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Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( June 25, 2003 )

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Creation Date: June 25, 2003

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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: June 25, 2003

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

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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map in this edition, page 18.


TAnna Maria



The


Islander


"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Volume 11, No. 33 June 25, 2003 FREE


Florida's best real estate buy: Island/Manatee


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
If you're thinking of buying a home on Anna Maria
Island, either as an investment or for your own resi-
dence, better buy it now.
According to the Florida Association of Realtors,
the average price of a single-family home in the Mana-
tee-Sarasota area climbed a whopping 24 percent be-
tween April 2002 and April this year, an average in-
crease of 2 percent each month.
In fact, the 24-percent jump was the largest in-
crease for any FAR reporting area, the association said.
The average single-family home sale price in the
two-county area went from $152,400 to $189,500, the


FAR reported, while statewide, the average price was
up just 11 percent, from $136,700 in April 2002 to
$151,900 this year.
While the FAR does not have separate records for
Anna Maria Island single family home sales, Mike
Norman of Mike Norman Realty in Holmes Beach said
it's a pretty safe bet Island real estate has matched and
in many cases exceeded the reported Manatee-Sarasota
increases.
If you bought a house or condo on the Island in
April 2002 for $200,000, it's now worth at least
$248,000.
The 24 percent increase is just an average increase
for the entire reporting area, said Norman. Most, if not


'Top Notch' Gulf-view winner
Joseph Wozniak of New Jersey visited the north shore of Anna Maria Island at Bean Point and captured this
uniquely framed view of a sunworshipper and the Gulf of Mexico. It immediately impressed our "Top Notch"
photo contest judges for its color and relaxing appeal a definite winner among many entries received for
the first of the eight-week-long contest. Wozniak's award is a coveted "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Is-
lander T-shirt and $50. The "Gulf View" photo will now go into a pool of weekly winners eligible for the
contest grand prize. More inside, page 16.


all, Island properties experienced a larger increase in
value, he believes.
And "prices are never going to be lower," said
Norman. "Nothing is going down."
Island property values have gone up on average
between 20 and 30 percent annually since the mid-
1990s, said Norman, and the FAR figures confirm that
trend will continue.
The amount of increase in property value on the
Island "depends a lot upon whether you're on the wa-
ter or inland, but there are a lot of good buys out there,"
he said.
PLEASE SEE PROPERTY VALUES, PAGE 4


Skateboarding


off to the


courthouse?
By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Roger Lutz is
not doing an "ollie" over the city's skateboard park,
scheduled to be open Saturday, June 28.
Lutz, who is also a personal injury lawyer, is fear-
ful of the legal problems should injuries occur at the
new park.
While Lutz is agile on his feet in the courtroom, he
won't be trying any skateboard manuevers, such as an
"ollie," which requires the skill to jump and kick the
board so that it stays "attached" to your feet a ba-
sic maneuver for a "thrasher," or certified skateboarder.
"I hope everything works out well for the skate-
board park," said Lutz. "But I am concerned because
skateboarding is an inherently dangerous activity, and
I am very concerned with the city's position regarding
PLEASE SEE SKATEPARK, NEXT PAGE


Second roundabout in

Bradenton Beach?
By Paul Roat
Could a second traffic roundabout be in Bradenton
Beach's future?
Maybe. The first step toward adding a traffic circle at
Gulf Drive and Cortez Road could be taken next month.
Regional transportation planners deferred action on
initiating a study of the intersection after questions
about the cost of the consultant's work arose.
"I find it ironic that we have $50,000 available and
the consultants came in with a study that costs
$49,900," said Sarasota County Commissioner David
Mills, a member of the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization. "If we fund this, it will com-
pletely wipe out our general planning funds for the
year."
Florida Department of Transportation's Ben
Walker said he believed some of the tasks proposed by
consultant URS Corporation of Tampa could be
"tweaked," something he said he could do before the
matter came back to the MPO July 28.
PLEASE SEE ROUNDABOUT, PAGE 4

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Whatever floats your boat
Kids make their own fun, rain or shine, and this group, all visiting Grandma and Grandpa, Marilyn and Merle
Lightner of Bay View Plaza in Anna Maria, made the best of the weekend's downpours, which dumped more
than 11 inches of rain on the Island. They are, left to right, Matthew Lightner, 8, and sister Kaylee, 4, Leah
Knuck, 11, and Stacey Lightner, 12.
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Skatepark opens Saturday
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
liability.
"I'm aware the state law provides the city some
protection from lawsuits, but all this protection is de-
pendent upon the skateboard park being properly su-
pervised," said Lutz. "And proper supervision is not
part of the plan.
"Consequently, heaven forbid, if a child is hurt, the
city will be in a very bad financial situation," said Lutz.
"In order to get some liability protection, all skate-
boarders would need a signed parental waiver, helmet,
pads and full-time direct supervision and that is not
in the plans.
"Just because kids may have fun," said Lutz, "I
have always thought that adults need to make the tough
decisions to say 'No.'"
Perhaps no one has worked harder to get a skate-
board park for Island kids than Holmes Beach Police
Department Lt. Dale Stephenson. A father of three
children, Stephenson has worked mightily to convince
city commissioners a skateboard park would be a
physically and legally safe alternative for Island kids.
"The city has done everything possible to protect
the kids," said Stephenson. "Our city attorney has said
we are complying with state statutes. We are all ready
for the grand opening this Saturday, and hopefully
we'll have a bright, sunny day."
Liability protection for the city has been of major
concern for Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore.
When she visited a skatepark in St. Petersburg, she
found out that city's park has liability insurance com-
parable to Holmes Beach.
Manatee County paid $4,000 for the liability insur-
ance policy for Holmes Beach's skateboard park. The
$4 million policy covers Holmes Beach in case of a
personal injury incurred at the skateboard park.
"The insurance company said we have no prob-
lems," said Mayor Whitmore. "The agreement with the
insurance company states we will have two weeks
where volunteers will monitor and educate the kids.
Then law enforcement and the kids themselves will self
patrol the park.
"I think it's great we're doing something for the
kids. This is one of my major accomplishmentss" said


Flown in at great expense
Two Texans check out the metal. Nathan McKay, 13, and Logan Jorgensen, 18, of Houston, Texas, monitor-
ing Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore, conferring with engineer Eric Hazelton, preparing for the grand
opening of the micro skateboard park, Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interested? Annual fee is $10
for Holmes Beach residents and $30 for non-Holmes Beach residents. Questions? Call Holmes Beach City
Hall: 708-5800. Islander Photo: Joe Kane


Whitmore.
For the past three weeks, employees from the
Playmore Recreational Products have been installing
rails and ramps in anticipation of the grand opening,
planned for this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free
food and raffle prizes will be available for kids.
For Holmes Beach residents, the skateboard park
annual fee is $10. Non-Holmes Beach residents will
pay a $30 annual fee. Park users must complete an
application with the HBPD, which includes a
waiver, and purchase a decal, showing the annual fee


is paid. The decal is to be displayed on the
skateboarder's safety helmet. Park users under age
18 must have a guardian waiver on record with the
HBPD.
The park, which is located next to Holmes Beach
City Hall on Marina Drive, 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 membership identification on their
helmet and carry the skateboard park ID card at all
times when using the facility.


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THE ISLANDER M JUNE 25, 2003 0 PAGE 3


City halts Galati

dredging, hazardous

materials found
By Rick Catlin '
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Code Enforcement' Officer Gerry
Rathvon issued a stop-work order Monday to Galati
Marine after she and Mayor SueLynn found old batter-
ies, pipes, .buckets, sheet metal and other potentially
hazardous items in the material stockpiled from the
marina's dredging project.
The material was being stored on two vacant lots
across from Galati Marine at the end of South Bay Bou-
levard until it could dry out'and be trucked to a land-
fill on the mainland.
SueLynn said she and Rathvon also found the
dredged material was creating a flood hazard in the area
because it was higher than adjacent lands.
"Based on the composition of the fill on the land and
its elevation, a stop-work order was issued because it was
considered to be a code violation," the mayor said.
Galati Marine has been given 48 hours to remove
the dredged material and bring the ground level of the
site to that of adjacent lots, she added.
In addition, Rathvon will notify the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection about the discovery
of hazardous-waste materials in the dredging project,
SueLynn said.
Once a formal complaint is received from Anna
Maria, a DEP spokesperson said the department will
likely launch its own investigation into the waste and
its potential effects on the waters of Bimini Bay, where
the marina is located.
The DEP had approved the original dredging per-
mit for Galati Marine, claiming the dredging would
have no significant effect on the marine environment
in Bimini Bay and surrounding waters.
SueLynn said it was her understanding that Galati
Marine was using the vacant lot to allow the dredged
material to dry out before it was removed.
Recent heavy rains, however, have not allowed the
material to dry. Because the dredged material was
higher than adjacent properties, there was a serious
flooding problem, she said.
When she and Rathvon met with South Bay Bou-
levard residents Monday to discuss the flooding, they
inspected the sites where the dredged material was
stored and discovered the batteries and other hazardous
waste, she said.


Everyone loves fireworks, the Bradenton Beach
City Commission not excepted therefore, it has
changed its regularly scheduled July 3 meeting to July
2 in order to enjoy the Beach House Restaurant's py-
rotechnic display.
Commissioners agreed Monday to reschedule
their 7 p.m. meeting to a day earlier. Besides being
able to watch the fireworks, commissioners agreed that
the thousands of people who watch the sunset display

Bridge Street charting F
Bridge Street merchants in Bradenton Beach plan a
Fourth of July celebration an evening early, with proceeds
going to the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Their event will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 3,
and will feature bargains, fireworks, hot dogs and music.
The fireworks are courtesy of the Beach House
Restaurant, the bargains courtesy of the merchants who


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Get the lead out
Anna Maria officials halted further dredging at the Galati Marina after batteries and other possibly hazard-
ous materials were found in the dredged material which was being stored on this vacant lot at the end of South
Bay Boulevard across from the marina. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Galati Marine general manager Bill King said he
is "in the process of complying" with the city mandate,
but can't finish until the material dries out. He expects
to have the dredged material leveled and waste items
removed by early next week.
He said he didn't know where the batteries came
from, but that they have "probably been in the water
five to 10 years. If they've been in the water that long,
they are no longer a danger."
King said he's also given the city copies of all the
engineering reports on the dredging project and the
marina bottom testing, which were submitted to the
DEP for its permit.
All dredging at the marina is now finished, he
added.


Meetings


Anna Maria City
June 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
July 1, 4:30 p.m., capital improvement committee work
session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
June 25. 6.30 p.m., special city commission-planning
and zonin., board meeting with Tampa Bay Regional
Planning i. .incil.
June 26. 0 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
June 27. :30 a.m., city commission-department head
work seLs.-,ion.
July 2, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
June 26, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Ha!l, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.

Of Interest
Municipal offices in Anna Maria City, Bradenton
Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will be
closed Friday, July 4.
Solid waste collection in Anna Maria City, Holmes
Beach and Longboat Key will not take place on Friday,
July 4, but will instead be picked up on Saturday, July
5. There will be no change in service in Bradenton
Beach.


would cause a traffic problem for anyone attempting to
attend the meeting.
And city hall is pretty much at "ground zero" for
the traditional July 3 fireworks at the Beach House,
since it's right across the street from where all the ac-
tivity will be taking place.
"We agreed to change it so we can all enjoy the
fireworks and spend the Fourth of July weekend with
our friends and family," said Mayor John Chappie.

iurth of July celebration
will offer special discounts in honor of Independence
Day. Hot dogs and sodas will be offered at old-time
prices, and the proceeds will go to the Center.
Parking is available at Coquina Beach with free
trolley service available to and from Bridge Street from
there and throughout the Island. Further information
may be obtained by calling 782-1137.


Bradenton Beach meeting date changed next week


O WThe Islander offices will be

- closed Friday, the Fourth of July.

Deadlines will take place "as usual," except for early retail, restaurant
and sports deadlines. Advertisers should check with their sales repre-
sentative for information. Classified ads are due by noon Monday.
Please, make it a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday!
Phone 778-7978, fax 778-9392





PAGE 4 E JUNE 25, 2003 N THE ISLANDER


Going up fast


on the Island

Excluding condominium sales, the average sale
price of a single-family home on Anna Maria Island in
April 2003 was $734,139, a 63 percent increase from
the June 2002 average sale price of $450,000, accord-
ing to figures supplied by Island real estate agents.
In January 2003, the average Island sale price for
a single family house was $712,400.
The price of a single-family house listed for sale in
April on the Island ranged from a low of $315,000 to
a high of $2.7 million.
By comparison, sale prices in January 2003 ranged
from $215,000 to $2.5 million.
There are currently 97 single-family residences
listed for sale on Anna Maria Island with 20 new list-
ings in the past 30 days.


Property values soar on Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Norman said that while all Island property is
"value-priced," he particularly liked the value of some
non-waterfront home locations on the Island.
Waterfront properties are always an excellent value
purchase for buyers, even if some owners tend to wait
on their asking price.
Norman also thought the Cortez market repre-
sented good value for buyers.
"But you don't often see a home for sale in
Cortez," he said. If you see a "for sale" sign there, it
doesn't last long, he said.
The condominium market has also seen an up-
swing in values, said Gail Tuteweiler of Wedebrock
Real Estate in Holmes Beach, and Island condos re-
main in high demand.
Units at one Holmes Beach Gulffront condo-
minium property that last year sold for just under
$400,000 are now selling between $450,000 to
$495,000, an increase of nearly 25 percent.
"And those units sold fast," said Tuteweiler, who
was the leading sales agent for Wedebrock's Holmes
Beach office last year. Other Gulffront units can be
purchased in the low-to mid-$200,000 range.
"Gulffront condos are always a good value, but you
can find excellent value in non-waterfront condomini-
ums," Tuteweiler said. The smart shopper can find
those condo units for under $200,000, she said.
And Tuteweiler expects demand for Island proper-
ties to increase this summer. She's seen a recent jump
in serious buyers on the Island.


Condo craze
Many Island real estate agents say condominiums are in demand by investors and are a "hot" item for


summer sales. The Bradenton Beach Club, shown here,
nearing completion. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
"All of the sudden, we're getting a lot of people not
just looking, but wanting to buy."
Fact is, there doesn't seem to be enough waterfront
condominiums for sale to meet the demand right now,
she said.
"People like Anna Maria Island and the feel of this
Island," Tuteweiler said. "And we're priced so much
lower than a lot of other barrier islands. When people
say values here can't keep going up, they just have to
look at Sanibel or Captiva or even Longboat Key to see
how high values can go.
"Our prices are not going down," she said, repeat-
ing a familiar refrain among Island real estate agents.
And with an improving economy and no more Iraq
War, "I really think this is going to be a great summer
for real estate sales," Tuteweiler predicted.
Doug Dowling of Dowling Real Estate in Anna
Maria said prices for Island real estate aren't going
down any time soon.
"Nobody can predict where it will stop, but it won't
be soon," he predicted. By the same token, however,
"nobody wants to be the last person to pay too much,"
he added.


Beach property pickup
Anna Maria city officials and Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies in Anna Maria recently picked up a number
of personal property items left on city beaches overnight, in violation of the recently enacted Turtle-protection
ordinance. The items are considered harmful to nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings if left on the beach overnight
during the nesting season on Anna Maria Island, which runs now through October. Jeff Hedden of the city's public
works department is shown here storing a large quantity of kids toys and lawn chairs. Property may be claimed at
the Anna Maria City Hall at 10005 Gulf Drive. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


which has some units directly on the Gulf of Mexico, is


But the game is afoot, particularly for Island con-
dominiums.
"Condo sales are so hot now, it's unbelievable,"
Dowling observed. "Who would have ever thought that
on the Island?"
Most condominiums are being bought by investors,
he said, because of the low maintenance factor and
price doesn't seem to be an object of concern, he sug-
gested.
"Million-dollar condominiums are selling ahead of
time," he said.
In fact, it seems the more expensive the condo, the
more demand there is to buy it, Dowling believes.
"But even with a lot of condos on the market, they
are still a hot item and I think they are going to sell very
well this summer," he concluded.
Norman agreed the summer could be excellent not
just for the real estate market, but overall Island tourism.
"We've already had an increase in reservations for
our tourist accommodations this summer compared
with last year," he said. "We're getting a lot of calls."
More serious real estate buyers and an increase in
tourism reservations are all indications this will be a
good summer for Island businesses, he said.


Roundabout study proposed
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Another consultant, Mike Wallwork, conducted a
feasibility study as to whether roundabouts would be
suitable for about a dozen intersections in the region.
The Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection received
Wallwork's blessing as an appropriate use of the cir-
cular traffic device.
URS Corporation was charged with conducting a
detailed analysis of the intersection. Robert A.
Longfield of URS proposed a study of current and pro-
jected traffic counts in the intersection, plus the impact
the opening of the Cortez Bridge has on traffic in the
area.
Longfield also proposed looking at adjusting the
signals at the intersection if a roundabout was deter-
mined not to be feasible, and agreed to complete the
work within four months.
The study area would include the area from Bridge
Street, where there already is a roundabout, to Ninth
Street North on Gulf Drive.
"The concern is that when the bridge is open,
north-south traffic on Gulf Drive comes to a complete
halt," said MPO Executive Director Mike Guy. "The
question is whether there is a way you can keep that
traffic flowing, and this study will answer that ques-
tion."
Longboat Key Town Commissioner John Kerwin
said "I believe Longboat Key would approve anything
that would improve that intersection. It is a very signifi-
cant problem."





