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Volume 11, No. 47 Oct. 1, 2003 FREE
Parking splits once-cooperative Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
When Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn proposed
nearly 18 months ago that the city commission attempt
to solve the city's chronic parking woes with a new
parking plan and ordinance, she said the issue was the
most divisive the city has ever faced and that compro-
mise was needed for any solution.
After all, previous efforts by successive city ad-
ministrations since 1977 had failed to find an answer
to the parking problem.
Her words were never more prophetic than at the
Sept. 25 commission meeting.
Once friendly and compromising city commission-
ers argued and squabbled amongst themselves over
different solutions, hurled personal insults and accusa-
tions at each other, disagreed and debated with mem-
bers of the public, and spent nearly four hours trying
to reach agreement on solving an issue that has haunted
the city since the first beachgoers drove their Model-
T over from Bradenton and headed north to Bean Point
for a day's visit some 80 years ago.
Flying catch, hoop, oops!
Islander Connor Bystrom couldn't quite come up with the interception which was somehow caught by Lafaron
Burch of the Broncos during Police Athletic League football action. The Anna Maria Island Dolphins lost the
game, 26-8. For all the details, see page 19. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
In the end, commissioners voted 3-2 to accept a
motion by Commissioner Chuck Webb that directs
City Attorney Jim Dye to write an ordinance that will
designate and identify specific parking spaces on
streets within the beach access zone for the general
public, residents and visitors alike.
The ordinance also includes spaces for handicap
parking within the BAZ, but no parking would be al-
lowed on the rights of way, other than in the designated
PLEASE SEE PARKING, PAGE 4
AME $1.3 million
By Diana Bogan
Estimates based on the design development docu-
ments for Anna Maria Elementary School's new school
construction is reaching $6.9 million $1.3 million
The school project team will be presenting an up-
date on the design plans at the AME Parent-Teacher
Organization meeting Oct. 14 in the school auditorium.
Tom Sidgmore, contractor W.G. Mills senior
project manager, told construction team members last
week that the group will have to decide what can be cut.
Approximately $500,000 of the excess expenses
include the metal roof, Bahama shutters, landscaping
plans and modifications to the auditorium. However,
Sidgmore and Larry Roemer, Manatee County School
District project team coordinator, assured community
representative Maria Facheris that these items would
not be considered in efforts to cut back expenses.
Roemer said that suggestions for cost reduction
items will be discussed by the entire project team and
chosen as a consensus.
The auditorium is one factor raising the cost of the
PLEASE SEE SCHOOL, NEXT PAGE
Tidemark hotel-condo project partners not there yet
By Rick Catlin
The Parliament Group Inc., the Dallas-based real
estate investment company reportedly joining Tide-
mark Partners LLC in the Tidemark hotel and condo-
minium project (The Islander, Sept. 24), is not yet on
board, according to Parliament's president Robert
"There's still a lot of paperwork to be done with
Tidemark," said Crews. "There are a lot of factors in-
volved and it's premature to say we're partners.
"We'll make an announcement when all the paper-
work is completed and signed," Crews added.
While he could not say at this point exactly what
Parliament will bring to the project, Crews did say he's
had extensive business experience in the Bradenton
area and that he grew up in Miami.
"I've been to Anna Maria Island several times on
business, and I'm familiar with the Island and the
project," he said.
According to the Florida Secretary of State's of-
fice, Crews was president of Garden Lakes Village
Properties Inc., a company that developed and sold a
number of condominium units at the Garden Lakes
development in eastern Manatee County between 2000
and 2002. That company was dissolved in 2003, ac-
cording to the state's records.
Nick Easterling of Tidemark had indicated Parlia-
ment would be involved in the day-to-day operations
at the Tidemark project. That participation is expected
The 2003 Coastal Cleanup to rid the shore and
waters of trash will be from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday,
Oct. 4, and the big bash afterward will go on un-
til 5 p.m. and beyond.
Reefs and other sections of the nearshore Gulf
of Mexico bottom will get major attention this
year, said Ingrid McClellan, executive director of
the coordinating agency Keep Manatee Beautiful.
Certified divers are needed to clear up these
Nearshore Reef off Coquina Beach, whose
volunteer divers should make reservations at
Scuba Quest Dive Center, 3318 Manatee Ave. W..
to include removal of the current mortgage foreclosure
lawsuit brought against Tidemark by Regions Bank for
If negotiations with Parliament are successful, con-
struction on the long-awaited project could begin as
early as January 2004, Easterling said.
Three-Mile Reef off Longboat Pass. divers
register at Aqua Pro Divers, 8104 Cortez Road,
Other underwater sites need cleaning too, said
McClellan, and divers should check for them and
get maps from Michael Hays at Aqua Pro. She
noted that participating divers will get free air fills
at the dive shops.
Bongo's Bayside Bar & Grille. 9915 Manatee
Ave. W. on the Palma Sola Causeway, will host a
PLEASE SEE COASTAL, NEXT PAGE
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School construction over budget
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design plans. Architect Tom Cardinal said that the au-
ditorium has always been a budgetary stress and he
worked with AME Principal Kathy Hayes to trim space
from other areas of the school facility in order to fit the
auditorium in the budget.
Sidgmore stated that other elementary schools do
not get a separate auditorium, let alone one comparable
to a performance hall. Initially the design team envi-
sioned replacing the school's current auditorium with
space similar to the auditorium on campus now.
The auditorium will, as proposed, have a control
room that monitors stage lighting and sound, a dress-
ing room and a front lobby, and it will be accessible
from both the music and art rooms.
Roemer said the school board committed the team
to the additional $500,000 in landscaping, roof mate-
rials and shutters, for example, and although he doesn't
think it's reasonable to assume the team will be able to
fall within the budget, an effort will be made to trim
approximately $500,000 off the inflated budget.
Roemer also assured team members that the school
board doesn't leave schools burdened with fundraising
to provide necessary elements of the school.
Sidgmore is developing a preliminary list of cost
reduction items for discussion at the team's meeting
In other matters, Oct. 3 is the final submission date
for permitting by the Southwest Florida Water Man-
agement District. An initial application was made Sept.
3, and project team members are currently in the pro-
cess of responding to questions from Swiftmud's en-
vironmental and engineering departments.
Coastal cleanup Saturday
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"thank you" party for an estimated 1,500 volunteers
from noon-5 p.m. Hot dogs, burgers, chips and soda
will be offered at $5 per person, with live entertainment
starting at 5 p.m.
The main shoreline cleanup will be launched from
these gathering spots for the volunteers:
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
Anna Maria Elementary School. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Kingfish Boat Ramp at the Island end of the Mana-
tee Avenue Bridge in Holmes Beach.
Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive in
The old school house at 119th Street and Cortez
Road in Cortez.
Palma Sola Causeway, Bongo's Bayside Grille in
Also participating, said McClellan, will be the
Adopt-A-Highway, Adopt-A-Shore and Adopt-A-
Road groups throughout Manatee County.
Organizations are getting into the cleanup mode,
too, notably the Women of the Moose Chapter 1601 on
the Island. Members will meet to form teams at 8:30
a.m. at the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Those wishing to join the effort may
call Judy Cooper at 779-0543.
Hosting the cleanup are Publix and Tropicana, both
donating beverages for the volunteers. Sponsor is the
Last year's effort saw 1,384 volunteers removing
26,670 pounds of trash from the Manatee landscape,
and in the statewide cleanup, 32,497 cleaned up nearly
5 million pounds.
Further information may be obtained from Keep
Manatee Beautiful at 795-8272.
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Holmes Beach police are investigating a se-
ries of car vandalisms last weekend involving the
removal of car emblems.
Detective Sgt. Terri Davis of the HBPD said
the incidents occurred in both residential and busi-
ness areas and, at this time, do not appear con-
nected with the car vandalism incidents in Key
Royale two weeks ago in which cars and houses
were also spray-painted.
In the latest incidents, vandals removed the
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.By Paul Roat
An appeal of a decision upholding a Bradenton
Beach City Commission action denying a Gulffront
property to be developed has been filed by developers.
Developers for Island Inc. and Beach Development
Inc. have filed an appeal before the appellate court to
allow development of two duplexes in the 1400 block
of Gulf Drive, on the Gulf across across the street from
the Bermuda Bay condominiums.
The city's planning and zoning board approved the
projects in early 2000. City commissioners denied the
request in April 2000. The developers filed a lawsuit
against the city, citing that the denial was not made
with "substantial, competent evidence."
The crux of the issue was a land-use map that
called for that part of the beach to be preserved due to
an unusual soil composition. Developers brought for-
ward expert witnesses who said the beach there was no
different than the beaches up and down the Island and
that the "conservation" designation was in error.
City commissioners disagreed, citing previous ero-
sion trends in that section of shoreline that had at one
point left only a few yards of sand between Gulf Drive
and the Gulf of Mexico prior to the city's 1992-93
beach renourishment project.
Circuit Court Judge Charles Williams wrote in his
April 7, 2003, opinion, in part:
addition to vandalism of several other vehicles
with intriguing ornamental hood emblems.
The incidents took place between 9 p.m. and
midnight from Sept. 26 to Sept. 28.
Police are asking the public for any informa-
tion on the vandalisms and Davis noted that the
cars targeted were all in darkened areas, well away
from any light.
She asked the public to contact the HBPD at
708-5804 if they note any suspicious activity or
have any information on the crimes.
"It is the court's view that ... the evidence pre-
sented in this case supports the city's denial of the re-
quested plan amendment. To be sure, some evidence
was presented in support of the petitioner's argument
that the Future Land Use Map was drawn in error in the
area in question, and that the boundary of the preser-
vation area was meant to coincide with a soil map de-
picting certain type of sand located on the beach par-
cels in question.
"The city's planner reached this conclusion in his
staff report to the planning and zoning commission,
which voted to approve the plan amendment. However,
neither the planner nor the planning and zoning com-
mission are the ultimate arbiters of what is now recog-
nized as the legislative determination of whether a pro-
posed plan amendment is consistent with an adopted
comprehensive plan. That is the province of the city
commission, whose decision to deny the petitioner's
small-scale plan amendments was a fairly debatable
exercise of their legislative authority."
Williams cited a 2001 decision by the Florida Su-
preme Court in his ruling, a decision that allows govern-
ments to make decisions on small-scale land-use decisions
through legislative, rather than quasi-judicial, means.
Quasi-judicial determinations require findings of the
legislative body to be made through factual representa-
tions of evidence: legislative decisions are often more re-
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Anna Maria City
Oct. 8, 4 p.m., Capital Improvements Advisory Com-
Oct. 9, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Oct. 2, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Pub-
lic comment, firs reading of ordinance to expand home-
stead exemption, second reading and public hearing on
code enforcement board and personnel appeal board
membership requirements, approval of 2003-04
interlocal agreement with Manatee County for Coquina
Beach law enforcement patrols, request for building
official to attend code enforcement board seminar, con-
sent agenda and commission reports.
Oct. 7, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Oct. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 9, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Oct. 8, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Operations Center
meeting, WMFR Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
laxed and allow for evidence and testimony that may not
be based on strictly black-and-white findings of fact.
Attorney Greg Hootman, representing the city, said
the appeal was based on the "quasi-legislative" deci-
sion of the city commission. "The appeal is based on
the opinion that the small-scale development request is
quasi-judicial, not quasi-legislative," he said, adding
that no initial briefs have been filed in the matter as yet.
No date for the appeal hearing has been set as yet.
Gulffront property case appealed
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Holmes Beach mayor dawdles, loses photos
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore was asked
for a list given her of possible locations for modular
newsracks in the city repeatedly from Aug. 27 to Sept.
18 by The Islander Publisher Bonner Joy, with long-
An e-mail request for the record was sent Aug. 27,
which was followed up by a phone call from Joy when
the clerks couldn't locate the list, although Beautifica-
tion Committee Chairperson Jim Gloth had told Joy he
furnished the mayor a priority list and photographs,
including notations regarding numerous newsrack lo-
cations in the city.
Joy spoke to the city commission regarding the
startup of a modular newsrack program at its Sept. 11
meeting, at which time the mayor said she had the list
and would furnish the record to The Islander the fol-
The list and-photos were again requested by e-mail
Sept. 15, Sept. 16 and twice on Sept. 17, citing the
Florida Public Records Law, which requires officials
to furnish records for review by the public in a "reason-
able" time, generally recognized as the time required
to walk from the file drawer to the counter.
Gloth provided his recollection of the list to the
clerk Sept. 16, which was then provided to the news-
Candidates seeking one of three Anna Maria City
Commission seats up for election on Nov. 4 are as di-
vided as the current city commission on a solution to
the city's parking problem, which could well be a lead-
ing campaign issue.
Re-election candidate Commissioner John Quam
voted for public parking on beach access streets, while
candidate Dale Woodland said he's not opposed to the
city regulating parking, but parking should be available
"I'm not in favor of resident-only parking, but am
in favor of some restrictions on parking," he said.
Candidate Randall Stover said he was in favor of
resident-only parking within the beach access zone.
Candidate Carol Ann Magill favored some form of
parking on beach-access streets for all city residents,
but said there is ample parking elsewhere for visitors.
Candidate Jeff Smith said he liked Webb's motion
more than Miller's, but he had some serious reserva-
tions about the proposed ordinance. "I would say this
parking issue is a long way from being solved," he said.
With Commissioners Chuck Webb and Tom
Aposporos not seeking re-election, the new commis-
sion could well be divided once again on any parking
As one resident said, "There'll be peace in the
Middle East before everyone in Anna Maria agrees on
a parking solution."
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Commissioners Duke Miller and Linda Cramer
were in favor of residential parking by permit on the
rights of way, although Cramer said she would also
accept a few spaces on each street designated for the
"I don't want to deny the public parking on a beach
access [street], but I want to maintain the residential
flavor of our community," Cramer argued.
She also complained that the report from
Baskerville-Donvoan Inc., the city's engineering firm,
that identified 171 potential parking spaces within the
zone, was incorrect, particularly on Palmetto Avenue
where she lives.
