Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( June 4, 2003 )

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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: June 4, 2003


Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Manatee -- Anna Maria
Coordinates: 27.530278 x -82.734444 ( Place of Publication )

Record Information

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jAnna Maria

Skimming the news ... School's out for the summer ... see last-day fun, page 16.


"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"

Volume 11, No. 30 June 4, 2003 FREE

Pilot Danny Mora, passenger die in ultralight crash

By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
Cortez loses a son, father and friend.
Danny Mora died living a life reaching just beyond
his grasp. Like Icarus in the Greek myth, who flew too
near the sun and crashed in the Aegean Sea, Danny
always pushed the envelope of life.
Walter "Danny" Mora, 37, died Monday morning,
June 2, piloting an ultralight plane which crashed into
the Gulf just offshore of Bradenton Beach. Also killed
was Robert Duncan of Bradenton, who was reported to
be celebrating his 28th birthday with a ride on Mora' s
Witnesses to the crash said the plane, while doing

loops above the Gulf, suddenly had a wing collapse,
which flew into the plane's propeller, causing a rapid
spiraling descent, and tossing Mora and Duncan or
causing them to jump into the Gulf waters from a
height of approximately 80 to 100 feet.
While scores of beachgoers watched in horror, the
bodies were carried to shore by operators of a nearby
personal watercraft and boat. Attempts to resuscitate
the two men by emergency service personnel and para-
medics were unsuccessful.
Rescue squads from Manatee County Marine Res-
cue, Manatee County Emergency Medical Services and
West Manatee Fire and Rescue District converged on
the scene. Ronnie Garcia, a vacationing Hillsborough

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desperate attempt to revive them. Islander Photos: J.L. Robertson
(top) and (inset) Myron Davis

By Paul Roat
A record-setting real estate transaction lasted only
weeks before another Island record property sale
usurped it.
Steve Noriega and Robert Byrne paid $7.9 million
for four Gulffront parcels in the 2500 block of Gulf
Drive in Bradenton Beach last week. The four struc-
tures, a single-family home and three tourist accommo-
dations, on the property will be demolished and re-
placed with the Rosa Del Mar condominiums, a 14-unit
Sale price for the condos will start at $1.5 million
and go to $1.7 million, Noriega said.
No plans for the project have been presented to city
officials as yet, although demolition of some of the
buildings on the site began late last week.
Noriega said he envisions two buildings on the site,
one with 10 condo units, the other with four units. The
condos will feature three bedrooms, three-and-a-half

baths, covered parking and elevators to the units.
Square footage of the units will range from 1,900 to
Noriega and Byrne acquired the properties of
Shelly Wheeler, Merritt Fineout's Whispering Sands,
George Sinclair's Breakers, and Roland Vildostegui's
Island Breeze.
"Everybody says they don't want any change,"
Noriega said, "and everybody says they feel that way,
but the truth is that people want to come down here and
buy things."
Noriega said the project would adhere to all of the
Bradenton Beach land development codes and would
require no special exceptions.
On May 12, David Teitelbaum set an Island record
for the most expensive real estate transaction when he
paid $6.5 million for the Tortuga Inn, 1325 Gulf Drive,
in Bradenton Beach. The record lasted barely two

County paramedic, also performed CPR on one of the
As a 28th birthday present, Robert Duncan's wife,
Ursula, gave a present of an ultralight plane ride to her
husband. She was informed of the fatal flight by em-
ployees at Florida Watersports, owners of the ill-fated
Mora, an experienced pilot with thousands of flight
hours, traveled across the nation and world on behalf
of the ultralight manufacturer teaching the mechanics
and skills of flying ultralight planes.
He was the son of Sheila and Carl "Trigger" Mora

Holmes Beach

closer to raising

building height
By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
Slowly and inexorably, like the sea, the city of
Holmes Beach building height limit may rise.
At a Holmes Beach City Commission meeting
May 28, commissioners were like attentive students
struggling to understand the consequences of a pro-
posed ordinance raising the city's present building
height limit.
And like a professor, Holmes Beach Superinten-

Blood drive this

weekend on Island
You can earn $600 per hour this weekend and do
a truly fine deed in the earning.
Just show up at one of three places on the Island
Saturday or Sunday and give blood for the Manatee
Community Blood Center.
An anonymous benefactor will give $100 in each
blood donor's name to one of four charities, or split the
money any way up to four. It will take maybe 10 min-
utes of your time, which adds up to a phenomenal wage
for doing good.
Blood will be taken from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday,
June 7, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at the fol-
lowing locations:
Anna Maria, Marina Pointe Realty/A Pine Avenue
Salon, 314 Pine Ave.
Holmes Beach, The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive.
Bradenton beach, Beach House Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N.
The $100 per donor will be donated to Anna Maria
Island Community Center, Wildlife Education Reha-
bilitation of Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, and/or Anna Maria Island Privateers.
Eligible to give blood are people 17 years of age
and older, bringing photo ID and Social Security num-
ber. Appointments may be made by calling 778-1908,
though the blood center advised that no appointment is
necessary -just show up at a donor site.
Additional information may be obtained at 746-

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Another record-setting

Island real estate sale


The proposed site
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Anna Maria
School. The two-
story building is
planned to
include a new
adjoining music
and art rooms
and a cafeteria,
in addition to
offices, a clinic
and classrooms.

AME construction prep

during summer break
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Preparation to pave the way for the future recon-
struction of Anna Maria Elementary School may take
place during the summer break.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes told the AME School
Advisory Committee May 20 that a formal presentation
of of the plans will be made to the Manatee County
School Board at 7 p.m. June 16.
With the school board's anticipated blessing of the
plan, the construction team will need to move some
school facilities during the summer vacation.
The team has identified several things that will
need to be done during the summer, such as moving the
computer lab, caboose, gazebo and the covered play
area to a location near the auditorium, where they will
remain for the next school year.

Ultralight crashes in Gulf kills 2
of Cortez, longtime village residents with an even
longer family history in the commercial fishing busi-
Danny was a familiar sight on Cortez's streets,
having grown up there and most recently walking
hand-in-hand with his 3-year-old daughter Kara Lou,
a spitting image of her father. It was not unusual to see
the both of them flying down the road on his scooter
with Kara Lou hanging on with a smile of joy not seen
even at DisneyWorld.
Whether on the dance floor, in the Gulf waters or
soaring above the beaches, Danny lived life to the
"Danny was full of life," recalled Cortez resident
Marianne Ellis, who grew up with him. "There was
never a person I met that was so positive about life.
And Danny was a wonderful father, totally dedicated
to his daughter Kara Lou."
While Marianne spoke of the loss of her good
friend, in the background were the squeals of Kara Lou
playing with Marlin, the Ellis' 3-year-old son.
"Danny was a was a great father," Adam Ellis said.
"He was always with Kara Lou, playing, teaching and
sharing time with her."
Karen Bell, longtime Cortezian, reminisced about
Danny Mora and the inseparable bond between father
and daughter. "Danny was a fantastic father, always
with Kara Lou," Karen Bell said. "It's a tragedy."
Danny Mora will be missed for the magic he would
perform for his friends, the music he would play on his
harmonica and the love he showered on his daughter.

Emergency personnel work in vain to save the life of one of the ultralight crash victims as other officials
search for signs of the second victim. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson

times for
and their

Danny Mora gives a "thumbs up" before a
flight from the beach in his ultralight charter
aircraft. Islander Photos: Courtesy Sue Belfiore

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CVB proposes marketing cuts

in wake of declining hotel rooms

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Next year's marketing budget.for the Bradenton
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will be
slashed by at least $312,000, CVB Director Larry
White told a meeting of Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key accommodation operators May 30.
And that's just the good news, said White.
If hotel rooms continue to be converted to con-
dominiums and tourism continues to decline, cuts in
future budgets can be expected unless the room tax
rate, currently at 3 percent, is raised.
"These are serious cutbacks," said White, with
$146,000 eliminated from next year's advertising
White told the estimated 50-plus hoteliers that
the 2002-03 budget used reserves to keep marketing
at the same level as last year, but those reserves are
now depleted. Hence, the budget cuts.
And don't expect all of the condo units replac-
ing the lost hotel rooms to make up the slack, he
"If you are buying a $1.5 million condo, our re-
search indicates you're not often going to put it in a
rental pool," said White. '
But some owners were concerned that'not eyvry-
one is collecting the bed tax. -
Judy Giovanelli of the Sand Pebble in Bradenton
Beach asked what the CVB is doing about h"people
who take in cash money ffiei' renters and don't pay-
the taxes?"
Good question, said White.
He's got a meeting scheduled with Manatee
County Tax Collector Ken Burton to discuss that
very issue.
Seems Burton has the list of which properties pay
taxes as rental units, but he's not obligated to give that list
to the CVB so White can determine who is not paying the
room rental tax, just property taxes.

"We've been told by some properties they don't
take in renters, but we believe they do," said White.
CVB Marketing Manager Susan Estler presented
specific areas where advertising will be cut.
The CVB has eliminated its German representa-
tive and reduced its number of newspaper and maga-
zine ads, but will retain its television commercial. A
number of ads in "niche" publications have been dis-
Other cuts were in CVB travel and promotions
and the tourism center operated by the CVB.
Some hoteliers wondered why the CVB is adver-
tising during the winter tourist season when most Is-
land properties are at or near capacity.
Others wanted the CVB to advertise more in the
slow months of May, September and December.
"I'll look at those issues," said White, "but we
still have to place advertising ahead of time."
Still others did not see the need to advertise in
Florida during the winter and Estler agreed to an ex-
tent, but reminded the group that the vast majority of
summer business comes from Florida.
On the international scene, the CVB will con-
tinue to advertise in Canada, its No. 1 market, but
there are problems there, said White.
l Market'ftudies show younger Canadians tend to
ignore Florida because they feel thdtf are too many
, "old people" here. he said.
O.her problems are the Canadian exchange rate
and-'the economic recession in that country.
But the'fireworks expected over raising the tourism
tax never exploded, although White had brought some
fireworks for display, just in case tempers flared.
That didn't happen because White said now isn't
the time to talk about that issue.
He said he would probably discuss the tourism
tax when the budget is presented to the Tourism De-
velopment Council at its June 16 meeting. He's wait-
ing on April revenue figures before any discussion


Anna Maria City
June 4, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
June 9, 7 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
June 10, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
June 12, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
June 5, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
June 10, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
June 11, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
June 10, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session immediately following.
June 11, 6 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

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June 9, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Or-
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June 11, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Operation Center
meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.

on raising taxes, but revenues for the first three
months of this year are off nearly $45,000 compared
with last year.
Any discussion of reducing funding for such
CVB projects as the Crosley Mansion, the Pittsburgh
Pirates spring training complex or the convention
center are issues for the Manatee County Commis-
sion, he said.
"Those aren't debatable by us," White said,
"that's for the county commission."

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dent of Public Works Joe Duennes explained the effect
on the city of revising the present height limit of 36 feet
above the crown of the nearest road.
For starters, the proposed city ordinance uses the
mean sea level as the determining standard rather than
the crown of the road.
Why? Because of the constancy of the sea level 'of
the Gulf, assuming, of course, Moses does not play any
mischief. And while engineers may come up with dif-
ferent numbers when configuring the height of the
crown of the road, the result also can vary from
changes in location and construction.
Gradually, as Dueness explained these differences,
the glazed looks from commissioners turned to under-
"In many areas of Holmes Beach, the crown of the
road is 8 feet higher than mean sea level," Dueness
instructed commissioners.
"But all I see is 49 feet as the maximum in this
proposed ordinance," said Mayor Carol Whitmore, and
"I certainly don't want that."
Mayor Whitmore and her fellow students/commis-
sioners gradually began to realize that should they ap-
prove the new ordinance, it would mean a building

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summer after all
The Longboat Pass Bridge will not be
closing for any short periods this summer due
to maintenance work by the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation.
Longboat Key Mayor John Redgrave had
indicated at a Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting last month that the work might take
place in July and August of this year and the
bridge would be closed for a few hours.
That's not the case now, said Longboat
Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis.
The bridge might be closed on a few
nights between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., the DOT

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Holmes Beach building height

primer for dummies

By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
You are a Holmes Beach Gulffront landowner
and you wish to'build a home on your vacant lot.
You may want to build a three-story home with
plenty of space for a large family, big opulent rooms,
and a great view of the Gulf.
And you are struggling to comprehend an incom-
prehensible law city commissioners may want to
change. What do you do?
First, you find the closest Florida Department of
Environmental Protection range monument indicat-
ing the required height above sea level of the first
structural horizontal member of your proposed home.
Since the state of Florida dictates the height
above sea level a structure must be built, you must
first find the monument defining how high you can
build seaward of an established Coastal Construc-

height increase of 5 feet.
"We don't like the 49-foot limit," Whitmore ex-
Commissioner Richard Bohnenberger, leading the
discussion, urged members that whatever level they ap-
prove, they have conformity, rather than the present con-
"Use a uniform standard," urged Bohnenberger.
"We all should have the same reference point. It's con-
fusing for the public as well as for us."
Commissioner Don Maloney expressed concern
that whatever decision the commission makes it may be
perceived as being prejudiced. "What really bothers me
is that we already have our home," Maloney said.
Citizen Joan Perry urged commissioners to move
slowly on raising building height limits. "We need to
have a moratorium," Perry said, "this matter is too
important to rush through."
Duennes demonstrated the present confusion and in-
consistencies by using the mean sea level as one example
and the next time using the crown-of-the-road standard.
"We're playing with two different factors," re-
minded Duennes, "and that is why there is an 8-foot
difference in measurement. Using the mean sea level,

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range from 18.2 to 20 feet, which specifies the area
of the beach-dune system expected to suffer severe
fluctuations from a 100-year-storm event.
In Holmes Beach, basically the CCCL wanders
along with Gulf Drive. So if your dream home is west
of Gulf Drive, the closest monument indicates the
required height above sea level of the first horizontal
structural member of the first floor of your home.
Got it?
Let's say this state monument indicates 20 feet.
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proposed ordinance, which states,"... no building,
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the maximum a structure would be, in the proposed
ordinance, is 50-feet high."
Commissioner Bohnenberger asked his colleagues
whether they should consider expanding height limits
for property owners east of Gulf Drive.
"Do we want to have the same living space on both
sides of the road?" asked Bohnenberger. "Should we
give them the same building envelope?"
Bohnenberger answered his own rhetorical ques-
tions. "We should have the same building envelope, as
well as the same reference points, for the sake of fair-
ness and clarity," Bohnenberger said.
Holmes Beach's high anxiety over high-rises was
sparked when two 5-foot height variances were ap-
proved by the city board of adjustment for property
owners wishing for higher ceilings in their homes. Both
homes will be 5 feet taller than the city's limit.
The justification for allowing the variances was
that the owners wanted to create pitched roofs, which
builders and city officials said are less susceptible to
storm damage than flat roofs.
After wrestling over the height limits for more than
15 minutes, commissioners agreed to bring the matter
up again at their next commission meeting on June 10.


