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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 11, No. 28 May 21, 2003 FREE
Moratorium proposed on tall Holmes Beach buildings
By Joe Kane
Holmes Beach city commissioners will not allow
any more homeowners to exceed the city's 36-foot
building height limit for now.
At the commission meeting May 14, city elected
officials expressed concern for the consequences over
CVB: tax increase
By Rick Catlin
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Executive Director Larry White says he has to make
some tough decisions about the CVB budget in the very
near future, but those decisions could be at odds with
Island accommodation owners and their counterparts
on the Manatee County side on Longboat Key.
With an anticipated decline of at least $160,000, if
not more; in tourism tax revenues in the projected
2003-04 budget, thanks to the upcoming loss of the
145-unit Holiday Inn on Longboat Key, White needs
to either spend less money or find more revenues.
And that could mean a proposal to the Manatee
County Commission to raise the tourism tax from its
current three percent on each room rented in the
"We know we are going to lose hotel rooms on
Longboat Key because the Holiday Inn is being sold
for condominiums," said White. "And there may be
other hotels that follow the same route. So far, we've
got a budget shortfall of at least $160,000 and we're
still crunching the numbers.
"So the proposed budget, as it exists now, will have
PLEASE SEE TOURIST, PAGE 4
the recent approval of variances by the city's board of
adjustment, allowing two homes to be five feet higher
than the present height limit.
Joe Duennes, Holmes Beach superintendent of
public works, urged commissioners to go slow on any
changes to the city's building height limitations.
"What appears to be very simple is very complex,"
Duennes said. He reminded commissioners the deci-
sions they make on whether to raise the building height
limits will have lasting impact on the Island. And
should property owners wishing to have a 10-foot ceil-
ing instead of eight feet, be able to use that reason to
PLEASE SEE HEIGHT, PAGE 3
Fifth-graders from Anna Maria Elementary School invited fifth-graders from Manatee Elementary School to
gather at the Island school to participate in several peace-themed activities. The two schools are "peace
pals" and students gathered around the AME peace pole to rededicate themselves to fostering peace at home,
school and in their communities.
Bell celebrates Bradenton Beach
ne Baetn By.Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach residents and visitors and
even Cortezians will be able to ring in the city's 50th
birthday in style. Literally.
-;...- ._..- ..: .City commissioners last week accepted a $10,000
.. 'S donation from the Mike Norman family for installation
S' of a bell in the city's clock tower at Bridge Street and
Anna Maria Sound.
"I have long thought it would be nice to have a bell
i. n the clock tower on Bridge Street," said Norman.
"Hundreds of small towns like Bradenton Beach have
such bells and I think everyone loves hearing them
Norman's bell will be a 21.5-inch diameter bronze
... '- --- bell, weighing 200 pounds. The bell will be stationary,
b- ..ut the clapper will move to strike the bell through an
electronic timer. There will be no need for a human bell
ringer, he added.
S''-' 'Norman proposed, and the city commission
. i"' agreed, that the bell would strike 12 times at noon, six
times at 6 p.m. and once at 10 p.m., seven days a week.
-' The peal of the bell may be heard for one mile, Norman
..,, . Local contractor Don Meilner has agreed to install
'" t !the bell free of charge, Norman said.
.. J. ... The city agreed to provide electrical service to the
Come one, come all
It's a Hallmark occasion, a fun festival, a
street party, a "Golden Jubilee" event! It's the
celebration of the Island's southernmost city!
It marks 50 years for Bradenton Beach since
the relatively few residents gathered at the old
fire station and voted to become a city of their
A celebration dinner Wednesday night
welcomes mayors, commissioners, city staff
and residents past and present at the Beach
House Restaurant, with tickets $15, if any re-
The finale Saturday is a festival from one
end of Bridge Street to the other, an event with
refreshments, entertainment, games and con-
tests, all with a 1950s theme that should have
folks "dancin' in the streets."
More inside ...
THE BEST IO YEARS
PLEASE SEE BELL, NEXT PAGE
The Norman family at the clock tower, site of
new bell. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
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PAGE 2 E MAY 21, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria students suspended for 'gang' game
By Diana Bogan
Five students have been suspended from Anna
Maria Elementary School after a routine office refer-
ral regarding cheating led to the discovery last week of
a student folder chronicling "gang-like" activity by
nine fourth-grade students.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes, Guidance Counselor
Cindi Harrison and Holmes Beach police/school re-
source officer Pete Lannon spent two days investigat-
ing the situation, counseling the students involved and
enlisting the cooperation of their parents.
Hayes said that an adult-rated video game called
Vice City Grand Theft Auto, which chronicles sce-
narios of make-believe gang activity, had obviously
influenced one of the fourth-grade students. This stu-
dent maintained his own folder of hand-written infor-
mation describing gang-like activities that the nine
members of his club would initiate.
The author made a written threat in his folder to
beat up another fourth-grade student at a location off-
campus, but Hayes said that incident never took place.
She said the threatened student didn't take it seriously
and pointed out the author also didn't show up for the
Hayes said the members of the "gang" believed it
was a club and that none of the students understood the
full implications of modeling it after the video game.
"At no time did any AME student feel their safety
was threatened," Hayes said, "and the parents of the
Bell will be ringing ...
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
students involved have been extremely cooperative.
The incident was really more magical thinking on the
part of the author than it was true gang activity."
Hayes said the parents of the student who authored
the folder of information are taking steps to address
their child's needs and the student has been suspended
through the end of the school year.
Hayes also pointed out that there were never any
weapons on campus, nor were any threats made to
bring weapons into the scenario. Hayes said these chil-
dren are not out causing problems in the community
and have been helpful in providing the Holmes Beach
Police Department with information on an unrelated
A letter describing the incident and the school's
actions was sent home to all fourth-grade parents and
Hayes, Harrison and Lannon visited fourth-grade class-
rooms to address students.
Hayes said she has received few calls from parents
and that the school did an excellent job of considering
each child's involvement.
bell and electricity to power the clapper plus an annual :
bell service contract of an estimated $300. Norman also .
requested and received a stipulation on the donation: If :.I
the bell is silenced for more than 90 days through an act
by the city commission, he will take it back.
Commissioners unanimously accepted Norman's Maintaii
donation. Work crews
Norman promised to order the bell immediately week as part
and "set it in motion right away." this one, hai
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 21, 2003 E PAGE 3
Don't call it cell tower ordinance again
By Rick Catlin
Wireless communications expert Ted Kreines de-
livered his draft wireless communications facilities
("don't call them cell towers") ordinance to a com-
bined meeting of Anna Maria city commissioners and
planning and zoning board members May 17 that also
served as the first reading of the ordinance for the
Kreines was called in to complete the ordinance at
a cost of about $10,000 after City Attorney Jim Dye
and the planning and zoning board became stuck on a
number of issues in Dye's ordinance that varied from
the Master Wireless Communications Plan Kreines
did for the city last year. The city paid Kreines $25,000
for the plan.
Kreines made it clear that his draft ordinance was
very similar to the Alachua County (Gainesville) wire-
less-ordinance because that ordinance has withstood
several legal challenges. He also incorporated a num-
ber of sections in Dye's draft, and praised the city at-
torney for his efforts.
But Kreines added several key points to his ordi-
nance, including one that will require carriers to pay
a fee for the initial facility, any name change in the
company, and for any modification or addition to the
It's up to Anna Maria to decide on the amount, but
Kreines noted that the city of East Hampton, NY,
charges $4,130 for an application, change of use, ad-
dition or modification.
And in the Kreines ordinance, the city can charge
the applicant for a review of the application by a rec-
ognized expert such as himself.
Remember, said Kreines, the wireless communi-
cations carriers are "sucking money out of the commu-
The ordinance also requires two permits, building
and zoning, and a building permit is not issued until
after the zoning permit is approved.
Additionally, Kreines will require that any appli-
cant be a licensed Federal Communications Commis-
In other words, companies that build cell towers
"don't call them cell towers," said Kreines can't
apply to build a tower "on speculation" as has been
done ini other Florida locations.
The new ordinance will also require a permit pro-
cedure for any modification to the original facility,
with accompanying fees and investigations.
The ordinance requires that applicants look at
three issues: location (what property), siting (where on
the property), and design.
Kreines lists sites of opportunity preferred by the
city and those "avoidance" areas where the city would
not want a cell tower.
No location is denied in the ordinance, it just
makes it difficult for a carrier to get a permit in some
An applicant has to provide two "alternate sites"
to its proposed location under the ordinance. If it
doesn't, said Kreines, the city will determine the alter-
The ordinance retains the three-tier application sys-
tem as stated in the master plan and Dye's ordinance.
Tier 1 locations are essentially on existing util-
ity poles and can be approved by city staff. Tier 2
are on existing structures, preferably on public
lands, and require city commission approval. Tier 3
Height moratorium proposed
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
gain city approval for a taller home?
Has Holmes Beach's height-limit bubble burst?
Now, Anna Maria city officials are also in the
midst of a dispute as to whether to raise the legal build-
ing height from 37 feet above the crown of the road.
And will Bradenton Beach property owners re-
quest exceeding their 34-foot roof limit?
In an attempt to stem the rush to raise the roof lim-
its, commissioners are seeking legal assistance on the
ramifications of what they have already done and as
well as what could happen in the future.
"We need to look at the power of the board of ad-
justment," urged Commissioner Pat Geyer. "We need
a moratorium on granting variances for height limits
Ted Kreines of California was back in Anna Maria Saturday, May 17, to present his draft version of a wireless
communications facilities ordinance to the city. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
applications are for undesirable locations for a "cell
tower," said Kreines, and require a full review and
approval by the planning and zoning board and city
The revised ordinance allows any party to appeal
a Tier 1 decision to the city commission. Under the old
ordinance, city staff could grant approval without any
The city can hire an outside consultant like himself
to review any application, including a Tier 1, and pass
on the cost to the applicant. "It's not an approval or
denial, just a review," to ensure the applicant meets the
requirements of the ordinance, he said.
Kreines also suggested the city incorporate parts of
the Wireless Master Plan and this ordinance into the
city's comprehensive land-use plan.
That way, he said, if the state comes in and "tries
to tell you where to put a facility, you refer to the comp
plan. The state then has to undo the comp plan."
The next step for the city is to set up its fee struc-
ture and prepare all the necessary forms for the ordi-
Kreines told Commissioner Linda Cramer he'd be
happy to set up the city's fee schedule, for a fee, of
Once the fees and forms are in place, the ordinance
is ready for adoption.
Commissioners will hold a special meeting on the
wireless communications facilities ordinance at 6:45
p.m. Thursday, June 12.
Anna Maria City
May 21, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
May 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting on wireless
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
May 23, 6:30 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
May 27, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
May 29, 1 p.m., special city commission work session
on city pier issues.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
May 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
until we review the bigger picture."
The grave tone of the city officials was expressed
by Commissioner Roger Lutz. "We need to move as
fast as we can to limit the authority of the board of
adjustment to approve height variances," Lutz said.
"No one wants this Island dominated by high
rises," Lutz continued. "But just as bad as a high rise
is a building with a flat roof. That's why I would allow
a building to be higher to allow the building to have the
roof architecturally attractive."
Holmes Beach resident Joan Perry asked to address
the commission. She then stressed the urgency to act
now. "We have a height standard in our community and
you have the legal right to declare a moratorium," Perry
May 29, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
May 21, 1 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials meet-
ing, Anna Maria City Hall.
May 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Truth In Millage class,
Bradenton L each City Hall.
Offices in Anna Maria City, Bradenton Beach, Holmes
Beach and Longboat Key will be closed Monday, May
26, for Memorial Day.
There will be no solid waste or recyclable collection for
Anna Maria. Holmes Beach and Longboat Key on Memo-
rial Day. Alternate pickup will take place on Saturday,
May 24 for those three cities. There will be no change in
regular collection of solid waste in Bradenton Beach.
Commissioners were then provided a letter from
Holmes Beach attorney Michele Hall, outlining the pos-
sible standards the board of adjustment would need to con-
sider before approving a variance to the height limit. An
option offered by attorney Hall was narrowing the justi-
fications the board could use to raise the height limit.
After grappling over the height limit for more than 30
minutes, commissioners agreed more time was needed,
and referred the matter to a future commission meeting.
Assistant Superintendent of Public Works Bill
Saunders, Holmes Beach's height guru, urged a cool-
ing-off period for commissioners to reflect on the long-
term consequences of their decision.
PAGE 4 M MAY 21, 2003 M THE ISLANDER
Skinny's fat sign: tales from the burger zone
By Joe Kane
So what's the big ruckus about a little sign?
Jan Freeman, owner of Holmes Beach eatery
Skinny's Place, wants to know. And she's hired a law-
yer to persuade Holmes Beach city commissioners to
allow Skinny's to have a sign, the size of their choice,
in front of Skinny's.
"My client has a business and she has a right to
have a sign," said attorney Mark Gruwell to the com-
mission May 13.
"It's my belief the former tenant, who now sits on
the commission and is voting on this issue, probably
created this situation," Gruwell said. -
"Not so," replied an exasperated Pat Geyer, the
former tenant of the property, which was then called
Duffy's, located across the street from Manatee Pub-
Geyer has been an elected official in Holmes
Beach since she first won the commission seat in 1978,
and has also served as Holmes Beach mayor for four
"We have tried to work with the Freeman family,"
Geyer said. "But the sign they want to hang in front of
their establishment is larger than the one we had when
I was running Duffy's."
That sign, measuring 12 inches wide by 84 inches
long, is now at the reincarnated Duffy's, located across
the street from the Holmes Beach City Hall at Marina
Drive and 59th street.
Leaning against the fence behind Skinny's is the
contested sign, waiting to be displayed. That colorful
sign, with an arched top, peaks at the center and is 44
inches tall and 72 inches wide.
This hamburger drama began a year ago when Pat
Geyer received the devastating news that after running
Duffy's for 31 years, the property owners would take
over the business in six weeks and she was left to go
out of business or find a new location.
Immediately, signs appeared on the windows of
Island homes and businesses, announcing affection-
ately they were the new "home" of Duffy's.
For years Duffy's was the spot to meet and greet
family and friends wishing to chat and quench their
thirst with another cool brew while savoring their
Duffy's was so laid back that years ago when they
installed a much-needed new screen door, they were
severely criticized for putting on "airs." Inside, the
ceiling was cluttered with hats from celebrated haunts
and walls were decorated with posters and totems from
exotic locations on the planet. Eager eaters included
truant kids with their surfboards, mingling with suited
executives with their briefcases.
Tourist tax hike suggested
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
to be slashed unless we raise the tourism tax," he said..
Raising the tax is going to be a discussion item at
the next workshop session of the Manatee County
Tourism Development Council, expected in early June
on Anna Maria Island, White said.
While room occupancy in Manatee County rental
properties is down about 7 percent in 2003 compared
with last year at this time, room tax revenues are off
just 2.8 percent ($35,000) because of higher room rates
(The Islander, May 14).
But if the downward trend in occupancy continues,
those revenues could drop even further than anticipated
in the 2003-04 CVB budget, White said.
Added to the loss of taxes from the Holiday Inn,
the CVB budget could be in crisis next year, unless new
revenue measures are adopted.
Island and Longboat Key accommodation owners,
however, appear to have a problem with the way the
tourism tax is currently spent and any proposed in-
"We [Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key] have
only 40 percent of the rooms, but we collect nearly 80
percent of the tax revenues," said Mary Ann
Brockman, Executive Director of the Anna Maria Is-
land Chamber of Commerce and a TDC member.
Chamber treasurer Dennis Rauschl, who also owns
the Anna Maria Beach Place in Holmes Beach, said
that following a May 19 meeting with members on the
The controversial sign for Skinny's Place. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
Holmes Beach commissioners, caught in the
middle of this pickle, wrestled over Skinny's sign for
more than 15 minutes at last week's commission meet-
Commissioner Roger Lutz, who is also an attorney,
recommended this Solomon-like dilemma be referred
to city attorneys for resolution.
"Our concern is the sign size, not what the sign
says," Lutz told the commission.
Commissioners were keen on not wanting to ap-
pear biased or be charged with micro-managing the
city, and ended up sending the problem back to the city
Meanwhile Freeman, the owner of Skinny's,
fumes. "Why won't the city commission allow our
sign?" asked Freeman. "All around our place are busi-
nesses with larger signs. There is definitely a conflict
Bradenton Beach city commissioners will ad-
dress a number of complaints raised about the pro-
prietors of the Bradenton Beach City Pier in a spe-
cial work session at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 29.
Beth Chamness wrote officials a letter detail-
ing more than 30 problems she had with the pier
restaurant including accusations of neglect, code
violations and ownership.
Georgia Meier sold the corporation that has the
franchise agreement with the city to operate the
pier and its restaurant to Karen Gallo and John
Gallo in late February. However, City Attorney
Alan Prather has said that since the city's contract
with Bradenton Beach Pier Cafe Inc., is still in
place, there is no breach in the contract.
"The stockholders and officers/directors of a
tax issue, the executive board is "strongly opposed to
any increase in resort taxes.
"We polled our accommodations owners and have
yet to find anyone who feels the increase would ben-
efit them or the Island," said Rauschl. "We might feel
differently if we thought that the current taxes were
being well spent," he added.
Island tourism is made up of repeat business and
referrals, he said, many of them on fixed budgets.
"The majority of guests are repeat customers who
have been coming here for years and years. We want
to attract new visitors, but not at the cost of pricing cur-
rent customers out of our market," Rauschl said.
Gail Loefgren of the Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce said the tax increase proposal is not yet
common knowledge among the 34 accommodation
property members based on the Manatee County side
of the town.
"But the same proposal came up a few years ago
and the feedback from our hotel members then was not
good for a tax increase," Loefgren said.
Her members weren't interested at that time in any
increase that would see the additional revenues go to-
ward mainland projects of the CVB.
"If it's an increase that will go towards marketing
and advertising that's something for our members, that
could bring a different attitude," she suggested.
"It will be interesting to hear what the CVB has to
say, and what our members have to say when it comes
out," said Loefgren,
TDC chairman and Manatee County Commis-
sioner Joe McClash cautioned that any increase in the
corporation are not the corporation," Prather said.
"It is a separate legal entity and the selling/trans-
ferring of its stock or the establishment of new of-
ficers, etc., is not or does not establish a new or
different corporation, i.e., a new franchisee per se,
and does not amount to a transfer of the franchise
to another person or entity."
City Commissioner Scott Barr, who has the
liaison duty between the city and the pier, met with
Jake Gallo earlier this month to discuss Chamness'
concerns and generally found nothing of major
However, with the pier franchise lease up for
renewal in July, commissioners decided to meet
with the Gallos and discuss modifications to the
tourism tax would have to go through several public
hearings and a majority vote of commissioners before
Angela Rodocker of Bridgewalk Resort in
Bradenton Beach said it's not just a question of sup-
porting a tax increase, but where the money will be
"I would like to see what's proposed for a tax in-
crease and where the money would go before I make
any judgment," Rodocker said.
"While the beaches are the No. I attraction that
brings people here, there are issues to address and there
is more to getting visitors here than just spending ad-
Sandy Haas-Martens, a Holmes Beach city com-
missioner and a TDC member, said she would also
have to see what White proposes before passing judg-
ment on any tax increase.
"I have to see what his rationale is for any increase,
but we do know that revenues are down," she con-
The current 3 percent tourism tax on all room rent-
als in Manatee County funds the CVB and its advertis-
ing and marketing programs, the convention center in
Palmetto, the Crosley Mansion, McKechnie Field,
beach renourishment, the Pittsburgh Pirates spring
training complex, and a number of other tourism-re-
With the exception of beach renourishment, which
takes place about every seven years, none of those
projects is located on Anna Maria Island or Longboat
Key, Rauschl said.
Commissioners to discuss pier lease
THE ISLANDER M MAY 21, 2003 M PAGE 5
Nature preserve on Perico Bayou approved by county
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County commissioners yesterday ap-
proved the purchase of 483 acres of wetlands in north-
west Manatee County for $16.4 million from the
Robinson family to turn into a nature preserve (The
Islander, July 17, 2002).
The land borders Perico Bayou on the west and the
Bradenton River on its northern edge and will be called
the Robinson Preserve.
In actual cash, the county will pay only about $3.8
million for the property. The remainder is $6 million in
a state grant and matching funds of $6 million in prop-
erty value of the land that was donated by the
The purchase was spearheaded by Manatee County
Ecosystems Manager Charlie Hunsicker last summer
after Bill Robinson said he and the family would con-
sider selling the property-to the county as a nature pre-
serve, rather than pursue their planned housing devel-
opment on the property.
