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Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( August 6, 2003 )

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Creation Date: August 6, 2003

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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: August 6, 2003

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

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Skimming the news ... School starts Monday ... see page 24-26for details.


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Pretty in pink
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graceful, bendable flamingo at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. It is the seventh weekly winner in the eight-week-
long contest. Her award is a coveted "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt and $50. The "Pretty in
Pink" photo will now go into a pool with other weekly winners eligible for the contest grand-prize package,
including $100 from The Islander and gift certificates from Mister Robert's Resortwear, Ooh La La! Bistro,
Robyn's Nest, and Decor Gallery & Framing. The final weekly deadline for the 2003 contest is Friday, Aug. 8.
More contest information, forms inside.


30 percent hike proposed


for Anna Maria City budget


"The Best News on Anna Maria


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners voted unani-
mously at their initial budget workshop July 29 to fi-
nance a record $2.3 million budget proposed by Mayor
SueLynn with the same $2 per $1,000 of assessed
evaluation tax rate the city used this year. The proposed
budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 represents
a 30 percent spending increase from this year's $1.78
million budget.
Next year's budget, however, includes more than
$500,000 of city projects that are infrastructure prob-
lems, several of which have been ignored for years by
previous administrations, the mayor said.
"As you review the budget, keep the future in.

Stingrays 'on their way'
By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
There has been no rash of stingray hits on
the Island this summer, but the season is loom-
ing and so are the rays.
That is the assessment and the warning by
Chief Jay Moyles of Manatee County Marine
Rescue. The stingray population expands dramati-
cally about the time children get out of school in
the spring and in late summer when they're on
their way back for the new term, he said.
He isn't sure why, except that the stingrays
do migrate at this time of year, from the north-
PLEASE SEE STINGRAYS, PAGE 4


mind," the mayor asked.
"There are chronic problems the city can no longer
afford to ignore and growth issues that the city should
begin to address now.
"And it's a bare-bones budget," she added, noting
that the first budget worksheet she did originally had
$2.7 million in expenditures.
But commissioners were reluctant to raise taxes or
dip into the city's reserves to meet the budget, opting
to look into some "alternative financing" such as a line
of credit or city bonds. The city's reserve fund is now
about $1.2 million and expected to drop to around
$890,000 by the end of this year's budget cycle on
Sept. 30.
Commissioner Tom Aposporos wondered why the
city was trying to pay for all those long-overdue
projects in one budget "when they've been ignored for
the past 20 years."
Instead, suggested Aposporos, why not try to pay
for the projects with city bonds or a line of credit and
spread the payments out over a three-to-five-year pe-
riod?
With interest rates around 2 or 3 percent, it makes
good financial sense for the city to use these "alterna-
tive financing" mechanisms instead of using the city
reserves to pay for needed infrastructure projects, he
said.
Rather than an additional $500,000 in the budget,
the city would just have a line of credit payment.
"So the impact on our budget is considerably less,"
Aposporos noted.
Tom Wilcox of Baskerville-Donovan Inc., the
PLEASE SEE BUDGET, PAGE 3


Right time, right place, times two
Twins Rowan and Gavin Bird, 7, of Safety Harbor,
happened into the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
store at just the right time Friday, just in time to see a
batch of rescued turtle hatchlings squirming and
wiggling from their shells before being taken to a quiet,
dark, warm and comfy garage in Holmes Beach to
await a safe late-night release. The Birds' dad Joe is a
former Islander and pressman at the former Islander
newspaper in the 1970s and now is a broadcast de-
signer and animator for television productions for VDO
in Clearwater. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


Volume 11, No. 39 Aug. 6, 2003 FREE

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hatchlings die
By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Loggerhead turtle hatchlings from four nests in
Holmes Beach died because of disorientation during
the weekend, and Suzi Fox places much of the blame
on "lack of enforcement" of light-control laws.
Not so, say the code enforcement chief and the
police department and the mayor they've done what
they can and will continue to do so.
Fox heads Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volun-
teers and holds the state's marine turtle preservation
permit for the Island. She was visibly disturbed at the
turtle losses.
"Holmes Beach hasn't solved its problem with
lights, while the other two Island cities have come a
long way," she said. "There were more dead baby
turtles than live ones in Holmes Beach."
Of the four disoriented nests, she said 317 babies
were known to have been hatched and "we found no
more than 100 alive.
"The rest of them are presumed dead in brush or
stuck to car tires. We did find a few still crawling 48
hours after the 65th Street disorientation."
After breaking out of their eggs and clawing to the
surface of the beach, turtles instinctively head for light.
For millions of years that was exclusively the sparkle
of the sea's surface, but now artificial lights can lure
PLEASE SEE TURTLES, PAGE 2


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Thrtle deaths mount on island
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them from the beach to death.
"Residents and volunteers want to know why
Holmes Beach is not enforcing the ordinance that went
into effect the first of May," Fox said.
Walter Wunderlich, who is in charge of code en-
forcement for the city, said that, on the contrary, "I was
out there Friday night and again Saturday night re-
sponding to what Suzi said about the turtle nests.
"I saw two lights on private property that were vis-
ible from the beach, and I warned the owners to turn
them off or shield them from the beach.
"There was one street light that turtles, could see
from the beach, and I notified Florida Power & Light
and they will turn it off.
"I bumped into a policeman Saturday night and
asked him to keep an eye on a light after midnight when
I left the beach, and he said it went out between his
tours at 12:30 and 2 a.m. The owner said later his timer
was set to turn off at I a.m., but he will just discontinue
that light altogether."
Fox said she was concerned not only for the
present turtle deaths but for the future of the species -
"When they're mature turtles, they come back to the
beach where they were born and make their own nests
to propagate their kind, and the more that die today the
fewer there are to make future babies."
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson noted
that an officer was dispatched at Wunderlich's call and
"we're doing our best. Frankly, we've been more ac-
tive in trying to run down the vandals who disturbed
turtle nests, and I'm ordering officers to pay attention
to offending lights, too."
Mayor Carol Whitmore said she and other city of-


By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
A densely wooded area is the site of a proposed
development project of 24 semi-detached condo units.
The six-acre site at 9200 Cortez Road is across the
road from the Coral Shores subdivision. Presently, the
area is heavily wooded with what planners call "nui-
sance exotic plants" such as Australian pines and Bra-


Friends gather, shower
Friends of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and its director Suzi Fox gathered at Coquina Beach to celebrate
their efforts to preserve sea turtles, midseason of the nesting-hatching effort, and the many baby turtles that
have successfully made it to the Gulf this year. They brought "baby shower" gifts (surgical gloves, bleach,
towels and more), to be shared with another environmental organization, Wildlife Inc., a critter rehabilitation
facility in Bradenton Beach. Green Real Estate provided the main fixin's and partygoers brought side dishes


and desserts to share. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

ficials have "worked hard with Turtle Watch, and I
haven't had one complaint except for Ms. Fox. Police
act on complaints, and if they get turtle-related calls
they will act."


Fox expressed puzzlement that some beach dwell-
ers aren't taking advantage of the offer of free turtle-
friendly yellow bulbs to replace existing offending
lights. The new bulbs are available at the Turtle Watch
Education Center, 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Meanwhile, she issued a report and a plea:
The turtle "baby shower" and picnic last Sunday was
a fine success despite a dumb error in the paper last week
where the world's oldest cub reporter had the picnic on the
wrong day, and volunteers are needed to repaint turtle
nest-marking stakes. That's 7-10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6,
at 2213 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach.
To report any turtle matter, the phone numbers are
778-5638, 778-1435 or 232-1405.


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According to Aristotle Shinas, principal planner for
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Res-6, allowing six dwellings per acre, although, as pro-
posed, the project will contain 4.03 dwellings per acre.
The developer, Gulfview Homes, will make a pre-
sentation to the county commission at 9 a.m. Aug. 19
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THE ISLANDER 0 AUGUST 6, 2003 M PAGE 3


Public hearing Tuesday for new stormwater tax


By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
A public hearing on the new Holmes Beach
Stormwater Assessment Tax, a tax to maintain and
upgrade the city's stormwater drainage system, will
be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at Holmes Beach City Hall.
All Holmes Beach property owners should re-
ceive an announcement in the mail alerting them to
the hearing.
The purpose of the hearing is to approve the "as-
sessment roll," the amount due on each piece of
property in the city.
The average property owner will pay approxi-
mately $36 per year in stormwater fees, which will
be assessed with November 2003 tax bills.
The city commission at its June 24 meeting ap-
proved the tax rate, which is projected to raise
$161,553. The stormwater utility resolution creating
the tax was adopted by the commission in January.
According to City Treasurer Rick Ashley, all
Holmes Beach property owners will be taxed. "Ev-
eryone, even tax-exempt properties such as
churches, the fire department, city hall and county
beaches, will be assessed," said Ashley.
The August meeting will be the final hearing on
the tax, Ashley said, as a hearing is only required in
the first year the tax is enacted.
The fee rate is based on an Equivalent Residen-
tial Unit, where a typical home may be assessed for
one ERU. However, a strip mall, for example, be-
cause of paved roads, parking lot and sidewalks,
would be assessed several ERUs. Each ERU will
cost the property owner $3 per month.
The tax is aimed at funding the cost of maintain-
ing a drainage system to remove rainwater flowing
over land and roads, rather than allowing it to stand,
flood roads, or slowly too slowly seep into the
soil.
The city's drainage problems increase with each
added driveway, patio, parking lot and pavement
project that prevents stormwater from soaking into
the ground.


Budget increase proposed
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
city's engineering firm, said the City of Sarasota and
other municipalities use a line of credit to finance a
number of projects. When the line of credit reaches a
figure large enough to interest bond companies usu-
ally around $1 million those are issued by the city
at low interest rates.
Commissioner Chuck Webb said the commission
agreed several weeks ago with a suggestion from
SueLynn that she should investigate terms and condi-
tions for a city line of credit.
"We just can't keep deferring big ticket items,"
Webb said.
In fact, the mayor reported at the July 24 commis-
sion meeting, she has already received tentative offers
from three different financial institutions for a $1 mil-
lion line of credit. It's up to commissioners to decide
which one to accept, if any.
Even the city's auditors have suggested Anna
Maria create a line of credit, the mayor said.
SueLynn said she'll discuss the line of credit offers
with qualified financial advisors and the city auditors and
return to the commission with an acceptance proposal.
Commission chairperson John Quam agreed to the
city maintaining the 2.0 millage rate and try to meet the
budget with a line of credit, but said he would not sup-
port the budget if the city couldn't keep at least $1
million in reserves.
Without a line of credit to finance proposed
projects, the city's reserves would dip to around
$480,000, about 22 percent of the proposed budget.
That's unacceptable, Quam said, and is not even close
to meeting Florida League of Cities guidelines for cit-
ies the size of Anna Maria which call for a reserve of
50 percent compared with the annual budget.
Actually, said Quam, he believes barrier island cit-
ies should have around 60 to 65 percent of the budget
in reserves.
SueLynn said the city auditors had recommended
around 35 to 40 percent reserves.
A $1 million reserve account would be 43.5 per-
cent of a $2.3 million budget.


A special tax in Holmes Beach is aimed at relieving flooded streets like Marina Drive. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


Big ticket


items

Under the proposed 2003-04 Anna Maria
City budget, four projects total slightly more
than $500,000:
$130,000 for road improvement projects,
which commissioners slashed to $100,000.
$160,000 for stormwater improvements.
$153,000 to remodel city hall.
$100,000 for dredging Lake LaVista.
Public Works Director George McKay
said the cost to dredge Lake LaVista has gone
up dramatically from the $38,000 last year
because the companies that do this work have
increased their prices from $9 per cubic yard to
$21 per cubic yard. McKay said he would con-
tinue to look for a lower price.
The largest item in the 2003-04 budget is
$511,427 to the Manatee County Sheriff's Of-
fice for law enforcement services, 22.2 percent
of the total budget.
That's a 10.7 percent increase from the
$461,611 Anna Maria is paying in its 2002-03
budget and a 21 percent 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 just $363,460.
"And it's not negotiable," the mayor said.
Commissioners agreed, however, that it was
money well spent and will cost the city consider-
ably less than having its own police force as
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach have.


Commissioner Duke Miller agreed with Quam.
The "alternative funding" sources must cover the bud-
get or "we'll have to make some big cuts."


He also observed that revenue from ad valorem
taxes is up 23 percent compared with last year, while
the budget has increased 30 percent.
Aposporos said it would be great to have a business
that increases revenues 23 percent every year.
"We should be able to live with this increase,"
Miller said.
Commissioners agreed that if they can't live with
the ad valorem increases and maintain the current tax
rate, the budget must be slashed.
During discussions on setting the tax rate, Webb
suggested voting for a temporary 2.25 millage rate,
which can always be lowered at the final meeting es-
tablishing the budget.
Other commissioners, however, were opposed to
any tax increase suggestion and Webb eventually
agreed to set the rate at the current $2 per $1,000.
Under Florida law, the commissioners cannot in-
crease the tax rate once passed by the commission, but
could lower it before adopting the final budget.
City Treasurer Diane Percycoe said the rollback
rate the tax rate to meet last year's spending with the
current tax revenues was 1.5695.
Only a few members of the public attended the
meeting and city resident Diane Canniff suggested low-
ering taxes.
That would be great, said Aposporos, but he didn't
think the city would be able to move forward with large
projects by lowering taxes, at least not this year.
It's something to look at when "big-ticket items"
are completed, he said.
Commissioners agreed and voted unanimously to
maintain the 2.0 rate.
To meet the proposed budget, maintain the current
city reserves of slightly more than $1 million, and not
use "alternative financing" would have required an
estimated millage rate of 3.0, a 50 percent tax increase.
Commissioners did cut $71,500 from various items
in the proposed budget, bringing the current proposed
total to $2,236,800.
Two more budget workshops are scheduled for 6
p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, Tuesday, Aug. 12, and
Tuesday, Aug. 19.


Meetings


Anna Maria City
Aug. 6, 6 p.m., budget work session.
Aug. 12, 6 p.m., budget work session.
Aug. 13, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
Aug. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Pub-
lic comment, approval of minutes, second reading and
public hearing on moratorium on some building con-
struction extension, second reading and public hearing
on board residency changes, second reading and pub-
lic hearing on flood change requirements, request for
temporary parking at Ninth Street North and Gulf Drive,
request for on-line training, consent agenda and com-
mission reports.


Aug. 14, 1 p.m., city commission work session on capi-
tal improvements and sanitation.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
Aug. 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.

Of Interest
Aug. 7,1:30 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce meeting regarding Non-Point Discharge Elimi-
nation System, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Aug. 9, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Operation Centei
meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive.
Holmes Beach.







PAGE 4 E AUGUST 6, 2003 N THE ISLANDER


Holmes Beach

detective Nancy

Rogers retires
By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
Nancy Rogers, one of Holmes Beach's most
veteran and respected police officers, has decided
to hang up her detective badge.
For 13 years Rogers has served on Holmes
Beach's police force, working up to her present
rank as detective sergeant.
"Nancy and I attended police academy to-
gether," recalled Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay
Romine. "I hate to lose her, for she was a superb
officer, working hard with impeccable integrity."
Rogers says she has not made up her mind
what she wants to do next, other than to take a
little time off.
Beginning Aug. 18, Terri Davis will replace
Rogers as the city's detective. Davis, presently
a road officer for the Longboat Key Police De-
partment, has also worked for the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office as a crime-against-chil-
dren law enforcement officer.
"We look forward to having Terri on our
staff," said Romine, "but we sure are going to
miss Nancy."


Stingrays expected to hit Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

early Gulf waters to about Ft. Myers, where they appar-
ently hang a right and head for the Yucatan Peninsula.
That's one reason he has no difficulty crediting
reports that there were at least 60 incidents of rays
stinging human beachgoers last week at Ft. DeSoto
State Park, just across the mouth of Tampa Bay from
Anna Maria Island.
"They're on their way down," he warned.
This is not to scare people away from beaches, he
said, but only to make them aware of the possibilities
of perils among the joys of seashores.


A perfect fit I
Nancy Ambrose triumphantly checks the Island Butterfly Garden's brickwork, the last installment of which
perfectly filled the space reserved in the garden. She and husband Dave installed the final order of personally
inscribed bricks in the butterfly garden whose creation she directed between Holmes Beach City Hall and
Island Branch Library on Marina Drive.


In all of July there were four stings at Manatee
Public Beach and five at Coquina. There also may have
been a hit or two at the north end of the Island off pub-
lic beach property and away from lifeguards, said Res-
cue Capt. Joe Westerman.
Moyles' stingray control program has two prongs,
prevention and treatment.
The prevention is entirely up to the individual
beachgoer, he said. "Do the stingray shuffle in the shal-
lows instead of just barging along unconcerned," he ad-
vised.
The shuffle is dragging feet slightly through the
sand at water's edge, which pushes a little sand ahead
to warn the ray that there's an intruder coming; it will
get out of the way.


If a ray is stepped on its only defense is the barbed
stinger at the end of its tail, which it whips into an "at-
tacking" foot or ankle. The barb and its poison hurt like
fury, he said.
The venom breaks down in heat, so the wound
should be soaked for an hour in water at least 120 de-
grees. Never apply ice. Get a tetanus shot.
If the barb has broken off the ray and embedded in
the flesh, leave it alone and get a doctor to remove it.
The lifeguard there will help, and will call for medical
aid. The guard also knows the symptoms of any aller-
gic reaction, Moyles said.
His unfailing early advice: Always check in with
the lifeguards at the beach; they know what's going on
in water currents and wildlife in and out of the water.


Enter 'Top Notch' for front-page award, prizes


It's all about "capturing the moment," to win prizes
and have your photo featured on the cover of The Is-
lander.
Another winner in the weekly winning photos is
featured this week, and more weekly entries are sought
through Aug. 13. The weekly prize is $50 and one of
the newspaper's "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" T-
shirts. One snapshot will be chosen from the weekly
winners to be the grand prize winner with prizes and
gift certificates awarded by the newspaper and local
merchants.


The deadline for each week's submissions is Friday.
Photos may include abstracts, still-life pictures,
landscapes and scenics, candid unposed snapshots,
action, humor and animal pictures. Nothing is over-
looked, including great kid pics, sentimental moments
and moments of personal triumph.
Send or deliver your favorites (no limits) weekly
to Photo Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via e-mail to news@islander.org


or on diskette or CD. Sorry, no retouching, enhance-
ments or computer manipulation is allowed.
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
each photo, disk or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants must submit the label information
in the text of the e-mail, one photo attachment per e-
mail, please.
Photos without labels will be disqualified. Addi-
tional photo labels are available at the newspaper of-
fice or they may be copied.


Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper's Top Notch Photo Contest is
strictly for amateur photographers. Amateurs are those who derive
less than 5 percent of their income from photography.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after Jan. 1,
2002, are eligible. Photos previously published (in any media) or en-
tered in any Islander/other competitions are not eligible.
3) Photographs may be taken with any make of camera. No
retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permitted of nega-
tives, prints or electronic photo files; no composite pictures or mul-
tiple printing can be submitted. Digital photos may be submitted in
their original JPG file format (via e-mail or disk) or a printed photo-

NAME
ADDRESS_
CITY
STATE
PHONE
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I have read the contest rules and affirm that this en-
try is in compliance with them.
SIGNATURE OF ENTRANT:


graph. Slide (transparency) photos are not accepted.
4) Entrant's name, address and phone number must be written clearly
in ink on the contest label and affixed to the back of each print, or listed
similarly in an e-mail message along with each digital photo. One photo
per e-mail submission. Mail entries to The IslanderTop Notch Photo Con-
test, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. E-mail digital entries to
news@islander.org.
5) Entrants by their entry agree that The Islander may publish their
pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be able to furnish the original
negative or digital image if requested by the contest editor. All photos sub-
mitted become the property of The Islander. Photos will not be returned.
The Islanderand contest sponsors assume no responsibility for negatives,
diskettes, CDs or photo prints.

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Entrant must know the name and address of any recognizable
persons appearing in the picture and those must be enclosed/attached
with the entry.
6) Employees of The Islander and their immediate family mem-
bers are not eligible to enter the contest.
7) Any taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners.
Any cash prize won by a minor will be awarded to a parent or guard-
ian. Prize rights are not transferable.
Please attach to photo and mail or deliver to The Islander, 5404
Marina Dr., Holmes Beach FL 34217. Please include all form informa-
tion with digital photographs sent by e-mail in the message text and
preferably the contestants last name on the "subject" line. Please note
on envelopes "Attention Top Notch Photo Contest."

