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Publisher: Bonner Joy
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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map in this edition, page 18.

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Soccer continues, page 28.

"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"

Volume 11, No. 46

SEPT. 24, 2003 FREE

Fire tax question

approved for

March ballot
Voters on the Island, in Cortez and in West Mana-
tee County will be asked their opinion to increase their
fire fees in the form of a property tax assessment next
West Manatee Fire & Rescue District Commis-
sioners unanimously approved placing a referendum
question on the March 9, 2004, presidential preference
ballot which reads:
"In order to maintain a high level of life, safety and
property protection for the citizens of the district, shall
the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District be authorized
to exercise its ad valorem taxing authority in an annual
amount not to exceed 3.75 mills as.authorized by Chap-
ter 191, Florida Statues?"
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of
property, less any exemptions.
The district currently assesses property owners
based on property type, Chief Andy Price said, with a
base fee levied on residential, commercial or vacant
property, which increases on square footage. "Basi-
cally, the bigger your property, the more you pay,"
Price said.
"The assessments levels out the playing field," he
said, "but with ad valorem taxes added it will allow for

Fun, fun, fun at Turtle Store
Medallion School Partnerships, an after-school care program, brought its first group of students to partici-
pate in the Anna Maria Island Tutrtlc Watch program last week. Adviser Christina Swosinlski first took the
group to the beach to collect trash, then to the turtle store to view an educational video. The students all took
a turn on the cash register, integrating math skills, and helped create marine turtle awareness posters. On the
sidewalk, from left, Gabby Lee, Chantal Varon, Ben Carpenter, and, standing, from left, Madison Larkin,
Michael Boswell, Erica Pinson and shop manager Amy Talucci. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

City wants Villa Rosa answers

before building permit decision

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The controversial Villa Rosa housing project in
Anna Maria is once again embroiled in controversy.
Villa Rosa developers Steve Noriega and Robert
Byrne submitted an application last week for a build-
ing permit to construct a model home at the site on
South Bay Boulevard.
But Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said the city
needs answers to a number of project issues before it
can tackle the permit application.
A review of Villa Rosa's preliminary plat plan by
the city's engineering firm, Baskerville-Donovan Inc.,
at the mayor's request, has raised a number of new
concerns over that plan.
In addition, said the mayor, Villa Rosa recently
received a new Southwest Florida Water Management
District permit that may be at odds with the original

Burglar nabbed?
Holmes Beach police arrested Tony Comkowycz,
also known as Tony Sisto, 21, of 4509 Gulf Drive in
Holmes Beach, early Monday morning, Sept. 22, fol-
lowing a burglary at the Pure Gas Station at 5333 Gulf
Chief Jay Romine said that at 3:28 a.m. that morn-
ing, Sgt. Dave Giddens of the HBPD discovered that
a large rock had been thrown through a glass panel at
the gas station.
Giddens observed a large amount of blood at the

Swiftmud permit approved by the city in 2002.
The mayor said she'd also understood that Villa
Rosa was planning to use material dredged from canals
in Holmes Beach as fill for the project and that may
require city approval.
"BDI has a lot of questions and until we get all
these issues resolved about the preliminary plat and the
new Swiftmud report, we can't review the building
permit application," she said.
"I just want to make sure the developers are using
good engineering practices and meeting our require-
ments," the mayor concluded.
Noriega countered that Villa Rosa has done every-
thing the city has asked and has an approved prelimi-
nary plat from the city that was already reviewed last
year by Zoller Najjar and Shroyer Inc., at that time the
city's engineering company.
"And we've already resolved the issues raised by BDI
before we got the preliminary approval," he said. "Why
is the city spending money twice for the same review?"
Noriega also denied Villa Rosa was buying fill
material from the Holmes Beach dredge project.
"A simple phone call from the city to us would
have resolved that issue," he said.
However, added Noriega, "We will once again
work with the city and do everything we can to answer
their questions and resolve any new issues."
After a number of controversial and often stormy
public meetings, the Villa Rosa project was approved
by the city commission in August 2002.
Plans call for construction of 17 single-family
homes on canal front lots in a gated community. Home
prices would start around $1.5 million, Noriega said.

Manatee Avenue delays
kicking in gear
Expect traffic delays in getting across the
Anna Maria Bridge as workers resurface the
highway from Holmes Beach to Perico Island in
the next few weeks.
Thursday and Friday, Sept. 25-26, will probably
have the worst of the traffic tie-ups, said Marsha
Burke with the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion. "One lane of the road will be closed for mill-
ing and resurfacing," she said, adding that the worst
of the work will only be for those two days and an-
other pair of days the following week.
The $329,500 resurfacing project is between
Gulf Drive and Perico Harbor along Palma Sola
DOT contractor APAC-Southeast is handling
the 1.4-mile stretch of the project.
Also as a part of the work are improvements
to the barrier wall on each side of the Anna Maria
Bridge, including installation of a guardrail. Al-
though the road will be open during the resurfac-
ing work, traffic delays are expected.
To add to the traffic confusion, there will also
be intermittent lane closures eastbound and
westbound between U.S. 41 and Gulf Drive
through the middle of next week for tree trim-
ming and removal along the roadway.

Slow going ahead on Manatee Avenue. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy


Fire district tax hike on ballot
growth in the district."
He said that recent annexations by Bradenton into
the district are taking growth potential out of the
district's assessment base. "Right now, annexation is a
huge issue," Price said. "With the current assessments,
we can't compete. With ad valorem taxes, we can meet
the district's demands."
State changes in fire response have caused the dis-
trict to have to hire more firefighters, Price said, at an
increase in expenses. "To meet the needs of fire ser-
vice, we have to implement it."
He said that although state statutes that imple-
mented the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District in
2000 allow up to 3.75 mills of property tax, that high
a levy would probably never be needed for fire service
in the district.
"We're probably looking at .25 or .50 mills," Price
said. "The district has something like $4 billion in
property taxes, which would give us about $15 million
a year if we went to the 3.75 mills. We could never use
all that."
The Sept. 18 public hearing before the fire district
commissioners on placing the referendum question on
the ballot drew no comment from citizens.

Robbery in Holmes Beach
scene and determined that
cash and checks were miss-
ing from the cash register.
A short time later, at
4:10 a.m., Giddens saw
Comkowycz walking along
Gulf Drive about two blocks

and placed him under arrest.
The suspect's cloth-
ing was covered in blood,
Comkowycz Romine said, and property
taken from the gas station was found in Comkowycz's
During transport to the Manatee County Jail, the
suspect forced his way out of the police vehicle and

Nine vying for four seats on

Bradenton Beach commission

The largest field of candidates in recent Bradenton
Beach history have filed to fill four seats on the city
Incumbent Mayor John Chappie is being chal-
lenged by Vice Mayor Bill Arnold and Commissioner
Dawn Baker.
Chappie was elected to his mayor post two years
ago, previously serving as commissioner since 1997
and before that on the planning and zoning commis-
sion. Arnold has served as a commissioner since 1998.
Baker served on the planning and zoning board before
taking her commission seat in 1999.
Arnold's Ward 1 seat has John Shaughnessy and Rick
Bisio both seeking first-time election. Shaughnessy was
instrumental in garnering the resident purchase of the
Sandpiper Mobile Resort in the northern part of the city;

fled on foot, but he was apprehended in the parking lot
of the Manatee Public Beach, Romine said.
Lt. Dale Stephenson said that Comkowycz "evi-
dently, we're not for sure, but those doors have child-

Bisio serves on the city's planning and zoning board.
For Ward 2, Lisa Marie Phillips and Trish Otto
are facing one another for the commission post.
Phillips is a lifetime resident of the city; Otto is in-
volved in the Bradenton Beach Club development at
17th Street North, where she resides.
For Ward 3, incumbent Commissioner Scott Barr
is challenged by Peter Barreda. Barr is a property
manager and was appointed to the city commission in
July 2002 to fill a vacancy; Barreda is the manager of
Cortez Kitchen, a long-time resident of Bradenton
Beach whose mother, Dahlia, served on the commis-
sion in the late 1980s.
Election day is Nov. 4. Although candidates in
Bradenton Beach have to reside within the separate
wards, votes are cast by all electors in the city.

Pure crime scene
Holmes Beach Police Chief
Jay Romine and Sgt. Terry
Davis, right, along with a
Manatee County Sheriff's
Office deputy examine the
S- Pure Gas Station at 5333
'. Marina Drive Monday morn-
ing, Sept. 22, for evidence
Following a break-in earlier.
Holmes Beach police arrested
a suspect a short time after the
burglary. Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy

proof safety latches and he might have disabled it"
when he entered the vehicle.
Comkowycz was taken to the jail and charged with
burglary and escape.


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Anna Maria could soon settle parking issue, maybe

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners might reach an
agreement on public parking at their Sept. 25 meet-
ing that some say has taken more than 80 years to
Others, however, might say the issue is still not
solved, even after the commission's Sept. 18 park-
ing workshop, and another 80 years might be needed
to reach a solution.
At the workshop, commissioners accepted by
consensus a study by Baskerville-Donovan Inc., the
city's engineering firm, that proposes the city create
171 parking spaces that BDI has identified within
the city's Beach Access Zone.
BDI had said previously there were 355 poten-
tial parking spaces within the zone, but the study
identified only those "functionally favorable" loca-
tions, BDI's Mark Mueller"said.
Accepting that the city identify and create 171
actual public parking spaces on residential streets
near beach access locations, including six handicap
access parking spots, could be the easy part of solv-
ing the city's parking woes.
The hard part now becomes a political decision
as commissioners must decide which streets get
parking spaces and how many will be on each of
those streets. The commission will discuss that issue
at its Sept. 25 meeting.
Not all commissioners, however, were in com-
plete agreement on the BDI study and proposals.
Commissioner Linda Cramer was concerned be-
cause parking will only be allowed in the designated
spaces, whether used by a city resident or the gen-
eral public.
"You are limiting parking on the right of way
and that's defeating to the public," she claimed.
"We are just making a suggestion," countered
Mueller. "It's always the commission's decision" to
decide where the spaces should be placed.
"These are just the favorable spaces" as deter-
mined by the BDI study, he said.
Cramer thought city residents should be able to
park anywhere on the right of way that is not desig-
nated "No Parking," while the general public is re-
stricted to just the designated spaces, the same
spaces that city residents can also use.
She said she was concerned because she's going
to have two additional vehicles at her house in the
future and wondered if there would be enough park-
ing on Palmetto Avenue to accommodate the extra
"I don't accept the formula as now we are giv-
ing preference to the public and residents won't have
a place to park," Cramer claimed.
She said if she can't park in the right of way in

Anna Maria City
Sept. 24, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Educa-
tion and Enhancement Committee meeting.
Sept. 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
Sept. 25, 4 p.m., board of adjustment meet-
Oct. 2, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive

Holmes Beach
Sept. 24, 5 p.m., parks and beautification
committee meeting.
Sept. 25, 10 a.m., code enforcement board
meeting CANCELED.
Sept. 30, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meet-
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina

front of her house, she does not want parking on the ,
right of way on Palmetto Avenue east of Gulf Drive Parking players
near the Tip of the Island restaurant.
But parking on the right of way in a no-parking lineup
zone isn't allowed even today, countered Commis-
sioner Duke Miller, although commissioners agreed The Sept. 25 city commission meeting to
this "rule" is often ignored by residents. discuss how to implement the proposed 171
"I see the 171 spaces as a compromise," Miller parking locations within the city's designated
added. Beach Access Zone is likely to draw a num-
The city is fulfilling an obligation to provide ber of "players" to the game.
parking to "recreational visitors" who come on The lineup for the meeting could include:
weekends, but trying to maintain the "peace and 1. Residents at the south end of Bay Bou-
quiet" of the residential neighborhoods where those levard who want a turnaround and enforce-
"recreational visitors" will park. ment of no parking on the right of way in
"Let's not say residential parking in this space their area.
and recreational parking here," he said. "Just park in 2. Residents on Fern Street who want the
the designated spaces." city to eliminate parking on the right of way
The commission has the task of "balancing and in their area.
spreading out the streets" so there is minimal impact 3. Residents across from Bayfront Park
in any particular neighborhood, Miller observed, who want the city to eliminate parking in
Under the BDI proposal, the maximum number front of their homes and fix up the parking lot
of parking spaces on any street in the zone is 11. at the park with clearly identifiable spaces.
"Remember, we are a residential community and 4. Business owners who want more pub-
we simply don't have the infrastructure for complete lic parking and oppose permits or resident-
recreational parking," he added. only parking.
Miller also noted that there is "recreational park- 5. Residents on some beach access streets
ing" available at the city's Bayfront Park for week- who don't want any public parking on their
end visitors, streets.
Commission Chairperson John Quam agreed on 5. (a) Residents on some beach access
the compromise. streets who don't mind a few spaces.
"I think we are being fair to everyone. We can 5. (b.) Residents who believe all streets
always add more spaces, but do we want to do that?" should be open parking.
No, said Cramer. "I want the least amount of im- 6. Some residents living near the Anna
pact on beach access streets and allow resident park- Maria Island Community Center who want
ing by permit in the zone. I don't think this approach no parking in front of their homes, but pledge
is correct." support for the Center.
The desired "approach" to a final parking ordi- 7. Residents along North Shore Drive
nance is what the commission will discuss at its and some adjacent sides streets who already
Sept. 25 meeting, Quam said. have "No Parking" signs, although many of
"Let's put it on the agenda, no matter how long these signs, if not all, were never established
it takes," he said. by ordinance. Previous city administrations
"It" could take a long time. The city organized reportedly just handed out the "No Parking"
its first parking committee and study in 1977 and in signs to the loudest complainers.
the succeeding 26 years, successive administrations 8. Some residents living on streets in the
and parking committees have been unable to come city's interior who want the city to have park-
up with a solution acceptable to all parties. ing on beach-access roads for residents only.
On an issue that has been so "divisive" in the 9. Some residents living on streets in the
city, it's not surprising that some residents disagreed city's interior who want parking on beach ac-
with designated parking spaces. cess roads for everyone.
"We're hearing all the old arguments," said 10. Some residents who support permit
Larry Alberts. "Just let residents park in front of parking, and some residents who don't.
their house." 11. Some residents who support resident-
Good idea, said Cramer. Maybe the only parking, and others who do not.
commission's approach should be to hear from resi- 12. Some residents who want compro-
dents on each affected street and give "collective mise on the issue, and others who are against
input" on the parking issue, she suggested, any compromise.

Coast Guard chief here to stay

By Jim Hanson

Jonathan Brown has "not been north of Interstate "
10 since 1985," and he isn't likely to go there ever. "' ..
He is a chief boatswain's mate who is beginning a L ;
four-year tour as officer in charge of the U.S. Coast' [
Guard's Station Cortez. -
He is responsible for safety and search and rescue . _@ -. t' "
of everything nautical in this part of the Gulf of :'
Mexico, the traditional Coast Guard duty. He also has '
the added responsibility for everything here that comes
under Homeland Security.
The Coast Guard has always had those duties, but
they were not emphasized until Sept. 11, 2001. As he /
puts it, "Missions that were not frontrunners before, are -- t ;
now." .
Not that boat safety and the search-and-rescue .
mission are being de-emphasized.
"We're still in the business big time," he said. "If "..a-
a rescue comes up, we quickly focus on that. But those ------' -. _.) -'
emergencies are usually short, so we can go back soon
to what we were doing before."
Port protection is bigger now, and escorting of
oceangoing ships and boarding them if needed, and
keeping very active in anti-terrorism. Chief Brown is ChliefJonathan Brown with his command headquar-
reluctant to get into those aspects of the station's work, ters, Coast Guard Station Cortez, in background.


