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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map in this edition, page 16.
Soccer is a kick, page 21.
"The Best News
As Tropical Storm
the Gulfcoast Friday
afternoon north of
Anna Maria Island,
these fighting conchs
were making a mass
exodus from the Gulf
on the north shore of
Anna Maria. The
conchs were maneu-
vering from the
water's edge up the
beach as far as the
eye could see north
and south. They were
seen exiting the Gulf
along the Holmes
expert Debi Ingrao
of Mote Marine
Laboratory said the
invasion may have
been "kicked in from
previous storms. "
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Terrorism: Thinking the unthinkable
What if terrorism hit our Island?
A horrific attack by terrorists on the Island is a
nightmarish scenario continually contemplated by Is-
land emergency workers.
"Being prepared is what we do," said Andy Price,
chief of the West Manatee Fire and Rescue District.
"The fire service is the first responder to acts of terror-
ism, usually before any other government agency and
usually within minutes."
Island firefighters are members of a threat-assess-
ment group that meets and seeks areas that may be vul-
nerable to terrorist acts.
"We are actively working through our state and
national organizations for funding for homeland secu-
rity and response issues," said Price. "Are we fully
prepared? No one is, or can be, but any incident must
be handled by local firefighters first."
The collective memories of heroic New York City
firefighters receiving their last
rites before climbing the stairs of
the World Trade Center, mo- SEPT. 11
ments before it collapsed, still
haunt this nation. OF El
However, almost two years PAG
after 9-11, two private studies
have found that police officers,
firefighters, school safety offic-
ers and other emergency response workers believe they
are unprepared if terrorism strike again.
According to the New York Times, almost all of
the 190 emergency workers interviewed in 40 cities
and towns agree that schools were a "soft target" for
terrorists and that 76 percent thought their schools were
Holmes Beach Police officers have networked with
other county safety officers in the case of an attack.
"We are in the process of training all our first re-
sponders in the area of Weapons of Mass Destruction
and Incident Commands Systems," said Holmes Beach
Police Chief Jay Romine. "We are also awaiting the
arrival of protective suits for our officers that are be-
ing obtained through the Florida Department of Law
Thekey to good law enforcement is being alert.
And Romine urges citizens to be on the lookout for
"Our officers are always vigilant and alert to any
suspicious activities, not just actions that could be re-
lated to terrorist acts," said Romine. "We encourage
our citizenry to do the same, to always be observant
and to report any suspicious activities. While it is al-
ways easy to say, 'It cold never happen here,' we are
encouraging everyone to realize that it could happen
Protecting Manatee County
ALENDAR students from a terrorist attack
is the job of Forrest Branscomb,
ENTS: Manatee County School Board
E 3 risk manager. Branscomb is a
key member of a crisis team
that regularly engages in hypo-
thetical game plans. Other
members come from fire, police and EMT personnel,
testing their team coordination, when each nano second
Branscomb's bible is a 60-page Critical Incident
Reponse Plan, which attempts to plan for the chaos that
is inevitable after an attack.
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By Rick Catlin
The Kingston Trio had the right "note" for the
Island's electorate with their 1960s anti-war ballad,
"Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"
On Anna Maria Island, politicians could easily be
wondering, "Where have all the voters gone?"
From 2000 to 2003, the three Island cities lost a
total of 885 registered voters, according to figures sup-
plied by the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections
Office, a drop of 13.3 percent.
Bradenton Beach suffered the hardest hit, dropping
from 1,136 registered voters in 2000 to just 947 for its
upcoming November elections, a decline of 16.6 percent.
Holmes Beach also lost some of its electorate, fall-
ing from 3,928 voters in 2000 to only 3,396 in 2003, a
loss of 13.5 percent.
Anna Maria fared little better, going from 1,615
registered voters three years ago to 1,451 this year,
down 10.2 percent.
While the Island was losing voters, Manatee
County was gaining them.
The total number of registered voters in the county
increased 2.3 percent between 2000 and 2003, jumping
from 170,578 three years ago to 174,598 for the No-
The dramatic drop in voters on Anna Maria Island
in just three years could give some credence to those
who are worried the Island will one day be just a gigan-
tic condominium for investors and winter visitors.
At the same time, U.S. Department of Commerce
population estimates as of 2002 for Island cities com-
pared with the official 2000 census count show Anna
Maria Island has had stagnant population growth the
past two years.
PLEASE SEE POPULATION, NEXT PAGE
Road improvements mean
upcoming road delays
A mere 1.4-mile stretch of highway linking
Anna Maria Island to the mainland will probably
be the focus of a lot of frustration in the next few
Florida Department of Transportation offi-
cials have announced that a $329,500 resurfac-
ing project between Gulf Drive and Perico Har-
bor along Palma Sola Causeway will cause "in-
termittent lane closures."
The work will begin to the east and head
toward the Island, according to DOT's
Maryemma Bachelder, with the peak time for
delays slated for the end of September. Workers
with the DOT contractor APAC-Southeast are
already on site and beginning work on part of the
Involved in the work are improvements to
the barrier wall on each side of the Anna Maria
Bridge, including installation of a guardrail. The
milling and real delays should start around Sept.
22, Bachelder said and, although the road will be
open during the resurfacing work, traffic delays
The project began last week and is sched-
uled to be completed in mid-October.
PAGE 2 M SEPTEMBER 10, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Population of voters shrinking
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Overall, the Island's population increased by only
84 people between 2000 and 2002, climbing from
8,262 to 8,346, a gain of just 1 percent; according to the
The population estimates showed Holmes Beach
increased from 4,966 residents to 5,008, a jump of less
than 1 percent, while Bradenton Beach rose from 1,482
people to 1,500, an increase also under 1 percent. Anna
Maria had the biggest percentage gain at 1.3 percent,
climbing from 1,814 people to 1,838 people in two
During the same period, the population of Mana-
tee County has risen 6.7 percent, going from 264,002
to an estimated 281,000 residents the past two years.
"I think it's all indicative of the fact that the Island
is losing population to investors," former Anna Maria
City Commissioner John Michaels once said.
And it's all because of property values, he con-
A house purchased on the Island in 1997 for
$200,000 is today worth in excess of $400,000, he once
"People are selling their Island homes to investors,
taking the money and paying cash for a brand new
home in east Manatee County," said one local real es-
"And in many cases, they've got money left over,"
Indeed, said Michaels, "A lot of Islanders have
their retirement in the value of their homes. When the
time comes, they're going to sell out, take that money
and retire somewhere less expensive."
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore agreed.
"It's the trend. People are selling their Island
homes, going into the county and upgrading and still
putting money in the bank," she said.
What she can't quite understand, however, is how
the number of registered voters has declined signifi-
cantly in two years, but the city's population has re-
mained the same.
"It's a bit strange. We don't have a lot of families
moving in on a permanent basis. Maybe it's because
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people are buying a second home in Holmes Beach, but
are registered to vote elsewhere, and they were counted
in the unofficial census estimate as living here."
Whatever the answer, Whitmore is concerned.
Investors, she believes, are constantly buying
homes and essentially converting them into seasonal or
weekly rental units.
"I've been trying for years to restrict this type of
activity so that our city's homes can't function as mo-
tels," she claimed, all to no avail.
Whitmore is also worried that fewer and fewer
voters are deciding on important issues and electing
candidates to office.
And Holmes Beach is
in better shape population
wise than Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria.
Mayor John Chappie of Bradenton Beach, whose
city has fewer than 1,000 registered voters and barely
1,500 people, once said the city is in danger of becom-
ing one large condominium.
"Just look around at all the small properties that
have been converted the past few years to condomini-
ums for rental units or second homes. We are in seri-
ous danger of losing our voting and population base."
Between 1990 and 2000, the Island had a near-zero
population growth rate. Bradenton Beach lost more
than 10 percent of its permanent population (175 resi-
dents), while Anna Maria increased by 70 people, and
Holmes Beach gained 156 residents.
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THE ISLANDER E SEPTEMBER 10, 2003 E PAGE 3
Churches join memorials for Sept. 11 victims
By Jim Hanson
Two Anna Maria Island churches will have special
services of remembrance Thursday for all those killed
in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist tragedy, joining Island
firefighters and others in the area.
They will mourn the deaths of 3,000 in the New York
City Twin Towers, including 343 firefighters, and others
who died in the airliners, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania.
Island firefighters will memorialize the tragedy and
honor its dead at the flagpole near the fire station, 6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from 9:45-10:30 a.m.
with words of respect and regret. Sirens will sound for
a minute at 10:05 and 10:28 a.m., the moments the
South Tower and North Tower collapsed two years ago
after being hit by terrorist-hijacked airliners.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, will have a memorial mass at 7 p.m. to
"remember the tragedy and the loss of all in planes, the
towers and on the ground."
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will commemorate the calamity at
a special service from 8:45-10:30 a.m. in the chapel,
with silent prayer and contemplation.
The firefighters of West Manatee Fire and Rescue
District also will be part of the Manatee County obser-
vance, which will have an all-day series of memorials.
Flags along the Manatee River and a low-altitude
fly-over by an Air Force contingent along the river will
be from 8:30-9:30 a.m., and the emergency services
memorial will be dedicated at 9 a.m. at Rossi Park.
Kevin Shea, retired lieutenant from the New York
Fire Department's Rescue 1, will speak at the Tribute
to Heroes luncheon between noon and 2 p.m. at the
Bradenton City Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd.
The Tribute to Heroes parade will be on Manatee
Avenue from Third Street West to 14th Street West at
7 p.m., and a pre- and post-parade tribute with enter-
tainment and food and beverage booths will be from 6-
10 p.m. at Old Main Street and Bacarrota Boulevard.
Additional details may be obtained from Cedar
Hammock Fire Chief David Quaderer at 751-7090.
Holmes Beach veterans memorial proceeding
By Rick Catlin members Anna Maria Island Veterans" and would in-
Islander Reporter clude insignias from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air
may not be a flagpole sitting atop a hill with a Force and Coast Guard. '
bayfront vista on Leffis Key, but Island veterans should
soon have their own memorial to honor their service to
their country and all the veterans who never made it back.
The Holmes Beach Beautification Committee
voted at its Sept. 3 meeting to proceed with erecting a
veterans memorial in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park located at city hall.
Nancy Ambrose of the North American Butterfly
Association, the group that oversees the park, presented
information on costs and design of a veterans memo-
rial sign after City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens
had asked for input from the association.
The memorial sign would say "Holmes Beach re-
The memorial would be placed in the park, said
Ambrose, and veterans would be able to schedule ser-
vices, events, remembrances and gatherings at the
memorial, or just visit on their own.
Cost of the aluminum sign is about $700 installed.
She also presented two other options for signs, one
costing $ 1,450 and a third for $ 1,230. The committee
voted for the first choice.
Ambrose said she and the committee hope to have
the sign ready by Veterans Day, Nov. 1 1, for a cer-
emony honoring Island veterans.
An honor guard from American Legion Post No.
24 will be on hand for the dedication.
Major development proposed at 10th St. N.
By Paul Roat
Another major development, this one an eight-
unit condo project at 10th Street North and Gulf
Drive, is seeking approval before the Bradenton
Beach Planning and Zoning Board Thursday, Sept.
South Beach Village is proposed as eight three-
bedroom units in two structures at the site of the
parking lot for the Gulf Drive Cafe, running to the
east from Gulf Drive along 10th Street North. The
property is slightly more than one-half acre. The
property zoning allows up to nine units.
Major developments in Bradenton Beach are
"pretty much anything other than a single-family
home or a duplex," said Building Official Bob
Welch. Major development applications do not fall
under the city's current moratorium on street vaca-
tions, comprehensive plan changes or property
Anna Maria City
Sept. 10, 4 p.m., capital improvement advisory commit-
Sept. 11, 1 p.m., organizational meeting of building
official candidate interview committee meeting.
Sept. 11, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Waste Management automated services; building official
job description; survey and inspections on base-flood-
level elevations; status of wine sales at 307 Pine Store
and Island Market; ordinance on control of dangerous
dogs; wireless ordinance discussion; review of restricted
funds in reserve; overpayment to past elected officials;
and public comment.
Sept. 16, noon, city commission candidate qualifying
Sept. 16, 6 p.m., final 2003-04 budget public hearing
and adoption of budget.
Sept. 18, 7 p.m., parking meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Sept. 10, 7 p.m. city commission meeting on 2003-04
Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Sept. 15, noon, candidate qualifying begins.
Sept. 16, 7 p.m., final city commission meeting on
Major development applications also are only
under the purview of the planning and zoning
board, which usliuall only renders recommenda-
tions to the city commission, so Thursday's meet-
ing will be the lone hearing on the matter.
The South Beach Village project is being devel-
oped by Tom Chipain on a lot he has used for park-
ing as a lessee of the Gulf Drive Cafe. The restaurant's
owners, the Kokolis family, had previously applied to
and received permission from the city to have a tem-
porary parking lot for the restaurant at Ninth Street
North, but who later declined the permit.
However, the Kokolis application for additional
parking at the restaurant will again come before the
planning and zoning board in late October, this time
for lots farther east on Ninth Street North.
Thursday's planning and zoning board meeting
and public hearing on South Beach Village will be-
gin at 6:30 p.m. in city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Sept. 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Sept. 19, noon, candidate qualifying ends.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Sept. 11, 7 p.m., city commission meeting including
2003-04 budget, with work session to immediately fol-
Sept. 15, 6 p.m., safety program.
Sept. 16, noon, candidate qualifying ends.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Sept. 10, 11 a.m., Island Emergency Management Of-
ficials meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Sept. 17, 3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay
Isles Road, Longboat Key.
Sept. 18, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue District
Commission meeting, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Agenda: Appeals to the 2004 fire assessments
and public comments on placing property tax assess-
ments on the ballot for next year.
Holmes Beach remembers
An artist's rendition of the proposed veterans
memorial sign for the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park at the Holmes Beach City Hall has been
approved by the city's beautification committee.
Islander Illustration: Courtesy Masterwork Sign
Terrorist attack protection
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
What to do if there is a chemical spill? How to pro-
tect students from a biological attack? Who would par-
ents call wanting to know about their children's wel-
fare? Where would students be evacuated to? These
questions are just some of the concerns Branscomb
must prepare for in an attack scenario.
Branscomb believes students, parents, administra-
tors, and teachers are much more aware of being pre-
pared for what some consider an inevitable attack on
our country. The key to success, Branscomb believes,
is educating the county's principals on the threat to stu-
"I've seen a change in the principals," said
Branscomb. "They understand that it's not a matter of
if an attack will come, but when."
Besides student drills, educators are constructing
schools with security as a major focus. "The design in
new schools changes the culture of the school," said
Branscomb. More fences, gates, and police officers
naturally make students cautious and alert.
Public safety officers all recommend being pre-
pared is the best defense against an attack. Store plenty
of water, batteries, candles and canned food items nec-
essary for survival similar to what we recommend
for hurricane season preparedness.
PAGE 4 0 SEPTEMBER 10, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Multifamily zoning question to be on Nov. 4 ballot
By Paul Roat
It's official. Voters in Bradenton Beach will have
the opportunity to voice their thoughts on development
come the fall election in the form of a simple question::
"Are you in favor of eliminating R-3 zoning in the
City of Bradenton Beach, in perpetuity?"
The question is non-binding, meaning it lacks the
weight of any legal authority. However, it does appear
to offer city commissioners a reading of citizen concern
regarding recent development interests within the city.
