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'The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 11, No. 31 June 11, 2003 FREE
Lost in the straits
This 20-foot sailboat was abandoned off Anna Maria near Sycamore Street Thursday morning, June 5, when
the man sailing the vessel from Venice to Indian Rocks Beach struck a sandbar resulting in a cracked hull.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
By Joe Kane
Is it the ideal naturist's home setting or is it worth
Bob Fluke wants to build his dream house where
mangroves grow. The property at 2902 Avenue A in
Holmes Beach is near what will someday become
Grassy Point Preserve fronting Anna Maria Sound,
home to 37 acres of wetlands, abutting the Sandy
Pointe condominiums, located at 3607 E. Bay Drive.
Should Fluke finally be able to build his home here,
he would command a spectacular panoramic view of some
of the Island's diminishing threatened wetlands. As far as
the eye can see are hammocks of mangroves, nature's
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Pinellas County man
drowns off beach
By Paul Roat
A second tragedy has hit Island shores in less than
Jose L. Nieves, 42, of Kenneth City, died in the
Gulf of Mexico Saturday afternoon, apparently a vic-
tim of drowning.
According to Holmes Beach police, Nieves went
swimming in the 4200 block of Gulf Drive, just north
of the Manatee Public Beach, about 3 p.m. Strong west
winds had kicked up a heavy surf.
Jessica Giard, 12, heard screams for help from
Nieves and grabbed a boogie board. She reached him,
but was unable to get him to shore. Nieves went under
the surface, and Giard followed him and, in the 4500
block of Gulf Drive, was able to grab Nieves' hand.
Beachgoer Dayton Stone had just arrived at the
beach from his home in Tampa when he heard Giard
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Tie vote leaves
By Rick Catlin
You can call Round 1 in efforts by the Anna Maria
City Commission to change its height ordinance a tie.
Overtime will be needed for a decision.
Anna Maria city commissioners voted 2-2 at their
special meeting June 3 on a motion to accept a recom-
mendation from the city's planning and zoning board
to make no changes to the height ordinance. Commis-
sioner Chuck Webb was unable to attend.
Actually, the P&Z had also recommended that the
city attorney draft an amendment to the ordinance not
to allow any variances to the height limit.
The 2-2 vote effectively puts the city back where
it was two months ago when it began holding joint city
commission/planning and zoning board meetings to
find a compromise to the height ordinance for people
building seaward of the Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection's Coastal Construction Control
The commission had been trying to find a compro-
mise solution before it votes on a height variance by
Jim DePorre of 801 North Shore Drive to build higher
than the current 37-foot limit.
DePorre contends the DEP rules for construction
seaward of the CCCL require his first floor to be higher
than that for people in the city building landward of the
CCCL, leaving him less height for his house and less
Commissioners Duke Miller and John Quam voted
for the motion to accept the P&Z recommendation to
make no changes and eliminate variance requests,
while Linda Cramer and Tom Aposporos were op-
"I concur with what the planning and zoning board
did," said Miller. "My recommendation has always
been for no change."
Quam agreed, noting that at 37 feet, Anna Maria's
PLEASE SEE HIGH LIMBO, PAGE 3
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Wetland mitigation proposed
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
water trees, a key purifying agent in our ecosystem.
How does a property owner, who also is a profes-
sional environmentalist, feel about disturbing the envi-
"There's no conflict of interest because the project
is in the City of Holmes Beach and the money is going
to the Sarasota Bay Program," said Fluke, a coastal
manager for the Manatee County Environmental Man-
agement Department. "There's no ideological conflict.
I'm not damaging the ecosystem. The water quality
will be better because I will get rid of the trash and put
nice plants to assist purification."
For more than a year, Fluke has sought permission
to build on this remote lot in Holmes Beach. In 2002,
he offered to pay the City of Holmes Beach $3,125 to
restore areas of his neighboring Grassy Point for the
impact damage his proposed home would cause on his
lot. The commission refused his offer in December.
Now Fluke is back with the same financial offer of
$3,125, but the recipient is the Sarasota Bay National
Estuary Program and the money will be used to elimi-
nate exotic species around the Cortez schoolhouse, also
Fluke is determined to build his home in the pris-
tine forest of mangroves along Sarasota Bay.
Wetlands, long considered wastelands of stagnant
breeding grounds for mosquitos, swamp rats and wa-
ter snakes, are now recognized as indispensable-but-
diminishing places with rich and exciting varieties of
plants, animals and marine life. Wetlands promote
water quality, natural beauty, wildlife, fish habitat and
Where Fluke wants to build would impact 3,100
square feet of wetlands and he's applied to the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection for a permit
to build his single-family residence.
"I am paying a fair amount of money for the impact
to the environment," Fluke said. "And the money I am
paying to remove the exotic species (within the FISH
Preserve), Australian pines and Brazilian peppers, will
probably benefit the Cortez area."
Trading impacted wetlands by enhancing other
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Homesite or preserve?
Property owner Bob Fluke points toward the impacted
Islander Photo: Joe Kane
wetlands, known as mitigation has resulted in
more than 1.5 million acres of Florida's wetlands be-
ing drained by farmers and developers in the past 20
"I'm not damaging the ecosystem," Fluke said.
"The only impact is shading of some mangroves. I'm
enhancing the water quality of that area, because I will
remove the trash and put in nice plants to assist the
water purification in the wetlands."
Almost a third of the entire state of Florida's land-
scape is considered wetlands areas of landscape,
such as marshes, swamps and floodplain forests, bogs,
rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds that are flooded or
saturated for extended periods.
Jeff Glass of the DEP is the principal state official
assessing Fluke's mitigation request.
"We get a lot of mitigation requests," Glass said.
"And we have had successful wetland restoration."
wetland area for his dream home in Holmes Beach.
Glass is but one of 15 DEP enforcement officers
working in a huge 12-county area, from Crystal River
south to Venice.
Since 1968, Florida has sought to reduce the envi-
ronmental impact of draining wetlands by a process of
mitigation in which developers and farmers promise to
substitute or to replace in-kind all wetlands drained.
For more than 30 years, Alan Burdett has worked
for DEP's mitigation programs, and he's seen success-
ful wetland mitigation.
"We're looking for a net benefit from the trade-
off," Burdett said. "Wetlands are cheaper to purchase,
so mitigation is routinely done."
The cash mitigation offer by Fluke is earmarked
for the Sarasota Bay Program's FISH Preserve project
to rid the area of exotic species and Director Mark
Alderson praises the 174 acres of habitat restoration his
program has accomplished since 1996. "We have
money.for another 500 acres," Alderson said.
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THE ISLANDER U JUNE 11i 2003 U PAGE 3
Hey man, what you waiting for?
Island skate park opens June 28
By Joe Kane
Ready to grind some rails?
Be at the grand opening of Holmes Beach's micro-
skateboard park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June
Show your maneuvers. The chatter on the street is
that this bash is going to be outrageous. Food. Drinks.
Chicks. Surfer dudes.
You, got the moves? Well then, you best check it
Even "heroner," Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore, will be there. After all, it's the mayor who
has made sure kids have a safe place to have fun on
their boards. "It's the kids' park," Whitmore said.
"Come and celebrate the opening of your skatepark.
Let us know what you think and how we can make it
even better for you."
Free food and raffle prizes will be available for
For Holmes Beach residents, the skateboard park
annual fee is $10. Non-Holmes Beach residents will
pay a $30 annual fee. Park users under 18 years old
must have a guardian sign a waiver, which can be
picked up at the Holmes Beach Police Department be-
ginning June 16. Park users must purchase a decal,
showing the annual fee is paid beginning June 23. The
decal is to be displayed on the skateboarder's safety
The park, located next to Holmes Beach City Hall,
will be open from 9 a.m. to sunset. All rules will be
strictly enforced. All skaters must wear a helmet, wrist
and elbow pads. They must also display their member-
ship identification on their helmet and carry the city ID
card at all times when using the facility.
High seas lead to drowning death off Holmes Beach
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
screaming for help, according to the report. Stone
swam about 60 yards out into the Gulf and pulled
Nieves to shore, assisted by another beachgoer, where
Stone and a bystander began CPR.
Anna Maria City P&Z says OK
Despite some reservations, the Anna Maria Plan-
ning and Zoning Board voted two months ago to rec-
ommend the city commission approve DePorre's
variance request to build to a height of 42 feet.
Since that time, contractor Brent Whitehead
has changed the variance request to build the
High limbo in Anna Maria City
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
allowable height for new construction is higher than
Holmes Beach (36 feet) and Bradenton Beach (34 feet).
"We are the most generous on the Island. Many
residents have said keep [the height limit] as it is. And
any change in allowable height should be a vote of the
people," he said.
"Well, my point of view is a little different," said
Cramer. She had assumed from a straw vote at the last
city commission-planning and zoning board meeting
that a compromise of perhaps one or two feet above the
37-foot limit for new home construction seaward of the
CCCL would be apporpriate.
Aposporos thought maintaining the 37-foot limit
and abolishing variances to that limit was not "forward
thinking" on the city's part.
"Clearly, I thought there was going to be compro-
mise," he said. "And why would we disallow a vari-
The city must give allowances to build a two-story
structure with variable types of roofs, seaward of the
CCCL, he said. Without that allowance, all the new
homes built in that zone will have to have flat roofs
with minimal living space, he said.
"And we are not creating high-rise development in
Anna Maria," Aposporos stressed. "All I'm arguing for
is a two-story home with a pitched roof.
"What happened? How did it go from compromise
to more restrictive?" he asked.
Sorry, said Miller, but there are already plenty of
homes built seaward of the CCCL in Anna Maria that
meet the city's current criteria.
Cramer said she would not mind allowing an ad-
ditional two feet of height for new construction sea-
ward of the CCCL if the house had a 45-degree sloped
"But we've spent a great deal of time on this is-
sue," she said. "Let's look to the future. We want to
discourage flat-roof boxes" in the city.
Quam said he could not see how the city would
gain by allowing even two additional feet to a building
house to a height of 38.5 feet, just 1.5 feet above
the current allowable limit in Anna Maria.
The city commission has been trying to de-
velop a method to deal with all height variance
requests for construction seaward of the CCCL
before it acts on DePorre's request.
seaward of the CCCL.
P&Z board vice chairperson Ellen Trudelle said the
board considered a number of alternatives, but "in the
end, there was agreement to do nothing."
While the meeting was not supposed to be about
DePorre's variance request, it was difficult not to allow
that topic into the discussion.
DePorre said he was disappointed at the vote.
The commission and P&Z had all agreed on com-
promise at a prior joint meeting, but when push came
to shove at the May 27 P&Z meeting, one member
bullied the others into agreeing to the recommendation,
"How is a couple of feet of height deemed to be so
horrible? I'll bet you couldn't tell the difference be-
tween a 37-foot-high house and a 40-foot-high house
if you were standing next to them," he wagered.
So, what's the next step? asked Quam.
Aposporos said he would do some research and
bring back a potential amendment to the height ordi-
nance, based upon expert input, for the commission to
The problem, he said, is that the height of the first
support member in a new home is different in the city
when building seaward of the CCCL than when a new
home is built landward of that marker.
His draft ordinance for discussion will address that
issue, he promised, and pledged to have the informa-
tion to each commissioner by June 11.
"If you don't like it, you don't have to pass it," he
said. "I'm just offering it as a way of something to do
"But it will put options on the table," he said, in-
cluding what is a reasonable size for a two-story home.
City Attorney Jim Dye advised the commission to
be careful when discussing the height ordinance out-
side of a meeting.
Technically, commissioners can discuss a possible
ordinance change with residents, but because the com-
mission is a quasi-judicial body that will be acting on
DePorre's request, commissioners should refrain from
discussing that topic outside of a designated meeting,
Paramedics arrived and continued CPR, but Nieves
did not recover and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Heavy surf claimed the lives of six people in
Florida's Panhandle over the weekend, and more than
40 people were rescued by lifeguards.
On the previous Monday, Danny Mora and Robert
Duncan died when an ultralight Mora was piloting came
apart and plummeted into the Gulf off Bradenton Beach.
"We get into a false sence of security here," Mana-
tee County Marine Rescue Chief Jay Moyles said, "be-
cause we have an area of such usually calm water." He
said yellow warning signs were flying Satruday at the
public beach because of the high surf.
Anna Maria City
June 12, 6 p.m., special city commission meeting.
Agenda: Code enforcement right-of-way relief hearing
for 206 Oak. Ave.; scope of work for parking spaces;
proposal for wireless communications fees; and public
June 12, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Agenda: alley/easement proposal for stormwater drain-
age, Newton-to-Fern alleyway-easement cleanup,
building department services review, and disaster
June 17, 4:30 p.m., Capital Improvement Advisory
June 18, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
June 12, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
ing. Agenda: special exception request for electric car
rental service at Silver Surf Resort, 1301 Gulf Drive.
June 17, 2 p.m., Golden Jubilee committee meeting.
June 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
June 19, 6:30 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
June 11, 6 p.m., parks and beautification committee
June 17, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
June 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmnes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
June 11, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Operation Center
meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
June 16, 3 p.m., Mayoral Meeting with Manatee
County Commission Chairman Jonathan Bruce, Beach
Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
June 18, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
PAGE 4 M JUNE 11, 2003 M THE ISLANDER
Allegations fly at IMS review committee meeting
By Diana Bogan
Tempers flared as allegations were made against
Island Middle School Director Jeanne Shell by two
members of the IMS Board Review Committee.
Shell warned the review committee that if the
board did not resolve issues surrounding her leadership
at its June 11 meeting, at least five staff members were
prepared to "walk." And she warned that the reason
many charter schools fail is because the board of direc-
tors "doesn't know what it's doing."
"I get the feeling the board may destroy itself and
it will destroy this school," warned Shell.
"The board is the school," Bassett emphasized.
"We're trying to get this school back on track."
Shell vowed that the June 11 meeting should end
the turmoil and IMS board member Chuck Webb re-
quested that review committee members back up alle-
gations with written proof of alleged complaints.
The review committee's June 4 meeting was adver-
tised to the public as a review of the school's director
on school governance issues, but the nearly four-hour
meeting veered on and off its course and ended with no
resolution or purpose in sight.
Review committee members Scott Bassett,
Marlene West and Cindy Jennis attended the meeting.
Several members of the school community, including
teachers, parents and IMS board members' listened in
on the muckraking.
Bassett and West questioned Shell about several
issues that came to their attention during the
committee's review process of the functionality of the
school, which included interviews with IMS staff and
At the onset, Shell indicated that her primary inter-
est as the school's director focuses on the welfare of the
students and the quality of their education. Shell said
she safeguarded this by being involved in the curricu-
lum and hiring "the right" staff.
Staffing issues have been a key concern studied by
the review committee. At an emergency meeting May
29, the IMS board suspended Shell's right to finalize
staff retention decisions until receiving input from the
Shell informed the review committee that she was
considering the dismissal of this year's science, math
and life-skills teachers.
Bassett questioned Shell on her perceived "track
record" having dismissed half her teaching staff both
years the school has been in operation. He questioned
whether she felt the high turnover reflected poorly on
the school and her ability to hire quality teachers.
Shell clarified that only one teacher was not invited
to return at the end of the school's first year. She told
the review committee that last year's life-skills teacher
left mid-year to pursue another career, the language arts
teacher left at the end of the year for personal reasons,
although she returned for this school year as an enrich-
ment teacher, and another was never hired full time and
was equivalent to a substitute teacher.
The only teacher not invited to return after the first
school year was the science teacher, and Shell noted
that one teacher was not "half the staff." As for this
year, Shell said she had not made her final decisions.
The review committee questioned whether Shell
had addressed teachers with concerns about their per-
formance or if she had made formal reviews of her
staff, to which Shell answered "no."
Shell indicated that she did not sit down with teach-
ers on a one-on-one basis to discuss his or her perfor-
mance, rather she addressed concerns at staff meetings,
putting all teachers on equal notice.
"But, is it good for students to have this level of
instability?" Bassett asked. "And of equal concern is
that children will be deprived if one or more teachers
are let go."
"It's not necessarily instability," Shell responded.
"It's making a change for the better. Students may be
deprived of a buddy, but not deprived of an education.