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THE ISLANDER U AUGUST 6, 2003 U PAGE 5


Tidemark looking to settle Regions Bank suit


By Rick Catlin stating it intends foreclosure on a first mortgage of
Islander Reporter $1.45 million made to Tidemark Partners LLC on the
Tidemark Properties LLC is working to complete property. The bank claimed payments have not been
a package that will pay off the $1.45 million mortgage made since March.
foreclosure notice filed against the Holmes Beach com- Daytona Beach attorney Scott Cichon, who rep-
pany by Regions Bank of Florida July 23. resents Regions Bank, said the process of serving ev-
Nick Easterling of Tidemark said arrangements are eryone involved in Tidemark LLC with papers noti-
being made by the partners to take care of Regions fying them of the foreclosure and getting a court date
Bank and those should be finalized within the next two will take some time.
weeks. Tidemark, however, can pay off the mortgage at
"We've got all the major pieces put together," said any time prior to actual foreclosure, he said.
Easterling. "They have the right of redemption of equity,"
Regions Bank filed a notice of lis pendens July 23, said Cichon.


Construction team seeks final AMI design input


The Anna Maria Elementary School construction
team will hold its final community meeting at a newly
scheduled time of 5:30 p.m. rather than the previously
announced time of 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14, at the
school auditorium.
The purpose of the meeting is to gather community
input on the aesthetic design of the new school build-
ing, which may be incorporated into the final design.
Manatee County School District project team co-
ordinator Larry Roemer and Director of Construction
Services Sherry Dowling have said that the footprint of
the new school building will not be moved.
The input from the community is meant to help the
project team define "Island-style" and apply it to the
school building so that it will better fit the wishes of the
community.
School Advisory Committee Chairperson and
project team member Maria Facheris told other team
members, "Island style is a way of life. It's something
simple, natural and relaxed. It's more of a feeling than
a style. I'm trying to do my job by helping create a
place that will be welcome for the next 50 years."
Some of the design ideas that were suggested in-
clude a pitched roof with a generous overhang, Bahama
shutters, superimposed graphics of fish and a South
Seas look.
West Manatee Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal Kurt
Lathrop has been invited to attend the meeting to dis-
cuss water flow and pressure issues that may arise due
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vices office.
Construction should begin in October and the Aug.
14 meeting is the last opportunity for the community
to find a compromise to "make it right for the Island"
and still meet the project timeline, according to team
members.

Copeland resigns as

Anna Maria P&Z chairman
Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board Chairman
Doug Copeland announced his resignation July 25 af-
ter nearly a decade as a member of that body.
Copeland, however, isn't retiring from service to
the city.
He was recently appointed by Mayor SueLynn to
serve on the city's ad hoc comprehensive plan and land
development code review committee. The review is
expected to be a two-year process and Copeland said
he was resigning because "my time might be best spent
(on that committee) for the next two years."
The mayor said she had not yet had time to con-
sider a replacement for Copeland.
The board's vice chairperson is Ellen Trudelle.
P&Z board members whose terms expire in August
are Charles Canniff and Margaret Jenkins.


He said Tidemark has not yet contacted him or the
bank about any settlement, but he would certainly en-
tertain any offer. "I hope they are successful," Cichon
said when informed of Easterling's efforts.
At the same time Easterling is dealing with Re-
gions Bank, the engineering firm of Ed Barber & As-
sociates filed a claim of lien Aug. 1 against Tidemark
Partners LLC for $11,033 for environmental consult-
ing, labor and other services.
The $20 million, 40-unit Tidemark hotel/condo-
minium/marina project on the site of the former Pete
Reynard's Marina Bay restaurant was approved two
years ago by the Holmes Beach City Commission.



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and going
By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach property owner. Fernando
Torres is seeking judicial clarification from the
judge who ruled against him and in favor of his
motel neighbor and the City of Holmes Beach.
Circuit Judge Charles Williams ruled July 16
that the City of Holmes Beach has not limited
Torres' access to his beachfront property.
On July 24, Torres filed a "motion in the cir-
cuit court for rehearing, clarification and correc-
tion of judgment."
"As it stands now," Torres said, "Judge Wil-
liams' ruling seems to give the city unlimited
power to close our street."
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore is
"outraged" by the extension of what she dis-
misses as a "nuisance" suit. Whitmore said the
attorney fees for the Torres case cost the city
$8,400 in June.
Noah's Ark owners John and Kim Pace of the
Anna Maria Island Beach Resort, the second de-
fendant, say they have spent more than $15,000
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O111101pinion

Try the obvious
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,
as everyone knows. Everyone, it seems, but Holmes
Beach officialdom.
What we're all interested in, surely, is keeping sea
turtle hatchlings alive so they can make more turtles in
the decades ahead and keep the species alive.
More than 200 baby loggerheads died over the week-
end in Holmes Beach, newborn victims of man's careless-
ness and officials' failure to do anything about it. The
turtles were attracted to their death by artificial lights in-
shore instead of the sparkle of the sea, as nature dictates.
Laws say that such lights are illegal, and the human
conscience should say that killing endangered and fed-
erally protected species, even inadvertently, is intoler-
able. Most of the Island is dark from the beach at night,
in deference to the turtle hatching season. Some of it
is not, with results we know to our collective sorrow.
What's especially maddening is that it's easily pre-
ventable with resources already in place.
The blame lies with the careless or ignorant people
living along the beach who don't know that their lights
are deadly to turtles, or, worse, are aware but either
don't care or won't turn out or shield lights. There's no
excuse in either instance, for Turtle Watch has spread
the lights-out word constantly and even provides some
turtle-friendly light bulbs free.
Collateral blame surely goes to the city. It has re-
sponsibility for enforcement of laws, and it just doesn't
cut it with turtle laws. The code enforcement officer
works days, and it's obvious he can't check beach
lights along with all his other duties. He's done it at the
urging of Turtle Watch, but it's not a reasonable per-
manent expectation.
So responsibility must be assigned to the appropri-
ate agency. Regrettably, that's the police department-
because police get blamed for everything from mad
dogs to grandma's hangnail.
In this case, though, they are going to have to get
proactive instead of merely responding to complaints.
To be effective, they're going to have to go to the
shoreline periodically, check for visible lights, and take
a stern warning directly to violators.
It won't add much to their duties, and it's only through
the end of turtle season in October. It's so easy, and the
dividends so great in preserving life and in gratitude.
Enforcement of more stringent "turtle" codes in the
other two Island cities seems to be effective. There's no
reasonable excuse for Holmes Beach not being as good.


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Advance payments
I notice we pay the garbage company in advance.
Three months in advance for future services. Got their
bills June 29 in the mail for garbage pickup for July,
August and September. Yet they dunned me for the
fees when I was 15 days late in paying (actually 75
days ahead of time). They cashed my payment checks
July 16, one day after they said their bills were due.
What if they go bankrupt, halt services, and run
with the money? Like Enron did. A performance bond?
I think not!
The electric company, the phone company, and the
water company bill you for services used.
Maybe this is the going thing. Maybe I should do
this in my business.
Can you guess who contracted for this type billing
for you and me?
Doug Dowling, Anna Maria

Thanks for blood
Our third annual Father's Day blood drive was
once again a smashing success. What can we say but
what a wonderful community we all live in! This year
more than 300 persons showed up to save lives and to
help our local charities.
Our anonymous foundation paid out $23,000 to
Turtle Watch, Anna Maria Island Community Center,
Privateers and Wildlife Rehabilitation. We collected
230 units of blood and if one unit will save three lives,
our community could be responsible for saving 600
lives.
For this and so much more, we thank you all as
well as our friends that drove over the bridge to give
blood. It's all about community spirit and you can cer-
tainly see it here. A great big thank you to all of you
and to those folks that made this possible.
All the area merchants that helped us promote this
event: The Islander, Bonner what can we say, you're
simply the best; employees of the Chiles Group, espe-
cially Kelli and Ed; Elaine Ackel from the Manatee


Community Blood Center as well as all of the workers
who spent their weekend collecting the blood; volun-
teers from all four charities; Missy from A Pine Avenue
Salon; Privateers who stood in the heat and beat the
bushes for us; Domino's and the Beach House for
wonderful food; Pepsi and Tropicana; and most imnpor-
tant, you the donors.
We will see you next year and we challenge all of
our community to come out and save some lives and
raise some money for these deserving charities.
Jeff and Ilona Kenrick, Marina Pointe Realty Co.

Something for us?
I, Jordan Fletcher, and my friend, Kathryn
Rawson, would both like you to consider an idea for
the Island. When we are with friends or family we
usually talk about the Island needing something
more like an Island mall, not for the tourists, but for
the Islanders. We have lived here so many years and
each year we would get something new, but with the
tourists involved with the trolley system and the
plaza that was just finished over where the old
Eckerd used to be, we think that there should be a
mall just for ages 19 and under.
We have enjoyed everything that you have given
to the Island but we get so flooded with tourists that we
decided to come to you and solve the problem.
Although we have a mall in Bradenton, the DeSoto
Square Mall, it takes a lot for the kids that cannot drive
to get out there. So we have come to the conclusion that
the Island kids need a similar mall to be an "adult-free
zone" for the kids that live on the Island.
You gave the trolley system and all of those won-
derful plazas that we don't really need after all. The
tourists enjoy what they get when they come down to
visit but what do we get when we live here? In conclu-
sion, we hope you will consider thinking about the idea
that was given.
Kathryn Rawson, 13, Holmes Beach, and Jordan
Fletcher, 13, Hohlmes Beach


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inion
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Put yourself in Hayes' shoes
Anna Maria Elementary School Principal Kathy
Hayes is being treated terribly. Talk of changing to a
charter school is ridiculous and some of the ribboned
plastic-acorn-pin-wearing people are starting to look
like "nuts."
I realized things had gone too far when a woman
asked if the board could cut some amenities from the
new school's budget to pay for planting or replanting
more trees. Would she sacrifice a few books here and
there, which are made from trees, for a tree?
This isn't Rosa Parks sitting on a school bus. If
only people were as passionate about children as they
are about turtles, animals, manatees and trees.
Our family also felt very disappointed about the
lost trees, but to say "this is a community grieving" is
absurd to those of us who have had loved ones die and
know what true grieving is.
Put your foot in Hayes' sandals and think about how
you would feel. She was only AME's principal for a hand-
ful of weeks with construction plans and numerous com-
plicated items and agendas dropped into her lap. She was
so busy that last month before summer vacation and now
she is being blamed for everything from bulldozing trees
to people not attending the last few School Advisory Com-
mittee meetings. This is beyond unfair.
We also preferred the previous architect's some-
what open, mostly one-story plan, but if it is too costly
that way then I'll learn to embrace the current
architect's drawing.
I also look forward to this school year with our new
principal, who shows much grace under fire and great
leadership and people skills, as well as our new superin-
tendent, who appears to also be a great leader and person.
Our children should not be hearing negative words
about their school. Let's remember that what makes
AME the best elementary school isn't the way it looks.
It isn't really that attractive.
The staff, students and loving parents are what


make this school better than any private school could
ever be. Our school will be great again but we need to
climb down off the trees and focus on what matters
most our little ones.
Mary Gallagher, Perico Island
Does anyone out there care?
Today, like any other day, I eagerly walked down
to the beach in anticipation of the early morning enjoy-
ment of our Island ambiance and our beautiful beaches.
As I looked about, the sight of our beaches saddened
me. Thousands upon thousands of fireworks debris,
empty beer cans and general trash littered our beach.
Here I was with my little white bag hardly making a
dent at the sight before me. In the distance, several
other concerned residents and many Turtle Watch vol-
unteers were doing the same thing.
My sadness turned into a simmering anger. As a
property owner and full-time resident, each of us pays
a significant amount of tax towards our beach upkeep
through our county tax dollars.
Why couldn't the county anticipate this devastation
of our beach area the day after the Fourth of July? Why
didn't our county parks and recreation department have
the beach tractor rake the beach collecting the debris
with their brand new equipment?
Did anyone think about the use of county prison-
ers sweeping the beach at dawn after a holiday?
How about out litter enforcement ordinances. I saw
numerous sun canopies, hundreds of chairs and beach
toys still on the beach.
What about the ordinance involving sea turtles, not
even to mention the water pollution from the tide
sweeping this litter out into the Gulf.
Maybe we should consider prevention through the
enforcement of our already existing ordinances. With
so much revenue being created by the existence of our
beaches, maybe more tax dollars should be directed at
the cleanup effort after a holiday.
If anyone out there cares, get up from your chair


and call the commissioners, write a letter, form a com-
mittee just do something. It's not just our beaches
... it's our way of life!
Beverly Moore, Holmes Beach

More trees downed
I live at 105 67th Street in Holmes Beach. One of
the wonderful aspects of this neighborhood used to be
the majestic old Australian pine trees that provided
shade where the road ends at the beach. To sit under
these trees, and enjoy their shade, and listen to them.
whispering in the seabreeze was always a treat.
They should not have been cut down. This was a
bad decision. In place of the beautiful trees we now are
faced with their big ugly stumps, orange and white
barricades and a frequently overflowing city trash can.
The City of Holmes Beach should immediately
clear out the ugly stumps that have been left and re-
plant.
L. Perry Langford, Holmes Beach


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Island vets' memorial

again pitched
By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
Homes Beach might be one brisk step away from
erecting its own veteran's memorial.
At its July 30 meeting, the city's parks and beau-
tification committee discussed installing a memorial
plaque near the flagpole in front of city hall.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Sandy Haas-Mar-
tens, who is the commission liason to the city board,
told members there are several locations being consid-
ered for the memorial plaque.
One potential site is the butterfly park located next
to city hall. Nancy Ambrose, chairperson for the but-
terfly park committee, said she will offer suggestions
at the next committee meeting Sept. 3.
"I am in favor of a vet memorial, especially since
the furor over putting one up at Coquina Beach ex-
ploded," said Holmes Beach Commissioner Don
Maloney, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and the
Marine Corps.
"It was killed there for reasons like 'the birds aren't
used to it,' and 'they may fly into it,'" Maloney said
with sardonic humor.
Maloney was referring to the brouhaha created
when a memorial and flagpole were proposed at the
Leffis Key Baywalk park at the south end of Anna
Maria Island, which required approval from the Mana-
tee County Commission.
Veterans lost approval to environmentalists who,
among other reasons, claimed a flagpole on Leffis Key
would scare birds who frequent the area or live there.


It's signup time for the 13th annual O'Connor
Bowling Challenge, a fundraiser that has grown to
great success under the guidance of twin brothers
Billy and George O'Connor.
The early register is open at Bill's Golf Etc.
store, 3442 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton, or sign up and
pay in advance-- guaranteeing your team a lane -
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the sponsor-
ing Islander newspaper in Holmes Beach.
Formal registration and payment will be the
night of the tournament, from 5 to 6 p.m., with
bowling to begin promptly at 6:15 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 23, at AMF Bradenton Lanes, 4208 Cortez
Road, Bradenton. .
Last year's tournament was the "best ever. We
sold out!" said Bill. The O'Connors are hoping to
match it this year. "The more the merrier, in fact,
this year we're asking teams to sign up AND pay in
advance so we don't oversell the event."
Cost of the bowling and shoe rental is $20 per
person and this year there is a registration deadline
of Aug. 20.
O'Connor suggests team bowlers appoint one
person to sign up and pay as a team to ensure they
bowl together. Groups of more than four bowlers
can sign up (and pay) as a team and be assigned


lanes together, he said.
There are so many prizes that almost everyone
walks out of the post-bowling party with a prize,
said Billy. The highlight every year is the raffle of
a large-screen TV donated by The Islander.
Bowling will be followed by an awards cer-
emony, prize and raffle drawings for which persons
must be present to win, and, of course, .there's
plenty of food, drinks and a party with live music
and lots of fun with the O'Connors at the Cortez
Kitchen, 4528 119th St. W., Cortez.
All proceeds go to the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, and the O'Connors have raised al-
most $90,000 for kids' sports there in the 13 years
of the tournament.
"Aside from helping youngsters, the best part of
the whole thing is the great mix of people you meet
in the tournament," said Billy. "Everybody comes,
everyone has fun, everyone wins. Especially the
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Stunt's credibility sinks with boat in anglel'


By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
How many bubbles does it take to sink a boat?
And if the bubbles don't do the job, how much
weight does it take to sink a boat?
Too much.
The British Broadcasting Company film crew
found that out the hard way on July 30. For seven
hours, crewmembers struggled to sink a 23-foot
SeaRay boat. After 17 loads of concrete blocks and gal-
lons of water were loaded in the boat, it finally sank,
then resurfaced, upside down just offshore in
Bradenton Beach.
So what's the big deal about overloading a boat
and trying to sink it?
For Phil Beck, special-effects mogul
extraordinaire, it was another completed stunt to add to
his lengthy resume, which includes sinking a Pacific
atoll, building a 50-foot dragon and doing all the spe-
cial effects for "America's Most Wanted" TV show.
"I can't imagine having a real job," said Beck with
an impish grin. "Kids get punished for what I'm paid
for."
Beck's 12-year-old son Phil was ecstatic as he
watched the boat finally sink in the Gulf just offshore
of Bradenton Beach near Ninth Street North the
former location on the beach of Trader Jack's restau-
rant and a popular scuba-diver's launch spot.
"I knew it would sink," Beck gleefully shouted.
And he ought to know. After all, this million-dollar
experiment confirmed Phil's $60 science-fair project
for his sixth-grade class, in which he originated the
experiment in a 15-gallon aquarium.
The aim of father and son's projects was to create
a "bubble net" and see what effect it would have on a
toy boat as well as a real boat.
The theory being tested is that a tremendous sub-
terranean burst of gas swallowed all objects in and
around the area known as the Bermuda Triangle.
One possible source of these gas bubbles is dead
animals that have sunk to the bottom of the sea and are
then covered up by drifting sand. Gas from the rotting
carcasses builds up, then erupts in a giant bubble, con-
suming any object in the area and causing boats to fill
up with water and sink, or so the theory goes.
Was it an explosion of methane gas that caused
boats to disappear, or, was it just hot air?
Throughout the gorgeous sunny day, Capt. Kim
Ibasfalan shuttled Beck from shore to the unsinkable
boat.
After a quick inspection, Beck would yell, "More
weight," and an instant brigade formed hauling con-
crete blocks from the beach to the boat.
"More water," hollered Beck, and a water hose
miraculously, or so it seemed, appeared and they began
filling the boat.
Again, the four air compressors were turned on,
generating 3,300 cubic feet of air per minute through
five layers of tiered PVC pipes, creating a whole lot of
bubbles.


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A boat containing 4 tons of concrete blocks and water sinks as a result of an experiment to unravel the mys-
tery of the Bermuda Triangle. Islander Photos: Joe Kane


The good news? Finally, after six days of effort,
numerous mishaps and storm dodging spread over a
period of five weeks, the boat sank.
The bad news? What's the point? Any kid playing
with his tug boat in a bathtub knows, if he puts the bar
of soap on top of the boat, it will sink. So why spend a
million dollars to prove something a child already
knows?
Well, if you're Nigel Paterson, the British Broad-
casting Company director of this film project, it might
be the best "escape clause" to get out of foggy London
town.
And if you're a world-famous special effects man
like Beck, perhaps it's a great bonding experience for
dad and son.
The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle seems to be
safely hidden away for future entrepreneurs to discover
and, sadly, we may never know why numerous planes
and boats were lost 200 miles off Ft. Lauderdale.
The BBC crew has retreated to England, where the
film footage shot on the shore of Anna Maria Island
will be editied and packaged, and they hope, sold to the
Discovery channel.
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Anna Maria Islanders' sad happy hour fades


By Joe Kane
Islanders Reporter
The joy of a martini and cigarette before dinner is
no more. Island restaurants are reporting declines in
business due to a new state law prohibiting smoking in
the workplace.
"We hardly sell any liquor," said Paulie Hoffman,
owner of Holmes Beach's popular Hurricane Hank's.
"A lot of customers have said 'goodbye.'"
Hoffman believes the state cannot afford to lose the
millions of dollars in taxes and surcharges because of the
smoking ban. Some owners view the ban as a curse on
their business. He expects lawmakers to rescind the law.
"Who is going to pay $150,000 for a state liquor
license and suffer?" asked Hoffman. "They're making
smokers second-class citizens. It's not fair, when all
they have to do is order restaurants to have a good ven-
tilation system."
Hoffman says he's not too excited about the option of
putting seats and tables outside for his smoking custom-
ers. "That's not a very attractive alternative," said
Hoffman. "Basically they would be viewing a parking
lot."
And new nonsmoking customers have not ap-


peared at Hurricane Hanks, contends Hoffman, a non-
smoker, although he said, "My wife, who smokes, and
I had Sunday brunch at Ooh La La!, and we ate outside.
It was fine."
Damon Presswood, chef/owner of Ooh La La! in
the Island Shopping Center, has had a "no-smoking"
policy since he purchased the restaurant almost four
years ago.
"I've spoken to every city commissioner, and they
all agreed the city should allow outdoor seating for
customers," said Presswood. "The city needs to lighten
up the restrictions."
However, at the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach,
customers have adjusted to the new law. "It has had
little effect," said Bryant Elliot, administrator for the
Bradenton Beach Moose.
Smokers may not have to walk a mile for a Camel, but
to savor their after-meal smoke, some say they have had
to retreat outdoors and endure suffocating heat, ravenous
mosquitoes, and sometimes the stench of red tide.
Since the ban went into effect, state officials have
received more than 750 complaints about alleged vio-
lations, reported the Associated Press last week.
Holmes Beach's D.Coy Ducks tavern has taken the


drastic step of eliminating food service all together, so
patrons may smoke there if they wish.
"We have had many people come and thank us for
having a place for them to enjoy music," said Beth
Guertin, a co-owner. "People have been happy. In fact,
we're going to take out our kitchen and add a pool table."
Holmes Beach Commissioner Pat Geyer is the pro-
prietor of Duffy's Tavern, located at 5808 Marina
Drive. At the July 22 commission meeting, Geyer
sought relief for owners and patrons of restaurants.
"Couldn't we put a couple of tables outside for
strictly smoking purposes?" asked Geyer. "At present,
smokers can't even use our new screened porch. The
area, by law, has to be 50 percent open, and the porch
is not usable because it's covered by the metal roof."
Geyer suggested the commission should amend the
city code to allow restaurants to place a couple of tables
and chairs outside for their smoking patrons.
"I agree with Pat," said Mayor Carol Whitmore.
"Relax the code."
Commission Chairman Rich Bohnenberger re-
ceived approval from commissioners to have City At-
torney Pat Petruff write up an amending ordinance pro-
viding relief for restaurant owners and their patrons.