The modern building replaced the historic Albion


Tidemark refutes Regions Bank lawsuit, acquires partner

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Lawyers for the Tidemark hotel and condominium
project in Holmes Beach have rejected a $1.45 million
mortgage foreclosure lawsuit filed by Regions Bank
against the property (The Islander, Aug. 6).
Instead, said attorney Nhan Lee of Orlando, Tide-
mark has requested the court find "judgment in its fa-
vor and against [Regions Bank], together with interest,
costs and attorney's fees and such further relief as the

court deems just and proper."
In its Sept. 10 response to Regions Bank, Tidemark
said it was "without knowledge" of many of the alle-
gations made by Regions in its July 23 lawsuit against
In addition, allegations made by Regions Bank
against defendants Christoper Horsley and Benjamin
Swirsky are against "individuals" and Tidemark is not
required to respond.
But Tidemark is also taking steps to clear up its

Community Center 'goes public'

in func raising requests

With its "silent" fundraising ca.npaign over,
Anna Maria Island Community Center officials are
now going public in a bid to improve the Anna
Maria City facility.
The goal: Another $500,000 to expand the
Magnolia Avenue building.
The target: The cities of Anna Maria,
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat
The asking price: a total of $200,000 from the
four municipalities.
Center representatives made the pitch at the
Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials Sept.
According to Robert Johnson, speaking on
behalf of the Center, "There were 1.9 million par-
ticipant hours used by the center last year, which
is 26 percent greater than two years ago. Our real
need is for more space. We have one room and a
Johnson said the Center is starved for space,

citing that without more room, teen, youth and
adult programs can't be conducted at the same
The expansion plans call for improvements in
three phases, said the Center's Scott Dell. Phase
one would include adding up to eight rooms for
classes and other activities; phase two would re-
locate the playground and involve other outside
landscape improvements; and phase three would
include parking and a second-story additional
classroom structure.
"We'll do it all within the existing footprint,"
Johnson said.
Center Executive Director Pierrette Kelly said
that the Island institution is no longer just for chil-
dren. "About 70 percent of what is done at the
Center is for adults," she said, "and we have many
more adults in our community than children."
She said she would be making an appeal to
each of the Island cities soon for funding assis-
tance in the Center's expansion efforts.

difficulty with Regions Bank and get the project "mov-
ing forward," said Nick Easterling, Tidemark's manag-
ing director.
Tidemark's new partner in the project is the Dal-
las-based real estate investment company Parliament
Group Inc., Easterling said, and that company is now
working with Tidemark lawyers to "clear up the mort-
gage" with Regions Bank.
"They are working with us on that process," said
Easterling. Once that's out of the way, the construction
phase of the project will begin.
"We don't have a definite timetable, but construc-
tion financing is part of the agreement with Parlia-
ment," Easterling noted.
"And they will be taking an active part in develop-
ment and construction. I'm sure they will help the
project significantly," he said.
"I like them because they know what we are doing
and agree with the concept."
Easterling hoped that construction could begin by
January 2004.
Regions Bank attorney Scott Cichon of Daytona
Beach said he was contacted last week by attorneys for
the Parliament Group, and preliminary discussions to
settle the lawsuit have begun.
The Parliament Group Inc. was established in
Texas in 1987 and is owned by RLC Properties Inc. of
The president and owner of both the Parliament
Group and RLC Properties is Robert L. Crews Jr. of
Crews is currently in Ireland and could not be
reached for comment.
The $20 million, 40-unit Tidemark hotel/condo-
minium/marina project on the site of the former Pete
Reynard's Marina Bay restaurant was approved two
years ago by the Holmes Beach City Commission.
Plans call for a full-service restaurant and marina
along with meeting space.
More than half of the units have been pre-sold,
Easterling said.

Out with old, in comes new
After 40 some years, the Island's oldest shopping center at Marina and Gulf drives in "downtown" Holmes Beach has a new, illuminated sign and new sign-area
landscaping is forthcoming, said center manager Hugh Holmes Jr. C&S Signs created the new image, complete with a sailfish in "relief" on each side. Islander
Photos: Bonner Joy

Coast Guard new chief
for security reasons.
He won't discuss arms, either, beyond the standard
issue for an outfit with strong police powers.
Brown came here from Key West where he
served on the 270-foot cutter Mohawk, and before
that he was on another cutter out of Chincoteague,
A blocky man with shaved head and an aura of
strength, he has a crew of 30 at Cortez and keeps
them busy with training and maintenance. Their
boats reflect it.
All the boat maintenance is done by the crew,
Brown said, except for matters that come under
manufacturer's warranty. Assigned to Cortez are a
41-foot utility with semi-displacement hull and

"plenty of power for towing," and two "very quick"
boats of 25 and 26 feet in flotation collars.
Brown has come a long way from Lampasas, in
central Texas, where he was reared a long dry way
from the sea. He joined the Coast Guard at 19, made
chief boatswain's mate after 10 years, and is going on
his 20th year in service now.
It should be noted that boatswains (pronounced
bos'n, of course) are the traditional tough guys of the
maritime services, and the ones who are presumed able
to do anything that needs doing.
Like most others stationed at Cortez, he lives off-
station bought a house in Bradenton and enjoys life
there with his wife and their son; both of their daugh-
ters are in Key West.
His wife, he noted, is a "conch," a native of Key
West who had never lived anywhere else until they
came here. "She just loves it here," Brown said.

He's especially enthusiastic about the Coast Guard
Auxiliary with 600 people inu5 boats in the flotillas
around here, providing thel- own boats and donating
their time and expertise in the interest ol public boat-
ing safety.
They help with boat safety checks, patrol to seek
out people in trouble on the water, test boats' naviga-
tion and safety equipment and generally "stop trouble
before it can start."
About like a police or fire chief, Brown is on call
24 hours a day. He reports to the captain who com-
mands Group St. Petersburg.
He hasn't far to go to be eligible for retirement,
but he has most of his four-year Cortez assignment
and he intends to carry on through that. So where
"It would be hard to find anywhere to go from



Anna Maria may have passed 'record' budget

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria City Commission may have
passed a "record" $2.11 million budget Sept. 16 for the
2003-04 fiscal year.
Then again, maybe it didn't.
Commissioner Tom Aposporos pointed out the actual
operating portion of the budget is just $1.73 million, less
than last year's total budget of $1.79 million.
The remaining $385,000 of the 2003-04 budget is
in capital improvements projects, with $153,000 set
aside for city hall remodeling and $232,000 for other
projects such as drainage improvements and bridge
inspections and repairs.

Vandals again strike
Holmes Beach cars
After a near-five-month absence, vandals
appear to again be striking in Holmes Beach,
this time targeting vehicles in residential areas.
The Holmes Beach Police Department re-
ported that during the past weekend, more than
a dozen reports of vandalism to parked vehicles
were received, including a number in the Key
Royale area of the city.
Damage included removal of stickers, em-
blems and radio antenna, flattened tires, roof
damage, and spray painting.
In March and April, vandals had targeted
the city's business district using a pellet gun to
blow out the windows of a number of shops and
vehicles parked in the area.
Those incidents, however, ceased in mid-
April and Lt. Dale Stephenson of the HBPD said
these were the first vandalism reports since that
Police are appealing to the public for any-
one who might have witnessed the incidents or
has knowledge of who committed the offenses
to contact Stephenson at 708-5804.

The money for city hall was also in the 2002-03 bud-
Aposporos made a last-ditch effort to persuade the
commission to delete that $385,000 from the budget
and let that money remain in reserve accounts until it's
"Keep that money separate" so taxpayers can see
what the actual "operating cost" of the city is, he sug-
When actual costs for city hall remodeling and
other capital improvements projects are presented by
the mayor, the commission can transfer the money
from reserves, he said.
Aposporos also thought the city should have two
budgets: one for actual operating expense and another
for capital improvements.
Two budgets is a good idea, said Commissioner
Duke Miller, but Commission Chairperson John Quam
disagreed with putting the money back in reserves.
"I'd like to see that money in the budget," he said.
There will be a new commission after the Novem-
ber elections, and there might be some opposition to
transferring those funds, he noted, particularly if the
mayor is going to ask for more money.
"I prefer to see those funds in black and white" for
the coming year's budget, Quam said. The money is at
least a starting point for capital improvement projects.
While Miller agreed two budgets is a good idea, he
sided with Quam to leave the money for capital im-
provements in this year's new budget.
"But they are best kept separate," he added. "Let's
do it next year."
Mayor SueLynn, who prepared this year's budget
along with city staff, agreed that next year's budget
should separate capital improvements from operating
Some members of the public were concerned about
the special events budget of $8,000, which is controlled
by the mayor. The need for such events as the annual
fireworks display, parties for city volunteers and city
staff, holiday decorations and staff gifts at Christmas
were questioned, but commissioners decided to leave

that amount untouched.
Resident Diane Caniff suggested that the money
appears to be a "slush fund."
There was also an objection to the $26,000 in the
budget for parking location markers, but Quam pointed
out that the parking plan has not yet been adopted. The
money is in the budget in the event it's needed, he said.
Commissioners did agree to change the line item
to "parking plan support" and deleted reference to park-
ing spaces.
Rick DeFrank verbally blasted the commission and
budget, claiming he and the few people in attendance
"don't want general funds. That doesn't work for me.
I want to know what [the money] is actually going to
be used for.
"Why does the mayor write checks without the
commission knowing?" he asked.
City Attorney Jim Dye, however, pointed out that
under the city charter, the mayor is authorized to write
checks up to $2,500 without city commission approval.
Commissioners did decide pot to provide any
money in the budget for elected officials to join the
city's health and dental insurance plan, noting it would
cost the city about $36,000 annually for three elected
officials to join the plan.
The commission had wanted to provide funding in
the budget for dental and health insurance for the of-
fice of mayor, but the city's current health insurance
provider would have to create a new class of employee.
Currently, BlueCross/BlueShield requires that if
one elected official is offered the benefit, all elected
officials must be offered the same package.
In addition, said Dye, the commission would have to
vote on that benefit at a regular meeting and it would not
become effective during the current mayor's term of of-
"If it's just for the mayor, wait until next year," he
suggested and commissioners agreed.
The commission voted to adopt the 2003-04 budget
as amended at $2,111,897 and keep the city's millage rate
at the current $2 per $1,000 of assessed evaluation.
The budget becomes effective Oct. 1, 2003.

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No problem
If there's one problem that all Islanders have in
common it's traffic. It's too fast, too slow, too much,
too many and way too bothersome.
It goes right along with the parking problem. The
bridge problem. The beach erosion problem. The red tide
problem. The beach lighting problem. You get the idea.
The problems are impossible to avoid, they come
and go like the tide.
Sure it's a hassle to have road work that closes
lanes, slows er, halts traffic on Manatee Avenue,
the main artery for lots of folks, whether trekking to
town for work, school, shopping or any of the myriad
reasons folks leave Anna Maria Island.
Consider the alternative. A few years ago mer-
chants and residents in the area of the Cortez Bridge
met with Florida Department of Transportation offi-
cials and agreed a month-long closure of the bridge was
preferred over long-term intermittent closures. Trouble
was, it lasted longer than a month. All traffic was di-
rected to the Anna Maria Bridge and we mean all
traffic. Even the Longboat Key garbage trucks had to
haul up to Manatee Avenue to get to the landfill.
That bridge rehab was worth the wait. And worth
rehab for the property owners on either side of the
bridge who may have seen their homes abolished had
the DOT had its way with a megabridge replacement.
A long-fought battle against a replacement for the
bascule bridge on Manatee Avenue wound up in the "Is-
landers" favor and the rehabilitation project is ongoing.
Paving Manatee Avenue from the Manatee Public
Beach to Perico Island is a good thing, too.
And thank goodness they're getting on the job be-
fore the peak of tourist season, although it does start to
crank up in October.
That's another problem. We either have too many
tourists and visitors or too few. Feast or famine. Just
about this time of year, Island businesses and accom-
modations are looking forward to tourist season.
It's all perfectly palatable if you just set your clock to
"Island time," that elusive frame of mind that comes from
many years of practice and living on Anna Maria Island.
Slow down. Make time to stop and smell the roses -
or the bay, since you'll likely be sitting for a few leisurely
moments on the bridge while traffic delays your progress.
Think of it as a prime parking spot to watch dol-
phins jumping, pelicans soaring on the current, and
boats operating on extreme Island time.
What's the problem?

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Saving the school
I just wanted to thank the supporters for all their
hard work during the past two months in the fight to
save our "little school by the bay." This was the big-
gest and most important thing that I have ever been
involved in.
The demolition schedule dictated that our action
had to proceed at warp speed. The community of sup-
porters pulled together. From the signs being displayed
all over the Island, the distribution of little flyers, the
little oak tree children, the phone calls and the rallying
poster-board sign holders, we were heard.
I want to thank the school board for responding so
quickly. This wasn't a fight against a new school nor
was it a fight against the new principal. This was a fight
against the "process." This was a fight for the commu-
nity to be able to see the plans before any more demo-
lition was done and to have the input we deserved.
It was a battle fueled by many rumors, myths and
inconsistencies. Hopefully the passage of time will
show them for what they were. The fear that this fight
jeopardized AME from getting a new building along
with the many other fears that were made known to us
is the sad misconception of why so many people of
today don't stand up for what is right.
Again, thank you for all of your support. A special
thanks to Dr. Roger Dearing, who inherited this situa-
tion after only three days on the job, and to School
Board member Harry Kinnan for his unwavering com-
mitment to the community.
Judy Titsworth, Holmes Beach

Thanks, firefighters
Sept. I I arrived for the second time and some of
us wanted to hear words of respect and regret by the
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again for silent prayer. We shared stories, tears and
hugs. Thank you, everyone at the fire department, for
all you did that special day.
Marietta Schultz, Anna Maria

Making a difference
On behalf of the Anna Maria Island Community
Center's Board of Directors, the Center staff and all
those we serve, I would like to offer a sincere "thank
you" to Billy and George O'Connor and The Islander
for sponsoring the most successful ever O'Connor
Bowling Challenge.
The lanes seemed to be more challenging for some
than others. What an unbelievable sold-out event this
year and what fun everyone seemed to have. As you
know, the 13th annual O'Connor Bowling Challenge
netted $7,535. These funds will help us to better meet
the needs of our youth sports programs and provide
much needed educational equipment at the Center.
Please know in your heart that you and all the other
contributors and volunteers are helping us to make a
difference for future generations.
Pierrette L. Kelly, executive director, AMICC

Thank you, Islanders
The 13th annual O'Connor Bowling Challenge
was the biggest and best ever. We had about 400 people
show up, helping raise more than $9,000 for Island
As usual, without the help from of all the bowlers
and area merchants, this never would have been pos-
sible. Thank you all for making it such a success.
Special thanks go to Peggy Davenport for selling
the TV raffle tickets, SS 20 Building Systems and Mike
Carter Construction for their generous donations, Pete
l3arreda at Cortez Kitchen for a great party, and most
oF all Hionner Joy and all her staff at Thc Islander for
doin most olf lthe \\'orl, and pro\1iding the TV.
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One-year enlistment

led to Florida
Anna Maria resident John Bacich remembers when
the United States began the draft in 1940 in anticipa-
tion of becoming involved in World War II.
"Mine was the first number picked, but I didn't
want to be drafted, so I enlisted in the Army in Febru-
ary 1941. At that time we only had to serve one year."
The captain who swore in Bacich was a family
friend and brother of CBS news commentator Eric
"He told me after training I'd come back to Ft.
Snelling in Minneapolis, which was about two miles
from my home, and work for him."
Bacich, however, turned down the offer and
headed to Wyoming for basic training.
When the United States entered the war in Decem-
ber 1941, he was just 53 days short of discharge. His
one-year enlistment was extended and in February
1942, he found himself in Florida, patrolling the beach
between St. Augustine and Jacksonville.
"I thought how wonderful this weather was in Feb-
ruary compared to Minnesota and I vowed that if I sur-
vived the war, I'd move to Florida."
Bacich was then promoted to sergeant and helped
train new recruits in Texas for the newly formed 90th
Infantry Division.
When the division formed the 36th Mechanized
Recon Squadron, Bacich joined, hoping to get overseas
for some action.
He got his wish and landed in France in Septem-
ber 1944. The 36th headed to Belgium and Luxemburg
and went into combat immediately as the lead outfit for
the division.
While the main mission of the 36th was to gather

John Bacich as a newly commissioned lieutenant in

intelligence for division headquarters, his unit would
often become regular infantrymen when needed and the
mechanized guns would be lowered to fire as an artil-
lery battery.
The 36th was at the Battle of the Bulge and fought
its way across Germany as one of the lead combat
units. Bacich received a battlefield commission in
April 1945 and was a lieutenant when his unit reached
the Elbe River and met the Soviet Army.
"We had just had an entire German division surren-
der to us, and the Russians wanted us to turn them over.
We almost had ourselves another war," said Bacich.
"But there was no way we were going to give those
guys to the Russians and the German commander
thanked us again and again. He knew what would hap-
pen if they were shipped back to Russia."
Of the more than 2 million German prisoners of
war captured by the Russians, fewer than 100,000
eventually returned to Germany, he said.
Bacich said his unit fought two types of German

John Bacich today spends his time between his Anna
Maria home and Minnesota.
"The regular army was like us and hated the war.
The S.S. were vicious, deceptive, deadly and loved the
war," he said.
On May 6, 1945, the day before the war officially
ended in Europe, three men from his unit went back to
the field kitchen to bring lunch forward to the troops.
An S.S. tank hiding in the woods fired off one round
and killed all three men.
"The war was over and nobody was shooting ex-
cept these S.S. guys," Bacich remembered. Needless to
say, the S.S. tank outfit was soon wiped out completely
by return fire.
"That's one thing I remember about the war. How
stupid those S.S. guys were and how we lost three men
After the war, Bacich returned to civilian life, but
stayed in the Army reserves. He was recalled to duty
during the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War, but
did not go overseas. He stayed in the Army for a total
of 22 years and retired as a major in the armored corps.
In 1964, Bacich fulfilled his vow to return to
Florida, settling in Anna Maria.
The war left a lasting impression on him, as it did

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Bradenton Beach OKs dropping property tax rate

By Paul Roat
What a difference barely a week makes.
On Sept. 10, Bradenton Beach city commissioners
haggled for almost four hours over the budget and
property tax rate for the upcoming 2003-04 fiscal year,
finally agreeing on a slight reduction in taxes based on
projections of an increase in other revenue to the city.
On Sept. 16, city commissioners spent about 14
minutes to unanimously approve a budget of $2.628
million, about 18 percent above the current spending,
and a tax rate of 2.5434 mills, although the proposed
tax rate is less than the current millage of 2.6750.
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of
property, less any exemptions. For a Bradenton Beach
home valued at $425,000, less the $25,000 homestead
exemption, the upcoming city property tax will be
$1,017, about $53 less than the current year's assess-

County hearing

Thursday to set speed

zones for boaters
The Manatee County Commission will hold a pub-
lic hearing at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at the county administra-
tion building, downtown Bradenton, to discuss the
most recent draft of an ordinance designed to promote
safe boating and protect the public, the environment
and manatees.
Previously the state was set to push for "slow speed
zones" 5 mph within 1,000 feet of Anna Maria
Island and the banks of the Manatee River in an effort
to offer more protection to manatees.
But at a meeting of boaters, anglers and manatee lov-
ers at the Manatee County Civic Center Aug. 26, the com-
mittee appointed by Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas
county commissioners to establish "slow speed zones"
decided to let Manatee officials deal with the issue.
The county ordinance recognizes that the operation of
vessels in swimming areas poses a threat to people, and
that there is also a threat to grass beds, mangroves and the
shoreline that serves as a habitat for manatees, birds and
other flora and fauna, and that vessels pose potential dam-
age to shoreline structures. It further recognizes that the
operation of vessels is a direct threat to manatees.
The ordinance also limits excess noise generated by
airboats, personal watercraft and other vessels deemed
"detrimental to peaceful enjoyment by the public and the
safety of marine animals and waterfowl."
The ordinance exempts "traditional recreation ar-
eas for waterskiing and other water sports," including
Palma Sola Bay, Terra Ceia Bay and Warners Bayou.
There would also be special protection areas (for
manatees), areas where historically there have been a
number of manatees congregating.
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash said
commissioners are expected to "tweak" a 1999 ordi-
nance calling for boaters to go slow within 300 feet of
the county's shoreline or in water no deeper than 3 feet
as a way of protecting humans.
Changes to the 1999 ordinance, which the county
admits it did little to enforce, would call for manatees
and humans to receive the same protection from speed-
ing boaters.
The idea of slow speed zones initiated with an out-
of-court settlement. Environmental groups concerned
with manatee deaths caused by boats sued the state,
forcing officials to come up with a plan to slow down
boaters in areas populated by manatees.
with others of his generation.
"I saw many young men die needlessly in Ger-
many, both Germans and Americans. Now, I find it
hard to read that our men and women are dying in com-
bat all over the world in other countries. I'd hoped I'd
never see that again."