I'd much rather a student leave because I didn't bring
back a popular teacher than leave because of a lack of
education. I still personally like the people I hired, but
I need to be concerned with the quality of education."
West had several questions regarding whether
Shell has been developing the school's curriculum and
implementing the vision of its charter to its fullest.
West particularly focused on the school charter's
reference to use of an "arts-infused curriculum," as
well as a curriculum developed solely for the Island
Shell replied that in the two years the school has
been open, the staff and its capabilities have grown.
She noted that teachers do infuse arts into their lessons
and pointed to the recent manatee project as an instance
where all subjects fused together.
Shell said teachers have been following the "Mo-
saic Curriculum" developed by the Manatee. County
School Board. However, teachers are free to adapt the
curriculum to infuse the arts. She reminded West that
the IMS board had agreed to using the county's curricu-
lum as a guide and the only outside curriculum devel-
oped solely for the Island school is its science program.
Shell said her staff has been working well as a team
and that they have been discussing ways to make the
curriculum more "progressive," as well as the possibil-
ity of offering two theme tracks, one in music and one
in marine science.
Bassett also brought up the school's charter, refer-
encing a six-hour pre-enrollment education course all
parents are supposed to take when their students enroll
and asked if Shell had been providing such a class. His
concern stemmed from parents he interviewed who
were unfamiliar with the school's mission.
Shell told Bassett that parents are invited to a three-
hour orientation that covers the school's mission and
more. Parents are also given a folder of information to
take home and Shell said she spends at least an hour
with each parent when they come to enroll their child.
What parents retain or listen to during the orienta-
tion, she said, is out of her control, but all the informa-
tion is made available.
Bassett insisted that the charter outlines that par-
ents must be given a six-hour class.
"So I modified it a bit," Shell said. "I thought a
three-hour orientation, information packet and one-
hour interview was adequate. If you think we need a
six-hour lesson, we can certainly offer one, but we
can't require parents to come. As Marlene has said in
the past, some things in the charter sound good in writ-
ing, but aren't practical when put into practice."
West suggested that Shell has misinterpreted the
charter and vision of the school.
Shell suggested that the review committee has
misinterpreted comments made to it by parents and
staff during their interviews.
Jennis, the third member of the review committee,
openly questioned whether the other committee mem-
bers had a hidden agenda based on the tone of their
"I've been listening as objectively as I can," said
Jennis. "This line of questioning is open to personal
agendas and I feel the two of you have an agenda here.
I went into the review process without any agenda."
During the review process, Jennis said that she
only received one complaint about Shell.
Both Bassett and West emphatically denied having
any hidden agenda and said their concerns were the
result of complaints from persons they interviewed.
Both said they were told that Shell had been disre-
spectful to teachers, parents and students. They also
indicated some parents told them they feared Shell
would single them out or retaliate in some way against
their child if they voiced concerns directly to her.
Bassett said he heard complaints first-hand from
his wife of 23 years and believes her word to be trust-
worthy. West referred to her informants as a "vocal
Shell told committee members she believes that
they have undermined her authority by allowing people
to take their complaints directly to them. She said that
as board members they had a duty to bring any person
with a complaint to her personally.
Shell said that even at present she is unaware of the
issues that either a member of the staff or parent has
brought to an individual board member. She claims that
any such complaint has not been disclosed to her.
"How can I find a solution to-a problem if I don't
know what it is?" she asked.
"If you're here every day and don't know what the
problems are, you aren't paying attention," Bassett re-
sponded. "You know that the votes I've made as a
board member have supported all your decisions. There
is no basis for anyone to claim I have an agenda for or
against your administration. I just don't think your
answers are accurate."
"Or honest," chimed West.
Shell denied all accusations that she had been dis-
respectful or singled out anyone unfairly. Shell said she
had not been given any specific examples of com-
plaints allegedly made against her and that the review
committee had yet to offer any concrete solutions to the
problems it perceives.
Bassett said that is because the review committee
hasn't formulated any solutions yet.
The board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the up-
per level of the school.
Electric cars may come to Bradenton Beach, compliments of Vicky Sweeney at
Island Scooter Rentals. She is requesting an expansion of a special exception
which allows her to rent scooters and bicycles at Silver Surf Resort, 1301 Gulf
Drive, to include rental of Gem electric cars. The four-seater vehicles have a top
speed of 35 mph and can travel about eight hours on an electric charge, she said,
adding that she hopes to have a fleet of five. The special exception will be ad-
dressed by the city's planning and zoning board at 6:30 p.m. June 11, with a final
decision by the city commission later this summer. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Oh no new tax in Holmes Beach?
By Joe Kane
It would appear that if Holmes
Beach city commissioners have their
way, property owners will have to pay at
least an additional $3.50 a month, or $42
a year, in the form of a "stormwater as-
According to City Treasurer Rick
Ashley, the money will be used for en-
gineering, construction and maintaining
the city's stormwater drainage system.
The assessment is targeted to-
wards paying the cost of maintaining
a drainage system to move the rainwa-
ter that flows over land and roads,
rather than leaving it to seep into the
soil. And as Holmes Beach becomes
even more built up, with more and
more paved driveways, patios and
parking lots barriers from nature's
way stormwater is increasingly in-
hibited from slowly soaking into the
The stormwater drainage expense is
in addition to sewer costs, because each
is a different burden for the city to main-
Additional stormwater guidelines
imposed on municipalities attempt to
control waste, chemicals and trash from
flowing into the Gulf and bays.
In the past, the city of Holmes
Beach paid to maintain the drainage in-
frastructure out of its general fund. Like
most governmental bodies, Holmes
Beach is loathe to increase its millage,
although with increased property values
yearly, increased tas assessments result
in higher spending for the city without a
The commission will discuss the
stormwater assessment soon, likely at its
next meeting June 24, although the city
commission meeting of June 10 was
canceled for lack of a quorum.
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 11, 2003 M PAGE 5
Sailor to anyone: Take my boat, please
By Rick Catlin
It's not likely that Van Voorhees of Indian Rocks
Beach will ever be offered a job as a sailing instructor.
Voorhees was sailing a 20-foot vessel from Venice
to Indian Rocks Beach in the Gulf of Mexico last
Thursday morning when he struck a sandbar off Anna
Maria shortly before 6 a.m.
The boat flooded and Voorhees waded ashore and
knocked on the-door of the first house he came to,
which happened to belong to Holmes Beach Building
Official Bob Schaeffer.
"He was soaking wet in just shorts and a T-shirt.
He asked where he was and when I told him Anna
Maria, he said he didn't know where that was," said
"I told him he was almost to Tampa Bay, but he
didn't seem sure of where that was," Schaeffer said.
"He did know where Longboat Key was, however."
The story Voorhees gave Schaeffer was that he had
been given the 1966 20-foot Jenkins fiberglass sail boat
for free by a man in Venice.
Voorhees said he was trying to sail the boat overnight
to Indian Rocks Beach when he became lost after encoun-
tering rough seas and rain in the Gulf of Mexico. He then
used the boat's 8-horsepower outboard engine, but be-
came lost again and struck the sandbar.
The collision apparently broke the steering and
damaged the hull and the vessel flooded. Voorhees said
he simply waded to shore and went to the first house
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"I asked him what he wanted and he said he just
wondered if I could call him a taxi to take him back to
Indian Rocks Beach," said Schaeffer. "He said he was
done with the boat and didn't care what happened to it.
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deputies on duty in Anna Maria and they determined
that the boat, indeed, had been signed over to
"We think he struck the new sandbar offshore of
Sycamore Avenue," said Sgt. John Kenney of the
MCSO, and the currents brought the boat ashore.
Voorhees left by taxi to Indian Rocks Beach before
the MCSO arrived, apparently thinking he had aban-
doned the boat to anyone who wants it.
But that might not be the end of the story for
Voorhees, according to Kenney.
"It's not really abandoned," said Kenney. "He's
responsible for paying the towing bill."
The boat was pulled from the water by Sea-Tow,
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the $500 minimum towing charge, Sea-Tow will con-
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Draft 2003 Annual Action Plan (
Summary and Notice of Availability
Under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended and the Cranston-Gonzalez
National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, Manatee County is required to prepare a plan that describes how the County
will allocate Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) funds to meet
the needs of low income and moderate income persons in Manatee County.
To that end, an Action Plan is completed annually to describe the activities that will be undertaken to address the
needs identified in the current Five-Year Consolidated Plan. It also serves as an application for CDBG and HOME funds.
This Annual Action Plan describes the activities that will take place during the 2003-04 Program Year (October Sep-
Manatee County has prepared a draft 2003 Annual Action Plan. The Plan will be made available to the public on
Tuesday, June 17, 2003 This notice is being published to make citizens aware that a formal 30 calendar day com-
ment period on the draft 2003 Annual Action Plan will commence on June 17, 2003, and conclude on July 16, 2003.
During this period, copies of the Plan may be reviewed at the Manatee County Planning Department, 1112 Manatee
Avenue West, 4th Floor, Bradenton and also the following Manatee County Library locations:
1301 Barcarrota Blvd W, Bradenton
*South County Branch
6801 26th St. W., Bradenton
923 6th St. W., Palmetto
The Action Plan includes an estimate of available resources from private and public sources to address identified
needs; a description of the priorities and specific objectives to be addressed in this program.year; a summary of the
eligible programs or projects that Manatee County will undertake to address the needs; a description of the geographic
areas of the county in which assistance will be directed; a description of the projects to address the needs of the
homeless, near-homeless and special needs populations; the plans to reduce the number of poverty level families;
a description of the activities to evaluate and reduce the number of housing units containing lead-based paint haz-
ards; and the standards in which the county will monitor its housing and community development projects.
The 2003-04 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership programs/activities may in-
clude: life skills training, child care, case management, rental assistance, legal assistance, housing counseling, job
training, crime prevention, planning grant, teen pregnancy prevention, street lighting, Community Redevelopment
Area management, park improvements, road construction, public facility improvement/expansion, home owner re-
habilitation, code enforcement, water and sewer hookups, home buyer rehabilitation, farm worker housing, and
Written comments on Manatee County's draft 2003 Annual Action Plan may be made until July 16, 2003, to:
Timothy Parks, Community Development Manager
Manatee County Planning Department
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School's out, summer tourists in
You know the old kid's chant, "School's out,
school's out, teacher let the monkeys out!"
Well, the Island's little monkeys and all their
friends, grandchildren, cousins and everyone else you
can cram in an SUV heading out of Polk County, are
ascending on Anna Maria Island and the beaches for
their time in paradise.
What amounted to "dead calm" 25 years or more
ago, now is another season for rentals, restaurants and
And what used to amount to a bare beach, with
very few sun seekers in the hot summer months, is now
occasionally a bare-bottom, topless beach, noted by
recent sightings of nude beachgoers.
FYI: Not here.
Win-win blood drive
It doesn't get much better than this. Thanks to a
very generous anonymous organization and coopera-
tion from Island for-profit businesses and non-profit
charities, the Manatee Community Blood Bank reaped
a whopping 239 units of blood. The money donors paid
out $23,900 on behalf of the blood donors and they're
not even shedding a tear, they're elated.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, Turtle
Watch, Privateers and Wildlife Rehab of Bradenton
Beach coaxed out their supporters in droves to give
blood and received $100 for each unit collected.
Congratulations to Wildlife Inc. for pulling in
$10,500 to feed their hungry, wild little critters. Hoo-
ray for all.
If ever there was a win-win situation ....
Be careful out there
At one point last week, we at The Islander hoped
for a peaceful, uneventful week ahead. The tragic
ultralight crash that claimed the lives of two men with
strong community ties left us longing for some good
And while the week had its highlights, we were
brought back to cruel reality with the drowning death
of a man in the wind-churned Gulf waters Saturday.
Please remind friends and family of the dangers for
all ages of undercurrents and swimming, body surfing
and playing in the Gulf's storm-swept waters.
Let's try to make it a good week and an especially
happy Father's Day.
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ist Jack Egan, who by now should be recuperat-
ing at home after a harrowing two-week clash
with doctors and nurses at Blake Medical Center,
who certainly must be left in "stictches" by "his
honor, the Island's king of cartoons."
Skip the cards and flowers, though, and send
a can of his favorite Spam his way. That'll have
Jack shipshape in no time.
Thanks to all who made possible the wonderful
book signing event at Ooh La La! Bistro on May 31 -
truly the highlight of my vacation! I was so fortunate
to meet Randy Wayne White, and local Bradenton
author James Macomber. I also enjoyed meeting other
folks who, like me, would rather read than just about
anything. It's nice to know there are lots of us "biblio-
philes" still out there in this TV/media happy world!
Thank you, Chef Damon, for the delicious lunch.
The BLT soup was superb!
I look forward each week to receiving The Islander
at my home in Tennessee, and will excitedly watch for
the next book signing (or other) event so I can have a
good excuse to plan my next vacation!
Susan Whaley, Charlotte, Tenn.
Love boat thanks
The Love Boat committee and Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School would like to send out a huge "Thank You!"
to our wonderful community and the businesses that sup-
ported our school, which helped us set sail on April 26.
You're extraordinary people and because of your
generosity we were able to purchase 20 laptop comput-
ers for "our little school by the bay."
We feel privileged to live in a community where
our children are such a high priority.
We are honored to have local husinesses and corn-
munity members who support our elementary school,
our middle school and our community center, which
have such positive influences on our children's lives.
You go above and beyond when it comes to the chil-
dren of our little Island. Thank you so much for your
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Gratitude and question
I would like to comment on a couple of points I feel
are worth mentioning:
Two workers in the city sanitation department in
Bradenton Beach deserve praise and recognition, Wes
Stump and Ray Wilson. Like the letter carriers and oth-
ers who do such a fine job, hats off to these two very
hard-working guys. They truly deserve the recognition
and respect of all of us in our nearly utopian locale.
Secondly, Bill Arnold, what could you possibly
have been thinking when you proposed to replace our
police department? Who are these so-called concerned
citizens? Or was this a personal crusade? I for one am
thankful we have Chief Sam Speciale and all of his of-
ficers. If I'm ever in need of a cop, I'll be more than
grateful for their presence.
Richard D. Murphy, Bradenton Beach
I wish to thank The Islander for the coverage you
gave me regarding my situation with my neighbor next
door and his four feet of fill.
The town officials made my so-called neighbor do
the right thing and fix his property to stop the flooding
and erosion. Many Islanders called and told me that
they supported my efforts to get my swales back and
the lot graded properly.
Sometimes you wonder what happened to neighbor-
hood values where people cared about what their actions
might be doing to their neighbors. Thank goodness most
of the people who live on the Island do care and want to
keep the values and the hometown feelings alive.
Carol Codeiia, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER g JUNE 11, 2003 S PAGE 7
State officially going after feral cats
The state has made good on promises to try to
control feral cats in Florida, saying they are danger-
ous to wildlife.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission has adopted a policy that the cats may be
adopted or moved to an enclosed sanctuary or, as a last
There are millions of feral cats around the state
that prey on birds and small animals and spread con-
tagious diseases, wildlife officials maintained at a
meeting in Kissimmee.
The director of the commission's division of wild-
life, Frank Montalban, insisted the policy "is not anti-
cat, it's pro-native wildlife."
Commissioner Richard Corbett said, "The duty to
protect and defend Florida wildlife is the very essence
of our commission."
Then the commissioners voted 7-0 to approve the
policy, amid angry shouts and boos (catcalls?) from
some 150 cat lovers in the audience.
Charlie Guy, Anna Maria Island's "cat man" for
years, is still not convinced that any government can, or
should, do anything about these pets gone wild. Through
tender loving care he has trimmed the feral cat population
on the Island from 60 a few years ago down to five now.
He feeds them every day, putting much of his lim-
ited resources into cat food. When they finally trust him
enough to let him catch them, he takes them to the ani-
mal shelter for medical treatment and neutering, then
turns them loose again.
He moved to the mainland three years ago after
living on the Island for 10 years, and in all that time he
has missed only two days' feedings when storms de-
"These cats don't hurt anybody or anything," he
said. "In 10 years on the Island I saw two doves that
were killed by cats. That's all."
He will continue to feed his cats and, when they
allow it, pamper them. And he will continue to believe
"cats aren't the problem, people are."
