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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 11, No. 35
July 9, 2003 FREE
to save historic
live oaks at
By Diana Bogan
The school, which coined itself as the "little school
by the bay," is quickly becoming the little school with
no shade after a pre-construction demolition team bull-
dozed 17 native live oak trees.
According to Islander Judy Holmes Titsworth,
Anna Maria Elementary School is the only Island lo-
cation that had an oak hammock of 150-year-old trees.
Demolition work began at AME this month fol-
lowing the Manatee County School Board's approval
of the phase-one plans and schematic drawing for a
new Island school.
The plans were created by architects at Educational
Design Associates in Sarasota and principal architect
Tom Cardinal presented the plans to the AME School
Advisory Committee in April, but the community at
large was not notified of the meeting. AME faculty
members, however, were invited to attend and view the
nearly completed plans.
In May, the SAC committee agreed to delay hold-
ing a public meeting to unveil the construction plans
until August, after the school board's approval and af-
ter summer vacations.
Titsworth said that each step of the way the com-
munity has been told that saving the trees would be a
priority, so recent developments have felt "like a kick
in the teeth."
Many generations of children have enjoyed the
canopy of the old oak trees during recess.
"As an alumnus I know the feelings and experi-
ences I had being amongst the canopy for recess," said
Titsworth. "It's one of my best memories and now my
kids won't have that experience."
Titsworth said she learned of the destruction after
her sister, Jeannie Bystrom, was called to rescue a baby
conure orphaned by the tree destruction at the school.
Titsworth said it was widely known by the school
community that the hollowed branches of the oak trees
provided habitat for a colony of blue-fronted conures
and now half of the trees their home have been
destroyed. She also noted a heron's nest was destroyed
in the process.
Parents who gathered at the school to witness the
aftermath of the demolition work-in-progress were as
stunned and angered as Titsworth.
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Bulldozed oaks at AME deemed 'tragedy'
Neighbors, parents, and kids all mourned the 17 dead oak trees that were bulldozed to make way for new
school construction last week. The trees once covered the playground behind Anna Maria Elementary School
and were home to conure and heron nests and numerous squirrels. Several parents said they weren't yet ready
to let their children view the devastation. Islander Photo: Joanie Mills
AME guidance counselor Cindi Harrison was at
the school watering the peace garden over the weekend
and said she was surprised to see the big oaks had been
Harrison said she remembers one of the biggest
concerns brought up during construction discussions
was to save as many trees as possible.
"I never saw any diagrams of where there would be
trees, I just had a general sense that as many as could
would be kept," Harrison said. "Without knowing what
the final plans are, I can't make an educated comment.
However, I have confidence in the leadership of our
"It's always emotional to see a living thing lost
but, on the flip side, we need a new school," Harrison
continued. "The school district hired the company and
made the decisions regardless of whom is in charge of
PLEASE SEE TREES CUT, NEXT PAGE
'Save Our School' meeting scheduled Thursday
A meeting between the public and Manatee County
School District officials, including the project team in
charge of new construction at Anna Maria Elementary
School, will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10, in
the school auditorium.
It's expected that Manatee County School District
project team coordinator Larry Roemer, Education De-
sign Associates principal architect Tom Cardinal, and
the Island district's elected school board representative,
Harry Kinnan, are expected to attend.
On Monday night, AME Principal Kathy Hayes
be removed from the school grounds. However, she
said, the contractor will continue to remove and replant
palms in preparation for relocating the caboose, out-
door play pavilion and the technology lab.
Roemer confirmed Hayes' statement, and said he
had confirmed the information with Ted Cava, project
team coordinator for contractor W.G. Mills Inc.
Assistant Superintendent of Schools Bill Horton
told Hayes plans to relocate the caboose, technology
lab and playground equipment must continue to
move forward to meet the deadline for school to start
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although he looks to be threatening someone for
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said she had been assured that no more oak trees will up in August.
PAGE 2 E JULY 9, 2003 N THE ISLANDER
Trees cut at elementary school
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the school and we have to have some trust they know
what they are doing."
AME Principal Kathy Hayes said that throughout
the construction planning process the AME SAC chair
has represented the Island community in discussions.
"Maria Facheris, the community representative,
was on the planning committee and she did well rep-
resenting the Island," Hayes said. "She did a good job
explaining the community voice and she saw every-
thing I saw."
The number one request at the community meet-
ings held at the start of the construction planning more
than a year ago was that the school's unique outdoor
environment be preserved.
Hayes said preserving the trees was one of approxi-
mately 35 key factors the community indicated was of
importance to them. Other issues included saving the
auditorium, the decorative hand tiles and the outdoor
"The project team was entrusted with the public's
wishes and they believe they did the best by [the com-
munity]. I'm sorry people are disappointed," Hayes
said, "but when the community has the opportunity to
see the whole picture and understand the history of the
process, I think they will be more comfortable."
The lack of communication prior to the school
board approval was brought up by several parents at the
rally held Monday.
AME parent Lori Guerin said she was deeply con-
cerned by the recent lack of communication with the
community. "We feel like it was done behind our back.
Several parents questioned where students were
supposed to have recess during the next school year
since both playgrounds and the trees have been up-
Guerin said that a healthy body is just as important
as a healthy mind and the loss of the playground sends
a message that recess and physical education is not
The community put in the playgrounds, and the
basketball courts and baseball field are used frequently
by families after school, added parent Shawn Carper.
Some parents believe that the school community
doesn't need more parking or large looped driveways
and would have told the construction team had they
been given the opportunity to see the plans at a com-
Instead, parents say they want the shaded play-
ground and the oak trees many of them remember
climbing and playing amongst when they attended
AME. They not only want their memories preserved
but the future for their children.
Hayes said the playground equipment is being
moved as well as the pavilion, technology lab and ca-
boose, which will all be ready for school in August.
And, although she understood that some trees would
need to be removed, she was unaware 17 of the oaks
were tagged for removal.
"We trusted that the project team would remove
the fewest possible trees and that substantial-sized
trees would be brought back in," said Hayes.
Hayes said contractor W.G. Mills Inc. plans to
bring in shade trees, although she doesn't know if they
will be oak trees.
First sign of
"Look! Oaks gone...
was the first signal of
trouble at Anna Maria
Elementary. It ap-
peared after Jeannie
Bystroin was called to
care for a baby conure
that had survived a
felled oak tree at the
. school and 17 oak
trees had been demol-
ished and removed.
Soon after Bystromin
S. and twin Judy Holmes-
school to fit a d . l, .i Titsworth rallied
.. parents to "Save Our
.. Photo: Bonner Joy
Titsworth said the trees are history that cannot be
"An architect should be capable of designing a
school to fit around our landscape," said Titsworth.
"We are demanding accountability from the school
board. We want our 150-year-old oaks."
Titsworth is forming an action committee to fight
for due process. She said she wants the demolition pro-
cess halted until a meeting can be scheduled with the
construction team, AME Principal Hayes, and the
Island's elected school board district representative,
"Our kids don't want a waterfront view. They want
a canopied playground," said Titsworth. "They tore out
Hayes believes the community will be happy with
the new school and said the project team has managed
to develop a safe and secure school that gives the com-
munity the amenities it wanted.
Hayes is committed to organizing a public meeting
with all the key players and said she would notify the
proper school board authorities about halting all demo-
lition work until the meeting.
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THE ISLANDER M JULY 9, 2003 M PAGE 3
Environmental train wreck hits Island school
By Joe Kane
Little Trevor Bystrom could not believe someone
would cut down all those big trees.
Island kids of all ages were wondering how 17
native live oak trees, some more than 150 years old,
were destroyed over the July 4 holiday weekend.
"I can't believe they cut down those trees," ex-
claimed 8-year-old Trevor. "I want to save the trees
that are still there, and they should get other oak trees
planted where the others were. We used to play tag and
hide-and-go-seek under those trees."
Trevor and his little friends will have to find a new
place for their kid's games. "If we don't stop them from
cutting down all the other trees on the playground, it
will just be a small square parking lot," said Trevor.
Bob Barlow, a former Anna Maria city commis-
sioner, was almost in tears as he stared at the rubble of
playground equipment piled up along the bay shore-
line. After all, it was Barlow and a legion of parents
who in 1998 raised $60,000 and invested hundreds of
volunteer hours for what is now the remnants of the
school's swings, sand boxes, see-saws and benches,
stacked up like cord wood.
"On a bloody hot July day, scores of parents and
kids installed this equipment," said an angry Barlow.
"They didn't even have the courtesy to take the equip-
ment apart, and now every piece has been damaged.
It's obvious that the administration of this school does
not understand the history of this school."
Barlow has been a contractor for more than 30
years and was stunned by the lack of concern for sav-
ing the equipment, let alone the trees.
"Look at the crane, you don't use that to remove
what we purchased," said Barlow. "They should have
contacted us, and we could have had more than a 100
volunteers here to safely and carefully move the equip-
ment so we could have prevented this disaster from
happening. They didn't have to use a meat cleaver to
do the job."
Lifelong Islander and school alumni Judy
Titsworth was mortified by the debris of equipment
heaped in a pile on the school grounds. "It's horrific,"
said Titsworth. "We parents were all left in the dark and
were never informed this was going to happen, or it
would have been stopped immediately."
The way the trees and equipment were removed
teaches the wrong message to children, emphasized
By Paul Roat
Seventeen live oak trees were removed from the
Anna Maria Elementary grounds last week to make
way for construction of a new school. Some of the trees
were estimated to be at least 150 years old and com-
prised one of the last if not the only live oak ham-
mock on the Island.
"We tried to keep as many as we could," said Tom
Cardinal, architect for the new school. "We kept the
footprint of the school as small as we could, and will
keep as many trees as we can on the south side."
Cardinal said the school grounds encompass about
six acres. Of that, half is within a coastal velocity zone
"which is unbuildable. We've only got three acres to
work with. We accommodated the community's wish
to include an auditorium, and manipulated the site to
keep the grove to the south.
"We saved the banyan, which the community
wanted, and I believe it will be a much more beautiful
site at the end," he said, adding that the Manatee
County School Board has a tree replacement policy.
"Please don't characterize me as wanting to destroy
oak trees," Cardinal said. "Believe me, I agonized over
every foot of infringement into that oak hammock, but
the community always knew that some of those oaks
were going to come out."
School board member Frank Brunner, who's dis-
trict includes Anna Maria Elementary, said "we're try-
ing to be as sensitive as we can be and try to move for-
ward to get the school built. Unfortunately, some of the
trees had to be sacrificed, and our landscape consult-
ant said the trees could not be saved the oaks were
parent David Carper. "This act fosters distrust, when
we're not open with everyone," he said. "What's so
important is to preserve the Island community values
of this old village which is so special to so many of us."
One of the many kids holding up signs to passing
motorists was 15-year-old Miranda Massey, who
fondly remembers those old oak trees. "Even when I
was going to school here, I worried that these trees
could last. And now my two brothers won't have them
to play under. I can't imagine them gone."
While AME Principal Kathy Hayes was being
grilled by a crowd of angry parents and kids, one par-
ent, Marlene West, became very impatient with the
administration's explanations for the removal.
"They would rather beg for forgiveness, rather than
ask permission from the community," said West.
Shaking her head in disbelief was Billie Martini,
one of the Island's senior citizens, a former Holmes
Beach city commissioner and resident since the 1950s,
a spiritual and financial supporter of the school.
Martini donated the funds to create the covered
play pavilion which is scheduled to be moved to
another area on the campus.
"This is a sacrilege," said Martini of the trees.
"What are we trying to teach our children? To destroy
too old and too large to be saved, and there was no
guarantee they could be saved."
School board superintendent Dr. Roger Dearing
said renovation was first discussed for the elementary
school, but discounted in favor or constructing a new
facility. "With limited space on the Island, and with
part of the school being in a flood zone, we had two
options: bus the students to the mainland for a year or
so while the school was built, or build a school with the
space we had.
"The footprint of the school called for the removal
of some of the oak trees and the relocation of some
palms," Dearing said. "Once the new school is con-
structed and the old school demolished, the master plan
calls for new landscaping."
Dearing said "I was led to believe there was suffi-
cient information and input with the 'school family' to
the plan and that's how the plan was reached. I do
know that there was an aerial photo of the campus with
a footprint provided, and it showed that some of the
trees would be removed."
The school board is pretty much a building official
of itself, said Holmes Beach Superintendent of Public
Works Joe Duennes said. "The school board does its
own plan review and its own inspections," he said,
adding that no permits are passed through his office for
The school board would have to adhere to city land
development codes, such as setbacks or height restric-
tions, but otherwise the city would not have any author-
ity on school board construction activities such as
cutting down trees.
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S''the parents respon-
sible for rebuilding
--. the school play-
... ground just afew
years ago, looks at
the debris of tables,
and see-saws on
Anna Maria man dead,
possible drug overdose
One Anna Maria man died Thursday, July 3, while
another was hospitalized in what Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies are calling a "possible drug
According to the MCSO report, the victim is Rob-
ert Kerr, age unknown, of 104 Gull Ave. in Anna
The report states that officers responded to an
emergency call from that location at 10:29 p.m. July 3.
Upon arrival, a woman at the residence screamed
Deputies searched the house and found a man un-
conscious in one bedroom while Kerr was found dead
in a second bedroom, the report said.
The unconscious man, who was not identified by
the MCSO, was taken by Emergency Medical Service
personnel to a local hospital. His condition is unknown.
MCSO detectives are conducting a death investi-
gation, an MCSO deputy said, but have not yet released
the actual cause of death.
Efforts to reach MCSO spokesperson Dave
Bristow for further information were unsuccessful by
Anna Maria City
July 10, 6:30 p.m., special city commission meeting.
July 10, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
July 14, 7 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
July 15, 7 p.m., city commission work session on wire-
July 16, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
July 10, 1 p.m., city commission budget work session.
July 15, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
July 17, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
July 17, 3 p.m., city commission "shade meeting,"
closed to the public.
July 17, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
July 17, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
July 9, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Operations Center
meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
July 10, 7 p.m., special meeting to explain plans for the
new Anna Maria Elementary School, school audito-
rium, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
July 16, 3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
School officials: tree removal
was explained to community
PAGE 4 M JULY 9, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Sinking sand along the shore has scientists sunk
By Rick Catlin
"It could be a real Bermuda Triangle mystery,"
said Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie.
"It's something I've never heard of in 25 years of
beach engineering," said Rick Spadoni of Coastal En-
gineering in Boca Raton.
"It's something that happened to me twice," said
Bradenton Beach resort owner Shirley Rohmberger.
"And it happened once to a guest," she added.
The "it" is walking along the beach and suddenly
sinking in soft sand up to your knees for no apparent
reason, said Rohmberger.
She was on the beach Saturday evening, June 28,
around 8 p.m., removing lawn chairs when it happened
to her, not once but twice.
"The sand suddenly felt very different, like it was
unstable," she said. She took another step and suddenly
sank to her knee.
"It was a scary feeling," she said, but she was able
to easily free herself. The area was on the beach around
22nd Street North in Bradenton Beach just about 20
feet seaward of the dune line, she said.
