"I was good friends with John [Reaves], who
graduated from Robinson High School the same year,"
said Noriega.
"We both got scholarships to Florida as quarter-
backs and I asked him before we went why we were
both going to the same school to compete against each
other."
In high school, Noriega had the better statistics,
throwing 25 touchdown passes his senior year, a
Tampa high school record that stood for 30 years.
"I also got drafted by the Kansas City Royals out
of high school, but I wanted to go to Florida for an
education and be the quarterback for the. Gators."
But a funny thing happened on the way to Florida
Field.
Noriega grew two inches and gained 30 pounds
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"Coach [Ray] Graves took one look at me and said I
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Irish eyes, dancers
The Anna Maria Island Irish Ceili Dancers' eyes were a 'smilin' and the feet were a 'dancin', all
the while the audience was a 'clappin' and toes were all a 'tappin' at the Hibernian's annual St.


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heritage for a day when he agreed to entertain at the annual
Loyal Order of the Hibernian St. Patrick's Day breakfast. Later
at the event, O'Piccolo was named Irishman of the Year by host
Don Maloney, left, with Rossa LoPiccolo, Bob in appropriate
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Noriega played for Gators
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
junior year, I was drafted by the Pirates, so I decided
to try baseball. I was married with a child on the way
and wanted to earn some money for my family."
His first year in minor league ball in Carolina, he
roomed with Dave Parker, now a hall-of-famer.
"I hit .351 with 21 home runs, but I started to feel
guilty about leaving my wife and child alone. And I
didn't want to miss out on an education." Plus, he was
only paid about $1,200 a month for the five-month sea-
son.
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was only around $40,000. There was no free agency
and most big-league ball players had to get off-season
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But Noriega would not become a major league ball
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The warning could include use of the bells at
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She said obviously the city is concerned about
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the war with Iraq comes. But Anna Maria and other
Island cities have long been prepared for an emer-
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In Bradenton Beach, Police Chief Sam Speciale
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The West Manatee Fire & Rescue District sta-
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In Anna Maria, to conform or not to conform...


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board at its
Feb. 14 meeting tabled a variance application by
Marshall and Lucinda Schreeder for their property
at 101 Palm Ave. until it gets more information
from the applicants on the expansion of their prop-
erty and why they need a variance.
What's not at issue,, apparently, is that the two-
story fourplex at 101 Palm Ave. is a non-conform-


City must revote on
variance request
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn has informed
the city commission that the 2-1 commission vote
Feb. 27 to approye.a lot split for 224 Periwinkle
was contrary to the city's new charter which was
adopted Feb. 11.
The new charter requires an "affirmative vote
of three or more commissioners" for commission
actions to be binding, said. the mayor in a letter to
the commission.
As a result, the variance request must be again
properly noticed and voted on at a regular meeting
and receive a minimum of three votes to be ap-
proved.
She suggested the request be an agenda item
at the commission's March 27 regular meeting.
The 2-1 vote for the variance came with
Commissioners Tom Aposporos and Duke Miller
absent from the meeting.
Although the presence of three commission-
ers constitutes a quorum for the commission to
conduct business, any actions at such a meeting
must be approved by all three commissioners in
attendance to become binding, the mayor said.


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at the meeting.
They want to enclose the first-floor area and add
a balcony to the rear of the unit "which will comply
with all current setbacks."
The improvements will not extend beyond the
vertical plane of the roof, Barnebey said, but will
push out some walls to that plane.
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ing structure and use, and they need a variance to the
city's zoning ordinance for the construction.
Well, that is the issue, said board member
Charles Canniff, because the variance will add vol-
ume to the current living space and the city's long-
range comprehensive plan discouarges improve-
ments and expansion of nonconforming structures.
General maintenance of nonconforming struc-
tures is allowed, but this seems to go beyond that, he
said.
Based upon the board's discussion, Barnebey re-
quested the continuance while he gathers more infor-
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*By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
SHolmes Beach city commissioners approved an
action to declare the traffic island adjacent to Third
Avenue in the 3700 block of Gulf Drive surplus
property and sell it to adjacent property owner Pat
McConnell for $25,000.
The commission recently vacated the portion of
Third Avenue abutting McConnell's property at
3716 Gulf Drive. He is currently in the process of
constructing a triplex condominium "dream home"
on the waterfront property.
Commissioner Don Maloney was the only op-
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Islander AME spotlight: Warren Phillips


Each week The Islander spotlights one of Anna
Maria Elementary School's staff.
This week media specialist Warren Phillips is in
our spotlight.
Phillips was born in Columbus, Ohio, and his fam-
ily has had a winter home on the Island since the mid-
1940s. Tiring of the cold weather, Phillips moved to
Manatee County in 1980.
He completed his undergraduate degree in Ameri-
can Intellectual History at Bowling Green of Ohio,
where he also worked on his doctorate in Philosophy.
Phillips has also earned an art's masters' degree in
library and information science from the University of
Michigan at Ann Arbor.
He has been at AME for 23 years and is a certified
media specialist for kindergarten through 12th-grade.
Before coming to AME, Phillips was on the faculty
at New College in Sarasota and worked as a part-time
faculty member of the Graduate Education Department
of the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Phillips said that over the past 20 years at AME his
job has changed dramatically. The responsibilities have
increased but he adds that the monetary compensation
has not followed suit.
Even so, Phillips loves the opportunity to provide
information to students and watch them grow.
"This isn't the same as teaching," he said. "Librar-
ians are not teachers as such. They are information
specialists, trained in the art of how to identify, locate
and disseminate information to students and teachers."


Phillips takes a realistic approach in helping AME
students learn by taking his cue from them and facili-
tating their learning process by providing guidance.
Providing relevant information in addition to guidance
helps those students reach their highest potential.
"The great psychologist Abraham Maslow called
this self actualization. This is what I think we should
want for our children," Phillips said. "This is a some-
what radical approach because you never know where
it's going to lead, and that's all right. A cookie cutter
approach is not the answer."
Phillips believes it isn't his role to keep students in-
terested in learning. "Keeping students interested in learn-
ing is what parents are supposed to be doing," he said.
"Increasingly parents have abdicated their respon-
sibilities to their children and school systems have un-
fortunately assumed the duties of raising children," said
Phillips. "It is not the state's job to raise children; it's
the state's job to assume some responsibility for some
aspects of educating our youth. If parents want chil-
dren, they should take care of them, which includes
pointing out the connection between learning and later
life success and seeing that students take responsibil-
.ity for their own lives."
Phillips is drawn to men and women who have
made significant contributions to human progress as his
own mentors. Some such mentors include Plato,
Einstein and Tolstoy.
"We do indeed stand on the shoulders of giants and
they all are our mentors," he said.


Warren Phillips is the media specialist at Anna
Maria Elementary School. Islander Photo: Diana
Bogan


Johnson dedicates decade to Anna Maria Elementary


Dedicated volunteer
Patricia Johnson has been an Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School volunteer for at least a decade. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Bradenton resident Patricia Johnson has been vol-
unteering in Karen Newhall's third-grade Anna Maria
Elementary class for a little over a decade even
though her children and grandchildren never attended
the school.
Johnson has never lived on the Island although she
attends Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach.
Johnson said she heard the Island school could use vol-
unteers through the church bulletin.
"I like being with kids," she said. "It gets me out
of the house and I like knowing that I help out a little
bit."
Johnson volunteers for an hour once a week and
works with two students Newhall has assigned to her
with their reading, spelling and math skills.
Johnson said she works with the same two students
throughout the year on assignments outlined by their
teacher.
Johnson said she likes AME because of its friendly
environment and that it reminds her of the way school
was when she was growing up in Yonkers, N.Y.
Although Johnson will soon be celebrating her
82nd birthday, she plans to continue volunteering in
Newhall's class.


She enjoys working with third-graders and she rec-
ommends volunteering to others.
"I think it's great," she said, "especially if you want
something to do that doesn't take a lot of time and you
still enjoy."
And Newhall is glad to have her. "She is just such
a wonderful lady."


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Students, staff say farewell to Principal Tim Kolbe
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Students and staff gathered one last time to wish
Principal Tim Kolbe good tidings as he prepared to
leave Anna Maria Elementary School to become a
mentor for other principals within the Manatee school
district.
Throughout his final school day at AME Kolbe 1
visited each classroom with his "pot of gold." Each
student put a penny or other good luck wish into his
pot."
Kolbe told students that each penny in the pot rep -
resents all the memories he will be taking with him ,
from AME to his new job. i
During lunch, students celebrated the new begin-
ning with a farewell cake provided by the school's 4
Parent-Teacher Organization. *
And before the end of the day everyone gathered
in the auditorium for a special presentation full of sur-
prises for Kolbe. '
AME teacher Lynne Drolet asked Kolbe to light a
symbolic candle and students gathered around to sing .
the song "Light the Candle All Around the World." d -IS -.- ."
The PTO presented Kolbe with a plaque of the -
school's caboose that he can hang in his new office to
remember the "little school down by the bay." A dupli-
cate plaque will hang in the AME administrative office. B,"
Pierrette Kelly and Gary Wooten represented the
Anna Maria Island Community Center and presented
Kolbe with a poem and a blooming gardenia tree that
was planted in the school's courtyard after the assem-
bly.
Wooten noted that when Kolbe's predecessor, Jim
Kronus, retired, the staff planted a tree in his honor as :
well.
PTO member Julie Krokoskia summed things up Farewell organizers
best when she told students, "It won't be the same with- AME guidance counselor Cindi Harrison and art teacher Gary Wooten helped organize a special farewell
out Kolbe. It will be just as wonderful but different." assembly for departing Principal Tim Kolbe. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan


Sweet farewell
The Parent-Teacher Organization provided a slice of cake for each Anna Maria Elementary School student
during lunch. The cake, decorated with the school colors and dolphin mascot, was one way the school
community said farewell to Principal Tim Kolbe whose last day was March 17.


Traveling caboose
PTO members Cindy Thompson and Julie
Krokroskia presented both departing Principal Tim
Kolbe and AME with a hand-tile plaque of the
school's old caboose and an inscription that reads
"from your friends at the little school down by the
bay. AME's plaque will hang in the school admin-
istrative office.