The Robinsons will keep 200 acres to develop as
an 18-hole golf course with tennis and swimming fa-
cilities, but that property will not be adjacent to any
water, Hunsicker said previously.
Hunsicker said the proposed nature park will in-
clude nature trails, a boardwalk, picnic shelters, a
visitor's center and playground, a canoe launch and a
native plant display.
The Robinsons were approved by the county in
1999 to build nearly 450 homes and the golf course on
Perico Bayou is a popular location for Island fisher-
man, boat captains, scenic tours and boating families.
The purchase is only for the land on the east side
of Perico Bayou. Property on the western shore of
Perico Bayou on the north side of Perico Island is part
of the Arvida Corporation's proposed 898-unit condo-
Code board says remove right.of-way violations
By Rick Catlin
Faced with an Anna Maria resident on South Drive
who was trying to do the right thing that turned out to
be the wrong thing, the city's code enforcement board
had few choices at its May 12 meeting.
The board voted to require Joe Ungavarsky to re-
move the landscaping he had planted last December at
519 South Drive in the city right of way and gave him
until the board's June 9 meeting to complete the task.
Ungavarsky was trying to improve his circular
driveway appearance by installing the landscaping, but
someone filed an anonymous complaint with the city
that Ungavarsky was encroaching on the right of way.
Dan Labarbera of 521 South Drive said he was not
the person who complained. He had "no problem with
Joe. He did a nice job."
But Labarbera had to leave eight feet for the city
right of way when he did his landscaping, and believes
his neighbor should conform to the same city ordi-
Ungavarsky had appealed to the city commission
on March 11 for relief from the ordinance, but that re-
quest was denied because the commission felt the land-
scaping was a.safety hazard.
Karen Ungavarsky said most of their other neigh-
bors don't mind the landscaping, the street has a dead
end and has plenty of room for emergency vehicles,
and she thinks this is "selective enforcement" of city
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their landscaping, even if it encroaches on the city right
of way, she said.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of right-of-
way violations in the city. "I found nine violations on
my street alone," Ungavarsky contended.
I don't doubt that, said CEB Chairman Bill Iseman,
but there are rules and procedures.
Board member Don Schmitzerle was sympathetic
to the Ungavarskys, but observed the board can only
take action on complaints brought by the code enforce-
ment officer after other appropriate measures fail to
achieve the desired result.
The board is not proactive, neither is Code En-
forcement Officer Gerry Rathvon, he said.
Rathvon said she only responds to complaints of
violations, but is required by law to investigate those
After several letters to the Ungavarskys, Rathvon
said the problems she found had not been corrected and
she was forced to bring the matter to the board.
Board member John Fara wondered to Ungavarsky
why the city was "busting your chops" when there were
so many other violations around.
Right of way complaints have really surfaced the
past two years, and now it's "getting ridiculous. It's
pretty stupid," Fara maintained.
True, said Schmitzerle, but stupid or not, the CEB
is required to deal with perceived violations as brought
by the code enforcement officer. Rathvon only brings
a violation to the CEB for a solution after her own ef-
forts have failed, he noted.
City Attorney Jim Dye guided the proceedings back
to the point, saying the board has to "focus on the issue"
at hand, not whether it's a good or bad ordinance.
Board members voted to require Ungavarsky to
move two palm trees and a fountain back to the eight-
foot right-of-way marker, or remove them entirely from
However, the board could not agree on removal of
some small shrubs within the right of way, which
Rathvon said are not trees and not ground cover. A
motion to require removal of those plantings failed.
Holiday changing some
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while Bradenton Beach will go on as usual.
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Herald: a great city
"Ringing in a new year or 50 years" will take on
a whole new meaning in Bradenton Beach, compli-
ments of a generous resident.
The Mike Norman family is contributing $10,000
toward the purchase of a large bronze bell to be in-
stalled at the clock tower on Bridge Street.
That $10,000 will pretty much take on the whole
cost of the bell and an electronic timer to signal the
Mike made a realistic stipulation on his request -
if for some reason the city silences the bell, he can take
it back. Knowing Bradenton Beach as he does, and the
vagaries of the political winds there, it was a realistic
request. As he said before the city commission last
week,-"What's the good of a bell if you don't ring it?"
It was a nice gesture oh his behalf, and fitting in
light of the city's celebration of its "Golden Jubilee" of
50 years of incorporation as Anna Maria Island's
Time has indeed flown on the Island with
Bradenton Beach now becoming the third and final city
to celebrate its golden anniversary.
From the days of buggies chugging slowly across
the old, rickety wooden bridge, to the days of paying
a toll to come onto but not off the Island, or to
the fight to keep our bridges less than massive, the tra-
vails of living on a barrier island have always been ...
The city has seen a renaissance, not once but sev-
eral times, in the course of its short history.
And now Bradenton Beach is ringing in another 50
years. We doubt that those original members of the city
commission could have ever imagined the state of cur-
rent affairs: Colossal real estate prices and even a ho-
tel going for $6.5 million. Heck, Mayor Wagaman
probably would have figured out some way to sell the
entire CITY for that kind of loot and considered
everyone lucky for it.
Happy birthday, Bradenton Beach, and may you
have 50 more happy years. Residents of the city have
reason to celebrate their invigorated city every day.
For at least one of us at The Islander ... Bradenton
Beach was home to three generations of folks and we
celebrate that heritage proudly with the city in our
sponsorship and assistance with the Golden Jubilee.
And thanks to the Normans for helping the city
ring in the next 50 years and for what will become a
herald for the "little city that could."
It will truly ring "golden."
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Thanks to all
As the school year draws to a close, I would like
to take this opportunity to thank our community
members and business partners for the remarkable
support provided to Anna Maria Elementary.
Through your active participation, our school con-
tinues to shine academically and provides the very
best environment for our students.
As one of the smallest schools in the district, we
strive to maintain a reputation which keeps our name
in the forefront. News travels fast in a small commu-
nity. A recent incident at our school involving sev-
eral students was unfortunately exaggerated in an
article published by the Bradenton Herald during the
past weekend. The article used the word "gang" and
alluded to elementary students actively participating
in gang-like activities.
There are no gangs at AME. The students in-
volved in this incident were mimicking a video
game, "Vice City Grand Theft Auto," which
chronicles scenarios of make-believe gangs. This
adult-rated video game is not sold to anyone under
the age of 17. The game strategies are based on feud-
ing gangs which compete through illicit activities.
Several students were suspended as a result of
this incident. Parents of the students were informed
and cooperated completely with school authorities.
The incident served as a timely lesson for the stu-
dents involved and their classmates. The "gang"
activities, although on paper and never actually
acted out, were against school board policies out-
lined in the Student Code of Conduct provided to all
Manatee County students at the beginning of each
I hope this letter helps to set the record straight
regarding this unfortunate incident. More impor-
tantly, I urge parents to consider the messages por-
trayed by television shows, movies, music and video
games. Our children are not mini adults. They
greatly need our support to sift through daily expo-
sure to the twisted values and poor coping skills
modeled by the entertainment industry.
We need you all, as members of this village, to
help raise our children.
Principal Kathy Hayes, Anna Maria Elementary
The commissioners that vote on any permit-only
parking ordinance will suffer the negative impact of
their vote. One look at the communities around ours
with permit or resident-only parking offers great ex-
amples of the negative impact. In Pinellas, Bellair
Beach for example.
No commercial business operates within Bellair
city limits. One restaurant on the city line has had
nine owners since 1993 and is currently closed.
The town of Bellair has incurred thousands of
dollars in legal fees fighting government for beach
renourishment stalled because of limited public ac-
cess to "their beach." Good news for Bellair, their
tax base can absorb such a legal battle.
If Anna Maria tries to "privatize" its beach, you
can count on legal action that cannot be absorbed
through the local tax base.
One idea aside from the obvious, when legal ac-
tion commences, and it will, assess those that are
really pushing the parking, all nine of them.
Randy Abell, Sarasota
Thank you Anna Maria Island, for-your great re-
sponse to Anna Maria Island The Video-A Musical
Tour. You have made my labor of love a success.
Thanks to all of you that bought my video.
Jim Sartain, Studio 3 West Video, Bradenton
THE ISLANDER N MAY 21, 2003 E PAGE 7
Katharine Wight: Returning to the Island scene
By Katharine Wight
Last month I turned 22. Math has never been my
strong suit, but I got out my calculator and figured out
that 10 years ago I was 12. So I wasn't yet a teenager
when I wrote my first article for The Islander.
It was Take Your Daughter To Work Day, and like
any good 12-year-old, I was itching to take the day off
from school. Not that I would have ever played hooky
mind you I was a perfect child and I wouldn't have
dreamed of it. But if I had the chance for an excused
absence, you could be sure I was going to plot my way
into a day on the couch, watching soap operas and eat-
ing ice cream.
Unfortunately, I had one of those mothers who in-
sisted that time off should be productive (she didn't
seem to understand that the Spencers' return to Port
Charles was an important historical and cultural event).
I wasn't interested in going to work with my dad or my
stepdad, but I enjoyed writing and so my mom decided
to phone up the local newspaper and pawn me off there
for the day. I spent a day hanging out in the office at
The Islander and even wrote a little story on my up-
coming summer vacation.
The Islander is happy to welcome a new face
to the staff this summer. Chris Teofilak, a Univer-
sity of Florida junior and life-long Bradenton resi-
dent, will be interning with the Islander through-
out the summer. Chris is majoring in public rela-
tions and hopes to gain a better understanding of
the media industry during his time at the Islander.
"One of the many goals of public relations is to
gain free publicity for clients through newspapers,"
Chris said. "There's no better place to start my ca-
reer than on beautiful Anna Maria Island with The
Islander, a 10-year award-winning newspaper with
a solid record of community service."
Katharine Wight, left, with mom Janet Aubry at
Katharine's graduation celebration. A young student
writer for The Islander 10 years ago, Katharine has
returned from the University of Florida to write
again. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
And thus, a star was born.
OK. Maybe I wasn't a star. But I did garner a bit of
attention. I felt like a local celebrity. After my first piece
Chris is a 2001
graduate of Manatee
High School and en- .
joys running, tennis,
and spending time on __--
the water during his
The Islander looks -
forward to working
with Chris and hopes
the internship will en- Teofilak
courage more youths to
become involved in newspaper careers.
ran, everyone in my family fawned over me. Before I
knew it, I had my own semi-weekly column, where I
wrote about everything from my disastrous campaign
for class president at King Middle School to my dad's
adventurous attempts at cuisine entirely comprising
peppers and hot sauce. People stopped me in the gro-
cery store to tell me I looked just like that cute little girl
who wrote for the paper (and by the way, anyone who
wants to see some truly heinous hairstyles should at-
tempt to find some papers circa 1995, replete with my
school pictures I'm the one with the chia pet on my
I got busy in high school this time around, I
didn't lose any elections. I was the president of just
about everything. My columns became more sporadic,
until eventually I was writing just once a year from
college the University of Florida passing along
words of advice to incoming students.
But I never lost that itch for writing. I majored in
English at UF with a focus on creative writing. I wrote
a few good short stories, and several spectacularly aw-
ful ones. The major thing I got from that experience
.was that I wanted to keep writing. Every day. No mat-
ter what I was doing with my life, I wanted to write.
And so here I am, returning to the scene of the
crime, the place of my first published works.
I am so happy and excited to be returning to The
Islander. It's like coming home again. Well, since I
grew up on the Island, it actually is coming home again.
What excites me the most is that this time I'm not just
a columnist. I will now write features on the people and
places and events going on in the community. My first
time around, I was limited by my age, so I just wrote
about family, friends and school. Now I'm looking
forward to expanding the circle of friends and events
that I can write about.
And what I'm mostly thrilled about, is that I get to
have a job doing the thing I love to do, which is writ-
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By Joe Kane
Cold water has been thrown on the dreams of com-
bining the Holmes Beach Public Works Department
with its counterpart in the city of Anna Maria.
When Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore told
city commissioners about her meeting with Anna Maria
elected officials, several Holmes Beach commission-
ers expressed ambivalent interest.
"We had a good meeting with them," said Mayor
Whitmore at the May 14 Holmes Beach City Commis-
sion meeting. "Anna Maria commissioners said they
would like to use our services."
The Holmes Beach mayor and commissioners re-
ceived legal advice written to Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn from that city's attorney James Dye, raising
questions about the interlocal agreement with the two
Dye highlighted several questions for both cities to
resolve, including fees, chain of command, prioritizing
workload and who responds to residents' complaints.
Holmes Beach Commission Chairman Rich
Bohnenberger voiced strong reservations about sharing
building departments with the city of Anna Maria.
"It puts our city at risk, and we get no benefits,"
Commissioner Roger Lutz, who is also a lawyer,
agreed. "It does put us at risk, but we should be good
neighbors," Lutz said. "Let's give them 60 to 90 days.
We shouldn't pull the rug from under them."
Bohnenberger agreed. "But if we do it perma-
nently, there may be trouble. There is nothing in it for
our taxpayers but potential problems of litigation."
Looming over the 10-minute discussion was
whether this interlocal agreement between Holmes
Beach and Anna Maria could be just the first step to-
ward consolidating the three Island municipalities into
one legal entity.
Island politicians advocating efficiency over dupli-
cation and community over sovereignty have, over the
years, suggested that utilizing the expertise of a nearby
Island department may be a cost-saving solution.
But bodies of commissioners expressing such her-
esy are littered over the Island political landscape.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Maloney is a
champion of consolidating Island services.
"Before I die, I would love to see this Island con-
solidated," exclaimed Maloney. "I cannot believe this
7-mile-long Island with less than 10,000 inhabitants
should continue to support three different police depart-
ments, 14 city commissioners, three mayors, and a
similar assortment of city helpers."
Now comes the city of Anna Maria, in the midst of
turmoil in their building department, seeking help from
the staff of the Holmes Beach Building Department.
"If we have the staff to do Anna Maria now, as well
as our own town, perhaps we have too much person-
nel," Bohnenberger wondered aloud.
Commissioner Pat Geyer echoed similar sentiment,
as well as expressed her displeasure over what some
Anna Maria residents are saying about Holmes Beach
"I don't like the way their people talk about our
people," Geyer said.
This dead manatee was
landed and removed last
week on the shore of the
Palma Sola Causeway by
officers from the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission. There
was no word yet on how it s__-
died, however, the mana- ,a.h
tee population is being
highly scrutinized and
later this month FWC will
review the status of
manatees. Islander Photo:
Murray, left, and
Mike Miller, right,
along with Jamie
Walstad of Anna
in front of the live
oak tree planted
May 16 at city hall
in memory of Olga
Kessel, a frequent
visitor to Anna
Photo: Rick Catlin
A first for 'Living Memorial' program
The first tree planting under the Anna Maria Envi-
ronmental Education and Enhancement Committee's
"Living Memorial" program took place on May 16
with a $500 live oak tree planted at city hall.
The tree was purchased with funds provided by Dr.
Ross Kessel of Marlborough, Devon, in Great Britain,
and will stand as a memorial to his late wife, Olga. The
Kessels were frequent winter visitors to Anna Maria
The memorial program provides a way to make a
donation to the city that will commemorate someone or
something of significance, an EEEC press release said.
A botanical name sign and the name of the honoree
will be placed at city hall on the tree.
BB gun shooting unrelated to vandalism
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson said a
May 2 incident involving someone shooting out a truck
window with a BB gun and stealing a purse does not
appear related to a series of BB gun vandalism inci-
dents between late February and early April.
The report said the female victim was at the beach
and when she returned, found her truck's window shat-
tered and her purse gone. The window appeared to have
been blown out by a BB gun and there were a number
of small dents in the truck's body, the report stated.
The woman told the investigating officer she had
noticed a small white car parked near her vehicle when
she went to the beach.
Stephenson said he believes the people who did
this crime are from the mainland and target people
going to the beach.
"They know a lot of people lock their purse or
wallet inside their car" when they go to the beach, he
At this point, the car burglary is not considered part
of the investigation into the series of vandalism inci-
dents involving a BB gun that took place between late
February and early April, he said.
That investigation is still ongoing, Stephenson
He also said a recent report of two young females
who distracted a retail store clerk while they rifled her
purse is at present an isolated incident.
"We haven't had any other reports of this sce-
nario," said Stephenson.
In the vandalism incidents, a reward of $700 has
been offered for information leading to an arrest and
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 Center.
Anyone wishing to provide anonymous informa-
tion to the Holmes Beach Police Department on the
vandalism incidents may call Lt. Stephenson or Detec-
tive Sgt. Nancy Rogers at 708-5807.
The same information can be given anonymously
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 information leads to an arrest.
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464 years ago
Two days of observances this weekend will note
Conquistador Hernando de Soto's arrival landing at
what is now the DeSoto National Memorial in north-
Memorial Superintendent Charles Fenwick noted
that on May 30, 1539, the expeditionary force landed
complete with horses and war dogs to begin a bloody
and fruitless search for a civilization with gold and jew-
els like the Aztecs and Incas.
Four years later, de Soto dead and half of his men
gone, the survivors got to Spanish settlements in
Mexico and eventually, Fenwick said, their accounts of
new people and abundant land helped inspire other
Europeans to colonize North America.
The Saturday, May 24, program will include the
history of the landing, a cavalry demonstration, piiiata
demonstration, "De Soto, the Man and the Myth" by
biographer David E. Duncan, "Words From a Woman"
about women on the expedition, and de Soto's legacy.
Sunday, May 25, will see a demonstration of war-.
riors' weapons, delights of a 16th century Spanish
kitchen, Trail of the Lost Tribes series speaker detail-
ing the Shaw's Point shell-mound village, the capture
of de Soto's translator Juan Ortiz, and tales of priests
on the expedition.
The memorial park is at the end of 75th Street North-
west in Bradenton. It is free to the public, open from sun-
rise to sunset, but the parking area closes at 5 p.m.
Additional information may be obtained by tele-
'Living history' to note
conflicts this weekend
Displays and reenactments of battles will honor
American combat dead at Fort DeSoto Park, St. Peters-
burg, over the Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and
Sunday, May 24-25.
Among the participants will be the Florida World
War II Reenactors and living historians in uniforms and
equipment from major U.S. conflicts, said the sponsor-
ing Pinellas County Park Service.
Planned are camps, weapons displays, battle dem-
onstrations and overflights by vintage military aircraft.
The event is free to the public. Fort DeSoto is on
Mullet Key at the south end of Pinellas County take
Pinellas Bayway west of 1-275, then to the park via
Tierra Verde Boulevard.
Letter carriers get 15,000 pounds
of food on Island
Anna Maria Islanders gave a record 15,000 pounds
of imperishable food to the 11th annual food drive of
the National Association of Letter Carriers.
It was the most ever given on the Island, said James
Bumbul, Bradenton Beach letter carrier speaking for the
postal union. The food filled five pallets for transport.
It will be distributed to the needy through the Mana-
tee County Foodbank, which is operated by Meals on
Wheels PLUS of Manatee Inc. It distributes food to more
than 80 churches, organizations and nonprofit agencies,
327 tons in 2002, Bumbul said. Meals on Wheels is look-
ing for more volunteers to help sort the food.
The letter carriers picked up the food parcels at
mailboxes, or at the Post Office in the case of Anna
Maria which has no home delivery. Countywide, resi-
dents donated 115,000 pounds of food.
Enrollment for Gloria Dei Bible
school open now
Registration is opening now for Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church's vacation Bible school, scheduled
for July 14-18 at the church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Titled "Zoom Zone: Discover Jesus Is Forever,"
the school will be from 9 a.m.-noon each day. It is open
to children 4 years of age through fifth-grade. Enroll-
ment fee is $5 per child or $15 per family.
"You'll hear stories of Jesus," the church said, "make
cool crafts, move to Zoom Tunes, play wild and crazy
games and get a chance to try out your acting skills all
in 'the Zone,' an interactive learning environment."
Youngsters may be registered by calling 778-1813
between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Street Party for
this Saturday on
The grand finale of the 50th anniversary
celebration of Bradenton Beach will take place
from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24, on
The Golden Jubilee Street Party will feature
more than 50 antique and vintage automobiles
on both sides of Bridge Street from Gulf Drive
to the Bradenton Beach City Pier, according to
organizer Ken Lohn.
"These cars are not just for show but will be
competing for various trophies," Lohn said.
"Even those without a particular interest in old
cars will feel a tinge of romance from seeing
these immaculate vehicles that reflect a long
history of American progress and craftsman-
ship. You might imagine the Duke of Windsor,
or a silent movie star from the past."
