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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 12, No. 5 Dec. 10, 2003 FREE
Building moratorium proposed for Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
The two most dreaded words for contractors and
builders on Anna Maria Island building moratorium
- have surfaced in Anna Maria and Mayor SueLynn
thinks it's time the city commission at least to discuss
At this point, a possible building moratorium is just
an agenda item at the Dec. 11 workshop session, said
the mayor, and is not directed at all new construction,
just certain types of development.
And the mayor has drafted a specific proposal.
In Anna Maria, said the mayor, "Special projects
including lot splits, subdivisions and commercial
buildings are being speculated, proposed, or are in a
current approval process."
Because the city is currently working on revisions
to its comprehensive plan and drafting site-develop-
ment regulations for subdivisions and commercial de-
velopment, she believes a "building moratorium" is
needed to allow appropriate time for the city to review
and implement the new regulations.
"The moratorium would apply only to lot splits,
subdivisions, commercial and multi-family develop-
ment," not single-family homes, improvements or ad-
ditions, she said.
Under the SueLynn plan, other exceptions to any
moratorium would include building permits for neces-
PLEASE SEE MORATORIUM, NEXT PAGE
Jerry and Connie McKee
of Anna Maria are the
top powerboat winners
in the Islander Lighted
Boat Parade and will
receive a $100 cash
prize from the newspa-
per. The McKees Evolu-
tion III was encircled
with thousands of icicle
lights in three tiers, a
leaping from the bow,
and a double-decker
Christmas tree of multi-
colored lights with
packages under it at the
stern and music and a
dancing (live) Santa
Claus and elves. More
inside. Islander Photo:
Record request draws fire
in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
What started as a modest proposal for greater ac-
cess to public records escalated to a contentious issue
before finally resolving into a benign request in
Vice Mayor Anna O'Brien started the brouhaha.
"We have no information regarding the building
official and communication coming out of his office,"
she said. "It's not in the public record."
O'Brien suggested that Building Official Bob
Welch's computer hard drive should be seized. "We
need to take control of his hard drive and copy it before
he can get to it and do something with it." She added
that "it is obvious he has made it clear he has declared
She said she favored "denying the building official
access to his computer until we can have copies made
of his hard drive."
Commissioner Peter Barreda concurred, and went
a step further.
"I move we have the police chief be in the build-
ing official's office first thing in the morning and deny
the building official access to his computer until we
can make copies of all the files and records," he said,
"and ask if he has any files or records at home that
need to be opened."
The motion died for lack of a second.
Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips then stepped
into the fray with a more moderate tone.
"Before we proceed in a Gestapo-like fashion,"
she said, "I would like us to ask the building official
and city clerk to provide records. It is only polite, and
I think we need to have some integrity and decorum
and just ask first. Can we do this first?"
She added that a heavy-handed approach "may be
misconstrued as harassment."
"I don't believe it would be misconstrued at all."
Mayor John Chappie said.
"I absolutely, positively do not want to cast asper-
sions on the building official," O'Brien said in some-
thing of an about-face. "My mission is to preserve the
integrity of the city's public records. I do not want this
PLEASE SEE RECORDS, NEXT PAGE
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sary repairs, applications and building permits for a
personal wireless services facility (don't call them cell
towers), certificates of occupancy for previously ap-
proved building permits issued after Jan. 1, 2001, that
are found to be in compliance with approved plans, and
applications before the planning and zoning board that
have received preliminary approval from the board
between Jan. 1, 2001, and the date of the adoption of
the building moratorium.
In addition, any permit more than three years old
will merit "reconsideration" by the P&Z board and the
city building official "so that its impact can be evalu-
ated in light of our current experience," she said.
"I'm only recommending a building moratorium
and it's only a discussion item at present," said
SueLynn, who does not vote on the commission.
She'll run it up the flagpole and see who salutes it
at the Dec. 11 commission workshop.
Records request makes waves
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
to be considered as punishment, but it is city business
and taxpayer dollars."
"Sending the police chief in there would be intimi-
dating," said Commissioner John Shaughnessy.
Newly retained interim attorney Chuck Webb sug-
gested that the computer was city property and that city
commissioners therefore had access to it. "It seems
pretty heavy-handed to have the police chief come in
the building official's office. I'm puzzled about your
Shaughnessy eventually made a motion to make a
formal request to all department heads to make a
backup of their hard drives, which passed with Chappie
voting in the negative.
As a result, copies were made the next day.
"I'm glad to comply with the request of the com-
mission for computer records," Welch said later. "This
office has nothing to hide. We have never been in-
structed to put every piece of correspondence in a read-
ing file, and we never had a policy to do so, but my
policy now will be to give them everything."
At the same time Mayor SueLynn is proposing the
commission discuss a building moratorium, Jeff
Hostetler of Banks Engineering Inc. has written a let-
ter to Commission Chairperson John Quam requesting
that the commission place discussion of a proposed
subdivision on its Dec. 11 workshop agenda.
Building Official Kevin Donohue said he was a bit
mystified by the letter because "that's all we got. I don't
know anything more than what's in the letter."
The letter states: "On behalf of Lockwood Hold-
ings Inc., Banks Engineering Inc. is requesting the
Dec. 11 agenda directive for a proposed subdivision
and private drive."
Quam said the request won't be on the agenda
until Hostetler discusses details of the project first
Efforts to reach Hostetler for comment prior to
press deadline were unsuccessful.
New bus at Center
Proudly showing off the Anna Maria Island Community Center's.new bus are the Center's Scott Dell, left,
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THE ISLANDER S DEC. 10, 2003 U PAGE 3
Power bills for street lamps confuse Island cities
By Rick Catlin
Faced with a recent Florida Power & Light rebate
of $23,000 to the Tingley Memorial Library in
Bradenton Beach for excess electricity charges, along
with a claim by Pahokee, Fla., that it's been over-
charged some $10 million by the same company, Island
cities may soon consider the following classified ad.
"Help Wanted for Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach: Electric bill reader and explainer.
Doctorate degree in rocket science or related field help-
ful but not required. Will also consider recent high
school graduate. Ability to understand Florida Power
& Light bills and rates and how they are derived, and
translate same into understandable English a must.
Apply at any city hall."
While the above advertisement might be a bit far-
fetched, those who pay FPL bills for Island cities say
the power bills, particularly for street lights, are ex-
FPL bills municipalities separately for various
electrical usage, including street lights,
In Anna Maria, City Treasurer Diane Percycoe said
she has discussed the city's bill with FPL representa-
tives on numerous occasions, but finds FPL explana-
tions of charges and how they are determined difficult
"It can be confusing because FPL seems to charge
a different rate for street lights" than other electric ser-
vice, Percycoe said. "And there are so many parts to
each bill," she added.
Because FPL owns the 179 street lights it claims it
has in Anna Maria, a power bill can also be expensive.
According to the FPL's own 92-page rate sheet, the
company charges a flat $5.51 per month for each 70-
watt, high-pressure sodium vapor street light with an il-
lumination power of 5,800 lumens or less. The flat rate
is based upon an average monthly electric usage of 29
kilowatt hours for a 70-watt street lamp. Higher watt-
age lamps are charged at a higher average rate.
A business customer using just 29 kwh of electric-
ity in one month would pay just $2.56 to FPL.
Included in the $5.51 per 70-watt lamp is $3.55 for
"fixtures," $1.36 for "maintenance," and $.60 for en-
In addition, FPL charges for a concrete pole or
wood pole for the lamp, and adds an energy conserva-
tion-cost- recovery charge, a capacity payment recov-
ery charge, an environmental cost recovery charge, a
fuel charge, a franchise charge, and a gross receipts tax
Anna Maria's street light bill for June 2003 was
$1,053.22 just for electricity, but because of all the
extra charges, the final bill was $1,332.19.
By comparison, an Anna Maria residential user
would pay just $383 for the same amount of electric-
Maybe you should be, unless you're a rocket sci-
Don Sayer of FPL agreed with Percycoe that FPL
bills for street lamps and other electrical usage are "not
easy to explain because of the numerous components.
"Typically, municipal governments don't ask for
an explanation, but we will sit down with them and
explain their entire bill, if they ask," Sayer said.
But even the amount of electricity used by a city
could be in doubt.
FPL officials admit the street light bill is based on
an average kwh usage. It doesn't meter the electricity
used by the street lamps as it does for home or office
For June 2003, FPL charged Anna Maria for 4,350
kwh used for street lamps. The figure includes 150
street lamps of 70 watts in Anna Maria multiplied by
the average monthly electrical usage of 29 kwh per
lamp, according to Sayer.
However, noted Sayer, remember that FPL installs
the street lamps at the city's request and maintains the
lamps and poles. That cost is included in the flat rate.
And exactly where are the 179 street lamps in
Anna Maria located?
"Good question," said Public Works Director George
McKay. "If they are all here, we can't find them."
Happy Anna Maria holiday
Anna Maria city staff and commissioners held their annual holiday party Dec. 4 at city hall to honor resi-
dents who have volunteered their time and efforts on behalf of the city. From left, Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn, Public Works Director George McKay, Carolyne Norwood of the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society, Commissioner John Quam and Commissioner Dale Woodland enjoy the festivities. At the party,
appreciation plaques were given by the city to former Mayor Chuck Shumard, poll worker Manuel Ayala,
Tom Turner and Doug Copeland. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy.
Even Sayer admitted he doesn't have.a map detail-
ing exact locations, although he said FPL could down-
load such information and provide a database to the
cities, if asked.
McKay said he asked Sayer for a street-light map
several months ago, but never received a copy.
Percycoe said she also recently asked for a map.
"I've never seen one either," said Holmes Beach
Public Works Director Joe Duennes.
FPL is charging his city for 448 street lamps, a fig-
ure Duennes finds "hard to believe.
"I'd really like to know where they all are," he said,
although because the lamps are owned by FPL they are
not his responsibility.
Duennes pointed out that electricity for any street
lamps on State Road 64 or 789 should be paid by the
Florida Department of Transportation, not Holmes
"I'd be real interested to know if any of those 448
lamps are on the state's right of way," he said.
For September 2003, Holmes Beach paid
$3,581.66 for electricity for the 448 street lamps FPL
says are within the city limits.
Bradenton Beach, however, might be getting the
short wick of the power candle.
FPL's bill to Bradenton Beach for street lamps
states it's only for the lamps on Bridge Street, but the
bill for September 2003 was a whopping $971.08.
Yet, FPL claims the rate for Bradenton Beach
street lighting is the same as that for Holmes Beach and
Anna Maria. However, FPL does not itemize its street
light bill to Bradenton Beach, as it does with the other
two Island cities.
Sayer said he couldn't really explain why the
Bradenton Beach bill is different than that for Anna
Maria and Holmes Beach, but suggested the bill might
be for all electricity used by the city.
He did note that Bradenton Beach owns about one-
third of the street lamps in the city, but according to
FPL records, there are 165 company-owned street
lamps in the city.
If Bradenton Beach, or any city, wants detailed
information about its electric bill or street lighting pro-
gram, FPL will be happy to oblige, Sayer said.
"Tell us what you want and we'll provide it," he
OK. How about that rocket scientist or recent high
Anna Maria City
Dec. 10, 4 p.m., capital improvements committee meet-
Dec. 11, 6:15 p.m., Sunshine Law and city official li-
Dec. 11,7 p.m., city commission workshop meeting.
Dec. 17, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Dec. 18, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
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-
Dec. 12, 3 p.m., city commission work meeting -
Dec. 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Dec. 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Dec. 10, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Management
Committee meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
PAGE 4 0 DEC. 10, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Give sea creatures for Christmas
So now comes the Christmas shopping season, and
the usual wrenching cogitation over what to give
whom. Including what to give someone who has every-
Try a really touching living gift: Adopt a baby sea
turtle. They're outlandish, even ugly to look at, and
wiggly and ungainly and without any return sentiment
for you at all.
And absolutely, irresistibly lovable.
There are thousands to choose from among the Is-
land Turtle Watch orphans, and you get to name the
hatchling of your choice. It won't be around for you to
cuddle, which probably would be the end of it anyway.
It's paddling around in the Gulf of Mexico, avoiding
the beaks of birds and the jaws of fish and the fatal dis-
carded trash of mankind. But it's around.
It isn't hard. In fact, Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch does all the work and leaves all the loving to
you. Just go to the Turtle Watch Environmental Edu-
cation Center, 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, in
the Island Shopping Center, and start the process.
Bring $15 to adopt a hatchling, $20 for twins. You
can give the adopted young'un as a Christmas gift.
In fact, and here's a nifty idea, bring multiples of
the 15 or 20 and adopt a whole bunch of baby logger-
heads in the names of friends and relatives and send
them their parenthood for Christmas.
Not only will you get a good chunk of Christmas
responsibility off your Santa satchel, you will be doing
a service to an endangered species and to the environ-
ment where it fits. The money goes to the Turtle Watch
marine turtle preservation programs.
If dollar-size turtle hatchlings are too small for you,
there's another choice manatees. Adopt a sea cow and
help the effort to preserve them, for they too are in peril
from humans and boats and the usual seagoing dis-
Same deal goes with manatees as with turtles, same
process, same price, different place.
Nanci Banman of Portola, Calif., right, with Suzi Fox, shows off a Sonoma wine "Bottled Especially for the
Wine Cellar of Turtle Watch." A limited edition and limited offer, a bottle goes to each "gold member" who
pays $50 for a year's membership in Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch. That can be arranged at the
organization's shop at 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-1435. The wines come in Chardonnay, Pinot
Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Gewurztraminer. Banman is visiting her sister, Fox, Turtle Watch director.
Islander Photo: Jack Egan
You can adopt a manatee, name it, get an adop-
tion certificate and track it through literature from the
sponsors. Just call 1-800-432-5646 to set it up, or
send $15 to Save the Manatee Club, 500 N. Maitland
Ave., Maitland FL 32751.
Have a fine marine Christmas, and be a good nau-
County backs off on municipal impact fee
By Rick Catlin
Faced with mounting opposition from municipal
governments, Manatee County commissioners-last
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Commissioner Duke Miller isn't
waiting for the next "Jaws" movie to be played out in
Recent reports of shark fishing on the beach near
the Spruce Street beach access, along with some shark
remains left on the beach in that location, have
prompted Miller to call for an ordinance prohibiting
shark fishing along Anna Maria's beaches.
"My feeling is we should definitely prohibit shark
fishing from the beaches along the Gulf," said Miller.
It's not just the "chumming" that shark fishermen
do along Anna Maria's shoreline, it's also the fishing
lines can interfere with swimmers in the area.
Most importantly, however, Miller says rule No. I
to prevent a shark attack is "don't swim where sharks
These are recreational beaches and "chumming
and multiple baited lines" stimulate sharks to congre-
gate in the area, he claimed.
The fishermen, Miller said, "do slaughter the
sharks there on the beach unless they are too small.
Then, they chop the smaller ones up for bait or throw
them back into the Gulf."
Last week, he observed a small brown shark about
four feet long and with its tail severed left on the beach
Miller said he will raise the issue at the next con-
mission workshop and ask if City Attorney Jim Dye
week scrapped plans to impose a county impact fee
on new construction within the city limits of any of
the county's six municipalities.
The move came following a workshop session
can research ordinances that prohibit shark fishing in
other Florida cities.
"This is an issue I feel we can deal with quite swiftly,"
Miller added. "It's our responsibility to do so for the well-
being and safety of our residents and visitors."
Some of the shark fishermen, however, claim
they've been fishing in that area for quite some time
and never had any problem until now.
One fisherman said he comes from the mainland
about once a week around 4 p.m. to fish that spot near
Spruce Street and no one has ever complained before.
holiday party Monday
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society
will have music by the Conch Fritters at its an-
nual holiday party at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15.
The event will be in the fellowship hall of
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. All members and supporters of the soci-
ety, as well as officials of the three Island cities,
are invited, said Carolyn Norwood, director.
The Conch Fritters are the Island Middle
School's award-winning band, formed and
under the direction of Jimi Gee.
Additional information may be obtained
by calling the society's museum at 778-0492.
between county commissioners and city elected of-
Island mayors and commissioners had been
united in their opposition to the fee because none of
the money collected would have been returned to the
An impact fee is already imposed on new con-
struction in unincorporated areas of the county.
But eliminating this impact fee doesn't eliminate
the impact that 2,000 more people will have on Anna
Maria Island, said Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
"We and the county still have to address the im-
pact the proposed Arvida project on Perico Island
will have on our Island," said Whitmore.
If the 898-unit project ever gets built, "those
people will turn right and cross the bridge into
Holmes Beach as much as they will turn left" and
travel to the mainland, she said.
"They will use our infrastructure and roads and
we'll be the major shopping district for them. They
will impact us," Whitmore added.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said she had be-
lieved all along that the impact fee proposal by the
county was aimed simply at the Arvida project,
which will be located within the Bradenton city lim-
"My main issue was that none of the money was
coming back to the Island cities," she said. While it's
"great" that the county has dropped the idea of an
impact fee within a city, "we as an Island will one
day have to face the impact of 2,000 more people
using our roads, beaches, community center, fire dis-
trict and other facilities."
The City of Bradenton does have an impact fee
and all the money collected on the Arvida project
will go to Bradenton, not Anna Maria Island.
"Yet, we'll still have to provide services, but
won't get any of the impact fee. That's an issue that's
got to be addressed," she said.
A countywide impact fee on new construction
within a city would have brought in an estimated
$1.8 million from Arvida's proposed 898 units.
Commissioner Miller calls for
'no shark fishing' ordinance
THE ISLANDER U DEC. 10, 2003 U PAGE -
Island's Christian Science church to close
By Rick Catlin
An Island religious institution that has stood for
more than 30 years will hold its last service on Dec. 28,
a victim of declining permanent population on Anna
Sally Roberts of the Christian Science Church at
6300 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach said there is a
contract pending to sell the church in January 2004, and
the final service will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 28.
Roberts said the decision by church members and
its board of trustees to sell the property was the result
of declining attendance during the summer and fall.
"In season, attendance is great, but in the summer,
there are just too few people here," said Roberts.
The financial responsibility of maintaining the
church year-round was difficult, and members voted to
dissolve the church and sell the property, she said.
"It was a sad decision," Roberts said. "Our year-
round membership kept declining. The entire Island
population is changing and we could see the attendance
was becoming very small outside of the season."