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By Don Maloney
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Surely you've heard of "oxymoron"-at least I
think that's,what it's called and how it's spelled. In case
you haven't heard of it, what I'm referring to is the
word used these days to identify a combination of two
words often used together but that really don't belong
together since they contradict each other.
For instance, take a pair of words like "civil war."
Could there ever be anything "civil" about a "war"? Or
how about another pair that I hear referred to quite of-
ten in my current position: "government intelligence."
Another one of my favorites is often seen describ-
ing a delicacy offered at the seafood counter at Publix:
"jumbo shrimp." There's more on my list, but I want
to get down to the one that brought this all up to my
mind the other day. That was a note on my calendar
reminding me that Aug. 15 is Wife Sarah's birthday.
That took me to remembering my No. 1 oxymoron:
"Happy Birthday."
That's because "happy" and "birthday" just don't
seem to go together anymore for me, other than for the
joy of making it to another one. Now that I'm part of
Generation Z-plus, and because I mail more Medicare
Part B forms for supplemental payments than I ever
mailed "wish you were here" postcards in my Genera-
tion X days, it's just plain "birthday."
There was a time, of course, when I thought
"happy" and "birthday" were made for each other. That
was when it meant lots of presents, and it was also back
when nobody knew or cared how many grams of
all sorts of fats as well as cholesterol were in the aver-
age slice of birthday cake.


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anybody got a spare $100,000?
That's the question members of the Bradenton
Beach Scenic Highway Committee Corridor Man-
agement Entity asked at its July 29 meeting.
CME Chairperson Judy Giovanelli reported
that Susan King of the Florida Department of
Transportation said a master landscaping plan for
the scenic highway corridor (S.R. 789) is needed
if the CME wants to apply for any available DOT
grants next year.
But there's a problem.
"It's a huge undertaking," said Russell Moore
of the RMPK Group, who estimated a master land-
scaping plan at $100,000.
"But we need it because whenever we apply
for grants, we lose out because there is no master
landscaping plan for the corridor," he noted.
"I have a suggestion," said Bob Herrington of
the Sarasota-Manatee Master Planning Organiza-
tion. Why not apply to the DOT for a grant to hire
a professional landscaper to design the master
plan?
Good idea, said Giovanelli, who will check
with King to see if that's a potential grant appli-


Back in those grammar school days, in fact, cake
slices were always above average and the only ice
cream you could buy to put on top of them was honest-
to-God ice cream. Not sugar free. Not fat free. And
thankfully, not frozen yogurt,
For me, "happy" and "birthday" began drifting
apart in high school. Learning got serious and my
mother quit hanging my test papers on the refrigerator
door. (Actually it was an icebox.) However, those two
words did get together rather joyfully on the day they
identified me as old enough to get my first driver's li-
cense. Joyfully for me anyway, but maybe not so for
my Dad. It was his car that was about to provide the
opportunity to test my ability to keep his Allstate pre-
miums at a reasonable level.
In college, those words started straying apart again.
After all, it was then time to think about going to work.
Real work. But first, there were those years in the U.S.
Army. I don't remember either "happy" or "birthday"
showing up during those years.
After that, along came Wife Sarah. Those "happy
birthday" words never got along better together again
as a result for a long, long time. They even survived
having four kids with "happy birthdays" of their own.
Anyway, back to Wife Sarah's birthday that started
all this. Birthdays just don't seem to be as happy when
you can't even fit half the accurate numbers of candles
on the all-that's-allowed, no-frosting angel-food cake.
And for presents, that's the real problem. What
could I possibly get her? After 54 years of marriage, I
can see that she has accumulated everything she wants.
Everything we can afford anyway.
And a birthday card? At today's card prices? For-
get it.
So as we were walking through the mall the other day,
I told Wife Sarah that I was thinking about buying her a
birthday card, but the only one I liked cost four bucks. So,
I asked for her permission to escape a card this year.
Now Wife Sarah, you should know, minces few
words. She immediately shook her head and held out her
hand. "Good idea," she said, "just give me the money and
a birthday kiss."
"I'll do you one better," I promised. "And I'll ease my
conscience at the same time. Come, follow me."
With that, I took her into the card store and over to the
birthday rack. I found the $4 card I had considered ever
so briefly earlier, pulled it out and handed it to her.
"This is the card you would have received," I told her.
"If you don't like it, pick out the one you would have pre-
ferred and read it."
But that wasn't necessary. She read my choice, liked
it, put it back in the rack, and I gave her my $4. And, since
Wife Sarah isn't licensed to collect sales tax, I saved 28
cents. Plus, because I didn't need a stamp to mail it, an-
other 32 cents remained in my IRA fund.
We've both agreed to do the same on all our birth-
days from now on. Savings like that can put "happy"
and "birthday" back together again. Particularly when,
like us, you are on fixed income.
"Fixed" and "income"? That's a whole other story.


cation.
Moore's office has an overlay map of the cor-
ridor along with an aerial photo. He believed the
CME could do a "diagram" of a master landscap-
ing plan and submit that to the DOT as part of the
grant application.
A diagram would be an overlay map of the
scenic highway with desired landscaping noted
along the corridor, he said, and could be done with
available resources such as current maps.
Since the theme of this year's DOT grant pro-
cess for scenic highways is "visitor stimulation,"
emphasis should be placed on landscaping that
will appeal to visitors, Herrington observed. A
good location for visitor stimulation might be at
Leffis Key, he said.
CME members will meet Wednesday, Aug.
13, for a workshop session preparing the diagram.
In other business, the CME discussed a five-
year action plan with parking improvements top-
ping the priority list. Other projects, in order of
preference, were completion of the multi-use path,
trolley shelters, curbing of Fifth Street South to
Cortez Road, parking across from city hall on Gulf
Drive, street-end improvements and Gulf Drive
traffic calming.


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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Some long-awaited street repaving projects in
Anna Maria should get started by Aug. 15.
That's the word that Tom Wilcox of Baskerville-
Donovan Inc., the city's engineering firm, gave to
members of the Capital Improvements Advisory
Committee at its recent meeting.
"The contractor is planning to start between
Aug. 11-15 and it should take between three and.four
weeks to complete both streets, depending on the
weather," Wilcox said.
After several years of delays in hiring a city en-
gineer and forming an active CIAC to get road resur-
facing, drainage and other capital projects moving
forward, the repaving effort shows that "things are
rolling," Wilcox said.
Wilcox also told the CIAC that two drainage
projects recently funded by the city commission do not
yet have a scheduled start date, but he expects construc-
tion to start in August. If the weather holds, completion
could be by the end of September, he said.
The CIAC also discussed long-term projects and
financing and approved a five-year plan Wilcox pre-
sented for resurfacing city roads that will cost an es-
timated $1.545 million.
The biggest bites in the city's bank account for
resurfacing would come in years four and five under
the BDI plan. Gladiolus Street would be resurfaced
in the fourth year for an estimated $321,000, while
Jacaranda Street and Crescent Drive would be re-
paved in the fifth year of the plan for an estimated
$400,000 combined.
Road resurfacing funds needed for the upcoming
2003-04 fiscal year were estimated at $227,000.
Wilcox noted the city could always change the
street repaving priority list and the CIAC should re-
visit the list every year.
The bad news is that the city will likely have to
foot the bill for road resurfacing, he said. The good
news, he quickly added, is that there are a lot of
grants available for drainage projects and the city's


application to the Florida Nonpoint Source Water
Management Program met the July 7 deadline.
"Drainage projects have many avenues for grant
money," Wilcox said.
He said he would present a draft priority list of
stormwater drainage projects at the next CIAC meet-
ing.
Anna Maria resident Mary DiSalvo suggested
that an area in the 9000 block of Gulf Drive be con-
sidered a high priority on the list because the drain-
age problem is quite severe in that location and it is
the city's main street for vehicle traffic.
The CIAC also discussed needed repairs to the
city's bridges on Crescent Street and North Bay
Boulevard.
The Florida Department of Transportation has
already noted the bridges need some new concrete
rebar in some places, along with additional mainte-
nance.
Overall, however, Wilcox said the bridges aren't
in bad shape.
Cost of the repairs was estimated at $150,000.
CIAC chairman Larry Albert suggested the com-
mittee begin preparing its 2003-04 budget for pre-
sentation to Mayor SueLynn. Members agreed to
start with $227,000 for road resurfacing and work up
from the figure.

Draft road resurfacing priority list
Baskerville-Donovan Inc., Anna Maria's engineer-
ing firm, has proposed the following five-year priority
list for road resurfacing in the city.
2003-04: Bayview Place, Blue Heron Drive, Pal-
metto Ave., South Drive, Spring Avenue.
2004-05: Willow Avenue, Crescent Drive (Palm
Avenue to Pine Avenue), Kumquat Drive, Loquart
Drive, Seagull Way, Gulf Boulevard.
2005-06: Pine Avenue, Poinsettia Road, Newton
Lane, Sycamore Avenue, Gulf Drive.
2006-07: Gladiolus Street
2007-08: Jacaranda Street, Crescent Drive (from
Pine Avenue to North Bay Boulevard).


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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's Capital Improvements Advisory
Committee believes the city should concentrate pri-
marily on correcting drainage problems in the city.
Repaving of roads, while important, should be done
in conjunction with drainage-improvement efforts.
At the July 22 CIAC meeting, engineer Bo Conerly
of Baskerville-Donovan Inc., the city's engineering
firm, agreed somewhat with that view.
The city should correct a drainage problem on a
particular street before it addresses repaving the street,
he suggested.
Besides, there's grant money available for drainage
solutions, while repaving will likely be done entirely at
city expense.
Speaking of grant money to address the city's chronic
drainage problems, Conerly said the city should get word
from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
in September on its $3 million grant application to im-
prove stormwater drainage. The grant is a federal program
administered by the DEP, he said.
"If we're being considered, the DEP will call us in
September with questions about the proposal. We
should then know by October if the city is on the final
list," Conerly said. The list is officially announced in
November with funding in July 2004.
"Remember, this was our first submission and if
we don't make it this year, we'll get feedback and re-
submit until we get it right," he said.
Conerly noted that BDI only had one month to pre-
pare the grant application, a process that normally takes
four to five months.
But Conerly was optimistic about the city's
chances for the grant.
The DEP is interested in small communities with
creative solutions using available resources. "Hope-
fully, we've presented that picture," he added.


If the city doesn't make the grant list this year,
"we'll have eight months to get ready for next year,"
Conerly said.
Conerly also presented a priority list of 16 drain-
age projects with Pine Avenue/Crescent Drive and
North Shore Drive topping the list. Those two projects
should be funded in the 2003-04 capital improvements
budget, he suggested.
But he conceded the list could become a political
issue.
"However, we have to go forward with a plan, in
case we don't get the grant," said Conerly.
The list was prepared on the basis of points for
critical areas. Surprisingly, Spring Lane drainage was
left off the list and Conerly admitted this was an error
after board member Glenn Fausset asked about that
location.
"Remember, this (list) is very conceptual," he said.
The committee can always revise the priority list.
"But Spring Lane needs to be on this list," Conerly
said and he'll add that location into the list for the next
CIAC meeting.
The Spring Lane drainage problem was included in
the grant application, he said.
CIAC chairman Larry Albert suggested that all the
drainage projects be a priority and the CIAC should ask
the city for more money in this year's budget, even if
it means dipping into city reserves.
The initial 2003-04 city budget proposed by Mayor
SueLynn has $130,000 for road improvements,
$160,000 for drainage and $65,000 to repair the hump-
back bridge on North Bay Boulevard.
Under the BDI priority list, the top two drainage
projects of Pine Avenue/Crescent Drive and North
Shore Drive would cost an estimated $125,000 com-
bined.
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World War II veterans: The Greatest Generation


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
This is the first in what hopefully will be a regular
column featuring Island, Longboat Key and Cortez
residents men and women who are World War
II veterans of any of the allied nations.
Tom Brokaw of NBC wrote a book entitled "The
Greatest Generation," about the 16 million Americans
who served in WWII. He could not have picked a bet-
ter title, but sadly, we are losing that generation at the
rate of 2,000 per week.
The purpose of this column is not to glorify war,
it's just to give ordinary people a chance to discuss
those extraordinary times while they are still with us.

Alcee Taylor: From Cortez to Okinawa
Alcee Taylor was going to volunteer along with a
bunch of his friends for duty in World War II.
He was about 18 or 19 at the time, and was a
Cortez fisherman and truck driver for a fish company.
"I had a bad left eye," said Alcee, and when he
heard that one of the guys was rejected because his
eyesight was bad, "well, I figured they wouldn't take
me because my buddy could see better than me."
He even got turned down by the draft board the
first time he was called, but his eyesight must have
improved because he was called again for the draft and
this time accepted for military service.
Because of his experience around boats and water,
he volunteered for the Navy and was put into a Naval
Construction Battalion, what people call the SeaBees.
"Actually, I just didn't want to wear a necktie like
they did in the Army," Alcee said with a laugh.
He remembered that nobody in the Navy had any
idea where Cortez was.
Eventually, Alcee ended up in the Pacific theater
of WWII with the 71st Construction Battalion.
"The job really wasn't anything special," said
Alcee, "but growing up on the water and around boats
and machines helped me a lot.
"We built airports, seaplane ramps, did boat re-
pairs, anything that needed to be fixed or built for the
Navy or Marines."
He landed on Okinawa in April 1945 during the
thick of what some have called the bloodiest battle of
the war in the Pacific. More than 45,000 Allied soliders
were either killed or wounded on Okinawa.


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Alcee Taylor of Cortez as a U.S. Navy seaman in
1944. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Alcee Taylor

One night after a long day of hard work, Alcee was
trying to sleep in his bunk when the Japanese shelled
the airbase where his battalion was stationed.
"I was sleeping and they were shooting real close,"
he said.
All his buddies dove for a foxhole but Alcee was
too tired. "I just said 'no,' I wasn't going. I wanted to
sleep." And he did.
But he wasn't a hero.
"I was concerned a few times, but you would do
anything not to let your buddies down," he said.
He was also lucky.
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Alcee Taylor today lives quietly with his wife Plum at
his Cortez waterfront home where the 1998 movie
"Great Expectations," starring Robert DeNiro and
Gwyeth Paltrow, was filmed. Islander Photo: Rick
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road by some cliffs near the Japanese lines. The next
day, another truck on the road in the same location got
blasted to pieces by Japanese snipers.
Once when the airbase was being shelled, everyone
started running to a foxhole. A buddy running near
Alcee got hit by shrapnel and didn't make it.
"There were also kamikaze planes coming down
and one even hit the airstrip near us," he said.
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Anna Maria City budget at a glance


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The $2.3 million budget proposed to Anna Maria
City Commissioners July 29 by Mayor SueLynn
calls for a transfer of $479,000 from city reserves to
meet expenses without alternative financing as pro-
posed by commissioners (see separate story).
The proposed budget for the fiscal year begin-


Greatest Generation
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12
ing your family and going over to Bradenton Beach to
the old Silver Dollar Bar and seeing your buddies
again."
A few pals such as Warren Bell and J.M. Campbell
wouldn't be coming home.
After the war, Alcee got married in 1952 and
settled down to the life of a Cortez fisherman.
He lives today in Cortez with his wife Plum in the
house his father built in 1925. He and Plum have two
children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchil-
dren.
Taylor's house was the setting for the 1998 movie
"Great Expectations," starring Robert DeNiro and
Gwyneth Paltrow, and that's made him somewhat of a
Cortez celebrity.
He still has his 71st Battalion edition of wartime
service published in 1945, and can recount everyone he
knew who is in the book and where he was when Ja-
pan surrendered.
They are memories he will always have.
"I can't say my wartime service was anything
great. We just did our duty and hoped for the best. But
the camaraderie is something you never forget," said
Alcee.

"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key and Cortez veterans, man or woman,
who served in the armed forces of any allied country
(U.S., Britain, Canada, Holland, Norway, France, the
Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) during
World War II. We'd like to hear from you. Please call
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ning Oct. 1 calls for an across-the-board 5 percent
pay raise for city staff.
Commissioners discussed raising Public Works
Director George McKay's salary by several thou-
sand dollars to compensate for the $6,000 salary
drop he took last year when he was forced to relin-
quish duties as the city's building official.
The idea of restoring McKay's compensation
was first discussed several months ago when McKay
received his temporary building official's license
from the Florida Department of Business Regula-
tion.
Commissioners took no action on any increase
for McKay outside the proposed 5 percent raise,
noting his salary would still be in line with current
Florida League of Cities guidelines for public works
directors of similar-sized cities.
The issue will be discussed again at a future
budget-workshop.
The 2003-04 budget also calls for a full-time city
building official at $55,000 annual salary, which
would be the highest city salary, eclipsing McKay's
proposed pay rate of $44,814 per annum.
McKay has said previously he's not interested in
that position, or in a return to the dual role of direc-
tor of public works and building official for the city.
The proposed budget also allows elected offi-
cials to join in the city's health insurance plan.
Commissioner Chuck Webb said he would like
to join the plan, and would "pay" for its cost by a
"donation" back to the city. Florida law prevents an
elected official from paying the city for health insur-
ance.
Commissioner Tom Aposporos said that while
not appropriate at this time, he would like the com-
mission to discuss raising the mayor's salary. It is
currently $9,600, but the mayor's job is "exceeding
full-time," he said.
The commission agreed to look at the issue at a
commission workshop, but any pay raise for elected
officials approved by the commission can't take ef-
fect during that official's term of office.
Commissioners also wondered if the city really
needs a new storage shed for $10,000, as proposed
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A proposal by Aposporos that McKay consider
sharing the vehicle and expense with other Island
cities was immediately rejected by the other com-
missioners.
The proposed budget also has $15,000 for the
city pier to comply with the Americans with Dis-
abilities Act.
Commissioners wondered why the lesee wasn't
picking up the tab, as City Attorney Jim Dye has said
previously that under the lease, the lesee was to pay
for all improvements to meet government regula-
tions.
Commissioner Duke Miller was concerned that
public works staff are making repairs to the pier and
not billing the lesee.
Other items the commissioners were concerned
about included $1,000 for a public fireworks display
in December and donations to the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, Keep Manatee Beautiful,
the Anna Maria Island Historical Society and
START.
For now, the commission left those items un-
touched in the budget.
Commissioners did cut $13,500 from the city re-
pair and maintenance budget, $30,000 from the pro-
posed $130,000 for road improvements and $28,000
from the projected $56,000 payment to Tony Arrant
for comprehensive-plan review.
Under Arrant's contract, the city is to pay $7,000
per quarter for eight quarters (two years), Miller be-
lieves.
City Treasurer Diane Percycoe said she would
confirm that prior to the next budget meeting.
Commission Chairperson John Quam noted that
the city expects building-permit revenues of
$115,000, although that figure would increase if the
planned 17-unit Villa Rosa subdivision project be-
gins construction.
At the same time, the city won't be collecting
about $20,000 in Occupational Tax License rev-
enues for the 2003-04 budget. The Florida Legisla-
ture must first adopt a new law governing the OLT.
The city failed to make the Oct. 1, 1995, deadline to
pass a new OLT ordinance, thus making current col-
lections invalid, according to Dye.
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Anna Maria board says

he's an OK Joe
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
You're OK, Joe, Anna Maria's Code Enforcement
Board told Joe Ungvarsky of 519 S. Bay Blvd. at its
July meeting.
The board had been dealing with two possible code
violations against Ungvarsky brought to its attention
several months ago by Code Enforcement Officer
Gerry Rathvon.
At its June 9 meeting, the board had told
Ungvarsky to remove plants at his property that were
encroaching on the right of way, leaving only the
ground cover.
That's been done, Rathvon told the board, so
there's no longer a problem for the city. The board
concurred and dismissed that complaint.
The second complaint Ungvarsky faced was that
the pavers utilized for his driveway amounted to 43
percent coverage of the lot surface, 3 percent above the
current city maximum of 40 percent, or 2,640 square
feet for Ungvarsky's property.
But Rathvon's research revealed that in 1979, the
city authorized the then-owner to put down black-top
lot coverage of 3,383 square feet.
"My thinking is.this was a legal, non-conforming
use in 1979," Rathvon said. "And he's continuing to
lower the [impervious] lot coverage." The present lot
cover could be considered to have been "grandfathered
in," she said.
Based upon this information, Rathvon said the city
has no objection if the board finds no current violation
of lot coverage because it was allowed in 1979.
CEB attorney Susan Hartmann Swartz agreed.
The board can allow the condition to remain as a
non-conforming use within the code, she said.
Acting CEB chairman Gordon Atkinson praised
Ungvarsky's efforts.
"You've done everything to meet the code and I
commend you," he said.
"Well, it has been a horrific issue," Ungvarsky
said.
The board approved a motion to allow the existing
condition of the lot coverage, based upon the informa-
tion from Rathvon and Hartmann-Swartz's advice.
In other matters, the board approved a recommen-
dation to the city commission that it add the words
"garden trash" in language of the city's trash pickup
ordinance.
Rathvon said the city has many absentee owners
who visit only on weekends and put their garden trash
out on Sunday for pickup on Wednesday.
She said when she tells them the ordinance states
the trash can only be put out on the evening before
pickup, "people have been telling me the ordinance
doesn't state garden trash," just residential containers.
Garden trash is typically placed in plastic bags for
pickup and residents have argued these are not residen-
tial containers.


