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'The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 11, No. 25 April 30, 2003 FREE
Suspects arrested after shooting near school
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach residents Jesse Buri, 28, and Shae
Corrigan, 30, both of 220 North Harbor Drive, were"
arrested by Holmes Beach police on various drug and
weapons charges early Friday morning outside their
house after officers responded to a complaint of shots
The house where the two men were arrested is ad-
jacent to the Anna Maria Elementary School on the
south side closest to the water, but the incident took
place around 5:40 a.m. and no students or staff were
threatened, police said.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine said when
By Rick Catlin
Since Feb. 26, Holmes Beach police have had 29
incidents of vandalism in the city's business district and
nearby residential areas involving use of a BB gun or
other object to blow out store, car and home windows.
Despite increased patrols in the district, however,
police have not apprehended any suspects and this has
some store owners worried.
Add Mary Norman, owner of the Sterling Anvil at
5341 Gulf Drive, to the growing list of worried resi-
dents and business owners.
Norman had the front door of her business smashed
PLEASE SEE VANDALISM, PAGE 4
officers arrived, the two men were observed outside the
house and at least one of them was firing a handgun at
Units from the Bradenton Beach Police Depart-
ment, Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies on
patrol in Anna Maria and Longboat Key police offic-
ers also responded to the scene and the two men were
taken into custody, Romine said.
The two men claimed there was a third individual
inside the house who was shooting at them, but police
were unable to locate a third person, the chief said.
Officers inspecting the crime scene estimated more
than 20 rounds from different weapons were fired and
the house suffered extensive damage.
PLEASE SEE SHOOTING, PAGE 4
The door at the Sterling Anvil in Holmes Beach was
smashed with an unknown object early Saturday
morning. The store was not entered and nothing was
taken, owner Mary Norman said, likely because the
burglar alarm went off. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Caitlyn Lipke puts the finishing touches on her Island Middle School group's sand sculpture at the Manatee
Public Beach. For more details on the school, see inside. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
plans include new
By Diana Bogan
The proposed plans for a new school, including a
separate auditorium and cafeteria, were unveiled at a
recent Anna Maria Elementary School School Advi-
sory Committee meeting.
The final plans have not been before the Manatee
County School Board, but will be on an upcoming
agenda in May. At that time, members of the commu-
nity can offer input to the board.
If given the blessing of the school board, AME will
be one of very few elementary schools in Manatee
County to have an auditorium. The state no longer
funds construction of auditoriums for elementary
schools with current guidelines calling for a
PLEASE SEE SCHOOL PLANS, PAGE 5
Bridge Street Arts Festival
this Saturday, Sunday
The Bridge Street Arts Festival will take up
most of historic Bridge Street and most of the
weekend in Bradenton Beach, noon-10 p.m. Sat-
urday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, May 3 and 4.
The event kicks off Golden Jubilee Month
in the city with two days of arts, crafts, enter-
tainment, music, dance and food, the sponsors
promise. Admission is free and so is parking,
with parking anywhere on Anna Maria Island
and free shuttle via the trolley.
More inside ...
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PAGE 2 0 APRIL 30, 2003 M THE ISLANDER
Height discussions hover in Holmes Beach
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach City Commission is still trying
to sort out what to do about new state regulations for
base-line elevations for construction seaward of the
Coastal Construction Control Line.
Commissioners are trying to understand the rea-
soning behind two height variances the board of adjust-
ment granted in the last six months, but the chairman
of the board has not responded to their inquiries.
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 Drive.
The commission has also requested more informa-
tion before considering a proposed ordinance amend-
ing the city's land-development code to allow new
construction seaward of the CCCL to be built to a
maximum of 30 feet above the required minimum base
Currently, the land-development code restricts
building height to 36 feet above the crown of the road
measured at the front center of the property.
The proposed ordinance is intended, to take into
consideration minimum first-floor elevation require-
ments set by the Florida Department of Environmen-
According to Assistant Superintendent of Public
Works Bill Saunders, DEP building requirements
take precedence and the requirement for base eleva-
tion for new construction seaward of the CCCL has
been changed from a minimum elevation of 17.4 feet
to 19.4 feet.
Commissioners are looking for clarification as to
why the proposed ordinance allows a 5-foot height
increase when the state requirements have only
changed two feet, and in addition, why the variances
granted by the board of adjustment have both been
for a 5-foot increase.
The city attorney advised the commission that it
has two concerns to address. The first is to decide
what the city's maximum height restriction should
be to accommodate the two-foot increase mandated
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not a reasonable argument that the applicant faces a
The commission hopes to have a draft of potential
guidelines to review at its May 13 work session.
A day for Snooks
'Snooks' Adams, the Island's first police officer, founder of Kids Day for thousands of youngsters, and fount of
all kinds of Island lore, was honored with a special planting at the Island Butterfly Park on his 86th birthday.
Left to right are Nancy Ambrose, park chair; Joey Lester; Adams; Birgit Sesterhenn; and Chuck Lester. The
Lesters purchased the plants from Sesterhenn, of Island Florist.
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Encroachment, density issues haunt Meetinas
Bradenton Beach mobile home park
By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach officials Friday will begin wres-
tling with a land title tiff that has dogged the city for
at least 41 years and probably began before the city
was incorporated in.May 1953.
The issue is apparently a cluster of mobile homes
located on city rights of way in the Sandpiper Mobile
Resort, 2501 Gulf Drive. And the issue has resurfaced
due to the purchase of the park by its residents earlier
this year, with the need to clear title to various elements
of the park property.
According to Bradenton Beach Building Official Bob
Welch, "The park has been recognized over the years by
the city as nonconforming in the distance between struc-
tures as well as encroaching into city rights of way. There
is the compound problem existing since 1990 of the park
exceeding the allowable density."
Welch wrote in a memo to the city commission that
the nonconformities regarding setbacks would continue
to be permitted, and "all nonconformities are transfer-
able to the new owners."
'Brains on the Beach'
proving worth here
"Brains on the Beach" it's called, and brains
are proving their excellence by selecting Anna
Maria Island's beach for graduating seniors' Aca-
demic Beach Bash.
It's the annual "day at the beach" to help rec-
ognize outstanding achievements of the top 4
percent of Manatee County public schools'
graduatingg seniors, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Wednesday,
April 30. at the beach of the Beach House Restau-
rant in Bradenton Beach.
The 14th such event, it is coordinated by
the Manatee County Schools Foundation. The
restaurant provides the food, refreshments,
volleyball, and beach.
Welch continued that according to the city's land-
development codes, regarding post-disaster impacts,
"normally a nonconforming use or structure that is in-
voluntarily destroyed is allowed to be replaced within
one year of the destruction. This does not hold true in
the case of a mobile home.
"Replacement mobile homes must comply with all
provisions of ... density, setbacks, etc. ... however, the
post-disaster redevelopment plan may allow some recon-
struction if the residential structures in the park were de-
stroyed by less than 50 percent of the assessed value of the
total of the structures contained in the park, then the non-
conforming structures may be allowed to be replaced to
the original density provided they meet the lot, yard and
bulk restrictions in use at the time of the destruction."
Current zoning of the park's 7.14 acres exclusive
of units on the rights of way would allow a density of
85 units, according to Welch; the park currently has
175 units on the site.
Further complicating the matter are those units en-
croaching onto the rights of way in the park: 26th Street,
27th Street, and between those two streets on Avenue B.
Then-park owner J.H. Templin requested permis-
sion to lease the streets from the city in April 1962, ap-
parently as a way to avoid any encroachment problems.
The city commission approved the lease agreement at
the terms of $50 per year, then rescinded its action the
Then-Mayor Victor Reinel stated in the minutes of
the May 3, 1962, city commission meeting that he was
not asking for the lease, "but was only trying to help
Mr. Templin from being forced to remove the trailers
from the right of way and if this were done, he would
not hesitate to call for a survey of the entire city and
subject everybody to the same scrutiny. He stated he
would be willing to let it go on the basis it was before,
if Mr. Templin was assured that he would not be re-
quired to move the trailers."
The matter was dropped, only to apparently arise
again at 1 p.m. Friday, May 2, in city hall, when the
Anna Maria City
May 7 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
May 8, 6 p.m., special city commission work session
May 8, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
April 30, 2 p.m., city jubilee committee meeting.
May 1, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Pub-
lic comment, DOT Cortez Bridge lease agreement,
action on code enforcement procedures amendments.
interlocal agreement for public school facility planning
discussion, second reading and public hearing on noise
ordinance, Bridgewalk vehicular and pedestrian access
agreement discussion, golden jubilee report, visioning-
charter-land development code review, north park pre-
sentation, Bridge Street merchants' special event re-
quest for classic car show, city clerk request to attend
hurricane conference, scenic highway Cortez Road
sign budget discussion, amendment to flood damage
protection regulation, and commission reports.
May 2, 1 p.m., special city commission meeting on
Sandpiper Mobile Resort.
May 6, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
May 7, 2 p.m., city jubilee committee meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
May 7, 7 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
current commission addressed the encroachment and
density issues yet again.
The Sandpiper Mobile Resort, as the old Gulf Park
Hotel and accompanying trailer park, was built in the
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Vandalism continues on Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Saturday around 1:38 a.m., the second vandalism inci-
dent at her location in the past two weeks.
And she wants police to do something.
"This is way out of the ordinary," contended
Norman. "We need more police patrols in the business
Police seem helpless, she claimed.
"Whoever is doing this has total control of this
town. The criminals are convinced they own Holmes
Beach and the situation is more epidemic than.any one
of us had known," she said.
A number of business owners are now concerned
for the safety of their property and may have to "pro-
tect themselves by whatever means," she said.
She called on police to bring in more personnel,
whatever the cost.
"I doubt that anyone would object to police over-
time pay until the culprits are behind bars. After all,
isn't public safety one of the main reasons people pay
It's now time for the "community of concerned
citizens to act as one in protest. Speak out or there will
be no peace," she said.
Norman also claimed Holmes Beach had only one
police officer on duty at the time of her latest incident,
and it took him nearly 80 minutes to respond to the
scene because he said he was busy with a traffic acci-
dent without injuries.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies.from
Anna Maria arrived at the store nearly an hour before
Holmes Beach police, she said.
But Holmes Beach police say they are doing some-
thing about the rash of vandalisms, including extra
patrols in the business district and overtime for offic-
ers, and are conducting an investigation that has pro-
duced a number of leads.
"We do have a list of some suspects," said Lt. Dale
Stephenson of the HBPD, "and we've increased our
"We have reason to believe these-incidents are
caused by younger adults," he added, and police have
interviewed a number of individuals.
He called on parents who know their son or daugh-
ter has a BB gun to be aware of where the guns are and
how they are being used.
HBPD Chief. Jay Romine said his department is
committed to halting the vandalism and arresting those
involved and is doing as much as possible.
"We as a city are disturbed by the recent inci-
dents," he said and police will continue to work to "pre-
vent further incidents and apprehend those respon-
He called on parents, students and "everyone else
in the community" to work with police in "preventing
these types of senseless criminal acts."
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore said police
are being "unduly prosecuted" by some members of the.
public, while others have expressed support for police
Police are "working hard to solve the case, but we
can't say everything we are doing as it would compromise
the investigation. But we are out there every night" in the
business district and residential areas, she said.
Anyone with information on vandalism or the re-
cent burglaries can call Lt. Stephenson or Detective
Sgt. Nancy Rogers anonymously at the HBPD at 708-
Most of the vandalisms have occurred in the area
of the Marina Drive/Gulf Drive intersection.
The survey says
Todd and Rosemary Fleck, owners of Essence of
Time at 5306 Holmes Blvd. were surprised when they
received a Response Survey Study form from the
Holmes Beach Police Department in early April.
After all, someone has blown out the windows of
their store twice in the past two months, said Todd
"So it was ironic that we got this survey," he said.
The Flecks responded in the survey that they were
"concerned about the ability of police to solve the on-
going crimes in our neighborhood."
Additionally, they said police took nearly two and
a half hours one recent Saturday afternoon to answer
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Shooting near elementary school
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1I
Because of the close proximity of the house to
Anna Maria Elementary, "precautions were taken to
ensure that the school was secured prior to the arrival
of students," Romine said.
"Once it was determined that there was no longer
an immediate threat in the area, the precautions at the
school were lifted and the school opened on time," he
Police searched the house and found a quantity of
narcotics, paraphernalia and weapons, said Romine,
but no other suspects.
There were no injuries in the shootings.
Buri was charged with shooting into a building,
possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, dis-
charging a firearm in public and improper exhibition of
a dangerous weapon.
Corrigan was charged with possession of a firearm
by a convicted felon, shooting into a building, discharg-
ing a firearm in public and improper exhibition of a
Former AME Principal Tim Kolbe said he had no
knowledge of any prior complaints or incidents involv-
ing the residents at that location, but there was a pre-
vious complaint involving a dog that could have been
at that house.
Lt. Dale Stephenson of the HBPD said the two men
were bailed out of the Manatee County jail this past
weekend and there's nothing to prevent the men from
returning to their residence.
"We can't keep them out of their house," Romine
said, "but we will have a large patrol presence in that
area. We just hope this was an isolated incident."
Romine acknowledged there have been some mi-
nor complaints and incidents at the house previously,
although "nothing of this magnitude."
AME Parent Teacher Organization President
Cindy Thompson said her organization has already
addressed a number of concerns with Romine.
House for sale
One Holmes Beach resident said the house is owned
by Buri's mother, former Island resident Mari
Drachmann-Holland, who moved to North Carolina some
time ago with her current husband, Toby Holland, a
Holmes Beach residents and merchants are
urged to attend a community meeting to address the
current rash of crime and vandalism and look
The meeting is being organized by The Is-
lander at the urging of Island Shopping Center
merchant Birgit Sesterhenn of Island Florist and
Mary Norman of the Sterling Anvil, both recent
victims of criminal acts.
The meeting will be held in the Holmes Beach
City Hall chambers at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 1. The
first half hour will be devoted to compiling com-
plaints and constructive criticism with regard to the
recent acts of vandalism and break ins.
During the second part of the meeting, Holmes
the grounds of
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resided in the
Drive home in
former state legislator and the former mayor of Palmetto.
The North Harbor Drive property recently went on
the market with a list price of $550,000.
Residential neighbors said they've had no com-
plaints about the occupants.
"They've pretty much kept to themselves, although
there were always a lot of cars and people down there,"
said one neighbor, who asked not to be identified.
"But we never even had to complain about loud
noise, until today," she said.
Both Buri and Corrigan have a long arrest record,
although most offenses are for traffic violations.
According to online records from the Manatee
County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Buri has been ar-
rested-12 times since 1993 for traffic offenses, once for
possession of marijuana, and one arrest for obtaining
property in return for a worthless check.
Corrigan was on probation at the time of his arrest
in Holmes Beach for an aggravated battery conviction
Since 1990, he has been arrested three times for
driving under the influence and twice for possession of
marijuana, in addition to arrests for disorderly intoxi-
cation, possession of alcohol on a public beach, posses-
sion of alcohol by an underage person, possession of
drug paraphernalia and a host of other arrests, includ-
ing 13 on various traffic charges.
Anna Maria school
AME Principal Kathy Hayes said Friday she insti-
tuted the school's Critical Incident Response Program
and response team early Friday morning to ensure stu-
dent safety after she learned of the incident around 6
The CIR plan would have directed students to-the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, she said, be-
cause the designated- site, St. Bernards Catholic
Church, was too close to where the incident took place.
However, when Holmes Beach police gave the "all
clear" around 6:50 a.m., the response team determined
it was safe for students to attend the school.
Staff were informed of the incident and were given
direction for "disseminating information to parents and
students," she said.
"We had very few children who had any knowl-
edge of the incident," she said.
School officials this past Monday said they did not
observe a large number of absences among the students.
Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson will address or-
ganizing a reward fund and offer positive steps
business owners can take to help alleviate becom-
ing a victim. Stephenson will also schedule visits
to business locations to inspect and review oppor-
tunities to enhance safety and protection.
To obtain a better understanding of the scope of
the recent crime wave, residents and business owners
who may have been vandalized without filing police
reports are requested to attend or send a written state-
ment regarding their suspected vandalism.
Holmes Beach elected officials are also invited
to the community meeting.
