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Volume 11, No. 43 Sept. 3, 2003 FREE
Cell industry complains to state about Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
The "whiners and complainers" have already be-
gun attacking Anna Maria's proposed cellular commu-
nications ordinance, even before the city commission
has officially passed the ordinance and accompanying
master wireless communications plan.
The Florida Telecommunications Industry Asso-
ciation in Tallahassee filed a notice Aug. 29 with the
state's Wireless 911 Board complaining that its mem-
bers are having trouble in Anna Maria establishing a
"Interesting," said City Attorney Jim Dye. "We
don't even have a pending application for a wireless
facility and we don't even have a carrier who has par-
ticipated in the public process and we don't even have
an ordinance yet, but they are complaining they are
Dye also noted that the city has kept attorneys for
the wireless carriers "up to speed" on its entire ordi-
nance and master wireless-communications plan since
Up and away, sound off soon
Don Meilner, Nate Talucci and Jeff Smith spent last Friday
installing a bell in the Bradenton Beach clock tower at Bridge
Street near the city pier. The bell, courtesy of the Norman
Family Trust, headed by city resident and real estate business-
man Mike Norman, is destined to ring at noon, 6 p.m. and at 10
p.m. daily and should be heard to a distance of one mile. Still
to come is installation of the bell's electronic timer and clap-
per. Islander Photo: Courtesy .Jo Ann Meilner
Townhouses to replace Holmes Beach Marina?
By Joe Kane
With what seemed like lightening speed, the
Holmes Beach Planning Commission approved recom-
mending a proposal that would change a marina into
Lawyers and planners representing Moreland Ma-
rine Development Corporation met with the planning
commission Aug. 28, supporting ordinances allowing
The 1.6-acre site of the Holmes Beach Marina, lo-
cated at 202 52nd St., may be the location for nine
townhouses, should the city commission agree with the
Brian Quarterman, a director of the corporation, is
seeking to change the present land use from commer-
cial, C-3, to residential, R-2, as well as to amend the
city's comprehensive plan to accommodate the pro-
Avera Wynne, planning director for the Tampa
Bay Regional Planning Council, recommended pas-
sage of the land-use change.
"This proposal is consistent with the city's compre-
hensive plan," said Wynne. "We think you should al-
low the zoning designation be changed."
Attorney Thomas Ramsberger, appearing for
Moreland, spoke on how this change would be a ben-
efit to the city. "Placing single-family units there meets
a very positive step towards the city's vision plan," said
Ramsberger conceded the present marina is a cash
drain for its owner. "Marina occupancy is declining,
and has fallen to about 55 percent," said Ramsberger.
Furthermore, Ramsberger contended, the change
from marina to townhouse would increase tax revenue,
would be environmentally beneficial by reducing oil
PLEASE SEE TOWNHOUSES, NEXT PAGE
"But we've gotten no response from them. Now,
they choose to complain," he said. "It looks like the
whiners and complainers have already started."
The FTIA complaint letter said one or more of its
members "has experienced or is experiencing unrea-
sonable delays in locating wireless telecommunications
facilities necessary to provide the needed coverage" to
comply with federal regulations governing "E-911"
wireless calls in Anna Maria.
PLEASE SEE CELL CONTROVERSY, PAGE 4
question moves closer
to November ballot
By Paul Roat
Just as the Bradenton Beach City Commission put
the pedal to the metal on its referendum drive, the en-
gine gasped and died.
Of the four referendum issues bandied about by
city officials during the past few months, only one ap-
parently will appear on ballots for voters to deliberate
upon Nov. 4.
A "non-binding" question, one without any legal
merit think of it like a popularity contest will ask
something similar to:
"Do you wish to do away with multi-family, R-3
density, in perpetuity?"
The zoning category addresses the highest residen-
tial use in the city. According to city codes, R-3 is
multi-family tourist use, which allows up to 28 hotel-
motel units per acre, or 22 efficiency, one- or two-bed-
room uses per acre, excepting three-bedroom units
which are capped at 16 units per acre.
Stricken from the ballot were questions of paid
parking in the Bridge Street area, purchase of property
for use as another city parking lot, and whether resi-
dents favored curbside recycling.
Density changes debated
The usually barren city commission chambers
were packed with attorneys and developers during the
PLEASE SEE R-3, PAGE 3
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Wriggle, flip, wriggle, flop
Tiny loggerhead hatchlings rescued from a nest
Tuesday morning in the north end beach were held over
in a bucket at the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
education center for a safe, nighttime release. Islander
Photo: Banner Joy
PAGE 2 0 SEPTEMBER 3, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Curbside recycling program to start by years' end
By Paul Roat
After a mere six-plus years, Bradenton Beach of-
ficials have committed themselves to delving into a
curbside recycling program to be up and running by the
end of the year.
City commissioners last Friday unanimously ap-
proved a somewhat elegant financing plan for the fis-
cal year's budget for a used recycling vehicle from
Clearwater, curbside recycling bins for all single-fam-
ily residential homeowners, special recycle containers
for cardboard boxes and a three-year finance plan for
a new truck. Total cost for the above is about $25,000.
Not included in that figure is the full-time em-
ployee needed to collect the as-yet-unnamed
Although start up costs apparently will come
cheap, long-term costs for curbside recycling will prob-
Marina gets first OK for condos
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
spills, noise and traffic, and replace concrete and as-
phalt with landscaping and greenspace.
One of the nine residents in the audience was Hugh
Holmes Sr., who lives just north of the marina. He
spoke in favor of the transformation of the site. "Our
family is very much in favor of this proposal," said
Holmes. "It would be much more compatible with my
No one spoke in opposition to the change.
The planning board members heaped praises on the
"The intensity of activity in that area would be
considerably less with this project," said planning com-
missioner Steven Synder.
After a brief discussion with commission mem-
bers, chairperson Sue Normand spoke in agreement
with the project.
"The lessening of intensity of activity in that area
overrides the increase in density," said Normand.
In less than 27 minutes, the project received the
planning commission's recommendation, and will now
go before the city commission for approval.
ably result in at least a 20 percent increase in annual
sanitation charges for city residents.
"I've spoken to a lot of people who said they don't
have a problem with an increase in sanitation fees,"
said Commissioner Dawn Baker, "but what they don't
want is a decrease in service."
No date has yet been set on the public hearings for
any sanitation rate hike, nor has a cost been set. Also
uncertain is what recyclables will be collected at the
curb: aluminum cans are a certainty, newspapers and
cardboard a definite probability, glass and plastic a
Former City Commissioner-Mayor Gail Cole began
talking about recycling in Bradenton Beach in February
1998. A fledgling bulk dropoff recycling program began
at north Coquina Beach shortly thereafter, collecting
newspaper, cans, bottles and cardboard, with the site
manned by volunteers and some city employees.
No mo' stow
The Island Marine at 412 Pine Avenue in Anna Maria has torn down its high and dry boat storage facility,
apparently in anticipation of further development of the property. Marine owner Jeff Brown has not officially
announced any plans for the property and no permits have been filed with the city, although sources indicate
three townhomes are planned for the location, which is zoned for residential-commercial buildings. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin.
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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPTEMBER 3, 2003 E PAGE 3
Holmes Beach increases taxes, spending
By Joe Kane
Holmes Beach city commissioners decided Aug.
26 to increase their proposed budget 21 percent from
the current spending program.
The $7.2 million budget proposal adds one addi-
tional night police patrolman, professional landscape
services for city hall and a larger restricted capital-im-
provement projects reserve.
Mayor Carol Whitmore fought a losing battle to
lower the current tax rate from the 2002-03 rate of
$2.25 to $2 for every $1,000 in property value.
Commissioners overrode her suggestions and de-
cided to hold to the current tax rate of $2.25 per $1,000,
and asked Whitmore and city treasurer Rick Ashley to
come up with ways to spend the added amount.
By maintaining the $2.25 tax rate, the city will gain
$240,000 in revenue thanks to increased property val-
The value of the taxable property in Holmes Beach
increased from $798.2 million in 2002 to $964.6 this
year, an increase of $166.4 million, or 20.9 percent.
Only Commission Chairman Rich Bohnenberger
supported reducing the tax, and suggested the other city
commissioners were micro-managing the city's fi-
A testy exchange between Bohnenberger and
Commissioner Roger Lutz followed, demonstrating the
deep split on the budget issue.
R-3 building ban moves ahead
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past Friday's discussion of the matter of changing the
highest residential zoning category to something less
Attorney Mark Bamebey, representing developer-
contractor Reed Mapes, warned that the rezoning to a less-
intense use would probably qualify as a "taking" of prop-
erty from owners and some compensation by the city
would probably be required or mandated by the courts
in the wake of a firestorm of lawsuits against the city.
"There are more than 100 [impacted] parcels in the
city, and all could have claims against the city,"
Developer Mapes said the referendum question
only allows voters in Bradenton Beach, not taxpayers
or absentee owners, to offer their opinions on the issue.
"A better way to find out what the taxpayers want,
if you're looking for a consensus, would be to put the
question in an electric bill," Mapes said. "Referendums
can be a testy issue, and I think there's a better way to
do it than a referendum."
Jeff Wilson, who has developed the Sand Castle
condominium project on the Gulf of Mexico at Bridge
Street and Gulf Drive, said that "investors are inter-
ested in what is happening here. My investment in what
was partially a parking lot will add $12 million to the
city's tax base, versus what was about $1 million be-
fore" when the site was the former Beach Barn, a
Restaurateur Tom Chipain, of the Gulf Drive Cafe in
the 900 block of Gulf Drive North, said that he believed
the issue of deleting the higher density use in the city was
"such an important issue, I believe it is too rushed to get
on the November ballot. You need to have some work-
shops on this; to rush this would be irresponsible, and
you'll be deluged with a plethora of lawsuits. I think it's
prudent for you to slow down the pace."
Pam Wilson, also of the Sand Castle, asked a poignant
question: "What is it you don't like about R-3 zoning? If
it's about getting more voters into the city, then you need
to talk about how the R-3 zoning is used. You could re-
strict renters. There is a lot you can do without affecting
the type of homes that renters live in."
Former Mayor Katie Pierola, who brought the R-
3 issue to the forefront, asked commissioners "when is
enough enough? This [referendum question] is nothing
legal, it will just give some direction to the commis-
sion. There has been a substantial loss of voters in the
community, and it will at least give some focus to
No city commission discussion has yet taken place
as to what would replace the R-3 zone, a discussion that
When commissioners agreed to spend an addi-
tional $17,000 to pay for a private lawn service for
landscape maintenance, Bohnenberger asked, "Are we
going to let a public works employee go, now that they
don't have to take care of the lawns?"
Lutz took umbrage at Bohnenberger's "micro-man-
aging" charge, responding, "That's why we are here. We
have a golden opportunity to make some major needed
improvements in the city, like new streetlights, buying
empty property and creating retention ponds to fight the
city's chronic flooding problems."
Commissioner Don Maloney expressed his frustra-
tions with what he considered a poor turnout of citizens
for the budget work session.
"I expected more people here tonight," Maloney
said, looking out on just six citizens and an otherwise
empty commission chamber. "I'm not committed to the
$2.25 tax rate until I've been convinced it's needed,
and frankly that's why I was hoping for a better turn-
Resident Russ Olson chastised the commissioners
for their "spending spree." Olson reminded the com-
missioners that many of the city's property owners are
not eligible for the $25,000 homestead exemption and
the 3-percent cap on property assessments that is en-
joyed by those who do qualify.
"People have lost confidence in you," said Olson.
"You wonder why they're not here? They think you are
not listening, so why come to a meeting?"
Big, legal building
Construction of the Gulffront units at the Bradenton
Beach Club, 1700 block Gulf Drive, continues.
Although the building appears to soar over the
beach, Building Official Bob Welch said the height
of the structure meets all city codes: base flood
elevation at that location is 13 feet, plus the 34-foot
building allowance and another four feet on top of
all that for housing the elevator shaft. Islander
Photo: Bomner Joy
is expected to come up during Thursday night's 7 p.m.
regular city commission meeting when the actual lan-
guage of the nonbinding question on the ballot is
The R-3 zoning category is followed in the city's
comprehensive plan by R-2, which calls for a maxi-
mum of 18 units per acre of all uses: hotel-motel, effi-
ciency, plus two- and three-bedroom units.
Next up is the R-l density, which has six units per
acre in all the permitted categories except for those
projects that fall under the "planned-unit development"
designation, which would allow 10 units per acre.
Another wrinkle in the issue is the matter of non-
conforming structures. Building Official Bob Welch
said that current R-3 zoning could be rebuilt to current
size configuration even if the R-3 zoning district were
abolished unless the city's land-development codes
were changed to abolish nonconforming structures.
The question Welch posed is whether the city com-
mission would do away with all non-conforming struc-
tures in the city, or in the R-3 zone, or in other zoning
districts within the city.
The first public hearing on the proposed budget
will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 11, followed by a regular com-
mission meeting and workshop.
Mayor revises building
official hiring procedure
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn has revised the
hiring process for the city's new building official
after receiving input from city commissioners
and the general public (The Islander, Aug. 27).
The proposed Building Official Candidate
Interview Committee will be composed of Anna
Maria Public Works Director George McKay,
architect Gene Aubry and Planning and Zoning
Board member Charles Caniff.
SueLynn had originally proposed that staff
who would work under the new building official
be on the selection committee, but that sugges-
tion was opposed by City Commissioners Linda
Cramer and Duke Miller.
Staff from the Holmes Beach Building Depart-
ment will review the current list of 21 applicants
and reduce that number to the top five candidates.
The BOCIC will then interview each of the
five candidates and rate each applicant in order
The mayor will make the final selection from
among the five candidates and present that indi-
vidual to the city commission for approval and ap-
pointment at the earliest possible date, she said.
Anna Maria City
Sept. 4, 6 p.m., city commission meeting on 2003-04
Sept. 1 I1, 5:30 p.m., comprehensive plan ad hoc com-
mittee meeting to discuss Sunshine Law issues.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Agenda: Approval of minutes; request for variance for
separation between businesses serving alcohol by
Oliver Rose of La Creperie, 127 Bridge Street; request
for variance for sideyard setbacks at 107 Sixth St. S.;
and board comments.
Sept. 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Public comment, second reading and public hearing of
ordinance calling for residency requirements of code
enforcement and personnel appeal boards, determina-
tion of city board qualifications and removal, air-con-
ditioner repair service contract discussion, audit
engagement letter discussion, planning and zoning
board member application by Jo Ann Meilner, consent
agenda and commission reports.
Sept. 9, 1 p.m., Scenic Highway Committee meeting.