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Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Maloney and wife Sarah, left, celebrated the wedding of grandson Jason
Sato to Lauren LoRusso with a luau for family and friends and lots of 'em under the tent at the Sandbar
restaurant in Anna Maria. Pictured with the Maloneys are the mother of the groom, Barbara Sato, grand-
mother of the bride Josephine LoRusso, the wedding couple, the bride's stepmother, Rita Wilkes, and father
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Good neighbor or goodbye open space?


By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
Once again, Pat Kabris has come to the Holmes
Beach City Commission seeking to build a home on
beachfront land zoned "recreation," this time seeking
a rezone change for his property at 101 75th St.
At the July 22 commission meeting, a presentation
was made on behalf of Kabris to rezone a portion of his
property from Rec-1, recreation area, to R-2, medium
density.
Jeff Hostetler, who operates a local survey business
and is a member of the city's board of adjustment, made
the application to the commission on behalf of Kabris.
Hostetler told commissioners the property owners
wish to rezone a portion of their property because they
want to construct another home on the land.
The property has a storied and controversial history.
In the recent past, neighbors successfully intervened and
the city denied the owner's request to construct a club-
house, including living facilities, on the land.
According to the city's definitions for recreation
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Kabris then built a pool on a portion of the recre-
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and canceled his plans for the two-story clubhouse with
living facilities. The property is south of the "Cabana
Club," an area where area residents maintain a beach
access with parking. That area is also zoned recreation
and is owned by the Holmes family.
"Mr. Kabris is going through the process," said
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore. "He is a very
nice man and will be accorded the same rights as any
other applicant."
The application's first review will come before the
city's planning commission, which will consider
whether the rezoning request should be approved or
denied and make its recommendation to the city com-
mission, which will ultimately make the decision.
Neighbors of property owners seeking rezoning
changes must be informed, and allowed an opportunity
to voice their opinions on any rezone request.
The rezoning application is scheduled for discus-
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Search for Anna Maria building official


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said she's had 12
applications for the city's vacant building official po-
sition since the city advertised the post last month.
"And many of them are highly qualified," she said.
"I almost wonder why they would want to work in our
small town."
When the Aug. 11 application deadline is passed,
the mayor said she would prepare a short list of candi-



Task force to


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increase

Manatee County's Tourism Development Coun-
cil has agreed to form a task force to study a pro-
posal by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visi-
tors Bureau to increase the "bed tax" on rooms
rented in the county to 4 percent. The current rate is
3 percent, set in 1985.
The increase would raise approximately
$970,000 a year and the money would be used for.
increased advertising and promotions, CVB Execu-
tive Director Larry White told the TDC.
White's proposed budget for 2003-04 cuts
spending by about $320,000 because of declining
revenues, the result of a decrease the past year in
tourism countywide.
White said some of the increased revenues from
a 4 percent tax would be set aside as an emergency
fund, something the CVB currently does not have.
The task force will be composed of tourism in-
dustry officials and owners and is expected to make
its recommendation to the TDC by mid-September,
the council decided.
If the TDC approves a recommendation to in-
crease the tax, it then goes to the Manatee County
Commission for public hearings prior to a vote.
A number of Island accommodation owners
have previously expressed opposition to any tax in-
crease.
Most tourism-oriented counties in Florida have
a 4 percent bed tax, while some, including Miami-
Dade County and Orange and Osceola counties in
the Orlando area are at 5 percent.
Sarasota County levies a 3 percent bed tax.


dates to interview for the position, which carries a sal-
ary range of $50,000 to $55,000 per year.
One qualification the mayor would like is for can-
didates to already have a building official's license is-
sued by the Florida Department of Business and Pro-
fessional Regulation.
SueLynn did confirm that an application has been
received from former Bradenton Beach Building Offi-
cial William Sanders, who now occupies a similar post
with the City of Port Richey in Pasco County.


By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
Longboat Key can add another niche to its fat cat
reputation.
Home to gated communities, armed guards and Rolls
Royces, Longboat Key has the questionable reputation of
also being home to just one lone skateboard enthusiast
who has signed up to use the Holmes Beach micro skate
park.
Since the Longboat Key Town Commission agreed
to pay $5,000 towards the Holmes Beach Park, that one


Another applicant is former Bradenton Beach
Building Official Whitey Moran.
Other applicants are from out of state, while some
are already working as a building official in the Tampa
Bay area.
However, she said, no one has been interviewed for
the position and she will not be scheduling interviews
until after the deadline.
She hopes to have a building official hired by Oct.
1, the start of the 2003-04 budget cycle.


Holmes Beach planners define terms


By Joe Kane
Islander Reporter
What's the definition of "wetlands"?
You would have had a long, lonely and unsuc-
cessful wait if you happened to have wandered into
the cold and empty Holmes Beach commission
chambers for a planning commission meeting July
31.
It took more than two hours for the planning
commission to complete some of the definitions in-
corporating the city comprehensive plan and land-
development code.
What the planning commission lacks in electric-
ity it possesses in power, for it recommends "The
Big Picture" for the visioning of Holmes Beach.
They seek sunlight, not limelight, and perhaps be-
cause it does not have the razz-a-ma-taz of a city
commission meeting, debating heady issues like
building heights, rezoning requests, code infractions
and budget restraints, the planning commission is
poorly attended.
To keep their advisory board body squeaky


clean, planning commission chairperson Sue
Normand read a letter she composed, reminding
members to avoid all "appearances of impropri-
ety." She stressed no one speak to anyone about
issues they are discussing as a board.
They then began the laborious but necessary
task of reviewing the city's terms for defining the
city's future.
Starting from "accessory structures," the
commission's attention stayed focused.
For almost two hours, members discussed
some of the terms included in the more than 800-
page land development code book.
At the end of the marathon meeting, Normand
was re-elected chairperson and John Monetti was
selected as vice chair of the planning commission.
The next planning commission meeting is sched-
uled for 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at city hall. The agenda is to
continue defining the terminology of the land-devel-
opment code and comprehensive plan.
Maybe, just maybe, they will finally define
"wetlands."


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Holmes Beach Commissioner Sandy Haas-Mar-
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signed up to use the Island facility.
"The skate park is doing real well," said Haas-
Martens.
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American Sports Data Inc., skateboarding ranks 12th
in the number of injuries per 100 participants in the
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Sad saga unfolds in Gulf for 'Rufus'


The emergency call to Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch was for a turtle in distress near 65th Street in the
Gulf.
A valiant effort by Capt. Geoff Kendrick of the
Francis Crow passenger schooner and kayaker Matt
Drattell of Holmes Beach kept the turtle from straying
until the AMITW stranding crew and other volunteers
could arrive by pontoon boat to survey the distressed
loggerhead.
Kendrick was the captain who first found Anna, a
distressed leatherback turtle that was rescued several
years ago.
Suzi Fox, the state marine turtle preservation per-
mit holder for the Island, surveyed the situation from
the boat and determined the male turtle was unable to
dive, and unable to feed as a result, and needed to be
taken for treatment.
"He was floating bum up, a sign of gastrointesti-
nal problems, which is treatable," volunteer Jo Ann
Meilner said.
After several failed tries to get the turtle aboard the
pontoon boat, rescuers decided to direct to turtle to the
shore where they could manuever it into a pickup truck
waiting there to transport it to Mote Marine Laboratory.
Into the water went volunteers Nate Talucci, Jeff
Smith and Jesse Brisson, who began to swim behind
the turtle and push it ashore, although the turtle ap-
peared reluctant. Pushing a 300-pound turtle and swim-
ming, pushing and swimming, the men began to call
the turtle "Rufus," and slowly they reached the volun-
teers and the crowd now waiting on the beach.
AMITW volunteer coordinators Glenn and Claudia
Wiseman were ready on the beach with their pickup
truck, a sheet to shade the turtle from the sun, and a
bucket of water to keep it wet and cool.
More than 100 onlookers came and went, taking a
glance at Rufus in the short time it took for Fox to call
Mote to verify it could take the turtle for treatment.
Concerned children, including Joselin Presswood,
6, wanted to know "Will he go back to the sea?"
Fox thoughtfully explained that Rufus would go to
the Mote hospital for treatment and after about a six-
month stay, he would be released nearby in the Gulf,
which greatly relieved the children present. She even
invited them to come view the release.
Unfortunately, things didn't work out so well for
Rufus at Mote. He succumbed a few days after the res-
cue due to complications involving a puncture wound
in his esophagus, infection and swelling in the lungs.
It was not a good week for Turtle Watch.

Garage sale scheduled at Center
A "huge garage sale" is-planned for Saturday, Aug.
9, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Money raised will go to the TEEN program's
camping trip in the autumn. Additional details may be
obtained by calling 778-1908.
The pilates exercise class scheduled during that
time will be from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for that day only.


THE BEST


10 YEARS


Headlines in the Aug. 5, 1993,
issue of The Islander announced that:
The Manatee County Commission voted against
accepting a $1.4 million grant from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation for an Island trolley system that
would have extended through Longboat Key to Lido
Key in Sarasota County. Longboat Key town commis-
sioners voted 6-1 against the proposal.
Holmes Beach Mayor Pat Geyer fired Police
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ary period Geyer had imposed on Maddox for various
reasons. Maddox said he would retain legal counsel and
appeal the decision. The city commission voted to ap-
prove Geyer's action, with Commissioner Billie Mar-
tini abstaining.
Anna Maria city commissioners tentatively ap-
proved a record $706,000 budget for 1993-94, at the
same time voting to keep the ad valorem tax rate at 1.41
mills, the same as the previous year.


Bottoms up
With what was speculated to be a gas problem, this loggerhead turtle was definitely in distress. Full of gas
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Volunteers pushed the 300-plus-pound loggerhead
from approximately 100 yards offshore to the beach
where rescuers awaited.


Rufus looked for all the world like the "Creature of
the Black Lagoon."

Bridge club resumes play
Tuesday at Center
"Friendly bridge" will resume when the Anna
Maria Island Community Center's bridge group starts
meeting again Tuesday, Aug. 12, from noon-3:30 p.m.
Cost is $2 per player.
Play will continue every Tuesday, said director
Hubert A. Mitchell. Rubber bridge is played, no partner
necessary. Details may be obtained at 778-1908. The
Center is located at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.


Fund set up for youth
killed on motorcycle
A special fund has been established to handle ex-
penses resulting from the death of Johnny Cicero on his
motorcycle July 22 on Cortez Road.
The 18-year-old had no insurance, said a family
friend, and funeral and burial expenses are piling up.
And the towing company that police called is asking
$400 for moving the motorcycle plus $40 a day stor-
age.
Young Cicero's 1998 Kawasaki collided with a car
on Cortez Road at 100th Street West when he at-
tempted to pass another auto, police said.
He lived in Bradenton but was said to be well
known on the Island through his mother, Karen Cicero,
who owns the Parrot Bay Cafe in the Island Shopping
Center. An employee and longtime friend, Cathy Ben-
jamin, has launched the memorial fund.
Contributions may be made at the cafe, 5318 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach, or arranged by telephone at
778-1804. The fund is being handled by Wachovia
National Bank, said Benjamin, but the bank does not
provide confirmation of donations received or a list of
donors and the family prefers to receive contributions
at the cafe so they can properly iiank d(


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Joselin Presswood, 6, center, looked on the rescued
turtle in the truck bed with great concern. She asked,
"Will he go back to the sea?"


The Francis Crow stood by to assist Rufus.



Obituaries


Walter Parker Jenkins
Walter Parker Jenkins, 82, of Anna Maria, died
July 31.
Born in Denver, Colo., Mr. Jenkins moved to
Manatee County from Sarasota in 1964. He was a re-
tired U.S. Air Force pilot, serving 22 years. He was a
life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the re-
tired officers association, and was a member of the
Church of the Annunciation.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 7 at the
church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial
contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Indian
School, Chamberlain, SD 57326.
He is survived by wife Margaret, daughter Chris-
tine of Anna Maria; sons Walter Jr. of Anna Maria,
Michael H. of Lancaster, Calif., and Theodore H. of
Ventura, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Richard J. Sparre
Richard J. Sparre, 74, of Holmes Beach, died Aug.
1.
Born in Lakewood, Ohio, Mr. Sparre came to
Manatee County from Avon Lake, Ohio, in 1976. He
served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He
was a member of American Legion Post 211.
Private services will be held at a future date. Me-
morial contributions may be made to the Humane So-
ciety, 2507 14th St. W., Bradenton FL 34206.
He is survived by wife Elizabeth and sister Marga-
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Streetlife

Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No reports.

Bradenton Beach
July 27, 200 Gulf Drive N., Beach House Res-
taurant, grand theft. A woman reported her purse
stolen from a fundraising event held at the restau-
rant. According to the report, she put her purse in-
side a cardboard box underneath her table also con-
taining pamphlets for the American Cancer Society.
Someone reportedly walked off with the entire box,
including her purse.
July 28, 1200 Gulf Drive S., Cortez Beach, bur-
glary. A woman reported her purse stolen from her
vehicle.

Holmes Beach
July 25, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee County Public
Beach, theft. A woman reported two credit cards and
cash stolen from a purse she left in her rental car.
July 26, 200 block of 71st Street, theft. A girl's
bike was reportedly stolen from a residence.
July 26, 5340 Marina Drive, suspicious incident. A
woman reported some items in her shop were disturbed
but, according to the report, nothing was missing.
July 27, 2700 block of Gulf Drive, harassment. A


woman reported receiving a series of harassing phone
calls.
July 27, 5800 block of Gulf Drive, theft. Accord-
ing to the report, a witness saw two men load a
Bradenton Herald and a Tampa Tribune newspaper box
into a pickup truck and drive off.
July 27, 200 block of 65th Street, burglary. Ac-
cording to the report, someone entered a woman's
rental unit through the locked front door and stole her
purse while she was sleeping.
July 27, 200 block of 65th Street, burglary. A man
reported someone entered his rental unit through the
back door and stole a video-cassette recorder. Accord-
ing to the report, he also found his neighbor's purse,
which was reported stolen from her rental unit, inside
the laundry room behind the units.
July 27, 6400 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
woman reported finding pry marks in the area of the
deadbolt on her apartment door.
July 28, 200 block of 65th Street, burglary. Ac-
cording to the report, someone attempted to enter a
home through a kitchen window but was scared off
when family members were awakened by the sound of
glass breaking.
July 29, 7000 Gulf Drive, Tiffany Place, burglary.
According to the report, someone tried to gain entry to
a storeroom through a set of sliding-glass doors.
July 29, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee County Public
Beach, burglary. A woman reported items stolen from
her purse, which she left in her parked car.


THE ISLANDER U AUGUST 6, 2003 U PAGE 17

Holmes Beach police
arrest burglary suspect
Holmes Beach police arrested a city resident
around 1 a.m. July 31 and charged him with bur-
glary of the Eckerd store after the store's video
tape showed the suspect breaking a window and
entering the pharmacy.
Arrested was Christopher Madden, 43, of
204 65th St. in Holmes Beach.
Detective Sgt. Nancy Rogers of the HBPD said
Officer Steve Wolff was on patrol when he stopped
a man in the 600 block of Manatee Avenue West
behind Eckerd around 12:30 a.m. July 31.
After identifying .the man as a city resident,
Wolff let him go.
About 12 minutes later, Rogers said, the
alarm sounded at the Eckerd store and when po-
lice arrived, they found the store had been entered
by someone who broke the pharmacy drive-up
window of of its frame with a large rock.
Officers viewed the store's surveillance tape
and the suspect identified earlier by Wolff could
be seen breaking the window and entering the
pharmacy.
Police then went to the man's residence and
arrested him.
Rogers said Madden is also a suspect in other
area burglaries, including several in the down-
town business district.


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Volunteers needed for Belle Haven restoration


There's good news for the restoration of Belle
Haven Cottage in Anna Maria.
Island building contractor Mark Kimball has
agreed to supervise restoration of the Belle Haven
Cottage in Anna Maria and the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society is looking for volunteers to help with the
project. John Norwood, son of historical society presi-
dent Carolyne Norwood, has already volunteered his
services for the electrical work.
Carpenters, painters and handymen or
handywomen are needed said Carolyne Norwood, and
the project should get underway in October.
Belle Haven was originally built in 1920 at the east
end of the City Pier.
After it fell into Tampa Bay in 1926, it was barged to
Palmetto Avenue in Anna Maria and brought onto land
where it served as a residence for more than 70 years.
It was slated for demolition two years ago until the
City of Anna Maria and the historical society joined
forces to move the cottage to the society's museum
complex at 402 Pine Ave.
The society is also seeking donations for the
project. For more information on Belle Haven or to
volunteer services, call 778-0492.


Belles of Anna
Maria
Carolyne Norwood,
left, and Maria
Donahue of the Anna
Maria Island Histori-
cal Society sit on one
of the two benches
recently donated to
the society's museum
at 402 Pine Ave. in
Anna Maria by the
Roser Guild and the
Island Garden Club.
The society is cur-
rently looking for
volunteers to assist
with the restoration of
Belle Haven Cottage.
Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin


Court to decide if all government e-mail is public


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Florida Supreme Court is expect to make a
decision within the next few weeks on whether or not
all e-mail messages, including personal business, sent
or received by government employees and elected of-
ficials on a government-owned computer are subject to
Florida's government in the Sunshine law.
The Gainesville-based Brechner Report in its July
2003 issue said the court will decide on a lawsuit
brought by The St. Petersburg Times against the City
of Clearwater that all such e-mails are public property.
Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist's office
agreed with the Times that since the city owns the com-
puter system, e-mail sent or received by those comput-


ers "is the people's property."
Solicitor General Chris Kise said, "The people's
interest is making sure the people have access to a
record of the use of the equipment."
The St. Petersburg Times had requested the city
turn over all e-mails of two city employees during a 16-
month period. The city gave the newspaper some e-
mails, but said others were personal in nature and could
not be released.
City of Clearwater attorneys had argued that per-
sonal e-mails sent by city staff are not public records
because they are not "official business" and are not
subject to the Sunshine Law.
That decision prompted the lawsuit by the Times.
The Florida Supreme Court gave no date when it would


reach a decision.
In Bradenton Beach, City Clerk Pat Grizzle copies
all e-mails to a folder for public viewing. In addition,
she said she has sent memos to all staff noting that "ev-
erything they do on their (office) computer is public
record."
Anna Maria Assistant City Clerk Diane Percycoe
said all e-mails to and from city staff or elected officials
are printed and saved to a read file. The city policy is
that staff should not use city computers for personal
business.
Holmes Beach City Clerk Brooke Bennett said all
e-mails at city hall are considered "public records" and
are placed in a file for storage. The city's policy is that
city computers are to be used for official business only.