Chappie told the Bradenton Beach Scenic High-
way Committee meeting July 1 he had received reports
of similar incidents on the beach near the Moose Lodge
in the 100 block of Gulf Drive and Katie Pierola Sun-
set Park near the 2700 block of Gulf Drive.
The incidents were reported after five days of
heavy rains on the Island, but before the storm.of Sun-
day, June 29, passed through Bradenton Beach, caus-
ing extensive damage.
Manatee County Ecosystems Manager Charlie
Hunsicker was perplexed about the incidents, but said
they could have been caused by sand collapsing over
When the beach was renourished on Anna Maria
Island last year, a number of property owners requested
that rocks in front of their property be covered with
new sand, Hunsicker said.
The contractor told the property owners they would
cover the rocks, but would not be responsible if heavy
rains caused sand to drop below the rocks, he said.
"To my knowledge, it's only occurred at one loca-
tion," Hunsicker noted and it's in an area where rocks
are buried by the sand.
But collapsing sand on an apparently normal beach
usually doesn't happen, said Spadoni, whose company
oversaw the 2002 beach restoration project for Mana-
"I've been in the beach restoration business 25
years and I've never heard of the beach just collaps-
ing," he said.
There were no "sinking sand" reports following the
1992-93 beach renourishment project on Anna Maria
Island, Spadoni observed.
He cautioned, however, that "a lot of rain on the
beach could produce an entirely different situation."
He has heard of "wash out" areas where channels
are formed by stormwater draining into the ocean and
the edges of these types of gullies can easily collapse
when someone steps on them.
"But those are easily seen by people," he said.
Spadoni agreed with Hunsicker that sand pumped
over rocks near a seawall might not fill all the voids
among the rocks. Wet sand above these "revetments"
could collapse when someone walks on it, he said.
"But that's highly unlikely in these cases, as I un-
derstand it," he said.
Another explanation Spadoni offered is that an
underground drainage pipe along the beach that was
discharging water could create an air pocket or section
of soft sand underneath the surface that could cause a
The only underground pipe under the beach that
Spadoni is aware of is near the north side of the Beach
House Restaurant, but that was shut down permanently
during the 1992 beach restoration effort, he said.
The current sinking reports "are a mystery,"
Spadoni said, but if Manatee County officials feel it's
warranted, he'll have a team of coastal engineers make
a special visit to Anna Maria Island.
"We'd like to know more about this," he added.
An inspection of the beach two months ago by
company engineers found nothing unusual about the
renourished beach on the Island.
"Everything was where it was supposed to be and
the size of the beach was what we expected at this
time," he said.
Coastal Engineering visits the Island regularly to.
monitor the beach, Spadoni said.
But there may be a logical explanation to the "shift-
ing sands" of Anna Maria Island that coastal engineers
and scientists may have overlooked.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteer Jo Ann
Meilner said the soft sand spots are probably the result
of the heavy rains immediately following the "beach
tilling" which took place prior to the start of turtle nest-
ing season on May 1.
"We tilled down to about two to three feet and this
created a lot of soft sand," she said.
During her daily walks along the beach looking for
new turtle nests, "I have noticed soft spots and you can
even see the general sinking down the beach along the
till line," Meilner said. "The sand can get real soft in
Spadoni said that sounded like a logical explana-
Heavy rains could make the tilled sand look com-
pact on the surface, but still remain soft underneath.
"I'd have to look at the tilled sand and an actual
location where somebody sank to be positive,".he said,
"but that explanation sounds plausible. It makes more
sense than a void among rocks underneath the sand."
County opposes private funding for trolley shelters
By Rick Catlin I[ AT \A- lf-AUr YIl-_! ,-A.. I II-
The Manatee County Area Transit is opposed to
private funding of shelters for the Island trolley, ac-
cording to Bradenton Beach Corridor Management
Entity Chairperson Judy Giovanelli.
But MCAT marketing director Susan Hancock told
her the final decision is up to the city commission, said
Giovanelli at the July 1 CME meeting.
The CME has requests from the Tortuga Inn and
the Bradenton Beach Club to pay for a trolley shelter
if the facility will be located at the property, she said.
Giovanelli was worried that the city commission
might be opposed to the idea, but Mayor John Chappie
suggested she make a presentation to the commission,
including the new design proposal along with construc-
tion and maintenance cost estimates.
The new design is for a structure about 9 feet high
with a sloping roof and open-air sides. There would be
no advertising on the shelter, although the name of the
donor would be placed on the front, she said.
She also reported that the Florida Department of
Transportation has no objection to the privately funded
trolley stops nor the-application of the donor's name.
CME committee member Mollie Sandberg noted
that the shelter at the Bradenton Beach Club would be
on private property and the developer could build the
trolley shelter, even if the city commission rejects the
Giovanelli said she would make a presentation to
the commission at its mid-July meeting.
"These people are doing this in good faith and I
hope the city commission is not opposed" to that effort,
In other CME news, Giovanelli said the city's modu-
lar newsrack program should begin July 22 when work
crews begin to prepare the foundations. The actual news-
stands should be in place in early August, she said.
An agreement has been reached with the Beach
House Restaurant on placing a modular stand on that
property and the restaurant will even landscape the
area, Giovanelli added.
The CME should know by its July 15 meeting if its
grant application to fund a multi-use path along the
. west side of Gulf Drive. from Seventh Street South to
Small trolley stop
An artist's rendition of the proposed trolley stop shelters in Bradenton Beach shows a much smaller structure
than that proposed last year by the Bradenton Beach Corridor Management Entity Scenic Highway Commit-
tee. Drawing courtesy of Eatman & Smith Architecture.
the Longboat Pass Bridge has been approved.
Chappie and Giovanelli both told the CME they
had received reports earlier in the-week that people
walking on the beach had fallen into pockets of soft
sand where they had sunk to their knees (see related
THE ISLANDER N JULY 9, 2003 N PAGE 5
Holmes Beach Mayor Whitmore: No tax increase
By Joe Kane
The City of Holmes Beach is prospering, while
state governments are reeling from massive layoffs and
cutbacks. And according to the New York Times,
By Paul Roat
Call it a lean, mean, trim budget proposal for
Bradenton Beach, thanks to a huge increase in the
value of property in the city.
The assessed value of taxable property in the
city went from $270 million in 2002 to an estimated
$332 million in 2003. Based on that increase, the
city's budget for the upcoming fiscal year beginning
in October has been proposed to drop from $2.67
per $1,000 of assessed value to $2.60. That figure
means that for a house valued at $425,000, claim-
ing a homestead exemption of $25,000,
homeowners should look to pay $28 less in city
taxes next year than this $1,040 for fiscal year 03-
04 versus $1,068 for the current year.
Total projected revenue for the city for next
year is $2.428 million, up from the current $2.3
The biggest budget category for Bradenton
Beach next year, as always, is within the city's
11-member police department, proposed at
$760,000, up from the current $651,000. The in-
crease is largely due to a salary increase and in-
creased insurance and benefit requirements.
Total property taxes within the city projected
for next fiscal year amount to $837,000 of the
total budget; the remainder of the city's income
is derived from a variety of fees and other taxes.
The city's first budget work session will be
held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at city hall,
where department heads will present their spend-
ing plans for next year.
spending by states is falling for the first time in 20
years, while Holmes Beach taxable value of property
is rising more than 20 percent from last year.
With this anticipated increase of property values,
Holmes Beach may produce as much as $365,000 more
in tax revenue. A whopping 20 percent more than last
year's $1,707,000 ad valorem tax. However, in the midst
of plenty, there still is a lot of concern for what lurks
The total city expenditure for the fiscal year 2002-
03 was $5,961,794. That includes a $1,585,000 "rainy
day" reserve fund.
The good news is that the city is not expected to
raise the millage rate of 2.25 for every $1,000 in prop-
erty tax, the same millage the city had when Whitmore
was first elected mayor in 1998.
"Taxes will not be raised," declared Whitmore.
"I haven't raised taxes since I have been mayor,
and I don't ever intend to now. We must learn to live
within our budget," said Whitmore. "Ever since I came
to this Island when I was 14, I had to live within my
means, and the city must do the same."
Should the city commission approve the existing
2.25 village, the owner of property valued at $225,000
who qualifies for homestead exemption will pay $450
for the city's portion of their tax bill.
Add the recently passed city stormwater assess-
ment tax to upgrade the city's drainage system for
which a typical property owner will pay $36 a year and
it amounts to an increased city tax bill of $486, in spite
of Whitmore's claim to the contrary.
"As mayor, I do not have a vote on the commis-
sion," said Whitmore. "But I support the commission's
decision to invest in our city's drainage system."
The only added staff member has been one additional
code enforcement officer, Whitmore emphasized.
In July the city's proposed budget goes under scru-
tiny by city commissioners.
In city hall, Whitmore is noted for running a tight
ship, with her trusted city treasurer Rick Ashley at her
side to keep the boat afloat, and supervise the town's
39 full-time employees.
"I am an admitted control freak," confessed
Whitmore. She is married to plastic surgeon Andre
Renard, and serves as office manager for Parkway Plas-
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why I like government. I am a problem solver who gets
bored very easily."
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crunching in preparation for new city budget.
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New school costly
Count us among the celebrants when the Manatee
County School Board announced it had finally budgeted to
replace the aging Anna Maria Elementary School.
It seemed long overdue. The school board was finally
coming through with $5.6 million and the portables would
be no more.
Count us now among those who feel now are mourn-
ful over the demolished live oak trees that were the host to
birds nests, home to countless squirrels and, until last week,
clustered to create a huge shaded playground for three,
four, or more generations of Island youngsters.
Progress? Not when you consider that at meeting af-
ter meeting for almost two years, the constant thread that
was woven into the discussions and the cloth of the pro-
posed new school was the urgent plea to save the oak trees.
There were issues: A "cafetorium," which prompted
parents and teachers, even then Principal Tim Kolbe, to
want to preserve the present auditorium. Second story con-
struction. Open-air corridors versus "secure" hallways. Pre-
serving the bayfront. Portables. And the need to save the
caboose, the play pavilion and precious memories installed
in the form of hand-painted tiles, and more.
The "concept architect" walked the grounds early on
and agreed that the trees were of primary concern. To sat-
isfy preserving the vast natural site, he proposed to "rebuild
the school" in sections, housing several classes at a time in
portables until that section was completed, utilizing the ex-
isting "footprint" and sparing the trees. He emphasized the
need to keep the building, parking and driveway close to
the road to preserve the valuable bayfront.
The transition from the concept to the drawing board
is a disaster. The plans shown at an advisory committee
meeting a meeting that was not advertised to the public
- certainly did what was intended by revealing a floor plan
and site plan that included almost everything desired.
There were, however, no grounds for comparison. No
tree survey. No existing building site plan to overlay the
proposed plan. Just pretty drawings.
The fact that the newspaper had to threaten the school
board and its officials in May with violating the Sunshine
Law in order to obtain copies of the plans for the public
should have been a tip-off.
Something's gone very, very wrong.
The stewardship of the school by the members of the
project committee, the administration, the school district
and the school board is a failure for allowing two great
assets to be plundered: The open bayfront land and the ir-
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Is it too late?
Every week I read of yet another person with their
own idea of how to "improve" the Island. I include
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach along with Anna
Maria. Subjects include cutting down Australian pines,
removal of so-called non-native plants, height variances,
use of rights of way, swales/drainage, alleyways, parking,
Mostly these people are newcomers to the Island
waving their degree in one hand and their bull horns in the
other. Do they think that the rest of us are "morons"? We
who have lived here 20, 30, 40 years might not all have
the degrees but we do have buckets of common sense.
Suddenly the smell of money and power has started
to fill the air. Nothing will ever be the same unless we
"morons" speak up before it's too late.
Will you residents of six months, one or two years
stop telling us that everything we have here is unnatural,
dangerous or wrong in some way or another? Why did you
come here? Are you on some kind of personal crusade?
Will you then move on leaving the rest of us with
high-rise homes, no glimpse of the water and bare
beaches? No habitat for birds and small creatures -
sounds like hell, doesn't it?
You will turn Anna Maria Island into Marco Island
or Manhattan ... or is it already too late?
Shirley McNulty, Anna Maria
Drop the charges
Today I was driving through one of our Island
banks where I witnessed two pre-teen boys skateboard-
ing. I stopped to ask them if they were enjoying the
new skate park in Holmes Beach.
They said that their Mom called "and it's $30 be-
cause we don't live in Holmes Beach, even though we
live on the Island, and because we are brothers it's $60.
Our Mom says she can't afford it."
After some research I came to find out the boys
were right. Apparently even though all three towns
contributed there was a dispute about the maintenance
fees, and now Holmes Beach residents are paying $10
and the two other towns are paying $30.
As a mother of children on the Island myself, I say
well, let's fix it. There is enough money floating
around this Island to allow all kids to use the park, not
just the ones whose parents can afford it. What about
parents with more than one skating child, $60, $90?
I have been proud to call this Island my home for
many years because of its interest in our children. I urge
anyone with any influence in this matter to reconsider
and not make our children's concern who gave money
where and when. Who is this really about?
Laurie Goulet, Anna Maria
Stay with code
Reading the article in the May 28 Islander [re: in-
creasing building heights] really upset me. I don't see
why a developer can come down to our Island and be
allowed to build huge over our height limit con-
dos on our beach. Do we want to compete with
Part of the charm of our Island is the low-key at-
mosphere. Why do we want to change it constructing
extravagant edifices for people who don't really care
about the ambiance we have here?
I have been coming to Anna Maria for 40 years and
have been a fulltime resident for 19 years. I, and many
others, like "the way things are" and would like to see
the height of new buildings kept at the present code
Go somewhere else if you want to build skyscrapers!
Margaret Allen Potter, Holmes Beach
I find it interesting that you equate attempts to save
one's neighborhood as naysayerism.
I'm a card-carrying member of Save Anna Maria.
By what logic do you believe that Anna Maria should
be saved and Cortez not?
Linda Molto, Cortez
THE ISLANDER M JULY 9, 2003 M PAGE 7
Save our school
By Judy Holmes Titsworth, Holmes Beach
This is an open letter to the School Board of Mana-
tee County District Superintendent, administration, the
construction committee and the principal of Anna
Maria Elementary School.
I find it necessary to inform you of your blatant dis-
regard for the wishes of our community. The lack of
due process which is deserved by the community of
Anna Maria Elementary School is unforgivable due to
the tragedy that has been committed by you. As you are
well aware, AME is located in a beautiful waterfront
setting with the only colony of native 150-year-old live
oak trees on the Island.
Many generations of children have had the privi-
lege of enjoying recess under the canopy provided by
these beautiful oaks. However, in the past few days,
without community knowledge, half of these historic
trees were bulldozed and ripped from the ground.
When Anna Maria Elementary was slated for a
new school, we found a community with mixed emo-
tions. Many of us wanted a fresh new school with big-
ger rooms and better storage. Many, on the other hand,
knew that building a new school meant elevating it,
bringing it to current codes with ridiculous "over con-
struction" and the belief that remodeling would be
We were immediately informed by the school
district's building committee coordinator, Larry
Roemer, that this could not be done. We disagreed but
felt our hands were tied being that the school board was
adamant on building a new school.
