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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
No. 6 Dec. 17, 2003 FREE
By Paul Roat
The latest casualty in the "no-growth" crusade in
Bradenton Beach has been incurred Building Offi-
cial Bob Welch tendered his resignation Friday, effec-
tive Jan. 2.
"Actions by public officials have made it impos-
sible for me to continue working for the city," Welch
wrote in a letter to Mayor John Chappie.
"Recent actions by various commissioners are ob-
viously in retaliation against me," Welch continued in
his Dec. 11 letter. "A recent letter from [City Commis-
sioner Lisa Marie] Phillips to the various members of
the commission which contained significant and mate-
rial inaccuracies about me is only the tip of the iceberg.
Now, Vice Mayor [Anna] O'Brien is making the witch
hunt official by demanding my presence at the Dec. 18
meeting of the commission.
"The agenda for the Dec. 18 meeting makes it clear
that retribution, not good government, is the primary
goal," Welch continued. "Matters are to be reviewed on
that day that cannot even legally be heard by the
commission. Such considerations seem to be of no
moment to those involved. These actions and the ob-
vious goal of those in charge to discredit me render my
continued employment with the city impossible."
When asked about his letter and comments, Welch
told The Islander, "My resignation letter pretty much
says it all. Outrageous actions don't surprise me any-
PLEASE SEE WELCH, PAGE 4
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'Informal' building moratorium
established in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria City Commission at its Dec. 11
workshop declared an immediate "informal" building
moratorium on certain projects while the city develops
formal guidelines for new construction projects.
A long-term moratorium ordinance with a specific
deadline is being prepared by City Attorney Jim Dye
while the informal moratorium is in effect.
Dye told the commission that a local government
is allowed by Florida law to declare an "informal"
moratorium by commission consensus while it devel-
ops a "formal notice" of the moratorium.
The "informal" ban on new building affects only
lot-splits, commercial construction and planned sub-di-
visions, not single-family homes, the commission de-
The planning and zoning board will hear the ordi-
nance at its Dec. 29 meeting, while the commission's
first reading will take place at its Jan. 8 workshop.
Mayor SueLynn said the moratorium should only
be in effect until the city establishes procedures and
guidelines for new construction and development in the
The P&Z board is currently preparing a site-plan
review process, the mayor said, and a draft document
is nearing completion.
Building Official Kevin Donohue said the site-plan
review "is not saying 'no' to development, it's just hav-
ing applicants study the impact [of the proposal] and
offer appropriate mitigation" to the city.
A site-plan review procedure will "expedite devel-
opment, not hinder it," he added.
Donohue said that when he reviewed the applica-
tion procedures for the Villa Rosa project on South Bay
Boulevard, he realized the city needed a single appli-
cation that would address all impacts of any building
"We realized we didn't have any means of sitting
back and looking at one single document that addressed
the impact" of a proposed project, SueLynn said.
City Commissioner Dale Woodland said he didn't
mind a building moratorium, but wanted it to be "as
short as possible."
Commission Chairperson John Quam wondered
about a time limit for the moratorium.
Dye said the city could set either a specific date or
the accomplishment of the site-plan application and re-
view process to end the moratorium.
In other matters, the commission asked for more
information from Waste Management Inc. on a WMI
PLEASE SEE MORATORIUM, PAGE 5
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PAGE 2 N DEC. 17, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
The City of Anna Maria can stop fishermen from
using the city's beaches to fish for sharks in the waters
off Anna Maria, but it can't stop the sharks from using
the waters off Anna Maria.
That's what local fisherman Andy Haynes said
after learning that Commissioner Duke Miller was pro-
posing an ordinance banning shark fishing from Anna
Maria's beaches (The Islander, Dec. 10).
"You can take us off the beach and out of the wa-
ter, but you can't take the sharks out of the water," said
The shark-fishing flap erupted after Mayor
SueLynn received some complaints that shark remains
had been left on the beach near the Spruce Street beach
access and the shark fishermen were chumming the
waters to attract sharks.
"We're not chumming," said Haynes, who usually
fishes the site with a few friends. "That's a lie. We've
been fishing this spot for sharks for the past three years
and we never chum, and this is the first time anyone has
raised any objection to our fishing."
He claimed the entire brouhaha started Thanksgiv-
ing weekend when some visitors to the Island saw the
remains of a shark left on the beach and called the
Those shark remains were not left by him or his
friends, Haynes said.
"This is all about tourism, not us," said Haynes.
"The city is just concerned that the sharks will scare
away the tourists. Well, the sharks are out there,
whether we're fishing for them or not.
"You can go to any beach in Florida and find
sharks just offshore and find people fishing for those
sharks," he claimed.
If the city passes an ordinance banning shark fish-
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ing, Haynes said he and his fellow fishermen will just
fish from the City Pier or move down the beach outside
the city limits.
"It's just a shame, because this was an isolated in-
cident of someone leaving some remains on the beach
and someone complained and the city got involved,"
He said he and his friends usually catch black-tip
sharks, and if they're too small, they put them back in
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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 17, 2003 0 PAGE 3
Watkins variances quashed
By Paul Roat
A circuit court judge has ruled that a series of vari-
ances granted last year by the Bradenton Beach Board
of Adjustment "be quashed."
Circuit Court Judge Paul Logan ruled that, in ad-
dition to nullifying the setback and impervious surface
variances granted by the board to Greg Watkins' prop-
erty at 400 Bay Drive S., "It would behoove the City
of Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment to hold a
hearing de novo on the applicant's application for vari-
ances, or to deny the requested variances."
De novo hearings are administrative proceedings
where new evidence and testimony are admitted, not
the review of previous testimony. In essence, the judge
said the whole process should start over again.
Since work on the property has been completed
pursuant to the board of adjustment decision to grant
the variances, and prior to the court's ruling that the
approval was illegal, it is not clear what action should
be taken by Watkins.
Building Official Bob Welch said it would be up
to the city commission to decide whether or not
Watkins would be ordered to demolish the structures
that are located within the setback areas.
"Mr. Watkins was issued several permits to con-
struct walkways, stairs and porches based upon these
variances," Welch wrote to city commissioners and
members of the board of adjustment on Dec. 15.
"These permits are now called into question. This mat-
ter needs to be reviewed by an attorney.
"The judge has indicated that the board of adjustment
could rehear the issue," Welch continued. "If evidence can
be found that a hardship exists, the variance could be
granted and the permits made legal. If the variances are not
reheard and granted, the work performed under the per-
mits may have to be removed. Either way, the city needs
to act upon this matter in the near future."
No date for any city commission or board of ad-
justment action had been set as of presstime.
Logan's decision was rendered Aug. 26. The mat-
ter was not brought to the attention of former City At-
torney Alan Prather, Building Official Bob Welch, or
even Watkins until last week.
Watkins' variance requests first came before the
board of adjustment Feb. 20, 2002. Action was tabled
to Feb. 27 due to a lack of a quorum.
On Feb. 27, then-Chairman John Burs announced
that his term of office had expired as of Feb. 23. With-
out the city commission's affirmative vote to continue
his term, Burns said he was uncomfortable with voting
on the Watkins variances and the board again tabled the
Watkins' requests finally came before the board of
adjustment April 25. At that meeting, Burns was re-
placed as chair by Ken Lohn. That meeting was con-
tinued until May 30, when a decision was finally
reached granting Watkins' requests.
Watkins has three small cottages on his property at
400 Bay Drive S. which are non-conforming as to set-
backs. He has elevated the structures on pilings and
they have undergone extensive remodeling.
Watkins, who is also a member of the board of
adjustment but recused himself from voting on his re-
quests, said he had received nine building permits al-
lowing him to proceed with the work.
Board members agreed to rear- and front-yard set-
Tip noise complaint
to non-jury trial
The non-jury misdemeanor trial of Tip of the
Island owner Robert Kozash has been resched-
uled to Feb. 2, 2004. Kozash pleaded not guilty
to a breach of peace charge for loud music at his
Anna Maria pub.
The original complaint against Kozash and
the Tip was filed with Manatee County Sheriff's
Office deputies on Oct. 3 by nearby resident Dick
Schoenke. Schoenke complained the live band at
the establishment that evening was playing too
loud for the residents living near the business.
(The Islander, Oct. 22).
Kozash and his wife purchased the business
in July of this year.
backs for staircases, and agreed to allow him to have
a variance for impervious surfaces on the property with
Members of the board present during the proceed-
ings included Lohn, Burns, Anna O'Brien and Jan
O'Brien later was elected to the city commission.
Neighbor David Stott was critical of the work done
by Watkins, and filed suit against the project in May
2002. The last action on the matter prior to Logan's
ruling was Dec. 10, 2002, when Stott's attorney
Adele Kurtz said she would be unavailable during the
holidays (Christmas and New Year's 2002).
In his decision, Logan said the standard of review
on the matter rested in whether the "administrative tri-
bunal accorded procedural due process, observed the
essential requirements of law, and based the adminis-
trative findings on competent substantial evidence."
Logan said the board of adjustment "failed to ad-
here to their ... land development codes [which state
that a non-conforming structure may be enlarged only
if it does not increase the extent of non-conformity].
"A review of the record shows there was testimony
at the April 25, 2002, hearing wherein Burns specifi-
cally stated that, by granting the variances, the board
Shas approved 'a project to increase non-conformities
where the opportunity to decrease them was there be-
fore and there still is.' No other testimony or evidence
was adduced before the board to the contrary. Such
testimony or lack thereof, evidences a departure from
the land development code, and consequently, a depar-
ture from the essential requirements of law."
Logan said the final administrative order by the board
for Watkins' variances "is devoid of any competent sub-
stantial evidence." He also said the board "failed to make
factual findings to support their decision that the
applicant's property endured a legal hardship, whether the
legal hardship was self-created, and whether the hardship
warranted the granting of a variance."
Logan also raised issues of conflict of interest and
"The court also reminds the board that the state
standards of conduct apply to members of ... boards
who are appointed by ... commissions to serve in an
advisory capacity," he wrote. "Further, it is incumbent
upon the board to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
Impartial decision making is a basic component of
minimum due process in an administrative proceeding.
"The record indicates that preceding the requests
for variances, the chairman of the board of adjustment,
Kenneth Lohn, sold the property at issue to the appli-
cant, Greg Watkins, who is a fellow board member
with the chairman," Logan continued. "There is no
evidence on the record that the chairman abstained
from voting or disclosed his interest or indirect inter-
est in the property at issue. This may portray a conflict
of interest as well as the appearance of impropriety."
The Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment will hear
a request for a setback variance at its Dec. 17 meeting.
The request comes from William Greer for his
property at 7300 Gulf Drive, where he has proposed
building a new two-story multi-family building.
Greer's property is the former Island Plantation
Resort, now the La Casa Costiera, and is fronted by
Gulf Drive at 73rd Street.
Eatman and Smith Architecture has been hired to
design La Casa Costiera and Whitehead Construction
has been contracted to build the 12-unit condominium.
Greer is basing his request for a five-foot variance
on the fact that 73rd Street is a dead-end street. The city
code allows relief with a variance on a dead-end street
when a property is fronted by two side streets.
Current plans do not meet the second-story setback
The public hearing will begin at 9 a.m. at city hall,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Files may be viewed at the building department and
written comments may be filed as part of the record if
received prior to the close of the hearing.
Tingley Library celebrates holidays
Tingley Memorial Library volunteers and staff
celebrated the holidays last week at the Bradenton
Beach library. Along with the festivities were awards
and gifts to department library board members
Susan Bacon, left, and Nan Ensing, right, while a
smiling library board chair Cotty Johnson joined the
pair. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Anna Maria City
Dec. 17, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting CANCELED.
Dec. 18, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Dec. 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Public comment, presentation on Web site develop-
ment, status on attorney records from Chuck Webb,
application by Jo Ann Meilner for planning and zon-
ing board position, interlocal agreement between
Manatee County and Bradenton Beach discussion, in-
terim legal services discussion, half-cent sales tax ex-
penditure discussion, acceptance of building official's
resignation, acceptance of Holmes Beach offer of tem-
porary building official-planning services, legislative
update presentation, New Year's Eve fireworks special
event application, sanitation pickup in alley discussion,
Internet policy discussion, Intranet server discussion,
Bishop-Milazzo status report, Capri status report,
Sandcastle status report, Hibiscus status report, consent
agenda and commission reports.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Dec. 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Dec. 19, 9 a.m. board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
.Dec. 17, 7 n., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Dec. 18, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue Com-
mission meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key
will be closed Dec. 25-26 for Christmas. Bradenton
Beach will be closed at noon Dec. 24-26 for the holi-
Trash and recyclable pickup will be changed in Anna
Maria, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key in light of the
holiday. Anna Maria and Holmes Beach have resched-
uled pickup of solid waste for Saturday, Dec. 27;
recyclables will be collected Monday. On Longboat
Key, both solid waste and recyclables will be collected
on Saturday. Bradenton Beach has no collections
scheduled for Thursday, pickup will not be altered by
PAGE 4 0 DEC. 17, 2003 0 THE ISLANDER
Welch quits in Bradenton Beach
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more. It's probably too much to expect that I be al-
lowed to leave in a normal fashion with dignity."
Welch began his tenure with the city in June 2002.
He is the fourth building official the city has had in the
past eight years.
A barrage of letters have been pouring into city hall
from Welch, Phillips, Welch's attorney David Wilcox,
and Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore regarding
the Bradenton Beach building department.
Commissioner Phillips' Dec. 5 memo to Mayor
Chappie outlined what she called "concerns about
Building Official Bob Welch."
"I was alarmed and dismayed to hear citizens re-
lating possible abuse of power and harassment on the
part of our building official," she wrote. "I was particu-
larly mortified to find that Mr. Welch was leveling
absurd charges against Mr. Ernest Clay, an esteemed
citizen and volunteer member of our planning and zon-
ing committee..Mr. Welch chose to spin a year-old is-
sue into a public attack on Mr. Clay's credibility. This
in inexcusable. For what reason could he possibly be
trying to discredit this board member? With Mr.
Welch's workload, I find it suspicious that his time is
not better spent. As I stated in the meeting, his actions
reek of a 'witch hunt.'"
At the Dec. 4 city commission meeting, Clay said
that he was a certified architect in Illinois. He said a
"three-line memo" he wrote a year ago indicated that
he was a registered architect in Florida. "It was a tech-
nical violation regarding addresses," Clay said, "and I
paid a fine for it."
Phillips continued by stating that "a very small
amount of research would have revealed Mr. Clay's
credentials, were there reason for questioning them,
and the information was at city hall. This is embarrass-
ing to the city.
"I once witnessed an especially nasty verbal dia-
tribe by Bob Welch conducted in a public meeting ad-
dressed to Mr. Clay. It was, in my opinion, a childish
and insulting way to behave. I would like to see a writ-
ten reprimand for these actions in Mr. Welch's employ-
ment file, and I think that Mr. Welch should personally
be more professional when dealing with the public. As
an employee of the city, he should be counseled to do
Attorney David Wilcox has been retained by
Welch to represent him during the controversy.
"I have reviewed a variety of materials and dis-
cussed the actions of many public officials in
Bradenton Beach at length with Bob Welch," Wilcox
wrote in a letter to Mayor Chappie dated Dec. 12.
"It seems clear that the kangaroo court is in session
on Bradenton Beach. Some have even described it as
a war against Mr. Welch. I can assure you that retalia-
tion against Mr. Welch by any or all of the commis-
sioners for his exercise of his lawful duties and rights
will be met with a vigorous response."
Regarding Thursday's city commission meeting,
Wilcox said "I have no intention of having it turn into
a witch hunt or opportunity to retaliate against him. I
will be there and a court reporter will also be present
to ensure that each individual gets to live with what
they choose to say at the meeting."
Wilcox also had comments to make regarding
Phillips' letter. In a letter to her, also dated Dec. 12, he
said "I must admit that I was alarmed and dismayed at
your total disregard for the impact your spurious alle-
gations have on a career professional that works for
"I do know that the State of Florida has found
probable cause that [Clay] is in violation of the state'
license laws for architects," Wilcox continued. "Mr.
Clay has repeatedly taken the position that he has
special expertise in planning and zoning matters
because he is a licensed architect in Florida. He's
not. Mr. Welch's comments about Mr. Clay's re-
puted professional credentials were accurate. It
seems clear that your demands for a written repri-
mand are based solely on your unsubstantiated 'sus-
picious' and incorrect information or assumptions on
your part. Such hardly justifies the harsh treatment
"Personally, I can't help but be suspicious of your
motives," Wilcox concluded. "I am suspicious that you
may be attempting to hide or cover up questionable
activities or actions by commissioners. Your letter-
memo appears to be an excuse for the commission to
do to Mr. Welch in one manner what it otherwise is
prevented from doing because the law gets in the way.
I do not doubt that you have the ability to use the city's
resources to trump up allegations against Mr. Welch.
However, you can be assured that each and every such
allegation will be thoroughly investigated for accuracy
and truthfulness and the results of the actions will be
Holmes Beach mayor enters the fray
All three Island cities have interlocal agreements
to aid one another in building official matters. Holmes
Beach building officials handled development issues in
Anna Maria City for 14 months while that city
struggled with hiring a building official. Now it appears
that Holmes Beach will offer a similar service to
Holmes Beach Mayor Whitmore in yet another
letter to Mayor Chappie said that "Holmes Beach will
be glad to assist you until you hire a replacement" for
"I have been fortunate to keep my staff for many
years," Whitmore said. "I have three employees that
can do inspections and two that are building officials.
I will ask the City of Bradenton Beach to pay for our
services until you find a replacement.
"My only other stipulation is that these three em-
ployees are the City of Holmes Beach's and will report
to me. If staff is working on issues for your city, they
will report to you only. They will not be reprimanded
by anyone but me after conferring with you."
Whitmore suggested that a backup liaison in
Bradenton Beach be City Commissioner Peter Barreda.
"My only other issue is someone, possibly a devel-
oper, may pull a fast one and we may need to seek le-
gal opinion regarding your land development code with
your legal counsel. Is that person Chuck Webb?
[Webb, a former Anna Maria city commissioner, has
been retained by Bradenton Beach in a transitional
mode after the city fired longtime city attorney Alan
Prather Nov. 21.] It is very important to have an attor-
ney to confer with to make sure things are done right.
As in Anna Maria, we would never call any of your
consultants without your permission."
Next job for Welch?
Although Welch's name has been mentioned as an
applicant for the top building official spot in Naples,
Welch told The Islander
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of them to
from nearly all
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she works, she
said. This winter
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Mostly it's afew
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she said, and
he "would never take that
According to the Dec. 14 edition of the Naples
Daily News, "The building official spot became vacant
after former Building Official Bill Overstreet resigned.
