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Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: October 22, 2003


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Skimming the news ... Daylight-saving time ends Sunday ... Fall back 1 hour!

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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"

Volume 11, No. 50 Oct. 22, 2003 FREE

Good sea turtle nesting season ends

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
"The last nest is off the beach," said Jo Ann
Meilner, ending the 2003 sea turtle nesting season.
Now comes the grand finale, the awards banquet with
its Sadie award.
Meilner, longtime Turtle Watch activist, said it has
been a good season from several standpoints.
Strictly from the hatching view, it has been a
marked improvement over last year, when only 93
nests favored Anna Maria Island beaches. This year the
beaches hosted 164 nests with 16,878 eggs.
That resulted in 9,164 hatchlings, nearly all logger-
heads, making it alive into the Gulf of Mexico, Meilner

IMS board member

resigns, Hughes

relieved of duties
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
A special meeting of the Island Middle School
Board of Directors was called shortly following last
week's decision to promote Kelly Parsons to executive
co-director alongside Gary Hughes. The meeting was
called by board President Genie Salter to evaluate
Hughes for insubordination and failure to implement
the IMS charter.
The board unanimously agreed Hughes has been
insubordinate to the board and voted to dismiss him
from his job as executive co-director, although an of-
fer is still on the table to retain him in his previous ca-
pacity as the life skills teacher.
Hughes told the board at the meeting that he would
consider resuming his prior position, "only if you pay
me the $42,000 you pay me
now. If not, you're firing

m Board member Pam
Fortenberry was absent
from Tuesday's special
meeting and shortly thereaf-
ter resigned, stating she
could no longer support de-
cisions made by the board.
The issue of insubordi-
Hughes nation rose after several
board members took offense at statements made by
Hughes at the special Oct. 11 meeting, when Parsons
was unanimously promoted. At that meeting, Hughes
stated the board was "showing its inexperience"
through its decision and attempts to micro-manage the
Board member Marlene West demanded an apol-
ogy, which was forthcoming.
Salter said she left the Saturday meeting thinking
Hughes' behavior would be cause for dismissal in any
corporate setting. After reading the definition of insub-
ordination in several labor manuals, Salter said she-
wanted to determine if other board members agreed.
Salter said at Tuesday's special meeting that ac-
cording to her research, insubordination only gets
worse and the behavior continues.
Board member Kim Holmstrom noted that Hughes
did not apologized for his comments. "This is really
hard," she said. "I feel we put our faith in Hughes and

said, a 65 percent hatch rate, which is considered good.
The disparity between eggs and surviving hatchlings is
accounted for by storms that flooded many nests,
predators that took quite a few hatchlings, hatchlings
that strayed from the path to the Gulf and died on pave-
ment and in brush, and just plain bad eggs that didn't
There were fears all season that lights ashore
would lead many newborns fatally astray. Turtles in-
stinctively head for lights upon digging up out of the
nest to the surface. For millions of years the light was
the sparkle of the sea's surface, but now manmade
lights compete.
The fears proved mostly groundless, said Meilner.

"We are overjoyed at how people responded to the
problem," she said, "by turning off or shielding lights
visible from the beach. It's been a wonderful improve-
ment this year."
Florida Power & Light heaved a sigh of relief, too.
It takes care of street lights on the Island, and had
turned off many of them to spare the sea turtles. Now
FPL is turning the street lights back on.
Volunteers and invited guests will be honored at
the annual Turtle Watch banquet starting at 5 p.m. Nov.
I at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron at the northeast tip
of City Island. The major award at the affair will be the
Sadie Award to the person or entity whom judges feel
has contributed most to turtle preservation here.

Bad Bozo, buddies scare up Bradenton Beach
Yes, Virginia, clowns can be scary. Very scary. Especially so at the new Privateens haunted house, where
these goulish laughimongers await unsuspecting weak-hearted souls. The haunted house opens at 7 p.m. and
operates until whenever Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, and Halloween night, Oct. 31. Cost is $4, re-entry
$1. The event is at the firehouse at Second Street and Highland Avenue, a block behind city hall and Tingley
Memorial Library in Bradenton Beach. More inside. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Tidemark going to 'Parliament'

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Parliament Group Inc., a Dallas-based real estate
development company, has joined the Tidemark hotel
and condominium project as a partner, Parliament's
president Robert Crews Jr. said last week.
"The documents are being signed today," Crews
said Oct. 15.
Tidemark managing partner Nick Easterling said
the deal with Parliament still hasn't official closed, but
lawyers on both sides are just "tidying up three years
of paperwork."
"But these guys are moving pretty fast and it
should be closed officially by the end of this week," he
"If things go smoothly, we could start construction

of the marina in November and move forward in Janu-
ary with building construction."
Easterling added that there might be a name change
involved of the company that actually owns the prop-
erty, but the project will still be called Tidemark.
Once units are again put on the market for sale,
they will be priced from $550,000 and up, he added.
"The value of the units has gone up, as has the
entire market," Easterling noted. "There are no more
units selling for $450,000" as was advertised when
Tidemark first began taking reservations. The price of
units already reserved by prospective buyers are unaf-
fected by the increase, he said.
While Crews did not disclose any terms, Parlia-

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IMS co-director ousted?

I feel we were really let down."
Several other members voiced their belief that the
comments were inappropriate and disrespectful.
Noranne Hutcheson also revealed that she heard
from a reliable source that Hughes said he wanted
Salter removed from the board.
West confirmed that Hughes had in fact said he
would like to ask Salter for her resignation from the
board because he did not believe she knew what she
was doing. West felt this comment, which Hughes also
made to some faculty members, was inappropriate.
Hughes admitted his previous statement was
wrong, although he maintained that some board mem-
bers are inexperienced. However, he took issue with
being cited for insubordination.
Hughes said if board members were receiving
complaints from parents, as was noted at the previous
meeting, then it should have been brought to his atten-
tion. Hughes said he not only was not notified about
any dissatisfaction from parents, he had reported prob-
lems of insubordination by Parsons while under his
direction as assistant director.
"It's OK for an employee to be insubordinate to
me, but not to be insubordinate to the board?" Hughes
asked. "When I had insubordinate issues it was blown
off [by the board]. The insubordination by my assistant
director was a constant battle."
Board member Scott Bassett said he was less con-
cerned with the issue of insubordination, but ques-
tioned whether Hughes adhered to the vision outlined
in the school's charter.
Bassett mentioned three policies Hughes had
implemented that he felt were not in the spirit of the
First, he learned Hughes had suspended all project-
based learning, a key element that differentiates IMS
from other public schools.
In his defense, Hughes said he had every intention
of utilizing project-based learning but that it is some-
thing teachers and students need to work towards
gradually. Hughes reminded the board that it adopted
the school improvement plan he developed when they
hired him as executive director. That plan outlined

three schoolwide project-based learning activities to
take place each year.
Bassett said he was also concerned when he heard
that Hughes had developed a policy in which students
would not be allowed to participate in extra-curricular
activities if they were failing in any of their classes.
Bassett believed this would deprive a student from
excelling in the extra-curricular areas for which they
may be talented.
Finally, Bassett voiced his concerns that Hughes
drafted a policy to restrict the number of times students
could be taken off campus by teachers. The Island was
meant to be a classroom, Bassett said.
Hughes said he did not place restrictions on trav-
eling off campus other than to request teachers give
him two weeks notice for a class field trip.
"I believe the charter can work," Hughes said, "but
I don't think you can have it up and fully running in
two and a half months. I don't think you've given me
time to implement the plan I was hired to do."
West reminded Hughes that she recommended he
and Parsons work out their differences with Bassett as
their mediator. "You were friends. You were a team,"
West said. "Why couldn't you have worked it out?
Why did she have to come to the board?"
"Kelly is friends with all of you and she bypasses
chain of command to go to you, as friends," said
Hughes. "Continuously, she was circumventing me and

g, r' Jaws of life
West Manatee Fire and Rescue
SFirefighter Keith Brandon
demonstrate how to operate the
t l "Jaws of Life" lifesaving device
to Anna Maria Elementary
fourth-graders in DeAnn Davis'
class. The students learned
about fire prevention and were
. encouraged to talk to parents
about fire safety with a take-
home safety quiz. WMFR
donated electronic calculators
for the two students from each
class who perform best on the
. h quiz. Islander Photo:
SDiana Bogan

talking to everyone."
Hughes said he did call Bassett about mediating the
situation but a meeting time had not yet been scheduled
prior to the first emergency meeting.
Parsons said the situation was not all her fault. She
claimed that she refused to teach life skills full time as
Hughes requested earlier this month because she is not
qualified nor was she hired to do that job.
Parsons said she has had several animated discussions
with Hughes fighting for the charter and what she believes
is right. "I'm not happy to be here doing this either, but I
don't think it's all my fault this is happening."
Bassett noted that staff at the school was not bound
by a contract and employees and employers can part
ways without any reason.
"If we've lost confidence in our director, we don't
need a reason to part," Bassett said, "but we don't do
anything without a reason. We do it for the vision of
our charter, which we try to adhere to."
Bassett stated that in terms of having a leadership
team implementing the charter, the board should move
in a different direction, although he respects Hughes'
contribution to the school.
The board agreed to retain Hughes until he and
Bassett can negotiate the board's offer to reinstate him
as the school's life skills teacher.
The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7
p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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Anna Maria candidates divided on diverse issues

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's five city commission candidates in
the Nov. 4 election current City Commissioner John
Quam, 64, Carol Ann Magill, 60, Jeff Smith, 62,
Randall Stover, 57, and Dale Woodland, 55, met
with The Islander staff and members of the public Sat-
urday, Oct. 18, for a roundtable discussion of issues.
Judging by the answers to questions posed by The Is-
lander, there's little agreement among the candidates
on how to solve some of the city's long-standing prob-
Carol Ann Magill has lived in Anna Maria for 25
years and is a long-time political activist in the city. She
has been a member of the city's code enforcement
board and environmental education and enhancement
She said this is her first attempt at public office and
her experience as a social worker and "finding compro-
mises," along with her active involvement with the city,
will serve her well as a commissioner.
John Quam is a first-term city commissioner who
is seeking re-election. He retired to Anna Maria in 1997
after working for the BASF Corporation for 35 years.
He has served on the city's planning and zoning board.
He said his current commission experience will be an
asset during a second term.
Jeff Smith is an eight-year Anna Maria resident
who retired from Ford Motor Company after 31 years.
He ran unsuccessfully for a city commission seat in
February 2003. He believes his experience in business
and industrial management is well-suited for a city
Randall Stover is a first-time candidate for public
office who has lived in Anna Maria 20 years. He owns
his own company on the Island, and believes his 20
years experience as an independent businessman and
"common sense" are what's needed for a city commis-
Dale Woodland moved to Anna Maria when he
was 4 years old. He also owns his own business on the
Island and has twice run unsuccessfully for city com-
mission. He is currently a member of the city's plan-
ning and zoning board and comp-plan review commit-
tee, and served on the 1999-2000 parking committee.
Those experiences and his concern for the city will aid
him as a commissioner, he said.

Most of the candidates are not completely satisfied
with the current proposal to establish 171 designated
public parking spaces on streets within the Beach Ac-
cess Zone, an indication this divisive issue will likely
still be a long way from an agreeable solution, even
when the new commission is seated.
Quam voted for the current motion to create an
ordinance to designate public parking spaces within the
BAZ for a one-year trial period but, he said, a lot of
homeowners within the zone "still need parking" in
front of their houses. The proposal "needs some
changes" and further review, he said.
Stover said that while the current proposal is bet-
ter than what exists, it still doesn't address the basic
issue of too many people coming from elsewhere to
park in a residential city. He's not sure permit parking
or parking by designated location is the final answer.
Magill, however, agreed with the current proposal
to establish designated parking spaces that includes
locations for handicapped parking.
Woodland was not in favor of designated public
parking within the BAZ. He would recommend resi-
dent-only permit parking on a one-year trial basis, simi-
lar to what he proposed as a member of the city's 1999-
2000 parking committee. It's "easier, simpler and
cheaper," he claimed.
Smith said that with the current solution, the park-
ing problem "is closer to being resolved now than ever"
but still needs some modification. There's not enough
law enforcement within the BAZ and parking violators
need to be fined so they won't come back to park in the
Of the five candidates, only Stover lives within the

Capital improvement financing
None of the five candidates wants to put the city
into long-term debt with either a line of credit or bond

program to finance capital improvements, although the
current city commission has directed Mayor SueLynn
to explore the possibilities.
Quam wants the commission to first review the
proposed five-year capital improvements priority list
recently submitted by the capital improvements advi-
sory committee and determine what can be financed
from the annual budget.
Smith agreed, but added that a line of credit could
serve as a backup.
Woodland also dismissed any line of credit, saying
that should only be a "last choice" for the city. He
wants the commission and public to completely review
the CIAC priority list and projects from the list should
be planned in the city's annual budget.
Magill said she is also opposed to long-term debt
for the city, but as a commissioner, would review any
proposal for financing.
Stover said the city is "not in crisis" when its an-
nual revenues though taxes are increasing more than 20
"Maybe we should ask the county to give back
some of the [tax] money Cy," he suggested, noting the Is-
land cities taxes provide 20 percent of Manatee County
revenues, but only 3 percent is returned to the three
Stover, Smith and Quam were against the option
used in Holmes Beach of a special assessment to fi-
nance stormwater drainage improvements while
Woodland said he was only in favor of "looking" at
that choice. Magill said she would have to study such
a proposal before making a decision.

Cell tower ordinance:
May we or shall we?
The present city commission is divided on whether
or not to have restrictive or directive language in the
proposed wireless facilities (cell tower) ordinance and
the candidates are no different.
Since the city has already spent nearly $56,000 to
have communications consultant Ted Kreines write the
proposed ordinance, which is "directive" in nature, go
with Kreines, said Woodland.
Magill, Smith and Quam agreed, but Stover said
the ordinance should be directive and mandatory to cell
tower applicants. Quam said he has reviewed two or-
dinances written by Kreines for other jurisdictions and
they seem to be working.

Administrative procedures
and the city commission
With the recent controversy over the mayor's de-
cision to grant the Bayfest celebration a permit, as she
believes the new city charter allows her to do without
presenting the proposal to the city commission, candi-
dates were asked how much "micro-management"
should the commission engage in.
Stover said the charter should never have been
changed in the first place and while the new charter is
"better written," the commission should "oversee" the
actions of the mayor.
Woodland, however, said there should be a "deli-
cate balance" on how much the commission involves
itself in the mayor's business. The Bayfest permit
should have been a "commission item," but handled
administratively by the mayor.
Magill and Smith agreed there should be a balance

Anna Maria
goes around
The five candi-
dates for the Anna
Maria City Com-
mission met
Saturday, Oct. 18,
for a roundtable
discussion of
issues with The
Islander staff.
Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin

that always has to be ironed out between the commis-
sion and mayor.
Quam, who serves as chairperson of the commis-
sion, said if the commission is kept "advised" by the
mayor of what's going on with something like a spe-
cial-event permit, there should be no problem. He did
say discussion of special-event permits will be an
agenda item for a future commission workshop.

Anna Maria Island Community Center
The Center has recently begun a vigorous
fundraising campaign to expand the facility and candi-
dates were asked if the city should fund more than its
current annual budget line item of $23,000.
While all the candidates support the Center, Wood-
land and Quam said they weren't in favor of the city
increasing its annual funding from the budget, and the
Center doesn't want to depend on the city anyway.
Smith said if the Center comes and asks for more
money, the commission should listen and Magill
Stover said the Center can't get bigger to support
more people because the city itself can't support more

Height of construction
The five candidates found an issue they could all
agree on. None of the candidates favored increasing the
city's current height of construction limit of 37 feet
above the crown of the road.


Anna Maria City
Oct. 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Con-
sent agenda, reports and updates, mayor's update, Farm
Week proclamation, building official appointment, city
employee handbook, second reading and public hearing
on yard waste ordinance, second hearing and public hear-
ing on high grass and abandoned property ordinance,
second reading and public hearing on wireless services
ordinance, capital improvement proposal for 2003-04, line
of credit program requirements discussion, and public
Oct. 27, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Oct. 29, 10 a.m., citizen recognition committee meeting.
Oct. 29, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
Oct. 28, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
Oct. 22, 7 p.m., planning commission public hearing.
Oct. 24, 10 a.m., veteran's memorial dedication.
Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board meeting.
Oct. 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work ses-
sion to immediately follow.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Plan-
ning Organization meeting, Sudakoff Hall, USF-New Col-
lege campus, Sarasota.
Oct. 28, 4 p.m., Solutions To Avoid Red Tide meeting
Holmes Beach City Hall.


Growth tops debate in Bradenton Beach

By Paul Roat
The largest field of candidates in recent Bradenton
Beach history explained their platforms and answered
questions before about 30 residents at The Islander's
candidate roundtable Saturday.
The election is Nov. 4. Candidates for the three
vacant ward seats must live within their districts but are
elected citywide. Mayoral candidates may live any-
where within the city, and are also elected citywide.
Three candidates are seeking the office of mayor:
incumbent John Chappie, Vice Mayor Bill Arnold and
Commissioner Dawn Baker.
Chappie, 51, is a 30-year resident of the city, and
has been involved in a variety of city issues for 19
years, including stints on- the planning and zoning
board and the city's Community Redevelopment
Agency. He was elected without opposition to the
Ward 4 seat in 1997, was re-elected in 1999, and was
elected mayor in 2001.
He is owner of a lawn care and landscape company
and has been active on city beautification boards and
is also a co-founder of the Christmas Prelude.
"Bradenton Beach has always been a small-town
residential resort community where the trees are taller
than the buildings," Chappie said. "I want us to retain
that unique charm. We are faced with growth manage-
ment issues that we never dreamed of 30 years ago."
Arnold, 73, has been politically active in
Bradenton Beach since 1991, serving on the city's
board of adjustment for five years before taking the
position as commissioner representing Ward I in 1998.
He has been vice mayor for two years.
He retired after 20 years in the aerospace industry,
and spent more than two years in the restaurant busi-
"We need to have some money allocated to the
citizens of Bradenton Beach to upgrade," Arnold said.
"The pier is a disgrace and needs updating, money
needs to be set aside for drainage, and our parks need
Baker, 53, moved to the city in 1991, and served
on the city's planning and zoning board before taking
office to represent Ward 2 four years ago. She previ-
ously worked for the Orlando International Airport, in
part within the planning and development department.
"I was able to change the city's recycling center
from a cost center to a revenue center," Baker said,
"and we will go forward with a curbside recycling pro-
gram, and I feel I was the impetus for that. I was ap-
palled to see our property values go up 24 percent in
one year, and I think it is an artificial increase and that
things will flatten out."
The Ward 1 position has Rick Bisio and John
Shaughnessy facing each other on the ballot.
Bisio, 38, moved to the city in 2000. He has a busi-
ness background, working on putting together relation-
ships between corporations and individuals. He has
served on the city's planning and zoning board for 18
months, and was instrumental in receiving $30,000 in
in-kind contributions for the redesign of Herb Dolan
North Park at 25th Street North.
"My number one priority is implementing the vi-
sion plan," Bisio said. "It will be a full-time job."
Shaughnessy, 69, moved to the city last year after
vacationing here for 23 years. He was involved in the
transportation industry and owned his own travel busi-
ness and readily admits he has "no political back-
ground, but I have a desire to make this place better."
Shaughnessy was also involved in the resident pur-
chase of the Sandpiper Mobile Resort earlier this year.
"Everyone has Bradenton Beach in mind for the
betterment, we're just all on different roads to get
there," he said, adding that "we need written account-
ability for how all the money is being spent."
Tricia Otto and Lisa Marie Phillips are candidates
seeking the Ward 2 seat on the commission.
Otto, 27, is an interior designer who "lives, works
and is a taxpayer in Bradenton Beach." She is a volun-
teer at Tingley Memorial Library and a member of the
Manatee County Art League.
"I'm interested in seeing a balance between the en-
vironment and the economy," Otto said. "My major
issue is recycling, and I'd like to make sure that it is
something the residents can have. I'm concerned about
the tax increase last year, and I would like to see a fair
tax implication."
Phillips, 41, is a 27-year resident of Bradenton

