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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: December 24, 2003

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

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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Volume 12, No. 7 Dec. 24, 2003 FREE


Lawyers divorce court in Davis case


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Taking a page from Judge Judy's television show,
lawyers reportedly on the same side in defending a law-
suit against Holmes Beach and property owner Frank
Davis now appear headed for divorce court.
Gregory Hootman, representing Holmes Beach in
the lawsuit, wants Davis' attorney, Peter Mackey, dis-
missed for "improper communication."
Davis is represented in the suit by the Mackey Law
Group of Bradenton and Hootman claims a Mackey
attorney spoke improperly with City Commissioner


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Santa Claus arrived
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cheers and questions
and, especially, the
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at the 10th Annual
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Christmas Party at
the Sandbar Restau-
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late governor's son
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kids came from A
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Manatee for an
afternoon of fun,
games, food and
sharing with Chiles
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"the only Christmas
some of these kids
get," said sponsor
Chiles. Islander
Photo: Courtesy
Kelly Hillman


By Paul Roat
"Merry Christmas."
That was the wish from the Bradenton Beach City
Commission last week to a packed house at its last
regular meeting before the holidays.
And city staff may have received an early holiday
gift from Vice Mayor Anna O'Brien when she said,
"There are no employees here whose jobs are in jeop-
ardy."
In the five weeks since three new commissioners
took office, the city's attorney and planner have been
fired, two members of the planning and zoning board


Roger Lutz, himself a lawyer, about the lawsuit.
At the same time, Mackey is claiming that
Hootman's actions as city counsel in the matter are
"obstructive and aligned with the plaintiffs."
Mackey wants Hootman to "at least cooperate with
us halfway in moving this matter to a judicial conclu-
sion."
Court TV?
Hey, this is the Island.
The case stems from two variances the city com-
mission granted Davis in February 2003 to build a four-
unit condominium on his property at 5622 Gulf Drive.


were removed from their positions, and the building
official has resigned.
All department heads had been placed on a 90-day
probation
"City employees have been so stressed by all of the
negative publicity generated in the press, and we would
very much like to give them a well-deserved holiday
break and let them know how much we appreciate their
patience and cooperation, too," O'Brien said in a Dec.
18 e-mail.
Commissioners officially accepted Building Offi-
PLEASE SEE BRADENTON BEACH, PAGE 4


Adjacent landowners Ruthanne McLean and Bar-
bara Coloney filed suit to stop the construction, nam-
ing both Holmes Beach and Davis as defendants.
The law firm of Dye, Deitrich, Prather, Petruff, and
St. Paul, which is contracted as the Holmes Beach city
attorney, recused itself from representing the city on
the issue, citing a conflict of interest.
That resulted in the city hiring Hootman and the
Florida League of Cities to defend its portion of the
lawsuit, while Davis originally had Bradenton Attorney
PLEASE SEE DIVORCE COURT, PAGE 4


Chiles questions


moratorium
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A plan by the Anna Maria City Commission to im-
pose a building moratorium on new construction that in-
cludes commercial enterprises doesn't sit well with Ed
Chiles, owner of the Sandbar restaurant in Anna Maria.
"I can understand a moratorium on lot splits and sub-
divisions, but as I understand the proposed moratorium,
we couldn't even add a new bathroom," Chiles said.
Commissioners at their Dec. 11 meeting approved
an "informal" building moratorium that will be in ef-
fect while the moratorium ordinance is being drafted.
Originally, the moratorium was just for lot splits, sub-
divisions and new commercial construction, but com-
missioners decided to include all commercial construc-
tion in the moratorium.
"I can't understand that," said Chiles. "What's the
point? What's the issue? You can allow a resident to
add something, but not an existing business?"
Chiles said the Sandbar is in the process of making its
bathrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabili-
ties Act and the moratorium could put a stop to those
plans.
Plans for improvements and additions at the former
Anna Maria laundromat on Gulf Drive, a property he ac-
quired this year, might also have to be put on hold, he said.
Chiles said he will speak at the January public hear-
ing on the ordinance. "I'm just hoping the city commis-
sion will be reasonable and not hamstring all business
additions and improvements."


Anna Maria

pedestrian death
An 85-year-old Anna Maria man was killed
Sunday evening, Dec. 21, around 7 p.m. after he
was struck by a vehicle while walking his dog in
the 300 block of Pine Avenue.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office said
Evaristo Torres was walking his dog near the
intersection of Los Cedros and Pine Avenue
when he was struck by a car driven westbound by
Fran Sobel of Bradenton. Torres was pronounced
dead at the scene.
The incident is under investigation, MCSO
Sgt. John Kinney in Anna Maria said, and is be-
ing treated as a traffic homicide. No charges have
been filed in connection with the case.
The MCSO Traffic Division is handling the
investigation, he added.
Torres was a Pine Avenue resident and had
lived in Anna Maria about 18 months, Kinney said.


Much discussion, little action


in Bradenton Beach


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Bradenton Beach anchorage making slow headway


By Wayne Manley
Islander Reporter
The City of Bradenton Beach is slowly making
headway in its effort to develop a municipal anchorage,
or mooring field, or both.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale held
a workshop with former Mayor Gail Cole and several
members of Florida Sea Grant program to "refresh" the
past efforts and to discuss the upcoming processes to
make the project a reality.
But the big questions were will it be an anchorage
or mooring field and how will Bradenton Beach police
provide security and enforcement. The numbers of
boats allowed also has not been determined.
This area under discussion is just south of the city
pier off Bridge Street.
An anchorage is simply an official restricted area
where boaters would use their own ground tackle -
anchors and rodes to secure the boat in position.
A mooring field is a controlled area where boaters
tie up to a floating buoy that is attached to the bottom
by a heavy weight or some type of auger system, which
would have to be provided and maintained by the city.
In any case, boaters would be assigned their position by
a harbormaster.
This area, either anchorage or mooring field, is
actually outside of the legal boundaries the city lim-
its of Bradenton Beach. Hence the dilemma: how
does the Bradenton Beach Police Department provide
security and enforcement.
Special said that "jurisdiction on the water is very
important, but the city does not want to do a charter
amendment to extend the boundaries of the city."
Special said he preferred to have an "interlocal" agree-
ment with the Manatee County Sheriffs' Office which
would allow Bradenton Beach officers to police this
area. The fines collected from any tickets would "go to
the City of Bradenton Beach and be used hopefully to
help maintain the municipal anchorage/mooring field."
Dr. Gus Antonini, professor emeritus at the Uni-
versity of Florida and a member of the Sea Grant Pro-
gram, suggested that the city "start first with an anchor-
age." By doing this, the city would not incur the cost


Boats moored in Anna Maria Sound off Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Paul Roat


of developing a mooring field and any inherent liabili-
ties.
Antonini, along with John Stevely, Manatee
County's Florida Sea Grant marine extension agent,
was instrumental in the original surveying of the
boundaries of the area, charting of water depths and
locations of sensitive areas and seagrass flats.
Stevely stressed it is very important that whatever
is done will be "boater friendly."
An agreement has not yet been.made with the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection as to the leasing
of the state's bay bottom. A "management agreement"
would be the most cost-effective arrangement.
Besides legal issues, there are shore-side consider-
ations to be worked out that are part of any anchorage
or mooring field: A harbormaster's office, shower fa-
cilities, garbage collection, automobile parking, dinghy
dock and a sewage pump-out.


Special is hopeful that monies from a grant could
be used to build a harbormaster's office and shower
facilities somewhere on the city pier. Some of that
grant could also be used to maintenance dredge the
channel that leads in from the Intracoastal Waterway
and runs just south of the city pier to the dinghy dock,
he added.
The city already owns this dock, which can accom-
modate numerous dingies and a few larger boats. It's
the first dock just south of the city pier and across the
street from the Bridge Tender Inn. Here, live-aboards
and traveling boaters can tie up to go ashore to work,
shop or to just sightsee in Bradenton Beach.
According to Speciale, arrangements have been
made for boaters to pump out their sewage tanks at the
Bradenton Beach Marina for a nominal fee. Presently,
the marina charges $10 for a pump-out. The marina is
a few hundred yards north of the city pier.