Commission to hear noise ordinance again
By Chris Teofilak
After community feedback and research performed
by the police department, a previously failed noise ordi-
nance is to be heard once again by the Bradenton Beach
City Commission, but this time with a few changes.
The updated noise ordinance would increase the
maximum sound level from a previously proposed limit
of 55 decibels to 75 decibels, according to Police Chief
At the request of the commission, Speciale and his
department took sound-level readings of the Bridge Ten-
der Inn on Bridge Street during business and non-business
hours on Thursday, May 29, according to a report.
The readings, measured from the intersection of
Bay Drive North and the east roundabout at 9 a.m. and
11 p.m., recorded levels between 48-51 decibels and
54-57 decibels respectively.
"I don't think the 75-decibel level is unreasonable
for the residents that live in this area," Speciale said at
the June 5 commission meeting.
Special explained that in the event of a complaint,
readings would be observed from the location of the
complainant along with multiple measurements during
a specific time window.
The main noise issue for Bradenton Beach residents
concerns outdoor entertainment at restaurants like the
Bridge Tender Inn and excessive volume produced from
car stereo systems driving along Gulf Drive.
There is no word yet on how the police department
would enforce a noise ordinance on drivers.
A previous noise ordinance failed at the May 1 com-
mission meeting in part due to readings presented to the
commission by Johnny Maschino, general manager of the
Bridge Tender Inn. Readings from Maschino's personal
sound meter measured 80 decibels during the citing of the
Pledge of Allegiance at the May 1 meeting.
The updated ordinance will be presented to the
commission later this month,,with a public hearing and
final decision expected July 3.
Ten years ago in
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two-year-old lawsuit filed by Westco against a city
ordinance prohibiting some short-term rentals on Key
With the start of the summer tourist season, Island
residents and visitors were advised of Florida regula-
tions governing the use of personal watercraft.
Bradenton Beach increased the fishing fee at the
city's fishing pier from 25 cents to 50 cents. City offi-
cials noted that a Florida saltwater fishing license is not
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Neighborhood lawsuit in Holmes Beach reaches court
By Rick Catlin
Opening arguments in a lawsuit to determine who
has legal rights to use a stretch of land at the beach end
of 79th Street in Holmes Beach, and who doesn't, be-
gan Monday, June 9, in the civil branch of Manatee
County's 12th Judicial Circuit Court.
The lawsuit was filed in January 2002 by Jerald
and Kristen Landkammer and 11 other property own-
ers on 79th Street against beachfront owners William
Roe and Elizabeth Cole of 102 79th St., John and
Kathleen Robuck of 103 79th St. and Sunset Beach Inc.
(the original 1945 land-development company).
In addition to the Landkammers, plaintiffs are Ursula
and Talbot Lewis, Louis and Rena Guiterrez, Delia and
Charles Sierra, Virginia Messina, Rose Mary Patterson,
Nancy Kuhlmann, Richard and Susan Wheeler, Gaspare,
Gaspar, Denise and Antoinette Monte, Anne Simmons
and David Ehrenzeller.
The suit asks the court to agree that the plaintiffs
have a right to use the area in question, have an ease-
ment to the area, and "the right to reconstruct a shelter
on the common area, place benches or chairs in the
common area, picnic, sunbathe, sit and relax, view the
sunset, play ball," and to keep the property owners
"from destroying trees on the common area."
The suit also asks the landowners to pay attorney
fees for the "Group of 12."
The controversy began in late 1999 when the City
of Holmes Beach needed easements to beach access for
the upcoming beach renourishment project. What the
city found was that it didn't have an easement to give
in many locations, including the end of 79th Street.
Despite objections by many members of the
"Group of 12," and a number of other Holmes Beach
residents, the city "swapped" a large chunk of road at
the end of 79th Street with landowners William Roe
and Elizabeth Cole and John and Kathleen Robuck at
102 and 103 79th St. respectively in exchange for a 10-
foot easement to the beach.
The lawsuit claims that after the swap, Roe, Cole
and the Robucks denied the "Group of 12" access to
these areas of the beach swapped with the city that were
formerly used for picnics, volleyball games and other
79th Street turmoil
A lone walker strolls down the pathway from the beach at the end of 79th Street in Holmes Beach where a fence
separates the path from beachfront property formerly used by a number of beachgoer residents in the area for
picnics, parties and sunset gazing. A civil court case now under way in Manatee County will decide if those resi-
dents have any legal right to utilize the property now owned by private individuals. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
beach activities. They also claim the defendants tore
down a cabana that had been used by the group for a
number of years.
In April 2002, Roe said he offered a compromise
agreement to the landowners that was rejected.
The spat dates back to the summer of 1945, when
Holmes Beach developers J.E. and Maud Holmes sold
two parcels of land at the end of Starfish Road (later
changed to 79th Street). The words "perpetual ease-
ments" and "provide a common" were established in
the original sale, but never fully explained or defined.
The lawsuit claims that since 1945, the plaintiffs
had a right to use the "common area" of the two
beachfront properties, and have rights to an "easement"
to get to this area and to the beach. They want these
rights established by a court, not any "gentlemen's
agreement" between the two parties.
Attorney Caleb Grimes, who represented William
Roe in countermotions against the original lawsuit, said
that because the issue is a question of title and property
rights, the title insurance company for Roe is involved
and it has hired an attorney to defend Roe.
James Aker of Sarasota is representing the "Group
Grimes said he did not expect an immediate deci-
sion in the case.
Pay up, Anna Maria City tells ex.officials
By Rick Catlin
It pays to be an elected official in Anna Maria.
In fact, according to a recent state audit issued in March
2003, it pays too much (The Islander, March 12, 2003).
The audit claimed the city overpaid several elected
officials $1,690 between 2000 and 2002 and the city is
now demanding its money back.
A June 4 letter from Mayor SueLynn to former
City Commissioners Doug Wolfe and Bob Barlow
claims each owes $400 in overpayments and the city
would like to be repaid by June 30.
A similar letter was sent to ex-Mayor Gary
Deffenbaugh asking for $800 in back pay, while former
City Commissioner Jay Hill was asked to give back $90.
Hill returned one check to the city during his term
of office when he believed he was being overpaid.
Former Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda has already paid
the city the $400 originally requested in March.
The mayor's letter informed the officials to pay by
June 30, but did not discuss the consequences for miss-
ing the deadline.
But if the officials don't pay, they may get their
"day in court" with the city commission.
Former City Commissioner Bob Barlow said
he sent the City of Anna Maria a check for $400
on June 6, the day he received the city's letter de-
manding he pay up what he allegedly owes in
overpayments while he was a city commissioner.
But Barlow wants the city to "give Caesar his
In a June 6 letter to Mayor SueLynn, Barlow
asked the city to forward him a paid receipt for
$400 along with the "corrected Internal Revenue
Service form 1099 for miscellaneous income from
the city for 2000 and 2001."
"If you have reasons you should not pay, please put
them in writing," the mayor said in her letter.
SueLynn said any comments from the officials will
be forwarded to the city commission. It will be up to
Barlow needs that corrected form "so my CPA
can review and provide the IRS with my personal
amended income tax returns."
But CPAs aren't free, noted Barlow.
"I presume the city will reimburse me for my
CPA expenses incurred by me as a direct result of this
city error, per city ordinance regarding commission-
ers salary and their actual and necessary expenses
incurred in the performance of duties of office."
Barlow said he did not yet know how much he
will be charged by his CPA to file an amended re-
turn, but would forward the bill to the city.
the commission to decide the next step if the moneys
aren't paid, she said.
Deffenbaugh said he would prefer not to comment
at this time.
Some tickets available for Butterfly Bash
There are tickets still available the big Butterfly
Bash coming up Saturday, June 21, at the Moose Lodge
in Bradenton Beach.
It is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Anna
Maria Island Butterfly Park, now firmly established in
Holmes Beach but still needing a lot of work, said or-
ganizer Nancy Ambrose.
She is in charge of everything about the park, hav-
ing moved mountains to get it started and keep it go-
ing. Her success may be judged by the park and its flut-
tering butterflies at 5801 Marina Drive.
The bash will begin at 5 p.m. at the Moose, 110 Gulf
Drive, at $12.50 per person. Tickets are available at the
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch shop, 5408 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach; Robyn's Nest, 7427 Manatee Ave.,
Bradenton; The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach; or through Ambrose at 778-5274.
The casual evening will include buffet dinner,
music by Larry Reich, and silent auction which will
end at 7:30, long before the bash winds down.
Ambrose's plans for the money raised there in-
clude a gazebo to begin to make the garden an outdoor
science lab and teaching facility for area classes and
groups. Already there are benches, brick walkways,
drinking fountain, trellises and arbors, a "puddling
area" where butterflies drink, sculptures and an
armillary sphere on a pedestal.
The garden will attract at least 28 species of butter-
flies, Ambrose promises, from Monarchs to Julias to
Swallowtails to Red-Banded Hairstreaks. Areas in the
garden are growing host and nectar plants for butterflies.
The garden is open to the public and is free of
charge. It will be here far into the future, but the But-
terfly Bash will be around for one night only and that
is coming soon. There's room there for just about ev-
eryone, Ambrose said.
... while one official figures
payback deserves payback
THE ISLANDER U JUNE 11, 2003 U PAGE 9
Proposed swimming pool variance may stir hot water
By Joe Kane
Another Holmes Beach city zoning code is under
If property owner Rick Zimmerman has his way,
he will have a swimming pool on the beachfront of his
Holmes Beach rental property at 3502 Fourth Ave.
Zimmerman has requested a variance to the city's
land-development code to allow him to build a swimming
pool 50 feet from the established erosion control line, half
the setback distance now mandated by the city.
At 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, the Holmes Beach
Board of Adjustment will meet at city hall to discuss
The variance request states: "This large Gulffront
property has the residence located approximately 100 feet
off the erosion control line, and strict adherence would not
allow for installation of pool." The variance would allow
for a pool to conform to "all code requirements."
Members of the board of adjustment have been
very busy lately. Just recently they approved two vari-
ances permitting property owners to build their homes
five feet higher than the city's present height limit of
36 feet above the crown of the road.
Now a property owner wants to build a 16-by-26-
foot swimming pool on the beach.
Susan Corsi, Holmes Beach Public Works clerk,
has worked for the city for more than 11 years and this
is the first time, she said, that she can remember when
a property owner requested to build a pool so close to
the Gulf waters.
On a gorgeous June morning, Myra Feely of 3502
Gulf Drive was taking a morning stroll with her two
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black miniature schnauzers. She shook her head in dis-
belief when she looked at how near her neighbor is to
the lapping Gulf waters.
"Why, with the largest possible pool in front,"
asked Myra Feely, referring to the Gulf of Mexico,
"would you want to build another one right next to it?"
Anna Maria City owes us, Perezes claim
By Rick Catlin
Gary and Donna Perez of 783 Jacaranda St. claim the
City of Anna Maria owes them $1,406.18 for bad advice.
The Perezes learned at the city commission meet-
ing of May 22 they didn't need a variance to build their
proposed pool within the setback.
City codes had changed in January 2003, City At-
torney Jim Dye said at the meeting, and it was his in-
terpretation they didn't need a variance to build in the
setback, as long as the pool and deck were no higher
than 12 inches above the ground.
That was good enough for the commission. The
Perezes were told to forget the variance, they could go
ahead and build their pool.
Hold on a second, the Perezes said in a May 29
letter to the city.
Last year, they were told by a city building official
they could build their pool. They took out a loan only
to be told a few weeks letter an error had been made
and the pool could not be built as planned.
They then tried to get the city to vacate the alley-
way between Jacaranda and North Shore Drive.
Failing that, they asked the city in December 2002
to close the alleyway to allow its use by residents.
That didn't work either and three months ago, city
officials told them to apply for a variance because that
was their best chance to get a permit to build the pool.
The variance request failed because of the new code,
but the Perezes still got permission to build their pool.
Only problem is, according to the letter, the
Perezes have spent $1,406.18 since January 2003 in
interest on their loan and the cost of the variance appli-
cation fee. Money they didn't have to spend if they had
been told five months ago about the code change.
"We are requesting that the city reimburse us for
our expenses," the Perezes said in their letter.
"The change was made in January. We feel we
have been paying five months worth of interest on this
loan with no pool to enjoy as a direct result of the city
officials lack of knowledge of the codes, thus advising
us of the need for a variance," they concluded.
Unlike others with a beef against the city, however,
the Perezes have not hired an attorney to represent them.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said she would draft a
response to the Perezes and "see where the issue goes from
She may also discuss the matter with Dye, she said.
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crusaded for blood
at the three Island
along Gulf Drive
at the Kingfish
Island blood drive sets record
A total of 239 donors qualified to give blood on the
Island over the weekend, which didn't even count the
large number of potential blood givers who were turned
away because they'd been to Mexico, Africa, England
or Toronto, or folks turned down for having taken
growth hormones and for myriad other reasons.
It did include at least one person who was told in
the 1960s when he contracted tuberculosis that he
could never give blood. That law changed to his ben-
efit and he was accepted.
The turnout translates to $23,900 spread among the
coffers of the four charities that benefit from this
event's anonymous donor's generosity.
"I was shocked at the number of people who turned
out," said Suzi Fox, head of the Island Turtle Watch.
"It was very, very good."
Her nonprofit organization is one of the four ben-
eficiaries. One of the cash beneficiaries, that is the
principal beneficiaries are the people who will receive
the blood in transfusions in Manatee County. Accord-
ing to Elaine Ackel of the Manatee Community Blood
Center, open-heart surgery takes 10 units, for example.
Island chambers to detail
results of lobbying
Chambers of commerce of all three local barrier
islands will brief members Thursday, June 12, on the
results of their efforts to "ensure the voice of Florida
employers was heard during this year's legislative ses-
sion in Tallahassee."
Calling it a "unique grass-roots strategy," its effec-
tiveness will be outlined by the Florida Chamber of
Commerce "public affairs team" at 5:30 p.m. at the
Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of
Topics will include "Constitutional Amendment
Reform," "Education and Workforce Development,"
"Health Insurance," "Legal Reform," "Medical Liabil-
ity Reform," "Tax and Tax Regulation," and "Workers'
The Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Siesta
Key chambers will host the free session. The Island
organization asks that those interested RSVP by the
close of business Wednesday by calling 779-9412.
250 students will tour Mote
Students from the National Youth Sports Program
at St. Petersburg College were spending Wednesday,
June 11, at Mote Marine Laboratory's aquarium.
The trip was funded by the Mote Scientific Foun-
dation. That includes bus transportation, admission to
the aquarium, lunch and a T-shirt. The 250 youngsters
arrived at about 10 a.m. at Mote, on City Island off the
south ramp of the New Pass Bridge.
The sports program is a five-week day camp for
economically disadvantaged youngsters aged 10-16. It
provides free medical exams, transportation to and
from the college, instruction in a variety of sports, math
"We felt it was a natural fit to provide these stu-
dents with a trip to Mote aquarium," said Bill Ritchie,
member of the foundation board. "The students are
exposed to science and at Mote they can learn about the
marine science and the amazing creatures we have in
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It went very smoothly both days, said Fox, with
almost 270 donors making it through the initial screen-
ing process, although some of those were disqualified.
Saturday's turnout gave the most the Manatee Commu-
nity Blood Center has ever collected in one day and a
record for the three-year-old Islandwide drive.
That anonymous benefactor offered to give $100
in each donor's name to the nonprofit of choice: Anna
Maria Island Community Center, Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion of Anna Maria Island, Anna Maria Island Priva-
teers, and Turtle Watch.
Based on the blood donor's preference, the chari-
ties earned the following donations: Wildlife $10,500,
Turtle Watch $5,200, Center $4,300 and and
The mobile units were positioned at the event's spon-
sors, who also cover expenses such as promotional mate-
rials and advertising for the event, plus a T-shirt for every
donor: Marina Pointe Realty/A Pine Avenue Salon in
Anna Maria, The Islander in Holmes Beach, Beach House
Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. Additional sponsorship
for this year's event was provided by Tropicana and Pepsi.
'Garage Montage' exhibit
scheduled by 'Edge'
The new coalition of artists "The Edge" will
stage a one-night exhibition, "Garage Montage,"
June 21 in, of course, a garage.
