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Happy Fourth of July Volume 11, No. 34 July 2, 2003 FREE
Man drowns Sunday in
Bean Point's swift current
AWESOME EVENT ...
By Joe Kane
A quick dip in cool water on a hot Sunday after-
noon quickly turned fatal.
Robert Bileth drowned off Bean Point when swift
currents swept him away from his uncle's boat.
The 32-year-old resident of Sarasota, who grew up
in Holmes Beach, was considered an accomplished
His uncle, Craig Freiler, lost sight of his nephew in
the choppy waters and was unable to restart the engine
of his 20-foot Hydrasport boat. At 2:45 p.m. Freiler
called 911 on his cell phone. In less than 20 minutes a
U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was circling above him.
For nearly an hour, an armada looked for Bileth in
an area 500 yards off the north tip of the Island. Boats
from the Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission, West Manatee Fire and Rescue
PLEASE SEE DROWNING, PAGE 4
'Top Notch' splish-splash
Anne Ricci of Holmes Beach snapped this winner of granddaughter Toria Ryan "flying" just before her big
splash in the sparkling blue pool. It's one of two winners to date among the many entries received for this
second week of the eight-week-long contest. Ricci's award is a coveted "More Than a Mullet Wrapper"
Islander T-shirt and $50. The "Toria Splash" photo will now go into a pool of weekly winners eligible for the
contest grand prize. More contest information, forms inside.
Wild weather weekend
for Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Heather and Scott Anderson should have a joyful
marriage after their stormy wedding.
The couple were celebrating their wedding with
family and friends under a huge tent on the beach Sat-
urday night when strong winds from a thunderstorm
lifted the tent and cartwheeled it onto the roof of the
Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. No one
was hurt, although metal stakes securing the structure
to the ground damaged the roof of the restaurant.
The bridal party ran into stormy weather again the
next night, as another thunderstorm ripped the tar-pa-
per roof off the resort where they were staying and
forced evacuation to another motel.
"It made it more memorable," Scott said of Mother
Nature's double whammy. "It will just make our mar-
riage a lot stronger. We've already overcome adver-
Beach House Restaurant Manager Mike Shannon
said the storm Saturday came ashore about 10:30 p.m.
"We had about 200 people on the deck, with a DJ and
band, but most of the people had left the tent when it
was lifted off the ground and ended up on the roof.
Thank God no one was hurt."
Shannon said one of the spikes holding the tent to
the sand went through the roof in the kitchen area, caus-
PLEASE SEE WILD WEATHER, PAGE 2
Rare event in Anna Maria: By night they
nest, by night they hatch. Rarely do they do either by
day, but a few lucky residents and Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch volunteers, along with TW
director Suzi Fox, alerted by Catherine Stevens of
North Shore Boulevard, watched a loggerhead drop
her 100 or so eggs one by one in her nest, cover and
camouflage it, and make her slow, laborious trek back
to the Gulf where she quickly dipped her head and
disappeared in the surf Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
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Wild weather whips across Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ing minimal damage.
The Seaside Motel, 2200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach, did not fare as well the next night. Bradenton
Beach Building Official Bob Welch said high winds
"peeled off about 85 percent of the roofing material
down to bare wood," and slid an air conditioning unit
across the roof.
"It just peeled the roof off like opening a can of
sardines," Welch said, adding that he estimated dam-
age to the structure at $15,000, not including any wa-
ter damage to the contents of the second-floor units.
The back-to-back evening storms hit other loca-
tions in the city as well.
Bradenton Beach Public Works Director Dottie
Poindexter said Saturday's storm knocked down power
lines at the public works department, causing crews to
spend much of Sunday working to restore power.
A houseboat broke free from its mooring just south
of the city pier, possibly damaging pilings at the structure
at the east end of Bridge Street, and Poindexter said tree
limbs were broken throughout the city, with one ending
on a vehicle in the 2300 block of Avenue C.
Welch said Sunday night's storm tossed the chairs
from the pool area at the Imperial House condomini-
ums in the 600 block of Gulf Drive into Anna Maria
Sound, and toppled two walls of a building under con-
struction in the 500 block of Bay Drive South.
The deck at the Gulf Drive Cafe was also damaged,
Welch said, and signs at several stores were uplifted or
Tree limbs were broken elsewhere on the Island,
but damage was mimimal.
Manatee County Emergency Communications
Center officials said eyewitnesses reported a funnel
cloud off the Island in Sunday night's storm, and said
there were indications of a tornado left in the sand on
the beach, but Welch said he believed the trough in the
sand was caused by stormwater running from the road
into the Gulf and not from a twister.
"If that was a mark of a tornado, I saw four more
of them on the beach," Welch said.
And as Shannon put it, "It was a rough week on
Anna Maria Island, but we dodged a serious bullet."
A severe thunder-
Beach Sunday night,
ripping about 85
percent of the roof off
the Seaside Motel,
2200 Gulf Drive,
pictured at left, and
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 2, 2003 0 PAGE 3
Thrashers scare away storms
By Joe Kane
Kids in all shapes and ages celebrated the grand
opening of the micro skate park Saturday in Holmes
Not even the threat of rain diminished the enthu-
siasm of Jimmy Lease, 13, wearing new rags and cas-
ing out the ramps while putting on kneepads. With a
huge smile Jimmy high-fived some friend, before tack-
ling the Island's new scene.
Superstar Will Glennon, 19, showed off some of
his maneuvers that have made him a major thrasher in
the area. Skateboarding for just six years, the Holmes
Beach resident is so respected by fellow skateboarders,
they stop to watch his every move.
In the midst of all this talent and brawn, no one was
more demure than 3-year-old Izzi Gomez, the pretty
daughter of Brandy Brady. Izzi patiently allowed her
mom to attach all the proper gear before she ground
some metal with the big boys.
And what better breakfast for 6-year-old Jordan
Long than a hot dog and coke? Then it's quickly back
to business, scrambling for free promotional prizes.
In a sea of smiles, no one was happier than Holmes
Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore, who has spent two
years waiting to see this day arrive. After all, Whitmore
had to overcome resistance to the park from the city
commission, which feared either liability lawsuits or
relocation of funds.
"This is great," said Whitmore, watching the crowd
grow before opening time. "I feel honored to do this for
our kids. This is all worth it, to do this for the kids."
Two other "kids," Rex and Helen Hagen, couldn't
wait to enjoy the fruits of their success. The Anna
Maria couple contributed $42,000 towards the con-
struction of the skate park.
"We believe in kids and we believe in the Island,"
said Helen Hagen. "The kids came up to me and gave
me a big hug. This is paradise. Lots of people helped
us, and all we're doing is passing it on. Now the kids
need to pass it on."
What really got Rex Hagen's attention were the
kids wandering the streets, looking for a better skate
opportunity than at Publix, the library or area parking
lots. No longer -.thanks to the generous spirit of the
"When Carol [Whitmore] came to us, we got real
exciteVd" said Rex Ia gen. "Lots of people stuck their
neck out for the kids. Now these kids owe something
to'bthers to share these good works."
And the skate park would still be a dream without
the key support of three Holmes Beach commissioners
Dream come true
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore keeps on
getting help from Helen and Rex Hagen, who
shared ribbon-cutting honors with her honor at
the new new micro skate park. The Hagens gave
$42,000 toward the park. Anxious thrashers await
the opening as the dignitaries to do the honors.
Island Photos: Joe Kane
who voted and fought for what some thought was an
impractical and risky venture. Holmes Beach Commis-
sioners Don Maloney, Sandy Haas-Martens and Pat
Geyer all had very contented smiles.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie was present
to check out the facilities. So was Manatee County
Commissioner Pat Glass, who helped secure county
funds to pay the annual $5,000 liability insurance fee.
And in the background, jiving with the gang, was
Brad Bryant. It was this 13-year-old Island resident
who brought a 400-name petition to the Holmes Beach
City Commission, asking city officials to build the
At first, Whitmore said she was skeptical of the
idea. But as she recalled how and when she landed on
the Island at age 14, she also recalled there was noth-
ing for kids to do. Sure there was surfing for some, but
for the majority of kids there was little to do. The skate
park soon began gaining community support and after
two years of haggling, the day had arrived.
And thanks to resident Dan Hardy of Oden-Hardy
Construction, who agreed to provide concrete for the
park free of charge.
But perhaps the most important supporter of all is
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson. Without his
endurance and tenacious drive, the 3,000-square-foot
micro skate park would still be a dream.
After all, besides the parents, the police are most
concerned about the activities of the area youth, and
what better environment than next to the "cop shop,"
to have a healthy pursuit for Island "rats and surf
And what a lucky day it was for Lena Reid. The
10-year-old Holmes Beach resident won a skateboard
signed by professional skateboard athlete Tony Hawk.
Lena won the board in the raffle at the park's grand
For Holmes Beach residents, the skate park annual
user fee is $10. Non-Holmes Beach residents will pay
a $30 annual fee. Park users must complete an appli-
cation with the HBPD, which includes a waiver for 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 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 while using the facility.
Josh Wiggins of Bradenton does a "50-50" maneu-
ver on the ramp during the opening of skate park.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson listens to
a few tips and gratitudes from expert thrasher Will
Glennon at the skate park grand opening.
Anna Maria City
July 2, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
July 2, 6 p.m., city commission budget work session.
July 2, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Pub-
lic comment, discussion of pending litigation on
Handley property, revised pier lease discussion,
Norman Donation agreement, interlocal agreement for
public school facility planning exemption, request to
declare surplus one police car, Coquina Beach
interlocal agreement discussion, special fund discus-
sion for skateboard park, consent agenda and commis-
July 7, 6:30 p.m., continuation of board of adjustment
July 9, 1 p.m., city commission budget work session.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
July 2, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
July 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
July 9, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Operation Center
meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
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
PAGE 4 M JULY 2, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Holmes Beach adjustment
board stripped of power
By Joe Kane
The Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment may no
longer have the power to issue variances to city codes.
Holmes Beach city commissioners unanimously
voted Tuesday, June 24, to have the city attorney draft an
ordinance making board decisions mere recommendations
to the commission, reducing the board's influence.
City officials and residents were clearly angry at the
board for allowing two homes to be 5 feet higher than the
present limit of 36.feet above the crown of the road.
"We should put a hold on allowing any variance,"
said Mayor Carol Whitmore.
Resident Joan Perry declared she had a better so-
lution to the problem. "Abolish the board of adjust-
ment," said Perry. "You commissioners were elected to
make those decisions."
Marguerite Carrick told the city commissioners she
does not want them raising the building height limits
in Holmes Beach, adding that she as well believes "the
commission should be the ones voting on this issue, not
the board of adjustment."
Holmes Beach Planning Commission Chairperson
Sue Normand, carrying tomes of documents, addressed
"Those height-limit variances were too loosely
defined and show no compelling reason," said
High anxiety over high rises precipitated a discus-
sion over building heights and what authority the board
of adjustment should have.
"The only reason owners go to the board of adjust-
ment is to get something most people don't want al-
lowed," said Commissioner Don Maloney. "The board
of adjustment should just make recommendations to
the commission, just like the planning commission."
Since two height variances were recently issued, there
is virtually no commission meeting where at some point,
no matter how obscure, the height issue is not discussed.
Tony Arrant, an expert in comprehensive planning
and land development issues, was commissioned to as-
sist the cities of Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria in
their growth management.
At a recent all-day session with Bradenton Beach
city officials, Arrant addressed the issuing of variances
"Cities issuing variances, in most cases, don't have
the intestinal fortitude to enforce their codes, or they
have bad codes," Arrant said.
So where to go?
Contractor Brent Whitehead gave a passionate de-
fense for the two height variances his projects received
from the board. "I will continue to come to the board
for variances," said Whitehead. "Let's just treat every-
After nearly 30 minutes of discussion, the commis-
sioners agreed to have the city attorney draw up an or-
dinance that will make the board of adjustment a rec-
Freiler at the
Rod & Reel
Pier after his
Bileth, 32, of
swept away and
drowned by the
shore of Bean
ommending body to the commission.
"I think it would be a good idea if we're just a rec-
ommending body," said Russell Olson, vice-chair of
the board of adjustment. Olson is retired, and hails from
Wisconsin, where he served as a state representative
from 1961 to 1978 and as lieutenant governor from
1978 to 1982.
"It's getting outrageous. People are assuming they
will get their variances," Olson said. "We're not
elected, but appointed. The commissioners are elected,
and if they do something that is considered wrong, then
they have to face the voters."
"When the height issue was first raised, we told the
commission to address the issue. They have not. So
we're forced to make decisions," said board member
"If they make the board of adjustment an advisory
board, they may as well just eliminate it, for it just be-
comes another layer of bureaucracy," Moynihan said.
A strong advocate of property rights, Moynihan said he
voted in favor for the height variances to compensate
for the recent state height revisions.
Throughout the discussion there was an underlying
preoccupation with the futility of attempting to control
the fate of our Island. And if any body should be de-
ciding the size of structures on the Island it should be
commissioners, speaker after speaker stressed.
The commission decided to keep the board of ad-
justment and define its responsibilities to the commis-
sion to include hearing variance requests and making
recommendations to the commission after an ordinance
is crafted and approved.
Suspect arrested in
Holmes Beach police arrested 34-year-old
Jason Browne of 4509 Gulf Drive No. 2 in
Holmes Beach June 27 around 11 p.m. in connec-
tion with the June 24 burglary of the Barefoot
Trader bike shop on Marina Drive.
A large quantity of bicycles, sunglasses and
clothing was taken in the burglary, police said.
Acting on tips from several members of the
public, Detective Sgt. Nancy Rogers of the
HBPD said police began an investigation into
Browne's activities and determined he was sell-
Just three days after Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn
told city commissioners she has "serious concerns"
about the safety of swimmers at Bean Point because of
the strong currents, a 32-year-old Bradenton man
drowned in that area this past Sunday after diving into
the water from his uncle's boat (see related story).
They mayor had told-commissioners at their June 26
This 25-foot sailboat ended up on the beach near
77th Street in Holmes Beach Sunday, June 29, after
the boat lost its rudder and the outboard engine died
as owner Joshua Swanson of Palmetto was trying to
steer the craft toward calmer waters. Swanson told
Holmes Beach police he was going to repair the
vessel Monday and attempt to sail it back to Pal-
metto. Crews were on the scene Tuesday afternoon
at high tide to attempt to refloat the boat. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Joe. St. Germaine.
bike shop burglary
ing bicycles and sunglasses out of his apartment.
Following his arrest, police recovered five
bicycles and five pairs of sunglasses believed
taken in the burglary.
Browne was taken to the Manatee County jail
where he was charged with burglary, grand theft
and dealing in stolen property.
Dan Hough of the Barefoot Trader praised
police for their prompt action, noting that all the
bikes and most of the sunglasses were recovered.
"They did a very good job," Hough said.
meeting that the sandbar offshore from Bean Point is
building up and getting dangerous for swimmers when the
tide comes in and covers it. A recent swimmer at the sand-
bar almost drowned and she was considering "no swim-
ming" signs for the area, she had said.
The mayor was on vacation Monday and unavail-
able for comment on the drowning.
Drowning Sunday off Bean Point
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
and several "good Samaritans" searched until Bileth's
body was located and brought aboard a WMFR craft.
Bileth was pronounced dead at 4:25 p.m.
One of the good Samitarans searching for Bileth
was Capt. "Finney" Wood of Towboat US out of
Cortez. "The current was like a river, moving 5 to 10
knots," said Wood. "It was a strong low 'new moon'
tide. Lots of pull."
Marine Robert Bileth leaves a wife, Tanamarie. One
of Robert's four brothers, Steven, is scheduled to leave
Iraq today to be able to attend funeral services.
Robert's stepmother Jackie, who raised him since
he was 7 years old, says she is amazed at the outpour-
ing of love and sympathy over the death of Robert.
"Robert touched so many lives," said Jackie Bileth.
"He loved life, and lived it. At just 32 years old, Rob has
left a legacy of family and friends. He was always there
for all of us."
Visitation for Bileth will be Thursday, July 3, from 2
to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and July 5 from I to 3 p.m. with
the service to follow at Griffith-Cline Funeral Homes
Manasota Chapel, 1221 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton.
Bean Point swim prophesy comes true
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THE ISLANDER M JULY 2, 2003 0 PAGE 5
Islander receives 7 awards in state contest
The Islander newspaper garnered seven prizes,
including first-place honors, in the Florida Press
Association's 2002 Better Weekly Newspaper Awards
The first-place plaque awarded to The Islander was
for Rick Catlin in the "environmental or conservation"
category for a series of articles he wrote about the
bayfront erosion problem on the northern shore of
The newspaper received four second-place hon-
ors, including the coveted "overall graphic design"
listing, the second-highest honor in the competition,
which includes almost all community newspapers in
Other second-place awards included Carrie Price's
"individual graphic" prize for the inauguration of the
newspaper's Web site; Diana Bogan's winning "feature
picture" of a happy Piper Hansen (her daughter) in a
field of pumpkins; and the "photo series in one issue"
of the 10 year's best pictures in The Islander in the
10th-anniversary issue in November.
Third-place honors were garnered in the 'news
story" category for Bogan's article on the Holmes
Beach City Commission's decision to "spike" the long
discussed city gazebo, and in the "community service"
category for the 10th annual "Wish Book," a special
section published Thanksgiving week detailing the
needs of community service agencies.
More than 1,600 entries in 36 categories were sub-
mitted by 77 community newspapers to the Florida
Press Association contest for news and photos pub-
lished in 2002. The contest is judged by a similar out-
of-state press association.