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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 24, 2003 M PAGE 3


Counsel may have conflicts, ethics problem


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Dye, Deitrich, Prather, Petruff & St. Paul P.A., the
law firm that acts as city attorney for Holmes Beach,
may have an ethics problem because it failed to dis-
close a prior interest when the city commission voted
March 11 to sell a city-owned traffic island to adjacent
property owner Patrick,McConnell.
McConnell, as SeaShell Beach Inc., is developing
La Marais Sud, a three-unit condominium complex at
3700 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
According to the Florida Department of State, Di-
vision of Corporations database, the Dye Deitrich law
firm filed documents for the Florida non-profit corpo-
ration La Marais Sud Association Inc. on Feb. 19,
2003. The documents represent incorporation of the
condominium owners association.
On Feb. 25, Patricia Petruff of the firm was the city
attorney at a city commission meeting where action on
the sale of the traffic island to McConnell was delayed
because of an error in the legal description advertise-
ment.
Petruff was also the Holmes Beach city attorney at
the March 11 commission meeting when the commis-
sion voted 4-1 to sell the traffic island to McConnell.
Prior to Feb. 19, the firm had acted as city attorney
on Nov. 4, 2002, when McConnell received a height
variance for the condominium project from the Holmes
Beach Board of Adjustment.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore said the
Dye Deitrich law firm did not discuss any previous
relationship with McConnell or La Marais Sud, either
prior to the Feb. 25 commission meeting or the March
11 meeting.
But the opinions regarding conflict of interest and
disclosure of that interest by an attorney seem to vary
among Florida legal experts.

Florida League of Cities
Eric Hartwell, an attorney for the Florida League
of Cities, said that while neither the league nor the
Florida Municipal Attorneys Association has any type
of ethics code for attorneys, the Florida Bar Associa-
tion does.
He cited Rule 4-1.7 of the Florida Bar
Association's rules for client-lawyer relationships,
which states that "a lawyer shall not represent a client
if the representation of that client will be directly ad-
verse to the interests of another client, unless:
"The lawyer reasonably believes the representation
will not adversely affect the lawyers responsibilities to
and relationship with the other client, and each client


Meetings

Anna Maria City
Dec. 29, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.
Bradenton Beach
None scheduled.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.
Holmes Beach
None scheduled.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,


consents after consultation."
Hartwell also said a lawyer has a duty to avoid
limitation on independent professional judgment.
"I believe representing a client when a conflict of
interest exists would simply require the attorney to dis-
close the conflict to his client and permit the client to
knowingly waive the potential conflict to his client, and
declare that the conflict will not reasonably interfere
with the lawyer's judgment/representation of the exist-
ing client," said Hartwell.
He said he was speaking only in general terms and
was not commenting on any specific incident.

Florida Bar Association
Attorney Ken Marvin of the Florida Bar Associa-
tion said that in general terms, the FBA's rules of pro-
fessional conduct and accompanying comments ap-
proved by the Florida Supreme Court would apply,
adding that he was not speaking about any specific
case.
The FBA comments state that "loyalty is an essen-
tial element in the lawyer's relationship to a client.
"An impermissible conflict of interest may exist
before representation is undertaken, in which event the
representation should be declined.
"If such a conflict arises after representation has
been undertaken, the lawyer should withdraw from the
representation.
"As a general proposition, loyalty to a client pro-
hibits undertaking representation directly adverse to
that client's or another client's interests without the
affected clients consent."
However, added the FBA, "simultaneous represen-
tation in unrelated matters of clients whose interests are
only generally adverse, such as competing economic
enterprises, does not require consent of the respective
clients."
Client loyalty "is also impaired when a lawyer can-
not consider, recommend, or carry out an appropriate
course of action for the client because of the lawyer's
other responsibilities or interests."
On the other hand, said the FBA, "A possible con-
flict does not itself preclude the representation," and
"consideration should be given to whether the client
wishes to accommodate the other interest involved.
"Ordinarily," however, "a lawyer may not act as an
advocate against a client the lawyer represents in some
other matter, even if the other matter is wholly unre-
lated."
The FBA said that "resolving questions of conflict
is primarily the responsibility of the lawyer undertak-
ing the representation."


Berm is a boom
An earthen berm acts as a
containment boom that.
surrounds an open cavity.
Dredged material from
Holmes Beach canals will
be pumped into it. About
19,000 cubic yards of the
dredged sludge will slowly
percolate, dry and become
Useful landfill. Located
Si between Birdie Tebbetts
:'- ;EBaseball Field and
Flotilla Drive, the berm
covers about an acre of
land. Dredging is sched-
uled to begin shortly.
Islander Photo:
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708-5800.
Holiday Closures
Anna Maria City will close Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas. Holmes
Beach and Longboat Key will be closed Dec. 25-26. Bradenton
Beach will be closed at noon Dec. 24-26 for the holiday.
Trash and recyclable pickup will be changed in Anna Maria,
Holmes Beach and Longboat Key due to the holiday. Anna
Maria and Holmes Beach have rescheduled pickup of solid
waste for Saturday, Dec. 27. 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 al-
tered by the holiday.


The entire FBA section on conflict of interest is
available online at www.flabar.org.
Marvin said questions about a specific case could
only be answered by a specific complaint.

Florida Ethics Commission
According to the Florida Ethics Commission, how-
ever, unless the law firm is considered a full-time city
employee, "It does not appear they would have to dis-
close their interest" to the commission, at least under
the ethics law, an attorney for the commission said.
The law does "suggest," however, that an attorney
should not represent clients before the city that the attor-
ney represents, the lawyer said, but each case is different.
Dye Deitrich acts as the Holmes Beach city attor-
ney on a contractual basis, charging an hourly rate for
actual work performed. That's not considered a full-
time city employee under Florida law, the ethics com-
mission attorney said.

Dye letter
Ironically, attorney Jim Dye, who often sits as the
Holmes Beach city attorney in place ofPetruff, has already
given a statement on conflict of interest to Holmes Beach.
In a Dec. 3, 2003, letter to Mayor Carol Whitmore,
Dye addressed the "issue concerning disclosure of con-
flicts," that was raised by Holmes Beach resident Joan
Perry at the Nov. 25, 2003, commission meeting.
Dye referred to Section 112.3143 of the Florida
Statutes and said that while conflicts are defined the
same way for appointed officials as elected officials,
"Appointed officials, however, cannot participate in the
matter which causes the conflict unless the appointed
official first discloses the nature of his or her interest
in the matter."
The Holmes Beach city charter states the city attor-
ney is "appointed" by the mayor annually, subject to
city commission approval.
Perry said that Petruff should have disclosed her
firm's involvement with La Marais Sud at least prior
to the March 11 meeting.
Perry added that she did not know of the firm's
dealings with La Marais Sud before the March 11
meeting, but raised the issue of Dye Deitrich's interest
in other McConnell affairs at that same meeting.
Perry said Dye Deitrich was the law firm that
handled a quit-claim deed, warranty deed and mortgage
documents on the condominium property, all done
prior to the March 11 meeting at which Petruff advised
the commission on the sale of city property to
McConnell.
At that March 11 meeting, Petruff did not indicate
the firm had any interest or association in McConnell
or the condominium.

Recusement
Dye did, however, recuse himself from discussion of
a height variance requested by La Casa Costiera condo-
minium developer William Greer at the Nov. 19 board of
adjustment meeting. The firm had prepared the condo-
minium association documents for La Casa Costiera.
The Dye Deitrich law firm also recused itself from
the Dec. 18 Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board
hearing involving a complaint against the Alamanda
Villa condominiums.
According to CEB clerk Susan Longo, the firm had
handled the condominium incorporation documents for
Alamanda V'illa.
Attorney Mark Singer from Sarasota represented
the city at the CEB hearing.
Additionally, the law firm has recused itself from
a variance request and site-plan review for Frank
Davis, owner of property at 5622 Gulf Drive, citing a
potential conflict of interest.
The nature of that conflict has not been disclosed.
That's not quite good enough for Perry.
"I think the city attorney always needs to declare any
conflict, even if it's just the appearance of a conflict, or
declare if he or she has had any interest," she said.
"I raised the issue both written and verbally at the
March 11 meeting and I expect our commissioners to
pay attention," Perry added.
"What we need is a contract with the city attorney
that states that they do no other business in Holmes
Beach, except for city business."
Efforts to reach the Dye Deitrich law firm for com-
ment by an attorney were unsuccessful.