It will be in P-Man's Classic Cycle Paints, 721
Seventh Ave. W. in downtown Bradenton, from 7-
11 p.m. July 21. Along with fine art, the exhibit
will have customized motorcycles and paint jobs.
There will be music by the Downshifters and
a performance by Spankin' Fresh.
Artists signed up to exhibit are Island resi-
dents Carrie Price and John Sudnick, along with
George Box, Valeri Rose,, Melissa Ducasse, Ace
McVey, Karen Klosky, Keith Locurto, Rich Hill
and Pamela Seiber.
Details are available at 748-8671.
Singer will demonstrate
Barbara Singer will demonstrate watercolor paint-
ing from 10 a.m.-noon Friday, June 13, at the gallery
of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Known for her "plein air" paintings of local scenes,
she has exhibited at the gallery for 10 years and teaches
at the Anna Maria Art League. She has a fine arts de-
gree from Fairleigh Dickenson University in New Jer-
sey. The demonstration Friday is open to the public.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-6694.
'Nooner' next Wednesday
on Longboat Key
A "nooner" Networking Opportunities Opening
New Enterprising Relationships is scheduled
Wednesday, June 18, by the Longboat Key Chamber of
It will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Polo's Italian Grille
in the Avenue of the Flower Shopping Plaza, 525 Bay
Isles Pkwy. RSVP at 387-9519, the chamber advises.
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, with-
out a permanent rector for three years, has one now in
the Rev. Harry I. Parsell.
He comes from St. Bartholomew's Episcopal
Church in St. Petersburg, where he has been rector for
The church at 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, has
been served by interim rectors since the Rev. Richard
Fellows left in June 2000. Most recently the Rev.
Bennett Barnes has filled the position.
Father Parsell is a 1975 graduate in religion from
Stetson University, won a masters in divinity from
Nashotah House, Nashotah, Wis., in 1980, and was
ordained that year.
Before beginning his tenure at St. Bartholomew's
in 1989, he served churches at Snell Isle and
Clearwater. He is credited with leading the develop-
ment of St. Bart's from a small church to a large and
The vestry and parishioners of Annunciation issued
'Taste of Whitney Beach'
on key this evening
"A Taste of Whitney Beach" will be hosted by the
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce from 5:30-7:30
p.m. Wednesday, June 11.
It will be at Whitney Beach Plaza, 6810 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, with "business after hours" and tables
displaying chamber members' products. There will be
hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, plus a cash bar. Music
is on the agenda, and door prizes.
It is open to the public, and costs $5 for chamber
members, $10 for guests. Details may be obtained at
Three attractions join
for bargain entry ticket
Three major visitor attractions in Sarasota have
launched "our first ever collaborative ticket initiative,"
offering admission to all three.
They are the John and Mable Ringling Museum of
Art, Mote Marine Laboratory's aquarium, and Selby
Gardens. The "Best of the Bay" package represents a
25-percent saving on admission fees, said the museum.
The tickets are good for one-time admission to
each of the attractions through Sept. 15. Cost of the
package is $28. Further information may be obtained
by calling 359-5723.
David Moynihan again led both in obtaining new
listings and in sales during May at the Anna Maria Is-
land Office of Wagner Realty. Becky Smith and Elfi
Starrett chalked up the most transactions closed during
Alan Galleto was top listing agent and Melinda
Bordes leading sales agent at Island Real Estate during
Wedebrock Real Estate Co.'s Marcus Turner led in
listings and Gail Tutewiler in sales in May at the
Holmes Beach office. Other leaders were Mike Migone
and Tina Rudek in both listings and sales at the
Longboat Key office and Bridget Spiess in those cat-
egories at Avenue of the Flowers. Courtney Campbell
of the Longboat Key office was a co-leader in listings.
Rev. Harry I. Parsell
an invitation to "the entire Island and surrounding com-
munity to visit our church to welcome Father Parsell to
Jenna Emmert and Derek Huss, both of Holmes Beach,
were married in a ceremony at Selby Botanical Gar-
dens in Sarasota. The bride is daughter of Matt Emmert
of Kalamazoo, Mich., and her bridegroom is the son of
Peggy and Jim Huss of Holmes Beach. Circuit Judge
Janette Dunnigan officiated. Beth Brink was maid of
honor, Jim Huss best man and Elyse Huss bridesmaid.
They honeymooned in Europe.
Married on beach
Laura Renee Sauer and Daniel Nathen Cole after
their marriage ceremony on the Anna Maria Island
beach. They are living in Holmes Beach.
Raymond 'Mac' McSwain
Raymond "Mac" McSwain, 86, of Black Moun-
tain, N.C., and Bradenton Beach, died June 2.
Born in Rock Hill, N.C., Mr. McSwain moved to
Black Mountain from there. He was retired from the
U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic
Climatic Center. He served in the U.S. Army during
World War II. He was an avid fisherman.
There were no services..
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jimmie; son
Raymond 0. of Asheville, N.C.; and many nephews,
nieces and cousins.
Eva 0. Papworth
Eva 0. Papworth, 99, of Holmes Beach, died June 7.
Born in Howell, Mich., Mrs. Papworth moved to
Holmes Beach from Flint, Mich., in 1981. She was a
homemaker. She was a member of Roser Memorial Com-
Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday,
June 11, at the church, 511 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
City. Memorial contributions may be made to the
church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.
She is survived by daughter Nancy MacVicar; son
Russell A. of Vicksburg, Mich.; four grandchildren;
and six great-grandchildren.
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Turtle nests a huge job for Islanders
By Jim Hanson
A veritable flood of sea turtles nesting on: Anna
Maria Island beaches has strained labor to capacity,
calling on the best efforts of an energetic intern.
Of the 57 nests so far on the Island, a remarkable
42 have had to be moved up-beach for safety, said Suzi
Fox, Turtle Watch director and the state's permit-
holder for sea turtle preservation here.
Virtually all nests on the renourished beach, which
is all of Holmes Beach and most of Anna Maria plus
part of Bradenton Beach, have had to be moved, she
They were dug by mother turtles so close to the
Gulf waterline that the eggs were in danger of flood-
ing by a spring tide turtle egg shells are water-per-
meable and immersion can drown the embryos, Fox
So they have to be moved higher on the beach
nearer the dune, in most cases about 50 feet straight
back from where the mother put her nest. Turtle Watch
volunteers toil from dawn until noon daily to save the
eggs, then fill the rest of the day putting it all on record.
Just why so many turtles put their incubators so
near the waterline is not known, but Fox theorized that
it's because "turtles are creatures of habit and maybe
they've always nested low on our beach because in the
past there's been little sand." The renourished beach is
far wider than the beach of old.
When they are mature enough to become mothers,
turtles return at night to the beach of their birth to nest.
They dig down a couple of feet, deposit an average 100
eggs the size of golf balls, cover them and let sun and
sand incubate them for a couple of months.
The number of eggs varies widely, Fox said. One
which Turtle Watch volunteers moved this year has
128 eggs, another only 21. That one needs to be
"adopted" to get the tender loving care of a "parent,"
she said. Bring $100 to the Turtle Watch education
center at 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and be-
come a turtle "parent." If you miss this needy nest,
there are plenty of others to go around.
University of South Florida student Gwen
Oberholtzer brought new life to the millennia-old sea
turtle nesting ritual when she spent a brief time here as
an intern. She is Turtle Watch's first foray into intern-
ships, and she was a fortunate choice indeed, said Fox.
"She's young and bright and energetic and she was
plugged in from the beginning, worked hard and shared
her enthusiasm with us older folks.
"And she brought some very new interest to the
turtles every young man on the beach was suddenly
fascinated with loggerheads. Did I mention that Gwen
is very pretty?"
She is on her way to the Cayman Islands for a six-
week study program, and will be here again in August
after the Caribbean.
... Island real estate agents 'turtle friendly'
By Rick Catlin
Kathy White of Island Real Estate, along with her
colleagues throughout the Island who handle rental
units, are "turtle friendly."
"We go out of our way to inform our guests of laws
governing the turtles, of the lights-out policy at night,
and not to leave property on the beach overnight. We
even put stickers above the outside lights telling people
to turn them off," said White.
So it was with some dismay she read the story in
the June 4 issue of The Islander about the mother
loggerhead turtle that got lost returning to the sea
after nesting because a porch light was left on inad-
vertently by some tenants at a beachfront accommo-
The story said the renters were at 104 Pine Ave.,
but that's an Island Real Estate rental and was unoccu-
pied at the time of the.incident. And anyone renting
from Island Real Estate would have been "turtle
aware," she said.
White said the people involved were likely in the
two-story house behind that rental property, which is
a private rental and not part of the Island Real Estate
The turtle crawled around several Pine Avenue
residences and the Sandbar restaurant before returning
to the sea.
Island real estate agents are very protective of the
turtles, said White.
"When guests check in, they get information on
Turtle Watch and 'we tell them about the turtles. Little
kids get very excited when we tell them to watch for a
mother turtle," she said.
"Our guests are very well informed," White added,
noting that all Island real estate agents do their best to
get turtle information to visitors.
Indeed, several staff members at Island Real Estate
are members of Turtle Watch, including office man-
ager Patty DePaoli.
Fox said there are some people not in the real es-
tate industry who rent private homes and apartments on
the Island that are unaware, or don't care, about inform-
ing guests of laws governing turtles during the May to
October sea turtle nesting season.
... and treat Dad to turtle on his big day Sunday
By Jim Hanson
Father's Day is no older than most sea turtles that
call Anna Maria Island home, but you can tie the two
together for everyone's benefit come Sunday, June 15.
That's Father's Day 2003, when everyone tries to
figure out a gift that's appropriate and meaningful and
not too soupy with sentiment he's not supposed to
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Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has an easy-to-do
program that lets you adopt a nest for $100 or an indi-
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The turtles here are nearly all loggerheads, behe-
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years ago. There may be a few green turtle nests from
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Belle Haven restoration goal set at $100,000
By Rick Catlin
The dream of saving Belle Haven Cottage will only
take about $100,000, according to Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum Director Carolyne Norwood.
"That's not much if you say it fast," she said.
Actually, the $100,000 is not just for restoration of
Belle Haven alone, Norwood said.
It's also for decking around the Belle Haven, a
boardwalk to the nearby canal, landscaping, and expan-
sion and improvements of the museum, she added.
"So, we don't need all of that money to restore the
cottage," Norwood said.
Following a meeting May 29 at the cottage with
architect H. Patterson Fletcher and contractor Hugh
Holmes Jr., however, the entire goal is not that far-
fetched, said Norwood.
Father's Day Sunday
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12
are endangered and protected by law.
This is the season for them. From early May
through October they hatch in nests being dug now on
Anna Maria Island's beach by adults returning to
propagate their kind on the beach of their own birth. A
mother digs into the beach, lays 100 or so eggs, cov-
ers them and lets sun and sand incubate them.
Also offered, but far off-Island, is a manatee adop-
tion program. It offers a Father's Day gift adoption of
any of several manatees for $25, with a certificate,
photo and history of the big mammal.
That is available from Save the Manatee Club, 500
N. Maitland Ave., Maitland FL 32751, phone 800-432-
Father's Day came about as a result of no sur-
prises here Mother's Day. Listening to a sermon on
Mother's Day in 1909 in Spokane, Wash., Sonora
Smart Dodd decided to honor her father on a special
day and did so on June 19, 1910. It gained momentum
and in 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed
Father's Day as the third Sunday in June.
Dad's flowers that day, incidentally, are roses red
for the living father, white for those who have died.
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Fletcher has agreed to do the design drawings and
Holmes will provide cost estimates from those draw-
Once a dollar amount is in place to restore the cot-
tage, "we'll start organizing our fundraising efforts," Pt EA- HEL' F i' lH Ilu "' '1
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getting someone to donate a new car as a raffle prize, 0A i 0.000
she suggested. .. '0 000
She's also hopeful of getting some of Anna Maria j
Island's contractors and builders to volunteer their time RESTORE .
and expertise to help with the restoration, once the BELLE 7 C (, 0
plans are submitted. HAVEN f)L1o
Funding from the City of Anna Maria has already COTTAGE 50.000 r
paid for a new metal roof, but funds for the remaining .
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"This is a piece of our history," she said. "It's :'. .000
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Belle Haven Cottage was built in 1920 at the end 1.0r "
of the Anna Maria City Pier. It was originally a fish
cannery, then an ice house and was a rental cottage in
1926 when it fell into Tampa Bay.
The cottage was towed to the Gulf side of Anna ANNA MARIA ISLAND ., -
Maria, then pulled by a team of mules onto land at HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Palmetto Avenue, where it was a residence for nearly -
70 years, Norwood said.
Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda Cramer, United way of Belle Haven
who helped spearhead the effort to save the cottage, Members of the Anna Maria Historical Society
lived in the house for about 15 years. have erected this thermometer sign at the Belle
Anyone interested in helping with the volunteer Haven Cottage on Pine Avenue to remind them-
effort or in making a donation, including services, selves and the public how far they've gone in their
should call 778-0492. efforts to raise $100,000 to restore the building.
Belle Haven Cottage is located at 402 Pine Ave. Right now, the thermometer reads zero. Islander
next to the Historical Society Museum. Photo: Rick Catlin
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The gallery, at 5386 Gulf Drive, will resume its
normal hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Sunday.
There was no fire damage to any of the paintings,
photographs, ceramics and other items on display in the
gallery, according to Richard Stewart. A photographer
and longtime member of the artists' cooperative, he is
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Islander's lessons of war: Peace
By Jim Hanson
Gene Ciliberti took half a century to get his war out
of his system and, better yet, what to do about it. It was
worth the wait, to anyone with interest in war in gen-
eral and the Korean War in particular.
He has lived his months in combat all over again
to get himself on record regarding war and peace. The
book is "Recollections of a Boy Marine," interesting
enough for veterans of any war to forgive him for in-
terrupting their own reminiscences, a feat in itself.
He will sign copies of the book at Sandy's Rich
Coffee Shop, 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, at 10 a.m.
June 28. Copies of the book will be available at the
signing at $14, or e-mail rosedogbookstore.com for the
same price. Publisher RoseDog Books said the book is
too new to be available yet in bookstores.
Ciliberti was in a very rough part of a very rough
war, took part in one of our most famous retreats, all
for a war that was about as decisive and popular as
His story moves from his enlistment in the Marine
Corps at age 17, through boot camp that he thought
would kill him, to Korea which very nearly did kill
him. Along the way he learned many truths:
The difference between fearlessness and courage,
which he learned from watching the famed correspon-
dent Marguerite Higgins.
Friendly fire is understandable but not forgivable,
whether it comes from fellow grunts on a dark night or
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Aaron Predmore, Joshua Schmidt, Andrew Crowton
and Max Miller began filling their Anna Maria
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Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
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The Anna Maria Island Community Center sum-
mer camp program got off to an adventurous start with
a field trip to where else? Adventure Island.
Each Friday Island campers will top off their week
with an all-day field trip. This Friday campers will hit
the waters with a Mote Marine Laboratory boat trip.
During the week, campers take short excursions
balanced by quiet activities at the Center.
During the first week of camp, the kids went bowl-
ing, saw "Chicken Run" at a movie theater and spent
a morning at Pirates Cove in Bradenton. They also had
an introduction to the Island Branch Library and cre-
ated scrapbooks that they will fill with pictures all sum-
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never too late to join the fun. There is space available
for more kids interested in taking part in the summer
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Old Hamburg: real German
warmth on Island
The German word "gemutlitchkeit" can be defined
as a feeling of warmth, good cheer, friendliness and
having a good time during a meal.
On Anna Maria Island, you don't need a dictionary
to understand that feeling when you enter the Old
Hamburg Schnitzelhaus at 3246 E. Bay Drive in
Holmes Beach for dinner.
From the moment you walk through the doors of
their authentic German restaurant, owners Wolfgang
and Brigitte Jahn transport you to that feeling of
warmth and good cheer with their friendliness, authen-
tic German decor, and, of course, the foods and bever-
ages of Germany.
The Jahn's are celebrating their 10th anniversary
in business and they're inviting all their friends to help
them celebrate with some great German specials all this-
"And we are the only authentic German restaurant
in Florida," said Wolfgang, who doubles as the bar-
tender while Brigitte is the head chef.