In keeping with the Golden Jubilee theme,
there will be contests that reflect the 1950s -
an Elvis impersonation contest at 4 p.m., in
which all are invited to compete.
"You can be an Elvis look alike, or sing or
lip sync accompanied by our own Elvis disc
jockey," said Lohn, adding that prizes would be
awarded for first, second and third place.
A Hoola Hoop contest will start at 2 p.m.
"Some of our younger citizens have been seen
practicing for this event and they look great,"
Lohn said. "If you have swivel hips, grab a hoop
and get into the swing of things."
Other features of the afternoon include a
limbo contest at 3 p.m., a dunk tank featuring a
variety of participants of Bradenton Beach note,
ongoing raffles for merchandise and prizes.
Music will be provided by Jimmy G and the
Downshifters. Jimmy G is the band leader of the
Anna Maria Island Middle School. Local disc
jockeys will be handling various events, and
vintage car organizer Lance Hubschmitt will be
at the microphone for the raffle events.
There will also be food booths and kiosks in
the Drift Inn parking lot. They will include the
Moose Lodge that will be offering hot dogs,
grouper sandwiches and sausage sandwiches;
Banana Cabana's jerk chicken and fish sand-
wiches plus crab cakes; ice cream cones from
SS Scoops; the Sun House restaurant's ribs and
riblets; the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter will provide soft drinks, candy and popcorn;
Drift Inn will have an outside beer and margarita
bar; the Sports Lounge will feature frozen dai-
quiris; and the Bridge St. Pier Restaurant will
feature a beer garden near the pier entrance and
also serve basket sandwiches.
Islander author Kaluza
to speak this evening
Author Frannie Hoffman Kaluza of Anna Maria
will speak at a workshop from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday,
May 21, at A Touch of Aromatic Massage and
Skincare, 3957 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
Kaluza is a spiritual intuitive/counselor and facili-
tator for Sunday services at Unity Church of
There is a fee for the workshop, which is titled
"The Simple Truths of Love." Details may be obtained
by calling 727-4266.
Boat skills program registering
Registration is open now for an eight-session boat-
ing skills and seamanship program starting June 3.
Sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flo-
tilla 81, the course will be at 5801 33rd Ave. Ct. W.,
Bradenton, just inside the west entrance to G.T. Bray
Park. It will be 7-9 p.m. on eight consecutive Tuesdays
and Thursdays, ending June 26.
Cost is $26 per student, including materials. For
registration and further information, those interested
may call 778-2495 or 795-6189.
Snooks, his kids have their day
By Jim Hanson
Hundreds of kids will surround their benefactor
and sometime nemesis when Snooks Adams' Kids Day
brings more action than usual to Bayfront Park.
Up to 700 exuberant youngsters gather annually for
free hot dogs, pizza and sodas, plus best pirate costume
contest, three-legged race, water balloon game, treasure
hunt, pictures on a pirate ship and a lot more of the stuff
that goes into a fun festival.
It's a nearly 50-year-old event just for kids' fun,
sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Privateers. It's
been a highlight at the end of the school year for gen-
erations of kids from the Island and the mainland.
Some of the youngsters attending this year's event
will be children and perhaps even grandchildren of ear-
lier celebrants, said Privateers President Greg
It is those earlier ones to whom Snooks Adams just
might have been occasionally a nemesis, for he was
deputy sheriff for the Island and west Bradenton and
then the Island's first police chief. He leaned toward
putting a fright on young wrongdoers, though, and
turning them loose rather than heavy prosecution.
What other kind of cop would load a dozen kids
into his Jeep, drive the sandy track to Coquina Beach
and cook hot dogs for them? What kid wouldn't re-
spect and love that kind of cop?
That was 1954. He kept it up every year and it
grew to be so popular that he moved it to the more
central Manatee Public Beach and opened the festivi-
ties to parents and girls. In 1980, he retired as chief and
turned his kids' day over to the Privateers service or-
ganization that supports many youth activities and
Adams hasn't missed a kids' day yet, and he won't
miss this one despite the accumulation of years:
"Sure, I'll be there," he said, sounding a bit
puzzled that anyone would ask.
This year's event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May
31 at Bayfront Park, at the northeast tip of the Island
in Anna Maria. Parents are welcome and they too can
have all the food they can eat, but not free. A donation
is requested from "big kids."
Additional details may be obtained from the kids
day chairman, Privateer Greg Luzier at 792-5973.
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Nancy Orr has piled up plenty of fond memories of
Anna Maria Island over the years, but nothing to com-
pare with a bird nesting at her front door.
She and husband Jim, of Rancho Cucamonga, near
Los Angeles, are here on vacation from his job as di-
vision manager for United Parcel Service. They're in
the condo they've owned for 10 years at Sunset Terrace
in Bradenton Beach.
"We arrived about midnight," she said, "and
walked upstairs and I saw a bird there on my doorstep,
a pigeon. I thought it would fly away, and then I saw
the nest with eggs in it.
"We've been here almost two weeks now, and
she's still here. There are two eggs about three inches
apart, but she only sits on one. Maybe there's some-
thing wrong with the other one and she knows it."
The Orrs are remodeling their condo, so there are
people coming and going every day to do the work. It
doesn't bother the pigeon nearly as much as it does the
Christopher D. Morris
Christopher D. Morris, 86, of Anna Maria, died
Mr. Morris was born in Staten Island, N.Y. He
served as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps
in World War II. He was a real estate broker in
Kingston and Woodstock, N.Y.
A private family service was held with final inter-
ment planned at Wyltwyck Cemetary in Kingson this
He is survived by wife Barbara Hall Morris, three
sons, Michael, Anthony and Stephen; daughter
Suzanne; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchil-
"We had the carpet cleaners in the other day, and
both of the young men stopped at the door and said,
'Hey, there's a bird here!' The pigeon ignored them.
"With hoses on the stairs and keeping the door
open, I was afraid she would fly into the condo, but she
stayed with her egg."
The Orrs warn the pigeon from afar when they re-
turn from the beach or dinner or shopping, so she won't
take fright. And they talk to her regularly "she turns
her head and seems to listen politely, but how do you
She looks like a mourning dove, Orr said, gray and
tan and white, with "the prettiest eyes." And she coos,
whether conversationally or just carrying on some pi-
geon tradition is not known, at least in Bradenton
They'll go on coddling their guest until her baby
pecks its way out of the egg and the birds have to go
back to birdland, or until the Orrs go back to Califor-
nia at the end of May.
Steven C. Plath
Steven C. Plath, 44, of Bradenton, died May 6.
Born in Madison, Wis., Mr. Plath came to Mana-
tee County from there in 1980. He was a firefighter first
class at Cedar Hammock Fire Department for the past
20 years and was assigned to Engine Co. No. 231.
Memorial services were May 12. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to Emergency Management Services
Fund, 5200 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34207. Brown and
Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by son Logan Michael; sister Nancy
A. of Bradenton; brothers James W. of Holmes Beach,
David A. of Bradenton Beach; and John E. of
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Brad and Maria Caudill of Washington, D.C., are
honeymooning on Anna Maria Island following their
marriage ceremony Saturday in the Virginia hills.
The bridegroom is a brother of Chuck Caudill of
Holmes Beach, longtime singer and guitar player at
the Sandbar and Beach House restaurants, who was
best man at the event and the entertainer!
Pidge and Jim Taylor renewed their marriage vows
in a ceremony performed by the Rev. Jim Gill in the
Longboat Island Chapel garden May 18. Present
were their three children, Courtney, Nick, and
New graduate, doctor
Christiana Marie "Ana" Shaw, daughter of Chris-
tine T. Shaw of Island Real Estate, Holmes Beach, is
to begin her residency in general surgery at Boston
University Medical Center following graduation
from the University of Miami School of Medicine.
She received a special award from Medical School
Parents for her service to her class. She is a 1995
graduate of Manatee High School. Islander Photo:
John van Zandt
The engagement of Lauren Marie LoRusso of
Huntington,, N.Y., to Jason Sato, son of Barbara
Sato and the late Ryuichi Sato of Holmes Beach, is
announced by the father of the bride-to-be, Philip
LoRusso. Lauren earned a master's degree from
Florida State University in 2002 and teaches in
Gainesville schools. Sato is an Manatee High School
and FSU graduate, now in marketing in Gainesville.
They plan a July 19 wedding at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, Holmes Beach.
Island's Wight graduates
in English at UF
Katharine Wight of Anna Maria graduated this
month from the University of Florida with a bachelor's
degree in English, posting a 3.5 grade-point average.
Daughter of Gene and Janet Aubry of Anna Maria
and Douglas Wight of Tampa, she wrote for The Is-
lander while attending King Middle School and St.
Stephen's Episcopal School, and won an Islander
scholarship in 1999.
Last summer she interned with the graphic design
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By Joe Kane
Sorry. Neither ignorance nor rationality is an ex-
It's the law.
So, when Holmes Beach business consultant
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occupational license, the long arm of the law went af-
Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Officer Walter
Wunderlich added an additional $62.65 late fee when
Connelly did not pay by Oct. 1, 2002. Still the city re-
ceived no money from Connelly. After Oct. 1,
Connelly was real late. By law, he now had to pay an
Only a letter from Wunderlich to Connelly on
March 18, 2003, got Connelly's attention. His occupa-
tional license penalty had ballooned to $312.65. A
check from Connelly for $65.65 on March 25, was re-
ceived and appreciated by the city, but he still owed
$250, late penalty fee.
Standing in front of sympathetic but firm members
of the Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board, a con-
trite Connelly implored members for understanding.
"The facts are correct," Connelly said. "It's just a mis-
understanding. I forgot to pay."
Wunderlich had the unenviable task to enforce a
rigid ordinance which demands people working in their
home must pay a occupational fee to the city-or else.
"He is in violation, therefore operating without an
occupational license," Wunderlich told the code en-
forcement board, Thursday morning, May 15.
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"I knew I owed it," admitted Connelly. "I just think
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Even though code enforcement board member
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"We do not have the authority to redress the pen-
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Anna Maria's community policing aims to prevent crime
By Preston Whaley Jr.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Sgt. John Kenney
took hold of a brand new Canondale police bike to
demonstrate how to tackle someone in a chase, how to
throw the bike over a fence should the chase lead to
that, and how to use the bike as a weapon or a shield.
The bike seemed light and agile. Kenney handled it
He and MSCO Deputy Sal Magro learned these
and many other maneuvers at a 32-hour bike patrol
course given in January by the International Police
Mountain Biking Association.
Bike patrol is integral to the Anna Maria sheriff's
substation program of community policing, which,
according to Kenney, strives for "the omnipresence of
law enforcement to prevent crime."
It's a versatile omnipresence. An encounter with
Anna Maria law enforcement can take a variety of
forms. It might involve a deputy on a police bike, in a
patrol car, or an officer on foot or riding a brand new
Honda 350cc all-terrain vehicle.
To criminals, Kenney and his six deputies may
represent the hammer of the law, but to good citizens,
they're as neighborly as Mayberry's Andy Griffith.
Remarking on sheriff personnel, Mike Pickell,
evening shift manager at 307 Pine General Store, said,
"I've noticed they're a lot more friendly lately. They
came in two or three times this week just to chit-chat."
According to Kenney, the bicycles and ATV help
to prevent crime because they "put us more in touch
with the community. You are more approachable on a
bike than in a patrol car." He added, "Two-way com-
munication makes us more effective."
Tip of the Island owner Tarry McKee seems to agree.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Sgt. John Kennedy and Anna Maria substation deputies display the variety of
vehicles that help them keep the streets and the beach clear of crime. Pictured, left to right, Deputy Gary
Sellitto, Sgt. John Kenney and Deputy Sal Magro. Islander Photo: Preston Whaley Jr.
He said, "I've seen them riding around on their bikes and
with what's been going on with the younger people," re-
ferring to recent vandalism in Holmes Beach, "I think it's
a good idea. It's a good thing, too," he added, "because it
helps them with that car-seat belly."
Community policing and bike patrols have been a
presence in Manatee County for a number of years, but
they're a recent change for Kenney, who's worked as
an undercover detective for most of his career.
From 1994 until 10 months ago, he had been
Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells' appointed de-
tective for an interagency task force on violent crime.
The task force combined local law enforcement person-
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Federal Bureau Investigations and the deputy U.S.
The task force "proactively targeted violent crimi-
nals across jurisdictional boundaries," said Kenney.
"But I was ready for a change. You don't want to get
too burned out," he said.
When the sergeant job opened up in Anna Maria,
Kenney said, "I put in for it and was lucky enough to
The thin lips, the ruddy face beneath the sun-
glasses, the sturdy frame all of these, even the sound of
Kenny's voice, seem to come from a place that's been
tested in ways most of us have not.
Now he's in the public eye, mixing with the
people, riding the ATV and the bike. The change
agrees with him. "I can't tell you how much I enjoy it,"
he said. "I get out as often as I can."
According to Kenney, the bike patrol is not a sil-
ver bullet. It's a tool. For example, he said, when you
have a narcotics problem and you need stealthy surveil-
lance. And, "if you have a burglar problem, you can
ride around at night without lights on. We can get
around without being observed and cover more ground
than if we were on foot," he said.
In addition, officers can ride in pairs, "which is a
safety issue if we're doing something dangerous," said
Kenney. "If we need to come up on a suspect quickly,
the bike is a tremendous advantage. And I require at
least one officer to be in a patrol car," poised for
backup when a bike is out.
The bike patrol course was comprehensive. It
taught community policing techniques, but it also
taught bicycle maintenance and repair. Officers learned
hand signals and how to ride slow and keep balance in
To pass the course, they had to successfully run
difficult obstacle courses, which improved their abil-
ity to negotiate curbs, stairs and other obstructions.
Deputy Sal Magro summed up the experience, "We got
the heck kicked out of us."
Kenney encourages all of the deputies to ride the
bikes. "I tell the officers, 'you're doing something good
for the community and yourself.' It's very positive for
the officers and good for their health." In the coming
months, two more officers will be getting certified and
others will follow.
Kenney said feedback about the bicycles has been
good. "We ride by and citizens say, 'Hey, you look
The only negative comments he's heard are from
people who don't like bikes riding on the piers.
Kenny's response to such objections: "We're trained
and these are emergency vehicles." The deputies need
to be ready to leave the pier in a hurry in the event of
Rod & Reel Pier assistant manager Derek Olsen
said, "We have good relationships with all the officers
that come in here. They take care of us. You know how
that works. They help us out with vandalism, theft, and
graffiti. One officer, in particular I don't want to
Anna Maria's Code Enforcement Board
agreed to change its procedures on board hear-
ings after learning of a successful legal challenge
in Florida to another city's enforcement proce-
The CEB agreed at its April 14 meeting that
at a first hearing to hear a code violation, it could
agree to non-compliance and a fine, but would
hold a second meeting on the complaint 10 days
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 21, 2003 E PAGE 15
give names he's just awesome."
With respect to the many vehicles the station has
at its disposal, Olsen said, "I don't think they need all
that stuff bikes, ATVs. An air-conditioned patrol car
seems like enough. All of that exercise. They work in
Of course, at the end of the pier, Olsen can talk to
officers face to face.
Landside it's different. Dave Dries, a North Shore
Drive resident for 48 years, said, "I'd rather talk to
someone face to face than through a patrol-car win-
dow." He added, "In a town our size, it's perfect, al-
though I wouldn't want to be out on a bike in the
middle of August or September."
As for the new ATV, it replaced one that was nine
years old. It was in good condition except for the salt
Kenney said, the ATV allows them to "cover the
whole beach if there's a lost or missing person."
They'll also be using it to support the city's new turtle
ordinance and the problems with "lights and lawn fur-
niture," he said.
The whole idea behind community policing is that
"you're preventing crime rather than reacting to it,"
CEB Chairman Bill Iseman said the first meet-
ing would allow the board to approve the enforce-
ment order, but the 10-day notice of the second
meeting would give the offender a "final notice" to
correct the deficiency.
At the second hearing, the CEB could either
dispose of the complaint, or impose a fine.
The CEB will send its recommendation to
amend the city code regarding CEB procedures to
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Gary Lewison and Dennis Giraud stand amid the
renovations at the EconoLodge Resort in Bradenton
Beach that are transforming 21 units into the Club
Bamboo condominium complex. Islander Photo:
Bamboo Club soon come
The renovation of 21 units of the EconoLodge
Resort in Bradenton Beach into the Club Bamboo
condominium complex is under way, according to re-
sort owner Gary Lewison, and he's hopeful of a La-
bor Day opening for the condominiums.
"That's our goal, but you never know about the
weather," said Lewison. "But we'll definitely be ready
What he does know is that Club Bamboo has been
a hit with real estate buyers and investors on Anna
Only eight units remain for sale, said Club Bamboo
sales and marketing director Dennis Giraud, and there
has been a surge of interest in the units since the end
of the Iraq War.
"We've been very happy with sales, even though
it was a soft season. But since the end of the war, in-
terest has really picked up," said Giraud.
With prices as low as $285,000 for a one-bedroom
unit at a Gulffront resort, "I think people realize the
value offered," he added.
Club Bamboo will operate a management company
to rent the condominiums and that's been a major sell-
ing point, said Lewison.
With the proven record of the EconoLodge in at-
tracting guests, buyers know there will be a strong de-
mand for rentals, he said.
"People know this is an attractive market for con-
dominium rentals, particularly on the beach."
The renovation project is being done by Construc-
tion and Development Consultants Inc. of St. Peters-
burg and total cost of the improvements and new fur-
nishings will be close to $1 million.
Lewison will continue to operate the remaining 24
units of the EconoLodge Resort for motel guests, he said.
For information on Club Bamboo, call 941-809-
0041 or visit the Web site at www.club-bamboo.net.
Bongo's beach -concert
Bongo's restaurant on the Palma Sola Causeway
is celebrating its first anniversary this weekend with a
two-day free concert and fireworks display.
Craig Malogrides of Bongo's said proceeds of the
concert will benefit the Keep Manatee Beautiful com-
While the concert is free, Malogrides said Bongo's
is selling a limited number of premium reserve seats for
The headline band is the Jimmie Van Zant Band
Van Zant is the cousin of former Lynnrd Skynnrd
lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, who was killed in a plane
crash. The band's song list features a number of origi-
nal Lynrd Skynrd songs, including "Free Bird," and
"Sweet Home Alabama."
Gates open at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, with the
popular Dr. Dave Band scheduled to perform at 3 p.m.
Sarasota Slim will play at 5 p.m. while the Van
Zant band is set to take the stage at 7 p.m.
Sunday's entertainment will feature Espirit de
Corp from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a fireworks show
scheduled for 9 p.m.
The concert is free, but no outside coolers, food or
beverages are allowed inside, Malogrides said.
"We hope everyone has a good time," he said.
"This is our way of showing our appreciation to every-
one who supported us during a great first year on the
For more information on the concert, call 761-
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Joyce Ellis: Islander teacher spotlight
Each week The Islander spotlights one of Anna
Maria Elementary School's teachers.
This week, fifth-grade teacher Joyce Ellis is in our
Born and raised in Lafayette, Ind., Ellis moved to
Florida in 1974 with husband Jim. She attended Prudue
University in Indiana and the University of Tennessee
in Knoxville, where she earned her teaching degree.
She has been teaching at AME for 17 years and is
certified to teach first- through sixth-grades.
Before teaching elementary education at AME, she
taught for four years in Tennessee. Ellis said she was
one of the first teachers to be integrated into teaching
at an all black school in Knoxville. Of the three teach-
ers integrated into the school that year, Ellis said she
was the only one to make it to the end of the school year
and continue on teaching.
Ellis said she knew she wanted to be a teacher af-
ter a fifth-grade teacher assigned her to teach a lesson
to the class. However, it is her sixth-grade teacher,
Forrest Urton, that has inspired her own teaching phi-
"Mr. Urton accepted no excuses and encouraged
you to always do your best," Ellis said. "He treated you
with respect and taught you to be a responsible citizen."
Those are goals Ellis' class strives for. In her class-
room there is a mutual respect between herself and her
The classroom mascot is the Eagle, which symbol-
izes the pride she tries to instill in her fifth-graders and
the class motto is "Ellis' Eagles Soar High."
Ellis' classroom goals are to inspire a desire for
knowledge, instill strong self-esteem, prepare for
middle school both academically and socially, work on
organizational skills, instill respect for others, our
country and the world we live in, and above all to en-
Some of the projects Ellis said she looks forward
to each year include the "Invention Convention" where
students create their own inventions after studying the
work of great inventors like Thomas Edison.
