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ANNA MARIA CITY
Carol Ann Magill
John Chappie, mayor
John Shaughnessy, Ward 1
Lisa Marie Phillips, Ward 2
Peter Barreda, Ward 3
For stories and photos, see page 3.
Expect delays on
Gulf Drive next week
There will be possible traffic delays beginning the
week of Nov. 10, affecting Gulf Drive between 50th to
52nd streets due to the Haverkos drainage project.
Shirley Land Development will be conducting
stormwater drain improvements on 52nd Street and
Harbor Lane during the week, but the city cannot guar-
antee the exact time or date the project will begin.
Spidenman swept in for a quick visit with Anna Maria
Elementary School students and made a special
Halloween appearance on the student-run morning
news show Friday. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Former IMS director threatens suit
By Diana Bogan
Ousted executive director of the Island Middle
School, Gary Hughes, has retained Dye, Deitrich, Prather,
Petruff and St. Paul law firm, which has submitted a settle-
ment offer to IMS Board President Genie Salter.
In the letter, attorney Richard Groff raised three
issues concerning the Oct. 27 termination of Hughes'
services to the school.
First, Groff suggested the board may
have violated Florida's Sunshine Laws as
evidenced by the lack of board discussion
at its Oct. 11 meeting where board mem-
bers evaluated Hughes' duties.
Groff also noted that several board mem-
bers are suspected of conversations regarding
board issues outside of a noticed meeting.
Violation of the Sunshine Law can result
in individual and criminal penalties, a fine up
to $500 and, according to Groff, any action Hughes
taken at any unnoticed meeting is void.
Groff has advised Hughes that he has cause for
injunctive and declaratory relief that could result in the
invalidation of the board's action in his case.
Salter responded that the board holds all its meet-
ings in the public, so parents, the press and other mem-
bers of the public can be involved.
"The fact that board members, who are parents of
children at the school, are also friends outside of the
school, does not suggest wrongdoing as Hughes and his
attorney seem to assert," Salter said. "I am not aware
of any board members discussing Hughes' perfor-
mance outside our meetings, and am confident that
each board member made the right decision based on
the reasons outlined in the meeting."
The second issue cited by Groff is gender discrimina-
tion. According to the letter, the decision to strip Hughes
of his responsibilities was based on the board's decision
to promote Kelly Parsons, Hughes' assistant director.
Groff called the board's allegations of insubordi-
nation by Hughes a "flimsy" justification for its ulti-
mate termination of Hughes and it is
"clearly a pretext for unlawful discrimina-
Groff said the result may be reinstate-
ment and back pay.
S "I was very surprised," said Salter, "to
J hear that Hughes is now claiming that his
gender was a factor in the decision appar-
ently based only on the fact that the current
executive director is a woman. It was his ac-
tions, not his gender, that resulted in his re-
The final claim made by Hughes' at-
torney is breach of contract. According to Groff, there
is a contract between IMS and American United Em-
ployees, which has the right to terminate employees.
AUE was not consulted in the matter and disciplin-
ary procedures in the AUE handbook were allegedly
not followed. According to Groff, as a third-party ben-
eficiary to the agreement between AUE and IMS.
Hughes has standing to recover damages.
Through his attorney, Hughes stated a desire to
avoid the time and expense of litigation and requested
a release from liability in exchange for $60,000 and
legal fees, payable within two weeks.
Volume 11, No. 52 Nov. 5, 2003 FREE
could give Arvida
By Rick Catlin
Arvida's planned 898-unit condominium develop-
ment on Perico Island could start construction early next
year if proposed amendments to the City of Bradenton's
comprehensive plan are passed as expected, said
ManaSota-88 Executive Director Glenn Compton.
"It's basically an end run around the current city
comprehensive plan," said Compton, whose organiza-
tion has filed two legal challenges to the current Arvida
ManaSota-88 has claimed in court that Arvida's
proposal is not compatible with the City of Bradenton's
comprehensive plan, said Compton.
"If Bradenton changes its comp plan, I think you
will see Arvida submit a new site plan, perhaps as early
as January 2004," he said.
Bradenton's comp-plan amendments propose to
increase density in coastal high-hazard areas and pro-
vide density credits for undevelopable land.
That would fit perfectly with a new Arvida site
plan that eliminates the 10-story high rise buildings in
the current plan, Compton noted, but keeps the num-
ber of units at 898 by allowing for more structures on
the same amount of land.
"All I'm saying is that our present challenges
might be irrelevant because we claim the Arvida pro-
posal is' not consistent with the current City of
Bradenton comprehensive plan," he observed.
A comprehensive plan amendment that removes
the basis for any legal challenge clears the way for
Arvida to proceed without further delay, he said.
"I would expect to see Arvida submit a new site
plan," perhaps as early as January, he predicted, once
the Bradenton City Council passes the amendment, as
expected, and the Florida Department of Community
Affairs gives final approval.
"Obviously, we will study any new Arvida site
plan and then make a decision to challenge or not,"
PLEASE SEE PERICO, NEXT PAGE
Fallfest arts, crafts
festival this weekend
The Anna Maria Island Fallfest will see art-
ists and craters from a dozen states participating
this weekend at Holmes Beach City Hall field,
5801 Marina Drive.
The arts and crafts festival will be from 10
a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8-9.
A mix of jewelry, photography, fine art. clothing
and crafts will be there, a spokesperson said, as
well as tons of food and beverages.
Sponsoring the event is the Wildlife Educa-
tion & Rehabilitation Center Inc. of Anna Maria.
Admission and parking are free. Details are avail-
able at 379-0951.
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The controversy surrounding the Arvida project
began in April 2000 when the City of Bradenton an-
nexed Perico Island.
This allowed Arvida to avoid paying any county
impact fees on its project, and within a month the cor-
poration had submitted a site plan and received
Bradenton City Council approval to proceed.
A running legal battle with ManaSota-88 and
other environmental groups ensued and the project
has been tied up in court since that time.
Perico project possible after all?
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
However, he added, it's almost certain that Arvida
representatives and lawyers will ensure any new site
plan proposal meets all City of Bradenton comp-plan
requirements under an amended plan.
The first reading of the amendment is scheduled
for Nov. 19 at Bradenton-City Hall. Public comment
will be taken at the second and final reading in Decem-
Joan Perry of Holmes Beach, who has been the
ManaSota-88 representative at the Bradenton Planning
Commission hearings on the proposed amendments,
said the city has provided "insufficient data and analy-
sis to support these proposed changes."
Among other issues, there is no supportive ratio-
nale by the city for increasing density in a first prior-
ity hurricane- evacuation zone, she said.
Attorney Dan Lobeck, who represents ManaSota-
88 in its present legal battles with the City of Bradenton
over the Arvida project, said the organization has not
asked him to look into the proposed Bradenton comp-
plan amendment, so he was unable to coinment on its
"But there could be the same legal error that
formed our pending legal challenge, which is that the
comprehensive plan had never been approved by
DCA," when Arvida's original site plan was passed by
Arvida's current site proposal calls for 898
condominium units, some in 10-story buildings, on
ex-farmland owned by Whiting Preston located just
east of the Perico Harbor Marina on the north side
of the Palma Sola Causeway.
Arvida withdrew plans for a proposed retail-of-
fice center in the present site plan and Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation representatives have said they
expect an additional 2,000 residents in that area to
have minimal impact on the two-lane causeway.
the City of Bradenton, observed Lobeck.
"I would think that to avoid any further legal dis-
pute, Arvida would wait for DCA approval of the
[Bradenton] comp-plan amendment before proceeding
with a new site plan."
Race against the county
The Arvida-Perico Island project appears to be a
race with the Manatee County Commission over who
will pay impact fees and who won't, the very reason
Bradenton annexed Perico Island.
The county is proposing an ordinance requiring an
impact fee on new construction within the six county
municipalities that would also apply to condominium
If a new Arvida site plan is submitted and approved
by the City of Bradenton and the DCA, and construc-
tion starts before a municipal impact fee imposed by
the county takes effect, Arvida probably would not
have to pay those fees, said Lobeck.
For Manatee County, a municipal impact fee for
the 898 units of the planned Arvida project is simple
math in times of dwindling state revenues to the
With a condo impact fee estimated at $2,000,
Arvida's project amounts to $1.8 million, all for the
There is presently an impact fee on all new con-
struction in unincorporated Manatee County, but not in
PEC .. .
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Helen White and Mary Ann Schmidt, real estate
partners at SunCoast Real Estate, head up nut sales
for Island Players' holiday fundraiser. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
Nuts for Island Players
Helen White of SunCoast Real Estate heads up an
annual pecan sale benefiting Island Players theatrical
She's "nuts" over the Island theater group and her
idea has grown into a popular and successful
fundraiser, enticing more "nut lovers" each year.
Fresh Georgia pecans are offered in a 16-ounce
holiday package for $6.95. Chocolate-covered nuts are
$7.95 per package. The nuts are available through the
holidays or until the supply runs out at SunCoast
Real Estate, 5402 Marina Drive, or at The Islander
newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive, both in the Island
Shopping Center, Holmes Beach. Nuts are also avail-
able at the Island Players box office, Pine Avenue at
Gulf Drive in Anna Maria, during box office hours, 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and at intermissions during
f (f A European
Mommessin Winemaker Dinner
6 Courses, $80 per person
6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5
Serving Veuve du Vernay Champagne and
Macon Village Chardonnay with Hors d'Oeuvres
Pouilly Fuisse with Appetizer
Moulin-A-Vent with Salad
Fresh Citrus Sorbet
Mommessin signature wine Clos de Tait
Grand Cru Burgundy with Roasted Rack of
Chateau de Segur Sauternes with Dessert
Mominessid eiakers of France
will Presidce't thI event.
Please 1upl anr s to join us or
this verypeciale~ening ...
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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 5, 2003 M PAGE 3
ANNA MARIA CITY
Mot -tol lBohenberger
Quam re-elected, Magill,
Woodland also winners in
Anna Maria election
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria voters yesterday re-elected John
Quam to serve another two years on the city commis-
sion and also voted political newcomers Carol Ann
Magill and Dale Woodland to the commission.
Three commission seats were up for election and
incumbent Quam led all voters with 454 votes, while
Magill and Woodland tallied 446 and 406 votes respec-
Candidate Randall Stover had 283 votes and Jeff
Smith finished with 106 in the commission election,
which was held in November for the first time.
A new city charter passed in February 2003 moved
all city elections from February to November to coin-
cide with county, state and national elections. The com-
mission seats currently held by Duke Miller and Linda
Cramer will be up for election in November 2004, as
will the position of mayor, now held by SueLynn.
The newly elected commissioners will be sworn at
7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the commission's orga-
nizational meeting, followed by a workshop session.
The five-member commission will elect a chairper-
son, who will also serve as the city's deputy mayor
under the new charter. Quam was the chairperson for
the previous commission.
Quam said he was looking forward to working with
the new commissioners.
"I don't see any problems in working together. We
have a lot of business to take care of, including park-
ing and capital improvements and I believe this com-
mission will make some good decisions."
Woodland was elected to the commission for the
first time after two previously unsuccessful campaigns
for a seat.
"I think absolutely this is a good commission for
the city. I think we can all work together, and I want to
thank everyone who voted for me, especially Mark
Alonso. I'm looking forward to getting started."
Magill won a commission seat in her first try and
she also believes this is a good commission.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to win in my first election,
and am looking forward to working with this commis-
sion and Mayor SueLynn for' the betterment of our
community. I think this is a good commission. There's
a lot of work ahead, but I'm ready to get started."
Stover was gracious in defeat and congratulated the
winners. "It was a good turnout and the voters have
spoken." He thought he made a good showing for his
first election campaign and believed he would continue
to attend commission meetings and express his opin-
Smith also congratulated the winners. He said he
had no problem with the will of the voters and pledged
to continue to attend commission and other public
meeting to provide input on issues.
The 617 voters who cast ballots in the election rep-
resented 42 percent of the 1,468 eligible voters in Anna
Maria, a very good turnout in a non-presidential elec-
tion, according to some Anna Maria residents.
Surprise: Holmes Beach
By Bonner Joy
The Holmes Beach City Commission will change
come Nov. 17 with one member of the "old guard" out
and newcomer Patrick Morton, who says to remember
his name like the popular brand of salt, as a result of the
Nov. 4 city election.
Even as a longtime city commissioner, former
mayor and proprietor of the popular Duffy's Tavern,
Pat Geyer was the low vote getter in the election. In-
cumbent Commissioners Rich Bohnenberger and Don
Maloney were returned for another two-year term yes-
terday by city voters.
The vote at the precinct was close, with Morton
ahead of Geyer by only 12 votes, 500 to 488. The ad-
dition of absentee votes at the Manatee County Super-
visor of Elections Office added to the winners totals
with the top three vote getters-the same.
Bohnenberger led all Holmes Beach candidates
with 631 votes, while Maloney garnered 606 and
Morton received 556 total votes. Geyer had 537 votes,
Morton, in his first-ever election for public office,
said before the results were announced that "win or not,
I've got a few things I want to stay involved with."
After it looked like he could be the winner, pend-
ing the outcome of the absentee votes, he said he would
"hang in there for the count."
Morton canvassed neighborhoods and said he talked
to lots of folks looking for change. "It's a great process and
I was glad to be part of it," he said. Geyer said, "Eh."
And what will she do without commission meet-
ings to look forward to? "I'll take a year off and do
something next year. Maybe mayor. I've got a year to
Really work on it."
Maloney, who was with Geyer at Duffy's, said, "I
just hope that I can fulfill the trust that the voters have
once again placed in me.
"I'm shocked" about Geyer. "I can't believe the
other guy beat her, but I don't know that maybe people
want some change. It really upsets me, but I'm con-
vinced that now I can support Pat for mayor next year."
Bohnenberger said, "I'm just please the voters gave
me another opportunity and evidently they were pleased
with my performance. I look forward to another term."
The total number of votes cast was 2,330, includ-
ing 72 absentee ballots, and representing just 27.48 of
the 3,396 eligible voters in Holmes Beach.
Chappie mayor, Barreda,
Phillips, Shaughnessy win in
By Paul Roat
John Chappie was re-elected mayor of Bradenton
Beach Nov. 4, and voters chose newcomers all for three
commission seats, John Shaughnessy for Ward 1, Lisa
Marie Phillips for Ward 2, and Peter Barreda for Ward 3.
Chappie garnered 215 votes as he defeated two
challengers, City Commissioners Dawn Baker, who
received 196 votes, and Bill Arnold, who got 32 votes.
Arnold's term on the commission expired this year;
Baker resigned her commission seat to run for the
In the Ward I seat, Shaughnessy received 233
votes to defeat challenger Bisio with 176 votes.
Ward 2 saw an easy win for Phillips over Tricia
Otto, 322 votes to 91.
And Ward 3 saw Barreda defeat incumbent Com-
mission Scott'Barr, 276 votes to 141.
The newly-elected officials and Chappie will be
sworn in Nov. 17, although a time had not been deter-
mined at presstime.
Voters disagreed that high-density R-3 zoning
should be abolished in the city, as the non-binding ref-
erendum proposed by former Mayor Katie Pierola
failed 226 to 207.
Electors also agreed that building height in the city
should not be the subject of any variances in another
non-binding referendum, 224 to 197.
"I'm really pleased," said Chappie. "I'm a little
surprised. We've got a good commission on there now,
and there are lots of important issues ahead of us.
Growth management is at the top, and we're going to
get into that with tons of public input and find out what
the people want."
"I'm surprised," said Shaughnessy. "I don't know
what to say, but I'll do the best I can."
"The city is in for a big change," said Phillips.
"Look at the people that were elected. It's magnificent.
The vote. 'ere thinking like Islanders."
"I'm very happy," said Barreda. "The people spoke.
I won with pretty good numbers, and I want to be a ser-
vant for my city and move forward. I'm happy with the
turnout, and hope more citizens will get involved and
come to the meetings and voice their opinions."
Voter turnout in the city was 49 percent, deemed
high by some political observers.
Anna Maria City
Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board work session on site
Nov. 10, 7 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Nov. 11, 5 p.m., comp plan ad hoc committee meeting.
Nov. 12, 4 p.m., Capital Improvement Advisory Committee meeting.
Nov. 12, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and Enhancement
Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., swearing-in of city commissioners.
Nov. 13, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Nov. 6, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Public comment,
first reading of drug-free workplace policy ordinance, second read-
ing and public hearing on additional homestead exemption for se-
niors ordinance, Keep Manatee Beautiful presentation, pier inspec-
tion discussion, city general fund certificate of deposit discussion,
permitting of electric cars on non-state streets discussion, banner
sign request for lighted boat parade, fence staining request from
Bridge Street Merchants Association, request for compensation
study, consent agenda and commission reports.
Nov. 10, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Nov. 5, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee meeting.
Nov. 5, 6 p.m., continuation of city commission meeting on Davis
Nov. 6, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Nov. 12, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Management Committee meet-
ing, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Governmental offices in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach
and Longboat Key will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.
PAGE 4 0 NOV. 5, 2003 M THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria adopts cell communications ordinance
By Rick Catlin
With all the arguing among Anna Maria City Com-
missioners the past two months over whether to use
"should" or "shall" in the wireless communications
ordinance, it's a wonder someone didn't suggest maybe
the commission "should" wait until after the Nov. 4
city commission election to vote on the ordinance.
Instead, after nearly two years of preparation at a
cost of about $60,000, the commission voted 3-1 at a
special meeting Oct. 31 to adopt the personal wireless
services facilities don't call them cell towers -
But there was still bickering over ordinance lan-
guage, even at this last commission meeting prior to the
Outgoing Commissioner Chuck Webb argued for
mandatory language in the ordinance and cast the lone
Other commissioners, however, sided with wire-
less communications consultant Ted Kreines, who
drafted the city's master wireless communications plan
and accompanying ordinance, that the language should
be directive in nature.
"I think there are enough qualifiers that 'should' or
'shall' won't make much difference," said Commission
Chairperson John Quam.
"I disagree," replied Webb, who is a practicing
attorney. "If it's not mandatory, how do we require the
applicant to abide?"
Webb also wanted the ordinance to retain the 37-
foot height restriction on cell tower construction, while
Kreines had argued that federal law says local munici-
palities can't put such a restriction in the ordinance.
"I don't agree with Mr. Kreines. He's a planner," said
Webb. When it comes to Florida law, said Webb, there are
two attorneys here who have said "don't be permissive,"
referring to himself and City Attorney Jim Dye.
But Commissioner Tom Aposporos thought the
city was "in a good position" with the directive lan-
guage in the ordinance that makes numerous "sugges-
tions" on height and location standards. A wireless
carrier that wanted to construct a "tower" higher than
the city wants would face numerous obstacles from the
Remember, he said, the federal laws on wireless
communications are different because the federal gov-
ernment has sided with the carriers.
Webb is giving valuable advice, but at this point,
said Aposporos, the city should "stay directory, not
"Well, I think this ordinance is seriously flawed
without mandatory language and I will vote against it,"
"But I hope I'm wrong and I would be happy to be
wrong," he concluded.
Commissioner Duke Miller, who had sided with
Webb in earlier meetings on the ordinance, was absent
from the meeting.
Commissioners did adopt language in the ordi-
nance that permits a cell tower location in a residential
zoning area, however, but only on a city right of way.
The final ordinance also adopted a fee schedule for
applicants, but did not include language that would
allow the city to add fees that would recoup the ap-
proximately $56,000 paid to Kreines to develop the
master plan and ordinance.
Resident Jane Green, who was instrumental in get-
ting the city to halt plans for a proposed cell tower at
the Roser Memorial Community Church two years ago,
said she believed that as soon as the ordinance becomes
effective "we will have applications" that will chal-
lenge the ordinance.
She commended the commission on finally adopt-
ing a wireless facilities ordinance for the city.
The wireless ordinance becomes effective at 12:01
a.m. Nov. 15, the day after the city's current morato-
rium on cell tower construction expires.
Jo Ann Meilner,
center, was the
recipient of the Sadie
award from the Anna
Maria Island Turtle
Watch. The annual
to the Island's turtle
Pictured with Meilner
is daughter Amy
Talucci, left, Turtle
Center manager, and
Turtle Watch Director
Suzi Fox. The Sadie
award this year is an
astrolabe, at right.
