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Skimming the news ... Happy Mother's Day ... see page 9 inside for details.

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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"

Volume 11, No. 26 May 7, 2003 FREE

Attorney: Arvida losing interest in Perico

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Islanders shouldn't expect to see construction be-
gin on any 10-story condominium buildings on Perico
Island any time in the near future, or maybe not even
in the future.
That's because the City of Bradenton along with
the Arvida Corporation appear to be losing interest in
defending two lawsuits filed by the environmental
group ManaSota-88, Manatee County and the three

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Island cities against Arvida's planned 898-unit condo-
minium project on Perico Island.
According to attorney Dan Lobeck, who represents
ManaSota-88, Bradenton City Attorney William Lisch
has asked 12th Circuit Court Judge Charles Williams
for a "stay" of the legal proceedings against the city,
said Lobeck. "It's like asking for an indefinite post-
ponement," he said.
The City of Bradenton and Arvida appear to need
the "stay order" to give them extra time while they

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consider whether or not they want to proceed with de-
fending the lawsuits, Lobeck indicated.
"The motion asks the judge for a decision," said
Lobeck. If the judge refuses to grant a stay, Bradenton
has to decide if it wants to continue with the case or
prepare a defense.
The lawsuits filed by Lobeck allege, among other
objections, that Bradenton's approval of the Arvida

Bradenton Beach

cops supported

by commission
By Paul Roat
A proposal to replace the Bradenton Beach Police
Department with the county sheriff's office has been
summarily quashed.
Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Bill Arnold introduced
the matter to city commissioners last Thursday. "I have
been approached by some concerned citizens with a re-
quest that the mayor assign a liaison person for the pur-
pose of finding out how cost effective it would be to re-
place the police department with the sheriff's department,"
Arnold wrote in a memo to the commission.
"It was first suggested that I should personally look
into this situation, but I declined, since I felt that this
should be left up to the mayor," Arnold continued.
"Regardless of the outcome, it has also been requested
that this become a referendum issue and be placed on
the November ballot."
Arnold at first had requested the issue to come
before commissioners at the May 15 meeting. Mayor
John Chappie decided to expedite the matter and have
it discussed last week. "You can't let this brew for two
weeks," Chappie told Arnold. "I felt it could not wait."
"This is unfair," Arnold told the commission on the
presentation two veeks prior to his requested date.
"This is requested by the citizens. I'm not the bad guy

Police discuss Holmes Beach

vandalism problems

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
More than 30 concerned Holmes Beach business
owners and residents and a somewhat reluctant Holmes
Beach Police Chief Jay Romine spoke May 1 at a meet-
ing organized by The Islander to discuss the recent
wave of vandalism in and around the city's central
business district and what can be done to prevent future
Romine said he was originally "apprehensive"
about addressing a public gathering to discuss the in-
vestigation because he didn't want the criminals to
know exactly what police are doing to stop the crime
wave and apprehend the perpetrators. He also didn't
want the meeting to turn into a "police-bashing" ses-
sion, but concentrate on the positive.

"We are doing a number of specific things,"
Romine told the meeting, "but I can't take the risk of
compromising the investigation by providing details"
that would appear in the media.
He offered to go into more details with anyone who
wanted to meet with him "one-on-one."
Police have a list of suspects in the rash of broken
windows and doors that began Feb. 26, and have inter-
viewed a number of people, said the chief. But no one
is saying who did it, although he said he believed these
were juvenile acts of vandalism.
If it's young people involved, they eventually
won't be able to keep from talking to someone about
who did it, he claimed.

It's 'Open Season' on actors, actresses
Robin Rhodes as aging actress Mallory DuPre, Sam
McDowell as Edmund DuPre, seated, and Joe Shedrick
portraying Christian Knight, have plenty to confer on
during "Open Season," a play by Michael McKeever
opening Thursday, May 8, at the Island Players in Anna
Maria. For more details, see page 19.

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Augie's reopening

nixed by landlord
By Rick Catlin .
Islander Reporter -- .
Augie's restaurant and pub in the S&S Shopping
Plaza in Holmes Beach won't be reopening following
an on-premise fire April 21 that forced the business to
"Augie's will not be reopening," confirmed Nevin
Thomas of Commercial Management and Leasing
Corp., the agent for the landlord.
While Thomas said he could not go into specifics,
he indicated there was a financial problem regarding
owner Augie Meneley and restoration of the business.
Thomas is currently looking for a new tenant and has
been approached by a number of prospective clients.
"But our concern now is to remove the smell and
make the environment habitable for use by our other
tenants," he said. '
Once the smell is removed and the interior re-
stored, the landlords will make a decision on a new
tenant, said Thomas. If a restaurant operation is se-
lected, it will be an upgrade for the shopping plaza and
nearby businesses, he said. Bridge, traffic pileup
Thomas said he did not yet have an exact total for .
The Anna Maria Bridge was the scene of a three-car pileup eastbound from Holmes Beach (and a tra
damages caused by the fire. The cause of the blaze was .
damages caused by the fire. The cause of the blaze was aplenty) last Wednesday morning shortly before 8 a.m. First in line is a Dodge Dakota pickup driven
a faulty electrical wire, he said. Marcus Villanueva, 26, of Bradenton. According to Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Capt. Carlos Va
Fire officials from the West Manatee Fire and Res-
S o f t W M F a Villanueva rear-ended a vehicle ahead of his truck, but that driver left the scene. Piled up behind the
cue District have estimated the damage to the premises
e D t he e d te d t t p a 2001 Cadillac driving by Gordon McKinna, 78, of Holmes Beach, and a 1997 Mitsubishi driving by
at around $50,000, including smoke damage to adja-
Sa n n n o adj Milks, 17, of Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Damon Presswood
cent businesses.

Investigation results on fatal crash on Cortez Bridge announced

By Paul Roat
Alcohol was a factor in the April 13 crash on the
Cortez Bridge that left two people dead.
Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. David Drake said
Walter Sher, 65, the driver of the 1993 Mazda Miata,
and passenger Jamie B. Haynes, 35, both died of "mul-
tiple blunt trauma to the head and chest."
Sher also had a blood-alcohol level greater than

.10, "well above the legal limit," Drake said. Haynes
blood levels did not registeralcohol.
"Alcohol definitely contributed to the accident,"
Drake said.
Sher was driving eastbound across the Cortez
Bridge at 7:40 a.m. Sunday, April 13, when he and
Haynes crashed through the wooden barricade warning
motorists of the drawbridge being raised. He then trav-

eled about 250 feet, striking the opposing draw span.
There were no signs of any skid marks or tire residue
on the bridge to indicate Sher tried to slow his passage
after striking the wooden barrier, highway patrol troopers
said at the time. The bridge draws were elevated to about
12 degrees when the car struck the span.
Witnesses to the accident estimated Sher's car was
traveling at about 50 mph.

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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A $400 reward for the safe return of a missing
blonde Pomeranian dog has been offered by Judy and
James Nusser of Conyers, Ga.
The dog goes by the name of Angel, weighs about
3.5 pounds and was last seen on Saturday, May 3 at the
Manatee Public Beach with yellow and turquoise bows
in its hair.
This doggone tale started around 3:30 p.m. near the
Anna Maria Island Beach Resort, where the couple are
Judy Nusser said her husband walks with a cane
and when he came in from the beach that day, the door
was apparently left open.
"The dog just slipped out the door when he came
in," said Nusser, who was busy in the kitchen when her
husband returned.
After a few seconds, she realized Angel wasn't
She ran out the door and searched up and down the
beach, asking anyone and everyone if they'd just seen
a small, blonde-haired dog with yellow and turquoise
hair bows.
One 9-year-old girl near the Manatee Public Beach
said she'd seen the dog at a picnic table near Cafe on
the Beach, but when Nusser arrived, there was no trace
of the dog.
Then another tenant at the resort said he'd seen a
dog similar to Angel with an Hispanic man and woman
who were walking north on the beach from Cafe on the
Beach, she said.
"The man said he remembered the dog because the
woman was carrying it wrapped in a blanket and-he
saw the yellow and turquoise bows in the dog's hair,"
said Nusser.
Holmes Beach police were called and a search of
the area conducted, but no dog and no suspects match-
ing the description given were found.
The Nussers decided to offer the $400 reward in

Judy Nusser holds a reward poster offering $400 for
the safe return of her blonde Pomeranian dog which
was apparently taken by dog-nappers in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
hopes someone may lead them to Angel, or return the
dog safely.
They're due to return to Georgia May 9 and Nusser
said she "couldn't bear the thought of going back with-
out Angel."
She's also worried about Angel's health. The dog
can't eat regular food and vomits or has diarrhea unless
fed a special diet. The dog also gasps for air when ex-
cited, she said.
Anyone with information on Angel's whereabouts
is asked to call the Nussers at 778-7477 locally and,
after May 9, call 770-922-8495 or 770-483-1628.
Information may also be given to HBPD Sgt.
David Giddens at 708-5804.
"We just want her back," said Nusser. "I can't be-
lieve someone would deliberately take a dog that ob-
viously belongs to someone."

Dognappers strike in Holmes

Beach, reward offered

Put yourself in our seat!

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New seats are arriving in July 2003. and personalized nameplates
can be ordered now! Forms are available at the theater or
at The Islander newspaper. 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
$125 for one seat/one name. $150 for one seat/two names.
Your name on our seats, either for yourself, your business,
a friend or as a memorial, helps Island Players theater fund
the ongoing improvements at your community theater.
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Box office information: 778-5755

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Anna Maria City
May 7 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
May 7, 7 p.m., city commission-planning commission
meeting on building height.
May 8, 5:45 p.m., special city commission meeting on
code enforcement attorney.
May 8, 6 p.m., city commission meeting on parking.
May 8, 7 p.m., city commission work session. Agenda:
city engineer update and report, capital improvement
projects discussion, fiscal year 2003-04 capital im-
provement budget discussion, and public comment.
May 13, 4:30 p.m., capital improvement advisory com-
mittee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
May 7, 2 p.m., city jubilee committee meeting.
May 9, 1 p.m., city hall will close for cleaning.
May 13, 2 p.m., city jubilee committee meeting.
May 14, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., special city commission work
session on growth management.
May 15, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
May 7, 7 p.m., parks and beautification committee
May 13, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
May 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
May 15, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
May 12, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
May 14, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Management Cen-
ter meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.



Perico project perhaps gone
project is not in accordance with that city's master de-
velopment plan.
Without a stay order, Lobeck indicated, the cases
will have to come before the court sometime before
January 2004.
"It's unusual that Arvida would want more time.
Typically, developers are anxious to proceed. Arvida
may be rethinking whether it makes sense to continue,"
he said.
"They've been dragged through a protracted and
expensive lawsuit. They've seen a resolve against the
project by county residents and Islanders," Lobeck
But opponents of the Arvida project shouldn't
break out the champagne yet.
Lobeck said it's possible Arvida could withdraw its
original proposal, only to come up with a different de-
velopment plan.
He has suggested to Lisch and Arvida's corporate
attorney, Gary Sams of Tallahassee, that "in order to
minimize future disputes and litigation," ManaSota-88
and the other plaintiffs be consulted prior to any new
proposal for Perico Island "in an effort to find a mutu-
ally agreeable outcome."
ManaSota-88 Executive Director Glenn Compton
said nobody in his group is celebrating any victory, at
least "not at this time."
"There is no reason to celebrate anything, they're
just asking to put the matter off," said Compton.
"We'll keep the pressure on until they either drop
the project or decide to appear in court," he said.
Even a decision by Arvida to drop the 898-unit
condominium project in favor of another plan for
Perico Island won't stop ManaSota-88, Compton said.
"We would definitely look at any future proposal
and determine if a lawsuit would be needed to block
that idea," he said.
Arvida's parent company, the St. Joe Company of
Jacksonville, is Florida's largest private land owner,
with extensive holdings in the panhandle region of

Police supported

here, I'm trying to get the problem resolved. I'm not
trying to get rid of the police department."
Arnold said he was responding to citizen com-
plaints about the police department, but declined to
elaborate on what those complaints were.
"I'm just doing as I've been asked," he added.
"Mr. Arnold knows what he wants but he doesn't
want to say anything," Chappie said. "We have a very
good police department, we've increased patrols, we
have interlocal agreements with other agencies, and I
really don't think it would be a step up to go with the
sheriff's office.
"I believe the people like the personal service they
receive with our police, and if you're talking about
eliminating the police, you're also talking about elimi-
nating a key factor which is our emergency manage-
ment department," Chappie continued. "We're all do-
ing our work as a team, and I believe we're light years
ahead of the other Island communities and I'm not
willing to even consider looking into this at this time."
"The police department is key to our emergency
management," said City Commissioner Dawn Baker.
"It is baffling to me why anyone would want this
brought up. I don't see where there is any need for fur-
ther discussion."
Commissioner Anna O'Brien said if citizens had
concerns about the police department or questions
about whether it should be absolved, the matter could
be brought forward on a citizen-initiated referendum.
"The citizens can petition to have it on a referendum,"
she said.
The public was unanimous in its endorsement of
the police department.
"I've had to call the police a few times," said
former Mayor Gail Cole. "It took two or three minutes
for them to respond. When I called the sheriff's office,
it took an hour and forty-five minutes for them to come
"I don't believe you should abolish the police de-
partment," said former Commissioner Herb Dolan.
Steve Kiraly, a former Miami-Dade police officer
and current Bradenton Beach resident, said "you don't
get the service with the county you get with the city.

Smack to Cortez
Ted Cook, volunteer at the Florida Gulf Coast Maritime Museum in Cortez, is preparing documentation of a
historic Bahamian live-well fishing smack that will be replicated from his plans by students and volunteers.
Islander Photos: Courtesy Roger Allen

Legislature stalls Cortez project

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
As is the case with so many state programs this
week, rebuilding the 1912 Cortez schoolhouse is left in
limbo with the adjournment of the 2003 session of the
Florida Legislature.
Once all but in hand was a $160,000 state grant for
restoring the old school, part of $12 million scheduled
this year for historical preservation throughout the
state. But that money just doesn't exist now and the
only hope is that it may be slipped into the budget dur-

The Bahamian live-well fishing smack makes its way
across a yard in Cortez, with volunteer muscle.

The money you may save will not be significant, and
I think it's a bad idea."
Former Mayor Connie Drescher said the issue of
city police versus county sheriff's deputies patrolling
Island municipalities "has come up a number of times.
I believe the citizens are happy with our police depart-
ment and our service."
Former Mayor Katie Pierola said "I don't think the
cost factor is an issue. You need a great police depart-
ment, and that's what we have in Bradenton Beach."
Former City Commissioner Ross Benjamin said
the matter was "the devil you know versus the devil
you don't know. The most important thing is that when
you're seeing that officer, you have a comfort factor."
Police Chief Sam Speciale spoke on behalf of the
police department, stating that "I've never kept my

ing the special legislative session Gov. Jeb Bush has
called later this month.
Manatee County and Cortez representatives have
been in Tallahassee and will go again, said Roger
Allen, coordinator of the renovation project. The old
school has been named the Gulf Coast Maritime Mu-
seum for the institution being created to occupy part of
the building; the rest will be a community center.
The Cortez application was 22nd on a list of 57
accepted for funding, he noted, and at that position it
was a shoo-in for funding.
It still could happen, he noted, with the Legislature
still to take a shot at the whole budget. "If historical
preservation gets half of what was originally in there,
we'll probably be funded," he said.
It is the type of grant that requires local matching
money, and that is still available from the county,
Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage and the Cortez
Village Historical Society.
That could keep the project active, though at
slower speed. Volunteers are being extremely helpful,
Allen said. The current phase of work is for restoration
of the exterior, and much of that can go ahead with
Meanwhile, the museum is getting gifts of artifacts
from the attics and storerooms of Cortez, now being
stored in the old fire hall that serves as the community
center and as Allen's office.
He is organizing boatbuilding classes, producing a
set of plans for a small Bahamas live-well smack from
which he and students will build a replica; the smack
was of a type used in pre-Cortez fishing.
He may be reached at 708-4935.

doors closed to anyone. The problem I have is that if
these concerns are so bad that they want to have us go
to the sheriff's office, I think they need to be brought
forward now. If the problem is that bad, I need to know
about it."
"These people don't want any repercussions,"
Arnold said. "They have to live here. I'm just being the
intermediary. I'm not the fall guy here."
The matter was dropped without further discus-
The Bradenton Beach Police Department has an
annual budget of about $650,000, which includes 10
sworn officers and six reserve officers. Anna Maria
City, which has a contract with the sheriffs office for
law enforcement protection, has an annual budget of
about $450,000 for its six deputies.