Her classes take several field trips during the year.
In August, students take an environmental field trip to
Coquina Beach, in December students visit the Edison/
Ford home in Ft. Myers and in May students head to
With many hands-on projects, the use of peer tu-
toring and several guest speakers, Ellis keeps students
interested in learning.
When not in the classroom, Ellis enjoys reading,
boating and snow skiing. She would also like to learn
how to fly fish.
The Ellis' have two children. Wendy, 27, is a den-
tal hygienist, like her father, and is married to a mili-
tary pilot. Jimmy, 26, is a computer executive and
married to an attorney.
Anna Maria Elementary School
Monday, May 26
Tuesday, May 27
Breakfast: Manager's Choice, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Manager's Choice
Wednesday, May 28
Last Day of School
Breakfast: Manager's Choice, Fruit, Cereal, Juice
Lunch: Manager's Choice
Milk and juice are served with every meal.
Put yourself in our seat!
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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PAGE 18 M MAY 21, 2003 U THE ISLANDER
A conversation with Piero Rivolta on Cortez
By Joe Kane
Italians don't talk, they sing. To walk into the
Rivolta Group's sleek new office complex in down-
town Sarasota, you have the displaced sense you have
wandered into some opera. There's this robust, bearded
man with curly gray hair flowing over his blue denim
shirt and his brown eyes sparkling along with his ever-
Santa Claus? No, it's Piero Rivolta, one of this
area's most successful developers, and a major charac-
ter in another melodramatic chapter in the life of Cortez
village. Rivolta's infectious exuberance animates life
around him. "I'm a very enthusiastic guy. I always put
myself in trouble."
Rivolta's father Renzo began the international
empire it now is when Germany occupied Italy. Renzo
bought a refrigerator company and transformed the
industry by refining the compressors.
A gift of a bike to Piero from his parents sparked
the lad's love of speed and racing. The Rivolta's fam-
ily company, Iso, evolved into a manufacturer of scoot-
ers, then motorcycles and motorboats. When Rivolta
was only 25, his father died and Piero found himself in
charge of his family's automotive industry in Milan,
where he eventually created exotic gran turismo 150-
plus- mph cars,.the darling of the fast set, until the com-
pany crashed with the tail-spinning 1970 economy.
Looking for new challenges Rivolta moved to the
new world and eventually Sarasota, where he now heads
a conglomerate of businesses and real estate holdings.
Welcome to Cortez, where Rivolta wants to build
20 hotel rooms patterned after the Albion Inn, which
was destroyed, with much local consternation and gov-
ernment indifference, to be replaced with the present
U.S.Coast Guard station.
The Islander sat down with Rivolta last week to
chat with him about his plan for the former Sigma fish
house, in preparation for a Cortez town hall meeting
Wednesday evening, May 21. Scores of Cortezans are
expected to attend to see Rivolta's vision of Cortez.
What attracted you to Cortez?
"Because I like that kind of lifestyle. Before com-
ing to America, we lived in the countryside between
Roma and Florence in a little village, raising jumping
horses, and we had this farm on the water, and so we
learn how to live in a small village, and we really like
the lifestyle. One day, I learn there's this land for sale.
I went there and I saw the place and I really liked it.
And when I said to somebody, 'I want to buy this land,'
everybody told me are you crazy because we have lots
of problems there. This is a difficult place. It's a com-
plicated place. The people there will be against you all
the time. I understand these kinds of thing. I would like
How is the future of Cortez
important to you?
"It's very important, it took so much of our time.
We bought this property in 1999, and we try to under-
stand what was best for the place and we listened to
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everybody. As soon as I bought this land, the first thing
that a lots of people come to me and say, 'Why don't
you put a dry dock there, and work on boat painting
there. It's a very lucrative job.' But I don't think that
it's good for Cortez. Another place, not here. This is
such a nice charming place. Like the Bazzy Marina the
other side of the bridge. I don't see that thing here.
That, I could have done, because nothing forbid me do
that. Nothing. I don't do that, and if I don't succeed to
arrive to something, I would sell it to somebody to do
that, because I have to give up."
How can you best preserve
the Cortez spirit?
"We talk to people in Cortez and we come up with the
idea of restoring the Albion Inn. Why don't we do the
same thing? So we copy the style of Cortez. we hire an
architect. She did all the regulations, that's Linda
Stevenson, and we work together in order to try to create
this little inn. One of the problems when the people talk
about boatels or hotels, everybody, they think Holiday Inn.
We are talking about 20 rooms. Albion Inn had 24, so it's
even smaller. So, it's a very small operation. That should
be the future of this place. To control the small number of
Do you know what's best for Cortez?
"I don't know. I would be pretentious to say, 'I
know.' I know what's best for that location where we
are. I think that little peninsula, where they did those
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-two movies, it is very characteristic. To keep this place
characteristic, so people can enjoy a little piece of
Cortez, and for that location that is the best. For the rest
of Cortez, I don't know. It depends on what the people
want. I think they have to find a kind of nice compro-
mise between the fishing and some other business or
otherwise they don't survive."
What effect would your project have
on the water quality in Cortez?
"Nothing, because the boats they cannot discharge.
There's a lot of boating in Cortez already. All the fish-
ing boats and so on, they would pollute the same, even
more, because they fish. I don't think we have any
pollution at all."
Would you sue opponents
to your project?
"No. The county gave us the idea for the project. At
the beginning, we were thinking to do eight little
townhouses, and the county say you cannot put eight, you
can only put three. Well, in the regulations you can put a
hotel there. So they say, 'Why don't you put a hotel?' So,
the idea, the suggestion, really came from the county. And
we are not asking any change in the zoning, nothing else.
So we cannot sue anybody. Eventually, if it doesn't go
through, we can remember to the county that they have to
say, 'Yes.' They have to say,'Yes.' Because at the end it
would be a problem between us and the county. Not be-
tween us and someone else."
What do you most want
to be remembered for?
"I like to be remembered to do something real. When
I start something, I finish the project and it is well done.
I'm a practical man. I like the people to say, 'He built this
boat, this car, and they were working well'. So, I'm a very
practical man, and I want to be remembered for that, that
I succeed to get to the end of everything."
What do you do
when you are not working?
"I like to write. Last year I published a book of
poetry. Now I have a novel at the publisher, to be out
the end of year."
"That is a tough question. Music is my love. In the
classic, I love Brahms. In the opera, I like Verdi. I like
the very romantic music."
Opera and drama lovers will converge at the Cortez
Fire House, Wednesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. to hear Piero
Rivolta and partake in the moveable feast of Cortez.
THE ISLANDER E MAY 21, 2003 0 PAGE 19
IMS Conch Fritters swing into first place victory
By Diana Bogan
The Island Middle School Conch Fritter Band
brought home the first-place trophy in the jazz-band
category of the World Festival Tours Competition held
at Universal Studios Orlando May 17.
The laid-back Island jazz ensemble competed against
12 other middle school bands that traveled to Orlando
from across the country for the weekend competition.
"We all just about had a heart attack when we
heard our name announced as the first-place winners,"
said Jimi Gee, IMS Band Director. "The kids did it
right. They went in with the right tunes, the right ar-
rangements and the right attitude.
"We don't go to Universal Studios for the rides -
we go to compete."
The Conch Fritters performance lasted 17 minutes
and 33 seconds and featured solo performances by Josh
Scheible on the trombone, Alex Stewart on keyboard
and Cody Beaver on trumpet.
All three IMS soloists received separate recogni-
tion for outstanding performances a first at the
middle school level of competition, said Gee.
The band performed "Dream," "Moonglow," "All the
Way," "Rhapsody in Blue," and their own arrangement of
"Louie's Mood." Gee said the students chose the songs for
the competition in December and then spent the month
before competition dedicated to rehearsing.
Gee said students are already jazzed about next
year's competition and have set a goal to earn not only
first place in the jazz category, but to win the overall
best-in-show "Superior" award. This year the band was
nine points shy of bringing home the Superior title.
This year's Superior award went to Crossroad Junior
High School from South Carolina, which performed a
strict classical concerto in the orchestra category. Gee said
the kids in that band are flawless and set a fine example.
Inspired by a "wonderful jazz show choir" from
Maryland, Gee plans to enter the IMS choir in next
This is the second year the Conch Fritters have
competed and won. Last year the band placed third.
Eight Conch Fritters will be graduating this year
and nine intermediate band students have been invited
to join the band when school resumes next fall.
Island Middle School Conch Fritter Band won first place in the jazz band
category of the World Festival Tours Competition held at Universal Studios
Orlando May 17.
Fine young soloists
Island Middle School trombonist Josh Scheible, keyboard player Alex Stewart and
trumpet player Cody Beaver were recognized for outstanding solo performances at the
World Festival Tours Competition in Orlando. According to IMS Band Director Jim
Bright futures for Island graduates
By Chris Teofilak
Through all the homework, science projects and
tests, Island high school seniors have earned the right
to walk across the stage during graduation ceremonies
and enter a new chapter in their young lives.
From helping car accident victims to working with
movie stars, these soon-to-be graduates share some of
their hopes and dreams.
The Islander wishes all Island graduates the very
best in their future endeavors.
And have a happy summer!
Future plans: "I'm go-
ing to Valencia Commu-
nity College in Orlando
to study business and
eventually open my own
hair salon. Then go to
California to become a
stylist and work with hair
and make-up involving
Ten years later in life I
see myself: "Living in a
big city, making a lot of
money and being very
Thanks: "I thank my
mom for supporting me
with everything I've
done and my Dad for his
Future plans: "Trying to
get into the University of
Florida for the spring se-
mester, if not I'll prob-
ably go to the University
of South Florida and ma-
jor in business adminis-
tration, then take over my
Ten years later in life I
see myself: "Working for
Coastal Floors and living
on the Island."
Thanks: "Thank you to
my parents for inspiring
me to do my best."
Future plans: 'Going to
College, then going to the
University of Florida and
majoring in telecommu-
nications operations and
minoring in business. I
want to be a manager of a
radio or television sta-
Ten years later in life I
see myself: "Married
with kids and working in
a big city."
Thanks: "Thank my
parents, brothers and my
friends Brittany, Alena
and Lauren for always
being there for me."
Future plans: "Going to
Florida State University
and study sports medi-
cine or sports administra-
Ten years later in life I
see myself: "Achieving
my goals and just having
a happy life."
Thanks: "Thanks to my
mom and grandparents
for all the support they've
Lindsey Geeraerts, Ben Miller,
Holmes Beach Holmes Beach
Manatee High Manatee High
Future plans: "I'm go-
ing to Florida State Uni-
versity to major in biol-
ogy and become a recon-
structive plastic surgeon,
helping car accident vic-
tims and people with
Ten years later in life I
see myself: "I want to
live in a big city in New
York or California work-
ing in the ER."
Thanks: "Thank my mom
and dad for always telling
me to follow my dreams
and thanks to my neighbor,
Dr. Andre Renard, for let-
ting me look at his plastic
Future plans: "I'm go-
ing to Tallahassee Com-
munity College for one
semester and then trans-
ferring to Florida State
and majoring in busi-
Ten years later in life I
see myself: "I really
Thanks: "Thank my
mom and dad for every-
thing they've done for
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It's a loggerhead sea turtle, and welcome
By Jim Hanson
For a relatively small turtle, she caused a tremen-
dous stir on Anna Maria Island over the weekend.
There was a thrilling time when it seemed the Is-
land had its first-ever Kemp's ridley sea turtle nest.
Marianne Seelhof, vacationing from Dillenburg,
Germany, got a good look as she walked along the
water just north of the Manatee County Public Beach
at daybreak Sunday. She almost ran into a rather small
turtle scuttling toward the Gulf, she said.
Within minutes Turtle Watch volunteers sur-
rounded Seelhof, for the track, or "crawl," left in the
sand had an unusual "drag mark" and the flippers mea-
sured a mere 27.5 inches in the sand, all of it making
them suspect it could be a Kemp's ridley.
Trouble was, Seelhof's English was as limited as
everyone else's German. Turtle Watcher Gretchen
Edgren tried the only German she possessed, "disaster
German," but that didn't cut it. They did learn that
Seelhof had taken a photo of the turtle, which caused
The director of Turtle Watch, Suzi Fox, called
Sabine Buehler, who owns Haley's Motel in Holmes
Beach and who is fluent in her native German, and got
her in touch with Seelhof. They agreed in German,
finally that the film would be entrusted to Buehler
for developing and inspection to determine the breed
of turtle. .
That happened Monday, and the verdict was log-
gerhead, smaller than most of nesting age but logger-
It was easy to mis-ID the crawl, said Fox: "The
nesting site was very neat, where a green turtle nest
looks like a bomb went off, and a loggerhead is very
Nests on the Island beach now total 11, plus 12
false crawls the tracks of marine turtles that have
crawled up the beach to nest and changed their minds.
Four of the nests are in Bradenton Beach, five in
Holmes Beach and two in Anna Maria. Three-fourths
of the nests so far have been dangerously close to the
water and have been moved to the safety of higher sand
nearer the dune line, Fox said.
In a less elevating matter, Bradenton Beach's code
enforcement officer, Dawn Betts, said she had gotten
reports of cars being driven on the beach, and warned
that she and the police will crack down on such illegal
A female loggerhead heads back into the surf.
goings-on, which are dangerous to turtles and their
nests as well as to people.
One car was reported over the dune at the site of a
beach wedding around the 1100 block of Gulf Drive
North, she said, and another was thought to be young
people joy-riding at the 2400 block.
Turtle affairs may be reported to the Turtle Watch
education center at 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
Turtle emergencies, either nesting turtles, a nest, or
hatchlings in distress, should be notified immediately
to Fox at 778-5638, or cell 232-1405.
Orchid collection donated to Holmes Beach man
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach resident Tommy Daniels thought
he'd lost part of his family after thieves stole all of his
rare orchids from the hanging gardens outside his home
May 12 (The Islander, May 14). That's how attached
orchid lovers are to these often rare and exotic plants.
But thanks to Bradenton resident Robert Shelton,
Daniels doesn't have to start his collection from scratch.
After reading about the theft, Shelton called
Daniels and offered to donate his own collection of
orchids to Daniels.
"He said he was just too old to care for them any-
more and he asked if I wanted them. I jumped at the
chance," said Daniels.
But he won't be keeping them in his hanging gar-
"I'm going to take them where they will be safe
from another theft," Daniels said.
While there's been no arrest made in his orchid bur-
glary, Daniels said he's learned that large orchid giowers
in eastern Manatee County have reported some recent
"I heard that there was a wholesale orchid show in
Homestead this past weekend," said Daniels, "and
people just come in off the street with orchids and sell
them. I don't know if that's where mine ended up, but
it's a good guess."
Daniels estimated the value of his orchid collection
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
May 10, domestic battery, 307 Pine Avenue. Depu-
ties responded to a complaint where a woman threat-
ened her boyfriend. He agreed to leave the scene.
May 10, burglary, 400 block Alamanda Road. The
complainant said someone removed tools valued at
approximately $2,200.from his apartment.
May 12, burglary, 400 block South Bay Boulevard.
The complainant said someone entered his garage and
took a set of women's Callaway golf clubs valued at
May 4, battery on law enforcement officer, 200
Gulf Drive N., Beach House Restaurant. Officers re-
sponded to a call of a disturbance and robbery attempt.
Officers arrived on scene and were informed the sus-
pect had just left the business. Officers later discovered
the vehicle the man was in and stopped it in the 1600
block of Gulf Drive. The suspect agreed to leave the
vehicle, and officers searched him and discovered a
small glass pipe, which tested positive for cocaine, and
took him to the police station. The suspect became agi-
tated, according to the report, and spat in the officer's
face. The suspect was sprayed with pepper spray, and
transported to the Manatee County jail.
May 4, domestic disturbance, 4300 block 81st St.
W. Bradenton. Officers responded to a complaint and
found two people arguing after attending an event in
Bradenton Beach where they "consumed a large
amount of alcohol," according to the report. The man
agreed to leave the house for the night.
May 5, domestic disturbance, 2500 block Avenue
B. Officers responded to a call and found that a woman
and her boyfriend had been arguing but, before offic-
ers arrived, he had left the scene.
May 5, suspicious, 1400 block Gulf Drive. The
complainant said someone took his motor scooter from
his garage and drove in excess of 100 miles with it, then
returned it in a damaged condition.
May 11, theft, 200 Bridge Street, Bridge Street Pier
Cafe. The restaurant manager reported an employee left
work without turning in his "bank" of cash which con-
trained $147.33. The ex-employee was not located.
May 13, burglary of vehicle, Coquina Beach. The
complainant said someone entered her unlocked ve-
hicle and removed her purse, containing approximately
$300 in cash, documents and car and house keys.
May 9, burglary, 3200 block Gulf Drive. The com-
plainant said while he and his wife were at the beach,
someone entered his rental apartment and removed ap-
proximately $30,000 worth of jewelry.
May 9, burglary, 3200 block of Gulf Drive. The com-
plainant said while he and his wife were at the beach
someone entered their rental apartment and took about $50
in cash from his wallet and jewelry valued at $2,500.
May 9, theft, 3300 block East Bay Drive, Dee's Bou-
tique. The complainant, the store clerk, said two custom-
ers came into the store and, after they left, she discovered
her driver's license and four credit cards missing from her
May 9, theft, 3900 block at the beach. The complain-
ant said someone took a bag, containing a towel and other
items valued at $300, from the beach.
May 9, theft, 4000 Gulf Drive. The complainant said
someone took her bag from where she left it at the beach.
May 9, criminal mischief, 400 block 41st Street. The
complainant reported a naked man outside his residence.
Police responded but could not locate the suspect.
May 9, burglary, 4700 Third Avenue. Officers re-
sponded to a report of a purse lying in the road. Later that
day, police were called to the scene of a car burglary.
Missing were identification papers and charge cards which
matched those of the complainant's found purse.
May 10, theft, 400 block Clark Drive. The com-
plainant said someone had taken his child's tricycle.
May 10, theft, 4000 Gulf Drive. The complainant
said she left a radio and case of CDs under a towel at
the beach and, when she returned, they were gone.
May 11, criminal mischief, 400 block Clark Lane.
The complainant said someone had broken two panes of
glass at her home. Two stones were found inside the resi-
May 12, theft, 200 block 35th Street. The com-
plainant said someone took his tools from a job site.
Bystander saves 3-year-old
A 3-year-old girl who accidentally fell into the
pool at the Silver.Surf Hotel in Bradenton Beach
last Sunday afternoon was apparently saved by a
bystander who had CPR training.
According to Ernie Cave of the West Mana-
tee Fire and Rescue District, arriving firemen
and emergency medical services staff found the
child had been revived by a 13-year-old female
who had given CPR to the girl.
The girl was pulled unconscious from the
pool by her father, but was revived and breath-
ing again after a few breaths by the teenager.
The teenager had been at the resort using
the facilities, but was not a guest, a member of
the resort's management said.
The name of the teenager who resuscitated the
child was not available on the report, Cave said.
The tools were valued at $415.
May 12, vandalism, 200 block S. Harbor Drive.
The complainant said someone had thrown eggs on her
May 12, theft, 7500 block Gulf Drive. The com-
plainant said someone had taken at least 60 orchids and
three cactus plants from the front of his home. Value
of the plants was estimated at $3,000.
May 13, burglary of vehicle, 3800 Gulf Drive. The
complainant reported that unknown persons removed
a purse from a car containing $100 cash, gold coins,
charge cards and identification cards.
May 13, burglary of residence, 400 block 29th
Street. The complainant said her car was burglarized at
Coquina Beach earlier in the day, and her purse con-
taining her house and car keys was taken. When
Bradenton Beach police gave her a ride to her home,
she discovered the front door open, although nothing
appeared to have been taken from the house.
May 14, criminal mischief, 5900 Marina Drive. A
city employee reported that someone had opened the
storage box at the city's shuffleboard court and had
removed and broken items valued at $50.
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Wednesday, May 21
6 p.m. Bradenton Beach Golden Jubilee dinner
celebration at the Beach House Restaurant. Informa-
tion: 778-9390. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach..Informa-
6 to 7:30 p.m. Parent's support group with
Shirley Romberger at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-1908. Fee applies.
6 to 9 p.m. Reggae on the Bay at Selby Gar-
dens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Information: 366-
5731. Fee applies.
7 to 9 p.m. "The Simple Truths of Love" work-
shop with Frannie Hoffman Kaluza at A Touch of Aro-
matic Massage and Skincare, 3957 Cortez Rd.,
Bradenton. Information: 727-4266. Fee applies.
