Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( November 12, 2003 )

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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: November 12, 2003


Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Manatee -- Anna Maria
Coordinates: 27.530278 x -82.734444 ( Place of Publication )

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Skimming the news ... Islander football contest winners announced, page 31.

Anna Maria


Islander at 11, page 12.

"The Best News on Anna

Maria Island Since 1992"

Volume 12, No. 1 Nov. 12, 2003 FREE




By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
When the Seattle area was in recession in 1981 and
Boeing laid off some 25,000 workers, the joke was that
the last person to leave Seattle was to turn off the lights.
It's a joke that might someday be told of Anna
Maria Island.
While the number of condominium and rental units
on the Island continues to increase dramatically every
year, the number of Islanders applying for the $25,000
Florida Homestead exemption has remained stagnant,
if not in decline. It's a clear indication the permanent
population has not kept pace with development of resi-
dential units.

Here's looking at you ...
Pampered schnauzers Beau and Rascel ride in the specially outfitted for safety, shade and exercise bed
of owner Phil Auman's pickup truck. Atnan, of Holnes Beach, said the dogs like their "l)og'les,
which protect their eyes from exposure to wind and sln tas tlhey merrily ride around the Island. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

County concerned about Arvida

end.run on Perico Island

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Investors hoping to buy an Arvida condominium
on Perico Island in the near future might have to wait
a little longer.
Manatee County Commis-
sioner Joe McClash is concerned IMPACT
that a proposed City of Bradenton
comprehensive plan amendment to ISL
increase density in wetlands and SEE F
conservation areas is nothing more
than a "back-door" move to give
Arvida the density it needs for its
proposed Perico Island condominium project (The Is-
lander, Nov. 5).
He's so concerned he's invoked procedures in the
recently adopted interlocal agreement among
Manatee's cities and county "The Accord" that
will seek to settle the dispute prior to any serious
adversarial challenge.
McClash said county staff will meet with Bradenton
planning department officials next week to attempt to re-
solve differences over the proposed comp plan amend-
If no resolution can be reached at staff level, the next
step under the Accord is ajoint meeting of the respective
governing bodies of the disputing parties (Bradenton City
Council and Manatee County Commission).
If no resolution on differences is reached at that
meeting, said McClash, the county could decide to
make its complaint "adversarial" and move it into the
court system.
"Let's hope it doesn't come to that," said McClash.
McClash claims that concerns with the proposed


Bradenton comp plan amendment and Arvida-Perico
Island have nothing to do with the county's proposal to
institute impact fees within city limits.
"This is a safety issue," among other areas of con-
cern, he said.
If built, the Arvida project.
EES ON would seriously affect the Island
and surrounding area of Manatee
ID? Avenue during an emergency
GE 5 evacuation such as a hurricane,
McClash claimed.
He agreed it's strictly coinci-
dental that Manatee County has pro-
posed an impact fee on new construction within the six
county municipalities and Arvida plans to build 898 condo
units on Perico Island that would net the county about $2
million in impact fees if the impact fee is passed before
Arvida begins construction.
Arvida's proposed project has been challenged in
court with two lawsuits by the environmental group
ManaSota-88, one on the grounds that if built as
planned, the density of the property would be inconsis-
tent with Bradenton's current comprehensive plan. The
second lawsuit concerns environmental issues.
A comp plan amendment, however, might remove
the legal basis for that challenge, said attorney Dan
Lobeck, who represents ManaSota-88.
That would pave the way for Arvida to begin con-
struction as soon as the Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs approves the amendment.
With McClash invoking provisions in the Accord,
however, it would appear some county commissioners
are gearing up for yet another legal challenge if
Bradenton approves the amendment.

'Islander' mail box, really.

Post script: Believe it or not
Last week we published a story about the Donahue
family's trek from Chicago to Anna Maria Island to
retain a bit of their memory from more than 20 years
of vacationing here. ("Going the distance for paradise,"
Nov. 5.)
The Donahues had vacationed at Island Plantation,
now demolished to make way for a new development,
and with much maneuvering obtained some rope
and posts to decorate their backyard deck in Chicago.
There's another "page," however, to this story.
According to Pete Donahue, "There was a six-foot
piece of rope left over after we finished our deck. A few
old fence posts, white sand (limestone screening),
rocks, shells, grass similar to sea oats and a sharks tooth
and ... Voila! A new mailbox.
"And (I swear I'm not making this up) the very first
piece of mail delivered to our new mailbox was the
Sept. 24 issue of The Islander.

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Anna Maria City
Nov. 12, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., swearing-in of city commissioners.
Nov. 13, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Agenda: Public comment, CIAC proposed capital im-
provement projects for fiscal year 2003-04, line of
credit requirement discussion, county impact fee pro-
posal discussion and political sign discussion.
Nov. 17, 10 a.m., citizen recognition committee meet-
Nov. 18, 10 a.m., pre-bid conference for contractors on
city hall renovations
Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m., citizen of the year award ceremony.
Nov. 20, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
Nov. 17, 1 p.m., swearing -n of new commission.
Nov. 18, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Nov. 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
Nov. 14, 3 p.m., public meeting on turtle protection
Nov. 17, 10 a.m., swearing-in of city commissioners
followed by organizational meeting.
Nov. 18, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Nov. 19, 9 a.m., (tentative), board of adjustment meet-
Nov. 20, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
Nov. 12, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Management
Committee meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Nov. 19, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.

Blue-ribbon winner
The Anna Maria Island Art League's Open Exhibit
first place winner is Cecv Richardson of Cortez.
Richardson is proudly applying her ribbon to her
winning piece. "Froggie. pictured top, a hand-
colored etching. The exhibit was open to all area
artists and includes 59 entries. "Open Exhibit"
continues through Nov. 26. at the league, 5312
Holmes Blvd.. Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: J.L.

Sunshine Law

complaint investigated

in Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach police expect to wrap up their
investigation into a Sunshine Law complaint against
two city commissioners and an advisory board mem-
ber this week and will present the results to the state
attorney's office.
That's the word from Police Chief Sam Speciale,
who declined to elaborate on the ongoing investigation:
no comment on the commissioners involved, no com-
ment on the board member or even which advisory
board, no comment on the complainant.
He did say the complaint was a formal one, regard-
ing Sunshine Law violations.
Commissioner Dawn Baker furnished some copies
of e-mail communications to The Islander between
herself, Commissioner Anna O'Brien and city board of
adjustment chairperson Ken Lohn, although Speciale
declined to confirm those e-mails and the parties in-
volved were the subject of the investigation.
Also, it is not certain Baker's e-mails, which in-
volve election strategies, amount to any part of the in-
"Once Det. Sgt. Lenny Diaz finishes his investiga-
tion, it will be presented to the state attorney's office,"
Special said, "and they will look at it to determine if
criminal or civil charges will be filed."
The investigation, once completed by Diaz, will
become part of the public record and open for review,
Special added.

The results in the Nov. 5 edition of The Islander for
the two non-binding referendum questions in
Bradenton Beach were incorrect. The results are:
"Do you want to eliminate any variances to the
height restriction in the Bradenton Beach Code?" Yes
- 207. No 226.
"Are you in favor of eliminating R-3 zoning the
City of Bradenton Beach, in perpetuity?" Yes 224.
No 197.

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Davis site plan review continued to January

The public hearing and site plan review of Frank
Davis' application to construct a multi-family dwelling
at 5622 Gulf Drive and relocate the existing structure
to 5626 Gulf Drive ended on a somewhat familiar note
- to be continued.
All parties involved agreed to continue the Nov. 5
public hearing and site plan review until Jan. 13 so that
Davis can seek a lot-width variance or other adminis-
trative relief for his property at 5622 Gulf Drive.
The Nov. 5 hearing was a continuation of the Oct.
7 hearing.

Site plan background
Davis has proposed to move the existing structure
at 5622 Gulf Drive to his property at 5626 Gulf Drive
where the Harrington House Bed and Breakfast is lo-
The structure to be moved has been used as an
annex to the Harrington House for the past 10 years,
with four bedrooms being rented. The proposed plans
would move the structure to the southeast side of
Harrington House and it would be renovated for use
with only two units the maximum allowable for the
density at that property.
Davis proposes to build a four-unit condominium
at the 5622 Gulf Drive location after the existing struc-
ture is moved.
Davis' 5622 Gulf Drive plans went before the
Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment in February when
he was granted height and setback variances for the
proposed four-unit condominium. The setback variance
was to accommodate construction of bay windows.
Davis then received a letter of no objection from
the city and submitted a site plan for approval. The
approval process was set before the city commission
Oct. 7.
However, prior to the Oct. 7 hearing, David
Persson of Hankin, Persson, Davis, McClenathen &
Darnell, was selected as the city's special counsel to
address the Davis site-plan applications for 5622 and
5626 Gulf Drive. The city's counsel apparently had
recused itself due to a conflict, although there is no
statement from the firm or attorney Pat Petruff as to the
nature of the conflict of interest.
Persson had been asked to render an opinion con-
cerning whether city codes require a variance for non-
conforming lots.
Persson determined that although the plans meet
the permitted use within the A-1 district, the lot did not
meet the frontage requirements. In the absence of a
"savings clause," a provision that allows a noncon-
forming lot to remain buildable 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 Barnebey and Peter Mackey, legal co-coun-
sel for Davis, disagreed and argued that the use of the
property at 5622 Gulf Drive is not changing. They said
the property currently has four rental units and it will
still have four units and Davis is entitled to have three
or more units on the property now without requesting
a lot-width variance.
The site plan review was continued to Nov. 5 to
allow Davis' legal counsel time to submit information
proving its argument 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 re-
Opposing counsel was granted an opportunity to
offer a rebuttal. John Shubin, a Miami land-use attor-
ney was hired by Ruthanne McLean and Barbara
Coloney to oppose Davis' proposed development.

Barnebey/Mackey's legal arguments
In written arguments submitted to Persson, legal
counsel for Davis argued there will be no change in use
of the property at 5622 Gulf Drive because:
The existing code allows up to 10 dwelling units
per acre.
S* Under the A-I zoning, Davis has and continues
to be entitled to four dwelling units on the site.
The setback requirements are met via the vari-
ance, which has already been granted by the board of
adjustment in February.
There are four dwelling units on the site now and
there will be four dwelling units on the site after the
condominium is constructed.

It appears it won't be until January before the fate of a project in Holmes Beach is decided. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

Davis' team argued there is no code "use" differ-
entiation between a hotel/motel room and a bedroom
in a residence.
According to the Davis legal team, the transition
from four hotel/motel units to four condominium units
would not be a change in use because both are dwell-
ing units under the city's land development code.
The Davis team pointed to the definition of a
dwelling unit in the land development code, which
states it is "a room or rooms connected together, con-
stituting a separate independent housekeeping estab-
lishment for a family, physically separated from any
other rooms or dwelling units in the same building,
containing sleeping and sanitary facilities, with or
without cooking facilities."
Davis' legal team argued the definition does not
exclude a hotel/motel and it only makes sense for it to
be included within the definition.

Shubin's legal arguments
Shubin submitted a written argument that the
city's land development code does indeed provide
definitions that distinguish between a dwelling unit
and a hotel or motel.
Shubin noted that Davis admitted the four units on
the property in question were never multi-family
dwellings but are utilized as hotel/motel rental units.
Shubin argued that there is no evidence any of the
rooms ever consisted of a "separate independent
housekeeping establishment" or that the rooms were
"physically separated" from the other dwelling units.
Instead Shubin claimed the property consisted of
"three or more lodging units within a parcel of lot
kept, maintained or advertised as a place where sleep-
ing or housekeeping accommodations are supplied for
pay to transient or permanent guests or tenants."
Shubin also questioned whether the dwelling units
ever met the minimum floor area requirements for a
multifamily dwelling or if the property contained two
parking spaces per dwelling unit as required by the
land development code.
Shubin submitted that historical evidence in the
city's records shows the existing structure was used
exclusively as a single-family home from the time it
was constructed until Davis took ownership. And
Shubin noted that Persson had previously opined that
the substandard width of the lot would require a vari-
ance for a new structure.

Person's recommendation
Persson presented his recommendation to the city
commission at the start of the Nov. 5 continuation of
the Oct. 7 public hearing.
After reviewing substantive arguments submitted
by Davis' legal counsel and Shuhin, in addition to

documentation from city files, Persson offered his rec-
Persson said it appeared that the structure at 5622
Gulf Drive was converted to four short-term rental
units as an annex to the Harrington House in 1993.
Persson noted that it appears this conversion was done
The question then becomes whether a short-term
hotel/motel rental unit is equivalent to a multi-family
unit as permitted in the A-1 zoning district.
Hotels and motels are permitted within the district
with a site plan review by the commission, he noted.
Persson then considered the definition of a multi-
family dwelling as "a building containing three or more
dwelling units and not to include hotel or motel."
Although it is Persson's belief that within the code
hotel/motel, multi-family and other residential units are
considered as equal to density, and although both ho-
tel/motel and multifamily dwelling units are permitted
under the A-I district, the definitions of these units are
not synonymous.
Persson also determined that the minimum size
requirements under the code are different. The A-1
district standards require a minimum of 600 square feet
plus 150 square feet per bedroom in a multi-family
A hotel/motel unit must have a minimum of 200
square feet for one-room units plus 150 square feet for
each additional room.
Persson's opinion is that motel/hotel units are dif-
ferent and the change in use requires a variance or other
administrative relief.
Persson believes the city has two ways to address
the issue. The city can require the applicant to obtain
a variance for the non-conforming lot or make a policy
determination within its code as to how it will treat
non-conforiing lots in the A-I zoning district.
Legal counsel for Davis acquiesced to Persson's
recommendation and agreed to continue the hearing
until January in order to first seek administrative relief
or a variance.
The commission unanimously agreed to accept the
recommendation and the continuance.
Shubin did not object to the outcome, although he
did request the hearing be renoticed to all affected
property owners, to which the mayor disagreed with the
Persson recommended the notice, noting the small
cost in comparison to a relatively high cost of litigation.
but the mayor insisted it was too expensive for the city
to pay to re-notice the continued hearing.
Shubin then offered to pay half the cost of the no-
tice for the January continued hearing for Davis' site
plan reviews, and the commission agreed to accept the
offer and re-notice the meeting.

PAGE 4 0 NOV. 12, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Homestead numbers down
Bradenton Beach has the most serious problem,
with just 263 homestead exemptions for the 2003 tax
year compared with 1,491 taxable dwellings, accord-
ing to the Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office.
That means only 17.6 percent of the available living
units in Bradenton Beach are occupied by people who
can officially call the city and Florida their home.
To qualify for the Florida Homestead Exemption,
a homeowner must legally declare to county officials
that his or her Florida residence is his or her permanent
residence and he or she occupy it for more than six
months every year.
In fact, the number of permanent residents who
own property in Bradenton Beach has declined since
1994, when 280 homestead exemptions were granted.
At the same time, the total taxable value of
Bradenton Beach property increased nearly 190 percent
from 1994 to 2003, climbing from $118 million to $342
The property appraiser's office reported that as of
2003, there are 206 vacant parcels in Bradenton Beach
Holmes Beach has fared little better the past 10
years in the struggle to have its permanent population
keep pace with residential development.
In 1994, 1,437 homestead exemptions were issued
for city dwellings while 1,374 were recorded in 2003,
a 4 percent drop.
With 3,627 dwelling units, however, Holmes Beach
has a better percentage of permanent resident occupancy
than Bradenton Beach. Thirty-seven percent of the avail-
able residential units in the city are occupied by
homeowners who call Holmes Beach their legal residence.
The total taxable value of property in Holmes
Beach also has jumped sharply the past decade, climb-
ing from $408 million in 1994 to $965 million in 2003,
a 135 percent gain.
Surprisingly, Holmes Beach has fewer vacant lots
than Bradenton Beach, with just 186 undeveloped par-
cels left in the city, according to property appraiser
Of the three Island cities, only Anna Maria has
managed to increase its permanent population base the
past 10 years.

In 1994, the city recorded 588 homestead exemp-
tions for property owners while in 2003, that climbed
to 629 exemptions, a 7 percent gain. With 1,472 re-
ported dwellings, the city has 43 percent of its available
living units occupied by permanent Florida residents,
the best rate of any of the three Island cities.
During the same decade, however, the tax value of
property in Anna Maria climbed from $189 million in
1994 to $512 million in 2003, a 170 percent jump.
Anna Maria has just 145 vacant lots, according to
the property appraiser's office.
The city also has the most restrictive dwelling den-
sity per acre of the three Island cities, allowing only 5.8
units per acre in its R-l zone and 8.7 units per acre in
the R-2 zone. The city has no R-3 zone for condo-
minium development.
By comparison, Bradenton Beach allows six units
per acre in its R- I district, 18 in the R-2 district, and up
to 28 hotel/motel units in the R-3 district.
Holmes Beach building density is 5.8 units per acre
in its R-l district, and 10 each in its R-2, R-3 and A-I
At the same time homestead exemptions on Anna

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Maria Island are dwindling, U.S. Department of Com-
merce population estimates for 2002 for Island cities
compared with the official 2000 census count show
Anna Maria Island had stagnant population growth
those two years.
Overall, the Island's population increased by only
84 people between 2000 and 2002, climbing from
8,262 to 8,346, a gain of just 1 percent, according to the
The population estimates showed Holmes Beach
went from 4,966 residents to 5,008, a jump of less than
1 percent, while Bradenton Beach rose from 1,482
people to 1,500, an increase also under 1 percent. Anna
Maria had the biggest percentage gain at 1.3 percent,
climbing from 1,814 people to 1,838 people in two
During the same two-year period, the population of
all of Manatee County rose 6.7 percent, from 264,002
to an estimated 281,000 residents.
At a 3.35 percent average yearly increase since
2000, Manatee County would have had approximately
290,000 residents by October 2003.
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The Islander



Island officials blast county impact fee proposal

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
"We've been blind-sided," said Anna Maria
Mayor SueLynn after she attended what she thought
was a workshop on Nov. 10 with county commission-
ers to discuss a proposed county impact fee on new
construction within any of the county's six munici-
Instead of a frank discussion with county commis-
sioners on the issue, the mayor and other elected of-
ficials got a "fait accompli," she said.
"Everything we got at the meeting is that this is a
done deal," said SueLynn.
"And only two county commissioners showed up.
It was a discussion with county staff and their consult-
ant. We thought this was to get our input, but every-
thing we got said this deal is going through."
The county commission has proposed an impact
fee on new construction within any of the county's six

municipalities that would total about $2,500 initially
for a three-bedroom home and eventually increase to
more than $3,000 for such construction. The county
already imposes an impact fee on new construction in
unincorporated areas.
"And this fee would still be all for the county," said
the mayor. "There's nothing in it for Anna Maria. None
of the money would come back to us."
The mayor said the obvious perception is that the
county's proposal is a means to impose an impact fee
on the Arvida-Perico Island condominium project,
which calls for 898 units to be built, all within the
Bradenton city limits.
In the absence of a county impact fee, Arvida
would only pay the City of Bradenton's current impact
"I don't disagree that this seems to be targeting
Arvida, but we are getting caught in the middle," she

County Commissioners Joe McClash and Jane von
Hahmann, however, have denied that the proposed
impact fee is aimed at Arvida.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore said she
and City Commission Chairperson Rich Bohnenberger
agreed there was no need to attend the Nov. 10 meet-
ing because it was a staff meeting, not a frank discus-
sion with county commissioners.
"We sent the county commission a letter saying we
will meet with them, not staff members," Whitmore
Apparently, that letter and input from municipal
elected officials at the Nov. 10 meeting had the desired
County Commissioner Jonathan Bruce said he
would set up a workshop for county commissioners
and city elected officials within the next few weeks
before moving forward with plans to adopt the im-
pact fee.