The 'Bradenton
Beach Nine'
Nine candidates are
vying for four seats
on the Bradenton
Beach City Com-
mission. From left
are Lisa Marie
Phillips, Peter
Barreda, John
Shaughnessy, Bill
Arnold, Rick Bisio,
Tricia Otto, Scott
Barr and Dawn
Baker. Not pictured
at far left is John
Chappie. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin

Beach and a working mother. She serves on the board
of directors for the non-profit Sarasota Manatee Asso-
ciation of Riding Therapy, and is a certified grant
writer and project manager.
"I think the city is in a crisis due to overbuilding
and overdevelopment," Phillips said. "It needs a real
strong shaking up, and that's why I'm here. Serious and
bad precedents have been set, and somebody has to be
strong to say no.
"Growth for the sake of growth, with things getting
bigger and bigger, is the same definition as cancer," she
said, "and cancer, if left unchecked, kills its host."
Ward 3 has incumbent Commissioner Scott Barr
facing Peter Barreda for the position.
Barr, 34, is a lifelong Island resident. He was ap-
pointed to fill a vacancy on the commission in mid-
2002 and has served on the commission since. He is the
city's liaison with the Anna Maria Island Community
Center and the Bradenton Beach City Pier. He is in-
volved in the Holiday Heights Civic Association and
management committee and is involved in Safe Place
Inc. He is a real estate broker.
"The city faces some really scary issues," Barr
said. "I want to control growth here. There were times
when I was a kid and couldn't take my bike to Bridge
Street for obvious safety reasons, but that has all
changed. Some people see changes that are positive,
some see changes that are a blemishment. Our taxes
have risen, but the city taxes have gone down.
Barreda, 42, moved to the city 30 years ago. He has
worked in the hospitality business, starting with the
former Trader Jack's restaurant in Bradenton Beach,
and served as a consultant in the industry around the
world. He is the owner of Cortez Kitchen.
"I love this city," Barreda said. "I think that our
trees are no longer higher than our buildings. I want to
keep families intact and not have them run out of the
city because our taxes are too high. It was a great place
to grow up. If you wonder why no one gets involved
in anything, it's because no one knows each other any-
more, and I'd like to change that."
Candidates varied on the stance on a variety of is-
sues posed by The Islander.
The biggest campaign issue in Bradenton Beach is
growth management, and the matter has coalesced into
a non-binding referendum question: "Are you in favor
of eliminating R-3 zoning in the City of Bradenton
Beach, in perpetuity? Yes or no."
The R-3 designation is the highest level of residen-
tial zoning use in the city. According to city codes, R-
3 is a multi-family tourist use which allows up to 28
hotel-motel units per acre, or 22 efficiency, one- or
two-bedroom uses per acre, excepting three-bedroom
units, which are capped at 16 units per acre.
Candidate responses to the issue were varied.
Mayor candidate Arnold said he still had questions
on the matter. "I haven't made up my mind yet because
I still have questions on it. I may not vote at all" on the
Mayoral candidate Baker said she "did not favor it.
The issue of property rights has to be discussed with
developers, citizens and lawyers. I don't know if we
want to eliminate it, but I think the question is where
the R-3 is located."
Mayoral candidate Chappie said "I will vote
against eliminating R-3."
Ward I's Bisio said "I will vote for it. It is an opin-
ion, a direction we should go into, but the devil is in the

details and I expect any execution will be challenging."
Ward l's Shaughnessy said he "favored eliminat-
ing [R-3] unless someone can convince me otherwise."
Ward 2's Otto said she was "not in favor of elimi-
nating all R-3. I think it should be addressed on a case-
by-case basis."
Ward 2's Phillips said she was "absolutely in favor
of doing away with R-3. You have to take a stand and
do away with the end-runs. Anna Maria did it, and it's
time for us to do it."
Ward 3's Barr said "if I had to vote today I would
lean toward no. Every time I get an answer to one ques-
tion, four more pop up."
Ward 3's Barreda said "yes. I want to stop the con-
dos in this city, stop R-3 and stop overdevelopment."
As a corollary to the R-3 debate, should the city
compensate property owners within the R-3 zone if the
higher density allowed there is diminished?
Arnold said "I've been told it will devalue the
property and we could have lawsuits" if the R-3 zone
is abolished. "I don't know. That's why I wanted to
have workshops on it."
Baker said "I don't believe it would diminish
anyone's value and 1 see no need to compensate."
Chappie said downzoning "could diminish prop-
erty value. If we do downzone, I would hope we would
do so in a proper legal fashion and the city would not
have to compensate."
Bisio said "I can't think of many instances where
it would not decrease the value of property. Will the
city be liable? I sure hope not. We need to look at this
where the city is not liable, otherwise it could bankrupt
the entire city.
Shaughnessy said "I don't believe it devalues prop-
erty at all. I don't plan on selling, and if I'm not going
to move, what difference does it make?"
Otto said "it would definitely diminish property
values and there would be consequences."
Phillips said "I don't think you would have to com-
pensate anyone. Perhaps there could be incentives, like
tax incentives, for single-family structures."
Barr said "yes, it would devalue property, and yes,
it would open the city to liability, and yes, I hope the
city takes a direction where we don't have to compen-
Barreda said "no. You can build some nice du-
plexes that would conform to the land codes."
All candidates opposed the creation of another
roundabout at the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection,
although all agreed that such a traffic device at Gulf
Drive near the Leffis Key-Coquina Beach intersection
would be worth pursuing.
All candidates also agreed that consolidation of
services between the three Island cities to a point -
was a good idea worth pursuing. The question allowed
several people to laud the city's public works, sanita-
tion and police departments.
To close the roundtable, candidates were given an
opportunity to ask their challengers a question. Few
availed themselves of the opportunity.
Phillips asked Otto if her connection to the
Bradenton Beach Club she lives, works and pays
taxes there would give her a vested interest in the
project as a commissioner. Otto said no.
Barreda asked Barr what he believed was the number
one asset of Bradenton Beach. Barr said "ambiance."
Barr asked Barreda if the R-3 zone were abolished,
what would replace it? Barreda said he was against R-3.

Commissioners exempt

from drug tests
By Paul Roat -
"Elected officials of the City of Bradenton Beach
are not employees of the city for purposes of the drug-
free workplace policy," according to City Attorney
Dick Groff.
Groff's Oct. 15 opinion may end a question re-
garding a proposal that will appear before the city
commission in November regarding establishing a
drug-free workplace for city government in Bradenton
Drafts of the ordinance called for city commis-
sioners, and candidates for the commission, to be
tested for a wide range of drugs and alcohol. The fi-
nal draft of the proposed law, though, exempted
elected officials from the random drug-test provisions,
according to Groff.
"The important question ... is whether the city
'employs' the elected officials," Groff said in his opin-
ion. Quoting various dictionary definitions, he said
that elected officials are not "'engaged' or "hired' by
the city. If that were the true case, the city would have
the power to choose which officials it wanted, and
would have the power to discharge those officials. The
city has no such power."
For other city employees and department heads,
though, the drug-free workplace police does impact.
As proposed the ordinance:
Requires all new employees to undergo a drug
test for a raft of substances.
Requires employees to undergo random, sample
drug tests throughout their employment.
Calls for employees involved in an accident on
the job to undergo a drug test.
Has employees suspected of using drugs at the
workplace to undergo a drug test as called for by their
department head.
Failure to submit to the testing requirements
would be grounds for immediate employee dismissal.
The ordinance is scheduled to come before the city
commission for first reading Nov. 6 and, based on
positive finding by the commission, public hearing and
final approval probably will be held in December.


Vets memorial will be dedicated Friday

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
The long-awaited memorial honoring Island
veterans of all military services will be dedicated
at ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24.
The memorial is at the Anna Maria Butterfly
Garden, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Nancy Ambrose, who chairs the garden, is a main
mover behind the veterans memorial.
"It will be to honor all veterans on the Island,
and Cortez and other parts of the mainland," she
said. "We wanted to be sure we paid them all
"We hope a great many veterans will attend
the ceremony for them." The audience and par-
ticipants will be seated, she noted, and there's
plenty of parking.
She will make welcoming remarks on the
dedication program, after the prelude by the Is-


meant is expected to provide the cash infusion needed
to settle a number of financial issues for Tidemark
Partners LLC, including a mortgage foreclosure law-
suit of $1.45 million brought by Regions Bank of
Florida, holders of the first mortgage on the Holmes
Beach property.
Crews and Parliament, however, have more to deal
with than just Regions Bank.
Brasota Mortgage Company, named as a defendant
in the Regions Bank foreclosure, filed its own lawsuit
against Tidemark two weeks ago for $1.7 million.
In addition. Porter Constructors Co. of Sarasota
filed a lawsuit against Tidemark on Oct. 8 for $35,000,
claiming it is owed the money for site work.
Regions Bank attorney Scott Cichon confirmed

land Middle School Conch Fritter Band directed
by Jimi Gee.
The honor guard from Kirby Stewart Post 24
of the American Legion from Bradenton will
conduct a flag ceremony, and the Pledge of Al-
legiance will be led by Holmes Beach City Com-
missioner Pat Geyer.
The Conch Fritter Band's vocalists Lydia
Mayernick and Leslie Price will bring a patriotic
song, the dedication proclamation will be read by
Holmes Beach City Commission Chair Rich
Bohnenberger, followed by another patriotic
song by the band and vocalists.
"What Is a Veteran?" will be addressed by
City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens, and the
band will play a conclusion to the ceremony.
Ambrose stressed that it's all open to the pub-
lic, particularly people with any connection to the
military, past or present.

Parliament lawyers contacted him recently about a
settlement, but he's heard nothing further on the issue.
What's unclear is the role Easterling, Tidemark's
developer, will play in the revamped organization, al-
though Easterling said Crews has made it clear he will
"still be on the job."
Easterling said Tidemark has reservations for 17 of
the 40 units at the property and those documents will
have to be rewritten and resigned by all parties to show
the addition of Parliament, an indication Parliament
may now be the majority owner.
The 40-unit Tidemark hotel-condominium-marina
is to be located at the site of the former Pete Reynard's/
Marina Bay Restaurant on Marina Drive.
Tidemark received its construction approval from
the Holmes Beach City Commission in August 2001,
and has a Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion permit to dredge part of the inlet and move a sea-
wall to allow for deep-draft boats to enter the marina.

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Don't be afraid
It's just one hour. The time changes that is. It just
happens to come the Sunday night before Halloween,
which brings on darkness a little earlier in the evening
for little trick-or-treaters, but the same goes for bedtime.
Who can sleep when it's still daylight?
Daylight-saving time ends Oct. 26 at 2 a.m., when
the clock "falls back" to I a.m. Don't forget.

Wind down, up
Turtle season has wound down to a finale that
brings this year's hard workers to a celebration of their
efforts. The nests on Anna Maria's beaches are all
hatched, no more mother turtles are expected, and the
season was far better than last year's meager result in
terms of number of nests and hatchlings sent to the Gulf.
Meanwhile, turtle watching does not end with the
nesting/hatching season. Here it goes on all year with the
introduction this fall of the Turtle Watch Education Cen-
ter and Shop at the Island Shopping Center.
The shop is proudly flourishing, sales are better than
anyone hoped, and Turtle Watch finally has a home.
The season should help fund and enhance educa-
tional programs for schools, lighting programs, public
information and much more. Turtles are on the up and
up on AMI.

School disciplines clash
Clashes this week at the Anna Maria Elementary
School and Island Middle School remind us all is not
roses. In fact, there are such serious problems, it's
scarier than Halloween.
First, for anyone in the community who thinks the
problems are solved and the compromises accepted for
the plans for the new facility are intact, there's bad news.
The construction team began a short time ago whit-
tling away at the school design to bring the construction
costs back to within the $5.9 million budget.
And some of the cost-cutting items considered don't
even have a cost as yet. If you're concerned, you might
want to attend another Thursday meeting at the school,
or e-mail or call Superintendent Roger Dearing at
dearingr@fc.manatee.k 12.fl.us, or 708-8770.
The process, which requires budget cuts before fi-
nal approval by the school board, in spite of promises for
the community's wishes, among other things, is seri-
ously flawed.
More disconcerting, if that's possible, is the situa-
tion with the IMS director's ousting, disgruntled board
members and the ongoing shuffle of responsibilities and
duties of school officials.
It's really scary.

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Why exemptions?
The drug-free workplace is a great idea.
I don't understand why some of the Bradenton
Beach commissioners feel like they should be exempt
from the rule. They are each paid a salary. They are
employees. The drug-free workplace saves on insur-
ance costs and saves taxpayers money.
Drugs, alcohol included, reduce the ability of em-
ployees to do their jobs effectively. Why would the
commissioners feel they should be exempt?
They should in fact be the first ones in line to have
a drug test and make a great community example of
themselves. Maybe some have cause for concern and
therefore fear a drug test. Why else would anyone want
to avoid a drug test for the benefit of our community?
Reed W. Mapes, Bradenton Beach
Are you an Islander?
1 editor's note: John Albright describes himself as a full-
time winter resident who visits the Island to read The
Islander online. Among his achievements is the follow-
ing, titled . You Might Be an Islander:
If you think "no parking" means stay the hell off'
my Island.
If you traded your sense of humor for a hypersen-
sitive disposition.
If you think Pat Robertson is too liberal.
If you support a constitutional amendment guaran-
teeing your right to a Duffy's burger.
If you feel betrayed by the uprooting of an oak tree.
If you think Snooty is an attitude, not a manatee.
If you think of acceptance and tolerance as four-
letter words.
If you took out a second mortgage to pay for your
property taxes.
If you passed a botany class in college because you
correctly identified a marijuana plant.
If you think skateboarding should be an Olympic
Or if you just want skateboarders to go to Palmetto.
If the seven words you cannot say on the Island are:

y'all, ain't, no, designated-driver, share, individuality,
If you have stung more people in the Coconut Tele-
graph than stingrays have stung bathers in the Gulf.
If you are appalled by the idea of turtle soup but
unconscionably scarf veal piccata.
If your idea of barbecue is washing down sushi
with white wine spritzers.
If your child files for free agency and signs with an
agent after leading the 8-9-year-olds in scoring.
If you are your child's agent.
If your idea of work is going to estate sales.
If you gerrymander the school board to ensure your
If you use your gold card when they pass the plate
at church.
If your idea of motivational speaking is "my way
or the highway."
If you think environmental protection is dumping
aesthetically displeasing sand on the beach.
If you think your child deserves an "A" because
you "helped them" with their homework.
If your wrists are suffering from chronic arthritis
because you have stabbed so many people in the back.
If you throw me in jail for writing this.
J. Wimnot A/bright, Rahway, N.J.

Thanks from Tingley
We of the Bradenton Beach Library Board for the
Tingly Memorial Library would like to take this oppor-
tunity to thank Circle Books, Ooh La La! Bistro, and
The Islander for their participation in the Tim Dorsey
book-signing luncheon.
It was a great success and everyone had a wonder-
ful time. We had such fun, we are looking forward to
future such events with great anticipation. Your support
of the library is very important in helping us continue
bringing quality recreational reading to all the residents
of and visitors to Anna Maria Island and the surround-
ing communities.
Coty .Johnson, chair, library board


Tip neighbors complain: Not in top shape

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Residents living near the Tip of the Island pub at
the Palmetto Avenue-Gulf Drive intersection in
Anna Maria were delighted when Robert and Dawn
Kozash bought the business in June 2003 from Terry
and Gloria McKee. The Kozashes promptly an-
nounced they would bring a "family- oriented" atmo-
sphere to the establishment and pledged to work with
nearby neighbors to eliminate prior problems related
to the previous operators.
The Tip's neighbors had been complaining the past
few years to city officials and Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies about late-night loud music,
drug use in the parking lot, vehicles parked on private
property and public urination, among other alleged
They'd even hired an attorney to address the issues
with the city and threatened a lawsuit over interpreta-
tion of city codes relating to the business.
When the Kozashes said they would create a fam-
ily atmosphere and create a new image for the pub, the
concerned residents dismissed their attorney and as-
sumed their problems were over.
The Kozashes said if they had any live music, it
would be inside and more in keeping with an Island
style, like Jimmy Buffett songs.
According to some nearby residents, and notices
made by the Tip, entertainment by full-scale bands
started up several weeks ago. Residents, however,
claim the music is too loud to allow them to sleep af-
ter 10 p.m.
The loud noise from the band got so bad Oct. 3 that
Palmetto Avenue resident Dick Schoenke signed a
complaint with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
and deputies issued Robert Kozash with a "notice to
appear" on a breach of peace violation.
The complaint notice read "inordinately loud
music at 11:45 p.m. Continuing problem adjacent to
residential area and the city continues to do nothing
about complaints." The hearing on the notice is set
for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at the Manatee County Court-

Schoenke said the evening's finale came after the
MCSO told the band to stop playing.
"They opened up all the doors and did a 20-minute
drum solo as loud as possible before they stopped. It
was like saying 'take that' to the neighbors," Schoenke
But it's not the first complaint the concerned resi-
dents have had about the "New Tip" since their initial
euphoria over the change in ownership.
Concerned resident and City Commissioner Linda
Cramer said the Tip recently began having live bands
occasionally on Friday evenings.
"It's not every Friday," said Cramer, "but when
they came in, they said they were going to be a family
restaurant and vowed to change the format."
Since then, Cramer herself has called MCSO depu-
ties twice with complaints about the noise, but no ci-
tation was issued in those instances.
"And we all thought this was resolved" with the
new ownership, she observed.
"Our group had stopped further attorney action
based upon what these people said. Now, we're talk-
ing about rehiring him," Cramer said.
Joe Perricone of 217 Palmetto lives directly across
from the Tip's entrance and made many complaints
under the previous ownership about Tip patrons park-
ing on his lawn, urinating in public and cursing loudly
outside his home.
He had hoped his Tip troubles were over as well,
but the business is going back to its old format of live
music and this is creating problems because the Tip is
in a residential community. he said.
While it's now only on Friday night that Perricone
has a serious problem, that's still one night too many
for him.
Cramer had previously complained in September
2002 to Mayor SueLynn and Code Enforcement Of-
ficer Gerry Rathvon that when the McKees owned
the business they were not in compliance with the
city's ordinance on beer and wine consumption in a
restaulIrant becauseC they had changed the usage and

should not be granted an occupational license, or at
the least cited for a code violation.
The location has had a Florida beer and wine li-
cense since 1981 and use of the premises for alcoholic
consumption was "grandfathered" after the city
changed its own liquor ordinance several years ago.
Cramer had argued that because the Tip no longer
derived at least 50 percent of its business from food
sales, it was in violation of the city's code.
After investigating Cramer's allegations, Rathvon
and City Attorney Jim Dye concluded the McKees
were operating in compliance with the appropriate city
codes and ordinances.
The concerned residents were prepared to chal-
lenge the city's ruling in court until the business was
sold and the new owners pledged a new format and a
better working relationship with the neighbors.
"We felt we didn't need an attorney anymore," said
Cramer. "But maybe we were wrong."
Telephone messages left at the Tip of the Island for
Dawn or Robert Kozash to comment on the breach of
peace notice were not returned.

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The Islander asks, 'Should Bradenton Beach eliminate R.3 zoning?'


By Commissioner Anna O'Brien
You asked me to give you my opin-
ion about why a citizen should vote in
favor of eliminating the R-3 zoning cat-
First, everyone can relax. The ques-
tion on your ballot is a non-binding ref-
erendum question meant to take the tem-
perature of the citizens of Bradenton
Beach regarding the amount of con-
struction we are currently facing. Voting
yes will not generate hundreds of law-
suits and bankrupt the city, as some
would have you believe. Voting yes will
be an indication by you, the citizens, that
you are concerned about the unbridled
proliferation of large, expensive multi-
family housing you see going up every-
where around you.
I can guarantee you that the sky will
not fall if the citizens of this beautiful
little town let their commission know
that they are not happy about it. Should
the majority of citizens express that de-
sire, then your commission will have to
take the next steps.
Second, look closely at those who
are telling you that the city has no right
to take control of its own future, that any
effort to do so will amount to a "taking,"
and there will be hell to pay in expensive
lawsuits. If you look closely enough,
you will see that all this uproar can be
traced to a very small handful of people,
most of whom are concerned about only
one thing their wallets. Basically,
you've got one law firm, one would-be
architect and a handful of developers
who are not finished having their way
with us.