Thursday, May 22
7 to 8 p.m. Teen GIRLS Forum at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Friday, May 23
6 to 9 p.m. "A Special Night with the Ladies of
Jazz" at St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. Information:
7 to 8:30 p.m. Dance recital at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 708-1908.
Saturday, May 24
Noon to 6 p.m. Golden Jubliee Festival on
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Sunday, May 25
1 p.m. 'The Shaw's Point Site at De Soto Na-
tional Memorial: The Archaeology and History of a
Coastal Shell Mound" by Margo Schwadron at the
DeSoto National Park auditorium, 75th Street,
Island Middle School's
first graduation ceremony
The Island Middle School's first com-
mencement ceremony will take place at the Is-
land Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Friday, May 23.
This is the first year the school has had an
eighth-grade class and the public is invited to
attend the graduation ceremony.
Florida State Representative Bill Galvano
of Bradenton will be the keynote speaker for the
IMS and the Island Baptist Church are lo-
cated at 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
For more information, call 778-5200.
Bradenton. Information: 792-0458.
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 27
7 to 9 p.m. Teen art program at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Wednesday, May 28
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Art by Marilyn Cassidy at the Artists Guild Gallery,
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through May 31.
Manatee High School Student Exhibit at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, through May 31. Information: 778-2099.
Steve Young concert at Fogartyville Cafe May 31.
Myakka River State Park hike with the Sierra
Club May 31.
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The last day of the 2002-03 school year is Wednes-
day, May 28. There will be early dismissal times for all
Manatee County Schools.
Elementary schools will dismiss students at 12:45
p.m. May 27 and 28.
Middle schools will dismiss students at 1:35 p.m.
High school students will be dismissed at noon on
May 27 and 28.
For more information, call your school. Anna
Maria Elementary may be reached at 708-5525 and
Island Middle School may be reached at 778-5200.
Winners in the May 17 horseshoe games were
George McKay and Bill Starrett, both of Anna Maria
City. Runners-up were Ron Pepka of Bradenton and
Tom Skoloda of Anna Maria City.
Winners in the May 14 games were George
Landraitis of Bradenton and Starrett. Runners-up were
Jack Cooper of Holmes Beach and Cathy Stoltzfus of
Anna Maria City.
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.
The photo in The Islander of May 14 misidentified
the person displaying Longboat Key Turtle Watch's
winning poster as Gillian Busard, head of Turtle Watch
there. Shown in the photo was Teresa Knab, the poster
skills and seamanship program June 3.
"Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Visionary of the
Everglades" at Fogertyville Cafe, Bradenton, June 4.
Vacation Bible School at Roser Memorial Com-
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Vacation Bible School at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church July 14-18 with registration now.
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Islanders help Blue Devils run past Gators, claim crown
By Kevin Cassidy
Justin Dearlove and Dylan Mullen worked the give-
and-go to perfection in leading the Blue Devils past the
Gators Monday, May 12, to win the boys' age 10-11 di-
vision championship in the Manatee County Parks & Rec-
reation Basketball League at the G.T. Bray Park gym.
The Blue Devils, who also won the regular season
title, boast Island residents Dearlove, Mullen, and Ryan
Guerin as team members, while the Gators had Scottie
The first half was a close game with the Gators grab-
bing a 10-8 lead midway, when Scottie Steenstra scored
down low after grabbing an offensive rebound.
Dearlove scored on a couple of running jumpers in the
lane and Mullen made a steal and took it the distance as
the Blue Devils took a 14-13 lead, but the Gators fought
back. Gator center Zachary Beeker tipped a Blue Devil
miss out in front of Daniel Magley, who took it in for the
lay up and a 15-14 lead with 1:09 left to play.
The Blue Devils came right back down the court,
with Mullen and Dearlove again executing a textbook
give-and-go, resulting in a Mullen layup and a 16-15
lead that they took into halftime.
The Blue Devils came out on fire in the second
half, outscoring the Gators 22-10 behind 12 points from
Mullen and four points apiece from Dearlove and
Brionne Gray on the way to a 13-point victory and the
Mullen led all scorers with 20 points and 11 re-
bounds, while Dearlove finished with 10 points, eight
assists and four steals for the Blue Devils, which also
received four points from Gray and two points from
Beeker led the Gators with nine points, 12 re-
bounds and four blocked shots, while Trevor Sikkema
added, seven points in the loss. Magley finished with
five points for the Gators, while Steenstra and Luke
Braaksma-Owen scored two points apiece.
Top-seeded Lady Canes
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Lady Canes Saturday, May 17, to win the 11-14 girls'
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members, won the regular season crown with a 6-2
record, but fell just short in an exciting end-to-end
overtime battle in the championship game.
The key to victory for the Lady Noles was the play
of Ellis, who finished with 20 rebounds, and
McCashland who pulled down 12 boards to consis-
tently give their team second and third shots.
Ellis led the Noles with 16 points, while
McCashland added 12 and James scored 10 in the vic-
Ryane Carden led the Lady Canes with 13 points and
eight rebounds, while Danielle Mullen finished with 12
points, six rebounds and five steals. Catie Carden and
Celia Ware added six points apiece in the loss for the Lady
Canes, which also received four points from Heather
Dearlove and two points from Kim Secrest.
Island represented well
in softball All-Stars
The age 10 and under Island Family Physicians
girls softball team, which just concluded a very suc-
cessful first season of organized softball, received some
Four players Ally Titsworth, Emma Barlow,
Brooke Fitzgerald and Hailey Dearlove were se-
lected to play for the Manatee Girls' Softball 10 &
The girls spent Sunday, May 18, playing in the ISA
All-Star tournament at Palma Sola Park in Bradenton.
Despite facing some hardships brought on by dif-
ferent rules in different leagues, the MGS team made
a pretty good showing, advancing to the finals where
they lost 12-7 to Miss Port Charlotte.
MGS has a "no-walk" policy that brings on a coach
to pitch when the regular pitcher throws four balls. The
coach pitches until the batter either strikes out or puts
the ball in play, which typically happens rather quickly
because the coach serves up a "peach" for the batter.
Proponents of the rule state that it teaches the kids
to swing, but opponents claim the kids wait until the
Junior League baseball
schedule (ages 13-14)
Date Field Time Visitors vs. Home
May 21 GT Bray 6:30 p.m. The Islander vs.
May 23 GT Bray 6:30 p.m. The Islander vs. TBA
WMFD Majors Division schedule (ages 11-12)
Date Field Time Visitor vs. Home
May 21 GT Bray 7:30 p.m. Morrish vs. WMFD
May 22 GT Bray 7:30 p.m. TBA
Dylan Mullen drives to the hoop for his Blue Devil team during the boys' 10-11 championship game at G.T. Bray.
coach comes out to pitch before even considering
swinging the bat.
Based on yesterday's games against some pretty
impressive pitchers from North Port and Port Charlotte,
the latter thought appears to be true.
MGS batters looked at a lot of good pitches and
managed only three hits throughout the day a double
and a single by Sara Maggs in the championship game
and a single by Rachel Brown in the second game of
After getting no-hits off North Port pitcher Jenni-
fer Gilmartin in their 9-3 opening-game loss, MGS
bounced back with an exciting 8-7 come-from-behind
victory in a rematch with North Port that saw Brooke
Fitzgerald score the winning run. Fitzgerald and Kacee
Dozier led MGS with two runs each, while Emma
Barlow, Ally Titsworth, Maggs and Lindsey England
each scored one run.
The championship game quickly became an up-
hill battle as MGS fell behind 8-0. MGS fought back
with two runs in the bottom of the first, three in the
second and two in the fourth, as the game ended a
All of the girls gained a great deal of experience
against stronger competition than they saw in the regu-
lar season, which should serve them well in their con-
tinuing development. Oh! They all seemed to have a lot
of fun, too!
WMFD splits pair in tournament tune-ups
West Manatee Fire District defeated American
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an 8-6 decision to Troxler & Smith in Little League
baseball action Friday, May 16, at G.T. Bray Park in
The story on Wednesday was the hitting of Stephen
Thomas and pitching of Ryan Guerin. Thomas went 4-
for-4, including two runs scored and five RBIs, while
Guerin pitched three hitless innings in relief of Ben
Valdivieso, who allowed three hits and two runs in two
innings of work.
Tyler Fitzgerald also had a big game for WMFD,
getting a double, triple and three runs scored on three
hits while Matt Shafer doubled, singled and scored
twice. Justin Dearlove added a single and two runs
scored and Lance Burger doubled and scored one run
to complete the WMFD offense.
Friday's game saw a gutsy complete-game.pitch-
ing effort from Jared McKenzie. McKenzie struggled
with his control, allowing 10 walks, but he limited T&S
to only three hits while striking out seven to keep
Tyler Fitzgerald led the WMFD offense, going 3-
for-3 including a double, triple and three runs scored,
while Lance Burger doubled, singled and scoredpnce.
WMFD gets back at it Wednesday night against
Moorish Orthodontics in opening games of the season-
ending Manatee West Inter-league tournament. A win
by WMFD would probably match them up with Titan
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Island Juniors improve to 11-4
The Islander swept a pair of games last week to
improve to 11-4 on the season in Junior League base-
ball. They took an 8-4 decision over Kiclighter Funeral
Homes Tuesday, May 13, then held on for a 10-9 win
over West Coast Aluminum Friday night.
Tuesday's game saw some impressive pitching
from Sean Price and Steve Faasse as they combined to
limit Kiclighter to four hits and four runs including
Faasse got the win in relief, allowing one hit and
no runs as The Islander rallied with one run in the sixth
and three in the seventh.
Faasse also had a big day at the plate, contributing
a double, triple and two RBIs to an attack that also re-
ceived a pair of singles and two runs scored from Price
and two singles from Matt Bobo. Chad Richardson,
Connor Bystrom and David Bryant each had a single
and one run scored for The Islander offense.
Faasse again came. up big for The Islander as he
made a one-run lead stand up after West Coast had ral-
lied for six runs in the sixth to pull to within 10-9.
Faasse allowed one baserunner and struck out two to
nail down the victory for Sean Price.
Price also had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-
4, including a double and one run scored, while
Richardson had a pair of singles and three runs scored.
Alonzo Price tripled and scored once among his three
hits, while Shane Pelkey and Connor Bystrom each
added a pair of singles to The Islander attack.
The Islander gets back in action Wednesday, May
21, when they take on first-place Active Images at 6:30
p.m. at G.T. Bray Park.
Center news and notes
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is host-
ing a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday, May
24. There are age divisions from 8-9 all the way up to
40-. Sign ups are being accepted as a team or as an in-
dividual just looking to play.
All participants are guaranteed two or more games
and a 3-on-3 T-shirt. Teams are allowed a maximum of
four players. There will also be a slam-dunk contest
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Island Sports Marathon Team Challenge which con-
sists of seven weeks of competition in seven different
The action gets started Monday, June 7, for chil-
dren of all ages. The winning team wins a trip to their
choice of amusement parks.
Other events upcoming at the Center include the
Island Track & Field Olympic competition which gets
started Saturday, June 21.
The following Saturday, June 28, has the Island
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Wackiness, both in water and in Tallahassee
The news isn't good for global fisheries.
A Canadian study of the past 50 years of fishing
worldwide has indicated that 90 percent of stocks of
cod, halibut, tuna, swordfish and marlin have disap-
peared. Eighty percent of the fish have been fished out
in the past 15 years alone, according to scientists at
Dalhousie University in Halifax.
"You'd think the ocean is so large, these things.
would have someplace to hide," said Ransom Myers,
one of the scientists who conducted the study, accord-
ing to wire service news reports. "But it doesn't mat-
ter where you look, the story is the same. We are really
too good at killing these things."
Much of the cause of the decline in fish stocks is
leveled at longliners. That's the fishing technique of
stringing a buoyed line of thousands of hooks behind
a boat. The study found that once longliners got started,
the fishing population declined tenfold from an ini-
tial catch of 10 fish per 100 hooks to 1 fish per 100
hooks in 10 years.
The Canadian study, of course, was disputed by
some scientists, including some from the U.S. National
Marine Fisheries Service. Its studies indicate there was
actually an increase in some stocks and others that once
were threatened are not "fully rebuilt."
So, who ya gonna believe?
Watch for something called thermal depolymeriza-
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next source of energy to power the world.
And it all comes down to turkey parts.
Thermal depolymerization is a process that takes
almost anything organic or even inorganic and, under
pressure, turns it into oil. It's like what nature did to
dinosaurs to turn them into crude oil, only this process
is a lot quicker than the multi-million-year time frame.
A $20 million energy plant has been built next to a
turkey plant in Missouri. The plan is to take 200 tons of
leftover turkey guts, feathers, bones, fats and grease a day
and use it to make 600 barrels of oil. The oil can be used
for home heaters or in power plants. With a little more
refining, it can be converted into a kind of bird gasoline.
The process also works on old tires, garbage and
Cost is a factor right now in keeping the turkey
from your tank. Thermal depolymerization cost about
$15 a barrel of oil; cost for big-time oil companies is
$5 a barrel. However, scientists working on the-process
expect the per-barrel price to drop as more processing
plants are built.
Plans are in place to build 11 more plants in the
next few years.
Although sea oats aren't quite as picturesque as
roses or orchids, the gray-green beach plants play a
vital part in preserving and protecting our beaches.
Sea oats are kind of like icebergs only a fraction
of the plant extends above the ground, with the bulk of
the shrub made up of roots that can extend up to 10 feet
into the sand. All that root growth helps hold sand in
place and is a deterrent to erosion.
Florida has about 1,200 miles of coastline, with
about 770 miles of it along barrier islands. The long-
term trend of Florida's beaches is erosion, and anything
to keep the sand on the beach is a good thing. Sea oats
are a simple, natural method of keeping that sand in
Sea oats also provide a home for ghost crabs, birds,
beach mice and raccoons.
And there is a financial benefit to protecting sea
oats a $500 fine for harming the plants.
So take a few extra minutes to walk around, not-
through, sea oats. You'll do the beach a favor.
Big Pass closing
Our neighbors to the south will have to start taking
the long way around the islands to get into Sarasota
Bay come Aug. 1.
The U.S. Coast Guard plans to remove all the
markers leading mariners into Big Pass by the end of
July. The channel, separating Siesta and Lido keys, has
been shoaling so rapidly that the Coast Guard can't
keep the channel properly marked and has essentially
thrown its hands up in the air and cried, "Enough!"
"This is now a dangerous inlet," Petty Officer Rob-
ert Suddarth told my friend Jack Gurney at the Pelican
Press newspaper. "Since it is not a federally designated
channel, we have decided to remove the buoys, inlet
light and day beacon. At best, the channel was only 20
feet wide. There is no more safe navigable water to be
Not being a federally designated channel means
that Big Pass can't be dredged, as happens periodically
with Longboat Pass or New Pass.
The channel won't be closed to boaters, of course,
but anyone will have to use that old "local knowledge"
to get in and out of the pass. I wouldn't be surprised to
see a Sea-Tow boat permanently stationed there this
summer to pull the grounded vessels off the sandbars.
The sandbars became a political issue 10 years ago
in Sarasota. The entire ebb-tidal delta in Big Pass con-
tains something like 20 million cubic yards of sand.
Venice Beach was severely eroded at the time, and
plans called for taking something like 500,000 cubic
yards of sediment from the Big Pass shoal to renourish
the beach to the south.
The county commission quietly approved the sand
grab. Siesta Key citizens vent nuts, citing concerns at
some volume that the shoal was protecting their
beaches from erosion and protecting them from harm
from storms. Save Our Sand Coalition was formed, and
about $180,000 was raised to fight the sand transfer.
Then-Sarasota County Commissioner Wayne Derr
had voted in favor of the sand going to Venice Beach.
His argument, backed up by coastal engineers, was that
the taking of such a small amount of sand from such a
large sand source wasn't going to cause any harm.
His constituents apparently didn't agree with his
reasoning on the issue, and he lost in the next election.
He now lives in Holmes Beach.
Never say that sand isn't a big deal.
Oh, and I'll have the results of Dr. Steve
Leatherman's "best beaches" survey for you in next
Those wacky folks in the Holy City
In what today seems like a lifetime ago, I spent
three years working for a state representative. At least
60 days of each of those three years was spent in Tal-
lahassee during the legislative session.
It was a wild and wacky time back then. Comput-
ers were almost unheard of at the Capitol back in 1985,
so all legislation had to be pulled by hand before each
session and assembled in huge bill books. As the ses-
sion proceeded, the books got bigger and bigger, to the
point that it was all my boss and I could do to carry the
darn things down to the floor of the House.
We always loved the day when the local bills came
to the floor. Local bills are those pieces of legislation
that apply to a special area in the state fire districts,
expansion of municipal boundaries, little stuff like that
which are critical for one member but of little interest
to the state as a whole.
Rep. Gene Hodges always ran the local bill calendar.
He was from Cedar Key and at one point used to be an
auctioneer. I think his record was something like 45 local
bills passed .in 45 minutes. They used to pull in special
clerks on local bill calendar day just to shuffle the paper.
One would think that those good old bad-old days
were long gone. Nope, it's just as wild up there in the Holy
There was a wonderful article in the St. Petersburg
Times last week, titled "Chaos leaves lawmakers unsure
what they did." It seems that in the waning hours of the
regular session, some lawmakers were voting on bills and
amendments that they not only didn't understand but
hadn't even seen, the same as when I was up there.
Here's an excerpt from the article.
"Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Treasure Island, persuaded
lawmakers to vote unanimously for a bill dealing with
dry-cleaning pollution by explaining that the legislation
was 'to respond to a court order.'
"But Jones later acknowledged there was no court
order. Instead, Publix Super Markets had lost a lawsuit
after dry-cleaning fluid from a Publix shopping center
poisoned a neighbor's land.
"'It was a court decision,' Jones conceded., ''m not
an attorney and maybe I didn't know the difference.'
"The bill makes it hard to sue even if dry-cleaning
fluid pollutes your property.
"The bill was sponsored by Rep. Dennis Ross, R-
Lakeland, who didn't mention that his law firm repre-
Don't you just love 'em?
My friend Shirish Date is the Tallahassee bureau
chief for the Palm Beach Post. He also writes novels
about Florida politics, among other things. When I first
met him, after his novel "Smokeout" was published, I
sorta startled him when I shouted, "You stole all my
good stories and used them in your book!"
Although the book is labeled fiction, almost every-
thing in it really did happen. Trust me, I used to work
for the government.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 21, 2003 E PAGE 29
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Tarpon season has finally arrived, with good re-
ports of upwards of 100-pound silver kings being
hooked off the beaches of Anna Maria Island and in
Offshore fishing for grouper and snapper remains
excellent, as are hookups for some small kingfish and
Backwater action for snook is great naturally,
since linesiders are currently out of season for keeping.
Redfish, really big trout and a few flounder fill out the
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said his best bets
include catch-and-release snook, redfish on the right
tides, plenty of keeper-size trout and Spanish mackerel
plus a few mangrove snapper.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said here's his hit pa-
rade: mackerel, snapper, a few keeper grouper and per-
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he was able to make a couple of trips out
to the middle grounds, about 100 miles out, last week
and caught grouper to 30 pounds and lots of snapper.
He said he's still able to catch a few blackfin tuna, too.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said it
definitely is tarpon time, with hookups and landings
being reported almost every day. Always the consum-
mate salesman, Bill did mention that he's got every-
thing you need to get into some of the area's great sil-
ver king action and he'll even throw in some free ad-
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said his regular
fishers are getting into good catches of mackerel, red-
fish, permit, catch-and-release snook and there are lots
of tarpon teasing anglers as they roll past the pier.
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier report lots
of tarpon are rolling by every day, and there are lots of
hookups of mackerel, mangrove snapper, bluefish,
pompano, a few catch-and-release snook, although the
linesider action is mostly at night.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said shark action is
very acti-ve right now, with lots of blacktip and spinner
sharks coming in better than 100 pounds. He's also
putting his charters onto some Spanish mackerel and
kingfish, although the kings are kinda small now.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
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Kai Coleman, left, Capt. Brandon Kelly, Martin Bordes and Justin Miley caught a slew of grouper and
mangrove snapper about 17 miles out in the Gulf aboard the charter boat "Findango."