"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any al-
lied country (U.S., Britain, Canada, Holland, Norway,
France, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, etc.)
during World War II. We'd like to hear from you.
Please call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.

No citizens spoke at either of the two public hear-
ings. In fact, only one citizen attended the sessions.
Probably the biggest bone of contention in the bud-
get was a salary hike which would have had some
employees see a 5-percent pay increase next year.
Commissioners Dawn Baker and Anna O'Brien both
objected to the pay increases, while Mayor John
Chappie, Vice Mayor Bill Arnold and Commissioner
Scott Barr all agreed to the spending hikes.
Police will get a $2-per-hour raise under the next
fiscal year's budget; other employees will get a 25-
cent-per-hour raise.
Highlights of the city's budget for next-year:
Police, always the high-ticket department based
on its 10 full-time employees, has the highest budget
of the city at $763,000, most of it for salaries, insurance
and benefits.
Administration is slated for $410,000 next year.

That element of the budget includes the four city clerks,
plus salaries of the mayor and city commissioners.
Sanitation, $320,000.
Streets and roads, $289,000.
Planning and development, $232,000.
The budget also includes $430,000 for capital im-
provement projects, some of which have been carried
over from previous years. Included in that sum are side-
walk improvements near city hall along Gulf Drive,
Bridge Street landscape improvements and lighting
Of the $2.628 million total budget, $836,000
comes from property taxes, with the rest of the city's
revenue being derived from gas taxes, sales taxes, the
city's sanitation billings, building permit fees and vari-
ous franchise fees on electric, cable television, tele-
phone and other charges.
The 2003-04 budget will go into effect Oct. 1.

There's a 'Nerd' coming
"The Nerd" is due on the Island the comedic creation of playwright Larry Shue. This first play of the 55th
season of the Island Players theater opens Oct. 2 and runs through Oct. 12 at the theater at 10009 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Tickets are $15 per show, $65 for the five-play season at the box office 9 a.m.-I p.m. daily except
Sunday or by calling 778-5755. The play features, seated from left, Mark Shoemaker, Robin Rhodes and Jon
Kieffner as the nerd, and standing, Joe Shedrick and Scott Ehrenpreis. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Anna Maria City

approves beach house

construction on

Spring Lane
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria has given the go-ahead for construc-
tion of a new, six-sided beach house at 206 Spring
Lane, but ordered that one of the two planned kitchens
be removed (The Islander, July 23).
Holmes Beach Building Official Bill Saunders,
who also performs building official duties for Anna
Maria, said that with removal of the second kitchen and
some other minor changes, the application meets the
requirements for a permit.
The original application was denied on the grounds
that the house appeared to be a duplex, with separate
kitchens on each floor and no interior connecting stair-
An objection to the project filed with the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection by adjacent
landowners James and Judy Adams has been voluntar-
ily withdrawn.
The property owners, Barnett and Daisy Brooks
and Caroline Popper of Sarasota, had to first receive a
DEP construction permit before applying to Anna
Maria for a building permit.

Mixed.up identities
It was mistakenly reported last week in The
Islander that the suspect in an Anna Maria ar-
rest in the 200 block of Pine Avenue on Sept. 11
for battery on a law enforcement officer re-
quired medical treatment.
It was the Manatee County sheriff deputy
who was injured by a blow as he pursued the
suspect and the deputy was airlifted to Bayfront
Medical Center for treatment, not the suspect.
According to the report, deputies recog-
nized the suspect as having an outstanding war-
rant. While being handcuffed the suspect hit the
deputy and fled the scene.
Deputy Thomas Dickinson chased the sus-
pect and, as he turned a corner around a house,
was stunned by a blow of unknown origin.
According to the report, Dickinson doubled
back and encountered the suspect at the front of
the house. The deputy took him into custody.
After arriving back at the Anna Maria po-
lice station, Dickinson collapsed and reportedly
was overcome by severe head, leg and arm pain.
According to the report, the cause and extent of
the deputy's injuries was unknown.
Dickinson was released from the hospital
but is still undergoing tests to determine the
cause of his illness, according to Sgt. John
Kenney of the Manatee County Sheriff's Of-
fice-Anna Maria Substation. Dickinson is home
and doing well.

THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 24, 2003 0 PAGE 9

Mystery author Tim Dorsey on Island Oct. 11

Florida author Tim Dorsey will be on the Island
Saturday, Oct. 11, to sign copies of his latest book,
"The Stingray Shuffle," and talk about his wacky mys-
tery novels.
Dorsey is a former Tampa Tribune reporter and
editor before his first novel, "Florida Roadkill," be-
came a runaway favorite of all who love the weirdness
that sometimes is Florida. He has also written "Ham-
merhead Ranch Motel," "Orange Crush," a tale of a
gubernatorial election where both candidates have
turned very, very weird, "Triggerfish Twist" and "The
Stingray Shuffle."
His latest novel shuffles through the Sunshine State
with our hero, Serge, falling into a train fixation. There's
action, romance, adventure, intrigue, mayhem, and all the
rest of the fun that Dorsey brings to literature.
There's even a book club, where the members
highlight the following classic novels:
'Who knows what 'Moby Dick' is about?

"Man wants to kill fish.
Fish kills man. Lots of de-
tails about boats.
"'The Jungle?' '
"The rich are mean.
"'Invisible Man?'
"White people are
mean. .
"'Clockwork Orange?' .
"The British are mean. ,
"'Brave New World?' Dorsey
"The future is scary and
'"Naked Lunch?"
Junkies are scary and weird.
'"The Sun Also Rises?'
"We should be in Paris."
Or consider this challenge toward the end of "Or-
ange Crush," where the two wannabe governors meet

Proceed with drainage improvements

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Faced with opposition from some Rose Street
residents over a proposed drainage improvement
project, Anna Maria's Capital Improvements Advi-
sory Committee voted to recommend that the city
commission proceed with that project and three
other drainage projects already approved in the
2002-03 budget.
The improvements will be done under an existing
Southwest Florida Water Management District permit,
said Tom Wilcox of Baskerville-Donovan Inc., the
city's engineering firm.
If the work is not done by July 2004, the city would
have to reapply for a new Swiftmud permit, a process
that could take years.
Some Rose Street-Alamanda Road residents had
objected to the project at a recent meeting with BDI and
.questioned the need for drainage improvements such as
enlarging the pipes, creating new culverts and install-
ing a new outfall to the nearby canal.
The Rose Street-Alamanda Road project has al-
ready been budgeted by the city commission, Mayor

SueLynn said.
The four projects can be done for minimal cost by
utilizing an existing Manatee County contract and con-
Cost estimates were done this past summer by
Woodruff and Sons Inc., said Wilcox, and those prices
are set "if we get started this month."
Since the commission has already approved the
Rose Street-Alamanda Road improvement project,
BDI can go ahead with the contract, but will modify
some of the work according to comments from resi-
But both sides of Alamanda Road will be improved
for drainage and a new outfall pipe installed, he said.
The work will be done on city rights of way, but
the work along Rose Street will not cross Alamanda
Road, he said.
Cost of the project along Rose Street has been es-
timated at $38,000.
The CIAC also passed a recommendation to Mayor
SueLynn suggesting that she look into the cost to pur-
chase the vacant lot on the northwest corner of the
humpback bridge and report to the city commission.

"'I want you! Tonight! Ice Palace! Lights-Out
Cage Match! No-Time-Limit Gubernatorial
Smackdown for the Whole Enchilada!"
"'So this is where we've evolved,' said our hero,
the governor."
"'Actually,' said the governor's assistant, 'it can't
help but add dignity to the process.'"
Dorsey will chat about his books, sign copies of
"The Stingray Shuffle," and otherwise entertain begin-
ning at 1 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. at Ooh La La!
Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Tickets.
which include a copy of the book and lunch, are S50.
The event is sponsored by the restaurant. The Islander
newspaper, Circle Books on St. Armands Circle, and
the proceeds from the event '.ill go to the Tingiey
Memorial Library.
Reservations are strongly suggested, and ma\ be
made by calling 778-7978.

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Bathers and beachgoers using the Palma
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Just a few weeks after declaring that the
waters of Palma Sola Bay were safe for bath-
ers, the Manatee County Health Department
issued an advisory last week for the waters at
both of its testing locations on the Palma Sola
Manatee County Environmental Health
Director Tom Larkin said the most recent five-
week average of tests at the causeway's south-
east Palma Sola Bay location near the main-
land was 41.69 coliforming units per 100 mil-
liliters of water, above the U.S. Environmen-
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Waters tested at the second causeway test
location on Palma Sola Bay near Bongo's
showed a 47.89 CFU level, Larkin said.
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Gordon Atkinson, president of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, and Island contractor Mark Kimball
go over plans for restoration of Belle Haven cottage. The City of Anna Maria has put a new roof on the
historic cottage and the society is raising money for the $100,000 project. It has been moved to the historical
museum grounds at 402 Pine Ave., where Kimball will oversee the work, most of it by volunteers.

Women's Bible study group
meeting Thursdays
An interdenominational women's Bible study
group will begin meeting at 9:30 a.m. every Thursday
through next s' ,ng, and all are welcome. The group
will meet at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Further information is available by calling Nancy
Ambrose at 778-5274.

Island Art League sets
faculty show, classes
The Anna Maria Island Art League has scheduled
its big annual faculty exhibit and arranged its 2003-04
program of classes.
The exhibit will be Oct. 3-31, and the opening re-
ception with aLitists present will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Oct. 3 at the gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Featured will be works by Chris Galanopoulos,
Jerry Quin, Barbara Singer, Pam McMillen, Ginger
White, Sandy French, Paul Scibilia and Elena
Classes in the autumn-winter program will be at
the gallery as follows:
Old masters methodology oil painting Wednesdays
from 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 8-Nov. 19, Paul Scibilia in-
structor, members $84, nonmembers $93, lab fee $30.
Beginning stained glass Fridays 9-11 a.m. Oct. 10-
Nov. 14, Sandy French instructor, members $76, non-
members $84, supplies $150.
Basket weaving Tuesdays 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 14-
Nov. 18, Pat McMillen instructor, members $90, non-
members $99, supplies $35 per basket.
Drawing the tropical landscape Fridays 4-5:30 p.m.
Oct. 17-Nov. 28, Ginger White instructor, members
$90, nonmembers $99.
Classic black-and-white photography Mondays 6-
8 p.m. Nov. 6-Dec. 15, Chris Galanopoulos and Jerry
Quin instructors, members $90, nonmembers $99.
Watercolors Tuesdays 10 a.m.-noon ongoing, Barb
Singer instructor, Members $13, nonmembers $15.
Floorcloth one-day workshops 12-4 p.m. Dec. 4
and Feb. 5, Elena DeLaVille instructor, members $48,
nonmembers $53, lab fees $18.
Mosaic stepping stones two-day workshop 9 a.m.-
1 p.m. Dec. 5 and 10-11 a.m. Dec. 6, Sandy French
instructor, members $60, nonmembers $66, lab fee
Open studio with live model, proctored, 6:30-8:30
p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday each month, $5
per session.
Youth art classes began in early September and
will continue until early October.
The gallery is open free to the public from 9 a.m.-
2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Further information may be
obtained by calling 778-2099.

Annual coastal cleanup
is being arranged
Keep Manatee Beautiful is making prepa-
rations now for the 2003 Coastal Cleanup Oct.
4, with much of the cleaning to be done on
Anna Maria Island and other nearby shorelines.
Ingrid McClellan, executive director of the
organization, said the cleanup is sponsored
statewide by the Ocean Conservancy. Publix
Super Markets and Tropicana are donating bev-
erages for the 1,500 volunteers expected, and
Bongo's Bayside Grille on the Palma Sola
Causeway will host a cleanup party after the
work is done.
Adopt-A-Highway and road and shore
groups in Manatee County are to clean their
adopted sections, she said. On the Island, vol-
unteers are asked to check in at 9 a.m. Oct. 4 at
Anna Maria City Hall, Kingfish Boat Ramp in
Holmes Beach, the Beach House Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach, as well as at the Cortez
schoolhouse and Bongo's on the causeway.
Further information is available from
McClellan at 795-8272.

Bradenton Beach student on
dean's honor list
Heather Dingman of Bradenton Beach has been
named to the dean's list at the University of Alaska,
Fairbanks, for outstanding academic achievements
during spring 2003 semester. To make the dean's list
a student must receive a grade-point average between
3.5 and 3.99, the school said.

Sgt. Garner completes duty tour
Sgt. John H. Garner Jr., son of John H. Garner of
Holmes Beach, has completed an overseas deployment
in Iraq with the U.S. Army. Garner's mother Phyllis
lives at East Point, Fla., and he is a graduate of Vernon,
Fla., High School.

Renew your membership
in Center, is plea
It's time to renew memberships in the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, a spokesperson said, issu-
ing a call especially to returning members from "up
north." New members also are welcome.
She noted that a youth membership for 17-year-
olds and under is $10 per year, adult membership (18-
54 years) is $25, and seniors pay $15. Tennis member-
ships also are available. Members get discounts on
most Center classes.
Details may be obtained by telephoning 778-1908.

Island Branch Library's schedule
Porcelain paintings by Helen DeForge and pho-
tography by John Bonser will be on display during
October at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marine
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The library's program for the month:
Monday, Oct. 20, Internet class for beginners,
8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 7-28, veteran's service officer
will interview clients by appointment (call 749-
3030), 1-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 14, Friends Focus on Florida se-
ries lecture by Longboat Key historian and former
newspaper publisher Ralph Hunter, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 1-29, Family Storytime, 6
Wednesday, Oct. 8, Friends Book Club, 10:30
Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23-24, AARP driver
safety course, advance registration required (call
Saturday, Oct. 18, origami class, 10:15 a.m.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sun-
days and closes at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday,
6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and
Saturday. Further information is available at 778-

Anna Maria festival on Pine
Avenue, bayfront returns
Island Bayfest, a community art and music festival,
returns to Anna Maria, stretching from the bayfront to
Crescent Avenue along Pine Avenue, featuring food
from area restaurants, art and crafts, a children's play
area, classic cars and beer, margaritas and non-alco-
holic beverages.
The one-day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 8
p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, and the sponsoring Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce is looking for art and
food vendors and entertainment to round out the event.
For information, call Cindy Thompson at 761-4766.
Entertainers scheduled include the Island Middle
School Conch Fritters band, guitarist/singer Eric von
Hahmann, the Gumbo Boogie Band, Koko Ray and the
Soul Providers and the Dr. Dave Band.