The R-3 designation is the highest level of residen-
tial zoning use in the city. According to city codes, R-
3 is a multi-family tourist use which allows up to 28
hotel-motel units per acre, or 22 efficiency, one- or
two-bedroom uses per acre, excepting three-bedroom
units, which are capped at 16 units per acre.
There will be another question on the Nov. 4 bal-
lot for electors to ponder, a question that has plagued
other Island cities but has yet to come to the forefront
in Bradenton Beach:
Cadette Girl Scout Alexandra Stemm earned the God and Family medallion in participation with a religious
award program that requires both Bible study and service projects. Stemm is member of Troop 187 and was
presented the award by Pastor Dan Kilts at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach. From left, Kilts.
Bill Stemm, Alexandra, Ursula Stemm, and fellow scout Holly Clay.
Webb grabs election
packet in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin -
Incumbent Anna Maria City Commissioner Chuck
Webb has picked up an election qualifying packet and
appears headed for a November re-election bid.
Last week, Webb had said he was still undecided
about seeking a second two-year term.
Also picking up a packet last week was Jeff Smith,
who ran unsuccessfully for a commission seat in Feb-
Others who have picked up election packets to
qualify for the November city election include incum-
bent Commissioner John Quam, former Mayor Gary
Deffenbaugh, Carol Ann Magill, Russell Stover and
Quam and Webb were unopposed when elected to
office in February 2002, while current Commissioner
Tom Aposporos was appointed by the commission fol-
lowing the adoption of the new city charter in Febru-
Aposporos has said he will not seek election in
Under the new charter, three commission seats, all
for two-year terms, 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 salary of commissioners is $4,800 annually.
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.
As of Tuesday, Sept. 10, only Magill, Stover and
Woodland had turned in completed packets to the
Manatee County SOE and were qualified for the elec-
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.
packets out in
Holmes Beach resident Carolyn Cordella has
picked up a qualifying election packet for the
November city election, joining incumbents Pat
Geyer, Rich Bohnenberger, Don Maloney and an
unknown man as potential candidates.
Holmes Beach City Clerk Brooke Bennett said
a man picked up a qualifying packet from city hall
two weeks ago 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.
Candidates have until noon Sept. 16. to qualify
for a two-year term on the commission, which will
begin with a swearing-in on Nov. 16. Each
commissioner's annual salary is $4,800.
A candidate can qualify by paying an election
assessment fee equal to one percent of the annual
salary of the office, submitting a petition with sig-
natures of 15 voters residing in the city and filing
a candidate residency affidavit, or by filing an "un-
due burden"' oath, which eliminates the fee, along
with a petition with signatures of 15 voters resid-
ing in the city.
Qualifying packets are available at Holmes
Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, or from the
Manatee County Supeorvisor of Elections office,
305 15th St. W., Bradenton.
Holmes Beach candidates can qualify at city
hall, while those from Anna Maria and Bradenton
Beach must go to the Manatee County SOE office.
Residents of Holmes Beach have until Oct. 6
to register to vote in the city election. Registration
and absentee ballot information are available at
city hall, The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or online at
www. votemanalte.com. l.
"Do you want to eliminate any variance to height
restriction in the Bradenton Beach code?"
Anna Maria City and Holmes Beach have been
wrestling with variances to height restrictions in the
past few months. Bradenton Beach, with a different
wording in its land-development laws, has had no such
applications come forward.
Both non-binding questions were agreed upon by
city commissioners last Thursday by a 3-1 vote, with
Vice Mayor Bill Arnold casting no votes to both and
Commissioner Anna O'Brien absent.
"I see no purpose of a non-binding question,"
Arnold said of the R-3 issue. "I wanted to have a meet-
ing on this and discuss it. What can we gain by this?
What is the purpose?"
As to the height question, Arnold said "I see no
problem with the building official dealing with this. It
doesn't need to go further."
Jeff Wilson, developer of the Sand Castle condo-
minium on the Gulf of Mexico at Bridge Street and
Gulf Drive, spoke on the land-use change question on
the fall ballot.
"In light of [an appeal's court decision] in which
the court ruled that property owners can sue the city if
they believe that officials have placed such burden-
some restriction on their land that they have been
stripped of their development value, why are you even
considering the issue of doing away with the R-3 zon-
Developer-contractor Reed Mapes said in part that
"R-3 zoning is the life blood of the city. Our businesses
rely on it. If you truly believe that R-3 zoning is the root
of all evil on the Island, fix what is wrong with R-3
zoning. Don't kill the goose."
He added that "I have chosen to live in multi-fam-
ily housing in Bradenton Beach to enjoy what this com-
munity has to offer. I do not want to take care of a
single-family home. I want to play when I'm not work-
ing. This, commissioners, is what R-3 zoning and this
city is all about."
There was no public comment regarding the height
question on the upcoming ballot.
Candidates are already starting to line up for the
Nov. 4 election of mayor and what appears to be three
city commission seats in Bradenton Beach.
Wards I and 3, plus the mayor's position, are
due to be on the ballot. Ward 2, a seat currently held
by Commissioner Dawn Baker, apparently is also
destined to be vacant based on her letter of resigna-
tion and an assertion to run for mayor effective Nov.
17, the official date of swearing in new members of
With qualifying still days away, and the deadline
not until noon Sept. 19, the field of candidates who
have indicated a willingness to run or who have re-
quested packets to seek office include:
For mayor, incumbent John Chappie, Vice Mayor
Bill Arnold, and Baker.
For Ward 2, Lisa Marie Phillips.
For Ward 3, incumbent Commissioner Scott Barr
and Peter Barreda.
No one has indicated a willingness to run for the
Ward I seat as yet.
Bradenton Beach is unique within the Island cities
in that it requires city commissioners to live within a
specific geographical area of the city. yet are voted into
office by all electors. Other Island cities do not reqi ire
residency within specific boundaries.
Besides a number of forms, signatures of voters in
the city and financial disclosure forms, candidates must
pay a $48 qualifying fee for commission. $96 for the
Mayoral candidates may live anywhere in the city
and are also elected citywide.
City commissioners earn $4,800 annually, wh'le
the mayor garners $9,600 a year. Terms for mayor and
Wards I and 3 are for two years; term for Ward 2 is for
Qualifying for the various commission seats runs
from noon Monday, Sept. 15, to noon Friday, Sept. 19.
THE ISLANDER E SEPTEMBER 10, 2003 N PAGE 5
Moose members revolt over smoking ban
By Paul Roat
The Island's fraternal organization took on a new
definition of "brotherhood" last week, a definition
more attuned to a family feud as tempers flared over the
organization's implementation of the state's indoor
The Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach was the scene
of the conflagration which, according to police, at one
point had more than 40 people spilling outside the private
club at 110 Gulf Drive N., ready to duke it out over the
smoking-no smoking state law enacted July 1.
According to Police Chief Sam Speciale, several
people staged a "smoke-in" at the lodge Sept. 2. "It was
smokers versus non-smokers," he said, and a lot of
people felt the need to voice their opinions. At one
point there were about 40 people outside, and our of-
ficers had to physically keep people off each other."
There were no arrests in the wake of the alterca-
tion, although officers from Holmes Beach and Mana-
tee County sheriff's deputies were called to the scene.
Bradenton Beach Officer Thomas A. Ferrara re-
sponded to the call. According to his report:
"Writer responded to the Moose Lodge in refer-
ence to subjects refusing to stop smoking and to leave
as asked. Upon arrival I met with the complainant,
[Lodge Administrator Bryant] Elliot, who advised that
numerous subjects at a table were smoking and when
he advised them to stop due to the new Florida Clean
Air Act, they refused. Elliott stated that when he ad-
vised the bartender to stop serving the table, all the
parties of that table got up and moved to another table.
Elliot advised me that he then asked those subjects
'making trouble' to leave and they refused to do so.
"I then spoke to Ernest Casali, the person pointed
out to me as refusing to stop smoking. Casali advised
writer that he never was asked to leave by Elliot, and
had he been asked he advised he probably would still
not have left. While attempting to speak with Casali, I
Holmes to appeal Key Royale height denial
By Rick Catlin
Contractor Hugh Holmes Jr. has appealed to the
Holmes Beach City Commission to reverse a decision
made by the board of adjustment Aug. 26 to deny an
after-the-fact height variance for one of his clients.
The variance request was for a second-story aiddi-
tion built by Holmes Construction at 693 Key Royale
Drive, which was determined to be 3 feet 6 inches
above the allowed height under the city codes.
The second-story addition at the home owned by
Vicki and Robert Taylor, which was purchased in 2001
for $820,000 according to property tax records, was
nearly completed when the matter came to the city's
Holmes is the chairman of the board of adjustment,
but had excused himself from the variance vote.
In his appeal letter, Holmes said it was "apparent that
emotions were a major factor in the manner the hearing
was conducted," probably because "the height issue for
other projects is as the forefront of news stories."
Holmes also said an ongoing legal battle in the
city over a project by Frank Davis Jr. is "making ev-
He claimed the board did not act objectively and
did not consider the prerequisites for obtainmentt of
Even though Holmes had recused himself from the
board's vote, he thought some board members were re-
luctant to approve the variance for "fear they might re-
ceive bad press due to the fact that someone from the au-
dience accused favoritism between board members."
The board of adjustment had previously approved
the only two height variances it had received this year,
however, both were for construction seaward of the
state's coastal construction control line.
The matter has tentatively been assigned to the
commission's Sept. 23 work session, although, ac-
cording to building department clerk Susan Corsi,
Holmes told the city he is awaiting information from
an attorney and the city has asked for a letter detail-
ing the request from Holmes.
was continually distracted by Ross Benjamin, who
identified himself as 'former City Commissioner Ross
Benjamin.' Benjamin had to be told several times to
stay away from the escalating situation before he would
comply, stating several times, 'Figure it out.'
"At this point I requested priority backup response
due to John Joseph and Roger Gaffney attempting to
exchange punches with one another while numerous
patrons encouraged this behavior. I had to physically
step between these two men to prevent a battery from
"After being able to finally separate all parties I
asked the subjects to come outside with me due to the
lodge governor and lodge administrator requesting
them to vacate the premises."
"It was a protest smoke-in," Benjamin said of the
incident, adding that it was a protest against the offic-
ers of the Moose Lodge and the decision to ban indoor
smoking there. "It was done with the best of intentions,
and was not meant to hurt anyone."
According to one pro-smoking Moose member,
who asked to be anonymous, the disagreement was
based on the arbitrary decision of lodge officials to
eliminate smoking without benefit of input or a vote of
However, it probably was not a decision for the
membership, according to data from the American
Heart Association and the American Lung Association
of Florida Inc., provided with the police report. It in-
cludes implementing language of Amendment 6 of the
Florida Constitution banning smoking in most indoor
spaces, and states that "no smoking shall occur in en-
closed, indoor workplaces, which are defined as any
place where one or more person engage in work, even
if it is a nonprofit's workplace, for one or more of the
nonprofit's employees. It does not matter whether work
is occurring at any particular time, as long as work
occurs at some time."
The description by the organizations continues
with a number of questions, including several dealing
with fraternal organizations or private clubs, including:
"Does the organization have an employee who
works on the premises at any time? If 'yes,' no
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Bridging the gap
By Scott Barr
Bradenton Beach Commissioner, Ward III
Since former Mayor Katie Pierola suggested the
commission pose a non-binding referendum question
to voters about removing the city's high-density zon-
ing, our commission chambers have been filled with
Developers are reminding the commission that if
property is devalued, lawsuits for damages will result,
will likely be won, and the citizens will pay not only
monetarily, but also by loosing their voice on the issue.
I recently voted to place the issue of a rezone of all
R-3 [multi-family up to 28 units] property on a
citywide ballot because I hope it will be the catalyst to
bring about discussion that is long overdue discus-
sion that needs to come off the streets and public opin-
ion that must be heard over developer influence.
We do this by gathering all parties involved, citi-
zens, developers and the commission, to sit down and
talk these things out. The "Us versus Them" mentality
has to end. Growth management can work for all of us.
In doing so, we open our community so a middle-in-
come person can afford to own a home in Bradenton
Some tweaking needs to be done to the city's com-
prehensive plan and the land-development code. The
R-1 (single family) and R-2 (medium density) districts
were never intended to allow transitory rentals.
We need to look at lowering density, as well as
possibly restricting the joining of lots, to avoid the pro-
liferation of multi-family structures.
What will downzoning R-3 accomplish? Will it
help increase the city population? Will it increase the
Right now, what I hear is an outcry against own-
ership of condos by absentee owners, which results in
a decrease in the number of voters, as well as a cry
against large buildings that block the views and change
the perceived lifestyle of this city.
Are there solutions that can be found that are in har-
mony with the present comprehensive plan'? I think so.
If we make quick decisions without researching all
the long-term effects or opinions, our quality of life will
certainly suffer. Accordingly, we need each faction to
unite and discuss these diverse issues. That is the way
our voice can be heard and our living standard can be
If you agree, vote. Then we'll talk.
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R-3 not the problem
Regarding ex-Mayor Katie Pierola's comment
"When is enough enough": When I've sold my Tortuga
Inn and made my zillions.
Whose fault is it that the City of Bradenton Beach
looks like it does? It is the city commission's fault and
no one else's. People who buy land, whether single-
family or multi-family, develop their land according to
the city's rules.
If the city does not enforce these rules, who's at
fault'? The developments I have done in the city have
met all of its codes and are first-class developments. I
followed their rules. I guess I am principally to blame
for the redevelopment started by Bermuda Bay five
years ago. Why have we waited so long to change the
Moratoriums are a knee-jerk reaction to poor plan-
Can someone explain to me why the Capri condo
on Gulf Drive was given a certificate of occupancy
without landscaping and a sidewalk being installed?
Can someone explain why the occupants are now park-
ing in their front yard? Can someone explain why they
were allowed to do the redevelopment in this manor?
Maybe the city commission could answer these
questions. There are a lot of questions just like this that
could be asked.
Eliminating the R-3 zoning category is not the an-
swer to any issue. Resolving the reasons why we don't
like what we see is the answer. I would ask why these
questions were not asked during the visioning process.
Where was Katie Pierola at the hearings? My represen-
tatives made five of the six hearings.
How could the city spend thousands of taxpayers'
dollars and not get a direction? Now we will spend
thousands more to get an answer to a question that re-
ally asks no question, "What is wrong with R-3 zon-
ing?" I guess it is typical of government to waste
Maybe we should do a study (spend more money)
to ask the proper question, or maybe have several real
workshops with some real input from those of use who
do development would work.
Believe it nor not, it is in a developer's best inter-
est to have great developments. Jamming more units on
a property is not what is best. In fact several of the more
recent developments, Bermuda Bay included, have not
used their allowed density to the fullest. R-3 zoning
density is not the problem.
Reed W. Mapes, Bradenton Beach
Pass on tax?
I read the remarks of Pete Milazzo, of the
Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board, in the
Sept 3 edition of The Islander, regarding residency re-
quirements for Board Members and I believe he has
taken the will of the voters personally.
The citizens who attended the commission meet-
ing in support of the residency requirements live here
in Bradenton Beach. Whether renters or owners, they
make their home here and therefore have a great inter-
est in their city.
I am sure Mr. Milazzo cares greatly about the
neighborhood he resides in and would have great con-
cern about any development surrounding him. He has
served the city well, however, caring about develop-
mnent issues has a greater impact when development
resides next door.