Overstreet was suspended with pay from his $80,000-
a-year job after a city investigation into the building
department revealed several allegations against
Overstreet, including violating flood rules established
by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, ac-
cepting fishing trips on company time from Boran
Craig Barber Engel Construction Co. Inc. and instruct-
ing building department employees to give favors to
At the first meeting of the newly elected city com-
mission in Bradenton Beach Nov. 21, commissioners
agreed to terminate the employment of City Attorney
Prather and city planning consultant Bill Brisson. The
commission also relieved Pete Milazzo and Susan
Kehne from their duties on the city's planning and zon-
ing board and placed all four city department heads -
Police Chief Sam Speciale, Public Works Director
Dottie Poindexter, Welch, and City Clerk Pat Grizzle
- on a 90-day probation pending performance evalu-
Commissioners have retained Webb to handle
transfer of records from Prather's office to city hall at
$125 per hour. Interviews with attorney applicants
were held last week, with no decisions reached for new
legal counsel for the city, although some commission-
ers have indicated that a "team" approach may be best,
with separate attorneys handling municipal law, labor
matters, growth management issues and other legal is-
sues as they arise.
Thursday's Bradenton Beach commission meeting
should be an interesting one. Mayor Chappie will not
be in attendance; he underwent surgery Tuesday, and
Vice Mayor O'Brien will chair the meeting.
The agenda items that Welch, O'Brien and Phillips
are apparently at odds over include several "status re-
ports" on developments or projects currently either
under construction or nearly completed: the Capri and
Sandcastle condominium projects just south of Bridge
Street west of Gulf Drive, and the Hibiscus condo at
Bay Drive South. There is also a status report due on
the agenda for Milazzo's property at Third Street South
and Gulf Drive.
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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 17, 2003 0 PAGE 5
Kabris rezone debated by city commission
By Wayne Manley
It was almost standing room only at the last
scheduled meeting of the year of the Holmes
Beach City Commission.
The issue that had the audience impassioned
and that consumed most of the evening was a re-
quest from Patrick and Angelina Kabris to have
their property 101 75th St. rezoned from Rec-1 to
R-2. This particular request is new but it is part of
an ongoing saga pitting the Holmes Beach plan-
ning board and the city commission against the
intentions of the property owner.
The parcel, which was purchased from
Hugh Holmes Sr., has a controversial history
and it seems like everyone has their own version
The property is adjacent to the Kabris' main
residence and has a swimming pool and cabana
built on it, permitted under the recreation/open
space Rec-1 zoning code.
A medium density residential R-2 zoning code
Moratorium for Anna Maria City
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
proposal to introduce semi-automated garbage pickup
WMI said it would supply the garbage containers
for residents, and the monthly rate would rise from
$13.42 to $14.49. WMI also wants a five-year exten-
sion on the current franchise contract to implement the
service, but would offer "concessions" on duplex
charges in return.
WMI charges a duplex owner twice the usual $1.95
each month for yard-waste pickup, but the units are on
a single lot. Single-family home owners pay only the
$1.95, while duplex owners pay $3.90 each month.
However, WMI's Dave Smith told the commission
that if it agreed to the contract extension, WMI was
willing to consider "concessions" to duplex owners.
The city doesn't have to take the WMI offer, Smith
said, but if it does, it would lock in the $14.49 rate for
the next 10 years.
Otherwise, in five years when the current contract
expires, prices are likely to rise considerably, he indi-
"You can stay with what you have, but realize we
are charging just $12 more per year over the life of the
would allow for the development of another residence,
hence the request.
The comments which at times drew robust ap-
plause from the audience from the owners of the
other homes in the neighborhood were about equally
split between those for and against the proposed rezon-
ing. The applause moved Chairperson Sandy Haas-
Martens to admonish residents to "please hold your ap-
plause so that this meeting can continue smoothly and
in a timely manner."
However, resident concerns were almost unani-
mous in that whatever might be built there would be
Bill Saunders, the assistant superintendent of pub-
lic works, stated that "anything can be built there as
long as it properly conforms to the particular zoning
The Kabris' were represented by attorney Caleb
Grimes of Grimes, Goebel, Grimes, Hawkins,
Gladfelter and Galvano. In his presentation, he distrib-
uted an aerial photograph and a sketch of the proposed
rezone and tried to address the concerns of the citizens.
contract," Smith observed.
Quam believed the amount of garbage in the city
was decreasing and extending the contract was unfair
to city residents. It would be better to "wait and nego-
tiate" when the current contract ends, he suggested.
Some members of the public voiced opposition to
a contract extension, and the commission deferred any
Smith said he would return with information on
annual garbage tonnage in Anna Maria and what con-
cessions WMI could offer duplex owners.
The commission also worked through a list of pre-
viously discussed issues, deciding which should remain
a commission priority.
Commissioners were divided on the issue of fund-
ing improvements at the city pier to meet requirements
of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
City Commissioner Linda Cramer said she never
supported the city assisting the lease-holder with pay-
ing for the improvements, but Commissioner Carol
Ann Magill argued that a prior city commission had
"obligated" the city to pay 50 percent of the cost as a
"If we made an agreement, let's be a city of our
word," said Magill.
But that "agreement" was based on an estimate of
Grimes stated "the changes would not set a pre-
cedent, nor increase density or intensity. We will
address all concerns and that whatever is built
will be a design to enhance the neighborhood.
"The Kabrises will stay within the guidelines
and have no intentions to ask for any height vari-
ance," he added.
He offered to add a covenant the city can
accept one but not ask for it to the proposal
that should address those concerns. The wording
of the covenant was not revealed but he said that
it would be forthcoming.
The commission decided not to take any ac-
tion and referred it back to the planning board.
They did keep the request active and will con-
tinue with the public hearing Jan. 6.
A work session that followed the regular
meeting was adjourned prematurely due to the
lateness of the hour. The only subject discussed
before an early adjournment was the ownership
and use of the canal boat-slips, especially those
in Sunrise Park.
$15,000 for the repairs with the city to pay half, coun-
Now, the cost has risen considerably, to more than
$25,000, she said, and that doesn't include ADA-com-
pliant restrooms at the pier.
The previous city commission had removed any
pier improvement funding in the 2003-04 budget ap-
proved in September 2003.
"I still think the city is obligated for 50 percent of
the cost and I'm uncomfortable with changing that,'
said Commissioner Dale Woodland.
Maybe, countered Cramer, but that was 50 percent
of $15,000, not half of $40,000 or more.
City Attorney Jim Dye said in December 2002 that
under the lease, the leaseholder is obligated to meet and
pay for all local, county, state and federal requirements.
The commission agreed it needed accurate cost
estimates before any further discussion.
Mayor SueLynn said Baskerville-Donovan Inc..
the city's engineering firm, would provide an up-to-
date estimate of improvements for the pier to meet
ADA standards, and at the same time, she would in-
form the leaseholder of the commission's budget deci-.
Commissioners agreed to hold the next special
meeting on parking at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14.
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Fiery times descend
on Bradenton Beach
What interesting times Bradenton Beach is having
A new city commission took office Nov. 21. Its first
action was to fire the city attorney, the city planner, two
members of the planning and zoning board, and to place
all four department heads on probation pending a still-to-
be-determined "performance evaluation."
Then commissioners decided that all the depart-
ment heads' computer hard drives should be copied
because commissioners didn't know what was on them
and they apparently wanted to have that information.
Allegations were made, mostly against Building
Official Bob Welch, to the point where he resigned his
post of 18 months on Friday, stating that "actions by
public officials have made it impossible for me to con-
tinue working for the city."
New city commissioners generally agree they ran
a "no-growth" campaign, citing a groundswell of pub-
lic opinion against large-scale development that has
been taking place of late in Bradenton Beach and de-
manding a change.
Well, change has definitely taken place in
Bradenton Beach in the past four weeks.
The growth-related changes for good or bad -
remain to be seen.
Arguably, the movement to change Bradenton
Beach began more than 14 years ago with the introduc-
tion of the comprehensive plan. City leaders tried to
stoke the fires of modernization for years and years and
couldn't manage getting a few sticks to smolder.
There was the beach renourishment project that
brought increased property values in the city and some
There were the downtown revitalization projects,
with no economic interest by developers in the more
than $1.5 million of state, federal and local grants de-
voted to sprucing up Bridge Street.
But in the past five years or so, the embers of de-
velopment started to bur in the city, and it took the Old
Beach Village project to reach flash point and for resi-
dents to begin to realize that the city was indeed a hot
commodity to development interests.
Our "historic old-town" flavor had indeed burned
bright red firing up a profit machine and a ripe market,
and suddenly, while previous commissions had done ev-
erything in their powers to attract new people and de-
velopment to the city, the effort "paid off."
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And now, after letting the wildfire burn with to-
ken attempts at partial moratoriums that did nothing
to quell the blaze of building, and in spite of threats to
do more, nothing more was proffered in the past year.
City leaders finally began to start looking vi-
sioning the growth that can take place and the
growth that they want or don't want to take
Of course, that "look" will take about two years
and its final reconstruction is still to take form.
Many of the newly elected commissioners pro-
claim their only interest is to represent the people who
elected them to stop big development from overtaking
A confusing pair of non-binding referendum issues
regarding high-intensity residential land use and building
height are bolstering the anti-growth attitude. "No" to
high-density development zoning in the city. "Well,
maybe" to higher buildings, although the question was so
poorly worded that even some commissioners have said
their constituents weren't sure on what they were voting.
The new regime's constituents can be assured of
one thing: Change has come to Bradenton Beach -
change that is being done without a professional land
planner, without benefit of its 18-year lawyer, soon
without a full-time building official, and without the
historical knowledge of at least one member of the
planning and zoning board.
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Thanks for the holiday fun
On behalf of my husband, who is 89, and myself
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of the Island Shopping Center. We are snowbirds and
travel 2,300 miles to spend our winter on your beauti-
The ambiance was lovely, everybody showed the
Christmas spirit and the merchants showed their talents
in showing our [don't know this word!] on Anna Maria
Island was appreciated. It really made our Christmas
when we are away from home and made us lonesome
when they sing "I'll be home for Christmas" or "I'll
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Ban shark fishing
Concerning the recent controversy over shark fish-
ing off the beaches of Anna Maria, I think the real prob-
lem is being ignored or overlooked.
Of course it is less than aesthetically pleasing to see a
rotting fish carcass on the beach, but it is part of living on
an island, if it happens in the natural course of things.
For a person to specifically target sharks for what-
ever reason, sport or questionable food value, shows
total ignorance of the marine ecosystem.
Sharks are in a serious decline worldwide. In times
not so far in the past, Tampa Bay was one of the most
prolific breeding areas in the world for sharks of mul-
tiple species. No more.
The solution to the problem is not limited to a ban
on shark fishing on Anna Maria but a worldwide ban.
The incomprehensible pleasure a shark fisherman
gets from catching and letting rot as innocuous a spe-
cies as a nurse shark is obscene.
Robert Shreeves, Holmes Beach
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 17, 2003 0 PAGE 7
True to the corps
Bob DeVane didn't realize he had a calling when
World War II started. He was just an ordinary guy who
wanted to do something for his country.
"I tried to enlist in the Navy in 1942, but I had
asthma as a child and they turned me down," said Bob
at his Bradenton Beach residence.
The draft board in his upstate New York hometown
of Chatham, however, was not so picky. When Bob
was called for the draft in March 1943, there was a guy
with only one eye who passed the physical.
But Bob wasn't destined to carry a rifle in WWII.
"The Army said I would be best suited as a medi-
cal corpsman," he said. "That was fine with me because
my dad was a medic in WWI and my great-grandfather
had been a medic in the Civil War. And both my mom
and my aunt were nurses, so I guess medicine was in
my blood, and the Army thought so too."
After more than a year of training, he was shipped
to England in the middle of 1944.
Following duty at hospitals in both England and
Northern Ireland, he was transferred to the European
combat area with the 7th Armored Division near Bel-
gium, just after the Battle of the Bulge.
"They were called the Lucky 7th," said Bob, "but
I'm not sure why. We were in combat constantly."
He was assigned to the 77th Medical Battalion,
which operated a clearing station for wounded soldiers.
"We would get the wounded back from the front
lines, treat them and decide if they had to be shipped
back to the states, a hospital in England or could be sent
back to their unit."
To say that Bob and his fellow corpsman dealt with
severe casualties and wounded is an understatement.
"Some of them were in bad shape and some didn't
make it. It was tough."
Because the division was constantly on the front
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"We had a lot of days with no sleep. We were busy
In those days, the Army had to rely on ambulances
to bring the wounded to the clearing station and the
ambulances often broke down or couldn't get through
"We didn't have helicopters like we had in Korea,
so it took a lot longer for us to get the wounded and
Bob and the other medics at the clearing station
didn't bother wearing those Red Cross arm patches,
because the Germans found that insignia to be an invit-
"Once we realized that they weren't too concerned
about the rules of war, we quit wearing those things. It
made a pretty good point to aim at for the Germans."
Racing across Europe, the 7th Armored reached
the Elbe River in April 1945.
"That's where we met the Russians, who were on
the other side. For us the war was over. We weren't
supposed to cross that river."
One of Bob's entrepreneurial buddies, however, had
100 original Mickey Mouse watches that he sold to the
Russians for $100 apiece.
"The Russians had truckloads full of money.
Where they got it from, I don't know, but they did and
he made a bundle."
After the war, Bob was discharged and returned to
his home in upstate New York. He re-enlisted in 1947
and was assigned to the U.S. Military Academy at West
Point, where he met his wife.
When the Korean War broke out, he was sent to the
171st Station Hospital in Taejon where he treated the
local population who were wounded while working for
United Nations forces.
He left the Army in 1956 and spent 26 years in the
U.S. Air Force reserves.
He and his family moved to Bradenton Beach in
1957 and built the house he still occupies today.
SBob stayed in medicine, working at Manatee Memo-
rial Hospital as an emergency room medic and in surgery,
then spent 18 years with a private doctor in Bradenton.
Bob's wife passed away last year, but he has a son and
daughter, three grandchildren and two great-grandchil-
World War II veteran Bob DeVane has lived in his
Bradenton Beach home since 1957 and is active in'
the Anna Maria Island Veterans of Foreign Wars
organization. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
SHe's active in the Island's Veterans of Foreign
Wars organization, VFW Post 8199, and is a member
of the American Legion.
The VFW meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday
of every month at the West Manatee Fire & Rescue
District station in Holmes Beach and Bob would like
anyone interested in joining to attend a meeting, or call
him at 778-4400.
It's been quite a life, said Bob,
"I wasn't a hero, Ijust did my job and tried to save
some lives. I didn't get any medals, but I'm sure proud
of my service. Hopefully, some of the wounded who
made it back got home because of what I did. If I was
17 again, I'd be back in doing the same thing."
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School construction plans finalized
By Diana Bogan
The community had an opportunity to view the fi-
nal construction plans for Anna Maria Elementary
School at a public meeting held by members of the
school's construction team Dec. 9.
Manatee County School District Director of Con-
struction Services Sherry Dowling told the small group in
attendance that the team members spent countless meet-
ings trying to hit the project's guaranteed maximum price
and that he believes the final plans are very close.
Dowling said the plans unveiled that evening
would be presented to the board in mid-January and go
to bid in late February. Construction is likely to begin
"We chose the second," Dowling said, "to avoid
starting on April Fool's Day."
The new Island school should be completed and
ready for classes in August 2005, according to
Skip Allen of Educational Design Associates gave
the community a brief overview of the building's com-
ponents. Allen said the new school has been designed
for 366 students and contains two kindergarten, five
primary and six intermediate classrooms.
Instead of an elevator, the main entry will. have a
handicap lift and the building will have three fire ex-
The entryway of the school will feature a dolphin
sculpture, which is the school's mascot. The campus
will be fenced along the side-yard boundaries and ex-
tending to the sides of the building for security pur-
Attendees were assured by team members that the
playground and ball fields would still be accessible
after school. There will be gates for public access so the
fencing should not restrict community use of the school
Dowling said there are operational reasons for hav-
ing fences. Another security measure Dowling said
AME will receive is a security-camera system that is
being installed in all of the county's new schools.
The security cameras monitor the school grounds
and can even be accessed by the school principal from
a home computer.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes said some of the cam-
era locations under consideration include school en-
tries, the auditorium entry and the bike racks.
Another security feature the school will have is a
lock-down system. Faculty members will have security
cards to use the exterior entries while classes are in
session. The front entry will be the only entry open to
the public while classes are in session.
Hayes said parents will still be able to drop stu-
dents off in the morning and walk them to their class-
rooms without signing in at the front office.
The kindergarten/grade-one playground will be
adjacent to the building and fenced as required by law,
according to Allen. It will contain a new play structure,
which is currently being used in the temporary third-
through fifth-grade playground. The old play ship, see-
saws, alligators and new swings will be. relocated to the
The primary play area will also have a sandbox and
paved trike path.
The intermediate playground will include physical
fitness equipment center and play structure. It will be
adjacent to the basketball courts and new four-square
Outdoor restrooms will also be installed near the
covered play area and the.gazebo will be relocated to
the area of the basketball court and covered play area.
Landscape architect/arborist David Jones said the
team was able to adjust the location of the intermedi-
ate playground and parking lot, which saves a signifi-
cant number of palm trees.
Jones also confirmed that all of the remaining oak
trees in the south hammock will be preserved.
Jones said although the team was able to reduce the
amount of fill used on the site, the landscape amphithe-
ater will remain a key feature in front of the school. A
space within the amphitheater will also be designed to
house the peace pole and memory i i tre c.
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with parents at the Dec. 9 public meeting. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
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Island churches observe Christmas
By Jim Hanson
Celebrations of Christ's birth are programmed at
every church on Anna Maria Island, with Christmas
Eve seeing much of the activity.
A major pre-Christmas event will be the annual
Bethlehem Walk at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, starting at 6:30
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.
Islanders John and Charlene Belsito arid their year-old
daughter Sophia will portray Joseph and Mary and their
infant Jesus going from inn to inn in Bethlehem seeking
a room for the night, to be turned away. Other people,
many also in costumes of the time, will walk with them.
Strollers and innkeepers will sing carols, there will
be burros and goats along the way, and back at the
church hot chocolate and cookies will be waiting.
Pastor Gary Batey will read the story of Christ's
birth to the gathering around the baby in a manger.