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"These awards are a tribute to the hard work and
dedication of the staff of The Islander," said Publisher
Bonner Joy. "The competition at the state level is
fierce, and I believe that the statewide honors only
prove my assertion that we are the 'best news on Anna
"And 10 years worth of top awards, including a
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Draft 2003 Annual Action Plan
Statement of Proposed Budget
and Use of Funds
Notice of Public Meeting
Under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended and the Cranston-
Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, Manatee County is required to prepare a plan that
describes how the County will allocate Community Development Block Grant (COBG) and HOME in-
vestment Partnership (HOME) funds to meet the needs of low income and moderate income persons
in Manatee County.
Manatee County has prepared a draft 2003-04 Annual Action Plan that describes the proposed use of
funds to address the needs of low income persons.
Public Meeting Notice
There will be a public meeting to hear citizen comments on:
Thursday, July 10, 2003
Samoset Elementary School, Cafeteria
3300 19th Street East, Bradenton
Below is the proposed budget and use of funds for the 2003-04 program year for Community
Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership funds.
Proposed Budget and Use of Funds
Community Development Block Grant
1. Second Chance-Last Opportlunity/Pass-It-On $19,712
Program that seeks to build capacity and self sufficiency in individuals and families.
2. Manatee Opportunity Council/Child Care Financial Assistance Program $ 30,700
Project Child Care will provide a subsidy to reimburse child care providers for child care
provided to children of low income families located in target neighborhoods.
3. Manatee Opportunity Council/Whole Child Project $ 39,700
Web-based delivery system to connect client needs with resources and reduce fragmentation of
4, Gullcoast Legal Services/Home Protection Project $ 18,800
Provide legal assistance toeligible client homeowners in-order to prevent loss of home due to
predatory lending, foreclosure & other home improvement scams.
5. Goodwill industries-Manasola, Inc/Homebuyers Club & Good Partner Coach $ 50,000
The program will fund a Housing Case Manager to work on credit rehabilitation and budgeting.
In addition a Good Part ner Coach will focus on employment, training programs, long term
6. Boys and Girls Club/Smart Girls & Wise Guys $71,738
Male & female teen pregnancy prevention project.
7. Manatee County Planning Department/Repetitive Crime Prevention Officer $ 44,000
Responsibilities will include conducting criminal, investigative and intelligence record checks
and analyzes potential solutions to crime problems.
8. Manatee County Community Services/Florida Urban Village Concept $35,000
Create a master plan & design guidelines for the Palmetto/North Manatee County Enterprise
Zonee- Urban Inll Redevelopment Area (UIRA).
9. Manatee County Parks & Recreation/Pride Park Splash Area & Security Lighting.. $ 280,000
Provide splash area and security lighting for Pride Community Park.
10.Manatee County Project Management/Tallevast 15th Street East to US 301 $180,000
Design/Engneering plans to provide potable water, sewage, and road paving to households in
the Tallevast Improvement area.
11.Educational Consultants Consortium, Inc/Anna E. Gayle Resource Center $ 225,000
Funding to expand existing facility by adding two rooms that will accommodate the increased
community participation in the Center.
12, Manatee Glens/Manatee Glens ADA Retrofit $11,590
Retrofit hospital and hurricane shelter for ADA compliance.
13.Family Resources/Youth Crisis Shelter $12,827
Fund needed repairs and improvements to shelter and its equipment.
14. Manatee County Housing Authority/Pine Village-North Village-South Village $49,000
Pressure wash, paint and seal the outside of49 public housing units.
15. Manatee County Housing Authority/La Estancia $ 214.250
Funding for surveys, bond council fees and A/E services for a Farm Worker Housing Community.
16. Manatee County Public Safety/Code Enforcement Resource Officer $ 40, 000
A resource person to implement educational programs to the community for code enforcement
issues such as housing standards, animal services, solid waste, etc.
17. Manatee County Project Management/nfrastructure Improvements $142,483
Provide case-by-case infrastructure improvements in low income and target areas.
18. Manatee County Planning Department/General Administration $366,200
This program will provide the necessary administration and oversight of the CODBG program.
19, Manatee County Community Services/HOME General Administration $65,708
This program will provide the necessary general management and oversight for the HOME
20. Manatee County Housing Authority/La Estancia $200,000
This program will assist in creating housing for migrant farm workers. These funds will be
coupled with USDA funds and CDBG funds to complete the project.
21 Manatee County Community Services/Housing Reconstruction $200,000
This program will provide assistance to home owners whom agree to demolish and reconstruct
their dilapidated homes This activity will take place throughout Manatee County.
22 CHOD Set-Aside $176,371
These lands are set aside for an eligible CHO0 agency to rehabilitate and/or construct homes in
23. CHDO Operating Costs $15,000
These funds help an eligible CHDO agency in operating its organization to provide CHDO-eligihle
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Join the parade!
This week we celebrate the primary national holi-
day in the United States, celebrated every July 4, the
anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Inde-
pendence. Customary festivities include picnics, pa-
rades, band concerts, decorations in red, white, and
blue, and nighttime fireworks displays.
Thankfully, on Anna Maria Island we have it all.
And it is thanks in large part to the Anna Maria Island
Privateers. They organize a parade that leads the cel-
ebration from Coquina Beach to Anna Maria on July
Fourth and then invite the community to celebrate
and enjoy food and games "Privateer style" at a party
at the Manatee Public Beach and Cafe on the Beach,
including a food and entertainment by local musicians.
Two restaurants, the Sandbar and Beach House,
both owned by Ed Chiles, are generous to us all in of-
fering fantastic firework displays that can be enjoyed
by everyone from the beaches with the Beach House
display July 3 after sunset and the more traditional July
Fourth display at sunset at the Sandbar.
Both fireworks displays are the accomplishment of
Island resident and an especially good guy Jim
And there are new folks pitching in this year to,
make the Fourth an even greater time for residents and
visitors in Bradenton Beach on Bridge Street, where the
merchants are hosting live entertainment, special bar-
gains, and plenty of food and drink prior to the fire-
works from 5-8 p.m. July 3.
It's good, old-fashioned small town fun that many
cities across the U.S. have forgone over the years. But
the enthusiasm still runs high on Anna Maria Island.
We credit the zest and zeal to the independent spirit
So get out of the house for a few minutes between
10 a.m. and noon and listen for the sounds of cannon
fire coming up Gulf Drive. The "Pied Pipers of Anna
Maria," the Privateers, will be leading the kids, the
politicians and all variety of fun-loving Islanders to the
celebration Island style.
Join the parade! Give the Privateers and all who join
them a much-deserved hand and a wave when they pass
by. Enjoy the fireworks and give the Chiles group the
staff and all and Taylor, too a hearty handshake. And
thank the folks on Bridge Street for kicking it all off.
And, please, pull out our U.S. flag page and display
Happy Fourth of July.
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Do we deserve our fate?
The concept of fairness, the understanding of ba-
sic right and wrong, were relegated to the back of the
bus in Bradenton Beach's last board of adjustment
meeting. The city attorney and acting Chair John
Burns seemingly saw only one goal: keep the city
out of a lawsuit. Forget what's just, forget all the
moral notions we learned as children, forget the
mistreatment of a neighbor. After all, it's not. your
fight this time. The single driving force, the scare
tactic, is keeping the city out of lawsuits. What a
pathetic stooping we have come to in Bradenton
Beach where lawyers and developers rule the city.
They don't vote here, they don't pay taxes here, and
they don't even live here. If we are too cowardly in
Bradenton Beach.to stand up to these plunderers, we
deserve the fate they dish out.
I'm sorry I don't know the author of the following,
but we citizens of Bradenton Beach should take heed:
"I didn't speak up.
"In Germany, the Nazis first came for the commu-
nists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a commu-
nist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak
up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade
unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade
unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't
speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came
for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak
Mike Norman, Bradenton Beach
Let music play
As a U.S. citizen I have the right to the pursuit of
happiness and I am very happy sipping a cold drink
listening to good music outdoors on a nice evening so,
as a resident of Cortez, I would like to see the Cortez
Kitchen successful in its attempt to keep amplified
I've lived here 17 years and this is the only restau-
rant that has been successful in business this long at this
location, and I believe it is because they care about
Cortez and the people who live here.
This restaurant has brought new life to the village,
employing local residents year around, from the fish-
ermen who provide your food from area waters to those
serving it, not to mention the extreme popularity of
music nights there.
Cortez has not recovered from the net ban but I
think keeping people working in the village is a very
good idea. Every time someone moves away from
Cortez, we lose a little bit more of our history. So let's
keep the music alive and Cortezians working.
Just for the record, I live two blocks from the
Cortez Kitchen and, even with the windows open, I
can't hear the music, darn it.
Gail Roberts, Cortez
Thanks to AMI
The family and friends of the Danielle Dehne and
Allan Britcher wedding party would like to thank the
wonderful people of Anna Maria Island for accommo-
dating our large group of out-of-towners the weekend
of their wedding and the June 29 storm.
Special thanks to the following: Mary and Doug
Menendez and Jeff Koszousk of Castnetter Apart-
ments for their professionalism, courtesy and friend-
liness and providing fun, clean, family accommoda-
tions. Island Vacation Properties for the handling
and organizing of our reservations. Gary Sweetman
for orchestrating fast photographic magic in the
midst of chaos.
And, last but not least, to Mike and Rebecca Shan-
non, Frank and the entire crew at the Beach House
Restaurant for their quick reactions and going the ex-
tra mile to keep us all safe, retrieving our presents and
personal belongings, and still putting together an ex-
traordinary dinner in the midst of the Sunday night
Pamela and Ernie Dehne, Ames, Iowa
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 2, 2003 M PAGE 7
By Rick Catlin
Hard to believe, but after months of wrangling, the
Anna Maria City Commission and the city's planning and
zoning board have finally reached an agreement regard-
ing what the city should do about requests to build above
the current 37-foot height restriction in the city.
After three hours of back-and-forth discussions at
a June 23 workshop the second combined workshop
on the issue in the past two months the two bodies
agreed that they can't agree on a compromise solution.
Neither side wanted to budge.
The P&Z board has already recommended to the
commission that the city keep its 37-foot limit and not
allow any variances to that restriction.
A 2-2 commission vote June 3 on that recommen-
dation, with Commissioner Chuck Webb absent, sent
the issue back to a combined meeting in hopes of a
resolution. Commissioners John Quam and Duke
Miller voted in favor of that P&Z recommendation,
while Commissioners Tom Aposporos and Linda
Cramer were against it.
The commission had asked the P&Z for a recommen-
dation on how to deal with all height variance requests
before it acts on the variance request from Jim DePorre of
801 North Shore Drive to build above the limit.
Ironically, the P&Z board, albeit reluctantly, rec-
ommended in February that the commission approve
DePorre's request to build to a height of 42 feet.
The commission then deferred action on DePorre's
variance pending a P&Z overall recommendation to
deal with a number of anticipated height variance re-
quests. One such request from Lisa Kalo and Doug
Verheul of 812 Jacaranda Drive to build to a height of
44 feet will be heard by the P&Z board in July.
DePorre has said that without the variance, he can't
build a "habitable, two-story" home because he's build-
ing seaward of the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection's Coastal Construction Control Line and
the DEP requires his first floor be at a specific height
above the 100-year-flood average for that location,
amounting to about 18 feet.
On request, however, the DEP will do a "site-spe-
cific" elevation for a location and on Anna Maria Is-
land, the resulting elevation has historically been lower
than the 100-year average.
Landward of the CCCL, the city requires just 13
feet of elevation above the crown of the nearest road to
the first-floor beam.
DePoore has claimed he needs the additional
height to build a sloped roof and have what "everyone
else in Anna Maria" landward of the CCCL can build.
After three hours of debate, however, board mem-
bers and commissioners agreed to disagree.
"This horse doesn't have any flesh on it anymore"
quipped Webb, who suggested the P&Z board meet
again to try and find a suitable recommendation.
"Why send it back?" asked P&Z board member
Charles Canniff. "We've already made our decision.
Now, it's back to the city commission.
"We still have a variance request hanging out there
and I think it's time for the commission to make a de-
cision," he said.
It's not fair to leave DePorre "out there hanging," he
added. DePorre has "played by the rules" and the P&Z
board has already voted to recommend his variance re-
That puts DePorre's request squarely back with the
city commission where it was three months ago, said
Quam, the commission chairperson. He also noted that
DePorre has since modified his variance request from 42
feet to a lower height.
The combined group also agreed that the city should
require anyone requesting a height variance for construc-
tion seaward of the CCCL be required to provide a site-
specific elevation from the DEP with the request.
Quam scheduled a special commission meeting at
6 p.m. Thursday, July 3, to deal with DePorre's vari-
Anna Maria commission,
P&Z agree: We can't agree
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The Anna Maria Fire District team re-
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of firefighters in Florida competition.
The Florida Department of Transportation
announced it would hold two public hearings in
October on the future of its planned new Mana-
tee Avenue Bridge to Anna Maria Island.
A 10-foot long Burmese python kept as a
pet was discovered missing in Anna Maria by its
owner, David Zorko. The snake is not poisonous
but can bite, said Zorko, who has a state license
to keep the exotic snake. It normally eats be-
tween 10 and 15 rats and a 12-pound feeder rab-
bit every week, Zorko said.
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Anna Maria City Hall to get facelift
By Rick Catlin
Plans for the renovation of the Anna Maria City
Hall were submitted to the city commission June 26,
more than two years after commissioners first decided
the old building needed a facelift.
Architect Tom O'Brien said the estimated
$150,000 project will bring the city into compliance
with the Americans With Disabilities Act, allowing
complete wheelchair access to city hall, commission
chambers, offices and even the commission dais.
The renovations will also meet new Florida Build-
ing Code standards, he said.
The plan includes a new entrance on the south side
of the building as the major entry point, creates more
storage and office space, adds a staff conference room
and allows staff more privacy.
O'Brien's plan envisions a better counter arrange-
ment for the public to access and conduct business with
The exterior of the building won't change that
much, he said, but the commission chambers will be
redesigned and the seating capacity might be lowered
by a few seats to meet fire codes.
Some members of the public, including city resi-
dent Russell Stover, thought the city should lower the
dais to become ADA compliant, thus saving money
and allowing more people in the room."
Commissioner Tom Aposporos said the raised
dais is essentially a rule of order so that people con-
ducting the people's business can be seen by the
O'Brien said he will ask the Florida Building Code
Commission for a waiver on the requirement to have
a ramp to the dais.
A review of the plans by Baskerville-Donovan
Inc., the city's engineering firm, had concluded the
project could be done for about $130,000. -
Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the
plan on a preliminary basis.
O'Brien said he will be back to the commission in
three weeks with final plans. If those are acceptable,
the project will be put out to bid.
Funds totaling $151,000 for the renovations have
already been budgeted by the commission.
Mayor SueLynn proposed the commission spend
about $1,000 to purchase 17 U.S. flags for display on
the light poles along Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive as
a show of support for U.S. troops.
The flags could be on display during the summer
months through Labor Day every year, she suggested,
and for other special occasions.
Resident Diane Canniff, however, thought there
were other ways to show support for American service-
men and women.
She said a better idea would be for the city to de-
clare itself as a "city for peace" and "oppose pre-
emptive wars." She also thought the city should be in
favor of restoring veterans benefits that she said were
recently revoked by Congress.
Commissioners unanimously approved the flag
Commissioners also agreed to spend $3,400 to
purchase a used pontoon boat to allow public works
department staff to work along the city's numerous
canals and channels, clearing debris and trimming veg-
etation, among other duties.
However, Commissioners Linda Cramer and John
Quam were concerned about corrosion after Public
Works Director George McKay said the boat would be
docked in the water when not in use.
McKay said he would look for an acceptable
means of removing the boat from the water and stor-
ing it on dry land when not in use.
Workers began work this
week to make way for the
construction of the new
Anna Maria Elementary
School by "destructing"
the kindergarten play
area. Crews are disman-
tling the play equipment
to be replaced on the
opposite side of the
concrete and wood
walkways, and uprooting
trees, which will be
stored on the open field
for the summer to be
replanted later. Islander
Bradenton Beach proposes more paperwork for staff
By Joe Kane
The Bradenton Beach City Commission may soon
require reports of all meetings between city officials and
lawyers, consultants and property developers.
In the past, the report of such meetings to com-
missioners would frequently be monthly bills from
lawyers and consultants submitted by officials. Now
a written report to commissioners is being consid-
ered of all meetings and conversations between city
'Out of Time' coming
MGM has released the "trailer," a promo-
tional video, for the movie "Out of Time" that
was filmed partially in Cortez last summer.
The trailer can be viewed at
"Out of Time" stars Academy award-winning
actor Denzel Washington alh small-town Florida
sheriff who is accused of evidence-tampering and
The movie is scheduled for release nationally
on Oct. 3, 2003.
officials and the city's lawyers, consultants and de-
Commissioners are hoping for detailed reports of
meetings concerning property developments which
may end up in court. While commissioners are not ex-
pecting lengthy volumes, they are expecting reports
detailing specific opinions and concerns.
City commissioners, holding their monthly meet-
ing of department heads Friday, June 27, decided that
transparency is now the law.
And private conversations will be perceived as
To protect the city from lawsuits, documentation of
all conversations and meetings is essential, commis-
The focus of the 90-minute discussion was the
roles of City Attorney Alan Prather and Building Of-
ficial Bob Welch in dealing with developers.
"The way we are doing business is getting our city
in trouble," said Commissioner Anna O'Brien. "Any
time we're consulting with an attorney, we need it in
writing. What happens if sor.eone appeals our deci-
sion? That's why we need all attorney and consultant's
findings in writing. Without it, we're showing up at a
gun fight with a knife."
Mayor John Chappie agreed, the commissioners
needed a written report, not just an attorney's bill. "It's
a very good idea to have a written report," he said.
City commissioners discussed how best to protect
the city from future legal problems with potential de-
For more than an hour, commissioners expressed their
concerns on how best to avoid the threat of lawsuits.
"We're not land-use professionals," said O'Brien.