Next, it is absurd to think that
should you ask your commission to stop
this feeding frenzy, that it will not be
vigilant in making the changes in a
thoughtful and legal way. I can assure
you that as long as I am sitting up there,
and even beyond, the city will move to-
ward its goal very, very cautiously and
with great care to ensure YOUR rights
as a citizen. That means that the city will
have to change the way it does business,
and you, the citizens, need to demand
that your mayor get control over the
city's personnel in whose hands this
process sits. It may mean making diffi-
cult decisions regarding the city's land
use consultants (whose fees YOU pay,)
along with the way the citizens' boards
and planning and zoning employees are
Remember, these consultants and
employees are just that; people who are
hired to help us achieve our goals. It's
not their city, it's yours. If they're not
getting the job done the way you want it,
then we need to find someone who will.
What is good for our community is up
to us: not lawyers, not developers and not
city employees. What may be the highest
and best use for one person's little piece of
paradise may well not be the highest and
best use for our community. You have the
right to decide that. If you want a say in
your community's future, by all means do.
A, d if that means you don't want to see
the city turned into Condo Canyon, vote
YES. You can, and should, take control of
your future. The sky won't fall, and maybe
with a little hard work, we'll still be able
to SEE the sky when we drive down Gulf

Anna O'Brien was elected to the
Bradenton Beach City Commission in
2001. She previously served as a mem-
ber of the city's planning and zoning
board and has been an advocate of
growth management.


By David Teitelbaum
Most of the Bradenton Beach city
commissioners agreed last month to
place a non-binding referendum ques-
tion on the ballot to eliminate the R-3
land-use category in the city. If ap-
proved, the results from this survey
would presumably be used to stop de-
velopment, as well as out-of-town own-
ership, and other investment by people
who don't reside here. From a purely
legal standpoint, these politically oppor-
tune objectives are impossible to
Firstly, no general property rights
law in our country requires residence as
a condition of ownership. Secondly, an
attempt to eliminate the city's R-3 land
use would be unconstitutional, as it
would constitute a "taking" of the exist-
ing rights of more than 100-properties.
It would also cause catastrophic finan-
cial damage to the city.
Perhaps a more informed and con-
structive approach would better achieve
the noble objectives of preserving the
character of the town and encouraging
year-round residency. A few sensible -
and legal ideas follow:
Protect existing legal hotels in the
R-3 Seasonal/Tourist areas. Bradenton
Beach came into being as a seasonal re-
sort: The hotels along its R-3 commer-
cial strip have always provided the
city's primary economic function. Ho-
tels bring shoppers, restaurant and bar
customers, and purchasers for all other
services and are a large generator of jobs
and tax dollars for the city. To preserve
the historic character of the town, hotel
use needs to be upgraded and encour-
aged, not eliminated!
Limit duplex rentals to only one
side of the property. Duplex properties
throughout the city are being used in il-
legal ways that defeat the objective of
increasing the resident base. Renting
both sides of a duplex is illegal and con-
trary to the comprehensive plan. Duplex
and single-family homeowners who rent
their units cannot homestead their prop-
erties, although many do.
To encourage legal use that in-
creases residency, the duplex laws
should be revised:
Require all duplex landlords to
register their properties and pay resort
taxes, as the hotels do.
Limit duplex rental in R-3 and R-
2 areas to 30-day minimums, with a

maximum of six rentals per year.
Limit duplex rental in R-1 areas to
annual minimums only.
Change the signage section of the
land development code to eliminate
property rental signs on every street.
Landlords need to advertise their prop-
erty rentals in local newspapers, and/or
list them with the various brokers. That
is how it is done in most well zoned
communities. The honky-tonk look of
the streets defaced with signs in front of
almost every home does nothing to en-
courage the idea of long-term residency.
And it certainly doesn't contribute to the
charm of the city. You can't have resi-
dential areas with permanent residents if
the majority of the city is made up of de-
facto mini-hotels.
Rely on the visioning plan that
was developed last year with input
from the entire community. Many pro-
fessional land-use concepts were gen-
erated last year in a series of visioning
meetings. These constructive results
have been published and are intended
to guide the revision of the compre-
hensive plan and, ultimately, the land-
use sections of the land-development
code. This is how legal changes are
made in every community. Politically
motivated, anti-development referen-
dums may cause a ruckus and get
press coverage, but they seldom effect
meaningful or lasting change.
Every coastal resort community in
the world swells during season, and very
few residents remain year-round. How-
ever, recent demographics may improve
the residency situation, especially here
in Florida. The first wave of baby
boomers is selling up north and many
are buying homes in Florida. Most come
here first on a part-time basis, but once
they taste the sweet life, they end up
becoming permanent residents.
The Florida population is predicted
to grow by 6 million permanent resi-
dents by 2020, and we can assume that
our wonderful area will get its fair share.
The real leadership task of our elected
representatives is to protect the quality
of life that we all enjoy by planning re-
alistically for the inevitable growth, not
by sticking their collective heads in the
sand. I challenge the city to make the
above simple revisions as a start toward
creating a community that new arrivals
will want to call home.

David Teitelbaum is a real estate inves-
tor. He is a founding member of the
Upper East Side Historic District in
New York City and many other historic
preservation groups.

Anna Maria comp plan review under way

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's ad hoc comprehensive plan review
committee has completed the first phase of a two-year
process that will give the city an updated comp plan, as re-
quired by the Florida Department of Community Affairs.
At its Oct. 14 meeting, committee members gave
facilitator Tony Arrant their individual reports that
surveyed every lot in the city for what is actually on the
"This was a difficult task," said Arrant, "and the
members have done very well in completing this ini-
tial step."
Arrant will take the reports and begin identifying

actual land use on a map of the city that committee
members will use to determine new density and zon-
ing requirements for the city, if any.
A slight surprise to some Anna Maria residents
might be that the survey identified several small con-
dominium locations in the city.
Arrant said the committee's "homework" for its
November meeting is to study the city's current Future
Land Use Map along with that maps goals, policies and
objectives and determine what has been successful and
what hasn't with the FLUM since the last changes more
than a decade ago.
Committee members have the task of creating a
new FLUM along with a new set of goals, objectives

and policies.
Preparation of a new comp plan and land-use map
for Anna Maria is expected to take about 18 months,
followed by six months of public hearings before final
adoption and submission to the DCA, Arrant has said
The committee will meet again Tuesday, Nov. 11,
at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.
Arrant, a land-use planner with the nonprofit
Florida Institute of Government for comprehensive
planning services, was hired by Anna Maria to guide
the city through the complex process of revising its
comprehensive land-use plan. The new plan is due to
the DCA in 2005.

There will be another question on the Nov.
4 ballot for electors to ponder, a question that
has plagued other Island cities but has yet to
come to the forefront in Bradenton Beach:
"Do you want to eliminate any variance to
height restriction in the Bradenton Beach code?"


Villa Rosa meets with city to discuss project

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Villa Rosa developers Steve Noriega and Robert
Byrne of GSR Development LLC met with Anna
Maria Mayor SueLynn and other city officials to up-
date them on the status of the project.
The 17-unit subdivision project on South Bay
Drive went through a controversial approval last year
before the city commission, and Byrne and Noriega
have pledged to keep city officials abreast of all devel-
opments at the project.
Villa Rosa has received a building permit from
Anna Maria for construction of its model home, said
Noriega, and he hopes to break ground for that aspect
of the development in a few weeks.
The project recently received its final Southwest
Florida Water Management District permit after nearly
10 months of negotiations and changes, Noriega said.
Much of the property has been cleared in prepara-
tion for installation of water and sewer lines and road
construction, Noriega said, but most of the shoreline
vegetation and all the mangroves remain intact.
Villa Rosa recently removed a large number of
Brazilian pepper trees that had invaded the shoreline,
but did not need a permit for that operation.
"We will be doing some mangrove trimming and
we've hired a state-licensed contractor who must ob-
tain a permit from the Department of Environmental
Protection before he can begin," he said.
If anyone complains to the city about the mangrove
trimming or any other aspect of the project, Noriega
pledged cooperation to resolve the issues.
"We've asked the city to contact us immediately if
they have any problems with the project or questions
about what's going on. We want to work with the city
to complete this project," Noriega said.
Mayor SueLynn said the meeting "seemed to go
well" with engineers, contractors and representatives
from Florida Power & Light also in attendance.
Homes at Villa Rosa are expected to start around
$1.5 million.
The project may eventually have 19 units because

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GSR Development owns two lots adjacent to Villa
Rosa and those likely will be incorporated into the fi-
nal plat.
The final plat must be approved by the city before
Villa Rosa can begin selling lots, although reservations
may be taken now, Noriega said.
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The Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce golf
tournament Saturday, Oct. 25, has a ton of entries
already and there's room for a ton more it's
open to "any and all golfers, duffers, everybody,"
said the chamber.
Opening time is 8 a.m. for breakfast, with a
shotgun-start tee-off at 9 a.m. at the W\oodlands
Golf Course in Ellenton. Lunch will be at 12:30
p.m. and awards \\ill be made then. Rei,,,istration
is S45 per person, including golf cart and the
breakfast by Publix.
A spectacular prize, a new Honda Accord
LX. will go to the golfer who scores a hole-in-one
on the 187-\ ard 16th hole. Three other par-3 holes
will carry special prizes for holes-in-one. And
prizes galore will be awarded for just about every-
thing else, the chamber said.
Applications are available at the chamber of-
fice. 5313 Gulf Drive. Holmes Beach. Additional
information may be obtained at 778-1541.

Massage Awareness Week
noted by Island business
Transitions Massage of Holmes Beach is joining the
Florida State Massage Association in noting Massage
Awareness Week this week, said owner Paula Termini, a
registered nurse and licensed massage therapist.
Free chair massages are being offered to
firefighters and emergency medical personnel and
other visitors Thursday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m.-noon at
Station No. 1, West Manatee Fire & Rescue District,
6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Details may be
obtained at 730-0203.

Art league alerts artists to
upcoming exhibit
The Anna Maria Island Art League is advising all
area artists to get their works ready for entry in the
league's annual open exhibition Nov. 7-26.
The exhibit is open to all artists, said Ginger White,
league director. Submissions will be accepted from
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 5-6 at the guild's gallery,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. There is a limit of
three pieces per artist and an entry fee of $5 per piece.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be from
5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, and is open to the pub-
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Additional information may be obtained by calling

Kiwanis kicks off
annual citrus sale
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island launches
its annual holiday citrus sale today, Oct. 22, and con-
tinues through Monday, Oct. 27, at the Publix super-
market, 3900 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
Kiwanians are on hand to take orders at the store
from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. WVednesday and 3-7 p.m. Monday.
Many of these special packages go to out-of-state
friends and relatives of Islanders as gifts for Thanks-
gi Ving anld Christmas. said the event's chairman, James
"Stretlch" Frctwell.
Prices range from $26 to S38. including prepaid
shipping costs anywhere in the United States. which
Fretwell noted is "very competitive to regular catalog
"More than 190 Kiwanis packages were processed
last year." he said. "The majority were repeat orders
from satisfied customers. We expect to increase that
number this year."
For ordering information, Fretwell said, people
may call him at 778-7879 or meet with him and other
Kiwanians at their weekly breakfast at 8 a.m. at the
Cafe on the Beach., Manatee Public Beach at the Gulf
end of Manatee Avenue.
Proceeds go to the club's Island community service
fund, including holiday bell-ringing for the Salvation
Army, Easter sunrise service, Little League baseball,
Valentine benefit dance, and books for Anna Maria
Elementary School.

Saltwater fishing course
starting on Longboat
Registration has begun for a course in saltwater
fishing at the Education Center on Longboat Key, 5370
Gulf of Mexico Drive.
The classes will teach techniques for catching
snook, trout, redfish, cobia, tarpon, grouper and other
denizens of this area, with baits and fishing conditions
part of the course. Capt. Ric Ellis, local fishing guide
for 36 years, will instruct.
Cost is $70 for members, $75 for nonmembers. The
classes will be from 3-5 p.m. on six Thursdays beginning
Nov. 6. Details may be obtained at 383-8811.

Chamber business card exchange
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A business card exchange sponsored by the Anna
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Julian 'Goose' Culbreath

Famed Cortezian 'Goose'
Culbreath dies
By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Cortez' most famous musician, fiddler Julian P.
"Goose" Culbreath, died Sunday just as he had lived
for most of his 87 years within a few breaths of his
Culbreath died of congestive heart failure Sunday
morning, Oct. 19, in Manatee Memorial Hospital. The
day before, he had played at the Hunsader Farms
Pumpkin Festival, as he had done for many years, and
hoped to play again Sunday.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.
22, at the Brown & Sons Funeral Homes chapel at 604
43rd St. W., Bradenton. Funeral services will be there
at 10 a.m. Thursday, with burial in Skyway Memorial
He had gotten a flu shot Saturday morning, then
fell ill on the stage at Hunsader's, so his girlfriend Lyz
Whitfield took him home. Early Sunday he was worse
and the family took him to the hospital, where he died
at 11 a.m.
"It's heartbreaking," said his daughter Lorel
Rhoden of Bradenton. "He was a good, gentle man, a
very good father."
That's how he is being remembered in the historic
fishing village where he spent his life, kind and gentle
and an outstanding musician among a family of musi-
"Snooks" Adams of Holmes Beach, first law en-
forcement officer on Anna Maria Island, grew up with

Goose and remembers the man and his music with
fondness. "We grew up together," Adams said. "We
lived next door, nine kids in each family. The family
would gather in their big living room and play all day
and sometimes all night, drums, piano, guitar, jug, and
Goose on the fiddle." It was the same fiddle he bought
at age 10 for $12, the one he played until he died.
Adams recalled that he and Culbreath 70 years ago
planted Australian pines near the well at the Cortez
schoolhouse "and they're still there." He got his nick-
name even earlier, apparently from a goose he had as
a pet, though stories vary.
Culbreath played for decades in the "Cortez Grand
Ole Opry," traveled up and down the Florida coast
making music, and in 1992 was recognized by the state
as Florida Folk Artist of the Year, recalled Cortezian
Mary Fulford Green. He created the song "Growing Up
in Cortez."
His mother and father came to Florida from North
Carolina as did so many Cortez pioneers, farming on
Perico Island until the hurricane of 1921 wiped out
their farm. They moved to Cortez and never left, com-
mercial fishermen and musicians all.
He and his late wife Maida were fishers, recalled
Walter Bell of Bell Fish Co. "They had a little 'motor
scooter' boat and a skiff they poled, both with nets, and
he tried to get her to work the skiff and she always
ended up in the motorboat."
Bell recalled gathering with other children around
the Culbreath house in the evening, listening to Goose
and other Culbreaths play "and we just loved it."
Nephew Richard Culbreath learned music from his
uncle and then spent 50 years making music with him.
He is among many surviving Culbreaths, including
Goose's daughter and son Lloyd.
"He was loved and respected by everyone," said
Mary Green. "He will be missed but he left a legacy of
music that his family will carry on."
He is survived by son Lloyd; daughter Lorel
Rhoden; companion Lyz Whitfield; 11 grandchildren;
25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Katie Lee Kirby
Katie Lee Kirby, 99, of Anna Maria, died Oct. 14.
Born in Ward, W. Va., Mrs. Kirby came to Mana-
tee County from Belpre, Ohio, in 1997. She was a re-
tired elementary school teacher in West Virginia and
Ohio for 45 years.
There were no local services. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida,
care of Bradenton Hospice House, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home,
Manasota Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by stepsons John A. and Richard,
both of Greenville, S.C.; niece Betty J. Anderson of
Anna Maria; one great niece; and two great-nephews.

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Holmes Beach roundtable nets same-same views

By Paul Roat
The four candidates seeking election to three seats
on the Holmes Beach City Commission displayed few
differences of opinion on the issues during The
Islander's roundtable discussion Saturday.
Incumbent Commissioners Rich Bohnenberger,
Pat Geyer and Don Maloney and challenger Pat Morton
presented their backgrounds, qualifications and
thoughts on a host of matters before about a dozen resi-
dents in their bids for a two-year term on the board. The
three top vote-getters will take office in the Nov. 4 elec-
Bohnenberger, 63, has served on the city commis-
sion for five years, and was previously elected mayor
for a two-year term. He has been active in a number of
state and local governmental programs including Lead-
ership Manatee and Leadership Florida. He was instru-
mental in bringing a drug-free workplace to Holmes
Beach government and a street-paving program to the
city, as well as the stormwater utility program.
"My goal for next year is the Key Royale Bridge
repair," Bohnenberger said. "The cost keeps going up
5- to 6-percent a year, and if we wait for the Florida De-
partment of Transportation to come to our rescue, the
[allocated funding of $1.5 million] in its budget is re-
peatedly postponed. I propose the city enter into a pro-
gram to pay for the bridge replacement that would re-
quire the DOT reimburse the city."
Geyer, 72, moved to the city in 1960, has been on
the city commission "for many years," including a
four-year stint as mayor.
"I'd like to see Holmes Beach remain as nice as it
was when I first came here," Geyer said.
Maloney, 75, has been a city commissioner for
seven years. He has been active in Florida emergency
management issues, is a graduate of the Florida Insti-
tute of Government program and Florida League of
Cities seminars.
"I want to increase the interest of citizens in gov-
ernment," Maloney said. "My main topic is to get more
people involved. We also have to take an active ap-
proach to growth management."
Morton, 54, is a condominium manager who is
seeking his first post in public office. "I love people and
love to work with people," he said. "I see some things
that need to be changed, and we need to have a com-
mission that is more friendly to the public. People are
just disgruntled, and that's why I'm here."
The four candidates were in general agreement that
the height of buildings in the city should not increase
above the current 36-foot elevation measured from the
crown of the road, and agreed that a citizen's desire for
higher ceilings in a home should not be the sole ratio-
nale for taller buildings.
"The commission has yet to decide what to do with
heights," Bohnenberger said, adding that state govern-

ment has one set of criteria for elevation and the city
another. "I favor a site-specific approach to heights, not
a blanket approach."
Geyer said she believed the commission should
"place a cap on what the board of adjustment can do
with height variances," adding that three or more mem-
bers of the board should vote on height matters.
"I can see giving back [the height] that the federal
government or the state has taken away, but not on a
citywide basis," Geyer said.
Maloney said he "has not now nor ever has had any
intention to raise building height above 36 feet."
Morton concurred with the other three on the
height issue.
Planners are debating the addition to city zoning
codes of a residential-office-retail mixed-use zoning
category that would allow residential use to offices and
shops basically permitting people to live in business
areas of the city. The four candidates for the most part
agreed to wait and see what was presented by planning
commissioners before making a decision on the ROR
A Florida Constitution amendment banning smok-
ing in the workplace, specifically restaurants, has
spurred a desire by many establishments to increase
outdoor dining. City codes restrict such al fresco din-
ing, however, and the candidates agreed that such
codes should be relaxed.
"I believe the law was a knee-jerk response to
some special interest groups," Bohnenberger said, "and
I favor sidewalk cafes in Holmes Beach."
"A table and chairs outside is the thing to do,"
Geyer agreed, "and we should just forget about if they
have enough parking or not."
"I agree," Maloney said, adding that he has re-
quested the city attorney to draft an ordinance that
would allow outdoor dining.
"I don't think the no-smoking ban should have
been enacted," Morton said. "I favor a change in city

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codes to allow seating outside."
Rental restrictions in Holmes Beach have been an
issue in recent years, as some landlords began renting
units in generally residential areas for weeks or even
days. In Key Royale, the city imposed a 30-day mini-
mum rental period for homes, but the rest of the city
does not have such a restriction. The four candidates
favored stricter minimum standards citywide.
Specifically, the four favored one-week minimum
rental restrictions citywide.
The candidates also agreed that code enforcement
in the city should be changed to a pro-active rather than
the current re-active process.
And they agreed that bike lane and sidewalk im-
provements should and will be continued, including a
stretch of Marina Drive north of Gulf Drive that has
been the scene of at least one bicycle calamity in recent
The candidates also agreed to be uncertain regard-
ing expansion of any scenic highway designation in
Holmes Beach. Currently, Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach has received the scenic designation and the
Palma Sola Causeway from 75th Street to Holmes
Beach is proposed to be included, opening the way for
federal and state grant money for improvements such
as landscaping and additional sidewalks or bike lanes.
The candidates said they were uncertain about re-
questing the designation, particularly for the "missing
link" between the two areas in Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach.
"I don't know what would be in it for Holmes
Beach," Bohnenberger said.
"I don't know how much it would cost us or how
much it would restrict us," Geyer said.
"I lost 100-percent interest in the scenic highway
program when Bradenton Beach was included,"
Maloney said.
"I'm not sure," said Morton. "What are they doing
with it'?"