THE ISLANDER U JUNE 25, 2003 U PAGE 5


Island spat erupts over skatepark fees


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Islanders love a good disagreement among the
three Island cities and they got one started at the June
18 Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials meet-
ing in Bradenton Beach.
Officials of Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach
questioned the annual user fee for the Holmes Beach
Micro Skatepark expected to open June 28, claiming
it discriminates against youth in their respective cities.
Holmes Beach plans a $30 annual user fee for
non-Holmes Beach residents, including those from
Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. Holmes Beach
residents will only be charged a $10 annual fee.
Hold on a minute, said Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn. Didn't Anna Maria contribute $12,000 to
this project?
You did, agreed Holmes Beach City Commis-
sioner Don Maloney, but Anna Maria and Bradenton
Beach opted out of the interlocal agreement on liabil-
ity, leaving his city to foot the bill.
The liability issue is the key, said Maloney.
"Holmes Beach is taking on all the liability" and in-
surance costs, thus the higher fee for non-residents, he
said.
The Holmes Beach City Commission and Mayor
Carol Whitmore have agreed that if other cities aren't
included in the agreement offered by the city, those
residents should pay more than kids from Holmes
Beach, Maloney said.
"Well, I think it's unfair and discriminatory and I
don't like it," SueLynn said. "We gave $12,000 and I
would like to see you do something different."
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie said his
city gave $3,000 to the project, but noted there are
probably fewer kids in Bradenton Beach than in the
other Island cities.
"I commend Holmes Beach for taking the lead. I
don't agree with the fees, but I'll talk to my city com-
mission on paying the fees for our kids."
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Dawn Baker
suggested the city "establish a fund to reimburse fami-


lies that pay the extra $20."
Baker said she found it ironic that none of the city
attorneys for the three Island cities could agree on the
liability issue, yet they all work for the same law firm.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Mar-
tens said the annual fee could possibly be decreased as the
park goes through its first year of operation.
"We'll look into it," she assured SueLynn and
Chappie.
In other BIEO matters, the contracts each city has
with Grubbs Emergency Services was discussed as the
owner of the Pasco County-based company has de-
clared personal bankruptcy.
"Would we all be in trouble if Grubbs can't per-
form" in the event of an emergency such as a hurricane,
SueLynn asked.
Attorneys for all three Island cities and Longboat
Key are looking into the respective contracts, but there
shouldn't be a problem, said Longboat Key Mayor
John Redgrave.
The Grubbs company that handles emergency
cleanup services is not affected by the bankruptcy, he
said.
Baker also brought up the continuing saga of real
estate development on the Island.


By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
Circuit Judge Charles Williams is expected to
rule in the next few days on a civil lawsuit, perhaps
ending a decade-long dispute between Holmes
Beach neighbors.
According to Mayor Carol Whitmore, Williams
will make his decision on a contentious feud that has
caused bad blood between neighbors and the city.
The City of Holmes Beach and Noah's Ark En-
terprise Inc. are defendants in the lawsuit brought
about by Fernando, Carmen and Gladys Torres.
The dispute is over a portion of a sandy, dusty


She said a company called K&N Property Solu-
tions in Bradenton has been sending letters to
Bradenton Beach multi-family property owners saying
they'll buy the property "quickly" using private funds,
not bank financing.
Nick Ryan of K&N said the company was just he
and his wife, and they are more interested in purchas-
ing single family or duplex homes for their own invest-
ment rather than quick resale. They are not developers
looking to convert properties into condominiums, he
said.
But Redgrave agreed with Baker that condo-
minium speculation and conversion of hotels was be-
coming a major problem for the beaches.
"The developers are picking on the small, older
motels," he said. "But I don't know how we can pre-
vent them from coming."
While Longboat Key now has a 42-foot height re-
striction on new construction, developers just look at
the price of an older motel, figure out how many $2
million condos they can build there and make an offer,
Redgrave said.
It's happening all along Longboat Key and Anna
Maria Island, he said. "There's just not much we can
do to stop them. It's the wave of the future."


road, Second Avenue, which runs south from
Cafe on the Beach and through the parking lot at
the Manatee Public Beach.
Torres accuses Noah's Ark owners John and
Kim Pace and their Anna Maria Island Beach Resort
at 105 39th St. of using a public street as a private
lounge area, inhibiting Torres'access to his property.
John Pace contends the plants that he has in-
stalled on public land received approval and ac-
colades from Whitmore.
However Williams rules, it is doubtful that it
will mollify this long-simmering feud, which has
been costly to all parties involved.


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Whew! Close call
It wasn't even a tropical storm, but five days of
nearly constant rainfall wreaked havoc on Anna Maria
Island's roads, beaches, landscaping, low dwellings,
weekend plans and turtle nesting activities.
It was wet, wet, wet everywhere you looked.
The City of Holmes Beach couldn't have asked for
better publicity for its proposed stormwater improve-
ment assessment tax. Tthe swales and stormdrains were
filled to capacity with rainwater and the indistinguish-
able saltwater intrusion at high tides.
Holmes Beach property owners may soon have to
pay an additional stormwater improvement assessment
tax of $42 a year.
Should city commissioners approve the new tax, it
will raise almost $190,000 per year for engineering, con-
struction and maintaining Holmes Beach's stormwater
drainage system.
The annual fee is based on an "equivalent residen-
tial unit," where a typical home is assessed for one ERU.
However, a shopping center, for example, would be as-
sessed several ERUs.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Rich
Bohnenberger has been a "quiet champion" for this util-
ity fee for more than eight years. In fact, when he first
introduced the idea in 1995, the idea was considered too
radical to merit discussion.
Of course, back then, there was a windfall of rev-
enue for infrastructure needs that came to the city as a
result of a school board tax and Holmes Beach opted to
spend its substantial share on building a new city hall.
Certainly, nothing was left over to apply to solving the
city's drainage woes.
And while increased property assessments fund big-
ger and bigger budgets for the city each year, the mill-
age rate has stayed the same, leaving us to wonder if
commissioners are afraid to raise taxes to meet the city's
burgeoning needs.
Wonder no more. While the millage rate hasn't been
discussed for the 2003-04 fiscal year, the stormwater tax
appears headed down an easy road to approval.
And unlike property assessments, the stormwater tax
will apply to all properties, even tax-exempt properties
such as churches, the fire department, city hall and
county beaches.
We wouldn't dare suggest that Anna Maria and
Bradenton Beach consider joining Holmes Beach in as-
sessing this fee, and to enact a stormwater board (simi-
lar to the fire district) to oversee the needs of the Island
in solving what is obviously an Islandwide problem.
Or would we?


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Kudos for canal work
We are so pleased that the 67th Street canal has
been dredged and restored to its former beauty and use-
fulness. The ugly delta at the head of the canal is now
gone and once again the canal is navigable all the way
to Marina Drive.
Our sincere thanks go to Holmes Beach Public
Works Superintendent Joe Duennes, to the commis-
sioners and to all in the administration who worked so
hard to accomplish this important project. We realize
there were numerous permits needed and many ob-
stacles to overcome, but your dedication and persever-
ance won out.
Holmes Beach is fortunate to have beautiful ca-
nals. They are a majors asset and an important reason
why so many find this area such a wonderful place to
visit and to live. Canal maintenance plays a decided
role in maintaining property values. As a result, the
entire community benefits from your efforts to keep
our canals in good condition.
Again, we extend our thanks and appreciation.
Bill and Betty Swope, Holmes Beach


Radio project kudos
I would like to commend the publisher of The Is-
lander for including coverage of the Manatee Radio
Project in recent issues, as well as reporters Jim Hanson
and particularly Preston Whaley Jr. for their efforts.
The coverage was accurate and true as stated, reflect-
ing skilled qualities of journalism and editing.
I would like to mention that at the first organiza-
tional meeting of Manatee Radio Project, spontaneous
discussion about area newspapers, regarding lack or
provision of comprehensive area coverage did occur,
as Whaley reported.
Some of those remarks were negative, however,
positive recognition was also given by several of those
in attendance to the contents of The Islander. The pa-
per was characterized as the leading print media in the
area. One serious critic of media stated, "It couldn't be


any better than it is it's the only real paper we have."
Another put forth the idea that The Islander should
consider expansion, or separate publication, to report
on Bradenton, because they would capture the market
without much difficulty."
These testimonials to excellence and the impor-
tance of local-origin media, dedicated to service of
people and quality of life issues, rather than uncon-
trolled growth and development, should, in my opin-
ion, serve as achievement goals for Manatee Radio
Project, LPFM 96.7.
Lee M. Spinks, Community Broadcast Consultant,
Perico Island

Too high
I'm glad to see an honest business man like Mike
Norman speak out!
Houses 38 feet high and how much higher? That's
almost four stories! They look even more horrible on
beautiful Anna Maria Island. Those homes that high
belong in California or ...? But not here!
John Bacich, Anna Maria

No more breaks!
As a volunteer with the Bradenton Beach Scenic
Highway Committee, I have to attend some Bradenton
Beach City Commission meetings. I manage a motel in
the city and I have to close my office to attend these meet-
ings.
I do not appreciate the "breaks" the city commis-
sion has to take every hour. I sat through too many
breaks at the June 19 meeting, in which the taxpayers
paid the city attorney and several staff members to also
sit through the breaks.
I brought this issue up to Vice Mayor Bill Arnold,
who was chairing the meeting, at a break and he stated
that "a break is scheduled every hour and there is noth-
ing that can be done other than changing the agenda."
I don't have a problem with the agenda, I only have
a problem with these constant breaks.
Judy Giovanelli, Bradenton Beach





THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 25, 2003 0 PAGE 7


Butt out: Smoking ban goes into effect Tuesday


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Florida's state law banning smoking in the work
place becomes effective next week on July 1, but most
Island restaurants have already halted indoor smoking
in anticicipation of the new law.
Many Island restaurants, including Rotten Ralph's
and the Sandbar in Anna Maria and Ooh La La! Bis-
tro in Holmes Beach, already offer an outside area for
smokers.
The new law doesn't effect stand-alone bars such
as Bortell's in Anna Maria or the Drift In in Bradenton
Beach, as long as not more than 10 percent of sales are
from food and snacks, according to the Florida Restau-
rant Association's guidelines for the anti-smoking law.
Stand-alone bars must apply to the Florida De-
partment of Business Regulation for a designation
exempting the establishment from the smoking ban,
the FRA said. The exemption must be renewed an-
nually.
The new law has caused at least one establishment
to eliminate its kitchen.
D. Coy Ducks pub in the Island Shopping Center
in Holmes Beach is closing its kitchen effective July 1
and will offer only "incidental" foods.
Owner Beth Gugerin said a survey found custom-
ers would prefer no food to no smoking during the
evening hours, when entertainment is offered.
The pub will expand its entertainment area and
concentrate on its beverage sales in the future.
But there are other exceptions to the smoking ban
aside from a "stand-alone" bar.
Facilities "owned or leased by and used exclu-
sively for non-commercial activities performed by
members and guests of an association" would be ex-
empt from the law, the FRA said. This exemption
would allow smoking in locations such as the VFW,
Moose, Elks and other similar organizations.
However, there could be a problem, said Lea
Crusberg of the FRA.
"If such an organization utilizes employees in any
manner, the exemption might not apply," she said.


* According to the new law, said Crusberg, non-
commercial activities such as food and beverage ser-
vice are supposed to be done by members and guests
for an organization to qualify for the exemption.
That could put the Moose Lodge in Bradenton
Beach and other non-profit organizations that have paid
employees serving food and drinks in a bind.
While the law is not aimed at organizations such as
the Moose and VFW, "it's my understanding that if
they have employees who serve food and beverage,
they would not be exempt from the smoking ban," said
Crusberg.
"Those activities would have to be done by mem-
bers or guests to qualify for an exemption, as I under-
stand it," she added.
Island Moose Lodge Manager Brian Elliott said he
was waiting on instructions from the Moose Lodge
state director, who was checking into the law's require-
ments for non-profit groups such as the Moose.
"But we don't let anyone smoke in the dining room
anyway, only the bar, which is separate from the main
room," he said. That policy has been in effect the past
year.
Crusberg said she didn't think having a separate
bar would exempt any non-profit organization from the
smoking ban if they still had employees serving drinks.
"But I'm not an attorney," she said, and suggested
those organizations, that believe they are exempt from
the anti-smoking law get competent legal advice.

Outdoor dining service
Lea Crusberg of the Florida Restaurant Association
said that with the new smoking ban for indoor dining,
many municipalities around Florida are considering a
change to city codes to make it easier for restaurants to
establish outdoor dining areas where smoking would be
allowed.
While each municipality has different codes for
outdoor dining, most require a restaurant to submit a
site plan, obtain a special-use permit from the city
council with an approved site plan, and pay a fee, she
said.


The St. Petersburg City Council has proposed an
ordinance change that would allow restaurant owners
to add a maximum 24-seat outdoor dining area for
smokers.
Without an approved site plan for outdoor dining,
restaurant owners in many cities can only create an
outdoor smoking location, but can't serve food or bev-
erages there, Crusberg said.
"People can probably order food for takeout and
eat it outside, but each city and county is different," she
said.
In Holmes Beach, outdoor dining can be added by
submission of a new site plan and city commission
approval, said Building Official Bill Saunders, but the
new site plan has to consider the addition of parking for
people using the additional seats.'
"Of course, they could always delete inside seating
and just move it outside," he said.
A new site plan is required even if a restaurant is
just adding seats inside, he noted.
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ity may have to halt Sandbar drainage efforts


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
For the past few years, Sandbar restaurant owner
Ed Chiles has quietly been using his own staff and
equipment to drain the intersection of Spring Lane and
Spring Avenue in Anna Maria when the area floods
after heavy rains.
The effort helps vehicles along the two roads navi-
gate the area, he said, and it drains the Sandbar's park-
ing lot, helping customers get to and from their cars, he
said.
In Chiles' view, his efforts at his own expense have
been a "win-win" situation for his business, the city,
and area residents.
But there could be a problem because the pumped
water is directed into a nearby storm drain that might
lead directly into Tampa Bay, and that's a no-no, ac-
cording to the Southwest Florida Water Management
District and Anna Maria Code Enforcement Officer
Gerry Rathvon.
Actually, said Chiles, the restaurant installed the
drain about 18 years ago and "we believe it's part of the
county system."
County water officials are checking to determine
if the drain is part of their system, said Anna Maria
Public Works Director George McKay, but he has not
yet heard back from them.
"They've been a little busy recently with all the
rains," he said.
If the county says the drain is OK, there's no prob-
lem, said Rathvon. If the drain goes into Tampa Bay,
the city may have to ask Chiles to halt the cleanup ef-
fort.
For now, the Sandbar pumping project is continu-
ing, particularly with the recent heavy rains on the Is-
land.
If the city wants him to stop the drainage efforts,
fine, said Chiles. It just means he's going to be calling
McKay constantly during the rainy season.
It's the city's responsibility to remove water from
flooded areas of public property, but waiting for the
city could sometimes take days when large areas of
Anna Maria flood, Chiles contended.


Spring lake at Spring and Spring
Heavy rains regularly flood the intersection of Spring Lane and Spring Avenue in Anna Maria along with the
Sandbar restaurant's parking lot, and owner Ed Chiles has been using his own staff and equipment for
several years to pump the water into a nearby drain when needed to help vehicles navigate the "lake." This
lake formed after a recent downpour. City officials, however, may have to stop the effort if county officials
determine the water drains into Tampa Bay. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


"For years, the city has been saying this is a criti-
cal area of flooding and needs a drainage system," said
Chiles. "We can stop pumping, but the area will just
stay a swamp until it dries off."
"And if more rains come before it dries, and we
don't drain it, it will just be a bigger lake," he predicted.
Unfortunately, a drainage system for Spring Av-
enue and Spring Lane has been a city priority for years,
said Mayor SueLynn, but it's going to take some "big
bucks" and a long application process before it hap-
pens."
At one time, Spring Avenue drainage was at the top


of the city's drainage priority list, but the Capital Im-
provements Advisory Committee revised the list ear-
lier this year to concentrate on less expensive drainage
problems that could be corrected quicker than Spring
Avenue.
The intersection is now on the CIAC's next prior-
ity list of problem areas.
Rathvon said she investigated the Sandbar pump-
ing and determined that no city codes were violated by
pumping the water into the drain, and no water has
been pumped onto the beach or into the Gulf of
Mexico, she added.


Mayors learn of county water fee increase


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Manatee County Administrator Ernie Padgett told
mayors of the six county municipalities June 17 that an
increase in fees for water and sewer services is coming
very soon.