For more information, call Bonner Joy at 778-
the business district, including one at an Italian restau-
Take a bite out of crime!
pomtmg the tmger at any group."
sponse time and aren't worried," he said.
School plans described
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"cafetorium," a combined cafeteria and auditorium
space, in elementary schools.
The proposed auditorium would be the same size
as the existing facility but the designers said the differ-
ence is that "the new one won't blow down when the
Principal Architect Tom Cardinal of Educational
Design Associates in Sarasota, gave Tom Sidgmore,
senior project manager with W.G. Mills Construction,
credit for working the auditorium into the school
board's $7.1 million budget for construction at AME.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes said the design team
was able to save square footage in other areas, such as
reducing the size of the administrative office, to work
the auditorium into the proposed plans.
In developing the overall design plan for the
school, Cardinal and EDA's Dick Allen, design prin-
cipal, and Mike Carlson, project architect, spent numer-
ous afternoons conducting extensive interviews with
AME teachers and staff.
The result is a design that Cardinal says takes into
account two key factors: saving as many trees as pos-
sible and keeping the school operating during construc-
The proposed plans call for a two-story elevated
structure that sits directly behind the current building.
The structure will be built on a platform in order to
meet the required elevation for the school, which is five
feet above the floodplain. Two retention ponds, one on
either side of the campus, will be installed to handle
Cardinal said the platform elevation will be closed
off so students can't venture underneath the school and
the retention ponds will be dry unless it rains.
To ease traffic congestion during morning and af-
ternoon drop-off and pickup times, the design plans call
for two separate circular driveways off of Gulf Drive.
One drive will be designated for school buses and the
other for parents.
Cardinal said approximately 20 cars could queue
up at one time in the parent drive and the other circu-
lar drive will accommodate three school buses.
Additional parking is also included in the plans.
Adjacent to the proposed auditorium is a parking lot
with approximately 40 spaces. At the opposite end of
campus is a smaller lot containing approximately 18
To tighten security on campus, there will be one
entrance to the school and the administration office,
nurse's station, principal's office and conference room
will be located near the entrance.
Cardinal said the new clinic will be two-and-a-half
times larger than the 300-square-foot clinic AME has
now. There will also be a registration office separate
from the administration office.
Lower grade levels will be housed on the first floor
and the higher elementary grades will be on the second
floor. The new school will have 16 classrooms with
views of the bay. Currently none of the classrooms has
a waterfront view.
Another new feature will be a playground devoted
solely to the kindergarteners, which will be fenced in
and accessed through the kindergarten classrooms.
AME currently has a playground that is shared by
kindergarten and first-grade students. Cardinal was
asked by teachers to consider either designing another
shared playground or upgrading the primary play-
ground used by the older kids with equipment appro-
priate for first-graders.
The design plans have also taken into consideration
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 30, 2003 0 PAGE 5
the needs of the other special classes. The art and mu-
sic rooms will be behind the auditorium and will have
direct access to the auditorium stage.
The media center will be on the second floor and
may have a glass-enclosed storytelling room that ex-
tends off the main room.
The kitchen facilities will also be greatly updated
and will have its own service dock near South Harbor
Drive but accessed from Gulf Drive.
The new kitchen will be 1,200 square feet and the
dining area will be smaller than current state regula-
tions but still larger than what AME has now. An out-
side dining area is also included in the proposal.
The proposed construction would take place while
school is in session and some of the existing buildings
will be utilized while other areas are being transformed.
The new school is being built to accommodate 350
students. Construction could begin as early as October
A public meeting to unveil the final plans will be
held after the project team has made its presentation to
the school board.
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Lights out dammit!
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch President Suzi
Fox wants every beachfront homeowner, condo owner,
business owner and otherwise beach visitor to know
it's time to turn out the lights.
May 1 is the "official" beginning for marine turtle
nesting, although sometimes it's Mother's Day or a few
days later before we have a nest on Anna Maria Island.
This year may see early nesting, turtle watchers
summize, if only because one loggerhead jumpstarted
the season and made a nest last week on Manasota Key.
Fox has been the head of the local Turtle Watch
volunteer organization for enough years to know there
have been remarkable improvements in the marine
turtle's beach habitat here.
And there have been improvements since last year
in the Anna Maria City ordinance that protects the
beachfront habitat. While there has been opposition in
the past to require the removal of beachfront chairs,
canopies, umbrellas and other materials from the shore,
this time around the turtles won.
According to the National Marine Fisheries; Service,
the loggerhead turtle has been listed as "threatened"
throughout its range since 1978 and its status has not
Here's a short list of impacts to marine turtles:
Artificial lighting can cause disorientation or
misorientation of both adults and hatchlings. Turtles
are attracted to light, ignoring or coming out of the
water to go towards a light source, increasing their
chances of death or injury.
Repeated mechanical raking of nesting beaches
by heavy machinery can result in compact sand and
causes tire ruts which may hinder or trap hatchlings.
There is a serious threat with nighttime use of the
beach disturbing nesting females.
The placement of physical obstacles on a beach
can hamper or deter nesting as well as hatchlings.
Non-native beach vegetation can lead to increased
erosion and destruction of a nesting habitat. Trees shad-
ing a nesting beach can change nest temperatures and al-
ter the natural sex ratio of the hatchlings.
Loggerhead turtles eat a wide variety of debris
such as plastic bags, balloons and styrofoam and the
effects can be deadly.
Propeller and collision injuries are not uncommon.
You decide whether helping to alleviate or lessen
these impacts merits your consideration and if you do,
you'll be on your way to helping marine turtles survive.
As you can see, the least you can do is turn out
beachfront lights, pull chairs back landward of the dune
line, and collect any garbage left on the beach.
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Enough is enough!
At 1:38 a.m. on Saturday morning, our storefront
glass door was smashed, leaving a gaping hole and
shards of glass covering almost every square inch of
our showcases and floor.
Our burglar alarm sounded, the police were dis-
patched and my business partner and I arrived at the
shop within 10 minutes. We had to wait another 10
minutes for the law enforcement to arrive and he was
from Anna Maria because the Holmes Beach police-
man was busy with an auto accident (no injuries),
which the officer decided was more important in
light of his assumption that our alarm was caused by
lightning. We did not see the Holmes Beach police-
man until nearly 3 a.m.
There was only one police officer on patrol for all
of Holmes Beach that night and maybe any other
night as well. How safe do you feel knowing this?
As more merchants and residents are entering
into discussion on this subject, it is appalling to learn
how many people have experienced similar crimes
to those I've been complaining about vandalism,
broken windows and doors on commercial and resi-
dential properties and vehicles. It is more epidemic
than any one of us knew.
Of course, the police department and the mayor can
claim they are "doing everything possible," but they are
missing an important factor in their statistics com-
mon sense. If you have a high volume of similar crimes
in a short time and in a close vicinity, it doesn't take an
education by the FBI (which your tax dollars have
funded) to figure out that more police personnel using
simple ploys could quickly resolve these malicious
pranks. I doubt that anyone would object to police
overtime pay until the culprits are behind bars. After
all, isn't' public safety one of the main reasons people
It would be interesting to compile a list of every
business and individual whose windows have been shot
or bashed along with the amount of money that each
had to spend to repair the damage. Add in the lost rev-
enue in Holmes Beach because tourists are afraid to
come here. Submit the total bill for payment to the City
of Holmes Beach and you can bet the problems would
come to a screeching halt.
The criminals are obviously convinced they own
Holmes Beach. The victims are making uneasy com-
ments about having to protect themselves by whatever
means. My original fear that someone would be hurt by
flying glass has been notched up when I think of the
consequences of the chaos and lawlessness that could
develop as a result of the stubborn attitude at city hall.
The time has come for the community of con-
cerned citizens to act as one in protest. Speak out or
there will be no peace.
Mary E. Norman, Holmes Beach merchant
Keep 'Island flavor'
Our last home in Florida was on Sewall's Point
at Stuart in Martin County. We could look across the
Indian River at Hutchinson Island. It is a wooded
island with buildings held to low heights with good
As you drive north along the shore a few miles
you cross in to St. Lucie County. At the county line
the island becomes a concrete wall of giant condos,
side by side mile after mile. Thoughtfully, Martin
County has maintained a strict height code.
If Anna Maria has questions about a base refer-
ence point for height measurement, this should be
determined before considering any variances. If the
indecision here is in feet, not stories, where will a
"little variance" end? Next year we may hear "I just
need a variance of only four feet more than you ap-
proved last year."
We like Anna Maria as it is. That's why we bought
our home here. Let's be firm, hold to our current stan-
dards and protect what we have. I've heard it referred
to as "Island flavor." I like that.
Robert Hedtke, Anna Maria
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 30, 2003 0 PAGE 7
During the past nine-and-a-half years that I lave had
the pleasure of serving this community as its chief of po-
lice, I have only felt compelled to respond to items in the
local newspaper on a very few occasions. When I do re-
spond, it is always relating to a matter that I feel strongly
about. Your guest opinion column written by Mary
Norman on April 23 concerning the sudden crime wave
and the police department's apparent inability to deal with
it certainly qualifies as one of those times.
While it is true that the entire Island, not just the City
of Holmes Beach, has been experiencing a string of seem-
ingly related criminal incidents of late, the innuendo that
the city has done nothing to prevent further incidents is not
accurate. Since these incidents began, the Holmes Beach
Police Department has authorized personnel to work over-
time outside of their normal duty responsibilities to inves-
tigate these incidents during the time periods that they
have been occurring. As a result of this effort, hours of
mobile surveillance have been done and many leads in-
volving specific suspects have been and are being fol-
In relation to the inference that the city was under-
staffed during Easter weekend, this is simply not the case.
The police department was at normal staffing levels and
also brought in off-duty and reserve personnel for the
weekend. Easter weekend is always expected to be one of
the busiest and most crowded weekends of the year on the
Island and it was certainly no different this year. Unfor-
tunately, the calls for service outweighed the number of
personnel available at times, so occasional delays in re-
sponse time may have taken place, but all were handled.
I do not believe that the number of staff on duty played any
part in the fact that a burglary took place at some point
during the weekend, as was insinuated by Ms. Norman.
In reference to the [Home True Value Hardware]
burglary, I would like to point out that the incident was
actually discovered by one of our officers. Because of the
alert, aggressive patrol of Officer Steve Wolff, the bur-
glary was discovered during the nighttime hours prior to
the owner's arrival. It is impossible to determine how
much time elapsed between the time the suspect left the
scene and the time that Officer Wolff discovered the
While the residents and business owners of the city
have been led to believe that the city is suddenly an un-
safe place to work and play, I would like to offer some
actual numbers of how the crime in our city related to
years past and other similar jurisdictions.
The City of Holmes Beach has experienced an aver-
age of 218 Part I offenses. since 1997. In the calendar year
of 2002, the city reported a total of 201 of these offenses,
which is actually a decrease of 27% of the 277 incidents
reported in 1997. While I hesitate to overload with num-
bers, I think it is important for our residents and business
owners to see actual information as opposed to opinion.
A uniform crime rate is calculated by the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement so that jurisdictions can
be compared equally regardless of population differences.
The number of crimes and the population is calculated
together to formulate the crime rate so that all can be com-
pared equally. In the year 2002, the City of Holmes
Beach's crime rate was 4,037 per 100,000 population. For
comparison purposes, nearby coastal communities such as
ours, had the following rates: St. Pete Beach (5,467),
South Pasadena (5,275), Tarpon Springs (4,084), Treasure
Island (4,118) and Indian Rocks Beach (3,992). The av-
erage crime rate for Manatee County including all munici-
palities is 5,968 and the average for the State of Florida is
5,398. While we would all like for these numbers to be
zero, we also must be realistic and understand that we have
a very safe city in the grand scheme of things. I would urge
anyone that is interested, to access FDLE's Web site at
fdle.state.fl.us and determine how we compare with other
Finally in closing, I would like to defend the profes-
sional members of the Holmes Beach Police Department
as it has been opined that they are unable to handle the
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crime of today. Unfortunately, we choose to work in a
profession where we are only graded and judged on what
we fail to accomplish. The crime rates indicate the inci-
dents that we failed to prevent. There are no such figures
to show what we prevented from occurring. This is unfor-
tunate, because if there were, these numbers would be
much higher than what actually took place. I am proud of
all of the members of the police department and I would
be happy to compare them with anyone else in the law
We as a city are disturbed by the recent incidents and
you have my assurance that the police department is do-
ing as much as possible and will continue to do so to pre-
vent further incidents and to apprehend those responsible.
I take this opportunity to remind everyone that awareness
and observation are our strongest allies in preventing these
types of senseless criminal acts.
Jay Romine, Chief of Police, Holmes Beach
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale called
me to clarify some misinformation which appeared in
my "guest opinion" column last week in The Islander
regarding the crime wave in Holmes Beach.
He verified that on the Easter weekend there were
in fact no Holmes Beach police officers helping his
department at Coquina Beach, nor was there any re-
quest for such assistance.
Why the mayor of Holmes Beach muddied the pic-
ture by mentioning such a scenario to me is not exactly
clear. The fact still remains that increasing crimes are tak-
ing place in Holmes Beach which need to be stopped and
the current methods have proven totally ineffective.
Call the mayor and voice your concerns. Insist more
be done to stop this expensive and dangerous pattern.
Better yet, go to the next Holmes Beach city meeting and
let all of the city officials know that you want effective
changes made NOW!
Mary Norman, Holmes Beach merchant
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Anna Maria: more building official info; Holmes Beach: 'no'
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners spent nearly two
stormy hours at their April 24 meeting discussing
whether to continue using Holmes Beach for building
official services or hire their own part-time official.
But it may all have been a wasted effort.
The commission eventually voted to ask Holmes
Beach to provide a "scope of services" on building
department duties, but at the same time directed Mayor
SueLynn to advertise for a part-time building official.
Sorry, said Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore,
but we're not going to prepare a scope of services when
Anna Maria still doesn't know what it wants to do.
"We're a little busy here," she said.
After discussing the matter with Holmes Beach
City Commission Chairperson Rich Bohnenberger,
Whitmore said her city is not going to continue provid-
ing full-time building department services to Anna
Maria under the current interim arrangement, and
there's no reason to prepare a "scope-of-services"
document for Anna Maria.
Holmes Beach has been providing Anna Maria
with building department services for the past eight
months, Whitmore said, "and with no problems.
"We understood Anna Maria was to vote on the
issue and make a decision and let us know one way or
the other, but all they've done is ask for more informa-
tion. And they may even want to hire their own official.
If they can't decide by now if they want us or not, then
let them hire their own building official," she said.
"We're not going to do a scope of services," said
Whitmore. "We're busy with other things for our own
city, we don't have the time."
She also said that Anna Maria resident Rick
DeFrank has called Holmes Beach building officials on
several occasions with anonymous complaints about
building permits in Anna Maria.
"I don't play the anonymous game," said
Whitmore, "and I can't ask my staff to continue han-
dling these duties and inquiries for Anna Maria along
with their other responsibilities."
Other calls from Anna Maria residents to Holmes
Beach building officials have also taken up hours of
staff t i me just in giving opinions, Whitmore indicated.
'"DeFrank spoke at the Anna Maria commission
meeting April 24 against utilizing Holmes Beach for
Anna Maria building official duties.
"If DeFrank says he doesn't want us, that's fine,"
said Whitmore. 'Let them raise his taxes to pay for a
Whitmore said she'll be writing a letter to Anna
Maria Mayor SueLynn stating Holmes Beach will con-
tinue to provide full-time building department services
for another two months while Anna Maria hires its own
She also thanked the many Anna Maria residents
who have been supportive of Holmes Beach building
officials the past eight months and said it was unfortu-
nate the commission was still unable to reach a deci-
"I'm very sorry about the situation and I thank
Anna Maria for all their support," Whitmore said.
According to information provided the commis-
sion in previous meetings by Commission Chairperson
John Quam and SueLynn, a full-time Anna Maria
building official would cost the city around $90,000 per
year, including all benefits, while a part-time official
working 20 hours per week would cost from $25,000
Residents against Holmes Beach plan
Angry Anna Maria residents at the April 24 com-
mission meeting denounced any plan to use Holmes
Beach building department officials in Anna Maria on
a full-time basis.