Turtle Watch coordinators were thanked by Suzi Fox and the 100 or so people who attended the end-of-season
party last Saturday at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Pictured from left are Gretchen and Bud Edgren, .Jo
Ann Meilner, Debbie Busilias, Tom VanNess, Lee Zerkel, Joan Burke and Ed Sterba.
Curt Harbsmeier took the "rookie of the year"
award for his devotion to the Turtle Watch program,
presented by Suzi Fox.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has a couple of
dozen seafood recipes in hand, but it needs many more
for the cookbook it plans to publish this winter.
Suzi Fox, director of the sea turtle preservation
organization, said she needs "maybe as many as 100
recipes, as many as people can come up with" for the
book. She and Ken Jackson, owner of Green Real Es-
tate of Anna Maria, are the volunteers in charge of the
With "An Island Paradise" theme, the book will
have favorite recipes from everyone interested, along
with a few lines telling why this is a favorite recipe of
the donor and should be a favorite of the reader.
Categories include salads, entrees, appetizers, des-
serts "and of course beverages of all kinds, especially
The recipes may be mailed soon to Turtle Watch
at its education center, 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217, or delivered there by hand. Details
may be obtained at 778-1435.
THE ISLANDER NOV. 5, 2003 M PAGE 5
Davis site plan review scheduled to continue
The Holmes Beach City Commission will recon-
vene at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, to continue its site
plan review of the development of a four-unit condo-
minium at 5622 Gulf Drive. The site plan review was
continued from Oct. 7 pending a review of some facts
in the case.
Prior to the Oct. 7 hearing, David Persson of
Hankin, Persson, Davis, McClenathen & Darnell, who
has been selected as the city's special counsel to ad-
dress Frank Davis' site-plan applications for 5622 and
5626 Gulf Drive, had been asked to render an opinion
concerning whether, based on the city code, a variance
would be required for the nonconforming lot.
Legal counsel for property owner Davis was then
granted time to submit information proving to the city's
special counsel that the use of the property at 5622 is
a grandfathered use, and therefore would not be subject
to a variance.
Opposing counsel was granted an opportunity to
offer a rebuttal. John Shubin, a Miami land-use attor-
ney represents neighbors of the proposed development,
Ruthanne McLean and Barbara Coloney.
Davis wants to build a four-unit condominium at
5622 Gulf Drive on the site where he presently owns
a Gulffront single-family home, which has four bed-
rooms that have been rented for some time as an annex
to his Harrington House bed and breakfast inn at 5626
Davis proposes to move the home to a lot directly
in front of Harrington House and incorporate the home
into his rentals there.
Persson initially determined that although the plan
for 5622 Gulf Drive represents a permitted use within
the A-i district, the lot does not meet the frontage width
requirement. In the absence of a savings clause, a pro-
vision that allows a nonconforming lot to remain build-
able for its intended purpose so long as it meets certain
minimum standards, the applicant would need to be
granted a variance or other relief from the city.
Mark Barneby and Peter Mackey, legal co-counsel
for Davis, disagreed and argued that the use of the
property at 5622 Gulf Drive is not changing. They said
the lot currently has four hotel/motel units, rented as an
annex to Harrington House, and it will have four con-
dominium units and Davis is entitled to have three or
more units on the property now without requesting a
They state in their Nov. 4 letter to Persson that "the
transition from four hotel/motel units to four condo-
minium units would not constitute a change of use,
saying there is no code "use" differentiation between
a hotel/motel room and a bedroom in a residence."
Shubin argues that four bed-and-breakfast units
do not constitute "family" dwelling units. He states
to Persson in his rebuttal, "the defined term 'dwell-
ing, multifamily' as set forth in the city's [codes],
excludes 'hotels and motels' from its definition and,
as all parties have acknowledged, Mr. Davis admits
to the continuous operation of a hotel/motel" at the
property in question.
Shubin says his research indicates that a 1993-94
debate on density reveals that dwelling units and hotel/
motel units have always been distinguished by the city
as different uses and that the same density limitation
does not make them the same use.
Another distinction Shubin claims is the city's
minimum square footage for a multi-family dwelling of
600 square feet, while the minimum size for a motel
unit is 200 square feet.
Shubin goes further to point out that the proposed
building apparently fails to meet required coastal set-
backs, which would require yet another variance.
The project was previously granted variances from
the 36-foot height restriction and side setbacks.
Persson is expected to render his opinion to the city
commission at the Wednesday meeting.
Florence Collins. center, celebrated her 95th birthday on the beach and at the home of her son-in-law and
daughter, Bruce and Priscilla Seewald, at Key Rovale. Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren
helped her celebrate. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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PAGE 6 E NOV. 5, 2003 l THE ISLANDER
Rumors abound in the Anna Maria Elementary
School community as to what will shake out or be cut
out when the plans and the budget are finalized by the
school board officials.
Chatter is circulating as to why last week's scheduled
construction meeting was canceled, too. The misinforma-
tion is spreading and growing, although sorting fact from
fiction is difficult without a constantly updated scorecard.
Some of the accusations flying aroung the campus
and the community are downright malicious and there
seems no end in sight.
We think the "promises" offered by school district's
construction services "team" as concessions to a hostile
crowd of community representatives parents, extended
families of students, and some community leaders were
teeming with problematic issues.
The "team" belabored a new landscape plan, but we
were asked to concede to the loss of more "historic" oaks
which was the crisis that brought the ill-conceived
school plan to a head in the first place.
They tossed aside most of the relatively new play-
ground equipment purchased just two years ago by the
community for $60,000. Who knew?
Pitched roof? No problem. Even Superintendent
Roger Dearing didn't approve of the flat roof, but will he
approve the increased cost?
Bahama shutters for an Island look? No problem, but
they had to add windows and dollars to the budget.
The caboose would be saved, although the team
didn't at first understand its significance. It was then
agreed it could be utilized, but now, lacking funding, it
will serve as a monument to the past.
They said an outdoor amphitheater would make good
use of the site where the kindergarten playground's oak
trees now stand. However, the price tag for site fill is
$250,000 and generations of kids can enjoy the canopy of
the trees if it's left as is.
No way to build without fill? Long ramps and stairs
are unattractive? No way to utilize the caboose? More
trees to be felled? No way to move the building forward
on the site to preserve the open bayfront? No way to de-
sign within the budget?
We so celebrated the news that a new Island school
was finally budgeted by the school board.
We so loathe the process that brought us to this point.
It lacks imagination and integrity.
Now we learn Palma Sola Elementary will be remod-
eled to retain its open campus, outdoor corridors, tall trees
and, just maybe, its community support.
We need answers.
SLICK "We're an honorable group ... of course we'll keep our promises!" By Egan
Fifty-three years ago my husband and I bought two
lots from Jack Holmes Sr. on 75th Street, known in
those days as "the Gulf Circle."
At this time Jack told us he had zoned the lots ad-
jacent to the beach as "recreational" so people living
off the beach could always have beach rights.
Mr. Holmes recommended we buy land behind this
designated buffer area to enjoy the beach and
beachfront view and at the same time be protected from
severe storms and beach erosion.
After following his advice we now find our cov-
enant with him being interpreted out of context and the
recreational status of this land in jeopardy.
I still take Jack Holmes at his word that he intended
these recreational areas be preserved and protected for the
year-'round residents and community of Holmes Beach.
Patsy Hutchinson, Holmes Beach
Where did common sense go? Hundred-foot
crosses and $54,000 is crazy.
"In Anna Maria, it's cost the city nearly $54,000 to
produce a cell tower ordinance and it's still not ready
after nearly two years of debate on the issue." (Is-
lander, Oct. 15.)
The answers are clear:
Remove the Smith real estate tower in Holmes
Beach and relocate it on the city property where it
should have gone in the first place.
Allow one tower in each city on city property
where it can be controlled by the taxpayers.
Give the community and local business affordable use
of the towers for cheap high-speed wireless Internet ac-
The city could be making money off the big boys
while giving services back to the community. "Hello."
No one on this Island likes ugly antennas everywhere
and whoever OK'd the $54K should be put in jail.
Do you hear me now?
Dave Billings, president, AnnaMaria.Net, Inc.
No Island stabbing
Having spent quite a bit of time (some of it by
choice) in the Garden State, I understand why J.
Wilmot Albright (Your Opinion, Oct. 22) would know
when he was stabbed in the back.
I have lived here the year around since 1987 and
have yet to hear of anyone being stabbed on Anna
Maria Island, either figuratively or physically.
I do not understand why he is shocked by our
grumpy old curmudgeon when everyone in N.J.
seemed that way to me. It seems to be a competition to
see who can be meanest. Attitudes there are honed and
practiced into a true art form.
As for our residents being a wee bit on the stingy
side, I have to agree some of us are so tight we squeak
when we walk. In conclusion I would like to know if
we write J. Wilmot Albright to an address inside or
outside the prison in beautiful downtown Rahway.
S. Carpenter Planck, Holmes Beach
Truly worth the fight
I enjoyed Rick Catlin's article "Two years on Is-
land time." The Islanders are indeed a unique blend of
people. That is why I moved here after being a snow-
bird for 30 years.
I have never been involved in politics before. That
is evident in my unpolished attempts to speak in pub-
lic. I am one of the Islanders fighting to protect my
home and those of my neighbors. Bradenton Beach
needs its citizens to wake up and take a look at what our
city is doing.
I love Bradenton Beach, plain and simple. I love it
enough to volunteers, enough to speak out, enough to
read the code book and, yes, enough to make a fool of
myself inn the public eye to try and preserve this Island
way of life.
Call me one of those screwballs. All the directions in
life led me here. I dreamed of being here for years. Blind-
fold me, turn me around twice, turn me loose and I'll wind
up right here on Anna Maria. It's worth fighting for.
Ginnie Neill, Bradenton Beach
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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 5, 2003 M PAGE 7
I was on my way home from Sarasota, where I
lived for three years, to South Tampa where I now live.
I went to Sarasota with my two dogs on one of the nos-
talgic trips I've been taking before moving to Las Ve-
gas where most of my family lives.
Instead of taking 1-75 home, I went up the islands
- Lido Key, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island.
On my way I stopped at Cortez Beach just north of
Coquina. It was one of my two favorite beaches when
I lived in Sarasota, the other being Siesta Key.
While on the beach late in the night I lost my car
keys. I asked some people across the street from where
I parked my car if they had a flashlight. They did, but
the batteries were dead. One of the people suggested I
call the police.
I was on my way to the police station walking up
the road with my dogs when a police car drove past. I
got the officer's attention and explained the predica-
ment I was in.
He walked up and down the beach with me using
his flashlight until we found the keys. It didn't take too
long, 15-20 minutes. It was after 3 in the morning and
I would have had to wait somewhere at least four hours
until it became light to find my keys if he hadn't helped
I know he had duties to take care of and didn't have
to help me, but he did. I don't want his act of kindness
to go unnoticed. All people deserve positive feedback
when they do something good, not just criticism when
they do something bad or wrong.
David Stevenson, Tampa
I feel I need to write this letter so that the people
of Anna Maria could better understand.
Many years ago my husband, daughter and myself
came to this Island for a vacation, and like so many
others we fell in love with it. I told my husband, some-
day I'll live here.
For the past 10 years my husband had been a very
successful businessman (a consultant if you must
know) and myself, a mom. For years we never saw him
except for weekends if at all.
He made great money but in the end it wasn't
worth it I was pregnant with my second child and
for medical reasons I lost that child. Years later I be-
came pregnant again and this time I almost lost my son
- I was put on six months bed rest all the while my
husband was away.
To cut this short my husband had enough and
wanted to be home with us we talked about the Is-
land and decided this is where we wanted to be but on
our own terms.
So we found the Tip of the Island might be for sale
and went to see about it, we knew there might have
been problems in the past but nothing we could over-
come. Boy was I wrong.
I'm not writing to defend myself because of the
music that will be another issue, but for something
much more important to me my family at stake.
What The Islander and Rick Catlin wrote in the paper
was just "uncalled for."
Here you are reporting about the noise and to make
the story "look better" you continue to bash me in re-
gards to what has happened in the past before my hus-
band and I owned this.
Did you ever stop and think who you could hurt
with that? My daughter Nicole for one who is a student
at Island Middle School. She is only 11 years old -
has moved from a Catholic school to her first public
school. I could really care less what you have to say
about me but when it has to do with the past and not
us as far as a family atmosphere is concerned, have
you even been out there to see what we have done?
At night I wouldn't recommend any child to be out
but if so they would find there is nothing wrong and
they are safe. Drugs? Public urination? Come on now,
couldn't you think of anything else to write about? I did
not return your calls by the way because I knew you
would only print what you wanted to with no concern
of who it might hurt. I've never been so disgusted.
I know I'm fighting a losing battle with people like
you but I had to have my say. Besides I never came
here to hurt anyone -just to survive. My daughter is
hurt by these comments but she is strong she comes
from a very loving and caring family but as a new stu-
dent this has been hard.
Dawn M. Kozash, Anna Maria
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Anna Maria building dilemma: Undeniable variance needed
By Rick Catlin
Some longtime Island observers might say.it could
only happen in Anna Maria, where a landowner wants
An application by Manatee County to renew
the Florida Department of Transportation grant
that funds the Manatee Trolley is due in June
2004 and Manatee County Area Transit officials
are worried the DOT may not have the funds to
approve the grant.
MCAT's Ralf Hessler told the Bradenton
Beach Scenic Highway Committee Corridor
Management Entity at its Oct. 29 meeting that
if the DOT does not fund the grant, the county
will have to make a decision to keep the trolley
operating for free or charge a fare.
"Just keep it in mind," Hessler told the
CME, "that the county may not be in a financial
position" to continue to offer the Island trolley
Hessler assured the CME the trolley would
remain, "but without the DOT grant, there
would likely be a minimal fare."
The trolley is currently free throughout
Anna Maria Island for passengers.
The county presently covers 50 percent -
approximately $250,000 of the trolley's an-
nual operating cost with the DOT grant cover-
ing the remainder.
to build on a particular piece of property and that re-
quires a variance from the planning and zoning board
and the board can deny any request for remodeling or.
structural additions, but can't deny the owner the right
That's what some board members were wondering
at their Oct. 27 meeting when they heard a three-part
variance request from Pierino and Linda Cedolin to:
(No. 1), tear down their existing single-story home at
203 Coconut Ave. and rebuild to a height of 37 feet;
(No. 2) add an elevator shaft that would encroach on
the rear setback; and (No. 3) build an upper-level deck
into the front yard setback.
Simple enough, except that the Cedolin property is
one of just two "parcels" of land in the city that are not
"lots of record," but formed by "metes and bounds."
The other property is owned by Nancy and Paul
Bergstresser at 201 Coconut Ave.
Each "parcel" is just 52.5 feet by 50 feet, making
them "non-conforming" and the smallest developed
properties in the city.
P&Z vice-chairman Charles Canniff thought the
board had the power to deny an application to rebuild
to a height of 37 feet with two stories of living space
over ground-floor parking when the surrounding resi-
dences were all single story.
Not so, said City Attorney Jim Dye.
"Rebuilding is a matter of right as long as you stay
within the codes," he said.
But the code says they have to come before the
board for a variance because of the property type and
size, argued Canniff.
True, replied, Dye. They need to come and get a
variance to build, but rebuilding is a right and you can't
deny the variance as long as they meet the established
setback and height requirements.
Then what's the point of requiring a variance on
this property to rebuild? wondered Canniff.
"We have gone wrong somewhere" if a three-story
residence can be built on a non-conforming lot in a
neighborhood of single-story homes, he said.
Then that's something that should be addressed
later by an ordinance change, Dye noted. The P&Z
board is only judging the variance request based upon
the current city codes and ordinances.
If the Cedolins tear down the existing structure,
they are back to vacant land, Dye said, and the P&Z
board doesn't have the authority to prevent construc-
tion on vacant land if the proposal meets building
Nancy Bergstresser spoke against the proposed
new structure, saying that in 1982, she was told by the
city's building official she couldn't do anything to her
property because it was a "metes and bounds" parcel.
That's because you wanted to remodel, said
Remodeling on this particular property is
apparently forbidden, but rebuilding with a new style
seems to be OK, he indicated. However, Canniff sug-
gested the board and Dye look into the "grandfather"
The board eventually voted to recommend to the
city commission that the variance requests for the el-
evator shaft and the upper floor deck to extend into the
right of way be denied, but continued a vote on the
variance request to demolish the structure and rebuild
pending further investigation into thelegality of re-
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THE ISLANDER M NOV. 5, 2003 M PAGE 9
DEP ready to approve Perico Harbor dredging
By Rick Catlin
Despite objections from a number of environmen-
tal groups and its own investigators, the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection has announced that
it intends to issue an Environmental Resource Permit
for the Perico Harbor Marina to dredge the sea bottom
at the marina facility (The Islander, Feb. 26, 2003).
The permit application, however, must still be
The Holmes Beach City Commission unani-
mously approved the final ordinance to pave the way
for developers Brian Quartermain and Raymond
Rairigh of Moreland Marine Development Corp. to
demolish the Holmes Beach Marina at 202 52nd St.
and develop townhouse-style condominiums.
The approved ordinances amend the future
land-use map of the city's comprehensive plan
and amend the property's zoning from commer-
given the green light by the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers district office in Jacksonville before any dredg-
ing can start.
Perico Harbor applied in February 2003 to the DEP
to dredge 3.14 acres of sea bottom at its location at the
east end of the Anna Maria Bridge and install a series
of floating docks and 225 wet slips. The application
claimed the sea bottom in the area was "privately
owned" and dredging would have minimal impact on
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The Island Marine building at 404 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria was demolished last week to make room for three
planned single-family homes. Owner Jeff Brown has said the Island Deli and Store will remain. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
McKenney seeks miniature golf
course feasibility in Holmes Beach
Steven McKenney questioned Holmes Beach city
commissioners at a recent work session about the fea-
sibility of constructing a nine-hole miniature golf
course on the vacant lot at the corer of Manatee Av-
enue and Gulf Drive next to Skinny's restaurant.
Although no plans have been submitted to the city,
McKenney said he was simply looking for feedback from
the commission regarding whether or not the city would
allow the course and a small concession stand on the site.
McKenney said the lot address is 301 Manatee
Ave. and is roughly 55 feet by 100 feet.
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Marten said vehicle
access would be a primary concern because access is
prohibited by the Florida Department of Transportation
from Manatee Avenue at that location.
McKenney said he considered having an entrance
for vehicles traveling west from Gulf Drive, but not al-
lowing a left turn for those traveling east on Gulf Drive.
Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger stated the use
wouldn't be compatible with the existing neighbor-
hood. The C-l zoning requirements allow for profes-
sional businesses, such as doctor, lawyer and architec-
Holmes Beach planning commissioner Sue
Normand noted that Rec-1 zoning might permit the
mini-golf course, although rezoning the lot in question
would be spot zoning.
City Attorney Pat Petruff recommended
McKenney meet with the city building department to
discuss the matter further.
Bohnenberger told McKenney that an application
to rezone the property would go before the planning
commission for a recommendation prior to being con-
sidered by the city commission and that there is no
guarantee a change would be approved.
McKenney said he wasn't looking for a definitive
answer from the commission, he simply wanted to
know if the idea is feasible.
cial, C-3, to residential medium density, R-2.
No one spoke against the zoning and use
changes, and Sue Normand, planning chairperson,
noted that the planning commission and the Tampa
Bay Regional Planning Council are in favor of the
plan because "the reduction in intensity of activity
in that area overrides the increase in density."
The 1.6-acre site will be the location of nine
Holmes Beach approves
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The application had been opposed by the environ-
mental group ManaSota-88, but its chairman, Glenn
Compton, said the organization doesn't have the
money to continue to fight the project.
"We did not file for an administrative hearing on
the permit, although our concerns remain with the
project," he said. "We simply don't have the resources
to battle this project, the Perico Island-Arvida develop-
ment and other current environmental issues at the
ManaSota-88 has written a letter objecting to the
issuance of the ERP, but Compton said that's "about all
we can do at this point. We still hope the Corps will
deny the permit."
Charles Schnepel of the the Corps said his office
is still studying the DEP recommendation and has not
yet made any decision.
There have been a number of modifications by the
applicant since the original application, he said, and the
Corps is waiting for responses to those changes from
the applicable federal agencies involved before a final
determination is made.