Thirty bucks will help buy computers for AME students


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The AME Parent-Teacher Organization is
selling "Spring Fling" event tickets for $30 per
person and is hoping to raise at least $10,000 to
purchase a portable computer lab.
In exchange for a ticket, PTO members are
planning to offer an evening of entertainment
including dinner and dancing.
The "Love Boat" themed event will begin
at 6 p.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church on
April 26 with a cocktail hour featuring music


and complimentary champagne.
At 7 p.m., the "Captain's Dinner," featuring fare
from local Island restaurants, including the Sandbar in
Anna Maria, will be served. Following dinner there
will be music by the Jimi Gee Band, including a spe-
cial appearance by the Island Middle School Conch
Fritter band, and a silent auction featuring student art
work and classroom gift baskets.
The PTO will have babysitting services available
at the church from 6 to 11 p.m. and will provide enter-
tainment and snacks for the kids as well.
The PTO has arranged for all AME teachers and


staff to attend the event at no charge in order for
everyone to have an opportunity to celebrate and
honor the success of the AME community.
There are only 450 tickets available for the
Spring Fling and order forms are available from
the school office.
The AME PTO is also accepting donations
and business card advertising sponsorships that
will be published in the Spring Fling program
book.
AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. For more information, call 708-5525.















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-
mation: 778-4683.
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. In-
formation: 387-9519. Fee applies.
6:30 p.m. Health and beauty workshop "Blow-
drying" at A Pine Avenue Salon, 314 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-5694.
7p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-6341.

Thursday, March 20
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. AARP tax help at Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. In-
formation: 888-227-7669.
5:30 to 9 p.m. Citizens Advisory Group meet-
ing to select a new Manatee County school superin-
tendent at the School Board Administration Building,
215 Manatee Ave. W., Room 203, Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 708-8770 extension 2452.
7p.m.-- Bingo at Annie Silver Community Cen-
ter, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
778-1915.

Friday, March 21
5 to 7p.m. St. Bernard Catholic Church's Par-
ish School of Religion and the Spirit Youth Group fish
fry at 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-4769. Fee applies.
5 to 7:30 p.m. Open House for Anna Maria Is-
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6 to 10 p.m. Village of the Arts Gallery art walk
from Ninth Avenue West to 17th Avenue West between
14th Street West and Ninth Street West in downtown
Bradenton. Information: 741-8056.

Saturday, March 22
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Manatee County master gar-
dener "Gardening College" and plant sale at 1303 17th
St. W., Palmetto. Information: 722-4524.
11 to 4 p.m. Village of the Arts Gallery art walk
from Ninth Avenue West to 17th Avenue West between
14th Street West and 9th Street West in downtown
Bradenton. Information: 741-8056.
1 to 8:30 p.m. Great American Cleanup reggae
fest with national recording artists Third World at
Bongo's Bayside Grill, 9915 Manatee Ave. W., Perico
Island. Information: 795-8272.
2 p.m. "Young 'n Foolish, Again" by the Sand-
piper Barbershop Chorus of Manatee County at Neel
Auditorium, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
753-8197. Fee applies.
7 p.m. Sierra Club Clean Energy Activist Net-
work meeting at Selby Public Library, 1331 First St.,
Sarasota. Information: 383-9433.
7 to 11 p.m. German-American Club of Mana-
tee County Hawaiian dance with musical guest Otto's
Playboys at Bayshore Gardens Recreation Center,
6919 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 761-3833.
Fee applies.
7:30 p.m. "Two Cantors and a Choir" at Temple
Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key. Informa-
tion: 383-3428. Fee applies.

Sunday, March 23
8 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast and bake
sale at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4769. Fee ap-
plies.
3p.m. Pianist Andrew Lapp at Neel Auditorium,
5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 795-7677.
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5 p.m. Opening reception for artist Nina
Ransohoff and photographer Elizabeth Davies at the
Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat
Key.
6:30 p.m. Aaron Odom concert at the Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-0719.

Monday, March 24
8:30 a.m. Internet class for beginners at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
9 a.m. "Coffee and Conversation" with the Wid-
owed Persons Support Group at Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908.
Noon to4 p.mn.- AARP 55-Alive driving refresher
course at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 776-1158.
7p.m. "Emptying the Ocean" by Richard Ellis at
Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.

Tuesday, March 25
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP 55-Alive driving refresher
course at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 776-1158.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans Service officer available at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. By appointment: 749-3030.

Wednesday, March 26
7:45 to 11 a.m. Blood drive at the Longboat Key
Chamber of Commerce, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 746-7195.
8 to 9 a.m. "Good Morning Longboat Key" at the
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6854 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
7 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
March 4, 100 block of Magnolia Avenue, theft. A
woman reported a luggage bag stolen from her new
home.
March 9, 9807 Gulf Drive, Islanders Market and
Antiques, theft. Items from the display case at the front
of the store were reportedly stolen.
March 14, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Rotten Ralph's Res-
taurant, found property. According to the report, a soup
spoon was found behind the outside storage shed and
turned in to the restaurant owner. The owner turned the
spoon over to police because it was reportedly charred
and had an unknown residue on it. According to the
report, the residue on the spoon tested positive for co-
caine.

Bradenton Beach
March 3, 700 block of Gulf Drive, drug arrest.
Armondo Pena, 22, and Fernando DeLeon, 20, both of
Brownsville, Texas, were arrested for possession of
marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a routine traf-
fic stop. According to the report, a check on the vehicle
owner's driver's license turned up information that the
subject had a possible drug trafficking connection.
Officers called for a K9 unit to respond and the drug
dog alerted officers to the fact that there were drugs in
the car.
March 3, Third Street and Bay Drive South, crimi-


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climbed over the six-and-a-half-foot wooden fence
where Manatee County Marine Rescue officers store
their ATVs and filled one of the vehicle's gas tanks
with gravel.
March 7, 1900 block of Gulf Drive, traffic arrest.
After a routine traffic stop a man was arrested for driv-
ing without a license.
March 8, 1500 block of Gulf Drive, traffic arrest.
A man was arrested for driving with an open container
of alcohol, according to the report.
March 8, -1600 block of Gulf Drive, traffic arrest.
A man was arrested for driving without a license, proof
of registration and insurance.
March 8, 100 block of Bridge Street, stolen tag. A
woman reported the tag stolen from her parked car.
March 8, 100 block of 11th Street, drug arrest.
Jack Cole III, 18, of Bradenton, was arrested for pos-
session of marijuana after being stopped by officers for
speeding. According to the report, officers asked for
permission to search the vehicle after detecting an odor
of marijuana, but Cole denied the request. A K9 unit
was brought to the scene and the drug dog alerted of-
ficers to the narcotics hidden in the armrest beside the
driver's seat.
March 8, 2200 block of Avenue B, theft. A thief
snatched two African Spur turtles from a resident's
fenced yard. According to the report, the missing
turtles are approximately 1 foot and 3 feet in length.
March 9, 101 22nd St. N., Tropical Isle Inn, bur-


glary. A man reported some golf clubs missing from
the golf bag left in his vehicle.
March 9, 1600 block of Gulf Drive, DUI. Gregory
Harlan, 31, of Bradenton Beach, was arrested for driv-
ing while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an acci-
dent. According to the report, Harlan had been drink-
ing at a restaurant prior to the incident. The restaurant
manager told police several people offered to give
Harlan a ride but he refused. When the restaurant man-
ager saw Harlan drive out of the parking lot, she called
police. Harlan sideswiped a vehicle when he swerved
into the oncoming lane of traffic near Coquina Beach.
Officers were able to locate Harlan within the hour with
the help of witnesses.
March 9, 601 Gulf Drive N., Gulf Watch condo-
miniums, burglary. A.man reported his cell phone
missing from his vehicle.
March 9, 1906 Gulf Drive N., Coquina Beach Club
condominiums, burglary. A man reported three golf
clubs stolen from a golf bag he left in his parked ve-
hicle.
March 9, 1801 Gulf Drive, Runaway Bay condo-
miniums; burglary. A retired Virginia State Patrol of-
ficer vacationing on the Island reported a magazine
clip, with six hollow-point bullets loaded into it, and a
cell phone missing from his vehicle.

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March 8, 100 block of 52nd Street, animal ordi-
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left in a chain-link kennel. According to the report,
several neighbors voiced concerns about the noise and
the animal's welfare due to the length of time the dog
had been in the kennel. The case was referred to the
city's code enforcement officer.
March 8, 3901 Gulf Drive, Skinny's Place, bur-
glary. Two men were arrested for attempting to steal a
case of beer from Skinny's Place. According to the
report, both men are students from Pennsylvania and
are visitors to the Island. One of the men was charged
with burglary for attempting to take a case of beer from
the storeroom in the back of the restaurant and exiting
through the side door. According to the report, an em-
ployee saw the man and chased him down. The em-
ployee was able to retrieve the beer, but did not catch
the suspect. The suspect's friend was charged with
accessory to a burglary for denying knowing the sus-
pect when questioned by police and then contacting the
suspect on his cell phone to alert him officers were
looking for him.
March 9, 2700 block of Avenue C, larceny. Ac-
cording to the report, a woman's wallet was stolen from
her car.
March 13, 6300 block of Holmes Blvd., vandal.
According to the report, a man's second-story window
was damaged by a BB pellet.
March 13, 8102 Gulf Drive, Haley's Motel, fraud.
According to the report, a woman tried to pass a worth-
less check in the amount of $59.
March 13, 5200 block of Gulf Drive, criminal mis-
chief. A man reportedly found condoms on the antenna
and windshield of his car.
March 13, 6200 block of Holmes Blvd., criminal
mischief. According to the report, a man reported a BB-
pellet dent on the trunk lid of his Mercedes.
March 13, 5904 Marina Drive, Charlie's Restau-
rant, theft. A woman reported her bicycle missing.