"Believe me, we have people come from all over
North America and they say this is the best German
food and the best atmosphere they've ever found," he
Testimonials from visitors written in the guest
book back up Wolfgang's assurances, and the genuine
German decor makes one think of, well, Old Hamburg.
"Every year, we have many of the same guests,"
said Wolfgang. "People come from the German areas
of Wisconsin and Michigan and still say we're the best
German restaurant. It's always a joy to see them again."
In fact, the children of some original guests are
now finding Old Hamburg to their taste.
While the German menu contains dishes of
chicken, beef and pork, most guests are looking for
genuine wienerschnitzel and bratwurst and the menu
doesn't disappoint the palate.
The best in imported German beers and wines are
available, including Bitburg beer and red and white
wines from the numerous grape-growing regions of
Desserts include apple strudel and blackberry and
strawberry pies in season.
But there's also an Island side to Old Hamburg.
Seafood done German-style is often a house spe-
cialty, said Brigitte, and it's a popular menu item.
"We're really happy to be celebrating some won-
derful years here and we invite all our friends to come
visit this month," said Brigitte.
A special anniversary party will be held later in
June, she said.
Old Hamburg is open from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Monday through Saturday during the summer. For
more information, call Wolfgang or Brigitte at 778-
Garden Hut at new location
The Garden Hut, formerly on Cortez Road, re-
cently moved into the former location of the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce at 5337 Gulf
Drive in Holmes Beach and owner Darlene
McNamara promises "everything for the garden."
"We specialize in everything for the garden, from
bird baths, cages and feeders to custom pots for plants.
Anything you can use in your garden, we probably
have," said Darlene.
If not, "we can special order it," she added.
Darlene opened her Holmes Beach doors June 2
after spending more than two years on Cortez Road.
"We liked Cortez, but we wanted to get the walk-
in traffic. I think we're going to like Holmes Beach. We
just opened and already have had a lot of people come
Garden accessories at Garden Hut
Darlene McNamara of the Garden Hut at 5337 Gulf
Drive in Holmes Beach assists some customers looking
for garden accessories. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
in, browse around and find things," she said.
It's not just plant or bird items found at the Garden
There are tiki torches, lanterns, wind chimes,
wrought-iron objects, and a number of other items to
decorate the outside areas.
"If you can think of something for your garden,
we've got it or can get," she proclaimed with a laugh.
Darlene plans a grand opening in about a month
when she gets established in Holmes Beach.
Got a new business going up in Anna Maria Island,
Cortez or Longboat Key? How about a new product or
service, an anniversary, a new hire, or an award-win-
ning staff member? Call Island Biz at 778-7978, fax
your news to 778-9392, or e-mail us at
'Top Notch' photo contest kicks off June 25
If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
you could win.
The Islander photo contest starts with the issue of
June 25. Eight weekly winning pictures will be featured
on the cover of The Islander through Aug. 13, and one
snapshot will be a grand prize winner with prizes and
gift certificates awarded by the newspaper and local
The deadline for the first week's submissions is
Friday, June 20, and weekly on Friday throughout the
Judging begins with a selection of pictures that
may include abstract photos, still life pictures, land-
scapes and scenics, candid unposed snapshots, action,
humor and animal pictures. Nothing is overlooked,
including great kid pics, sentimental moments and
moments of personal triumph.
Send or deliver your favorites (no limits) weekly
to Photo Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
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original JPG format via e-mail to email@example.com
or on diskette or CD. Sorry, no retouching, enhance-
ments or computer manipulation is allowed.
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
each photo, disk or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants must submit the label information
in the text of the e-mail, one photo attachment per e-
Photos without labels will be disqualified. Addi-
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fice or they may be copied.
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1) The IslanderNewspaper's Top Notch Photo Contest
is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateurs are those who
derive less than 5 percent of their income from photography.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after Jan.
1, 2002, are eligible. Photos previously published (in any media)
or entered in any Islander/other competitions are not eligible.
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retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permitted of
negatives, prints or electronic photo files; no composite pictures
or multiple printing can be submitted. Digital photos may be sub-
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pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be able to furnish the original
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submitted become the property of The Islander. Photos will not be
returned. The Islander and contest sponsors assume no responsibil-
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persons appearing in the picture and those must be enclosed/attached
with the entry.
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'Twelfth Night' coming to Island Players
By Jim Hanson
Shakespeare will illuminate Anna Maria Island
once again two weeks from now, the Island Players
presenting "Twelfth Night" for five nights only.
The romance/comedy/commentary will be June
24-28 at the Island Players Theater, 10009 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. The imminence and eminence of the pro-
duction make it advisable to get tickets now.
They may be obtained for $10 at the box office be-
tween 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. starting Tuesday, June 17, or an
hour before showtime nightly. during the performance
schedule. The box office may be reached at 778-5755.
Co-produced by The Islander, "Twelfth Night" is
directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland, veteran director
and performer at many area theaters and the originator
of the Shakespearean celebration on the Island three
Subtitled "What You Will," the play has romance,
swordplay, cross-dressing, clever servants and clueless
nobles, dirty fighting, and all the ingredients for a
quick-moving entertainment. The final curtain will
come down too soon.
The ever-thickening plot has Duke Orsino loving
the disdainful Countess Olivia, and longing for a sym-
pathetic ear to receive his moaning and groaning about
his pain and suffering.
A shipwreck sends him Viola, who is mourning the
twin brother she thinks drowned. Dressed as a boy, she
takes a job as a page with the Duke, who sends her to
Olivia to plead his cause. Olivia falls for the page, who
meanwhile .has fallen for the Duke.
Well, her twin brother reappears alive and well and
lovable, and Olivia ... You get the idea. Best yet, get
it first-hand at the theater.
Helping Woodland bring all this confusion to a
delightful conclusion are Jon Kieffner as Orsino,
Heather Kopp as Olivia, Corinne Woodland as Viola,
and a large and experienced cast that has been in re-
hearsal for weeks.
They include Stan Koci, Loren Evans, John
Durkin, Ryland Jones, Scott Ehrenpreis, Mark Wood-
land, Dylan Jones, Richard Garcia, Mark Shoemaker,
Sarah Kieffner, Beau Bailey and a host of music-mak-
ers and dancers.
Carol Cozan is stage manager, Rick Kopp stage
designer, Chris McVicker lighting designer, Priscilla
Boyd costumer, Georgia Spelvina sound designer.
Have a seat at Island Players... literally
By Jim Hanson
Theater seats are very expensive on a play-by-play
rental basis, but dirt cheap, coniparatively, to purchase.
It's the Island Players' reconstruction program,
which will replace the 137 seats and is open to spon-
sorship of a seat anywhere in the house for $150 or
For $150 the buyer gets a plaque put on his/her new
seat with two names on it; $125 gets only one name.
You don't get to use the.seat unless you have a
ticket in hand for performances and you don't get the
old seat it replaces, unless you're there fortuitously.
Some of the old seats will be given to a school theater
group in Sarasota, and the rest will be hauled away by
the installer of the new seats.
But, said Alice Doeden, president of the Anna
Maria Island Players board of directors, people who
happen to be there when the seats are removed may be
able to get one to take home.
"We won't have a big sale," she said, "we can't
have the old seats piled around outside all the room
we have available is the city hall parking lot, and there
are other, better uses for that."
The work will start Monday morning, June 30.
That's the first workday after the Players' 2003
Shakespeare production closes.
Everything, including seat sales, will pick up dra-
By Joe Kane
Hundreds of family and friends gathered to honor
Danny Mora Friday afternoon at a memorial feast held
at the Cortez Community Center. Mora. 37, along with
passenger Robert Duncan, 28, died June 2, when a
Quicksilver MX2 ultralight plane Mora was piloting
came apart and crashed in Gulf waters only 125 feet
from the Bradenton Beach shoreline and scores of
Family from across the nation came to comfort
Danny's parents, Sheila and Carl "Trigger" Mora,
longtime Cortezians. Friends came laden down with
home-cooked dishes to reminisce over the loss of a son
of Cortez's beloved family.
Feud'n and a fuss'n were put aside as kids and dogs
frolicked, adults laughed and cried, and visitors were
awed at the intimacy of this historic fishing community
trying to understand the death of such a vibrant friend
and family member.
More nibbles from Cortez
Congratulations to Arianna Vance, a budding
Cortez artist, who has a straight-A average in fine arts
at the elite Booker High School in Sarasota. Arianna is
a familiar lanky lass on Cortez's streets, hand-in-hand
with either a brother, friend or snake. She hopes to at-
tend Boston's Museum School of Arts when she gradu-
ates in June of 2004.
The Fulford family, one of the founding members
of Cortez, will be holding its annual family reunion,
June 11 to 13, at the Cortez home of matriarch Mary
Interested in learning more about the past and fu-
ture of Cortez? Participate in time traveling with Roger
matically after "Twelfth Night," she predicted Seat
sales are actually a bit ahead of what was expected,
sponsorships for about half of them already sold.
The new seats will be installed and the old re-
moved by Contract Solutions of Englewood, which
impressed the Island Players with replacement seats at
the Venice Little Theater.
Altogether, the refurbishing of the theater will cost
less than $40,000, Doeden said, all of it from "all the loyal
support we've had from season ticket holders and the sav-
ings we enjoy from all the volunteer work 95 percent
of the Island Players is voluntary, only a very few salaries
involved for some directors and designers and so on.
"And the Off Stage Ladies (the troupe's auxiliary)
is a tremendous help, too, both in the volunteer work
area and in raising money for the theater."
The Island Players have been in the city-owned
theater since the 1952-53 season, leasing the property
and paying all maintenance and other expenses, she
said. Roof, stage, siding, all have been paid with
As for ticket sales for the upcoming season, she
said more than 300 season ticket holders have renewed
their participation already, though prices have gone up
a bit this season to $125 for all five plays and $25 for
"All of it is thanks to the wonderful support we
have here," Doeden said.
Four creepy Cortezians on a stroll
Jessica Marsh, Arianna Vance with their Big
Pandora Poppy snakes. Islander Photo: Joe Kane
Allen, Cortez school coordinator, as he weaves tales of
Cortez with slides, memories and humor at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 18, at the Cortez Community Center,
4523 123rd St.
Cortez's loss is Anna Maria's gain. Gloria Kincaid,
postmaster of Cortez, has been "promoted" to postmas-
ter of Anna Maria. Good luck in your new adventures
in the wilds of Anna Maria.
Now is the time to get your seat at the Island Play-
ers. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
My very last seance
By Joe Kane
A hum of words: "...mandatory date
report...flotation, collapse, and lateral movement."
Something is happening: "...V
On a fine evening along with a lunar eclipse, five
commissioners trudged through a forest of documents,
seeking to preserve a paradise called home. Lacking an
electrifying agenda, but bursting with a powerful au-
thority, the Holmes Beach Planning Commission dis-
cussed how to predict the future and have a manual
awaiting the catastrophe.
"Assume we have a big storm with a lot of need for
reconstruction. How do we plan when the Island has
been 40 percent devastated?" asked planning commis-
sioner Steven Synder.
"We need specifics," answered Holmes Beach
Planning Commission Chairperson Sue Normand,
prodding her colleagues through a maze of definitions,
objectives and frustrations.
During the two-hour meeting commissioners
worked on the city's mixed-use ordinance as well as
sections of Holmes Beach's land-development code.
"We're here to protect the people of the city," Sue
Normand said. "We struggle to keep density and inten-
sity of land use in check."
All proposed ordinances in concert with the
city's comprehensive plan must pass the
commission's muster, checking to make certain the
suggested mandate be in compliance with the city's
"We have very dedicated members," said Normand.
"Citizens making an effort, doing their homework all
for the benefit of Holmes Beach's citizens."
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 11, 2003 M PAGE 17
Roger Allen: Back to the future for Cortez
By Joe Kane
Clio, the muse of history, is smiling on Cortez.
To Cortezians, tradition is a fact of life. And when
Roger Allen recently became museum coordinator at
the Cortez school all the stars were aligned in favor of
this historical fishing village.
Allen's mission is to bring Cortez's past into
"It's astounding that so much of Florida is gone,"
Allen said, "but here in Cortez so much of your history
has been preserved. And it is my good luck to come to
work in Cortez."
Cortez's noted fiery independence is a perfect pick
for Allen's goal to nurture self-reliance through crafts-
And Roger Allen is a Man of Words.
To be fortunate to hear Allen rhapsodize on a pro-
gram to build traditional wooden boats, is to realize the
gods of good fortune are once again looking favorably
At a meeting Friday night at the Cortez Commu-
nity Center, Allen eloquently connected Cortez's fish-
ing roots with the universal value of self-worth.
"We have lost our sense of self-sufficiency and the
value we can do it and must do it," Allen told a dozen
listeners. "We have been cut off because we are so de-
pendent on everyone else except ourselves."
Allen believes the best way to preserve Cortez's
vulnerable historic community is by teaching that any-
one can achieve the high standards of craftsmanship
and self-discipline required to build a wooden boat.
To connect Cortez's past to the present, Allen
wants to create an International Water Craft Center,
where students can come to learn the lost art of wooden
boat building. The location would be the 1912 Cortez
When Chips Shore, Manatee County clerk of court,
met Allen, he knew he had at last found the person for
the position of museum coordinator at the Cortez
schoolhouse. Shore should know how to size up a per-
son after all, he has been elected as the clerk since
1976, without opposition.
"Roger is full of passion," said Christine Clyne,
director of public relations for the clerk of circuit court.
"His breadth of understanding of the importance of
Cortez history and his desire to honor the commercial
fishing community overwhelmed us."
And he awed several members of the audience lis-
tening to his ideas Friday on how to save Cortez's his-
toric flavor. For more than an hour Allen, with slides
and wit, told an enthusiastic audience, "This watercraft
center fits in with what Cortez has been and is striving
Allen's infectious personality so energized several
audience members they seemed to want to immediately
begin building their first wooden boat.
One afternoon last week a reporter was visiting
with Allen when a bearded gentleman ambled in
Allen's office, located at Cortez Community Center.
Bob Pitt, master boat builder who has worked on
boats for more than 30 years, sat down and began remi-
school, holds a
replica of the
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ing families of
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niscing. "When I see a tree, I see a boat," exclaimed
Pitt, a fourth generation Floridian. To listen to Pitt is to
step back a 100 years when the Calusa Indians gouged
out boats with just seashells and fire. In fact Pitt's wife
and her students are doing exactly that at her
Montessori school in Bradenton.
"You can build a boat without any part of it hav-
ing a bar code in it," joked Pitt, who will be an artist
in residence at the watercraft center. "We will teach
students to work with their eyes, and unfortunately,
people have lost all trust in their eyes."
Roger Allen is a man of action.
Bom in Pennsylvania, Allen created a wooden boat
building program at the Philadelphia Maritime Mu-
seum and one at the North Carolina Maritime Museum
in Beaufort, home to the founding families of Cortez.
Allen and his wife, Michelle, live on a 37-foot
Carribean sailing yacht. "As a child, the first thing I
drew was a boat," Allen recalled. "And the first thing
I wanted was a boat."
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SCHOOL POTPOURRI: IMS, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VIEWS
Island Middle School resource teacher Michellt
Easterling gives students a cool rinse following a
long day at the beach. Islander Photos: Diana
IMS students are all smiles as they gather at the
picnic tables behind the school cafeteria to enjoy hot
dogs and ice cream sundaes before officially starting
Ashley Bowling and fellow IMS students got a head
start on summer fun with a relaxing last day of
school spent on the beach.
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Thanks to delicate hands, Olivia Roemer and Bailey
Bannigan won their class water-balloon toss. Their
reward the only team to stay dry. Joan Sackett
organized the event for her class on the last day of
school. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Nature awaits Marisa O'Brien, who can't wait to hit the water this summer in her new handmade .13-foot-long
kayak. O'Brien won the kayak, which was donated to the Island Middle School by Jim Brannon of Custom
Carpentry Inc. and Jeff Germain of Property Management, by writing an essay on why she wanted to win.
Brannon and Germain wanted the kayak to go to a student who would appreciate and take care of the gift,
which included paddles and a life jacket.
Dr. Robert Frommer of the Manatee County Mosquito Control District in Pal-
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information about the breeding habits and life cycle of mosquitos. Third-graders
have been studying insects in science class with AME teacher Karen Newhall.
Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School's playing field became a landing strip when pilot
John Downs landed a helicopter used by the Manatee County Mosquito Control
District to control larval and adult mosquitos. The helicopter's landing was the grand
finale to a presentation given to third-graders about mosquitos by Robert Frommer.
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Just in time Dragon sails
The Anna Maria Elementary School yearbook staff proudly displayed its 2002-03 Onlookers at Anna Maria Elementary School get a good look at Justin Suca's
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before dismissal for the end of the school year. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan. class spent the afternoon mastering the art of kite flying.
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Days of innocence: Going home again
By Rick Catlin
Did you ever want to go back?
Did you ever wonder about the friends you had as
a teenager in junior high and high school, and whatever
happened to them, and what you've lost, or gained,
Lois Post of the Pelican Post Motel in Bradenton
Beach didn't recognize the name on the other end of the
telephone line when I called her last year.
It has been more than 40 years since I lived in Ath-
ens, Ohio, and attended junior high school there while
my dad was teaching at Ohio University.
After we moved back to Clearwater, where I went
to high school, I lost touch with the kids of my puberty,
the kids I grew up with while we all basically changed
from elementary school brats to hormone-driven teen-
agers, grooving on the new musical phenomenon of
rock and roll and living in a university town of 10,000
people and 5,000 college students that was the type of
Norman Rockwell Americana that reminds all of us of
a bygone age and set of values.
I found Lois on the Internet when, on a whim, I
decided to go back in time, searching the pages of
classmates.com for Athens High School.
She was the only one listed for Athens High
School, Class of 1964, who had her own Web page.
Her Web page said she'd done a number of things
in her life since she was Lois Simpkins in Athens, in-
cluding a fine marriage and two wonderful children,
and that she now owns a motel in Bradenton Beach.
Bradenton Beach? Not possible. That's just down
the road from The Islander offices. Is it a small world,
I called her up.
Do you remember me, I asked?
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Orchestra support group organizing
An auxiliary to support the Anna Maria Island
Community Orchestra and Chorus has gotten
through preliminary stages before interruption by
It is solid enough now, though, to be sure of a
running start when the "snowbirds" return in the
fall, said Betty Simches, who chairs the auxiliary's
executive committee. Then, winter residents who
are active in cultural affairs are expected to bear a
hand and form the bulk of the auxiliary member-
Aim of the new organization will be "to in-
crease participation in orchestra programs and pro-
vide financial support," said Simches.
"The timing was poor for getting volunteers
Classmates reunite on Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
were only two classrooms for junior high students.
She remembered Dick Duncan, who lived across
from my house at 255 E. State Street. Dick was going
to be a major league baseball player. He was the best
athlete in the school.
He married his high school sweetheart, Holly
Hecht, and became a school principal in Pinellas
County. He died just a few weeks ago.
Bob Wilson contracted Hodgkin's Disease and
died in college. His sister, Star, was one of the best-
looking girls in school. She married Bob Ferguson, but
was killed tragically in a car accident.
Ben Roberson, Roger Rice and Susan Brophy be-
came ministers. Ross Locke was the class clown.
Carol Bretz, another "best-looking girl in
school" nominee, was married for awhile to Fred
Gibson, who used to strike me out in Little League
with his curveball. Carol still works at the bank in
interested and organized, but we needed to get a start,"
she said. "I will call volunteers in the fall, get some
good ones to serve on the executive committee and get
the organization moving for fundraising."
The preliminary work has been done by a focus
group after the orchestra's board of directors decided
there was a strong need for a support organization. A
series of meetings of leaders of Island cultural agencies
showed good support for the orchestra and an auxiliary,
Among those attending meetings and otherwise
expressing interest were former Florida first lady Rhea
Chiles, Herb and Frances Harris, Trudy Horigan,
Pierrette Kelly, Marilyn Moroni, Joan Pettigrew, Chris-
tine Shaw, and Alice Jeghelian.
My first girlfriend was Elaine Cooley, who taught
me a lot, although she was a year younger than me.
My best friend was Alan Miller, who also became
a journalist. Alan got my ice skates when I moved to
Florida because I figure I wouldn't have any use for
them in Clearwater. I was right.
Janey Copeland had the best build of any girl in the
eighth grade, although Marie Smith, who was in the
grade below us, was a close second. Cindy James was
one of the nicest and cutest girls in school and lives in
Florida on the east coast. Her life has been a
rollercoaster, I understand.
Judy Poffenbarger became a beauty queen, and
still lives in Athens. Curlee Kendall moved to England
where she became involved in the academic world.
Todd Snyder played two years for the Atlanta Fal-
cons. Mike Wren became the head baseball coach at
Ohio University, just like his dad. Steve Sammons got
shipped off to military school by his parents.
As newly minted teenagers, we went to movies at
the Varsity and Athena, drank milkshakes at Kessler's,
Following the formation of the nucleus of the
support organization, the focus group disbanded.
Simches, a member of the orchestra board, was
named head of the executive committee that will
carry out the program for the new unit.
She sees strong support from the board, she
said. Members are John Horigan, president pro tem
replacing Joe Bracken when he resigned; Willem
Bartlesman, founder of the orchestra 10 years ago;
Louise Adler; Eleanor and Paul Diesing; Martha
DePalma; Patricia Frizelle; Sandy Parent; Suann
Pontius; and Alice Jeghelian.
Simches has left for a busy summer touring and
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fished in the Hocking River, and had our first kiss be-
hind the football stadium.
We didn't have MTV, PlayStation, VCRs or
DVDs, CDs, computers or cable television to entertain
ourselves, just our friends, family, sports and Ohio
Lois and I talked for hours and she filled me in on
everybody I could remember. She took me back to a
place I had long forgotten. Funny how the past always
looks better than the present.
It was hard to believe someone from the distant
past lived just down the street, 40-plus years and thou-
sands of miles from Athens. It is a small world.
In my memories of Athens, we are all 13 or 14
years old, and will be forever. But they are the memo-
ries all of us carry of what we all believe was a happier
time in our lives, when we were young and innocent
and didn't know any better.
Now, we know better but aren't going to be young
Except in our minds.
Thanks for the memories, Lois.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
June 2, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Nantucket Bay, alarm
compliance. According to the report, deputies re-
sponded to an alarm and contacted the key holder re-
garding a rear door found unlocked.
June 2, 800 block of Jacaranda Road, open door.
According to the report, deputies secured a home found
with the rear door open and the garage unsecured.
June 4, 100 Spring Ave., Sandbar restaurant, infor-
mation. According to the report, an employee was
taken to the hospital complaining of throat and chest
pain after he was hit in the throat by a ball of ice thrown
by another employee, who reported the incident was
May 31, 200 block of Gulf Drive, drug arrest.
Michael Calabria, 19, of Bradenton Beach, and a juve-
nile were arrested for possession of 8.5 grams of mari-
juana and some alcoholic beverages when officers
stopped their vehicle after witnessing several traffic
June 2, 400 block of 20th Place, abandoned ve-
hicle. According to the report, a vehicle that appeared
to have been in an accident was abandoned by the
driver. Witnesses saw a female leaving the area where
the vehicle was abandoned, but police say witnesses
did not see her in the vehicle. According to the report,
the woman seen by witnesses was picked up for ques-
tioning by police and, at that time, hit one of the offic-
ers in the face. She was arrested for battery. According
to the report, the woman had injuries consistent with
being in a car accident, however, she did not admit to
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June 1, 100 block of Aqua Lane, suspicious inci-
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June 1, 200 block of South Harbor Drive, house
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June 2, 300 block of 73rd Street, burglary. A surf-
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June 2, 3700 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A cell
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June 3, 5100 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A bicycle
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5:30 to 7:30 p.m. "A Taste of Whitney Beach" at
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3:45 to 4:45 p.m. "Just Jazz" dance class for
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Holmes Beach. Information: 779-2499.
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Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, through Aug. 8. Information: 778-1908.
9 a.m. to noon Vacation Bible School at Roser
Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, through June 13. Information: 778-0414. Fee
Opening reception for 'The Edge" at the Island
Branch Library June 21.
Butterfly Park dinner and auction at the Moose
Lodge June 21.
"Hats off to Reading" at the Island Branch Library
'Twelfth Night" at the Island Players Theater June
Skate Park grand opening in Holmes Beach June
K-9 Rescue presentation at the Pelican Man's
Bird Sanctuary June 28.
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Need for speed, or not, in Southwest Florida
Controversy over "no-wake" zones on our waters
is a wide-ranging issue.
As a former boater, I concur with all the
motorheads out there who want to go fast on the wa-
ter and hate to have to slow down every few miles, just
when that rush of speed really starts to kick in.
As an environmentalist, I cringe at the thought of
a going-too-fast boat smacking into a manatee, turtle or
scarring the grass flats.
But I wholeheartedly agree with some of the folks
to our south who are proposing a no-wake zone for the
interior throat of New Pass, between Longboat Key and
City Island in Sarasota.
It's a dangerous, dangerous little stretch of water.
I went out in my little boat back a bunch of years
ago to watch some of the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix
speed boat races. After an hour or so, I decided I'd
rather do something more exciting, like hang out at the
bus station and watch the Greyhounds roll in, so I
started back home through New Pass.
About 30 other yachtspeople had the same idea.
For a while there, I was sure I was going to die.
New Pass, just east of the bridge, has a long sea-
wall along the north shore of City Island. There is an
almost-emergent sandbar on the north side of the chan-
nel. Boat wakes reflect off the seawall and increase in
size. There's no way out on the north because of the
So for about a half mile I was stuck in traffic in my
little boat with a whole bunch of big boats and really,
really big wakes.
I couldn't slow down, or I'd get run over from be-
I couldn't go faster, or I'd run up the back of the
boats in front of me.
I couldn't pass, because of the sandbar.
In all my years of boating that one little stretch of
water threw up the roughest seas I've ever been in -
and all this on a flat-calm day with bright blue skies.
If there is ever a place that needs a no-wake policy,
it's that little stretch of water in Sarasota.
As with all things nautically political, though, a
New Pass no-wake zone will have to wind its way
through a maze of bureaucracy. The waterway is within
Sarasota City, but Sarasota County apparently must
make the application for the slow-speed request. The
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- and its marine enforcement branch the former
Florida Marine Patrol must approve it.
Then there's the U.S. Coast Guard sign-off.
Perhaps something could be done in New Pass
within my lifetime.
One of Steinbeck's more obscure books
A friend gave me a copy of author John
Steinbeck's non-fiction book, "The Log From the Sea
of Cortez." It's a tale of a trip in 1940 that Steinbeck,
who studied marine biology at Stanford University, and
marine biologist Edward Ricketts took in the Gulf of
California, that long, skinny inland sea between west-
ern Mexico and Baja California.
The.pair chartered a sardine boat and took two
months collecting marine specimens in the Gulf, every-
thing from fish to corals to sea urchins. The days turn-
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ing over rocks in the shallow waters were followed by
nights dipping shrimp out of the depths and caused
Steinbeck to wax philosophical on the meaning of lots
It is, in parts, pretty tough going, but I've usually
had a hard time wading through Steinbeck. However,
he does have some good comments:
"Fishermen are no happier than farmers. It is dif-
ficult to see why anyone becomes a farmer or a fisher-
man. Dreadful things happen to them constantly: they
lose their nets; the fish are wild; snags are caught; there
are no fish, and the price high; there are too many fish,
and the price is low; and if some means could be de-
vised so that the fish swam up to a boat, wriggled up a
trough, squirmed their way into the fish hold, and
pulled ice over themselves with their own fins, the
imprecations would be terrible because they had not
removed their own entrails and brought their own ice.
There is no happiness for fishermen anywhere."
Steinbeck, Ricketts and the crew aboard the West-
ern Flyer originally had problems with the people they
met along the shore. Stating that they were biologists
collecting marine samples for scientific study just
didn't cut it with the "natives," so another story had to
be contrived to make the people happy. The story:
"We were collecting curios, we said. These beau-
tiful little animals and shells, while they abounded so
greatly here as to be valueless, had, because of their
scarcity in the United States, a certain value. They
would not make us rich, but it was at least profitable to
take them. Once we had developed this story we never
had any more trouble. Thank heaven they do not know
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that when at last we came back to San Diego the cus-
toms fixed a value on our thousands of pickled animals
Steinbeck and Ricketts visited a Japanese shrimp
fleet, and watched the haul. Steinbeck was somewhat
sickened by the take, and the waste, and offered com-
ments in 1940 that still ring true today for all people
who care about the sea:
"In addition to the shrimps, these boats kill and
waste many hundreds of tons of fish every day, a great
deal of which is sorely needed for food. Perhaps the
Ministry of Marine had not realized at that time that
one of the good and strong food resources of Mexico
was being depleted.
"If it has not already been done, catch limits should
be imposed, and it should not be permitted that the re-
gion be so intensely combed. Among other things, the
careful study of this area should be undertaken so that
its potential could be understood and the catch main-
tained in balance with the supply.
"Then there might be shrimps available indefi-
nitely. If this is not done, a very short time will see the
end of the shrimp industry in Mexico."
I'm looking forward to asking Southwest Florida
author Randy Wayne White if he's read "The Log
From the Sea of Cortez," because it sure sounds to me
like it could well be the basis of his Doc Ford and
Tomlinson characters in his series of mystery novels.
Speaking of coincidences, my friend Cathy took a
week-long cruise to the Galapagos Islands in the Pa-
cific Ocean last week. It was one of those small cruise
lines that sails along the Islands, with lots of stops to
look at lizards and other stuff.
It was one of those two-people-to-a-cabin cruises,
and in one of those wonderful, and eerie, strikes of fate
she found she was sharing a room with another friend,
Mollie, the former mayor of Sarasota.
I guess that even in the Galapagos Islands, you
can't really escape.
It's a small, small world.
Amy Talucci hosted
her first class at the
Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch education
center when Sanford
,." Brousseau led his
Olmarine science class
into the center. The
.n youngsters are from
Island Middle School,
there to learn about the
turtles that come
ashore to nest on the
Island's beach this
time of year. Talucci
manages the center at
5408 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, phone
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Winds wind down tarpon action; reds still good
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Weather became the fishing story of the week, with
high winds keeping tarpon hunters off the beaches and
Tampa Bay. Those days when the weather cooperated,
though, saw lots of silver king jumps.
Offshore action was also slowed because of the
rough surf, keeping fishers close to home, but on those
days that anglers were able to get out there were good
reports catches of snapper and grouper.
Backwater fishing was the highlight of the week.
Redfish action continues to be excellent, and there are
some big, hungry trout out there, too. Flounder action
is slowly picking up, and there are some huge catch-
and-release snook being caught.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
boaters going out of the dock are doing well on trout
in the seagrass flats and on redfish near the mangroves
on the higher tides. It's been a little too rough to get too
far out in the Gulf for most anglers, though.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's getting a few good-sized catch-and-release
snook on artificial baits, trout to20 inches, a flounder here
and there and redfish to 22 inches in length.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said fish-
ers are experiencing typical early summertime fishing
right now: it's dependent on the weather. Tarpon action
slowed due to the higher winds, but inshore action re-
mains good with plenty of redfish being caught and
some keeper-size trout coming off the seagrass flats.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are lots of trout being caught in Terra Ceia Bay,
a few tarpon being jumped in front of the bay, and
some redfish action outside of Rattlesnake Key.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said his best bets
have been catch-and-release snook, keeper-size redfish,
plus he was able to get his charters onto some jumping
tarpon near Egmont Key.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
*Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's also had some
good luck with silver kings in the past week, but most days
the water was too rough to get out to them. Backwater
fishing for trout and redfish remains great, though.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said the weather kept them close to shore most
of the week, but they were able to get out one day and
had limited success on red grouper to 20 pounds and
mangrove snapper to 4 pounds. When the weather co-
operates, the offshore action is good, but ...
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's catching lots
of Spanish mackerel to 6 pounds and bonita to 12
pounds, plus barracuda up to 40 pounds in about 50 feet
of water offshore. Farther out, in the 100-foot depths,
he's getting red grouper to 14 pounds, mangrove snap-
per to 5 pounds, and lane snapper to 2 pounds.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said his highlights of the week included trout
to 25 pounds, catch-and-release snook to 34 inches,
plus a few flounder, snapper and redfish.