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THE ISLANDER M AUGUST 6, 2003 0 PAGE 19


Children are counting on you to be aware of school zones, buses
and bus stops! As you hurry to and from work and appointments,
kids are hurrying to and from school. Keep an eye out for young-
sters waiting for buses, walking to and from school, and ridjpg t e
trolley. Remember to observe school-zone speed lim na asA
always, allow pedestrians to cross at the crosswalk-A n
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A Paradise Realty
5201 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
778-4800
Anna Maria Island Rotary Club
Meets Tuesdays at noon at the
Beach House Bradenton Beach
Anna Maria Realty, Inc.
9805 Gulf Drive Anna Maria
778-2259
Bark & Meow/The Puppy Shoppe
12518 Cortez Road W. Cortez Village
761-9360
Beach City Market & Grille
1701 Gulf Drive Bradenton Beach
778-3031
The Beach Inn
101 66th St. Holmes Beach
778-9597
Ben Cooper & Associates
3909 E. Bay Drive, #110 Holmes Beach
778-6118
Bridge Street Interiors
114 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach
782-1130
Bridge Tender Inn
135 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach
778-4849
Chapae
Anna Maria Bradenton Beach
778-6728 778-1451
Christie's Plumbing
5508 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
778-3924
Cortez Kitchen
4528 119th St. W.* Cortez
798-3474
Curves for Women
Closest club to the Islands
794-2878
Duffy's Tavern
5808 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach
778-2501
Eatman & Smith Architecture
129 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach
778-3113


Fantasy Travel
6630 Cortez Rd. W. Bradenton
795-3900
2 Fat Cat Carpet Cleaning
5400 Marina Drive Holmes beach
5 778-2882
Fran Maxon Real Estate
9701 Gulf Drive Anna Maria
778-2307 800-306-9666
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home
S 6000 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
C 778-4480
O Harrington House
Beachfront Bed & Breakfast Inn
Holmes Beach 778-5444
2 Home True Value Hardware
5324 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
778-2811 Fax 778-6982
3 Island Real Estate
6101 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
778-6066
Island Scooter Rentals
Silver Surf Resort Bradenton Beach
726-3163
Island Starter & Alternator
3014 Avenue C Holmes Beach
778-0818
Island Vacation Properties
3001 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
778-6849
Jessie's Island Store
5424 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
778-6903
Jim Mixon Insurance Inc.
5412 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
778-2253
Key Income Tax
5500 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
778-5710
SLaPensee Plumbing
5362 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
778-5622
3 Longboat Cardiology Dr. Colleen Hea
5650 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key
383-7300


Mike Norman Realty
3101 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
778-6696
S Old Florida Realty Company
2501 Gulf Drive, Suite 101 Bradenton Beach
778-3377
S Oswald Trippe and Company
5203 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
778-2206
Pawsitively Pets &Property Services
Owners Jane & Steve Futch
C 761-7511
Quality Builders
5500A Marina Drive Holmes Beach
778-7127
2 Rader's Reef
5508 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
S778-3211
SSmith Realtors
5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
778-0770
SunCoast Real Estate
A& 5402 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
8 779-0202
Surfing World
11904 Cortez Road W. Cortez
794-1233
T. Dolly Young Real Estate
5508C Marina Drive Holmes Beach
S778-0807
Two Sides of Nature
SBridgeWalk Bridge Street Bayview Plaza
779-1237 779-1238 779-2432
Two Sides of Nature
Longboat Key Downtown Bradenton
387-1762 747-6313
Tyler's Ice Cream
O) 11904 Cortez Road W. Cortez Village
794-5333
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Parisn pilgrimage
Father Bernie Evanofski, assistant pastor at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach, and parishioners made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of
Guadalupe in Mexico. The next pilgrimage will be in November to Fatima, Lourdes and Garabandal. For information, call 795-7724 or (800) 638-3137.


Touring on Miami Beach
Islanders Frank and Melissa (The Islander's graphic design guru) Williams went to
Miami Beach to share their local news with John Thorpe [Saudi Arabi and the United
Kingdom], who flew through from Guatemala to meet up with them and snap this photo.
The Franks noted that the South Beach lifeguard stands are unique and befitting the art-
deco district.


Islander at Buckingham
Hunter Murphy Travis, son of former Island resident Brenda Travis and
grandson of Harry and Irene Murphy of Holmes Beach, pauses with his
Islander in front of Buckingham Palace on his trip to England.


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'Cat-n-Around'
Capt. Mark Garvey and First Mate Sharon Wilson of Holmes
Beach took their Islander with them on a cruising vacation
through the islands aboard their catamaran "Cat-n-Around."
The picture was taken at St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, before
they sailed on to Granada.


Islanders tour Monaco
The Monte Carlo Casino was the picture perfect spot for Dave and Patti Marifjeren to show off
their travel edition of The Islander. Patti is a rental manager at SunCoast Real Estate in Holmes
Beach.





THE ISLANDER M AUGUST 6, 2003 M PAGE 21


Cafe on the Beach's Dee and Gene wed


"I'm having the best time of my life, and it's the
best day of my life," the ever bubbly, vivacious Dee
(Percifeld) Schaefer said after the wedding ceremony
July 29 uniting her with longtime companion and busi-
ness associate Gene Schaefer.
The wedding took place at the restaurant the pair
operate at the Manatee Public Beach, Cafe on the
Beach, where family members, loyal patrons and
friends overflowed the deck, spilling onto the beach,
for the momentous sunset wedding.
Pastor Dan Hagmaier of Westminster Presbyterial
Church, who announced he is the "official Cafe on the
Beach minister," administered the vows and then sol-
emnly suggested the crowd seal the marriage by prom-
ising to dine at the cafe daily "forever." Everyone
cheered in agreement.
And the wine flowed, the musician played, Dee's
grandson Ben Cole sang a beautiful tribute, the crowd
dined on gourmet fare prepared by cafe Chef Frank
Lococo and the staff with help from Chef Alfredo of
the American Legion, and everyone danced and cel-
ebrated with the happy couple. Even the weather was
perfect for the occasion.
It was an elegant affair of the likes never seen be-
fore at the casual beachfront eatery, and also a rare
occasion for the restaurant to be closed to the public.
The Schaefers operate Cafe on the Beach 365 days a
year, rain or shine, red tide or no red tide.
The Schaefers are planning a weekend trip to a spa
resort on Sanibel Island, a gift from the staff and cus-
tomers, which will be followed by what they hope will
be a fantastic business season at the beach and hap-
piness ever more.


Glowing bride Dee Percifeld and groom Gene
Schaefer make their way to the alter.


Dee and Gene Schaefer cut and share their wedding cake. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy




















The couple exchange vows before Pastor Dan
Hagmaier, family and friends at Cafe on the Beach.


Mr. and Mrs.
Gene Schafer
share their
first dance as
a married
couple.


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Island Biz


Kids fantasy's will come true
this Christmas
The Fantasy Travel Agency at 6630 Cortez Road
W. held a "Christmas in July" promotion to collect
gifts for their annual Christmas toy drive.
All the gifts collected in July will be added to those
the agency will collect in December and donated to the
Salvation Army and Manatee Children's Services for
distribution to needy area kids.
"The customers really enjoy the program because
we give them a discount on the purchase of travel tick-
ets," said Pieter Hahn of Fantasy Travel. "And, they
feel like they are helping area kids have a great Christ-
mas," he added.
This is the fourth year of the "Christmas in July"
gift drive.
For more information on Fantasy Travel, call 795-
3900.

Griffith-Cline earns top
designation
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home at 6000 Marina
Drive in Holmes Beach was recently honored for cus-
tomer satisfaction, placing in the top 4 percent of 1,250
North American funeral homes participating in a recent
survey.
The survey, conducted by the Dignity Memorial
network of funeral homes throughout North America,
rated providers on appearance of facility, courtesy and
professionalism, conduct, ceremonies and post-funeral
contact.
Ken Griffith, a third-generation Griffith, said the
honor "could never have come our way without the
dedication and caring attitude of our entire staff.
"We are pleased that our efforts to better serve the
public have been recognized," he added.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was founded in
Bradenton in 1938.

Private financing
aids condo project
Kennedy Funding of Hackensack, N.J., recently
delivered a $3 million bridge loan to Point South LLC
to complete construction of the 11-unit La Plage
beachfront condominium project in Holmes Beach.
David Brown, a broker with Florida Trust in
Clearwater, arranged the financing.
"They were able to put together a bridge loan very
quickly. As far as commercial lenders go, they were the
easiest I've ever worked with," Brown said.
Kennedy also took a second mortgage on the prop-
erty as collateral, Brown added, something very few
lenders would do.
Jeffrey Wolfer of Kennedy Funding said the
company's research showed "A beachfront luxury con-
dominium project in this part of Florida, which is an
older, well-established resort region of high appeal to


Christmas in July
Members of Fantasy Travel at 6630 Cortez Road W.
help dreams come true for underprivileged children
in Manatee County by collecting toys in July for
Christmas distribution. Staff members, from left, Ben
Mixter, Teresa Margraf Mary Holt, Debbie
Crissman, Pieter Hahn and Lorraine DuJardin
helped collect and sort the toys. Islander Photo:
Nancy Ambrose

wealthy buyers, was a strong investment that we felt
incurred minimal risks. That's why we took a second
position on the property and that's how strongly we feel
about the project."
For more information on Kennedy Funding, go to
www.kennedyfunding.com.

Islander completes work
for e-qualification
Jon Kent of Island Real Estate has completed the
education work for certification in "e-commerce" with
the Manatee County Board of Realtors, the firm has
announced.
The course covered Internet advertising, software,
Web management, risk management, virtual reality,
digital documents and translation software. He may be
reached at 778-6066.

Island real estate sales
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
$439,000.
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.
608 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a canalfront
1,608 sfla 3bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1966 on a
90x125 lot, was sold 5/2/03, Smith to Bishop, for
$425,000.
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
$293,000.
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 50x100 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
$215,000.
516 Kumquat, Anna Maria, a 75x142 canal lot,
was sold 5/9/03, Zorn to Stella, for $405,000.
240 Willow, Anna Maria, a 75x139 canal lot, was
sold 5/1/03, Taylor to Marnie, for $300,000.
405 Bay Palms, Holmes Beach, a 1124 sfla 2bed/
2bath/lcar home built in 1968 on an 80x100 lot, was
sold 5/1/03,
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
$475,000.
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 66xl 16 lot, was sold 5/23/03,
Ramsey to Dan Howe Holdings et al, for $285,000; list
$284,900.
204 Haverkos Court, Holmes Beach, a 524 sfla
1 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 1 bed/
lbath home built in 1952 on a 50x100 lot, was sold 5/
20/03, Winsor to Williams, for $268,000; list $272,000.
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Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn growing into new role


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Nearly six months after Anna Maria voters ap-
proved a new charter removing the mayor from the city
commission, Mayor SueLynn is slowly growing accus-
tomed to her new role as the city's chief executive of-
ficer who attends commission meetings, but no longer
has a vote.
Fact is, said the mayor, "the past six months have
been a learning, educational process for everyone, in-
cluding myself, the commission and the public. I was
surprised there was so much adjustment for me.
"I used to be part of the decision-making process
and I would speak up at meetings, give my opinions,
and say I was going to do this or that."
With the new charter, however, SueLynn at first
was in a position where "I didn't feel as much a part of
the discussions. But I'm learning to interject and par-
ticipate.
"I'm becoming more comfortable with my role, but
it's still a learning process," she added. "Now, I'm
being directed to do things by the commission."
Likewise, she believes the city commission is still
growing into what its role is in the new charter relat-
ing to the mayor.
"They are also learning that things relating to the
city and staff have to be channeled to me. They're
aware of that, but it's not yet automatic.
"But we're only six months into the new charter
and some aspects of the new charter haven't been
tested," SueLynn said.


Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn. Islander Photo: Rick
Catlin
One aspect of the new charter that's helped her is
that she no longer has the pressure of chairing commis-
sion meetings, preparing the agenda, staying on top of
the rules of order during a meeting and ensuring ad-


equate public comment.
"Unless you've been there, you can't have any idea
of how exhausting that can be when you still have to
deal with all the city matters after the meeting. So, the
new charter has taken a lot of that pressure away."
She still puts in between 30 and 50 hours a week
as mayor, but can now devote more effort to getting
things done for the city.
Those include a capital improvements program,
preparation of a drainage plan, a study of erosion along
the bayfront, and helping Manatee County Sheriff's
Office deputies assigned to Anna Maria obtain equip-
ment to do their job.
She's also become more comfortable talking indi-
vidually with city commissioners on issues, something
not allowed under the previous charter.
Because she no longer votes on the commission,
the mayor can speak with commissioners about prob-
lems and concerns, although she's careful not to act as
a conduit among the commission.
"It's very helpful to get input from the individual
commissioners," she said. "I get a much better idea of
what they want and where they stand.
"I enjoy getting things done for the city. It's fun to
do them and they are things that need to be done."
So, is the new charter working?
"Come back in a few years," she said with a
laugh. "Everyone is still in an ongoing learning pro-
cess with the charter." The charter has to stand the
"test of time" before that decision can be made, she
concluded.


Real estate sales
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
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808 sfla home built in 1953 on a 50x100 lot, was sold
5/23/03, Cipriano to Northfield, for $235,000.
325 Hardin, Anna Maria, a canalfront 1,651 sfla
3bed/2bath/2car/pool home built in 1989 on an 85x 140
lot, was sold 5/23/03, Coates to Plumb, for $684,400.
513 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 2bed/2bath/lcar/
pool 2,089 sfla home built in 1969 on an 80x105 lot,
was sold 5/19/03, Guthrie to Jaeger, for $490,000; list
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Tight deadlines hamper AME's playgrounds


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The new Anna Maria Elementary School construc-
tion project team has time and cost working against
them in providing this year's students with a temporary
playground by the school's Aug.- 11 start date.
During the summer, pre-construction preparation
work began and the current playground equipment was
removed. In the past week, representatives from the
construction team have been aided by playground
equipment manufacturers in evaluating equipment pur-
chased just two and a half years ago to determine if it
meets current codes.
Much of the equipment, according to its manufac-
turers, should not be reused. Mike Carlson of the new
school architectural team from Educational Design
Associates said much of the old equipment fell into one
of three categories: it had pressure-treated wood, it was
too deteriorated and not worth moving, or it was not in
compliance with current codes.
Until permanent playgrounds can be established
around the new school building, the team plans to pro-
vide temporary play areas.
The kindergarten/first-grade play area will remain
in its present location and be fenced off from the con-
struction area, although more of the remaining pres-
sure-treated wood equipment will need to be removed
prior to the start of school.
The boat-shaped play piece meets current code and
will remain in its old spot on the kindergarten play-
ground. Three of the six teeter-totters and two alliga-
tor-shaped pieces of equipment will also be returned to
the playground.
Carlson said a new swing set will be installed,
hopefully before or shortly after school starts. Eric
Hazelton, a representative from Playmore, said a
"quick ship" of select playground equipment would
take two weeks to arrive at the school.
Also, due to current codes, students will not be al-
lowed to use any equipment prior to the installation of
material that provides protection from injury in the
event children fall from the play equipment.


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The team does not plan to use sand in the play area.
A wood-fiber surface, which looks similar to wood
chips, will be spread 12 inches deep in the playgrounds.
When the permanent playgrounds are set up, contain-
ment walls will be used to maintain the play area.
Due to time constraints, the containment walls will
not be used during the use of the temporary play-
grounds. Hazelton said his company could get the pro-
tection surface to the school and in place during the
first week of school, but could not guarantee the walls
would arrive in time.
Since the code does not require the wood-fiber
surface be contained by surrounding walls, the team
agreed to wait until the permanent play structures were
ready to be installed and not delay preparing the tem-
porary play areas any further.
In addition to the teeter-totters and boat, students
will still have access to the covered pavillion to ride tri-
cycles and play four-square.
Playground equipment for second- through fifth-
graders will be minimal until the permanent play-
ground can be established.
That playground will be parallel to the new basket-
ball court and, if the court is not in use by a class, stu-
dents will have access to it. A new four-square game
pad will also be poured near the basketball court for use
during recess.
The team hopes to have the concrete court and
four-square pad ready by Aug. 11. Inclement weather
has delayed construction of the new court since the
ground needs to be dry to pour the concrete.
Two teeter-totters will be placed in the secondary
playground and the picnic tables will be set up for stu-
dents to gather at and play games.
Team members said they still need to evaluate the
metal dome which students climb on at recess to see if
it can remain as part of the temporary playground.
The team is also considering whether it can provide
tetherball units, swings and possibly a jungle-gym set
with monkey bars and slides by the first week of
school.
The same wood-fiber surface used at the kindergar-


ten/first-grade playground will also be used in the sec-
ondary playground.
Most of the equipment from the secondary play-
ground cannot be reused, including the old galvanized
swing sets, which Carlson said were rusted.
The preliminary cost to set up the temporary play-
grounds is $39,000. The total playground budget will
remain as a $70,000 line-item in the total construction
budget.
Carlson said an extensive list of the equipment at
the school prior to its removal was made and there are
long-term plans to design playgrounds piece by piece
that will give the school more "bang for the buck."
Those plans will be developed in the coming
weeks.

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The TLC after-school program will resume Mon-
day, Aug. 11, at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, and there's
still time to sign up youngsters.
It runs Monday-Friday during the school year from
3-6 p.m., with special all-day schedules when there is
no school on a normal school day.
It is open to youngsters of kindergarten age
through fifth-grade for an average cost of $30 per
week, plus a one-time registration fee of $15. And add
$15 when school is out all day, $7 when it's out half a
day. Financial aid scholarships are available to those
who qualify.
Parents and guardians may sign up children at the
Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
The "Time for Learning Creatively" program
works closely with teachers targeting areas that may
need extra help, the Center said. The TLC teachers
themselves undergo background screening, attend a 30-
hour child care course and complete eight hours of in-
service training annually.
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THE ISLANDER lAUJGUST 6; 2003' PAGE 25


AME's Principal Hayes talks about year ahead


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Elementary School Principal Kathy
Hayes is ready to welcome two new teachers and ap-
proximately 288 students to school on Aug. 11.
There will be an open house for parents to meet
teachers from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 7.
This year the growing number of kindergarten stu-
dents enrolling at the Island school has made it neces-
sary to hire a new kindergarten teacher to teach a third
class.
Katie Boesen, who was a teacher in Ohio before
moving to Florida, will join kindergarten teachers
Maureen Loveland and Melanie Moran. Boesen
worked in Manatee County last year as the reading
coach at Wakeland Elementary School.
On the flip side, this year there are fewer fifth-grad-
ers enrolled and there will only be two fifth-grade
classes rather than last year's three. Fifth-grade teacher
Joyce Ellis will be taking a voluntary leave of absence
this year but, Hayes said, she will be back at AME for
the following school year.


Anna Maria Elementary
School menu
Monday, Aug. 11
Breakfast: French Toast Glaze, Yogurt, Cereal, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Tenders, Grilled Cheese Sandwich
or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Green Beans,
Tomato Soup, Fruit
Tuesday, Aug. 12
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Peanut Butter
and Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Fruit
Lunch: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Garlic Toast,
Hot Dog or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich,
Tossed Salad, Corn, Fruit
Wednesday, Aug. 13
Breakfast: Grilled Cheese, Yogurt, Cereal, Fruit
Lunch: Tacos, Fruit, Yogurt and Muffin Plate or
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Carrot Sticks with
Dip, Peas and Carrots, Fruit
Thursday, Aug. 14
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Cereal, Fruit
Lunch: Baked Chicken with Mashed Potatoes,
Sloppy Joe or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich,
Broccoli, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Friday, Aug. 15
Breakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Cereal, Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Cheese Pizza, Shaker Salad or Peanut Butter
and Jelly Sandwich, California-Mix Vegetables,
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Making a grade change this year is Joan Sackett.
Last year Sackett switched from teaching fourth- to
first-grade. This year, Sackett is "looping" to second-
grade with her first-grade class from last year.
Music teacher Marilyn Branning has moved east
with her family and has taken a new position as the
music teacher at McNiel Elementary School. Filling
her place at AME will be Merry Hagan.
Hagan is also from Ohio and is new to the Mana-
tee County School District. Hayes said Hagan is ex-
cited to be joining the staff and has experience produc-
ing student programs.
Another welcome change to the programs at AME
is an increase in physical education classes. Coach
Gene Burr will be working at AME four days a week
instead of three this year.
Later in the year, Hayes said the school district will
be implementing a new automated system for its me-
dia centers. This will allow parents to access AME's
media center catalogue from home.
Hayes said teachers are being prepared for the new
school year through several in-service training semi-


New student registration
at Anna Maria Elementary
Students new to Anna Maria Elementary
School need to register for school prior to the first
day of classes.
The administration office at Anna Maria El-
ementary School is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
weekdays.
Parents should bring a certified copy of the
child's birth certificate, immunization records,
Social Security number, proof of residency and a
physical, which must be dated within one year, to
the school office.
AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. For more information, call 708-5525.