Five hired for Island Middle School staff

Island Middle School Executive Director Kelly
Parsons announced at a recent board meeting that sev-
eral people have been hired to the faculty and admin-
istrative staff.
Parsons has hired CaTrina Robles to fill the recep-
tionist/secretary position following the resignation of
Beverly Beaver.
Although not an unfamiliar face in the administra-
tive office, Shellie Hodges, has been hired as the assis-
tant to the director. Hodges has worked as a volunteer
in the office since the beginning of the school year and
is also a voting member of the IMS board of directors
as the parent representative to the board.
Parsons also announced some new faculty mem-
bers. Lori Guerrin, who was hired as a substitute
teacher for the life skills/physical education classes, has
been retained as a fulltime faculty member.
Parsons also filled the vacancy left by Jocelyn
Green's resignation. Green taught part-time computer
science and marine science.

Teaching the computer class now is Petra Edge and
the new marine science teacher is Chris Smenos.
Smenos told the board she is excited about work-
ing at IMS. She said marine science is her passion and
she "looks forward to taking the classroom to the
Board member Kimberly Holmstrom asked if a co-
director would also be hired at this time.
Board President Genie Salter indicated that it
might be best to let things "stabilize" before introduc-
ing a co-executive director.
Parsons said she was OK taking on the job alone
for now but money could be pulled from the budget if
the board chose to hire a co-director.
Board member and IMS Academic Consultant
Noranne Hutcheson noted that Parsons has already
delegated tasks to others that "may eliminate the need
for a co-director."
Salter said she believes the best time to hire would
be at the end of the year or in the spring in order to at-

tract qualified candidates. She stated that if the position
is filled, it should be done to the school's best advan-
Parsons said she does have help, it just isn't a co-
Board member Marlene West agreed the board
should let it rest unless Parsons needs help. "Maybe she
doesn't need help getting all the job done."
The board unanimously agreed to let things settle
down and re-evaluate the need for a co-executive direc-
tor in February.
The bo;'rd also discussed whether or not to fill the
two seats on the board vacated by the resignations of
Scott Bassett and Pam Fortenberry. The charter says
the board may consist of three to seven members and
the board unanimously agreed to operate as a five-
member board, declining to fill the vacancies.
A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.
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Shame on you, Holmes Beach
By Don Maloney
The records show that 3,396 Holmes Beach residents
registered to vote. The results of last week's city commis-
sion election showed that only 914 of them exercised the
privilege that goes with their registration. That means that
very close to three out of four of those registrants stayed
home, or went to the beach, or went shopping, or what-
ever that kept them away from the polls.
I find the math that goes with that performance very
close to frightening, even though I was one of the win-
ners. And I find "winner" a tough description for the re-
sults. Only 606 of those 914 voters chose me. It took only
17 percent of the 3,396 to keep me seated on the city com-
The day after last week's vote, I talked to some of
those who chose to stay home, or shop or whatever. I
spoke to more than a few of them, and they all but one
gave me the same reason why they didn't vote. With a
shrug of the shoulder, they asked, "What difference
would it make?" (One said he just forgot.)
Coming up very soon after all last week's winners
take their seats, the commission will have to make deci-
sions on some rather serious "differences" that have been
proposed, differences like how high buildings should be
and even how wide and where they should be, plus how
many families should live in each one.
The kind and size of signs you will be looking at and
where you'll be looking at them has raised some new
questions that need answers. There's more on the agenda,
too, including decisions concerning what changes, if any,
should be made to our current land development code.
That code, where it has been followed up to now, is what
determined how our city presently looks.
Any changes to that long-ago-written code will cer-
tainly make "differences." Those changes, if any, will be
made this coming year by a commission whose majority
was chosen by a mere 26 percent of the registered voters,
but any changes will affect 100 percent of our citizens.
Granted, voters don't make decisions like that, but
they do decide who will make those decisions.
Unfortunately, so do non-voters.
Anyway, it's too late to change last week's voting
total, but it's not too late for everybody to attend our com-
mission meetings. How the five of us commissioners act
will not only give you a first-hand look at that "differ-
ence" non-voters thought couldn't be made, but that will
give us a better idea of how you'd like us to act. Residents
have too much involved in Holmes Beach to risk any
changes they might not agree with.
But, as of now, shame on you, Holmes Beach.

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Right to know
In my wildest machinations, I cannot imagine
paying $1,700 for a legal mailing notice.
I believe taxpayers have a right to an item-by-
item accounting for such an expense.
This reminds me of a speech by Dr. Butz, secre-
tary of agriculture many years ago, as he held up a
loaf of bread purchased by a government procure-
ment officer. He said, "I don't believe anybody else
could find a loaf of bread in the United States that
costs one dollar." The going price in the 1940s was
about 15 cents.
All right, Mr. Maloney how did that $1,700
get spent?
Rosemary Heger, Holmes Beach

Thanks for help
The Holmes Beach Civic Association would like
to thank everyone who helped, including The Islander,
with the production, printing anl collating of the infor-
mation packets, "Rain Can Be a Pain."
This vital information was distributed to hundreds
of local people, thanks in large measure to your efforts,
enabling us to fulfill our responsibilities to the South-
west Florida Water Management District.
As a result we are hopeful that the people who live
on Anna Maria Island will be more watchful of their
contribution to the drainage into our beautiful waters.
Shirley D. Romberger, Secretary, HBCA

All but 19 for Geyer
Holmes Beach won't be the same because 19 of us
didn't think it would be worth getting out to vote last
It wasn't just Pat Geyer who lost, it was all of us.
We no longer have the one who was mayor and com-
missioner (even before the job was called commis-
sioner). We no longer have someone who has been in
business in town longer than a lot of our kids have been

on this earth and we don't have the one who supported
a fellow commissioner, even if he didn't agree with all
her views.
Pat always would tell us what she felt. Her position
was who we were. We were that small town that didn't
have high paid city managers and, even worse, lawyers.
She understood whom we were and why we wanted to
stay that way.
Next year, when all of us show up, we hope we will
see you again on the ballot and, better yet, in your seat
for another term. Thanks for what you have done and
please forgive us for what we didn't do.
Win Bishop, Holmes Beach

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They provide the industry's most comprehensive
customer solutions for retrofitting bus types and school
buses reducing offenses something like 90 percent.
Ron Simpson, Holmes Beach and Pekin, Ill.

Law in paradise?
Let me see if I have this right. I want to live in
paradise on the Island. Now, I have my little piece of
paradise, but ...
I need to have a variance so that I may build my
dream home a little higher (or wider or longer) than
originally planned.
Oh yes, and I also need a new law so that public
parking will not interfere with my living so happily in
my piece of paradise. Heaven forbid that anyone else
should be able to share my beautiful view on my little
piece of paradise.
So. Do I have the picture right? From reading some
articles in your paper, this is the picture I have.
Am I right? I hope not.
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Invite to debate
Open letter to Mayor Carol Whitmore:
Since July of this year, I have attempted to repre-
sent the interests of two families who have owned prop-
erty in Holmes Beach for more than 30 years and who
have, more importantly, cared about the community
you represent.
During this time period, I have been seeking noth-
ing more than an objective forum where I could solicit
and receive an unbiased analysis of our clients' legal
rights under the city's land development regulations.
Contrary to the initial misinformation that sought to
discredit my clients' position, the opinions rendered by
the city's special legal counsel demonstrate that our
concerns were, at the very minimum, well founded.
For reasons that are still unclear to me, you appear
to have shown a particular interest in this matter and
have forcefully sought to assist Frank Davis in his at-
tempts to permit a fourplex on his substandard lot. Al-
though you have never publicly set forth why you sup-
port Mr. Davis' application, your public frustration
with my clients' position and with the legal opinion of
the city's legal counsel has been obvious. Your enthu-
siasm for seeking an immediate citywide solution for
one person's legal constraints is also obvious. It is also
Both Mr. Davis and you have publicly and pri-
vately attacked my clients' legal position, motivation
and character. I respect your right to act in any manner
that is both lawful and consistent with your own moral
compass. What I can not respect is a public leader's
failure to promote a healthy public debate over the se-
rious citywide issues raised by Mr. Davis' application
and encourage maximum public participation through
as much public notice as possible. The taxpayers and
residents of Holmes Beach deserve better!
What are the important community issues raised by
Mr. Davis' application? To start with the obvious, this
city needs to ask itself whether it wants its community
character to be driven by the profit motive or by the

objective enforcement of a zoning code that truly re-
flects the community's vision of what its wants to be
in the near and long term future?
Does this community, for example, want to retain
its unique character, and preserve property values by
doing so, or instead encourage "McMansions" where
one speculator makes money at their neighbor's ex-
pense? Will the promotion of these large luxury homes
effectively convert Holmes Beach from a real commu-
nity with a wide range of residents to a playground for
the select few who can afford these new homes?
Rather than framing this debate in terms of person-
alities and discussing it in hushed whispers, I will
gladly debate either you or Mr. Davis in any legitimate
public forum in the City of Holmes Beach on these
important issues. The public will then learn what the
real issues are in this matter.
I am transmitting this letter to every major news-
paper serving this community and will encourage them
to publish it. I would request that you follow the same
practice with any response, should you choose to re-
John K. Shubin,for the firm Shubin & Bass

Ned? ... Yo, Ned!
Ever watch the movie "Waking Ned Devine?"
Guess what. Ned's not dead, he's alive and pos-
sibly living in Bradenton Beach. And he's probably
registered to vote there.
Whew! What a relief! The election is finally
There was enough confusion over how the ref-
erendums were written that a lot of voters voted no
and then later on found out they should have voted
yes. They all expressed the opinion that the way they
were worded was once again a bunch of election
verbal legalese instead of some simple layman's
terms. No matter what the outcome, couldn't it just

be simpler?
But this election also

produced a few surprises

that some voters really hadn't anticipated.
Remember Ned Devine? Guess what Bob
McClannan thought as he walked up to the sign-in
tables set up in city hall to register and vote. As the
election official opened her book of registered vot-
ers to find Bob's name, he looked down and to say
the least he was a bit startled, because right below
his name he thought he saw the name of his uncle,
Harley McClannan.
Problem was, Uncle Harley died in 1961. And
when he told the election official Uncle Harley was
dead, her answer was simply "Oh, sometimes those
things happen."
Then he realized it wasn't Uncle Harley's name,
it was someone else's. But he wondered ... what if?
And imagine Ellen Scott's surprise to see the
name of George Scott, her ex-husband, listed right
below hers. The only problem is, George hasn't
lived in Bradenton Beach for well over seven years.
Sure enough, when she looked closer it definitely
was George's name.
Does it ever get simpler? Last election it was the
issue of someone living on Tidy Island who claimed
they lived here and registered, and now all this. How
many others are registered but don't live here? And
how many are registered who left years ago? And
even more onerous, how many might be dead but are
still registered?
I thought the Manatee County Supervisor of
Elections' staff checked for fraudulent registrations
and purged the list of those voters who hadn't voted
in a specified number of elections. Now I wonder
just how many existing, living, registered voters
Bradenton Beach actually has. Wasn't that the sub-
ject of some debate coming into this election?
Gads, now I really wonder who Ned Devine
voted for. But again, what about George and Uncle
Ross Benjamin, former city commissioner,
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Holmes Beach comp plan amendment needs more review

What do most government bodies do when sud-
denly faced with a controversial decision?
Don't make a sudden decision, but get more infor-
That's exactly what the Holmes Beach Planning
Commission decided Nov. 6 when faced with a quickly
drafted amendment from the city commission through
City Attorney Patricia Petruff to amend the city's land
development code to clarify "provisions relating to the
regulation on non-conforming lots, uses and struc-
One might be tempted to call it the "Davis amend-
ment" since the current Frank Davis site-plan applica-
tion to the city commission to build four condominiums
on non-conforming lots at 5622 Gulf Drive prompted
the commission to ask for the amendment (The Is-
lander, Nov. 5).
The commission has asked the planning commis-
sion for a recommendation on whether or not the pro-
posed ordinance amendment is in accordance with the
city's comprehensive plan, and what changes might be
needed to bring it into compliance, if any.
It seems that when the Holmes Beach comprehen-
sive plan was adopted in 1989-90, someone forgot to
include a "savings" clause that would allow non-con-
forming lots in the city to continue to be used for legal
purposes in the respective zoning districts.
Petruff said the amendment is to allow owners of
legal, non-conforming platted lots in all zoning districts
to be able to tear down an existing use and rebuild with
whatever is a "legal" use in that district, as long as such
construction meets all other criteria for setbacks and
According to Petruff, such owners of non-con-
forming lots currently can only legally rebuild by ob-
taining a variance.
In her research, Petruff said she found no evidence
the city commission in 1989-90 wanted to eliminate a
savings clause in the comp plan, but there was also no

Anna Maria studies

development process
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Developers of major projects in Anna Maria would
be required to hold neighborhood workshops on the
proposed project prior to submitting an application.
That's just one of the requirements for major
projects that planner Joel Freedman presented to the
planning and zoning board Nov. 5 during a meeting to
study potential procedures for developers to follow
before any building permit is issued.
The board began its draft of land development pro-
cedures last January following city commission ap-
proval of the controversial Villa Rosa sub-division pro-
posal in July 2003.
At that time, city commissioners pointed out there
were no set procedures in place for major development
projects to follow to obtain a building permit.
Other suggestions by Freedman, who has his own
consulting company in Sarasota, are that developers of
major projects would have to attend a pre-application
conference with the building official and other city rep-
resentatives, and obtain a development agreement with
the city before any permit is issued.
That P&Z board would hold public hearings on the
proposed development agreement prior to any recom-
mendation to the city commission.
Freedman also presented a list of proposed submis-
sion requirements for any major development applica-
tion that would have to be reviewed and approved by
the city's building official before a P&Z hearing.
He also provided the board with requirements for
development of minor projects.
Major projects would include group homes, commu-
nity residential homes, new subdivisions or replatting of
three or more lots, merging two or more lots and all non-
residential development, among other categories.
Minor projects would include one single-family or
duplex structure, an accessory structure, or expansion of
an existing conforming residential structure not involving
more than 500 feet.
The P&Z will forward its recommendations to the
city commission for review. Freedman suggested they
could be adopted as city administrative procedures
rather than as an ordinance.

discussion to retain such a clause.
Its omission in the current comp plan "appears to
have been an oversight," she said.
Research by Petruff and city staff found the follow-
ing non-conforming lots in the city's zoning districts:
R-l: 227 lots, most due to size (50 feet by 100
R-2: 466 lots, most 50 or 55 feet by 100 feet.
R-4: 155 lots, most between 26 feet by 114 feet
to 36 feet by 114 feet.
Rec-l: Eight lots, 50 feet by 100 feet.
A-1: 46 lots, some with non-conforming width
and others with non-conforming uses.
Commercial: 19 lots non-conforming for width
and/or area.
Petruff said the city has continued to operate as if
there were a savings clause in the comp plan until a
review by independent counsel determined such own-
ers do need a variance to build. (see Davis site plan
Planning Commission Chairperson Sue Normand
thought the amendment might unintentionally allow the
owner of two contiguous non-conforming, under-sized
lots in the R-2 that contained just one single-family
home to tear that structure down and build a duplex on
each lot.
Petruff said that could be an "unintentional conse-
quence" of the amendment. She was not instructed by
the city commission to address the matter of duplexes
on legal, non-conforming lots of record, just draft an
ordinance amendment as quickly as possible.
The planning commission might want to add lan-
guage to the amendment that would resolve this appar-
ent conflict, she suggested.
Attorney Mark Barnebey, who represents Frank

Davis in his site plan application, said he and his cli-
ent support the amendment. He pointed out that even
if the ordinance passes, the owner of a 50-by-100-foot
lot would still have to meet the city's density require-
ment before building a duplex.
After taking public input both for and against the
amendment, Normand and other commission members
agreed they needed more information before making a
Normand said she'll ask Bill Brisson, a Sarasota-
based land-use planner and consultant retained by
the city on other issues, to study the amendment and
provide the commission with his findings on
whether or not the amendment meets the comp plan
"Right now, however, I don't think these changes
meet the comp plan requirements," Normand said, "but
let's ask Mr. Brisson to review" and also provide sug-
gestions to bring the amendment into compliance.
Normand said Brisson should present his findings
in a public meeting with the planning commission. She
believed many members of the public had little ad-
vance notice about the Nov. 6 meeting.
Other commission members agreed and Normand
will set a date for the next meeting well in advance,
once Brisson is ready.
Before adjournment, however, commission mem-
ber Steve Snyder reprimanded the city commission for
its "as quick as possible" mentality.
"We are getting too many orders from the commis-
sion for us to do something right away. We are not rep-
resenting the city commission, but the City of Holmes
Beach." The commission, he claimed, is "always ask-
ing us to do something as soon as possible," then com-
plaining that it wasn't done fast enough to suit them.
This time, let the commission wait, he said.