Most church members will attend the Christian
Science Church at 1335 Manatee Ave. W. in
Bradenton, she said, and there are three Christian Sci-
ence churches in Sarasota.
The Island's Christian Science Church was built in
1971 with the first service in November that year, she
Christian Scientists had been meeting in various
The Christian Science Church at 6300 Marina Drive in Holmes Beac will hold its last service on Sunday,
Dec. 28. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
homes on Anna Maria Island since the 1950s, she said,
and in the .1960s, they met where the Island Players in
Anna Maria are now located.
Roberts said she did not know what plans the pro-
spective buN ce had for the property.
The property is in an R-2 (duplex) zone.
Pastor Kilts leaving Gloria Dei Lutheran Church after 10 years
The Rev. Dan Kilts, pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church for more than 10 years, is leaving his pastorate
here in January.
He will give his last sermon Sunday, Jan. 5, and he
and his wife Paulette will move the following Monday
and Tuesday, he said. His new church will be Faith
Lutheran in Jacksonville, which he said has a bit larger
congregation than Gloria Dei.
Mr. Kilts is the longest-serving pastor on the Island
and the last surviving originator of the All Island Youth
organization, which he helped start in 1994. For five
years he was the Island's convenorr of pastors," call-
ing them together when needed.
He came here in April 1993 from a church in Ari-
zona and before that spent 11 years in North Dakota.
"It's only the last three years I've been acclimated," he
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He and Paulette knew each other in Wisconsin
when he was 1 0 and she 8 years of age. She has been
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PAGE 6 0 DEC. 10, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Cartoonist Jack Egan said he did a stinging editorial
cartoon his first published cartoon about Florida
Power & Light back in the 1970s. At the time, his brother
Jerry managed the Bradenton Country Club and Jack
signed that cartoon J. Egan.
Coincidentally, he thought, his brother's power went
out the night the cartoon was published. Then Jerry had
occasion to speak to one of his members, who not so co-
incidentally was manager of the local FPL office, and he
says to Jerry, maybe you shouldn't oughta do that kinda
thing indicating Jack's cartoon.
Jerry then asked Jack to sign his full name to his ar-
So if the lights go out on Anna Maria Island, maybe
But can you believe the quagmire of fees and rate con-
figuring for the three Island cities electric bills with FPL?
Can you believe the number of street lights they
claim for the three cities?
And can you believe the whopping claim against FPL
by Pahokee, Fla., for $10 million in overcharges?
Can you believe a $23,000 FPL rebate following an
audit of the account for the Tingley Memorial Library in
Bradenton Beach just a few weeks ago?
Kinda makes you feel like a fast-spinning electric
Well, if the Island cities are entitled to rebates, FPL
should bury the electric lines and improve our streetscape.
Maybe the classified ad proposed in this week's story
on the FPL fiasco should read: "Wanted: Responsible
electric company to better service the needs of Anna
Maria Island customers."
Other area cities have received this consideration
from FPL and we should demand it here.
Thanks to all
We can't thank enough everyone who helped make this
year's Islander Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks a suc-
cess. Cheers to you all and to all the parade and fireworks
viewers who turned out to cheer for the event.
With apologies for Saturday's weather, the Sunday
event was certainly enjoyed by a very huge crowd at the
Anna Maria bayfront.
Thanks, too, to all the officials who helped, especially
Holmes Beach Officer Vern McGowin and our Coast
Guard Auxilliary's Raymond Paysour.
Just as some of us on the pier were thinking the
money spent could be put to better use, we realized how
the event, especially the fireworks, lifted the spirits of
thousands. Happy holidays and see you next year.
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As new residents of Anna Maria Island, we were
amazed at the quality of the Nov. 16 Haydn concert.
We have attended concerts in London, Berlin and
Vienna, to mention a few. The quality of music by the
Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and Chorus
is truly great.
I only wish we could donate more for its support.
Carl and Pat Hoffman, Anna Maria
Spare the trees
I whole-heartedly agree with John Molyneux about
the trees. Manatee Public Beach would never look as
beautiful without those graceful pines that provide that
wonderful shade for beachgoers.
Those pine trees have grown along the shoreline as
they were designed to do and planted to do by people
obviously much brighter than the people who claim
that they can't take saltwater and they are dangerous.
When have you seen one down? They certainly seem
to be thriving on the saltwater along the causeway, also
providing shade and looks to me, holding the very
beach that they are claimed not to do with their shal-
Maybe if we had more of them, we would not be
replacing the beaches.
Carol Codella, Holmes Beach
Leave those beach
You certainly are not a mullet wrapper. I take ex-
ception to the article on sharks. The two misinformed
complainants about "shark fishermen" are complaining
from ignorance of wildlife.
As far as the two nuts complaining about a fish
head or two left on the beach, that is also nonsense. I
suggest they donate their time and money to discover-
ing why red tide is an unwelcome occurrence on our
beaches, leaving multitudes of stinking, rotten fish on
our beaches that we all pay to clean up.
Leave the fishermen alone. Perhaps go back to
Oklahoma where sometimes fish actually rain down
from the sky.
Robert M. Corkery, 16-year former Island resident
This letter is addressed to our contractor after the
project has been completed:
Thank you Joe Ungvarsky Construction Co. of
Holmes Beach, for a job well done on the remodeling
of our home.
We especially thank personally Joe, Darrin Wash
and all of their construction crew that worked to make
the project complete. We wish you Merry Christmas.
Omer and Norma Trolard, Holmes Beach
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 10, 2003 M PAGE 7
IMS parents get motivated by motivational speaker
By Diana Bogan
The keynote speaker at the Island Middle School
Parent-Teacher Organization meeting gave insight to
building a positive charter school community.
Michael Gaffley is a program professor in the
Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human
Services at Nova Southeastern University in Miami. He
is involved with human development and family ser-
vice programs in child, youth and family studies and
has a background in education development in his na-
tive South Africa.
Gaffley was invited to speak at IMS after IMS
board member Marlene West attended his workshops
at a recent charter school conference in Orlando.
Gaffley told parents that charter schools need to
define accountability. In schools of choice, he said,
Candish 'yard sale'
for artists Dec. 20
Woody Candish's annual "yard sale" was moved
to The Islander and the sidewalks of the Island Shop-
ping Center in Holmes Beach last year following sev-
eral successful years at the artist's Anna Maria home.
It seems the City of Anna Maria wanted Candish to
obtain a special event permit to continue holding the
sale and he instead sought a new venue and The Is-
lander stepped up.
The annual sale will again be at the shopping cen-
ter from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Also par-
ticipating this year will be artists represented by Rest-
less Natives and the Anna Maria Island Artist's Guild,
both located in the Center.
Don't miss this chance to purchase quality original
art at bargain prices directly from local artists.
Early confirmations for this year's event include
Linda Molto, Joan Voyles, Barbara Singer, Peggy Pot-
ter, Robin Rhodes, Chris Huntington, Carol Miller,
Faye Rosechild-Nierman and Laura Piper.
To participate in the sidewalk sale, contact Carrie
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the surrounding community.
How you define a charter school and its mission is
meaningless if the whole family the entire school com-
munity doesn't know it by heart and believe in it, he
Gaffley also worked with teachers prior to the PTO
dinner and said it is important for parents to understand
what they want from the school and how they define a
For Gaffley, a teacher should be someone who can
develop a love for learning in children. "There is no child
that doesn't want to learn," he said. "But there are things
that can happen along the way to stunt that growth. Teach-
ers have an opportunity to make a difference."
It is also up to the rest of the community to make a
difference as well, he said, noting that the charter school
system is a growing professional field, but it is in flux.
"You have to ask if you are part of the problem or so-
lution," advised Gaffley. "Are you causing or experienc-
ing the problem?"
It's important to identify on which side of the fence
you sit, he said, and not let it keep the school down. A
school is like a machine in which all the parts have to work
together. As an example, Gaffley questioned the audience,
"Does a collection of parts make an engine?"
Leadership is a challenge and Gaffley warned that an
individual part of the community couldn't have a hidden
agenda and expect a charter school to run smoothly.
Gaffley suggested the school define its image and
sell it to the public. As part of the entertainment age,
Gaffley said people buy into a product, including
schools, based on its image.
"You can't change what you can't control," he
warned. "You have to understand who runs the school
and how the school runs and the school has to get con-
trol of itself.
"An adversary who doesn't share our vision will
steer the school off course. If you don't make progress,
you'll collect muck and, if you go back on being pro-
gressive, you'll collect a lot of rubbish," he said.
Gaffley suggested that the key to interacting with
one another is to remember we're all human and have
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empower people to ask for what they need.
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know there is an adult modeling the behavior, which is
not conducive to learning, he said.
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community a sense of purpose.
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can't give as an individual. If you don't like what
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'Interim' attorney hired in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Attorney Chuck Webb has been retained by
Bradenton Beach to shepherd the transition of docu-
ments between the former city attorney to the city.
Former City Attorney Alan Prather's employment
with the city was terminated by city commissioners
Prather sent the city a memo dated Dec. 1 that said,
in part, that he and his firm of Dye, Deitrich, Prather,
Petruff and St. Paul "have not and will not be render-
ing any further legal representation to the city since
notification of our termination.
"We would strongly suggest that the city undertake
action as quickly as possible to obtain legal counsel for the
city," Prather's memo continued. "To our knowledge, no
specific matter is pending with any court relating to the
city for which this firm is representing the city other than
an appeal of a land use decision in the 1300 block of Gulf
Drive, which is presently being addressed by Attorney
Greg Hootman through the Florida League of Cities."
Prather was more blunt in a Dec. 4 memo to the
"As far as this firm 'finalizing' any pending nmat-
ters, I am initially inclined to say 'no thanks'' and
thereby avoid the potential of being the target and re-
cipient of further incorrect and ill-advised comments
by certain commissioners as reported by the press.
Suffice it to say, we do not believe it does our past cli-
ent, the city, any service or benefit for us to render
continuing legal advice to the commission when they
have been reported as saying they do not have confi-
dence in that advice and would, I assume, therefore not
intend to accept or consider that advice."
That said, Prather did acknowledge that the firm
would be willing to continue with a 10-year code en-
forcement matter, the fiscal 2002-03 audit and the long-
standing sanitation ordinance revision.
In the wake of Prather's decision to accept the city
commission's termination of services, commissioners
began to cast about for legal representation in the in-
terim. Commissioners had said previously that they
favored a "team" approach to lawyers, with one han-
dling administrative law, another land-use matters, and
perhaps another handling labor issues, with other attor-
neys to be retained as needed.
For the pressing matters of handling the transition
of files from Prather's office to city hall, Vice Mayor
Anna O'Brien said someone was needed immediately.
Attorney Webb, who was present at the commis-
sion meeting, was asked to the dais and outlined his
background in administrative law. His comments
prompted O'Brien to state that she "would like an at-
torney to deal with the transition of our files. It would
be fine with me for us to hire him for this."
O'Brien made a motion to retain Webb at $125 per
hour the same rate as Prather's fees to assist the
city for interim legal services as needed, a motion that
was unanimously approved.
She also agreed to work out a billing procedure
By Rick Catlin
Jeff Hostetler of Banks Engineering Inc. has
said he is filing an application with the City of Anna
Maria on behalf of the Sandbar Restaurant for va-
cation and dedication of a public right of way at 100
Prior to that application, however, Hostetler has
asked City Commission Chairperson John Quam if
a "workshop" on the issue is necessary before fil-
ing the application.
Hostetler said that since the Sandbar opened in
1979, the designated alleyway has "not been able to
be used for its intended purpose" because the alley-
way right of way is "so close to the building the
setbacks do not meet the present code.
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and Williams, P.A.
He was an assistant county attorney for Charlotte
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derdale as an assistant attorney for Broward County
and dealing with the county commission and the City
of Ft. Lauderdale.
He is a former Anna Maria city commissioner and
currently serves on that city's planning and zoning
He and wife Laura have two children, David and
"Since the alleyway does not allow for the
proper setbacks," he said, the restaurant's parking
spaces are located in the area of the designated
right of way.
These two issues give the Sandbar a "legal
non-conforming status as per the present zoning
code," Hostetler claimed.
A dedication and vacation of the alleyway will
allow the restaurant to be "in conformance of the
present regulations" and "allow for the alleyway
designation to be used for its intended purpose," he
Quam said Hostetler should first discuss the
proposal with Building Official Kevin Donohue
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Thank uou to all the nartiiants:
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Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
Brian's Sunny Side Up
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Fat Cat Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
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Home True Value Hardware
Island Gallery West
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Jane E's Coffee Shop
Jim Mixon Insurance
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an the merchas or more than 650 in prizes!
Prize Package No. 1 ~ Winner Rosanna Strauss of
Express It, holiday music CD
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Jane E's Coffee, coffee scoop and free cup of java
Islander, hat and T-shirt
Mister Roberts, gift certificate
Ooh La La! Bistro, brunch for two
Restless Natives, original artwork
South Jersey Sub Shop, two free subs
Suncoast Real Estate, Pecans
and two Island Players theater tickets
Tervis Tumblers, set of four tumblers
Turtle Watch, bottle of custom-label wine
Prize Package No. 2 ~ Deb Wolfe of Bradenton
D.Coy Ducks, two ducks from the Chop Shop
and a bottle of wine
Express It, holiday music CD
Home True Value Hardware, angler's filet knife
Island Girl Interiors, photo frame
Islander, hat and T-shirt
La Pensee, chrome shower head
Mr. Roberts, candles
Richard Stewart, photograph
Sand Dollar, gift certificate
South Jersey Sub Shop, two subs
SunCoast Real Estate, pecans
Prize Package No. 3 ~ Winner Carl Pearman
of Anna Maria
Brian's Cafe, jumbo gift basket
Essence of Time, original glass artwork
Express It, holiday music CD
Garden Hut, gift certificate
Islander, hat and T-shirt
Mr. Roberts, necklace
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South Jersey Sub Shop, two subs
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Donors can automatically double their contribu-
tions at no extra cost under an offer to the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
An unidentified local foundation has pledged to
match any donations the Center receives during De-
cember, the Center has announced.
That includes donations to the capital campaign fund,
the endowment trust fund and the Center's programs. As
the Center put it, "All donations received before Dec. 31
will be matched." The donations are tax deductible.
The Center, at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, said
that it provides more than 1.5 million hours of service to
the community annually, serving 1,200 youths and 2,100
seniors. Details are available at 778-1908.
'Soldier's Heart' collection
under way at Harvey
Harvey Memorial Church in Bradenton Beach has
initiated a project it has named "Soldier's Heart" to
collect items for "we care" packages for troops.
The Island church is coordinating its efforts with
Cortez Baptist Church, said Nancy Ambrose of
Harvey. The donations should be in hand by Jan. 14 so
the soldiers in the Middle East can receive them about
Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
The church suggests that much-needed items to be
given include eye drops, deodorant, razors, white crew
socks, non-aerosol bug repellant, lotions, sun screen,
lip screen, foot powder, toothbrushes and tooth paste,
powdered drinks, snacks, duct tape, flea collars for
ankles, feminine products, and cash to buy items and
mail the packages.
Donations may be dropped off at the church, 300
Church St., Bradenton Beach, from 10-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Sunday, or at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Details may be obtained by calling
Ambrose at 778-7978, the Rev. William Grossman at
224-8608, or Ed Callen at 778-1126.
Artists' reception Friday
Pastel artist Darlene Holbrook and watercolorist
Frances Fleet will be feted at a reception opening their
show from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12.
The reception and exhibit will be at the gallery of
the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
When Fleet moved to Anna Maria Island five years
ago, she worked with Anne Abgott at the Longboat
Key Center for the Arts to continue her art studies. She
has won awards with her paintings of Florida flora.
Holbrook has painted most of her life, starting in
Delano, Calif., and continuing in New Mexico and Okla-
homa. Since her move from Oklahoma 14 years ago, she
has lived in Coral Shores and does pastel portraiture.
Additional details may be obtained by calling 778-
Driver refresher course starts
The AARP refresher course for drivers over 50 will
be from noon-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 11-12,
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Registration is required and may be done by phone,
Post offices urge sending
holiday mail early
With more than 30,000 letters and cards and
600 packages a day handled by the Island post
offices this season, Postmaster Bob Willis urges
Islanders to do their mailing just as soon as pos-
He has added some help to handle the load,
he said, but "we sure don't take any vacations in
Sue Normand of Island Mail & More was
equally emphatic in urging early mailing.
"Thanksgiving was late this year, and that tends
to throw everyone off schedule when it comes to
Get it there early and it will arrive in time for
Christmas, she said. Come in late, it may not
make it until after Christmas. And late is very
soon. Island Mail & More is at 3230 E. Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Postal patrons can shorten their time in lines at
the window by providing full information on pack-
ages, neatly printing addresses, using tape that is
designed for shipping, using return address (espe-
cially on letters to Santa Claus), using complete
addresses including ZIP codes which may be ob-
tained from the local post offices or by calling 1-
800-275-8777 or e-mail www.usps.com.
Nationally, the U.S. Postal Service will
handle nearly 20 billion pieces of mail during
this holiday month so, Willis said, it needs all the
help it can get by early mailing.
Even Santa Claus
has hotline these days
Santa Claus has joined the fast-moving crowd and
gotten himself a telephone hotline, courtesy of Manatee
It's being called the HoHoHotline and it's a direct
avenue to Santa. It's the line Santa will use to call chil-
dren next week. It's not his exclusively Mrs. Santa
uses it too, and so does Rudolph.
If parents will let the county's Parks and Recre-
ation Department know, one of the three will call a
child between 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thurs-
day, Dec. 16-18.
Parents need to call the department at 742-5974 for
instructions on how to get that North Pole call.
Emerson Point preserve tours
are scheduled for January
Guided tours of the Emerson Point nature preserve
in Palmetto are scheduled by Manatee County master
gardeners, the first to be Jan. 10 and 25.
The twice-monthly tours will start at 9 a.m. and
take about two hours to explore the 195-acre preserve,
said Jane Morse, county extension agent for environ-
Ecosystems in the preserve include salt marshes,
beaches, lagoons, grass flats, mangrove swamps, hard-
wood hammocks and semi-upland wooded areas.
Reservations for the free tours should be made at
722-4524 weekdays. Emerson Point is at the west end
of Sneed Island at the end of Palmetto's 17th Street.