School hours reduced
Manatee County School District officials an-
nounced this week new school hours for all public
school students.
The school day has been reduced a half hour for a
cost-reducing six-hour day. Students will now start
their day at AME at 8:30 a.m. and the final bell will be
at 2:30 p.m.
The schedule change is countywide and was imple-
mented by the school board to meet budget restraints.
In addition to the elementary hours change, middle
school students will now attend sessions from 9:25 a.m.
to 3:20 p.m., and high school sessions will be from 7:45
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Teachers will be learning how to fully utilize the
two new portable computer labs purchased at the end
of the 2002-03 school year with money raised by the
Parent-Teacher Organization Love Boat event.
They will be receiving training in improving writ-
ing and reading skills and learning strategies to im-
prove standardized testing scores from consultant Me-
lissa Forney.
AME teachers will also be attending a district-
wide in-service day at the Sarasota-Bradenton Inter-
national Convention Center to learn about School
Superintendent John Deering's vision for the school
district.
Hayes said parents should be aware that the hours
of the school day have been reduced a half hour for a
six-hour day. Students will start their day at AME at
8:30 a.m. and the final bell will be at 2:30 p.m.
Hayes said the schedule change is countywide and
is being implemented by the school board to save
funds.
Teachers will be back on campus this week to pre-
pare for the school's open house. Hayes said parents
are encouraged to attend.
For more information, call 708-5525.


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Dress code for Island schools


Both Anna Maria Elementary School and the
Island Middle School will be enforcing the Mana-
tee County School Board's dress code this year.
The following is a checklist of apparel/items
that should not be worn or brought to school:
Sunglasses.
Hats, visors, bandanas, or other head apparel.
Visible, pierced-body jewelry other than
worn on the ear.
Cutoff pants or shorts.
Unbuckled belts.
Clothing that exposes the midriff.
Ill-fitting sweat pants or warm-ups.
Suspenders hanging down, including over-
alls.
Shirts advertising alcoholic beverages, drugs,
or bearing questionable language or artwork.
Known gang-related symbols.
Spandex-type dresses.
Beachwear.
Any clothing, accessories, jewelry, or hair
styles that may be a distraction to self or others that
have obscene or drug-related phrases therein.
Jeans with holes, cuts, or slits above the knee.


Gym shorts or soccer shorts that are not
proper length (two-thirds of the length from waist
to middle of knee).
Footwear not secured at the heel.
Electronic equipment to include, but not lim-
ited to, boombox, camera, CD player, camcorder,
cell phones, pagers, and laser pointers.
Glass containers.
Male students choosing to wear a "net" (mesh)
shirt must wear an undershirt or an overshirt that
buttons. Tank tops are allowed, but should not be
loose around the arms, and female students should
be sure that straps cover undergarments. Dresses
should cover the entire back, and the neckline
should not plunge. Spandex skirts, shorts and pants
can only be worn if covered by an overgarment of
fingertip length. However, Spandex-type shorts and
trousers are not deemed appropriate for males.
Individual schools may develop additional
dress code requirements, which they will notify
students and parents about in a timely manner.
For more information, call Anna Maria El-
ementary School at 708-5525, or the Island Middle.
School at 778-5200.


Island back-to-school night
Anna Maria Elementary School, located at 4700
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, is hosting an open house
and back-to-school night Aug. 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The open house for parents and their kindergar-
ten-, first- and second-grade students will be held
from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Classrooms will be open and
parents are encouraged to visit the campus with their
students during this hour.
A "back-to-school" format is planned for grades
three through five. Parents may choose to attend either
of two half-hour sessions, at 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m., when
teachers will present an overview of classroom proce-
dures.
The Parent-Teacher Organization will have pre-
packaged school supplies designed with specifications
of each of AME's teachers for sale at the open house.
The Island Middle School, located at 206 85th St.,
Holmes Beach, will host its parent orientation at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 7.
Attendance is a must for parents with students en-
rolled at IMS this year. The orientation meeting is an
opportunity to meet teachers, board members and to
hear an overview of the School Improvement Plan.
IMS currently has a waiting list and applications
will be accepted for addition to that list during the ori-
entation. Please bring your student's shot records and
other applicable paperwork.
For more information, call AME at 708-5525, and
IMS at 778-5200.


Island, Longboat Key, Cortez morning bus schedules


Anna Maria Elementary School
Route 87, Bus 543, driver S. Haisley
Time Bus stop description
7:55 Gulf Drive at Palm Avenue
7:57 Spring Avenue at Tarpon Street
7:58 Spring Avenue at Bay Boulevard South
7:59 Bay Boulevard at Crescent Drive
8:00 Bay Boulevard at Hibiscus Avenue
8:01 Bay Boulevard at Alamanda Avenue
8:03 North Shore Drive at Gladiolus Street
8:04 780 North Shore Drive
8:05 North Shore Drive at Newton Lane
8:06 North Shore Drive at Linda Lane
8:07 North Shore Drive at Pine Avenue
8:08 Gulf Drive at Oak Avenue
8:09 Gulf Drive at Peppertree Lane

Route 89, Bus 539, driver L. Horning
Time Bus stop description
7:40 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive (Centre Shops)
7:41 Gulf of Mexico Drive at St. Judes Street
7:42 Gulf of Mexico Drive at Emerald Harbor Drive
7:43 Gulf of Mexico Drive and Dream Island
7:44 Gulf of Mexico Drive at General Harris
7:45 Gulf of Mexico Drive at De Narvaez Drive
7:46 Palm Drive at Broadway (Rear of Chevron)
7:52 Gulf Drive at 10th Street South, Bradenton
Beach
7:53 Gulf Drive at Fifth Street South
7:54 Gulf Drive at Second Street North
7:54 Gulf Drive at Sixth Street North
7:55 Gulf Drive at 12th Street North
7:56 1801 Gulf Drive (Runaway Bay)
7:56 23rd Street at Avenue C
7:56 Avenue C at 24th Street
7:56 Avenue C at 25th Street
7:58 Gulf Drive at 28th Street
7:59 Gulf Drive at 30th Street
8:00 Gulf Drive at Sixth Avenue East

Route 70, Bus 122, driver K. Waiters
Time Bus stop description
8:05 Gulf Drive at Sixth Avenue
8:07 3801 E. Bay Drive
8:14 Marina Drive at 67th Street
8:15 Marina Drive at 68th Street
8:16 Marina Drive at 72nd Street
8:16 Marina Drive at 75th Street
8:17 Marina Drive at 82nd Street
8:18 Gulf Drive North at 75th Street
8:20 Gulf Drive North at 68th Street
8:21 Gulf Drive North at 65th Street

King Middle School
Route 80, Bus 97, driver A. Cosby
Time Bus stop description
7:47 75th Street West at 24th Avenue West (east
side),
7:48 24th Avenue West at 75th Street West (west
side)


7:52 Manatee Avenue West at 107th Court West
7:53 Manatee Avenue West at Perico Bay Boule
vard (north side)
7:58 11901 Manatee Avenue W. (7-Eleven)
8:00 Manatee Avenue West at Sixth Avenue West
(north side)
8:01 Gulf Drive at Harbor Drive
8:05 Gulf Drive at 51st Street
8:09 Sixth Avenue West at 35th Street
8:10 Gulf Drive at East Bay Drive
8:12 Gulf Drive at 28th Street
8:14 31st Street at Avenue E
8:15 East Bay Drive at Sunbow Bay
8:19 Manatee Avenue West at Bristol Bay Drive
8:23 Manatee Avenue West at Flamingo Drive

Route 87, Bus 543, driver S. Haisley
Time Bus stop description
8:15 Pine Avenue at Tarpon Street
8:16 Tarpon Street at Spring Avenue
8:17 Spring Avenue at Bay Boulevard South
8:18 Bay Boulevard at Pine Avenue
8:19 Bay Boulevard at Crescent Drive
8:20 Bay Boulevard at Poinsetta Avenue
8:21 Bay Boulevard at Jacaranda Avenue
8:21 North Shore Drive at Gladiolus Street
8:22 780 N. Shore Drive
8:23 North Shore Drive at Newton Lane
8:24 North Shore Drive at Linda Lane
8:25 North Shore Drive at Coconut Avenue
8:27 Gulf Drive at Magnolia Avenue
8:29 Gulf Drive at Oak Avenue
8:30 Palm Drive at 81st Street
8:32 Marina Drive at 71st. Street


Route
Time
8:10
8:12
8:14
8:15
8:16


90, Bus 51, driver M. Tomasiak
Bus stop description
Marina Drive at Key Royale Drive
Palm Drive at 76th Street
Palm Drive at Clark Drive
Marina Drive at 62nd Street
Marina Drive at 56th Street


Sugg Middle School
Route 89, Bus 539, driver L. Horning
Time Bus stop description
8:04 Avenue C at 26th Street
8:05 Avenue C at 24th Street
8:06 Avenue C at 22nd Street
8:07 Gulf Drive at 12th Street
8:12 Gulf of Mexico Drive at Gulf Side Road (north
LBK)
8:16 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive (Centre Shops)
8:17 Gulf of Mexico Drive at St. Judes Street (Cor
ner Mart)
8:18 Gulf of Mexico Drive at Dream Island
Road
8:20 Gulf of Mexico Drive at General Harris Street
8:22 Palm Drive at Broadway (Rear of Chevron)
8:26 Gulf Drive at 10th Street South


8:28 Gulf Drive at Fifth Street South
8:29 Gulf Drive at Third Street North


Route
Time
6:04
6:05
6:05
6:08
6:10
6:18
6:18
6:19

6:21
6:23
6:30
6:31
6:31
6:32
6:33
6:35
6:40
6:41
6:43
6:45
6:47
6:50
6:52


Bayshore High School
62, Bus 40, driver M. Wieland
Bus stop description
Cortez Road at Waterway Apartments
Cortez Road at 101st Street West
Cortez Road at 107th Street West
Cortez Road at 115th Street-West
Cortez Road at 123rd Street West
Gulf of Mexico Drive at St. Judes Street
Gulf of Mexico Drive at Jungle Queen Way
Gulf of Mexico Drive at Dream Island Road
(Cannons Marina)
Gulf of Mexico Drive at General Harris
Broadway at Palm Drive
Gulf Drive at Fifth Street South
Gulf Drive at First- Street North
Gulf Drive at 12th Street North
Gulf Drive at 17th Street North
26th Street at Avenue C
Avenue C at 22nd Street
Cortez Road at 124th Street West
Cortez Road at 106th Street West
Cortez Road at 102nd Street West
Cortez Road at Coral Boulevard
86th Street Court West at 44th Avenue Drive
86th Street West at 54th Avenue West
Cortez Road at 80th Street West


Manatee High School
Route 76, Bus 189, driver C. Moore
Time Bus stop description
6:33 Gulf Drive at 29th Street
6:33 Gulf Drive at 31 st Street
6:36 East Bay Drive at Manatee Avenue (Publix)
6:41 Gulf Drive at Haverkos Court
6:42 Gulf Drive at 46th Street
6:46 11901 Manatee Avenue W.
6:47 Manatee Avenue at Perico Bay Boulevard
6:48 Manatee Avenue at Flamingo Drive

Route 90, Bus 51, driver M. Tomasiak


Time
6:32
6:34
6:35
6:36
6:37
6:38
6:41

6:42
6:43
6:45
6:46
6:47
6:47
6:49


Bus stop description
Pine Avenue at Tarpon Street
Pine Avenue at Bay Boulevard
Bay Boulevard at Crescent Drive
Bay Boulevard at Poinsetta Avenue
Bay Boulevard at Alamanda Avenue
North Shore Drive at Newton Lane
Gulf Drive at Magnolia Avenue (Islanders Mar
ket)
Gulf Drive at Oak Avenue
Gulf Drive at 85th Street
Palm Drive at 77th Street
Palm Drive at 71st Street
Palm Drive at Key Royale Drive
62nd Street at Marina Drive
Marina Drive at 57th Street






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Wednesday, Aug. 6
7 to 8 a.m. Pier regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, Pine Avenue and South Bay Boule-
vard, Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.
7:45 a.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber new-
member breakfast at the Sun House Restaurant, Gulf
Drive at Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information:
778-1541.
9 a.m. to noon Water sports camp at Calvary
Baptist Church, 4900 Riverview Blvd., Bradenton. In-
formation: 747-4608. Fee applies.
5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce executive board meeting at the chamber office,
5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
1541.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.

Thursday, Aug. 7
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Kindergarten through second-
grade open house at Anna Maria Elementary School,
4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-
5525.
5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Third- through fifth-grade
back-to-school night at Anna Maria Elementary School,
4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-
5525.
7 p.m. Parent orientation meeting at the Island
Middle School, 206 85th Street, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-5200.

Friday, Aug. 8
8 p.m. Opening night of "The Price" at the Ban-
yan Theater, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Infor-
mation: 358-5330. Fee applies.

Saturday, Aug. 9
8 a.m. to noon Safe-boating class at the Anna
Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W.,
Bradenton. Information: 745-9564. Fee applies.
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10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teen-program garage sale at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
11:30 a.m. Women's Equity Day luncheon at
the Bradenton City Center, Bradenton. Information:
383-6235. Fee applies.

Sunday, Aug. 10
10 a.m. "Turtle Talk" with Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch volunteers at the Manatee Public Beach
(south picnic tables), Manatee Avenue at Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5638.

Tuesday, Aug. 12
9 to 10 a.m. Muscles and More with Sherry
Fideler at the Anna Maria Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watercolor class with
Suelynn Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
6 to 8 p.m. Soccer registration at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7:30 a.m. Business Network International meet-
ing at the Hilton Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-5543.

Wednesday, Aug. 13
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.
7 p.m. Old Salt Fishing Tournament captains'
meeting at Longboat Key Moorings, 2600 Harborside
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8383.

Ongoing:
Summer Camp at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through
Aug. 8. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Banyan Theater Company presents "The Price"
at the Sainer Pavilion at New College of Florida, 5313
Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, through Aug. 24. Informa-


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Entertainer Preston Boyd performed a variety of
silly songs and stories for school-age kids at the
Island Branch Library. His performance is part of
the library's weekly "Hats Off" children's program
series. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan

tion: 358-5330. Fee applies.
Cortez artist Cecy Richardson's exhibit at the Arts
Council of Manatee County, 926 12th St. W.,
Bradenton, through Aug. 28. Information: 746-2223.

Upcoming:
Soccer registration at the Anna Maria Island
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Kid's Camp at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary
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Tennis Shoe Ball at Bradenton City Center Aug.
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Blood mobile at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
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Strong and sweet, Dulce captivates audiences


By Preston Whaley Jr.
Islander Correspondent
On a warm summer night, Vivian Garcia took the
Fogartyville Cafe stage and introduced Dulce, the
newly formed band for which she performs vocals.
She said,"We like to play it sweet and ...." Then,
flashing a knowing look at the audience, she left the
rest open to suggestion.
Some of us smiled, knowing "dulce" translates to
sweet in Spanish.
The audience didn't need much help with interpre-
tation. People were clapping and bird-calling, swaying
and rocking in their chairs and dancing across the floor
during the entire performance.
They were definitely feeling the many rhythms and
the many moods of Dulce, and rhythm and mood is
what the group is about, but there's much more.
Dulce is on a mission. According to guitarist Dave
Munoz, the band's rumba-flamenco style and vocals
can be heard a lot in Chicago, and "I'd like to think of
us as being the ones who brought the sound to Florida."
The group has made the Bradenton-Sarasota area
and the Island its base of operations. Two years ago,
Dulce percussionists Scott and Dorothy Blum made
Bradenton Beach their full-time home and, as Dorothy
puts it, "We're here to stay." And to add to the music
scene the sweet sounds of rumba-flamenco.
Dorothy's remarkable because until she started
playing with Dulce when the group first formed last
December, she had never played in a band. Guiros,
shakers, the cabasa and the Brazilian ago ago she
sensitively blends all of these Latin percussion instru-
ments into the Dulce sound. She said it helps that she's
married to a percussionist who's been studying Latin
and African musical styles since the early 1960s.
Scott Blum is a flesh and blood groove machine
and exceptionally aware of and responsive to what
other musicians in the group are doing. He juggles all
kinds of rhythms and doesn't lose the beat. And when
there's a space, you can bet he'll fill it with a surprise
that will make you want to jump and shout.
Dulce combines Afro-Caribbean and Latin music
with elements of traditional flamenco and jazz. They
call it rumba-flamenco. It's a sound that covers a lot of
emotional ground and the many moods of Latin Ameri-
can, Caribbean and Spanish songs: folk songs. and
popular songs, love songs and ballads, working-class
songs and dance and celebration songs.
All of the tunes are sung in Spanish, but Garcia is
generous about explaining where each originated. She
tells you what the song's about and as she sings you can
"feel" the meaning.
Some of the tunes are written from the male point
of view and Garcia says those come from a patriarchal
tradition. As a "womanist," she's aware of this, al-
though, "I still respect the musical tradition."
The Saturday two-set gig at Fogartyville Cafe held
the crowd captive for three hours.
From the audience, Islander David Scott said
Garcia "is very, very talented and also gorgeous."


New musical group
Rumba-flamenco group Dulce is out to make its mark on the local scene. Pictured, left to right, Vivian Garcia,
Scott Blum, Dorothy Blum, David Munoz and Joe Yana. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Dulce


Munoz is "excellent on guitar. The whole band was
excellent."
Munoz and Garcia moved to Sarasota two years
ago from Chicago. Munoz is a first-generation Ameri-
can of Ecuadorean parents and Garcia is first genera-
tion, too. Her mother and father are from Cuba.
They both studied guitar at Chicago's Old Town
School of Folk Music where they met in 1998 and the
pair have been collaborating since. Garcia's back-
ground was in jazz and blues until Munoz introduced
her to the Afro-Latin and flamenco music he'd been
studying.
They met Blum for a gig at a private Christmas
party last year and came together as Dulce for the first
time at the Water and Wooden Boat Festival in
Sarasota. They've since played Bradenton Beach
events such as the Golden Jubilee Celebration and a
recent merchants stroll on Bridge Street.
The final member to join Dulce was lead guitarist
Joe Yana. He met Munoz and Garcia after hearing them
perform at Primo's restaurant in Sarasota. They made
an appointment to jam together and the whole band
agreed the chemistry was right.
Yana's early background on guitar was in heavy
metal, which few people understand draws consider-
ably from classical music. Yana said it became appar-
ent to him that heavy metal was dead and so he turned
to the classical guitar. He said, "There are a thousand
blues and rock guitarists in the area, but there are only
two or three classical guitarists who'll go out there and
play."


Shakin' and jivin' to Dulce
The Fogartyville Cafe crowd can't take the Dulce grooves sitting down. Islander Photo: Preston Whaley Jr.


Good point, and Yana gets gigs. As a classical so-
loist, he's played at the Sarasota Hyatt Hotel, Ringling
Museum and a number of private weddings.
He's self taught, and readily admits to being tech-
nically incorrect as to classical methods. He said his
role in Dulce is to "enhance the songs with leads and
complement the singer. The most challenging thing for
me," he said, "is getting the right timing and playing in
sync."
It's a balance of freedom and restraint and careful
listening. Yana's still working it out and holding his
own at the same time.
The crescendo of the evening occurred as the band
struck up a traditional flamenco number and two fla-
menco dancers Jone, a singer with the Sarasota-
based "Rumba Flamenca" troupe, and Sacilia, a dancer
from Tampa instantly transformed the atmosphere
from one of groove and dance to dramatic spectacle -
graceful, sensual and seductive.
Traditional flamenco is a gypsy form well more
than 200 years old, but its edge is still sharp. Munoz
said that as Dulce develops, he would very much like
to incorporate more traditional flamenco into the rep-
ertoire.
Lets hope so.
Dulce is bringing a new, exciting sound to the Is-
land and surrounding area and, thankfully, they plan to
stay.
On Aug. 12 and 26, they'll be playing at the
Straight Up Jazz Club, 15 S. Boulevard of the Presi-
dents, St. Armands Circle.

Local teen selected for

leadership challenge in D.C.
Natalie Powers, daughter of Max and Susan of
Anna Maria, has been selected to attend the National
Young Leaders Conference
in Washington, D.C., along
with 400 other National
Scholars from around the
country.
The conference
theme is "The Leaders of
Tomorrow Meeting the
Leaders of Today," and
throughout the 11-day con-
ference Powers will interact
with key elected officials,
political appointees and newsmakers from the three
branches of government, the media and international
community.
Highlights of the program will include welcoming
remarks from the floor of the U.S. House of Represen-
tatives and a panel discussion with prominent journal-
ists of the National Press Club.
Powers will also take part in a number of leader-
ship skill-building activities that introduce students to
the three branches of government.