And in regard to renters not being taxpayers, I
think it is wonderful that Mr. Milazzo evidently ab-
sorbs his tax increases and does not pass it along to his
Janice Dingman, Bradenton Beach
A question for John Shubin, Esquire: Are you sure
you don't have a beloved relative who owns property
in the City of Anna Maria?
I'm quite sure there are many of us who reside in
this wonderful city who would welcome both their and
Carmen Pedota, Anna Maria
THE ISLANDER SEPTEMBER 10, 2003 1 PAGE 7
I see that the cell-tower industry complains to the
state about Anna Maria and that the "whiners and com-
plainers" have already begun attacking Anna Maria's
proposed cellular ordinance, even before the city com-
mission has officially passed the ordinance and accom-
panying master wireless-communications plan.
It's about time. Count me in among the "whiners
and complainers." My only regret is that I didn't whine
and complain two years ago when this nonsense
After two years of playing the delaying game, the
fact is that in the City of Anna Maria we have substan-
dard cell-phone service. It is absolutely incredible that
in the third year of the 21st century we still have to
leave our houses to receive calls on our cell phones.
We need good cellular service. It is truly a matter
of public and private safety. We have paid thousands
of dollars to a clearly biased consultant who has not
managed to bring service. Instead, according to your
paper, he "just laughed when he learned of the notice."
City Attorney Jim Dye said, "We don't even have
an ordinance yet, but they are complaining they are
After two years we ought to have an ordinance. We
need and deserve good service and if our commission
cannot provide it (and I never thought I would say this),
I welcome the state of Florida's intervention.
Bill Diamant, Anna Maria
On behalf of the North American Butterfly Asso-
ciation and the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, I am
honored to say "thank you" to everyone who so gen-
erously supported the Butterfly Bash.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Bonner Joy and
The Islander; Publix Supermarkets; Steve and Pam
Schlueter; Dr. Kevin, Valerie, Vanessa and Natalie
Lipscomb; and Delia and Vivien Menendez.
Thank you also to Bonner and The Islander for
hosting our special guests that evening. Thank you to
Capt. John Joseph, Rita and Bob Bailey and the rest of
the crew from the Moose Lodge for the wonderful meal
Thank you to my father, Doc Walker, for sponsor-
ing us and to my husband, David, for all his help with
the event and the garden. Thank you to Larry Reich for
the music and a special thank you for singing "Happy
Birthday" you really made my day special.
Thank you to the NABA members who partici-
pated in some way in this event, especially Rita Won-
ders and her friends. Thank you to all the area busi-
nesses and individuals who donated all the wonderful
gift certificates and items for out silent auction.
Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and
attended the dinner in spite of the terrible weather that
night. Thank you to everyone who participated in the
silent auction and for their generous bids.
Because of you we were able to raise $5,000 for the
Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park to go toward a ga-
zebo there. Also a special thank you to Jeff Hostetler
of Banks Engineering for donating the survey of the
AMI Butterfly Park and the engineering for the gazebo,
and to Emily Anne Smith of Eatman & Smith for do-
nating the construction plans and rendering of the ga-
We appreciate your continued support and hope
you will continue to watch us grow.
Nancy Ambrose, AMI Butterfly Chairperson
Re: Holmes Beach Marina
I would like to respond to an article in your Sept.
3 issue entitled "Townhouses to replace Holmes Beach
The article refers to a public hearing before the
Holmes Beach Planning Commission Aug. 28 in which
a proposed ordinance for a small scale amendment to
the comprehensive plan and a proposed ordinance for
rezoning were presented to allow the rezoning of a 1.6
acre parcel on 52nd Street, currently used as a marina.
The planning commission did not "heap praise" on
the "project" as stated in the article. Rather, the plan-
ning commission carefully considered all the ramifica-
tions of such a change in land use and zoning, and af-
ter hearing all evidence and testimony, and reviewing
the comprehensive plan and land-use maps, decided to
recommend approval of the proposed ordinances (not
the "project") to the city commission.
The planning commission did not address or ap-
prove a townhouse project. If the proposed ordinances
are approved by the city commission following its pub-
lic hearing, the zoning of that parcel will be changed
from C-3 (commercial) to R-2 (low density residential),
and the developers will have to follow all the develop-
ment codes for the new zoning.
My point here is that the planning commission
makes recommendations on proposed ordinances that
are presented to us, guided by the city's comprehensive
plan, and not by the proposed development of a prop-
Thank you for letting me "set the record straight."
Sue Normand, chairman, Holmes Beach Planning
This is a response to Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor
Bill Arnold's letter in the Sept. 3 edition of The Is-
He left out that in 1979 there were 938 voters in
Bradenton Beach and it started to climb in 1988 to
1,901, and as he states, year 2003 is down to 944.
The twist is that at last more people began to vote
in 2001. I believe the voters now realize a serious prob-
lem exists and are voting for candidates who want to
downsize condo development.
I've been assured that the elections office is con-
ducting a "maintenance mailing" to get the best accu-
rate tabulation of the voters in Bradenton Beach.
Katie Pieriola, president, Save Anna Maria Inc.
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Georgie Patton and D-Day
Ken Freshwater was newly married with one child
when he received his draft notice in April 1941.
"I was kinda surprised because I didn't think they
were drafting married guys," he said from his quiet
home in the Pines Trailer Park in Bradenton Beach.
"Still, I never thought about trying to get a hardship
and get out of it, although a lot of married guys were
He packed up his bag and headed from his Penn-
sylvania home to Ft. Bliss, Texas, never dreaming that
one day he would be part of history.
Following basic training, Freshwater was assigned
to the 489th Coastal Artillery Battalion where he
trained as the driver for an anti-aircraft half-track fir-
ing twin 20-mm cannons.
The unit reached England in early 1944 where it
became part of the 4th Armored Division.
Freshwater knew something was up because his
unit continually trained to land on sandy beaches and
"Everyone knew an invasion was coming and we
figured we would be part of it."
The 489th landed in Normandy, France, on June 6,
1944, now known forever as D-Day, the invasion of
Europe by the Allied forces.
Coming into the beach, said Ken, "We saw bodies
floating everywhere. We saw landing ships getting hit.
There was plenty of destruction and German fire, butr
we were too scared to worry about it. It seemed like
The luck of the Irish held and his landing craft
reached the beach, allowing Ken to drive his half-track
and five-man crew directly onto the sand.
"How we didn't get hit, I'll never know. Bombs.,
rockets and small arms fire were going off everywhere.
I just followed orders and headed inland."
The relief of making it though the first day of the
invasion without a scratch was tempered by the con-
stant bombardment from the Germans.
"Luckily, we had a lot of aircraft and they pounded
the German positions. Everyone was scared and I
wasn't very happy, but I wasn't going to let my bud-
For the first two months of the invasion, Allied
units struggled through the hedgerow country of
Then, in late July, something strange happened.
"We found out we were going to be part of the 3rd
Army with Georgie Patton in charge. We didn't know
if w\e should be more scared of him than the Germans,"
Ken said with a laugh.
"He was a character."
The 3rd Army breakout from Normandy took place
a few days later and Patton's dash across France be-
came legendary, as did Patton.
"One day. I saw Patton standing on top of a tank
wearing his pearl-handled revolvers directing fire at the
Germans. They were firing back at him, but he didn't
care. He was having a great time."
Patton's army moved so fast, the men didn't have
time to be really scared.
"We were on the move constantly. It was go, go,
go from the time we got up."
Until one day in September 1944 when Patton's
advance, which had nearly reached the Rhine River,
was suddenly halted for lack of gasoline.
The 3rd Army basically went into a defensive po-
sition and the Germans took advantage. They re-
grouped and began a constant bombardment, often
from the air.
One day, a German FW-190 fighter plane attacked
"My buddy and I dived under the truck. He got hit and
didn't make it. That could just as easily have been me."
''., Still in shape
wears his Army
uniform to his World
War II unit's annual
reunion every year.
He can still fit into
the uniform, even 58
years after his
Photo: Rick Catlin
After more than nine months of continuous fight-
ing. Freshwater was taking a break in March 1945 in
a just-captured German town, writing a letter to his
wife when he learned he was going home for 30 days
of R&R (rest and relaxation).
"After all that combat, I was pretty happy to be
going home to see my wife and child," he said.
While on R&R, the news got even better. Germany
surrendered and Freshwater never returned to his unit
He was discharged from the Army in September
1945 and returned to Pennsylvania.
Freshwater eventually worked for the Pittsburgh
Plate and Glass Company for 41 years before retiring
to Bradenton Beach in 1986.
He and wife Josephine have 13 children, 30 grand-
children and 28 great-grandchildren.
"It's been a good life," said Freshwater. "We
weren't heroes, we were just trying to survive. D-Day
was tough. A lot of guys didn't make it. I guess I was
just blessed. And my Army buddies have been my
friends all my life."
"The Greastest Generation column is for Island,
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Please call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.
Board feud resolved in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Susan Kehne and Pete Milazzo are still members
of the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board in
the wake of a split vote attempting to oust them due to
board member residency changes in the city.
The pair were the only members who were im-
pacted by a new ordinance enacted by the city commis-
sion last month that calls for all members of city advi-
sory boards to be "qualified electors," or voters. Both
own property in the city but are not full-time residents,
a classification that was permitted under previous
The change in the city law brought the issue of
Holmes Beach Police arrested Pamela Rohland for
burglary after she took up residence in a Key Royale
According to the report, Rohland had recently been
evicted from a home she was renting in the 600 block
of Key Royale Drive for bouncing two months worth
of rent checks.
According to the report, Rohland was discovered
living in the home across the street from her former
rental by the lawn man for the residence. The owner's
primary residence is in New Jersey.
According to the report, Rohland told police "a
friend of a friend" let her stay at the home, but the
homeowner was contacted and filed a statement declar-
their membership on the city's planning board to the
forefront. Several city commissioners believed the new
law requiring residency rather the mere property own-
ership was retroactive to board members.
A city attorney opinion differed with that assump-
tion, stating in part that "the failure to meet the require-
ments does not automatically oust incumbents from
their positions. The land-development code requires
that cause be found before a board member may be
removed. Regarding P&Z board members ... 'Any
member may be removed from office for just cause by
four-fifths vote of the full membership of the city com-
mission. It is our opinion that 'cause' may exist for the
ing that no one should be in the home.
When officers questioned how Rohland gained
entry to the home, she requested an attorney, although
neighbors reported seeing a locksmith at the residence
Inside the home, officers reportedly found several
items that had apparently been moved from the home
Rohland formerly rented.
In the garage of the residence, officers reported find-
ing a brand new motor scooter purchased from a shop in
Sarasota. The shop owner reclaimed the vehicle from the
Holmes Beach Police Department because Rohland had
insufficient funds in her bank account.
Rohland was transported to the Manatee County Jail.
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."
That hearing was held last Thursday before a less-
than-full city commission, with Commissioner Anna
O'Brien absent. However, the four remaining members
split the vote, failing the required super-majority vote
to remove Kehne and Milazzo.
Voting to retain the pair of P&Z members were
Vice Mayor Bill Arnold and Commissioner Scott Barr.
Voting for their removal were Mayor John Chappie and
Commissioner Dawn Baker.
"This is a terrible thing to the volunteers of the
city," Arnold said. "I did vote for [the ordinance], but
1 thought it was for the new people joining the boards].
If this is the way we're going to treat our volunteers...
boy, do I feel bad."
"It was not my intention to throw anybody off [any
boards]," said Barr.
"We did not ask the particular question [regarding
when the board vacancies would take effect]." said
"It was my understanding this would take effect
within 10 days," Baker said. "We certainly aren't un-
grateful for what we have had with Milazzo and Kehne.
It's nothing personal. We can give you a party if you
want, give you a plaque, name a room after you, but we
thought we were following the decision of the voting
members of the city [when the residency ordinance was
Woman arrested for burglary on Key Royale
THE ISLANDER N SEPTEMBER 10, 2003 0 PAGE 9
Anna Maria trims proposed budget to $2.1 million
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners were so positive
at their August budget workshop that they had reached
agreement on a tentative 2003-04 budget of about
$2.15 million, they canceled the third budget work-
In Anna Maria, however, a public meeting without
some nit-picking might be like McDonald's without the
So it was almost no surprise that the budget nit-
picking common to the workshop sessions began anew
at the first public hearing on the proposed budget Sept.
4 when Commissioner Linda Cramer questioned the
city paying for half the cost of improvements at the city
pier to meet requirements set by the Americans with
Commission Chairperson John Quam agreed, cit-
ing a recent memo from City Attorney Jim Dye that
Where does it go?
Beleaguered Anna Maria taxpayers who
were hit with a more than 20 percent increase in
property taxes for the coming year probably
weren't happy to learn that of their tax bill, the
City of Anna Maria gets back just 9.38 percent of
that money to fund the city.
Mayor SueLynn explained at the budget
hearing that from a tax bill of, for example,
$1,515, Manatee County gets $551 or 36 percent,
the school system takes $595 or 38.9 percent and
Anna Maria receives a mere $142.
The West Manatee Fire and Rescue District
gets its share at $156 (11 percent), while county
water management, debt service and the West
Coast Inland Navigation District all get a small
slice of the pie.
"I just want people to know where their tax
dollars go," said the mayor. "It would be nice if
all the tax money came back to Anna Maria, but
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even though Dye held the same opinion at that time.
The cost of improvements, however, has increased
since last year's estimate, she added.
Commissioner Tom Aposporos -._' tJ k.1 deleting
the amount for pier improvements and commissioners
Cramer also questioned the budgeted amount of
$24,960 for a part-time code enforcement officer, say-
ing it was her understanding the position would be
combined with the building official job when that per-
son is hired.
The city is currently interviewing five candidates
for the building official position (see separate story).
Aposporos, however, disagreed with removing that
item, saying the new building official should decide
how much assistance he might need either a part-
time code enforcement officer or part-time administra-
Commissioners agreed to leave the money in the
budget, but removed the reference to 24 hours per week
at $20 per hour for the part-time position.
The commission did delete some $7,300 in health
and dental insurance benefits for the mayor after learn-
ing from Dye that the city charter prohibits elected of-
ficials from receiving increased compensation while
In addition, the commission also had to strike the
amount budgeted for its health insurance for the same
reason, although Florida state law allows elected offi-
cials to be part of a government's health insurance plan.
"So, we would have to have a vote that city offi-
cials are eligible after they go through an election
cycle," said Miller.
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"Correct," said Dye.
The commission will discuss that issue at a regu-
larly scheduled meeting.
The other problem is that the city's health insur-
ance provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield, normally re-
quires all employees to enter the plan at the same time,
but not all elected officials are elected at the same time
in Anna Maria.
Commissioners also questioned the amount of staff
overtime in the budget and the use of part-time staff at
PLEASE SEE BUDGET, NEXT PAGE
The Rev. John Ellis of St. Bernard Catholic Church
offers Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don
Maloney a check for $250, representing what he
hopes will be the first of many contributions toward
youth programs on Anna Maria Island. This contri-
bution is earmarked for the Holmes Beach Skate
Park, and Father Ellis said he's happy to spend
money to benefit Island youth. In addition, he reports
the skate park is expected to save money on mainte-
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beef up its "extremely low" blood supplies.
Should a storm inflict injuries on people in the
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Museum targets younger set
The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum has
stocked up on items that make great gifts for children,
the Island institution said.
