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Volume 12, No. 4 Dec. 3, 2003 FREE
FPL could owe Island cities big bucks
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Commissioner Duke Miller says
the city should re-examine its monthly power bill with
Florida Power & Light Co., particularly in view of the
discovery of an FPL accounting error that returned
$23,000 to the Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton
Beach (The Islander, Nov. 26).
Miller raised the issue of the FPL bill to Anna
Maria at a city commission meeting this past summer
when he learned the company was charging the city
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about $1,900 a month just to power the street lights in
At the same meeting, commissioners were in-
formed by Anna Maria City Clerk Alice Baird that the
City of Pahokee near West Palm Beach planned to file
a $10 million lawsuit against FPL after an independent
audit of FPL accounting procedures revealed the over-
charges, primarily from the complicated formula FPL
uses to determine rates for street lighting.
Anna Maria was asked by the same independent
auditing firm if it wanted an audit of its FPL accounts,
said Miller, but nothing ever came of it.
"As I understand it, the city was going to look into
having the audit done and something was going to
come back for commission discussion, but we never
heard back from the mayor," said Miller. "I think we
need to revisit this issue because I'm not satisfied we're
getting a fair deal."
The auditing company, A-Net Energy of West
Palm Beach, said if Anna Maria had a separate street-
PLEASE SEE FPL, PAGE 4
Replay for height
variance in Holmes Beach
By Rick Catlin
If this were the National Football League, attorney
Mark Barnebey might have thrown the red flag at the
Nov. 25 Holmes Beach City Commission meeting,
calling for a coaches challenge of an official ruling on
Barnebey was before the commissioners asking
them to overturn the board of adjustment's denial of an
after-the-fact variance request by Robert Taylor of 693
Key Royale Drive to build an additional 3.5 feet above
the city's current height restriction of 36 feet above the
crown of the road.
Go to the replay and check the tapes, said the com-
Commissioners didn't agree to overturn the ruling,
but by a 4-1 vote ordered "further review" and sent the
Taylor variance request back to the BOA to reconsider.
The construction-height error was only discovered
when Taylor hired Hugh Holmes Jr. as a replacement
contractor after the new roof was in place.
Holmes, who is also chairman of the board of ad-
justment, spotted the error and, in effect, told Taylor the
right thing to do was ask for a variance, although other
PLEASE SEE HEIGHT, PAGE 4
Fireworks abate, lists proliferate
By Paul Roat
After the new Bradenton Beach City
Commission's spectacular opening meeting Nov. 20,
which saw consultants drop like flies, the commission
reverted to a more normal format for a board compris-
ing a majority of political newcomers at its Monday,
Dec. 1, meeting.
Commissioners first drew lists of projects that need
to be accomplished and scheduled a slew of meetings.
They briefly discussed more than 40 projects, le-
gal issues, capital improvement matters or other items
that have been discussed in the past few years. No
shortlist of projects was produced at the session, but
commissioners apparently did agree that three issues
were in the forefront based on three special city com-
mission meetings set for next week.
Topics for the Wednesday, Dec. 10, meeting will
be the comprehensive plan, with consultant Tony Ar-
rant of the Florida Institute of Government scheduled
to discuss the process the city will need to take to reach
a consensus on amending the future growth of
Bradenton Beach. That meeting is scheduled to begin
at 3:30 p.m.
On Thursday. Dec. 11, commissioners will begin
the task of talking to attorneys to replace Alan Prather,
who was fired by the city commission. Scheduled to
appear before the commission are land-use attorney
Dan Lobeck of Sarasota and Chuck Webb, a former
Anna Maria city commissioner who now serves on the
Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board. That meeting
too will begin at 3:30 p.m.
On Friday, Dec. 12, the topic will be a presentation
by Lynn Townsend, an engineer the city retained to
evaluate options to improve drainage on Avenue A
PLEASE SEE FIREWORKS, PAGE 4
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PAGE 2 0 DEC. 3, 2003 E THE ISLANDER
Boats of all sizes and descriptions, all decorated
and lighted for the holidays, will pass in review for
Islanders Saturday evening in the annual Holiday
Lighted Boat Parade.
There are any number of good viewing spots along
the parade's route, but some of the places more favored
by viewers in the past include Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, Key Royale Bridge, Anna Maria City Pier and
Rod & Reel Pier.
More lighted boats are welcome and can be regis-
tered at The Islander until Saturday afternoon.
The Islander-sponsored parade will start in two
places at 6 p.m. in Bimini Bay, and south of the
Cortez Bridge near the Bradenton Beach City Pier.
The Bimini boats will promenade to Gloria Dei,
back to the Key Royale Bridge, north to the Rod &
Reel Pier and back to the Anna Maria City Pier.
The boats assembled off Bradenton Beach will
pass through the bridge's 6 p.m. opening, join other
boaters at the Seafood Shack marina and the
Intracoastal Waterway to the Anna Maria Bridge. Then
they will pass Kingfish Boat Ramp, Anna Maria El-
ementary School, Westbay Point & Moorings, and
onward north to the pass at Bimini Bay to join the bal-
ance of the paraders.
From then on, the whole fleet, ablaze with lights
and other yuletide decorations, will cruise to the Anna
Maria City Pier, Rod & Reel, and back to the city pier
for the climactic fireworks.
Judges will view the boats as they cruise past the
Anna Maria City Pier. Cash prizes and trophies will be
awarded for the best lighted boats in categories of power
and sail, a business-sponsor division, and workboats.
Jim Taylor and his Taylor-Made Pyrotechnical Enter-
tainment will touch off the climactic fireworks display
alongside the city pier at approximately 7:30 p.m.
A captains' meeting is scheduled at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 3, at The Islander office, 5404 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach. For information on the pa-
rade, call 778-7978.
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Computer enthusiasts enrolled in Petra Edge's elective computer course at Island Middle School learn about
technology inside and out. Here students Jasper Curry, Kyle Aritt and Ryan Bazzy reconstruct the internal
workings of an IBM computer donated by the Bradenton Herald. Islander Photo. Diana Bogan
Not yet for Palma Sola Scenic naming
By Rick Catlin
The designation of Palma Sola Causeway as a state
scenic highway is not yet official, Susan King of the
Florida Department of Transportation told the Palma Sola
Scenic Highway Committee at its Nov. 19 meeting.
That designation was expected in early Novem-
ber from the DOT's Scenic Highway Board, but the
board postponed that meeting to Dec. 3 because
King was unable to make the presentation due to a
King, however, said the Palma Sola application has
been declared eligible for such a designation by the
DOT and it's usually just a formality to get the official
Designations for both the Palma Sola Causeway
and the Tamiami Trail as scenic highways are on the
DOT scenic highway board's Dec. 3 agenda, said King,
and the board will review the Palma Sola application
first. King will make both presentations.
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By Rick Catlin
Fishing for snook out of season is illegal any-
where in Florida, including Anna Maria, but appar-
ently fishing for sharks anywhere along the beach in
Anna Maria and at any time is OK.
Mayor SueLynn said in the past week she's had
complaints from two residents near the Spruce Street
beach access that people have been fishing for.
sharks from the beach.
According to the mayor, the reports indicate the
shark fishermen have been using "chum" to attract
the sharks to the area.
If the shark fishing and chum reports are true,
she said, "It's alarming that they would do so since
people swim in that area. Attracting sharks with
chum where, people swim is reckless endangerment
as far as I'm concerned."
The mayor said the fishermen have been leaving
the heads and tails of the sharks caught on the beach,
creating a "stinking nuisance."
But there's little the city can do at this point to
halt shark fishing along the beach.
There are no city, county or state laws against
fishing for sharks in areas where people swim, the
mayor said, and no special license is required.
Maybe it's time to change all that.
The mayor said she's asking the commission to
discuss a resolution or ordinance prohibiting or lim-
iting areas where shark fishing should be allowed.
"I think there's a public safety issue involved
here and it's something the commission should dis-
cuss," SueLynn added.
During the summer of 2001, a swimmer off Co-
quina Beach was bitten by a shark, but there were no
reports of shark fishing in that area at the time.
The swimmer was not seriously injured.
sharks. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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SThe I wander Holiday lighted boat
Holiday Lighted parade, fireworks Dec. 6
SBoaters are sought to join the 16th annual Islander Holiday Boat Parade Dec. 6.
0--- re - The Islander is again organizing the event for its second year, reaching out to skip-
pers from all areas to expand the parade spectacle and the climax of fireworks.
Saturday* Dec. 6 2003 (Rain Dates: Dec. 7, 13) Skippers are encouraged to get their craft into the lineup early for what could be
EN Y F RM EN Y F RM ENTRY F RM the largest-ever lighted boat parade on Anna Maria waters.
IENWTI FORf M ENTRY FORM ENTRY FORM Cash prizes and trophies for best lighted boats in various size categories of power
Please Enter the Following Vessel in the 16th Annual Parade: boats and sailboats, a business-sponsor division and a class for "working" boats will
Vessel Name: _Length: Power or Sail: be offered by the newspaper and its event sponsors.
Owner's Name or Business Name: The parade this year will begin from two locations at 6 p.m. One parade contin-
Maigent will gather in Bimini Bay as in years past, motor to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
Mailing Address: back to the Key Royale Bridge, then north along the shore to the Rod & Reel Pier and
City: _State: Zip: Contact Ph: back to the Anna Maria City Pier.
S < Private Entry (size ) Commercil Entry (sizeA second (southern) contingent of boats will gather in the Intracoastal Waterway
Near the Bradenton Beach City Pier on the south side of the Cortez Bridge, traversing
Entr y Fee $10 Entry Deadline Dec. 6, z003 north (through the bridge at 6 p.m.) to join up with boaters at the Seafood Shack ma-
Sm c p t rina and follow the Intracoastal to the Anna Maria Bridge. It will then continue along
I Please make checks payable to: The Islandler the bayfront, passing Kingfish Boat Ramp, the Anna Maria Elementary School,
Mail or bring entry forms with fee to address below. Westbay Point & Moorings, and onward alng the bayfront of Key Royale to meet up
I UNDERSTAND AND AGREE that my participation in The Islander Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is voluntary and at my own risk. I agree to abide with the Bimini Bay bunch at the pass at Bil: .ni Bay.
by the rules and guidelines and I fully understand that safe navigation is my own responsibility. I further agree to abide by all U S. Coast Guard The Bimini Bay and southern parade boats will be led by members of the local
safety and navigation rules. I further certify that my vessel has an operational YHF marine radio and that all liability, personal property damage
and personal liability insurance is in full force and effect for my vessel. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Islander, its officers and the Coast Guard Flotilla and law enforcement agencies.
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 Then it's onward for all the lighted boats to the Anna Maria City Pier, the Rod &
have been occasioned by me or those aboard my vessel as a result of my participation in The Islander Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Reel Pier and a loop back to the city pier for the finale.
Applicant's Signature: Date: Deep-draft boats which may not be able to traverse the shoreline route from King-
fish to the mouth of Bimini Bay are welcome to join by utilizing the Intracoastal to
Print Name: meet the parade at the Anna Maria City Pier.
TI hat.k you jT )r yo'ur paO r icipc tiiOn! Boaters and spectators are invited to the city pier where the parade judges will
I await the entries, although numerous opportunities exist along the parade routes for
Fireworks! Offshore at the Anna Maria viewing the lighted boats.
City Pier immediately following the parade! The climax of the event will again be Jim Taylor's Taylor-Made Pyrotechnical
i Entertainment fireworks display at approximately 7:30 p.m. in the bay alongside the
l nMar Ia l nder city pier.
ST h e1 Is la n d e r Entry forms are provided in this issue of The Islander and at the newspaper of-
SJfice for skippers' convenience.
S5404 Marina Drive, Ho s B h 3 7 A captain's meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at The Islander office, 5404 Ma-
S5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach 34217 ,
941 778-7978 Fax 778-9392rina Drive, Holmes Beach.
941 778-7978 Fax 778-9392 The parade hotline for more information is 778-7978.
- -E-mail parade- islander.org
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 3, 2003 U PAGE 3
Anna Maria City
Dec. 3, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Dec. 8, 7 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Dec. 9, 6 p.m., comprehensive plan committee meeting.
Dec. 10, 4 p.m., capital improvements committee
Dec. 11, 6:15 p.m., Sunshine Law and city official
Dec. 11, 7 p.m., city commission workshop meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Dec. 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Pub-
lic comment, discussion of legal services, city holiday
closure discussion, election certification, approval of
generator repair bill, request to attend conference by
building official and public works director, P&Z appli-
cation and commission reports.
-Dec. 9, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Dec. 10, 3:30 p.m., special city commission work meet-
ing regarding comprehensive plan.
Dec. 11, 3:30 p.m., special city commission work meet-
ing regarding city attorney applicants.
Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Dec. 9, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Dec. 8, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Or-
ganization meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Dec. 10, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Management
Committee meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
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Fawn Ker, left,
a number of
the city at the
FPL overcharging Island cities?
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
lighting bill each month from FPL, it could have been
overcharged as much as $100,000 the past 10 years.
The company wanted $2,500 to conduct the audit for
A-Net president David A.L. Smith said his com-
pany works exclusively with small municipal govern-
ments on reducing their utility charges or determining
if overcharges have occurred.
As an example, Smith said a recent audit of the
City of Islamorada's FPL accounts revealed that be-
cause FPL owns the street lights, not the city,
Islamorada pays 928 percent more per month in elec-
tricity for those lights.
"FPL doesn't tell the city that it can own its own
street lights," said Smith. "In addition, the tariff (rate)
and maintenance fees FPL charges for street lighting is
extremely complicated and overcharges have oc-
Mayor SueLynn said she had discussed the audit
proposal with City Attorney Jim Dye at that time, but
he had indicated it seemed to have little value for the
"But in view of the Tingley Library refund, this is
something I'm going to ask the commission to revisit,"
Anna Maria paid $2,025 to FPL for electricity in
October 2003, of which $1,845 (91 percent) was for
street lighting, according to City Treasurer Diane
Bradenton Beach pays about $900 each month to
FPL just for street lighting on Bridge Street.
In Holmes Beach, the city's average monthly elec-
tric bill is about $5,500, but no breakdown on the
amount charged by FPL solely for street lighting was
available by press deadline.
An FPL official said it has 179 street lights in Anna
Maria, 448 in Holmes Beach and 165 in Bradenton
Fireworks make way for lists
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
between 24th and 25th Streets, and also to determine
engineering guidelines to dredge the city's two canals.
That meeting is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
Pending issues on the list for commissioners to
address include the proposed city mooring field, park-
and-ride lot at the north end of Coquina Beach for
Bridge Street employees, an intersection analysis study
at Gulf Drive and Cortez Road, and bike lanes along
both sides of Gulf Drive for the length of the city.
Capital improvement projects that are in the works
include installation of an underground phone line be-
tween the police department and city hall, seawall re-
pairs, recycling equipment, a $100,000 landscape
project for the Bridge Street area, playground equip-
ment at the city park off 25th Street, and pier improve-
ments, including new railings and a roof.
Also pending are ordinances dealing with sanita-
tion-recycling and the related fee structure, noise, drug-
free workplace, employee manual, signs, modular
newsracks and golf carts on city streets.
Height variance back to BOA
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
homes in the area have been built above the height re-
striction without a variance, said Barnebey.
The BOA, however, with board chairman Holmes
recusing himself, denied the request and Taylor ap-
pealed to the commission to overturn the decision.
City Attorney Jim Dye said the commission did not
have to overturn the denial, but could have Taylor file
another variance request if there were new facts to con-
sider. Dye also said the commission should focus on
whether or not the Taylors were treated fairly and if the
facts supported the BOA decision.
The commission could uphold the BOA decision,
find the BOA made an error and send the variance back
for review, or decide that the Taylors don't need a vari-
ance, Dye said.
Commissioner Don Maloney wondered why Tay-
lor didn't just go to the circuit court for a decision, but
Dye pointed out that a first appeal to the city commis-
sion was part of the city's administrative procedures.
Barnebey argued that the BOA's decision was
taken in response to public outcry over two other recent
height variances the BOA granted just prior to the Tay-
"In that climate, the Taylors fell into the mess,"
said Barnebey, and the BOA was reacting to public
pressure. "I feel that decision was in error."
He said the Taylors were honest in informing the
city of the mistake and they should not be punished for
trying to do the right thing.
Commissioner Roger Lutz agreed, but Maloney
was concerned about setting precedent. "There's no
such thing as a single variance" and more height vari-
ances will follow, he suggested.
Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger, however, dis-
agreed that the Taylors were not given due process. He
believed their request did not meet the criteria estab-
lished by the city codes for such a variance.
A motion to send the Taylors request back to the
BOA "for further review" carried 4-1 with
Bohnenberger voting against the measure.
Barnebey said the Taylors were not going to con-
sider filing a new variance request until after the
BOA's review of the current request.
Other options pending the BOA review include a
variance request for just two feet, or a civil suit in the
circuit court, he said.
Because the commission was only considering an
appeal of a BOA decision, no new facts were allowed
and no public comment was taken, said Commission
Chairperson Sandy Haas-Martens.
Several members of the public objected when they
were not allowed to speak on the issue, but Haas-Mar-
tens noted they will be able to speak when the BOA
reconsiders the variance.