Miller, however, was adamantly opposed to any
public parking within the BAZ and lobbied for resi-
dent-only parking in the zone.
"We are a residential community. Parking within
the beach access zone should be limited to the people
who live here," he said.
The city's narrow streets, lack of infrastructure and
residential character are not conducive to public park-
ing, he said, and that's also what the BDI study said.
There is already enough parking for the visiting
public at city hall, along Gulf Drive, at Bayfront Park,
and in other areas of the city, Miller pointed out.
He said the city should try parking by permit on a
trial basis and revisit the issue after a year. "The city
paper, and later the mayor responded to the
newspaper's request after business hours on Sept. 17
with the same six-item list containing her personal
notations, and a handwritten note stating she could not
find the photos.
Another written request, a hand-delivered letter the
morning of Sept. 18, resulted in a different list, presum-
ably the original list supplied by Gloth.
The photos are still presumed to be missing from
the mayor's possession.
The modular newsrack program, which had been
suggested as a beautification project to the city and its
beautification board in July 2002 by Joy, particularly
for locations where newsracks occupy city property
and rights of way, is apparently now being managed by
the mayor, although the city commission was not aware
of the details at its Sept. 11 meeting.
The mayor apparently then contacted the
Bradenton Herald single-copy sales distribution man-
ager for assistance in locating modular racks, and also
contacted management/owners of private shopping
centers and business locations seeking replacement of
single newsracks with modular units.
Joy, however, lacking response from the city to her
initial offer, contacted several private properties in August
2002, including the property managers of S&S Plaza, and
a modular newsrack program was initiated there at her
request to rack supplier Gold Eagle Enterprises.
Dan Milton of Commercial Management & Leas-
ing Corp., Sarasota, director of property management
for S&S, replied to Joy in August 2002 offering to pay
for the necessary concrete pad for installation at the
center along the wall adjacent to the Holmes Beach
Post Office, replacing more than 24 singular racks.
The individual system racks are purchased from
Gold Eagle by the various publications and once the
rack is manufactured, it is installed by Gold Eagle.
The S&S Plaza modular system, spearheaded by
The Islander, was awaiting completion of a repaving
project and is expected to be installed by Gold Eagle
within the next few weeks.
No public property locations have been designated
by the city or Gold Eagle for installation, although a
modular system is being considered at the Island Shop-
ping Center and in front of Smith Realtors.
Three new modular racks were recently installed in
Anna Maria and six modular systems were installed in
Bradenton Beach, all coordinated by Gold Eagle and
spearheaded by The Islander, the Bradenton Herald
and the [Sarasota] Manatee Herald-Tribune.
Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda Cramer awaits her turn to join the argument between Commissioner
Duke Miller, left, and Commissioner Chuck Webb, right, at the Sept. 25 commission meeting over Webb's
motion to allow some public parking on beach access streets. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
needs to protect its own residents first," he argued.
Webb countered that he wanted to be fair to every-
one and believes that designated parking within the
zone will reduce the public parking burden residents
living along beach access roads now bear.
"It's absolutely ludicrous" to restrict residents from
parking on the right of way in front of their own house
within the zone, but allow it elsewhere in the city, in-
"Let's not get insulting," responded Webb.
Even Miller joined in, noting that the commission-
ers in favor of Webb's motion did not live on a beach
access road while he and Cramer do.
Miller apologized and withdrew that remark, but
did claim that Webb's motion does "not protect the
rights of property owners."
Commission Chairperson John Quam sided with
Webb, saying the ordinance was a compromise first step.
"We are giving at least 50 percent relief" to resi-
dents in the BAZ affected by public parking on their
He agreed with Miller, however, that if the Webb
plan doesn't work, the commission can look at Miller's
Miller then proposed a compromise that he would
agree to place three designated public parking spaces
on each beach access street, then revisit the issue on
Sept. 25, 2004, to decide if the plan is working.
"I'll think about it," replied Webb, but not as an
amendment to the current motion.
"So, I'll compromise but you won't," shot back
Well, it's just a motion to prepare an ordinance,
said Commissioner Tom Aposporos. "The amend-
ments are still to come."
The majority of the public who spoke were in fa-
vor of permit parking for residents.
Resident Norm Mansour said, "it's a shame" that
the city has an issue so divisive that "we can't get to-
gether in agreement within our own community."
Commissioners "have to respect the wishes of the
people who elected you," not what others outside the
city wish the city would do, he claimed.
Shirley O'Day, however, said she was sick and
tired of all the commission meetings, parking commit-
tee studies and opinions on both sides of the issue that
have been taking place the past 20 years. She said per-
mit parking would make the city "elitist."
Mansour's plea fell on deaf ears and Webb's mo-
tion passed, 3-2.
But it's only a motion to have Dye draft an ordi-
nance, said Quam.
The commission still needs to review "street by
street" in the BAZ where actual parking spaces will go.
And the commission should establish exact loca-
tions of the spaces by measurements from existing
landmarks, Dye said.
That requires someone to take measurements and
if it's BDI, "they will charge us to measure each
space," said SueLynn.
Wait a minute, exploded Cramer. "I don't want to
spend any more money with BDI" on this issue.
Relax, said Quam. The commission should first
identify the exact number and location of spaces on
each street before measurements are taken.
Well, better get it right the first time because those
locations will be in the ordinance, said Dye.
"Every time you want to change a space, you
would have to write a new ordinance," he said.
"Unbelievable," noted Miller.
Dye said that writing the wireless communications
ordinance would take precedence over the parking or-
dinance because the city's moratorium on cell tower
construction expires Oct. 31, 2003.
Quam wanted to have the first and second reading
of the parking ordinance and the public hearing before
a new commission is seated, but conceded that the tar-
get date for the public hearing would probably be the
November commission meeting, after the Nov. 4 city
After the meeting, SueLynn, who does not vote on
the commission, repeated her prophesy.
"Well, I did say that it was a divisive issue."
THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 1, 2003 0 PAGE 5
Special meeting for site plan reviews
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach City Commission will hold a
special meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, to review
three site plans bumped from its Sept. 11 meeting
agenda, following a recommendation from its law firm
to treat all site plan reviews as quasi-judicial.
The recommendation came from David Persson of
Hankin, Persson, Davis, McClenathen & Darnell, who
has been selected as the city's special counsel to ad-
dress two site plan applications by Frank Davis for
5626 and 5622 Gulf Drive.
Persson's recommendation requires the city to
publish public notice 15 days prior to all site plan re-
views and provide notice to all property owners within
300 feet of the subject property.
Persson made the recommendation after receiving
a letter from John Shubin, a Miami land-use attorney
hired by Ruthanne McLean and Barbara Coloney to
oppose Davis' proposed condo development at 5622
Shubin notified Persson on Sept. 11 that the city
commission meeting agenda incorrectly listed the ad-
dress of Davis' property.
In addition to recommending the public hearing be
continued, Persson reviewed the city code and noted
that under Holmes Beach requirements and Florida
law, the site plan approval process is quasi-judicial.
Although city code contains a provision that site plans
do not require a public hearing, Persson recommended
public hearings be held regarding the Davis site plans.
At the Sept. 11 meeting, City Attorney Patricia
Petruff concurred, noting that the city already conducts
public hearings on all site plans and should therefore
follow the proper public notification process.
The commission will review Davis' site plan,
which would allow him to move a two-unit carriage
house from 5622 Gulf Drive to 5626 Gulf Drive, the
location of the Harrington House Bed and Breakfast
Inn. Davis will also have a site plan review for a four-
unit multi-family condominium at 5622 Gulf Drive.
The lawsuit filed by McLean and Coloney alleges
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AMI BAZ parking: NIMBY
There is no more divisive and contentious issue in
Anna Maria City than parking.
Witness the Anna Maria City Commission meeting
of Sept. 25, where a commission that had previously
worked harmoniously together to solve a number of
pressing city problems dissolved into personal insults
and accusations over the issue.
If there are 1,600 Anna Maria residents, there are
3,200 opinions on a parking solution.
The resolution that passed by a 3-2 vote, calling for
an ordinance to designate specific public parking locations
on streets within the beach access zone, pitted those who
live on beach access streets against those who don't.
The BAZ parking spaces will be available to residents
and visitors alike on a first-come first-serve basis.
The three "yea" votes on the resolution were from
commissioners who do not live within the BAZ, while
the "no" votes came from those who do.
Nearly all residents at the meeting who were opposed
to designated parking spaces live on beach access streets.
Is it a case of "Not In My Back Yard"?
You bet it is.
It's been said hundreds of times before, and it's
restating the obvious, but there is no one solution to
Anna Maria's parking woes that is agreeable to every-
one. There must be a compromise somewhere.
The resolution that passed is neither fair nor equi-
table to all city residents, but then, none of the proposed
parking solutions is fair to everyone, including recre-
The limit of 171 spaces from the 355 potential park-
ing spaces in the BAZ seems reasonable. Although, we
previously recommended limiting parking in the BAZ to
alternate streets on alternate weekends, which also
amounts to 50 percent relief. Other suggestions during the
past year went the gamut, from open parking everywhere
in the city to no street parking anywhere in the city.
At least the city, after more than 26 years of park-
ing studies and debate, has finally taken a stand.
Further, we agree with the commission that there
should be a trial basis for designated parking within the
We recommend revisiting the issue in one year and
that during this trial period, residents living within the
BAZ document for the commission any problems en-
countered with finding a parking space, littering, late-
night loud noises and parties, bad behavior and the like.
If it's broken in 12 months, fix it. Until then, try it.
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City of, by, for people
who live here
Regarding comments from Bradenton Beach Vice
Mayor Bill Arnold, Commissioner Scott Barr and Plan-
ning and Zoning Board member Pete Milazzo, "Volun-
teers watch out:" Mr. Arnold, no one that I know of
says we don't want "volunteers." There are plenty of
opportunities to "volunteer" and help out in Bradenton
Beach whether you're a landowner, a renter, a devel-
oper or a speculator.
Try volunteering to help at the Tingley Memorial
Library, or volunteer as a lot of us here do in helping
set up and man our annual Bridge Street Festival, or
even try volunteering to help with a few of the
fundraising events that are held by the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, which is also "our center" and
a part of this city. There's plenty to volunteer for in
Bradenton Beach and a lot of us are doing it.
All some of us are saying is that those who have a
hugely critical say in how our community legally
grows, develops and is rapidly changing should be -
at the least living here, residing here and registered
to vote here for or against those officials that are going
to run our city.
As far as Scott Barr's comment at the commission
meeting about a "we and them" mentality, it is not just
we and them it is WE who live here, have our roots
here and our future being designed and directed here,
and to say as Pete Milazzo did that "renters now have
more authority than taxpayers" is unfortunately part of
the "we and them" attitude that some who don't live
Who do you think helps pay for the ever increas-
ing property taxes? We don't have any benevolent
landlords here that I am aware of. If you're a Crelter,
rents go up to cover it. We "renters" pay utility taxes,
Federal Excise Taxes, local community taxes, state
gross receipt taxes, county 911 funding fees, SVC Pro-
vider Number Portability Fees and Federal Universal
Service Fees on just our phone bills! We pay license tag
fees, fishing license fees, pay increases in garbage-
pickup fees and water-bill fees, and we shop here, buy
here, gas our cars up here and consistently patronize
our local stores here to help them survive.
I for one am not interested in the speculator who
comes in here, buys up property here, develops it, sells
it, takes his profit and leaves here deciding my future
here! And maybe I'm just not alone in my feeling.
Ross Benjamin. Bradenton Beach
I attended this year's first Anna Maria Elementary
Parent-Teacher Organization dinner and meeting re-
cently, which included a great presentation by Holmes
Beach Officer Pete Lannon.
Much to my dismay, the turnout was sparse.
Some people commented that there were conflict-
ing soccer games and others hinted that the community
may not want to support the school due to the Mana-
tee County School Board decision to uproot the oak
trees and the ensuing conflict over the new school. I
understand fully the sports involvement and feel fami-
lies should be with their kids to support them in activi-
On the other hand, we have a community that in the
past has supported the school by the bay in many ways.
Supporting our school does not endorse what the
school board has done, in fact it shows them that we are
here in full force supporting our school, students and
teachers. The school district has often fallen short for
several years when it comes to Anna Maria Elementary
and it's not likely to change.
We need community support now more than ever.
I felt badly also for Officer Lannon, who takes so much
of his time for our school and to have less than 15
adults at the meeting with approximately 150 empty
chairs chairs that are normally filled.
It is sad. Wake up and show up! The kids, teach-
ers and staff need our continued support.
Damon Presswood, chef/owner Ooh La La!
THE ISLANDER U OCT. 1, 2003 U PAGE 7
Holmes Beach cuts spending, approves 2.0 millage rate
By Diana Bogan
In an unexpected reversal of fortune for Holmes
Beach residents, the city commission lowered the mill-
age rate from 2.25 to 2.0 mills with a 3-2 vote at its
Sept. 23 budget hearing. Commissioners Sandy Haas
Marten and Roger Lutz were opposed.
At the first reading of the proposed budget and
millage rate held Sept. 11, commissioners approved
keeping the previous fiscal year's budget rate of 2.25
mills with a 3-2 vote. Commission Chairman Rich
Bohnenberger and Commissioner Don Maloney were
the two opposing votes.
A mill is $1 for each $1,000 of property evaluation.
The 2.25 millage rate amounted to an almost 20
percent increase over the rollback rate, which, accord-
ing to City Treasurer Rick Ashley, is the amount re-
quired to create the same amount of tax dollars as were
collected last year. That rate would be 2.0 mills.
The 2.25 millage rate would have generated an
additional $376,000 in tax dollars from property own-
ers for the upcoming year. This worked out to be ap-
proximately an additional $70 in city tax per resident.
The approved 2.0 millage rate is a 6.63 increase
over the rollback rate and will generate an additional
The total approved budget is $7.3 million.