It will be sad times at two churches. It's the last
Christmas in their church for members of the First
Church of Christ, Scientist, for the property has been
sold. And the congregation at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church will be spending their last Christmas with Pas-
tor Dan Kilts, who will leave in January for a new pas-
torate in Jacksonville.
'Grinch,' 'Santa Claus 2'
due on Bridge Street
Two movies will be featured in a holiday event
Sunday sponsored by the Bridge Street Merchants
group in Bradenton Beach.
"Grinch" and "Santa Claus 2" will be shown start-
ing at 6 p.m. on the grassy lot across Bridge Street from
Bridge Walk Resort. Those attending should bring
chairs and blankets for seating.
Sidewalk sales are planned by merchants "for those
last-minute holiday gifts."
Parking is limited, so patrons may park at Coquina
Beach and ride back and forth free on the trolley. Ad-
ditional information may be obtained at 782-1 137.
Gloria Dei, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
will have special observances at 4:30 and 8 p.m. Christ-
mas Eve, with a children's pageant at the later service,
and a worship service with carols at 9:30 a.m. Thurs-
day, Christmas day. Full information may be obtained
by calling 778-1813.
Christian Science services at the church at 6300 Ma-
rina Drive will be Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. Alice Reed is
first reader, Jean Muncey second reader. 778-4266.
.St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, will have a special children's Mass at
4 p.m. Christmas eve and the traditional midnight Mass
will begin with music at 11:30 p.m. Christmas day
Masses will be at 8:30 and 10 a.m. The Rev. John Ellis
is pastor. 778-4769.
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will have its Christmas Eve services
at 5:30 and 9 p.m. Christmas day service will be a
chapel Communion from 10-10:30 a.m. The Rev. Gary
Batey, pastor. 778-0414.
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, will have its major Christmas service at 11 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21, and a musical worship service at 6:30
p.m. On Christmas Eve, a candlelight service will be at
7 p.m. with choirs and soloist Leesandra Ramirez of
Puerto Rico. The Rev. Dale Lawson, pastor. 778-0719.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church St., Bradenton Beach, plans a candlelight ser-
vice with the full choir at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve. The
Rev. William Grossman, pastor. 721-3643.
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, will have the First Mass of
Christmas at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve, with a carol sing at
9:30 p.m. followed at 10 by the Holy Eucharist of the
Nativity. At 10 a.m. Christmas day the Holy Eucharist
Rite I with carols will be presented. The Rev. Harry
Parsell, rector. 778-1638.
Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
will have cider and cookies in the garden Christmas Eve
at 9 p.m. followed by a candlelight service at 10 p.m. with
special music by flute and harp and the choir. The Rev.
Kenneth Gill, senior minister. 383-6491.
All Angels Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road,
A group of Anna Maria Island volunteers recently
descended on the Belle Haven Cottage on Pine
Avenue in Anna Maria to assist with the restoration
effort by the Anna Maria Island Historical Society.
From left, Milt Cross, Mark Kimball and John
Johnson set pilings around the cottage. Islander
Photo: Courtesy of Andy Little
Longboat Key, will have music and the Holy Eucharist
at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve, with the spoken Eucharist
with Communion at 10 p.m. The Rev. Downs Spitler,
St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, will have a Christmas
Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, the choir will sing
at 8:15 p.m. followed by midnight Mass liturgy at 9 p.m.
On Christmas day, Masses will be at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
The Rev. Edward Pick, pastor. 383-1255.
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Night Visitors" that is expected to be "quite stunning."
The production will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Is-
land Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. A
donation of $15 or more is being asked for the orches-
The "little different," as explained by John
Horigan, president of the orchestra and chorus, is col-
laboration with an opera company for "Amahl." It is
Capital Opera of Moorings Presbyterian, Naples.
Two principals in the opera company, Douglas
Renfroe and Lorraine Murphy-Renfroe, will sing two
leading parts of "Amahl." The Anna Maria orchestra
and chorus have worked with the Renfroes before in
"Messiah," said Horigan, and the result was splendid.
Renfroe is an internationally acclaimed bass-bari-
tone who has sung with such conductors as Leopold
Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein and Lorin Maazel. He
will sing the part of Melchoir.
Murphy-Renfroe will sing the part of the mother.
She is a lyric soprano who has sung around the world
Comp plan committee
volunteers sought in
"Wanted: Bradenton Beach registered voters
willing to devote two years of their life poring
over land use documents. Homework required,
night meetings a must. Long hours, no pay. Ap-
ply at city hall."
Bradenton Beach is starting to work on revi-
sions to its 1989 comprehensive plan, a state-man-
dated document that outlines growth and develop-
ment for years to come in the city.
The city has retained the services of Tony Arrant
as consultant to the process. He is with the Florida
Institute of Government and is also coordinating the
comp plan review in Anna Maria City.
Arrant said he works with local governments "so
you can write your comp plan and can then under-
stand the product. I'm not a consultant who is going
to do this, I'm just going to help you do it."
City commissioners agreed to follow the for-
mat that Anna Maria City has established, with an
ad hoc committee of five to seven members who
will review the comp plan.
"They need to be people willing to take part
in the process," Arrant stressed. "They have to
have the ability and desire to do the work and see
the process through. It will take between 18
months and two years."
Anyone interested should contact city hall at
778-1005. City commissioners are expected to
select members of the committee at a meeting Jan.
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and has appeared locally in times past.
Boy soprano Patrick Moran will sing Amahl,
Johanna Whitmire will be the principal dancer, and
Robert Lischetti will take a leading role as Kaspar.
"Amahl" was the first opera commissioned for
television, written by Gian-Carlo Menotti and pre-
miered on NBC in New York City Dec. 24, 1951.
David Aiken, who sang Melchoir in the original 1951
production, is here and will direct staging and general
Alfred Gershfeld, artistic director of the orchestra
and chorus, will direct the presentation and James
Forssell, chorus master, will direct the chorus.
Also on the program Sunday will be "A Choral
Christmas Around the World From Palestrina to
Poulenc." It will feature "Christmas Concerto" by
It will have a Latin text, "Hodie Christus Natus
Est" by Renaissance composer Palestrina, and the 20th-
century French composer Poulenc.
Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
More information may be found on the Web site
Koci replaces Truman
at Island Players
In a change of cast for "Crimes of the Heart," the
Island Players named Stan Koci to replace Jack
Truman as Barnette Lloyd in a principal role.
The play by Beth Henley will run Jan. 8-25 at the
Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Kelly
Woodland will direct the presentation.
It unravels the problems of three troubled Magrath
sisters in Mississippi, with their gravely ill grandfather.
The mood lightens as a lawyer enters the picture.
Players in addition to Koci are Diana Shoemaker
as Lenny Magrath, Diana Brin as Meg Magrath,
Megan Mooney as the third sister Babe Botrelle,
Leslie Taylor as Chick Boyle and Joe Shedrick as
Assisting Woodland are Dorothy Eder as stage
manager, husband Mark Woodland as set designer,
Bob Bailey as costume designer, Chris McVicker as
lighting director, and Bob Grant as sound engineer.
Curtain times are 8 p.m. except for three Sunday
matinees at 2 p.m., no performances Monday. Tickets
at $15 per show, may be purchased by calling 778-5755
or, starting Jan.2, at the box office from 9 a.m.-l p.m.
daily except Sunday.
Holiday camp offered at Center
A holiday camp for children grades K-5 will begin
Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The camp will continue through Jan. 6. Cost is $45
for the week of Dec. 22, $60 for the week of Dec. 30,
$30 for Jan. 5-6. The Center will be closed Dec. 25-26
and Jan. 1. Registration is open now at the Center.
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 17, 2003 U PAGE 11
Expect duplexes or more at
Holmes Beach church property
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach will likely have a new housing
project under construction early next year on the site of
the Christian Science Church at 6300 Marina Drive.
Church officials announced last week that due to
declining membership, the property is under contract
for sale in early January.
Sources close to the sale have indicated that the
buyer is Oden-McLaughlin Homes/Oden-Hardy Con-
struction of 6201 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton and
Jeff McLaughlin of that company has already contacted
the Holmes Beach building department for informa-
Holmes Beach Building Official Bill Saunders
confirmed that McLaughlin had called him, but the
Harry J. Clements
Harry J. Clements, 83, of Holmes Beach, died Dec.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Clements came to
Holmes Beach from there in 1972. He was vice presi-
dent of Carr Manufacturing. He served in the U.S.
Army Air Corps. He was a member of the Masons,
Scottish Rite & Shrine, Key Royale Golf Club, and
Bradenton Country Club. He was a member of the Is-
land Baptist Church.
Memorial services were Dec. 16. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to the church, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217, or to the National Kidney
Foundation, 1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 119, Orlando
FL 32308. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Helen; daughters Diane of
Westerville, Ohio, and Christine Riley of Palm Harbor;
son Daniel C. of Columbus; sister Jane Haggard of
Columbus; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchil-
Doris 'Dee' Lippard Davis
Doris "Dee" Lippard Davis, 69, of Sarasota, Died
Born in Ashville, N.C., Ms. Davis moved to Mana-
tee County in 1955. She was a hostess and business
manager for Trader Jack's restaurant in Bradenton
Beach. She was a graduate of Manatee High School.
She was a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines. She was
employed in customer service departments for several
banks. She was a member of Trinity Chapel of
Visitation was Dec. 12 and services Dec. 13. Me-
morial contributions may be made to Hospice of South-
west Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manatee Avenue Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
questions were "general in nature" and not about any
specific plan, he said.
In fact, said Saunders, any owner of the land would
not necessarily have to submit a site plan for a new de-
velopment because the property is comprised of six
separately platted lots, all in the R-2 residential duplex
"They could put up duplexes on each lot," and
would only need a building permit, he observed.
A site plan would only be required if an owner
wanted to modify the property and replat the six lots
into one big lot. If an owner wanted to build condo-
miniums in a gated community on the site, a replat and
site plan would be required, Saunders said.
Efforts to reach McLaughlin for comment on the
pending purchase were unsuccessful.
The Anna Maria Island
HI-12 top-level Ma-
sonic organization has
installed officers for
S Iwere, left to right,
Stittsworth, first vice
Ashburn, president; and
Jay Barbour, chaplain;
standing, Richard Art,
Richard Walls, first vice
president, Florida State
Association of HI- 12
Clubs Inc.; and William
Buck, district director.
Information is available
She is survived by brother Randy Lippard of
Greensboro, N.C., half-sister Peggy Arthur of
Bradenton; niece Tracy Bolejack of Greensboro; and
first cousins Tom Riggins of Brandon, Dona Lettelleir
of Terra Ceia, Robert D'Haillecourt of Lakewood,
Colo., and Peggy Arthur of Bradenton.
Dorothy Gaterud, 80, formerly of Anna Maria Is-
land, died Dec. 15 in Freedom Village Nursing Center,
Born in Manasquan, N.J., Feb. 24, 1923, she was
a retired librarian.
Surviving are husband Bengt A. Gaterud of
Bradenton and sons John of Janesville, Minn., and
Mark of Mill Valley, Calif.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home is in charge of ar-
James A. Hume
James A. Hume, 71, of Holmes Beach died Dec.
He was a retired vice president of Merrill Lynch in
Chicago, with the investment firm for 35 years. He was
a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Born Nov. 3, 1932, in Dearborn, Mich., he came to
Manatee County last year from Lake Bluff, Ill.
Survivors include wife Nancy, sons Robert of Los
Angeles and Thomas of Encinitas, Calif., and sister
Sally Mencimer of Carbondale, Colo.
A private service for the family will be in Green
Bay, Wis. Memorials may be contributions to the
Bradenton Hospice House, in care of Hospice of South-
west Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or
Cure JM Foundation, 836 Lynwood Drive, Encinitas
CA 92024, to find a cure for Mr. Hume's grandson's
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Advisory committee has little advice these days
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's capital improvements advisory com-
mittee is offering the city little advice these days.
That could be because the city has been ignoring
its previous advice.
A priority list of capital improvement projects for
2003-04 submitted to the city commission was put
aside after a majority of commissioners declined to
pursue funding sources such as a line of credit for the
Instead, the commission majority said the city
should follow the Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District's suggestion to "maintain" the current
"What maintenance drainage project?" asked
CIAC chairman Larry Albert at the committee's Dec.
"There's only $3,500 in this year's budget for
drainage maintenance," he said.
For that amount of money, added board member
Bill Snow, "you can barely get a dump truck and back
hoe on the Island."
Public Works Director George McKay said the city
is maintaining existing swales and stormwater drainage
infrastructure with the budgeted money, but not adding
Holmes Beach City Commissioner
Rich Bohnenberger accepted a plaque
of appreciation for his two years
service as commission chairman from
fellow commission members at the
Dec. 9 city meeting. Bohnenberger
managed the meeting agendas and
kept things running smoothly and
efficiently during his tenure with the
gavel. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
to the system.
A future project could turn some alleyways into
swales, particularly the alleyway that runs between
homes on Spring Street and Magnolia Avenue.
"But that's a future project," said board member
The CIAC discussed putting the alleyway-swale
project on the priority list, but wondered what the point
would be if the commission is ignoring the priority list.
The committee estimated that of the $232,000 bud-
geted for capital improvement projects in the 2003-04
budget, there will only be about $70,000 left after
bridge improvements and a crossover on Gulf Drive are
City resident Jeff Nash of Gladiolus Street said he
was "frustrated" with the city commission.
"You recommend projects," he told the CIAC, "yet
they get dropped by the commission and these things
need to get done."
He said the swales were supposed to have been
constructed back in the early 1990s. "It was never done.
Nothing ever gets done," he added.
Albert also said there are openings on the CIAC
and anyone wishing to volunteer their time and exper-
tise to the committee should submit their name to
Mayor SueLynn for consideration.
Join us at the Island Shopping Center on the
sidewalk in front of The Islander newspaper office.
Saturday, Dec. 20, 9am-2pm
This fantastic sale features works by the area's finest artists ~~
pottery, sculpture, paintings and more!
Join us at the biggest art sale of the year!
Participants include Yard Sale originator Woody Candish!
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For more information, call Carrie at 778-7978.
Mayor says Swiftmud said
'prioritize,' not 'maintain'
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said in a memo
to city commissioners that at an Oct. 23, 2001,
public meeting with the Southwest Florida Wa-
ter Management District, Swiftmud officials said
the city should "prioritize" its storm-drainage
projects list, not "maintain" the current drainage
Using newspaper accounts of that meeting
and official transcripts, the mayor said Swiftmud
told the city at that meeting to establish a prior-
ity list of drainage projects and that's what the
city and CIAC has done.
In the Nov. 7, 2001, Islander story,
Swiftmud engineer Dave Arnold said that if the
city wants Swiftmud funding, its next step is for
a qualified engineer to perform the design work
on what needs to be done in the problem areas
and for the city to "prioritize" the worst ones.
He also said Swiftmud's report on drainage
problems in the city was always "prescriptive" in
nature not "mandatory."
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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 17, 2003 M PAGE 13
Commissioner questions need for trolley shelters
By Rick Catlin
Newly elected Bradenton Beach City Commis-
sioner Lisa Marie Phillips doesn't believe the city
needs trolley shelters.
She questioned the shelter program the Bradenton
Beach Corridor Management Entity Scenic Highway
Committee has spent the past 18 months developing.
"We have enough cluttering our roadsides," said
Phillips in a letter to the CME.
"If we were to have shelters on this Island, they
should be placed at the most trafficked locations like
the Holmes Beach Shopping Plaza (sic), Bridge Street
and the Holmes Beach Shoppes (sic). In Anna Maria,
the city pier would be a good choice," Phillips said.
She also questioned why the Island Transportation
and Planning Organization wasn't applying for grant
money for the shelters, how the shelter locations were
determined, what if businesses near a shelter location
wanted signage, are crosswalks proposed and what
happens if the shelters become targets for graffiti.
The letter prompted concern by CME chairperson
Judy Giovanelli at the committee's Dec. 9 meeting that
with the recent election of three new city commissioners,
the CME might have to start anew with educating the
commission on the trolley shelter program and other
CME member Bob Herrington of the Sarasota-
Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization noted
that all the concerns raised by Phillips have been ad-
dressed by the CME during the past 18 months.
"This letter shows me she knows very little about
what we have done and are doing, and she should come
here and get educated," he observed.
"That's why I'm here," said newly elected City
Commissioner Robert Shaughnessy, who was attend-
ing the CME meeting to "get educated" on the trolley
shelter program and other CME activities.
"Well, we certainly don't want to get into a war with
the city commission," added CME member Fawn Ker.
Giovanelli said she would provide Phillips with
answers to her concerns.
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Near Joe's Eats and Sweets (northbound).
23rd Street northbound.
Katie Pierola Park southbound.
Ninth Street North northbound.
Fourth Street South southbound.
Near the Sandpiper Resort southbound.
Tortuga Inn southbound.
Bradenton Beach Club southbound.
The last two locations will be paid for with private
funds, although donors will not be allowed advertising at
those locations. The CME is recommending a small
plaque recognizing the donation be placed at the shelter.
Shaugnessy said advertising was one concern the
city commission had with the two privately funded lo-
"It's not advertising," said Herrington, but the
name of the trolley stop will "serve as a landmark" for
Ker said in a small city such as Bradenton Beach,
"city partnership is vital" with private businesses and
she hoped the commission would be satisfied there is
no advertising at those two locations. She'll also ask the
donors if they will accept a small plaque at their par-
ticular trolley stop instead of an advertisement for the
Funding for the remaining nine shelters will come
from a federal program through the Florida Department
of Transportation to the Manatee County Area Transit,
said MCAT's Ralf Hessler.
Once plans for the shelters are finalized and ap-
proved by the city commission, they will be submitted
to Hessler, who will forward them through the appro-
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Veteran CME board member Mollie Sandberg
submitted her resignation from the CME effective
Sandberg said that after 14 years of service to
the city in one capacity or another, including four
years on the CME, "I feel it is time."
She said the CME is comprised of volunteers who
have "devoted many hours finding ways and means to
improve the Gulf Drive corridor," and this could not
have been done without the cooperation and support
of city staff.
A recent "verbal attack on the CME by a mem-
ber of the current [city] commission coalition was
unwarranted and without reason," said Sandberg.
"We are advisors to the commission and our ideas
and projects have, in the past, been met with an open
Remember, said Sandberg, "Approval of any
project is ultimately in the hands of the commis-
She said she hoped that in the future, the com-
mission would make more of an effort to "appreci-
ate our volunteers and the city's professional staff
and to treat them all with the respect they deserve."
The new commissioners need to "take some
time to understand the complexities of our city's
operation," she concluded.