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Any more room in Bradenton Beach?

By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
Imagine the entire population of Georgia moving
permanently into the state of Florida in the next 10
Horrific? Terrific?
"Planning growth is in the eye of the beholder,"
said Tony Arrant, an expert in comprehensive planning
and land development.
"And I don't envy you, for all the tough decisions
you have to make," Arrant told Bradenton Beach city
officials at a special growth management workshop
Saturday, May 31.
In his five-hour discussion, full of expertise and
humor, Arrant led officeholders through a minefield of
topics menacing local governments.
How will you manage Florida's growth that
doubles every generation?
And who is going to pay for the schools, roads and
Every day, 1,000 people move permanently to
For those non-believers of our growth, just try tak-
ing a casual afternoon drive on Gulf Drive. While
you're trying to pass that somnolent snowbird, or you
are stalled in another endless line, consider that Florida
had more than 40 million tourists last year the larg-
est invasion of transient residents on our planet. And
they all seem to gravitate to Anna Maria Island.
How do we preserve our paradise?
Make a plan. Have a rudder.
With self-effacing wit "I'm just a carpetbagger
with a briefcase," joked Arrant as he instructed listen-
ers on the importance of a town's comprehensive plan.
"Your comprehensive plan is a serious document,"
continued Arrant. "And my job is teaching you to do
your own planning."
Resonating throughout the discussion were growth
issues besieging Anna Maria Island and Cortez.
How do you find room to develop on the Island,
where an empty lot goes for more than $100,000? The

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Anna Maria to raise building height limits.
Oh sure, it's rationalized for pretty 10-feet ceilings
in the living space and peaked roofs, but has the height
bubble burst?
Not according to Bradenton Beach's 2003 Vision

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Plan, which tersely states: "Do not increase building
height limits."
Arrant, who for more than 20 years has led state,
regional and local governments in managing growth,
guided Bradenton Beach city officials through a swamp
of regulations teeming with lawyers and other exotic
It's critical, Arrant stressed, to write and live by
your comprehensive plan.
"Cities issuing variances, in most cases, don't have
the intestinal fortitude to enforce their code, or they
have a bad code," Arrant said.
Those might be fighting words in Holmes Beach
where the board of adjustment recently approved two
variances allowing property owners to build their
homes 5 feet higher than the city's 36-foot limit.
Now a Anna Maria city property owner is seeking
a variances allowing them to build 5 feet higher than
the city's 37-feet building height limit.
The village of Cortez, another classic growth-man-
agement example, where preservation is what residents
demand, but still, inexorably, there is always someone
who can't resist buying just a little piece of history. A
trinket to show off.
Bradenton Beach and Cortez, two simpatico com-
munities at either end of the Cortez Bridge, share a de-
fiant spirit laced with "Cortez Justice."
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Anna
O'Brien is leading the charge to slow down growth.
"The impact of the undesired, unbridled development
is so out of control," O'Brien said. "It's money versus
"The biggest challenge to growth is to help man-
age the growth," Bradenton Beach Mayor John
Chappie said. "The biggest problem is time. Time is the
biggest barrier."
Let it be recorded that on a gorgeous Saturday
morning in May, Bradenton Beach city officials came
closer to managing their growth.
It was just another good work day for planner Tony

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City slickers
Why does it always seem that city slickers who
move to Florida love to complain about, then change,
the very things that brought them here?
On Clearwater Beach, where I grew up, northerners
in the early 1960s bought up lots on the undeveloped south
end of the beach for waterfront homes amid the native
palms and Australian pines. They said they loved the "old
Florida" look and feel of the area.
They then complained to the city commission they
didn't like driving on the shell roads to get to their luxury
homes so the commission obliged by paving the roads.
The city slickers then complained they didn't like
the crushed-shell parking lots along the beach, so the
city commission paved them over.
The city slickers then complained they didn't like
having to drive all the way back to the mainland for
groceries, and the city commission changed zoning
laws to allow a supermarket and drug store.
The city slickers then complained they didn't have
enough water in the canals alongside their homes for their
luxury yachts and boats to get in and out, so the commis-
sion obliged by dredging the canals at city expense.
Next, they complained about the narrow, two-lane
bridge off the island, so the city commission obliged by
getting a new, four-lane high-rise bridge built.
The city slickers then complained that the pine
trees and native palms along the beach blocked their
view of the Gulf of Mexico at sunset, so the commis-
sion obliged by cutting them all down.
The city slickers then complained the commercial
fishing boats at the city marina were creating a foul smell
and the commission banned fishing from the marina.
The city slickers then complained they couldn't
build a new house or condo more than two stories high,
and what was the point of owning property if you
couldn't develop it for a profit? The city commission
obliged by allowing high-rises.
The city slickers then complained that too many tour-
ists were using the beach and there was not enough park-
ing for themselves or their own visitors, so the commis-
sion obliged by creating more public parking lots.
This attracted more and more visitors to Clearwater
Beach, resulting in more and more complaints about too
many tourists.
Eventually, the city slickers complained that
Clearwater Beach no longer had that old Florida look
and feel and they all moved to Anna Maria Island.
Rick Catlin

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Simple parking solution?
I have addressed the following letter to Anna Maria
city commissioners:
In 1984 I was on a parking committee in Anna
Maria and our solution at the time was to only have
signs for hydrants, etc.
What has gone wrong? Today this still seems like
the right move and fair to all residents. If you were able
to get back the city's rights of way there would be
ample parking for everyone.
In '84, $118,000 was allotted to the sheriff [for po-
licing the city]. Now with only 300 more registered
voters we spend close to half a million. Could not the
sheriff deal with visitor problems?
The building department was one man and one
part-time guy to mow empty lots. Most lots are gone
and look at the funded operation we have now with the
highway and maintenance.
Once Bradenton Beach was the joke of this Island,
and now I'm afraid it's becoming Anna Maria City.
Please do the simple and fair thing: Remove all
signs. Money and where you live should not be the
answer to a parking problem.
John Shirk, Anna Maria

It's a pigeon
Wish I could have been there. As a trainer and
breeder of racing pigeons (homers) I can tell you that
the picture of the bird is of a pigeon. Her color is known
as blue bar as evidenced by the two wide blue bars.
Wild pigeons lay eggs in precarious places. The
egg off to the side simply rolled out from under her and
she doesn't have the means to put it back under her
stomach to incubate it.
If it were in a nest bowl this would have been an-
other story. Too bad no one knew to slip the egg back
under her. Anyway, they always lay two eggs, one
hatches one day and the other the next day. Just thought
you'd like to know.
Earl Carpenter, Anna Maria "snowbird"

Two more points
Your editorial about height restrictions in Anna Maria
misses two essential points.
First, the height rules that were passed following the
construction of the Martinique were never intended to
impact the construction of single-family homes with two
floors of living space. The intent was to stop high-rise
condominiums. Unfortunately, the cities did not anticipate
that in time the state would raise minimum elevation re-
quirements to such an extent in some places that it would
prevent two stories of living space and a pitched roof.
Second, the issue here is one of fairness and equal
treatment. Since the present rules use the crown of the road
as a reference point, they do not take into account the vary-
ing elevation requirements mandated by state agencies.
The end result is a highly discriminatory scheme where the
amount of allowable living space varies greatly depend-
ing on location.
There are folks who will argue that allowing a few
feet of additional height is such a terrible thing that we can
use that reason to justify discriminating against certain
property owners. They contend that Anna Maria will be
ruined by treating property owners fairly and equally and
allowing everyone to build suitable homes. Baloney.
If anything ruins the Island atmosphere it's the in-
creasing meddlesome nature of a small group of citizens
who wish to impose some mythical, socialistic vision on
those of use who simply want to be left alone to enjoy our
property and our lives.
There was a time when if you liked your neighbor's
view or some aspect of his property you wouldn't feel
entitled to simply take it. You would work hard and earn
the money to acquire your own property. The attitude that
if we see something we like we should simply use the
power of government to take it without paying for it is an
attitude that should be of great concern to us all.
The continually increasing desire by government to
steal individual property rights diminishes not only our
property values but the unique individuality and indepen-
dence that is the real essence of Anna Maria.
James L. DePorre, Anna Maria


Cortez 'bites' W.,",
By Joe Kane ,
Islander Reporter
A terrorist attack in Cortez? Nope. Just two guys try-
ing to fish. A Homeland Security Strike Force descended 4 -
on Cortez village in the early morning hours of May 28
in hot pursuit of two illegal fishermen. A detachment of
K-9 patrol dogs, Manatee County Sheriff s deputies, state -,
wildlife officers and a helicopter chased the two alleged
criminals through the village. -.
Apprehended were Billy Lawson, 27, and Kyle
Barnes, 18, charged with having a fishing net too big of
for the size of their vessel.
According to Lt. Ken Thompson of the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the de-
fendants "weren't in an area consistent with direct
travel to a legal fishing area."
Spotted in a helicopter near Paradise Bay Mobile
Home Park, the suspects eluded capture and sped to-
ward Cortez, where they jumped off the boat and ran
until they were found hiding on 121st Street Court. The
charges are a misdemeanor.
In other Cortez news of note:
Donald Fulford turned 46 years old, and he's still Checking it out
smok'n'. Connoisseurs of smoked mullet swarm to his The "four o'clock club" is up a tree, as usual, in C
stand, parked across from the Cortez Post Office, Sat- Kristi Carter, Josie McDonald and John Foster, a
urday and Sunday from noon until "they's no more."

Pelican Man sanctuary summer schedule set

The daily schedule of activities at the Pelican
Man's Bird Sanctuary is set for the summer, and most
of it is open to the public seven days a week.
An exception is the baby raptor feeding, which is
open at noon and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The sanctu-
ary explained that the baby raptors are fed by a dummy
mother so they won't bond with humans and compli-
cate their release in the wild.
The "peli-boat" likewise is not a seven-day matter,
touring Sarasota Bay from 9-11 a.m. Thursday and
noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday, all tours based at Holiday
Inn Marina, 7150 Tamiami Trail N., Sarasota. Reser-
vations may be made and price information obtained at

The daily schedule:
10:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., "Feed the Pelicans,"
where visitors may feed the birds fish that are available
three for $1, Pelican Pen on the Boardwalk.
11 a.m. "Behind the Scenes" at the sanctuary's
education center.
2 p.m. sanctuary guided tour starting at Brown
Pelican Bridge.
3 p.m. "Pelicans and Other Interesting Sanctuary
Birds," focusing on pelicans, the Abdim stork and the
brown booby.
The sanctuary is at 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., on
City Island off the south ramp of the New Pass Bridge to
Longboat Key.

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Moose may get
more popular July 1
The Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach may be-
come a popular hangout with smokers starting July 1.
That's the day Florida's new law banning smok-
ing in the workplace takes effect. But it doesn't apply
to non-profit membership associations like the Moose
Lodge, Elks, VFW and similar organizations, legisla-
tors said.
Also exempted are stand-alone bars that do not
serve food, such as Bortell's in Anna Maria, the
Anchor Inn in Holmes Beach, and Sports Lounge
and the Drift In in Bradenton Beach.
Most Island restaurants and businesses have al-
ready banned smoking indoors.


New Tip owners pledge 'family' atmosphere

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The long-running saga of complaints by neighbors
against activities at the Tip of the Island restaurant in
Anna Maria may be over.
New owners Dawn and Bob Kozash who closed
on their business purchase today have pledged to
have a "family-oriented" restaurant that will focus on
good seafood, a new decor and "fun things to do for the
family," said Dawn Kozash.
"We have no plans for live music. If we have any
music at all, it will be inside and be light, Island-type
stuff like Jimmy Buffet," she said.
In addition, the Kozashes plan a name change to
"The New Tip of the Island."
"We want people to understand things are chang-
ing. We don't want to have any problem with our
neighbors and we're inviting them to come over and
meet us and give us a chance. I'd love to meet every-
one," she said.
As part of the "New Tip" plan, the restaurant hopes
to serve breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings on
a trial basis, Kozash said.
"And if we do breakfast, we're not going to stay
open until 2 a.m.," she said. "For now, we'll play it by
ear to see how breakfast works."
She also said the interior will be changed to a "sea-
food shack" decor with the emphasis on quality food
and family dining.