Participants being sought
for DeSoto Oktoberfest
Booths are being sold for the 2003 edition of the
Hernando DeSoto Historical Society's Oktoberfest,
scheduled Oct. 4-5 at Barcarrota Boulevard and 10th
Street West, Bradenton.
The arts and crafts booths are 12 by 12 feet and rent
for $60 for the two days. Items displayed must be made
by the exhibitor, or may be German theme or ethnically
related merchandise.
Deadline for applications is Sept. 26, and payment
by money order to the historical society must accom-
pany the application. Forms are available from Monty
McMullan, booth coordinator, at 220 25th St. W.,
Bradenton FL 34205.
Additional information may be obtained by calling

'Pirates in Paradise'
card exchange is tonight
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce will have a business card exchange with
the theme "Pirates in Paradise" from 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Hosts will be the Anna Maria Oyster Bar and
Fantasy Travel, and Fantasy will be the scene of
the event at 6630 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
RSVPs may be made and information re-
ceived by calling 778-1541.

'Craft Crazy' schedule
is set at Center
The "Craft Crazy" program for "people who really
like to do crafts" has begun at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center.
The meetings will be at the Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria, every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
until Oct. 21. Cost is $10 per person per class, payable
the Friday before the desired class. Sue Swanson is
instructor. The schedule:
Sept. 30. ready-made papier-mache boxes and or-
namenits, bring tacky glue. buttons, flat-bottom glass
beads, colored paper, pencils.
Oct. 7, picture frames. bring tacky glue, hot glue
gun, flat-bottom glass beads, buttons, wallpaper and
other paper.
Oct. 14, painting clay pots, bring small clay pots.
Oct. 21, handmade candles, instructor will bring all
materials, participants pay for wax at $1 per sheet
which will make one to three candles.
Further information may be obtained by calling

Women's 'Welcome Back'
meeting due Wednesday
The annual autumn "Welcome Back" meeting is
scheduled by the Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island
at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1.
It will be at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, and is open
to the public, said President Faye Pratt.
She will discuss plans for the Florida Federation of
Women's Clubs annual board meeting Sept. 26-28 at
the Tampa Waterside Mariott. Ernestine Basler, corre-
sponding secretary, will outline the state and national
federations' history.
Details may be obtained from Janet Clark, second
vice president, at 778-6083.

Leffis Key walk, dinner Saturday
The Manatee-Sarasota Group of the Sierra Club is
sponsoring its annual Leffis Key "exploration and pot-
luck dinner" at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.
It is open to everyone at the small nature preserve
at the south end of Anna Maria Island. Charge is $5 and
those attending are to bring a dish for eight to share,
along with table service and drink.
Further information may be obtained by calling


Clarence A. 'Chub' Taylor
Clarence A. "Chub" Taylor, 74, of St. Petersburg
and formerly of Cortez, died Sept. 20.
Born in Cortez, Mr. Taylor moved to St. Petersburg
in 1951. He was a driver's license examiner for the
Florida Highway Patrol for 17 years. He worked at
Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home for eight years,
Simmons Funeral Home for five years, then retired
from Honeywell in 1991. He was a life member of the
Braidentown Lodge No. 99 F & AM.
Visitation was Sept. 22 and memorial services
Sept. 23 at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, St.
Petersburg, which was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the
Florida Suncoast, 300 Eastbay Drive, Largo FL 33770.
He is survived by wife of 28 years Betty; daugh-
ter Louisa Worley of Oldsmar; sons Clay and Matthew
of St. Petersburg; stepdaughter Pam Branch of Semi-
nole; stepson Wes Pittman of Franklin, N.C.; brother
Otis of Maryville, Wash.; sister Dottie Sawyer of Chi-
cago; and nine grandchildren.

John B. Weston
John B. Weston, 82, of Holmes Beach, died Sept.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mr. Weston came to
Manatee County from Traverse City, Mich., in 1975.
He was secretary-treasurer with Wayne Wire Cloth
Products Inc., retiring after 30 years. He served in the
U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a
former member of the Rotary Club and a former Ma-
son. He attended Longboat Community Chapel.
There were no services. Memorial contributions
may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955
Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Charlotte; daughter Deb
Ketola of Punta Gorda; sons Robert of Brainerd, Minn.,
and Brent of Saugus, Calif.; step-daughter Krisanne
Rea of Hamburg, Mich.; step-sons Kip Goossens of
Rutherfordton, N.C., and Tom Goossens of Alpena,
Mich.; brother Dale of Milford, Mich.; 14 grandchil-
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Review committee to survey Anna Maria

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Members of the Anna Maria Comprehensive Plan
Review Committee are getting their walking shoes
The committee agreed with a suggestion by facili-
tator Tony Arrant at its September meeting that each in-
dividual lot in the city needs to be surveyed for what
is actually at that location.
The best way to do that, said Arrant, is by walking
around and actually seeing what is what.
The seven board members agreed, and divided the
city up into seven sections.
Each member will survey his or her section and
report back at the committee's Oct. 14 meeting.
The plan, said Arrant, is to know exactly what is
going on in the city and create and overall map of
present development and land use.
Only then can the committee proceed with deter-
mining the current density level in the city and decid-

Commission changes

the changes
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners contin-
ued to plug ahead with a new wirelesss-com-
munications ordinance at a Sept. 16 special
meeting, mindful that the current moratorium
on cell-tower applications expires Oct. 30 and
the Florida Telecommunications Industry As-
sociation is already complaining about the
ordinance, even before it's been adopted.
Commissioners discussed desired changes
to the city's wireless ordinance as drafted by
communications consultant Ted Kreines, the
man hired by the city to write the ordinance.
At one point, however, City Commis-
sioner Duke Miller wondered if the commis-
sion wasn't "changing the changes to the
Indeed, said City Attorney Jim Dye. Don't
make this ordinance a "shell game" for appli-
cants, particularly for locations for a wireless
facility that must be in "dry zones" in the city.
The entire Island is flood-prone, he observed.
After approving the "changes to the
changes," the changes will now be forwarded
back to Kreines for review.
Further discussion of the ordinance and
any accompanying changes from Kreines
could be an agenda item at the commission's
Sept. 25 meeting or the commission could
hold another special meeting.
The second and final reading of the ordi-
nance is expected in October.

ing if changes to those levels are needed in the new
comp plan.
"We need to know what is where," said Arrant.
From that actual land-use map, the committee will
make recommendations on land use and zoning to the
city commission.
In fact, the city could decide density levels need to
be adjusted immediately and propose a comp-plan
amendment to the Florida Department of Community
Affairs within the next few months.
Or it could decide based on the data from the sur-
vey that no changes are needed, he said.
"We need a starting point," Arrant said in reply
to a question from committee member Dale Wood-
land about where the survey would take the commit-
Members of the ad hoc committee also agreed that
the current Future Land Use Map of the city was
adopted in April 1992. Available maps at city hall were
somewhat unclear which one was the FLUM.
That's important, said Arrant, "because every ac-
tion taken with regard to development in the [amended]


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comp plan will be based upon this map."
The committee also has to submit a new FLUM
when it presents the city's revised comprehensive plan
to the DCA in September 2005.
Under Arrant's workplan, once the actual land-use
map is completed, the committee should begin work on
comprehensive plans, goals, objectives and future con-
Recommendations by the committee on redevel-
opment, density issues and changes should be for-
warded to the planning and zoning board by Decem-
ber 2003.
By next summer, the committee should have devel-
oped draft amendments to the comp plan, a new
FLUM, future development conditions and data and
analysis for the required elements in the comp plan.
Public hearings on the amended comp plan should
begin in July 2004, Arrant said.
The next meeting of the CPRC will be at 6 p.m.
Oct. 14 at city hall.
The public is invited to attend, although public
comment is not taken at these meetings.


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signs the committee recently purchased that will be placed at various locations along the beach within the next
few weeks advising beachgoers to protect the dunes. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Island police reports
Anna Maria City ,
Sept. 13, Mangrove Avenue beach access, traffic.
The driver of a truck reportedly was backing to park on
the right of way, misjudged the distance, and damaged
the top rail of a fence.

Bradenton Beach
Sept. 7, 100 block of Bridge Street, drug arrest.
George Bean, 35, of Bradenton, and Anthony
Manzella, 28, of Bradenton, were arrested for posses-
sion of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
According to the report, patrol officers saw the two
men parked in a convertible smoking a substance
through a glass pipe and the officers then approached
the vehicle. According to the report, officers stated they
believed the men were smoking crack cocaine. Offic-
ers said they found 1.5 grams of crack cocaine in
Bean's pocket and a K-9 dog alerted officers to another
four grams of powder cocaine inside a pack of ciga-
rettes in the center console of the car. Marijuana was
also found in the center console.
Sept. 10, 2219 Gulf Drive N., Island Discount
Tackle, criminal mischief. An unknown subject shot a

BB or pellet gun at the store window, leaving several
holes in it.
Sept. 13, 701 Gulf Drive N., Green Turtle Gift
Shop, drug arrest. Noah Money, 48, of Bradenton, was
arrested by officers who received a capias request from
an unrelated crime. Money was found in possession of
marijuana at the time of his arrest.
Sept. 15, 2200 Gulf Drive N., Sunset Beach Mo-
tel, drug arrest. Matthew Scott, 25, of Holmes Beach,
was arrested for possession of marijuana. Officers were
called to the motel because the manager wanted to is-
sue a trespass warning against three guests who were
holding a party. Scott admitted to owning the marijuana
found in his gym bag and the other two guests were
given a trespass warning.
Sept. 16, 1900 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, sus-
pended license. A woman was cited for driving with a
suspended license and no proof of insurance.

Holmes Beach
Sept. 12, 5400 Marina Drive, Auntie M's
Laundromat, theft. A woman reported seeing a "shady
looking" male steal the hood ornament off her
Mercedes vehicle.
Sept. 12, 400 block of Clark Drive, burglary. A

woman reported two purses stolen from her vehicle
and the front passenger window broken.
Sept. 13, 7200 block of Marina Drive, theft. A
woman's bicycle was reported stolen.
Sept. 13, 7200 block of Marina Drive, found prop-
erty. While looking for his wife's missing bicycle, a
man reportedly found a boy's bicycle in the canal
across from his residence. Officers returned the bike
to its owner.
Sept. 13, 200 block of 71 st Street, theft. A woman
reported her bicycle stolen. Later she reported finding
her bicycle, as well as an additional one, at the 83rd
Street canal. The second bicycle matched the descrip-
tion of the bicycle stolen from Marina Drive earlier
that same day.
Sept. 15, 5701 Marina Drive, Island Branch Li-
brary, theft. A woman reported her bike stolen.
Sept. 17, 5700 block of Holmes Boulevard, sus-
picious person. Officers found a man passed out on a
lawn. According to the report, officers woke the man
and drove him home.
Sept. 18, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn Bar, distur-
bance. A man was given a trespass warning after the
bartender reported he was causing problems with pa-





Holmes Beach site plan reviews scheduled

The Holmes Beach City Commission bumped
three site plan reviews from its September meeting
agenda following a recommendation from its law firm
to treat all site plan reviews as quasi-judicial.
Three plans will now be reviewed in a special pub-
lic hearing to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7.
One of the three site plans to be reviewed is for an
addition to the Key Royale Club, a separate building to
house hand-drawn golf carts and some motorized carts
on the southeast side of the clubhouse on Hampshire
Residents of Hampshire Lane are contesting the
location of the addition and attorney Peter Kelly ap-
peared on behalf of residents Charles and Lynn


Headlines in the Sept. 23, 1993,
issue of The Islander announced that:
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Herb Dolan
returned to the city commission one week after walk-
ing out of a budget hearing to protest a cut in the city's
park budget.
Island officials will meet with Manatee County
Commissioners to develop a position regarding a pro-
posal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dump
spoil dredged from the Tampa Bay shipping channel at
a site 21 miles offshore from Anna Maria Island.
Members of the Island Transportation Organiza-
tion approved a motion to have Manatee County pay
the local share of a proposed trolley bus system extend-
ing from Anna Maria to Lido Key, rather than any di-
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parking and good design standards as the key flaws in
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Residents of Hampshire Lane say golf club mem-
bers bypass the ample parking lot and park along the
roadside closer to the present cart storage area in the
same vicinity as the proposed expansion blocking
access to their homes on what they believe is already
a narrow road.
To help alleviate traffic concerns, Holmes Beach
Police Chief Jay Romine placed three "no parking this
side of street" signs on Hampshire Lane adjacent to the
Also postponed were two site plan reviews for
Frank Davis which would allow him to move a three-
bedroom house from 5622 Gulf Drive to 5626 Gulf
Drive, the location of the Harrington House Bed and
Breakfast Inn. The second site-plan review is for a
four-unit condominium at 5622 Gulf Drive, the present
site of the single-family home that is proposed to be
Neighboring property owners of a duplex at 5620

Ace for Aanensen:

first.ever hole.in.one
Bradenton Beach resident Ralph Aanensen scored
the first hole-in-one of his brief golfing career Thurs-
day, Sept. 18, at the Village Green golf course in
Playing with J.C. Phillips, the man who introduced
him to the game just three years ago, Aanensen aced
the par-3, 1 18-yard ninth hole using an 8-iron.
Both Phillips and Aanensen reside at the Sandpiper
Mobile Resort in Bradenton Beach.

Gulf Drive, Ruthanne McLean and Barbara Coloney,
have hired Miami land-use attorney John Shubin to
oppose the condo development.
Their lawsuit alleges that the city did not properly
notify neighboring property owners of the variance
hearings, which consequently gave Davis height and
setback variances to build the four-unit condominium.
They also plan to object to the proposal for a four-
unit condo to replace the home, and further contend
that if the present home is removed from the site, the
lot will be rendered unbuildable because the frontage
on the lot is below the minimum required footage.
The recommendation from the city's attorney, Pat
Petruff, meant the city had to publish public notice 15
days prior to the review and provide notice to all par-
ties within 300 feet of the subject property.
With that accomplished, the public hearing dates
were set for the three site-plan reviews.


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Dewey connects

with audience, sunset
Not even the Cole Porter song "Under My Skin"
could penetrate the thick hide of a recent Saturday night
crowd on the outdoor deck of the Sandbar restaurant.
With guitar and wireless mic, dressed in sneakers,
khaki shorts, beach shirt, and straw hat, John Dewey
deftly navigated among the tables, waiting to connect
with the audience.
Dewey isn't pushy, but he says he doesn't feel he's
done his job until someone in the audience realizes,
"Hey, this song's for me."
On every night of every performance, he patiently
expects to make meaningful contact with listeners.
For example, he was playing the songs of his third
set, which include "Harvest Moon," "Carolina," "Born
to Run," and "I Wanna Go Home," and patrons were
happy and busily eating and engaging in conversation.
The music was ambient, like birds flying overhead. But
when Dewey sang out the words, "I'm a believer,"
from a song by the Monkeys, someone yelled "Oh!"
and the place came unglued at least for the Sandbar.
He had broken through. People were singing and smil-
ing, and all eyes were on Dewey.
Dewey would go home happy because as he sees
it, "My job is more of a contact deal with the people
than making music, even if it's just a wink. When I
don't make that connection, I go home very unful-
Music comes easy for Dewey.
Though he's had many jobs from convenience
store clerk to funeral-plot seller he says music's
"been the only thing I've ever really been able to make
a living at."
He's been part of the entertainment staff for the
Beach House and Sandbar restaurants for five years.
Except for some flamenco training as a teenager,
and a few jazz lessons, Dewey's a self-taught musician.
He began playing guitar, his main instrument, as a teen-
ager, but he learned how to sing harmonies as a child

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plays many instruments, including bass, keyboards,
harmonica, several types of flute, plus percussion. "I
can get something out of just about anything," he says.
"If you can sing and hold pitch, you can play."
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Dewey says, "What it's really all about on this
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'Hey, I remember that song when I was in the back of
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By Jim Hanson
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The Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch Education
Center has become the place to go as the marine turtle-
friendly lighting program is finally catching on.
Suzi Fox. Turtle Watch director and holder of the
state's sea turtle preservation permit for the Island, said
that the new center has enjoyed visits from more than
a dozen Islanders seeking ways to help in the past few
What they've been wanting is information on how
to bring their beach-visible lights into compliance with
the lighting laws of the three Island cities.
"This is very rewarding," said Fox. "We've needed
a central place for years where people can come for
information and even to help us out. They seem to feel
comfortable with the center knowing it will be open for
It is at 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-
1438, open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily except Sunday.
She and other Turtle Watch volunteers have fought
for proper lighting since the turtle nesting season
opened in May, spotting offending lights and trying to
get people to correct them. Most have been helpful, Fox
said, but there have been holdouts.
Most of the people who have come in for lighting
help are residents of the buildings or condominiums
named by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission officer who had inspected the Island's
They hadn't been aware that their lights were a
danger to sea turtles, said Fox, and wanted information
on how to correct that. Hatched at night, baby turtles
dig up to the surface of the beach and head instinctively
for light. For millennia the only light was the sparkle
of the sea, but now manmade lights attract them
strongly and often fatally.
So far this season 150 loggerhead nests have hatched
on the Island beaches, sending off some 8,634 hatchlings,
said Fox. Even with the improved odds offered by Turtle
Watch organizations around the state, the odds of survival
for hatchlings is a meager one in 1,000.
The Turtle Watch center will give out free turtle-
friendly light bulbs to replace offending bulbs. If they
don't work, the center has sample shielding materials
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As the sun dips below
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diners on the outdoor
deck of the Sandbar
restaurant where he
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week, alternating with
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House in Bradenton
Beach. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

"When Miami Calls."
Like some other musicians on the Island, Dewey
also flies airplanes. He's instrument rated and has a
commercial license, but since the Sept. 11 tragedies
happened, he says, "flying is less important to me."
In the meantime he lives a block away from the
Sandbar with wife Sarah. "Life is good." he says.
Dewey's on a revolving schedule between the two
Chiles Group restaurants on the Island and the music
starts on Island time, between 6 and 6:30 p.m., depend-
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For Dewey's schedule, call the Sandbar at 778-
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Wednesday, Sept. 24
5 to 7p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce'"Pirates in Paradise" business card exchange at
the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, 6630 Cortez Rd. W.,
Bradenton, Information: 778-1541.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.