Sandberg is a former Bradenton Beach City
Commissioner and was the first volunteer librarian
at the Tingley Memorial Library.
all external advertising on its buses and trolleys, but
internal advertising would remain.
Ker said she didn't mind the internal ads if that
money would keep the trolley operating on the Island.
Giovanelli also said the CME has several openings
for members. In addition, she said she had originally
taken the chairmanship of the CME last December for
just one year and "that year is up."
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Winners in abbreviated
Winterfest was cut in half by rains Sunday, becom-
ing a one-day show also known as "Rainfest" but
nevertheless a successful one, said Ginger White.
She is director of the Anna Maria Island Art
League, the sponsor of Winterfest. It is annually a
major fundraiser for the league. It was scheduled for
the whole weekend, but the weather shrunk it to one.
Artists and crafters from around the U.S. and
Canada showed their works, there was live music, food,
and exhibits by community organizations.
Unfortunately, with much rain overnight and early
Sunday, only a smattering of artists participated Sun-
In the juried section of the show, Zhiyong Ye was
judged best in show for two-dimensional works with a
watercolor batik, Sandy Cline was best in show in
three-dimensional works with stone sculpture.
First place went to Linda Molto in two-dimen-
sional art with a graphic print and Brian Sykes was first
in three-dimensional with a wood sculpture.
Merit awards went to Roy McLendon in oils/acryl-
ics; John Davis and Marian Howard, watercolors; Pat
Tadena, graphics/pastels; Fawn Kehl, jewelry; Ken
Jim Roberts, mixed media; Don Nichols, glass;
Geoff Walsh, pottery; Jim and Pat Hildebrand, wood;
Juliana Essenburg, fiber/paper; Rommel Ricaurte,
sculpture; Paul Moreau, creative crafts.
Better weather is hoped for at the annual
Springfest, a near repeat of the December event.
Candish 'yard sale' Saturday
Artist Woody Candish will again host his annual
"yard sale" at The Islander where he will be joined by
20 area artists on the sidewalks at the Island Shopping
Center in Holmes Beach.
The annual sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Also participating this year
will be artists represented by Restless Natives and
the Anna Maria Island Artist's Guild, both located in
Don't miss this chance to purchase quality original
art, some at bargain prices directly from local artists.
Confirmed for this year's event are Candish, Linda
Molto, Joan Voyles, Barbara Singer, Peggy Potter,
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 award came from the National Society of
Daughters of the American Revolution. Two of her
forebears served in the Revolution.
Fellow townspeople from the historic fishing vil-
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good fight to preserve her village froi encroachment
and change, preserving its heritage and environment
along the way.
She led the battle in 1984 that dashed Chris-Craft's
plans for a marina despite early approval from Mana-
tee County, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers.
That was her first coup after being away from
Cortez for years with her husband, a career Air Force
man, and it set her on the road that led to the DAR
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She originated the ultimately successful opposition
to the state's determination to replace the.Cortez draw-
bridge with a high-rise fixed span. She incorporated the
Cortez Village Historical Society and organized the
drive to get her village on the National Register of His-
toric Places, helpful in keeping condominium develop-
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Green was instrumental in the formation of the
Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage and its major
coup, purchase of the 95-acre tract at the east end of the
village as a nature preserve and the ultimate buffer
against condo-izing Cortez.
She has written about the village and the life there,
in newspapers and in books she is author of "Cortez
Then and Now."
Lately she played a major role in the drive for the
state and county to purchase the 1912-built school-
house at the east end of the village and its development
as the Gulf Coast Maritime Museum.
Now she is well on the way to having the historic
store building, which was the original Albion Inn,
moved from its site where the Coast Guard now head-
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'Complaints' aired by building official in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
The state attorney's office is still investigating a
Sunshine Law violation complaint filed against a num-
ber of elected or appointed officials in Bradenton
Assistant State Attorney Ed Brodski has said that
the complaints were filed by Bradenton Beach Build-
ing Official Bob Welch, who declined to comment on
Brodski said the allegations are under review and
a decision should be reached shortly. He declined to
elaborate on the complaints.
However, a memo has surfaced from Welch to
Mayor John Chappie that could shed light on the mat-
The Oct. 29 memo on Bradenton Beach Planning
and Development Department letterhead is in regard to
"complaint of possible ethical breaches by elected and
appointed board members."
"I have reason to suspect that the actions of several
city board members may have violated state statutes,"
Welch said. Mentioned in the memo are former City
Commissioner Scott Barr, Vice Mayor Anna O'Brien,
former City Commissioner Dawn Baker, Board of
Adjustment Chair Ken Lohn, former mayor and board
of adjustment member Gail Cole and Planning and
Zoning Board member Ernest Clay.
Among Welch's comments were "possible Sun-
shine Law violations by the use of e-mails referencing
items brought before the commission or items that
foreseeable may be brought before the commission; the
e-mails were between Barr and O'Brien, between
Baker and O'Brien, and between Baker, O'Brien and
Welch also questioned the attendance of Baker and
O'Brien at a board of adjustment meeting June 26,
2003. "No notice of the attendance of elected officials
was made for this meeting," he wrote.
That meeting also brought forward another ques-
tion, "in which Baker and O'Brien sat next to each
other and were observed discussing the issue being
heard at the meeting involving an appeal brought forth
by Lohn. The matter heard at the June 26 BOA hear-
ing was brought to the attention of the city commission
on Jan. 15 and has been discussed in later meetings."
From that meeting, a claim surfaced of "possible
misuse of public position to influence a city board by
Baker and O'Brien ... in which both commissioners
spoke from the audience during a quasi-judicial hear-
ing and Baker was observed passing notes to board
member Cole and verbally instructed him and other
board members from the audience."
"Possible misuse of public position" again came up
at the BOA meeting July 7, when Welch said "Baker,
in written communication with the representative of the
city attorney, may have tried to sway the contents of the
final written order of the board of adjustment."
The same allegation was made by Welch against
Lohn on Jan. 29, resulting from a meeting with Welch
"to resolve a dispute between Lohn and the adjacent
property owner. In that meeting it was suggested that
a variance, if applied for by the adjacent property
owner, would 'get approved.'"
Lohn also made a similar "possible misuse of public
position" allegation made June 4, when Welch said "Lohn
may have canvassed the board of adjustment members to
have them sign a document calling for a meeting of the
BOA to hear an appeal from Lohn. Any canvassing may
have resulted in unreported ex-parte communications on
the matter to be heard at the hearing."
Welch also said there may be a "possible violation
of state statutes governing licensing of architects. In a
letter to the planning and zoning board, Clay states 'as
a registered and licensed practicing architect, my zon-
ing and development planning philosophy ...' [state
officials] contacted me to alert my office that Clay does
Residents of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach won the top prizes at the Dec. 6
holiday open house in the Holmes Beach business
district, the Island Shopping Center and nearby
businesses at Marina Drive and Gulf Drive.
Many items donated by businesses were pack-
aged and raffled. Businesses were open that evening
to wish callers a happy holiday and make sure every-
one had gifts. The Manatee High School Chamber
Orchestra played music in front of The Islander.
Howie Banfield performed at LaPensee Plumb-
ing and the firm also sponsored Santa Claus. Mana-
tee High Quartet was at Steve Bark & Co. Real Es-
tate, and Ginny's Antiques and Art and Jane E's Cof-
fee Bar had Suki Janish playing the flute. Clown
Saggy Aggy entertained all at the event.
An estimated 1,000 people attended the cel-
ebration, and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce counted 349 there. Many shops re-
ported brisk sales and lots of friendly customers.
The raffle winners were:
Rosanna Strauss of Holmes Beach, package
No. 1, which was filled from Express It with a
holiday music CD; Fat Cat, $30 off coupon;
Ginny's Antiques and Art, coffee scoop; Jane E's
Coffee, cup of java; Island Florist, poinsettia; The
Islander, hat and T-shirt; Mister Roberts Resort
Wear, gift certificate; Ooh La La! Bistro, brunch
not and has not held a Florida license to practice archi-
Several of the people mentioned in Welch's memo
addressed issues related to the matters at the Dec. 4 city
Clay said he is a certified architect in Illinois and
his memo erroneously listed his Florida address and
therefore may have given the impression he was li-
censed in Florida. "It was a technical violation, and I
paid a fine," he said.
Cole said he was "correcting the facts given to me
at the board of adjustment meeting. The building offi-
cial gave an interpretation of the land development
code which was wrong, and I don't feel my actions
were a violation of the Sunshine Law.
"I'm upset we have to go through this again," Cole
continued. "I believe the building official owes us an
apology. I think he should resign. He'd do us all a fa-
Barr said at the time he was "concerned about law-
suits, and I'm worried about the city remaining sol-
for two; Restless Natives, original artwork; South
Jersey Sub Shop, two subs; SunCoast Real Estate,
pecans and two Island Players theater tickets; Tervis
Tumblers, set of four tumblers; Turtle Watch, bottle
of custom-label wine.
Deb Wolfe, Bradenton Beach, package No. 2,
was filled with two ducks from the Chop Shop and
a bottle of wine from D.Coy Ducks; Express It,
holiday music CD; Home True Value Hardware,
angler's filet knife; Island Girl Interiors, photo
frame; The Islander, hat and T-shirt; LaPensee
Plumbing, chrome shower head; Mister Roberts,
candles; Richard Stewart, photograph; Sand Dollar,
gift certificate; South Jersey Sub Shop, two subs;
SunCoast Real Estate, pecans.
Carl Pearman of Anna Maria, package No. 3, was
filled with Brian's Sunny Side Up Cafe, jumbo gift
ba,,-t; Essence of Time, original glass artwork; Ex-
press It, holiday music CD; Garden Hut, gift certifi-
cate; The Islander, hat and T-shirt; Mister Roberts,
necklace; Richard Stewart, photograph; South Jersey
Sub Shop, two subs; SunCoast Real Estate, pecans.
Others participating in and contributing to the
open house were Amy Dodge Salon, Anna Maria
Glass & Screen; Anna Maria Island Artists Guild,
Gulf to Bay Realty, Hurricane Hank's, Island Gal-
lery West, J&J Graphics, Mercer Upholstery, Niki's
Island Treasurers, Paw Spa, Playroom, Sun & Surf.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 5, 100 block of Maple Avenue, theft. A
woman reported an item stolen from her yard.
Dec. 8, 200 block of Spring Avenue, loitering and
prowling. According to the report, a man found crouch-
ing behind a residence was arrested for loitering and
prowling. Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies reported
the man had two active felony warrants from Polk
County for possession of methamphetamine and ha-
bitual traffic-related offenses.
Dec. 8, 700 block of North Shore Drive, grand
theft. A carpenter reported items stolen from a work
Dec. 4, 1301 Gulf Drive N., Silver Surf Resort, lost
property. A woman reported a pair of earrings either
lost or stolen.
Dec. 6, 100 block of Fourth Street South, domes-
tic violence. A man was arrested for domestic violence
against his estranged wife.
Dec. 8, 118 Bridge St., Sports Lounge, stolen prop-
erty. A woman reported her purse stolen.
Dec. 8, 2500 block of Avenue B, information. A
woman reported that she no longer wishes to have her
boyfriend's son stay at the father's home and reported
a cordless drill missing from the property after the son
recently stayed there.
Dec. 5, 2800 block of Avenue C, larceny. The con-
struction manager of a site undergoing remodeling re-
ported the theft of 40 sheets of plywood, with a value
of $27 each.
Dec. 6, 4000 Gulf Drive, Cafe on the Beach, bur-
glary. Officers responded to a motion alarm and, ac-
cording to the report, discovered an open window.
According to the report, nothing was' missing from the
Dec. 10, 100 block of 51st Street, burglary. A man
reported two bicycles missing from his garage.
Dec. 11, 5325 Marina Drive, Tidemark Lodge,
burglary. A passerby reported seeing the doors on the
Tidemark sales trailer open. Officers found the doors
had been pried open. According to the report, a com-
puter monitor and keyboard were missing.
Dec. 11, 200 block of 71st Street, missing dog. A
woman reported. that her estranged husband took her
dog, which she stated was a gift from her brother. Ac-
cording to the report, the husband stated that the dog
was joint property and he felt the dog had been aban-
doned because his wife left it home for days at a time.
The officer advised the wife to contact an attorney and
have a judge determine custody of the animal.
Dec. 11, 100 block of 39th Street, burglary. A
woman reported her vehicle had been broken into and
her purse stolen. According to the report, her purse was
retrieved near the area where she had been parked.
IMS enforces school zone,
police jurisdiction undecided
By Diana Bogan
Island Middle School draws the line at its "school
safety zone" when it comes to protecting the interests
of its students and staff.
The school safety zone is defined by Florida stat-
utes as being in, on or within 500 feet of any real prop-
erty owned by or leased to any public or private school
or school board.
On Dec. 12, IMS Director Kelly Parsons chose to
call 911 to safeguard the school when she says former
director Gary Hughes trespassed on campus.
The director can ask a person to leave the school
zone if he or she believes the trespasser will commit a
crime or is engaged in harassment or intimidation of
Parsons believes it was inappropriate for a former
employee to come back on the property. "If they have
legitimate business, it can be done through the mail. It's
not necessary to be on campus," she said.
School policy requires terminated employees to
return school property, clean out their personal items,
and leave immediately without lingering, and be ac-
companied by an escort.
Parsons said Hughes has returned to campus on
more than one occasion and, on Friday, Manatee
County Sheriff s Office deputies from the Anna Maria
substation responded to Parson's request to file a tres-
In a related matter, the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
Mullet, the fish that built Cortez, are scarce this
Karen Bell of A.P. Bell Fish Co., largest fish house
in this area, said that compared to last year, the catch
so far in this season is "way down."
This time of year Cortez fishermen usually are well
into the mullet harvest, but the fish are not in their usual
haunts. At least not yet.
Mullet were the mainstay for Cortez fishermen
throughout the historic village's history, nearly 115
years now. Other fish are handled here, but it's always
been mullet that was the mainstay.
That was until inshore net fishing was banned in 1995
by statewide referendum. The fish are vegetarians and just
don't bite in any numbers on any bait yet discovered.
This winter the tasty fish are "fat" but elusive, Bell
"It's just that there aren't many moving around.
They're out there, we just don't know where. But we'll
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define whose jurisdiction the school zone falls within.
The school property straddles the Anna Maria-
Holmes Beach border, but Holmes Beach Police Chief
Jay Romine said historically the sheriff's office has
handled the Island Baptist Church property where the
school is located. Therefore, the school should also fall
into its jurisdiction.
Although the Holmes Beach Community Resource
Office has conducted a courtesy drug awareness pro-
gram at the school, the program concluded last month
and Romine said the department is under no obligation
or commitment to the school.
Romine said the two police departments need to
firm up a response plan and the school will then be
notified how to respond in case of an emergency.
"Out here it's like having one big police depart-
ment and if you call 911 someone will respond
quickly," Romine said. "It's not like public safety will
be put at risk while we argue about who handles it."
Romine said his department is too small to have
someone assigned to the school as a resource officer,
and the programs offered at the Island schools are an
additional part of his officer's regular duties.
Pier Regulars party Saturday
The Anna Maria City Pier Regulars will host their
annual Christmas party at the City Pier Restaurant start-
ing at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.
Frank Almeda, who has been a Regular as long as
there have been Regulars, said "Everyone is invited,
and we'll give them all gifts." Special door prizes are
being planned as well, he said.
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Let's do city hall, again
Bidders on the proposed improvement project
at the Anna Maria City Hall will have to do it all
over again next Friday, Dec. 19.
The bids were to have been unsealed at 10:30
a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at city hall, but project man-
ager Tom O'Brien informed all bidders that "due
to procedural irregularities within our office, we
cannot assure each of you that you have all re-
ceived the same information in a timely way in
order to prepare your bids."
As a result, the bids were returned unopened
and bidders were asked to review their proposals
"in view of this additional information," said
Bids should be re-submitted to city hall prior
to the next planned bid-opening at 10:30 a.m. Fri-
day, Dec. 19.
The city has $150,000 in its 2003-04 budget
for city hall improvements.
Hanukkah begins Friday
with menorah lighting
Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights,
begins Friday, Dec. 19, with the annual menorah light-
ing services at Temple Beth El.
Rabbi Barbara Aiello said she hopes to have 100
menorahs in the temple for the first night of Hanukkah.
Bring your own menorah and kindle candles to the
temple sanctuary, she suggests.
Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the community
Hanukah party will be in a Hawaiian motif, with lunch,
games, music by "Beauty and the Beast" and the
Hanukkah, which celebrates religious freedom,
continues through Dec. 26. The temple is at 2209 75th
St. W., Bradenton. Details may be obtained by calling
Holocaust survivor film coming
"Safe Haven," a documentary about Holocaust
survivors in a camp in the United States late in World
War II, will be shown at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at
Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key.
The program is free to members of the congrega-
tion and the registrants in the temple's Miniversity pro-
gram, nonmembers will pay $60, which covers regis-
tration for the Miniversity series.
The PBS documentary covers a U.S. Army-main-
tained camp in Oswego, N.Y., the only such camp in
the country for Holocaust survivors.
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Winter break for Manatee schools
Winter break for students in Manatee County will
begin Monday, Dec. 22.
Classes will resume Wednesday, Jan. 7, although
administration offices will reopen Jan. 2.
Schools will also be closed Monday, Jan. 19 for
observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King's birthday.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
offer a holiday camp, which coincides with the school
break, for elementary-age children.
For information about the camp, call the Center at
Holiday trash pickup schedule
With no trash collection on the normal pickup
Thursday, Christmas, Anna Maria and Holmes Beach
have rescheduled pickup of solid waste for Saturday,
Dec. 27; recyclables will be collected on Monday. On
Longboat Key, both solid waste and recyclables will be
collected on Saturday. Bradenton Beach has no collec-
tions scheduled for Thursday, so its pickup program
will not be altered by the Christmas holiday.
Headlines in the Dec. 16,1993, issue
of The Islander announced that:
An Islandwide alert was issued after a captured
raccoon died and tested positive for rabies. No one was
scratched or bitten by the raccoon, however, and an
epidemiologist with the Manatee County Public Health
Unit suspected the rabid raccoon was an isolated inci-
A fire which swept through Galati Marine in
Anna Maria destroyed six boats and severely damaged
several others. Fire officials determined the blaze was
caused by a faulty electrical wire on one of the boats.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Katie Pierola said she
would present new information on the proposed 65-
foot-high fixed-span Anna Maria Bridge at the next
Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting that
should cause the MPO to reconsider their previous vote
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 17, 2003 0 PAGE 17
Comp plan committee
open to the public
By Rick Catlin
Meetings of Anna Maria's comprehensive plan
review committee are open to the public, but com-
ments by the public will not be part of the permanent
record until the final revised plan is officially pre-
sented to the city commission in public hearings.