THE ISLANDER E MARCH 10, 2008 -PAGE 25


Rotary launches drive for immunizations


The Anna Maria Island Rotary Club has joined
seven other clubs in Manatee County in a cam-
paign to emphasize adult immunization programs
in Manatee County.
Inoculations are available for hepatitis, flu,
polio, rubella and other contagious diseases,
said Rotary, adding that they are available at the
Manatee County Clinic, 410 Sixth Ave. W.,
Bradenton.
The clubs' program to bring the message to the
public uses billboards, literature at churches and
places of employment, and on the rear of buses in


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23
Ongoing:
Watercolors by Jacqueline Clark and a 9/11 Trib-
ute painting by Rose Schulte on display at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
through March 31. Information: 778-6341.
'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, watercolors 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.
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.


the Manatee County Area Transit system. The lit-
erature is in Spanish as well as English.
Money donated by the clubs for the program
goes to the Rotary Foundation, which matches the
donations. They are matched again by the Blaine
Community Immunization Grant program estab-
lished by Rotarian Jack Blaine and his wife. The
total is turned over to Rotarian Ruth Duncan, who
is executive director of the Manatee County chap-
ter of the American Red Cross.
Further information may be obtained by phon-
ing 778-4060.


"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:
345-1500.
Russian Plein Air exhibit at Wallace Fine Art,
5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 108, Longboat Key,
through April 3. Information: 387-0746.

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Florida Bat Center presentation at the Pelican
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Green flash tales, homeowner blues, there's a rat here?


Florida fiction writers have had a love affair with
the nebulous flash of green for more than 40 years
that burst of green light that supposedly appears at cer-.
tain sunsets to cast an almost mystical light upon those
who view it.
John D. MacDonald was the first contemporary
writer to mention the flash in, naturally, his novel "A
Flash of Green," published in 1962.
The character who sees the flash is an 82-year-old
woman who has lived almost all her life on the fictional
Sandy Key, which bears an uncommon resemblance to
MacDonald's own home of Siesta Key. Aunt Middy
says of her sighting while fishing in the bay when she
S was a young woman:
"We rested from poling to brush away the bugs,
and we watched that last crumb of sun go, and the
whole west sky lit up with terrible great sheets of the
brightest green you ever could see. 'Make a wish!' my
husband yelled at me from the stern of the skiff. I
wished, all right. There couldn't ever be enough green
for the wishes I had, boy. It didn't last over 10 or 15
seconds. Life worked better for me from then on, some-
how. I raised six young out of 12, four still living, and
that was better than most in that time and place. I've
seen children die and men killed and women broke, but
I never got so low again in all my life as that one day
on the net. So don't say that flash of green is tourist
talk. I prayed to God my whole life, and in fairness I
got to credit Him with doing good for me. But a flash
of green is something you see."
Randy Wayne White also wrote of the green flash



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in his 1992 novel, "The Heat Islands." The fishing
guide Jeth has just returned from a trip to the Shark
River in Southwest Florida.
"I saw the green flash, man. Right at sunset, out
there all alone in my boat. People'd told me about the
green flash, but I'd never seen it. And with all the days
I've spent on the water, I just figured, hell, it's just a
bunch of BS. But I really saw it. Watched the sun go
right down behind the Gulf, and the moment it disap-
pears, all red and orange poof a bright green
flash. Like a green flashbulb had gone off. I mean it
was bright! Always thought the islands'd be the perfect
place to see it. Sky's so clear, and there it was.
"You know, when I saw that green flash, it was like
a sign. It really was."
White's character Doc Ford, always the scientist,
describes the phenomenon.
"It has something to do with the distance sun-
light travels at the earth's horizon. The light travels
farther, something like that. The distance bends and
separates the light, makes the sun seem visible after
it has already sunk below the horizon. If conditions
are just right, the yellow of the sun mixes with the
blue of the sea, and it's like a chemical reaction.
Volatile. Like an explosion; a great flash of green.
But the atmosphere has to be perfectly clear. I've
seen it other places in the world, but only twice in
Florida. Once at sunrise, once at sunset, and that was
years ago, before all the cars. With the monoxide
fumes. you don't see it."
Neither has Thorn, the fictional character of James
W. Hall. In Hall's new book "Off the Chart," due to be
released in June, Thorn says:
"People claim they see it, but I've lived here all my
life and watched thousands of sunsets and never seen
one green flash. So either they're lying or else I keep
blinking at the wrong second.
"Then again, maybe they're not lying. Maybe I'm
just one of those idiots that can't be hypnotized. Won't
let myself surrender. Too skeptical, too locked up in my
own head. Sometimes I wish I were the other kind, the
one that can see the green flash. They see it because
they really want to see it. I admire that, people who can
suspend their disbelief, throw themselves headlong into
something far-fetched and weird. Believe in the unbe-
lievable."
Do you believe? Have you seen the green flash?
Send me a line at roat@islander.org.
By the way, Bill Hahn has seen the elusive flash
off 70th Street in Holmes Beach and has a photo-
graph to prove it.

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flash to bring her a little luck before last week: her
home on south Siesta Key finally toppled into the Gulf
of Mexico, ending a 20-year battle with Mother Nature.
The house was built in 1972 by noted artist Syd
Solomon. In 1983 Solomon and a neighbor received
permission from local and state officials to relocate
Midnight Pass, which was migrating north and threat-
ening the structures. The relocation saved the houses
but resulted in the closure of the inlet separating Siesta
and Casey keys.
Last year, erosion started to threaten the house.
Burns, the new owner, requested county approval to
build a seawall to protect the structure, but was de-
nied the barrier-by county officials. As waves began
to undermine the building, the county declared the
structure unsafe, 'condemned it and ordered Burns to
tear it down.
She took the county to court, and a judge stayed the
demolition until part of the house collapsed last week.
The judge then lifted the stay, placed a lien on the'prop-
erty for the estimated $200,000 demolition cost and the
county will start to tear down what's left of the build-
ing later this month.
Ironically, the company that will do the demoli-
tion on the former Solomon house is the same outfit
which tore down the old Ringling Towers, another
Sarasota landmark.
"People who build their castles in the sand ..."

Duct tape
to the rescue?
Perhaps Burns should have tried a few hundred
rolls of duct tape to save her house. The versatile gray
stuff is ubiquitous in some households to our north and
seems to have been used to hold almost everything else
together in Alaska.
"We use duct tape to hold things together that prob-
ably should be discarded," said one University of An-
chorage professor.
One Wal-Mart in a little town just north of An-
chorage sold more duct tape 8,600 rolls- to its
5,500 residents than any other such store in the
United States last year.
They even use the stuff as a musical instrument.
One musician finishes his set in what is described as a
rousing tear-the-duct-tape/banjo duel.
I guess you had to have been there. Adult bever-
ages would have helped, too, I bet.
As reported in a news article, "About the only thing
they don't do with duct tape in Alaska is eat it. 'We
have Spam,' said a retired teacher and bush pilot."

Sandscript
factoid
A park ranger at Myakka River State Park found
what he thought was a dead rat out there not too long
ago. No big deal, right? Problem was the "rat" weighed
about 100 pounds.
Come to find out, it was a capybara, the world's
largest rodent and generally found only in South
America. There are no clues how the critter made it up
here, although someone releasing their "pet" into the
wild after it got kinda big is one thought.
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Whitebait signal start of spring for Island fishers


By Capt. Mike Heistand
With whitebait starting to get thick, springtime
action for anglers is starting to kick into high gear.
Cobia are starting to make a showing, and snook fish-
ing is finally starting to pick up.
Offshore anglers are reporting great catches of
amberjack to 50 pounds in about 100 feet of water, plus
lots of grouper and snapper.
In the backwater, look for redfish and, near the
beaches, whiting.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he's catching amberjack to 30 pounds.,
grouper to 20 pounds mostly reds and mangrove
snapper to 5 pounds.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's starting to see
snook action really start to pick up, with some linesiders
going to better than 35 inches in length. He's also putting
his charters onto lots of mackerel and a few redfish.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said his weekly high-
lights include mackerel, cobia out of the Gulf and trout
and reds in the bays.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
snook are starting to bite better now, although redfish
are still a mainstay for backwater anglers. Mackerel are
thick in the nearshore Gulf of Mexico right now, and
whiting are starting to really hit just off the beaches.
Offshore cobia action is starting to get really good, Bill
said, while farther out in the Gulf the grouper-amber-
jack action is excellent.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier fishers there are
catching lots of sheepshead, pompano, a few snook, red-.
fish and cobia are starting to hang around the structure.
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier said the best
results come from those who fish for mackerel, pom-
pano, snook or sheepshead.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Char-
ters guided the parties of Dean Lyon, Tom White, Bob
Granzeier, and Bill Mackson out last Sunday to a limit
catch of amberjack to 50 pounds, plus catch-and-release
of many more. Capt. Larry also put his charter onto 27
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We reeled him up, and it was a gargantuan king-
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We caught some more Spanish mackerel. We
decided to use one for bait. No sooner had I cast
it out than we hooked a gargantuan barracuda. My
brother reeled it in. We put it in the cooler.
We went back home to brag and fillet the fish
and boy, did we have a story to tell.