Speaking at the monthly meeting of mayors with
the chairman of the county commission, Padgett said
the county's water system is adding 3,500 new custom-
ers every year.
"We have to upgrade our system over the next four
years, but we can't upgrade our system unless the fees


'Butterfly Bash' success, winner
Of the coveted items up for auction at the Saturday night Butterfly Bash held at the Moose Lodge in Bradenton
Beach to benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, the quilted tapestry created by Rosemary Holmes, left,
was a top money maker. Top bidder, Janice Hamlin, of the Manatee River Garden Club, was excited with her
purchase. The event raised more than $4,800 with the proceeds earmarked for a gazebo in the park. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy


go up," Padgett claimed.
He said the fee increase recommended to the
county commission will be "less than what the consult-
ants have recommended, but higher than what [county]
staff has suggested." He did not yet have a figure to
give the mayors.
"But our rates are much lower compared to other
counties in the area," Padgett said.
In other matters, Longboat Key Mayor John
Redgrave said his town is being inundated by develop-
ers looking to buy old motels and convert those into
condominiums.
"Welcome to the club," said Holmes Beach Mayor
Carol Whitmore, a sentiment echoed by Bradenton
Beach Mayor John Chappie.
It's not a joke, said Redgrave.
"We are being attacked by developers" who are
going after some of the old properties to purchase, tear
down and turn into condominiums.
Redgrave said 19 old motels have been identified as
potential locations for new condominium development.
He also said owners of the Hilton Hotel, while
denying they plan to convert the property to condo-
miniums, have admitted they have been approached by
developers -looking to buy the property.
Conversion of the Longboat Key Holiday Inn to
condominiums is a "done deal," he said.
The mayors also heard a presentation by the Mana-
tee County Chamber of Commerce for the Intelligent
Transportation System study, but said they would need
more details of the proposal, including a breakdown of
costs, before presentation to their respective city com-
missions for approval.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said the proposal
would have "more power" if it was implemented by the
Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organiza-
tion, not the chamber.
Cost of the ITS study, which would be financed
through state and federal grants, was estimated at $30
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 25, 2003 0 PAGE 9


Cortez FISH Preserve deal left to 'Chance'


By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
Faster than a speedy mullet, good news arrived for
Cortez.
Less than a week after directors of the Florida In-
stitute for Saltwater Heritage declined an offer from the
Southwest Florida Water Management District to pur-
chase its FISH Preserve, another offer is coming down
the pike from the agency.
According to Ed Chance, one of the 11 board
members of Swiftmud, his agency is very interested in
retaining FISH as the owner of the Preserve.
"FISH members will be pleasantly surprised to find
out how important the Preserve is to Swiftmud," said
Chance, a former Manatee County commissioner and
proponent of Cortez.
"FISH has worked so hard to buy the Preserve, and


we should do all we can to stop all development in that
area," said Chance. "We understand that FISH wants
to keep ownership. There's pride in ownership. When
land is scarce, this treasure should be preserved for-
ever."
Chance has been working with FISH Treasurer
Karen Bell for a long time in an attempt to assure the
long-term ownership of the FISH preserve.
Chance is using his considerable political clout to
have Swiftmud create a environmental easement for the
Preserve, which would protect forever this pristine 95
acres of wetlands just east of Cortez on Sarasota Bay.
The news just keeps getting better. Besides assur-
ing the ownership of the Preserve, FISH may get half
of the assessed value of the land in a cash payment
- which will provide funding for Cortez residents to
do the work needed to eradicate exotic plant species


from the Preserve.
At last week's FISH board meeting, directors and
members unanimously refused a $600,000 offer from
Swiftmud for the Preserve.
Leading the battle to reject the offer was Thomas
"Blue" Fulford, a third-generation Cortezian. Fulford
was elated to hear of Swiftmud's new offer.
"Seems like they're coming around to our way of
thinking," said Fulford. "The board will make a deci-
sion in the best interest of the Preserve."
The Preserve was purchased in 2000 from Louise
Schewe for $250,000. The last payment of $63,000 is
to be made next April.
Bell was enthused when she heard what Swiftmud
might offer Cortez. "I feel confident the board will be
happy with that offer," said Bell. "Ed Chance is a ma-
jor friend to Cortez."


Privateers parade to host wedding July 4


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Nobody would suspect the rough-and-tumble Pri-
vateers of being especially romantic, but their Fourth



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signing Saturday
Island author Gene Ciliberti will discuss
and sign copies of his latest book, "Recollec-
tions of a Boy Marine," at 10 a.m. Saturday,
June 28, at Sandy's Rich Coffee, 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
The books will be available for purchase
before and during the signing. The book takes
Ciliberti from boyhood through combat in the
Korean War.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-
4077.


of July parade will end with a wedding on the "pirate
ship."
Weddings can be complicated and a nuptial aboard
a land-cruising ship adds its own intricacies, but this
one is off several walls:
The bride, Nancy Glidden of Dayton, Ohio, was a
college roommate of Dee Baker, whose husband is
Privateers Secretary Ron Baker. Officiating at the cer-
emony will be Alwana Boyd, wife of longtime Priva-
teer Bob Boyd of Anna Maria. And Dee Baker is
Boyd's sister.
Oh, yes, the bridegroom. He's Bill Moritz, also of
Dayton. He and his bride-to-be were vacationing here
and just decided to tie the knot and the idea to do it
aboard the Privateers' boat/float was born shortly af-
ter.
That will be when the unnamed vessel pauses af-
ter the parade at the Cafe on the Beach for the Priva-
teers' annual picnic and party for everybody at 12:30
p.m., said Elizabeth Christie, treasurer of the service
organization.
The parade will assemble at Coquina Beach by
9:30 a.m. and begin its 7-mile amble up the Island at
10 a.m. It will go up Gulf Drive, Bay Boulevard to


Manatee Avenue, then north again on Gulf Drive to
Marina Drive through Holmes Beach and onward to
Bayfront Park in Anna Maria via Pine Avenue. There
it will disband and participants will go back down-Is-
land to the Manatee Public Beach at the end of Mana-
tee Avenue, and the Cafe on the Beach there.
The parade is open and free to any and all partici-
pants, as long as they're decorated in keeping with In-
dependence Day and have wheels under them "the
longest little parade in the world" is too much for foot
paraders.
Participants may fill out application forms any time
before the parade, including right now. Forms are avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, or by calling Capt. Kirk Gyson at 778-0767, or
Greg Luzier at 752-5973.
Actually, Privateers will make room for any
parader right up until the cavalcade begins, but they'd
like to have the completed application forms in hand so
they'll have a good idea what to expect, Christie said.
At the post-parade celebration at the Cafe on the
Beach, Privateers will run T-shirt sales, raffles and
games, and a traditional treasure hunt, as well as dis-
tribute the collectible beads they've made famous.


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Jim Gloth, Holmes Beach's Parks and Beautification Committee chairman, urged members to recruit more
Islanders interested in beautifying their city. Board members meeting in the city hall conference room with
Gloth, top, clockwise from left, are guest Bob Jones, Mary Strickland, Deborah Heger and Superintendent of
Public Works Joe Duennes. Islander Photo: Joe Kane


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even more beautiful


By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
It's not easy keeping paradise beautiful.
Just ask the members of the Holmes Beach Parks
and Beautification Committee. These volunteers are
committed to enhancing our paradise with lush plants
and as well eliminating unnecessary newspaper racks.
Committee Chairman Jim Gloth reported on the
progress of the city's Adopt-A-Spot. These 10 loca-
tions scattered through Holmes Beach are chosen by
citizens to beautify a street island, intersection or other
spots at their expense. With the city's assistance, citi-
zens plant and maintain the spot, perhaps in the
memory of a loved one, or to honor a family member
- all towards making Holmes Beach more beautiful.
"What a great place we live in," raved member
Deborah Heger, the first Adopt-A-Spot contributor.
"Our chairman, Jim Gloth, is the driving force in ex-
panding the Adopt-A-Spot through Holmes Beach. It's
very rewarding to help educate residents what are the
best suited plants for our Island."
The expansion of newspaper racks in the city was
of deep concern of committee members. "News racks
are spreading like a virus," said Homes Beach Mayor
Carol Whitmore. "We need a coherent plan to locate
and manage these racks."


Joe Duennes, Holmes Beach Superintendent of
Public Works, reminded members that constitutional
limitations of freedom of speech does not limit the city
from inventorying, codifying and enforcing a city news
rack policy.
Whitmore excited members when she informed
them that the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning
Organization will give $10,000 annually to the city for
landscaping. The MPO works with the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation in the planning and building of
roads and bridges.
"We just have to go after the money," Whitmore
said. "It's available and we could use it to create a lush
landscape on the right of way from the south end of the
city to Publix."
Member Mary Strickland asked the other commit-
tee members if they know of other residents willing to
serve on the committee.
Anyone interested is to call Holmes Beach City
Hall, 708-5800.
"We are here to make our town even more beauti-
ful," said Heger. She suggested if residents are "inter-
ested in learning more about plants and what is best
suited for your area, please call Jane Morse, the direc-
tor of the master gardening program at the county ex-
tension." Morse can be reached at 722-4524.


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
The weekend storm washed out sand and created
cliffs on Anna Maria Island's shoreline, forming bar-
riers to nest-bound sea turtles, and probably lengthen-
ing the incubation time that will be needed.
Holmes Beach humans, meanwhile, continued to
leave beach gear where they dropped it, interfering
with prospective mothers of the turtle family.
One loggerhead turtle intent on nesting ran into a
tent, got tangled in the support ropes held down by
bricks, hauled the whole mess, bricks and all, to a spot
that satisfied her, and proceeded to dig her nest and lay
her eggs on the beach at 73rd Street.
The beach clutter is along the Holmes Beach sec-
tion of the Island, said Suzi Fox, Turtle Watch direc-
tor and the state-permitted head of marine turtle pres-
ervation here.
"Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach seem to have
overcome the beach litter problem they have laws
prohibiting it," she said. "Holmes Beach doesn't have


a law, and it has plenty of clutter."
The berm is nearly 5 feet high in some places, she
said, "the biggest I've ever seen here." Much of the
higher berm is along the renourished part of the beach.
One turtle nested high on the dune line, then evidently
became disoriented, kept bumping into the berm and
wandered 280 feet in search of the sea. That was along
Gulf Drive at Cortez Road in Bradenton Beach.
Along with that is a series of junior canyons 2 to
3 feet deep running down to the Gulf, eroded by the
heavy weekend rains.
All of that means Manatee County will have to
bring in heavy equipment this week and again level the
beach.
The cooling rain chilled the sand enough to slow
the incubation process, which relies on the sun-heated
sand to hatch the turtles' eggs. Hatching, as a result,
may take more than the usual 55 days, Fox said.
The nest count is far ahead of last year- 100 nests
now compared with 73 at this time last year and a to-
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Noisy kitchen riles neighbors


By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
A two-year battle to quiet the amplified music
played on the deck of the Cortez Kitchen by its neigh-
bors may soon be resolved.
John Banyas, property owner of the outdoor eaterie
at 4528 119th St. W. in Cortez, has been subpoened to
appear at a hearing with the Manatee County Code En-
forcement special master, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 25.
At this hearing, Banyas is expected to enter a plea
for violations of a special permit issued to the opera-
tion with the explicit stipulation: "There shall be no
outdoor amplified live entainment."
Should Banyas continue to-be cited for noise vio-
lations, he could be fined up to $250 per day.
The Kitchen, a popular party spot, has been cited
numerous times by the Manatee County Sheriff's Of-
ficeTfor playing loud music.
For months, neighbors say they have appealed for
silence in vain to Banyas, as well as restaurant operate/
lessee Pete Barreda, and Manatee County Commis-
sioner Jane von Hahmann, who happens to reside
within "earshot" of the property.
The loud music at Cortez Kitchen continued to
reverberate blocks away, forcing residents to call the
police for some relief. Deputies would visit homes of
residents complaining about the noise, then again cite
the Kitchen for loud music.
James "Zach" Zacharias lives three blocks from
Cortez Kitchen and for two years has tried to silence
the weekend din. He called the police several times in


a failed attempt to quiet the music, which sometimes
was so loud Zacharias said he would have to shout for
his wife Donna to hear him.
Donna appealed to von Hahmann for assistance
and was told there was nothing von Hahmann could do,
even though the Kitchen was clearly in violation of the
special permit prohibiting amplified music.
"We're not cop callers," said Zach. "But why af-
ter two years do we just now find out they didn't have
a permit to play music outdoors?"
Fighting back, the Kitchen Monday posted a notice
at the Cortez Post Office bulletin board asking support-
ers to appear at the hearing. "Keep Music Alive at the
Original Kitchen!" the poster appeals.
The Kitchen is also circulating a petition seeking
support to be allowed to continue offering amplified
music outdoors on its deck.
Barreda pleaded with the Manatee County Com-
mission at its meeting last week to let the business con-
tinue its operation with live music. He said the business
attracted by live bands provides "more than entertain-
ment. It ensures jobs for local musicians and cooks,
servers, bartenders, and even fishermen, as people
come to listen and eat local seafood."
Barreda said he fears his business will be ruined
without the attraction of live music.
The county commission deferred Barreda's request
until after the hearing.
Barreda also operates the large indoor-dining res-
taurant, Cortez Kitchen on the Bay, across the canal
from the "original" Cortez Kitchen.


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Anna Maria Island expects to see modular
newsracks installed at numerous public locations and
a privately owned shopping center by the end of July
or first week of August.
Anna Maria's Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee Chairman Tim Eisler said he
had talked with Gold Eagle Distributors, the company
responsible for recruiting the publications to join the
program, and for designing and installing the racks and
the job is nearing completion.
The Islander, Bradenton Herald and Sarasota Her-
ald-Tribune are credited with spearheading the project
by Gold Eagle's Lisa Yencsco, who notes their com-
pany only works with publishers, not government.
On hearing complaints from commissioners and
various committee members in the three Island cities,
The Islander contacted Gold Eagle and offered to co-
ordinate the modular program in June 2002 at no cost
to the city as a solution to the often unsightly collection
of assorted newsracks.
Bradenton Beach was the first city to take up the


offer and things began moving forward there when the
publishers came to the table with the city.
"Gold Eagle said they were doing very well" in
getting publications in the plan in Anna Maria, Eisler
said at the EEEC's June 4 meeting.
He said Gold Eagle commended Anna Maria for its
cooperation with the program.
There has reportedly been some "minor grum-
bling," but most publications are joining. "We are on
schedule" for installation of the racks, Eisler said.
Anna Maria's largest modular rack will have 18
units and will replace the numerous free-standing
newsracks on Pine Avenue at city hall, he said.
Seven modular locations are planned in Bradenton
Beach.
The Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria modulars
will be installed at the same time as a modular at S&S
Plaza in Holmes Beach along the exterior wall of the
post office there. That unit will be on private property
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Bermuda triangle 'swallows' BBC film crew


By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
Don't mess with Bradenton Beach's supernatural
waters.
As a British Broadcasting Company film crew
found out last week, not only is Bradenton Beach home
to a haunted house but it is also a harbor to psychic
forces.
For four days last week, an elaborate experiment
took place in the Gulf just offshore of Bradenton Beach
near Ninth Street North the former location of Trader
Jack's restaurant and a popular scuba diver's launch
spot.
However, the audacious BBC film crew, which
was shooting film footage in Bradenton Beach for a
documentary on the Bermuda Triangle, ran up against
numerous difficulties.
For starters, the crew rammed its boat into the
Longboat Pass Bridge and had to be rescued by the
U.S. Coast Guard. And the mishaps just keep coming.
Film director Nigel Paterson and his 14
crewmembers put two 40-by-40-foot giant grids,
shaped like ladders of PVC pipes, 100 yards off shore.
Then two huge truck-sized generators were stationed
on the beach, able to force 18,000 cubic feet of air per
minute into two long hoses leading out to the sub-
merged trellis-like apparatus.
The idea was to create a "bubble net," and to see
what effect the air-bubble net would have on a boat
passing through the bubbling water.
"If you move the water out with air, there's no
pressure left on the hull, so the boat sinks," said Alex
Stevens, an optimist and assistant project scientist for
the film project.
Also on hand was Phil Beck, special-effects mogul
extraordinaire. After all it was Beck who sank Kevin
Costner's Pacific atoll in the movie "Waterworld." So,
sinking a boat? No problem.
That was the plan.
"The whole thing was fraught with technical dif-
ficulties," said Caroline Jones, assistant producer.
"First off, the lead boat pulling the test boat lost con-
trol and crashed into the bridge and the crew had to be
rescued.
"Then the pressure, pumping air into the sub-
merged pipes was so great the buoyancy so im-
mense the pipes broke free from what amounted to
more than a ton of weights that were positioned to pre-
vent just that from happening."
The experiment had failed.
"They don't want us to solve this mystery," re-
flected Paterson. "Everything was going splendidly
well. Then came the boat problems, the rains, and


Beware tides of fate
British Broadcasting Company director Nigel Paterson contemplates the folly of filming the secrets of the
Bermuda Triangle in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Joe Kane


squalls.
"In just 15 minutes, all hell broke loose," recalled
Paterson. "Four-foot surf caused our boat to break
loose from its mooring and beached a mile down the
coast. When we got all set up again, then waterspouts
chased us out of the water. The experiment from then
on was doomed. But we've come too far now. We will
be back."
The vigilant visitors are not vanquished. They'll
take a quick side trip to Pompano Beach to chat with
Charles Berlitz, who dreamed up this fantastic theory
that possibly a tremendous subterranean burst of gas
swallowed all objects in and around the area where
planes and ships disappeared, known as the Bermuda
Triangle.
The crew will have a few days lollygagging on the
beaches before checking into their London BBC office,
then it's back to the drawing board and a return into the
magical waters of Bradenton Beach.