"We need written expert opinions. If we are paying
these experts for their opinions we need to have a writ-
ten report. If we ever have to go to court, we're
screwed, without documentation."
Commissioner Scott Barr agreed.
The decision to demand documentation of meet-
ings and conversations between city officials and de-
velopers followed a tumultuous June 26 Bradenton
Beach Board of Adjustment meeting, where the police
were called several times to calm angry tempers.
The three-hour meeting became seuproarious with
residents shouting to be heard amid vice-chairman John
Bums' refusal for public input, that there were calls for
The focus of that board meeting was an appeal to
Welch's decision to approve a construction project that
is alleged to be plagued by incomplete records and code
THE ISLANDER' JULY 2, 2003'O'PAGE 9
By Rick Catlin
A Sarasota construction company has filed a lien
for $35,543.58 against Tidemark developers
CarlingFord Development Inc., claiming it's owed the
money for labor and services done during the pre-con-
struction phase of the project.
D.L. Porter Constructors Inc. of Sarasota filed the
claim of lien with the Manatee County Clerk of the
Circuit Court on April 28, 2003. The claim said the
company had provided services to CarlingFord be-
tween September 2001 and March 2003.
Nick Easterling, president of CarlingFord Inc., said
his company has disputed the lien notice with the court,
but he could not comment further.
"It's no big deal," said Easterling. "We've said we
don't owe the money and we've contested the lien."
He did not know when the claim would be heard
Easterling did say he's nearly finished putting to-
gether the "final pieces of the package" that will allow
construction to begin at the project, but could not pro-
vide details at this time.
Two years after the Holmes Beach City Commis-
sion approved the project over some major public op-
position, construction of the estimated $20 million
project has not yet begun and a planned June, 15 start
of construction did not materialize.
Easterling, however, said everything is still OK
with the project.
A bank requirement that 50 percent of the planned 40
units are pre-sold before construction financing becomes
effective has been met, he has said on several occasions.
Both the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits
were issued to Tidemark Feb. 11, 2002, to dredge part
of the marina basin near the entrance to Sarasota Bay
and replace 75 feet of seawall to accommodate more
boats at the facility. No dredging has yet taken place.
Butterfly Park gazebo starts to fly
Emily Anne Smith of Eatman Smith Architecture in Bradenton Beach developed this rendering of a planned gazebo
at the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park at Holmes Beach City Hall that the Manatee Chapter of the North Ameri-
can Butterfly Association wants to build. The chapter raised more than $5,000 at a recent fundraiser at the
Bradenton Beach Moose Lodge and plans to apply for grants to cover the cost of construction.
A Corps spokesperson said Tidemark has until
February 2007 to complete the dredging.
In addition, a section of the basin at the site along
Marina Drive has been included in a Holmes Beach
permit application to the Corps for maintenance dredg-
ing of canals in the city.
Holmes Beach resident Joan Perry has given the
Corps written objections to the Tidemark basin being
included in the city's permit application.
"I'm concerned the city would end up paying for
dredging Tidemark's basin," she said.
Holmes Beach Building Official Bill Saunders said
Tidemark is required to show activity on its site plan
at least once every six months and, to date, they've met
Easterling has torn down the restaurant along with
three residential structures on the property and some
soil samples from the marina bottom have been taken.
However, Tidemark has not applied for any build-
ing permits, said Saunders.
"I'm hoping to have a major announcement on that
next week, if not sooner," Easterling said.
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The Island should be even more packed than the Memorial Day crowd, pictured, this weekend for the Fourth
of July. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Fourth of July celebrations spark Island fun
The Fourth of July celebrations start early on Anna
Maria Island on the Third of July. Call it a kickoff for
more to come.
Bridge Street merchants in Bradenton Beach have
an early event and early evening in mind with family
fun and some proceeds going to the Anna Maria Island
Their event will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 3,
and will feature bargains, fireworks, hot dogs and music.
The fireworks, which will begin after sunset, are
courtesy of the Beach House Restaurant and will be
visible from all areas of the beach as Jim Taylor of
Taylor-Made Pyrotechnics fires his barrage from a
barge just offshore.
Parking near Bridge Street and the Beach House is
scarce, so a trolley ride is suggested. With plenty of
parking available at Coquina Beach and free trolley
service to and from Bridge Street from there and all
over the Island, it's a best bet. Further information may
be obtained by calling 782-1137.
For the real holiday on the "Fourth," there's the
annual Anna Maria Island Privateers parade to kick off
the day. It organizes at 9:30 a.m. at Coquina Beach,
where anyone on wheels bikes, scooters, ATVs,
cars, towed boats loaded with kids, cats and dogs are
welcome to join the shenanigans.
Although few would suspect the rough-and-tumble
Privateers of being especially romantic, their Fourth of
July parade will end with a wedding on the "pirate ship."
The bride is Nancy Glidden of Dayton, Ohio, and her
husband-to-be is Bill Moritz, also of Dayton. Officiating
will be Alwana Boyd, wife of longtime Privateer Bob
Boyd of Anna Maria. Glidden was a college roommate of
Dee Baker, whose husband is Privateers Secretary Ron
Baker and Dee Baker is Boyd's sister.
It's "all in the family," as they say.
The wedding will take place when the Privateer
Careful with fireworks
Use extreme caution with fireworks, the
Manatee County Emergency Medical Services
warns as the Independence Day celebrations near.
The agency quotes the national Consumer
Product Safety Commission's figures that 9,500
fireworks-related injuries were reported to hospi-
tal emergency rooms across the country in 2001.
Twelve people lost their lives, said the com-
mission. About half of the people injured were
under age 15, two-thirds were under age 20.
Consumer fireworks should be used only by
adults careful adults the EMS group said. It
noted that the great majority of injuries treated in
emergency rooms involved fireworks that were
legal to purchase. And there are no "safe" con-
sumer fireworks, it said, for children have been
injured by all types.
In addition to personal injuries, fireworks
caused more than 24,000 fires at a cost of$17.2
million in property damage.
EMS personnel recommend that the best way
to enjoy fireworks is by watching a public display.
Last year's fireworks off the Beach House Restau-
rant in Bradenton Beach were spectacular. Islander
Photo: J.L. Robertson
boat/float comes to a rest after the parade at the Cafe
on the Beach which is also the start of the Priva-
teers' annual picnic and a party for everybody at 12:30
p.m., said Elizabeth Christie, treasurer of the service
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 Av-
enue, then north again on Gulf Drive to Marina Drive
through Holmes Beach and onward to Bayfront Park in
Anna Maria via Pine Avenue. It will there disband and
participants will go back down-Island to the Manatee
Public Beach at the end of Manatee Avenue, and the Pri-
vateers-Cafe on the Beach party.
The parade is open and free to any and all participants,
as long as they're decorated in keeping with Independence
Day and have wheels under them "the longest little
parade in the world" is too much for foot paraders.
For parade information, call Capt. Kirk Gyson at
778-0767, or Greg Luzier at 752-5973.
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.
But that's not all. There's to be a fireworks display,
this time sponsored by the Sandbar restaurant in Anna
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"Nothing beats parental supervision" to assure
children's safety while swimming, is the experience of
He should know. He is chief of marine rescue for
Manatee County, and he has seen hundreds of thou-
sands of swimmers come and a few of them go at
Manatee beaches and swimming pools.
To make the water safe and enjoyable, he has some
advice from his years on the water and the preventable
tragedies he has seen.
Around the pool, stay on your feet, he urges. "The
most dangerous part of the pool is its edges," he said.
"You can't see through the pool's concrete lip if a child
has a problem. Your angle of sight is much, much bet-
ter if you're standing."
Keep a portable telephone with you at the pool -
"I don't know how many times I've heard 'I just went
to answer the phone' and a child was hurt or drowned."
Same goes on the beach or in a boat: Keep a por-
table phone in a plastic bag and instantly available.
On the beach, take lifeguards into your water life.
Swim near a lifeguard station, Moyles advises. And
talk to the lifeguards. They won't mind, Moyles prom-
ises, and you'll be surprised at what you learn. Ask any
questions to do with water conditions and safety, for
"the dumbest question is the one not asked."
He fully endorses the water-safety program of the
Manatee County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Learn to swim well. No one should ever swim
alone. Practice "reach supervision," that is, always be
within arm's length of a child.
Outfit everyone with the proper gear. Kids and
even adults who are not strong swimmers or who ap-
pear to rely on inflatable toys for safety should use U.S.
Coast Guard-approved flotation devices when swim-
ming or boating.
Keep lifesaving equipment by the pool and know
how to use it: First-aid kit, that cordless phone, a long
pole and ring buoy ... and you.
Take a "safety bag" for a day at the beach, with
SPF 15 or stronger sun screen, water shoes, hat, sun-
glasses, and plenty of drinking water in plastic contain-
Don't forget our famous stingrays until they pain-
fully remind you. They are small rays with a whip for
a tail and spines that can inflict painful wounds. They
hang out at the water's edge along the beach and are
perfectly camouflaged against the sand.
They sting when attacked, such as by a human foot,
so shuffle through the sand to let them know you're
coming so they can leave. If you're stung in the foot or
ankle, soak in hot, hot water and leave the stinger in
there for a doctor to remove.
Jellyfish can sting, too, so tell the lifeguard of any
you see. For that matter, always keep an eye on the
flags which the lifeguards fly to advise of conditions
along the beach.
The heat-relieving swimming and boating season
is here, Moyles said. That light at the end of the Island
storm tunnel is sun, lots of it, lifegiving and dangerous.
Use it wisely.
Raw sewage released in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria MaN or SueLynn told commissioners
at their June 26 meeting that raw sewage was released
during the recent heavy rains when a manhole cover at
the intersection of North Shore Drive and Palm Avenue
Manatee County water and health officials were
called and "they are trying to find answers," she said.
"But it's unacceptable" that raw sewage was re-
leased into the city and she's asking the county for a
She said she had no information yet on any health
or environmental problems the raw sewage may have
caused, nor the extent of the leakage.
City hall update
The mayor also said that the door to the staff work
areas at city hall will be closed during working hours,
indicating too many people were walking into the area
instead of using the public window in the main corri-
Recently, she said, an irate citizen accosted staff in
the work area and became extremely threatening.
In her report to the commission, the mayor also
said she was looking into the possibility of getting a
series of buoys from Manatee County to anchor off-
shore to designate the 300-foot marker. The buoys will
warn boaters to reduce speed inside the markers.
The Jet-Ski for use by Manatee County Sheriff's
Office deputies assigned to Anna Maria has been or-
dered. The Jet-Ski will be used by officers to patrol on
weekends and holidays and as needed, she informed the
Dr. Robert Dean of the University of Florida is to
begin his study of shore erosion on the Tampa Bay side
of the city in the next few weeks, she said.
Once historical data are collected, Dean will be on-
site in the city taking tidal measurements and collect-
ing other information.
The mayor also announced the formation of the ad
hoc committee that will spend two years reviewing the
city's comprehensive plan and land development codes
(see separate story), and asked for a volunteer from the
city commission to be a member.
Commissioner Chuck Webb volunteered, reluc-
tantly, noting he's been through this procedure before
and "there is a lot of work involved."
In other administrative matters, the mayor said
Manatee County will collect electronic waste, such as
old computers, stereos, TVs and radios on Saturday,
July 26, at the Holmes Beach City Hall.
: 40 years a minister
Rev. William Grossman, pastor of
Harvey Memorial Community
Church in Bradenton Beach, is
honored at the church for his 40
years as a minister. Left to right are
Dr. Clem Walker, former Harvey
pastor; the Grossmans; and Lea Ann
Bessonette, who chairs the church's
4- board, presenting the plaque that
reads "In Appreciation and Respect
for Rev. Bill Grossman's 40 years in
the Ministry. Appointed in 1963 to
his first church, Millbrook United
Methodist in Dover, N.J., he has
served congregations in nearly a
dozen churches, including Roser
Memorial in Anna Maria and
Longboat Island Chapel. The
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Stormwater tax to be collected in November
By Joe Kane
There's good news and bad news.
The bad news is that there will be an additional tax
for Holmes Beach property owners next year.
The good news is that rather than a previously con-
sidered $42 annual stormwater drainage fee, the
amount has been pared to $36.
More good news will come when the funded
projects prove to be successful in preventing flooded
roads and homes in the city.
The Holmes Beach City Commission at its June 24
meeting unanimously approved the tax plan, which is
expected to raise $170,676 per year for engineering,
construction and maintaining Holmes Beach's
stormwater drainage system.
that tax, Annie
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Attorney Jim Dye has recom-
mended the city suspend collection of further occupa-
tional license taxes because the city may have made
changes to its OLT ordinance the past 23 years that are
"beyond what the legislature authorized."
In a June 26 letter to City Clerk Alice Baird, Dye
said the city's amended rate structure may have been
done "in a way not apparently authorized by the 1980
The city's ability to levy an occupational tax comes
from the Florida Statutes and all authority to adopt and
amend the OLT must be found in the statute, he said.
But hope is on the way for the city's OLT ordi-
nance to become legally updated, said Dye.
The Florida League of Cities is considering asking
the legislature to authorize additional amendments to
cities' OLT ordinances.
No amendments have been authorized by the
Florida Legislature since 1993, said Dye, and the
city should work with the FLC and the local delega-
tion to the state legislature to persuade that body to
pass laws authorizing cities to update OLT ordi-
Dye concluded that suspension of future OLT col-
lections in Anna Maria "should be done by ordinance
so that it has the force of law behind it."
Baird said her office was "waiting for direction
from the commission because it's an ordinance cur-
Just two weeks ago, commissioners agreed to a
$42-a-year assessment, for stormwater infrastructure
"The reason for lowering the tax is because it's
more equitable," said Commissioner Rich
Bohnenberger, the champion of the utility tax.
According to City Treasurer Rick Ashley, all
Holmes Beach property owners will be taxed. "Every-
one, even tax-exempt properties such as churches, the
fire department, city hall and county beaches, will be
assessed," said Ashley.
The tax is aimed at funding the cost of maintain-
ing a drainage system to remove rainwater flowing
over land and roads, rather than allowing it to stand,
flood roads, or slowly too slowly seep into the soil.
The city's drainage problems increase with each added
driveway, patio, parking lot, and pavement project that
prevents stormwater from soaking into the soil.
"Every property owner in the city will be informed
what their fee will be," said Bohnenberger. "There is
also an appeal process if they feel it is not correct for
The fee rate is based on an arcane Equivalent Resi-
dential Unit, where a typical home may be assessed for
one ERU. However, a strip mall, for example, because
of paved roads, parking lot and sidewalks, would be
assessed several ERUs. Each ERU will cost the prop-
erty owner $3 per month.
No protest to the tax was expressed at any commis-
sion meeting leading up to a unamious approval. It took
just three minutes for the tax, which will appear on No-
vember property tax bills, to be approved.
Pick on somebody your own size
A panel van and scooter crashed in Bradenton Beach, Tuesday, July 1. Elizabeth Scholtz of Middletown,
Conn., riding west on 26th Street in Bradenton Beach on the scooter, struck a Florida Water Works van
heading south on Gulf Drive. Scholtz was transported to Blake Medical Center. Bradenton Beach police said
injuries were primarily road rash over parts of her body. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
rently in place." The 2002-03 city budget allocated $19,600 in
OLT collections don't start until September, she OLT revenues, while actual collections were
said. $24,000, Baird said.
Building squabble decision next Monday
By Paul Roat
The grand finale of last week's tumultuous
Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment meeting
should be reached Monday.
After about four hours of often-heated discus-
sion, which prompted the police to be called to the
meeting room several times to quiet the crowd, board
members recessed to pore over documents for an
appeal of a decision to issue a building permit for a
duplex at 502 Bay Drive S.
Resident Ken Lohn, 500 Bay Drive S., appealed
Building Official Bob Welch's issuance of a build-
ing permit for the duplex, owned by GSR Develop-
ment LLC, on grounds that Lohn's property "may be
degraded due to this development being constructed
contrary to our land development code."
GSR, developer of the proposed Villa Del Rosa
condominiums at the north end of Bradenton Beach
on the Gulf and Villa Del Mar homes in Anna Maria,
is headed by Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega.
Lohn said the duplex's height was greater than
city codes allow, that the building was too close to
Anna Maria Sound, water retention ponds had been
eliminated from revised plans, the survey of the
property was "fraudulent in that the date shown on
the original of the survey is false," and that an ease-
ment between the duplex and his property had been
encroached upon by the new structure.
City Attorney Dick Groff said the appeal pro-
cess, as described in city codes, called for the board
of adjustment to only review the record pertaining to
the issue. "You are merely empowered to review the
record and determine if the evidence supports the
appeal," he said, adding that no new evidence may
be submitted to the board during the appeal pursu-
ant to city codes.
That requirement caused most of the ruckus
from the audience and Lohn, who continuously
pleaded to be allowed to make a presentation to the
board and offer evidence to substantiate his claims
that the building permit should be declared "null and
Vice Chair John Burns presided over the meet-
ing since the chair, Lohn, had to recuse himself since
he was the petitioner in the appeal. Burns and Groff
repeatedly attempted to keep the matter of only hav-
ing the board review the record and not accept addi-
tional evidence, prompting resident Mike Norman to
repeatedly call for Burns to be removed as chair.
After almost an hour of debate, Lohn was finally
allowed to offer his comments only to correct the
record. He sdid the height of the duplex, according
to the plans, would be 43 feet, greater than permit-
ted by the city's land development codes. He also
said the scale of the building was not in keeping with
other structures in the neighborhood.
Welch said the plans as originally submitted did
include the 43-foot height of the building, and he had
denied the extra height. He said city code allows for
the building to be 39 feet high, which is the height
of the proposed building based on the revised plans.
Lohn said the city codes call for a 25-foot set-
back from Anna Maria Sound. He said the surveys
for the property were in error and that the mean high-
tide line on the surveys is wrong and the building
therefore is too close to the water.