That was the decision made by the committee at
its Dec. 10 meeting after learning that some members
of the public thought the meetings were closed to the
public both for attendance and comment.
Tony Arrant of the Florida Institute of Gov-
ernment, the consultant hired by the city to guide
it through the nearly two-year process to revise the
comprehensive plan, said he hoped to have the
current land-use map ready for review at the Janu-
The map shows how each piece of property is
currently being utilized and will be given to the
city in digital format for a database. The city can
then update the data when land-use changes occur.
The committee also began the tedious process
of going over the 1989 comp plan page by page to
determine what has changed since 1989, which
sections should be revised and what language can
What's not going to change is language that
says Anna Maria is a preserve for single-family
detached homes with a maximum density of six
units per acre.
Committee members agreed that's what the
city is and shouldremain.
"Good," said Arrant. "Now, you just have to
decide what do you want to see changed from the
1989 plan. You will have to decide if you want
less growth. Think about goals, objectives and
plans," and determine if the current language "will
get you where you want to. go."
Committee members will rewrite a number of
sections in the 1989 comp plan and present those
revisions to the committee for discussion at the
January 2004 meeting.
The next meeting of the committee is at 6 p.m.
Jan. 13 and the public is invited to attend and pro-
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The icon of connections
After nearly four years of training in computers
and communication electronics and two years of teach-
ing and practical experience, Robert Sesterhenn knew
he wanted to come back to Anna Maria Island and put
those skills to good use.
During summer and holiday vacations from school,
Robert was the delivery boy for his parents, Birgit and
Herbert, owners of the Island Florist in Holmes Beach.
Many Islanders first met Robert with a bright smile on
his face and a bouquet of flowers in his hand.
"I fell in love with this Island then," said Robert.
"I always knew I wanted to come back here."
Robert is back where he wants to be, but he's no
longer delivering for mom and dad.
Now he's armed with his professional certificates
in computer and communication electronics and has
started Connect Icon in Holmes Beach for computer
and network services to Island, Cortez and Longboat
One of his main services is to personally assist
first-time computer users with setting up and operating
"Many people are overwhelmed by a computer the
first time they get one," Robert observed.
"I try to be user-friendly and add the personal touch
by visiting a client in their home to guide them through
each step in setting up and learning to use their com-
puter and the Internet."
He also offers maintenance and cleanup on com-
puters, Internet access support, wireless and cable net-
work servicing, and custom-built personal computers.
With a mobile service, Robert is able to offer cus-
tomer service much quicker than some mainland com-
panies that often take days to reach a client.
"All our services are offered on-site," at the client's
home or office on the Island, Longboat Key or Cortez
at their convenience, he said.
Robert also provides clients with free consultation
about specific computer questions and needs.
"And I'll still help mom and dad during their busy
season," he added with a laugh.
To reach Robert and Connect Icon, call 920-0570.
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If you're Angelo Loucareas and Bill Tsoulas, you
open the Greek Italia Restaurant at 6777 Manatee
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The restaurant just opened last month and is al-
ready becoming a popular bisto for those looking for
gourmet foods and wines from Greece and Italy.
Specialties include Greek salad naturally -
along with Italian pork and sausage delicacies, flaming
Italian and Greek cheese appetizers, pasta, Greek
souvlakia and shishkabob.
"We have a full menu of entrees from Greece and
Italy, and our pizza is also the best," said Angelo. "Per-
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Greek Italia also has a long list of the finest wines
and cheeses from Italy and Greece.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon-
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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/lcar 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 100xl35 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.
* 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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Nurse volunteers boost school health programs
By Diana Bogan
The Manatee County Health Department is giving
school nurses positive aid with the Volunteer School
Nurse Program Char McLain took charge of in 2001.
With state grant funding, McLain busily works to
recruit and train licensed or retired nurses to volunteer
at public schools.
In 2001, when the grant was first awarded, McLain
said she wasn't sure she'd be able to find anyone inter-
ested in volunteering. "It's a lot of work," she said.
It turned out the challenge was in selling the vol-
unteer program to the school nurses. McLain said
school nurses weren't sure how to put volunteers to use
at first, but the program has grown from a group of five
to 26 volunteers who have logged more than 480 vol-
unteer hours and generated more than $15,000 worth
of their time at area schools.
Volunteer nurses are given the flexibility of help-
ing weekly at an assigned school clinic or occasionally
with schoolwide health screenings.
McLain said volunteers are encouraged to do
something at least once a month, but she understands
some can't because they are still working in hospitals.
She said the group of volunteers in Manatee County
has diverse backgrounds, such as pediatric, intensive
care, family practice and emergency room nurses.
Alice Lucas, who was the first to volunteer for the
school nurse program in Manatee County, said as a
retired nurse, this program gives her the opportunity to
give back and experience the patient rapport she
"It's also nice to work with a group of people who
want to be there and who are happy to see you," Lucas
said. "It's just rewarding to work with kids and I like
putting something back into the school system."
Lucas has volunteered with school health screen-
ings for vision, hearing, scoliosis and growth and de-
velopment, as well as providing immunizations. Re-
cently she helped with dispensing flu shots to school
staff at various locations and in one month put in more
than 50 hours.
Since the number of volunteers has grown, Lucas
is now helping McLain in the office.
Ruth Ann Szymanski volunteers at Anna Maria
Elementary School every Friday. Even though she has
a background working in a busy hospital, Szymanski
said she was surprised at how much work is involved
in a school clinic. "There is always plenty to do and
there is more to school nursing then I ever dreamed."
Weekly volunteers can help assist staff nurses with
dispensing medications, caring for children in the
health room, providing treatments, health education,
reviewing records, creating care plans and completing
McLain recalls Szymanski was nervous about hav-
ing been away from nursing while raising her own chil-
dren, but told her nursing is something you always have
- it's ingrained in you.
Even though the passion for the job and compas-
sion for others is a given, volunteers are given exten-
sive training and ongoing education opportunities.
Islander Geri Cannon
takes notes as Norma
'' Longboat Key
School. Both Cannon
and McCarthy are
school nurse volun-
Any nurse with an active license or retired nurses
can apply to be a volunteer. Applicants are interviewed,
undergo a thorough background check, and are en-
rolled in an orientation class prior to being sent to a
McLain said retired nurses may apply for a Retired
Volunteer Nurse certificate and volunteer under the
supervision of the school nurse.
"It's a neat group to be with and it's rewarding,"
Szymanski said. "You can do something on many dif-
Szymanski said she also volunteers when she has
time at other schools because she likes the variety and
opportunity to experience other environments.
"This has been an eye-opening experience for me,"
Szymanski said, "and I have a lot of respect for teach-
ers now. I'm very glad I signed up. It's very exciting
and a little different than a regular volunteer job."
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Volunteer School Nurse Coordinator Char McLain,
center, of the Manatee County Health Department,
was instrumental in obtaining a state grant for the
volunteer school nurse program. Alice Lucas, left,
was the county's first volunteer school nurse and,
right, Ruth Ann Szymanski is the volunteer school
nurse at Anna Maria Elementary School. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan
Nurses volunteer at school
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20
Fourteen counties statewide currently operate a
volunteer school nurse program and, of those, McLain
said Manatee County's program is the third most suc-.
McLain said she and other volunteer coordinators
from around the state are discussing how to utilize
other healthcare professionals, such as chiropractors,
dentists, and doctors who may want to donate time.
McLain said there are always opportunities avail-
able for new volunteers and anyone interested can sign
up at any time of year.
For more information, call McLain at 748-0747,
By Jim Hanson
A man who in his youth traveled far and wide with
his opera singer father and already has retired once
himself, is retiring again this time from an Island
He is John Dieffenwierth, postal worker with 23
years' service at the Bradenton Beach Post Office. He
has been window and distribution clerk much of that
time and "knows most of our customers by face and
name," said Postmaster Bob Willis.
Born in Jacksonville, he traveled extensively as a
youth, for his father was in demand as an opera singer
and filled engagements all over the country. Young
John went often along.
Still, he claims South Carolina as "my mostly
home," was educated at the University of South Caro-
lina and Florida Southern University. He served in the
Army for two years and then in the Army Reserve.
He was in charge of Tropicana's computer opera-
tion for several years, retiring in 1977 on a special pro-
gram when new management took over, and then was
a purchasing agent for Dixie Bearing Co. before join-
ing the postal service at Bradenton Beach in 1980.
"Greatly advanced" is how he describes the differ-
ences between the service then and now. "It's really
very modernized and more efficient that I'd ever have
Postmaster Willis said Dieffenwierth has been a
"most dedicated employee. We'll all miss him."
There won't be any boredom with retirement, said
Dieffenwierth. He and his wife have two sons, one now
in Virginia and the other in New Jersey, and "family all
over," so they'll travel.
He plans to go back to school in computers, al-
though he's an acknowledged journeyman in the field.
"I need to catch up with all that's happening in com-
puters," he said. And he'll work on his house in
Bradenton, which he feels he has neglected for months.
Perhaps most exciting will be his art sales: His fa-
ther-in-law was an industrial executive who traveled all
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Post Office. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
over the world and bought paintings where he went.
Now Dieffenwierth will go into the art business via the
World Wide Web, another reason for computer school.
Schroder, other officers
installed at chamber
Don Schroder has taken over as president of
the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
following installation by Manatee County Com-
missioner Jane von Hahmann.
Other officers taking office in ceremonies at
the Sun House restaurant were Dennis Rauschl,
first vice president; Mark Davis, second vice
president; Karen LaPensee, treasurer; and Judy
Also seated were members of the board of
directors Christiaan Huth, Darcie Duncan, Joan
Carter, Kim Ibasfalean, Mike McCaleb, Lois Gift,
Ken Gerry, Jennifer Scott, Cindy Thompson and
Schroder, a broker associate with Re/MAX
Gulflstream Realty, has been with the 368-mem-
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By Jim Hanson
People who want to help the annual Christmas bird
count will get all the information they need at the
Manatee County Audubon Society's meeting Thursday
evening, Dec. 18.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the First Pres-
byterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton,
said Kathy Prophet, who is in charge of the vital count
The first segment of the count will be Saturday,
Dec. 20. It will census the birds in the Bradenton
Circle, which is Bradenton from 59th Street to beyond
The Anna Maria Island segment will come the fol-
lowing Saturday, Dec. 27. It covers the Gulf Circle, on
the mainland from 59th Street westward into the Gulf
of Mexico. It includes West Bradenton, Cortez, Anna
Maria Island, Egmont Key and the mangrove islands
north of Anna Maria.
Most of the bird counters will be from the
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welcome." All will get packets detailing areas, direc-
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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 17, 2003 U PAGE 23
Language arts teacher dismissed from IMS
By Diana Bogan
Class is dismissed at the Island Middle School for
language arts teacher John Friedricks.
Friedricks' position was terminated at the recom-
mendation of IMS Director Kelly Parsons and the ap-
proval of IMS Board President Genie Salter Dec. 3 for
what the administration said was insubordination, con-
duct detrimental to company morale and not fulfilling
goals as outlined in the charter for academic instruc-
Friedricks said he foresaw his departure from the
school when Parsons took over as the school's direc-
tor. "Shortly after she took over, she began taking nu-
merous notes of observations made from students in
class," he said.
Friedricks alleges that students consistently asked
to be excused from class and would proceed to the ad-
ministration office to report to Parsons their observa-
tions of class activities.
On Nov. 19, Friedricks sent Parsons a memo ask-
ing for a written copy of all such observations.
Parsons said that the school contracts-out for its
professional employee services with a company called
ACH Corporation of America, which handles the needs
of approximately 60 charter schools. According to Par-
sons, she followed employee evaluation guidelines
provided by ACH.
Parsons said that although at the time of Friedricks'
termination she had not conducted a formal evaluation,
she has been evaluating each teacher through the nor-
mal course of the school day since her promotion in
"Not one teacher can say I haven't stepped foot in
their room," said Parsons. "Sometimes it's for 30 sec-
onds, sometimes 30 minutes, but I've been in all the
classrooms for various reasons."
Parsons noted that her evaluation process has been
in progress and formal evaluations are under way and
scheduled to be completed by the end of the semester.
Part of the ongoing evaluation Parsons says she
conducts includes observations made while visiting
classrooms and in the hallways, as well as student,
parent and faculty feedback.
"I consider a number of factors and go through a
number of steps before making a decision," she said.
"I believe in working things out and looking for a sat-
isfactory solution for everyone, but I'm also respon-
sible and accountable for this school."
The ACH and charter guidelines advise Parsons to
give verbal and written warnings prior to termination.
On Nov. 21, Friedricks reports that he was given
a written warning that his position at the school was in
jeopardy and he has not yet received copies of the
material he requested.
Parsons said that although personnel files are open
to individual employees, her observations for ongoing
evaluations are not open to review. However, the for-
mal evaluations will be part of the personnel file after
being reviewed with each teacher.
Friedricks said he was given several examples of
actions he had allegedly committed that ultimately led
to his dismissal, such as failing to make a phone call to
the parents of a suspended student.
He says it was his job to process all the paperwork
on discipline issues, and although he had done that, he
forgot to follow up with a phone call.
Another instance cited was refusing to participate
in the Oct. 25 Make A Difference Day with the rest of
the school homeroom classes. Instead, his homeroom
chose to write and perform a play for the elementary
school. And with a request for the performance to co-
incide with Anna Maria Elementary School's Red Rib-
bon Week, Friedricks' homeroom agreed to perform
their community service project a few days after the
other homeroom classes.
Friedricks was further cited for not teaching the
"Seven Intelligences," as noted in the school charter,
not using student-paced education, not using individu-
alized student plans and not conducting project-ori-
Although Friedricks disagrees with the reasons for
his termination, he said he does not plan to pursue le-
An IMS student, who prefers to be anonymous, re-
ported that most of the students were upset when they
learned that "someone higher up on the board of directors"
had fired Friedricks. The student said some peers talked
about conducting a sit-in to protest the teacher's dismissal
and started a petition in hopes to bring him back, but both
efforts had waned by the end of the week.
The student further claims Friedricks was well
liked and a good teacher, but students are now busy
adjusting to their new teacher, Ashley Elles.
In a letter to parents, Parsons stated, "Finding
teachers is a difficult job, finding awesome teachers
and those that fulfill the meaning of our charter and
who love the Island is even more difficult.
"This decision was not made without great per-
sonal thought," Parsons' letter continued. "I can tell
you that appropriate procedures were followed and Mr.
Friedricks was made aware, in writing, that if certain
actions were not corrected his services would no longer
Although Friedricks said he did receive one writ-
ten warning, he maintains no performance evaluations
or classroom observations were conducted by Parsons.
After receiving reports from faculty last June that
staff had not received adequate performance evalua-
tions from then-director Jeanne Shell,. the IMS board of
directors unanimously passed a new policy and proce-
dure for staff evaluations for staff-retention purposes.
That new policy is for staff to have a minimum of
two performance evaluations, one in November and
one in the spring. In the event of concerns, a follow-up
evaluation was to be scheduled in January. And the
process allows the staff member to appeal any decision
in writing to the board.
Friedricks claims the current administration is op-
erating under an unwritten conflicting policy in which
any teacher or other staff member can be terminated at
Parsons clarified the board policy, explaining that
it assumes there are no other extenuating circumstances
or issues involving the conduct and performance of an
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Ukranian folk art, icons by hand
By Jim Hanson
Christmas is usually the big season for her art and
ornaments and eggs and icons, but Ukranian folk art-
ist Vera Trycieckyj is just coming out of an illness-
imposed dry spell.
She has a number of her rare pieces in the Restless
Native in the Island Shopping Center, at Marina and
Gulf drives in Holmes Beach, but she's having trouble
keeping ahead of the game after months of inactivity.
She's working again, though, painting Ukranian
icons on eggs and sculpting small figurines of children
and even some Ukranian folk art in acrylics and "paint-
ing Christian meaning" on sand dollars.
It's good to be back, for she is by nature a hard-work-
ing artist driven by a restless energy, frustration behind her
now and working as furiously as she can. She'll even cre-
ate to order, if that's what a collector wants.
Most of her personal history is of movement,
haunted early by Nazi terrorism and long periods of
uncertainty and futility in post-World War II "dis-
placed persons" camps in Europe.
Her parents were from the Ukraine, but were in
Poland avoiding the German Nazis during World War
II. She recalls her parents' edginess in those frighten-
ing times, but was too young to share it except second
hand as a constant awareness.
As the war ended, the family spent month after
month in DP camp after DP camp, in Augsburg and
Bavaria and Munich and Bremerhaven. They finally
caught a merchant ship to New York, but the artist fa-
ther and his two daughters were separated by authori-
ties; the mother had died.
Reunited, they settled in Philadelphia where Vera
experienced a totally new concept: Stability. She fin-
ished growing up there, found her art, married and di-
vorced, and gradually became a big name in the
Ukranian folk art form she developed.
She taught folk art at Manor College with the
Ukranian Heritage Study Center and traveled exten-
sively for the center, teaching throughout the state. And
working at her art, developing a market for it in Penn-
sylvania. Which is why she sends most of her produc-
tion north "It is my market there," she said.
Her award-winning ceramic cottage and several
other works are in the college's museum, and others are
in private collections including those of the governor
: of Pennsylvania and Rosie O'Donnell, she said.
Coming to Bradenton, she bought a house with her
daughter Nadia and kept on working. Nadia, inciden-
tally, has a thriving "Eurosage" massage business on
Anna Maria Island and in Bradenton. Vera's son was
last year's state teacher of the year in South Carolina.
She found one drawback working here: No feasible
kiln for firing her sculptures. She solved that by stick-
ing to small figurines of air-drying clay, and she still
She also paints icons and Ukranian scenes and
birds and flowers on eggs. Those come in sizes from
chicken to ostrich. She explained that the insides of the
eggs must be removed first by a really messy process,
which she avoids by buying the eggs already emptied.
Her eggs are especially in demand around Easter time.
Now that she's back in the game after being side-
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fill the demand, but it keeps getting sold .piece by piece
as she completes it.
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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.
11:30 a.m. to noon Longboat Key Chamber of
Commerce "Nooner" at the Bayou Steakhouse, 6814
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Whitney Beach Shopping Plaza,
Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519. Fee applies.
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
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
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Thursday, Dec. 18
2 p.m. "Safe Haven" video presentation at
Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat
Key. Information: 383-3428. Fee applies.