Thursday, Sept. 25
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP Driver's Safety course at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 776-1158.

Friday, Sept. 26
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP Driver's Safety course at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 776-1158.
Noon to 10 p.m. Oktoberfest presented by the
Great Outdoors Conservancy at the Manatee County
Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Information:
708-3456. Fee applies.
7:30 to 11 p.m. "Dance the Night Away" at the
Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W.,
Bradenton. Information: 792-8719. Fee applies.

Saturday, Sept. 27
10a.m. to 10p.m. -Oktoberfest presented by the
Great Outdoors Conservancy at the Manatee County
Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Information:
708-3456. Fee applies.
3:30 to 4 p.m. Island Middle School Conch Frit-
ter Band Oktoberfest performance at the Manatee
County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Infor-
mation: 708-3456. Fee applies.
5p.m. Leffis Key exploration and potluck dinner
with the Sierra Club, 2000 block of Gulf Drive South,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 752-3200. Fee applies.

Sunday, Sept. 28
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4 to 6 p.m. Island Middle School parent charter
education class at the Island Middle School, 206 85th
St., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5200.

Monday, Sept. 29
6 to 8 p.m. Line-dancing lessons at American
Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. In-
formation: 794-3489. Fee applies.
6 to 8 p.m. Island Middle School parent involve-
ment class at the Island Middle School, 206 85th St.,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5200.

Tuesday, Sept. 30
7:30 a.m. Business Network International meet-
ing 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.
Appointments: 749-3030.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Create paper mache boxes
and ornaments with crafter Sue Swanson at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Oct. 1
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier. Information: 778-7062.
1 p.m. Woman's Club of Anna Maria welcome
back meeting at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.

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
Creative arts and crafts for ages 5-10 at the Anna
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children's activities.
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Ave., Anna Maria, through Oct. 21. Information: 778-
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"The Nerd" opens at the Island Players theater
Oct. 2.
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" opens at the
Manatee Player's Riverfront Theatre Oct. 2.
"Faculty Exhibit" opening reception at the Anna
Maria Island Art=eague Oct. 3-.- 7
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society "Aqueous"
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Wild bird rescue training class at Pelican Man's
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Keep Manatee Beautiful Islandwide Coastal
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Antique and classic car show at St. Armands
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"I like working with senior citizens and I found a
number of them enjoy and appreciate the concept of
someone who comes to their home to take care of their
personal finances."
In addition to services such as bill paying, balanc-
ing a checkbook and organizing a budget, Gail also
helps with investment and tax files, personal financial
reports, income tax preparation and Florida intangible
and corporate tax returns, insurance forms and claims,
correspondence and organizing files.
When a complex accounting problem arises, she
has the services of a certified public accountant for
assistance if necessary.
"Each client is different and has different needs, so
I adjust to each person," Gail concluded.

For more information on Gail Sunray and Your
Personal Bookkeeper, call 749-5646 or e-mail

Original artist
loves being original
Brenda Lynn Eckert "originally" just wanted to
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But her unique style of original paintings, includ-
ing handpainted clothes and furniture, won her such a
following she recently opened Originals unique and
eclectic art at 8112 Cortez Road W. in Cortez.
"These are all original works," said Brenda, "and
I specialize in painting pet portraits and refinishing

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Once customers browse the gallery, they realize
what Brenda can paint for their house.
"What I've found is people are coming in with an
item for me to paint, or they'll make arrangements for
me to come to their home to paint something special,"
she said.
Wall murals are another specialty and she's done
work for clients on Longboat Key, at Lakewood Ranch,
the SaraBay Country Club and Anna Maria Island.
Brenda also enjoys hand painting clothes and this
year, she's already busy painting clothes with a Christ-
mas-holiday theme.
"They'll all be ready by October, but I can always
design and paint an original shirt or dress for a client,"
she said. "I enjoy coming up with original ideas."
She's also pretty skilled at refinishing and repaint-
ing furniture such as chests of drawers and hammocks,
among other items.
For more information on Originals, call Brenda at

Harrington House 'best'
The Harrington House beachfront bed and break-
fast at 5626 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach was recently
selected as "Best on the Waterfront" by Arrington's Inn
Traveler magazine.
The award is granted through guest nominations
and Arrington's compiles a list for yearly publication,
a press release from Harrington House said.
Last year, Harrington House won the "Best mid-
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This plant lady is tender
Danithia Gould has been involved in gardening
and growing her own plants for more than 20 years and
was looking for something to do with flowers and
plants when she and her husband recently sold a busi-
ness they operated.
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for Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key and, excuse
the pun, business has been blooming ever since.
Danithia's unique business is taking care of plants
and flowers for owners while they are away on vaca-
tion or business.
She likes to bring most flowers to her house, but
she'll also arrange for visits to the location for some
tender plant care.
"A lot of people just don't know what to do with
their plants when they are away. That's where I come
in," said Danithia.
Her specialty is orchids, and at one point this past
summer she had 21 different orchids from clients at her
Island residence at North Bay Village at 6315 Gulf
Drive in Holmes Beach.
"1 cut, prune, water and watch out for insects for the
plants," said Danithia. "Watering is very important for
orchids because many people tend to over-water them."
Don't confuse Plant Tender with a lawn service,
she cautioned, but it's the "personal touch for smaller
plants in your home while you're away," she ex-
To learn more about Plant Tender, call Danithia at

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property, has received the Manatee Chamber of Com-
merce Image Manatee Beautification Award for the
Downtown category.
The awards are given to businesses and organi-
zations that display an exemplary job in their land-
scaping, maintenance and overall community ap-
pearance, a press release from BridgeWalk said.
Angela Rodocker of BridgeWalk said receiving
the award was a team effort.
"We have to thank our staff at BridgeWalk, and
Jeb Stewart of Stewart Landscaping, for their dedi-
cation in helping us to maintain our appearance," she
Silver Resorts director of sales and marketing
Nancy Buchanan accepted the award at the
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Kenny Schuldinger and Arlette Jacob have joined
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Schuldinger is a waterfront property specialist.
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resident of the area for 1 I years, and he and his wife
and two children living in Bradenton.
Jacob is a consistent million-dollar producer and a
residential specialist who was formerly with Coldwell
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Realty raves
David Moynihan again topped the honors list for
Wagner Realty's Anna Maria Island office in August,
leading in both new listings and sales. Other leaders
included Helen Bradshaw and Vera Freeman, listing
leaders at the Longboat Key office, and Jack
McCormick again tops in sales.

Island real estate sales
202 64th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,481 sfla duplex built in
1959 on a 67x100 lot, was sold 6/6/03, Martini to Stothfang,
for $331,800.
214 Magnolia, Anna Maria, a 52x145 lot, was sold 6/3/
03, Cleland to Giangreco, for $290,000.
215 84th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,064 sfla 4bed/2.5bath/
3car home built in 2000 on a 90x100 lot, was sold 6/3/03,
Bennett to Moore, for $440,000; list $460,000.
216 Chilson, Anna Maria, a canalfront 2,884 sfla 3bed/
2bath/4car/pool home built in 1999 on a 72x148 lot, was sold
6/3/03, Doubleday to Bode, for $755,000; list $789,900.
2213 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla duplex
built in 1940 on a 50x105 lot, was sold 6/4/03, Campisi to
Banman, for $360,000.
308 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 4bed/3.5bath/1car/pool
home built in 1960 on a 90x100 lot, was sold 6/2/03, Squires
to Kaleta, for $330,000; list $349,900.
3400 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach, 7 Fountianhead 2, a
900 sfla 2bed/1bath condo built in 1982, was sold 6/6/03,
Kline to Taylor, for $225,000; list $249,000.
612 Baronet, Holmes Beach, a 2,100 sfla 2/3bed/2bath/
2car/pool canalfront home built in 1966 (now extensively
remodeled) on a 100x115 lot, was sold 6/2/03, Wagers to
Wurzbach, for $685,000; list $725,000.
6212 Marina Way, Holmes Beach, Seaside Gardens, a
1,792 sfla 3bed/3bath multi-family complex built in 1962 on
an 80x100 lot, was sold 6/5/03, Olson to Sandoro, for
$250,000; list $274,000.

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Parents On Patrol set example for district schools

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Elementary School's Parents on Patrol
program has grabbed the attention of the Manatee
County Safe Kids Coalition and is quickly becoming
a model program for other area schools.
Debbie Scott, AME's Parent-Teacher Organization
safety chairman and POP team leader, said she was
recently invited to a Safe Kids Coalition meeting to
discuss the school's participation in last year's National
Walk to School Day. The discussion took on new in-
terest when the coalition also learned about AME's
unique POP program.
Scott said she has been invited to join the SKC and
to help other school communities how to start their own
POP programs.
POP is a parent-volunteer group Scott started with
the help of AME parent Alison Stripling and Holmes
Beach Police Officer and school resource officer Pete
Lannon, to canvas the elementary school campus dur-
ing arrival and dismissals times to ensure the safety of
the students.
POP volunteers are asked to report any suspicious
activities or people to the school office. They also re-
port on safety violations, including speeding drivers,
although they are not authorized to take law enforce-
ment action.
This year, volunteers will also be permitted to
assist in school safety drills, school events and help-
ing greet kids at the bus entrance and parent dropoff
Scott said she has already been invited to share
information on how to start POP at Kinnan Elementary
School and plans are in the works for her to visit other
schools and parents interested in forming their own
Scott said, "AME is now the 'pilot' school for this

POPular mom
Debbie Scott, Anna Maria Elementary School's
Safety Chairperson and Parents On Patrol team
leader, received a plaque from daughter Sarah,
expressing her appreciation. The plaque, which
Debbie plans to hang at home near her bed, thanks
her for being the school's safety inoin. "Even if it's
the only recognition I ever get, it's the best recogni-
tion I could get, Debbie said. Islander Photo:
Diana Bogan

entire area."
Plans for AME's POP involvement on campus this

year include expanding to include a "POP Kids" pro-
gram, run by teen volunteers, Scott said.
The POP Kids will have monthly meetings in
conjunction with parent meetings and focus on safety
lessons, such as skate safety, avoiding fights and
holiday safety. At the completion of each lesson,
Scott said. participants will receive a ribbon or cer-
This year POP will be organizing the school's par-
ticipation in the National Walk to School Day Oct. 2.
Scott anticipates a much larger event with greater com-
munity participation.
AME is the only school in Manatee County that
participates in walk-to-school day and Scott said a
press conference will be held on campus after the walk
to increase awareness.
This year, the Holmes Beach mayor, police chief
and West Manatee Fire and Rescue District chief will
be invited to participate by walking one of the three
routes to school with parents and students.
Scott said McGruff the Crime Dog will also be
making a special appearance at the school that day.
Scott is hoping to bring more safety awareness
programs to the school. For example, she said she is
researching programs such as the Escape School,
which teaches children how to get out of worst-case
This month, Scott will also become certified in
automobile child-seat safety and will be able to install
and inspect child car seats. She hopes to host Saturday
events in order for parents to have the safety seats for
their children installed properly or inspected.
POP meetings have been held between the PTO din-
ner and meeting, and Scott hopes that a similar meeting
schedule can be worked out for this school year.
Parents are welcome to join POP and can get more
information by calling Scott at 778-0268.

New menu cycle at

Anna Maria Elementary

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
There are a few changes to this year's lunch pro-
gram at Anna Maria Elementary School, the biggest
being a four-week menu that repeats each month of
the school year.
The Manatee County Food Service Department's
administrative office provides schools, including Anna
Maria, with the menus and nutritional guidelines.
Manatee County follows a nutrient-based meal
plan, which analyzes the nutritional value of the
menu items for the week.
This year the county has averaged out which
menu items have been most popular with students
and developed a four-week menu plan that will re-
peat each month. This means students and parents
will know that every Friday there will be either
cheese or pepperoni pizza and the first Tuesday of
the month they can order spaghetti or a hot dog.
According to AME's Cafeteria Manager Rene
Harper, the school will still plan special holiday meals
and there are a few new namebrand items on this year's
menu. Most notably are Smucker's "Uncrustable" pea-
nut butter and jelly sandwiches, which are served at
almost every breakfast and lunch.
The addition of the uncrustable sandwiches gives
students a choice of three entrees this year. Also, a
tossed salad is now offered as a side dish every day
for lunch.
Harper said students can look forward to the re-
turn of the birthday cupcake once a month with lunch
and free cookies from time to time. Harper said ev-
eryone gets the free cupcake with lunch on the des-
ignated day, even if they didn't celebrate their birth-
day that month.
She said in an effort to keep up with food items
currently popular with kids, there will be two new
juice-pop flavors introduced this year sour apple
and pink lemonade.
The a la carte menu will also be updated with
new ice cream choices, including a strawberry
crunch bar, a chocolate crunch bar and nutty-buddy
type drumstick.

Harper said she is bound to the menu provided
by the county and must follow the portions recom-
mended for the students' daily allowance of nutri-
Students may choose an entree and up to two
side dishes daily. Harper must offer a minimum of
two ounces of protein and side items are half-cup
servings. A minimum of two fruit choices and a serv-
ing from the bread/grain food group must also be
Harper said that food must also be kept at 30 per-
cent or less in fat and 10 percent or less of saturated
At AME, students are encouraged to prepay for
their meals. Parents have the option of setting up one
of two accounts for their child, either a general ac-
count or a meals-only account.
The general account allows students the freedom
of purchasing snacks from the a la carte menu, and
the meals-only account restricts a student's pur-
chases to a complete meal.
Harper said that she keeps track of student ac-
counts on the computer and can provide parents with
a history of what their child has purchased.
Harper can also keep track of the money available
in a student's account with the computer and parents
can prepay as far in advance as they wish in fact, a
full year's worth of lunches can be pre-purchased.
Harper said that the student accounts are kept in
the system as long as the student remains in the
Manatee County school system. Information is eas-
ily transferred to any other school in the county, and
all money stays with the student if they change
Lunches at AME cost $1.45, which, according to
Harper, is one of the lowest prices in the state.
Students are asked to buy snack items from the
a la carte menu in the morning before lunch, and to
purchase any second helpings of lunch items the first
time they go through the lunch line.
Finally, Harper said that if parents provide a
doctor's note, she can make substitutions to accom-
modate food allergies.

Sharing words
Island Rotarian Birgit Sesterhenn helps distribute free
dictionaries to fourth-graders Joseph Fara and Savan-
nah Hendrickson at Anna Maria Elementary School.
The inside cover of each dictionary has a bookplate
with Rotary's Four-Way Test on ethics and business
practices as well as the signature of the sponsoring club
member. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan

Support needed for walk-to-school day
Anna Maria Elementary School will participate in
"National Walk to School Day" Oct. 2.
Members of AME's Parents On Patrol are organiz-
ing the event and are requesting items to include in the
safety packages that will be distributed to all students.
The school has approximately 350 students, but
donations can be in any amount. POP would like to
include items such as safety fliers, stickers, reflective
tape, pencils, crayons, erasers, small toys, or any other
item important to a child's safety.
POP can arrange to pick up donations. For more
information, call AME's safety chairperson Debbie
Scott at 778-0268.