PAGE 4 0 DEC. 24, 2003 M THE ISLANDER


Bank forecloses on Tidemark,


deal collapses


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Regions Bank of Florida has been granted a fore-
closure motion for $1.7 million against Tidemark Prop-
erties LLC, and the Tidemark property on Marina
Drive in Holmes Beach will be put up for public auc-
tion on Feb. 12, 2004, a bank attorney said.
Attorney Scott Cichon, who represents Regions Bank,
said the motion was granted by the court Dec. 23, despite
last minute efforts by the Parliament Group of Dallas to
complete a deal with Tidemark developer Nick Easterling
that would have purchased the mortgage from Regions
Bank and halted the foreclosure action.
The bank had been in discussions with the Parlia-
ment Group up until a few weeks ago.
"We were told that the deal [with Easterling] was


By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Every church on Anna Maria Island will have ser-
vices tonight on Christmas Eve, and many will have
services on Christmas Day tomorrow.
It will be the final Christmas worship on the Island
for the Rev. Dan Kilts, who will leave Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church in January for a pastorate in Jackson-
ville. And the last Christmas in the First Church of
Christ, Scientist, whose property on Marina Drive is
being sold.
Services at churches here celebrating Christ's
birth:
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria Christmas Eve services at 5:30
and 9 p.m. Christmas Day chapel Communion will be
from 10-10:30 a.m.
Island Baptist.Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria Christmas Eve candlelight service with choirs
and soloist Leesandra Ramirea at 7 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach Christmas Eve services at 4:30 and
8 p.m., children's pageant at the latter. Christmas Day
worship with carols at 9:30 a.m.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach Christmas Eve children's Mass at 4
p.m., midnight Mass beginning at 11:30 p.m. Christ-
mas Day Masses 8:30 and 11 aa.m.
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 6300 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach Christmas Eve service at 8
p.m.
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach Christmas Eve, First Mass of
Christmas at 5 p.m., carol sing at 9:30 followed by
Holy Eucharist of the Nativity at 10 p.m. Christmas
Day, Holy Eucharistic Rite I with carols at 10 a.m.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300


Divorce court in Holmes Beach
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Mark Barnebey.
Davis eventually dumped Barnebey and hired
Mackey.
Hootman claims in court papers that Matthew Tay-
lor, an attorney with the Mackey Group, made an "un-
authorized communication" to Lutz on Nov. 21, 2003,
at the instigation of Mackey.
On the same day, he spoke with Mackey in "an
effort to resolve a dispute" over a deposition by city
staff member Susan Corsi.
During that conversation, according to Hootman,
Mackey said "his office was contacting City Attorney
Patricia Petruff and Commissioner Roger Lutz (who is
an attorney) to express criticism of the representation
which [Hootman] was providing to defendant CITY
(sic) in this case."
Hootman said he then told Mackey that he was
"not authorized to speak with members of the city com-
mission," at which time Mackey hung up.


going to happen, then we heard last week that it did not
go through," said Cichon.
He said anyone, including Easterling and his part-
ners, can purchase the mortgage from Regions Bank up
until the day of the public sale, thus assuming the first
mortgage that Regions holds.
"If someone buys our mortgage, they would step
into our slot" as holder of the first mortgage, he noted.
Brasota Mortgage of Bradenton has filed a mort-
gage foreclosure action against Tidemark for its second
mortgage in the amount of $1.7 million.
The Tidemark is located on the site of the former
Pete Reynard's/Marina Bay restaurant in Holmes
Beach.
Efforts to reach Easterling for comment were un-
successful.


Church St., Bradenton Beach Christmas Eve,
candlelight service with choir at 7 p.m.
Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive Christmas Eve, cider and cookies in the gar-
den at 9 p.m., candlelight service and music by flute
and harp with the choir at 10 p.m.
All Angels Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road,
Longboat Key Christmas Eve music and Holy Eu-
charist at 5 p.m., Eucharist with Communion at 10 p.m.
St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key Christmas
Eve Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m., choir will sing at 8:30
p.m. followed by midnight Mass liturgy at 9 p.m.;
Christmas Day Masses at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.


Holiday trash, garbage
pickup schedules
With no trash collection on the normal
Thursday pickup day Christmas Anna
Maria and Holmes Beach have rescheduled
pickup of solid waste for Saturday, Dec. 27;
recyclables will be collected as usual on Mon-
day for both cities. Yard waste collection re-
mains Wednesday.
On Longboat Key, both solid waste and
recyclables will be collected on Saturday, Dec.
27.
Bradenton Beach has no collections scheduled
for Thursday, so its pickup program will not be
altered by the Christmas holiday.
On the New Year's holiday next week, the
same waste-handling schedule will be fol-
lowed.



But it was too late.
Even Mackey conceded in a letter to Hootman the
same day that Taylor had contacted Lutz earlier on
Nov. 21.
Lutz, said Mackey, did not speak to Taylor because
"he deemed the contact inappropriate.
"This contact does," continued Mackey, "appear to
have been inappropriate under the circumstances and
we apologize for the appearance of impropriety."
Mackey took full responsibility for the call, al-
though he claimed Taylor only wanted to talk to Lutz
about "procedural aspects, not substantive aspects" of
the matter pending in the court.
He said that after speaking with Hootman, he went to
Taylor to tell him not to call Lutz, but Taylor had just
gotten off the phone with Lutz, Mackey said in his letter.
"You can be assured that even though you and I do
not see eye-to-eye, there will be no further contact of
any nature whatsoever," he concluded.
No more contact with Mackey is apparently fine
with Hootman.
He filed a motion Nov. 26 asking the circuit court


Ed Callen, left, Nancy Abrose and the Rev. Willia
Grossman of Harvey Memorial Community Church
are collecting items for their church's "Soldiers
Heart" program and they're hoping for more
donations from the community before mailing their
packages mid-January for Valentine's Day. Drop
donations to the church, 300 Church Ave.,
Bradenton Beach, or The Islander newspaper, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information,
call Grossman, 779. 1912.

Bradenton Beach quiet for now
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
cial Bob Welch's resignation, which is effective Jan. 2.
Welch resigned earlier this month, saying that "actions
by public officials have made it impossible for me to
continue working for the city."
"We wish you well," O'Brien said to Welch, "and
hope you don't take any of this personally."
Commissioners heard a presentation by Holmes
Beach Treasurer Rick Ashley regarding that city step-
ping in to handle building official matters in Bradenton
Beach until the city retains another building official.
Ashley said Holmes Beach could aid Bradenton
Beach for "60 to 90 days" for a fee.
O'Brien, who was chairing the meeting in the ab-
sence of Mayor John Chappie, suggested the matter be
postponed until Chappie could finalize the agreement,
which commissioners and Ashley agreed to.
Commissioners also agreed to postpone discussion
on a proposal by Ric Gatehouse to create a Web site for
Bradenton Beach.
The matter of collecting files and documents from
former City Attorney Alan Prather was a "voluminous"
task, according to interim City Attorney Chuck Webb,
and a more detailed status report would be forthcom-
ing after the first of the year, Webb said.
Commissioners did agree to appoint Jo Ann
Meilner to the city's planning and zoning board, and
entered into an agreement with Webb for him to handle
legal matters for the city on an interim basis at an
hourly rate of $125.
Commissioners also agreed that any revenue gen-
erated from a possible half-cent sales tax increase com-
ing to the city would be earmarked for stormwater
improvements, streets and roads, new construction
within city hall, or police vehicles. Voters are expected
to decide on implementation of the additional
countywide half-cent sales tax in a March special elec-
tion.

to disqualify the Mackey Law Group as Davis' attor-
ney, for sanctions against Davis and the entry of a de-
fault.
Judge Charles Williams has set a hearing on the
Hootman motion for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 2004.
But the bizarre circumstances surrounding the en-
tire case seem to be far from over.
Mackey has filed a counter-motion to the McLean/
Coloney suit, asking the court to find in favor of Davis,
award him damages in excess of $15,000, and pay for
attorney's fees and costs associated with the action.
In fact, Mackey has even claimed in a separate
motion that Holmes Beach owes Davis' attorney fees,
and has asked the court to "enter an order awarding
reasonable attorneys fees to Mr. Davis, to be paid by
the city and its counsel."
In addition to asking the court for a divorce from
Mackey in defending the suit, Hootman has also filed
a separate motion asking the court to refer the matter
to mediation.
No date to hear that motion has yet been set by the
court.