Commissioner Pat Geyer was the swing vote to
approve the lower millage rate. She said she received
several calls from residents, but only after receiving
assurances from Ashley that the budget based on the
lower millage rate would finance an additional police
officer, city hall grounds maintenance and designated
funds for the Key Royale Bridge, did she decide to
change her vote.
Ashley said the budget with the 2.0 millage rate
will still provide funds for an additional night patrol-
man for the Holmes Beach Police Department, a re-
serve fund for interim short-term drainage improve-
ments, landscape maintenance at city hall, and supple-
mental funding for Anna Maria Elementary School.
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Headlines in the Sept. 30, 1993,
issue of The Islander announced that:
Anna Maria's planning commission voted unani-
mously to recommend approval of an alley vacation
adjacent to the Sandbar Restaurant after some last
minute changes by Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar.
The Florida Department of Transportation an-
nounced it would hold public hearings on replacement
of the Anna Maria Bridge Oct. 27 at the St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach and Oct. 28 at the
Mantee County Commission Chambers in Bradenton.
Holmes Beach city commissioners passed a reso-
lution opposing construction of a mixed solid-waste
composting facility at the Lena Road landfill as pro-
posed by the county commission.
Time for Out of Time
The Denzel Washington movie "Out of Time" will open at Regal Cinema's Hollywood 20 in Sarasota Oct. 3.
Bradenton's Oakmont 8, also a Regal moviehouse, did not have future movie listings. While most of the movie
was filmed in Boca Grande, scenes involving Washington and co-star Sanaa Latham were shot at a house
constructed for the movie on a dock in Cortez. (The Islander July 31, 2002.) Washington stars as a police
chief who is set up for murder in a Florida coastal town called Banyon Key in this first-rate thriller. Islander
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County expects to pass boater slow-zones
By David Futch
Manatee County commissioners want to be the
good guys and limit the speed of boats in county wa-
ters to protect manatees and humans.
At the same time, commissioners want to appease
boaters whose speeding vessels and stainless-steel pro-
pellers pose a threat to the lumbering sea cows.
If the county has its way as a result of a state
mandate boaters will find large areas of Anna Maria
Sound, Sarasota Bay and the Manatee River shut off to
boaters unless those boaters are willing to motor at 5
The state was set to push for "slow speed zones"
- 5 mph within 1,000 feet of Anna Maria Island
and the banks of the Manatee River in an effort to of-
fer more protection to manatees.
But boaters and the county oppose the plan and
would like instead to pass a law requiring boaters go 5
mph if they are within 300 feet of a county shoreline.
Boaters caught breaking the law would be punished
with a $50 fine.
Commissioner Joe McClash says, "We finally got
rid of the airboats through that  ordinance, but
the law enforcement people said it wasn't enforceable."
The newly proposed rule is "between '99 and where we
need to be today. The big difference is creating recre-
ation areas, because they're generally closer than 300
feet to shore or in shallow waters."
After 150 people showed up at commission cham-
bers Sept. 25 to speak their side, commissioners de-
cided to put off making a decision on the slow-speed
ordinance. Following the 6 p.m. hearing that lasted
until after 1 a.m., commissioners told the audience they
expect to make a decision on the new law at their Oct.
At the Sept. 25 meeting, Doug Means, administra-
tor of the county's Natural Resources Management
Division and staff, rolled out seven maps to show com-
missioners and the audience where they would have to
limit boat speeds to 5 mph.
The maps, which include Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key to the county line, show that more than
two-thirds of the waters in Anna Maria Sound and
Sarasota Bay would be restricted to the 5-mph.speed
There are some spots designated "traditional rec-
reation areas" where personal watercraft and boats can
exceed the 5-mph limit to get up on step and navigate
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission's appointed committee's original plan
called for slow speed zones in Anna Maria Sound north
of State Road 64 within 1,000 feet of the Manatee
River shoreline west of 1-75. The plan also called for
the 1,000-foot buffer in the Braden River, while Miguel
Bay and the upper reaches of the Manatee River would
come under a 25-mph rule.
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash said
commissioners are expected to "tweak" a 1999 ordi-
nance calling for boaters to go slow within 300 feet of
the county's shoreline as a way of protecting humans.
Changes to the 1999 ordinance, which the county
admits it did little to enforce, would call for manatees
and humans to receive the same protection from speed-
At the Sept. 25 meeting, Manatee County Sheriff
Charlie Wells told commissioners his office has been
unable to enforce the 1999 ordinance and likely would
have trouble enforcing the proposed new ordinance.
Wells said he has two officers patrolling the
county's shoreline. According to Wells, that amounts
to 300 miles of shoreline.
McClash said there are several recreation areas fre-
quented by boaters and skiers that would be exempt
from the ordinance.
He pointed to a channel on the north shore of
Perico Island that often is used by fishing guides and
anglers to get to prime fishing spots. A 300-foot buffer
there would prevent fishermen from gaining access to
one of the most productive fisheries in the county,
Additionally, McClash said other zones the county
would likely exempt from the 300-foot buffer include
parts of Palma Sola Bay, Warner's Bayou, the Fort
Hamer area of the Manatee River and recreation areas
PLEASE SEE MANATEES, NEXT PAGE
THE ISLANDER M OCT. 1, 2003 M PAGE 9
44 proposed condos on Cortez Road go to court
Manatee County government is apparently in con-
tempt of court over an order issued by Circuit Judge
Paul Logan ruling that requires approval of a site plan
for Gulfview Park LLC.
The ruling involves a 20-year-old land development
case and failure by the county to approve a site plan this
year that would have allowed construction of 44
townhomes on 4.78 wooded acres at 9090 Cortez Road.
Logan ordered the county to pay $5,000 per day
for each day on noncompliance. Taxpayers must also
pay the applicant's attorney fees and court costs.
However, the Manatee County Commission con-
Hilton coming to
By Rick Catlin
A Hilton may be coming to Anna Maria in the next
Not a Hilton hotel, but Larry Hilton of Arcadia,
who may be hired as the city's building official after he
was named top candidate for job from the list of appli-
cants reviewed by the city's selection committee.
Hilton, currently the planning and zoning director for
DeSoto County, originally had withdrawn his name from
consideration, citing salary concerns and job description.
But after attending a city commission meeting in
September and learning the maximum salary for the job
was increased to $55,000 annually by the commission,
Manatee zones proposed
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
in Terra Ceia Bay.
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 boat-
ers in areas populated by manatees.
If the county fails to pass the ordinance, "we could
be back to square one" and have to accept the state-
mandated 1,000-foot buffer where a 5-mph speed limit
would be in effect, McClash said.
tinues to decline to approve the site plan and has filed
an appeal in the 2nd District of Appeals in Lakeland.
At the time of the original application in 1982,
zoning allowed 16 residences per acre. However, a
moratorium and special rules intended to protect Cortez
from dense development were in effect and the zoning
changed to include 12 units per acre with the imple-
mentation of the county's comprehensive plan in 1989.
Between times, there were lawsuits for previously
applied-for developments, including as many as 75 condo
The property and development rights were sold in
Anna Maria City?
Hilton put his hat back in the ring.
The selection committee gave their choice to
Mayor SueLynn Sept. 29 and she was to contact Hilton
and report to city commissioners at a special city com-
mission meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1.
The committee had pared the original 21 applicants
for the job down to the top five candidates, including
Hilton and former Bradenton Beach building officials
Whitey Moran and Bill Sanders.
Two of the finalists, however, withdrew after ac-
cepting similar positions elsewhere, leaving the com-
mittee with just three names to consider.
SueLynn said if Hilton declined the position, she
would likely contact Bill Sanders, the committee's sec-
ond choice for the job.
2002 to Gulfview Park, which in January submitted a
site plan application for 44 townhouses.
County planners deemed the density of the new
application, 9.21 units per acre, exceeded the allowed
maximum density of six units per acre and declined to
process the application.
A court-ordered settlement in 1988 allowed 12
units per acre, although the county claims it was super-
seded by the comp plan.
No date has been set for the appeal hearing, which
will allow the county to delay payment of the fine un-
til the appeal is finalized.
Voter registration deadline
Monday, Oct. 6
The last day eligible Island voters in Anna
Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach can
register to cast their ballot in the November city
elections is Oct. 6.
Voter registration forms can be picked up at all
city halls, but registration must be completed at the
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office at
315 15th St. W., Bradenton, by 5 p.m. Oct. 6.
Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Beach residents can also pick up registration
forms at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or online at
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Environmental Education and
Enhancement Committee displays
the city memorial book recently
purchased by the EEEC that will
be used to record donations and
memorial tributes. The book will
be maintained at the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society Museum
at 402 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria.
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kickoff party complete with games and pizza. Enjoying Murphy's talents are, front row, left to right, Chole Keegan,
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Gulf Coast Writers
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The Gulf Coast Writers group will hear the
publisher of The Islander, Bonner Joy, speak at
a meeting at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Jan Gooderham of the writers organization
said visitors are welcome. Additional informa-
tion may be obtained at 792-5295.
Aqueous show scheduled by
The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society will
present its Aqueous Show at the Longboat Key Center
for the Arts from Friday, Oct. 3, through Oct. 30.
A public reception for the exhibit will be Friday
from 5-7 p.m. at the center, 6860 Longboat Drive.
Aqueous painting is one executed on paper with
any water-soluble medium including acrylic, ink, egg
tempera, watercolors, etc., and framed under Plexiglas,
the center explained.
Details may be obtained at 383-2345.
Artists Guild will host
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will feature
a demonstration of "plein air" paintings by Barbara
Singer from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 2, at the gal-
lery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The guild will have a general meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 6, at the Episcopal Church of the Annun-
ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. A program on
glass blowing is scheduled.
Hours at the gallery have changed with the fall
season, the new times being 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-
Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Additional information is available at 778-6694.
Parents support unit meets
tonight at Center
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's par-
ents support group will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednes-
day, Oct. 1, at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Shirley Romberger, the Center's family and mar-
riage therapist, will lead a discussion on "Back to
School Challenges." Cost is $2 per person. The ses-
sions will continue on the first and third Wednesday
each month. More information is available at 778-
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The Longboat Key Education Center's fall term
offers more than 150 noncredit courses for the term,
with registration now under way, the center said. The
autumn sessions begin Nov. 3.
Courses such as yoga, tai chi, watercolor painting,
saltwater fishing and bridge will return this fall, but begin-
ning in January, some 50 new classes will be added.
New courses include Ancient Kabala, Voices of
Opera, the Concerto, Great Short Stories, and the Presi-
dential Election of 2004.
Returning courses include Great films and Stars of the
Past; Jazz, Memory and Mind Preservation; Is the Press
Doing Its Job?; and conversational Spanish and Italian.
The center also offers such special courses as a
marine biology class aboard an historical schooner, an
exhibition and workshop of Russian and Polish arti-
facts, day trips to art museums and 12 lectures on arts,
social and humanities topics.
Additional information is available at the center,
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, or by calling 383-8811.
Off Stage Ladies
to hear from top directors
Three leading directors will be on the program for
the Off Stage Ladies, auxiliary of the Island Players
theatrical troupe, when they meet Wednesday, Oct. 8.
Kelly Woodland, Phyllis Elfenbein and Preston
Boyd will appear at the meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the
Florentine Room of the Landings at Freedom Village,
6501 17th Ave. W., Bradenton.
Reservations may be made and details obtained at
792-7818 or 761-8623.
Episcopal women open
fall season Thursday
The Episcopal Church Women of the Church of the
Annunciation will have its first meeting of the season
at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the church, 4500 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The business meeting will concentrate on planning
the annual Holly Bazaar, which will be Nov. 22., and Dr.
George Curry will present a program on Charles Dickens.
Reservations are not required for this meeting, and
everyone is welcome, said officers of the group. Details
may be obtained at 778-1638.
Bird rescue course Saturday
A training class in the rescue of wild birds will be at
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Pelican Man's Bird
Sanctuary, 1707 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, on City
Island off the south ramp of the New Pass Bridge.
Volunteers are needed by the organization for its
welcome center, gift shop, thrift shops and as tour
guides and speakers at schools and organizations. De-
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by Rick Catlinm
Holmes Beach resident John DeForge was only 19
when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941,
bringing the United States into World War 11.
Born in Sault St. Marie, Ontario, to an American
mother and Canadian father, his family had moved to
Detroit several years earlier and DeForge was a U.S.
citizen when war broke out.
Not waiting for the draft, DeForge and some of his
buddies joined the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserves af-
ter Pearl Harbor. Because so many people were join-
ing the reserves, he wasn't called to active duty until
"I remember it was a cold, rainy day in Detroit
when we boarded the train and the next day, we were
in Miami Beach. I'd spent all my life in northern win-
ters, so that was nice. I guess it was just the luck of the
draw to take basic training in Florida. I knew then
Florida was the place I wanted to be."
Training got even better when he was billeted at the
St. Moritz Hotel on Miami Beach.
"That was a real treat, to have the beach at our
But the sun, surf and sand didn't last forever and
DeForge eventually ended up in basic pilot training at
an airfield near Montgomery, Ala., then was transferred
to South Carolina where he took his first solo flight in
an old Stearman biplane.
Then it was back to Alabama for advanced train-
ing, where DeForge got his wings and his commission.
The Army then sent him to Bradley Field in Con-
necticut where he trained to be a P-47 fighter pilot.
"We were a bunch of hot-rod second lieutenants
and one day, the fog moved in and we couldn't fly, so
we did ground training. Then, we heard on the intercom
that a flight of five brand new P-47s requested permis-
sion to land in the fog. We all went out to the flight
deck to see this because it was going to be some trick
to get in. We thought the pilots must be crazy."
The planes landed in the pea-soup fog without in-
cident and out stepped five of the most gorgeous pilots
DeForge had ever seen. They were members of the
Women's Air Force and had done a remarkable job of
piloting their planes in difficult conditions.