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Vandalism addressed

Romine did say that more patrols have been added
in the city, particularly during the late night and early
morning hours. A number of reserve officers have been
working without pay in the investigation, he said.
But it's a misconception for the public to think the
HBPD doesn't care about solving the crimes.
"Nothing is further from the truth," Romine said.
"We are not sitting on our hands, but when it
comes to random acts of criminal mischief, nothing is
harder to stop. You have to be in the right place at the
right time to catch them" and make an arrest, he said.
So get in the right spot, said Mary Norman, owner
of the Sterling Anvil jewelry store on Gulf Drive. Get
police on the roofs to spot the criminals, pay for over-
time, do something more, she suggested.
She's been vandalized twice the past two months,
including an April 26 incident when the front door of
her business was smashed.
Locks, burglar alarms, lights and security glass are
great, she said, but if police don't catch the criminal in
the act, no one is going to jail.
Norman also questioned police "priorities" when it
took nearly 90 minutes for an HBPD officer to respond
to the April 26 vandalism at her store because the of-
ficer was investigating an accident.
The first law enforcement officer on the scene, she
said, was a Manatee County Sheriffs Office deputy
from Anna Maria, who arrived about 20 minutes after
the alarm went off.
Romine explained that all Island police depart-
ments serve as backup to each other and the MCSO in
Anna Maria was dispatched because the HBPD officer
was already on a call.
But this meeting was not supposed to be about
"police bashing" said Romine. It was to update the
concerned public and talk about what can be done.
A reward of $250 established by Earl Mowry for
information leading to an arrest and conviction in the
incidents has grown to $700. In addition, there may be
as much as $200 in reward funding from
Any person or business wishing to donate to the
reward fund can come by The Islander office at 5404
Marina Drive to make a contribution.
"We all know there are people out there who know
who is responsible," said Romine, adding that increas-


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Anonymous information
Anyone wishing to provide anonymous in-
formation to the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment on the vandalism incidents may call Lt.
Stephenson or Detective Sgt. Nancy Rogers at
The same information can be given anony-
mously on the Crimestoppers hotline at 747-
2677. Crimestoppers also offers a reward for
information leading to an arrest and conviction.
People calling Crimestoppers are given a code
number to use to claim a reward if their informa-
tion leads to an arrest.

ing the reward may be beneficial to the case.
Information can be given to the HBPD at 708-
5807, but police want only information on who did the
crimes, not the names of everyone on the Island with
a BB gun.
Romine did have some good news for the meeting.
Of the 31 criminal mischief incidents since Feb.
26, 13 took place the evening before April Fool's Day,
and the only incident reported since April 8 was at the
Sterling Anvil.
On April 11, Holmes Beach police found several
juveniles in a wooded area shooting BB guns. Al-
though the youths were questioned, police could not tie
them to the vandalism incidents.
Unlike handguns and rifles, rounds fired from BB
and pellet guns can't be traced by forensics to a specific
piece of equipment, Romine said, and the youths were
not detained.
Romine emphasized he's not pointing the finger at
juveniles or skateboarders specifically.
"I would hate to see skateboarders accused of this.
The vast majority are good kids."
He also suggested there shouldn't be any "wide-
spread paranoia" about crime in Holmes Beach. This
is a safe community with a low incidence of crime. On
the mainland, police are discussing shootings and mur-
ders on a daily basis, he observed.
"This is not the violent crime wave it's been made
out to be," he said.
But juveniles wandering around the Island late at
night are a common occurrence, even during the school
week. Police stopped four juveniles recently at 1:45
a.m. and asked them what they were doing out at that
hour, he said.

A few years ago, police arrested several juveniles
involved in car burglaries and the youngest was only
9 years old.
Romine suggested that parents safeguard BB guns
and keep track of where their kids are, especially to
verify their whereabouts when they say they are "stay-
ing with friends" for the night.
The chief also discussed several recent burglaries
in the business district, and said they were not related
to the vandalisms.
Police do have a suspect in those incidents, he said,
although they have not yet made an arrest.
Members of the audience also discussed the recent
shooting incident on North Harbor Drive near the Anna
Maria Elementary School.
Cindy Thompson, president of the Anna Maria
Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization,
praised the swift response of police in dealing with the
.Two men were arrested and no one was hurt in the
But Romine noted the men are already out on bail
and there's nothing to stop them from returning to the
Police have now have a "heavy physical presence"
in the area and around the school with more patrols, he
The chief also gave a belated "thanks" for the me-
dia coverage of the meeting.
"If our goal is to stop the crimes, maybe it's not so
bad that what we're doing is in the paper," he said.
Joy said that if any juvenile is arrested for the van-
dalism crimes and charged with a felony, that person's
name will be printed in The Islander, as is the current

Reward fund at $700
The reward fund for information leading to an ar-
rest and conviction in the recent waves of vandalism
incidents in Holmes Beach has hit $700.
The fund was started by a $250 donation from Earl
Mowry and has increased with donations from Beach
Bistro, The Islander, and residents Peter and Dorothy
To make a donation to the reward fund, contact
Bonner Joy at 778-7978 or come to The Islander office
at 5404 Marina Drive in the Island Shopping Plaza.
Anyone interested in joining the citizen's patrol for
the business district or obtaining more information on
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Happy Mother's Day
Happy brunch. Happy lunch. Happy dining out.
Happy flowers. Happy breakfast in bed. Happy day off.
Happy first baby. Happy visit with grandkids. Happy,
Happy, Happy.
Happy first nest of the marine turtle nesting season,
Anna Maria Island.
Sometimes it seems folks forget why we're pro-
tecting sea turtles. Most of the marine turtles found in
Florida waters are threatened or endangered. There's
only one thing worse: extinct.
While it seems obvious to us, we remind
beachgoers and boaters that it is unlawful to take, kill,
molest, disturb, harass, mutilate, destroy, cause to be
destroyed, sell, offer for sale or transfer any marine
turtle, marine turtle nest or marine turtle egg.
In addition, there are specific laws and guidelines to
protect the habitat for turtles the shoreline and beach
where, in the past 50 or so years, we've built homes and
protective seawalls and jetties, installed prohibitive land-
scaping, and plopped down picnic tables and chairs.
We've pretty much intruded on Mother Nature.
We've made great strides in protecting sea turtles
and their habitat on Anna Maria Island. In fact, com-
pared to some areas around the state, which we heard
of first hand at a meeting of the state's marine turtle
permit holders, we're "light years" ahead.
Imagine cars driving on our beaches as they do in
Daytona Beach. Imagine unwarranted, unpermitted con-
struction on the beach and a political structure that ig-
nores it as they see in the Panhandle. Imagine poach-
ers stealing turtle eggs from nests for sale as aphrodisiacs.
Not here. Not so much. But we've seen a few
poached nests in past years.
But imagine a billboard reading "Would you eat a
panda? Don't eat endangered sea turtle!"
Wildcoast, a San Diego advocacy group trying to dis-
courage visitors to Baja California from eating endangered
turtle meat, unveiled just such a billboard. It seems leath-
erback turtles are losing the race there, and although the
species has outlasted dinosaurs, it is unlikely to outlast
poachers and encounters with fishing gear.
Florida lawmakers are currently looking at rein-
forcing the state's poaching laws with stricter fines and
upgrading misdemeanor charges to a felony a nice
Mother's Day gift for all the turtle watchers in Florida.
We now have better protection for turtle nesting
"on the books" in Anna Maria, better street lighting
thanks to Florida Power & Light and an overall bet-
ter habitat thanks to perseverance by our Turtle Watch.
Happy Mother's Day to you all.

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The goal was to bring out neighbors to appreciate
and enjoy each other's company. If a packed city hall,
the smiles, chatter and the enthusiastic applause were
any indication, the Anna Maria Village National TV-
Turnoff Week Talent Show and Ice Cream Social Cel-
ebration was a great success!
Contributions to that success were many and we
thank them all: The City of Anna Maria for providing
the hall and copy services; The Islander newspaper for
letting people know of the event; the "renowned show-
men" who advised on production; the Anna Maria Vil-
lage Merchants Association members who provided
gifts of appreciation and ice cream; the wonderful au-
dience and most of all, the performers who shared their
talents. My heartfelt thanks to all.
Diane Canniff, Anna Maria, talent show coordina-

Hard work, no miracles
I was disappointed at the ease with which certain
people have turned on our police department and
Holmes Beach Chief Romine especially after years
of exemplary service.
The type of crime mainly affecting us, namely van-
dalism, often runs in spurts, takes time to ferret out, and
will be brought under control with diligent police work.
No miracles, just hard work and a little luck thrown in.
We still live in an area relatively free of crime,
probably for several reasons, not the least of which is
our outstanding police department.
Catherine A. Danziger, Holmes Beach

Do it again, Anna Maria
It is quite likely that the talent exhibited in the first
Anna Maria City talent show will assure that there will
be more to come. Each act was appreciated and warmly

However more variety would make future shows
more interesting. Except for the clever monologue and
'juggling" act by organizer and mystery-woman Diane
Canniff, all acts involved singing and or playing two or
three songs. Well done, but too much.
As for me personally, it provided a three-way exacta
that will be hard to beat. I was hugged by Bonner Joy at
city hall and by Lois Finley at Mama Lo's, and was ac-
companied home by wife Elizabeth the Great!
Bring on more talent shows, please!
Gene Moss, Anna Maria
Who's responsible?
What the hell is going on? Who is making our law
enforcement officers look like fools city officials,
vandals or thieves?
Rose Fleck, Holmes Beach

Thanks for help
I would like to thank Kay Ellis, LPN, manager, for
quality assurance and for her awesome, kind and per-
fect manner of helping when you do need a comfort.
The Island Medical Center has a doctor, Joseph L.
Mazza, M.D., who has the best of knowledge of how
to cure a sick person and give the right medicine.
Thank you for helping my husband get back on his feet.
V. Martynec, Anna Maria

Best guide ever
Have you seen the new Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce official guide? It's the best ever.
Photos by Jack Elka. Five pages of Island history with
a historical Web site. Check it out:
A job well done, Mary Ann [Brockman, chamber
executive director], and all your crew.
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Generations apart, but new pals

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Robert DeVane of Bradenton Beach has a new
buddy, whom he has never seen but regards most
His new pal is a Marine lance corporal stationed in
Iraq, the newest of military veterans of the United

States. DeVane is among the oldest, an Army veteran
of World War II and the Korean War.
He became interested in the Marine through the
young man's grandparents, William and Gloria Parker of
Bradenton. The Parkers and DeVane are members of
Anna Maria-based Post 8199, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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family for service his brother is in the U.S. Coast
Guard, his Mom is ex-Army."
Here is the letter from somewhere in Iraq:
"Dear Mr. DeVane: Thank you for writing. It's
good to hear from a fellow serviceman and veteran.
"I can only hope to live up to the great legacy of
selfless service that other servicemen and women like
yourself have passed on through the generations. I
value and honor the sacrifices that were made to keep
my freedom secure.
"I am grateful that I have been given the opportu-
nity to do the same for others and look forward to the
day that I can pass the torch to yet another generation.
"I will ever hold 'Old Glory' and America's God-
given spirit of freedom close to my heart. It is because
of you and countless others that I am able to do this.
"With all my heart, thank you and God bless."
L/Cpl. Thomas C. Emrath

South Harbor celebrates with longtime mail carrier
Residents of a block of South Harbor Drive celebrated with Island postal clerk Keith Markert, back right, at his
retirement party Saturday, May 3. The residents expressed their appreciation for Markert's efforts and
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Holmes Beach canal dredging: who's on first?

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Canalfront residents in Holmes Beach learned at a
May 2 public meeting that there is not yet a priority list
for which of the 31 canals named in the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection's maintenance
dredging permit will be cleaned out first.
That list will likely be determined by the city com-
mission, Public Works Director Joe Duennes told the
30-plus residents who attended the initial session to
learn where the city is with the program and where it's
Unfortunately, it may take a year or more before
any priorities are established, Duennes said.
First things first, since nobody's on first.
All the city has now is its permit from the DEP and
it expects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit in
the very near future, said Duennes.
There's this problem, however: How much will it
cost and who will pay for the dredging?
Duennes said that's a city commission matter and
among the options it could consider are complete city
funding, or a combined plan with some city funding
and a pro-rated assessment to each affected canalfront
City Attorney Patricia Petruff has indicated it may
not be legal for the city to pay for all the dredging, or
to assess all city property owners for a project that aids
just a few residents, according to Duennes.
Petruff did not attend the meeting, although she
had been expected, said Duennes.
But any city assessment would require a series of
public meetings and city commission approval, said
City Treasurer Rick Ashley, and it may even take a
majority of affected owners to agree to any such assess-
On the bright side, said Duennes, individual prop-
erty owners along the various canals are free to pay for
maintenance dredging out of their own pockets, if they
don't want to wait for the city.
The project permits have a 10-year life span, he
The commission has to approve funding and the
project must be put out to bid. All of that could take
some time, although he did not want to speculate on
any date when the first canal might be dredged.
Funds to dredge two canals the "Grand Canal"

Million-dollar dredge?
The Holmes Beach City Commission will
eventually look at long-range funding for the
project, which could cost more than $1 million
during the 10-year life of the permit.
The cost to dredge the two canals already per-
mitted is about $56,000, Duennes said, and the
money will come from budgeted city funds.
But Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore
said that doesn't mean that each of the 31 other
canals named in the DEP permit will cost $28,000
to dredge, or that the total cost will be near
Whatever the final cost, it can be spread out
over the 10-year life of the permit, she said.
And Whitmore firmly believes the city can
find the money for the dredging without assess-
ing the affected property owners, although there
may be a legal issue involved.
Some areas of the canals, particularly where
stormwater drains into a canal, may be eligible
for a West Coast Inland Navigation District or
other state or federal agency grant, she said.

that reaches from Bimini Bay to Marina Drive across
from the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and the 62nd
Street canal up to Marina Drive at a total cost of
$56,000 are already in the city budget, he said
Duennes did say, however, that the city believes it
is responsible for dredging canal areas in front of storm
drains, particularly in the Key Royale area.
"The city views that as a city problem," so those
areas will be dredged at city expense, he said.
Canals will be dredged to a maximum depth of
minus 5 feet at the mean-low-water mark, said Sam
Johnson of Ed Barber and Associates, the engineering
firm that spearheaded the permit process for the city.
Dredging will not take place within seven feet of
a seawall or bulkhead, but each affected property will
be on a "case-by-case" basis, said Johnson.
Areas around docks and pilings could be hand-
dredged so the stability of the structure won't be af-
fected, he said.
Great, said the residents at the meeting. How do we

get on the list?
Well, said Duennes, this may be a case of "the
squeaky wheel gets the oil."
Start writing letters to the city commission now to
state your case for priority, he suggested.
Beverly Neville of 83rd Street didn't need to write
She brought a host of them from affected property
owners along 83rd Street to the meeting.
The owners claimed they are unable to use their
boat slips along the canal because of various problems,
including lack of depth in the canal, a city street built
over some slips more than 20 years ago, and growth of
some mangroves in the area that has blocked usage of
their slips.
Hold on a second, said Johnson. "There are in-
stances where you can dredge mangrove," he said.
If you have a dock, the DEP allows you to remove
mangroves under your dock, or if you can prove they
are a drainage problem, he said.
Catch 22, said Neville. We can't build a dock be-
cause the mangroves are there, and we can't remove the
mangroves because we don't have a dock, she ob-
Some people have never been able to use the boat
slips they paid for along the 83rd Street canal, including
some who bought their property in the 1980s, she said.
"We would like to be on the priority list as soon as
possible," Neville told Duennes.
What about canals that run along the Bradenton
Beach city limit? asked one homeowner.
A Bradenton Beach storm drain runs into a Holmes
Beach canal where he lives, filling it with silt, he said.
Write us a letter, said Duennes.
Most of those who attended the meeting, however,
were pleased that the city is proceeding with a long-
overdue project.
"I think the city commission and Joe are doing a
good job," said Neville. "I'm pleased they are pro-ac-
The issue of the mangroves along the 83rd Street
canal, however, must be addressed by the city, she said.
Neville and others at the meeting were disap-
pointed that Petruff did not attend, as was advertised.
"We had a number of legal questions and we still
have a host of legal issues," said Neville.
"At least the city is listening to us," she said..

Small loggerhead ends 'Turtle tease' on Island

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
A small loggerhead turtle put Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch volunteers out of their misery Tuesday
morning, crawling out of the Gulf and making the
Island's first nest of the season.
Joyce Duxbury of Cortez, volunteer who regularly
patrols the Anna Maria beach with other Turtle Watch-
ers, found the "crawl" tracks in "Turtle Tom" Van
Ness' assigned section.
Other volunteers gathered at the scene, at the beach
end of Sixth Street South in Bradenton Beach, to get a
glimpse of the year's first. Van Ness and Duxbury
made sure it was a "good" nest and verified its eggs.
"Judging by the tracks, this was a small loggerhead
turtle," said Jo Ann Meilner of Turtle Watch.
An added dividend is that it will eventually give a
good indication of whether new light fixtures on the
Island will be helpful to turtles. The nest is in an area
where turtles have been bothered by street lights,
Meilner said, but new fixtures recently installed by
Florida Power & Light are designed to relieve the prob-
The turtles will hatch in about two months, dig up
to the surface and, unless attracted by human-made
lights inshore, head for the relative safety of the Gulf.
Meilner was optimistic at this "good start." It's
about on schedule, the official season starting May 1
and ending with October. "We hope for more nests than
last year (some 167 then, unusually few) with more
beach since renourishment, the sand in good condition
and easy for turtles to dig.
Turtles dig a two-foot hole, deposit 100 or so eggs
the size of golf balls, cover them and let the sun and
sand incubate them for a couple of months.

"Lights out" to save sea turtles, these volunteers at the Kingfish Boat Ramp warn beach dwellers and busi-
nesses that turtle nesting season has begun May 1 in an annual public awareness campaign sponsored by The
Islander. From now through October, lights visible which are dangers to an endangered species can bring
city fines. Islander Photo: Courtesy Turtle Watch

Just the day before, Turtle Watch chief Suzi Fox
was expressing the frustration she and other volunteers
have been feeling with the absence of a nest after one
was recorded in Sarasota County.
"They do this every time," said Fox. "One turtle
makes a nest and the others hold back. It's the turtle
She expects better things now, many more turtle
nests in fairly short order. "I've been getting report
after report" from charter captains and pleasure boat-
ers, she said. "They're out there, the turtles. Many,
many of them a mile to five miles offshore. They're
waiting for the proper moment, and I don't know when
that is."