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THE ISLANDER M DEC. 24, 2003 M PAGE 5


City commission approves drainage projects


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
With the Island spotlight on outrageous behavior
shifting like beach sand from Anna Maria to Bradenton
Beach, city commissioners in Anna Maria accom-
plished something at their Dec. 18 meeting.
The commission actually listened to advice from
its capital improvements advisory committee and city
engineers and approved four "small" drainage im-
provement projects at a cost totalling about $25,000.
Commission approval gives Baskerville-Donovan
Inc., the city's engineering firm, authority to prepare
the project specifications and receive bids. The com-
mission will have final approval on the contractor be-
fore funds are authorized.
The four projects are a swale on Hammock Road,
the Archer Way cul-de-sac, Rose Street drainage im-
provement and creating an alleyway swale from Cres-
cent Drive to North Shore Drive.
Kurt Jensen of BDI told commissioners that these
"smaller projects" had been recommended by the CIAC
in its priority list submitted to the commission in Novem-
ber, and all the projects could be done without a Southwest
Florida Water Management District permit.
The four projects can be funded from the existing
budget.
In November, the commission had quashed a line
of credit that would have funded about $250,000 in
capital improvement projects from the CIAC priority
list, opting instead to do a limited number of projects
from the approximately $70,000 for improvements re-
maining in the budget.
Commissioners also gave BDI authority to prepare
the bid package for improvements to the humpback
bridge on North Bay Boulevard and accompanying
seawall, and the Crescent Drive bridge. The current
budget has $138,000 for those improvements.
But the commission bogged down on approving a
single "large" capital improvements project to fund this
year.
Mayor SueLynn suggested the commission hold a
joint meeting with the CIAC and BDI to "get together
and talk about major capital improvement projects."
Commissioner Duke Miller, the commission's
CIAC liaison, liked the idea. "Do we have enough in-
formation to decide on these projects tonight? I don't
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and discussed these issues.
Jensen agreed. "It's good to slow down now so you
can speed up later. We need to share our knowledge
with the new commissioners and get everyone up to
speed."
The joint meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednes-
day, Jan. 21, at city hall.
Commissioners also received a report from Ed
Barber & Associates on the scope of services for tak-
ing core samples from canal bottoms and testing those
for composition and sediment. The CIAC had recom-
mended the testing as the first step in a long process to
eventually obtain permission from the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection to dredge the canals.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said he was op-
posed to the project because it was not a priority, and
considered it a waste of money until the results of the
current Holmes Beach dredging project were available.
Jensen said that if the commission did not want to
dredge the canals at some point in the future, there was
no need to take samples.
"I'm not saying 'no,'" Woodland responded, but
waiting a couple of years won't hurt. Jensen pointed
out that obtaining core samples is just the first step in
a very long process.
The core samples might even tell the city the canal
bottoms and water quality are fine, he said.
Miller suggested that the commission get the re-
sults of the core samples first before making any deci-
sion to proceed.
Commission Chairperson John Quam noted funds
for the testing have already been approved by the com-
mission and commissioners agreed to wait for those
results before discussing any future course of action.

Consent agenda
The consent agenda passed by a 3-2 vote, but not
before Commissioners Linda Cramer and Carol Ann
Magill questioned payment of $4,152 to Holmes Con-
struction for work already completed.
The mayor said the money was for repairs to the
public works building, and part of a $13,500 line item
in the budget, but Cramer wanted to know where the
three estimates were on the project.
SueLynn said Public Works Director George McKay
should have those on file, but he was not at the meeting.
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come before the commission with three estimates.
"I would feel better if we knew ahead of time of the
three estimates and the scope of work," she said.
The mayor said it was her understanding that she
did not need further authorization from the commission
for expenditures that were already in the budget, just
the three bids.
However, she said, she brought authorization for this
payment to the commission because it was more than
$2,500 and not a separate line item, just part of a total.
Former City Commissioner Jay Hill said that the
policy of payments without commission authorization
was reversed when he was on the commission from
2000 to 2002 and had not been changed by any com-
mission resolution, as far as he was aware.
SueLynn said it was her understanding the policy
had been changed verbally by the commission after
Hill left, and she would research the issue.
Magill and Cramer voted against approving the
consent agenda.

Arvida impact
The mayor said she would write a letter to the City
of Bradenton that if it chooses to impose an impact fee
on the planned 898-unit Arvida condominium project
on Perico Island when it gets built, the three Island cit-
ies "need to be considered.
"Let's gct our foot in the door because those people
will turn righi to the Island as much as they will turn
left."

City hall improvements
SueL) reported that when construction begins
on repairing city hall, the city will likely have to rent
a double-wide trailer to temporarily replace city hall
while the improvements take place. Staff will be unable
to use even; a portion of city hall, including the rest
rooms.
"We are looking at other options, however, and I'll
bring the issuc back to the commission in January."
In other business, the commission passed an ordi-
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"And we actually accomplished something to-
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Opinio1

Let it be merry
The Egan family tradition is a great one, and we
can assure you that every year their family Christmas
card displays a unique and clever sense of humor -
and the warm holiday wishes that go with the season.
The Islander is never without its sense of humor
with cartoonist Jack Egan on board. You can read about
Jack's family and their 44 years of Christmas cards,
and Christmas card making, in this week's newspaper.
It's what we would call a "time-honored tradition."
You've been enjoying Jack's cartoons in The Is-
lander, and a former Islander newspaper since the mid-
1970s, when "Slick, the oily bird" was born of neces-
sity to fight offshore oil drilling.
Slick and Jack have weathered more so, perse-
vered some interesting times on Anna Maria Island.
Their kids went to school here, catching the bus at the
end of their driveway where a street sign indicates
"Linda Lane," although there's no street. For a time,
there was a large landmark "mosquito pond" next to
their home on the beach, but when a fancy home went
in behind the pond, it became known as a lake.
Then, just a few years back, Jack and wife Judy
were undergoing one of the biggest changes they had
to face since moving to Anna Maria. They were emp-
tying and moving boxes of stored "treasures" and mak-
ing room in their home for ack! air conditioning.
Meanwhile, the Christmas cards have become trea-
sures, or as he indicated, heirlooms worthy of passing
down to future generations.
And with the cards' popularity, comes the trying
task of making and mailing some 200 cards.
Ah, if only there were computers for such things.
Wait, Jack, there are computers.
Santa Claus should put Jack on his list, but then
computer classes would come next, and heaven knows
if Jack's ready to delve into the future to that extent.
For now, we'll take our cards and cartoons -
the old-fashioned way. Hand drawn with a laugh.

Good tidings
Holidays mean added pressure for almost everyone
(shop shop shop), but we learn that even bad times
come with some good and that we can celebrate best
the Christmas season by wishing everyone love in your
homes, joy in the world and peace in your hearts.
Merry Christmas from all of us to all of you. And
Happy Hanukkah. Blessed Kwanza. Best wishes.
We wish everyone a happy holiday and a prosper-
ous new year. We love you, Anna Maria.