Nancy Collier, seated,
celebrated her 100th
birthday at Golden
Residence in Bradenton,
where she moved six
years ago after living
for 50 years in Holmes
Beach. Among those
helping her note the
milestone were, from
left, former neighbor,
caregiver and guardian
SRook, Brenda Rook and
'Holy family' to lead
Bethlehem Walk Dec. 20
By Jim Hanson
An Island couple and their year-old "New Year's
baby" will become the "holy family" to lead the an-
nual Bethlehem Walk of Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City. .
This Island tradition will be Saturday evening,
Dec. 20, and is expected to attract 100 or so partici-- .
pants, said a Roser spokesperson. It is a devotional
celebration in which all Islanders are being invited .-
Baby Jesus will be portrayed by Sophia Belsito,
the first baby born this year in Manatee County. Her
parents, John and Charlene Belsito of Holmes
Beach, will be Joseph and Mary for the evening.
All three will be in costume, the parents in robes
and the baby in swaddling clothes "if we can keep
her from squirming out of them," said Mom.
They and a throng of pilgrims, dressed in cos-
tumes of biblical times which Roser has on hand or :
participants may provide their own, will start walk-
ing from the church at 6:30 p.m. They will go to
Tarpon Street, take Spring Street around to South
Bay Boulevard and then back to the church at Pine
Along the way they will stop at several "inns" Charlene Delfito as "Mary" and Sophi
kept by other volunteers in the neighborhood and ask will be featured at the Roser Memorial
for lodging. That will be refused, for there was "no Church's Bethlehem Walk Dec. 20. Isla
room at the inn" for the family then. J.L. Robertson
The strollers and innkeepers will sing Christmas
songs and there will be animals of the era, such as
burros and goats, which are a hit with the children, Holmes Beach retains
said the church spokesperson. Back at the church
there will be hot chocolate and cookies, also a hit The City of Holmes Beach has re
with the young ones as well as their elders. Singer of Taylor, Lawless and Singer ii
The pastor, the Rev. Gary Baty, will read the its special counsel regarding the Fran
story of Christ's birth to the gathering around the plan application for 5622 and 5626 Gu
baby in a manger. Attorney David Persson of Hank
"It all makes the children understand what Davis, McClenathen & Darnell, has be
Christmas is really about," said "Mary," Charlene special counsel regarding the Davis sit
Belsito. She would know: She and her husband also cation to date. Due to a longstanding
have two who arrived earlier than Sophia Travis, which will take him out of the country
8, and daughter G.G., 6. ing months, Persson tendered his resig
In temporal life the Belsito's own and operate Is- The public hearing and site pla
land Fitness Inc., which they bought three years ago. Davis' application to construct a multi-f
They have been Islanders for 10 years. ing at 5622 Gulf Drive and relocate
Additional information may be obtained from structure to 5626 Gulf Drive will be cc
the church at 778-0414. 13 with Singer on board for the city.
Robert P. Connelly Sr.
Robert P. Connelly Sr., 85, of Palmetto, died
Mr. Connelly was born in Escanaba, Mich. He was
retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air
Force after 20 years.
Graveside services were Dec. 6 at Palmetto City
Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to
Habitat for Humanity, 2067 Constitution Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34231, or to Hospice of Southwest Florida,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Kicliter Funeral
Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by daughters Alice M. Connelly of
Holmes Beach and Margaret C. Tusing of Palmetto;
and son Robert P. Jr. of Aliso Veijo, Calif.
Irene M. Murphy
Irene M. Murphy, 87, of Holmes Beach, died
: *| ~ Born in Toledo,
Ohio, Mrs. Murphy moved
to Manatee County from
St. Johns, Mich., in 1972.
-I She was a clerk at the Is-
land Branch Library for 12
S.'.. years and worked at Island
bead and quilting artist,
Muph and a square appliqued and
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een the city's
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n review of
quilted by her was on every quilt raffled by the
Eyeland Needlers for the benefit of the Anna Maria
Island Community Center during the Island home
tour. She was a member of the Anna Maria Women's
Club, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, the
Save the Manatee Club, the Manatee Patchworkers
and the Florida West Coast Bead Society. She at-
tended St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.
A Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St.
Bernard, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Me-
morial contributions may be made to the Save The
Manatee Club, 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland FL
James C. Sartain
James C. Sartain, 62, of Bradenton and formerly of
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach, died Dec. 3.
Born in Tennessee, Mr. Sartain came to Manatee
County from Chicago in 1990. He worked at Studio 3
West in Bradenton. He produced a video "musical
tour" of Anna Maria Island in 2002, a 25-minute video
of the Island. He was a member of the Moose Lodge
of Anna Maria Island. He was Christian.
Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday,
Dec. 14, at the Bradenton Beach City Pier, Bridge
Street. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, is
in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by brother Thomas Weir of
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The Playroom open for romping good times
By Diana Bogan
Islander Cindy Thompson has officially opened the
doors for her newest labor of love the Playroom, a
children's drop-in activity club in Holmes Beach.
Thompson, the mother of three kids, spent the past
spring and summer refurbishing the former Island Fit-
ness center in the Holmes Business Center into a safe
haven for infants through fifth-grade, where kids can
enjoy a variety of activities and parents can attend to
other matters worry-free.
Thompson, who has a background working with
children in preschool and elementary schools, as a
courtroom advocate and cruise-ship activities director,
said the Playroom was born from her love for children.
"I believe children are our greatest treasure and we
should cherish and value them," she said. "We should
promote their self-esteem and allow for their creative
Although the Playroom is a place where children
are cared for, Thompson said it is not a daycare.
The Playroom caters to families living on the Is-
land or visiting the area. The staff provides daily activi-
ties, personalized childcare services, birthday party
planning and an after-school club.
An annual registration fee is required for local
families and a weekly registration fee is required for
visiting families. Once club membership is established,
Thompson explained, members are entitled to use the
facility to "stay-and-play" anytime at no additional
Childcare can also be provided by the Playroom
staff, including Thompson, for up to four hours on a
drop-in basis for an hourly fee.
The Playroom is open Monday through Thursday
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.,
and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Thompson said
breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are always pro-
vided at no extra cost.
In addition to the open drop-in hours, Thompson
said she will be offering special group activities and
members will be notified of "space-limited" activities.
For instance, the Playroom will offer a holiday
camp during the elementary school's winter break with
15 spaces available.
The holiday campers will take part in planned ac-
tivities, including trips to the public beach and trolley
rides to the library.
Another special event at the Playroom will be New
Year's Eve. Thompson will be hosting two play ses-
sions for children whose parents are interested in en-
joying an evening out.
On New Year's Eve, there will be an activity ses-
sion from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. where kids will make crafts,
play games and eat ice cream sundaes.
The second New Year's Eve session will be from
9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Thompson said the activities will
be more low-key than the earlier event. "Kids can come
in their PJs and watch movies and unwind," she said.
Pre-registration is required for New Year's Eve
and space is limited to 30 kids in each session.
After the New Year, Thompson said the Playroom
will offer group activities for its younger members.
Anna Carlton, who has a degree in psychology and
early education as well as being a mom to a 3-year old,
will begin holding pre-kindergarten activity club from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children ages 3 to 5 on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday.
Thompson will also be leading a "Toddler Time"
club from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays
PLEASE SEE PLAYROOM, NEXT PAGE
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Headlines in the Dec. 9, 1993, issue
of The Islander announced that:
More than 1,300 Holmes Beach property and
business owners responded to a city survey on rental
units developed by the planning commission to gather
information for its review of the resort rental overlay
in the R-4 zoning district.
The Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict agreed to develop a stormwater management mas-
ter plan for Anna Maria Island by October 1994.
The Bradenton Beach City Commission heard
from a number of residents regarding the current state
of the city pier as a prelude to applying for a $50,000
state refurbishment grant.
Playroom opens in Holmes Beach
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12
for children 1 and 2 years old.
The special activity clubs will be limited to 10
members per session in order to leave room for drop-
in club members.
Thompson said she has come to realize the "drop-
in" concept is hard for people to become accustomed
to but it doesn't take long to get acclimated to using the
The Playroom's opening was delayed this fall be-
cause Thompson said the unique concept of her busi-
ness, which blurs the line between being a child-care
facility and indoor recreation facility, and her applica-
tion didn't fall neatly into state licensing requirements.
After sending her business plan to Tallahassee for re-
view, she received state licensing as a child-care pro-
There are currently 32 families with memberships
to the Playroom, which offers a playful family atmo-
sphere. Thompson said it's wonderful to watch how
kids of different ages all play and interact together.
"Everyone works together and younger kids are
learning from their peers," she said.
The Playroom is located at 5345 Gulf Drive, Suite
300, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 778-
THE ISLANDER U DEC. 10, 2003 U PAGE 13
Beach Bistro tops Zagat survey for food
Anna Maria Island's Beach Bistro fared tops in
food in the just released popular survey of restau-
rants published by Nina and Tim Zagat.
The 2004 Zagat Survey of America's Top Res-
taurants includes reviews compiled from thousands
of public opinion surveys, and ranks by number the
average scores given by survey participants.
This Zagat survey covers 1,220 restaurants in 41
U.S. locales, including one for the Tampa-Sarasota
area, while other guides are by area only.
Zagat reports that for the top restaurants survey
nearly 97,000 "avid local restaurant-goers" and fea-
tures quotes from survey participants.
Zagat's top restaurants guide includes rankings
for "top food by area," and "most popular by area."
Beach Bistro ranked at the top of the Tampa-
Sarasota food chart with other notables from this
area, including Euphemia Haye of Longboat Key.
Among the top five in the popularity ranking are
Bern's Steak House of Tampa, with former
Bradenton Beach resident Jeannie Pierola as execu-
tive chef, the Columbia, Armani's, Bijou Cafe of
Sarasota, and SideBern's, a spinoff of Bern's.
Beach Bistro owner Sean Murphy credited his
professional staff for the high ratings.
The Zagat notation-quotation on Beach Bistro
"At this Anna Maria Island cubbyhole, voted
No. 1 for food on the Gulf Coast, 'a chef with sand
between his toes' conjures up 'exceptional'
Floribbean fare (plus bouillabaisse 'even the French
can't duplicate') accompanied by 300-plus wines
and served by a 'personable' staff; indoors it can be
'crowded and noisy,' so sit 'around back on the
beach' and 'expect to be proposed to by evening's
end;' though 'expensive,' bistrophiles say 'it's worth
it': 'even death would be a treat if these chefs had
Tying with the Bistro for food quality was Cafe
B.T. in Tampa.
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Negele lawsuit against Anna Maria
may be near settlement
By Rick Catlin
A lawsuit brought more than two years ago by
beachfront property owner Susan Negele against
the City of Anna Maria for denial of a variance
may be near a settlement.
Attorney Greg Hootman, representing Anna
Maria and the Florida League of Cities, said that
at a Nov. 18 "mediation conference" with
Negele's attorneys, representatives of the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection, and
Anna Maria City Attorney Jim Dye, the DEP ap-
peared "agreeable to allowing [Negele] to move
the proposed structure toward the shoreline in or-
der to bring it within the city's setback require-
ments" provided Negele "mitigates any disruption
of the existing dune."
Negele, acting as representative of her late
father's estate, filed the lawsuit after the city commis-
sion denied her variance request in August 2001 for
her gulffront lot at 107 Elm St., despite a recommen-
dation for approval by the planning and zoning
board. She had requested a variance of 7 feet on the
side of a proposed house, 3 feet less than the city
requirement of a 10-foot setback, because a 10-foot
setback would have encroached on what the DEP
considers environmentally sensitive lands.
Although nothing definite was decided at the
Nov. 18 meeting, Hootman said that "if further
discussions between he plaintiff and the DEP are
productive," Negele will have to submit an appli-
cation to the DEP for a permit, but the city should
have "no objection" because the proposed struc-
ture would then meet all Anna Maria setback re-
Hootman said an "agreement to agree" would
be drafted by Negele's attorney for all participants
at the Nov. 18 meeting to sign.
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Saturday's fireworks boat parade on Anna
Maria Sound and Tampa Bay faced high winds and
a small craft advisory, prompting a posponement to
Canceled last year by organizers, ironically due
to an early weather forecast which proved to be
perfect on the intended night, the event was orga-
nized this year by The Islander with several "rain
With help from U.S. Coast Guard Station
Cortez Chief Jonathan Brown, and Coast Guard
Auxilliary Capt. Raymond Paysour, the parade was
canceled Saturday afternoon due to wind speeds of
up to 24-mph at the city pier and an unrelenting
forecast. However, Chief Brown said it looked good
for Sunday, and the parade was officially post-
Sunday proved to be a better night, weather
wise, and the boats that could still participate on the
second night only eight of the 15 registered boats
- converged from Bimini Bay and Bradenton
Beach to promenade to the delight of thousands of
spectators past the Anna Maria bayfront, city pier
and the Rod & Reel Pier.
The fireworks that followed dazzled the
crowds, as the boaters held off the north side of the
city pier and Jim Taylor, Taylor-Made
Pyrotechnical Entertainment, set off round after
round after round of spectacular sky-filling explo-
sions of color. The grand finale was no less than the
best huge arrays of color and light filled the sky
- Taylor has ever produced for Island events.
Children squealed, the crowd at the pier and
along the shore screamed and applauded, car and
boat horns blared, and the spectacular event was
ended with a very big boom.
Cash prizes for the boat parade, provided by
The Islander, were awarded to Evolution III and
owners Jerry and Connie McKee of Anna Maria.
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They will receive $100 for their highly decorated
boat in the power-boat division. Their boat dis-
played thousands of icicle lights in three tiers, a
blue-lighted dolphin leaping from the bow, and a
Christmas tree of multi-colored lights, complete
with mega-sized wrapped packages at the stern -
and a dancing (live) Santa Claus and elves.
Sam Planck was the lone sailboat to make the
Sunday night parade, with red lights running bow
to stern from the deck to the tip of the mast on his
35-foot Southern Comfort. Planck said he spent
Sunday getting his fouled gas tank cleared, and fin-
ished just moments before the parade start at 6 p.m.
He also will receive $100 for his effort.
Engraved first-place trophies, donated by Is-
land Starter & Alternator and Complete Auto Re-
pair, will also be awarded to the power and sailboat
This year's parade was the first to include a
route from Cortez to converge with the usual
Bimini Bay bay parade. The lone entry to make the
southern course was Capt. Kim and Mark Ibasfalen
and they will receive a "best effort" prize of $50
from The Islander.
Other participants who braved 8-10 mph winds
and the "chop" in Tampa Bay Sunday night were
George Glaser and his touring pontoon boat Mys-
tic Dolphin, Robb Smith of First Mate Yacht Main-
tenance aboard his Baby Grand, Win and Patti
Bishop with their boat Wee One, and Capt. Jeff
Braaten aboard Dream Maker with multi-colored
outriggers and holiday music.
The Islander newspaper thanks everyone who
contributed to this year's event, including cash do-
nations for the fireworks of $1,000 from the cities
of Anna Maria and Holmes Beach, $2,000 from the
Rod & Reel Pier and City Pier Restaurant, $500
from Sandy Rich Real Coffee and Real Estate, and
$100 from Mama Lo's.
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study under way
in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
Dr. Robert Dean of the University of Florida has
begun his study of bayside erosion in Anna Maria.
During the past two weeks, Dean placed 29
bayside markers for survey stations between Bean
Point at the end of North Bay Boulevard and Rotten
Ralph's Restaurant on South Bay Boulevard.
Measurements by Dean and his staff will be taken
periodically from these stations the next few months to
establish the amount and direction of any shoreline
movement and also provide the approximate measure
of the volume of sand lost, out to about three feet be-
low the present water level, Dean said.
The study, authorized by the city commission, also
calls for historical data on bayside erosion. Dean said
this part of the report should be completed by January
The city's bayside residents, particularly along
North Shore Drive from Bean Point south to the Rod
& Reel Pier, expressed concerned about their receding
shoreline to the city two years ago when waters from
Tampa Bay began to increasingly overlap the seawall
fronting the bay on many of the properties.
When completed, the Dean report will also provide
options for the city to halt further erosion, if the study
determines the bayside shore is disappearing and the
loss poses a threat to homes along the shore.
Some longtime residents have claimed that sand
along the bayside comes and goes in cycles.
At some point in the city's past, perhaps in the
1920s, groins were constructed in some locations along
the shore just north of the Rod & Reel Pier to stem the
flow of sand, Public Works Director George McKay
said last year.
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Wednesday, Dec. 10
10:30 a.m. Friend's Book Club at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
11:30 a.m. The Off Stage Ladies auxiliary of the
Island Players present "The World of Charles Dickens"
with George Curry at The Landings at Freedom Village,
17th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 761-8623 or
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., In-
formation: 778-3390. Fee applies.
1 to 3 p.m. Mixed-media art demonstration by
Mary DuCharme at the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island
Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
6 p.m. "How to Improve Housing in Manatee
County" public forum with county representatives at
Manatee Technical Institute, 5603 34th St. W., Bradenton.
Thursday, Dec. 11
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP driver safety course at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
5 p.m. Holiday performance and Parent-Teacher
Organization meeting at Island Middle School, 206 85th
St., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5200.
6 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club auction and holiday
party at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1700 Ken Thompson
Pkwy, Sarasota. Information: 739-0908.
Friday, Dec. 12
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP driver safety course at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. "Second Friday" opening featur-
ing artists Darlene Holbrook and Frances Fleet at the
Artists Guild of Anna Maria Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1788.
6 to 9 p.m. "Holiday Sunset Stroll Island-style"
at St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. Information: 388-1554.
6 to 10 p.m. "Drop and Shop" holiday childcare
services for children ages 5 and older at G.T. Bray Activity
Center, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton. Information:
742-5974. Fee applies.
8 p.m. Florida West Coast Symphony Holiday
Pops at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 953-3434. Fee applies.
Saturday, Dec. 13
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meet-
ing at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Pub-
lic Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0355.
10 a.m. to noon Art demonstration by watercolor
painter Barbara Orear at the Island Gallery West, 5368
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Privateers Holiday Parade
starting at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria to Coquina Beach
in Bradenton Beach. Information: 747-4953.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.- Anna Maria Island Art League
"Winterfest" craft festival at city hall park, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
10:30 a.m. Origami class at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
11 a.m. to 2p.m. Lester Family Fun Day sponsored
by The Islander at Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Noon to 1 p.m. Island Middle School Conch Frit-
ter "Winterfest" festival performance at city hall park, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5200.
