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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 11, No. 24 April 23, 2003 FREE
Island woe: 'The invasion is coming'
By Rick Catlin
Frustrated by a perceived lack of attention to bar-
rier island problems by long-range visioning and eco-
nomic planning studies in both Manatee and Sarasota
counties, not to mention the Florida Department of
Transportation, the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials has called for an "island summit" to draw at-
tention to the needs of barrier island cities in the two
"We need a BIEO summit," said Anna Maria
Mayor SueLynn at the BIEO's April 16 meeting on
Longboat Key, and representatives from as far south as
Bird Key, Siesta Key and Lido Beach in Sarasota
"We need to talk about common issues, to come to
a consensus on our future," the mayor said.
BIEO members agreed.
"We are all in this together as barrier island resi-
dents," said Longboat Key Mayor John Redgrave. "We
need to be together."
He said an estimated 60,000 homes will be sold in
the Lakewood Ranch area in the next decade and the
islands need to start planning now on that impact.
"The invasion is coming. Barrier island thinking
for the future must be different from what they are
thinking in the counties," he said.
On Longboat Key, the Holiday Inn has been sold
for condominium development and other accommoda-
tion properties are likely to go condo in the near future,
Redgrave noted. Longboat Key needs to start thinking
about its future.
"So we should all start thinking about a 10-year
visioning plan," he said.
SueLynn observed that the main impact on the
barrier island communities and its beaches from main-
land residents is traffic and tourism, and Anna Maria
Island and Longboat Key are already inundated with
traffic problems during the winter season. What does
the future growth of the eastern areas of the two coun-
ties hold for the barrier islands, she asked?
"People are visiting our islands, using'our services
and driving on the roads and that's only going to in-
crease every year," she said.
The current visioning process in Manatee County
barely acknowledges barrier island problems in deal-
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Islanders rescue cook from Augie's inferno
By Bonner Joy
Two quick-thinking Island residents may have pre-
vented a real tragedy Monday, April 21, around 3 p.m.
when they noticed smoke pouring from Augie's Italian
Restaurant at 5366 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
Bob McGlynn and Jim Krupa were first on the
scene of the fire at least on the outside.
Krupa saw a cloud of smoke billow from the back
of the restaurant located in a small strip mall and ar-
rived there by bicycle to find Augie's cook, Andrew
Sargent, frantically pounding on the inside front door,
yelling for help.
Krupa found a cement block nearby and hurled it
at the door to no avail.
Along came McGlynn, the manager of Westbay
Point and Moorings condominiums, who surveyed the
panic situation and shot into the adjacent storefront of
LaPensee Plumbing for a mallet.
"I took one big whack at the door and smashed it,"
he said, demonstrating his homerun swing.
Sargent, safe on the outside with restaurant owner
Augie Meneley, calmed down from the experience and
watched arriving firefighters move quickly to extin-
guish the blaze.
Captain Ernie Cave of the West Manatee Fire and
Rescue District said a unit from Station No. 1 in
Holmes Beach and engines from the 67th Street and
Cortez Road stations responded to the call, which came
in at 2:59 p.m.
But the Cortez station truck was held up by a raised
drawbridge and the unit from the 67th Street station near
Manatee Avenue encountered heavy traffic, said Cave.
That prompted WMFRD Fire Chief Andy Price,
West Manatee Fire
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Chief Andy Price, right, donned gear alone
the other available personnel at the scene
at Augie's Restaurant and other businesses
Holmes Beach. The man to Price's left is
Ernie Cave's gear, while Cave looks on f
Price. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
Invasion predictions loom
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ing with the expected increase of residents
she said, but calls for more and better ac
beaches. Each barrier island city is expect
these issues, she observed.
Trying to solve traffic problems on th
lands or even come up with a long-range tr
another haphazard adventure because the
apartment of Transportation refuses to re
BIEO as one voice, said Longboat Key To%
sioner Jeremy Whatmough.
Instead, the DOT responds to request
individual cities for studies, but has no o0
plan to accommodate the expected increa
the next decade, or beyond, said Whatmol
The DOT makes each city "do its ow
said. 'There is no islandwide survey of traf
by the DOT."
A summit meeting of all barrier island
ties might give a collective voice with son
common issues that county and state of
ignore, SueLynn said.
SFire damages Holmes Beach shops
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really go to work.
Without Price, the Holmes Beach unit would have
had only three firefighters on the scene and under a re-
v cently enacted state law, firemen are not permitted to en-
ter a burning building without two firefighters inside and
two outside as backup, unless it's a life-threatening emer-
"This is an example of the problems we have with the
two-in, two-out rule," said Price, noting that many fire
stations and districts across Florida don't yet have the
funding to provide four firefighters on a single engine.
Cave said the cause of the fire was attributed to
ng with all faulty electrical wiring in a kitchen refrigeration unit.
Sof the fire The fire was extinguished after 24 minutes, said
es in Cave, and units from the other two WMFR stations
wearing eventually arrived to assist after a nine-minute delay.
'om behind He put the preliminary estimate of damage at about
$50,000, including some smoke damage to adjacent
Holmes Beach residents Andy and Julie Black said
they saw the smoke as they drove north on Marina
Drive from Gulf Drive and immediately reported the
s to the area, fire to WMFR staff at the Holmes Beach station.
access to the "As my wife was reporting the fire at the front desk,
ed to handle they were getting the call," said Black. He estimated a fire
unit was on the road within a minute of notification.
ie barrier is- Sargent said that he had just arrived at work through
traffic plan is the back door to prepare for dinner and left the keys on the
Florida De- table in the kitchen to head into the rest room.
cognize the When he returned to the kitchen, he couldn't get in
wn Commis- to retrieve the keys because of the smoke and flames,
and he headed to the front door, which was, unfortu-
sts from the nately, still locked until McGlynn's homerun swing.
overall action A depressed Brian Schulz, owner of Brian's Sunny
ise in traffic Side Up Cafe in the same plaza, arrived to watch smoke
ugh. billow from his restaurant.
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fic problems at the least to repair ceiling tiles.
Karen LaPensee, owner of LaPensee Plumbing next
d communi- door to Augie's, and some of her staff, also watched as the
ne weight to smoke moved south through her shop. They were
ficials can't "shooed" from their front door to the parking lot by
firefighters where they continued to watch in awe.
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Irene Murphy watches firefighters from her "ring-
side" seat in front of Island Gallery West where she
volunteers. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Also watching from the sidelines was Irene
Murphy, an artist who volunteers at the Island Gallery
West on the north side of Augie's.
The gallery was obviously filled with smoke for more
than a half hour, although Chief Price assured Murphy
there was no fire or water damage to the gallery.
Other volunteers, including artist Shirley DeForge
and artist's cooperative president Lee Mears, were
called to the scene to help Murphy deal with the un-
known situation that awaited them inside.
Tervis Tumbler employees also waited anxiously
in the parking lot to survey damages in the store.
In fact, a large crowd of onlookers gathered, await-
ing the outcome of the smoky incident. No flames were
visible from the exterior and Cave said most of the
damage was from smoke.
Crash cause: still only theories
Speculation on the cause of last week's crash on
.Cortez Bridge, an incident that took the lives of Walter
Sher and fiancee Jamie Haynes in a two-seater Mazda
Miata when it crashed into the raising draw bridge, is ram-
The accident occurred within moments of the bridge
rising for boat traffic at 7:40 a.m. April 13.
Within nine minutes, a caller to The Islander news-
paper said "I think something has happened on the Cortez
Bridge. We heard a loud crash and it looks like the bridge
is stuck up."
A few minutes later, the same caller said someone had
tried to "beat the bridge" and their car had crashed into the
coming together at AME
Members of the Anna Maria Elementary School
Advisory Committee have had an opportunity to re-
view the proposed revised construction plans
developed by the Manatee County School Board's
The architectural firm of Educational Design As-
sociates in Sarasota has been working with construc-
tion managers from W.G. Mills on developing plans for
the new school.
Tom Cardinal is the principal architect in charge.
Other key team members from EDA include Dick
Allen, design principal, and Mike Carlson, project ar-
chitect. Also part of the team is Tom Sidgmore, senior
project manager for W.G. Mills.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes said she anticipates
holding a public meeting before the end of the school
year at which time the final design plans will be re-
vealed, however, the plans will be presented to the
school board for approval prior to the public meeting.
The construction is scheduled to begin as early as
October 2003 and hope to be completed by January 2005.
The team plans to build around the existing struc-
tures, allowing students to utilize certain parts of the
existing campus while construction is being completed.
The new building will need to be elevated to meet
- current building codes and is likely to be a two-story
opposite side of the draw, which had risen faster than the
side they traveled on from the beach toward the mainland.
"They crashed the gate and it looks like they tried to do a
James Bond on the bridge."
This caller also noted that emergency personnel, try-
ing to respond from the mainland, found themselves help-
less unable to reach the tragic scene from Cortez.
As it turned out, this caller knew almost as much as
anyone about the accident, even days later.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers have no more clues
this week than last, knowing only that the air bags de-
ployed, the car was in good mechanical shape and the
brakes worked, although there were no signs of braking,
no skid marks, none whatsoever.
The car and its occupants crashed the gate and trav-
eled 255 feet to the split in the rising bascule, where the
mainland side rose far enough above the side they rode on
to eventually cause them to crash head on into the steel
We've heard many theorize that the driver appeared
to intend to leap the bridge in a rush to get to town.
Others speculated the sun may have been in Sher's
eyes and he didn't see the bridge rising. But troopers dis-
counted that scenario, remarking that he could certainly
hear and feel the car crashing through the guard rail.
We heard lots of rumors and they're just that. We
even heard from a "friend of the family" that they had
learned the driver was having a heart attack just as the car
struck the lowered gate, and consequently collapsed over
the steering wheel with his foot on the gas pedal.
The speculators are all certain their scenario is right.
But for now,.only one thing is certain. The crash was
fatal. And for a second certainty, no one knows why.
The answers may come from the much awaited tox-
icity and autopsy results.
With ties to the Anna Maria community, the couple
will be missed. They resided for a short time on Chilson
Avenue and Haynes was remotely related by marriage to
local business owners.
But Sher had a past littered with arrests and had spent
32 of his 65 years in prison, having been convicted of
murder committed during a robbery. He was released on
parole in 1995.
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 23, 2003 N PAGE 3
Anna Maria City
April 23, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
April 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
consent agenda, reports and updates, mayor's update
and announcements, discussion of building official
services, director of public works salary adjustment
discussion, wireless service facilities ordinance draft-
ing discussion, second reading and public hearing on
turtle protection ordinance, attorney for code enforce-
ment discussion, code enforcement issue discussion,
ATV purchase-lease discussion, bay erosion study dis-
cussion, public school interlocal agreement update,
Grubbs emergency services update and discussion,
budge work session meeting discussion, and public
April 25, CITY OFFICES CLOSED from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
April 25, 7 p.m., talent show.
April 28, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
April 23, 2 p.m., city jubilee committee meeting.
April 24, 6:30 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
April 25, 8:30 a.m., special city commission-depart-
ment head meeting.
April 30, 2 p.m., city jubilee committee meeting.
May 1, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
April 24, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
April 29, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
April 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., presentation of results of the
Goal and Strategy Writing Meetings of Manatee Vision-
ing Process, Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria City.
April 28, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Sudakoff Center, New
College-USF Campus, Sarasota.
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Save money, save lives get smart on crosswalks
By Preston Whaley Jr.
Crosswalks and bike lanes are great public ameni-
ties when they're used safely, but how to use them
safely, or for that matter legally, isn't always obvious.
For example, if there's not a sidewalk, the Florida
Department of Transportation recommends that pedes-
trians face oncoming traffic when walking along the
side of the road. But bicyclists should do just the op-
posite. According to the DOT they should peddle with
Another misconception occurs when motorists
think they have priority over pedestrians waiting at a
crosswalk. They don't. Pedestrians have the right of
way, whether they're in, or about to enter, a designated
Safety is usually a matter of common sense but
being legal requires information about the laws.
According to Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale
Stephenson, that can be a problem because "there are
different laws in different states," and laws can vary
from municipality to municipality.
For instance, Florida law enforcement officers can
issue a ticket for riding a bicycle against traffic, while
police in other states can get you for riding with the
Some states have helmet laws, others don't.
Longboat Key requires bicyclists to have a bell or
a horn. But just over the bridge from Longboat in
Bradenton Beach, for all the law cares, you can use the
same bell for fish bait.
As for crosswalks, Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore and Police Chief Jay Romine just last week
announced a strict enforcement policy in that city.
"Holmes Beach will start a major crackdown on
motorists driving through a crosswalk while people are
trying to cross the street," said Whitmore. "That's es-
pecially true around Marina Drive and the Island Shop-
ping Center. No more warnings will be issued," she
Police officers are on the watch and have already
begun to issue tickets.
Dan Hough of Bradenton Bike and Kayak has long
thought such a policy would be a good one. "No one
pays attention [to the crosswalks]" Hough says. "If you
posted cops and wrote tickets, you could run the city
[with the funds]."
However, responsibility for safety doesn't stop
Whitmore has said pedestrians "have a false sense
of security, especially seniors." And during season, she
adds, "I don't know how else to put it, there are a lot
of rude drivers."
Watch out for them.
HBPD Lt. Stephenson's advise to pedestrians is to
always "look left, right, left" before crossing.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale says,
"The biggest problem we have is with educating pedes-
trians" about how to use the crosswalks.
Gulf Drive Cafe and the Beach House restaurants
mark the busiest crossings, where Speciale says, "some
people don't even use the crosswalks. They just walk
out into the road and expect people to stop."
Special added that when at a crosswalk, whether
it has a flashing light or not, "you need to step up to the
curb to indicate you're going to cross." At that time,
you have the right of way and cars must stop.
Taking part in an
Anna Maria Island
Rotary Club program
on Special Olympics
were, left to right,
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Special Olympics. In
foreground is Pat -
Hannon, a Rotary
Be watchful of pedestrians in crosswalks on Anna Maria Island any elsewhere. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
While there have been some close calls, the good
news is that no one has gotten hurt crossing a cross-
walk. Statistically, the Island is a safe place to walk.
It's also a safe place to ride a bicycle, especially
since the completion of the new Holmes Beach bike
lanes last November, though some might dispute that.
According to Manatee County Bicycle and Pedes-
trian Advisory Board member Pat Bond, an avid cy-
clist, "the Island is the safest place to ride." The advi-
sory board "researched it, and it's flat out the best place
to be," she said.
In the three years preceding this one, Island police
and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office substation in
Anna Maria reported a total of four pedestrian and bi-
cycle mishaps. None of them were serious.
By contrast, Manatee County listed 194 accidents
in 2000 alone.
However, this year a small rash of bicycle acci-
dents has broken out on the Island. Approximately six
people have been injured, one seriously.
According to Romine, three of the accidents oc-
curred on the new bike lanes, "but I don't think the
accidents had anything to do with the lanes, per se. If
not for the lanes they probably would have been
The addition of the Holmes Beach bikes lanes last
November concluded the second phase of a two-part
project. The second phase cost $257,000 and DOT
grant money provided $225,000 of that.
The new lanes pick up where the first phase left off
at the Manatee Public Beach.
They continue north on both sides of the road along
Gulf Drive to Marina Drive, where they temporarily
They start up again just past the Island Shopping
Center on Marina Drive, and from there go north'to the
Anna Maria city limit.
Feedback about the lanes has been good at the
Holmes Beach mayor's office. The only complaint
she's had is that the lanes are ugly because the fresh
asphalt clashes with the old street pavement. The bike
lanes also have a "rugged edge" where they meet the
One frequent complaint is that the bike paths on
Longboat Key are better maintained and better marked
than those in Holmes Beach.
Whitmore said, "I see a lot of people utilizing
them. I think they help cut back on traffic, and they get
people off the street."
In fact, they get bikes off the sidewalk, which is a
pedestrian path. According to some supporters, the
lanes are a positive addition to the Island because they
help separate the cyclists from the walkers and the cars
from the bicycles. Everyone's safer for it. They free-
up the movement of traffic and may even reduce it by
encouraging residents and visitors to relax and enjoy a
healthy and ecologically friendly activity.
The main task now is to educate people about us-
ing the lanes and crosswalks.
To that end, Holmes Beach held bike rodeos in the
past, but for the present it's targeting crosswalks with
Anna Maria has a very limited distance of bike'
path that joins where Holmes Beach leaves off at the
city limits but only continues north for a few blocks to
Willow, where it ends.
Former Anna Maria Vice Mayor John Michaels
had said the city commission was considering printing
up safety brochures for deputies to pass out to people
who don't know the rules.
In the meantime, here are some money-saving
safety tips to keep in mind:
Manatee County Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordi-
nator Troy Salisbury, says, "Don't ride your bike, drive
it." Follow all of the rules cars follow. The same laws
apply. In addition:
Wear a helmet (it's the law if you're under 16).
Ride with traffic.
Ride on bike lanes. Contrary to popular belief,
they're safer than sidewalks because of cars pulling out
of side streets and driveways.
Watch for cars coming out of side streets and
Be careful of sand, especially if on a road bike.
Use a bell or horn, or short that, yell to warn pe-
destrians, runners, and roller bladers in your path.
At night, you need front and back lights and re-
Cars are required to yield to bicyclists as they
Walk the shoulder facing traffic if there's no side-
Cross at a crosswalk if you can. Vehicles should
yield after you step up to the curb, but don't take it for
Stop before crossing. If there's a signal, press the
button and wait for the walk symbol.
Always look left, right, left, just to be certain.
Walk quickly but don't run.
In parking lots, watch for cars backing out of
parking spaces and zipping through the lot.