BIEO wants party atmosphere as hurricane prep

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Borrowing a page from Longboat Key, members
of the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials
on the Anna Maria Island side want to make public
education of emergency preparedness into a free
The idea, said Holmes Beach City Commis-
sioner Don Maloney at the Oct. 15 BIEO meeting, is
to get as many people as possible to attend the semi-
"Only a few people on this Island have ever been
through a hurricane," Maloney said, and the turnout
for some of the seminars on emergency preparedness
has been very low.
That's the problem Longboat Key had, said LBK
Fire Chief Julius Halas, until it turned to the
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce for assis-
"At times, we used to have more panelists at
these meetings than members of the public," he said.
That changed when the LBK chamber began
marketing the seminars as an "event" in conjunction
with its business members.
It became a "free" party, said Halas, complete
with free food and drinks, a cash bar, door prizes and

merchandise and merchant booths.
"It was almost like a 'business after hours'
event," he added.
The first such seminar at the Hilton Hotel on
Longboat Key was planned for just 125 people and
was sold out well before the event took place.
Maloney liked the idea of a party atmosphere to
draw people and invited Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce Executive Director Mary Ann
Brockman to the BIEO meeting to get that organiza-
tion involved in a similar function for the three Is-
land cities.
And it will be something to get all three Island
cities to agree on one issue, he observed dryly.
Maloney and Brockman will coordinate the
seminar, which will provide Islanders with disaster
and emergency preparedness information, particu-
larly how to prepare for a hurricane and what to do
if one hits the Island.
In other BIEO matters, Maloney advised that im-
pact fees in Manatee County are likely going up, and
such fees may be a new revenue source for munici-
While most impact fees are placed on a new
home first-time sale, some Florida cities, Maloney
said, are placing an impact fee of the sale of any

home to a new buyer. Manatee County is consider-
ing an impact fee on all home sales.
For Anna Maria Island, many residents have
their retirement in their property value, Maloney
And more and more investors who have no in-
tention of ever living on the Island are buying those
properties as an investment.
An impact fee paid by the buyer on such a sale
would be a source of revenue for the city, he sug-
gested. "It's just something the cities could think
On a somewhat similar note, Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn said she attended a recent Manatee County
government meeting on long-range comprehensive
plans for the county and "no one ever mentioned the
She said it's important that Island officials at-
tend these meetings because whatever the county
comes up with in a long-range development plan will
affect the Island.
The county is planning on an ever-increasing
population in the eastern portions of Manatee
County, but has never addressed the impact these
people will have on Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key.

THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 22, 2003 0 PAGE 13

Holmes Beach meetings cover wide range

Florida Rep. Bill Galvano of Bradenton, whose
legislative district includes Anna Maria Island, came to
Holmes Beach last week to update the city commission
on matters in the 2003 legislative session just past and
the current special session.
Galvano said he and other Manatee County legis-
lators managed to retain $300,000 in the state budget
for beach renourishment here, among other items. He
pledged to do everything in his power to continue to be
accessible to the grassroots of government city of-
ficials in the future.
At the behest of Commissioner Don Maloney, the
city proclaimed Florida City Government Week Oct.
19-25. Maloney introduced Lyndsay Hernandez from
Lynn McDonough's class and Zachary Even from
Anne Kinnan's class, winners of the essay contest he
helps sponsor every year at the Anna Maria Elementary
Student essays were based on the visioning process
in progress in cities and counties throughout Florida
and was judged by Michael Wood, Manatee County
Imagine Manatee project manager. (See Oct. 15 edi-
Maloney announced that free bumper stickers pro-
claiming Government Week courtesy of the Florida
League of Cities are available at city hall.
Commissioners then approved the city's police
pension trust fund ordinance, amending the fund man-
agement and financing.
They approved the first reading of two ordinances
amending the future land-use map of the city's compre-
hensive plan and amending zoning from commercial,
C-3, to residential medium density, R-2, at the property
known as the Holmes Beach Marina at 202 52nd St,
Once approved, developers Brian Quartermain and
Raymond Rairigh of Moreland Marine Development
Corp. plan to demolish the marina and build townhouse
units at the property.
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The commission then broke its accord to wrangle
over a proposed ordinance that would allow some yard
structures, "accouterments gazebos, arbors or trel-
lises, and things of that nature" that, if approved,
would not need to meet requirements of setback but
must not block the neighbor's view triangle.
Commissioner Roger Lutz said, "I'm afraid people
will put this in the side yard and start parking cars,
motorcycles and boats under it."
Assistant Supervisor of Public Works Bill
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someone who wanted to do just that, put a carport trellis
at their property line."
That sent the matter to a future workshop for fur-
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The commission then appointed George Myers of
Key Royale to serve as an alternate to the planning
commission, noting he is an architect and graduate of
Cornell University.
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AME budget cuts lag, committee impasse

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Elementary School construction
team has reached an impasse with its discussions on
cost reduction decisions, causing community represen-
tative Maria Facheris to abruptly abandon Monday's
team meeting in apparent frustration.
Prior to walking out on the meeting, Facheris said
she couldn't in good conscience stand by and allow
features she believed were promised to the community
by Manatee County School Board representatives to be
altered in order to cut costs.
Construction team members have been discussing
how to trim an excess of $800,000 from its $5.9 mil-
lion budget, although costs now are $1.3 million be-
yond the original budget.
According to school district team members, a great
deal of the additional costs are due to the auditorium
and what has been dubbed "the promise," which is
based on Superintendent Roger Dearing's promise to
the community in August that the new school would
have a pitched metal roof, Bahama shutters and ad-
equate landscaping as a "peace offering" after summer
construction crews felled 17 "heritage" oaks.
Construction team members estimate that the cost
of "the promise" may be anywhere from $500,000-
$800,000 over budget, but that these items could not be
removed from the design plans although suggestions
have been made to adjust some of the features of these
items if there is a savings.
At the beginning of the cost reduction review pro-
cess, Larry Roemer, Manatee County School District
project team coordinator, assured Facheris that these
items would not be considered in efforts to cut back
expenses and that all decisions would be unanimous.
When the team began the cost reduction process
three weeks ago, Facheris vetoed suggestions to reduce
the promised four-foot roof overhang to either two or
three feet. She also rejected suggestions to extend the
cafeteria's flat roof over the music and art rooms,
which adjoin the auditorium. Finally, she disapproved

Holmes Beach meetings
on improved automated service by Waste Management
Inc., which commissioners may consider as a revision
to their present franchise agreement at an additional
cost to residential customers.
Under the new plan, customers are issued rolling
garbage containers, which can be collected by auto-
mated equipment on the truck. Recycling and yard
waste collection would remain the same and may be
updated to automated service at a later date.
The commission discussed allowing new modular
newsracks to replace existing single newsracks on city
rights of way. A list of three priority locations on pub-
lic property was offered to publishers to proceed with
the improvement as first suggested by the city beauti-
fication committee, and The Islander and the
Bradenton Herald agreed to cooperate on the project.
Modular units are in progress on private property,
at the Holmes Beach Post Office in S&S Plaza, where
the rack is ready for installation. Other racks may be
installed at the Island Shopping Center and Smith Re-
altors in the not-too-distant future.
Then commissions began to grapple again with its
height restrictions for buildings and structures. And
again, commissioners put a hold on the proposed ordi-
nance, preferring to discuss it at a future meeting with
more clarification to come from Public Works Super-
visor Joe Duennes.
City Attorney Pat Petruff explained: "The initial
thought process was a consensus that the commission
did not want the variance board to be making decisions
of height variances. Variances are supposed to be dif-
ficult to obtain, but they are not particularly difficult to
obtain in Holmes Beach."
Commission Chairman Rich Bohnenberger said, "I
don't want to be overly generous with what we do with
the code. If not, I think we should do away with the
board of adjustment."
Commir.sioners briefly discussed relief for restau-
rants trom the state's no-smoking mandate with some
relaxation of the outdoor dining restrictions.
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The plans for Anna Maria Elementary School's new facility and campus landscape were presented to ap-
proximately 30 interested parents at the October Parent-Teacher Organization meeting. Plans are currently
$1.3 million over budget, but the construction team plans to finalize its list of cost reduction items and meet
its $5.9 million budget constraints. A public presentation will be scheduled to unveil the design after the
budget cuts are made. A construction start date has been delayed until the Manatee Coun,ty School Board
approves the project, which is expected to be in January 2004.

suggestions to lower the auditorium roof from 20 feet
to 15.4 feet.
Last Thursday, Roemer notified the team that
Dearing stressed the project must meet the $5.9 million
budget when it is presented for board approval not
including costs for "the promise."
Roemer suggested that all items including those
previously vetoed by Facheris be re-evaluated as cost-
saving measures.
Facheris believes the team would be breaking its
promise to alter the design of the roof structure from
what the community approved in August. Judging on
the poor turnout at the public presentation at the Par-
ent-Teacher Organization meeting, other team mem-
bers believe the community may not object to minor
Facheris argued at Monday's meeting that the team
still had not seen a breakdown of what each promised
item will cost. There are also approximately 15 ap-
proved cost-reducing items for which the team has yet
to receive the dollar amount to be saved.
Facheris noted that the promised items should be
a separate issue and not part of the cost-reduction re-
view. Absent the promised enhancements, AME's new
school has not been designed with anything more than
any other new school would receive, and yet it still does
not fall within budget. So Facheris questioned why the

team is so focused on making adjustments to the roof
and auditorium.
Roemer said the roof needed to be modified in or-
der to get to $5.9 million. "The issue with the audito-
rium roof is that we are trying to make it a smarter,
better, simpler construction," he said. "We still need
the flexibility to give it to you as smartly as we can."
"I can't in all conscience sit here and say OK when
the community will be disappointed once again," said
Roemer said AME has already been funded $6,000
more per student station than any other school and
Dearing has told him that is all that is going to be spent.
"The administration is clear- the building needs to be
firm at $5.9 million."
Roemer said he fully intends to bring the final
product to the community but that there was not
enough time to discuss cost-reduction items at a pub-
lic forum.
"We will simplify the project and present the final
landscape, building, color choices, and playground to
the community when we reach the $5.9 million goal,"
Roemer said. "The next thing we show the community
is the finished package at $5.9 million."
The team will meet again Thursday and hopes to
have the cost estimates it needs to make more informed
decisions on items that are still pending.

Mayor selects building official

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn has offered the job of
building official to Kevin Donohue of St. Petersburg.
The offer, however, is made contingent on
Donohue obtaining his Florida building official's li-
cense, which Donohue said he expects to receive Oct.
23 at the next Florida Building Code Administrators
and Inspectors meeting.
Donohue has more than 20 years experience as a
building official, but just moved to Florida from New
York earlier this year.
The mayor said the offer is also dependent on ap-
proval by the city commission.
However, said SueLynn, Donohue is definitely the
top candidate. He was "by far the most qualified" of tlhe
candidates interviewed after Larry Hilton of Arcadia
turned down the job, she said.

"His experience is extensive and his personality such
that I felt he would work well with residents, contractors
and staff. His references were glowing," the mayor con-
City commissioners will have an opportunity to meet
Donohue personally prior to the Oct. 23 commission
meeting at which his appointment will be discussed.
Ironically, Donohue is a former building official
with the City of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where Anna
Maria City Commissioner Tom Aposporos served two
terms as mayor in the 1980s.
Aposporos said he did not know Donohue person-
ally, but was aware of his "sterling reputation" and
talked with Donohue on at least one occasion by tele-
phone after lie left office.
"He handled that problemI in a very prof essional
manner. If that was any indication of his qualities, he
will do very well in Anna Maria," Aposporos said.

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All Bayfront waters healthy
The Manatee County Health Department last week
lifted a health advisory for the waters at Bayfront Park
after the most recent five-week average of tests for
enteric bacteria (fecal coliform and enterococci) found
levels lower than those prescribed by the U.S. Environ-
mental Protection Agency.
The advisory was in effect for two weeks.
A similar health advisory for waters along the
Palma Sola Causeway near Bongo's was also lifted.
Under a federally funded program, the county moni-
tors 10 area saltwater locations. When levels of fecal
.coliform or other bacteria exceed the accepted EPA stan-
dard for a five-week test average, a warning is issued.
Seven test locations are on Anna Maria Island, two
are on the Palma Sola Causeway and one is in the
Manatee County portion of Longboat Key.

Bloodmobile at two locations
in next few days
Donations of life-saving blood will be taken at two
locations on Anna Maria Island over the next few days,
the Manatee Community Blood Center said.
The bloodmobile will be at the Beach House Restau-
rant from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.
All donors are to receive T-shirts, and those at the
Beach House, 200 Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, will
get a coupon for a dinner there at half price. Additionally,
anyone who donates blood that day from 8:30 a.m.-4:30
p.m. at the Manatee center or 8:30 a.m.-noon at Lakewood
Ranch Blood Center will get a half-price dinner at the
Beach House.
The Manatee center is at 216 Manatee Ave. E.,
Bradenton and is open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-
day-Saturday except Wednesday, when the hours are
8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. The phone there is 746-7195.

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Pat Kabris is seeking to build a second unit, a duplex
or condominium, at his home at 101 75th St., Holmes
Beach, and has requested a rezone of beachfront land
zoned "recreation" to facilitate his plan.
His request will be the subject of a hearing before the
planning commission at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22.
At a July city commission meeting, a presentation
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By Jim Hanson
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With its first concert of the season looming, the
Island's premier music-maker needs help on a couple
of fronts financial and professional.
Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and
Chorus will open its 2003-04 season Nov. 16, and it is
already going strong and ready to meet whatever mu-
sical challenges may materialize, said Eleanor Diesing,
orchestra coordinator.
The aggregation is often called an Island jewel, she
said, but "unfortunately some residents have not yet
discovered its sparkle."
Although it is all-volunteer, there are some ex-
penses and there is a larger problem meeting them this
year than in the past. Many organizations in the arts are
having more financial troubles now than any time in the
recent past, she said, "and we're no exception."
The organization is cutting where it can, for ex-
ample reducing its season to four concerts compared
with five last year. There just aren't enough people for
full support in April, when the concluding concert was
given last year, Diesing noted. So the end comes in
March this season.
Treasurer Alice Jeghelian suggested donors make
checks to AMICOC and mail them to the organization
at P.O. Box 1213, Holmes Beach FL 34218.
The orchestra has about 30 musicians and needs
more, especially violin and viola. Those interested may
call Diesing at 758-5886.
The chorus likewise can use more people, particu-
larly tenors. They should call the chorus coordinator,
Sandy Parent, at 727-1822.
The Nov. 16 concert at 2 p.m. in the Island Baptist
Church, 8604 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, will be under the
orchestra's longtime artistic director Alfred Gershfeld,
with James Forssell again as choral director.
Featured will be creations by Haydn, Bach, Vivaldi
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Anna Maria residents objected to a request
by a French movie company to shoot several
scenes of a movie at Bean Point. One resident
objected because the film crew might disturb the
bird population. City commissioners voted to hold
a special meeting to decide on the request.
The Florida Department of Transportation
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next week on the proposed new Anna Maria Is-
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scale model of the bridge at both meetings.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Rich
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Tent sponsors are sought
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organizers have sent out a call for underwriters for tents
for the event Nov. 8, a major fundraiser for St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital.
Restaurant tents are $250 each and dining tents are
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meetings at Center
The Anna Maria Island Community Center has
announced that the Widowed Persons Group will re-
sume meetings there, the first one of the season set for
Monday, Oct. 27.
Sponsored by the AARP and Manatee Widowed
Persons Service, the group will meet for an hour start-
ing at 9 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of each
month at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-1908.

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cancer of the kidneys in Madison Kolath. She is in
chemotherapy and will undergo surgery in Decem-
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person at the door. Other contributions may be sent
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available in $10 packets from homeroom parents and
Parent-Teacher Organization members. Advance tickets
may be purchased from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday through
Friday at the picnic tables in the school courtyard.
Tickets for prize drawings are also on sale for $1
each. This year's prizes include tickets to
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ter, the Florida Aquarium, Jungle Gardens and more.
Volunteers are still needed to help in the prize dis-
tribution room the day of the festival. Contact Denise
Tedesco at 778-0998 to volunteer.
Fall Festival organizer Dawn Wash is also looking
for volunteers to sit in the dunk tank. Volunteers must
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Elementary School

Monday, Oct. 27
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Breaded Chicken with Mashed Potatoes,
Frito Pie with Corn Chips or Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Green Peas, Tossed Salad, Fruit, Juice
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Breakfast: French Toast Glaze, Peanut Butter and
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Lunch: Cheeseburger, Chef Salad or Peanut Butter
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Wednesday, Oct. 29
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Island property sales
6400 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 41 Westbay Point &
Moorings, a 1,114 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 19'77,
was sold 6/3/03, Carleton to Graham, for $360,000; list
718 Key Royale, Holmes Beach, a canalfront
86x107 lot, was sold 6/3/03, Radloff to Waterside
Homes Inc. for $365,000; list $390,000.
8201 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a remodeled 3bed/
3bath/lcar 1,844 sfla home built in 1953 on a 105x105
irregular lot, was sold 6/4/03, Barlow to Hoppe, for
$525,000; list $549,500.
116 Willow, Anna Maria, a 1,337 sfla duplex built
in 1970 on a 50x110 lot, was sold 6/9/03, Menendez to
Long Carleton Real Estate Investment, for $440,000.
1201-07 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, Key West
North, a condo of four units built in 1999, units 100-
400, ranging between 1,173 sfla and 1449 sfla, was
sold out and last re-sale recorded was 6/2002, D&D
Properties to Pierola for $310,000, a 2bed/2bath. Re-
gret slow reporting.
205 79th St., Holmes Beach, a 77x80 lot, was sold
6/13/03, Piscitelli to Powers, for $200,000.
215 81st St., Holmes Beach, 2 Beachwalk
Townhomes, a 2,030 sfla condo of 3bed/2.5bath/2car
newly built was sold 6/12/03, 81st St. Dev. Co. LLC to
Schmitz, for $495,000; list $499,900.
219 Gladiolus, Anna Maria, a canalfront 1,344 sfla
2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1969 on a 75x1 10 lot,
was sold 6/10/03, Donnelly to Horvat, for $452,500;
list $475,000.
309 61st St., Holmes Beach, a 6bed/4bath 1,944
sfla duplex built in 1978 on a 90x 100 lot, was sold 6/
11/03, Shackett to Dolan, for $368,000; list $375,000.
311 63rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,720 sfla duplex
built in 1971 on an 80x101 lot, was sold 6/12/03, Spain
to Huth, for $310,000.
4002 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,504 sfla house
with pool built in 2000 on a 65x100 lot, was sold 12/
19/02 to Tobisch by Gaprop Inc. for $379,000. (Apolo-
gies for tardy report.)
4104-10 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach, the "Sixth
Avenue Condos" of four detached homes with pools

ranging from 1,500 sfla at $369,000 (7/6/01) to 2,576
sfla at $405,000 (3/4/01) built in 2001 on 50-to-65x100
lots, each reporting 3bed/2bath/2car. Valmarana,
Meyers, Stewart and Smith are the buyers. Seller is
Gaprop Inc. (Apologies for delay in reporting.)
501 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 113 Bridgeport,
a 2bed/2bath 1,128 sfla condo built in 1982, was sold
6/11/03, Gustaw to Ouellette, for $230,000; list
518 69th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,259 sfla
2bed/2bath/l car home built in 1969 on an 80x 107 lot,
was sold 6/13/03, Dan Howe Holdings Inc. to Bill
Gryboski Holdings Inc., for $412,000.
5300 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 301 Martinique
North, a Gulffront 1,057 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in
1971, was sold 6/12/03, Morse to Cole, for $494,000;
list $529,900.
204 Tarpon, Anna Maria, a 1,344 sfla home built
in 1964 on a 74x103 lot, was sold 6/19/03, Droesser to
Bacich, for $280,000.
306 56th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,861 sfla home
built in 1953 on a 100x117 lot, was sold 6/19/03,
Baldwin to Quality Developers West., for $336,000.
309 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a 936 sf office/apt
built in 1915 on a 52x145 lot, was sold 6/16/03, May
to Perron, for $375,000; list $399,000.
3302 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a Gulffront 1,456
sfla 3bed/2bath condo built in 2000, was sold 6/20/03,
Eiss to Greenwood, for $960,000; list $995,000.
3706 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,000 sfla 3bed/
2bath/lcar home built in 1979 on a 50x100 lot, was
sold 6/17/03, Right to Lamar, for $484,300; list
409 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,400 sf office/apt.
built in 1935 on a 52x145 lot, was sold 6/18/03, Lekites
to May, for $359,000; list $369,900.
411 63rd St., Holmes Beach, Seaside Gardens, a
2bed/2bath/lcar attached home built in 1972 on a
35x97 lot, was sold 6/17/03, Cole to White, for
$185,000; list $199,000.
601 S. Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, a canalfront (15
feet) 2bed/2bath/lcar 1343 sfla home built in 1968 on
a 100x121 lot, was sold 6/16/03, Martin to Kingan, for

Realty raves
Richard Freeman was top listing agent for
September at Island Real Estate, and Tom
Nelson was leading in sales. Jonathan Kent of the
company has completed a broker's 60-hour
course in brokerage management and real estate
investment and financing.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co.'s September
leaders at the Holmes Beach office were Vicki
Gilbert in new listings and Gail Tutewiler in
sales. At Longboat Key Karen Ankerstar led in
both listings and sales, along with the Mike
Migone/Tina Rudek sales team.
David Moynihan was top gun again in three
divisions at Wagner Realty's Anna Maria Island
office during September. He led in new listings,
in sales, and in closed volume. Other leaders
were Dorothy Cook, leading in listings; Bill
Greene, sales; and Peggy Henger, closed volume,
all at the Longboat Key office.