Sept. 10, 7 p.m. city commission meeting on 2003-04
Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Sept. 3, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Sept. 9, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Sept. 11, 7 p.m., city commission meeting including
2003-04 budget, with work session to immediately fol-
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Sept. 8, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Or-
ganization meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Sept. 10, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Management Of-
ficials meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
PAGE 4 E SEPTEMBER 3, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Manatee County to set speed zones for boaters
By David Futch
Fast came in last at least for the moment -
when more than 600 boaters, anglers and manatee lov-
ers came to Manatee County Civic Center Aug. 26 to
find out what speed they would be allowed to run their
boats in Tampa Bay waters.
The state was set to push for "slow speed zones"
- 5 mph within 1,000 feet of Anna Maria Island
and the banks of the Manatee River in an effort to of-
fer more protection to manatees.
That didn't sit well with approximately 90 percent
of the crowd, many voicing displeasure at being forced
to limp to their favorite backwater fishing spots at a
Skiing and racing personal watercrafts in Manatee
County waters inhabited by manatees effectively would
come to a halt under the state plan.
After three hours of discussion, the committee ap-
pointed by Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas county
commissioners to establish "slow speed zones" decided
to let Manatee officials deal with the issue.
The committee's original plan called for slow
speed zones in Anna Maria Sound north of State Road
64 within 1,000 feet of the Manatee River shoreline
west of 1-75. The plan also called for the 1,000-foot
buffer in the Braden River, while Miguel Bay and the
upper reaches of the Manatee River would come under
a 25-mph rule.
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash said
commissioners are expected to "tweak" a 1999 ordi-
nance calling for boaters to go slow within 300 feet of
the county's shoreline as a way of protecting humans.
Changes to the 1999 ordinance, which the county
admits it did little to enforce, would call for manatees
and humans to receive the same protection from speed-
According to Manatee County Natural Resources
Management Administrator Doug Means, the county is
expected to schedule a Sept. 9 public hearing on
changes to the ordinance.
McClash added commissioners could approve the
revised ordinance at a Sept. 26 meeting.
"There would also be special protection areas (for
manatees)," Means said. "Historically, there have been
a number of congregation areas."
McClash said there are several recreation areas fre-
quented by boaters and skiers that would be exempt
from the ordinance. He pointed to a channel on the
north shore of Perico Island that often is used by fish-
ing guides and anglers to get to prime fishing spots. A
300-foot buffer there would prevent fishermen from
gaining access to one of the most productive fisheries
in the county, McClash said.
Additionally, McClash said other zones the county
would like to exempt from the 300-foot buffer include
Palma Sola Bay, Warner's Bayou, the Fort Hamer area
of the Manatee River and recreation areas in Terra Ceia
The idea of slow speed zones initiated with an out-
of-court settlement. Environmental groups concerned
with manatee deaths caused by boats sued the state,
forcing officials to come up with a plan to slow down
boaters in areas populated by manatees.
Charter boat guide Capt. Zach Zacharias of Cortez
PLEASE SEE MANATEE, NEXT PAGE
Cell controversy goes to state
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
In addition, the FTIA also claimed the fees that would
be charged under the ordinance are "excessive and unrea-
sonable" and blasted the city for hiring wireless commu-
nications expert Ted Kreines to prepare its ordinance, call-
ing his fees and ordinance "well in excess of anything a
city the size of Anna Maria would need."
Anna Maria wasn't the only city targeted by the
wrath of the FTIA.
The City of Sarasota, Sarasota County, Pasco
County and Alachua County, among other jurisdic-
tions, received notices of the FTIA intent to complain.
"Sounds like they are targeting my clients," said
Kreines, who just laughed when he learned of the no-
"They're just sowing the field right now," he said.
Legally, filing a complaint notice means nothing and
Members of a manatee-protection committee listen to boaters upset with plans to institute slow-speed zones
within 1,000 feet of Manatee County shorelines. Islander Photos: David Futch
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Manatee County officials hope to tweak a 1999 ordinance that would create a slow-speed buffer within 300
.feet of much of the county's shoreline and protect manatees. The map indicates the affected areas by a red line
next to shore.
the city shouldn't change anything in its current process
toward a final cellular-communications ordinance and
wireless master plan.
"It's more for publicity than anything, to get the
seed planted that maybe they have some credence to
their complaint," he observed.
Among other complaints, the FTIA said that the
city's regulatory approach "causes wireless telephone
providers to experience unreasonable delays in provid-
ing E-911 services."
The FTIA also claimed the co-location require-
ments are contrary to the intent of the Florida statute
and actually discourages co-location.
The Anna Maria ordinance development standards
are "all but impossible to meet," the FTIA said, and the
height limitation of 37 feet is "financially impractical,
given the city's small population."
Complaining to the Wireless 911 Board, however,
carries little weight in any actual change to the city's plan.
Dye said it's his understanding that the complaint
goes to the Wireless Board, which then forms a sub-
committee to investigate the complaint.
The subcommittee reports its findings back to the
board which then reports to the governor, who then
turns the matter over to the appropriate legislative com-
If the findings recommend changes to the ordi-
nance or master plan, the committee will try to nego-
tiate a settlement between the two parties.
"It's also interesting," added Dye, "that in a court
of law, the first thing the judge would ask for is your
application. No one has even applied in Anna Maria so
those complaints are really without legal merit."
Even attorney Laura Belflower, who represents
Verizon and cell tower contractor Tech Tower Inc.,
agreed the complaints have no legal status and the
Wireless 911 Board has no enforcement powers.
Dye said the city would likely hear from the Wire-
less 91 1 Board in September, at which time he would
reply to each specific item in the FTIA complaint.
THE ISLANDER E SEPTEMBER 3, 2003 0 PAGE 5
Web billing causes chamber confusion
By Rick Catlin
Several real estate agents and accommodation
owners on Longboat Key were a bit surprised last week
when they received a bill for $125 from the "Longboat
Key Network" for a "link listing" on a Web site.
Some people thought the bill came from the
Longboat Key chamber of Commerce and called
Kristin Heintz of the chamber asking what was going
But the bill for services has nothing to do with the
LBK Chamber, said Dave Billings of
AnnaMaria.netincorporated, owner of the Web site and
Longboat Key Network.
It's more a misunderstanding about his company's
Web site, Web links and services than anything else, he
Billings has- operated the Anna Maria Network.net
since 1994, providing services, links and advertising to
numerous Island businesses.
When he started the Longboat Key Web site at
www.longboatkeynetwork.com two years ago, he pro-
vided free links to numerous Longboat Key real estate
and accommodation Web sites.
Billings said he recently mailed out a letter to
Longboat Key businesses noting that if they wanted to
continue with the Web links, the annual fee would be
$125. The letter was followed.by an invoice in the mail.
Because of his Anna Maria Island address, he be-
lieved some people must have thought the letter was
junk mail and contacted the Longboat Key Chamber.
"But I called the chamber and explained that if
Longboat Key businesses don't want the service, they
can just ignore the bill," said Billings.
"We have many long-standing clients on Anna
Maria Island, so people here are already aware of our
service," he said.
Billings apologized for any confusion, saying
"Businesses are under no obligation. If they don't want
the service, they can just disregard the invoice.
"We've just started in Longboat Key and have a
few customers there and we hope to add more."
Heintz agreed there was some misunderstanding.
"When our members saw the words 'Longboat
Key Network,' they connected that with the
Longboat Key chamber" and the chamber's member
networking program, she said. "We knew nothing
about Longboat Key Network until we talked with
The chamber sent notices to its members to clarify
that the Longboat Key Network is not a chamber-re-
Some of the confusion, said one Key real estate
agent, is that Billings sent out the follow-up invoice
without any explanation. Many businesses had obvi-
ously not read the first letter explaining the service and
fee or had forgotten about it, the agent observed.
Billings is a member of the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce but not the Longboat Key
Manatee zones proposed
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
said slow speed zones aren't the answer. He and mem-
bers of the Manatee-Sarasota Fish & Game Association
have another idea to protect sea cows.
"It's crazy to penalize thousands of people who use
the water every day for the sins of a few," Zacharias
said prior to the meeting. "The only ones impacting the
manatees are the few idiots running around in their fast
boats. They have no regard for anyone and they're also
the ones screaming the loudest (about slow zones)."
During the meeting, Zacharias told the 14-member
committee and its chairperson, Nanette Holland of the
Tampa Bay Estuary Program, that his group is opposed
to slow zones.
"We question the validity of a proposal which
would drastically alter the lives of countless anglers,
commercial fishermen, professional guides, etc., that
have historically used our local waters for recreation
and livelihoods based on what seems to be the easy way
out of a legal situation and not based on scientific data,"
Zacharias said. "In a February 2002 letter, our organi-
zation outlined a proposal as an alternative to speed
"The establishment of a VHF-radio hotline would
broadcast the whereabouts of manatees on any given
day of the year. The reports could be broadcast on a
scheduled basis and boater input taken at any time."
Many at the meeting had other ideas.
The majority of the 50 or so who spoke said they
were longtime Manatee County residents. Many indi-
cated they didn't see their first manatee until the 1970s
but have seen many since, pointing out that manatee
numbers have increased dramatically in the last quar-
Joe Kennedy of Manatee County said he's been
fishing area waters since he was a young boy and he
never saw a manatee until he was an adult.
"Now all of a sudden they're endangered,"
Kennedy said. "The Save The Manatee Club has spent
money on manatee education and red tide because red
tide killed more manatees in one year than boaters did
in the past three."
Charlie Jones told the committee that he's lived in
Manatee County since 1932.
"Our playground was the Manatee River and
Palma Sola Bay," Jones said. "Up to 1977, I never saw
a manatee. Walter Bell [co-owner of A.P. Bell Fish Co.
in Cortez] told me the first time he saw one was 1955
and [Cortez.commercial fisherman] Trigger Mora said
he saw one in 1957. There just weren't that many here
before that time."
There are now and county commissioners will
hash out the details on what to do about boat speeds
when they meet Sept. 9.
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PAGE 6 N SEPTEMBER 3, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Too, little, too late, too feeble?
Those questions may be addressed in Bradenton
Beach come Nov. 4, as voters respond to a question on
the ballot asking if the high-density, tourist-motel zon-
ing category in the city should be abolished.
The city's question begs more questions.
"Too little" ... It's not a referendum. It's non-bind-
ing. It will amount to a collective opinion.
"Too late" ... The R-3 zone encompasses better than
one-third of the city. It's likely 98-percent built out and filled
with myriad condos, trophy homes and other mega-trends.
"Too feeble" ... Will we replace R-3 zoning with
single-family and/or duplex zoning? Or does the city
want to regulate renters?
Is the problem that there aren't as many residents or
there aren't as many people spending most of their time
- and voting in Bradenton Beach?
Bradenton Beach isn't the only city on the Island
without rental restrictions or a motel district, but it cer-
tainly has the highest density on the Island. And any sort
of housing there can be rented by the day, the week or the
month, mixing family homes with motel rooms.
If Bradenton Beach is a haven for developers, it's
due to high density. Seasonal property investors, like-
wise, are more inclined to purchase condos, which are
highly marketed as rental properties.
As one investor asked the city, "What is it you don't like
about R-3?" Is it that condo residents are mostly part-time
residents, or that the owners rent to seasonal visitors?
In rushed the developers to accuse the city of strip-
ping away development "rights." But the city can
downzone certain areas, especially where mostly single-
family or duplex units exist now. There's no restriction
to build, but rather a limit on the number of units if the
city chooses. It's the city's right.
And speaking of zoning, remember that the city's
comprehensive plan allows for reconstruction of "non-
conforming structures" to the level that they were non-
conforming if demolished by an act of God ... hurricane,
or a lightning strike, or fire, or the like.
The recent proliferation of condos will come back despite
God's will, and despite the city's will unless there's
a change in the comp plan.
The Bradenton Beach issue of trying to "grow" more
single-family homes and "abort" condo projects is laud-
able. The question it is asking is questionable. We hope
city officials hone the query to meet its goals.
P.S. Property values rose, and are rising still, in Anna
Maria, following the elimination in the 1970s of all but
single-family housing on undeveloped property.
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SLICK By Egan
I am very concerned about the 17-percent increase
as well as the new assessment passed Tuesday [Aug.
12] at the Holmes Beach City Commission meeting.
Thank you for the article by Joe Kane in the Aug. 13
issue of The Islander.
What are we to do? I objected to the assessment in
person but it was already a "done deal" and I was the
only one to object to an ongoing assessment and the
fact that this might be the first of many to come. 1 hope
others let me know how we can get organized before
the Sept. 11 budget hearings.
Barbara Hardesty, Holmes Beach
Vice mayor speaks
In response to the high-density restriction article
published in The Islander Aug. 27, I would like the
opportunity to give my view on this matter.
First of all, note the following figures pertaining to
registered voters versus those who have actually voted:
Large turnout for year 2001 532 voted due to
presidential election, plus mayor, commissioners and
county issues. It's a constitutional right in this country
for individuals to vote or to abstain from voting for
Moreover, I did not blatantly say "No" to the refer-
endum issue to be put on the November ballot, but did
suggest that we have a special meeting to discuss it fur-
ther because I had several questions, but was out-voted.
There has been considerable dispute about condo-
miniums causing heavier traffic although many of the
owners don't live here year-around. I have to ask myself,
"What is the problem?" Is it that we just don't like people
who live in condos? I certainly hope this is not what we
Where do I stand on this issue? Well, I want to see
residential homes remain in this city. However, I will not
dictate to any home or lot owner how they can or can not
sell or build as they wish, providing they comply with the
proper zoning laws.
Furthermore, even if I am running for mayor in
Bradenton Beach, my decisions will continue to be based
on facts and figures, not how I think or feel. Whether you
vote for me or not, please exercise your right to vote.
Bill Arnold, vice mayor, Bradenton Beach
It's impossible now
I would like to respond to the recent proposed prop-
erty tax increase for Holmes Beach property owners. I am
a property owner in Holmes Beach who lives in Michigan.
My assessment for my home on the Island increased
31 percent last year. This increase in assessment might be
great for anyone wishing to sell their property but it cre-
ates a great burden for taxes on all nonresidents.
The assessment increase combined with the pro-
posed budget increase will raise my property taxes to
$614 a month. The city commission might think of this
as a windfall, but for owners like myself it creates a
situation where I might have to sell my home because
I can no longer afford to pay the taxes.
I originally bought the home to retire on the Island
but this has become an impossible dream.
Dennis Figurski, Romeo, Mich.
Soak the part-timers
While the Homestead Exemption homes may only
see their property taxes increase a reasonable 2.4 or 3
percent a year, apparently Manatee County makes up
for that by soaking (robbing?) the part-time resident -
hence the 34 percent rise in property tax in one year on
my unremodeled 55-year-old concrete block home.
I'm appalled and afraid. Don't Anna Maria, Mana-
tee County and Florida realize how much they gain
from the part-time resident? Or do you want us gone'?
Terry N. Smith, Anna Maria and Atlanta
THE ISLANDER N SEPTEMBER 3, 2003 N PAGE 7
Fake birth certificate
got Islander into war
Holmes Beach resident Raymond "Mac"
McDonnel was only 17 when he graduated from high
school in South Carolina in 1940.