Wear bright clothes in the day and reflective
clothing or battery-powered safety lights at night.
If you'd like additional information, call Salisbury
You can also find information on Florida's DOT
Web site: www.dot.state.fl.us.
to be feted on
Kathi Diamant will celebrate her newly released
book, her father's birthday and her homecoming to
Anna Maria Island on Saturday with friends and admir-
ers of the Diamant/Blassingame families of Anna
She is the author of "Kafka's Last Love, the Mys-
tery of Dora Diamant." The book is based on the clas-
sic affair between Kafka and Dora Diamant.
Kathi Diamant probably knows more about it than
anyone. She spent 15 years studying her namesake and
chronicling her life in her book. It is published now,
and Kathi is here to celebrate it.
She also happens to be the daughter of Peggy and
Bill Diamant, longtime residents of Anna Maria, and
granddaughter of author Wyatt Blassingame, who was
Peggy's father. He's the wry gent who wrote "If you
unscrew a screwball anywhere in the United States,
blindfold him, turn him around twice and turn him
loose, he'll wind up in Anna Maria."
The initial celebration will be at 1 p.m. Saturday,
April 26, when The Islander will honor her at a lun-
cheon at the Ooh La La! Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive,
The newspaper is inviting the Island to lunch
then, to hear Kathi describe her writing experiences
and sign copies of the book for the luncheon guests,
and to celebrate Bill's birthday, rumored to be his
The cost is $40 per person, covering both lunch and
the first-edition copy (retail price $30) of Diamant's
book, which will be personalized at the luncheon. Ev-
eryone is welcome, although reservations are required
by April 25; call Ooh La La at 778-5320, or The Is-
lander at 778-7978.
Construction moratorium may be extended yet again
The third extension of a moratorium on some con-
struction in Bradenton Beach appears inevitable.
City commissioners unanimously agreed to request
the city attorney to draft a moratorium on right of way
vacations, rezonings and comprehensive plan amend-
ments for one year. The city has been under a similar
building ban for one year two six-month periods
have been approved but that moratorium is due to
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The moratorium was implemented to allow the city
time to review its land development codes and deter-
mine if the past practices of development should be
After the moratorium is drafted it will come back
to the city commission and the public for a decision,
probably during May.
THE ISLANDER N APRIL 23, 2003 0 PAGE 5
By Rick Catlin
Building Official Bill Saunders of Holmes Beach,
the city that handles building official duties for Anna
Maria, said there was nothing improper about a recent
Anna Maria building permit issued for Justin
Goldstein, the son of Mayor SueLynn.
Saunders said that following a complaint from an
Anna Maria resident, he investigated the permit and
actually found Goldstein and his designated agent,
Chuck White, did not need a general contractor's per-
mit because all the work was interior repair.
Goldstein needed a plumber, electrician, cabinet
maker, and air-conditioning repairman for the repairs,
but not a general contractor.
"It's just like if you had something go wrong with
your bathroom, you'd call a plumber, and the plumber
is licensed," said Saunders.
"You don't need a general contractor for that," he
Saunders said Goldstein originally pulled a general
contractor's permit and used White as his designated
agent. That's not illegal under the Anna Maria code,
but using a designated agent is contrary to state statute,
"But I found they didn't need a general contractor
permit, but they thought they were doing the right thing
by getting one," Saunders concluded.
After investigating, Saunders contacted SueLynn
and told her Justin just needed to hire licensed sub-
contractors for the repairs. Each subcontractor would
get a permit from the city for the repairs, if not already
licensed to do business in Anna Maria, Saunders said
he told the mayor.
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Crime wave in River
City, er, Holmes Beach?
For a couple of months, we've been experienc-
ing a wave of crime in Holmes Beach. Many shops
have been broken into and many windows have been
shot out of stores, vehicles and residences through-
out the city. In one incident, entry was made into a
shop and the culprits vandalized the business and
ended their spree by polishing off a bottle of wine as
if to laugh in the face of law enforcement.
During Easter weekend, when, according to
Mayor Carol Whitmore, the Holmes Beach police
were assisting with crowd control at Coquina Beach,
Whitmore said she was unable to entice other police
officers to "volunteer" to help because they pre-
ferred to spend the holiday with their families. Not
surprisingly, during that weekend and while the city
was short-staffed, another shop was broken into and
the store's safe was destroyed.
These increasingly brazen acts are expensive for
the victim (one man's storefront windows were no
sooner replaced when they were assaulted again),
and it is just a matter of time before someone is hurt.
If a store owner happened to be present at the time
of these attacks, he/she could be seriously injured by
flying broken glass. Worse yet, the weapon used by
the criminal to gain entry could easily be used
against the business owner.
The mayor's response that the police are "doing
everything possible" seems to be based on
"yesterday's" amount of crime. But this is no longer
a quiet little city where the police know all who live
and work here. We are in different times with differ-
ent attitudes about respect and responsibility and it
is about time this city face the crimes of today and
tomorrow. It is going to take more than "business as
usual." The way it used to be is not enough.
Whether it takes more people, different people,
or both, to prevent crime in this city, something
needs to be done now to stop this wave of crime.
If you are a business owner or a resident of
Holmes Beach, call the mayor and voice your con-
cern before you are the next victim of these seem-
ingly random crimes.
If enough people speak out, maybe the city will
seek a solution.
Mary E. Norman, Cortez,
Holmes Beach merchant
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Crime, tourism clash
I want the premise that "tourism is the mother's
milk of the local economy." I am a tourist and am just
completing my third consecutive trip to your fine is-
land. I have a young family with five small children.
We generally stay for two to three weeks in the area.
We hope to continue this tradition. One of the main
reasons that we travel all the way from Vermont is that
we have been impressed with not only the obvious
amenities of your area but the safety as well. This last
factor is as critical as the weather toward ensuring that
our family, as well as the majority of your other tour-
ists, return every year.
However, we've had a couple of instances this
week that may or may not be a microcosm of a larger
evolving problem. Last Tuesday night, someone drove
through the parking lot at our lodging (near Holmes
Beach) and apparently used a pellet gun to blast out the
rear windows of a few random vehicles. Because I have
a $1,000 deductible on my car insurance, it cost us
$800 of our travel budget to replace the window. Yes-
terday (April 6), someone broke into a duplex that bor-
ders our hotel (they share our pool) and stole their cash
and other personal effects. This was done in broad day-
light while their unit was fully locked/secured.
I have since learned that the pellet-gun situation
has been an ongoing phenomenon for the past month
or two. I also learned that the unit that we are currently
renting was broken into last month and the television
I do not have access to information that would help
me deduce whether or not these are very isolated inci-
dents or if you have a crime issue that needs to be
proactively addressed in a coordinated effort.
The chamber of commerce, the media, the local
school district, insurers and, of course, law enforce-
ment, need to orchestrate their efforts to find a way to
not only respond to ongoing crimes but find ways to
prevent criminal behavior.
Insurance companies need to educate their clients
on ways that they can safeguard their business and their
clientele (i.e. better locks, surveillance and other on-site
Schools need to educate their students about re-
wards offered for information on these crimes and es-
sentially "deputize" the student body to help neutral-
ize any criminal intent within their ranks. Law enforce-
ment working within the local school is a very effec-
tive preventative policing.
The news media need to hold all involved parties
to a high level of accountability, including information
on rewards and education (without causing alarm)
about ways to safeguard vacationers. It might also be
interesting to learn, God forbid, if there might be any
linkage between vandals and auto-glass repair compa-
nies. What percentage of their business is the result of
vandalism? These and other tough questions always
need to be raised by somebody to keep some form of
integrity in the overall system.
You have a tremendous resource here that needs to
be protected from criminal elements. I cannot stress
enough the need for proactive cooperation from all in-
terested parties. If you have a problem and it is not
addressed, we will not return. Others may choose safer
destinations as well. If this occurs, we all lose!
Many thanks for your goodwill, time and coopera-
Brad Marcotte, Barton, Vt.
Many thanks for the encouragement and support
The Islander has given me 'his winter again. Also,
for the privilege of showing a few of my pictures in
your windows during the Artists Guild Gallery Clown
Day, all relating to events, people and situations I have
encountered since spending my first winter on the Is-
land about 12-14 years ago.
The Islander has always been generous in support-
ing clowns and circus events, so thank you again! And
as my favorite mime Marcel Marceau taught me ...
Saggy Aggy (aka Kaye Hopkins)
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Islander to the rescue of dachsunds
By Rick Catlin
Growing up on Anna Maria Island as a teenager,
Shona Samuels-Otto always had a dog of her own to
play with, but she had a special affinity for those
strange-looking dachshunds that remind some people
of a foot-long hot dog.
After graduating from USF, joining The Islander
newspaper staff as an advertising representative, get-
ting married and buying a home, Shona thought it was
time to find a dachshund for a pet.
Searching the Internet about two years ago for
information on dachshunds, she came across a Web
site called DARE, or Dachshund Adoption and Res-
The nonprofit organization dedicated itself to sav-
ing injured or abandoned dachshunds and dachshund
mixes from the animal pound where they were simply
put to sleep if not adopted.
Intrigued, Shona got her husband to agree to be a
foster parent to a dachshund through DARE.
"He agreed to it only if I promised not to adopt
them all," said Shona. "We had to give up the dog for
adoption when it was healthy."
But being a foster parent to one dachshund led to
another and another, and soon Shona was heavily in-
volved as a volunteer in finding, rescuing and getting
these lovable dogs to a good home.
"I guess I've had about 50 dachshunds adopted just
through me," said Shona, "and now we've got four of
our own. It's something I love to do, because it saves
the dogs and we find them good homes."
Shona and the local members of DARE work
through area animal pounds and shelters, humane so-
cieties, owner surrenders and animal control officers.
"They contact us when they have a sick dachshund
that nobody wants," said Shona.
She takes the unwanted dog, nurses it back to
health, provides it with some love and care, then looks
to find the now-healthy dachshund a good home.
All this volunteer work, however, doesn't come
cheap. Shona spends a lot of her own money on medi-
cines, food, spaying and neutering, shots and visits to
the veterinarian. The dogs must be in perfect health and
be spayed or neutered before adoption, she said, but
adoption fees are minimal compared to the cost of re-
"My husband's always telling me he could have a
lot more fishing gear if we didn't spend so much money
on the dogs," she said with a laugh.
But DARE members never refuse to take in a
dachshund, and if one member is overloaded, another
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about any breed or mix of dog, she said, including col-
lies, shepherds and mixed breeds.
Shona said there are about 30 members of the lo-
cal DARE chapter and anyone interested in becoming
a member, adopting a dog, or making a contribution
can call 761-2642. DARE also has a Web site at
www.daretorescue.conm, she said.
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Commission, board agree:
more meetings needed to
solve height problem
By Rick Catlin
Put 12 Anna Maria residents in the
same room and ask them to come up
with a solution to a city problem and
what do you get?
Some Islanders might say you
would probably get 24 different propos-
That wasn't exactly the case when
:the Anna Maria City Commission and
Planning and Zoning Board met in joint
session April 15 to discuss the city's
current 37-foot limit on the height of
new construction and how that's af-
fected by the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection's require-
ments for construction seaward of the
Coastal Construction Control Line.
But there were enough differing
opinions that the combined group
agreed to meet again at 7 p.m. Tuesday,
April 29, and come armed with more
At issue is a variance request by Jim
DePorre of 801 N. Shore Drive to build
his planned new house that's seaward of
the CCCL to a height of 42 feet.
DePorre has claimed he needs the extra
five feet because the DEP now requires
the height of the first floor beam for a
home built seaward of the CCCL be 18
feet above sea level, while the city ordi-
nance mandates a 13-foot height.
Without the variance, DePorre has
said he has to build a flat-roof house,
which is incompatible with the city's
visioning plan for new home construc-
Commissioners and board members
were divided on a solution, but agreed
that any answer will have a long-range
impact on the city.
City Commissioner Duke Miller,
who has done extensive research into
the matter, presented a letter from Dr. S.
Swami of the DEP department that regu-
lates the height of construction seaward
of the CCCL.
The 18-foot height requirement is
simply a convenient average for the
DEP, based upon its 100-year flood data
on the Island, according to Dr. Swami,
Anyone building seaward of the
CCCL can request a "site-specific" el-
evation from the DEP, Miller said.
Of the four requests to the DEP
from Anna Maria Island, all elevations
have come back lower than 18 feet, with
the average at 16 feet, he said.
"Dr. Swami has said the property
owner can choose the lower of the two
elevations," said Miller, "so I suggest
that a builder provide a site-specific re-
quest first" before the commission dis-
cusses any variance.
Miller had his own solution for a
new height ordinance, which would al-
low for sloped roofs higher than the 37-
foot elevation as long as the middle of
the roof remained at 37 feet.
He added that Dr. Swami told him
that a new DEP computer model forth-
coming for average elevation will lower
the 18-foot average.
Hold on a minute, said building of-
ficial Bill Saunders of Holmes Beach,
the city that handles building official
duties for Anna Maria. The DEP infor-
mation on site specific elevations was
news to him.
The Florida Building Code requires
an elevation of 18 feet to the bottom of
the first supporting member for Anna
Maria. In Bradenton Beach, it's 20 feet.
"It's mandated by the Florida Build-
ing Code. We can't change it," Saunders
Not so, according to the DEP, said
"I disagree," said Saunders. "You
have to use the Florida Building Code."
P&Z board member Charles
Canniff said he was confused. One per-
son is saying one thing while another
person is saying another. "And just who
is Dr. Swami?" he asked.
Miller noted that according to Dr.
Swami, a property owner building
within the CCCL can use the lower el-
evation unless the local building official
says to use the higher elevation.
Commissioner Tom Aposporos
joined the confusion. "If we don't
understand Dr. Swami's response to
Commissioner Miller, how can we draft
an ordinance?" he asked.
"My goal is to make the answer
simple," Aposporos said. There seems
to be a lot of confusion.
Mayor SueLynn suggested she con-
tact Dr. Swami and arrange for he and
some key staffers to make a presentation
to the combined group, but commission-
ers and board members believed it
would take too long to organize such an
Commissioner Chuck Webb added
his solution, suggesting that the com-
mission add a variance procedure to the
current height ordinance for construc-
tion within the CCCL.
"There's an equal protection prob-
Anna Maria City Commission
Chairperson John Quam said the
subject of the city's overall policy
on code enforcement will be an
agenda item at the commission's
May 8 workshop.
Quam had originally removed
that item from the agenda after
discussions with City Attorney
Jim Dye regarding the Tip of the
Island restaurant because he un-
derstood City Commissioner Linda
Cramer wanted to talk about the
history of that establishment as part
of the discussion.
SHowever, said Quam, after talk-
ing with Cramer, he agreed to return
code enforcement as an agenda item
"only for general discussion."
Specifics of any particular lo-
cation or perceived code violation
will not be discussed, said Quam.
Coquina Beach Trail
With approval by the Manatee County Commission and the Bradenton Beach City
Commission in hand, an application to the U.S. National Parks Service via the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Land and Water Conservation
Fund for a $310,000 grant to create the Coquina Beach Trail has been submitted,
as outlined in this map. Federal funding would provide $155,000 toward creation
of the path, landscaping, canoe launch areas, a picnic shelter, water fountains,
"turtle-friendly lighting" and bike racks; the county would provide $105,000
toward the project and Bradenton Beach $50,000. The fate of the grant applica-
tion should be known by early next year.
lem here," said Webb, who is an attor-
Webb said the applicant must show
evidence of the hardship to build a suit-
able house within the CCCL and should
present an accompanying site-specific
elevation from the DEP to back up that
The applicant has to demonstrate
that the only way to get relief to build
the house is by a variance.
Webb also reminded those attend-
ing the meeting that the city's own vi-
sioning process encourages "aestheti-
cally pleasing" new home construction
that includes sloped roofs, and that the
city should "discourage" flat-roof
But P&Z member John Conoly
thought the city should just "do nothing.
"We have the rules. If you can't
comply with the requirements of the
city, we suggest you go somewhere
else" to build.
Canniff agreed, somewhat, but pre-
sented his own idea for a "plane of light"
ordinance, based upon the Longboat
Key ordinance passed in 1997.
"Vote this today," he said. "To do
this is going to take some tough folks,
not wimps," he added.
P&Z board member Ellen Trudelle
suggested that if an applicant can't get
relief with a DEP site-specific elevation,
the commission could grant a two-foot
height of construction variance.
"People don't want flat roofs," she
P&Z board member Dale Woodland
suggested that instead of giving the mat-
ter to the P&Z to make a recommenda-
tion to the city commission, which
would then debate the matter even fur-
ther, the two bodies continue to meet in
joint session to hammer out a consensus
solution that commissioners can take
back to a regular commission meeting
for public debate and a binding vote.
Commissioners and board members
agreed and asked SueLynn to invite an
architect from the city's engineering
firm of Baskerville-Donovan to the
April 29 meeting to provide some inde-
pendent information on the issue.
At the same meeting, commission-
ers and board members will bring a "pri-
ority list" of possible solutions they fa-
Jim DePorre, however, said all he
and his wife want is "equity" to build a
house like homes landward of the
"People within the CCCL are being
discriminated against," he claimed.
"Why don't you care about treating ev-
He rejected Canniff's suggestion of
a plane-of-light ordinance and asked for
a short-term solution.
Maybe the first thing DePorre
should do is get a site-specific elevation
from the DEP, said P&Z board chair-
man Doug Copeland. "It's to your ad-
an Anna Maria agenda item
THE ISLANDER 8 APRIL 23, 2003 I PAGE 9
Easter celebration heralded by 'perfect' sunrise, weather
Two thousand worshipers and about that many
seagulls made the Anna Maria Island Easter sunrise
service a triumph on the beach at Manatee Public
They heard the Rev. Bill Grossman, pastor of
Harvey Memorial Church, detail "Three Gifts of Eas-
ter" and clergy from the other six Island churches con-
tribute to the service.