3 to 7p.m. "A Night Before Christmas" at G.T. Bray
Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton. Information:
Sunday, Dec. 14
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Art League
"Winterfest" craft festival at city hall park, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
Noon to 1 p.m. Island Middle School Conch Frit-
ter "Winterfest" festival performance at city hall park, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5200.
Monday, Dec. 15
9 to 10 a.m. Stepping-stone art class with Glen
LeFerve at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
9:30 a.m. Island Widowed Persons Service road
trip to DeSoto National Park departs from the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
SNoon The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club
presents "Leaks, Lies and Liberals" with James
McCartney at the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9287.
6p.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Holiday
Dinner at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee
Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1383. Fee
Tuesday, Dec. 16
9 to 10 a.m. Stepping-stone art class with Glen
LeFerve at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lawton Chiles Christmas
for Kids party at the Sandbar restaurant, 100 Spring Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1696.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans' service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Ap-
Wednesday, Dec. 17
7:45 to 9 a.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce new member breakfast at the Sun House
Restaurant, 111 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-1541. Fee applies.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., In-
formation: 778-3390. Fee applies.
12:30 p.m. Anna Maria Garden Club Holiday Tea
at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3665.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
THE ISLANDER U DEC. 10, 2003 U PAGE 15
A flea market with eight dealers in a "mini-
mall" is being sponsored by Niki's Island Trea-
sures Inc. from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.
The flea market will be in the parking lot at
Niki's, 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Furni-
ture, antiques, collectibles, holiday gift items
and half-priced sterling jewelry are promised.
Additional information may be obtained by
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.
Watercolor art by Barbara Orear at the Island Gal-
lery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Dec.
20. Information: 778-6648.
The Manatee Players present "A Taffeta Christmas
- A '50s Christmas Reunion" at the Riverfront Theatre,
102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Dec. 21. Informa-
tion: 748-5875. Fee applies.
"Annie" starring Islander Trina Rizzo at the Players
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: 778-2099.
"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 between
14th Street West and Ninth Street in downtown
Bradenton, through Jan. 3. Information: 741-8056.
Watercolor sessions with Susie Cotton at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, through May 25. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Painted furniture workshop at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center Dec. 19.
City Pier.Regulars Holiday party at Anna Maria City
Pier Dec. 20.
Roser Memorial Community Church Bethlehem
Walk at Pine Street Dec. 20.
"Drop and Shop" at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton
"The Grinch" Bridge Street movie Dec. 21.
Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra Holiday
concert at Island Baptist Church Dec. 21.
Join with us in this annual, caring Marine Corps
program to provide gifts for less fortunate young-
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on Island trolley
The Holmes Beach Police Department and the Mana-
tee County Sheriffs Office received two separate incident
reports from trolley riders who said they believe an indi-
vidual in a separate vehicle was following them.
According to the most recent report, two trolley rid-
ers noticed a pickup truck followed them as they rode on
the trolley. They said they noticed the truck present at each
location where they got off and then back on the trolley,
and following the trolley as they proceeded.
Holmes Beach Police Detective Sgt. Terri Davis
said that if any trolley rider notices an activity he or she
believes is suspicious, to report it to the trolley driver
Davis said the trolley drivers are equipped to con-
tact local police departments for assistance, if needed.
Another option for seeking help is to approach a
local business owner at the next trolley stop.
Have you seen
The Holmes Beach Police Department is seeking
information from anyone who believes they have seen
Edward Grinnell Jr.
There have been re-
cent burglaries to hotels and
.." : I resorts on beachfront prop-
: erties along the westcoast of
Florida and Grinnell is
wanted for questioning in
these incidents. According
to Holmes Beach Police De-
tective Sgt. Terri Davis, it is
believed that Grinnell may
ri have stayed on the Island
Grinnelduring the month of No-
Davis said Grinnell uses various aliases and has
active arrest warrants from other Florida counties.
Grinnell has a distinctive tattoo of a young man
with a blue collar and brown hair on his upper left arm.
Davis reported that the suspect is a very likable person
who easily fits in wherever he hangs out.
If you have information about this man, or have seen
him on the Island, contact Davis at 708-5804, ext. 243.
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Sad Tuesday for turtles, turtle watchers
Ed Sterba of Holmes Beach, a volunteer and new board member with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch Inc.,
helps load a dead male loggerhead into a Holmes Beach city front-end loader for burial. The 275-pound sea
turtle had no apparent signs of trauma, according to AMITW's Suzi Fox. It washed up on the beachfrom the
Gulf of Mexico near Harrington House Bed & Breakfast, where it attracted a crowd of onlookers.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 2, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, traffic
arrest. A man was arrested for driving without a license
and an unregistered tag.
Dec. 1, 2700 block of Avenue B, abandoned boat.
A 24-foot 1972 seafarer sailboat was reportedly found
abandoned on private property. The owner was con-
tacted and agreed to remove the boat.
Dec. 1, 8300 block of Marina Drive, burglary.
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Dec. 1, 200 block of 81st Street, battery. Accord-
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Dec. 2, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
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graders at Anna Maria Elementary School to talk about the realities and myths of peer pressure in middle and high
school. The seniors answered questions about their lives as teenagers, sharing information about everything from
how much they sleep to where they work and their future goals. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Teachers being honored at appreciation fetes
Anna Maria-based restaurants are honoring Mana-
tee County teachers this season with appreciation din-
ners, the next of which will be Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Honored then will be teachers from Palmetto High
School at the Mangrove Grill and Bar, 102 Riviera
Dunes Way in Palmetto, sister restaurant of the Beach
Bistro and Island's End on Anna Maria Island Man-
grove owner Mike Carter is partner of the Island res-
taurants' proprietor Sean Murphy.
Next to be honored will be Tara Elementary teach-
ers, who will dine at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Cortez,
6696 Cortez Road, Bradenton, as guests of the owner.
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N., also a John Home property.
Earlier, King Middle School teachers were at the
Island's End Bistro Dec. 2, Anna Maria Elementary
School faculty dined at Island's End and Palmetto El-
ementary teachers at the Mangrove Grill on Dec. 8.
Manatee High School teachers were guests of
Island's End and Lincoln Middle School teachers of
Mangrove Grill on Dec. 9.
In addition, teachers received gifts which were
provided by Island Discount Tackle, Golf Etc. and Pre-
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Anna Maria Elementary
Monday, Dec. 15
Breakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Ravioli with Garlic Toast, Ham and Cheese
Sandwich with Baked Cheetos or Peanut Butter and
Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad, Mixed Vegetables,
Juice Bar, Fruit
Tuesday, Dec. 16
Breakfast: Sausage and Biscuit, Peanut Butter and
Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Fish Shapes or Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Roll, Tossed Salad, Peas
and Carrots, Fruit
Wednesday, Dec. 17
Breakfast: Super Donut, Grilled Cheese Sandwich,
Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Turkey Gravy with Rice, Barbecue Rib on
Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed
Salad, Green Beans, Fruit,
Thursday, Dec. 18
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup, Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Tacos, Turkey Stack Sandwich or Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Capri Blend, Tossed
Friday, Dec. 19
Breakfast: Yogurt, Cereal, Scrambled Eggs and
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza, Breaded Chicken Patty on a
Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tater Tots,
Tossed Salad, Fruit, Happy Birthday Cupcake
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Deadline is tomorrow
for class at Center
The deadline is Thursday, Dec. 11, for registra-
tion for the garden stepping-stone class at the Anna
Maria Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
The class will be Monday and Tuesday, Dec.
15-16, with Glen LeFevre instructing. Cost is $55
for members, $60 nonmembers. The class will meet
at the Center from 9 a.m.-noon Monday, 9-10 a.m.
Tuesday. Details are available at 778-1908.
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Shower, music featured
for St. Bernard guild
A shower of items needed by Solve, an organiza-
tion to help needy pregnant women, will be the main
activity of a meeting of the Women's Guild of St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church Thursday, Dec. 11.
A potluck luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. in
the church social hall following an earlier board meet-
ing. Donald Donahue, music director of the church,
will provide music for the affair.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
Veterans of Korean War
to hear one of their own
Gene Ciliberti of Holmes Beach, Marine veteran of
the Korean War, will speak at a meeting of Manasota
Chapter 199, Korean War Veterans Association, Thurs-
day, Dec. 18.
He will discuss his book, "Recollections of a Boy
Marine," and will autograph copies following the meet-
ing and Ciliberti's address.
The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Kirby
Stewart Post 24, American Legion, at 2000 75th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information may be obtained from George
Widowed persons plan trip
to DeSoto Park
The Island Widowed Persons Service has sched-
uled a "road trip" to DeSoto National Memorial Mon-
day, leaving at 9:30 a.m. from the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
A $5 fee covers transportation, said the Center.
Lunch will be at Johnny Leverock's Seafood House.
Reservations may be made at the Center, 778-1908.
Garden club tea next Wednesday
The Anna Maria Garden Club's annual Christmas tea
will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Roser Me-
morial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Jim and Marilyn Shirly will provide music. Addi-
tional details may be obtained from Priscilla Seewald at
St. Mary Star sale 'sisters'
These women sell items by the seashore but once a year at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church of Longboat Key
by volunteering to help make Saturday's annual Christmas bazaar a success. In front of the table, left to right,
are Mary Smigielski and Marge Brown. Behind the table, left to right, are Anita Ross, Sally Daneman, Clara
McGonigle, Jeanette D'Angelo and Ann Ramnond. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
'Jewish soul music'
tomorrow at temple
A program of "Jewish soul music" will be pre-
sented by singer-guitarist Rosalie Leon at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 11, at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay
Isles Road, Longboat Key.
She is a former lay cantorial soloist and teacher.
The program is open to the public, free for congrega-
tion members, $10 for nonmembers. Details are avail-
able at 383-3428.
new members at breakfast
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will welcome new members at its quarterly breakfast
from 7:45-9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17.
The event will be at the Sun House Restaurant, 111
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Cost is $6.50 for mem-
bers, no charge to new members. RSVPs may be
phoned to 778-1541 or e-mailed to
City -ot Anna Mlrila
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Hollme Beach and Bradenton Beach marine Patrols
City Pier Restauant oft Ann, Maria
Rod & Reel Pier
Sandv', Rich Coffee and Real Estate
Nlana Lo By the SeLI
Wet Nlanatee Fire & Rescue
U.S. Coast Guird
Coast Guard Auxiliar, Flotilla 81
Island Starter & Alternator
Jim Taylor and the crew of Ta lor-Made Pyrotechnical Entertainment
The Isltandr staff, especially Nancy Ambrose and Rebecca Barnett
With speciall thanks. toi Dai e Sork
$100 cash prize and engraved trophy for best decorated power boat!
Evolution III, owners Jerr\ and Connie McKee of Anna Maria. Thousands of
icicle lightiS iln three it r., ; a b/,lu -lih' l JI/ ,llhill leaping from the bow, and a
Christna. tr.'ee I.' iulli-c:'llrId li gh.. i ct'cit i ith mega-sized wrapped
ptIkaLi.t t ll li/ 1 IL. rii and a I //,/ cii / live J Santa Claus and elves.
$100 cash prize for best decorated sailboat!
Southern Comfort, o: ner Sam Planck of Holmes Beach. Red lights
runniln l, '\ i' t tIt n f/irm ith JIlck t,. ltht tip of the mast.
$50 cash prize for "best effort!"
Capt. Kim's tour boal, Cap:t. Kimn ,iod ,lark Ibasfalen of Cortez
Thanks to all tit liighti b 'at t Iali ip anil fr making it a grand parade!
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by Preston Whaley Jr.
for the 'Soul'
If you want to watch a man play two saxophones
at the same time and smoke a Marlboro you don't
have to go to Las Vegas or Atlantic City.
You can go to Sports Lounge in Bradenton Beach
where Koko Ray performs the stunt as a matter of rou-
tine on Saturday nights.
Or, if you happen to be out Sarasota way on a Fri-
day night, pull in to the 8-Ball at the comer of Beneva
and Weber where Koko Ray and the Soul Providers,
literally and musically, are sure to be smoking .
Ray says he performs this impressive maneuver, in
part, for "effect and fascination," but also out of respect
for a tradition established by the late Roland Kirk, who
played as many as four horns simultaneously.
Excluding the Marlboro, Ray's not just blowing
hot air. He really blows two horns, counterpoints the
melodies and blends them into the ensemble.
As for the runaway locomotive effect he gets on some
songs, there's no substitute for the sonic friction of an alto
saxophone simultaneously pulling against a tenor.
Ray put the band together about four years ago, but
of the original lineup, only guitarist John Purcell is still
with him. The others joined the group within the past
couple of years, including Greg Slusher on bass, David
Ansen on keyboard and Pat Betts on drums.
All told, there's more than 100 years of musical
experience in the band, and each member's resume is
impressive. They can play and add their own spices to
any cover tune in the book "something for every-
one," says Ray.
Then there's the original music a style Ray calls
"funk 'n' roll" or "hippie retro." It's an apt description
for music that can funk like the Average White Band,
roll like a freight train full of Allman Brothers and trip
like an American Indian shaman.
The band released a live, 70-minute compact disc
this year. True to 1960s counter-culture values, the
disc's message is summed up in a cut called "Soul
Revolution," which the song's chorus repeats, "is the
It was the matriarch of a counter-culture commune
in Atlantic City that gave Ray Hansen his name. At 1 1
years old, he was attracted to the lifestyle. He had just
taken up the flute, when Mama Tuck, the communal
mother, said, "Your name is Koko."
Ray says, "My [real] mom swears the name came
Orear's art on exhibit, her techniques too
Barbara Orear will show how to handle watercolors
M,"i. ^ well enough to get a month's exhibit at Gallery West when
she demonstrates her art there Saturday, Dec. 13.
-, Her watercolors are hanging at the gallery, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, through Dec. 20. Her demonstra-
J tion of techniques will be from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.
S- A native Chicagoan, Orear and husband Joe, both
HimJ d. i^ --" longtime boaters, fell in love with the local waters and
landscapes while vacationing here. Moving to
Longboat Key in 1973 helped inspire her to give up oils
] and go to watercolors to capture light and colors here.
The demonstration and show are open to the pub-
F lic, said the gallery. Hours there are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
-Barbara OrMonday-Saturday. Further information is available at
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Koko Ray and
from a bottle of suntan lotion when we were on vaca-
tion in Miami. But it really came from Mama Tuck."
Koko Ray created the cover art for the disc which,
in tandem with the music, conveys psychedelic energy.
Two of his acrylic-on-canvas paintings, "The Preying
Mantis" and "Monkey on the Back," are currently on
display as part of "The Edge" show at Fogartyville
Cafe in Bradenton.
In addition to his work with the Soul Providers,
Ray is working on two other musical projects. One is
an eight-song solo disc of original material, to be re-
leased in December, for which he sings and plays all
acoustic instruments, including guitar, flute and hand
drums. The second project is a series of meditation CDs
inspired by a class he took in preparation for the birth
of his daughter. Josh Miller, who also attended the
class, is engineering the CDs. Ray says Miller's appli-
cation of effects and atmospheric techniques make him
"like another musician."
As for a distribution and publishing deal, Ray says,
"The record companies aren't in the business of sign-
ing 44-year-olds, but I'd be happy if I can get some
kind of deal out of it."
Since taking up the flute, Ray has never looked
back. By age 21 he was playing three shows a night at
the Brighten Casino in Atlantic City and pulling in
$750 a week. "In 1976 that was a lot of money. It's a
cliche, but I was rich, single and free for real," he says.
At other times he says, "I couldn't even buy a gig."
For years Ray was the leader of Bluesman Willie's
horn section. He's played the Monterey Jazz Festival
three times. He was in the Red Tones, which toured and
opened for major acts around the country and played
the Chestnut Cabaret in Philadelphia.
When DJs took over the live music scene in Phila-
delphia, he moved to Florida.
Except for the no-smoking and noise ordinance
trends, he says, "I really feel at home here, and the
band's booked through December 2004."
The most rewarding thing about playing music,
though, is "the reaction. I'm the kind of guy that loves
seeing a full dance floor and the intimacy of a small
venue. Then there's the creativity of it. The interaction
with the musicians."
And the band, well, "they're really outstanding
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'Each one teach one' key to help
By Jim Hanson
"I thought maybe I could lend a hand you know,
help someone who needed a little push in the right di-
That's what Fred Meyer of Holmes Beach thought,
and he was right on the money. He is one of five Island-
ers who are tutoring people to speak English properly
and to read and write.
He got into tutoring through his golfing buddy,
Don Meals, also of Holmes Beach, who has become the
leader of the Anna Maria Island contingent working
with the Literacy Council of Manatee County.
The program is the result of a failure 70 years ago.
An American missionary, Frank C. Laubach, had been
teaching Muslim Filipinos on Mindanao to read and
write Maranao, their native language.
He ran out of money and asked his students what
they thought he should do. An old chief said, well, he
knew how to read and write, so he'd pass his good for-
tune along by teaching someone else and so should
every one of Laubach's pupils. "Each one teach one,"
he said, and that became the slogan and the working
rule of what has become a worldwide movement.
In Manatee County it is coordinated by the literacy
council, whose headquarters is at 1701 14th St. W.,
Bradenton. Volunteers work with Zora Gonzalez, who
provides teaching materials and trains tutors, 90 in all
now, and matches each one with a student, of which
there are 70 being taught and more waiting.
"They find us," Gonzalez said, so the council
doesn't have to seek them out. Most are Latinos, with
a sprinkling from Asia and Europe and Africa.
Marion Kennedy of Holmes Beach expanded on
that: "We get all kinds of people, most of them don't
know the alphabet yet. A couple of them are medical
doctors, cleaning houses for a living now until they can
On the Island, tutors meet with students once or
twice a week for two hours at the home of one or the
other or at a church or the Island Branch Library, any-
where they won't be distracted or interrupted.
Meals involved himself two years ago, seven years
retired then as a management consultant with Arthur D.
Little Inc. of Cambridge, Mass. Now he is on the
council's board of directors and tutoring regularly.