"Everyone knew a war was coming and I wanted
to be a pilot," said Mac, so he and some buddies went
to New York where they tried to join the Royal Air
Force, at that time fighting the "Battle of Britain."
"They told us they had enough pilots," Mac noted,
but he was undeterred about his dream to "be a fighter
pilot and be on the sea,"
He also wasn't worried that the minimum age to
join the U.S. Navy was 18. He got himself a fake birth
certificate and joined up in early 1941.
Mac went through boot camp and was assigned to
duty in Pearl Harbor in mid-1941.
"But my mom wanted me home and turned me in
to the Navy and they told me they would have to dis-
charge me because I was too young, but they expected
me to re-enlist when I turned 18."
Mac left on a ship for the mainland on Dec. 4,
1941, three days before the Japanese attacked the base.
"Maybe I was just lucky I wasn't there. Maybe my
mom knew something," he said.
When Mac turned 18, he re-enlisted in the Navy
and was assigned to a submarine chaser in the South
Pacific. The ship was at Tarawa Island in 1943 when
the United States invaded in its first major offensive
action of the Pacific Theater.
More than 20,000 U.S. troops died invading the
island. Of the more than 30,000 Japanese defenders,
fewer than 200 survived.
Mac remembers the two Japanese bombers, nick-
named "Washing Machine Charlie" for the sound of
their engines, that flew over the fleet every night and
Kaymona ivac ivicuonnet as a u.S. ivavy seaman
on Tarawa Island in the South Pacific in 1943
shortly after the U.S. invasion. McDonnel carries an
M-1 rifle as Japanese snipers were still in the area.
dropped a few bombs.
"We never got hit, but the general alert kept us up
all night. That's what the Japanese wanted."
Mac also participated in the invasions of a number
of islands, including Kwajalein and Eniwietok.
In late 1943, he was approved to attend Officer
Candidate School at the University of South Carolina.
The war had ended by the time Mac graduated in
1947 as a naval ensign, but his dreams came true.
He completed naval aviation school at Pensacola
in 1950 and eventually served on a number of aircraft
carriers as a fighter pilot, flying the Navy's version of
the F-86 Sabrejet.
Mac retired from the Navy in 1966 as a lieutenant
commander and came to Anna Maria Island to buy a
"I fell in love with this place then and decided to
make my home here. It's just a wonderful place."
McDonnel today enjoys life in Holmes Beach, where
he retired from the U.S. Navy in 1966
Retirement turned into a teaching job at the Anna
Maria Elementary School from 1968 to 1973, and even
today, adults will come up to him and say "Do you re-
member me'? You were my fifth-grade teacher."
After teaching school, Mac took a job as a mer-
chant marine officer aboard a cruise ship sailing around
On his first voyage, he met his future wife, Nancy,
who was a passenger.
Returning to the Island, Mac taught sailing to Is-
land youngsters for a number of years and he remains
an active sailor today.
"I didn't want to be a hero when I joined up. I just
wanted to do something and I wanted to fly and be at
sea. I got to do both in the Navy and made some great
friends, so my dreams came true."
"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, men
and women, who served in the armed forces of any
Allied country (U.S., Britain, Canada, Holland, Nor-
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PAGE 8 E SEPTEMBER 3, 2003 E THE ISLANDER
Board feud comes
to head Thursday
in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Remember that old joke about the word "assume?"
It says that if you assume it makes an ... well, you
The issue has come back to haunt the Bradenton
Beach City Commission in its passage of an ordinance
to require members of advisory boards to not only be
property owners in the city but also "qualified electors"
- residents, in other words.
The target of the change apparently is leveled at
two members of the city's planning and zoning board,
Pete Milazzo and Susan Kehne. Both serve on the
city's P&Z board as property owners, although neither
resides in Bradenton Beach, which was allowed under
the former ordinance.
The new ordinance became law on Aug. 17. Plan-
ners met Aug. 19 and voted unanimously to approve
the Rosa del Mar development in the 2500 block of
Gulf Drive, with a bare quorum present, including
Several city commissioners last week admitted that
their assumption according to the new ordinance was
that the new law requiring planners to be residents plus
voters took effect immediately, and that the two P&Z
board members who were not city voters would be
ousted at once from their positions.
Florida case law, as quoted by City Attorney Dick
Groff, differs from that general assumption.
"Although some P&Z members no longer meet the
eligibility requirements in the ordinance," Groff wrote
to the city commission, "the failure to meet the require-
By Rick Catlin
After Villa Rosa's controversial battle last year
with the City of Anna Maria to obtain preliminary ap-
proval for its site plan, the 17-unit subdivision of up-
scale homes on South Bay Drive may soon turn out to
be a tax revenue bonus for the city.
Developer Steve Noriega said the final Southwest
Florida Water Management District approval for the
project has been received and he expects construction
on the infrastructure and model home to begin within
"We could begin construction of the model home
now, but we'll wait until we have all our contractors
lined up," he said.
The final plat submission to the city will call for 17
lots in the subdivision, up from the 15 in the prelimi-
Noriega and partner Robert Byrne own two lots
contiguous to the subdivision and will include those
when a final plat is submitted to the city for ap-
For beleaguered Anna Maria taxpayers, already
Anna Maria Pier
Jacob Pier, 4, looks
on as sister Anna
turning 2 on Aug.
14. About 30 friends
and family helped
celebrate her big
day at G.T. Bray's
splash park in
enjoys playing at
the beach, watching
"Shrek" and eating
pretzels. The Pier
family lives in
Photo: Courtesy the
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Bad scooter crash, one victim Bayflighted
One man received serious injuries in a motorscooter accident Saturday, Aug. 30, in Holmes Beach and was
transported by Bayflight helicopter to a St. Petersburg hospital. Another man received facial injuries in the 6
p.m. crash at the crosswalk on Marina Drive by the Island Shopping Center. The police report of the incident
said the men, both visitors, were on separate rental motorscooters and rear-ended a vehicle that had put on its
brakes to stop. No charges were filed in the incident, police said. The condition of the man taken to St. Peters-
burg was unknown at presstime. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
ments does not automatically oust incumbents from
their positions. The land-development code requires
that cause be found before a board member may be re-
moved. Regarding P&Z board members ... 'Any mem-
ber may be removed from office for just cause by four-
fifths vote of the full membership of the city commis-
"It is our opinion that 'cause' may exist for the
removal of a member if that member fails to meet the
criteria for membership, even if that failure occurs in
mid-term ... in other words, after a hearing before and
a vote by the full commission."
So, are Kehne and Milazzo on or off the P&Z
Commissioner Anna O'Brien said she thought they
"My concern is that one member [Milazzo] voted
on Aug. 19, and because he was ineligible on Aug. 17,
I'm trying to decide if we had a compromised vote,"
City Attorney Alan Prather said that with the lack
of a vacancy on the board, the land-development codes
were very clear that sitting P&Z members "were still
"Should you not have advised us at first reading
that they would still be on the board?" asked Commis-
sioner Dawn Baker.
"In hindsight, I wish I had," Prather said, "but I did
not know your intention was to immediately create a
vacancy in those offices. I didn't know you wanted to
eliminate office holders."
Mayor John Chappie attempted to make the peace,
stating that "we never asked [about current board mem-
bers and vacancy]. We all didn't ask the question. We
should never have assumed."
After some more grumbling by commissioners, a
scant majority agreed to hold a hearing on removing the
two P&Z board members in question during Thursday's
city commission meeting, beginning at 7 p.m.
Voting against the matter were Vice Mayor Bill
Arnold and Commissioner Scott Barr, perhaps serving
as a harbinger of Thursday's vote.
Arnold was more blunt in his comments: "From
now on, all the people who volunteer for city boards
should watch out, because this is how we treat them."
Milazzo, who was in attendance at last week's
meeting, said he had served on the P&Z board for 14
years. "The commission has stripped the voice of the
property owners in Bradenton Beach," he said. "Rent-
ers now have more authority than taxpayers."
Financial workshop due
at Community Center
Registration has begun for a financial workshop
that will begin Sept. 19 at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Edward Jones representative Mike Valley will con-
duct the workshop from 10- I 11:30 a.m. Friday through
Oct. 10. Cost of $10 includes materials for the course.
Valley said it will cover investments suitable to investors
who are working or retired. Reservations may be made
and further information obtained by calling 779-2499.
facing a record $2.1 million city budget, construction
of the 17 units can't come soon enough.
The 2002-03 city budget had estimated $125,000
in revenues from building permits issued to Villa Rosa,
but that figure was wiped out from the income side of
the ledger when Swiftmud put the skids to any con-
struction until a final permit was issued.
This year, the city went conservative, estimating
only $5,000 in building permits for Villa Rosa.
Now, however, Noriega expects lot sales and con-
struction to take off.
"Once the model is up and out of the ground,
people will start buying," he predicted. "We've had a
lot of interest in the project, but people want to see
something solid before buying."
Homes in the gated community are expected to
cost more than $1 million and possibly as high as $1.5
million, local real estate agents have estimated.
With the average new home construction generat-
ing between $5,500 and $8,000 in building permit fees
for the city, and a tax rate of $2 per $1,000 of assessed
evaluation, Villa Rosa could soon become a revenue
windfall for Anna Maria.
Villa Rosa construction could be
income bonus for Anna Maria City
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 3, 2003 9 PAGE 9
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14. Gulf Dr. at Sandpiper Trailer Prk.
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32 Palm Dr. at 79th St.
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34. Gulf Dr. at Archer Way
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By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners gave the go-
ahead at their Aug. 29 meeting for Mayor SueLynn to
pursue a line of credit for between $1.8 million and $2
The mayor will bring a credit application to the
city commission from one of the three financial insti-
tutions vying for the city's business and commission-
ers will discuss the issue further before passing a reso-
lution authorizing the city to establish the credit line.
But commissioners were divided on what the
money should be used for.
SueLynn has lobbied for the LOC as a method to
finance needed and long-overdue capital improvement
projects in the city without dipping into city reserves
any more than necessary.
Commission Chairperson John Quam, however,
said he originally believed the LOC would be "just for
emergencies. Now we are talking infrastructure. I
question using a line of credit for non-budgeted capi-
"It's a common practice for governments to bond
or use a line of credit" for capital improvement
projects, countered Commissioner Chuck Webb, who
was an attorney for Broward and Charlotte counties
and has experience in dealing with bonds and credit
lines for governments.
"Remember, many projects have fallen apart the
last five to 10 years, or even longer. So we need to
address those projects now. They will only cost us
more in the future," Webb said.
"The commission will still have to vote to use the
line of credit on each project the mayor presents," he
"I would hate to draw down reserves for capital
improvements and the line of credit is at a nominal
interest rate. I'm not saying we even have to use it, just
have access to it," Webb concluded.
Maybe, replied Quam, but "I just don't agree with
including capital improvements in a line of credit. Just
use the credit for emergencies."
Commissioner Linda Cramer sided with Webb
that the cost of capital improvements is rising every
year and the city needs to deal with a host of infra-
structure issues now, but she was concerned about the
Resident Dale Woodland was also opposed to the
city creating a debt, but Iu-_'cted that before any pro-
cedures are approved, they include an amortization
schedule that the commission and public can review.
"You have to know how much it's going to cost
and how you are going to pay it back," he said.
Webb agreed to some extent, and "L-. -c.led the
mayor get the city auditors to report on the maximum
amount the city can afford to borrow and pay back
with a line of credit, considering the city's current and
Under the LOC procedure policy the mayor pre-
sented to commissioners, she would:
Propose at a regular or special commission meet-
ing financing an infrastructure project or projects
based on recommendations from city engineers and
the capital improvements advisory committee, de-
scribing the need for the capital, or present a need for
emergency funding of a project.
The commission could set a "not-to-exceed"
amount that could be drawn from the line of credit
during a given fiscal year, if the cost of the proposed
projects exceeds the amount already budgeted.
The commission can set an amount that can be
immediately drawn down from the LOC that will ad-
dress a described emergency.
The commission would approve the mayor's
project list, emergency need or lease/purchase of land
and set the amount to be drawn from the LOC.
The mayor would advise the commission at its
next session when the drawdown has been made.
Under the mayor's example, if the city borrows
$400,000 a year to the maximum $2 million in a five-
year period, it would then convert the LOC to a long-
The mayor will return to a future city commission
Bettye Sue Reagan and John A. Cooper pause
aboard their informal transport at the Rod & Reel
Pier on Anna Maria Island after their wedding in
Blowing Rock, N.C. They are making their home on
meeting with the LOC application form.
City Attorney Jim Dye suggested the commission
approve the LOC by resolution if it votes for the LOC,
although it could create an ordinance to enact the credit
Commissioners voted unanimously to pay a
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Con-
sent Order fine of $850 rather than challenge the DEP
on its findings related to an incident of mangrove dam-
age by a city subcontractor in June 2002 (The Islandei,
The contractor was to remove some Brazilian pep-
per trees and trim some mangroves in a city right of
way just north of the Roser Memorial Community
Church along Lake LaVista, but accidentally cut a few
mangrove limbs, the DEP reported.
After hearing from Public Works Director George
McKay on the matter and discovering several inconsis-
tent statements in the DEP order, Webb was concerned
that the city was agreeing to an incorrect order, al-
though he did not dispute the mangrove damage.
Dye said that could well be the case, and the city
can negotiate with the DEP to change some of the
words in its findings.
"We can try and get them to back off and reflect
accurately what happened," he said, "but the longer we
spend in negotiating, the more the city is going to be
out of pocket and it's only an $850 fine."
McKay said the DEP inspected the site numerous
times prior to the commencement of the work, and even
its first inspection after a citizen complaint on man-
grove cutting found no damage. A second complaint,
however, resulted in the DEP acknowledging that some
mangroves were "injured."
McKay said he had negotiated the DEP settlement
as the least expensive means for the city to proceed.
The DEP also acknowledged the city's assistance and
cooperation in its investigation.
Commissioners agreed to pay the $850 fine rather
than fight the DEP, but they also passed a resolution
authorizing the mayor to seek compensation from the
sub-contractor for the fine.
In other matters, the commission had the first read-
ing of an amendment to the setback ordinance regard-
ing swimming pools and pool decks and agreed to hear
a recommendation from the planning and zoning board
prior to any final vote on the amendment.
Commissioners were divided on whether to limit
pool decking to just 24 inches within the setback or to
allow decks to extend to the property line.
The commission also passed an ordinance sus-
pending collection of the Occupational License Tax
and had the first reading of the high-grass and junk-
The first reading of an ordinance amendment regard-
ing the preparation and placement of residential trash con-
tainers and yard waste was held. Commissioners agreed
that containers could be placed along the curb no earlier
than 5 p.m. the day prior to collection and should be re-
moved no later than 9 p.m. on the day of collection.
Commissioner Duke Miller, who was absent from
the meeting, was elected as the commission liaison to
the capital improvements advisory committee.