Capt. Brian Kuslick said he's still catching tarpon
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are seeing a good mix of oversize reds, small snook,
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Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier report fine
catches of mangrove snapper under the pier, pompano,
a few small sharks, mackerel in the mornings and
snook at night.
Capt. Matt Bowers on the Outcast said he's
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Winding up, winding down in Little League
By Kevin Cassidy
Little League baseball season is pretty much over here
on the Island with Anna Maria Little League's only team,
West Manatee Fire District, not fielding a team for the
District 16 All-Star tournament at the end of the month.
Meanwhile, players, coaches and parents from
Little League organizations all over the county are anx-
iously waiting June 15, which is officially the day that
Little League All-Star teams can be announced.
WMFD's season officially ended when it lost in
the Manatee West Little League tournament that was
won by Wood Title. Wood Title, which finished the
season 23-0, edged Beef O'Brady's 2-0 on a two-run
home run by Steven Leasure.
Former Islander Miles Hostetler was the starting sec-
ond baseman for tournament runner-up and National
League champion Beef O'Brady's. Congratulations
At the same time, Little League's Junior League
tournament is under way at G.T. Bray Park in
Bradenton and at the Lion's Field in Palmetto. The Is-
lander team has proven it can play with every team in
the league, but they'll need to work hard on cutting
down mistakes to come out on top in tourney play.
Back to All-Stars
Who can forget the excitement caused last year by
Braden River's run to the state title and the Southeast
Regional tournament in St. Pete. Could there be an-
other magical run by a Manatee County team for a
chance to play in the Little League World Series? Only
time will tell, so stay tuned.
This year's tournament isn't following the format that
has been used for the past five or six years when Little
League officials split the district into north and south
brackets in a double-elimination tournament. The winner
of each separate tourney would then play for the champi-
Little League officials decided to hold one big tour-
nament in Englewood and change it from double-elimi-
nation to a pool-play format. Advantages to pool play
are that teams are guaranteed at least three games. Dis-
advantages are that different kinds of tie breaker situ-
ations often arise, such as who allowed the fewest runs
or had the largest run differential, to decide which team
moves on in the tourney.
On another matter, my son Conal Timothy cel-
- ebrates his first birthday on Thursday, June 12.
Islander drops to loser's bracket
Schappacher & Friends rode four perfect innings
from starter Zach Thomas and took advantage of free
passes to claim an 8-1 win over The Islander, which
drops the news team into the tourney loser's bracket.
The Islander mustered only two hits in the June 7 con-
test at G.T. Bray that saw Thomas retire all 12 batters
he faced during his four innings of work, including four
via strikeouts. Tyler Brown relieved in the fifth and
allowed two hits and one run while striking out two.
The troubles for The Islander were a result of not
adjusting to the umpire's strike zone. which didn't in-
clude the strike at the knees. Brown and Kenny Rice
led off the first with walks for Schappacher & Friends.
Islander starter Sean Price then retired Thomas on a
short pop fly to Sean Pittman at short stop.
Islander catcher Pat Cole came up big when he
gunned Rice out at third for the second out, but'three more
walks did Price in with Pittman coining on in relief.
Pittman walked in a run before putting a stop to the bleed-
ing with a strikeout and The Islander trailing 4-0.
Schappacher & Friends added to their lead in the
second when Rice singled with one out. Ron Buckhalt
reached on a walk before Robert Bellis and Christian
Schappacher came through with singles to score Rice
and Buckholt for a 6-0 lead.
Schappacher added single runs in both the fourth
, and fifth innings for an 8-1 lead they would not relin-
The Islander scored their only run of the game
when Connor Bystrom reached on a walk and later
scored on a single to right field by Pittman. Sean Price
. followed with another single to right, but Tim Bouziane
grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.
Christian Schappacher went 2-for-3 and scored one
run to lead Schappacher & Friends at the plate. Rice,
, Thomas and Bellis each added a single and one run
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Connor Bystrom puts the tag on Tyler Brown of
Schappacher & Friends during The Islander's 8-1
Schappacher & Friends pitcher Zach Thomas retired
all 12 batters he faced during an 8-1 victory over
scored, while Brown and Buckholt scored two runs
apiece in the victory.
Pittman and Price managed the only hits on the day
for The Islander, which gets back at it Wednesday, June
11, at Palmetto against either West Coast Aluminum or
Umpire clinic on tap
Here's your chance to show every body how it's
done. Everybody's heard you complain, "How in the
world did he miss that call?" Well, step up to the plate
and become an umpire so ) ou can make the right call.
If you're interested in becoming one of the few in
blue, call 761-3556 or 755-1248. You can also contact
them at HeyBlue099@aol.com.
Island Wiffle Ball League starts July 1
Sign up as a team or as an individual in the Anna
Maria Island Community Center's second annual
wiffle ball league. Teams are limited to 10 players and
the cost is $20 per player. Each player will receive a T-
shirt and teams are guaranteed at least 10 or more
games and a championship tournament.
Deadline for signing up is Saturday, June 21. For
more information, call Joe Cheblus at 778-1908, or
sign up at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Dolphin football season on the horizon
The Anna Maria Island Community Center an-
nounces that registration is in progress for its third sea-
son of tackle football. The Dolphins are back to defend
Former Islander Miles Hostetler makes a nice play
for his Beef O'Brady's team during the Manatee
West Little League championship game.
Sean Price connects for one of the two hits The Islander
could muster during their 8-1 loss in Junior League
Baseball tournament. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
their 2002 JV PAL Superbowl championship.
Registration forms are now available and will be ac-
cepted until Monday, June 23. Island and non-Island play-
ers are welcome to sign up for the season at $60.
All registrations must be accompanied by a certi-
fied copy of the player's birth certificate and parental
Varsity players must be 14 years old as of Sept. 1
with no weight limit. Junior varsity players must be
under 160 pounds and be age 12-13 as of Sept. 1.
Mighty Mite players are 9-11 years old and under 140
pounds, while Flag Football players have no weight
limit, but must be 6-8 years old as of Sept. 1.
For more information, call Joe Cheblus at the Cen-
ter at 778-1908.
If you have a story idea or have sports news to re-
port, call the Islander at 778-7978 or e-mail me at
Winners in the June 7 horseshoe games were Tom
Rhodes of Cortez and Tom Skoloda of Anna Maria
City. Runners-up were George Landraitis of
Bradenton and Bill Starrett of Anna Maria City.
Winners in the June 4 games were Francis Van
Mechelen of Belgium and Starrett. Runners-up were
Hilda Van Mechelen of Belgium and Rhodes.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
day and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no membership fees
and everyone is welcome.
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our space. 83-inches wide. $75. Call 779-9565.
FRIGADAIRE WASHER white, three years old,
$200; beige recliner with heat and vibration $275;
dining room hutch, dark wood, $225. Call 779-9059.
SUMMER SALE Niki's Gift and Antique Mall. Select
fine gifts and collectibles 50 percent off, sterling jew-
elry 50 percent. Check our flea market room for
great bargains. 7 days, 9:30am-5pm. 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
HOT WATER HEATER, 30 gallon, $25. 778-1716.
RELOCATION: Most appliances $50 each, plus
parts, elements, controls, etc. Island Appliance,
10006 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call 778-6126.
TRAIN COLLECTION for sale. HO trains, the whole
shooting match! Too much to list. Call Mike at 778-
7864 after 5pm.
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.
BIG BEAUTIFUL HOUSEBOAT $28,500 or make
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8401 Marina Drive. Bimini Bay Beauty! Water views
surrounding you every morning and night! Coastal
living at it's best. Home beautiful inside and out. 3BR/
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Newer air conditioning system. Wonderful location
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Offered by Marilyn Trevethan & Marianne Correll
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Holmes Beach, FL 34217
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARTY! Love Delilah.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES available at The Islander,
assorted varieties, $3.50 box. All proceeds to local
a Girl Scout troop.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP Open Tuesday, Thursday,
9:30am-2pm and Saturday 9am-noon. Always 50
percent sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-
ESTATE SALE SATURDAY, June 14, 9am-2pm.
Everything must go! No early birds. 6935 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach.
HUGE THREE-FAMILY sale Friday and Saturday
June 14-15, 9am-1pm. Lots of nice things for all
ages. Clothes, shoes, furniture, Kenmore refrigera-
tor, etc. 517 75th St., Holmes Beach.
GARAGE AND DOLL sale, Saturday, June 14, 8am-
noon. 634 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, June 14, 8am-1pm.
Much miscellaneous. Corner of 76th Street and Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
PUPPY FOUND in Bradenton Beach, vicinity of
2200 Gulf Drive N. Please call to identify, 504-4199.
LOST HEARING AIDS: Pair of Beltone Hearing aids
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1995 DODGE GRAND Caravan SE, 114,000 miles,
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1998 SEBRING CONVERTIBLE, white on white,
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1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
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boasts all of the amenities of a single-family home.
See it at HolmesBeachDuplexForSale.com
or call Lee Heineman at 941-302-0779
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Direct Gulffront and poolside
condos priced from
Econo Lodge Going Condo
Great Rental Opportunity
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All new furnishings
Now taking contracts
Conversion now in progress
CENTRAL PARK REALTY
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29Years ofProfissional Service
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
TAMPA BAYFRONT 3BR/2BA, 2,506 sq.ft., two
greatrooms, view of pristine islands and Skyway Bridge.
Two lots. $1,900,000.
5400 CONDO Gulfview, ground floor, 2BR/2BA, some
updates, washer/dryer. Priced to sell at $490,000. Call for
weekend open house times.
BAYSHORE CONDO 1BR/1BA, updated, light and bright,
overlooking park-like courtyard. Ideal winter haven. $38,900.
SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTAL
KEY ROYALE Large 2BR/2BA, pool, spa, boat dock/lift.
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully furnished.
BEACH TOWNHOUSE 2BR/2BA pool, across from beach.
PERICO BAY CLUB CONDOS waterfront.
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA, pool, gazebo, annual.
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BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vacation
or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
BOAT SLIPS FOR sale on Sarasota Bay in
Bradenton Beach. Located on Bay Drive South be-
tween Third and Fourth Streets. Each slip from
$750,000. New spacious 2BR/2.5BA condos free
with purchase. Call Old Bridge Village, 778-0156 or
BOAT LIFT for lease. Capacity of 7,000 Ibs. 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.
1978 J24 with 8-hp Tohatsu. $5,500 or trade for
power boat. Call 742-3793 days or 753-3103 eve-
EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS Second year! New
itineraries sunsets, Longboat, backwater, canal
homes, Sarasota Bay, and Egmont Key and more.
Custom tours available. See dolphins all day. Hourly,
half-day and full day. Call 778-7459 or 447-5470.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
Sarah, I am 14-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child or
$3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or child.
Please call 778-7622 or 778-7611.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9803.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria Is-
land since 1992.
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.
MENEHUNE SKIM SCHOOL Anna Maria Island
teen will teach your child to skimboard. Four half-
hour one-on-one lessons. For information, please
call Spencer, 778-0944.
BABYSITTER: 15 years old, attends St. Stephen's
Episcopal School. Certified by the Red Cross. Call
NURSES: Long-term home care for spinal injury
quad. Morning and overnight shifts available. Hoyer
lift. Traveling nurses also needed. Call 383-6953.
HOUSEKEEPER WANTED 20-30 hours per week,
including weekends. Friendly, fun working environ-
ment. Must be sober, honest and dependable. Good
starting pay with increased. Contact Milessa at 383-
2431 Tuesday-Saturday between 9am-6pm.
COMPANION/HELPER WANTED. Light house-
keeping, six to eight hours weekly. Flexible hours.
Pleasant surroundings. Must have driver's license
and references. Call 778-1143.
GERMAN CHEF NEEDED. Must speak fluent Ger-
man and be experienced in preparing authentic
German food. Call after 4pm, 778-1320.
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.
DINING ROOM SERVERS: apply Ooh La La! Euro-
pean Bistro. Day and/or evenings. Fine dining expe-
rience preferred. 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Ask for Chef Damon.
AHH! PFAi o t F 4 POOL... WTArI
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Avenue,
Anna Maria, Florida
PO Box 2150
FAX (941) 778-2294
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BEAUTIFUL BAYOU CONDO
This light and bright, tastefully appointed
bayside apartment offers 2BR/1 BA, a deeded
boat dock just steps away and beautifully tiled
floors in the foyer, dining room, kitchen and
bathroom. Others features include a spacious
walk-in closet, waterside verandah and pan-
oramic views of City Pier and Tampa Bay from
several side windows! Asking $259,900.
Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com
ASSISTED LIVING: Haven Home Bradenton
Beach is admitting residents. Respite, long term.
Call 779-0322 for details, inquiries welcome.
OUR ISLAND HOME Assisted Living Facility: We
are committed to creating the warmest and most
loving homes. We have an English RN living on the
premises. We offer respite and daycare and always
have space available for your long-term needs. Call
Annie, Maria or Chris for more information. 778-
CALL "CARE COMPANY" for qualified home
health-care aides, caregivers and companions.
Twelve years serving Anna Maria Island and
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent
references. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $25 per hour- free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service: Delivering
a standard of excellence for all your interior and
exterior cleaning needs. No job too big or small.
Great rates and references, 722-4358.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resr-
dent, references. For pricing call 713-5967.
M arina Pointe
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
FEATURED CONDOS OF THE WEEK
Rare 3BR/3BA turnkey Gulf front condo .Two-
car garage and separate storage area. End
,.L.- i ,:i unit with upgrades throughout. Building re-
cently upgraded with new elevators, tile, and
.t more. Heated pool, tennis court. Short stroll
"J to restaurants and shops. $619,000
._.-. -~ -"- ISLAND VILLAGE
STurnkey furnr.hned 2BR/2BA condo located
;-: ,-e l" d lr. ,5l/.srs e street flom iht while sands
of the Gulf. Short walk to shopping and res-
taurants. Community pools, tennis courts and
under building parking. Well maintained unit.
-- PERICO BAY CLUB.
S Fabulous 2BR/2BA Bayfront view. New appli-
ances in 2001. Dishwasher, cast-iron sink,
faucet, water filter, disposal, washer/dryer.
Newly installed pull out drawers in kitchen
cabinets. Tennis, heated pools, nature trails
and more. $279,000.
PERICO BAY CLUB
This turnkey 3BR/2BA Grand Cayman is one
of the largest homes in Perico Bay Club and
rarely available. Decorated beautifully for
Florida living. Over 1,600 sq.ft. of living space
with new tile, new roof and two-car garage.
Newly renovated 2BR/2BA condo has direct
views of the lagoon and Intracoastal. Up-
dates Include new tile, carpets, ceiling fans,
bathroom vanities, kitchen cabinets and
countertops. Community boat dock, tennis,
Heated pool and short walk to beach, restau-
rants and shops. $309,000.
(941) 730-3376 Scott Dunlap "- ;
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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.
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 service
for all of Manatee and Sarasota counties as well as
most airports. Island Transportation, 7am-3am (or
by appointment). Call 779-2520.
WASH AND IRONING pickup and delivery. Serving
Islanders for 12 years. References and fast turn-
over. Call 778-4192.
BOB'S CAR DETAILING, 3504 115th St. W.,
Bradenton. Call 795-7944. Interior shampooing
RELIABLE HELPER AVAILABLE. Yard work, er-
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.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
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MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in construc-
tion trades. "I'm handy to have around." 779-9666.
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.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast and
reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines, cush-
ions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer Catlin,
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
Your Island "Rep" for Bank
of America Mortgages
Refinances Purchases New
Construction End Loans *
Local Resident First Time Buyers Teacher
Loans Doctor Loan Plus...
"Higher Standards" with Bank of America
* 699 Manatee Avenue Holmes Beach
(across from Publix) 8
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9906 Gulf Drive
o -,`,", -- Anna Maria
n Jaci'son 778-698
imy Geeraerts 778-0072
Rae Regis 779-185
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
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 available, afford-
able rate, thorough and dependable. Call 755-1155.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Ir-
rigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!
SAdvertising sizzles in The Islander.
Call 778-7978 for info today!
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Direct bayfront with gorgeous views. 3BR/
2BA spacious home on beautifully land-
scaped lot. Boat dock, lift, room for pool.