DeFrank was the most vocal critic, saying this was
"the first step to [city] consolidation, just to save a few
He said the city has the money and needs its own
building official. "We can't count on Holmes Beach."
He also claimed Holmes Beach recently issued a
building permit in Anna Maria in violation of Florida
Former City Commissioner Jay Hill said he
couldn't understand why the commission was even
considering Holmes Beach when a "majority of people
are telling you how to spend our tax money."
What will be the next part of our city business to
be farmed out to Holmes Beach? he wondered. If more
and more services are sent to Holmes Beach, eventu-
ally the city won't even need the commission.
A straw poll conducted by Shirley O'Day in Feb-
ruary was three to one in favor of the city having its
own building official.
Dale Woodland summed up the feelings of many
residents, noting the subject "has been discussed and
discussed for the past four months" in numerous com-
"We're going to have paralysis by analysis" be-
cause the commission seems to continually want more
information, he said. "Analysis isn't getting us any-
"Just make a decision," said Woodland. "The pub-
lic has no problem" with spending the money on the
city's own building official. Why not do what they
Resident Charlie Daniel agreed. "Start making
decisions. Things just go on and on here."
Carole Ann Magill said the city has had a pub-
lic works director and separate full-time building
official in the past and there's still enough work in
Bob and Betty Rosas of Holmes Beach received the Distinguished Service Award of Na-'rene Missions
International, presented by Pastor Glen Gardner of the Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene. The Island-
ers have been doing volunteer missionary work for 16 years in countries from Brazil to Indonesia, mostly in
construction. Rosas will lead a team of 15 to work on Mtaking a youth camp offormer military buildings at St.
the city for a full-time official.
The brouhaha over Anna Maria's building official
began last August when Florida licensing officials told
SueLynn that George McKay, the city's public works
director and building official, had been denied a tem-
porary building official's license by the Florida Depart-
ment of Business and Professional Regulation.
The DBPR forced her to remove McKay as the
city's building official, prompting the arrangement
with Holmes Beach.
The Anna Maria City Commission eventually re-
duced McKay's annual salary by about $6,000 because
he was no longer the city's building official, but made
no move to reinstate McKay when he obtained his
three-year temporary building official's license in De-
Despite a groundswell of public support for his
return as the city's building official, McKay told the
city commission recently he was not interested in add-
ing those duties again because he was going to be ex-
tremely busy as PWD director the next few years with
a number of capital improvement projects.
SueLynn introduced an agenda item April 24 to
increase McKay's salary because his job was becom-
ing extremely complex.
Commissioners, however, agreed to postpone dis-
cussion of an increase for McKay until the.budget hear-
ings that begin in just a few months.
McKay's current salary is $42,680 annually.
Commissioners unanimously approved the city's
"turtle ordinance," that, among other provisions, re-
quires personal property to be removed from the beach
during turtle nesting season.
Shirley Perez, long a critic of the ordinance,
claimed there was a deed restriction hidden in the or-
dinance and Anna Maria was becoming "a dictator-
Ted Kreines, the author of the city's wireless com-
munications master plan, was approved by the commis-
sion to write the city's accompanying wireless commu-
nications ordinance for $6,000 plus expenses.
Kreines will hold a workshop session for commis-
sioners and the public on the ordinance May 17.
Code enforcement attorney
The commission discussed hiring a separate attor-
ney to advise Code Enforcement Officer Gerry
Rathvon on issues and cases because City Attorney Jim
Dye would represent the city's Code Enforcement
Board in any action brought by Rathvon.
Often, said Rathvon, Dye can't answer routine
questions because of a potential conflict of interest.
But Dye found a solution.
Instead of an attorney for Rathvon, just retain an
independent counsel for the board, allowing Dye to
represent Rathvon on cases and to answer code ques-
Three cases will come before the CEB in May,
The board agreed and will review resumes from
qualified attorneys May 11 and make a decision.
Commissioners unanimously passed a motion to
hire Dr. Robert Dean of the University of Florida to
conduct studies on the city's bayside erosion problems
to provide answers and solutions.
At the same time, however, commissioners di-
rected Mayor SueLynn to ask Dean how he could uti-
lize city resident Dale Woodland in assisting with the
.project to help reduce the $10,000 cost.
The two-part project includes an examination of
historical data for the bayside and studying the area for
at least six months.
Woodland had expressed an interest in doing most
of the work himself with a team of volunteers, but com-
missioners thought it better to utilize Dean in the event
the research would be the basis for a grant application
for funds to correct any problems found.
Dean had made a presentation on his initial study
of bayside erosion to the city in January 2003.
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 30, 2003 M PAGE 9
Cortez, Perico due for cleanup projects
By Jim Hanson
The way has been cleared for nature preservation
projects in Cortez and at Perico Bayou, as well as an-
other at the Crosley estate in Bradenton.
More than $400,000 will be spent on the work,
For whom the bell toils
Hugh Holmes of Holmes Construction Company along
with an assistant removed the old shingle roof of the
Belle Haven cottage in Anna Maria last week in
preparation for a new roof on the building. The Anna
Maria Island Historical Society plans to rebuild the
cottage inside and out to look like the ship's store it was
in the 1920s when it was at the end of the city pier.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Andy Little
said Gary Raulerson, project director. He is an official
of the Sarasota Bay National Estuary Project, which
will be handling the work here.
Actually the contract is with the City of Sarasota,
which for some years has been the umbrella entity for
the NEP. The city commission has approved the
projects and the bids, and now it all goes back to the
city staff for review by several departments before for-
mal approval, which is expected in late June.
And the Southwest Florida Water Management
District will have its staff checking the contract, too, for
that agency is providing funding.
In Cortez, the contract calls for deepening and wid-
ening Little Creek, which connects the half-acre salt-
water lagoon called Lake David with Sarasota Bay. It
is on property which includes the 1912-built school-
house, between the school and the FISH Preserve, 95
acres purchased by the Florida Institute of Saltwater
Heritage to buffer Cortez from development. It calls for
spending up to $75,000.
Raulerson said invasive plant species, such as Bra-
zilian pepper and punk trees, will be cleared out and
replaced with native species. Some Australian pines,
also non-native, planted by Cortezians years ago before
the species was outlawed will remain at the request of
the planters' families, he said.
By far the largest of the three projects is along the
shores of the Manatee River and Perico Bayou and is
known as the Robinson Preserve. It is.480 acres of
which Manatee County is buying from Bill Robinson
with state and county funds. Robinson had planned to
develop the property, but ultimately decided on selling
the county the 480-acre parcel and turning the remain-
der into a golf course.
One part of the project will reopen circulation be-
tween Perico Bayou and Palma Sola Bay by installing
pipes or culverts along an old causeway built in the
1930s but abandoned when the Palma Sola Causeway
replaced it. A 30-foot-wide channel will be cut through
the old causeway to restore tidal circulation.
The main issue has been the water main along the
causeway, which carries drinking water to Anna Maria
Island, Raulerson said. It was thought originally that
the pipe would have to be buried, but it turns out that
it can be laid on top of the ground, reducing substan-
tially the work and the cost.
The larger part of the Perico job is to turn 110 acres
of the soon-to-be county land into a mangrove high
marsh with a creek system for kayak and canoe enthu-
siasts, intertidal habitat, a visitors' center, and pedes-
trian and bicycle trails. The Perico share of the three-
part program is $366,000.
At the historic Crosley estate, erosion has taken its
toll at the north end of the property, Raulerson said, and
$55,000 is allocated to bringing some stability there.
Thirty volunteers planted 300 native plants last fall, but
there remain large areas of exotic plants such as Bra-
zilian peppers and punk trees to be removed.
Funding comes from several sources as well as
Swiftmud, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Gulf of
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It took four meetings, but a name change
and expanded hours of operation were finally
approved by the Bradenton Beach Board of
Adjustment for the Sun House Restaurant on
Adjustment board members unanimously
granted the restaurant-lounge an expansion of
hours from 10 p.m. to midnight last week.
The matter first came before the board mem-
bers Feb. 21, and was continued in order for
questions to be answered by representatives
of the restaurant, who previously did not at-
Three people spoke on the variance re-
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newest novel, "Everglades," at a luncheon on the Island
White, in conjunction with Ooh La La! Bistro,
Circle Books and The Islander, will speak on his writ-
ings and sign books at the 1 p.m. luncheon at the
Holmes Beach restaurant.
Cost of the luncheon, which includes a first-edition
copy of "Everglades," is $50. Confirmed reservations
are required and may be made by calling The Islander
"Everglades" has been described as a "taut thriller
that pits Doc Ford (and, of course, the redoubtable
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The museum, at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City,
will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednes-
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donations are appreciated.
Early settler's bread baking and sales are also on
hold until fall.
Further information is available by calling 778-
Paintings, sculptures, origami
on display at library
Paintings by Churchill Mallison, wood sculptures by
Claudia Deschu and origami by Marissa O'Brien will be
featured in displays at the Island Branch Library in May.
The exhibits will be throughout the month at the
.library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Ms. Mallison will exhibit a pair of mixed-media
pieces along with a series of digital artworks. She also
does photo restoration, manipulation and web design.
She is author of the recently published book "The
Wrestler Who Lost His Head," which will be on the
library's shelves in May.
Ms. Deschu will show three fanciful sculptures,
"Not in My Backyard," "Little Predators," and "Hope
and Despair." She lectures at museums on the care of
collections and has done conservation work for muse-
ums in Florida and Pennsylvania.
Miss O'Brien is one of the youngest artists to dis-
play works in the library she is a sixth-grade student
at Island Middle School. She has been into origami for
three years, has taught classmates and Girl Scouts the
art, and is a businesswoman sells her folded-paper
creations at an outdoor stand on the Island.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday,
closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. Tues-
day and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Further
information may be obtained by calling 778-6341.
Three chambers will hear of
The barrier islands' chambers of commerce will
hear what they've been waiting for when they meet for
the annual tri-chamber luncheon Tuesday, May 6.
Kimberly Faulk of FLAUSA-Visit Florida will dis-
cuss "Tourism Overcoming Times of Trouble" at the
luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn
Hotel and Suites, 4949 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Participating will the chambers of Anna Maria Island,
Longboat, and Siesta Key. Cost is $20 and reservations
may be made through the Island chamber at 778-1541.
Faulk's agenda in his address will include sharing
"marketing tips in these uncertain times," statistics on
current visitation numbers, "where we are, where we
were, research regarding future travel," outlook for sum-
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Manatee Memorial Hospital's Employee of the
Month Tina Norwood Hampton with husband Joe
and their children, Christian, 6: Daniel, 5; Sarah, 2;
and Ethan, 3.
Ex-Islander saves a life,
gets hospital's honor
Tina Norwood Hampton was taking her lunch
break at Manatee Memorial Hospital when she heard
what sounded to her nurse's ear like a person in real
She rushed over and found another hospital em-
ployee standing at a table, clutching her throat, trying
to attract attention.
Hampton quickly performed the Heimlich maneu-
ver, encircling the girl with her arms and pushing
abruptly against her diaphragm, and out popped a piece
Now the registered nurse is Employee of the
Month of April at Manatee Memorial, so honored by
fellow employees who also let it be known that "we are
thankful to have her on our team.".
The quick-acting professional grew up on the Is-
land, daughter of John Norwood of Anna Maria and
Patty Austin of Tampa, and granddaughter of Carolyne
Norwood of Anna Maria and Patty Phyllis Tucker,
former Anna Maria resident now living in Bradenton.
She holds an AA degree in nursing and has been at
Manatee Memorial for 10 years, providing total nurs-
ing care to psychiatric geriatric patients in the Life
Day of Prayer observed
at flag pole Thursday
National Day of Prayer will have its Anna Maria
Island observance Thursday, May 1, with scripture,
singing and prayer at mid-Island.
The public prayer service will be at 10 a.m. at the flag
pole outside the Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina
Drive, with all seven Island churches participating.
Those attending are advised to bring lawn chairs
for their own seating. Additional details may be ob-
tained at 778-0414.
Cassidy, Cotton, giclee May
features at guild
Early May promises to be a full time for the Art-
ists Guild of Anna Maria Island, loaded with painters
Marilyn Cassidy will be featured at the First Friday
opening of the guild's gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, from 5-8 p.m. May 2. She will be Art-
ist of the Month for the guild. She will show her latest
watercolors and mixed-media abstracts.
A general meeting of the guild will take place
Monday, May 5, at the Episcopal Church of the Annun-
ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, with refresh-
ments at 6:30 p.m. and the business meeting-at 7 p.m.
Jon Schiller of Miguel Studios in Sarasota will give an
overview of the giclee process. The meeting is open to
On Friday, May 9, watercolorist Sue Lynn Cotton
will demonstrate her techniques in floral painting, 10
a.m.-noon at the guild gallery. The demonstration is
open to the public.
Further information may be obtained by calling
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a farewell dinner with Vange Croucher, organizer of the marathon. It works like this, she explained: 10 pairs
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Katharina D. Daisey
Katharina D. Daisey, 78, of Blue Ridge, Ga., and
formerly Palmetto, died April 23.
Born in Cologne, Germany, Mrs. Daisey lived in
Palmetto from 1972-79. She and her husband owned
and operated Jimmy and Katie's Stone Crab Restaurant
There were no services. Akins Funeral Home, Blue
Ridge, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by step-daughter Jackie D. Kiefer
of Palmetto; stepson James M. of Palmetto; sister Mia
Steingass of Ontario; brother Max Lange of Holmes
Beach; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Ellis A. Kendall
Ellis A. Kendall, 86, of Fontana, Wis., and Holmes
Beach, died April 28.
Born in Woodstock, Ill., Mr. Kendall was an elec-
trical engineer who worked in the construction and
equipment department for new buildings for Montgom-
ery Ward & Co. He was a member of the Glen Ellyn
First United Methodist Church, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
He is survived by wife Althea; daughters Marga-
ret Zielske of Lombard, Ill., and Karen of Green Bay,
Wis.; son Edward (Kay) of Glen Ellyn; sister Barbara
Zerby of Holmes Beach; nine grandchildren; and four
Grayce S. LaPointe
Grayce S. LaPointe, 79, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in Baltimore, Md., Mrs. LaPointe came to
Manatee County from Reisterstown, Md., in 1988. She
was a homemaker. She was a member of the 76 Club,
a Girl Scout leader, and a member of the Westbay Cove
Entertainment Committee. She was Protestant.
A family memorial service will be held at a later
date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice
of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
She is survived by husband Raymond L.; daughters
Jeanne Hammond of Westminster, Md., and Suzanne
Rohrbaugh of Lovettsville, Va.; son Larry of Tampa;
sister Ruth Bein of Westminster; five grandchildren;
and one great-grandchild.
Howard R. Peters
Howard R. Peters, 91, of Holmes Beach and
Saginaw, Mich., died April 24.
Born in Saginaw, Mr. Peters was a winter visitor
to the Island since 1972. He was retired as financial
executive for Credit Thrift. He was a member of the
Key Royale Club and St. Armands Key Lutheran
Visitation and services were April 26. Burial
will be at Oakwood Mausoleum, Saginaw. Memorial
contributions may be made to the church, 40 N.
Adams Drive, Sarasota FL 34236. Griffith-Cline
Funeral Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of ar-
He is survived by wife Betty A.; daughter Am-
ber Holst of Grand Rapids, Mich.; son H. Gary of
Frankenmuth, Mich.; three grandchildren; and two
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County approves Peacock Lane sewer installation
By Diana Bogan
The Manatee County Commission has approved
the first reading of an ordinance to provide sewer ser-
vice to 11 properties on Peacock Lane in Holmes
Work on the proposed project has been ongoing
since February 2002 after the county received a peti-
tion from homeowners on Peacock Lane.
Currently all of the residences on Peacock Lane,
Not the best of ways to start off turtle nesting season, which begins May 1, noted Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch volunteer Jo Anne Meilner, who is scanning this large adult male found Sunday morning near 66th
Street on the beach for identification markers. The new scan equipment is courtesy of the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection. There were no evident signs of trauma, but the turtle was also not considered a
good candidate for further study and was disposed of by Holmes Beach maintenance workers. Islander Photo:
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which were developed between 1973 and 1990, use
septic tanks. Peacock Lane amounts to one block and
runs east from Gulf Drive to the bay.