The commission also set 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept.
18, as the date for its next special meeting on parking.
Island firefighters join Sept. 11 tribute
By Jim Hanson
Anna Maria Island firefighters will have their own
brief memorial to the 343 firefighters who died Sept.
11, 200(. but most of their observance will be as part
of the Manatee countywide "Tribute to Heroes."
The day will mark the two-year anniversary of the
terrorist attacks against the United States.
.. All next Thursday, Sept. ;:i1, will be devoted to
honoring the fallen hierges and to assuring that they did
not die in vain and will not'be forgotten.
The West Manatee Fire"and Rescue litrict will
observe the day of death with brief remembrances at all
stations, including the main Island station at 6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. -. .. :
Chief Andy Price said personnel at the station will
assemble at the flagpole from 9:45-10:30 a.m. with si-
rens and "a few words of respect and regret." The si-
rens will sound for a minute at 10:05 and 10:28 a.m.,
Anna Maria approves
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners at their Aug. 28.
meeting agreed finally to approve an interlocal agree-
ment with Holmes Beach regarding the skateboard park
in that city after learning the agreement would only
cover maintenance of the park.
By opting into the agreement, Anna Maria resi-
dents will now pay only $10 to register and use the
park, the same as Holmes Beach residents. The fee for
non-residents of the two cities, including Bradenton
Beach residents, is $30.
Commissioner Linda Cramer had been concerned
that because Anna Maria had originally failed to sign
the agreement over liability issues, Holmes Beach had
charged Anna Maria youngsters the $30, despite the
fact the city was paying for maintenance assistance.
After discussing the issue with Holmes Beach
Mayor Carol Whitmore, Cramer became convinced the
city could sign the interlocal and not create any unnec-
"There is no liability to the City of Anna Maria by
signing the agreement," said Crainer.
City Attorney Jim Dye agreed. "In my view, the
risk to the city is extremely low." Holmes Beach car-
ries the primary liability and insurance.
"I can't say if someone gets hurt they won't sue the
city, but they could always do that, even if the city
doesn't sign," Dye said.
Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the
agreement with Holmes Beach.
the moments the South Tower and North Tower col-
lapsed on 9/11. Churches are asked to ring their bells
for one minute at those times.
The countywide memorial events are being ar-
ranged by David Quaderer, division chief at Cedar
Hammock station, and Thomas Hennessey, South
Quaderer noted that while 3,000 innocent people
died that calamitous day in New York City, 25,000
survived largely through the efforts of firefighters and
The objectives of the observance, he said, are to
remember those lost Sept. 11, 2001, thank emergency
response personnel who risk their lives every day, and
establish a permanent memorial for emergency service
personnel and start a trust fund to help families of those
killed in the line of duty. That memorial in Rossi Wa-
terfront Park will be dedicated in ceremonies at 9 a.m.
A veteran of that day, Kevin Shea, retired lieuten-
ant of New York Fire Department's Rescue 1, will be
the keynote speaker at the Tribute to Heroes luncheon.
The highlights of the observance's schedule:
8:30-9:30 a.m., flags along the Manatee River and
low-altitude flyover along the river by a KC- 135 from
MacDill Air Force Base. Two aerial fire trucks with a
giant American flag suspended between their extended
ladders will be stationed on the south side of the Green
9 a.m., emergency services memorial dedication,
9:45-10:30 a.m., firefighters assemble at their sta-
tions to pay tribute to those who died in the South and
North Towers. Sirens at 10:05 and 10:28 a.m. Half-
mast flags at 10:06, raise them again at 10:29.
Noon-2 p.m., Tribute to Heroes luncheon at
Bradenton City Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., in
honor of all those lost on Sept.l .Will include cer-
emony by local honor guards, multi-media program to
large screen, and Lt. Shea of FDNY will speak. Lun-
cheon tickets are on sale for $30, balcony seats $10,
through the Bradenton Fire Department, Sandee
7 p.m., Tribute to Heroes parade with police, fire,
EMS and military units parading on Manatee Avenue
from Third Street to 14th Street West, the spectators to
show hand-held flags along the route "to show support
for those who protect them." Parade information:
Deputy Fire Marshal Foster Gover, Southern Manatee
Fire Rescue, 751-7675.
6-10 p.m., pre- and post-parade tribute in down-
town Bradenton, Old Main Street and Barcarrota Bou-
levard, with entertainment by the Billy Rice Band,
booths serving food and beverages.
For more "Tribute" information, Call Cedar Ham-
mock Chief David Quaderer, 751-7090.
Whitney Lang, 57, of Temple Terrace and Anna
Maria, died Sept. 1.
She was born in New York City. She was co-owner
of "Trainers of Champions," a dog obedience school,
for 15 years. She was a volunteer and donor to the Mu-
seum of Science and Industry in Tampa. She was a
member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday,
Sept. 6, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 9780 N.
56th St., Temple Terrace. C. E. Prevatt Funeral Home
is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Robert; sons Scott and
Christopher; daughter Amanda; sisters Michelle,
Adrian and Claudine; and six grandchildren.
James R. McMahon
James R. McMahon, 71, of Anna Maria, died Sept.
Born in Tell City, Ind., Mr. McMahon moved to
Bradenton from Gainesville in 1962 and to Anna Maria
in 1978. He was a professor of art at Manatee Commu-
nity College from 1962-1994. He served in the U.S. Air
Force during the Korean War. He received a master of
fine arts from the University of Florida.
Memorial celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Sat-
urday, Sept. 27, at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 604
43rd St. W., Bradenton. Memorial contributions may
be made to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Research Center,
12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa FL 33612, or to Hos-
pice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
He is survived by wife Phyllis A.; daughters
Shawna M. of Los Angeles, Calif., Shannon M. Craft
of Bradenton and Lisa I. Brown of Knoxville, Tenn.;
sons Mark J. of St. Petersburg and lan R. of Bradenton;
sister Mickey of Tell City; and five grandchildren.
Robert W. Richardson
Robert W. Richardson, 71, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in Des Moines, Mr. Richardson moved to
Holmes Beach six months ago. He was president of
United Care Centers in Iowa. He swerved in the U.S.
Navy during the Korean War. He belonged to the First
Assembly of God in Des Moines.
Visitation was Sept. 2 and services will be at 11
a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Island Chapel, 6000 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to the
American Cancer Society, 600 U.S. 301 Blvd. W.,
Suite 136, Bradenton FL 34205.
He is survived by wife Bonnie; daughters Shelly
McManus of Bradenton and Becky Sirigotis of
Bridgewater, N.Y.; sons Rob and Terry, both of Des
Moines; and 10 grandchildren.
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Plans still moving forward for AME construction
By Diana Bogan
Members of the Anna Maria Elementary School
new construction team continue to meet weekly to
complete the new school's design.
The construction start date, originally expected to
be in October, has been moved from November to
Dec. 1 as the architectural team works to finish its de-
velopmental design drawings.
There are a few issues the team still has pending
before the construction documents are completed.
Architect Tom Cardinal has provided teachers at
AME a grid to sketch the components they would like
Girls are invited to join the fun and grow
strong leadership skills through Girl Scouts.
The Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is
hosting three information and recruitment
events for both future scouts and parent vol-
Volunteers are needed to lead a Girl
Scout troop, or work with groups as a work-
shop coordinator, driver, chaperone, guest
speaker, mentor, event director, cultural
awareness director, or fundraiser.
Recruitment events will be held from 6-
8 p.m. at the Palma Sola Presbyterian Church,
6510 Third Ave. W., and at Southside Baptist
Church, 1604 17th St. W., Bradenton on
Thursday, Sept. 4.
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to see in their new classroom. With the input, Cardinal
will be better able to design the interior rooms to meet
the functions of the staff.
Work is still being done on the playgrounds. The
four-square court has been poured and the backboards
and hoops will be installed soon on the basketball
court. They will be installed at 7-, 9- and 10-foot
heights per AME coach Gene Burr's request.
Three pieces of the removed playground equip-
ment were independently tested and reports show that
two of them do indeed contain arsenic. It has not been
determined what will be done with that equipment.
Questions have also been raised as to whether the
gazebo located on the south side of the campus can
remain on campus because it also contains arsenic-
treated wood. The gazebo was built and donated by
Cardinal told team members that he has found a
supplier willing to insure a noncombustible, standing-
seam aluminum roof for 20 years. He said he expects
to receive a full proposal from the company soon.
District staff recommended that the Bahama shut-
ters for the windows be set at a permanent impact-re-
sistant level that will still allow an outdoor view.
The team also discussed the flow patterns of stu-
dents through the cafeteria with an option for either a
disposable system or a dishwashing system.
The disposable system would utilize paper trays and
plates and a garbage compactor. The dishwashing system,
which is what the school has now, would be more expen-
sive, and cafeteria manager Rene Harper has stated she
prefers to retain the present system.
It was pointed out that the Parent-Teacher Organi-
zation also benefits by having a dishwashing system
available for its evening dinner events.
The team reasoned that although AME currently
has a staff member allocated to the dish room, in the
long run, a disposable system of non-recyclable mate-
rials would cost more. The team agreed to look at ad-
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The team also discussed options for a design focal
point to replace the clock tower depicted in the draw-
ings presented to the community.
Hayes said she has received suggestions for a metal
sculpture of the school mascot, the dolphin, and for a
replica of the lighthouse on Egmont Key.
Hayes said she would send home a flier asking for
parent and student input for something to replace the
clock tower. Cardinal suggested the school might want
to form a subcommittee to discuss ideas.
Finally, Larry Roemer presented a conceptual
drawing, which shows an alternate site for the new
school building. The alternate conceptual plan,
sketched by Island resident/architect Gene Aubry,
places Cardinal's design of the two-story classroom
building in front of the existing school instead of be-
hind it. The building would still be well behind the re-
quired setbacks and would leave more of the bayfront
open for athletics and recreation.
Roemer asked team members for their initial feed-
back on Aubry's drawing and whether they would like
to review it further.
Parent representative Steve Schield said that al-
though he liked the idea of opening up more of the
bayfront, he was uncomfortable moving the building
closer to Gulf Drive.
Although not explained at the meeting, the setback
from the road according to the conceptual plan would
be approximately 60 feet and allow ample room for
the bus drop-off, according to Aubry.
Parent representative Maria Facheris said she liked
having the natural amphitheater David Jones designed
as a focal point in front of the school rather than closed
off from the road behind the school.
In making his decision, Schield said he believes the
current design meets most of what he wants to see in
the new school and team members agreed to move for-
ward with the existing plan.
The project team plans to continue meeting weekly
to progress with the plans last presented to the commu-
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Four grab Anna Maria City election packets
By Rick Catlin
With three Anna Maria city commission seats up
for grabs in the Nov. 4 election, five residents, includ-
ing incumbent John Quam, have already obtained
qualifying election packets from Anna Maria City
Clerk Alice Baird.
Others who picked up their packets last week in-
clude former Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh, Carol Ann
Magill, Russell Stover and Dale Woodland.
City Commissioner Chuck Webb, whose term ex-
pires in November, has indicated he is still undecided
if he wants to seek re-election while Commissioner
Tom Aposporos has said he is definitely not seeking to
retain his seat.
Quam and Webb were unopposed when elected to
office in February 2002, while Aposporos was ap-
pointed by the commission following the adoption of
the new city charter in February 2003.
Under the new charter, three commission seats
are up for election this November, while the terms
of the remaining two commissioners and the office
of mayor will expire in November 2004.
The qualifying period for the November election
runs through noon Sept. 16. Packets may be picked
up at the Anna Maria City Hall, or at the Supervisor
of Elections office at 305 15th St. W. in Bradenton.
Candidates for the Anna Maria city commission
must have at least two years residency in Anna Maria
and obtain a minimum of 10 signatures from city resi-
dents verifying residency.
In addition, candidates must pay a $48 qualifying
fee and take a loyalty oath.
Unknown candidate appears in Holmes Beach
While the three incumbents for the Holmes Beach
City Commission Nov. 4 election have all picked up
their qualifying packets, the identity of a possible
fourth candidate remains a mystery.
Holmes Beach City Clerk Brooke Bennet said a
man picked up a qualifying packet from city hall late
Early Island teacher
A teacher who began her career on Anna Maria
Island during the Depression has been honored by her
husband, who set up a scholarship in her name.
The Elise Ingram Price Scholarship was endowed
by former State Sen. Edgar H. Price Jr., who is cred-
ited with helping create the state's junior college pro-
gram and then seeing to it that the state gave his county
Manatee Community College.
The scholarship is a $105,692 endowment, a per-
manent fund to help needy Manatee County high
school graduates who are enrolled or accepted at MCC.
It is not restricted by academic performance, gender,
race, color, creed, age or handicap, the school said.
Price is retired executive vice president of
Tropicana. He was in the Florida Senate from 1958-66.
Elise Price taught on Anna Maria in the late 1930s
and had to wait to begin teaching until enrollment
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last week while she was off duty and none of the other
staff apparently knew who he was.
"All we know is that it was a man who picked up
a packet," said Bennet.
Persons seeking a qualifying packet do not have to
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reached 25 students. The other teacher then was the late
Lena Phelps, who also was the school's principal. Price
taught grades four, five and six for a year, then went to
"She has had a life-long deep feeling that every
student deserves an advanced education," said her hus-
band. "We agreed many years ago that junior colleges
open the doors of education to young men and women
who can't afford college."
MCC's president, Dr. Sarah Pappas, said "The
Prices have been generous supporters of MCC, affect-
ing the lives of countless students for generations. With
the establishment of this fund, their devotion will be
felt in perpetuity."
In a separate matter, the school announced that a
laboratory in MCC's new Academic Resources Center
will be named for the Prices.
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she said. They have to identify themselves when they
present their package for qualification, Bennet added.
Incumbents Pat Geyer, Rich Bohnenberger and Don
Maloney have all picked up packets, she said.
Qualifying began Sept. 2 and candidates have until
noon Sept. 16. to qualify for a two-year term on the com-
mission, which will begin with swearing-in on Nov. 16.
Each commissioner's salary is $4,800.
A candidate can qualify by paying an election assess-
ment fee equal to one percent of the annual salary of the
office, submitting a petition with signatures of 15 voters
residing in the city and filing a candidate residency affi-
davit, or by filing an "undue burden" oath, which elimi-
nates the fee, along with a petition with signatures of 15
voters residing in the city.
Qualifying packets are available at Holmes Beach
City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, or from the Manatee
County Supervisor of Elections office, 305 15th St. W.,
Residents of Holmes Beach have until Oct. 6 to
register to vote in the city election. Registration forms
and absentee ballot information are available at city
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Bay Drive South, between Third and Fourth Streets
in Bradenton Beach, will be closed to vehicular traffic
Sept. 3-4 for utility work associated with Old Bridge
Village condominium project there.