The sand on our beaches has to be warm enough to
incubate the fertilized eggs, "but I don't know how they
can tell from way offshore. Maybe they lick a flipper
and stick it up in the air, test the breeze.
"What I do know is that now it has started, it will
be a boomer, there are so many of them out there."
If you see a nesting sea turtle, please remain quiet
and leave the turtle to her business. If the turtle appears
to be in distress, call Fox at 778-5638, or cell 232-1405.
Turtle Watch may be reached at its education cen-
ter, 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, in the Island
Shopping Cetner. It is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, ex-
cept Sundays, and sometimes, too, on Sunday. Phone


Island mom takes things one at a time

"I'm just a mom," said Barbara Burgess as she
nestled three-month-old twin Samantha into the crook
of her arm. "There isn't anything about me that makes
me any more special than the next mom."
Burgess, her husband Clive, 8 1/2 year-old son
Alex and 5-year-old daughter Jacqueline welcomed
fraternal twins Samantha and Katherine into the fam-
ily in January.
When it comes to raising four kids, Burgess has
learned to take everything in stride. The biggest chal-
lenge she said she has faced since the twins were born
is learning to ask for help.
Used to handling everything well on her own, Bur-
gess said it has been the hardest thing to do.
"It's still hard to ask for help when I need it, but
I've learned that asking can turn a bad day into a good
day," she said.
The day begins early for this mom and her twins
who wake up at 4:30 a.m. to eat. Sometimes Jacqueline
wakes up and helps mom feed one of her sisters.
Jacqueline, Burgess said, loves to help her with the
little ones, "She likes to help feed them, change diapers
and, if she could, she'd walk them around the house."
Burgess said she tries to stay awake after Samantha
and Katherine are fed in the morning but confesses she
will sometimes head back to bed until 6 a.m. Then it's
time to get organized.
Alex is up at 7 a.m. to head to Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School in Holmes Beach. Jacqueline gets ready for
her day at the School of Constructive Play in Anna
Maria, which is also where her mom works.
Burgess began working at the School of Construc-
tive Play four years ago when Jacqueline was one and
Mom was ready to go back to work.
Not wanting to miss any moments she could spend
with her family, Burgess chose to become a teacher at
the Island daycare.
Although she doesn't look after her own children
while working with her group of 1- to 3-year-olds, she
said they are close enough for hugs and kisses and she
knows they are loved.
The other parents and teachers at the school are like
an extended family to Burgess, who leans on them for
support when needed. "They've been there for me
through thick and thin."
Burgess went back to work after a five-week ma-
ternity leave and is at the school five days a week from

parents of Alex, 8, and Jacqueline, 5. Islander
9 a.m. to 1:30p.m.- and it takes a good half hourjust
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Double the pleasure
Mom Barbara Burgess doubled the size of her family
with the birth of twins Samantha and Katherine three
months ago. Burgess, and husband Clive, are also
parents ofAlex, 8, and Jacqueline, 5. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and it takes a good half hour just
to get her kids loaded into the car and ready to roll.
Planning time into your schedule for things like
loading the family into the car helps the day move
along efficiently, she says.
By the time Burgess is done with work, she is able
to meet her son when he gets home from school and
help him with his homework.
One thing Burgess does each day is devote time to
each of her children individually by reading a story or
going for a walk. She said it's a little different having
twins because it's hard to devote time to one when both
need her at the same time.
Happy Mother's Day, Barbara, times at least four!
She looks forward to feeding the newborns as some

one on one time and taking them for an evening walk
is as much for mom as it is for the little ones.
She counts herself lucky that Clive, a charter boat
captain, is handy in the kitchen and takes on full re-
sponsibility for cooking family dinners.
After baths and bedtime, Burgess prepares not only
for the day ahead but takes time to do her own class
Last summer she enrolled at Florida State Univer-
sity in Sarasota to become a teacher. She already has
a bachelor of science degree as an exercise specialist
in the education field and is now taking courses to be-
come a teacher.
"Even if I don't become a teacher anytime soon,"
Burgess said, "it will only benefit my kids for me to
understand how children learn into today's field."
Burgess said she enjoys being back in school and
is pacing herself with one or two classes at a time.
But as hectic as any day might be, Burgess said its
what she enjoys doing. "I love being a mom. I really
love it all.
"I can't describe how it is to have kids. It's an in-
ner joy," she said. "I've always been a strong person,
and it's made me stronger. I just try to enjoy every bit
of it because before you know it they're big. It seems
like yesterday I had my son and now he is going to be
Burgess said she doesn't have anything special
planned for Mother's Day Sunday. As a family they en-
joy spending weekends at the beach or the park.
She and Clive have been married 10 years and
during the summer his daughter, Mitchell, 13, from a
previous marriage will join the family for a few weeks.
Burgess maintains that she isn't a special mom.
"There are so many moms that are great. I just do
what I do and it all comes together. Every mom is a
special mom."
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Ticket sales have begun for the Butterfly Bash to raise
funds for the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, scheduled
June 21 at the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach.
The tickets may be bought for $12.50 at the Turtle
Watch Education Center, 5408 Marine Drive, Holmes
Beach, or at Robyn's Nest, 7427 Manatee Ave.,
Bradenton, or by calling Nancy Ambrose at 778-5274.

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Mr. Legs contest gets

under way for 2003
Last year's Mr. Legs got help from the Island's
winner of the year before, so he figures it's only
fair to pass along the assistance to a worthy candi-
date especially a father-in-law.
Mitch Stewart, former head of the Anna Maria
Island Privateers, won the spoof title last year with
help from his predecessor Mr. Legs, Dr. Scott
Kosfeld of Holmes Beach.
This year he is managing the Mr. Legs cam-
paign for Harry Soule, supervisor of the Manatee
County Fairgrounds. Also Stewart's father-in-law,
and they're working on a big fundraiser in June.
Mr. Legs becomes Mr. Legs by raising money
for the American Cancer Society, whether his legs
are even presentable or are like most male legs. The
money comes from receptions, various tourna-
ments, car washes and so on. Every dollar goes to
the cancer society, and each is worth one vote.
The first big one for Soule will be June 22,
when his campaign has arranged a party at Beef
O'Brady's, 6703 Manatee Ave., Bradenton. It will
be from 1-6 p.m., free admission with raffles and
silent auction and several special events to bring in
the "votes."
The ultimate winner will be announced Aug.
16 at the annual Tennis Shoe Ball at Bradenton's
Municipal Auditorium.
To get aboard the Soule bandwagon, call
Stewart at 748-2143.

Women's Equity Day
will be celebrated
Plans are well along for observation of Women's
Equity Day, when women got the right to vote, at a
luncheon on Aug. 9. It will celebrate the 19th
Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in August
Speaker will be Sandi Dengler, East Manatee
resident who is director of major league administra-
tion for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and married to
Deputy Sheriff Julius "Jules" Dengler of the Anna
Maria force.
The luncheon will be sponsored by the Manatee
Commission on the Status of Women and the League
of Women Voters of Manatee County. Further infor-
mation may be obtained from Pat Arends, 383-6235.

Hurricane Expo planning
is well along here
Planning is progressing well for the third annual
Hurricane Preparedness and Safety Expo June 21 at
DeSoto Square Mall, said Don Maloney, Island plan-
ner for the event.
Maloney is Holmes Beach city commissioner who
has taken on the chores associated with arranging the
event. "Please give some thought now to what kind of
table display and/or vehicle display you would like to
have for our citizen outreach efforts," he said.
He asked that interested persons call Robert Day in
the Manatee County Planning Department at 749-3070
for additional information and participation.

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The 2003 Affaire to Remember is going right down
to the wire to sell out, it seems, with some tickets still
available for the popular Island social event.
The Affaire is the chief fundraising vehicle for the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, and every year
it sells out in advance. This year it's taking a bit longer,
probably due to such distractions as the war in Iraq.
Tickets are available for $100 each at the Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, or may be reserved
by calling 778-1908. The Affaire will be Saturday,
May 10, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Har-
bor Drive, Holmes Beach.
It will begin with a champagne reception at 5 p.m.,
dinner at 6:45 p.m., the silent auction starting at 5 p.m.
and the live auction at 7:45. There will be live enter-
tainment during the evening. Harry's Continental
Kitchens will cater the dinner.
There is a long and still growing list of prizes, such
as a diamond tennis bracelet, 53-inch TV, vacation
giveaways, tickets to sports events, children's summer
packages, jewelry, and on and on.
All proceeds go to the Center, which last year re-
alized a record $270,000 from the Affaire.
Where the money goes is outlined in the Center's
presentation: "The Center has offered excellent pro-
grams to youth, teens, adults and seniors for more than
40 years.
"We offer an outstanding TLC (Time for Learning
Creatively) after-school program, holiday and summer
camps for elementary school-age children and an awe-
some REACH (Responsible, Educated Adolescents
Can Help) program for teens ages 11-17.
"Educational enrichment activities help them im-
prove their reading, math and writing skills and de-
velop computer, photography and athletic interests.
These programs provide opportunity for our youth to
spend time with young adult leaders who are complet-
ing their college education.
"Both parents and participants report that the results
of our programs have led to increased ability to commu-
nicate, solve problems, increased knowledge and skills in
activities that help them to achieve a new level of success
in school and recognition in the community."

Tournament deadline extended
The deadline for signing up for the first annual Mon-
ster Jam basketball tournament at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center has been extended to May 10.
Recreation supervisor Joe Chlebus said age divi-
sions are from 8 to 40, and there will be a dunk contest
and a three-point shootout. The event will be May 24
at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Additional details and registration forms may be
obtained at the Center or by calling 778-1908.

Special service to note
Israel's independence
A "Yom Ha-Atzma-ut" service celebrating Israel's
independence will be at 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Temple
Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
It will note David Ben-Gurion's declaration in 1948
that established a modern Jewish state after 2,000 years
without a country. Details may be obtained by calling 383-


'Crafts and Clutter' sale success
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church held its annual "Crafts and Clutter" sale May 3 with great success. The flea
market-style event was well attended by sellers and buyers. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson

Islanders among nominees for honors on Longboat

Seven Anna Maria Island and Cortez nominees are
among 20 for named honors by the Longboat Key
Chamber of Commerce during Small Business Week
next week.
The winners will be announced at the annual
awards breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, May
15, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 4949 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Nominated for Rookie Small Business Person of
the Year from the Island are Ed and Florence Hall,
whose Museum Shoppe is at 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria. Others named in the rookie category are Dr.
Abraham Kozma of Sarasota; Karen Sunders of Palm
Pages Inc., Longboat Key; A. Anderson, Panache
Beauty Salon and Spa, Longboat; Steve Udell, You
Dirty Dog, Longboat; Tony Zanoni, Kitchens Direct,
Sarasota; Joe Carrino, Polo's Italian Grille, Longboat;
Doug and Nancy Rowe, SpaRenity, Bradenton; Renee


Florence Margaret Gustow
Florence Margaret Gustow, 86, of Bradenton and
formerly Sarasota, died May 3.
Born in Bristol, England, Mrs. Gustow came to
Manatee County from Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2001. She
was secretary to the Royal Air Force Commanders in
the British Air Ministry and for the U.S. Army Euro-
pean Command during the occupation of Germany in
World War II.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday,
May 8, at Manasota Memorial Park, 1221 53rd Ave. E.,
Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to
Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home,
Manasota Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Irwin; daughter Jane
Auerbach-Green of Anna Maria; son Michael P. of
Brooklyn; sister Barbara Starr of Bristol; and three

Bruce W. Jasmer
Bruce W. Jasmer, 48, of Perth Amboy, N.J., and
formerly Bradenton, died May 2.
Born and raised in Bradenton, Mr. Jasmer was a
welder for Miller Trailers for many years. He was a
mechanical engineer for Russell Stanley Corp. in New
Jersey. He was a member of the Sons of the American
Legion Post 45 of Perth Amboy, where he participated
in color guard and played the bugle for ceremonies. He
was a frequent visitor to Anna Maria Island.
Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, May
10, at West Bradenton Baptist Church, 1305 43rd St.
W., Bradenton. Day Funeral Home, Keyport, N.J., is in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Karen; daughter Stephanie
Smith of Woodbridge, N.J.; sons Brian and Scott

Wunderli, "the little salon," Longboat.
Islanders nominated for Small Business Person of the
Year are Jack Elka, Jack Elka Photographics, Holmes
Beach; Karen and Michael LaPensee, LaPensee Plumb-
ing, 5362 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; Giorgio Oldano,
DaGiorgio Ristorante, Holmes Beach; Kleleigh Wendell,
A&A Baby and Toddler Rentals, 3214 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach, and Sarasota; Bonner Joy, The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Nominated for Small Business Person of the Year
from Cortez is Kim Ibasfalean, Captain Kim's Boat
Rides and charters.
Others listed for Small Business Person are Charles
Emmanuelle and Carmine Astuto, Ciao Italian Restau-
rant, Longboat; Amy Dodge, A. Dodge Concept Salon,
Longboat; Davis Gruber, Floors By Design, Sarasota;
Jim and Sandee Davis, Grimefighters, Sarasota; David
Miller, Cannons Marina, Longboat.

Hindman, both of Palmetto; sister Cynthia Vernon of
Spring Hill; brothers Dale and Charles Jr., both of
Bradenton; parents Martha and Chuck Sr. of
Bradenton; and six grandchildren.

Gene Levy
Gene Levy, 76, of Longboat Key, died May 1.
Born in Sanford, Mr. Levy came to manatee
County from Oakdale, N.Y., in 1996. He was the re-
tired owner of Gene Levy Trucking Inc. He served in
the U.S. Army 102nd Airborne during World War II.
He was a charter member and past president of the Li-
ons Club in Oakdale.
Private services will be held at a later date. Memo-
rial contributions may be made to Hospice of South-
west Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd.. Sarasota FL 34238, or
the Alzheimer's Association Manatee-Sarasota Chap-
ter, 1230 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota FL 34239.
He is survived by wife Delores; daughters Lynn
Carson of Longboat Key and Karen Kersten of Long
Island, N.Y.; son Bruce of Sarasota; and two grandchil-

Susan Hale Nigg
Susan Hale Nigg, 49, of Anna Maria, died April
Born in St. Petersburg, Ms. Nigg was a Manatee
County resident for most of her life. She was an exten-
sion agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Visitation and services were May 3. Burial will be
in Gillett Cemetery.
She is survived.by daughter Elizabeth S. of Pal-
metto; son Charles A. of St. Petersburg; sisters Kay
Crews and Patty Burns, both of Bradenton; brother
Timothy R. Hale of Bradenton; and mother Katherine
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Another Anna Maria group wants parking action

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Residents at the end of South Bay Boulevard in
Anna Maria emphasized their complaints about the
city's current parking ordinance and enforcement, or
lack thereof, along their street in a recent meeting with
city officials.
Parking problems and complaints have been ongo-

ing for years, South Bay Boulevard residents Frank
Pytel, Gina Brulato, Diana Molesko and Cherie and
Toby Kinerk told Mayor SueLynn at an April 23 meet-
ing, but have been increased the past few months by the
construction work at Galati Marine.
Cars and trucks continually block private drive-
ways when they park, and commercial trucks deliver-
ing goods to Galati and Rotten Ralph's restaurant sim-

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ply park in the street, blocking traffic, the residents say.
Additionally, there is no turn-around area on the
city right of way at the dead end of South Bay Boule-
vard, and cars and trucks are forced to use the Galati
parking lot to return northbound.
Employees at the restaurant and marina are park-
ing on residential lots or in the right of way, the resi-
dents also claim, and they want to know why the city's
parking ordinance hasn't been enforced in the area.
"Some of the situation is temporary" until con-
struction at the marina finishes, said SueLynn, adding
"we need to have some give and take" to solve the
Code Enforcement Officer Gerry Rathvon said she
has looked at the South Bay situation and noted that
Galati has now allowed space for turnarounds, so
there's been a big improvement recently.
But parking along South Bay Boulevard, as with
many city streets, has been "grandfathered," said Pub-
lic Works Director George McKay.
The city is trying to address a multitude of parking
transgressions in a number of areas of the city,
SueLynn said, but no final parking plan has yet been
approved by the city commission.
Mark Mueller of the city's engineering firm of
Baskerville-Donovan said that area of South Bay Bou-
levard has been included in the firm's upcoming traf-
fic study for the city, and there are some options, but
he needed to know where the city and residents want
to go.
One option is to prohibit all parking along the
northeast side at the end of the road, while continuing
to allow perpendicular parking on the southwest side,
he said.
He would have to look at property surveys to de-
termine if there's enough room at the end of the street
for a T-shaped turnaround.
Another option, once Galati's construction is fin-
ished, is to return to the old turnaround system through
Galati's parking lot, he said, if Galati agrees.