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Opinion


Why again?
We have one hero out of four. Of the four commis-
sioners who were at the last Holmes Beach City Com-
mission meeting, Pat Morton seemed to be the only one
who works for us.
Again the others, with the exception of Don
Maloney who wasn't there, voted not to follow the
codes we have that protect us from becoming another
Longboat Key.
They again asked the planning and zoning com-
mission to look into what they already have looked at.
Pat Morton asked the question "Why are sending back
to planning and zoning something-they already have
done according to the planning and zoning?"
Seems a good question to me. I wonder why the
other three didn't have an answer or the guts to support
what we voted them in to do?
Win Bishop, Holmes Beach
Power of the gavel
An open letter to Mayor John Chappie:
I sat through two recent Bradenton Beach City
Commission meetings, the first a very tumultuous one
but the second one this week (Dec. 11) was at least
fairly calm, though extremely tense.
A gentleman in attendance at the one this week
made some comments in support of the new commis-
sion, and then said he felt the "changes" taking place
in our city did not just recently start ... and he was
right.
It really started in early October 2001 at The
Islander's voter forum, where all running for office,
including myself, were asked by the editor of The Is-
lander what we felt was the single most important is-
sue facing our city.
And I, along with Mayor Gail Cole, who was run-
ning for re-election, were the only ones to say "devel-
opment." No one else saw it. My, how times have
changed.
Yes, we are going through the process of change,
and change is definitely needed, and in the end I believe


it will be a plus for the city. But I have a lot of prob-
lems with the whole process we are going through.
Character and integrity assassination, innuendo, false
information, charges, countercharges and sarcasm are
not the way.
I stood outside city hall for a few minutes during
the last commission meeting and listened to a group of
officials from some surrounding cities who were sar-
castically asking each other who would be "stupid
enough" to want to apply for our city's now vacant
building official position, and that really bothered me.
How low have we sunk in the eyes of everyone else?
Then I thought back to a previous commission
meeting in early 2002 where things also got out of hand
as comments from some of the public got very close to
being personal, and sitting on the same dais that our
current commissioners now sit, I turned to the mayor
and said, "You know you have the power of the gavel
and can stop this."
It is no different today.
Mayor Chappie, you have the ultimate power of
the gavel. Use it. When meetings diverge from what is
on the agenda and scheduled to be discussed, use it.
When comments from the public or the dais broach the
lines of civility and respect, use it. You need to get
control of this city, your city, our city, now. Start us-
ing the gavel.
Only then do I believe civility and respect for
Bradenton Beach will return.
Ross Benjamin, Bradenton Beach


A lucky winner
Thank you for your donation of an Islander T-shirt
and hat as prizes in the holiday open house drawing.
I was the lucky winner!
I'm looking forward to wearing them when I walk
the beach and kayak. I would like to thank you also for
being a part of such a festive community event as the
open house. It is a lovely present for the whole Island.
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TIE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 24, 2003 M PAGE 7


Ad valorem taxes to provide fire services?


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Residents and businesses in the West Manatee Fire
& Rescue District will be asked to approve a measure
on the March 2004 ballot that will allow the district to
collect ad valorem taxes to meet its annual budget,
rather than an annual assessment for funding.
WMFRD Chief Andy Price told district board
members at their Dec. 18 meeting that the public needs
to be educated that the amount they pay annually for
fire protection is not changing, just the method by
which the district collects the money.
Most fire districts in Florida and the Manatee
County area currently use ad valorem taxes for fund-
ing instead of an assessment, Price said.
An ad valorem tax for fire service simply replaces
the assessment, which has to be increased annually.
With the increase in property values every year,
board member Larry Tyler said he believes the district
board would not have to increase the millage rate an-
nually to meet the district's budget.
Price said if the measure passes, he will propose a
millage of about 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed evalu-
ation, a .5 millage rate.


He and his staff have already done the financial
assessments, he said, and "that rate will give us what
we need" to meet the annual budget, noting that the
Cedar Hammock Fire District has a 1.0 millage rate
while Braden River is .8 mills.
Price said he's been speaking to organizations and
associations throughout the district in support of the
measure and the response has been favorable.
"For that small millage, people will get $2 million
worth of equipment, about 20 firefighters, an ambu-
lance and a response time of between five to eight min-
utes when they have a fire," observed Price.
By comparison, he said, the millage rate for the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office is 5.1 in the county,
and for that, the caller gets a $30,000 vehicle driven by
one officer who usually responds in about 30 minutes,
depending upon the emergency.
Under Florida law, the district could go as high as
3.75 mills.
"But people know how frugal we've been with
their money," said Price, and board chairman Jim
Davis agreed.
"That's why we have a board to vote on these
things," Davis said.


Permits denied for Island Marina homes


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Three proposed waterfront homes on Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria on the site of the former Island Marina
won't be built any time soon.
The Anna Maria Building Department has denied
building permit applications made by Island Marina
Inc. for the three separate units because the lot size for
each is insufficient for a single-family residence.
Anna Maria Building Official Kevin Donohue said
none of the three lots meet the requirement of 7,500
square feet for a single-family home. All the lots are
just over 5,000 square feet in size, he added.
However, because the area is zoned ROR, a retail-


office building could be built on each lot, Donohue ob-
served.
In addition, he noted that the three lots could be
replatted and consolidated to two, and both would then
meet the lot size requirement. That would allow Island
Marina Inc. to build an ROR unit on each of the two
new lots.
Island Marina Inc. owner Jeff Brown tore down the
marina in October and removed the gasoline storage
tanks and pumps, but left the deli intact.
According to the building permit applications,
Brown's plans call for three three-story homes, each
three bedroom, two bath with two floors of living
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Inc. is the' contractor that submitted the plans.
While the area is zoned ROR, the plans submitted
did not show any retail space on the ground floor.
An Island real estate agent said that if built accord-
ing to the plans, the waterfront homes on Lake LaVista
would likely each sell in the $700,000 to $800,000
range.
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La Casa Costiera variance request granted


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment granted
a request for a setback variance at its Dec. 17 meeting
for William Greer's property at 7300 Gulf Drive, the
former Island Plantation motel, which will soon be-
come La Casa Costeria condominiums.
The motion passed 4-1 with member Russ Olsen
objecting, not to the applicant's request, but to what he
believes to be too much input from the city attorney.
"I'm voting no just to see if I'm admonished by the
attorney for doing so," Olsen stated.
At the start of the meeting, Chairman Hugh
Holmes Jr. advised the board it would be following a
new procedure for placing motions into the record. The
new procedure, which was recommended by city attor-
ney Jim Dye prior to the meeting, requires the board to
take a recess to allow a board member to consult the
city attorney to draft the appropriate wording before
making a motion.
Susan Lonzo, the public works clerk, stated the
only other option is to make a motion during the meet-
ing and send it to legal counsel for ratification and then
continue the public hearing at the next meeting, which
would amount to a 30-day process.
This new procedure is meant to clarify the board's
intent and ensure the motion is a defensible order, said
Lonzo.




Cortez Road



left-turn



lane? Well...

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Stalled repeatedly, the left-turn lane on Cortez
Road through the village of Cortez has a new sched-
ule. For the umpteenth time.
Florida Department of Transportation's program
as of now has the controversial project up for con-
tracting next June and work starting in autumn 2004.
It will take 150 days to complete, DOT's Bartow
district office figures.
Two problems with that: It may be just another
shaky date like its predecessors, and an autumn start
would put construction into the winter season the
very reason it was delayed last time around.
The project is to widen the thoroughfare from
119th Street West to the Cortez Bridge. In 2000, the
department put it on its "do" list, but it just didn't
"do" it then.
Cortez residents protested vehemently, charging,
among.other things, that the widened road would en-
croach on several homes that were protected as part
of the village's historic district.
DOT changed plans to accommodate objections
and even added a new traffic-light arrangement at
119th Street. It scheduled a start in July 2002, with
$666,000 set aside for it in the DOT budget.
Then the traffic light mechanism, by then inte-
gral to the project; was delayed in manufacture, put-
ting off the start until after the 2002-03 winter sea-
son and DOT established a "mandatory start" date of
May 5, 2003.
Yeah, right.
When it finally gets done, Cortez Road will
have:
Enough width for a 12-foot-wide lane in its
middle for left turns, plus two 11-foot lanes for east-
west traffic.
Five-foot paved shoulders for bicycle lanes.
Five-foot concrete sidewalks on each side.
Three landscaped medians in mid-road.
That new signal system at 119th Street.
Flashing beacons on 35-mph speed-limit signs.
The whole thing runs deep into the 2004-05 win-
ter season, making already frustrating traffic condi-
tions worse.