Anna Maria Elementary
Monday, Sept. 8
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Cereal,
Lunch: Chicken Tenders, Grilled Cheese Sandwich,
or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Green Beans,
Tomato Soup, Juice Bar, Fruit
Tuesday, Sept. 9
Breakfast: Yogurt, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Cereall,
Lunch: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Garlic Toast,
Hot Dog on a Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sand-
wich, Tossed Salad, Corn, Fruit
Wednesday, Sept. 10
Breakfast: Egg and-Cheese Biscuit, Peanut Butter
and Jelly Sandwich, Toast, Cereal, Fruit
Lunch: Tuna Sandwich, Barbecue Rib on Bun or
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad,
Peas and Carrots, Fruit
Thursday, Sept. 11
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Baked Chicken, Sloppy Joe on Bun or
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Mashed Pota-
toes, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Friday, Sept. 12
Breakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Cereal, Toast,
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The Manatee County Republican Club will
host a hot-topic forum on "Shortening the School
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Bradenton on Thursday, Sept. 4.
The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m.
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The library is located at 1301 Barcarrota
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Marice Sardo at 778-5189.
Sunday School programs starting
"A celebration of 'God's Global Table'" on Sun-
day, Sept. 7, will begin the Sunday School programs at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Parents are being invited to attend this first one-
hour class, beginning with registration of students.
Work, music and a video for children are on the pro-
The video, "Crick! Crack! Let's Go to Haiti," is
designed for children and focuses on the pigs, coffee
and people that are part of the Lutheran World
Federation's project in Haiti.
Foods representing a celebration in the island na-
tion will be served and children and parents will meet
teachers and locate their classrooms.
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First class will be for "Light House" custom
stained-glass creation. Cost of the two-day course is
$55 for members, $60 nonmembers. The class will
meet from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 15 and 9-10 a.m. Sept. 16.
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a hot air balloon, fish, sunflower, dolphins, humming-
bird, single dolphin, and red rose. Details are available
Writers meeting Monday at library
The Gulf Coast Writers organization will meet at
10:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Those at-
tending may bring original poems and essays to read.
Additional information may be obtained at 778-7732.
Sewing again at Center
The sewing group of the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center this week resumed its sessions after a
summer hiatus. It will meet from 9:30 a.m.-noon
Wednesday at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Details are available at 778-1908.
Artists Guild will meet Monday
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will meet
at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the Church of the
Annunciation; 8440 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
This will be the first meeting after summer vaca-
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Anna Maria's canals haven't been dredged in the
nearly 50 years they've been in existence and the wa-
ter quality is likely "very poor," according to Bo
Conerly of the city's engineering firm of Baskerville-
Conerly made an impassioned plea to the capital
improvements advisory committee Aug. 26 that the
city needs to take the issue of dredging its canals "se-
"They've never been dredged so you have 40 to 50
years of sediment and pollutant build-up on the bottom
and in the water," Conerly said.
Worse, said Sam Johnston of Ed Barber & Asso-
ciates, the company that prepared the maintenance
dredge permit application for Holmes Beach, two-
thirds of the city's canals flunked a recent test for dis-
solved oxygen. "If you don't have enough oxygen,
you're going to get fish kills," Johnston said.
However, said CIAC member Glenn Faussett,
there are issues such as canal ownership, financing and
continuing maintenance involved with dredging the
Agreed, said Conerly, but the city needs to start
planning a maintenance dredging program now.
"Once it's done, you'll have 25 to 50 years before
it has to be done again," he contended.
Conerly roughly estimated the cost to maintenance
dredge all the city's canals at between $1 million and
But canalfront property owners will benefit the
most and funding could easily become a political issue,
said Anna Maria City Commissioner Chuck Webb.
Would the city pay for the dredging, assess just
canalfront property owners or all city residents, or as-
sess all city residents?
Webb said all those issues can be decided later.
New officers of the Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines choral group are, left to right, front row, Lea Ward,
treasurer; Elaine Lampman, vice president; Doris Tinder, secretary; and Judy Wood, president. Board
members in back row are Mary DeJong, Carol Shoemaker, and Sue Bensman. Not in picture is board member
Sharon Rogers-Baron of Anna Maria. The new president said singers high and low are invited to join at any
rehearsal, Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Details are
available at 778-5499 or 779-1416.
The key at this point is to get some information to the
city commission on the current condition of the canal
Johnston said his company could obtain core
samples from 10 to 20 canal locations around the city
and bring an engineer's analysis to the CIAC for study.
The best locations to study the canal bottom would
be near the stormwater drainage outfalls into the canals,
Although Johnson estimated the study at $2,500,
CIAC members agreed to ask the city commission to
put $5,000 in the 2003-04 budget for canal-bottom core
Good idea, said Webb. "Let's start with that to get
an idea of the problem first," before the CIAC goes to
Headlines in the Sept. 2, 1993, issue of The Islander announced that:
The proposed millage rate and budgets for the
three Island cities for the 1993-94 fiscal year, prior to
public hearings, were: Anna Maria, 1.410 millage and
an $859,900 budget; Holmes Beach, 1.750 millage and
a $1.743 million budget; Bradenton Beach, 3.7466
millage and a $1.167 million budget.
Members of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce told the Holmes Beach Planning Commission
that the city's resort overlay district, which prohibits rent-
als of less than 30 days, is unduly restrictive. The overlay
district is primarily the area south of the Manatee Public
Beach, Chamber President Mary Ann Sipe said.
Anna Maria's board of zoning appeals denied a
height variance request of 1 foot, 8 inches by baseball
Hall of Fame-member Warren Spahn for a house he
plans to build on Fir Avenue.
the city commission to request $30,000 for BDI to pre-
pare a maintenance dredge permit application for the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (The
Islander, Aug. 13).
Members approved a motion by Fausset that a bud-
get item request of $5,000 for canal core samples be
forwarded to the city commission by the Sept. 4 bud-
In other business, the CIAC also merged its prior-
ity lists of stormwater drainage and road resurfacing
According to various rating criteria, the following
are the top-six locations on the CIAC's new priority list.
Drainage would be done first along the priority street
before road resurfacing.
Crescent Street from Palm Avenue to Pine Av-
enue, $55,000 (estimated cost).
South Drive to South Bay Boulevard, $70,000.
North Shore Drive drainage, $70,000.
Pine Avenue to Spring Lane west of Gulf Drive,
South Bay Boulevard from Magnolia to Loquat,
Spring Avenue from Gulf Drive to South Bay
Eight locations in the city need only road resurfac-
ing, according to the priority list. The CIAC is recom-
mending that the city complete all combined road re-
surfacing-drainage projects first before addressing
those streets that just need resurfacing.
The city commission must still approve the list,
establish funding for a project, then obtain competitive
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Land-bound turtle nest arrives on Island
By Jim Hanson
After months of waiting, Anna Maria Turtle Watch
has its hands on a genuine manmade sea turtle nest
showing all phases of nesting.
It is life-size, 28 inches tall and 30 inches deep,
made as if a real nest had been cut down the middle and
half of it preserved behind a clear plastic face. It is simi-
lar to the live ant nests so popular some years ago,
showing life in an anthill.
This one shows life in a turtle nest, from eggs to
hatch to baby turtles struggling up through the sand to
the surface of the beach so they can scramble across the
sand to the comparative safety of the sea.
The interior is Styrofoam surrounded by real sand,
all encased in Plexiglas, nest and hatchlings and all life-
It was constructed by Kumpa Tawomprom and Noi
Wimonkeaw, both of Clearwater, artisans who have done
considerable similar work for the Clearwater Marine
Aquarium, said Suzi Fox, director of Turtle Watch and
state-permitted sea turtle preservationist for the Island.
The nest was financed by donations from faculty
members of the Polk County schools in honor of the
late Peggy Crail, who was a teacher there.
It is on display at the Turtle Watch Education Cen-
ter, 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. It is portable
so Turtle Watch speakers can take it along for presen-
tations at schools, clubs and other gatherings. Fox and
center manager Amy Talucci usually do the speaking.
They may be contacted at 778-1435.
The live turtle hatch on the beachfront has been
relatively quiet for the past week, although a few thrills
came from the heavy and frequent rain it cooled the
sand just like night does, so baby turtles thought it was
time to rise and broke out of their eggs.
They dug their way up to the beach's surface in
daylight, which is rare for these nocturnal hatchers,
bringing Turtle Watch volunteers running to protect
them at unaccustomed hours. The babies are easy prey
Turtle Watch s Sluzi Fox stands next to the new turtle nest model at the education center in Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo: Bonner Jov
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She issued a call for "get well" cards for Tom Van
Ness of Cortez, who has been a turtle preservationist so
long and so effectively that he has earned the sobriquet
Van Ness had surgery complicated by a blood clot
in a lung, treatment that kept him in the hospital for 10
days. He's home now, with friends helping him out,
and Fox said he's earned best wishes via cards. His
address is P.O. Box 1031, Cortez FL 34215.
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Tim Chandler unplugged, really unplugged, in Cortez
By Preston Whaley Jr.'
When Cortez Kitchen advertises "unplugged mu- '
sic," it's not kidding.
If the wind's blowing off the Intracoastal Water-
way, if tables are in conversation, if the blender's 1
churning behind the bar, or if the fan speed is set on
high, you can see lips moving and fingers picking, but
you've got to strain to hear the music.
It's not too much of an exaggeration to say that ,,
Cortez Kitchen proprietor Peter Barreda might as well
play compact disks on his car stereo and have the live
act Tim Chandler and Rick Fass play air-guitar. ~ . .. -
Listen to any guitar player in a bedroom in ..
Bradenton and it will probably have more volume than '
what you'll hear at the Kitchen. ..
Chandler and Fass can't plug in a microphone or O '
their acoustic guitars because of a business-squelching,
spirit-killing government system that prohibits live am-
plified music there. Consequently, patrons can barely .
hear the music and it was formerly a big attraction. .
"Tim, you'd sure sound good if you were plugged in,"
Chandler and Fass make the best of the situation. ..-
Being unplugged has its advantages. For instance,7 ..
they can walk around the deck and play. They roam and .
sit with guests as they perform.
Both men play slick, bluesy, southern-rock guitar ..
and complement each other. Chandler phrases songs .
one way and Fass another. They time it right and make
Chandler headlines the show and his pipes are big
and soulful, but hd admits this mic-less stuff is "killing -
my voice." Got music, can't plug in
PLEASE SEE TIM
CHANDLER, NEXT PAGE
Tim Chandler, left, and Rick Fass play their un-plugged blues and southern rock on the outdoor deck at the
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By Joe Kane
Cortez village honored Julian "Goose"
Culbreth's 87th birthday with a huge musical ban-
quet Aug. 30.
And Goose celebrated his birthday playing his
fiddle for scores of his family and friends.
Goose launched into "Hot Canary" and that got
the crowd in just the right mood. Mountains of
smoked mullet, fried chicken, ham, biscuits, pota-
toes and pies were ignored as Goose brought a hush
to the crowd of more than 150 fans crammed in the
Cortez Community Center.
The acoustic band Night Train started "cook-
ing," and the audience then began to show their ap-
preciation by tapping and clapping in time.
Goose's son Lloyd plucked on guitar, while
grandson Lowell strummed on bass guitar, and
grandson Duane fingered a guitar, backed up by his
grand-nephews, Jay Ray playing clarinet and
Norman Bickford on guitar, with friends Ray Byrant
finger-picking his banjo and Gordon Perry playing
his big bull bass.
And just when some guests thought the gig was
over, a jamming session began with friends and mu-
sicians improvising that kept the enthusiasts rollick-
ing for more than four hours.
All had come to honor and celebrate a living leg-
With Goose playing on his favorite fiddle, which
he bought for $10 in 1926, aficionados shouted out
for just one more, which the musicians answered
with a frisky rendition of "Crooked Fiddle."
The afternoon hoedown confirmed why in 1992
the State of Florida bestowed the prestigious Florida
Folk Artists award on Goose.
The musical heritage of the Culbreath family
goes back to Goose's father Dick, who also played
fiddle and was so popular that their house was called
the Cortez Grand 01' Opera House.
"It was a wonderful time for Dad," said daugh-
ter Lorel Rhoden. "He has been so ill for the past two
Some of Goose's oldest friends turned out for
the jamboree. "Two of my Dad's best friends, Alcee
Taylor and Soupy Davis, were there," said Rhoden.
"The crowd's show of love for my Dad means so
much to him."
Gettin' down with Goose
Everyone had a "fine as kind" time at Goose Culbreath's birthday party in Cortez, where folks caught up on
old times, chowed on home cooking, and the band played and Goose fiddled. Left to right, musicians Lowell
Culbreath, Lloyd Culbreath, Soupy Davis, birthday boy
Islander Photo: Courtesy Stephen Jones
Tim Chandler plays in Cortez
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18
In many ways, he has lived the VH-1 classic
rock 'n' roll biography of flying high, crashing, then
surviving and managing to rebuild his life.
He never became a superstar, but in the early
1980s, he and Randy Neubert cofounded the band
Traveler. They were "rubbing shoulders with the big
boys" at Capricorn Records and record producer
Paul Hornsby in Macon, Ga.
Hornsby was a great keyboardist and producer of
acts like the Marshall Tucker Band, the Allman
Brothers Band, and the Charlie Daniels Band.
Traveler opened popular shows for the Dixie
Dregs, Hot Tuna, Greg Allman, the Atlanta Rhythm
Section, and many others.
Chandler says, "I was young, cocky and good"
and Traveler was "in line" for fame.
But it didn't work out. The group broke up in
1984, and Neubert and Chandler went separate ways.
They remained friends, however, and continue to
collaborate on various song-writing and recording
projects. Since Chandler returned to the area last
year, they began collaborating a lot more.
When Traveler fell apart, Chandler moved to the
Bradenton area. He and brother Farrell lived and
played in the area for about 13 years. The "Chandler
Goose, Leo Gale, Joe Daniels and Duane Culbreath.
Brothers" were known for their hot-fried rock 'n'
roll and wild living.
Death caught up with Farrell about a year ago,
and now Chandler and Neubert write and record
songs like "Second Chance" and "Come Out of the
Friday night at the Cortez Kitchen, Chandler
played a bittersweet song,"Whispers in the
Wind,"written for his brother.
Chandler says "at 46-years old, I'm glad to be
alive. I'm happy to be right here," at the Cortez
Kitchen. "I'm not a Bible-thumper. I'm not in your
face. I don't go to church much, but I've found God,
and it's real."
On stage at the Kitchen, Fass and Chandler play
an occasional original, but mostly they play what
people want to hear, like the blues "So Long" and
"Mustang Sally," Hank Williams' "Family Tradi-
tion" and Credence Clearwater Revival's "Don't
Stop the Rain."
Those who want to hear sit near the foot of the
stage. Others wait for Chandler to walk by. He seems
to know everyone on the deck, and they seem to
want him around, even if they can't hear him.