Guns in the classroom a lesson for all communities

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Police Department's community re-
source officer Pete Lannon hosted a public awareness
safety seminar on "The Tragedy of School Shootings -
Guns in the Classroom."
The issue of children and gun safety struck close to
home for Anna Maria Elementary school community last
spring when two men living in a residence adjacent to
school property began shooting guns just before sunrise.
Luckily, Lannon said, the incident took place a few
hours before school was in session when no children were
on campus. It could just as easily have happened during
recess, Lannon said, since the suspects were allegedly
drug users and likely did not know the time of day.
Although this incident did not take place on school
grounds, Lannon is no stranger to the tragedy guns can
cause in the hands of children at school. While working
in Chapel Hill, N.C., Lannon said shots were reported at
a nearby school. A 13-year-old girl had committed sui-
cide, apparently because she got a failing grade.
Lannon said that being a small community doesn't
mean you're immune to the same type of violence present
in large cities. It's here, just on a smaller scale, he said.
Lannon pointed out that in studying cases of violence
in schools dating back to the 1970s, when a 16-year-old
California girl decided to shoot off a gun at school because
she didn't like Mondays, law enforcement officers have
not been able to establish a suspect profile.
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among the students who have caused these types of inci-
dents," Lannon said.
He added that the students committing the crimes are
often kids who do well in school, so parents may not see
failing grades. Drug use is not usually a factor either.
Many kids seem well adjusted to their parents and teach-
There are some things adults, especially parents, can
watch for in children. Listen to how they talk about their
day at school, look for written manifestos or similar dis-
turbing notes, and try to include kids that seem to be lon-
ers or outcasts.
By spending time at the Island schools as a resource
officer, Lannon says he looks for the kids who are alone
at lunch or recess and he gets to know them and in turn
introduces him or her to other students with similar inter-
Lannon said he also lets students know that he can be
trusted with any problem they may face, so that if students
are trying to deal with a situation they don't feel comfort-
able raising to their parents, they can seek his help.
Lannon said that he is also the community's resource
officer, not just the school resource officer. He said many
people are unaware that if they are in a tough situation, he
has resources that can help them through financial or per-
sonal problems and it's kept confidential.
Lannon also noted that adults, teachers and caregivers
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The teacher said she thought he was just trying to save face
for being reprimanded in front of his classmates and that
it was "just words."
In the Hillsborough County example Lannon pre-
sented, it was another student, not the teacher, who re-
ported the threat to the school resource officer and the stu-
dent was expelled.
Lannon said that listening and taking students seri-
ously is an important factor. There have been too many
incidents of violence in schools to dismiss a student's
words or actions without further investigation.
"You know your kids best and when they don't give
you the usual answers to how their day at school was, or
you notice their behavior changes, get them talking about ,
what's going on," advised Lannon.

Design AME's new tower
The Anna Maria Elementary School con-
struction team is seeking public input on the de-
sign of the focal point of the school's entrance.
A tower is planned at the comer of the walk-
way leading to the school entrance. The team
would like to know what item the tower could
feature to best represent the school and its com-
Design forms are available from the
school administrative office, 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Submissions are due by Oct. 1.


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Planting peace
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders Vajra Morano and Mackenzie Kosfeld placed signs promoting
peace in the school's peace garden. All AME students gathered in the peace garden at the end of a "peace
walk" to celebrate International Peace Week. Students also had the option of dressing in international
costumes. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan

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Second-grader Chelsea Perez represented her native
country of Portugal at AME's "peace walk" event.

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Anna Maria Elementary
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Francis Bergeron helps
guidance counselor
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clip a shrub in the', ,
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victims of Sept. 11, as
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missed from the Island
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Photos: AME fifth-grader Sarah Balducci and furth-grader Burt s Easterling dig
Diana Bogan kir* deep to plant flowers in the school's memorial peace garden. The after-
.s hool activity was a highlight of Remem ance Week" at AME. Students
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IMS PTO reminders from administrators

Parents who packed the house for the first Island
Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization meeting
went home with several important reminders.
Parents are required to complete 25 involvement
hours per school year and PTO president Julie
Krokroskia asked that parents be sure to log their hours
in the volunteer book in the office.
Krokroskia also reminded parents that attending
PTO meetings will not count toward their involvement
hours, although at least one parent is required to attend
a minimum of seven PTO meetings.
The PTO needs parents to help with the lunch pro-
gram it sponsors. Lunch hours are from 11:15 a.m. to
1:15 p.m. and parents are needed to help distribute
lunches delivered from local restaurants.
PTO treasurer Debbie Bassett also asked that
money and lunch orders be turned in by the Friday
deadline. Bassett said the PTO will no longer be able
to accommodate late orders.
Also, Krokroskia and Bassett said that parents in
need of financial assistance for the lunch program
should contact them. Although lunch is offered as a
PTO fundraiser, a solution can be found for those in
IMS parent Michelle Easterling needs help before
and after PTO dinners and meetings to set up the room
and perform cleanup. And parents are needed to help
run student clubs once a month. Club interests include
photography, chess, fishing and gardening.
Finally, parents who still need to complete the re-
quired educational courses may attend the parent in-
volvement course from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 29 and the IMS
charter education course from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 28.
For more information, call the school at 778-5200.

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Wonderland improve
Island Middle School drama students took center
stage at the Parent-Teacher Organization meeting
with a performance of improvisational theater, such
as this shortened version of "Alice in Wonderland."
Islander Photos: Diana Bogan

Frog princes
One of these two Island Middle School frogs turned
into a prince at the close of the drama class presen-

IMS board defines how to respect students

Island Middle School board members held a work-
shop to define what respect really means for its school
Board president Genie Salter called the meeting to
clarify the use of the word "respect" in the IMS char-
ter, where on page four it states the school will "adhere
to a basic spirit of respect for the child."
But, what is "basic spirit of respect for the child?"
Salter asked fellow board members. "There are a num-
ber of ways to interpret respect."

Anna Maria Elementary

School menu
Monday, Sept. 29
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Peanut Butter and
Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Breaded Chicken with Mashed Potatoes,
Frito Pie with Corn Chips or Peanut Butter and
Jelly Sandwich, Green Peas, Tossed Salad, Fruit,
Juice Bar
Tuesday, Sept. 30
Breakfast: French Toast Glaze, Peanut Butter
and Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Cheeseburger, Chef Salad or Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Potato Smiles,
Tossed Salad, Fruit
Wednesday, Oct. 1
Breakfast: Orange Muffin, Chicken Tender with
Roll, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes,
Fish on a Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sand-
wich, Tossed Salad, Green Beans, Fruit
Thursday, Oct. 2
Breakfast: Yogurt, Churro, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Bites with Tater Tots, Yogurt,
Fruit and Muffin Plate or Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Steamed Broccoli, Tossed Salad,
Friday, Oct. 3
Breakfast: Belgian Waffle Sticks with Syrup,
Cereal, Toast, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich,
Lunch: Cheese Pizza, Turkey and Cheese
Sandwich or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich,
Capri Blend, Tossed Salad, Fruit, Juice Bar
Juice and milk are served with every meal.

Each board member shared views of respect and
the overall theme was students should be treated as
capable of understanding i and treated as equally valu-
able as any adult.
Salter said she envisions IMS as a community
where students are the primary focus and the school
runs as a democratic community.
The board believes students should never be made
to feel embarrassed, or spoken to in a sarcastic on
threatening tone of voice. Anything that undermines a
student's self-esteem is not acceptable.
Discipline issues should be handled without emo-
tion, according to the board members, and conse-
quences should be nonjudgmental and should not be-
little or embarrass a student.
The board believes parents and staff should be
treated with the same courtesy and respect expected to
be given its students.

"As a public school, we need to be a paragon of
professionalism," Salter said.
The bottom line is that the board expects IMS to be
a safe haven tor its students as well as a productive and
inspiring environment.
The board has asked assistant director Kelly Par-
sons to share the board's definition of respect with the
school faculty and to formulate a policy and conse-
quences for being disrespectful by the next board meet-
The full board of directors will meet for its regu-
lar meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Oct. 8.
Salter hopes to have additional workshops through-
out the year to further define the intent of the charter.
With several new members on the board and school
faculty, Salter believes it is helpful to discuss individual
interpretations of the charter so a joint understanding
can be formulated.

NY-AMI connection
S. Rosemarie Willis, center, of
Anna Maria, has a special
connection to Anna Maria
A Elementary School students
S-Julian and Nicole Botero -
they all attended Public School
No. 69 in New York City.
Willis graduated from PS69 in
1944 and the Botero siblings
transferred to AME on Sept.
11, 2001. AME and PS69 have
been peace pals since the Sept.
S 11 terrorist attacks on the
it k :- United States. The former New
Yorkers shared memories of
.. their five-story elementary
S. school and the Botero's
-: unveiled a tapestry woven by -
AME art students out of old
-- .costmies, rulers, curtains and
other school mementos that
will be sent to PS69. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan


Manatee.Sarasota water marriage coming to end

Manatee and Sarasota counties are slowly ending
a 30-year marriage of shared water use.
Since the 1970s, Sarasota County has been buy-
ing upwards of 14 million gallons of drinking water
a day from Manatee County. That relationship will
end in 2025, officials from both counties have
agreed, with the final signing of paperwork expected
later this month.
It's sort of a tale of two counties, or maybe the tale
of the foresight of one county versus the head-in-the-
sand mentality of another.
Circa 1970, Manatee County began an aggressive
program of establishing a water and sewer system.
--Federal funds for such projects were more available
then than they are now, and Manatee officials went
after the big bucks with a vengeance.
Manatee also had a pretty impressive water
source, the Manatee River, and used it and other
sources to provide water for most of the unincorpo-
rated areas of its region. It also supplied water to the
Island and Longboat Key, then added sewer service
a few years later, ending almost all the septic tank
systems that used to plague the yards on the barrier
Since it had so much water, it offered to share -
read, sell some excess to Sarasota County.
Sarasota County had another "vision." Some of the
pundits in the area point to that area's great daily news-
paper as being the source of an "if we don't build it.
they won't come" mentality. Other infrastructure intel-
ligentsia have said it was basically a thrift move to keep
taxes lowered.
But whatever the reason, the folks in Sarasota
never did move forward with any kind of central wa-
ter and sewer system, instead relying on something like
50 package plants or individual residential wells for its
And, of course, Sarasota County relied on Mana-
tee County's largesse in selling it excess water.
Not all of Sarasota County had its head stuck in the
infrastructure sand. Sarasota City spent hundreds of
millions of dollars to upgrade its water and sewer plants
independently, without Manatee County assistance
as did the other municipalities in Sarasota County
of North Port and Venice.
The inevitable growth did come, as you can see
by visiting Lakewood Ranch or central Sarasota.
More people, more demand on water and sewer sys-
tems. Manatee was fine; Sarasota realized it was in
So about a decade ago Sarasota County officials
and colleagues from neighboring counties began the
arduous process of siphoning off water from the Peace
River to supply residents with something to drink. It
was arduous because the river flows into Charlotte
Harbor, the west coast's largest estuary, and the system
needs the freshwater to mix with saltwater for marine
life to survive.
How much could safely be withdrawn without ad-
verse impact to the harbor ecosystem? That question
paid for a lot of biologists' salaries for years until the
answer was reached and the Peace River Water Author-
ity established.
The Peace River plant, located near North Port,

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should be up and running eventually, withdrawing
about 10 million gallons of water per day from the
With creation of that plant, the need for Manatee
County water in Sarasota County will lessen.
The deal or divorce as most things between
governments as in marriages is convoluted and
By next March, the water flow to Sarasota County
will drop from 14 to 10 million gallons a day. In 2008,
the flow will drop again to 8 million gallons daily; in
2015, 6 million gallons: and in 2025, zero.
The payment amounts will be the same as what
Manatee County charges the cities for water. Folded
into the payments, though, will be an amortized $3
million penalty Sarasota County incurred last year
when its demand exceeded the 14 million gallons per
day threshold.
So what's the big deal here? Heck, we just have to
turn on a tap and get water, or flush our toilets and
everything is just fine. right?
An old buddy of mine, the late Sarasota County
Commissioner Jim Neville, once told me that "water is
the single greatest limiting factor to growth in Florida."
No water, no growth. No growth, no economy. No
economy, no Florida at least as we know it.
It's good to see that at least the water marriage
between the two counties has apparently been settled
for a while and growth goes on.

Bees to the rescue
Beekeeping is becoming a dying trade. It's also a
vital multi-billion-dollar industry to agriculture, and
not just in honey.
Beekeepers are something of a nomadic bunch,
moving from area to area and state to state to set up the
hives in flow-rich groves. Bees travel from flower to
flower, pollinating the trees or shrubs, and producing
The problem is that it's hard work traveling and
toting the heavy hives, then scraping off the honey
from the combs, processing it, and selling it. Although
honey prices are up right now, it's still a lot of hard
work to make a few bucks.
Most beekeepers are older folks, and younger ap-
prentices aren't coming forward to help with the sweet
stuff. That's a problem to the agriculture business,
which some researchers estimate receives $9 billion a
year in increased fruit yield thanks to the little insects
and their frantic pollination efforts.
I developed an affinity for bees years ago, thanks
to my friend John Zielonka. He was one of those re-
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and was almost always present at the county com-
mission meetings that I covered as a reporter for a
community newspaper in Sarasota.
He wasn't the brightest light in the harbor, and
didn't speak on all the issues before the commission,
but when he did talk he definitely had something to
say and almost always said it eloquently. We became
friends, and he invited me over to his house for a pic-
nic one afternoon.
He and his pretty wife laid out a wonderful spread
in his backyard, which was lush with all sorts of exotic
fruits. He also had a few hives tucked away in a cor-
I'd been stung by bees enough as a kid to be wary.
John said not to worry: "My bees are very gentle.
Would you like to see?"
Well, I was a tough reporter who couldn't shy
away from a story, let alone a few insects.
John loaned me a spare mesh hat you know
those beekeeper bonnets and fired up a few pieces
of wood in a little pump device to blow smoke on the
bees to calm them. We went to the hives, John blew
some smoke on them, the bees settled down, and John
opened up the hive and scooped out a handful of bees
with his bare hand.
No stings.
"Would you like to hold them?" John asked with
one of his kindly smiles.
Even today, almost 25 years later, I can feel that
handful of bees. It was a magical thing, the little crit-
ters gently moving, incredibly warm with a surprising
weight for things so small. My grin matched John's,
and remained for the rest of the picnic.
Another grin from that day came from John's con-
coction of mead, a byproduct of the honey. He never
would give me the recipe for the fermented honey,
other than to say that he added cloves, but the stuff was
addictive after the first sip, smooth as a fine cognac,
with an alcohol content almost as high.
We finished off several bottles, and John was kind
enough to keep me stocked with his wonderful mead
until his death several years later.
I've never tasted anything quite as wonderful since,
and doubt I'll ever feel anything as cool as those hot
little bees in my hand.
And no, I didn't get stung in all my many visits to
John's house. Just a buzz.

Sandscript factoid
A buddy of mine describes himself as "just a
simple farmer, trying to eke out a living in the citrus
Last time I talked to him, he had about 2,500 acres
of orange groves, all of it in juice oranges.
I asked him about bees and how the citrus-bee
business worked. Considering that the bees contrib-
ute $9 billion annually nationwide to the fruit busi-
ness through increased crop yield, how much do you
pay the guys with the hives? How are you dealing
with the fact that beekeeping is becoming a lost art?
"Nah, we don't pay them anything to set up their
hives. But we don't hassle them as much as we used
to," Dave said.
I should think not.

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Mackerel in the morning, reds in afternoon

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Time your fishing by the time of day right now:
mackerel seem to be hitting best in the mornings, while
redfish are coming on strong in the afternoons in local
Snook action is starting up along the beaches at
almost any time of day, too.
Offshore reports continue to be good for grouper
and snapper, but the best action seems to be farther out
in the Gulf of Mexico in about 150 feet of water.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
wade fishers continue to do well with redfish on the
lower tides. Trout action seems to be good but the fish
are small, and boat anglers are scoring well with Span-
ish mackerel.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said they've been catching lots of redfish, snook
and trout on the lower tides, with live shiners, working
as the best bait for his charters.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
snook are along the beaches, mackerel are offshore
near the artificial reefs, redfish are starting to school on
the seagrass flats in the backwaters, and farther off-
shore grouper are still hanging out in the deeper waters,
about 100 feet down or so.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
one lucky angler caught a 30-pound black drum in the cut
last week. Other action includes some smaller drum, red-
fish and trout in Terra Ceia Bay and mangrove snapper
near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge pier systems.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's getting
lots of mackerel in the mornings, with redfish and
snook being caught in the afternoons. Whitebait is the
best lure for all the fish he's getting, he added.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's putting his
charters onto all the mackerel you could want right
now, plus some redfish up to 30 inches in length, as
well as a few keeper-size snook.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he's been fishing offshore in about 150
feet of water and catching lots of red and gag grouper
to 20 pounds, as well as lane, yellowtail and mangrove
snapper to 5 pounds.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's finding
snook hard to find right now, but reds, trout and mack-
erel came to the boat in good numbers.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said there are
good reports of black and red drum, a 28-inch-long
permit, plus a few mackerel coming to the dock last
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers there are getting into lots of mangrove snapper,
a few small grouper, snook at night with quite a few
keepers being landed. There are also lots of yellowtail
jacks being caught and a few small flounder, he said.
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more flounder, some to 3 pounds.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide.
Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report. Prints
and digital images of your catch are also welcome and
may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina

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

Tickets for Pirate Fest excursion are available

There are still 28 seats open on the Anna Maria
Island Privateers' special bus to the Key West Pirate

Center seeks volunteers
for its TLC program
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
is looking for volunteers to help out in its after-
school Time for Learning Creatively program.
TLC is held at the Anna Maria Elementary
School this year with Gary Wooten in charge. He
said it focuses on "spreading the principles of
caring, commitment, honesty, respect, responsi-
bility and service."
He is drawing up schedules for volunteers
now, and invites calls at 726-3769.