Welch said the surveys were done by a licensed
surveyor and if there was an issue with the surveys,
a state licensing board should be contacted.
Lohn said revised plans for the duplex had water
retention ponds removed from the project. Welch said
original plans called for stormwater retention to be on
the property and he intended to inform the builder that
some form of water retention would be required.
Lohn said an easement had been encroached into
by the developer and, in fact, a corner of the build-
ing jutted about four feet into the easement. The
builder apparently realized his error and chopped the
corner out so it would not encroach, Lohn said, and
that act should have called for Welch to declare the
building permit "null and void."
Lohn said he wanted the building to be no more
than 36 feet in height, and moved back from the
water 15 feet.
Board of adjustment members will reconvene to
make a decision on the appeal at 6:30 p.m. Monday,
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 2, 2003 0 PAGE 13
'Best turtle week ever' on Anna Maria
By Jim Hanson
Flooded sea turtle eggs saved, a new nest in a
prominent Islander's backyard, a surprising 121 nests
with the season not half gone, five nests due to hatch
Altogether, it was "the best turtle news week ever,"
said the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch director and
state permit holder here for marine turtle preservation,
Eight nests ended up inundated by the heavy rains
last week, and three of them were moved by Turtle
Watch volunteers before a lightning storm chased them
from the beach.
They lost about half of one nest's eggs in the
Bayfront Park beach area, she said, "and a little boy
found it and stayed by it like a soldier, brave and loyal,
until we got there to handle it."
One loggerhead showed up in "broad daylight" to
nest with "tons of eggs, who knows how many" in the
"backyard" beachfront of longtime Island veterinatian
H.A. Stevens' home in the 700 block of North Shore
Boulevard. A small group of about eight Turtle Watch
volunteers and 10 or so fascinated spectators, includ-
ing Dr. Stevens wife Catharine, stood by and watched
without a single person getting too near, Fox said.
It will be left alone but watched closely by Turtle
Watch volunteers, along with the Stevenses and their
Five or more nests nearly two months old are due
to hatch any day now, though frequent rains may have
cooled the beach enough to delay the young turtles'
emergence into the world.
Loggerhead eggs usually hatch 55 days or so from
being laid, with the sun and sand making an efficient
natural incubator. Cooler-than-usual weather can
lengthen the process.
A brief but heated crisis rose over the weekend
when sponsors or participants in a commercial volley-
)ball tournament at Coquina Beach apparently moved
stakes marking turtle nests, Fox said. "They denied it,
:but we are convinced they moved the stakes" to make
way for volleyball..
The tournament's end concluded the case Without
settlement, but left some sour feelings. It's too late to
do anything about it now, Fox said, but she will try to
see to it that next year's tournament is not scheduled
during turtle nesting season.
The volleyball people left about 50 large banners on
the beach, too, she said. They were used during play to
mark courts. "They had a Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection permit, but surely they didn't follow all
the rules the DEP sets forth," Fox said.
As for the turtle census, Turtle Watch has counted
121 nests so far in this May-to-October season, com-
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Beach litter the plain old rude garbage kind and
the chairs and tents left out over night continues to
interfere with sea turtles trying to get onto the beach to
nest, but the usual Fourth of July trash wasted and used
fireworks and picnic fare won't last long this year.
The Islander is sponsoring a beach cleanup effort
just hours after the fireworks Turtle Watch volun-
teers and helpers from the public are to sweep the
beach clear of trash Saturday morning.
Fox said she hopes the public volunteers will get
an early start, maybe as early as 6 a.m., to be joined by
Turtle Watch workers when they complete their turtle-
check of the beach. They start their rounds at 6 a.m.
and finish about 7:30.
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end of the Manatee Public Beach, where Manatee Av-
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The newspaper will provide trash bags, then with
cleanup complete at late morning will host snacks and
sodas (and some cool air conditioning) at the office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Turtle Watch volunteers carry trash bags for
pickup daily, although nighttime Fourth of July revelry
produces a neglectful addition to the existing problem.
The public is, of course, welcome to tackle the
problem on their own July 5 on their routine beach
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Fire safety: As simple as water sprinklers
By Joe Kane
You think your home is safe?
You might be surprised to see how quickly one
spark can consume your house in flames.
To promote fire safety, the West Manatee Fire and
Rescue District has borrowed a "fire sprinkler trailer"
from the Florida Fire Chiefs Association to demon-
strate how your home is inflammable.
This demonstration simulates a kitchen fire inside
a 17-foot trailer, where four to five persons can see and
feel a fire started and extinguished first hand.
You can witness flames engulfing "curtains" and,
in a matter of seconds, experience the intense heat as
the temperature reaches 155 degrees, which triggers a
water sprinkler, instantly extinguishing the blaze.
This test demonstration of a fire in a single-family
home is to encourage Islanders to put a fire extinguish-
ing sprinkler system in their homes.
"In most cases, one or two sprinklers in a home
may save your life and your home," said Andy Price,
chief of WMFR. "And if you're concerned about wa-
ter damage, consider a single sprinkler head puts out 18
gallons of water a minute, compared to a firefighter's
hose, which can spew out between 300 to 1,000 gallons
Price said it makes good financial sense to have
good fire protection. "Homeowners can get a 15 to 20
percent discount on their home insurance if they have
sprinklers installed," said Price. "Sprinklers save lives,
although there have been no fire deaths on the Island
since the mid 1980s."
While the Island has escaped deaths to fire in
nearly 20 years, there have been in the last year 159
deaths in Florida and 3,745 deaths in the nation.
Remarkably, there are only a dozen homes in the
fire district that have a sprinkler system installed.
In the 42 million square feet of protected property
in the fire district, firefighters are responsible for the
safety of 10,860 homes, 860 duplexes, 3,630 condo-
miniums, 1,700 mobile homes, 47 motels, 435 busi-
nesses and 40 churches.
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Fire Chief Andy Price welcomes Holmes Beach public works crew members to the "fire sprinkler trailer,"
demonstrating the value of water sprinklers in a home. Island Photo: Joe Kane
There is no law mandating sprinklers in a single-
family home. That is why the FFCA is promoting this
statewide campaign on water sprinklers.
Price said the cost to install a sprinkler system in home
ranges from $1 per square foot for a new home and $1.50
to $2.50 per square foot for a remolded home.
While the cost may seem prohibitive, consider the
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Three years ago, a raging million-dollar fire en-
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City engineering firm delivers goods
By Rick Catlin
The engineering firm of Baskerville-Donovan Inc.,
hired earlier this year as city engineers for Anna Maria,
delivered the "promised goods" for a number of long-
overdue city projects at the June 26 city commission
BDI's Kurt Jensen presented the first part of a re-
quested report on public parking spaces on city rights
of way, stating parking spaces should be 8 feet by 22-
If three or more spaces are in line, Jensen said the
middle spaces can be 8 feet by 20 feet.
Jensen also gave commissioners options on the
surface of parking spaces, noting they could be paver
brick, shell or grass, among other choices.
He also presented a "geoweb" material that could
indicate a parking space.
Any handicap space, however, must have a hard
surface, he said.
He reminded commissioners he was just present-
ing the "engineer's approach" to the requested prob-
lem. It's up to the commission to decide the type of
surface for parking spaces and how many they want to
"You may just want to stay with grass" as a sur-
face, Jensen said.
When he returns to the commission at its July
workshop session, Jensen will have the completed plan
showing all available parking spaces in the designated
parking zone that meet the established criteria for size
and space. He'll also have a cost analysis for each space
using various materials as a surface.
It's then up to the commission to decide how many
of those spaces, if any, it wants in the city's parking
Stormwater drainage update
Jensen said the city's application to get in next
year's grant cycle for Florida's Nonpoint Source Man-
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Pipe removal and regrading of swale along North
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Installation of a catch basin on Archer Way.
Project construction at the intersection of Rose
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Commissioners also approved the BDI engineering
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and voted to spend $106,745 for the project, of which
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was transferred from reserves.
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County official silences Kitchen in Cortez
By Joe Kane
In spite of emotional pleas and a legion of support,
a Manatee County hearing officer pulled the plug June
25 on amplified music at the Cortez Kitchen.
Special Master Donald Courtney ordered the Cortez
Kitchen, a popular musical site, dining spot and watering
hole, to immediately cease violating county code.
John Banyas, property owner of the outdoor eatery
at 4528 119th St. W. in Cortez, was subpoenaed to
appear before code enforcement officials..
Courtney asked Banyas if he was guilty of violat-
ing a special permit issued to the operator with the ex-
plicit stipulations: "There shall be no outdoor amplified
Banyas plead ignorance, telling Courtney, "To me
it wasn't clear we were in violation."
"You are in violation of Section 505 (Special Per-
mits) and Section 1202 (Violations) of the Manatee
County Land Development Code," said Courtney.
"That means no amplified music."
Pete Barreda, restaurant operator/lessee, sought
some way to play music from the special master.
"No amplified music, no problem," answered
The outdoor restaurant and deck were constructed
alongside the fish market several years ago, apparently
without the proper permits, and in May 2000 a Mana-
tee County hearing officer approved the restaurant's
special permit, with the following conditions: "There
shall be no outdoor amplified live entertainment."
That agreement, reached more than three years ago,
had many special conditions that Banyas had to agree to
before they could legally operate a restaurant at the site.
Besides the ban on all amplified music, there were
other conditions required to make the operation legal.
Some of those written conditions stated,
"Unamplified music permitted until 11 p.m. Sunday
through Thursday, and until midnight Friday, Saturday
and any day prior to a legal holiday. Monday through
Friday morning, no unamplified outdoor entertainment
(music) before 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday mornings
and any morning before a legal holiday no unamplified
outdoor entertainment (music) before 10 a.m."
In the rules agreed to by the owner, the issue of
amplified music is mentioned six times.
A clearly disappointed Banyas and Barreda left the
Manatee County Commission chambers with a dozen
supporters, who were equally angry.
"We're going to fight this. We've had music since
day one," said Barreda, "and actually thought we could
play music. A lot of jobs are dependent on live music.
I'm on my last leg."
Barreda has pleaded that the music offered has
established the success of Cortez Kitchen and that suc-
cess translates into jobs for local residents and incomes
for fishermen and musicians alike. Without the bands,
Barreda fears a serious economic loss for himself and
that it will have repercussions in the community.
Banyas expressed his feelings over what he be-
lieves is the unfairness of the situation. "I was under no
impression we were in violation. We thought we were
under the same rules as the indoor restaurant only 50
feet away," said Banyas, who also owns the adjacent
property where the indoor-dining restaurant known as
Cortez Kitchen by the Bay is also operated by Barreda.
For months, some neighbors say they appealed for
silence in vain to Banyas, Barreda and Manatee County
Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, who happens to
reside within "earshot" of the property.
Some neighbors say the loud music at. Cortez
Kitchen continued to reverberate blocks away, forcing
them to call the police for relief. Deputies would visit
homes of residents complaining about the noise, then
again cite the Kitchen for loud music.
"Should they play amplified music, they will be
fined $85 a day," said Rita Mooney of the Manatee
County Code Enforcement Department.
Island Middle School and Island Fitness form partnership
By Diana Bogan
The Island Middle School and Island Fitness
Center are taking steps to form a healthy partnership.
The objective of the partnership will be to provide
structured team sporting events and athletic physical
fitness programs, which will also include safety and nu-
tritional health information.
At a recent IMS board meeting, John Belsito,
owner of Island Fitness, said that pooling resources
would provide a greater opportunity to engage Island
youth in physical fitness activities.
IMS life-skills teacher Gary Hughes agreed the
partnership would be a "great opportunity" because
the school doesn't have the facilities for a physical
According to the draft partnership proposal, the
after-school athletic program would be a sub-program
of the school's physical education program.
Funding for the program, including equipment,
training and other supplies, would come from dona-
tions and grant money.
IMS grant writer Cindy Williamson is already re-
searching and working on grants to help raise funds for
the fitness program.
The after-school program will be based on the
Presidential Physical Fitness Program and will offer
teens a supervised activity between 3 and 6 p.m. be-
fore other organized activities begin, such as those
offered at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
According to data collected by IMS staff in May
2003, Island youth currently engage in physical fitness
activities for three hours per week.
According to Belsito, this lack of activity resulted
in 30 percent of students being overweight.
Organized fitness activities can not only reduce
childhood obesity, but also increase self-esteem and
keep youth out of trouble, he said.
The IMS board voted unanimously in favor of
forming a partnership with the fitness center.
Enter 'Top Notch' for front-page award, prizes
It's all about "capturing the moment," to wifi prizes
and have your photo featured on the cover of The Is-
The first of eight weekly winning photos is fea-
tured this week, and more weekly entries are sought
through Aug. 13. The weekly 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
The deadline for each week's submissions is Friday.
Photos may include abstracts, still-life pictures,
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
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via e-mail to email@example.com
or on diskette or CD. Sorry, no retouching, enhance-
ments or computer manipulation is allowed.
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
each photo, disk or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants must submit the label information
in the text of the e-mail, one photo attachment per e-
Photos without labels will be disqualified. Addi-
tional photo labels are available at the newspaper of-
fice or they may be copied.
Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper's Top Notch Photo Contest is
strictly for amateur photographers. Amateurs are those who derive
less than 5 percent ef their income from photography.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after Jan. 1,
2002, are eligible. Photos previously published (in any media) or en-
tered in any Islander/other competitions are not eligible.
3) Photographs may be taken with any make of camera. No
retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permitted of nega-
tives, prints or electronic photo files; no composite pictures or mul-
tiple printing can be submitted. Digital photos may be submitted in
their original JPG file format (via e-mail or disk) or a printed photo-
graph. Slide (transparency) photos are not accepted.
4) Entrant's name, address and phone number must be written dearly
in ink on the contest label and affixed to the back of each print, or listed
similarly in an e-mail message along with each digital photo. One photo
per e-mail submission. Mail entries to The IslanderTop Notch Photo Con-
test, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes.Beach FL 34217. E-mail digital entries to
5) Entrants by their entry agree that The Islander may publish their
pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be able to furnish the original
negative or digital image if requested by the contest editor. All photos sub-
mitted become the property of The Islander. Photos will not be returned.
The Islanderand contest sponsors assume no responsibility for negatives,
diskettes, CDs or photo prints.
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LOCATION PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
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try is in compliance with them.
SIGNATURE OF ENTRANT:
Entrant must know the name and address of any recognizable
persons appearing in the picture and those must be enclosed/attached
with the entry.
6) Employees of The Islander and their immediate family mem-
bers are not eligible to enter the contest
7) Any taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners.
Any cash prize won by a minor will be awarded to a parent or guard-
ian. Prize rights are not transferable.
Please attach to photo and mail or deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Dr., Holmes Beach FL 34217. Please include all form informa-
tion with digital photographs sent by e-mail in the message text and
preferably the contestants last name on the "subject" line. Please note
on envelopes "Attention Top Notch Photo Contest."
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Robert Nicholas Bileth
Robert Nicholas Bileth, 32, of Sarasota, died June
Born in Bradenton, Bileth was raised on Anna
Maria Island. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp, and
was an avid fisherman and Harley Davidson motor-
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, July 3, and from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 5,
and memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manasota Chapel, 1221
53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Memorial contributions may
be made to the Child Protection Center, 1750 17th St.,
Building L, Sarasota FL 34234.
Bileth is survived by wife Tanamarie of Sarasota;
great grandmother Magdeline Frieler of Bradenton;
maternal grandparents Phyllis and William Byerly of
Bradenton; paternal grandmother Marianne of
Bradenton; father and stepmother Frank and Jackie of
Bradenton; mother and stepfather Debbie and Scott
Best of Englewood; brothers Steven of Clarksville,
Tenn., Jason and Daniel of Bradenton, and Brandon
and Sean Best of Englewood.
Wilbur Harrison Boyd
Wilbur Harrison Boyd, 76, who helped run the
campaigns that made his friend-Lawton Chiles gover-
nor and senator and was involved with Chiles in the
Sandbar restaurant on Anna Maria Island and other
ventures, died June 25.
He once was a state representative and then sena-
tor, filling the office once held by his father, Hugh. He
also was a banker, developer, and community activist.
Survivors include his wife Fay; daughters Daphne
of Brandon, Brenda Boyd May, owner of Boyd Realty
in Anna Maria and Bradenton and Catcher's Marina in
Holmes Beach, and Valerie Boyd Garguilo of Naples;
10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. .
Funeral services were private: Memorial donations
may be made to the Wilbur H. "Bur" Boyd Scholar-
ship, care of the Foundation for Manatee Community
College, P.O. Box 1849, Bradenton FL 34206.
George Keating Smith Connolly
George Keating Smith Connolly, 92, of Bradenton,
died June 30.
Born in Dundee, N.Y., Mr. Connolly moved to
Longboat Key from Charleston, W. Va., in 1995. He
was a retired chemical engineer with Union Carbide
Corp. He was a graduate of Cornell University, Ithica,
N.Y. He was a member of the Kanawha United Pres-
byterian Church in Charleston.
There were no services. Shannon Funeral Home
was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by daughter Anne Connolly of
Florence D. Davis
Florence D. Davis, 81, formerly of Holmes Beach,
died June 29 at Freedom Village Nursing Center,
She flew for the Women's Air Force Service Pilots
(WASP) during World War II and was a 40-year vol-
unteer for the American Red Cross. A homemaker, she
came here from Patterson Air Force Base in 1972.