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hope more Islanders will volunteer. They can do so by
calling the center at 746-8197. That's also where
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Meyer, retiree from his own civil engineering busi-
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Islander places fourth in senior state Olympic golf tourney
By Kevin Cassidy
Tony Webb of Holmes Beach shot a six-over-par
78 in the Florida State Senior Olympics Wednsesday,
Dec. 3, at the Glenview Championship Golf Course at
the Villages near Leesburg.
Webb's 78 landed him in a tie for fourth place in
the 60-64 age group that featured 24 of the best senior
golfers in the state.
Webb, a Holmes Beach resident since 1996, has
been visiting his parents on the Island for more than 25
years. He retired from Arctic Circle Enterprises in
Anchorage, Alaska, where he was vice president of
Webb hones his golf skills in the Bradenton Men's
League, which hold weekly competitions at either
River Run Golf Links or the Manatee County Golf
Island youth tennis players brave cold
The Island Youth Tennis League was back on Sat-
urday, Dec. 6, despite some extremely chilly weather
that blew into the area over the weekend. The top two
teams, WGE Aces and second place Cuzins' Cougars,
will complete for the league championship at 3 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Cedars Tennis Club on
Third-place Rokop Rocks, fourth-place Gecko's
Greats and fifth-place Cohen's Cruisers, are separated
in the standings by only one point and will also com-
pete for final positions in the standings.
Other activities planned for Saturday include a
parent on-court drill session and parent-child matches.
An awards banquet, which will conclude the season,
will follow at 6 p.m. at the Cedars.
Below are the results from Saturday's chilly
Cohen's Cruisers 4, Cuzins' Cougars 2
Rebecca Loh defeated Stephen Scott, 6-1
Katherine Kennedy defeated Lara Funk 6-1
James Steiner defeated Natasha Niemann 4-3
Justin Suca defeated Alex Burgess 3-1
Scott/Kennedy defeated Loh/Funk 6-4
Even/Suca defeated Neimann/Burgess 4-2
WGE Aces 5, Gecko Greats 1
Jen Tinnell defeated Clay Shepherd 4-3
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The Anna Maria Island Community Center's 1 Oth
Annual Indoor Soccer Christmas Tournament will get
under way with games starting Sunday.
The Center's Scot Dell said there will be a coaches
meeting at 6:30 Wednesday at the Center to finalize the
The tournament had 20 teams registered Tuesday
afternoon with male and female divisions in U-8, U-10,
U-12, and U-14.
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to have uniforms with the same colors.
There is a minimum six players to a team in each
age-gender division for the fast-action indoor play. All
players 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 or a schedule of games, call
the Center's Joe Chlebus at 778-1908.
Olympians 'set' to serve
at volleyball clinic
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 defen-
sive skills and strategies Sunday, Dec. 21. The clinic is
free to Manatee Area Volleyball members.
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.
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Center basketball tourney under way
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
basketball season got under way with opening games
in a preseason tourney last Saturday at the Center
The action heated up rather quickly with two over-
time games highlighted by ReMax's 67-63 win over
Anna Maria Oyster Bar and a 19-17 overtime victory
by Longboat Observer against Bank's Engineering.
There were also some outstanding individual ef-
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from Gary Scott in a losing effort for the Oyster Bar in
Premier Division action, while JoJo Wood scorched
Division I with 24 points to lead his S&S Industries
team to victory.
The tournament action concludes with champion-
ship games this week. Division III will have crowned
a tourney champ after presstime Tuesday, Dec. 9, while
Division I, II and the Premier Division will crown
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vision I and Premier follow at 7 and 8 p.m. respec-
Following are results from the opening games of
the tourney on Saturday, Dec. 6.
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finished with 19 points, while teammate Derek Mendez
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A.M. Glass 73, Beach House 33
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Dearlove finished with two points in the victory.
Zach Beeker scored a game-high 20 points for
Rotten Ralph's, which also received six points from
Broderick West in the loss. Whitney Bauer added four
points and Casey Dalton scored two to complete the
scoring for Ralph's.
Division II: IRE 15, Danziger 11
Island Real Estate put on a defensive clinic to hold
Danziger Allergy & Sinus scoreless in the second and
third quarters on the way to a four-point victory to ad-
vance to the second round of the Division II tourney.
Shane Blair dominated the low post with eight
points, while Chris Callahan provided outside scoring
with five points. Ricky Miller completed the Island
Real Estate scoring with two points.
Garrett Secor scored seven points to lead Danziger,
which also received four points from Daniel Riley in
Observer 19, Banks 17
Breann Richardson's basket in overtime pro-
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ond round of the Division II tourney. Richardson
finished with four points, as did teammate Forest
Schield. Kyle Aritt led the way with a game-high 11
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Miles Hostetler matched Aritt's 11 points for game
scoring honors, while Tommy Price scored four points
and Burns Easterling added two points in the loss.
Division III: Galati 10, Duncan 5
Galati Marine doubled up Duncan Real Estate be-
hind a balanced scoring attack led by Daniel Pimental's
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Weather woes near and far; inlet stories continue
Sometimes, procrastination pay off.
The usual post-hurricane season wrap-up got bur-
ied last week. Now it seems that the delay was war-
ranted, what with Tropical Storm Odette and Tropical
Storm Peter churning through the Caribbean Sea or the
Odette is the first tropical storm to ever form in the
Caribbean in December. Peter kicked in Tuesday
morning in the mid-Atlantic with winds of 70 mph. It
caps a hurricane season that was busy and peculiar.
We had have 16 named storms, with seven
reaching hurricane force and three becoming ranked as
"severe," with winds in excess of 111 mph.
An average year has 10 named storms, with six
becoming hurricanes and two of them being classed as
severe. It was, in short, a busy storm season, which
officially runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.
And it started so early that perhaps the true "hur-
ricane season" estimates should be revisited, what with
Tropical Storm Ana forming in the Atlantic Ocean in
late April, five weeks before the official start of the
It would appear that storms don't mind our calen-
Big British chill?
My friend Gretchen Edgren sent me a note from
friends in England that quite literally is chilling:
"Britain could be plunged into a 100-year-long
winter within the next century, scientists have warned."
It seems that studies of the Gulf Stream are find-
ing that the big ocean current that starts just south of
Florida and flows up the eastern United States before
downswelling off England is becoming less saline.
More salt, warmer water. Less salt, cooler water.
And, of course, it's all on account of global warm-
"Global warming threatens the Gulf Stream be-
cause it is predicted to produce more freshwater, which
would dilute the salty waters of the current," according
to a British news report. "This, in turn, would stop it
sinking, and if this happened the heat it carries would
be cut off."
A scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
has put the likelihood of an "abrupt plunge in British
temperatures within the next 100 years at 50 percent.
'It will be quick, and suddenly one decade we're warm,
and the next decade we're in the coldest winter we've
experienced in the last 100 years, but we're in it for 100
years,'" he said.
Another scientist from the Fisheries Research Ser-
vice in Aberdeen, Scotland, was more blunt in his as-
sessment of the climate change data, "We were really
worried when we saw these results" he said. "We'd
never seen a change like this before. These changes are
fundamental. They are substantial. They are going to
impact our climate and the climate our children have
to live in."
There is one bright spot in the colder weather fore-
cast, though colder water means less hurricanes in
Dr.- William Gray, a meteorologist at Colorado
State University, has studied tropical storms and hur-
ricanes in the Atlantic for more than 20 years, and con-
curs that the salinity is lessening in the Gulf Stream.
However, Gray predicts that the cycle runs for
about 25 years, not the 100 that the Brits are claiming.
We'll just have to wait and see who's right.
Reopening Midnight Pass approved
Twenty years ago this week, bulldozers and back-
hoes were feverishly trying to keep water flowing in a
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and the inlet closed.
Now, Sarasota County commissioners want to
give opening the pass another shot, pending federal,
state and regional environmental regulator permits.
This time, the effort will be a whole lot more than
The proposal offered by coastal engineer Karyn
Erickson calls for 390,000 cubic yards of sand to be
moved. The pass would be 500 feet wide, 400 feet
long, 12 feet deep and run something like 2,500 feet
to the Intracoastal Waterway in Little Sarasota Bay.
The sand would go toward badly eroded beaches on
south Siesta Key and northern Casey Key.
Erickson, when she gets the expected contract
with the county, will be paid $300,000 for her consult-
ing skills with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the
Southwest Florida Water Management District, and
whole slew of other agencies.
Cost of the dredging is estimated at $3.8 million,
with another $1 1.2 million needed during the next 30
years to maintain the channel in an open state.
The Midnight Pass saga is interesting because it
highlights the vagaries of coastal inlets throughout
Southwest Florida including Anna Maria Island
and Longboat Key.
Inlets move north and south unless they are "ar-
mored" with jetties or rock revetments or seawalls,
and even then they tend'to shoal. A long-term trend for
our part of the state is erosion of beaches, and the sand
from the shore usually ends up in the inlets in a kind
of white, sandy landfill.
Just look at Longboat Pass to see what happens
with an inlet. A year ago, the shoreline at Beer Can
Island had eroded to the Australian pine trees. Now,
there is a big, wide, white beach there.
A couple of years ago, there was a deep channel
that ran from the bridge along the north end of
Longboat Key, Today, it's a sandbar.
In fact, there historically was an inlet at the north
end of Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Today it's
the narrowest section of the Island and could one day
again open as a tidal pass.
And I remember as a little Roat being carried on
my dad's shoulders across an inlet that separated
Longboat Key from Beer Can Island, then a true Island
sticking out in the middle of Longboat Pass.
The area where my dad carried me today has a
condo on it.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the
permits to reopen Midnight Pass. Erickson com-
mented that the time to apply for the permits is right
now because, as she put it, the atmosphere in Tallahas-
see and Washington, D.C., is more conducive for such
large-scale environmental alterations than in years
Could she be hinting at the current
administration's somewhat more lax stance on envi-
Another permit story
The U.S. Environmental Protect!;i i. Acncy has
f A' Charter Boat
Backwater Near Shore Up to 7 miles out in the Gulf
Snook Redfish Trout Flounder Mackerel Snapper
Light Tackle Fishing Reservations a must
Tackle, bait, ice, fishing license provided!
Capt. Mike Heistand USCG Licensed
rejected an extension in the permit that allowed off-
shore dumping of the treated wastewater from the
former Piney Point phosphate plant in northern Mana-
The plant has had a holding pond full of toxic
water at dangerously high levels for a year. Since the
plant owners -declared bankruptcy, the state was
forced to step in and try to get rid of the mess. Off-
shore dispersal was deemed the best of a bunch of
bad options, and federal officials reluctantly allowed
the discharge offshore via barge for several months
of this year.
Now, no more, and the treated water will be slowly
sent out to sea through Bishop Harbor.
Jillian Hoffman coming to Island Jan. 10
Mystery novelist Jillian Hoffman will be on the
Island Jan. 10 to. talk about her first novel, "Retribu-
The book is a legal thriller that takes place on
Florida's east coast. Hoffman knows from what she
speaks in the courtroom, because in real life she's an
attorney with the Florida Department of Law Enforce-
What makes her first book especially interesting
isn't found on the pages but in its formation. She had
a bidding war going on between eight publishing
houses for "Retribution," with Putnam winning out.
Most first-time-out authors have to beg to get
someone to publish their book; for eight of the biggest
publishers to go after a novice novelist is pretty much
Hoffman has also already sold the European rights
to the book, and Warner Brothers has bought the film
rights and is rumored to already have started develop-
ment of the film.
Not bad for a book that isn't even in the stores yet,
although it should be out any time now.
Hoffman will be at Circle Books on St. Armands
Circle at 1 p.m. Jan. 10, and will be at Ooh La La! Bis-
tro in Holmes Beach at 3:30 p.m. Tickets for the cock-
tail party and book signing at the restaurant are $50,
and include a first-edition copy of "Retribution." Res-
ervations are a must, and may be made by calling 778-
"Inlets are natural or manmade channels connect-
ing the coastal Gulf to estuaries with strong tide-in-
duced currents that build up supplies of sand, called
shoals, just inside or adjacent to their channels," ac-
cording to Dr. Gustavo Antonini in his book, "A His-
torical Geography of Southwest Florida Waterways,
There are four types of inlets in Southwest Florida:
tide-dominated, wave-dominated, mixed-energy with
straight shape and mixed-energy with offset shape.
Longboat Pass is a tide-dominated inlet with a
well-defined ebb-channel and ebb-tidal delta a big
sandbar outside of the inlet.
Longboat Pass is a federally maintained channel
which receives periodic dredging to allow navigation
through the auspices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 10, 2003 0 PAGE 27
Trever Flathman caught this 18-pound mahi-mahi while fishing with Capt.
Mike Carleton aboard the "Wireless. "
... and another one
Justin Gray got a dolphin, this'one a 19 pounder, on the same trip out with Capt.
Carleton. Both fish were caught about 25 miles offshore of the Island in the Gulf of
Sheepshead action starting to really turn on right now
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Cold weather kept lots of people safely nestled
next to the docks last week, but there were a few fish-
ing highlights for those willing to brave the winds and
Redfish action in the bays continues to be good on
the days one can get onto the water, with a couple re-
ports of better than 20 catches on a trip. Flounder are
also a good bet, and there are still some good-sized
snook being caught.
Sheepshead are starting to get thick and big
around any structures in the bays right now, and the
sheepie season should start to get better and better af-
Mote to benefit from
reef license plate
Mote Marine Laboratory will get the $25
extra that a Florida reef vehicle license plate
costs, and the plates are available now, said the
The new "Protect Our Reefs" plate costs
$25 in addition to the fee for the license, Mote
pointed out, plus $2 for special processing.
Drivers should request the plate when renew-
ing their tags.
The reef plate is aimed specifically at
helping save the country's only extensive liv-
ing coral reef, which runs from Key Largo to
beyond Key West. At least 50 coral species
and more than 150 species of fish are there and
more than 20 million pounds of fish are har-
vested commercially there each year.
"By helping protect Florida's reef tract,
drivers also help the state's economy because
more than 3 million people visit the reef each
year at an estimated economic impact of $790
million," Mote said.
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Captain Tom Chaya
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ter the weekend's cold snap.
Kingfish have pretty much passed us by, though,
with only a few reports of any action in the past few
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
sheepshead fishing is starting to really pick up. Shrimp
are really big right now, too, and working well on those
catch-and-release trout in the bays.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he didn't have a whole lot to report,
compliments of the lousy weather, but said that once
the front has passed this week's fishing "will be excel-
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said lots of good-
sized sheepshead are starting to show up around the
pilings at the pier. Other fishing news of note there is
some good catches of redfish, drum and a keeper-size
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishing there has been slow due to the weather, but
there was one cobia hookup last week and sheepshead
are coming on strong. There were also a few catches of
flounder and some bonnethead sharks caught at night.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he had one good day on the water last week,
and caught more than 20 reds, some catch-and-release
trout, flounder to 16 inches, with most of the action
coming from artificial baits, with Little Twisters work-
ing the best.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
kingfish have pretty much pushed out of the area, with
only a few reports coming in last week of any catches.
Sheepshead are the mainstay right now, he added, al-
though some guides are telling him that they also get-
ting some snook and a few reds even with the cold
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
black drum, snapper, flounder and a few redfish in the
19- to 24-inch range were all the rage at the dock last
week, plus one 37-inch snook caught by a lucky angler.
Captain Doug Moran
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Cell: (941) 737-3535
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's getting
into some redfish on the warmer days, catch-and-re-
lease trout and a few flounder when he's able to get out,
plus a few keeper-size snook and some flounder.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's catching red-
fish from around the docks in the bays, plus lots of
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's catching
good numbers of sheepshead, catch-and-release trout,
a few redfish and a few keeper-sized snook, plus lots
of mangrove snapper and some flounder.
On my boat Magic, we had a tough week getting
out on the water what with winds and high seas, but
were able to catch a few keeper redfish, some sheeps-
head to 4 pounds, and lots of little grouper.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.
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Island real estate sales
5200 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 506 Martinique
South, a 1,057 sfla / 1,169 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1970, was sold 10/16/03, Kleeman to Aldrich, for
1201 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, a 402 sfla / 452
sfur Gulf-view home built in 1952 on a 25x50 lot, was
sold 10/20/03, Latozas to Casali, for $100,000.
3701 E. Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, 10-B Sunbow
Bay 1, a 1,320 sfla / 2,033 sfur 3bed/3bath/l car condo
built in 1977, was sold 10/21/03, Amaro to Schwartz,
for $295,000; list $314,900.
6410 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 10 La Plage, a
Gulffront 2,150 sfla / 2450 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car condo
built in 2003, was sold 10/21/03, Point South LLC to
JJD Investment Properties Ltd., for $1,650,000; list
7000 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 202 Tiffany Place,
a 1,212 sfla / 1,420 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1978, was sold 10/24/03, Doescher to Marvin, for
97 52nd St., Holmes Beach, a Gulf-view 2,003 sfla
4bed/2.5bath/2car/pool home built in 2003 on a 7,579
sf lot, was sold 10/24/03, Kreps to Tilelli, for
$1,170,000; list $1,295,000.
105 11th St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 940 sfla/1,212
sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1930 on a 75x100
lot, was sold 10/31/03, Dean to Wyckoff, for $387,500;
110 Seventh St. S., Bradenton Beach, a bayfront
1,278 sfla/1,898 sfur 4bed/2bath/lcar home built in
1939 on two platted lots measuring 100x 135 total, was
sold 10/27/03, Trese to GSR Dev. LLC, for
$1,100,000; list $1,200,000.
1801 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 284 Runaway
Bay, a 691 sfla/771 sfur lbed/lbath condo built in
1978, was sold 10/27/03, Stellas to Morrow, for
200 Bay Drive N., Bradenton Beach, a multifam-
ily 2,080 sfla/2144 sfur 4bed/4bath complex built in
1974 on a 51x80 lot, was sold 10/28/03, Frint to Coo-
per, for $580,000; list $599,000.
205 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,896 sfla duplex
built in 1974 on a 70x100 lot, was sold 10/31/03,
Yearwood to Copeland, for $455,000.
221 85th St., Holmes Beach, a 1229 sfla /2,045 sfur
home built in 1977 on a 90x100 lot, was sold 10/30/03,
Holmes Beach Invest to Hunt, for $346,775.