In June 2002, property owners were asked to respond
to a postcard poll conducted by the county project man-
agement department. The purpose of the poll was to en-
able each property owner to register whether they favored
the proposed sewer assessment project.
The county, not the city, owns the sewer system and
would receive revenues to expand its system to include
Peacock Lane. Special assessment fees are imposed on the
property owner over a period of several years in order for
the county to provide improvements to the system.
Of the 11 property owners, seven were in favor of
the project, three were opposed and one did not re-
Last month, the Holmes Beach City Commission
adopted an ordinance to allow Manatee County to es-
tablish municipal service benefits within the bound-
aries of Holmes Beach for the installation of a sanitary
sewer on Peacock Lane.
According to the project management department,
the proposed benefits of installing the sewer system
include eliminating the existing septic tank pollutants
into wells, canals, rivers and the aquifer.
The preliminary construction cost estimate is
$54,000. The county pays 8 percent and the property
owners will be assessed the remaining 92 percent of the
Wild bird rescue training
A class in wild bird rescue training is
scheduled at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctu-
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the New Pass Bridge to Longboat Key.
The sanctuary said volunteers are needed
for the welcome center, gift shops, tour guides
and public speakers. For details and to regis-
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EEEC wants pro-active
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee is fed up with garbage.
At is April 23 meeting, members agreed to send the
city commission a letter asking that it direct Code En-
forcement Officer Gerry Rathvon to be "pro-active" in
enforcing the city's trash ordinance.
EEEC Chairperson Tim Eisler said that he finds
numerous-violations&of the-ordinance.every Monday
morning, particularly along North Shore Drive.
The current city commission policy is that Rathvon
is "re-active" to code enforcement issues and com-
The committee tabled discussion of any "position"
on the upcoming city ordinance on wireless communi-
cation facilities pending a May 17 city commission
workshop with Ted Kreines, who is writing the ordi-
In October 2001, the EEEC had expressed its
"grave concern" with wireless communications facili-
ties in the city and called for an environmental impact
study before any cell tower is built.
Members also discussed the need for more mem-
bers on the EEEC and a vacancy on the Keep Manatee
Any Anna Maria resident interested in volunteer-
ing for the EEEC or the Keep Manatee Beautiful com-
mittee is asked to contact the staff at city hall at 708-
THE ISLANDER E APRIL 30, 2003 0 PAGE 13
Jubilee in May
May is going to be a busy time for Bradenton
Beach, which is celebrating its Golden Jubilee -
marking 50 years since the city incorporated in May
1953 all through the month.
Kicking off the month of festivities will be the
Bridge Street Arts Festival, which will take up most of
historic Bridge Street and most of the weekend in
Bradenton Beach, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-6
p.m. Sunday, May 3 and 4.
It will be two days of arts, crafts, entertainment,
dance and food, the sponsors promise. Admission is
free and so is parking, with parking anywhere on Anna
Maria Island and free transportation via the trolley.
An addition to arts and crafts, the festival will have
music, kids' area, Mote Marine Laboratory marine life
"touch tank," and other features.
The Island Middle School band and various other
musicians will play during the festival, while Connie
& Scott will provide music for the street dance from 8-
10 p.m. Saturday.
Further information on this festival may be ob-
tained by calling 518-6811 or 778-4110.
On May 16 the city will host an open house and
tours with refreshments from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the
city hall and a tour of the Police Department, Public
Works Department, and Tingley Memorial Library.
A "Jubilee" dinner is planned for May 21, honor-
ing past mayors and city commissioners at 6 p.m. at the
Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N. Leaders
from Manatee County and other cities are to be in at-
tendance. The past mayors and their spouses will be
guests of The Islander. Dinner tickets are $15 and may
be obtained at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. weekdays.
May 24 will be Golden Jubilee Day with special
events again on Bridge Street. Vintage cars will be
parked on both sides of the street, and there will be a
dunk tank, food kiosks, an Elvis Presley impersonation
contest, hula hoop and limbo contests, and live music
on the street from noon to 6 p.m.
Parking that day will be at Coquina Beach with the
always free trolley rides serving as a shuttle service.
For information on the Golden Jubilee, contact
chairperson Katie Pierola at 778-9390.
Anna Maria's Roser Cottage back on market
By Rick Catlin
A contract by a private party to purchase historic
Roser Cottage on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria has
fallen through and the property is back on the market.
Listing agent Gary LaFlamme of the Wedebrock Real
Estate Co. said the property is currently listed for
The property had been considered for possible
purchase by the non-profit Trust for Public Lands
organization to be retained by the city as an historical
site, but TPL officials said they had no interest as long
as a sale was pending.
With the property back on the market, Anna Maria
Mayor SueLynn said she would contact TPL officials in
St. Petersburg to see if they were still interested in a pur-
The Roser Cottage at 519 Pine Ave. is for sale.
The TPL buys historic sites and buildings, then
helps municipalities and non-profit organizations such
as historical societies raise money to buy the property
from the TPL.
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society may also
be interested in purchasing the property, according to
one local real estate agent.
LaFlamme said when the property was first listed,
Mayor SueLynn met with him and discussed a pur-
chase, but at that time, the city did not have the money.
The property was originally listed for sale at
$469,000. One real estate agent, who asked not to be
identified, said he understood the now-defunct contract
sale price was around $430,000.
That contract collapsed because of financing prob-
lems, the agent said, but those prospective buyers may
still be looking for a way to purchase the property.
If Roser Cottage is sold to a private individual,
TPL officials have indicated they would discuss a pur-
chase with the new owner, according to Jim Garrisson
of the TPL St. Petersburg office.
'Open Season' opening at sand Players
"Open Season," a players' play by Michael
McKeever, will open Thursday, May 8, and tickets
are on sale now at the Island Players theater box
office, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Tickets are $14 and may be obtained at the box
office between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily except Sun-
day or by calling 778-5755. The play will run
through May 18 with performances at 8 p.m. daily
except for two Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. and ex-
Following the show on Tuesday, May 13, a
hosted by Ooh La La!
Bistro of Holmes Beach
will honor playwright
McKeever, who also
wrote last year's hit "37
"Open Season" tells
the tale of three genera-
tions of actors, with
plenty of suspense,
troubles, tragedy and humor. Said Preston Boyd,
who is debuting as director with this production,
"This story has the theater as its focus, but the inde-
pendent point of view held by each of the three fam-
ily members could apply equally well to many fam-
Robin Rhodes and Sam McDowell head the cast,
with Joe Shedrick, Tami Vaughan, and Steve Grabo.
Ruth Stevens is stage manager, John Flannery set de-
signer, Don Bailey costume designer, Chris McVicker
lighting designer, and Bob Grant sound director.
PAGE 14 0 APRIL 30, 2003 M THE ISLANDER
Crosswalk law enforced, but why missing lanes?
By Preston Whaley Jr.
Early this month, Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore and Police Chief Jay Romine announced a
crosswalk crackdown. And they meant it.
When the crackdown was announced, Whitmore
said, "I've seen and heard of too many close calls. And
I'm not going to wait until someone gets killed to be-
gin enforcing the law." She added, "No more warnings
will be issued."
According to Romine, "Several tickets have been
issued" for violations on Marina Drive between the
Island Shopping Center and the boat basin.
The law says motorists must yield to pedestrians in,
or about to enter, a designated crosswalk. It's an $86
bite in the wallet for those that don't.
There's a different emphasis in Bradenton Beach.
Rather than cracking down on motorists, the city is try-
ing to educate pedestrians about how to use crosswalks.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said,
"people just walk out into the road and expect people
Cars are not required to yield to pedestrians if
they're not at a crosswalk.
Special added that it's not enough for people to
"just stand around the crosswalks. The law says that
you have to step up [to the curb] and show an intent to
Anna Maria Sheriff s Sgt. John Kenney is less con-
cerned about pedestrian safety than officials in Holmes
Beach and Bradenton Beach.
Kenney said that unlike other Island cities, "most
of Anna Maria's crosswalks are located at intersections
with stop signs. That way people are going to stop
whether anyone is there or not."
He added, "It also helps that our speed limit is 25
mph." So motorists have more time to watch for pedes-
trians and bikers.
Kenney is especially enthusiastic about the new
Anna Maria bike patrol, which helps us communicate
with people in the city about safety concerns."
He added, "Officers wear helmets, even though
they're not required, and this sets a good example."
Residents can also pick up bicycle safety brochures
at the sheriff substation office at city hall.
The weak links in Anna Maria's safety chain are
that there are no sidewalks on the busy and scenic
North Shore Drive. And there are no bicycle lanes
north of Palmetto Avenue on Gulf Drive.
The bike lanes are an old controversy, but the battle
wounds are still fresh.
Manatee County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory
Board member Pat Bond said, "I'm ashamed Anna
Maria didn't extend their lanes."
In 1999, the Florida Department of Transportation
approved a $245,000 grant for Anna Maria's bike lane
The plan was set scuttled at a Dec. 14, 1999, city
commission decision when commissioners voted to kill
the whole project by three votes to two.
Former Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh said that the
bike-lane issue helped make his job a real "hornets
nest. People began to object to the route after it had
Some people thought the lanes would erase park-
ing places on Pine Street.
Others preferred that the public right of way be
used for their landscaping rather than bike lanes to
say nothing of sidewalks.
Deffenbaugh said, "a lot of people want to keep
Anna Maria a noncommercial, small community," and
added that in the end, "more people were against the
lanes than for were for them."
Still, there's heavy traffic on Anna Maria, and
plenty on Pine Street: cars, bicycles, and pedestrians,.
including skateboarders and roller bladers.
The lanes would have made the streets safer for
They separate the bicyclists from the cars, and they
help protect pedestrians by getting the bicycles off the
Bond said that "bicycle lanes are a natural traffic
control, and they make it easier for tourists to do an
Dan Hough, of Bradenton Bike and Kayak, said,
"Anna Maria will never get it right. I hope they float
away and sink themselves."
However, Anna Maria's loss became Holmes
Holmes Beach got Anna Maria's DOT money. The
city was able to complete its lanes last November, long
in advance of the projected budget schedule.
But there are a few gaps in the Holmes Beach bike
lane and sidewalk chain where the safety situation gets
a little dicey.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson said,
"by the school and the former Eckerd there are some
problems, especially during season."
Just north of Anna Maria Elementary School,
along Gulf Drive, the sidewalk ends at 52nd Street.
Kids have to cut across a commercial parking lot, Sun-
rise Lane, the future Tidemark development parking lot
or the bank parking lot to get where they're going.
Some people think it's dangerous.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes said she hadn't heard
of any problems, but added, "I will take a look at that,"
and perhaps bring it to the attention of the School Ad-
The sidewalk picks up again for a short distance in
front of Wachovia Bank but the bike lane ends. And
bikers suddenly find themselves on the street with the cars.
Romine said he wasn't involved in all of the plan-
ning sessions, but the gaps probably have something to
do with the fact that "the streets have to be a certain
width for the cars."
Holmes Beach Superintendent of Public Works Joe
Duennes said the problem is that Gulf Drive is a state
road that "wasn't properly centered in the right of way.
It's built right up to the property line."
If correct, this means that either the street would
have to be re-centered, or more right of way purchased
to make room for sidewalks and bike lanes. The DOT
grant didn't provide that sort of funding.
Nor did it provide enough money to install bike
lanes in the section of Marina Drive that runs from Gulf
Drive, past the Island Shopping Center to 56th Street.
To do that would mean an expensive re-engineering of
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Registration required for Holmes Beach solicitors
By Diana Bogan
The City of Holmes Beach will soon require solici-
tors to register at the Holmes Beach Police Department
before knocking on anyone's door.
The city commission is updating its solicitation
ordinance to comply with a recent Florida Supreme
Court ruling. The updated ordinance will require solici-
tors to register with the police department and carry
proof of registration at all times.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine said this
will give the police department an indication of who is
going door to door in city neighborhoods. However, the
updated ordinance does not provide any guidelines to
Solicitation refers to anyone going from door to
door seeking contributions, selling subscriptions, prod-
ucts or services, or distributing printed materials.
Individuals or groups will not have to register with
the city if they are soliciting on behalf of a church or
other religious organization, political candidate, party
or cause, student program, or nationally recognized
If adopted, new rules will also go into effect with
the ordinance. Solicitation activities will be allowed
from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and cannot be conducted any-
where a "no solicitation" sign is posted.
Solicitors are still required to leave any property
when asked by an occupant or police officer.
The is no charge to register, although solicitors will
need to register before they plan to go door to door in
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Easter sunrise baptism
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Commissioners remained concerned that there are
no provisions to deny anyone from registering. How-
ever, applicants can be denied solicitation rights for
fraud or misrepresentation.
Bike lanes here, coming
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
four lanes of road and a median strip.
Duennes indicated there are no plans to remedy the
However, there's good news for bikers in
According to Mayor John Chappie, Bradenton
Beach should have its bike lanes under construction by
The lanes will be 4 feet wide along both sides of
Gulf Drive running the entire 2.7-mile length of the
city, beginning at 28th Street and ending at the
Longboat Key Bridge.
The only gap will probably be at the roundabout at
Bridge Street and Gulf Drive.
The DOT's enhancement program will provide
most of the funding for the $300,000 project, with a
$20,000 match from Bradenton Beach.
"This project will fill in the missing link of bike
lanes in this part of Manatee County," Chappie said. "It
will expand the bike lanes from Anna Maria and
Holmes Beach through to Longboat Key. We've been
trying to get this project approved for years, and finally
have received the funding to plug the hole in the bike
lane system on the islands."
Letter carriers to collect food
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perishable foods for the needy, which will be May 10.
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organizations such as food banks to be distributed to needy
families, homeless and other hungry people. Last year the
West Coast Branch of the National Association of Letter
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A spaghetti dinner sponsored by the School of
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to 7 p.m. prior to both evening's shows.
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Islander teacher spotlight: Anne Kinnan
Each week The Islander spotlights one of Anna
Maria Elementary School's teachers.
This week, fifth-grade teacher Anne Kinnan is in
Kinnan was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and her fam-
ily came to Florida to live when she was an infant.
She has been teaching at AME for 23 years and is certi-
fied to teach first- through sixth-grades plus speech com-
munication at middle school, high school and college.
Kinnan says she loves teaching because of the cre-
ative freedom it offers and the openness of the children.
Her approach to teaching is hands-on and includes a bit
a humor and kindness as well as a spirit of togetherness.
"I come to school excited, open minded and want-
ing to learn new things myself," said Kinnan. "So we
Kinnan's favorite subjects in school were the ones
that allowed her to be "creative, expressive and differ-
ent," such as English, art and speech.
She loves theater and before becoming a teacher
worked as an actress.
The best advice she says she received her first year
as a teacher was from an older, more experienced col-
league. Kinnan said she was questioning her abilities
and was advised not to worry, "The children will learn
in spite of you!"
With two decades of experience behind her,
Kinnan can-confidently tell new teachers, "Don't
worry, they do."
In her spare time, Kinnan is writing a short novel
and enjoys watching decorating shows.
She said she likes to redecorate her 80-year-old
urban cottage on a shoestring and sometimes after
watching a decorating show will experiment on the
walls of her own home:
SKinnan's class is always on a voyage of discovery,
she says, covering geometry, geology, geography, poetry
and more. But, next year will be full of surprises, which
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Cortez Road entryway sign progressing
By Rick Catlin
Plans by the Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway
Corridor Management Entity for a welcome sign at the
Gulf Drive-Cortez Road intersection are progressing,
the CME learned at its April 8 meeting, and landscap-
irig services are being donated by a private contractor.
CME member Fawn Ker told the committee that
the private landscaper offered the service free of
charge. Ker also said many of the plants for the project
will come from the county's landscaping program,
which provides plants and other vegetation to munici-
pal governments at no charge.
Ker also updated the committee on publication of
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 three 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
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-
sioner John Monetti. "Is it their intent to outlaw trel-
lises, pergolas, and gazebos by restricting them to 4 feet
high, or was it their intent t0?address the use of these
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Bradenton Beach, such as the city pier and library, but
will show streets in all three Island cities.