Surviving are her daughter, Karen Harwood of Las
Cruces, N.M.; son Michael of Westerville, Ohio;
brother Clifton Doak of Pensacola; three grandchil-
dren; and two great-grandchldren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of
the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
Art dances on 4 legs
"The Degas Chair," with a Degas-like figure
constructed over a stool, the creation of Manatee
High School student Frankie Zaremba, is part of the
"Toast to the Future" exhibit at the Longboat Key
Center for the Arts. The exhibit caps off the 50th
anniversary celebration at the center and features
works by MHS students funded largely by the Weller
Grant. Islander Photo: Katharine Wight
Father Bernie leaves
Father Bernie Evanofski was recently reassigned
from St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach to
the San Marco Catholic Church on Marco Island.
He was credited with starting a rosary service on
the beach every Wednesday morning at Cafe on the
Beach and was instrumental in organizing a number of
group pilgrimages, including Mexico, Lourdes, Fatima
Father Evanofski also assisted at Blake Medical
Center and was the chaplain at Cardinal Mooney High
School in Sarasota last year.
His last mass was Sunday, June 22, and the St.
Bernard Women's Guild and Holy Name Society
hosted a luncheon for he and his mother, Margaret.
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A reopening party will be from 5-8 p.m. Fri- taurant was more extensively damaged and re-
day, July 4, at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf mains closed.
Drive, Holmes Beach, in business again after a fire Members of the artists' cooperative will be on
next door closed the gallery. hand Friday to discuss their work, and refresh-
The gallery had been closed for renovations ments will be served, said Richard Stewart, pho-
since April 21, when a fire at Augie's Italian Res- tographer and gallery member who is spokesman
taurant damaged the interior of the gallery but did for the group.
no harm to the artworks on display there. The res- Further information is available at 778-6648.
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Kudos to Island Players' Shakespeare on the Island
By Robert Noble
Shakespeare has returned to Anna Maria Island,
Kelly Wynn Woodland is in the director's chair, and all
is right with the world ... well, almost all.
Ms. Woodland is one of the top stage directors in
our area, moving between different styles and genres
with dazzling felicity. Her previous two Shakespearean
productions for Anna Maria Island Players, a won-
drous, magical "Midsummer's Night Dream" and a
bawdy, boisterous "Taming of the Shrew," were real
gifts to this community.
Actors blossom under her dynamic guidance. This
"Twelfth Night" cast is full of delightful, well-spoken,
fully rounded characters. Woodland deploys them all
around the theater with wit and purpose. By using two
side stages, she keeps the action flowing continuously.
The poetry takes a backseat to the comedy, largely
because of the gifted hijinks of that lovable trio, Feste,
Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
Mark Woodland attacks Sir Toby with gusto and
good humor. It is low comedy in the best tradition, even
managing to belch on cue!
That talented young tyro, Dylan Jones, adds an-
other sparkling creation to his growing resume as an
effete, pratfalling Sir Andrew. Crashing into every wall
and piece of furniture in sight, he does it all with fo-
cused energy and immaculate timing.
In the most fully realized performance on this
stage, Mark Shoemaker plays Feste, the clown, with
incredible virtuosity. His line readings are veritable
symphonies of meaningful sound. He applies presto,
legato, accelerando, staccato and rubato to the text with
exhilarating effect. His speaking voice has spectacular
range and colors and his singing voice is lovely in the
many songs assigned to Feste. His "Come Away
Death," done with flute and guitar, is the most beauti-
ful moment of the evening. Ms. Woodland rightly gave
Shoemaker the last bow.
Malvolio was given a droll, dour reading by that
able actor, Richard Garcia, whose accent worked well
to further alienate poor Malvolio, who seems to be the
butt of everyone's joke.
Jon Kieffner's Duke Orsino, though a little rough
around the edges, made an attractively melancholic
lover. As the object of his affection, Heather Kopp,
though too young for the role, brought beauty and spirit
As Viola, masquerading as a boy most of the play,
Corinne Woodland (another member of the dynasty) is
an attractive, intelligent young actress who manages to
impress in everything she does, no matter the size of the
role. As her brother, the stalwart Ryland Jones is almost
totally unintelligible, with too-short vowels and not a
consonant in sight.
Sarah Kieffner makes a pleasant Maria, Olivia's
maid, but the role needs more energy and bounce, more
of the "bawdy wench." In smaller roles, John Durkin
gave us a warm, clearly spoken sea captain, and Scott
Ehrenpreis was a standout as Antonio dashing,
beautifully spoken, with terrific thrust in his excellent
My only quibble with Director Woodland's work
is the addition of a group of dancing "Sea Nymphs,"
who kept popping in and out of scenes to very little
effect. Rather than evolving out of the action, they
looked grafted on, whereas in "Midsummer Night's
Island Players' third
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S Island" performance of
"Twelfth Night" was an
S.. outstanding success.
Dream" they were an illuminating addition. However,
the fact that 10 young people were involved in a first-
rate production of Shakespeare cannot be overlooked.
And they all, right down to the 7-year-old, acquitted
themselves beautifully, playing with charm and effi-
There were many delightful touches: the delicious
musical improvisations during "0 Mistress Mine;" the
fun business with the arbor and a moving potted tree;
all of Feste's songs, including the rousing finale for the
entire company, "Hey Ho, The Wind and the Rain," a
joyous finish to an evening with the Bard of Avon as
he was meant to be live on the stage.
Rick Kopp's attractive, serviceable sets included
an upper level, a balcony and various arches and door-
ways for entrances and exits. Costumes were nicely co-
ordinated by Priscilla Boyd, with the Viola/Sebastian
outfits particularly striking. Chris McVicker's lighting
has a nice touch in isolating the monologues in pools
Thanks t6 all, especially Ms. Woodland for her
taste and vision. And, of course, kudos to Island Play-
ers and its co-producer The Islander newspaper for fine
Thie Islander offices will be closed Friday in order
for our staff to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Deadlines will take place "as usual," except for early retail, reaurant and sports
advertising is due by noon Thursday. 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
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THE ISLANDER M JULY 2, 2003 M PAGE 23
Arvida not likely to give up Perico fight
By Rick Catlin
Islanders shouldn't expect the Arvida Corp. to give
up plans for a residential development on Perico Island ...
just because it may no longer be interested in its pro-
posed 898-unit condominium complex (The Islander,
What the company will likely do is scrap the condo
project with its 10-story-high buildings and submit a
new plan that's more in accordance with the City of . o., ..
Bradenton's land use development plan and less
likely to generate lawsuits such as the two Bradenton
and Arvida are now facing.
Indeed, based upon history, Arvida and its parent,
the St. Joe Company in Jacksonville, don't like to pass
on a profit-making deal.
The St. Joe Company, which acquired Arvida in
1996, is the largest private landowner in Florida with .
more than 1 million acres in land and assets in excess
of $2 billion and a net corporate income of $174 mil- '
lion last year.
It's also got a long history in Florida of using its
political muscle to fix elections and support politicians
friendly to its land development plans. Perico Island, wit
The company was founded by Alfred du Pont (yes, Florida Northwe
those du Ponts) in the early 1900s to buy Florida land homes and living
Du Pont eventually sold the company to Ed Ball, Major player
who headed St. Joe from 1930 until 1968.
Ball has been accused of fixing the 1950 election But Crooked
of George Smathers as Florida's governor, a claim he project in Florida
never denied. needs a new airpc
At one time, St. Joe owned the state's largest pa- In Gulf Coun
per mill and a railroad, along with extensive land hold- pany officials hav
wings, but since the mid-1990s has concentrated on land 3.5-mile stretch o
sales and development, its planned 1,600
s Now, former DisneyWorld executive Peter A similar pro
Rummell heads up St. Joe. Rummell claims he learned move a 1.4-mile p
the value of quality and creativity working for Disney. by the company
I It would seem Rummell also learned the value of state officials anc
having political muscle on your side. St. Joe has
St. Joe has 10 full-time lobbyists in Tallahassee, SummerCamp de
paid to lean on politicians for favorable votes. County. The cor
Florida State University board of trustees chairman more than 25,000
John Thrasher, a former speaker of the Florida House a hotel. A propose
of Representatives, is a paid lobbyist, as are members In its WaterS
of the law firm of Hopping Green and Sams. St. Joe has already
While he was FSU president, Sandy D'Alamberte 499 lots. The cou
once came to the company's defense in a published golf course and a
newspaper opinion column after the company was criti- In south Fl
cized by a letter writer. Weston subdivisi
In the 2002 elections, St. Joe and its subsidiaries a city.
and executives donated at least $84,000 to political Arvida also 1
candidates, including current Gov. Jeb Bush. around Jacksonsv
The company says it makes campaign contribu- on the St. Johns I
tions to candidates of both political parties, and sup- On Longboa
ports anyone who will help northwest Florida become Longboat Key Cli
the garden spot of the state for new home development, town.
regardless of their party affiliation.
Will swap for airport At the same
In Panama City in Bay County, St. Joe has offered somewhat of a ch
to donate 4,000 undeveloped acres of land near the air- The company
port if county officials will tear down the old structure vatio" encies i
and build a new one with a longer runway to accom- acres within there
modate large passenger jets. 160,000 acres to
St. Joe officials make no secret that they need the The company
bigger airport as an attraction for people to buy some vation lands nan
of the 450 planned homes in its subdivision near with helping env
Crooked Creek. agencies to buy u
Randy Curtis of the Panama City-Bay County Air- ervation as a stall
port Authority said a new airport with an 8,000-foot price.
runway, as St. Joe has requested, will cost taxpayers But St. Joe ha
about $210 million, oped acres on th
Curtis supports a new airport because the current Florida, subdividi
6,300-foot runway is too small for new versions of the 100- acre parcels
Boeing 737, let alote larger aircraft. The list of St
St. Joe contends the area needs a new facility be- posals in the pan[
cause of the tremendous growth in the Panhandle, and tensive.
the nearest large airport is in Tallahassee, about 70
Not to mention the fact that a new airport could So why did S
help generate millions and millions of dollars in new less supply of lan
home sales in the region for St. Joe. Panhandle, come
All part of the St. Joe plan to develop the Great Probably bec
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st as the new hot spot for Florida
, as company advertising states.
in panhandle development
Creek is not the only St. Joe/Arvida
a's Panhandle, nor the only reason it
ort. It's also not the only controversy.
ty near the City of Port St. Joe, com-
ve asked that county officials move a
f U.S. Highway 98 to make room for
-home Windmark development.
)posal in nearby Franklin County to
portion of U.S. 98 has been withdrawn
following a torrent of complaints by
1 local residents.
already been approved to build its
development in St. Teresa in Franklin
nmunity will have 499 homes and
) square feet of commercial space and
al for a marina has been withdrawn.
found development in Walton County,
y sold more than a third of the planned
unty has given St. Joe approval for a
n additional 1,250 residential units.
orida, Arvida developed the posh
on, which has been incorporated into
has three large developments in and
'ille, including a 450-unit subdivision
at Key, Arvida has developed the
ub, in addition to other projects in that
reservation for cash
time, however, St. Joe has become
lampion of conservation.
y sold off 90,000 acres to state conser-
n 2002 and will sell another 7,000
;e years, and possibly an additional
the state, company officials say.
even'has a vice'president for conser-
ied George Wilson, who is charged
ironmental groups and governmental
developed St. Joe property for pres-
te or local park- at a St. Joe profit
is also put more than 20,000 undevel-
he "sell" market in rural northwest
ing the acreage near Fanlew, Fla., into
for modern rural living.
t. Joe/Arvida developments and pro-
handle and around Tallahassee is ex-
t. Joe/Arvida, with its seemingly end-
d and friendly politicians in Florida's
cause of friendly local officials, sug-
gested environmentalist Ernie Rivers in Pensacola.
When the Bradenton City Council annexed Perico
Island in early 2000, it took Arvida less than a month
to get approval from that body for its condominium
Since the project was now located within the
Bradenton city limits, Arvida did not have to pay
Manatee County impact fees that would have cost them
hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But St. Joe and Arvida don't do anything that
won't make a profit, said Rivers.
The land reportedly will cost Arvida about $10
million. With 898 condominium units on Perico sell-
ing at an average estimated price of just $250,000 per
unit, the deal would bring in about $225 million in
gross sales for Arvida.
"I think you could make a nice profit, after build-
ing and land costs, with $225 million," suggested Riv-
"So I don't think Arvida is just going to walk away
from that kind of money, just because some little en- .
vironmental group challenges them in court," he said.
"I wouldn't be surprised if they [Arvida] are al-
ready working on a new development proposal," said
The environmental group ManaSota-88 has filed a
lawsuit against Arvida and the City of Bradenton over
Arvida's proposed Perico Island condominium project.
And while the recent stay-order request by
Bradenton makes ManaSota-88 executive director
Glenn Compton believe Arvida might be losing inter-
est in high-rise cAndos on Perico Island, he's under no
illusions about the might of Arvida.
"They've got the high-priced lawyers and lobby-
ists, they've got the political might, they've got all
these other developments that they claim provide jobs
in Florida, and they've got money. They've got every-
thing," said Compton.
"We're just a nonprofit group of volunteers," he
But if Arvida thinks ManaSota-88 will throw in the
towel, they'd better get ready for the next round, sug-
gested Compton. He's convinced Arvida will just
present a new plan for Perico if it backs out of the cur-
"We have no intention of giving up the [current]
court case and we'll look closely at any new proposal
and if necessary, file to block that project," Compton
The company's activities in northwest Florida
show Arvida is more interested in making a buck than
in saving the environment, and that holds true for the
Perico Island project, Compton concluded.
Ed. Note: Information for this story was gathered from
previous stories in The Islander newspaper, the Talla-
hassee Democrat, the Panama City Tribune Herald
and the Pensacola Times.
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PAE '24 6 JULY 2, 2063 M THE ISLANbEkt
J.D. Webb wins again, heads west
By Jim Hanson
J.D. Webb just keeps soaring higher and higher in
wakeboard competition, and now he's soaring west to
Japan to teach clinics in his specialty.
The former Anna Maria Islander is just 16, so it's
hard to tell where he'll end up, said father Ben Webb.
Probably keep on wakeboarding, where he has won so
In his most recent exploit, he placed first in the Jun-
ior Masters Water-Ski and Wakeboard Tournament, an
invitational event sponsored by Correct Craft, at
Callaway Gardens in Georgia,
It was the 44th annual junior masters championship
competition for youths age 14 to 18.
His family is just as enthusiastic as J.D., perhaps
more excited than this in-control young man. His Aunt
Paulette of Holmes Beach was at the tournament, and
came back with photos to prove it.
His grandparents on both sides, Jackie Webb and
Don and Joanne Sapiro, are longtime Islanders and at-
tend his contests when possible. An uncle, Joe Webb,
is a charter boat captain out of Anna Maria.
The boy began barefoot skiing at age 4 in Anna
Maria waters. Parents Ben and Sue Webb moved the
family from the Island to Polk City four years ago to
give J.D. year-around calm lake waters for training -
and a coach, who was firmly based near Cypress Gar-
dens. He's a good student, going into the 11th grade in
J.D. Webb flies to victory in world competition.
the fall, said-Paulette.
He has been in Japan recently, teaching wakeboard
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THE.ISLANDER JULY 2, 2003 U PAGE 25
Koko Ray and the Soul Providers go live
There is good news for people who can't get
enough of Koko Ray and the Soul Providers' wailing
saxophones, jumpin' keyboards and rumbling drums.
The band recently released an independent live
recording aptly titled "LIVE 2003."
The compact disc features original music per-
formed by the band with the exception of one cover
tune "'TPick Up the Pieces," written by members of
the Average White Band.
Also featured on the live CD is an instrumental
song, "About Us," that is a collaboration done by cur-
rent band members Dave Anson on keyboard, John
Purcell on guitar, Greg Slusher on bass, Pat Betts on
drums and "Koko" Ray Hansen on saxophone, flute
Although each of the band members has recorded
with other artists, this is their first project with Koko
This is also the first time in his 30-year career that
Hansen has released a recording of original music with
a band of his own.
"Some of the material was co-written with musi-
cians I worked with in the 1980s, but I was so taken by
the way the music was interpreted and performed by
the Soul Providers that I decided it had to be recorded,"
"My band mates are all seasoned musicians, so
when my friend Dan Sweeny offered to do a live digi-
tal recording, I jumped at the chance."
The CD is available at all Koko Ray and the Soul
Providers performances for $10.
During July, the band will be playing and sell-
ing CDs every Friday at Woodson Brother's Sea-
food Grill on Manatee Avenue and every Saturday at
Sports Lounge on Bridge Street.
Koko Ray and the Soul
Providers has released its
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For more information and a complete calendar of
band performances, go to the band Web site at .
Urgent care now available
Dr. Pamela J. Letts, M.D., recently opened the
Centre Shops Family Practice and Urgent Care
medical facility at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Suite 205, on Longboat Key, allowing Islanders an
alternative to a mainland hospital emergency room
for urgent care.
As a family practice, Dr. Letts also attends to the
regular medical needs of patients of all ages.
When the Professional Medical Center in Holmes
Beach closed recently, it referred a number of Island
residents to Dr. Letts and new patients are welcome.
The new facility also offers on-site laboratory
work, EKG, X-ray and vaccinations, along with annual
physical and some minor surgery services.
For more information, call 387-1211.
An article in the June 18 issue of The Islander on
the Paw Spa salon for pet grooming at 5343 Gulf
Drive in Holmes Beach should have said owners Joyce
and Carmen Akins are from Ithaca, N.Y.
In addition, Carmen is a certified dog handler.
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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-
Thursday, July 3
5 to 8 p.m. Fourth of July celebration on
Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Sale of hot dogs
- and sodas benefit the Anna Maria Island Community
Sunset- Fireworks offshore of the Beach House
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
Friday, July 4
10 a.m. Privateers' Fourth of July Parade from
Coquina Beach to Bayfront Park. Participants wel-
come. Information: 778-0767.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Freedom Festival along Bay
Isles Road near Town Hall, Longboat Key.
12:30 p.m. Privateers' Fourth of July Picnic at
Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Avenue and Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0767.