5200 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 308 Martinique
South, a Gulf front 1,309 sfla/1,421 sfur 3bed/3bath/
2car condo built in 1970, was sold 10/30/03, Elsasser
to Altbacker, for $570,000; list $595,000.
DAVE JONES A -
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Call anytime for a consultation.
FOR SALE BY OWNER
307 Tarpon St.
..- Access to Bimirni Bay
,._ 2BR..2BA. large Inving
room, cathedral ceil-
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workshop, place for
Spool. beautiful shady
garden, [boat dock
Alan Galletto once again took "all the
marbles" at Island Real Estate, registering the
most new listings and making the most sales and
closings during November.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co. also had a
double winner at its Anna Maria Island office,
Geoff Wall leading in both new listings and sales
in November. Two teams scored the listing hon-
ors at the Longboat Key office, Mike Migone/
Tina Rudek and Gary and Cindy LaFlamme.
Migone/Rudek also led in sales.
788 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 1680 sfla/2462
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1975 on a 75x100
lot, was sold 10/28/03, Znika to Rodda, for $625,000;
911 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a bayfront 1,529
sfla 3bed/2bath home built in 1955 on a 50x125 lot,
was sold 10/28/03, DePass to Fiorica, for $1,000,000;
100 73rd St., Holmes Beach, 201A Coconuts, a
660 sfla/780 sfur Ibed/Ibath condo built in 1972, was
sold 11/4/03, Hill to Gulf Beach Management, for
103 45th St., Holmes Beach, a Gulffront 1,625 sfla/
2287 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1977 on a
75x130 lot, was sold 11/4/03, Keuka Investments to
Hartung, for $1,425,000; list $1,450,000.
128 51st St., Holmes Beach, a 2,508 sfla/3,792
sfur 6bed/3bath/lcar duplex built in 1958 on a
100x100 lot, was sold 11/4/03, Burness to Dobson,
for $541,000; list $569,000.
302 Spring, Anna Maria, a 896 sfla/1,484 sfur
2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1956 on a 52x145 lot,
was sold 11/7/03, Family Place Properties to Long
Carleton Real Estate, for $359,000; list 389,000.
526 Bayview Place, Anna Maria, a canalfront
1,212 sfla/1,808 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar/pool home built
in 1973 on a 60x 110 lot, was sold 11/5/03, Roscoe to
Carlson, for $650,000; list $725,000.
600 Manatee Ave.W., Holmes Beach, 143
Westbay Cove 2, a 1,179 sfla/1,567 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo built in 1977, was sold 11/7/03, Pointer to Zion,
for $325,000; list $349,900.
635 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a bayfront
2,076 sfla/3,239 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car/pool home built
in 1968 on a 100x150 lot, was sold 11/3/03, Jozefowicz
to Brown, for $1,020,000.
7005 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,303 sfla/2,303
sfur 4bed/2bath duplex with pool built in 1969 on a
70x 100 lot, was sold 11/4/03, Gulf Beach Management
to McPherson, for $540,000.
7100 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 208 Nautilus, a
1,081 sfla/1185 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1973,
was sold 11/5/03, Maggard to MCHO LLC, for
711 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes Beach, 15 Westbay
Cove South 1, a 1,187 sfla/1,479 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1977, was sold 11/4/03, Robinson to Langford,
for $264,500; list $269,000.
746 Jacaranda, Anna Maria, a 2,151 sfla/2,731 sfur
2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1985 on a 50x100 lot,
was sold 11/5/03, Sinnott to Gottschalk, for $465,000.
1325 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 123 B Tortuga
1, a motel unit converted to a condo, was sold 11/10/
03, Tortuga Partners to Stellas, for $305,000.
1325 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 135 C Tortuga
1, a unit of the 37-unit Tortuga Motel converted into
condos, was sold 10/27/03, Tortuga Partners to
Culbreth, for $295,000.
3708 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 Island Paradise,
a Gulf front 1517 sfla/1601 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built
in 1991, was sold 11/13/03, Maurio to Gold, for
$1,275,000; list $1,300,000.
5300 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 722'sfla/834
sfur lbed/1.5bath condo built in 1971, was sold 11/10/
03, Grigsby to Bettle, for $340,000; list $359,000.
5905 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, a 1,019 sfla/1,648
sfur 2bed/2bath/2car home with separate dockage built
in 1987 on a 75x108 lot, was sold 11/13/03, Barnes to
Collins, for $365,000.
606 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a canalfront two-
building fourplex (984 sfla/1056 sfur built in 1962 and 864
sfla/864 sfur built in 1964) on a 70x150 lot, was sold 10/
29/03, Adams to Thompson, for $626,200; list $725,000.
6250 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 69 North
Beach Village 2, a 1,536 srla/2,005 sfur 3bed/2.5bath/
2car condo built in the 20th Century, was sold 11/101
03, Daubenspeck to Alvord, for $350,000; list
103 Fourth St. N., Bradenton Beach, a 400 sfla/528
sfur and 1,040 sfla /1040 sfur duplex built in 1945 on
a 50x87 lot, was sold 11/14/03, Messina to Brennan,
for $380,000; list $395,000.
2412 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,242 sfla/
1,479 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1973 on a 50x 100
lot, was sold 11/21/03, Canasi to Butts, for $372,500;
* Compiled by Doug Dowling, licensed real estate
broker, 778-1222, exclusively for The Islander.
Island real estate transactions may be viewed on the
Web at islander.org. Copyright 2003.
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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.
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"and we want to thank all the people who have helped
make Bridge Street Interiors a success."
During the open house, Matt and Debbie will of-
Sfer a number of items on special, including hand-
painted jewelry and indoor-outdoor furniture that
comes with a lifetime guarantee.
S'." Bridge Street Interiors also offers Island-style wall-
F -, paper, window treatments, accessories, Hunter-Dou-
glas blinds, and full-service interior decorating.
On Cloud 9
.. Y, a ." 'Holmes Beach resident Matt Hajduk is literally
,.:. .on cloud 9 after leaving the corporate world of Atlanta
S.. ... .',' to start Cloud 9 Landscaping Services on Anna Maria
S. ,"I had always wanted to start my own small busi-
... ness in a small town atmosphere," said Matt, who lived
v .' S in Holmes Beach several years ago before moving to
Happy No. 1
Matt and Debbie Myers of Bridge Street Interiors
will celebrate their first anniversary with an open
house from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 13.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Bridge Street Interiors at 114 Bridge St. in
Bradenton Beach will celebrate its first anniversary
with a "holiday" open house from 4-9 p.m. Dec. 12-13.
,SantLawill be on hand for pictures and some treats
and refreshments % ill be serve;,-sald owners Matt and
Drawings for gift certificates and unique items will
be held throughout the open house on both days.
"It has been a wonderful first year," said Debbie,
Matt Hajduk of Holmes Beach recently started Cloud
9 Landscaping Services for business and property
owners. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Atlanta for a job in the corporate world.
"I just felt like I wanted out of the rat race and
wanted to be outdoors in my own business on a great
With his prior experience in landscaping and hav-
ing lived in Holmes Beach before, starting his own
business on the Island was the perfect solution.
"I love the Island," he said. "This is my home. I
always knew I wanted to come back here permanently
when I left for Atlanta, and Cloud 9 was the perfect
Matt offers a variety of landscaping services, in-
cluding regular lawn maintenance and one-time ser-
vices, landscape cleanup, plantings and prunings, and
Because he lives in Holmes Beach and is based on
the Island, "I can focus on customer service by re-
sponding promptly to all inquiries. I like to meet clients
as soon as possible and discuss all options available,
and I provide free estimates, based upon what they
want," he said.
"Part of being on this Island paradise is the people
and I love people and what I do. The feedback has been
For more information on Cloud 9, call Matt at 778-
2335 or 284-1568.
Get in the Diva's Den
Rain Forest Consignment for Kids at 7220
Cortez Road W. is celebrating its one-year anniver-
sary by opening its Diva's Den section for teenage girls
and young women.
"We offer name-brand teen apparel and accessories
to help teenagers and college girls look good," said
owner Donna Kopp.
"We also know they are sometimes on a limited
budget, so we have hot name brands at great prices,"
"And it's not just for girls," Donna added. "Moms
PLEASE SEE ISLAND BIZ, NEXT PAGE
BRAND NEW LISTING
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1,600 sq. ft. single story beachfront house with 3BR/2BA
Duplex, 1,700 sq. ft. each unit with 3BR/2BA
Two cottages, each 900 sq. ft. with 2BR/1BA
Nothing on the Island compares!
Asking price $4,750,000
Call Barry Gould 941.778.3314 or
Ted Schlegel 941.518.6117
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(941) 778-6849 800-778-9599
Fax: (941) 779-1750
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The Diva's Den
Diane Kopp recently added the Diva's Den section
of designer clothing for teenagers and young women
at her Rain Forest consignment store at 7220 Cortez
Road W. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29
can check out Diva's Den. We have clothing up to size
Diva's Den also offers accessories and jewelry.
For more information, call Donna at 794-1260.
Got a new business going up in Anna Maria Island,
Cortez or Longboat Key? How about a new product or
service, an anniversary, a new hire, or an award-win-
ning staff member? Call Island Biz at 778-7978, fax
your news to 778-9392, or e-mail us at
news @ islander. org.
Lunch a go-go
The Beach City
Market & Grille at
1701 Gulf Drive N.
Sin Bradenton Beach
-I mobile delivery
service for its Anna
and David Papin
are the "Gourmet
Minimum order is
$10 and delivery is
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Kaitlin Kee is
shown with her mother
Sharon and Father
Darrell, Galati Marine
Inc. dockmaster. They
were with Linda and
Bill Staley and daugh-
ter Savannah, part-
time Islanders who,
incidentally, found a
purse in the Egmont
Key sand last year and
, ctLrnea it to the
woman who had lost it
two years earlier.
SGEOFFREY WALL, G.R.I. P.A.
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For your private showing call
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two small tables and coffee table. Perfect condition,
$250. Call 778-3614.
SOFA AND LOVESEAT: Light plaid, great condi-
tion. $275. Call 778-5129.
FIVE-SEAT SECTIONAL sofa with glass end table
and coffee table, lamp. Like new, $300. Call 779-
AMIGO CENTRA DELUXE all-terrain electric cart.
Low mileage, good condition. $800. Call 778-6173.
EMBROIDERY: Outfit your staff in professionally
embroidered shirts and caps. Personalized items
make great Christmas gifts! We can digitize your
custom logo for your organization or business, or
help you create one. New customer discount!
L-,.^.".'l- .l~ h_, llitch con or call 778-8338.
SOne of the biggest names i
. I.I. in mortgages is right in
)'your own backyard.
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So, whatever your mortgage RON HAYES
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron local for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or,(800) 559-8025.
I Monhottan Mortgage Corporation
THIS IS IT! ON THE ISLAND AND
IN YOUR PRICE RANGE!
Are you looking for a beautiful 4BR/2BA
condo with a large caged pool, close to the
beach in a great central Holmes Beach loca-
tion? Over 2,000 sq.ft. with lots of extra stor-
age, hardwood floors in the main living area
and much more. Priced to sell at $349,000.
Call Gayle Schulz,
Office (941) 778-4847
Cell (941) 812-6489
Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
www.im a n d e r so n re a ty co m
e-mail : im s r e a t y co @ aol c om
LADIES GOLF CLUBS with bag. Good for starter.
BEDROOM SET: solid oak in a stateroom style by
National of Mt. Airy. Eight pieces with king-size
headboard, but no beds, $1,400. 792-4274.
ISLAND PLAYER'S PECAN SALE: Mammoth
halves! New crop. Holiday bags $6.95 lb., choco-
late 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 informa-
tion call: 779-0202.
FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Delivered to your door. Call
James Lee, 795-1112 or 704-8421.
AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit orders benefit Island
children. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit
packages for shipment to friends and family from
member Rich Bohnenberger, 778-0355. Order by
Dec. 10 for Christmas.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to
Condominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed cop-
ies available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-7978.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thurs-
day, 9:30am-2pm, Saturday 9-noon. Always 50
percent off sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
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
WESTBAY COVE Don't miss this
beautiful 2BR/2BAground level, poolside
iend unit. Recently tiled throughout and
new bedroom carpet. New end windows,
sliding doors, refrigeratorand range hood.
Close to shopping, beaches, trolley. Set
Sin lush grounds this is carefree Island
living at its best with peace of mind of a
well-run condo association. $310,000.
Ff .Call Susan Hatch, Realtor 778-7616
MAKE YOUR MOVE WITH
TOWNHOUSE AT PERICO BAY CLUB
Spacious 2BR/2BA plus loft. More than 1,700
sq.ft. of luxury living space. One-car garage,
sunrise views from lanai overlooking nature pre-
serve and canal. Club facilities, heated pool.
Furnishings included. $265,000.
FLEA MARKET at Niki's Island Treasures, Sat-
urday, Dec. 13, 9am-3pm. Antiques, col-
lectibles, cookbooks, jewelry, glassware, furni-
ture, Christmas gifts, bric-a-brac, fun stuff from
Granny's Attic. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
next to Time Saver.
SUNDAY, DEC. 14, 8am. Christmas gift ideas,
purses, jewelry, art work, clothes, household
items and more. 514 Bayview Drive,
LOST: SPAYED FEMALE cat, gray tiger with light
beige underbelly. Last seen in the vicinity of
Sunny Shores. Reward. Please call 761-1539.
FOUND: GARAGE DOOR opener (Sears crafts-
man). Vicinity of 81st. Street and Gulf Drive on
Dec. 4. Call Holmes Beach Police Department to
CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24
years as an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your
beloved pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.
1999 TOMOS 50CC Moped. 400 miles. New.
$699 or best offer. 792-4171.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air condition-
ing, has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs
great. $2,500, or best offer. 795-1111.
Norman a *
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
(941) 778-4364 Fax
Cathy Caserta 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Realtor, GRI, CRS (941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 704-2023 Cell
706 ROSE ST. "B"
2BR/IBA duplex apartment. Washer/dryer,
one block to beach. $1,600/month.
LAZY LIVING' CONDO
2315 Avenue C Unit #5
IBR/IBA condo in Bradenton Beach very close to the
beach. Friendly complex with pool. $1,700 per month.
112 MAGNOLIA "A"
2BR/IBA duplex apartment. Half-block to Gulf.
201 WILLOW AVE
This 3BR/2BA house has just become available for the
winter season. This large, comfortable home is just one
short block to the beach in the village of Anna Maria.
Offered at $2,400 per month.
CAYMAN CAY CONDO
4307 Gulf Drive Unit #102
2BR/2BA condo in small complex across the street from the
Gulf in central Holmes Beach. Great tropical pool area with
BBQ! $2,400 per month.
Call Ken or Carol today to reserve your place in paradise.
REAL ESTATE ."'
OF ANNA MARIA "
941 778-0455 .
9906 Gulf Drive
Visit our website at www.greenreal.com
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SA DN D g CAS I F I E D
IeOTS&BATIGBSNS OPRUIYHL WNE otne
BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE/DOCKAGE. Vacation
or long term. Private ramp, wash-down areas. Min-
utes to Intracoastal, Gulf, restaurants, bait. Capt.
John's Marina. 792-2620. Bottom painting.
AQUACAT CATAMARAN like new condition, blue/
yellow sail with cover. Tiger tracks beach dolly,
snatch blocks, many extras. $2,500. 778-3143.
YACHT CLEANINGby Carleen. Waxing, detailing,
repairs. Twenty-some years experience. Island
residents. Fix and clean that's our thing! Call
DOCK BOX: 4-foot standard, 16 cubic feet (44-
inch wide 27-inch high 26-inch deep). White fiber-
glass with stainless fittings. Never installed. $259.
Call 761-3332 or 761-3334.
22-FOOT CUDDY Chris-Craft, like new, less than
200 hours. NADA average retail $12,870. Make of-
fer. Must sell for health reasons. Call Wolfgang,
EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out se-
cret water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont
or custom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call
778-7459 or 720-5470.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
Sarah, 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
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-
grade male looking for a job. Available after
school and weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9783.
Anna Maria canalfront home with pool on
a quiet cul-de-sac. Established vacation
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
3BR/2BA fixer.upper in
north Holmes Bed(cht
Boat slip uith greet
to Teapa Bay.
OF ANNA MARIA
9906 Gulf Drive
Visit our website at www.greenreal.com
ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/
wine, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Call
Longview Realty, 383-6112.
VIDEO RENTAL new and growing Bradenton
Beach business, easy to run, great lease, great
opportunity. Only $25,000. Longview Realty,
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, 383-5543.
DISHWASHER, COOK, SERVER, bus person
with experience only. Apply at 5610 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, or call, 383-0013.
NIGHT STAFF needed at the Island Community
Center. Must be over 18 years old. Drug-free work-
place. 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,
SELL IT FAST in The Islander!
EXPERIENCED COOK wanted six days, 9am-
3pm. Mr. Bones, 778-6614.
PART-TIME AFTER school (K-5) Counselor, Mon-
day-Friday from 2:30pm-6pm. Must commit to 40
hours of childcare training within first year of em-
ployment. Pays between $6-$8/hour. Must be at
least 21 years old. Experience with kids a plus!
Call Shirley Berger at 778-1908.
THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers. Duties include
checking books in and out, reshelving and gener-
ally assisting library patrons. It's fun, give it a try!
Anyone interested in our friendly community library
should call Eveann Adams, 779-1208.
FOR SALE: THREE UNITS, tropically
landscaped on oversized lot. This two-
story, recently renovated triplex is a
great Island investment. Two units
fully furnished for seasonal or annual
tenants. Upstairs 2BR unit has vaulted
ceilings and porches on three sides.
Plenty of room to add a pool. Only
one block to the beach! $439,000
S Paul T. Collins
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JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city
beat and features writing by The Islander. Must
have journalism education, experience or back-
ground relevant to government reporting. E-mail
resumes to email@example.com, fax 778-9392 or
mail/deliver to office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Would you like to
meet interesting people from around the world?
Are you interested in learning the history of
Anna Maria Island? Get involved with the Anna
Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. We need you! Call 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at Turtle Watch.
AMITW is seeking volunteers with customer
service or retail experience. Greet and inform
visitors at our education center and/or to help
with nesting activity on our beaches. Training is
provided, please contact the Turtle Watch Edu-
cation Center for more information. Amy Talucci
or Suzi Fox, 778-1435.