He confirmed that Perico Harbor has offered to
restore and maintain the Sister Keys natural environ-
ment off Longboat Key as "mitigation" for any envi-
ronmental damage that might be caused at its Perico
Island site (see sidebar).
In its initial report on the application, the DEP had
agreed with many of the objections raised by
ManaSota-88 and the Corps.
After reviewing modifications proposed by Perico
Harbor, however, the DEP changed its course and has
now declared its intention to issue a permit.
Perico Harbor-Arvida connection
Compton said it's significant that Perico Harbor
Marina wants to dredge its marina basin to allow for
deep- draft boats at the same time the Arvida Corp. is
proposing a large-scale condominium project just east
of the marina.
"This would seem to go hand-in-hand with the
Arvida project," he claimed.
That project calls for 898 condominium units that
would house approximately 2,000 people.
"Obviously, many of those people will own big
boats and will want a place to dock their boats in a
convenient location," said Compton.
"I don't think it's a coincidence that Perico Harbor
wants to dredge its marina and expand, and Arvida just
happens to want to put 2,000 people next door," he
Perico Harbor snubs Island
for Longboat Key
Perico Harbor Marina has proposed to spend $1
million in environmental restoration if the DEP and
Corps approve its application to dredge in Anna Maria
Sound at the east end of the Anna Maria Bridge.
The only problem is, they want to give their $1
million to Longboat Key, not Anna Maria Island.
Charles Schnepel of the Corps confirmed Perico
Harbor's "mitigating" offer of $1 million worth of
restoration on Sister Keys along the bayside of
Longboat Key to offset the environmental drainage
dredging at Perico Harbor Marina would cause.
Schnepel said "mitigating" offers are common
when a project would damage the environment in one
location, but he had no idea why Perico Harbor Marina
chose a Longboat Key location and not one on Anna
The Longboat Key Town Commission heard a pro-
posal from Perico Harbor's environmental consultant Ray
McLarney at its Oct. 23 meeting and agreed to proceed
with creating a legal agreement for the restoration.
McLarney, however, said the Island wasn't
snubbed, it's just not on the DEP list of mitigating lo-
The DEP provides a list of "mitigation" locations
for environmental maintenance and protection to appli-
cants and "there was no location on Anna Maria Island
on the DEP's list," McLarney said.
Had there been an AMI location, it would have
been chosen by Perico Harbor, McLarney contended.
"The Sister Keys was the closest location on the DEP
list," he said.
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Anna Maria Island Privateers smoked fresh mullet and offered it for sale in the parking lot at Publix over the
past weekend with help from some of the 90-strong member Privateen club. Another sale will take place Nov.
8, and then again in January and March. The sale helps find charitable projects for the Privateers, including
youth scholarships. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
'On the Road Again' due
at historical society
Andy Little is again on the program of the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society, presenting a new "On the
Road Again" at the society's meeting Monday, Nov. 10.
A member of the society's board, he was the photo
editor of the newly published book "The Early Days." He
will speak at the meeting at 10 a.m. at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Also at the meeting, the society will hear of progress
on restoration of Belle Haven historic cottage, including
the sale of planks to finance restoration of the cottage.
New this week is the old delight of Early Settlers
Bread, baked by society members and on sale as of
Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Island Historical Museum,
402 Pine Ave., Anne Maria.
It was announced that effective Nov. 1, hours at the
museum are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Saturday, with admission free as always.
Details are available at 778-0492.
Democratic women hear
'What Price Security?'
The Democratic Women's Club of Manatee
County will hear a discussion of "What Price Secu-
rity?" when it meets at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10.
Grissim Walker, Sarasota attorney and member of
the American Civil Liberties Union, will speak at the
meeting at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 5525 Cortez
The meeting is open to the public. The $10 cost
includes lunch, said Francine Slack of Holmes Beach.
She will provide further information at 778-3444.
IMS Conch Fritters
play for charity
The Island Middle School Conch Fritter band has
been invited to perform at the Sixth Annual Great
Teddy Bear Run sponsored by the Sarasota Harley
The Conch Fritters will take the stage at noon at the
Sarasota Fairgrounds Nov. 9.
The Teddy Bear Run benefits KIDS by the SEA,
a non-profit organization that helps children with can-
cer. Admission to the event is $10 and a brand new
teddy bear or stuffed animal donation.
There will be a motorcycle rodeo, bike show, a
barbecue dinner and additional entertainment by the
band Unkel Skini.
At 10 a.m., a police-escorted parade for bike and
car clubs will depart from University Center Outlet
Mall for the fairgrounds.
For parade registration information, call Donna
DeFant at 951-7005, or go to
www.rossiterharleydavidson.com and click on "Hog
News" and "Teddy Bear Run."
Sarasota Fairgrounds is located at 3000 Ringling
Blvd. in Sarasota.
Privateers smoke mullet on
Saturday in Holmes Beach
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will
have one of their famed mullet smokes Satur-
day, Nov. 8, in the parking lot at Publix super-
market, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
The smoke will feature fresh mullet
smoked by Privateer experts, and the affair is
open to the public. It will continue as long as
the fish holds out. Proceeds to go the youth
programs which the civic organization sup-
ports. Further information is available at
Widowed persons group
will meet Monday
The Anna Maria Island Community Center wid-
owed persons support group will meet at 9 a.m. Mon-
day, Nov. 10, to hear about "Organizing Your Life and
Documenting Your Assets."
Accountant Reba Rogers will speak at the session
at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. It is
sponsored by the AARP and Manatee Widowed Per-
sons Service. Details are available at 778-1908.
Island artist's solo show
"New York Reflections," a solo show of oversized
cibachrome photographs by Patricia Prince Tunnell of
Anna Maria, will open Friday, Nov. 7, in Sarasota.
A public reception for the artist will be from 6-8
p.m. at the Missing Link Gallery, 556 S. Pineapple
Ave., in the Burns Court district. The exhibit will hang
through Nov. 29.
Tunnell is a native New Yorker who continues to
work with 35-millimeter film because she finds digi-
tal printing not satisfactory for her cibachrome process.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sat-
urday. Further information may be obtained by calling
the gallery at 366-6600.
Patriotic program slated
by Off Stage Ladies
The Off Stage Ladies auxiliary of the Island Play-
ers will have a program of patriotic pieces titled "Stars
and Stripes" at a meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, the day
after Veterans Day.
The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the
Florentine Room of the Landings at Freedom Village,
6501 17th Ave., W., Bradenton. Presenting the pro-
gram will be Stories Alive Readers Theater performers
Madelene Barnard, Karen McLoud, Cheryl Spitzer and
Additional information may be obtained by calling
761-8623 or 795-4466.
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Norma Lienhard's artwork is displayed at Island Gallery West.
Lienhard exhibit closes Saturday at Gallery West
Norma Lienhard's oil paintings will hang until As an eighth-grader, she won a summer scholar-
Nov. 8 at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, ship to the Art Institute of Chicago, and that launched
Holmes Beach. her on a career of painting and teaching. She and hus-
Her works focus on local landscapes and sea- band Jim live in Bradenton. Additional information is
scapes, and a chief interest is getting young people available at 778-6648.
interested in art, she said. She is retired from nurs- The artists cooperative gallery is open from 10
ing. a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Lee Mears and her work.
Mears paintings exhibited
at Gallery West
The paintings of Lee Mears will be featured from
Tuesday, Nov. 11, to Nov. 22 at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
She does watercolors and pastels of flowers, fruits
and vegetables, as well as acrylics of Florida nature
scenes. A native of New York City, she studied at the
Parsons School of Design and moved to Florida in
Hours at the gallery are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-
Saturday. Details are available at 778-6648.
St. Jude benefit event Saturday
on Longboat Key
The 22nd annual Longboat Key Gourmet Lun-
cheon & Bike-a-Thon to benefit St. Jude's Children's
Research Hospital will be from noon-2 p.m. Saturday,
More than two dozen restaurants will offer signa-
ture samplings on the grounds of Temple Beth Israel,
567 Bay Isles Road. Proceeds go to the hospital in
General admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the
gate. Tickets are available from the Longboat Key
Chamber of Commerce, various businesses on the key,
and St. Jude committee members.
Details may be obtained at 383-7767 or 383-5614.
'Business After Hours'
on Bridge Street
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
and Historic Bridge Street Merchants are sponsoring a
"Business After Hours" party from 5-7 p.m. Wednes-
day, Nov. 5.
The event will be up and down Bridge Street, start-
ing at the post office parking lot. There will be Latino
music by ULCE, prize drawings at businesses, and
plenty of food and drink, the chamber said.
New history on Anna Maria Island
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society held a morning coffee and discussion, Nov. 3 to welcome new
volunteers to the society. New volunteers are, from left, Webb Webster, .1.C. Phillips, Dick Hossev, Lyn
Sprinkle, Terry Hossey, Michael DePasquale, Thea Kelley, Sallie Treaster, Isabel Shoecltig and Sandy Coyle.
The AMIHS museum at 402 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Tliurs-
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Veterans to observe special day
By Jim Hanson
Veterans Day Tuesday, Nov. 11, will see Island
military service vets participating in observances on the
mainland, but no formal observance is planned on
Anna Maria Island.
Some are expected to participate as members of the
American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars or other
veterans organizations in the ceremony at Veterans
Memorial Park at 11 a.m. and then the parade about
On the Island, the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island will present veterans education programs at the
Anna Maria Elementary School at 9 a.m. Thursday,
Nov. 6, and at the Island Middle School at 10 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 10. John DeForge has organized those
programs, with the aid of
Bill Tester and Robinson King.
The Marine Corps and the U.S. Military Band from
West Point will star in some of the season's events on
the mainland, and the Kiwanis Clubs of Manatee
County will host the observance's major luncheon.
Memorial poppies being sold
Poppies honoring military veterans will be for sale
Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, by at least two Island-
Nancy Ambrose of Holmes Beach will sell the veter-
ans-created flowers from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
8, at the Publix Super Market, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
Robert "Poppy" DeVane of Bradenton Beach and
other veterans will set up shop at Publix, "probably Fri-
day or Monday, maybe both days," DeVane said.
The poppy tradition was established by the American
Legion soon after World War I and is joined now by the
Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans groups.
Tickets for most events are available through vet-
erans organizations and United Way of Manatee
County, 1701 14th St. W., Bradenton, phone 748-1313.
The organization is a main participant in the Veterans
Day planning and execution, said Don Courtney, chair-
man of the Veterans Council of Manatee County.
The Marine Corps Ball will inaugurate the celebra-
tions starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Holi-
day Inn Airport/Marina, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, at the
border of Bradenton and Sarasota.
The USMC veterans' ceremony will be at 7:15
p.m. and the dinner-dance will begin at 8 p.m. Music
will be by the Bruno Connection Band. Cost of the
event is $55 per couple and there are still a few open-
ings for reservations, said Mike Brownell. He may be
reached at 721-9150.
At noon Monday, Nov. 10, the annual Kiwanis-
sponsored luncheon will be at the Bradenton City Au-
ditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Tickets
The West Point band will present a concert of pa-
triotic music and marches at 7 p.m. Monday at the
Bradenton City Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd.
Tuesday at 11 a.m. the Veterans Day memorial
service will be at Veterans Park, behind Manatee Me-
morial Hospital, 206 Second St. E. There officials will
unveil the plaque dedicated to the Manatee Veterans of
the Year and Auxiliary Member of the Year, whose
names will be revealed at the ceremony.
Following that ceremonial, veterans will plant the
2003 time capsule at the park, the third such capsule.
After those services the annual parade will kick off
about 12:30 p.m. It will form at the park, move up
Manatee Avenue to 15th Street. The West Point band
will be a prominent participant, said Courtney.
The band's second concert of Veterans Day will be
at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bradenton City Auditorium.
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Cortez giving itself a shot in the arm
By Jim Hanson
Most Cortez residents have agreed for decades that
what the old fishing village needs is more of Old Cortez
and less of modern times.
It's getting it now, through a newcomer who is
"coming home" and through their own knowledge and
The vehicle for redeveloping Cortez in its own
image is the 1912-built schoolhouse now being reno-
vated, and a growing boat-building program. Both are
being molded by the newcomer, Roger Allen.
He is coordinator of the project to rebuild the old
school and turn it into the Gulf Coast Maritime Mu-
seum. And he is far into creating a number of related
programs to build boats and in the process to inculcate
in their participants the old virtues of Cortez.
Part of the school project is completed. Part awaits
action by Manatee County, which owns the property
and pays Allen's salary. Part is still hung up awaiting
The boat programs, though, are proceeding like a
sloop heading downwind in a fresh breeze.
First on the agenda are a project to build classic 12-
foot wooden Coquina skiffs and another to restore a
Bahama sloop of the kind used a century and more ago
in Cortez waters.
Both are the work of volunteers, who have al-
most finished one skiff and are restoring the sloop.
Cortez still has men with the old woodworking
skills, though many are slowed by age and their
ranks are dwindling.
This first Coquina skiff is being finished now,
built from scratch of traditional materials with tra-
ditional methods. It serves in good part to verify
patterns and the molds built from them. Allen and
his crew will build a second one over the next few
months to be raffled at the Cortez Commercial Fish-
ing Festival in February. Then they will build a third
skiff right in front of everybody during the festival.
Not far down the road they will build a spritsail
skiff, one of the oldest boats favored by watermen here
21 feet long because that was the distance between
waves off North Carolina from where it was brought to
Cortez by pioneer settlers.
Allen is particularly eager to get one of those
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Like those North Carolina founders of Cortez,
Allen is a product of North Carolina. He spent 25 years
there and in Philadelphia as curator of boatbuilding in
maritime museums. That's why he feels coming to
Cortez "is coming home this is where I've been trav-
eling to all my life."
He has started a program teaching students to make
half-models of boats split bow to stem and mounted on
a wood background for hanging as a wall decoration.
This is traditional, too, used by boatbuilders of yore to
form patterns for full-size boats.
Also well along is the model-making class for
young enthusiasts from 8-14 years of age, with each
eight-member class taking one weekend or maybe
The Traditional Small Craft Association will
likely center in Cortez. In fact it has its first event
coming up Saturday, Nov. 8, when members will
sail, row, paddle and motor their craft from the Co-
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Joe Rubin has joined the nautical efforts by bring-
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Stan Greg is there, too, organizing the Florida Gulf
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All these activities are at the community center,
4523 123rd St. Ct. W., phone704-8598 or 356-1905.
Further down the road is a truly ambitious project, the
International Water Craft Center which Allen is deter-
mined to create somewhere along the Cortez waterfront.
It will have its own campus as near the old school-
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It will be devoted to Allen's goals for Cortez, its
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Holmes Beach canal complaint dismissed, for now
By Rick Catlin
In a case that might one day establish a legal pre-
cedent in Florida, the Holmes Beach Code Enforce-
ment Board Oct. 9 dismissed a complaint brought by
Code Enforcement Officer Walter Wunderlich
against three of five owners of a dock who were al-
legedly mooring boats that encroached on the 10-
foot setback of an adjacent property.
The case was dismissed after City Attorney Jim
Dye advised the board that in his opinion, all the
owners of the dock at the T-end of the 72nd Street
canal should have been cited for a violation, not just
the three people whose boats were involved. There
are five entities that own the dock jointly.
Dye did note that the board could establish
"findings of fact" in the complaint, but would ulti-
mately have little authority to enforce a fine or lien
against the property unless all the owners were cited
and had the opportunity to defend themselves.
Only owners Bill Lowman, Steve Lindhall and
Marie Corbett were named in the city's complaint.
The complaint alleged that the dock owners
named have boats that when moored were extending
into the setback of the residence of Mike McCaleb
of 507 72nd St.
That's a violation of section 66-109 of the city
code as passed in 1978, Wunderlich said.
The problem with the code, he said previously,
is that a boat can't come within 10 feet of a property
line, but can extend 20 feet outward. When a boat
longer than 20 feet does that, however, it encroaches
on the space owned by others.
In effect, no property owner can use a 10-foot-
by-10-foot space at each end of the dock, he said,
and no boat can extend out more than 20 feet from
Attorney Andre Perron argued that the dock
owners had rights to use the dock that were
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was adopted in 1978, while the dock has been in use
since at least 1960.
McCaleb's attorney, Ken Hall, countered that
while the other owners have a right to use their dock,
they don't have a right to moor a boat that extends
into McCaleb's setback, and that's the basis of the
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doesn't have the right to moor a boat into the 10-foot
setback because the dock owners and his client share
the same setback space.
The case was first heard on Aug. 21, but was
postponed to Aug. 28 after board members were
unable to reach a decision. The complaint was post-
poned again on Aug. 28 when the board failed to
have a quorum.
At the Aug. 21 meeting, Dye had said this was
"one of the most complicated code enforcement
cases" he had ever seen because "the code did not
foresee this situation."
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Code Enforcement Board Chairman Charles
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was not reached, but under the law, dismissal was
the best option.
He also noted that it's not up to the CEB to solve
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city's interpretation of those codes.
Lawyers for both sides agreed that any future de-
cision by the board would likely be appealed in court
by the other party.
The board's dismissal was without prejudice,
meaning the city could bring the complaint again to the
board if it properly cites all the owners of the dock.
Wunderlich said everyone could have saved a lot
of time and money if he had been informed of the
need to name all the property owners on the original
He said another complaint would be filed and all
owners of the dock issued a citation.
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Oct. 26, 700 block of North Shore Drive, theft.
According to the report, items used to guide beach-
goers to the adjacent public beach access pathway were
stolen from a beach dune behind a residence.
Oct. 26, Bayfront Park, alcohol violation. Two
people were cited for having an open container of beer
in an area posted "no alcohol."
Oct. 25, 2200 block of Gulf Drive, domestic distur-
bance. According to the report, officers were called
when a teenage girl refused to adhere to a court-ordered
curfew. Officers advised the girl she could be arrested
for staying out past curfew and violating the terms of
Oct. 24, 300 block of 65th Street, disturbance. A
woman reported her son was causing a disturbance at
her home. According to the report, she told officers he
was intoxicated and in violation of probation with a
bench warrant out of Pinellas County. According to the
report, officers verified the warrant and made the arrest.
Oct. 25, 5800 block of Holmes Boulevard, crimi-
nal mischief. According to the report, a large inflatable
holiday yard decoration was slashed with a knife.
Oct. 26, 600 block of Ambassador Lane, criminal
mischief. According to the report, a large inflatable
holiday yard decoration was slashed with a knife.
Oct. 26, 100 block of 77th Street, burglary. A
woman's purse was reportedly stolen from her vehicle.
Oct. 28, 600 block of Emerald Lane, criminal mis-
chief. A man reported that a vehicle had struck his
Oct. 28, 300 block of 63rd Street, theft. A bicycle
was reportedly stolen out of a carport.
Oct. 29, 4000 Gulf Drive, Cafe on the Beach,
criminal mischief. According to the report, a window
was found broken.
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Headlines in the Nov. 4, 1993, issue
of The Islander announced that:
The French movie company filming "Seven
Sunday" starring Molly Ringwold and Rod
Steiger decided to shift its beach scenes from Bean
Point to Coquina Beach after the Anna Maria City
Commission delayed discussion of approval to a
A rare winter storm in November dislodged
a navigational light and pole from its mooring in
Longboat Pass and washed it ashore in Bradenton
Holmes Beach police were seeking a suspect
in the second attempted kidnapping of a female
walker in the past three weeks. In the latest inci-
dent, the woman's Great Dane attacked the man.
causing him to flee. Holmes Beach police said
they believe the man is a transient.
Center opens registration
Registration has begun for the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's class in making 16-inch garden
stepping stones of stained glass, with artist Glen
The registration deadline is Nov. 13 at the Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Cost of the course is
$55 for members, $60 for nonmembers, covering both
days of the instruction.
It is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Nov. 17,
and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18. Details may be ob-
tained from the Center at 778-1908.
The law office of Webb, Wells and Williams was not
the victim of theft as reported in the Oct. 29 issue of The
Islander. Rather, Paulette Webb of Gaunt Inc., located at
3011 Gulf Drive, reported bank checks stolen from its
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Deadline is Saturday
for graffiti contest
Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, Nov. 8,
for acceptance in the "positive graffiti" contest for stu-
dents in eighth- to 12th-grades on Nov. 22.