The BOA has a tentative meeting scheduled for
Will the ruling on the field "stand" or will it be
overturned "upon further review?"
According to NFL replay rules, "indisputable evi-
dence" is required to overturn a decision on the field.
According to city rules, the BOA can hear new
evidence, but is not required to overturn its prior deci-
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Priority list for
By Rick Catlin
Considering all the "red tape" required to get a trol-
ley shelter erected in Bradenton Beach, some members
of the city's Scenic Highway Committee Corridor.
Management Entity might be wondering if it's even
worth the effort.
A simple solution would be to keep all trolley shel-
ters on the Florida Department of Transportation right
of way, said Bradenton Beach Building Official Bob
Some private developers, however, want to pay for
a trolley stop, said CME chairperson Judy Giovanelli.
So, the CME is moving forward with its plan for
trolley shelters; both publicly and privately funded, and
at its November meeting agreed on a priority list of lo-
Members agreed that the likely No. 1 priority lo-
cation should be at Coquina Beach.
Other locations chosen by the CME, in no particu-
lar order of preference, include city hall where an
existing shelter would be replaced Bridge Street, the
Sandpiper Resort mobile home park on the east side,
Katie Pierola Sunset Park, Gulf Drive Cafe on the east
side, and Fourth Street South on the west side.
The two privately funded locations would be at the
Tortuga Inn and the Bradenton Beach Club.
The CME will "prioritize" its priority list at its Dec.
Welch also suggested that the CME arrange a
meeting with Manatee County Area Transit officials,
appropriate representatives of the Manatee County
Project Management Department, and contractor Brent
Whitehead to "put the glue on all the pieces."
MCAT and the county may offer some .funding
sources for permits, engineering work, and even con-
struction of the shelters, he said.
all ears on street
Holmes Beach city commissioners cautiously
made no promises, but indicated their willingness to
listen to a future application for the vacation of an un-
developed, platted portion of Fourth Avenue adjacent
to 35th Street.
Caleb Grimes, a Bradenton attorney representing
property owner Richard Wheeler, told the commission
at a recent work session that he was directed by city
staff to request guidance from the commission before
making a formal application to have the street vacated.
Wheeler owns property at 202 35th St., 3404
Fourth Ave. and 3406 Fourth Ave., and the roadway
separates his property.
Grimes stated that vacating the road would not
adversely affect the city or residents who would still
have access to the beach on 35th Street.
Grimes told the commission that because Wheeler
owns the property on both sides of Fourth Avenue, no
other property owner would lose right of way.
Also, because the road parallels the beach and
separates two of Wheeler's properties, the street vaca-
tion would make his Gulf view property a gulffront
property, said Grimes, and would increase the amount
of property tax paid.
Grimes said he understood the commission pro-
ceeds with caution on such applications, but he said
that if the road, which according to Grimes, was pur-
chased by the city, is not being put to use, then it would
be appropriate to put it back into the public sector.
Several commissioners agreed that they were not
inclined to "give away" city property, but are willing
to listen to a formal proposal at a future commission
THE ISLANDER M DEC. 3, 2003 M PAGE 5
Penalties inconsistent for unlicensed business
Another inconsistency in the Holmes Beach codes
is slated for revision by the city attorney. Commis-
sioner Rich Bohnenberger discovered that the code
enforcement process for operating a business without
a license are inequitable.
Bohnenberger explained that if a person moves
into the city and operates a business without an occu-
pational license, he is immediately fined without the
benefit of a grace period, 'although a newcomer has
little opportunity to know the code requirements.
The code states that anyone engaging or managing
any occupation or profession without first obtaining a
license will be fined $250 and 25 percent of the license
tax due in addition to any administrative costs incurred.
Bohnenberger pointed out to the commission that
the penalties for failing to renew an existing occupa-
tional license offer a more lenient grace period.
The code states that any license renewal not paid
within 150 days of the initial billing notice is subject
to a $250 fine.
Very 'holly berry'
Ernie Moon of Anna Maria makes his purchase of holiday decorations from Church of Annunciation volunteer
Bonnie Gulbrandsen at the annual Holly Berry Bazaar. Islander Photos: Boiner Joy
Holmes Beach OKs nonconforming sign ordinance
The Holmes Beach City Commission approved an
amendment to the city's sign ordinance in a 4-1 vote,
with Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger opposed.
The approved amendment to the land development
code provides guidelines authorizing signs for certain
nonconforming uses at businesses located within resi-
Nonconforming signs lawfully permitted and al-
ready in existence must come into conformity when
there is a change in ownership, use, location, replace-
ment due to deterioration, and re-erection following
damage or destruction.
A nonconforming sign may not be enlarged or al-
tered in a manner that aggravates the nonconforming
Certain signs are permitted in residential districts,
which are, according to the code, where there is a le-
gal non-residential use in a residential area. Signage
can be replaced, maintained or modified as long as
there is no change in the size, location, or lighting
method of the sign.
Further, any sign permitted in a residential area
will be considered a legally nonconforming sign until
the nonconforming use changes or no longer exists.
Bohnenberger opposed the amendment, saying it
does nothing more than perpetuate nonconforming
signs in a nonconforming district.
"It gives property owners a right not granted to
another property owner in a conforming district,"
Bohnenberger noted that in all other code enforce-
ment matters, defendants are given a 10-day grace pe-
riod to come into compliance with city code before
going to a code enforcement hearing.
Bohnenberger believes the city is giving more lee-
way to those who should know the city's code require-
ments than those who are just starting up a business or
profession, or who may have just relocated to the city.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore said she
would direct the city attorney to work on the issue.
NEWS IN BRIEF:
Holmes Beach city commissioners at their Nov. 25
meeting addressed several issues, including grant and
purchasing agreements for landscaping and a new pub-
lic works vehicle.
The commission unanimously agreed to move for-
ward with an agreement with the Florida Department
of Transportation for a $10,000 landscaping grant.
The grant would be used to landscape along State
Road 789 from 27th Street South to 28th Street South
with trees at 30-foot intervals on both sides of the road,
one foot inside the right of way.
According to the draft agreement, the landscaping
would need to be completed by June 2004.
The majority of the commission also agreed to
authorize a contract for a grant to install storm shutters
on city hall. The grant amount is $24,512 with the
city's share $8,170, for a total expense of $32,682 for
Susan Lonzo, of the city's public works depart-
ment, told the commission that the design of city hall
limits the type of storm shutters that can be installed.
Therefore, accordion-style shutters will be installed,
opposed to roll down shutters, on all city windows.
Roll-down shutters will be installed for the police
department's garage doors.
Lonzo said the money is coming from a Federal
Emergency Management Agency grant the city applied
for after Hurricane Gabrielle more than two years ago.
Commissioner Roger Lutz voted against accepting
the grant. "I think it will look ugly," he said.
The commission unanimously approved the public
works department request to purchase a new Ford
Ranger truck, which is in the city's annual budget. The
truck will cost $12,638 and the city will be "piggyback-
ing" on a bid from the Florida Sheriff's Association.
Finally, Holmes Beach residents Gib Bergquist and
Dan Hardy have been reappointed to the police retire-
ment board for two-year terms.
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Tis the season
Shopaholic? Power shopper? Shopping neophyte?
Whichever you confess or profess, this is your sea-
The color wheel in the stores is the tipoff: orange
to red and green. The "market" decides we must move
directly from Halloween to Christmas.
Just as quick as the pumpkins clear the shelves, the
Santas and all the holiday trimmings flood in, taking
over whole sections where you probably once found
comfort, the home and garden shop.
Seasonal vertigo sets in from the repetition of "Do
you see what I see" playing over the music systems at
store after store.
On a visit to Sam's warehouse club last week, it
was painfully obvious that some folks are power shop-
pers and some are rambling, traverse every aisle,
mumble over merchandise, painfully indecisive neo-
Then, there are the folks who evidently suffer SAS
- Shopping Aversion Syndrome.
They're usually waiting in the car in the parking
lot. No courage to go inside. It's enough they just
barely made it to the parking lot, and what a sacrifice
Well, take some advice accumulated from the se-
rious shoppers in our midst, don't get "Sam-ed" and
don't get "mall-ed."
And get off the computer and visit some our local
merchants, who have a great deal to offer.
You can get a sampling of hometown holiday
spirit at the open house in "Ye 01' Business District"
in the vicinity of our office in Holmes Beach Friday
It's a great way to get in the mood ... there's a
festive air about the event, with (artificial) snow
floating overhead and good tidings overflowing ev-
ery store. Starting with the first note from the Mana-
tee High School Chamber Orchestra and ending with
the last "Ho! Ho! Ho!" from Santa Claus for lucky
youngsters, everyone can get a sample of holiday
And no mall parking. No stampedes. No trip to
Get over your SAS and join us.
It's not too late to join the parade, the lighted boat
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parade Saturday night. And this year we've made an
effort to involve more of the Island and Cortez commu-
nity with a branch of the parade starting off at the
Bradenton Beach City Pier.
Look for information on joining the parade on page
3 this week, and be sure to catch the finale fire-
works! at the Anna Maria City Pier.
It's just the beginning of a great season.
Spare those trees
Trees are a national resource and an integral part
of our environment. Even though they may be rooted
on private land, it is the responsibility of the land owner
to endeavor to ensure their health for the benefit of the
While this may not be everyone's philosophy, I
was distressed to see large pine trees cut down on the
right of way adjacent to La Casa Costiera's 74th Street
development. I became angry when I learned that the
city of Hblmes Beach had approved this wanton de-
It may be time for an ordinance requiring that trees
of a certain girth may only be cut down with the receipt
of a permit. Such permits would only be issued when
a tree is either dying or a danger to people.
I am not generally in favor of bureaucracy, but
when the town authorities act irresponsibly, this may
John Molyneux, Holmes Beach
Grateful to police
Unfortunately we were the victims of a burglary
while visiting our second home in Holmes Beach.
Although the experience has been unsettling and costly,
we would like to thank the Holmes Beach police officer
who responded to the call and the detective who fol-
lowed up. Their response was thorough and they were
extremely helpful each time we needed their help or
The residents of Holmes Beach are very fortunate
to have Officer Robert Stisak and Detective Terri Davis
working for them.
Bonnie Olsen and Tom Page, Holmes Beach and
Thanks for Thanksgiving
What a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner Roser Memo-
rial Community Church gave to the community. More
than 140 persons enjoyed the sumptuous feast. Accolades
to all the volunteers who made it possible. Delicious hours
d'oeuvres were provided by the Anna Maria City Pier
I feel blessed this holiday season with the loving
support of family and Island friends who have been
with me during the year since my beloved husband,
George, departed this life on Nov. 30, 2002. May God
bless everyone on this gorgeous Island.
Carolyne Norwood, Anna Maria City
Another night at city hall
Let me understand this. The new regime led by
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens thinks that public
comment is not comment on what we think, but should
only be used to beg the commission to consider favors.
It doesn't seem to me they have any idea who
voted them in. We haven't even talked about their
brainchild of sending back to the planning commission
their idea to reconsider allowing a tall building that has
already been turned down.
Just think, under this group, we could have tall
buildings, more congestion and the same amount of
traffic we will have next month in August every year.
Win Bishop, Holmes Beach
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A Basque's fight for America
What would you do to fight for America?
Would you leave your hometown without your
parents as an 11-year-old refugee to a country where
you didn't speak the language?
Would you leave the relatively safe confines of a
refugee camp as a teenager for a life on the streets of a
Would you sign on as a crew member of a mer-
chant ship, just for the chance to get to America, and
would you jump ship with no papers and no money
once you got there?
Would you volunteer to be drafted into the U.S.
Army, just for the chance to fight for a country when
you weren't even a citizen?
Would you do all that just for freedom?
Anna Maria resident Mark Alonso has had a re-
markable journey from his native Basque town of
Guernica, Spain, to Anna Maria.
Along the way, Alonso fought the Nazis and fas-
cism in the Spanish Civil War, the Japanese in World
War II and the North Koreans in the Korean War.
That Mark Alonso even got to America and be-
came a U.S. citizen is itself a remarkable journey.
It began when he was 11 years old and the German
Luftwaffe (air force) bombed the Basque town of
Guernica in April 1937 in support of General Franco
in the Spanish Civil War.
The town was not a military stronghold, said
Alonso, its population was merely bombed as a show
More than 7,000 civilians were killed in the raid.
Alonso was one of the survivors.
Some 5,000 women and children were evacuated
by British charity groups to refugee camps in England
before Franco's forces took the town.
When the civil war ended in 1938, some of the
children were allowed to return to Guernica. Mark's
older brother went back and was to send for Mark and
his other brother, but Mark never heard anything.
By the time the war in Europe broke out in Septem-
ber 1939, Mark had tired of camp life.
He went to London, survived by begging for food
and performing odd jobs, all without official papers.
Alonso learned he couldn't join the British army,
but could work on a fishing trawler and, after a year,
he could get papers to join the British merchant marine.
But a curious thing started to happen in late 1942.
"I started seeing all these American soldiers, the
'Yanks,' in these crisp uniforms in London. The other
soldiers looked like they were beaten but the Yanks
were real confident. I thought, 'This is the army for
He started hanging around American soldiers and
learned how to speak American English. The soldiers
supplied Alonso with food and clothes and, more im-
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 3, 2003 0 PAGE 7
far left, and
met again in
W and were
portantly, stories about America.
"Boy, I really learned a lot from those guys. I was
fascinated by this country that had so much freedom.
I really wanted to join their army, so my whole plan
was to get on a ship to America."
Eventually, he joined the British merchant marine
and served on a number of convoys through war
Luckily for Mark, the German subs always tar-
geted the tankers in the convoys.
"I always said if I was assigned to a tanker, I
wouldn't do it," laughed Mark.
Finally, in 1944, he became a deck hand on a
cargo ship headed for America.
"In Philadelphia, the captain wouldn't give us our
papers, but I jumped ship anyway. I had $5 in my
pocket and didn't know anybody, but I'd met all these
guys from Brooklyn so I hitchhiked there."
Then once he got to the Big Apple, his dream was
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almost destroyed when the army turned him down
when he tried to volunteer. "No birth certificate," they
"But the guy said if I went across the street to the
draft board, they would take me because they took any-
body. I said 'Is it the same army?' and he said 'yes,' so
The draft board office was full of guys trying to get
out of the army for medical reasons.
"I think I was the only guy in there who actually
wanted to get in the army. They were going to have me
wait a few months, but when I told the guy I didn't have
any place to go, they took me that day."
By nightfall, he was at Fort Dix, N.J. as a private
in the U.S. Army.
At the age of 18, Mark had realized his dream of
becoming an American soldier.
The war in Europe was winding down and Alonso
was sent to the Pacific to train for the invasion of Ja-
pan, but the Japanese surrendered shortly thereafter in
August 1945. He was sent to Kyushu, Japan, with the
occupation army, and saw no action.
Mark was discharged from the Army in 1946, but
remained in the reserves. When the Korean War broke
out, he was called to active duty and sent to Korea
where he fought with 24th Infantry Division.
"We saw plenty of action then," said Mark. "I can't
tell you how many of my buddies didn't make it."
He came back from Korea to New York in 1953,
but the city didn't seem the same. He decided then to
"go home" to Guernica and see all the children he had
been with in the refugee camps in Britain.
By now, Mark was an American citizen, an event
he calls "one of the proudest moments of my life.
"Only if you have been denied your freedom can
you appreciate what freedom and this country means,"
he said. "Yet, we have so many people who abuse this
freedom and take it for granted."
West Coast Symphony
The Florida West Coast Symphony will offer its
Masterworks presentation at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at
Neal Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W.,
Handel's Royal.Fireworks Music and Dvorak's
Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Opus 70, will be fea-
tured, and guest violinist Philippe Quint will play
Komgold's Violin Concerto with the orchestra.
Quint defected from the late Soviet Union in 1991
and is now a U.S. citizen, with a debut with the
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 1995. He played re-
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Anna Maria resident Mark Alonso enjoys life in "the greatest country in the world." Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
As an American citizen, Mark was able to return
to his native Guernica without fear of political perse-
When he arrived "home," he was reunited with
many of the children, now adults, who had been evacu-
ated with him to England.
He ran into a pretty young lady named "Miren,"
whom he remembered as a little girl at the camp.
"We were both grown and single, and things just
started to click," he said.
Within a week, Mark asked her, "When can we go
to the church" to get married. That was as good a pro-
posal as Miren would get, she said, but that was
at Neal Friday evening
cently at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and
was in a televised concert at the Vatican.
Also coming to Neal will be the symphony's
"Holiday Pops" concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 12. A feature
will be reading of the famed 1897 letter "Yes, Virginia,
there is a Santa Claus," accompanied by the Mannheim
Steamroller arrangement of Silent Night.
Tickets for Friday's concert are $42, $36 and $27.
For the Dec. 12 event, they are $28, $24 and $21. They
may be purchased through the symphony's hotline,
A few weeks later, Mark and Miren returned to the
They eventually settled in Michigan where Mark
operated a paving business. They have six children, all
of whom still live in Grand Rapids.
"So we're the ones who flew the coop to Florida,"
said Mark with a laugh.