Leapin' lizard!
Linda Nelson of 12th Street North in Bradenton Beach spotted this 6-foot-long iguana last week. After calling
police, officers "responded almost immediately and secured the reptile after some confusion and a lot of
different ideas on how to corral it. After it lost its tail, he was finally subdued with a large fish net, she said.
The big lizard ended up at an animal protection facility where "we hope it finds its original owner, as it was
an exceptional critter." Islander Photo: Courtesy Tom White/Linda Nelson

Variance requests continue in Holmes Beach

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment will
hear two requests for setback variances at its Nov. 19
The first request comes from William Greer for his
development at 7300 Gulf Drive, where he has pro-
posed building a new two-story multi-family building,
which is part of his development at the former Island
Plantation Resort, now the La Casa Costiera, and is
fronted by Gulf Drive at 73rd Street.
Emily Anne Smith of Eatman and Smith Architecture
designed La Casa Costiera and Whitehead Construction
has been contracted to build 12 luxury condominiums.
In 1946, apparently, the subject property was
replatted from H.T. Watson's revised plat to West
Wind Shores. The West Wind Shores replat vacated the
Watson revised plat.
A title search for the property revealed that the
West Wind Shores plat provided for a 40-foot right of
way on 73rd Street and the Watson revised plat pro-

vided for a 50-foot right of way, leaving 10 feet of
property in question.
Greer is seeking a five-foot variance for the second
story of his building, accommodating the five-foot dis-
crepancy existing on his side of the 73rd Street right of
A variance request for Hank and Kristy Nehilla of
201 77th St. will also be heard. They are also request-
ing a five-foot variance for their proposed two-story
single-family home.
The Nehilla property is currently a vacant lot at
77th Street and Gulf Drive. The lot falls under the set-
back requirements for two front yards and is an odd-
shaped lot. The five-foot variance would give relief to
a small portion of the home that would encroach into
the setback.
The public hearing will begin at 9 a.m. at city hall,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Files may be viewed at the building department
and written comments may be filed as part of the record
if received prior to the close of the hearing.


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My hero
Although not an Islander, Virgil Catlin was one of
those ordinary people of the greatest generation.
He spent the last 33 years of his life on Clearwater
Beach, so maybe Islanders can identify with him. He
had the Island spirit.
My dad, like many WWII veterans, talked very
little about what he did in the war.
One day when I was about 10 and we lived in
Germany, we visited the Bastogne Memorial Cemetery
in Belgium. From that visit, I figured he was in the
Battle of the Bulge, the last German offensive of the
When I asked him later in life about Bastogne, he
said he just did what he had to do and left it at that.
When I was around 30, I found an old cardboard
box in my parents' house that contained a Bronze Star
given to Capt. Virgil G. Catlin, U.S. Army, for gal-
lantry in action at Bastogne. It contained a citation from
some general named Eisenhower.
Even faced with evidence that he must have done
something extraordinary to deserve the award, my dad
just didn't want to talk about it.
"It was a long time ago in another life," he said.
But my dad was a member of "The Greatest Gen-
He came from a poor Michigan farming family and
grew up during the Great Depression, working his way
through Michigan State University (then known as,
Michigan A&M), as a grocery-store clerk for the
princely sum of 35 cents an hour.
When he graduated in 1941, he joined the U.S.
Army because "everybody knew a war was coming,"
he said. Besides, he needed a better paying job than the
grocery store because he married my mom in the sum-
mer of 1941.


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U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Virgil Catlin and his wife, Docia,
in 1942.

He was an officer and was an artillery battery
commander at Bastogne in December 1944 when the
city was surrounded by the Germans and ordered to
Gen. George McAuliffe, the assistant division
commander of the 101st Airborne at Bastogne, issued
his now famous "nuts" reply to the Germans.
My dad was not a member of the 101st, and I
never knew what division he was with, but I think it
was the 75th Infantry.
He would never talk about the war, and books on
the subject of Bastogne that I've read can never con-
vey to the uninitiated like me the realism, fear or hor-
ror that he must have felt in combat.
All I know from what I've read is that those who
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with little food or ammunition, and outnumbered five
to one by the Germans.
I can only guess Dad came close to death on nu-
merous occasions. Certainly he must have seen a lot of
his comrades and men under his command lose their
lives in action.
After the war, my dad stayed in the Army, and he
and mom had four children. Dad retired from the Army
in 1962 and then took a job with the State of Florida.
Taps was played for him in 1995, and he and mom are
now interred together at Arlington National Cemetery.
To this day, I do not know exactly what my dad did
during the war. He never even told my mom.
Just an ordinary man who maybe did extraordinary
things as a member of "The Greatest Generation."
My dad would never have called himself a hero,
despite the Bronze Star, and I doubt if any of the vet-
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But to borrow a phrase from the Stephen Ambrose
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Brass ensemble playing at Harvey on Sunday

The Manatee Brass Ensemble is returning to Harvey
Memorial Church in Bradenton Beach, brought back by
popular acclaim after its appearance earlier this year.
The aggregation will play shortly before the regu-
lar worship service begins at 9:30 a.m., and again 15
minutes afterward, as well as provide special music
during the service.
A mainstay of the ensemble is Harvey's pastor, the
Rev. Bill Grossman, and he is just as enthusiastic about
this mini-concert as he has been from the group's in-
ception last year.
He plays the trombone, an instrument he more or
less mastered in high school, dropped for quite awhile
and then picked up again about 15 years ago.
All the musicians are members of the Manatee
Community Band, he noted the brass ensemble

formed as a way to keep playing during times when the
full band is on vacation. The ensemble has taken off on
its own spiral of popularity, and performs even during
the band's season.
It played earlier this month at Palmetto, will play
Nov. 21, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, in
Sarasota, and, its biggest engagement thus far, for a
major Valentine's Day dance in Orlando.
Joining Grossman are Stewart Crook; Bob
Kallenbaugh, baritone; Cary Letsche, French horn;
Fred Dinse, tuba; and Dennis Dietz, Tony Infanti and
Kevin and Jack Gannon, trumpets.
The service and the musical offerings are open to
the public, said Pastor Grossman. The church is at 300
Church Ave., Bradenton Beach. Details may be ob-
tained by calling 721-3643.


Jacqueline 'Jackie' Denington
Jacqueline "Jackie" Denington, 77, of Bradenton,
died Nov. 9.
Born in Sale City, Ga., Mrs. Denington came to
Manatee County from Jacksonville in 1961. She was
the former co-owner of Brannen-Ganey Drug Store.
She was retired as secretary for First Baptist Church of
Bradenton and Island Baptist Church, Anna Maria
City. She was a member of Zonta International Beta
Sigma Phi Sorority and Northwest Baptist Church of
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.
12, and services at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at
Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 604 43rd St. W.,
Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to
Northwest Baptist Church, P.O. Box 14817, Bradenton
FL 34280.
She is survived by husband W.T.; daughter Floy
M. Hoppe of Bradenton; son William E. of Ozark, Ala.;
three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Thomas C. Edwards
Thomas C. Edwards, 89, of Holmes Beach and
Franklin, N.C., died Nov. 8.
Born in Waterloo, N.Y., Mr. Edwards owned Is-
land Variety, Bay Area Insurance Agency and Bay
Area Travel in the area. He served in the Pacific in the
Army during World War II. He owned shoe businesses
in Wolcott and Palmyra, N.Y. He was past Exalted
Ruler of the Wolcott Elks and a member of Rotary.
Memorial services will be private. Memorial con-
tributions may be made to the West Manatee Hospice
House, 2504 34th Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205-3617.
He is survived by sons Dean of Hillsborough, N.C.,
and Mark; brothers Richard of Palmyra and William of
Newark, N.Y.; friend Ginny Garland; two grandchil-
dren; and several nieces and nephews.

Maryanne T. Ervin
Maryanne T. Ervin, 64, of Bradenton, died Nov. 7.
Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Ervin came to Manatee
County from Levittown, Pa., in 1981. She was the

former owner of the Players Pub in Holmes Beach and
worked at Gulf Drive Cafe in Bradenton Beach. She
was a member of Women of the Moose, Bradenton
A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at
Bradenton Funeral Home, 5827 14th St. W.,
She is survived by daughters Anne Chambers and
Donna Einsmann, both of Sarasota, Helen Tuliback of
Carlsbad, Calif., and Phyllis Goodleaf of Shelter Is-
land, N.Y.; son Donald of Bradenton; and three grand-

Kathleen 'Kay' Griffee
Williams Lockhart
Kathleen "Kay" Griffee Williams Lockhart, 79, of
Holmes Beach, died Nov. 8.
Memorial services will be held in Duluth, Minn.,
Nov. 12. Memorial services at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, Holmes Beach, will be held at a later date.

Eleanora Vinhage
Eleanora Vinhage, 67, of Holmes Beach, died Nov.
Born in Newark, N.J., Mrs. Vinhage moved to
Manatee County from Lafayette, N.J., in 1999. She
served as secretary/treasurer of Jordan Tool and Die
Inc. for 25 years in Lafayette, and also as secretary/
treasurer for the American Bantam Association for 14
years. She was president of the Hamburg, N.J., Volun-
teer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was a
member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Colonial
Williamsburg Fund, P.O. Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, August
Vinhage; daughters Debra Groves of Florida and Karen
Unrath of Lafayette; sons William of Bradenton and
Frederic of South Korea; sister Doris Cline of
Frankford, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and three great-

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its theater at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
There are tickets available, said the Players, but
don't count on them still being there when the play
opens at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $15 each, $65
for the full five-play season. The box office is open
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before the curtain goes up. The box office phone is
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household accidents and diets nobody should get near.
Evie and Duncan have-divorced after 15 years of
holy wedlock, with one son caught in the middle. A
year later Evie is involved in a wild affair with Carter,
an aggressive but still insecure salesman. Duncan
moves on, too, ending up with Caitlin, a weight-con-

Antiques, collectibles
to be garden club's topic
Lois Busick will discuss antiques and collectibles
when the Anna Maria Garden Club meets at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Additional information may be obtained from
Priscilla Seewald at 778-3665.

Art Walk reception
set Friday at guild gallery
An open reception is scheduled Friday, Nov. 14, at
the Artists Guild Gallery of Anna Maria Island, 5414
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It
will be part of the Art Walk the second Friday of each
month during the season. Details may be obtained at

Roser turkey dinner reservations
Roser Memorial Community Church is trading its
"turkey shoot" for turkey dinner this Thanksgiving, and
is warning that reservations had better be made early
- like now.
The church has had a "turkey shoot" for several
years, a Thanksgiving fundraising vehicle which had
players tossing beanbags at a target. Proceeds went to
the purchase of turkeys for Thanksgiving baskets for
needy families.
This year Pastor Gary Baty said, "We have a new
kitchen and a refurbished fellowship hall, let's have a
big turkey dinner. There are people who don't have
family here to have dinner with, we'll be the family
with them."
It will be at 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday,
Nov. 27, at the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
There is no charge for the dinner, but tickets and res-
ervations are required so the church will know what to
They may be obtained at the church or by calling
Earlier that day at 10 a.m. there will be a Thanks-
giving worship service with Communion at the church.

scious young gun-control lobbyist who favors diets,
any diet.
The couples become snowbound in Duncan's
New England house, and it all falls apart while it's
coming together under Phyllis Elfenbein's fine direc-
Mona Upp plays Evie and Bob Ryan is Duncan,
while Mark Woodland portrays Carter and Katy Jodat
is Caitlin. George Myers plays multiple roles through-
out the goofy goings-on.
Helping Elfenbein make sense of it all is stage
manager Gabe Simches and his assistant, Marilyn
Moroni. Jack Abene is scenic designer, Chris
McVicker lighting designer with Ruth Stevens as light-
ing technician, Don Bailey costumer, Bob Grant sound
designer with Dot Simches as sound technician, Rita
Lamoreux makeup.
The play will run through Nov. 23, with 8 p.m. cur-
tains and two Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The theater is
closed Mondays.

St. Bernard's guild, board
meeting Thursday
Rickie Arnold and Cele Van Winkle will
address the guild of St. Bernard Catholic Church
at a meeting starting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov.
13, following the guild board's meeting at 11:15
Both sessions will be in the social hall of the
church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The two speakers will discuss "How the Corpo-
ral Works of Mercy Can Help You Become Pen-
cils in the Hand of God." Details are available at

Anna Maria ceremony
will honor veterans
A ceremony "thanking otur armed services person-
nel." ending in a picnic. will begin at I 1 a.m. Saturday.
Nov. 15. in Anna Maria City.
It will be at Sandy's Rich Coffee. 9908 Gulf Drive.
The honors will be in conjunction with Patriotism Week
and Veterans Day.
An "all American" picnic lunch with hot dogs will
be available. Details may be obtained at 779-0034.

Annual Poinsettia Bazaar
Saturday and Sunday
The 2003 edition of the Poinsettia Bazaar will be
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15-16, at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
It will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-l p.m.
Sunday. Sponsored by St. Bernard's Guild, it will fea-
ture seasonal decorations and many other "wonder
items" for sale, said Cornelia R. Zanetti, guild president
and bazaar chair.
Pat Geyer's chili, made famous at her Duffy's Tav-
ern, will be served and a luncheon menu will be offered.
Baked goods will be for sale. Additional information may
be obtained from Marjorie Barker at 778-2508.

,'ai: "To good times ...
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France co-hosted a
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Thank you for reading The Islander

By Paul Roat
It could be argued that the "Commentary" should
preface everything written but, in attempting to sum up
572 issues of The Islander, this article has to be something
of a personal journey through 11 years of Island history.
It's been a lot of fun.
It's sometimes been a lot of work.
It's sometimes been a pain in the neck.
But covering the where and whys and hows of
Island life has always been interesting.
If you're interested in the details of the Island and
The Islander, look to either of the Island libraries. Our
bound copies are there, starting from Volume 1, Issue
1, Nov. 25, 1992. We make an interesting read. In por-
ing through all those papers it's surprising to see what
we've done, sometimes embarrassing to see what
we've gotten away with, but almost always there's a
sense of pride that despite ourselves we did it, week
after week, issue after issue, at times under stresses
that, thankfully, our readers never knew about.

Point 1: It takes years for Islanders
to actually do something
Probably the best example of the above statement
lies in a headline from April 1993: "Trolley proposed
for Anna Maria Island." After a mere nine years, a free
Islandwide trolley did start operation with what most
call success although, as Islanders, there is and always
will be some grumbling.
One of the first big series of stories started just
weeks after we published our first issue culmination
of a decade-long fight to renourish most of the beaches

Anna Maria
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on Anna Maria Island. We ran article after article on
that December 1992-February 1993 sand project and,
nine years later, did it all over again earlier this year
with Phase II of our new beach.
And then there's the issue of bridges, which have
filled the pages of The Islander for all these years. In
just one computer from one reporter there are 243
articles entitled "bridge," and we're not talking the
card came here.
Consider these headlines regarding the Anna
Maria Bridge to see how things have changed across
the years:
"Bridge OK'd," January 1993.
"'No change' from DOT," November 1993.
"No megabridge!," February 1996.
"DEP: It's official, no megabridge," May 1996.
"DOT surrenders," February 1998.
"'Rehab' an option: DOT," March 2002.
Now, we'll have another shot Nov. 21, when the
DOT offers its thoughts on bridge matters for the
Anna Maria Bridge. And here we go again.
Another perennial proposal floated by Island offi-
cials is consolidation of services between Anna Maria
City, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach. The issue
began when Anna Maria first incorporated in 1920s and
resurfaces every few years. Dates of interest in The Is-
lander history were in June 1997, by Holmes Beach, and
again by elected officials in September 2000.
Even as you read this, the matter of combining
some services within the building departments of the
three Island cities is under consideration. And here we
go again.

Point 2: Natural disasters, critters
We live on a barrier island. The definition of our
homes is "barrier," meaning a fence or wall to bar
passage, in our case an obstruction from wind and
waves from impacting the mainland.
We've been lucky this past 11 years, threats and
scares from tropical storms, hurricanes and winter
"no-name" storms notwithstanding. We had to evacu-
ate from Hurricane Georges in September 1998,
"flinched" when Tropical Storm Harvey hovered off-
shore and then buttonhooked to head south in Sep-
tember 1999, and got hammered by Tropical Storm
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on a charter boat in April 1996, taking a hunk out of his
arm as it jumped out of the water in an attack mode.
We've had problems with raccoons from 1992-94.
The masked invaders passed the front page to pot-bel-
lied pigs in 1996, followed by chickens in 1997 and
later feral cats. Critters are among us, and we can't
seem to get along with our furry, feathered friends.
And then there's red tide, which visited our shores
for something like 14 months starting in September
1994. The throat-scratching, tourism-scattering marine
organisms prompted a new group to form to fight the
organism, with its founder coming up with a memo-
rable quote: "Humans beat the mosquito problem and
we'll beat the red tide."

Point 3: Change comes
The face, or at least the construction, of the Island
has changed radically in the last decade as it did the
decade before, and the decade before that, and the de-
cade before ...
We've seen the Anchorage in Anna Maria make
way for Fast Eddies to make way for Bayview Plaza.
We've seen Pete Reynard's Yacht Club in Holmes
Beach make way for Crabby Bill's, then Pete's again,
then Marina Bay, and now it sits vacant awaiting -
maybe Tidemark hotel/condos.
We've see the Key West Willy's Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach change into upscale resort-restaurant-
shopping complex of Bridgewalk.
More important, we've seen property values and
land speculators discover that Island living, at least as
far as Anna Maria Island living is concerned, is a tre-
mendous investment. Could anyone believe 11 years
ago that a piece of Gulffront property in Holmes Beach
would sell for $2.5 million?
Or that Island tourism would become a $1 billion-
plus-a-year industry?
That old maxim holds true: everything's different,
now it's the same.

Point 4: Politics is weird
Please read the Wyatt Blassingame quote again
before you continue this trip down the last 10 sandy
years of Island history. Things are weird in city hall, all
three of them, and those of us in the newspaper busi-
ness hope that it never changes.
We've had 10 percent of the registered voters in
Anna Maria City run for elected office, in December
1999, and then it happened again in Bradenton Beach
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We've had half-million-dollar grants approved in
Anna Maria, only to have them turned down after citi-
zens decided they didn't like the idea of someone else
telling them how to do things.
We've had Holmes Beach historically beg state
transportation officials to relinquish control of Gulf
Drive to the city and then, when resurfacing needs
arise, come hat-in-hand to Anna Maria to ask for help
in maintaining the roadway.
We've watched Bradenton Beach spend more than
$1 million to improve its "downtown" Bridge Street to
make it more attractive to outside developers and, when
developers show an interest in the area, start to grumble
about outsiders taking over the ambiance of the com-
"Ambiance" is the new buzzword on the Island,
and the ongoing visioning processes each city is under-
going will provide fodder for newspaper articles for
years to come.
And here we go again.

Crystal ball time
So now we're 11 years old here at The Islander.
Perhaps still something of a precocious kid, but sand-
smart and savvy of the ways of this Island we love.
What's next?
The vow we made in that first newspaper a decade
ago remains the same: To give you the best news on
Anna Maria Island. It's our privilege to continue.
Thank you for reading The Islander.