Annie's said he took Alan Schram from North Caro-
lina out last week and "bested a 120-pound tarpon on
30-pounds line." Good fishing, Capt. Zach! He's also
doing well with a few kingfish, Spanish mackerel, big
grouper and flounder, with trout action being excellent
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
there are lots and lots of trout being caught south of the
Anna Maria Island Bridge on the seagrass flats. Red-
fish are heading toward the mangrove islands in the
bays, and catch-and-release snook are still a popular
Capt. Dave Kisluck said he's been doing well
with tarpon along either the beaches or near the Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge systems, with hookups every day.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's been seeing lots and lots of fish being caught:
snook to 44 inches, reds to 27 inches, trout to 28 inches,
and several tarpon, although one was only about 5
pounds but still a fighter.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's putting his charters onto catch-and-re-
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Capt. Steve Salgado on the Compleat Angler
said he's catching tarpon on almost every trip out right
now. Backwater action includes catch-and-release
snook and big trout.
On my boat Magic we have been averaging up to
20 redfish every trip, a few legal-size catch-and-release
snook, plus a 31 -inch Spanish mackerel and lots of big
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide.
Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also
welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
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Parkman's runaway finally returns home to roost
Pookie flew the coop and spent a month on the lam
from her Holmes Beach home and owner Barbara
Pookie, Parkman's green conure, was formerly
known to Islanders as "Peaches" and was given to
Parkman by the owners of the former Peaches Ice
Cream and Deli restaurant in Holmes Beach.
Parkman renamed the bird Pookie and took it home
where Parkman's Maltese, Tinkerbelle, happily greeted
Although Pookie had a large cage on Parkman's
lanai and a bird gym in the living room, Pookie pre-
ferred to stretch her wings and fly around the home
under Parkman's supervision.
That is, until Pookie saw her opportunity to explore
the blue Island skies beyond Parkman's front door.
As Parkman headed to the garage one day, Pookie
decided to make a beeline for the door. Screeching
loudly, she buzzed past Parkman and out the door.
"Pookie!" called a shocked Parkman, who looked
everywhere but could not-catch up with her bird.
Wanted posters for Pookie popped up at local public
venues such as the post office. The Islander ran ads call-
ing for Pookie's return home and Parkman craned her
neck at birds perched on wires everywhere she went.
Soon Pookie-sightings trickled in from alert friends
and neighbors. One friend heard Pookie had spent an
afternoon sunbathing on the brim of a woman's hat at
the beach. Another heard Pookie had perched on a
man's shoulder begging to be taken home.
There was one thing left for Parkman to do. Pray.
"I prayed that if Pookie could be happy in the wild,
then so be it," Parkman said. "But, if she was better off
with me, to please let me find her."
And soon the phone rang with news of Pookie's
Dana Even, manager of Martinique South condo-
minium, saw the poster at the post office and recog-
nized the runaway bird.
Even said Pookie had flown onto the balcony of
snowbird Carol Baker. Before migrating back north,
Baker turned the runaway over to the Holmes Beach
HBPD dispatcher Lois Atchison turned the bird
over to Bradenton Detective Debra Kirkland, who put
the bird under house arrest at her Parrish home until
Pookie's owner could be located.
Pookie spent a month vacationing at the Kirkland
home, where she was able to frolic with a cockatoo and
Fine feathered friend
Barbara Parkman's green conure, Pookie, is back
where she should be after a month-long runaway
adventure perched on Parkman's shoulder.
an African gray. She even learned a few new words
from the verbose African gray named Baby Bird.
Kirkland returned Pookie to her Holmes Beach
home with Parkman, who willingly let Kirkland clip
No more birdie vacations for Pookie.
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MATCHING TWO-and three-seater sofas in fair con-
dition. Great for lanai or to spruce up your rental.
Also, good renovation project. $150, or best offer.
Call evenings, 778-8436.
FANTASTIC AMERICAN COINS! 37 oldies, includ-
ing two and three cent pieces, 21 Indian-head cents.
$75 for all! Call 792-4274.
DREXEL DINING ROOM set: Woodbriar model in
good condition, table with two leaves, seats 10.
Chairs, lighted china cabinet, buffet bar with slate
top, $375. Pickard china, floral chintz pattern, service
for eight, plus serving pieces, $200. Oriental rugs,
variety of styles and sizes. Call 792-4274.
FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, crabs,
native fish. Delivered to your door. Call James Lee,
795-1112 or 704-8421.
BIG BEAUTIFUL HOUSEBOAT $28,500 or make
offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat_sunseeker or call 778-3526.
BOOMERANG JUNIOR TENNIS Camps, June and
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.
50 PERCENT OFF change-over-sale. Now House-
warmings by Horigan is located at New Essence of
Time. Watch for new look in June. 5306 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach.
REMINDER! EARLY CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE
for the May 2P iasue. Deadline will be noon Friday,
Mav ~o. I he office will be closed Monday, May 26,
Tor Memorial Day. 4
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ticipating Anna Maria Island community organiza-
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choose your charity Anna Maria Island Community
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Each blood donation will generate $100 for partici-
pating community organization. Three sights to do-
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Beach and the Beach House Restaurant in
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ROSER THRIFT SHOP open Tuesday, Thursday
9:30am-2pm, Saturday 9am-noon. Always sales
racks. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.
LIQUIDATION SALE FRIDAY, May 23, 8am-noon.
Appliances, tools and vehicles. 10006 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Island Appliance Service, 778-6126.
FLEA MARKET SATURDAY, May 24, 8am-3pm.
Lots of antiques, collectibles, jewelry, furniture,
books, knick-knacks, lots of fun stuff. 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
HUGE CLOTH SALE, Saturday, May 24, after 9am.
Top quality, brand names, small to extra large, dif-
ferent styles, other miscellaneous items. 7612 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: Friday-Saturday, May 23-24, 9am-
2pm. Oak hutch, wicker chest, rocker and much
more! 213 Lakeview, Anna Maria.
FOUND: YOUNG DOG, female, reddish-brown
short fur. Found on May 4, near Anna Maria El-
ementary School. Wearing choke-type collar.
Please call Jamie, 778-1183.
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FOUND: PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES found in
water, 50 yards offshore, near Martinique condos in
Holmes Beach. Found May 15. Frame says "Blue
Moon." Call 730-3924, leave message.
FOUND DOG: Please call Patty to identify, 778-
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.
FREE RABBITS! Five adorable dwarf rabbits avail-
able. Three black and two gray. Please call 778-
2515 for details.
DACHSHUND ADOPTION and rescue needs your
help! Please send donations to DARE c/o Shona
Otto, 7804 Second Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34209;
1997 SEBRING CONVERTIBLE, white, black top,
great condition. $7,500. Call 779-0062.
1991 MERCURY SABLE wagon, 146,000 miles,
cold air conditioning, keypad entry, alarm, all power,
good rubber, service records. Need motor mount.
Best offer. Call 779-2404.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$3,100, or best offer. 730-9622.
BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vacation
or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
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sq fh of enterlainmeni area with dock, boat lin. water and electric
Come see the waterfront view. $878.400
SOUTHERN BREEZE SIX UNIT RESORT
Near Bean Point on Anna Maria Island. three buildings with two
units in each All have 2BR. 1BA decorated with the feel of the Is-
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$750,000. New spacious 2BR/2.5BA condos free
with purchase. Call Old Bridge Village, 778-0156 or
24-FOOT LOWE TRITOON 115-hp Johnson, runs
great. Bimini top, $4,500 or best offer. Catcher's
BOAT LIFT for lease. Capacity of 7,000 lbs. Located
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1981 SEASTAR RUNABOUT 16-foot, 125-hp Mer-
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LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
Sarah, I am 14-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child or
$3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or child.
Please call 778-7622 or 778-7611.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9803.
NEED A BABY-SITTER? Or a pet sitter? Our motto:
Anytime, any place, any price! We love kids and
that's all that matters! Call one line and get con-
nected to six wonderful babysitters, 778-3295.
BABY -SITTING AVAILABLE: Ages 9 months
through 11 years old. Experienced, references
available upon request. Call Megahan, 778-7502.
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This custom-built home on the north end of Anna Maria is nestled
away on an extra large lot in a park-like setting. The 44-foot
screened porch brings the lush tropical paradise inside. Large
master suite, complete with 10-by-10 foot bathroom with garden
tub. Soaring 22-foot ceilings in greatroom with beautiful tongue-
and-groove cedar. Lock yourself away from the world in this very
special place complete with peeks of the Gulf and just steps to the
beach. Offered at $849,000.
SECLUDED ISLAND LOT
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This nice lo. iS on a shallow bayou n.:n
ihe norlh end olf Anna Maara Perfecl i '
lor canoe or kayak,, his Ic.ely Il:'I has
peaceful water views, & t.oat dock
already in place Greal reighborhoCd
of newer homes and lUsI a shiori wralk
to the Beach. Don't miss this veryL
special location for your dream home. JUST LISTED AT $325,000.
To see these or any island homes,
Call Ken Jackson 778-6986 LaRae Regis 779-1858
Kathy Geeraerts 778-0072
OF ANNA MARIA
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MENEHUNE SKIM SCHOOL Anna Maria Island
teen will teach your child to skimboard. Four half-
hour one-on-one lessons. For information, please
call Spencer, 778-0944.
BABYSITTER: 15 years old, attends St. Stephen's
Episcopal School. Certified by the Red Cross. Call
REMINDER! EARLY CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE
for the May 28 issue. Deadline will be noon Friday,
May 23. The office will be closed Monday, May 26,
for Memorial Day.
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.
CALL COORDINATOR for Saturdays and Sundays,
9am-3pm at new real estate office. Must be person-
able, professional and dependable. Call 778-7777.
PART-TIME SALES clerk position open at Shell
Land Gift Shop. Weekday, evening and weekend
shifts. Cheerful, beach atmosphere. Retirees wel-
come. Call 778-8607.
NURSES: Long-term home care for spinal injury
quad. Morning and overnight shifts available. Hoyer
lift. Traveling nurses also needed. Call 383-6953.
SATURDAY CLEANERS NEEDED for vacant vaca-
tion rentals. Must be dependableand have own
transportation. Call Sam, 792-9176.
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screen porches. pool, spa
& fountains all in a lush
tropical garden setting.
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SUMMER EMPLOYMENT City of Holmes Beach.
The City of Holmes Beach is accepting applications
for student summer employment positions. Duties
include care of flower beds, painting, maintenance
of public works shop area, washing and waxing of
city vehicles, picking up litter, cleaning city complex,
general office tasks and other duties as assigned.
Applications may be obtained at the clerk's Office,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL. Applicants
must be at least 16 years old. The City of Holmes
Beach is a drug-free workplace. Pre-employment
drug testing is required. The City of Holmes Beach
is an equal opportunity employer and does not dis-
criminate based upon age, race, sex, religion, na-
tional origin, citizenship, disability, martial status or
veteran's status of any individual.
THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers who can work dur-
ing the summer months. Duties include checking
books in and out, reshelving books and generally
assisting library patrons. Anyone interested in vol-
unteering in our friendly community library can call
Linda Murphy at 779-1208.
DINING ROOM SERVERS: apply Ooh La La! Euro-
pean Bistro. Day and/or evenings. Fine dining expe-
rience preferred. 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Ask for Chef Damon.
PART-TIME ISLANDER REPORTER: Journalism
skills a must. Computer literate. Independent
worker. Resumes: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax
778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
CALLING ALL VOL LINTEERS! Would you like to
meet interpo' ig people from around the world? Are
ve-, interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.
REMINDER! EARLY CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE
for the May 28 issue. Deadline will be noon Friday,
May 23. The office will be closed Monday, May 26,
for Memorial Day.
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
SIMPLE SOLUTION to overall wellness and weight
loss formulated for women 40-plus. Increase pro-
ductivity and feel better. Balance hormones. Call
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $25 per hour- free ad-
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great re-
sults, wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough,
reasonable and reliable. Free estimates, licensed
and insured. 778-0944.
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.
HANDYMAN SERVICES: Scott Fulton contractor.
20 years experience. Island resident, area refer-
ences available. Cell, 713-1907; home, 778-4192; e-
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing call 713-5967.
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
ERRANDS, GROCERIES, CLEANING. Depend-
able, reliable, same-day service. Call Sharon,
TODD'S MOTHER'S HANDYMAN Service. 15-
years experience. Talented tile work, painting, appli-
ances, pools, carpentry. All your household needs.
Mother's house perfect! Call Todd for hourly rates,
TREE SERVICE BY BREWER Topping, trimming,
shaping, stump grinding and removals. Trim palm
trees. Insured. Call Phil, cell 545-4770.
360eTOUR: Show your home or business on the
Internet with a 360-degree virtual tour. Call
778-4759 or visit us at www.360etour.com.
simply the Best
70+ Gulffront rental units with hundreds
more just steps from the beach.
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PROPERTIES FOR SALE
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SERICS on- EVCS otne AWNAND GARDE Cntiue
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light car-
pentry, plumbing, electrical, grass cutting, tree trim-
ming, light hauling. Call 778-6170.
IS YOUR COMPUTER or laptop running slow or act-
ing up? Call Trevor Kagin at 778-4759.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. For profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service, call Chamberlain
Professional Cleaning. 233-3333.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray,
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast and
reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines, cush-
ions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer Catlin,
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander,
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
advertising! More classifeds equal more readers.
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. 778-5294.
TWO GIRLS AND a Rake. General yard work, leaf
pickup, weeding, etc. Lower rates for senior citi-
zens, disabled, etc. Call Michele, 778-3337.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Ir-
rigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates.
Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone" 720-0770.
FREE SNOW REMOVAL! And when it's not snow-
ing, I specialize in installing shell and rock yards,
driveways and walkways. Rip-rap, sand and mulch
also delivered and spread. Please call David
Bannigan at 794-6971 or cell at 504-7045.
.K -'il QQ REALTOR.
i 1 29Years of l'ruf._-nal Service
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTAT-clQPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
TAMPA BAYFRONT 3BR/2BA, 2,506 sq.ft., two
greatrooms, view of pristine islands and Skyway Bridge.
Two lots. $1,900,000.
5400 CONDO Gulfview, ground floor, 2BR/2BA, some ..
updates, washer/dryer. Priced to sell at $490,000 . .'
weekend open house timo--
BAYSHORE CONDO 1BR/1PA, updated, light and bright,
overlooking park-like courtyard. Ideal winter haven. $38,900.
SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTAL
KEY ROYALE- Large 2BR/2BA, pool, spa, boat dock/lift.
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully furnished.
BEACH TOWNHOUSE 2BR/2BA pool, across from beach.
PERICO BAY CLUB CONDOS waterfront.
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA, pool, gazebo, annual.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
Direct Gulffront and poolside
condos priced from
Econo Lodge Going Condo
Great Rental Opportunity
On-site rental office
All new furnishings
Now taking contracts
Conversion now in progress
-- ... I "
1 CENTRAL PARK REALTY
Call Dennis Girard
Incredible view of Gulf and beach as far as the eye can
see. Recently upgraded, tennis, pool, under-building
parking, security, elegantly furnished. $795,000.
CALL BOBYE CHASEY
U bchasey @coldwellbanker.com
DIRECT BAYFRONT ON BRADENTON BEACH
3BR/3BA totally renovated home with gorgeous view
of the bay. Lush tropical landscaping. Dock with lift.
Room for pool. Call Deni Dillon (941)232-3126
5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL
383-5577 or 800-352-0637
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
ISLAND HOME 3-4BR/2BA home in quiet area of
Holmes Beach. Florida room, one-car garage. Deeded
boat slip and furniture available. Priced for quick sale.
$425,900. Call Michel Cerene, Realtor, 792-6546 eves.
LAKEFRONT HALF DUPLEX 2BR/1.5BA turnkey fur-
nished, well maintained half duplex. Updated AC and
appliances. Charming Island getaway in desirable area
of Holmes Beach. This is one not to miss! $249,500.
Call Susan Hatch, Realtor 778-7616 evenings.
GREAT STARTER 2BR/1 BA starter or retirement home
with large family room. Newly remodeled including car-
pet, paint, inside and out, kitchen and bath updated.
Detached garage with workshop and utility room. Extra
deep lot. $118,900. Dial the Duncans at 778-1589 eves.
i iilf-Bay Realty
I of Anna Maria Inc.
J ^ I"t 1 (800)771-6043
5309 Gulf Drive* Holmes Beach
[Next to the Chamber in the Island Fitness Building]
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE
. townhome turnkey furnished.
S :' .y Great rental history.
-~ 'i .'U Immaculate. $389,000.
Reduced $379,000. Call
Robin Kollar @ 713-4515
Architectural design, almost
refurbished. A must see for
the savvy investor/marketer.
S -- $1,650,000. Call Robin
S Kollar @ 713-4515
-- SARASOTA LOCATION,
'' -.. Indian Beach (Ringling). Steps
to bay and million dollar
-" :' mansions. 2BR/2BA, tile roof,
"; -' garage, large lot. $209,00.
S... '.. Reduced $185,000 Call
.. Robin Kollar@ 713-4515
S. steps to beach access. West
,m a .... of Gulf Drive, 2BR/1 BA,
l', ,-" .. k room for pool. $359,000.
nf r, Call Heather, 807-4661.
SEE OUR SALES & RENTALS
at Gulf bayrealty.com
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 21, 2003 N PAGE 35
LANDSAP nH IC inue
SANDY'S LAWN SERVICE. Celebrating 20 years
of quality and dependable service. Call us for all
your landscape and hardscape needs 778-1345.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261..
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. In-
terior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call cell 320-9274.
TILE -.TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Noil, 726-3077.
.. / "Take a Tour!
v.a LISS i egeoCf. con1
-r ^ The AIt of the Deal 'for lou!
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Island Aussie GeoffWall. Realtor.
No one knows an Island like an Aussie
941-545-0206 Toll Free 1-866-206-4510
S Dedication and Experience
.,/ ,. You Can Count On...
Exceptional value for this well-
maintained 2BR/2BA unit located
on tennis court side of outstanding
Gulffront complex. Turnkey
furnished. New appliances, Corian
^ K counter top, A/C, tile and carpet.
k j Enjoy the beach, the pool or the
tennis court! IB88068.
$699,900 MANATEE RIVER
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Panoramic view of
the Manatee River with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.
3BR/3BA, 3 car garage, private dock with davits, room for a
pool on a half acre lot with beautiful tropical landscaping.
See virtual tours and
all available MLS listings at
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT Interior/exterior paint-
ing, pressure washing and wallpaper. For prompt,
reliable service at reasonable rates, call Kevin at
704-7115 or 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals morereaders!
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Homes, rentals. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.
COMPLETE BATHROOM REMODELING Drywall,
repairs, texture coating, painting. Custom shower
stalls, tub enclosures, fixtures, cabinets, tile. Unique
Options, 752-7758 or 545-6141 cell.
2501 Gulf Dr. Suite 101, Bradenton Beach
Rarely on market, one and two bedroom Westbay
Cove models. Poolside and bayfront. Upgraded
and close to all services. Open most days from
11am. From $215,000.
2BR/2BA Upper, end unit with greenbelt and wa-
ter view. $298,900.
After hours Sharon Annis 778-3730 or 713-9096
3224 EAST BAY DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
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. In-
terior/exterior, no job too small. Free estimates. A
Christian doing Island work. Call 794-0617 or 730-
DEZIEL CONSTRUCTION Specializing in water-
front redesigns, additions and remodeling. License
#CGC1505535. Call 761-3931.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES Handyman, home repair,
painting, lawn care, make ready's. Honest and de-
pendable. Island references. 24-hour service. Call
MIKE COOK'S PAINTING, Pressure washing and
faux design. Free estimates, interior and exterior,
small jobs and repaints. Call 721-9196 or cell 720-
HANDY ANTHONY. Jack of most trades. Home re-
furbishing and detailing, 778-6000.
MARK SAMPSON Artistry in Wood. Custom home
theater, office, library, wainscoting. Attention to de-
tail. Now accepting commissions. Call 228-5955.
AFFORDABLE BEACH CONDO You'll love this light and bright updated
condo just steps to the beach in this beautiful bay front complex in
Bradenton Beach.View of bay from patio. New A/C, turnkey furnished.
Bayfront complex with pool and park overlooking bay. $199,900.
BREATHTAKING GULF VIEWS FROM EVERY ROOM! 2BR/2BA 3rd
floor comer unit at Martinique South. Beautifully turnkey furnished. Lanai
removed to extend living area. New windows. Garage, extra storage,
heated pool, tennis and clubhouse. $469,000.