The couple have lived in Anna Maria for the past
While they enjoy the good life on Anna Maria.Is-
land, Mark said he sometimes feels a little guilty about
all the kids from Guernica who didn't make it back, all
the seamen who died at sea, and all the buddies from
the 24th Division who didn't come home.
"I'm no hero. Things just worked out for me the
way I planned. It's been an amazing story. Sometimes,
I just pinch myself because I live in the greatest coun-
try in the world."
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Businesses, galleries and shops in the Island Shop-
ping Center, S&S Plaza and the surrounding area, from
Ginny's Antiques to LaPensee Plumbing and the new
Amy Dodge Salon and in between, will have their an-
nual holiday open house Friday, Dec. 5, complete with
live music and treats for all.
The center of the event is at Marina and Gulf drives
in Holmes Beach. Businesses will be open all evening
especially for the event, and most will provide holiday
treats for their "guests for the day."
The Manatee High School Chamber Orchestra will
perform holiday music starting at 5:30 p.m. in front of
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive.
There will be a children's art project at the Sand
Dollar Gift Shop, where kids can decorate a starfish
and take it home to hang on the tree.
LaPensee Plumbing will feature Howie Banfield
performing and the business is sponsoring Santa Claus
visits for kids, with Santa centrally located at the Island
Saggy Aggy, the Island's eminent clown and cre-
ative balloon artist, will entertain children of all ages.
Steve Bark and Co. Real Estate will feature a
Manatee High School Quartet at 7 p.m.
Ginny's Antiques and Art and Jane E's Coffee Bar
will have Suki Janish playing flute.
A raffle of items donated by area merchants will
take place, with signup available at all participating
shops, with winners to be announced in the Dec. 10
Islander. Three fabulous gift packages will be offered.
And, of course, Santa, snow and snacks will be
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The on-again, off-again saga of healthy bathing
waters around Anna Maria Island is on-again.
A Nov. 20 advisory from the Manatee County
Health Department states that the marine waters around
Bayfront Park's southern section should be considered
a potential health risk to the public.
Manatee County Environmental Health Director
Charles Henry said the most recent five-week average
of tests at Bayfront Park's south test location had an
average of 35.65 coli forming units per 100 milliliters
of water, just slightly above the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's maximum of 35 coli forming units
per 100 mililiters of water.
When excess enteric bacteria is found at a test site,
it's an indication of fecal pollution, said Henry. The
pollution could come from stormwater runoff, pets and
wildlife or human sewage, he said.
Under a federally funded program, the county moni-
tors 10 area saltwater locations and when levels of fecal
coliform or other bacteria exceed the accepted EPA stan-
dard for a five-week test average, a warning is issued.
The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection's criteria is a maximum of 800 coli forming
units per 100 ml for a single day's sample.
Seven test locations are on Anna Maria Island, in-
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James A. McCarthy is a former national columnist
and teacher of politics at Georgetown University in
Washington, D.C., and writes a periodic column for the
Bradenton Herald. The Holmes Beach resident will
speak on "Leaks, Lies and Liberals."
The dutch-treat luncheon will be at noon at the
Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, no reservations required. Additional
information may be obtained from Dale de Haan, 778-
'Haidje' to demonstrate
her art Wednesday
Mary DuCharme, who paints under the name
"Haidje," will demonstrate her art in mixed media from
1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the gallery of the
Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Her signature name reflects her Albanian heritage,
said the artist, who teaches at the Longboat Key Cen-
ter for the Arts. Her demonstration is open to the pub-
lic. Details may be obtained at 778-6694.
Holiday bazaar Sunday
at Longboat temple
A holiday bazaar, gift show and bake sale is sched-
uled from 10 a.m.- 5p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Temple
Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
A free public event sponsored by the women of
Beth Israel, it will have an array of gifts, baked goods,
gourmet coffee bar, artisans' items, and used books.
Organizers include Alice Taich, Doris Libman,
Nancy Eisenstat, Eileen Dunn Berger, and Miriam
Miller. Artworks are by Natalie Brush, Miriam Carsell,
Totam Gerwe, Collette Cassidy-Berns, and Letty
Details may be obtained at 383-3428.
'Toys for Tots' again
Retired U.S. Marines are launching their annual
"Toys for Tots" crusade again this year, and once again
Griffith-Cline Funeral and Cremation Services offices
are prime collection points.
The Griffith-Cline facility at 6000 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will welcome new toy donations dur-
ing business hours daily, said a spokesperson. Last year
the Island office collected two pickup truckloads of
toys for needy children.
The toys should not be wrapped, said the spokes-
person, for the retired Marines do that themselves af-
ter making sure the toys are suitable and harmless.
Details are available at 778-4480.
Thursday watercolor class
The watercolor class that meets on Thursdays will
change its schedule to 9:30 a.m.-noon starting Dec. 4,
the sponsoring Anna Maria Island Community Center
The Tuesday class, which also meets at the Center,
remains unchanged. Both are led by Susan Cotton.
Costs are $60 for members for a four-week session, $65
for nonmembers. Details may be obtained at 778-1908.
Changes made in Pilates
schedule at Center
The coming youth basketball season at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center has forced changes in
the times for meetings of the Pilates group, the Center
The Tuesday class will meet henceforth from 5:30-
6:30 p.m. and the Saturday class from 8:30-9:30 a.m.,
both at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Details are available at 778-1908.
Business card exchange
set this evening
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will sponsor a business card exchange from 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Harrington House Bed &
Breakfast Inn, 5626 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. RSVPs
may be registered and details obtained at 778-1541.
Wish List pays off for Players
They asked, they received, and thank you
The Island Players listed a table saw among their
desires on The Islander's annual Wish List.
It didn't take long for the Erskine Calderons of
Anna Maria to act. Just days after the Wish List ap-
peared in the Nov. 26 edition of The Islander, the
Calderons had a 10-inch table saw in the Players'
hands, said Players President Alice Doeden.
Better check that section of the Nov. 26 Islander
again, there may well be a wish you could fulfill.
Digital art show opens
Friday at Art League
The third annual Digital Fine Arts Show will be
from Dec. 5-29 at the Anna Maria Island Art League
gallery, with an opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The reception is designed to coincide with the busi-
ness district's open house, scheduled at the same time.
The gallery is at 5312 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The show is sponsored by the Digital Fine Arts
association, which is made up of "artists who are ex-
ploring the use of new digital medial to create art."
DiFA defines itself as a provider of forums where
artists can display their art "since new digital art realms are
being discovered so rapidly that no one person can mas-
ter all the potentialities that are unfolding." Exhibits such
as the one coming to the gallery here not only let digital
artists show their works to fellow artists, they show new
computer wares that they use, said the organization.
Additional details may be obtained by calling 795-
'Miniversity of Judaism' starts
Temple Beth Israel has started its second annual
"Miniversity of Judaism," classes and lectures cover-
ing subjects relating to Judaism.
The program, continuing through April 26, is at the
temple, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Some ses-
sions require a fee, some are free, all are open to the
public. The program for December:
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-noon, Reading Prayer
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m., "The Strange Career of
a False Messiah: Shabbatai Tzvi," by Rabbi Sanford
Sunday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Holiday Gift Ba-
zaar featuring gifts, baked goods, artisans' work, and
Thursday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., concert and instruc-
tion, "Jewish Soul Music."
Dec. 18, 2 p.m., "Safe Haven," PBS documentary
of Jewish refugees interned in New York in 1944.
Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m., Hanukkah celebration, Shabbat
services, with dinner and concert with Joe Spinella.
Reservations required by Dec. 10, call 383-3428.
THE ISLANDER M DEC. 3, 2003 0 PAGE 11
Let the bell toll more
in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Petitions are circulating to have the bell in the
clock-bell tower at the foot of Bridge Street toll
more than its thrice-a-day ring.
According to Bridge Tender Inn General
Manager Johnny Maschino, upwards of 100
people have signed a petition to have the bell
chime hourly from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the
strikes to correspond with the hour.
"We, the undersigned visitors and residents
of Bradenton Beach, love the sound of the bell in
the clock tower and wish it rang the way it was
designed to," according to the petition.
The petition is being circulated by Mike
Norman who, with his family, donated the
$10,000 bell to the community earlier this year.
"I have long thought it would be nice to have
a bell in the clock tower on Bridge Street,"
Norman said at the time of his donation offer,
which city commissioners unanimously accepted.
"Hundreds of small towns like Bradenton Beach
have such bells and I think everyone loves hear-
ing them ring."
Norman's bell is a 21.5-inch diameter bronze
bell, weighing 200 pounds. The bell is stationary,
but the clapper moves to strike the bell, signaled
by an electronic timer.
The bell currently strikes 12 times at noon,
six times at 6 p.m. and once at 10 p.m., seven
days a week.
"Personally, I think it's a nice addition to the
The Norman Family bell. Islander Photo: Jo
community," Maschino said. "In Europe, in the ca-
thedrals, they take.great pride in ringing bells. I
think it is a nice, positive touch for Bradenton Beach
that everyone can enjoy."
The petitions are available at the Bridge Tender
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Anna Maria City, died Nov. 24.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., on April 23, 1921, Mr.
Spahn lived most of his life in Broken Arrow, and
since the 1950s wintered in Anna Maria City.
From 1942 to 1945, he served in the U.S. Army
and was at the battle of the Bridge at Remagen where
he was the first soldier to step foot on the infamous
crossroads. He was later captured by German forces.
While in the Army, he received a Bronze Star, a Purple
Heart and a battlefield commission.
During his 21-year major-league baseball career,
Spahn played with the Boston and Milwaukee Braves,
the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets. He
pitched in 750 games. He was fourth on the all-time
win list with 363 victories, more than any left-hander
Spahn won 20 games a season 13 times and pitched
63 shutouts. He led the National League in earn run
average three times and had a lifetime ERA of 3.09
while leading the league in strikeouts four straight
In 1963 when he was 42 and at an age when most
pitchers were years past their prime, Spahn was 23-7
with an ERA of 2.60.
During his career, he pitched 5,243.2 innings, gave
up 4,830 hits, walked 1,434 men and struck out 2,583.
Spahn hit 35 home runs during his career.
In 1973, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of
Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y.
Spahn said in a 1997 interview with The Islander
that he paid a phenomenal price in the 1950s for his
first Gulffront lot on the Island: $10,000. He sold half
the land to Braves teammate Eddie Matthews because
he said he got nervous about spending so much money.
At one point, Spahn owned four homes in Anna
Maria City, with apt names such as Infield and Out-
In an interview, Spahn said the first time he played
in the "Bigs" was at the top of his list of best baseball
events. Playing on the pennant-winning Boston Braves
and in the World Series in 1948 was a thrill. Winning
the Series in 1957 with the Milwaukee Braves was
"At that time, that was the greatest thrill ever," Spahn
said. "But thrills and peaks happen at various times in your
life. There were other thrills just as big. When I got mar-
ried. When my son was born. When I was named an All-
Star the first time. When I won the Cy Young award [as
best pitcher in the National League]. When I was inducted
into the Hall of Fame was a big thrill. So you see, they're
all in their own arena."
The late Birdie Tebbetts of Anna Maria City man-
aged Spahn in 1962 and also managed against him
when Tebbetts was with the Cincinnati Reds.
"If he isn't the greatest left-handed pitcher who
ever lived, I don't know who is. His record proves
that," Tebbetts said in the same interview. "What sepa-
rated him from the rest was the fact he was so good at
a lot of different things. Not only was he a good pitcher,
he was a good hitter. He also had an exceptional move
to first base and nobody stole on him. He was a good
fielder. Most of all, he was smart.
"The Boston Braves won a pennant with him and
Johnny Sain. They had an old saying about that team.
'Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.' Spahn would pitch
one day, then Sain the next and if it rained the next, that
gave Spahn enough rest so he could pitch the follow-
ing day. And he consistently won. And the Braves won
Memorial services were Nov. 29 in Broken Arrow.
More than 200 people attended, including baseball
greats Hank Aaron, Lew Burdette and baseball com-
missioner Bud Selig.
He's survived by a son, Greg, and two granddaugh-
ters, Niki and Kara.
Randy Scott Willard
Randy Scott Willard, 43, of Bradenton Beach, died
Born in Medina, Ohio, Mr. Willard moved to
Manatee County from Hinckley, Ohio, in 1968. He was
a bartender and bar manager for the Seafood Shack
Restaurant in Cortez. He served in the U.S. Navy.
Memorial services were Dec. 2, Brown and Sons
Funeral Home, 26th Street Chapel, was in charge of
He is survived by sons Ricky Halbert of Bradenton
Beach and Cody Colby of Bradenton; sister Robin of
Bradenton; brother Rick of Chardon, Ohio; and mother
Ruth Curtis of Bradenton.
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Non-conforming lot variance denied
By Rick Catlin
What do you do when an Anna Maria property
owner with a non-conforming lot that is not a "lot of
record" asks for a variance to tear down the existing
single-story structure and rebuild with a three-story
Deny the variance request, said the Anna Maria
Planning and Zoning Board at its Nov. 24 meeting.
Strangely enough, if the property were a con-
forming lot and a "lot of record," there wouldn't be
any need for a variance, according to a legal opinion
offered by City Attorney Jim Dye.
But because the house owned by Pierino and
Linda Cedolin at 203 Coconut Ave. sits on a non-
conforming lot that's just 52.5 feet by 50 feet, and
the lot itself is not a "lot of record" but created by
metes and bounds, a variance is needed to tear down
and rebuild, Dye said.
The P&Z voted at its October meeting to deny a
request from the Cedolins for a variance to the set-
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whether or not they could even tear down and re-
build pending legal advice from the city's attorney.
Holmes Beach Building Official Bill Saunders,
who was acting for Anna Maria at the time of the
original building permit request, said he gave his
opinion two months ago that the Cedolin's needed a
variance to build because the "parcel"-did not
qualify as a "lot of record" under Anna Maria codes,
but was considered a "parcel."
P&Z board members Charles Canniff, Jim
Conoly and Chuck Webb argued that there was no
"hardship" demonstrated as required by the code to
grant a variance, and that construction of the pro-
posed three-story (two floors over ground-floor
parking) home would alter the character of the
single-story houses in the neighborhood.
Attorney Roger Conley, representing the
Cedolins, replied that a variance would allow the
new structure to be "conforming" for square footage.
The current residence has only 750 square feet of
He also noted that the house is seaward of the
Coastal Construction Control Line as established by
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
"Anyone seaward of the CCCL doesn't have
nuch choice but to go up with a new structure," be-
ause of DEP construction and flood requirements,
He also envisioned the day when the neighbor-
hood would change as more and more houses were
built with two floors over parking.
As an Island resident since 1966, "Everything on
this Island changes," Conley noted.
Maybe, said Webb, but "I don't see a hardship"
and the rule is don't allow an expansion of a non-
The board voted 3-2 to recommend the city com-
mission deny the variance. P&Z chairperson Ellen
Trudelle and Margaret Jenkins voted against the mo-
tion, while Webb, Conoly and Caniff voted yes.
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Anna Maria City
Nov. 24, 300 block of Hardin Avenue, open door.
While on patrol, deputies observed the rear sliding
doors to a property for sale were partially open.
Nov. 16, 2000 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, unreg-
istered vehicle. A man was arrested for driving with-
out a license and for possession of an unregistered ve-
Nov. 21, 900 block of Gulf Drive North, warrant
arrest. A man was arrested on a contempt-of-court
warrant after a routine traffic stop.
Nov. 21, 100 block of Fourth Street North, DUI
arrest. Thomas Bourassa, 49, of Bradenton Beach, was
arrested for driving under the influence. According to
the report, Bourassa failed to stop when the officer,
who said he witnessed several traffic violations, acti-
vated his lights and sirens, and Bourassa led the officer
to his home, where he failed a sobriety test.
Nov. 24, 1500 block of Gulf Drive North, driving
with suspended license. A man was arrested for driv-
ing with a suspended license and expired registration.
Nov. 21, 7100 Gulf Drive, Nautilus condomini-
ums, burglary. A vacationing couple reported their
wallets stolen from their condo.
Nov. 22, 5800 Marina Drive, skate park, theft.
Officers were unable to find the lock for the park gate.
Nov. 23, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
abandoned vehicle. According to the report, officers
attempted to find the owner of a vehicle left in the
beach parking lot for several days.
Nov. 23,200 block of 82nd Street, burglary. Accord-
ing to the report, several items including clothing, a
dresser, microwave and plant were stolen from a home.
Nov. 24, 5700 block of Marina Drive, lost property.
A woman reported losing her purse somewhere between
the Island Branch Library and Bradenton Beach.
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Holmes Beach committee reviews landscaping regulations
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Com-
mittee is reviewing the city's landscaping regulations
outlined in the land development code and members
are finding the current code flawed.
For one, the types of landscaping permitted on pri-
vate property include any combination of living mate-
rial and ground cover, including grass, shrubs and
vines, as well as rocks, pebbles, sand, walls or fences.
There are no limitations to prevent a property
owner from covering their lot entirely with sand or
Another problem the committee identified is that
Headlines in the Dec. 2, 1993, issue
of The Islander announced that:
The appeal case of fired Holmes Beach Police
Chief Rick Maddox remained stalled because the ap-
peal board lacked a third person to hear the case. Ac-
cording to city codes, the board is made up of three
members: one chosen by Maddox, another by the city
and the third by the first two selected. The first two
board members had not yet agreed on a third member.