Headlines in the Nov. 11, 1993, issue
of The Islander announced that:
The Florida Department of Transportation said a
proposed traffic roundabout at the Gulf Drive-Bridge
Street intersection was not big enough to accommodate
large trucks. A proposed DOT modification to the
roundabout would eliminate two neighborhood busi-
nesses: Key West Willie's and the Beach Barn.
The Bradenton Beach City Commission is consid-
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dining and residential units above businesses.
Members of the Save Anna Maria organization
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Center beginning
yoga program on Friday
Yoga classes on Mondays and Fridays will begin
with a session at 8:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 497 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria.
Instructor is Dolce Little, kripalu teacher. Cost is
$4 for members, $5 nonmembers. Additional informa-
tion may be obtained by calling 778-1908.

New NIA class launched
at Community Center
A new NIA program is starting at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, meeting at 10:30 a.m. Monday beginning Nov.
Described as "moving your body the way it was
intended to move," NIA combines various other move-
ment and conditioning forms. Instructor is Jane
Frawley-Holler. Cost is $4 for members, $5 nonmem-
bers. Details may be obtained by calling 778-1908.

50-ton, 60-foot shark topic
of shell club
A 60-foot shark weighing 100,000 pounds that
once roamed the waters of Manatee County will be de-
scribed at a meeting of the Sarasota Shell Club Thurs-
day, Nov. 13.
The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Mote Marine
Aquarium, on City Island off the south ramp of the
New Pass Bridge, and is open to the public, the club
Author Mark Renz will make the presentation,
detailing how the giant shark fed on whales, and fur-
ther discuss the science of fossil identification. Details
may be obtained from Fran Schlusemann at 739-0908.

'Celebrant Singers'
free concert on Friday
The "Celebrant Singers" will present a free concert
open to the public at 7 p.m. at the Island Baptist
Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Accompanying the 10 singers will be a full orches-
tra, the church said, to "present the very best in reli-
gious music." The singers returned recently from a
mission trip to Africa. Further information may be
obtained at 778-0719.

Anna Maria Island Fallfest saw artists and crafters from a dozen states and some from our hometown.
Judith Shepherd-Rains of Bradenton, a self-taught artist, specializes in glass painting. Her work is influenced
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Tickets are on sale this week for the first of Mana-
tee Players' "Faerie Tale Theater" series, "The Perils
of Little Red Riding Hood," to be at the Riverfront
Theatre Saturday, Nov. 15.
Reservations may be made by calling the box of-
fice at 748-5875 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thurs-
day, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m Saturday.
Tickets are $8.
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Mary Burns, Kelsey McCarter, Alise Vick, Autumn
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A dance for the park is scheduled Friday night,
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Music will be by Elsworth Helm & Co. band in the
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'Heart' auditions are Sunday
The Island Players will have auditions for actors in
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the Players' theater. 10009 Gulf Drive. Anna Maria.
The Beth Henley play will run Jan. 8-25. Further
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By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Take "The Creation," throw in some Bach and
Vivaldi and more, and you have the first concert of the
2003-04 season by the Anna Maria Island Community
Orchestra and Chorus.
This "jewel of the Island" will perform at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 16. The church/concert hall is at the Is-
land Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Artistic director Alfred Gershfeld will direct.
The program:
Selections from "The Creation," parts I and II, by
Haydn, with soloists Michelle Giglio, tenor Robert
Lischetti, and bass Jay Kimpel.
"Sheep May Safely Graze," Bach.
Flute concerto "II Cardellino," Vivaldi, with Lita
Tyler as soloist.
*"The Lark Ascending," Vaughan Williams, with
Janet Rowe as soloist.
Symphony No. 83: "La Poule," Haydn.
Though the orchestra does not set an admission fee,
donations are appreciated and $10 per person is suggested.
The rest of the season will see, and hear, Christmas
music on Dec. 21, "Mostly Mozart" Feb. 8, and Bach's
Birthday Bash March 21.
Details may be obtained by calling 758-5886 or
Reservations are open for
Paris/Barcelona tour
Two enterprising Manatee High School teachers,
one of them from Anna Maria Island, are looking for
a few good travelers for a Spring Break tour of Paris
and Barcelona.
Madeline Bergquist of Holmes Beach is joining
fellow teacher Susan Garrott in putting together the
tour of the two historic European cities starting March
19. It has some students and their parents, and needs
more adults or students to qualify for a good travel rate,
said Bergquist.
Cost is $1,712 for the eight-day tour, with an ad-
ditional two days in Madrid available for $300 more.
The price includes all transportation, hotels, tours, and
meals except for lunch.
Bergquist will be a helpful traveling companion,
being sufficiently fluent in French and Spanish to have
been a translator for the FBI. She will accept tour res-
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Bradenton Beach police are investigating the
sudden death of a 33-year-old male on Sunday,
Nov. 2, as a possible drug overdose.
Police said the man's body was discovered
around 2:30 a.m. on the upstairs porch at a
Bradenton Beach residence.
The man's name is being withheld pending
results of a toxicology report, police said, but his
next of kin have been notified.
The man was believed to have been a
Bradenton Beach resident for about a month at
the time of his death.

Bradenton does have impact fee
The story in the Nov. 5 issue of The Islander on a
proposed amendment to the City of Bradenton's conm-
prehensive plan should have noted that Bradenton has
its own impact fee on new construction within the city
limits. Manatee County is discussing the addition of its
own impact fee on new construction within all munici-
palities in the county.

'School of Rock 'n' Jazz' launched
Jimi Gee, director of the Island Middle School's
Conch Fritter Band, has begun a "School of Rock 'n'
Jazz" open to all ages, all instruments.
The classes will be Mondays from 6-9 p.m. at the
Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Gee auditioned prospective students last
week and found nearly a dozen interested qualifiers, he
"The focus will be on performance, style and
theory," he said, adding that the goal will be for all the
students to learn how to perform with a band. Further
information may be obtained at 518-1612 or 704-1279.

Chairman's reception tonight
The annual chairman's reception of the Longboat
Key Chamber of Commerce is scheduled from 5:30-
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Honoring volunteers and contributors, it will be at
the Classic Car Museum of Sarasota, 5500 N. Tamiami
Trail. More than 150 people usually attend, said the
chamber, and RSVPs are requested at 383-2466.

THE ISLANDER E NOV. 12, 2003 0 PAGE 15

Clean it up

says Anna Maria

code board
Anna Maria's Code Enforcement Board recently
ordered Alvin Kipp of 215 Cypress Ave. until Nov.
3 to clean up his property or face the possibility of
a fine from the board.
In addition, the board told Kipp to either com-
plete some needed roof repairs to an attached shed
at the property or tear the structure down by Dec. 1.
The board's action came after Code Enforce-
ment Officer Gerry Rathvon presented a list of trans-
gressions at the location dating back to May 2002.
Kipp said 90 percent of the debris at the property
has already been removed and promised to meet the
board's requirements.
Kipp, who has lived in Anna Maria for 30 years,
said he had tried to get the roof repaired earlier this
year, as Rathvon had previously requested, but was
unable to reach any Holmes Beach building official
to discuss a building permit.
He claimed no one from that department ever re-
turned his phone messages.
Holmes Beach's Building Department is han-
dling building official duties for Anna Maria until
the city hires its own building official.
CEB Chairman Bill Iseman told Kipp to let
Rathvon know if he continued to encounter problems
in reaching a Holmes Beach official.
Kipp said he had had problems in the past with
prior Anna Maria code enforcement officers and was
"prepared for a fight" if that's what the city wants.
The city doesn't want any fight, said City Attor-
ney Jim Dye, and has no desire to foreclose on any
property, which is the ultimate course for the city in
the event of any non-compliance with city codes.
"The city is just asking you to comply with the
codes," Dye said, and apologized for Kipp's "unfor-
tunate experience" with the Holmes Beach building
The board will meet again on Dec. 12 to review
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AME school safety objective focuses on bullies

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Elementary School Advisory
Committee discussed adding a new objective to its
School Improvement Plan that will address school
safety and student behavior.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes said the Manatee
County School District has asked all schools to include
a school safety goal to this year's SIP.
The SIP is a long-range plan that outlines the
school's goals to improve remediation and student per-
formance. The plan must be updated and approved by
the SAC and the district school board each year.
The new objective for the AME SIP focuses on
student behavior and bullying. According to the SIP
goal, bullying has been identified as a problem
among students through discipline referrals, class-
room guidance sessions and parent contacts during

Neighborhood crime:

Managing your environment
Island parents and children can learn to "think safe/
be safe" at the third in a series of "Safety Is a State of
Mind" information sessions sponsored by the City of
Holmes Beach and its police department.
Holmes Beach Police and School Resource Officer
Pete Lannon will explain how crime can be prevented
through environmental design at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17.
During this session, guest Nicole Heslop of Every-
thing Under the Sun will explain how to provide a safer
home and personal environment through protective plant-
ing and other tips.
Lannon will also discuss how to safely dispose of
packaging and other household items that may attract
thieves to your home during the holiday season or while
you're on vacation.
More sessions are scheduled for the third Monday of
each month, and local crime stories are used as examples.
There will be no session in December.
Babysitting service will be provided beginning at 6:30
p.m. by AME's Safety Chairman Debbie Scott. Scott will
be conducting a McGruff Safety Program for children on
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the past school year.
The report states that a clear definition and identi-
fication of bullying behavior is needed to effectively
address the problem and formulate a preventive course
of action in addition to disciplinary consequences for
According to Hayes, although AME referrals and
suspensions are substantially lower than other elemen-
tary schools, bullying behavior is an underlying theme
of some of the most problematic referrals during the
past school year.
During the entire 2002-03 school year there were
15 referrals for bullying, 10 involving defiance of a
student, 10 for students being disruptive, eight for ag-
gression, and nine for other miscellaneous issues, like
The SIP goal is to see a minimum 25 percent de-
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AME presents

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Ooh La La!
A special production of "Pocahontas" will
be performed by Anna Maria Elementary
School third-graders at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.
Third-graders Chase Stripling and Lindsey
Bell will play the lead roles of John Smith and
Pocahontas in the first AME production led by
new music teacher Merry Hagan.
Prior to the third-grade performance, Chef
Damon Presswood of Ooh La La! Bistro in
Holmes Beach will cater dinner beginning at 5
p.m. in the school cafeteria.
The menu will include fresh roasted turkey,
mashed potatoes with gravy, French bread and
fresh vegetables. Dinner tickets cost $7 for
adults and $5 for students and will be available
at the door.
A brief Parent-Teacher Organization meet-
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aggression. The action plan states the school guidance
counselor will lead classroom sessions focused on bul-
lying prevention.
A discipline committee will review schoolwide
rules and procedures, and a parent awareness survey
will be developed.
Hayes said she wants to develop a school culture
in which students understand it's OK to tell when
someone is being aggressive towards them or others.
Hayes also told SAC members that bullying is not a
grade-specific issue, rather it's one that moves from
grade to grade with an individual.
In other matters, Hayes told SAC members the
school was awarded $30,808 through the Florida
School Recognition Program for achieving an "A"
grade. The committee has recommended the money be
used for staff bonuses.

Anna Maria Elementary
School menu
Monday, Nov. 17
Breakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Ravioli with Garlic Toast, Ham and Cheese
Sandwich with Baked Cheetos or Peanut Butter and
Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad, Mixed Vegetables,
Juice Bar, Fruit
Tuesday, Nov. 18
Breakfast: Sausage and Biscuit, Peanut Butter and
Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Fish Shapes or Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Roll, Tossed Salad, Peas
and Carrots, Fruit
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Breakfast: Super Donut, Grilled Cheese Sandwich,
Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Turkey Gravy with Rice, Barbecue Rib on
Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed
Salad, Green Beans, Fruit,
Thursday, Nov. 20
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup, Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Tacos, Turkey Stack Sandwich or Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Capri Blend, Tossed
Salad, Fruit
Friday, Nov. 21
Breakfast: Yogurt, Cereal, Scrambled Eggs and
Toast, Fruit
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Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tater Tots,
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wife to let our three married daughters have a weekend
get-together with no husbands or children.
Fran suggested a three-day romantic cruise to the
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last sea journey. That was a miserable 21 days on a
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We sent our check and soon found ourselves at the
dock in Cape Canaveral, going up the gangplank with
all the other happy people. We were led several floors
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the jargon in Marine boot camp and then through a
labyrinth of passageways going this way and that, left
and right and back and forth.
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getting into a bunk.
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throat of the offending ice storm.
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dently made our way to the dining room for supper.
The room was uncomfortably warm and when I asked
why, when the cabins were so cold, I was told that
heat rises! Another rare bit of knowledge for my nau-
tical education.
After dinner we amused ourselves by trying to
locate our cabin without assistance. Some time later
we found it and it was still icy. By now we weren't
feeling too well (really sick, that is) so we put sweat-
ers on and retired, fully clothed.
When I woke in the morning, my usually slightly
shaky hands were vibrating out of control. I did an
excellent job of brushing my teeth without moving.
We later found out the seasick discs have this effect
on some people.
Fran was moaning that she felt terrible and
needed some coffee. The room service button had
been painted over and bare wires hung from it use-
lessly (more luxury).
Checking the schedule I learned that coffee and
rolls were served on the fantail. I felt sure that if I
could get up to daylight and determine the direction
the ship was traveling, I could locate the fantail.
(From my Marine training I knew it was somewhere
near the stern.)
A long time later I congratulated myself on my
successful search and approached the breakfast bar
only to find the coffee containers were midget-sized
Styrofoam cups. Not the greatest for shaky hands, but
stuffing a couple of donuts into my back pocket, I
filled two cups with steaming java and headed below.
As you can probably guess. I didn't get far before
the hot liquid was all over my hands and the deck. I
looked around for a larger container and settled on a
used milk carton. Filling it, I started the search for our
cabin. I made the usual number of wrong turns and
met dead ends several times before hearing the wel-
come sounds of Fran's moaning.
We then enjoyed our first breakfast at sea of luke-
warm coffee and smashed donuts.
This satisfying repast put us in a cheerful mood
and we decided to go up on deck and enjoy some of
the romance and excitement of being at sea in the
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peared to be looking for the romantic interlude that
looked so promising in the brochure.
Fresh from spending the winter in Florida, this
activity had little appeal to us so we were gratified
when it was announced the game rooms were open.
Whoopee! A little gambling would be welcome.
I like blackjack, but when I settled at the table I was
told the minimum bet was $50, a bit much for my wal-
let. We finally located a bingo game that we could af-
ford but felt we really belonged in a Catholic church.
We almost enjoyed our dinner that evening, but
then we were entertained by psychedelic lights and
loud rock music, which sent us scurrying to the com-
forts of our cabin.
The second morning was a repetition of the first
except that I used the ice bucket in the cabin to trans-
port the coffee. I was still having trouble finding the
cabin but did make it back before the coffee got cold.
We spent the day at Nassau, where we were led on
a tour of gambling casinos and observed the deter-
mined tourists with their pails full of quarters feeding
the hungry mouths of the one-armed bandits that filled
the large halls. An evening dinner and show were a
welcome respite from the rigors of trying to beat the
odds before we returned to our luxurious cabin.
Morning found us tied to the dock at Cape
Canaveral and the most joyous part of our holiday was
descending the gangplank, finding our car, and thank-
fully driving back to Holmes Beach, agreeing that there
would be no more flings at romantic ocean travel.

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Island Middle School Executive Director Kelly
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school's respect policy.
The decision to implement a respect policy for the
entire IMS community parents, students and staff -
is a result of the workshop held last month to define the
charter's intent to uphold "a basic spirit of respect for
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Korean War Veterans Association will
sponsor a picnic Nov. 20, with the deadline
for reservations Saturday, Nov. 15.
The picnic will be at the Coquina Beach
pavilion starting at 10:30 a.m., said Gene
Ciliberti, and hamburgers, hot dogs, and soft
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actions in violation of these guidelines will have spe-
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tion, faculty, parents and students at IMS.
Disciplinary measures for a board member would
be a board vote for possible removal from the board.
Disciplinary procedures for staff include verbal
and written warnings, mandatory participation in an
appropriate training workshop and, given a fourth
offense, possible termination.
Student policy and procedures follow the Mana-
tee County School District handbook.
The proposed disciplinary procedures for parents

are undergoing revision after the few parents in atten-
dance at the monthly board meeting objected to that
they might be misconstrued as an attempt to treat par-
ents like children.
One parent suggested that the proposed disciplin-
ary procedure be kept simple, such as noting that warn-
ings will be given and appropriate action taken.
The board agreed that the proposed procedures are
too restrictive and should allow leeway for matters to
be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Parsons noted the feedback and is redrafting the
proposed consequences.

Island achievers
Five Island sixth-graders earned straight As during the first quarter of the semester at King Middle School.
Beef O'Brady's sponsored a free dinner for all the top achievers. From left, Donna Barth, Kayla Jennis,
Justin Dearlove, Ariel Jennis and Stephen Thomas. Islander Photo: M.L. Bruewer

Author! Author!

Author Luncheon for Randy Wayne White
1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at Ooh La La! Bistro,
5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Celebrate with us the release of Randy Wayne
White's newest travelogue, "An American Traveler,"
Author's talk and luncheon, including a
signed, first-edition copy of the book.
Confirmed reservations required, Cost is $50.
Reserve with The Islander at 778-7978.