"We're going to really upgrade our dinner menu with
more fresh seafood and shrimp dishes and some great
grouper," Kozash said. They've hired Island resident Dave
Davis, who is an expert with seafood, as the head chef.
The restaurant is closed for remodeling, but will
open its doors for lunch at 11 a.m. Friday, June 6 as the
"New Tip of the Island."
City Commissioner Linda Cramer, who is also a
member of a group of concerned neighbors who have

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complained about the Tip to city officials, was pleased
about the change of ownership.
"I'm looking forward to meeting the new owners
and I hope they have a successful business. I'm pleased
they plan to turn the Tip into a family restaurant simi-
lar to what it was in the past," Cramer said. "It's a posi-
tive happening for our neighborhood."
The sale of the business was expected to close by
June 6.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign for Bradenton Beach

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
There should be about 40 fewer signs along Gulf
Drive in Bradenton Beach in the very near future if the
city's Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity
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Police Chief Sam Speciale presented his long-
awaited report on sign clutter to the CME at its May
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Of the 40 signs slated for removal under Speciale's
plan, 33 are "No Parking on the Right of Way" signs.
The Florida Department of Transportation owns all
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has indicated a willingness to remove the signs if the
city commission sends the DOT a letter approving the
project and a map of the offending signs.
While the CME quickly agreed to the Speciale plan
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Bridge Street to remodel the current sign in the triangle
on the east side of Gulf Drive and Bridge Street.
There was also discussion of what banners and
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The CME also discussed a pedestrian crosswalk at
the Sandpiper Mobile Resort on Gulf Drive, but learned
the city would need DOT approval before any cross-
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On the bad-news front, the CME learned that its
recent application for a $200,000 federal grant for
the "Coquina Trail" multi-use path along both sides
of Gulf Drive south of the city limits was revised to
include just the west portion of the trail this fiscal
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since the multi-use path was divided by a state right
of way under the bridge at Longboat Pass, it would
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Manatee County grants coordinator Maggie Marr
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Litter bags to stop land litter before it can pollute
our waters are being distributed around Anna Maria
Island and Longboat Key this week.
It's a program financed by the Southwest Florida
Water Management District and Keep Manatee Beau-
tiful. Its aim is to bag trash as and where it is created,
said Ingrid McClellan, executive director of Keep
Manatee Beautiful.
Swiftmud, which gave the beautification organiza-
tion a $4,000 grant for the project, said it will help pre-
vent stormwater runoff pollution.
"It will show the link between roadside waste and
our water," said McClellan. "Now too many people just
toss their trash out of the car. That's why we have to
have Adopt-A-Road or a Street or a Highway pro-
grams, and why the annual cleanup of the county's
shores brings such huge amounts of trash."
The bags are free and may be obtained at Anna
Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach city halls,
Longboat Key Town Hall, both islands' chambers of
commerce, Manatee County public utilities offices, and
car washes.
Further information may be obtained from Keep
Manatee Beautiful at 795-8272 or Swiftmud at 1-800-

Cucci parties for Mr. Legs votes
Islander Anthony Cucci will host a cocktail party
Tuesday evening, June 10, as the major kickoff for his
campaign for Mr. Legs 2003.
He is the Island's entry in the contest sponsored by
the American Cancer Society, which will receive all the
money he collects at the party. It will start at 6 p.m. at
the Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
He is manager of the restaurant, and a number of
his fundraisers are planned there and at other Chiles
Group restaurants. At this initial blast, hors d'oeuvres
and cocktails are on the menu for $20 that's what the
cancer society gets from it. Cucci gets votes, one vote
for each dollar.
The winner will be named at the annual Tennis
Shoe Ball at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Municipal Audito-
rium. Dress will be tuxedos and tennis shoes.
Cucci is a native Islander, Anna Maria Elementary
School and Manatee High School graduate, who owned
a small caf6 in Bradenton until joining the Chiles
Group three years ago.
His wife Maggie is his campaign manager and en-
thusiastic cheerleader. Both may be reached at 778-
Another contestant with an Island connection is
Harry Soule, supervisor of the Manatee County Fair-
grounds. His campaign is being managed by last year's
Mr. Legs, longtime Anna Maria Island Privateer Mitch
Stewart. That campaign will have a fundraiser from 1-
6 p.m. June 22 at Beef O'Brady's, 6703 Manatee Ave.,
Bradenton. The campaign phone number is 748-2143.

'Duets of Distinction'
due Sunday afternoon
"Duets of Distinction," featuring four hands on the
piano in a concert from classics to pop, is on the pro-
gram at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Mary St. John and Bonnie Wolfgram will play J.S.
Bach, Irving Berlin, George Cohan, and Rogers and
They recently released their first CD of piano duet
literature titled "Duets of Distinction." St. John has taught
master classes in technique, Wolfgram is musical direc-
tor of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Sarasota.
The program is open to the public free of charge,
though a $10 donation will be appreciated, said a
spokesperson. Details may be obtained at 778-1813.

Chamber is selling ads on map
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is
now selling advertising space on the map it prints annu-
The chamber prints 25,000 maps for distribution
among visitors through its visitors' bureau, in conjunc-
tion with the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive N.,
Holmes Beach.
Rates are $75 for a quarter page, $125 for half
page, $200 for a full page. To place an order for an ad
and to obtain additional details call 779-9412.

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help protect and preserve the environment.

Island history book coming soon
By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Anna Maria Island will soon see its own history in
formal form, a book covering the early years and serv-
ing as an introduction for the last 50-some years.
It is being published by the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society and is right now in the final stages
of preparation for the printer.
It's "an ABC book," said Carolyne Norwood, ex-
ecutive director of the historical society:
"A is Andy Little, who scanned and enhanced the
photographs for the book, making them the best pic-
tures ever of those old times on the Island.
"B is Betsy Atkinson, who assembled all the scat-
tered and confusing parts into a really fine book.
"C is for Carolyne Norwood, that's me. I gathered
and organized the history of the Island and wrote it for
the publication."
It traces the Island's human life from the Indians
through the Spanish explorers; shipwrecks, of which
there were more than you might think; early settlers
starting with the first, George Bean who in 1893 built
his pioneer house where the Island Community Center
now stands; first church, Roser Memorial Community,
which started building in 1913 and is still such a bul-
wark of Island life; first bridge, in 1922 from
Bradenton Beach to Cortez; first school started in 1930
where the chamber of commerce is now.
It follows life on the Island up to 1940 and the clos-
ing chapter may well be worth the whole effort: It de-
tails Island characters of note who ranged from eccen-
tric to wild to gentle and easy, all of them remarkable.
The book is being financed partially through adver-
tising in its pages, but don't get in a hurry to buy into
it five pages were reserved for ads and the first ad-
vertisers wanted, and got, full-page ads.
The book is expected to be delivered for distribu-
tion in a month or so, not counting the unpredictable
vagaries of printers. It will be priced at $12.95.
But fascinating as it promises to be, it's just the be-
ginning. Norwood is already assembling material for its
sequel, the years from 1940 until the present. Who knows
who the outstanding characters will be in that one?


Dorothy M. McKee
Dorothy M. McKee, 82, of Bradenton, died May
Born in Detroit, Mrs. McKee came to Manatee
County from Mount Clemens, Mich., in 1972. She was
a homemaker. She was president of a bowling league
and past secretary of Fernwood Homeowners Associa-
There were no services. Memorial contributions
may be made to the American Cancer Society, 600 U.S.
301 Blvd. W., Suite 136, Bradenton FL 34205.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manatee Chapel, was in
charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband David H.; sons Jerry of
Anna Maria and Dave of Capac, Mich.; daughter Pat
Merchant of Jackson, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and
seven great-grandchildren.

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At an emergency meeting held last week, the Island
Middle School Board of Directors voted to temporarily
suspend personnel decisions for the 2003-04 school
year until completion of its review committee's find-
The board voted 5-2 with John Monetti and Chuck
Webb dissenting. Marlene West, Scott Bassett, Kim-
berly Holmstrom, Cindy Jennis and Pam Fortenberry
voted in favor. West, Bassett and Jennis are also mem-
bers of the board's review committee.
The emergency meeting was called after board
President and Review Committee Chairman Scott
Bassett learned that IMS Director Jeanne Shell planned
to inform the staff of her personnel decisions on Thurs-
day, May 29, following the last day of school for stu-
Although the board voted in May 2002 to allow the
school's director to make all hiring and firing decisions
independent from the board, Bassett believed that the
formation of a review committee made this year unique
and the director should wait for the committee's input
before finalizing any decisions regarding retention of
staff for the next school year.
Despite having differences of opinions as to why
the review committee was formed, the majority of the
board chose to suspend the policy for personnel deci-
sions already in place.
The review committee was formed in March 2003
to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the overall
functionality of the school, which included extensive
interviews with students, parents and all staff members.
-Bassett said he and fellow committee members
West and Jennis, also IMS board members, have put in
more than 100 hours gathering input and would expect
that Shell consider its findings prior to making any fi-
nal decisions as to staffing.
When the review committee was formed three

months ago, members intended to have all their inter-
views completed and all the information synthesized by
the end of the school year. The review committee has
yet to compile all of its findings into a final report.
"From day one, the director has made personnel
decisions and it was my understanding the review com-
mittee would make a functional review of the school,
not hold up a policy already in place," said Webb. "If
someone is not going to be invited to return next year,
they need time to find a new job. This is the time po-
sitions are open and the school will need time to find
"We're at the 24th hour. It's late in the game. Can
we afford to wait?" asked Webb.
"Procedurally, we gave the director the power,"
added Monetti. "As a board, we place our faith and
trust in this person and I'd like to think our executive
director could recognize that and hold off, but she
doesn't have to."
Shell announced to the board that she already told
Bassett earlier in the week that she would hold off for
the committee to compile its final report.
Monetti noted that apparently everyone was al-
ready on the "same page," but that the director still has
a right to make personnel decisions.
The board 'determined that Shell, and consequently
the staff, should wait until the review committee sub-
mits its final report but did not set a firm deadline. The
board meets again at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, and
the review committee hopes to have its final report by
then, if not sooner.
The review committee met over the weekend to
share notes and begin compiling its final report.
The review committee will also be holding a pub-
lic meeting a 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 4. An interview
of the director on school governance issues will be the
subject matter of the meeting.
The meeting will be held on the upper level of Is-
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highlight of tour

The Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden, estab-
lished with difficulty by a few people, will be the cli-
max of a tour of "neighborhood enhancement grant
projects" Saturday.
Kathleen L. Thompson, Manatee County planner,
said the tour is to "see the results of the hard work and
participation" in various neighborhoods in the county.
Invited to "see and hear neighborhoods brag" are
the 2001 and 2002 grant recipients, 2003 applicants,
and the Manatee County Board of Commissioners.
This county-directed event is separate and apart
from the Butterfly Bash June 21 at the Moose Lodge
in Bradenton Beach, $12.50 tickets for which are on
sale at Robyn's Nest, 7427 Manatee Ave.,
Bradenton; Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch educa-
tion center, 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; or by
calling 778-5274.
Saturday's delegation, traveling by bus, will visit
programs in Palmetto, Terra Ceia and several places in
Bradenton, winding up at the Holmes Beach garden
about 1:30 p.m.
Ironically, Nancy Ambrose of Holmes Beach, who
provided much of the strength and drive and organiz-
ing ability for developing the park, won't be there -
she will be in Orlando at a meeting she can't miss, the
national session of the Society of Pharmaceutical and
Biotechnology Trainers. Her husband David, who has
been "extremely helpful and supportive" in her efforts
here, will fill in for her.
She recalled that she and Connie Hodsdon, then
president of the Manatee Chapter of the North Ameri-
can Butterfly Association, decided the county needed
its public butterfly garden where "people could just
enjoy the beauty of butterflies." Ambrose figured Anna
Maria Island would be perfect.
She found an ideal site between the Island Branch

Library and Holmes Beach City Hall on city property
along Marina Drive, and in 1999 they took a proposal
to the city's beautification committee and then the city
There, Commissioner Don Maloney said "Any-
body who wants to go on record against butterflies, feel
free" and amid laughter he and his fellow commission-
ers voted unanimously for a garden on city land.
Nothing about it was easy, Ambrose recalled. "The
land was stuffed with dollar weeds and we couldn't use
herbicides, so we dug them up and smothered them and
everything we could think of, and got most of them.
Not all, though."
More volunteers began to help, and donations
trickled in. The first grant was from the Elizabeth Eaton
Foundation, whose $650 helped build the initial brick
walk and develop the "personalized brick" program.
That buys two lines embossed on a brick for $40, three
lines for $50, and the bricks are built into walk and
floors. The program will end with the final batch of
bricks installed in July.
The county provided a matching grant of $2,500 in
2001, and that bought a fountain, bike racks and other
improvements, plus many plantings.
The Island Garden Club and the Anna Maria Gar-
den Club helped tremendously, she said, and many oth-
ers volunteered their services and money.
Sculptor Bill Miller of Cortez, for example, do-
nated butterfly reproductions, and Manatee County
Sheriff Charlie Wells presented three sculptures.
Michael LaPensee of LaPensee Plumbing Inc. installed
the fountain, a big project in itself.
It's been a major undertaking, and there's still
work to be done to satisfy Ambrose and Hodsdon, but
it's getting there, Ambrose said. Just how well it is
doing will be a bragging point for the county planners
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Same old story in Anna Maria parking problem:

no decision, more study needed

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Following a nearly 80-year tradition, Anna Maria
city commissioners at their May 27 meeting failed once
again to reach a vote on a parking plan for the city.
Instead, the commission opted to ask Baskerville-
Donovan Inc., the city's engineering firm, for more
information on the number of parking spaces actually
available and currently usable on the city's beach ac-
cess streets.
The commission had been expected to adopt either
a resident-only parking ordinance, or parking by per-
mit, but Commissioners Chuck Webb and Tom
Aposporos said they needed more information before
voting on any proposal.
Mark Mueller of BDI presented the preliminary
transportation report that identified "hot spots" for
public parking within the beach-access zone along with
five areas in the zone where turnarounds for traffic
were possible. Mueller said there could be 502 pub-
lic parking spaces at a maximum within the zone, but
the actual number would be reduced by driveways,
shrubs in the right of way, current no-parking locations,
swales and other factors.
In addition, 85 of those parking spaces were at
Bayfront Park.
The five possible locations identified for turn-
arounds by BDI are at the west end of Park, Maple,
Willow, Palmetto and Pine avenues.
The BDI report did not identify actual, usable park-
ing spaces and Webb said he thought that's what he
was going to see in the report.
Without that information, said Webb, he was not
prepared to vote on a plan.
"We have the numbers" of possible parking spaces,
"but we don't have the locations, so I'm having a hard
time figuring out how these spaces would play out
within the zone," he said. "I don't have enough data to
make a decision, but I'm getting there."
Aposporos agreed. The commission is "not at a
point where we can pass a comprehensive ordinance.
We still don't have all the information and options," he
But to those who claim the city isn't moving for-
ward to solve the parking issue, Aposporos said the
commission "is closer now to a resolution than its ever
been in the.past 30 years."
Mayor SueLynn concurred. "I agree with getting as
much information as possible," and although she does

Business owners
hire attorney
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar restaurant in
Anna Maria, said he and several other business
people in the city have hired an attorney to look
after their interests in the current city commission
debate on parking.
However, cautioned Chiles, there is no threat
of any legal action from the group at this time.
"We have engaged an attorney to look at the
whole parking situation and try to ensure we
preserve public-access parking to the beaches at
the north end of the city," said Chiles. "We just
want to reserve all our rights by hiring an attor-
Following the May 28 meeting, however, Chiles
said he was encouraged by Mayor SueLynn's stance
against resident-only or parking by permit and com-
ments from other commissioners.
"We hope we don't have to do anything. I was
impressed by the mayor's statements against per-
mit parking. The dynamics of the situation have
changed quite a bit," he said.
Although the mayor does not vote on the city
commission, she has veto power over any city
ordinance passed by the commission. A 4-1 vote
of the city commission is required to override a
mayoral veto, according to the city charter
adopted in February 2003.

not vote on the commission, said she was opposed to
any permit-parking plan that requires city property
owners to purchase a permit, or any plan that is "resi-
dent-only" parking.
But Commissioner Duke Miller, an advocate of
resident-only parking, said the city has debated this
issue enough. "Let's move on and get it going. This has
been studied and studied by the commission," said
Miller. "Let's do something tonight."
However, Commissioner Linda Cramer, who had
advocated resident-only or parking by permit, agreed
the commission needed more data before taking a final
"But let's not drag this out for another year," she
Cramer had invited parking consultant Phil

Oropesa, who was the parking manager for St. Peters-
burg for 23 years, to make a presentation after a brief
review of the city's parking problem areas.
Oropesa said the city needs to do something, even
if a parking plan is only accepted by half the people.
Not everyone is going to be happy with any plan the
city adopts, he said.
He was also against a citywide referendum on
parking, because any changes to that plan would re-
quire another public vote.
Members of the public reiterated all the pros and
cons of restricted, unrestricted or semi-restricted park-
ing in the city.
Some argued for immediate no parking in front of
their homes, while others said the city should continue
to allow parking on beach-access streets.
Long-time resident Elizabeth Moss of Willow
Avenue, a beach-access street, said she did not mind
the public parking there. "I'm opposed to permit park-
ing and most of my neighbors support public parking.
Leave Willow Avenue alone," she admonished the
Carol Ann Magill, however, asked the city to ad-
dress handicap parking spaces in any plan adopted.
Oropesa said that by federal law, any parking plan
must include handicap-accessible parking spaces.
Commissioners agreed to have SueLynn continue to
look at potential areas in the city for public parking lots
and report back to the commission. The mayor had halted
such efforts a few months ago because she thought the
commission was not in favor of such a move.
The commission has now had a change of heart.
Miller said he might support such a plan if it were
fee-based parking that would support itself.
At least let the mayor provide the commission with
some data, Webb said, and commissioners agreed.
Commissioners, including Miller and Cramer,
voted unanimously to have the mayor direct BDI to
prepare and evaluate a design map of individual park-
ing spaces already available within the designated
Mueller said he would likely have the scope of that
study ready by the commission's June 12 workshop,
but not the actual map.
BDI is also working on an inventory of "No Park-
ing" and other traffic-related signs in the city that the
commission might eliminate as unnecessary. The sign
inventory will be part of the final parking ordinance,
commissioners agreed.