Saturday, Dec. 20
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Mana-
tee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Drop and Shop" childcare ser-
vice for ages 5 and older at the G.T. Bray Activity Cen-
ter, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Information:
742-5974. Fee applies.
11 a.m. Anna Maria City Pier Regulars holiday
party at the City Pier Restaurant, 100 S. Bay Blvd.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.
6:30 p.m. Bethlehem Walk at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
Sunday, Dec. 21
2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community Orches-
tra and Chorus holiday concert at Island Baptist
Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
5:30 p.m. Special movie showing of "The
Grinch" and "Santa Claus 2" on Bridge Street,
Monday, Dec. 22
9 to 10 a.m. Island Widowed Persons Service
support group at Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
Tuesday, Dec. 23
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.
Wednesday, Dec. 24
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
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Author John Hennessey
Hennessey pens modern love story
By Jim Hanson
John Hennessey of Anna Maria is in a posi-
tion other authors may well envy: He has two
books coming out almost simultaneously.
His most recent, "Me-Tarzan You-Jane," is
just off the press. His second book, first published
last year, left him dissatisfied because of some
inadvertent errors and its approach and various
other problems that only an author could see. It is
very personal, based on his own frustrating and
frustrated attempt to become a Hollywood per-
sonage. He could hardly let it stand, flawed as it
So he edited and partially reworked "Few Are
Chosen" and had it republished, a rare privilege
among authors. The revised, perfected version is
out now, along with "Me-Tarzan," and Hennessey
is not at all worried that they may compete with
each other. His first was "Survival."
"Tarzan" is another thing entirely. It has
nothing to do with musclemen, apes or jungles,
but is a civilized love story based in Florida it
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
10 p.m. A Christmas Eve candlelight service at
the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-6491.
Watercolor art by Barbara Orear at the Island
Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through
Dec. 20. Information: 778-6648.
The Manatee Players present "A Taffeta Christ-
mas A '50s Christmas Reunion" at the Riverfront
Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Dec.
21. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
"Annie" starring Islander Trina Rizzo at the Play-
ers Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through
Dec. 21. Information: 365-2494. Fee applies.
"Digital Fine Artists Association" exhibit at the
even begins with a Venice couple honeymooning
on Anna Maria Island.
The honeymooners are the only son of a busy
doctor and busy clubwoman, and the daughter of a
loving couple in a warm family. They take over the
young son of her widowed sister, and life goes on.
The husband learns what it is to have a family
and manages to transform his own so that he
"meets his Mom for the first time after 26 years."
Love is happy, it turns out.
Hennessey himself is a happy man, creating
novels on the Island after retiring from a bank in
Ohio. That's where he ended up after bashing his
ambitions against the rejecting wall of Hollywood
all those years ago.
He hasn't shed his love of acting, though, ac-
tive in Ohio community theater and with Anna
Maria's Island Players. He's been here 21 years.
The book is available for $15.95 through Infin-
ity Publishing Co. in Lancaster, Pa., e-mail
buybooksontheweb.com, and from Hennessey at
778-2605. It will be stocked soon by major book-
stores, he said.
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach, through Dec. 30. Information: 778-
"De Cuba Con Amor" photography exhibit by
Michael Harris and Barbara Gabbe-Harris at Copper
Moon Gallery, 1006 11th Ave. W., Bradenton, through
Dec. 31. Information: 747-8783.
"Holiday in Paradise: Mermaids, Sea Creatures
& Art, Oh My!" at the Village of the Arts galleries be-
tween 14th Street West and Ninth Street in downtown
Bradenton, through Jan. 3. Information: 741-8056.
Kid's Holiday Camp at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
through Jan. 6. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Watercolor sessions with Susie Cotton at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria, through May 25. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
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Holiday wishes, holiday travel thoughts
With the holidays looming ahead, this "Politically
Correct 12 Days of Christmas," send by my friend the
Cape Cod publishing mogul Walter Brooks, might
lighten the spirits a bit.
"On the 12th day of the Eurocentrically imposed
midwinter festival, my Significant Other in a consent-
ing adult, monogamous relationship gave to me:
"TWELVE males reclaiming their inner warrior
through ritual drumming;
"ELEVEN pipers piping (plus the 18-member pit
orchestra made up of members in good standing of the
Musicians Equity Union as called for in their union
" contract even though they will not be asked to play a
"TEN melanin-deprived testosterone-poisoned sci-
ons of the patriarchal ruling class system leaping;
"NINE persons engaged in rhythmic self-expression;
"EIGHT economically disadvantaged female per-
sons stealing milk products from enslaved Bovine-
"SEVEN endangered swans swimming on feder-
ally protected wetlands;
"SIX enslaved Fowl-Americans producing stolen
non-human animal products;
"FIVE golden symbols of culturally sanctioned en-
forced domestic incarceration, (Note: after members of the
Animal Liberation Front threatened to throw red paint at
my computer, the calling birds, French hens, turtle doves,
and partridge have been reintroduced to their native habi-
tat. To avoid further Animal-American enslavement, the
S remaining gift package has been revised.)
"FOUR hours of recorded whale songs;
"THREE deconstructionist poets;
"TWO Sierra Club calendars printed on recycled
processed tree carcasses, and;
"ONE Spotted Owl activist chained to an old-
growth pear tree.
"Merry Christmas Happy Chanukah. Good
Kwanzaa. Blessed Yule. Oh, heck Happy Holidays!
(unless otherwise prohibited by law) and, of course,
unless you are suffering from Seasonally Affected Dis-
order. If this be the case, please substitute this gratu-
itous call for celebration with a suggestion that you
have a thoroughly adequate day."
An odd couple indeed
A couple old friends created what may be the buzz
Sof the season Sunday by co-authoring an article in the
Jono Miller has been an environmental activist
since before it was fashionable, was protecting the en-
vironment during the time it was in vogue and is now
still battling at windmills when environmental steward-
ship again appears to be on the wane.
Kerry Kirschner has been pro-development and
business during the same period of time, through the
same cycles as Jono but in reverse, and currently heads
a powerful pro-biz group in Sarasota.
Finding two more opposites is definitely a task, yet
the pair found common ground in an article about the
often-beleaguered Sarasota-Bradenton International
The 2003-04 manatee decal as offered by the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Middle-
school students are invited to enter their artwork in a
contest to draw the 2004-05 decal.
Airport. Their suggestion: if air travelers continue to
expect the airport to be the be-all for getting some-
where else, that the airport "is the place all flying trav-
elers drive to, park, and then get on a plane, we are
programming ourselves for disappointment."
So why not consider the concept of "transporta-
tion" instead of "airport" when thinking of the facility,
Miller and Kirschner said, and "switch the airport mils-
sion from packing people into planes to facilitating
travel ... because more than wanting an airport, what
people actually want is to be able to get where they are
Turn the airport into a multi-modal transportation
hub, the two offered. Have bus service located there,
add a train depot, and provide some sort of service
where you could park your car there, check your lug-
gage there, then get transported to another airport's
front door, jump on the plane and go somewhere. No
muss, little fuss.
"It lets go of the obsession that people have to land
on our runway," they said. "The goal is not to wear out
the runway, but to meet people's travel needs. Instead
of pretending Tampa and Fort Myers airports aren't
real competitors, it embraces the reality that those fa-
cilities work better for some travelers."
And, as Miller put it, it also gets people out of
their passenger cars and into alternative modes of
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
A few months ago, a buddy caught a ride to Tampa
for a flight back to a class reunion in Iowa. He figured
he'd catch an airport limo on his way back to get home
to Sarasota, or rent a car or take a cab or something. No
big deal, right?
Ha. His flight got into Tampa at 7:30 p.m. The air-
port limo wasn't running just yet, but it should be by
any time. By 11 p.m., the limo was definitely out for
the day. Car rental was $80 at every business in the
airport, about the same fee he'd paid for a week's car
rental in Iowa. Cab fare was about $200.
Finally, a bunch of them caught a cab to the bus ter-
minal in downtown Tampa where, after a delay of a
couple more hours, the exhausted travelers got on a Grey-
hound for about $18 for a trip to Sarasota via the scenic
route featuring stops in St. Petersburg and Bradenton.
He finally got home at 4 a.m., better than eight
hours after he'd gotten to Tampa. His Tampa-Sarasota
adventure took about twice as long as his Iowa-Tampa
So as you're waiting in line at some airport or an-
other this busy travel season, think about multi-modal
transportation offerings rather than the huge inconve-
niences that travel entails these days. Your blood pres-
sure may drop as a result.
Manatee art contest this holiday season
Here's something your middle-school-age kids or
grandkids can do during the holidays enter the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's
Manatee Decal Art Contest.
"The winning artwork will become the design for the
2004-05 manatee decal," according to the FWC. "Finished
decals are full-color, waterproof and designed to stick on
boats or other vehicles-Each year the decals are available,
through county tax collector offices, to individuals who
donate $5 or more to the Save the Manatee Trust Fund.
Money from the sale of decals supports manatee protec-
tion efforts such as rescue, rehabilitation, research and
Deadline is Jan. 30, 2004, and sale of the decals
raised more than $70,000 in 2002-03.
"Students will need to work through their art teach-
ers, who will submit the artwork to the FWC," the state
agency said. "Each middle school is allowed to send up
to five entries for consideration in the contest."
Art teachers can request a copy of the contest rules
and requirements from the FWC by calling (850) 922-
4330, or go Online at www.myfwc.org.psm or
The Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, ac-
cording to statistics within the Sarasota Herald-Tri-
bune, has 175 inbound and outbound flights per week,
with a passenger count in 2003 that is 4.5 percent less
than in 2002. The current fiscal year budget for the air-
port is a little more than $15 million. The bulk of the
budget comes from concessions and rental at the air-
port, and airline rates and charges.
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Cold, winds hold boats at bay, reds still out there
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing slowed last week with the high winds,
rough seas and rain, but for those willing to brave the
elements offshore, grouper and snapper remained a
Backwater fishing for reds and flounder is also
good, with the best action coming from docks in the
Remember that snook and trout season has closed,
so if you catch 'em, be sure to release 'em.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
shrimp are really big right now. Anglers coming to the
docks were reporting catches of good-sized snook
while the season was still on, plus good redfish catches.
Sheepshead are being caught off the Anna Maria
Bridge, with the best action for reds coming from the
Manatee Public Beach pier.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he was able to catch redfish from 18 to 24
inches near Joe's Island, plus a few 17-inch flounder
and some sheepshead to 4 pounds. The reds were work-
ing best on gold spoons and Mr. Twisters, while the
sheepies were hitting on shrimp.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
weather played a major role in last week's fishing -
cold, wet and windy days slowed fishing a bit, but for
those willing to go out in the Gulf or bays, there were
good catches of sheepshead, pompano and whiting off
the beaches, and redfish in the bays.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters guided Harold Graves of Rossville, Ind., to
a limit catch of gag grouper to 15 pounds and man-
grove snapper to 5 pounds last week, with the best ac-
tion coming from frozen sardines and live shrimp in
about 75 feet of water. He also took out Bill Mackson's
party and caught 70 mangrove snapper to 5 pounds and
gag grouper to 15 pounds.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's still hearing good reports of black drum being
caught in the Manatee River, mostly in the 4- to 8-
pound range. Some sheepshead were caught off the
rocks near Rattlesnake Point, and a few keeper-size
redfish are being caught in Terra Ceia Bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said sheepshead
and redfish were his good bets last week, with good
action in Buttonwood Harbour, as well as a few catch-
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's getting into
some good-sized redfish around the docks in the bay,
plus sheepshead to 4 pounds.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
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Rare hog snapper caught offshore
This rare hog snapper was caught by Judy Wolfe while fishing with Capt. Larry McGuire. The fish was
caught on live shrimp in about 60feet of water. Also boated on the Gulf charter were gag grouper to 15
pounds and many mangrove snapper to 7 pounds.
Catchers said it was pretty much too rough for him to
get out last week, but he did manage one trip and
caught several keeper red grouper, snapper, triggerfish
and a few amberjack.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said sheepshead fish-
ing is starting to get into full swing right now. He's also
catching a few redfish around the docks in the bay.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said the best that
could be caught at the pier last week were some sheep-
shead and some black drum.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
best action there was with sheepshead, flounder and
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On my boat Magic, we have been catching some
keeper-size reds to 26 inches, several smaller redfish
and a few good-sized sheepshead.
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
email@example.com. 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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SEVEN-PIECE CHERRYWOOD bedroom set from
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headboards, linens, nightstand, six-drawer dresser,
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WICKER/RATTAN BUFFET with lighted hutch with
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 17, 2003 0 PAGE 29
Four teams claim Tip-off trophies
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
crowned four champions at its Tip-off Classic basket-
ball tournament Dec. 9 and 10. The Bistros, Longboat
Observer, S&S Industries and ReMax each won their
respective age division in the tournament that kicks off
the basketball season at the Center.
For now, the gymnasium is all about indoor soccer,
but basketball's regular season starts after the new year,
so stay tuned.
Congratulations to all of the players, coaches and
parents and to the Center for another great tourney.
Here are the results:
Division III battle of restaurants:
Bistros edge Harry's
The Bistros held Harry's Continental Kitchens
scoreless in the fourth quarter while receiving baskets
from Hailey Dearlove, Molly McDonough and Max
Miller to break a 9-9 tie on the way to the tournament
title. Dearlove and McDonough finished with six
points each to lead all scorers, while Miller added two
points in the Dec. 12 victory.
Glenn Bower led Harry's with four points, while
Dylan Riley scored three and Grant Bower finished
with two points in the loss.
Harry's 12, Galati Marine 5
Glenn Bower scored 10 points and brother Grant
added two points as Harry's Continental Kitchen de-
feated Galati Marine 12-5 to advance to the Division
III tournament finals.
Daniel Pimental scored three points for Galati
Marine, which also received two points from Stephanie
Schenk in the loss.
Division II: Observer 20, IRE 12
Longboat Observer outscored Island Real Estate
14-6 in the second half to break open a close game on
the way to a 20-12 victory Wednesday, Dec. 10, to
claim the Division II tournament title.
Dylan King led all scorers with eight points fol-
lowed closely by Kyle Aritt's five points. Forrest
Schield chipped in with four points, while Breann
Richardson completed the Observer scoring with three
Shane Blair scored six points to lead IRE, which
also received four points from Chris Callahan and two
points from Kevin Callahan in the loss.
IRE 27, A&E 8
Shane Blair dominated down low to help Island
Real Estate defeat Air & Energy 27-8 Monday, Dec. 8,
to advance to the finals of the Division II Tip-off Clas-
sic. Blair finished with a game high 12 points, while
brothers Chris and Kevin finished with seven and six
points respectively. Emma Barlow chipped in with two
points in the victory.
Joey Hutchinson scored four points to lead Air &
Energy, which also received two points apiece from
Matt Bauer and Kyle Sewall. in the loss.
Observer 21, STGC 18
Forrest Schield scored six of his game-high eight
points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead
Longboat Observer to an overtime victory over STGC
to advance to the Division II Tip-off Classic finals.
Breann Richardson added six points for the Ob-
server, which also received five points from Kyle Aritt
and two points from Dylan King in the win.
Gabby Pace's six points and five points apiece
from Ally Titsworth and Blake Wilson led STGC in the
loss. Eric Larson completed the STGC scoring with
Division I: S&S 50, Mermaid 32
JoJo Wood poured in 27 points including 15 in the
second half as S&S Industries pulled away to record an
easy victory over Sign of the Mermaid Wednesday,
Dec. 10, to win the Division I tournament title.
Justin Anton added nine points and Mike
Schweitzer scored seven for S&S, which also received
four points apiece from Catie Carden and Jarrot Nelson
in the victory.
Justin Dearlove scored 13 points and lan Douglas
added eight points to lead Sign of the Mermaid in de-
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ReMax: Tipoff Classic Premier Division champions
Mike Cramer, Clay Orr, Chad Richardson, Anthony Rosas, Steve Seaton, Alisha Ware and Derek Mendez. Not
pictured: Coach Joe Chlebus
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S&S Industries: Tipoff Classic Division I champions
Catie Carden, Jarot Nelson, Mike Schweitzer, Anne Staebler, JoJo Wood, Zack Waliagha and Justin Anton.
Coach Scott Nelson
feat. Jamie Urch chipped in with six points for the
Mermaid, which also received three points from
Heather Dearlove and two points from Matt Shafer in
S&S 43, A-Paradise 29
JoJo Wood poured in 26 points to lead S&S Indus-
tries past A-Paradise Realty Tuesday, Dec. 9, to ad-
vance to the Division I tournament finals. Mike
Schweitzer added nine points for S&S, which also re-
ceived seven points from Justin Anton and two points
Kyle Aritt, Justin
Ker, Dylan King,
from Catie Carden.
Jordan Graeff scored 12 points and Will Osborne
chipped in with eight points to lead A-Paradise in the
loss. Grant Lukitsch added five points for A-Paradise,
which also received two points apiece from Harrison
Skaggs and Terra Cole in the loss.
Premier Division: ReMax 64, A.M. Glass 53
Chad Richardson and Clay Orr got hot in the sec-
ond half to help ReMax break a 26-26 halftime tie with
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29
Anna Maria Glass & Screen on the way to a nine-point
victory Wednesday, Dec. 10, to claim the Premier Di-
Richardson scored 17 of his game-high 25 points
in the second half, while Orr lodged 14 of his 21 points
after the intermission. Derek Mendez and Steve Seaton
each scored seven points, while Mike Cramer finished
with four points in the victory.
Bill Malfese and Taylor Manning led Anna Maria
Glass & Screen with 14 and 13 points respectively,
while Bobby Gibbons finished with 11 points. Franklin
Moore added five points and Zach Schield and Phelps
Tracy each finished with four points to complete the
A.M. Glass scoring.
Manatee Her-icanes winning ways
The Manatee Her-icanes girls soccer team won two
out of its past three games to improve to 6-2-1 on the
season as the halfway point approaches.
The Lady Canes defeated District 11 foe Venice
High School 3-2 Tuesday, Dec. 2, before dropping a
disappointing 4-1 decision to district/county rival
Lakewood Ranch High School the following night.
The Canes really rolled on Tuesday, Dec. 9, when
they traveled to Port Charlotte and came away with an
8-0 victory over the Pirates to improve to 3-1 in Dis-
trict 11 play.
Courtney Foley and Hannah Brickse led the way
with two goals each, while Katie Saunders, Lauren
Gabreski, Lindsey Weaver and Angela Sheehan each
notched goals to contribute to the victory.