"Boy, we weren't too happy about that because we
were grounded and they were flying, but those gals did
a great job of getting in. We didn't think we were so hot
DeForge finally reached Europe in early 1945
where he was assigned to the 9th Air Force as a P-47
"We flew a lot of combat missions but, by then, the
Germans had almost stopped flying. So we flew mostly
close-air support for the infantry."
He got shot at from the ground a number of times,
but nothing "real serious," he recalled.
"But everybody was concerned when you went
into combat. There was always the chance you would
get hit. You weren't looking to be a hero, but you
wanted to do your best for your buddies."
When the war ended, he was the "low man" on the
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The fifth annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market
is ready to get its vendors lined up for the big event
from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct 25 at the Seafood Shack.
Organizer George Carter said, "Here is the
chance to clean out that old boat stuff and turn it
into a little cash or keep it around forever."
The charge for those wishing to sell items is
$10 per table, he said.
"There is plenty of parking," he said, "and
there'll be lots of boat stuff to buy. Or just come
and enjoy the day and have a good time of it."
Further information may be obtained from
him at 792-9100.
Lt. John DeForge as a newly commissioned fighter
pilot in 1944.
John DeForge has lived in Ho
and enjoys the Island lifestyle.
rotation order back to the states, so he stayed in Europe
another 18 months.
"By that time, we had become worried about the
Russians, so we did a lot of flying just to watch what
they were doing. We were supposed to be allies, but
everyone could see the day was coming when we
wouldn't be so friendly."
After the war, DeForge stayed in the reserves and
joined the Michigan National Guard and became an
He was recalled to active duty for the Korean con-
flict, but by the time he got to Korea, the war had
"Just the luck of the draw again," said DeForge.
He remained in the Army until 1968 and retired as
a lieutenant colonel.
After retirement, DeForge knew Florida was the
place he wanted to be and moved his family to Anna
Maria Island. He taught at Manatee High School for 23
"Joining up was just something everybody felt they
had to do," said DeForge. "All my buddies joined and
some of them didn't come back. I guess I was just
"I was just doing my duty, but the war really gave
me an appreciation for this country. I'd do it again if I
Update on Steve Souris
Perico Island resident and WWII veteran Steve
Souris (The Islander, Aug. 20) has reported back for
duty and updated the story of his lucky seven escape
attempts as a German prisoner of war.
Souris explained that on his seventh escape attempt
of the war, on April 15, 1945, he and two other Ameri-
can prisoners of war- Lou Zaris and John Godfrey -
hid in an abandoned tunnel to avoid detection.
They eventually reached Allied lines and Souris
was sent to Paris and on a ship home by April 30, 1945,
a full week before the war officially ended.
"Just wanted to set the record straight," said Steve.
"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.
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Stone crabbers poised for season opening Oct. 15
By Jim Hanson
The crab traps are ready, the boats are ready, the
fishermen are ready. They just hope the crabs are, too.
Stone crab season begins Oct. 15, but crabbers are
allowed to put their traps in the sea 10 days earlier. That
puts them in the Gulf of Mexico this Sunday.
Two days before the season officially opens,
they pull the traps to the surface and see what's in
there, said Brian Ibasfalean of Cortez, who has spent
years in "this scary industry."
That way they can get some idea of where the
crabs are, and they'll move traps from non-produc-
tive areas to more promising places.
When the season opens, they will run their nau-
tical trapline time after time for six months. They
pull each trap from the bottom of the Gulf up onto
the boat, remove legal-sized crabs and break off the
Betty Jean Adkins
Betty Jean Adkins, 73, of Anna Maria, died Sept.
Born in Gary, W. Va., Mrs. Adkins came to Mana-
tee County from West Virginia in 1962. She was a re-
tired manager. She was a member of Roser Memorial
Community Church, Anna Maria City.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the
church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to the American Cancer Society,
Tampa Hope Lodge, 12810 Magnolia Drive, Tampa
She is survived by husband Fred; sisters Caroline
Trouteman and Barbara Johnson, both of Huntsville.
Ala.; and brothers Joe Grano of Tampa and Frank
Grano of San Diego, Calif.
Patricia Lee Breese
Patricia Lee Breese, 65, of Bradenton, died Sept.
Born in Port Chester, N.Y., Ms. Breese came to
Manatee County from Norwalk, Conn., in 1993. She
was a homemaker. She was a member of the Artists
Guild of Anna Maria Island and the Longboat Key
Center for the Arts, where she also volunteered. She
served on the board for the Cambridge Village
Homeowners Association. She was Protestant.
Memorial services were Sept. 30 at Brown and
Sons Funeral Home, Bradenton. Burial will be in First
Congregational Church Cemetery, Old Greenwich,
Conn. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Humane Society of Manatee County, 2515 14th St. W.,
Bradenton FL 34205.
She is survived by sons Robert S. of San Luis
Obispo, Calif., and Kenny of Asheville, N.C.; and sis-
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Kathleen H. Rosedale
Kathleen H. Rosedale, 91, of Anna Maria, died
Born in Sidney, Maine, Mrs. Rosedale came to
Manatee County from Gardiner, Maine, in 1947. She
was a homemaker. She attended Roser Memorial Com-
Private services will be held at a later date. Memo-
rial contributions may be made to the church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216.
She is survived by son Richard of Cashiers, N.C.,
and one grandchild.
Elsa K. (James) Zelley
Elsa K. (James) Zelley, 87, of Bradenton and for-
merly Holmes Beach, died Sept. 25.
Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Mrs. Zelley came to Mana-
tee County from there in 1980. She was the former owner
and director of a girls' French camp in Maine. She was a
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She was an
avid fan collector and donated her collection to the
Ringling Museum. She was the former president of the
Fan Association of America. She was the former president
of the Sarasota-Manatee Alumnae Association of Kappa
Kappa Gamma Sorority. She was a member of Roser
Memorial Community Church.
A celebration of life will be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 11
at the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial con-
tributions may be made to the Elsa Zelley Memorial Fund,
care of Karen J. Kopp, Sarasota-Manatee Alumnae Asso-
ciation of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, 5941 Emerald
Harbor Drive, Longboat Key FL 34228.
She is survived by sons Dr. George James of
Presque Isle, Maine, and Hugh James of Atlanta; step-
son Richard Zelley of Ormond Beach; three grandchil-
dren; and one great-grandchild.
claws, throw back into the sea those crabs to regen-
erate new claws and others too small to keep. They
re-bait the trap with a rotting flesh that smells aw-
ful to humans but good to crabs, toss the trap back
and go on to the next one.
It takes Ibasfalean six back-breaking days to run
his full 3,000-trap line. Then he gets to do it over again.
And again, until May 15 when the season closes.
Crabbing has supplanted gillnet fishing for some
fishermen in Cortez since nearshore gillnetting was
prohibited by statewide referendum in 1995.
Ibasfalean said there are four others in Cortez run-
ning crab boats.
He and two-man crews operate two boats, the
"Miss Olivia," named for a favorite aunt, and the
"John Hancock," a former Navy captain's gig. They
handle 3,000 in one of the more backbreaking jobs
Ibasfalean's is one of the larger such operations
in local waters, he said. Some boats set traps in the
hundreds, others can go up to 8,000.
A.P. Bell Fish Co. and the Cortez Bait & Sea-
food Co. are the two wholesale buyers in Cortez, and
they too are gearing up for the season. Their grounds
have row after row of crab traps now, being prepared
by their owners for opening day.
That's another chore of the game, Ibasfalean said.
Old and worn-out traps are culled out and replaced with
new ones, about 1,000 per year at $12 a trap. They're
all biodegradable, he said, as is required by law. His are
all wood, and even plastic ones have wood cores. "Bell
helps us buy material for building replacements during
the off-season," he said.
"It's a scary industry now," he said. "NAFTA is
killing us, letting in a lot of imported seafood at
prices we can't beat." That is the North American
Free Trade Agreement that permits huge imports,
even from places that subsidize food production.
Blue crabs are another industry entirely, he said,
requiring a different kind of trap and a different kind
of fishing and different wholesale outlets. That isn't
a big industry here, bringing much less per pound
than stone crabs.
Ibasfalean has been a fisherman since he was 15,
gillnetting while that was legal and starting his crab
business on his own. He also has a new business in
tide charts, EZ Fishfinder, a fish location chart that
is regularly updated.
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Wednesday, Oct. 1
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, Bay Boulevard at Pine Avenue. Infor-
1 p.m. Woman's Club of Anna Maria welcome
back meeting at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
6 to 7:30 p.m. Parent support group discussion
on "Back to School Challenges" with Shirley Romberger
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Thursday, Oct. 2
10 a.m. to noon Watercolor demonstration by
Barbara Singer at the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island
Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
10:30 a.m. The Episcopal Church Women of
the Church of the Annunciation meeting with guest
George Curry, Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1638.
8p.m. Opening night of "The Adventures of Tom
Sawyer" at the Manatee Players' Riverfront Theatre,
102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 748-5875.
8p.m. Opening night of "The Nerd" at the Island
Players Theatre, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 778-5755. Fee applies.
Friday, Oct. 3
10 to 11:30 a.m. Financial workshop with Mike
Valley at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
5 to 7 p.m. Opening reception for the Florida
Suncoast Watercolor Society's "Aqueous Show" at the
Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-2345.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Opening reception for "Faculty
Exhibit" at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
Saturday, Oct. 4
8 a.m. Boat dive to clean up 3-Mile Reef offshore
of Longboat Pass, check in at Aqua Pro Divers, 8104
Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: 792-3483.
9 a.m. Boat dive to clean up Nearshore Reef off
Coquina Beach, check in at Scuba Quest Dive Center,
3318 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 745-
9 a.m. Manatee Riverwalk bike ride sponsored
by the Manatee Citizen Trail Committee. Information:
794-8773, or 749-3070.
9 a.m. to noon Keep Manatee Beautiful Coastal
Cleanup of Cortez Village FISH preserve, Island
beaches and Palma Sola Causeway. See page 1 for
check-in center information or call 795-8272.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rummage sale at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antique and classic car show
at St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. Information: 388-
10:30 a.m. Wild bird rescue training at the Peli-
can Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
Noon to 5p.m. Coastal Cleanup Volunteer Party
at Bongo's Bayside Grille, 9915 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 795-8272. Fee applies.
3 to 5p.m. Island Youth Tennis League try-outs
at the Cedars Tennis Club, 645 Cedars Ct., Longboat
Key. Information: 224-0207. Fee applies.
Sunday, Oct. 5
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. All-you-can-eat breakfast at
American Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St.W.,
Bradenton. Information: 794-3489. Fee applies.
Monday, Oct. 6
10:15 a.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting with guest
The Islander Publisher Bonner Joy at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
6 to 8 p.m. Line dancing lessons at American Le-
gion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 794-3489. Fee applies.
7 p.m. "Atlantis Glass Blowing on Paradise Is-
land" presentation by the Artists Guild of Anna Maria
Island at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1788.
Tuesday, Oct. 7
Noon to 3:30 p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans' service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Ap-
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Create picture frames with
crafter Sue Swanson at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-1908. Fee applies.
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6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Anna Maria Elementary kid's
karaoke night at Beef 0' Brady's, 6703 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton. Information: 761-1444.
Wednesday, Oct. 8
10:30 a.m. Friends Book Club at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. In-
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Traditional art class for ages 10-16 at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, through Oct. 8. Information: 778-2099. Fee ap-
Creative arts and crafts for ages 5-10 at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, through Oct. 9. Information: 778-2099. Fee ap-
"Craft Crazy" class with Sue Swanson at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, through Oct. 21. Information: 778-1908.
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" at the Manatee
Players' Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton, through Oct. 19. Information: 748-5875. Fee
"The Nerd" at the Island Players Theatre, 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, through Oct. 12. Information:
778-5755. Fee applies.
"Faculty Exhibit" at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through
Oct. 31. Information: 778-2099.
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society's "Aqueous
Show" at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860
Longboat Drive, Longboat Key, through Oct. 30. Infor-
St. Bernard Women's Guild meeting at St. Bernard
Catholic Church Oct. 9.
Italian Night buffet/dance at the American Legion
Post No. 24 Oct. 11.
Privateer's mullet smoke at the Island Publix Oct.
Safe boating class at the Anna Maria Island Power
Squadron Oct. 11.
Special Olympics tennis fundraiser at El Conquis-
tador Racquet Club Oct. 11.
Auditions for "Gun-Shy" at the Island Players The-
atre Oct. 12.
Lecture by Ralph Hunter, founder of The Longboat
Observer, at the Island Branch Library Oct. 14.
Construction update meeting at Anna Maria El-
ementary School Oct. 14.
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Sept. 22, 8600 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
man reported his vehicle had been burglarized.
Sept. 23, 400 block of Poinsettia Road, burglary.
According to the report, someone attempted to enter a
vehicle but was unsuccessful.
Sept. 24, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Galati Marine, infor-
mation. Deputies were alerted to a suspicious person
trying to enter several parked vehicles. According to
the report, the suspicious person claimed to be on the
property cleaning boats. A report was taken and he was
allowed to leave the property.
Sept. 25, 100 block of Maple Avenue, theft. A bi-
cycle was stolen from a carport.
Sept. 19, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach, bur-
glary. According to the report, the trunk lock of a rental
car was broken and several items, including jewelry
and camera equipment, were stolen.
Sept. 21, 1900 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, bur-
glary. According to the report, two credit cards and
cash were stolen from an unlocked vehicle.
Sept. 21, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Leffis Key, burglary.
A woman reported a bag containing her credit cards,
Game Boy computer equipment, Social Security card
and checks stolen from her vehicle.
Sept. 23, 2300 block of Canasta Drive, criminal
mischief. According to the report, a home was vandal-
ized with spray paint and eggs, and the outdoor plant-
ers were overturned.
Sept. 19, 600 block of Hampshire Lane, vandalism.
According to the report, someone painted graffiti on a
Sept. 20, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, vandal-
ism. According to the report, three vehicles were spray-
painted with red paint.
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Sept. 20, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, vandal-
ism. A woman's garage door was spray-painted.