Don Tarantola was hired as the new building of-
ficial and public works director in Anna Maria after
months of commission debate about the position.
Holmes Beach city commissioners approved
placement at Manatee Beach of a monument to two
teenagers killed in an automobile accident near the
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right of way, which can obstruct a driver's line of vi-
sion or work that needs to be done by the city.
In residential areas, the code only requires property
owners to have two trees and six shrubs.
SThe committee would like to see landscaping up-
graded when property changes ownership or is signifi-
The committee members have gathered landscap-
ing requirements used in other areas, including
Longboat Key, Sarasota and Sanibel Island.
The group agreed the city's code needs to clarify
the percentage which must be drought resistant, saltwa-
ter tolerant or native vegetation, clarify the number and
size of tree requirements, and provide examples of
The committee agreed that landscaping on the Is-
land should be aesthetically pleasing for annual resi-
dents, yet low-maintenance for elderly residents or
rental property owners.
The next committee meeting will be held Jan. 7.
of fused glass art
Linda Schmid will demonstrate the art of fused
glass from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Island
Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The
event is free and open to the public. Further informa-
tion is available at 778-6648.
Star of Sea Guild's bazaar
The 31st annual Christmas Bazaar of the Ladies
Guild of Star of the Sea Church on Longboat Key is
scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
The bazaar will be in the Stella Maris Activity
Center of the church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Fea-
tured will be gourmet chocolates, baked goods, jewelry
and gifts from the Vatican Library Collection, Christ-
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Volunteers being sought
by community center
Anna Maria Island Community Center has sent out
an urgent call for volunteers to help tutor children from
grades 1-3 in the Center's after-school program.
The volunteers are needed Tuesdays, Wednesdays
and Thursdays from 3:30-5 p.m. at Anna Maria El-
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Winterfest to attract
100 artists Dec. 13-14
Winterfest is coming to the Island for the 15th
time, featuring music and art and animals and food on
Dec. 13-14 at the Holmes Beach City Hall park.
It is one of the two major fundraising events spon-
sored by the Anna Maria Island Art League, the other
coming in early spring.
The festival will have the works of 100 or more
artists and crafts people, said spokesperson Ginger
White. It will be from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days at
5801 Marina Drive. Admission and parking are free.
This will be a family event with live music, food*
court, and exhibits by community organizations includ-
ing wildlife, historical and environmental groups. The
live animals there are an annual hit with young and old,
Another highlight will the raffle of artworks do-
nated by festival exhibitors, $5 for six tickets, sold on
the grounds. Proceeds go to the league's scholarship
fund, which provides art classes for children and adults.
Most of the artists' works and the crafts will be for
sale along the large "midway" of Winterfest, in addi-
tion to those that will be donated for the raffle.
Further details may be obtained from 778-2099.
Winners in the Nov. 29 horseshoe games were
Herb Puryear of Anna Maria City and Greg Schutt
of Holmes Beach. Runners-up were Jesse Brisson of
Holmes Beach and Bill Starrett of Anna Maria City.
Winners in the Nov. 26 horseshoe games were
Puryear and Starrett. Runners-up were Ron Pepka of
Bradenton and Carol Watson of Anna Maria City.
The weekly contests get under way every
Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria
City Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive.
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p.m. and lunch starts at 11 a.m.
For more information, call 794-3330.
New concept in salon, spa
The Amy Dodge Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa
is now open in the Island Fitness Center building at
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concept in services for hair, nails, facials, skin and
The salon will carry Aveda products, including
clothing and jewelry, and stylists use the Aveda con-
cept in hair styling.
As a new opening special, the salon is offering
complimentary eyebrow waxing for every hair appoint-
Hours for the salon are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-
day through Saturday except on Thursday when the
salon is open until 9 p.m.
Amy Dodge Salon also has a location on Longboat
Key at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
For more information or to schedule an appoint-
ment, call 778-8191.
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Artist Pam Fortenberry puts the finishing touches on
the sign for South Jersey Shoreline Subs now open in
the Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy.
Jersey subs in Holmes Beach
South Jersey Shoreline Italian subs opened this
week in the Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach
and owner Ron Emper is offering authentic Philadel-
phia cheesesteaks in addition to his authentic Italian
The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and fea-
tures hot and cold submarine sandwiches with authen-
If you are uncomfortable
with the way you look or
feel. Personal Health
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tic Italian cheeses. All sandwiches are made to order.
Homemade soups and salads will also be on the
For a genuine Italian sub or Philly cheesesteak
from the South Jersey Shoreline, call 778-1804.
Island real estate sales
632 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a canalfront
1,900 sfla / 2,688 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car/pool home built
in 1966 on a 172x115 corner lot, was sold 10/2/03,
Walters to White, for $510,000; list $525;000.
728 Holly, Anna Maria, a 1,068 sfla / 1,476 sfur
2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1972 on a 50x105 lot,
was sold 10/3/03, Dowling (estate of Sullivan) to
Silvestro, for $365,000; list $425,000, then $399,000.
9901 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, a 2,024 sfla / 2,482
sfur complex of two buildings zoned store / office /
retail (SOR) built in 1945 on one lot measuring 52x145
with the second lot of 52x145 left empty and facing
Magnolia, was sold 9/30/03, May to Mattick, for
$650,000; list $749,000.
1301 Bay Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, 8-A Bay
Watch, a 1,079 sfla / 1,225 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1982, was sold 10/7/03, Meyer to Carson, for
$320,000; list $329,000.
513 Key Royale Dr., Holmes Beach, a 1,683 sfla /
2,681 sfur 2car/pool/canalfront home built in 1966 on
a 100x104 lot, was sold 10/6/03, Surprenant to Roscoe,
749 N. Shore Dr., Anna Maria, a Gulffront lot of
about one-third acre and 60-foot footage, was sold 10/
10/03, Wear to Alexander, for $885,000; list $949,500.
871 N. Shore Dr., Anna Maria, a bayfront duplex
of two buildings with 1,326 sfla / 1768 sfur and 1087
sfla, 5bed/4bath/2car, built in 1960 on a 50x150+- lot,
was sold 10/8/03, Zambito to Tuso, for $1,210,000.
SCompiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusivelyfor The Islander. Island
real estate transactions may be viewed on the Web at
islander.org. Copyright 2003.
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Islander stars in 'Annie' at Sarasota Players Theatre
By Diana Bogan
More than 100 children auditioned for a role in
"Annie" at The Players Theatre in Sarasota this fall.
Only 12 were chosen for the 40-member cast.
And taking center stage in the starring role is Is-
lander and Anna Maria Elementary School student
"I cried tears of joy," Rizzo said, recalling the
moment she heard the final casting decision an-
She is a relative newcomer to the professional the-
ater scene, and Rizzo's mom said they were all sur-
prised and excited about the news.
Rizzo said that even though she sang "Maybe"
from the musical at her audition, she wasn't specifi-
cally trying out for the part of Annie.
"I just hoped to make the cast as one of the orphan
children walking around on stage," she said.
Rehearsals began in October on Rizzo's 10th birth-
day and took place every day, including weekends, for
the lead characters.
"I think there are only one or two scenes I'm not
in, leaving little leisure time," Rizzo said. "There are
a lot of sacrifices but it's worth it."
Rehearsals leave little time for other fun, or activi-
ties like piano and dance lessons, but Rizzo says it's a
lot of fun being part of a cast because the members are
like a second family.
In fact, her mom says it seems like the cast sees
Rizzo more than her real family. Still her family is sup-
portive and involved in helping Rizzo prepare for her
role. Mom, dad, and younger sister Holly have helped
Trina learn her lines.
And, after spending so much time at rehearsals
with his daughter, Dad Anthony joined the pit orches-
tra with his guitar.
S Staff at the school is also very supportive of
Rizzo's debut as Annie and her hectic schedule.
Teacher Marcia Brockway accommodates Rizzo's the-
ater schedule by allowing her to complete homework
assignments over the weekend instead of during the
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vous about it because she-doesn't know which night
Rizzo said she is confident about her acting skills.
She has been taking some acting classes through the
Florida Studio Theater and has performed on stage in
"Nuncrackers" and "Missoula" at the Bradenton
Riverfront Theatre and "Twelfth Night" at the Island
Surprisingly, she isn't as confident about her sing-
ing. Since landing the role of Annie, she has begun tak-
ing voice lessons and hopes to continue them after the
show wraps up.
Rizzo said this role is challenging not only because
of the singing involved and the time commitment, but
also because oh top of learning her lines and choreog-
raphy, she has to control her four-legged castmate
Sandy, played by a dog named Nova.
Still one of the highlights of the show for Rizzo
is performing "Tomorrow" with her faithful dog
Sandy by her side.
Up next for Rizzo is a role in the "King and I" at
the Riverfront Theatre in Bradenton. Rehearsals are
already under way for that production, which opens in
January. AME studentsLindsey Bell and Trina's sis-
ter Holly join her as part of that cast.
For the role of Annie, Rizzo had to cut and dye her
hair. She donated her long tresses to Locks of Love, an
organization that makes wigs for sick children. She
didn't mind cutting her hair, she said, but stresses over
dying it, especially since next month her role calls for
her to have black hair.
But until then, Rizzo is focused on taking the stage
as a little orphan girl with a bright future.
The curtains open on "Annie" at 8 p.m. Thursday,
Dec. 4, and the show has already been extended to run
through Dec. 21.
There will be matinee performances Saturday, Dec.
13, and Sunday, Dec. 7, 14, and 21.
The Players Theatre is located at 838 N. Tamiami
Trail, Sarasota. Tickets cost $19 and are available at the
box office, 365-2494.
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Wednesday, Dec. 3
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria Island Pier, 100 Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa-
Noon- Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island Haci-
enda Potluck Charity Luncheon at Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-6083. Fee applies.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
5 to 7p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce holiday business card exchange at the
Harrington House Bed and Breakfast Inn, 5626 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1541.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Scholastic Book Fair Parents
Night at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
6:30 p.m. Little League Baseball charter com-
mittee meeting at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Thursday, Dec. 4
9:30 a.m. to noon Watercolor class with Susie
Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. The Episcopal Church Women Lun-
cheon and Advent program featuring a Christmas story
by Jeanne Dawn at the Episcopal Church of the An-
nunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Noon to 4 p.m. Floorcloth art class with Elena
DeLaVille at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
5 to 7p.m. Blood drive at the American Legion
Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
6:30 p.m. Youth Basketball League banquet at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee ap-
2004 Kiwanis leaders
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island officers for 2004 are, left to right, Larry Cory, visiting from Sarasota;
Al Guy, vice president; Ralph Bassett, president-elect; Phyllis Bohnenberger, president; Rich Bohnenberger,
secretary; and James Stewart, president of the club's foundation. That's longtime Kiwanian James "Stretch"
Fretwell with the banner. Among its many activities is providing volunteer bell-ringers for the Salvation Army
Christmas fund drive under way at Publix.
8 p.m. Opening night of "Annie," starring Is-
lander Trina Rizzo at The Players Theatre, 838 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 365-2494. Fee
Friday, Dec. 5
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mosaic stepping-stone craft
class with Sandy French at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-2099. Fee applies.
5 to 8p.m. Ye 01' Holiday Open House through-
out the Holmes Beach business district featuring
Santa, Saggy Aggy, snow, snacks and refreshments
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Gumbo, Etouffee, Jambalaya, Crawfish, Fried Okra and More!
Zydeco tunes by The Gumbo Boogie Band, 6-9 pm
With The Tim Chandler Band 5-9pm. Maine Lobster Special $12.95
Frog legs, Blue Crabs, Mullet, Fried Chicken, Black-eyed Peas, Fried Green Tomatoes, Collard
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and live music. Information: 778-7978.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Opening reception for"Digital
Fine Artists Association exhibit at the Anna Maria Is-
land Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
6 to 9 p.m. "Holiday Night" featuring Santa
Claus and live music on St. Armands Circle, Sarasota.
6 to 10 p.m. Artists reception for "Holiday in
Paradise: Mermaids, Sea Creatures & Art, Oh My!" at
the Village of the Arts galleries between 14th Street
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West and Ninth Street in downtown Bradenton. Infor-
Saturday, Dec. 6
8:30 a.m. Walk-a-dog-a-thon for the Manatee
County Humane Society at G.T. Bray Park southside
soccer field, 51st Street West, Bradenton. Information:
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Mana-
tee Public Beach, Holmes Beach Information: 778-
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Pilates at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
9a.m. to 2p.m. Holiday Bazaar at St. Mary Star
of the Sea Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-0515.
10 to 11 a.m. Mosaic stepping-stone craft class
with Sandy French at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-2099. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to noon Fused-glass art demonstration
by Linda Schmid at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Canine Holiday Festival at
G.T. Bray Park, 51st St. W., Bradenton. Information:
746-3611. Doggie goods donation applies.
10:30 a.m. Holmes Beach Civic Association
presents "Come Follow Our Island's Stormwater into
the Bay and Beyond" with Brie Willett of the Sarasota
Bay National Estuary Program at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
10:30 a.m. Wild bird rescue training at the Peli-
can Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
6 p.m. The Islander Holiday Lighted Boat Pa-
rade and Fireworks from Bradenton Beach and Bimini
Bay to the Anna Maria City Pier. Information: 778-
Sunday, Dec. 7
8 a.m. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Day Ceremony at the American Legion Post No. 24,
2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-3489.
8 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-4769. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holiday Bazaar at Temple
Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Infor-
Monday, Dec. 8
9 to 10 a.m. Island Widowed Persons Services
meeting at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
Tuesday, Dec. 9
Noon Minnesota Club Luncheon at the Ameri-
can Legion Club, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 758-8543 or 792-0619.
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.
2p.m. The Asolo Playreaders perform "Nichols
and May Revisited" at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Pilates at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7 p.m. Charter education class at the Island
Middle School, 206 85th St., Holmes Beach. Informa-
8 p.m. Opening night of Manatee Players "A
Taffeta Christmas A '50s Christmas Reunion" at the
Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Dec. 10
10:30 a.m. Friend's Book Club at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
11:30 a.m. The Off Stage Ladies auxiliary of the
Island Players presents "The World of Charles
Dickens" with George Curry at The Landings at Free-
dom Village, 17th Avenue West, Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 761-8623 or 792-7818.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
1 to 3 p.m. Mixed-media art demonstration by
Mary DuCharme at the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Is-
land Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
6 p.m. "How to Improve Housing in Manatee
County" public forum with county representatives at
Manatee Technical Institute, 5603 34th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 751-7947.
Watercolors of Anne Abgott at Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Dec. 6.
"A Festival of Trees" holiday event at Crosley
Mansion, Bradenton, through Dec. 10. Information:
722-3244. Fee applies.
Black-and-white photography class with Chris
Galanopoulos and Jerry Quin at the Anna Maria Island
Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through Dec. 15. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
The Manatee Players present "A Taffeta Christ-
mas A '50s Christmas Reunion" at the Riverfront
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 3, 2003 0 PAGE 19
Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Dec.
21. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
"Annie" starring Islander Trina Rizzo at The Play-
ers Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through
Dec. 21. Information: 365-2494. Fee applies.
"Digital Fine Artists Association" exhibit at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes.Blvd.,
Holmes Beach, through Dec. 30. Information: 778-
"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.
"The Write Stuff" with Andrew Clyde Little at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
"Holiday in Paradise: Mermaids, Sea Creatures
& Art, Oh My!" at the Village of the Arts galleries be-
tween 14th Street West and Ninth Street in downtown
Bradenton, through Jan. 3. Information: 741-8056.
Watercolor classes with Susie Cotton at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, through May 25. Information: 778-1908.
Holiday Dinner Gala at the Crosley Mansion Dec.
Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote Marine
Aquarium Dec. 11.
Music performance and Parent-Teacher Organi-
zation meeting at Island Middle School Dec. 11.
AARP Driver Safety course at the Island Branch
Library Dec. 11-12.
Artist reception at the Artists Guild Gallery Dec.
Florida West Coast Symphony Holiday Pops con-
cert a Neel Auditorium, Bradenton, Dec. 12.
"Drop and Shop" at G.T. Bray Activity Center,
Bradenton Dec. 12.
"A Night Before Christmas" at G.T. Bray Park,
Bradenton Dec. 13.
Origami class at the Island Branch Library Dec.
Lester Family Fun Day at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center Dec. 13.
Privateers Holiday Parade Islandwide Dec. 13.
"Winterfest" Crafts Fair at Holmes Beach City Hall
Island Widowed Persons Service visit to DeSoto
National Park Dec. 15.
Kiwanis Club Holiday Dinner at Cafe on the
Beach Dec. 15.
"Leaks, Lies and Liberals" with James McCartney
at the Beach House Restaurant Dec. 15.
Stepping-stone craft class with Glen LeFerve at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center Dec. 15-16.
Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids at the Sandbar
restaurant Dec. 16.
Anna Maria City "Pier Regulars" holiday party at
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Community Center basketball season preview
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's bas-
ketball season gets under way at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec.
6, and continues with action in four age divisions
throughout the day. The tournament concludes with the
championship games being played Tuesday, Dec. 9, for
Division III, while the other three divisions will decide
a champion Wednesday, Dec. 10.