One new item is a "turtle shirt" in sizes 2-10,
$12.95 including tax; another is the Egmont Key T-
shirt in children's sizes, $9.50. And a book rack loaded
with kid stuff at $5.35 each, from Izzie Lizzie Alliga-
tor to Katie K. Whale.
Also there is the Island history book written by the
director of the museum, Carolyne Norwood, "The
Early Days," $12.95 including tax.
The museum, at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, is
open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
from 10 a.m.-noon. Details are available at 778-0492.
Watercolors by Giles
to be Gallery West feature
The watercolor paintings of artist/musician
Graciela Giles will be on exhibit starting Sunday, Sept.
14, at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The Bradenton artist said her "love of both art and
music forms a creative duet in my life," as reflected in
The cooperative gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5
p.m. Monday-Friday. Further information may be ob-
tained at 778-6648.
Budget trimmed slightly
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9
city hall and adjusted those amounts.
Cramer wanted to add a new line item for the Anna
Maria Island Community Center for capital improve-
ments, but commissioners agreed the current $20,000
figure for the Center was sufficient.
Cramer was also concerned about the $26,000 bud-
geted for marking parking spaces under the not-yet-
approved city parking plan, but commissioners agreed
to leave the money in the budget in the event it's
The $25,000 line item for debt service in case the
city borrows under a line of credit for capital improve-
ment projects was, however, eliminated from the bud-
The mayor and commissioners agreed the money
could be returned to the budget in the event the city
approves and utilizes a credit line.
SueLynn also updated the commission on the
$153,000 budgeted for city hall improvements, noting
that after the first round of inspections, that amount will
Anne Abgott's "Mexican Splash" has been named
"best in show" at the Florida Watercolor Society's
exhibition opening Sept. 19 at the Radisson Hotel in
Orlando. It won out over 98 finalists. Abgott, a
former Anna Maria Island resident now living in
Corte7, is on the faculty of the Longboat Key Center
for the Arts.
hibiscus show on Sunday
Several Anna Maria Islanders are helping prepare
the 40th anniversary show of the Golby-Reasoner
Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society Sunday,
Sept. 14, in Bradenton.
The exhibit will be from 1-4 p.m. in the
Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota
Blvd., Bradenton. It is free to the public, with plenty
of free parking, said the show's vice chair, Rae
A feature of this ruby anniversary event will be a
ruby and diamond ring valued at $2,500 to be raffled
at the climax of the show. Raffle tickets are available
from society members now and at the show at $1 each.
Some 800 hibiscus blooms will be judged for in-
dividual awards, and on display will be a 7-foot-tall
"hibiscus Christmas tree" covered with blossoms.
About 600 exotic hybrid hibiscuses will be for sale.
This is one of the biggest hibiscus shows in
Florida, said Flanders, and people from all over
Florida are expected to attend and compete.
Islanders who are members of the society and
-are helping set up the show and will assist the
judges are Al and Teddy Morgan and Frank
Vijrostek of Anna Maria, and Mike and Meg
Boessert, Merritt Fineout, Bill and Larae Regis and
Tom and JeanAnn Tourt, all of Holmes Beach.
Further information may be obtained at 722-
only cover the "bare bones" of interior improvements
and leave none for the exterior.
City resident Jim Conoly questioned the amount,
saying it looks like there's going to be a $50,000 cost
overrun to improve city hall.
The $153,000 figure, said the mayor, was approved
by a previous commission before she took office.
"I don't know that there's going to be an overrun,"
she said. "We've been told by the architect [Tom
O'Brien] we can stay within the $153,000 figure if we
do just the interior."
The project will still have to be put out for bids and
approved by the commission before commencement of
After more than two hours of discussion, commis-
sioners had trimmed the budget to about $2.1 million,
down about $200,000 from the original $2.31 million
proposed on Aug. 6. If passed, this year's budget would
be a 17.9 percent increase from the 2002-03 budget.
Commissioners agreed to keep the village rate at
$2 per $1.000 of assessed evaluation, the same as last
years rate, and set Sept. 1 6 for the final public hearing
on the budget.
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First guild meeting
The Women's Guild of St. Bernard Catholic
Church \\ ill have its first meeting of the season at
noon Thursday. Sept, 11, at the church social hall.
248 S. Harbor Drie. Holmes Beach. Additional
information may be obtained by calling 778-2508.
Scrapbook class starts
The scrapbooking class at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
will start its six-Thursday series from 10 a.m.-12:30
p.m. Sept. 11. Cost is $10 per class. Details may be
obtained by calling 778-1908.
Democratic Club meets Monday
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will have
an "issues and candidates" luncheon Monday, Sept. 15,
which will feature "a conversation with Wilma War-
ren," Manatee County state committeewoman.
The dutch-treat luncheon will be at noon at the Beach
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach,
no reservations required. Additional information may be
obtained from Dale de Haan, 778-9287.
'Beans 'n Rice' reception
An artists' reception for participants in the "Beans 'n
Rice" exhibit is scheduled from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
13, at the Havana Cabana, 512 10th St. W., Bradenton.
In addition to the reception and party, "a big ol' help-
ing of soul-satisfying art" is promised by the sponsoring
Additional information may be obtained by calling
THE BEST 010 YEARS
Headlines in the Sept. 9, 1993, issue
of The Islander announced that:
Island property owners learned that a statewide
constitutional amendment is proposed that would limit
the amount of a property tax assessment to no more
than 3 percent each year if the property has a Florida
The Galati brothers of Galati Marine in Anna
Maria announced they were taking over the operation
of the Perico Harbor Marina as majority partners.
Gladys Osborne Adema
Gladys Osborne Adema, 90, of Holmes Beach and
Cedar Bay, Ontario, has died.
Born in West Virginia, Mrs. Adema was raised in
Damascus, Va., and moved to Holmes Beach from
Buffalo, N.Y., in 1979. She was a retired school teacher
in Buffalo City. She was involved in the Bristol Home
Board, Buffalo Athletic Club, Buffalo Yacht Club,
Kiwanis Women's Organization and Adopt-a-Grand-
parent. She was involved with the Roser Memorial
Community Church and Lafayette Presbyterian
Memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 13, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria City, and in Buffalo, N.Y.,
She is survived by daughter Margaret Noeltner;
sons Robert and Alan; eight grandchildren; and three
Joseph C. Anderson
Joseph C. Anderson, 79, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in Anderson, Ind., Mr. Anderson came to
Manatee County from there in 1982. He was a teacher,
coach and principal for the school system there for 35
years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War
II, drove a tank in the Battle of the Bulge and received
two Purple Hearts. He attended Longboat Island
Chapel and Park Place Church of God in Anderson.
Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 13, at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Memorial contributions
may be made to Anderson University, Anderson IN, or
Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key FL 34228. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home,
Island Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife the Rev. Cleda; daughters
Dr. Rebecca and Laurie, both of Indianapolis; son Dr.
Rodney of Indianapolis; sisters Freda Morrison and
Joyce Bookout, both of Anderson; and three grandchil-
James K. Annis
James K. Annis, 98, of Holmes Beach, died Sept.
Born in Leslie, Mich., Mr. Annis moved to Mana-
tee County from Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1988. He
worked in sales, hardware and insurance.
No services are planned. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Island Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Mary D.; daughter Carol
Griffith of Prescott, Ariz.; sons Dave of Anna Maria
and Richard of Seattle, Wash.; and 11 grandchildren.
Lina C. Compton
Lina C. Compton, 83, of Holmes Beach, died Aug.
Born in Hatfield, Mass., Mrs. Compton came to
Manatee County from Deale, Md., in 1983. She was a
homemaker. She attended St. Bernard Catholic Church
and was a member of various church organizations.
Memorial services were Sept. 6 at the church.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, was in
charge of arrangements.
She is survived by sisters Mary Galenski of
Bladensburg, Md., and Regina Kellums of McLean,
Va.; and brothers Albert Galenski of Thornton, Pa., and
Edward Galenski of Greenfield, Mass.
Arthur G. Elliott
Arthur. G. Elliott, 86, of Traverse City, Mich., died
Born in Indianapolis, Ind., Mr. Elliott attended
Michigan State University. He served in the U.S. Armv
during World War II. He was in real estate salese build-
ing and development and
property appraisal. He
served as chair of the Oak-
land County and State of
Party, was a delegate to the .u I
Convention, campaign ..
chairman and special assis-
tant to Gov. George Rom-
ney. He was a lifetime
member of Rotary Club, Elliott
president of the Park Place
Hotel renovation project, local chapter president of
Rotary International, and served on the boards of Lake
Superior State College and Trout Unlimited.
A private family memorial service was held in
Traverse City. A celebration of life will be held in Se-
attle, Wash., on Sept. 26. Memorial contributions may
be made to First Church of Christ, Scientist, 330 Sixth
St., Traverse City MI 49684.
He is survived by wife Lucille; sons Jack T. of
Holmes Beach, Arthur G. Ill of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho,
Thomas H. and David C. both of Traverse City;
daughter Cynthia of Snohomish, Wash.; sister Suzanne
A. of Traverse City; six grandchildren; and five great-
Alice E. Theer
Alice E. Theer, 71, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 6.
Born in Trenton, N.J., Mrs. Theer moved to Mana-
tee County from Hamilton, N.J., in 1989. She was a
homemaker. She was a member of Blake Memorial
Hospital Auxiliary, Hamilton Hospital Auxiliary for 20
years, and was active in Notre Dame High School
alumni affairs. She attended St. Bernard Catholic
Visitation was Sept. 9 and services will be at 11
a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, 6000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial
contributions may be made to the American Cancer
Society, 600 U.S. 301 Blvd. W., Suite 136, Bradenton
She is survived by husband Frank; daughter
Debbie Kibler of Bradenton; and two grandchildren.
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Ex.Bradenton Beach employees on Anna Maria short list
By Rick Catlin
It would seem that some ex-Bradenton Beach build-
ing officials can't wait to get a job back on Anna Maria
Island, just as long as it's not in Bradenton Beach.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Sept. 2, 100 block of Coconut Avenue, theft. A
bicycle left at the beach access was reportedly stolen.
Sept. 1, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, shoplifting.
According to the report, a man stole a pack of beer.
Sept. 2, 110 Gulf Drive S., Moose Lodge, distur-
bance. According to the report, a disturbance arose
when the lodge manager asked numerous subjects sit-
ting together at a table to stop smoking in compliance
with the Florida Clean Air Act. According to the report,
the party refused and the manager advised the bar-
tender to stop serving the party at the table. The sub-
jects refused to leave the lodge when asked. The police
were called and they escorted the party outside.
Sept. 3, 8604 Cortez Road. W., 7-11, shoplifting.
According to the report, suspects arrested for shoplift-
ing at the 7-11 store also matched the description of the
suspects from a theft at a Circle K store earlier in the
Aug. 30, 6200 block of Marina Way, battery. A
man was arrested for breaking into an apartment where
he believed his ex-girlfriend was and hit one of the
Sept. 2, Sixth Avenue and 42nd Street, traffic ar-
rest. A woman was arrested for driving without a li-
Sept. 3, 3248 East Bay Drive, Walgreens, trespass
warning. A manager requested an officer give a shop-
per a trespass warning after he allegedly opened a pack-
age containing earphones.
Sept. 4, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, burglary.
A lawn service contractor found an unknown woman
living in a home without permission of the homeowner,
who is out of town.
Bill Sanders and Whitey Moran, both former
Bradenton Beach building officials, are among the top five
candidates for the Anna Maria building official position.
The five were short-listed from 21 original appli-
cations by Holmes Beach building department staff at
the request of Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn.
All five candidates are presently working in build-
ing official positions in Florida.
Sanders, currently the director of building and zon-
ing for Port Richey, worked as a building official in
Bradenton Beach from 1997 to 2000 before taking the
Port Richey job.
In his cover letter to the city, Sanders said he was
applying for the Anna Maria job because Port Richey's
financial problems are affecting the legal functions of
Moran was the building official in Bradenton
Beach from August 1994 to February 1996 before leav-
ing for a job with the City of Cape Canaveral. He's
currently the building official for Nassau County just
north of Jacksonville.
Also making the final list was Charles "Larry" Hilton,
the present building official and planning and zoning
manager for nearby DeSoto County; Crystal River build-
ing official Lewis Chandler, who spent four years as the
chief electrical inspector for Sarasota County; and Scott
McAdam, a deputy building official in Ft. Pierce.
All five candidates have certified building official
licenses from the State of Florida and are qualified code
administrators, but only Sanders, according to his re-
sume, has prior experience as an actual code enforce-
In his application, Sanders said he was a code enforce-
ment officer for five years in Gainesville and the senior
code enforcement officer in that city for another two years.
The resumes of the final five have been forwarded
to Anna Maria's Building Official Candidate Interview
Committee, composed of Anna Maria Public Works
Director Geoirge McKay, architect Gene Aubry and
planning and zoning board member Charles Caniff.
That committee will interview each of the five can-
didates and rate each applicant in order of preference.
Mayor SueLynn said she will make the final selec-
tion based on the preference list and present that indi-
vidual to the city commission for approval and appoint-
ment at the earliest possible date.
Island becomes wilderness for body painter
By Diana Bogan
Haley's Motel is set to become the gathering place
for couples and individuals to shed their inhibitions and
paint on their inner spirit literally.
Rosel Grassmann, a body painter and photographer
from Germany, will host a series of wilderness body-
painting sessions in October at the Island motel. Al-
though she has run sessions around the world, this will
be the first for Florida.
Wilderness body painting "combines makeup art-
istry, body painting and dance movement techniques to
facilitate individual expression," she said.
According to Sabine Buehler, owner of Haley's
Motel, the experience is unique and allows a person to
open up and find oneself.
Buehler met Grassmann in Germany and has pre-
viously taken part in a wilderness body-painting expe-
rience. "You don't have to be a dancer or in perfect
shape," she said. "The point is that you are beautiful the
way you are."
Grassmann will be conducting private wilderness
body-painting sessions at Haley's from Oct. 5-12, and
group sessions from Oct. 12-20.
Group sessions run three days and include some
meals and lodging. Buehler said the group will stay in
the motel's garden house and the first half of the ses-
sion will take place in the house meeting room. The last
day, which is the day the body-painting will take place,
will be at Buehler's private residence.
Buehler said the paint is soft and feels similar to a
thick sun lotion. "People are sometimes concerned
about the nudity, but you become transformed into a
new person and most people feel so free they don't
want to take the paint off."
The painting process is done inside in the air condi-
tioning and takes about one to two hours to apply.
Space is limited to three to eight people per group.
Individuals and couples may also sign up for private ses-
sions, but Buehler said it is an important part of the pro-
cess to stay overnight with the group and Grassmann.
For more information, call Haley's Motel at 778-
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Safety: An Island 'state of mind'
Island parents and children can learn to "think safe/
be safe" from the."Safety Is a State of Mind" informa-
tion series sponsored by the City of Holmes Beach and
the Holmes Beach Police Department.
The six-session series will explore current topics
that affect the safety of our community, and especially
Holmes Beach Police and School Resource Officer
Pete Lannon will lead the sessions once a month at
Holmes Beach City Hall.
The sessions are based on contemporary issues and
are intended to help parents, grandparents and guard-
ians to equip themselves with the information neces-
sary to keep the Island community safe.
The first session will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15,
on the topic "The Tragedy of School Shootings Guns
in the Classroom." This presentation was triggered by a
shooting incident, that took place adjacent to Anna Maria
Elementary School in the spring.
During this session Lannon will show and discuss
a video from an Orange County school shooting inci-
dent and how specific training was used to minimize
risk to students.