Sept. 20, 600 block of Hampshire Lane, vandalism.
According to the report, a driveway was "tagged" with
Sept. 20, 600 block of North Point Drive, vandal-
ism. According to the report, officers found another
home with graffiti sprayed on the garage door. An at-
tempt was made to reach the home owner.
Sept. 20, 5400 block of Gulf Drive, theft. Accord-
ing to the report, the medallions and brand name were
stolen from a Lexus.
Sept. 20, 600 block of Ivanhoe Lane, vandalism.
According to the report, the words "45 AK Oozie"
were spray-painted onto a parked vehicle.
Sept. 21, 700 block of Key Royale Drive, vandal-
ism. Graffiti was painted onto a storage building and
Sept. 21, 500 block of 75th Street, theft. Accord-
ing to the report, the medallions and brand name were
stolen from a Lexus.
Sept. 21, 200 block of 78th Street, theft. Accord-
ing to the report, the medallions and brand name were
stolen from a Lexus.
Sept. 21, 500 block of 69th Street, theft. Accord-
ing to the report, the medallions were stolen from a
Sept. 21, 200 block of 84th Street, theft. The me-
dallions off a BMW were reported stolen.
Sept. 21, 200 block of 84th Street, theft. Accord-
ing to the report, three medallions off a Cadillac were
reported stolen and the vinyl top was damaged.
Sept. 21, 500 block of 69th Street, theft. The me-
dallions from a Chevrolet Belair were stolen.
Sept. 21, 500 block of 69th Street, theft. The me-
dallions from a BMW were stolen.
Sept. 21, 100 block of 46th Street, burglary. Ac-
cording to the report, a stereo compact-disk player was
stolen from a vehicle and a purse that was left in the
Sept. 22, 5800 block of Gulf Drive, vandalism.
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Three newspaper boxes were spray-painted with graf-
Sept. 22, 5325 Marina Drive, Tidemark con-
struction site, theft. A tray containing a bank bag
with credit cards, keys and coins was stolen from
one vehicle and a compact-disk case was stolen from
a second vehicle.
Sept. 22, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn bar, theft.
A man reported his prescription drugs were stolen from
Sept. 22, 5353 Gulf Drive, Time Saver, DUI.
Pamella Reynolds, 48, of Bradenton, was charged with
driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic
accident. According to the report, Reynolds failed to
yield to oncoming traffic while making a left turn into
the Time Saver parking lot. She also ran her vehicle
into the store, causing damage.
Sept. 23, 500 block of 75th Street, theft. A woman
reported the emblem from her Mercedes stolen.
Sept. 23, 500 block of 69th Street, theft. Two em-
blems and the name plate were stolen from a Lexus.
Sept. 23, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. Two soft-drink vending machines were broken
Sept. 24, 5800 block of Gulf Drive, theft. Three
Chevrolet Impala emblems and one from a Honda were
Sept. 24, 200 block of 69th Street, theft. A woman
reported her bicycle stolen.
Sept. 24, 300 block of 68th Street, burglary. Four
teenagers were arrested for stealing a large television
and two handguns reportedly from a friend's
Sept. 25,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. According to the report, several items, includ-
ing an umbrella, compact-disk player and a blank
check, were stolen from a vehicle.
Sept. 25, 7000 block of Marina Drive, burglary.
According to the report, items were stolen from two
vehicles parked in a garage. The homeowners had ap-
parently left the garage door open.
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Author Dorsey tickets still available for Oct. 11 lunch
Tickets are still available for an up-close and per-
sonal luncheon and talk by Florida mystery author Tim
Dorsey Saturday, Oct. 11. Dorsey will sign copies of
his latest book, "The Stingray Shuffle," and talk about
his wacky mystery novels at Ooh La La! Bistro begin-
ning at 11:30 a.m.
t He may even talk about his newest novel, "Cadillac
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the Dorsey is a former Tampa Tribune reporter and
editor before his first novel, "Florida Roadkill," be-
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Dan Mobley plays at Island's End as he did long ago head Ranch Motel," "Orange Crush," "Triggerfish
some 20 years ago when he frequently entertained at Twist" and "The Stingray Shuffle."
the Sandbar and the former High Seas restaurant on
Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Dan Mobley returns for brief gigs on Island
Dan Mobley is home again on Anna Maria Island
for a few weekends of music and reminiscing.
Mobley played "all over the Island and the Gulf
Coast" before hitting the road to fame and maybe for-
tune 15 years ago. Along the way he became a char-
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He'll play again at Island's End, 10101 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria on Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 3 and
4, starting at 7:30 p.m.
As a performer he has more topflight experience
than many musicians can hope to gain. He has played
with the Allman Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Beach Boys,
the Byrds, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Marty Robbins,
Dottie West and dozens of others.
Recording one of his nine albums, this one at Jack-
son Browne's Groovemaster Studio in Los Angeles, his
backup singers were Rita Coolidge, Marilyn Martin
and Timothy B. Schmidt of the Eagles, with Garth
Hudson from The Band helping out.
Rummage sale Saturday
at St. Bernard Church
The Women's Guild of St. Bernard Catholic
Church will sponsor a rummage sale from 9 a.m.-I
p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the church activity center, 248
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The sale items will include jewelry, books and
much more, said the guild. Details may be obtained by
Dr. Diane Michaels
501 Village Green Parkway Bradenton
(1 block cast of Albertson's Manatee Ave.)
Dorsey will chat about his books, sign copies of
"The Stingray Shuffle," and otherwise entertain begin-
ning at 11:30 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 $50.
The event is sponsored by the restaurant, The Islander
newspaper, Circle Books on St. Armands Circle, and
the proceeds from the event will go to the Tingley
Reservations are strongly suggested, and may be
made by calling 778-7978.
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wich with Baked Cheetos or Peanut Butter and Jelly
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AME School Advisory Council
adds members, reviews goals
By Diana Boegan
The School Advisory Council of Anna Maria El-
ementary School held its first meeting of the school
year and welcomed several new members.
This year's SAC members include AME Principal
Kathy Hayes, teachers Lynn Drolet, Anne Kinnan,
Gary Wooten and Karen Newhall, faculty representa-
tive teacher's aide Judy Arnold, community represen-
tative Don Schroder, and parent representatives Maria
Facheris, Gina Duvall, Suki Janisch, Christine
Callahan, John Watts and Michael Pierce.
Wooten, Arnold, Callahan, Janisch, Watts and
Pierce are new to the council. Facheris was re-elected
to be SAC chairperson and Janisch was elected as her
co-chair. Drolet was re-elected as the SAC secretary.
The SAC serves as a liaison between the commu-
nity and the school and assists in the enhancement of
school-site decision-making, the development of the
educational programs, and serves in an advisory capac-
ity to the principal. The committee is also responsible
for reviewing and approving the AME School Im-
The SAC is meant to represent the voice of the
community and 51 percent of the board comprises par-
ents and members of the community.
The first order of business for SAC members was
to review the goals outlined in the School Improvement
Plan. The SIP is a long-range plan that outlines the
school's goals to improve remediation and student per-
formance. The plan must be updated and approved by
the SAC and the district school board each year.
The 2003-04 SIP outlines five objectives that fo-
cus on reading, science and writing skills. The first ob-
jective is to improve reading skills so all fifth-graders
achieve a score of 3 or higher on the Florida Compre-
hensive Assessment Test by spring 2006.
Last year 18 percent of AME students tested scored
below a level 3 on a scale of 1-5 on the FCAT reading.
Some of the steps in the SIP action-plan summary
outlined to meet this objective include providing train-
ing in reading strategies to AME volunteers and para-
professionals, enhance the library materials with appro-
priate reading selections, improve the use of the accel-
erated reader program with additional teacher training,
and provide small group remediation for students.
Teachers will also take part in an inservice train-
ing Oct. 17 to learn how to better analyze individual
and group assessment results on the FCAT in order to
monitor student progress in reading.
The second objective is to improve student skills
in science so AME fifth-grade scores on the science
portion of the FCAT surpass the district and state
In 2003, the science portion of the FCAT was
given to fifth-graders for the first time in Manatee
County. AME's fifth-grade class scored well above the
state and district averages.
According to the SIP, AME will continue to pro-
mote 90 minutes of science instruction in kindergarten
through second-grade and 120 minutes in third-
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The third objective is that all AME classrooms will
use the district's Balanced Literacy Program and meet
the district's criteria. The balanced literacy model
teaches reading as a process that involves understand-
ing individual components of reading such as vocabu-
lary, phonics and reading comprehension.
According to the SIP report, surveys indicate AME
teachers need additional training in order to manage the
program and assess the data. Steps in the action plan
include networking with other schools successfully
using the program and providing additional training for
Objective four is to increase the efficiency of the
operation of the media center by next year. According
to the report, maintenance of an accurate inventory,
consistent check-out procedures and production of cir-
culation reports to prevent the loss of books continues
to be in need of improvement.
Expectations will be established for students to
check out books weekly, read books within their range
and learn to read to gather information as well as for
fun. The media specialist will be required to maintain
inventory, check out procedures and promote literature
during media classes.
The fifth objective maintains that all fourth-grad-
ers will achieve a combined mean score of 3.8 on the
FCAT writing exam next year. Last year's fourth-grade
class at AME had a combined average score of 3.7.
This goal was set because the percentage of AME
students scoring at the highest performance levels, 4.0
and above, are below levels achieved by district and
Parents and students at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School are encouraged to participate in this
year's national Walk or Bike Your Kid to School
Day Wednesday, Oct. 8.
AME's Parents-On-Patrol safety watch orga-
nization is planning the event, which will take
place from 7:20 to 8:10 a.m.
The purpose of the event is to teach children
how to look for strangers, watch for cars and cross
the street safely, in addition to parents talking to
their children about safety as they walk.
Students and their companion walkers can
gather at the following three locations and walk
with POP parent volunteers:
Manatee Public Beach parking lot.
Holmes Beach Post Office parking lot.
Wachovia Bank parking lot.
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state schools with comparable demographics.
The staff hopes to implement motivational pro-
grams to improve student writing, and training will be
provided to assess the mock FCAT writing results so
they can be used to help students improve writing
Drolet, who was part of the committee that drafted
this year's SIP, said the committee intentionally set the
bar high for AME.
"The school board doesn't require schools to fully
meet all of its goals," Hayes told SAC, "but they should
show a marked improvement."
The next SAC meeting will be at 2:50 p.m. Oct. 27
in the school auditorium. Parents and members of the
community are welcome to participate.
students will make "pit stops" along the way.
McGruff, the crime dog, will be making a spe-
cial appearance at this year's event and will be
walking to school with students.
According to POP team leader Debbie Scott,
students will be given safety information to take
home and read with their parents.
Scott also noted that there is a trolley stop in
front of AME, where parents participating in the
walk can catch a ride back to any of the three walk
organization points, where they may park their car
before the event.
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 for school safety.
For more information, Scott can be reached
through the school administrative office at 708-5525.
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Trevor Bystrom from Karen Newhall's class displays
his talent for making a cactus out of Play-Doh and
spaghetti during "Desert Day." Third-graders
dressed for a day of desert activities, which included
bingo, crafts and preparing a helping of "Desert-
Dirt Dessert." Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
during the craft
portion of AME's
Dylan Sasy and Zack Facheris blow patterns in the sand similar to those that would occur naturally by wind
in a desert climate.
Third-grade teacher Karen Newhall helps Taylor
Zebracki start creating her dreamcatcher.
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Island's Richard Thomas to exhibit drawings
By Jim Hanson
Anna Maria's Richard Thomas will exhibit draw-
ings by request at Manatee Community College from
Oct. 16-Nov. 12, with curator Mark Ormond lending
The exhibit, "Defining the Figure," will be at the
MCC Fine Art Gallery in Art Building No. 10, at 5840
26th St. W., Bradenton. The artist's reception there
from 6-8 p.m. will open the show.
Thomas has painted in various media but is per-
haps best known for the watercolors he did for years of
Island and other Gulf Coast scenes. Now he has devel-
oped his talent for drawings, which he then colors.
He recalls that he started selling his works years ago
in Sarah's Gulfside Bookstore, which he and his wife
owned in Anna Maria. Later he and Joe Hutchinson had
a gallery in Anna Maria. Then he went to a Boca Grande
gallery for a dozen years. He and old friend Woody
Candish recently had a joint exhibit in Sarasota.
He expects to get back to painting at some point, but
for now "this form is certainly challenging enough." He
and his wife have two children. They live in Anna Maria,
and he has a studio in Holmes Beach.
One of many enthusiastic fans is Mark Ormond,
longtime area art historian, writer, lecturer and inde-
pendent curator, formerly curator at the John and
Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota.
He suggested to Thomas that the artist do a show,
which Ormond would curate, and Thomas happily
Writing as an art historian and critic, Ormond has
this to say about Thomas:
"His knowledge and appreciation of the female
body is intimate, while his familiarity with the male
form is observant and respectful of the changes his own
body will experience over time.
Languishing in graphite on paper
Richard Thomas' one man show, "Defining the Figure, "featuring works such as this, will open with an artist's
reception at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Fine Art Gallery in Manatee Community College's Art Building No. 10.
"During his few minutes of observation of the sit-
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formal issues of composition, its balance and integrity.
His interest is to simplify his record of his subjects. His
facile control of line defines the essential presence of
"With graphite he works very quickly on cream or
white paper he has toned with an acrylic wash of raw
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"He has distinguished himself with a style and
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Two unbeatens remain in Center soccer
By Kevin Cassidy
Island Animal Clinic knocked first-place Air &
Energy from the unbeaten ranks in Division II play in
the Anna Maria Island Community Center soccer
league, but Division III leader West Coast Surf Shop
and Division I leader ReMax remain on top with per-
ReMax came close to dropping a game, barely
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Jordan Pritchard had the most impressive perfor-
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LaPensee Plumbing. Pritchard also had a three-goal
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Other strong performances came from Joey
Hutchinson, who tallied four goals, while Sean Pittman
and Blake Wilson each had a hat trick.