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Island summer programs for kids

Kids! Are you dreading a boring summer with
long, hot days and nowhere to go? Anna Maria Island
has several summer programs to keep you busy be-
tween June and August.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
offer its summer camp from June 2 to Aug. 8 for chil-
dren in first- through sixth-grade.
At the Center, campers will learn about sea crea-
tures, cook, learn foreign languages and participate in
educational field trips.
Pre-registration is required for the Center camp.
The cost is $80 per week, plus a one-time registration
fee of $15, which includes a camp T-shirt.
Campers are welcome at the Center from 7 a.m. to
6 p.m.
For more information about the Center camp pro-
gram, call 778-1908, or stop by the Center at 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Kids can stay fit this summer working out with
certified personal trainers Mark Kovacs and Jason
Gerhart at the Island Fitness Center, 5313 Gulf

Drive, Holmes Beach.
The center is offering fitness classes for kids as
young as age 5 beginning in June and running through
July 31.
The program involves competitive games, races,
drills and obstacle courses, while focusing on balance,
agility, speed, strength and aerobic endurance in a posi-
tive and fun setting.
Classes run from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday,
kids age 5 through 9 meet from 3 to 4 p.m., and from
10 to 11 a.m., kids age 10 and up have class.
The cost for eight sessions is $64, $115 for 16 ses-
sions and $10 per walk-in session. For more informa-
tion, call 778-5446.
Roser Memorial Community Church will also be
offering a summer program. Its vacation Bible school
has an underwater theme, the "Super Cool Undersea
Bible Adventure."
SCUBA will focus on children age 4 through fifth-
grade. The program will run from 9 a.m. to noon June

9-13 at the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call 778-0414.
The Island Branch Library, located at 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, will offer three youth events in June
in addition to its ongoing Wednesday night storytime.
On June 10, dog-trainer Joyce Kesling will give
tips on responsible dog ownership in her "Hats Off to
Animals" presentation.
On June 17, Lyndell's Magic Company.will pro-
vide colorful tricks and lots of laughs at "Hats Off to
June 24, expert storytellers Mary Kay Clune and
Flossie Baker will celebrate summer with "Hats Off to
The weekly children's program will take place
from 2 to 3 p.m. and are free.
For more information, call the library at 778-6341.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, located at 6608 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach, is also offering a vacation
Bible school from July 14 to 18. For information, call

Thanks but no thanks, P&Z tells Anna Maria City

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board at its
May 27 meeting gave the proverbial thumbs down to
a city commission request to come up with a compro-
mise recommendation to deal with variances to build
above the city's current 37-foot limit.
Prompted by a variance request from Jim DePorre
of 801 N. Shore Drive to build his house to 42 feet, the
commission was concerned about a flood of similar
variances to build above the present 37-foot limit.
According to the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection, new home construction seaward of
the Coastal Construction Control Line must have a first
floor elevation of 18 feet above the 100-year flood el-
evation average, while the city requires only 13 feet of
elevation above the crown of the road.
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board to find a compromise to handle variance requests
similar to DePorre's.
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current ordinance intact.
To add insult to injury, the P&Z also recom-
mended, also unanimously, that the commission add
language to the current height ordinance that no vari-
ances to build higher than 37 feet be allowed.
Board members were upset that the city commis-
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ber Charles Canniff. "It doesn't work that way."
In fact, suggested Canniff, the city commission
seemed reluctant to take a stand on the DePorre vari-
ance recommendation and is "putting pressure on us"
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were running 8 to 1 against any change in the height
ordinance, Canniff said.
"We have made our decision. We voted yes and I
don't think it's fair for the city commission to throw
that decision back at us without a vote," he said.
"I don't want planning and zoning to fall into the
trap. It worries me when we find ourselves put in that
bind," Canniff concluded.
Board members agreed.
"How do we know the DEP and the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency won't change the rules
again next year?" said board member Dale Woodland.
Board member Ellen Trudelle suggested putting
the height issue to a vote of the people.
After the motion was passed, Canniff pointed out
that the recommendation to change nothing and outlaw
variances for height of construction "should in no way
impact [the city commission's] vote on the variance
before them."
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A three-session financial workshop "more or less
'investing 101'" will run for three sessions beginning
Wednesday, June 11, and continuing the following two
It will be offered by Edward Jones Investments at
3226 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, from 6:30-8 p.m.
all three evenings. Instructor will be Mike Valley, as-
sisted by Glori Fernandez.
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fundamentals of investing, with the next two sessions
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"It's more or less 'investing 101' with much more de-
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The program is. free, he said, but reservations are
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Alban artist of month,
hostess to family event
Artist of the month at the Artists Guild of Anna
Maria Island gallery is Genevieve Novicky Alban, and
she will be featured at the "First Friday opening" June
The event will be from 5-8 p.m. at the gallery, 5414
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Alban is one of a small group of artists who
founded the guild in February 1989, said the guild. She
is a retired teacher and township official in Ohio who
studied in Orlando and moved to Anna Maria in 1985.
Friday's event is the beginning of an eventful
month for her a family reunion will be here the last
week of June complete with a Slovak dinner celebra-
tion, golf tournament, treasure hunt, special tour of the
guild gallery, and a barbecue at Bayfront Park.
Relatives are expected from California, Colorado,
Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Ireland.
The family dinner will be at the Anna Maria Island
community Center June27 and the Bayfront barbecue
June 28.
.The phone number of the guild is 778-6694.

St. Bernard sale to go half price
The second Saturday of the rummage sale of St.
Bernard Church's guild will see everything at half
price, marked down from last Saturday's sale.
The sale will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June
7, at the activity center of the church, 248 Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Details may be obtained at 778-

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on all five Manatee County Area Transit trolleys.
"This was something obviously unforeseen"
when the trolleys were ordered," said MCAT's Ralf
Unfortunately, the manufacturer claims it is not
responsible for the sand and MCAT had to replace
all the brake drums at its own expense, Hessler said.
He did not yet have a total cost of those repairs.
Hessler also said a report that Manatee County
Manager Ernie Padgett said that MCAT will install
noise reduction equipment on all five trolleys is
news to him.
"At this point, we are still testing the one trolley
prototype" that has been fitted with noise-reduction
equipment, he said.
"In all likelihood, we'll refit all the trolleys, but
we're awaiting test results from the prototype,"
Hessler added.
The cost to muffle one trolley engine is about
$10,000, he said.
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Fold and go ultralite
Holmes Beach resident Sandy Struber thought
she'd found the perfect home-based business when she
became the area distributor for the Fold and Go
Ultralite electric vehicle.
"I thought I'd just spend a few hours each week
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of options and models to choose from, Dave said.
For more information on the Fold and Go
Ultralight, call Sandy at 504-8844.

Master marine at museum
The Museum Shoppe above the U.S. Post Office
in the Bayview Plaza in Anna Maria is the first gal-
lery in the United States to offer the complete line of
specialty canvas prints by Michael Keane, an interna-
tionally recognized master marine artist, a press release
from owners Florence and Ed Hall said.
The series of eight pieces features cat boats, sail-
boats and tall ships, each in a unique seascape setting.
The works are digitally reproduced from the
artist's original oil paintings, and every canvas is indi-
vidually signed by Keane and accompanied by a cer-
tificate of authenticity.
One of the series is of the United States Coast
Guard's flagship, the U.S.S. Eagle, shown leading the
fleet of Tall Ships which toured the world in 2000.

"It is really a privilege and pleasure to offer such
beautiful, high quality artwork by one of the world's
most recognized marine artists," said Florence Hall.
Prices range from $100 to $260 for the canvasses
and they can be viewed daily at the Museum Shoppe.
For more information call 779-0273.

Biz correction
The business story in last week's Islander on turtle-
friendly lighting should have said the lights are avail-
able at Ace Hardware of Holmes Beach, not Crowder
Bros. Ace Hardware in Holmes Beach.

Spencer's summer skim sessions
Spencer Carper of Holmes Beach has created his
own unique summer business by teaching youngsters
how to skimboard. Here, he gives his 6-year-old
brother Neil some pointers. Islander Photo: Rick

Spencer skims through

summer job
Holmes Beach resident Spencer Carper has com-
bined his athletic ability on a skimboard with a very
unique summer job.
Spencer was looking to earn some money this sum-
mer, but as a 13-year-old, his options were limited
since he's not yet old enough to work at Burger King
or McDonald's.
"My dad suggested I do something I'm good at.
Since I'm pretty good at skimboarding and love the
water, I decided to offer skimboard lessons," said Spen-
While skimboarding doesn't yet have the cult sta-
tus or pro competition circuit that surfing or skate-
boarding has, he said the sport has become very popu-
lar as an amateur event and he's even entered a few
He's really "stoked" about his summer business.
"It's awesome. I get to be on the water teaching
other kids something that's very popular."
Spencer will be aided by his mother, Shawn, and
he will supply the boards to practice and learn at any
level of experience.
"I can teach beginning skills, intermediate and
advanced," said Spencer, "and both boys and girls are
"I think he's hoping a few girls will sign up," said
his mom.
His youngest student so far is 6 years old and
teaching the basics of skimboarding seems to be the
most popular lesson.
"And I don't allow anyone to go out into the wa-
ter unless their parents are here and give the OK. Oth-
erwise, we learn along the water's edge."
All lessons are done individually and he's giving
four 30-minute sessions for just $35 as an introductory
Spencer gives most of his lessons in the morning

along the water's edge about 300 yards north of the
Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.
"But I have a flexible schedule for lessons," he
While most people call for lessons, if anyone sees
him giving a lesson on the beach and wants to talk
skimboarding or ask about lessons, feel free.
He's hopeful to get some T-shirts made that say
"Skimboard Lessons," so look for him either wearing
his T-shirt, or just look for anyone who's a top-notch
Or, call 778-0944 for more information on
Spencer's Skimboard Sessions.
Sun House award
The Sun House restaurant at BridgeWalk in
Bradenton Beach was awarded second place in the
Fourth Annual Salsa de Mayo contest May 3 at
Southside Village in Sarasota.
Fifteen area restaurants participated in the event
with a total of 25 different salsa items offered to the
Sun House executive chef James French served his
"Floribbean Fresh Salsa Obsession" to the judges.
The "Obsession" combines mango, papaya, pine-
apple and kiwi with roasted red peppers, salt and pep-
per, and vinegar and oil.
A second presentation was a traditional Pico de
Gallo made with tomatoes, cilantro, red and green pep-
pers and vinegar and oil.
The two entries were complimented with home-
made Boniato chips with montreal seasoning, Malanga
with jerk seasoning and Yucca with cajun seasoning.
The Sun House features Floribbean cuisine, which
is a fusion of American, Caribbean and Latin American
cooking traditions, a press release from the restaurant
For more information on Sun House, call 782-

Sunny winner at Brian's
Island resident Ann Jenkins won a free hamburger
a week for a year as the winner of the Brian's Sunny
Side Up Cafe drawing last Sunday.
Ten runner-up winners will each receive a free
Brian's T-shirt and a free breakfast or lunch of their
Brian's has two locations: one at 5360 Gulf Drive
N. in Holmes Beach and another at 9516 Cortez Road.

Island Appliance closing
The Island Appliance Services store at 10006
Gulf Drive in Anna Maria is closing its doors and will
relocate to a new address because of a pending sale of
the building, owner Frank Ross said.
A liquidation sale will be held June 5 and 6, Ross
A large quantity of appliances, tools and office
equipment is for sale, along with a truck with lift.
According to some longtime Anna Maria residents,
the building at one time housed a gasoline station.
For information on the liquidation sale or the new
location, call Ross at 778-6126.

Island real estate sales
7302 Palm Dr., Holmes Beach, a 820 sfla 2bed/
1 bath/I car home built in 1954 on a 92x85 lot, was sold
4/1/03, Loesser to Estes, for $308,000; list $329,900.
7805 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a 816 sfla duplex
built in 1956 on a 55x80 lot, was sold 4/4/03, Widholm
to Powers, for $255,000; list $279,500.
784 N. Shore Dr., Anna Maria, a 2,754 sfla 5bed/
5bath/lcar home (zoned duplex) and built in 1971 on
an 87x100 lot, was sold 4/2/03, Beverly to Elco Inc. for
$900,000; list $939,000.
901 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach, 3 Pelican Cove
Resort 1, a 962 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1983,
was sold 4/2/03, Paul to Morehouse, for $335,000; list
101 Seventh St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 2,028 sfla
4bed/4bath duplex built in 1949 on a 50x100 lot, was
sold 4/8/03, Beigh to Nugent, for $550,000; list
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander. Copy-
right 2003.