CLOSE TO BEACH! Spacious 2BR/2BA turnkey fumished condo in very
private setting at Cayman Cay of Holmes Beach. Small 18 unit complex
with heated pool, directly across from beach access. This rarely avail-
able end unit offers extra windows to let the breezes and light in Car-
port and extra storage included. Small pets welcome. $249,900.
PANORAMIC VIEWS of this Bay and Gulf from this rare end unit at Bay
View Terrace of Bradenton Beach. Turnkey furnished, new carpet, tile
and furniture. 2BR/1.5 BA. Largest floor plan. Close to Beach!
SUNSET VIEWS! From this direct gulf front end unit at Martinique North.
Turnkey furnished with rental history. Two garages with inside entry and
extra large storage room. Low maintenance fees, small pets welcome.
Heated pool, tennis, clubhouse. $470,000.
ADORABLE BEACH COTTAGE on Anna Maria Island. Completely
updated, turnkey furnished house with large yard. Just steps to the
beach. Ideal for rental. Room for pool or expansion. White fireplace,
enclosed Florida room. New A/C, $315,900.
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
SandY'S Established in 1983
Lain Celebrating 20 Years of
S Quality & Dependable Service.
SCall us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured I
@l3U@i a( (l@3] STATE LICENSED & INSURED
@TB ]@Ta] CRC 035261 EXPERIENCED
3@T U@TiD JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION
CONSTRUCTION s In-house plan designs
@[B 1(U0'@Ga Building Anna Maria since 1975
@@ 5@ lUl@la@ 1 (941) 778-2993
Check our references:
"Quality work at a reasonable price."
Ucensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
MORENO MARBLE & TILE
Installation & Restoration
Quality Work Over 20 Years Experience
Licensed and Insured
795-6615 or 685-5163 email@example.com
Vinyl Siding & Soffit Specialists
Call for a free estimate Island References
No commissioned salesmen
ADINA HUSAK, REALTOR'"
Wagner Realty 0
Ich spreche Deuisch .'
Call me Io find your dream home.
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323
Advertising sizzles in
Call 778 7978 for info today!
EN-JOY I Realtor
CLEANING The Big
Residential Ift's all
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Rentals .\ Real
Call Joy or Laura Esalef
25 Years experience .,
(941) 812-2485 778 6066
FIRST FLORIDA CONSTRUCTION
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Many Island References
I AATESML BUINES O TH YAR
INTERIOR PAINTING SPECIALIST: I have decades
of experience and I'm very detail oriented. You will not
be disappointed. Call Bill Brittan, 518-4222.
NEED WORK DONE around the home? Call Paul's
Home Improvements and Repairs. Stucco, drywall,
skip-trowel ceilings, spray finishes, bi-fold doors, trim
moldings, water-damage repairs. All types of improve-
ments and repairs. Call 756-8258 or 650-7874 cell.
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.
REMINDER! EARLY CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE
for the May 28 issue. Deadline will be noon Friday,
May 23. The office will be closed Monday, May 26,
for Memorial Day.
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.
SUMMER, AUTUMN, WINTER rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $350 to $450/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
HOLMES BEACH annual. 3BR/2BA steps to
beach. No pets. $900/month. 725-4190.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new
ceramic floors, $750; 2BR/1 BA, stackable washer/
dryer hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrigera-
tor, 1BR/1BA, $650. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-
KEY ROYALE BEAUTIFUL canalfront home 2BR/
2BA, tropical pool area with hot tub, dock with two
boat lifts, completely updated. Now through Sep-
tember, 2003, $2,100/month. Previous deal for
2004 fell through! January-April, 2004, $3,500/
SPACIOUS WATERFRONT, upper, sundeck,
dock. Panoramic view, furnished, Key West-style.
2BR/2BA, washer/dryer. Pet considered. 778-0349
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. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences. $4,700/
month. Please call 778-2541 and leave message or
call (813) 752-4235.
ANNUAL AT MARINER'S Cove. Bayfront 3BR/
2.5BA with 2,158 sq.ft. of living space. Gated com-
munity with pool, tennis, elevator and 36-ft. deep-
water dock. Available now, unfurnished. Call Dave,
778-2246 or 778-7976 evenings.
NEED EXTRA STORAGE space? For convenient on-
Island storage, call Anna Maria Storage. 779-0820.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT Furnished 2BR/2BA.
Incredible view. North Shore Drive, weekly/monthly.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA townhome.
Sundeck with Gulf views. Steps to Gulf. Washer/dryer.
$795/month. 758-1899 or cell (203) 417-2331.
PARADISE BAY ESTATES: Annual, 55 plus, 1BR/
1 BA furnished 34-ft. trailer with large Florida room.
$500/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.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST-STYLE annual, unfur-
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.
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some lo-
cations. Book now for 2004. Units are complete,
most have bikes, two TVs and VCR, fully-equipped
kitchens, dishwashers, washer/dryer, gas grills,
beach chairs and more. Rates seasonally adjusted.
$375-$775/week, $975-$2,275/month. (800) 977-
0803 or 737-1121 or www.abeachview.com.
LONGBOAT KEY Furnished efficiency available for
annual rental. Easement to beach. Close to restau-
rants and shopping. Quiet area. No pets! $550/
month, includes water. First, last, security of $250.
ANNUAL RENTALS Elevated home, apartments,
condos. 1 and 2BR properties. Prices range from
$650-$1,250/nmonth. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate,
778-2307 for details- .-
BRADENTON BEACH GULFFRONT, ann1Q aOBR/
1BA, condo, furnished. No pets, 55 plus, $895/
month, plus utilities. (813) 247-3178, weekends
HOLMES BEACH Immaculate stilted duplex. 2B.B-
2BA, light and bright. Washer/dryer, scre"m'a lanai.
Lease, $900/month. call 795-oo0,8 or 228-7878.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA elevated duplex in Bradenton
Beach. One block to beach. $795/month. No pets.
778-4665 or 794-1103.
4BR/2BA BEACH STREET home west of Gulf
Drive. Jacuzzi, garage, solarium, fenced yard.
Newly renovated. $575/week, $1,900/month. Call
QUIET HOLMES BEACH area. Two unfurnished
1BR/1 BA apartments. One block to beach. $600/
month, plus utilities. Call 778-5181.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1 BA cottage, one block to
Gulf in Anna Maria City. $750/month, plus electric-
ity. Call 779-1161.
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PERICO ISLAND Brand new 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Maintenance-free home. Lakefront, all ap-
pliances, amenities, clubhouse and pool. Annual
lease. $1,450/month-$1,350/month. Call 798-3885.
SUMMER RENTAL: Cute 1BR/1BA, steps to beach
access. $2,950 for June, July and August or $2,500
for July and August. Call 737-0163 or 778-1144.
WOULD YOU LIKE to live at the beach... then we
have the place for you. Our beautiful Island location
will suit all of your needs. We now offer corporate
suites fully furnished 2BR/2BA homes. Great
amenities. One mile from the beach. Call for details.
795-4899. Certain restrictions apply.
CHARMING 1BR/1BA furnished apartment on ca-
nal. Phone, washer/dryer, very private yard with
pond. Available now through December and next
March and April. 778-5405.
SPACIOUS 1 BR APARTMENT with screened lanai,
close to beach and shopping. $625/month, plus utili-
ties. Call 778-3878.
HOLMES BEACH Now through June 2003. Fur-
nished, 1BR/2BA, steps to beach. Telephone,
washer/dryer, cable TV, pets welcome. $1,695/
month, $495/week. Call 778-1098.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/2BA duplex. No
pets. Available now. $750/month, plus utilities. Call
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/2BA duplex. No
pets. Available June 1. Call 761-9245.
1 BR/1BA, stove and refria-o.-ior, clean, ocean view,
on Gulf Drive .--ai/month, plus utilities. Call 778-
.4941- k13) 659-0370.
1 BR/1 BA ANNUAL with new kitchen, French doors.
Small pet OK. $650/month. Call 302-0779.
BRAND NEW HOME 3BR/2BA, greatroom, two-car
unae. Seven minutes to Gulf, no pets. $1,400/month,
annual leab. r.all 761-0898 or (970) 923-4680.
UNFURNISHED 2BR2.5BA duplex with garage,
deck, patio. Walk to Beach.I Annual rental, $875/
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA duplex upper with laundry and
storage room. Newly tiled kitchen and bath, steps
to beach. $695/month. Call 342-9456 or (239)
3BR/2BA NEAR MCC/Bayshore High. Huge family
room with fireplace. Newer appliances. No pets.
$1,000/month. Call Yvonne Higgins at Re/Max
Gulfstream Realty, 778-7777.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
Islander. Do it online at www.islander.org!
HOLMES BEACH CANALFRONT home, 2BR/
2BA, completely furnished, garage, laundry, dock,
many extras. $750/week, $2,000/month. Call
3BR/3BA WEST SIDE near river. Family room,
lanai, two-car garage plus carport. Gorgeous yard.
Possible small pet with extra deposit. $1,200/
month. Call Yvonne Higgins at Re/Max Gulfstream
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA condo in Holmes Beach on
Gulf. Ground floor, partially furnished, pool. Smith
HOLMES BEACH Clean, newly remodeled, all-tile,
2BR/1BA home. Sunny lanai, wrap-around deck,
block east of Gulf Drive on quiet street. All appli-
ances, furnished or unfurnished. June 1. Call 730-
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA house in Holmes Beach on ca-
nal. $1,400/month, partially furnished. Smith Real-
CONDO FOR RENT: Turnkey ready, six-month
lease. $1,150/month, plus deposit. Utilities in-
cluded. Gulf view. Call 761-9530.
DUPLEX: 2BR/1 BA with new tile floor, carport, small
screened porch with washer/dryer hookup. No pets,
$750/month. Large 1 BR/1 BA, new appliances, $650/
month. Call Dolores M. Baker Realty at 778-7500.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA duplex in Holmes Beach.
Close to beach. $650/month, unfurnished. Smith
ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA duplex in Holmes Beach.
Available June. $825/month, plus utilities. Owner
pays lawn and trash. Call (773) 793-8599.
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classified ads and subscribe on line with our secure
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NINE-MONTH RENTAL 3BR/2BA single-family
home near Gulf in Holmes Beach. Furnished.
$1,400/month. Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
3BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH annual, unfurnished,
newly remodeled. 1 BR/1 BA unfurnished apartment
also available. Call 778-7039.
VACATION RENTALS Anna Maria Gulffront apart-
ments, large, fully furnished, comfy, tropical set-
tings, lovely interior, porch, sundeck, no pets.
Owner, call 778-3143.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR/3BA,
house on canal, heated pool, designer furnish-
ings. Bright and tropical. $1,200/week, $4,200/
month. Call 713-4805 or e-mail:
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ANNUAL RENTALS: Cortez, 2BR/1BA house, ca-
nal/dock, $975/month; 103 23rd St., 2BR/1.5BA
cottage, furnished, $900/month; Longboat Village,
1BR/1BA cottage, $950/month; Longboat Key,
2BR/2BA condo, water view, $1,800/month; Perico
Bay Club, 2BR/2BA condo, pool, $1,000/month.
SunCoast Real Estate, 779-0202.
BAYVIEW 2BR/1BA, two blocks to beach, great
neighborhood, washer/dryer, annual, $850/month.
Call 778-2836 or 730-6349.
BRADENTON .BEACH FURNISHED Gulffront du-
plex, 2BR/1.5 BA, $900/month. First, last, security
deposit. Call Tamara, (863) 853-9664.
HOLMES BEACH: Nice 2BR/1BA, walk-in closets,
remodeled, all tile, dishwasher, washer/dryer, shady
yard, dock. Trash, water and lawn service paid.
$900/month, annual. Call 778-5522.
2BR/1BA CONDO, Bradenton Beach, across the
street from Gulf. Completely furnished, washer/
dryer, microwave, dishwasher, cable television. Bal-
cony with bar overlooking the Gulf. Second floor. No
pets. Weekly or seasonal. Call 761-3565.
FURNISHED 2BR/2BA: Holmes Beach waterfront
villa. Fantastic view, new dock and deck, June
through November, $900/month, senior discount
available. Call 778-2100 or 224-6521.
NEAR PALMA SOLA Bay, beaches, shopping. Im-
maculate, roomy, 1 BR/1 BA condo with large porch.
Annual or short term negotiable. Available now. Call
CENTRAL HOLMES BEACH, 2003 rental. Four rooms
furnished, clean, neat, central air. No pets. $275/week,
$900/month, utilities furnished. Call 778-2651.
$425,000 BUILD YOUR
ISLAND DREAM HOME
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6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
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DUPLEX WEST SIDE OF GULF
DRIVE! Charming duplex, short
half-block to beach. Recent up-
dates include tile floors, exterior
and interior paint, wooden deck.
Large 2BR/1BA and 1BR/1BA.
Great rental history, tenants in
place. A must see! Priced to sell
at $325,000. Call Stephanie Bell,
778-2307 or 920-5156.
CANALFRONT ON PERIWINKLE
S.... PLAZA in Anna Maria. Elevated
home is on large lot with 212-ft. on
deep-water canal. Private boat
I "I' ;Ni dock, wrap around deck, private
setting. Two-car garage with work-
.- shop and storage. Convenient to
.. beach access. Offered at $575,000.
SMLS#92314. Call Stephanie Bell,
CALL NOW! 778-2307 or 920-5156.
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for Memorial Day.
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty park-
ing spaces, contemporary design, great visibility.
$14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor, 388-
5514, or call 809-4253.
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.
LAKEFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BA in perfect shape.
Great location. $99,900. Call Bill, 518-9300.
PRISTINE TURNKEY FURNISHED Gulf-bay mid-
rise 2BR/2BA unit. $429,900. Weekly rentals pos-
sible. www.Latitude27Realty.net or call 744-2727.
HARBOUR LANDINGS: Lot for sale with boat slip
in exclusive gated waterfront community. Room
for 40-foot boat, easy access to Intracoastal.of-_
fered at $259,900. Piroska Planck 730-9667, or
Susan Hollywood 726-6125. Coldwell Banker
Residential Real Estate.
801 Fern Anna Maria. A 4BR/2BA duplex,
two houses from the Gulf. $750,000.
Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
BIMINI BAY ~ PARADISE ~ PANORAMA
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Waterview from every room. 245-ft. of protected water-
front. This magnificent two-year-old home is uniquely
wheelchair friendly. $2,500,000. #90163. Owner/Agent
ON THE GRAND CANAL
Dream location for boaters and water
lovers. True sailboat water. Direct ac-
cess to Gulf. Walking distance to beach.
3BR/2BA home. Offered at $495,000.
Call Piroska Kallay Planck
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LOT IN CORTEZ 66-by-135-ft. Near historic school
house and overlooking nature preserve. Possible
views with elevated home. Cleared and ready for a
home. $134,000. Call Yvonne Higgins at Re/Max
Gulfstream Realty, 518-9003.
$179,000, 2BR/2BA, for sale by owner. Single-fam-
ily, multi-treed, 14,000 sq.ft. lot, screened lanai with
Jacuzzi, garage. 1.7 miles from Cortez Bridge, near
bay. Call 795-5241.
OPEN HOUSE 11 am-4pm, May 24-25,. For sale by
owner, large remodeled duplex. 3BR/2BA down-
stairs and 2BR/1 BA plus den upstairs. Steps to the
beach. 2306 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach.
$395,000. Call 778-4499.
HEAD FOR THE MAINLAND! Better than new
condo awaits. Small complex on Cortez Road and
canal, 2BR/2BA, carport, all new kitchen and appli-
ances, cabinets and tile. 9920 Sebastian in Casco
Dorado. Only $162,000. Call Marilyn Trevethan, Is-
land Real Estate, 778-6066.
FOR SALE BY OWNER, one-of-a-kind Holmes
Beach duplex, $389,000. See it at
HolmesBeachDuplexForSale.com or call Lee at
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pier, restaurants and shopping. 2 car garage resi-
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2BR/2BA each. West of Gulf Drive, just steps to
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residential area. 2 garages, 2 carports. Excellent
From $700 / month
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RARE ANNA MARIA CONDO
available. Waterfront living
made easy at The Bayou Con-
dominiums. Direct water view
from this 2BR/1BA condo with
boating access to the Gulf of
Mexico. Boating and fishing are
yours to enjoy. Make a move to
the Island! $298,000.
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
508 Key Royale Drive ..... $479,900
606 Dundee Ln. ............ $549,000
CONDOS & LOTS
Richard Freeman Westbay Pt Moorings #86 $395,000
Realtor 4915 Gulf Dr .......... $1,715,000
Beachwalk Townhomes II up to. $569,000
Westbay Pt. Moorings #268 $339,000
S 308 55th St. Lot............. $197,500
Sun Plaza West #201 ..... $399,000
Alan Galletto 315 58th St., B ................ $167,900
1205 N. Gulf Drive #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
Broker/Salesperson Sun Plaza West #202 ..... $409,000
404 80th St.................. $875,000
i 104 7th St. S................. $459,000
Ocean Park Terrace #203.. $649,000
233 85th St. ...................$339,000
Tom Nelson 100 7th St. S................. $750,000
Bayou Condo 5C ............. $298,000
3014 Avenue C #1&2. .... $259,000
Southern Breeze......... $1,450,000
2418 90th St. NW........ $2,995,000
1280 Spoonbill Landings Cir.... $314,000
9905 E. Spoonbill Rd ............. $675,000
11336 Perico Isles Cr........... $329,000
517 Lakeside Dr. .............. $118,800
1259 Spoonbill Landings Cr. ... $310,000
12607 Safe Harbour Dr. Lot .... $325,000
7504 NW 15th Ave. ........ $154,900
9920 Sebastian Ct ........ $162,000
11434 Perico Isles Cir. ... $349,000
Marilyn Trevethan Stop by and use our talking
Realtor window 24-hour information center.
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8 Twice cuatro
12 Its user can't change it
18 Musician Brian
19 One in a line
20 Subject word
21 Water nymph with a
22 Bygone greeting
23 Unfinished Henry
James work about
26 Unfinished James
Grady work about time-
29 "Mr. Apollinax" poet
31 Ft. Myers-to-Daytona
32 Last letter in radio lingo
40 Talked a lot
42 Unfinished Anthony
Burgess work about a
47 Unwarm welcome
50 Building material
51 Showroom display
52 Suffix with bull or bear
56 "Settle down!"
57 Put in stitches
58 Paddle, in a way
60 Milanese mister
62 Struck, old-style
67 Unfinished Rudyard
Kipling work about a
72 Noted honey eater
76 Head, slangily
78 'The Big Chill" director
81 School of thought
82 Holiday in which to
say "Chuc mung nam
86 Ready to be played
87 1999 Ron Howard film
88 Unfinished lan
Fleming work about
affection for his boss?
91 George Gershwin's
first hit song
94 Like some hotels
95 Peasants' wear
98 Result of a big break?
99 Cab fixtures
102 Subject of Variety
105 Round of four
107 Mythical monster
108 Unfinished Norman
Mailer work about
114 Unfinished Charles
Darwin work about
116 Adder relative
117 Gulf of _, next to
118 With 4-Across, part of
119 Some reservations
120 Engine-cleaning brand
121 Nonlearner, proverbi-
122 One assigned to a
123 Fantasy author
124 Stable diet
2 Forge things
3 Sartre play set in hell
6 "_ the morning"
7 Switch words
9 Geological sample
10 Blacklisting org. of the
11 Cheese steak topper
12 Like some ulcers
14 Oklahoma county seat
15 Mushroom cap
17 Pink-flowered tree
19 Winter buildup, at
24 Trip choice: Abbr.
25 Viacom-owned cable
27 "Dumb" one and
32 Go southwest to go
35 Film dog
36 Life sci.
38 Hand waver?
39 Round ends?
41 In the movies
43 Potato turnover
44 Floor cleaner
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46 Like Liz Taylor, many
49 Expresses boredom
53 How urgent tasks
should be done
54 Mag magnate
56 Texas Ranger foe
59 "Dance On Little Girl"
61 Beverage company
formerly known as
64 Became fond of
70 Trailing business?
71 Presidential inits.
74 Lic. issuer
77 Restroom label
79 Many an egotist
80 "Whip It" band
84 Sucking the life from
85 Presidential inits.
87 "And now ..." sayer
88 It may come with
90 Set pieces
91 Soprano Renata
96 Colon substitute
97 Rest ot n.o afternoon
100 Ask for
101 Impertinent ones
103 Recognizes, briefly
104 Best Director of
1934, '36 and '38
108 The Police, e.g.
109 Med. school class
110 Kind of nut
111 Luminous sign
112 Big name in pest
113 Proctor's call
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The first city hall in Bradenton Beach with then-Mayor P.C. Van Rensselaer and assistant hanging the sign, circa 1960.