Harry's 5, Mr. Bones 2
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Mr. Bones was led by Martine Miller, who scored Jimmy Campos runs through the line for a nice gain during the Dolphins' 26-8 loss to the Broncos.
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Island Animal 3, A&E 2
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the unbeaten ranks with a 3-2 victory Friday, Sept. 26,
to complete an undefeated week for the Animal Clinic.
Wyatt Easterling, Patrick Facheris and Stacia Hodges
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19
five goals from Jordan Pritchard. West Coast also re-
ceived two goals from Sarah White and a single goal
from Ian Beck as it improved to 1-3 on the season.
Celia Ware scored two goals to lead LaPensee
Plumbing, which also received single goals from Alex
Wright and Joey Webb in the loss.
A&E 4, Mr. Bones 3
Air & Energy won its fourth game of the season
thanks to four goals from Joey Hutchinson Monday,
Sept. 22. Mr. Bones received two goals from Martine
Miller and one goal from Molly Wolfe in the loss.
ReMax 7, W.C. Refrigeration 6
ReMax edged West Coast Refrigeration by one
goal to remain undefeated and atop the Division I
standings with a 7-6 victory Monday, Sept. 22. Sean
Pittman paced the winners with three goals, while
teammates Hunter Hardy and Chris Martin each
notched two goals.
Jordan Pritchard scored three goals for West Coast
Refrigeration, which also received two goals from Max
Mamie and one goal from Sarah White in the loss.
Broncos 26, Anna Maria Dolphins 8
The Anna Maria Island Dolphins surrendered five
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Center soccer schedule
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Division I (Ages 12-13)
Oct. 6 7:15 p.m. LaPensee vs. W.C. Refrigeration
Oct. 7 7:15 p.m. ReMax vs. LaPensee
Division II (Ages 10-11)
Oct. 2 7:15 p.m. A&E vs. Harry's Kitchens
Oct. 3 6 p.m. IRE vs. Harry's
Oct. 3 7:15 p.m. Island Animal vs. Mr. Bones
Oct. 6 6 p.m. A&E vs. IRE
Division III (Ages 8-9)
Oct. 1 6 p.m. Sun vs. Jessie's
Oct. 7 6 p.m. Surf Shop vs. Gateway
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Sato completed one pass a 14-yarder to receiver
Connor Bystrom, while Will Kretzman kicked a two-
point conversion for the Dolphins in the loss.
The Dolphins were led by Chad Richardson's six
tackles, fumble recovery, five tackles, an interception
and two passes defended by Jimmy Campos. Nick Ross
and John Gregory had sacks, teaming with Sean Price
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$33,000 worth of golf for Center
Magic soccer league or who live on the Island probably
know of Brayan and Diego Felipe.
They moved here from Brazil about six or seven
years ago and played soccer on the Island and for the
Magic before moving to Englewood a year or so ago.
Both boys are incredibly talented and hard-work-
ing soccer players and, more importantly, they're good
Diego and Brayan were recently in a horrific car
accident in Tampa and both were seriously injured.
After a month, Brayan appears to be making a
fairly good recovery, but Diego still has a long way to
Without going into the exact extent of their inju-
ries, they are serious and I'm asking people to lend a
hand if at all possible.
Parents Marlene and Marcos Felipe are currently
staying at the Ronald McDonald House while Diego
remains in the intensive care unit at Bayfront Medical
With medical bills piling up and neither parent in
a state of mind to be able to work, they are in need of
some financial assistance to hold them over until the
If you wish to make a contribution, you can send
checks to the Felipe Family Trust in care of Michelle
Wallen, 305 59th St., Holmes Beach FL 34217. The
trust is set up at Wachovia Bank.
For more information, call me at 749-6113.
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 Cassidy is publisher of Sports Page, a free
countywide publication focusing on youth sports,
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In one of the most successful sports fundraisers ever
for the Island, the third annual Charity Golf Tournament
raised $33,330 for the Anna Maria Island Community
The money will go to youth programs and schol-
arships for needy children at the Center, said Pierrette
Kelly, executive director of the Center.
It didn't stop with the tournament results, either.
Two of the top winners in the post-play events gave
their winnings to the Center as individuals: Ed Wyatt
of Coast Bank won the 50/50 raffle prize of $1,185.50
and promptly gave it all to the Center, and Bob Johnson
won a day on the Budweiser yacht and gave it to the
"It was the best ever for us," said John Home,
owner of the sponsoring Anna Maria Oyster Bar and
Lazy Lobster restaurants.
"A lot of fun was involved, everyone seemed to
enjoy it. In fact nearly all the teams have signed up for
next year's tournament. They didn't want to miss out.
It was sold out so quickly this year that a couple of last
year's teams didn't act fast enough and we lost them.
"I don't know how we can beat this year's record,
but we'll sure be trying next year."
In the double raffle, Gerry Anthony of Coast Bank
won a set of Taylor Made golf irons donated by Golf Etc.,
and a big-screen TV from Lutz, Webb & Bobo law firm.
Richard Bergquist won the putting contest, Lou
Saccocio won closest to the pin, Rick Weaver was clos-
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First-place winners were Pat Osburn, Nick Zec,
Vince Mercadante and Corky Taylor, who formed the
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Exotic critters musseling out native wildlife
Florida must lead the country in housing exotic
wildlife, and that statement doesn't even include the
wild life in Joe Redner's strip clubs in Tampa or the
antics along South Beach in Miami.
Non-native plants and animals have descended, or
crawled, into, onto or along Florida's shores at an
alarming rate in the past few decades. The invasive
species tend to overpower native critters and shrubs,
upsetting the fragile ecosystem that is Florida and caus-
ing untold environmental harm.
We've got, in part:
Australian pines, imported from Down Under to
serve as windbreaks and soil stabilizers. The quick-
growing pines have a shallow root structure that tends
to topple in high gusts, eroding the shoreline and de-
feating its original purpose.
And before the phone calls start, yes, I like the
sound the wind makes as it rustles through the pine
needles at night and, no, I'm not an advocate of total
removal of Australian pines, but do favor a gradual
replacement of the trees with native stock.
Brazilian peppers, imported from South America,
don't have many good qualities other than creating a
near-impenetrable jungle that is a monoculture that
stifles other plants. The berries do make the birds
happy, though robins in particular tend to gorge on
the little bright red fruit and get so drunk that it's all
they can do to fly in wobbly circles, sometimes smack-
ing into trees and windows.
Cattails are proving to be a huge problem in the
Everglades, with growth measured in terms of acres per
day of expansion into the sawgrass. Another monocul-
ture is forming, thanks to the cattail expansion.
And don't forget hydrilla, which is choking the
lakes and ponds of the center of the state and costs
millions a year to remove.
In fact, the feds spend better than $1 [billion a year
in trying to curb the spread of thousands of non-native
plants, animals and insects that infect the nation.
Florida seems to be the tollbooth through which all
those exotics pass.
And now there are reports of the Asian green mus-
sel spreading throughout the state's waters.
The mussels' first real appearance was four years
ago in Tampa Bay. Biologists figure they were pumped
out of a ship's bilge that came from the Far East. With
no predators here, they began to flourish not a dif-
ficult thing, since they begin reproducing at the tender
age of two months.
The mussels are obviously bright green, grow to
about 4 inches in length, and clump on almost any
structure. Like most exotics, they quickly overpower
the native oysters.
In four years, the mussels have spread to the Char-
lotte Harbor area and have been spotted on Florida's
east coast as far north as St. Augustine. They've also
overwhelmed parts of Jamaica and Trinidad, thanks to
other boats and other presumed ballast water dis-
The latest problem the little bivalves have caused
is in the Tampa Bay Water desalination plant near
Apollo Beach. Mussels are growing like crazy along
the inflow pipes for the plant, and filaments from the
critters are clogging the filters that are integral to the
salt-removal process of turning bay water into drink-
Thanks to the Asian green mussels and some
other problems the plant is woefully behind sched-
ule of producing 25 million gallons of drinking water
a day, and plant builders and water officials are at log-
gerheads over what to do with the $110-million treat-
At risk is a $23-million performance bond that the
plant operators put up to get the water flowing.
At peak capacity, by they way, the plant will take
40 million gallons of seawater daily and force it
through 10,000 tightly woven membranes to produce
25 million gallons of potable water and 15 million gal-
lons of brine.
What is irksome is that the mussels didn't just
show up very recently. Officials discovered the mus-
sels four years ago on the screens of the intake pipes as
the plant was being built.
They were able to build some better screens, and
divers have been scraping away at the little green dev-
ils, but there is something called byssal threads that the
mollusks use to attach themselves to structure. It's
those threads that are literally gumming up the mem-
branes of the plant.
There is some kind of cleaning solution that can be
used to get the threads out, but plant operators have to
deal with what to do with the cleaner and buy the
stuff which is jacking up the price of doing business
and delaying the full-scale operation of the plant.
Never let it be said that exotics are a good thing.
Gun sale advertising ban
Big newspaper news: Many of the newspapers that
come out every day have decided to halt the placement
of classified advertising for guns by anyone other than
registered gun dealers.
The move comes in the wake of some guy who
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used it to kill someone. Since the shooter was a con-
victed felon, he couldn't have bought a gun from a
regular dealer, but handgun sales between individuals
are not regulated as regularly.
For its 11 years of publishing, The Islander has not
accepted gun sale ads.
And before the phone calls start on this issue, please
understand that it's not that we're anti-gun or even pro-
gun. It's just that the whopping $9 revenue of a classified
versus the grief of what could happen just isn't worth it.
We value our family friendly newspaper and long ago
agreed with a former Anna Maria Elementary School prin-
cipal to accept no such advertising.
Jack Rudloe returns
Marine biologist and author Jack Rudloe has just
published his first fictional mystery novel, "Potluck,"
and it is a pretty good read for anyone interested in
reading about shrimping, drug smuggling or the Florida
Rudloe's main character, Preston Barfield, is a
hardworking shrimper out of Carabelle who has a preg-
nant wife and a slew of bills to pay. He runs into hard
times when his boat engine blows and he's forced to
make ends meet in a rather unconventional way.
Rudloe is the founder of Gulf Specimen Marina
Laboratory in Panacea, Fla. I've always thought that he
was the genesis of fellow Florida author Randy Wayne
White's Doc Ford character. At the very least, Rudloe-
the-man deals with the same sort of marine life that
Ford-the-character ekes a living from in White's books.
And, like White, Rudloe is a staunch proponent of
commercial fishing. As his shrimper character puts it
"The reason all these environmentalists and bu-
reaucrats are against us is not because they think we're
drowning turtles, tearing up the bottom or catching too
many shrimp. It's because they're jealous. Most of
them are chained to their desks while we're out in
God's country living life. It's just that it's damn hard
making a living doing it, or we wouldn't be here."
The Tampa Bay Water desalination plant if and
when it gets up and running will be the largest desal
facility in the United States.
Budding martial artists took
their first step into karate,
earning yellow belts at
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Fitness Center. Left to right are
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Real good redfish action in backwater right now
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Redfish are the big news in fishing this week, with
the tasty reds hanging around almost every seagrass flat
in the bays right now.
Offshore grouper fishing is good to excellent right
now, although the best results are still a bit farther out
in the Gulf of Mexico than usual.
Snook are along the beaches, apparently waiting
for the water temperatures to drop before they start
moving into the bays.
Mackerel action was a little slowed, but is expected
to pick up later in October.
By the way, according to the Florida Department
of Agriculture, Spanish mackerel are caught off both
Florida coasts. "Their slender bullet-shaped bodies are
blue and silver, spotted with golden yellow or olive
ovals and are distinguished from the Cero or King
Mackerel in having these spots without stripes on the
sides, and in lacking scales on the pectoral fins. Span-
ish Mackerels are members of the large family of fish
that include the tunas and other mackerels. Although
these fish vary greatly in size, they share many com-
mon characteristics including being very fast, power-
ful swimmers. The average size of Spanish mackerel is
2-3 pounds, while a weight of 9-10 pounds is consid-
"Spanish mackerel are considered coastal pelagic
finfish, forming immense, fast-moving schools that
range the open seas of the Atlantic Ocean from New
York to the Gulf of Mexico," the agriculture officials
continued. "In the late summer and early fall, this spe-
cies migrates southward to spend the winter and early
spring along Florida's southern coast."
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
mangrove snapper are being caught along the
Intracoastal Waterway, with some up to 16 inches in
length. Mackerel action was slower than last week but
is expected to improve, and he is getting lots of good
reports of redfish near the mangroves in the bay, with
most being within the slot limit.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said his charters have been catching lots of red-
fish in Terra Ceia Bay, with some up to 25 inches in
length, trout to 19 inches in front of Rattlesnake Point
Winners in the Sept. 27 horseshoe games
were Ron Pepka of Bradenton and Tom Rhodes
of Cortez. Runners-up were Jack Cooper of
Holmes Beach and George McKay of Anna
Winners in the Sept. 24 games were Pepka
and Jimmy Spencer of Bradenton. Runners-up
were Herb Ditzel of Anna Maria City and
The weekly contests get under way every
Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna
Maria City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There
are no membership fees and everyone is wel-
FISH TALES WELCOME
We'd love to hear your fish stories, and
pictures are welcome at The Islander.