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Saturday Dec. 6 2003 (Rain Dates: Dec. 7, 13)
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safety and navigation rules, I further certify that my vessel has an operational VHF marine radio and that all liability, personal property damage
and personal liability insurance is in lull force and effect for my vessel, I agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Islander, its officers and the
co-chairmen and committee members of the parade as well as all federal, state and local government agencies, their employees, agents and guests
from any personal injury or property damage which I, my vessel or my passengers or crew may cause in any way or which may be construed to
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Island Biz

Chillin' in Longboat Key
Isabelle's Eatery took first place in the second
annual Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Chili
Cookoff on Longboat Key Oct. 28 with Doug Hicks
finishing second and Chelsea Tile grabbing third place
Despite the rain, approximately 150 people showed
up at the event to taste chili and hot dogs.
Other sponsors included the Longboat Key Hilton,
Publix, Gold Coast Eagle for their donations of food
and drink and Jo Ann Wolverton, InterServe ISP, for
the Chili Cookoff traveling trophy.
The Longboat Key Fire and Rescue District pro-
vided assistance in organizing and setting up the cook-

New Island vet
Dr. Emily Pinnell of Island Animal Clinic at 5443
Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach gets "Lizzie, a
Yorkshire terrier, ready for her annual s.ots.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

From the mountains, to

the prairie, to the ocean
Veterinarian Emily Pinnell has come a long way
from the Iowa prairie to Anna Maria Island and her new
position as a veterinarian with the Island Animal
Clinic at 5343 Gulf Drive in the Holmes Business
Center in Holmes Beach. There was even a stopover in
the mountains of Colorado.
"I grew up in Iowa and the snow," said Dr. Pinnell,
who graduated from Iowa State University with her
degree in veterinary medicine.
"So when my family and I first came to Florida on
vacation, I fell in love with the beach."
Back home in Iowa, however, her thoughts were
always on her pets and how to take care of them. Be-
coming a veterinarian was a "natural choice" because
of her love for animals.
"The beach was a long way from Iowa, so I just got
used to the snow," she said with a laugh.
After graduation, her first job was in the mountains.
of Colorado, where the snow season lasts nine months
or more.
When she saw a doctor's position advertised at the
Island Animal Clinic in sunny Florida, however, she
was on the first plane to Anna Maria Island for an in-
"I'd never been to the Island before, and I fell in
love with this place right away. I'm very happy to have
gotten the job," said Dr. Pinnell, who started at the
clinic about six weeks ago and now lives on Anna
Maria Island.
"Does this great weather last all year?" she asked.
Dr. Pinnell specializes in all types of veterinary
medicine, including surgery, general checkups, vacci-
nations and medications.
She assists owner Dr. William Bystrom and Dr.
Jane Carolan at the Palma Sola Animal Clinic on
Manatee Avenue several days each week.
"We rotate between the two clinics, but I'm usually

Celebration of curves
Curves fitness center for women at 4228 60th St. W.
in Bradenton celebrated its first anniversary with
door prizes, food, free massages and fun. Pictured
are, front from left, Curves owner and Island resi-
dent JoAnn Swan and staff member Barbara
Rischman, and, back row, from left, Patty Zinna,
JoAnn Walsh, Eileen Kraml and Lynn Robinson.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

on the Island three days each week," she said.
Dr. Pinnell said she looks forward to meeting Is-
landers and their pets, along with walking the beach in
the evening, learning to surf, going fishing and enjoy-
ing the fine restaurants on the Island.
As for that "great weather" Dr. Emily is hoping for
all year, just wait until July and August.

Sweet 16 for Rotten Ralph
Rotten Ralph's restaurant at the end of South Bay
Boulevard in Anna Maria is celebrating its 16th anni-
versary this month with some great food and drink spe-
"We've got some great seafood and drink specials
right now," said Dave Russell. Ralph's son and a mem-
ber of the band "Almost Famous."
"We'll be celebrating all through November and
will change the specials from time to time to highlight
our 16 years," he said.
When his family purchased the restaurant in 1987,
it was known as the Oyster Steamer and had also pre-
viously been a Mexican restaurant. Success didn't seem
to be in the cards, but Rotten Ralph's is now an "insti-
tution" on the Island, Dave said.
"We're almost like a seafood specialty restaurant
and lobster tail is one of our top specials, but we em-
phasize casual dining to our patrons," he added.
"After 16 years, we like people to be casual and
have a good time here."
With outdoor dining available, there's plenty of
room both inside and outside for patrons to enjoy the
waterfront view, he added.
While the name speaks to Ralph's sense of humor,
there's nothing "rotten" about him or the restaurant,
said Dave with a laugh.
"It's not 'Rotten Ralph's,' it's 'Rave Ralph's,' he


Mixon reloaded
The Mixon Farms Gift Shop at 2712 26th Ave. E. in
Bradenton reopened Oct. 31 for is 65th season.
Mixon family members, from left, Rosemarie
Spangler in her Carmen Miranda hat and Don and
Kathie Mixon, i in, some fresh citrus from the
Mixon farm. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

Realty raves
Alan Galletto was top listing agent and Richard
Freeman leading sales agent during October at Island
Real Estate of Anna Maria Island Inc.
Geoff Wall and Marc Turner were leaders in list-
ings and sales, respectively, during October at the
Holmes Beach office of Wedebrock Real Estate Co.
Longboat Key's leader in both categories was Tina

Island real estate sales
3008 Avenue C, Holmes Beach, a 2,490 sfla du-
plex built in 1982 on a 50x100 lot, was sold 8/6/03,
Bartholow to Bergan, for $298,000; list $329,000.
3805 E. Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, 25 Sunbow Bay
2 (address 309), a 1,146 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in
1979, was sold 8/5/03, Walsh to Erickson, for
$282,000; list $301,600.
400 21st Place, Bradenton Beach, a canalfront
1,100 sfla 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1956 on a
75x80 lot, was sold 8/8/03, Campbell to Billy Marc
Scott Inc., for $320,000.
518 67th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,603 sfla
3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1972 on a 78x110 lot,
was sold 8/7/03, Gillis to Woodsby, for $488,000; list
$495,000. (Since 1998, 24 houses have sold in the 500
block of 67th Street.)
524 77th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,398 sfla 3bed/
2bath/2car/pool canalfront home built in 1952 on an
85x107 lot, was sold 8/6/03, Torres to Harper, for
$635,700; list $648,700.
1801 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 156 Runaway
Bay, a 691 sfla / 771 ur bed/lbath condo built in 1978,
was sold 8/13/03, Leising to Folkerts, for $132,000.
The Folkerts also own unit No. 256 upstairs.
2310 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 102 Shell Cove,
a 651 sfla / 651 ur 1 bed/I bath Gulffront condo built in
1981, was sold 8/11/03, GWW Investments to Whalen,
for $325,000.
505 67th St., Holmes Beach, a canalfront 1,514 sfla
/ 2,298 ur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1974 on an
80x1 15 lot, was sold 8/14/03, Stockmaster to Vinhage,
for $499,000; list $499,000.
5801 Imperiore, Holmes Beach, a 950 sfla/ 1,504
ur 2bed/2bath/1 car home built in 1968 on a 50x101 lot,
was sold 8/11/03, Hagen to Krueger, for $200,000.
6300 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, 97 Shell Point, a
1,023 sfla / 1,151 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1973,
was sold 8/11/03, Rup to Denish, for $255,500.
8806 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, a "west of Gulf Drive"
936 sfla / 1,359 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car/pool home built
in 1976 on a 50x100 lot, was sold 8/11/03, Otto to
Chritton, for $453,000; list $469,900.
129 51st St., Holmes Beach, a 936 sfla / 1,522
sfur home built in 1954 on a 100xl00 lot, was sold
8/29/03, Humphries to Causeway Homes LLC, for
1303 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach, a multi-fam-
ily 2,382 sfla / 2,382 sfur built in 1971 on two lots
measuring 100x 100 total, was sold 8/27/03, Colosia to
BBC Holdings, for $705,000.
207 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,322 sfla / 1,824
sfur duplex built in 1949 on two lots measuring
104x I I 0 total, was sold 8/26/03 Korican to Barlow, for
$470,000; list $475,000.
2306 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,768 sfla /
2,364 sfur duplex built in 1947 on a 50x100 lot, was
sold 8/26/03, Duvall to Safran, for $380,000.
2310 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 101 Shell Cove,
a Gulffront 396 sfla / 396 sfur condo built in 1981, was
sold 8/28/03, Watkins to Wilson, for $200,000.
2310 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, 206 Shell Cove,
a Gulffront 651 sfla / 651 sfur condo built in 1981, was
sold 8/26/03, Watkins to Belde, for $325,000.
405 Alamanda, Anna Maria, a 2,132 sfla / 4,042
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1986 on a 50x102
lot, was sold 8/29/03, Mellerup to Patrick, for
$476,000; list $524,900.
6503 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, a canalfront
1,763 sfla / 2,531 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in
1971 on a 150x93 lot, was sold 8/29/03, Domrese to
Reinholz, for $450,000.
Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander.
Island real estate transactions may be viewed on the
Web at islander.org. Copyright 2003.

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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Nov. 1, 200 block of Chilson Ave., grand theft.
According to the report, the victim's car keys were
taken from his dresser and his vehicle stolen from his
driveway. Later in the day, a deputy operating radar in
the 9200 block of Gulf Drive saw the victim's Chrysler
Town and Country minivan and followed it back to the
victim's house. According to the report, the deputy
witnessed the victim step out of the vehicle he had pre-
viously reported stolen. The victim told the deputy that
he found his vehicle at the Manatee Public Beach un-
locked, with the keys in the ignition.
Nov. 4, 100 Bay Blvd., alcohol violation. Two
people were cited for possession of alcohol in a posted
"no alcohol" area.
Nov. 6, 200 block of Elm Street, recovered run-
away. According to the report, two juveniles previously
reported to the Bradenton Police Department as run-
aways were recovered. The juveniles were later picked
up by their parents.
Nov. 6, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria Island
Community Center, found property. According to the
report, a maintenance worker found a plastic bag con-
taining marijuana at the entrance to the stadium ball
Nov. 6, 500 block of South Bay Boulevard, infor-
mation. According to the report, a woman called depu-
ties requesting transport to the hospital because she
claimed to be overly intoxicated. According to the re-
port, she was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospi-
tal without incident.

Bradenton Beach
Oct. 30, 2500 block of Avenue C, warrant arrest.
A woman was arrested on a Polk County warrant for
contempt of court.
Nov. 1, 400 block of 21st Place, domestic distur-
bance. According to the report, officers responded to
a domestic disturbance in progress. Upon arriving at
the scene, the homeowner advised officers the married
couple renting her garage apartment was having a dis-
pute. Officers arrested the male tenant for disorderly
intoxication and resisting arrest. According to the re-
port, the homeowner told officers she believed the fe-
male tenant had an outstanding warrant. A warrant
check confirmed that both the female tenant and the

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Lounge, 4343 Palna Sola Blvd. at about 4 a.m. Oct.
30. No one was injured in the blaze, which was
located at the rear upstairs exit of the two-story
structure. A passerby noticed the fire and alerted a
nearby convenience store clerk, who called fire
officials and kept the fire contained until firefighters
arrived. West Manatee Capt. Ernie Cave said the
investigation was continuing by state fire officials
and WMFR. The lounge has been closed since the
incident. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
homeowner had outstanding warrants from Manatee
County and both were arrested.
Nov. 1, 1 100 Gulf Drive S., Cortez Beach. grand
theft. A man reported that his watch, rings and wallet
were stolen while he was at the beach.
Nov. 2, 200 block of 24th Street North, sexual bat-

tery. A man was arrested after he allegedly forced his
girlfriend to have sex with him after a party. Accord-
ing to the report, the 44-year-old woman claims she
was intoxicated after an evening of partying and agreed
to go to her boyfriend's home because she was not driv-
ing. She alleges that after refusing his advances, her
boyfriend hit her several times and forced himself upon
her. The victim alleges that she asked to be taken home
but was not allowed to leave. According to the report,
officers took the woman to the hospital.
Nov. 2, 2200 block of Avenue A, burglary. A resi-
dent reported her purse stolen from her dining room
table. According to the report, access may have been
gained to the victim's home through an unlocked ga-
rage door while she was sleeping upstairs.
Nov. 2, Second Street North, fire station, theft.
According to the report, a juvenile working at the
Privateen Haunted House reported her cell phone miss-
Nov. 6, 403 Highland Ave., Bradenton Beach Po-
lice Department, missing person. According to the re-
port, a man reported his son left his home the day be-
fore with a bag of clothing and has not been seen since.
According to the report, the father received a call from
his son's middle school reporting the boy had been tru-
ant all week.

Holmes Beach
Nov. 1, 300 block of 64th Street, burglary. A man
reported his miter saw stolen.
Nov. 1, 6300 block of Holmes Boulevard, theft. A
man reported his daughter's bicycle stolen from the
carport of his home. According to the report, the bike
was found at the Holmes Beach Police Department
bike barn and was returned to its owner.
Nov. 1, 500 block of 65th Street, burglary. Two
nail guns were reportedly stolen from a second-story
addition under construction.
Nov. 1, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
drug arrest. Alexander Hernandez, 41, was arrested for
possession of cocaine. According to the report, several
witnesses reported seeing Hernandez and another male
snorting cocaine at the beach. Two witnesses claimed
Hernandez offered them what he referred to as "Mexi-
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Nov. 2, 105 39th St., Anna Maria Island Resort,
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Nov. 6, 5353 Gulf Drive, Time Saver, information.
A man filed a complaint against the store after he at-
tempted to pay for a purchase with his credit card.
According to the report, the purchase was less than $10
and the man was asked to pay in cash. According to the
report, he offered to pay with a $100 bill and an argu-
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but his money was not returned. According to the re-
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local waters
The newest element in the fight against crime
has been added to the Bradenton Beach police
arsenal in the form of a police boat, compliments
of a regional grant.
The city has outfitted a 24-foot Key Largo
center-console boat with a 225-hp engine, com-
plete with VHF-FM radio, special police lighting,
police radio and other equipment, including a
trailer, thanks to a $30,000 grant from the West
Coast Inland Navigation District.
Although police may only enforce city laws
within city boundaries, which end at the water's
edge, all Bradenton Beach police officers are also
sworn Manatee County sheriff's officers, since
they also patrol the county's largest park, Co-
quina Beach. With the dual-certifications, Police
Chief Sam Speciale said, officers will be able to
enforce county and state rules and regulations on
the waters of Anna Maria Sound and the Gulf of

Island Middle School students will set sail for
maritime learning Nov. 18-20 aboard the Daniel
Webster Clements, a 72-foot Gulf Coast schooner.
The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders will be di-
vided into groups of 40, with each group traveling on
board the "schoolship" for one three-hour educational trip.
Students will play with plankton using live speci-
mens and lab equipment, view and identify creatures
living in the bay, test water quality and learn basic navi-
gation skills using nautical equipment and charts.
The schooner is a sailing classroom operated by
bay area sailors Peter Seyffert, Joe Jacobson and Bob
Killian through Aquarian Quest, a non-profit organiza-

tion based in Sarasota.
Aquarian Quest contracts with school districts to
introduce the next generation of adults to the physics
of sailing, the math of navigation and the biology of
marine life.
IMS students will begin their voyage at Regatta
Point Marina in Palmetto.
IMS Executive Director Kelly Parson said dona-
tions to offset the cost of student tickets would be ap-
Student fares will cost the school approximately
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Island girl hurt in Powder Puff football game

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
Islanders Courtney Taylor, Skyler Purcell and
Naomi Osborne dominated last year's Powder Puff
football tournament at Manatee High in leading the
sophomores to the tourney title and this year were look-
ing the same for their junior class team. That is until
Osborne accidentally hit her head on the knee of an
opposing player which briefly knocked her uncon-
scious and ended the student-run activity.
Osborne ended up being airlifted to Bayfront
Medical Center with what turned out to be a spinal con-
tusion and a broken nose.
Osborne is now out of the hospital and is fine,
though her promising soccer career has come to a close.
Osborne, a goalie who was named to the all-area team
last year as a sophomore for her Manatee Her-icane
soccer team, was advised by her doctors to never play
a contact sport again.
The injury on Thursday night marked the fourth
time that Osborne has been knocked out with a concus-
sion. She missed a month of her freshman season when
she was knocked unconscious during a soccer game at
Sarasota High. Mother Connie Osborne didn't want her
to play any more after that injury, but she returned to
play a month later and starred last year in leading the
Her-icanes into the Regional tournament thanks to her
stellar performance in the District semifinals.
Manatee and Riverview had played to a 2-2 tie in
regulation and two overtimes sending the game to a
penalty kick shootout. Osborne came up big in the
shootout, making three incredible saves in pitching a
shutout during the five-player shootout that propelled
Manatee to the Regional playoffs for the first time in
five years.
Now Osborne has to make some adjustments to
reach her goal of attending college on an athletic schol-
arship. Word is, she's thinking of taking up golf. Our
thoughts and prayers are with you, Naomi!

All-star games and awards ceremony
close out soccer season
The 2003 Anna Maria Island Soccer season came
to a close with the crowning of three division champi-
ons, allstar games and the season-ending awards cer-
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ReMax, which took first place in Division I with
a 9-1-1 record, was led by league MVP Sean Pittman.
Division I sportsmanship award winner went to
Preston Riede from second-place LaPensee Plumbing.
Female player of the year went to Sarah White of West
Coast Refrigeration.
Air & Energy captured first place in Division II
behind the all-around play ol Joey Hutchinson, who
was awarded the league MVP while female player of
the year went to Martine Miller of Mr. Bones. Sage
Geerearts brought home the sportsmanship award for
her Mr. Bones team, which made a late run to capture
third place in the division.
Alex Hall brought home some MVP hardware for
helping lead his West Coast Surf Shop team to the Di-

vision III title. The surf shop also boasted sportsman-
ship winner Daniel Janisch while Kayla Aritt earned
the female player of the year for her Gateway Solutions
Congratulations to all of the players, parents and
coaches for another great season of soccer on Anna
Maria Island.
Below are results for the Nov. 6 all-star games.

Black 4, White 1
Black defeated white in the Division I allstar game
behind two goals apiece from MVP Sean Pittman and
Chris Martin. Other members of the winning black

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team include David Bryant, Will Osborne, Tim Villars,
Sarah White and Nick Taylor.
Jordan Pritchard scored the lone goal for the white
squad which also boasted Preston Riede, Alex Wright,
Amber Wright, Sylvie Mariolan, Alisha Ware and
James Hall as members.

White 4, Black 2
Blake Wilson scored two goals while teammates
Chandler Hardy and Austin Martin scored one goal
apiece to lead the Division II white squad past the
Black team by a 4-2 margin. Nash Thompson, Forrest
Schield, Kyle Aritt, Tommy Price, Dylan King, Jenna
Duval and Ally Titsworth made up the rest of the win-
ning white all-star team.
Joey Hutchinson and Kyle Sewall each scored one
goal to lead the black team in the loss. Other all-star
team members include Jordan Sebastiano, Nicole
Botero, Martine Miller, Sage Geeraerts, Emilee
Zavadil, Zach Even, Patrick Facheris and Wyatt

White 5, Black 1
Glen Bower and Daniel Pimental scored two goals
each to lead the Division III white all-stars past the
black by four goals. Austin Wash completed the scor-
ing for the white team with one goal. Other white all-
stars include Kayla Aritt, Alex Burgess, Justin Suca,
Kyle Crum, Karissa Fischer, Matt Danziger and Joe
Travis Belsito scored the lone goal for the black
squad in the loss. Other black team all-stars include
Alex Hall, Trevor Bystrom, Daniel Janisch, Giorgio
Gomez, Jack Titsworth, Jill Watts, Mallory Kosfeld,
Max Miller and Julian Botero.