Anna Maria Elementary School Principal Kathy
Hayes and Island Middle School Director Gary Hughes
will also be on hand to discuss Lannon's role as a
school and community resource officer.
The following topics will be offered:
"Strangers on the Net Chatroom Ambushes,"
"Neighborhood Crime Manage Your Environ-
ment," Nov. 17.
"Salacious Music Insidious Media," Jan. 12.
"Drugs in School Our Own Island Battle,"
"The Bullies and the Bullied Addressing the
Problem," March 15.
Babysitting service will be provided beginning at
6 p.m. by AME's Safety Chairman Debbie Scott.
Davis.McLean/Coloney development feud postponed
Neighbors of a development proposed at 5622 Gulf
Drive in Holmes Beach filed a complaint in the 12th
Judicial Circuit Court in August against the City of
Holmes Beach and developer Frank H. Davis Jr. seek-
ing to invalidate two variances granted the develop-
ment in February by the board of adjustment.
The plaintiffs, Ruthanne P. McLean and Barbara
Coloney, are co-owners of a duplex at 5620 Gulf Drive.
They are represented by John Shubin, a Miami land-use
lawyer and member of the McLean family.
Holmes Beach commission 'aberration' meeting
In a rare Thursday night session rather than the
Tuesday norm, the Holmes Beach City Commission
will tackle numerous issues, including the first of two
public hearings on its proposed 2003-04 budget.
City Treasurer Rick Ashley is expected to present
a new budget reflecting the commission's desire to
maintain its current 2.25 millage rate, rather than the
previously proposed 2 mills. A mill is $ 1 for each
$1,000 of assessed value, less any exemptions.
The $7.6 million budget proposal adds one additional
night police patrolman, professional landscape services for
city hall and a larger restricted capital-improvement
projects reserve to the previous spending plan.
Following the budget hearing, the commission
agenda has a hefty stack of business to dispense with,
including authorizing an interlocal agreement for skate-
board park maintenance with the City of Anna Maria;
approving a schedule of user fees for city facilities;
board appointments; and then the fun begins.
The commission will review a site plan for an ad-
dition to the Key Royale Club, a proposal which is
being contested by residential neighbors of the club,
Charles and Lynn MacIver and Joyce Rocco.
Their attorney, Peter Kelly of Tampa, was asked to
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provide legal basis for the plan approval at the commis-
sion workshop Aug. 12. He has proposed that the commis-
sion deny the club's application based on a review of the
city codes, including inadequate vehicle and pedestrian
access, circulation and parking, and design standards.
Maclver further contends the expansion will block
his view of the golf course and encourage increased
parking on Hampshire Lane.
The city attorney recommended that the police
chief thoroughly assess the traffic and parking situation
in the area and he reports that three new signs have
been placed on Hampshire Lane restricting parking on
the north the side of street.
Following that, the commission will delve into an
equally diverse workshop agenda, including amending
the police department's pension fund; discussion on an
interlocal agreement on growth management with
Manatee County, area municipalities and the Manatee
County School Board; review plans for a gazebo at the
butterfly park; and discuss a proposal to launch a
modular newsrack program for the city.
The piece de resistance is a planned discussion on
building-height limits seaward of the state's coastal
construction control line.
The lawsuit alleges that the city did not follow
proper notice procedures with regard to the variance
hearings, at which the board approved height and set-
Davis wants to build a four-unit condominium at 5622
Gulf Drive on the site where he presently owns a single-
family three-bedroom home, which has been rented as an
annex of accommodations for his Harrington House Bed
& Breakfast Inn at 5626 Gulf Drive.
If approved, the present structure of 1,842 square
feet would become 8,606 square feet, each with three
bedrooms and shared access to a swimming pool, spa
and patio, on a Gulffront lot that has approximately 68
feet of road frontage and is approximately 290 feet
Shubin also maintains that, although no variance
was requested, the lot frontage does not meet the city's
required width of 80 feet. He further maintains that if
the present home is removed, the site will be under-
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Davis is represented by attorney Mark Barnebey,
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Rich Bohnenberger, stating that "in an effort to be a
good neighbor" his client is "attempting to reach an
amicable resolution" to the complaint and asks that the
matter be deferred to the Sept. 23 meeting agenda.
Davis proposes to move the single-family home to
an area directly in front of Harrington House and con-
tinue to use it for hotel rentals.
The Davis site plan review for the addition mov-
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Three weeks of peace prevail at elementary school
Peace is in the air at Anna Maria Elementary
School as students celebrate with schoolwide activities
Cindi Harrison said there are three weeks in Sep-
Anna Maria Elementary School menu
Monday, Sept. 15
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup, Cereal,
Toast, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Nachos with Beef and Cheese, Grilled
Chicken on a Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sand-
wich, Tossed Salad, Steamed Carrots, Juice Bar,
Tuesday, Sept. 16
Breakfast: Bagel with Jelly, Grilled Cheese Sand-
wich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Turkey Gravy with Mashed Potatoes, Ham-
burger or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed
Salad, Green Beans, Fruit
Wednesday, Sept. 17
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Fruit
Lunch: Beef-a-Roni with Roll, Chicken Tenders or
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad,
Tater Tots, Fruit
Thursday, Sept. 18
Breakfast: Yogurt, Chicken Tenders with Roll,
Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Bites with Tater Tots, Corndog or
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Steamed Broc-
coli, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Friday, Sept. 19
Breakfast: Orange Muffin, Cereal, Scrambled Eggs
and Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Pizza Sticks with Marinara Sauce, Fruit,
Yogurt and Muffin Plate or Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Corn, Tossed Salad, Fruit
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in several programs organized by some of the teachers.
From Sept. 8-12, students will celebrate "Remem-
brance Week." Harrison said this week marks the sec-
ond anniversary of Sept. 11, although student activities
will not focus on the tragedy itself. Students will in-
stead honor community police and firefighters and try
to connect with AME's "Peace Pal" school in New
York, Public School No. 69.
Some of the activities planned for "Remembrance
Week" include sprucing up all the memorial plants on
campus, sending peace messages from the technology
lab to students at PS96, and watching video clips of
Island service providers on the morning news.
Sept. 15-19 marks "International Peace Week" and
Harrison said Sept. 19 has been designated by the
It's history fair time again
It's time to prepare for the Manatee County History
Fair. Two workshops are scheduled to help students in
grades four through 12 prepare.
All students interested in participating should plan
on attending one of two workshops.
At the workshops, students will receive help in
choosing their topic, getting started on their research
and putting their findings into a project board, paper,
documentary or performance.
Both workshops will be held at the Manatee
County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd.,
The first workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30
p.m. Wednesday. Sept. 10. The second workshop will
be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.
Registration forms are due by 4 p.m. Oct. 31.
For more information, call the Manatee County
Historical Commission, 749-7165.
United Nations General Assembly as the "International
Day of Peace for Schoolchildren."
During International Peace Week, Jim Dunne of
the Anna Maria Island Rotary Club will be a guest on
the school's morning news program and speak about
the significance of the Peace Pole.
Students will play "cooperative games" with AME
Coach Gene Burr, read stories of peace with media
specialist Warren Phillips, and send pictures of peace
and e-messages to local Peace Pal school, Manatee
Elementary in Bradenton.
A peace "Songfest" will take place Sept. 17 from
8:40 to 9:10 a.m. in the school auditorium. Music
teacher Merry Hagan has helped each grade level pre-
pare a special song to share at the Songfest.
International Peace Week will end on Sept. 19 with
a "Peace Walk" around campus beginning at 8:40 a.m.
and ending at 9:10 a.m. in the courtyard. Students are
invited to wear international costumes for this event.
The final week of celebration is Sept. 22-26, which
is "Celebrate Freedom Week." This week is a time to
honor-the history of our country and celebrate the many
freedoms we enjoy as Americans, said Harrison.
During this last week of official celebration, each
state flag will be displayed along Guilf Drive, students
are invited to wear patriotic theme clothing and partici-
pate in a "Freedom March."
The Freedom March will be held the morning of
Sept. 26 with a march to the flagpole to the music of
John Phillip Sousa. There, students will watch the flag
raising and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Harrison noted that Sept. 21 is also the Interna-
tional Day of Peace and the United Nations has asked
all church congregations to participate by reciting the
peace prayer "May Peace Prevail on Earth," which is
the message inscribed on the AME peace pole.
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Tropical Storm Henri was hard on sea turtles, too
By Jim Hanson
Tropical storm Henri took its toll on
the Island and its beaches last week, and
it was particularly unkind to marine
turtle nests that are hatching now.
It exposed eggs in the eroding sand
in half a dozen nests, said Suzi Fox, and
drowned new baby turtles in a few other
nests. The exposed eggs were quickly
moved by Turtle Watch volunteers to
new nests dug by human hands farther
back from the water's edge.
Further complications, said Fox,
Turtle Watch director and state permitee
for turtle preservation here, occurred in
the newly renourished part of the beach.
Some swaless" appeared, low elevations
in the sand that retained water and made
rescue of nests there impossible until
And it wasn't easy to transplant the
nests, she said "It was hard to find
suitable places for the new nests, they
would pop right up again when we bur-
ied them, there was so much water in the
She and other volunteers got the job
done as time wore on, but several nests
were lost and Turtle Watch can't deter-
mine how many or where they had been.
The storm washed away stakes marking
Visiting scholar Kelly Hughey, left, here from the University of Florida, checked
out Anna Maria Island's beach for data to help Turtle Watch and her own
academic study, with Turtle Watch Director Suzi Fox.
nests and warning people to steer clear.
She estimated that the storm washed
out about half the sand from the
renourished areas, which was expected
and allowed for by the project's engi-
The storm stranded a couple of rare
turtles that were dead on arrival. A
young green showed up first, then one of
the few Kemp's ridleys ever seen on the
Island. Since they had been dead awhile
and were no longer of use for scientific
probing, Fox and volunteers buried
them on the beach 40 feet from the
Gulf's waters at Holmes Beach.
Somewhat later came a call from a
beach walker alerting Fox to a dead
turtle. She rushed to the scene only to
find the same Kemp's ridley, which the
waves had disinterred and washed south
to Bradenton Beach.
"It is now buried about 100 feet
from the water," Fox advised.
Turtle Watch got help from Kelly
Hughey, a University of Florida student
working on a sweeping thesis on beach
vegetation, turtles, sand, water and other
She measured distances between
dunes and water every 200 feet or so,
said Fox, and recorded what was there at
each site including people, activities,
vegetation, shade, etc.
The project will help Turtle Watch
recommend to Manatee County what
vegetation should be planted in which
areas of the renourished beach in the
This week Florida Power & Light
personnel are on the Island adjusting the
new turtle-friendly street lights that
were installed earlier this season.
... while turtle.threatening lights bring new warning
The state has reported on the light situation along
the beach in Holmes Beach, and the city is issuing new
The warnings follow the report to the city by
Meghan E. Conti of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission, who walked the beach two
Accompanying her were Suzi Fox, head of Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch and holder of the state per-
mit for marine turtle preservation here, and other vol-
unteers and city officials.
Fox pointed out that newborn turtles dig up
through the sand at birth, nearly always at night, and
instinctively head for lights. The sparkle of the sea was
the attracting light for millennia, but manmade lights
now often lure them to their death. City laws prohibit
lights visible from the beach.
Walter Wunderlich, Holmes Beach code enforcement
officer, said he and his department have notified all own-
ers of properties with offending lights, advising them "if
you're not in compliance, make arrangements to do so."
The city letters included copies of the Condi report.
He added that many of the lighting offenses have
been corrected since Conti made her inspection tour.
Her report said lights she found visible from turtle
perspective were at the White Sands, 6504 Gulf Drive;
Playa Encantada, 6006 Gulf Drive; Waters Edge, 5806
Gulf Drive; Harrington House, 5626 Gulf Drive; 5400
Gulf Drive condo; Martinique North, 5300 Gulf Drive;
and Martinique South, 5200 Gulf Drive.
Mayor Carol Whitmore said she was comfortable
with the report's findings and with what Wunderlich is
doing about it.
Fox of Turtle Watch said "It's a good report, con-
cise and clear. But I wish it had been done by the city
instead, in May at the start of the turtle-nesting season."
Cortez school rebuilding may start soon
By Jim Hanson
With most of the demolition done, construction
work on the Cortez school restoration could begin in a
That is if money is available, and it looks very
much as if it will be, said Roger Allen, coordinator of
the project for Manatee County and Cortez.
He has been pursuing the money through twists
and turns of legislative, county and private funding, and
he is optimistic for putting $120,000 to work at the old
school at the eastern edge of the old fishing village.
The funds exist and everyone concerned seems
willing to turn them loose for the rehabilitation project.
Paperwork is in the way, though, and Allen said he is
sorting it out so he can get the job moving.
The $120,000 is the local matching money to go
with a state grant that the legislature stalled. The state
had approved its share, $160,000, under the historic
preservation program. But the legislature funded only
part of the program, and Cortez was not in that part.
Manatee County, the office of the clerk of the dis-
trict court, the Cortez organization Florida Institute of
Saltwater Fishing, the Cortez Village Historical Soci-
ety, and private donors have put up the $120,000. It is
with the clerk of court's office, which has history mat-
ters among its many duties.
Allen has asked that it be made available now,
and the responses from state and county have been
to the effect "that's a good idea," so he is attacking
Mangrove done right
Holmes Beach Code Enforcement
Officer Walter Wunderlich investi-
gated a report of mangrove cutting
Sept. 4 at a just-sold house at the
bayfront end of North Harbour
Drive and found no violations had
occurred. State law allows mangrove
trimming without a permit as long as
the trees are between 5 and 10 feet
high, said Wunderlich. In fact, he
said, the contractor, Todd Louis of
Todd's Tree Trimming, went beyond
what he was hired to do by remov-
ing, bottles, trash and other debris
from the water's edge. "So he really
did everyone a favor, Wunderlich
said. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
the paper challenge.
If it is approved as expected, work on reconstruc-
tion could begin in about a month, he said.
The request for $160,000 was prepared for reappli-
cation to the state, but the state meantime funded the
first nine projects on its approved list, moving Cortez
up to about 13th. That's near enough to the top to just
stay there until hoped-for funding in the next fiscal
Meanwhile, Allen and volunteers have done much
of the preparation for reconstruction, going "as far as
we can with the permits we have in hand from the
county building department," Allen said.
Manatee County owns the property, bought in part-
nership with the state from the estate of the late Rob-
ert Sailors, world-famed artist who used it as a home
and studio. It is to be used now as a museum and com-
Allen's volunteers have torn out rotted wood, re-
moved unwanted partitions, removed cabinets and done
other clean-out tasks. It created a storage problem, Allen
said, for the reusable materials are now in the way in the
building with nowhere else to put them for now.
They removed parts of the porch, too, to get at ar-
chitectural details for the rebuilding Sailors tore
down the decayed original and rebuilt it in 1978. Pres-
ervationists want to know how faithfully he copied the
The rest of the jobs are big, Allen said: Replace
windows, put in new floors and new roof, revise the
How much of it can be done with the local
$120,000 and how much must await the state's
$160,000 remains to be seen.
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Sun and surf mural
Heather Duytchaver of Sea and Sun Resortwear in
the Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach sits in
front of a mural she handpainted for the recent
opening of the store's additional retail space.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Caribbean invades Sun and Surf
Don't be surprised if you get a quick jolt of Carib-
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Surf Resortwear shop in the Island Shopping Cen-
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Heather Duytchaver recently completed
handpainting murals for the new space that could likely
become a haven for the Caribbean Soul line of cloth-
ing, or any of the various Island-style clothing featured
at Sun and Surf.