Members discussed the placement of temporary
banners at the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection and
agreed the Bradenton Beach City Commission should
deal with each sign on a case-by-case basis. Addition-
ally, only banners advertising non-profit, fundraising
events such as festivals, parades, or Anna Maria Island
Community Center activities, should be displayed.
CME Chairperson Judy Giovanelli updated the
committee on the progress of a grant application by
Manatee County on behalf of the CME for funds to
help build the proposed multi-use path along both sides
of Gulf Drive south from around Fifth Street and un-
der the Longboat Pass Bridge.
The grant could provide up to $200,000 in match-
ing funds for the path and the application deadline is
April 30. Manatee County Grants Coordinator Maggie
Marr is writing the application.
The CME also got its first look at the proposed
remodeling of the Tortuga Inn.
City Building Official Bob Welch presented the
CME with the initial plans, which call for 55 units, in-
cluding five that will be compatible with the Americans
With Disabilities Act.
Workin' the car wash gang
All-Island Youth went to work washing cars Saturday at West Manatee Fire and Rescue Station No. 1, with
plenty of takers after Friday night's storm-produced salty, mucky roads. The group of mostly 13- 17-year-olds
including, but not exclusive to members of Roser Memorial Community Church and Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church. Adult helpers were Jerry Perry, Pastor Gary Batey of Roser, and Pastor Danith Kilts of Gloria Dei.
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Scenic highway presentation could be in May
By Rick Catlin
Presentation of the application package to desig-
nate the Palma Sola Causeway as a Florida scenic high-
way could take place sometime next month, members
of the causeway steering committee learned April 23.
Susan King of the Florida Department of
Transportation's Bartow district office told the Palma
Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity
committee that she's hoping to get the call in May to
come to Tallahassee to make the presentation to the
DOT's Scenic Highway Committee.
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King said'it only meets "as needed."
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Nonetheless, the CME moved forward to imple-
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'adding the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning
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Members also elected Manatee County Commis-
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IMS PTO learns all
The Island Middle School Parent-Teacher Organi-
zation meeting focused on student presentations about
Students have been researching manatees for the
past month and broke into project groups based on in-
dividual interests to use their new-found knowledge in
a presentation to educate the public.
The visual-arts group painted an underwater theme
mural on the back wall of the band room, which fea-
tures sea turtles, dolphins and mermaids.
This group also made placemats for the PTO din-
ner, made manatees out of socks and sculpted manatees .
in the sand at the public beach. One unauthorized
project, which students admitted to at the dinner, was
a colorful paint fight.
The science-project group constructed a paper .
mural featuring manatees and made a life-sized papier-
mach6 manatee. The group also involved parents at-
tending the dinner by inviting them to play a manatee
trivia game that they created.
The documentary group presented a sampling of its
work to parents with a slide show presentation of some
.of the photos taken throughout the month. Students
took digital photographs, video and conducted inter-
views, which will be edited and compiled into a single ,
The group hopes to have copies of its documentary -
available for sale at the-May PTO meeting.
The music group produced theme music and sound
effects that will be featured on the documentary film.
The evening finale was the student performance of
"The Sea Cow Cafe." Students wrote the play, featur- -
ing a cast of manatees, and created the sets and cos-
The three-act play was said to be "about nothing,"
but highlighted some of the dangers manatees are ex-
posed to in the wild, such as boating accidents. Diamants are forever
In other business, the PTO will hold elections and. Almost 100 people showed up at the inaugural Anna Maria Talent Show April 25. Annamaria and Angie
take last-minute nominations from the floor for offic- Diamant, above left, granddaughters of Anna Maria residents Bill and Peggy Diamant, were just two of the
ers for the 2003-04 school year at its May 8 meeting. many performers at the show. Others performers were vocalist Tami Vaughan; the "Forgetful Four" barber-
The final numbers are in for the walk-a-thon shop quartet of Wil Little, Charley Canniff, Harvey Baird and Dean Myers, pictured above right; vocalist
fundraiser held last month. The school raised $26,000, Danielle Hollobaugh; guitar player Russ Adams; the vocal duo of Russ and Rhonda Hammers, and Marley
a mere $4,000 shy of its $30,000 goal. and Ilyse Auerbach as vocalists who also performed the "Star Spangled Banner" finale. Islander Photo:
'Crafts and Clutter' sale
Saturday at church Show stealer
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will have its second Anna Maria teenager
annual community "Crafts and Clutter" sale Saturday Danielle Hollobaugh, who
morning, May 3. is legally blind, was a hit
The sale will be from 8 a.m.-noon at the church, at the Anna Maria Talent
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. "It will be an op- Show April 25. She is
portunity for our neighbors to use our 'yard' for their shown here with her dad,
sale and share some fellowship as well," said a church Mike, Anna Maria City
spokesperson. Commissioner Linda
The church is asking $10 per table, or for $5 par-. Cramer, and mother
ticipants may set up their own display, with no restric- Vickie. Islander Photo:
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As part of national Take Your Children To Work Day Patricia Petruff and officials of the city's environmental April 23 75 82 0
April 24, Christian and Codyann Catlin got some consulting firm will be on hand to answer questions. April 24 73 84 0
time offfrom school to work on the computers at The '"We're going to give an overview of where we are April 25 74 88 0
Islander and learn what dad Rick Catlin does at the and where we are going, and prioritize our goals," said April 26 69 80 4.70
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Melissa Williams. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy The public is invited to attend. 24-hour accumulation wih reading a approximately 5 p.m. daily.
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By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-grader
Stephen Thomas is becoming an old pro at writing and
delivering award-winning speeches.
For the second year in a row, Thomas will compete
in the countywide speech contest for fourth- and fifth-
graders sponsored by Tropicana and 4-H.
Thomas placed first among AME fourth- and fifth-
graders with his speech "The Race Is On." He captured
the audience of AME students with his opening re-
marks about how "finishing breakfast first is not a le-
gitimate family competition."
In the Thomas household, family members have a
healthy appetite for competition, as the audience
learned from the speech, but through all the humor,
Thomas delivered his most important message about
"Try hardest in all you do, but respect the game,"
Thomas said. "Be first in line to shake hands with the
Other speech contest finalists are Kyle Guessford
and Chloe Bertrand.
Guessford placed second with his speech "What's
That Sound," and Bertrand placed third with "Sushi
Fifteen fourth- and fifth-graders competed in the
schoolwide competition after placing in the top three
in their own classroom competition.
Judges for the schoolwide competition were Laura
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Doll from the Island Publix store.
Students' speech topics were at times humorous,
such as Guessford's search for the "chainsaw" sound
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sponsored annually by Tropicana and 4-H.
McClung's speech was titled "Fear Factor for You"
in which she argued the pros and cons to common
fears. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
For Thomas, the competition is "still on" and he
will give his speech again at the county competition
May 17 in Palmetto.
Last year Thomas won first place in the
countywide competition with his speech "My Normal
Dad, Yeah Right." It is the first time in AME history
that a student has won in both fourth- and fifth-grade.
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with his speech "The Race Is On."
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By Stephen Thomas
Once, when I was very young, I can re-
member the sound of cereal being crunched fe-
verishly, milk flying in different directions, the
spoon clanking against the cereal bowl. The
race was on, in my mind at least, until my fast-
eating father clarified that finishing your break-
fast first was not a legitimate family competi-
And competition definitely runs in my
family. Take for example the famous putt-putt
golf game where my mother was finally beat-
ing my dad at something. She was ecstatic
when victory was within her grasp, but my dad
ruthlessly snatched it away with his hole-in-
one shot. Mom was coping with the defeat until
my dad said "How do you like me now?" This,
along with his victory dance, sent her over the
edge. The story goes that my mom proceeded
to chase my dad around the parking lot with
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Thomas speech a winner
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
putter in hand. To this day, though, my mom denies the
Then we have my sister who started playing sports,
as I did, at an early age. She would hop and skip off the
field with a smile on her face asking my parents who
won the game. Sometimes I wonder if she was adopted.
I am definitely not my sister.
Even on my fifth birthday, where my friends and
I went to the bowling alley for my party, I was into the
competition. I was concentrating so hard on knocking
down as many pins as I could that I rolled the ball down
the wrong alley. That's when my dad leaped into action
and tried to stop the ball. Unfortunately, he had crossed
that line where no man should go, into the world of
waxed wood. His feet flew straight out in front of him
like a cartoon character.
Our family does have fun together, At times, even
my ride to school with my dad has become an enjoy-
able competition. This early morning journey's un-
stated mission is to be the first to click the seatbelt,
engagement signaling victory or defeat.
I enjoy competition whether in sports or academ-
ics. My parents have taught me to always try my hard-
est at whatever I do. But win or lose, to always respect
the game. Being first in line to shake hands even in
defeat shows true character.
In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, "The credit
belongs to the man who is actually in the arena. Who
at best knows in the end the triumph of high achieve-
ment, and who at worst if he fails, at least fails while
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 30, 2003 0 PAGE 23
peace at AME
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School and the
Anna Maria Island Rotary Club will host a
"Peace Pal" day May 1 with guests from
Manatee Elementary School.
Fifth-graders from both schools will par-
ticipate in a peace dedication ceremony and
activities are planned for the entire school day.
Some of the peace day projects include
making a peace pledge to carry out at home,
designing posters, decorating visors to wear
during the visit, and more. There will be a to-
tal of 10 project stations for students to rotate
through before lunch.
Lunch will be provided by Duffy's Tav-
ern, which has donated hot dogs for the event.
After lunch, the fifth-graders will hold a
rededication ceremony for the peace pole lo-
cated in the Island school's courtyard. A simi-
lar pole stands in the courtyard at Manatee
Other guests at the ceremony will include
staff from Ballard and Sea Breeze elementary
schools, who are considering embarking on
their own peace pole projects.
Also attending the ceremony will be Island
Rotarians who helped AME initiate its peace
pole project last year with funding for the six-
sided peace pole.
Peace poles are handcrafted of environ-
mentally friendly wood and stand 7 feet tall. A
plaque is fastened to each side of the pole with
the message "May peace prevail on earth" in
Manatee Elementary purchased a four-
sided pole in January and fifth-graders from
AME traveled to the Bradenton school to par-
ticipate in the dedication ceremony held on
Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
April 19, 875 N. Shore Drive, Rod and Reel Pier,
criminal mischief. According to the report, squid bait
was placed in the tank of a toilet in the men's bathroom
and the toilet had to be replaced. Squid was also report-
edly placed into an automatic air freshener damaging
April 23,400 block of Pine Avenue, criminal mis-
chief. Someone dented a parked vehicle. According to
the report, the location of the vehicle made it unlikely
another vehicle hit the parked car.
April 24, 877 N. Shore Drive, Rod and Reel Pier,
missing person. A man reported his wife missing. Ac-
cording to the report, his wife went out to the parking
lot and he followed two minutes later but could not find
April 15, 400 block of Gulf Drive, traffic arrest. A
man was arrested for improper use of a temporary tag
and driving without a license.
Coast Guard flotilla boat
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A boating skills and seamanship program
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Auxiliary building, 5801 33rd Ave. Ct. W.,
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April 19, 2300 block of Avenue B, burglary. A
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gallons of fuel, stolen from his boat. Also reported as
stolen were a flare-gun kit, fish net and bait bucket.
April 19, 1800 Gulf Drive, Coquina Park, lewd and
lascivious exhibition. According to the report, a man
was arrested after exposing his genitals to two juveniles
in the public shower.
April 20, 2000 Bayside Park, resisting arrest. Accord-
ing to the report, officers responded to a domestic distur-
bance and asked all parties involved to leave the park. One
man was arrested as he tried to leave before a trespass
warning could be issued, according to the report.
April 21, 135 Bridge St., Bridge Tender Inn, miss-
ing person. A woman reported her friend missing after
she failed to show up for work at the restaurant. Ac-
cording to the report, the two women had been at the
Sport's Lounge the night before and the missing
woman left the bar while her friend was in the rest
room. The friend told police the woman left.without her
purse or identification. According to the report, offic-
ers went by the woman's home and spoke to her hus-
band, who reported that he had not seen her and did not
know her whereabouts.
April 22, 135 Bridge St., Bridge Tender Inn, miss-
ing person. According to the report, a woman previ-
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lice station and reported that she was fine.
April 23, 6900 block of Gulf Drive, battery. Ac-
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when they arrived on the scene and the victim's lip was
swollen and bleeding from a blow to the mouth.
April 24, 300 block of 68th Street, theft. The tag
from a truck was reportedly stolen.
Anna Maria City agenda
Anna Maria City Commission Chairper-
son 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
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 understood City
Commissioner Linda Cramer wanted to talk
about the history of that establishment as part
of the discussion.
However, said Quam, after talking with
Cramer, he agreed to return code enforcement
as an agenda item "only for general discus-
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perceived code violation will not be dis-
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THE ISLANDER A APRIL 30, 2003 0 PAGE 25
Lessons from the islands from another islander
By Rick Catlin
Janis Frawley-Holler of Longboat Key should be
exhausted after visiting 25 islands around the globe the
Instead, she's so pumped up on island life, when
she returned to Longboat Key, she wrote a book about
her travel experiences entitled "Island Wise."
But this is not your typical travelogue book, gush-
ing with superlatives on things to "see and do," and
advertising each island as a hot vacation spot.
"It's really about lessons in living that I found on
each island I visited," said Frawley-Holler. "It's a com-
bination of travelogue and self-help, what each island's
unique culture provides its inhabitants and visitors,"
You might say the book is a "prescription for bet-
ter living" in our fast-paced world, she added. "The
book is also about what I gained from the people and
culture of each island."
Included in the book are details about music, fes-
tivals, food, clothes and the "laid-back" approach that
makes the islands similar but individually unique.
"Simple recipes for living life at a slower pace,"
are in the book, Frawley-Holler added.
In Hong Kong, for example, a visitor should up-
hold the traditions and customs to "preserve a sense of
When visiting Key West, "be independent and re-
assert your personal style of living," she said.
A visit to Borneo requires graciousness to friends
and strangers in everyday activities while Crete sup-
plies nourishment to the body and soul through fresh,
naturally healthy meals.
Other islands that made the Frawley-Holler itiner-
ary include Jamaica, Nassau, Prince Edward Island, St.
Lucia, the Galapagos Islands, Seguin Island in Maine
and Oahu, Hawaii.
"Island Wise" is now available at Books-A-Million
in Bradenton and Barnes and Noble, and Frawley-
Holler said she hopes to have the book at the Sand
Dollar Gift Shop in the Island Shopping Center in
Holmes Beach within a few days.
Longboat Key resident Janis Frawley-Holler has just
published a book entitled "Island Wise" about her
year-long travels to 25 different islands around the
world. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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" Crab blues, horseshoes too; shameless plugs
Biologists are asking for volunteer voyeurs to
monitor horseshoe crab mating activity.
Horseshoe crabs are those round, brown crabs that
look like an upended pan or a helmet crawling along
the bottom of the bay. They are more closely related to
spiders than marine critters, and for the most part have
not changed much in the past 250 million years.
From March through June, the crabs mate. The
female, generally the larger of the pair, will crawl along
towing the male. She'll find a special spot in the sand
near shore, dig a hole, and lay thousands of tiny eggs.
The male then fertilizes the eggs and, in about a month,
tiny crabs crawl from the sand and head for the surf.
S "Unfortunately, horseshoe crab abundance is de-
clining throughout much of the species' range," accord-
ing to Florida Marine Research Institute scientists.
"This decline is probably due to a variety of factors,
including the degradation of reproductive habitat and
overfishing. The horseshoe crab's reproductive activi-
ties can be disrupted when seawalls or other types of
development alter shoreline configuration; moreover,
in the past 30 years, the eastern United States' annual
harvest of horseshoe crabs for the bait fishery has
climbed from about 6,000 to nearly 2.4 million."
Humans aren't the only threat to the lumpy crabs.
Birds rely on horseshoe crab eggs during migrations,
and a decrease in crabs has resulted in a decrease in
some shorebird species.
"As a result, many states have put restrictions on
horseshoe crab harvesting, and the Atlantic States
Marine Fisheries Commission developed a Horseshoe
Crab Fishery Management Plan," FMRI biologists
said, and "have initiated a statewide survey for nesting
beaches where horseshoe crabs mate and spawn their
eggs. FMRI needs the help of the public for this survey;
observations of the public and data collected by volun-
teers will directly contribute to our success. The horse-
shoe crab has existed for hundreds of millions of years
let us all pitch in to ensure they will survive for many
years to come."