The construction committee held several town
meetings for our input and worked diligently to make
sure our community was heard and even though our
ground-level school would be sacrificed they devel-
oped a plan that we agreed all could live with.
To remind everyone involved, the No. 1 request by
the teachers, children, and the community was that our
much loved playgrounds of historical oaks be left un-
We also wanted several other things in order to
keep the school "outdoor friendly," as we Islanders
tend to spend most of our time outdoors. Things like
open corridors so the children could experience fresh
air during class changes and an outdoor picnic area.
Unfortunately, Roemer stubbornly refused any
plan allowing fresh air to enter the buildings. He de-
manded double-entry door systems in order to keep the
building as sealed from outside air as possible. He
would not allow any rooms to have doors opening to
the outdoors because he adamantly believes that fresh
air causes sick buildings.
The planning architect, however, worked hard for
us and we did come to some agreement with sacrifices
being made by both sides. His plan showed that he was
listening and working hard to come up with compro-
Since that time we have unfortunately lost
our principal, Tim Kolbe, and new principal Kathy
Hayes was appointed. We were also informed that a
different architect was working on a new design and
that there would be a community meeting to present
the new site plan and drawings for us all to see.
The meeting that was promised never happened.
In May, all of the trees on the property were wrapped
in tape. We showed concern and were told by Hayes
said that a tree survey was being done in order to count
Shortly after that, we read in The Islander news-
paper that the construction committee was going to
present the new school plan to the school board for
approval and the community hadn't yet had a chance
to see it.
Last Thursday, my sister received a call about a
fallen orphaned conure due to tree trimming at AME.
She went to retrieve the bird and came upon the mas-
sive bulldozing of the oak trees.
She then contacted me to go see it for myself. I
could not believe that the school board was capable of
such blatant disregard for these historical trees and for
the No. 1 request of the community. Not only did they
butcher this once beautiful playground, but all knew
about the colony of blue-fronted conures nesting in the
hollowed branches of these oaks and a heron's nest as
well, and the fact that these birds sacrificed their lives
for this is unforgivable.
The project team, with only the knowledge of the
new principal, and within a month or so of the tree sur-
vey, simply snuck into the community in the dead of
summer and mutilated this environment in a matter of
a few days.
Is this what we are teaching our children?
I've been in the constructionbusiness long enough
to know that nothing works this fast in this industry. It
seems apparent at least to me that the plan was to de-
stroy these trees before any of us could do anything
about it. In speaking with the PTO president, teachers,
and even our own representative on the construction
committee, none was aware that we would lose these
In fact, we were told that they heard our cries and
that the oaks would remain.
Why wasn't there the community presentation that
Why were they going for approval before showing
us the plans?
Could the school be railroading a plan through
knowing full well there would be objections that they
didn't want to deal with?
The superintendent's own motto states, "We enjoy
strong support from the community and strive to keep
that support strong by involving citizens in decisions
that affect them and their children".
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Anna Maria code complaint policy 'unconstitutional'
By Rick Catlin
The current Anna Maria City policy of allowing
anonymous complaints to be filed with the city's code
enforcement officer goes against the U.S. Constitution,
among other legal documents and opinions, according
to city resident Walter Jenkins III.
And he thinks it's time the city commission change
the policy before someone files a lawsuit that could
cost Anna Maria some big bucks.
In a June 27 three-page letter to the commission,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7
Or is it that our school board simply has its own
agenda and will do whatever they want?
I can't ever remember feeling more betrayed then
I did when I visited the massacred playground.
This letter is to inform the public of the terrible
lack of judgment by the stubborn construction commit-
tee, the school board and our new principal.
This is being looked at as a severe kick in the teeth
to a community that has helped raise and donate hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars throughout the years for
this school and the playgrounds that were destroyed.
Maybe history doesn't mean anything to the school
board anymore. But this community and our children
deserve better. All children do. Our community is
driven by its history and the generations that still live
on this wonderful piece of paradise. Trees may not
mean much to your new school environments, but they
mean everything to people who live and play in the
There will be huge rallies and protests and strong
community opposition to this destruction and railroad-
We will demand that the construction be halted
until the community has the opportunity to see the new
design and be heard.
We will demand that comparable specimens be
planted to replace the ones ripped out.
We demand to see what effect this construction
process will have on our children currently attending
Due process shouldn't be too much to ask. We also
demand that the only remaining canopied playground
remain as just what it is and meant to be a play-
ground, so our children and our children's children can
enjoy the shade and the experience of being amongst
one of nature's greatest gifts.
Please contact me at 778-3806 as soon as possible
to join the fight.
Jenkins said the city's policy is violating both Article
5 and 6 the U.S. Constitution.
Jenkins said Article 5 states "no person shall be
deprived of life, liberty or property without due process
of law," while Article 6 states that "the accused shall
enjoy the right to be confronted with the witnesses
Anna Maria's current policy to allow people to
complain anonymously to the code enforcement officer
flies in the face of those articles, he said.
He cited various court cases and opinions in his
letter to support his position and claimed Anna Maria's
policy also violates the Administrative Procedures Act
enacted by Congress.
That act requires that all "pleadings, motions or
other papers filed in the proceeding must be signed by
Jenkins said that having the city code enforcement
officer investigate an anonymous complaint is not the
same thing as knowing who the witnesses are against
you and having that party sign the complaint.
"In many cases, the code enforcement officer
doesn't even know who made the complaint," said
"That's not due process and that's not knowing
who your accusers are," he said.
The current policy "allows anyone with a petty
grievance to enact the machinations of government
against another person on a whim," he said.
Jenkins became aware of the city policy and began
his legal investigation after an anonymous complaint
was filed with the code enforcement officer against his
"None of our neighbors complained about the is-
sue and when I went down to city hall, they could not
tell me who signed the complaint. Even if they knew,
they said they couldn't tell me," he said.
"Now, the people at city hall were very cordial as
was the code enforcement officer," Jenkins said.
"But they said under the current city commission
policy, complaints could be filed anonymously.
"So, I was denied information on who made the
accusation and that's unconstitutional," Jenkins said.
As it turned out, there was no code violation at his
family's property, but Code Enforcement Officer Gerry
Rathvon had to spend time investigating.
That's when Jenkins began looking at the city
policy and process and began his legal research.
On several occasions the past year, Anna Maria
Mayor SueLynn has asked the commission to discuss
the issue, but the commission consensus has been to
continue the policy.
Many elderly people in the city feel they would
face retribution if they had to sign a code enforcement
complaint against someone, the commission has noted.
"But this policy just encourages people to make
frivolous complaints," said Jenkins. "It keeps Rathvon
hopping around investigating these frivolous com-
plaints when her time would be better served investi-
gating real problems."
Rathvon said nearly all complaints she receives are
unsigned and a large percentage of those complaints
are unfounded upon investigation. "Not too many
people sign their names anymore," she said.
Jenkins has had enough. "I call on the city commis-
sion to correct the current policy before someone files
a class-action suit against the city that could cost it a lot
of money," he said.
He also filed the document with the Manatee
County Clerk of the Circuit Court office.
"So, now the city has been put on legal notice,"
Commission chairperson John Quam said he plans
to put the issue on the commission's September work-
shop agenda. There will be no commission workshop
in August, he said.
City. Attorney Jim Dye has said in the past it's a
commission policy decision and the commission can
change the policy by majority vote at any time.
Bradenton Beach allows anonymous code enforce-
ment complaints, as does Holmes Beach, although
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore has encouraged
people to sign their name to a complaint form.
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society
wants to sell engraved bricks as part of its
fundraising efforts to restore Belle Haven cot-
tage in Anna Maria.
AMIHS Administrator Carolyne Norwood
said the bricks would be engraved with names
and dates and would form a walkway through
the city's historical park on Pine Avenue where
Belle Haven is located.
The slogan will be "Buy a brick and take a
walk through the park," she said.
The AMIHS has asked the city commission
for approval of the project.
An estimated $100,000 is needed for resto-
ration of Belle Haven along with other improve-
ments and additions to the historical park.
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First turtles make Mike Norman pappy
By Jim Hanson
There are 112 brand new Yankee Doodle Dandies,
112 baby loggerhead turtles born on the Fourth of July
and incidentally making the Island's Mike Norman a
Well, adoptive father. He and his real estate office
"adopted" the nest at Fifth Street in Bradenton Beach
that became the first to hatch here in 2003. It produced
112 hatchlings, said Suzi Fox, head of Turtle Watch
and holder of the state's marine turtle preservation per-
mit for the Island.
Turtle Watch volunteers had caged the nest to pro-
tect it from depredations, and they put the hatchlings in
buckets to keep them safe from "a lot of light and traf-
fic on the beach," Fox said.
"They spent the night in Turtle Watch volunteer
JoAnn Meilner's garage, then we turned them loose the
next night about a quarter of a mile from their original
nest." The location is important, for at maturity sea
turtles return to the place of their birth to nest and
propagate their race.
The nest hatched just 60 days after being laid, said
Fox, giving credence to her assumption that heavy rains
the past couple of weeks would lengthen the normal
55-day incubation period.
It wasn't the first nest here, she noted, so more
hatchings will be along any night. And probably
nightly, she said.
The Island's beaches are home to 156 nests now,
far ahead of the 93 total nests for all of last year. An
average five nests per night are being dug, filled with
eggs, covered and left for sun and sand to incubate.
The post-Fourth of July cleanup the morning after,
Saturday, "went much better than I expected," said
Following an investigation into reports that old bat-
teries, steel frames and pipes were dredged from the Galati
Marine yacht basin in Anna Maria, the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection has concluded no DEP
violations of the Galati's permit have taken place.
DEP spokesperson Merritt Mitchell said the DEP
began its investigation after receiving a report from
Anna Maria city officials that they had found the bat-
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helped to pick up the Independence Day trash.
Fox praised The Islander for sponsoring the
cleanup, providing trash bags and food and drink to
volunteers, and said the whole program was "just
She did note that more trash was cleaned off the
beach of Holmes Beach, which has no anti-beach lit-
ter law, than in Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach,
both of which have laws banning trash on the beach.
Many people who fired their own fireworks from
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"It was an excellent holiday from any viewpoint,
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all materials have been removed, Mitchell said.
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Sandra Melcher is a work in progress -just like her
art. As her art evolves from theme to theme and medium
to medium, Melcher says she finds that she grows as a
"Art is a way in which I grow as a spiritual being.
My art does that for me," Melcher said. And it's not
surprising, seeing the constant transformation pro-
cesses her art moves through.
"Sandra's Menagerie," as Melcher calls her first
show in two years is currently at the Island Branch
Library in Holmes Beach. It is a small example of how
her artwork progresses from one series to another.
Effortlessly shifting through artistic styles and
media, Melcher works with pen and ink, linoleum cuts,
etchings and various computer programs. She makes
jewelry, sculptures and three-dimensional murals.
Melcher says she likes to work in themes and as-
pects of one theme may later find itself part of a differ-
ent series. For example, a digital art print of a cat may
later work itself into a totem sculpture.
On display at the library are four of her fanciful
themes: fish faces, cats, dragons and birds. All of the
featured creatures are imaginary.
The library menagerie highlights Melcher's artis-
tic computer talents. All of the pieces began either as
an etching, ink drawing or linoleum cut, and with the
use of a scanner, computer and printer, Melcher trans-
formed her original work into something magical.
Melcher began working with the computer as an art
tool more than 10 years ago and fell in love with it, she
She soon founded the Digital Fine Artists Association
and says that digital fine art has come a long way. For
example, Melcher said that digital fine artists now have the
ability to print archival quality artwork from home.
In the past, digital artwork could fade through the
years, but now Melcher said she can produce work at
home using archival paper and archival ink and can sell
pieces that will last for generations to come.
The menagerie at the library is yet another trans-
formation, part of the growth process for Melcher. The
show is her foray back onto the art scene, she said,
since her husband, Frank, passed away.
"Thank goodness for this opportunity," said
Melcher. "I'm trying to figure out who I am and move
on. This is a rebirth of who I am a whole personal
process full of things I just love doing. Its terrific."
Melcher's menagerie will be on display through
July 31. The library is located at 5701 Marina Drive,
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music of Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and more. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
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Beware of Palma Sola waters
The Manatee County Health Department on July 2
issued a health advisory for the waters in Palma Sola
Bay after bacteria levels at that testing location last
week were higher than accepted U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency standards.
The advisory is for Palma Sola Bay south from the
easternmost bridge on the Palma Sola Causeway.
Tests showed the average value of fecal coliform
at the test location was 38.95 Coli Forming Units per
100 ml while the EPA limit for a five-week test aver-
age is 35 CFU per 100 ml.
Environmental Health Director Charles Henry said he
believed the increase in bacteria levels was related to the
recent heavy rains and associated stormwater runoff.
Swimming and/or wading should be considered a
potential health risk to the general public in these wa-
ters, especially to the young, elderly and those with
compromised immune systems, Henry said.
Those risks include skin rash, infections or disease,
The county monitors the saltwater at 10 area loca-
tions and when levels of fecal coliform or other bacte-
ria exceed the accepted EPA standard for a five-week
test average, a warning is issued.
The advisory will remain in effect until the five-
week average of testing complies with EPA guidelines.
Palma Sola Bay south includes the waters at the
southeast end of the Palma Sola Causeway.
By Rick Catlin
Barely two weeks after telling Anna Maria resi-
dents they should be proud of their city because it has
the lowest crime rate of any area policed by the Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Charlie Wells re-
warded the city by increasing its annual contract price
for MCSO services by more than 10 percent.
Wells has proposed that the city pay $511,194 for
MCSO services during the 2003-04 fiscal year that
starts October 1.
That's a 10.7 percent increase from the $461,611
Tops in service
Jim Dunne, left, of the Anna Maria Island Rotary
Club accepts an award from Dick Rehmeyer desig-
nating the local organization one of the seven best in
Southwest Florida. It won the award for its service to
community and Rotary in 2001-02, when Dunne was
president and Rehmeyer was district governor.
Shelda June Lockard
Shelda June Lockard "Vicki" Lilienfield, 64, of
Roanoke, Va., and formerly Anna Maria, died June 29.
were in Roanoke.
She is survived by
daughter Michelle Matson
of Sarasota; sons Gary and
Gregg, both of Bethesda,
Md.; brothers George M.
Lockard and Ronald G.
Lockard, both of Roanoke;
sister Susan Lockard of
Fairfax, Va.; mother Celia
Lilienfield H. Lockard of Roanoke;
seven grandchildren; and a
Anna Maria paid in its 2002-03 budget and a 21 per-
cent increase in just two years from the $422,893
charged by the county in 2001-02.
The new contract amount would represent a 41
percent increase in MCSO services to Anna Maria in
just three years. In the 2000-01 budget, the city paid
The proposed amount is also just under 30 percent
of Anna Maria's total 2002-03 budget of $1.8 million.
Mayor SueLynn said she just received the new con-
tract proposal and would present it to the city commission
at the first budget hearing, scheduled for July 29.
Cortez school plantain
Saturday in Village
By Jim Hanson
A major renovation of the Cortez school grounds
is coming Saturday, July 12, when volunteers will plant
hundreds of donated native species to replace invaders.