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Tampa Bay oil spill disaster 10 years ago this week


Towers of black smoke loomed off the north tip of
Anna Maria Island 10 years ago next Sunday. Three
ships had collided just inside the mouth of Tampa Bay.
One, the Martrans barge Ocean 255, was ablaze, the
fire clearly evident even from the shores of the Island.
The early morning mishap Aug. 10, 1993, was to
become the worst ecological disaster in Tampa Bay's
history. More than 300,000 gallons of heavy oil and
33,000 gallons of jet fuel ignited or were spread across
the bay. It could have been worse: Ocean 255 was car-
rying nearly 8 million gallons of gasoline, jet and die-
sel fuels.
The flames took more than 16 hours to extinguish.
The oil and tar left from the collision took weeks to
clean up.
But it could have been much, much worse. As
Mary Kelley Hoppe writes in the Summer 2003 edition
of "Bay Soundings," "We were lucky very lucky.
Lucky the spill didn't occur inside the bay. Lucky the
winds and tides pushed the oil slick offshore. Lucky
that an oil spill contingency plan had just been final-
ized. And lucky for oiled seabirds in that, just 10
months before, nearly 100 volunteers had trained for
just such an event, learning rescue and rehabilitation
techniques that would dramatically improve their
chances for survival."
The bird story is unique. Save Our Seabirds Inc.
mobilized its troops and began rescue steps within
hours of the collision, in the shadow of the smoke and
flames. A total of 371 birds were collected, the oil gen-
tly bathed from their feathers. Birds released to the
wild: 318, or 85 percent. Average release of birds af-
ter an oil spill before the Tampa disaster: 15 percent.
More than 3,000 bird-bath volunteers eventually
assisted in the four-week-long project, washing each
critter at least three times to remove the oil.
Six years after the fire and oil spill, federal and
state officials reached an $8 million settlement with
owners of the vessels. The funds were earmarked for
reimbursement of cleanup costs and restoration of natu-
ral resources. Much of the money went toward im-
provements to fishing piers and boardwalks, plus eco-
logical restoration efforts in Tampa Bay.
As well-prepared or maybe lucky as Tampa
Bay authorities were in 1993, things are much, much
better today. Almost 19 miles of oil-retention booms
are available in the region, enough certainly to encircle
even the worst spill.
The U.S. Coast Guard schedules drills, both regu-
larly and unannounced, to handle spills. Special oil-
spill equipment is on hand at Coast Guard stations in
Cortez, St. Petersburg and Sand Key. There is also a
special oil-collection skimmer at Port Manatee that can
suck up about 28,000 gallons of oily water in about two
hours and either store it or discharge it later far out in
the Gulf of Mexico.

Look up!
There will be another flare in the sky, this time over
our heads, in August.
The planet Mars will be the closest to Earth it has
been in something like 5,000 years this month, and the
next time it will be as close to us will be in 2287. We'd
better take advantage of it while we can.


By Paul -R4at.,-

"The encounter will culminate on Aug. 27, when
Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles and will be
(next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky,"
according to an e-mail I got from a friend.
"At the beginning of August, Mars will rise in the
east at 10 p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m. By
the end of August when the two planets are closest,
Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in
the sky at 12:30 a.m. That's pretty convenient when it
comes to seeing something that no human has seen in
recorded history," she continued.
Sounds like quite a show.

Hmmmm ...
Heard a good rumor the other day: Wyland, the
artist who did the "whaling wall" featuring dolphins
and turtles at Mote Marine Laboratory a few years ago,
may be creating the world's largest mural in a few
years.
His newest mural project may be a 3 1/2-mile-long
painting on the Great Wall in China.
"The whales won't be a problem," a buddy told
me. "They're big brush strokes. It's the turtles and
other fish that will slow him down."
You can say you heard it here first when, and if, the
announcement comes out in a month or so.
Wyland the artist is a laid-back surfer dude who
lives on Oahu and just likes to paint marine mammals
and other critters of the deep. Wyland the corporation
is a savvy business that operates galleries all over the
place and sells gazillions of dollars of art every year.
There is a Wyland gallery on St. Armands Circle, by
the way.
As one of those giving-back-to-the-people ges-
tures, Wyland decided to do the art-in-public-places
thing with his whaling walls in 1971, with a goal of


creating 100 of them. The mural at Mote was his 50th.
There's a story about the Mote mural. Wyland first
contacted Sarasota City officials, specifically my
buddy Jack Gurney who was mayor at the time, about
doing a whaling wall at city hall. There's this big blank
wall on the east side of the building, and Wyland sug-
gested it would be a great canvas for the painting.
Gurney, and a few of the rest of us, thought it was
a great idea, too, and he broached the concept at a com-
mission meeting. As they say, the crowd went wild -
against the project.
"It's a historic building of the Sarasota School of
Architecture!" the cry went out from the architect who
designed the original city hall. "How dare you deface
such an important structure!"
Gurney fought the good fight for a while, pointing
out that dolphins have been studied in Sarasota Bay
longer than anywhere else in the world and why not
give the program some recognition in the form of a
mural on city hall a free mural, by the way.
No way, critics won out and, in a split vote of the
commission, the project was defeated for city hall and
the mural went to Mote. When Wyland did the Mote
wall, the leader of the charge against the mural on city
hall, Gene Pillot then mayor after my buddy Jack
opted out of politics for a saner career back in journal-
ism was on hand and ceremoniously painted two
barnacles on a loggerhead turtle on Wyland's whaling
wall.

Sandscript factoid
Writer Douglas Adams, 49, died in 2001. He was
the author of the five books that encompassed the
"Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" trilogy, one of the
wackiest series of books that has ever been published.
Imagine Monty Python on mescaline, and you've got
a fair grasp of Adams' literature.
A posthumous book of Adams' work has come out,
"The Salmon of Doubt," which is a collection of
speeches, essays and the start of a new novel. It is filled
with his usual quirks, and makes mention of his prob-
lem with meeting deadlines. Actually, Adams never
had a problem meeting deadlines, since he never did.
"I love deadlines," he oft said. "I love the
whooshing noise they make as they go by."
Me too.

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Nothing but reds in backwaters; grouper good offshore


By Capt. Mike Heistand
We're still in that hot old summertime fishing
frenzy right now, with redfish in the bays being the best
bet. Some reports are coming in with better than 20 fish
caught per trip.
Spanish mackerel, mostly hitting in the mornings,
are also a good bet, and grouper and snapper action in
the Gulf of Mexico is also good, although the better
catches are farther out than usual, in the 100-plus foot
depths.
And for those of you interested in going really far
out in the Gulf, the Old Salts Fishing Club 32nd An-
nual Billfish Tournament will be Aug. 13-17 out of
Longboat Key Moorings. Captain's meeting and the
kickoff party will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the key ma-
rina. For more information, call 727-422-6420, or 727-
497-1060.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
redfish are the main fish in the backwaters right now,
with a good haunt being along the mangroves around
Perico on the higher tides. Boaters going out of the
marina are coming back with good catches of mackerel,
snapper and trout, he added.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said redfish action has also been hot and heavy
for him, with pinfish being the best bait. He's mostly
fishing Sarasota Bay, and is finding reds to 29 inches.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said pier
fishers are catching mackerel in the mornings using jigs
and small spoons, while wade anglers are doing great
with redfish on live shrimp and boaters are doing well
with grouper and snapper in about 100 feet of water in
the Gulf of Mexico.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
sharks are still a mainstay for fishers from his dock,
with Terra Ceia Bay a popular late evening spot. Lots
of reds are being hooked in Miguel Bay, he added, and
there are flounder to be had in the cut.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's catching
a lot of redfish within the 27-inch slot limit, with some
trips producing better than 20 hookups.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's doing well
with mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel and redfish.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he's putting his charters onto red and gag
grouper to 20 pounds out in about 150 feet of water in
the Gulf, plus mangrove and lane snapper to 6 pounds.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's getting into
lots of mangrove snapper to 4 pounds, keeper-size gag
grouper, Spanish mackerel and bonita in about 60 feet
of water offshore.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he's reeling in a slew of mangrove snap-
per to 16 inches in length, redfish to 30 inches, trout to
25 inches, a few catch-and-release snook, some blue-
fish, plus mackerel and flounder.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said most of the
reds being caught there are bigger than the slot-limit,
but fishers are still having fun reeling in the big ones.
Other action includes some catch-and-release snook at
night and Spanish mackerel in the mornings.
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier report good
catches of mackerel, jacks, small bonnethead sharks,
mangrove snapper, catch-and-release snook and a few
flounder.
On my boat Magic we have been catching lots and
lots of reds, plus Spanish mackerel.
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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A 12-hour trip aboard the Stray Dog fishing charter out of Cortez produced a nice mix of red and gag grou-
per, plus American red snapper, for Steve Hernandez and friends while fishing with Capt. Scott Greer.


Huge yellowtail
Artie Davenport, left, and Capt. Chris Galati caught
this huge yellowtail tuna aboard "Team Galati"
while fishing in the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin
Classic off Destin. They caught the tuna about 130
miles offshore, near a huge oil rig, pictured in the
background.

news@islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.


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3-day Gulf Loop fishing

tourney ready to go
The 32nd annual Gulf Loop Old Salt fishing tourna-
ment, described as "one of the majors," will start with a
captains' meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13.
The event is named for the Gulf Loop current, which
spins off the Gulf Stream and runs counter to it, often as
close to the Gulf Coast as 30 miles at this time of year. It
extends to about 120 miles off the coast.
Sponsor of the event is the Old Salt Fishing Club of
St. Petersburg. Hosting it this year is the Longboat Key
Moorings, with the marina's manager, Dennis Matthews,
in charge. It is sanctioned by both the World Billfish As-
sociation and the International Game Fish Association.
The 30 or more competing seagoing boats may leave
from any port on the Gulf, fish 60-120 miles offshore for
three days, and return by 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, for
Sunday's weigh-in and awards.
The weigh-in will begin at noon and awards will be
presented at 2:30 p.m. Food, beverages, artwork and nau-
tical items will be available for sale Sunday, said
Matthews.
Billfish caught are photographed, tagged and re-
leased, while other "trolling species" tuna, dolphin,
wahoo are weighed in the competition for prizes.
Proceeds will go to the Suncoast Children's Dream
Fund. Details may be obtained by calling Matthews at
383-8383.


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Golf, skimmers, B-Ball and football mix up summer sports


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
The European Ryder Cup team earned a come-
from-behind victory to lay claim to the 2003 O'Hara's
Ryder Cup golf tournament on Sunday, Aug. 3, at the
Manatee County Golf Course.
The 2003 Ryder Cup was somewhat hampered by
a couple of late arrivals from the European squad,
which forced cancellation of the two-man alternate shot
matches that were to be played Saturday at the River
Club, setting up 11 winner-take-all matches that were
capitalized on by the Europeans.
The 11 individual matches were "match play,"
meaning opponents played to win each hole rather than
normal stroke play where the overall score determines
a winner.
Choe Hyong clinched the victory for the Europe-
ans in the last match of the day when he defeated Brett
McIntosh 8 and 6 to give the European team a 6-5 vic-
tory.
Doug Larsson staged a great comeback to earn a 4-
and-2 victory over Jim Krysky in the second-to-the-last
match to tie the day's matches at 5-5 and further set up
Hyong's heroics.
Larsson trailed Krysky by three holes after Krysky
birdied the 300-yard seventh hole, although Larsson
came right back with a birdie on the par-5, 504-yard
ninth hole to climb to within two holes.
Larsson parred the 10th and 11th holes to pull even
in the match and his birdie on 12, a 134-yard par 3,
gave him a one-hole lead he wouldn't relinquish.
Larsson shot par on the next four holes to open up a
four-hole lead to close the match out.
The Americans opened up an imposing 5-1 lead in
the first six matches of the day.
Bob Fossdal opened the scoring by defeating Tom
Potts one-up and Bob Kinney followed with a 74, good
for a 5-and-4 victory over Ken Sinclair.
Randy Torgesson shot a one-under 71 for the low
round of the day to earn the first victory for the Euro-
peans when he defeated Jeff Sourbeer 4 and 3.
Ed Conk and Tom Doran temporarily righted the
American ship with a pair of victories, although in
completely different fashion.
Doran shot 75 to handily defeat Steve Allen 5 and
4, while Conk struggled to put Neil Halfacre away
during his one-up victory despite shooting a 74 com-
pared to Halfacre's 84. Conk didn't clinch the win un-
til he parred the 18th hole.
Jeff Marx followed up Conk's win by defeating
Steve Humphries in a really competitive match. Marx
parred the 307-yard 17th hole to gain the lead. Par from
both players on the 18th gave Marx the one-up victory.
The European comeback started when Brian
Grabert, who shot 81, defeated Chuck Griggy 2 and 1.
Neil Fellowes and Brian Mills both won their
matches over this writer and Pat Hagerty to help com-
plete a five-match victory streak for the Europeans.
Fellowes won his match with me 4 and 3, while
Mills edged Hagerty 3 and 2.
This is the second year of the competition with
plans to perhaps play the tournament twice a year,
mostly because the Americans don't want to listen to
the Euopeans gloat for another whole year.

Soccer season on the horizon
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's fall



Muscles & More starts
Tuesday at Center
The Muscles & More exercise program
under Sherry Fideler will resume Tuesday,
Aug. 12, for its Tuesday-and-Thursday sched-
ule at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter.
It will be from 9-10 a.m. both days at the
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. It is
for anyone over 18, regardless of fitness level,
said Fideler. Cost is $4 for members, $5 for
nonmembers. Details are available at the Cen-
ter at 778-1908.
The Center's aerobics classes, which had
been scheduled Mondays from 9-10 a.m., will
begin when an instructor is found, with volun-
teers asked to call the Center.


2003 O'Hara's Ryder Cup Champions
Randy Torgesson, Doug Larsson, Neil Halfacre, Brian Grabert, Choe Hyong, Steve Humphries, Ken Sinclair,
Ryan Fellowes, Liam 'Coogan' Allen, Brian Mills, Neil Fellowes and Steve Allen.


soccer season is just around the comer and the Center
is accepting registration.
Boys and girls must be at least age 5 and no older
than 14 by Aug. 18 to play Center soccer. Two regis-
tration nights will be held, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday,
Aug. 12, and at the same time Thursday, Aug. 14, with
Saturday, Aug. 18, being the final chance to register to
play in the 2003 season.
Registration fees for Center members is $40 for the
first child and $35 each for any additional children
from the same family. Nonmembers fee is $50 for the
first child and $45 each for any additional children.
There will be mandatory tryouts at the Center for
all age groups and teams will be selected at the conclu-
sion of the scheduled tryout.
Ages 5-7 tryout, Aug. 18, 7-8 p.m.
Ages 8-9 tryout, Aug. 19, 7-8 p.m.
Ages 10-11 tryout, Aug. 20, 7-8 p.m.
Ages 12-14 tryout, Aug. 21, 7-8 p.m.
The Center also is in need of coaches for the 2003
season. Call Joe Chelbus at 778-1908 for information
or to volunteer.

EZ Skimmers, Beach House
skimboard contest comeback
EZ Skimmers announced this week the second
annual Beach House Back-to-School Skimboard
Contest to be held at the Beach House Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach, Saturday and Sunday, August 23-
24.
Last year's contest drew more than 100 competi-
tors and hundreds of spectators and, this year, with
additional sponsors on board, the contest is expected to
bigger and better than ever.
In addition to EZ Skimmers, a locally owned cus-
tom skimboard maker, and the Beach House, sponsors
include West Coast Surf Shop, The Islander newspa-
per, ZAP Skimmers, Native Rentals, Fun & Sun
Parasail, Sticky Bumps, Blocksurf, Australian Gold
and Dakine.
The contest will include age divisions from
"Minis" (age 8 and under) up to "Masters" (25 and up).
There will be separate divisions for professional com-
petitors.
The cost to register for the contest is $25 for ama-
teur skimboarders and $75 for professionals by the
Aug. 16 deadline. Late registration will be accepted,
although there will be an additional cost of $10. EZ
says there will be "no exceptions!" All participants
must complete an entry form and sign a liability
waiver.
Registration forms may be obtained at West Coast
Surf Shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, or The Islander office,
5404 Marina Drive, both in Holmes Beach. Completed


forms and the entry fee should be mailed or delivered
to the Beach House Restaurant, P.O. Box 1478, Anna
Maria FL 34216. Checks should be made payable to
the Beach House.
For more information, call West Coast Surf Shop
at 778-1001.

Dolphin Football on horizon
The 2003 Anna Maria Dolphin football season gets
under way Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Police Athletic
League complex, located at 202 13th Ave. E.,
Bradenton.
The Island Dolphins will play the Broncos in a
varsity contest that kicks off at 4 p.m.
The Dolphins are vastly different team than a year
ago when they lost only one game on the way to win-
ning the PAL Superbowl title.
For starters, they're rather thin, with only 16 play-
ers registered to date, including returning offensive and
defensive line starters Andrew Burgess, Sean Price,
C.J. Wickersham and Curtis Reynolds.
Newcomers John Gregory, Zach Geerearts and
Joey Kruse will also see action there. Corey
Williamson, Charlie Woodson and Dylan Frank also
return and will certainly see time on both sides of the
ball.
Starting quarterback Nick Sato returns and has all-
purpose back Chad Richardson again in the backfield.
Richardson is being counted on to rack up rushing
yards. Sato will have Connor Bystrom returning at
wide receiver to throw to as well.
Other newcomers include Jimmy Campos, who
will see time at running back, and Corbin Kitchen, who
will play wide receiver. Tight end Nick Ross rounds
out the roster for the Dolphins, which would still like
to pick up a player or two to round out its roster.

Basketball news
Manatee County Parks & Recreation Department
wants to let all Island basketball enthusiasts know that
another season of basketball is coming up.
Players ages 5-17 wishing to participate in the next
season can register at the G.T. Bray Park gymnasium
in Bradenton. A birth certificate is required and the cost
is $40 per player.
For more information, call 742-5926.

Adult Basketball at Center
Don't forget Adult Basketball on Wednesday
nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The courts are open and air
conditioned. There's a $2 fee to play.
If you have a story idea or have sports news to re-
port, call the Islander at 778-7978, or e-mail me at
sportspg@tampabay.rr.com.


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FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, crabs,
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ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/wine,
good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Call Longview
Realty, 383-6112.

PACKING AND SHIPPING: Palmetto business with
great potential, motivated seller. $59,900. Longview
Realty, 383-6112.


ACE HARDWARE of Holmes Beach seeks perma-
nent full-time and part-time cashiers and sales asso-
ciates. Retired trades people welcome. Apply in per-
son. 3352 East Bay Drive.

RECEPTIONIST/SECRETARY Full-time for busy Is-
land office. Good computer, phone and communica-
tion skills required. Fax resume, 383-9453.

WANTED: Active retiree who likes to garden, trim
shrubs, has own tools. Call 778-0336.

PART-TIME CLEANING help. Need responsible house-
maid service, I have all cleaning supplies. Would like
person to come Tuesday mornings or early afternoon.
Approximately four hours, $20/hour. Call 383-0602.

SALES POSITION AVAILABLE: Looking for self-
motivated honest person with reliable transportation
for a growing company. No experienced necessary.
We will train. Late hours and great pay. For interview,
call 355-4678.

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including a new rooft, newer kitchen appliances and
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fireplace in the living room and prert. borders and wall
coverings in the bedr:.:-ms arid baths Other teatures.
include lots of closet space arid a custom built wine
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HELPER WANTED: Maintenance landscaping,
weed-eater experience helpful, 30-35 hours per
week, $7/hour. Call Chris, 778-2837.

CHILD CARE NEEDED: Before and after school/
community center. Must provide loving, safe environ-
ment. References. Above average compensation.
Call 778-1805.

THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers who can work during
the summer months. Duties include checking books
in and out, reshelving books and generally assisting
library patrons. Anyone interested in volunteering in
our friendly community library can call Eveann
Adams at 779-1208.

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

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Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
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ASSISTED LIVING: Haven Home Bradenton Beach is
admitting residents. Day care and drop-offs. Respite,
long term. Call 779-0322 for details, inquiries welcome.



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Call anytime for a consultation.


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Rarely avalaible at the price!
Direct gulffront Martinique
condo, gorgeous views, pool,
tennis and garage. Only
$359,000.. Call JesseBrisson
@ 713-4755 or Call Robin
Kollar @ 713-4515.

CHARMING ISLAND COT-
TAGE Bright and cheerful 2BR/
1 BA with room for a pool. Lo-
cated west of Gulf Drive, one
short block to beach. Great in-
vestment opportunity! Must
see! $359,000. Call Heather
Absten for a viewing
807-4661.

SIX-UNIT RESORT
Architectural design, almost
Gulffront, beautifully refur-
bished. A must see for the
sawy investor. Owner financ-
ing. $1,650,000. Call Robin
Kollar @ 713-4515 or Jesse
Brisson @713-4755


OUR ISLAND HOME Assisted Living Facility: We
are committed to creating the warmest and most
loving homes. We have an English RN living on the
premises. We offer respite and daycare and always
have space available for your long-term needs. Call
Annie, Maria or Chris for more information.
778-7842.

CNA: 15 YEARS experience with references will care
for you in your home. Call 708-0990 for more info.