Bridge piers and some nice-sized trout coming out of
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Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
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Baseball is in full swing as Spring Break approaches


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Islander newspaper team won a pair of games
last week in Junior League baseball (ages 14-16) to
remain undefeated with a-4-0 record that will be tested
Monday, March 17, when they take on what's consid-
ered to be a strong Manatee National team.
The Islanders went on the road and took a 4-2 de-
cision over Manatee American No. 2 Thursday, March
13, and followed that up with a 10-6 home victory Sat-
urday at Holmes Beach's Birdie Tebbetts Field over
West Coast Aluminum from North River American.
The game against West Coast Aluminum saw Sean
Pittman shut down North River, allowing only one hit
and two runs while striking out six batters in four in-
nings of work.
When Pittman left the game (to make it to his Babe
Ruth League game), the Islanders were comfortably
ahead by a 9-2 score thanks to some timely hitting and
aggressive base running, but a four-run fifth inning got
North River back into the game.
North River took a 1-0 lead in the first when James
Hill walked to lead-off the game. He quickly advanced
to third on a pair of passed balls before scoring when
Kyle Pick reached on an error.
The Islanders came back in the bottom of the in-
ning when Pittman and Chad Richardson sand-
wiched walks around an infield single by Alonzo
Price to load the bases. Tim Bouziane got plunked
by the next pitch to force in a run and tie the game
at 1-1. Pat Cole followed with a slow roller down
third. Spencer Tiedeman quickly fielded the ball and
threw home, but Price slid in safely for a 2-1 lead
and the bases were still loaded.
North River pitcher Kyle Pick struck out the next
batter for the first out, but hit Matt Bobo in the foot to
force in another run. Pick got Nick Sato to ground to
Tiedeman, who threw home to catcher Caleb Green for
the second out. Shane Pelkey walked to force in Cole
before Pick induced Pittman to ground out to escape
further damage.
Pittman was superb in the second, allowing only a
walk by Jon Stevens and recording two strikeouts.
The Islander padded its lead in the second as Price
and Tim Bouziarie reached on walks. Cole came
through with an RBI single to score Price. Tanner
Pelkey singled to load the bases, but Matt Bobo hit it
right back to'Pick on the mound, who easily threw
home to force out Bouziane. Consecutive walks by
Sato and Shane Pelkey forced in Cole and Tanner
Pelkey to give the Islanders a 7-2 lead.
North River got one run back in the third when Hill
and Green led off with walks, but Hill got erased when
catcher Cole gunned him out at second. Pittman struck
out the.next batter but then issued a walk to Michael
Kayser. Tiedeman followed with an RBI single that
scored Green, but Kayser was thrown out at the plate
on a nice relay play from Price to Richardson and fi-
nally to Cole, who made the tag at.home for the third
out of the inning.
The Islander appeared to put the game out of reach
in the third as Pittman enjoyed a 1-2-3 inning thanks to
an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play by Bouziane,
Richardson and Shane Pelkey.
In the bottom of the inning, the Islanders received
a walk from Price and Richardson reached on an error.
Both runners moved up the bases on a passed ball,
which allowed Price to easily score on Bouziane's RBI
ground out. Richardson came home on another passed
ball to give the Islanders a 9-2 lead heading into the
fifth.
Chris Kennedy, Hill and Green drew walks to load
the bases in front of Pick, who hit a ground ball to third
baseman Matt Bobo. Bobo alertly threw home to nail
Kennedy for the first out. Kayser followed with a shot
into the left-field corner to bring Hill, Green and Pick
across the plate and send him into the second with a
double.
Tiedeman followed with a single to right to score
Kayser before Cole relieved on the mound and struck
out two North River batters with the bases loaded to get
the Islanders out of a jam.
Cole faced seven batters to record the six outs he
needed to close the game out for the pitching save and
improve the Islander's mark to 4-0 on the season.
Price led the Islanders with three runs scored, a
single and two stolen bases, while Pelkey went 2-for-
4 with one run scored. Cole singled and had two RBIs,


Islander shortstop Chad Richardson applies the tag on North River's James Hill during the newspaper team's
10-6 victory at Birdie Tebbetts Field.


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I-/ ,. I Matt Bobo awaits the throw during the Islander's
Sean Pittman delivers a pitch during his four-inning, 10-6 victory in Jr. League baseball at Birdie
six strikeout performance for The Islander. Tebbetts Field.
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Chad Richardson can't hold onto this throw as second baseman Tim Bouziane backs up on the


while Richardson and Bobo each singled and scored
one run.
West Coast Aluminum was paced by Tiedeman,
who went 3-for-4 with one RBI, and Kayser, who had
a three-run double. Pick singled and scored once for
North River, while Green and Hill each scored a pair
of runs in the loss, which drops them to 3-1 on the sea-
son.
Thursday's game was all pitching as Sean Price,
Sean Pittman and Pat Cole combined to limit Manatee
American to one hit while striking out 14 batters. Sean
Price started and allowed one hit and struck out seven
in three innings. Pittman followed with two hitless in-


nings, including five strikeouts before Cole closed the
game out with two hitless innings and two Ks.
Nick Sato and Pittman scored a pair of runs to lead
the Islanders, which received hits from Chad
Richardson and Steve Faasse.

WMFD splits pair of games
WMFD again rallied from a three-run deficit to
record a 4-3 victory in the Little League Majors Divi-
sion (ages 11-12) over John Cannon Homes Wednes-
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O'Brady's Saturday, as they dropped an 8-3 decision
after tying the score in the fifth.
In the WMFD game versus John Cannon, the Is-
land majors fell behind 3-0 on a single and three walks,
including two that forced in runs.
Walks helped WMFD score one run in the second
as Dylan Mullen and Matt Shafer led off the inning
with a free pass. Mullen advanced to third on an at-
tempted pickoff play at first and scored on a perfect
bunt single by Ben Valdivieso.
McKenzie settled down in the second inning, get-
ting two quick outs, but Kyle Schultz and Bryan Voekl
singled, putting runners on first and third. Cody
Wooten helped McKenzie escape the jam by throwing
Voekl out at second while attempting to steal for the
third out of the inning.
WMFD got another run in the third when, with one
out and the bases empty, Lance Burger launched an
opposite-field home run over the left-field fence, mak-
ing the score 3-2.
WMFD tied the score in the fourth when Shafer
singled and moved to second on a ground out by
Valdivieso. A pair of passed balls later saw Shafer slid-
ing home with the tying run.
McKenzie got some defensive help in the bottom
of the fourth, allowing a single and a walk before
getting a strikeout for the first out of the inning. The
runners moved to second and third on a passed ball
when the next batter hit a grounder back to the
mound. McKenzie quickly threw to Dylan Mullen
at first for the second out. Mullen alertly spotted the
runner breaking from third and gunned him out at the
plate to complete the double play and end the inning.
WMFD staged a two-out rally in the top of the fifth
to score what turned out to be the winning run. Tyler
Fitzgerald got things going when he got hit by a pitch,
sending him to first and bringing McKenzie to the
plate. McKenzie, behind 0-2 in the count, came through
with a double to the left center-field fence to score
Fitzgerald and give WMFD a 4-3 lead.
McKenzie struck out two batters and induced a
game-ending ground out to Shafer at third to close the
game out with their fourth consecutive win.
McKenzie finished with nine strikeouts and al-
lowed only four hits to improve his record to 3-1 while
also coming through with an RBI double. Burger had
his solo home run, while Shafer and Valdivieso had
singles.


Oh say can you see!
Angie Diamant, granddaughter of long-time Anna Maria residents Peggy and Bill Diamant, performed the
National Anthem at the March 17 Pittsburgh Pirates versus Minnesota Twins spring training game at
McKechknie Field in Bradenton. Angie is also the great-granddaughter of writer and author Wyatt
Blassingame, who first came to Anna Maria before WWII. Angle's parents are missionaries in Africa.
Diamant was overheard singing at McSwiggins in Bradenton by a Pirate's representative and was invited to


audition, and eventually chosen for the honor.


Anna Maria Island Little League day
at the Trop April 6
Sunday, April 6, is Anna Maria Island Little
League Day at Tropicana Field in St. Pete as the Devil
Rays host the New York Yankees.
The day serves as a league fundraiser with $7 of the
$10 ticket price going to the AMI league. Island Little
Leaguers get what could be the chance of a lifetime -
to walk onto a pro team's field prior to the game and
compete for the honor of throwing out the game's first
pitch.
Two charter buses from All Star Luxury Transpor-


station will take ticket holders to and from the game for
an additional $15 per person. Advance reservations are
a must.
For more information, call the Center at 778-1908.

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


Anna Maria Island Little League Spring
Break Week: No games scheduled


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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 Is-
lander 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.

WANTED: FOLDING BICYCLE. Gentleman wants
folding bicycle in good condition. Price negotiable.
Please call 792-4274.

S 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
direct 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, plus tax.

STYLISH DAY BED with trundle. Verdi leaf design
on back, four posters. Includes mattresses. Great
for rental properties! $100. Call 778-5354.

PICTURE FRAMES, nice twin sheets and pillow
cases, living room couch and chair, trundle bed and
spreads, canisters. 778-9262.


GLASS AND WOOD dining-room table. 66-inches,
extends to 106-inches, $800. Spinet piano $800.
Call 778-0086.

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.

NEED EXTRA STORAGE space? For convenient
on-Island storage, call Anna Maria Storage, 779-
0820.

YOGA AT ISLAND FITNESS! Basics Tuesday
10:30am-noon, mixed levels, Thursdays 6:30-8pm.
Starts April 1. Call Roxanne Dinkin at 727-8799.

WILL THE PERSONS who rescued the little injured
dog on Palm Drive, Holmes Beach, March 9 please
stop by again or please call 773-0010. Thanks.

AMI TURTLE WATCH NEEDS used folding chairs
and banquet tables. Please call 778-5638.


GIRL SCOUT COOKIES available at The Islander,
assorted varieties, $3.50 box. All proceeds to local
a Girl Scout troop.

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 newspaper located in the
Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach. Proceeds
benefit the Island Players. For information call: 779-
0202.

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

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

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


BAYFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BA and two lanais. Ceramic
tile floors, granite kitchen counter, washer/dryer. Owner
almost done with remodel. Small complex with heated
pool, tennis. Easy to see. $279,000.
BAYF.RONT PARADISE Surround yourself with beauti-
ful views and tropical lushness. 4BR/2.5BA, plus guest
quarters. Deep-water dockage, hardwood floors. Two
fireplaces. Very Private, $995,000.
GULFFRONT CONDO Fabulous Gulf and sunset views.
2BR/2BA, garage, extra storage, Heated pool, tennis.
$525,000.


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3001 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: 941-778-6849 Toll Free: 800-778-9599 Fax: 941-779-1750
www.islandvacationproperties.com rentals@islandvacationproperties.com


COLORFUL AND BEACHY 3BR/1.5BA, rental
history. Your piece of paradise, $375,000. Call
Suzanne Wilson at 962-0971 or Mel Neely 809-
5565.


NEW LISTING LAST WEEK AT THE NAUTI-
LUS, ONE OF THE ISLAND'S MOST DESIR-
ABLE CONDOMINIUMS. The only thing be-
tween your private patio and the white sandy
beach is 10-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 history.
$589,900. Call Barry Gould 778-3314.


LOVELY ELEVATED TWO-STORY HOME
Excellent bay view from upper deck and loft. 2BR/
2BA house in nice condition. Cul-de-sac street.
$349,500. Call Ted Schlegel at 518-6117.