Original paintings of Florida wildlife, seascapes,
birds, sealife and vegetation are acceptable. They will
be judged at an event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bongo's
restaurant, 9915 Manatee Ave. W., on the Palma Sola
Winners will get to paint their creation on concrete
waste can holders on the causeway in a beautification
Entries should be mailed to Palma Sola Causeway
Alliance, 2414 10th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205. De-
tails may be obtained by calling 812-2595.
Manatee Players audition
for two presentations
Auditions for "The King and I" and "A Taffeta
Christmas" will be at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Nov.
9-10, at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old Main St.,
Adult and teen male and female singers and danc-
ers, along with 12 children ages 5-12, are needed for
"The King and I," to be staged Jan. 15-Feb. 1. Players
must be willing to dye their hair.
"Taffeta," coming to Riverfront Dec. 9-21, needs
four sopranos and two altos ages 16-55 who can sing
Further information is available at 748-0111.
Huntington to featured at guild
Acrylic paintings by Chris Huntington will be fea-
tured at the gallery of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria
Island, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, following
the opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 14.
On Thursday, Nov. 6, Jean Melczarek will demon-
strate the art of Prismacolor pencils at the gallery from 1 -
Hours at the gallery are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-
Friday. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Details may be ob-
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Holmes Beach planners to
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission will
meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, to review a proposed
amendment to the land development code that would
clarify the development of non-conforming lots.
Planning Commission Chairperson Sue Normand
said the ordinance amendment would allow non-con-
forming lots that do not meet width and parcel size
specifications in the current land development code to
still be developed under certain conditions.
In other words, said City Commissioner Rich
Bohnenberger, it would allow non-conforming lots
with minimal frontage that does not meet current re-
quirements to be "grandfathered" for development.
Recently, there have been several requests before
study land-use amendment
the city regarding development of non-conforming lots,
including the Davis property on Gulf Drive.
A city commission public hearing on that site plan
request is scheduled for tonight, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m.
The city commission has said in the proposed
amendment that it finds the proposal is in compliance
with the City of Holmes Beach Comprehensive Plan.
Normand said she expects the Thursday meeting to
be only a work session with no vote on any recommen-
dation to the city commission expected. Public com-
ment will be taken.
The planning commission only makes recommen-
dations to the city commission, and public comment is
taken prior to any vote.
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Ready for dinner
Anna Maria Island women who are members of the Manatee Sweet Adelines chorus prepare for the 10th
annual spaghetti dinner Saturday, Nov. 8; at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 5101 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
There will be seatings at 4:30 and 6 p.m. and plenty of music. Tickets may be obtained by calling 778-6222 or
779-1416. From left are Bunny Klein, Jeanette Rothberg, Doris Willis, Judy McClarren and Marilyn Shirley.
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Digital filmmakers special
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An Islander will run a digital filmmakers
workshop Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8-9, in
downtown Bradenton, the first of what he hopes
will be several here.
Walt Jenkins of Anna Maria, who has 30
years experience in film and TV in Hollywood
and Florida, will be the principal instructor. The
workshop will be in the Shaw Gallery, 302 12th
St., from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. both days.
"This is our first effort to promote the art and
technology of filmmaking in our area," Jenkins
said, "and we hope to do more programs like it."
It will bring an intense program in filmmak-
ing, directing, cameras, special effects on low
budgets, three-dimensional animation, virtual re-
ality and more, he said.
Seating is limited to 25 persons, and the cost
is $199 each for the full two days. Reservations
may be made and details obtained by calling 778-
Signs gone on Key Royale Bridge
Stop signs placed on the Key Royale Bridge almost
seven years ago have been removed by the Holmes
Beach Police Department.
According to Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay
Romine, the signs were put in place when the bridge
was in "critical condition," and their purpose was to
slow vehicles down to reduce vibration on the bridge.
According to Romine, after the repairs were com-
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made numerous complaints about enforcement.
Romine said enforcement was difficult because the
middle of a bridge is an uncommon place to have stop
signs and there was no place for officers to observe
bridge traffic without being seen by drivers.
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Whitehead appeals decision before it's made
Brent Whitehead of Whitehead Construction
jumped the gun. He came to the city commission work:
session to dispute a "likely" decision by Assistant Su-
perintendent of Public Works Bill Saunders.
Whitehead told the commission that he is currently
gridlocked on plans for a Gulffront property and unless
the city allows the Gulffront setback to be measured
from the mean high water line, his client is faced with
requesting a variance.
Whitehead said Saunders told him that the city
measures the Gulffront setback from the established
erosion control line.
Saunders said that the mean high water line is not
a fixed line and variables such as a beach
renourishment project can change the line, but the ero-
sion control line is a fixed line. "You won't find ero-
sion upland of the erosion control line," Saunders ex-
plained. "I like it since it's the most stable line."
Two families, two
sets of twins, all
pumpkins and all
pooped out. On left,
lan (dad) Karakas
and mom Holly
with Andrew's twin
sister Allison, and
with her son Jakob
Ashley with Jacob's
twin brother Dylan.
Whitehead's dispute stems from the city's code,
which he says still states the city can take the measure-
ment from the mean high water line if it chooses.
City Attorney Patricia Petruff sighed, then said that
this is yet another example of why the city's codes need
to be updated.
Petruff agreed with Saunders that the mean high
water line can be artificially altered. She said the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection indi-
cates the property boundary at the erosion control line,
although it used to be the mean high water line, and she
supports the city's use of the erosion control line as the
Petruff also stated that there is a "complicated
methodology" in attempting to get the DEP to certify
a mean high water line. She said the final determina-
tion usually winds up equivalent to the erosion control
Petruff said the DEP would support Saunders de-
termination to measure the property boundary at the
erosion control line and, if the commission overturned
it, Whitehead would be required to get the mean high
water line certified by the state.
Saunders interrupted, stating there has not yet been
an official rejection by the city. The entire dispute re-
sulted from a phone conversation with Whitehead.
Petruff said an appeal can be made after a plan is
denied, or if Saunders made an official determination
that adversely affects the party.
In this case neither actually happened.
Saunders said he would put his official interpretation
of the code in writing to save Whitehead the trouble of
going through an application and having it denied.
Petruff also recommended that the commission put
plans to start a comprehensive update of its land-devel-
opment code on its next agenda.
Costumed kids were every-
where and seemingly
scrambling and sweating in
the final outcome of the
judges at the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Com-
merce costume contest in
order to begin haunting the
area shops on their annual
trail of treats. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
Casper visits Islander
Deena Franklin brought son Dylan to The Islander
newspaper office to show off his ghost costume and
"boo" and "boo" and "boo" her friends. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
Halloween 'Hillbilly Hoedown'
A Halloween event at the Island Baptist Church in Anna Maria brought our hordes of goblins and
funseekers. The festival included a "trunk candy party" with automobile trunks loaded with candy for younig-
sters, free photographs, music by the Island Middle School band(, a "moonwalk, toss games, pumpkin paint-
ing, "cakewalk, cotton candy, spin art, clown face painting and lots of free holdogs and sodas. Islander
Photo: J.L. Robertson
Daniel I'inlcnlri ,8 of Amna Maria, palled around
with Julian Votcro, also 8, and of Anna Maria, at the
Island HBatist Church lijn festival. Islander Photo:
. L. Robertson
PAGE 18 N NOV. 5, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Going the distance for piece of paradise
By Laurie Donahue. '
Special to The Islander '
How far would you go to be reminded daily of your r' -
personal paradise? .
How about 2,600 miles? How about driving it in '. ,'
five days? '
We Donahues did it and we're delighted with the
trip and with the result. We did it just to capture a little ' '
piece of Old Anna Maria.
We have been visiting the Island for more than 20 -
years, and for the past several years have called the A.
Island Plantation our home away from home. Those of ''- .-
you who are fortunate enough to live on this enchanted- .
island understand how special Anna Maria truly is.
When we arrived on the Island for our annual
Spring Break this year, we received the unwelcome
news that the Island Plantation was coming down to
make way for million-dollar condominiums.
That's when we decided that we had to bring some
keepsake memorabilia back home with us.
It was the rope and posts that decorated the
beachfront at the Plantation that we wanted to decorate
around our back yard deck at home. We learned that
those items were to be part of an auction to be held in
May when we would be back home in Chicago. Loading up on Anna Maria Island
We left the Island empty-handed.
A week before the auction, we phoned the Planta- -:
tion from Chicago to see if we could bid over the ,"
phone. We were greeted by a recording with informa- .. '" "'.
tion about the new condos and the name and phone .... '-' '.,,
number of Barry Gould.
Not only is Anna Maria an Island paradise, but the _.--... .....
people on your Island are special too! We called Barry -= -. '
and explained our situation, and he took time out of his i
busy day as a Realtor to attend the auction on our be- .
half, and bid for us. ,-i a
"Sold!" ... rope and posts for $20.
Now all we had to do was get down to Anna Maria-
from Chicago ASAP andcollect our auction items. ..
Little did we know what a popular spot Anna Maria is i t '
on Memorial Day weekend. Again we talked with
many caring and giving people who helped us find ac- -
We left Chicago on a Thursday afternoon, drove
for 23 hours, arrived Friday, loaded up our rope and .
posts on Saturday and left for home before sunrise
Now every time- we look out-the window to our .
backyard deck, we are reminded of our Island paradise. .
Our subscription to The Islander and the marine rope .
decoration help keep us connected to Anna Maria be- .- . .. ,-
tween trips. :
Thanks, Anna Maria, and see you soon. ... and the final product in Chicago the deck of the Island Plantation, now demolished.
Cub Scouts learn
Members of the Tiger Cub Scout Troop 7 of Anna
Maria Island visited The Islander newspaper office
Oct. 29 to learn first-hand how a newspaper is pub-
Tiger Cubs Blake Tedesco, Joshua Zawistoski,
Burke Kibler, Christian Goulet, Maxwell Driscoll,
Tommy Fara, Jake Parsons and Dylan Young were
accompanied by troop leaders Denise Tedesco and
Jenny Zawistoski. ...-
The troop learned about digital photography and
how digital images appear as a newspaper image. They
viewed this story and photo on the computer screen and
then observed how the elements fit on the page, how
the photo is sized and how the page printed at the of-
fice with all the various elements. .
They also learned how the newspaper is delivered -
to and printed by a newsprint press in Bradenton.
Each member of the troop received a color repro- ._ \ .
duction of their page design "experience," including
the photo shown here, as a souvenier of their visit.
The scouts spent their newspaper experience at
The Islander learning about publishing with Bonner
Joy, publisher, graphic designer Melissa Williams,
office manager Julia Robertson, graphic artist Car- Cub reporters
rie Price and advertising sales representative Tiger Cubs Blake Tedesco, Joshua Zawistoski, Burke Kibler, Christian Goulet, Maxwell Driscoll. Toumyn
Rebecca Barnett. Fara, Jake Parsons and Dylan Young at The Islander newspaper. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
THE ISLANDER U NOV. 5, 2003 M PAGE 19
Island Middle School
students Chrissy Krug,
Gabby Pace, Jacqueline
Howell and IMS alum Winn
Haslam beautified a small
garden on 85th Street across
from the school with flower-
ing plants known to attract
butterflies and humming-
birds. Neighbor Ellis Gesten
said, "It's great to see the
kids out beautifying the
Island." The student garden
is one of several community
service projects undertaken
for "Make A Difference
Day" Oct. 25. Islander
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for sale as part of their homeroom's Make A Difference Day project. Proceeds
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provide food for food banks.
Good clean fun
IMS sixth-graders Nash Thompson, Kyle Aritt and Laura Morgan advertise a
community car wash at the former Marina Bay parking lot in Holmes Beach.
Proceeds will be donated to the Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc. in Palmetto. The
fundraiser was part of teacher Cynthia Dake's homeroom project for Make A
Ed Chiles, owner of the
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by Preston Whaley Jr.
They may not have made the cover of Rolling
Stone magazine, but the local band "Almost Famous"
is picking up steam.
Seemingly by accident, the group formed last
They've since put together at least four sets of
music and recorded a 10-song compact disk of favor-
ite tunes titled, "Our Twist."
They're appearing at Island and Bradenton venues
such as Rotten Ralph's, D.Coy Ducks, Twin Dolphin
and Woody's Roo.
Last week, they were the featured band for the
dedication of the new amphitheater at Bradenton's
"Getting hired for that makes me feel we're on the
right track," says the band's rhythm guitarist Tom
Welchel, daughter-in-law/vocalist Jennifer Crosby
and guitarist Mike Rettig started as a trio two years ago.
He met drummer Dave Russell at Rotten Ralph's
Restaurant about a year ago.
"Tom came in one day and asked about getting
booked," says Russell. "He happened to mention he
really needed a bass player and drummer and I
nearly fell off my chair."
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age 9 and his good friend Dean Tribble has played bass
for about as long and they were looking to play.
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together," Tribble said. "We were in a group called
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When Russell moved to the Island in the early
1990s to help at family-owned Rotten Ralph's, Tribble
followed on vacation.
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deal with Sony Records," Tribble said. "I could have
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Tribble said he stayed, married and enjoyed the
Island music scene, which was "hopping." Just about
every club had a band at that time.
"Dave and I tried out different players over the
years, but nothing really serious happened until we met
Almost Famous," Tribble said.
The original members of the band came up with the
name, which was inspired by Cameron Crowe's movie
"Almost Famous," in which a 16-year-old reporter for
Rolling Stone magazine travels with a hot new group
that behaves excessively and ends up, well, almost fa-
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"We play a little bit of everything Sheryl
Crowe, Led Zeppelin, Jewel and country," says
Russell. "We have three good singers, which lets us
cover a lot of ground, but our main vocalist has a hell
of a voice really. She's also very pretty and only 22
Crosby is all of that, but she's not a stage diva.
"When I was 3 years old, my grandmother
dragged me to private teachers. I've sung classical
music, opera and in choirs all through high school," she
No matter who's singing in the group, she added,
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By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School students and fac-
ulty welcomed Merry Hagan to its Island community
as the school's new music instructor.
Hagan moved to the Tampa Bay area this summer
and is currently looking for a place to settle in
Bradenton. She and husband Jerry and daughter Sabina
visited the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area before mak-
ing their move from Ohio.
Hagan was born and raised in Ohio and worked as
a full-time music instructor for 11 years teaching kin-
dergarten through high school vocal music. She has
also taught beginning band and a string class.
Hagan earned a bachelor's degree in music and a
master's degree in elementary education and is certi-
fied to teach first- through eighth-grade.
Hagan's favorite subject in school was music and
she began playing the piano when she was 5. In fifth-
grade she began learning to play the flute.
Hagan says she enjoys teaching because of the high
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teaches students to read music and about different types
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Hagan will organize the monthly student perfor-
mances for AME's Parent-Teacher Organization meet-
ings. And, she said, she is already planning a perfor-
mance for the Nov. 18 meeting.
Students are currently working with Hagan on a
special musical sing-a-long, which will take place in
the auditorium Sept. 17. Hagan said each class is learn-
ing one song for performances during the school's
week-long peace celebration.
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class meets with her for ;an hour once a week.
Hagan said she will also be working with the Anna
Maria Island Community Center's after-school program,
which is now being held on campus. She said she is de-
veloping a program based on student interests that will be
available to after-school participants on Tuesdays.
When not teaching music, Hagan said she enjoys
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seeing and visitingg museums. Hagan is taking advan-
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Monday, Nov. 10
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Lunch: Beef and Cheese Nachos, Grilled Chicken on a
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Lunch: Pizza Sticks with Marinara Sauce, Peanut Butter
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Tossed Salad, Fruit
Juice and milk are served with ever meal.
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and Russell's got to be precise and he is.
Mike Ritteg fills out the band's sound on lead gui-
tar, keeping the volume behind the vocals, harmoniz-
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Welchel says, "We've got something for everyone,
and the good news is that when we play our own tunes,
we get just as good a response as when we play cov-
After Tribble finished singing the rowdy number
he'd written, "Thinkin' 'n' Drinkin," true to Welchel's
words, the crowd lit up with applause.
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One more wave
Three kidney transplants
behind, surfing legend now
faces cancer battle
By Hillard Grossman
Special to The Islander
ROCKLEDGE Who would have thought that
getting bit on his butt by a shark 35 years ago probably
would have been the least terrifying episode in Rich
The former world-class surfer and surfboard manu-
facturer, who has undergone three kidney transplants
and who has raised about $4 million for the National
Kidney Foundation much of it through his popular
Labor Day surfing tournament in Cocoa Beach now
is facing his most frightening battle, lung cancer.
Two weeks ago, doctors told him he might have
"one or two years" left. Since then, he's lost his appe-
tite and 20 pounds.
"That's something I really didn't need to hear,"
says Salick, understandably concerned yet still feeling
chipper an hour after mowing the lawn at his
Rockledge home. "Hey, they're being frank about it.
They're saying you've got to be grateful for living this
long and all, but I wasn't up for that. My doctor in Or-
lando says we're gonna beat it."
It's that same determination that helped him become
a prep football star at Bradenton's Manatee High in the
late '60s, the same grit that helped him become a standout
on the 1973 World Surfing Team and the same fire in his
eyes he had when he survived all three transplants kid-
neys donated by each of his three brothers.
A week ago, legendary surfer and promoter Dick
Catri of Melbourne Beach was among 100 friends who
showed up in Cocoa Beach to celebrate Rich's 54th birth-
day. All came dressed as pirates for the theme party.
"You know, he's been through an awful lot, and
now this cancer is staring him in the face, and it's
tough, really tough," Catri says, his voice trailing.
"He's one heckuva nice guy. I pulled him aside and
told him we've all got to go sometime, but we've got
to go kicking and screaming, just don't lay down and
say it's over."
Football to surfing
They were 13 years old when Salick and his twin
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brother, Phil, began their surfing adventures on Florida's
Gulf Coast, off Anna Maria Island, riding a hollow,
wooden, "coffin-type" board, some 11 feet long.
"You weren't going to fall down, that's for sure,"
Rich says with a laugh. "It was atrocious, but it was the
only surfboard in town."
A year later, with their $60 9-foot-6 Malibu popout
board in tow, they made their first trip to Cocoa Beach,
where they fit right in with East Coast stars such as Bob
Carson and Gary Propper. They quickly ventured to
Puerto Rico, where the waves were much more chal-
lenging, and steadily improved while surfing next to
superstars Mike Tabeling, Bruce Valuzzi and David
Rich landed a contract with Hobie surfboards, while
Phil, the better surfer, signed with Dewey Weber.
But Rich also was a star on his high school football
team as an offensive guard and tackle. He was a mus-
cular and agile 220 pounds with a 30-inch waist. As
a defensive tackle, he still recalls "one of those great
moments" when he smothered John Reaves, the quar-
terback at Tampa Robinson who later starred at the
University of Florida.
Phil, however, convinced his brother not to accept
a scholarship with the Gators or any other college and
instead join him on the world-renowned Dewey We-
ber Surf Team. It was a decision they'd never regret.
In 1972, with flower power decals, corduroy
bellbottom jeans and "Hang Ten" shirts in vogue ("We
never got into the polyester/disco stage," laughs Phil),
Rich became a member of the 1972 U.S. Surfing
Team. A year later, he earned a spot on the World
Team, which featured Mike Purpus, Jeff Crawford,
Greg Loehr, Charlie Baldwin and Nuuhiwa.
That year, the sun bleached-blond Salick defeated
Dru Harrison, the No. 1-ranked surfer from California,
on his home waves in Oceanside.
"I beat him soundly," Rich says, proudly.
"That guy wanted to beat him up after that,"
laughs former touring pro Matt Kechele, who credits
much of his surfing prowess to Salick and his brother.
"He didn't want to lose to some East Coaster."
Some funny moments
Rich's first bout with adversity came when he was
19, as a student at what was then called Brevard Jun-
ior College in Cocoa. He was surfing at Cocoa
Beach's Crescent Beach, not far from where he lived
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much of his surfing prowess to Salick and his brother.
"He didn't want to lose to some East Coaster."
Some funny moments
Rich's first bout with adversity came when he was
19, as a student at what was then called Brevard Jun-
ior College in Cocoa. He was surfing at Cocoa Beach's
Crescent Beach, not far from where he lived just north
of Patrick Air Force Base.