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Another savior for Anna Maria parking woes


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
As if there weren't enough proposals floating
around to solve Anna Maria's decades-old parking
problem, a St. Petersburg-based company is now offer-
ing its services for a price to find an acceptable
solution.
Parktek LLC of St. Petersburg has written a letter
to Mayor SueLynn offering to develop a parking and
traffic management plan for the city for just $7,700.
Parktek's Phil Oropesa, who was the parking man-
ager for St. Petersburg for several years, attended the
May 28 special city commission meeting on parking
and made a brief presentation on Anna Maria's park-
ing issues.
With proposed commission parking solutions on,
hold until a report on available parking spaces within
the designated zone is completed by Baskerville-
Donovan Inc., the city's engineering firm, Parktek be-
lieves it can jump in with a viable alternative solution.
"As I mentioned at your meeting," said Oropesa,


"there is no silver bullet or one-size-fits-all solution.
There are, however, proven methods of crafting a plan
for your specific needs."
In a bit of an understatement, Oropesa said, "Your
city is a rarity, that you have the unique opportunity to
be proactive and creative, in many respects, on how
you address your traffic and parking management
needs."
He said that the increasing popularity of the city as
a destination and corresponding increase in traffic
"must be viewed as an opportunity, not a curse."
There are municipalities worldwide that spend mil-
lions of dollars trying to achieve a similar increase in
traffic.
"A well-thought-out plan, not a reaction to the in-
creased traffic demand, is essential for long-term, sus-
tainable success," he said.
Oropesa claims Anna Maria has three needs in a
parking plan.
A transportation and parking plan that mitigates
the effects of increased demand.


Code board gives property one more chance


By Paul Roat
One more chance. Again.
The Bradenton Beach Code Enforcement Board
has instructed Building Official Bob Welch and City
Attorney Jim Dye to attempt to work out the
longstanding problems with Patrick Handley's prop-
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"Longstanding" is probably an understatement to
describe the situation, since Handley and the city have
been at odds over his modest two-story home since at
least 1989, when the condition of his property first
came before the code enforcement board.
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city records do not concur with Handley's assertion that
the 1991 liens were absolved in the mid-1990s. None-
theless, Dye said the total liens against the property
"were about $275,000 a year ago."
The county property appraiser has a value on the
house and land of about $120,000, Dye added.
The recent problems with the property are mostly
focused on landscaping, Dye said. "The landscaping is
about ready to render the property invisible," he said.
Water and electric service to the property has been
kept to a minimum, Dye said, and the property appears
to be uninhabited.
In September 1999, Handley said he hoped to have
the house occupied soon.
Handley was not present at last week's code en-
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And "retaining the services of an experienced traf-
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"Partek believes in taking a holistic and human
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Oropesa proposes that the commission "step back
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In addition, he said the city should "identify the
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He also recommended the city "continue the dia-
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Oropesa said Parktek would work closely with the
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From its public workshops, along with discussions
with the mayor, city commissioners and BDI, Parktek
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work closely with BDI on the technical aspects of "plan
implementation and design."
Oropesa said preparation of a parking plan for the
city would likely take about three months before pre-
sentation to the commission.
Mayor SueLynn, who has spearheaded efforts by
the city to solve its parking problems since her election
in February 2002, said she would pass on the Parktek
proposal to city commissioners for discussion pur-
poses.
"Personally, I'm not in favor of getting yet another
study on the issue," she said, but it's up to the commis-
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Island schools receive accountability scores


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Elementary School got top honors
from the Manatee County School Board and main-
tained its "A" grade, while the Island Middle School
earned high points in its benchmark year in the Florida
Accountability Grading System.
The Florida Department of Education released the
school accountability grades this week and the news is
good for the Island schools.
The Florida Accountability Grading System in-
volves six key elements derived from the reading, writ-
ing and mathematics scores on the Florida Comprehen-
sive Assessment Test taken by students in March.


Grades are based on the total points earned, with
a score of 0-279 equaling an F, 280-319 earns a D, 320-
379 earns a C, 380-409 earns a B, and more than 410
is an A grade.
AME not only maintained its "A" grade but also
took top honors in the county for its total grade points
earned a whopping 496.
The school also received top honors from the
school board for its high performance in reading and
math. Ninety-nine percent of AME's students were
tested and 93 percent met high standards in reading and
85 percent achieved high standards in math.
IMS earned a 398 total grade points, which would
be a "B" grade. But, since this is the first year the


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and special weekly "Hats Off" children's reading pro-
grams are scheduled during July at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Klosky, former Islander who has gained fame in
painting as well as Chinese brush and ink, will be at the
library for questions and discussions when the exhibit
opens July 1..
Most of her exhibit will be collages, watercolors
and acrylics, but a number of her faces and figures in
brush and ink will be included in her "After the Fire
Retrospect," named for the loss of the family home to
a fire in 1995.
Melcher's exhibit will feature the animals she has
been creating for decades in linoleum, etchings, com-
puter and pen and ink. They include cats, birds, fish,
dogs, dragons and other imaginary creatures.
"Hats Off to Reading" will be the theme of July's
specials for children every Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. The
month's schedule:
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The library's July schedule of regular activities will
be as follows:
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a.m. (advance registration required, call 778-6341).
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school had a full sixth- through seventh-grade student
body, it will not receive an official accountability grade
until next year.
Ninety-three percent of IMS students were tested.
Of those, 72 percent met high standards of achievement
in reading and 59 percent met a high standard of
achievement in math.
Overall schools in Manatee County performed
well. Eighteen schools received an "A," 10 schools
received a "B," 14 received a "D" and only one school
received an "F."
For more information and a list of school grades
visit the Florida Department of Education Web site at
schoolgrades.fldoe.org.

AME principal

honored by state
Anna Maria Elementary School Principal Kathy
Hayes is one of five elementary school principals se-
lected statewide to receive the 2003 Principal Achieve-
ment Award by the Florida
Department of Education.
Hayes is one of 15 princi-
pals selected statewide. One
elementary, middle and high
School principal is selected
From each of the state's five
a 'regions.
Hayes is the elementary
school principal selected for
ve the Central West region,
Hayes which encompasses Mana-
tee, Hernando, Pasco,
Hillsborough, Polk, Pinellas, Hardee, DeSoto,
Sarasota, Charlotte, Glade, Highlands and Lee coun-
ties.
The award "recognizes exemplary principals for
their contributions to their schools and communities."
The program honors principals that have spearheaded
initiatives to increase student performance, promote
safe-learning environments and establish partnerships
with parents and community members.
The award will be presented at the Florida Associa-
tion of School Administrators conference to be held in
Orlando.
Hayes came to AME from Orange-Ridge Bullock
Elementary School in March after former AME prin-
cipal Tim Kolbe took a new position with the Manatee
County School District.

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THE ISLANDER U JUNE 25, 2003 M PAGE 15


Development

procedures outlined

in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Hoping to avoid a repeat of the problems it encoun-
tered when it approved the Villa Rosa project, Anna
Maria's planning and zoning board has prepared an
outline of development procedures that it hopes will be
incorporated into the city code in the very near future.
The outline was given to city planner Joel Freed-
man of Baskerville-Donovan Inc., the city's engineer-
ing firm, at the June 11 P&Z workshop.
Freedman will incorporate those recommendations
into a draft ordinance within 30 days and give board
members an update on his progress by June 23.
The P&Z wants Freedman to develop a four-step
process to be followed by potential developers of
projects in the city.
The four steps will include a preliminary develop-
ment conference, a site-plan application, site-plan ap-
proval and final approval.
In addition, Freedman will develop language relat-
ing to major and minor developments and procedures
for the city to charge developers for use of outside con-
sultants to review plans.
The development procedure will also note that rel-
evant state and federal approvals and permits must be
obtained by the developer before final approval by the
city.
The need to establish procedures became evident
when developers of the Villa Rosa subdivision on
South Bay Boulevard applied for approval last sum-
mer.
"Our code lacks procedures," said P&Z board
chairman Doug Copeland.
When Villa Rosa applied, the P&Z "realized we
had little control over development. We were lacking
requirements for a site plan, concurrency, consistency
and documentation."
Even the Villa Rosa developers said they were
confused because the city procedures did not tell them
exactly what they needed for city approval, Copeland
said.
The board, along with Mayor SueLynn, would like
to get something to the city commission as soon as
possible.
Copeland said he's heard reports of a few small
developments being considered, including a potential
condominium project, although no one has yet applied
for a permit.
Without established development procedures, the
city would be in the same boat as when Villa Rosa
applied if any new project is presented to the P&Z be-
fore new procedures are adopted by the city commis-
sion.

Islander to teach children
theater arts
Robin Rhodes of Anna Maria will begin a four-part
program Monday to bring children 6-12 years old into
the theater world, teaching at the Longboat Key Cen-
ter for the Arts.
She will join Abigail Akers, who will teach "clay
with your senses," including
a recipe for edible clay.
The series is on two Mon-
days and two Tuesdays, June
30-July 1 and July 7-8, at the
center, 6860 Longboat Drive.
The clay classes will be 10
a.m.-noon all four days, the
theater program noon-1:30
p.m. Cost is $60 per child.
Rhodes will teach the
Rhodes youngsters about acting, stage
direction, scenery, costumes,
projecting a movement, and a full-dress performance as
the final session. She said, "Children can cast away their
inhibitions before they become restrictive."
She is an actress, artist, ballroom dance teacher and
member of the Island Players theater group. Massachu-
setts-born and educated, she lives now on Anna Maria
Island.
Additional details may be obtained by calling 383-
2345.


Road block cleared Sunday
Richie Smith and Gary Blunden of the Holmes Beach Public Works Department were called into action
Sunday afternoon to remove an Australian pine tree limb which was blocking traffic at the east end of North
Harbor Drive. Several limbs from this tree broke, although only one crashed over the road during one of the
many torrential storms that have dumped almost 11 inches of rain on Anna Maria Island during the past week.
The crew promised to return for a thorough cleanup during regular hours. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


Witness fire demo

first-hand
Capt. Kurt Lathrop, deputy fire marshall of the
West Manatee Fire and Rescue District, is inviting Is-
land city officials and the public to a fire demonstration
to be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holmes Beach City
Hall.
Lathrop will be bringing a "fire sprinkler trailer" on
loan from the Florida Fire Chiefs Association to the
city to promote the use of fire-detection systems in Is-
land homes and businesses.
In the 17-foot trailer, Lathrop will ignite newspa-
pers in a trash can in the simulated kitchen, which will
catch fire to a set of curtains. The sprinkler system will
engage when the temperature of the fire reaches 155
degrees, according to Lathrop, and the "guests" in the
trailer (separated by a glass partition) will see first-hand
what the use of the system can do for fire prevention.
Viewers in the trailer will feel the heat, see and
smell the fire, and possibly get a little damp, Lathrop
said, "but it'll be worth it."
Lathrop said he hopes the demonstration will con-
vince homeowners and new home builders to install
sprinkler systems.


AID awards three

scholarships
By Katharine Wight
Islander Reporter
All Island Denominations has awarded three schol-
arships at $750 each. The scholarships were awarded
to three local women, including Tanya Marie Hasse, a
member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, who is receiv-
ing the scholarship for a sec-
ond year. Hasse is a senior
S' at the University of Florida
in Gainesville.
,l aa I Two members of the Is-
.y 1 .3 ^ ~ land Baptist church are re-
S-.. ceiving the scholarship for
the first time. Both are re-
S. : turning to school as mothers
of three children. Heather
'' Bosch will be completing
Hasse the requirements for a de-
gree in elementary educa-
tion at the University of South Florida. Laurie Goulet,
a substance abuse counselor, will be seeking an nurs-
ing degree at Manatee Community College.
The All Island Scholarship program is an ongoing
program offering assistance to Island residents or
church members wishing to begin or continue in the
realm of higher education. Applications may be ob-
tained in any one of the Island church offices.


THEBEST10YEARS


Headlines in the June 24, 1993, issue of
The Islander announced:
The Holmes Beach City Commission said the
S.inty's recycling plan was "garbage" and planned to
opose the plan with a resolution at its July 6 meeting.
Island cities were asked by The Islander to have
:heir respective city commissions vote to request that
;ne Florida Department of Environmental Protection
rescind any permits authorizing the Florida Department
of Transportation to build a new Manatee Avenue
bridge to the Island.
Representatives of the Moose Lodge in
Bradenton Beach voted to oppose granting the city a 5-
by-8-foot drainage easment for the planned traffic
circle at Bridge Street and Gulf Drive, citing drainage
concerns.


Obituaries

Aladine Leslie Davis
Aladine Leslie Davis, 88, of Anna Maria, died June
15.
Born in Dothan, Ala., Ms. Davis came to Manatee
County from Alabama. She was a homemaker. She
attended Island Baptist Church.
Memorial services were June 24 at Skyway Memo-
rial Gardens, Palmetto. Memorial contributions may be
made to the church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
FL 34216. Bradenton Funeral Home was in charge of
arrangements.
She is survived by daughters Josephine Carter of
Anna Maria and Mary Ethel Stevens of Alba; sisters
Sylvia Sellers of Washington, D.C., and Guilda
Simmons of Orlando; brothers William A. Britt and
Leslie Lee Britt, both of Bradenton; eight grandchil-
dren; and 11 great-grandchildren.


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Anna Maria code enforcement job has unwanted pressure


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Code Enforcement Officer Gerry
Rathvon may have the most thankless job in the city.
She's the city staff member charged with investi-
gating complaints about code violations and, it's safe
to say, a lot of people don't welcome her with open
arms when she shows up at their home.
She has a hard time making some people under-
stand that she's not there just to "bust anybody's
chops," and she's not in the business of "selective en-
forcement.
"But just a few people just don't understand when
I go to them on a code violation complaint that I'm just
doing my job as defined by the city," said Rathvon,
who works just two days a week.
"People think I'm picking on them and that's not
the case," she said.
"I'm following the city guidelines, but some
people become very belligerent with me. I always try
to maintain my composure and be polite and explain
the city policy and what their options are and how to
correct a problem. I'm just out there trying to do a pro-
fessional job."
Despite some public perception otherwise, code
enforcement does follow city policy and procedure,
said Mayor SueLynn.
"At present, the city commission policy is for the
code enforcement officer to be reactive to complaints,
not pro-active," said the mayor.
That means Rathvon doesn't drive around the city
looking for violations, although just a few city residents
seem to think otherwise.
Complaints about code violations are either chan-
neled through the mayor's office, given directly to
Rathvon, or left in her in basket.
"But we do follow up on anonymous com-
plaints," said the mayor, and maybe that's part of the
problem.
"Some people feel because they can remain anony-
mous, they can complain about everyone and every-
thing, including their neighbors," she said.
"We could be like some other cities and require
complainants to sign a complaint form, but that's a
policy decision the city commission would have to set,"


the mayor observed.
She and Rathvon noted, however, that Anna Maria
has many elderly residents who are afraid of retribution
if required to sign a complaint.
"So in a way, I agree with the anonymous system,"
said Rathvon.
But she often bears the brunt of someone's wrath
when they are confronted with a violation complaint
that she is duty-bound to investigate.
"There's a lot of undue pressure in this job," she
conceded.
"Most people are very nice when I go to them with
a complaint, it's just a few who are not so nice. But I'm
always polite and professional."
And anyone who gets a written notice to comply
within a certain time frame always gets an extension if
they call her.
Some people also don't realize she's not the final
authority on code enforcement violations. That's the
job of the code enforcement board.


i Politely
by the
code book
JI Anna Maria
Code Enforce-
'.W O ment Officer
Gerry
Rathvon tries
to do her job
inaprofes-
S- sional and
'courteous
manner, but
right. ooccasionally
takes some
wk verbal abuse
for investigat-
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plaints.
Islander
Photo: Rick
Catlin


The city commission can also grant exceptions to
right of way violations.
Rathvon works just two days a week, but given the
ever-increasing number of complaints and paper work
involved, will work up to 24 hours a week.
Beyond that, said Rathvon, the city would have to
hire either another part-time code enforcement officer
or a full-time officer. She's happy with her current
work schedule.
If the city became pro-active in code enforcement,
Rathvon said she could drive down just one city street
and probably come up with enough complaints for an
entire week of work.
"After 30 years in code enforcement, it would be
easy to spot infractions," said Rathvon. "But that's not
what I do."
Rathvon, who was once the full-time Bradenton
Beach code enforcement officer, was hired as the city's
part-time CEO after Chuck White resigned in Decem-
ber 2001.


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It's all about "capturing the moment," to win prizes
and have your photo featured on the cover of The Is-
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The first of eight weekly winning photos is fea-
tired this week. and more weekly entries are sought
through Aug. 1 3. The %%eekly prize is $50 and one of
the newspaper's ""More Than a Mullet Wrapper" T-
shirts. One snapshot will be chosen from the weekly
winners to be the grand prize winner with prizes and
gift certificates awarded by the newspaper and local
merchants.