Mr. Grossman reminded the worshipers that when
Mary was in the cemetery she saw her son Jesus but
didn't recognize him. She told him her troubles, he
called her by name and gave her a job to do tell his
disciples that he was going home to the father. That,
Mr. Grossman noted, made her in that way the first
The three gifts, he said, were, first, Jesus listened,
second, he called Mary by name, and lastly, he gave her
that job to do.
The thirty-ninth annual service sponsored by the
Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island, drewv people from
up and down the Island and from the mainland.
Kiwanian Rich Bohnenberger noted that the parking lot
was overflowing by 6 a.m. and said the crowd was
about the same size as last year's.
The service included patriotic songs and prayers
for the U.S. troops serving in the Iraq War and all
The weather cooperated with a bright sunrise, as it
has all through the sunrise service's 39-year history.
The Easter offering of $3,847 will be shared by the
seven Island churches, all represented at the service,
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, First Church of
Christ Scientist, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Harvey
Memorial Church, Island Baptist Church, Roser Me-
morial Community Church and St. Bernard Catholic
The thirty-ninth annual service sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island, drew people from up
and down the Island and from the mainland. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
Sea gulls attended en masse, wheeling overhead
and bringing such items as newspapers into play to
cover vulnerable coiffures. Bob LoPiccolo, longtime
Kiwanian and the arranger of music for the service, had
Next year, he said, hand a bunch of kids bags of
popcorn and send them down the beach to lure the gulls
away from the service.
But when he suggested it to three or four people,
he reported, every one of them said, "No, don't do that,
we like the gulls."
Give telemarketers the silent treatment
By Rick Catlin
Islanders inundated with telemarketing calls at all
hours of the day and evening can do what Holmes
Beach resident Joan Perry does.
"I just tell them to remove my name and phone
number from their telephone lists," said Perry. "That's
how I solve the problem.
"I've gotten a lot less calls lately," she said, but
some calls are still getting through.
There's another procedure Perry can use to get off
the telemarketers phone lists, said Bob Elek of Verizon.
Perry and other Islanders can write the Direct
Marketing Association, Telephone Preference Service,
P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512, and request their
telephone number be deleted from calling lists.
Of course, your letter will only go to DMA mem-
bers. Non-members can still find your telephone num-
ber through a random computer telephone calling pro-
gram, said Ulek.
"And it's all perfectly legal," he said. There's
nothing Verizon can do to stop telemarketers from
making random telephone calls.
"But we can block the call from getting through,"
Verizon now offers a "Call Intercept" service for
about $5 a month, said Elek, that effectively blocks all
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"If it's an unidentified call, the service rings back
and asks the caller to identify themselves," he said.
"Telemarketers usually don't even bother to con-
tinue," Elek noted. If they do, the service will identify
who is calling and you have the option to answer or not.
Only telemarketers who willingly identify themselves
can get your phone to ring, he said.
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By Jim Hanson
Step by step, William Shakespeare is coming
nearer the stage for the third production of his works
on Anna Maria Island.
Guiding the steps with her usual sure hand is Kelly
Woodland, whose faith in the bard and the Island, not
to mention her persuasiveness, first brought him here
three years ago.
She was right then: The Island will enthusiastically
support Shakespeare. Success was instant, tickets be-
coming as rare as the setting sun's green flash in a very
short time, proving once again that preconceptions
about Anna Maria are, to say the least, bound to be
She is right now: In the director's role again, as she
has been with the first two Shakespeare productions,
busily choosing a cast and getting ready for the June
24-28 presentation. She has chosen the play, "Twelfth
Night," and auditioned players to fill 20 or 22 parts, 14
of them written and the rest as she chooses.
Unlike the Island Players' regular-season program,
which has expanded productions to accommodate fans
who couldn't get into the regular schedule, Woodland
doesn't anticipate additional performances of
"It's five performances and that's it," she said.
"Old axiom in drama always leave 'em wanting
Not to mention encouraging patrons to get their
tickets early. They may do so starting April 30 at $10
each, either at the theater box office, 10009 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, or by calling 778-5755.
Woodland also has directed many non-
Shakespeare productions for the Players, as well as at
Island Players 2003-04
The Island Players troupe has announced five plays
on its 2003-04 schedule, and issued a gentle reminder
that it's never too early to subscribe to the program for
Fans may reserve their season tickets at the box
office, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, or by phon-
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season subscription plus name in program $90, two
season subscriptions plus both names in program
On the agenda for the Players 55th season are:
Oct. 2-12, "The Nerd" by Larry Shue: "A neatly
crafted package that uses some classic comedy forms
to bring the audience to its knees laughing." Milwau-
other theaters in the area. She did "Mother Hicks" and
"Death Trap" on the Island earlier this season and has
just finished "Proof" in Venice.
She's been in this theater business for quite
awhile, starting at age 6 as a fairy in "Midsummer
Night's Dream." Born and reared in Bradenton, she
studied theater at Florida State University, earning an
education degree as well as all the theater work she
could cram in. She teaches eighth-grade English at
Lincoln Middle School in Palmetto.
She met mortgage broker husband Mark in acting
school, and he's no slouch, either he was the shrew-
tamer in "The Taming of the Shrew" last year.
Keeping busy teaching and acting, she took over
from director Peter Ivanov in the early 1990s when he
left in mid-production for a fine job out of town. She
did one play a season, then two and then three, count-
Making it a fully family affair, the Woodlands'
19-year-old daughter was Peter Pan at Bradenton's
Riverfront Theater this season and is majoring in the-
ater at Manatee Community College. She may well
combine education with theater, as Mom does, said
The director Woodland knows intimately every
theater around here, and Island Players is high on her
list of favorites.
"It's very good," she said, "interesting plays, va-
riety, always a good season.
"All the actors like to come there because the Is-
land is so supportive of its theater. There's a very loyal
audience, appreciative and encouraging and reward-
And that's good enough for Shakespeare any day,
schedule has 5 plays
Nov. 13-23, "Gun-Shy" by Richard Dresser: "A
no-holds-barred comedy that has been called 'a "Pri-
vate Lives" for our time.'" New York magazine.
Jan. 8-25, "Crimes of the Heart" by Beth Henley:
Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and New York
Drama Critics Circle award.
March 11-28, "Over the River and Through the
Woods" by Joe DiPietro: "A hilarious family comedy
dealing with a young Italian-American trying to break
the ties that bind him to his doting grandparents."
May 6-16, "Greater Tuna" by Jaston Williams,
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the kisser, who just may turn out to be an Islander.
That will be the winner in the annual Kiss a Pig
contest, a fundraiser to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs
of Manatee County. The announcement will come at
the big kissoff Saturday, April 26.
Scott May, co-owner with his parents of Catcher's
Marina in Holmes Beach, is Anna Maria Island's con-
testant. He has been beating the brush for weeks now,
raising money in competition with five other Manatee
Whoever raises the most money by special
events, begging from friends, and, where it might work,
good-natured coercion for the charity will get to kiss
a live and presumably receptive pig lramed Kevin Ba-
That will be at the Hawkins Stadium, Manatee
High School's football field, 902 33rd St. Ct. W.,
Bradenton. The two top money-raisers will be the pig-
kissers as the Florida Heritage Festival parade gets
under way about 6:30 p.m. The contributions will be
tallied Thursday, April 24, to determine the top kissers.
Vying for the semi-honor along with May are Su-
san Brown, vice president, Provident Bank; Jeff
Chapin, vice president, Horizon Bank; Steve Himmel,
proprietor, Outback Steakhouse; Carolyn Keller, vice
president, Florida First Bank; and Scott Polls, financial
advisor, Merrill Lynch.
The campaign closed at noon Tuesday, April 22.
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for senior driving course
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refresher driving course for seniors, which will be
Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The course, for drivers 50 and older, will be from
noon to 4 p.m. each day. Completion of the course can
earn a reduction in insurance rates. Details are available
David Alan Bibee
David Alan Bibee, 33, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in Danville, Va., Mr. Bibee owned and oper-
ated Sunset Screens and More. He was Christian.
Visitation was April 22 and services at 2 p.m. April
23 in Danville.
He is survived by wife Dawn McAree; daughter
Brittany R.; sons Sean T. and Christopher A.; brother
Eric D. of Roanoke, Va.; parents David Leone and
Barbara Dixon of Danville; and grandmother Hazel A.
Dixon of Danville.
Joseph Peter De Chambre
Joseph Peter De Chambre, 80, of Holmes Beach,
died April 15.
Born in Chicago, Mr. De Chambre moved to
Holmes Beach from Sarasota in 1972. He was the
owner of two marinas, one located in Holmes Beach
now known as Catchers Marina, and owner of a marina
at the site of the current Leverock's restaurant on
Perico Island. He served in the U.S. Army during
World War II. He was a member of American Legion
Kirby Stewart Post No. 24, Bradenton. He was a mem-
ber of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.
Memorial service was April 21 at the church. Me-
morial contributions may be made to Hospice of South-
west Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
He is survived by wife Dorothy; daughter Yvonne
M. Markiewicz of Bradenton; and two grandchildren.
George Christie Luckman
George Christie Luckman, 85, of Anna Maria Is-
land, died April 16.
Born in Wayne, N.J., Mr. Luckman was the man-
ager of the Packanack Lake Community Club in New
Jersey where he trained an award-winning ice patrol.
He also trained people in Red Cross lifesaving courses.
He served in the U.S. Navy as a frogman and instructed
This couple traveled all the way from Kalamazoo,
Mich., to marry on the Anna Maria Island beach.
Left to right are Nancy Frank, attendant; bride
Darci Douglas; the Rev. Sue Kemp, who officiated;
and bridegroom Paul Kison. All are from
AID scholarship deadline
is just days away
All Island Denominations reminds Islanders that
the deadline for applications for this year's scholarships
is Thursday, May 1.
The organization of all Anna Maria Island's
churches gives scholarship to high school graduates
and others seeking to advance their careers. They must
be residents of the Island or attend an Island church.
Applications may be obtained from Island church
offices or by calling 798-8916, and should be mailed
to AID at P.O. Box 305, Anna Maria FL 34206.
'Good Morning, Longboat'
breakfast next week
A "Good Morning, Longboat Key" breakfast will
be hosted by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce
at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the chamber's office,
6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Reservations may be made
and details obtained by calling 387-9519.
swimming and hand-to-hand combat. He was a mem-
ber of the Key Royale. Club and served as the greens
committee chairman. He was a member of Roser Me-
morial Community Church in Anna Maria.
Memorial services will be May 10 at the Key
Royale clubhouse, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes
Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to Hos-
pice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
He is survived by companion Patsy Hutchinson;
daughter Mary Kitchen of Manassas, Va.; and five
Timothy Lane McLaren
Timothy Lane McLaren, 59, of Bradenton Beach,
died April 13.
Born in Detroit, Mr. McLaren came to Manatee
County from Colorado in 2001. He was a real estate
associate with Keller Williams Realty and owner of
McLaren Investment Co. in Colorado.
Visitation and services were April 19 at First
Church of Christ Scientist, Holmes Beach. Covell Cre-
mation and Funeral Center, Bradenton, was in charge
He is survived by sisters Susan Dieffenwierth of
Bradenton, Jean of Wilmette, Ill., and Elizabeth Par-
sons of Morgantown, W. Va.; and brother James of
Walter H. Sher
Walter H. Sher, 65, of Anna Maria Island, died
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Sher came to Mana-
tee County from Key West in 1995. He was employed
in the vending business. He was a former counselor of
Visitation and services were April 18 at Covell
Cremation and Funeral Center, Bradenton.
He is survived by brother Robert of Key West.
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The City of Anna Maria has no lack of events on
Friday, April 25, to interest citizens and visitors.
At 9 a.m., an Arbor Day celebration begins at
city hall with Mayor SueLynn in charge of introduc-
tions and a welcome to guests, including a represen-
tative from the Florida Division of Forestry, the
Keep Manatee Beautiful Board of Directors, and
members of the city's public works department, who
will plant a live oak tree.
Later in the day at 7 p.m., townfolks and their
visitors are invited to take part in a talent show at
Prompted by a national campaign endorsed by
the American Medical and National Education asso-
ciations to "turn off your TV," the organizers have
suggested you "turn on your talent."
Ten acts have been selected to perform at the
event at city hall, including instrumentals and vocal
songs, humor, dance and "miscellaneous acts of dar-
ing" all to be performed by young and old.
The audience and participants are invited to
walk to Dips Ice Cream Parlor following the show
for a "free topping" on orders and a prize drawing,
or to "trolley to Mama Lo's" for free kiddie cones.
Anna Maria City Hall is located at 10005 Gulf
Drive. For more information, call organizer Diane
Caniff at 778-4590.
Spectators gathered early Tuesday morning to watch this house in Anna Maria at 801 N. Shore Drive owned
by Jim DePorre moved to a vacant lot at 802 Gladiolus, which is owned by James Wherry. Electricity and
telephone service were shut off to a number of Anna Maria residents from 8 a.m. to noon while work crews
conducted the delicate maneuver. DePorre plans to build a new house on his newly vacated lot. Islander
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City about face, wants consultant to write cell law
By Rick Catlin
Faced with 13 pages of criticism by wireless com-
munications expert Ted Kreines of Anna Maria's draft
wireless facilities ordinance, city commissioners
agreed April 17 to take writing of the ordinance out of
the hands of City Attorney Jim Dye and give it to
Kreines for completion.
Kreines had written the city's Master Wireless
Communications Plan in August 2002 for $25,000, but
had suggested to the commission then that Dye could
By Diana Bogan
Holmes Beach city commissioners asked their
city attorney to redraft an amendment to the city's
The proposed draft ordinance did not meet the
commission's intent to regulate signs for pre-exist-
ing nonconforming commercial properties within
The proposed amendment, which was reviewed
by the commission at its work session, would have
permitted nonconforming commercial properties to
display the same size sign that would be allowed in
a comparable commercial district.
The proposed amendment also prohibited the use
of off-site signage, electrical or illuminated signs,
except for those on the front of a building, and per-
-manent banner signs.
Commission members agreed that their intent
was not to permit a sign that would potentially "ag-
gravate an existing nonconformity."
Commissioner Roger Lutz said the intent was to
maintain the status quo until the nonconformity of
use is eliminated.
Chairman Rich Bohnenberger also asked the city
attorney to clarify that a banner sign can be dis-
played for special events if the property owner ap-
plies for the proper permitting.
write the accompanying ordinance a lot cheaper than
the $10,000 minimum he would charge. Commission-
ers agreed with Kreines, although Dye himself said he
did not have any experience in writing cellular-commu-
Even Dye agreed with the decision to let Kreines
write the ordinance.
"It's clear I've had a tough time drafting an ordi-
nance" based upon the Kreines plan, said Dye, after
reviewing the Kreines comments.
"The direction the ordinance is going is not the way
Attorney Michelle Hall with the city's law firm
of Dye, Deitrich, Prather, Petruff & St. Paul agreed
to redraft the ordinance and present it to the commis-
sion at a future work session.
In other business, the commission discussed
whether the city regulates the number of temporary-
use permits it issues per business for special events.
Commissioners stated they were also concerned that
some businesses reduce the availability of onsite
parking by staging events outdoors.
Commissioners agreed to pursue the issue of
limiting the number of temporary-use permits per
business each year at a future work session.
Holmes Beach resident Jane Early warned that
there are more businesses than the commission may
think that host special events outside in their park-
ing area during the year and that one particular busi-
ness, left unnamed, is being singled out by commis-
Finally, commissioners-agreed to ask the chair-
man of the city's board of adjustment to attend the
April 22 work session to explain the reasoning be-
hind two height variances the board granted in the
last six months. _A"
One height variance was granted for Frank Davis
Jr.'s property at 5622 Gulf Drive, and the other to
Patrick McConnell, property owner at 3716 Gulf
[Kreines] thinks it should go, based upon his plan,"
Mayor SueLynn said that after discussions with
Dye and Kreines, she was recommending to the com-
mission that Kreines be asked to write the ordinance.
She said Kreines has agreed to write the ordinance
"from scratch," and could have a draft available to city
commissioners around the first week in May.
While Kreines' usual fee to write a communica-
tions ordinance is $10,000, the mayor said he had
agreed to write Anna Maria's for $5,000, plus $1,000
for the workshop plus expenses.
The city has a line-item of $29,300 for wireless
communications in its current budget, she said, "so we
have ample money" to cover the Kreines effort.
The decision to hand the ordinance to Kreines still
needs formal approval at the commission's regular
meeting April 24.
But the city is now faced with an April 29 expira-
tion of its current moratorium on cell tower construc-
tion and no ordinance. Commissioners had to scramble
a series of meetings together because another extension
requires two public hearings.
Dye said the city would be covered from an appli-
cation for a cell-tower facility after the moratorium
expires, but before an ordinance becomes effective, by
the "zoning-in-progress" principle.
Commissioners, however, elected to proceed with
another extension and scheduled the first hearing May
8 and a final hearing Saturday, May 17, at the commis-
sion meeting with Kreines, when he will present his
draft of the ordinance.
The first public hearing of the Kreines ordinance
will also be May 17.
The decision to put the ball in Kreines' court came
after Dye spent the past three months writing the draft
ordinance and had numerous meetings with the plan-
ning and zoning board regarding changes and propos-
als to the draft.