So, if you see any horseshoe crab mating activity,
either e-mail the -location and time to FMRI at
www.floridamarine.org/horseshoe_crab/, or call the
organization at 1-866-252-9326.
Horseshoe crabs are crawling ashore to lay eggs,
and state officials want you to let them know where
Blue crab blues
Expect to pay a lot more for blue crabs this season,
if you can get any at all.
Scientists report that blue crab catches have
dropped by 29 percent in the Gulf of Mexico, 23 per-
cent in the Atlantic Ocean, in the past three years.
In the Tampa Bay area, the harvest is down about
Blue crabs are caught in traps, and blue crab trap-
pers are licensed by the state. In the mid-1990s, there
were 5,000 licensed blue crabbers in Florida; today,
there are 2,000 people licensed, but only about 800
To be a licensed commercial crabber, you have to
:;y a $50 per year fee. There are no limits on the num-
ber of traps you can set, there is no closed season, and
there are no closed areas to trapping in Florida waters.
Recreational blue crabbers pay no fee, although
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blue crab trapping. One Mote Marine Laboratory sci-
entist reported counting 3,150 traps in one short stretch
of the Peace River.
Overharvesting of the crabs is apparently the prob-
lem in the crab population decline. The 1996 harvest
.netted 18 million pounds of blue crabs. In 2001, the
catch was 7.5 million pounds.
Blue crabs Callinectes sapidus, which means
"savory beautiful swimmers" are an important part
of the marine ecosystem. Crabs eat periwinkle snails,
which are found in cordgrass along the shore. No crabs,
and the snails eat all the cordgrass. No cordgrass, and
there's nothing to hold the marshes together. No
marshes, no birds, no habitat for little marine critters,
increased sediment in the water column, lack of light
reaching the bottom where other seagrasses live, more
seagrass decline ... You get the idea.
By the way, male blue crabs are definitely the "stay
at home" kind of guys, seldom leaving shallow water
near shore. Females have been known to migrate hun-
dreds of miles in their 3-year-long lifespans.
One of the nice things about writing a column in a
newspaper is being able to shamelessly hype things that
friends are doing. Here are two.
Islander Andrew White is the publisher/editor of
"Currents," a new glossy magazine dedicated to fish-
ing, diving, history and travel in Florida's Culf Coast.
He has written numerous fishing stories 1t r The Is-
lander, all of which included top-notch photography.
His premiere issue is hot off the press and packed
with all sorts of good stuff, from Nazi U-boats in the
Gulf of Mexico to a how-to article on catching snook
near piers and docks.
"For me, fishing and diving have always been
about adventure," White wrote in his "Publisher's
Page" introduction. "Since I was a kid I have cher-
ished the feelings of excitement and mystery that ac-
company a trip on the water. Whether it is diving a
deep wreck or just killing an afternoon in the back-
water, I'm never quite sure what to expect. It is a real
frontier out there, and it will jump up and bite you
if you don't pay attention.
"Yet the open water realm is so much more. It is a
place to build and foster friendships, a place to teach
our children respect for nature, and a place to lose
whatever might be bringing us down. Our time on the
water is indeed a precious thing, and I for one doubt
that I could be truly happy without it."
White's premier, and free, issue of "Currents" is
available at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Stop by and grab a copy.
Shameless plug No. 2:
My buddy Stan Zimmerman is starting his "Cruis-
ing (with) Class" class at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at
the Sarasota Sailing Squadron on City Island, just past
Mote Marine Laboratory, in Sarasota.
The class will run every Thursday night for the
next eight weeks, and there will be a test at the end.
And you've gotta love the price it's free, although
you may want to cheat a little and get a copy of Stan's
book of the same name, based on his lectures over the
years, at a cost of $20. I'm sure Stan will have copies
available at the squadron, or you can pick one up at
Circle Books on St. Armands Circle.
Stan said the course is targeted to sailors new to
Southwest Florida, but it goes beyond lines and anchor-
ing and the difference between port and starboard. As
he puts it, "The emphasis is on comfort, the kind of
comfort bred in skill and culminating in safety."
He also stressed an important lesson: "I'll do my
best to tell you what to do, but you and your crew
should practice, so when an emergency arises, you'll
be able to respond in a knowledgeable and skillful
manner. Lecture learning, like book learning, can be
interesting.but is ultimately useless unless you apply it
in real life."
I haven't taken the course, but I did read the book
and found it fascinating. Even after all the years I've
spent on the water as a kid, I found that I learned things
I hadn't thought of before.
If you want to spend any time on the water, take the
course you can't beat the price.
Horseshoe crab blood is rich in copper. The crab
blood tends to clot if it's contaminated by bacteria, and
doctors use the blood as a test to see if human vaccines
About 200,000 horseshoe crabs a year are caught
and used by the biomedical industry for the bacteria
And most of the crabs are surviving blood donors,
able to contribute again another day.
Island 5K run, family walk
scheduled Sunday morning
Island Run 2003, featuring a 5K run and a
one-mile "family fun run/walk" will be off to an
early start Sunday morning, May 4, at Bayfront
Park in Anna Maria.
Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the run
at 8 a.m. Pre-registration costs $12, which may be
done by making checks out to Manatee County
Nursery Schools Inc. and mailing to the organi-
zation at 2601 Seventh Ave. E., Bradenton FL
34208, or by registering at the scene of the race
Sunday morning, which costs $15. Youngsters
under 8 register for $10.
Billed as the Build Better Kids 5K, it is to be
solely for the benefit of nursery schools organi-
zation. It is sanctioned by the Bradenton Runners
Club and supported by the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce.
Goodie bags and T-shirts will be given to the
first 125 registrants, and prizes, entertainment and
refreshments are on the schedule.
Five-K awards will be presented in male and
female overall, masters and grand masters, plus
three deep in these age groups: 10 and under, 11-
14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44,45-
49, 50-59. 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. Ribbons
will be awarded to all family milers who cross the
Additional information may be obtained by
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: 387-9519.
Noon- Duplicate bridge at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Thursday, May 1
10 a.m. National Day of Prayer observance at
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-0414.
7 to 8 p.m. Teen GIRLS Forum at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Friday, May 2
5 to 8 p.m. Opening reception for Marilyn
Cassidy at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1788.
Saturday, May 3
8 a.m. to noon Community "craft and clutter"
sale at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1813.
10 a.m. to 10p.m. Bridge Street Festival on his-
toric Bridge Street (three blocks south of Cortez Road),
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-4110.
10:30 a.m. Holmes Beach Civic Association
stormwater drainage presentation at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
-10:30 a.m. Wild bird rescue training at the Peli-
can Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
Sunday, May 4
8 a.m. Build Better Kids Island 5k Run and one-
mile family fun walk beginning at Bayfront Park on Bay
Boulevard in Anna Maria. Information: 746-3503. Fee
10 a.m. to 6p.m. Bridge Street Arts Festival on
historic Bridge Street (three blocks south of Cortez
Road), Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-4110,
7p.m. Audition for a musical review with the
Manatee Players at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old
Main St., Bradenton. Information: 748-0111.
Monday, May 5
6:30 p.m. Artists Guild of Anna Maria meeting
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Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7p.m. "Fun at the Center" for Island teens at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
7 p.m. Audition for a musical review with the
Manatee Players at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old
Main St., Bradenton. Information: 748-0111.
Tuesday, May 6
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard, Anna
Maria. Information: 778-7062.
9 to 10:30 a.m.- Stepping-stone class at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7 to 9 p.m. Teen art program at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Wednesday, May 7
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. "From Russia With
Love" cooking lesson with Chef Raymond Arpke at
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Euphemia Haye restaurant, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, -
Longboat Key. Information: 383-3633. Fee applies.
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, Robert
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. Infor-
Watercolor demonstration by Susie Cotton at the
Artists Guild Gallery May 9.
Manatee High School Art Exhibit opening recep-
tion at the Anna Maria Island Art League May 9.
Local letter carriers food collection May 10.
"Affair to Remember" at St. Bernard Catholic
Church May 10.
Small Business Week at the Longboat Key
Chamber of Commerce begins May 12.
Members of the Anna Maria Garden Club made a cruise aboard the Lil Toot their last field trip of the year,
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Kings mostly run off, but mackerel, trout good bets
By Capt. Mike Heistand
The kingfish run may be over for this spring sea-
son, although a few lone kings are still being caught
here and there offshore. Mackerel action continues to
be great at the offshore reefs, and red grouper, lane
snapper and amberjack are still Gulf of Mexico main-
In the backwater, trout is the king right now, and
there are some reports of good-sized snook and redfish
being reeled in.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the Green
Bridge Kids Fishing Tournament May 10 on the Mana-
tee River. Youths age 7 to 14 are welcome, rods will
be provided if needed, and juice and lunch will be pro-
vided compliments of the Tropicana. The Manatee-
Sarasota Fish and Game Club sponsored event starts at
7 a.m., their 17th annual, and for more information or
to pre-register call 794-2806, or just show up and have
a great time.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he caught king-
fish to 25 pounds, mangrove snapper to 5 pounds,
bonita to 12 pounds, barracuda to 20 pounds and some
huge permit up to 30 pounds, all in anywhere from 15
to 60 feet of water offshore. He also got his charters
onto a few keeper amberjack.
-Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said the winds last Friday and Saturday turned
on the inshore fishing while it pretty much put the
kibosh on offshore action. Nonetheless, he was able to
get his charters onto limit catches of snook to 34 inches,
redfish to 24 inches, and catch-and-release trout to 27
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's getting
into lots of small snook and a few good-sized linesider,
but trout seems to be the mainstay right now. Permit are
still out in the Gulf of Mexico, although the weather
was too rough to go out for them on most days last
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's catching some
redfish around the docks, and snook fishing is "OK, but
we'll have to wait a while for them to really start hitting."
Trout are good enough for his clients right now, and mack-
erel are still hitting off the offshore artificial reefs.
5, caught his
first snook by
fishing from his
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Beach. The fish .
after the picture
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Steve Gossman of Port Huron, Mich., caught this 39-pound, 52-inch-long king mackerel-on 17-pound-test line.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Riptide out of Catch-
ers said he's getting into lots of red grouper about 30
miles offshore, with some weighing in at 25 pounds.
He's also putting his charters onto mangrove snapper
to 5 pounds, some blackfin tuna, and a few lane snap-
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
are catching redfish, drum, pompano, whiting, small
sharks, jacks, mackerel and a few keeper-sized snook.
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier are reeling
in mackerel, jacks, flounder, snapper, some snook
mostly at night, small sharks, and some cobia have
been spotted but not yet hooked.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he is catching blackfin tuna to 35
pounds, amberjack to 40 pounds, yellowtail snapper to
3 pounds, mangrove snapper to 4 pounds, kingfish to
12 pounds, plus red and gag grouper in 40 to 110 feet
of water on live baits, some artificial baits, and shrimp.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
boaters are getting into some big trout right now, plus
a few redfish to 27 inches in Palma Sola Bay. Snook
are a good bet on the higher tides, and wade fishers are
still doing well with trout.
. Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
big snook are coming to the dock, some up to 34 inches
in length. Other reports include excellent trout action,
a few black drum in the Manatee River and a few red-
Capt. Steve Baron said he's been doing well with
some snook to 24 inches and trout to the same size.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said his best bets are trout, redfish and some small
snook, all caught on artificial lures and artificial are
working better than live bait for Capt. Thom right now.
On my boat Magic, we're catching trout to 22
inches, snook to 27 inches, mangrove snapper to 18
inches, a few triggerfish and a kingfish that tipped the
scales at better than 20 pounds.
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.
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 30, 2003 0 PAGE 29
WMFD shows improvement as season progresses
By Kevin Cassidy
Players and coaches for Little League baseball's
West Manatee Fire District weren't really sure how
they would do competing against teams from Manatee
West Little League at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton.
They had played and competed against teams from
Manatee East and North River American with mixed
results last season. They generally beat the North River
American teams, but usually lost to the Manatee East
teams, so that really didn't give them much help in
forecasting their potential success.
What did convince them even if it took a couple
more games to sink in was how competitive they
were against a strong Titan Boats team. Titan Coach
Stan Brown's teams always hit, but Jared McKenzie
and Ben Valdivieso combined to no-hit Titan Boats.
WMFD lost the game 1-0, but the confidence
gained by McKenzie and Valdivieso played a big role
in the success of the team.
After losing its first three games, one to a Wood
Title team that is currently 15-0 and in first place in the
whole league, WMFD then won seven out of its last
eight games to finish 7-4.
What were the keys to their success? Well,. I've
already mentioned McKenzie and Valdivieso, but more
mention is warranted to explain their importance to the
team. McKenzie is the fireballer and went 6-1 with a
2.73 earned-run average. He struck out 55 batters to
lead the team while giving up only 15 hits. McKenzie
also did some damage with his bat, hitting .387 with six
doubles and eight RBIs.
Valdivieso may not throw quite as hard, but he was
nearly as effective, striking out 45 batters while com-
piling a 3-2 record with an e.g. of under 3.00.
Valdivieso's batting average was only .240, but he led
the team in walks and his 10 runs scored was among the
The next player who warrants a lot of credit for
winning is Tyler Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald has played
pretty much every position for Coaches Evan Bordes
and Brad Lisk, while quietly earning some serious
M.V.P. consideration. Fitzgerald has been at the top or
led the team in hitting for the entire season and cur-
rently boasts an impressive .444 batting average. He's
near the top in runs scored, doubles and RBIs and last
week slugged his first home run over the right center
Another productive hitter was Lance Burger who
maintained a.400-plus average all season. Burger also
has left the yard once while being among the team lead-
ers in RBIs, runs and triples. Burger is now adding
another position'to his resume pitcher. Burger
pitched an effective inning last Wednesday against the
Sarasota Snappers and will get more work on the
mound as they get closer to tournament time.
Stephen Thomas was on the way to being a solid
contributor for WMFD, but he got hurt, which got in
the way of him having a more productive season. In
spite of the injury, Thomas still managed to drive in six
runs while hitting .270 and he was a solid player at ei-
ther shortstop or second base.
Dylan Mullen started at first for most of the year
and has a respectable .250 average with 11 runs scored
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Fitzgerald ripped an 0-2 pitch over the right center field fence for his first home run.
and eight walks. Ryan Guerin has a .240 average and
seven runs scored and has hit well in the clutch, driv-
ing in six runs.
Matt Shafer has played third most of the season
Junior League, Little
Junior League (ages 13-14)
Date Field Time
May 1 N. River 6:30 p.m.
May 3 Tebbetts 10 a.m.
WMFD Majors Schedule
Date Field Time
April 30 AMICC 7:30 p.m.
May 5 AMICC 7:30 p.m.
Visitors vs. Home
The Islander vs.
North River #1 vs.
Visitor vs. Home
T.B.A. vs. WMFD
Titan Boats vs. WMFD
AAA (ages 9-12)
All games scheduled at G.T, Bray Park
Date Field Time Visitor vs. Home
May 1 2 7:30 p.m. Hendrix & Dail vs.
Air & Energy
May 5 1 5:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs.
AA (ages 7-10) All games scheduled at AMICC
Date Time Visitors vs. Home
May 1 6 p.m. Island Lumber vs. Betsy Hill Realty
May 3 4 p.m. Gateway vs. Morgan Stanley
May 3 6 p.m. Betsy Hill Realty vs. Island Lumber
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and has played solid defense while also coming
through with some timely hits on offense. He too is
getting some work on the mound in preparation for
year-end tourneys he pitched a scoreless inning
against the Snappers last Wednesday.
Justin Dearlove, Alex Wright, Cody Woten and
Carmine Galati were reserves, but each contributed in
their own way.
Dearlove was solid defensively whether in the in-
field or outfield. He came through with a two-run
single to right field to give WMFD a 3-1 lead against
Beef O'Brady's and scored the tying run against
SuperGrip in a 3-2 WMFD victory.
Wright has made a couple of spectacular catches in
left field while also coming through with some clutch
hits. He had an RBI single to score Cody Woten in a
13-11 win and scored twice during WMFD's 5-4 vic-
tory over Wood Dock & Seawall.