The deadline for each week's submissions is Friday.
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landscapes and scenics, candid unposed snapshots,
action, humor and animal pictures. Nothing is over-
looked, 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
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Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
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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-
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Photos without labels will be disqualified. Addi-
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Islander photo contest rules
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less than 5 percent of their income from photography.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after Jan. 1,
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THE ISLANDER M JUNE 25, 2003 1 PAGE 17


New season schedule at Island Players


By Katharine Wight
Islander Reporter
Following this week's production of Shakespeare's
"Twelfth Night," the Island Players will begin gearing
up for the 2003-04 season.


'Twelfth Night' serendades
through Saturday
Shakespeare on the Island runs through Saturday,
June 28, at Island Players theater in Anna Maria,
featuring Heather Kopp as Olivia and Mark Shoe-
maker as Feste the Clown. Curtain times for
"Twelfth Night" are 8 p.m. for the four remaining
nightly performances and tickets are $10. For
information and ticket orders, call the box office at
778-5755 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or one hour before
performances. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


Not only will there be a new season of five top-notch
productions, crews will begin pulling out the old seats and
installing new ones along with new carpeting immediately
following the Shakespeare offering this week.
Island Players is always improving the little theater
in Anna Maria that first began offering live theater on
the Island in 1948.
For the 55th season at Island Players, five plays
will be produced.
Opening the season in October is "The Nerd," writ-
ten by Larry Shue. It's an inventive comedy with a
twist ending, centered around the anticipated meeting
between a young architect and the man who saved his
life in Vietnam. Auditions are Aug. 24 and the produc-
tion will run Oct. 2-12. The production will be helmed
by Kelly Woodland, director of "Twelfth Night," cur-
rently running at the Players.
"Gun-Shy," to be directed by Phyllis Elfenbein,
will be auditioning Oct. 12 for its Nov. 13-23 run.
Written by Richard Dresser, the comedy is about mar-
riage, divorce, infidelity, infertility, incompatibility and
other pitfalls on the road to love.
Woodland returns to direct "Crimes of the Heart,"


written by Beth Henley. Auditions for this Pulitzer-
Prize-winning piece about three young sisters in Mis-
sissippi will be held Nov. 16 and the play will run Jan.
8-25.
Elfenbein will direct her second show of the sea-
son, "Over the River and Through the Woods," a heart-
warming comedy encompassing generations of an Ital-
ian-American family. The play was written by Joe
DiPietro. Auditions will be held Jan. 11, and the pro-
duction will run March 6-16.
The season will close with director Preston Boyd,
a drama teacher at St. Stephen's Episcopal School of
Bradenton and an accomplished director, tackling the
experimental comedy "Greater Tuna," written by
Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Auditions
are March 14 and the play will run May 6-16.
All auditions are at 7:30 p.m. on the respective
dates. The play scripts are available for perusal at the
Island Branch library, located at 5701 Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach.
Tickets are $65 for the season, or $15 for an indi-
vidual show, and may be obtained by calling the box
office at 778-5755.

Players season
finale, awards
Island Players' theater board of
directors wrapped up its 2002-03
season with awards and dinner
at the Seafood Shack. Artistic
staff members received recogni-
tion for years of service to the
theater and the top award for
outstanding service to the Island
Players, the Igo Award, named
for founder Harold Igo, was
presented by President Alice
Doeden, left, to Marilyn Moroni,
president of the Off Stage Ladies.
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Privateens set standards during 2002.03 school year


By Chris Teofilak
Islander Correspondent
Volunteering is the last thing on most teens' minds
at 1 a.m., but Privateen Ben Miller is helping to raise
money for the Anna Maria Island Privateers scholar-
ship fund by prepping fish for a mullet smoke.
The Privateens, an organization of high school stu-
dents, assist the Privateers in fundraising activities for
scholarships and help the community, while at the same
time earning volunteer credit hours.
Miller, president of the Privateens, saw the club
grow from a couple of friends into 38 members in just
its second year of existence. Even after volunteering in
the middle of the night, Miller admits the Privateens
have had a positive impact on his life in the long run.
"I want to stay active in the community even as I
leave the Privateens." Miller said.
Dr. Liz Christie, the club's sponsor and treasurer
of the Privateers, founded the teen organization at
Manatee High School to help get kids involved in the
Island community.
"Our goal is to show the kids how good it feels to
help the community," Christie said.


Four Island students
By Katharine Wight
Islander Reporter
Four middle school students from Anna Maria Is-
land received state awards at an assembly at New Col-
lege, after qualifying for the Duke University Talent
Identification Program. Hayne Brousseau, Bradley
Bryant, Josh Scheible and Bradley Stemm were recog-
nized for their academic achievements.
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dents who test above a certain level on the SAT or ACT
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Among the many events the Privateens participated
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hours of community service, according to Christie.
"We really didn't realize we were helping the com-
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said Privateen member Carlo Petrillo.
The high point of the year came with a spectacu-
lar showing at the Desoto Bottle Boat Regatta as the
Privateens placed first in the high school division and
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"Building the bottle boat took the entire club to
manage," said Brian Martin, Privateen vice president.
"It required skill and teamwork."
In culmination of such a successful year, the
Privateens helped raise the total of $9,000 for this
year's Privateers scholarship fund, which recently re-
warded seven students for their scholastic achieve-
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Nicole Witton of Manatee High School won the
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Erica Hoggatt and Ben Miller of MHS, along with
Amber Becerra and Brian Stephenson of Bayshore
High School, each won a $1,000 scholarship.
Megan Brady and Angela Joseph were each
awarded $1,000 renewal scholarships.


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Brousseau, who attends the Center for Education
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economics course at Appalachia State. Bryant, a stu-
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Davidson campus. Scheible, a student at Island Middle
School, and Bryant, who attends King Middle School, '
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 25, 2003 N PAGE 21


Fire tax increase for Island property owners


By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
Property owners in the West Manatee Fire and
Rescue District, including all of Anna Maria Island,
will pay more fire tax this year because of increases in
firefighters' insurance.
"There's been a tremendous increase in insurance
cost for our personnel," said Andy Price, chief of
WMFR. "Worker's compensation insurance, pension
and health insurance all have drastically increased."
At the monthly fire commission meeting Thursday,
June 19, Chief Price worked with the commission on
next year's budget.
The 2003-04 budget of almost $4 million will be
voted on at the July 17 monthly fire commission meet-
ing held at 6 p.m. at Station No. I in Holmes Beach.
"Should the budget be approved, an owner of a
typical 2,000-square-foot home would pay $173.78,
around $18 more than this year," said Price.
The fire department has benefited by the increase
of cell phone usage with revenue from a cell tower
lease. Fire commissioners briefly discussed an offer to
place an additional cell phone tower at the Cortez sta-
tion at 100th Street and Cortez Road.
Should commissioners approve the AT&T cell

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June 14, 400 N. Bay Blvd., Bayfront Park, found
property. An remote-operated alarm device was found
on the ground at the park. According to the report, the
owner called to report his remote missing and the prop-
erty was returned to him via mail.

Bradenton Beach
June 11, Church Avenue, stolen tag. A woman re-
ported the tag stolen from her vehicle.
June 14, 400 block of 20th Place N., stolen boat. A
man reported a boat stolen from his dock. According
to the report, Holmes Beach police found the boat adrift
in the Intracoastal Waterway and had it towed to the
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on the door for help. McGlynn's quick thinking and
brawn resulted in a quick rescue. Also cited for heroism
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tower lease, the fire district would receive more than
$20,000, earmarked for training facilities at the Cortez


According to the report, a man was arrested for disor-
derly intoxication after he refused to leave a tavern and
refused to allow police to take him home.
June 15, 2500 block of Avenue C, criminal mis-
chief. A man reported that a concrete landscaping brick
was thrown at his parked Mazda Miata causing an es-
timated $1,000-plus in damages.
June 16, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Sandpiper Mobile
Home Park, criminal mischief. Three juveniles were
arrested after a police officer witnessed them knock off
a plastic light-fixture cover at. the park entrance. Ac-
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have a huge $900 American flag flapping in the breeze.
"Financially, we have been able to manage quite
well," said Price.
"There's $1.6 million in the bank, although it is
restricted to repair expenses and replacement of equip-
ment, as well as to pay salaries while awaiting assess-
ment fees."
Commissioners expressed concern over their per-
ceived lack of income from the county's explosive
population boom. "We should be getting our share of
the money from the county's impact fees," said com-
mission chairman Jesse Davis.
This year, impact fees have generated $9,000 for
the fire district. "These impact fees can only be used for
new purchase of equipment, stations or vehicles," said
Price, "not for replacement or normal operating costs."
Because the Island is virtually built out, growth
is very limited, resulting in minimal impact fees.
"Where there is growth, there's funding," said Price.
"The Island has very little growth, so very little im-
pact fees."
Price has served in the fire department for 23 years,
and has been chief of the district's four stations for 12
years.


serving an eviction notice.
June 15, 100 block of Aqua Lane, information.
Officers followed up with a woman whose house had
been "egged." According to the report, the woman
filed a complaint with the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce and the Holmes Beach mayor re-
garding the incident, which took place earlier in the
month.
June 15, 200 block of 75th Street, criminal mis-
chief. According to the report, a man returned home
and found all of his water hoses turned on and the
phone lines pulled from the back of the house. In ad-
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Islander adult soccer team kicks grass!


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
The Islanders 7-v-7 adult soccer team smoked five
straight opponents to reach the championship game of
the 7-v-7 World Cup Tournament at the Sarasota Foot-
ball Club Tuesday, June 10.
Sadly, the Islanders dropped a competitive 5-3 fi-
nal game to a strong Tecos team to finish the tourney
with a 5-1 record, despite being the oldest team and
missing several players due to injuries.
The short-handed Islanders fell behind 2-0 early in
the contest thanks to a few errant passes that gave the
Tecos squad the ball with numbers on their side.
The Islanders halved the score midway through the
first half when Lazlo Halmi chipped the ball to Dave
Farmer, who headed the ball down from his position at
the far post to pull to within one goal.
Late in the first half, the Islanders again fell victim
to a bad pass to again trail by two goals going into the
second half.
The Islanders pulled to within one goal early in the
second half by utilizing a nice possession game. After
stringing several passes together, the Islanders were hold-
ing the ball in the Tecos defensive third. Raul Gomez took
a pass and held it in the comer before spotting defender
Matt Kaine coming forward and asking for the ball. Kaine
took one touch before lofting a left-footed chip over the
goalie's head to make the score 3-2.
Ten minutes later, Dave Farmer took a throw in his
own end from goalie Todd Konen and quickly dribbled
up field where he unleashed a shot from 20 yards.
Farmer's shot was wide, but your sports writer ba-
sically sitting in a lawn chair at the far post fell out


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The Islanders adult soccer team: Kevin Cassidy, Brett McIntosh, Bill Romberger, Dave Farmer, Lazlo Halmi,
Todd Konen, Sean Dehart, Raul Gomez, Matt Bowers and Matt Kaine. Not pictured: Ken Bowers, lan


Fairweather and Rich Bell.

of his chair to get a left foot on the ball and volley it into
the far post. The ball caromed off the post and rolled
along the goal line before finally crossing over with the
tying goal.
Unfortunately for the Islanders, Tecos retook the
lead minutes later on a great counter-attack goal and
later added an insurance goal to claim the champion-
ship.
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onship game was a feat in itself. Their semifinal game
was against Sporting Peru, which has been one of the
stronger teams in the league.
The Islanders fell behind Sporting Peru by a 1-0
score, but incredibly recovered to record a 4-2 win to
advance to the finals.
With 12 minutes left to play in the Peru game,

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Dave Farmer got taken down in the box, giving the
Islanders a penalty kick. Farmer's kick rebounded off
the post to a Sporting Peru player who one-timed it
with a back heel kick to give his teammate a one-on-
one opportunity that he converted for a 2-0 lead.
Undaunted, the Islanders came back as Farmer
took another pass and dribbled into the box and again
ended up on the turf. The Peru goalie came off his line
and, thinking he'd been awarded another penalty kick,
berated the referee and was ejected. Sporting Peru now
had to play a man down and without their starting
goalie and the Islanders capitalized.
Dave Farmer quickly halved the score with a
rocket from 25 yards to-pull to 2-1 with under nine
minutes to play.
The Islanders tied the score a few minutes later
when (actually playing on field) I took a pass from
Brett McIntosh, dribbled forward and passed to Bill
Romberger, who was stationed at the near post.
Romberger somehow held the ball for what seemed
like an eternity before turning and poking it past the
goalie to tie the score.
The Islanders scored the game-winner a minute
later when Romberger hit a long ball to Lazlo Halmi,
who headed it to the far post for a 3-2 lead. Farmer
added the insurance goal when he volleyed a flick-on
by Halmi into the net as the final whistle sounded.
A major key to the nice run through the tourney by the
Islanders was the play of defenders McIntosh, Matt Bow-
ers, Matt Kaine, Sean Dehart and goalie Todd Konen.
They combined to allow only nine goals in the tourney,
which was the lowest of all the teams that played.
Members of the team that grew up .playing at the
Anna Maria Island Youth Center include Matt and Ken
Bowers, McIntosh, Rich Bell, Ian Fairweather and myself.
Romberger, owner/operator of the Tropic Isle Inn,
is an Island resident, while Raul Gomez is a former
Islander.

700 turn up for 'The Order of the Phoenix'
Books-A-Million hosted a Harry Potter party Fri-
day, June 20, to officially launch J.K. Rowling's new-
est installment, "The Order of the Phoenix," which is
the fifth in a series of seven books chronicling the life
of Harry Potter, a young wizard who attends Hogwarts
School of Witchcraft & Wizardry.
Close to 700 kids and adults attended the party at
the store, located at the Bradenton Books-A-Million,


Christian Cornell, (Ron Weasley) Mitchel Maloney,
(Harry Potter) and Savannah Maloney (Hermione
Granger) were a few of the 700 or so Harry Potter
fans that turned up at the Bradenton Books-A-Million
to purchase "The Order of the Phoenix, the fifth
installment in the popular kids' series by J.K.
Rowling.


Islanders Vajra Moreno and Zach Evans went to the
Harry Potter party at Books-A-Million in Bradenton
to purchase their copy of "The Order of the Phoe-
nix, the fifth installment in the unbelievably popular
kids' series by J.K. Rowling.
while stores all over the world experienced similar or
better attendance.
The local party included a costume contest, face
painting, trivia contests and a chance to be one of the
first people to get their hands on the long-anticipated
fifth installment of the series.
This writer a definite Harry Potter fan ran
into a multitude of friendly faces, including Islanders
Zach Evans and Vajra Moreno, who also have been
waiting anxiously for this new book.
As one minute past midnight actually 12:07
p.m. by my clock finally arrived, the distribution of


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the books went surprisingly fast, though I wasn't wor-
ried. I had one of my former students cash my voucher
for my copy of the book.
By the way, it was 1:35 p.m. Sunday, June 22,
when I found out that Harry and Voldemort ....
Wait! I can't do it. You'll have to read all 890
pages yourself or you can wait for the movie.

Umpire clinic on tap
Here's your chance to show everybody how it's
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If you're interested in becoming one of the men in
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them at HeyBlue099@aol.com.

Basketball news
Manatee County Parks & Recreation wants to let
all Island sports enthusiasts know that its summer sea-
son of basketball is coming up. Players age 5-17 wish-
ing to participate in the next season can register during
the entire month of July at Bradenton's G.T. Bray Park
gymnasium.
A birth certificate is required and the cost is $40
per player. For more information, call 742-5926.

Adult basketball at Center
Don't forget adult basketball on Wednesday nights
from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
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For information, call the Center at 778-1908.

Dolphin football season on the horizon
The Anna Maria Island Community Center an-
nounces that registration for its third season of tackle
football in the Police Athletic League is under way.
The Dolphins will be back to defend its 2002 Junior
Varsity PAL Superbowl championship.
All registrations must include a copy of the
player's birth certificate and parental permission. Var-
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weight limit. JV players must be less than 160 pounds
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Removing invasive exotics from paradise


By Preston Whaley Jr.
Islander Correspondent
Dressed in protective clothing and wielding effec-
tive tools, Anna Maria City volunteer Robin Wall went
to work Thursday morning to root out exotic plants that
weaken the Island's beach-dune habitat.
It was 10 a.m. The sun was hot and a whiff of red
tide blew in from the south. Nearby, two men were
smoothing off the still-soft concrete of a just-poured
sidewalk. Gulls were swirling over the shoreline and
pelicans occasionally flew overhead in pairs. The noise
of a yard blower blasting debris filled the air like loud
static swarms a TV screen.
Wall donning camouflage leg guards, boots,
gloves, visor and Terminator-like eyeshades was
busy ending the invasive careers of such far-flung,
invasive, non-native plants as mother-in-laws tongue,
asparagus fern, oyster plant and the ever-present Bra-
zilian pepper. The offending exotics were piled in a
heap on the boardwalk that arches over the dune at the
end of Willow Avenue.
Wall is a biologist by education and a member of
the Florida Native Plant Society, which seeks to pro-
tect Florida's biodiversity and unique natural heritage.
She has lived in the area since 1996 and became a per-
manent resident of Anna Maria last December.
She's also a volunteer for the city's beautification
committee. Among its several goals, the Environmen-
tal, Education and Enhancement Committee hopes to
restore native habitat to four public areas at city hall,
the historical park on Pine Avenue, the shore near the
Anna Maria City Pier, and at the public beach dune,
where Wall is working.
Wall's small stature renders her as a mere pest to
the beast in this vast scrub of invasive trees and plants
that stretches between Magnolia and Spring avenues.
The exotics seem to congenially mingle with the native
flora of button mangrove, sea grapes, sea oats and dune
grasses. But Wall says they're crowding them out.
And she's right. For example, a quick glance reveals
thickets of mother-in-law tongue, where there might oth-
erwise be mangrove, cabbage palm or sea grape.
She says the exotic plants use up the valuable plant
resources of soil and water.
In contrast to native species, an exotic plant's root
system usually grows shallow. It adheres poorly to sand
and frequently fails to stabilize dunes against the subtle
erosions and hard pounding of wind, waves and tidal
surges.
And as the dunes go, so goes the Island, until man-
kind resorts to expensive renourishments, sea walls and
other such solutions to keep it from washing away.
As Wall puts it, dunes are the "first line of defense"
for a barrier island. More authoritatively, the Florida
Oceanographic Society says dunes are a "barrier to salt
intrusion ... and protect land behind dunes from ero-
sion."
Wall said she'd recently attended a two-day FNPS
conference on Sanibel Island. There, she obtained data
from the Frannie's Habitats Study, where exotics had
been removed from several local habitat types in 2000.