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The Manatee County Health Department
has issued another water quality advisory for
the waters of Palma Sola Bay at the county's
south testing location on the Palma Sola Cause-
way near the easternmost bridge.
County Environmental Health Director
Charles Henry said April 30 that an advisory
for Palma Sola Bay south was issued based
upon the marine-water bacteria indicators as

established by the U.S. Environmental Protection
The five-week average of tests at the Palma Sola
Bay south location found the average value of
Colony Forming Units of fecal bacteria was 38.13
units per 100 milliliters of water.
The EPA minimum safe water standard is 35
units per 100 ml.
Brown said that high levels of fecal matter can

cause human disease, infections or rash. The
bacteria usually comes from stormwater run-
off, pets, wildlife and human sewage, he added.
The area "should be considered a potential
health risk to the general public," Brown said.
The county began testing saltwater at 10
selected sites in Manatee County in August
2002 under a federally funded monitoring pro-

Parking returns Thursday
Once construction is completed, Mueller, Rathvon,
McKay, SueLynn and affected residents agreed, it will
be easier to address a long-term solution for South Bay
Boulevard, but one is needed.
Bill King of Galati Marine attended the meeting,
but declined to comment on plans the marina has for
solving the area's parking woes, he said, because of the
presence of the media.
Following the meeting with the mayor, King met in
a private session with South Bay Boulevard residents.
Afterwards, Cherie Kinerk said she and the other
residents were "pretty pleased" with solutions offered
by King.
The Galatis "have been very forthcoming. They've
always been easy to work with and they seem to want
.to alleviate the problem," she said.
"We've always felt that's the way they are, but
sometimes you just need to sit down and talk," Kinerk
King said he would be able to discuss the marina's
plans publicly in the very near future.
"We're getting closer to a solution. We addressed
their concerns with answers at the private meeting and
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Not to the satisfaction of everyone, said city resi-
dent Dale Woodland and Mayor SueLynn at a special
commission meeting on parking, because nobody on
the issue wants to compromise.
"The issue is so divisive," SueLynn once said,
"that no solution will satisfy what everybody wants.
Without give and take and compromise, no one will
walk away happy."
At least the South Bay Boulevard residents have
the Galati family working with them, not against them,
said one city resident.
While the South Bay Boulevard situation may have
an amicable ending, it is "just part of the on going park-
ing problem the city has," with parking in a number of
areas, said the mayor.
It's a problem that has festered for the past 30 years
without any resolution by city administrations, despite
several parking committee studies and recommenda-
tions, she has said.
There is just not enough parking for residents, visi-
tors and employees of businesses and rather than adopt
a new ordinance or enforce the current parking ordi-
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ignore the problem, the mayor said.
The South Bay Boulevard group joins residents liv-
ing on beach access roads, near the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, on North Shore Drive, Fern Street,
North Bay Boulevard near Bayview Park, and city busi-
ness owners, not to mention mainland residents who visit
the city on weekends, as different factions with separate
agendas for parking, but all competing for and demand-
ing a slice of any Anna Maria parking solution.
But the South Bay group will "probably have a
happy ending," to its parking problems before anyone
else in the pie does, said one city resident.
For the rest of the parking pie slicers, the mayor
and current city commissioners have stated publicly
they are dedicated to finding a solution to the city's
parking woes and have directed City Attorney Jim Dye
to prepare two draft ordinances on parking.
A final parking ordinance may include restricted
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Suspect gunman hospitalized in apparent drug overdose

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Jesse Buri, one of two men arrested in Holmes
Beach April 25 for discharging a firearm at a resi-
dence adjacent to the Anna Maria Elementary
School, was taken to Blake Medical Center around
6:45 a.m. April 29, the victim of an apparent drug
overdose in Bradenton Beach, police in that city
Bradenton Beach Police Sgt. Lenny Diaz said
that he was notified at 6:41 a.m. April 29 by the
Manatee County Emergency Medical Service that
they had a 911-emergency call from an unidentified
male, who said he had revived another man at a unit
at the Beach House Resort at 1000 Gulf Drive N. and

he was requesting an ambulance.
However, said Diaz, the man who called did not
give his name because he said he "didn't want to be
When EMS and Diaz arrived at the Beach House,
they found Jesse Edward Buri, 28, of 206 N. Harbor
Drive in Holmes Beach, lying on the floor of the mo-
tel room, still breathing but unconscious.
Buri was transported to Blake where he was placed
in the intensive care unit, said Diaz. The hospital later
called to say they found four separate drugs in Buri's
system, he added.
However, a search of the unit by Diaz failed to find
any drugs, and it is likely that the person who called
911 cleaned up the unit prior to police and EMS arrival,

Diaz said.
No charges are pending against Buri for this inci-
dent, said Diaz.
Buri and roommate Shae Corrigan face multiple
gun and drug charges in the April 25 incident in which
Holmes Beach police say more than 20 rounds were
fired by the men into their North Harbor Drive resi-
dence around 5:30 a.m.
That house is located adjacent to the southeast cor-
ner of the Anna Maria Elementary School, but was re-
cently put up for sale by owner Mari Drachmann-Hol-
land, Buri's mother.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson said that
since Buri's April 25 arrest, the department has not had
any contact with him.

Sandpiper density, encroachment issues

apparently resolved

By Paul Roat
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according to Bradenton Beach officials regarding the
Sandpiper Mobile Resort.
The mobile home park, at 2501 Gulf Drive, was
purchased by residents earlier this year for almost $10
million. However, several issues have arisen regarding
city land-development rules that brought about 20 park
residents to city hall last week in an effort to hash out
a solution.
According to Bradenton Beach Building Official
Bob Welch, "The park has been recognized over the
years by the city as non-conforming in the distance
between structures as well as encroaching into city
rights of way. There is the compound problem existing
since 1990 of the park exceeding the allowable den-
Park President Gordon Cleland said the park in its
heyday had 204 units, and currently has 175. "We're
totally aware you want to decrease density," Cleland
said, "and we're trying to attain that, but we want to
have it done in little bits over a long term."
Regarding the encroachments of the mobile homes
into the right of way along 26th Street, 27th Street, and
Avenue B, Cleland said the intent of the park was not
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"We'd just like to maintain the status quo," Cleland
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Welch suggested that he and Cleland work together
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AME reschedules peace day
The "Peace Pal" celebration planned to take place
at Anna Maria Elementary School on May 1 has been
rescheduled for Tuesday, May 13.
Fifth-graders from both AME and Manatee El-
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ceremony and other activities including making a
peace pledge to carry out at home.
Lunch will be provided by Duffy's Tavern, which
has donated hot dogs for the event.
After lunch, the fifth-graders will hold a rededicat-
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school's courtyard. A similar pole stands in the court-
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By Rick Catlin
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Bill Shakespeare could not possibly have had a city
like Anna Maria in mind when he wrote "Much Ado
About Nothing." After all, that was more than 400
years ago, although some pundits might say the play is
appropriate for this city of 1,600 residents and 3,200
A hastily called special Anna Maria City Commis-
sion meeting April 29 to vote on retaining Holmes
Beach as the city's building administrator could easily
be a case of much ado about nothing.
During an often stormy and occasionally confus-
ing session, commissioners by a 3-to-1 vote approved
a motion to retain Holmes Beach as the city's building
official and asked Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore, who attended the meeting, to prepare an
interlocal agreement to cover the scope of services for
the arrangement. Commissioner Linda Cramer voted
against the measure.
But any permanent interlocal agreement must still
be ratified by the Holmes Beach City Commission, and
that commission's chairperson, Rich Bohnenberger,
said he's against the deal.
"I've been told there's really nothing in it for
Holmes Beach taxpayers, so I'm opposed to it. All we
really have is a liability issue for our city," he added.
The issue will be an agenda item at the Holmes
Beach City Commission meeting May 13, Whitmore
The special Anna Maria meeting was called by
acting chairperson Chuck Webb following the city
commission's April 24 vote to ask Holmes Beach for
a "scope of services" on building official duties. At the
same time, however, commissioners directed Anna
Maria Mayor SueLynn to begin advertising for a part-
time building official for the city.
Whitmore said that after eight months of an in-
terim arrangement, she understood Anna Maria was
going to decide once and for all at the April 25 meet-
ing to either continue with Holmes Beach or go it
After the April 25 vote, which called for a scope of
services from Holmes Beach while at the same time
directing the city to advertise for a part-time building
official, Whitmore she believed Anna Maria just
wanted more information from Holmes Beach, while
looking to hire its own official and "that's not fair" to

Holmes Beach straw

poll: wait and see
A straw poll among Holmes Beach city com-
missioners on the proposed interlocal agreement to
provide Anna Maria with building official services
found a mixed reaction as most commissioners
wanted more information before making a decision.
While Commission Chairperson Rich
Bohnenberger said he's opposed to the agreement,
Commissioner Roger Lutz adopted a "wait-and-
see" attitude.
"My thoughts are that I want to hear more dis-
cussion," he said, although he was "somewhat
skeptical" about the deal.
"I want to hear more," Lutz said, "and I don't
think we should pull the rug out from under them"
right away if the commission nixes the agreement.
City Commissioner Don Maloney, long a pro-
ponent of consolidating a range of services pro-
vided by all three Island cities, said he agreed with
Anna Maria resident Rick DeFrank, who claimed
this was the first step toward consolidation.
"I wish it was," said Maloney.
"Seriously," he added, "I've got to wait and
see, but my immediate reaction is that it's time they
had their own fire department too."
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens said she
doesn't have a problem with Anna Maria using
Holmes Beach building officials, "but we need an
interlocal agreement."
She also noted that the idea of using Holmes
Beach building officials "was not something we
Anna Maria "came to us," she noted.
Commissioner Pat Geyer said she wanted to see
the agreement before making a decision, but she un-
derstood some people in Anna Maria "don't want

her city.
The next day, she told SueLynn and other Anna
Maria officials to "forget it" and gave the city 60 days
to find their own building official.
That ultimatum swung Webb into action and he
called the special meeting.

He said his call for a scope of services was "just to
get the ball rolling," and advertising for a part-time
official was to prove that there aren't any Florida-li-
censed officials available for part-time work.
"We need the stability of Holmes Beach," he said.
Webb noted that at the commission's April 8 work-
shop, commissioners had agreed that using Holmes
Beach building official services was the best choice for
the city.
Commissioners also like the cost savings of using
Holmes Beach as opposed to hiring the city's own of-
Acting Mayor John Quam noted that based on the
past seven months of charges from Holmes Beach
building officials, it would cost Anna Maria only about
$13,000 annually to use Holmes Beach.
A full-time building official would run the city
about $80,000 a year, while a part-timer would cost in
the area of $25,000 to $30,000, he said.
Whitmore, accompanied by Holmes Beach Build-
ing Official Joe Duennes, said if Anna Maria doesn't
want the interlocal, "that's fine."
She just needed a formal vote to "know where we
Whitmore agreed with Commissioner Duke Miller
to have a 90-day release clause in the interlocal agree-
ment, giving Anna Maria the option to back out at any
time without any reason.
But Holmes Beach doesn't want the deal if Anna
Maria is going to hire its own part-time official and
then expect Holmes Beach to offer building official
services when the part-time person is unavailable.
There's a serious liability issue there, said
Duennes, and it would be he and his license held re-
sponsible for any incorrect decision on the part of Anna
City Commissioner Tom Aposporos thought there
would be immediate problems with an interlocal agree-
ment and mentioned that a straw poll of city residents
in February was 3 to 1 in favor of the city having its
own official.
He also said, perhaps as an understatement, that
"this is a very difficult city to work in."
Miller said that while it's true that the commission
is "under a great deal of scrutiny on this issue" from the
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cally responsible.
It's a virtual no-brainer to compare paying $13,000
a year, or even $26,000 a year at the most, to use
Holmes Beach against the $80,000 for a full-time Anna
Maria official, he indicated.
Using Holmes Beach for building official services
is just "out-sourcing," as the city does for garbage col-
lection, Miller said.
But the public, at least those who spoke at the
meeting, weren't interested in out-sourcing.
Rick DeFrank claimed that there have been "two
situations" the past 10 days where Holmes Beach
building official Bill Saunders has approved two
non-conforming uses that are against state statutes.
He wondered what Holmes Beach was trying to
pull when that city first said it would cost Anna
Maria $130,000 a year for a building official, but is
now saying it's just a few thousand dollars.
This is a scare tactic by Holmes Beach, said
DeFrank, and he asked why the city wasn't using
former building official George McKay, currently the
city's public works director.
Because McKay doesn't want the job, said Webb,
although McKay does have a three-year temporary
building official license from the Florida Department
of Business and Professional Regulation. He has said
he's too busy with public works to take on the addi-
tional duties.
"This is a slap in the face to the public,"'claimed
Carol Ann Magill. The city commission is working
against the wishes of the city, she said, and called
Webb's actions "sneaky."
The community needs its own building official, she
Whitmore explained that the original $130,000
estimate was Anna Maria's share of an Islandwide
building official department for all three cities. That
idea has since been discarded.
In the end, Aposporos agreed to support a "long-
term solution with a short fuse," while the city studies
other options, but predicted it might not have a long
life. "And it won't be Anna Maria canceling the agree-
ment, it will be Holmes Beach," he said.

Bradenton Beach Commission

silences noise ordinance

By Chris Teofilak
Islander Correspondent
How loud is too loud? A proposed noise ordinance
allowing officers to react to sound reaching over a 55-
decibel limit failed at the May 1 Bradenton Beach City
Commission meeting. The ordinance died on a 2-2
decision based on whether the decibel limit was a rea-
sonable amount.
The 55-decibel sound limit mirrors existing deci-
bel level laws in Manatee County, according to City
Attorney Alan Prather.
Although officers would be trained to use the
sound level meters properly calibrated by the Ameri-
can National Standards Institute, questions arose in the
human factor involved. Police Chief Sam Speciale said
if the decibel limit was broken, it would still be the
officer's discretion whether to deem the noise a nui-
Officers presently ask the residences or busi-
nesses to tone down the noise if there is a complaint.
"Usually 99 out of 100 times people comply with an
officer's request," said Speciale, "but we need this
ordinance for the one time things get out of control.
The proposed noise ordinance would have limited

the maximum sound level to 55 decibels between 7
a.m. and 10 p.m. to be measured at or beyond the prop-
erty line of the noise source. The maximum sound limit
between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. would have been reduced
to 50 decibels.
However, testimony offered by Johnny
Maschino, general manager of the Bridge Tender Inn
on Bridge Street, showed that the intended sound
limit was too low. Readings from Maschino's per-
sonal sound level meter measured 80 decibels dur-
ing the citing of the Pledge of Allegiance at the com-
mission meeting.
Commissioner Anna O'Brien led the charge
against the ordinance due to fears of limiting the capa-
bility of owners to run their businesses.
"Bridge Street is a commercial district," said
O'Brien. "Entertainment is used to draw people in."
Bradenton Beach resident Connie Drescher thanked the
commission for proposing the ordinance.
"There have been many noise issues," said
Drescher. "Even today from inside the meeting I could
hear the music of a car that drove by."
Commissioners offered no instructions to staff to
alter the proposed ordinance, and its fate is uncertain.

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Planners get answers to outlawed gazebos, trellises

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission got the
answers it sought regarding a proposed ordinance that
appeared to outlaw gazebos, pergolas and trellises.
According to Holmes Beach Assistant Superinten-
dent of Public Works Bill Saunders, the proposed or-
dinance, which would classify free-standing gazebos,
pergolas, arbors and trellises that are greater than 48
inches high as yard encroachments, was not supposed
to be on the planning commission agenda.
Saunders said he had asked that the existing ordi-

nance be updated to clarify that structures such as ga-
zebos and trellises must meet the 10-foot side yard set-
back and can not encroach or be placed within the set-
Saunders said the ordinance should have gone back
to him to present at a city commission work session and
not sent to the planning commission.
Planning commission members, however, still be-
lieve that the language is confusing and the consensus
was that the city should rethink its policy on trellises.
Saunders agreed with planning Commissioner John
Monetti that trellises are traditionally used as a decorative

item for a yard entryway and would make a nice addition
to many Island properties. The current code still precludes
anyone from using a trellis as an entry.
In other business, the planning commission unani-
mously agreed to recommend the city allow legal non-
conforming properties which currently have a single-
story residence to build a second-story addition with-
out using the "wedding cake" design.
Commissioners forwarded an ordinance to allow
these properties to build a second-story with the same
setbacks as the ground-floor level to the city commis-

Anna Maria Island's roaming foxes raise questions

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
First it was squirrels going and now it's foxes com-
ing. Nobody knows how come, in either case.
Some weeks ago squirrels disappeared from Co-
quina Beach woods, to the mystification of wildlife
lovers and the just plain curious.
Now it's foxes, a pair of them, sighted by respect-
able people whose eyes are good and who aren't given
to flights of fancy. At least where foxes are concerned.
Signa Bouziane, who works at Mr. Roberts Resort
Wear in Holmes Beach is a recent fox-sighter. Early the
morning of April 29, she said, "I was walking down
Marina Drive and I thought I saw a big cat coming from
between two houses near the corner of Marina and
Palm Avenue.
"It turned and I saw it wasn't a cat. I was sure it
was a fox. It went around the back of Gloria Dei
church. I sat down to take a pebble from my shoe and
it came back and came toward me and I wasn't sure
what to do, and then a car came along on Marina Drive
and the fox ran back between the houses."
The police hadn't heard of any such sighting, but
Bouzaine had she headed to The Islander, whose
publisher Bonner Joy had seen a fox earlier. "Thank
God I'm not crazy," Bouzaine sighed with relief.

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get here?"
Publisher Joy asks similar questions after seeing
one on the beach at the Sandbar restaurant. "It was big-
ger than my dog," she said, "50 to 60 pounds."
It was sitting on the beach in front of the rocks at the
restaurant's deck, "peering at us. Someone threw a roll on
the beach, the fox came over and sniffed and trotted back
to its perch and stared at people some more."
She suspects it is "humanized," so accustomed to
people that it is unafraid. Which, she pointed out, could
-well put it in harm's way.
But there's more to this than meets the eye. More
foxes, in fact.
Robin Wall saw a pair of them in the same Anna
Maria area as the other sightings. They came out of the
dusk, apparently to feed, she said. "They looked OK,"
she said. "One of them got halfway up a cabbage palm,
then it hopped down and they trotted away."
She looked it up on the Internet and sure enough,
the Florida gray fox is a climber, also called the "tree
fox." From her sightings and those of neighbors, she
thinks the foxes may live under the Palmetto Avenue
boardwalk that bridges the dune there.
At night she has heard little barking sounds that
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Barbara Parkman said a fox seems to hang out
about Gulf Drive and 75th Street. She saw it across the
street from her house and a neighbor walked up on a
fox in her driveway.
Linda Cramer has seen a fox and she would know
- she grew up in Wisconsin and used to see them on
the family farm. People trapped them for their fur, in
Cramer, who is an Anna Maria city commissioner,
said she left the water hose running one day and her 15-
year-old son looked out the window and saw the fox
drinking. "He sat right there," she said.
"He came ahead a bit when my son kind of 'talked
fox' to it. Then he ran out back and down the alley,
seemed at home."
This one was a red fox, she said, with a big fluffy
The Anna Maria foxes are variously described as
brown or gray or red, depending on the light and on
which fox it is. Big tails. They are bigger than a small
dog and so unafraid of humans that they worry sympa-
thetic people.
Manatee County Animal Services representatives
say they don't chase foxes, though they might accept
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Small Business Week
has full schedule
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce has set
up a full agenda for its celebration of Small Business
Week May 12-15:
Monday 8-9:30 a.m., "How to Work a Room" free
seminar with Andrew Vac as speaker, Holiday Inn
Hotel and Suites, 4949 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Monday 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., panel will discuss "Ex-
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the market now, protect assets, tax laws and the value
of optimism, free seminar at Holiday Inn and Suites.
Tuesday noon-1 p.m., free seminar on "Identity
Theft" with banker Susie Kruse at the chamber office,
6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Tuesday 5:30-7:30 p.m., "Business After Hours"
and "Chamber Showcase" at Avenue of the Flowers,
with nominees for rookie and Small Business Person
of the Year introduced.
Wednesday 8-10 a.m. "How to Promote Your
Business and Get in the News," Holiday Inn and Suites.
Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., free seminar
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Thursday 7:30-9 a.m. UBS PaineWebber Small
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Ladies hear of massage benefits
"The Benefits of Massage" will be explained to
members of the Off Stage Ladies, auxiliary of.the Is-
land Players, when they meet for luncheon at 11:30
a.m. Wednesday, May 14.
The luncheon will be at the Bradenton Yacht Club,
4307 Snead Island Road, Palmetto. The speaker will be
JoAnne Chmielewski. For information and reserva-
tions, call Marge Ebel at 792-7818.