Since the "no more loud music" word came
down from Manatee County Code Enforcement,
Kitchen owner Barreda continues to pay the music
THE TSL'WNDER' 0 SEPTEMBER'3,'2003 U PAGE'19
Nancy Ambrose. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Ambrose joins Islander
as account executive
Nancy Ambrose, who boasts a more-than-
lifetime connection with Anna Maria Island, has
joined the staff of The Islander as an advertising
Her husband's grandparents wintered here
many years ago and husband David vacationed
here as a lad, and continued to do so with Nancy
after their marriage.
She was born and grew up in Iowa, graduated
from Iowa State University, and then worked for
awhile around the state before moving to Atlanta.
In Georgia she was with a convention-organizing
company, then a marketing organization and in
sales for such firms as Calvin Klein before going
to work for the Olympics organization that
brought the games to Atlanta.
"I saw so much greed there that I became dis-
illusioned with it all, not to mention the Atlanta
traffic," she said. Husband David also got tired of
running a large restaurant "and we had a house
here already and so we just came south and
She took hold right away, serving on the Is-
land Players board of directors and becoming
active in Off Stage Ladies, spearheading the suc-
cessful drive to create the Island Butterfly Gar-
den, joining the Manatee Youth for Christ board,
the Anna Maria Garden Club and keeping up with
her PEO sorority membership. She is proud of
having been with the American Legion Auxiliary
since age 3. Now she is working hard in the effort
to create an Audubon Preserve in Manatee
What pleases her most about the Island is the
climate and the beach, where she spends as much
time as she can spare. The fact that her father,
retired Iowa veterinarian Dr. O.C. Walker, lives
across the street adds to the charm they're both
avid Boston Red Sox fans and watch games to-
gether on his TV.
Chandler says, "It's nice of him to give me a job.
He's the best man I've ever worked for."
Chandler has played music for a living nearly all
of his life. He's been "stone sober" for five years, he
says, married to wife Sheila for 20 and has two kids. He
makes it clear they're the most important people in his
Playing covers for a living is a fun job, but from an
artistic point of view, Chandler says of himself and
partner, Neubert, "our basic thing is original music.
We're a real good team, a great team."
Chandler may be at peace, but he's still ambitious,
saying, "I've got people interested in four or five
He fired off a half-written one called, "I Love to
Fish." When he finishes it, he plans to shop it to angler
shows on radio and television.
In addition, Neubert and Chandler began rehears-
ing a full band this month so they can "play original
music and open up for some of the big acts coming into
Chandler and Fass play at Cortez Kitchen Fridays
starting at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 2 until 6 p.m.
On Thursday, they're plugged in at Woodson
Brothers' Seafood Grille from 6 until 9 p.m.
Chandler's Web site features samples of his and
Neubert's music at www.TCandRandy.com.
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9:30 a.m. to noon Sewing group at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
3 to 4 p.m. Joyful Noise Youth Choir at the
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-0414.
5 to 6:30 p.m. Creative Arts and Crafts for ages
5-10 at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee ap-
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
7 p.m. The Really Angry Teachers, Parents and
Activists Coalition for Kids will meet to discuss opposition
to high-stakes testing at the Central Public Library, 1301
Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 778-4126.
Thursday, Sept. 4
6 to 8 p.m. Girl Scout sign-up at Palma Sola
Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
6 to 8p.m.- Girl Scout sign-up at Southside Bap-
tist Church, 1604 17th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
6:30 p.m. Soccer season kickoff banquet
fundraiser sponsored by Island's End Bistro at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7p.m.- "Shortening the School Day" forum spon-
sored by the Manatee County Republican Club at the
Central Public Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd.,
Bradenton. Information: 778-4126.
Friday, Sept. 5
9 to 10 a.m. Yoga with Laura Bennett at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Saturday, Sept. 6
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Book signing of "The
Early Days" by author Carolyne Norwood at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Sunday, Sept. 7
9 a.m. "God's Global Table" educational pro-
gram at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1813.
Monday, Sept. 8
10:15 a.m. Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
6 to 8 p.m. Line dancing lessons at American
Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. In-
formation: 794-3489. Fee applies.
8:30 a.m. Internet class at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
7p.m.- Artists Guild of Anna Maria general meet-
ing at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1788.
Tuesday, Sept. 9
7:30a.m.- Business Network International meet-
ing at the Hilton Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of
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Noon to 3:30 p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veteran's Service officer at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Appointments: 749-3030.
5 to 7p.m. Anna Maria Elementary School Par-
ent-Teacher Organization dinner sponsored by Rotten
Ralph's restaurant in the AME cafeteria, 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Sept. 10
10:30 a.m. Friends of the Library Book Club at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
5 to 6:30 p.m. Creative Arts and Crafts for ages
5-10 at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Photography exhibit by Joe Fletcher at Island
Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through
Traditional arts class for ages 10-16 at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, through Oct. 8. Information: 778-2099. Fee
Creative Arts and Crafts for ages 5-10 at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach, through Oct. 9. Information: 778-2099.
Creative Memories Scrapbooking class at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center Sept. 11.
Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote Marine
Aquarium Sept. 11.
St. Bernard Women's Guild meeting Sept. 11.
Origami class at the Island Branch Library Sept.
Girl Scout sign-up at Bradenton Girl Scout House
Stepping-stone class at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center Sept. 15-16.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Aug. 23, 300 block of Hardin Avenue, information.
According to the report, a woman started a dispute with
a neighbor who had hired a lawn service to cut down
some bushes along her property line. According to the
report, the complaintant believes the bushes are on her
Aug. 24, 300 block of 68th Street, Holmes Beach,
DUI. According to the report, Manatee County
sheriff's deputies followed a vehicle into Holmes
Beach after the driver nearly hit the patrol car while it
was parked at Marina Drive and Palm Drive in Anna
Maria. The driver was given a roadside sobriety test
and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Aug. 28, 200 block of Palmetto Avenue, DUI.
According to the report, Manatee County sheriff's
deputies were called regarding a woman trying to drive
her van while allegedly intoxicated. She was given a
roadside sobriety test and arrested for driving under the
influence of alcohol.
Aug. 28, 8500 block of Gulf Drive, suspended li-
cense. A man was cited for driving without a license
and, according to the report, providing false identifica-
Aug. 20, 2000 block of Gulf Drive South, driver's
license. A man was cited for driving without a license
during a routine traffic stop.
Aug. 21, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Leffis Key, drug ar-
rest. Christopher Amen, 22, of Wappinger Falls, N.Y.,
was arrested for possession of marijuana when offic-
ers found him at Leffis Key after park hours.
Aug. 21, 200 Bridge St., city pier parking lot,
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criminal mischief. According to the report, several
unsuccessful attempts were made to punch out a door
lock on a parked van.
Aug. 22, 2100 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, drug
arrest. Shirley Mangus, 29, of Bradenton, was arrested
for possession of cocaine after officers found her in the
park after closing time.
Aug. 24, 2400 block of Avenue E, Baker Act. Ac-
cording to the report, officers took a person into pro-
tective custody after a caretaker reported that he has
refused to take his medication for several days.
Aug. 25, 2000 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, traf-
fic arrest. A man was arrested for driving without a li-
cense and using an altered temporary tag.
Aug. 26, 1600 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, tres-
pass warning. According to the report, a man was given
a 90-day trespass warning for all Manatee County
parks because the on-duty lifeguard reported he refused
to leave the water during inclement weather.
Aug. 22, 2700 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. Ac-
cording to the report, a stereo and amplifier were sto-
len from a car parked at a residence.
Aug. 22, 700 block Manatee Avenue, criminal
mischief. The sliding glass door to a lanai was shattered
by a small object similar to a BB pellet, according to
Aug. 22, 3900 block of Gulf Drive, theft. Accord-
ing to the report, a newspaper container was reported
missing from this location.
Aug. 23, 5410 Marina Drive, D. Coy Ducks, bat-
tery. According to the report, a man was battered by
another man whom he said tried to steal his bicycle,
which was parked in front of the bar.
Aug. 23,4500 block of Third Avenue, burglary. A
man was arrested after a witness reported seeing him
attempting to break into several automobiles.
Aug. 24. 700 Manatee Avenue, Kingfish Boat
Ramp, burglary. A 'voman reported a purse stolen from
Aug. 24, 4200 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
man reported his fishing poles and tackle box missing
from his vehicle.
Winners in the Aug. 30 horseshoe games were
Chris McNamara of Bradenton and Dan McLand
of Holmes Beach. Runners-up were Tom Rhodes
of Cortez and Tom Skoloda of Anna Maria City.
Winners in the Aug. 27 games were Bill
Starrett of Anna Maria City and Rhodes. Runners-
up were Herb Ditzel of Anna Maria City and
George Landraitis of Bradenton.
Winners in the Aug. 23 games were Chris
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Anna Maria City. Runners-up were Jack Cooper
and Jesse Brisson, both of Holmes Beach.
Winners in the Aug. 13 games were Cooper
and George Landraitis of Bradenton. Runners-up
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First U.S. deep.water fish farm proposed off Island
The first open-water fish farm off Florida and one
of the few in the Gulf of Mexico has been proposed for
an area about 33 miles west of Anna Maria Island.
Three Pinellas County men, all with colorful back-
grounds, hope to secure fish cages on the bottom in
about 100 feet of water. They hope to raise snapper,
mahi-mahi, pompano, cobia and amberjack until they
reach legal size, then sell them.
The aquaculture project, if approved by federal
officials, would be the deepest such fish farm in the
United States. The farming promoters argue the need
for the deep system to avoid any red tide outbreaks.
The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Coun-
cil will discuss the matter Sept. 11.
Proponents of the aquaculture project, and similar
efforts across the country's shores, tout the efforts as
a big-time moneymaker, hoping the industry will grow
to something like $5 billion by 2025 with employment
reaching 500,000 people. The United States imports
about $7 billion worth of fish annually, much of it farm
Opponents of aquaculture point to excess nutrients,
entering the water system fish food plus the
byproduct of the fish farming fish poop. There is
also the competition issue of fish farms going head-to-
head with commercial fishers for the same market.
Then there is the cost issue. The Gulf proposal calls
for eight net cages at a total cost of about $120,000. A
batch of fingerlings would cost about $10,000, and then
there is fish food and maintenance. The net revenue
from the net farm, though, could be close to $400,000
once the fish reach maturity.
Florida Offshore Aquaculture is is headed by three
men, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
One of them, Capt. Tommy Butler, is no stranger
to Island waters. He and his boat, Reality Check, have
won several fishing tournaments in the area, including
the offshore division of the Fishing the Islands Tour-
nament in 1998. The Madeira Beach native designed
and runs the 45-foot boat that is powered with twin
turbocharged 350-hp engines. Clients strap themselves
2003 Island Bayfest
opens for vendors
Vendors are being sought for the 2003 Island
Bayfest, scheduled all day Oct. 18 in Anna Maria.
Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce, it will be from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
on Pine Avenue between Crescent Drive and
Anna Maria Sound.
Booths are $50 each; restaurant booths are
$50 for chamber members and $100 for nonmem-
bers. Provide your own tent and table, said Cindy
Thompson, chamber director who is in charge.
The booth sizes vary with the vendors' needs,
she said, and "we've got the whole street so
there's room for all vendors, all sizes." She
quickly added, "We don't want half the street
taken up by one vendor, but I'm working with
everyone to accommodate just about anything."
She may be reached at 761-4766.
The "fun for all ages" event will include
Taste of the Island by restaurants, art and crafts
from local galleries and artists, retail booths, Is-
land Middle School children's play area, classic
car show from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and draft beer,
margaritas, sodas and bottled water for sale.
Live music all day will be provided by IMS
Conch Fritters, Eric von Hahmann, Gumbo
Boogie Band, Koko Ray and the Soul Providers,
and the Dr. Dave Band.
Additional information is available from
chamber executive director Mary Ann Brockman
into aircraft-style seats and roar out into the Gulf at
:speeds of up to 60 mph. Cost for a day's charter:
$1,400. Usual catch: 400 to 700 pounds of grouper and
Also involved in the fish farm proposal is Thomas
D. Powell, who launched the Sound Advice stores in
the mid-1970s. His uncle previously owned the
Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa in Bellaire.
The third partner is Jody Symons, who retired as
a Motorola salesman several years ago.
They also have some other interesting elements
within their past.
Butler pled guilty to growing 57 marijuana plants
at his house in 2001. He was also charged by federal
officials with operating Reality Check without a li-
cense, and also with trying to.sell amberjack without a
license. He was fined $6,000, and still owes $2,000,
prompting federal officials to threaten to shut him
Powell used the Sound Advice stores as a mecha-
nism to launder drug money. He was eventually
charged with smuggling more than 300,000 pounds of
marijuana into the country and fled to Sweden. He was
eventually extradited and spent six years in prison.
Symons declared bankruptcy a few years ago after
apparently racking tiup something like $60,000 in credit
There is also a bad track record for fish farming
elsewhere. Canada and Britain have had problems with
farm-raised fish developing diseases. Salmon aquacul-
ture projects in Alaska also had problems, and forced
that state to ban all fish farming in> 1990.
Federal officials have said the ulf project \would
have little to no environmental impact as long as strict
monitoring is in place, something to which the Florida
Offshore Aquaculture gang has readily agreed.
We'll just have to wait and see what happens Sept.
Paying for a room, view
A New Jersey man has successfully sued the state
in the wake of a beach renourishment project on the
grounds that the extra beach and its extensive dune
system has blocked his view of the Atlantic Ocean.
According to the National Oceanographic and At-
mospheric Administration's magazine Coastal Ser-
vices, the guy refused to allow an easement to his prop-
erty for the beach renourishment effort. The seven-
mile-long project in Ocean City went forward anyway,
adding several hundred feet of beach. The state also
created an extensive dune system, complete with sea
oats, to add stability to the shore.
Louis Spadaccino and his wife sued, stating the
dunes "damaged the remaining part of their property
and diminished its market value by $100,000." They
claimed they suffered from loss of view, loss of direct
beach access, loses of use and loss of privacy.
The case worked its way through the courts, and
finally the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Divi-
sion ruled that "loss of ocean view and access are ele-
ments for which severance may be awarded. While no
New Jersey case has had occasion to render such a rul-
ing, the application of the standards governing partial
takings leads inevitably to this conclusion.
"As a result of the dune project," the courts ruling
continued, "the view of the ocean floor from the
Spacaccino's condominium has been completely ob-
structed and direct access to the beach has been elimi-
Spadaccino got $37,001.
It would appear that in some cases the benefits of
having a wide, sandy beach with dunes to protect prop-
erty from storms and high waves is secondary to hav-
ing a great water view.
As one guy put it about the case: "These people
would rather have water up to their bulkhead than have
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission will consider final action today to reclassify the
red-cockaded woodpecker from a "threatened species"
to a "species of special concern."
Reclassification of the woodpecker is a benchmark
in the continuing process of managing the species,
FWC officials said.