IMS student recognition assembly

Island Middle School students were recognized for
their achievements at a special assembly held prior to
the last day of the 2002-03 school year.
Among the awards given were individual awards
from each teacher recognizing academic improvement
and special talents.
Twenty-five students in sixth-, seventh- and
eighth-grades received Citizenship Awards for good
character and leadership skills.
Twenty students received the President's Award
for Educational Achievement, which is awarded for
tremendous growth, commitment to learning, or

achievement in a specific subject.
Thirty students were awarded the President's
Award for Educational Excellence, which is based on
achieving a grade-point average of 3.5 or above, and
scoring above the 85th percentile on standardized tests.
Seven students, Winn Haslam, Madison Easterling,
Marissa Bressi, Lindsey Bressi, Josh Scheible, Chrissy
Krug and Cory Myers, were recognized for maintain-
ing a 4.0 grade point average. .
Alisha Ware, Celia Ware and Crystal .Wolfe won
awards for perfect attendance.
And eighth-grader Lindsey Bressi was recognized by

the National Council of Teachers of English as a State
Winner in the Promising Young Writers 2003 contest.
Band Director Jimi Gee also took a few minutes to
recognize members of the Conch Fritter Band and
handed out a compact disc, which includes the record-
ing of their first-place performance during last month's
competition in Orlando.
The Parent-Teacher Organization topped off the
award ceremony with a gift for IMS advanced band mem-
bers. The PTO purchased T-shirts for the students meant
to be used for trading signatures with fellow students in
order to commemorate the 2002-03 school year.

Carson and Hope
Island Middle School language arts teacher John Friedricks awarded Josh
Scheible and Billy Krokroskia the Johnny Carson and Bob Hope Awards,
respectively, for bringing a touch of humor not only to their work but also to the
classroom. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan. I

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Twice as proud
Former AME Principal Tim Kolbe and current AME Principal Kathy Hayes
teamed up to congratulate graduating fifth-graders on a job well done at the
students' farewell luncheon. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan.

Clowning around
Paige Carper, Margaret Sawyer, Garrett Secor and Daniel Connelly gathered
around Holmes Beach Police Officer/Anna Maria Elementary School Resource
Officer Pete Lannon for a few laughs over lunch at the end-of-year fifth-grade
luncheon at the Beach House Restaurant.

Hot shots
AME Coach Gene Burr recognized fifth-grade "Hot Shots" who did well in the
school's annual field-day competition.

Glad grads
Krista Davidson, Kirsten Whitt, Ashley Gomes, Melissa Baker, Miles Hostettler and
Amanda White gathered for lunch at Anna Maria Elementary School's annual end-
of-year fifth-grade luncheon at the Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.

Third., fourth.grade awards recognize achievements

Anna Maria Elementary School third- and
fourth-graders gathered in the school auditorium on
the last day of the 2002-03 school year to honor their
academic achievements.
AME Guidance Counselor Cindi Harrison and
Principal Kathy Hayes rewarded students who
earned high marks all year in class and for perfect at-
tendance and for participation in the school speech
contest and Sunshine Math program.
Teachers also gave individual awards to stu- .s "
dents. Kathy Grandstad awarded third-grader Kara
Nelson for her creativity, Tommy Price for making -
improvements in reading and Barbara VanAndle for
earning 98.4 points in the Accelerated Reading pro-
gram, which tests student knowledge on books
they've read.
Karen Newhall recognized third-grader Glenn
Bauer as her most improved student overall, Trina ,' .
Rizzo for earning 415 points in the Accelerated
Reader program and Breslyn Reiber for her creativ-
Four fourth-graders were recognized for out-
standing achievements on the Florida Writes! por-
tion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
Chandler McClung, Alison Lukitsch and Grayson
Wallace scored a 5 out of a possible 6 and Chelsea
DuDubois earned a 5.5, the highest mark at AME
this year.
To honor the writing achievements made by
these fourth-graders, the Anna Maria Island Rotary
Club gave each of them a $50 U.S. Savings Bond
which was presented by Rotary Club member Birgit Outstanding FCAT
Sesterhenn. AME Principal Kathy Hayes and Anna Maria Island Rotary Club member Birgit Sesterhenn recognized
The fourth-grade teachers also awarded indi- fourth-grade students who achieved a 5.0 or higher on the Florida Writes! portion of the FCAT exam. The
vidual recognition for students with academic im- Rotary Club honored Chandler McClung, Alison Lukitsch, Grayson Wallace and Chelsea DuDebois with $50
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Pre-K grads celebrate at School of Constructive Play
The Island's youngest graduates celebrated with a .,....- .v
ceremony on the playground at the School of Construc-
tive Play in Anna Maria.
Teachers at the school gave their pre-K students a
happy send-off as they prepare to enter elementary
school in the fall. -Q- A.
Twenty-two graduates received certificates and a
keepsake booklet with photos of all their classmates. J -.
During the ceremony the grads sang songs and '
made one final trek across the jungle gym and down the
slide to say farewell. m
This year's pre-K graduates include, .
Brady Bannigan Rebecca Hinds3
Amanda Bosch Dephon Martowski
Christopher Burdick Ashley Miller
Jacqueline Burgess Savannah Mitchell
Samantha Burgess Jasmine Neff
Joshua Carden Holly Parker
Holly Darke Sarah Quattromani
Katie Dell Tyler Russell Little grads
Mikey Ellsworth Madeline Valadie The School of Constructive Play in Anna Maria celebrated its toddlers heading off to kindergarten next year
Alex Gilman Alexia Yavalar with a special graduation ceremony. Graduates crossed the jungle gym, crawled under a banner and slid
Sara Green Gabriel Gallo down the slide to receive a special "diploma." Islander Photos: Diana Bogan

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The Islander publisher Bonner Joy presented Anna Maria Elementary School Fishing for school
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auction event. The check presentation was made during AME's morning show Islander during a recent AME morning show news program. From left are fourth
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A nesting turtle wandered more than 1,500 feet
through an Anna Maria beachfront neighborhood early
last Thursday morning before returning to the water,
confused by some lights left on outside a beachfront
rental property.
Anna Maria TurtleWatch Director Suzi Fox said
she and her volunteers were called about 6:30 a.m. May
29 to 104 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria after the family
renting the unit spotted the turtle's trail.
Fox said the turtle was definitely confused after
nesting. She tracked the turtle's trail around a garage,
down an alleyway, across Pine Avenue, through the
Sandbar restaurant parking lot and finally back to the
Gulf of Mexico.
"The turtle could not see the Gulf because of the
lights. She couldn't find her way out after making her
nest," said Fox.
"We talked to the people and they said they had no
information to turn off all the lights at night. They were
very distressed. They just didn't know," said Fox. "And
the two little girls in the family were almost hysterical
that they might have caused harm to the turtle."
Fox said the nest seems OK, but on the mother
turtle's way out, she may have injured a flipper, accord-

ing to the markings of her outward crawl.
"Apparently, there was a stack of chairs at the
Sandbar that she might have run into. That's the thing
with property along the beach," she said.
Once the turtle became disoriented, "she could go
Marine turtles only emerge from the water to nest,
said Fox. Both mother turtles and their hatchlings de-
pend upon reflection of the moon and stars on the wa-
ter to guide them safely back to sea.
Turtles are often confused about the water's direc-
tion by lights left on at night along the beach, Fox said.
But no Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection laws were broken, added Fox.
"This was a turtle disorientation, not a sick turtle.
If we had found a sick turtle, we would have had to call
the DEP and begin an investigation," she said.
Fox said most real estate and rental agents under-
stand the laws about lights left on the beach overnight
and the harm they might cause nesting turtles and ad-
vise renters.
"These people just didn't know," she said. "It's
very important for people, especially renters, to know
about the turtles and the laws protecting them."
The nest, however, appears unharmed, although the
mother turtle did drop one egg outside the nest, Fox said.

Soldiers reminiscent of troubled turtle nights

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
.A serious lad evidently was having some non-se-
rious fun on the beach Sunday night, playing war
games with toy soldiers.
* Trouble was his battlefield was next door to a sea
.urtle nest. And while Island Turtle Watch director Suzi
Fox is all for everybody having fun, it reminded her
-that not everybody understands turtle nest etiquette.
The unknown boy's war games did no harm to the nest
in front of the Resort 66 in Anna Maria, and it did look
like fun to move troops around the little piece of beach.
Fox was almost grateful for the breach of preferred
human behavior during turtle nesting season. It re-
minded her, if she needed reminding after her years of
encouraging people to be especially considerate on the
beach in turtle season, that people and turtles must mix
very gingerly.

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Turtles aren't going to do much about it, except
turn around and head back out to sea if people' bother
them. So it's up to people to make the relationship
mutually agreeable.
She prefers people not go onto the beach at night
looking for turtles, "and that particularly includes the
time right after the bars close."
If you happen to be there and happen to see a turtle
coming ashore or making and filling a nest or leaving
afterward, give her room.
"This is a 300-pound woman who just gave birth,
and she needs to get back into the water," Fox said.
"Give her space, stay at least 50 feet away, get behind
her and be very quiet and don't move around at all."
Fox reminds us that the only time the sea turtles
come ashore is to nest and not being accustomed to
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A female loggerhead sea turtle went for a long stroll
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Courtesy Turtle Watch

"It's not like a house pet that knows to walk around
objects," Fox said. "Everything on the beach is foreign
to sea turtles."
Anyone who sees any turtle activity that might in-
dicate a turtle in distress, any time of night, or day for
that matter, should call Fox at 232-1405 or the Turtle
Watch education center at 778-1435 from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Sea turtles come ashore, usually to the beach where
they were born, at night from May to October to propa-
gate their species. A pregnant turtle digs down a couple
of feet, deposits 100 or so eggs the size of golf balls,
covers them to let sun and sand do the incubating, and
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Anna Maria's beach is home to 37 nests, about
average for this time of the nesting season, said Fox.
They are starting to appear at the rate of two or three a
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Wednesday, June 4
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier. Information: 778-7062.
8 a.m. Comprehensive health screening and
wellness program by the Manatee County Health De-
partment at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce, 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
779-9412. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
,. tion: 778-6341.
6 to 9 p.m. Summer Spa Party at Amy Dodge
Aveda Salon and Spa, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive,.
Longboat Key: 387-0773.
7 p.m. "Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Visionary
of the Everglades," starring Peggy Martin at the
Fogartyville Cafe, 800 17th Ave. W., Bradenton. Infor-
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benefit Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club.

Thursday, June 5
9 to 10 a.m. -Pilates for beginners with Laura
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407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
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9 to 11 a.m. Peli-Boat tours with the Pelican
Man's Bird Sanctuary at the Holiday Inn Marina, 7150
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 388-4444. Fee
7 to 8 p.m. Teen GIRLS Forum at the Anna

Service above self
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Beach. Information: 778-6694.

Saturday, June 7
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rummage sale at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-4769.
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Beach. Information: 778-1908.
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the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
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training at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
Noon to 2:30 p.m. Peli-Boat tours with the Peli-
can Man's Bird Sanctuary departing from the Holiday
Inn Marina, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information:
388-4444. Fee applies.
7 p.m. Island Dance 2003 recital with Darlene
Friedrich at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,

Sunday, June 8
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Islandwide blood drive at
Marina Pointe Realty, 314 Pine Ave., Anna Maria; The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; Beach
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton

Beach. Information: 778-1908.
3 p.m. Duets of Distinction at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-1813.
7p.m. "Fun at the Center" for Island teens at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.

Monday, June 9
8:30 a.m. Internet class for beginners at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
9 a.m. to noon Vacation Bible School begins at
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-0414. Fee applies.

Tuesday, June 10
7:30 a.m. Business Network International meet-
ing at the Hilton Hotel, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-5543.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans Service officers at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 749-3030.
2 to 3 p.m. "Hats Off to Animals" children's pro-
gram with Joyce Kesling at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
7 to 9 p.m. Teen art program at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.

Wednesday, June 11
10:30 a.m. Friends Book Club at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-6341.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.
6:30 to 8 p.m. Financial workshop with Mike
Valley and Glori Fernandez at 3226 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 779-2499.

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer Camp at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, through Aug. 8. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
9 a.m. to noon Vacation Bible School at Roser
Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, to June 13. Information: 778-0414. Fee applies.

"Hats Off to Magic" with Lyndell's Magic Com-
pany at the Island Branch Library June 17.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
May 25, 700 block Jacaranda Road, information.
According to the report, a man called deputies because
he was concerned that his stepson might cause trouble
at his home. The man told deputies his stepson had just
been released from jail and has caused problems in the

Bradenton Beach
May 20, 2300 block of Gulf Drive North, towed
vehicle. A tow truck was called to retrieve a car which
had been left 75 feet from the beach access on the
beach. According to the report, the vehicle was buried
in sand up to the car frame and the first tow truck to
respond became stuck in the sand trying to remove it.
A second tow truck was called to remove both the ve-
hicle and the disabled tow truck.
May 20, 1900 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, war-
rant arrest. A woman found sleeping in a car at the
beach was arrested on a Polk County warrant.
May 23, 600 block of Gulf Drive South, theft.
According to the report, officers following up on a
February report of a stolen tag discovered that the tag
had not been returned to its owner. Officers contacted
the person in possession of the tag and advised that
theft charges would be filed if the tag was not turned
over to the tag office within 24 hours.
May 24, 1301 Gulf Drive N., Silver Surf Motel,
drug arrest. Christopher Tubbs, 22, of Lakeland, and
Jill Rhoden, 27, of Bartow, -were arrested for posses-
sion of 11 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
May 24, First Street and Highland Avenue, towed
vehicle. A vehicle abandoned in the middle of the in-
tersection was towed.
May 25, 2300 block of Canasta Drive, criminal
mischief. According to the report, a large concrete
fountain was pushed over and damaged.
May 27, 100 block of 24th Street North, domestic
battery. A woman was charged with domestic battery
after she reportedly poured a bowl of hot soup over her
boyfriend's head and punched and scratched his face
during an argument.
May 28, 1600 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, bur-
glary, According to the report, a woman's purse was
stolen from the trunk of her car.
May 28,2500 block of Avenue A, theft. An olean-
der plant approximately 18 inches high was reportedly
stolen from the side yard of a man's home.

Holmes Beach
May 24,7300 block of Gulf Drive, driver's license.