New plants, tree
Volunteers spent part of Memorial Day weekend at Anna Maria City Hall planting a sugarberry tree and
other native plants. They're working to create a native habitat that will be both a place to enjoy and a re-
source for learning about the environment and native landscaping. Pictured, from left, Tim Eiseler, Mike
Miller, Kate Eiseler and Mark Alonso. Islander Photo: Preston Whaley Jr.


The results were impressive, she said. After two years,
the numbers of native species in a marsh habitat grew
from 20 to 82 native species. In the same time period,
a savanna a grassland containing scattered trees -
increased from 80 plant types to 137. A palmetto area
jumped from 52 species to 168.
And as the plant species increase, so does the wild-
life. Restore a dune, for example, and watch the native
insects, birds, and gopher tortoises begin to flourish,
Wall says.
Wall is passionate about Anna Maria. "I just love it.
It's so beautiful." She's been a faithful volunteer, uproot-
ing invasive exotics and planting native species at most of
the city's natural areas. She's passionate about maintain-
ing and building up the Island's biodiversity.
And she's not alone.
On Sunday, over Memorial Day weekend, Wall
joined several volunteers at city hall to plant approxi-
mately 13 native plant varieties and a sugarberry tree.
Mike Miller, city volunteer and master planner of
the city hall landscape, said the sugarberry "is one of
a handful of native canopy trees that will grow"on the
Island. He pointed to the prehistoric native fern-like
coontie plant and called it "the ultimate low-level land
plant. No water. No maintenance. That's the goal."
He's been nurturing the landscape at city hall and other
public property in the city for 13 years.
Tim Eiseler, another volunteer and chair of the EEEC,
said "Anna Maria is on the cutting edge" of barrier islands
that foster native habitat. "And it's the people who don't
live here that recognize that," he added.
Eiseler and Miller call city hall's landscape a "pro-
totype maritime forest." Along with areas in Sanibel,
Anna Maria's city hall and its other preserves are fast


Taking out exotics
Anna Maria resident Robin Wall works as a volunteer to remove mother-in-laws tongue and other invasive
species from the eqc.h dune.preser'e behind Willow A'venue. .Islander P.hoto; Preston Whaley Jr .


becoming an educational resource for residents, visi-
tors, researchers and other barrier island communities
looking to restore their native environments.
City hall is an example of the type of landscape that
can grow yards on Anna Maria Island. Most of the
plants, shrubs and trees are labeled, so you can see for
yourself what's possible and what you like. Plant the
right trees, shrubs, and grasses in the right location, and
you can have a native paradise at home.
Thus the EEEC supports the removal of invasive
exotics and replacing them with native alternatives.
The committee is currently looking into obtaining
grants to help them continue their work with the city's
public property.
Eiseler said, "I don't like to argue with people
about the [Australian] pines," for example. He added,
"we're just trying to provide an opportunity for people
to educate themselves and make up their own minds"
about the benefits of maintaining and supporting the
Island's natural heritage.
For example, Robin Wall said, several of the spe-
cies invading the dunes, like the mother-in-laws
tongue, asparagus fern and oyster plant, come from
residential landscapes.
As for the pines, the problem with them is that their
root systems are shallow. They topple easily, and that's
dangerous.
In addition, Manatee County Ecosystems Manager
Charlie Hunsicker said, "From an evolutionary stand-
point, natives are not adapted to the pines." The pines
block the sun and their decomposing "needles" release
a harmful acid into the soil. Native plants can't grow
in such an environment, but exotics can.
Moreover, the pines are prolific reproducers. They
can dominate an entire area quickly.
Still, many people are enamored with the pines,
due in part to the tree's imposing grace, terrific shade,
and the way the needles whistle in the breeze.
It's a difficult dilemma.
Miller said there aren't near as many pines on the
Island as there used to be, an observation that may point
toward a solution of gradual removal and replacement.
Bradenton resident Drew Hudson, who visits the
Island regularly and, in particular, likes to go to the
beach to swim, said, "The way I look at it is that people
are part of the environment, too. I don't know how
much good you're doing when your environmentalism
upsets a lot of people."
Thus, some people say take out a pine here and a
pine there. Remove them gradually. Replace them with
gumbo limbos, sand oaks, live oaks, sugarberries, and
big sea grape trees. No need for a chainsaw massacre.
Help the pines fade away slowly, instead. The environ-
ment will come back.
If you want to learn more, go to the city hall park
and look around. Chances are you'll find Miller or
some other volunteer with time to chat. Also, the EEEC
has a Web page and sponsors a book shelf at the Island
Branch Library. You'll find the EEEC link at
www.cityofannamaria.com..









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Wednesday, June 25
8 to 9 a.m. "Good Morning, Longboat" continen-
tal breakfast at the Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. In-
formation: 387-9519.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.
6:30 to 8 p.m. Financial workshop with Mike
Valley and Glori Fernandez at 3226 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 779-2499.

Thursday, June 26
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP 55 Alive at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 776-1158.

Friday, June 27
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP 55 Alive at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 776-1158.

Saturday, June 28
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holmes Beach micro-
skatepark grand opening at Holmes Beach City Park,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
10:30 a.m. --K-9 Rescue presentation at the Peli-
can Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.

Tuesday, July 1
7:30 a.m.-- Business Network International meet-
ing at the Hilton Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-5543.
1 to 4 p.m. Veteran's Service officers at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 749-3030.
2 to 3 p.m. -Children's program at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-6341.
Wednesday, July 2
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regular's meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.

Ongoing:
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer Camp at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, through Aug. 8. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
Vacation Bible School at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, through
June 27. Information: 778-4769. Fee applies.
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Tales from the Island


By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
Do you crave solitude over crowds? Does a
word or expression arouse excitement? You may
be a writer.
Some writers on the Island have banded to-
gether and formed the Gulf Coast Writers of Anna
Maria Island, and recently
published,"As It Is Written," a
collection of raw talent itching
to be expressed.
Almost two dozen Island-
ers contributed short stories, po-
ems, memories and haiku in
this publication available for -.
reading at the Island Branch -.
Library in Holmes Beach. i C
There's a haunting auto-
biographical story,"The Only
Time Dad Took Me Camp-
ing," by Jerry Perry, who cap-
tures the sadness and empti-
ness of a relationship.
Perry, who also chairs the
Gulf Coast Writers, echoes
the universal reason why
someone writes. "I write be-
cause I have to," Perry admitted.
For 22 years as a professor of mass communi-
cations at Eastern Kentucky University, Perry rev-
eled in tapping the artistic talents of his students.
And readers may now revel in Perry's parable
of a far-off galaxy inhabited by a certain Dr. Light
and his little cannibalistic creatures. Not to worry.
There's a happy ending.
But this is not a book of just happy talk, but
rather a record of inner turmoil that preys on all of
us. It's because of this quiet desperation we all
share, some must write. The role of a writer, Will-


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volleyball game on Family Day.
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to peruse "Gulf Coast Writers." You will love it and
you may find you too are a scribbler yearning to
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Gala re-opening party at Island Gallery West July
4.
Gulf Coast Writer's summer workshop at the Is-
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Friend's book club at the Island Branch Library
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How wet it really is, really: At least ducks are happy


Last week's wet weather by my math, better
than 11 inches of rain fell on parts of Anna Maria Is-
land brought to mind a trip to Seattle a while ago.
Washington has about the same annual rainfall as
Florida, something like 56 inches, but unlike the Sun-
shine State and our summertime downpours, Washing-
ton gets its rain spread out pretty much equally all day,
every day, 365 days of the year.
I found that after a while you didn't notice that it
was raining. In talking to folks there, they certainly
didn't notice it was raining. In fact, a lot of the Seattle
residents couldn't remember the last time they saw the
sun, and a whole lot of 'em didn't care.
It is perhaps an urban legend, but Seattle reputedly
leads the nation in sales of windshield-wiper blades and
sunglasses. The wiper blades makes sense, I guess,
since it seems to drizzle all the time, and the sunglasses
make sense too, since it's so long between bouts of
sunshine that nobody can remember where they last left
their shades.
Seattle is about as far from Florida as you can go
and still be in the continental United States, yet I found
a whole slew of similarities between the two regions.
They're water-based, as are we, with a tremendous sea-
food industry. Dungeness crab versus stone crab,
salmon versus mullet, clams versus conch varieties
differ, but the same type of seafood abounds in both of
our worlds.
Pike Street Market was a true treasure. The place
is this long, rambling set of buildings where you can
buy just about anything seafood related and plenty
that's not. Most of the seafood was swimming or
perched on rocks the day before, it's that fresh.
Veggies, blue jeans, superb coffee, panhandlers, weird
fish hawkers, you name it and you'll find it at the mar-
ket. I've never known another place like it.
The reason for my visit was to attend a conference
on estuaries during a stint working for the government.
I will proudly proclaim that I was, for a few days at
least, spending your tax dollars while not doing very
much work. Thank you.
One of the folks I met at the seminars was with the
Galveston Bay National Estuary Program in Texas. He
was lamenting the problems they've got over there,


such as oil tankers pumping out bilges in the harbor,
medical waste washing up on shore and factories ille-
gally discharging pollutants into the bay.
I felt a little bad when I told him we've got our own
"problems" in Sarasota Bay: stormwater runoff carry-
ing fertilizer and pesticides into the bays, development
eliminating natural habitat, watercraft threatening
manatees.
He shook his head and walked away, stiffing me
with the bar bill. I guess I deserved it, based on our
"who has it worse" conversation.
Having spent most of my time along the shores of
the bays or the Gulf of Mexico, I hadn't realized quite
what a big body of water the Pacific Ocean is until I
drove from Seattle to fly back from San Francisco.
More to the point, I hadn't grasped the true nature of
the term "fetch" until I was out there.
Fetch is the distance a wave travels as it reaches
land. In the Gulf, even during storms, the fetch is sel-
dom more than a score of feet. Along the Pacific coast,
it can be better than 100 feet.
The first beach I stopped at had coarse yellow sand.
Waves were moderate maybe 8 feet high or so -
and as a dumb Florida guy, I strolled down toward the
water's edge to watch the water, only to have to sprint
back as a wave tried to eat my shoes.
There's also a thing called lumber in the wave
zone, detritus from the logging industry, that makes
swimming or surfing somewhat challenging. There's
nothing like body surfing alongside a 150-foot-long log
to kick up the old heart rate.
I'll take our 4 inches of rain in one day any day
over a constant drizzle spread out across the whole
year.


Meteor-Earth impact real fish killer
Scientists believe a meteor strike about 380 mil-
lion years ago probably wiped out most of the fish
population on Earth. Since about the only thing on
the planet back then was fish, it must have been a
pretty big deal.
Geologists from Louisiana, Texas and Morocco
have found traces of the really big rock hitting us in
layers of minerals dating back to that time period. A
mass extinction of sea life followed.
It obviously was a big deal back then, but not as
significant as results of another meteor that hit Earth
about 65 million years ago and wiped out the dinosaurs.
Scientists now suspect that meteors have played a
pretty big role in the evolution of life on our planet.

Advertising works!
We at The Islander have found over the years
that there are three things you read religiously in the
newspaper: the police reports, the real estate trans-
actions, and the classified ads. The following ad
from the Atlanta Journal garnered more than 15,000
responses.
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ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good-looking girl
who loves to play. I love long walks in the woods,
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hand. Rub me the right way and watch me respond.
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The Atlanta Humane Society was deluged with
calls from people who wanted to speak to Daisy, an
eight-week-old black Labrador retriever.

Sandscript factoid
According to the 26th edition of the "Florida Hand-
book," "In Florida, the sun shines about two-thirds of
the time sunlight is possible."
But perhaps not last week?


Islander break
Actually, it's a potty break for Kylah Lowe for Islander reading time. She came a long way for her
paper -from China, where she was adopted recently by Kathi and Andy Lowe, who live in Mis-
souri. The 1-year-old is granddaughter of Leah and Andy Lowe of Holmes Beach and niece of
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Rain dampens fishing, but trout still good bet


By Capt. Mike Heistand
Rain, rain and rain was fishing in a word for last
week. Wet weather and lots of stormwater runoff pro-
duced a gloomy week of angler action, but for those
who were willing to brave the elements, there were a
few good reports of catch-and-release snook and trout
in the backwater.
Offshore fishing for grouper and snapper remains
good, and there were several small sharks caught to the
north.
Tarpon are still moving around in Tampa Bay and
off the beaches.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle tells
me that trout fishing on the seagrass flats is producing
excellent results for wade fishers. Tarpon are still be-
ing caught off the beaches and in Tampa Bay, he added.
Capt. Brian Kuslick said he's still catching tarpon
on almost every trip he can make between thunder-
storms. Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on
Cortez Road said he's reeling in catch-and-release
snook to 29 inches in length, redfish to 26 inches, and
trout to 22 inches, all on artificial bait.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said all
the rain last week hurt fishing a bit, but for those who
didn't mind getting' wet, there were good reports of tar-
pon, catch-and-release snook, redfish, trout and man-
grove snapper. Offshore fishing continues to be good
for grouper and snapper.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
all the stormwater running into the Manatee River has
hurt fishing, but one angler was still able to catch a
snook and several mangrove snapper off the dock. In
Terra Ceia Bay, Hollie Popham and his wife Shirley
caught six sharks, blacktips and bonnetheads up to 42
inches in length, using artificial.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's still
catching lots of tarpon.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said his charters caught
snook, mackerel and small sharks last week.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said offshore action for red grouper was his
mainstay last week, with some 25-pounders being
boated. He's finding snapper fishing to also be excel-
lent right now.




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at bird sanctuary
Dr. Barry Kellogg, veterinarian who volun-
teers at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, will
tell of his experiences with K-9 rescue units at a
free program Saturday.
The program will be at 10:30 a.m. at the
sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,.
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bonita, amberjack and mackerel in the Gulf, and farther
from shore he's catching gag and red grouper, plus
mangrove and lane snapper.to 4 pounds.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he's bringing in trout to 25 inches, catch-
and-release snook to 34 inches, and snapper to 16
inches. He's also had a bunch of tarpon hookups, and
caught a few bluefish.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said rain slowed
fishing a bit, but there were still catches of some catch-
and-release snook, some oversize redfish, big jacks, a
few mangrove snapper and some small sharks.
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier report man-
grove snapper hanging around the structure, and
catches of a few Spanish mackerel, jacks, small sharks.
Tarpon are still rolling by the pier most mornings.



FISH TALES

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On my boat Magic we found fishing to be tough
because of all the rain and accompanying dirty water.
Whitebait are also scarce as they are out in the Gulf
spawning right now, so we've had to use a whole
mixed bag of bait: pinfish, grunts, shrimp and even
artificial. Despite the obstacles, we caught a few red-
fish, catch-and-release snook, snapper, sharks, small
grouper and lots and lots of trout.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide. Call
him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report. Prints and
digital images of your catch are also welcome and may be
dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, ore-mailed to news @islander.org. Please include
identification for persons in the picture along with infor-
mation on the catch and a name and phone number for
more information. Snapshots may be retrieved once they
appear in the paper.