The species of special concern classification indi-
cates the species is in no immediate danger of extinc-
tion but requires special management attention. Clas-
sification of species as endangered, threatened or spe-
cies of special concern depends on the species' popu-
lation trends, range, probability of extinction within a
specified time and other factors.
Reclassification or "down-listing" will not
result in less protection for the species, since conserva-
tion measures are based on a management plan rather
than its classification.
FWC scientists consider the state list as a sort of
scorecard to measure how effective conservation mea-
sures are at managing and recovering imperiled species.
Red-cockaded woodpeckers are about 8 inches
long, mostly black-and-white, with a bright red stripe
behind the eye. They're mostly found in pine flatlands
in South Florida, although I have seen one or two in our
neck of the woods.
The Florida Offshore Aquaculture story broke just
as I was finishing "White Death," by authors Clive
Cussler and Paul Kemprecos. It's a tale of evil fish
farmers, mutant salmon and a plot to end life as we
know it on the planet.
The book was an interesting juxtaposition to the
offshore offering presented by the Pinellas County
Hooke top long-distance runner of 2003
By Jim Hanson
Mickey Hooke has finally won all there is to win
in his long-distance running divisions, so he's going on
to other fields to conquer.
A former Island resident and longtime employee of
Galati Marine, he has been declared Florida's Out-
standing Male Master Long-Distance Runner of the
380 75h S. W e radnto 9 ust5 mnuts fomIsn
"I've been running for this for years," said Hooke,
42. "There's no higher award in the game, so I guess
I'll move along to other runs." The honor was pre-
sented at the Florida convention of the U.S. Associa-
tion for Track & Field at the Village in Polk County.
The awards committee based its decision on analy-
sis of 24 months of statistics, highlighted by Hooke's
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Cobia start to appear, good snook season start
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Cobia are starting to come back, with several re-
ports of the big fish being boated this week. Redfish are
still thick, big and hungry and a great choice for those
who want to catch those big spotties.
Snook season opened Monday, and there are al-
ready excellent reports of good-sized linesiders being
brought in with some stretching the tape to 34 inches.
Offshore action is really picking up with grouper
and snapper, although most guides are finding the best
catches a little farther out than normal, in the 100-foot-
And mackerel continue to be a mainstay near the
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
snook, trout and redfish are the hot tickets in Palma
Sola Bay. He's finding some good-sized snook at Beer
Can Island, plus mackerel off the beaches and offshore
action for grouper is still good in the 100-foot depths.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's getting his clients onto lots of redfish to
28 inches in length in Sarasota Bay, trout to 17 inches
and lots of the first keeper-size snook of the season.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said off-
shore fishing action is really picking up every day, with
good reports of grouper and snapper in a little better
than 100 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico. There are
a few reports of cobia catches, he said, and mackerel
action continues to be steady and great near the beaches
and in Tampa Bay. Inshore action for redfish is red-hot
right now, with most of the guides reporting limit-
catches of spotties on every trip.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are lots of redfish being caught in Miguel Bay and
coolers-full of trout and mackerel are coming back with
anglers fishing in front of Terra Ceia Bay. He hasn't
seen any keeper snook brought back to the dock yet
- but the season just started.
Hooke wins long-distance award
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
running in 27 races in 21 cities. He finished first or
second in 20 of the races. He also set eight course and
13 masters' records. Masters are age 40 and up.
Hooke figured that also contributing to the judges'
decision were his second place over all in the 1 OK state
championship with a time of 33:43, and his second in
the four-mile state championship at 21:33.
This week in his home territory he finished third in
the 11th annual Canes 5K Cross-Country Classic at
G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton by breaking his own
masters record of 17.20, running it in 17.04 this year.
He also came in third at 35.08 in the Ringling Bridge
10K run in Sarasota.
Now he's leaving road racing after five years and
going into cross-country, starting with the Riverview
Invitational Sept. 20. He plans to run fewer races, too,
he said. Time to slow down and smell the roses? Hooke
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Jerry Mayor, 8, of Anna Maria, caught this nice-
sized trout while fishing with Capt. Justin Moore.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's getting
into 20 or more redfish on each trip out, plus some le-
gal-size snook on opening day Monday. He's also
catching lots of legal-size mackerel near the rocks off
the beaches in the Gulf.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said mackerel on the
artificial-reef systems are a wonderful hit right now,
and he's starting to find cobia showing up. Redfish
continue to be a best bet in the bays, he added.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he's starting to have to run a little farther
out in the Gulf to get into the big grouper and snapper.
In that 160-foot depth, he's finding red grouper to 26
pounds, mangrove, lane and yellowtail snapper to 6
pounds, plus a few dolphin.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he's getting lots of mangrove snapper to 16
inches, trout to 22 inches and reds up to 30 inches. Floun- -'
der fishing is starting to get better every day, he added,
plus snook season started with a real loud bang with lots
of keeper-size linesiders reeled in on opening day.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
are catching lots of big redfish, big black drum, some
small mackerel, mangrove snapper, cobia and snook.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier reports
anglers there are catching lots of Spanish mackerel,
good-size snook at night, a few mangrove snapper, plus
lots of yellowtails, pompano and trout.
On my boat Magic, we were able to make it out
only one time last week, but caught more than 20 reds,
several small snook and trout to 23 inches.
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
email@example.com. 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
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Dolphins drop 24-12 decision to Broncos
By Kevin Cassidy
The Broncos rode the running of LaFaron Burch
and the passing of quarterback Willie Brown to record
a 24-12 victory over the Dolphins in Police Athletic
League varsity football action Saturday, Aug. 30, at the
Manatee High School field.
The loss drops the Dolphins to 0-2, though they did
score their first points of the season against a tough
Coach Andy Price remained optimistic. "We've
got some inexperienced kids and they're making silly
penalties. Once the kids get some game experience
under their belts, we'll be fine."
The Dolphins opened the game on offense at their
own 15 and got off to a promising start when Chad
Richardson powered for 12 yards on first down. The
Dolphins failed to move the ball any farther and gave
the ball over to the Broncos on downs at their own 30-
The Broncos lost the ball on their first play and
Jason Schneider pounced on the loose ball to give it
back to the Dolphins at the 35.
Dolphin quarterback Nick Sato ran for six yards on
first down, but got hit out of bounds resulting in a 15-
yard penalty to move the ball to the Bronco 44.
Consecutive false start penalties cost the Fins 10
yards. Sato gained one yard on second down before the
Broncos were nailed for another unsportsmanlike pen-
alty to move back to the 44.
There the Dolphins attempted a halfback option
pass that saw Sato pitch the ball to Jimmy Campos.
Under a swarming pass rush, Campos got picked off by
Ernest Curry trying to find Richardson, but Richardson
alertly stole the ball back as they fell to the ground.
On first down from the 25, Sato dropped back and
connected with tight end John Gregory, who tipped the
ball into the air before grabbing it and running it in for
the first Dolphin touchdown of the season.
The Broncos quickly moved the ball down the field
to tie the score, getting a 12-yard run from Burch, followed
by a 14-yard pass from Brown to Curry. Brown followed
that up with a beautiful fade pattern to wide receiver Leon
Spearman to complete a 35-yard touchdown play.
The Bronco defense set up their offense for a score
late in the first half. Starting at their own 25,
Richardson gained three and Campos gained two be-
fore the mistakes set in. A false start penalty backed
them up five yards before the Broncos Johnny Ruiz
broke through the Dolphin line for consecutive sacks
to give the ball back to the offense at the Dolphin four.
Quarterback Brown connected with Spearmon on
the next play to give the Broncos a 12-6 lead that they
carried into the half.
The Broncos opened the second half on offense
and were moving the chains behind the strong running
of Burch, who gained 30 yards on his first three carries
of thL second half.
On first down at their own 40, Brown dropped back
- looking for Spearmon down the right side, but Dolphin
defensive back Zach Geerearts recovered to not only
intercept the ball, but he also returned it 23 yards to the
Richardson gained one yard on first down and
Campos ran a counter for seven yards to second down.
On third and two, the Fins ran the option play with Sato
pitching the ball to Richardson at the last minute and
he powered into the end zone to tie the score at 12-12.
The Bronco defense limited the Dolphins to five
yards of offense the rest of the way, while Burch ran
wild, gaining 97 of his 124 yards rushing yards after
Starting at their own 40, the Broncos ran Burch
four straight times for gains of five, seven, six and 37
yards, before Brown connected with Spearmon for a
one-yard touchdown pass and an 18-12 lead.
The Fins tried in vain to stage a dramatic come-
y back, but Curry intercepted a pass late in the game to
give them the ball at the Dolphin 40. Fullback Eddie
Andrade got the call three straight times and powered
through the middle of the Dolphin defense to score a
touchdown that gave the Broncos a 24-12 lead.
S Brown finished with 65 yards passing, including
touchdown throws of 35, one and four yards to
The Dolphins were led by Richardson's 28 yards
Rushing and one touchdown and Gregory's 25-yard
in PAL JV
Leon Spearmon catches the ball over Nick Sato to
score a touchdown for the Broncos during their 24-
12 victory over the Dolphins.
Chad Richardson tries to pull away from Bronco
defender Ernest Curry during the Dolphins' 24-12 loss.
Defensively, C.J. Wickersham, Geerearts and
Curtis Reynolds were standouts for the Fins in the loss.
Green scores tying touchdown
for Canes in Kickoff Classic
The Manatee Hurricanes defeated Hillsborough
High School Friday, Aug. 29, at a home game on an
extremely soggy Joe Kinnan Field at Hawkins Sta-
Island resident and senior Hurricane tight end
Hunter Green provided the game-tying touchdown
when he hauled in a pass from quarterback Colby West,
broke a tackle and rambled 51 yards for the score. Place
kicker Peter Filipowicz put the ball through the up-
rights for the wining margin of victory.
Next up for Green and his Hurricane teammates is
an away game at cross-town rival Southeast High
School. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5.
More soccer news
The Anna Maria Island Community Center soccer
league will kick off its season in grand style at 6:30
The Dolphins' Zach Geeraerts makes a tackle on
Bronco receiver Ernest Curry during PAL varsity
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4. Once again the banquet is be-
ing catered by Sean Murphy of Beach Bistro.
Schedules and uniforms will be distributed on this
The soccer preseason jamboree will get the season
going Saturday, Sept. 6, with mini-games being played
all day long. Pictures are also scheduled for this day.
For more information, call Joe Chelbus at 778-1908 at
Adult basketball at Center
Don't forget adult basketball is played Wednesday
nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The courts are open and air
conditioned and here's a $2 fee to play.
Kevin Cassidv is publisher of Sports Page, a free
county wide publication focusing on youth sports,
coach for Manatee High School female soccer and a
The Anna Maria Island Community Center an-
nounced that "rain or shine," the Center's soccer league
team and individual player photos will be taken at the
soccer jamboree Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., according to the following schedule:
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20 years at the Pelican Post
Lois and Walter Post of the Pelican Post Motel at
202 First St. N. in Bradenton Beach celebrate 20
years of ownership and fun at their guest cottages
this month. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Lois Post
Posted in Paradise
Twenty years ago in 1983, Lois and Walter Post
took a drive from'their Sebring home to Anna Maria
Island to rekindle some old memories and enjoy a
Walter had grown up in Sarasota and remembered
some pretty good times in Bradenton Beach, including
the old Silver Dollar Bar, where underage kids weren't
likely to get caught sipping a beer or two.
Walter also remembered a small, quaint group of
cottages on First Street called the Flamingo Court
On a whim, they drove by, knocked on the door and
asked then-owner Bryant Elliott if the place was for sale.
Surprise! It was.
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This tidy 4BR/2BA ground level duplex is located
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It didn't take Lois and Walter long to realize they
really wanted to be on a barrier Island and own their
own business, so they bought the Flamingo and
changed the name to the Pelican Post Motel.
They did more than change the name, they changed
the Pelican Post into a retreat where working people
and families could come and "relieve their stress level,"
"It's a home away from home without the stress
and pressure. A place where people can spend some
quiet time at the beach or in a cottage, where they can
feel they are in their own private apartment."
Over the past 20 years, guests have turned into
good friends, like Randy and Norma Cok and their
"Randy and Norma would visit his parents, Kay
and Steve, who live on Second Street every year," said
"They've stayed here so much, we've become life-
long friends, and we got to watch their kids grow up."
Fact is, many guests have loved the area so much
they've bought units at the nearby Pines Trailer Park
and then put their friends and northern visitors up at the
Bradenton Beach resident Flo Snyder has had her
family stay at the Pelican Post so many times, "she's
now like one of the family," Lois observed.
The Pelican Post remains true to its old-Florida
style and ambiance and has become so much a part of
Bradenton Beach folklore that it was featured in Randy
Wayne White's mystery novel, Twelve Mile Limit.
"So, being a friendly and relaxing place and mak-
ing friends with our guests has its rewards," exclaimed
Both Walt and Lois agreed that coming back to the
Island and Bradenton Beach was the best move they
"It's been a great 20 years," said Lois proudly, and
"We're hoping for many more good years, and we want
to thank everyone who has supported us."
For more information on the Pelican Post, call 778-
2833, or visit the Web site at www.pelicanpost.com.
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In addition, a link to the listing will be placed on
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CVB Marketing Manager Susan Estler said there
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For more information on the free listing or adver-
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Harry's is back
Harry's Continental Kitchens in the 5600 block
of Gulf of Mexico Dr. on Longboat Key has reopened
after summer vacation.
The popular eatery is offering a number of brunch,
lunch, dinner and take-out deli specials to celebrate its
For more information on Harry's, call 383-0777.
No more Holiday on Longboat
The Holiday Inn on Longboat Key closed its
doors for the last time Sunday, Aug. 31.
A fixture on Longboat Key for more than 30
years, the 146-unit resort will be torn down to make
room for a 29-unit condominium complex built the
Positiano Group, the company that recently bought
Prices for condominium units start at $1.95 million
with a penthouse unit selling for $4.4 million.
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SOFA AND LOVESEAT: Looks great, mint green
with four pillows. Good condition $150. Call
MUST SELL! Six-drawer dresser with mirror, two
nightstands, corner curio cabinet, white and
butcher-block buffet, two-drawer armoire. Call
EMBROIDERY: We offer quality embroidered pro-
motional T-shirts, caps and golf shirts. We can
digitize your custom logo for your organization or
business, or help you create one.
www.islandstitch.com or call 778-8338.
BEDROOM SET: solid oak in a stateroom style by
National of Mt. Airy. Eight pieces with king-size
headboard, but no beds, $1,400. 792-4274.
FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, crabs,
native fish. Delivered to your door. Call James Lee,
795-1112 or 704-8421.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open Tuesdays, Thursdays
9:30am-2pm; Saturdays, 9am-noon. Donations
Wednesday. Always 50 percent off racks. 511 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.
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CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years
as an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved
pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.
1988 DODGE DYNASTY, clean Island car, awe-
some air conditioning, great stereo. $800 or best
offer. Call 812-3455.