Call Deni Dillon at 941-232-3126
Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key, FL 34228
Now Offered at $1,190,000
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310 Pine Avenue P.C. Box 1299 Annr, Maria, FL 3421
Office 941-779-0304 Fax 941-779-0308
Toll Frer 866-779-0304 a 'ww..eamduncan.com L
ON THE GRAND CANAL
.f Dream location for boaters and water
S lovers. True sailboat water. Direct ac-
cess to Gulf. Walking distance to beach.
S 3BR/2BA home. Offered at $495,000.
Call Piroska Kallay Planck
Piroska Kallay Planck 941-730-9667
ISLAND HOME 3-4BR/2BA home in quiet area of Holmes
Beach. Florida room, one-car garage. Room for a pool. New
deeded boat slip. Furniture available. Priced for quick sale.
$451,900. Call Michel Cerene, Realtor, 792-6546 eves.
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"Quality work at a reasonable price."
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
6-o- Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
SReplacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
213 54th St., Holmes Beach 778-3082
OPEN: MONDAY thru FRIDAY 7:30 to 5 SATURDAY 8 to 12
Vinyl Siding & Soffit Specialists
Call for a free estimate Island References
No commissioned salesmen
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SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates.
Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone" 720-0770.
FREE SNOW REMOVAL! And when it's not snow-
ing, I specialize in installing shell and rock yards,
driveways and walkways. Rip-rap, sand and mulch
also delivered and spread. Please call David
Bannigan at 794-6971 or cell at 504-7045.
SANDY'S LAWN SERVICE. Celebrating 20 years
of quality and dependable service. Call us for all
your landscape and hardscape needs 778-1345.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. In-
terior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call cell 320-9274.
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT Interior/exterior paint-
ing, pressure washing and wallpaper. For prompt,
reliable service at reasonable rates, call Kevin at
704-7115 or 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Homes, rentals. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.
COMPLETE BATHROOM REMODELING Drywall,
repairs, texture coating, painting. Custom shower
stalls, tub enclosures, fixtures, cabinets, tile. Unique
Options, 752-7758 or 545-6141 cell.
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, inte-
rior/exterior, no job too small. Call 749-0454. Sat-
isfaction and quality guaranteed.
CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at
ISLAND HOME REPAIR, painting, carpentry, elec-
tric, drywall, plumbing, tile, doors, windows, screen
repairs. Roofing. No job too small. Low prices. Call
HANDYMAN SERVICES: Scott Fulton contractor.
20 years experience. Island resident, area refer-
ences available. Cell, 713-1907; home, 778-4192;
REMODELING, CARPENTRY, drywall texture, skip
trowel, finishing, knock down, orange peel. Randy
Boyd, 778-0540 or 320-2506.
HANDY ANTHONY. Jack of most trades. Home re-
furbishing and detailing, 778-6000.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
ANNUAL RENTALS, several to choose from. Big
ones, small ones, and one just right for you. Mike
Norman Realty, 778-6696.
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available now.
Beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non
smoking. Priced from $800month, $450/week, $85/
night. 794-5980. www.divefish.com.
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 Apartments, 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 cnrough Sep-
tember, 2003, $2,100/month. Previous deal for 2004
fell through! January-April, 2004, $3,500/month.
SPACIOUS WATERFRONT, upper, sundeck, dock.
Panoramic view, furnished, Key West-style. 2BR/
2BA, washer/dryer. Pet considered. 794-5980.
TURNKEY FURNISHED 1 BR/1 BA with full kitchen.
Walk to beach or downtown Holmes Beach. Small
pet OK. Available now, $500/weekly or $300 for
three nights. Call 778-0554.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences, $1,200/
month. Please call 778-2541 and leave message or
call (813) 752-4235. E-mail: email@example.com
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ANNUAL AT MARINER'S Cove. Bayfront 3BR/
2.5BA with 2,158 sq.ft. of living space. Gated com-
munity with pool, tennis, elevator and 36-ft. deep-
water dock. Available now, unfurnished. Call Dave,
778-2246 or 778-7976 evenings.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT Furnished 2BR/2BA.
Incredible view. North Shore Drive, weekly/monthly.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST-STYLE annual, unfur-
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.
HOLMES BEACH Immaculate stilted duplex. 2BR/
2BA, light and bright. Washer/dryer, screened lanai.
Lease, $900/month. call 795-3838 or 228-7878.
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) 923-4680.
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
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR/3BA,
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,
1 BR/1 BA 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.
ANNUAL BEACH rental. 2BR/1BA $800/month,
plus utilities. Washer/dryer. Unfurnished. 650-3552
INTRACOASTAL BRADENTON BEACH
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..
BRADENTON BEACH GULFFRONT, annual 2BR/
1BA, condo, furnished. No pets, 55 plus, $895/
month, plus utilities. (813) 247-3178, weekends
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.
DUPLEX BRADENTON BEACH
LARGE 2BR/1BA waterfront on Intracoastal. Dock,
davits, steps to beach, yard, carport, washer/dryer,
storage. Immediately available! Annually $900/
month. Pets OK. (727) 784-3679.
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,
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA CONDO in Holmes Beach on
Gulf. Pool, ground floor, partially furnished. $850/
month. Call Smith Realtors, 778-0700.
HOLMES BEACH Clean 2BR home with Gulf
views. 50 yards to beach. Annual rental, no pets,
good credit. $975/month. 3103 Avenue F. Call (800)
ANNUAL RENTALS Elevated home and apart-
ments available. Efficiency and 2BR properties.
Prices range $475-$1,250/month. Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 778-2307 for details.
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA, large balcony, bay view, two
blocks to beach. $725/month, includes water. No
pets. 922-2473 or 928-3880.
HOLMES BEACH RENTALS: Furnished house for
rent, 2BR/2BA, annual, $1,700/month, plus utilities.
Furnished apartment, 1BR/1BA, $750/annual, plus
utilities. Call 794-8048.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA Anna Maria
City, $850/month, plus utilities. Non smoking, no
pets, first, last and security. Washer/dryer hookup.
HOLMES BEACH FURNISHED three-room apart-
ment with two beds, private entrance, parking,
kitchen, cable, air conditioning. Very nice, newly
remodeled, $400/month, no deposit required. Call
GULFFRONT FURNISHED DUPLEX for rent.
$750/month, short-term rental. No pets. First
month, security deposit. Call 779-2425.
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ANNUAL FURNISHED 2BR/1BA in City of Anna
Maria. $750/month, plus utilities. Non smoking.
First, last and security. Call 778-5439.
RUSTIC COTTAGE in Bradenton Beach. Steps
from the bay. Unfurnished. $700/month, first, last
and security. Call 795-1243 or 778-5807.
ANNUAL RENTALS Excellent shape, 1BR/1BA
vila, dock, $800/month. Also, 3BR/2BA Key West-
style home, $1,500/month. Call Betsy Hills Real
Estate, P.A., 778-2291.
ROOM FOR RENT: Furnished, $425/month, $100 secu-
rity. Private bath and entrance. Holmes Beach. 778-5080.
ANNUAL EFFICIENCY Anna Maria, north end on
canal. Call 794-8877 or 730-5393.
TWO WEEK or monthly, Gulffront condo, 3BR,
pool, tennis, Jacuzzi. 794-8877 or 730-5393.
LARGE DUPLEX UNIT, Holmes Beach, 2BR/2BA
plus den, unfurnished, washer/dryer hookups, annual,
$850/month plus utilities. Pets OK. Call 779-0337.
HOLMES BEACH steps to Gulf. 2BR/1BA, annual,
washer/dryer, screened lanai. $795/month, first,
last, security. Call 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.
BRADENTON BEACH fully furnished efficiency
available now through December. Half block to
beach or bay. No pets, non smoking. Quiet family
neighborhood. $680/month includes taxes and utili-
ties. Call 778-9002.
SUB-LEASE July, August and September. 2BR/
1BA, fully furnished and equipped. Private, quiet.
$650/month, plus utilities. Call 778-1945.
ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA duplex in Holmes Beach.
Available June. $825/month plus utilities. Owner
pays lawn and trash. Call (773) 793-8599.
UNIQUE CONDO SETTING 2BR/2BA condo
with great view of Intracoastal and Palma Sola
Bay. Boating/fishing dock, good rental and only
steps to Gulf beach. $329,000. Call Dave
Vande Vrede at 725-4800.
GREAT RENTAL PROPERTY! 2BR/2BA
townhouse-style condo. Only one block to
beach and stores. Bedrooms upstairs and
three balconies. Only eight units in complex
and very rental friendly. $249,000. Call Dave
Vande Vrede at 725-4800.
CORPORATE APARTMENTS ready now. Large pool,
one block to beach. $300 per week. Call 778-1915.
LIGHT, BRIGHT, 1BR/BA condo on canal near
Palma Sola Bay, beaches, shopping. Huge closets,
large screened porch, furnished. Annual/seasonal.
BEAUTIFUL BRAND NEW 3BR/2.5BA model
home on Perico Island! Never lived in! Granite
counter tops, beautiful open kitchen, high ceilings,
private courtyard, two-car garage. Association pool,
tennis courts and exercise room! $1,300/month,
BEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED 3BR/2BA home on
Perico Island, month to month! Washer/dryer, cable
TV, two-car garage, all association privileges, includ-
ing pool and tennis courts. $1,100/month. 779-0733.
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, spectacu-
lar views, garden, etc. From $750,000. Call Old Bridge
Village, 778-0156 or www.oldbridgevillage.com.
BEACHFRONT North Shore Drive. 2BR/2BA,
newly remodeled with incredible beach view. 869 N.
Shore Drive. $1,089,000. Brokers protected. Call
SELLING OR BUYING a house? Need extra
space? Budget Self Storage can help. Daily,
weekly, monthly specials. Boxes and packing sup-
PRISTINE TURNKEY FURNISHED Gulf-bay mid-
rise 2BR/2BA unit. $429,900. Weekly rentals pos-
sible. www.Latitude27Realty.net or call 744-2727.
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.
RARELY AVAILABLE BAY VIEW CONDO
1BR/1BA Imperial House condo with direct
views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Mana-
tee Bridge. New kitchen, breakfast bar, ce-
ramic tile. Deeded beach access, fishing pier
on the bay. Only $209,000. Call Denny
Rauschl at 725-3934.
2BR/2BA ACROSS FROM BEACH with
Gulfview from glassed-in lanai. Well main-
tained and new appliances. Social complex
and rental friendly. $259,000. Call Quentin
Talbert at 704-9680.
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.
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
$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.
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.
MOTIVATED OWNER: Price reduced $20,000.
2BR/2.5BA Gulfview townhouse, two-car garage.
4255 N. Gulf Drive, Unit 102, Holmes Beach.
$319,780. Call 387-3537.
RENOVATED DUPLEX for sale by owner. Steps to
the beach, 3BR/2BA, downstairs, 2BR/1 BA, family
and living room upstairs. 2306 Avenue B,
Bradenton Beach. Call 778-4499.
OFFERING NEAR AND
TO BUYERS PRICED
$679,500 TO $949,500.
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"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO.Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site annamariareal.com
Buying? Selling? Renting? We Can Help!
Island six-unit motel/apartments. Gulf Drive
location one block from the beach! All updated
units with heated pool, and on-site laundry.
Just take over the business! $995,000. Call
Dick Maher or Dave Jones at 778-4800.
POOL AND GREENBELT VIEWS Ground
floor 2BR/2BA beautifully furnished and turn-
key! Well maintained, newer appliances,
washer/dryer, new A/C. $310,000. Call Dave
Jones or Dick Maher at 778-4800.
DUPLEX WEST SIDE OF GULF
DRIVE! Charming duplex, short
half-block to beach. Recent up-
dates include tile floors, exterior
and interior paint, wooden deck.
Large 2BR/1BA and 1BR/1BA.
Great rental history, tenants in
place. A must see! Priced to sell
at $325,000. Cail Stephanie Bell,
778-2307 or 920-5156. Owner/
Agent MLS# 93114
CANALFRONT ON PERIWINKLE
PLAZA in Anna Maria. Elevated
home is on large lot with 212-ft. on
deep-water canal. Private boat
dock, wrap around deck, private
setting. Two-car garage with work-
shop and storage. Convenient to
beach access. Offered at $575,000.
MLS#92314. Call Stephanie Bell,
778-2307 or 920-5156.
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Rarely on market, one and two bedroom Westbay
Cove models. Poolside and bayfront. Upgraded
and close to all services. Open most days from
11am. From $215,000.
2BR/2BA Upper, end unit with greenbelt and wa-
ter view. $298,900.
After hours Sharon Annis 778-3730 or 713-9096
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Lush landscaping with triangular
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investment property. $595,000.
861 North Shore Dr......... $1,950,000
510 72nd St.................... $559,000
524 71st St. ............... $1,440,000
4212 Redfish Ct. LOT ..... $575,000
307 Iris St. .................... $495,000
536 Key Royale Dr......... $849,900
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
8401 Marina Dr. ............ $699,000
CONDOS, LOTS & DUPLEXES
Westbay Pt Moorings #86. $395,000
4915 Gulf Dr ............ $1,715,000
Beachwalk Townhomes II up to. $569,000
308 55th St. Lot .......... $197,500
Alan Galletto 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
Broker/Salesperson 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
Tom Nelson 233 85th St .................. $339,000
Realtor 100 7th St. S. Duplex ....... $750,000
Bayou Condo 5C .......... $298,000
3014 Avenue C #1&2. .... $259,000
;i, ts0' Southern Breeze........ $1,450,000
Broker/Salesperson 427 Pine Ave ............... $695,000
2418 90th St. NW........ $2,995,000
1280 Spoonbill Landings Cir.... $314,000
9905 E. Spoonbill Rd .............. $675,000
Chris Shaw 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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27 Sharp, as a razor
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30 Lasting impression
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34 Ward on TV
37 "I'll get this round"?
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48 Some of that jazz
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57 WAC wear?
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7 One getting away
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WATERFRONT ESTATE Magnificent
3-5BR/4.5BA bayfront home offering
5,450 sq.ft. of unsurpassed quality and
design. Lush tropical setting with deep-
water dockage. Minutes to Island.
Dave Moynihan, 778-2246. #82138.
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Spa-
cious 3BR/2BA canalfront in Key
Royale with open split-floor plan. Sepa-
rate dining, large family room and room
for a pool. New seawall cap, new roof,
fresh paint. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246.
BRADENTON BEACH BAYFRONT
4BR/2BA home on two lots with fantas-
tic views of bay. Stone fireplace, hard-
wood floors, open beamed ceilings.
Block to beach and Gulf. Cathy
Meldahl, 383-5577. #238933.
ISLAND INVESTMENT Well located
Island duplex in Bradenton Beach.
2BR/2BA each side, vaulted ceilings,
covered parking, large storage room
and short distance to beach. Tenants in
place. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246.
SAILBOAT WATER This 3BR plus of-
fice home is close to the beach. Cedar
ceiling in family room, spa in caged
lanai, fireplace and room for a pool.
Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-2246.
NICE UPDATED CONDO #202 Heron
Harbour. Numerous updates to this
popular, non-age restricted commu-
nity. Assigned parking #28, full-size
stack washer, clean unit. Bill Bowman,
778-2246. #89047. $129,900
ADORABLE COTTAGE near
Historic Bridge Street. This nicely
decorated 1BR/1BA cottage in
Bradenton Beach is conveniently
located close to shopping and
restaurants, and is available for
your summer rental.
HISTORIC CORTEZ VILLAGE
2BR/2BA home, plus a den.
Great home in an even greater
location! Close to the fishing
docks, or to many other local at-
tractions. Available for the sum-
mer. Call for more details!
SPEND THE SUMMER AT THE
BEACH! This 2BR/2BA condo
with a pool is located close to the
Manatee Public Beach, with
shops and restaurants. Large
unit with plenty of room for the
3BR/2BA triplex in Bradenton Beach. Recently
remodeled and lovely. A must see! Asking
$1,300/month, but will look at all offers.
2BR/1BA duplex in Holmes Beach. Great
location! $775 a month.
2BR/2BA condo in Holmes Beach. Centrally
located for the area. $875/month.
1BR/1BA condo in a 55+ community in
Bradenton Beach. $700/month. Call for details.
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