The "bad guy" plants, such as Brazilian pepper and
Australian pine trees, have been chopped and uprooted
and sent to the landfill. New "good guys" are coming
from several agencies with stakes in the grounds of the
Volunteers will meet starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at
the school, 415 119th St. W., bringing gloves, shovels,
hoes, wheelbarrows and a whole lot of insect repellent,
said Karen Bell, Cortez activist, owner of Star Fish Co.
and Restaurant and a working member of the family
that owns A.P. Bell Fish Co.
She said the last of the exotic and non-native plants
and trees are being removed this week from the four-
acre property. The creek that once connected Lake
David to Sarasota Bay is being cleaned out and wid-
ened to establish a natural tidal flow.
A forest of trees and plants will be furnished by the
sponsors of the restoration Manatee County, South-
west Florida Water Management District, Florida De-
partment of Environmental Protection, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, the Gulf of Mexico Program of the
U.S. Environmental Protection Administration, Na-
tional Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Sarasota
Bay National Estuary Program.
Cortez residents and friends will provide the man-
power to put the plantings in the ground. Bell said she
hopes for perhaps 40 volunteers for the morning.
Restoration of the school building itself is stalled,
the Legislature refusing to fund the state's proposed
historical preservation programs. The county, which
owns the property, had been assured of $162,000 from
the proposed kitty.
"We don't know where it will go now," said Bell.
"We hope the county will step in and provide funds."
'Day of Enrichment' slated
Saturday at Gloria Dei
"Opening ourselves to a deeper level of contempla-
tion" will be the intent of a "Day of Enrichment" Sat-
urday, July 12, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
This is a program of the Centering Prayer group on
Anna Maria Island, but the program is open to the pub-
lic, said facilitator Bob Fasulo. It will be from 9:30
a.m.-3 p.m., snacks and drinks provided but bring a
lunch. Details may be obtained at 778-3091.
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County to investigate
restaurants for grease
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's recent sewage leak on North Shore
Drive when a manhole cover came off during a heavy
rainstorm was probably caused by grease clogging the
line, county officials have told the city.
"The county told me that a lot of times, sewer lines
become clogged because of grease from restaurants,"
Code Enforcement Officer Gerry Rathvon said.
Rathvon said Inspector Rob Thomas of the Mana-
tee County Utility Operations Department told her that
"When the grease clogs the line, water can't move
through it quickly and the pressure builds up during a
heavy rainstorm, popping the cover."
Thomas said his department will be checking
grease traps at Island restaurants for proper installation
and cleaning of grease traps, and will start with Anna
Maria restaurant locations.
Dave Shulmister of the MCUOD said any environ-
mental damage caused by the recent sewage leak would
have been minimal.
"Nature is a great thing and this leak would have
self-cleaned within five days," he said.
Shulmister noted that drainage in the area can be
improved if the city adds additional storm drainage
pipes or enlarges existing pipes.
An MCUOD project is scheduled to begin soon to
correct problems in sewer lines from 77th Street North
in Holmes Beach to just above Palm Avenue in Anna
Maria, he said.
Bloodmobile due Sunday
at St. Bernard Church
A bloodmobile from the Manatee Community
Blood Center will take blood donations from 8 a.m.-
noon Sunday, July 13, at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Donors include
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Cedric Cooper, right, and David Rogers smooth off the fresh concrete surface of the sidewalk that runs along
the "moon walk, as it is known to many, between Willow and Cedar avenues in Anna Maria. The path,
frequently hidden by landscaping run amuck, was worn, crumbling and hazardous, although used frequently
by beachgoers. Islander Photo: Preston Whaley Jr.
Paradise needs you
By Joe Kane
Calling all green thumbs.
You are needed to serve on the Holmes Beach
Parks and Beautification Committee.
"The committee is looking for representatives from
business, condominiums and neighborhoods who
would like to advise the city how to best make Holmes
Beach even a more beautiful place," said Holmes
Beach City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens. "This
would be a most interesting committee to serve on."
In fact the need is so great for new members that
were at the July 2 meeting, so few members of the
dwindling committee showed up, there were not
enough members attending to even make a quorum.
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First librarian Helen Swift going strong at 90
By Jim Hanson
"I just love that library," says Helen Swift, and
regrets that she doesn't do more to help.
What more could she do? She was a mover in
founding the Island Branch Library, was its first librar-
ian, helped found the Friends of the Library, and has
been probably its most faithful volunteer.
She will be 90 tomorrow. If she wishes she were a
mere 80 or so, it would be mainly so she could be more
active at the library.
The Island will note her 90th year at an open house
Thursday, July 10, at her home, 205 78th St., Holmes
Beach. Sarah Bicknell, manager of the library, said "no
gifts, please, but cards welcome."
Swift lives in the house she and her husband built
more than 30 years ago, does most of her own cooking,
tends the house with help, and plays a ferocious breed
of backgammon. And takes care of Emily, the cat she
loves and insists helps take care of her.
She is, frankly, more alert than some teenagers.
She learned computers when the library first got
them a few years ago. She drives her car, carefully
and reluctantly: "I just feel it's safer not to, if I can
Homeland security seminar
American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 at 2000
75th Street W. in Bradenton will host a free homeland
security seminar at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, for
Bob Millard of Post 24 said the "Manatee County
Community Watch" seminar will be conducted by
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies and focus on
security for homes, businesses and children.
"It's going to be about what you can do as an indi-
vidual to help ensure security for yourself, your kids, your
home and business, and your community," he said.
Deputies will discuss what to look for in a commu-
nity as a sign of terrorism or security threat.
The seminar was prompted by the terrorism of 9/
11, he said.
"We all know that life in America changed dra-
matically as a result of the events of 9/11.
"We have learned we are not immune to acts of
violence or terrorism. One of the results has been a new
sense of unity in this country," Mallard said.
The seminar is a joint effort between the MCSO
and radio or cellular-equipped drivers in the county "to
keep our children, businesses and community safe," he
For more information, contact Mallard at 794-3489
The library is the chief beneficiary of her energy
and intelligence over the years. It is still her.baby, a
very large baby compared to the old bookmobile and
the storefront library she helped start and ran before the
current building opened in 1982.
A graduate of the University of Chicago with
master's degree in library science, she married indus-
trialist Justin Swift and they lived in Evanston, 11. They
started coming to the Island in 1958 and moved here
when he retired.
The only library service was the bookmobile, and
Justin Swift volunteered to help drive it. By 1965 a
move had formed to get a real library on the Island, and
Friends of the Library organized to lobby the Manatee
The county ultimately put up $2,500 for the Island
to match, which it did mainly through Woman's Club
fundraising. The cities of Holmes Beach and Anna
Maria agreed to pay half the rent of a storefront in the
Holmes Beach shopping center and Jack Holmes the
other half for the first year.
Helen Swift and Hope Smith were the librarians, and
swift recalls that 232 people came in the first day. Almost
at once it was clear that more space was needed.
Location, as always, was a big problem. Friends of
the Library pleaded and nagged and hammered at the
county commission until the county agreed to put up
some money, the Selby Foundation gave some and the
Friends raised $100,000. The city of Holmes Beach
gave the county a 99-year lease on land next to the city
hall, and the Island Branch of the Manatee County Li-
brary System opened in 1982.
By that time ill health had forced Helen Swift into
retirement, but over time she got her strength back and
volunteered at the library, ending up as president of
Friends in 1989.
Now, at the edge of 90, she doesn't get to her li-
brary every day as she would like, but she does what
she can when she can. The librarians are grateful, both
for her help and for the goal she represents that they
may be as quick and active at 90.
She walks well enough unassisted, but uses a
walker for safety's sake -"I think what might happen
if I fell, and I just refuse to fall."
As far as moving at 90 is concerned, not a chance.
"My sister comes to her condo here every winter and
she wants me to move," said Swift. "But I'm staying
Library Manager Bicknell said of the landmark
birthday open house, "We should just celebrate her
life, and hope we do as well with ours as she has
done with hers."
Dog days of summer
Aided by her Doberman pincher, Joe, and Jack Russell terrier, Maggie, dog trainer Joyce Kesling showed a
room full of Island kids how to handle and choose appropriate toys for a dog. Kesling was the first presenter
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Island skate park fee called unfair
By Joe Kane
All thrashers are not born equal.
Non-Holmes Beach parents must pay $30 for each
child to use the Holmes Beach micro skate park. That
fee is three times what a Holmes Beach resident pays,
and several parents have expressed the unfairness to
this "Scrooge tax."
"This unfair fee rubs me the wrong way," said
Laurie Goulet, a mother of three. "All kids should have
the same opportunity. It's so sad to see kids standing
outside the skateboard park, unable to participate be-
cause their parents cannot afford to pay. A lot of kids
come from homes that are struggling to pay their
monthly bills. People need a little break."
Goulet's criticism of the alleged fee inequity has
inspired a dialogue between two major Island agencies,
the Anna Maria Island Community Center and All Is-
Rhea Chiles, along with sons Ed
and Bud, welcomed Adelle and
U.S. Sen. Bob Graham to her Anna
Maria Island home for some ,
politicing and socializing with area
Democrats. The $1,000 per person .
affair raised funds for Bob
Graham's presidential campaign
and attracted Democratic Party
supporters from Manatee,
Sarasota, Hillsborough and
Pinellas counties. The only other
presidential candidate known to
visit the Island was Jimmy Carter
prior to his 1976 election. Pic- ,
tured, left to right, Adelle, Ed and
Rhea and Senator Graham.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
"The Center never turns away someone because
they lack funds," said Goulet. "That's what it's all
about, helping kids."
Sandee Pruett of the Center screens applicants
seeking financial assistance and works mightily to find
funding to help families in need.
"For instance, one-third of the children enrolled in
summer camp at the center receive some form of assis-
tance," said Pruett. "This is typical of most of our fami-
All Island Denomination, an ecumenical outreach
program of all Island churches was founded on the
premise that all Islanders are not millionaires.
Trudy Horrigan, treasurer of AID, expressed inter-
est in the plight of needy families wishing to have their
kids use the skate park. Horrigan said she is going to
meet with AID executive board members when they
return at the end of the month to see what they can do
to help needy kids.
The Islander newspaper is committed to donate
$300 towards helping needy non-Holmes Beach resi-
dents pay the added fee. Islander publisher Bonner Joy
hopes this will be seed money for other people to help
pay for kids who need assistance.
Kids are flocking to the skate park. So far more
than 110 children have registered to use the park.
"We're really happy with the way the kids are be-
having themselves," said Lt. Dale Stephensen of the
HBPD. "The kids are real polite and safety conscious."
Stephenson said he's happy with the enrollment to
date. "It's what we hoped for."
He said on July 4 he's appreciative of the help in
keeping skateboarders off public property and headed
to the skate park.
THE BES T 10 YEARS
Headlines in the July 8, 1993,
issue of The Islander announced:
The total property value on Anna Maria Island
increased by $61 million between 1992 and 1993, ac-
cording to the Manatee County Appraiser's Office. The
total value of all property assessed was $770 million.
George O'Connor of the Anna Maria Island
Community Center board of directors was upset that
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Mary Ellen
Reichard had suggested that if the Center gets a
$36,000 grant from Manatee County, it will not need
additional funding from Holmes Beach beyond the
city's $9,500 donation.
Holmes Beach will spend $65,000 to study the
Key Royale Bridge after a routine inspection by en-
gineers working for the Florida Department of
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Restoring habitat to Island area a priority
By Preston Whaley Jr.
Chain saws, a backhoe, and a Bobcat mini-crane
cut through thickets of Brazilian pepper on the four-
acre property of the Cortez schoolhouse beginning in
Greg Lockas, foreman for Tampa Contracting Ser-
vices, said it would probably take three to four weeks
to finish the job of removing invasive, exotic pepper
and some of the Australian pines. He added that some
of the pepper had to be removed by hand because it was
entangled in the mangroves.
Mangroves are native to the area and must be pro-
tected because they help filter out contaminants and
protect dry uplands from erosion.
Manatee County owns the 1912 schoolhouse prop-
erty and is responsible for restoring both the habitat and
the schoolhouse, which will become a museum.
The county has contracted with the Sarasota Bay
National Estuary Program to oversee the environmen-
tal restoration, which will cost $61,000, according to
SBNEP staff scientist Gary Raulerson, who obtained
two grants to help finance the project: one from the
Southwest Florida Water Management District and one
from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Manatee County's financial management official
Maggie Marr secured additional funding from the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service.
Once removal of the exotics is finished, Raulerson
on Satruday, July 12, will oversee volunteers in the in-
stallation of native grasses, plants and trees, which will
help restore the natural ecological chemistry between
the schoolhouse upland, the nearby mangrove forest,
called the.FISH Preserve, and the wildlife.
Volunteers are needed and should come to the
schoolhouse at 8 a.m.
In addition to the removal of exotics and the instal-
lation of native plants, Swiftmud will clear debris from
and deepen the channel that runs from the rear of the
property into the adjacent FISH Preserve. This channel
work will improve water circulation within the whole
interacting watershed of two lakes, mangrove forest
and Sarasota Bay.
The county will also build a walkway around the
property for easier public access.
The Cortez schoolhouse habitat restoration is the
Workers clear exotics from the mangrove forest behind the Cortez schoolhouse. Claudio Gonzales faces the
camera. Raul Ortega works to his right. Islander Photo: Preston Whaley Jr.
latest of several such projects taking place in the Anna
Maria Island area.
The goal these projects, according to Manatee
County Ecosystems Administrator Charlie Hunsicker,
is to "give the public what it wants in the way of natu-
ral estuary conservation by acquiring estuary lands and
keeping them from development."
Hunsicker is confident about what the public
wants, in part because of the results of the Imagine
Manatee visioning process.
Preserving natural areas and the environmental
quality of land, air and water, were the top two of 1 9
priorities for envisioning a better Manatee County.
Jim Dunne, who represented the Island on the
Imagine Manatee steering committee, said "the biggest
things affecting the Island that came up again and again
were the environment and traffic."
These concerns are directly related to what
Hunsicker called, "overbuilding."
Overbuilding is due to a variety of factors some
of which are under local control, like local taxes and
impact fees and some of which are not, such as the
state of Florida's homestead exemption, which will
help fuel what is projected to be an additional 440,800
people moving Manatee County by 2025.
According to Manatee County Principal Planner
Leon Kotecki, that will mean an average of 4,000
new dwellings built every year. Kotecki added that
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Native habitat resurgence
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15
However, it's not just Manatee County that's been
envisioning the future.
In November and December 2002, the city of
Holmes Beach completed its own visioning process. A
preliminary report of the results shows that more par-
ticipants rated zoning/land use, landscaping/trees and
environmental protection as needing more attention in
the future than any of the other 17 categories.
The question now is what will elected officials do
to make these visioning efforts real? What will they do
so that 10 years from now, people will look back and
feel the process was time and in the case of the county,
$350,000 well spent?
Holmes Beach has produced a preliminary com-
munity vision plan, but the city commission hasn't set
a date for considering it.
Manatee County's Administrator of Comprehen-
sive Planning, Michael Wood, said, "We're hopeful
people will see tangible things accomplished." He
added that the county planning department is "trying to
figure out a road map" for implementing the Imagine
Manatee vision. The Imagine Manatee steering com-
mittee will meet July 17 to consider the first draft of the
Wood also said that many of the environmental
preservation elements of the visioning process are al-
Indeed, the Cortez schoolhouse is one of them. Below
is a summary of others in the Anna Maria Island area.