Anna o aoroa soanaites

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BRIAN WOOD
CONTRACTING INC.
CUSTOM DOCKS SEAWALLS BOAT LIFTS
Design Build Permitting
Sales Service Supplies

792-5322
Anna Maria/Cortez
State Cert.
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New health club is a

champion for 40+ exercisers
When Jan and Debbie Champion retired to
Bradenton from California to be closer to their family,
they were interested in joining a health club that catered
to their age group and needs.
"We looked around and didn't see anything that we
felt comfortable with," said Jan. Too many big health
clubs with long-term contracts and too few people over
40 working out.
"We just thought it would be nice if the over-40
group had a place to workout and feel comfortable
doing it," said Debbie.
That put the idea in their heads and, leaping for-
ward, they've just opened the Haven Health Club at
6737 Manatee Ave. W. in the Northwest Promenade
Shopping Center in Bradenton. The club caters exclu-
sively to those over age 40 and there are no long-term
contracts to sign, just a monthly fee.
"We want this to be a place where people get
healthy, not spend money," said Debbie.
"We are creating a relaxed experience for people
over 40 to take away their anxiety about working out
and getting healthy," she added.
Haven Health Club uses state-of-the art workout
equipment that utilizes compressed air to produce ten-
sion and weight. The pressure can even be adjusted by
the user during the workout without leaving the chair
or stopping the exercise.
"It's very easy to use," said Jan. "You don't have
to keep changing weights around when you follow
other people or during your workout. It's user-friendly
equipment."
In the three weeks they've been open, the Cham-


801 Fern Anna Maria. A 4BR/2BA duplex,
two houses from the Gulf. $750,000.

Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
E-Mail: dougdowling@earthlink.net
www.dougdowling.com


ANNA MARIA'S LAST GULFFRONT LOT!









* Direct Gulffront Lot
* Pristine Natural Beach Location
* Cleared and Ready for Construction
* Water and Sewer Lines to Property

Why settle for an older Gulffront home when
a new home is possible at a lesser cost?
Asking $949,500
We ,4R the 'andw!/


S Since
1957
MARIE LIC REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN REA LTY BROKER
"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Email amrlty@gte.net
Web site annamariareal.com


A haven for Champions
Jan and Debbie Champion demonstrate some of the
exercise equipment at their just-opened Haven
Health Club at 6737 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
The club caters exclusively to people over the age of
40. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
pions have had "very positive feedback" on the equip-
ment.
"People just love it," said Debbie, "and they've
said that working out with their own age group makes
them feel very comfortable here."
In addition to standard tread mills, Haven also has
a new cardio-vascular machine that puts the emphasis
on working the heart muscle without running.
The Champions plan a grand opening in the future,
although for now, "we just wanted to start slowly and
learn what people want," said Jan.



WReal Estate
REALTORS E

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
possession.

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


Great investment property with steady income on quiet
segment of Gulf Drive. Pristine beaches are a stone's
throw away (see picture). Well maintained and desirable
neighborhood close to transportation, restaurants and
shops. All updated units with heated pool and onsite
laundry. Just take over the business!


DICK MAHER
AND
DAVE JONES
ISLAND SPECIALISTS

778480
11:80-3725
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Simplify Your Search!
Call anytime for a consultation.


"I guess we're not retiring after all," he said with
a laugh. "But we're having a lot of fun doing this and
we invite everyone in our age group interested in get-
ting in shape to come in and talk to us about the club."
Haven Health Club is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
daily and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The club is
located next to the Good Earth Health Food Store.
For more information, call Debbie or Jan at 798-
9993.

Island Mail & More

offers new service
Island Mail & More at 3230 E. Bay Drive in
Holmes Beach has added a new service for Island busi-
nesses and executives.
Owner Sue Normand now offers executive office
services for businesses and individuals that includes a
mailbox, sign posting, and use of the Island Mail &
More conference room during the month.
In addition to postal services, the store also offers
computers, laser and color printing and conference
room services.
For more information on Island Mail & More, call
778-1911.

Professional Medical Center

referrals listed
Professional Medical Center in Holmes Beach,
which is closing its practice June 27, will be referring
some of its patients to Dr. Pamela J. Letts of Centre
Shops Family Practice and Urgent Care in the Centre
Shops Shopping Plaza at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive on
Longboat Key.


Buying? Selling? Renting? We Can Help!


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DUPLEX WEST SIDE OF GULF DRIVE! Charming duplex,
short half-block to beach. Recent updates include tile
floors, exterior and interior paint, wooden deck. Large
2BR/1BA and 1BR/1BA. Great rental history, tenants in
place. A must see! Priced to sell at $325,000. Call
Stephanie Bell, 778-2307 or 920-5156. Owner/Agent
MLS# 93114
CALL NOW!

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SOFA AND SLEEPER sofa and recliner. Lots of cush-
ions, pastel Florida colors. Only used for three months.
In perfect condition. Will accept $700. Call 792-2552.

FISHING TACKLE: Rods, reels, cast nets. Good
condition, less than one year old. Capt. Tom
Chaya, 778-4498.

HOT TUB: Two person, works great. $500, call
778-0406.

COMPUTER: 2002 Compact Presario. Lexmark
printer, 17-inch Dell monitor, speakers, large desk.
Moving. $500. Call 778-1945 or (727) 687-8645.

LOVELY ORNATE wrought iron, glassed-top patio
table with four matching chairs with cushions. $185.
Call 794-8634.

CUSTOM BUILT RATTAN loveseat, two chairs and
footstool. Foam-rubber cushions, pastel covers, ex-
cellent condition, $500. Matching recliner with rattan
sides, $125. Call 778-7765.

BEDROOM SET: solid oak in a stateroom style by
National of Mt. Airy. Eight pieces with king-size head-
board, but no beds, $1,400. Pickard China, floral
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
offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat sunseeker or call 778-3526.


FREEDOM WITH MOBILITY As seen in The Is-
lander! Fold and Go Scooters. Ultralight, affordable,
folds and fits in* your trunk (or a friends). No lift or
ramp. Independence, regain those lost activities -
church, shopping, bingo, fishing, walk that dog! No
more lagging behind! Call Sandy on the Island for a
demo in your home, 504-8844.

YOGA IN JULY at Island Fitness Center. Gentle
basics and mixed levels. Call Roxanne Dinkin to reg-
ister at 727-8799.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP Open Tuesday, Thursday,
9:30am-2pm and Saturday 9am-noon. Always 50 per-
cent sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.

MOVING SALE SATURDAY and Sunday, June 28
and 29, 7am. Everything must go! Inside sale. 627
Key Royale, Holmes Beach.

MOVING SALE FRIDAY, Saturday and Sunday,
June 27-29, 10am-5pm. Furniture, appliances,
kitchen and more. 7724 Fourth Ave. W., Pine Bay
Forest (corner of 75th Street and Manatee Avenue)
792-6112.

FURNITURE SALE FRIDAY, June 27, 8am-1pm.
209 69th St., Holmes Beach.


LOST HEARING AIDS: Pair of Beltone Hearing aids
in blue pouch with Beltone logo on pouch. Lost be-
tween parking lot and Peaches Restaurant in the
Anna Maria Centre Shops, Holmes Beach. Please
call (205) 338-7996.

LOST CAT: Black-and-yellow short hair tortoiseshell,
six pounds. Missing since June 16, vicinity of Every-
thing Under the Sun Garden Center, 5704 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Please call 778-4441.


FOUND: PET SNAKE, call 778-2924 or 778-0018.

LOST BLACK LAB mix, 3 months old. Lost June 14
at Publix in Holmes Beach. Please call 795-6620 and
leave message.


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


1993 BUICK LESABRE Limited. One owner,
67,000 miles. Non-smoker. $3,950.or best offer.
Call 518-9300.

1994 OLDSMOBILE 88 Royale. 33,000 original
miles. New brakes, great car. Moving. $4,000. Call
778-1945 or (727) 687-8645.

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


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

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
www.oldbridgevillage.com

14-FOOT SAIL BOAT with trailer, motor available,
$950 778-6561.

FISHING FOR a good deal? www.islander.org


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REAL ESTATE .. 9906 Gulf Drive
OF ANNA MARIA -- Anna Maria


SALES & RENTALS

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

WONDERFUL WATER-
FRONT RETREAT
This award winning contemporary
home was designed by architect Tim
-Siebert, the prestigious Sarasota
'' School of Architecture pioneer. Fea-
-,,*- |tured in Better Homes and Gardens in
1958 and Style Magazine in 2001, this unique 3BR/2BA vintage hide-
away offers serene views of the tranquil lagoon, teeming with bird
and marine life. Situated in a convenient location, yet offering ex-
traordinary privacy, this wonderful work of art offers beamed nine-
ft. ceilings, skylights, a preferred split-bedroom design, handy circu-
lar driveway, and.a wall of glass overlooking the perfect view of the
natural waterway. The lovely landscaping won the 2002 Island Gar-
den Club award for beauty. Truly in a class by itself at a surprisingly
reasonable price of $569,900. Don't miss it!

KEY ROYALE GEM .
This beautifully refurbished 4BR/2BA
waterfront pool home offers a spa-
cious split bedroom design, enhanced
by beautiful new ceramic tiled floors ,
and a brand new kitchen with domed
ceiling, Corian countertops and sink -
and honey-maple cabinets. This clas-
sic Bermuda-style hideaway offers a bright southwest exposure with
deep-water boat access directly into Tampa Bay and the Gulf of
Mexico! Other amenities include beautifully tiled bathrooms, break-
fast bar, fresh paint both inside and out, spacious walk-in closets in
each bedroom and a brand new high capacity pool heater! The ideal
family home priced at $795,000.

H VIDEO TOUR Vt
BROCHURE Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com


LUNCAN
Real Estate, Inc.


Broker


TROPICAL STYLE LIVING This beauuiully LET THE SPECTACULAR BEAUTY ol ,caallron?
maintained Key West style residence is localel living greel! ou as you enler irni immn-a ul.acu hcrr.me
on a canal with ro bndge obstruction to the. Bay The wall of WirndosS lets the light of day shins
Features include 4BR/2.5BA, wood floors. ire. throughout rte open floorplan Featurs include 3
place, cathedral ceiling&, great open porcries and bedrooms, twro-car garage custom ceramic tWie
a brand new dock. Too many wonderful details to flvnng and ,remodeled kllcnens and belais wlint
mention. Asking 5699,900 '.3e:ratior touches. Enjoy the priviudgjes ol your pn-
vase,- .:k and boal ftt wrtn room for a pool. Asking
52q 0,0:) Call iz Ccooila at 812-3455

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BOAT LIFT for lease. Capacity of 7,000 lbs. Located
at a residence in Key Royal, Holmes Beach. Avail-
able immediately. $150/month, payable in 2-3
month blocks in advance. For details, call 730-1086.

27-FOOT CARVER Montego, 1986 Twin 190-hp
Mercruiser, air conditioning, Ceranfield 120V/alco-
hol, all electronics, water heater, shower, WC Tank,
refrigerator. New CD stereo, runs great. $27,500 or
best offer. 778-6565 or 920-1318.

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



EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS Thank you for
voting us #1. Sunsets, snorkeling, Sarasota Bay,
Egmont Key and more. Custom tours available. See
dolphins all day! Hourly, half-day and full day. Call
778-7459 or 720-5470.

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.
779-9607.


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.


GAYLE SCHULZ
812-6489


JIM ANDERSON-
REALTY COMPANY
SALES VACATION RENTALS
(941)778-4847
toll free 1-800-772-3235
4018 Pine Avenue
Anna Maria, FL 34216-1789
www.jlimandersonrealty.com
Email: jimsrealtyco@aol.com


LYN POOLE
725-0161


ISLAND DUPLEX OR LARGE HOME
Looking for a large pool home on the Island? This
updated duplex could easily be converted to a
4,000 sq.ft. single-family home. Large caged pool,
two two-car garages, lots of storage, eight bed-
rooms, four baths. Great central Holmes Beach lo-
cation. Three blocks to beach. $685,000. Reduced
to $659,000. Call Gayle Schulz at 778-4847 or 812-
6489 for an appointment.

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CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9803.

NEED A BABY-SITTER? Or a pet sitter? Our motto:
Anytime, any place, any price! We love kids and
that's all that matters! Call one line and get con-
nected to six wonderful babysitters, 778-3295.

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
Nita, 778-3187.


TUTOR NEEDED for eighth-grader. Computer key-
board skills including speed and accuracy and hand-
writing legibility help. Please all 778-2348.

GROUNDS WORKER for condo on Longboat Key.
Experienced. call 383-3571, between 9am-3pm.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe on line with our se-
cure server? Check it out at www.islander.org and
follow the link to our online classified section.

COUNTER HELP PART-TIME needed for busy
marina. Sunday and Monday, 8am-6pm. Job duties
include phone, retail sales, customer service. Con-
tact Jane at 383-1311.




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$599,000 ISLAND 4 PLEX
Excellent investment for this
well-maintained Island 4 plex!
Only half-block to the bay and
three blocks to the Gulf. Each
unit has central heat and air, re-
frigerator and range and its
own electric meter. IB93309.


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


FEATURED CONDOS OF THE WEEK
"MARTINIQUE SOUTH
Rare 3BR/3BA turnkey Gulf frontcondo .Two-
car garage and separate storage area. End
unit with upgrades throughout. Building re-
cently upgraded with new elevators, tile, and
.. more. Heated pool, tennis court. Short stroll
Sto restaurants and shops. $619,000
ISLAND VILLAGE
' ,' -> Turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA condo located
.' directly across the street from the white sands
of the Gulf. Short walk to shopping and res-
taurants. Community pools, tennis courts and
under building parking. Well maintained unit.
$259,000.
PERICO BAY CLUB.
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.
PERIOD 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.
$309,000.
SUNBOW BAY
S- Newly renovated 2BR/2BA condo has direct
."y; 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.

ROSE SCHNOERR
www.roseschnoerr.com COLmUeuL
(941) 730-3376 Scott Dunlap !
(941)751-1151 E-mail roses5@gte.net


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.

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

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. WE
NEED YOU! Call 778-0492.


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

ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
advertising! Check us out at islander.org


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REALTORS


5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com

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HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX 2BR/1.5BA both sides.
Newly remodeled and furnished. New carpets and
ceramic tiles. One-and-a-half block to beach. Owner
willing to hold some financing $486,900. Call Michel
Cerene, Realtor, 792-6546 eves.




Club Bamboo

Direct Gulffront and poolside
condos priced from
$285,000 $335,000
Econo Lodge Going Condo
Great Rental Opportunity
On-site rental office
Newly renovated
All new furnishings
Now taking contracts
Conversion now in progress










Al 941--809-0041
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W CENTRAL PARK REALTY
Call Dennis Girard


email: dennis@centralparkrealtycorp.com
www.club-bamboo.net


Canal home, 625 Dundee, Key Royale. 3BR/2BA.
Immaculate, sailboat water, dock, two lifts. $550,000.

Vicki Gilbert 941-713-0195

Wedebrock Real Estate Compalny
Holmes Beach, Florida
Phone: 941-778-0700 Fax: 941-778-4794
Toll Free: 800-615-9930 www.wedebrock.com





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HEALT9CAR Contn-ed SEISoieEV SCtu


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 pre-
mises. We offer respite and daycare and always have
space available for your long-term needs. Call Annie,
Maria or Chris for more information. 778-7842.


MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward 778-3222.

LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Cab. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.

COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $25 per hour- free advice.
545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
sured. 778-0944.

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

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

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

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

RELIABLE HELPER AVAILABLE. Yard work, er-
rands, light hauling. Call Tony, 779-0908.
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Local Resident


CAROL
CODELLA

778-5224
Your Island "Rep" for Bank
of America Mortgages

Refinances Purchases New
Construction End Loans *
First Time Buyers Teacher
Loans Doctor Loan Plus...


"Higher Standards" with Bank of America
699 Manatee Avenue Holmes Beach
(across from Publix)



Elegant Island Properties
527 77th Street Holmes
S' Beach / 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
Sailboat water, 2 davits, large lot.
Very private fenced in yard with a
Si pristine, large pool, 5 fruit trees, 2
outdoor showers & double garage.
This home has everything. Included
Sis a 27' Carver, 2 eng. 190hp. MLS #
92304
506 75'h Street Holmes Beach/3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms-Key
West style on large canal lot, boat dock, pristine pool, large sundeck, open
floor plan, split, turnkey furnished, tile and carpet throughout. This island
home has it all. 2 car garage, hurricane shutters, new paint. Included is 1
VW convertible. MLS# 92303
8021 Marina Drive Holmes
B e a c h / 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms- l ll
Exceptional 1989 island classic blends
timeless elegance with today's mod-
ern conveniences. This waterfront re-
treat, located on the nature preserve
of Marina Isle, was carefully designed ..
by a nationally acclaimed, award-win-
ning architect and recently redeco-
rated with fresh vibrant colors and
custom wall coverings. MLS # 93595

Karin Stephan
REALTOR

Chairman's Circle www.sarasota-islands.com

Mcael Sander & Cmpan
Licnse Rel Etat-Brke
9408-51or915443


MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry
work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work, glass
block work, paver and brick driveways. Call Chris,
795-3034. Lic.#104776. Insured.

HOUSE CLEANING: Bi-weekly, great references. 12
years experience. Call 792-3772.

EXPERT CLEANING Personalized service! 20-
year resident, many excellent references. Call Fran
708-3765, cell 224-1147, or Kris 750-8366.

TANYA WILLIAMS ESTATE & Fine Art Appraisals
offers professional valuation and inventory services
for your personal property without a view to buy or
sell. Video documentation of your household or busi-
ness, fine art and household content appraisals,
consultation services. 355-8456.
www.artappraisals.org

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.

T-BIRDS Mop-n-Glow Licensed and insured, con-
struction clean-ups, residential, rentals and more.
Call (941) 447-4040 or e-mail: salyfly@yahoo.com.

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

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

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration.
Commercial and residential service, repair and/or re-
placement. Serving Manatee County and the Island
since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 795-7411. RA005052.