A man was given a citation for allowing his 14-year-
old daughter to drive his vehicle. According to the re-
port, the father was in the vehicle at the time.
May 26, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A woman's wallet was reportedly stolen from
the purse she left in her van.
May 26, 5000 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A man
reported the canopy tent he left on the beach overnight
was missing.
May 26, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, theft. A
man reported his wallet stolen after he left it on the bar
while he played pool.
May 26, 3200 East Bay Drive, Shells restaurant,
theft. According to the report, two bundles of small
bills were stolen from the combination safe. According
to the report, only the restaurant managers knew the
combination to the safe.
May 27, 6100 block of Holmes Boulevard, theft. A
child's bike was reported stolen from a carport.
May 27, 6001 Marina Drive, Smith Realty, aban-
doned vehicle. According to the report, a vehicle was
abandoned in the parking lot and the tag, dashboard and
radio had been removed.
May 28, 5808 Gulf Drive, Water's Edge condo-

minium, theft. According to the report, an emergency
strobe light was stolen from the exterior of the build-
May 28, 4200 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. Ac-
cording to the report, a woman investigating noises
coming from the downstairs of her home discovered a
man trying to enter through the sliding-glass doors. She
asked him to leave and then called police, who
searched the area for the man but did not find him.
May 28,4200 Gulf Drive, Gulf Sands condomini-
ums, criminal mischief. According to the report, a
Mercedes emblem was taken from the hood of a man's
May 28, 200 block of Peacock Lane, missing per-
son. A man reported his teenage daughter missing af-
ter she reportedly left for a friend's house and then
didn't return home that evening.
May 28, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach Police
Department, burglary. A man came to the police depart-
ment to report his wallet was stolen from his vehicle.
May 29, 700 block of Manatee Avenue, driver's
license. A man was issued a summons for driving with-
out a license, a written warning for running a red light,
and a citation for not wearing his seatbelt.

Bradenton Beach bike crash
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when his motorcycle rammed a car driven by Corey Gropp of Pasco County. Happling sustained head and
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Manatee status change stalled, Dr. Beach is back

Environmental regulators have again stalled action
on changing the status of manatees in Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission last week tabled action until November on
changing the categorization of sea cows from "endan-
gered" to "threatened."
FWC scientists had argued for the change, based
on burgeoning census numbers in the past few years of
the slow-moving marine mammals. Federal scientists
had refuted the state's claims based on watercraft-
manatee interactions and the resulting deaths of mana-
tees. Last year a record number of 95 manatees were
killed after boats ran over them.
Spotters in airplanes do an annual count of sea
cows every January. The numbers fluctuate wildly each
year: One year there were 3,000, the next year 1,700,
the next 3,600. Go figure.
Boating groups are pressuring for the lowered sta-
tus to keep waterways from coming under no-wake
zones. Environmental groups argue that the population
is still low enough to maintain the current "endan-
gered" listing.

Dr. Beach strikes again
Dr. Steve Leatherman has offered.his annual list of
the best beaches, and one of our neighboring beaches
just north of the Island made it to the No. 2 slot.
Fort DeSoto Park in Pinellas County scored very
well according to "Dr. Beach."
He wrote on his Web site: "Just north of the en-
trance to Tampa Bay is Fort Desoto Park. This beach,
which frequently appears in my Top 10 Best Beaches
list, is set in a natural wilderness, but still close to all
the amenities of nearby St. Pete Beach. Residents of the
metropolis of Tampa and St. Petersburg often go here
to escape the hustle and bustle of urban living.
"This Pinellas County park is spread over five is-
lands and encompasses about 900 acres. There is a
range of beaches from which to choose, but avoid in-
lets and channels because of the danger of strong cur-
rents and deep holes. The park is known for its birding,
but it is also a great area for camping, biking, and fish-
ing. It is fun to explore the park relics, including gun
emplacements and ammunition rooms, of old Fort
Desoto on Mullet Key; this fortification was declared
obsolete before any shots were fired in combat. This
area also affords you an awesome view of the Skyway
Bridge over Tampa Bay."
As a longtime visitor to the park, I applaud his se-
lection and hope the park makes it to the top slot next
By the way, the list this year is:
1. Kaanapali, Hawaii-the National Winner.
2. Fort DeSoto Park.
3. Ocracoke Island, N.C. .
4. Hanalei Bay, Hawaii.
5. Caladesi Island State Park, Fla.
6. Main Beach, East Hampton, N.Y.
7. Makalawena Beach, Hawaii.
8. Hanauma Bay, Hawaii.
9. Cape Florida State Recreational Area, Fla.
10. Cape Hatteras, N.C.
As an FYI, Florida has scored well in the past, with
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last year, St. Andrews State Park winning in 1995,
Grayton Beach in 1994, and Bahia Honda in 1992.
Leatherman is a professor of environmental stud-
ies at Florida International University in Miami and has
written 12 books on beaches.
Now, if we can just get him to Bean Point on the
Island, or maybe Coquina Beach ....

... and on another DeSoto Park note
Sun worshipers and beachgoers aren't the only
folks that find Fort DeSoto a great place to visit -
anglers are lovin' the place.
A millionn renovation of the Gulf Fishing Pier
has been created and-some call the perfect fishing pier.
It's got a bunch of those neck-out things that allow fish-
ers to get a little out of the way of the usual pier traf-
fic. There are also five artificial reefs, two on each side
of the structure and one at the end, all only about 60
feet out to draw fish to within easy casting range.
The pier is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day,
and plans are afoot to do the same type of renovations
to the Bay Fishing Pier.
Seems like it may be time for a road trip across the
big bay.

'Actual analogies and metaphors
found in high school essays'
The comments below come via the Internet and,
like many Web things, are somewhat questionable as
to accuracy. However, some of the following are pretty
funny and seem appropriate as the school year comes
to a close.
His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and
breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without
Cling Free.
He spoke with the wisdom that can only come
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looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes
with a pinhole in it, and now goes around the country
speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking
at a solar eclipse without one those boxes with a pin-
hole in it.
She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli
and he was room-temperature Canadian ground beef.
She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that
sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
He was as tall as a 6-foot-3-inch tree.
The little boat gently drifted across the pond ex-
actly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.
Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after
a sneeze.
Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lov-
ers raced across the grassy field toward each other like
two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36
p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19
p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil.
But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing
kids around with power tools.
He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical
lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually
lame maybe from stepping on a land mine or some-

Sandscript factoid
Please accept this little note as a thank you to all
of author Randy Wayne White's fans who turned out
for our lunch Saturday. Everyone seemed to have a
great time, based on the looks on everybody's faces,
and Randy said he would definitely be back next
time for perhaps a couple of seatings, so more folks can
enjoy his stories.
We've got a few autographed copies of his book
"Everglades" at the office if you're interested in one,
with a bunch of the proceeds going to the Tingley
Memorial Library in Bradenton Beach.
And Susan Whaley took the prize as guest-du jour
- she configured her vacation from Tennessee to be
able to work in the RWW event.
We're working to line up more authors for similar
events, so start reading: Ace Atkins, Shiresh Date, Jim
Swain, Jim Hall, Tim Dorsey, and, hopefully, Carl
Hiaasen ....

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Tarpon hookups reported daily, plus lots of trout, reds

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Tarpon are still the big story in fishing this week,
and should remain in the news for at least another
month or so. There are lots of big silver kings mov-
ing through Tampa Bay and along the beaches, with
hookups reported almost every day by most charter
Grouper action offshore remains good, although
the big fish have moved farther out in the Gulf to
depths or 100-feet or more. Snapper action is also good,
and one charter came back to the dock with a 62-pound
Cubera snapper caught in 170 feet of water.
Inshore fishing for trout and redfish is also good,
as is catch-and-release snook action.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
grouper have moved farther offshore, in about 100 feet
of water in the Gulf. Tarpon fishing is in full swing
right now, with lots of reports of sightings and hook-
ups. In the backwater, catch-and-release snook fishing
is great, as are catches of redfish and trout, plus a few
Spanish mackerel.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's getting a few
hookups of tarpon and cobia, plus lots of snapper and
grouper offshore.
Capt. Mike Greig of Captain Mike's Charters
in Holmes Beach said tarpon fishing is at its peak right
now, with hookups and landings almost every day.
Capt Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's finding tarpon
fishing to be excellent, especially in the mornings. In the
afternoons, he's catching redfish and trout inside.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said red grouper fishing remains excellent in
the Gulf, with catches up to 20 pounds. He's also reel-
ing in lots of mangrove and lane snapper, with some up
to 5 pounds.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said trout action is
excellent, with some being caught up to 25 inches in
length. He's also getting a lot of catch-and-release
snook to 32 inches. The strong west winds put a
damper on his silver king fishing off the beaches, but
he's putting his charters onto mangrove snapper, mack-
erel and a few cobia to take up the slack.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
some big trout, to 27 inches in length, have been brought
to the dock. There are also some big snook hanging
around, but they aren't biting, and there are plenty of
sharks that are taking the hooks just outside Rattlesnake
Point. Oh, and "everybody is seeing tarpon," Dave added.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said "the beer is
cold and the fishing is excellent," with good reports of
jacks, small snook, oversize redfish and lots of tarpon
rolling past the pier.
Anglers-at the Anna Maria City Pier report mack-
erel, pompano, a few flounder and mangrove snapper,
plus one cobia were all caught last week.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair said he's
getting some really big catch-and-release snook, red-
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Island fox is a

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Well, that's settled our Island fox, or foxes,
is or are, of the gray variety.
What's not settled is how or when they got to Anna
Maria Island. Likely that will remain unanswered.
The positive identification comes from William
Frankenberger, who for 28 years was a wildlife biolo-
gist for the state. He has seen every kind of Florida
wildlife, he said, and has logged plenty of foxes.
At least one knowledgeable Islander, Anna
Maria City Commissioner Linda Cramer, had said
the one she saw looked very much like a red fox of
the kind she knew growing up in Wisconsin.
Easy mistake, said Frankenberger, especially in
the dusk and darkness these nocturnal animals pre-
fer. Some grays have enough rusty coloration to
make them seem red in certain lighting conditions.
But ours is a gray, he said, as he identified it from a
photo taken by Robin McCormick of Anna Maria.
And it can't be the 50 to 60 pounds some fox-
sighters estimated, he said, for the average weight of
a gray fox is 9 or 10 pounds, about the size of a cat
or small dog. So the person who estimated that
heavy weight probably "was seeing something else.
"Hunters consistently overestimate the weights
of deer and wild hogs that they kill. Animals look
heavier due to feathers or fur. I guarantee there are
pet cats on Anna Maria Island that outweigh any fox
out there."
He said gray foxes "are found throughout Florida
and have been on Anna Maria Island, as well as other
coastal regions, long before human development."

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south of the Anna Maria Bridge. A few reds are being
caught on the right tides, and boaters are coming to the
dock with lots of mackerel and trout as well.
Capt. Brian Kisluk said he's catching tarpon on
almost every trip out, and is also doing well with red-
fish and trout in the backwaters.
On my boat Magic we've been targeting redfish all
week with up to 20 fish caught on some trips. Trout
fishing is excellent right now, too.
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, ore-mailed to news@islander.org. Please include
identification for persons in the picture along with infor-
mation on the catch and a name and phone number for
more information. Snapshots may be retrieved once they
appear in the paper.

Tarpon are thick off the beaches of Anna Maria
Island right now. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

ray, says biologist
Plus, he said, "they can find ways to get out to
the Island. Snakes, deer, raccoons, possums and
foxes swim from island to island in the Florida
Keys and other island areas, so why not the Anna
Maria variety?"
What was at first thought to be one fox turned
out to be two, as sighted by Robin Wall in Anna
Maria. She said one of them climbed halfway up a
cabbage palm before hopping down and joining its
pal to disappear into the underbrush.
That, too, tallies with Frankenberger's data. The
gray fox is a "fairly good climber," he said.
"They are omnivores and opportunistic feeders,
which means they eat a very wide variety of food
items, both animal and vegetable. They adapt very
well to urban settings, becoming quite tame in the
presence of humans."
That reinforces Islanders' observations, so much
so that many have expressed concern that the foxes'
toleration of humans may bring them serious prob-
Frankenerger said he had seen a story about
foxes in The Islander and became intrigued. He was
born and reared in St. Petersburg and had visited
Anna Maria many times.
Retired from his state biologist job, he is an en-
vironmental liaison officer with the Air Force and
Army National Guard headquartered at McDill AFB
but serving at the Avon Park auxiliary airfield and
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Island baseball succumbs to dog-days of summer

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
West Manatee Fire District dropped out of the
Manatee West Little League double-elimination
tournament last week with a lackluster 6-2 loss to
Troxler & Smith, a team that lost more than it won
during the regular season.
Before that loss, WMFD beat up on winless
American Car Care by a 20-3 score, while dropping
its tournament opener to Morrish Orthodontics by a
6-4 score.
The Islander Junior League baseball team could
find themselves out of the Junior League tourney if
they don't reverse a recent trend of losing close
The Islanders toppled Beef O'Brady's in its
opening tourney game June 2 in Palmetto. The Is-
lander beat Beef's earlier in the season, but lost to
them in a second encounter.
The "newspaper boys" advance in the tourney to
play Schappacher & Friends at G.T. Bray Park in
Bradenton at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7. A win will put
them on the schedule for 6:30 p.m. Monday at G.T.
Bray. The championship will be played at 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 14, at G.T. Bray.
The days are getting longer and hotter and the
summer's just getting started.
Let us know about your sporting activities dur-
ing the "dog days." Call me at 750-8959, or call The
Islander at 778-7978, or e-mail me at the newspaper
at news@islander.org.

Troxler & Smith 6, WMFD 2
Carlos Brown and Tucker Owen combined to
limit WMFD to four hits and two runs during its 6-
2 victory Thursday, May 29, which keeps T&S alive
in the loser's bracket and sends WMFD back to the
Neither team hit much as Ben Valdivieso and
Jared McKenzie limited T&S to four hits, but gave
T&S too many baserunners with nine walks. Cam
Allen, James Allen and Tyler Rubino each singled
and scored one run to pace the T&S offense that also
received a double from Mickey Marciniak and a
single from Nick Lorini.
McKenzie doubled and scored one run to lead
the WMFD offense that also received a double from
Lance Burger and singles from Matt Shafer and
Dylan Mullen. Stephen Thomas reached base twice
and scored on McKenzie's RBI double in the sixth.
After the game, the team celebrated Coach Brad
Lisk's 35 birthday with cake and soda. Happy birth-
day coach!

WMFD 20, American Car Care 3
WMFD pounded out 18 hits Tuesday, May 27,
to support the five-hit pitching of Ryan Guerin and
stay alive in the season ending double-elimination
Tyler Fitzgerald went 3-for-3 and scored three runs,
and Jared McKenzie went 3-for-4, including a
double and two runs scored, to lead the WMFD of-
fense. Ben Valdivieso added three singles and three
runs scored to a WMFD attack that also received a
pair of singles and two runs scored from Stephen
Thomas and two singles and three runs scored from
both Dylan Mullen and Guerin. Matt Shafer and
Alex Wright each singled and scored, while Lance
Burger doubled and scored once to round out the
WMFD offense.
Ryan Bazzy had a pair of singles and one run
scored to pace the American Car Care offense that
also received a single and one run scored from both
Chris Waiters and Johnny Prince.