JUST LISTED! TERRACE TOWNHOUSE. Com-
pleted 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 balconies. West of Gulf Drive and
very close to beach. Great rental investment.
$345,000. Call Barry Gould 778-3314.


DEAL OF THE CENTURY! Deepwater canalfront
home with dock & boatlift. One half block from
Anna Maria Sound. $475,000. Call Mel Neely at
809-5565.






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HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX REDUCED $20,000!
West of Gulf Drive, this elevated duplex features
an 800 sq.ft. 2BR/2BA unit plus a 600 sq.ft. 1 BR/
1BA 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 invest-
ment property is priced to sell at $339,000. Call
Barry Gould 778-3314.


TRIPLEX NEEDS A HANDYMAN. Good loca-
tion near Desoto Mall, Excellent investment.
$175,000. Call Suzanne Wilson 941-962-0971.


COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT PROPERTY:
14-UNIT BEACHFRONT MOTEL. Directly on the
Gulf in Bradenton Beach, this property features
two pools and a spa and has been operating suc-
cessfully for many years. Owner wants to retire.
Over 18,000 sq.ft. of land. One and two bedroom,
turnkey furnished units plus several efficiencies.
$2,950,000. Call Barry Gould 778-3314.


S29Years ofProfessional Service
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
RESIDENTIAL
5400 Condo 1'or 2BR, ceramic tile, Gulfview, heated pool,
washer/dryer, 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.
CAYMAN CAY 2/2 Pool, across from beach.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
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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.

MOVING SALE: Saturday-Sunday, March 22-23,
8am-2pm.. Tools, furniture, fishing gear and miscel-
laneous stuff. 218 85th St., Holmes Beach.

LARGE COMMUNITY-WIDE yard sale, Saturday,
March 22, 8am-2pm. Wide variety of items including
office furniture and side chairs. 11001 Bristol Bay
Drive, Town and Country Apartments on Perico.

MOVING SALE SATURDAY, March 22, 8am-noon.
Lots of good stuff. 205 57th St., Holmes Beach.

SALE: Friday-Saturday, March 21-22, 8am-noon.
Ford Explorer hitch, pet door, red concrete paint,
Dept. 56, Beanie Babies, Cherished Teddies. 810
N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

YARD SALE SATURDAY, March 22, 9am-lpm
(rain date March 23). Housewares, Lazy-Boy
sleeper sofa, bedding and more! 112 Palmetto Ave.,
Anna Maria.


LOST CAT: Still looking for Lenny who disappeared
on Jan. 30. Adult neutered male, broad black stripes
alternating with gray tiger, broad nose and kink on end
of tale. Probably got into an open car or truck in Beach
House restaurant area. Reward! 778-1389.

FOUND: MALE PARAKEET in the vicinity of 28th
Street in Holmes Beach. Found on Saturday night,
March 15. Call to identify, 778-4014.


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.

SHIH TZU AKC puppy. Very mellow and cuddly
boy. Fluffy gold coat. Paper trained, excellent per-
sonality for lap dog. Vet checked, shots, dew claws
removed. High quality. $450. 792-0138.


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
new Moskito!

1993 FORD MUSTANG: Convertible, four cylin-
ders, runs great. $3,200. Call 779-1114.

1993 MERCURY TRACER Excellent condition,
50,000 miles, automatic, new tires, cold air. Con-
sumers Union "best buy." Great car! $2,500. Call
792-8156.

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.

BOAT SLIPS FOR sale on Sarasota Bay in
Bradenton Beach. Located on Bay Drive South be-
tween Third and Fourth Streets. Each slip
$750,000. New spacious 2BR/2.5BA condos free
with purchase. Call Old Bridge Village, 778-0156 or
www.oldbridgevillage.com

DINGY HARDBOTTOM with oars. 8-hp Nissan,
trailer. $1,500 or best offer. Call Gerry at 705-6642
or 778-3187.

1989 GRADY WHITE 22-FOOT cuddy, 200-hp
Yamaha, hard top, strong engine. New: helm, cush-
ions, bolsters, battery, bait pump, fuel pumps,
carbs. Good value. $11,500. 779-2855.

NEW SHIMANO TRINIDAD, Calcutta and Sustan.
Reels wholesale price. Daiwa reels and rods. New
electronics. Call after 6pm, 794-6926.


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


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


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
Connected to six wonderful babysitters, 778-3295.

BABY -SITTING AVAILABLE: Ages 9 months
through 11 years old. Experienced, references
available 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, 778-3953.

DISHWASHER/COOKS/servers, bus persons
needed. Experienced only need apply. 5610 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Phone, 383-0013.

MOTEL SEEKS WEEKEND manager. Must have
minimum five years experience and work well with
the public. Call 778-1010.

SITE MAINTENANCE MANAGER Full-time, hous-
ing optional, 55-plus beach co-op. Ability to use
and care for hand tools, lawn equipment, perform
plumbing/electrical repairs. References required.
Fax resume to (727) 820-3567.


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condo being built at 3716 Gulf Drive. The price is not yet finalized, but under $1.3 million.
Information is available at the construction site or www.seashellbeach.com.
Those financially qualified will be interviewed and given tours by appointment.
E-mail: SSBIMail@aol.com, or leave message 778-7845.


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on the Island... WUV A Pad, TO!
Just North of the Anna Maria Elementary School

LOOKFOR@OUR OPEN HOUSE SIGNS


Adorable 2/1 with extra bedroom and bath plans available. Already
charming with a pool, terrazo flooring, white wood-beamed ceilings
and just three short blocks to the beach. $259,000

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DRIVERS Good $$, can be fun. No drunks,
druggies, prima donnas, whiners, liars or thieves.
Does require attention to detail and the ability to
read, write and follow directions. Island Transporta-
tion by appointment. Ask for Tim, 779-2520.

OFFICE ASSISTANT part-time, 9am-noon, Mon-
day-Friday. Position requires organizational skills,
word processing and positive, effective communica-
tion skills. Fax resume (727) 820-3567.

CORTEZ KITCHEN on the Bay needs experienced,
friendly wait staff. Apply in person at 4528 119th St.
W., Cortez Village, between 2-4pm. 798-3474.

PART-TIME CLERK needed evenings, weekends
and holidays. Retirees welcome. Shell Land Gift
Shop, 301 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.



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ISLAND SPECIALISTS
ISLAND SPECIALISTS



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SEE THESE TERRIFIC LISTINGS

"Antigua" Model
* 1276 Spoonbill Landings Furnished 2BR/2BA,
one-car garage. Lovely lagoon, and estuary views.
$249,999.

"St. Barts" Models
* 516 Sanderling Circle 2BR/2BA, one-car ga-
rage, totally updated. Sun deck with awning over-
looks quiet wooded area. $245,900.
* 1243 Spoonbill Landings Circle 2BR/2BA, two-
car garage, lakefront. Furniture extra. $244,500.
* 1248 Spoonbill Landings Circle 2BR/2BA, one-
car garage, sun deck, lanai overlooking lagoon and
estuary. Turnkey furnished, November occupancy.
$249,999.

"Grand Cayman" Models
(LARGEST END, VILLAS)
* 1259 Spoonbill Landings Circle Lakefront, den,
2BR/2BA, two-car garage, tile and carpet.
$314,990.
* 1280 Spoonbill Landings Circle End villa, 2BR/
2BA plus den, two-car garage, many extras, fire-
place, Jacuzzi, many extras, loads of built-ins.
$324,000.

"The Villages" Condos
* 618 Estuary Drive Turnkey furnished, first floor,
2BR/2BA, spacious and bright, many upgrades.
Reduced $214,000.
* 634 Estuary Drive 2BR/2BA, just decorated,
large first floor, many closets. $210,000.

Call to see all listings today!


COMPANION/HELPER, errands, light housekeep-
ing, flexible hours, pleasant surroundings. Must
have driver's license and references. Holmes
Beach. 778-1143.

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 news@islander.org, or
fax 778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

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

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

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


- -5309 Gulf Drive. Holmes Beach
[Next to the Chamber in the Island Fitness Building]


BEST DUPLEX BUYI 3BR/
2BA Each Unit. Totally
refurbished. New tile, new
appliances, solar-heated
POOL. ~-6389-~,REDUCED
TO $379,000! Call Ursula
Stemm @ 545-6426

NORTH BEACH VILLAGE
Desirable 3BR/2BA
townhome turnkey furnished.
Great rental history.
Immaculate. $389,000.
Reduced 49-,00: Call
Robin Kollar@ 713-4515


SIX-UNIT RESORT
Architectural design, almost
Gulffront, beautifully
refurbished. A must see for
the savvy investor/marketer.
Owner financing.
$1,650,000. Call Robin
Kollar@ 713-4515

SARASOTA LOCATION.
LOCATION Sought-after
Indian Beach (Ringling). Steps
to bay and million dollar
mansions. 2BR/2BA, tile roof,
garage, large lot..42996606
Reduced $184,000 Call
Robin Kollar@ 713-4515


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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.

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

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

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

LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evenings, weekends. For any computer needs,
hardware, software, network, commercial, private.
Call 778-8473.


Doug Dowling
sold another
fine home!
How does he
do it?


728 Holly, Anna Maria.
A 2BR/2BA, one-car home for
$425,000.
830 N. Shore Drive, Anna
Maria. A 3BR/3BA, one-car
Gulfview home on two buildable
lots for $975,000.
801 Fern, Anna Maria. A 4BR/
2BA duplex, two houses from Gulf
for $750,000.
10006 Gulf Driaria.
A fourplex ? o
apa, V ores) with great
Gu or $550,000.
2317 Gulf Drive, Bradenton.
Beach. Triplex with great
Gulfviews for $550,000.
Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
E-Mail: dougdowling@earthlink.net
www.dougdowling.com


Don't forget to say you saw it in The Islander.

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NEW LISTING NORTH HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2.5BA
convenient ground-level home irn 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
home. $349,000.
Gulfside Village West of Gulf Drive. Large 1 BR/
2BA luxury unit. $650,000 FTK.

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REALTORS[
Please call Carol R. Williams,
Broker/Realtor for.more
details or appointment to show.
(941) 744-0700 or (941) 720-7761.
Email: callcarol@juno.com


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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.
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.