Thomas, Magic teammates
in second place
Stephen Thomas and his Manatee Magic team-
mates are currently in second place in the GYSA sec-
ond division after a 1-1 tie against Dunedin on Satur-
day, Nov. 8, at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton.
Thomas, who is a starter at forward and midfield
for the Magic, is the son of Susan and Richard Thomas
of Anna Maria and is playing his fourth season with his
Magic mates.

Island Tennis League Results
Island Tennis League action continues at the Ce-
dars Tennis Club in Longboat Key. The action contin-
ues on Saturday, November 15 at 3 p.m. at the Cedars
in Longboat Key.

Rokop Architect Rocks 4, Cuzins Cougers 2
Jen Tinnell def. Stephen Scott, 6-0
Anthea Rokop def. Katherine Kennedy, 6-4
Ritchie Mitchell def. by Natasha Niemann, 4-0
Sarah Orlando def. by Alex Burgess, 4-0
Noel Niemann def .by Max Moneuse, 4-1
Tinnell/Rokop def. Scott/Kennedy, 6-2
Mitchell/Orlando def. Niemann/Burgess, 4-3

Gecko Greats 3, Cohen's Cruisers
Katherine Kennedy def. by Rebecca Loh, 6-5
James Steiner def. by Lara Funk, 6-1
Liz Steiner def. Natasha Niemann, 4-2
Max Moneuse def. Justin Succa, 4-0
James Steiner def. by Blake Wilson, 4-3
L. Steiner/Moneuse def. Neimann/Suca, 4-2

Rokop Architect Rocks 2, WGE Aces 4
Jen Tinnell def. Pascal Wagner, 4-1
Anthea Rokop def. Matt Steiner, 6-1
Ritchie Mitchell def. by Peyton Phillips, 4-1
Sarah Orlando def. by Hunter Parrish, 4-0
Noel Niemann def. Justin Suca, 4-2
Noel Niemann tied Taylor Wilson, 1-1
Funk/Rokop def. by Wagner/M Steiner, 4-3
Mitchell/Orlando def. by Phillips/Burgess, 3-0

Team standings
1.Geckos Greats 9
2.Cuzin's Cougars 7
2.WGE Aces 7
2.Rokop Rocks 7
3.Cohen's Cruisers 6

Islander Stephen Thomas cuts back against Dunedin during Magic soccer action at G.T. Bray.

Basketball on the horizon
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
2003-2004 basketball program is accepting registra-
tion for the upcoming season. Players can register at
the Center from now until Saturday, Nov. 15. The
Center has two nights dedicated to league registra-
tion with the first coming on Tuesday, Nov. 11, fol-
lowed by another registration night on Thursday,
Nov. 13 from 6-8 p.m. 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 the five
age groups. The 5-7-year-olds will try out on Monday,
Nov. 17 from 6-7 p.m. while 8-9-year-olds try out from
6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18. On Nov. 19 are tryouts
for 10-11-year-olds; 12-13 are on the 20th and the 14-
17-year-olds will try out on Nov. 21, with all tryout
times being held from 6-7 p.m.
For more information about the camp or the bas-
ketball season, call Joe Cheblus at 778-1908.
If you have a story idea or have sports news to re-
port, call the Islander at 778-7978 or email me at

Cheerleading clinic
set Saturday at Center
An informational clinic on cheerleading will be
from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Registration forms for cheerleaders are available at
the Center, where registration will continue through
Saturday. Further information may be obtained by call-
ing 778-1908.

Final Center soccer
Division I Won
ReMax 9
LaPensee Plumbing 4
West Coast Refrig. 2

Division II
Air & Energy 9
Harry's Cont. Kitchen 8
Mr. Bones 4
Island Real Estate 3
Island Animal Clinic 3

Division III
West Coast Surf Shop 11
Gateway Solutions 6
Island Sun 1
Jessie's Island Store 1

Loss Ties
1 1
6 1
8 2

Center's dance classes start tomorrow
The winter dance schedule at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, will begin Thursday, Nov. 13, with a creative
dance program for youngsters aged 4-7.
This introduction to ballet and jazz will be from
4:15-5 p.m. Thursday through Feb. 26. Cost is $48 for
12 weeks or $5 per class (TLC students $24 or $3).
Coming next is a jazz program for ages 8-13, with
"cheer-dance" opportunities to perform at halftime at
Center-sponsored basketball games.
This program begins Dec. 1 and continues through
Feb. 23 and costs $40 for all 10 sessions or $5 per class
(TLC students $30 or $4).
Additional information may be obtained by calling
the Center at 778-1908.

Part of history
Ruth Heckinger
shared her experi-
ences as an Army
nurse stationed in
North Africa, Buina
and India during
World War II with
students at the
Island Middle
School. Heckinger
shared her memo-
ries, including a ride
in a B-24 bomber;
similar to the model
plane in her hand,
and "buzzing the
Taj Mahal. Islander
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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: 778-6341.
11:30 a.m. "Stars and Stripes" performance by
Stories Alive Reader's Theater at the Island Players Off
Stage Ladies Auxiliary meeting at the Landings at
Freedom Village, 17th Avenue West, Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 761-8623.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
-Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.
7 p.m. Island Middle School board tentative
meeting regarding the IMS Annual Report at 206 85th
St., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5200.

Thursday, Nov. 13
12:30 p.m. St. Bernard Catholic Church's Guild
presents "How the Corporal Works of Mercy Can Help
You Become Pencils in the Hand of God" with Rickie
Arnold and Cele Van Winkle in the church social hall, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2508.
7 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote
Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy,
Sarasota. Information: 739-0908.
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meditation and Buddhism
classes with Tom Colby at the Art League of Manatee
County, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 362-
2030. Fee applies.
8p.m. Opening night of "Gun-Shy" at the Island
Players theater, Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna
Maria. Box Office: 778-5755. Fee applies.

Friday, Nov. 14
8:45 to 10 a.m. Kripalu yoga with Dolce Little at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee ap-
6 to 9 p.m. "Sunset Stroll Island Style" Second
Friday Walk at St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota. Informa-

tion: 388-1554.
7p.m. "Celebrant Singers" from California per-
form at the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-0719.

Saturday, Nov. 15
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting with guest Don Fernald of the Anna Maria Is-
land Rotary Club at Cafe on the Beach, Gulf Drive and
Manatee Avenue, Manatee Public Beach.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Poinsettia Bazaar at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-4769.
11 a.m. "The Perils of Little Red Riding Hood"
by the Manatee Players Faerie Tale Theatre at the
Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Box
Office: 748-5875. Fee applies.
1:30 to 3 p.m.- Cheerleading information clinic at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
3p.m. -"The Perils of Little Red Riding Hood" by
the Manatee Players Faerie Tale Theatre at the
Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Box
Office: 748-5875. Fee applies.

Sunday, Nov. 16
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Poinsettia Bazaar at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-4769.
9:15 a.m. Manatee Brass Ensemble concert at
Harvey Memorial Church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 721-3643.
2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Orchestra and Cho-
rus "Birds, Beasts and Creation" concert at the Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-2192. Donation suggested.
7:30p.m. Auditions for "Crimes of the Heart" at
the Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 794-8762.

Monday, Nov. 17
8:45 to 10 a.m. Kripalu yoga with Dolce Little at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee ap-
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. "NIA" Movement classes
with Janie Frawley-Holler at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club pre-

sents "National Health Care" with Becky Martin at the
Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9287.
6:30 p.m. "Neighborhood Crime: Manage Your
Environment" safety presentation by Holmes Beach
Police Officer Pete Lannon at Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Babysitting avail-
able. Information: 708-5804.

Tuesday, Nov. 18
Noon to 3:30 p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans' service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Appointments: 749-3030.
2 p.m. Presentation by "Indie" filmmaker Debra
Hussong at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
5 to 7p.m. Parent-Teacher Organization dinner
sponsored by Ooh La La! at Anna Maria Elementary
School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
708-5525. Fee applies.
7 p.m. "Pocahontas" presented by the third-
grade students at Anna Maria Elementary School in the
auditorium, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 708-5525.

Wednesday, Nov. 19
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
12:30 p.m. Anna Maria Garden Club meeting
with a presentation on antiques and collections at
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3665.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 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. Infor-


mation: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Old masters' methodology oil painting class with
Paul Seibilia at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov. 19. Infor-
mation: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Manatee Players present "Witness for the Pros-
ecution" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton, through Nov. 23. Box office: 748-5875. Fee
"Gun-Shy" at the Island Players theater, Gulf
Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, through Nov. 23.
Box Office: 778-5755. Fee applies.
"Open Exhibit" at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through
Nov. 26. Information: 778-2099.
Bradenton Beach artist Shirley Rush Dean's ex-
hibit at the Arts Council of Manatee County Gallery,
926 12th St. W., Bradenton, through Nov. 26. Informa-
tion: 746-2223.
Drawing the tropical landscape class with Ginger
White at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov. 28. Infor-
mation: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Bela's Ball Art Exhibit at the Village of the Arts,
along 12th Street West, Bradenton, through Nov. 31.
Information: 748-8671.
Black-and-white photography class with Chris
Galanopoulos and Jerry Quin at the Anna Maria Island
Art League, 5312 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
Moon Gallery, 1006 11th Ave., W., Bradenton, through
Dec. 31. Information: 747-8783.

Parent-Teacher Organization meeting at Island
Middle School Nov. 20.
Minnesota Club luncheon at the American Legion
Club Nov. 20.
Korean War Veterans Association picnic at Co-
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Hiroko Wedd and Phyllis Lesko. Details are available from Dye at 779-1108.

AARP Safe Drivers course at the Island Branch League of Manatee County Nov. 22.
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Some novel beginnings; sawfish sightings requested

A lead is the first sentence in a news article. It
should be punchy, informative and pique the reader's
desire to keep reading the story.
Leads in journalism are usually crafted within min-
utes due to deadline pressure. Novelists have a greater
luxury in writing their first sentence of a book, and
often come up with some real gems.
I've been thinking about leads of late, and threw a
few pretty good ones together. Everybody has heard of
Herman Melville's "Call me Ishmael" from Moby
Dick; the ones I found are a lot more obscure. Unfor-
tunately, some of the better first-sentence efforts are not
quite appropriate for a family newspaper, but these are,
for the most part, clean.
"I had a family errand to run, that's all, but I de-
cided to take a pistol." Daniel Woodrell, "Give Us a
"I didn't like him the minute I laid eyes on him."
Bill Pronzini, "A Wasteland Of Strangers."
"Wishing to avoid any risk of a snub at the Hushed
Hill Country Club, the first thing Emil Jadick shoved
through the door was double-barreled and loaded."
Daniel Woodrell, "Muscle for the Wing."
"When the phone rang, Parker was in the garage,
killing a man." Donald E. Westlake writing as Richard
Stark, "Firebreak."
"If God (or Whoever's in charge) had wanted Dr.
Netta Bernstein to continue living, He (or She)
wouldn't have made it so easy for me to kill her."
Harlan Ellison, "Killing Bernstein."
"It was the kind of place where if you didn't spit
on the floor at home you could go down there and do
it." Jim Thompson, "The Tomcat that was Treetop
This one is more than a sentence, but still pretty
"The pretender to the Emperor's throne was a fat
37-year-old Chinaman called Artie Wu who always
jogged along Malibu Beach right after dawn even in
summer, when dawn came round as early as 4:42. It
was while jogging along the beach just east of the Para-
dise Cove pier that he tripped over a dead pelican, fell,
and met the man with six greyhounds." Ross Thomas,
"Chinaman's Chance."
And the best of the best, as far as I'm concerned,
comes from James Crumley's "The Last Good Kiss":
"When I finally caught up with Abraham
Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bull-
dog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just
outside of Sonoma, Calif., drinking the heart right out
of a fine spring afternoon."

Still some White lunch-book tickets left
Southwest Florida novelist Randy Wayne White
will be on the Island Sunday, Nov. 16, for lunch and
talk about his latest book, "An American Traveler."
The book is a collection of essays he wrote for
"Outside" magazine over the years, telling of his trav-
els and travails to the far corners of the world in pur-
suit of ... well, pretty good times, it seems.
There are two stories of particular interest. White


The "Daniel Webster Clements" will offer trips to
young and old alike this winter.

finally has included a fairly obscure essay about his
attempt to come up with a cure for seasickness, a story
in which he uses his friend and fellow Florida author
James W. Hall as something of a guinea pig. The story
is not at all for the squeamish, and is titled "The Big
White's also included a story he has told several
times about meeting the dean of Florida authors, former
Siesta Key resident John D. MacDonald. Here's a bit
of the tale of that first meeting.
"We ran our boat up onto the little beach of
MacDonald's house and threw the anchor out into the
backyard, an aggressive gesture that still makes me
wince. As we approached the house, a handsome
woman with copper-tinted hair peeked her head out the
door. Then MacDonald was behind her, looking bigger,
broader, than his photographs. His black-rimmed
glasses added a no-nonsense effect that suggested this
man knew how to deal with trespassers. He had every
right to call the police, or order us off his property. We
were salt caked, sun bleached, and scraggly. But he
didn't. Instead, he laughed an unusual Walter
Brennan sort of cackle when we told him why we
were there and what we had come for. He said, 'All that
way in an 18-foot boat?' He shook our hands and
pushed the door open. 'Come on in.'
"When I left Siesta Key that day, I liked
MacDonald a lot. He was friendly and funny and ob-
viously very smart. But it wasn't until I began to read
MacDonald's books that I understood why it was my

Mote Marine Laboratory scientists are asking people
to report sawfish sightings to them.

crazy friends were willing to travel 100 miles in a small
boat just to meet the man."
Randy Wayne White will be at Ooh La La! Bistro,
5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, at 12:30 p.m. Sun-
day. Tickets for the lunch are $50, and include a first-
edition copy of "An American Traveler." Reservations
are a must and may be made by calling 778-7978.
The event is sponsored by the restaurant, Circle
Books of St. Armands Circle, and The Islander. A por-
tion of the proceeds will go to Tingley Memorial Li-
brary in Bradenton Beach.

Schooner sailing offered
The "Daniel Webster Clements" is back in the area,
offering sailing trips to all. The 72-foot gaff-rigged
schooner has served as a floating classroom for up to
3,000 school children, learning about the marine envi-
ronment and navigation.
"Big kids" can also join in the fun at either 2 p.m.
or 5 p.m. daily for a two-hour sail at a cost of $25. The
boat is docked at Regatta Point Marina in Palmetto, and
the proceeds of the sailing expeditions are used to fund
the trips for the school-age kids.
Further information is available at 587-9313, or at

Seen a sawfish lately?
The gang at Mote Marine Laboratory is asking for
our help in their sawfish research. The once-common
fish with its saw-like snout was placed on the endan-
gered species list by the National Marine Fisheries
Service last April due to its declining population, and
researchers are scrambling to get more data on what
critters are left out there.
"The Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine
Laboratory in Sarasota has been studying the sawfish,
Pristis pectinata, to address inadequacies in the current
state of knowledge about sawfish and to assist in the
development of effective conservation strategies," ac-
cording to Mote scientists.
"One component of the project is to compile a da-
tabase of sawfish captures and sightings. If you catch
or encounter a sawfish while fishing, diving or boating,
the researchers at Mote would like to know about it.
Report as much information as is available such as date
and time, location, habitat type, tidal stage, water qual-
ity, method of capture or encounter, and size of the
sawfish. Any photos that are available of the sawfish
are also appreciated."
You can reach the sawfish experts by e-mail
through sawfish@mote.org, or go to www.mote.org/
-colins/Sawfish/Index.htm, or call 800-691-6683.

Sandscript factoid
Sawfish are one of those species that is a mix of
different things.
Although it looks like a shark, it is more closely
related to rays.
Although it usually lives in estuaries, where salt-
water and freshwater mix, it can also survive quite
handily in pure saltwater or freshwater.
The saw, by the way, is usually about one-quarter
of its body length, and is used to slash through school
of fish. Once the sawfish has done its Cuisinart imita-
tion, it then calmly goes back through what remains
from his shredding and has lunch.
Sawfish can grow to 18 feet in length.

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This "pelican Santa, "painted by Beckie Allen of Venice, is one of three holiday.
cards now on sale at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary on City Island, o'f thle south ", ."'
ramp of the New Pass Bridge to Longboat Key. A box of 20 cards and envelopes sells
for $12.95.


It all lies in water temps right now for best action

By Capt. Mike Heistand
What a difference a week makes or a few de-
grees in temperature.
Last week's kingfish run was going strong until the
water temperatures jacked it up a couple notches and
the king action became lame. With the projected cooler
weather this week, perhaps the run will scoot closer to
Mackerel are starting to move out, although snook
are still along the beaches and waiting for the cooler
water to move into the backwaters.
Redfish action is the best bet in the bays right now,
though, as the warmer weather is seeming to really turn
'em on in big schools. There are also some good reports
of black drum to the north of the Island, and big floun-
der are coming in, too.
Offshore grouper and snapper action appears to be
migratory depending on the water temps; warmer wa-
ter, farther offshore. When the water cools, look for the
big fish to creep closer to the Island.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said best bets
there include snook, redfish, snapper, black drum, plus
some sheepshead are starting to show up around the
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
snapper and snook are really starting to snap at night
and in the early morning hours. Although yellowtail
jacks and a few flounder are still a good bet at almost
any time, Cliff sadly reports that the mackerel action is
moving offshore and away from the pier for a while.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's putting his
charters onto kingfish to 20 pounds offshore, with
mackerel to 5 pounds. He's finding snapper fishing to
be great, with catches to 5 pounds, plus triggerfish,
banded rudderfish and gag grouper to 12 pounds, with
the grouper coming onto the hooks in about 50 feet of
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's still finding a few mackerel off the
beaches, but small snook, lots of small redfish to 22
inches in length, and catch-and-release trout to 21
inches were the bulk of his charters' catches last week.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said that
darned Gulf and bay water warmed back up just when
the kings were starting to move, and kingfish action
slowed as a result. He's still hearing good reports of
Spanish mackerel off the beaches, though, and backwa-
ter anglers are still slaying the redfish with some

Byron retires as Navy diver
after 20 years
EM1 Roger W. Byron Jr., son of the Roger W.
Byrons of Holmes Beach, is retiring from the Navy
after 20 years as a diver. He served in Guam, Japan, in
submarine rescue and deep salvage, and most recently
helping raise the USS Monitor.
He will live in Pautuxet, Md., where his wife, Chief
Petty Officer Holly Byron, will be assigned by the
Navy. His father is a retired Navy commander.