5 percent back-to-school program
Office Depot's "5 percent back-to-school" program
means free supplies for Anna Maria Elementary School.
The school earns credit for supplies each time local
businesses and community members remember to use
AME's school code when making purchases at Office
The store will credit the school with 5 percent of
your total purchase. Just remember to give the cashier
AME's code, which is 70021671. The program runs
through Dec. 31.

Dye to sign 'If I Were' Friday
Anna Maria Island author Marguerite Dye will
autograph copies of her book "If I Were" starting at 1
p.m. Friday at Circle Books, 478 John Ringling Blvd.,
St. Armands Circle.
Written originally for her grandchildren, "If I
Were" is a world tour focusing on animals. Details may
be obtained by calling 388-2850.

Horseshoe winners
Winners in the May 3 horseshoe games were Bill
Starrett and Spanky Starrett, both of Anna Maria City.
Runners-up were Jack Cooper of Holmes Beach and
herb Heesch of Dunellen.
Winners in the April 30 games were Tom Rhodes
of Cortez and Heesch. Runners-up were Starrett and
Pete Watson of England.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
day and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no membership fees
and everyone is welcome.

Bridge Street festival fun
Thousands of people attended last weekend's Bridge Street Festival. Among the fun was a display for South-
east Guide Dogs manned by Diane Broda and "dogged" by Pete, below left. Below right is Tom Quervo, 16,
in the dunk tank ready for a swim by Tyler Williams, 5, of Bradenton. Tom's dad owns the Drift In. Islander
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67th Street property violates FEMA guidelines

By Diana Bogan
Islander Correspondent
The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board
found the property located at 308 67th St. in Holmes
Beach in violation of the city's land-development code.
According to Code Enforcement Officer Walter
Wunderlich, Federal Emergency Management Agency
guidelines do not allow living quarters on the lower level
of an elevated structure. Storage and parking are allowed.
Property owner Michael Washuta testified that the
ground-level living quarters were not only permitted and
approved by former Holmes Beach Building Superinten-
dent Hal Johnson, but that Johnson encouraged the
Washutas to utilize the space with added living quarters.
The property was purchased by Washuta in 1979
and the home was built by Alois Beer in 1980. Beer
signed an affidavit stating that Johnson had in fact ver-
bally agreed that a one-bedroom unit could be built on
the lower level with three provisions.
Those provisions included providing a minimum
4-inch stepup from the garage floor. There could be no
bathtub, and electrical outlets had to be a minimum of
15 inches above floor level.

Unfortunately, both Beer and Johnson have died
and the board was unable to verify the testimony pre-
sented by Washuta.
Despite the hardship of verifying the facts, the
board believed Washuta was given inaccurate informa-
tion and advice from a city official at the time.
Wunderlich said that he was advised by City Attor-
ney Patricia Petruff that just because a mistake was
made by a city official 25 years ago doesn't mean the
mistake should not be fixed.
Although sympathetic, the board found Washuta in
violation and ordered him to rectify the violation within
90 days.
Chairman Charles Stealey explained that FEMA
subsidizes flood insurance for the entire city and any
violation of its guidelines could jeopardize insurance
for everyone, not just the property in violation. Given
the circumstances, Stealey said the board had no choice
but to uphold the law.
Wunderlich said that based on the advice of Petruff,
he will be addressing all FEMA violations, including cases
where the city has previously allowed property owners to
maintain bathroom facilities on the ground level.


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Letter Carriers food drive is Saturday
"Mother's Day mail is full of love and so are
donated food bags," Anna Maria letter carriers remind
Islanders as they gear up for the annual food drive
Saturday, May 10. In the food drive, the carriers will
pick up nonperishable foods of all kinds which postal
patrons leave in or near their mailboxes.



Offstage and on, play is full of laughs

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By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
"Open Season" opens Thursday night at the Play-
ers Theater, but the cast and crew already have had
their share of laughs through its rehearsals.
Preston Boyd, director, said the play is such a hoot
that his cast has laughed for two hours every rehearsal.
It was written by Michael McKeever, and he will be
here on May 13 for a champagne reception hosted by
Ooh La La! Bistro in his honor
"This play deserves all the acclaim and attention
it's going to get," said Boyd. He expects it to go far
beyond Florida as a professional production.
McKeever's "37 Postcards," which the Players staged
last year, is opening in Germany, Boyd said -
McKeever is a "hot property."
Boyd himself is a lot hotter than luke warm, with
a long list of credits in TV, film and theater. This is not
his first play for Anna Maria Island: He first came here
in the 1980s in "Arsenic and Old Lace" and was in
"Foxfire" in the '90s. Two seasons ago he was guest
artist in "Dearly Departed," with "Greater Tuna" com-
ing up here next season to add to his credits.
He was born in Minneapolis and reared in Illinois and
Washington state. He was deep into theater in New York
City when he and his wife came here as he took ajob at
the Ringling Museum, where he stayed for five years.
He was in acting all this time, in New York and
Los Angeles and points along the way, appearing

onstage in everything from
comedy to drama to
Shakespeare. Not to men-
tion movies, where he was
onscreen with such luminar-
ies as Meryl Streep, Robin
Williams, Sylvester
Stallone and a respectable
list of others. He even did
some commercials.
He has a list of credits
of some dimensions in stage

directing, from "West Side Story" to "Fiddler on the
Roof" to Shakespeare and a lot in between.
While at Ringling he went into acting at Asolo and
Florida Studio Theater, and of course the Island Play-
ers. He teaches drama and music at St. Stephen's Epis-
copal School and is adjunct instructor with Manatee
Community College.
"Open Season" gives plenty of opportunity for
suspense and tragedy along with the laughter. It's about
three generations of actors that Boyd said could be just
about any lively family.
It will run May 8-18 with performances at 8 p.m.
daily except for two Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. and ex-
cluding Mondays. Tickets are $14 and may be obtained
at the box office, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, be-
tween 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily except Sunday, or by
calling 778-5755.

Island police reports
Anna Maria
April 28, 100 South Bay Blvd., city pier parking
lot, disorderly intoxication. According to the report,
deputies were notified that a man was urinating in pub-
lic. At the scene, the man was determined to be intoxi-
cated and taken into custody.

Bradenton Beach
April 30, 100 block Eighth Street South, burglary.
The complainant said someone boarded his boat and
removed two six-gallon gas cans.

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April 25, 300 block of 56th Street, theft. A woman
reported her ladder stolen.
April 25, 300 block of 64th Street, theft. A woman
reported her daughter's bike stolen.
April 25, 4100 block of Gulf Drive, battery. A man
was arrested for one count of spouse battery after hav-
ing an argument over an alleged extra-marital affair.
April 25, 100 block of 50th Street, criminal mis-
chief. An outdoor ceramic sign at a woman's residence
was damaged.
April 25, 100 block of 50th Street, beverage law.
Officers stopped a vehicle driving down a beach ac-
cess. According to the report, the driver said he was
using the headlights to find his lost wallet. Officers
observed an open container of beer on the front floor-
board and the driver was given a summons to appear
for possession of alcohol under the age of 21, and for
having an open container.
April 26, 4600 block of Gulf Drive, fraud. Accord-
ing to the report, a man discovered his Social Security
number and name had been used by someone else to
purchase a cell phone.
April 27, 100 block of 39th Street, traffic crash. A
man was cited for failing to leave information after
hitting a parked vehicle and for leaving the scene of the
April 27, 400 block of Clark Lane, disturbance.
According to the report, officers responded to a re-
ported domestic disturbance. The couple separated for
the evening and officers left a domestic violence packet
at the home.
April 28, 6200 block of Holmes Boulevard, theft.
A man's bicycle was reportedly stolen.
April 28, 5508 Marina Drive, Raders Reef, theft.
Two seashells valued at $110 were reportedly stolen
from an unsecured display case.
April 29, 2800 block of Avenue E, theft. A woman
reported the hood ornament from her Mercedes Benz
April 29, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A purse was reportedly stolen from a parked

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Ooh la lunch!
Chef and owner of Ooh La
La! Bistro Damon
Presswood served up an
enjoyable lunch for Candi
Schields and Cheryl
Bennett of Anna Maria
Elementary School, Doris
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tary School, Mary Truluck,
Darlene Horner and
Phyllis LeGrange of
Bashaw Elementary
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School. The lunch gather-
ing was in recognition of
professional administra-
tors' week. Islander Photo.
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Tuesday, May 13
Breakfast: Dannon Danimals Yogurt, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
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Wednesday, May 14
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Fruit, Cereal,
Lunch: Manager's Choice
Thursday, May 15
Breakfast: Dannon Danimals Yogurt, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Burrito or Turkey Stack Sandwich with Goldfish
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from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8.
Dinner will be catered by Cortez Kitchen and
will feature chicken in a Caribbean marinade, rice
and cole slaw.
The parents of students will be providing
baked goods for dessert.
After dinner, the IMS Conch Fritter band will
perform the songs it has been preparing for com-
petition at Disney World later this month.
And, as promised at the last PTO meeting, the
video documentary created by students during last
month's manatee project will be presented.
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children and will be available at the door.
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The first spring fundraising event held to ben-
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a financial success, raising more than $22,000.
The Parent-Teacher Organization sponsored
a "Love Boat" theme dinner, dance and auction
April 26 that was attended by more than 250
teachers, parents and staunch school supporters
from the Island community.
Highlights of the evening included a silent
auction with donated gift baskets and special
artwork made by AME classes, a performance
by the Island Middle School Conch Fritter Band
and Coquina Choir, exhibition dance by the
Fred Astaire dancers and dance music by the

Jimi Gee Band.
Food and beverages for the event were donated by
several restaurants, including the Sandbar and Beach
House restaurants, the Anna Maria City Pier, Moore's
Stone Crab Restaurant, Shells, Ooh La La! Bistro,
Paradise Bagels, Beef O'Brady's, Albertson's, M&M
Catering, Woodson Bros. Seafood Grille, Maggie's
Bakery, Harry's Continental Kitchens and Cafe on the
The event was fueled by volunteers from the
PTO and the community. The money raised by the
,event has been used to purchase two mobile com-
puter labs with 10 laptops in each mobile unit. The
labs will be ready for use next school year.

On board
Manatee County School Board member Harry
Kinnan hit the dance floor with wife Sue at the Anna
Maria Elementary School "Love Boat" Spring Fling
fundraiser. The Jimi Gee Band provided the music
for the evening event. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Captain's feast
AME Principal Kathy Hayes was joined by her husband, Ron, at the Parent-
Teacher Organization "Love Boat" event. Also in line for dinner are Diana and
Dennis Miller. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson

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Sparks are flying
One of the Island's most unusual art galleries is
Sparks Steel Art at 121 Bridge Street in Bradenton
Beach, and owner Adam Ellis of Cortez is literally a
That's because his.unusual art includes custom-
made iron gates for homes and businesses, something
very few artists in the Island area are making.
"I've been doing art all my life; things like silk
screens and murals," said Adam, who grew up in the
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nesses, including Mike Norman Real Estate in Holmes
Beach and the Bridge Tender Inn restaurant in
Bradenton Beach.
Most gates are made with a botanical or nautical
theme in keeping with Island architecture, he said, and
examples of his work are on display at the Bridge Street
gallery. All are custom made for the individual.
Adam doesn't use just ordinary wrought iron or
steel in his creations, elements that can rust out in just
a few years in the salty Island air.
Instead, he uses Cor-Ten, a weather-resistant steel
that won't rust and adds years to the life of a custom
Sparks gate.
Although the demand for custom gates is increas-
ing, Adam hasn't forgotten his roots. He still does cus-
tom paintings on old glass windows and some of these
are also on display at the gallery.
"I've probably done about 100 windows, just in the
Cortez area," he said.
"But more and more people are interested in the
custom gates and I'm enjoying the challenge."
For more information on custom steel gates, call
Ellis at 795-0076 or 685-3392.

The Rose of La Creperie
That unique dining experience in Bradenton
Beach known as La Creperie at 127 Bridge St. has a
new owner/chef as Olivier Rose recently purchased the
restaurant from Geraldine Bush.
Staying on as dining room manager is Geraldine's
son-in-law, Jerome Guet, who promised that the small-
but-intimate restaurant will continue with its house
specialties of crepes buckwheat and crepes sweet,
along with a great French breakfast and lunch, and
numerous dinner entrees.
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to retire from the restaurant, said Jerome.
"Mom was happy to retire, but she misses her many
friends on the Island," he added.
The 26-seat restaurant has attracted a following on
the Island, including Bradenton Beach residents
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"When I took my first bite, I was overwhelmed,"
said Reggina of the beef tips in wine sauce. "Not too
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Dessert was a combination of chocolate mousse and
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"Great food, great ambiance and reasonable
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La Creperie is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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For reservations or to learn more about La Creperie,
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an insurance-industry publication.
The company has an office at 5203 Gulf Drive N.
in Holmes Beach.
Trippe and Co. was named agency of the month and
featured on the cover of Rough Notes in February 2002,
along with a feature story in the magazine.
The award is chosen by votes of firms that have
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service, an anniversary, a new hire, or an award-win-
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 7, 2003 0 PAGE 23

Melanie Moran: ... Islander

Islander teacher J Melanie
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Each week The Islander spotlights one of Anna Pjrounded
Maria Elementary School's teachers. Phere by
This week, kindergarten teacher Melanie Moran is | her
in our spotlight. students,
Moran is originally from Ohio and came to Florida 20 teaches
years ago. She also lived in California for nine years. kinder-

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She has been teaching at AME for 10 years and is garden at

certified to teach kindergarten through sixth-grades. Anna
tary School and physical education at an elementary Elemen-
school in Ohio. -. tar),
Moran says one of the things she loves about her School.
job is "watching children discover they can read."- Islander
Reading is just one of the things Moran looks for- H- 7. Photo:
ward to sharing with her students during the year. An- Diana
other project is teaching them to make lemonade. Bogan
Her teaching philosophy is simple: "Everyone
learns in their own time."
When not in the classroom, Moran enjoys taking
walks, sewing anrd reading.
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'Music Man Junior'
The Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders'
final performance of the musical play "The Music
Man" will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students and
can be purchased at the school office.
Prior to the performance, there will be a spaghetti
dinner in the school cafeteria sponsored by the School
of Constructive Play.
Tickets for dinner can also be purchased through
the school office. Dinner tickets are $6 for adults and
$4 for children.
Photography and videotaping are prohibited during
."' the performance. Parents are encouraged to take pho-
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Wednesday, May 7
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard, Anna
Maria. Information: 778-7062.
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. "From Russia With
Love" cooking lesson with Chef Raymond Arpke at
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-
tion: 778-6341.
6 to 7:30 p.m. Parent support group with Shirley
Rohmberger at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
7p.m. Closing night of the "Music Man Junior" at
the Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525. Fee applies.

Thursday, May 8
7 to 8 p.m. Teen GIRLS Forum at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
8 p.m. Opening night of "Open Season" at the
Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Information: 778-5755. Fee applies.

Friday, May 9
10 a.m. to noon Watercolor demonstration by
Susie Cotton at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1788.
Noon Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island fare-
well luncheon at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-6083. Fee applies.
1 p.m. "If I Were" author Marguerite Dye book
signing at Circle Books, 478 John Ringling Blvd., St.


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Armands Circle. Information: 388-2850.
5 to 9p.m. Seaweed gallery open house at 112
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 782-1128.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Opening reception for the
Manatee High School Student Exhibit at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-2099.

Saturday, May 10
5 p.m. Affaire to Remember at St. Bernard
Catholic Church,, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Monday, May 12
8 to 9:30 a.m. "How to Work a Room" with An-
drew Vac at the Holiday Inn, 4949 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Expectation, Economics,
and Emotions" with a panel of speakers at the Holiday
Inn, 4949 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Informa-
tion: 387-9519.
7p.m. "Fun at the Center" for Island teens at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.

Tuesday, May 13
1 p.m. "Identity Theft" with Susie Kruse, from
Republic Bank, at the Holiday Inn, 4949 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
5:30.to 7:30 p.m. Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce Business After Hours at the Avenue of the
Flowers Shopping Center, Bay Isles Road, Longboat
Key. Information: 387-9519.
7 to 9 p.m. Teen art program at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
8 p.m. Champagne reception for playwright
Michael McKeaver following "Open Season" at the Is-
land Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Information: 778-5755. Fee applies.

Wednesday, May 14
8 to 10 a.m. "How to Promote your Business
and Get In the News" with a panel of experts at the
Holiday Inn, 4949 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Information: 387-9519.


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Past presidents honored
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The Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island
will honor past presidents at a "farewell char-
ity luncheon" at noon Friday, May 9, at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Members are to wear a hat of choice,
"pretty or funny." The luncheon will be hosted
by the board of directors, costs $3 and members
are to bring table service for themselves and
their guests. Details are available at 778-6083.

11:30a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island
Players luncheon at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307
Snead Island Road, Palmetto. Information: 792-7818.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Working ON Your Busi-
ness, Not IN It" with Laura Plum at the Holiday Inn,
4949 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.

Art by Marilyn Cassidy at the Artists Guild Gallery,
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through May 31.
Information: 778-1788.
Manatee High School Student Exhibit at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, through May 31. Information: 778-2099.
"Open Season" at the Island Players theater,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, through May 18. Infor-
mation: 778-5755. Fee applies.

Small Business Person of the Year Awards
Breakfast at the Holiday Inn, Longboat Key, May 15.
Bradenton Beach open house at city hall, police
department and Tingley Memorial Library, May 16.
AME Kid's Karaoke at Beef O' Brady's May 20.
Reggae on the Bay at Selby Gardens, Sarasota,
May 21.