"I'm not an artist by any means," laughed Heather,
"but I've always liked to paint and doodle and I finally
got Marty (husband and co-owner) to let me try my
hand. I think it came out pretty good. It's in keeping
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Rising insurance cost closes
Bay View watercraft rentals
After seven years in business and working seven
days a week, Holmes Beach residents Paul and Missy
Natalie of Bay View watercraft rentals in Holmes
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"Our business liability insurance costs jumped 300
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He said he wasn't interested in trying to continue
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moving on to other business ventures.
"We certainly want to thank all our loyal custom-
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of them were like family and we will miss them."
For more information, call 779-2041.
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10:30 a.m. Friends of the Library Book Club at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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 applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. History Fair participation work-
shop for students in fourth- through 12th-grade at the
Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd.,
Bradenton. Information: 749-7165.
Thursday, Sept. 11
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Creative scrapbooking with
Susan Weinert at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
Noon St. Bernard Women's Guild meeting in the
church social hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
7p.m. Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote Ma-
rine Aquarium, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
Saturday, Sept. 13
10:30 a.m. Origami class at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
2 to 4 p.m. History Fair participation workshop for
students in fourth- through 12th-grade at the Manatee
County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd.,
Bradenton. Information: 749-7165.
Sunday, Sept. 14
Noon to 4 p.m. Girl Scout signup at the Bradenton
Girl Scout House, 1801 17th Ave. W., Bradenton. Infor-
Monday, Sept. 15
9 a.m. to noon Stepping-stone crafts with Glen
LeFevre at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
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Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meet-
ing with guest Wilma Warren, Manatee County state com-
mitteewoman, at the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9287.
6 to 8 p.m. Line dancing lessons at American Le-
gion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 794-3489. Fee applies.
6:30 p.m. "The Tragedy of School Shootings -
Guns in the Classroom" safety presentation by Holmes
Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon at Holmes Beach City
Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-
5800. (Free babysitting service.)
Tuesday, Sept. 16
7:30 a.m. Business Network International meeting
at the Hilton Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-5543.
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. Veterans' Service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Ap-
5:30 p.m. Leon Merian's 80th birthday bash with
special musical guests at Bongo's Bayside Grille, 9915
Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton. Reservations: 761-
2411. Fee applies.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. "Craft Crazy" class with Sue
Swanson at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Wednesday, Sept. 17
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Photography exhibit by Joe Fletcher at Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Sept. 13.
Watercolor exhibit by Graciela Giles at Island Gal-
lery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Sept.
Traditional art class for ages 10-16 at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, through Oct. 8. Information: 778-2099. Fee ap-
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Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore will
be among those featured at a Republican
Women's Forum Thursday, Sept. 18, with reser-
vations being accepted now at $100 per person.
Titled "Up Close and Personal," the forum
promises prominent Republicans at each dinner
table. A reception at 5:30 p.m. will be followed
by dinner at 6 at the Bradenton Country Club,
4646 Ninth Ave. W.
In addition to Whitmore, Republicans spot-
lighted will include State Sen. Mike Bennett;
State Reps. Bill Galvano and Ron Reagan; Mana-
tee County Commissioners Ron Getman, Patricia
M. Glass and Jane von Hahmann; and County
Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat;
Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells; State
Attorney Earl Moreland; Tramm Hudson, chair-
man of the Sarasota Republican Executive Com-
mittee: Paul Sharff, member of the George W.
Bush Florida Finance Committee; Donna Hayes,
chair of the Manatee Republican Executive Com-
mittee; and Larry Simmons, member of the
Manatee County School Board.
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Beach, through Oct. 9. Information: 778-2099. Fee ap-
"Craft Crazy" class with Sue Swanson at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, through Oct. 21. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Island Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization
dinner by Da Giorgio's Ristorante, Sept. 18.
Financial workshop with Edward Jones representa-
tive Mike Valley at the Anna Maria Island Community
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Songster, philosopher Somers plays 'Tender'
By Preston Whaley Jr.
"I like to begin every performance as a gentle visi-
tor and let things open up from there," Jim Somers
says, "But if you want to get rip-roaring, I'm ready."
Somers' flexible attitude works well at the Bridge
Tender Inn where he's been playing for two years.
Bridge.Tender manager Johnny Maschino says
Somers is a "folksy, Woodstock-era musician who car-
ries to a wide variety of age groups."
He's also a classic, slightly enigmatic, bar-room song-
ster. He's usually set up in a comer of the bar with his
features partly concealed behind a duckbill cap, spec-
tacles, mustache, harmonica and a six string, cutaway
Like an actor, he assumes roles from Frank Sinatra
to Bob Dylan, playing the songs customers want to
But he's also a songwriter with something personal
to say and a compact disk that says it.
The disk is called "Leaving the Nest." According
to the liner notes, it's "dedicated to this country's sons
and daughters who served in the military during the
Vietnam War. It was a 'cold shot' that you took for all
of us. Only you know."
And except for Richard Leps' "fiddle special" on
the song "Lessie's" a friend's house on Terra Ceia
Bay where Somers and others jam Somers says, "I
did all the rest of the CD myself." Voices, guitars, har-
monica, bass, piano, and percussion all of his pieces
The recording is Somers' way of shaking the "dust
off" from that war and maybe helping someone else do
"Dustoff" titles one of the CD's songs. The term
refers to a radio code used for medical helicopters
evacuating soldiers "lying on the jungle floor in the
blood and the sweat of the field."
Somers, himself, served in the National Guard
during that war.
In part, the music deals with loss not just of inno-
cence and the innocent in war but the loss of a father,
and then more humorously, the loss of a "73 Dodge Dart."
The latter tune was picked up by National Public Radio
and aired on the popular show "Car Talk."
More recently, Somers released a single about the
ironies of Viagra, called "Viagra Opus in G Major." It
became a minor hit. The "Morning Crew" on FM 107.9
got "hammered with requests," says Somers.
Somers plays at the Bridge Tender Thursday
through Saturday 5:30-8 p.m. and on Sunday 3-6 p.m.,
but he plans to start "pounding the bricks" for a Mon-
Jim Somers goes solo at the Bridge Tender Inn,
where he plays Thursday through Sundav. Islander
Photo: Carrie Price
day-Wednesday music job, soon.
Not that he doesn't already have a job on those
For 22 years he's been teaching middle and high
school mathematics in the Manatee County school sys-
tem. "That's a long time," he says, "and I'm beginning
to transition out of it."
No more math.
Instead, he wants to teach people how to fly air-
planes. In different ways, both of his passions transport
people to other places. He's already instrument rated,
with flight instructor credentials soon to follow.
Somers started playing music in the '60s. He says
the Beatles were a big influence, and because he's from
St. Louis, so were rhythm and blues styles. In the '70s
he became fascinated with solo artists, such as Bob
Dylan, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and
the like, and decided he would also perform solo. He
says, "It's more interesting for me to go hear one per-
son and a guitar, than a group of people playing in a
band. It's more refined listening."
The art of playing solo is in developing a personal
style, accenting the flavor of a place and connecting
with the audience. Somers says. "It takes a while to
work out a way so you can do this [kind of work]. And
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it doesn't always happen when you want."
Through luck or providence, perserverance and
skill, Somers has found his niche.
He seems to live a one-day-at-a-time philosophy. "It's
often the little things that mean something. A couple
comes in and enjoys themselves some of the biggest
things you may never even know about at the time."
For example, he had a student who used to listen
to him play guitar between classes at school. Somers
feels he had an influence because the boy went on to
play in the popular band Left Hand Black.
The first set of a recent Thursday began low key.
A couple of people were having an early dinner. At
another table, two men talked over beers.
Somers' gentle but raspy voice drifted in like a bay
breeze. His guitar was warm and humid with chorus.
Hannonica tones added color and soul, and a foot-board
microphone picked up the rhythm of shakers tucked in his
socks. He played a few favorites: David Crosby's "Lee-
shore," a Kris Kristoferson tune, James Taylor's "Fire &
Rain," then "Tequila Sunrise" and "Son of a Sailor."
By the middle of the set, someone in the audience
requested some originals. Somers obliged with a foot
tappin', party romp about a hoe-down "by the Terra Ceia
And everybody there found out that "73 Dodge
Dart" was pretty dang fast.
Big band birthday bash
World famous trumpeter Leon Merian cel-
ebrates his 80th birthday with a big band celebra-
tion at Bongo's Bayside Grill Tuesday, Sept. 16.
The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and include
dinner and dancing to the music of Leon Merian's
Big Band. Special guests including George Barr
of Chicago, Don Scott of South Carolina, and
local musicians Charlie Ragmond and Herb
Sheldon are expected to sit in with the group.
Merian and his trumpet joined the "Sandy"
Sandiford Band in Boston 65 years ago and since
he has played with many popular bands, includ-
ing Xavier Cugat, Charlie Barnet, Buddy Rich,
Gene Krupa and others.
Merian says his big band is the only such
group still performing on a continual basis. The
group plays at Bongo's every Tuesday night.
Tickets for the birthday dinner are $19.
Merian says he will continue to do what he says
he was born to do make audiences feel young and
in love while listening to his big-band era music.
For reservations call, 761-2411.
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THE ISLANDER N SEPTEMBER 10, 2003 N PAGE 21
Rain washes out weekend sporting events
By Kevin Cassidy
The threat of more than 10 inches of rain from
Tropical Storm Henri coinciding with the more than 17
inches of rain in August forced the cancellation of all
weekend sporting events, including high school foot-
ball games and youth sporting events over the Sept. 5-
It turned out the weekend was beautiful weather-
wise, but soggy fields all across town need some time
to dry out from this unusually wet month. Local
weather predicts a return to the normal summer
weather patterns, so hopefully things will dry out and
normal schedules will resume.
This left the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter soccer league in a pickle, with its annual Jamboree
and team/player photos scheduled Saturday. Although
the Jamboree was canceled, the photo shoot went on as
planned, and the Center started a full schedule of games
this week. (See below.)
Former Her-icanes make sparkling
Former Manatee Her-icane soccer players Alex
Bouziane and Priscilla Henriques have both made an
early mark for their new team, the Winthrop University
Lady Eagles in Rock Hill, S.C.
Both girls began their college careers at a school
that is launching a brand new girls' Division I soccer
program and they wasted no time in making their pres-
In the 24th minute of her first collegiate game,
Henriques received a pass from Mary Beth Nessler at
the 18-yard line and unleashed her trademark rocket-
shot to give the Lady Eagles a 1-0 lead over South
Carolina State Saturday, Aug. 30.
Henriques will now go down in history as the per-
son who scored the first ever goal in Winthrop
University's girls' soccer program.
Henriques' goal was the lone goal of the half, but
they got things going again in the 57th minute when
Bouziane headed a pass from Ashley Abood past the
South Carolina State keeper to give Winthrop a 2-0
Five minutes later, Henriques added her second
goal, the last in the game, to wrap up a 3-0 win for the
The Lady Eagles played its second game of the
season Monday, Sept. 1, and hammered visiting North
Carolina Greenville 9-0 at Eagle Field.
Former Southeast High School soccer standout
Whitney Sanders scored her first two goals of her ca-
reer, while Bouziane notched a single goal in the win.
Henriques' first week as a college player got even
better when Sept. 3 she was named the Big South Con-
ference Player of the Week.
As their former coach, to say I'm proud would be
a gross understatement especially since Alex and
Priscilla are the first two high school players that I've
coached to take their game to the college level. To be
fair, I can't take too much credit as both girls have
worked hard, having played the game for quite a few
years, although I hope they learned something from me
about soccer and life in their two years under my tute-
lage at Manatee High.
Both girls were four-year varsity players at Mana-
tee and I had the privilege of coaching them during
their junior and senior seasons.
With the success the Manatee County girls are
having so early in their college careers, I would think
that Winthrop University coach Melissa Heinz will be
on the lookout for more players from our area.
I'm marking my calendar for Sept. 20 and 21 when
the Lady Eagles come to Florida. First they take on
Rollins College in Winter Park at 2 p.m. and follow that
the next day with a 1 p.m. game in Deland against
NFL comes back with a bang
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened defense of
their 2003 Superbowl football title with a solid 17-0
victory over former nemesis the Philadelphia Eagles as
the featured TV game Monday night. The Bucs used a
familiar formula in the win, getting yet another domi-
nating defensive performance from its number-one
ranked defense and just enough offensive support.
Next week the Bucs opens its home schedule when
Priscilla Henriques, left, scores her first college goal
and the first in Winthrop University's girls' soccer.
She was named Big South Conference player of the
week, while teammate Alex Bouziane has notched
two goals and one assist in three games. Bouziane's
father Dave and uncle Al are owners of Bali Hai
Beach Resort in Holmes Beach.
NFC South foes, the Carolina Panthers, come to town
for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
After one weekend, it's probably too early to tell,
but I'd say the Bucs will once again reign supreme in
the NFC South with their strongest competition com-
ing from the Falcons.
The NY Giants appear to be the class of the NFC
east with the Eagles challenging for the top spot. The
NFC north should come down to a battle between the
Packers and the Vikings, which defeated the Pack in
Lambeau Field to open the season.
The AFC's top teams are probably the Oakland
Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Patriots, despite the
whupping the Bills put on them.
Oakland should battle it out for the top spot with
Kansas City in the AFC West, while the Steelers should
have no problem winning the talent challenged AFC
North division. The AFC South will come down to
Indianapolis and Tennessee, while the AFC East is a
four-team dog fight between the Bills, Patriots, Jets and
Dolphins, who lost to the new expansion team Hous-
ton Texans in their opening game Sunday.
The great thing about the NFL is that there's a
possibility that every prediction by all of the experts
could be wrong. That's why they play the games!
Don't miss out on The Islander's football contest,
where you have two chances to win $50. Guess the
most game winners for $50 (and don't forget those
advertisers), and guess the correct Bucs game score for
another $50. No score winner, no problem. The game
score contest rolls over weekly.
Dolphins take on PAL Dolphins
The Anna Maria Island Dolphins take on the PAL
Dolphins at 4 p.m. at either the Police Athletic League
(providing the field is ready) or at Manatee High
School Saturday, Sept. 13.
Though the Fins lost their previous game, they
showed a marked improvement in most areas during
their 24-12 loss to a strong Bronco team. The Fins need
to cut down on the untimely mistakes that have plagued
them so far this season, and find a way to improve their
running game, which was their bread and butter last
Center soccer season under way
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's fall
recreational soccer league is officially under way with
games being played Monday through Friday evenings.
The 5-7 instructional league boasts seven teams
and more than 35 age-5 kids so it is a young league.
Look for some serious "bee ball" at this level, which is
noncompetitive no scores or standings.
Division III has four teams and Division II boasts
five teams, while the older Division I has only three
teams this season.
Look for weekly coverage in this column.
I/you have a story idea or have sports news to re-
port, call the Islander at 778-7978 or e-mail me at
First game of fall season
Air & Energy's Kyle Sewall takes the ball down field
with his teammates and opponents from Harry's
Continental Kitchens in pursuit in Division II (ages
10-11) soccer action in the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's fall league.