1999 VW BEETLE Turbo: Stick, CD, sunroof, im-
maculate. $12,250. Call 778-4792.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$3,100, or best offer. 730-9622.
BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vacation
or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas.
Minutes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait.
Capt. John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
OUTBOARD MOTOR, 5-hp Nissan, four-stroke,
used once. Must sell. $750, or best offer. Call
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On-site rental office
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EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS. Summer spe-
cial: fifth and sixth person free with four paying cus-
tomers. Sunsets, snorkeling, Sarasota Bay, Egmont
Key and more. Custom tours available. See dol-
phins all day! Hourly, half-day and full day. Call 778-
7459 or 720-5470.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
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$3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or child.
Please call 778-7622, 778-7611 or 447-8593.
ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/
wine, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Call
Longview Realty, 383-6112.
ACE HARDWARE of Holmes Beach seeks perma-
nent full-time and part-time cashiers and sales as-
sociates. Retired trades people welcome. Apply in
person, 3352 E. Bay Drive.
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THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers who can work dur-
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books in and out, reshelving books and generally
assisting library patrons. Anyone interested in vol-
unteering in our friendly community library can call
Eveann Adams at 779-1208.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
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Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. We
need you! Call 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at Turtle Watch. AMITW
is seeking volunteers with customer service or re-
tail experience. Greet and inform visitors at our edu-
cation center and/or to help with nesting activity on
our beaches. Training is provided, please contact
the Turtle Watch Education Center for more infor-
mation. Amy Talucci or Suzi Fox, 778-1435.
ASSISTED LIVING: Haven Home Bradenton
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MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
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more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
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COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
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MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
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and the Island since 1987. For dependable, hon-
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ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
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NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
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PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
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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. Reli-
able and insured. 727-5066.
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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
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
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT Interior/exterior paint-
ing, pressure washing and wallpaper. For prompt,
reliable service at reasonable rates, call Kevin at
704-7115 or 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#',CC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Homes, rentals. A.J. Winters, 713-1951.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building contractor. New
homes, 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.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light
carpentry, plumbing, electrical, grass cutting, tree
trimming, light hauling. Call 778-6170.
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.
RENTALS RENT FAST when you advertise in
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, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new
ceramic floors, $750; 2BR/1BA, stackable
washer/dryer hookup. $725; New tile floors,
stove, refrigerator, 1BR/1BA, $650. Dolores M.
Baker Realty, 778-7500.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences. Summer
rate, $1,200/week. Please call 778-2541 and leave
message or call (813) 752-4235. E-mail:
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-
SPACIOUS WATERFRONT, upper, sundeck,
dock. Panoramic view, furnished, Key West-style.
2BR/2BA, washer/dryer. Pet considered. 794-5980.
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.
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. 305 66th St., 2BR/
1.5BA duplex, pet OK, $900/month. Call
SunCoast Real Estate, 779-0202.
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.
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.
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 minutes
to Gulf beaches. Call Jim LaRose, A Paradise Re-
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SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.
VACATION GULFFRONT APARTMENTS Large
2BR tropical furnished interiors, porches, sundecks,
immaculate. Convenient, Anna Maria, no pets,
owner. Call 778-3143.
AVAILABLE NOW 2BR/2BA bayview condo near
Publix, public beach. Unfurnished, Old Florida Re-
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some lo-
cations. Units are complete. Rates seasonally ad-
justed. $375-$775/week, $975-$2,275/month.
(800) 977-0803 or 737-1121.
ACCOMMODATIONS TO SHARE: Beautiful!
Bradenton Beach. Private courtyard, heated pool,
steps to beach. $450/month. Single person, sorry,
no pets. Call 779-9146 or 224-2031.
BRADENTON BEACH ANNUAL rental. Beautiful
3BR/2BA home, private courtyard, heated pool,
steps to beach and Intracoastal, tiled floors, balco-
nies, great school district. $1,500/month, pets OK.
Call 779-9146 or 224-2031.
ADORABLE CANALFRONT newly renovated Anna
Maria home. 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer, garage. One
block to Gulf. $1,400/month. Six-month minimum.
CONDO FOR RENT or sale. Turnkey Holmes
Beach, 2BR/2BA, two pools, tennis, one block to
beach. Principals only. Call 756-0132.
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ONLY FOURPLEX ON ISLAND WITH CA- THIS UNIT HAS IT ALL! 2BR/2BA with two
NALI 2BR/1.5BA in owner's quarters and balconies and views of the bay and Gulf. Turn-
three 1BR/1BA. Owner's quarters face bay for key furnished. Totally updated and cleaner
views. Only one block to the beach and great than new. Enjoy the heated pool and private
retirement income potential. Boat dock and boat dock. Great rental income. $379,000.
partial bay views. Great opportunity! Call Ed Oliveira, 705-4800.
$595,000. Call Quentin Talbert at 778-4800 or
SPACIOUS & BEAUTIFUL 1 BR/2BA in pres-
tigious Cedars Tennis Resort on Longboat
Key. Light and bright. An excellent investment
opportunity. Turnkey furnished. $239,000. Call
Jane Grossman or Nicole Skaggs at 778-4800
HOLMES BEACH Clean 2BR home with Gulf
views. 50 yards to beach. Annual rental, no pets,
nonsmoking, good credit. $975/month. 3103-A Av-
enue F. Call (800) 894-1950.
2BR/1BA VILLA, 55 plus, exceptional, furnished
or unfurnished, washer/dryer, carport, no pets,
nonsmoking. Nice community. $695/month. Call
ANNUAL RENTALS Brand new, beautiful 3BR/2BA
home, two-car garage minutes to beach. $1,350/
month. Nonsmoking, no pets. 1BR/1BA apartment
directly across street from beach. $580/month. Call
Fran Maxon Real Estate at 778-2307 for details.
BRADENTON BEACH Homes for sale or rent. Sea-
sonal or annual, 1 BR apartment, unfurnished, $700/
month includes utilities. Sandpiper Mobile Resort
778-1140, or e-mail: SandpiperResort@aol.com.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX, tropical 2BR/2BA, ga-
rage, screened lanai, remodeled, shady, quiet, un-
furnished. Nonsmoking, no pets. $975/month an-
nual. Call 776-1789.
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2.5BA, townhouse, new
white tile, washer/dryer, Gulfview from sundeck.
$835/month. Call 758-1899, or cell (203) 417-2331.
ANNUAL RENTAL one block to beach. Elevated
3BR/2BA, freshly painted, new carpet, cathedral
ceilings, full size washer/dryer, two open porches,
large storage in carport available. Now $1,400.
Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
HOLMES BEACH CANALFRONT home, 2BR/
2BA, completely furnished, garage, laundry, dock,
many extras. $750/week, $2,000/month. Call
FIND GREAT DEALS on rentals and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
SUNSET BEACH MOTEL 13 guest rooms
plus a four bedroom beach house. Licensed
for 14 units. Heated pool plus cabana and an
elevated "sunset" deck. Good rental history
and advance bookings. Includes a small par-
cel of beach. $2,600,000. Call David Vande
Vrede or Dave Jones at 778-4800.
STEPS TO THE BEACH Maintenance-free
vinyl sided 4BR/3BA newly remodeled home.
New wiring, plumbing, etc. Tile floor through-
out. A must see! $649,000. Call Lynn
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS Upstairs
2BR/2BA end unit. Move right in. Partial bay
and greenbelt view from glassed-in lanai. Per-
fectly maintained grounds. On-site manage-
ment and staff. $298,000. Call Dave Jones and
Dick Maher at 778-4800.
NEW FOR SEASON: Bayfront 2BR home with
dock, $3,000; Elevated 2BR villa, pets OK,
$2,400; Palma Sola Harbour, 2BR condo with
dock, $2,100. Call Duncan Real Estate,
SEPTEMBER SPECIAL 1 BR/2BA furnished, spa-
cious, steps to beach on Anna Maria Island,
cable, washer/dryer. Only $395/week, plus tax.
DESIGNED FOR YOUR enjoyment, 3BR water-
front, fantastic water view from huge living/dining
area, floor to ceilings plate glass windows and 30-
by-12-ft. screened deck fronting beach, bay and
park for a stroll and swim. Gulf beach in easy walk-
ing distance along with free trolley nearby. Unfur-
nished annual in north Anna Maria. See for yourself.
Call 748-5334 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.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED DUPLEX clean, 2BR/
2BA, half-block to Gulf, washer/dryer hook-up,
large enclosed porch, no pets. 5611 Guava,
Holmes Beach. $850/month. Call 778-9378.
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HOLMES-BEACH ANNUAL unfurnished 3BR/3BA
home on Tampa Bay. Private pool area, dock with
boat lift and hoist, two-car garage. Available-N_._ 1,
$2,300/month. Call 720-2760.
CAFE ON THE Beach is one block away. Pent-
house 2BR/2BA, all amenities, furnished. Available
October and November, $500/month. Call 753-
9708, leave message.
IMMACULATE BEAUTIFULLY furnished 3BR/
1.5BA canalfront home. Garage, laundry, dock,
large screened lanai, walk to beach, nonsmoking,
annual, monthly or seasonal. Call 779-2005.
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$599,000 ISLAND FOURPLEX
Excellent investment for this well-
maintained island fourplex! Only a
half of a block to the Bay and three
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$159,000 OFF THE ISLAND Caged pool, 4BR/2BA,
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tail. Owner financing available.
$275,000. Call Susan Hatch, Realtor
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2BR/1 BA TOTALLY renovated duplex with undercover
parking, storage area, washer/dryer. Steps to Gulf and
bay. 2516-E Avenue C in Bradenton Beach. Call (813)
300-8543 or (941) 545-0452.
KEY WEST 3BR/3BA, 2,000 sq.ft., fireplace, ceramic
floors, four-car garage. All appliances, upgrades.
$2,000/month. Call 794-9921 or 232-1369.
HERON'S WATCH new 3BR/3BA, two-car garage,
upgrades, $1,400/month; Perico Bay Club Grand
Cayman, 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, ceramic tile
floors, $1,500/month. Call T. Dolly Young Real Es-
tate, 794-9921 or 232-1369.
BAYFRONT APARTMENT: 1 BR/1 BA unfurnished, $650/
month, first, last, security. Cottage 2BR/1 BA, unfurnished,
$700/month, first, last, security. 795-1243 or 778-5807.
EXCELLENT CONDITION 3BR/1BA, $1,200/month,
annual. Call (941) 224-0285.
NORTH HOLMES BEACH West of Gulf Drive, 3BR/
2BA house, ground level, furnished, available Decem-
ber-March 2004. Call (423) 288-5392 or e-mail:
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.
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.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON Hawthorn Park, 4BR/
3BA, pool and spa, outdoor kitchen, too many ameni-
ties to list. Model condition. $389,000. Michael Nink,
Wedebrock Real Estate, 383-5543.
GULF WATCH: Gorgeous 2BR/2BA turnkey fur-
nished unit with Gulf views.$419,900. Weekly rentals
OK. www.Latitude27Realty.net or 744-2727.
2BR/2BA LAKEFRONT CONDO in Meadowcroft. All
updates, enclosed lanai. Contact Dan at 518-9303.
HARBOUR LANDINGS: Lot for sale with boat slip in
exclusive gated waterfront community. Room for 40-foot
boat, easy access to Intracoastal. Offered at $259,900.
Piroska Planck 730-9667, or Susan Hollywood 726-
6125. E-mail: email@example.com Coldwell
Banker Residential Real Estate.
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished unit
on Intracoastal and one block to the beach. Located in
a six-unit building with docks. Priced for immediate sale,
$329,000. Contact Roger at (941) 650-7580.
GET A GREAT DEAL at www.islander.org where
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DUPLEX FOR SALE one-half recently renovated.
Enjoy the tax benefits of a rental without the hassle.
$50,000-plus income per year. Call Tom at 726-1898.
BAYFRONT CONDO Terra Ceia Golf and Tennis
Club, 2BR/2BA, gated community, gorgeous views of
Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Heated pool. $235,000.
Call 722-4800 evenings.
SALE BY OWNER Runaway Bay condos. 1 BR/1BA.
$180,000.2BR/2BA, $265,000. Also 1 BR/1 BA duplex
on Ave. B., $270,000. Call (317) 891-9976.
WE BUY PRETTY HOUSES Large family looking for
4BR canal home. Nice upgrades are welcome. Pool
would be a plus. Prefer Holmes Beach. Leave mes-
WATERFRONT LOTS and home between
Englewood and Boca Grande: Six lots with seawalls
and one home, deep water, no bridges, one tip lot
directly on Intracoastal and bay. You dock to the
Gulf in three minutes. Properties affordably priced
from $220,000. (570) 943-2516.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 2BR/2BA with tile floors and
enclosed lanai. 888 Waterside Lane. Call owner,
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5400 CONDO 2/2 Gulfview, white sand beaches, ground floor villa,
paver-stone deck (watch sunsets), small 44 unit complex, well
maintained, covered carport, partially furnished. $515,000. Call for
weekend open house times.
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 decorated.
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2217 GULF DR. N.
A+ MANATEE RIVER VIEWS Two-
story 4BR estate home with chef's
kitchen, butler's panty, wet bar, office,
Master bedroom, his/her baths. Exer-
cise room, fireplace, custom pool, dock/
lift/davits. Tara Gitt, 761-3100. #92898.
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ON THE RIVER Downtown area. Fabu-
lous river views from this sixth-floor unit
with 3BR, two large storage rooms. 2,200
+/- sq.ft. Covered parking. 55+ commu-
nity at 1400 1st Ave W. Drive by then call.
Mary Wickersham or Cindy English, 383-
5577. #93124. $398,500
WATERFRONT ESTATE Magnificent 3-
5BR/4.5BA bayfront home offering 5,450
sq.ft. of unsurpassed quality and design.
Lush tropical setting with deep-water
dockage. Minutes to Island. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #82138.
townhouse. 1,536 sq.ft of living area,
.Moynihan, 778-2246 #95345.-
GULF VIEW TOWNHOUSE Enjoy Gulf
views from this spacious 2BR/2.5BA
townhouse. 1,536 sq.ft. of living area,
open plan, tiled floors. Private two-car
garage. Steps to the beach. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #95345.
SAILBOAT WATER This 3BR+office
home is close to the beach. Cedar ceiling
in family room, spa in caged lanai, fire-
place and room for a pool. Becky Smith
or Elfi Starrett, 778-2246. #91566.
5 LAKES VILLA Outstanding attention to
detail, cathedral ceilings, split floor plan,
enclosed and air-conditioned lanai. Of-
fered turnkey furnished. Secure storage
for RV $100/yr. Elfi Starrett or Becky
Smith, 778-2246. #92423. $149,000
ir THE VILLA ROSA
* family homes in gated
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THE ROSA DEL MAR
ums, pool, approxi-
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PR gated parking, deluxe
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starts at $1,500,000.
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