The match against Lakewood Ranch figured to be
difficult because theirs is a quick team and extremely
well coached, but it also was the second game in as
many nights. Added to those difficulties was a snafu in
the bus schedule. The bus was to collect the team at
4:15 p.m., but didn't arrive until 4:50 p.m. after a
couple of phone calls to dispatch.
The Her-icanes fell behind early when they failed
to clear a corner kick that goalie Dani Wood swatted
away. An own goal and a nice header by Hannah
Ospina gave the Mustangs a 3-0 lead.
The Her-icanes played much better in the second
half, but had only Angela Sheehan's goal to show for
their strong effort.
The match against Venice started out like the
Canes were going to eight-goal their opponents, but it
turned out to be a closer-than-expected 3-2 victory for
Manatee. Manatee outshot Venice 38-6 in the game,
but somehow allowed Venice to get back into the
Angela Sheehan had a goal and two assists to lead
the Canes, which also received one goal from Lindsey
Weaver and the game winner from Courtney Foley.
Next up for the Her-icanes is a very difficult home
match against Cape Coral Mariner Friday, Dec. 19, at
MHS Hawkins Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Come
on out and support the Manatee Her-icanes.
Islander skimboarders fare well
Anna Maria Elementary second-grade -students
Giorgio Gomez and Jonah Caster competed in the 2003
Venice Beach Holiday Skimboard competition held at
the Windflight Surf Shop in Venice Saturday, Dec. 13.
Gomez took first place for his assortment of radi-
cal moves, while Caster was right behind with an im-
pressive third-place finish.
Indoor soccer tourney under way
The 10th annual Anna Maria Island Community
Center Christmas Indoor Soccer Tournament began
Sunday, Dec. 14, and will continue play all week, cul-
minating with championship games being played on
either Saturday or Sunday, depending on how the
brackets break out.
This year's tourney drew 25 teams in six age/gen-
di divisions for a week full of exciting, end-to-end
soccer action that even a casual sports fan will find
exciting. Six Island teams are in the brackets, so come
on out and root for the locals!
Stay tuned for complete coverage of the tourney in
next week's sports.
WGE Aces capture youth tennis title
The Island Youth Tennis League held its playoffs
Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Cedars Tennis Club on
Longboat Key. After splitting the four singles matches,
Max Miller and
Island Youth Tennis League
Left to right, back row, Laurie Tinnell, league director, Rebecca Loh, Katherine Kennedy, Matt Steiner,
Natasha Niemann, Alex Burgess, Richie Mitchell, Taylor Wilson, Blake Wilson, Peyton Phillips, Ryan Bonifay
and Pascal Wagner. Front row, James Steiner, Lara Funk, Anthea Rokop, Noel Niemann, Hunter Parrish and
the WGE Aces-Wagner Global Enterprises swept its
doubles matches against Cuzins Pizza Cougars to claim
the championship in the first year of the Island Tennis
Pascal Wagner and Matt Steiner defeated Rebecca
Loh and Katherine Kennedy 6-2 in the first doubles
match to give the Aces a one-point lead. Peyton
Phillips and Hunter Parrish clinched the title for the
Aces when they teamed up to defeat Natasha Neimann
and Alex Burgess 4-2 in the final match.
Rokop Rocks, Gecko's Greats and Cohen's Cruis-
ers followed in the standings.
The league wound up its first season with an
awards banquet Saturday at the Cedars Tennis Club on
Longboat Key. Some 50 persons attended, families and
youth league players, aging from 7-14.
League director Laurie Tinnell offered her appre-
ciation to all the teams and additional sponsors, Rob-
ert Rokop AIA and Daniel Cohen, D.D.S.
Also recognized at the event were James Steiner
for most matches played; Hunter Parrish for best match
record; and the Sportsmanship/Citizenship Award went
to Max Moneuse.
The Island Tennis League will be back for its sec-
ond season starting Saturday, Jan. 3, with the Interna-
tional Youth Tennis Competition at the Cedars from 2-
For more information, call Tinnell at 224-0207.
Giorgio Gome: shows good form on this front-side
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S L A NRCALA -S S I A SASIS
ITEMS OR SAL Continue GRAGE SLES Continue. TRANPORTAION Continue
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 chil-
dren. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit pack-
ages for shipment to friends and family from mem-
ber Rich Bohnenberger, 778-0355. Order by Dec.
10 for Christmas.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-7978.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thursday,
9:30am-2pm, Saturday 9-noon. Always 50 percent off
sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Call 779-2733.
INSIDE GARAGE SALE, Saturday, Dec. 20, 9am-
4pm. Lots of sterling, vintage and costume jewelry,
Christmas gifts, collectibles, Kerimore dryer, Flamingo
ice cream table and chairs, restored 1969 VW convert-
ible. 218 84th St., Holmes Beach. 778-4451.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, Dec. 19-20, 8am. Bunk beds,
speed bag with platform, loudspeakers and house-
hold items. 401 Clark Lane (near Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church) or 778-3003.
FOR SALE BY OWNER
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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.
SATURDAY, Dec. 20, 8am. Christmas gift ideas.
Clothes, households items, rattan sofa/loveseat,
health rider and much more! 514 Bayview Drive,
Holmes Beach. Off 28th Street.
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.
FREE: TWIN KITTY brothers, approximately 6
months old. Need a happy home. One black and
white, one gray and white. Both beautiful and well
behaved. Call Crickett, 778-6000.
FREE: TWO PRECIOUS love birds. Need loving home
and lots of attention. Please, call Crickett, 778-6000.
LOVE OFFERING: Beautiful miniature Doberman.
Approximately 3 years old. Recently rescued, needs
lots of love and attention. Call Crickett, 778-6000.
1999 TOMOS 50CC Moped. 400 miles. New. $699
or best offer. 792-4171.
1991 JEEP CHEROKEE Sport, two door, white,
runs good. $1,000 or make offer. Call 778-6640.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
Vacation Rentals & Property Management
More than 35 Gulffront rentals to choose from.
Call us last! Bestrates 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
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great.
$2,500, or best offer. 795-1111.
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 CLEANING by Carleen. Waxing, detailing,
repairs. Twenty-some years experience. Island resi-
dents. Fix and clean that's our thing! Call 224-6521.
DOCK BOX: 4-foot standard, 16 cubic feet (44-inch
wide 27-inch high 26-inch deep). White fiberglass
with stainless fittings. Never installed. $259. Call
761-3332 or 761-3334.
DEEP-WATER SLIP, north end of Anna Maria. Easy
Gulf access. 794-8877 or 730-5393.
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,
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FISHING & T E WA ECtuHE WN Do in
EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out secret
water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont or
custom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call 778-
7459 or 720-5470.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
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 447-8593.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9783.
ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/
wine, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Call
Longview Realty, 383-6112.
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high traf-
fic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, 383-5543.
DISHWASHER, COOK, SERVER, bus person with
experience only. Apply at 5610 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, or call, 383-0013.
EXPERIENCED COOK wanted six days, 9am-3pm.
Mr. Bones, 778-6614.
WANTED: DOG WALKER after school and week-
ends. Vicinity of Marina Drive and 77th Street. Call
779-1413 after 6pm.
PART-TIME after school (K-5) Counselor: Monday,
Wednesday, Friday, 2:30-6pm. Must commit to 40
hours of childcare training within first year of em-
ployment. Pays $6-$8/hour. Must be at least 21
years old. Experience with kids a plus! Call Shirley
THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers. Duties include
checking books in and out, reshelving and generally
assisting library patrons. It's fun, give it a try! Any-
one interested in our friendly community library
should call Eveann Adams, 779-1208.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 educa-
tion center and/or to help with nesting activity on our
beaches. Training is provided, please contact the
Turtle Watch Education Center for more information.
Amy Talucci or Suzi Fox, 778-1435.
COASTAL MASSAGE THERAPY. Experience the
benefits. Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Neu-
romuscular techniques upon request. In-home ser-
vice. Call 753-7766. Lic. #MA34584.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $25 per hour- free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
THE BEST NEWS on Anna Maria since 1992.
"The highest compliment my clients can give me is the
referral of their friends and family."
Jon Kent, Broker/Associate
Talk to those I've helped, they'll tell you.
Yes, the agent you use does make a difference.
Sell faster, without closing hassles and for the right price.
Isn't that what you want?
That's what I do. Call me, let's talk about it.
Live The Island Lifestyle!
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L A r L ASIE
SEVCSCotne SRICSCnine ERIE oniud-
BENNETT'S APPLIANCE/AC and Household Ser-
vice. Service all brands, eighteen years experience.
All repairs warranteed. Call 746-8984, cell 545-5793.
K.A.S. CLEANING LLC: Employee owned, servic-
ing private homes, condos, rentals and seasonal
homes. Concierge services and home watch.
Bonded, insured. 792-6660.
COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training, main-
tenance, virus and Spyware protection. Island na-
tive. 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, in-
sured. Professional, experienced maids, free esti-
mate, gift certificates available. Please call 727-9337.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price call Sebastian, 704-6719.
HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Is-
land resident. "Get the job done right." Free esti-
mate, many references. 713-1907 cell, 778-4192
TREE SERVICE: Topping, trimming, removals.
Palm trimming. 15 years locally working on Anna
Maria. Phil Brewer, 545-4770.
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks, up-
grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert at 920-0570
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.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration.
Commercial and residential service, repair and/or
replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island
since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 795-7411. RA005052.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
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.
MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and resto-
ration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience. In-
sured. Call Javier at 685-5163 or 795-6615.
RESIDENTIAL WINDOW CLEANING specialist. 28
years experience. Owner/operator. Call Larry for a
free estimate, 447-1771.
COMPUTER REPAIR: Residence and business.
Professional/licensed. Free Spyware protection, free
pickup (when required). Call 727-8347.
CLEANING BY BENNETT and Bryant. Honest, rea-
sonable rates, references, weekly, bi-weekly or
monthly. Free estimate. Call Ms. Bryant, 778-5717.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Maintenance.
Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn main-
tenance, cleanup, tree trimming, hauling,
Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent references.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it
is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis-
count. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City of
Anna Maria resident. Cell 448-3857.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING Services: Quality lawn
maintenance, landscape cleanup, plantings, prun-
ing, shell and more! Insured, references, free esti-
mates. Call 778-2335 or 284-1568.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe on line with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
GEOFFREY WALL, G.R.I. P.A.
, "._" Realtor Sales Associate
S-. Fax: 941-778-4794
For your private showing call
"Island Aussie Geoff"
Another record month, record prices
For Selling Action Call The Aussie
REAL ESTATE COMPANY
No one knows an island like an Aussie.
"The art of the deal for you."
Only for the Discerning Few:
The Sunray Quad
$250,000 Turnkey Furnished
1,874 sq.ft. 3BR/2BA
The Whitney Villa
$395,000 over 2,200 sq.ft.
Around $1,000 a month gets you on your own pri-
vate island. 168 acres of nature preserve, two miles
of waterfront, country club-like facilities, Indian
mounds, museum. Choose from two prime locations.
What an investment or
year-round home. Potential
out the ying-yang!
VILLA FRANCESCA Spectacular
Mediterranean villa. 3BR/3BA turnkey
furnished, swimming pool. Crow's
nest roof deck with views forever.
One block to beach. Unbeatable.
Established rental history. $875,000.
Buying, Selling, Renting? We Can Help!
ADORABLE! NW BRADENTON
HOME This may be the last chance
to own an adorable renovated 2BR
home under $165K. Even cuter in-
side than out! Open floor plan,
wood and ceramic floors, spa bath-
tub and much more. All on a large
S85-by-150-ft. lot. Plenty of room to
grow and plenty of room for pool.
Single-car garage, outdoor workshop and much more! Asking $160,000.
Call Bob Hinds direct, 545-7453. MLS#97584
AFFORDABLE! DUPLEX WEST
SIDE OF GULF DRIVE Own a piece
of the Island before its too late! Cute
S and cozy, half-block to beautiful
beach in an area of newly con-
structed homes. Don't miss out on
this opportunity. Investment or resi-
dence. Many updates and lots of po-
tential. A must see! Priced to sell at $325,000. Call Stephanie Bell Broker/
Owner, 778-2307 or direct at 920-5156. MLS#93114
SERVING THE AREA SINCE 19,70 .,,
Are you looking for an affordable real estate in-
vestment or home for yourself? This elevated 2BR/
2BA half duplex is one-and-a-half blocks from the
beach on a pretty street in'central Holmes Beach.
950 sq.ft. of living area, sun deck, carport, fenced
back yard, large beach-toy storage area and
much more. Priced to sell at $249,000.
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Call Gayle Schulz,
Office (941) 778-4847
Cell (941) 812-6489
of Anna Maria Inc.
S ,caa4 !1 (800)771-6043
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
[Next to the Chamber in the Island Fitness Building]
GULFVIEW CONDO No detail over-
Slooked in this delightful end-unit in Sea
Pirate condos. Totally updated and
. professionally decorated. Spectacular
Views, easy beach access and a pool.
"-' i.,. Turnkey furnished and ready to move
'' in! $326,400. Call Hether Absten
today for a viwlng. 807-461.
Don't be afraid to make an offer.
Ground-level duplex in Anna Maria
City. Beautiful large yard, close to
pier. 2BR/IBA each side. Lots of
renovations including all new ap-
pliances. $459,000. Call Chris
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PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Ir-
rigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates.
Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone" 720-0770.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Lic# CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Inte-
rior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call cell 778-6898 or
TILE TILE TILE. AU variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, re-
liable, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-3077.
DIRECT BEACHFRONT CONDO Luxuri-
ous turnkey 3BR/2.5BA penthouse on
Gulf with great views. $1,790,000.
Victoria Horstmann, 518-1278 or
Valerie Hietala, 518-8120. 98392
CANALFRONT 4BR HOME Split-level
plan, perfect for entertaining. Dock with
10k lift. Circular drive with side entry
garage. $479,900, Kindra Koeck, 812-
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BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM HOME Exquisite
gourmet kitchen with Corian countertops.
5BR/4BA home with many extras.
$699,000. Judy LaValliere, 504-3792 or
Ann DeBellevue, 720-7614. 97541
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KEY WEST-STYLE 4BR/3.5BA home
with beautiful wood floors, fireplace,
bonus room and a heated caged pool.
$429,900. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100
or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 95305
MANATEE RIVERFRONT ESTATE Turn of century main house and three guest homes.
Amazing woodwork and wood flooring. $2,499,000. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or
Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 97751
SHAW'S POINT 3BR ranch in deep-water riverfront with dock near the mouth of the Mana-
tee River and DeSoto National Park. $1,100,000. Cheryl Harrington, 761-0151. 95934
RIVERFRONT LIVING AT ITS BEST! 5BR/3.5BA home with wood floors, French slid-
ers, screened patio, private.dock and large kitchen with center island. $899,900. Cindy
Pierro, 920-6818. 95838
EXTRAORDINARY ESTATE offers a circa 1922 restored home. Guest house/cabana,
Olympic-size pool and detached workshop/garage. $850,000. Kathy Valente, 685-
EXCEPTIONAL WATERFRONT HOME Features include gourmet kitchen, wood floors.
fabulous pool area, large workshop. $849,000. Kindra Koeck, 812-3904. 98130
ANNA MARIA ISLAND 5BR townhome with private boat dock. Window treatment and
appliances included. Two heated pools, tennis and park area. $350,000. Jim and Jan
Squeglia, 752-0101. 96435
SPIRIT OF VINTAGE FLORIDA Beautiful heart-pine flooring, exquisite mahogany
woodwork, Spanish tile and quaint courtyard. $308,000. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or
Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 98391
NORTHWEST BRADENTON POOL HOME Pnvacy fenced rear yard. Newer roof A/C and
pool deck. Freshly painted exterior. $184,500. Ruth Lawler, 587-4623. 98737
WONDERFUL HOME 2BR with above-ground pool and large wooden playset. Remod-
eled kitchen with oversized enclosed Florida room. $125,000. Elizabeth Gardini,
440MAAEEAENEWET9 RDETNF 329
KEVIN GRIFFITHS' ISLAND Paint Interior/exterior
painting, pressure washing and wallpaper. For
prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates, call
704-7115 or 778-2996. Mom/son team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements
Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabi-
nets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 383-5381, or 726-1802.
HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Decks, hardwood floors. Homes, rentals. A.J.
MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry
work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work,
glass block work, paver and brick driveways. Call
Chris, 795-3034. Lic.#104776. Insured.
MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and resto-
ration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience. In-
sured. Call Javier at 685-5163 or 795-6615.
J Anna Maria Island
SueCarison 2003/04 AVAILABILITIES!
2BR/2BA Canalfront w/pool & JocuzzI
2BR/2BA Canalfront homes) on north end!
1BR/1BA reasonably priced near Beach w/pool!
4BR/4BA House w/pool, close to beach, st '; openings!
3BR/2BA Condo w/pool, close to bcacn-
2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront, north end!
2BR/2BA Condo w/pool, block to beach!
2BR/2BA Home with heated pool & Jacuzzi!
1BR/1BA reasonably priced units'
Call us for Christmas specials
Toll free: 866-264-2226 941-779-0733
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Beautiful Bay Palms 3BR/2.5BA canalfront home recently up-
dated to include a coral-appointed remote-controlled gas fire-
place, new windows, pavers, boat hoist and more. Enjoy luxury
living in this single-level executive ranch-style home with more
than 2,650 sq. ft. of living area. $775,000.
1 BR/1 BA, 2BR/1BA duplex located very close to AMI Community
Center. Loads of potential on a street with active property im-
provements under way. $379,900.
M arina Pointe
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
Storage Units Available!
PAUL SUTHERLAND CARPENTRY and More:
Residential and commercial. No job too small. 35
years experience and prompt dependable service.
HANDY ANTHONY Jack of most trades. Home re-
furbishing and detailing. Call 778-6000.
ISLAND HOME REPAIRS: Painting, carpentry,
electric, plumbing, tile, drywall repairs and texture.
All home repairs, no job too small. Call 504-2027.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST-style home, north
Anna Maria Island, seasonal, $2,500/month or an-
nual, $1,500/month. Bayfront cottages also avail-
able with docks from $1,500/month, $500/week.
Call 794-5980, or www.divefish.com.
AUTUMN, WINTER, SPRING rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some lo-
cations. Units are complete. Rates seasonally ad-
justed. $375-$975/week, $975-$2,975/month. (800)
977-0803 or 737-1121. www.abeachview.com.