The regular season is just around the corner for
Island basketball enthusiasts. Here's a look at the fa-
vorites (according to this writer) for the upcoming sea-
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
The Anna Maria Oyster Bar has to be considered
the favorite with an impressive inside-outside combi-
nation of Gary Scott, Matt McDonough and Spencer
Carper is in his first year of Premier League play,
but he's got the game and Scott is dominant down low.
Adam Arling, Louis Pace, Lorenzo Rivera, Matthew
Skaggs and Jacob Stebons round out the rest of the
Oyster Bar roster.
They should be challenged by ReMax, which has
three capable scorers in Steve Seaton, Chad Richardson
and Clay Orr. Mike Cramer and Anthony Rosas pro-
vide some needed size for ReMax, which also has Jor-
dan Graeff, Alisha Ware and Kevin Gruenke.
Anna Maria Glass & Screen, with Taylor Manning
Bobby Gibbons and Franklin Moore, and the Beach
House, which boasts Mike Wallen, Steve Faasse and
Bobby Cooper, could be up to the challenge for the
Division I (ages 12-13)
It's a little harder to call who is the class of Divi-
sion I, but it looks like a family affair at the top.
Sign of the Mermaid and Jesse's Beach Lounge
should battle it out for first place. Jesse's features
Dylan and Danielle Mullen in addition to Ryan Guerin,
Celia Ware Toby Evans and Ian Beck, while the Mer-
maid includes Justin and Heather Dearlove. Other
Mermaid members that could help lead a run to the
championship include Jamie Urch, Matt Shafer, Ian
Douglas and Lauren Barth.
Rotten Ralph's, with Broderick West and Whitney
Bauer, and S&S Industries, which boasts Mikey
Schweitzer, Jarot Nelson and Catie Carden, could also
challenge. Last but not least is A Paradise Realty,
which will go as far as Harrison Skaggs, Will Osborne
and Max Marnie can take them.
Division II (ages 10-11)
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and Banks Engineering. The Engineers have a three-
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Tommy Price and Martine Miller that should put some
points on the board. Other players include Kyle
Bergeron, Miles Hostetler, Daniel Janisch and Alison
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lenge with an offensive attack keyed by Daniel Riley
and Garrett Secor, as could Island Real Estate, which
has Emma Barlow and Chris Callahan to show the way.
Division Ill (ages 8-9)
Division III is a tough call, but Duncan Real Estate
or Jessie's Island Store should come out on top when
the dust settles.
The Duncans have a nice one-two punch in Giorgio
Gomez and Kyle Crum, in addition to Jerry Mayer,
Wyatt Hoffman, Danny Krokroskia, Courtney and Josh
Schmidt, Alec Thompson and Emily White.
Jessie's is led by Jack Titsworth and Trevor
Bystrom, Jay Beard, Julian Botero, Sarah Falls and
Zack Guerin, while Alexis Mitchell and Stephanie
Purnell make up the supporting cast.
Other Division III challengers include Harry's
Continental Kitchens, which has a nice one-two punch
in Zach Facheris and Taylor Wilson, and Galati Ma-
rine, which boasts Daniel Pimentel and Stephanie
Schenk as team members. The Bistros will also be in
there battling, led by Emma Carper and Pat Edwards.
Lady Canes settle for 1-1 tie
The Manatee Her-icanes high school soccer girls
settled for a 1-1 tie after giving up a goal with less than
five minutes remaining in their Nov. 26 home match
against arch-rival Sarasota High School.
The Her-icanes dominated the visiting Sailors,
outshooting them 27-3, but they were unable to finish
off their many chances in the tie. Manatee's goal came
in the 14th minute when Kim Kern ripped a shot from
25 yards that clanged off the crossbar. Kyleigh O'Leary
alertly poked the loose ball past the Sarasota keeper for
a 1-0 lead.
Sarasota almost tied the game 10 minutes from the
finish when Kaitlin Hamersley got loose on a break-
away, but Her-icane goalie Dani Wood came off her
line to smother that chance.
Sarasota tied the score with less than five minutes
remaining, sparking a furious ending as Manatee
worked to score the go-ahead goal. It looked as though
the Lady Canes notched the game winner right before
the final whistle when Kern got a head on Angela
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On Monday, Nov. 24, the Her-icanes traveled to
Southeast High and came away with a lackluster 2-1
win, despite outshooting the Noles by a wide margin.
Anglela Sheehan took care of the scoring for the Her-
icanes with two goals in the victory.
The Her-icanes face a pair of District 11 games this
week, at home against Venice Tuesday, Dec. 2, and at
Lakewood Ranch at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Catch a game and show your support for youth ath-
Indoor soccer Christmas tourney
registering under way
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's 10th
Annual Indoor Soccer Christmas Tournament is ac-
cepting registration for teams through Dec. 8. Cost is
$100 per team for rosters of at least six players up to a
maximum of 12.
Rosters must be complete by Dec. 10 for the tour-
nament, which will have male and female divisions in
U-8, U-10, U-12, and U-14. Ages are determined by
how old players were on Aug. 1.
The double-elimination tournament will follow
AMICC Indoor Soccer rules and all teams are required
to have uniforms with the same colors.
Registrations is on a first come, first serve basis
due to a limit of six teams in each age-gender division.
All players will receive a tourney T-shirt, while first-
place teams receive individual trophies. A tourney
MVP will be awarded in each age division.
For more information, call the Center's Joe
Chlebus at 778-1908.
Miller, Magic stay atop the standings
Martine Miller and her UII Manatee Magic soc-
cer team stayed on top of the standings thanks to a 2-0
win over St. Peter Saturday, Nov. 22, behind a goal
apiece from Ashley Conley and Martine Miller.
The Magic has not lost since a 2-0 opening-game
loss to the Clearwater Chargers. Their most impressive
win to date has to be the 1-0 victory Nov. 8 against
defending league champion West Pasco. Allyssa Allen
scored the only goal on an assist from Nicole Dixon.
AMI Little League to organize
The Anna Maria Island Community Center an-
nounces the annual Little League charter baseball com-
mittee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the
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siasts residing on Anna Maria Island and the Manatee
County portion of Longboat Key. The meeting's primary
agenda is to vote for a new board of directors to lead the
Island's Little League charter into another season.
Mark your calendars and plan on supporting this
important formation meeting. For more information,
please call Scott Dell at 778-1908.
Basketball banquet Dec. 4
Mark your calendars for Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6:30
p.m. for the "Kick-off-the-Season" banquet at the Cen-
ter. Adults and kids can enjoy a spaghetti dinner for $6
and $5 catered by Islands' End Bistro.
On Saturday, the.basketball season gets off to an
official start with the Tip-off Basketball Tournament.
The action starts at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Center. A full
schedule will be announced next week. Picture day will
also take place that Saturday.
For more information, call the Center at 778-1908.
Olympians 'set' to serve
The Manatee Area Volleyball Club will be hosting
a series of clinics, including one that boasts local pro-
fessional volleyball players.
On Dec. 13, Tyra Harper and Kim Zscau will run
a clinic for male and female players in fifth- through
12th-grade from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Stephen's
school gym in Bradenton.
Harper and Zscau are regulars on the professional
beach tour, and both have played professionally over-
seas and are former Olympians.
Cost for participants is $35, while area coaches
may attend for $15. Amateur Athletic Union members
receive a $10 discount. Players may register for the
clinic by calling Nancy Cothron at 748-1093, or regis-
ter from 9:30-10 a.m. on the day of the clinic. Partici-
pants should bring a bag lunch.
Other clinics to be offered at St. Stephen's, include
offensive skills and strategies Sunday, Dec. 7, and de-
fensive skills and strategies Sunday, Dec. 21. These
two clinics are free to Manatee Area Volleyball mem-
The Manatee Area Volleyball club is accepting
players for the middle school and high school leagues.
Middle School is fifth- to eighth-grade boys and girls,
while high school is for ninth- through 12th-grade girls.
League play begins in January with matches being
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Passing thoughts on Midnight Pass; spider tales
Almost 20 years to the day that Midnight Pass was
closed, Sarasota County Commissioners will receive a
report arguing that the inlet between Siesta and Casey
keys could and should be reopened.
The new consultant's report also almost exactly
mimics a 20-year-old report that reached the same con-
clusions if the pass were reopened, it would prob-
ably stay open.
The story of the pass is a perfect example of what
goes around comes around.
Midnight Pass also is a saga of what happens when
humans mess with Mother Nature. The inlet has existed
in one form or another since the mid-1800s, migrating
along a swath of beach that encompassed about three
miles or more, sometimes wide and straight, sometimes
narrow and twisting, but always serving as a tidal ex-
change between the Gulf of Mexico and Little Sarasota
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through its
dredging of the Intracoastal Waterway in the 1960s, is
probably the precursor of the demise of the inlet. When
the channel was dug through Little Sarasota Bay, inlet
dynamics changed in the region, and more water began
to flow through the channel than through the pass.
The Gulf-bay exchange of water was slowed,
and shoals began to build both in and out of the in-
let, choking the channel into a narrower and faster
waterway. Wind and storms altered the course of the
channel, lacking any artificial means to direct its
path like jetties or groins, and the pass began to mi-
Unfortunately, the pass took a path directly toward
two expansive Gulffront homes and, in the early 1980s,
the pass was starting to lap at the pool of one home.
The homeowners one was internationally re-
nowned artist Syd Solomon begged county and state
officials for relief. Their plan was to fill in the pass in
front of their homes and dig another channel farther
away from their property, all at their own expense, if
official permits could be granted.
After a lively debate that stretched for months, the
permits were eventually granted and, on Dec. 5, 1983,
the pass was closed and a new channel dredged farther
from the expensive homes.
The new channel closed.
It was re-dredged.
After eight or so attempts, the homeowners came
back to the county commission and said they were giv-
ing up. The pesky channel just didn't seem to like its
new home and refused to stay open.
The county commission relented in its demand that
the pass be reopened, and "Midnight Beach" has been
in existence ever since.
Of course, inlets and beaches move around and,
despite the relocation of the pass in 1983, the Solomon
home since resold a number of times ended up
damaged by wind and waves to such an extent that
county officials condemned it earlier this year and had
most of it demolished.
Oh, there were studies and reports (and all manner
of consultants) that siphoned money out of the county
to provide information about the area over the years.
Some reports said the pass would probably maybe
sometime sort of open on its own. Other studies said it
should be dredged. Some said it should remain as it is.
You know how studies are.
The one I liked was by the "Blue Ribbon Panel On
Midnight Pass," formed with a whole slew of commu-
nity leaders and environmentalists, who in 1984 said
that the pass should be dredged one time in a major way
and that it should remain in an open state as a result.
Now, fast-forward to today. Coastal geologist
Karyn Erickson presented a report to the Sarasota
County Commission earlier this week that states that a
restoration project is "feasible."
Erickson, according to my buddy Jack Gurney,
writing in the Pelican Press, "entered the picture early
this year when her successful role in the relocation of
an unstable coastal inlet in New Hanover County, N.C.,
became known to county officials who were looking
for someone to guide them through the minefield of
bureaucratic permitting obstacles."
Erickson's $25,000 study said permits could be
issued to reopen the pass if the county could assure the
state and feds that a restored pass won't hurt nearby
beaches. She also said that a management plan should
be drafted that contains maintenance and monitoring
costs, the plan would keep the inlet stable right! -
and that Little Sarasota Bay water quality wouldn't
suffer as a result of the opening.
The pass opening proposal is a huge one, with
something like 400,000 cubic yards of sand being
moved around. That's about the amount of sand that
came ashore on Anna Maria Island in the last beach
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out
Dangerous spider, or not?
Someone left us a little early holiday gift at the
office a while back a note and a jar containing a
dead spider. "Bad spider, poison spider," the note read,
adding that "this is a tropical brown widow. I. found six
spiders and 16 egg sacks outside on my house. I think
people should be able to identify this poisonous spi-
The note's author said "I do not want to say where
these were exactly as people may feel unsettled. I just
hope people watch out for them. They are bad!"
OK, so here's the story of the spiders from Dr. Fred
Santana, Sarasota County IPM coordinator, according
to a Web search.
"When the subject of dangerous spiders comes up,
the average person usually thinks about the black
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widow spider. In Florida, however, the most commonly
encountered species of the group that people are find-
ing around their homes and work place is the brown
widow spider, Latrodectus geometricus.
"In the mid to late 1990s there seems to have been
an outbreak of brown widow spiders. Sightings have
been reported from the barrier islands to 1-75. At one
time the brown widow, which was introduced into
Florida, was most abundant in coastal cities of south-
eastern Florida. It now seems to have spread through-
out the state and reports of sightings have been received
from Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and South Caro-
"Why are they so common? Perhaps the milder
winters of the last few years have contributed to their
expanding range and increased presence. It could be
there are more insects for them to feed on as a result of
the milder winters.
"Because they vary from light tan to dark brown or
almost black, with variable markings of black, white,
yellow, orange, or brown on the back of their abdo-
mens, brown widows are not as easy to recognize. The
underside of the abdomen, if you can see it, contains
the characteristic hourglass marking. Unlike the black
widow, the hourglass is orange to yellow orange in
"There is another way to detect its presence its
egg sac is very different from those of the other widow
spiders. Instead of the smooth white to tan surface, the
outside of the egg sac is covered with pointed projec-
tions giving it the appearance of a globe with many
pointed protuberances on its surface. It has also been
described as tufted or fluffy looking.
"Although the bite of a widow spider is much
feared, the widow spiders are generally nonaggressive
and will retreat when disturbed. Bites usually occur
when a spider becomes accidentally pressed against the
skin of a person when putting on clothes or sticking
their hands in recessed areas or dark corners.
"According to Dr. G.B. Edwards, an arachnologist
with the Florida State Collection of Arthropods in
Gainesville, the brown widow venom is twice as potent
as black widow venom. However, they do not inject as
much venom as a black widow, are very timid, and do
not defend their web. The brown widow is also slightly
smaller than the black widow.
"The brown widow builds its web in secluded, pro-
tected sites around our homes, often very near our pres-
ence. It has a fondness for buildings but will construct
its web in all kinds of man-made structures, and even
vegetation. Some typical sites include inside old tires,
empty containers such as buckets and nursery pots,
mail boxes, entry-way corners, under eaves, stacked
equipment, cluttered storage closets and garages, be-
hind hurricane shutters, recessed hand grips of plastic
garbage cans, undercarriages of motor homes, under-
neath outside chairs, branches of shrubs.
"Sanitation is the most important strategy in reduc-
ing widow spiders infestations around the home. Rou-
tine cleaning is the best way to eliminate spiders and
discourage their return. Gloves should be worn if you
suspect widow spiders to be present. Reducing clutter
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Redfish action still red hot despite cold front
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Rough seas and high winds from the weekend's
cold front kept most anglers close to shore last week.
However, for those willing to go out into the Gulf of
Mexico, kingfish action continues to be fair, grouper
are moving closer to shore and snapper are feeding
Backwater fishing for redfish remains excellent,
and snook action continues to be good. Sheepshead
apparently liked the cold front, and are starting to show
up around any dock or pier in the area.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
are catching flounder, small redfish, black drum and
lots of sheepshead in the wake of the weekend's cold
front, with some of the sheepies coming in at better
than 4 pounds.
At trip to the Anna Maria City Pier last Sunday
turned up lots of stringers full of sheepshead, a few
flounder, mackerel and black drum. Fishers told me
shrimp was the best bait for the best catches.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's catching redfish, snook and catch-and-
release trout, with some of the reds stretching to 27
inches in length.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
makes an area less attractive to spiders. Inside a home
or garage, a thorough cleaning with a vacuum cleaner
is an effective way to removes spiders, their egg sacs,
and webbing. When vacuuming, the vacuum bag
should be removed when you are finished and placed
in a sealed plastic bag for disposal.
"If a spider problem still exists after sanitation
work, insecticides may have to be used. Direct contact
with a non-residual aerosol spray will remove live spi-
ders when a vacuum is not available. Spot treatment
applications of a residual insecticide to locations where
spiders build their web sites can be helpful to prevent
new spiders from becoming established."
There you go.
Perhaps the folks in Geuda Springs, Kan., would
just shoot spiders.
It seems that the city commission there has passed
an ordinance requiring residents to have a gun and
ammunition in their home or face a $10 fine. Exempt
from the new law are those who have physical or men-
tal disabilities, paupers, or people who conscientiously
oppose firearms, according to an Associated Press re-
The town of 210 people has no police force, but
relies on the Sumner County Sheriff's Department for
law enforcement protection. The sheriff is not too keen
on the measure, stating he's concerned about the safety
of his deputies.
The.town attorney also opposed the measure, and
the attorney general of Kansas has had no comment.