4 p.m.-midnight- July Fourth celebration and fire-
works, Riverside Park West, Palmetto. Free.
5 to 8 p.m. Gala re-opening party at Island Gal-
lery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
6 p.m. 'Tropical Fourth of July" concert and fire-
works display at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens,
811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Information: 366-5731
ext. 5. Fee applies.
Sunday, July 6
6:30 p.m. Potluck Dinner and Bean Point Beach
Walk with the Sierra Club. Information: 752-3200. Do-
Monday, July 7
10:15 a.m. Summer workshop for the Gulf
Coast Writers group at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-7732.
Tuesday, July 8
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. Veterans Service officers at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 749-3030.
2 to 3 p.m. "Hats off to Entertainment" children's
program with Preston Boyd at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Wednesday, July 9
10:30 a.m. Friends Book Club at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
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.
"Highly Caffeinated" exhibit by The Edge at Java
'n' Jive, 811 Eighth Ave., Palmetto, through July 31.
Banyan Theater Company presents "Hedda
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Florida, 5313 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, through July
13. Information: 358-5330. Fee applies.
Day of Enrichment at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
"That's Italian" family festival at the John and
Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota July 12.
Origami class at the Island Branch Library July
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Internet class for beginners at the Island Branch
Library July 14.
Vacation Bible School at Gloria Dei Lutheran
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Vacation Bible School pre-registration at Island
Baptist Church July 19.
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Larry Brower of the
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his neck in water as he
struggled to repair a
broken water pipe at
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Island police reports
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June 20, 2200 block of Avenue B, child abuse.
According to the report, officers responded to a do-
mestic call after a father slapped his teenage daugh-
ter on the cheek after she began to "mouth off" to
him. According to the report, the girl's mother re-
moved her from the father's home and requested a
restraining order against the father.
June 22, 119 Bridge St., Two Sides of Nature,
suspicious circumstances. A woman reported receiv-
ing threatening letters written in red lipstick left at
June 22, 100 block of Third Street North, drug
violation. Christopher Casagrande, 22, of Tampa,
was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia
after officers found a marijuana pipe in his car dur-
ing a routine traffic stop.
June 23, 1700 Gulf Drive, Coquina Park, bur-
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June 23, 2500 block of Avenue B, theft. A man
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June 21, 300 block of 63rd Street, warrant arrest.
A man was arrested on a Michigan warrant for not
paying child support.
June 21, 2900 block of Avenue C, criminal mis-
chief. A woman reported her mailbox has repeatedly
been knocked over and requested officers patrol the
June 21, 100 block of 29th Street, burglary. Ac-
cording to the report, a guitar and some cash were
stolen from a man's residence.
June 21, 400 block of Clark Lane, harassment. A
woman reported that she has been receiving threat-
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June 23, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, missing dog.
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June 24, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, battery.
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June 24, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
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June 25, 5342 Gulf Drive, Barefoot Trader, bur-
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June 25, 3600 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A
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June 26, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, disturbance.
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June 26, 6500 block of Holmes Boulevard, theft.
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June 28, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A man
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Big fish tale; life, times in different sandy world
Capt. Sam Kimball with the charter boat Legend
out of Cortez spotted one of the largest fish in the sea
a while back offshore of Anna Maria Island in the Gulf
of Mexico: a 30-foot-long whale shark. Now, a guy
fishing off Louisiana has caught the largest fish ever
landed in the Gulf.
According to my buddy Bob Ardren of the Pelican
Press, "The creature, a 1,152-pound bluefin tuna, was
boated by Texan Ron Roland on Memorial Day week-
end about 30 miles offshore in about 3,000 feet of
"Roland, who was fishing in a tournament at the
time, neither won the tournament nor set a world
record," Ardren wrote. "Nonetheless, he can still brag
about catching the largest fish ever in the Gulf.
"Roland, 39, was fishing in the Baton Rouge Invi-
tational Tournament out of Venice, La. He reports the
fish took 800 yards of 100-pound-test line on its initial
run and it took him 90 minutes to get the line back -
only to have the fish take it all-out again on a another
"An hour later, using the boat's engine for short
bursts to 'plane' the fish and help regain line, it was
brought to the boat dead. Too large to fit through the
transom door, the crew 'had to tow it by a line through
its gill plates off the stern in a higher-tech version of
Ernest Hemingway's 'The Old Man and the Sea,' ac-
cording to the Miami Herald. It took all night to make
the trip into port -but unlike Hemingway's story, no
sharks fed on the tuna during the return.
"Bluefin tuna were not an eligible fish in the tour-
nament and although huge, the fish was short of the
1,496 pound record bluefin caught off Nova Scotia in
1979." Herald outdoor writer Susan Cocking reported
Roland was philosophical about the experience.
"'In the grand scheme of things, the biggest fish in
the Gulf, I can live with it,' Roland said."
Happy boaters, happy boating
A survey has revealed that people with boats rank
their overall quality of life about 5 percent above those
who don't have vessels.
The survey, commissioned by the National Marine
Manufacturers Association, quizzed 1,100 people, 542
with boats, 536 without boats.
Other elements of the survey:
Boaters average nearly seven hours per week in
active recreation, compared to less than five hours for
Non-boat owners have been hospitalized slightly'
more than boat owners (14 percent to 11 percent) and
tend to be more overweight then non-boaters.
More boat owners said their health is excellent or
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good (83 percent) compared to their non-boating coun-
terparts (77 percent.)
Nearly two-thirds of boat owners said owning a
boat has brought their family closer.
The study found that both boat owners and non-
boat owners agree about the benefits of boating: being
outdoors, spending time on the water, the ability to
unwind and finding tranquillity.
Hot, sandy, dry times
We're just back from the annual Florida Press
Association conference in Ponte Vedre, one of those
little planned communities just south of Jacksonville.
The highlight of the session was the presentation of the
weekly newspaper awards, of which we received
seven, including a first for a series of stories on beach
erosion by Rick Catlin.
In addition to the awards, there are seminars on
topics of interest to publishers, editors and writers.
There was one seminar that was the buzz of the
conference, though: a panel discussion by several
Florida reporters who were embedded with the military
during the Iraq War.
You may have read some of Wes Allison's articles
in the St. Petersburg Times during his stint there. He
discussed the issue of embedment if that's a word
- versus the traditional scrambling to get information
from behind the lines.
He said he made it clear that in his time with a
battalion traveling through the desert he had two main
concerns not to get himself hurt, and not to get any
of the soldiers he was with hurt through doing some-
"I was always the last one going into a building,"
But it was reporter Diane Allen with the Lakeland
Ledger and photographer Hilda Perez with the Miami
Herald who pretty much brought the war home on a
more personal level.
Allen said that she is the mother of two college-age
sons, "so I pretty much knew where the soldier's heads
were at, or where they weren't at," and she found she
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kept thinking of her sons when she lived with all the
young men for seven weeks.
Perez said that although she was in the thick of
things, she really wished she had brought a short-wave
radio with her to help get an idea of the overview of
what was going on. It was sort of like counting the
leaves on a tree limb and not noticing the forest was on
fire around you.
The women also had a more personal problem to
reveal. Everyone there wore three layers of chemical
suits. The suits had zippers, which made it easy for the
men to do their duty, but the zippers didn't do much
good for women.
And in the desert, you can't step behind a tree when
you need to, making things a little awkward at times.
Both women went seven weeks without a shower,
since water was so precious. To make things worse, Perez
said the military lost her backpack containing her only
clean shirt, so she had to fly home "smelling like a goat,
but I didn't care, I was just so glad to be going home."
"I felt like such a pris, taking a shower every night
and having clean sheets," said reporter Rachel Davis
with the Florida Times-Union, who was stationed
aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Harry S. Truman in
the Mediterranean for the early part of the war.
Summer scallop season opens
Another July 1 date of note was the opening of scal-
lop harvest season. I've long held that Oct. 15, the start of
stone crab season for us, should be a holiday. I would
guess that waterfolk in the Big Bend area of the state feel
the same way about the start of scallop season.
Scallops, those little blue-eyed mollusks, were
once a popular seafood fare in our waters. In the late
1970s, though, with the decline in water quality, scal-
lops pretty much disappeared, although there have been
efforts to restore the little critters here in the past few
If you're planning a trip up the coast this summer,
you may want to do a little scallop hunting. Pretty
much all you need is something to put them in as you
wade through the seagrass flats looking for the little
guys, although I always found it more fun and produc-
tive to use mask and snorkel. The season runs through
Sept. 10, and the harvest area is from the Pasco-
Hernando county lines to Mexico Beach in the Pan-
Bag limit for harvesters is to two gallons of whole
bay scallops in the shell, or one pint of bay scallop
meat, and no vessel can have more than 10 gallons of
scallops per day at any time. Believe me, 10 gallons is
a whole lot of scallops.
Reporter Meg Laughlin of the Miami Herald of-
fered a snippet of advice that boaters may find interest-
ing and useful.
Her biggest regret about the Iraq War? Not bring-
ing a second trusty Swiss Army knife. She dropped
hers in the sand and it disappeared in the early days of
the war, and without a backup she said she felt crippled
without having something you take for granted in its
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Mackerel, redfish, tarpon fishing all best bets
By Capt. Mike Heistand
The water is starting to clear after all the rain in the
past week, and fishing is starting to get back to normal.
Mackerel and redfish are the best bets right now,
although there are still lots of reports of tarpon hook-
ups in Tampa Bay and off the beaches. Grouper and
snapper are still coming on strong out in the Gulf of
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
there are lots of redfish being caught near the mangrove
islands in the bays, and permit up to 20 pounds are a
good bet offshore, as well as grouper and snapper.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
mackerel are a highlight off the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge Pier area in Tampa Bay, as well as off most of
the piers in the area. In the backwater, redfish are mak-
ing a big showing on almost all of the seagrass flats.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
the Sunshine Skyway fishing piers are good haunts for
lots of mackerel. Redfish are pretty thick in Miguel
Bay, some mangrove snapper were caught at his dock
and he even was able to catch and release a big snook
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Char-
ters took Jon Koller of Palmetto to a nice catch of gag and
red grouper to 15 pounds, mangrove snapper to 5 pounds,
and bonita approximately 30 miles offshore of Anna
Maria Island, with best results coming from live pinfish
and frozen sardines as bait. Grouper fishing has really
picked up after the recent rain, and Capt. Larry believes
the storms moved more fish into our area.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's doing
very well with catch-and-release snook, redfish, trout
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's getting into
lots of mackerel and small sharks out in the Gulf, and
redfish are his best bet in the backwater.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he's getting red grouper to 20 pounds, a
few gag grouper to 10 pounds, snapper to 4 pounds, and
they're starting-to see more dolphin the fish, not the
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Justin Gray, fishing with Capt. Mike Carleton aboard the boat "Wireless," caught this 30-pound cubera
snapper about 40 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico.
mammal out in the Gulf.
Capt. Thorn Smith of Angler's Repair shop said
he caught lots of redfish in lots of places last week on
both live and artificial, plus a few catch-and-release
snook to 26 inches in length.
Capt. Allen Engle said he's still catching tarpon
in Tampa Bay and starting to do well with mangrove
snapper up to 4 pounds in the bay, as well as lots of
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's put his
charters onto amberjack, bonita, barracuda, gag and red
grouper and snapper to 4 pounds.
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some bluefish off Rattlesnake Point.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said best bets
there are mackerel in the mornings, snapper, a few red-
fish, and snook are tearing things up at night. There are
even a few reports of nice-sized pompano.
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier report that
mackerel is also a good bet in the morning hours, with
a few catch-and-release snook caught almost any time.
Water is starting to clear after all the heavy rain last
week, so there are some good shark catches coming
onto the dock as well.
On my boat Magic we have been catching and re-
leasing snook to 27 inches, lots and lots of redfish -
up to 20 per trip trout to 22 inches, an 18-inch floun-
der and all the mackerel you want.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide.
Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report. Prints
and digital images of your catch are also welcome and
may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news @islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.
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PAGE 30 0 JULY 2, 2003 M THE ISLANDER
Alternative games dominate Island week in sports
By Kevin Cassidy
Traditional sports are out. X-type games are in, at
least over the last week of sports on and around Anna
Saturday, June 28, saw the long-anticipated open-_7
ing of the Holmes Beach Micro Skate Park, while the.
south end of the Island boasted the Budlight Beach
Volleyball tournament at Coquina Beach June 28 and
Throw in a fun Thursday evening of NASCRAB at -. -4
Grego's Almost to the Beach Tavern on Cortez Road
and you've got a week of "sports" that differs slightly
from the usual collection of baseball, basketball, foot-
ball or soccer stories.
Skate Park opens to media throng
It was expected that the grand opening of the
Holmes Beach Micro Skate Park would draw lots of
s, Bu o ea, e o d rn Giorgio Gomez attempts to ride the rail opening day Christian Chamberlain does an "elevator drop" at
kids, but lots of town media, electronic and print, in- at the Holmes Beach Micro Skate Park. the Holmes Beach Micro Skate Park grand opening.
vaded the Island to to cover the opening ceremony.
Throngs of kids and officials were present for a
ribbon-cutting to officially open the park.
Lt. Dale Stephenson of the Holmes Beach Police -
Department introduced demonstration skaters Will
Glennon, Kyle Johnson, Jon Scarboro, Matt Helmer,
Dane Overton and Robbie Ball, who provided some
examples of the different kinds of stunts that can be
executed on the variety of ramps at the park.
After the demonstration, plaques were presented to
some key people in the community that made the park
a reality. Brad Bryant, who got the initial ball rolling
for the construction of a skate park as part of a school
project, was awarded a plaque for his persistence in the "
creation of the park project.
Dan Hardy received a plaque thanking him and his
company for donating the labor and concrete needed to 4
build the slab, while Rex and Helen Hagen received a 4
plaque for their generous donation of $42,000 to pro- '
vide for the ramps, rails, fencing and landscaping at the
Others in attendance included members of the
community who made up the skate park committee, in-
cluding Stephenson, HBPD Chief Jay Romine, Corn-
missioner Sandy Haas Martens, Jim Dunne from the -:.
Island Rotary Club, Liz Christie from the Island Priva-
teers, Jim and Ronnie Brady from the West Coast Surf
Shop, Paula Bryant and Karen Rusin.
Other dignitaries who showed up for the grand
opening included Holmes Beach Commissioners Pat
Geyer and Don Maloney, Manatee County Commis-- '
sioner Pat Glass, Manatee County Parks and Recre-
ation Director Cindy Turner, Anna Maria Vice Mayor
John Quam and Anna Maria Commissioner Chuck
Webb. Others included Anna Maria Elementary Prin-
cipal Kathy Hayes, Mayors John Chappie of Bradenton
Beach, Larry Bustle of Palmetto and Wayne Poston of
Bradenton, as well as Longboat Key Town Commis- ---- ---
sioner Jeremy Whatmough. I ... --. --
Anna Maria Island Community Center represent .. .--.
tives Pierrette Kelly, Scott Dell and Joe Cheblus also ----- -- -- -
The conclusion of the opening ceremony was
greeted with applause as the throng of kids who
showed up finally were allowed to give the park a try. Stephen Thomas somehow stays on his feet momentarily anyway during the Holmes Beach Micro Skate
showed up finally were allowed to give the park a try. P r o
Reaction to the quality of the park varied from
comments that it was great for the younger kids to it's
too small, voiced by the older skaters, but in the end all
of the boarders were appreciative that they finally had
a place to skate.
Ben Bryant, who spearheaded the project, summed
up the feeling among the skaters. "I'm really glad we
finally got it. It's a little smaller than I would have pre-
ferred, but it's still pretty cool."
For the next two weeks, volunteers will be moni-
toring the park to make sure skaters have their registra-
tion tags and helmet stickers, not to mention that ALL
skaters are wearing the proper safety equipment which *- .-.-
includes knee, elbow and wrist guards in addition to a
helmet. .. -- -
There is a maximum of 30 skaters allowed in the .- :
park at one time and youths must be registered to skate ."
Sat the park. -
After the two-week period has expired, the park -.' "- '' :::- '
will be monitored through periodic patrols by the '' :- :
4olmes Beach Police Department. -- .- -.:
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
Ralph Cole shows off his mutant crab during an intermission of crab racing at Grego's Almost to the Beach Tavern.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30
Budlight Beach Volleyball
draws crowds to Island
The Budlight Beach Volleyball series drew more
than 250 players and 500 fans to Coquina Beach June
28-29 for the weekend event that featured several di-
visions of gender and various playing abilities.
Sunday's competition concluded the tournament
with local team Nancy and Tony Cothron taking sec-
ond place in the open co-ed division.
Nancy, who is director of physical education and
varsity volleyball coach at St. Stephen's Episcopal
School in Bradenton, and husband Tony, a director for
the Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department,
played tough, but fell short against winner's Sam
Cibrone and Kim Zschau, who hail from Tampa and
Other winners included Co-ed AA champs Shan-
non Smith and Rob Anderson, and Co-ed A division
winners, local products Louis Gibson and Carolyn
Nielson. Co-ed BB winners were John Bobbit and Cat
Women's open winners on Saturday were Tyra
Harper and Sranci Rard of Ft. Myers, while AA win-
ners were Lisa Johnson and Kerri Dunn. A champs
were Kim Crawford and Dixie Skinner, while B win-
ners were Kari and Kathy Keane.
On the men's side, Jimmy VanZwelten and Chad
Turner took top honors in the open division, while
Casey Winn and Fernando Salveda took top honors in
the AA division. Shawn Quillen and Doug Chorvat
won the A division, while BB winners were Robert
Hoffman and Dene Clayton. B division winner was the
team of Jonathan Fong and Zizomar Machado.