"I was leaning over the board just talking, flapping
my feet," he says, sipping on a Coca-Cola. "We could
see a couple of (shark) fins coming around us, but they
weren't too big. And you'd never think they'd attack.
But all of a sudden, something caught me on my left
(butt) cheek he got me square.
"I was wearing those thin, acetate baggies, and he just
got caught in there. I was trying to shake him off and I was
hitting him with my hand, but he was probably stuck in
there for a good minute. It seemed like forever."
The bite required more than 100 stitches and plas-
tic surgery, which was performed by his girlfriend's
father, who happened to be the chief surgeon at Cape
"I couldn't sit for a while," says Rich, who later
framed the shredded baggies. "There were a lot of jokes
about that and still are."
But it probably wasn't as funny as the 5-pound
gray grouper that got stuck in his baggies while riding
a wave off Anna Maria Island.
"It was squirming around I didn't even know
what it was, and then finally it squirts through the front
of my trunks back into the water with everyone watch-
ing," Rich laughs. "But you know what? We had it for
dinner that night."
Feeling violently ill
It was the fall of 1973 when his real troubles began.
Driving his 1968 Dodge Dart back from Orlando's
Florida Technological University (now UCF), he re-
members feeling queasy near the entrance to Port
When he got to the Moon Hut restaurant intersec-
tion, he had to pull over.
"I couldn't stop vomiting," he says. "And I had that
feeling for the next two hours."
He says he lost 13 pounds overnight, not listening
to the pleas from his now ex-wife, Michele, to see a
But the next day, they visited Dr. Jack Hatfield, the
longtime Merritt Island High football team physician,
who recommended they rush to the Shands Teaching
Hospital in Gainesville.
"My blood pressure was 290 over 190, which was
stroke level," Rich says. "Once I was there, they're
telling me I have kidney failure, I need dialysis, I'll
need a transplant and my kidneys have to come out.
They're telling me this all at once. I guess I was so sick
I didn't really care what they did."
To this day, no one knows how it happened.
"It could have been something as slight as a bee
sting," Rich says.
So who would the organ donor be?
"I never said a word," Rich says. "Phil came in the
room and asked, 'So, when do we do this?' Just like that."
"It hurt like hell," Phil says. "They finally told me two
years later that they had taken a rib out, because I had a
lot of muscle. But we've been banged up and cut up on
surfing so much, our pain threshold was much higher."
Now they both laugh when they reminisce of those
"While we were in the hospital, we had received a
really funny card with three babies on the front," Phil
says. "And we'd start laughing hysterically and hold-
ing our sides. We really weren't supposed to laugh, but
we couldn't help it."
"I tried hiding it," Rich says, "but then Phil would
come in holding onto the IV pole and glance toward the
bottom drawer where I had hid the card, and then look
back at me, and we'd start laughing all over again."
Phil, like Rich, still has a distinct scar, which
stretches across nearly half of his torso.
"I usually tell people we got in a knife fight on The
Wharf, and we won!" Rich says. "That'll keep 'em away."
What a comeback
The kidney transplant changed Rich's outlook on
life. The flavor in his taste buds came back, his vision
got stronger and he felt remarkably better.
"I went down to the water one day, watching the
kids playing in the surf, and it just wasn't enough,"
He had seen the insulated jackets the trainers wore
at SeaWorld, so he called the Cypress Gardens Re-
search and Development office and asked what could
he use to protect his abdomen while surfing.
"A couple days later they sent me a giant box of
rubberized foam 'Insulite,' it was called," Rich says.
"I started cutting pieces to fit my side and where I could
bend in the water. Soon I was back in there. I thought,
'Hey, I can do this!"'
"He was astonishing," Phil says with a gleam in his
Rich finished second at his first contest at Patrick
AFB, then won the Easter Surf event.
That trophy still sits in the University of Florida
Dialysis Center as a gentle reminder to the next patient.
In 1986 and in 1999, Rich had re-occurrences of
his kidney failure. But he calls the approximate 13
years between transplants a success, since the national
average is "somewhere between nine and 11 years."
It was older brother Channing to the rescue in '86,
and then younger brother Wilson in '99.
"Wilson was a good, solid beer drinker, so we
knew those kidneys had been thoroughly filtered,"
The only problem was that Wilson's kidney was
slightly larger than Rich's previous ones.
"They discovered later that one of my arteries had
bent," Rich says. "I finally paid the Piper, as they say."
He spent 12 days in intensive care as a result of
cardiac problems and gained 42 pounds of fluid in that
time. Today, he still walks with a slight limp in his right
leg, and for the past six months it has taken away his
dream of hopping back on a surfboard.
Surfing event grows
In September of 2002, doctors noticed a strange
bump on the top left side of his head. He already had
been treated for several topical skin cancers, but this
After the second biopsy, he was told he was suffer-
ing from Leiomyosarcoma (LMS), a rare form of brain
cancer that attacks the soft tissue cells. Since undergo-
ing "four or five" surgeries to remove smaller tumors,
the cancer has spread to his lymph system.
He has a lump on the lower left side of his neck and
now needs five times his normal dose of daily radiation
- 2 minutes and 20 seconds each session in Or-
lando (he has 70,000 miles on his 3-year-old Nissan
Xterra) to combat the tumor in his throat. He also has
begun radiation treatments to stifle the cancer in his
lungs, something he just learned about 45 days ago
To help the NKF
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during his 18th annual Mike Erdman Toyota/NKF
Labor Day Surf Festival.
That event, which raised $150,000, attracted 800
surfers and nearly 50,000 spectators at Coconuts on the
Beach. It also attracted more than 200 volunteers, from
"Parrot Heads" to NASA engineers, donating their ser-
vices for Salick, who has helped raise some $4 million
as the director of community relations for the Florida
branch of the National Kidney Foundation.
His first tournament, he recalls, raised a grand total of
$125 at Spessard Holland Park in Melbourne Beach.
"It was the big, bad Bruce Walker's Ocean Avenue
team against Salick's Surf Team," Rich says. "It was
really just a picnic. Later, we turned it into a surf bowl-
ing league on Sunday nights at the Beach Bowl because
it was the only place we could get rum and cokes.
"But later on, we thought, why not try to raise money
for a cause? I mean, all I got was a kidney. Phil was the
heroic one, a completely healthy guy who made the big
sacrifice. We just wanted to make people aware."
His efforts have impressed many, including
"He's turned our little team event into a nationally
and internationally recognized event," says Walker, 51,
a surfing and skateboarding Hall of Fame member from
Satellite Beach whose team won that first event. "It's
amazing that one person can take on that much. Rich
is an icon in the sport and I wish him the best. I'd love
to surf against him again in a contest one day."
The Salicks closed their Cocoa Beach surf shop on
Third Street North, across from Alma's restaurant, in
1983. That is where they constructed the first "real"
board for Kelly Slater, who became a six-time world
It was Rich who airbrushed the colorful "Jaws"
design for Kelly and the R2-D2 design for his older
"We called those kids 'Frogmen,' because they
swam like tree frogs," says Rich, who enjoyed surfing
with Kelly down the same street, now known as "Slater
"I was on his first team, and Kelly was, too," says
Kechele. 41, who became a touring pro and who now
designs his own line of surfboards. "He more or less
encouraged me to start competing. He gave me odd
jobs like cleaning his shop or washing his car. I told
him the other night I was very grateful, because it
started with him, and he almost turned it around like he
owes me. I said, 'C'mon.' But I wish him well. He's
pretty inspiring. He's taken a lot of punches and has
defied doctors before. I think he can do it again."
Rich's son, Philip, now 26, has continued the fam-
ily tradition by shaping Salick Surfboards at the Quiet
Flight.shop in Cocoa Beach. Philip, an accomplished
surfer, also is the lead guitarist in an up-and-coming
band known as "The Washdown."
Rich's stepson, David, 18, also surfs and is a na-
tional karate champion.
"I've been very lucky," Rich says. "The greatest
thing is to see my two boys doing well and nothing
stands up to that. I've also got three great brothers who
saved me. I mean, how many times do you lay your life
on the line for someone else'? They are the ultimate
Three years ago, Rich was inducted into the East
Coast Legends Hall of Fame, an honor he cherishes for
his surfing ability and for his work in the surfing com-
But last week, he received an award closer to his
heart, when he accepted the Wayne Nix Award in Bal-
timore as the NKF's outstanding patient of the year.
One of Rich's goals is to proceed with his dream
of organizing an NKF surfing tournament in Hawaii, a
project that came to a halt in 1999 when he had his third
"I hope I'm not running out of time," he says stoically.
Next up for Rich is possible chemotherapy treatment,
something he says could cost him the use of his kidneys.
The next organ might come from his son, Philip, who al-
ready told his father he'd be a willing donor.
"I have tremendous faith," Rich says. "In some
way, I think I was prepared for this. I've taken my ex-
periences and have been relating them to other patients.
It gets frustrating, but a lot of it has to do with being the
best actor in the world.
"It's not just something that happened to me. It's
my life, now."
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Dolphin football season ends with playoff loss
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Dolphin youth football
team fell to the Broncos 19-8 on Saturday, Nov. 8, in
a Police Athletic League playoff game that marks the
third consecutive defeat the Broncos have handed the
Island Fins. Each game was competitive but, in the end,
the Dolphins came out on the short end of the stick.
The fact that the 2003 Dolphins even made the
playoffs is the story here. The Dolphins started out 0-
3 and were 1-6 at one point. It would have been very
easy for the Island boys to mail in the rest of the sea-
son. They didn't.
The Dolphins rallied to win three straight games,
forcing a three-way tie between the Fins, Raiders and
Panthers. The tie was settled Saturday morning in a
Kansas tiebreaker a flip of the coin that gave the
Panthers a bye and pitted the Raiders versus the Fins
with alternating possessions at the 25-yard line until
there was a winner.
The Fins elected to start the tiebreaker on defense
and completely shut down the Raiders offensive attack.
The Fins then took care of business by running Chad
Richardson and Corey Williamson down the Raiders'
throats until Richardson finished them off with a three-
yard touchdown run to clinch the win.
The tiebreaker against the Panthers was a bit
tougher, but the Dolphin defense again came through
when it mattered most. The Panthers elected to start on
offense and moved the ball down to the four-yard line.
On fourth down, the Panthers attempted a field goal,
but the Dolphin "D" came through with a blocked kick.
The teams battled through two more possessions
before Dolphin quarterback Nick Sato found Connor
Bystrom for a touchdown on fourth down to clinch
third place in the league.
Unfortunately for the Dolphins, that meant another
game with their nemesis, the Broncos.
The game started well for the Fins when Jimmy
Campos returned the opening kick 32 yards to the
Bronco 48. The Fins moved the ball down to the
Bronco 30 on some tough runs by Richardson and
Williamson, but the drive was thwarted when Leon
Spearmon stepped up and intercepted Sato's pass to
turn the ball over to the Broncos.
The Broncos then pounded the Dolphin defense
with a steady dose of running backs Jeff Davis and
Lafaron Burch with Burch finishing off the 57-yard
drive with a four-yard run for a touchdown.
The Broncos extended its lead right before the half
came to a close behind the strong running of Davis.
Davis ripped off runs of 10, six and three yards before
Finishing the drive with a 31-yard touchdown run and
a 13-0 Bronco lead.
With 3:19 to play in the half, the Dolphin offense
took the field hoping to put some points on the board
before the half came to a close. They moved the ball
from their 48 yard line to the Bronco 32 behind the
running of Richardson, who had runs of five, four, two
and five yards before Sato connected with Bystrom on
a 10-yard out pattern. The drive stalled, however, and
the half ended with the Broncos holding onto a 13-0
The Broncos opened the second half looking like
they were going for the jugular. They moved from their
own 19 to the Dolphin 39 behind a steady dose of Davis
and Burch. For some reason the Broncos decided to
attack the Fins through the air, but a sack by Sean Price
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Campos gave the ball back to the Dolphins.
Two runs that went nowhere and an interception by
Spearmon gave the ball back to the Broncos at the
Dolphin 30. Davis carried for six yards, but a face mask
penalty moved the ball half the distance to the goal line
giving the Broncos first down at the 15. Quarterback
Willie Brown gained four yards on first down, but
threw incomplete on second and third down. On fourth
down, Burch got around the corner with only one man
to beat, but Campos made the TD-saving tackle to deny
the Bronco runner.
Pinned back on their own three-yard line, the Dol-
phins gave the ball to Richardson, who responded with
an 11-yard run to give the Fins a little breathing room.
They managed to move the ball out to the 25-before
Sato got sacked on fourth down, giving the Broncos the
ball at the Dolphin 21. On first down, Bronco quarter-
back Brown dropped back and hit Spearmon in stride
for a 21-yard touchdown pass and a 19-0 lead.
The Dolphin offense took over at its 30 and moved
it to the 48 on runs from Charlie Woodson, Richardson
and Williamson. Facing second and seven, Sato pitched
the ball back to Williamson who rounded the corner
gaining speed. Spearmon got a hand on his shoulder
pads, but Williamson somehow stayed on his feet and
in bounds before racing down the left sideline to com-
plete a 52-yard touchdown run.
Will Kretzman split the uprights to make it 19-8 in
favor of the Broncos, but the Dolphins weren't quitting.
C.J. Wickersham hit a beautiful onside kick that
was recovered by Charlie Woodson at the Bronco 40.
Unfortunately, the Broncos weren't in a giving mood
and came up with three straight sacks to end the game
and the Dolphins season.
Coach Andy Price was upbeat after the game. "We
played tough and simply lost to a better team tonight,"
Price said. "We battled back from a 1-6 start and made
the playoffs despite the fact that half of our players
were getting their first taste of tackle football."
Inexperience and a lack of depth ultimately did in
the Island boys, but as the Buccaneers are finding out,
winning two Superbowls is definitely harder than win-
ning the first one.
Soccer All-Star schedule
Nov. 6 6 p.m. Division III
Nov. 6 7 p.m. Division II
Nov. 6 8 p.m. Division I
Island soccer season finale
Another season of soccer has come to a close at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center with no drastic
changes in the standings among three age divisions.
West Coast Surf Shop completed an undefeated season
and just missed a perfect season due to a 1-1 tie suf-
fered against Gateway Solutions last week.
The key to success for the Surf Shop was a bal-
anced scoring attack that consistently received goals
from players like Jack Titsworth, Emily White, Daniel
Janisch, Alex Hall, Trevor Bystrom and Giorgio
Gomez, while Neasa Calleja, Emma Carper, Jonah
Caster, Zach Facheris and Stephanie Purnell played
Air & Energy claimed the top spot in Division II
with a 9-1-1 record behind the scoring of Joey
Hutchinson, Jordan Sebastiano, Kyle Sewall and Sarah
Howard. Strong defensive play from Nicole Botero,
Cameron Ellsworth, MacKenzie Kosfeld, Rainia
Lardas, Maria Price and Carson Wooten always kept
A&E in the game..
ReMax captured the Division I crown behind the
potent scoring of Sean Pittman and Will Osborne.
Other offensive support came from Chris Martin and
David Bryant. while Michael Frieler, Hunter Hardy,
Joseph Karasiewicz, Flannery McClung, Timothy
Villars and Crystal Wolfe provided defensive and
midfield support for the division winners.
Congratulations to all of the parents, players and
coaches for another great season of soccer on Anna
Allstar games in Division I, II and III will be
played starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, with the
Division Ill classic. The Division II game follows at 7
p.m. and thie Division I game kicks off at 8 p.m.
The season officially comes to a close Monday,
Nov. 10, with the awards ceremonies for each of the
four Center soccer leagues. Instructional division tro-
phies will be handed out starting at 6:30 p.m., while the
Division I, II and III awards ceremony will begin at
Island Tennis League up and running
The Island Tennis League got under way with two
matches Saturday, Nov. I, at the Cedars Tennis Club
on Longboat Key. Matches consist of four singles and
two doubles to determine a winning team.
Following are results of the two matches.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
Cuzins Pizza 5, Geckos Greats 1
Clay Shepherd over Ryan Bonifay, 6-0
James Steiner lost to Katherine Kennedy, 6-0
Ritchie Mitchell lost to Natasha Neiman, 6-1
Max Moneuse lost to Alex Burgess, 4-2
Bonifay/Kennedy over Rebecca Loh/J. Steiner, 4-3
Neiman/Burgess over Moneuse/Mitchell, 4-2
Geckos Greats 5, Rokop Archetecture 1
Clay Shepherd over Jen Denyes, 6-1
Anthea Rokop over James Steiner, 6-0
Natasha Neiman over Ritchie Mitchell, 4-1
Max Moneuse over Sarah Orlando, 4-0
Justin Suca over Noel Neiman, 4-1
Round ball on Center horizon
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's 2003-
04 basketball season is accepting registration for the
upcoming season. Players can register at the Center
from now until Saturday, Nov. 15. The Center will
have two nights dedicated to league registration with
the first Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 6-8 p.m., which will
be followed by another registration at the same time
Thursday, Nov. 13.
Cost for the league is $40 for first child and $35 for
each additional child. Non-member costs are $50 for
the first child and $45 for each additional child.
There will be mandatory tryouts for each of five
age groups. All try out times are from 6-7 p.m., with the
5-7-year-old try outs Nov. 17, while 8-9-year-olds try
out Nov. 18. The league's 10-1 1-year-old tryouts will
be Nov. 19, and ages 12-13 will try out Nov. 20. The
division for 14-17-year-olds will try out Nov. 21.
For more information about basketball season, call
Joe Cheblus at 778-1908.
Go team go!
The Anna Maria Island Community Center an-
nounces cheerleading registration is ongoing for girls
age 6-14 for the upcoming basketball season, which
runs from November to February. Registration will be
accepted through Nov. 8. Cost to join the squad is $35
for Center members and $45 for nonmembers.
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Welsh rugby players discover paradise island
By Rick Catlin
For Welsh rugby players Harry Trelawny, Gareth
Richards and Ross Gilling, winning the All-University
Rugby Championship in Great Britain last year for the
University of Cardiff in Wales was a dream come true.
Thanks to Bradenton Beach resident Lyn Clarke,
however, that dream got even better when the trio got
invited to spend three months in paradise on Anna
Maria Island assisting Clarke with coaching the
Sarasota Red Tide rugby club.
Clarke, a native of Wales, came to the United
SStates in 1976 and moved to Bradenton Beach four
years ago, was interested in getting some quality rugby
players to assist him and what better place to go than
the All-British University championship team?
Trelawyn, Richards and Gilling got the "luck of the
draw" and were nominated by their coach for a three-
month stay with Clarke on Anna Maria Island as
player-coaches for the Red Tide.
For the Welshmen in Florida for the first time
the adventure of going to the beach in October has
been exciting, to say the least.
"This is our first time to the States and we're really
enjoying it," said Trelawny. "We definitely can't see
girls in bikinis on the beach in Wales this time of year."
After their coaching and training duties are done
during the day, the three have been enjoying the Island
and Bradenton-area night life.
"We've met some really great people and we re-
, cently went to Cocoa Beach for a game and met some
very nice young ladies," added Gilling.
But it's not all sea, sand and surf for the ruggers.
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Weekends are usually spent traveling to Orlando,
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and spread the word about their sport.
"Right now, rugby isn't that popular in America,"
said Clarke, who played and coached rugby in Wales
in his youth.
In Great Britain and in many countries around the
world, however, it's the second most popular sport
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Rugby is the No. I sport in Wales, Clarke said.
"But here, it's been getting bigger by leaps and
bounds and American rugby has come up in the world,"
For the first time ever, the United States had a team
in the 32-nation World Cup of Rugby now being
played in Australia, and many colleges now have offi-
cial NCAA rugby teams.
"So the sport is growing here." said Richards. "The
level of play is not quite what's found in Wales, but you
can see there is a lot of talent."
The three players will return to Wales in Decem-
ber, but one way or another, they'll come back to visit
Clarke and Anna Maria Island.
"It's been a great experience," said Ross, as the
threesome prepared for a weekend trip to Key West.
"It will be tough to leave here for the cold winter
of Wales, but we have promised to come back to the
Island. This place is great!"
Lyn said anyone interested in playing rugby should
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Wednesday, Nov. 5
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information:
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Open submissions for all art-
ists at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
10 a.m. Early Settlers Bread sale at the Anna Maria
Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. In,-
1 p.m. The Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island
presents "Neighborly Senior Services" with Lynn Marvin at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-6083.