Manatee County purchased 483 acres of estuary
uplands, wetlands and mangrove fringe from Robinson
Farms for approximately $10 million.
The tract is located in Northwest Bradenton, north-
west of Palma Sola Bay.
Exotic vegetation will be removed and multiple
facilities installed, including five miles of nature trails,
a one-third-mile-long fitness trail, three-and-a-half
miles of canoe trails, a canoe launch, three fishing
piers, a playground, picnic shelters and educational/
Another trail will be constructed to connect the
preserve to Desoto National Memorial.
Under the agreement with Manatee County,
Robinson will be able to build a golf course, club-
house, and upscale housing on a nearby 200 acres.
The project is slated for completion in 2008.
Palma Sola Causeway
The Palma Sola Corridor Management Entity is
spearheading a number of beautification and historical
preservation initiatives for the Palma Sola Causeway.
These include the refurbishing or building of a new
boat ramp and pet, picnic and trash facilities, improved
bicycle lanes, sidewalks and parking, beach
renourishment, and a boat and anglers environmental
The CME will also arrange for the removal of ex-
otic Brazilian pepper and Australian pines from sensi-
tive wetlands that run adjacent to the causeway-and
border the Robinson Preserve.
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Removing exotics at Cortez schoolhouse
Greg Lockas, foreman for Tampa Contracting Services, oversees the removal of Brazilian pepper from the
Cortez schoolhouse property. German Cazeula pilots the Bobcat. Islander Photo: Preston Whaley Jr.
According to Hunsicker, the exotics removal is
dependent on a mitigation agreement with the
Benderson Corp., owner of Anna Maria Center Shops
in Holmes Beach.
Shells restaurant in the center wants to expand its
parking facilities onto a wetland near Grassy Point. In
return the company will finance part of the restoration
of the causeway habitat.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore and Trea-
surer and Assistant to the Mayor Rick Ashley said they
didn't know anything about the mitigation plan.
Anna Maria Preserves
The City of Anna Maria has four preserves where
the focus is the removal of exotics and restoration of
native plants and wildlife.
The dune preserve is located between the Gulf
shoreline and Gulfshore Drive, approximately between
Magnolia and Oak avenues.
There is a native "maritime" park at Anna Maria
City Hall and a mangrove forest at the historical park
on Pine Avenue.
The shoreline adjacent to Anna Maria City Pier is
home for the bayshore preserve.
Work at all of the preserves is ongoing.
Volunteers such as Mike Miller and the city's en-
vironmental enhancement and education committee
help oversee much of the planting and maintenance
work. The committee applies for various grants to help
Mike Miller said these are good times for the pre-
serves, in part, because of the support of Mayor Sue
Lynn and George McKay, who heads up public works.
The EEEC also tries to educate the public about the
Island's environmental heritage and the importance of
You can visit the committee's bookshelf at the Is-
land Branch Library and link to the EEEC Web page
Anna Maria Island shoreline
In connection with last year's beach
renourishment, Manatee County agreed to install native
Exotic plants are removedfrom the Cortez schoolhouse area. Islander Photo: Joe Ka..
Exotic plants are removed from the Cortez schoolhouse area. Islander Photo: Joe Kane
plants along four linear miles of dune near the Gulf.
Hunsicker said, "I refuse to give a date because
we'll miss it, but we're pledged to complete the job."
He added the plantings are contingent on agreements
with property owners and subcontractors who will have
to irrigate the elder, sea oats, railroad vine and other
plants until they're established.
In 1998, Holmes Beach purchased Grassy Point, a
34-acre tract of mangrove forest bordered on the east
by the Intracoastal Waterway, East Bay Drive on the
west side, Mike Norman Realty on the south flank and
Sandy Pointe condos to the north.
Holmes Beach Treasurer Rick Ashley said funding
for the purchase was more than $850,000 and came
from the Florida Community Trust. Ashley added that
the city didn't raise enough money to purchase the
upland just south of Grassy Point, which could have
been used to provide parking and public access to the
estuary. Therefore, the land is for preservation only.
Exotics will eventually be removed.
The FISH Preserve is 95 acres of mostly mangrove
forest located due east of Cortez Village.
The preserve is bordered by Sarasota Bay on the
south and Cortez Road to the north. To the west it ex-
tends to Sara-Bay RV Park.
The Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage formed
in 1992 and is working to meet the final payment of the
property next year.
FISH Treasurer Karen Bell said the institute would
like to remove the exotics and obtain a conservation
easement to protect the estuary forever.
She said the group may withhold two to three acres
of the property "for stacking crab traps."'
On June 12 FISH turned down a Swiftmud offer to
purchase and restore the land. Bell didn't expect mem-
bers would accept the offer.
FISH, which is comprised of Cortez and Bradenton
locals, doesn't want to give up control of the estuary.
"We don't trust anybody," Bell said.
Dredging of the Intracoastal Waterway in the
1950s resulted in the covering of a small island of
mangroves that extended to the south bayside of the
Island, opposite Coquina Beach, to form the peninsula
known as Leffis Key.
In 1991, the county joined with the SBNEP to re-
store approximately 30 acres of wetland habitat at a
cost of $350,000.
A footbridge was installed to provide public access
to the bay walk. And excess fill material was used to
create visual and sound barriers to nearby traffic.
Volunteers planted over 50,000 native saltmarsh,
intertidal, and upland plants and trees.
They also put in interpretive/educational signs to
inform visitors on the ecological importance and inter-
dependence of mangrove forest and surrounding habi-
SBNEP scientist Gary Raulerson said Leffis Key
was "a good restoration project that also demonstrates
the need for continual maintenance in semi-urban ar-
eas." He added, that seedlings from nearby invasive
Australian pines and Brazilian peppers are constantly
trying to regain a foothold on the preserve.
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 9, 2003 M PAGE 17
FOURTH OF JULY FUN, ISLAND STYLE
Anna Maria Island Privateers cannon blazing man their landbound craft up the Island in the annual
Fourth of July parade. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Fireworks off the Beach House Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach keep Independence Day crowd's
attention. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
Privateers recognized the scholars they're helping July 4: back row, left to
right, Privateers Laurie and Kirk Gyson, Jimmy Spencer, Dick Cline, Bruce
Whitton, Eric Rushnell; front row, winners of Privateers scholarships: Erica
Hoggatt, $1,000, to study nursing at USF; Nicole Witton, $3,000 Whitey Horton
award, physical therapy; Amber Becerra, $1,000, music education USF; Brian
Stephenson, $1,000, business USF; Megan Brady, $1,000, psychology USF; Ben
Miller, accounting FSU. Not in picture is $1,000 winner Angela Joseph, radiol-
ogy at USF. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Leaving the pirate ship under an arch of Privateer swords after their wedding
aboard ship are Bill and Nancy Moritz, nee Glidden. They married on the boat/
float when it settled down at the Manatee Public Beach after the parade. Is-
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Ooh 'Big Daddy!'
You never know when or where drag racer "Big
Daddy" Don Garlits will race for dinner, but one of
his favorite spots is the Ooh La La! Bistro in the
Island Shopping Center. Garlits 'family joined him
for dinner Saturday, July 5, and on arrival, his
daughter said, "At least we didn't have to go 325
mph to get here!" Later, "Big Daddy, the acknowl-
edged king of drag racing, took time to pose with
Ooh La La! Chef/Owner Damon Presswood and sign
autographs for his fine-dining race fans. Garlits and
his family live in Seffner just outside of Tampa and
are frequent visitors to Anna Maria Island. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
Coastal Flooring is new name,
but same great service
Coastal Flooring in the S&S Plaza at 5334 Gulf
Drive in Holmes Beach recently changed to its new
name from Floors R' Us, but owner Tom Bucci said the
company is still giving the same great service on all
flooring needs to the Island community. The company
also does extenisve off-Island work, Tom said, includ-
ing new construction.
In addition to tile, wood and carpet flooring,
Coastal Flooring has expanded into installation of shut-
ters and blinds, he said.
Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call
Bistro sold to Bistro
The Island's End Bistro in Anna Maria was sold
June 23 to Bistro Blanton Holdings LLC for a reported
Owner Sean Murphy has said previously he plans
to add banquet facilities to the Bistro and was reorga-
nizing ownership of the restaurant.
Efforts to reach Murphy or partner Lisa Blanton for
comment on the sale were unsuccessful.
coming soon to Island
Kids will soon have a new place in the shade to
hang out with friends.
Islander Cindy Thompson is busy with plans to
open the Playroom in the Holmes Business Center at
5345 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, which is the former
location of the Island Fitness Center.
The Playroom is scheduled to open Aug. 1 1 and
will provide a convenient and safe place for parents to
bring their children before and after school.
The Playroom will also be available for drop-in
"playcare" from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sat-
Thompson said that, unlike daycare facilities, the
Playroom is a club with a membership fee and club
plans offered by the day, week or month. Children from
infancy through age 10 can be dropped off at Playroom
for up to a four-hour time period.
At the Playroom, there will be age-appropriate "toy
zones" for unstructured play. Indoor and outdoor group
activities will also be planned and members will be
given a weekly schedule so children can choose to at-
tend an art class, for example.
In addition to indoor activities, Thompson will
have a van to transport children to and from school as
well as take groups to the beach, the Holmes Beach
skate park or for a fishing trip.
The Playroom will also provide meals for the kids.
Thompson said she is "really excited" about the
upcoming opening and is planning a pre-registration
event in mid-July.
Thompson said the Playroom will give kids an al-
ternative place to play when, for example, the kids have
had too much sun.
Thompson has an extensive background working
with children including providing childcare services on
cruise ships, as a Manatee County Guardian Alitum and
as a preschool teacher. She is looking forward to pro-
viding a new service to the Island.
Future plans for the Playroom include monthly
teen nights, birthday parties, holiday and summer
Thompson is currently accepting applications for
both full-time and part-time staff. She is also compil-
ing a pre-opening membership list of people interested
The Playroom will initially accommodate 30 chil-
dren in its after-school program and 50 children in its
drop-in care program.
To inquire about staffing positions or to join the
membership waiting list, call Thompson at 962-6047.
Jason Sato joins Hills
in real estate sales
Jason Sato, lifelong resident of Anna Maria Island,
has joined Betsy Hills Real Estate Co. in sales and rent-
als. He is a Florida State University graduate. At Hills
he will work with his mother, Barbara Sato, who has
been with the firm since 1985.
Hamill, Jarratt now with
April Hamill and Vicki Jarratt have joined
Wedebrock Real Estate Co. at its north Longboat Key
office. Hamill, in real estate since 1987, moved to
Florida from Utah in 2001. Jarratt has been in real es-
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Martha Williams has been appointed property
manager for the RE/MAX Gulfstream office on Anna
Maria Island. A resident of Manatee County since 1975
when she came from Lakeland, she began her real es-
tate career on the Island in 1990.
The firm's Island office is at 401 Manatee Ave.,
Alan Galletto was top sales agent for Island Real
Estate during June, while Marilyn Trevethan and Bob
Fittro led in obtaining new listings.
Geoff Wall led in new listings and Robert St.
Jean in sales during June at the Holmes Beach office
of Wedebrock Real Estate Co. The team of Mike
Migone/Tina Rudek and Doug Bruce were tops in
new listings at the Longboat Key office and Migone/
Jim Foster led sales.
Island real estate sales
222 84th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,280 sfla 3bed/
2bath/2car home built in 1989 on an 83x100 lot, was
sold 4/21/03, Lee to Parking, for $360,000; list
401 Bay Palms, Holmes Beach, a 1,393 sfla 2bed/
2bath/lcar home built in 1965 on a 98x100 (approxi-
mate) lot, was sold 4/25/03, Hernandez to Paszko, for
$275,000; list $295,000.
444 62nd St., Holmes Beach, Seaside Gardens, a
868 sfla 2bed/2bath/1car attached home built in 1974
on a 45x93 lot, was sold 4/22/03, Bettin to Gillies, for
$198,000; list $198,500.
509 65th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,852 sfla
3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1972 on a 90x94 lot, was
sold 4/25/03, Whitehead to Kelly, for $360,000; list
527 74th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,497 sfla
2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1963 on a 100x108 lot,
was sold 4/24/03, Garvey to Kohlmann, for $590,000;
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117 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach, 35 Bay
View Terrace, a 594 sfla lbed/lbath condo built in
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Watch, a 1,079 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1982,
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Bay, a 1,080 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1978,
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210 65th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,666 sfla 3bed/
2bath/2car home built in 1976 on an 86x105 lot, was
sold 4/29/03, Fabinsky to RNM Ltd., for $425,000.
240 Willow, Anna Maria, a 75x 139 canal lot, was
sold 5/1/03, Taylor to Marnie, for $300,000.
405 Bay Palms, Holmes Beach, a 1,124 sfle 2bed/
2bath/lcar home built in 1968 on an 80x100 lot, was
sold 5/1/03, Maughan to Solberg, for $315,000.
411 Poinsettia, Anna Maria, a canalfront 3bed/
2bath/lcar 1152 sfla home built in 1972 on a 75x114
lot, was sold 5/2/03, Babcock to Stoltzfus, for
$475,000; list $485,000.
510 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a canalfront
1,441 sfla 2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1960 on a
96x101 lot, was sold 5/2/03, Rand to Fetters, for
$380,000; list $399,900.
516 58th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,226 sfla
3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1954 on an 87x107 lot,
was sold 5/1/03, Healey to Ferraro, for $385,000; list
5200 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 608 Martinique S.,
a 1,057 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1970, was sold
4/29/03, Eastman to Muratti Inc, for $410,000.
600 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes Beach, 221
Westbay Cove, a 2bed/2bath 1.179 sfla condo built in
1997, was sold 5/2/03, Peters to W&R Investments, for
$265,000; list $285,000.
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6500 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 164 Westbay Point
& Moorings, a 1,114 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in
1978, was sold 4/28/03, Smith to Lindwall, for
704 Gladiolus, Anna Maria, a 1,120 sfla duplex
built in 1960 on a 50x100 lot, was sold 5/2/03, Stoltzfus
to Boyd, for $400,000; list $439,900.
706 Rose, Anna Maria, a 1,224 sfla duplex built in
1966 on a 50xl00 lot, was sold 4/29/03, Carey to
Serpico, for $390,000; list $419,000.
101 Pelican, Anna Maria, a 1,384 sfla 3bed/2bath/
3car/pool canalfront home built in 1987 on a 77x100
(approx.) lot, was sold 5/8/03, Grannys Beach Vacation
to Mellor, for $530,000.
3601 E. Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, 209 Sandy
Pointe 4, a 1,004 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1994,
was sold 5/9/03, Pearse to Donahue, for $210,000; list
516 Kumquat, Anna Maria, a 75x142 canal lot,
was sold 5/9/03, Zorn to Stella, for $405,000.
1699 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 8 Bradenton
Beach Club 2, a new condo unit of unknown size, was
sold 5/12/03, AMI Bayshore Dev. to Hazlett, for
307 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 2,436 sfla duplex
built in 1973 on a 65x101 lot, was sold 5/13/03, Shank
to GSR Development LLC, for $599,000.