"It's just more bureaucratic nonsense," Olsen ar-
gued. "If we can't understand the language of a motion
when it's made, we shouldn't be voting."
Olsen noted that the method of stating a motion for the
record is already written out for board members, making
it simple to insert the information relevant to each case.
Lonzo said it was becoming difficult for the clerk
to write down everything being said by board members
and motions were not being recorded as stated but
rather were paraphrased by the clerk.
"I still object. Our jobs are being denigrated to be
rubber stamps for the attorneys," Olsen said. "We're all
volunteers here and we might as well let the lawyers
and staff meet instead. We're running this as lawyers."
The rest of the board members agreed to try the
new procedure and were informed that all boards have
been asked to follow this new procedure.
Dye was not present at the Dec. 19 meeting to ex-
plain his procedural recommendation, having declared
a conflict with the matter in November.
Attorney Susan Swartz of the law firm of Stanley
R. Swartz counseled the board during Greer's public
hearing.
Greer had withdrawn his request for a variance at
the Nov. 19 BOA meeting when Dye recused himself
and board members floundered without the advice of
legal counsel.
The law firm representing the city, Dye, Deitrich,


Prather, Petruff & St. Paul P.A., apparently represents
Greer in some manner and is listed on the Costeria con-
dominium Web site as a member of the "development
team."
At the November meeting, Dye told the BOA there
was a potential conflict of interest in that another attor-
ney in his firm represented Greer.
Greer's property is fronted by Gulf Drive at 73rd
Street where he plans to build a new two-story multi-
family building along with other units in the project.
The city code allows relief through a variance on
a dead-end street when a property is fronted by two side
streets. In this case, 73rd Street is a dead-end street.
The board found the request to be in compliance
with city codes and granted a 20-foot sideyard setback
instead of the required 25 feet, which is the minimum
variance requested by the applicant.
Speaking on behalf of the applicant, attorney
Garrett Barnes said that with the approved variance,
this condo unit will line up and be consistent with two
buildings already in place there. The project will con-
sist of 12 condominium units.
The next BOA meeting will be 9 a.m. Jan. 14 at
city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Lonzo said due to the high volume of variance re-
quests there are seven pending variance requests -
the board should begin meeting twice a month starting
in January.


Holiday gathering
Participants in the adopt-a-grandparent program at Anna Maria Elementary School enjoyed a holiday lunch
and sing-a-long prior to winter vacation. Students gave decorated glass candle holders to the grandparents
during the party's gift exchange. The program, which teams up seniors from All Island Denominations and the
Anna Maria Kiwanis Club with Island students as surrogate grandparents, was initiated more than 10 years
ago. The holiday party has become a tradition. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan



The case of the missing owner


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Code Enforcement Officer Gerry
Rathvon has been trying to find the owner of the prop-
erty at 314 Magnolia Ave. for nearly six months.
That's about how long it's been since Rathvon first
sent owner Jack Townsend a letter explaining that a
fence on his property was encroaching on the city's 10-
foot right of way for an alley at the rear of his lot.
The city plans to build a swale in the alleyway that
will help solve the stormwater drainage problems there.
Although the exact start date of construction for the swale
has not been decided, the city asked property owners abut-
ting the alleyway several months ago to remove any en-
croachments in preparation for the work.
Everyone has complied, said Rathvon, except
Townsend.
But Townsend is elusive.
Certified letters sent to his Anna Maria post office
box have been returned as undeliverable and the post
office said it has no forwarding address for him.


Rathvon said the post office does have a letter from
Townsend asking them to hold his mail for pickup, but
they have no idea when that will be.
After more than five months of effort to find
Townsend, Rathvon had no choice but to take the mat-
ter to the code enforcement board and let it decide if a
violation has taken place.
"So he might not even be alive?" suggested Code
Enforcement Board Chairman Bill Iseman after hear-
ing Rathvon's tale.
But Rathvon is not Sherlock Holmes, said board
member John Fara. It's not her job to try and track
someone down. All she can do is mail notices to the
listed address.
The board voted 4-1 to have Rathvon send
Townsend one more letter giving him until Jan. 8,
2004, to come "into compliance" by removing the
fence.
After that, the CEB can decide on what fines, if
any, they want to impose on Townsend for the en-
croachment.





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By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Jack Egan is an artist, cartoonist, humorist and sen-
timental Irishman. Every year for 44 years he's been
sending Christmas cards so unique and attractive they
may well be collectible.
Card No. 44 in the series is this year's, and it harks
back to Egan's pipe-smoking days as proven by its photo.
The cover, with Egan's gentle humor in the drawings,
advises "Step back in time to ..." and unfolded the rest of
the card says "... 1964 and see Jack and Judie with Shawn
and Erin working on card No. 5."
Sure enough, there they are in a vintage photo-
graph, the head man typically with pen in hand and
pipe in mouth (a fixture he's since forgotten) and even
sort of handsome, a young and lovely Judie with her
own pen typically doing all the work, and two enchant-
ing daughters, 2 and 3, lending encouragement.
It ends appropriately: "Merry Christmas, Jack &
Judie."


The cards started their first married Christmas in
1960, he in law school at the University of Florida and
she pregnant. They just sat down and made their own
cards, every step of every one by hand.
They made 20 for family and friends. This year
they sent 180. After the first couple of years they got
printers to do some of it, but still do much of the detail
by hand, one by one.
"The most dramatic part of the process early on
was getting pictures of the kids as they fought and cried
and pouted," Egan said. He describes the girls as "Irish
twins less than a year apart, 11 months."
He used photos of the girls and later grandchil-
dren every year except this one, with the parents
seldom in the picture, he said.
"Once a friend took a picture with all of us in it and
he sat in my place while I focused the camera for him
and I snapped one of him and made one card with that
shot and sent it to him," said Egan.
He recalled one embarrassment when the family


gathered to take photos of the girls as the postman ar-
rived: "They were all dressed up and we waited and
waited and got all ready when the postman came in
view and he drove right on past us."
Another time: "During the Bicentennial in 1976 the
girls dressed up in colonial costumes and held up a big
sign telling the British troops to go back where they be-
longed: 'Redcoats go home.' Then Santa showed up in
his red coat."
He dropped law school halfway through when
Judie was pregnant again and his $108 a month on the
GI Bill just didn't cut it. He went to work for a health
insurance company and by 1967 was able to move the
family to their chosen life home, Anna Maria Island.
He's retired now, still dabbling in communications
and art as The Islander's cartoonist. He's let people
watch the family grow up on the Christmas cards, and
has worked his six grandchildren in over the years.
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Christian Science Church says goodbye


The final worship service in the Island's First
Church of Christ, Scientist, will be at 10:30 a.m. this
Sunday, Dec. 28, for the church property is being sold
next month.
The sale of the church at 6300 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, is a sad event for members of the con-
gregation. Declining membership brought on the sale.
Christian Science has at least a 30-year history of
devotion and service on Anna Maria Island, and Sally
Roberts has recounted it for The Islander:
The first interest shown in Christian Science on
Anna Maria Island was by a group of students of Chris-
tian Science who began having church services in their
homes and then progressed to the Anna Maria Island
Community Center in the early 1950s. As this was an
informal group, no records were kept and exact dates
are not available. No attempt was made to organize and
this group later disbanded.
On Feb. 11, 1963, a group of 19 earnest students
of Christian Science met to discuss holding services at
the Manatee County Public Beach pavilion. After sev-
eral months of meetings, it was decided to hold services
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
In April 1965, this group was recognized as a
branch of the Mother Church, the First Church of
Christ, Scientist, Anna Maria, Fla.


In October 1965, a Sunday School was established
and in 1966 the membership purchased six lots for a
future church home.
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1971, was a red-letter day, for on
that date the first Wednesday evening meeting was held
in the new edifice on Marina Drive. What had been the
Christian Science Society, Anna Maria Island, Fla., be-
came First Church of Christ, Scientist, Holmes Beach, Fla.
Services were held on Sunday mornings and
Wednesday evenings from that time forward. In 1975,
a Sunday School room and a childcare room was added
onto the edifice.
A reading room located in the Island Shopping
Center in Holmes Beach was begun shortly after the
building was completed and remained in that location
until it was moved into the church building in the sum-
mer of 2002.
On Nov. 11, 2003, the membership voted to dis-
solve this church. Many of the members of the Holmes
Beach church will take their membership to First
Church of Christ, Scientist, Bradenton (1335 Manatee
Ave. W.).
Many items from the church will be used by the
Bradenton congregation, most notably our organ. Other
furnishings have been donated to various churches in
Bradenton and to other charitable entities.