5 to 7:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce business after hours networking event sponsored
by the Historic Bridge Street 'Merchants of Bradenton
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
6 to 7:30 p.m. "Back-to-School Challenges" parent
support group discussion with Shirley Rohmberger at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Thursday, Nov. 6
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Open submissions for all art-
ists at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
10:15 a.m. Episcopal Church Women of the
Church of the Annunciation present "The Whole Child
Project" with guest Pat Johnson at 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1638.
6 to 8 p.m. Black-and-white photography class with
Chris Galanopoulos and Jerry Quin begins at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-2099. Fee applies.
7:30 to 8:30p.m. Meditation and Buddhism classes
with Tom Colby at the Art League of Manatee County, 209
Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 362-2030. Fee ap-
8p.m. Opening night of "Witness for the Prosecu-
tion" by the Manatee Players at the Riverfront Theatre, 102
Old Main St., Bradenton. Box office: 748-5875. Fee ap-
Friday, Nov. 7
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Opening reception for artists at
the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
6. to 9 p.m. Opening reception for "De Cuba Con
Amor" at Copper Moon Gallery, 1006 11th Ave., W.,
Bradenton. Information: 747-8783.
6 to 10p.m. "First Weekend Art Fest" at the Village
of the Arts, Ninth Avenue West, Bradenton. Information:
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exhibit at the Anhinga Studios, All That is Clay, Valeri Rose
Studio and XS Studio on 12th Street in Bradenton. Informa-
6 to 10 p.m. "Olde World Holiday" gift market gala
preview party at the Manatee Convention and Civic Cen-
ter, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 739-7759. Fee
Saturday, Nov. 8
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club meeting with guest speaker
Ed Whisnant at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
9 a.m. to 6p.m. --"Olde World Holiday" gift market at
the Manatee Convention and Civic Center, One Haben
Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 739-7759. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 3p.m. "A Mythical Adventure" family fes-
tival at the John and Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay
Shore Road, Sarasota. Information: 358-3180. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anna Maria Fall Fest Arts and
Crafts show at the Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 379-0951.
10:30 a.m. Origami class at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. "First Weekend Art Fest" in the Vil-
lage of the Arts, Ninth Avenue West, Bradenton. Informa-
4:30 and 6 p.m. Magic of Manatee Sweet Adeline
chorus spaghetti dinner at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church,
6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: 778-6222.
Sunday, Nov. 9
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anna Maria Fall Fest Arts and
Crafts show at the Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 379-0951.
10:30 a.m. to 5p.m. "Olde World Holiday" gift mar-
ket at the Manatee Convention and Civic Center, One
Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 739-7759. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. Bring a new teddy bear for charity to the
Great Teddy Bear Run to benefit KIDS by the Sea at the
Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Infor-
mation: 951-7005. Fee applies.
Monday, Nov. 10
8:30 a.m. Internet class at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
9 to 10 a.m. Manatee Widowed Persons presents
"Organizing Your Life and Documenting Your Assets" with
Reba Rogers at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
11:30 a.m. Democratic Women's Club of Manatee
County presents "What Price Security" with Grissim Walker
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 5525 Cortez Road,
Bradenton. Information: 758-4610. Fee applies.
2p.m. -The Anna Maria Island Historical Society pre-
sents "On the Road Again" with Andy Little at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
Tuesday, Nov. 11
Noon to 3:30p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
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Wednesday, Nov. 12
10:30 a.m. Friends Book Club at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
11:30 a.m. "Stars and Stripes" performance by Sto-
ries Alive Reader's Theater at the Island Players Off Stage
Ladies Auxiliary meeting in the Florentine Room at the
Landings at Freedom Village, 17th Ave. W., Bradenton. In-
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Infor-
mation: 778-3390. Fee applies.
6p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
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. Information: 778-2099.
Old masters methodology oil painting class with Paul
Seibilia at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov. 19. Information: 778-
2099. Fee applies.
Manatee Players present "Witness for the Prosecu-
tion" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton,
through Nov. 23. Box office: 748-5875. Fee applies.
"Open Exhibit" at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov. 26. Infor-
Drawing the tropical landscape class with Ginger
White at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov. 28. Information: 778-
2099. Fee applies.
Oil painting exhibit by Norma Lienhard at Island Gal-
lery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Nov. 8.
Bela's Ball Art Exhibit at the Village of the Arts, along
12th Street West, Bradenton, through Nov. 31. Information:
Black-and-white photography class with Chris
Galanopoulos and Jerry Quin at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Dec.
15. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
"De Cuba Con Amor" photography exhibit by Michael
Harris and Barbara Gabbe-Harris at Copper Mooon Gallery,
1006 11th Ave., W., Bradenton, through Dec. 31. Informa-
St. Bernard's Guild meeting at the church Nov. 13.
Island Players' "Gun-Shy" opens Nov. 13.
'"The Perils of Little Red Riding Hood" at the Riverfront
Theatre Nov. 15.
Poinsettia Bazaar at St. Bernard Catholic Church
Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra concert at
Island Baptist Church Nov. 16.
"Crimes of the Heart" auditions at the Island Players
Manatee Brass Ensemble performance at Harvey
Memorial Church Nov. 16.
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Moon disappears Saturday; Sanchez loves Island
The Earth will gobble up the moon Saturday night.
A total lunar eclipse occurs Nov. 8, and sky gazers
predict it to be a spectacular display as the moon turns
orange as the Earth slowly blocks the sun's light on its
The eclipse will start about 6:30 p.m., with total
occlusion between 8:10 and 8:30. All returns to normal
by 10 p.m.
Hope for clear skies and enjoy the night.
Made a new friend last week in Thomas Sanchez,
author of "King Bongo," set in 1957-era Havana, and
"Mile Zero," the latter set in Key West and published
Sanchez is more than the typical Florida author,
both in terms of history and in style. Not to denigrate
any of the typical Sunshine State writers, but Sanchez
is far and away better in terms of his literary panache.
Heck, it took him eight years to finish "Mile Zero," so
you know it wasn't a slash-and-dash type book.
He was in town for the reading festival in Sarasota,
and then went to St. Petersburg for a similar event
there. More to the point, though, he spent the night on
Anna Maria and said he fell in love with the place.
What better accolade can a writer bestow on our Island
than to say, "I could really get some work done here."
Since Sanchez spent time in both Cuba and Key
West, as did Ernest Hemingway, the topic of that au-
thor came up as we drove around our Island.
Sanchez had an interesting comment about the
great man. Seems that his house on Whitehead Street
in Key West was across from one of the biggest slums
on the key. His finca outside of Havana was on the
border of one of the most wretched sections of that is-
land as well.
Here is this famous, popular, successful man who
lives on the border of intense poverty, in other words.
Maybe Hemingway wanted to be reminded of how
important he was by being able to see how awful oth-
ers were, I suggested to Sanchez.
Maybe Hemingway wanted to be constantly re-
minded of how far he could plummet if he wasn't suc-
cessful, Sanchez said.
I think Sanchez might be right.
Randy's coming back
.On another author front, Southwest Florida writer
Randy Wayne White will be on the Island Nov. 16 to
sign copies of his newest book, "An American Trav-
eler," more than a dozen essays of his travels and tra-
vails on the road.
The new book is "an eclectic mix of pieces with a
singular, driving theme: A so-called 'safe' sedentary
life is as predacious as slow cancer," according to his
"White demonstrates by example that the fun, the
drama, the craziness of exploration internal and
external is a singularly important part of the human
experience. White dives with great white sharks in
South Africa, but his love and concern for his two sons,
who are traveling with him, generates powerful and
subtle undertones that carry throughout the book, and
makes this far more than a collection of travel-adven-
A4nno oariia VslanC Tioes
"White hangs out in Australia with the Crocodile
Hunter, he writes about the late Peter Blake and the
New Zealand sailing team, he jogs the Mayan ruins of
Guatemala, and he battles insects in his backyard gar-
den. He's the lead sledder for an entry in the U.S.
toboggan championships, he explores Vietnam and
gets lost jogging in Hanoi and just as powerfully
explores what it's like to reach middle age."
White will be at Ooh La La! Bistro, 5406 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Lun-
cheon tickets, which include a first-edition copy of the
book, are $50, and a portion of the proceeds will ben-
efit the Tingley Memorial Library. Reservations are
required and may be made by calling The Islander at
The event is sponsored by Ooh La La! Bistro,
Circle Books on St. Armands Circle, and The Islander.
What seems to me to be a pretty big deal is going
down this week as transportation leaders from the
United States, Mexico and Canada sign two trade
agreements at Sarasota's Ritz-Carlton hotel.
The Marine Transportation System Second An-
nual Short Sea Shipping Conference will feature sign-
ing of a trade treaty to allow the three countries to
share technology, information and joint regulatory
processes to "nurture the optimum use of waterways,
to more effectively manage freight growth, and pro-
vide water-based transportation alternatives for freight
and passengers." according to a statement from the
U.S. Department of Transportation.
Another accord deals with maritime technical as-
distance and training, the first maritime agreement be-
tween the United States and Mexico in the Gulf of
Mexico. The treaty is expected to enhance shortsea
shipping routes like sea barges and small container
vessels in the Gulf and increase shipping, alleviate road
congestion and pollution in the states and Mexico, and
will positively impact port operations and NAFTA dis-
tribution networks throughout the Gulf states.
All that means that Port Manatee should get busier
Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta is
expected to speak at the conference, which will also
include presentation of papers dealing with fast-vessel
technology, new capacity for the intermodal transpor-
tation system, public incentives, shipper requirements,
and vessel financing and construction.
Greek sky gazers more than 2,000 years ago no-
ticed that the shadow of the Earth appeared to make the
moon disappear and postulated that our planet was
Of course, the Flat Earth Society disagrees.
Yes, there is indeed a Flat Earth Society. Its
Internet site states that "the Flat Earth Society is a non-
partisan, non-profit and nondenominational member-
ship organization dedicated to improving the under-
standing of the nature of reality through pataphysical
inquiry, empirical investigation and the exchange of
"While the society is not a 'crackpot' group, it is
opposed to the fashionable, politically correct Spheri-
cal Earth theory, which is expounded every day by so-
called 'scientists,' the media and political leaders. The
society asserts that the Earth is flat and has five sides,
that all places in the universe named Springfield are
merely links in higher-dimensional space to one place,
and that all assertions are true in some sense, false in
some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false
in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense,
false and meaningless in some sense, and true false and
meaningless in some sense."
I'm personally gratified that the Flat Earth So-
city isn't a crackpot group.
says it's not.
It can't be, because it
Look out below!
Anglers Frank and
Melissa Williams of
Holmes Beach warn
-' at the entrance
channel of the city
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S- are swimming nearby.
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-Larry Cumbaa of
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.'. brought his boar on a
-' visit with the couple,
and the sign was
provided free by the
Save the Manatee
Club. Islander Photo:
This is Manatee Month give them a break
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To newcomers and forgetful natives: November is
Manatee Awareness Month, and we're all asked to give
the unique Florida marine mammal its due.
Some organizations are combining to offer free warn-
ing signs to shoreline property owners and boat owners.
The.signs say "Please Watch for Manatees, Operate With
Care" and, for boaters, "Please Slow, Manatees Below."
James G. Annis
LICENSED WATERFRONT CONTRACTOR INC
P.O.BOX 1353, Anna Maria, FL 34216
They are provided by the Save the Manatee Club,
Tampa Bay Parrot Heads in Paradise Inc., and Earth
Friends Wildlife Foundation.
Those interested may obtain the signs through
Save the Manatee Club, 500 Maitland Ave.,
Maitland FL 32751 or by calling 1-800-432-5646, e-
INSHORE SPORTFISHING CHARTER BOAT
Captain Steven Salgado
Lifetime experience in local waters
Full & Half Day Trips
Custom Trips Available
Fishing License, Ice, Bait &
Anna Maria Island
THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 5, 2003 0 PAGE 29
Kingfish run finally offshore; reds peak now
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Kingfish season is here at last, with good reports
of big kings up to 30 pounds being caught off Coquina
Beach last week.
Redfish action is at its peak right now, with some
reports of better than 50 caught last week by some
guides. Snook action continues to be good.
Just offshore, mackerel action remains good, too,
although waning somewhat from its peak a few weeks
ago. Grouper and snapper fishing farther out in the Gulf
of Mexico has also moved closer to shore, with lots of
good catches reported about 15 to 20 miles out.
Remember that trout season ended Nov. 1 of
course, just as the fish turned hungry and were getting big.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
are reeling in lots of redfish, black drum, some snap-
per, and a few snook, but the reds on outgoing tides are
the best bet.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
snook fishing there has been good in the mornings, but
mackerel action is slowing. Sheepshead are starting to
show up around the pilings, plus there have been some
mangrove snapper catches, flounder, bluefish and yel-
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
redfish are along the beaches, mackerel are a little far-
ther out from shore in the Gulf near the rocks, kingfish
are being caught off Coquina Beach. and sheepshead
are starting to appear for the winter as the water tem-
perature finally cools.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
kingfish are finally starting to make their run along 'the
beaches as the water starts to hit the mid- to low-70s.
Inshore action for redfish remains about as good as it
will ever get, although the past week's extreme tides
have made it a little tougher to get to the best spots.
Offshore grouper action continues to be good, with lots
of hookups less than 20 miles out in the Gulf.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's hearing good reports of redfish in Terra Ceia Bay,
mackerel off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge pier sys-
tems, snook in the cut and black drum in the Manatee
River near any of the docks. He's also seen a few big
flounder come to the dock.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said kingfish are
off the beaches, and he's been able to put his charters
onto a few 30-pounders in the last few days. He's also
still catching lots of keeper-size snook and redfish.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said trout fishing was
excellent up to the season's close Nov. 1. He's also
catching mackerel, redfish and lots of big snook.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said high winds have made it a little rough to
get offshore a lot, but he's still finding excellent catches
of red and gag grouper to 20 pounds and snapper to 5
pounds when he can get out.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he took John
Lodge and his son and a friend out last week and did
well with kingfish. mackerel, snook, redfish and floun-
der. Quite a mixed bag!
On my boat Magic, we have been catching redfish
like crazy, hooking up \\ ith better than 50 last week.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year ishliing guide.
Call him at 779-9607 to provide a l/shiing report. Prints
iand digital images of yotir catch are also welcome amnd
mina' be dropped off at The Islander. 5404 Marina
Drive. Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
email@example.com. Please include ntification for
persons in the picture along with imnforittation on their
catch and a name atnd phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots inaY be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.
Late-season silver king
Francois Van Mechelen from Belgium caught this
180-pound tarpon in late October while fishing with
Capt. Larry Hiffinan aboard the charter boat "Tuna
Breath. Tarpon usually are caught during the
spring and early summer, but some "resident" silver
kings hang around the area year-round.
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Where's the fish?
A score or so of avid youngsters were on the deck at the Bradenton Beach City Pier for the
annual VFW-sponsoredfishathon. Islander Photos: Paul Roat
Brian Williams, 7, of Bradenton, caught a ness of pinfish during
Lcd -n- C"
FISH TALES WELCOME!
We'd love to hear your fish stories, and pictures are welcome at The Islander. Just give us a
call at 7787978 or stop by our office in the Island Shopping Center. Holmes Beach.
Captain Doug Moran
* Snook Redfish
* Trout Tarpon
Half & Full Day Charters
Cell: (941) 737-3535
G Capt. Mike's
Backwater Near Shore Up to 7 miles out in the Gulf
Snook Redfish Trout Flounder Mackerel Snapper
Light Tackle Fishing Reservations a must
Tackle, bait, ice, fishing license provided!
Capt. Mike Heistand USCG Licensed
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She has previously dealt in antiques and is an ac-
complished decorator who will assist owners Tonia and
Donnie Johnson at this unusual Bradenton home fur-
Bradenton Bargain Center offers high quality es-
tate furniture, antiques, model home furniture and new
furniture at extremely reasonable prices, said Susan.
"Every furniture package is surrounded by extra
pieces that complement each room by adding to its
beauty," she said.
"I really enjoy helping the customer select those
special pieces of furniture for an entire room, house, or
just to add to what's already in place. And I think our
expertise in interior design is a plus for recommending
the right piece," Susan added.
For more information on Bradenton Bargain Cen-
ter, call 747-2959 or 755-9394.
Something new in Anna Maria
Beth Steele and Brent Wilson opened Island Attic
last week at 9801 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria with the
slogan "Something Old, Something New and Some-
thing for You. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Island Attic offers
unique thrift store
When Beth Steele and Brent Wilson moved from
the Atlanta area to Anna Maria Island last year it was
part of a dream come true.
The second part of that dream was to open their
own unique business and they did that last week when
they opened Island Attic at 9801 Gulf Drive, Suite 5,
in Anna Maria.
"We like to think we're the Island's unique and
upscale thrift shop," said Beth with a laugh.
"We offer clothing, furnishings, collectibles and
accessories, including jewelry, pottery, glass works and
local art, all at very reasonable prices," she said.
"Something old, something new and something for
"But don't call us a boutique or antique store be-
cause we're more than that," Beth emphasized.
"For us, this is a dream. We came to the Island on
vacation a few years ago and fell in love with this place.
It's so unique and we think our 'unique' thrift shop fits
right in with Anna Maria. We're very happy to be
here," she said.
The store's "soft opening" took place Friday, Oct.
31, and store hours for now will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
"We may hold a grand opening later, but right now,
we're just having fun getting stocked, meeting people
and learning what they like," Beth added.
To learn more about Island Attic, call Beth or Brent
Islander Susan Moore recently joined the staff of
Bradenton Bargain Center at 1910 14th St. W. in
Bradenton. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
'Moore' bargain for your buck
Islander Susan Moore has joined the sales staff at
Bradenton Bargain Center located at 1910 14th St.
W. in Bradenton.
New owners at Longboat Key Liquors
Longhboat Key Liiquors ard Cocktail Lounge at 6852
Gulf Al.exico Drive now has a new name and
own-ership as. from left. Andrew Hilywa and Da\wn
DIiLorenzo recently purchased Longboat Package
and Video and Tin v's Place Lounge and named soin-
inl-law MicA/hael E'vasick anld dtaugt r Lisa Eva.sick
as the new managers. Islander Photo: Nancv
Ambro New name for
Andrew Hlywa and Dawn DiLorenzo recently
purchased Longboat Package and Video and Tiny's
Place Lounge at 6852 Gulf of Mexco Drive on
Longboat Key and renamed the establishment
Longboat Key Liquors and Cocktail Lounge.
New managers will be daughter Lisa Evasick and
son-in-law Michael Evasick.
A number of new features will be implemented,
including free delivery, kegs to go and complete bar
service catering for parties and events, including spir-
its, mixers, bartender and glasses.
The store will continue to rent videos and the new
owners plan on wine and liquor tasting events in the
very near future.
The new owners also said popular staff member
Randy LaFlamme is staying on.
New hours for the package store at 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sun-
For more information on the package store, call
383-4888, while the lounge can be reached at 387-
Mercer Upholstery and owner Jim Mercer re-
cently moved into new digs at 5345 Gulf Drive, No.
100, at the Holmes Business Center, Holmes Beach.
in space formerly occupied by Island Fitness.
Mercer was formerly located at 5606 Marina
To learn more about Mercer Upholstery, call Jim
Got a neM' business going u1) on Anna Maria Is-
land, in Cortez or Longboat Key? How about a new
product( service, a111 allliiversarv, (a Ilne hlitre, or (al
award-winning staff 'meniber? Call Island Bi: at 778-
7978, fax your news to 778-9392, or e-mail us at
news @ islander.org.
Island real estate sales
861 N. Shore Dr., Anna Maria, a bayfront (awfully
near Gulffront) 2,914 sfla 4bed/3bath/2car home built
in 1996 on a 54x137 lot, was sold 7/9/03, Wilcox to
Loomis, for $1,650,000; list $1,950,000.
507 77th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 2,164 sfla
3bed/3bath/lcar home built in 1961 on a 90x100 lot,
was sold 7/14/03, Jones to Campisi, for $595,000; list
510 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 2,040
sfla 3bed/3bath/lcar home built in 1962 on a 95x117
lot, was sold 7/16/03, Little to Woodworth, for
$525,000; list $559,000.