Several commissioners and planning and zoning
board members, including Tom Aposporos and Dale
Woodland, had said previously they were uncomfort-
able with the ordinance unless Kreines reviewed the
SueLynn said she did not yet have an itemized
breakdown of charges to the city by Dye for work al-
ready performed on writing his version of the draft
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Proposed ordinance outlaws
residential gazebos, trellises
By Diana Bogan
"Does the city commission truly intend to outlaw
gazebos, pergolas and trellises?"
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission seeks an
answer to that question, and more.
The planning commission was asked to review a
proposed ordinance that would classify free-standing
gazebos, pergolas, arbors and trellises that are greater
than 48 inches high as yard encroachments.
Furthermore, according to the proposed ordinance,
if such improvement are affixed to an exterior wall of
a structure, they may not project more than 3-feet into
the required yard setback.
Planning commissioners appeared to agree on one
thing, the ordinance did not make any sense.
Chairperson Sue Normand said she didn't under-
stand how a shed could be considered a structure and
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not a gazebo or pergola. She said the height restriction
did not make any sense either, as it would seem only a
child could use a gazebo built to 48 inches in height.
"If the city allows campers and boats to be kept in
a yard, why not something that looks nice as long as
you have room for it within your setback require-
ments?" Normand asked. "Many homes have a good-
size yard where the homeowner could have a gazebo
instead of a porch. It seems to be an undue restriction."
Commissioners believe the city jumped the gun in
writing an ordinance that is so general in nature that it
doesn't make any sense.
"The city commission needs to re-address this or-
dinance and clarify its intent," suggested Commis-
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'Gathering of Tribes' makes for restless natives
"The First Annual Surf Bash, the Gathering of the
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taurant parking lot across from the Manatee Public -
Beach drew some controversy among neighbors and
Police responded to the 100 block of 39th Street at
approximately 4 p.m., when patrons of the party re-
ported a fight taking place in the parking lot of the
Westcoast Surf Shop. .: ..
According to the report, witnesses said Steven '.
Weems, 31, of Holmes Beach, instigated the fight.
The owner of the surf shop also filed a report
claiming that Weems vandalized his mailbox during
the brawl. The mailbox was reportedly punched down 7,.I
by Weems and the mailbox post was broken off.
At 8 p.m., officers returned to the party at Holmes
Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore's request. Whitmore
said she received a complaint about rowdy behavior
and requested that an officer make sure everything was
According to the report, upon arriving back at i I
Skinny's Place, officers were advised that there was .. .
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Orchestra and Chorus
The final concert of the season by the Anna Maria
Island Community Orchestra and Chorus will be a "cel-
ebration of Spring" Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at the
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
It will be under the direction of Alfred Gershfeld,
artistic director. The "Spring Finale" program will in-
clude Handel's "Water Mu-
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Barber's "Agnus Dei"
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The "Concerto" will
be performed by two tal-
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Danielle Harnish, a member of the Youth Philhar-
monic-West Coast Symphony and a soloist with the
Manatee Community College Orchestra.
Guest vocal artists are soprano Rebecca Hill, alto
Martha DiPalma, tenor William Kelley and bass Jay
Admission is free and it is first come, first seated.
A donation of $10 is suggested by orchestra officials.
Further details are available at 778-5730.
Widowed persons' season finale
The final meeting until October of the Manatee
Widowed Persons Service will be at 9 a.m. Monday,
April 28, at the Caf6 on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
The meeting is open to all widows and widowed
men. Further information may be obtained by calling
Read to achieve
Alex Hardy and Alexa Murphy read to children from the Anna Maria Island Community Center's after-school
program. Hardy and Murphy, along with 70 members of the Manatee High School Key Club, will be volun-
teering at the Center's book fair April 26. There will be prizes and reading material for sale suitable for
kindergarten through fifth-graders. Islander Photo: Courtesy Andy Little
'From Russia With Love' lesson
Reservations are being taken for the "From Rus-
sian With Love" lesson lunch from 10:30 a.m.-1:30
p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Euphemia Haye restaurant,
5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Chef Raymond Arpke will demonstrate how to
prepare his menu, with a copy of recipes provided, and
then dine on the items, including Salad Macedon, New
Kulebyaka of Salmon with Wild Mushroom Butter
Sauce, Arugula Mashed Potatoes and Braised Savoy,
Chocolate Raspberry Torte and wines with each
This is the last of Arpke's lesson lunches until au-
tumn. Cost is $50 per person, and reservations may be
made at 383-3633.
Women of two churches gather
The Episcopal Church Women of the Church of the
Annunciation will entertain the Women's Guild of St.
Bernard Catholic Church Thursday, May 1, to recog-
nize outstanding service by members.
Sarah Fors will hand over the president's gavel to
Mary Saunders, newly elected chief officer of the Episco-
The meeting will begin at 10:15 a.m. at the Annuncia-
tion parish hall, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Reser-
vations for the noon luncheon may be made by calling
Last call for Center's glass class
Registration is still open, but not for long, for the class
in making garden stepping stones at the Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The class will be Monday, May 5, from 9 a.m.-noon
and Tuesday, May 6, from 9-10:30 a.m. with Glen
LeFevre instructing. Registration will continue through
next week. Cost is $55 for Center members, $60 for non-
members. Details may be obtained at 778-1908.
THE ISLANDER M APRIL 23, 2003 M PAGE 17
Island police reports
April 18, 100 block of Oak Avenue, missing child. A
7-year old girl was reported missing from the beach by her
parents, who said she was last seen collecting shells. Ac-
cording to the report, the girl wandered away and was found
approximately an hour later at the Sandbar restaurant where
she had informed a woman on the beach that she was lost.
Her parents were notified and the child was reunited with her
April 11, 12000 block of Cortez Road West, traffic ar-
rest. According to the report, officers stopped a vehicle they
saw passing a stopped school bus and, during the investiga-
tion, discovered the driver did not have a license to drive.
April 13, 200 block of Harbor Lane, theft. A woman
reported her kayak stolen.
April 14, 3818 Avenue C, Air & Energy, criminal
mischief. The side window of a company vehicle was
April 14, 100 block of 36th Street, burglary. Accord-
ing to the report, approximately $900 in cash was stolen
from a family's residence while they were at the beach.
April 15, 6300 block of Gulf Drive, battery. Accord-
ing to the report, a man was arrested for allegedly slap-
ping and pushing his fiancee during an argument.
April 16, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, burglary.
A man reported his golf clubs stolen from his golf cart.
April 16, 700 block of Key Royale Drive, burglary.
A man reported his golf clubs stolen from his garage.
Reward for information
Earl Mowry is offering a $250 reward through the
Holmes Beach Police Department for information lead-
ing to the arrest and conviction of the persons) respon-
sible for breaking the windows of his property at 5306
Holmes Blvd. in Holmes Beach.
Call Detective Sgt. Nancy Rogers at 708-5804 with
information. All calls will be kept confidential.
Not all of the artists at the For Art's Sake reception were selling their wares some, like Ellen and Laura
Hughes ofAderley Edge, England, with sister Rosie peeking on the right, came to have a good time.
Islander Photo: Melissa Williams
Islander-Ooh La La reception, art auction success
With 37 artists donating some 60-plus pieces of art
to benefit the art program at Anna Maria Elementary
School, the For Art's Sake reception, show and sale
attended by more than 200 persons brought in slightly
more than $3,700.
Top dollars were raised by auctioning the dona-
tions from the area's top artists, which included high
bids on the oil paintings offered by Dr. Andre Renard,
Rhea Chiles and Joe Hutchinson, along with three
watercolors from Richard Thomas and a sculpture by
In fact, all the works sold and much of the art-
work sold at prices higher than the minimum bids re-
quested. The crowd was generous and the fervor
was evident as the bid time came to a close and bid
sheets were collected for various works.
In addition, AME art teacher Gary Wooten and
some of his students painted watercolors at the event
and offered them for sale for a donation and allowed
adults to try their efforts with the paints and brushes,
also for a donation to the school.
The event was hosted by The Islander and Ooh La
La! Bistro in the Island Shopping Center along their ad-
joining sidewalk and included a reception with wine
and hors d'oeuvres prepared by the restaurant.
The event is organized courtesy of the newspaper
with all monies raised going to the school art program.
Wooten said the art program at the Island school can
use the funding since there is little money in the school
district for art programs and that the school's fifth-
grade production of "The Music Man," for which tick-
ets are on sale at the school, will also benefit.
(See related story, page 19, on "The Music Man"
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Holmes Beach Police Chief
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PAGE 18 0 APRIL 23, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Turtles are coming! Turtles are coming!
Sea turtles are hovering a couple of miles offshore,
waiting for whatever it is that sends them to the beach
to lay eggs for another generation of babies.
Suzi Fox, "top dog" when it comes to marine turtle
preservation on Anna Maria Island, said she has had
many reports from fishermen and pleasure boaters of
turtles floating just offshore, and she expects them to
start for the beach any night now.
The official turtle nesting season is May 1 through
October, but turtles don't have much faith in calendars
and sometimes jump the gun in April or let it ride un-
til later. When the urge takes them, the giants waddle
up the beach above the high tide line, dig down a
couple of feet, lay 100 or so eggs the size of pingpong
balls, cover them, and let the sun and sand incubate
Whatever mother loggerhead gets here first, she
won't be first ashore this year a young green turtle
washed ashore in Bradenton Beach last week, nearly
dead from tumors and hunger.
Fox and other Turtle Watch volunteers kept it alive
until biologist Glenn Harman, director of the sea turtle
program at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, could
take it to his "hospital" for diagnosis and treatment.
He said this week the 3- or 4-year-old has
fibropapillomas, tumor-like growths, around its flip-
pers, eyes, mouth and other soft tissues, which he will
remove when the turtle is healthy. It is eating well now
and gaining strength, he said.
This is only one of thousands of turtles washing up
on Florida's beaches this year, he said, with most of the
stranding turtles dead on arrival. This is a high inci-
dence of strandings, he said, probably equal to any
year's record. The causes are a mixture of boat propel-
ler hits, disease, red tide, entanglement in rope and fish-
ing gear, even gunshot wounds.
A green turtle, covered \ ith fibropapillomas near its flippers, eyes and other soft tissues, is recovering at the
Clearwater Marine Aquarumn after being rescued off Anna Maria Island last week. Islauler Photo: Bomner.Joy
Lights (mostly) out time a week away
By Jim Hanson
Florida Power & Light Co. is doing extremely well
by sea turtles, at: least three Island businesses have
solved the lighting problem, and it's time for everyone
else to get with it.
So says Suzi Fox, who holds the state marine turtle
preservation permit for Anna Maria Island and heads
the Island's Turtle Watch program.
Gearing up for the beginning of the turtle nesting
season May 1, she has been doing her annual "light
walks" checks on the beach and finds most beachfront
residents and businesses have a long way to go and a
short time to get there.
They have just a week to make their home and
business lights invisible to turtles on the beach, and
with the help of Turtle Watch they might just make it
by "lights out" time.
What it takes mostly is will, she said, and FPL has
shown a lot of that.
The local power company is about to finish its
One of Bradenton Beach's city parks is get-
ting a major facelift.
City commissioners approved $32,000 in
improvements to Lou Barolo South Park, High-
land Avenue and Fourth Street North. About
half the expense will go toward installation of
special rubber tiles in the playground area.
All the playground equipment slides,
swings and the like will be replaced.
Funding will come from a special taxing
district formed about 10 years ago in the region.
Funds from the community redevelopment area
may only be expended within that district, which
is from Cortez Road to Fifth Street South.
work replacing open-bottom street lights with "cobra
cutoffs" which go a long way to providing light for
human safety without attracting turtles.
Marine turtles come ashore at night to dig nests and
deposit 100 or so eggs, to be incubated by the warm
sand. Bright lights warn adult turtles away so they
don't nest. And the lights attract the young when they
hatch at night. The babies instinctively head for light,
for millions of years the reflection of the moon and sky
off the surface of the sea, but lately that is outshone by
human lighting that attracts them inland to death.
Don Sayers, manager of FPL major accounts in
Manatee County, said the new lights have been in-
stalled along beach-visible thoroughfares in Anna
Maria and Bradenton Beach, and will be installed in
Holmes Beach May 1 or soon thereafter.
The cities pay for installing the total 160 lights,
which FPL owns and maintains.
"It's still not 100 percent perfect," Fox said, "and
nobody knows how to get to 100 percent. But we move
forward constantly, and get nearer every season."
That approach is what she is urging for anyone
with lights visible from the water's edge on the beach.
"Every single waterfront home, business or condo
owner should walk the beach in the dead of night, and
if they have lights visible from the water's edge, re-
place bulbs with 40-watt bug lights, move lamps from
windows, close the blinds, and in hopeless cases turn
off the light."
It can be done with minimum effort and maximum
results, she said. Both Circle K stores in Bradenton
Beach, the Anna Maria Island Club condos, and the
Gulf Drive Caf6 all have turtle-friendly lights the year
around, she said, and they provide safety for people as
well as for turtles.
A wall telling the sea turtle tale has been painted at
the Turtle Watch Education Center in Holmes Beach,
starting with the comparative midget Kemp's ridley
and expanding to the gigantic leatherback. A life-size
fiberglass leatherback donated by FPL takes up most
of the storefront window at the center, 5408 Marina
Drive. The center is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
except Sunday, phone 778-1435.
Butterfly Bash organizers have thanked sponsors
of the butterfly bash, and sent out a plea for more of the
Nancy Ambrose, who chairs the Anna Maria Is-
land Butterfly Park, said the dinner/auction bash will
be June 21 at the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach.
She invited businesses and individuals to become
sponsors at one of five levels: Friend of the Garden
$100, Bronze $250, Silver $500, Gold $750, Platinum
She expressed gratitude to current sponsors Publix
Super Markets, The Islander, Steve and Pam Schluter,
Dr. Kevin and Valerie Lipscomb, and Vivien and Delia
Prospective sponsors may get in touch with
Ambrose at 778-5274.
More Butterfly Bash sponsors being sought
'Music Man' tickets on sale at AME
Tickets are on sale now for the Anna Maria El-
ementary School fifth-grader's production of the mu-
sical play "The Music Man."
"The Music Man" is the grandest theatrical event
attempted by the little school by the bay. With 70 fifth-
grade helping hands, AME art director Gary Wooten
has designed a theater-in-the-round stage inside the
The audience is sure to feel like a resident of the small,
friendly Iowa town where the play takes place because the
action will be happening all around them, says Wooten.
The lead roles will be performed by Stephen Tho-
mas as Harold Hill and Paige Carper as Marian Paroo,
the town librarian. Hill, a stranger in town, turns things
The students, who have been practicing under the
direction of AME's music director Marilyn Branning,
will perform the music, including all the classic songs
performed in the original Broadway rendition.
There will be two performances at 7 p.m. Tuesday,
May 6, and Wednesday, May 7.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students and
can be purchased at the school office.
For more information, call 708-5525.
Anne Kinnan's fifth-grade class created a quilt featuring their handprints and a poem for the Anna Maria
Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization student art auction, which will take place at the Spring Fling
Love Boat affair Saturday, April 26. For more information, call the school at 708-5525. Islander Photo:
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 23, 2003 0 PAGE 19
IMS presentation about manatees
Island Middle School students schoolwide study of
manatees will culminate with a presentation at the Parent-
Teacher Organization meeting and dinner Thursday.
Students have been preparing several hands-on
projects during their study of manatees and their habitat,
including a play, a wall mural, a life-sized paper mache
manatee and a documentary film. These projects and more
will be presented during the PTO dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner will be catered by the Sun House Restau-
rant and the meal will feature jerk chicken, barbecue
ribs, pasta salad and corn on the cob.
Tickets for the dinner are $7 for adults and $5 for
children and will be available the night of the event.
The PTO will hold its monthly meeting following
the dinner and student presentations will begin at 7 p.m.
IMS is located at 206 85th St., Holmes Beach. For
more information, call 778-5200.
Elementary School Menu
Monday, April 28
Breakfast: Large Orange Muffin, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Grilled Cheese Sandwich or Shaker Salad,
Goldfish Tomato Soup, Fruit
Tuesday, April 29
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup, Fruit,
Lunch: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Garlic
Breadstick or Hand and Cheese Basket with Goldfish
Crackers, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Wednesday, April 30
Breakfast: Dannon Danimals Yogurt, Fruit, Cereal,
Lunch: Taco or Burrito with Salsa, Peas and Carrots,
Thursday, May 1
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Fruit, Cereal,
Lunch: Breaded Chicken with Mashed Potatoes or
Barbecue Pork on a Bun, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Friday, May 2
Breakfast: Apple Churro, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza or Munchable, Veggie Beef
Soup, Oatmeal Cookie, Fruit
Milk and juice are served with every meal.
Author Luncheon for Kathi Diamant
1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Ooh La La! Bistro.
Celebrate the Anna Maria homecoming
and release of Kathi Diamant's
new book: "Kafka's Last Love."
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Easter Bunny visits Moose
At left, the Easter Bunny stopped at the Moose Lodge
in Bradenton Beach to hand out candy and prizes for
the children. Above, the French family of Sarasota -
Shannon, 5; Erin, 2; Justin, 7; and Katie, 9, show off
their loot. Islander Photos: J.L. Robertson
Easter : Easter egg hunt
.tea Samantha Frische
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End of postal road for Keith Markert
By Jim Hanson
Keith Markert is on his last legs. As
a letter carrier, that is, a calling that has
filled his days for 20 years and brought
him countless friends.
Retiring effective April 30, he has
become "friends and family" with so
many people, so closely, that he is giv-
ing a party for them May 3. Everybody
along his mail route is invited so he can
thank them for "making my life more
Fittingly for this ex-policeman, the
party will be at the Fraternal Order of
S Police hall, 1825 11th St. W.,
Bradenton. It will begin at 5 p.m. and
end when it ends.