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Harry's and Air & Energy soccer players vie for the
ball at the season-opening game Monday night at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander
Photos: Bonner Joy
Anna Maria Island Community
Center soccer schedule
First team listed is home team
Division 1 (Ages 12-13)
Sept. 15 7:15 p.m. LaPensee Plumbing vs. West
Sept. 16 7:30 p.m. ReMax vs. LaPensee
Sept. 22 7:15 p.m. ReMax vs. West Coast
Sept. 23 7:15 p.m. LaPensee Plumbing vs.
West Coast Refrigeration
Division II (Ages 10-11)
Sept. 11 7:15 p.m. Island Real Estate vs.
Sept. 12 6 p.m. Air & Energy vs.
Island Animal Clinic
Sept. 12 7:15 p.m. Harry's Continental Kitchens
vs. Island Real Estate
Sept. 15 6 p.m. Mr. Bones vs.
Island Animal Clinic
Division III ( Ages 8-9)
Sept. 10 6 p.m.
Sept. 11 6 p.m.
Sept. 17 6 p.m.
W.C Surf Shop vs.
Jessie's Island Store
W.C Surf Shop
Gateway Solutions vs. Sun
Instructional League ( Ages 5-7)
Sept. 10 6 p.m. Longboat Observer vs.
Mike Norman Realty
Sept. 11 6 p.m. Bistros vs. Morgan Stanley
Sept. 11 7 p.m. Air America vs.
Mike Norman Realty
PAGE 22 0 SEPTEMBER 10, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Light, clear, dark: tales from archives of newsdom
Researchers from Florida's east coast are fishing
for some new science off California's west coast with
a new type of underwater stealth technology a
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution biolo-
gists are using a lighted jellyfish lure and a camera to
plumb the depths of Monterey Bay in the hope of
watching deep-water critters without the "cacophony of
sound and light that have been an integral part of most
past research there," according to the institution.
"We are hoping to do some honest to goodness
unobtrusive observation, which really hasn't happened
in the ocean," said Dr. Edith Widder of Harbor Branch.
According to the institute, "The deep sea makes up
about 78 percent of the planet's inhabitable volume, but
little is known about most of its inhabitants, more than
half of which are capable of making their own light, or
"Deep-towed nets can shred animals like jellyfish
or damage captured animals to the point that their natu-
ral behaviors cannot be observed in the lab. Manned
submersibles and remotely operated vehicles can de-
liver humans to the depths in person or virtually to
observe some animals in their natural environment.
However, they typically do not allow researchers to see
animals' natural behaviors because the lights, motors
and electric fields such vehicles bring with them are
more than enough to either scare animals away before
they're ever seen or frighten them into unnatural behav-
The "Eye in the Sea" rests on the sea floor, and is
activated when deep-sea creatures that give off any
bioluminescent flash come near. The camera then films
using a red light that is outside the critters' visual spec-
trum, letting scientists watch how the creatures do what
Now, about that neon jellyfish ...
Widder has concocted an electronic device that
mimics the bioluminescent light patterns given off by
a species of jellyfish known as Atolla that are common
in the deep ocean. The artificial jellyfish lure is a round
disc about 6 inches across with a ring of blue LED
lights around its outer edge that can be programmed to
light up in patterns similar to those created by the jel-
The scientists hope the underwater fireworks will
attract deep-sea life and the "Eye in the Sea" will get
it all down on tape, or digital, or whatever.
This whole operation, by the way, is in about 2,300
feet of water.
Perhaps some of our charter captains could figure
out a way to get some teeny, tiny lighted in shrimp for
night snook fishing ...
Duct tape gets naked
The new fall fashions are out, and the intelligentsia
is all abuzz about the latest trend in ... nude duct tape!
"The problem with duct tape is not how it works,
but how it looks," according to home improvement
expert Mary Barretta. "Let's face it, there are just some
places where gray duct tape doesn't fit."
Enter 3M, the makers of Scotch brand tapes, which
has introduced what they call "the world's first trans-
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Rubber duckies current plotters
You probably saw the newspaper articles and TV
stories about the rubber ducks that have embarked on
a global voyage.
A cargo ship lost 20 containers of bright yellow
plastic ducks in a storm in the mid-Pacific Ocean 11
years ago. Some of the 29,000 ducks remained afloat
and began their epic voyage through the Pacific, into
the Arctic Ocean, and are now starting to appear in the
The bath toys are big news for folks who plot glo-
bal ocean currents and have provided some valuable
insights into how water moves from point to point on
As oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer put it, "The
surface of the ocean is more of an unknown than the
bottom. It's an oceanographic blind spot."
That blind spot is becoming more clear thanks to
the duck sightings. Ebbesmeyer has grafted the rubber
duck reports into a computer model to track fish egg
drift and is now anxiously awaiting bath toy sightings.
The present current pattern for the yellow ducks
- actually now pretty much bleached white has
them circling in the Pacific for a while. Some tracked
north into the Bering Sea, where they got caught in
The polar ice moves at a rate of about a mile a
day, drifting across the North Pole to south of
Greenland, where the ice starts to melt. The ducks
moved with the ice, and are now somewhere in a
circular pattern in the Atlantic. Sightings in Great
Britain and along the Eastern Seaboard of the United
States are expected.
Could the Gulf of Mexico waters be out of the duck
reach? Probably not.
Be sure to accept no imitations. The ducks you
want are probably pretty white by now, fit in the palm
Winners in the Sept. 6 horseshoe games
were George McKay of Anna Maria City and
Jimmy Spencer of Bradenton. Runners-up
were George Landraitis of Bradenton and Bill
Starrett of Anna Maria City.
Winners in the Sept. 3 games were Ron
Pepka of Bradenton and Starrett. Runners-up
were Herb Ditzel of Anna Maria City and Tom
Rhodes of Cortez.
The weekly contests get under way every
Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna
Maria City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There
are no membership fees and everyone is wel-
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of your hand, state they were made by the "First Years"
company, and are grinning.
The "voyage of the lost tub toys" debris is worth
a cool $100 U.S. savings bond to the finder, although
it is rumored that the Internet commerce site eBay is
selling them for much, much more.
As a buddy of mine put it, "Explorers tried to find
the Northern Passage for decades, and the ducks did it
in just a few years."
As Tropical Storm Henri churned out in the Gulf,
Florida Power & Light officials churned out some press
releases to get the word out about what to do in power
outages. The electric company's comments:
"We first restore service to essential customers
who provide for community health, safety and public
welfare such as hospitals, police, fire, communica-
tions and water, sanitary and transportation providers.
"We will set up special staging sites to begin work
in the areas that were hit the hardest.
"After essential customers, we restore all other
customers using a priority restoration process. The pro-
cess focuses on making repairs to electrical facilities
that will return power to the largest number of people
first, then the next largest number, and so on, until
power is returned to everyone.
"Work is not assigned according to when you
called to report your outage, where you live or the sta-
tus of your account. Work will begin in multiple loca-
tions wherever we have damage and customers out of
service and it will progress according to a plan that
priorities groups over individuals."
"Before you call to report an outage, check all cir-
cuit breakers or fuses to help determine if your service
outage might be the result of a household problem.
"If you have significant water damage in your
home that might make it unsafe, call a licensed electri-
cian for advice.
"Visually inspect the area outside your home near
the meter. If the.meter or any of the piping and wires
on the wall of your home or office are gone or look
damaged, call an electrician for advice.
"If no problems are apparent, FPL will re-connect
your service or assist in determining whether you have
a household problem."
All that advice is, of course, conditional on your
having a home after a major storm hits.
A power transformer blew up down the street from
me a while back, taking out power to about a dozen
houses in the neighborhood.
I went outside, didn't see any flames jumping from
the meter or from the power lines, wandered about the
block and saw that most of the houses were dark. Sat-
isfied it wasn't just me, I went home and cranked up the
laptop to get back to work.
An hour or so later I went out to check on the re-
pair progress, only to notice no FPL activity. I called
FPL, somewhat apologetically, to ask what the status
of the work was.
First news they had, the nice lady on the phone
said. No one had called it in. We'll get right on it.
It took about six hours to fix the transformer and
get the lights and air conditioning back, and I went out
to thank the crews for their efforts. The last time I was
without power was during Tropical StOrm Gabrielle,
and it was for four days, so I figured six hours wasn't
And here's the factoid: One of the crew guys said
that despite what the FPL press release said, priority
seems to be given to those who call the most and com-
plain the loudest. "Have all your neighbors call it in,"
he said as he was packing up his gear. "We'll get here
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THE ISLANDER E SEPTEMBER 10, 2003 N PAGE 23
Cobia starting to show; snook, reds good inshore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Thanks to Tropical Storm Henri, and about five
days of rain, fishing was slowed a mite last week, but
returned to normal after the weekend's dry-out.
Whitebait is back in huge numbers, always a good
sign of better fishing to come.
Redfish and snook are still a mainstay in the back-
waters, plus a few trout and some flounder.
Offshore fishing is good for grouper and snapper.
There are also more and more cobia sightings and
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's getting his
charters onto mangrove snapper to 16 inches, redfish
to 30 inches, some keeper-size snook, plus trout, floun-
der and small gag grouper.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
quite a few redfish are being caught up in Palma Sola
Bay by wade fishers. Trout seem to be running a little
small right now, but there are some good reports of
snook being caught and boaters offshore are catching
lots of grouper and mackerel. He also said that more
and more cobia sightings are coming in.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's getting lots of slot-limit redfish, with
artificial lures working the best for his charters. He's
also caught a few small but keeper-size snook as well
as lots of trout.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said last
week's rain slowed fishing a bit, but the past few bright
days have brought back the summertime fishing sched-
ule. There are good reports of big snook, plus redfish
are starting to school. Lower tides are best for the reds
right now. Offshore, look toward better weather as the
winds die down, with some early reports of red grou-
Colorful combo: red grouper for Gray
Justin Gray holds a 31-pound red grouper caught by
Capt. Pete Rothery aboard the charter boat Wireless
about 40 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico.
per in about 100 feet of water out in the Gulf.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House went
out fishing with me last week and got out-fished by
about a 2-1 ratio, although Dave said he just had a bad
day. Sounds like a challenge match.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said there are
plenty of mackerel around as you work the right tides.
He's also been hitting on lots of redfish, with some
days producing better than 20 fish caught and released.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams out of
Catchers said he's also catching lots of reds, plus
mackerel, some keeper-size snook and mangrove snap-
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he was only able to make it out one day
last week due to the weather, but was able to bring
back a slew of red and gag grouper, lane, yellowtail
and mangrove snapper, plus porgies and triggerfish.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
are still hooking up with some cobia, a few over-size
redfish, mackerel mostly in the mornings and
some black drum and mangrove snapper.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier reports
night anglers are doing well with lots of big snook.
Mackerel are a good bet on incoming tides in the morn-
ings, and small spoons and white bucktail jigs are the
best lures for the macks. There are also a few flounder
and mangrove snapper lurking around the pilings, Cliff
On my boat Magic we have been catching our
limit of snook and redfish, with linesiders up to 32
inches and reds to 28, plus lots of small trout.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide.
Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come 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
in the paper.
Good-guy bugs among the nasty ones
By Jim Hanson
There are bugs, bugs, bugs here now, and while
they are in the main pesky, some of them deserve ap-
preciation or at least respect.
One thing for sure, the heavy rains of the past sev-
eral weeks have brought an infestation of mosquitoes.
On the bright side, that in turn has brought us a large
population of dragonflies.
Incidentally, they weren't unleashed upon us by
researchers at the University of Florida in days long
past. They've been in Florida since before dinosaurs
lived on earth, but prospered while the big lizards suc-
cumbed to whatever.
Besides being fascinating and pretty to look at,
they're among the best of the good-guy insects. They
do no harm at all except to mosquitoes, which they eat
and eat. Dragonflies are in unusual abundance this year
because the mosquitoes are so numerous. And don't
ask how they know.
Lovebugs, on the other hand, are not so pretty or
fascinating except to other lovebugs in their sex-crazed
carryings-on but they don't hurt humans either and
Captain Doug Moran
Half & Full Day Charters
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they're quite helpful in an arm's-length kind of way.
A leading dragonfly expert is Elzie McCord, assis-
tant professor of biology at New College, Sarasota.
Dragonflies of any of their many species are efficient
predators, he said, catching their prey on the wing. They
have big eyes to spot prey, big strong wings for speed and
maneuverability, front legs that grasp their dinner and hold
it while they dine, about like a squirrel.
There are many different dragonflies here, McCord
said, with green darners and red darners among the
most plentiful. They are so named because someone
during bug-naming times decided they looked like
Damselflies look like dragonflies but aren't.
They're smaller and slower and less aggressive, but
somehow just as well fed. When they're at rest, dam-
selflies hold their wings overhead, dragonflies' wings
stick out like an airplane's.
If you spot two dragonflies flying locked together,
it's not what you may think. Males grasp the female
behind the head and hang on to make sure no other
male fertilizes her, said McCord.
"It can assure the male that all that mating effort was
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Same with lovebugs. What appears to be incessant
mating on the wing is really after the fact. Those males,
too, fly hooked up to the female and stay there to pro-
tect the males' sperm from contamination by another
male. This is disappointing to admiring humans as well
as to the frustrated male lovebugs.
The lovebugs hatch in ground, and the larva break
down the enzymes there and help make the soil produc-
tive. A note to the practical: Lovebugs splatter on mov-
ing vehicles and should be cleaned off before they
splotch the paint, which doesn't take long.
The dragonflies remain the more fascinating of
Florida's beneficial insects, if only for the delicacy of
their construction and the beauty of their coloration.
Mike Daugherty of Floyd Culbreath Termite Con-
trol in Bradenton has studied the dragonflies more or
less casually, and is an admirer. He said:
"They're controlling predators, all right, but
they're friendly little beasts."
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Sola Bay offers guest house & main bay view! Deep water dock with no bridge
house with 5,730 sq.ft. 5BR, 5BA in to bay. Excellent rental./1031 exchange
total. 3 fireplaces. Pool, spa, & gym. or custom build. $1,195,000. Mary
$1,950,000. Valerie Hietala, Hellhake, 544-0763. 90884
SWEEPING INTRACOASTAL VIEWS
3BR unit. Custom kitchen, nothing less
than paradise. 40 ft. slip accomodates
50 ft. boat. No bridges, deep water.
$469,000. Kindra Koeck, 812-3904.
MANGO PARK professionally deco-
rated 4/5BR home with exceptional de-
tails. Large game room off pool area.
$429,000. Joanne Jenkins, 228-7878
or Tami Mitchell, 545-6799. 91448
FABULOUS CUSTOM HOME 4-5BR to be built in Northwest Bradenton w/river views.
This small subdivision will offer unique charm & character. $899,900. Kathy Valente,
A RARE FIND! Choose your own builder & build your dream home on this majestic
Manatee riverfront lot. No Bridges to the gulf. 29,000 sq.ft. $799,000. Cindy Pierro,
STEPS TO GULF BEACH terrific duplex w/lush private yard & fish pond. 3BR one side/
2BR other. White tile & light carpet. $475,000. Ruth Lawler, 587-4623. 91500
MANGO PARK Two story traditional 4/5BR home. Wood floors, french doors, back &
front staircases plus heated pool. $439,000. Cindy Pierro, 920-6818 or Victoria
Horstmann, 518-1278. 94631
GRACIOUS NW HOME on picturesque 1/2 acre lot located on quiet cul-de-sac setting.