HANDYMAN SERVICES: Scott Fulton contractor.
20 years experience. Island resident, area refer-
ences available. Cell, 713-1907; home, 778-4192;
e-mail: scottfulton636@hotmail.com
NOTARY PUBLIC: Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows, sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
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-
9337 (72-SWEEP).

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

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


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I didn't realize...
S I Choosing the wrong agent can cost me
JON KENT thousands of $
That's right. Selecting the wrong real estate agent can be costly.
Anyone can put a sign in your yard and list your home on the
MLS, but... without proper management of the entire sales
process through closing, you could be out some big bucks! Sell
faster, without closing hassles and for the right price.
Isn't that what you want?
That's what I do. Call me, let's talk about it.
778-6066
JON KENT
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Real Estale Agent on


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Direct Gulffront and poolside
condos priced from
$285,000 $335,000









Econo Lodge Going Condo
No minimum rental
On-site rental office
Newly renovated
All new furnishings
Now taking contracts

CENTRAL PARK REALTY
Call Dennis Girard
941-809-0041
email: dennis@centralparkrealtycorp.com


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

DON'T FEEL LIKE waiting in.the rain, heat or dust?
Take a taxi door-to-door. $1.50 in, $1.50 per mile.
Professional, clean, friendly service for all of Mana-
tee and Sarasota counties as well as most airports.
Island Transportation, 7am-3am, or by appoint-
ment. Call 779-2520.
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
Catlin, 727-5873.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
RA005052.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 778-2711.
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,
778-2711.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ences. 778-5294.



-WAGNEQ REALTY

Winter & Summer
Rentals
Available Now!
800-211-2323
or 778-2246
Also Booking At:


Tropical
Properties


5500 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL
941-778-7127
Fax: 941 779-2602
After Hours:
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


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.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
advertising!
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.


PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Gar-
den Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
778-4441.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone".
720-0770.

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.


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


CalNw.. efKn icko al rc


$487,500. 4BR/2.5BA, well-maintained
Bay Palm canal home 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.


$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
more!
See More at www.MarinaPointeRealty.com


Marina Pointe

Realty Co.

314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
www.MarinaPointeRealty.com


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JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodel-
ing contractors. In-house plan designs. State [i-
censed and insured. Many Island references. 778-
2993. Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
778-1730.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certi-
fying back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. In-
terior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim.
Have sawmill, will travel. Dan Michael, master car-
penter. Call, 745-1043 or cell 705-1422.
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-
shirts. Stop at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT Interior/exterior paint-
Sing, 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. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths.. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. 720-0794.







We have some teat rents
available for 2004!
Call or stop by for a list

10 9 7207
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SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970


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

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

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

HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Homes, rentals. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe on line with our se-
-cure server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and
fair prices. Call 795-1947. Bradenton Lic
#RR0066450 Florida.
COMPLETE BATHROOM REMODELING Dry-
wall, repairs, texture coating, painting. Custom
shower stalls, tub enclosures, fixtures, cabinets,
tile. Unique Options, 752-7758 or 545-6141 cell.
JACK-OF-ALL Trades handyman. Lawn care
while you're away, painting, home improvement.
References, honest and dependable. Call Scott,
761-2416.



IHOLMES BEACH DUPLEX


2BR/1.5BA each side. Completely remodeled
inside and out. New appliances, new A/C, new
tile throughout. Huge fenced yard. Walk to beach.
Income producing, tenant already in place.
Located at 310 61st. Street. $385,000.
CALL 779-0362






Karen M. Johnson, Elise Braaten

& Captain Jeff Braaten

778-0176




Overlooking Tampa Bay this 2,800-plus sq.ft.
canalfront home with wrap-around porches fea-
tures stone fireplace, ceramic tile floors and com-
munity pool and tennis next door. $749,900.




Totally redone Key Royale pool home with peeks
of Bimini Bay, two docks and boat lift. New roof,
windows, kitchen, floors, paint! Paver brick drive
and walkways. $699,900.
NORTH POINT HARBOUR LOT $390,000!
Last lot in this upscale community on Anna Maria!
Canalfront with new seawall.
ON THE TIP OF ANNA MARIA Walk to beach -
this home has two master bedroom suites, large
loft area, a morning room, large deck off the back
and oversized garage with workshop. $499,900.
W R/M K Gulfstream Realty
401 Manatee Ave. Holmes Beach 778-7777


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



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

BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available
now. Beautiful views, breezy, quiet area- No pets,
non smoking. Priced from $1,400/month, $500//
week, $90/night. 794-5980. www.divefiish.com
CONDO 2BR FURNISHED; beachfront, heated
pool, fishing dock, available April-December,
special rates, three-month minimum. Age 55 and
older. (813) 247-3178 or week ends (813) 927-
1632.
WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Es-
tate Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
TURNKEY FURNISHED 1BR//1BA with full
kitchen. Taking reservations for next year, Janu-
ary-March. Walk to beach or downtown Holmes
Beach. Small pet OK- 1,600//onh Call 778-0554.

NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfont Two spacious
homes both 3BR/2BA with all conveniences One
is $4,700/month, the other is $4,500//lmonth.
Please call (813) 752-4235.

CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on Iline at
www.islander.org.


Call Valerie Hietala: 518-8120
see more at: www.lucyspoons.com









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419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Flofida
(941) 778-2291 P O Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX ((941) 778-224
















Florida room, boat dock and easy care
air conditioningight and inviting 2BRnew carpeting
hideaway has been beautify imaintined
and offers a spacious eat-in kiRchen, sunny
Florida room, boat dock and easy care
pebbled landscaping, accented by dfir iu and
palm trees. Other features include new certrall
air conditioning and heatng, new carpeting
and new outdoor lighting. Priced to sell at only
$469,900.


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Water and sewer lines to property!
New home possible for less than older
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VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $350 to $450/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, 778-2374.

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

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

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

ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT Furnished 2BR/2BA
with large glass-enclosed living area with fireplace.
Recently remodeled, everything new. Incredible view.
871 North Shore Drive. $3,500/month. 778-3645.

KEY ROYALE BEAUTIFUL canalfront home 2BR/
2BA, tropical pool area with hot tub, dock with two
boat lifts, completely updated. Seasonal $2,800/
month, annual $2,500/month. 2004 season:
$3,500/month. 730-1086.


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

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.

BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE. 212-B 21st St.,
Holmes Beach. Just converted to a two-unit prop-
erty. 2BR/1BA completely renovated and fur-
nished. New washer/dryer, microwave. Three-
minute walk to beach. $850/month, annual. Call
Ron, 761-9808.

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

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


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.

ALMOST ON THE BEACH Vacation rental.
Lovely 1 BR duplex available April and May due to
cancellation. Call Sissy, 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
Vacation Properties, LLC; 778-6849.

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.
778-6310.

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-
73469.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 1 BR/1 BA 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.


779-0034
2BR/2BA villa in Sea-
side Gardens. Tile
throughout, new paint.
Public boat dock and
tennis nearby.
$199,000.
GULF VIEWS Duplex,
2BR/1BA and 1BR/1BA.
Each with oversize ga-
rage and carport.
Owner/agent. $595,000.
9908 Gulf Driv


Company


2501 Gulf Dr. Suite 101, Bradenton Beach


Rarely on market, one and two bedroom Westbay
Cove models. Poolside and bayfront. Upgraded
and close to all services. Open most days from
11am. From $215,000.


2BR/2BA Upper, end unit with greenbelt and wa-
ter view. $298,900.

Call 778-3377
After hours Sharon Annis 778-3730 or 713-9096


'Paradise


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LOVINGLY UPDATED 3BR/1BA totally
rehabed home in desirable West
Bradenton. Brand new kitchen and appli-
ances. Recent plumbing and wiring up-
grades. Fantastic fully fenced lot with
fruit trees. Owner anxious! Price reduced
to $139,900. Call Jane Grossman or
Nicole Skaggs at 778-4800. $ 139,900.


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TROPICAL HORIZONS Large 2BR
condo in choice Holmes Beach area.
Walk to shopping and restaurants.
Very close to the beach with some Gulf
views. Rooftop sundeck. $399,900.
Call Denny Rauschl at 778-4800, 725-
3934.


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$475,000 -
BUILD YOUR
ISLAND DREAM
HOME
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


$349,900 -
PLAYA ENCANTADA
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-
nished. IB88068.


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

www.BradentonAreaHomes.com

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


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LONGBOAT KEY "VILLAGE'
of the cache of the "Village". Q
ity renovation with charming
Florida character. 2BR/2.5BA I
office, turnkey furnished, ca
pool. Becky Smith or Elfi Star
778-2246. #90947 $429,900.






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SOUTHWINDS AT 5 LAKES This
2BR/2BA condo has a brick entry
and ceramic tile in foyer, kitchen
and air-conditioned glass-enclosed
lanai. Secure storage for boat or
RV. Clubhouse with tennis, heated
pool/spa. Bill Bowman, 778-2246.
#89887. $149,900.


YOUR HOMETOWN REALTOR SINCE 1939


..WAGNED REALTY
E-Mail: ami@wagnerrealty.com* Web site: Wagnerrealty.com



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'All TOTALLY RENOVATED Impec- MARINER'S COVE Fabulous bay
ual- cable 2BR/2BA residence with den views from this 3BR/2BA apartment
old and only one block to beach. Im- with 1,792 sq.ft. Exceptional gated
plus provements include new roof, A/C, community with two pools, tennis,
ged windows, doors, electric, Mexican deep-water dockage and lush park-
rett, tile and more. Dave Moynihan, like setting. Dave Moynihan,
778-2246. #90350. $379,900. 778-2246. #89903. $439,900.


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CASCO DORADO CONDO New
listing. Bright and airy. Furnished
2BR/2BA villa near beaches. All
amenities, heated pool and club-
house. Dee Jorcyk, 778-2246.
#88221. $129,500.