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Former Islander newspaper editor and publisher
Don Moore has just published "War Tales," a book
about the wartime experiences of 25 Florida men who
served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
Moore now lives in Punta Gorda, but grew up on
Anna Maria Island and attended the Island's elementary
school when it was a one-room block building at the site
of the present Anna Maria Island Community Center.
He worked for several area daily newspapers fol-
lowing graduation from the University of Florida with
a journalism degree and, in 1966, became editor and
part-owner of The Islander weekly newspaper on Anna
Maria Island.
Moore sold The Islander to the New York Times
in 1980 and retired to Punta Gorda, eventually going to
work for the Venice Gondolier where, as senior editor,
he writes a twice-weekly veterans' column similar to
"The Greatest Generation" column written by Rick
Catlin in this version of The Islander.
In Moore's view, he has never written anything
that has produced such a positive response from the
readers as these war stories told by the people who
lived them.
"War Tales" are the 25 best stories from his veter-
ans' columns.
"War Tales" is "dedicated to the soldiers, sailors,
airmen, marines, coast guardsmen and merchant
marinemen who survived the battles and returned home
to tell their children, grandchildren and great-grand-
children about war and its hardships," said Moore.
"It is also dedicated to those servicemen buried in
foreign fields who never came home. They are the real
heros of war, as the survivors are prone to say.
"No matter the war or the reason for it, there is al-
ways a deadly price to pay in young lives. As has been
said before, neither war nor freedom is without sub-
stantial costs.
"For those of us who were fortunate and didn't go
to war, I say thank you for our freedom and the way of


Veteran Islander
Don Moore, who grew up on Anna Maria Island and
now lives in Punta Gorda, has written "War Tales, "
about the wartime experiences of Florida veterans.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
life we enjoy," he concluded.
To order the book, contact Moore by e-mail at
moore@sun-herald.com or regular mail at P.O. Box
7651, North Port, FL 34287. The hardcover version of
"War Tales" is $25.70 including tax. Shipping and
handling is $3.65.
The book is now available at the Anna Maria Is-
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New courses in new year at Center


Several new courses will begin with the new
year at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Irish dancing will resume from 12:30-2:30
p.m. Monday, starting Jan. 5. The first session
will be at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, with subsequent
sessions at the Center. Cost is $3 for members, $4
for nonmembers.
One-stroke painting will run for four Thurs-
day evenings from 6:30-8:30 starting Jan. 8, with
Jo Gustavsen as instructor. It is open to ages 18
and up at a cost of $48. Registration deadline is
Jan. 4.
A second class for Susan Cotton's watercol-


ors course will be from 9:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays
beginning Jan. 6. A four-week session costs $60
for members, $65 for nonmembers. She also
teaches a class on Tuesdays.
Beading classes will begin Jan. 9 with Dawn
Gurtner of Artist for Rent instructing. The class will
meet from 12:15-2:15 p.m. Friday for four weeks.
Cost is $13 for members, $15 for nonmembers.
A workshop in interior design basics will be
from 2-3:30 p.m. for six Thursdays starting Jan. 8.
It will be under the direction of Bettina Sego of
Bettina Sego Interiors. Cost is $60 for members,
$65 for nonmembers.
Registration for any of these courses is open
now and may be made by calling 778-1908.


Obituaries


Kate Borstelmann
Kate Borstelmann, 94, of Bradenton, died Dec. 15.
Memorial services were Dec. 19 at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to the American Cancer Society,
600 U.S. 301 Blvd. W., Suite 136, Bradenton FL
34205.
She is survived by son Herman; five grandchildren;
and 10 great-grandchildren.
Timothy Propas
Timothy Propas, 53, of Bradenton Beach, died
Dec. 16.
Born in Brockton, Mass., Mr. Propas came to
Manatee County from Cape Cod, Mass., 10 years ago.
He was a painter and musician. He was Catholic.
A gathering of friends was held Dec. 19. Griffith-
Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of


arrangements.
He is survived by sister Kathy Smart of Holmes
Beach and parents Fred and Julia of Tarpon Springs.

Josef August Zahner
Josef August Zahner, 96, of Holmes Beach, died
Dec. 17.
Born in Germany, Mr. Zahner came to Manatee
County from Lake City three years ago, He was a re-
tired motel owner. He attended St. Bernard Catholic
Church, Holmes Beach.
Memorial services were Dec. 23 at the church.
Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Bradenton Chapel, was
in charge or arrangements.
He is survived by wife of 53 years Josefine; daugh-
ters Ingrid Haines of Tallahassee, Rose Schickner of
Stockheim, Germany, and Mary of Sarasota; son Jo-
seph of Bradenton; and six grandchildren.


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For young Cortezian: Music, music, music

By Jim Hanson '
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"I didn't win first, but people say 'You had the guts
to try,' and I'm doing something not everybody does
every day." 41
That's Eric von Hahmann, Cortez 17-year-old who
won one of 23 honorable mentions among some 2,000

Seven others won first places in their categories. .
Von Hahmann is hard to categorize, for he can play
about anything and write about anything. Maybe he
would best fit in the crossover category of the Nash-
ville-based talent search.
The title of his winning song tells its story, he says:
"Baby If You Come Back Home." He once performed ,
it for the drummer for the Moody Blues, whom he hap-
pened to run into, and "he loved it." :
Though he likes all kinds of music and plays most
of it on his guitar while he sings, he loves country best.
"It tells stories, its message is easy to understand. You .
give a message through your guitar, too, you know." '
He's been composing since he was 13, encouraged
all the way by his mother, Manatee County Commis- ,
sioner Jane von Hahmann, and twin brother Dustin. - .
Father Rocky owns Surfing World, 11904 Cortez
Road, and the store keeps the champion surfer busy.
He's supportive too, though not by any means a musi- '
cian, said Eric.
Eric and Dustin graduated this month from Mana- I 9
tee High School on an accelerated program. Cortez is
famed for its music and its fish, so it seems fitting that .
one twin is a fine musician and the other a superlative -. ..
fisherman. "Dustin can find fish where there aren't ._ -; O
any," Eric claims proudly.
Eric can go on to university if he chooses, for his
grandfather, William Wise of Orlando, has arranged to
pay for four years of college. But it must be in Florida,
and Eric may opt for Nashville instead.
He's just not convinced that music can be taught.
"I guess you can learn it up to a point," he said, "but
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Construction actually started in mid-July, but the
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Music this young Cortezian's life
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12

you either have it or not.
"I don't want to have to do it as someone else does
it, just to satisfy a teacher. I learn more from watching
and hearing players in bars."
It takes practice and lots of it, an hour and a half to
four hours a day on his guitar. Other than music, he
surfs and hangs out with his girlfriend, who helps him
with the feminine nuances of music.
His mother bought his first guitar and "has gotten
everything possible to help me. She helps with the


THE ISLANDER E DEC. 24, 2003 N PAGE 13
Making
Christmas
merry
Bette Kissick
shows offjust a
few of the more
than 300 toys
collected at her
workplace,
Griffith-Cline
Funeral Homes,
Island Chapel. It
is Griffith-Cline's
12th year collect-
ing toys for needy
children through
t the U.S. Marines
Corps' Toys for
Tots program.
Islander Photo:
J.L. Robertson


songs, and so does Dustin. She's the most inspiring
thing in my life."
Where he feels the music most is performing be-
fore an appreciative audience.
"Every time I'm in front of people, I make the
music better and I get better at it. Alone, it doesn't
sound quite the same. I like country, folk, blue grass,
old-time, it's all cool."
He loves to sit in with groups, to perform alone
between their sets, to get going with his audience. He
will play and sing and listen at the Cortez Commercial
Fishing Festival Feb. 21-22.
Finished with high school, betwixt and between
university and a run at Nashville, young von Hahmann
isn't sure where he'll be but he's certain what it will be:
"Music, music, music, that's my life," he said.