BRADENTON BEACH Homes for sale o ,nt + seasonal
or annual, 1BR apartment, unfurnished, $700/month in-
cludes utilities. 55-plus. Sandpiper Mobile Resort 778-
1140, or e-mail: SandpiperResort@aol.com.
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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 RFI1// I
941-308-6757 or 941-321-7164. Properties
Presidents Elite -
Top 497 Worldwide
BIMINI BAY 6BR/6BA
Bayfront home. Great views.
deep water, pool and spa.
Sailboat water. New construc-
tion, 5BR/5BA. pool/spa.
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INVESTORS: Island duplex ANNA MARIA beachhouse
close to beach. Great rental with guest cottage, and sepa-
history. $499,000. rate buildable lot. $1,950.000.
Codwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc
Ooldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc
9. .FOR SALE
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
Advertising works fast in The Islander.
MAGNIFICENT EUROPEAN 3BR/2BA
with separate in-law quarters. This
property features over 2,300 sq.ft. of
living space with a beautiful Roman
garden and a roof-top deck with partial
Gulf views. Close to the beach and be-
ing sold furnished with some excep-
tions. $1,099,000. MLS# 98602.
4212 Redfish Ct. LOT .....
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 ............ $650,000
229 Gladious St............. $679,000
CONDOS. LOTS & DUPLEXES
4915 Gulf Dr .............. $1,715,000
308 55th St. Lot............. $219,000
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
3603 4th Ave. .......... $1,099,000
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................... $424,960
3810 Sixth Ave.............. $425,000
Sun Plaza West #210 ...... $459,000
Business only ................. $295,000
427 Pine Ave. ................ $695,000
12106 Cortez Rd. .......... $1,500,00
Business opportunity .... $2,490,000
11434 Perico Isles Cir. ... $349,000
845 Waterside Ln............ $265,000
8204 19th Ave. NW ........ $199,000
332 108th St................. $199,000
1277 Spoonbill Landings Cir. $239,000
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REAL ESTATE LLC
KEY ROYALE POOL HOME
3BR/3BA spacious waterfront home with heated pool and
spa, large master suite, turnkey furnished, Italian tile and
carpet, eat-in kitchen, two-car garage. Deep-water canal
and direct access to Innwi.o.oLal Waterway. $776,000.
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 plus den. Furnished open plan with fireplace.
On sailboat water with large.deeded boat dock. Heated
pool, carport, short drive to beach. $329,900.
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.
3BR/2BA waterfront home. Room for pool or to expand.
On deep-water canal with direct access to Tampa Bay.
Large backyard with view down canal to Bimini Bay.
HOLMES BEACH D
2BR/1BA each side, ve A\", beach, up-
dated, two sc T Ve punished, garage,
prime no 5a S c area. Excellent rental.
SUN PLAZA WEST
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished condo. Beachfront complex,
breakfast bar, kitchen with dome ceiling, elevator, tennis,
heated pool, carport, balcony, storage, very good rental,
walk to stores and restaurants. $425,000.
2BR/2BA, ground-floor, turnkey-furnished end unit.
Community pool and clubhouse. Water view. Close to
beaches and shopping. $189,900.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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Simply the Best
MARBELLA Almost 3,000 sq. ft. of Gulffront
luxury with a fabulous panoramic view. 4BR/
4.5BA, high ceilings and lots of privacy. Two pri-
vate and secure garages plus one covered parking
space. Private stairs to beach plus an elevator, pool
and much more.
BAYVIEW Beautiful 2BR/2BA home with un-
obstructed views of Bay. Large loft for offices or
bedroom, wood floors, turnkey furnished.
SPINNAKERS Perfect little rental compound
in Holmes Beach just one block to the beach.
Four turnkey furnished units in impeccable
condition with lush tropical landscaping and a
brand new free-form pool. $875,000.
GULFSANDS Gulffront condo corner unit.
Completely upgraded, tile floor throughout, new
furniture throughout. $795,000.
WATERFRONT RESTAURANT AND FISH
MARKET The Cortez Kitchen is fun as can be
with wonderful food and old-time atmosphere you
just can't find anywhere around. Open dining with
seating for 60+ on the bay with boat dockage.
Great lease, one of a kind! $275,000.
75+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
3101 GULF DRIVE HOLMES BEACH
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2BR/1BA TOTALLY renovated duplex with under-
cover parking, storage area, washer/dryer. Steps to
Gulf and bay. 2516-E Avenue B in Bradenton
Beach. Call (813) 300-8543 or (941) 778-0635.
150 STEPS TO GULF. Seasonal, 2BR/2BA Im-
maculate ground-level home. Nonsmoking, no pets.
(813) 961-6992 or e-mail:
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. Ce-
ramic tile throughout, completely updated. $1,350/
month. T. Dolly Young Real Estate, 778-0807.
BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOUSE just converted to
a two-unit property. 2BR/1 BA, completely renovated
and furnished. New washer/dryer, microwave.
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 duplex apart-
ment, $725/month; 1BR/1BA duplex apartment,
$650/month. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 778-7500.
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT paradise for rent.
2BR/2BA, completely updated, large private tropical
pool area with spa, two boat lifts. Check out photos
on www.VRBO.com, unit #27150. Available Dec.
15-31, call for rate. January or April 2004, $3,000/
month, plus tax (spa heating extra). Available for
annual rental after April 2004 for $1,600/month (spa
heating extra). Call 730-1086 or 704-7336.
NEW LISTING First-time rental, fully furnished villa
in beautiful Mt. Vernon, near beaches, on canal,
lake view front. 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, carport,
clubhouse with numerous activities, heated pool,
Jacuzzi, tennis, no pets, non-smoking, age 55-plus,
minimum three months, peak season, $2,400/
month, annual $1,500/month. Call 721-1784.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences. Now book-
ing for this season. Please call (813) 752-4235, or
view Web site: www.AhhSeaBreeze.com.
BEACH TO BAY condo, 2BR/1BA, seasonal or an-
nual. 55-plus, three-month minimum. Call (813) 247-
3178, on weekends (813) 927-1632.
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL 2BR/2BA, washer/
dryer, pool, nicely furnished, ground floor. Available
April plus. Call 778-9576.
SEASONAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA condo, Westbay
Cove and Westbay Point and Moorings available. Af-
ter hours, Sharon Annis, 778-3730, or call 778-3377.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED DUPLEX apartment,
2BR/2BA, storage, large rooms, looks new, one mile
to beaches. 4505 102nd St. W., Bradenton. $795/
month-plus. Gtussey@aol.com or call 383-6272.
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.
DUPLEX 2BR/2BA 2411 Avenue C, Bradenton
Beach. Carport below with storage room, $800/
RENTALS RENT FAST advertised in The Islander.
OFFICE OR TWO-chair hair salon for rent. 112
52nd St., Holmes Beach. $475/month. 746-8666.
SEASONAL 2BR/1 BA bayview, totally remodeled/
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.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA in Holmes Beach. Lovely el-
evated duplex, light and bright, screened lanai.
Washer/dryer. Available now! $800/month. Call
CONDO RENTALS: 2BR/1BA, Gulffront, available
January. 2BR/2BA Gulffront complex, available
February. Call 794-8877 or 730-5393.
2BR/1BA unfurnished annual Gulfview. $850/
month. Call 778-0292 or 650-3552.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 1BR/1BA duplex, includes
water, $650/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 corner unit and
270 degree view. 2BR/2BA, furnished. March/April,
$2,500/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
ANNUAL -lENTA. Sq: 2BR apartment, one house to
beach, $925/month; 3BR wezt- D.radenton home,
$995/month. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate,77b--oo7
KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Short-term
only. Night, weekend, weekly. Private entrance,
private 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/1BA apartment, ground floor, half-
block to beach, approved pet OK. $650/month,
annual, includes utilities. Ideal for one person.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 3BR/2BA, steps to
beach, laundry, porch. $995/month, plus utilities,
first, last, security. Call (585) 473-9361.
WATERFRONT CONDO in Palmetto. 3BR/2BA,
fifth-floor, end unit. Sunset views. Available Janu-
ary 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.
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DUPLEX 2BR/2BA, 2503 Avenue C., Bradenton
Beach. Carport, storage, washer/dryer. Steps to
beach. $750/month. Call 544-7786.
WATERFRONT APARTMENT 1 BR/1BA. Peaceful,
clean, bright. Annual, $650/month includes utilities.
No pets. Cortez. Call 792-2620 or 778-1086.
EL CONQUISTADOR 2BR/2BA, seasonal rental
available March and April. Nicely located and fur-
nished, cathedral ceilings, screened lanai, washer/
dryer. Garage storage. Clay tennis courts. 778-3926.
VACATION RENTAL 1BR/1BA, furnished, heated
pool, secluded, private entrance. Steps to beach,
shopping, restaurants, ground level, Call 778- 0291
SEASONAL: Nicely furnished 2BR/1 BA, canalfront,
dock, duplex. Three-month minimum. $1,950/
month. No pets. Call, 778-5793 or 778-8436.
FURNISHED ANNUAL AND SEASONAL rentals
from $1,500/month! Annual, 7104 Marina Drive, 3BR/
2BA house with pool, $1,500/month; 2104 Avenue B,
1BR/1BA furnished, $700/month; 2405 Avenue C.,
2BR/2BA duplex, carport, washer/dryer, $900/month;
Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA villa, two-car garage,
$1,100/month. SunCoast Real Estate, 779-0202.
HOLIDAYS AVAILABLE: 2BR/1 BA canalfront du-
plex with dock. $495/week. Inquire about additional
dates. Call, 778-5793 or 778-8436.
GULF AND BAY VIEWS, pool by bay. Bradenton
Beach, 2BR/1.5BA, immaculate, two-month mini-
mum. $2,000/month. Nonsmoking. #31 Bayview
Terrace. Call 302-6659.
ANNUAL HALF-DUPLFY ,romrudled recently. Cen-
tral air .-W,,washer. References, $750/month.
zY09-A Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Call 779-1019.
1BR/1BA WATERFRONT apartment in Cortez.
Peaceful, clean, bright. Annual, $650/month, includes
utilities. No pets. Call 792-2620 or 778-1086.
NEW FOR SEASON! Gulfview 2BR home, $2,100/
month; light and bright 2BR duplex, $1,800/month;
3BR home, $2,400/month. Call Duncan Real Es-
VACATION RENTAL Charming 1 BR/1BA, fully fur-
nished, across from white sandy beach. Call
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE! Cheerful 1BR du-
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BAYFRONT 1BR/1BA, fully furnished. Open your
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ANNUAL RENTAL TOWNHOUSE 2BR/2BA,
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SEASONAL/VACATION RENTALS: Vacation with
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Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND 1BR/2BA, 750 sq.ft.,
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month. First, last, security deposit. Call 778-1098.
STEPS TO BEACH! Gorgeous furnished and spa-
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seasonal rentals. $550/week, $1,950 month. Pets
welcome! Call 778-1098.
LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
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$14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor, 388-
5514, or call 809-4253.
DUPLEX: BEAUTIFUL, built 2001/2002, 3,500
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9111, or (813) 363-1231. Ask for Dan.
TWO LUXURY VACATION villas built 2000, across
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details, contact Steve, 795-6225.
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COMMERCIAL LOT Seller is a builder. Will
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cesses with the county to obtain permitting.
Going through initial process now. Perfect lo-
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PRM. $320,000. Call Cindy Grazar at 778-
4800 or 504-5176.
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beaches and downtown. $215,900. Lynn
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By Sherry 0. Black
1 Spot of bubbly?
7 View from Fontanarossa
13 Workers with lines
20 Some time
22 The gardener in "The
Marriage of Figaro"
23 In other words, mom or
dad will have to operate
26 Actress Bening
28 What's left in France
29 Co-star of TV's "Dharma
31 Smits of the N.B.A.
33 Article at the Louvre
34 In other words, no way
it'll perform as adver-
43 "Two Years Before the
44 Math calculations
45 Morales of "N.Y.P.D.
46 Exhibitionist, informally
50 "Mockingbird" singer
52 Word from a coxswain
56 In other words, it'll break
in 24 hours
60 Ticket info
62 Preceder of an
63 Four quarters
64 Relatives of "Gee whiz"
67 Marvel Comics heroes
69 Dentist's order
71 Hammerin' Hank
73 Tokyo before 1868
74 Not neathh
75 Cerise or magenta, e.g.
76 Make legally effective
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ard / Edited by Will Shortz E_ _11 I 1- 11 _1-
78 In other words, mom
or dad will be out at
midnight searching for
an open store
86 Book closing
87 New Look designer
88 Simpatico response
90 Work without (be
95 Pieces of one's mind?:
96 In other words, it
comes in 100 tiny
102 See 108-Across
103 Hula hoop?
105 citato (footnote
108 With 102-Across, a
candy counter item
112 More compact
117 In other words, you
must spend $500 more
to please your child
120 One way to stop
122 Promised land
124 Cartoonist Tex and
125 One of the smart set
1 Tennis's Mandlikova
2 _Wilson of
"The Royal Tenenbaums"
3 In that case
4 Beach eroder
5 Donegal's home
6 Part of a 1960's
7 E. Lansing school
8 Bare one's soul
10 "Working Girl" girl
11 Neither masc. nor fem.
12 Mont Blanc, e.g.,
13 Unseen area of the
14 Bill: Abbr.
15 Affect emotionally
16 It may be coiled, but it
18 Hooligan, maybe
19 Sound units
24 Webster's entries:
25 Prof. 'iggins
30 Hardly fresh
32 Message on a candy
34 N.F.L. stat: Abbr.
35 Home of lolani Palace
36 Spanish articles
37 Steak tartare ingredi-
38 Chrysler Building
39 Word on the wall, in
40 "Wait !"
42 Granular snow atop a
47 Fluff pieces
48 Hudson Bay prov.
49 Anna Karenina's
51 Court defense
54 Game of chance
55 Fall locale
57 Blow away
58 Prince, e.g.
59 Good guy
64 Corporate woe
65 Wife of Esau
66 Do, for example
68 Equine star
69 Like one who fans
70 National Gallery
71 Orinoco flow
72 Peace Nobelist
74 Tough row to hoe
75 Biblical peak
77 Martinique, par
79 Kind of spirit
80 Feminine suffix
81 Pro or con
82 What's expected
83 Saltpeter, to a Brit
84 One who is "just
85 Venetian bigwig
89 Currency exchange
91 Flies over the Nile
93 Four-time Indy 500
97 Some sorority
98 "Dear" ones
99 She, to Sophia
100 Business necessity?
101 Burning the midnight
106 Like starers
107 Oscar-winning role
110 Mid 6th-century
111 Head start
113 "Ihave good
114 Passbook amts.
115 Essayist's alias
116 Tom Clancy hero
118 CPR specialist
119 Certain addenda:
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easy access to Gulf. 4BR plus office and
game room. Gorgeous pool. Canal and
bay views. Gated Harbor Landings. Jane
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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
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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 or Dave
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ISLAND DUPLEX Spectacular bayview
from second floor on the end of the canal
by the future Villa Rosa subdivision. 2BR/
2BA each side. Short distance to Gulf.
Laurie Dellatorre, 779-2700. #92819.
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home on a large 75-by-198-ft. lot with
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beach. Remodel or build new. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #93749. $945,000
HOLMES BEACH BEAUTY! Location!
Location! Spacious family home or Island
retreat! Large corner lot with circular drive,
two deeded boat slips, updated through-
out, solar heated pool/spa. Gina & Peter
Uliano, 358-7990. #94820. $539,900
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ums, pool, approxi-
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Ho Ho Ho! The Privateer's annual Christmas parade was a success
Santa Claus was evident at the Anna Maria Island Privateers Islandwide Christmas parade Saturday.
Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
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SPECIAL 2003 HOLIDAY GIFTS AND EVENTS
Martinique South Condominium featured a redjeep and matching Santa hats.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Give a gift certificate this holiday season!
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Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas to all ...
Following the parade of Anna Maria Island Privateers and local businesses and organizations from Anna Maria to Bradenton Beach, the Privateers and its junior
auxiliary Privateens set up a Christmas shop aboard its boat/float at Coquina Beach. Santa visited with the kids aboard ship and those under 12 received a present.
Kids were treated to free refreshments while parents paid a small charge for hot dogs and sodas donated by Skinny's Place and Cafe on the Beach. At right, Julie
Bober, 3, of Bradenton Beach, visited Santa with Santa's helper, Kathy Ensign. Islander Photos: J.L. Robertson
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Anna Maria 779-2531
Gift boxes for the
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Mr. Bones (World Famous) BBQ Sauce, Hot BBQ Sauce, Magic Dust
Dry Rub, Logo Mugs, T-Shirts, Hats and Gift Certificates.
Combination boxes from $18.99 to $39.50.
We can ship 'em for you, too!
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LUNCH AND DINNER 7 DAYS A WEEK!
Thank you! We value your business and your friendship and wish you a
pleasant, peaceful holiday season and a new year filled with success.
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Hundreds of people showed up at the annual Winterfest at Holmes Beach last weekend. Music
by Howie Banfield and friends, among others was coupled with food and lots of arts and crafts.
Islander Photo: Melissa Williams
Nikki Promades of North Palm Beach was framed by husband
Alan's hand-blown glass designs. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
10010 Gulf Drive Anna Maria 778-4323
EarthBoxes make great
gifts! This is a gift that
will keep on giving...
fresh herbs, veggies
and beautiful flowers all
year long. Stop by our
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a variety of gardening
gifts. Special on straw-
berry plant Earth Box. $45.
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Open Mon,-Fri, 9am-4pm Sat. 9am-2pm
Easy to find. Take 301 to Ellenton-Gillette Rd. (One block west of Gamble Mansion)
clothing cottage furniture home
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Not sure what they want?
We have gift certificates!
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The Island Middle School Conch Fritters Band performed during Winterfest. Islander Photos:
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Looking for that special
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Sis the perfect
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Customize your gift certificate to include any of our
services. Pamper yourself or your special someone.
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SSUBSCRIPTIONS make great
Friends relatives, students and
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touch and a subscription to "the
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And a great gift. Annual sub-
scription .. Ith gift card, $36. And
don't forget to pick up a 100-
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"C $10. Nev hat design, $12.
Thev-fre_ rcsh as a mullet!
Visit the office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or call 778-7978.
Help save loggerhead turtles with your gift!
Adopt-A-Hatchling Birth Certificate $15
What a wonderful gift for the person who thinks they
have everything! Plus, we have a gift shop filled with
4. environmentally friendly gifts for all ages.
Check your list and visit us soon,
AMI Turtle Watch Education Center
and Gift Shop!
Island Shopping Center, 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-1435
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