$440,000; list $449,500.
117 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach, 13 Bay
View Terrace, a 729 sfla 2bed/lbath condo built in
1973, was sold 7/1/03, Evans to Peter Feso [sic], for
$189,900; list $189,900.
214 Fir, Anna Maria, a 6bed/4bath/4car 2,840 sfla
duplex built in 1969 on a 79x 100 lot, was sold 4/30/03,
Christie to Grace, for $865,000; list $850,000.
2912 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,512 sfla 3bed/
3bath duplex built in 1982, was sold 7/2/03, Bartoli to
Brooks International Inc., for $295,000.
318 Tarpon, Anna Maria, a 1,971 sfla 3bed/2bath/
2car/pool canalfront home built in 1987 on a 75x115
lot, was sold 6/30/03, Tango to Kretzinger, for
$752,000; list $789,000; previous sales were $517,000
in 2001 and $265,000 in 1994.
* Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander.
Island real estate transactions may be viewed on the
Web at islander.org. Copyright 2003.

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Get ready for Halloween costume
Halloween costumes are available to rent at Cathy's
Costumes at 219 Cortez Road E. in Bradenton.
Owner Joyce Courchesne has more than 5,000
costumes in stock. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

Halloween for rent
Why spend big bucks on a Halloween costume that
you or your child is only going to use once?
Instead, Halloween trick-or-treaters, adults and
kids, can rent a costume at Cathy's Costumes at 219
Cortez Road E. in Bradenton.
Owner Joyce Courchesne, who grew up on Anna
Maria Island, has more than 5,000 costumes in stock,
including the popular "Pirates of the Caribbean" cos-

tumes that seem to be the most popular for this Hallow-
een, she said.
The store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday
through Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.
To learn more about costumes for Halloween or
any occasion, call Joyce at 753-8121.

The Mixon reloaded
The Mixon Farms Gift Shop at 2712 26th Ave.
E. in Bradenton will reopen Saturday, Oct. 31, at 9
a.m. for its 65th year in business and co-owner Rose
Mixon is inviting all of the Mixon family's Island
friends to come for the grand reopening.
The popular gift shop is a favorite stop for Island-
ers looking to send their cold-weather friends up north
a basket of fresh Florida citrus, enjoy some fresh juice
or homemade ice cream, or just browse and enjoy the
smell of fresh oranges, said Rose.
As a special treat, Rose will be dressed up at the
reopening as 1950s actress Carmen Miranda, complete
with the elaborate hat covered with fruits, a trademark
of the Brazilian actress.
"We're going to have lots of fun," said Rose. "This
is our 65th year in business and we now have four gen-
erations of Mixons working here. We're still family-
owned and operated."
The Mixon Gift Shop will be open from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. daily until May, said Rose.
To learn more about Mixon's, call 748-5829.

Restless Island Natives celebrate
The Restless Natives art and gift shop and Island
Girl Interiors, located next to each other in the Island
Shopping Center in Holmes Beach, are inviting the
public to help them jointly celebrate their one-year
anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 23.
Jeannie Bystrom, Cherri Rigney, Cheryl Moody
and Debbie Hall of Restless Natives held their grand

opening on Oct. 23, 2002, while Jackie Lepley of Is-
land Girl Interiors followed a few weeks later with her
own opening.
The two stores will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oct. 23 for the general public to visit. Refreshments
and door prizes will be offered.
For more information on Restless Natives call 779-
2624. Island Girl Interiors can be reached at 778-0904.

Rotten Ralph's is almost famous
The Almost Famous band that includes drummer
Dave Russell, son of owner Ralph Russell of Rotten
Ralph's restaurant on South Bay Boulevard in Anna
Maria, will hold a party at the restaurant at 8 p.m. Oct.
24 and Oct. 25 to celebrate the release of the group's
first compact disc, "Our Twist."
T-shirts and door prizes, including an all-day fish-
ing charter, will be given away both nights.
Party-goers can pre-register for door prizes at Rot-
ten Ralph's during the day.
Other members of "Almost Famous" include bass
player Dean Trebble, Tom Welchell and Mike Rettig
on guitar, and lead singer Jennifer Cosby.
To learn more about the party and Almost Famous,
call Dave at 778-3953.

White Egret flying to Gulfside
The White Egret gift shop will hold the grand open-
ing of its Gulfside location at 10006 Gulf Drive in Anna
Maria this Friday, Oct. 24 from 5-7 p.m. White Egret
Bayside is located in the Bayview Plaza in Anna Maria.
The public is invited to attend the grand opening.

Got a new business going up in Anna Maria
Island, Cortez or Longboat Key? How about a new
product or service, an anniversary, a new hire, or an
award-winning staff member? Call Island Biz at
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by Preston Whaley Jr.

Soul Source, making

music, movies, more
Preston Whaley Jr.
Islander Correspondent
Dave Ventresca and Duane Freeman of the band
Soul Source have quite a few irons in the fire.
Not only does the band play regular gigs at D.Coy
Ducks and other clubs in the Manatee-Sarasota area, its
parent company Soul Source Productions is involved
in television, film and video production.
HBO accepted the original composition "Just a
Day" to be used in a pilot reality show debuting next
summer, said Soul Source, and they're negotiating the
sale of music to Disney for use in the company's pro-
motional campaigns.
The band's manager, Gary Johnson of G.P. Book-
ings, said the excitement and momentum of the duo
"has really begun to pick up during the past six
Ventresca says, "We've been persistent. I knocked
on Disney's door for eight months before they an-
Ventresca and Freeman have been playing music
together off and on for 20 years. They were together in
the Funky Cats, a popular local band in the 1990s. Two
years ago they rejoined to form Soul Source and to
make the smooth-jazz compact disk "Sarasota and
Friends," released in 2001.
Ventresca says, "We're very thankful that we're
blessed to play music together. We're very compatible
and know each other well musically, and we're able to
bring the music to the people."
During a recent show at D. Coy Ducks, the band
didn't answer a small group of patron's calls for "Sweet
-lome Alaharna" and "Whisky Rock-A-Roller," while
everyone else in the bar was giddy and footloose to the
group's selection of songs by Stevie Wonder, Bonnic
Raitt, Grover Washington Jr. and Santana.
"We like the B-side of things," says Ventresca,
"the songs people don't hear much but still know." For
example, the group played "Boogie on Reggae
Woman," "Europa" and "Wish You Were Here."
As a live act, Soul Source plays smooth jazz.
Motown, rhythm and blues, reggae and classic rock.
They move easily from guitars to keyboards to horns
and percussion. Sequencers and drum machines help
fill out their sound and provide a rhythmic base. They
share vocal duties and their rapport with each other and
their audience is full of levity and smiles. Watching
Freeman jive and shake across the dance floor while he
blows his horn with complete control is definitely a
highlight of their act.
Cathie Brodlo, who was quietly celebrating her
birthday and listening to the band for the first time,
said, "I've only been here 20 minutes, but I like the
songs they play and they're very talented."
Ducks employee Tiffany Dadeu said, "I like them
a lot. I have their CDs."


Soul Source performers
DiIuaIe F'reeman raises his soprano s) axophone d h/emdUows a < note as big us the sky, while Dave Ventresca holds
down the hariiony ai/n rhiyt11n. Islander P1hoto: rlcstoni Whaler Jr.

Patrons were slicing up the dance floor.
"Sarasota and Friends" was recorded at
Ventresca's and Freeman's home studios. Exchanging
music files over the Internet. e-mail by e-mail, they
added their respective parts until the disk's seven in-
strumental compositions were complete.
Ventresca plays guitars. kevs, sings vocals and does
programming on the CD. Freeman's versatile, too, with
programming, vocals, saxophones, and his Yamaha WX5
midi-wind control, a synthesizer shaped like a hornm. He
says he can make it sound like anything from a straight-
ahead trumpet to a kazoo to a talking drum.
By definition, smooth jazz is about satisfying com-l
fort zones. According to Ventresca, it's the kind of
sound HBO and Disney appreciate with a "beachy,
natural feel nice and light and relaxing." The HBO
favorite is called "Just a Day" and Disney likes the
entire disk's laid-back Florida vibe.
Ventresca confirmed the cut "Sneaky Peeky" is
different from the others. It's short (just under two
minutes) funkier and avoids the spacy echoes and de-

lays so characteristic of smooth jazz.
Local musician Dave Davenport gave the track a
tight bass line and the drum machines aren't trying to
sound like conventional drums. Ventresca indicated the
tune's a sneak preview of sounds to come.
Soul Source Productions is a diverse outfit.
They're just breaking into the multimedia aspects of
their venture with a video that's available on their Web
site. Also in the works is a feature film and a local tele-
vision program Ventresca dubs the "QVC for artists"
called "Smart TV." They've also got a World Beat CD
coming out in December featuring "hypnotic and
soothing tribal rhythms and nature sounds."
Ventresca says they're looking for talent, particu-
larly scriptwriters and filmmakers for shorts, features
and documentaries. As for music production, re-
cording, soundtracking Soul Source has that cov-
ered, too. They can be reached for more information at
The group plays at D.Coy Ducks Wednesday
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No date yet for Taylor height

variance appeal
Holmes Beach City Attorney Pat Petruff confirmed
at the city's Oct. 14 meeting that the law firm represent-
ing Key Royale homeowner Robert Taylor had deliv-
ered a letter of appeal on the the board of adjustment's
variance denial for his property.
Petruff said Taylor's attorney, Mark Barnebey,
"was concerned that filing it with the clerk [of court]
was not sufficient and I wanted you to know it had been
Taylor will appeal the Aug. 26 decision by BOA to
deny him an after-the-fact height variation of 3 feet 6
inches at his house at 693 Key Royale Drive.
The city filed its notice of the board of
adjustment's denial with the Manatee County Clerk of
the Circuit Court on Oct. 3 and Taylor had 30 days to
appeal to the city commission to reverse that denial.
Taylor's building permit is for $412,000 worth of
additions for a second story at his existing Key Royale
home facing the Key Royale Country Club. The addi-
tion was found by to be 3 feet 6 inches above the city's
height limit of 36 feet above the crown of the road. His
plans were submitted to the building department some-
time in September 2002.
"Basically the problem was miscommunication
between the contractor and designer," Taylor told
board members in August. "The foreman for the con-
tractor discovered the back portion of the roof to be too
Taylor told the board that the costly corrections of
removing the roof and insulation would be an unfair
burden to him, although work has apparently continued
at the site.
The board of adjustment's chairman, Hugh
Holmes Jr., recused himself from the Aug. 26 debate
and vote because his company was the contractor for
the project.
Looming over the controversy are two February
issuances of height variances, which were voted for by
The next city commission meeting where the ap-
peal could be heard will be Oct. 28.

The Tavlor home in Key Rovale. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Island composer Moerk
wins pair of honors
Alice A. Moerk of Anna Maria won two awards for
musical compositions at the Florida conference of the
National League of Pen Women.
Her piano variations on "Pastimes" won first place
for solo piano works, and an elegy for cello and piano,
"All That Is To Come," won third in the chamber mu-
sic category.
The conference in Boca Raton also featured the
premiere performance of her song cycle, "Pen Songs,"
based on a collection of poems by area poets. She ac-
companied soprano Franklyn Noll Skidmore.

Special event needed special meeting

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria City Commission was forced to
call a special meeting at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 16 to approve
a special event permit for the Bayfest celebration Oct.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn had approved the
Bayfest application because she believed she had been
granted that power under the new city charter approved
by voters in February 2003.
Not so, according to city resident Rick DeFrank.
The city still has a special event permit ordinance that
requires the city commission to approve a permit for a
special event. It's not the mayor's decision, he claimed.
After commissioners approved the Bayfest permit,
they discussed an amendment to the special event per-
mit ordinance allowing the mayor to approve such ap-
plications without commission approval.

Commissioner Tom Aposporos. who was chair-
man of the charter review committee that rewrote the
new charter, said such items as a special event permit
are "clearly" an administrative procedure for the mayor
to deal with under the new charter.
"There's no need for stuff like this to come before
the commission," he argued. "The commission can just
be advised by the mayor of the application and the sta-
tus," he said.
Having the city commission make administrative
decisions in the city is micro-managing, something the
new charter is designed to eliminate, Aposporos added.
"The commission needs to let go of the need to be
involved in every detail of the city," he said. They seem
to have a difficult time letting go of administrative pro-
"There's absolutely no need for an 8:15 a.m. spe-
cial meeting to approve this," he concluded.

SueLynn agreed, noting that she approved last
year's special event permit for the same festival with-
out bringing it to the city commission and has approved
several other special event permits.
"The commission has enough on its plate. There
just seemed no need for them to get involved. In fact,
I can remember when some special event permits took
up an entire special meeting," the mayor said.
"This is just an administrative procedure and the
mayor just keeps the commission abreast of what's
happening," she said.
Hold on, said Commissioner Linda Cramer. She
wants the commission to discuss the amendment at a
workshop session prior to any public reading at a regu-
lar meeting.
Commission Chairperson John Quam agreed to
include the amendment as a discussion item at the next
commission workshop.

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is tomorrow morning
Coffee time from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct.
23, at Mote Marine Laboratory will open the research
facility to those who wish to volunteer their services.
The lab complex is at 1600 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota, on City Island off the south ramp
of the New Pass Bridge to Longboat Key. It needs
office assistants, aquarium greeters, guides, gift
shop personnel and cashiers. Training will be pro-
vided Oct. 29. Details may be obtained by calling
Andrea Davis at 388-4441.

PA k22 0 OGT.-22;,2003 THiE ISLANDER

Island Bayfest draws crowds to Anna Maria
Shoppers flocked to the shell decorations at Bayfest created by Beverly Courinard and Tannmy
Crawford, mother and daughter operators of Rader's Reef shell shop in Holmnes Beach.
Islander Photos: Bonner Joy and Diana Bogan

Holmes Beach City Commissioners Don Maloney and Pat Geyer were l' i. ini
for dollars on the street at Bayfest for the Anna Maria Island Historical Society
museum, hoping for enough money (society donations) to be let out of jail. Clarke
Balmond of Bradenton Beach and Ed Upshaw of Holmes Beach chipped in. The
'bail and other donations totaled $5,600.


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Up and away
Bobby Keyser, 7, of Boca Raton, whose grandfather Robert
resides in Hohnes Beach, scales the mobile rock-climbing wall
above the rooftops at the Island Bayfest in Anna Maria Saturday.

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Amber Gould of Parrish gets her hands
wet in Captain Kim's aquarium touch
tank at the Anna Maria Island Bayfest.

Turtle watchers
Ashley Jacobs and Carley Speciale,
both from Bradenton, shopped for
environmental trinkets at the Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch booth.

Island dunk
Tiffany Dixon, Katy Truluck, Lance
Durham and Ashley Underwood keep
cool in the Island Middle School dunk
tank at the Island Bayfest. Dixon and
Truluck attend King Middle School
and Durham and Underwood are
students at IMS.

Bubble chaser
Fifteen-month-old Chase Antosca tries
to catch a few bubbles from the bubble
machine put out by Roser Memorial
Conmmununit Church at Bayfest.

THE ISLkAD)ER 1 OCT. 22, 2009 n PAGE 23

Island Marina: Going, going but not yet gone

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's ever-changing business district
along Pine Avenue may see another facelift soon as
Island Marina owner Jeff Brown has applied for per-
mits to build three single-family waterfront homes on
the property, which includes three separate lots at the
edge of Lake LaVista.
Brown has received a demolition permit to tear
down the marina portion of the building, but said he
plans to retain the Island Deli and Store.
"The store is staying, but the gas pumps have al-
ready been removed," he said.
According to the building permit applications,
Brown's plans call for three two-story homes, each
three bedroom, two bath, built over ground-floor park-
ing. Reed Mapes Inc. is the contractor that submitted
the plans.
While the area is zoned ROR (residential, office,
retail) the plans submitted to the Holmes Beach build-

ing department, which currently handles Anna Maria
building permits, do not show any retail space on the
ground floor.
Holmes Beach Building Official Bill Saunders said
the building permit applications were submitted Sept.

, Gassed out
.in Anna Maria
1,4 Owners of the Island Marina in Anna
Maria recently dismantled the store's
VI" gasoline pumps and removed the
f storage tanks in anticipation of
construction of three single-family
.- homes on the site. The closure of the
gas pumps leaves city dwellers
without a fuel facility and residents
now have to drive to Holmes Beach
for gasoline. Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin

16, but have not yet been approved because of some
setback issues along Lake LaVista.
An Island real estate agent said that when com-
pleted, the waterfront homes would likely sell in the
$700,000 to $800,000 range.


Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Oct. 10, 781 Jacaranda Road, Tip of the Island Pub,
breach of peace. A complaint regarding inordinately
loud music was reported and the bar owners were cited.
According to the report, this is an ongoing problem.
Oct. 11, Beach area of Spring Avenue, alcohol vio-
lation. Two women were fined for having an open con-
tainer of alcohol in an area posted "no alcohol."
Oct. 13, 400 block of Magnolia Avenue, vandal-
ism. The window of a parked car was reportedly bro-
Oct. 16, 100 Bay Blvd., beach, vehicle in sea oats.
A man drove his vehicle onto the beach and reportedly
parked in the sea oats.
Oct. 16, Bayfront Park, driving in county park.
According to the report, two men were cited for driv-
ing motorized scooters through the park, ignoring, the
posted "no vehicle" signs.

Bradenton Beach
Oct. 8, 100 block of Gulf Drive North, battery and

resisting arrest. According to the report, an officer was
transporting two burglary suspects to jail when one
suspect began hitting the other passenger. The suspects
were separated and transported in separate vehicles.
Oct. 9, 800 Gulf Drive S.. Cortez Beach parking
lot, burglary. A witness reported seeing a woman break
into a parked car and steal a purse. According to the
witness, the female suspect left the scene in another car.
Oct. 12, 2200 block of Avenue A, domestic distur-
bance. According to the report, a woman was struck on
the side of the head by a male acquaintance.
Oct. 12, 100 block of Bridge Street, disorderly in-
toxication/battery on a law enforcement officer. Ac-
cording to the report, an officer found a man passed out
in front of the Drift Inn Bar. The officer woke the man
up and according to the report he lunged at the officer.
The suspect reportedly pulled the officer to the ground
and began punching him. Backup officers arrived and
the suspect was handcuffed.