Morrish Orthodontics 6, WMFD 4
Hayden Counihan struck out 12 batters during his
complete-game six-hitter Wednesday, May 21, that
advanced them into the second round of the double-
elimination tourney. Counihan also helped himself at
the plate with a pair of RBI doubles and two runs
scored. T.J. Beckett added a single and two runs scored,
while Clark McFarland had an RBI double.
WMFD starting pitcher Jared McKenzie limited
Morrish to only four hits, while striking out nine, but
was done in by eight walks. Stephen Thomas paced
the WMFD offense with a single, double and two
runs scored, while Cody Woten reached on a bunt

WMFD Coach Brad
Lisk hit the "big 35"
and was surprised
with a party follow-
ing Thursday night's
game. Melinda
Bordes, wife of
Lisk's partner coach,
Evan Bordes,
presents the cake.
Islander Photo:
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Ben Valdivieso can't come up with this throw as
Chris Waiters slides safely into second during the
Manatee West Little League double-elimination
and came around to score on a passed ball. Ben
Valdivieso had a pair of singles and McKenzie
chipped in with one single to round out the WMFD

Center news and notes
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
hosting the Island Sports Marathon Team Challenge.
which consists of seven weeks of competition in
seven different sports. The action gets started Mon-
day, June 9, for children of all ages. The winning
team wins a trip to their choice of Florida amuse-
ment parks.
Other events upcoming at the Center include the
Island Track & Field Olympic competition, which
gets started Saturday, June 21. Individuals or teams
can compete in as many of the Olympic events that
the Center has to offer such as the 100-, 200-, 400-,
800- and 1,600-meter runs along with the 400-, 800-
and 1,600-meter relay.
Other events include the shot put, discus, long
jump and high jump with medals and prizes to be
awarded in each event. Age groups are 5-7, 8-9, 10-
11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39,
40-44, 45-49, 50-59 and 60 plus. Each participant re-
ceives an AMICC Olympic shirt with the cost only
$10 per person.
The following Saturday (June 28) has the Island
Indoor Soccer League getting started with four age
divisions. They will have 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-
16 age divisions with each team guaranteed at least
10 regular season games in addition to a season-end-
ing tournament. Cost is $250 per team or $25 per
person with a maximum of 15 players per team.
Last, but not least is the second AMICC Whiffle
Ball League which gets started on July 1.
For more information on any of the above, please
give Joe Cheblus of the Center a call at 778-1908.

Texas recruiter
Lt. General John Van Alstyne, left, Comman-
dant Corps of Cadets, Texas A&M University;
Cindy Langston, co-owner of Anna Maria
Glass and Screen; and father-in-law James
"Bill" Langston, pictured at Military Weekend
Review at Texas A&M University earlier this

Texas A&M cadet

scholarships available
By Katharine Wight
Islander Reporter
Several college scholarship opportunities are
available through the Corps of Cadets at Texas
A&M University, according to James "Bill"
Langston. Langston, a retiree who owns property
on the Island, is a volunteer recruiter for the
Corps of Cadets.
One available scholarship is the Commandant's
Leadership Award, a four-year scholarship amount-
ing to $8,000. Each year, 40 such scholarships are
available for entering corps freshmen.
The Sul Ross/Corps Scholarship is a two-year
award, valued at $2,000. Approximately 325 are
available each year, also for entering freshmen. Se-
lections for each of these scholarships are based on
superior academic performance and leadership.
In addition, the Meade-Carpenter Emerging
Leaders Award is available, providing a one-year
scholarship valued at $1,000 for incoming fresh-
men. Most scholarships qualify non-Texas residents
for a non-resident tuition waiver, and receipt of these
scholarships carries no military obligation.
According to Langston, Logan Elliot, an out-
standing 2003 graduate of Manatee High School
and cadet major of his junior ROTC unit, has
been awarded a scholarship. He will enroll at
Texas A&M this fall.
Langston, a former pilot in the U.S. Army, is
currently a major in the Civil Air Patrol. He is
actively recruiting high school students from the
Manatee County area, and can be contacted at
(901) 754-8432, or via e-mail at
ediebill@aol.com. Additional information is
available at the Web site: corps.tamu.edu.


ANTIQUE ROLL TOP-1800s oak desk, $900. Like
new, pull-out sleeper, forest green and tan, $300.
Oak tea cart, $100. Call 778-3053.

TRAIN COLLECTION for sale. HO trains, the whole
shooting match! Too much to list. Call Mike at 778-
7864 after 5pm.

GE REFRIGERATOR 21.6 cubic feet, $250.
Washer/dryer, $300 for pair. Call 778-9409.

BEDROOM SET: solid oak in a stateroom style by
National of Mt. Airy. Eight pieces with king-size
headboard, but no beds, $1,400. Pickard China, flo-
ral chintz pattern, service for eight, plus extras,
$200. Oriental rugs, library of classic books printed
before 1900. 792-4274.

FANTASTIC AMERICAN COINS! 37 oldies, includ-
ing two and three cent pieces, 21 Indian-head
cents. $75 for all! Call 792-4274.

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

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

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

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DONATE BLOOD! Your blood donation to the
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ticipating Anna Maria Island community organiza-
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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
Bradenton Beach. See future Islander issues for
more details!

ROSER THRIFT SHOP Open Tuesday, Thursday,
9:30am-2pm and Saturday 9am-noon. Always 50
percent sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

LIQUIDATION SALE Thursday-Friday, June 5-6,
8am-noon. Island Appliance, must move. Parts,
appliances, tools, miscellaneous, office equip-
ment, 1989 Ford-150 truck with tommy lift. Bar-
gains! Make offers. 10006 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

GARAGE SALE Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
June 6, 7 and 8. Convertible, outboard motors,
tractor; bicycles and much more. 725 Norton St.,
Longboat Key.

1pm. Half price! St. Bernard Activity Center, 43rd
Street, Holmes Beach.

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can be picked up at Holmes Beach Police Depart-

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 TO A good home. Young female dog, short
hair, sweet disposition, easy to train, shots, spayed.
Originally abandoned, I can't keep her. Please call,

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

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

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Established in 1952 and still operated by the Boyd Family
ME 309 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria _
(941) 779-2233
Brenda Boyd May, Broker
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$425,000 BUILD YOUR
Looking for a place to build
your home? Here is one of
the few canal front lots
available in Holmes Beach!
No bridges to Tampa Bay
and the Gulf. IB 90367

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

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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. Owner/
Agent MLS# 93114
PLAZA in Anna Maria. Elevated
home is on large lot with 212-ft. on
deep-water canal. Private boat
dock, wrap around deck, private
setting. Two-car garage with work-
shop and storage. Convenient to
beach access. Offered at $575,000.
MLS#92314. Call Stephanie Bell,
778-2307 or 920-5156.


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Spacious 2BR 2BA, large lanai overlooks bay and heated pool. Tastefully
remodeled. Granite counters, ceramic tIle, newer appliances, washer'dryer.
Healed pool, tennis, pet okay. $269,000 Call Yvonne Higgins, 518-9003.



1998 SEBRING CONVERTIBLE, white on white,
power seats and windows, leather, tilt steering, CD
player, cruise control. Mileage, 49,000. Transferable
extended warranty until February 2005 or 100,000
miles. Asking $9,900. Call 387-0926.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$3,100, or best offer. 730-9622.

34-FOOT HOUSEBOAT, full kitchen, bath, great
live-a-board, sleeps six. $9,800. Call 758-1854.
1993 17.5-FOOT AQUASPORT, and 115-hp
Yamaha engine with many extras. Excellent condi-
tion. Call 778-6791.
or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.

BOAT SLIPS FOR sale on Sarasota Bay in
Bradenton Beach. Located on Bay Drive South be-
tween Third and Fourth Streets. Each slip from
$750,000. New spacious 2BR/2.5BA condos free
with purchase. Call Old Bridge Village, 778-0156 or
BOAT LIFT for lease. Capacity of 7,000 lbs. Located
at a residence in Key Royal, Holmes Beach. Avail-
able immediately. $150/month, payable in 2-3
month blocks in advance. For details, call 730-1086.

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

itineraries sunsets, Longboat, backwater, canal
homes, Sarasota Bay, and Egmont Key and more.
Custom tours available. See dolphins all day. Hourly,
half-day and full day. Call 778-7459 or 447-5470.

LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.

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.
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.

SReal Estate

Cayman Cay Condo REDUCED to $239,000.
Well cared for updated 2BR/2BA condo. Heated
pool, covered parking, screened lanai with vinyl
windows, interior laundry. Steps to the beach and
pets accepted. Furnished turnkey. Immediate

9102 12th Avenue Northwest Hawthorn Park
4BR/2.5BA, two-story pool home with many deluxe
custom features. Dual fireplace, eat-in kitchen,
large family room, circle drive, lanai, all appliances.
Immediate possession. $349,000.
Please call Carol R. Williams,
Broker/Realtor for more
details or appointment to show.
(941) 744-0700 or (941) 720-7761.
Email: callcarol@juno.com

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
Nita, 778-3187.

NURSES: Long-term home care for spinal injury
quad. Morning and overnight shifts available. Hoyer
lift. Traveling nurses also needed. Call 383-6953.
FULL OR PART-TIME cook wanted. Must work
and play well with others. Mr. Bones, 778-6614.
DRIVERS: Island Transportation Inc. Part-time or
full-time. Fun job, good money. No drunks,
druggies, prima donnas, whiners, liars or thieves.
Weekends required. Call 779-2520, ask for Jim.
HOUSEKEEPER WANTED at Island resort. Must
be willing to work Saturday. Three to four days a
week. Call 778-2577.
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
Eveann Adams at 779-1208.


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941-545-0206 Toll Free 1-866-206-4510

419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294


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3BA waterfront pool home offers a --
spacious split bedroom design,
enhanced by beautiful new ce- g
ramic tiled floors and a brand new
kitchen with domed ceiling, -
Corian countertops and sink and .- .-
honey-maple cabinets. This clas-
sic Bermuda-style hideaway of- B.-
fers a bright southwest exposure
with deep-water boat access directly into Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico!
Other amenities include beautifully tiled bathrooms, breakfast bar, fresh paint
both inside and out, spacious walk-in closets in each bedroom and a brand
new high-capacity pool heater! The ideal family home, priced at $795,000.

BROCHURE Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com

2501 Gulf Dr. Suite 101, Bradenton Beach

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

2BR/2BA Upper, end unit with greenbelt and wa-
ter view. $298,900.
Call 778-3377
After hours Sharon Annis 778-3730 or 713-9096



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. Now offered at $789,000.

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Visit our website at www.greenreal.com


ropean Bistro. Day and/or evenings. Fine dining
experience preferred. 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Ask for Chef Damon.

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

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

ASSISTED LIVING: Haven Home Bradenton
Beach is admitting residents. Respite, long term.
Call 779-0322 for details, inquiries welcome.

CALL "CARE COMPANY" for qualified home
health-care aides, caregivers and companions.
Twelve years serving Anna Maria Island and
Bradenton. 778-4192.

ASSISTED LIVING and daycare in a loving family
atmosphere. Call Annie or Chris for details, 778-

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 misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $25 per hour- free ad-
vice. 545-7508.

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

Like single family home with income! Owner's side
boasts all of the amenities of a single-family home.
See it at HolmesBeachDuplexForSale.com
or call Lee Heineman at 941-302-0779



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

Newly remodeled and furnished. New carpets and
ceramic tiles. One-and-a-half block to beach. Owner
willing to hold some financing $486,900. Call Michel
Cerene, Realtor, 792-6546.

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

GERMAN HANDYMAN Tiles, wood flooring, paint-
ing and all other home repair you may need. High
quality, reasonable prices. No job too small! Li-
censed and insured. Mastercard/Visa. 539-7937.

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
call 779-9633.

years experience. Talented tile work, painting, ap-
pliances, pools, carpentry. All your household
needs. Mother's house perfect! Call Todd for hourly
rates, estimates. 758-2072.

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.

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

MAID TO CLEAN I will clean your home. Island
resident, good rates and references. Call Wendy,

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean comers. For profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service, call Chamberlain
Professional Cleaning. Please leave message,
DON'T FEEL LIKE waiting or walking in the rain,
heat or dust? Take a taxi door to door, or just have
us deliver your prescription or dinner! $1.50 in,
$1.50 per mile. Professional, clean, friendly ser-
vice for all of Manatee and Sarasota counties as
well as most airports. Island Transportation, 7am-
3am (or by appointment). Call 779-2520.



Realty INC

WASH AND IRONING pickup and delivery. Serving
Islanders for 12 years. References and fast turnover.
Call 778-4192.

CHERI'S CLEANING 10 years in business. Refer-
ences available. I will give you the cleanest house
for the best rate. Call me. 685-5361.

BOB'S CAR DETAILING, 3504 115th St. W.,
Bradenton. Call 795-7944. Interior shampooing

rands, light hauling. Call Tony, 779-0908.

KEY WEST WOODSHOP for your custom wood-
working needs. Bermuda/Bahama/batten and board
shutters. Custom Caribbean style railings. For a
tropical transformation, call 779-9146.

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

SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
cushions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer
Catlin, 727-5873.

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

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

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

PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,

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

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941-778-6696 more just steps from the beach.
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p7ra7e, large stor27e rool., Coria&, trees a h orna.ehtals, tkis elevateJd EcL 2BR/iBA a&. turkey fur-
J&cuzzi tub, &lar.s, cthtr&l va&uut., Juplex Las al..ost 2,000 sj.ft. of hisLeJ', eac., sleeps four, Ixr7e lusL
low t.ihtete ce, sLort w&lk to livih7 ar&a. Botl utits sit aLbove BBQ ria, laudhJry sejd, Gulf views
IacL. $525,000. 7\ar\es aJI lu7e storaTe areas. froit top utits. $799,000.
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy's Established in 1983
LaWn Celebrating 20 Years of
S Quality & Dependable Service.
eCall us for your landscape
778.1345 and hardscape needs.
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
U Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References

Installation & Restoration
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795-6615 or 685-5163 moreno.flv@verizon.net

Vinyl Siding & Soffit Specialists
Call for a free estimate Island References
941-713-SIDE (7433)
No commissioned salesmen

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

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

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

TROPICAL TROUBLES? Landscape, cleaning,
weeding, trimming, general maintenance, after-
storm care, weekly or monthly schedules avail-
able, affordable rate, thorough and dependable.
Call 755-1155.