686 Key Royale, Holmes Beach, a canalfront 2,010
sfla 2bed/2bath/2car/pool home built in 1972 on an
86xl 14 lot, was sold 5/13/03, Bourbeau to Fischer
Realty, for $803,000.
145 Crescent, Anna Maria, a 900 sfla 3bed/2bath
home built in 1960 on a 66x1l 16 lot, was sold 5/23/03,
Ramsey to Dan Howe Holdings et al, for $285,000; list
204 Haverkos Court, Holmes Beach, a 524 sfla
I bed/I bath/I car home built in 1954 on a 65x98 lot, was
sold 5/19/03, Shurina to Williams, for $249,000.
2311 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 577 sfla Ibed/
lbath home built in 1952 on a 50xl00 lot, was sold 5/
20/03, Winsor to Williams, for $268,000; list $272,000.
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Wednesday, July 9
10:30 a.m. Friends Book Club at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
6p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
6 p.m. Mind, Body and Spirit workshop with Bill
Costanzo at the Island Fitness Center, 5317 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5446.
Saturday, July 12
9:30 a.m. to 3p.m. "Day of Enrichment" at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-3031. Donation requested.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 'That's Italian!" family festival at
the Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road,
Sarasota. Information: 351-1660. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. Origami class at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
6 to 9 p.m. Opening reception for The Edge arts
group "Highly Caffeinated" at Java 'n' Jive, 811 Eighth Ave.,
Palmetto. Information: 748-8671.
Sunday, July 13
8 a.m. to noon Blood drive at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Monday, July 14
8:30 a.m. Internet for beginners class at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
9 a.m. to noon "Zoom Zone: Discover Jesus is For-
ever" vacation Bible school at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1813.
10 a.m. to noon "Kids 'n' Klay Clay with Your
Senses" summer camp at the Longboat Key Center for the
Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-
2345. Fee applies.
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Theater arts for children with
Robin Rhodes at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts,
6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-
2345. Fee applies.
Tuesday, July 15
7:30 a.m. Business Network International meeting
at the Hilton Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-5543.
10 a.m. to noon "Kids 'n' Klay Clay with Your
Senses" summer camp at the Longboat Key Center for the
Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-
2345. Fee applies.
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Theater arts for children with
Robin Rhodes at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts,
6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-
2345. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veteran's Service officers at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
2 to 3 p.m. "Hats Off to Sports" children's program
with surfing experts Rocky and Dustin von Hahmann at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesday, July 16
6p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Summer Camp at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through Aug. 8.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
"Zoom Zone: Discover Jesus is Forever" vacation
Bible school at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, through July 18. Information: 778-
1813. Fee applies.
"Kids 'n' Klay Clay with Your Senses" summer
camp at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860
Longboat Drive, Longboat Key, through July 22. Informa-
tion: 383-2345. Fee applies.
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anything that would promote fine music.
The aggregation is now planning and orga-
nizing for the 2003-04 season, and it can't do it
without help, said John Horigan, acting presi-
Especially needed are people proficient in
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"If you are interested in helping make fine
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Banyan Theater Company presents "Hedda Gabler"
at the Sainer Pavilion at New College of Florida, 5313 Bay
Shore Road, Sarasota, through July 13. Information: 358-
5330. Fee applies.
"Rough Crossing" at the Banyan Theater Company,
Sarasota, opens July 18.
Family caregiver support group at the Island Branch
Library July 18.
Vacation Bible School pre-registration at Island Bap-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
July 1, 313 N. Bay Blvd., trespass warning. A ho-
tel owner had a trespass warning issued against two
men and their guest after they reportedly became in-
toxicated and created a disturbance.
July 4, 412 Pine Ave., Island Marine, burglary. A
man reported several items missing from a boat he left
tied to a dock.
July 5, 10000 block of Gulf Drive, battery. Accord-
ing to the report, two men got into a fight after one of
them set off a bottle rocket which almost hit a woman.
June 30, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
battery. According to the report, the driver of a camaro
swerved to purposefully strike a man walking along the
parking lot driveway. According to the report, the man
yelled at the driver who then backed up to hit him again
before driving away.
June 30, 200 block of 68th Street, suspicious inci-
dent. A man reported having trouble obtaining a de-
posit back from a business owner.
July 2, 3200 block of East Bay Drive, harassment.
Officers received reports of harassing phone calls to the
same phone number.
July 5, 5600 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A man
reported his money clip with more than $700 in cash
stolen from his car.
July 5, 100 block of 46th Street, burglary. A man
reported his car was broken into while parked at a
July 6, 5333 Gulf Drive, Pure Gas, theft. Accord-
ing to the report, a man left without paying for the gaso-
line he pumped.
July 6, 6200 block of Marina Way, domestic
problem. According to the report, officers received
a domestic disturbance call and found the person
who made the call was intoxicated and there was no
disturbance. Officers suggested the man return to
bed and sleep.
July 6, 300 block of 72nd Street, theft. A man re-
ported a two-wheeled cart stolen from his yard.
Education award' [ LAw.. -
Frances Sullivan receives an award to help her education from the Woman's Club of Anything for a photo, laugh
Anna Maria Island, presented by education chair Priscilla Seewald, left, and Faye Long-time friends hammed it up and caught up on the Island news at a
Pratt, president of the club. Sullivan, of Bradenton, chalked up a 3.8 grade-point birthday celebration in the "Rube Room" of Island's End. They are, left to
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New York City. (birthday girl) Moore, Andrea Cheney, Clair Moore and Cindy Reynolds.
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And you thought nothing was happening in July
The Tampa Area Naturists are holding a rally this
weekend at Fort Desoto Park in honor of Nude Recre-
Nude recreation is a $400 million-a-year industry in
the United States, according to the American Association
for Nude Recreation. Now there's a bit of trivia for you.
TAN representatives, wearing clothing since Fort
Desoto officials frown on more natural attire, or lack
thereof, will be handing out literature from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. at North Beach at the park on the north side of the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge both Saturday and Sunday.
The group unsuccessfully lobbied Pinellas County
officials last year to have part of the park set aside for
their use. TAN officials vow to continue their efforts
to have a place to play at the park, and are hoping to
drum up more support at the two-day event. They are
even offering free water "for anyone who thirsts for
nude recreation in the area."
July is a popular month for new laws to take effect
in Florida, and some pretty weird new regulation fee
increases have just gone into effect.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission has changed:
Non-resident turkey permit fees from $5 to $100.
Non-resident 10-day hunting license increases
from $25 to $45.
Permit to keep venomous reptiles increases from
$5 to $100.
The price of resident hunting and fishing licenses
has stayed the same.
You need a permit to keep venomous reptiles?
Jeez, I'd think you'd need a note from your psychia-
Jacqueline Whitmore must be the Miss Manners of
cellular telephones. Founder of the Protocol School of
Palm Beach, she was retained by Sprint to develop
National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, which is in July.
She offers the following tips for proper cell phone
Let your voicemail take your calls when you're in
meetings, courtrooms, restaurants or other busy areas.
If you must speak to the caller during a meeting
or other such event, excuse yourself and find a secluded
area in which to talk.
Speak in your regular conversational tone. People
tend to speak more loudly than normal when on a wire-
less phone and often don't recognize how distracting
they can be to others.
Don't display anger during a public call. Conver-
sations that are likely to be emotional should be held
where they will not embarrass or intrude on others.
Use your vibrate function or turn off your phone
in public places such as movie theaters, religious ser-
vices, restaurants, etc. Many wireless phones now have
environmental settings that automatically adjust the
phone and its features so you do not disrupt your sur-
If you are expecting a call that can't be post-
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personal conversations by answering your wireless
phone or checking your voicemail. Discreetly excuse
yourself if you must take the call.
Use discretion when discussing private matters or
certain business topics in front of others. You never
know who is within hearing range.
When walking and talking on your wireless
phone, be aware of your surroundings and remember to
respect the rights of others.
Practice wireless responsibility while you are
driving. Place calls when your vehicle is not moving.
Don't make or answer calls while in heavy traffic or in
hazardous driving conditions. Use a hands-free device
in order to help focus attention on safety, and always
make safety your most important call.
July poem, Florida style
David Reid of Hollywood, Calif., and formerly of
Bradenton Beach, sent me the following, which seems
appropriate for this July column.
A FLORIDA BLESSING
Bless this house, oh Lord, we cry.
Please keep it cool in mid-July.
Bless the walls where termites dine,
while ants and roaches march in time.
Bless our yard where spiders pass,
fire ant castles in the grass.
Bless the garage, a home to please
carpenter beetles, ticks and fleas.
Bless the love bugs, two by two,
the gnats and mosquitoes that feed on you.
Millions of creatures that fly or crawl,
in Florida, Lord, you've put them all!
But this is home,
and here we'll stay.
So thank you Lord,
for insect spray.
... and then the rest
You know it's July in Florida when:
The birds have to use pot holders to pull worms out
of the ground.
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The trees are whistling for the dogs.
The best parking place is determined by shade in-
stead of distance.
Hot water now comes out of both taps.
You can make sun tea instantly.
You learn that a seat-belt buckle makes a pretty good
The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little
You discover that in July it only takes two fingers
to steer your car.
You discover that you can get sunburned through
your car window.
You actually bum your hand opening the car door.
You break into a sweat the instant you step outside
at 7:30 a.m.
Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get
knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook
You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
Potatoes cook in the ground, so all you have to do
is pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper.
Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to
keep them from laying boiled eggs.
The cows are giving evaporated milk.
We realized what a jewel Jim Taylor, the Island's
pyrotechnician, is during the Fourth of July fireworks this
year off Sarasota's bayfront. He's the guy who puts on the
spectacular pyrotechnic events for the Island for this holi-
day and other "sparkling" events.
For years the Sarasota July 4 show had been put on
by a family operation and was superb. This year, the spon-
sors hired another outfit, and it was awful.
Sure, there was a lot of big stuff, but without chore-
ography of any kind it was about as exciting as throwing
sparklers up in the air. The fact that it started more than
an hour late didn't help much, either.
For the first time I can remember, people -- a lot of
people left before the finale. Even the three ho-hum
encores were lackluster.
One young boy summed it up best when he turned to
Mom and Dad and said, "Let's go before they shoot off
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Tarpon trysts continue in Tampa Bay; reds hot in backwaters
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Tarpon are still hot and heavy in Tampa Bay and
along the beaches, but the season is drawing to a close
so now is definitely the time to get out there and catch
that silver king before the summer heat drives them off.
Offshore action for grouper and snapper continues
to be excellent, and the pelagic species of dolphin and
wahoo appear to be moving closer to shore.
Backwater anglers report continued good catches
of redfish and trout, plus catch-and-release snook.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
wade fishers are catching lots of redfish along the
Perico shoreline near any of the mangrove islands, with
shrimp the best bait since whitebait is really hard to
come by right now. Boaters out of the marina report
good catches of tarpon in Tampa Bay, and mangrove
snapper are starting to be hooked along the Intracoastal
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's getting into some big redfish in Terra
Ceia Bay with small pinfish working best as bait. Most
of the reds were better than 27 inches, he said, and he's
also getting lots of keeper-size trout on artificial bait.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
there are still tarpon out there to be caught, with most
of the guides that target the silver kings reporting hook-
ups on almost every trip out. Offshore action for grou-
per and snapper remains strong, with red grouper and
mangrove snapper being the best bets. Another good hit
offshore is trolling for wahoo, dolphin or tuna. In the
backwaters, redfish, trout and mangrove snapper ap-
pear to be very hungry right now.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's still getting lots of reports of good catches of
mackerel off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Pier sys-
tems. There are lots of shark catches, too blacktip,
lemon, and even a 7-foot-long bull shark was caught by
the No. I marker off Terra Ceia Bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's putting
his charters onto lots of Spanish mackerel, redfish, trout
and a few tarpon.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's also getting
into tarpon, mackerel and redfish.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he continues to go out into the deeps of
the Gulf of Mexico, catching red grouper to 20 pounds
and having dolphin the fish, not the mammal -
show up around his boat on almost every trip. He's
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mangrove snapper while he's out there, too.
Capt. Allen Engle said his charters are catching
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Lewis Heverlock caught this 22-pound permit wlile fishing offshore with Capt. Tom Chaya aboard the Dol-
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mangrove snapper inshore to 3 pounds, catch-and-re-
lease snook fishing remains excellent, and he's keep-
ing his clients happy with lots of redfish.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's doing well
with red grouper in about 100 feet of water in the Gulf,
plus lots of ambeijack, bonita, barracuda and man-
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he caught mangrove snapper to 16 inches
in length, reds to 28 inches, catch-and-release snook to
34 inches, trout to 20 inches, mackerel along the beach
and Capt. Zach said small pinfish are the best bet for
the best action.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said look to
catch snapper, mackerel, redfish, catch-and-release
snook on the night tides and lots of sand perch to 12
inches in length at his pier.
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of mackerel catches, mangrove snapper, a whopping
42-inch-long catch-and-release snook and lots of
blacktip and lemon sharks caught at night.
On my boat Magic we have been catching lots of
redfish to 27 inches, with some trips producing more
than 20 reds. One trip last week had a 13-year-old an-
gler catch a 27-inch snook and a 27-inch red on back-
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
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persons in the picture along with information on the
calch and a name and phone number for more infor-
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BOAT FOR SALE
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27-ft. Carver Montego
1986 Twin 190-hp Mercruiser
AC, Ceranfield 120V/Alcohol, all electronics,
water heater, shower, WC tank, new
refrigerator and stereo. Runs great!
$25,000 or best offer
Coll 778-4339 or 920-1318
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Three Islanders named Babe Ruth All-Stars
By Kevin Cassidy
Three Islanders Sean Pittman, Steve Faasse and
Lorenzo Rivera made their respective age division
All-Star teams in the Manatee County Babe Ruth
League, which plays its games at Palma Sola Park.
Pittman and Faasse were members of the age-14
All-Star team that dropped a pair of games to Sarasota
July 7-8. They fell 9-8 in the first game, a game they
should have won, according to manager John
VanOstenbridge. "We walked too many batters and
were sloppy in the field. You shouldn't lose too many
games when your team racks up 15 hits."
Pittman had a huge game in the 9-8 loss, going 4-
for-4, while Faasse reached base twice, singling his
first time up and reaching on an error the next time at
Unfortunately, Manatee dropped out of the tourna-
ment with a 5-0 loss in its second game to end its sea-
Rivera's season goes on, though!
He's a member of the Manatee team that swept a
double-header against Cape Coral Saturday, June 28,
to win the age-15 division of the Babe Ruth District
Tournament and earn a spot in the Babe Ruth State
Tournament July 11-16 in Sarasota.
Pitching was the order of the day as Manatee re-
ceived outstanding efforts from starters Chad
Wickersham and Chris Baker.
Wickersham started the first game and scattered
four hits over six innings to claim the 9-2 win. Baker
also allowed two runs, but he earned the complete-
game win because his offense came to life to record a
12-2 win in five innings. Baker allowed three hits, two
runs and struck out six in the title-clinching game.