The first city hall in Bradenton Beach with then-Mayor P.C. Van Rensselaer and assistant hanging the sign, circa 1960.
How Bradenton Beach became city or maybe town
By Paul Roat
The formation of the city of Bradenton Beach
seems as muddy as some of the events that have taken
Although the Golden Jubilee celebrating the city's
50th anniversary is honoring May 21, 1953, as the of-
ficial date the city formed, based on the approval by the
governor and legislature of the city charter, the actual
vote of the people to incorporate took place on Dec. 21,
And the first meeting of the eventually formed city
council was held Dec. 28, 1951.
It must have been a wild time during that first-ever
election to decide to form a municipality.
Charles H. Hess presided at that 8 p.m. meeting, in
the fire house on Second Street. A four-member elec-
tion committee was appointed by Hess to oversee the
balloting, with Florence Levi, Dexter.Jones, Irma Cox
- later to become the city's first postmistress and
Dwight Ferguson to serve.
As the transcript of the meeting reads:
"Mr. Hess to the assembly: Does the election com-
mittee meet with your approval?
"From the assembly: No."
The four were eventually appointed to oversee the
balloting. The roomful of people filed into a back room
one at a time, after being certified as qualified electors,
and cast their ballots either for or against incorporation.
Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy Clyde Crews stood
by the ballot box to ensure there were no shenanigans.
The last vote was cast at 9 p.m.
Hess announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, the vote
on incorporation is 84 for and against incorporation 56.
You have now incorporated yourselves as Bradenton
And according to the transcript of the meeting,
"The applause from the assembly was terrific."
Billie Martini, whose husband Robert was later to
serve on the council and as mayor of Bradenton Beach,
and who herself was later to serve as a city commis-
Looking east on Bridge Street from Gulf Drive, circa
sioner in Holmes Beach, remembers the events leading
up to the fateful vote.
Jeanne Roat and her husband, Don, lived across the
street from the firehouse.- Martini and Jeanne Roat
peered out the window through the closed blinds with
binoculars, checking off people as either "for" or
"against" as they arrived at the firehouse.
As the hour for balloting drew near, they quickly
started making phone calls to supporters of incorpora-
tion to tell them their vote was needed and to hurry to
the fire station, all the while giggling like little girls,
After the incorporation decision was made, elec-
tion of the council, the town marshal and mayor pro-
ceeded. Hess prepared "some big boards, one prepared
for mayor, with three spaces, city clerk with three
spaces, town marshal with three spaces, and two for
councilmen with two spaces for each of the city's five
Mrs. Vac Hout addressed the assembly before the
"Ladies and gentlemen, we have voted for the in-
corporation of our Bradenton Beach, we hope, with
mutual benefit for all of us. Mistakes will be made, but
at no time, even though we are incorporated, do we
need guidance more than now," and she nominated
Hess as mayor. He demurred, citing that "Mr. Bernie
Wagaman is the man for the mayor of our future city."
Then, as often would become the case in
Bradenton Beach, things got a little weird.
"In behalf of Bernie Wagaman," said Ferguson,
"there is a lot of us that don't know Bernie's condition.
He is a sick man and we know it. He is not a well man.
We don't want to do anything to force Bernie. I would
love to see him mayor, but I wouldn't want to see him
put in a job that would hurt his health. Bernie feels, I
know, that it will hurt his health and that he couldn't
do the right thing by the job because of his health. I
think that we should accept his declination."
"Mr. Hess: 'May I hear from anyone else on the
"Mr. Wagaman: 'Thank you for putting it as you
did, and you are probably right however, I did not
"Mr. Ferguson: 'Oh, didn't you, I thought you did
- I am very very sorry.'"
"Mr. Wagaman: 'All right, if you want me to be
your mayor, I will be it.' (Terrific applause from the
Wagaman was elected by acclamation as the city's
first mayor, Hess as town clerk. After voting, Leon
Stafford was elected as town marshal.
Leo English was elected as councilman for Ward
1, Jim Montgomery for Ward 2, Al Gorsuch for Ward
3, Percy Armstrong for Ward 4, and Oscar Ritz for
One other bit of weirdness: Although Bradenton
Beach had a city council and city councilmen, accord-
ing to legal advice, the city wasn't big enough to be
called a city and therefore became, at first, a town.
And on a final note, as addressed by Hess:
"I have come to something that is of interest to
everyone. We, your committee, have assured everyone
that we have spoken to, and have come in public, and
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THE ISLANDER N MAY 21, 2003 N PAGE 3
City-town's first vote
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2
published in the paper, and put it on our billboards, and
we sent you all a letter, that there would be no addi-
tional real estate taxes in Bradenton Beach. Under the
charter which has been set up already by the legislature
that we have to incorporate under there is no provision
that we wish to protect ourselves against new taxes."
And Bradenton Beach Ordinance No. 1 proclaims
that "no property taxes will hereafter be levied by the
city council until such levy has been authorized by a
two-thirds vote of the voters participating in a duly
advertised and conducted city election."
It lasted for a few years, anyway.
Bradenton Beach mayors:
Bernard Wagaman Dec. 28, 1951 Feb. 28,
E.R. Gorsuch Feb. 28, 1952 Jan. 2, 1953
John G. Jones.- Jan. 2, 1953 July 1, 1955
Robert Martini July 1, 1955 Dec. 6, 1957
P.C. Van Rensselaer Dec. 6, 1957 Dec. 8,
Victor Reinel Jan. 5, 1962 June 6, 1963
Henry Meunier June 6, 1963 Dec. 16, 1965
Robert Kraft Dec. 16, 1965 Dec. 31, 1967
Glenn A. Bates Jan. 1, 1968 March 6, 1969
(died in office)
Nick J. Steinbeck March 6, 1969 Dec. 2,
John J. Fitzgerald Dec. 18, 1969 Dec. 7,
William D. Lindsey Dec. 7, 1970 Dec. 6,
Richard Connick Dec. 6,1973 Dec. 12, 1986
Barbara Turner Dec. 12, 1986 Dec. 3,1987
Linda Barrett-O'Neill Dec. 3, 1987 Dec. 7,
Katie Pierola Dec. 7, 1989 to Dec. 7, 1995
Leroy Arnold Dec. 7, 1995 to Dec. 4, 1997
Connie Drescher Dec. 4, 1997 to Dec. 2,
Gail Cole Dec. 2, 1999 to Dec. 6, 2001
John Chappie Dec. 6, 2001 to present
Irma Cox, left, the first postmistress in Bradenton Beach, at the dedication ceremony for the city's post office
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Personal reflections on Bradenton Beach history
By Jim Kissick
Special to The Islander
EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim Kissick is a fourth-generation
Manatee County native whose family moved to area in
1849. He was born in a stilt house over the waters of
Terra Ceia Bay. A Palmetto High School graduate, he
entered the Navy in 1942 and received in Navy com-
mission as a pilot, retiring in 1967. He served aboard
19 carriers and received the unique distinction of hav-
ing qualification in dive bombers, jet fighters, as an
airship commander and had extensive helicopter expe-
rience. In his civil aviation career he pioneered
newsgathering by jet helicopter, was technical editor,
columnist and test pilot for a major aviation publica-
tion, managed air operations for the Navy's Undersea
Weapons Range in the Bahamas and flew for several
corporations. He was twice elected to the Bradenton
Beach City Commission and currently serves on more
than 20 church, veterans, aviation, civic and historical
My reflections are profoundly personal because
Anna Maria Island, long before the first wooden bridge
was built, was served by steamships of the Independent
Line out of Tampa. My grandfather, Frank C.
Armstrong, was a director and my mother visited this
Island via the "Favorite" and others as a teenage lady
circa 1900. A large photo of "Favorite" is located in the
Anna Maria City Hall.
The first bridge to the Island was commenced in
1921 to connect the section of the Island known as
Cortez Beach to the mainland village of Cortez. A se-
vere hurricane, however, wiped out the half-built struc-
ture. The project was restarted and completed in 1922.
Prior to the bridge, a ferry had served from Cortez with
a passenger pier, complete with a ticket booth across its
end immediately south of the east end of what is now
Bridge Street. An "L"-shaped channel was dredged to
allow the ferry access to the end of the dock and allow
a turning basin. For a long period following completion
of the bridge, the channel and turning basin serves as
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dockage for Gulf fishing-party boats and long bait
houses and a dock were constructed along the north
edge of the channel, complete with a freshwater well
which continued to overflow freshwater from the aqui-
fer into the bay well into the 1970s, many years after
the bait house and pier had disintegrated.
I first visited Anna Maria Island as a small child in
1929. Born in a house on pilings over Terra Ceia Bay,
like huge numbers of Manatee County residents, with
my mother and father I was brought to Cortez Beach
across the wooden bridge every Fourth of July. It was
almost a mandated annual ritual for mainland citizenry.
We would get into out 1927 Pontiac coupe with myself
and my cousin in the rumble seat, drive through
Bradenton to the end of Manatee Avenue at Palma
Sola, now the location of 75th Street. From that point
we proceeded via Palma Sola Road past the huge
eagle's nest and on to Cortez Road, a narrow blacktop,
crested right of way which led to Cortez village.
The Cortez Bridge was just about wide enough for
two Model-T Fords to carefully pass, and wooden
handrails were attached to 10-by-10-foot base long-
erons, the top of which served as sidewalks when a
vehicle passed. There was no Intracoastal Waterway
until World War II, but a winding channel called "the
ditch" existed through the shallows from Tampa Bay
to the north end of Sarasota Bay, allowing limited
north-south vessel traffic. The channel was far closer
to Cortez Village than the current ICW channel.
To serve transiting boats the bridge incorporated a
"swing drawbridge." When the rare boat arrived, a
bridge tender would come out of the outhouse-size
shack with a bent piece of pipe, insert it into a hole in
the middle which operated a small gear below the
bridge deck which meshed there with a 90-degree seg-
ment gear. After making about 30 circles with the end
of the pipe in his hands, the bridge would have opened
parallel to the channel. Once the boat passed through,
it was 30 turns in the opposite direction and vehicular
traffic, if any, resumed.
Following World War II, the aging wooden bridge
was deteriorating badly and the state highway depart-
ment, now know as Florida Department of Transpor-
tation, reduced vehicular traffic to one lane. Problems
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arose when, for example, a westbound car had to wait
at the Cortez end while one egressed from the Island,
only to be cut off again when a second one left the Is-
land end and, thereby, had the right of way. Compare
that to the 20,000-30,000 transits per day we now ex-
perience "in season." The concrete bridge was com-
pleted and the wooden bridge decommissioned in
The wooden bridge, however, had served a vital
necessity, providing access to Cortez Beach, the loca-
tion of most of the property deeds still held on south
Islanders. There were 13 abrupt 90-degree road curves
between the Cortez Bridge and Anna Maria City where
existed the Sandbar restaurant and beach house. The
first sharp turn was north off the street coming off the
bridge and located at the infamous Todd's Bar, recently
demolished as Key West Willie's and now site of the
Bridgewalk resort. The "town" to the north of the
bridge only extended about as far as what we know
today as Cortez Road. The next habitation was a dance
hall which existed in the late 1930s-'40s on the beach
side of the road across from where we now view the
Sandpiper Mobile Resort mobile home park.
The "S" curve as we now know it was then two 90-
degree sharp turns numbers two and three. Todd's was
famous as the watering hole at which World War I vet-
erans would stop to quench their thirst so they could get
up to the Sandbar. A 1920s Model T, with both spark
and throttle levers below the steering wheel pulled all
the way to the bottom, could reach about 40 mph by the
time it reached the first of the two adjacent right-angle
curves. Ahead off the road at the corner was a barb-
wire fence, about 50-feet of sand and directly in line,
a clump of palmettos. In one year three of several
Model-T accidents against those palms were fatal.
On Fourths of July the beaches were crowded.
There existed just south of what we now know as
Bridge Street a huge, wooden, two-story auditorium/
bathhouse on pilings over the upper portion of the
beach sand with showers beneath it. On one such
crowded day a pilot had landed his biplane on the beach
in the vicinity of where a molasses tanker was to
ground and break up. The holiday crowd spread to al-
low him to take off, and as he poured on the gas and
charged northward, a semi-crippled youngster from
Terra Ceia named Grady Cason ran out to wave at the
pilot. The latter having no idea the kid was going to
stop, booted in rudder with his aircraft ending up in the
surf. Some years later in the same general area, an au-
tomobile charging up the beach bumped over a mound
of sand. Sadly it was covering a teenage girl whose
friends had "buried" while they went for swim in the
Geographically the Island was far different toward
the south end than as today. In 1942, when I departed
to fight the Japanese, there was a huge bulb of sand
extending into the Gulf commencing near the current
city hall and coming back to the current shoreline near
13th Street South and that location was the south end
of Anna Maria Island. Since residential air condition-
ing was virtually nonexistent, homes were cooled by
opening screened windows and enjoying the breeze.
What we now know as Gulf Drive was then Fourth
Avenue, which terminated at what we now know as the
"S" curve at the north end of Coquina Beach. West of
Fourth Avenue existed Third, Second and First av-
enues, each becoming shorter nearing the Gulf, plus
some 100 yards of sand and sea oats. That was the lo-
cation of almost all of the residential structures in or-
der to take advantage of the cooling sea breeze. The
area east of Fourth Avenue, though occupied by a very
few houses, was largely a jungle of cactus, sandspurs,
seagrapes and heavily populated by mosquitoes and a
few snakes, terminating at the edge of Sarasota Bay.
The area which is now Coquina Beach was then a
huge, thick, tidal mangrove swamp with a berm along
its western edge atop which the highway department
had placed a blacktop, single land roadway so the bait
houses along Longboat Pass could receive limited ser-
vice. Commencing at the north end of the mangroves
and at the southern end of the "bulb" protruding into
the Gulf on which were located at First, Second and
Third Avenues was a huge, high, triangular sandbar
extending to a point about where today's seabuoy en-
trance to Longboat Pass is located.
The old well pipe in the Gulf off south Bradenton
Beach, now long gone. Note the water spurting out
at the bottom right of the pipe, just above the water-
An enthusiastic Model T owner once drove his
vehicle out onto its tip and got stuck in the sand. It was
about a 1923 model coupe which resembled an out-
house with four wheels. The tide rose and fell and
thereafter, there was no reason to try to salvage it. Re-
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sembling a child's play block at neap tides, and a credit
to Ford, it remained there for about four years and can
identified in museum photos.
From records and reports we are informed an over-
head-supported wooden bridge was constructed across
Longboat Pass around 1926, although the only passage
from it to the north end of the mangrove swamp was the
blacktop lane along the berm at the swamp's Gulfside
edge. A prominent hurricane passed by in 1929 and
dropped the structure into the water, where it flooded.
We are informed a tug was attached and the bridge
towed north, around the north end of the Island and up
the Manatee River. There it was lifted by a crane and
became the first bridge from the mainland to Snead Is-
land. As a personal verification, when a small child liv-
ing in a house in pilings over Terra Ceia Bay, I recall
looking across that estuary each day and seeing the
overhead structure across the Snead Island "cutoff"
(EDITOR'S NOTE: In Ralph Hunter's book,
"From Calusas to Condominiums," it is stated that "a
storm with very high tides in 1932 ... lifted the bridge
off its foundations and deposited it at the north end of
what is now Jewfish Key.")
Returning after World War II, I found the "bulb"
with First, Second and Third avenues had been swept
away, Gulf waters were washing under Fourth Avenue
at Sixth Street South for about 4-6 feet, and both city
and county governments were desperately trying to
conceive a plan to save the southern end of the island.
Additionally, the sandbar on which the Ford existed
and the berm holding the single blacktop land had also
been washed away and many mangroves from the
swamp were being swept into the Gulf each day. Also,
nature had washed away the shore and many man-
groves from the swamp were being swept into the Gulf
each day. Nature had also washed a channel from Gulf
to bay some 60 feet wide and 3 feet deep at the loca-
tion of 13th Street South, which was being used by
Cortez fishermen to shorten their trip to Gulf waters.
A sandbar existed in the bay to the east of the man-
grove swamp. During World War II, the Intracoastal
Waterway had been dredged wherever possible from
Todd's Bar and Grill, now the Bridgewalk at Bridge Street and Gulf Drive, in 1949.
Maine to the Rio Grande to provide German-subma-
rine-safe passage for small military ships. The sand
from the dredging formed Three Sisters Keys, Logger-
head Key and many, many more sludge islands. Since
mangroves meant nothing, the dredge's tube was
placed across the sandbar and into the huge mangrove
swamp. However, the tube ruptured and the sandbar
was extensively exacerbated, ultimately attracting its
own mangrove implants. It was known as Pumpkin
Seed Island, then Coffee Bean Key and, in later years,
renamed after some politician's friend as Leffis Key.
The mangrove swamp itself was ultimately pumped
full of sand, including the cross-Island channel at the
current site of the "S" curve, and became Coquina
The beach area now known as Cortez Beach, from
Fifth Street South to the north end of Coquina Beach
and also owned by Manatee County governments was,
by 1946, in desperate trouble from erosion. As the av-
enues to the west washed away, owners who could find
a way over purchased lots in "the jungle" and had
houses moved eastward.
Returning home briefly as a young veteran and
eager to once again swim from my favorite beach, I
was shocked. The area where almost all the Cortez
Beach cottages had been located was covered by the
Gulf, which was lapping very close to Fourth Avenue.'s
edge. It was disastrous to get slammed against the bot-
tom while body-surfing. The entire bottom was littered
with barnacle-encrusted post stumps, drainfield pipe,
cast iron piping, well casings and tons of broken win-
dow glass. Bumping bottom could draw much blood.
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County government was frantic to save the south-
ern end of Anna Maria and tried many ideas, like a
concrete block seawall at the edge of Fourth Avenue,
which was quickly undermined. One effort involved
vertical-to-the-beach wooden groins sticking about 150
feet into the Gulf, which were washed away in about
a month. About this time sewer line was being placed
between 100th Street on Cortez Road and Cortez Vil-
lage, an area of solid coral rock. The hard stuff was
being cut/blasted out in chunks about the size of a
medium-sized refrigerator. These pieces were placed
on low-boy trailers, brought to Cortez Beach, swung
outward by a huge crane and dropped into the edge of
the Gulf. Later, tons of sand and smaller rocks were
placed atop the coral blocks and Australian pine trees
planted atop that material to quickly lock down the
sand within their unique root system. The real success,
however, was realized only when three flow-through,
sand-entrapping erosion control groins were placed at
Sixth, 10th and 13th streets south. At that point the fear
of losing the south end of the Island was eliminated.
Moving ahead in time
Consideration of the more recent history of
Bradenton Beach, once it was allowed incorporation by
the Florida Legislature, cannot be considered without
closing comments about DOT efforts to replace the
existing concrete bridges to our Island.
The program was to start with the replacement of
the Cortez structure. The plan was to widen Cortez
Road to four lanes into Cortez Village and extend it
onto an 83-foot-high, 6-percent incline, twin span
which would be twice as steep as the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge. Of necessity, due to the location of the
Intracoastal Waterway, it would start upward two
blocks west of the location of the old Cortez school-
house, with a solid embankment completely through
the village to one north-south road at waters edge. At
the Bradenton Beach end it would miss the side of the
Bridgeport Condominium by only eight feet and level
off some 150 feet from the Cortez Road red light.
Other brilliant ideas from DOT included consider-
Carnival workers, pictured here in the 1940s, started the Gulf Drive Trailer Park, now the Sandpiper Mobile
Resort in Bradenton Beach.
ing double-decking the highway from Cortez Road to
Longboat Bridge. Yet another involved four-laning the
same section which with the earthen dam through
Cortez was proven by a county board to eliminate 114
residential units and some 13 businesses. When public
ire rose to explosion, DOT switched priorities to the
Manatee Avenue replacement span.
Although Bradenton Beach's politics have, seem-
ingly, always been the subject of one form or another
of controversy and until someone else concludes
"Longboat, get a bridge" is realistic, we shall remain
their doormat with totally gross traffic blocking our one
highway. But the one factor which, we hope, shall
never change is our ambiance!
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The way it was
Pictured clockwise from left: the Anchor Inn is now
the Beach House Restaurant, charter docks, Cortez
Bridge tender from 1946-1962 John W. Bennett,
Harry Ditmas, the area of 17th Street North, kids on
Cortez Beach, fishing pier off Bridge Street.
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