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cold front slowed fishing a bit because of the wind and
cold and the fish not biting, but things should really
pick up this week as the temps moderate. There are still
a few kingfish being caught offshore, and grouper are
still moving closer and closer to shore. There are good
results coming from trolling for grouper to about 15
pounds in about 45 feet of water, he said, and redfish
are still thick in the backwaters, as are catch-and-re-
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters took Larry Wolfe and family to a catch of
gag grouper to 20 pounds, mangrove snapper to 6
pounds and hogfish to 3 pounds, all caught in about 60
feet of water using live pinfish, shrimp, and frozen sar-
dines. Capt. Larry also took the Bill Maxson fishing
club out and caught 52 mangrove snapper to 6 pounds,
gag grouper to 15 pounds and sharks to 4 feet in length.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
black drum up to 15 pounds in size are being caught by
the Snead Island boat works, small snook are coming
in from the railroad bridge in the Manatee River, and
sheepshead and redfish are being caught near the struc-
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said it was too
rough to get out very much last week, but he targeted
redfish in the bays with good results, plus lots of snook,
although reds were his best bet.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's finding plenty
of catch-and-release trout right now, and notes that
sheepshead are starting to make a better appearance.
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from shore, including both reds and gags to 20 pounds,
plus mangrove, lane and even a few yellowtail snapper.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he caught some
keeper-size grouper, banded rudderfish, triggerfish,
lane and mangrove snapper, mackerel and a few king-
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Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
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Good luck and good fishing.
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TWO ANTIQUE WALNUT burl marble-top dressers,
$900 each; student desk and chair, $250; gun/rod dis-
play case, $350; new above-stove microwave, $230.
80-INCH QUEEN sofa pull-out bed, neutral color, good
condition. $150. Call 778-6348.
SEASONED FIREWOOD. Call Jeff Gunn, 809-7930.
ANTIQUE PIE CRUST-style end tables. 1930s-40s,
nice condition. $285 firm. 704-0431.
14-FOOT STAIRWAY stringers, extras never used,
$25. Also 40 pieces of new white vinyl siding. $75 for
ISLAND PLAYER'S PECAN SALE: Mammoth halves!
New crop. Holiday bags $6.95 lb., chocolate covered
$7.95 lb. Now available at SunCoast Real Estate and
The Islander newspaper located in the Island Shopping
Center, Holmes Beach. Proceeds benefit the Island
Players. For information call: 779-0202.
CHRISTMAS SALE Niki's Gifts and Antique Mall, 5351
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 50 percent off all sterling
jewelry, 10 to 60 percent off select gifts, antiques. Open
Friday, Dec. 5, 5-8pm for Holiday Open House, snacks,
free cloisonne ring. Sign up for next flea market, Satur-
day, Dec. 13. Call 779-0729.
AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit orders benefit Island children.
Order delicious oranges and grapefruit packages for ship-
ment to friends and family from member Rich
Bohnenberger, 778-0355. Order by Dec. 10 for Christmas.
Property Manager Realtor
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Real Estate, Inc.
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SPECTACULAR bayfront estate on pris-
tine one acre lot. Plantation-style home
offers private beach, dock and upgrades
throughout. $1,250,000. Kathy Valente,
IMMACULATE NW BRADENTON 4BR/
3BA home on quiet street. Open and
bright floor plan, new roof, large pool.
S319,000. Mary Hellhake, 544-0763.
MAJESTIC TRADITION IN MANGO PARK
Two story 4BR/5BA, heated pool and
front and back staircases. $439,000.
Cindy Pierro, 920-6818 or Victoria
Hosrtmann, 518-1278. 97907
NW BRADENTON 4BR family home. Pri-
vate setting with room for pool. Master
suite has sitting/dressing area with
Jacuzzi tub in bath. $295,000. Elizabeth
Gardini, 356-0096. 97980
REMODELED 4BR home on nearly one acre. Waterside pool, dock with lift, gourmet
kitchen, fireplace and wood floors. $899,000. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy
Drapala, 725-0781 96308
KEY WEST-STYLE Island canal home offers private docks, pool ard spa. Newly re-
done, 3BR/2BA on double lot. $659,000. Owner/agent. Valerie Hietala, 518-8120.
PANORAMIC BAYVIEW Newly redone kitchen and master bath. Expansive lanai for
true waterfront living. Great boating water. S649.00. Ruth Lawler, 587-4623. 95824
WONDERFUL NW WATERFRONT HOME with extensive decks and porches. Three-
car garage. $624,900. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 96305
NW BRADENTON Two-story 48R/3BA pool home with three-car garage. Great floor
plan for entertaining, lush landscaping on corner lot. S355,500. Kindra Koeck, 812-
IMPECCABLE PINE MEADOWS home with newer pool and roof. Fireplace and eat-in
kitchen with nice patio area. Master suite leads to backyard and pool area. $324,900.
Cindy Pierro, 920-6818. 97571
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! Four rental units in three buildings on over half-acre
lot. Also fourth building is three-bay garage. Possible to split off buildable lot.
$219,900. Ruth Lawler, 587-4623. 98222
NW BRADENTON 3BR split plan home with fireplace in family room. Freshly painted,
new carpet and tile throughout. Oversized lanai $209,900. Colette Gerrish, 713-6557.
WEST BRADENTON 3BR pool home has been maintained in A+ condition. Fenced
yard, lots of tile and an open floor plan. $199,900. Kathy Valente, 685-6767. 98047
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941.7 8.630 RED
RUMMAGE SALE Saturday, Dec. 6, 9am-1pm. St.
Bernard Activity Center, 43rd. Street, Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, Dec. 6, 9am-3pm.
Floribbean art, gifts, pictures, jewelry, furniture, hand-
made tropical accessories. 2113 Avenue C, Bradenton
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thursday,
9:30am-2pm, Saturday 9-noon. Always 50 percent off
sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Call 779-2733.
GARAGE SALE FRIDAY and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, 8am-
2pm. Moving sale. 622 Key Royale Drive, Holmes
BIG YARD SALE, Saturday, Dec. 6. Secondhand an-
tiques, 50 percent clothes, furniture, tools, miscella-
neous "Housewarmings by Horigans, inside Essence
of Time, 5306 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE sale, Friday and Saturday,
Dec. 5-6, 8am-2pm. Collectibles, furniture, tools, cloth-
ing, household items, much more! 517 71st St., Holmes
THREE-FAMILY SALE, Saturday, Dec. 6, 8am-2pm.
Furniture, household, kids miscellaneous and much
more. 2112 Avenue A., Bradenton Beach.
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.
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2.5BA and 2,140 sq.ft. Spec-
tacular Gulfviews, luxuriously
turnkey on Gulf Drive. Offered at
$1,790,000. Call Victoria
Horstmann at 518-1278 or Val
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estate home with guest house
on Palma Sola Bay. 5BR/5BA
and more than 4,700 sq.ft. in
total. Pool, spa, gym and room
for tennis court. Featured in this
year's Entre Nous tour! Offered
at $1,750,000. Call Val
FABULOUS DIRECT BAYFRONT
home with endless views over
Sarasota Bay. Newly redone
interior. Separate guest room
on ground floor with entertain-
ment room leading out to pool,
spa and bay. Watch the dol-
phins. Offered at $1,100,000.
Call Val Hietala, 518-8120.
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BEAUTIFUL KEY WEST-style
home in direct bay access ca-
nal. Double lot with room for
second unit! Solar pool, spa
and private dock. Three blocks
to beaches. Offered at
$659,000. Call Val Hietala,
1999 TOMOS 50CC Moped. 400 miles. New. $699 or
best offer. 792-4171.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning, has
towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great. $3,100,
or best offer. 730-9622.
BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vacation or
long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Minutes to
Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt. John's Ma-
rina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
AQUACAT CATAMARAN like new condition, blue/yel-
low sail with cover. Tiger tracks beach dolly, snatch
blocks, many extras. $2,500. 778-3143.
YACHT CLEANING by Carleen. Waxing, detailing, re-
pairs. Twenty-some years experience. Island residents.
Fix and clean that's our thing! Call 224-6521.
27 FOOT CARVER MONTEGO 1986 Twin 190 hp
Mercruiser. Runs great. AC, Ceranfield, 120 volt, alcohol-
fueled kitchen, all electronics. Water heater, shower, WC
tank, refrigerator, stereo. $19,900, 920-1318.
DOCK BOX: 4-foot standard, 16 cubic feet (44-inch
wide 27-inch high 26-inch deep). White fiberglass with
stainless fittings. Never installed. $259. Call 761-3332
22-FOOT CUDDY Chris-Craft, like new, less than 200
hours. NADA average retail $12,870. Make offer. Must
sell for health reasons. Call Wolfgang, 778-2873.
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HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
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 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.
PERICO BAY CLUB
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, ground-floor, turnkey-furnished end unit.
Community pool and clubhouse. Water view. Close to
beaches and shopping. $189,900.
SUN PLAZA WEST
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
REAL ESTATE LLC
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Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
.NEW! Perico Island
213 2BR/2BA condo with
: first-floor living! Spa-
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floor plan! Wonderful
-^,*.^ tropical setting with
., two glassed lanais! Of-
fered at $235,000!
Call Sue Carlson
413 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
SPINNAKERS 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.
KEY ROYALE Cross over the bridge to Key Royale
and the beautiful North Point Harbour area to find
your fully furnished dream home. Solar heated pool,
fruit trees, deck area and a boat lift are just a few
BAYVIEW Beautiful 2BR/2BA home with unob-
structed views of Bay. Large loft for offices or bed-
room, wood floors, turnkey furnished. $575,000.
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Oak Ave. Beautifully maintained newer 3BR/2BA lot
home. Split design with bonus family room. Two
screened porches and plenty of storage. $899,000.
WATERFRONT RESTAURANT AND FISH
MARKET The Cortez Kitchen is fun as can be with
wonderful food and old-time atmosphere you just
can't find anywhere around. Open dining with seat-
ing for 60+ on the bay with boat dockage. Great
lease, one of a kind! $275,000.
75+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
VILLA MIRANDA 3BR/3BA Tuscan/
Italian villa with open-air rooftop ter-
Melinda Bordes race offering an amazing 360 view of
Realtor the Island, Gulf and Bay. Turnkey fur-
nished. Maplewood kitchen with
Corian countertops. Thick solid
maplewood floors throughout the
house. Swimming pool with water
sterilized by ultra-violet treatment.
Marianne Correll Elegant and beautiful! $879,000.
Realtor MLS #98114
4212 Redfish Ct. LOT ..... $575,000
307 Iris St. ................... $475,000
536 Key Royale Dr.......... $799,000
106 Gull Dr. ................... $599,000
531 77th St................ $1,895,000
243 Willow Ave.............. $895,000
301 S. Bay Blvd.............. $725,000
229 Gladious St............. $679,000
CONDOS. LOTS & DUPLEXES
4915 Gulf Dr ............... $1,715,000
308 55th St. Lot............. $219,000
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
Spanish Main #702 ........ $234,000
Island Village #124 ......... $325,000
6250 Holmes Blvd. ......... $419,000
104 7th St. So. Duplex ... $600,000
100 7th St. So. Duplex ... $785,000
408 Poinsettia ............... $525,000
4003 5th Ave. .............. $879,000
4005 5th Ave. .............. $879,000
Business only ................. $295,000
427 Pine Ave. ................ $695,000
12106 Cortez Rd. .......... $1,500,00
11434 Perico Isles Cir. ... $349,000
1318 Perico Pt. Cir. ........ $239,900
845 Waterside Ln............ $265,000
8204 19th Ave. NW ........ $199,000
332 108th St................. $199,000
S 1277 Spoonbill Landings Cir.$239,000
Marilyn Trevethan Stop by and use our talking
Realtor window 24-hour information center.
Simply the Best
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EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out secret
water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont or cus-
tom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call 778-7459
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on the
charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater fishing.
USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided. 779-9607.
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is Sa-
rah, I am 15-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child or $3/
pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or child. Please
call 778-7622, 778-7611 or 447-8593.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and week-
ends. Call Zachary, 779-9783.
ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/wine,
good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Call Longview Re-
VIDEO RENTAL new and growing Bradenton Beach
business, easy to run, great lease, great opportunity.
Only $25,000. Longview Realty, 383-6112. SELL it fast
wtih an ad in The Islander.
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two expe-
rienced agents needed for fast paced, high traffic Is-
land office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call Wedebrock
Real Estate today! "Personalized, not Franchised". Call
Joe Pickett, 383-5543.
CROWDER BROS. ACE Hardware seeks permanent
full time and part time sales clerks and cashiers. Re-
tired trades people welcome. Apply in person at 5409
Manatee Ave. West, Bradenton.
DISHWASHER, COOK, SERVER, bus person with ex-
perience only. Apply at 5610 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, or call, 383-0013.
NIGHT STAFF needed at the Island Community Cen-
ter. Must be over 18 years old. Drug-free workplace.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 5-9pm, and six-hour shift
on Saturday. Responsible, good with kids. Begin work
ASAP! Call Sara at 778-1908.
HOUSE CLEANING: Hard working, detail work, $14/
hour. Call Richard at Angelinos Sea Lodge, 775-3519.
JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city beat
and features writing by The Islander. Must have jour-
nalism education, experience or background relevant
to government reporting. E-mail resumes to
news@ Islander.org, fax 778-9392 or mail/deliver to of-
fice, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world? Are
you interested in learning the history of Anna Maria Is-
land? Get involved with the Anna Maria Island Histori-
cal Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. We need
you! Call 778-0492.
NEED A BREAK? Day care for seniors. $5/hour, in-
cludes meal. Call for details, 779-0322. Experienced
COASTAL MASSAGE THERAPY. Experience the
benefits. Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Neuro-
muscular techniques upon request. In-home service.
Call 753-7766. Lic. #MA34584.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent refer-
ences. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine Car
Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!
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: 941-7.78-0700 Fax: 941-778-4794
Toll Free: 800-615-9930 www.wedebrock.com
Thanks for saying, "I saw it in The Islander!"
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427 Pine Ave. Old Florida store-
front and apartment. $695,000.
100 7th St. S. Duplex, $785,000.
408 Poinsettia. 4BR/3.5BA.
104 7th St. S. Duplex, $600,000.
Steps to the beach.
210 Pine. Cottage and triplex, two
lots. $599,000. Income producer!
3810 6th Ave. 3BR/2BA, pool.
307 Iris. 3BR/2BA with dock.
12106 Cortez Rd. $1,500,000.
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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 R C/AM
941-308-6757 or 941-321-7164.roperties
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-
S' tured home that sits on 7.73 acres
...:.;.4.;, ..... with a pond. 3BR/2BA, eat-in kitchen,
Srt living room, separate dining room.
"- family room with fireplace. Work-
.. -- hop. Storage sheds. $179,900. To
view this property, please call Zee
Catanese, Broker, 794-8991 eves.
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COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your computer
misbehaving? Certified computer service and private les-
sons. Special $25 per hour- free advice. 545-7508.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
BENNETT'S APPLIANCE/AC and Household Service.
Service all brands, eighteen years experience. All re-
pairs warranteed. Call 746-8984, cell 545-5793.
K.A.S. CLEANING LLC: Employee owned, servicing
private homes, condos, rentals and seasonal homes.
Concierge services and home watch. Bonded, insured.
COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training, mainte-
nance, virus and Spyware protection. Island native:
Web site: www.MatrixPConline.com.Call John Baird
with Matrix PC, 708-6541.
STEVE'S REMODELING & Repair: Chicago contrac-
tor for 30 years. Affordable and dependable service.
Please call 795-1968.
THE ROYAL MAID Service, licensed, bonded, in-
sured. Professional, experienced maids, free estimate,
gift certificates available. Please call 727-9337.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years ex-
perience. References available. For a reasonable
price call Sebastian, 704-6719.
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Buying, Selling, Renting? We Can Help!
-', , ADORABLE! NW BRADENTON HOME
S This may be the last chance to own an
adorable renovated 2BR home: under
...- $165K. Even cuter inside than out! Open
fi' loor plan, wood and ceramic floors, spa
.bathtub and much more. All on a large
85-by-150-ft. lot. Plenty of room to grow
and plenty of room for pool. Single-car
garage, outdoor workshop and much
more! Asking $160,000. Call Bob Hinds
direct, 545-7453. MLS#97584
Se GULF DRIVE Own a piece of the Island
before its too late! Cute and cozy, half-
S" block to beautiful beach in an area of
.aA3L7 newly constructed homes. Don't miss
out on this opportunity. Investment or
residence. Many updates and lots of po-
tential. A must see! Priced to sell at
$325,000. Call Stephanie Bell Broker/
Owner, 778-2307 or direct at 920-5156.
IB. SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
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.
TREE SERVICE: Topping, trimming, removals. Palm
trimming. 15 years locally working on Anna Maria. Phil
HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Island
resident. "Get the job done right." Free estimate, many
references. 713-1907 cell, 778-4192 home.
ALL-AROUND Garage Door Services LLC. Free esti-
mates, insured, 24-hours service, new installation,
door and operator repair. Call 447-3841 or 447-3842,
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria Island.
CLEANING BY BENNETT and Bryant. Honest, rea-
sonable rates, references, weekly, bi-weekly or
monthly. Free estimate. Call Ms. Bryant, 778-5717.
FRESH MULLET SALE
lore than a mullet Wrapper
Mullet T-Shirts M,L,XL $10 XXL $12
Mail order add $3 for postage and handling.
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
'F' I A canalfront with dock
S: and 1,424 sq.ft. living
.. area, 2,654 sq.ft. under
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.- car garage home with
caged pool built in 1997
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sale for $675,000, fully
.and gorgeously fur-
r: nished to the nines.
Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
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Anna Maria. Updated and lovingly maintained
this home is sure to please everyone! Quiet and
desirable location. Colorful decor throughout
including a 17-by-23-ft. screened porch for the
"true Island lifestyle". Offered at $489,500.
OF ANNA MARIA
9906 Gulf Drive
Visit our website at www.greenreal.com
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist. Ex-
perienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks, up-
grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert at 920-0570.
TILE INSTALLATION AFFORDABLE!. Residential
and professional service, repair and replacement.
Available now. Call 778-4943.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, 779-1128. References available.
CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found at www.islander.org.
TAYLOR MADE CLEANING Island residents only.
Senior discounts, weekly, bi-weekly. $35-$45. Call
HANDY ANTHONY Jack of most trades. Home refur-
bishing and detailing. Call 778-6000.
"' FOR SALE
: Anna Maria canalfront home with pool on
'i _f a quiet cul-de-sac. Established vacation
.,- -.- B "-t rental, but also the place to be for a
family. MLS#97716. $650,000
Call Pat Staebler, Lic. Real Estate Broker
778-0123 or 705-0123
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ISLAND HOME 3BR/2BA Beautifully updated home. Original pine floors,
white fireplace. Florida room and screened porch. Can expand or make into
duplex. Just across from beach. Only $386,900.
ELEVATED ISLAND CONDO Seasonal bookings in place in this 2BR/2BA
condo at Sandy Pointe. Tucked back over the bridge with a view of the pool and
bay and a two-car open garage. Pets and weekly rentals okay. $220,000.
3 BEDROOM CANALFRONT You must see this updated villa on a double
canal in Palma Sola Harbour. Kitchen designed by architect. Many upgrades.
Complex has clubhouse, two heated pools, tennis, exercise and much more.
DEEDED BOAT DOCK 2BR/IBA corner unit in San Remo condos. Two miles
from beach. Beautifully updated turnkey furnished condo.
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room and pretty borders and wall coverings in the
bedrooms and baths. Other features include lots of
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License # CGC043438 3839215Insured
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Maintenance.
Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, Xeriscape: Is-
land resident. Excellent references. 778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior discount.
Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-ups,
power washing, tree trimming and more. City of Anna
Maria resident. Cell 448-3857.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING Services: Quality lawn
maintenance, landscape cleanup, plantings, pruning,
shell and more. Insured, references, free estimates.
778-2335 or 284-1568.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and installa-
tion. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Irriga-
tion. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre, 5704
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and in-
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Hauling: all
kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call
Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone" 720-0770.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling con-
tractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed and in-
sured. Many Island references. 778-2993. Lic# CRC
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free estimates.
35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at 778-1730.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island service
since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free esti-
mates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back flow at
water meters. (FL#RF0038118) 778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan Michael,
master carpenter. Call cell 778-6898 or cell, 320-9274.
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reli-
able, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-3077.
GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT Interior/exterior painting,
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. Remodeling,
repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths. Free
estimates. Lic#CGC061519, #CCC057977,
#PE0020374. Insured. Accepting MasterCard/Visa.
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, dependable
restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine finishing
contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist. Repairs, paint-
ing. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertqps, 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 Cover-
ings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry, paint-
ing, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim, moldings
kitchen remodeling, general repairs. Decks, hardwood
floors. Homes, rentals. A.J. Winters, 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.
MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and restora-
tion. Quality work. Over 20 years experience. Insured.
Call Javier at 685-5163 or 795-6615.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST-style home on north end
of Anna Maria Island, $2,600/month. Also bayfront cot-
tages with dock available now through April, $1,500/
month, $500/week, $85/night. Call 794-5980,
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 Apartments, 778-2374.
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 loca-
tions. Units are complete. Rates seasonally adjusted.
$375-$975/week, $975-$2,975/month. (800) 977-0803
or 737-1121. www.abeachview.com.
BRADENTON BEACH Homes for sale or rent. Sea-
sonal or annual, 1BR apartment, unfurnished, $700/
month includes utilities. 55-plus. Sandpiper Mobile
Resort 778-1140, or e-mail:.
2BR/1 BA TOTALLY renovated duplex with undercover
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.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two mas-
ter 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:
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA elevated duplex, tile
floors, ceiling fans, skylights, annual, Available imme-
diately. 2411 Avenue B. $835/month, first, last and se-
curity. Call (239) 822-6680.
150 STEPS TO GULF. Seasonal, 2BR/2BA Immacu-
late ground-level home. Nonsmoking, no pets. (813)
961-6992 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLMES BEACH Lovely elevated duplex. 2BR/2BA,
light and bright. Washer/dryer, screened lanai. Avail-
able now. $850/month. Call 228-7878.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1 BA single-family home. One
block to beach and bay. New kitchen, garage/work-
shop, washer/dryer. Private yard. $1,100/month plus
utilities. 2212 Avenue B. Call 795-8979.
ANNUAL PERICO BAY Club, Grand Cayman, 3BR/
2BA, lagoon front with views of estuary and bay. Ce-
ramic tile throughout, completely updated. $1,350/
month. T. Dolly Young Real Estate, 778-0807.
RENTALS RENT FAST advertised in The Islander!
ANNUAL RENTAL: City of Anna Maria. 1BR/1BA
apartment one block to the Gulf and on a bayou. $695/
month. Call 778-9158.
ANNUAL RENTAL APARTMENTS in Sunny Shores,
1BR/1BA and studio apartments, $500 security de-
posit. $735 and $680/month, includes utilities. Call
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rage. Maintenance-free home. Lakefront, all appli-
ances, amenities, clubhouse and pool. Annual lease,
$1,550-$1,450/month. Call 798-3885.
BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted to a
two-unit property. 2BR/1BA, completely renovated and
furnished. New washer/dryer, microwave. Three-
minute walk to beach. Seasonal, $1,500/month. Call
ANNUAL RENTALS: Large 2BR/2BA, Florida room,
carport, tile floors, washer/dryer hookup, close to
beach, $950/month; 2BR/2BA nice duplex apartment,
$725/month; 1 BR/1 BA duplex apartment, $650/month.
Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-7500.
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT paradise for rent. Avail-
able for January and/or April of 2004 or annually. 2BR/
2BA, completely updated, large private tropical pool
area with spa, two boat lifts. Check out photos on
www.VRBO.com, unit #27150. Available Dec. 15-31,
call for rate. January or April 2004, $3,000/month, plus
tax (spa heating extra). Available for annual rental af-
ter April 2004 for $1,600/month (spa heating extra).
Call 730-1086 or 704-7336.
NEW LISTING First-time rental, fully furnished villa in
beautiful Mt. Vernon, near beaches, on canal, lake
view front. 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, carport, club-
house with numerous activities, heated pool, Jacuzzi,
tennis, no pets, non-smoking, age 55-plus, minimum
three months, peak season, $2,400/month, annual
$1,500/month. Call 721-1784.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1 BR/
1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping
and restaurants. 778-3875.
EL CONQUISTADOR 2BR/2BA, seasonal or annual
rental, nicely located and furnished, cathedral ceilings,
screened lanai, washer/dryer. Garage storage. Clay
tennis courts. 778-3926.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA new carpet, two blocks to beach.
Large kitchen, no pets. $710/month. Call 922-2473 or
NORTH.SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences. Now booking
for this season. Please call (813) 752-4235, or view
Web site: www.AhhSeaBreeze.com.
BEACH TO BAY condo, 2BR/1BA, seasonal or annual.
55-plus, three-month minimum. Call (813) 247-3178,
on weekends (813) 927-1632.
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL 2BR/2BA, washer/
dryer, pool, nicely furnished, ground floor. Available
April plus. Call 778-9576.
SEASONAL RENTAL available December, January,
February and March. Charming cottage, 2BR/1BA,
$1,300/month inclusive. Quiet historic neighborhood.
Stones throw to restaurants, bars, Coquina Beach. Call
(813) 659-0370 or 778-4941.
SEASONAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA condo, Westbay Cove
and Westbay Point and Moorings available. After
hours, Sharon Annis, 778-3730, or call 778-3377.
BEAUTIFUL TOWNHOUSE 2BR/3BA, seasonal,
$2,500/month. Large master suite, eat-in kitchen, one
mile beach. Pool, tennis. Call now, e-mail pics/views,
LARGE PRIVATE YARD 1BR/1BA, one block to
beach. $725/month. Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED DUPLEX apartment, 2BR/
2BA, storage, large rooms, looks new, one mile to
beaches. 4505 102nd St. W., Bradenton. $795/month-
plus. Gtussey@aol.com or call (859) 219-8394 or lo-
SPACIOUS 1BR/1BA, new appliances, ceramic tile
and paint, water and trash included. $700/month.
Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
THE TIME IS now! West of Gulf Drive, 2BR home,
$2,700/month; cheerful 1BR duplex, $1,500/month;
Laz-Z-Livin, $2,000/month; Elevated 2BR pool home,
$2,700/month; Sunbow Bay 3BR, $2,600/month.
Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
TWO MINUTES to beach, beautifully remodeled, 1 BR/
1BA condo on canal at San Remo. Seasonal or an-
nual rental. Call 447-6278.
MARRIED MALE professional looking for nice, fur-
nished room to rent or house to share. Close to beach,
for approximately nine months. One person, clean
nonsmoker, friendly. $500/month. (636) 578-9238.
SEASONAL VACATION from $2,500 to $2,700/
month. Longboat homes, Perico Bay condos. Selec-
tion still good! Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
NORTH HOLMES BEACH West of Gulf Drive, 3BR/
2BA house, ground level, furnished, available Janu-
ary-May 2004. Call (423) 967-0626 or (423) 288-
5392. E-mail: email@example.com.
DIRECT ON BEACH of Anna Maria, 2BR/2BA, nicely
furnished, washer/dryer, tennis, heated pool, elevator.
$2,900/month. Call 778-3231.
STEPS TO BEACH! Gorgeous, spacious furnished
1BR/2BA apartment on Anna Maria. $395/weekly,
$1,498/monthly. Call 778-1098.
SEASONAL VACATION from $2,500 to $2,700/
month. Longboat homes, Perico Bay condos. Selec-
tion still good! Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
ANNUAL HALF-DUPLEX remodeled recently. Central
air, dishwasher. References, $750/month. 2909-A
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Call, 779-1019.
ANNUAL RENTALS 2BR and 3BR properties avail-
able. Prices range from $900-$1,350/month. Call Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307, for details.
ANNUAL RENTALS 1 BR/1 BA duplex, includes water,
$850/month. Also, 2BR/2BA home with garage,
$1,200/month. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate P.A., 778-
BRADENTON BEACH SEASONAL 2BR/1 BA duplex,
$1,200/month, one block to bay. Must be seen, re-
modeled unit, good neighborhood. 2113 Avenue B.
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THE TIME IS NOW! West of Gulf Drive 2BR home,
$2,700; Cheerful 1BR duplex, $1,500/month; Lay-Z-
Livin, $2,000; Elevated pool home $2,700/month;
Sunbow Bay 3BR, $2,600/month. Duncan Real Es-
SEASONAL 2004, Anna Maria Island. Nicely fur-
nished, 1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA. Available January
and April. No pets, nonsmoking. Call 778-7754.
PRIVATE ROOM and bath for rent, all bills paid includ-
ing phone. Bradenton Beach for single person, weekly
or monthly rent. Prefer male. Call 778-0069.
HAWTHORN PARK Northwest Bradenton, 4BR/31BA,
two-car garage, unfurnished luxury home, pool, fire-
place, rent negotiable. 360-0618 or www.firebird-
SUNBOW BAY TOWNHOUSE 3-4BR/3BA, garage,
heated pools, tennis. Walk to beach and shopping.
Available January-April 2004. $2,500/month. For infor-
mation call 795-3778.
VACATION RENTAL Furnished duplex, 2BR/2BA,
heated pool, pets OK. One block to beach, three-day
minimum to monthly. See "Green House" at
Haleysmotel.com or call 778-5405.
STEPS TO BEACH 2BR/1.5BA elevated duplex.
Great Gulf and bay views, new tile and carpet. Annual,
$825/month. Call 922-2473 or 928-3880.
DIRECT GULFFRONT VIEW 2BR/2BA in Bradenton
Beach. Available January, March and April. $2,500/
month. Really nice! Call 795-8819.
"The highest compliment my clients can give me is the
referral of their friends and family."
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ANNUAL 2BR/1BA duplex, updated, one block to
beach, tropical yard, washer/dryer, water/garbage
paid. $700/month, first and $250 deposit required.
CLEAN NEWLY DECORATED furnished, 2BR du-
plex, great Gulfviews, steps to beach and shopping.
Weekly or monthly. Reasonable. 779-9470.
DUPLEX 2BR/2BA 2411 Avenue C, Bradenton
Beach. Carport below with storage room, $800/
NORTH HOLMES BEACH fully appointed 3BR/2BA
home steps from gorgeous beach available for sea-
son. Contact property manager Lu Rhoden, 758-
3939, or Aposporos & Son, 387-3474.
VACANCY FOR WINTER season 2003-2004. Gor-
geous, spacious, two room apartments, steps form
beach. Anna Maria Island. Special $1,998/month.
Call now, 778-1098.
OFFICE OR TWO-chair hair salon for rent. 112 52nd
St., Holmes Beach. $475/month. 746-8666.
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700 square
feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty parking spaces,
contemporary design, great visibility. $14/square foot.
Can divide. Owner/Realtor, 388-5514, or call 809-4253.
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA, one-car garage. Like
new in and out. $525,000. Call 748-4228.
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and a ground-level waterfront home, deep water, no
bridges, one tip-lot directly on Intracoastal and bay,
your dock to the Gulf in three minutes. Properties
affordably priced from $260,000, 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 center. Must see!
$799,000. Owner (813) 758-3648.
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 Iborso@imgworld.com
STEPS TO BEACH and bay. Beautiful ground floor
2BR/2BA condo, excellent condition. $279,000. Call
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.
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ANNA MARIA CANALFRONT over 200-feet of seawall
with new cap. 2BR/2BA, plus screened porch and sepa-
rate two-car garage. Huge lot at intersection of canals
with view to Bimini Bay. $635,000. (407) 383-2450.
For your private
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$250,000 Turnkey Furnished
1,874 sq.ft. 3BR/2BA
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$395,000 over 2,200 sq.ft.
Around $1,000 a month gets you on your own pri-
vate island. 168 acres of nature preserve, two miles
of waterfront, country club-like facilities, Indian
mounds, museum. Choose from two prime locations.
What an investment or year-round
home. Potential out the ying-yang!
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.
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.
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COLONY COVE A-1-plus: 932 Siesta, 55-plus, 2BR/
2BA, 1.5 year new A/C, new carpet, custom decor fur-
nishings, screened porch, washer/dryer, pets, pools,
turnkey. $16,900. Call 721-4890.
ON THE BEACH! 2BR/2BA Gulfview condo end-unit.
Turnkey furnished, unobstructed direct Gulfviews from
all rooms, heated pool, weekly rentals OK. $599,900.
Call (732) 872-2646.
114 81ST ST. or Shell Drive, Holmes Beach. Home for
sale, steps from your own private beach. Deeded ac-
cess to the Gulf of Mexico. 2BR/2BA, large playroom,
fireplace, must see to believe! Call (813) 681-9111, or
(813) 363-1231. Ask for Dan.
PERICO BAY CLUB Spoonbill Landings, 2BR/2BA
villa, garage, glass enclosed lanai, ceramic tile, mirrored
wall, updated appliances. $269,000. Call 794-8477.
KEY ROYALE DRIVE canalfront gem for sale. 3BR/
3BA, 3,000 sq.ft. under roof, completely updated kitchen
with Corian and KitchenAid appliances, updated plumb-
ing and A/C, large pool, new Trex dock with 10,000-lb.
boat lift and Waverunner lift. Travetine marble bath with
walk-in shower and two-seater Jacuzzi. Large lot (100
by 140 feet), newer seawall. $750,000. Call 730-1086
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View of the canal from your ground floor
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distance to beach, shopping and great fish-
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Offered at only $339,900.
Play it smart. Call Today!
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SEASONAL 2BR/1 BA bayview, totally remodeled/fur-
nished. No smoking or pets. $250/week, $900/month,
plus security and taxes. Sandpiper 55-plus Park. Call
545-8923 or 778-9504.
DUPLEX BEST BUY! 311 63rd St., Holmes Beach.
Total makeover, new kitchen and appliances. New tile,
carpet, paint, yard! $395,000. Coldwell Banker, Doug
LONGBOAT KEY GULFFRONT 3BR/2BA condo-
minium. Six-month ownership, October-April annually.
Weekly rental opportunity. $325,000. Pat Naldrett-
Bilodeau, LLC, licensed real estate Broker, 685-0500.
TWO MINUTES to beach, beautifully remodeled
condo, great investment. $89,000. Call 447-6278 or
preview at www.44smart.com
LONGBOAT VILLAGE home: 3BR, plus family room,
two car garage. New roof, paint. Bright and clean,
Near bay. $409,000. Real Estate Mart. 756-1090.
PERICO BAY CLUB 2BR/2BA villa, garage, glass-en-
closed lanai, ceramic tile, mirrored wall, updated ap-
pliances. $269,000. Brokers welcome. Call 794-8477.