Game one saw Manatee fall behind 1-0 as Cape
Coral received a lead-off walk from Lopez and a two-
out single from Mechelon before Wickersham recov-
ered to strike out Dence to end the inning.
Manatee came right back to take the lead when
Baker singled to lead off the bottom of the first. With
one out, Wickersham hit a grounder to second to force
Baker out, but Drew Bowen followed with an RBI
double to score Wickersham and tie the game.
Louis Borgos then came through with a two-strike
single to right field that plated Bowen to give Mana-
tee a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Wickersham got stronger as the game progressed,
allowing only three hits and one run while striking out
six to take Manatee into the seventh inning with a 7-2
Meanwhile, Manatee scraped a run in the third
when James Robertson walked in front of
Wickersham, who plated him with a double for a 3-1
Manatee broke the game open in the fifth, capital-
izing on a pair of errors, two walks and a pair of
singles, to open up a 7-2 lead. Robertson, Wickersham,
Borgos and Nate Pickett each scored runs in the inning
Manatee added two insurance runs in the sixth and
Brad Gregrich closed the game out in the top of that
inning with a groundout and a pair of strikeouts to seal
The second game saw Manatee jump out to a 4-0
lead on doubles by Baker and a strikeout and a passed
ball by the Cape Coral catcher that allowed Robertson
to reach first safely. Wickersham doubled to score
Baker and Bowen followed that with a sacrifice fly to
plate Robertson. Brad Gregrich then came through
with a two-run home run that just hooked inside the
left-field foul pole for a 4-0 lead.
The game remained fairly quiet until the fifth in-
ning when Manatee erupted for eight runs to put the
game away. Wickersham, Gregrich, Borgos, and RJ
Fernandez each had hits in the big inning while Baker,
Robertson, Wickersham, Bowen, Borgos, Anthony
Citera and Fernandez each scored runs in the pivotal
Cape Coral scored a pair of meaningless runs in the
bottom of the fifth, but their rally to prolong the game
ended when Baker induced Mechelon to pop out to
Wickersham at shortstop to end the game.
Wickersham paced the winners with two doubles,
four RBIs and two runs scored, while Gregrich added a
3-for-4 performance that included a two-run home run.
Baker chipped in with a double and two runs scored and
Borgos added a pair of singles and two runs scored.
Manatee 15s Babe Ruth District Champs
Chris Baker, James Robertson, Chad Wickersham, Drew Bowen, Louis Borgos, Nate Pickett, Anthony Citera,
R.J. Fernandez, Ben Conlon, Brad Gregrich, David Brown, Lorenzo Rivera and Kenton Cooke. Coaches: Jim
Layfield, Dale Conlon, Joe Pickett.
As a follow-up to last week's column about
NASCRAB National Association of Safe Crab Rac-
ing At Bars for those of you who missed my column
last week, I checked up on the status of Ralph Cole's
Bradenton Beach Boat Rental crab to see if he broke
into the victory column.
Grego's owner/operator Greg Koeper stated that
the Bradenton Beach Boat Rental team was held out of
last week's races. When asked why, Koeper stated that
a full inquiry has been launched and the Bradenton
Beach Boat Rental team won't race again until the in-
vestigation is completed and the crab is cleared of any
A correction is also in order. NASCRAB has been
in existence for a little less than two years rather than
three years, as I stated.
Wiffleball league attracts 10 teams
The Anna Maria Island Community Center Sum-
mer Wiffleball League attracted 10 teams in three age
divisions to the Center for nightly wiffleball action.
Teams play Monday through Friday with games played
at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. in the Center's gym.
Manatee County Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment wants to let all Island basketball enthusiasts
that another season of basketball is coming up. Play-
ers age 5-17 wishing to participate in the next sea-
son can register during the entire month of July at
the G.T. Bray gymnasium. A birth certificate is re-
quired and the cost is $40 per player. For more in-
formation, call 742-5926.
Last chance for
Dolphin football registration
There is a mandatory meeting at 6 p.m. Wednes-
day, July 9, for any and all prospective players for the
upcoming season of Police Athletic League youth foot-
ball on the Anna Maria Island Community Center-
sponsored teams in three age divisions.
All registrations must include a copy of the
player's birth certificate and parental permission. Var-
sity Dolphin players must be 14 years old as of Sept.
1 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.
Chad Wickersham bears down during the Babe Ruth
District tournament at Palma Sola Park.
This will also be the last chance to sign up to play for
the defending PAL Superbowl champion Dolphins, so
don't miss this meeting.
For more information, call Joe Cheblus at the Cen-
ter at 778-1908.
If you have a story idea or have sports news to re-
port, or photos to share, call The Islander at 778-7978,
or e-mail me at email@example.com.
THE ISLANDER E JULY 9, 2003 0 PAGE 25
LAST CHANCE! Greatly reduced appliances,
ranges, washers, dryers, dishwasher, etc. Must
move. Island Appliance Service, 10006 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. 778-6126.
BROYHILL ENTERTAINMENT CENTER black,
two pieces, glass doors, illuminated, space for 40-
inch TV. $250. Call 778-0222.
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,
floral chintz pattern, service for eight, plus extras,
$200. Oriental rugs, library of classic books printed
before 1900. 792-4274.
FANTASTIC AMERICAN COINS! 37 oldies, in-
cluding 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.
ROSER THRIFT STORE Open Tuesday, Thurs-
day, 9:30-2pm, Saturday 9am-Noon. Porch cloth-
ing sale 50 percent off. Closed month of August.
511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.
MOVING SALE: Thursday and Friday, July 10 and
11. 8am-lpm. Quality items, art work, dresser,
headboards, cocktail table, couch, chair and more.
238 Willow Ave., Anna Maria. (908) 374-2021.
HUGE MOVING SALE Saturday, July 12, 8am-
3pm. Furniture, couches, tables, TVs, lamps, lots
of clothes, boat stuff. Too much to list! 518 67th St.,
SATURDAY JULY 12, 9am-lpm. Dresser, chair,
lamp, bedding, exercise bike, books, antique Ra-
leigh bikes, child's pool, household items. 403
72nd. St., Holmes Beach.
LOST BLACK LAB mix, 3 months old. Lost June 14
at Publix in Holmes Beach. Please call 795-6620
and leave message.
CRITTER SITTER Seven years in pet care, 22
years as an Island resident. Tender, loving care for
your pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.
FREE BABY BUNNIES. Very cute! Call 778-2515.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$3,100, or best offer. 730-9622.
BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vacation
or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
BOAT SLIPS FOR sale on Sarasota Bay in
Bradenton Beach. Located on Bay Drive South be-
tween Third and Fourth Streets. Each slip from
$750,000. New spacious 2BR/2.5BA condos free
with purchase. Call Old Bridge Village, 778-0156 or
14-FOOT SAIL BOAT with motor and trailer, $995
.BOAT SLIP for rent. Deep water. North area of
Anna Maria. Call 794-8877 or 730-5393.
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.
j Please call Carol R. Williams,
Broker/Realtor for more
details or appointment to show.
(941) 744-0700 or (941) 720-7761.
WANTED: Dock to rent for 27-foot sailboat, 4-foot
draft. Call 224-0997 or 779-9146.
33-FOOT 325 Four Winns Cruiser. 1992. Smooth,
sleek lines, generator, GPS, loran, fuli canvas, sleeps
six, full galley, head. shower, perfect condition. Great
boat! $46,900. Call 778-0805 or 778-0904.
1989 SEA RAY Mercury inboard/outboard. Low
hours, excellent condition. Moving, must sell. $4,500,
or best offer. 744-0619 or cell, (813) 731-9399.
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard,
guest quarters or rental income. $28,500 or make
offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboatsunseeker 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, 778-3295.
MENEHUNE SKIM SCHOOL Anna Maria Island
teen will teach your child to skimboard. Four half-
hour one-on-one lessons. For information, please
call Spencer, 778-0944.
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deeded boat slip. Furniture available. Priced for quick sale.
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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 Virginia. If
we are not home, leave your name and number and
we'll.get back to you. Clarissa, Virginia, Ashley,
ISLAND SPORTS BAR thrives on neighborhood
clientele even in summer. Good lease, beer/wine li-
cense. Minimal food service avoids smoking ban.
$85,000. Longview Realty, 383-6112.
PART-TIME COOK NEEDED for busy beach res-
taurant. Mr. Bones, 778-6614.
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 ex-
perience preferred. 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Ask for Chef Damon.
PART-TIME ISLANDER REPORTER: Journalism
skills a must. Computer literate. Independent
worker. Resumes: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or
fax 778-9392, or mail/deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
CALLING ALL 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.
ASSISTED LIVING: Haven Home Bradenton
Beach is admitting residents. Day care and drop-
offs. Respite, long term. Call 779-0322 for details,
A PRIVATE SUITE on the water is available at Our
Island Home, assisted living in beautiful Anna
Maria. Call for details, 778-7842.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $25 per hour- free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service: Delivering a
standard of excellence for all your interior and ex-
terior 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.
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.
EXPERT CLEANING Personalized service! 20-
year resident, many excellent references. Call Kris
750-8366 or Fran 708-3765, cell 224-1147.
TANYA WILLIAMS ESTATE & Fine Art Appraisals
offers professional valuation and inventory services
for your personal property without a view to buy or
sell. Video documentation of your household or
business, fine art and household content apprais-
als, consultation services. 355-8456.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light
carpentry, plumbing, electrical, grass cutting, tree
trimming, light hauling. Call 778-6170.
COMPUTER REPAIR/CONSULTANT. Services
available your home/office/hours. Affordable rates.
A+ certified. Call 447-4930.
LIKE IT DIRTY? Then don't call me. Clean is my
business! Residential and commercial. En-Joy
Cleaning, (941) 812-2485.
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kitchen. Other features include a preferred split-bedroom design, French doors, skylights and
gorgeous, lush, tropical landscaping. New items include the roof, two central air-and-heat
systems, wiring, plumbing, double-pane windows, two hot-water tanks, and all kitchen appli-
ances. The spacious lot offers plenty of room for a swimming pool and comes complete with
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MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in construc-
tion trades. "I'm handy to have around." 779-9666.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. For profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service, call Chamberlain
Professional Cleaning. Please leave message,
BENNETT'S APPLIANCE/AC and Household Ser-
vice. Service on all brands, 18 years experience. All
repairs, warranty. Call 746-8984 or cellular 545-5793.
LEASE A DAUGHTER Licensed Errand Service.
Just can't get to everything? Enjoy time for yourself
- send me on your errands! Lisa Williams, 779-0692.
HOUSE CLEANING: Bi-weekly, great references.
12 years experience. Call 792-3772.
LET ME DRIVE you. Doctor's appointments, er-
rands, shopping, airports or any other places you
need to go. Call Ann, 778-6640.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration.
Commercial and residential service, repair and/or re-
placement. Serving Manatee County and the Island
since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 795-7411. RA005052.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
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,
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Development. One block to HI ,
main beach, shopping and res- I III l.'..
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ranean design established the .,
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future and is available now at i*. .
one third the price.
Only two years new, this prestige villa offers three large
bedrooms, three bathrooms, living room, indoor/outdoor din-
ing, balconies off every room and comes turnkey furnished.
Ideal year-round residence, part-time owner/occupier or as
it is currently; a blue chip lucrative cash flow investment
beach house $625,000.
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REIDENT IA RA LESTAwTE INC
$599,000 ISLAND 4 PLEX
Excellent investment for this well-
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block to the bay and three blocks to the
Gulf. Each unit has central heat and
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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis-
count. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. Call
779-0851 or cell 448-3857.
ECONOMY CUT lawn service. Professional lawn
care at the kid-next-door prices. Free estimates.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates.
Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone" 720-0770.
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FREE SNOW REMOVAL! And when it's not snow-
ing, I specialize in installing shell and rock yards,
driveways and walkways. Rip-rap, sand and mulch
also delivered and spread. Please call David
Bannigan at 794-6971 or cell at 504-7045.
SANDY'S LAWN SERVICE. Celebrating 20 years of
quality and dependable service. Call us for all your
landscape and hardscape needs 778-1345.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
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'-DUPLEX WEST SIDE OF GULF DRIVE!
Charming duplex, short half-block to
beach. Recent updates include tile floors,
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
G CANALFRONT ON CHILSON AVENUE in
pAnna Maria. Ground floor home on 74 by
S LE .\ _ 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
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*two-car garage, laundry room, fully
S.. I equipped kitchen. Minutes to beach!
Desirable west Bradenton location. An-
nual rent $1,400/month. Call Stephanie
or Frank at 778-2307 for further info.
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OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Inte-
rior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call cell 320-9274.
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, re-
liable, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-3077.
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT Interior/exterior paint-
ing, pressure washing and wallpaper. For prompt, re-
liable service at reasonable rates, call Kevin at 704-
7115 or 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Homes, rentals. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.
COMPLETE BATHROOM. REMODELING Dry-
wall, repairs, texture coating, painting. Custom
shower stalls, tub enclosures, fixtures, cabinets,
tile. Unique Options, 752-7758 or 545-6141 cell.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and
fair prices. Call 795-1947. Lic #RR0066450.
ARTHUR GUIDE'S Home Repairs from A-Z. Car-
penter, electrician, plumber. Free estimates, inte-
rior/exterior, no job too small. Call 749-0454. Sat-
isfaction and quality guaranteed.
HANDYMAN SERVICES: Scott Fulton contractor.
20 years experience. Island resident, area refer-
ences available. Cell, 713-1907; home, 778-4192.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
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 Es-
tate 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, refrigerator, 1BR/1BA, $650. Dolores M.
Baker Realty, 778-7500.
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:
RENTALS RENT fast in The Islander.
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.
SPACIOUS WATERFRONT, upper, sundeck,
dock. Panoramic view, furnished, Key West-style.
2BR/2BA, washer/dryer. Pet considered. 794-5980.
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some
locations. 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
restaurants and shopping. Quiet area. No pets!
$550/month, includes water. First, last, security of
CONDO FOR RENT: T
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eluded. Gulf view. Call 7
urnkey ready, six-month
plus deposit. Utilities in-
LOVELY HOLMES BEACH duplex. Elevated
2BR/2BA, washer/dryer. Annual lease, no pets.
$850/month. Call 228-7878.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 103 23rd St., Bradenton
Beach. 2BR/1.5BA cottage, furnished, $900/
month; Longboat Key, 2BR/2BA condo, water
view, $1,700/month; Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA
condo, pool, $1,000/month; Mango Park, 4BR/
2.5BA, pool, $2,500/month; 607 N. Bay, 3BR/2BA,
garage, $1,400/month. Call SunCoast Real Es-
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:
Barbara @ hartwellvillas.co.u k.
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.
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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. $1,55Q/month-$1,450/month. Call 798-3885.
WATERFRONT 1 & 2BR seasonally or annually:
1 BR, $1,000/annual, $2,000/seasonal; 2BR, $1,700/
annual, $3,200/seasonal. All utilities included in an-
nual and seasonal. Call (703) 587-4675.
1BR UNFURNISHED annual lease Holmes
Beach. Two blocks to beach. You pay electric
and phone only. Call (727) 461-3384 or (727)
RENTING YOUR CONDO? Make sure you list in
the new Condo Magazine for as low as $50/
month. BradentonCondos.com. Call 795-5140.