Just give us a call at 778-7978
or stop by our office in the
Island Shopping Center,
King-size cubera snapper
Justin Gray, left, and Capt. Pete Ro.thlr are pic-
tutred with G ray's 30-1po1ud cubera snapper caught
about 40 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico aboard the
and some small snook.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said red-
fish are about as thick as they're going to get in the
backwater right now, with reds lurking around almost
every seagrass flat in the bays. Snook are hanging
around the beaches, waiting for the water temperature
to drop a bit before moving into the bays. Mackerel
action has slowed a bit, but should pick up later this
month, and grouper fishing offshore is generally excel-
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lent, but you still have to go out a little farther for the
best results, he said.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
lots of redfish are coming to the dock. Trout fishing is
excellent right now, with most in the 15- to 20-inch
range. Mangrove snapper are making a good showing,
and a few black drum are still being caught in the cut.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's still find-
ing snook fishing to be pretty good, with some
linesiders coming aboard at better than 35 inches in
length. He's also catching lots of reds.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's getting a good
mixed bag of mackerel, snapper, trout, redfish and a
few keeper-size snook.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said his charters have been limiting-out on
grouper on most days, with reds being the best bets, al-
though he has caught a few gags to 16 pounds. He's
also catching mangrove, lane and yellowtail snapper.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said he's seeing
huge redfish to 35 inches being brought to the deck,
plus mangrove snapper, one 15-pound permit and a 5-
Anglers at the Anna Maria City Pier report some
spotty mackerel action, some mangrove snapper, a
barracuda, some keeper snook at night, lots of yellow-
tail jacks and a few flounder are starting to show up.
On my boat Magic, we have been catching better
than 30 redfish per trip, some up to 30 inches in length,
plus some trout to 20 inches and mangrove snapper to
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a long-time Island fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and imay be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holnes Beach, or e-mailed to
email@example.com. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a tnamne and phone numberJ or more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.
Tennis league forming
West Bradenton 12-year-olds Clay
Shepherd, Chelsea Raker and Jen
Tinnell, along with Anthea Rokop, 7,
of Longboat Key and Island Youth
Tennis League director Laurie Tinnell
are ready to play in the newly formed
league. Evaluation sessions will be
held 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, and
again Oct. 11 at the Cedars Tennis
Club on Longboat Key. Beginners
through advanced players will be
placed on teams according to ability
and age. Contact Tinnell at 224-0207
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526 Bayview PI ............. $725,000
243 Willow Ave............. $895,000
CONDOS, LOTS & DUPLEXES
Westbay Pt Moorings #86. $395,000
4915 Gulf Dr ............. $1,715,000
Beachwalk Townhomes II up to. $539,000
308 55th St. Lot ........... $219,000
408 Pointsetta Rd ........... $495,000
710 North Shore. Lot ..... $279,000
747 Jacaranda. Lot ......... $389,000
Water's Edge #110N ....... $759,000
Sun Plaza West #202 ..... $409,000
3818 Sixth Ave ............. $440,000
3810 Sixth Ave ............. $425,000
Bayou Condo 5C ........... $289,900
Spanish Main #702 ....... $235,000
Bradenton Beach Club..... $849,000
Island Village #124 ......... $350,000
606 North Shore Dr. Duplex $725,000
210 Pine Ave. Multi ........ $599,000
427 Pine Ave. ................ $695,000
12106 Cortez Rd. ........ $1,500,000
PAQE ,26,H i ,T, -20043 ,THE ISLANDER,
TWO-PIECE SECTIONAL sofa with queen-size
sleeper. From Carolina Sofa. Great for home or
rental property, $275 or best offer. Dresser with mir-
ror, two nightstands, $250 or best offer. 778-2581.
SALE NIKI'S ANTIQUE Mall. Select antiques 25 per-
cent off; R.S. Prussia and Nippon Chocolate pot set
20 percent off; sterling jewelry and select gifts 50
percent off. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Open
seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 779-0729.
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 avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open Tuesdays, Thursdays
9:30am-2pm; Saturdays, 9am-noon. Donations
Wednesday, 9-11am. Summer clothing clearance
sale. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 779-2733.
HUGE RUMMAGE SALE: Saturday, Oct. 4, 9am-
1pm. Jewelry, books. St. Bernard's Activity Center
43rd Street, Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 3-4, 8am-
3pm. Bedroom set, wicker dining room set, couch,
miscellaneous items. 622 Key Royale, Holmes
TWO HOUSE yard sale: Saturday, Oct. 4, 8am-3pm.
Art prints, lawnmowers, appliances. Furniture, tools,
fishing supplies, potted plants, assorted nice stuff.
240 Chilson, Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE: Saturday, Oct. 4, 8am. Ladies
clothes, household and outdoor items, jewelry,
purses, crafts, ab-machine. 518 Bayview Drive,
Buying, Selling, Renting? We Can Help!
1212 64TH STREET, NW.
SO l NORTHWEST BRADENTON
just off Riverview Blvd. Close
S. to Warner's Bayou. Updated
2BR/2BA home in wonderful
72. ..,..p neighborhood. Newly land-
escaped, freshly painted, new
S- 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.
rISOS 2910 GULF DRIVE
Don t DUPLEX WEST SIDE OF GULF
in: .S DRIVE! Charming duplex, short
half-block to beach. Continue
_ using as duplex or convert to
larger single-family home. Re-
S cent updates include tile floors,
.. exterior and interior paint,
newer A/C, wooden deck. Large 2BR/1BA and 1BR/1BA. 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.
IN SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
MOVING SALE: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 3-4, 9am-
3pm. Furniture, beds, appliances, books, tools,
household miscellaneous. 119 48th St.,
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. $500 or best
offer. Call 812-3455.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$3,100, or best offer. 730-9622.
BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vacation
or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
2000 154CC SAILFISH: Very low hours, bimini top,
full canvas, trailer, like new. $9,500 or best offer. Call
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, maneu-
vering or electronics usage, 778-4548.
BOAT SLIP FOR RENT!! Deep sailboat water slip/
dock with car parking available. In prime Holmes
Beach location. Call 778-4675.
EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS. Summer spe-
cial: fifth and sixth person free with four paying cus-
tomers. Sunsets, snorkeling, Sarasota Bay, Egmont
Key and more. Custom tours available. See dolphins
all day! Hourly, half-day and full day. Call 778-7459
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
Gabe Top 4.. worldwide Charles
BIMINI BAY 6BR/6BA
Bayfront home. Great views,
deep water, pool and spa.
Sailboat water. New construc-
tion, 5BR/5BA, pool/spa.
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ANNA M1 \RIA IBR h:ncme ANNA MARIA beachhouse
one hi'ck ,:', beach. renu.1-2ed with guest cottage, and sepa-
inside and out. New pool rate buildable lot. $1,950,000.
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
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.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Eighth-grade
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
experienced 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.
EXTREMELY BUSY non-profit office seeks out-
standing team player. Verbal, written, communica-
tion 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! Qualifica-
tions: Proven knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel.
Must be responsible, organized, accountable and
detail oriented. Must have initiative and the ability
to anticipate needs and make it happen. Confiden-
tiality is a job requirement. Must have stable work
history, excellent multi-tasking skills. Professional
manner, dependable with ability to work indepen-
dently and pro-actively in a fast-paced environ-
ment. E-mail your resume to
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 778-1908.
EDUCATION ADMINISTRATOR: After-School
Education Administrator responsible for fifth grade
program and staff management. Monday-Friday,
20-30 hr/wk. Flexible hours: 12:30pm to 6:30pm.
$10-$15/hour. Fax resume to 778-9511 or e-mail
to: email@example.com. AMICC is an equal
opportunity, drug-free workplace.
DISHWASHER/PREP HELP wanted at Ooh La
La! Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Apply in person Wednesday-Saturday, or call
Chef Damon, 778-5320.
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"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gull Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site annamariareal.com
THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. -1, 203' '2"
HEFLPrWANTED HEATH CAk 1[,-. RE otinued S:1rERVCE onine
HOUSEKEEPER, CLEANING, ironing, grocery.
Must have experience and ability to make house
shine part-time, full-time, hours flexible, up to $10/
hour. (917) 747-3229.
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.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. We
need you! Call 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at Turtle Watch. AMITW
is seeking volunteers with customer service or retail
experience. Greet and inform visitors at our educa-
tion center and/or to help with nesting activity on our
beaches. Training is provided, please contact the
Turtle Watch Education Center for more information.
Amy Talucci or Suzi Fox, 778-1435.
ASSISTED LIVING: Haven Home Bradenton Beach
is admitting residents. Day care and drop-offs. Re-
spite, long term. Call 779-0322 for details, inquiries
M I I" I I; V
ASSISTED LIVING: Small group home with per-
sonal care is now accepting new resident. Call
Maryjane, owner/nurse, 757-1141. License no.
REGISTERED NURSE private setting. Licensed
massage therapist. Extensive knowledge in the
healing arts. Prenatal, newborn and Swedish deep
massage. Raindrop therapy. Beautiful garden set-
ting. 778-3900. License no. MA0005413.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $25 per hour- free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!
THIS UNIT HAS IT ALLI 2BR/2BA with two GREAT NW LOCATION 3BR/1BA tons of po-
balconies and views of the bay and Gulf. tential here. Not far from the river. Fenced
Turnkey furnished. Totally updated and yard with fruit trees. Cute little doll house. Just
cleaner than new. Enjoy the heated pool and reduced from $139,900 to $134,900. Owner
private boat dock. Great rental income. anxious! Call Jane Grossman or Nicole
$379,000. Call Ed Oliveira, 705-4800. Skaggs at 778-4800 or 795-5704.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS 2BR/2BA
ground floor unit. Turnkey furnished with
newer appliances, washer/dryer and recent A/
C replacement. Well maintained unit with view
of large pool and greenbelt. Ready to move
in. $310,000. Call Dick Maher or Dave Jones
at 778-4800 or 713-4800.
KATHY & MIKE'S CLEANING Service: Delivering a
standard of excellence for all your interior and exte-
rior 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.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing call 713-5967.
BENNETT'S APPLIANCE/AC and Household Ser-
vice. Service all brands, eighteen years experience.
All repairs warranteed. Call 746-8984, cell
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 pri-
vate homes, condos, rentals and seasonal homes.
Concierge services and home watch. Call 792-6660.
FRANKIE'S TREE SERVICE, formerly John's Tree
Service. Free estimates. Tree trimming, topping,
pruning, removal, fully insured. Call 723-3340, or
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.
COMMERCIAL LOT Seller is a builder. Will
build to suit if needed and go through the pro-
cesses with the County to obtain permitting.
Going through initial process now. Perfect lo-
cation for a doctor or lawyers offices. Zoned
PRM $320,000. Call Cindy Grazar at
778-4800 or 504-5176
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA wonderful setting in
sought after Holmes Beach with Gulf view from
glassed in lanai. Well maintained unit with new
appliances. $269,000. Call Quentin Talbert for
more information 778-4800 or 704-9680.
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IRREPLACEABLE TRI-PLEX Totally reno-
vated and steps to beach. Some Gulf and Bay
views. One of a kind location. Breezy Key
West style ambiance and charm. Motivated
seller. $499,000. Jane Grossman or Nicole
Skaggs at 778-4800 or 795-5704
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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.
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
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nearly all points in between. These news-hungry subscribers can't wait to
get their hands on "the best news on Anna Maria Island." And now avail-
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Service Quality & Dependable Service.
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
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THE ROYAL MAID Service, licensed, bonded, in-
sured. Professional, experienced maids, free es-
timate, gift certificates available. Please call
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around."
BASKETS OF CARE. Send love and care to a
loved one or friend in time of loss. Hand-picked
quality items. Lynn, 761-7950 or 320-7581.
CLEANING SERVICE: House, office, carpet, floors.
Free estimate. Call Manuela, 758-2766.
TREE SERVICE: Topping, trimming, removals.
Palm trimming. 15 years locally working on Anna
Maria. Phil Brewer, 545-4770.
COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training, main-
tenance, virus and Spyware protection. Island na-
tive. Call John Baird, Matrix PC, 708-6541.
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!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. Call
779-0851 or cell 448-3857.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in
town and the best results from classified ads and
service advertising! More classified equals more
T&A LAWN CARE SERVICE. If you're not satisfied,
try us. Prompt, courteous and dependable. Full
service guaranteed. No job too small. We also do
tree trimming. References. Free estimates. 812-
2565 or 812-0368.
MANATEE MOWERS LAWN Service. Mowing,
trimming, edging, blowing. Call for free estimate,
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING services. Quality lawn
and landscape maintenance at incredible prices.
See our display ad in The Islander for a special of-
fer. Free estimates. Insured. Call 778-2335 or 284-
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
SANDY'S LAWN SERVICE. Celebrating 20 years of
quality and dependable service. Call us for all your
landscape and hardscape needs 778-1345.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free es-
timates. Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone"
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Inte-
rior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call cell 778-6898 or
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT Interior/exterior paint-
ing, pressure washing and wallpaper. For prompt,
reliable service at reasonable rates, call Kevin at
704-7115 or 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Decks, hardwood floors. Homes, rentals. A.J. Win-
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.
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MINOR HOME REPAIRS Great rates, references.
Call Rick, 750-8366.
PAINT & TILE Home repair service. Best price!
Satisfaction guaranteed. Free estimate. 524-0088.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light
carpentry, plumbing, electrical, grass cutting, tree
trimming, light hauling. Call 778-6170.
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-
ANNUAL RENTALS: Half duplex, 2BR/2BA, new
ceramic floors, $750; 2BR/1 BA, stackable washer/
dryer hookup. $725; New tile floors, stove, refrigera-
tor, 1BR/1BA, $650. Dolores M. Baker Realty,
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences. Summer
rate, $1,200/week. Please call 778-2541 and leave
message or call (813) 752-4235. 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.
GULFFRONT AND BAYFRONT condos, 3BR/2BA
and 2BR/2BA. Great location, pool, tennis, special
owner discounts, weekly and seasonal. Call (901)
301-8299 or e-mail: email@example.com.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.
AVAILABLE NOW 2BR/2BA bayview condo near
Publix, public beach. Unfurnished, Old Florida Re-
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some lo-
cations. Units are complete. Rates seasonally ad-
justed. $375-$775/week, $975-$2,275/month. (800)
977-0803 or 737-1121. www.abeachview.com.
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.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1 BA, 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-
maculate ground-level home. Nonsmoking, no pets.
(813) 961-6992 or e-mail:
NEWLY REMODELED 2BR/1BA duplex in
Bradenton Beach. Just steps to beach. First, last,
deposit. (757) 253-2382.