VACATION AND ANNUAL RENTALS AVAI
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 2217 GULF DR. N. BRJ


EXCELLENT INVESTMENT Du-
plex can be zoned triplex. Room for
a pool. Across from the beach.
Owner will look at all offers. Bad
health forces sale. Reduced price.
Bea Zaffina, 727-2800. #85612.
$599,000

LABLE
ADENTON BEACH


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ASrice Quality & Dependable Service.
Call us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured

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Residential Commercial
Check our references:
"Qualit) work at a reasonable price.
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
I!!:11 Replacement Doors and Windows
: "r -" Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Lic#CBC056755


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


R1 SHUTTER-VUE ic.
V'14 l'l License #CG C061513
Replacement Windows Doors
Hurricane/Security Shutters
Room Enclosures Interior Blinds
Shutter and Window Service Available
NEW LOCATION! BIGGER SHOWROOM!
8799 Cortez Rd. W. Bradenton
(941) 745-2363


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>- Addresses ending in odd numbers (or N Z):
* Wednesday and Sunday.
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> Owners can wash their vehicles anytime as long
Sas they use a hose with a shut-off nozzle. (Pull the
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ANNA MARIA GULFFRONT vacation rental. Spa-
cious 2BR apartment, enclosed porch, private pa-
tio, sundeck, tropical beach setting, garage, im-
maculate. 778-3143.

INDULGE YOURSELF Spend the summer in para-
dise. Gulffront beach house nicely furnished, cen-
tral air, front and rear decks, 1BR. Available June
through September only, $900/month plus, utilities.
779-0095.

KEY ROYALE 2004 SEASONAL. Charming
canalfront home, 2BR/2BA/den, heated pool, paver
terrace, dock, wide water. Beautifully equipped.
High standards. $4,200/month. Early bird savings.
Call (863) 712-7847 or www.vrbo.com/18876.htm.

TRAILER 1BR/1BA, view of Gulf, steps to beach.
$600/month seasonally, $400/annually. 55-plus
park. 727-1683.

HOLMES BEACH MAY-June 2003. Furnished,
1BR/2BA, steps to beach. Telephone, washer/
dryer, cable TV, pets welcome. $1,695/month,
$495/week. Call 778-1098.

VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some
locations. 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.

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.

ANNUAL 1BR. Spacious, renovated with screened
lanai. Steps to beach and shopping. Furnished or
unfurnished. $650/month, plus utilities. Call 779-9470.

BRADENTON BEACH unfurnished 2BR/2.5BA
Garage, deck, patio. Walk to beach. Annual. $875/
month. 778-2708.
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.
724-0025.

ANNUAL 1BR/1BA CONDO in Holmes Beach on
Gulf. Ground floor, partially furnished, pool. $850/
month. Smith Realtors, 778-0770.

ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA, newly renovated with
washer/dryer. Will rent furnished or unfurnished.
One block to beach in Holmes Beach. Pet consid-
ered. $975/month, includes electricity, water, cable,
phone. 779-1084.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA CONDO in Cortez on canal.
Furnished, $850/month. Smith Realtors, 778-0770.

GULFVIEW 2BR DUPLEX in Bradenton Beach.
Available March 12-April 27. $1,200/month or two-
week minimum. Rental utilities included. 779-0234.

DUPLEX BRADENTON BEACH large 2BR/2BA
waterfront on Intracoastal. Dock, davits, steps to
beach, yard, carport, washer/dryer, storage, annu-
ally $1,000/month. (727) 784-3679.

CORTEZ FISHING VILLAGE: Cute 1BR house with
office/den. Private deck and fenced area. Cathedral
ceiling and hardwood floor. $750/month. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA HOUSE in Holmes Beach on
canal. $1,400/month, partially furnished. Smith
Realtors, 778-0770.


S'SEASONAL RENTAL: Ground-level home, steps to
SGulf. 2BR, den, garage, washer/dryer. Non smok-
S ing, no pets. Call (813) 932-1607.


2BR/2BA OR 2BR/1 BA located at 112/114 81st St.
only steps from the beach! Available from Sept. 1,
2003-April 31, 2004. Call (813) 681-9111 or (813)
690-5142. One to six month rental available.

ANNUAL 1BR/1BA DUPLEX in Holmes Beach.
Close to beach. $675/month, unfurnished. Smith
Realtors, 778-0770.

2004 RESERVATIONS for March. Weekly or
monthly. Panoramic Gulffront 3BR/2BA home, huge
deck. North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. Call (813)
920-5595.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA DUPLEX in Holmes Beach. $650/
month, unfurnished. Smith Realtors, 778-0770.


BAY VIEW arid across from Gulf. 2BR/1BA, up-
graded, furnished, seasonal or annual. Non smok-
ing, no pets please. 55-plus. 545-8923.

DUPLEX ACROSS from beach. 1 BR/1 BA, central
heat and air conditioning. Annually $650-$700/
month, plus utilities. First, last, security. (941) 504-
2426.

2BR GULFVIEW CONDO, beach access, fully fur-
nished. Available April 1, $700/week. May 1, $500/
week (except holidays). Visit our Web site:
condoinparadise.addr.com or call 761-9530.

AVAILABLE APRIL 2003, $1,200. 2BR/1BA,
ground floor, washer/dryer, nicely furnished, near
Rod & Reel Pier, very comfortable. Call 387-8610.

DUPLEX: 210 82nd St., Holmes Beach. Washer/
dryer, two blocks to beach, plus utilities. Annual,
seasonal, six months preferred, negotiable. Avail-
able May 1, 2003 to May 1, 2004. Call 778-2891.

SEASONAL 3BR/2BA home close to beach, avail-
able April 1, weekly or monthly. Westbay Cove
bayfront available April 1 and bayview available for
season 2004. Anna Maria Island Club condo-
minium available May 1. Contact Lu Rhoden di-
rectly at 758-3939 or Aposporos & Son, 387-3474.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, central air/
heat, ceiling fans, large rooms, one block to beach.
No pets. $800/month. Call 778-6348.

SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH Immaculate spa-
cious 2BR/2BA elevated home. Tastefully deco-
rated and updated. Steps to the beach and trolley
stop. Large wooden deck and sun deck. Garage,
carport, washer/dryer, cable included. $2,400/
month. Call (813) 685-8506.

VACANCY FOR APRIL 1 and 2BR apartments.
Steps to beach. 778-4499.



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exclusivity with my rental listing! I work with owners
to get the most possible bookings for your property.
You rent when you can, I rent when I get a booking.
Check out annamariaparadise.com the Web site
that works for you! Anna Maria Island
Accommodations, 779-0733.
LONGBOAT KEY Northshore Road. Fabulous wa-
terfront setting, steps from nicest beach, dock to
fish from, 1BR/1BA condo. $1,200-$1,700/month.
(603) 595-8681
BEAUTIFUL HOME to share in Bradenton Beach.
Heated pool, non smoking household. Small pet
OK. 779-9146 or 224-0997.


SELLING OR BUYING a house? Need extra
space? Budget Self Storage can help. Daily,
weekly, monthly specials. Boxes and packing sup-
plies. 795-5510.
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty park-
ing spaces, contemporary design, great visibility.
$14square 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.
778-3645.
CONDO ON WATER best views of bayou in City of
Anna Maria. Lovely upstairs unit, 2BR/1 BA, dock,
walk to city pier, shops and restaurants. Call (603)
253-9000.

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:
SSBIMaill@aol.com, or leave message 778-7845.

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-b. davits. $589,000. Call 778-5186.
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.
REDUCED PERICO BAY Club, first-floor condo.
Lovely, spacious turnkey furnishings and upgrades.
Was $227,000 now only $214,000. Call Marilyn
Trevethan, Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
More ads = more readers and faster sales!


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.

WATER VIEW, POOL VIEW, tennis courts?! 2BR/
2BA totally renovated. Granite,. marble, new tex-
tured ceilings, tile throughout. Even get a bonus
office space. West Bay Cove South. 737-1121 or
(800) 977-0803 or view at www.abeachview.com.

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
www.abeachview.com.
BAYFRONT two-year old, custom 3BR/2BA home,
large deck overlooking water, boat docks and more.
$260,000. Sandpiper Mobile Resort. 55-plus. 778-
7197.
HOLMES BEACH BEST BUY! 1BR/1BA villa with
600-foot living space in Seaside Gardens. Remod-
eled and newly furnished. Asking $150,000. Call for
appointment, 778-0117. Ask for Aletha.
WEST SIDE TRIPLEX Great income. 3BR/2BA,
2BR/2BA and 2BR/2BA. Towne & Shore Realty,
383-3840.

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
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.
SUNBOW BAY OPEN House Saturday and Sun-
day, March 22-23, noon-4pm, building 3705, unit
104. Fabulous water views, boat dockage avail-
able. Completely renovated 2BR/2BA UNIT. El-
evated, covered parking, pool and tennis courts.
Shopping and Gulf beaches within walking dis-
tance. $329,000.
PRISTINE TURNKEY FURNISHED Gulf-bay mid-
rise 2BR/2BA unit. $449,900. Weekly rentals pos-
sible. www.Latitude27Realty.net or call 744-2727.
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NEW 2BR/2.5BA condos, each with private boat
slips, Located on Sarasota Bay in Bradenton Beach
on Bay Drive South, between Third and Fourth
Streets South. Greatrooms, media rooms, screen
porches, spectacular views, swimming pool, lush
garden, etc. From $750,000. Call Old Bridge Vil-
lage, 778-0156 or www.oldbridgevillage.com.

DUPLEX FOR SALE: Each side 2BR/1 BA with pri-
vate garage and washer/dryer hook-up. Always
rented. Call Gabe, Coldwell Banker, 374-5772.
$414,900.

LONGBOAT KEY ground-floor beautifully turnkey
furnished 2BR/2BA condo for sale by owner.
Deeded beach access, heated pool, parking, boat
docking, fitness room and clubhouse. 383-3751.
$299,000.

PERICO BAY CLUB 2BR/2BA upper-level bayfront
condo. Million-dollar bay views from vaulted living
room, master bedroom, kitchen and air-conditioned
lanai. Lushly landscaped with garage, pools, tennis,
wildlife trails. Minutes from beaches, restaurants,
shops, golf. On the Web at pericobaycondo.com.
Hanly & Associates, (941) 224-9564.

HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. $28,500 or make offer.
View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat sunseeker or call 778-3526.