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The Islander

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
At 12 years old, Marisa O'Brien's fondness for
origami is already bringing her into the fold of the Is-
land art community.
Origami is the art of paper folding and O'Brien, a
Holmes Beach resident and Island Middle School stu-
dent, said she learned the craft at the monthly origami
classes held at the Island library.
"My grandmother signed me up for the class,"
O'Brien said, "and I enjoyed it, so I continued going."
That was three years ago and now O'Brien is ex-
cited about displaying approximately 50 of her origami
pieces at the library where she got her start.
It's the first time O'Brien has participated in an
artists showing, but not the first time she has made her
work available to the public.
On the weekends, O'Brien exercises her entrepre-
neurial spirit and rolls out an origami display on the
corner of 76th Street and Palm Drive where she sells
pieces for 75 cents to $1.50. She said she's sold half of
her work.
The origami featured at the Island library falls into
three themes fish, birds and boxes. One of the boxes
,on display, which O'Brien calls a "double box," is an
original creation.
She said she has created two of her own origami
designs, the double box and a lady in a bathing suit,
after experimenting with origami projects that went
"I find the instructions useful but when I mess up
then I can create something else, something new."
Today O'Brien studies designs from different
books and she has begun teaching other people, includ-
ing her grandmother, how to fold paper artfully.
The most challenging designs she said are the sea
creatures. Some of the easier designs to learn are the
cicada and box.
"It's not hard to learn" she said, "but you have to

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Twelve-year-old Marisa O'Brien's origami is
featured at the Island Branch Library through May
31. O'Brien is a Holmes Beach resident and Island
Middle School student. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan

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Forty-five Manatee High School stu-
dents' art works will be on exhibit at the
Anna Maria Island Art League during May
in the 10th annual extravaganza created by
Islander Rob Reiber.
It will be in the gallery, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, until the end of May
when it will be moved and start its summer-
long, showing at the Art League of Manatee
County, 209 Ninth St., Bradenton.
The opening reception will be 5:30-7:30
p.m. Friday, May 9, at the gallery, with the
public invited
The fine art show will feature young
talent and young exuberance, Reiber prom-
ised, "and I know, I work all school year im-
mersed in it."
An example of his teaching style at
Manatee High is that as a stimulant and a
challenge, he had his students draw well-
known artists' names from a hat and paint
a clock or a chair in that artist's style.
His students also show works in an-
other exhibit all summer, at the Longboat
Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat
Drive. He is an artist himself, painting and
touring all summer to take part in festi-
"This is all kind of a seniors' going-
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Soldiers earned berets, Gail Cole concedes

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Though long bitterly opposed to berets for all sol-
diers, ex-Ranger Gail Cole of Bradenton Beach has
concluded that the war in Iraq proves that they deserve
"I hated it," he recalled as the war wound down.
"But now they're earned it with their performance and
unhesitating sacrifices in Iraq."
He had fought the Army's decision to go all-beret
from his old headquarters at Fort Benning, Ga., right up
to the White House, writing a strong protest to Presi-
a dent Bush.
He never begrudged soldiers whatever honors and
credits that could be earned or bestowed, but "not my
beret. They shouldn't be just giving it away. They
might as well put a star on everyone so they could all
be generals."
The Army two years ago decreed that black berets
would be the headgear for all personnel, replacing the
time-honored garrison caps and other "cover" used for
Cole didn't like it, having been there for the first
berets and reluctant to surrender the distinction of his
old Ranger outfit to anyone, even fellow soldiers. It
didn't help enough that the Rangers got other distinc-
tive headgear, tan berets.
He gleefully recalled that the very first Army be-
rets came at a raucous party in a soldier bar, and caught
on as defiance of the Army system and with mostly
good-natured insubordination.
He was in the 82nd Airborne at Benning then, be-
fore he wound up in the Rangers.
"We were in the 123 Club, drinking beer and
horsing around as young soldiers do," he recalled.

Former Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole and the
berets he helped found as a symbol of the Ranges.
Islander Photo: Paul Roat
"A guy came in with a box of black berets. Every-
body tried them on, way out of uniform, but we wore
them and wore them and finally the Army OK'd
them for Rangers.
"We were different from the Green Berets, you

understand. They are more into in-country work with
guerrillas and so on. We were, are, combat infantry."
Trial by fire for Cole came in Korea, called a
United Nations police action but one of Americans'
more ferocious and frustrating wars.
It left Cole with wounds and memories. A native
Indianan, he joined the Army in 1949 and took every
kind of training available and ended up a Ranger.
His first outfit in Korea raided outposts and am-
bushed the enemy at night for intelligence, hand-to-
hand combat a regular thing. Ultimately his Rangers
were disbanded for lack of qualified replacements, and
he was reassigned to the 187th Airborne. He was in
combat more than out, a squad leader who relaxed so
vigorously on rare leaves that he was "busted" a
different word then from sergeant three times for
Out of the Army in 1952, he worked and went to
college and ran his own foundry, selling it in 1977 to
come to Florida and ultimately to Anna Maria Island
for the summer of 1979. He never got away, even serv-
ing a term as mayor of his beloved Bradenton Beach.
He still has a beret, threadbare and shapeless now.
And black.
And proud of it. He'll no more ever be an ex-
Ranger than Marines are ever ex-Marines.
"I'm kind of their granddaddy at Benning," he said.
"Whatever headgear they wear, I'll wear proudly. Even
if they wore pink, I'd wear it. I'm so proud of what
they're doing in Iraq."
So the black beret for the whole Army is somewhat
beside the point, though Cole is not built for uncondi-
tional surrender:
"I regard it as a gift from us Rangers. Gives them
something to stand up to."

Final overture
High school seniors Michael
Cloutier and Danielle Harnish,
standing on the balcony, per-
formed Bach's "Concerto for
Two Violins" with the Anna '
Maria Island Community.Or- .d i
chestra and Chorus during its
final concert of the 2002-03
season. Cloutier attends Booker
High School in Sarasota and
Harnish attends Lakewood
Ranch High School
in Bradenton. Va *-
Islander Photo:
J.L. Robertson "

New radio broadcast concept coming here soon

By Jim Hanson and Preston Whaley Jr.
Islander Correspondents
Radio broadcasting is coming to your neighbor-
hood, literally. It's a fairly new idea in radio, and Anna
Maria Island is one of the early beneficiaries.
Broadcasting from a simple transmitter with an
antenna on Perico Island, the programming will reach
all of Anna Maria, the northern half of Longboat Key,
Cortez and West Bradenton.
It won't show up on your radio today, or even next
week. But Lee Spinks, broadcast journalist who is help-
ing to organize the station, is certain it will come into
being. He's done it before, in Arizona and New York
and knows the steps and pitfalls.
"A lot of communities around the country want
radio service," he said. "So the Federal Communica-
tions Commission three years ago created a new FM
low-powered concept with 1,000 new channels."
The service are here will amount to a 7-mile radius
for reception, although there is an additional 3-mile
margin that most receivers will be able to pick up, he
said. It will radiate power less than a 100-watt light
bulb. Its antenna need be nothing more than a pole the
height of a telephone pole, or a small antenna atop a
house, or even on a sailboat mast offshore. The FCC
allows a maximum height of 27 feet. Renting space on
an existing antenna is possible, too, said Spinks.
The specific location on Perico is not nailed down

yet, but the FCC has given the local group a location
by latitude and longitude 27 degrees 30 minutes 24
seconds north latitude, and 82 degrees, 40 minutes 48
seconds west longitude.
That would put it at the south end of Perico just
north of the little bridge there, near the power lines,
according to a local navigator.
The low-power radio will be a neighborhood ser-
vice, broadcasting local news, local music, local shows
and information of interest to the area. It will be non-
profit, with no advertising, but maintained by subscrip-
tion. The nearest it will get to commercial is accepting
underwriting by businesses, nonprofits, foundations,
The station is going through the application pro-
cess, which presents no great problem, Spinks said,
although there are competitors for the frequency. The
FCC is also considering two or more applications filed
by area religious organizations.
The next step is to seek a construction permit from
the FCC and organizing, which is Spinks' biggest chal-
The local sponsoring group is well qualified, he
said, so that's an early hurdle cleared. It is the West Bay
Neighborhood Association, an organization that "deals
with the quality of life, development, citizen protection,
parks, preservation and so on" in Bradenton and upper

The association is setting up a radio committee to
handle what it calls the Manatee Radio Project, and it
will meet May 8 to formulate by-laws, decide what its
station will be, and start a petition drive for 500 signa-
tures supporting the station.
The petitions have no bearing on the FCC deci-
sion, Spinks said, but they will help in establishing
credibility in the community and for grant-writing
If you've ever wanted to participate in radio in the
making, the May 8 meeting offers a ground-floor op-
portunity to get involved.
"This will be an historic meeting," said Spinks,
"where people will be talking about what the station
can really be."
The meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the
Fogartyville Cafe, 800 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, which
will be the initial organizational center. A fundraising
concert featuring Steve Young will be held May 31 and
a general membership meeting is scheduled for June
Right now Spinks is looking for 100 people to
commit to the project as volunteers with minimal dues.
By mid-June Spinks expects to be deep into general
membership development, hopes to have the construc-
tion permit by September, then comes construction.
He may be reached, preferably between 6 and 8
p.m., at 587-2509.


Metzger, Snyder winners in Island 5K race

Brian Metzger was the overall male winner and
Kimmie Snyder top female runner in the Island Run
2003 Build Better Kids 5K race Sunday at Bayfront
Park in Anna Maria.
Metzger's time was 16:23, Snyder's 20:21.
In the masters division (ages 40-49) David Cassidy
was top man at 20:37 and Jeanne Crews fastest woman
at 22:52. The grand masters division (50 and up) saw
Alan Meyer place first among men at 20:40 and Sandy
Meneley leading woman at 22:03.
The top two winners in each age group were:
10 and under female Lindsay George, 11-14 fe-
male Megan Downey, 15-19 male Maverick
Carnegie and Justo Cruz, 15-29 female Jennifer
Schwan and Sally Jarvis, 20-24 male Brian Metzger
and Jason Krywko, 20-24 female Kimmie Snyder
and Amy Pulien, 25-29 male Mike Aldrink and
Adam Wieand, 25-29 female Rachel Pritchard and
Valerie Kathammer, 30-34 male Adam
Antonszewski, 30-34 female Chandra Moore and
Jennifer Boris;
35-39 male Chuck Moonen and Chris Anderson,
35-39 female Lisa Dougherty and Susan George, 40-
44 male Terry Deshaics and Mark Johnson, 40-44
female Jeanne Crews and Teresa Duce, 45-49 male
Dave Cassidy and Millard Yoder, 45-49 female
Debra Walsh and Nancy Cullinane;
50-54 male Neil Longhurst and Mike Cullinane,
50-54 female Pamala Wusthof and Sherry Storms,
55-59 male Alan Meyer and Joe Seiver, 55-59 fe-
male Sandy Meneley and Jo Rutstein, 60-64 male
Ken Hardy and Gene Shea, 60-64 female Linda Gil-
bert and Pat Smith, 65-69 male Otto Volkman and
Sam Starrett, 70 and over male John Hickey and
Don Kruger, 70 and over female Patricia Johnson.

Hundreds of people attended the 5K race Sunday in Anna Maria. Islander Photos: J.L. Robertson

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Students visit historical park, learn of Manatee's past

History buffs
Anna Maria Elementary School fourth-graders learned about the history of
Manatee County during a visit to the Manatee County Historical Park in
Bradenton. Students learned what it was like to live in Manatee County 100
years ago, and perhaps to have attended the church in the background, which
was built in 1887. Students also learned about the county's first school and
courthouse. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan

School days
AME fourth-graders participated in an old-fashioned spelling bee and other
lessons during their visit to the historic Bunker Hill School House at the Mana-
'tee County Historical Park.

Old-fashioned line up
Before entering the historic Bunker Hill School House built in the 1800s, Anna
Maria Elementary school fourth-graders were asked to line up in front with boys
and girls using separate entrances into the one-room school house.

Trial by fire
AME fourth-graders re-enacted a trial against Mr. Vass, who was accused of
arson in 1880. The re-enactment took place in one of Florida's oldest courthouse
buildings, which was originally located in downtown Bradenton's Courthouse
Square and now sits at the Manatee County Historical Park. This county court-
house, however, was not the original site of the trial.


Manatee battle looms: root for fed or state stats

The feds have released their 800-pound gorilla into
the ring to battle on behalf of the beleaguered manatee
and, if prior practices are any indication, the outcome
will be feds, 1, State of Florida, none.
The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has just released
a manatee population model that "makes clear that,
unless drastic steps are taken to reduce human-induced
mortality and injury, the long-term fate of the manatee
is far more bleak than the service has acknowledged,"
according to the report.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission, in contrast, is looking at re-classifying mana-
tees from "threatened" to "endangered," due to census
numbers in 'the past few years that have indicated an
increase in numbers of sea cows in Florida.
"The Florida manatee is currently listed by the
FWC as 'endangered,'" the state department said in a
report in January. "Assessment of the population rela-
tive to Florida's current listing criteria indicates that the
manatee does not meet any of the criteria for classifi-
cation as endangered. It does meet [criteria] as a
'threatened' species based on a projected population
decline of at least 50 percent over the next 45 years
under various reasonable scenarios of environmental
"Therefore, FWC staff recommend that the Florida
manatee be reclassified as threatened in Florida."
The feds have taken a different approach, that of
looking at boat-manatee "interaction" i.e., collisions
between the slow-swimming marine mammals and the
often fast-moving boats, resulting in bad things hap-
pening to manatees.
"In the absence of any new management action,
that is, if boat mortality rates continue to increase at the
rates observed since 1992, the situation in the Atlantic
and Southwest regions is dire, with no chance of meet-
ing recovery criteria within 100 years," the feds said.
"This is very bad news for manatees and validates
our long-held position that watercraft-related mortality
remains too high and must be reduced," said Patti Th-
ompson with the Save the Manatee Club. "The adop-
tion of effective boat speed zones with proper signage,
increased law enforcement, and countywide manatee
protection plans is essential to achieve this goal."
The feds also somewhat slapped Florida and oth-
ers around, gorilla-like, with a statement of, "Although
some members of the marine industries and boating
community continue to attribute the record high mana-
tee mortality from boat collisions in recent years to
growth in the manatee population, the model com-
pletely discredits this claim.
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Atlantic and Southwest regions the rate of increase in
watercraft-related mortality from 1990 to 1999 far out-
stripped the estimated growth rate of those populations.
In fact, in Southwest Florida the estimated historical
growth rate, according to the model, was negative. In
other words, the population declined in that region.
"Furthermore, the model only involves one form of
'take' manatees killed as a consequence of boating
and other human causes. It does not address other
forms of sub-lethal 'take,' including boat-related inju-
ries, harassment, and habitat destruction that may also
have grave impacts on the manatee's prospects for sur-
vival and recovery.
"When those impacts are considered, along with
the dire scenarios spelled out in the model, it becomes
even more apparent that manatee takes throughout
Florida vastly exceed the negligible impact threshold
and will continue to do so in the absence of a signifi-
cant increase in necessary protection measures," the
feds concluded.
The state will address the manatee issue later this

... and about those boats
With Memorial Day coming up May 26 the
unofficial start of the summer boating season in Florida
- it's time to start thinking about boating safety.
Especially safety of human boaters, although of
course manatees and their protection are also critical in
having a good day on the water.
It would appear that we aren't very careful out
there. Florida set a new state record last year when
the number of recreational vessel registrations soared
to 922,597, up 2.1 percent from 2001.
There were 52 boating fatalities in 2002, 41 from
traditional boats and 11 from personal watercraft, com-
pared to 54 total deaths in 2001. The good news is that
total fatalities have been on a downward trend since
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officer, said in a report. "Two fewer people lost their
lives, and we want to see that trend continue this year."
That issue of being careful is critical in boating
accidents. "The No. 1 cause of boating accidents in
2002 was carelessness or reckless operation of vessels,
and an astonishing 81 percent of the people involved
in accidents were not wearing life jackets," Harvey
said. "Many deaths and injuries could have been pre-
vented simply by exercising caution."
Accident numbers would improve dramatically if
boaters would wear life jackets, refrain from sitting or
standing on the side of the boat, watch out for other
boats and stay sober.
This column has harped on this before, but it's time
to state it again: get a good life jacket, be sure it fits
well, and wear it when you're on the water. There are
new jackets out there that aren't much more bulky than
a photographer's vest and will save your life.
Think of the new tan lines as a new fashion state-
ment. It's better than what you'll look like as a corpse.