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


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

PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
778-2711.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Maintenance.
Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn main-
tenance, cleanup, tree trimming, hauling,
Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent references.
778-5294.

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

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

ECONOMY CUT lawn service. Professional lawn
care at the kid-next-door prices. Free estimates. 778-
5294.

TROPICAL TROUBLES? Landscape, cleaning, weed-
ing, trimming, general maintenance, after-storm care,
weekly or monthly schedules available, affordable 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 installa-
tion. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Irriga-
tion. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre, 5704
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.

SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates.
Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone" 720-0770.


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Like single family home with income! Owner's side
boasts all of the amenities of a single-family home.
See it at HolmesBeachDuplexForSale.com
or call Lee Heineman at 941-302-0779
$389,000







S Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy' Established in 1983
LaW Celebrating 20 Years of
Seoie I Qualfty & Dependable Service.
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778.1345 and hardscape needs.
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"Quality work at a reasonable price. "
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria island Since 1986 761-8900

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
l i Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
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Vinyl Siding & Soffit Specialists
Call for a free estimate Island References
941-713-SIDE (7433)
No commissioned salesmen

ADINA HUSAK. REALTOR'" -..,
Wagner Realty
Ich _preche Deuisch
Call me to rind sour dream home.
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323


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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
insured. 727-5066.


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
778-1730.

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

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

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

GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT Interior/exterior paint-
ing, pressure washing and wallpaper. For prompt,
reliable service at reasonable rates, call Kevin at
704-7115 or 778-2996. Husband/wife team.

ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. 720-0794.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

NEED WORK DONE around the home? Call Paul's
Home Improvements and Repairs. Stucco, drywall,
skip-trowel ceilings, spray finishes, bi-fold doors,
trim moldings, water-damage repairs. All types of
improvements and repairs. Call 756-8258 or 650-
7874 cell.

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. For profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service, call Chamberlain Pro-
fessional Cleaning. Please leave message, 233-3333.

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 Apart-
ments, 778-2374.
HOLMES BEACH annual. 3BR/2BA steps to beach.
No pets. $900/month. 725-4190.

ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new ce-
ramic floors, $750; 2BR/1 BA, stackable washer/dryer
hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrigerator, 1BR/
1 BA, $650. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-7500.

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

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

TURNKEY FURNISHED 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 spa-
cious 3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences.
Summer rate, $1,200/week. Please call 778-2541
and leave message or call (813) 752-4235. E-
mail: jbtpchs55@aol.com

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.
Call 778-3645.

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. 387-9252.

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
apartments, large, fully furnished, comfy, tropical
settings, lovely interior, porch, sundeck, no pets.
Owner, call 778-3143.


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

PERICO ISLAND Brand new 3BR/2BA, two-car ga-
rage. Maintenance-free home. Lakefront, all appli-
ances, 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.

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) 894-
1950.

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

HOLMES BEACH steps to Gulf. 2BR/1BA, annual,
washer/dryer, screened lanai. $795/month, first, last,
security. Call 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.

LOVELY HOLMES BEACH duplex. Elevated 2BR/
2BA, washer/dryer. Annual lease, no pets. $850/
month. Call 228-7878.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach.
2BR/1.5BA cottage, furnished, $900/month;
Longboat Key, 2BR/2BA condo, water view, $1,700/
month; Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA condo, pool,
$1,000/month; Mango Park, 4BR/2.5BA, pool,
$2,500/month; 607 N. Bay, 3BR/2BA, garage,
$1,400/month. Call SunCoast Real Estate, 779-0202.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA townhouse.
Sundeck with Gulf views, steps to Gulf. Washer/dryer,
$795/month. Call 758-1899 or cell (203) 417-2331.

ANNUAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach 1 BR/1 BA ground-
floor duplex. Across from beach with direct access.
All new Spanish tile throughout. Available July 1.
$650/month. 778-3854.

TWO WEEK or monthly, Gulffront condo, 3BR, pool,
tennis, Jacuzzi. 794-8877 or 730-5393.

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


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KEY ROYALE CANAL FRONT!
Three bedroom and two bath
home with room for a pool.
there is also a spectacular view
of Bimini Bay. Come see what
the Island living is all about.
$469,000. MLS#93779

WATERFRONT HOMES
& LOTS
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
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
604 key Royale Dr. .......... $469,000

ISLAND HOMES,
CONDOS, LOTS & DUPLEXES
Westbay Pt Moorings #86. $395,000
4915 Gulf Dr ............... 1,715,000
Beachwalk Townhomes II up to. $539,000
308 55th St. Lot ........... $197,500
Sun Plaza West #201 ..... $399,000
315 58th St., B ................ $161,900
1205 N. Gulf Drive #100 .. $439,000
408 Pointsetta Rd. ........... $495,000
710 North Shore. Lot. ..... $279,000
747 Jacaranda. Lot ......... $389,000
Water's Edge #110N ....... $759,000
Sun Plaza West #202 ..... $409,000
404 80th St................... $875,000
104 7th St. S. Duplex ..... $459,000
233 85th St. ....................$339,000
100 7th St. S. Duplex ....... $750,000
Island Village #124 ......... $300,000
Bayou Condo 5C ............. 298,000
Spanish Main #702 ......... $235,000

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

MAINLAND
2418 90th St. NW........ $2,995,000
1280 Spoonbill Landings Cir.... $314,000
12607 Safe Harbour Dr. Lot .... $325,000
7504 NW 15th Ave. ........ $154,900
11434 Perico Isles Cir. ... $349,000
3309 Riviera Dr .............. 200,000

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3141 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732



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ANNA MARIA



REAL ESTATE LLC

OPEN SUNDAY
1-4PM June 29th


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

PANTHER RIDGE
Spectacular new 4BR/3BA home on one acre+
homesite. Extensive ceramic tile, spacious
kitchen with walk-in pantry, heated caged
pool and spa, luxurious bathrooms, large mas-
ter suite bath has both tub and separate walk-
n shower. Three-car garage. This one has it all!
$489,900.

ANNA MARIA WATERFRONT
2BR/@BA elevated contemporary island home
with sundeck overlooking natural canal and
private boat dock. Lots of storage, close to
fishing pier, restaurants and shopping. 2 car
garage residential area. $499,900


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

779-0202 (800) 732-6434
ANNA MARIA

SMLS SiSCoast
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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ANNUAL FURNISHED 2BR/1BA in City of Anna
Maria. $700/month, plus utilities. Non smoking. First,
last and security. Call 778-5439.

CHOICE OF 3 and 5BR houses, all with heated
pools, on the water. Long or short term rentals.
www.hartwellvillas.co.uk or e-mail:
Barbara@hartwellvillas.co.uk. Call 011-44-1256-
473469.


ANNUAL RENTALS: Brand new beautiful 3BR/
2BA home, two-car garage, minutes to beach,
$1,400/month. Also available 2BR/2BA apartment,
short block to beach, $750/month. Both units, no
pets and non smoking. Call Fran Maxon Real Es-
tate, 778-2307 for details.

ROOM AND BOARD Elderly gentleman, not in
need of elder care, willing to share beach unit with
middle-aged or senior citizen. Furnished room and
board in exchange for cooking, light housekeeping
and walking the dog. Start date Aug.1, 2003. For
more details or an interview, please call 778-8384.
References required, non-smoker.

TURNKEY FURNISHED 2BR/2BA condo with ga-
rage. Perico Bay Club seasonal or annual. Gated
community, pool/spa. Call 761-3788.

CHARMING 2BR/2BA duplex, screened lanai, deck,
large yard, washer/dryer, French doors. $995/month.
Call Lee, 302-0779.

RENTAL WANTED: Michigan retired, non smoking
couple looking for 2BR/2BA with washer/dryer, close
to Gulf beaches for February and March 2004.
Holmes Beach or Anna Maria. Call (248) 624-3157.

LARGE DUPLEX UNIT in Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA
plus den, unfurnished, washer/dryer hookups. Annual,
$850/month, plus utilities. Pets OK. Call 779-0337.


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FOURTH OF JULY vacancy! Steps from beach, fully
furnished, 1BR apartment on Anna Maria Island.
Cable, telephone, washer/dryer, only $450/week.
Call 778-1098.


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

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

PRISTINE TURNKEY FURNISHED Gulf-bay mid-
rise 2BR/2BA unit. $429,900. Weekly rentals pos-
sible. www.Latitude27Realty.net or call 744-2727.

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

DESIRABLE NORTH END Anna Maria Island, 2BR/
2BA, plus loft. Gulf view, steps to beach. Asking
$479,000. Call 778-4253.

BEAUTIFUL GULFVIEW Island condo, totally re-
modeled, 2BR/2BA, furnished, custom built-ins.
Holmes Beach on Gulf, for sale by owner, 778-8347
or 713-9484.

GULFVIEW REDUCED $25,000. 2BR/2.5BA
townhouse, two-car garage. 4255 N. Gulf Drive,
#102, Holmes Beach. $314,800. Motivated owner,
387-3537.


', EQUAL HOUSING
OPPORTUNITY

subject to the Fair Housing Act,
i which makes it illegal to advertise
------ "any preference, limitation
or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handi-
cap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make
any such preference, limitation or discrimination." Familial
status includes children under age of 18 living with parents
or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing
custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not
knowing accept any advertising for real estate which is in
violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that
all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on
an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination
call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777, for the hearing im-
paired (TDD) 1-800-543-8294.


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BUYING, SELLING OR just curious: Visit
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BY OWNER: Runaway Bay 2BR/2BA condo
$279,900. Runaway Bay 1 BR/1 BA condo $180,000.
Turnkey duplex 1BR/1BA each side, with tenants,
$289,000. Call 779-0476.

TWO LOTS: Each 66 by 135 feet in Cortez. Across
from nature preserve. Water views with elevated
home. $250,000. Call Yvonne Higgins at Re/Max
Gulfstream Realty, 518-9003.

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


DEADLINE: MONDAY NOON for Wednesday publica-
tion. UP to 3 line minimum includes approximately 21
words $9. Additional lines $3 each. Box: $3. Ads must
be paid in advance. Classified ads may be submitted
through our secure Web site: www.islander.org, or stop
by or mail to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL
34217. We're located next to Ooh La La! in the Island
Shopping Center. More information: 778-7978.

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate ad-
vertising herein is subject to the Fair Housing Act, which
makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation
or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex,
handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention
to make any such preference, limitation or discrimina-
tion Familial status includes children under age of 18
living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women
and people securing custody of children under 18. This
newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for
real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers
are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this
newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis.
To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at (800)
669-9777, for the hearing impaired (0) (800) 543-8294.

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Available for rent by the hour or by the day
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522 Pine A ve. .................................................................. $298 000
2BR 1BA waterfrornt conr,,. ih r un deck and boai dock
4112 Red Fish Ct. .......................................................... $575.000
Vacant waterlroni lot on nc,r ea Island
8401 M arina Dr. ........................................................... $699 000
3BR 2BA one-car garage waiertrori home Terrtic %aiten.riew
4255 G ulf Drive .............................................................. 1300 000
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PERSONALS
By Cathy Millhauser / Edited by Will Shortz


Across
1 It's found on a casino
table
5 Ship part
9 Overly stiff
13 Thrash
18 Literally, the God
19 This and that
20 Facing extinction
21 Like an anathema
22 PLAYGIRL, soft-hearted,
huggable. Red hair,
brown eyes, great smile.
Loves kids ...
24 Taliban mullah
25 __ friends
26 Must-do
27 TIRED OF BREAKING
UP! Separated white
male, looking for
togetherness ...
30 Detected
31 fan tutte"
32 Skip
33 Popular Mazda
36 Subject of a psych.
experiment
38 Biblical units
42 CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!
Warm, sweet, well-
rounded guy. Into running

49 Computer key
50 Homebuyer's concern
51 Bank take-back
52 Bank claim
53 Stat starter
54 Intestinal parts
55 Form of shiatsu
56 Italian sub layer
59 Isabel II was one
60 Lookouts
62 CUTE, NAUGHTY
vegetarian seeks female
for fuzzy times in
underground digs. Large
family not a problem ...
64 __Canals


65 Water tower?
67 "The Simpsons" regular
68 MATURE, FUN-
LOVING man, smoker,
music lover. Come
share a palatial home ...
73 Teakettle, e.g.
78 Iceberg, for some
79 A Gallo brother
81 Sweets
82 Uncle Remus offering
83 "The Boating Song"
84 Stimulus
85 God attended by
Valkyries
87 Curved nail
88 The Everly Brothers,
e.g.
89 ENGLISH GIRL, cat
lover, party-goer, seeks
fellow-adventurer to
share dreams ...
93 Slat
95 Test material?
96 Bait
97 Bigwig
100 Apple cores?: Abbr.
102 Squeal
107 COUNTRY GAL, petite,
hopes to recapture
what's been lost ...
111 Like some steps
113 Valuable dentine
114 Privy to
115 BABE MAGNET. Very
tall, rugged
outdoorsman. Enjoys
cutting-edge technology

117 Old LP's
118 1 problems?
119 Big Bad Wolf's doing
120 Mrs. Gorbachev
121 French naval station site
122 It's under a foot
123 Appear on "Fear
Factor," say
124 Town near Padua


Down
1 Bell-bottom feature
2 Hoopster Baylor
3 Former African capital
4 Early electronic musical
instrument
5 Hall-of-Fame pitcher
Waite __
6 Oil of
7 Architect Maya
8 Crooner from Kakaako
9 "You swear?"
10 Car ferry need
11 Seeing red
12 Sophie's player in
"Sophie's Choice"
13 "The Age of Anxiety"
poet
14 Ear's malleus,
nonmedically
15 On
16 Fast time
17 Uptight
18 Certain Dadaist works
23 Iced
28 One who isn't "clean"
29 Parlor piece
31 Beef
34 Match
35 Parenting challenges
37 Anatomical roof
39 Sir
40 Kate Nelligan title role
of 1985
41 Brown fur
42 Speaker on the
diamond
43 Revolutionary with a
regret
44 Starting place
45 Flask material
46 A.L. city on scoreboards
47 Kind of store, once
48 Predecessor of Rabin
53 Lawyer's argument
55 Heaven
57 -midi (French time


of day)
58 It may be pulled
59 Emulates Eminem
61 Stir up
63 Pour
65 Adhered
66 Steinful
68 Commentators'
columns
69 Abatement
70 Drivel
71 Spice Girl a k a Ginger
72 How Capt. Hook lost
his right hand,
informally
73 Kvetch
74 Civic leader?


Fa followers
Carolina college town
Tear
Emergency job
Military school newbie
Pixels and such
The State
(Montana)
Shrink
Burn up
Occiput neighbor
Cornerstone abbr.
Emcees' deliveries
Theater awards
Beat it
Increased
Bluefin and others


104 Ad urging
105 Not buy, maybe
106 Mrs. Garrett of "The
Facts of Life"
107 Life's partner
108 Actor Novello
109 General flavor
110 Shooting game
111 Naturalist John
112 Fashion monthly
116 Ex of Artie, Frank
and Mickey

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BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246
(800) 211-2323


A+ MANATEE RIVER VIEWS Two-
story 4BR estate home with chef's
kitchen, butler's pantry, wet bar, office.
Master bedroom, his/her baths. Exer-
cise room, fireplace, custom pool,
dock/lift/davits. Tara Gitt, 761-3100.
#92898. $2,750,000




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DIRECT BAYFRONT Bradenton Beach
full bay view from this updated 3BR/3BA
home. Beautiful landscaping and private
setting. Boat dock with davits. Short dis-
tance to the beach. Deni Dillon, 383-
5577. #237567. $1,190,000


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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.
$2,250,000






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ISLAND CONDO Affordable island living
in Bradenton Beach, top floor corner, 2BR/
1BA, with pool. Weekly rentals and short
one block walk to the beach. Furnishings
are available. Dave Moynihan. 778-2246
#92631. $189,000


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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.
$1,200,000


CASCO DORADO The work is done here
in this 2BR/2BA poolside condo. New tile,
Berber carpet, "low E" windows and
doors, appliances and A/C. Turnkey fur-
nishes in neutral colors. Becky Smith or
Elfi Starrett, 778-2246. #91704. $139,500


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LUXURY GULF FRONT
CONDOMINIUMS
Rosa Del Mar. This is your opportu- -7-1
nity to own a piece of paradise. 14 _1 '
Gulffront condominiums offer
1,900-2,200 SF of living space with
3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and over-
sized lanais to enjoy Bradenton -
Beach's renowned sunsets. Gulf-side pool, covered
parking, elevators, designer appliances and extensive
amenities package. Limited pre-construction priced
units available at $1,500,000 to $1,700,000.
(941)779-2700. ML#93731




-- HISTORIC CORTEZ VILLAGE
" ; 2BR/2BA + den. Great home, won-
derful location! Close to the fishing
docks, with many other local attrac-
'"- tions. Available for the summer.

3BR/2BA triplex in Bradenton Beach. Recently remodeled
and lovely. $1,100/month.
2BR/1BA duplex in Holmes Beach. Great location!
$775/month.
2BR/2BA condo in Holmes Beach. Centrally located for
the area. $875/month.
1 BA/1 BA condo in a 55+ community in Bradenton Beach.
$700/month.


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