Markert had "a few memorable
times" on Anna Maria Island, but "I can
tell you a lot more stories from my days
as a cop, believe me." That was in
Pontiac, Mich., where he was on the
police force for 10 years after Army ser-
vice as a military policeman.
Facing another unfaceable frigid
winter, he left for our warmer clime in
- the fall of 1979. He ran a small restau-
rant "about the size of the old Duffy's"
on U.S. 301 for a couple of years, sold
out to his partner and got into the lawn
business for another couple of years
until "the post office called me."
That was two years after he had
passed his postman tests. "Lucky
enough to get to work on Anna Maria
Island," he found a home and stayed for
the full 20 years to retirement.
The past 17 years he has had the
same route, starting at the Via Roma
Beach Resort, 2408 Gulf Drive N. in
Bradenton Beach, up the bay side of
the Island through Holmes Beach to
52nd Street, down the Gulf side back
to the Via Roma. "Most of Holmes
Beach except for a couple of blocks at
Keith market is retiring next Wednesday after 20 years of delivering mail in
Holmes Beach for the U.S. Postal Service. Islander Photo: Melissa Williams
the beginning and the end," he noted.
It is one of 10 routes in the Island, and
he covered nearly all of it by automo-
He's been hurt only once, when a pit
bull bit him on the thigh when he
knocked on a door to drop off a package.
"Painful, you bet. I took a day or
two off, but I've been hurt a lot worse
as a cop."
Mostly his work has been enjoy-
able, he said. People were the best
part, by far. "Many, many of them
became my extended family. We
shared births and deaths and sickness
and anniversaries. There are kids 16
and 17 years old now whose parents I
knew when Mom was pregnant."
His people have been by a huge
margin good to him and to each other,
friendly and appreciative. "Oh, sure,
there are always some who expect and
require extra service," he said.
"With 890 families on my route,
and post office time studies to keep in
mind, I didn't have time to give them
special service. I gave them my
supervisor's number and let them hash
He recalls one lady he still sees fre-
quently on his route, fully independent
at 99 but who now has let her son take
her to his home to spend the nights al-
though she is at her own place most
"She has a little vertigo so I always
took her mail up to her condo. I met her
coming down the stairs with a man and
I said 'How's it going?' and she said
'Good, good, this is my baby,' and he
turned out to be 75."
The people along his route have
been excellent, he said, and "there were
only a few where I didn't want to deliver
mail or deal with them at all. But that's
only three or four in 20 years. Good,
That's about over now, and he's
happy to have been here and happy to be
getting a rest. He plans to golf, fish, and
"ride my Harley," a used one he bought
from his old police department in Michi-
gan with 846 miles on it. He'll trailer it
north to join the 500,000-biker rally at
Sturgis, S.D., in August.
He has a satisfying life, he said, with
a small house with a pool that he owns,
a motor home, good golf clubs and fish-
ing gear, and that Harley.
"I am a happy man," he said.
"That's nothing new to me, though. I
learned happy on Anna Maria."
Pen pals Molly McDonough and Alexis Henri met
face to face during a recent visit to AME. Islander
Photos: Diana Bogan
AME's Erin Dolan and Stewart Elementary School's
Jessica Barbieri classify the shells they collected
together at the public beach. Dolan and Barbieri
have been pen pals since the start of the school year.
Third-grade pen pals from Anna Maria and Stewart elementary schools got to meet in person at AME. Perched on
the jungle gym are Erin Dolan, Jessica Barbieri, Morgan Kemper, Jessi Windle and Allison Hoppe.
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 23, 2003 M PAGE 23
After two years in Gulf, money is sound, found
The dollar is not as flimsy as the economy may
indicate to some, Joan Stephens has found. Her money
came through two years at the bottom of the Gulf of
Mexico. And Stephens found two new, very honest,
very diligent friends.
Following is her account of the unique adventure
of a purse:
In early April 2001 my husband, two grandchildren
and I went boating in our 17-foot boat. The day was
beautiful, water calm and like glass. So calm, in fact,
our son and daughter-in-law decided to kayak over to
Egmont Key and join us for a walk on the island.
We left from Anna Maria Island, anchored our boat
offshore at Egmont and went for our walk on the shore.
When we returned, the wind had changed, the tide was
coming in and the waves were lapping over the back of
As we stood and watched, horrified, the boat cap-
sized. Fortunately there were several young men on
shore and they helped my husband and son right the
Joan Stephens, left, is reunited with money she lost
two years .ago off Egmont Key, found by Bill and
Linda Staley. The Staleys brought the purse and
contents to the Artists Guild Gallery in Holmes
Beach so they could see Stephens' paintings while
they were at it.
When the boat capsized we lost cameras, video
cameras, cell phones, keys, binoculars, towels, etc. My
purse was also lost with wallet, money, credit cards,
keys and the like.
It was a devastating day. However, we felt very
lucky that our lives had not been in jeopardy and that
our boat and motor were salvaged. It is thanks to all the
help we received.
My husband, son and brother-in-law went back to
the exact spot where the boat capsized several times to
snorkel, looking for our lost items. They did find my
husband's keys and a few odds and ends, but never
found anything we could salvage.
In October 2002, I received a phone call at our
Michigan summer home from Linda Staley of Lithia,
Fla., near Tampa. She and her husband Bill had been
snorkeling off Egmont Key. Bill noticed a black strap
in the water and pulled up my purse.
Can you imagine my shock? They had dried out the
money, credit cards, driver's license, etc., and traced
me to Michigan.
We waited until we came back to Bradenton for the
winter, and the Staleys wanted to see my artwork, so
we agreed to meet at the gallery of the Artists Guild of
Anna Maria Island in Holmes Beach, where my water-
Bill and Linda drove down from Tampa and my
husband Gordon and I met them on March 22, 2003.
They brought my purse with most of the contents in-
tact, still with some sand and shells inside.
The coins were fused together for the most part, but
the paper money (some stuck together) was in pretty
good shape. There was a total of $307.50, which the
Bank of America made good for me.
I was so pleased to meet Linda and Bill and so
grateful they went to such trouble to return my purse
and money. They are on the Island frequently as they
moor their boat at Galati's.
Even the money was recovered in the purse, thought
'fost in the Gulf two years ago.
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Joan Sackett: Islander teacher spotlight
Each week The Islander spotlights one of Anna
Maria Elementary School's teachers.
This week, first-grade teacher Joan Sackett is in
Sackett was born in Detroit, although she moved to
Florida from Spread Eagle, Wis., on Christmas Eve
She has been teaching for 30 years and six of those
have been at AME. Sackett is certified to teach read-
ing, special education and English Speakers of Other
Languages in kindergarten through 12th-grade, and she
posesses an elementary education certification for kin-
dergarten through eighth-grade.
During her career, Sackett spent six years teaching
on an Indian reservation and has taught in Wisconsin
and Michigan. In the Manatee County School District
Sackett has been a teacher at Wakeland and Stewart
Sackett earned her teaching degree from Eastern
Michigan University and received her master's degree
from Northern Michigan University.
Sackett said she knew she wanted to be a teacher
after she spent time tutoring special needs children. She
was only 16 and gained the exposure through a local
"I love teaching because each day presents new
challenges. It's never the same," she said. "I love to test
new ideas. Children are always willing to try and ex-
perience new things."
Sackett recognizes that each child is an individual
with his or her own strengths and weaknesses. "It is my
responsibility to make learning a positive experience."
Some of the projects she uses to make learning fun in-
clude having a classroom store, growing a garden with
Deborah Thomas' second-grade class, and buddying up
with Marcia Brockway's fourth-grade class for read-
This year Sackett has faced the challenge of shift-
ing from being a fourth-grade teacher at AME to teach-
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Joan Sackett, on afield trip with her students, teaches first-grade at Anna Maria Elementary School. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan
"The change is keeping me on my toes," she said.
"I've been reading to refresh my memory and acquire
new approaches to teaching first-grade."
Sackett keeps her students attention by making les-
sons practical, positive and enjoyable. Units of study
are based on the first-grade curriculum in social stud-
ies and science, which she says she integrates with lan-
guage arts and math.
When not in the classroom, Sackett can be found
in her garden or at the beach.
Of her. three children,- two are teachers. Dana
teaches art at Haile Middle School, David teaches math
at Manatee Technical Institute Community High
School, and her son Rafe is a contractor.
AME first-graders point out their contributions to a
banner hanging at the Holmes Beach Publix cus-
tomer service desk. The students created the banner
as a big thank you note for the tour of the store.
Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
AME first-grader Kaylee Harrop receives an official
Publix hat from Richard Hicks, the store's assistant
lar Joan Sackett's
to get a closer
look at the
counter at the
of the store led
by Kate Boyd,
staff at Publix.
During a recent field
trip they were given
official name tags
Wednesday, April 23
Noon Duplicate bridge at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Thursday, April 24
9 a.m. to 7p.m. Children's summer camp pre-
registration at G.T. Bray Park, 5504 33rd Ave. Drive
W., Bradenton. Information: 742-5974.
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP 55 Alive driving re-
fresher course at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 776-
7 to 8 p.m. Teen GIRLS Forum at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
7 p.m. Sierra Club Manatee Conservation
Committee meeting hosted by Jim Keenen at 2902
Yarmouth Drive W., Bradenton. Information: 758-
Friday, April 25
8:30 a.m. to 3p.m. Pelican Man's Bird Sanc-
tuary cruise to Egmont Key State Park from the Holi-
day Inn Marina, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. In-
formation: 388-4444. Fee applies.
9 a.m. to 7p.m. Children's summer camp pre-
registration at G.T. Bray Park, 5504 33rd Ave. Drive
W., Bradenton. Information: 742-5974.
10:30 a.m. to noon Furniture painting class
with Dawn Gurtner at the Anna Maria Island Conm-
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Noon to 4 p.m. AARP 55 Alive driving re-
fresher course at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 776-
Saturday, April 26
9 a.m. to noon Children's summer camp pre-
registration at G.T. Bray Park, 5504 33rd Ave. Drive
W., Bradenton. Information: 742-5974.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Manatee High School Key
Club children's book fair at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
6 p.m. Anna Maria Elementary School Par-
ent-Teacher Organization "Love Boat" Spring Fling
at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525. Fee applies.
6:30 p.m. -Florida Heritage Festival parade
and Kiss-A-Pig contest kiss-off at Hawkins Stadium,
Manatee High School's football field, 902 33rd St.
Ct. W., Bradenton. Information: 761-2582.
Sunday, April 27
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Patchwork Player
children's theater present "Wind in the Willows" at
Neel Auditorium, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 752-5252. Fee applies.
2p.m. Anna Maria Island Community Orches-
tra and Chorus concert at the Island Baptist Church,
8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-5730.
Monday, April 28
8:30 a.m. Internet class for beginners at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
9 a.m. Manatee Widowed Persons meeting at
Cafe On The Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1908.
7p.m. "Fun at the Center" for Island teens at
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the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Tuesday, April 29
1 to 4 p.m. Veteran's Service officer available
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. By appointment: 749-3030.
7 to 9 p.m. Teen art program at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Wednesday, April 30
8 to 9 a.m. "Good Morning, Longboat Key" at
the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6854
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
Noon Duplicate bridge at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
ArtTarget exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through
Group show for B.H. Ershel, Itallo Botti, Rob-
ert Mendoza, the Russian plein air painters, and
Michael Schuessler at Wallace Fine Art, 5360 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Suite 108, Longboat Key, through
May 1. Information: 387-0746.
"Treasures: Silver and the Age of Opulence" at
the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St., Bradenton,
through April 27. Information: 746-4131.
Episcopal Church Women meeting at the
Church of the Annunciation May 1.
Community craft and clutter sale at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church May 3.
PAGE 26 M APRIL 23, 2003 N THE ISLANDER
Shorthanded Physicians drop close game
By Kevin Cassidy
Island Family Physicians split a pair of games last
week in girls softball, defeating the Bradenton Elks 8-
5 Thursday, April 17, before dropping a 7-4 decision
to league-leading Active Images Saturday, April 19.
The Island team missed out on a golden opportu-
nity to gain some ground in the standings with the loss
and, short several players, they actually had to fill out
their roster with a guest player to field a full team.
Active Images pitcher Bailey Christie recorded a
one-two-three inning against IFP, before her Active
Images teammates fueled a three-run top in the first.
They received a leadoff triple from Rachel Brown and
an RBI double from Courtney Bristow for a 1-0 lead.
IFP pitcher Emma Barlow recorded a strikeout on the
next batter for the first out, but Halie Walker ripped a
double into right center to bring Bristow home for a 2-
A stolen base and a passed ball brought Walker
home before IFP got out of the inning when Kaitlyn
Johson flew out to Casey Dozier in center field who
alertly ran in to complete the double play by stepping
Sage Geerearts led off the top of the second with a
single, but a pop out and two strikeouts sandwiched
around a single by Kelly Guerin made the rally fall short.
Active Images extended their lead in the bottom of
the second, sparked by a leadoff single by Cara Rawe.
IFP pitcher Emma Barlow caught Autumn Robinson's
comebacker for the first out and Carly Turner lined out
to Geerearts at third for the second out, but Chelsea
Robinson singled in Rawe for a 4-0 lead in front of
Stephanie Blue who reached on an error. Both runners
moved up the bases on a passed ball before Rachel
Brown drove them both in with a single and a 6-0 lead.
Barlow escaped further damage when she struck out
the last batter for her second strikeout of the game.
IFP finally strung some hits together in the top of
the third as Dozier led off with a double and scored on
a single by Barlow. Barlow moved to third on the throw
home where she easily scored on a single by Hailey
Dearlove who moved to second on the play. Dearlove
stole third base in front of Autumn Fesick who brought
her home with an RBI ground out.
Geerearts flew out for the second out before Sarah
Howard singled and moved to third on an error. Nicole
Botero brought Howard home when she reached on an
error, but Botero was gunned out at home on a fielder's
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
Little League schedules
Junior League (13-14 year olds)
Date Field Time Visitors vs. Home
April 25 Bray 7 p.m. The Islander vs.
April 28 N. River 6:30 p.m. North River #3 vs.
WMFD Little League Majors
Date Field Time
April 23 AMICC 7:30 p.m.
Visitor vs. Home
Titan Boats vs.
AAA (ages 9-12) All games at G.T. Bray Park
Date Field Time Visitor vs. Home
April 23 2 7:30 p.m. Ameri Life vs.
Air & Energy
April 24 2 7:30 p.m. Wilson-Miller vs.
Air & Energy
April 25 2 5:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs.
Hendrix & Dail
April 29 2 5:30 p.m. Christy Insurance
vs. Bark Realty
AA (ages 7-10) All games at AMICC
Date Time Visitors vs. Home
April 23 6 p.m. Island Lumber vs.
April 24 6 p.m. Morgan Stanley vs.
Betsy Hill Realty
April 26 4 p.m. Betsy Hill Realty vs.
April 26 6 p.m. Gateway Solutions vs.
Kelly Guerin hustled down the line to beat out this ground ball for a single during Island Family Physician's
7-4 loss against Active Images.
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Emma Barlow delivers a pitch during Island Family Physicians 7-4 loss to Active Images.
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 23, 2003 0 PAGE 27
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26
choice grounder by Guerin to end the rally.
Active Images scored one more run before time ex-
pired to put the finishing touches on a 7-4 win which
improves their record to an impressive 11-2 on the sea-
Island Family Physicians falls to 9-5 for the season
with the loss.
Island Family Physicians 8,
Bradenton Elks 5
Island Family Physicans jumped out to a 4-0 lead
in the first inning before holding on for an 8-5 victory
on Thursday, April 17 behind the hitting of Emma
Barlow. Barlow went 2-for-2 including an inside-the-
park home run, a double and two runs scored while
teammate Brooke Fitzgerald had a double among her
two hits and two iuns scored. Sage Geerearts and
Mallory Kosfeld each added a single and one run
scored while Hailey Dearlove had a pair of singled and
one run scored and Nicole Botero singled twice.
Lindsey Reid singled, doubled and scored one run
to lead the Elks offense which also received a pair of
singles and one run scored from Kerri Clifford and a
single and one run scored from Linda Cuellar and Katie
Wood in the loss. Kassidy Clifford rounded out the
Elks offense with a single.
Tough week awaits The Islander
in Junior League baseball
The Islander's two games on Monday, April 21,
and Friday, April 25. against Manatee National's Ac-
tive Images could go a long way in determining a regu-
lar-season champ. A sweep by either team would give
them the upper hand in the battle for first with the Jun-
ior League season just past the midway point.
The Islander currently sits at 8-1 after its 10-5 vic-
Autumn Fesick, Molly McDonough and Sage Geerearts can't come up with this bloop hit during Island Family
Physician's 7-4 loss to Active Images.
tory over Kicklighter Funeral Homes in Palmetto
Thursday, April 17, which puts them one-half game
behind Active Images, which boasts a 9-1 record. The
Islander has a game-in-hand because Saturday's game
against West Coast Aluminum is being rescheduled
due to West Coast not having enough players.
The Islander did play Thursday night at the Lion's
Club field and received a stellar pitching effort from
starter Sean Price. Price allowed only one hit with three
strikeouts while facing one batter over the minimum
during three shutout innings.
Offensively, The Islander was led by Sean
Pittman's 3-for-5, four run performance that also in-
cluded a double and two RBIs. Chad Richardson went
2-for-4 including a double and Shane Pelkey added a
pair of singles and two runs scored to The Islander at-
tack that also received a single and one run scored from
Connor Bystrom, Price and Pat Cole.