Holmes Beach
Oct. 10, 5800 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A kayak

was reportedly stolen off a transport cart.
Oct. 10, 5808 Gulf Drive, Duffy's Tavern, bur-
glary. A car stereo was reportedly stolen out of an un-
locked jeep.
Oct. 1 1, 200 block of 77th Street, criminal mis-
chief. Someone spraypainted a garage door with graf-
Oct. 1, 500 block of 75th Street, burglary. A
woman called police after she said she chased a teen-
ager away from a car parked in her driveway. Accord-
ing to the report, a leather compact disk case was miss-
ing from the unlocked car.
Oct. 12, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A woman reported her purse was stolen from
the trunk of her car.
Oct. 14, 300 block of 57th Street, criminal mis-
chief. A man reported that the front fender of his jeep
was deeply scratched.
Oct. 16, 200 block of 52nd Street, theft. A man
reported his 1995 Mercury Sable stolen from behind
his residence. The vehicle was later recovered in the
5900 block of First Street East, Bradenton.

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Wednesday, Oct. 22
5 to 7 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce business card exchange at Re/Max
Gulfstream, 401 Manatee Ave., Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-1541.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.

Thursday, Oct. 23
9 to 10:15 a.m. Drawing class with Susie Cot-
ton at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watercolor class with Susie
Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP Driver Safety course at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 776-1158.
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meditation and Buddhism
classes with Tom Colby at the Art League of Manatee
County, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 362-
2030. Fee applies.

Friday, Oct. 24
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Furniture painting
workshop with Dawn Gurtner at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP Driver Safety course at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 776-1158.
4:30 to 8p.m. Blood drive at the Bonefish Grill,

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7p.m. Haunted House sponsored by the Anna
Maria Island Privateens at the Bradenton Beach
Firehouse, 201 Second St., Bradenton Beach. Fee ap-

Saturday, Oct. 25
8 a.m. to noon VFW Fishathon for ages 6-12 at
the Bradenton Beach Pier on Bridge Street. Informa-
tion: 778-4400.
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce Fall Golf Scramble at the Woodlands Golf
Course, 5901 Erie Rd., Ellenton. Information: 729-
8999. Fee applies.
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cortez Nautical Flea Market at
the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Bradenton.
Information: 792-9100.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Native plant sale and seminar
at Longwood Run Park, University Parkway West of I-
75, Bradenton. Information: 794-8773.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Exhibiting Your Art on the
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Web Site" with
Pam Bingham at the Art League of Manatee County,
209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-2862.
Fee applies.
10 a.m. Anna Maria Elementary School Fall
Festival Parade departs from the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wildlife Safari-Fest at the
Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson
Pkwy, Sarasota. Information: 388-4444. Fee applies.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anna Maria Elementary
School Fall Festival at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
11:30 a.m. to 7p.m. Blood drive at the Beach
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 746-7195.
6 p.m. to midnight-- Scary Saturday Night Out
dinner/dance at the Manatee Convention Center,
One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 722-3244.

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7p.m. Haunted House sponsored by the Anna
Maria Island Privateens at the Bradenton Beach
Firehouse, 201 Second St., Bradenton Beach. Fee

Sunday, Oct. 26
9 a.m. to noon Blood drive at Temple Beth El,
2209 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-7195.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wildlife Safari-Fest at the
Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson
Pkwy, Sarasota. Information: 388-4444. Fee applies.

Monday, Oct. 27
9 a.m. "Coffee and Conversation Hour" with the
widowed persons support group at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
6 to 8 p.m. Line-dancing lessons at American
Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. In-
formation: 794-3489. Fee applies.

Tuesday, Oct. 28
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blood drive at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans' service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Appointments: 749-3030.

Wednesday, Oct. 29
2:30 to 6 p.m. Flu and pneumonia vaccina-
tions at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce, 5313 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 779-9412.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-




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6:30 to 8 p.m. Fall Festival Fun House at the
Manatee County Parks and Recreation Activity Center,,
5504 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Information: 742-
5974. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Manatee

"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-
mation: 383-2345.
Basket-weaving class with Pam McMillen at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach, through Nov. 18. Information: 778-
2099. Fee applies.
Beginning stained-glass classes with Sandy
French at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov. 14. Infor-
mation: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Old master's methodology oil painting class with
Paul Seibilia at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov. 19. Infor-
mation: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Drawing the tropical landscape class with Ginger
White at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov. 28. Infor-
mation: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Oil painting exhibit by Norma Lienhard at Island
Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through
Nov. 8.

Goblin Gathering at the Manatee County Parks
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Island Garden Club meeting at Gloria Dei
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One-stroke painting class at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center Oct. 30.
Stone Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival at the
Colony Beach and Tennis Resort Oct. 30-Nov. 2.
Fall Fun Festival at the Island Baptist Church
Oct. 31.
Halloween Trail of Treats from the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce Oct. 31.
Trash and treasure bazaar at Kirkwood Presby-

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Island angles from stellar films, beach sand wars

The film "Mystic River" is receiving rave reviews
by critics and moviegoers. Directed by Clint Eastwood,
starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon, it
is the story of three friends who grew up together in
Boston, then get together again as adults after a woman
is murdered.
"Mystic River" the book was written by Dennis
Lehane, who was decompressing from the novel and
working on his next one in Holmes Beach when I had
a chance to chat over stone crab claws with him in
December 2001.
"I seem to work well when I'm near the water,"
Lehane, usually Boston-based, said of his time at a
beachfront home he shared with wife Sheila and their
two English bulldogs. "It works as some kind of trig-
He's no stranger to the Island, having spent vaca-
tions here as a student at Eckerd College in St. Peters-
burg before his graduation in 1988. He left Southwest
Florida for the East Coast while he attended Florida
International University, graduating with a master's
degree in creative writing.
"Then it was back to Boston," he said with a grin.
"I missed the change in seasons."
Lehane was working on his seventh novel, which
had a working title of "Missing Dolores." When pub-
lished, the new book was titled "Shutter Island," and it
is one of the most astounding mysteries I've ever read.
When I finished it, I stared out in space for a while, then
turned to the front and started to read it again to pick
up the obvious clues that were far from obvious when
I was first going through the pages.
Lehane wouldn't talk about the work-in-progress
eventually titled "Shutter Island" back then: "I'm su-
perstitious about that," he said, and I'm sorry he felt
that way because I would have really liked to have his
take on what really happened with the characters.
His first book, "A Drink Before the War," won him
the prestigious Shamus Award for Best First Novel
presented by the Private Eye Writers of America. The
novel introduced readers to Boston private investiga-
tors Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, and was fol-
lowed by four more books featuring the characters.
"Sacred," his third novel, was the only story in that
series that ventured away from Boston, as the pair track
down a suspect in the Tampa Bay area. In fact, a piv-
otal scene takes place on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
"The bridge had two spans," Lehane wrote in "Sa-
cred," "which seemed to be modeled after dorsal fins.
From a distance, as the sun dipped toward the sea and

The dean of
Florida marine
Dr. Robert Dean of
the University of
Florida has been in
Anna Maria for his
study of shoreline
erosion along the
city's east side
from the Rod &
Reel Pier to Bean
Point. Dean said he
expects the initial
phase to take about
three months and
expects a report
back to the city
commission in
January 2004.
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the sky turned purple, the dorsal fins appeared to have
been painted a smoky gold, but as we rode over the
bridge itself, we saw that the fins were made up of sev-
eral yellow beams that converged in ever-smaller tri-
angles. At the base of the beams were lights that when
turned on and combined with the setting sun, gave the
fins a golden hue.
"Christ, they love their colors down in these parts."
"I spent three years looking at the bridge out my
window," Lehane said of his Eckerd days and the Sky-
Lehane said "Mystic River'" was a departure from
the Boston P.I. duo anid a departure from his usual writ-
ing style.
"I had never written in the first person before the
first book," Lehane said, "and I was chaffing to get
back into offering multiple points of view. Usually,
when I'm finishing a book I've always got an idea for
the next book. I had an empty void after book five."
"Mystic River" had its genesis as a thesis com-
pleted during graduate school, he said, "and I decided
to give it a whirl."
Lehane said he has a loose outline from which he
works when he's writing. "I'll pretty much know what
A and B are, and I'll have a pretty good idea of what
M is, and I might know X," he said. The rest of the
novel gets filled in as he writes.
And the writing is somewhat forced at the begin-
ning. He said at the start he has to force himself to sit
down each morning and write for a few hours. As the
manuscript proceeds, it goes faster. "Once I get going.
I'll do 12 or 16 hour days and not notice it."
Natural comparisons have been made between
Lehane and another Boston-based crime fiction writer,
Robert B. Parker, whose character Spencer has ap-
peared in 30-odd books. Lehane said he believed the
only similarities are in a shared sense of humor.
"The first chapter in 'Drink' was like Parker,"
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of the second chapter and never reappeared in his other
Lehane is a fan of many contemporary authors,
although he forces himself not to read mysteries while
he's writing. "Most writers don't," he said. "You don't
want another style to bleed into yours. We're all born
mimics, anyway."
Lehane loaded praise on fellow novelist and mys-
tery writer Carl Hiaasen, especially for "Stormy
Weather," the story of the aftermath of Hurricane An-
drew hitting south of Miami. "I read that and thought,
'OK, Andrew has been done,'" he said, although it
didn't stop him from throwing a hurricane into the mix
in "Shutter Island."
For those who are leery of seeing the movie of a
book they love because it never seems to be quite the
same, Lehane said to relax regarding "Mystic River."
He lauded screenwriter Brian Helgeland for what he
called an "astonishingly faithful" adaptation, according
to a article by Steve Persall in the St. Petersburg Times.
Helgeland had done three drafts on the screenplay
before he sent a copy to Lehane. He said he liked the
script, but suggested the addition of one scene, which
he called the "Lady Macbeth" part.
"That was one I said just has to be in there,"
Lehane said in the Times. "Within, like, three seconds,
Clint said, 'You're right.' Brian added the scene and he
kicked its ass."
The film rights to "Shutter Island" have also been
sold, and the movie is in production now. There's even
an Island angle to that story: director of the film is
Wolfgang Peterson, who also directed "Palmetto," star-
ring Woody Harrelson, which used the Anna Maria
City Pier as a backdrop for a pivotal scene.
Anna Maria Island: Writer's retreat, and perhaps
the next Hollywood?

Beach smoking thoughts
There has been a bit of a buzz of late about estab-
lishing no-smoking rules on public beaches. A couple
of communities around the country are toying with the
idea as a means to get the cigarette butts off the sand,
since it seems that smokers aren't all that tidy when it
comes to cleaning up after themselves.
If any elected officials start to consider such a simi-
lar ban, here's a thought:
I would like to think that law enforcement officers
on Anna Maria Island would have more pressing busi-
ness to attend to than busting people for putting butts
on the beach. No, I certainly don't like to see cigarette
detritus along the Island's shores, but butt cops? Jeez.

Sandscript factoid
Never let it be said that our neighbors to the south
on Siesta Key ever forget anything. And never forget
that almost all things seem to have an Island angle.
About 10 years ago, a proposal was made to take
sand from the northern tip of Siesta off Big Pass and
barge it down to renourish badly eroded beaches in
Venice. Experts said that the sand from the shoal could
be "feathered" off without any harm to the beaches on
the key. Siesta residents went nuts, despite the minus-
cule amount of sand that would be taken from an enor-
mous stockpile in the inlet, and county commissioners
eventually relented and canceled the sand transfer.
Fast forward to today. The channel leading into the
bay has become so filled with sand that the U.S. Coast
Guard has removed all channel markers along the cut,
and it appears more than likely that before too much
longer there will be one big sandy attachment to the
north end of the key.
County commissioners agreed last July to hire a
coastal engineer to determine if the inlet is indeed des-


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So where are all those big kingfish?

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Mackerel are still the best bet along the beaches
and piers off Anna Maria Island this week, with redfish
being a real winner in the backwaters.
Grouper offshore are still pretty far out, in about
125 feet of water or more, and kingfish are starting to
show up but not in the big numbers that are expected
any day now. Cobia are also starting to make a real
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters guided Brian Bustle, Roy Padgett, Dave
Ratliff and party to a catch of 30 mangrove snapper to
5 pounds in two hours, plus gag grouper to 12 pounds,
four sharks to 6 feet in length, plus some kingfish.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said the recent high tides are producing redfish
and snook in Terra Ceia Bay, with the lower tides caus-
ing redfish to hit in Miguel Bay.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said grou-
per fishing offshore is still an "offshore" event, with the
deep dwelling critters still farther offshore than usual,
roughly in 125 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico. Mack-
erel and redfish are good bets closer to shore, and some
of the guides are reporting big snook hookups.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's hearing reports of lots of redfish in Miguel and
Terra Ceia bays, trout being caught near Joe's Island
and he's seen quite a few 20-inch-long flounder com-
ing back to the dock.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said the bigger
snook are still hard to get, but there are plenty of slot-
limit linesiders coming on board his boat. Redfish are
still his mainstay, he said.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's catching trout
on most trips, enough snook to keep his clients happy
and lots of redfish for those looking for a catch of
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of Catch-
ers said he's catching red and gag grouper up to 25 inches
in length, mangrove and lane snapper to 5 pounds, and
warsaw grouper when they do some deep fishing.

tined to close, if some of the sand there could be used
for beach renourishment, if any dredging would
threaten nearby beaches, and if any dredging would
make the inlet even more unstable.
Siesta residents have stalled the study because of
one thing: The guy the county wants to hire. He is Dr.
Bob Dean of the University of Florida, the same guy
who drew the ire of Siesta 10 years ago when he said
there would be no problem with moving sand from
north Siesta to Venice.
And the Island angle? Dr. Dean is studying the
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a few kingfish out there, too, and backwater action is
good for trout and reds, with the trout being of average
size right now.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said mackerel are
starting to show up around the pier in some numbers.
Anglers caught two legal-size cobia last week, plus black
drum and redfish that were within the slot limit.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier re-
ported fishers are getting mackerel most days, sheep-
shead are starting to appear around the pilings but
aren't biting very well as yet, but snook are beingI

Nautical flea market
Saturday in Cortez
The fifth annual Cortez nautical flea market
will be from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at
the parking lot of the Seafood Shack restaurant
and marina.
Both the flea market and parking are free
but there is a $10 table charge for those who
wish to sell seagoing items. The Seafood Shack
is at the mainland end of the Cortez Bridge.
Additional details may be obtained by call-
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Pastor Brian
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displays some
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per and
snapper he
and his party
caught while
fishing with
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caught at night and there are also some catches of man-
grove snapper and flounder.
On my boat Magic, we have been catching up to
20 redfish per trip, a few keeper snook and several
flounder up to 21 inches in length. We even were able
to catch a 7-pound bluefish.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide.
Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report. Prints
and digital images of your catch are also welcome and
may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news @ islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
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Anna Maria Dolphins run past PAL Dolphins for win

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
In youth football action, the Anna Maria Island
Dolphins recorded its second victory of the season, 22-
13, on Saturday. Oct. 18, behind an impressive running
game that saw the Fins rush for 170 yards and three
touchdowns against the Police Athletic League Com-
munity Center Dolphins team.
Offensive linemen C.J. Wickersham, Scan Price,
Jason Schneider, Nick Ross and Chase Halverson con-
sistently opened holes for running backs Chad
Richardson arUfC.rey Williamson. Richardson led the
ground attack with 80 yards and a touchdown on 15
carries, while Williamson rushed for 67 yards and a
pair of touchdowns on 10 carries.
PAL opened the game with a 14-yard run by quar-
terback Ryan Sherman that might have been more, but
Ross hustled to catch the PAL quarterback from be-
hind. Williamson blew up a screen pass on the next
play for a loss of seven yards and Richardson recovered
a fumble on third down to give the AMI Dolphins the
ball on the PAL 25-yard line.
After an illegal motion penalty, Dolphin quarter-
back Nick Sato gained three yards on first down before
connecting with wideout Connor Bystrom for I 11 yards
and a first down at the 16. Two straight runs by
Richardson netted 10 yards before Williamson ran it in
from six yards to give the Dolphins a 6-0 lead.
Anna Maria added to its lead late in the first half
after an impressive defensive stand that saw the Fins
deny PAL a first down despite an offside penalty that
gave PAL five yards. PAL punted and Richardson re-
turned it five yards to his own 43.
Richardson gained five yards on first down and
after an incomplete pass by Sato on second down,
Williamson powered for five more yards and a first
down on the next play.
Sato was off the mark on a first down passing at-
tempt, but Williamson took care of business on second
down when he broke two tackles before outrunning
everyone down the right sideline for a 42-yard touch-
down run and a 12-0 lead.
Will Kretzman drilled the two-point conversion
kick through the uprights to give the Fins what looked
like a commanding 14-0 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, PAL's Rahard Rivers took
Wickershams kickoff and outran everyone up the right
side to complete a 75-yard kickoff return for a touch-
down. Richardson intercepted the extra-point attempt
and the Dolphins held onto a 14-6 lead.
Anna Maria received runs of five yards from Sato
and Williamson and a 14-yard pass play from Sato to
Bystrom, but the Fins ran out of time as the first half
came to a close.
The PAL defense limited Anna Maria to five yards
on their opening possession of the second half to take
over on downs at the Anna Maria 30-yard line.
The two teams traded penalties before Anna Maria
committed a pass interference to move the ball 15 yards
for PAL. Two runs by Louis Goff netted six yards be-
fore Dion Edward got loose around the left end for a
19-yard touchdown run. Sherman connected with Riv-
ers for the extra-point to pull PAL to within 14-13 with
a lot of time left to play.
Anna Maria responded with a 12-play, 55-yard
scoring drive punctuated by Richardson, who ran it in
from nine yards out.
On third and six, Richardson got the first down
with a 14-yard run, while Charlie Woodson came
through with a 15-yard run on fourth down and four
yards to go. Richardson finished the drive off with con-
secutive runs of 8, four and nine yards for a 20-13 lead.
Kretzman provided some breathing room when his
two-point kick split the uprights to give Anna Maria a
22-13 lead.
Rivers gave PAL some hope when he raced 34
yards on a reverse that he might have taken to the house
had it not been for the hustle of Nick Ross, who caught
the speedy receiver from behind. Sherman almost got
picked off by Anna Maria cornerback Jimmy Campos
on first down and got sacked by Zach Geeraerts on
second down. Richardson broke up Sherman's third-
down passing attempt before Campos tattooed Goff
after a gain of four yards on fourth down to give the ball
back to Anna Maria.
Richardson ran three times for 13 yards to close the
game out with the Anna Maria Dolphins on top 22-13.
The Dolphins' season record now stands at 2-7. Its

Dolphin linebacker Zach Geeraerts sacks PAL quarterback Ryan Sherman to end any hope of a PAL come-
back. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidv

Connor BYstromn makes one of his two catches during the
football action.

next game is against the Panthers at 5:30 p.m. Satur-
clay, Oct. 25, at the PAL complex in Bradenton.

Soccer winding down
The top teams in each of the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's soccer league divisions remain inI
control of their respective divisions, though in Division
1 (ages 12-13), ReMax finally dropped a game, leaving
West Coast Surf Shop as the only remaining unde-
feated team.
There are only three or four games remaining in the
regular season, which means ReMax and Division II
(ages 10-11) Air & Energy have all but wrapped up
first place. Undefeated West Coast Surf Shop is in
good position, but Gateway Solutions still has a math-
ematical chance of catching them. Gateway still has
two games remaining with the Surf Shop and so they
can take matters into their own hands, er, feet, if they
want to stake a claim to first place.
All-Stars will soon be picked for the Thursday,
Nov. 6, All-Stars games, while Monday, Nov. 10, is the
night of the season-ending awards presentation at the

A&E 4, Harry's I
Air & Energy captured their eighth win of tIhe sea-
son in Division II, defeating second place Harry's Con-
tinental Kitchens 4-1 behind a pair of goals by Joey

Hutchinson on Friday, Oct. 17. Rainia Lardas and Kyle
Sewall each added one goal to the A&E victory.
Nash Thompson scored the lone goal for Harry's
in the loss.