Woten has started every game and has come
through with a couple of clutch hits, one being the bunt
single he got to jumpstart a rally that led to WMFD's
10-run ruling over Westbay Landscaping while also
playing well as catcher when McKenzie pitches.
Galati, who backs up Shafer at third, has been a
great kid to have on the team, according to Coach
Bordes. "He's a hard worker, always shows up on time
and asks questions about the game."
Aside from a couple of make-up games, WMFD's
season is over until the year-end Manatee West:
Interleague tournament and All-Stars.
Meanwhile, the team is trying to schedule scrim-
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29
mages with anyone that will play them.
The Islander drops to third
with pair of losses
The Islander dropped a pair of games last week to
Active Images to drop into third place in the Junior
League West standings with an 8-3 record.
Active Images' Carldon Collins turned in a gutsy
pitching performance Friday, April 26, with a com-
plete-game victory, scatteringl0 hits in seven innings
while striking out seven to make an early 6-1 lead hold
Collins also contributed at the plate with a pair of
singles and two runs scored, but the real hitting star was
Adam Chadrowski, who went 3-for-4 including a triple
and two RBIs. Other big games came from Bobby
Dixon with a pair of RBI singles and one run scored
and Braun Balsai, who tripled and scored twice. Dustin
England added a two-run double and one run scored,
while Nathan Mozeleski singled and scored one run to
round out the Active Images offense.
The Islander was led by Steve Faasse,who went 3-
for-4 with a double, and Sean Price's 2-for-3 two-run
performance. Matt Bobo went 2-for-2, including a
double and one run scored, while Sean Pittman and
Tim Bouziane each singled and scored one run in the
In the Monday, April 21, game, Active Images
jumped out to a 9-1 lead after two innings, then held on
as The Islander staged a rally to pull to within 9-7, but
Active Images gradually pulled away in the later in-
Dixon paced the ActiveImages offense with three
singles and two runs scored, while Martin and Yates
both added a double and two runs scored. Mozelski
added a pair of singles and one run scored and England
singled and scored three runs to the Active Images of-
fense that also received a single and one run-from
Adam Chadrowski and a two-run home run from
Collins in the victory.
Bouziane's 2-for-2 performance, including a triple,
two RBIs and a double, and a single and two RBIs from
Sean Price paced The Islander at the plate.
Next up for The Islander is a May 1 game at the
Lions' Club field in Palmetto against Schappacher &
Friends before returning home to Birdie Tebbetts Field
May 3 for a 10 a.m. game against West Coast Alumi-
WMFD: Justin Dearlove, Alex Wright, Ben Valdivieso, Dylan Mullen, Stephen Thomas, Tyler Fitzgerald, Matt
Shafer, Jarrod McKenzie, Lance Burger, Ryan Guerin, Cody Woten and Carmine Galati along with coaches
Brad Lisk, Evan Bordes and Bruce McKenzie.
Ninth-grader makes her mark at
Ninth-grader and life-long Island resident Miranda
Massey has had a banner year! As a freshman at
Bayshore High School, Miranda has somehow main-
tained an impressive 4.5 grade-point-average.
She's achieved great grades despite being an ex-
tremely busy young lady. Massey played defense as a
member of the girl's varsity soccer team at Bayshore
in addition to being a member of the varsity power-lift-
ing team where she competed in the 123-pound divi-
Massey had lifts of 90 pounds in the bench press
and 85 in the clean-and-jerk event. Miranda also finds
time to run the 400-meter race and throw the shot put
and discus for the junior varsity track and field team at
Massey recently represented her school at the Mi-
ami Conference for Safe & Drug Free Schools and for
an added measure to round out her achievements, her
class voted her Freshman Homecoming Princess!
Her pleased parents are Lisa Marie (Phillips)
Sapienza and stepfather Herb Stump. Father Mark
Massey of Pine Island, Fla., couldn't be more proud!
Kevin Cassidy is publisher of Sports Page, a free
countywide publication focusing on youth sports,
coach for Manatee High School female soccer and a
Ben Valdivieso delivers a pitch during his five-
inning, three-hit performance against Manatee
.. . : .
Lifelong Islander Miranda Massey is having a big year
as a freshman at Bayshore High School. She maintains
near-perfect grades; competes in soccer, power lifting,
and track and field; won the Anna Maria Island
Community Center award for best female athlete;
represented her school at the conference in Miami for
safe and drug-free schools; and is freshman homecom-
ing princess. Her mother is Lisa Marie Sapienza and
stepfather Herb Stump of Bradenton Beach, father is
Mark Massey of Pine Island.
Thirty Anna Maria Elementary School third- and fifth-graders who participate in the school's adopt-a-grand-
parent program spent the day at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria. Students and their adopted grandparents
played wiffleball following a picnic lunch. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
THE ISLANDER E APRIL 30, 2003 E PAGE 31
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guest quarters or rental income. $28,500 or make
offer. View at Web site: 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.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
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
available upon request. Call Megahan, 778-7502.
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.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
Superior water views from this updated canalfront
home with extra large lot over 1/3 acre. 3BR/2BA, large
kitchen, open floor plan, two-car garage, ceramic
tile/carpeted flooring and 2,000 sq.ft. of entertainment
area with solar heated pool, dock with boat lift, water
and electric.., come see the waterfront view. $878,400.
SOUTHERN BREEZE SIX UNIT RESORT
Near Bean Point on Anna Maria Island, three buildings
with two units in each. All have 2BR/1BA decorated
with the feel of the Island, furnished and ready to rent.
Cute and beachy and a heated pool! Walk to
restaurants and beach. $1,450,000 or buy just one
building at $495,000. Call Tom for your color brochure!
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or call 941-778-997e.
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.
ISLAND STORE and Deli needs full-time or part-
time help, all positions, all shifts. Apply in person,
414 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
FULL-TIME DISHWASHER, Thursday-Monday,
3pm-close. Call Mr. Bones, 778-6614.
ACE HARDWARE of Holmes Beach seeks perma-
nent full-time and part-time cashiers and sales as-
sociates. Retired trades people welcome. Apply in
person. 3352 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
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.
BIMINI BAY ~ PARADISE ~ PANORAMA
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Waterview from every room. 245-ft. of protected water-
front. This magnificent two-year-old home is uniquely
wheelchair friendly. $2,500,000. #90163. Owner/Agent
Piroska Kallay Plai
ON THE GRAND CANAL
Dream location for boaters and water
lovers. True sailboat water. Direct ac-
cess to Gulf. Walking distance to beach.
3BR/2BA home. Offered at $495,000.
Call Piroska Kallay Planck
.. : Just 11 luxury Bayfront
Flats & Townhouses, each
with a private boat slip
on the Intracoastal
Waterway. All the right
amenities for gracious
Florida living: Greatrooms
-with cathedral ceilings,
media/family rooms, large
screen porches, pool, spa
& fountains all in a lush
tropical garden setting.
now available. Call todav!
OLD BRIDGE VILLAGE
300 Bay Drive South
Between 3rd & 4th Street S.
Bradenton Beach, FL 3421'
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PART-TIME ISLANDER REPORTER: Journalism
skills a must. Computer literate. Independent
worker. Resumes: E-mail email@example.com, or
fax 778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
ASSISTED LIVING: Haven Home Bradenton Beach
is admitting residents. Respite, long term. Call 779-
0322 for details, inquiries welcome.
CALL "CARE COMPANY" for qualified home
health-care aides, caregivers and companions.
Twelve years serving Anna Maria Island and
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.
I TH.ISANERVICEConiL 20 Gi
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-
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon on Tuesday at
www.islander.org. And it's FREE!
LICENSED COMPUTER SPECIALIST. Available
evenings, weekends. For any computer needs,
hardware, software, network, commercial, private.
MAKE YOUR MOVE WITH MARILYN
Call me for the
S latest list of
Lf Perico Bay
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. Mastercard/Visa. 539-7937.
DUST BUSTERS Want to do a clean sweep? Spe-
cial rate $35 for two hours of general cleaning. Call
Ellen 778-1375 or Nancy 792-4136.
HANDYMAN SERVICES: Scott Fulton contractor.
20 years experience. Island resident, area refer-
ences available. Cell, 713-1907; home, 778-4192;
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.
SFor all your real estate needs call
LL Erlene Fitzpatrick 224-6339
FtORIDH R QLTY) Edda Roo
Alucn Edda Rooney* 720-1473
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 with
fireplace, charming patio area. Oversize airy master suite
opens to pool and spa. 3BR/2BA, family room, new tile, car-
pet, paint. $264,900.
All Florida Realty & Auction Co;
5008 Manatee Ave. West, Bradenton, FL 34209 -
simply the Best
7 70+ Gulffront rental units with hundreds
6 more just steps from the beach.
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CHARMING TBR 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
..hoose to add on, convert to single family
or keep as investment, you can't go wrong
in this location! Only $49,500.
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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SEVCE oniud-EVIE oniue -SRIESCntne
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.
HOUSESITTING: Retired Christian couple seeks
housesitting position, preferably near beach. Avail-
able now through September. References fur-
nished. Call (770) 832-7319.
MOSAIC ART with a twist. Story telling in tile. Pa-
triotic, nautical, fanciful themes. Stepping stones,
table tops, outdoor shower installations, flower pots.
See at 203 22nd St., Bradenton Beach. 779-2212.
TREE SERVICE BY BREWER. Topping, trimming,
shaping, stump grinding and removals. Trim palm
trees. Insured. Call Phil, cell 545-4770.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in construc-
tion trades. "I'm handy to have around." 779-9666.
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-
shirts. Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach or order on-line www.islander.org.
DON'T FEEL LIKE waiting or walking in the rain,
heat or dust? Take a-taxi door to door, or just have
us deliver your prescription or dinner! $1.50 in,
$1.50 mile. Professional, clean, friendly service for
all of Manatee and Sarasota counties, as well as
most airports. Island Transportation, 7am-3am (or
by appointment), call 779-2520.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Let me help you with your
spring cleaning. Reasonable, reliable, dependable,
many Island references. Call 779-0583 or 807-0570.
CLEANING: I don't cut corners, I clean corners. For
professional, friendly serVice, call 231-0001, leave
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, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
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-
SELL it fast in The Islander.
3224 EAST BAY DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
lb Gail Tutewiler
REAL ESTATE COMPANY
MARTINIQUE NORTH Direct
Gulffront 2BR/2BA, first floor up,
with two garages and large stor-
age room. Can't beat this view!
Small pets allowed. Low main-
tenance. Heated pool, tennis,
PANORAMIC VIEWS! Rarely
available 2BR/1.5BA end unit
with Gulf and bay views. Many
upgrades, lots of tile. Beautifully
turnkey furnished. Heated pool
on the bay. $295,000'.
RARELY OFFERED Anna Maria
canalfront home with very private lot and
boat dock. 3BR/2.5BA with great open
floor plan. Very close to beach! Perfect to
redecorate for your retirement home or
use as a rental property. $509,000. Call
Quentin Talbert at 778-4800 or 704-9680
SUNSET BEACH MOTEL 13 guest
rooms plus a four bedroom beach house.
Licensed for 14 units. Heated pool plus
cabana and an elevated "sunset" deck.
Good rental history and advance book-
ings. Includes a small parcel of beach.
$2,600,0001. Call David Vande Vrede or
Dave Jones at 778-4800.
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished and condo. TURNKEY FURNISHED 2BR/2BA
Direct view of Gulf and partial view of condo near beach. Complex has great
bay. Boat dock, heated pool and spa, amenities. Elevator, heated pool and
tennis court. Great rental history. Weekly tennis courts. $259,000. Call Jane
rentals. $399,900. Call Ed Oliveira at Grossman or Nicole Skaggs at 778-
778-4800 or 705-4800. 4800 or 795-5704.
RARELY AVAILABLE BAY VIEW
CONDO 1 BR/1BA Imperial House condo
with direct views of the Intracoastal Wa-
terway and Manatee Bridge. New
kitchen, breakfast bar, ceramic tile.
Deeded beach access, fishing pier on
the bay. Only $209,000. Call Denny
Rauschl at 725-3934.
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TWO BALCONIES FOR VIEWS OF
GULF AND BAYI 2BR/2BA condo. Top
floor unit has great views and brightness.
Complex has 16 well maintained units on
the bay with heated pool. $359,000 Call
Dave Vande Verde at 725-4800.
Dedication and Experience
You Can Count On ...
Exceptional value for this well-
maintained 2BR/2BA unit located
on tennis court side of outstanding
SGulffront complex. Turnkey
furnished. New appliances, Corian
counter top, A/C, tile and carpet.
Enjoy the beach, the pool or the
tennis court! IB88068.
$699,900 MANATEE RIVER
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Panoramic view of
the Manatee River with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.
3BR/3BA, 3 car garage, private dock with davits, room for a
pool on a half acre lot with beautiful tropical landscaping.
See virtual tours and
all available MLS listings at
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
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
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HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX 2BR/1.5BA both sides.
Newly remodeled and furnished. New carpets and
ceramic tiles. One-and-a-half block to beach. Owner
willing to hold some financing $486,900. Call Michel
Cerene, Realtor, 792-6546.
LOT Prime buildable lot in very desirable area of
Anna Maria City on Pine Avenue. Zoned for residen-
tial/office/retail. Owner financing available. $268,000
Call Susan Hatch, Realtor, 778-7616 eves.
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PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Irri-
gation. 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.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
VAN-GO PAINTING residentialcommercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
This newly renovated 2BR/2BA condominium has di-
rect views of the lagoon and Intracoastal Waterway.
Recent updates include new tile, carpets, ceiling tans,
bathroom vanities. kitchen cabinets and countertops.
New wallpaper, paint, lighting and window treatments
are also included. Community boal dock is only steps
away. Amenities include Tennis, Heated pool and
short walk to beach, restaurants and shops. $309,000.
(941) 730-3376 Scott Dunlap BWILW
(941)751-1151 E-mail- roses5@gie net
of Anna Maria Inc.
idoy 9 'd 1 (800)771-6043
5309 Gulf Drive* Holmes Beach
[Next to the Chamber in the Island Fitness Building]
S:l NORTH BEACH VILLAGE
S' Desirable 3BR/2BA
townhome turnkey furnished.
a K.Great rental history.
Reduced $379,000. Call
Robin Kollar @713-4515
Indian Beach (Ringling). Steps
to bay and million dollar
mansions. 2BR/2BA, tile roof,
S garage, large lot.-$ 2090.
Reduced $189,000 Call
-.:. Robin Kollar@ 713-4515
S .S CUTE ISLAND HOME just
steps to beach access. West
of Gulf Drive, 2BR/ I BA,
room for pool. $359,000.
Call Hther, 807-4661.
SEE OUR SALES & RENTALS
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
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.
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 paint-
ing, pressure washing and wallpaper. For prompt,
reliable service at reasonable rates, call Kevin at
704-7115 or 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
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.
Buying? Selling? Renting? We Can Help!
CANALFRONT ON PERIWINKLE
PLAZA in Anna Maria. Elevated
home is on large lot with 212-ft. on
deep-water canal. Private boat
dock, wrap around deck, private
setting. Two-car garage with work-
shop and storage. Convenient to
beach access. Offered at $575,000.
MLS#92314. Call Stephanie Bell,
CALL NOW! 778-2307 or 920-5156.
SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519, #CCC057977,
#PE0020374. Insured. Accepting MasterCard/Visa.
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, dependable
restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine finish-
ing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist. Repairs,
painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
TILE,.CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Homes, rentals. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
COMPLETE BATHROOM REMODELING Drywall,
repairs, texture coating, painting. Custom shower
stalls, tub enclosures, fixtures, cabinets, tile. Unique
Options, 752-7758 or 545-6141 cell.
Call Valerie Hietala: 518-8120
see more at: www.lucyspoons.com
.t,. YOUR HOMETOWN REALTOR SINCE 1939
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: Wagnerrealty.com
Jcrwrnan ~r' aILANu custom
elevated 2BR/3BA with a special
ambiance. Secluded, private with
views of Sarasota Bay. Great room,
22-by-18-ft., dining room, game
room, boat dock. Anne Miller,
778-2246. #88820. $1,775,000
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT
Spacious 3BR/2BA canalfront in
Key Royale with open split floor
plan. Separate dining, large family
room and room for a pool. New
seawall cap, new roof, fresh paint.