The Budlight Volleyball series was brought to
Manatee County in part through the Florida Gulf Coast
Sports Commission. You can check out their Web site
for other events comine to tteii Manatee County area at
NASCRAB fun for whole family
NASCRAB, or the National Association for Safe
Crab Racing At Bars, is a big hit Thursday evenings at
Grego's Almost to the Beach Tavern on Cortez Road
If you're not familiar with NASCRAB, here's how
it goes. Aspiring racers, both young and old, crowd into
Grego's around 7 p.m. on race day and anxiously await
the announcement from owner-operator Greg Koeper
to "choose your crab."
Race participants rush up to the oval track to pick the
crab that they think will consistently make it from the
center of the race table across the circular finish line ahead
of the crabs in their pool. Strategies vary among racers as
to how to pick a quality crab. Ralph Cole, allegedly the all-
time NASCRAB victory leader, used to pick the smallest
crab, but has recently changed his strategy.
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Bradenton's Krista Hall spikes the ball during the
Budlight Beach Volleyball tournament at Coquina
Beach. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
"I go for the crab with the ugliest shell," said Cole,
who is reported to have won four times in the three-year
existence of Grego's NASCRAB.
After the crab racers are chosen, they are split into
pools of four or five crabs each, and they then compete
heats with the top two crabs advancing to the next
round. The crabs which "survive" the run-off races then
compete in elimination races for a chance to advance
to be among the final five or six crabs.
Winning racers compete for the chance to win
Devil Ray tickets and Grego's logo shirts or glassware.
Koeper, who owns and operates the tavern along
with wife Kathy and "silent partners" Kathy and Kerry
Freesen, got the idea from a place he visited in Illinois.
Koeper went to great lengths explaining the care of the
crabs which typically live 5-10 years.
Crab racing is a lot of hard work for the crabs so there
is an intermission between each round of racing, accord-
ing to the NASCRAB bylaws, which has rules requiring
the crabs have time to recuperate and be strong for the next
round of racing and to ensure their safety.
Early on race day while their tank is being cleaned,
the crabs are treated to a whirlpool bath, a rubdown
and, of course, the crabs are all drug tested to ensure
that the race is fair.
There were some questions regarding Cole's latest
entry into the race game. His crab, sponsored by
Bradenton Beach Boat Rentals, is three times the size
of any of the other participants which sent whispers
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through the crowd who mostly wondered what that
crab eats. No word yet if an official inquiry will be
launched regarding the Bradenton Beach Boat Rental-'
Cole claims complete innocence. "The lady at the
pet store practically begged me to buy this crab," stated
Cole. "She even gave me a 50 percent discount just so
I'd take it out of the store." Cole's crab has advanced
to the final race in the two races he has entered, but as
yet it hasn't won a race, so the inquiry is on hold.
This writer chose the No. 13 crab, and other than
the time another crab tried to accost him, he never so
much as moved a claw.
Thursday's race winner was Rob Moffett, who had
the No. 2 crab. He finished just ahead of Shirley
Scoville's No. 20 crab. Four-year old Madison
Grantham took third with her No. 3 crab, while Cole's
entry came in fourth.
For those of you who are interested in checking out
NASCRAB, it's held every Thursday night from 8 to ,
10 p.m. at Grego's, located at 4332 Palma Sola Blvd.
If you want to race, you'd better get there around 7 p.m.
and let your server know you plan on racing.
And unlike their N.A.S.C.A.R. brethren, these
crabs do more than simply turn left.
Umpire clinic on tap
Here's your chance to show everybody how it's
done. If everybody's heard you complain and yell,
"How in the world did he miss that call?" well, step up
to the plate and become an umpire so you can make the
If you're interested in becoming one of the men in
blue, call 761-3556 or 755-1248. You can also contact
them at HeyBlue099@aol.com.
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-
nity Center. The courts are open and AIR CONDI-
TIONED! There's a small $2 fee to play.
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-
sity players must be 14 years old as of Sept. I with no
weight limit. JV players must be less than 160 pounds
and be age 12-13 as of Sept. 1. Mighty Mite players are
9-11 years old and less than 140 pounds, while flag
football players have no weight limit, but must be 6-8,
years old as of Sept. 1.
For more information, call Joe Cheblus at the Cen-
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If you have a story idea or have sports news to re-
port, call the Islander at 778-7978, or e-mail me di-
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cluded. Small pets welcome. $249,900.
ADORABLE ISLAND HOME This 2BR home has been completely
updated and has new AC. Offers an eat-in kitchen, white fireplace
and a Florida room. Plenty of room for a pool or expansion. Your
dog will love the large, fenced-in back yard. Asking $315,900. Make
NEED A BOAT DOCK? Two nicely updated ground floor condos
in small complex just one mile from the beach with private boat
docks. Both with screened lanais. $149,900 and $163,900.
AFFORDABLE BEACH/BAY CONDO You must see this updated
turnkey furnished condo in Bay View Terrace of Bradenton Beach.
Park outside this ground floor unit and unload your groceries. Re-
lax in the pool and watch the boats in the bay or walk across to the
beach. Only $199,900.
3 BEDROOM CANALFRONT Beautifully updated 3BR/2BA condo
on a double canal in Palma Sola Harbour. Open kitchen with two
breakfast bars. Complex has clubhouse, two heated pools, tennis,
exercise room and much more. $314,900.
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HOT TUB: Two person, works great. $500, call 778-0406.
SOFA, LOVESEAT, CHAIR, entertainment center,
end tables, light Florida colors, pristine condition,
$800. Glass-top dinette, $100. King/full mattress.
This week only. Call 779-2488.
BEDROOM SET: solid oak in a stateroom style by
National of Mt. Airy. Eight pieces with king-size
headboard, but no beds, $1,400. Pickard China, flo-
ral chintz pattern, service for eight, plus extras, $200.
Oriental rugs, library of classic books printed before
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.
YOGA IN JULY at Island Fitness Center. Gentle basics
and mixed levels. Call Roxanne Dinkin to register at
HOME SHOP SALE Friday-Sunday, July 4-6. Hand
tools, power tools, hardware, shop vacuum, auto
bike rack, window air conditioner and a variety of
other items. 123 Hammock Rd., Anna Maria.
FIND GREAT DEALS on everything else in The
ROSER THRIFT STORE Open Tuesday, Thursday,
9:30-2pm, Saturday 9am-Noon. Porch clothing sale
50 percent off. Closed month of August. 511 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.
GARAGE SALE THURSDAY, July 3, 9am-2pm. Rat-
tan table and chairs, TV/media cabinet, area rugs,
baby items, miscellaneous items. 32 Seaside Court,
off 63rd Street, Holmes Beach.
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
CRITTER SITTER Seven years in pet care, 22 years
as an Island resident. Tender, loving care for your
pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.
FREE BABY BUNNIES. Very cute! Call 778-2515.
IT'S A KLUNKER! 1989 Ford Taurus, brown, four
door. Gets you there and brings you back. No air
(so you sweat a bit sometimes just open the win-
dows). No heat (so you get chilly once in a while -
close the windows). Has a great engine, 82,000
miles. New struts, good tires and rides nice. What
else do you need? $500. Call 779-9565.
Property Manager Realtor
S *" Real Estate, Inc.
^ lif-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria Inc.
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4ee4r ^ 1 (800)771-6043
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
[Next to the Chamber in the Island Fitness Building]
CHARMING ISLAND COT-
TAGE Bright and cheerful 2BR/
. ~ I BA with room for a pool. Lo-
cated west of Gulf Drive, one
MUMI ^ short block to beach. Great in-
W i vestment opportunity! Must
see! Call Heather Absten for a
.a viewing! 807-4661.
Business is So Great...
We've sold almost all our listings.
Give Us a Call or Come Visit
Us at Our New Location!
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. Minutes
to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt. John's
Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
BOAT SLIPS FOR sale on Sarasota Bay in
Bradenton Beach. Located on Bay Drive South be-
tween Third and Fourth Streets. Each slip from
$750,000. New spacious 2BR/2.5BA condos free
with purchase. Call Old Bridge Village, 778-0156 or
BOAT LIFT for lease. Capacity of 7,000 lbs. Located
at a residence in Key Royal, Holmes Beach. Avail-
able immediately. $150/month, payable in 2-3 month
blocks in advance. For details, call 730-1086.
14-FOOT SAIL BOAT with motor and trailer, $9995
13-FOOT GHEENOE with 5hp Yamaha (nearly new)
engine, fold down seats. $950. Call 778-4837.
20-FOOT SAILBOAT, small two-bunk cabin, sink,
solid, in good condition, but everything else needs
work. Bargain. $350. Call 778-3070.
27-FOOT SAILBOAT 1975 Bayliner Buccaneer.
Draws 27 inches, roomy, separate shower, legally
trailerable. $2,500. Leave digital message, including
area code, at (813) 350-3041.
FREE USE OF 27- foot sailboat in return for you pro-
viding dockaae and maintenance. Leave digital mes-
sage, including area cooa, a ~' 50-3041.
R ly 800-367-1617
Realty INC 941-778-6696
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
BEST BUY ON ISLAND
,-: Tot.lly reov&ted, lriykt
a X.... J ihculte iBR/iBA
' street. $164,900.
FEATURED CONDOS OF THE WEEK
Rare 3BR/3BA turnkey Gulf front condo .Two-
car garage and separate storage area. End
unit with upgrades throughout. Building re-
R cently upgraded with new elevators, tile, and
more. Heated pool, tennis court. Short stroll
S to restaurants and shops. $595,000
''S. _. 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.
PERICO BAY CLUB.
Si, Fabulous 2BRi2BA Bayfront view. New appli-
ances in 2001. Dishwasher, cast-iron sink,
faucet, water filter, disposal, washer/dryer.
Newly installed pull out drawers in kitchen
-. cabinets. Tennis, heated pools, nature trails
- and more. $279,000.
PERICO BAY CLUB
This turnkey 3BR/2BA Grand Cayman is one
of the largest homes in Perico Bay Club and
rarely available. Decorated beautifully for
Florida living. Over 1,600 sq.ft. of living space
with new tile, new roof and two-car garage.
Newly renovated 2BR/2BA condo has direct
views of the lagoon and Intracoastal. Up-
dates include new tile, carpets, ceiling fans,
bathroom vanities, kitchen cabinets and
countertops. Community boat dock, tennis,
Heated pool and short walk to beach, restau-
rants and shops. $309,000.
(941) 730-3376 Scott Dunlap BAM,, R
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(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
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MAKE YOUR MOVE
Den 2/2 2 car garage 1710 sq. ft. Loaded with
extras, loads of storage, fireplace jacuzzie, tile & wood
floors, enclosed sun room, custom window decor,
lovely lagoon and estuary views-ASKING $308,000
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Like new 3BR/2BA single-family home, two-
car garage, caged pool. New top-quality fur-
nishings included. $349,000.
55 & older 2BR/2BA recently updated, tile;
carpet, blinds and more. Yack basin, deeded
beach access. Only $235,000.
Marilyn Trevethan, Realtor
S, Home 792-8477
Cayman Cay Condo REDUCED to $239,000.
Well cared for updated 2BR/2BA condo. Heated
pool, covered parking, screened lanai with vinyl
windows, interior laundry. Steps to the beach and
pets accepted. Furnished turnkey. Immediate
9102 12th Avenue Northwest Hawthorn Park
4BR/2.5BA, two-story pool home with many deluxe
custom features. Dual fireplace, eat-in kitchen,
large family room, circle drive, lanai, all appliances.
Immediate possession. $349,000.
Please call Carol R. Williams,
Broker/Realtor for more
details or appointment to show.
(941) 744-0700 or (941) 720-7761.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org
REAL ESTATEISLAND LLC
REAL ESTATE LLC
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.
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-
in shower. Three-car garage. This one has it
ANNA MARIA WATERFRONT
2BR/2BA 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
PALMA SOLA PINES
3BR/2BA great family home in Palma Sola
Pines. Nice residential area, close to
shopping, good schools and just a short drive
to beach. Large eat-in kitchen, ceramic tile,
vaulted ceiling, solar heated in-ground pool,
fenced yard, 2 car garage. $239,000.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
/ KEY ROYALE CANAL FRONT!
Melinda Bordes Three bedroom and two bath
Realtor home with room for a pool. there
is also a spectacular view of
Bimini Bay. Come see what the
Island living is all about.
L" g $469,000. MLS#93923
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861 North Shore Dr......... $1,950,000
510 72nd St.................... $559,000
524 71st St ............... $1,440.000
4212 Redfish Ct. LOT ..... $S575,000
307 Iris St. ...................... S495,000
536 Key Royale Dr.......... 849900
106 Gull Dr .................:, 29,000
508 Key Royale Drive ...$ t79,900
606 Dundee Ln. ............. $549,000
616 Hampshire Ln. ........ $799,900
511 59th St .................. S595.000
8401 Marina Dr............. $699,000
604 ke%. Royale Dr. ............ 469.000
CONDOS, LOTS & DUPLEXES
Westbay Pt Moorings #86. $395.000
4915 Gulf Dr ............... $1715,000
Beachwalk Townhomes II up io. 539.000
308 55th St. Lot ........... $197,500
Sun Plaza West #201. ..... $399,000
315 58th St.,B ................S161.900
1205 N. Gulf Drive A100 .. S439.000
408 Pointselta Rd. ........... S495.000
710 North Shore. Lot. ..... S279.000
747 Jacaranda. Lot ......... S389,000
Water's Edge #11ON ....... $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
3014 Avenue C #1&2. .... $259,000
Southern Breeze......... $1,450,000
427 Pine Ave. ................ $695,000
2418 90th St. NW........ $2,995,000
1280 Spoonbill Landings Cir.... $314,000
12607 Safe Harbour Dr. Lot .... $325,000
7504 NW 15th Ave. ........ $,154,900
11434 Perico Isles Cir. ... $349,000
3309 Riviera Dr ........... $200,000
arilyn Trevetha Stop by and use our talking
Realtor window 24-hour information center.
PATGE 34 "JIULY 2; 2003' THE ISLANDER
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 backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
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 connected to six wonderful babysitters, 778-
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.
PET & BABY SITTERS Need a pet sitter or a
baby sitter? We will watch them. Call any of four
great sitters at 778-4636, ask for Clarissa or Vir-
ginia. If we are not home, leave your name and
number and we'll get back to you. Clarissa, Vir-
ginia, Ashley, Lance.
$599,000 ISLAND 4 PLEX
Excellent investment for this
well-maintained Island four-
plex! Only half-block to the
bay and three blocks to the
Gulf. Each unit has central
heat and air, refrigerator and
range and its own electric
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at www.cbflorida.com
RECEPTIONIST WANTED at Mike Norman Realty.
Some computer skills needed. Full-time position.
Please call 778-6696.
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! Eu-
ropean Bistro. Day and/or evenings. Fine dining
experience 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 email@example.com, 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
Historical 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,
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!
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.
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.
SPECIALIZING in ALZHEIMER'S Caregiver with lo-
cal references. Attention given to quality of life, meals
and daily living. Ten years experience. Call 778-7502.
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.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe on line with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $25 per hour- free
830 & 832 N. Shore Dr., Anna Maria
Two platted lots overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. One
house of 3BR/3BA, one-car garage. The house used to
be too nice to tear down to take advantage of the two
building lots but not any more. $975,000.
Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
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Superlative 4BR/3BA executive estate on one full acre of beautifully landscaped
grounds. Amenities include hardwood and tile floors, vaulted ceilings with crown
molding, central vac and security-intercom system, Corian countertops, gas fire-
place and heated free-form pool with spa, French doors, leaded glass, palladian
and octagon windows, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen with adjoining family room,
separate game room and private master suite with walk-in closets, whirlpool tub,
balcony and so much more! Priced at $885,000. Don't miss it!
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3BR/2BA Key Royal, 625 Dundee. New Roof and New A/C in
2003.Sailboat water, dock, two lifts. Move-in condition. See this
beauty at our Open House Sat and Sun, July 5 & 6, from 1-3PM.
Vicki Gilbert 941-713-0195
Wedebrock RealEstate Company
Holmes Beach, Florida
Phone: 941-778-0700 Fax: 941-778-4794
Toll Free: 800-615-9930 www.wedebrock.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?
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ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service: Delivering
a standard of excellence for all your interior and
exterior cleaning needs. No job too big or small.
Great rates and references, 722-4358.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island 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.
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.
Dedication and Experience
You Can Count On ..
PLAYA ENCANTA DA-
I F,_:- ... uae magic of Island
living in this 2BR/2BA condo in
Holmes Beach. New appliances,
Corian counters, A/C, tile and
carpet. Enjoy the beach, heated pool,
spa and tennis. Turnkey furnished.
Priced to sell at $339,900
$649,900 MANATEE RIVER
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Panoramic view of
the Manatee River with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.
3BR/3BA, 3 car garage, private dock with davits, room for a
pool on a half acre lot with beautiful tropical landscaping.
See virtual tours and
all available MLS listings at
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
TANYA WILLIAMS ESTATE & Fine Art Appraisals
offers professional valuation and inventory ser-
vices for your personal property without a view to
buy or sell. Video documentation of your house-
hold or business, fine art and household content
appraisals, consultation services. 355-8456.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. For profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service, call Chamberlain Pro-
fessional Cleaning. Please leave message, 233-3333.
AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION Fast service, new
vehicles, best prices. Fully permitted at all airports.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light
carpentry, plumbing, electrical, grass cutting, tree
trimming, light hauling. Call 778-6170.
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.
COMPUTER REPAIR/CONSULTANT. Services
available your home/office/hours. Affordable rates.
A+ certified. Call 447-4930.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.
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Publishing the "best news" for more than 10 years! The Islander"
LIKE IT DIRTY? Then don't call me. Clean is my
business! Residential and commercial. En-Joy
Cleaning, (941) 812-2485.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray,
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
, Wishing You a Safe and ."',
\ Happy Fourth of July! ,
j 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
CANALFRONT ON CHILSON AVENUE in
Anna Maria. Ground floor home on 74 by
148 foot lot on deep-water canal. Private
boat dock, large screened lanai, oversized
one-car garage. One short block to beach!