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Marcia Brockway's fourth-grade class pulled its weight against fellow fourth-graders in DeAnn Davis' class to
ultimately win the tug-of-war competition during Anna Maria Elementary School's field day.
Cameron Ellsworthfrom Marcia Brockway's class
took a running leap for his class as a competitor in
the long jump during AME's field day.
PAGE 28 0 APRIL 23, 2003 M THE ISLANDER
Toxic tales, from oysters to whales to turtles to...
California is definitely dissing the Gulf of
Mexico's oyster industry the state's health officials
have banned the importation of oysters this summer
due to bacterial concerns.
The ban, from April through October, includes all
oysters that have not been processed to eliminate the
Vibrio vulnificus bacteria: The bacteria can cause an
infection that produces fever, chills and abdominal
pain, generally within 24 hours of eating contaminated
shellfish. Those with chronic liver disease are espe-
cially vulnerable to the infection, which can lead to
lesions and a loss of skin in the extremities, officials
said. Others at higher risk include those with cancer,
AIDS or other conditions that weaken the immune sys-
California officials have identified 75 Vibrio bac-
teria infections, with 45 that resulted in death, in the
past 20 years.
That relatively small percentage of infected oyster
eaters could cost Louisiana oyster fishers $20 million
this summer, and could put upwards of 150 people out
of work. Louisiana exports about 500,000 pounds of
oysters to California annually.
Seems like a pretty big stick to use to stop a prob-
lem that impacts a fairly small part of the population,
although oysters that have been properly processed are
Another toxic threat
Another nasty element in the marine world is be-
ing blamed for a spike in manatee and sea turtle deaths
in Southwest Florida.
Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission's Florida Marine Research In-
stitute in St. Petersburg have recovered and performed
necropsies on 43 manatees since January 2003. Of the
43, 12 tested positive for exposure to red tide, and the
other 31 are suspected of succumbing to the algae.
Scientists are also seeing more sea turtle deaths -
twice what is considered normal this year. The data
on turtles aren't as extensive as with manatees, but the
increased strandings and preliminary tissue samples in-
dicate red tide was definitely a factor.
Red tide is a naturally occurring algae that is found
in most waters around the world. For reasons no one
seems to understand, the microorganism blooms occa-
sionally. The algae emits a toxin that is harmful to sea
creatures and can cause respiratory problems for hu-
mans. In severe cases, the bloom colors the seawater
into a red shade, hence the name.
There have been moderate to high levels of red tide
found in Lee, Collier, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties
this year, the same areas where the manatees and sea
turtle bodies have been recovered.
Red tide has not been detected off Manatee
County, although there were a few dead fish and some
burning throats off New Pass a month or so ago.
Pilot whale strandings
Could it be a coincidence that there is a red tide
outbreak and a whale stranding in the Florida Keys?
A pod of 28 pilot whales beached themselves late
last week near Big Pine Key. Five died, seven were
moved to a marine mammal holding facility, and the
others were moved to deeper water in the hope they
would swim off into the deep.
Scientists speculate that there are a number of fac-
tors that contribute to whale strandings. Whales pretty
much do a "follow the leader" style of swimming; if the
leader heads to shallow water, the others tend to follow.
Parasites are often the cause of a stranding. Little
critters work their way into a whale's brain and can
disorient the marine mammal, causing it to head to
shallow water instead of familiar deep waters.
And there is also the red tide issue. A severe algae
bloom can cover hundreds of square miles of water
and, although whales and dolphins can move pretty fast
and get out of the bad water, sometimes they apparently
get caught in the bloom and are affected by the toxic
aerosol the microorganism emits.
... and to the stranded whale rescue
comes another license tag
The newest of Florida's specialty license plates
went on sale last Friday. "Protect Florida Whales" fea-
tures artwork by marine artist Wyland, he of the
"Whaling Wall" murals. Proceeds from the sale of the
tag will support research and other efforts to protect
whales in Florida waters.
Probably the most evident of the results of the plate
sale will be at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Insti-
tution in Ft. Pierce.The institute is building what is
termed the world's first marine-mammal teaching hos-
pital and rehabilitation center. The center will allow
study and care for more than a dozen species of whales
that travel through or live in Florida waters.
The timing is good on the project. There have been
hundreds of whale strandings in the past few years, plus
a recent and as-yet-unexplained increase in whale
strandings along Florida's East Coast, where there cur-
rently are no long-term marine mammal care facilities.
Protect Florida Whales plates are available at
county tax collector offices and cost $25, which is tax-
deductible, in addition to normal license plate fees.
Huey, Dewey, Mallard and Disco are on vacation.
Duck Tours of Tampa Bay has stopped offering its
trips aboard ex-Army amphibious trucks in and around
the bays of Tampa and St. Petersburg due to insurance
and military rule changes.
The bright yellow 27-passenger vehicles used to
tour the waterfront, then hit the water for a, well, a
duck's-eye view of the region.
However, U.S. Coast Guard regulations required
each Duck vehicle to have a certified captain and crew-
man aboard. That wasn't much of a problem for Louis
Betz, owner of Duck Tours he'd just hire a captain
and send him to school to get his commercial driver's
But Betz's insurance carrier then changed its rules
to call for at least two years experience as a commer-
cial driver, and the company had to shut down until
better-trained drivers could be located.
Betz said he should have the company rolling -
or splashing again this summer.
There are at least 32 species of cetaceans whales
and dolphins found in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sperm whales remember Moby Dick? once
thrived in the Gulf, but were mostly killed off by whal-
ers from 1750 through the late 1800s. Today, there are
still sperm whales found in the Gulf, mostly along the
Other species of non-toothed whales that call the
Gulf home include finbacks and blue whales, the lag-
est species of whale and the largest mammal on earth,
plus humpbacks, sei and right whales.
The Gulf at one time also had seals. The West In-
dian monk seal, a fish-eater, once roamed the waters of
the western Gulf near Galveston. It is believed that the
seals were killed by early Spaniard explorers. The last
reported sighting of a seal in this part of the world was
near Jamaica in 1952, although there are stories of seals
being found off the northwest coast of the Yucatan.
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Huge permit being caught offshore; kings still running
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Offshore fishing heck, almost all fishing has
really picked up in the past week. Huge permit to 30
pounds are being caught in the Gulf of Mexico right
now, along with big kingfish, lots of Spanish mackerel,
plus grouper and mangrove snapper.
Snook to 30 inches in length are not uncommon in
the backwater, plus big trout, redfish to 35 inches and
some fat flounder to 18 inches in length.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he caught
permit early last week to 30 pounds, and is finding that
snook fishing has really improved in the past few days,
with some linesiders being boated at better than 20
pounds. Keeper-sized trout are still out there, he added.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's been reeling
in lots of permit, plus kingfish and grouper in the Gulf
of Mexico. Backwater action for snook has really
picked up, he said.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he had a few trips where he limited-out
on red grouper only 30 miles offshore, with some
catches better than 25 pounds. He's also doing well
with mangrove snapper.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing is
about as good as it gets right now, with mackerel,
sheepshead, pompano, drum, redfish and small sharks
all being caught.
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier report excel-
lent action on sheepshead, mackerel in the mornings,
a few snook at night, and some snapper, drum and
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he guided Keith Curvey and party out to
a memorable catch of red grouper to 20 pounds, amber-
jack to 40 pounds, plus a variety of snapper and other
reef fish in 110 feet of water. Another trip put Marvin
Rottman, Billy Hoffman and party to a catch of gag
grouper to 10 pounds, kingfish to 10 pounds, bull
sharks to 100 pounds, all in the 50-foot water range. He
also went out and brought back a nice catch of blackfin
tuna to 35 pounds, amberjack to 50 pounds, and man-
grove snapper to 4 pounds, all in about 110 feet of
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he caught man-
grove snapper to 5 pounds, plus triggerfish and banded
rudderfish offshore in 45 to 60 feet of water. Kingfish
to 20 pounds were also active, plus Spanish mackerel
to 12 pounds plus some whopper bonita to 25 pounds.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said last week started slow but ended with a
flourish: trout to 24 inches, snook to 30 inches and reds
to 35 inches in length. He also caught some really big
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
fishing boaters are catching lots of permit on the 7-mile
Catching the big one
Elijah Sloneker, 8, visiting from Danvers, Ill., got
into fight with what ended up being a 33-inch gag
reef system in the Gulf using pass crabs. Wade fishers
report lots of keeper-size trout and a few redfish on the
lower tides south of the Anna Maria Bridge on the flats.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are some really big snook being brought back to
the dock to 34 inches plus trout to 27 inches.
Other features from the area include blacktip sharks in
and around Terra Ceia Bay.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said his charters have been catching lots of snook
to 29 inches in length, redfish to 27 inches on the flats
in Miguel Bay and Terra Ceia Bay, and he's still get-
ting better results using artificial lures than live bait.
Capt. Jason Ramsey said he's catching a load of
Spanish mackerel just 6 miles out in the Gulf, plus lots
of permit in the 20-pound range.
On my boat Magic, we caught a 20-pound cobia,
gag grouper to 14 pounds, kingfish to 25 pounds, plus
triggerfish, mangrove snapper up to 18 inches in length,
trout to 22 inches, and flounder to 18 inches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide.
Call him at 779-9607 to provide fishing report. Prints
and digital images of your catch are also welcome and
may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
email@example.com. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.
Elijah caught the fish about 30 miles offshore in the
Gulf of Mexico with Capt. Matt Denham aboard the
Thanks for saying, "I saw it in The Islander!"
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Backwater Near Shore Up to 7 miles out in the Gulf
Snook Redfish Trout Flounder Mackerel Snapper
Light Tackle Fishing Reservations a must
Tackle, bait, ice, fishing license provided!
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"We'll have more than 500 videos and DVDs for
rent," said Jesse, "and we'll also have about 300 kids
While that might seem standard for a video rental
store, Jesse also plans on no membership fees, no late
fees, and no credit card required to become a member.
"We'll also have sodas, water and other treats for
sale to members and the kids," added Jesse.
"This is going to be a unique store for the Island.
We're going to treat our customers first-class," he said.
Sunset Video is located next to Jesse's Bar, which
Mullin and wife Tracy Glarner recently opened.
Father/daughter day every day
Trish and Lynn Hazlett work together every day at
the Bradenton Beach Club condominium project in
Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
are working team
Thursday, April 24, is national Take Your Daugh-
ter to Work Day, but one Bradenton Beach father cel-
ebrates this event every day with his daughter.
That's because daughter Trish Hazlett and dad
Lynn Hazlett are already a working duo at the
Bradenton Beach Club condominium project at 17th
Street and Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.
"I take my daughter to work every day," said Lynn
Hazlett, the developer and general manager of the
Bradenton Beach Club.
Actually, Trish is old enough now to have her own
car and place to live, so dad doesn't have to drive her
But it's still fun being around each other, said
"We've been working together for about three
years on this project," he said.
"We've worked together before for brief periods,
but this is the first time we've been together in an on-
going project. It's really great."
While dad is the developer and general manager of
the posh Bradenton Beach Club, Trish is the director of
marketing and is heavily involved with the interior and
exterior design of the units.
"She's a real professional, a pleasure to work
with," said dad. "And she's very good at interior de-
The Hazlett's don't have a problem at work being
"Thankfully, she always remembers I'm the boss,
sometimes" said dad with a laugh.
"Actually, it's pretty good working together be-
cause we can communicate very well and make good
decisions," he said.
"And I'm very happy to be working with dad," said
Trish. "When I need a day off, he understands," said
Trish with a laugh. "He's a very understanding dad and
I'm very proud to work with him."
Bradenton Beach Club is about 60 percent sold,
said Lynn, and "we've still got a ways to go," but he's
already thinking about another project down the road
where he and Trish can work together.
"I would love having another chance to work with
her. She's very good at what she does and listening to
me when she wants to," he said.
"She has excellent project-management skills."
When completed, the 55-unit complex will offer
some Gulffront units, two swimming pools, a spa and
fitness center and decorative waterfalls, much of which
have been designed by Trish.
Prices start at $450,000, and units, including some
on the beachside, are still available, Trish said.
To learn more about the Bradenton Beach Club,
call Trish at 778-5983.
Rent a sunset
Sunset Video Rentals at 111 Seventh St. N. in
Bradenton Beach in the Bayview Plaza plans to open
its doors May 1 and owners Jesse Mullin and Donny
Rimick plan for more than just your average video-
Anna Maria Island's newest band is "Almost Famous"
with, from left, Dean Trebble as bass player, Dave
Russell of Rotten Ralph's restaurant in Anna Maria on
drums, lead singer and dancer Jennifer Cosby, and
guitar players Tom Welchell and Mike Rettig. The
group opens at Rotten Ralph's Wednesday, April 30.
Islander Photo: Courtesy of Dave Russell.
New Island band
is 'almost famous'
Anna Maria Island's newest and hottest band is
almost famous, literally and figuratively.
Fact is, that's their name, "Almost Famous," and
some band members are "almost famous," according to
drummer Dave Russell, the man responsible for the
group's first gig Wednesday evening, April 30, at Rot-
ten Ralph's restaurant in Anna Maria.
Russell's family owns Rotten Ralph's, so it was
natural that Dave would book his band into his family's
restaurant for its Island debut.
"And we'll be playing here for some time," said
But the band came about almost by accident, he
Guitar player Tom Welchell had a trio that in-
cluded his daughter-in-law, Jennifer Cosby, on vocals
and Mike Rettig as lead guitar.
The group was playing at Leverocks, but looking to
broaden their horizons when that engagement finished.
"Tom came in one day and asked about getting
booked," said Dave. "He happened to mention that
what he really needed to complete the band was a bass
player and drummer and I nearly fell off my chair."
That's because Dave is a drummer and longtime
friend Dean Tribble is a bass player.
Both had played together since 1986 in and around
Toronto before moving to Florida in the 1990s after the
purchase of Rotten Ralph's.
And that's how Dave and Dean became "almost
"Our band was scheduled to play a New Year's
Eve gig in Toronto one year along with Bare Naked
Ladies," said Dave.
At the last minute, said Dave, the city council can-
celed the concert because they thought the name "Bare
Naked Ladies" was offensive to women.
"So we went off to Florida and they went to New
York for a record contract and became famous," said
Dave with a laugh.
"So we're 'almost famous.'"
Dave said the new band will perform a variety of
music, including Sheryl Crowe, Jimmy Buffett, Match-
box 20 and some originals by Welchell.
"Almost Famous" will perform Wednesday and
Thursday evenings at Rotten Ralph's, said Dave, start-
ing April 30.
David Moynihan led in both obtaining new listings
and in sales during March at the Anna Maria Island
office of Wagner Realty, while Adina Husak was tops
in closings. At Longboat Key, Jack McCormick/Cathy
Meldahl led in listings and Peggy Henger in sales, as
Dee Dee Burke was ahead in closings.
Island real estate sales
501 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 103 Bridgeport,
a 1,000 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1982, was sold
3/13/03, Borrow to Mitchell, for $345,500; list
117 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach, 10 Bayview
Terrace, a 2bed/2bath 864 sfla condo built in 1973, was
sold 3/18/03, Vaness to Nunn, for $240,000.
1301 Bay Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 1-A Bay
Watch, a 1,079 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1982,
was sold 3/21/03, Cech to Oliveira, for $265,000; list
209 Gladiolus, Anna Maria, a canalfront 1,999 sfla
4bed/2bath/4car home built in 1994 on a 75x100 lot,
was sold 3/18/03, Acebal to Thomasson, for $630,000;
2315 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, 5 Lay Z Liv N
1 Queen of Hardts, a long-winded name for a 448 sfla
ibed/lbath condo built in 1979 and sold 3/18/03 from
Beaton to Smith for $139,000; listed $139,000.
3404 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 7 Gulf Beach Place,
a 1197 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1987, was sold
3/18/03, Avantime Corp to Hurley, for $337,000; list
3805 E. Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, 7 Sunbow Bay 2,
Bld E #204, a 1,121 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in
1979, was sold 3/17/03, Vercamen to Bowers, for
$225,000; list $239,000.
619 Dundee, Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,364
sfla 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1968 on a 90x115
lot, was sold 3/21/03, Beuel to Anderson, for $470,000.
104 Cedar, Anna Maria, a 1,870 sfla 6bed/3bath
duplex built in 1960 on a 50x110 lot, was sold 3/24/03,
Marshall to Sun and Seader LLC, for $600,000; list
104 Willow, Anna Maria, A Gulffront home of
1,398 sfla with one-car garage apartment of 508 sfla,
built on a 57.5x100 lot in 1920, was sold 3/28/03,
Sorini to Strickland, for $1,050,000; list $1,100,000.
223 N. Harbor Dr., Holmes Beach, a bayfront
1,202 sfla home built in 1954 on an 85x100 lot, was
sold 3/28/03, Richards to Parrish Ranch LLC, for
312 Hardin, Anna Maria, a 1,843 sfla duplex built
in 1957 on a 78x108 lot, was sold 3/26/03, Cobleigh to
Sleeper, for $320,000; list $349,000.
3801 E. Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, 208 Sunbow Bay
4, a 1,146 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1981, was sold
3/28/03, Deboer to Barber, for $256,000; list $273,000.
3801 E. Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, 206 Sunbow Bay
4, a 1,146 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1981, was sold
3/28/03, Pennington to Eckel, for $255,000; list
5200 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 304 Martinique S.,
a 1,057 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1970, was sold
3/28/03, Schlieker to Aker, for $425,000; list $439,000.