COASTAL MASSAGE THERAPY. Experience the
benefits. Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Neu-
romuscular 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 references. Edward 778-3222.
MORE GLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
Check us out www.islander.org.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $25 per hour-
free advice. 545-7508.
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/1 BA duplex located very close to AMI Community
Center. Loads of potential on a street with active property im-
provements under way. $379,900.
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
Storage Units Available!
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Holmes Beach, FL
Tr al 941-779-2580
T Pro peia 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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2BR/2BA with open
floor plan and
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SGreat area close to
SNorth Beach Village,
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Call Sue Carlson
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Call (941) 778-0777 / 800-741-3772
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e-mail: rentals @ smithrealtors.com
* 3BR/2BA residence on canal. Sun deck. 1.5 blocks
from the beaches.
* Elevated duplex, 3BR/2BA, three-car garage.
* Elevated duplex, 3BR/2BA, one-car garage, heated pool,
one block from the beach. Jan., March and April.
* Martinique North Condo 2BR/2BA, heated pool.
* Key Royal 2BR/2BA + den residence. Heated pool. On
canal. Available Jan. and April.
* Residence, 2BR/2BA, one-car garage, one house from
SCon-od2BR/1BAiheatea pools,-uii-Uio.boaoh, three
* 1BR/1 BA elevated duplex. Oct.-Dec.
* 2BR/1 BA condo. Three month minimum. Imperial House.
Just Before The Bridge: Perico Bay Club
in gated community. Heated pool, tennis court.
* 2BR/2BA villa, lake view, two month minimum.
* 3BR/2BA residence on canal. Heated pool.
3224 EAST BAY DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
S e = Toll Frei c 1-866-587-8559
DEEDED BOAT DOCK 2BR/1 BA corner unit in San Remo condos. Two miles
from beach. Beautifully updated turnkey furnished condo.
Only $159900 REDUCED to $154,900.
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.
NEW LISTING! Just one and a half blocks to beach. totally updated 2BR/2BA
North Holmes Beach home. Open floor plan with lots of tile! $424,900.
3 BEDROOM CANALFRONT You must see this updated villa on a
double canal in Palma Solo Harbour. Newly designed kitchen. Many up-
grades. Clubhouse, two heated pools, tennis, exercise, close to the beach
and much more. $309,900.
PersovnLLized Island service!
Vacation Rentals & Property Management
More than 35 Gulffront rentals to choose from.
Call us last! Best rates on the beach!
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2-Bedroom Condominiums 2 & 3-Bedroom Condominiums
One Week Minimum
Call For Rates and Availability.
866-661-6622 or 778-8000
Check us out at www.islander.org
REAL ESTATE LLC
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.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
2BR/1 BA each side, very close to beautiful beach, up-
dated, two screened porches, turnkey furnished, garage,
prime north Holmes Beach area. Excellent rental.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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
Island Village #124 ......... $325,000
6250 Holmes Blvd.......... $409,000
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
Bayou 5C....................... $289,900
6501 Gulf Dr. ............... $899,900
210 83rd St.................. $424,900
3810 Sixth Ave ............. $425,000
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
1277 Spoonbill Landings Cir. $239,000
"Stop by our office to donate non-
persihable food items for Meals-On-
Wheels this holiday season!"
Stop by and use our talking
window 24-hour information center.
Large 3 bedroom 2 bath affordable
Island home with deeded boat dock.
Located in a quiet central Holmes
Beach neighborhood. Large fenced
yard with sprinkler system and fruit
trees. There is also a deeded boat slip
with new dock included in the sale of
this property. $424,900. MLS#
4212 Redfish Ct. LOT .....
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ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great re-
sults, wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough,
reasonable and reliable. Free estimates, licensed
and insured. 778-0944.
BENNETT'S APPLIANCE/AC and Household
Service. Service all brands, eighteen years expe-
rience. All repairs warranteed. Call 746-8984, cell
K.A.S. CLEANING LLC: Employee owned, servic-
ing private homes, condos, rentals and seasonal
homes. Concierge services and home watch.
Bonded, insured. 792-6660.
COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training,
maintenance, virus and Spyware protection. Is-
land native. Web site:
www.MatrixPConline.com.Call John Baird with
Matrix PC, 708-6541.
STEVE'S REMODELING & Repair: Chicago con-
tractor for 30 years. Affordable and dependable
service. Please call 795-1968.
THE ROYAL MAID Service, licensed, bonded,
insured. Professional, experienced maids, free
estimate, gift certificates available. Please call
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price call Sebastian, 704-6719.
HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Island
resident. "Get the job done right." Free estimate,
many references. 713-1907 cell, 778-4192 home.
Lowest price bayfront on the Island. 2BR/2BA, two
screened lanais, split floor plan, walking distance to
banks, shopping and the beach. Walk and have break-
fast at the beach cafe. Call Hector A. Gomez.
Hector A. Gomez, Realtor 'A,
941-308-6757 or 941-321-7164. w'P
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Ave. Beautifully h-2iht.ihd h nuewr 3BR/2BA lot lko.e.
Split Josi7h wuit bohus family roo-,. Tuwo scr4h J porols<
ahJ plVhty of stor.?<. $899,000.
75+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
ALL-AROUND Garage Door Services LLC. Free
estimates, insured, 24-hours service, new instal-
lation, door and operator repair. Call 447-3841 or
447-3842, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance ser-
vice. Over 30 years experience, self-employed
in construction trades. "I'm handy to have
CLEANING BY BENNETT and Bryant. Honest,
reasonable rates, references, weekly, bi-weekly
or monthly. Free estimate. Call Ms. Bryant,
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communica-
tion electronics offers wireless and cable net-
works, upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring
and training. Call Robert at 920-0570.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in
town and the best results from classified ads and
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, 779-1128. References available.
NOTARY PUBLIC: Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows, sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
246 GLADIOLUS is an 85-by-101-foot.
bayview lot with a connecting 20-to-
50-foot, wide walkway to Bayfront Park
only 150 feet away. $300,000.
Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
Sof Anna Maria Inc.
2t,~~' 1 (800)771-6043
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
[Next to the Chamber in the Island Fitness Building]
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GULFVIEW CONDO No detail over-
looked in this delightful end-unit in Sea
Pirate condos. Totally updated and
professionally decorated. Spectacular
views, easy beach access and a pool.
Turnkey furnished and ready to move
in! $326,400. Call Heather Absten
today fora viewng. 807-4661.
Don't be afraid to make an offer.
Ground-level duplex in Anna Maria
City. Beautiful large yard, close to
pier. 2BR/1BA each side. Lots of
renovations including all new ap-
pliances. $459,000. Call Chris
PRICED FOR QUICK SALE
Adorable 2BR/1 BA island cottage
adorned with low maintenance
tropical landscaping. Perfect for
retirement or investment property.
Great seasonal rental income.
$329,900. Call Heather Absten
today for a showing. 807-4661
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service, re-
pair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call
William Eller, 795-7411. RA005052.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
cushions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resi-
dent, references. For pricing call 713-5967.
CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at
MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and res-
toration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience.
Insured. Call Javier at 685-5163 or 795-6615.
TAYLOR MADE CLEANING Island residents only.
Senior discounts, weekly, bi-weekly. $35-$45. Call
$179,000 FLAMINGO BY THE BAY
Waterfront 2BR/1.5BA condo with
enclosed lanai overlooking deep
$184,900 TOWNHOUSES IN THE
CAY Turnkey furnished 2BR/1.5BA.
Deep water canal to Palma Sola Bay.
SBoat dock. Heated Pool. IB96405
$425,000 BUILD YOUR ISLAND
DREAM HOME Canalfront lot avail-
able in Holmes Beach! IB90367
$499,000 WATERFRONT LIVING
Key West style, elevated pool home on deep water ca-
nal in Flamingo Cay. IB94587
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
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TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and in-
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erences. Free estimates, prompt service. Steve
Allen Floor Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Decks, hardwood floors. Homes, rentals. A.J.
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work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work,
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Chris, 795-3034. Lic.#104776. Insured.
MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and res-
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PAUL SUTHERLAND CARPENTRY and More:
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years experience and prompt dependable ser-
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WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
AUTUMN, WINTER, SPRING rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Es-
tate Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ANNUAL RENTALS: 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
locations. Units are complete. Rates seasonally
adjusted. $375-$975/week, $975-$2,975/month.
(800) 977-0803 or 737-1121.
BRADENTON BEACH Homes for sale or rent.
Seasonal 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 under-
cover parking, storage area, washer/dryer. Steps
to Gulf and bay. 2516-E Avenue B in Bradenton
Beach. Call (813) 300-8543 or (941) 778-0635.
150 STEPS TO GULF. Seasonal, 2BR/2BA Im-
maculate ground-level home. Nonsmoking, no
pets. (813) 961-6992 or e-mail:
ghowcrof @ tampabay.rr.com.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA single-family
home. One block to beach and bay. New
kitchen, garage/workshop, washer/dryer. Private
yard. $1,100/month plus utilities. 2212 Avenue
B. Call 795-8979.
ANNUAL PERICO BAY Club, Grand Cayman,
3BR/2BA, lagoon front with views of estuary and
bay. Ceramic tile throughout, completely up-
dated. $1,350/month. T. Dolly Young Real Es-
ANNUAL RENTAL APARTMENTS in Sunny
Shores, 1BR/1BA and studio apartments, $500
security deposit. $735 and $680/month, includes
utilities. Call Jerry, 224-8850.
PERICO ISLAND Brand new 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Maintenance-free home. Lakefront, all ap-
pliances, 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 reno-
vated and furnished. New washer/dryer, micro-
wave. Three-minute walk to beach. Seasonal,
$1,500/month. Call Ron, 761-9808.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Large 2BR/2BA, Florida
room, carport, tile floors, washer/dryer hookup,
close to beach, $950/month; 2BR/2BA nice du-
plex apartment, $725/month; 1BR/1BA duplex
apartment, $650/month. Dolores M. Baker Re-
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT DararliaPn- -f nt
2RR/2BA, ,ui mpietely updated, large private tropi-
cal pool area with spa, two boat lifts. Check ou'
photos on www.VRBO.com, unit #27150. Avail-
able Dec. 15-31, call for rate. January or April
2004, $3,000/month, plus tax (spa heating extra),.
Available for annual rental after April 2004 for
$1,600/month (spa heating extra). Call 730-1086
NEW LISTING First-time rental, fully furnished
villa in beautiful Mt. Vernon, near beaches, on
canal, lake view front. 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai,
carport, clubhouse with numerous activities,
heated pool, Jacuzzi, tennis, no pets, non-smok-
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dryer, pool, nicely furnished, ground floor. Avail-
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Cove and Westbay Point and Moorings avail-
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ANNUAL UNFURNISHED DUPLEX apartment,
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mile to beaches. 4505 102nd St. W., Bradenton.
$795/month-plus. Gtussey @ aol.com or call (859)
219-8394 or local 761-8398.
ANNUAL HALF-DUPLEX remodeled recently.
Central air, dishwasher. References, $750/month.
2909-A Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Call, 779-1019.
BRADENTON BEACH SEASONAL 2BR/1 BA du-
plex, $1,200/month, one block to bay. Must be
seen, remodeled unit, good neighborhood. 2113
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nished, 1 BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA. Available January
and April. No pets, nonsmoking. Call 778-7754.
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.
DIRECT GULFFRONT VIEW 2BR/2BA in
Bradenton Beach. Available January, March and
April. $2,500/month. Really nice! Call 795-8819.
DUPLEX 2BR/2BA 2411 Avenue C, Bradenton
Beach. Carport below with storage room, $800/
CLEAN NEWLY DECORATED furnished, 2BR
duplex, great Gulfviews, steps to beach and shop-
ping. Weekly or monthly. Reasonable. 779-9470.
OFFICE OR TWO-CHAIR hair salon for rent. 112
52nd St., Holmes Beach. $475/month. 746-8666.
2BR/1BA unfurnished annual Gulfview. $850/
month. Call 778-0292 or 650-3552.
VACANCY FOR WINTER season 2003-2004.
Gorgeous, spacious, two room apartments, steps
form beach. Anna Maria Island. Special $1,998/
month. Call now, 778-1098.
CONDO FOR RENT:. 2BR/2BA seasonal or an-
nual. Semi-furnished. All appliances. 778-5996.
STEPS TO BEACH! Gorgeous, spacious fur-
nished 1 BR/2BA apartment on Anna Maria. $395/
weekly, $1,498/monthly. Call 778-1098.
SEASONAL 2BR/1BA bayview, totally remod-
eled/furnished. No smoking or pets. $250/week,
$900/month, plus security and taxes. Sandpiper
55-plus Park. Call 545-8923 or 778-9504.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA new carpet, two blocks to
beach. Large kitchen, no pets. $710/month. Call
922-2473 or 928-3880.
VACATION, SEASONAL Anna Maria Gulffront
apartments. Lovely 2 and 3BR units, fully equipped,
porch, sundeck, tropical setting. 778-3143.
STEPS TO BEACH 2BR/1.5BA elevated duplex.
Great Gulf and bay views, new tile and carpet. An-
nual, $825/month. Call 922-2473 or 928-3880.
HAWTHORN PARK Northwest Bradenton, 4BR/
3BA, two-car garage, unfurnished luxury home,
pool, fireplace, rent negotiable. 360-0618 or
WATERFRONT KEY WEST-style home, north
Anna Maria Island, seasonal, $2,500/month or
annual, $1,500/month. Bayfront cottages also
available with docks from $1,500/month, $500/
week. Call 794-5980, or www.divefish.com.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA in Holmes Beach. Lovely elevated
duplex, light and bright, screened lanai. Washer/dryer.
Available now! $800/month. Call 228-7878.
CONDO RENTALS: 2BR/1BA, Gulffront, avail-
able January. 2BR/2BA Gulffront complex, avail-
able February. Call 794-8877 or 730-5393.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 1BR/1BA duplex, includes
water, $650/month. 2BR/2BA home with garage,
$1,200/month. 3BR/2BA, direct bayfront home
with heated pool, $3,000/month. Call Betsy Hills
Real Estate, P.A., 778-2291.
WESTBAY POINT finest waterfront unit and view.
2BR/2BA corner unit, furnished. March/April,
$2,800/month. Call 778-9309.
ANNUAL GROUND-LEVEL 1BR/1BA duplex. North
Holmes Beach, one block to beach. Washer/dryer.
Water and garbage paid. $625/month. Call 778-5181.
PERICO BAY CLUB villa, 2BR/2BA with garage, turn-
key furnished. $259,900. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
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LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE! Gulfview 2BR home,
$2,100/month; cheerful 1BR duplex, $1,500/month;
light and bright 2BR, $1,800/month; Sunbow Bay 3BR,
$3,600/month. Call Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR apartment, one house to
beach, $925/month; 3BR west Bradenton home, $995/
month. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.
KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Short-term
only. Night, weekend, weekly. Private entrance, pri-
vate deck. Nonsmoking, close to beach. Call 778-
3433 or 773-0010.
SEASONAL RENTAL HOLMES Beach, 3BR/2BA,
water view from back deck. Washer/dryer, garage,
cable TV. Call for pictures. Price varies on length of
stay. Pets upon approval. Call Cyndy, home (813)
661-5252 or cell (813) 495-5252.
ISLAND 1BR/1 BA apartment, ground floor, half-block
to beach, approved pet OK. $650/month, annual, in-
cludes utilities. Ideal for one person. 729-4814.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1.5BA duplex on
quiet street. Walk to beach and shopping. Large
yard, new tile and paint throughout. Very cute! $825/
month, plus utilities. Call (773) 793-8599.
HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Perico Bay Club rental 2BR/
2BA villa, now through Dec. 31, $1,200; January,
$2,500. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
NEW LISTINGS: Annual rentals. 2BR/2BA duplex,
large covered deck; 2BR/1BA duplex, pets welcome.
Call Island Real Estate for move-in specials, 778-6066.
BEACH ANNUAL 3BR/2BA, steps to beach, laun-
dry, porch. $995/month, plus utilities, first, last,
security. Call (585) 473-9361.
RENTALS RENT FAST in The Islander!
WATERFRONT CONDO in Palmetto. 3BR/2BA,
fifth-floor, end unit. Sunset views. Available January
2004 and 2005 season. Call (907) 830-2469.
SEASONAL FURNISHED new home in Anna
Maria. 3BR/2BA, elevated. One block to beach.
Available now through April (813) 251-9201.
DUPLEX 2BR/2BA, 2503 Avenue C., Bradenton
Beach. Carport, storage, washer/dryer. Steps to
beach. $750/month. Call 544-7786.
WATERFRONT APARTMENT 1BR/1BA. Peace-
ful, clean, bright. Annual, $650/month includes utili-
ties. No pets. Cortez. Call 792-2620 or 778-1086.
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty
parking spaces, contemporary design, great visibil-
ity. $14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor,
388-5514, or call 809-4253.
DUPLEX: BEAUTIFUL, built 2001/2002, 3,500
sq.ft., 6BR/4BA, sun deck, storage house, corner
lot, 100 by 100 feet, completely furnished. West of
Gulf Drive, 600 ft. to beach. Walk to shopping cen-
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Street, 2BR/2BA, large lot 90 by 120 feet, $625,000.
Call 778-8473, or e-mail email@example.com
TOWNHOUSE 5BR/3BA, private boat dock, walk-
ing distance to shopping and beach. Heated pool,
tennis and fishing pier. $335,000. #96435. Call Jan
Sgueglia, 752-0101 or 358-6060, Michael
Saunders & Co.
ANNA MARIA CANALFRONT over 200-feet of
seawall with new cap. 2BR/2BA, plus screened
porch and separate two-car garage. Huge lot at in-
tersection of canals with view to Bimini Bay.
$635,000. (407) 383-2450.
COLONY COVE A-1-plus: 932 Siesta, 55-plus,
2BR/2BA, 1.5 year new A/C, new carpet, custom
decor furnishings, screened porch, washer/dryer,
pets, pools, turnkey. $16,900. Call 721-4890.
SELL IT FAST in The Islander!