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Anna Maria/Cortez

Fest in December, and Teresa Margraf predicts they
won't last long.
They are for the transportation to and from the
festival Dec. 5 and three days and two nights at the
Key West Hampton Inn, including continental
breakfasts, all for $215 per person.
The festive trip was originated by and for the
Privateers, but there is enough room on the bus for
friends of the Privateers too, said Margraf.
She is a Privateer who is an agent at Fantasy
Travel, 6630 Cortez Road, Bradenton, where the fes-
tival bus will depart and return. Twenty-two tickets
have been sold already.
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West Coast Surf Shop cruises to 3-0 division

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
West Coast Surf Shop's soccer team improved to
3-0 on the season thanks to its 3-0 victory over Jessie's
Island Store on Wednesday, Sept. 17, to seize control
of the Division III (ages 8-9) race.
Trevor Bystrom notched what turned out to be the
game-winner when he took a cross from Alex Hall at
the 18-yard line and blasted the ball past the Jessie's
keeper for a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute.
The Surf Shop added to its lead with just a few
minutes left in the first half when Jonah Caster's cor-
--per kick somehow found its way into the goal for a 2-
0 lead.
West Coast Surf Shop put the game away midway
through the second half when Jack Titsworth picked off
an attempted clearing pass, dribbled in and beat the
goalie's far post to complete the 3-0 victory.
In other soccer action ...

ReMax 8, LaPensee 4
Will Osborne scored four goals and Sean Pittman
added two to help ReMax to an 8-4 victory over
LaPensee Plumbing in Division I (ages 12-13) action
Tuesday, Sept. 16., Hunter Hardy and Chris Martin
each added single goals to the ReMax victory.
Preston Riede and Celia Ware each scored a pair
of goals for LaPensee Plumbing in the loss.

LaPensee 4, W.C. Refrigeration 2
A hat trick from Preston Riede and one goal from
Celia Ware propelled LaPensee Plumbing to a 4-2 win
over West Coast Refrigeration Monday, Sept. 15.
Jordan Pritchard scored a pair of goals for West
Coast Refrigeration in the loss.

Mr. Bones 3, Island Animal 2
Two goals from Martine Miller and one from
Molly Wolfe powered Mr. Bones past Island Animal
Clinic in Division II (10-11) action Monday, Sept. 15.
Kasey McDearis and Ally Titsworth each scored a
goal for Island Animal Clinic in the loss.

Miller helps U11 Magic girls
to second place at Kickoff Classic
Islander Martine Miller helped her Ul 1 Manatee
Magic girls' soccer team to a second-place finish in the
-Magic's Kickoff Classic tourney that drew 60 teams in
eight age/gender divisions during the Sept. 20-21
The Magic girls opened the tourney Saturday
morning with a 2-0 win over the New Tampa Comets.
Miller and Brooke Ellinger each notched one goal in
the victory.
Later in the day, Miller and her teammates came
through with a 4-0 win over the Sarasota Storm to all
but ensure a trip to the finals. Ellinger, Alyssa Allen,
Catherine Byrne and Nicole Dixon each scored a goal
for the Magic in the victory.


Anna Maria Island Community
Center soccer schedule
First team listed is home team
Division 1 (Ages 12-13)
Sept. 29 7:15 p.m. ReMax vs. LaPensee
-'Sept. 30 7:15 p.m. ReMax vs.
W.C. Refrigeration

Division II (Ages 10-11)
,4Sept. 25 7:15 p.m. Island Animal vs.
Island Real Estate
Sept. 26 6 p.m. Harry's vs. Mr. Bones
Sept. 26 7:15 p.m. Island Animal vs. A&E
Sept. 29 6 p.m. Mr. Bones vs.
Island Real Estate

"Division III (Ages 8-9)
Sept. 24 6 p.m.
Sept. 25 6 p.m.
Sept. 30 6 p.m.

Instructional Division
Sept. 24 6 p.m.
Sept. 25 6 p.m.
Sept. 30 6 p.m.

Sept. 30 7 p.m.

Jessie's vs. W.C. Surf Shop
W.C. Surf Shop vs. Sun
Sun vs. Gateway

(Ages 5-7)
Observer vs. Air America
Observer vs. Bistros
Morgan Stanley vs.
Norman Realty
Danziger vs. Bistros

Martine Miller carries the ball forward for her Ul I Jack Titsworth dribbles the ball toward the goal for
Manatee Magic team during the championship game his West Coast Surf Shop team during Division III
of the Kickoff Classic. soccer action at the Center.

The Magic advanced to the final game thanks to a
tight 1-0 victory over the Braden River Rage behind a
penalty-kick goal by Ellinger.
The Magic fell just short against Cape Coral in the
finals, giving up the Cape's winning goal in the last 10
minutes of regulation play.

Dolphins drop heartbreaker,
lose Burgess to injury
The Anna Maria Island Dolphins dropped a heart-
breaking 7-6 decision to the Panthers Saturday, Sept.
20, at the Police Athletic League Community Center
football complex in East Bradenton.
The Dolphins lost more than a game however,
when starting fullback/middle linebacker Andrew Bur-
gess fell awkwardly early in the game and broke his
collarbone. Prior to the freak injury, Burgess had
caught one pass from quarterback Nick Sato for a 35-
yard gain while also throwing some devastating lead
blocks from his fullback position.
The Dolphin defense turned in an impressive per-
formance, limiting the Panthers to one touchdown -
a 73-yard scamper by tailback Marquis Murray. Other
than the one big play, the Dolphin "D" was solid with
three interceptions and two goal-line stands.
The Dolphins appeared to have tied the score in the
third quarter when Sato intercepted a pass and returned
it 40 yards. A 23-yard run by Chad Richardson took the
ball to the two, where Richardson easily ran it in on the
next play. The Dolphins ran the ball in for the extra
point to tie the game at 7-7, but a penalty flag negated
the extra point to the obvious dismay of the Dolphin
Late in the game, Sean Price forced a fumble and
the Dolphins started moving the ball, but time ran out
on the Islanders.
Richardson ran for 35 yards and one touchdown to
lead the Dolphins, which also received 33 yards rush-
ing from Corey Williamson and 22 yards from Sato.
Sato also completed two passes for 47 yards, including
a 12-yarder to split end Connor Bystrom.
Defensively the Fins were led by Sato, Bystrom
and Jimmy Campos, who each had interceptions, while
.the defensive line of Curtis Reynolds, C.J.
Wickersham, Jason Schneider and Nick Ross was
dominant in defeat.
Next up for the Dolphins is a 5:30 p.m. kickoff
against the Broncos at the PAL field, located at 202
13th Ave. E., Bradenton.

Cedars to host
Island Youth Tennis League
The Cedars Tennis Club on Longboat Key will

host the a new Island Youth Tennis League this fall
for youths age 8-18 and all ability levels are encour-
aged to participate in tennis a life-long pursuit for
There will be evaluation sessions from 3-5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4, and again Oct. 11 at the Cedars. Be-
ginners through advanced players will be placed on
teams according to ability and age to help ensure com-
petitive and fun matches for all participants.
Players who participate in tennis at their respective
schools are welcome to gear up their season through the
Island Youth Tennis Leagues team-tennis format.
Each match will consist of one singles and one
doubles match. A point is awarded for each match won.
Team points will be kept and each week trophies will
be awarded to the top two teams.
The matches will begin Nov. 1 and continue each
Saturday through Dec. 13, excluding Thanksgiving
The cost of the league is $45 per player with reg-
istration forms due by Oct. 20. They may be picked up
at Cedars Tennis Club, Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce, and at Remax Realty and Catcher's Ma-
rina, both in Holmes Beach.
Teams will be sponsored by local businesses. Any-
one interested in sponsorhsip or who has other league-
related questions may call Laurie Tinnell, league direc-
tor at 224-0207.

If you have a story idea or have sports news to re-
port, call The Islander at 778-7978, or e-mail me at
kevin @ islander.org.

Center soccer standings
as of Sept. 17

Division 1
LaPensee Plumbing
West Coast Refrig.

Division II
Air & Energy
Island Real Estate
Island Animal
Mr. Bones

Division III
W.C. Surf Shop




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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

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.




One house from the beach. Custom-built home by
Whitehead. 3BR, plus den, 3BA, gourmet kitchen,
separate dining room, deck, patio and two-car garage.
Lush tropical landscaping, fenced and gated. Walls of
windows to enjoy the sunsets. $1,295,000.

2BR/2BA, ground floor, turnkey furnished end unit.
Community pool and clubhouse. Close to beaches and
shopping. $189,900.

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 of Intracoastal water-
way, heated pool, custom-work shop area in two-car ga-
rage, walk to shopping, restaurants, doctor's office, bank.

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 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.

From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month

779-0202 (800) 732-6434

Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com

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Melinda Bordes

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Wendy Foldes

Richard Freeman

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Jon Kent

Tom Nelson

Nick Patslos

Chris Shaw

Marilyn Trevethan

nothing like this available.
Absolutely gorgeous with a
heated pool/spa and
waterfall. Fabulous location
in Anna Maria, landscaped
to perfection, and a boat dock
too! Take a look at this one...
it,s a dream! $725,000.
MLS# 96162.

524 71st St. ............... $1,250,000

4212 Redfish Ct. LOT ..... $575,000

307 Iris St. ................... $475,000
536 Key Royale Dr......... $829,900
106 Gull Dr. ................. $599,000
606 Dundee Ln. .............. $549,000
511 59th St .................. $595,000
10432 W. Sandpiper Rd.. $749,700
526 Bayview PI. .............. $725,000

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 .......... $289,900

Spanish Main #702 ......... $235,000
Bradenton Beach Club..... $849,000
Island Village #124 ......... $350,000

427 Pine Ave ............... $695,000

12106 Cortez Rd. ....... $1,500,000

2418 90th St. NW........ $2,995,000
11434 Perico Isles Cir. ... $349,000
867 Audubon Dr .......... $225,000
853 Waterside Ln............ $265,000

1318 Perico Pt. Cir......... $265,000

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OFF-WHITE LEATHER couch, oversized matching
chair and ottoman. All perfect condition. $200 or
best offer. Call 794-0980.

KING WATERBED, headboard, night stands, one
tall dresser, one dresser with mirror hutch, $400.
Sofa, $75; chairs, $50 each. Call 778-4640.

LEATHER LOVE SEAT, beige, $200; French provin-
cial recliner chair, rose, $75; two twin headboards, $50/
each; rattan bar stools, $40. Call 778-4903.

ELECTRIC CURIO CABINET, four shelves, light
wood, excellent condition; inlaid backgammon-
board end table, beautiful piece of furniture; gold-
tubed easel stand. Come take a look. Call 792-2909.

EMBROIDERY: We offer quality embroidered pro-
motional T-shirts, caps and golf shirts. We can digi-
tize your custom logo for your organization or busi-
ness, or help you create one. New customer dis-
count! www.islandstitch.com or call 778-8338.

BEDROOM SET: solid oak in a stateroom style by
National of Mt. Airy. Eight pieces with king-size
headboard, but no beds, $1,400. 792-4274.

FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, crabs,
native fish. Delivered to your door. Call James Lee,
795-1112 or 704-8421.

LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-7978.

ROSER THRIFT SHOP open Tuesdays, Thursdays
9:30am-2pm; Saturdays, 9am-noon. Donations
Wednesday. Always 50 percent off racks. 511 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.

GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, Sept. 27, 8am-1pm.
Household items, couch, antiques, bikes, lots more.
2818 Avenue C, Holmes Beach.

MONDAY ONLY, Sept. 29, 10am-4pm. Queen bed
and linens, two twin beds, dressers, patio set,
kitchen table and chairs, lamps, wall art and miscel-
laneous. 6500 Flotilla Drive, #168, Holmes Beach.
(614) 562-9589.

ESTATE SALE FRIDAY and Saturday, Sept. 26-27,
9am-noon. Ethan Allen living-room set (two
couches, coffee table, two end tables, sofa table and
occasional table), $2,500. Dining room/kitchen table
and hutch, six chairs, $1,000. 1986 Mercedes 300E,
$3,000 or best offer. 518 58th St., Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, Sept. 27, 9am-noon.
Clothing, furniture, miscellaneous, household items,
etc. 2713 Avenue C, Holmes Beach.

FOUND: GLASSES on Sept. 12 on the beach, be-
tween Oak and 77th. Call 778-0821.

FOUND: RABBIT, Sunday Sept. 14, vicinity of Av-
enue B in Bradenton Beach. Call 779-0683 and ask
for Karen.

FOUND: KEYS, GM car, keyless entry. Vicinity of
Rod & Reel Pier and Bean Point. Call 778-9432.

FOUND: Female Yorkshire Terrier in Bradenton
Beach. 747-1278.

CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years
as an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved
pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.

1988 DODGE DYNASTY, clean Island car, awe-
some air conditioning, great stereo. $800 or best
offer. Call 812-3455.

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We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Email amrlty@gte.net
Web site annamariareal.com

Beautiful Bay Palms 3BR/2.5BA canal front home recently up-
dated to include a coral appointed remote controlled gas fireplace,
new windows, pavers, boat hoist and more. Enjoy luxury living in
this single level executive ranch style home with over 2,650 sq.
ft. of living area. $775,000.

1 BR/1 BA, 2BR/1 BA duplex located very close to AMI Community
Center. Loads of potential on a street with active property im-
provements underway. $379,900.

MIarina Pointe

Realty Co.

314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732

1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$3,100, or best offer. 730-9622.

or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.

10-FT. SMOKER CRAFT, aluminum boat,
firehouse rail, $400; three-person kayak, $700; 3.5-
hp Johnson motor, three hours, bought new in
2003. Cash only. 761-3739.

2000 154CC SAILFISH: Very low hours, bimini top,
full canvas, trailer, like new. $9,500 or best offer.
Call 730-3016.

BOAT LIFT for lease. Capacity of 7,000-lbs. Lo-
cated at a residence in Key Royale, Holmes
Beach. Available immediately. $150/month, pay-
able in 2-3 month blocks in advance. For details,
call 730-1086.

1996 BAYLINER CRUISER: 25-ft., inboard/out-
board, new motor. Must sell for health reasons. Call
778-6658, or John at Catcher's Marina, 778-1977.

NOW IS THE time to have your boat serviced!
Capt. John's service, sales, storage, dockage and
bottom painting. Call 792-2620.

NEED MORE INSTRUCTION to enjoy your boat to
its fullest? Call RG's Services for launching, ma-
neuvering or electronics usage, 778-4548.

cial: fifth and sixth person free with four paying cus-
tomers. Sunsets, snorkeling, Sarasota Bay,
Egmont Key and more. Custom tours available.
See dolphins all day! Hourly, half-day and full day.
Call 778-7459 or 720-5470.

Denise Langlois
Dcdicalion and Experience
You Can Count On -..

Beautifully redecorated ground-
floor unit on a canal with partial
S. bayview. Walking distance to the
beach, shopping, post office and
trolley stop. $279,000. IB96011

Turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA Is-
land condo in Holmes Beach. En-
Sjoy the heated pool with spa, white
1-7 I sandy beach and tennis courts.
Great location! $329,900. IB93673

See virtual tours and
all available MLS listings at

(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448

29Years of Professional Service
Experience Reputation Results
CAYMAN CAY 2/2 Across from white sand beaches. Ground floor,
private courtyard opens onto heated pool/gazebo area. Turnkey
furnished. Well maintained. $299,000.

5400 CONDO 2/2 Gulfview, white sand beaches, ground floor villa,
paver-stone deck (watch sunsets), two pools, small 44 unit complex,
well maintained, covered carport, partially furnished. Ready for
winter rental. $515,000. Call for weekend OPEN HOUSE times.
GULF BEACH 2BR/2BA, view, pool, beautiful vacation spot.
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully decorated.
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA, pool, gazebo, across from the beach
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
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LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
vided. 779-9607.

Sarah, I am 14-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child
or $3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or
child. Please call 778-7622, 778-7611 or 447-8593.

male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9803.

ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/
wine, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Call
Longview Realty, 383-6112.

REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two ex-
perienced agents needed for fast paced, high traffic
Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, 383-5543.

Maria Island Community Center. After-school pro-
gram (grades K-5) seeks dependable, responsible,
team player in an exciting environment. Work 25-30
hours per week, Monday-Friday and some Saturdays.
Pays $7-$9/hour, depending on experience/educa-
tion. Call Sara, 778-1908.

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers

TEEN COUNSELOR at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Looking for a dynamic indi-
vidual who has experience with teens, energy and
patience! Athletic skills required. Mature, respon-
sible and reliable with ability to model ethics and
values. Monday-Friday, 3pm-9pm with occasional
Saturday. Call Sara, 778-1908.



9906 Gulf Drive 941 778-0455
Anna Maria www.greenreal.com

Buying, Selling, Renting? We Can Help!
c, '" pending 1212 64TH STREET, NW.
Just off Riverview Blvd. Close
Sto Warner's Bayou. Updated
,--- ,'' 2BR/2BA home in wonderful
neighborhood. Newly land-
-.. escaped freshly painted, new
tile and carpet. Easy to show
and priced to sell at $199,500. Contact Bonnie Bowers direct at
350-1300 or 778-2307 for details. MLS# 94789.
sus .... g 2910 GULF DRIVE
-, DRIVEl Charming duplex, short
'i half-block to beach. Continue
using as duplex or convert to
larger single-family home. Re-
cent updates include tile floors,
S.exterior and interior paint,
newer A/C, wooden deck. Large 2BR/1 BA and 1 BR/1 BA. Great rental
history, tenants in place. A must see! Priced to sell at $325,000. Call
Stephanie Bell, Owner/Agent 778-2307 or 920-5156. MLS# 93114.