600 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes Beach, 236
Westbay Cove 2, a 1,179 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1977, was sold 7/18/03, Leon & Litton to Kelley, for
$310,000; list $310,000.
600 Manatee Ave., W, Holmes Beach, 145
Westbay Cove 2, a 1,179 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1977, was sold 7/14/03, Porter to Harrod, for
$320,000; list $349,900.
604 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a canalfront
1,316 sfla 3bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1963 on a
90x 123 lot, was sold 7/16/03, McGuan to Sheridan, for
$430,000; list $469,000.
6200 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 283 Westbay Point
& Moorings, a 1,114 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in
1979, was sold 7/14/03, Boylan to McGannon, for
702 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,512 sfla duplex
built in 1971 on a 93x 100 lot, was sold 7/15/03, Trent
to Calkins, for $425,000.
10006 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, a 2,880 sfla two full
baths, two half baths, four-unit two-story building
zoned mixed use, was sold 7/25/03, Ross to Jaeger, for
$500,000; list $550,000.
2905 Avenue B, Holmes Beach, a 1,122 sfla 2bed/
2bath/2car home built in 1984 on a 50x 100 lot, was
sold 7/22/03, Nugent to Sedar. for $325,000.
502 68th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,228 sfla
2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1969 on an 89x102 lot,
was sold 7/21/03. Weick to Westergard, for $400.000;
851 N. Shore Dr., Anna Maria. a Gulffront 3bed/
2bath/2car 1487 sfla home built in 1987 on a 45x 100 lot,
was sold 6/2/03. Andrews to Brown. for $850,000. A long
time ago (April 2002) it was listed for $1,400,000.
2216 Avenue A. Bradenton Beach, used to be two
lots with an old house with bayfront land across the
street. On 7/31/03. half of this property was sold for
$500,000 to Donna Jarrett. Seller was Robert Barlow,
who purchased both lots and house 2/25/02 for
233 64th St.. Holmes Beach, 233 North Beach
Village, a 3bed/2bath/lcar 1.206 sfla attached
townhouse condo built in 1988, was sold 8/1/03,
Hawes to Kivett, for $355,000; list $379.000.
233 85th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,682 sfla 3bed/
2bath/lcar home built in 1958 on a 90xl00 lot, was
sold 7/30/03, Horvat to Labash, for $325.000: list
2916 Avenue C, Holmes Beach, a 1,150 sfla 2bed/
2bath/2car home built in 1995 on a 50x100 lot, was
sold 7/31/03, Stalinski to Rowley, for $350,000; list
106 and 108 10th St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,872
sfla house with garage built in 1954 on a 50xl00 lot
and another 50x100 empty lot, was sold 8/8/03,
Imbasciani to Head, for $518,500: house listed for
203 64th St.. Holmes Beach, an attached 456 sfla
house built in 1957 on a 29x100 lot, was sold 8/8/03,
Dluvall (who bought in 2001 for $93,000) to Shaw, for
223 N. Harbor Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,202 sfla
house built in 1954 on a canal and bayfront lot measur-
ing 85x100. was sold 8/6/03, Parrish Ranch to
Morrison. for $700,000.
2401 Gulf Dr. N.. Bradenton Beach, a 2.880 sfla
8bed/4bath 4-plex built in 1950 on a 100x 100 lot. was
bought in 1997 for $280,000 then sold 8/5/03 (after
construction of a 240 sf garage in 2000), Vinhage to
BSTTW Properties, for $800,000; list $799,000.
* Com iled by )oug Do)oling, licensed real estate
broker,. 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander.
Island real estate transactions iimay be viewed on the
Web at islander.org. Copyright 2003.
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SLEEPER SOFA plus loveseat. Big-blue-and-
white striped duck cloth, coffee and end table,
TIRES: FOUR NEW Dean Alpha (less than 3,000
miles). 215/70/R14. $120 or $35/each. 778-0424.
TWIN BEDS complete set. Mattresses, box springs,
frames, rattan headboard and linens. Can deliver.
$100. Call 778-5538.
EMBROIDERY: Outfit your staff in professionally
embroidered shirts and caps. Personalized items
make great Christmas gifts! We can digitize your
custom logo for your organization or business, or
help you create one. New customer discount!
www.islandstitch.com or call 778-8338.
LADIES GOLF CLUBS with bag. Good for starter.
BEDROOM SET: solid oak in a stateroom style by
National of Mt. Airy. Eight pieces with king-size
headboard, but no beds, $1,400. 792-4274.
ISLAND PLAYER'S PECAN SALE: Mammoth halves!
New crop. Holiday bags $6.95 lb., chocolate covered
$7.95 lb. Now available at SunCoast Real Estate and
The Islander newspaper located in the Island Shopping
Center, Holmes Beach. Proceeds benefit the Island
Players. For information call: 779-0202.
FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, crabs,
native fish. Delivered to your door. Call James Lee,
795-1112 or 704-8421.
SEEKING FULL-TIME/part-time employment on
Anna Maria, Longboat Key. Artist with BFA degree.
My strongest attributes include people skills, problem
solving and a diverse work background. Currently
and past three years have been employed by area
temp agencies and two years prior self-employed as
a freelance artist. Open to all possibilities. 778-0364
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
ATTENTION DEALERS and neighbors! Sign up for
Niki's Island Treasures Flea Market, Saturday, Nov.
22. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 779-0729.
Check out our Christmas sale. All sterling jewelry 50
percent off. Select gifts, antiques, art, 10 to 60 per-
cent off. Open seven days, 9:30-5pm.
AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit orders benefit Island chil-
dren. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit pack-
ages for shipment to friends and family from mem-
ber Rich Bohnenberger, 778-0355. Order for
Thanksgiving by Nov. 10 and Dec. 10 for Christmas.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, Nov. 7-8, 8am-2pm.
Hundreds of decorative accessories and Christmas
items. Cutter quilts, vintage ornaments in box, lamps,
king/queen comforters. 3007 Avenue F, Holmes
Beach (Gulf Drive to 31st to Avenue F).
COMMUNITY YARD sale, Saturday, Nov. 8,
8:30am-1pm. Wide variety of items, you don't want
to miss it. Town and Country Perico Apartments,
11001 Bristol Bay Drive, Bradenton.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything else
in The Islander, 778-7978.
CHURCH GARAGE SALE, Saturday, Nov. 15, 8am-
1pm. Furniture, housewares, clothing, appliances,
collectibles, books, toys, crafts and much more! To
benefit church mission programs. Palma Sola Pres-
byterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thursday,
9:30am-2pm, Saturday 9-noon. Always 50 percent off
sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Call 779-2733.
YARD SALE SATURDAY, Nov. 8, 8am-11am. 411
Poinsettia Road, Anna Maria.
YARD SALE SATURDAY, Nov. 8, 8am-? Three-
family sale. Spode Christmas tree dishes, old Barbie
dolls, jewelry, clothes, shoes and bags, small rugs
and much more. 409 72nd St., Holmes Beach.
MOVING SALE SATURDAY, Nov. 8, 9am-noon.
Dive gear, cement mixer, household, furniture. 690
Penfield, Longboat Key.
ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR Saturday, Nov. 8, 9am-1pm.
Paintings, ceramics, photography, needlework, jew-
elry, wreaths, gifts, raffle, bake sale, lots more. Mt.
Vernon Clubhouse, 4701 Independence Drive,
HUGE MOVING SALE Saturday and Sunday, Nov.
8-9, 8am-2pm. Lots of tools, electric, Dewalt saw,
Shop Smith saw, freezer, electric massage table and
more. 808 Gladiolus, Anna Maria.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
MOVING SALE FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 9am-3pm. Demo-
lition sale. Pine cupboard, Eastlake chair and
table, Hull, Haegar, McCoy and Red Wing pottery,
Majolica, Wedgewood, Bavarian, Nippon choco-
late set, Rosenthal horse, Hummels, Roseville,
teapots, costume jewelry and jewelry boxed, new
dishwasher, side-by-side refrigerator, three air
conditioners, ceilings fans, glass-top stove, gas
heater, records, books on antiques and other
books, wall pockets, vintage bags and linens,
chandelier, dolls and clothes, sheet music,
pressed glass and lots more. 6100 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, at corner of Dream Island
Road. Sale by Julie McClure.
25-PLUS COMMUNITY SALE, Saturday, Nov. 8.
Entire contents of home being sold. Capodimonte
and Swarovski collectibles, never opened Ralph
Lauren linens, TV, VCR, leather furniture and lots
more! No. 70 Fortune St., located in Gold Tree sub-
division, three blocks south of S.R. 70 on 45th Street
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Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
OWN A PIECE OF PARADISE
(Before it's too late)!
Enjoy the tropical wildlife and peaceful view of
the canal from your ground floor condo on
Anna Maria Island. Walking distance to beach,
shopping and great fishing on Anna Maria Pier.
IB#96011. Offered at only $279,000.
LOOK NO MORE!
This is the condo you've been scaiching for.
Fabulous 2BR/2BA in desirable Holmes Beach.
lust move right in and start experiencing Island
living. Amenities include heated pool, Jacuzzi,
sauna, tennis and private beach. 1B#93673.
Offered at only $339,900.
Play it smart. /Cll Today!
(941) 751-1155 *(800) 448-6325
See all Island listing in MLS at
Simply the Best
4BR/4.5BA luxury b A I frot pehtLouse.
Nite-foot ceiliios, pool, elevator, tuo-ckr
p7r7e plus extr& covereJ parkitq.
Nwu Gulf to bky complex witi tree story
tow lvouS1S h&d sihtl, 1hvl1 uhits. Top of the
lia~ M tihitis, tuwo pools ah& fislih pier.
St&rtih7 &t $4L95,000ooo.
75+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
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Florida Prime Realty, L.L.C.
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SPOTLESS 1BR/1BA each side du-
plex with ideal location very close to
the beach. Terrazzo floors, turnkey
furnished and carports. Both sides al-
most exactly the same right down to
the furniture. Great weekend prop-
erty. $339,000. MLS#97064.
4212 Redfish Ct. LOT ..... $575,000
307 Iris St. .................... $475,000
536 Key Royale Dr.......... $799,000
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
511 59th St .................. $595,000
516 70th St................ $645,700
CONDOS. LOTS & DUPLEXES
Westbay Pt Moorings #86. $395,000
4915 Gulf Dr ............... $1,715,000
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
Island Village #124 ....... $325,000
210 Pine Ave. Multi ........ $599,000
6250 Holmes Beach ........ $435,000
104 7th St. So. Duplex ... $600,000
100 7th St. So. Duplex ... $785,000
Tiffany Place #214 .......... $649,000
Business only ............... $295,000
427 Pine Ave. ................ $695,000
11434 Perico Isles Cir. ... $349,000
853 Waterside Ln............ $265,000
1318 Perico Pt. Cir......... $249,900
845 Waterside Ln............ $265,000
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FOUND: BIKE in field between 63rd and 64th
Streets, behind Christian Science Church. Call
Holmes Beach Police Department for information,
CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years
as an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved
pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.
MIDGE'S GREEN MACHINE for sale. Needs work.
1970 Oldsmobile convertible. Call 778-2970.
1995 BLACK JEEP Wrangler, V6, CD player, ice cold
air, 98,000 original miles. $7,800. Call Neal at 539-
1999 TOMOS 50CC Moped. 400 miles. New. $699
or best offer. 792-4171.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$3,100, or best offer. 730-9622.
BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vacation
or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
NOW IS THE time to have your boat serviced! Capt.
John's service, sales, storage, dockage and bottom
painting. Call 792-2620.
EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out secret
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 backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
FISHING FOR a good deal? Read Wednesday's
classified at noon on Tuesday at www.islander.orgi.
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
Sarah, I am 14-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child or
$3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or child.
Please call 778-7622, 778-7611 or 447-8593.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Eighth-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9803.
ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/
wine, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Call
Longview Realty, 383-6112.
VIDEO RENTAL new and growing Bradenton
Beach business, easy to run, great lease, great
opportunity. Only $25,000. Longview Realty, 383-
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.
DISHWASHER, COOK, SERVER, bus person
with experience only. Apply at 5610 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, or call, 383-0013.
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 email@example.com, fax 778-9392 or
mail/deliver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria Is-
land since 1992.
THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers who can work dur-
ing the summer months. Duties include checking
books in and out, reshelving books and generally
assisting library patrons. Anyone interested in vol-
unteering in our friendly community library can call
Eveann Adams at 779-1208.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria
Island? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. We
need you! Call 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at Turtle Watch. AMITW is
seeking volunteers with customer service or retail
experience. Greet and inform visitors at our educa-
tion center and/or to help with nesting activity on our
beaches. Training is provided, please contact the
Turtle Watch Education Center for more information.
Amy Talucci or Suzi Fox, 778-1435.
NEED A BREAK? Day care for seniors. $5/hour,
includes meal. Call for details, 779-0322. Experi-
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $25 per hour- free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
BENNETT'S APPLIANCE/AC and Household Ser-
vice. Service all brands, eighteen years experience.
All repairs warranteed. Call 746-8984, cell 545-5793.
NOTARY PUBLIC: Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows, sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
Thanks for saying, "I saw it in The Islander!"
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5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 / 778-0770 / 800-741-3772
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
* 1 BR/1BA duplex in Holmes Beach, close to beach.
* 2BR/1BA duplex in Holmes Beach on lake. $850/
* 2BR/1 BA single-family home. Anna Maria, $950/
* 3BR/2BA residence on canal. Sun deck. 1.5 blocks
from the beaches.
* Elevated duplex, 3BR/2BA, three-car garage.
* Elevated duplex, 3BR/2BA, one-car garage, heated
pool, one block from the beach. Jan., March and
* Martinique North Condo 2BR/2BA, heated pool.
* Residence, 2BR/2BA, one-car garage, one house
from the beach.
* Condo 2BR/1BA, heated pools, on the beach, three
* 1 BR/1 BA elevated duplex. Oct.-Dec.
JUST BEFORE THE BRIDGE: Perico Bay Club in
gated community. Heated pool, tennis court.
* 2BR/2BA villa, lake view, two month minimum.
* 2BR/2BA condo, bay view, available Jan. and Feb.
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"We ARE r" "ib,1l '
9865 Gull uii.e PO Bo, n'R Anna Maria, Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site annamariareal.com
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
1941) 778-2291 P O Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
RETIRE WITH INCOME!
This tidy 4BR/2BA ground level duplex is located
off old Gulf Drive, within a stone's throw to the
Gulf and close to shopping, restaurants and the trol-
ley. There is central air and heat. ceramic tiled
kitchen floors and Berber carpeting in the living
room. Great money maker! Priced at $349,900!
Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com
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K.A.S. CLEANING: Employee owned, servicing pri-
vate homes, condos, rentals and seasonal homes.
Concierge services and home watch. Call 792-6660.
COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training, main-
tenance, virus and Spyware protection. Island na-
tive. Call John Baird with Matrix PC, 708-6541.
CLIMATE-CONTROLLED STORAGE available
now with easy access and Island convenience at no
extra cost. Call Marina Pointe Realty, 779-0732.
STEVE'S REMODELING & Repair: Chicago con-
tractor for 30 years. Affordable and dependable
service. Please call 795-1968.
TAYLOR MADE CLEANING Island residents only.
Senior discounts, weekly, bi-weekly. $35-$45. Call
JACK OF ALL TRADES: Paint, yardwork, carpen-
try. No job too small. Honest, dependable, afford-
able. Call Scott, 778-4425 or 720-4873. NEED A
HOUSESITTER? Retired teacher from Kansas City
available January and February 2004. Please call
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, 779-1128. References available.
AUTO REPAIR diagnostics. All makes and models.
Quality work at a reasonable rate. 224-6868.
TREE REMOVAL and general trimming. Lawn
maintenance, hauling. Quality work at a reasonable
rate. 372-LAWN or 372-5296.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration.
Commercial and residential service, repair and/or re-
placement. Serving Manatee County and the Island
since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 795-7411. RA005052.
Vacation Rentals & Property Management
More than 35 Gulffront rentals to choose from.
Call us last! Best rates on the beach!
LaCosta Condominium Marbella Condominium
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
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Beautiful Bay Palms 3BR/2.5BA canalfront home recently up-
dated to include a coral-appointed remote-controlled gas fire-
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.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast and
reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines, cush-
ions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer Catlin,
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around."
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing call 713-5967.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Maintenance.
Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn main-
tenance, 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 dis-
count. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City of
Anna Maria resident. Cell 448-3857.
WANTED: MONTHLY LAWN accounts on the Is-
land. Trim-n-Haul. Call 750-0112.
FOR SALE: THREE UNITS, tropically
landscaped on oversized lot. This two-. '*'
story, recently renovated triplex is a ...'''
great Island investment. Two units
fully furnished for seasonal or annual i
tenants. Upstairs 2BR unit has vaulted '
ceilings and porches on three sides. .."
Plenty of room to add a pool. Only t i1
one block to the beach! $439,000
Paul T. Collins W
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org
Buying, Selling, Renting? We Can Help!
S'a ADORABLE! NW BRADENTON HOME
SThis may be the last chance to own an
adorable renovated 2BR home under
$165K. Even cuter inside than out! Open
S- floor plan, wood and ceramic floors, spa
Bathtub and much more. All on a large
85-by-150-ft. lot. Plenty of room to grow
Sand plenty of room for pool. Single-car
garage, outdoor workshop and much
more! Asking $160,000. Call Bob Hinds
direct, 545-7453. MLS#97584
AFFORDABLE! DUPLEX WEST SIDE OF
GULF DRIVE Own a piece of the Island
before its too late! Cute and cozy, half-
block to beautiful beach in an area of
S1 newly constructed homes. Don't miss
S out on this opportunity. Investment or
residence. Many updates and lots of po-
tential. A must see! Priced to sell at
$325,000. Call Stephanie Bell Broker/
Owner, 778-2307 or direct at 920-5156.
[B SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING Services: Quality lawn
maintenance, landscape cleanup, pruning, shell
and more. Insured, references. Free estimates. Call
778-2335 or 284-1568.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates.
Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone" 720-0770.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying
back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118) 778-
3924 or 778-4461.
THOUSANDS OF HOMES ONE ADDRESS
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WONDERFUL NW WATERFRONT NW BRADENTON two-story 4BR/3BA
HOME with decks and porches over- pool home with three-car garage. Great
looking bayou and river. $624,900. floor plan for entertaining, lush land-
Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy scaping on corner lot. $355,500.
Drapala, 725-0781. 96305 Kindra Koeck, 812-3904. 95317
IMMACULATE NW BRADENTON 4BR/
3BA home on quiet street. Open and
bright floor plan, new roof, large
pool. $319,000. Mary Hellhake,
NW BRADENTON 3BR split-plan home
with fireplace in family room. New car-
pet/tile throughout. Freshly painted.
Entertain in oversized lanai. $209,900.
Colette Gerrish, 713-6557. 94949
BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED 4BR Warner's Bayou home on nearly one acre plus
pool. Dock with 12,000-lb. lift. $899,000. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy
Drapala, 725-0761. 96308
PANORAMIC BAYVIEW looking south on Palma Sola Bay. Newly redone kitchen
and master bath. Great boating water. $649,000. Ruth Lawler, 587-4623. 95824
MANGO PARK Two-story traditional 4-5BR home offers grand column entryway,
wood floors, French doors, heated pool. $439,000. Cindy Pierro, 920-6818 or
Victoria Horstmann, 518-1278. 94631
REMODELED RANCH across from the Bradenton Country Club. All new kitchen
with wood cabinets and extensive ceramic tile throughout. Large corner lot.
$225,000. Kathy Valente, 685-6767. 92140
IMPECCABLE PINE MEADOWS 3BR home with newer pool and roof. Fireplace, indoor
laundry, separate dining, eat-in kitchen. $324.900. Cindy Pierro, 920-6818. 97571
PALMA SOLA PARK Desirable 3BR home with caged pool. Playhouse, work-
shop, conveniently located to shopping and beaches. $209,900. Chuck West,
VILLAGE GREEN offers this 2BR/2BA pool home on a large corner lot. Tile roof
and newer A/C. $169,900. Kathy Valente, 685-6767. 97404
PINEBROOK 2BR/2BA villa overlooking 8th fairway lake. Cathedral ceilings,
eat-in kitchen. $164,900. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala,
CHARMING well cared for 3BR home. Tile throughout, neutral colors, large eat-
in kitchen. Enclosed back porch plus fenced back yard. $145,000. Victoria
Hosrtmann, 518-1278. 97229
1 BR/1BA, 2BR/1BA duplex located very close to AMI Community
Center. Loads of potential on a street with active property im-
provements under way. $379,900.