ON THE BEACH! 2BR/2BA Gulfview condo end-
unit. Turnkey furnished, unobstructed direct
Gulfviews from all rooms, heated pool, weekly rent-
als 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
access to the Gulf of Mexico. 2BR/2BA, large play-
room, fireplace, must see to believe! Call (813) 681-
9111, or (813) 363-1231. Ask for Dan. TWO LUXURY
VACATION villas built 2000, across the road from
public beach in Holmes Beach. Each villa is 3BR/3BA
and each have their own pools. For details, contact
AFFORDABLE ISLAND LIVING in this totally redone
duplex. Two large 2BR/2BA units with porches and
deck. Everything new, both sides. Let your tenant pay
your way! $395,000. Coldwell Banker, Doug New-
TWO BRAND NEW Gulfview homes! Now avail-
able! 4BR/3BA, two-car garage and carport.
Bradenton Beach. 3,000 sq.ft. Call Florida Prime
VILLAGE GREEN Golf course 4BR/2BA with
family room and screened lanai. $239,000. Call
Fred, owner/Realtor, 756-1090.
OPEN HOUSE: SATURDAY, DEC. 13, 1-4 PM.
530 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. canalfront
gem for sale. 3BR/3BA, 3,000 sq.ft. under roof,
completely updated kitchen with Corian and
KitchenAid appliances, updated plumbing and A/
C, large pool, new Trex d.ock.with .1,000on-1 hnnt
lift and wcv.viurner ltft. Travetine marble bath
with walk-in shower and two-seater Jacuzzi.
Large lot (100 by 140 feet), newer seawall.
$750,000. Call 730-1086 or 704-7336.
LONGBOAT KEY GULFFRONT 3BR/2BA con-
dominium. Six-month ownership, October-April
annually. Weekly rental opportunity. $325,000.
Pat Naldrett-Bilodeau, LLC, licensed real estate
"The highest compliment my clients can give me is the
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PRIVATE SETTING Completely updated 2/
3BR/2BA family home on a duplex lot in a pri-
vate setting. Kitchen is all new and open to
the living room, dining room combination. All
new windows installed. $425,000. For more
information Call Dave Vande Vrede at 725-
4800 or Dave Jones at 713-4800.
THIS UNIT HAS IT ALL. 2BR/2BA with two
balconies and views of the bay and Gulf.
Turnkey furnished. Totally updated and
cleaner than new. Enjoy the heated pool and
private boat dock. Great rental income.
$379,000. Call Ed Oliveira, 705-4800.
ISLAND-STYLE TURNKEY FURNISHED
2BR/2BA Sunbow Bay condo near beach.
Complex has great amenities. Elevator,
heated pool and tennis courts. $259,000. Call
Jane Grossman or Nicole Skaggs at 778-4800
SPACIOUS & BEAUTIFUL 1BR/2BA in pres-
tigious Cedars Tennis Resort on Longboat
Key. Light and bright. An excellent invest-
ment opportunity. Turnkey furnished.
$239,000. Call Jane Grossman or Nicole
Skaggs at 778-4800 or 795-5704.
BAYWATCH Second floor 2BR/2BA unit in
excellent condition with new carpeting, tile
and much more. Good rental history in rental
friendly complex. Private setting with boat/
fishing dock. $349,000. Dave Vande Vrede,
778-4800 or 725-4800.
WESTBAY POINT AND MOORINGS Unique
2BR condo with many upgrades. Custom kitchen
with second wet bar sink, new appliances, cherry
cabinets. A relaxation pool and fountain in the
entry garden, large tile floored lanai with canal
view. One of a kind. $349,000. Call Dave Jones
or Dick Maher at 778-4800 or 713-4800.
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Bayfront home. Great
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YUKS IN THE HENHOUSE 1 2 3 4 10 11 1 17
By Manny Nosowsky / Edited by Will Shortz 11 1 1 11 10 1111111112 ___
1 Layers underground
9 Shampoo brand
14 8th-century B.C.
18 Warning cry
19 Film genre
22 Sound the fox-in-the-
25 Home of Pauley
26 Field of energy
28 Last Chance Gulch city
30 Put it to
31 Depth checker
33 Challenger to D.D.E.
34 Went (with)
35 U.S. 101, e.g.: Abbr.
36 Dimethyl sulfate, for one
37 Competition between
42 Things tunnelers look
44 When said three times,
a crew member's
45 "The Professor and the
46 Dik Browne cartoon girl
47 Thick and sticky
51 Bubble to the surface
53 Reno in Miami
54 Cups, at times
55 Classic yo-yo maker
56 Hacienda hand, maybe
58 his word
59 Actor Jacobi, star of "I,
62 Forum 300
65 Joke going around the
69 Pilot's domain
70 The Amazing
72 Midwest tribe
73 Streep's "_ in the
29-Down, as new ingredi-
80 Darer's question
81 Slows down
82 Webster's first river
85 W.W. II war zone:
86 Size up
87 Act like a hen after
grain is thrown on the
91 Like a yahoo
96 It's easy to swallow
97 Jungle family
98 Certain corp. takeover
99 Kinte of "Roots"
100 Subway alternatives
101 Biblical book I
103 Impolite dinner sound
105 Therese and others:
106 Qatar's capital
108 Plucking ground, to a
111 In a while
112 Actress Langtry
113 Make just right
114 Riga resident
2 Some movers
3 Mediterranean capital
4 Opening word?
5 Full of: Suffix
6 The "" of I. M. Pei
7 Trees reveal them
8 Speaker arrangements
9 Subjects of fed.
10 Zenith rival
11 Impress, as in memory
14 Kwik-E-Mart employee
on "The Simpsons"
15 Nutty treat
17 Dangerous place
20 Should it be required,
23 Not bad
24 "Golf Begins at Forty"
29 See 74-Across
32 Show of henhouse
38 Went on and on and
39 Scores by a henhouse
40 Green-skinned dancer
in "Star Wars"
41 "The Chinese Parrot"
43 U.S.S.R. state: Abbr.
47 "Let's go, amigo!"
48 Johnny Cash's "
49 Hair color
50 Toothy menace
52 Straighten, as braided
53 Light eater at the
henhouse? 77 Step on it 93 Pay a stud fee?
55 Done for 78 Have a table for one 94 Breastbones
56 Quay 79 Tough effort in golf 95 Disrespected
57 Fig. at a body shop 80 Movie genre 102 "Damn Yankees"
59 Fashion initials 81 "It's absolutely vamp
61 Lena of "Chocolat" terrific!" 103 Hook hand
62 Hardly bold 83 Certain lesson 104 Glazier's fitting
63 Lifter-upper 84 Sloth, e.g. 107 Six-footer?
64 Wens and such 86 Snubs 109 Hi-
66 Teen's wish 88 Get-two-out situa- 110 Phil Rizzuto's
67 Blow the top off? tions: Abbr. retired number
68 Big bag 89 Christmas debris
73 Word said before 90 Mom in "For Better
or for Worse"
92 Hurry in the direction
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ANNA MARIA BAYFRONT Full
bayview from this updated 3BR/3BA
home. Beautiful landscaping and private
setting. Boat dock with davits. Short dis-
tance to beach. Deni Dillon, 383-5577 or
Dave Moynihan, 778-2246. #92383.
ISLAND DUPLEX Elevated duplex 2BR/
1BA each side with separate utilities.
Recent renovations, new vinyl siding,
kitchen cabinets, vanities, appliances,
stairways and balconies. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #96341. $389,500
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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. $797,500
RUNAWAY BAY 2BR/2BA end unit with
bayviews. 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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ENJOY VIEWS OF BOAT BASIN In
Palma Sola Park from the pool of this
updated "everything" home. 3BR/2BA,
light and airy with 24-by-50-foot guest
quarters/hobby shop/barn. Two lots
fenced. Jane Tinsworth, 761-3100.
DIRECT BAYFRONT Top floor 2BR/2BA
corner unit at popular island complex, el
evator, two pools, tennis, covered parking
lush tropical setting, views of bay and
Intracoastal. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246
THE VILLA ROSA
family homes in gated
community on canals
in Anna Maria. Start-
ing at $1,500,000.
THE ROSA DEL MAR
ums, pool, approxi-
mately 1,900 sq.ft.,
gated parking, deluxe
a m e n i t i e s.
starts at $1,600,000.
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:
.. We are pleased to have Cristin in our Island
office. A Florida native, she lives on the Is-
', land and had managed rentals on Anna
S Maria and Longboat Key. Call 778-2246
L- and let Cristin help you find a winter get-
away or manage your investment property.
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Boat parade, fireworks wow the crowds Despite a weather delay postponing the parade and fireworks from Saturday to Sunday night due to strong
winds, The Islander Lighted Boat Parade and fireworks by Jim Taylor of Taylor-Made Pyrotechnics went off to the delight of thousands of spectators on the Anna
Maria bayfront. Islander Photos: Melissa Williams, J.L. Robertson
It's beginning to look
a lot like Christmas!-
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Wishing you a beautiful
holiday season and
: a new year of peace
S FREE IN-HOME DESIGN SERVICE
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I h Owner and inspiration chef
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and love for food to provide
consistent world-class dining.
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Spectator's "Award of
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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 10, 2002 0 PAGE 3-B
Fireworks fired from a barge in Tampa Bay lit up the
sky above the Anna Maria City Pier. Islander Photo:
Give a gift certificate this holiday season!
Brunch and Lunch
Wed thru Sun 11 AM-2:30 PM
Sunday Breakfast from 8 AM
Dinner Wednesday thru Sunday 5:30 PMReserv
Reservations Appreciated for New Year's Eve!
Island Shopping Center 5406 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 941 778 5320
Village Hair Studio
A full service family salon
6646 Cortez Rd. W. (Next to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar)
Bradenton, FL 34210 795-6811
Let beauty bloom this
holiday season .
Hair Nails Airbrush
S-Tanning Skin Care
Gift certificates available
for the holiday season.
Save on packages of three
services or more,
New Clients Welcome
Bring this ad in and receive $10 off any services. Massage Skin
Care Airbrush Tanning Full Set of Nails
Among the vessels in the boat parade was Dream Maker, owned by Jeff Braaten of Northwest Bradenton.
Islander Photo: Frank Williams
Bradenton Bargain Center
1910 14th St. W. Bradenton 755-9394 747-2959
LAWN & FN
Great Gifts for the Holidays!
4,Gopeds, Gocarts, ATVs,
Paintball Markers And Many'
Parts And Accessories In Stock
Grasshopper & Snapper Mowers
Echo & Redmax
and much, much more!
Interest Free Layaway! .
Family owned and operated
6004 43rd Ave. West, Bradenton
(Behind R.J. Gators)
,- Mon.-Fri. 8-5 Sat. 8-Noon .
Over 20,000 sq.ft, of quality estate and model
home furniture. Trucks unloading daily!
SPECIAL 2003 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
PAGE 4-B 1 DEC. 10, 2002 M THE ISLANDER
Island Shopping Center open house
There was lots offun had by all at Friday's "ol' business district" open house in Holmes Beach. A popular spot was at the "snow" machine, as Healey May, 3, and
"Unkie" David Mundy found out, pictured at left, and scores of other youngsters, right. Islander Photos: Paul Roat
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Your kids will think you are the coolest!
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Stop by and check out our expanded
showroom and great selection of holiday gifts!
Jet Skis Motorcycles ATVs
Dirt Bikes Mules
AKaccessories & More!
\H n Gift Certificates Available!
2705 1st St. Bradenton 745-9521 www.actionjetsports.com
Island Mail & More reminds you that shipping your gifts
early is the best way to ensure they arrive by the holiday.
Last day to
ship by ground
to arrive by
Airborne: Dec 12
UPS: Dec 15
Fed Ex: Dec 18
long lines at the Post Office.
Come See us at,..
3230 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach
Finally... a health club just
for people over 40!
Get the exercise you need at a
club just for you!
"- . Easy 30-minute program for
-. i total fitness. Personal instruction
for every member.
SGive someone you love the gift
of youth, fitness and health.
,f Gift certificates available.
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For Every Body Over 40
Call 798-9993 I
6737 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton In the Northwest Promenade
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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 10, 2002 0 PAGE 5-B
Herbert Sesterhenn of Island Florist serenaded the
crowd at the Island Shopping Center open house.
Islander Photos: J.L. Robertson
The Manatee High School Chamber Orchestra, briefly directed by Joey Lester of Holmes Beach, performed
at The Islander for the open house guests Friday in Holmes Beach.
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More than 2,600 sq.ft. of pre-loved, quality-brand kids clothing, maternity
wear, books, strollers, playpens, cradles, accessories and much more.
Visit our new Diva's Den exclusively for Junior Girls
Smart Santa's Shop Here! ';"
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at the corner of 75th & Cortez in the Winn Dixie Plaza 1
STGNC has a great
selection of gifts for
everyone on your list!
Low Carb Foods
Stop in today and
cross another name
off of your list,
Shops of Paradise Bay
7362 Cortez Rd. W.
Next to Winn Dixie Bradenton
OPEN 7 DAYS
Everyone loves chocolate! --
Richey's Chocolates make a delicious holiday gift
for everyone on your list.., especially those secret Santas!
- GREAT HOLIDAY TREATS & GIFTS
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4 Natural Soaps &
~~ "e Books and CDs
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Meditation Classes Tuesday at 6:15 pm
7366 Cortez Road West Bradenton
(at the corner of Cortez Rd. W, and 75th St.)
CONSigNMONTS FOR KiDS -
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FINE HOMEMADE CANDIES
SPECIAL 2003 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
PAGE 6-B 1 DEC. 10, 2002 N THE ISLANDER
By Jim Hanson
Two major events Saturday will celebrate the holi-
day spirit and challenge eager youngsters to enjoy both
- the Privateers' Christmas Parade at 10 a.m. and the
Lesters' Family Fun Day starting at 11.
No problem, though, for any reasonably agile
young'un. They can easily watch the parade and even
meet Santa at 11:30 a.m. at Coquina and then hit the
Lesters' bash in Anna Maria before it winds up at 2
And along with these big events are several other
important affairs, such as the Lawton Chiles Christmas
for Kids Tuesday midday and the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society's holiday party Monday evening.
Not to mention Winterfest craft festival, not a
Christmas party but surely a shopping event, or the
much more serious and devotional Bethlehem Walk at
Roser Memorial Community Church the following
Saturday, Dec. 20.
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Among activities at the Holmes Beach business
district open house was face painting at Sun & Surf
Resortwear. Kim Steenstra gave Molly Stoltzfus, 9, a
holiday motif Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
The Privateers' Christmas Parade will be Island-
long, starting at 10 a.m. at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria
and roll down Marina Drive and Gulf Drive to Coquina
Beach. There, starting about 11:30 a.m. Santa will give
presents to children 12 and under after traveling south
with the Privateers in their famed boat-float.
Privateers and their junior auxiliary, the Privateens,
SPECIAL 2003 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
will serve the kids hot dogs and sodas donated by
Skinny's Place and the Cafe on the Beach.
Paraders of all kinds are welcome, as long as they
are on wheels; the route is too long for marchers. Just
show up at Bayfront Park by 9:30 a.m., preferably af-
ter alerting the Privateers at 747-4953.
The Family Fun Day, organized by Islanders
Chuck and Joey Lester and sponsored again this year
by The Islander, will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The Lesters will be there, along with young and old
from all up and down the Island. Santa Claus will join
the festivities at noon, arriving by fire truck courtesy of
the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District.
The Duffy's Tavern "grill team" will cook ham-
burgers donated by the Lesters and hot dogs from John
Home of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, all cooked on a
grill provided by Damon Presswood of Ooh La La!
Bistro. These goodies come at old-fashioned prices.
There will be a fishing pond, craft tables, dancers,
face painting, field and relay games, and more. Details
The Chiles Christmas party, started by the late
Gov. Chiles, will be at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100
Spring Ave., Anna Maria, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 16, for about 100 Manatee County
needy youngsters who otherwise wouldn't have much
PLEASE SEE HOLIDAY, NEXT PAGE
Vintage Quimper Pottery
For the collector .. .(
on your list.
Several exquisite -.
pieces available :-
Shop Anna Maria's Largest Antique Mall
for the Most Unique Gifts
07 Gulf Drive Anna Maria 779-2501
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fresh herbs, veggies
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GIFTS FOR THE GARDNER IN YOUR LIFE...
.- Adirondack Fish Chair
Wrought Iron Furniture
Orchids, Herb Gardens
-- Poinsettias, and more!
Gift Certificates Available *
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Holiday season happenings
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6
Christmas. They'll get shoes, clothes and toys given by
Chiles Group employees and friends. Here, too, the fire
district will deliver Santa Claus in a fire truck. To help
the cause call 778-1696.
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society's event
will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at the fellowship
hall of Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. The Island Middle School Conch Fritters Band
will provide music. The party is open to members and
supporters of the society. Information at 778-0492.
Winterfest will be from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, Dec. 13-14, at the Holmes Beach City Hall
park. It is a major fundraiser for the Anna Maria Island
It will have the works of 100 or more crafters, live
music, food, exhibits by community organizations, and
and art raffle. Information at 778-2099.
The Bethlehem Walk the following Saturday, Dec.
20, around the Roser Church neighborhood will have
a living holy couple and baby Jesus in Islanders John
and Charlene Delfito and Sophia, who will be 1 year
old on New Year's Day.
They and dozens of pilgrims will call at several
"inns" along the way, seeking "room at the inn." All
will end up back at the church for Christmas caroling,
hot chocolate and cookies.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 10, 2002 0 PAGE 7-B
Aggy were on
hand to enter-
tain the chil-
dren at the
open house last
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season and a peaceful
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All three Island
residents, officials, kids,
parents, grandparents Everyone!
to Family Fun Day.
"P lease, join us for an
1-. r 'old-fashioned gathering of the
y Anna Maria Island Family."
-- Chuuck andJoeyLester
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Saturday Dec. 13 11-2 p.m.
Santa Claus is coming to Fun Day, too!
DUFFY burgers and Hot Dogs & Sodas
All at Old-Fashioned Prices!
All prepared by the Dufty's Grll Team with help from Ooh La La!,
Beach-Style Boutique and Anna Maria Oyster Bars!
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Family Fun Day
...Just like old times!
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Presented by Chuck & Joey Lester to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Co-sponsored as a community service by The Islander.
SPECIAL 2003 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
PAGE 8-B M DEC. 10, 2002 M THE ISLANDER
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