Dave Moynihan, 778-2246.
NIUt UPDATED CONDO #202
Heron Harbour. Numerous updates
to this popular, non-age restricted
community. Assigned parking #28,
full-size stack washer, clean unit.
Bill Bowman., 778-2246. #89047.
TOTALLY RENOVATED Impec-
cable 2BR/2BA residence with den
& only one block to beach. Improve-
ments include new roof,.A/C, win-
dows, doors, electric, Mexican tile
and more. Dave Moynihan,
778-2246. #90350. $379,900
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OVERLOOKING THE BAY Close CLOSE TO THE ISLANDS Desir-
to schools, beaches and malls, able Casco Dorado 2BR/2BA with
Beautiful white sandy beach, boat park-like view. Friendly 55-plus
dock and bay view in your back- community offers heated pool,
yard. Older home but a fantastic clubhouse with billiards, kitchen.
location. David Tyler, 722-2246. Short waiting list for dock. Becky
#91543. $550,000 Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-2246.
VACATION AND ANNUAL RENTALS AVAILABLE
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH
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Paradise Improvements 778.4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
MORENO MARBLE & TILE
Installation & Restoration
Quality Work Over 20 Years Experience
Licensed and Insured
795-6615 or 685-5163 email@example.com
S SHUTTER-VUE INc.
License #CG C061513
Replacement Windows Doors
Room Enclosures Interior Blinds
Shutter and Window Service Available
NEW LOCATION! BIGGER SHOWROOM!
8799 Cortez Rd. W. Bradenton
EXCLUSIVE MULLET SHIRTS
4ore than a mullet wrapper,
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REMODEL *ADDITIONS CUSTOM HOMES
License CGCa3438 383-9215
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CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and fair
prices. Call 795-1947. Lic #RR0066450.
PAUL'S HOMEIMPROVEMENT & Repairs Inc.
Stucco: new construction, additions, face lifts on
older homes. Drywall: hanging, finishing, skip-
trowel ceiling. Spray finish: orange-peel walls. Wa-
ter damage, repairs. Basic around home repairs.
650-7874 cell or 756-8258 home.
ARTHUR GUIDE'S Home Repairs from A-Z. Car-
penter, electrician, plumber. Free estimates, inte-
rior/exterior, no job too small. Call 749-0454. Sat-
isfaction and quality guaranteed.
MIGHTY MIKE'S PAINTING and Small Repairs. In-
terior/exterior, no job too small. Free estimates. A
Christian doing Island work. Call 794-0617 or 730-
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available now.
Beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non
smoking. Priced from $1,400/month, $500/week,
$90/night. 794-5980. www.divefish.com.
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. Now through Sep-
tember, 2003, $2,100/month. Previous deal for
2004 fell through! January-April, 2004, $3,500/
SPACIOUS WATERFRONT, upper, sundeck,
dock. Panoramic view, furnished, Key West-style.
2BR/2BA, washer/dryer. Pet considered. 778-0349
CHOICE OF 3 and 5BR houses, all with heated
pools, on the water. Long or short term rentals.
www.hartwellvillas.co.uk or e-mail:
Barbara@hartwellvillas.co.uk. Call 011-44-2564-
INDULGE YOURSELF Spend the summer in para-
dise. Gulffront beach house nicely furnished, central
air, front and rear decks, 1 BR. Available June through
September only, $800/month plus, utilities. 779-0095.
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 now through December and next
March and April. 778-5405.
RENTALS RENT fast advertised in The Islander.
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.
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.
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 now, unfurnished. Call Dave,
778-2246 or 778-7976 evenings.
NEED EXTRA STORAGE space? For convenient on-
Island storage, call Anna Maria Storage. 779-0820.
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.
SEASONAL 2003-2004. Immaculate 2BR/2BA
ground-level home, 150 steps to Gulf. Prefer non
smokers and no pets. Call (813) 961-6902.
213 54th St., Holmes Beach 778-3082
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1 BR/1 BA ANNUAL with new kitchen, French doors.
Small pet OK. $650/month. Call 302-0779.
HOLMES BEACH Now through June 2003. Fur-
nished, 1BR/2BA, steps to beach. Telephone,
washer/dryer, cable TV, pets welcome. $1,695/
month, $495/week. Call 778-1098.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT Furnished 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.
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.
2BR/1 BA west of Gulf Drive. Elevated, fenced yard,
garden patio. Newly renovated. $875/month, six
month or annual. Call 778-8470.
BRAND NEW HOME 3BR/2BA, greatroom, seven
minutes from Gulf, no pets. $1,400/month, annual
lease. Call 761-0898.
GULFFRONT VACATION BEACH apartments.
Spacious 2-3BR units, sundeck, porch, tropical set-
ting, comfortably furnished, immaculate, in Anna
-Marl rCar-owrOn--;7z-321 43.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA townhome.
Sundeck with Gulf views. Steps to Gulf. Washer/
dryer. $795/riMonth. 758-1899 or cell (203) 417-
ANNUL RENTAL 2BR/1BA, newly renovated with
washer/dryer. Will rent furnished or unfurnished.
One-block to beach.in Holmes Beach. Pet consid-
ered. $975/month, includes electricity, water, cable,
CITY OF HOLMES BEACH requires rental license
oh all rentals, daily to annual, within the city limits.
DUPLEX BRADENTON BEACH large 2BR/1BA
waterfront on Intracoastal. Dock, davits, steps to
beach, yard, carport, washer/dryer, storage. Imme-
diately available! Annually $900/month. Pets OK.
1 BR/1 BA stove and refrigerator, clean, ocean view,
on Gulf Drive. $700/month plus utilities. Call 778-
4941 or (813) 659-0370.
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA, pool, across from
beach. Furnished or unfurnished. T. Dolly Young
Real Estate, 778-0807.
ANNA MARIA CITY peaceful north end. 3BR/2BA
home, some Gulfviews, tile floors, laundry room,
garage. Annual rental for professional persons
with references. $1,600/month. Call 778-4010.
ROOMMATE WANTED: Comfortable manufac-
tured home close to beach and piers, private bath,
washer/dryer, central air. $600/month, plus secu-
rity deposit. No smokers or pets. Call 792-5135.
TURNKEY FURNISHED 1BR/1BA with sitting
room. Close to beach and Intracoastal. Available
now. $500/weekly or $300 for three nights. Call
HOLMES BEACH Nice 2BR/1BA, walk-in closets,
remodeled, all tile, dishwasher, washer/dryer,
shady yard, quiet, boat dock. Trash, water and
lawn service paid. Available May 1, $900/month,
annual. Call 704-4244.
FURNISHED HOUSE for rent, 3BR/2BA, City of
Anna Maria, 100 steps to beach. Available June
through September, $1,000/month, must rent for
entire period. Call 779-2241.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND annual, unfurnished, up-
stairs apartment. 2BR/1BA, one-and-a-half blocks
to beach. $650/month. Call 746-0377.
SPACIOUS 1BR APARTMENT with screened
lanai, close to beach and shopping. $625/month,
plus utilities. Call 779-9470 or 778-3878.
SPACIOUS AND CLEAN 1 BR/1 BA, furnished, re-
sort style, elevated deck in Bradenton Beach/
Cortez area. $900/month includes utilities and
cable, laundry facility. Call 761-2725.
ANNUAL RENTALS 2 and 3BR, several to
choose from. Great move-in specials, call for de-
tails. Call Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
FURNISHED ROOM with private bath. Share a
north-end home near beach and piers. Washer/
dryer, central air conditioning. $400/month, plus
utilities. Call 778-2934.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA townhouse condo with pool,
laundry, $795/month annually or six months. 2BR,
upper, laundry, $695/month; 1BR lower, $495/
month. 342-9456 or (239) 410-4466 cell.
HOLMES BEACH, block to beach, $875/month,
plus utilities. 2BR/2BA, tiled, lanai, pool, washer/
dryer. June through 2003. Call 778-3104.
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space? Budget Self Storage can help. Daily,
weekly, monthly specials. Boxes and packing
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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.
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
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On-site rental office
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Call Dennis Girard
GREAT WATERVIEWS 3BR/3BA totally renovated.
Beadboard, cottage kitchen with sage green Corian
counters, views from almost every room. New ev-
erything! 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 Vil-
lage, 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.
PRISTINE TURNKEY FURNISHED Gulf-bay mid-
rise 2BR/2BA unit. $449,900. Weekly rentals pos-
sible. www.Latitude27Realty.net or call 744-2727.
BEACHFRONT North Shore Drive. 2BR/2BA, newly
remodeled with incredible beach view. 869 N. Shore
Drive. $1,089,000. Brokers protected. Call 778-3645.
KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT home: 611 Dundee
Lane, open house Sunday, May 4 1-4pm. 52-ft.
dock and boat lift, 2BR/2.5BA, family, living, dining
and computer rooms, plus eat-in kitchen, screened
lanai with spa, attached two-car garage. Asking
$525,000. Call 778-2118.
LAKEFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BA in perfect shape.
Great location. $99,900. Call Bill, 518-9300.
PERICO BAY CLUB condo. Completely updated
2BR/2BA, second floor, all new kitchen appliances,
paint, tile, carpet, blinds, great views. Only
$205,000. Call Marilyn Trevethan, Island Real Es-
HOUSE FOR SALE 2BR/2BA, needs work. Block
from Gulf, 100-by-100-ft. corner lot. Zoned duplex.
$300,000 firm. 129 51st St., Holmes Beach..Call
DUPLEX $399,500. 8105-8107 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Close to beach, 2BR/2BA, both sides are
fully furnished and ready to rent seasonally or annu-
ally. See at Haleysmotel.com or call 779-2217.
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard or
guest quarters. $28,500 or make offer. Call 778-3526.
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Gulf views! The third floor, 2BR/2.5BA .
penthouse apartment features an expansive great room decorated in a
cheerful blue and white decor, accented by pretty ceramic tile floors. There
is a wall of glass overlooking the sparkling Gulf of Mexico and an expansive
tiled veranda offering serene sunset vistas. The 2BR/2BA Cote D'Azure
apartment is done in blues, whites and golds and offers a spacious break-
fast bar, tiled floors and Gulf view veranda. The 1 BR/1 BA safari unit is deco-
rated in whimsical African animal prints and borders and offers a small Gulf
view deck. Faux painting and cheerful palm tree stencils create a fun, beachy
hideaway! Reasonable priced at $895,000. Dreams DO come true!
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dryer, unique paved deck/chairs "on the beach." $244,500.
Tampa Bayfront 2BR/2BA, 2,506 sq. ft.. two
greatrooms, two 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 dock/lift.
MARTINIQUE Gulffront 2/2, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 Gulffront complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3/2 home, tastefully furnished.
BEACH TOWNHOUSE 2/2, pool, across from beach.
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
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FOR SALE: THREE UNITS, tropically
landscaped on oversized lot. This two-
story, recently renovated triplex is a --~
great Island investment. Two units
fully furnished for seasonal or annual
tenants. Upstairs 2BR unit has vaulted
ceilings and porches on three sides.
Plenty of room to add a pool. Only l
one block to the beach! $439,000'
Paul T. Collins CRISTELLO
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Thanks for saying "I saw it in The Islander"
220 84th St., Holmes BeaCh
2BR/2.5BA ground-level home. Open floor plan,
eat-in kitchen, 16-by-24-ft. family room, new insu-
lated windows, 1,721 sq.ft. of living area, plus ex-
tra large two-car garage. $365,000, furnished turn-
4307 Gulf Drive Cayman Cay Condos
Two well cared for updated 2BR/2BA-condos.
Heated pool, covered parking, screened lanais, in-
terior laundries. Steps to the beach and pets ac-
cepted. Both are furnished turnkey. #208 reduced
to $249,000; #209 $279,000, end unit.
9102 12th Avenue Northwest Hawthorn Park
4BR/2.5BA, two-story pool home with many deluxe
custom features. Dual fireplace, eat-in kitchen,
large family room, circle drive, lanai, all appliances.
Immediate possession. $349,000.
SPlae call- arot R. Williams,
Broker/Realtor for more
Details or appointment to show.
(941) 744-0700 or (941) 720-7761.
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$487,500. 4BR/2.5BA, well-maintained
Bay Palm canal home with dock and caged
pool. Curb appeal and a unique polished flag-
stone and terrazzo entry are just a few of the
many fine touches in this lovely home.
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$495,000. 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, Bay Palm
canal home with caged/heated pool and 7,000-
Ib. boat lift and dock. Nice split floor-plan great
for privacy or entertaining. Numerous updates
including newer kitchen, roof, windows, A/C and
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One house from the beach. Custom-built home by
Whitehead. 3BR, plus den, 3BA, gourmet kitchen,
separate dining room, deck, patio and two-car ga-
rage. Walls of windows to enjoy the sunsets.
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 yvill tifully ap-
pointed, ceramic ti~ 4 glassed-in
porch, bt P _~'9ater, vaulted ceil-
ing, twoge. Secure community, guard
gate, and 24-hour security. $279,900.
From $700 / month
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Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
Safe Harbour Drive
GREAT WATERFRONT LOT
in Harbour Landings. Terrific
boating. Deep water with
dock, close to Anna Maria
Island and the beaches. Boat
to the Intracoastal Water-
way, Tampa Bay or Gulf of
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
Alan Galletto Bridgeport #113 ............. $269,900
315 58th St., B ................. $179,000
P Key West #100 ................. $439,000
408 Pointsetta Rd............. $495,000
710 North Shore. Lot...... $279,000
S 747 Jacaranda. Lot ......... $389,000
Broker/Salespeson 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
Tom Nelson Ocean Park Terrace #203.. $649,000
Realtor 3706 Gulf Dr. Lot ........... $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
Realtor 11336 Perico Isles Cr............. $339,900
517 Lakeside Dr ................... $118,800
1259 Spoonbill Landings Cr. ... $314,990
864 Audobon Dr..................... $205,000
12607 Safe Harbour Dr. lot..... $325,000
Marilyn Trethan Stop by and use our talking
Realtor window 24-hour information center.
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62 "Annus Mirabilis" poet
65 Light bark
66 Paternity test factor
67 Civic group
68 Pack up election
75 Reuters alternative
76 Department of Bourg,
80. Fur tycoon
83 "Sunrise at
86 Trattoria stock
88 Look at a traffic
92 Shadow, maybe
93 Individually wrapped
96 Suffix with Euclid
98 Coat material?
100 Low-altitude cloud
102 Bears, to Brutus
105 Catches sight of a
115 Lose oomph
117 Spar rhythmically?
121 Magazine contents
123 Cerebral one
126 Beachfront locales
127 Didn't just criticize
128 Double features?
1 Turns about
2 George of "Cheers"
3 Run up
4 Lon_ of Cambodia
5 Middle ground
6 Singer of the 1975 #1
hit "Laughter in the
7 It prevents burn out:
8 Prefix with sodium
9 California state park
south of Monterey
10 Bring out
11 Clear of vermin
12 Diuretic target
13 Excellent, in 80's-90's
14 Ivy League squad
15 Kind of health
17 Not in so many words
18 Opening play?
19 Scare off
28 Bob, for one
32 Make some designs
33 Bad marks
34 Member of a long-
running TV duel
35 "Krazy" one
39 The Flying Cloud, of
40 Prayer start
44 Exes, of a sort
47 "I'll be darned!"
48 Cut of beef
51 Not own, say
52 Legal aide, briefly
54 French greeting
55 Swindle, in a way
59 Football turnover:
60 Copenhagen flier
63 Prohibition opener
69 Be busy
70 Org. with a
71 1990's pop singer
72 Lake formed by
73 Begins to use
74 Order request
78 Cross reference?
79 Former Georgia
82 "Check, mate"
83 Emergency equip-
84 Washington and others
87 Item on a car rack
94 Party in power
95 Hist. figure with a
holiday named after
98 Cisco Kid's sidekick
99 Heavens: Var.
101 Bridal goods
102 Certain berth
106 Questionnaire choice
107 Quaint contraction
108 Native Israeli
109 Beauty who was
born from an egg,
in Greek myth
113 Boxer's reach, e.g.
118 Some hosp. cases
119 Stopped fasting
122 Seminoles' sch.
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