2BR/1BA cottage near the bay by Anna Maria city pier
on quiet side street, some common land. $210,000, or
best reasonable offer. Call 779-2143 or e-mail:
LONGBOAT VILLAGE home: 3BR, plus family room,
two car garage. New roof, paint. Bright and clean,
Near bay. $409,000. Real Estate Mart. 756-1090.
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, Dec. 7, 2-5 pm. 622 Key
Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.
LAKEFRONT HOLMES BEACH Beautifully remod-
eled 2BR/2BA, two-car garage. Garage, ground-
level home. 34-foot heated pool, large master suite.
Must see to appreciate. By owner. $559,000. Call
SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BA condo, unobstructed bay
view, end unit, great amenities, heated pools, tennis,
under-building parking. Newly turnkey furnished,
walk to beach and shopping. $339,900. For informa-
tion, call 795-3778.
TURNKEY FURNISHED 1BR with panoramic bay
view, social, 55- plus, Gulf to bay complex. Pool,
fishing pier. Like new. Asking $199,000. 779-9470.
5500 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL
Fax: 941 779-2602
DESIRABLE BEAN POINT!
Gulfview. 3BR/2BA, open floor plan, across
the street from beach access. $745,000.
Call Larry Albert 725-1074.
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Turnkey furnished. Well maintained. $299,000.
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5400 GULFRONT 1BR/1BA turnkey furnished $275,000.
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4 Head of Parliament?
7 "Ben-Hur" studio
10 Sticking point
14 [Just like that!]
18 Ballet performer
20 Big name in electronics
22 Matter to be discussed
24 Colleague of Jonathan
Higgins, in 80's TV
26 Fair that's losing
29 Bygone dictator
31 Currency transaction
33 Paying the license fee?
41 Big shot
48 U.N. agcy. for working
52 Population figure?
55 "Is that ?"
56 Resulted in
58 They're for people
66 Going from the desert to
the rain forest?
72 Popular shirts
75 Retired faculty
80 Early winter fruit
85 Building block, infor-
87 War," Shatner
88 Square footage?
92 Starchy food
Williams / Edited by Will Shortz
94 Darn, e.g.
95 Football play
96 Remove from a set
level, as a currency
100 Broaching of a
105 Last word of "America,
108 Responsibilities, so to
109 Action taken by an
119 Prefix with angular
120 Valhalla resident
121 Like jeans for teens
124 Gulf of_
125 A second shift,
126 Noted Bolshevik
127 Nigerian-born pop star
128 Stole material
130 Not hither
131 West in pictures
1 Pres. from Hyde Park
2 Relative of Thai
3 No good
4 Certain Baltic
5 Best in the dining room
6 Kool-Aid choice
7 1997 #1 Hanson hit
8 Soccer announcer's
9 Homeowner's concern:
11 Many a Marx Brothers
12 Dinner in a bowl
13 Tailor's measure
14 Casual eatery
15 French possessive
16 Fish in a Disney film
17 __Detective (1930's-
50's crime fiction
19 Mack _, who
created the Keystone
28 Sam" (2001
29 Fund-raising letter
30 Floor material
34 Diamond on stage
35 Summer on the Seine
36 A Bobbsey twin
37 A.M.A. members:
38 Give for ...!" (intro
39 Mission control grp.
40 Neutral-colored: Var.
43 Sore spot
47 Milk carton abbr.
50 Prefix with bel
51 Ancient land south of
the Dead Sea
54 Most of them have
57 Lilt syllable
60 Look displeased
62 Wranglers alternative
63 Moon vehicle, briefly
64 Fire truck equipment
67 Future J.D.'s hurdle
68 Suffix with techno-
69 "That's !" (cry at a
71 NPR's Totenberg
72 "Your attention,
74 Lerner's partner
77 Wishful thinking?
79 Bluegrass musician
82 Foreword: Abbr.
83 Author of "Christ
Stopped at Eboli"
84 Swimming laps, e.g.:
86 Concerto, e.g.
89 -80 (old computer
90 Faddish training,
93 "To sum up ..."
98 Judicial inquiry
99 Ruby, for one
101 Unsolved cases, in
102 Chest muscle, for
104 Corrida sight
106 Basic assumption
109 Military meal
110 Blue hue
111 Like some polluters
112 10th-century annum
113 Broken mirror, say
114 Robin Williams TV
115 "The A-Team" actor
116 Monopoly square:
117 Finger, in a way
118 Exultant cry
122 Jamaican music
123 Give the once-over
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ANNA MARIA BAY FRONT Lush tropi-
cal bayfront setting with 3BR/2BA older
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.
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LOCATION! LOCATION! This beautiful
building lot is adjacent to the future Villa
Rosa Subdivision. Deeded canal access
through Lot 88 (rear) for entrance and
dockage. Laurie Dellatorre, 779-2700.
te !* 1 i:b. .
ISLAND DUPLEX Meticulously main-
tained duplex, West of Gulf Drive.
Steps to prime beach. Each unit offers
2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished. Large
decks and lush tropical setting. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #98098.
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HOLMES BEACH BEAUTY! Location!
Location! Spacious family home or Island
retreat! Large corner lot with circular
drive, two deeded boat slips, updated
throughout, solar heated pool/spa. Gina
& Peter Uliano, 358-7990. #94820.
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ISLAND DUPLEX Elevated duplex 2BR/
1BA each side with separate utilities.
Recent renovations, new vinyl siding,
kitchen cabinets, vanities, appliances,
stairways and balconies. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #96341. $389,500
RUNAWAY BAY 2BR/2BA end unit with
bay views. This condo has been com-
pletely updated from top to bottom with
tile, carpet and all new appliances.
Harold Small, 778-2246. #97067.
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Sing at $1,500,000.
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ums, pool, approxi-
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THE HIBISCUS Four
ums with boat dock
and pool. Starting at
Open 10am-5pm Daily
401 S. Bay Blvd. Anna Maria
Meet out Property Manager:
S We are pleased to have Cristin in our Island
office. A Florida native, she lives on the Is-
p-, land and had managed rentals on Anna
--' Maria and Longboat Key. Call 778-2246
S and let Cristin help you find a winter get-
Saway or manage your investment property.
TIE ISLANDER M DEC. 3, 2003 0 PAGE 1
Special Holiday News and Gift Section
Dec. 3, 2003
SPECIAL 2003 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
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some help for
Chiles kids' party
The 10th annual Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids
party is organized, scheduled and ready for the young-
sters, but it needs help buying shoes, clothes and toys.
Ed Chiles, who heads the Chiles Group of restau-
rants, said he looks forward to 100 children this year,
an encouraging growth from 25 the first year and 75
The party will be from 10:30 a.m.-l:30 p.m. Dec.
16 at the Sandbar restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna
Maria. Santa will ride a fire truck to the party, courtesy
of West Manatee Fire and Rescue District.
Chiles said this will be the only Christmas some of
the children will get, and he wants it to be a fine one.
They will come from A Growing Place and Healthy
Families Manatee, which was organized with the help
of a foundation organized to benefit needy children by
Chiles' father, the late Gov. Lawton Chiles, a resident
of Anna Maria Island.
Donations to the cause may be taken or mailed to
the Sandbar, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216,
checks made out to the restaurant with a notation they
are for the Kids' Christmas Party. Details may be ob-
tained by calling 778-1696.
SPECIAL 2003 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Holiday Prelude: visiting with Santa
Lynda Carrell, 5, of Bradenton, tells Santa she's
been very, very good and she wants a new
Barbie. Islander Photos; J.L. Robertson
Summer Grace Firehammer, 3, ofBradenton Beach, tells
Santa she needs a trampoline.
-. Wishing you a beautiful
holiday season and
Sa new year of peace
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S I French Dressing Jeanswear
Candles, Fan Pulls
and Much More!
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make great gifts!
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*Free Gift Wrapping* '
Anna Maria Island Shopping Centre
Next to Crowder Bros. Hardware
3324 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach 778-4665
clothing cottage furniture home
It's beginning to look
a lot like Christmas! -
5312 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
(941) 778-4751 toll free 800-771-7163 Island Shopping Center
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Members of the Anna Maria Island Chorus sing classic Christmas carols at the Holiday Prelude under the bell-clock tower on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach,
ringing in the 2003 holiday season.
Give a gift certificate this holiday season!
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Brunch and Lunch
Wed thru Sun 11 AM-2:30 PM
Sunday Breakfast from 8 AM
Dinner Wednesday thru Sunday 5:30 PM
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for New Year's Eve!
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Finally... a health club just
for people over 40!
Get the exercise you need at a
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.r IEasy 30-minute program for
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SGive someone you love the gift
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.-- Great Gifts for the Holidays!
'* Gopeds Gocarts
ATVs Paintball & markers'
.-F'IN-," Grasshopper & Snapper Mowers
Echo & Redmax
and much, much more!
Interest Free Layaway!
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Mon.-Fri. 8-5 Sat. 8-Noon
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Happy Holidays to All!
expansion we are
offering the follow-
Sing services at
S-Hour Massage with Danielle Sewall, $35
1-Hour Manicure and Pedicure with Jamie DiMiceli, $30
Cut and Color with Elizabeth Campbell, $40
Free gift and goodies with purchase of $50 (minimum) gift certificate
Experience Island Hospitality
314 Pine Ave. Anna
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5410 Marina Drive, HB ISLAND SHOPPING CENTER
Seasons Greetings from
Our Family to Yours!
oin our family of satisfied customers. As
an independent agency, we tailor the best
insurance protection at competitive prices.
We represent only the finest
insurance companies, like Auto- C
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People. Ask us about the many .
other advantages of doing
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Stop by Sun & Surf during Open House Dec. 5th for
delicious cookies compliments of Jim Mixon Insurance.
Jim Mixon Insurance Inc.
5412 Marina Dr.* Island Shopping Center Holmes Beach
(941) 778-2253 Office closed for lunch from noon-1 pm
u d Hi E GALLERY
of Anna Mria Island
5414 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 778-6694
9 PL PLAYAROOe :
Chiidren's dropin activity club[
Please join us at our open house .
serving hot chocolate and cookies.
Crafts for the kids.
Mon.-Thurs. 9am-6pm Fri. 9am-llpm//
Sat. 11am-llpm 778-1698
Visit Our Store for Open
House Dec. 5 and
DICK. DEE. JIM,
CHRIS ANID PETE
Hep b sJut Around The Cnmer.
5324 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach 778-2811
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)ur Family to a
- Enjoy the Holiday Spirit and Decorations *
Meet merchants, share refreshments at shops,
ISLAND GALLERY WEST
An artists" cooperative
Vitius Friday for ORIGINAL ART
he Iiday cheer
5368 Gulf Dr.
C3rnatodns with Fruits"- acrylic AcrossFrom
By Lee Mears 16x24 $90 Sterling Anvil
FREE ART DEMONSTRATIONS ON SATURDAYS, 10 to NOON
Tel. 941-778-6648 www.amisland.com/gallery
Come take a peek...
We're opening our
doors Friday 5-8pm.
Come for a preview
of the Island's finest
full service salon and
spa. Schedule your
SAmy Dodge Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa
S 5315 Gulf Drive 778-8191
in the new Chamber building
CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS!
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POTTERY a JEWELRY *
PAINTINGS METAL ART *
...AND MUCH MORE!
Island Shopping Center 5314 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach 779-2624 Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm
K. Fri. Dec. 5 5 8 pm _
galleries and restaurants and enjoy carolers.
* Manatee High School Chamber Orchestra
performs at 5:30 p.m. at The Islander.
All participants and sponsors are located in "Ye
O1' Business District" surrounding the Island
Shopping Center, S&S Plaza, Island Fitness
Plaza, Holmes Business Center, and along
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
5602 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 779-1772
PLEASE JOIN US
F 1 da el, a n[i ~ ,a 5- r pmD
Enjoy our holiday treats,
music by Howie Banfield
and a special visit from
941 778-5622 LIC. CFC057548
= 5362 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach
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Searching for the perfect
certificates and .
your "tres chic"
Island Shopping Center Holmes Beach 941 778 5320
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nome and celebrate the season!
Ginny's Antique and Art
Jane E's Coffee Bar
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Key West, Sarasota
keep Privateers hopping
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will be super-
busy this weekend, what with a festive trip for revelry
among fellow pirates at Key West and a parade in
Sarasota. On the same day.
That will spread them thin but not much, said Pri-
vateers President Greg "Shiprek" Davidson. There are
plenty of Privateers to go around they'll just be go-
ing around more than usual.
The trip to the Key West Pirate Fest Dec. 5-7 will
be by bus and there's still room for non-Privateers to
go, Davidson said. The $215-per-person cost covers
transportation to and from the key city, and three days
and two nights at the Key West Hampton Inn with con-
Tickets and information may be obtained by call-
ing Fantasy Travel Co. at 795-3900.
While some of the crew are reveling with fellow
outlaws in Key West, other Privateers will be partici-
pating in the Toys for Tots parade in Sarasota Saturday,
Dec. 6. The downtown parade is part of the annual in-
troduction of the holiday season.
Even so, it's all only a warmup for the Privateers'
main event for December, the Christmas Parade on the
Privateers' own Anna Maria Island.
The big parade will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec.
13, at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and travel all the
SPECIAL 2003 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
way down the Island to Coquina Beach.
There, starting about 11:30 a.m., Santa and his pi-
ratical helpers will give presents to children and serve
hot dogs and soft drinks to youngsters and their fami-
The Privateers welcome anyone and everyone to
Vera Trycieckyj has
created her Ukranian
Start objects/ holiday
decorations, sold by
'.., the Restless Natives
shop, 5314 Marina
K *-'.. DDrive, in the Island
Shopping Center in
Holmes Beach. tier
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ments, icons, hand-
painted eggs and
-.- folk art.
participate as paraders, as long as they're on wheels -
the parade route's seven miles is a bit too long for
marchers. Advance registration is preferred, although
participants may just show up at Bayfront Park before
9:30 a.m. Dec. 13 to find a place in the parade.
The Privateers may be contacted at 747-4953.
- Over 20,000 sq.ft. of quality estate and model
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6 Days 795-3900 Toll Free 800-741-4390
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Owner and inspiration chef
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Lesters' Family- '
Fun Day next week ...
A celebration that a happy Island couple started
three years ago as an old-fashioned holiday fun time for
all Islanders will be here again, bigger and funner than
ever, on Saturday, Dec. 13.
It is the third annual Chuck and Joey Lester Fam-
ily Fun Day, sponsored again by The Islander, from 11
a.m.-2 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. :-..,
The Lesters will be there, and most of Anna.Maria
Island will join them over the three hours of play.
Santa Claus will join the party at noon by fire truck, .
courtesy of the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District. co6
On a grill donated by Damon Presswood of Ooh La La! .
Continental Bistro, the Duffy's "grill team" will be
flipping hamburgers donated by the Lesters and turn- .
ing hot dogs donated by John Horne of the Anna Maria
Oyster Bar all available at old-fashioned bargain
There will be a fishing pond run by members of the ,.
Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island, craft tables, bal- -- ---------
lerinas and teen jazz dancers, face painting, cookie Roser community Thanksgiving
decorating, origami demonstrations, field and relay Serving at the Roser Memorial Community Church Thanksgiving dinner are Dick and Ursula Rowse, Ruth
games, and more. Burkhead and Joan Denzak, with guests Ariel and Kayla Jennis, 11, sixth-grade students at King Middle
Additional details may be obtained by calling 778- School awaiting their heaping portions. More than 140 persons were served the free dinner hosted by the
1908. church. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
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Jessie Island Store
Large Selection of Wines
New Expanded Menu
Try our Reubens
We wish you a happy
Thank you for another wonderful year. We appreciate your
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LONGBOAT KEY LIQUORS
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Fantastic Gift :
S ' ("- -I Liquor Gift Sets
Grand Opening Wine Gift Baskets
Tasting Dewars 1.75 Itr. $30.99
EXTRAVAGANZA Grey Goose $24.99
Dec. 5 *New New Zealand
5-7pm Lynskeys 750ml $15.99
OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
S' Video rentals all new releases.
Stop by and meet the new owners!
S6852 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key
We deliver 383-4888
Village Hair Studio
A full service family salon
6646 Cortez Rd. W. (Next to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar)
Bradenton, FL 34210 795-6811
Hair Nails Airbrush Tanning Skin Care .*:Massage Threading
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New Clients Welcome
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Sae on package of three services or more
,-,. Call us today!
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All three Island
residents, officials, kids,
parents, grandparents Everyone!
Absolutely everyone's invited to FamilyFun Day.
S-"Please, join us for an
old-fashioned gathering of the
^; Anna Maria Island Family."
Chuck andJoey Lester
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Santa Claus is coming to Fun Day, too!
DUFFY burgers and Hot Dogs & Sodas
All at Old-Fashioned Prices!
All prepared by the Duffy's Grill Team with help from Ooh
Beach-Style Boutique and Anna Maria Oyster Bars!
Family Fun Day
...Just like old times!
MagnoaI Ave.. Anna Maia.
Presented by Chuck & Joey Lester to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Co-sponsored as a community service by The Islander.
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