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.
DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA with 3-plus-car garage.
Washer/dryer hook up. Three-car driveway. First,
last, security. No pets. $800/month. 795-7906.
HOLMES BEACH CANALFRONT home, 2BR/
2BA, completely furnished, garage, laundry,
dock, many extras. $750/week, $2,000/month.
Call (813) 286-9814.
TWO WEEK or monthly, Gulffront condo, 3BR,,
pool, tennis, Jacuzzi. 794-8877 or 730-5393.
BEAUTIFUL GULFVIEW Island condo, totally re-
modeled, 2BR/2BA, furnished, custom built-ins.
Holmes Beach on Gulf, for sale by owner, 778-
8347 or 713-9484.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 1BR/1BA Cortez Village,
adorable, $775/month; 2BR/2BA 2313 Avenue B.,
new appliances, water included; 408 71st. St.,
spacious $975/month; 3BR/2BA 93-B. N. Shore
Blvd., $1,050/month. Call Mike Norman Realty,
DOCK FOR RENT: #25 85th St., Holmes Beach.
Only $100/month, includes water. Please contact
Gulftide Properties West, 920-5421.
GREAT FOR RENTALS! Two twin beds, six-
drawer dresser with mirror, two-drawer night
stand, four-drawer desk with chair. Wood, very
stylish. $250 firm. Sandee, 778-5354.
VACATION GULFFRONT APARTMENTS Large
2BR tropical furnished interiors, porches,
sundecks, immaculate. Convenient, Anna Maria,
no pets, owner. Call 778-3143.
ANNUAL RENTALS 3BR/2BA Key West-style
home. $1,500/month. Also, 2BR/2BA half duplex,
$750/month. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A.,
SIX-MONTH FURNISHED 2BR/1 BA west of Gulf
Drive. Holmes Beach elevated, fenced yard, gar-
den patio. Newly renovated. $750/month. Utilities
negotiable. Call 778-8470.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA. Nice duplex near Island. 4505
102nd.St. W. $795/month. Call (859) 576-2451 or
761-7834 or e-mail: email@example.com.
FURNISHED RENTAL Steps to beach. 2BR/2BA,
tiled, pool available. $850/month for five months or
$950/month. Call 798-6987 or 778-3104.
SUMMER SPECIAL: Condo for rent. Gulfview,
turnkey furnished, 2BR/1BA. $450/week,
$1,300/month, utilities included. 761-9530 or e-
AUGUST SPECIAL! Steps from beach, fully fur-
nished, 1 BR apartment, Anna Maria Island, cable
television, washer/dryer, only $425/week. Call
BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA duplex. Holmes Beach,
immaculate! $850/month, annually. Available
Aug. 20. Call 778-4415 or (269) 963-8683.
HOLMES BEACH Steps to Gulf, 2BR/1 BA, annual.
Washer/dryer, screened lanai, $795/month. First,
last, security. Call 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.
$500/WEEK, $1,400/month. 211 72nd St., Holmes
Beach. 2BR, one block to beach, new inside, tran-
quil yard, bikes, fishing poles, grill, hammock, sat-
ellite, complete furnishings. Call 779-9549.
ROOM FOR RENT: Furnished or unfurnished,
$425/month, $100 security deposit. House, private
entrance. call 778-5080.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX 2BR/2BA, plus den.
Large unit, annual lease, laundry hook-up, pets
OK. $795/month, plus utilities. Available immedi-
ately. Call 779-0337.
BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA fully furnished home avail-
able September, October, November and Decem-
ber. Only one house from the beach. $1,200/
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REAL SATE RAL SATE- RAL SAT
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty park-
ing spaces, contemporary design, great visibility.
$14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor, 388-
5514, or call 809-4253.
NEW 2BR/2.5BA condos, each with private boat
slips. Located on Sarasota Bay in Bradenton Beach
on Bay Drive South, between Third and Fourth
Streets South. Greatrooms, media rooms, screen
porches, spectacular views, garden, etc. From
$750,000. Call Old Bridge Village, 778-0156 or
PRISTINE TURNKEY FURNISHED Gulf-bay mid-
rise 2BR/2BA unit. $429,900. Weekly rentals pos-
sible. www.Latitude27Realty.net or call 744-2727.
BUYING, SELLING OR just curious: Visit
PERICO BAY CLUB 845 Waterside Lane. Jasmine
model townhouse. 2BR/2BA, plus loft. Close to pool,
waterview, fully fumished. Total turkey. 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.
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.
TRIPLEX WITH BAY AND GULF VIEWS has DEAD-ON GULF VIEWS, RIGHT ON SAND
been completely redone! Beautiful renovation in complex that has it all a beachfront heated
preserved the charm and character of this pool, recently refurbished and proximity to
lovely lady near beach. Motivated seller, shops, restaurants and transportation. Popu-
$499,000. Call Jane Grossman or Nicole lar rental with it's sought after location and
Skaggs at 778-4800 or 795-5704. features. Great price at $539,000. Call Dave
Jones at 778-4800.
LUSH TROPICAL SETTING Westbay Point
& Moorings 2BR/2BA upstairs end unit with
view of pool and Jacuzzi. Furnished and
ready to use. Call Dave Jones or Dick Maher
SUNBOW BAY CONDO 2BR/2BA bayfront corner
unit, spectacular views, two heated pools, tennis,
underbuilding parking. Turnkey furnished. By owner,
WANT TO BUY 2BR/2BA condo in Holmes/
Bradenton Beach. Can't afford beachfront but close
would be nice. Please call (815) 389-5993 or e-mail
THIS SUPERLATIVE 3 or 4BR/3.5BA waterfront re-
treat offers privacy-plus on the end of an exclusive cul-
de-sac in beautiful Key Royale. Countless amenities
include gorgeous granite countertops in the kitchen
and master bath, Pella windows, Roman-style Jacuzzi
tub with gold-plated fixtures and a wonderful wood-
burning brick fireplace. The preferred split-bedroom
plan is enhanced by ceramic tile floors and dramatic
25-foot tongue-in-groove, vaulted ceilings. This 253-
foot frontage on deep-water canals protected from
storms for the discriminating persons. Built on the nine-
foot level makes it one of a kind at $1,298,500. 631
Foxworth Lane. Call 778-7837.
UPDATED HOLMES BEACH home for sale by
owner. 3BR/2BA, plus den, workshop, beautiful
back yard. $335,000. Call 778-1489.
BEACHFRONT CONDO Directly on Bradenton
Beach. Just listed 2BR/1BA fixer-upper. Incredible
value at $325,000. Warning: May be sold before this
ad is published. Call Barry Gould, 778-3314, Island
2BR/2.5BA TOWNHOUSE Gulfview from both
floors, enclosed two-car garage. Island Village, 4255
Gulf Drive, #102, Holmes Beach. $309,700. Or best
offer. Call 387-3537 for showing.
DOUBLE HOUSE TRAILER for sale. Recently re-
modeled 2BR/1 BA, nice location, Tropical Isles in
Palmetto. Sale price negotiable. Call Ray, 545-5500.
4 BR/2.5 BA. This custom Key West-style canal home built in 2000 fea-
tures 10-foot ceilings and 8-foot arched doorways. Designed with bright
spacious twin greatrooms and dining area opening into large kitchen.
Property has porches front and rear. Unique utility room with built-ins for
hobbyist/artist or second office, Recreation room. Four- car garage.
Pool, private dock and beautiful landscaping. Special extras and details
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ACROSS FROM ANNA MARIA CITY PIER!
This 2BR/1BA canal view unit boat dock is in
the only condo complex in Anna Maria City.
Rare opportunity to live in this upscale, quiet
and desirable area of the Island at this price-
point. Walk to everything! Call Quentin Talbert
at 778-4800 or 704-9680.
TWO BALCONIES FOR VIEWS OF THE NEWLY REMODELED HOUSE Four in from
GULF AND BAY! 2BR/2BA condo. Top floor beach. New ceramic tile throughout. New
unit has great views and brightness. Complex kitchen with natural maple cabinets. Large lot.
has 16 well maintained units on the bay with $407,000. Call Denny Rauschl at 725-3934.
heated pool. $359,000. Call Dave Vande
Verde at 725-4800.
HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE. Excellent live aboard,
guest quarters or rental income producer. $28,500
or make offer. View at Web site: geocities.com/
houseboat_sunseeker or call 778-3526.
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Located on Anna Maria's choice northern end
of the island. Over 2000 sq. ft. living area plus
double garage. Potential to create a lovely
Island home and also great rental potential.
Must be seen inside to see what a little cre-
ativity will do to have a beach home without
the direct Gulf taxes. We call this "almost" Gulf
front! Asking $679,500.
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MARIE 1" 5 7 LIC REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN REA LTY BROKER
"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site annamariareal.com
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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.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org
SALES VACATION RENTALS
toll free 1-800-772-3235
-4018 Pine Avenue
Anna Maria, FL 34216-1789
ISLAND DUPLEX OR LARGE HOME
Looking for a large pool home on the Island? This
updated duplex could easily be converted to a
4,000 sq.ft. single-family home. Large caged pool,
two two-car garages, lots of storage, eight bed-
rooms, four baths. Great central Holmes Beach lo-
cation. Three blocks to beach. $685,000. Reduced
to $659,000. Call Gayle Schulz at 778-4847 or 812-
6489 for an appointment.
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$487,500. 4BR/2.5BA, well-maintained
Bay Palm canal home with dock and caged
pool. Curb appeal and a unique polished flag-
stone and terrazzo entry are just a few of the
many fine touches in this lovely home.
* 2BR/2BA Seaside Gardens Villa. Available Jan. thru
* 2BR/1.5BA Holmes Beach home near beach. Available
Dec. thru April, $2,500/month.
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2501 Gulf Dr. Suite 101, Bradenton Beach
Rarely on market, one and two bedroom Westbay
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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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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
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Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
Westbay Pt Moorings #86. $395,000
4915 Gulf Dr ............. $1,715,000
Beachwalk Townhomes II up to. $539,000
308 55th St. Lot ........... $197,500
Sun Plaza West #201. ..... $399.000
315 58th St., B ................ 161,900
1205 N. Gulf Drive #100 .. $439,000
408 Pointsetta Rd. ........... $495,000
710 North Shore. Lot. .... $279.000
747 Jacaranda. Lot ......... $389,000
Water's Edge #110N ....... $759,000
Sun Plaza West #202 ..... $409,000
404 80th St................... $875,000
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.... $308,000
7504 NW 15th Ave. ........ $154,900
11434 Perico Isles Cir. ... $349,000
Marilyn Trevethan Stop by and use our talking
Realtor window 24-hour information center.
DIRECT GULF FRONT Wa-
ters Edge Condo, turnkey
furnished. 2BR/2BA, heated
pool, tennis court, the per-
fect Island getaway!
$759,000. MLS# 93919.
524 71st St .............. $1,440,000
4212 Redfish Ct. LOT ..... $575,000
307 Iris St. ................... $495,000
536 Key Royale Dr......... $849,900
106 Gull Dr. ................. $629,000
508 Key Royale Drive ..... $479,900
606 Dundee Ln. ............ $549,000
616 Hampshire Ln. ....... $799,900
511 59th St................. $595,000
8401 Marina Dr............ $699,000
604 key Royale Dr. ..........$469,000
CONDOS, LOTS & DUPLEXES
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Solar eclipse phenom-
Al Capone camping?
Italian painter Guido
Office stamp abbr.
Study highway design
Old atlas letters
Gig after gig
1984 Cyndi Lauper hit
"Quo Vadis" character
Son of a son
Going back in Time?
82 TV series with the
theme "I'll Be There for
84 Checkup request
87 Em and Bee
88 Loose rock debris
92 Marked, as a paper
94 Vichy verb
95 Sport_ (Ford
96 Focus again
99 Place to do one's
102 Nouveau __
at 104 Folded-up salary
110 Certain school
114 "Agnus "
115 "The Mod Squad" role
117 Fountain request?
119 Circular snack
122 Not quitting a building
128 Kind of equation
129 Musical derived from
130 Blues great Smith
131 Calif. barrio locale
132 They don't get any
133 City ENE of Atlanta
1 Capital on the Gulf of
4 Excessive adulation of
5 News org.
6 Part of a definition,
8 Martial art
9 Trees with heart-
10 PC key
11 Old World deer
12 Report source
13 Sundance's gal
14 Follow, as advice
15 Kind of enemy
16 Bard's preposition
17 Secret agent disguised
as a clergyman?
18 At risk
19 Register site
24 Dry gulches
29 Sue Grafton's "__ for
33 Sierra Madres resort
35 Serious hang-ups?
36 MGM studios founder
37 Capital on the
42 Senate event
45 Hagia __(Istanbul
46 "In order to divide,
invert the divisor and
53 __ Fein
56 Spanish hill
60 Photog's cache
Boiled breakfast dish 86 Griller
Studios, maybe: 88 Not pick sides?
Abbr. 89 Points to consider
Ballet bend 91 Domestic
Fit to serve 93 Apollo's creator
Pulpits 97 Actress Claire
Agreed with 98 Record breaker of
73 Cassius has a
lean ...": Shak.
74 Jawaharlal's daugh-
75 Stream of mythology
78 Stable scene
81 French way
85 Chick's tail?
100" durn tootin'!"
104 Ore. setting
105 Conductor Fritz
106 Nike logo
108 Tank brightener
111 Popped up
112 Small finch
113 Scams, so to
116 Suffix with opal
118 Some drillers:
121 Treat like a dog?
123 1960-61 world
124 Blood letters
125 Big mouth
126 Magic grp.
127 Evidence gath-
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DIRECT BAYFRONT Bradenton Beach
full bayview from this updated 3BR/3BA
home. Beautiful landscaping and private
setting. Boat dock with davits. Short dis-
tance to beach. Deni Dillon, 383-5577.
TOTALLY RENOVATED Impeccable
3BR/2BA residence and only one block to
beach. Improvements include new roof,
A/C, windows, doors, electric,Mexican tile
& more. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246.
ANNA MARIA BAYFRONT Lush tropi-
cal bayfront setting with 3BR/2BA older
home on a large 75 by 198 foot lot with
deep-water dockage. Short distance to
beach. Remodel or build new. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #93749. $945,000
TROPICAL ISLAND Home with tranquil
waterview. Meticulously maintained and
lovely mature landscaping with fruit
trees. Patio for dining alfresco. 100 by
100 ft. corner lot. Elfi Starrett or Becky
Smith, 778-2246. #94021. $339,500
SAILBOAT WATER This 3BR, plus of-
fice home is close to the beach. Cedar
ceiling in family room, spa in caged
lanai, fireplace and room for a pool.
Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-2246.
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ISLAND CONDO Affordable Island living
in Bradenton Beach, top-floor corner,
2BR/1BA with pool. Weekly rentals and
short one block to beach. Furnishing are
available. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246.
LUXURY GULF FRONT CONDOMINIUMS
Rosa Del Mar. This is your opportunity to own a piece
of paradise. Gulffront condominiums offer approx.
1,900 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
-2BRI 2BRA + den. Great home, won-
derful location! Close to the fishing
i 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.
1BR/1BA condo in Bradenton Beach. 55+ com-