Offered at $520,000. Exclusive in-house
listing. Call Stephanie Bell, 778-2307 or
INTRODUCING THE NEWEST ADDITION TO
OUR RENTAL PROPERTIES:
HERON'S WATCH Brand new beauti-
ful 3BR/2BA ground-floor home. Large
two-c*ar garage, laundry room, fully
equipped kitchen. Minutes to beach!
Desable west Bradenton location. An-
nual renl $1,400/month. Call Stephanie
or Frjrik at 778-2307 for further info.
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SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
s -o 6.
Sun Plaza Unit #215 5608 Gulf Drive
Incredible view of Gulf and beach as far as the eye can
see. Recently upgraded, tennis, pool, under-building
parking, security, elegantly furnished. $795,000.
Breathtaking views of
wide open Bimini Bay.
Two story, 5,000+sq.ft.
of living area, 6BR/6BA,
approximately 200-ft. of seawall on two sides, deep pro-
tected sailboat water. $2,700,000.
CALL BOBYE CHASEY
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nearly all points in between. These news-hungry subscribers can't wait to
get their hands on "the best news on Anna Maria Island." And now avail-
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Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
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FREE SNOW REMOVAL! And when it's not snow-
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also delivered and spread. Please call David
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SANDY'S LAWN SERVICE. Celebrating 20 years
of quality and dependable service. Call us for all
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STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
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VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
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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
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vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
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778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. In-
terior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call cell 320-9274.
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT Interior/exterior paint-
ing, pressure washing and wallpaper. For prompt,
reliable service at reasonable rates, call Kevin at
704-7115 or 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGCO61519,
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25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
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, interior/
exterior, no job too small. Call 749-0454. Satisfac-
tion and quality guaranteed.
HANDYMAN SERVICES: Scott Fulton contractor.
20 years experience. Island resident, area refer-
ences available. Cell, 713-1907; home, 778-4192.
-4AnrDY ANTHONY. Jack of most trades. Home re-
furbishing and aet , 77.-on00.
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-
HOLMES BEACH annual. 3BR/2BA steps to beach.
No pets. $900/month. 725-4190.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new
ceramic floors, $750; 2BR/1BA, stackable washer/
dryer hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrigera-
tor, 1 BR/1 BA, $650. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-
KEY ROYALE BEAUTIFUL canalfront home 2BR/
2BA, tropical pool area with hot tub, dock with two
boat lifts, completely updated. Now through Sep-
tember, 2003, $2,100/month. Previous deal for 2004
fell through! January-April, 2004, $3,500/month.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
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:
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.
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SPACIOUS WATERFRONT, upper, sundeck, dock.
Panoramic view, furnished, Key West-style. 2BR/
2BA, washer/dryer. Pet considered. 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.
CONDO FOR RENT: Turnkey ready, six-month
lease. $1,150/month, plus deposit. Utilities included.
Gulf view. Call 761-9530.
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.
LOVELY HOLMES BEACH duplex. Elevated 2BR/
2BA, washer/dryer. Annual lease, no pets. $850/
month. Call 228-7878.
DUPLEX BRADENTON BEACH
LARGE 2BR/1 BA waterfront on Intracoastal. Dock,
davits, steps to beach, yard, carport, washer/dryer,
storage. Immediately available! Annually $sQnAt
month. Pets OK. (7271 7J, 007=0.
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-
TWO WEEK or monthly, Gulffront condo, 3BR, pool,
tennis, Jacuzzi. 794-8877 or 730-5393.
SUN PLAZA WEST 2BR/2BA beach condo. Fully
furnished, heated pool, sauna, tennis, elevator,
washer/dryer. Available now through Oct. 31 and
Nov. 15-Jan. 15. Monthly or bi-weekly. Call owner,
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:
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TURNKEY FURNISHED 2BR/2BA condo with ga-
rage. Perico Bay Club seasonal or annual. Gated
community, pool/spa. Call 761-3788.
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.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.
HOLMES BEACH GULFFRONT New rental.
2BR/2BA, partial Gulf views, pool, tennis, saunas.
Non smoking, no pets. $650-$925/week. Monthly
discounted. Call (443) 255-4140.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Brand new beautiful 3BR/
2BA home, two-car garage, minutes to beach,
$1,400/month. Also available 2BR/2BA apart-
ment, short block to beach, $750/month. Both
units, no pets and non smoking. Call Fran Maxon
Real Estate, 778-2307 for details.
PERICO ISLAND Brand new 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Maintenance-free home. Lakefront, all ap-
pliances, amenities, clubhouse and pool. Annual
lease. $1,550/month-$1,450/month. Call 798-3885.
FOURTH OF JULY vacancy! Steps from beach,
fully furnished, 1BR apartment on Anna Maria Is-
land. Cable, telephone, washer/dryer, only $450/
week. Call 778-1098.
LARGF DUPLEX UNIT in Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA
plus den, unfurnished, washer/dryer hookups. Annual,
$850/month, plus utilities. Pets OK. Call 779-0337.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA
townhouse. Sundeck with Gulf views, steps to Gulf.
Washer/dryer, $795/month. Call 758-1899 or cell
SMUGGLER'S LANDING 3BR/3BA luxury
townhouse for annual lease. 40-foot dock with slip
for boat. Deep water, near Anna Maria Island, five
minutes to Gulf beaches. Call Jim LaRose, A Para-
dise Realty, at 729-2381.
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1BR UNFURNISHED annual lease Holmes Beach.
Two blocks to beach. You pay electric and phone
only. Call (727) 461-3384 or (727) 656-3384.
ANNUAL 2 & 3BR rentals. Live in paradise all year
long. Great move-in specials. Call for details. Island
Real Estate, 778-6066.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA CONDO on Gulf in Holmes
Beach. Pool, ground floor, partially furnished. $850/
month. Call Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
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ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA elevated duplex in
Bradenton Beach. Beautiful views of Gulf and bay,
steps to beach. $825/month, plus utilities. No pets.
922-2473 or 928-3880.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA HOUSE on canal in Holmes
Beach. $1,400/month, partially furnished. Call
Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
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REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE
Duplex: 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. Reduced by $25,000.
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LAKEFRONT VILLA 2BR/1.5BA turnkey furnished,
well maintained half duplex. Updated AC and appli-
ances. Charming Island getaway in desirable area of
Holmes Beach. This is one not to miss! $249,500. Call
Susan Hatch, Realtor 778-7616 evenings.
ANNUAL 1 BR/1 BA DUPLEX in Holmes Beach. Close
to beach, unfurnished. $650/month. Call Smith Real-
RENT OR SALE Turnkey condo in Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, two pools, tennis, one block to beach.
Call 756-0132. Principals only.
1 BR/1 BA CONDO across street from Gulf. Turnkey
furnished. View gorgeous sunsets from your bal-
cony. Available July 15-November. $900/month, all
utilities included. Non smoking. 359-2419.
2501 Gulf Dr. Suite 101, Bradenton Beach
Rarely on market, one and two bedroom Westbay
Cove models. Poolside and bayfront. Upgraded
and close to all services. Open most days from
11am. From $225,000.
2BR/2BA Upper, end unit with greenbelt and wa-
ter view. $298,900.
After hours Sharon Annis 778-3730 or 713-9096
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DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA with 3-plus-car garage.
Washer/dryer hook up. Three-car driveway. First,
last, security. No pets. $800/month. 795-7906.
ANNA MARIA room for rent. $400/month. Cell,
ANNUAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach 1BR/1BA
ground-floor duplex. Across from beach with direct
access. All new Spanish tile throughout. Available
now. $650/month. 778-3854.
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700 square
feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty parking
spaces, contemporary design, great visibility. $14/
square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor, 388-5514, or
NEW 2BR/2.5BA condos, each with private boat slips.
Located on Sarasota Bay in Bradenton Beach on Bay
Drive South, between Third and Fourth Streets South.
Greatrooms, media rooms, screen porches, spectacu-
lar views, garden, etc. From $750,000. Call Old Bridge
Village, 778-0156 or www.oldbridgevillage.com.
PRISTINE TURNKEY FURNISHED Gulf-bay mid-rise
2BR/2BA unit. $429,900. Weekly rentals possible.
www.Latitude27Realty.net or call 744-2727.
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HARBOUR LANDINGS: Lot for sale with boat slip in
exclusive gated waterfront community. Room for 40-
foot boat, easy access to Intracoastal. Offered at
$259,900. Piroska Planck 730-9667, or Susan Holly-
wood 726-6125. E-mail:
email@example.com. Coldwell Banker
Residential Real Estate.
BEAUTIFUL GULFVIEW Island condo, totally re-
modeled, 2BR/2BA, furnished, custom built-ins.
Holmes Beach on Gulf, for sale by owner, 778-8347
BY OWNER: Runaway Bay 2BR/2BA condo
$279,900. Runaway Bay 1BR/1BA condo
$180,000. Turnkey duplex 1 BR/1 BA each side, with
tenants, $289,000. Call 779-0476.
BUYING, SELLING OR just curious: Visit
YOU'RE RIGHT ON the sand! Beachfront 3BR/2BA
house. Well priced for immediate sale. This won't
last. In a quiet area of Anna Maria Island with no
major streets nearby, but close to shops, etc. Very
private yard with hedge. Great views from large
deck. $1,450,000. Call Dennis Rauschl, A Paradise
Realty, at 725-3934.
PERICO BAY CLUB 845 Waterside Lane. Jasmine
model townhouse. 2BR/2BA, plus loft. Close to pool,
waterview, fully furnished. Total turnkey. Move-in con-
dition. 1,632 sq.ft. Attached garage, screened sun
porch. Gated community. $260,000. Available imme-
diately. Call 792-1886 for appointment.
DESIRABLE NORTH END Anna Maria Island.
Unique design, 2BR/2BA, plus loft, enclosed en-
trance and double garage. Gulfview, steps to
beach. $479,000. Call 778-4253.
GULFVIEW REDUCED $27,000! 2BR/2.5BA
townhouse, two-car garage. 4255 Gulf Drive, #102,
Holmes Beach. $312,800. Motivated owner, 387-3537.
SELLING YOUR CONDO? Make sure you adver-
tise in the new Condo Magazine for $50 a month.
BradentonCondos.com. Call 795-5140.
CORDOVA LAKES GEM! West Bradenton 3BR/
2BA, two-car garage, solar-heated caged pool,
large private fenced yard, excellent schools, min-
utes to beaches. $184,900. Chard Winheim,
Coldwell Banker, 713-6743.
SUNBOW BAY TOWNHOUSE 3-4BR/3BA,
mother-in-law suite on lagoon out to Intracoastal.
Tennis, fishing, best location on the Island. Serious
inquires only. $285,000. Call 228-3489.
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard,
guest quarters or rental income producer. $28,500
or make offer. Call 778-3526.
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views. 2BR/1 BA with laundry and
lanai and a 1BR/1BA. One-car ga-
rage. Great rental potential or
family retreat. All with central heat
and air. $799,000.
OUTSTANDING Anna Maria
canalfront. 4BR'3BA, lour-car
garage, pool. Very private set-
ling, beautiful lush tropical land-
scape. Bright open floor plan. A
delight to see. $799,000.
ANNA MARIA LONGBOAT KEY VILLAGE
Gulf Drive Beach House $549,000. One Adorable 3BR/3BA, turnkey furnished, Lands
block to waves, Holmes Beach. End Bayoul
131 Crescent $549,000. Anna Maria Vil- 106 20th ST. $369,000. View of river.
lage. New Construction! $374,900. 23rd. St. down
428 Magnolia -$569,000. House on two lots,
Anna Maria Village. BRADENTON RIVER DISTRICT
Large House $650,000. Walk to village of b
Holmes Beach and Library! Perfect family by the river, 4BR/3BA.
compound. Waterway, no bridge. Handy man Wares Creek District $254,900. Spanish
or woman special! Possible bed and break- casa! _
fast. 120 44th St. N.W.
Gulf Drive Condo $364,000. Turnkey fur- Bellair Bayou $699,900. Fabulous! 4BR/
nished, former model, pool and view of Gulf. 3BA, boat dock.
Wow! One Acre Country Estate $699,000. North-
Anna Maria Building Lot $259,000. North west Bradenton!
Shore, theater district.
Duplex West of Gulf Drive $569,000. "Think Local,
Renovation complete Sept. 2003. Anna Maria,
Gulf right out your door! CBu Coastal"
Bean Point duplex for rent! Cute! B o sl"
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OR BRAND BRADY GOMEZ, REALTOR
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1 Skirt style
5 III bringer
9 Villain's symbol
20 Common rhyme scheme
23 1972 rock hit recorded
with the London Festival
27 Definitely will
30 Mutiny site
31 Title cat in a 1980's
32 Reasons for
35 Wing or breast
38 "__ without works is
dead": James 2:20
40 Wedding attendant
47 Infection site
48 Savings plans, infor-
49 First person in ancient
50 __ hunch
51 Met again
53 George whose main film
debut was in "Gone With
55 Fancy invitation specifi-
56 Kind of column
58 Sugar source
60 "Norma "_
62 Didn't actually experi-
64 George and others
66 Reacts with incompre-
68 Old TV
69 Worry for the supersti-
70 Certain pie order
73 Parts of some rambles
74 You can count on it
78 "The Wizard of O'z"
82 Viking character
83 Valuable deposits
84 Crushes, maybe
89 Nutritional fig.
90 cit. (footnote abbr.)
91 Words on a jacket
92 Ship's crew
94 Answer with a salute
96 Sign, as an agreement
101 __ whole lot
102 Pollster's worry
103 1948 and 1952
Olympic track gold
medalist __ Ztopek
105 1974 film shot from a
108 Fix, as leftovers
111 Treeless tract
115 Player coached by Earl
117 Colorful North Ameri-
119 Less filled out
120 "Roots," for one
121 Zoological appendages
122 Like cornerstones
123 Noted missile range
124 Rare trick taker
125 With 61-Down, Pollux,
126 Fraternal group
2 Sufferer's suffix
3 Rummages (through)
5 Euler's birthplace
7 Second start?
8 Longtime essayist for
The New Yorker
9 60's radical
10 Shudders at
12 Kind of column
13 Online chat compo-
nents, for short
14 Sarges, e.g.
15 Some musical chords
16 Native Arizonan
17 Basic cable offering
18 Mark of dishonor
24 Less fresh
29 Do a part poorly
32 Bygone children's
34 Cries at fireworks
35 Alloy that resembles
36 Home for a
37 Do away with
39 Order heading
40 They might cost you
an arm and a leg
41 Is itinerant
42 Stamp alternative
44 Christmas singing
52 "Justine" author
54 Chips away at
55 Subject of a 1990's
57 British cavalry carried
59 Lover of Lancelot
61 See 125-Across
63 Successor to Edward
65 Like some tickets:
69 Popular vacation
70 Giant sucker?
71 See 36-Down
72 Put in
73 Word with fall or
75 Overfill, perhaps
76 Do oneself in
77 Like some goodbyes
85 Like somo cpPip
86 Emergency route,
88 1997 sci-fi hit
91 Used the highest
93 "Me, too!"
95 In good condition
102 Background for
104 Sorceress who aided
105 Familiar avian call
106 Oscar Wilde poem
"The Garden of
Iu/ r-,,1 .A historical trio
109 Once, of old
111 Impertinent look
112 100 dinars
113 Composer Satie
114 Puts on
116 Sites of unplanned
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UNIQUE WATERFRONT DUPLEX 3BR/ BAYFRONT-HOLMES BEACH Large KEY ROYALE GEM Floor plan de-
3BA has 2400 sq.ft. with bay views. 2BR/ bayfront lot zoned duplex with older signed for entertaining! Lead glass front
3BA has 1,700 sq.ft. with partial Gulfviews. 2BR/2BA residence with detached door, tiled living/dining room, family
Each has private two-car garage. Short apartment and boat dock. Lovely bay room with sliders to the large lanai, wet
distance to the beach. Dave Moynihan, views, close distance to beach. David bar and Jacuzzi. Becky Smith or Elfi
778-2246. #91438. $795,000 Tyler or Dave Moynihan, 722-2246. Starrett, 778-2246. #93435. $539,500
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Spacious
3BR/2BA canalfront in Key Royale with
open split-floor plan. Separate dining, large
family room and room for a pool. New sea-
wall cap, new roof, fresh paint. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #90395. $449,000
TOTALLY RENOVATED Impeccable
2BR/2BA residence with den and only
one block to beach. Improvements in-
clude new roof, A/C, windows, doors,
electric, Mexican tile and more. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #90350. $389,900
ISLAND DUPLEX IN BRADENTON
BEACH Best priced Island duplex, 1BR/
1 BA each side, vaulted ceilings, terrazzo
floors. Short distance to beach. Tenants in
place. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246.
LUXURY GULF FRONT CONDOMINIUMS
Rosa Del Mar. This is your opportunity to own a piece
of paradise. 14 Gulffront condominiums offer 1,900-
2,200 SF of living space with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths,
and oversized lanais to enjoy Bradenton Beach's re-
nowned sunsets. Gulf-side pool, covered parking, el-
evators, designer appliances and extensive ameni-
ties package. Limited pre-construction priced units
available at $1,500,000 to $1,700,000.
,,. HISTORIC CORTEZ VILLAGE
S 2BR/2BA + den. Great home, won-
WW 'I derful location! Close to the fishing
S~ "''docks, with many other local attrac-
tions. Available for the summer.
2BR/1BA duplex in Holmes Beach. Great loca-
2BR/2BA Sunbow Bay condo in Holmes Beach.
Centrally located for the area. $875/month.
1BRI1BA condo in Bradenton Beach. 55+ com-
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