Gateway 3, Sun I
Daniel Pimental scored two goals to lead Gateway
Solutions to its fifth win Friday, Oct. 17, in Division III
(ages 8-9) soccer action. Kayla Aritt added the other
goal for Gateway in the victory, which puts them firmly
in second place.
Austin Wash scored the lone goal in the loss.

Animal Clinic 9, IRE 1
Island Animal Clinic received goals from five dif-
ferent players during its 9-1 romp Thursday, Oct. 16,
led by Austin Martin's hat trick. Gabe Salter and Ally
Titsworth each added a pair of goals in the Division II
victory, while Wyatt Easterling and Patrick Facheris
each notched one goal for the Animal Clinic.
Dylan King managed the only goal for Island Real
Estate in the loss, which dropped IRE into third place
in the Division II standings.

Sun 2, Jessie's 1
Kyle Crum and Karissa Fischer shined for the Stiun
as it claimed its first win on the season Thursday, Oct.

THE ISLANDER M OCT. 22, 2003 0 PAGE 29

16. Crum and Fischer each notched goals as the Sun
moved out of the cellar in Division III.
Travis Belsito scored one goal to lead Jessie's Is-
land Store in the loss.

Surf Shop 2, Jessie's 1
The West Coast Surf Shop edged Jessie's Island
Store Wednesday, Oct. 15, to remain undefeated in
Division III play. Giorgio Gomez and Alex Hall each
notched one goal for the Surf Shop in the victory, while
Travis Belsito scored one goal for Jessie's in the loss.

A&E 4, Mr. Bones 1
Air & Energy received two goals apiece from Sa-
rah Howard and Joey Hutchinson during its 4-1 Divi-
sion II victory Wednesday, Oct. 15. Martine Miller led
Mr. Bones with one goal in the loss.

W.C. Refrigeration 3, LaPensee 3
West Coast Refrigeration and LaPensee Plumbing
battled to a 3-3 tie in Division I action Tuesday, Oct.
14, to remain in a tie for second or last place depend-
ing on one's perspective. West Coast received one goal
apiece from Sarah White, Jordan Pritchard and Max
Marnie, while Preston Riede, Celia Ware and Alex
Wright scored goals for LaPensee in the tie.

W.C. Refrigeration 5, ReMax 4
West Coast Refrigeration handed ReMax its first
loss of the Division I season Monday, Oct. 13, getting
two goals apiece from Jordan Pritchard and Max
Marnie. Sarah White added one goal to provide the
winning margin for West Coast.
Sean Pittman scored two goals to lead ReMax,
which also received one goal each from Chris Martin
and Will Osborne in the loss.

Basketball on the horizon
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's 2003-
04 basketball season is gearing up and registration for
the upcoming season has begun.
Prospective players can take part in the Center's
Basketball Camp League which will be held from Oct.
20 to Nov. 7. This half-camp, half-league introduction
is offered to help improve basketball skills for league
Players will work on specific fundamentals of of-
fense and defense and will be tested in game-type situ-
ations. Each day of the camp will feature different skill-
related drills, proper diet, conditioning and scrim-
Cost for the camp is $30 per player with each par-
ticipant receiving a camp T-shirt at registration.
The Center will have two nights dedicated to
league registration with the first being Tuesday, Nov.
11, from 6-8 p.m., followed by another registration
bonanza Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6-8 p.m.
Cost for the league for Center members is $40 for
first child and $35 for each additional child. Non-mem-
ber costs are $50 for the first child and $45 for each
additional child.
There will be mandatory tryouts for each of the five
age groups. The 5-7-year-olds will try out Nov. 17,
while 8-9-year-olds try out Nov. 18. The league's 10-
11-year-olds tryouts will be Nov. 19, and ages 12-13
will try out on Nov. 20. The division for 14-17-year-
olds will try out Nov. 21. All tryout times are from 6-
7 p.m.

Go team go!
The Anna Maria Island Community Center an-
nounces the start of its cheerleading program for girls
age 6-14 for the upcoming basketball season, which
runs from November to February. Registration will be
accepted from Oct. 15 to Nov. 8. Cost to join the squad
is $35 for Center members and $45 for nonmembers.
The cheerleading season gets kicked off Saturday,
Nov. 8, with a two-hour clinic to on the basic tech-
niques in timing and safety and to learn new cheers and
select squads. The exact time to be announced at a later
date by the Center.
The cheer program is also in need of three or four
volunteers to be "cheer moms." Training will be pro-
vided for all volunteer coaches.
For more information on Center programs, call Joe
Cheblus at the Center, 778-1908.
If you have a story idea or sports news to report,

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Chad Richardson runs through a huge hole opened up by the Dolphin offensive line to score on a nine-yard



Corey Williamson rounds the corner on the way to a 42-yard touchdown run that gave the Dolphins a 14-0

Center soccer league

standings (as of Oct. 17)
Division I Won Loss Ties
ReMax 7 1
LaPensee Plumbing 2 5 1
West Coast Refrig. 2 5 1

Division II
Air & Energy 8 1
Harry's 4 4
Island Real Estate 3 4 2
Animal Clinic 2 5 2
Mr. Bones 2 5

Division III
W.C. Surf Shop 8 0
Gateway 5 2 1
Sun1 6 2
Jessie's 1 7 1

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,
coach for Manatee High School female soccer and a
fidl-time teacher/parent.

Community Center

soccer schedule
First team listed is home team
Division 1 (Ages 12-13)
Oct. 27 7:15 p.m. LaPensee vs.
W.C. Refrigeration
Oct. 28 7:15 p.m. ReMax vs. LaPensee

Oct. 23
Oct. 24
Oct. 24
Oct. 27

Oct. 22
Oct. 23
Oct. 28

II (Ages 10-11)
7:15 p.m.
6 p.m.
7:15 p.m.
6 p.m.

III (Ages 8-9)
6 p.m.
6 p.m.
6 p.m.

A&E vs. Animal Clinic
Harry's vs. IRE
Mr. Bones vs. Animal Clinic
IRE vs. A&E

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

Instructional League (Ages 5-7)
Oct. 22 6 p.m. Morgan Stanley
vs. Danziger
Oct. 22 7 p.m. Bradenton Ortho
vs. Air America
Oct. 23 6 p.m. Air America vs. Observer
Oct. 23 7 p.m. Mike Norman vs Stanley
Oct. 28 6 p.m. Bradenton Ortho vs. Bistros
Oct. 28 7 p.m. Mike Norman vs. Danziger

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place, new windows, pavers, boat hoist and more. Enjoy luxury
living in this single-level executive ranch-style home with more
than 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 under way. $379,900.

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

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Nestled in a grove of swaying
palms, these two 2BR/2BA at-
tached homes have been recently
remodeled and beautifully turnkey
furnished. One short block to
beach. $659,000. Call Robin
Kollar, Broker-Owner, 713-4515.

Ground level duplex on north
end of Island. Large lot, close
to Bay. 2BR/1BA each side
Call Chris @ 778-0738.

Bright and cheerful 2BR/1 BA with
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1 110 beach. Great investment opportu-
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cret water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont
or custom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call
778-7459 or 720-5470.

LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
vided. 779-9607.

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

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

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

REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
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.

FLOOR TILE HELPER, own transportation. Experi-
ence helpful but will train right person. Call 795-6228.

$$$ TRAVEL LIKE the professionals. Turn your fun
into fortune. Become an online travel agent. Join us for
an informative evening at the Ponderosa Steakhouse,
5715 U.S. 41, Bradenton. No experience needed.
Thursday nights, 7pm. RSVP, 792-5439.


JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city
beat and features writing by The Islander. Must
have journalism education, experience or back-
ground relevant to government reporting. E-mail
resumes to news@Islander.org, fax 778-9392 or
mail/deliver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.

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

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

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

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

MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward 778-3222.
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4 BR/2BA on the canal, heated
, -.' .. :" pool. Available ,January
'.' through April 2004. Special
rates lor seasonal booking.
S '. Call Pat Siacblr.i Li Rcail EM ac II rke
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LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.

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

wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, rea-
sonable and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and
insured. 778-0944.

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

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

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

vice. Service all brands, eighteen years experi-
ence. 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
private homes, condos, rentals and seasonal
homes. Concierge services and home watch. Call

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

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709 FERN is an immaculate 2BR/1BA, one-car ga-
rage, one-owner vacation rental available for the
2004 season for $1,500 $1,750 per month.

Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
E-Mail: dougdowling@earthlink.net
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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 with Matrix PC, 708-6541.

FITNESS TRAINING: Personal fitness studio, low
rates, great results. Call Bob, 794-6531. Certified,
insured, Manatee Chamber of Commerce member.
Call 794-6531.

HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Is-
land resident. "Get the job done right." Free esti-
mate, many references. 713-1907 cell, 778-4192

now with easy access and Island convenience at
no extra cost. Call Marina Pointe Realty, 779-0732.

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

STEVE'S REMODELING & Repair: Chicago con-
tractor for 30 years. Affordable and dependable
service. Please call 795-1968.

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

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

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
Call today, 795-0887. MA#0017550.

PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,

SEWING, MENDING, minor alterations and ironing.
Reasonable rates. Call Nadine, 778-0837, cell

COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training, main-
tenance, virus and Spyware protection. Island na-
tive. Call John Baird with Matrix PC, 708-6541.

TAYLOR MADE CLEANING Island residents only.
Senior discounts, weekly, bi-weekly. $35-$45. Call
Jennifer, 779-0184.

dependable service by Island resident. Thirty years
experience. Servicing all makes and models. Call

nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, hauling,
Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent references.

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. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 448-3857.

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

WANTED: MONTHLY LAWN accounts on the Is-
land. Trim-n-Haul. Call 750-0112.

CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING Services: Quality lawn
maintenance, landscape cleanup, pruning, shell and
more. Insured, references. Call 778-2335 or 284-1568.

stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Gar-
den Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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

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

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, 795-5100

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

timates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal
at 778-1730.

CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construc-
tion. Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now
certifying back flow at water meters.
(FL#RF0038118) 778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. In-
terior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim.
Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call cell 778-
6898 or cell, 320-9274.

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This unique 3BR/2BA waterfront masterpiece embodies the
"Island lifestyle". This home features top of the line Pella win-
dows and sliding glass doors, beautifully glazed Mexican tiled
floors, master bedroom suite with glass block shower and
beautiful built-in vanity, skylights and a comfortable and spa-
cious great room floor plan featuring the loveliest kitchen on
the Island, offering a built-in hickory china hutch with glass-
front cabinets plus plate and wine rack, built-in desk, Italian
tiled backsplash, and handy pantry. Other amenities include
a sunny swimming pool, steel reinforced 32-foot concrete boat
dock on deep seawalled canal with direct bay and Gulf access,
and pretty tiled driveway. The lovely grounds include many in-
viting secret gardens and decks with fountains, bougainvillea,
citrus and avocado trees, potting shed, automatic sprinkler
system on irrigation meter, and a handy double carport plus
double car garage. This renovation masterpiece is unbelievable
- you must see it! Priced at $799,900.

BROCHURE Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com

Remember when you could buy a condo on the Gulf in the $300,000s?!?
Those times are back!
The "Alamanda Villa," one of Anna Maria Island's most popular small
resorts, announces the availability of all eight, large IBR/IBA vacation
rental units, centrally located at 102 39th St. in Holmes Beach.

Call or e-mail for information.
Barry Gould 778-3314 or Ted Schlegel 518-6117.





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Photo expert Elka 'In Focus' on TV

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Islander Jack Elka is known for his professional
photography talents and he's now taken that knowl-
edge to his own television show.
Elka's show, "In Focus," airs on METV-Chan-
nel 21 on local cable TV and is designed as an edu-
cational program dealing with all aspects of photog-
raphy, digital graphics, conventional films and even
"It's an educational show for everyone in pho-
tography, whether they're a professional, amateur or
just starting out," said Elka.
The shows are taped, then shown three times a
week for an entire month. Elka just finished filming
the October show, which will be seen on Tuesdays
at 8:30 a.m., Thursdays at 10 p.m. and Sundays at 5
Elka is pleased with the initial success of the
show and, as an added bonus, gets to work with his
son, Michael, who is an editor at METV.
"We try to cover all the basics of photography,
including digital cameras, which is the wave of the
future. We also have a question-and-answer period
at the end of the show."

Ask the expert
Island professional photographer Jack Elka on the
set of his own television show "In Focus, which
airs on METV- Channel 21 three times each week.
But 30 minutes may not be enough for photog-
raphy enthusiasts and Elka plans on holding work-
shops in the future with area professionals.

"I get a lot of people asking 'can you teach me
this?' so seminars and workshops are a natural off-
shoot of the program," he added.
He's already lined up a workshop at an area
Boys and Girls Club and more are planned at other
"We're even plan on a workshop at Manatee
Community College on developing your own film in
a darkroom. Even with today's digital photography,
developing your own film is still a smart thing to
Elka should know what's smart in the photo in-
He's been a professional photographer for 25
years with the past 22 years on Anna Maria Island.
He specializes in aerial photography and "portraits
by the sea," which he trademarked.
When not up in the sky, Elka spends his spare
time as the keyboard player for the Billy Rice Band,
which plays frequently at Bongo's on the Palma Sola
Elka also encourages anyone with questions on
photography to contact him by e-mail him at
jack@jackelka.com, or through regular mail to his
studio at 315 58th St., Holmes Beach FL 34217.

Island family with an eye for news at CBS

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
This summer Holly and Trina Rizzo had a big seat
to fill Dan Rather's. Rather is anchor and managing
editor of the "CBS Evening News."
The Rizzo family, Holly, 6, Trina, 9, and parents
Anthony and Natalia, were given a rare opportunity to
get up close and personal with the CBS newsroom
thanks to Peggy Bowe, a friend of Natalia's and an
assistant director of the CBS Evening News program.
The family was given a personalized tour of the
entire facility and watched some of the staff in action,
although an offer to watch a live broadcast from the
studio didn't fit into their scheduled plans.
The tour included a peek at the control room, the
news desk, offices and the video-storage room.
Holly said her favorite part of the tour was the con-
trol room. "There are a lot of little TVs and big TVs in
the control room and you could see different things on
each screen."
"She likes buttons and computers," said Holly's dad.
The girls had a chance to push a few buttons in the
remote-control room that operates the large television
cameras. No longer operated by a cameraman, a re-
mote-control operator maneuvers the big cameras
around the studio.
Trina and Holly had a chance to maneuver the re-
mote cameras and they said they zoomed in on some
of the staff eating lunch.
Anthony noted that the staff really works in the
main newsroom and the people you see moving around
behind the news desk during a broadcast are busy do-
ing their work.
Trina said she really liked the main studio and
thought it was "really neat" that the other major news
broadcasts are constantly being shown on four differ-
ent television screens.

Birthday special
Kimberly Kuizon of Holmes
Beach got plenty of help cel-
ebrating her 16th birthday, with
limo to and from dinner on St.
Armands Circle and a visit to
the Longboat Key Holiday Inn .
on its last open night before
demolition. Left to right are
Michael Rigo, Tina Beu, Sammy
Johnston, Elyssa Sharp, Kim-
berly, Maria McMichael, and
Steven Grantham. The birthday
girl is daughter of Alexander
and Carla Kuizon.

The news team can see what other stations choose
to broadcast and how they present an issue. They said
they were surprised to learn how much time goes into
preparing for a news broadcast.
Anthony said an anchor can be on the job 10 to 12
hours deciding what is important to cover and they're
always ready at the spur of the moment.
"1 was surprised to learn that the shows are live,"

Island techs
Trina and Holly
Rizzo in a
control room at

said Trina. "I thought they taped the show an hour or
so earlier [than the broadcast]."
Both girls were excited about sitting at the news
desk in a prominent anchorman's seat, no less, and to
have their photos snapped.
"It was cool," Holly confirmed.
The only thing that could have made it better, Trina
said, would have been the opportunity to read some
news copy from the teleprompter.
Trina is a budding Anna Maria Elementary School
news anchor. "It's cool to be a reporter and it makes me
feel really important."
As a fourth-grader at AME, Trina is a member of
the Wednesday morning news show. Like the CBS
news, the AME morning news is broadcast live.
"It's a lot of responsibility," Trina said. "You have
to gather facts and know your lines."
Trina is responsible for reporting the weather, an
"amazing fact" and sports news. She said she likes to
concentrate on school or community sports.
Like Rather, Trina was born in October and
shares his eye for the news and ease in front of an au-
Holly enjoys reading, computers and riding her
bike and is a first-grader at AME.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry
work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work,
glass block work, paver and brick driveways. Call
Chris, 795-3034. Lic.#104776. Insured.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light car-
pentry, plumbing, electrical, grass cutting, tree trim-
ming, light hauling. Call 778-6170 or cell, 447-2198.

shower stalls, tub enclosures, fixtures, cabinets, til-
ing, drywall, texture-coat painting. Clean, honest,
reliable. More than 20 years experience. FA
Weingartner, 795-1645, 545-6141 cell.

JSM HOME REPAIRS "The Handy-Man Service."
If it needs to be built, repaired or installed, painted
or pressure washed, we can do it! Free estimates.
Call Scott at (941) 228-0751.

ISLAND HOME REPAIRS Carpentry, painting, dry-
wall repairs, electric, roof repairs, plumbing, general
repairs. No job too small. Low prices. Call 504-2027.

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

WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 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.

VP .ON RLi-TALS: 2BR apartments across
frc autiful $, $J75 to $500/week. Winter
a ng date. available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, 778-2374.

NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences. Now book-
ing for this season. Please call 778-2541 and leave
message or call (813) 752-4235. E-mail:
SeaBreezeNShore @ aol.com.

Get your news early online at www.islander.org.

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-

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.

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

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

AVAILABLE NOW 2BR/2BA bayview condo near
Publix, public beach. Unfurnished, Old Florida
Realty, 778-3377.

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

BRADENTON BEACH Homes for sale or rent. Sea-
sonal or annual, 1BR apartment, unfurnished,
$700/month includes utilities. 55-plus. Sandpiper
Mobile Resort 778-1140, or e-mail:

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

150 STEPS TO GULF. Seasonal, 2BR/2BA Im-
maculate ground-level home. Nonsmoking, no
pets. (813) 961-6992 or e-mail:
ghowcrof @tampabay.rr.com.

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: johne@buncombe.main.mc.us or call
JoAnn, 778-4750.

GULFVIEW 2BR ground-level home, 50 yards to
beach on quiet dead-end street. No smoking, no
pets. 3103 Avenue F. $875/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.

PERICO ISLAND Brand new 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Maintenance-free home. Lakefront, all
appliances, amenities, clubhouse and pool. An-
nual lease. $1,550/month-$1,450/month. Call

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

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.

STEPS TO BEACH: 1BR/1BA newly remodeled,
turnkey furnished, washer/dryer, carport. Available
weekly, monthly or 2004 season. 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
Estate, 778-2307.

ANNUAL ONLY: 2BR/1BA, directly on Gulf in
Bradenton Beach. $1,250/month, assurity/security
required with contract. Call 792-2779.

ANNUAL 3BR/2BA in Holmes Beach. Walk to
beach. Just like new! Fresh paint, new carpet, ga-
rage. Bay view from balcony. Call 779-9074 or
(703) 587-4675.

ANNUAL DUPLEX 1BR/1BA, across from beach,
$650/month, $650/deposit, water included. No pets.
Call 920-0096.

1 BA just one block to beach, $1,000/month, annual.
Call 224-0285.
PET-FRIENDLY bungalow with dock, south
Bradenton Beach. Barefoot lifestyle, old Florida
comfort. 1 BR, living room, eat-in kitchen with French
doors to spacious deck, large screened porch,
fenced tropical yard, 100-foot gated driveway. Par-
tially furnished, washer/dryer. $950/month. Short
term possible. Nonsmoking. Call (941) 485-1874.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1 BA duplex, washer/dryer.
2818 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. $800/month. Call
PERICO BAY CLUB waterfront Grand Cayman
model, 3BR/2BA, ceramic tile throughout, com-
pletely updated, two-car garage. $1,450/month. T.
Dolly Young Real Estate, 778-0807 or 232-1369.