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EXTREMELY BUSY non-profit office seeks outstand-
ing team player. Verbal, written, communication and
math skills as well as the ability to write formal letters
and grant reports. Lots of common sense, problem
solving skills and patience and a positive, professional
attitude a must! Qualifications: Proven knowledge of
Microsoft Word, Excel. Must be responsible, orga-
nized, accountable and detail oriented. Must have
initiative and the ability to anticipate needs and
make it happen. Confidentiality is a job requirement.
Must have stable work history, excellent multi-task-
ing skills. Professional manner, dependable with
ability to work independently and pro-actively in a
fast-paced environment. E-mail your resume to
spruett@tampabay.rr.com or call 778-1908.

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

6-10 HOURS per week, $10/hour. Grocery shop-
ping, cooking a few meals, one person. Evenings,
must have car, no housekeeping. Call 794-5477,
leave message.

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

meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. We
need you! Call 778-0492.

is seeking volunteers with customer service or re-
tail experience. Greet and inform visitors at our
education center and/or to help with nesting activ-
ity on our beaches. Training is provided, please
contact the Turtle Watch Education Center for more
information. Amy Talucci or Suzi Fox, 778-1435.

If-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria Inc.

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d1 (800)771-6043
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
[Next to the Chamber in the Island Fitness Building]

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Nestled in a grove of swaying
palms, these two 2BR/2BA at-
tached homes have been re-
cently remodeled and beautifully
turnkey furnished. Relax on your
trellised sundeck surrounded by
a lush tropical garden. One short
block to beach. $659,000. Call
Robin Kollar, Broker-Owner,

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

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

Architectural design, almost
Gulffront, beautifully refur-
bished. A must see for the
savvy inivcsfor. Owne r firanl
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Brlison@ 713-47.S5

ASSISTED LIVING: Haven Home Bradenton
Beach is admitting residents. Day care and drop-
offs. Respite, long term. Call 779-0322 for details,
inquiries welcome.

CNA: 15 YEARS experience with excellent refer-
ences will care for you in your home. Please call

housekeeping, light cooking, errands, appoint-
ments, TLC. Call Jony, 792-4667.

MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward 778-3222.

LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.

computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $25 per hour- free
advice. 545-7508.

wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
sured. 778-0944.

KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service: Delivering
a standard of excellence for all your interior and
exterior cleaning needs..No job too big or small.
Great rates and references, 722-4358.

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

THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992. You can find us now on the
internet www.islander.org

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renovated. Nearly 4,000 sq. ft. Poolside
gardens, gazebo, patios and dock on
bayou. $989,000. Kathy Marcinko, 713-
1100 orSandy Drapala, 725-0781.96265

pool home with three-car garage. Great
floor plan for entertaining, lush
landscaping on corner lot. $379,900.
Kindra Koeck, 812-3904. 95317

Bay offers guest house & main house with
5,730 sq.ft. 5BR, 5BA in total. 3 fireplaces
& billiard room. Pool, spa, & gym. Great
water views! $1,950,000. Valerie Hietala,


HOME with large pool and yard. Custom
features included hardwood floors,
crown molding.$359,000. Kathy Valente,
685-6767. 94316

SHAWS POINT deepwater riverfront with dock near the mouth of the Manatee River
and DeSoto National Park. No bridges. 3BR ranch. $1,500,000. Cheryl Harrington,
761-0151. 95934
PANORAMIC BAY VIEW looking south on Palma Sola Bay. Newly redone kitchen and
master bath. True waterfront living, Great boating water. $699,000. Ruth Lawler,
587-4623. 95824
CHARMING VILLAGE OF LONGBOAT KEY offers this investment opportunity. Two
story duplex, 2BR each side. Newly remodeled kitchens. $485,000. Kathy Valente,
685-6767. 93349
SPACIOUS WATERSIDE decks overlooking bayou and Mannatee River. Large lot, beau-
tifully landscaped, three- car garage. Within walking distance of a national waterfront
park. $624,900. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 96305
TOTALLY REMODELED IN THE OAKS. 3BR in a beautiful lakefront setting. Also offers
total yard care and community pool. Low maintenance. Aluminum roof. $295,000.
Kathy Valente, 685-6767. 95880
FABULOUS HOME ON WESTSIDE with pool plus oversized rooms and lots of storage.
Fireplace, wood flooring, large kitchen plus upgraded appliances. $249,900. Chuck
West. 374-3211.95699
PALMA SOLA PARK. Fabulous newer pool home with 3BR plus den. Close to beaches
ianid shoppg) S&234,900 Joainnea Jenkrins, 795-3838. 96262
BREATHTAKING PANORAMIC RIVER VIEWS froin this fifth flool unit Light and lii ght
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SSandy's Lawn Service Inc.
SandyS Established in 1983
a wn Celebrating 20 Years of
LrAwin Quality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & InsureJd

Residential Commercial
Check our references:
"Quality work at a reasonable price.
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
S -" ;- --Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
ii .Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References

0 8799 Cortez Road, Bradenton 745-2363
# M-F 9am 5pm, Sat by appointment
'- Windows Hurrican Protection Room Enclosures Service


AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing call 713-5967.

THE ROYAL MAID Service, licensed, bonded, in-
sured. Professional, experienced maids, free esti-
mate, gift certificates available. Please call 727-9337.

vice. Service all brands, eighteen years experience.
All repairs warranteed. Call 746-8984, cell 545-5793.

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

NOTARY PUBLIC: Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows, sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.

K.A.S. CLEANING: Employee owned, servicing
private homes, condos, rentals and seasonal
homes. Concierge services and home watch. Call

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

LINDA AND ANN'S Cleaning Service. 30 years in
business. Call for rate or reference, 794-2583.

CUSTOM CLEAN: Your local cleaning company.
Looking for new business. Call 747-0852.

FRANKIE'S TREE SERVICE, formerly John's Tree
Service. Free estimates. Tree trimming, topping,
pruning, removal, fully insured. Call 723-3340, or
cell 812-1403.

A LA CARTE Catering. Geraldine, the former owner
of "la Creperie," will come and cook for you at your
home. French or European. Call 795-3034.
EMBROIDERY: We offer quality embroidered pro-
motional T-shirts, caps and golf shirts. We can digi-
tize your custom logo for your organization or busi-
ness, or help you create one. www.islandstitch.com
or call 778-8338.

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

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

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

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

PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,

CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Maintenance.
Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn main-
tenance, cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, Xeriscape.
Island resident. Excellent references. 778-5294.

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

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. We also do tree
trimming. References. Free estimates. 812-2565 or

trimming, edging, blowing. Call for free estimate,

CLOUD NINE Landscaping Services. Quality lawn
and landscape maintenance at hard to beat prices.
Free estimates, insured. Call 778-2335 or 284-1568.

native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.

lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Ir-
rigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.

SANDY'S LAWN SERVICE. Celebrating 20 years of
quality and dependable service. Call us for all your
landscape and hardscape needs 778-1345.

clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
insured. 727-5066.

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

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

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

mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at

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

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

TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, re-
liable, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-3077.

ONLINE SERVICE: You can subscribe and place
classified ads at www.islander.org.

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

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

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

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

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

painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Decks, hardwood floors. Homes, rentals. A.J. Win-
ters, 713-1951.

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.

fid of the garage clutter! Free estimates.
www.garagestoragecabinets.com. Call 744-1617.
License: #C-9212.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light
-carpentry, plumbing, electrical, grass cutting, tree
trimming, light hauling. Call 778-6170.

PAINT & TILE Home repair service. Best price!
Satisfaction guaranteed. Free estimate. 524-0088.

HANDY ANTHONY. Jack of most trades. Home re-
furbishing and detailing. Call 778-6000.

WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.

BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available now.
Beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non-
smoking. Priced from $800month, $450/week, $85/
night. 794-5980. www.divefish.com.

AUTUMN, WINTER, SPRING 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-
ments, 778-2374.

ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new ce-
ramic floors, $750; 2BR/1 BA, stackable washer/dryer
hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrigerator, 1BR/
1BA, $650. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-7500.

NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences. Summer
rate, $1,200/week. Please call 778-2541 and leave
message or call (813) 752-4235. E-mail:

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

SPACIOUS WATERFRONT, upper, sundeck,
dock. Panoramic view, furnished, Key West-style.
2BR/2BA, washer/dryer. Pet considered. 794-5980.

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

SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach canalfront,
2BR/2BA, completely furnished, newly renovated,
two-car garage, laundry, dock, walk-in closets.
$2,200/month. Call (813) 684-3319.

and 2BR/2BA. Great location, pool, tennis, special
owner discounts, weekly and seasonal. Call (901)
301-8299 or e-mail: captko452@aol.com.

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

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-
alty, 778-3377.

VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some
locations. Units are complete. Rates seasonally
adjusted. $375-$775/week, $975-$2,275/month.
(800) 977-0803 or 737-1121.

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.

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

NORTH HOLMES BEACH West of Gulf Drive, 3BR/
2BA house, ground level, furnished, available De-
cember-March 2004. Call (423) 288-5392 or e-mail:
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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.

150 STEPS TO GULF. Seasonal, 2BR/2BA Im-
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(813) 961-6992 or e-mail:
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Bradenton Beach. Just steps to beach. First, last,
deposit. (757) 253-2382.
nished, spacious, steps to beach on Anna Maria
Island, cable, washer/dryer. Only $395/week, plus
tax. Call 778-1098.
CONDO FOR RENT or sale. Turnkey Holmes
Beach, 2BR/2BA, two pools, tennis, one block to
beach. Principals only. Call 756-0132.
2BR/2BA apartment, washer/dryer hook-up. Pri-
vate parking. Available first week in October.
First, last, security. $850/month, annual lease.
2304 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Call 778-
WINTER RENTAL 2BR/2BA on Anna Maria Is-
land, three blocks to Gulf of Mexico. Fully fur-
nished, large yard, Jacuzzi, garage. Available
October through June, $1,950/month. Rent for
five months at $1,850/month or six months at
$1,800/month. Call JoAnn, (828) 669-9234.
still available! Many to choose from. Web site:
www.annamariaparadise.com or call, Anna Maria
Island Accommodations, (866) 264-2226 or 779-
2BR/1BA VILLA in Bradenton, 55 plus, excellent!
Furnished or unfurnished, washer/dryer, carport,
no pets, nonsmoking. Nice community. $695/
month. Call 751-1440.

KEY WEST-STYLE 800-ft. to Gulf or bay. 3BR/
2.5BA, four-car garage, 2,000 s.f. living area.
Many upgrades, 30-foot screened lanai. $2,000/
month. Call 794-9921 or 232-1369.

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. Call 795-8979.

PERICO BAY CLUB: waterfront, 1,650 sq.ft.,
3BR/2BA, two car garage, $1,450/month. T. Dolly
Young Real Estate, 778-0807 or 794-9921.
garage, screened lanai, remodeled, shady, quiet,
unfurnished. Nonsmoking, no pets. $975/month
annual. Call 776-1789.
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PINE BAY FOREST 2BR/2BA condo, all appli-
ances, two lanais, carport, one block to Palma
Sola Bay, heated pool, tennis courts, hot tub,
sauna, unfurnished, annual. $975/month. Call
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,

nual rentals. Quiet south Bradenton Beach. Fur-
nished and unfurnished 1, 2 and 3BR. $850/
month-$1,350/month. Please call 545-3285.
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.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA DUPLEX in Holmes Beach.
Close to beach. $650/month. Call Smith Realtors,
BRADENTON: Immaculate 2BR/2BA condo in
adult community one mile from Gulf. Unit faces
pool with canal view. Fully furnished, cable TV,
full kitchen, utilities included. Seasonal rental,
three-month minimum, (Jan, Feb, March). $1,500/
month. Deposit required. Call (336) 210-7804 or
(859) 653-8436.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA DUPLEX on lake in Holmes
Beach. $850/month. Call Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
GULFVIEW 2BR ground-level home, 50 yards to
beach on quiet dead-end street. No smoking, no
pets. 3103 Avenue F. $950/month plus security.
Call (800) 894-1950.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA DUPLEX on lake in Holmes
Beach. $650/month. Call Smith Realtors, 778-0770.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA single-family home in Anna
Maria. $950/month. Call Smith Realtors, 778-0770.

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ANNUAL RENTALS: Brand new 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage minutes to beach, $1,350/month, no pets,
no smoking. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-
2307 for details.

KEY ROYALE BEAUTIFUL canalfront home, 2BR/
2BA, tropical pool area with hot tub, dock with two
boat lifts, completely updated. Now through Septem-
ber 2003, $2,100/month. Previous deal for 2004 fell
through! January-April, 2004 $3,500/month. Unit
#27150. www.vrbo.com. Call 730-1086.

SEASONAL 1BR/1BA elevated duplex. $495/week,
$1,495/month. October-December. Call Smith Real-
tors, 778-0770.
CASTLE ON BEACH Avenue, Anna Maria. Beauti-
fully restored 1924 French Normandy 4BR/3BA, quiet
street. Walk to beach. $850/weekly, $2,800/monthly.
Call 794-8202.

ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH elevated duplex, 2BR/
2BA, 1.5 blocks to beach. Freshly painted, new car-
pet, new stove, dishwasher, carport, washer/dryer
hook-up. Call 778-3744.

NORTH-END DUPLEX Anna Maria, 2BR/2BA, all
new interior, half-block to Gulf, shady fenced yard, pet
considered. $875/month, plus security. Call 778-4837
or 704-8674.

HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA, duplex, lower level,
clean, new carpet. First, last, security. $950/month,
no pets. Call 725-4190 or 794-2912.

rental through private owner for March 2004,
Bradenton/Sarasota area. E-mail rmm@buffnet.net
or call (716) 662-7292.

2BR/2BA ELEVATED ANNUAL duplex behind
Holmes Beach Walgreens. Utility with washer/dryer
hookup, large sundeck, carport. $800/month. Call

LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700 square
feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty parking
spaces, contemporary design, great visibility. $14/
square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor, 388-5514, or
call 809-4253.

3BA, pool and spa, outdoor kitchen, too many ameni-
ties to list. Model condition. $389,000. Michael Nink,
Wedebrock Real Estate, 383-5543.

GULF WATCH: Gorgeous 2BR/2BA turnkey fur-
nished unit with Gulf views.$419,900. Weekly rentals
OK. www.Latitude27Realty.net or 744-2727.

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. Pos-
sible owner financing on some, as low as 3.5 per-
cent. Call (570) 943-2516.

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.

BEACH TO BOONDOCKS: Rural Florida at its best.
Small quaint park, east side of Terra Ceia Bay.
Mobile homes starting at $2,000. Call 722-7114.

Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA and approximately 1,100
sq.ft. on each side. $395,000. Call 779-2700.
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.

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, Sept. 28, 11am-3pm.
2918 Avenue C. Mint condition 2BR/2BA elevated,
two blocks to beach. $379,000. Call 545-8716.

deep-water dock with boat lift. 3BR/3BR, den, up-
per master with bonus room. 560 56th St., Holmes
Beach. 778-6063. Asking $775,000.

STEPS TO BEACH home/duplex. 3BR/2BA home,
presently used as 2BR/1BA and 1BR/1BA duplex.
Great bayviews, unique cedar chalet design. Only
$295,000 for quick sale. By owner, 922-2473 or

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27 Sow chow
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29 "Shucks!"
30 Suitable
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32 In jeopardy
34 Seed cover
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39 Bub
41 Wine: Prefix
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49 Lauds
50 Taxpayer's headache
51 City on the Mohawk
52 "When You" (Irving
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54 Cicadas have them
56 ... to the sun
61 Work measurement unit
62 Webzine
63 Dr. on TV
64 Haus-hold article
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2BR/3BA has 1700 sq.ft. with partial
Gulfviews. Each has private two-car ga-
rage. Short distance to the beach. Dave
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bayviews from this updated elevated
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building and bay. Both units 2BR/1.5BA,
could convert to single family. Dave
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family homes in gated
LMES BEACH BEAUTY .. community on canals

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n.._. -: -Gulfside condomini-
ums, pool, approxi-
S'.JIt.1 mately 1,900 sq.ft.,
S, gated parking, deluxe

~i;' Preconstruciton pricing

.. starts at $1,600,000.

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

views from this spacious 2BR/2.5BA
townhouse. 1,536 sq.ft. of living area,
open plan, tiled floors. Private two-car
garage. Steps to beach. Dave Moynihan,
778-2246. #95345. $325,000

bayside condomini-
ums with boat dock
and pool. Starting at
For details please call

SEASONAL RENTAL 127 52nd St, Holmes Beach. 2BR/1BA
newly renovated, furnished with a one car garage, washer/dryer.
Just steps to the Beach. $2000/month incl. utilities. Call Jay
Heagerty 941-727-2800
ANNUAL RENTAL 127 52nd St, Holmes Beach, 2BR/1 BA newly
renovated, one-car garage, washer/dryer. Just steps to the beach.
$850/month. Call Jay Heagerty, 727-2800

Not too early to book Plan your winter rental!
Good choices available.
Call us now at 800-211-2323 or 778-2246