CNA AVAILABLE: Tuesday and Thursday, 16 years
experience, references available. Island resident. Call
Adrinna at 545-0799.


MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent refer-
ences. 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 com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $25 per hour- free advice.
545-7508.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place clas-
sified ads and subscribe on line with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.


Divine Anna Maria cottage on northern end of
Island. 2BR/2BA, carport, nicely furnished. Heav-
enly price $399,000. Drive by 728 Holly, walk
around, check it out. Oh yes, room for a pool.


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

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NORTHWEST BRADENTON just off Riverview Blvd. Close to Warner's
Bayou. Updated 2BR/2BA home in wonderful neighborhood. Newly
landscaped, freshly painted, new tile and carpet. Easy to show and
priced to sell at $199,500. Contact Bonnie Bowers direct at 350-1300
or 778-2307 for details. MLS# 94789. 1212 64th Street, NW.








DUPLEX WESTSIDE OF GULF DRIVE! Charming duplex, short half-block to
beach. Continue using as duplex or convert to larger single-family home. Re-
cent updates include tile floors, exterior and interior paint, newer A/C, wooden
deck. Large 2BR/1 BA and 1 BR/1 BA. Great rental history, tenants in place. A must
see! Priced to sell at $325,000. Call Stephanie Bell, Owner/Agent 778-2307 or
920-5156. MLS# 93114. 2910 Gulf Drive.





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Check our references:
"Quality work at a reasonable price.
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
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The Paver Brick Store
8208 Cortez Road W. Bradenton 34210 (941) 794-6504
9:00 AM til Noon, or by Appointment
Pool Deck, Patio and Driveway Renovations
Design Build


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

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.

TANYA WILLIAMS ESTATE & Fine Art Apprais-
als 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 appraisals, consultation services. 355-
8456. www.artappraisals.org

LIKE IT DIRTY? Then don't call me. Clean is my
business! Residential and commercial. En-Joy
Cleaning, (941) 812-2485.

PERSONAL ASSISTANT will take you to appoint-
ments, run errands, watch your home while you're
away, wait for service people while you're at work.
Light cleaning and medical assistance. Call Sandy,
794-2301 or 920-1364 cell.

RESIDENTIAL HOUSE CLEANING Bi-weekly,
great references. 12 years experience. Insured,
now accepting new clients. Call 792-3772.

EXPERT CLEANING personalized service! Many
excellent references. Call Kris, 750-8366.

CONTEMPORARY CLEANING: Meticulous to de-
tail. Professional. Free estimates, reasonable rates.
Bonded, insured, references. Homes, apartments,
offices. Sherry Myers, 778-3164. E-mail:
sherrymyers @ verizon.net.

MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around."
779-9666.


HANDYMAN MARINE & EDDIE. Maintenance is-
sues, yards, fencing, painting, reliable, good refer-
ences. 447-2497 or 722-4866.

ISLAND LIMO Airport Transportation: Fast service,
new vehicles, best prices. Fully permitted at all air-
ports. Call 779-0043.

HOUSE CLEANING Permanent weekly or bi-
weekly. Experienced, reliable. Call for a free esti-
mate and ask for Marieta, 722-4866.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

WANTED: MONTHLY LAWN maintenance ac-
counts. Please call Wayne at 750-0112 and leave
message.

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

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.
778-4441.

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

FREE SNOW REMOVAL! And when it's not snow-
ing, I specialize in installing shell and rock yards,
driveways and walkways. Rip-rap, sand and mulch
also delivered and spread. Please call David
Bannigan at 794-6971 or cell at 504- 0o4o.

SANDY'S LAWN SERVICE. Celebrating 20 years of
quality and dependable service. Call us for all your
landscape and hardscape needs 778-1345.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
insured. 727-5066.


VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100

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

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
778-1730.

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

OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Inte-
rior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call cell 778-6898 or
cell, 320-9274.



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

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

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

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

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

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

HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Homes, rentals. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.
CARL V. JOHNSON .1P Building contractor. New
-_hoi-ies, additions, renovations. Quality work and fair
prices. Call 795-1947. Lic #RR0066450.

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.

ROSCOE'S RENOVATIONS: Tile, wood floors, dry-
, wall, texture, kitchens, bathrooms, paint (interior/
Exteriorr, pressure cleaning. Quality work, fair price.
Call 812-0227 or 812-0454.
PAINT & TILE Home repair service. Best price!
Satisfaction guaranteed. Free estimate. 524-0088.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light
carpentry, plumbing, electrical, grass cutting, tree
trimming, light hauling. Call 778-6170.

ISLAND HOME REPAIRS: Carpentry, drywall
hanging, texturing, electric plumbing, painting. No
job to small! Ceiling fans, screen repairs. Low
prices. Call 504-2027.

RANDY BOYD REMODELING: Framing, drywall,
texturing, knockdown, orange peel, skip trowel. Call
778-0540 or 320-2506.


MINOR HOME REPAIRS Great rates, references.
Call Rick, 750-8366.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.


BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available now.
Beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non-
smoking. Priced from $800month, $450/week, $85/
night. 794-5980. www.divefish.com.
SUMMER, AUTUMN, WINTER rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $350 to $450/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, 778-2374.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new
ceramic floors, $750; 2BR/1BA, stackable washer/
dryer hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrigera-
tor, 1 BR/1 BA, $650. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-
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:
SeaBreezeNShore @ aol.com

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

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

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 nonsmoking. Call Fran Maxon
Real Estate, 778-2307 for details.

PERICO ISLAND Brand new 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Maintenance-free home. Lakefront, all ap-
pliances, amenities, clubhouse and pool. Annual
lease. $1,550/month-$1,450/month. Call 798-3885.

$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.

RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
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SPACIOUS WATERFRONT, upper, sundeck, dock.
Panoramic view, furnished, Key West-style. 2BR/
2BA, washer/dryer. Pet considered. 794-5980.

VACATION GULFFRONT APARTMENTS Large
2BR tropical furnished interiors, porches, sundecks,
immaculate. Convenient, Anna Maria, no pets,
owner. Call 778-3143.

HALF-BLOCK TO beach, half-block to bay with
dock. 2BR/2BA furnished condo. Washer/dryer,
sleeps six, covered parking. Short/long-term lease.
(402) 421-1999 or e-mail inquires to
Lindaywilson@earthlink.net.

SEASONAL RENTALS. Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA
off-season rentals now $1,100/month; 2004 season,
$2,500/month. Book now! Longboat Key, north-end
2BR/1BA village house for 2004 season, $2,300/
month. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

HOLMES BEACH CANALFRONT home, 2BR/
2BA, completely furnished, garage, laundry, dock,
many extras. $750/week, $2,000/month. Call (813)
286-9814.

FURNISHED 2BR/2BA. Spectacular sunrise view in
Holmes Beach with dock. September-November,
$800/month, plus electric and phone. (941) 224-6521
or (970) 879-5531.

WATERVIEW! Perico Bay Club. 2BR/2BA luxury
condo in gated community. Turnkey, pool, Jacuzzi,
tennis. Nonsmoking. Seasonal, $2,600/month, plus
tax and cleaning. 778-3320.

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SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
KEY ROYALE Large 2BR/2BA, pool, spa, boat dock/lift.
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully furnished.
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA, pool, gazebo, across from the beach


5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
yrealt7@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


1BR UNFURNISHED annual lease Holmes Beach.
Two blocks to beach. $575/month. Call (727) 461-
3384 or (727) 656-3384.

HOLMES BEACH Steps to Gulf, 2BR/1BA, annual,
washer/dryer, screened lanai. $795. First, last, secu-
rity. Call 778-5412 or (585)473-9361.

CONDO FOR RENT or sale. Turnkey Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, two pools, tennis, one block to beach. Prin-
cipals only. Call 756-0132.

ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1 BA, large decks, cathedral
ceilings, lush landscaping. One block to beach, clean,
very nice, washer/dryer. Bradenton Beach, $950/
month. Call 779-0121.

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

2BR/1 BA two blocks to beach. Newly remodeled, tile
throughout. Great neighborhood. Annual, $825/
month; seasonal $1,600/month. Call 778-3313 or
730-6349.

RENTALS RENT FAST in the Islander!

HOLMES BEACH Clean 2BR home with Gulf views.
50 yards to beach. Annual rental, no pets, nonsmok-
ing, good credit. $975/month. 3103-A Avenue F. Call
(800) 894-1950.

LARGE DUPLEX UNIT in Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA,
remodeled, unfurnished, washer/dryer hook-up, an-
nual, $875/month, plus utilities. Available immedi-
ately. Call 779-0337.


REALTORS


5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
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LAKEFRONT VILLA 2BR/1.5BA, turnkey furnished,
well maintained half-duplex. Updated A/C and appli-
ances. Charming Island getaway in desirable area of
Holmes Beach. This is one not to miss! $249,500.
Call Susan Hatch, Realtor, 778-7616 eves.


LONGBOAT KEY Annual, unfurnished, 1BR/1BA.
Available Aug. 1, $600/month, includes water. Also,
furnished efficiency available now, $585/month, in-
cludes water, bayside, beach access, shopping,
restaurants, quiet area, first, last. $250 security. No
pets. Call 387-9252.

AUGUST SPECIAL! Steps to beach, spacious, fully
furnished, 1BR apartment, Anna Maria Island, cable
television, washer/dryer, phone, only $425/week. Call
778-1098 or 330-2411.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach,
2BR/1.5BA cottage, furnished, $900/month;
Longboat Key 2BR/2BA condo, waterview, $1,700/
month; 208 64th St., 2BR/2BA duplex, garage,
$1,150/month. Call SunCoast Real Estate, 779-0202.

PERICO BAY CLUB: Annual unfurnished, Grand
Cayman model, 3BR/2BA, exquisitely appointed, la-
goon/estuary/preserve views. $1,500/month. Call T.
Dolly Young Real Estate, 778-0807.

LONGBOAT KEY furnished 2BR/2BA. Annual lease.
Pool, beach access. Call 383-3151.

ANNA MARIA VILLAGE: Seasonal canalfront with
dock. Furnished, 2BR/2BA, three-month minimum.
Available January 2004. $2,500/month, inclusive.
Nonsmoking, no pets. Call 778-5793.

VACATION RENTAL Charming 1BR/1BA, fully fur-
nished, across from white sandy beach. Call (941)
809-3714.

SEASONAL CANALFRONT: 20-foot dock, furnished,
2BR/2BA. $450/week, $1,600/month, inclusive. Non-
smoking, no pets. Call 778-5793.

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3818 6TH AVENUE, HOLMES BEACH $440,000
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ACROSS FROM ANNA MARIA CITY PIER
This 2BR/1 BA canal view unit with boat dock
is in The Bayou, the only condo complex in
Anna Maria City. Rare opportunity to live in
this upscale, quiet and desirable area. Call
Quentin Talbert at 778-4800 or 704-9680.


TWO BALCONIES FOR VIEWS OF THE
GULF AND BAY! 2BR/2BA Bay Watch condo.
Top floor unit has great views and brightness.
Complex has 16 well maintained units on the
bay with heated pool. $359,000. Call Dave
Vande Verde at 725-4800.


DEAD-ON GULFVIEW, RIGHT ON SAND in
complex that has it all a beachfront heated
pool, recently refurbished and proximity to
shops, restaurants and transportation. Popu-
lar rental. Great price at $539,000. Call Dave
Jones at 778-4800.


ISLAND STYLE TURNKEY FURNISHED
ONLY $259K! 2BR/2BA Sunbow Bay condo
near beach. Complex has great amenities. El-
evator, heated pool and tennis courts.
$259,000. Call Jane Grossman or Nicole
Skaggs at 778-4800 or 795-5704.


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to see the potential for your beach home. We call this
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FURNISHED EFFICIENCY: Annual, one-and-a-half
blocks to beach. $500/month, plus electricity. Avail-
able Sept. 1. Call 778-3359.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach canalfront,
2BR/2BA, completely furnished, newly renovated,
two-car garage, laundry, dock, walk-in closets.
$2,200/month. Call (813) 684-3319.

SEASONAL RENTALS: Holmes Beach furnished
1BR/1BA or 2BR/2BA condos. Walk to beach,
washer/dryer, covered parking. From $1,000/month.
Call (407) 846-8741.

GULFFRONT AND BAYFRONT condos, 3BR/2BA
and 2BR/2BA. Great location, pool, tennis, special
owner discounts, weekly and seasonal. Call (901)
301-8299 or e-mail: captko452 @ aol.com.
150 STEPS to Gulf. Seasonal, immaculate 2BR/2BA
ground-level home. Nonsmoking, no pets. Call (813)
961-6992, or e-mail: ghowcrof@tampabay.rr.com.

UNFURNISHED ANNUAL beach rental. Anna
Maria, 2BR/1.5BA, laundry room, pool, garage,
deck, Gulfview. Nonsmoking, no pets. $925/month.
Call 778-2504.

1BR/1BA, 2404 Avenue B. Private yard and deck,
washer/dryer, water included. Storage shed avail-
able, pet friendly. $675/month. Steps to beach and
park. Call 778-6690.

SMUGGLER'S LANDING: 3BR/3BA luxury
townhouse available for annual lease. Near pool
and workout room. 40-foot deep-water dock with
boat slip. Near Anna Maria Island. Just five min-
utes to Gulf beaches. Call Jim LaRose, A Paradise
Realty, 729-2381.


AVAILABLE AUG.9 to Dec. 30, 2003. 2BR/2BA. For
details please call 778-1819.


LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700 square
feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty parking
spaces, contemporary design, great visibility. $14/
square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor, 388-5514, or
call 809-4253.
SELL IT FAST in the Islander where more classified,
means more readers!
NORTHWEST BRADENTON Executive 4BR/2.5BA
pool home. Many deluxe features. Dual fireplace,
eat-in kitchen, large family room, formal dining room,
circle drive, immediate occupancy. $349,000. Carol
R. Williams, C & C Real Estate, 744-0700.
MORE FOR THE MONEY. Northwest Bradenton.
4BR/2BA, two-car garage. Caged pool and spa.
Beautiful panoramic view on lakeside lot. Updated,
clean and nice. Cathedral ceilings. Minutes to Gulf
beaches. $320,000. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
LONGBOAT KEY Village home. 3BR/1BA free-
standing. Large two-car garage. Updated, new roof
and air conditioning. $409,000. Real Estate Mart,
756-1090.
PRIME LOCATION near Cortez and Anna Maria Is-
land. Large lot, screened lanai, Jacuzzi, garage, 2BR/
2BA, beautiful trees. For sale by owner at $169,000.
For this valuable property, call 795-5241.

BEAUTIFUL GULFVIEW Island condo, totally re-
modeled, 2BR/2BA, furnished, custom built-ins.
Holmes Beach on Gulf, $649,900. Owner, 778-
8347 or 713-9484.


BAYVIEW WITH deeded dock, deep-water canal. 2BR/
1.5BA. Open house 2-5PM Sunday, Aug. 10, 10215
Manatee Ave. W., #10. $260,000 (727) 204-2225.

BEAUTIFUL CANALFRONT home, spacious deck,
dock with boat lift. 3BR/3BA, den, upper master with
adjoining room. $775,000. 520 56th St., Holmes
Beach. 778-6063.

PERICO BAY CLUB Charming 2BR/2BA lakefront
Spoonbill Court home. Two-car garage on rarely
available 16-unit cul-de-sac location. Steps to pool.
Call for additional information and price. Shown by
appointment only. No brokers please. Call 795-1151.

$500 MOVES YOU in! Perfect for one person. Will
sell for $3,500. Sandpiper Mobile Resort in
Bradenton Beach. 55-plus park. Call 778-1375.


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Bush's birthday
Isolate
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Restaurant options #1
Author LeShan
Tested, as duds
Guileless
Subject of the lyric "A
horse is a horse, of
course, of course"
Elates
Detectives' aids
Tire meas.'
Sibyls
"So what?!"
1948 Bogart/ Bacall film
Restaurant options #2
Serves at a restaurant,
Restaurant options #3
Blount in the
Football Hall of Fame
Sequentially
Marshal at Waterloo
Oman man
Crucifixes
la la
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Abbr.
City SW of Ithaca
Opposite of sans
Western lily
Restaurant options #4
Occupy
Prophet's reading
Oil source
12/24, e.g.
Domingo, for one
Some etiquette rules
Fashion craze


80 clip
83 Swamp
85 Cousin of a mandolin
87 Restaurant options #5
90 Tony-winning writer of
"Evita"
94 Restaurant options #6
95 Like most tutoring
97 Cylindrical totes for
sailors' gear
98 Broadway fare
99 Take, as tea
101 TV's Morgenstern
102 Toxin combatant
107 One may be placed
before a king
108 Serious fan groups
110 Popular Web service
provider
112 "Prince _" ("Aladdin"
song)
113 Restaurant options #7
118 Former TV dog
119 Renaissance
musicmaker
120 Push off
121 Recipients
122 Physics unit
123 Chinese calendar
animals
124 Praise
125 Fleet

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2 Habituate
3 Cause of some arrests
4 You, in the Yucatan
5 Makes tracks, in a way
6 Architect Saarinen
7 Arctic interjection
8 Fleur-de-_
9 Aerial anomaly, for
short
10 Sneeze's cause,
perhaps


11 Plant with fiddleheads
12 In harm's way
13 Popular morning talk
show
14 "Dies__
15 __ laude
16 Vocal opponents
17 Experience
18 Entices
24 Wired
25 Limit
29 Home-style entree
32 Incite
33 Revere
34 Chaplin's chapeau
35 Arabian capital
37 Less straightforward
38 Immensity
39 Townsfolk
41 Starchy food
42 City east of Monaco
43 Radiation, e.g.
44 Buckeyes' sch.
45 Jazz's Malone
46 Early actress
Talmadge
48 Squelches
49 Digital protection
54 Mill Hole__ (home
for Robert Burns)
56 Egg conveyor
57 1949 title role for Hedy
Lamarr
58 Scrape the ground
with a golf club before
hitting the ball
61 Orange Free State
settler
62 "That will be __ the
set of sun": "Macbeth"
63 Hither and yon
66 1990's sitcom starring
a real-life rap/R & B
family
68 Companion of the
Natl. Guard


69 Actress Brewster
70 Some sorority
women
75 Prefix with skeleton
78 Hides
80 One who's much
praised
81 Modern workout
system
82 Rachel Field verse
"_ Might Lead to
Anywhere"
84 Auto introduced in
1989
86 "The Island of the
Day Before" writer


88 "Deutschland_
alles"
89 Prefix with genesis
90 Beyond what's
necessary
91 Nicotrol device
92 Cat's activity
93 As part of a set
96 Ford of fashion fame
100 Liq. measures
102 Sharpener
103 Mag published
without paper or ink
104 Soprano Fleming
105 Pushed
106 Antiquated


108 Essence
109 Disgruntled
111 "Tight" ones
113 Mrs. Andy Capp
114 Leader in old
Rome
115 Go (for)
116 Start of some art
movement names
117 Not in the pink

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ANNA MARIA BAYFRONT Full bay UNIQUE WATERFRONT DUPLEX HOLMES BEACH BEAUTY! Location!
view from this updated 3BR/3BA home. 3BR/3BA has 2400 sq.ft. with bay views. Location! Spacious family home or Island
Beautiful landscaping and private set- 2BR/3BA has 1,700 sq.ft. with partial retreat! Large corner lot with circular
ting. Boat dock with davits. Short dis- Gulf views. Each has private two-car drive, two deeded boat slips, updated
tance to beach. Deni Dillon, 383-5577. garage. Short distance to the beach. throughout, solar heated pool/spa. Gina
#237567. $1,190,000 Dave Moynihan, 778-2246. #91438. & Peter Uliano, 358-7990. #94820.
$795,000 $539,900


KEY ROYALE GEM Floor plan designed SAILBOAT WATER This 3BR plus of- ISLAND INVESTMENT Well located Is-
for entertaining! Lead glass front door, fice home is close to the beach. Cedar land duplex in Bradenton Beach. 2BR/
tiled living/dining room, family room with ceiling in family room, spa in caged 2BA each side, vaulted ceilings, covered
sliders to the large lanai, with wetbar and lanai, fireplace and room for a pool. parking, large storage room and short dis-
Jacuzzi. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778- Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-2246. tance to beach. Tenants in place. Dave
2246. #93435. $539,500 #91566. $519,000 Moynihan, 778-2246. #92880. $325,000


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


BAYSIDE CONDOMINIUMS THE HIBISCUS
Four Mediterranean-style condos under construction!
Located bayside w/boat dock, and near the beach,
two units per building with private elevators, marble
or wood floors, granite countertops, two car garage,
brick paved gated driveways & bayside pool.
779-2700. #94176 Starting at $795,000.




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

1BR/1BA condo in Bradenton Beach. 55+ com-
munity. $700/month.

2BR/2BA Duplex in Holmes Beach. Close to ev-
erything. $675/month.

2BR/1BA duplex in Holmes Beach. Great loca-
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