1BR/1BA TRAILER steps to beach, Gulfview, 55-
plus, no pets. $550/month annually, $800/month
seasonally. Call 727-1683.

Edge. Available December or May, $3,500/month.
Call (616) 248-9008..

RENTAL: Furnished villa in Mt. Vernon condos, near
beaches, 2BR/2BA, carport, 55-plus, clubhouse with
numerous activities, heated pool, tennis, no pets,
nonsmoking. Six months at $2,000/month; $875/
annual. Call 794-5011.

beach, double garage. Fresh paint, new carpet, tile..
Like new. Call 794-4923 or 778-3289.

SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to
beach. Heated pool, dock, washer/dryer, garage,
designer furnished with tropical yard setting. One of
the finest rentals on Island. $1,500/weekly or
$5,200/monthly. Call 778-7612 or e-mail:

KEY ROYALE BEAUTIFUL canalfront home, 2BR/
2BA, tropical pool area with hot tub, dock with two
boat lifts, completely updated. Available January or
April, 2004, $3,700/month. Unit #27150.
www.vrbo.com. Call 730-1086.

Gulf beach. 107 Beach Ave., Anna Maria. Available
October and November, off season rates, $850/
week. Call 794-8202.

RENTALS RENT FAST advertised in The Islander.

ANNUAL 1BR/1BA DUPLEX in Holmes Beach.
Close to beach. $650/month. Call Smith Realtors,

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA DUPLEX on lake. Holmes
Beach. $850/month. Call Smith Realtors, 778-0770.

ANNUAL 1BR/1BA DUPLEX on lake in Holmes
Beach. $650/month. Smith Realtors, 778-0770.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA single-family home in Anna
Maria. $950/month. Smith Realtors, 778-0770.

HOLMES BEACH 1BR/1BA, 700 sq.ft. unfurnished
apartment. 100-feet from bay and tennis courts.
$650/month. Available Nov. 1. Call 383-7992.

WINTER RENTAL: Canalfront with 18-foot dock,
fully furnished, 2BR. Available now, three months
$1,950/month; four months $1,850/month; six
months or more lease $1,600/month. Inclusive, no
pets. Call 778-5793.

AVAILABLE NOV. 1: 2BR canalfront duplex, 18-
foot dock, light and water connection to fish clean-
ing table, storage for fishing equipment. Trash and
yard service included. Year lease, $850/month. No
pets. Call 778-5793.

level duplex. Completely furnished. One house from
Gulf. No pets. Call (813) 689-0925, or e-mail:

townhouse for annual lease. Near pool and work-
out room. 40-foot. dock with slip for boat. Deep-
water, near Anna Maria Island, five minutes to Gulf
beaches. Call Jim Larose, A Paradise Realty, at

ANNA MARIA 2BR/2BA raised duplex. Lane and
garage 300-feet to Gulf. Available now throughout
Dec. 21. Call (215) 491-1221.
WINTER SEASON 2003-04 available now! Anna
Maria Island, steps from beach, fully furnished, spa-
cious 1 BR/2BA. $2,195/month. 778-1098.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, new carpet, two blocks to
beach. Large kitchen, no pets. $735/month. Call

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

HOLMES BEACH Gulffront condo, partial Gulf views,
2BR/2BA, heated pool, tennis. $700-$945/week.
www.sunplazahaven.com. Call (443) 255-4140.

SEASONAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA villas, washer/
dryer, screened porch, carport, ground level.
$2,000-$2,500/month. Marina Pointe Realty Co.,
779-0732 or (866) 779-0732.

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Sam McDowell of Anna Maria manages to hold his Islander steady in a gale blowing atop Mount Washington
in New Hampshire. He is a longtime actor and officer of the Island Players.

Capital reunion
Sally and Gary Smith, left to right, of Bradenton held
a mini-family reunion with daughter-in-law Monica
and son Jeremy and daughter Sybil Petrey in Wash-
ington, D.C. The Petrey's reside and work in D.C.,
while son Jeremy and wife reside in Harrisburg, Pa.

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tion at Cape May, N.J. Their comment: "We love the Island, Turtle Watch and, of
course, The Islander."

Mississippi Queen
Even the mighty Mississippi is not imummune from Anna Maria Island news. Here,
left to right, Glenn and B.J. Vergason and Mary Ann and Bob Jones, all of
Holmes Beach, show off their hometown paper while on a week's cruise aboard
the paddle-wheeler Mississippi Queen.


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Beach, with the hometown press shown here on a
visit to Pennsylvania's Indian Echo caverns, 00 jfee
underground with ceilings 35 feet tall in some places
and a temperature of 51 degrees year-round. Th7ey
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MARINERS COVE 3BR/2BA furnished waterfront
condo in gated community with pools, tennis. Janu-
ary-April, $3,000/month; May-December, $2,000/
month. Three-month minimum. Call 798-9989.

ANNUAL RENTALS 1BR/1BA duplex, includes
water. $650/month. Also, 2BR/2BA home with ga-
rage, $1,200/month. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate,
P.A., 778-2291.

ceilings, screened lanai, pool and washer/dryer.
$800/month. Call Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

JOIN THE FUN! Seasonal rentals! West of Gulf
Drive, 2BR home, $2,700/; cheerful 1BR duplex,
$1,600/month; pet friendly 2BR, $2,100/month; el-
evated 2BR pool home $2,600; Palma Sola
Harbour 2BR condo with dock, $2,100/month. Call
Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 55-plus, Riverside Club,
eighth floor penthouse, panoramic Manatee River
views, 2BR/2BA, everything brand new. $1,300/
month. Economy Parkway Villas, 2BR/2BA, car-
port, $550/month. Call Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

VACATION RENTALS Available for 2004 season.
Perico Bay units 2BR/2BA; Palma Sola
townhouses; Longboat Village house $2,500/
month. Big discounts for November and December
2003. Call Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

Shores, 1BR/1BA and studio apartments, $500
security deposit. $735 and $680 per month, in-
cludes utilities. Call Jerry, 224-8850.

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

RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The

Camellia Properties
Vacation Rentals & Property Management
More than 35 Gulffront rentals to choose from.
Call us last! Best rates on the beach!

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Family Friendly Gulffront Luxury
2-Bedroom Condominiums 2 & 3-Bedroom Condominiums
One Week Minimum
Call For Rates and Availability
866-661-6622 or 778-8000

| '&Ay BR^EZ E!

This Key West-style home is just steps to the Bay in
Anna Maria. Beautiful wood floors, open design and
screened-in front porch that you can relax and en-
joy 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 informa-
tion. 941-778-0455. Offered at $595,000.

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Visit our website at www.greenreal.com

ROOMMATE WANTED: Central Holmes Beach
location. Private bedroom and bath. $400/month.
Call 778-1124 or 778-4523.

PERICO BAY CLUB Grand Cayman lakefront villa
in gated community. 2BR/2BA plus den, two miles
to Gulf. Hardwood floors, new carpet in master
bedroom. Two-car garage, attic with drop-down
ladder, tiled-enclosed lanai, new roof, siding, air
conditioner. $319,000. Call 761-1127. (Realtors:
commission will be paid).

West of Gulf Drive, great condition, additional stor-
age building, steps to beach. $279,000. 342-9456,
(239) 410-4466 cell.

LONGBOAT KEY VILLAGE home on north end.
3BR/1 BA, plus family room, fireplace, new roof and
A/C. Large two-car free-standing garage.
$409,000. Call Real Estate Mart, 256-1090.

carport, clubhouse, heated pool, nice 55-plus main-
land community. $62,500. Call Real Estate Mart,

2BR/1BA COTTAGE near Anna Maria city pier.
Small lot with some common land. $249,000. Call
779-2143 or email: robertsami@juno.com.

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

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SUNSET BEACH MOTEL 13 guest rooms
plus a four bedroom beach house. Licensed
for 14 units. Heated pool plus cabana and an
elevated "sunset" deck. Good rental history
and advance bookings. Includes a small par-
cel of beach. $2,600,000. Call David Vande
Vrede or Dave Jones at 713-4800.

PRIVATE SETTING Completly updated
2/3BR/2BA family home on a duplex lot in a
private setting. Kitchen is all new and open
to the living room, dining room combination.
All new windows installed. For more informa-
tion Call Dave Vande Vrede at 725-4800 or
Dave Jones at 713-4800. $425,000.

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

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: BEAUTIFUL, built 2001/2002, 3,500
sq.ft., 6BR/4BA, sun deck, storage house, cor-
ner lot, 100 by 100 feet, completely furnished.
West of Gulf Drive, 600 ft. to beach. Walk to
shopping center. Must see! $850,000. Owner,

BEAUTIFUL STILT HOME Terra Ceia. Eight sky-
lights, hard-oak floor, 3BR/2BA, two Jacuzzi
tubs, new build, partial view of bay, lake in rear,
large windows, half-acre, front and side deck,
easement rights to Bayshore Drive. Call 704-
0431 for details. $245,000.

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COMMERCIAL LOT Seller is a builder. Will
build to suit if need 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.

with two balconies and views of the bay and
Gulf. Turnkey furnished. Totally updated and
cleaner than new. Enjoy the heated pool and
private boat dock. Great rental income.
$379,000. Call Ed Oliveira, 705-4800.

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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 773-3966.

CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA Wonderful setting in
sought after Holmes Beach with Gulfview from
glassed-in lanai. Well maintained unit with new
appliances. $269,000. Call Quentin Talbert for
more information, 778-4800 or 704-9680.


5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com

a ]WESTBAY COVE Don't miss this
beautiful 2BR/2BAground level, poolside
end unit. Recently tiled throughout and
S new bedroom carpet. New end windows,
k sliding doors, refrigerator and range hood.
Close to shopping, beaches, trolley. Set
,"' ,.i i ; in lush grounds this is carefree Island
living at its best with peace of mind of a
i well-run condo association. $310,000.
Call Susan Hatch, Realtor 778-7616

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Marianne Correll

Bob Fittro

Wendy Foldes

Richard Freeman

Jon Kent

Tom Nelson

Nick Patsios

Ahhh! Paradise!! Spectacular sun-
rises greet you each morning.
Watch the boats go by and the
dolphins frolic. See the Skyway
Bridge light up each evening. This
is what Island living is all about.

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

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

307 Iris St. .................... $475,000
536 Key Royale Dr........ $829,900
106 Gull Dr. .................. $599,000
606 Dundee Ln. ............. $549,000
531 77th St................ $1,895,000
243 Willow Ave............. $895,000
301 S. Bay Blvd............. $725,000
7130 Longboat Dr. ...... $1,100,000


Westbay Pt Moorings #86. $395,000
4915 Gulf Dr ............. $1,715,0,00
Beachwalk Townhomes II from. $499,000
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 ....... $234,000
Bradenton Beach Club .... $849,000
Island Village #124 ....... $350,000
606 North Shore Dr. Duplex $725,000
210 Pine Ave. Multi ........ $599,000
6250 Holmes Beach ........ $435,000
204 65th St. Duplex ....... $339,900
5805 DePalmas ............ $299,000

Business only ................ $295,000
427 Pine Ave. ................ $695,000

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

2418 90th St. NW........ $2,995,000
Chris Shaw
Realtor 11434 Perico Isles Cir. ... $349,000
867 Audubon Dr. .......... $225,000
853 Waterside Ln.......... $265,000
1318 Perico Pt. Cir. ........ $249,900

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Beautifully redecorated ground-
floor unit on a canal with partial
bay view. Walking distance to the
beach, shopping, post office and
trolley stop. $279,000. 1B96011
Turt.nkey furnished 2BR/2BA Is-
land condo in Holmes Beach. En-
joy the heated pool, sauna, white
sandy beach and tennis courts.
Great location! $329,900. 1B93673

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2BR/1BA each side, very close to beautiful beach, up-
dated, two screened porches, turnkey furnished, garage,
prime north Holmes Beach area. Excellent rental.

2BR/2BA villa in secure gated community on quiet cul-
de-sac with very private views, glassed-in porch and bal-
cony. Close to pool, garage. $239,900.

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

2BR/2BA condo, beautiful view of Intracoastal Water-
way, heated pool, custon-workshop area in two-car ga-
rage, walk to shopping, restaurants, doctor's oll'ice, bank
and beach. $229,000.

2BR/2BA plus den. Beautifully renovated. Ceramic tile
throughout. Built-ins, custom kitchen cabinets and newer
appliances, private boat dock at your door. Heated pool.
Close to shopping, beaches. $339,900.

2BR/2BA turnkey furnished condo. Beachfront complex,
breakfast bar, domed kitchen, elevator, tennis, heated
pool, carport, balcony, storage, very good rental, walk to
stores and restaurants. $425,000.

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

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tial. A must see! Priced to sell at $325,000. Call Stephanie Bell Broker
Owner. 778-2307 or direct at 920-5156. MLS#93114

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KEY ROYALE Exquisitely upgraded and KEY WEST-STYLE Island canal
tastefully decorated. Sailboat water, home offers private docks, poo
4BR home offers direct boat access to and beaches only three blocks a
Tampa Bay. $775,000. Ruth Lawler, $659,000. Owner/agent, Va
587-4623. 96726 Hietala, 518-8120. 92645

from this stunning 38R unit. 40-foot
slip accommodates 50-ft. boat. No
bridges, deep water. $449,900. Kindra
Koeck, 812-3904. 93112


4BR POOL HOME totally remodeled
and has been professionally land-
scaped with tropical plantings. Located
just steps from the bay. $275,000.
Kathy Valente, 685-6767. 95681

KEY WEST-STYLE ESTATE on Palma Sola Bay offers guest house and main house.
Three fireplaces arid billiard room. Pool, spa and gym. Great water views! $1,950,000.
Valerie Hietala, 518-8120. 90317
SHAWS POINT Deep-water rivediont with dock near the mouth of the Manatee River
with no bridges. 3BR ranch nestles in private enclave of distinctive properties.
$1,500,000. Cheryl Harrington, 761-0151. 95934
4,000 sq.ft. Poolside gardens, gazebo, patios and dock on bayou. $989,000. Kathy
Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 96265
EXTRAORDINARY ESTATE that offers a circa 1922 restored home, guest house/ca-
bana, extra buildable lot, Olympic-size pool. $895,000. Kathy Valente, 685-6767 96815
1920 OLD FLORIDA RESTORED HOME will enchant and delight you. Wrap-around
porch, garden setting, brick patio and walks. Detached studio, stained glass, heart-
pine floors. $487,000. Julie DeSear, 725-0859 96544
BREATHTAKING PANORAMIC RIVER VIEWS from this 5th floor unit. Light and bright
interior. Heated pool and Jacuzzi, clubhouse and gazebo on waterfront. $229,000. Ruth
Lawler, 587-4623. 96056
OAKS 3BR, two-car garage home is nestled amongst mature trees. Private set-
ting, extensive tile, yard care plus community pool. $219,000. Kathy Valente,
WINDSOR PARK spacious 2BR large fenced lot. New paint, new stucco and newer
ioof. Extensive ceramic tile throughout. $134,900. Kathy Valente, 685-6767. 97005
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1 Hang back
4 Shot in the arm
8 Like tigers and yaks
13 Employer of many
17 __Miss
18 Cape Province settlers
19 Toothpaste introduced
in 1915
20 Kind of position
21 Creator of 47-Across
23 "Don't tell a soul"
25 Individually
26 Apple products
28 38-Down's home
29 "Don't do me any
33 Historic Italian family
34 alcohol
35 Faith: Abbr.
36 "Aeneid" figure
40 Send on
42 Red, for one
44 Set up
45 Ornamental shrub
47 Classic saga from which
the expressions at 23-,
29-, 63-, 83-, 100-, 111-
and 114-Across all
52 Patriotic org.
53 Quirk
54 Can openings?
56 Straying
58 Lucie's dad
60 In (seething)
61 Rosary recital
63 "Anything you want"
68 Coolers
71 Basketball defenses
72 Evasive
76 Reconciled
77 Involved

81 Mamie Eisenhower
82 Newlywed in '68
83 Bad feeling
86 Onetime Missouri tribe
88 Flogged
90 62-Down rival, for
91 Chewy treat
92 With 74-Down, Marvel
Comics founder
93 "Wheel of Fortune"
94 Desserts baked in
muffin tins
97 Short distance
100 Be fair to a fault
106 Wish, with "to"
109 Long John Silver
110 Nips and tucks
111 Short distance
114 Be suspicious
116 47-Across and the like
117 Haile Selassie follower
118 See 18-Dowin
119 W.W. II map: Abbr.
120 Ones in need of
121 96-Down in 28-Across
122 "The Naked Jungle"
123 Cave

1 Get seated
2 Hebrew letters
3 Old medicine?
4 Raccoonlike mammal
5 Up to now
6 Like most store-bought
7 Harden, in a way
8 Archer, at times
9 Brush off

10 Reply to "You are not!"
11 Reply: Abbr.
12 Holman who was
known as Mister
13 Enya, notably
14 Hardly the full gamut
15 Delhi attire
16 "Betsy's Wedding"
18 With 118-Across,
subject of an I.R.S.
20 Popular house gift
22 Finish
24 Flag down
27 Euro competitor: Abbr.
30 Lord's Prayer start
31 Bygone terror, for
32 Grinder
37 Kind of gun
38 Saudi's neighbor
39 A name that people lie
41 Amethyst's mo.
42 Fruitcake
43 Fleur-de-
44 Manhattan Project
45 Part of C.S.T.: Abbr.
46 Word with sugar or
47 Some clothing shades
48 Unhurt
49 Holiday drinks
50 Bird with LbiI,.:, ii green
and scarlet plumage
51 Brim (with)
55 Relative affluence
57 Figure of interest?
59 "How can __?"
61 Whistle, maybe
62 Plastic producer
64 Pester
65 Big show

66 Wanderer
67 "The Dukes of
Hazzard" spin-off
68 Apple products
69 Small weight on the
70 City next to the Twin
73 Gave rise to
74 See 92-Across
75 Agreement
77 Time before
78 Big Apple subway,
with "the"
79 Pulitzer-winning TV

80 Beso" (Paul
Anka hit)

84 Driver's plac
85 Drop
87 Grain bristle



Some roarers
Baseball's Maglie
They sometimes
have presidents'
names: Abbr.
Zoroastrian literature
Potentate, say
"An Actor's Life"

101 Rages

102 Mount
103 Quick Internet
104 Noted name in Scotch
105 Pandora's release
106 About
107 Headline
108 Fishing need
112 Song syllable
113 It can be cured
115 Business card abbr.

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Custom-built single-
family homes in
gated community on
canals in Anna Maria.
Starting at

4BR/2BA home on 2 lots w/fantastic signed for entertaining! Lead glass front
views of Bay. Stone fireplace, hardwood door, tiled .r,.jg ,Jrng room, family
floors, open beamed ceilings. Block to room w/sliders to the large lanai, with
beach and Gulf. Cathy Meldahl. 383- wetbar and jacuzzi. Becky Smith or Elfi
5577. #238933. $1,200,000 Starrett. 778-2246. #93435. $539,500

RUNAWAY BAY 2BR/2BA end unit with
bay views. This condo has been com-
pletely updated from top to bottom with
tile, carpet and all new appliances.
Harold Small. 778-2246. #97067.

views from this 2BR/2BA end unit at
Westbay Cove South. Recently updated
with new A/C, tile, carpet and paint. Short
distance to beach. Dave Moynihan. 778-
2246. #96388. $289,500

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ISLAND DUPLEX Elevated duplex 2BR/
1BA each side with separate utilities.
Recent renovations new vinyl siding,
kitchen cabinets, vanities, appliances.
stairways and balconies. Dave
Moynihan. 778-2246. #96341. $389.500

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West Side location. Lots of ceramic floors.
Large yard with plenty of room for boat or
RV parking plus room for a pool.. Heather
Blanchard. 751-0670. #96880. S144,900

conceptual rendering. 'H u
'. bayside condomini-
ums with boat dock
and pool. Starting at
' $795,000.

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Meet out newest Property Manager: Cristin Curl.
We are pleased to have Cristin in our Island of-
.'. rfice. A Florida native, she lives on the Island and
had managed rentals on Anna Maria and
Longboat Key. Call 778-2246 and let Cristin help
you find a winter getaway or manage your invest-
ment property.

Please Welcome Our

New Sales Associates

Linda Lutz


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