We'd love to hear your fish stories, and pictures are welcome at The Islander. Just give us a
call at 778-7978 or stop by our office in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach.





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First king
Christopher Galati Jr., right, got some help from Peter Rothery in holding up his first-ever kingfish caught
about 10 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico.

schooling fish going better than 35 inches in length.
Snook fishing is still slow, but the bigger linesiders
seem to be hanging out by the beaches. Flounder are
starting to get big and hungry, Bill said, and he re-
minds us all that trout season is closed for the rest of
the year.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
big black drum, some up to 30 pounds, are being
caught in the cut. Other action from his docks include
big snook which don't seem to come onto a hook
- although redfish are a good bet in Miguel Bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said snook fish-
ing "could be better," but he's still putting his charters
onto some good-sized linesiders on every trip. Mack-
erel action has slowed for Capt. Rick, but he's still
getting into lots and lots of redfish.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's finding he has
to catch 20 snook to get one of keeper size. Sounds
like fun to me, although he's expecting to move into
the backwaters any day now to get into a slew of those
keepers and beyond. He's still doing excellent with
redfish, though.
On my boat Magic, we have been targeting red-
fish all week, reeling in better than 70 fish up to 35
inches. We've also caught catch-and-release trout to
21 inches and one 21-inch-long flounder.
Good luck and good fishing.

Captain Doug Moran

* Snook Redfish
* Trout Tarpon

USCG Licensed
Half & Full Day Charters
(941) 792-0035
Cell: (941) 737-3535

Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news@islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mnation. Snapshots may he retrieved once they appear
in the paper.

Temps --

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on .M.I."

Date Low High Rainfall
Nov. 2 72 86 0
Nov. 3 73 84 .50
Nov. 4 77 84 0
Nov. 5 79 86 0
Nov. 6 77 84 0
Nov. 7 74 87 Trace
Nov. 8 74 87 0
Average Gulf water temperature 780
24-hour accumulation with reading at approximately 5 p.m. daily.

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Moon Date
Nov 12
Nov 13
Nov 14
Nov 15
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Nov 17
Nov 18
Nov 19

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Capt. Mike's

Charter Boat

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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Youth impresses ex-President Bush

Matthew Ibasfalean of Cortez was sure there were
two Presidents Bush, and he proved it by writing about
one of them and getting a warm response from the man
Matthew, 10, is a fifth-grader at Stewart Elemen-
tary School in Bradenton. He rides a bus daily from the
home he shares with parents Mark and Kim Ibasfalean.
Both parents are lifelong water people, Mark as a com-
mercial fisherman and Kim as owner-operator of Capt.
Kim's Boat Rides and Charters in Cortez. Mathew
wants to follow his father's trade.
He wrote a book report for class on a Bush book,
and proud grandparents Becky and Doyal Raburn of
Holmes Beach forwarded it to the former president.
They got back a brief letter from the first President
George Bush:
"Dear Becky and Doyal, I loved Matthew's report.
Thanks so much for sending it along. Here is a photo
that you might want to stick in a scrapbook for your
young grandson. It comes with my thanks and my
warm regards." The photo is autographed "To Matthew
Ibasfalean, with best wishes."
Here is the report that charmed the former presi-
I did not know George Bush was a Navy pilot, or
that he was shot down. George Bush is left-handed, in
everything but golf and tennis.
George Bush was born June 12, 1924, in Milton,
Mass. Growing up he was nicknamed after his
mother's father, who was called "Pop." George was
soon called "Little Pop." He went to Andover Prepa-
ratory College. He was Captain of the soccer and bas-
ketball teams. He held more leadership positions than
any of his 200 classmates.
George Bush was elected the forty-first President
of the United States, on Nov. 8, 1988. His son is our
President today.
George Bush became a Navy pilot in 1942, and he
was the youngest pilot in the Navy. He was only 18. On
Sept. 2, 1944, as he was flying his plane on a mission, he
felt a jolt and knew his plane had been hit by enemy fire.

His plane went down and he swam to his life raft. He was
rescued by a submarine, it was the U.S.S. Finback.
One similarity between George Bush and myself,
we are both males. Another similarity is we both be-
lieve in God. We both like sports.
The differences between us are: I like broccoli and
he doesn't. Another difference is, he was President and
I am not, yet. He lived in Texas and I live in Florida.
One word to describe him is "powerful." He was
a leader in college and he was a successful Navy pilot
and also a Sunday school teacher.

Antarctic freeze
Anna Maria Elementary School student Sam Albon is
somewhere under layers and layers offield clothes
utilized to combat
temperatures. Albon tested
the durability of guest
speaker Amy Stoyles' gear .
by walking into the school
cafeteria freezer and
exiting minutes later--
witholt frostbite. Stoyles
will be e one of six teachers
participate ng in a research
project in Antarctica Nov. Stoales
17 to Dec. 20.

A N DER 'C '-A' 'SIIE '


WASHER AND DRYER, $175; two recliners in per-
fect shape, $60/each; oil painting, $50; 130 pieces
of vintage jewelry, $75. Call 778-4451.

QUEEN-SIZE BLACK metal bed frame and full-
length mirror, $175; Twin-size red metal mattress/
futon, bunk-bed, frame with mattress, $150; speed
bag with wall mount, $115. Call 778-3003.

TOP FLIGHT tour irons, 3-P graphite shafts, right-
handed. $425. Call 778-7197.

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.
Call 778-6234.

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.

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-

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 Island/Longboat Key. Artist/BFA degree/
RSAD. Basic office skills, retail experience, diverse
business background. Open to all possibilities. Call
778-0364 or e-mail: b.hoehn@juno.com.

LET NIKI'S ISLAND Treasures and their professional
staff run your estate sale, house sale or garage sale.
35 years experience, formally Madison's Lt. of
Sarasota, now an Islander call Jane, 778-4451.

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 by Dec. 10
for Christmas.

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

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thursday,
9:30am-2pm, Saturday 9-noon. Always 50 percent off
sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Call 779-2733.

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.

SATURDAY, NOV. 15, 10am-5pm. Floribbean art,
pictures, furniture, jewelry and collectibles. 2113
Avenue C., Bradenton Beach.

YARD SALE SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 8am-lpm at
Roser Thrift Shop. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Call
779-2733 for more information.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 8am-2pm. Moving
sale, all must go. 909 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

GIANT MOVING SALE Saturday, Nov. 15, 8am-
1pm. Furniture, appliances, dishes, glass shower
doors, patio table/chairs. I have everything under
the sun. Apt. #111, 4131 Gulf of Mexico,
Longboat Key.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, Nov. 14-15, 9am-3pm.
Lots of collectibles, sterling and costume jewelry,
household, oil painting, lamps, much miscella-
neous and bric-a-brac. 218 84th St.,
Holmes Beach.

LITTLE STAR CHILDREN'S Consignment: All tags
with a star are 50 percent off! Clothing from newborn
to size 16, toys, furniture, equipment. Call 756-3979.
Next to Healthcare America Medical.

Lanai dining set, platform rockers with foot stools,
queen bed, wicker chair, lamps, office desks, chair,
bookcases, TV, telephone equipment, stereo com-
ponents, LPs, washer/dryer, microwave, kitchen
galore and more. Call 779-0935.

BAY LAKES ESTATES community sale, Saturday,
Nov. 15, 8am-2pm. 140 homes! Cortez Road to 86th
Street West, follow signs, 5300 86th Street West.

ENORMOUS THREE-FAMILY garage sale, Friday-
Saturday, Nov. 14-15, 9am-3pm. Antiques and col-
lectibles, furniture including twin mahogany head-
boards, sofa, chairs, tables, lamps, pool furniture, com-
puter desk, Singer knitting machine, hand-crafted
wood items, tons of kitchenware, household decorative
items, women's clothing sizes 11-16, tools, lots of bed-
ding including ivy-patterned twin bed comforters and
miscellaneous. Don't miss this one! 220 84th St.,
Holmes Beach.

MULTI-FAMILY TREASURE sale, Saturday, Nov. 15,
8am-1pm. 309 and 315 Tarpon, (may be other partici-
pants on same street). Rain date Nov. 16.

YARD SALE SATURDAY, Nov. 13, 8am-2pm. Fine art
prints, African masks, miscellaneous good stuff. 240
Chilson Ave., Anna Maria.

TWO FAMILY GARAGE sale, Saturday Nov. 15. 9am-
2pm. Lots of linens, all shapes and sizes, tablecloths
and napkins, mattress pads, new and un-opened
Ralph Lauren sheets, kids toys and clothes, TV, VCR,
small kitchen appliances, CD player and lots of knick
knacks, some collectibles. No early birds! Gulf Drive
and 28th Street, Holmes Beach.

FOUND: BIKE in field between 63rd and 64th Streets,
behind Christian Science Church. Call Holmes Beach
Police Department for information, 708-5804.

LOST: DIAMOND RING, white and yellow gold. Vi-
cinity of either Blake Medical Center or Eckerd/
Publix in Holmes Beach. Reward! Call 795-2582.

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FOUND: Silver-tone man's watch on Bradenton
Beach, Nov. 9. Please call to identify, 778-5476.
$100 REWARD! For information on 6-footgalvanized
star stolen from Beach-Style Boutique on Corner of
Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. No ques-
tions asked. Call 778-4323 or 504-8303.

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.

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.

or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
22-FOOT CENTER console fishing boat, 200-hp
Mercury, trailer. $2,750 or best offer. Call 778-7197.
NOW IS THE time to have your boat serviced! Capt.
John's service, sales, storage, dockage and bottom
painting. Call 792-2620.

Camellia Properties
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

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.

rah, 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.

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, 383-6112.
COMMERCIAL LEASE: Prime commercially zoned
space on Anna Maria Island located on a major ar-
tery great visibility. Approximately 2,800 sf Attrac-
tive building fronting on two streets. Excellent park-
ing. For information call 745-0959 or 794-8991,
SELL it fast wtih an ad in The Islander. Classified
ads can be found on line at www.islander.org.


Simplify Your Search!
Call anytime for a consultation.


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

COUNTRY SETTING Lovely country
setting for this double-wide manufac-
tured home that sits on 7.73 acres
with a pond. 3BR/2BA, eat-in kitchen,
living room, separate dining room,
family room with fireplace. Work-
shop. Storage sheds. $179,900. To
view this property, please call Zee
Catanese, Broker, 794-8991 eves.

REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high traf-
fic 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.
SPECIALTY COOK: Brazilian food, plan menus, esti-
mate consumption, purchasing ingredients. Cook to
order, fully conversant in Brazilian cuisine, communi-
cate with Portuguese speaking diners. Flexible hours/
overtime. Fax resume with references, 371-5401.
MOTEL STAFF part-time. Small 14-unit motel seek-
ing that special person to assist in the day to day op-
eration. Duties include reception desk, housekeep-
ing, pool duties, concierge and computer knowl-
edge. Must be dependable, honest, flexible and
have recent references. Hard workers welcome no
slackers please. Call Roxie, 383-1636.
JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city
beat and features writing by The Islander. Must have
journalism education, experience or background
relevant to government reporting. E-mail resumes to
news@ Islander.org, fax 778-9392 or mail/deliver to
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers who can work dur-
ing the summer months. Duties include checking
books in and out, reshelving books and generally
assisting library patrons. Anyone interested in volun-
teering in our friendly community library can call
Eveann Adams at 779-1208.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe on line with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.

What to do with your holiday guests?
Enjoy the beach with your friends and family
when they "come home for the holidays"
Please call 778-6066
to inquire about our vacation accommodation
specials for Florida residents and their guests.

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
Phone: 941-778-0700 Fax: 941-778-4794
Toll Free: 800-615-9930 www.wedebrock.com


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.
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1 BR/1 BA, 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.

Marina Pointe

Realty Co.

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

Storage Units Available!

201 78th Street. Holmes Beach. A wonderluly remodeled 2BR'
1i BA apanmern lacking NOTHING Available by the month, Jan.
Feb O-r March or any portion thereol 51732 per month.

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Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
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Come enjoy our Island

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PO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216
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CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA Across from white sand beaches. Ground
floor, private courtyard opens onto heated pool/gazebo area.
Turnkey furnished. Well maintained. $299,000.
GULF BEACH PLACE 2BR/2BA, turnkey, beautifully updated,
roof/sundeck with panoramic views. $399,000.
5400 GULFRONT 1BR/1BA turnkey furnished $275,000.

GULF BEACH 2BR/2BA, view, pool, beautiful vacation spot.
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully decorated.
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA, pool, gazebo across from beach.
Canal/Pool 3BR/2BA home.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
yrepjoaol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

779-0202 (800) 732-6434

MS SiiCoast
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastiic.com

SimPly the Best

Perfect little rental compound in Holmes
Beach just one block to the beach. Four turn-
key furnished units in impeccable condition
with lush tropical landscaping and a brand
new free-form pool. $875,000.

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Cross over the bridge to Key Royale and the
beautiful North Point Harbour area to find your
fully furnished 3BR/2BA dream home. Solar
heated pool, fruit trees, deck area and a boat
lift are just a few amenities! $999,999.

Beautiful 2BR/2BA home with unobstructed
views of Bay. Large loft for office or bed-
room, wood floors, turnkey furnished.

Ten unit beach front motel. 130-foot Gulf
frontage. Large inground spa. $3,500,000.

75+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.







Frank Davis

Mellnda Bordes

Marianne Correll

Bob Fittro

Wendy Foldes

Richard Freeman


Alan Galletto

Jon Kent

Tom Nelson

Nick Patslos

Chris Shaw

super clean and neat 4BR/3BA plus
two-car garage home has been ex-
panded and updated with high quality
materials and workmanship. Easy to
maintain, easy to purchase and easy
to move-in. $679,000. MLS# 97720.

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
229 Gladious St.............. $679,000

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

Business only ................. $295,000

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


11434 Perico Isles Cir. ... $349,000

1318 Perico Pt. Cir......... $249,900

845 Waterside Ln............ $265,000

Marilyn Trevethan Stop by and use our talking
Realtor window 24-hour information center.

L ff P0ole, Broker/Associate

For YOUR success, whether
buying or selling, my effective
formula of follow up and follow
through equals FASTER sales
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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.

seeking volunteers with customer service or retail
experience. Greet and inform visitors at our education
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, in-
cludes meal. Call for details, 779-0322. Experienced

ELDER CARE: Let me take care for you or your fe-
male relatives at home. Honest and reliable, more
than ten years experience. Please call 755-7275.

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

CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!

Custom Pricing on

N i-J Mortgage Rates
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Your Island "Rep" for Bank of America Mortgages
Local Resident 778-5224

"Higher Standards" with Bank of America
699 Manatee Avenue Holmes Beach
*credit score generated

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

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

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

vice. Service all brands, eighteen years experi-
ence. All repairs warranteed. Call 746-8984, cell

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

K.A.S. CLEANING LLC: Employee owned, servic-
ing private homes, condos, rentals and seasonal
homes. Concierge services and home watch.
Bonded, insured. 792-6660.

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

x Anna Maria Island

fcc re.t..!4tbsd
sue carson 2003/04 AVAILABILITIES!
2BR/2BA Canalfront w/pool & Jacuzzi!
2BR/2BA Canalfront homes) on north end!
1BR/1BA reasonably priced near Beach w/pool!
4BR/4BA House w/pool, close to beach, still openings!
3BR/2BA Condo w/pool, close to beach!
2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront, north end!
2BR/2BA Condo w/pool, block to beach!
2BR/2BA Home with heated pool & Jacuzzi!
1BR/1BA reasonably priced units!
Call us for Thanksgiving specials
Toll free: 866-264-2226 941-779-0733
413 Pine Ave. Anna Maria

One of the biggest names
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your own backyard.

WT ien you choose Chase you
Share guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community.
So, whatever your mortgage


needs fixed race, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.

'MP Manhattan Mortgage Corporation

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 ser-
vice. Please call 795-1968.

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

CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at

NEED A HOUSESITTER? Retired teacher from
Kansas City available January and February 2004.
Please call (913) 484-6382.

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. 506-TREE or 506-8733

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

1k I, i.

Lowest price bayfront on the Island. 2BR/2BA, two
screened lanais, split floor plan, walking distance to
banks, shopping and the beach. Walk and have break-
fast at the beach cafe. Call Hector A. Gomez.
Hector A. Gomez, Realtor Rll t"
941-308-6757 or 941-321-7164. Propties

$159,000 OFF THE ISLAND Caged
pool. 4BR/2BA. vaulted ceilings.
eat-in kitchen. IB92547.
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
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


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The Sunray Quad Lake-Bayou Front
$250,000 Turnkey Furnished
1,874 sq.fl. 3BR/2BA

The Whitney Villa Direct Bayfront
$395,000 over 2.200 sq.lt.
3-Slory 2BR/2 5BA

Imagine being part of this private, gated Tidy Island community wo miles of water-
i!on! surround 168 acres of nature preserve, wildlife sancluary, indian mounds and
Museum. Low density development. Country club facilities 3.5m lo Gull beaches.
For your private showing
GS. call "Island Aussie Geoff"
Geoffrey Wall, G.R.I. P.A.
Pager: 941-233-0748
Fax: 941-778-4794
No one knows an island like an Aussie.
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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
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 construc-
tion trades. "I'm handy to have around." 779-9666.

out. I can save you time and
references. For pricing call




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HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Island
resident. "Get the job done right." Free estimate, many
references. 713-1907 cell, 778-4192 home.
CLEANING: HONEST, weekly, bi-weekly or
monthly. Reasonable rates, references. Call Ms.
Bryant for a free estimate, 778-5717.

CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Maintenance.
Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn main-
tenance, cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, Xeriscape.
Island resident. Excellent references. 778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis-
count. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 448-3857.
WANTED: MONTHLY LAWN accounts on the Is-
land. Trim-n-Haul. Call 750-0112.

CLOUD 9 Landscaping Services: Quality lawn main-
tenance, landscape cleanup, pruning, shell and
more. Insured, references, free estimates. Call 778-
2335 or 284-1568.


MOWING. Need your lawn mowed? My rates are
$25-$40. Give Scott a call, 778-4676.
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.

lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Irri-
gation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
insured. 727-5066.