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

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

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

FREE SNOW REMOVAL! And when it's not snow-
ing, I specialize in installing shell and rock yards,
driveways and walkways. Rip-rap, sand and mulch
also delivered and spread. Please call David
Bannigan at 794-6971 or cell at 504-7045.

SANDY'S LAWN SERVICE. Celebrating 20 years
of quality and dependable service. Call us for all
your landscape and hardscape needs 778-1345.

clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
insured. 727-5066.

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

contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.

mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at

CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.

OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. In-
terior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call cell 320-9274.

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

GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT Interior/exterior paint-
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
MasterCard/Visa. 720-0794.

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

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

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

painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Homes, rentals. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.

repairs, texture coating, painting. Custom shower
stalls, tub enclosures, fixtures, cabinets, tile. Unique
Options, 752-7758 or 545-6141 cell.

CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and fair
prices. Call 795-1947. Lic #RR0066450.

ARTHUR GUIDE'S Home Repairs from A-Z. Car-
penter, electrician, plumber. Free estimates, interior/
exterior, no job too small. Call 749-0454. Satisfac-
tion and quality guaranteed.

HANDYMAN SERVICES: Scott Fulton contractor.
20 years experience. Island resident, area refer-
ences available. Cell, 713-1907; home, 778-4192;
e-mail: scottfulton636@hotmail.com

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light
carpentry, plumbing, electrical, grass cutting, tree
trimming, light hauling. Call 778-6170.

REMODELING, CARPENTRY, drywall texture, skip
trowel, finishing, knock down, orange peel. Randy
Boyd, 778-0540 or 320-2506.

WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDY ANTHONY. Jack of most trades. Home re-
furbishing and detailing, 778-6000.

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-
ments, 778-2374.

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

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

KEY ROYALE BEAUTIFUL canalfront home 2BR/
2BA, tropical pool area with hot tub, dock with two
boat lifts, completely updated. Now through Sep-
tember, 2003, $2,100/month. Previous deal for
2004 fell through! January-April, 2004, $3,500/
month. 730-1086.

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

TURNKEY FURNISHED 1BR/1BA 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.



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25 Years experience
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NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spa-
cious 3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences.
Please call 778-2541 and leave message or call
(813) 752-4235.

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.

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

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

nished, 2BR/2BA plus bonus room and large dock.
$1,450/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/month. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate,
778-2307 for details.

HOLMES BEACH Immaculate stilted duplex. 2BR/
2BA, light and bright. Washer/dryer, screened lanai.
Lease, $900/month. call 795-3838 or 228-7878.
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
garage. Seven minutes to Gulf, no pets. $1,400/
month, annual lease. Call 761-0898 or (970) 923-

CONDO FOR RENT: Turnkey ready, six-month
lease. $1,150/month, plus deposit. Utilities included.
Gulf view. Call 761-9530.

VACATION RENTALS Anna Maria Gulffront apart-
ments, large, fully furnished, comfy, tropical settings,
lovely interior, porch, sundeck, no pets. Owner, call

house on canal, heated pool, designer furnishings.
Bright and tropical. $1,200/week, $4,200/month.
Call 713-4805 or e-mail:

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.

GULFFRONT: Annual only. 2BR/1BA, pets al-
lowed. $1,150/month, Call 792-2779.

ANNUAL BEACH rental. 2BR/1BA $800/month,
plus utilities. Washer/dryer. Unfurnished. 650-3552
or 778-0292.

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

2BR/1 BA NEWLY renovated apartment in excellent
location. $650/month. (941) 504-7001.

WOULD YOU LIKE to live at the beach? Then our
beautiful Island location will amaze you. 1BR apart-
ment homes start at only $640! Lots of extras. One
mile to the beach. Bring in this ad and get an extra
$50 off first month rent. Call today, 795-4899. Cer-
tain restrictions apply.

LARGE DUPLEX 3BR/2BA waterfront on
Intracoastal. Dock, davits, steps to beach, yard,
carport, washer/dryer, storage. Available July 1!
Annually $1,000/month. Pets OK. (727) 784-3679.

lanai, close to beach and shopping. $605/month,
plus utilities. Call 518-1530.
1BA, condo, furnished. No pets, 55 plus, $895/
month, plus utilities. (813) 247-3178, weekends
(813) 927-1632.

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.

LARGE 2BR/1 BA waterfront on Intracoastal. Dock,
davits, steps to beach, yard, carport, washer/dryer,
storage. Immediately available! Annually $900/
month. Pets OK. (727) 784-3679.

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SUN PLAZA WEST 2BR/2BA beach condo. Fully
furnished, heated pool, sauna, tennis, elevator,
washer/dryer. Available now through Oct. 31 and
Nov. 15-Jan. 15. Monthly or bi-weekly. Call owner,
(231) 276-9533.

3BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH annual, unfurnished,
newly remodeled. No pets. Call 778-7039.

CHARMING 1 BR/1 BA furnished apartment on ca-
nal. Phone, washer/dryer, very private yard with
pond. Available now through December and next
March and April. 778-5405.

1BR/1BA, stove and refrigerator, clean, ocean
view, on Gulf Drive. $700/month, plus utilities. Call
778-4941 or (813) 659-0370.

ANNUAL RENTAL 3BR/2BA, family room, $1,000/
month. Near MCC. 3215 52nd Ave. Dr. W. Call
Yvonne Higgins, Re/Max Gulfstream Realty, 518-

ANNUAL 1 BR/1 BA CONDO in Holmes Beach on
Gulf. Pool, ground floor, partially furnished. $850/
month. Call Smith Realtors, 778-0700.

HOLMES BEACH RENTALS: Furnished house for
rent, 2BR/2BA, annual, $1,700/month, plus utili-
ties. Furnished apartment, 1BR/1BA, $750/an-
nual, plus utilities. Call 794-8048.

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

HOLMES BEACH Clean 2BR home With Gulf
views. 50 yards to beach.-Annual rental, no pets,
good credit. 3103 Avenue F. Call (800) 894-1950.

RENTALS RENT in The Islander.

ANNUAL 1BR/1BA DUPLEX in Holmes Beach.
Close to beach. $650/month, unfurnished. Call
Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
2BA, partial Gulf views, pool, tennis, saunas. Non
smoking, no pets. $650-$925/week. Monthly dis,
counted. Call (443) 255-4140.

SARASOTA BAYFRONT condo, 2BR/2BA, three-
month minimum. 55+ community, $3,000/month.
Call (989) 686-0622.

BRADENTON BEACH/CORTEZ, unfurnished apart-
ment, 2BR/2BA, spacious, elevated with large deck,
laundry, garage, utilities, basic cable included.
$1,150/month, six-month minimum. Will consider
shorter term. Call 761-2725.

ANNUAL 1BR APARTMENT in Bradenton Beach.
Quiet area, great for senior citizen or retiree. Ground
floor. $525/month. Call 761-7471.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, large balcony, bay view, two
blocks to beach. $725/month, includes water. No
pets. 922-2473 or 928-3880.

ANNUAL RENTALS Elevated home and apartments
available. Efficiency and 2BR properties. Prices
range $475-$1,250/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate,
778-2307 for details.

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, garden, etc. From
$750,000. Call Old Bridge Village, 778-0156 or

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

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

SELLING OR BUYING a house? Need extra
space? Budget Self Storage can help. Daily,
weekly, monthly specials. Boxes and packing sup-
plies. 795-5510.

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

PRICE REDUCED! Island's best condo buy! Cute,
cozy and convenient 2BR/1BA, plus one-car ga-
rage. 840 sq. ft. Zoned professional or residential.
Seller anxious. Just $167,900. Call Chris Shaw,
778-6066. Island Real Estate.

FOR SALE BY OWNER, one-of-a-kind Holmes
Beach duplex, $389,000. See it at
HolmesBeachDuplexForSale.com or call Lee at

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

$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.

HOLMES BEACH duplex 1 BR/1 BA each side, west
of Gulf Drive. Newly remodeled with detached stor-
age shed. $279,000..Call 342-9456, leave mes-

LOT IN CORTEZ Near historic schoolhouse. 66-by-
135-ft. $134,000. Call Yvonne Higgins Re/Max
Gulfstream Realty, 518-9003.

townhouse, two-car garage. 4255 N. Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Motivated owner, $329,800. Call

MOTIVATED SELLER! Best price per square foot
on Island. Updated 3BR/2BA with room for a pool.
233 85th St., Holmes Beach. $339,000. Call Chris
Shaw at Island Real Estate, 778-6066.

SUNBOW BAY CONDO 2BR/2BA bayfront corner
unit, spectacular views, two heated pools, tennis,-
underbuilding parking. Turnkey furnished. By :
owner, 795-3778. $349,900.

REMODELED 2BR plus den, 2.5BA. Caged-pool
home in historic north-end village of Longboat Key.
$409,000. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

Richard...the #1 Source for Island Real Estate!

4BR/3BA pool home on 4BR/3.5BA on North 3BR/3BA canal with dock Gulf and bay view duplex. "Old Florida" duplex. Steps 3BR/2BA Waterfront .
canal. $479,900. End of.lsland. $495,000. and lift. $559,000. $750,000. to beach $459,000. with dock. $495,000 .S



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One house from the beach. Custom-built home
by Whitehead. 3BR, plus den, 3BA, gourmet
kitchen, separate dining room, deck, patio and
two-car garage. Walls of windows to enjoy the
sunsets. $1,295,000.

2BR/2BA elevated contemporary island home
with sundeck overlooking natural canal and pri-
vate boat dock. Lots of storage, close to fishing
pier, restaurants and shopping. 2 car garage resi-
dential area. $499,900

2BR/2BA each. West of Gulf Drive, just steps tot
one of the island's finest beaches. Very quiet
residential area. 2 garages, 2 carports. Excellent
rental. $595,000.

From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434

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3BR/2BA low maintenance pool
home that faces south towards the
pond. Bright and sunny interior.
Dream kitchen with new cabinets and
Corian countertops. Great room for
relaxing. There is also a package of
new furniture included. Lawn care,
club house, exercise room and much
more all included with your monthly
fee. Only minutes to the Gulf beaches.
$349,000. MLS#92815.
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
616 Hampshire Ln. ........ $799,900
511 59th St................... $595,000

Westbay Pt Moorings #86. $395,000
4915 Gulf Dr ............. $1,715,000
Beachwalk Townhomes U up to. $569,000
Westbay Pt. Moorings #268 $339,000
308 55th St. Lot ........... $197,500
Sun Plaza West #201 ..... $399,000
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
Sun Plaza West #202 ..... $409,000
404 80th St................... $875,000
104 7th St. S. Duplex ..... $459,000
Ocean Park Terrace #203.. $649,000
233 85th St. ....................$339,000
100 7th St. S. Duplex ....... $750,000
Bayou Condo 5C ........... $298,000

3014 Avenue C #1&2. .... $259,000
Southern Breeze......... $1,450,000
427 Pine Ave. ................ $695,000

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
12607 Safe Harbour Dr. Lot .... $325,000
7504 NW 15th Ave. ......$154,900
9920 Sebastian Ct .......... $162,000
11434 Perico Isles Cir. ... $349,000

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52 Bud
55 1669 blast site
56 Staple of NBC's 1960's-
70's Sunday night
58 First to be called up
59 Dissects, in a way
62 E Street Band leader,
64 Getting bigger quickly
66 Short court session?
67 Babbler?
69 Give out
70 Ancient writing system
71 Where some
119-Across go
74 Settee site
77 Clever prank
80 Pen tip
81 "... and __ grow on"
82 Golf score, or a description

of the 18 hidden 65-Down
in this puzzle
84 Per Ardua ad __ (Royal
Air Force motto)
86 Fleur-de-_
87 60's pop trio Dino, &
88 Cantillate
89 Attic item
90 Reveals
94 Come down with
95 Carry away
97 "Sesame Street" creator
98 Hepburn/Tracy comedy
103 Put out
107 Restaurant in "Vertigo"
108 Law firm employee, for
109 Blue
111 In person
112 Vt. summer hrs.
113 Director Stanley
114 Henry Vill's sixth
115 Start of an aside, for
116 Leave (permanently
119 See 71-Across
122 Org. for Mahmoud Abbas
125 Broke up
128 Giant teammate of Mize
129 Burdened
130 In-flight calling aid
132 Picture of health?
134 Regarding: Abbr.
135 Excoriate
139 Puncher
143 Like owls
145 Charity, often
146 hand
147 Robert Morse Tony-
winning role
148 Period in human
149 Adlai's running mate in
150 Mammoth things
151 Bewitch
152 Extends a visit

Fit for a king
Part of a pot
Long-haired lagomorph
The U.N.'s Hammarskj6ld
Food Network star
Hardly Mr. Personality
Mer contents
South end?
White coat
Fruit implement
Computer system
Aware of
Sorbet flavor
Breck rival
Eye problems
Choice location?
See 48-Across
Dark coverings
Two-time U.S. Open
Patio furniture maker
Skinny one
Meter reader?
Literary collection: Abbr.
1968 Peace Nobelist
Bridge, in Bretagne
Pool worker's aid
Groove-billed bird
TV pooch with a temper
"Private Benjamin" actor
Rakes, maybe
Brit. military award
Wood lice and similar
Luau fare
Cape _, Mass.
"_ Mater" (hymn)
See 82-Across
"High Noon" marshal
Singing nymph

72 Hungry person's
73 Counter
75 Legal thing
76 French pronoun
77 Richard Gere title role
78 Stock market event:
79 Alborg native
83 Warehouse
84 Stage opening
85 Breed from the British
91 Santa follower?
92 Mr. (old detective
93 Cobb and others
94 Crimebuster, informally
96 SHO alternative

98 To the left, at sea
99 Dapper one
100 It may follow you
101 Dennis Miller book ,
Therefore I Am"
102 Yawner
104 Flag
105 Continuously
106 Retreats
110 Remember"
113 Be afraid to
115 Dupin's creator
117 Seeds
118 "Pretty please?"
119 Yankee great Waite __
120 Praying figure
121 Rural conveyance
122 _chat (ballet jump)
123 Tummy jobs

124 Praying figure
126 Shows
127 Wet one's whistle
131 Complimentary
133 "Iliad" warrior
134 Key point
136 Literary olios
137 __Park, N.Y.
138 Ideal place
140 Bearded grazer
141 Utmost
142 Afore
144 Mauna

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