WINTER RENTAL 2BR/2BA on Anna Maria Is-
land, three blocks to Gulf. Fully furnished, large
yard, Jacuzzi, garage. Available now through
June, $1,950/month. Rent for five months at
$1,850/month or six months at $1,800/month. E-
mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call
2BR/1BA VILLA in Bradenton, 55 plus, excellent!
Furnished or unfurnished, washer/dryer, carport, no
pets, nonsmoking. Nice community. $695/month.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX, tropical 2BR/2BA, ga-
rage, screened lanai, remodeled, shady, quiet, un-
furnished. Nonsmoking, no pets. $975/month an-
nual. Call 776-1789.
SPECTACULAR SARASOTA BAYFRONT. Annual
rentals. Quiet south Bradenton Beach. Furnished
and unfurnished 1, 2 and 3BR. $850/month-$1,350/
month. Please call 545-3285.
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.
HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA, duplex, lower level,
clean, new carpet. First, last, security. $950/month,
no pets. Call 725-4190 or 794-2912.
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AISLD R IC A-S- I[ I .E- D
CONDO FOR RENT or sale. Turnkey Holmes
Beach, 2BR/2BA, two pools, tennis, one block to
beach. Principals only. Call 756-0132.
HOLMES BEACH CANALFRONT home, 2BR/2BA,
completely furnished, garage, laundry, dock, many
extras. $750/week, $2,000/month. Call (813) 286-
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.
COMMERCIAL LEASE: Prime commercially
zoned space on Anna Maria Island located on a
major artery. Great visibility. Approximately 2,800
s.f. Attractive building fronting on two streets.
Excellent parking. For information call owner/
Realtor, 745-0959 or 794-8991.
PERICO ISLAND Brand new 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Maintenance-free home. Lakefront, all ap-
pliances, amenities, clubhouse and pool. Annual
lease. $1,550/month-$1,450/month. Call 798-3885.
ANNUAL 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.
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$159,000 OFF THE ISLAND Caged
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$425,000 BUILD YOUR ISLAND
DREAM HOME Canalfront lot
available in Holmes Beach. IB90367
$499,000 WATERFRONT LIVING
Key West style, elevated pool home
on deep water canal in Flamingo
$599,000 -ISLAND FOURPLEX Excellent investment
for this well-maintained island fourplex! IB93309
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
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ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH elevated duplex, 2BR/
2BA, 1.5 blocks to beach. Freshly painted, new
carpet, new stove, dishwasher, carport, washer/
dryer hook-up. Call 778-3744.
NEW FOR SEASON: Bayfront 2BR home with
dock, $3,000; Elevated 2BR villa, pets OK, $2,400;
Palma Sola Harbour, 2BR condo with dock, $2,100.
Call Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
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:
2BR/1 BA TOTALLY renovated duplex with under-
cover parking, storage area, washer/dryer. Steps to
Gulf and bay. 2516-E Avenue B in Bradenton
Beach. Call (813) 300-8543 or (941) 778-0635.
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 792-0973.
OCTOBER SPECIAL 1BR/2BA furnished, spa-
cious, steps to beach on Anna Maria Island,
cable, washer/dryer. Only $395/week, plus tax.
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:
ANNA MARIA GULF & BAY VIEW LOTS
246 Gladiolus is an 85-by-101 ft. bay view lot with a
connecting 20 to 50 ft. wice walkway to Bayfroni Park
only 150 ft. away. $300,000.
830 N. Shore Dr.* is an irregular-shaped 50-by-100
ft. Gulf view lot with a 10 ft. wide walkway to beach
directly across street to Gulf, 150 ft. away. $360,000.
832 N. Shore Dr.* is an irregular-shaped 50-by-100
ft. Gulf view lot with a 10 ft. wide walkway to beach
across street leading to Gulf, 150 ft. away. $360,000.
House at 30-S&' N Sno're ro be trom don 31 owners expense
Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
2BR/2BA ELEVATED ANNUAL duplex behind
Holmes Beach Walgreens. Utility with washer/dryer
hookup, large sundeck, carport. $800/month. Call
CONDOS UNFURNISHED RENTAL: Pristine wa-
terfront penthouse. 2BR/2BA annual, $1,400/
month. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
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SMALL OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE, Logger-
head Junction in beautiful Holmes Beach. Small
office park within walking distance to the beach!
930 sf. Inland Southeast Property Management
ANNUAL RENTAL large 2BR/2BA ground-floor
duplex. Garage, washer/dryer hookup. North
Holmes Beach address, on-site owner. $900/
month, plus utilities. First, last, security.
VACATION/SEASONAL RENTALS: Palma Sola
2BR/1BA, pool, $2,200/month. Perico Bay Villa,
2BR/2BA, pool, two-car garage, $2,500/month.
Longboat bungalow, 2BR/1BA, $2,400/month.
Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
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419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
SUNDANCE COTTAGE -' -
This elevated 3BR/2BA home, located on the desirable north end of
Anna Maria, is directly across the street from the Gulf with views
from most rooms. The open greatroom floor plan features a large
kitchen with long breakfast bar, handy adjoining wet bar, French
doors that open onto the wrap-around deck, and high vaulted
ceilings. Impeccably maintained, with easy care vinyl siding, carefree
yard, and plenty of room for a pool. $869,900.
S BROCHURE Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com
BBAt teBRw FZ Fe!
Better Than New!
This Key West style home is just steps to the Bay in Anna Maria. Beau-
tiful wood floors, open design and screened-in front porch that you can
relax and enjoy the unique native landscaping. Take a leisurely walk
to the bay shops and City Pier. A bonus room below wtih extra storage.
This home is a pleasure to show. Call Green Real Estate for additional
OF ANNA MARIA :
778-0455 0 ,-..
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ANNUAL 1 BR close to beach. Ideal for single per-
son. $500/month, $500 deposit. 2110 Avenue B,
Bradenton Beach, 778-6387.
RENTAL WANTED: Professor and wife seek four-
month rental January-May. Two or three bedrooms
with waterviews on Anna Maria. (802) 649-5296 or
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria Is-
land since 1992.
BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR newly decorated canal
home. Park your boat in your own back yard. Avail-
able immediately. Annual lease, $1,200/month. 778-
HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2B elevated duplex unit.
Garage, workshop, open porch/balcony, exterior/
interior entrances, central heat-air conditioning,
washer/dryer hookup, annual lease, $1,200/month,
includes lawn care. 371-8183.
STEPS TO BEACH: 1BR/1BA newly remodeled,
turnkey furnished. Available monthly or 2004 sea-
son. Pictures at www.annamariaislandduplex.com.
Call 779-9697 or (770) 486-9279.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR homes available. Price
range is $1,100-$1,350/month. Fran Maxon Real
BRADENTON BEACH fully furnished efficiency.
Half-block to beach or bayside dock. Quiet neigh-
borhood. Nonsmoking, no pets. $680/month, in-
cludes taxes and utilities. 778-9002.
WOULD YOU LIKE to live at the beach? Check out
our 2BR/2BA fully-furnished corporate units. We
are one mile from Anna Maria Island. Lakeside
pool, hot tub and 24 hour fitness center. Call today,
795-4899. Certain restrictions apply.
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty
parking spaces, contemporary design, great visibil-
ity. $14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor,
388-5514, or call 809-4253.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON Hawthorn Park, 4BR/
3BA, pool and spa, outdoor kitchen, too many
amenities to list. Model condition. $389,000.
Michael Nink, Wedebrock Real Estate, 383-5543.
GULF WATCH: Gorgeous 2BR/2BA turnkey fur-
nished unit with Gulf views.$419,900. Weekly rent-
als OK. www.Latitude27Realty.net or 744-2727.
UNIQUE CANALFRONT HOME, spacious deck,
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.
WATERFRONT LOTS and homes between
Englewood and Boca Grande: Six lots with sea-
walls and two ground-level waterfront homes,
deep water, no bridges, one tip-lot directly on
Intracoastal and bay, your dock to the Gulf in
three minutes. Properties affordably priced from
$220,000. Possible owner financing on some, as
low as 3.5 percent. Call (570) 943-2516.
DUPLEX AWESOME PRICE. 311 63rd. St.,
Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA and approximately
1,100 sq.ft. on each side. $395,000. Call 779-
STEPS TO BEACH home/duplex. 3BR/2BA
home, presently used as 2BR/1 BA and 1 BR/1 BA
duplex. Great bayviews, unique cedar chalet de-
sign. Only $295,000 for quick sale. By owner,
922-2473 or 928-3880.
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.
HOUSE FOR SALE: Clean, bright Westside pool
home. Fireplace, two-car garage. $189,900. Real
Estate Mart, 756-1090.
2BR/2BA COTTAGE near Anna Maria City Pier.
Small lot with some common land. $249,000.
.1 -- HEALTOR.
29Years of Professional Service
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
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.
4L J 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.
SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
S 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
BRO.o 5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
Simply the Best
Spacious 3BR 2BA condo. Most desirable and rarely available model at Pine
Bay Forest Fireplace, two lanais, cathedral ceilings. Ten minutes to beaches.
Like new lust aboul perfect 2BR 2B.A condo with large lanai, laundry, stor-
age Lo,.ely viewss of the bay One of the Island s best buys at $269,000
GULFVIEW Triplex in Holmes Beach
Greatly for seasonal rentals Remodeled wiih ceramic tile granite counters, new
carpel. Central AC's, three electric meters. Deeded beach access, nice views
of Gull, easy care landscape. Location. location, location $749,000
Hidden in oaks, licus, banyan, tropical plants. Hardwood floors. 10-hi
ceilings. Huge screened porch, a real altic Large 100-by-150-11 lot in
NW Bradenlon 10 minutes to beaches, shopping $249,000.
Lovely home wilh 3BR'3BA, garage Tastefully remodeled New dock and
seawall cap. Gorgeous bayviews Irom most rooms. Open spacious floor
plan. Quiet street. $679,000
1 Cortez Lots,
Each 66-by-133 feel. Across from nature preserve. Cleared and ready
for your home in the village on the bay $120,000 each
Anna Maria's Newest Luxury Gulffront Condos...
All Gulfront High Speed Elevators Security Gates Burglar
Alarms All Units Enclosed Garages Pool with Spa* High
Ceilings From 2,160 Sq. Ft. $1,550,000 to $2,275,000.
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20 Quick to cry
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23 "Raise the Titanic!" as
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24 "The Gangs of New
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26 Farm group
27 What an athlete may
29 "In my opinion"
30 Laid bets at a casino
35 Sister of Nephthys
36 Curling broom
38 Nabokov heroine and
39 Putin's yeses
43 "Green Eggs and Ham"
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45 Kelly a k a Weary Willie
48 Results of sunbathing
51 SUNY college town
52 Old TV tubes
55 Some sorority women
56 One in a white hat
57 Model material
58 Get to
59 Golden, in France
60 "Who Moved My
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62 Degs. for English or
64 Abbr. on old Asian maps
68 Winery choices
69 Lex of "Superman"
72 Luxurious livers
74 Put an edge on
75 Cause of some
76 Runoff sites
77 Novelist Morrison
78 Cartoon character
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79 Never satisfied
80 "The Light in the
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82 Baseball throw
83 Sonnet ending
85 Johnny Unitas's team
86 Norm's wife, on
87 Pipes up
90 Easy two-pointer
92 Biblical symbol of
94 "For the Boys" subj.
97 "Golf for Dummies" as
read by actor _
99 "The Little Engine That
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105 Hearty entree
106 1998 Best Screenplay
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108 Like some retreats
109 Stress, in a way
2 Word from a Latin
3 What you're called at
4 Uses a stylus
5 Was on TV
6 Hit the road
7 Oklahoma county seat
8 Dorm employees:
9 Thought about for a
10 Actor Alain
11 Darya river
12 TV family of the 1950's
14 Archaeological booty
15 Bird also called a
16 Van Gogh painted
17 Teutonic trio
19 Bradley and Burns
25 Shade of gray
28 "The Joy of Cooking"
30 Uffizi artist
32 "On the Road" as read
by actress __
33 With warts and all
36 Elaine's last name on
37 Anticipatory times
38 Ne plus ultra
39 "Rabbit Redux" as
read by actor __
40 Fragrant oil
41 Follow feloniously
45 Baseball Hall-of-
46 Big money
47 Bossy remark?
49 Stylized U.S. flag,
51 Cold capital
54 Hunter and Holm
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section of a lens
63 Dept. of Justice
64 Suit material
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73 Co. in Cannes
74 Main Web page
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ANNA MARIA BAYFRONT Full
bayview from this updated 3BR/3BA
home. Beautiful landscaping and private
setting. Boat dock with davits. Short dis-
tance to Beach. Deni Dillon, 383-5577.
UNIQUE WATERFRONT DUPLEX
3BR/3BA has 2400 sq.ft. with bayviews.
2BR/3BA has 1700 sq.ft. with partial
Gulfviews. Each has private two-car ga-
rage. Short distance to the beach. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #91438. $795,000
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
TOTALLY RENOVATED Impeccable
3BR/2BA residence and only one block to
beach. Improvements include new roof,
A/C, windows, doors, electric, Mexican
tile and more. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246.
DIRECT BAYIFRONT Spectacular bay
views from this 2BR/2BA end unit at
Westbay Cove South. Recently updated
with new AC, tile, carpet and paint. Short
distance to beach. Dave Moynihan. 778-
2246. #96388. $289,500.
ISLAND DUPLEX IN BRADENTON
BEACH Best priced Island duplex, 1BR/
1BA each side, vaulted :,.g. Terrazzo
floors. Short distance to beach. Tenants in
place. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246.
THE VILLA ROSA
* family homes in gated
community on canals
in Anna Maria. Start-
ing at $1,500,000.
THE ROSA DEL MAR
ums, pool, approxi-
mately 1,900 sq.ft.,
gated parking, deluxe
a m e n i t i e s.
'H starts at $1,600,000.
THE HIBISCUS Four
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
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
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