FOR SALE by owner. Rare offering Sunbow Bay
townhome. 3-4BR/3BA, mother-in-law suite with
kitchen and private entrance. Two pools, tennis,
new fishing pier. On lagoon with bay access. Up-
dated. Close to everything! Great retirement/in-
vestment. 778-7456. $299,000.

DUPLEX 3BR/2BA and 2BR/1BA, 300-ft. from
beach. Clean, great condition, tile, separately me-
tered air/heat and water. 205 69th Street. 778-
3173, agents welcome.

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY, March 22, 10am-on.
Remodeled home, 300 steps to beach, 3BR/2BA,
screened front porch (10-by-37-ft.) with extra in-
come apartment ($750/month). 2306 Avenue B,
Bradenton Beach. Call 778-4499.

PERICO ISLAND! Beautiful 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage, high ceilings, ceramic tile throughout,
large eat-in kitchen, split bedroom plan, master
bath with large walk-in shower and oval tub, lanai.
Private setting all with club privileges of heated
pool, tennis courts, exercise room and sauna!
$329,000. 720-2242.

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, noon-4pm. Very nice
spacious, 2BR/2BA with two-car garage and fruit
trees on one-and-a-half lots. One-and-a-half
blocks to the beach. 210 65th St., Holmes Beach.
Call 778-0064.


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'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 custom built home is tucked away on a
Lake La Vista canal on the north end of Anna
Maria. This one-bf-a-kind Island home is lo-
cated in a gorgeous neighborhood. Park-like
grounds, lots of decks, dream workshop and
RV garage. This exceptional home has it all!
Offered at $695,000.



CUTE ISLAND GETAWAY 1BR villa, turnkey
furnished, only 300 steps to the beach! This
cozy unit would make a great "Island getaway."
Located in a quiet complex complete with pool.
Low maintenance fees! Offered at $179,000.


LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!
This 2BR duplex is on the north end of Anna
Maria. Just steps to beautiful Gulf beach.
Great area of expensive homes. Don't miss
this Island hideaway with great rental history.
Offered at $419,000.


ISLAND'S BEST BUY Look no further! This
2BR/2BA condo has it all. Pool, tennis, com-
munity and boat dock. Turnkey furnished and
ready to go for season. Great central Island
location. Walk to shopping, dining and the Gulf
beach. Reduced to $219,000.


SEASIDE BUNGALOW 1BR villa with Florida
room and screened porch. Turnkey furnished
and already rented for season. 300 steps to the
Gulf beach in a nice complex complete with
community pool. Offered at $195,000.

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A DOLL HOUSE Well maintained 2BR/2BA home
in west Bradenton. Roof, electrical, plumbing and
A/C new in 1996. Workshed and storage shed, well
and sprinklers. A pleasure to show. $117,875. Call-
Bill Donnelly, Realtor 778-6392 eves.


GULFFRONT CONDO Martinique North 2BR/2BA.
Totally remodeled, new kitchen, porcelain-tile floors,
new windows and many more upgrades. Turnkey
furnished. Outstanding view. A beauty. $529,900.
Call Zee Catanese, Broker 794-8991 eves.


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SPECTACULAR GULF VIEWS!
One house from the beach. Custom-built home by
Whitehead. 3BR, plus den, 3BA, gourmet kitchen,
separate dining room, deck, patio and two-car garage.
Walls of windows to enjoy the sunsets. $1,295,000.
ISLAND 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
sundeck overlooking natural canal and private boat
dock. Lots of storage, close to fishing pier, restau-
rants and shopping. 2 car garage residential area.
$499,900.
PERICO BAY CLUB WATERFRONT
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished villa, beautifully ap-
pointed, ceramic tile, walk-in closets, glassed-in
porch, balcony overlooking water, vaulted ceiling,
two-car garage. Secure community, guard gate, and
24-hour security. $279,900.
LARGE DUPLEX NEAR BEACH
2BR/2BA each side. Just steps to one of area's best
beaches. Quiet secluded street in North Holmes
Beach. Very residential area. Two garages and two
carports. Excellent rental. $695,000.
KEY ROYALE POOL HOME
4BR/3BA Key Royale "500" block, split-plan,
canalfront, 4,000 lb. boat lift, caged pool, family
room, two blocks to great beach. $469,000

ANNUAL RENTALS
From $700 / month
SEASONAL RENTALS
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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tral vacuum system and two-car garage.
Enjoy the wonderful Florida weather from
your screened back porch. 413 79th Street
has a view of Tampa Bay and the Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge. $539,000-$569,000.
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Marianne Correll WATERFRONT HOMES
Realtor & LOTS
861 North Shore Dr......... $1,950,000
513 69th St...................... $519,000
510 72nd St ................... $559,000
510 Key Royale Dr. ............ $399,900
510 68th St.................... $489,000
Bob Fittro
Realtor 608 Key Royale ............. $469,000
524 71st St................ $1,490,000
8401 Marina Dr ............ $725,000
509 65th St.................. $439,500
4212 Redfish Ct. LOT ..... $575,000
Wendy Foldes 601 S. Bay Blvd.............. $449,500
Realtor
307 Iris .......................... $495,000
611 Dundee.................. $525,000
S 536 Key Royale Dr.......... $878,400
523 Loquat Dr. ............... $699,000
106 Gull Dr. ................... $629,000
Richard Freeman 112 Pelican Dr................ $589,000
Realtor
ISLAND HOMES,
CONDOS & LOTS
4915 Gulf Dr ............... $1,175,000
Westbay Pt. Moorings #268 $374,000
Beachwalk Townhomes II ..... up to $569,000
Alan Galletto 308 55th St. Lot............. $197,500
Broker/Salesperson Sun Plaza West #201. ..... $399,000
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
Jon Kent 747 Jacaranda. Lot......... $389,000
Broker/Salesperson
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
Tom Nelson 104 7th St. S................ $459,000
Realtor
COMMERCIAL
3014 Avenue C #1&2..... $259,000

MAINLAND
516 Sanderling Cir.......... $245,900
634 Estuary .................... $210,000
Nick Patsios Vizcaya #31C................ $129,900
Broker/Sasperson 1243 Spoonbill Landings Cr...... $244,500
2418 90th St. NW........ $2,995,000
1280 Spoonbill Landings Cir.... $324,000
618 Estuary Dr....................... $214,000
Mirror Lake #3401 .................$87,000
Chris Shaw 9905 E. Spoonbill Rd ............ $675,000
Realtor 11336 Perico Isles Cr............. $339,900
1276 Spoonbill Landings Cr......$249,000
S 1248 Spoonbill Landings Cir.... $249,999
517 Lakeside Dr. .................... $118,800
1259 Spoonbill Landings Cr. ... $314,900

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Across
1 Shield from the ele-
ments
5 Express letters?
9 1960's refugee haven
14 Of interest to collectors,
say
18 Promise, e.g.
19 Die .
20 Group with the 1997 #1
hit "MMMBop"
21 Oil of_
22 Where to shelve Bibles
in the bookstore?
25 Pro or con
26 Began
27 Careful study of an old
record collection?
29 Papal indulgences?
33 Kennedy posting: Abbr.
34 Moreover
35 High flier
36 Tries not to meet
37 It may require several
drafts
40 Make known
41 Going-away request
42 Commonly
43 Oscar winner for "A Fish
Called Wanda"
45 Was extremely tall?
49 First elected member at
Cooperstown
52 Work units
53 Dilutes
54 It's silent in honor
56 James of "The Godfa-
ther"
58 Mighty long time
59 Remington or Brown-
ing?
65 Southeastern Confer-
ence powerhouse
69 Suffix with election


70 "Hamlet" setting
71 What a meditative
ditchdigger might get?
74 One might get caught
in it
75 Swing around
76 Petroleum source
77 "I understand"
79 Climax
82 Grimm child
84 Sounds on a Peter,
Paul & Mary album?
88 Point at the bottom
90 Snorkeling site
91 Alaska Peninsula
native
92 Low-
93 Not moving
96 Alarm bell
98 Theol. school
101 Indignation
102 Helper
103 Doubly disgusting?
105 Result of beer sellers
sampling their own
wares?
110 Pillow filler
111 Swenson of "Benson"
112 Dismaying realization
at a bank that's just
been robbed?
116 Society's dregs
117 Again and again?
118 Ones getting socked?
119 not fight"
120 Middle-schooler,
maybe
121 It's a relief
122 Nice place
123 Part of CBS: Abbr.

Down
1 Sacred texts
2 Midsized Oldsmobiles


3 No longer take it
4 Yeats's work
5 War hero
6 Overhead light?
7 Where "The Fugitive"
aired in the 1960's
8 Out of sorts
9 Department store
founder
10 Part of many airport
names: Abbr.
11 Largest of seven
12 Gave one's seat to,
say
13 Hard-wired
14 Promising
15 Cooke on TV
16 Sending an S O S,
maybe
17 They're not pretty
20 Fowl
23 Fruits of one's labor
24 Noblemen
28 Carefree outing
30 Tel
31 Minuscule amount
32 Struggles
37 Ingredient in skin
moisturizers
38 Scottish vacation
spots
39 Japanese leader
Hirobumi _
41 Korean money
42 When a football game
breaks
44 Overthrower of
Kerensky
45 Appropriate
46 Complete, informally
47 Sow sounds
48 Camelhair color
50 Lymphocyte found in
marrow


51 Blocks
55 Arctic cover
57 "Exodus" protagonist
59 It's in the spring
60 Ending with fool or
ghoul
61 Kickoff need
62 Europe's longest
river
63 1965.book by Sylvia
Plath
64 Bad looks
66 Befuddled
67 Naught
68 Pleasantly small
72 Park, Colo.


73 Wormer, say
77 Habitual drunkard
78 When D.S.T. ends
79 One with a cause
80 "It's a Wonderful Life"
role
81 Dance with a sliding
step
83 Prior to
85 15-ball cluster
86 Lund


87 Way to one's
89 Tex-Mex order
94 Seek aid front
95 Back again
96 Lemony, e.g.


heart
er
n


97 Like some job training
98 Director Lumet
99 Votes in
100 Minimum
103 Depend (on)
104 Scent containers
106 Angry outburst
107 Wickedness
108 Valley of vintners
109 Properly
113 Common consent
114 "Get it?"
115 Captain's org.

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