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
Storage Units Available!
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
,,Sandy's Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 20 Years of
SSerice Quality & Dependable Service.
S Service Call us for your landscape
778.1345 and hardscape needs.
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STATE LICENSED & INSURED 941 778-2993
CRC 035261 EXPERIENCED (941) 778-2993
Check our references:
"Quality work at a reasonable price."
Licensed/InsUred Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-89001
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
,'.a Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Painting by Jim Finney
Free Estimates References
15 Years Experience
Licensed .Insured 753-0628 726-3375
* Berber Carpet from $12.95 installed
* Ceramic tile installed from $4.95
* Excellent selection of hardwood floors
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Inte-
rior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call cell 778-6898 or cell,
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, re-
liable, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-3077.
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT Interior/exterior paint-
ing, pressure washing and wallpaper. For prompt,
reliable service at reasonable rates, call Kevin at
704-7115 or 778-2996. Husband/wife team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Decks, hardwood floors. Homes, rentals. A.J. Win-
MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry
work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work, glass
block work, paver and brick driveways. Call Chris,
795-3034. Lic.#104776. Insured.
COMPLETE BATHROOM REMODELING Custom
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.
HANDY ANTHONY Jack of most trades. Home re-
furbishing and detailing. Call 778-6000.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and fair
prices. Call 795-1947. Lic#RR0066450.
ISLAND HOME REPAIRS: Carpentry, painting, drywall
repairs, electric, roof repairs, plumbing. Jobs that
honey won't do. Free estimates, low prices. 504-2027.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
BAYFRONT COTTAGES with docks available now.
Beautiful views, breezy, quiet area. No pets, non-
smoking. Priced from $800month, $450/week, $85/
night. 794-5980. www.divefish.com.
AUTUMN, WINTER, SPRING rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
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:
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,
AVAILABLE NOW 2BR/2BA bayview condo near
Publix, public beach. Unfurnished, Old Florida Re-
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some lo-
cations. Units are complete. Rates seasonally ad-
justed. $375-$775/week, $975-$2,275/month. (800)
977-0803 or 737-1121. www.abeachview.com.
BRADENTON BEACH Homes for sale or rent. Sea-
sonal or annual, 1BR apartment, unfurnished, $700/
month includes utilities. 55-plus. Sandpiper Mobile
Resort 778-1140, or e-mail:
GULFVIEW 2BR ground-level home, 50 yards to
beach on quiet dead-end street. No smoking, no
pets. 3103 Avenue F. $850/month plus security. Call
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 ga-
rage. Maintenance-free home. Lakefront, all appli-
ances, amenities, clubhouse and pool. Annual
lease. $1,550/month-$1,450/month. Call 798-3885.
2BR/1BA 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.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR homes available. Price
range is $1,100-$1,350/month. Fran Maxon Real
ANNUAL ONLY: 2BR/1BA, directly on Gulf in
Bradenton Beach. $1,250/month, assurity/security
required with contract. Call 792-2779.
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.
HOLMES BEACH BAYVIEW 3BR/2BA, walk to
beach, double garage. Fresh paint, new carpet, tile.
Like new. Call 794-4923 or 778-3289. s
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes
to beach. Heated pool, dock, washer/dryer, ga-
rage, 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:
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL 2BR/1BA ground-
level duplex. Completely furnished. One house
from Gulf. No pets. Call (813) 689-0925, or e-mail:
MARINERS COVE 3BR/2BA furnished waterfront
condo in gated community with pools, tennis.
January-April, $3,000/month; May-December,
$2,000/month. Three-month minimum. Call
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SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.
ANNUAL LARGE 2BR/2BA on deep water with dock
in San Remo Shores. Attached garage, $1,100/
month. Call 794-9990.
2BR/2BA condo completely furnished. Pool, close to
beach, available December and January $2,200/
month. Call 778-2597.
BRADENTON 2BR/1BA CONDO, furnished,
washer/dryer, carport. Nice 55-plus community.
Nonsmoking, no pets. $850/month. Annual or sea-
sonal. Call 751-1440.
TWO 2BR/2BA condos available: One direct
Gulffront, heated pool, available November, Decem-
ber, January; one heated pool, Jacuzzi, tennis,
available November, December, February. Call 794-
8877 or 730-5393.
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA elevated duplex,
tile floors, ceiling fans, skylights, annual, $835/
month, first, last and security. Available immediately.
2411 Avenue B. Call (239) 822-6680.
HOLMES BEACH Gulffront condo, partial Gulf views,
2BR/2BA, heated pool, tennis. $700-$945/week.
www.sunplazahaven.com. Call (443) 255-4140.
ROMANTIC ISLAND CASTLE 4BR/2BA, steps to
Gulf beach. 107 Beach Ave., Anna Maria. Available
October and November, off season rates, $850/
week. Call 794-6202.
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.
150 STEPS TO GULF. Seasonal, 2BR/2BA Im-
maculate ground-level home. Nonsmoking, no pets.
(813) 961-6992 or e-mail:
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
ANNUAL ISLAND RENTAL 2BR/1BA newly reno-
vated, tiled throughout, steps to bay, two blocks to
beach. $750/month. 778-3313 or 730-6349.
NORTH HOLMES BEACH West of Gulf Drive, 3BR/
2BA house, ground level, furnished, available Janu-
ary-April 2004. Call (423) 288-5392 or e-mail:
SEASONAL ISLAND RENTAL 2BR/1BA newly
renovated, tiled throughout, steps to bay, two blocks
to beach. $1,650/month. 778-3313 or 730-6349.
VACATION, SEASONAL Anna Maria Gulffront
apartments. Lovely 2 and 3BR units, fully equipped,
porch, sundeck, tropical setting. 778-3143.
HOLMES BEACH Lovely elevated duplex. 2BR/
2BA, light and bright. Washer/dryer, screened lanai,
no pets. Lease Dec. 1. $850/month. Call 228-7878.
HOLMES BEACH 1BR/1BA, 700 sf, furnished and
unfurnished. 100 feet from bay and tennis courts.
$650/month. Available November. Call 383-7992 or
ANNUAL DUPLEX 2BR/1BA, garage, just refur-
bished. No pets. $850/month, first, last, security.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA single-family home.
One block to beach and bay. New kitchen, garage/
workshop, washer/dryer. Private yard. $1,100/
month plus utilities. 2212 Avenue B. Call 795-8979.
IDEALLY SITUATED well maintained 2BR/1BA el-
evated Anna Maria Island home with two-car en-
closed garage. Steps to beach, shops, restaurants
and church. Fully furnished, including bikes, games,
grill, washer/dryer, cable TV, CD/VCR and much
more! $1,400/month includes all utilities. Call (813)
932-6207 or e-mail L.Curry@verizon.net.
VACATION HOME: Adorable spacious 3BR/2BA,
garage. Recently renovated, all new appliances,
three minute walk to Gulf, $3,200/month. Available
Jan. 4 through April. Call (847) 235-5159 or visit:
GULFVIEW: NORTH SHORE Drive, ground-level
2BR/2BA available now through May 2004. Fully
furnished. $1,800-$2,000/month, includes utilities.
Call (863) 581-4206 or (813) 935-0694. E-mail:
NEAR ANNA MARIA City Pier, 2BR/1BA cottage,
fully furnished, $1,600/month for six-month rental.
Call 779-2143 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS wanted
on Anna Maria, Longboat, Bradenton. Professional
female seeks existing situation to share. Local ref-
erences. Call 779-0139.
ANNUAL PERICO BAY Club, Grand Cayman, 3BR/
2BA, lagoon front with views of estuary and bay.
Ceramic tile throughout, completely updated.
$1,400/month. T. Dolly Young Real Estate,
VERY NICE New 2BR/2BA elevated beach house,
close to beach. 210 81st St., Holmes Beach. Sea-
sonal, $2,000/month. Call (813) 962-0817.
SEASONAL TURNKEY FURNISHED 1BR, pan-
oramic bay view, 55-plus community, clubhouse,
heated pool, like new. Three-months, $5,700.
Longer stay negotiable. Call 779-9470.
SEASONAL RENTALS: 2BR/1BA Longboat Vil-
lage house; 2BR/2BA Perico Bay Club villa;
Palma Sola townhouse, pool and boat slip. Rates:
November $1,500/month; December $1,800/
month; January-April $2,500/month. Book now!
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STEPS TO BEACH! Gorgeous, spacious, furnished
1BR/2BA apartment, Anna Maria. $425/weekly,
$1,498/monthly. Call 778-1098.
WINTER 2003/2004 Gulf Drive apartments on Anna
Maria. Spacious, fully furnished, washer/dryer, etc.
Steps to beach. $1,998/month. Call 778-1098.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA new carpet, two blocks to
beach. Large kitchen, no pets. $725/month. Call
922-2473 or 928-3880.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH, 2BR/1BA, refurbished,
new air conditioning, spacious inside with lanai,
trash and yard included. Reference required. $900/
month. Call 761-2707 early evening.
EL CONQUISTADOR 2BR/2BA, seasonal or annual
rental, nicely located and furnished, cathedral ceilings,
screened lanai, washer/dryer. Call 778-3926.
SEASONAL RENTAL 1BR/1BA in Holmes Beach,
fully furnished, washer/dryer. On canal, two-car
parking. January-April. $1,600/month. Call (813)
PERICO BAY CLUB WATER VIEW! Minutes to
beach, 2BR/2BA, gated community, luxury condo,
turnkey, seasonal. $2,600/month, plus tax and
cleaning. Call 778-3320.
ROOM FOR RENT: Nice home, 906 N. Shore,
Anna Maria. $400/month. No night owls, please.
ANNUAL CANALFRONT with dock, 2BR/2BA du-
plex. $850/month includes yard service and trash
pickup. No pets. Call 778-5793.
BRADENTON BEACH COTTAGE, $250/week. Call
The Sunray Quad Lake-Bayou Front The Whitney Villa Direct Bayfront
$250,000 Turnkey Furnished $395,000 over 2,200 sq.lt.
1,874 sq.ft. 3BR/2BA 3-Story 2BR/2.5BA
Imagine being part of this private, gated Tidy Island community. Two miles of water-
front surround 168 acres of nature preserve, wildlife sanctuary, indian mounds and
museum. Low density development. Country club facilities. 3.5m to Gulf beaches.
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li. Call "Island Aussie Geoff"
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ifmmhAy "The art of the deal for you".
SEASONAL: Nicely furnished, 2BR/2BA,
canalfront, dock, duplex. Three-month minimum.
$1,950/month. No pets. Call 778-5793.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA DUPLEX, spacious, one block
to beach, tropical yard, water/garbage paid. $700/
month. First, last, security required. Call 798-9765.
SEASONAL RENTAL, north Holmes Beach, 2BR/
2BA, two houses to beautiful beach. Completely
furnished. Aposporos & Son, 758-3939.
FURNISHED 4BR/2BA, pool, two-car garage, six
minutes from beach in Palma Sola. December-May,
$2,000/month. Unfurnished annual considered. Call
RENT THE VIEW. Seasonal or annual. 2BR/2BA fur-
nished. Walk to beach. Aposporos & Son, 758-3939.
LARGE PRIVATE yard. 1BR/1 BA one block to beach.
$725/month. Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
KEY ROYALE SEASONAL Value. Bright/open
canalfront. 2BR+/2BA, two-car garage, equipped
high standards. Paver terrace, heated pool, dock.
Many extras. $4,000/month, less/longer. (863) 860-
SEASONAL RENTALS: Join the fun! West of Gulf
Drive 2BR home, $2,700/month; cheerful 1BR du-
plex, $1,500/month; pet friendly 2BR, $1,900; el-
evated 2BR pool home, $2,600/month; Palma Sola
Harbour 2BR, $2,100/month; Sunbow Bay 3BR,
$2,600/month. Call Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
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.
RENTALS RENT FAST advertised in The Islander.
$159,000 OFF THE ISLAND Caged
pool, 4BR/2BA, vaulted ceilings,
cat-in kitchen. IB92547.
$184,900 TOWNHOUSES IN THE
CAY Turnkey furnished 2BR/1.5BA.
Deep water canal to Palma Sola Bay.
Boat dock. Heated Pool. IB96405
$425,000 BUILD YOUR ISLAND
DREAM HOME Canalfront lot
available in Holmes Beach. IB90367
$499,000 WATERFRONT LIVING
Key West style, elevated pool home on deep water
canal in Flamingo Cay. IB94587
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at www.cbflorida.com
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty park-
ing spaces, contemporary design, great visibility.
$14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor, 388-
5514, or call 809-4253.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX 1BR/1BA each side.
West of Gulf Drive, great condition, additional stor-
age building, steps to beach. $279,000. 342-9456,
(239) 410-4466 cell.
WATERFRONT LOTS and homes between
Englewood and Boca Grande: Six lots with seawalls
and two ground-level waterfront homes, deep wa-
ter, no bridges, one tip-lot directly on Intracoastal
and bay, your dock to the Gulf in three minutes.
Properties affordably priced from $220,000. Pos-
sible owner financing on some, as low as 3.5 per-
cent. Call (570) 943-2516.
DUPLEX: BEAUTIFUL, built 2001/2002, 3,500
sq.ft., 6BR/4BA, sun deck, storage house, corner
lot, 100 by 100 feet, completely furnished. West of
Gulf Drive, 600 ft. to beach. Walk to shopping cen-
ter. Must see! $850,000. Owner (813) 758-3648.
LUXURY COUNTRY FRENCH custom designed
and built. 3BR/3BA with myriad of special features.
2361 Landings Circle, 75th Street Northwest at
Desoto Park. No hurricane evacuation, no rip tide.
$569,900. Call 794-3105.
SECLUDED ESTATE on 2.4 acres on Sarasota
Bay. 570-feet of waterfront, 100-foot dock with boat
lift. New Key West-style home, 8,200 sf under roof.
Huge custom pool, extensive landscaping.
$1,900,000. Call Jim, 794-5318 or 730-9440.
PERICO ISLAND VILLA, 2BR/2BA, 1,600 sf, pool.
11203 Veranda Ct., off Manatee Avenue. For sa\o
by owner, 761-3605.
THE YELLOWBIRD COTTAGE 214 Coconut. Anna Maria
2BR'1BA shabby chic "You II be amazed Some 2004
winter months available. Call now lor exciting deals.
SPACIOUS & BEAUTIFUL 1BR/2BA in pres-
tigious Cedars Tennis Resort on Longboat
Key. Light and bright. An excellent investment
opportunity. Turnkey furnished. $239,000.
Call Jane Grossman or Nicole Skaggs at 778-
4800 or 795-5704.
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 Quenlin
Talbert for more information, 778-4800 or
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PRIVATE SETTING Completely updated 2/
3BR/2BA family home on a duplex lot in a pri-
vate setting. Kitchen is all new and open to
the living room, dining room combination. All
new windows installed. For more information
Call Dave Vande Vrede at 725-4800 or Dave
Jones at 713-4800. $425,000.
WOWI THIS UNIT HAS IT ALL. 2BR/2BA
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.
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 504-6176.
WESTBAY POINT AND MOORINGS Unique
2BR condo with many upgrades. Custom kitchen
with second wet bar sink, new appliances, cherry
cabinets. A relaxation pool and fountain in the
entry garden, large tile floored lanai with canal
view. One of a kind. $349,000. Call Dave Jones
or Dick Maher at 778-4800 or 713-4800.
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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PERICO BAY CLUB lakefront villa in gated commu-
nity. Built in 1991. Move-in condition. Just a few
miles to the beach. 2BR/2BA, garage, enclosed
lanai. All new roof and siding, ceramic floor tile, re-
frigerator, stove, microwave, toilets, disposal and
sink fixtures. New maintenance-free deck. $280,000.
Call 761-2378 (selling agent commission).
2BR/1BA COTTAGE near Anna Maria city pier.
Small lot with some common land. $235,000. Call
779-2143 or email: email@example.com.
RIVERVIEW LANDINGS Custom country French
with great entertainment area and myriad special
features. Great value, timeless design. 3BR/3BA,
2361 Landings Circle, 75th Street northwest at
DeSoto Park. No hurricane evacuation, rip tide, sting
rays or sand burrs. $569,900. Call 794-3105.
SELL IT FAST in The Islander!
7-UNIT MOTEL plus a 2BR house located on old
highway 301. Commercial frontage, great income!
$329,900. Call Jane Grossman, 778-4451.
Canal front, deep water dock. 3BR/3BA with 2 master suites, open
floor plan & heated pool. Tastefully done in island decor most
furnishings included. Easy move into this one! $605,000.
Vicki Gilbert 941-713-0195
Wedebrock Real Estate Company
Holmes Beach, Florida
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key furnished 2BR/2BA unit in Gulf Watch with
deeded beach access and Gulf views. $399,900.
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CLUB BAMBOO CONDO: Just completed con-
struction, this 1BR/1BA direct Gulffront condo
features professional interior design, swimming
pool, on-site rental program and the best view
possible. Completely furnished, never used by
anyone, warranties included. Bradenton Beach.
Great investment or second home. $415,000.
George, (312) 321-7501.
ANNA MARIA: Two homes on white sand
beaches with incredible bay/Gulf views.
$1,495,000. Call Gabe Buky, Coldwell Banker
Previews, 387-1864 or 374-5772.
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when they "come home for the holidays"
Please call 778-6066
to inquire about our vacation accommodation
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FABULOUS LIKE-NEW turnkey furnished 1BR,
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lanai, heated pool, must see. $199,000. Call
A-1 TOWNHOUSE 2BR/2BA, furniture, heated pool,
boat slip. $180,000. By owner, Fred, 756-1090.
SPANISH MAIN YACHT Club: Best value, 2BR/
2BA. $234,000. Please call Marilyn Trevethan at
Island Real Estate, 778-6066.
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85 Some fraternity men
87 Stationery name
88 Take out of the game
90 Comics family name
93 Alfred who coined the
96 Not a std. listing
97 Certain ecole
98 Onetime Marshall Isl.
100 Figaro and others
108 It gets ground up
109 Swing's path
110 Relative of -esque
111 One kidnapping
113 Some volleyball shots
115 Midlan, e voico
119 Hitting the spot
120 Wee, in one spelling
123 Kind of mitt
John Wayne film, with
S.C. Johnson brand
Land that's mostly sand
Late spring forecast
Use a surgical beam
Not just a rarity
Gives the boot
Hurray, in Hidalgo
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2217 GULF DR. N.
ANNA MARIA BAYFRONT Lush tropi-
cal bayfront setting with 3BR/2BA older
home on a large 75-by-198-foot lot with
deep-water dockage. Short distance to
beach. Remodel or build new. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #93749. $945,000
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
KEY ROYALE GEM Floor plan de-
signed for entertaining! Lead-glass front
door, tiled living/dining room, family
room with sliders to the large lanai, with
wetbar and Jacuzzi. Becky Smith or Elfi
Starrett, 778-2246. #93435. $539,500
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.
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BEAUTIFUL MARINER'S COVE Grand ..
full bay water view. 2BR/2BA + loft, ca-
thedral ceilings, fireplace, eat-in kitchen. .
Large tiled lanai, web bar. 40-foot boat
slip plus dock. Joan Smith, 761-3100.
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THE VILLA ROSA
family homes in gated
community on canals
in Anna Maria. Start-
ing at $1,500,000.
THE ROSA DEL MAR
ums, pool, approxi-
mately 1,900 sq.ft.,
gated parking, deluxe
amen it i e s
starts at $1,600,000.
THE HIBISCUS Four
ums with boat dock
and pool. Starting at
401 S. Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
Meet out newest Property
Manager: Cristin Curl.
DIRECT BAYFRONT Spectacular Bay
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
We are pleased to have Cristin in our Island
office. A Florida native, she lives on the Is-
land and had managed rentals on Anna
Maria and Longboat Key. Call 778-2246
and let Cristin help you find a winter get-
away or manage your investment property.
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