Boating statistics
The FWC has come up with some interesting sta-
tistics on boating accidents that are worth a mention.
922,597 recreational vessels were registered in
Florida. (Any boat with a motor is required to be reg-
Based on 2001 statistics from the U.S. Coast
Guard Office of Boating Safety, the ranking of the top
three states for vessel registration is Michigan, Califor-
nia and Florida.
1,159 boating accidents occurred in Florida in
2002, up from 1,093 in 2001.
A boating accident is defined as an accident that
results in $500 or more in damages or an injury requir-
ing treatment beyond first aid, missing person or death.
Monroe, Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade,
Brevard, Pinellas, Duval, Okaloosa, Lee and Bay coun-
ties experienced three-fourths of the reported recre-
ational accidents in the state.
The primary causes of accidents were collision
with another vessel and collision with a fixed object.
Florida boating accidents caused $7.9 million in
vessel and property damage.
Most boat operators involved in accidents were
ir the 22-50 age range, and 82 percent were male, 81
percent were not wearing a life jacket, 38 percent could
not swim, 82 percent had no formal boater education,
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By Capt. Mike Heistand
With the closure of snook season May 1, attention
has focused on redfish in the backwaters rightly so,
since some boats report catching upwards of 20 fish per
trip. Trout and a few flounder are also being caught.
Offshore, grouper fishing is excellent right now, as
are catches of mackerel and cobia.
There are reports of tarpon being spotted rolling in
Tampa Bay, but no significant hookups as yet.
Don't forget the Green Bridge Kids Fishing Tour-
nament on Saturday, May 10, on the bridge across the
Manatee River. Everyone aged 7 to 14 is welcome,
rods will be provided if needed, and juice and lunch
will be provided compliments of the Manatee-Sarasota
Fish and Game Club. Action starts at 7 a.m. for this
event, the 17th annual, and for more information or to.
pre-register call 794-2806, or just show up and have a
great time.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said snook season
"ended with a flourish." The unsettled weather really
turned the linesiders on, and he boated fish to 34
inches in length on the final days of the season. Other
action includes lots of big trout and redfish and huge
Spanish mackerel, plus some pompano and cobia in
northern Sarasota Bay. Capt. Zach, like everyone
else, is waiting for tarpon to start to come to the
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier report
catches of mackerel, bonnethead sharks, flounder,
mangrove snapper, a few sheepshead and tarpon are
starting to roll past the pier.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's reeling
in mackerel to nearly 5 pounds, bluefish, trout, plenty
of small snook and a few big linesiders right up to the
last day of the season.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's been putting
his charters onto a few permit, grouper and cobia in the
Gulf, and reds and snook in the bays.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said offshore fishing is excellent now, with
catches of red grouper to 20 pounds, American red
snapper to 5 pounds, and blackfin tuna to 20 pounds.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said you
can catch just about anything you want right now:
grouper and blackfin tuna offshore, snook, reds, mack-
erel and trout in the bays, even though snook season is
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said mackerel
are a good bet in the mornings, with drum, whiting, and
even a few sheepshead being caught any time. There
were a few legal-sized snook caught on the last days of
the season, he added.
Capt. Matt Bowers on the Outcast in Holmes
Beach said he caught limit catches of red grouper last
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Peter Willemsen, visiting Anna Maria City from
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redfish action is starting to heat up, and wade fishers
are catching Spanish mackerel along the Intracoastal
Waterway near Palma Sola Bay.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
some really big snook and trout came to the dock last
week on the final days of snook season, with reports of
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fishers returned from a trip with amberjack to 30
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lent mackerel in that area. In Sarasota Bay, Capt. Thom
is catching redfish to 26 inches and trout to 22 inches
on artificial lures.
On my boat Magic, we've been catching blacktip
sharks to 30 pounds, mackerel to 30 inches, trout to 20
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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
news@islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.


1995 there were 52 fatalities in 2002.
The primary contributors to fatal accidents were
use of alcohol or drugs and people sitting or standing
on the side of the boat.
44 percent of the fatalities were by drowning (not
wearing a life jacket).
50 percent died of trauma.
85 percent were Florida residents.
PWCs account for 9.5 percent of Florida regis-
tered vessels.
PWCs were involved in more than half of the
non-fatal injuries in 2002 (259 from PWCs, 251 from
11 of 2002s fatal injuries involved PWCs.
The majority of the accidents occurred with rid-
ers ages 17-35.
The primary cause of the accidents was careless
and reckless operation of the vessel.
The primary type of accident was collision with
another vessel.
Oh, and by the way for you Factoid readers,
Florida has:
8,246 miles of tidal coastline.


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12,000 miles of rivers and streams.
7,700 lakes greater than 10 acres.
53,937 square miles of land area.
714 FWC sworn law enforcement areas to pro-
vide security 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
There's a lot of water out there. Please be careful
this summer boating season.

Sandscript factoid
The first lunar eclipse of the millennium will be
Thursday, May 15, starting at about 10 p.m. and end-
ing a little after 1 a.m. Friday.
A good view should be provided at any of the
Island's beaches and, yes, you can go to the beach with-
out fear of being rousted by law enforcement officers.
A previous public relations disaster where meteor
shower viewers were run off the beach has been cor-
rected, and moon watchers will be welcomed to the
sandy shores of the Island next week to watch the lu-
nar occlusion.
Hope for clear skies.
Just remember to watch out for and stay clear of
nesting turtles!

941 778-5622 uG.CcoSS8
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Week of baseball fun, antics, hard play

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
West Manatee Fire District and The Islander didn't
get to play very much baseball last week due to rain and
opposition that lacked enough players to complete the
roster, but the coming week has them slated for two
games each, provided the weather cooperates.
Last week's only baseball action was a four-inning
practice game Saturday, May 3, with The Islander go-
ing against Going Up Inc. in Junior League baseball at
Birdie Tebbetts Field. The game was rescheduled due
to Going Up having only eight players and a Little
League Inc. rule that forbids forfeits.
If The Islander finds itself in a position where any
of their three remaining make-up games make a differ-
ence in the final standings, then the games) will have
to be played.
Saturday's "practice game" was a strange affair
from the start because I was early! Normally I show
up midway through the first inning and scramble to get
caught up with what's going on in the game.
Another oddity was seeing Tim Andricks play right
field for Going Up, but batting for The Islander when
his turn to hit came up. That meant that someone else
had to scramble to take Andricks' turn in right field.
The coup de grace, however, was when the game
was interrupted for five minutes when a big black dog
ran onto the field to check out the game and the kids.
The Islander coach Brad Lisk jumped into action and
managed to get hold of the dog's collar, but Lisk
quickly figured out the 140-pound dog wasn't going
anywhere it didn't want to. Umpire Fred Young then
made an attempt to assert his field authority, but the
dog ended up in the left-field corner.
Lisk and the Going Up coach finally managed to
herd the dog out through the dugout and the game re-
sumed to a smattering of applause.
Oh yeah, the game. Going Up rode the one-hit
pitching of Cody Clark to record a 4-2 victory in the
four-inning practice session.
Going Up scored once in the first when Jonathan
Hobbs led off with a walk. Hobbs quickly stole second
and third base where he scored on an RBI ground out
by Sean Jasper for a 1-0 lead.
The Islander came right back in the bottom of the

Anna Maria Island

youth baseball

Junior League (ages 13-14)
Date Field Time Visitors vs. Home
May 8 Bray 6:30 p.m. The Islander vs.
Ball & Shoe
May 10 Tebbetts 10 a.m. Beef O'Brady's vs.
The Islander
May 13 Bray 6:30 p.m. Kicklighter vs.
The Islander

WMFD Little Leage Majors Division (ages 11-12)
All games scheduled at AMICC
Date Field Time Visitor vs. Home
May 9 AMICC 7:30 p.m. Acterna vs. WMFD
May 14 AMICC 7:30 p.m. American Car Care v

May 16 AMICC

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Tim Bouziane tries to put the tag to a Going Up player, who slid safely into home. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy

Sean Price awaits the throw from The Islander
pitcher Pat Cole as Going Up base-runner Jonathan
Hobbs dives back to the bag.
inning, getting walks from Chad Richardson and Tim
Bouziane. A passed ball moved both runners up for
Matt Bobo, who plated both of them with a line-drive
double down the left-field line.
Bobo's double ended being the only hit on the day
against Clark, who finished with seven strikeouts.
The Islander pitcher Pat Cole walked two and hit
a batter to get into a little trouble in the second, but he
got out of the jam with two strikeouts.
The Islander gave Richardson his first action on the
mound to start the third and he allowed a pair of singles
and two runs before settling down and getting out of the
inning. Richardson struck out Zach Rushing and in-
duced Andrew Hausinger to ground out to Price at first
before catching Jaspers infield pop up for the third out.
Going Up added another run in the fourth and Clark
closed the game out with a strikeout and a couple of pop-
outs to end the game with Going Up winning 4-2.
Next up for The Islander is a May 8 game at G.T.
Bray against Ball & Shoe before a home contest against
Beef O'Brady's at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes
Beach Saturday morning.

WMFD drops 14-2 decision
in Titan Boats rematch
Too many walks, too many errors and not quite
enough offense doomed WMFD in its 14-2 loss to Ti-
tan Boats on Monday, May 5 at Scanio Field at Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
The game was much more competitive than the
score would indicate, but Titan Boats led throughout
and the pitching of Logan Dan made sure of the victory
for Titan Boats. Dan scattered six hits and struck out
11 in his complete-game pitching victory that saw Ti-
tan jump out to a 4-0 lead with two runs in both the first
and second innings.
WMFD had its own chances on offense, getting
two base runners in the first and three in the second,
including one sequence when they received a walk, a
double and a single in succession without scoring.
WMFD finally broke through against Dan as Tyler
Fitzgerald and Jarod McKenzie led off the third with


7:30 p.m. Troxier & Smith vs.

AAA Division (ages 9-12)
All Games scheduled at G.T. Bray Park
Date Field Time Visitor vs. Home
May 8 2 7:30 p.m. Air & Energy vs. Christy
May 9 3 5:30 p.m. Casual Tone vs.
Air & Energy
May 10 1 5:30 p.m. Giroux & Associates vs.
Bark Realty

AA Division (ages 7-10) All games scheduled at
Date Time Visitors vs. Home
May 7 6 p.m. Morgan Stanley vs. Island Lumber
May 8 6 p.m. Betsy Hill Realty vs.

May10 4p.m.
May10 6p.m.

Gateway Solutions
Island Lumber vs. Morgan Stanley
Gateway Solutions vs.
Betsy Hill Realty

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Chad Richardson got in some work as a pitcher, which
will serve The Islander well come tournament time.


Birdie Tebbetts Field during the game.

singles. Lance Burger then got hit in the helmet with a
pitch to load the bases. Burger left the game as a pre-
cautionary measure and was replaced by Justin
Dearlove. Matt Shafer followed with an RBI single and
Ben Valdivieso walked in another run to account for
the WMFD scoring.
Titan Boats added two runs in the fourth and one
run in the fifth before the "oars" came off in the sixth.
Titan Boats sent 11 batters to the plate to score seven
runs, which effectively iced the game.
Winning pitcher Dan also contributed at the plate
with a 4-for-5 hitting performance that included a
double and three runs scored, while shortstop Tyler
Rocklein added a pair of singles and two runs scored.
Deric Hanson scored one run and contributed an RBI
single and Guy Serrago chipped in with an RBI single
to round out the Titan Boat offense.
WMFD was led by Cody Woten, who went 2-for-
3, and Tyler Fitzgerald and McKenzie, who both
singled and scored one run. Shafer added the RBI
single in the third while Thomas doubled to the fence
in right center in the second.



MOTHER'S DAY SALE New sterling necklaces,
pendants, rings. Dolphin, manatee and sand-dollar
bracelets all 50 percent off. Select gift items 50 to 70
percent off. Niki's Gift and Antique Mall, 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. 779-0729.

FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, crabs,
native fish. Delivered to your door. Call James Lee,
795-1112 or 704-8421.

offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat_sunseeker or call 778-3526.

July, Cedars Tennis Club on Longboat Key. Come
try a free after-school clinic in May. Call Laurie
Tinnell at 224-0207, Camp Director, USPTA Pro,
taught at IMG Bolletieri.

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

DONATE BLOOD! Your blood donation to the
Manatee County Blood Center is worth $100 to par-
ticipating Anna Maria Island community organiza-
tions. The blood mobile will be on the Island Satur-
day and Sunday, June 7 and 8. Pick up a card and
choose your charity Anna Maria Island Community
Center, Anna Maria Island Privateers, Wildlife Re-
habilitation and Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch.
Each blood donation will generate $100 for partici-
pating community organization. Three sights to do-
nate blood: Marina Pointe Realty and A Pine Av-
enue Salon in Anna Maria; The Islander in Holmes
Beach and the Beach House Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach. See future Islander issues for
more details!

ROSER THRIFT SHOP open Tuesday, Thursday
9:30am-2pm, Saturday 9am-noon. Always sales
racks. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.

SATURDAY MAY 10, 8:30am-2pm. Dishes, slacks,
tops, shoes, bears, candles, jewelry, night stand, ra-
dio, Panasonic Palmcorder like new and lots more.
409 72nd. St., Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE SATURDAY, May 10, 8am-1pm. Fur-
niture, including chest of drawers, twin beds, king
bed headboard, hanging lights and miscellaneous
household items. 317 Iris St., Anna Maria.

MOVING SALE SATURDAY, May 10, 8am-noon.
Women's golf clubs, carpet shampooer, rug, lamps,
loveseat sleeper sofa and more! 304-B 29th St.,
Holmes Beach.

TWO-FAMILY yard sale. Saturday-Sunday, May 10-
11. Lots of stuff! 2413 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach.

FOUND: GOLD RELIGIOUS medallion. Found May
1 at the Anna Maria Post Office, 101-B, South Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria. Stop by to describe and claim.

CRITTER SITTER Seven years in pet care, 22 years
as an Island resident. Tender, loving care for your
pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.

DACHSHUND ADOPTION and rescue needs your
help! Please send donations to DARE c/o Shona
Otto, 7804 Second Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34209;
www.daretorescue.com, 761-2642.

1991 PLYMOUTH ACCLAIM LE, white, good condi-
tion, 60,000 miles. Must sell. $1,500 or best offer. Call
778-5840 after 7pm. 312 58th St., Holmes Beach.

1993 MIATA: Red, 130,000 miles, good condition,
many years left, new top, rear window and air con-
ditioning. "Great Island car.". 778-4755. $2,995 or
best offer.

1981 MERCEDES 300D: Yellow, new paint, cold air
conditioning, looks great, runs great. $1,800. Call

1989 TOYOTA COROLLA SR-5, no dents, no rust,
runs good. Excellent tires. $1,100. Call George, 778-

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

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1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$3,100, or best offer. 730-9622.

or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.

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

WANTED: PRIVATE BOAT dock to rent year-round.
28-ft. boat. References available. Call 266-6612.

BOAT DOCK for rent. 63rd Street, Seaside Gardens
in Holmes Beach. Call 778-5719.

1980 CHRYSLER SANDPIPER sailboat. 23-ft.
sloop, sleeps four, table, sink, many extras, swing
keel, trailerable. 9.9-hp outboard. $1,950.778-4755
or cell (727) 423-4621, Rick.

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

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! Capt. Mike Heistand on the char-
ter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater fishing.
USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided. 779-9607.

FABULOUS VIEWS Direct Gulfront
condo. 2BR2BA, spacious rooms.
lanai, garage, extra storage. Electric
hurricane shutters, secure entry.
Heated pool, tennis, meeting'party
room. Turnkey furnished. Only

BAYFRONT CONDO Just about per-
lecl. New tile, paint, carpet, granite
counters. 2BR'2BA and huge
screened lanai overlooking lighted
pool and bay. Washer dryer. Small
friendly complex with heated pool and
tennis. A pleasure to see. $269.000

Bayfront with Boat Slips
on Beautiful Sarasota Bay

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rah, 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.

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.

through 11 years old. Experienced, references avail-
able upon request. Call Megahan, 778-7502.

BABYSITTER: 15 years old, attends St. Stephen's
Episcopal School. Certified by the Red Cross. Call
Nita, 778-3187.

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.

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.

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No one knows an Island like an Aussie
941-545-0206 Toll Free 1-866-206-4510

part-time drivers. Fun job, good money. Must be able
to pass background check. Ask for Tim, 779-2520.

PART-TIME CAREGIVER required at Our Island
Home Assisted Living Facility. Call Annie or Chris for
details, 778-7842.

THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers who can work during
the summer months. Duties include checking books
in and out, reshelving books and generally assisting
library patrons. Anyone interested in volunteering in
our friendly community library can call Linda Murphy
at 779-1208.

DINING ROOM SERVERS: apply Ooh La La! Euro-
pean Bistro. Day and/or evenings. Fine dining expe-
rience preferred. 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Ask for Chef Damon.

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

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to meet
interesting people from around the world? 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 Bradenton.

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.

puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $25 per hour- free advice.

wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
sured. 778-0944.

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Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to adver-
tise "any preference, limitation or discrimination
based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, famil-
ial status or national origin, or intention to make any
such preference, limitation or discrimination." Fa-
milial status includes children under age of 18 liv-
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women and people securing custody of children un-
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law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwell-
ings advertised in this newspaper are available on
an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimi-
nation call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777, for the
hearing impaired (TDD) 1-800-543-8294.

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both inside and out, spacious walk-in closets in each bedroom and a brand
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Great rental history.
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Reduced $379,000. Call
Robin Kollar@ 713-4515

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Architectural design, almost
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Owner financing.
$1,650,000. Call Robin
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Rarely on market, one and two bedroom Westbay
Cove models. Poolside and bayfront. Upgraded
and close to all services. Open most days from
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2BR/2BA Upper, end unit with greenbelt and wa-
ter view. $298,900.
Call 778-3377
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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.

$495,000. 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, Bay Palm
canal home with caged/heated pool and 7,000-
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2BR/1BA steps to beach in Anna Maria. Not too
big and not too fancy and, not too expensive.
$750/month includes water and trash.

2BR/1BA house in Anna Maria. Carport, washer/
dryer hook-up, large yard, quiet street. $900/
2BR/2BA home with den and screened porch on
a quiet canal on the north end of Anna Maria.
Complete with boat dock and single-car garage.
Walk to Bean Point. $1,200/month.

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rage. Walls of windows to enjoy the sunsets.
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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.

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

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
rental. $595,000.

2BR/2BA turnkey furnished vl dutifully ap-
pointed, ceramic tglassed-in
porch, 'bFi water, vaulted ceil-
ing, two ~ ge. Secure community, guard
gate, and 24-hour security. $279,900.

From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month

779-0202 (800) 732-6434

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Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com

Frank Davis

Melinda Bordes

Marianne Correll

Bob Fittro

Wendy Foldes

Richard Freeman

and Intra-coastal Waterway in
this 2 bedroom 2bath condo
with double boat dock. Wake
up to the magnificent sunrises
over the bay. Great complex
with pool, tennis courts and
resident manager. Make this
into your island getaway. Come
see the views. $395,000.
861 North Shore Dr......... $1,950,000
510 72nd St .................... $559,000
524 71st St................. $1,440,000
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
Westbay Pt Moorings #86. $395,000
4915 Gulf Dr ............... $1,715,000

Beachwalk Townhomes II up to. $569,000
SWestbay 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

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Tom Nelson

Nick Patsios

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Key West #100 ................ $439,000
408 Pointsetta Rd, ........... $495,000
710 North Shore. Lot...... $279,000
747 Jacaranda. Lot ......... $389,000
Water's Edge #110N ....... $759,000
Sun Plaza West #202 ..... $409,000
.404 80th St................... $875,000
311 66th St................... $345,000
104 7th St. S................. $459,000
Ocean Park Terrace #203.. $649,000
100 7th St. S................... $750,000

3014 Avenue C #1&2..... $259,000
Southern Breeze........... $1,450,000

1243 Spoonbill Landings Cr...... $244,500
2418 90th St. NW........ $2,995,000
1280 Spoonbill Landings Cir.... $314,000
9905 E. Spoonbill Rd.............. $675,000
11336 Perico Isles Cr.............. $329,900
517 Lakeside Dr. .................... $118,800

1259 Spoonbill Landings Cr. ... $310,000
864 Audobon Dr ................. $205,000
12607 Safe Harbour Dr. Lot .... $325,000
S 7504 NW 15th Ave......... $154,900
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evenings, weekends. For any computer needs,
hardware, software, network, commercial, private.
Call 778-8473.

KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service: Delivering a
standard of excellence for all your interior and exte-
rior cleaning needs. No job too big or small. Great
rates and references, 722-4358.

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;
e-mail: scottfulton636 @hotmail.com

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

AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing call 713-5967.

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


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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.

CONTEMPORARY CLEANING Meticulous to detail.
Professional, free estimates, reasonable rates.
Bonded, insured, referenced. Homes, apartments,
offices. Sherry Myers, mysheree@netzero.com or
call 778-3164.

IS YOUR COMPUTER or laptop running slow or
acting up? Call Trevor Kagin at 778-4759.

CLEANING: I don't cut corners, I clean corners. For
professional, friendly service, call 779-1128 or (941)
231-0001, leave message.

NEED A NIGHT OUT without the kids? Dependable,
experienced mother will watch your little darlings
from 5:30pm -? $5/hour, discounts for multiple chil-
dren. Will pick up from AMICC at no additional
charge. Meal provided for $2. Call Alison Stripling,

DEZIEL CONSTRUCTION Specializing in water-
front redesigns. License #CGC1505535. Call 761-

CLEANINGS-R-JOB Will clean your residence, of-
fice, rental or new construction. Island resident of 36
years. Bonded and Insured. No job too big! Please
call 779-9633.

MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.

SEWING: Get sewing alterations done fast and reli-
ably. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer Catlin, 727-5873.



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Elevator Available Large Private Garage
SSteps to Beach/Shopping Starting at $385,000
Call: Jon Tipton, 941-779-9464

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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.

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

NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.

PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,

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

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

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

ECONOMY CUT lawn service. Professional lawn
care at the kid-next-door prices. Free estimates.


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This 2BR/2BA Edgewater Circle condominium features
wonderful bayfront views and steps down to nature via back
entrance from screened lanai. New appliances added in
2001 include dishwasher, washer/dryer and disposal. Addi-
tional upgrades feature new cast iron sink, faucet, water
filter and pull-out drawers in kitchen cabinets. New blonde
wood laminated flooring throughout. Tennis, heated pools,
nature trails and more. $279,000.

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$349,900 -
Exceptional value for this well-
maintained 2BR/2BA unit located
on tennis court side of outstanding
Gulffront complex. Turnkey
furnished. New appliances, Corian
counter top, A/C, tile and carpet.
Enjoy the beach, the pool or the
tennis court! 1B88068.

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 halfacre lot with beautiful tropical landscaping.

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Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.

stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-

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 qualityand dependable service. Call us for all
your landscape and hardscape needs 778-1345.
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
insured. 727-5066.

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

contractors. In-house-plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
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.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!

ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGCO61519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. 720-0794.

Buying? Selling? Renting? We Can Help!
[f lsJ '^ PLAZA in Anna Maria. Elevated
home is on large lot with 212-ft. on
'.r- "' 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.
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CALL NOW! 778-2307 or 920-5156.

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

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

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

painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Homes, rentals. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.
repairs, texture coating, painting. Custom shower
stalls, tub enclosures, fixtures, cabinets, tile. Unique
Options, 752-7758 or 545-6141 cell.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and fair
prices. Call 795-1947. Lic #RR0066450.
ARTHUR GUIDE'S Home Repairs from A-Z. Car-
penter, electrician, plumber. Free estimates, interior/
exterior, no job too small. Call 749-0454. Satisfac-
tion and quality guaranteed.
MIGHTY MIKE'S PAINTING and Small Repairs. Inte-
rior/exterior, no job too small. Free estimates. A Chris-
tian doing Island work. Call 794-0617 or 730-0895 cell.

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

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

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

BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available now.
Beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non
smoking. Priced from $800month, $450/week, $85/
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-
ments, 778-2374.

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

ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new
ceramic floors, $750; 2BR/1BA, stackable washer/
dryer hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrigera-
tor, 1 BR/1 BA, $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/
month. 730-1086.

SPACIOUS WATERFRONT, upper, sundeck,
dock. Panoramic view, furnished, Key West-style.
2BR/2BA, washer/dryer. Pet considered. 778-0349
or 794-5980.

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-

VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some
locations. 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.

TURNKEY FURNISHED 1 BR/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.

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.

Lock Around
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24-Hour Service
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Call Joy or Laura
25 Years experience
(941) 812-2485

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

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.

SEASONAL 2003-04. Immaculate 2BR/2BA
ground-level home, 150 steps to Gulf. Prefer non
smokers and no pets. Call (813) 961-6992.

1 BR/1 BA ANNUAL with new kitchen, French doors.
Small pet OK. $650/month. Call 302-0779.

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

Incredible view. North Shore Drive, weekly/monthly.
Call 778-3645.

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.

BRAND NEW HOME 3BR/2BA, greatroom, two-car
garage. Seven minutes to Gulf, no pets. $1,400/
month, annual lease. Call 761-0898 or (970) 923-

Sundeck with Gulf views. Steps to Gulf. Washer/
dryer. $795/month. 758-1899 or cell (a20) A17-

waterfront on Intracoastal. Dock, davits, steps to
beach, yard, carport, washer/dryer, storage. Im-
mediately available! Annually $900/month. Pets
OK. (727) 784-3679.

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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 1 BR APARTMENT with screened lanai,
close to beach and shopping. $625/month, plus utili-
ties. Call 779-9470 or 778-3878.

ANNUAL RENTALS 2 and 3BR, several to choose
from. Great move-in specials, call for details. Call
Island Real Estate, 778-6066.

PARADISE BAY ESTATES: Annual, 55 plus, 1BR/
1 BA furnished 34-ft. trailer with large Florida room.
$525/month, utilities included. First, last and deposit
required. Credit check, no pets. Call 798-3673.

VACATION RENTAL Charming 1BR/1BA fully fur-
nished, across from beach. Call 778-8211.

CORPORATE APARTMENTS, large pool, one block
to beach. $300/week. Call 778-1915 or 748-2084.

BRADENTON BEACH and Holmes Beach annual
rentals. Efficiencies, cottages, apartments. Some
utilities included. $500-$800/month. Wagner Realty,

1BR/1BA SEASONAL, turnkey furnished, all utili-
ties, local phone, cable, washer/dryer. Steps to
beach, newly redecorated. Available May 23, daily,
weekly, monthly. Taking reservations for 2004 sea-
son. Call Pat, 722-1744 or 920-6637.
LOOKING FOR MR. or Mrs. Green Thumb. Turnkey
furnished efficiency, full bath, patio area and laun-
dry facilities. Only $475/month with utilities if tenant
maintains yard, garden, etc. Quiet and private com-
plex, no party people. Wagner Realty, 794-2246.
nished, 2BR plus bonus room with dock available
June 15. $1,600/month. One and a half blocks to
beach, www.divefish.com or call 794-5980.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA CONDO in Holmes Beach on
Gulf. Ground floor, partially furnished, pool. $850/
month. Smith Realtors, 778-0770.

NEED TO REJUVENATE? Private studio cottage
near the sea with San Francisco-style garden. Re-
lax in the sun with your favorite novel or walk the
beach at sunset. Secluded and quiet, no phones or
alarm clocks. Limit two people. Available for 2-7 day
retreats. Wagner Realty, 794-2246.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA house in Holmes Beach on ca-
nal. $1,400/month. Partially furnished. Smith Real-
tors, 778-0770.

ANNUAL RENTAL Excellent shape, 1BR/1 BA, dock.
Call Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A., call 778-2291.

ANNUAL 1 BR/1 BA duplex in Holmes Beach. Close
to beach, unfurnished. $650/month. Smith Realtors,

LONGBOAT KEY Unfurnished efficiency available
for annual rental. Easement to beach. Close to res-
taurants and shopping. Quiet area. No pets! 387-

NINE-MONTH RENTAL 3BR/2BA single-family
home near Gulf in Holmes Beach. Furnished.
$1,400/month. Smith Realtors, 778-0770.

2BR/2BA AND 2BR/1BA available now through
Sept. 15. Furnished, one-a-half blocks to Gulf.
Holmes Beach. Call 778-2891.

completely furnished, garage, laundry, dock, many
extras. $750/week or $2,000/month. Call (813) 286-

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, garage, washer/dryer, near
Anna Maria piers. Non smoking, no pets. First, last
and security. A+ credit? Great tenant, great land-
lord. Call 778-4590.

FURNISHED 2BR/2BA VILLA in Holmes Beach.
Waterfront villa, fantastic view. New dock and deck.
June through November. $900/month. Call 778-
2100 or 224-6521.

ANNUAL RENTALS Elevated home, apartments,
condos. 1 and 2BR properties. Prices range from
$650-$1,250/month. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate,
778-2307 for details.

HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA, very nice, remodeled,
huge closets, washer/dryer, tiled, large shady yard,
dock. Trash, water and lawn service paid. $900/an-
nual. Call 704-4244.

ANNUAL RENTAL 1,400 sq.ft., 2BR/2BA, Holmes
Beach. Sunny Florida room/guest bedroom, utility
room, garage, fruit trees, close to beach. $1,125/
month, includes trash pickup. Available July 1. Call

2BR/2BA, block to beach, $875/month, plus utilities.
Tiles, living/dining, kitchen, lanai. Pool, washer/
dryer. June through December. Call 778-3104.

1BA, condo, furnished. No pets, 55 plus, $895/
month, plus utilities. (813) 247-3178, weekends
(813) 927-1632.

UNFURNISHED 2BR2.5BA duplex with garage,
deck, patio. Walk to beach. Annual rental, $875/
month. 778-2708.

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LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700 square
feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty parking
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.

GREAT WATERVIEWS 3BR/3BA totally renovated.
Beadboard, cottage kitchen with sage green Corian
counters, views from almost every room. New every-
thing! 509 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach (east on
28th, right on Avenue B, left on Bayview) 737-1121
or (800) 977-0803 or view it at

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CHARMING 1BR duplex each side, west
of Gulf Drive. An estate "as is" s abut has
been maintained in nj lots of
potential. ether you
choose S convert to single family
or keep s investment, you can't go wrong
in this location! Only $449,500.

THIS SPACIOUS home is on Anna Maria's
north end offering an ideal second home or
rental property or easy to renovate to primary
residence. The open design provides 2BR,
3BA with an "easy" third bedroom or guest
sleeping quarters. Includes two-car garage,
single level home with no steps and most of
all "ALMOST GULFFRONT" without the
Gulffront property taxes! Asking $679,500.

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NEW 2BR/2.5BA condos, each with private boat
slips. Located on Sarasota Bay in Bradenton Beach
on Bay Drive South, between Third and Fourth
Streets South. Greatrooms, media rooms, screen
porches, spectacular views, swimming pool, lush
garden, etc. From $750,000. Call Old Bridge Village,
778-0156 or www.oldbridgevillage.com.

BEACHFRONT North Shore Drive. 2BR/2BA, newly
remodeled with incredible beach view. 869 N. Shore
Drive. $1,089,000. Brokers protected. Call 778-3645.

LAKEFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BA in perfect shape.
Great location. $99,900. Call Bill, 518-9300.

Wednesday's classified at noon on Tuesday at
www.islander.org. And it's FREE!

rise 2BR/2BA unit. $429,900. Weekly rentals pos-
sible. www.Latitude27Realty.net or dall 744-2727.

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. Brokers welcome. Call 778-2118.

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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 $239,000; #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.

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

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HARBOUR LANDINGS: Lot for sale with boat slip in
exclusive gated waterfront community. Room for 40-
foot boat, easy access to Intracoastal. Offered at
$259,900. Piroska Planck 730-9667, or Susan Hol-
lywood 726-6125. Coldwell Banker Residential Real

HOLMES BEACH BEST condo buy! Cute, cozy,
convenient. 315 58th St. 2BR/2BA, one-car garage.
Seller motivated. $179,000. Call Chris Shaw, Island
Real Estate, 778-6066.

rage, gated security. Nothing to update here! It's al-
ready been done. Enjoy privacy on your sundeck over-
looking a wonderfully private nature setting. $244,900.
Chard Winheim, Coldwell Banker, 713-6743.

REDUCED $20,000 for quick sale. Was $429,000,
now $409,000. Remodeled 2BR/2.5BA plus den.
Caged-pool home in the historic north end village
of Longboat Key. Call for appointment, look and
make offer. Exclusive with Fred Flis Real Estate
Mart, 756-1090.

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

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.

29 Years ofProftssional Service
Experience Reputation Results
5400 Condo 1 or 2BR, ceramic tile, heated pool, washer/
dryer, unique paved deck/chairs "on the beach." $244,500.
Tampa Bayfront 2BR/2BA, 2,506 sq. ft.. two
greatrooms, 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.
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.
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA pool, across from beach
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
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16 -ons
19 "_ expert, but...
20 Bathtub item
21 Dravidian language
22 At no time, in Neuss
26 Cough syrup amt.
27 Turkish title
28 "Drums Along the
Mohawk" hero
29 Convinced
30 Exuberant cry
39 European gas brand
40 Atelier item
41 Hot stuff
42 Name suffix: Abbr.
45 Half of Mork's greeting
46 "Perfect"
47 "Swiss Family
Robinson" author
55 Response to a minister
56 Anglican bishop's
57 Start of a tryster's
58 Biological duct
61 Japan's emperor
beginning 1989
63 Pants material
65 Marine snail
67 Smacking one's lips
while eating, e.g.
73 Deep black
74 Stravinsky's" for
Wind Instruments"
76 Insect's sense organs
77 Shade of brown
78a v.Wndrawn

80 Whence St. Clare
83 Rotgut
85 Samuel's teacher, in
the Bible
90 Prefix with business
93 Fraternity letters
94 List-ending abbr.
95 en paz, fierro en
guerra" (motto of San
96 Beacon mounted on a
98 Nickname for a gym
101 Ocean swimmer's
109 Let out, as horses
110 Name from the Latin
for "nourishing"
111 Cable network inits.
112 Stovetop utensil
113 Follower's suffix
121 Dutch painter Gerard
122 Puff up
123 It might be perfect
124 The Ponte Vecchio
crosses it
125 Old activist org.
126 Laid off
127 Under a canopy
128 Witty remark

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as for water or oil
2 Palenque pals
3 Scholarly writings
4 Finish a mugging
5 Exhausted
6 Spoonful
7 Yankee Maris,

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9 Words before and
after "what"
10 1949 Robert Ryan
boxing film
11 Tristram Shandy's
12 "_ got a girl for
13 Big recording label
14 Driver's need: Abbr.
15 Went quickly
16 Saint who lent his
name to a cross
17 Rejects, in a way
18 Testifies under oath
24 It "goeth its way on
triple feet": Aeschylus
25 Irving Berlin's "You're
Just in Love," e.g.
31 there yet?"
33 Accomplishes
34 Downtime, so to
35 Dirty look
36 Actor Auberjonois
37 Skedaddle
38 Muslim judge
43 Map meas.
44 Capital at the foot of
the Pichincha volcano
46 Consumed, biblically
48 Some bar features
49 "Mayor" author
50 Like some little heads
51 Like of bricks
52 Lets off
53 City named for a
Union general
54 VCR button
58 Plywood layer
59 Acid neutralizer
60 Like an atrium
62 Ground breaker
63 It's about 10 mi. from
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71 Hot stuff
72 City, Miss.
75 Besmirch
78 Rampage
81 Certain poultry
82 Huffs
83 Memphis street
84 Canadian physician
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88 Restlessness
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107 You: Sp.
108 Battery size
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116 Initials at O'Hare
117 "What?"
118 Posting at O'Hare:
119 French direction
120 Mahal

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Mexico Drive with peek of Gulf. Deeded
15-ft. access to beach and miles of white
sand. Wood-burning stone fireplace. 30-ft.
screened porch. Cathy Meldahl, 383-5577.
#232414. $899,000

Quality constructed masonry 3BR/3BA
with 9-ft. ceilings, fireplace, wood floors. At-
tached 2BR/3BA, 1,700 sq.ft. townhome.
Each has two-car garage. Dave Moynihan,
778-2246. #91439. $839,000

WATERFRONT HOME Charming tradi-
tional Florida ranch, 2BR/1BA plus adjoining
art studio and second level designed to con-
vert to large 2BR, full-bath suite. Gulf and
bay access. John McCormick, 383-5577.
#231992. $594,500

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DIRECT GULF FRONT Fully furnished
2BR/2BA direct gulf front condo with fabu-
lous Gulf and sunset views. Open floor plan
with large Gulfside porch. Dave Moynihan,
778-2246. #91225. $574,500

SAILBOAT WATER This 3BR+ office home
is close to the beach. Cedar c en-,g in fam-
ily room, spa in caged lanai, fireplace and
room for a pool. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett,
778-2246. #91566. $519,000

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5BR/4.5BA bay front home offering 5,450
sq.ft. of unsurpassed quality and design.
Lush tropical setting with deep-water dock-
age. Minutes to island. Dave Moynihan,
778-2246. #82138. $2,250,000

Completely remodeled 1 BR/1BA cottage in Holmes
Beach. Furnished rental available now! $600/month.

Large 3BR/2BA house in Holmes Beach. Gorgeous
lake views. $1,250/month.

3BR/2BA triplex in Bradenton Beach. Recently
remodeled and lovely. A must see!

2BR/1BA duplex in Holmes Beach, close to Island
schools. $775/month. Call for details.

2BR/2BA condo in Holmes Beach. Centrally located
for the area.

1 BR/1 BA condo in a 55+ community in Bradenton
Beach. $700/month. Call for derail:.

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