521 Magnolia, Anna Maria, a canalfront 2,818 sfla
5bed/3bath/2car/pool home built in 1993 on a 75x115
lot, was sold 3/24/03, Posner to Downey, for $815,000;
600 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes Beach, 208
Westbay Cove, a lbed/lbath 888 sfla condo built in
1977, was sold 3/24/03, Abram to Bradt, for $265,000;
2601 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, a 7.5 acre piece
of paradise on the bay already developed as mobile
homes, was sold 4/3/03, Vorbeck to Sandpiper Resort,
308 57th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,610 sfla duplex
built in 1966 on a 90x 112 lot, was sold 4/3/03, Barlow
to Morgan, for $380,000.
3816 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach, 3816 Village at
Holmes Beach, a new condo of unknown size, was sold
3/31/03, Village at Holmes Beach Dev. to Carter, for
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broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander. Copy-
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WICKER CHAISE LOUNGE, white cushion; three-
section sofa, lotus flower slipcover. $150 each. Call
RUBBERMAID walk-in shed (6 by 6 by 6 foot). Ex-
cellent condition, asking $275. Call Jeff, 779-0683,
please leave your name and number.
MOVING: Sectional with recliner end and bed,
$224; glass dining table, six leather chairs $200;
wall bedroom unit, queen bed $175; leather sofa.
537 67th St., Holmes Beach. Call 778-9631.
LIVING ROOM: Decorator 9-foot sectional couch,
two chairs, tables. Excellent. Must sell. Call 794-
SOFA/SLEEPER, queen with two swivel rocker re-
cliners. Quality, Lazyboy pastels. Must see. $450 or
separate. Also some tables, etc. Call 779-0015.
GLASS TABLE 4 by 8 feet, beveled edges, four
padded chairs, wrought iron. $425. Call 778-3038.
NATHEN PAGE LIVE CD! Hear the magic of the
late Island favorite Nathen Page classic tunes
such as Love for Sale and Summertime plus many
more. Pick up a copy for only $15 at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, crabs,
native fish. Delivered to your door. Call James Lee,
795-1112 or 704-8421.
BIG BEAUTIFUL HOUSEBOAT $28,500 or make
offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboatsunseeker or call 778-3526.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES available at The Islander,
assorted varieties, $3.50 box. All proceeds to local
a Girl Scout troop.
Buying? Selling? Renting?
We Can Help!
SsoT \ Canal front on Periwinkle in Anna
S^.s' Maria. Elevated home is on large
130 by 125 foot lot and located at
Sthe end of the street. Sailboat water
.,' and boat dock. Convenient to beach
-. access. Many possibilities for this
.-k ^ great property! Offered at $575,000.
..-. Call Stephanie Bell (941)778-2307
or (941) 920-5156
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SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970
DONATE BLOOD! Your blood donation to the
Manatee County Blood Center is worth $100 to par-
ticipating Anna Maria Island community organiza-
tions. The blood mobile will be on the Island Satur-
day and Sunday, June 7 and 8. Pick up a card and
choose your charity Anna Maria Island Community
Center, Anna Maria Island Privateers, Wildlife Re-
habilitation and Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch.
Each blood donation will generate $100 for partici-
pating community organization. Three sights to
donate blood: Marina Pointe Realty and A Pine
Avenue Salon in Anna Maria; The Islander in
Holmes Beach and the Beach House Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach. See future Islander issues for
AUTHOR AUTHOR! Luncheon Saturday at Ooh La
La with Kathi Diamant, author of "Kafka's Last
Love." $40 includes first edition. Call 778-5320.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open Tuesday, Thursday
9:30am-2pm, Saturday 9am-noon. Always sales
racks. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.
HOUSE CLEARING SALE, Saturday April 26, 9am-
12pm. Furniture, tools, TVs, fishing gear, kitchen
items. All must go! No early birds please. 509 59th
St., Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE FRIDAY, April 25, 8:30am. Antique
lamp, Howard Miller clock, miscellaneous. Lots of
good stuff! 532 68th St., Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE SATURDAY-Sunday, April 26-27.
Three family. 2413 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, April 25-26, 8am-1pm. Fur-
niture, refrigerator, decorative items, plants, clothes.
505 69th St., Holmes Beach.
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LOST CAT: Male, black and white, long hair, 8.
months old. Last seen March 29 on north end of
Anna Maria Island. 778-2552.
MISSING CONURE pet bird. Flew out the door.
Named Pookie, green with peach on head. Very
friendly. If seen or found, please call 778-3390.
LOST: BLUE NIKE jacket with Canon "Elph" in
pocket. Lost in Holmes Beach. Call 778-6219.
CRITTER SITTER Seven years in pet care, 22
years as an Island resident. Tender, loving care for
your pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.
DACHSHUND ADOPTION and rescue needs your
help! Please send donations to DARE c/o Shona
Otto, 7804 Second Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34209;
1994 HONDA HELIX motorcycle. Very good condi-
tion. Call 778-5381.
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 from
$750,000. New spacious 2BR/2.5BA condos free
with purchase. Call Old Bridge Village, 778-0156 or
SUNSET BEACH MOTEL 13 guest rooms WATERVIEW CONDO 2BR/1BA condo ONE BLOCK TO BEACH 3BR 2BA
plus a four bedroom beach house. Li- in the only condo project in Anna Maria home with private back yard and pool.
censed for 14 units. Heated pool plus ca- City. Boat dock and located right across Remodeled home close to beach with
bana and an elevated "sunset" deck. Good from the City Pier. Canal view and a quiet great rental history. $359,000. Call
rental history and advance bookings. In- secluded area. $289,900. Call Quentin Quentin Talbert at 704-9680.
cludes a small parcel of beach. $2,600,000. Talbert at 704-9680.
Call David Vande Vrede or Dave Jones at
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(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
Monhottan Mortgage Corporation
2BR/1BA steps to beach in Anna Maria. Not too
big and not too fancy and not too expensive.
$750/month includes water and trash.
2BR/1BA house in Anna Maria. Carport, washer/
dryer hook-up, large yard, quiet street. $900/
2BR/2BA home with den and screened porch on
a quiet canal on the north end of Anna Maria.
Complete with boat dock and single-car garage.
Walk to Bean Point. $1,200/month.
Call Carol Saulnier to see!
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21-FOOT 1984 CHRIS CRAFT dual console with
1992 225-hp Yamaha. Call Island Boat Sales, 795-
19-FOOT 1992 GRADY WHITE dual console with
1998 150-hp. Johnson. Trailer included. Call Island
Boat Sales, 795-3014.
HOUSEBOAT $28,500 or make offer. View at:
geocities.com/houseboat_sunseeker or call 778-3526.
EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS Second year! New
itineraries sunsets, Longboat, backwater, canal
homes, Sarasota Bay, and Egmont Key and more.
Custom tours available. See dolphins all day. Hourly,
half-day and full day. Call 778-7459 or 447-5470.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
Sarah, I am 14-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child or
$3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or child.
Please call 778-7622 or 778-7611.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9803.
NEED A BABY-SITTER? Or a pet sitter? Our motto:
Anytime, any place, any price! We love kids and
that's all that matters! Call one line and get con-
nected to six wonderful babysitters, 778-3295.
BABY -SITTING AVAILABLE: Ages 9 months
through 11 years old. Experienced, references avail-
able upon request. Call Megahan, 778-7502.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!
BABYSITTER: 15 years old, attends St. Stephen's
Episcopal School. Certified by the Red Cross. Call
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.
MOTEL SEEKS WEEKEND manager. Must have
minimum five years experience and work well with
the public. Call 778-1010.
PART-TIME SALES clerk position open at
Bradenton Beach gift shop. Weekends and week-
days. Retirees welcome. Green Turtle, 701 Gulf
Drive N., 778-2943.
THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers who can work dur-
ing the summer months. Duties include checking
books in and out, reshelving books and generally
assisting library patrons. Anyone interested in vol-
unteering in our friendly community library can call
Linda Murphy at 779-1208.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or
fax 778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
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.
SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
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 ref-
erences. 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 $25 per hour- free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evenings, weekends. For any computer needs,
hardware, software, network, commercial, private.
KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service: Delivering
a standard of excellence for all your interior and ex-
terior cleaning needs. No job too big or small. Great
rates and references, 722-4358.
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. MastercardNisa. 539-7937.
DUST BUSTERS Want to do a clean sweep? Spe-
cial rate $35 for two hours of general cleaning. Call
Ellen 778-1375 or Nancy 792-4136.
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lous Gulf and sunset views.
2BR/2BA, garage, extra stor-
age. Heated pool, tennis.
$525.000 Low condo fee.
SBAYFRONT CONDO 2BR
S2BA and two lanais Ceramic
.... I-*' -' tile floors, granite kitchen
AI I',1 I counter, washer dryer Owner
I I almost done with remodel.
S' i'. Smalt complex with heated
pool, tennis. Easy to see.
S1 -"'' $269.000.
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8 .SERVICES Continued
HANDYMAN SERVICES: Scott Fulton contractor.
20 years experience. Island resident, area refer-
ences available. Cell, 713-1907; home, 778-4192; e-
NOTARY PUBLIC: Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows, sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
CLEAN WINDOWS: Wouldn't that be nice? We will
make your glass gleam. Local, licensed, insured.
Call Chris, 724-0221.
360 E-TOUR show your home or business on the
Internet with a 360-degree virtual tour. Call 778-
4759 or visit us at www.360etour.com.
IS YOUR COMPUTER or laptop running slow or
acting up? Call Trevor Kagin at 778-4759.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing call 713-5967.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!
HOUSESITTING: Retired Christian couple seeks
housesitting position, preferably near beach. Avail-
able April through September. References fur-
nished. Call (770) 832-7319.
MOSAIC ART with a twist. Story telling in tile. Patriotic,
nautical, fanciful themes. Stepping stones, table tops,
outdoor shower installations, flower pots. See at 203
22i'd St., Bradenton Beach. 779-2212.
CONTEMPORARY CLEANING Meticulous to detail.
Professional. frco--.-estimates, reasonable rates.
EoBnded and insured. Homes, apartments, offices.
Sherry Myers, email@example.com or call 795-
FOR SALE: THREE UNITS, tropically -..,
landscaped on oversized lot This two- .
story, recently renovated triplex is a i?'*'
great island investment. TWO units
fully furnished for seasonal or annual
tenants. Upstairs 2BR unit has vaulted
ceilings and porches on three sides. 1
Plenty of room to add a pool. Only .
one block to the beach! $439,000
Paul T. Collins CRISTELLO
928-4062 &CI oMPANY
906-7653 C)N .. S .THu INc
EXPERIENCED COMPANION available. Errands,
appointments, light housekeeping, light cooking. $8/
hour. Jony, 792-6023.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." 779-
HANDYMAN: Repairs, installations. Minor carpen-
try, plumbing, electrical. Painting, yard work, prun-
ing, fertilizing. Experienced, dependable. Reason-
able rates. Call Jim, 779-2022.
TREE SERVICE BY BREWER. Topping, trimming,
shaping, stump grinding and removals. Trim palm
trees. Insured. Call Phil, cell 545-4770.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast and
reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines, cush-
ions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer Catlin,
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 per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service .
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, hauling,
Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent references.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis- .
count. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. Call
779-0851-or cell 448-3857.
FINAL TOUCH complete lawn care. Commercial
and residential. Mowing, trimming, mulching and
more. Insured. Call for a free estimate, 720-8623.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Ir-
rigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Hauling:
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.
Simply the Best
R 'ea800-367-16I7 70+ Gulffront rental units with hundreds
alty INC 941-7786696 more just steps from the beach.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
ISLAND HOME 3-4BR/2BA home in quiet area of
Holmes Beach. Florida room, one-car garage.
Deeded boat slip and furniture available. Priced for
quick sale. $425,900. Call Michel Cerene, Realtor,
BAY PALMS 2BR/2BA home with 155-feet of canal
on two sides. Corner lot. Family room plus a Florida
room. A must see home. $449,900. Dial the
Duncans at 778-1589 eves.
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STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
Direct Gulffront and poolside
condos priced from
Econo Lodge Going Condo
9 No minimum rental
On-site rental office
All new furnishings
Now taking contracts
CENTRAL PARK REALTY
Call Dennis Girard
CLOSE TO THE BEACH!
CHARMING 1BR duplex each side, west
of Gulf Drive. An estate "as is" sale but has
been maintained in good repair with lots of
potential for the right buyer! Whether you
choose to add on, convert to single family
or keep as investment, you can't go wrong
in this location! Only $449,500.
THIS SPACIOUS home is on Anna Maria's
north end offering an ideal second home or
rental property or easy to renovate to primary
residence. The open design provides 2BR/
3BA with an "easy" third bedroom or guest
sleeping quarters. Includes two-car garage,
single level home with no steps and most of
all "ALMOST GULFFRONT" without the
Gulffront property taxes! Asking $679,500.
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INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Inte-
rior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Have
sawmill, will travel. Dan Michael, master carpenter.
Call cell 705-1422.
For all your real estate needs call
Erlene Fitzpatrick 224-6339
HLL Edda Rooney 720-1473
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PERICO BAY CLUB Sought after King Fisher model, turn-
key furnished, water view, bright and open, 2BR/2BA, split
plan. Amenities include tennis, pool and much more.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON Sunny and spacious Florida
living at its best. Open plan, fireplace, charming patio area,
bonus space of expansion, sport court or? Oversize airy mas-
ter suite opens to pool and spa. 3BR/2BA, family room, new
tile, carpet, paint. $264,900.
All Florida Realty & Auction Co.
5008 Manatee Ave. West, Bradenton, FL 34209
Winter 8 Summer
Also Booking At:
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, re-
liable, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-3077.
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT Interior/exterior painting,
pressure washing and wallpaper. For prompt, reliable
service at reasonable rates, call Kevin at 704-7115 or
778-2996. Husband/wife team.
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Realtor with a
of a Speedo.
728 Holly, Anna Maria.
A 2BR/2BA, one-car home for
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 4BRI
2BA duplex, two houses from Gulf
10006 Gulf Drivaria.
apa W efs) 6 f with great
2317 Gulf Drive, Bradenton.
Beach. Triplex with great
Gulfviews for $550,000.
Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
FOR SALE BY OWNER
CORAL SHORES WATERFRONT HOME
5234 Bimini Bay Drive 794-3634
Beautiful view from this open and spacious
2BR/2BA, two-car garage home on Sarasota
Bay. Over 100-feet of frontage overlooking
peaceful bird sanctuary. Boat dock with water
and electric. Den, family room, living and dining
room, inside utility room, many upgrades.
Room for expansion or pool. Minutes to beach,
shopping, etc. Offered at $595,000.
MAKE YOUR MOVE
864 Audubon Totally updated 2BR/2BA condo, all
new appliances, tile, carpet, pool views, 2nd floor.
VILLAS ON THE WATER
1243 Spoonbill Landings Circle Lake front 2BR/
BA villa, two-car garage, new roof, furnishings avail-
able. $244,500 unfurnished
1259 Spoonbill Landings Circle Largest villa, den
and 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, lakefront, newer car-
peting, tile, and deck awning. Shows like a model.
1280 Spoonbill Landings Circle Largest villa, den
and 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, lagoon and estuary
views, tile and wood floors, fireplace Jacuzzi, loads of
.built ns ad eJtras $314,900
Marilyn Trevethan, ealtor
Home 792-8477 44
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NORTH HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2.5BA convenient
ground-level home in quiet residential area. Open floor
plan, eat-in kitchen, 16-by-24-ft. family room, 1,721 sq.ft.
of living area plus extra-large two-car garage. $365,000,
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. Reduced to $249,000 and
$279,000. Both are furnished turnkey.
Hawthorn Park 4BR/2.5BA, NW Bradenton pool
Gulfside Village West of Gulf Drive. Large 1 BR/
2BA luxury unit. $650,000 FTK.
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Please call Carol R. Williams,
Broker/Realtor for more
details or appointment to show.
(941) 744-0700 or (941) 720-7761.
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ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGCO61519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe on line with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Homes, rentals. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.
W l'--o- REALUtOR.
29Years of ProftIsional Service
YOUR NEIGHR-Ion OODDREAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
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5400 Condo 1 or 2BR, ceramic tile, heated pool, washer/
dryer, unique paved deck/chairs "on the beach." $244,500.
Tampa Bayfront 2BR/2BA, 2,506 sq. ft.. two
greatrooms,,twq lots. View of pristine islands and
Skyway bridge. $1,900,000..
5400 Condo Gulfview, ground floor, 2BR/2BA, some
updates, washer/dryer, priced to sell at $490,000.
SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTAL
KEY ROYALE Large 2/2, pool, spa, boat docklift.
MARTINIQUE Gulffront 2/2, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 Gulfiront complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3/2 home, tastefully furnished.
BEACH TOWNHOUSE 2/2, pool, across from beach.
CANAL FRONT 2/2 Condo, pool, near island.
PERICO BAY CLUB CONDOS Waterfront.
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA pool, across from beach
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
COMPLETE BATHROOM REMODELING Drywall,
repairs, texture coating, painting. Custom shower
stalls, tub enclosures, fixtures, cabinets, tile.
Unique Options, 752-7758 or 545-6141 cell.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and
fair prices. Call 795-1947. Lic #RR0066450.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDY ANTHONY. Jack of most trades. Home re-
furbishing and detailing, 778-6000.
PAUL'S HOME IMPROVEMENT & Repairs Inc.
Stucco: new construction, additions, face lifts on
older homes. Drywall: hanging, finishing, skip-
trowel ceiling. Spray finish: orange-peel walls.
Water damage, repairs. Basic around home re-
pairs. 650-7874 cell or 756-8258 home.
ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
Take a Tour!
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Island Aussie GeoffWall. Realtor.
No one knows an Island like an Aussie
941-545-0206 Toll Free 1-866-206-4510
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available now.
Beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non
smoking. Priced from $1,400/month, $500/week,
$90/night. 794-5980. www.divefish.com.
SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $350 to $450/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
HOLMES BEACH annual. 3BR/2BA steps to
beach. No pets. $900/month. 725-4190.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new
ceramic floors, $750; 2BR/1BA, stackable washer/
dryer hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrigera-
tor, 1BR/1BA, $650. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-
KEY ROYALE BEAUTIFUL canalfront home 2BR/
2BA, tropical pool area with hot tub, dock with two
boat lifts, completely updated. May-September,
2003, $2,100/month. Previous deal for 2004 fell
through! January-April, 2004, $3,500/month. 730-
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The only 3BR/3BA Gulffront condo currently available
on the Island. Turnkey furnished, two-car garage.
Separate entrance to third bedroom and bath for guest/
mother-in-law suite. End unit with new windows
throughout, new range and microwave. Building up-
graded with new elevators, railings, resurfacing, paint
and more. Tennis and heated pool. Short stroll to res-
taurants and shops. $619.000.
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CHOICE OF 3 and 5BR houses, all with heated
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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.
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, $800/month plus, utilities.
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some lo-
cations. Book now for 2004. Units are complete,
most have bikes, two TVs and VCR, fully-equipped
kitchens, dishwashers, washer/dryer, gas grills,
beach chairs and more. Rates seasonally adjusted.
$375-$775/week, $975-$2,275/month. (800) 977-
0803 or 737-1121 or www.abeachview.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.
TURNKEY FURNISHED 1BR/1 BA with full kitchen.
Walk to beach or downtown Holmes Beach. Small
pet OK. Available now, $500/weekly or $300 for
three nights. Call 778-0554.
LONGBOAT KEY Emerald Harbour home, 3BR/2BA,
deep-water canal, beach access, pool, newly fur-
nished, weekly or seasonal rates. Pets OK. E-mail:
CARR5821 @BellSouth.net or (770) 840-0028.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Two spacious
homes both 3BR/2BA with all conveniences. One is
$4,700/month, the other is $4,500/month. Please
call (813) 752-4235.
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-
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences. $4,700/
month. Please call 778-2541 and leave message or
call (813) 752-4235.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO, very nice, large,
1BR/1BA. Screened lanai, pool. Holmes Beach.
Available 2003 and 2004, monthly/seasonally. E-
mail: Webberl @megsinet.net or (815) 385-5402.
ANNUAL AT MARINER'S Cove. Bayfront 3BR/
2.5BA with 2,158 sq.ft. of living space. Gated com-
munity with pool, tennis, elevator and 36-ft. deep-
water dock. Available May 1, unfurnished. Call
Dave, 778-2246 or 778-7976 evenings.
2104 AVENUE B. #B, 1BR/1BA duplex, unfur-
nished, available now, no pets, quiet area, $600/
month. 3012 Gulf Drive, 1 BR/1 BA duplex, small pet
OK, available May 1, $500. Call SunCoast Real
ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA, nice Holmes Beach elevated
home with caged pool, storage, decks and boat slip.
$1,400/month. Marina Pointe Realty Co., 779-0732.
CENTRAL HOLMES BEACH furnished, utilities,
four rooms. No pets, two adults. June 1 to Dec. 31,
2003. $250/week, $800/month. Call 778-2651.
NEED EXTRA STORAGE space? For convenient
on-Island storage, call Anna Maria Storage. 779-
GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA, Bridgeport. Annual rental,
$1,200/month, unfurnished. Call InVest Property,
SEASONAL 2003-04. Immaculate 2BR/2BA
ground-level home, 150 steps to Gulf. Prefer non
smokers and no pets. Call (813) 961-6992.
COOL, NEW three-story beach house to share.
Across from Gulf. $500/month. Call Cybil, 778-1411,
extension 0. Great space, great roomies.
1 BR/1 BA ANNUAL with new kitchen, French doors.
Small pet OK. $650/month. Call 302-0779.
HOLMES BEACH MAY-June 2003. Furnished,
1 BR/2BA, steps to beach. Telephone, washer/dryer,
cable TV, pets welcome. $1,695/month, $495/week.
RENTALS RENT fast advertised in The Islander.
2BR/2BA AND 2BR/1BA, one-and-a-half blocks to
Gulf. Holmes Beach, furnished, washer/dryer. An-
nual, seasonal or monthly. Available now! 778-2891.
LONGBOAT KEY 2BR/2BA house, furnished or par-
tially furnished. Small pet OK. Six months plus,
$1,400/month. Call (941) 383-4907.
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1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.
1BR/1BA stove and refrigerator, clean, ocean view,
on Gulf Drive. $700/month plus utilities. Call 778-
4941 or (813) 659-0370.
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ground floor, tiled, one block to beach, $495/month
for six-month lease or $595/month annually. Call
342-9456 or (239) 410-4466 cell.
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT Fumished 2BR/2BA.
Incredible view. North Shore Drive, weekly/monthly.
STEPS TO GULF, 2BR/1BA, upgraded, furnished.
$600/month annually, plus electric or $650/month,
plus tax for shorter term rentals. Non smoking, no
pets. Call 545-8923.
ROOMMATE WANTED: Comfortable Anna Maria
home, half-block to beach and piers. Private bath,
washer/dryer, central air. $450/month. Call 778-
HOLMES BEACH Nice 2BR/1BA, walk-in closets,
remodeled, all tile, dishwasher, washer/dryer, shady
yard, quiet, boat dock. Trash, water and lawn ser-
vice all paid. Available May 1. $900/month, annual.
SUN PLAZA WEST 2BR/2BA beach condo. Fully fur-
nished, heated pool, sauna, tennis, elevator, washer/
dryer. Available May 16-Oct. 31 and Nov. 15-Jan. 15.
Monthly or bi-weekly. Call owner, 778-5376.
2BRaIDA west of Gulf Drive. Elevated, fenced yard,
garden patio. Newly renovated. $875/month, six
month or annual. Call 778-8470.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Completely remodeled 1BR/
1BA cottage on Holmes Beach. Furnished rental
available now! $600/month. Wagner Realty, Talia or
ANNUAL RENTAL: Large 3BR/2BA house in
Holmes Beach. Gorgeous lake views. $1,250/
month. Wagner Realty, Talia or Valerie, 778-2246.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA triplex in Bradenton
Beach. Recently remodeled and lovely. A must see!
$1,350/month. Wagner Realty, Talia or Valerie, 778-
ANNUAL 1BR/1 BA condo in Holmes Beach on Gulf.
Ground floor, partially furnished, pool. $850/month.
Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
BRAND NEW HOME 3BR/2BA, greatroom, seven
minutes from Gulf, no pets. $1,400/month, annual
lease. Call 761-0898.
ANNUAL 1BR near Rod and Reel Pier. Call 778-
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA condo in desirable
Sunbow Bay. Available June 1. $875/month.
Wagner Realty, Talia or Valerie, 778-2246.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA house in Holmes Beach on ca-
nal. Partially furnished, $1,400/month. Call Smith
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA duplex in Holmes
Beach. Available now! $775/month. Wagner Realty,
Talia or Valerie, 778-2246.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Direct Gulf view and close to
beach. 1BR and 2BR properties. Apartments and
elevated home. Price range $645-$1,250/month.
Call Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.
SPACIOUS 1BR/1BA furnished resort style. El-
evated duplex, deck. Bradenton Beach/Cortez
area. $900/month, six-month minimum. Shorter
term possible. Includes utilities, cable, laundry fa-
cilities. Call 761-2725.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA DUPLEX in Holmes Beach.
Close to beach, unfurnished. $675/month. Call 778-
SPACIOUS 1BR with screened lanai. Close to
beach and shopping. $650/month, plus utilities. Call
NINE-MONTH RENTAL 3BR/2BA single-family
home near Gulf in Holmes Beach. Furnished.
$1,400/month. Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
GULFFRONT VACATION BEACH apartments.
Spacious 2-3BR units, sundeck, porch, tropical set-
ting, comfortably furnished, immaculate, in Anna
Maria. Call owner, 778-3143.
BRADENTON BEACH 1 BR/1BA apartment on Bay
Drive North. Annual, $600/month. 778-1497.
SEASONAL: JANUARY, FEBRUARY 2004. Timber
Creek condo, 2BR/2BA on executive golf course.
Five miles to beach on Cortez Road. $2,000/month.
Call 792-2496. After May 3, call (978) 537-3231.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA townhome.
Sundeck with Gulf views. Steps to Gulf. Washer/
dryer. $795/month. 758-1899 or cell (203) 417-
JUST REMODELED! 1BR/1.5BA turnkey condo
with pool, tiki bar, tile throughout. Convenient to
beach/shopping. Available now for short/long-term
lease. Call 807-4661 for viewing and rates!
SUNNY SECOND floor furnished condo. 1 BA/1 BA,
large closets, screened lanai, overlooking canal,
boat slip possible. $700/month includes water,
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SELLING OR BUYING a house? Need extra space?
Budget Self Storage can help. Daily, weekly, monthly
specials. Boxes and packing supplies. 795-5510.
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty park-
ing spaces, contemporary design, great visibility.
$14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor, 388-
5514, or call 809-4253.
WATER VIEW, POOL VIEW, tennis courts?! 2BR/
2BA totally renovated. Granite, marble, new textured
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.
BEACHFRONT North Shore Drive. 2BR/2BA, newly
remodeled with incredible beach view. 869 N. Shore
Drive. $1,089,000. Brokers protected. Call 778-3645.
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
1 oi -
5500 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL
Fax: 941 779-2602
Greg Oberhofer 720-0932
North Pointe Harbour
720 Key Royale Drive
New 5BR/3.5BA home. Deep-water canal access to
Tampa Bay. Maple cabinetry with granite
countertops. Ceramic tile and wood floors. Elevator.
New seawall. Immediate occupancy. $1.1 million.
Larry Albert 725-1074
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GREAT WATERVIEWS 3BR/3BA totally renovated.
Beadboard, cottage kitchen with sage green Corian
counters, views from almost every room. New every-
thing! 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
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 Village,
778-0156 or www.oldbridgevillage.com.
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.
DUPLEX IN HOLMES Beach. All of the tax benefits
of rental property without the hassle. Seller will rent
long term. $30,000 guaranteed annual income. Call
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and ser-
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: PLAYA ENCANTADA
Exceptional value for this well-
..-'' maintained 2BR/2BA unit located
on tennis court side of outstanding
Gulffront complex. Turnkey
furnished. New appliances, Corian
counter top, A/C, tile and carpet.
Enjoy the beach, the pool or the
tennis court! IB88068.
$699,000 MANATEE RIVER
Charming northwest Bradenton home with a PANORAMIC
view and direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. Has 3BR/3BA,
fireplace, screened porch, hot tub, private dock wtih davits, 3
car garage, on a half acre lot with beautiful tropical landscaping.
Near Desoto National Park IB 90545
See all available MLS listings at
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
Over 2,400 sq.ft. on a large corner lot. Both sides are
fully furnished and ready to rent seasonally or annu-
ally. $410,000. 779-2217.
LIFE TENANCY and options purchased (only on
Anna Maria Island). sell now but stay living in your
property for life, without having to pay rent or a mort-
gage. If you are interested phone Mel, 778-0601.
BAYFRONT 2001 MODEL, custom 3BR/2BA home,
large deck overlooking water, boat docks and more.
Sandpiper Mobile Resort, 55-plus. $245,000. Call
2BR/2BA LAKEFRONT in Meadowcroft. All new ap-
pliances and air conditioning, plus hot water heater.
Snoozers are losers. Call Bill 518-9300 days, or 795-
PRISTINE TURNKEY FURNISHED Gulf-bay mid-
rise 2BR/2BA unit. $449,900. Weekly rentals pos-
sible. www.Latitude27Realty.net or call 744-2727.
OPEN HOUSE: Wednesday, April 23 1-4pm. Perico
Bay Club, 516 Sanderling Circle. Beautifully updated
villa, 2BR/2BA, garage, wonderfully private wooded
nature setting. Gated security. $244,900. Chard
Winheim, Coldwell Banker, 713-6743.
KEY ROYALE: Spacious 3BR/3BA fully updated!
Laundry room, screened lanai, boat dock. $625,000.
Open house Sunday, April 27, 1-4. 620 Dundee
Lane, Holmes Beach. 779-2022.
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One block to beach, porch swings
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Boyd ^Realty z
* Established in 1952 and still operated by the Boyd Family *
S 309 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
Brenda Boyd May, Broker
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419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
This beautifully located 3BR'2.5BA
baylront pool home offers panoramic
views of the sparkling breathtaking bay!
Features include an expansive bayside,
caged swimming pool, newer seawall cap, tiled roof, terrazzo floors and handy
kitchen/family room design with breakfast bar/ Don't miss this rare and wonderful
offering! Priced at $889,900.
BROCHURE Visit our Web site at www.betsyhills.com
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314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
AT HOLMES BEACH
LUXURY CONDO TOWNHOUSES
Office on Site: 3800 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach
3BR/2BA 1,700 sq.ft. Living Area Heated Pool
Elevator Available Large Private Garage
SSteps to Beach/Shopping Starting at $385,000
Call: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464
Visit us at WWW.ABOUTTHEVILLAGES.COM
of Anna Maria Inc.
.b/,L; i 1 (800)771-6043
O- 5309 Gulf Drive* Holmes Beach
[Next to the Chamber in the Island Fitness Building]
S ... BEST DUPLEX BUYI 3BR/
A2BAEach Unit. Totally.
7 refurbished. New tile, new
i appliances, solar-heated
POOL. -a 3~0,REDUCED
TO $379,000! Call Ursula
Stemm @ 545-6426
Vi V NORTH BEACH VILLAGE
Reduced $379,000. Call
Robin Kollar 713-4515
Architectural design, almost
refurbished. A must see for
the savvy investor/marketer.
$1,3650,000. Call Robin
oi Kollar@ 713-4515
mansions. 2BR/aBA, tile roof,
garage, large lot.ifu
Reduced $189,000 Call
Robin Kollar @713-4515
CUTE ISLAND HOME just
Steps to beach access. West
as-" of Gulf Drive, 2BR/I BA,
room for pool. $359,000.
.i Call Heather, 807-4661.
SEE OUR SALES & RENTALS
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.
After hours Sharon Annis 778-3730 or 713-9096
Thanks for saving "I saw it in The Islander
REAL ESTATE LLC
1-4pM* April 27th
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 win-
dows to enjoy the sunsets. $1,295,000.
ANNA MARIA WATERFRONT
2BR/2BA elevated contemporary island home
with sundeck overlooking natural canal and pri-
vate boat dock. Lots of storage, close to fishing
pier, restaurants and shopping. 2 car garage resi-
dential area. $499,900
DUPLEX NEAR BEACH INCOME
2BR/2BA each. West of Gulf Drive, just steps to
one of the island's finest beaches. Very quiet
residential area. 2 garages, 2 carports. Excellent
PERICO BAY CLUB WATERFRONT
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished villa, beautifully ap-
pointed, ceramic tile, walk-in closets, glassed-in
porch, balcony overlooking water, vaulted ceil-
ing, two-car garage. Secure community, guard
gate, and 24-hour security. $279,900.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
Mariky Tr-A n
RalItII win 24-hour informant
Realtor window 24-hour information center.
THIS 2BR/2BA PRISTINE
beach cottage is so close to the
Gulf you can hear it. It has
been recently updated, has
terrazzo floors through out and
ceramic tile in the Florida
Room. New roof, all new
appliances, you can move right
in. If you want to be a stones
throw to the Gulf in a home
with minimal maintenance, this
is it. One-car carport and a 10
by10 foot aluminum storage
shed. Listed turnkey furnished.
$479,000. MLS# 91918.
861 North Shore Dr......... $1,950,000
510 72nd St..................... $559,000
524 71st St................ $1,490,000
4212 Redfish Ct. LOT ..... $575,000
307 Iris ......................... $495,000
536 Key Royale Dr.......... $878,400
106 Gull Dr. ................ $629,000
112 Pelican Dr................ $589,000
524 77th St................... $689,000
507 77th St .................. $649,000
606 Dundee Ln. .............. $549,000
CONDOS & LOTS
233 85th St.................... $339,000
4915 Gulf Dr ............. $1,715,000
Beachwalk Townhomes II up to. $569,000
Westbay Pt. Moorings #268 $339,000
308 55th St. Lot............. $197,500
Sun Plaza West #201...... $399,000
Bridgeport #113 .......... $269,900
315 58th St., B ............... $179,000
Key West #100 ................ $439,000
408 Pointsetta Rd............. $495,000
710 North Shore. Lot...... $279,000
747 Jacaranda. Lot......... $389,000
Water's Edge #110N ....... $759,000
Sun Plaza West #202 ..... $409,000
404 80th St ................ $875,000
311 66th St .............. $345,000
104 7th St. S............... $459,000
Ocean Park Terrace #203.. $649,000
3706 Gulf Dr. .............. $479,000
100 7th St. S.................... $750,000
3014 Avenue C #1&2. .... $259,000
Southern Breeze........... $1,450,000
1243 Spoonbill Landings Cr...... $244,500
2418 90th St. NW........ $2,995,000
1280 Spoonbill Landings Cir.... $314,000
9905 E. Spoonbill Rd............. $675,000
11336 Perico Isles Cr.............. $339,900
517 Lakeside Dr. ................... $118,800
1259 Spoonbill Landings Cr. ... $314,900
864 Audobon Dr................... $205,000
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72 Some wrestlers
73 "How come?" come-
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78 Liquid fat
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84 Graph lines
85 Young newts
93 Name in "Popeye"
96 Maria's intended in
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102 ... then I must be__
107 Like Dover's cliffs
108 Title character in a
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