3/4BR with office, brick fireplace. $299,900. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy
Orapala, 725-0781. 93732
HARBOUR OAKS 2,753 sq.ft. +/- 4BR/3BA, foyer, living & dining rooms, eat-in kitchen,
family room, wood floors, French doors, patio. $265,000. Owner/Agent. Don Lewis,
NW BRADENTON 3BR split plan home with fireplace in family room. New carpet/tile
throughout. Freshly painted. Entertain in oversized lanai. $217,900. Colette Gerrish,
PALMA SOLA PARK 38R home, caged pool. Playhouse, workshop, conveniently located
to shopping/beaches. Handicap accessible, $209,900. Chuck West, 374-3211. 95373
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106 Gull Dr. .................. $599,000
508 Key Royale Drive ..... $479,900
606 Dundee Ln. ............. $549,000
511 59th St................... $595,000
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CONDOS, LOTS & DUPLEXES
Westbay Pt Moorings #86. $395,000
4915 Gulf Dr ............. $1,715,000
Beachwalk Townhomes II up to. $539,000
308 55th St. Lot ........... $219,000
408 Pointsetta Rd. ........... $495,000
710 North Shore. Lot. ..... $279,000
747 Jacaranda. Lot ......... $389,000
Water's Edge #110N ....... $759,000
Sun Plaza West #202 ..... $409,000
3818 Sixth Ave ............. $440,000
3810 Sixth Ave.............. $425,000
Bayou Condo 5C ........... $298,000
Spanish Main #702 ......... $235,000
6925 Holmes Blvd. ........ $299,900
Westbay Cove #226. ....... $199,000
Bradenton Beach Club..... $849,000
3014 Avenue C #1&2. .... $259,000
Southern Breeze......... $1,450,000
427 Pine Ave................ $695,000
P m 12106 Cortez Rd. ........ $1,500,000
Chris Shaw 2418 90th St. NW........ $2,995,000
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867 Audubon Dr. ............ $225,000
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SPECTACULAR GULF VIEWS!
One house from the beach. Custom-builh home by
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Lush tropical landscaping, fenced and gated. Walls of
windows to enjoy the sunsets. $1,295,000.
SUN PLAZA WEST
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished condo. Beachfront complex,
breakfast bar, domed kitchen, elevator, tennis, heated
pool, carport, balcony, storage, very good rental, walk to
stores and restaurants. $425,000.
PERICO BAY CLUB
2BR/2BA villa in secure gated community on quiet cul-
de-sac with very private views. Close to pool, garage.
2BR/2BA condo, beautiful view otf Intracoastal water-
way, heated pool, custom-work shop area in two-car ga-
rage, walk to shopping, restaurants, doctor's office, bank.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
2BR/1BA each side, very close to beautiful beach, up-
dated, two screened porches, turnkey furnished, garage,
prime north Holmes Beach area. Excellent rental.
2BR/2BA, ground floor, turnkey furnished end unit.
Community pool and clubhouse. Close to beaches and
From $700 / month
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MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance ser-
vice. Over 30 years experience, self-employed in
construction trades. "I'm handy to have around."
HANDYMAN SERVICES. Scott Fulton, Island resi-
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plumbing, remodel. Free estimates, references.
Cell: 713-1907; home: 778-4192.
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MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
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and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
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NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. Call
779-0851 or cell 448-3857.
T&A LAWN CARE SERVICE. If you're not satisfied,
try us. Prompt, courteous and dependable. Full ser-
vice guaranteed. No job too small. References.
Free estimates. 812-2565 or 812-0368.
MANATEE MOWERS LAWN Service. Mowing,
trimming, edging, blowing. Call for free estimate,
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Gar-
den Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
SANDY'S LAWN SERVICE. Celebrating 20 years
of quality and dependable service. Call us for all
your landscape and hardscape needs 778-1345.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone"
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
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT Interior/exterior paint-
ing, pressure washing and wallpaper. For prompt,
reliable service at reasonable rates, call Kevin at
704-7115 or 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
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.
MINOR HOME REPAIRS Great rates, references.
Call Rick, 750-8366.
HANDY ANTHONY. Jack of most trades. Home re-
furbishing and detailing, 778-6000.
AFFORDABLE GARAGE STORAGE cabinets. Get
rid of the garage clutter! Free estimates.
www.garagestoragecabinets.com. Call 744-1617.
ISLAND HOME REPAIRS. Carpentry, electrical,
drywall repairs. Screen repairs, plumbing, paint-
ing, tile, cable, phone. No job too small. Low
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.
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BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available now.
Beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non-
smoking. Priced from $800month, $450/week, $85/
night. 794-5980. www.divefish.com.
SUMMER, AUTUMN, WINTER rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new
ceramic floors, $750; 2BR/1 BA, stackable washer/
dryer hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrig-
erator, 1BR/1 BA, $650. Dolores M. Baker Realty,
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.
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.
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
duolex, pet OK, $900/month. Call SunCoast Real
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMUGGLER'S LANDING: 3BR/3BA luxury
townhouse available for annual lease. Near pool
and workout room. 40-foot deep-water dock with
boat slip. Near Anna Maria Island. Just five min-
utes to Gulf beaches. Call Jim LaRose, A
Paradise Realty, 729-2381.
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. www.abeachview.com.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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, 779-0304.
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
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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
Nov. 1, $2,300/month. Call 720-2760.
CAFE ON THE Beach is one block away. Pent-
house 2BR/2BA, all amenities, furnished. Avail-
able October and November, $500/month. Call
753-8709, leave message.
BAYFRONT APARTMENT: 1BR/1BA unfur-
nished, $650/month, first, last, security. Cottage
2BR/1BA, 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
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ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA, large decks, cathe-
dral ceilings, lush landscaping. One block to beach,
clean, very nice, washer/dryer. Bradenton Beach,
$950/month. Call 779-0121.
CASTLE ON BEACH Avenue in Anna Maria. Re-
stored 1924 French Normandy 4BR/3BA house.
Quiet street, walk to beach. $850/week, $2,800/
month. Call 794-8202.
KEY ROYALE BEAUTIFUL canalfront home 2BR/
2BA, tropical pool area with hot tub, dock with two
boat lifts, completely updated. Available now,
$2,100/month. Previous deal for 2004 fell through!
January-April, 2004, $3,500/month. Unit #: 27150.
2BR/1 BA TOTALLY renovated duplex with under-
cover parking, storage area, washer/dryer. Steps to
Gulf and bay. 2516-E Avenue B in Bradenton
Beach. Call (813) 300-8543 or (941) 778-0635.
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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Beautifully redecorated ground-floor unit
with new tile, carpeting and a completely
renovated bathroom. On a canal with par-
tial bayview and only 200 feet from great
fishing at Anna Maria Pier and walking
distance to the beach, shopping, post of-
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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.
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER SPECIAL 1BR/2BA
furnished, spacious, steps to beach on Anna
Maria Island, cable, washer/dryer. Only $395/
week, plus tax. Call 778-1098.
ANNUAL RENTALS 1BR/1BA, canal, some utili-
ties, $695/month. Call 387-0990.
ADORABLE CANALFRONT newly renovated
Anna Maria home. 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer, ga-
rage. One block to Gulf. $1,400/month. Six-month
minimum. Call 778-2880.
ANNUAL 1 BR/1 BA duplex in Holmes Beach, close to
beach. $650/month. Call Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
QUAINT WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA with dock.
Dead-end street, sailboat water, great location and
layout. $1,500/month, annual only. Super clean!
Anna Maria Island
Houses, condos, lots and even a duplex for sale!
Rentals Duplex, Bean Point, seasonal or annual,
furnished. Cute. cute, cute!
Historical cottage, seasonal!
Duplex, west of Gulf Drive.
Old River District Houses $144,000 $699,000.
CONTACT BRINDA Bo)' MNAY,LIINCsI: R lii ESI'AI BUl OK1K
OR BRANI\ I BRA, Y GOMI;/, RE:AI.TOR
(941) 779-2233 1-800-813-7517
409 PINE Av\'NUI
ANNUAL RENTAL one block to beach and bay.
2BR/1BA home, new kitchen, garage/workshop,
washer/dryer and large yard. $1,100/month plus
utilities. Credit check and security. 2212 Avenue B.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA duplex on lake in Holmes
Beach. $850/month. Call Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA duplex on lake in Holmes
Beach. $650/month. Call Smith Realtors,
KEY WEST 800 feet to Gulf or bay. 3BR/2.5BA,
four-car garage, 2,000 sf living area. Many up-
grades, 30-foot screened lanai. $2,000/month. Call
794-9921 or 232-1369.
150 STEPS TO GULF. Seasonal, 2BR/2BA Immacu-
late ground-level home. Nonsmoking, no pets. (813)
961-6992 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newly Remodeled 1BR/1BA duplex in Bradenton
Beach. Just steps to beach. First, last, deposit. (757)
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which makes it illegal to advertise
"any preference, limitation
or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handi-
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any such preference, limitation or discrimination." Familial
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or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing
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knowing accept any advertising for real estate which is in
violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that
all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on'
an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination
call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777, for the hearing im-
paired (TDD) 1-800-543-8294.
WHAT A LOCATION Island duplex, 1BR/
1BA each side, short stroll to the beach.
Brand new A/C each side. Perfect for owner
to use one side and rent the other. This close
to beach will not last at $334,900. Call Jane
Grossman or Nicole Skaggs, 778-4800, after
SUNSET BEACH MOTEL 13 GUEST ROOMS SPACIOUS & BEAUTIFUL 1BR/2BA in pres-
PLUS A 4BR BEACH HOUSE. Licensed for 14 tigious Cedars Tennis Resort on Longboat
units. Heated 20-by-4-ft. pool plus cabana and Key. Light and bright. An excellent investment
an elevated "sunset" deck. Good rental history. opportunity. Turnkey furnished. $239,000. Call
Zoned R-3 with great open Gulf view. Jane Grossman or Nicole Skaggs at 778-4800
$2,600,000. Call David Vande Vrede at 725- or 795-5704.
4800 or Dave Jones at 713-4800.
THIS UNIT HAS IT ALLI 2BR/2BA with two LARGE YARD 2BR/2BA nicely remodeled
balconies and views of the bay and Gulf. Turn- home. New ceramic tile throughout. New
key furnished. Totally updated and cleaner kitchen with natural maple cabinets. Quiet
than new. Enjoy the heated pool and private neighborhood with the Islands best beach just
boat dock. Great rental income. $379,000. Call steps away. Large yard has plenty of room for
Ed Oliveira, 705-4800. a pool. $407,000. Dennis Rauschl, 778-4800
"We ARE the Island.'
M* E It 1957
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site annamariareal.com
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5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
LAKEFRONT VILLA 2BR/
1.5BA, turnkey furnished, well
maintained half-duplex. Updated
A/C and appliances. Charming
Island getaway in desirable area
of Holmes Beach. This is one not
to miss! $249,500. Call Susan
Hatch, Realtor, 778-7616 eves.
CANAL VIEW 2BR/1BA with boat dock and
across the street from the City Pier. Only
condo project in Anna Maria city. $289,900.
Quentin Talbert at 778-4800 or 704-9680.
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BRAND NEW 3BR/2BA Heron's Watch, two-car
garage, upgrades, $1,400/month; Perico Bay Club,
waterfront, 1,600 sq. ft., 3BR/2BA, two-car garage,
$1,500/month. T. Dolly Young Real Estate, 778-
0807 or 794-9921.
SPECTACULAR SARASOTA BAYFRONT. Annual
rentals. Quiet south Bradenton Beach. Furnished
and unfurnished 1, 2 and 3BR. $850/month-$1,350/
month. Please call 545-3285.
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty park-
ing spaces, contemporary design, great visibility.
$14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor,
388-5514, or call 809-4253.
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
amenities to list. Model condition. $389,000. Michael
Nink, Wedebrock Real Estate, 383-5543.
CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at
GULF WATCH: Gorgeous 2BR/2BA turnkey fur-
nished unit with Gulf views.$419,900. Weekly rent-
als OK. www.Latitude27Realty.net or 744-2727.
HARBOUR LANDINGS: Lot for sale with boat slip in
exclusive gated waterfront community. Room for 40-
foot boat, easy access to Intracoastal. Offered at
$259,900. Piroska Planck 730-9667, or Susan Holly-
wood 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. Lo-
cated in a six-unit building with docks. Priced for im-
mediate sale, $329,000. Contact Roger at
SALE BY OWNER Runaway Bay condos. 1BR/
1BA. $180,000. 2BR/2BA, $265,000. Also 1BR/
1BA duplex on Ave. B., $270,000. Call
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-
DUPLEX FOR SALE one-half recently renovated.
Enjoy the tax benefits of a rental v\i.-...ut the hassle.
$50,000-plus income per year. Call Tom at 726-1898.
WATERFRONT LOTS and hon e between
Englewood and Boca Grande: Six I ts with sea-
walls 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.
FOR SALE BY OWNER: Flamingo Bay, 3BR/2BA,
peek of bay. Caged pool. 2,500'sf, fireplace, se-
cluded lot. $339,000. Call 794-6858.
WATERFRONT LOTS and homes between
Englewood and Boca Grande: Six lots with sea-
walls and two ground-level waterfront homes,
deep water, no bridges, one tip-lot directly on
Intracoastal and bay, your dock to the Gulf in
three minutes. Properties affordably priced from
$220,000. Possible owner financing on some, as
low as 3.5 percent. Call (570) 943-2516.
HOLMES BEACH rare lot, build your dream home
with a view of the Gulf. 7700 Gulf Drive. $360,000.
Call Tom, (727) 391-1866.
TWO GULF-VIEW homes for sale. New construc-
tion, Bradenton Beach. 3BR/2BA, over 2,000 sq.
ft. Two-car garage. Starting at $649,000. Call
Florida Prime Realty LLC, 778-1098.
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ANNA MARIA BAYFRONT Lush tropi-
cal bayfront setting with 3BR/2BA older
home on a large 75-by-198-ft. lot with
deep-water dockage. Short distance to
beach. Remodel or build new. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #93749. $945,000
SAILBOAT WATER This 3BR-plus of-
fice home is close to the beach. Cedar
ceiling in family room, spa in caged
lanai, fireplace and room for a pool.
Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-2246.
HOLMES BEACH BEAUTY LocationI
Location! Spacious family home or Island
retreat! Large corner lot with circular drive,
two deeded boat slips, updated through-
out, solar heated pool/spa. Gina & Peter
Uliano, 358-7990. #94820. $539,900
BAYFRONT DUPLEX Wonderful
bayviews from this updated elevated
duplex with a city park between the
building and bay. Both units 2BR/1.5BA,
could convert to single family. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #94771. $459,000
KEY ROYALE GEM Floor plan designed
for entertaining! Lead-glass front door,
tiled living/dining room, family room with
sliders to the large lanai, with wetbar and
Jacuzzi. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-
2246. #93435. $539,500
MARINERS COVER CONDO Bayfron
unit, 2BR-plus den, open plan, wetbar
fireplace. Dock for 35-ft. boat, two pools
and tennis. Gated community, close to Is
land beaches. Lynn Parker, 727-2800
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THE VILLA ROSA
family homes in gated
community on canals
in Anna Maria. Start-
ing at $1,500,000.
- THE ROSA DEL MAR
^ Gulfside condomini-
ums, pool, approxi-
ll mately 1,900 sq.ft.,
q& gated parking, deluxe
a m e n iti e s.
starts at $1,500,000.
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For details please call
it Not too early to book.
Plan your winter rental!
Good choices available.
Call us now at
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