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

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100.
CHECK US out! www.islander.org

419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294

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This superlative 3 or 4BR/3.5BA waterfront retreat offers Pri-
vacy plus on the end of an exclusive cul-de-sac in beautiful Key
Royale. Countless amenities include gorgeous granite
countertops in the kitchen and master bath, Pella windows,
Roman-style Jacuzzi tub with gold-plated fixtures, and a won-
derful brick wood-burning fireplace. The preferred split bed-
room plan is enhanced by ceramic tile floors and dramatic 25-
foot tongue-in-groove vaulted ceilings with fans and clerestory
windows. Live the Island dream and drop anchor at this fabu-
lous hideaway! $1,298,500.
SVisit Website at www.betsyhills.com
BROCHURE Visit our Website at www.betsyhills.com

BRADENTON BEACH DUPLEX Direct Gulfview 2BR/1 BA on both floors, 1,000 2BR/2BA CONDO in Shell Point. Turnkey furnished, pooland tennis court. Close SAVE $200,000! This 4BR/3BA deepsailboat water canal properly with caged
sq.ft. each. Room for a pool. Great rental history! Priced to sell: $848,000. to beaches and shopping. Priced to sell at $295,000. Call Ted Schlegel pool would cost you more on the Island. Butit is still only five minutes to Coquina
Call Ted Schlegel, 518-6117 or Barry Gould, 778-3314. 518- 6117 or Barry Gould, 302-1032. Beach. This home is greatfor investors, snowbirdsor yeararound executives. Priced
to sell at $499,000. Call Bany Gould 302-1032 or Ted Schlegel 518-6117.

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.3001 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217
S941.778.6849 1.800.778.9599

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This 3BR/2BA house has just become available for the
winter season. This large, comfortable home is just one
short block to the beach in the village of Anna Maria.
Offered at $2,400 per month.
2314 Avenue C Unit #5
IBR/IBA condo in Bradenton Beach very close to the
beach. Friendly complex with pool. $1,700 per month.

ca Ufln caU COnoo
4307 Gulf Drive Unit #102
2BR/2BA condo in small complex across the street from the
Gulf in central Holmes Beach. Great tropical pool area with
BBQ! $2,400 per month.

210 865n stsrceCC
3BR/2BA home in north Holmes Beach. Large screened
porch and PET FRIENDLY! $2,500 per month
Call Ken or Carol today to reserve your place in paradise.

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9906 Gulf Drive
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CONDOMINIUMS Turnkey furnished, 3BR/2BA, upscale unit with large pool Enjoy sunsets over the Gulf from upper deck. Price $ 789,000. Cal
and covered parking. Outstanding rental income. Prime location on Holmes Ed Kirn, 737-6320.
Beach. Asking $1,100,000. Call Barry Gould, 778-3314.


Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy' Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 20 Years of
a ni Quality & Dependable Service.
erviceCall us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured


CRC 035261 EXPERIENCED (941) 778-2993

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

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
lll Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References


213 54th St., Holmes Beach 778-3082
OPEN: MONDAY thru FRIDAY 7:30 to 5 SATURDAY 8 to 12

* Berber Carpet from $12.95 installed
* Ceramic tile installed from $4.95
* Excellent selection of hardwood floors

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contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at

CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island 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.

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
MasterCard/Visa. 720-0794.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and fair
prices. Call 795-1947. Lic#RR0066450.

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

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

AUTUMN, WINTER, SPRING rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, 778-2374.

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:

RENTALS RENT FAST when advertised in The
Islander. Check us out online at www.islander.org.

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

VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some lo-
cations. Units are complete. Rates seasonally ad-
justed. $375-$775/week, $975-$2,275/month. (800)
977-0803 or 737-1121. www.abeachview.com.

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

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

PERICO ISLAND Brand new 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Maintenance-free home. Lakefront, all ap-
pliances, 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 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.

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, cable TV, washer/dryer,
garage, designer furnished with tropical yard setting.
One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,500/weekly or
$5,200/monthly. Call 713-4805 or e-mail:
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. Janu-
ary-April, $3,000/month; May-December, $2,000/
month. Three-month minimum. Call 798-9989.

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.

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.

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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
(770) 486-9279.
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
587-1456, cell.
ANNUAL DUPLEX 2BR/1BA, garage, just refur-
bished. No pets. $850/month, first, last, security.
Call 779-2220.

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,
throw 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:
ANNUAL PERICO BAY Club, Grand Cayman, 3BR/
2BA, lagoon front with views of estuary and bay. Ce-
ramic tile throughout, completely updated. $1,400/
month. T. Dolly Young Real Estate, 778-0807.
oramic bay view, 55-plus community, clubhouse,
heated pool, like new. Three-months, $5,700.
Longer stay negotiable. Call 779-9470.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA new carpet, two blocks to
beach. Large kitchen, no pets. $725/month. Call
922-2473 or 928-3880.

RENTALS RENT FAST in The Islander!
EL CONQUISTADOR 2BR/2BA, seasonal or annual
rental, nicely located and furnished, cathedral ceil-
ings, 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)
beach, 2BR/2BA, gated community, luxury condo,
turnkey, seasonal. $2,600/month, plus tax and
cleaning. Call 778-3320.

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-
7407. www.vrbo.com/18876.htm

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.

VACATION RENTAL 1BR/1BA, furnished, heated
pool, secluded, private entrance. Steps to beach,
shopping, restaurants, ground level, 778-0291 or
completely furnished, garage, laundry, dock, many
extras. $750/week, $2,000/month. Call (813) 286-
nished condo, two miles from beach on canal.
$1,500/month. Call 795-6675.

CITY OF ANNA MARIA: Bright and cheery 1BR
apartment near Bean Point. Deck overlooks Gulf.
$700/month. Call 778-3006.

condo, 2BR/2BA, secured garage, overlooking Mana-
tee River and pool. 1,500 sq.ft. Six-month minimum.
$1,500/month. Call 737-7121 or 920-1558.
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ANNUAL RENTAL: City of Anna Maria. 1BR/1BA
apartment one block to the Gulf and on a bayou.
$695/month. Call 778-9158.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA with office, two-car carport,
washer/dryer, central air, decks, near beach, clean.
$800/month. Call 779-0121.
2BR/2BA El Conquistador midrise; 1BR/1BA
Gulffront condo, weekly; 2BR/2BA Martinique
North. Call ReMax Gulfstream, 778-7777.
BRADENTON BEACH: Elevated duplex 2BR/2BA,
washer/dryer hook-up, new carpet, ceramic tile,
blinds. No pets. First and last rent, plus damage
deposit. Annual lease. $750/month. Call 778-1544.
ANNUAL DUPLEX 2BR/1BA, garage. Just refur-
bished, no pets. Rent by negotiation. First, last, se-
curity. Call 779-2220.


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YELLOW HOUSE, white picket fence, near river off
Manatee. 2BR/1BA, central air conditioning,
washer/dryer. Available Dec. 1, $800/month. Call
778-2100 or 224-6521.

HOLMES BEACH: Large 3BR/2BA home, beauti-
fully furnished. All amenities. Two houses to beach.
Aposporos & Son, 758-3939.

BAYFRONT ANNUALS: 1BR furnished, $795/
month. Newly renovated 3BR/2BA house with wa-
,ter views from three decks. Carport, laundry, dock
access. $1,400/month. Call 795-1132.

HOLMES BEACH annual 1 and 2BR duplex, $725-
$800/month. First, last and security deposit. Close
to beach and shopping. Call 748-8904.

ANNUAL RENTAL Holmes Beach, 2BR/2BA, no
pets. Call 773-4180.

LARGE PRIVATE YARD 1BR/1BA, one block to
beach. $725. Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

SPACIOUS 1BR/1BA new appliances, ceramic tile
and paint. $700/month. Call Duncan Real Estate,

DON'T WAIT TOO long! West of Gulf Drive, 2BR
home, $2,700/month; cheerful 1BR duplex, $1,500/
month; Lay-Z-Livin, $2,000/month; elevated 2BR
pool home, $2,700/month; Palma Sola Harbour,
2BR, $2,100/month; Sunbow Bay 3BR, $2,600/
month. Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA homes available.
Prices range $995-$1,350/month. Call Fran Maxon
Real Estate, 778-2307 for details.

PET-FRIENDLY bungalow with dock, south
Bradenton Beach. Barefoot lifestyle, old Florida com-
fort. 1BR, den, living room, eat-in kitchen with French
doors to spacious deck, large screened porch, fenced
tropical yard, 100-foot gated driveway. Partially fur-
nished, washer/dryer. $950/month. Short term pos-
sible. Nonsmoking. Call (941) 485-1874.
DIRECT BEACHFRONT: Nicely furnished 2BR/2BA
condo, heated pool, under-building parking. Avail-
able January 2004. $2,600/month, plus tax. Call
owner, 778-3231.

2BR/2BA, washer/dryer, pool, central air. Available
April, and more. Call 778-9576.

2BR/2BA, den, unfurnished duplex. Extra clean,
garage, washer/dryer hookups, no pets. $850/
month, first, last and security. Call 744-0700.

ANNUAL 1BR/1BA, one block to beach, ground
level, washer/dryer. $650/month. Call 778-5181.
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/1BA, bayview, steps to
Gulf. Totally remodeled/furnished. Nonsmoking/
pets, available now Jan. 31, 2004. $300/week,
$1,000/month, plus security and taxes. Located in
Sandpiper 55-plus park. Call 778-9504 or 545-
8923 cell.

LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty
parking spaces, contemporary design, great visibil-
ity. $14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor,
388-5514, or call 809-4253.
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 sea-
walls and two ground-level waterfront homes, deep
water, no bridges, one tip-lot directly on
Intracoastal and bay, your dock to the Gulf in three
minutes. Properties affordably priced from
$220,000. Possible owner financing on some, as
low as 3.5 percent. Call (570) 943-2516.

DUPLEX: BEAUTIFUL, built 2001/2002, 3,500
sq.ft., 6BR/4BA, sun deck, storage house, 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.

PERICO ISLAND VILLA, 2BR/2BA, 1,600 sf, pool.
11203 Veranda Ct., off Manatee Avenue. For sale
by owner. Call for showing, 761-3605.

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.

THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.

Cute Name-mart Broker!
Call me for all your real estate needs.
Specialized in 1031 Exchange.
j Pat Staebler
Lic. Real Estate Broker
720 Holly Road Anna Maria

4800 or Dave Jones at 713-4800.

key furnished 2BR/2BA unit in Gulf Watch with
deeded beach access and Gulf views. $399,900.
Weekly rentals OK. www.Latitude27Realty.net or

CLUB BAMBOO CONDO: Just completed con-
struction, this 1 BR/1 BA direct Gulffront condo fea-
tures professional interior design, swimming pool,
on-site rental program and the best view possible.
Completely furnished, never used by anyone, war-
ranties included. Bradenton Beach. Great invest-
ment or second home. $415,000. George, (312)

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.

FABULOUS LIKE-NEW turnkey furnished 1BR,
55-plus condo. Panoramic bay view, enclosed
lanai, heated pool, must see. $199,000. Call 779-

DEEP-WATER CANAL home for sale on 75th
Street, 2BR/2BA, large lot 90 by 120 feet,
$625,000. Call 778-8473, or e-mail

STEPS TO BEACH and bay. Beautiful ground floor
2BR/2BA condo, excellent condition. $279,000. Call

RUNAWAY BAY RESORT condos by owner. 2BR/
2BA, new water heater, new tile kitchen, $279,900.
1 BR/1 BA, tile, washer/dryer, $185,500. Call 779-0476.

TOWNHOUSE 5BR/3BA, private boat dock, walking
distance to shopping and beach. Heated pool, tennis
and fishing pier. $350,000. #96435. Call Jan Sgueglia,
752-0101 or 358-6060, Michael Saunders & Co.

PERICO BAY CLUB Spoonbill Landings, zDiteA.
villa, garage, glass enclosed lanai, ceramic tile,
mirrored wall, updated appliances. $269,000. Call

west of Gulf Drive, great condition, additional stor-
age building, steps to beach. $279,000. 342-9456 or
(239) 410-4466.
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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
e-mail: rentals@smithrealtors.com

* 1 BR/1 BA duplex in Holmes Beach, close to beach.
* 2BR/1 BA duplex in Holmes Beach on lake. $850/month.
* 2BR/1 BA single-family home. Anna Maria, $950/month.

Anna Maria:
* 3BR/2BA residence on canal. Sun deck. 1.5 blocks
from the beaches.

Holmes Beach:
* Elevated duplex, 3BR/2BA, three-car garage.
* Elevated duplex, 3BR/2BA, one-car garage, heated pool,
one block from the beach. Jan., March and April.
* Martinique North Condo 2BR/2BA, heated pool.
* Key Royal 2BR/2BA + den residence. Heated pool. On
canal. Available Jan. and April.
* Residence, 2BR/2BA, one-car garage, one house from
the beach.
* Condo 2BR/1BA, heated pools, on the beach, three
month minimum.
* 1 BR/1 BA elevated duplex. Oct.-Dec.

in gated community. Heated pool, tennis court.
* 2BR/2BA villa, lake view, two month minimum.
* 2BR/2BA condo, bay view, available Jan. and Feb.


THE ISLANDER M NOV. 12, 2003 0 PAGE 39

"The highest compliment my clients can give me is the
referral of their friends and family."
-Jon Kent, Broker/Associate
Talk to those I've helped, they'll tell you.
Yes, the agent you use does make a difference.
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adorable renovated 2BR home under
$165K. Even cuter inside than out! Open
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
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$325,000. Call Stephanie Bell Broker/
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singer extraordinaire Dan Mobley as a Realtor with the company. For
some 30 years Dan's been singing on the Island and he was the first to
bring live music to the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria. Dan was also
first recipient of the "Manateen" award for benefit concerts to bring aware-
ness and protection to the endangered manatee. He's become internation-
ally know playing at the Hog's Breath Saloon in Key West for 14 years
performing with the Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffet. Dan has now returned
to his beloved Anna Maria Island to perform at the Bistro Island's End and
to work in the real estate business with his old friend Mike.
We wish Dan lots of fun and success in real estate give him a call!

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1 One for the record
5 Supermodel Carre
9 Antarctic explorer
15 License holder
18 City southwest of
19 Congregational areas
21 Stainless
22 Speed
23 Hit the ground
24 It's a cut above
25 Big name in brewing
26 "_ Woman" (Maria
Muldaur hit)
27 They're often caught in
the morning
30 Put through a blender
32 How prices may rise
33 Spike's bowlful
34 "Oops!"
35 Extinct flightless bird
36 Some brokerage biz
37 Reed and Rawls
38 Work on the street
42 Sauce ingredients from
the garden
46 "Measure" of evidence
50 Turn over
52 "Stay" singer Loeb
53 Prayer leader
55 Circle dance
56 Spiced cookie
59 In what way
60 Brought down
62 Regatta unit
63 Hurdle for a future
litigator: Abbr.
65 Onetime lover of Callas
66 "No one knows ...
69 Reddish-brown
72 Circus cries
73 Actress who wrote
"Respect for Acting"

77 Book that says
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clothes, and put on
sackcloth with ashes"
78 Hose wrecker
79 Chief constituent of
china clay
80 Mrs. Rabin
81 Excellent
83 "The Gambler" star,
85 Honcho
86 "Ready ..."
88 Needing a loan
92 Cluckers
93 Breather
95 Colleen's country
96 Bean sprout?
98 Singles bar give-
away?: Abbr.
101 Paella base
102 "Woman With a Crow"
106 Refuses
107 1950 hit that begins
"The night is like a
lovely tune"
110 Postal delivery: Abbr.
111 Play station
113 Minimal
114 Mussolini, in ht.i. ihr,-r .
115 Nice one
116 Counter man?
117 Come after
118 "Do you have Prince
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119 Temp's work unit
120 Grass cutters
121 Trick ending?
122 Bird sanctuary

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2 Anklebone
3 Most-wanted invitees
4 Church donation

5 Knowledgeable about
6 Arranged in columns
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8 In the mail
9 Overshadow
10 Safari sight
11 Slumbers
12 Body shop fig.
13 Like city traffic, often
14 Flimsy
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16 Name meaning "loved"
17 Double-check the
20 High-ranking angels
28 Take up
29 "Hello, Don Ho!"
31 Time for horn blowing
34 Rick's beloved
36 "What now?"
38 Ones with faces only a
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39 Pacific capital
40 One of a Latin trio
41 Haydn used two in
"The Philosopher"
43 Rinse, as with a
44 Laugh-a-minute folks
45 Jaguar rival
47 Clooney's "ER" role
48 "Able was I saw
49 Some diaper changers
51 Creditor
54 Stick, in a way
57 Talking points?
58 Enlistee's choice
59 Aachen abode
61 Knock down, as a door
63 Sight from the Rh6ne
64 Cry hidden seven
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67 Libertines
68 China's second-
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71 Lee who created
74 Razz
75 Thames academy
76 Beaks
78 Genetics lab study
79 "High Noon" lawman
82 Prefix with
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84 Ring of light
87 Adolescent
89 Herd members
90 Print anew
91 America's Cup
94 Was stertorous
97 Rallying cry?
98 Ellery Queen, e.g.:
99 Half of a noted
cartoon duo
100 Words of woe
101 "Mermaids" actress,
102 First dynasty oi
Polish rulers

103 Alternative to a
sport utility vehicle
104 Booze
105 Ocean terrors
107 Spell caster
108 Monocle, basically
109 Wedding reception
112 Small butt?

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home on a large 75-by-198-ft. lot with
deep-water dockage. Short distance to
beach. Remodel or build new. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #93749. $945,000

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.


Location! Spacious family home or is-
land retreat! Large corner lot with circu-
lar drive, two deeded boat slips, updated
throughout, solar heated pool/spa. Gina
& Peter Uliano, 358-7990. #94820.

BEACH Best priced Island duplex, 1BR/
1BA each side, vaulted ceilings, Terrazzo
floors. Short distance to beach. Tenants
in place. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246.
#92955. $275,000

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home is close to the beach. Cedar ceiling
in family room, spa in caged lanai, fire-
place and room for a pool. Becky Smith
or Elfi Starrett, 778-2246. #91566.

5 LAKES VILLA Outstanding attention to
detail, cathedral ceilings, split floor plan,
enclosed & A/C lanai. Offered turnkey fur-
nished. Secure storage for RV $100/year.
Elfi Starrett or Becky Smith, 778-2246.
#92423. $144,000

Custom-built single-
family homes in gated
community on canals
in Anna Maria. Start-
ing at $1,500,000.

Gulfside condomini-
ums, pool, approxi-
mately 1,900 sq.ft.,
gated parking, deluxe
am e n it i es
Preconstruciton pricing
starts at $1,600,000.

bayside condomini-
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and pool. Starting at

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Meet out newest Property
Manager: Cristin Curl.
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office. A Florida native, she lives on the Is-
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Maria and Longboat Key. Call 778-2246
and let Cristin help you find a winter get-
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