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seeking a room for the night, only to be turned away.
They strolled the Anna Maria neighborhood on a chilly
Saturday night and then at the church shared carols, hot
chocolate and cookies. Islanders John and Charlene
Belsito and their year-old daughter Sophia portrayed
Joseph, Mary and Jesus, while Pastor Gary Batey,
center, read the story of Christ's birth to the gathering
around the baby in a manger. Islander Photos: J.L.
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It was a long summer and fall one-handed, but
Cortez artist Linda Molto is back creating with both
hands.
For longer than she likes to think about, she had to
work without her "June hand" following surgery, and
when it became workable she went without her "Sep-
tember hand" due to surgery.
And one-handed is a severe handicap to an artist,
especially if hers is the kind of medium that absolutely
requires two hands.
Her medium is what damaged her hands in the first
place. Ms. Molto developed carpal tunnel syndrome, a
painful and if uncorrected an eventually incapacitating
ailment that she blames on overuse of her hands. She
is a printmaker, doing original works from her own
drawings with a stencil for each color, which she ap-
plies in oils.
It is a slow and intricate art form, even a tiny
change requiring a new stencil. Carpal tunnel syndrome
in both hands literally tied her hands.
The carpal tunnel is a nerve passage, and the syn-
drome is caused by entrapment of nerves there; bones
push against the tunnel and the pain gets worse and
worse, doctors explain.
The Cortez artist had surgery on her right hand in
June, spent three weeks in a cast and two more mostly
inactive on doctor's orders. She eased cautiously and
thankfully back into work, and was able to continue
through part of the summer. The surgery worked for
her.
Then in September she went back into surgery to
relieve the syndrome in the left hand. She knew what




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her down a lot.
Her studio is behind her house in Cortez, where she
has lived for 20 years. She came here from Orlando,
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Dee Pastorius with her watercolor work.


Island gallery showcases
Pastorius paintings
Dee Pastorius' watercolors will be showcased at
Island Gallery West in Holmes Beach through Jan. 3
A Minnesota native residing now in Bradenton,
Pastorius started vacationing in Florida in the late
1960s and fell in love with the seaside and natural
beauty of the area. Many of her paintings are beach
scenes and portraits of children playing at the beach.
She is a member of the Florida Watercolor Society
and her paintings have won numerous local awards,
including first place and best of show at the 2001
Florida State Fair. Her work hangs in local galleries
and in private collections in the United States and
abroad.
The gallery is a cooperative of nearly 30 local art-
ists at 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Its hours are 10
am to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


'Yard sale' featuring art draws crowd
The now second annual Woody Candish art yard sale, featuring some 20 artists and their work just in time
for holiday gift giving, was a success for Linda Molto, right, who offered her screen-print graphic work at
greatly reduced prices. Other artists also enjoyed brisk sales at the event, which was hosted by The Islander
along the sidewalk in the Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


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Dance Jan. 16 at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The tickets are $10 per person and may be pur-
chased at the Center. The dance, starting at 8 p.m., will
feature the Dreamclassics IV, playing "from jitterbug
to jive to jazz." Details are available at 778-1908.
Holiday jam Friday
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cians and music enthusiasts to join them for a holiday
jam session Dec. 26.
The band is teaming up with Grego's Almost at the
Beach Tavern to host the holiday fete from 7 to 11 p.m.
at 4332 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton.
Musicians interested in taking part in the jam ses-
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A light buffet and cash bar will be available. For
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Timely arrival
Santa Claus comes along via fire truck to the cheers and
questions and requests of children at the 10th Annual
Lawton Chiles Christmas Party at the Sandbar Restaurant,
owned by the late governor's son Ed Chiles.



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Headlines in the Dec. 23, 1993, issue
of The Islander announced that:
SHolmes Beach resident Daniel Wiersema was
ordered by a civil court judge to clean up his property
at 3220 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach by Jan. 10, 1994,
or face jail time, in addition to more than $500,000 in
fines already assessed by the City of Holmes Beach and
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
The Florida Department of Transportation said it
plans to begin construction of the proposed 65-foot-
high bridge to replace the current Anna Maria Bridge
during the 1994-95 fiscal year.
Anna Maria was awarded a $147,000 federal
grant to upgrade the humpback bridge on North Bay
Boulevard. Improvements will include a pedestrian
walkway and hand rails.


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coming to Island Jan. 10


Mystery novelist Jilliane Hoffman will be on
the Island Jan. 10 to talk about her first novel,
"Retribution."
The book is a legal thriller that takes place on
Florida's east coast. The story pits a female state
attorney's professional ethics against her personal
values, culminating in a taut courtroom scene.
Hoffman knows from what she speaks in the
courtroom; in "real life" she's an attorney with the
Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
What makes her first book even more interest-
ing isn't found on the pages but in its formation.
Hoffman had a bidding war going on between
eight publishing houses for "Retribution," with


Putnam winning out.
Hoffman has also already sold the European
rights to the book, and Warner Brothers has
bought the film rights and is rumored to already
have started development of the film.
She's a hot commodity and she'll be here soon.
Hoffman will be at Circle Books on St.
Armands Circle at 1 p.m. Jan. 10, and, sponsored
by The Islander, will be at Ooh La La! Bistro in
Holmes Beach at 4 p.m. Tickets for the afternoon
reception and book signing at the restaurant are
$50, and include a first-edition copy of "Retribu-
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Liaison duties assigned
in Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach city commissioners have decided
who is doing what for the next year in liaison assignments.
Liaisons meet with the various entities and provide
reports back to the full commission, or coordinate ac-
tivities within the respective areas. Liaison assignments
for the city commission are as follows.
Ward 1 City Commissioner John Shaughnessy:
Florida League of Cities.
Manasota League of Cities.
Ward 2 City Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips:
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
Anna Maria Island Historical Society.
Festivals and special events.
Manatee County Commission.
Ward 3 City Commissioner Peter Barreda:
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Manatee County Parks.
City parks.
Bradenton Beach City Pier.
Manatee County Vision.
Vice Mayor Anna O'Brien:
Alternate member to the Island Transportation
Planning Organization.
Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program.
City charter review.
City volunteers.
Mayor John Chappie:
Manatee County Emergency Operations Center.
Island Transportation Planning Organization.
Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organiza-
tion.
Scenic highway committee.
Recycling.
Tingley Memorial Library.
Anchorage.
Safety committee.
All commissioners will address the city budget, the Is-
land Emergency Operations Center, the Coalition of Bar-
rier Island Elected Officials, the city's comprehensive plan
review, Manatee County Charter Committee, city streets
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Dec. 17, 2800 block of Gulf Drive, theft. Accord-
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Dec. 17, 3000 block of Avenue C, theft. A man
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Dec. 18, 5424 Marina Drive, Jessie's Island Store,
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Island Biz


The Matrix visits
John Baird of Matrix PC Inc. has been involved
with computers since he was 12 years old, attending
training classes, studying manuals and eventually
working in the computer
Service industry for other
companies.
C Gradually, however,
; friends and family members
-.- -- including mom Alice
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clerk began asking him
for help with their own com-
puter problems, either to fix
a computer or to offer
Baird
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puter operations.
"Eventually, it got to where I was too busy to help
a lot of people because of my own job in the industry,"
said John.
However, after helping a computer repair firm fix
one of its problems with a computer John had brought
to it, the company owner suggested "I start doing re-
pairs myself," he said.
Six months ago, Matrix PC for Island-area resi-
dents and businesses was born, and John's been busy
ever since.
He offers mobile support services 24/7 and because
he's on the Island, his response time is much quicker
than a mainland company and he doesn't have a trans-
portation charge like the mainlanders.
"I really like to work one-on-one with my clients
and my rates are extremely reasonable. And I only
charge for actual time worked. If I spend five minutes
fixing a problem, I don't charge the client for an hour
of work," he said.
Clients seem to like the personal touch because 90
percent of his business is from repeat customers.
"It's very rare in this business to keep customers,
so I make it a point to provide as much support as pos-
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puter users, who are often overwhelmed by how a com-
puter works.
"I do hands-on training, upgrades, graphic and
Web training, virus and hacker protection and spyware.
Everything a large computer company does at more
reasonable rates."
For more information, call John at 708-6541 or
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Circle award to Cannons Marine owner David Miller.
Islander Photo: Courtesy of Cannons Marine

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Cannons Marina at 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive
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sixth consecutive year Cannons has won the award.
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Dr. Colleen Healy, left, of Longboat Cardiology and
staff members Misti Morris, Todd Davis and
Heather Soper with their new digital camera
designed for stress testing. Islander Photo: Courtesy
of Longboat Cardiology
State of the heart
Longboat Cardiology at 5650 Gulf of Mexico
Drive on Longboat Key recently purchased a Cardius SST
digital nuclear diagnostic camera for patient stress tests.
The camera is the only privately owned such camera
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by Preston Whaley Jr.


Jump, jive, wail, jest

with Straight Up
Chad Conte and Mack Black grew Straight Up, a
lively duo making its rounds of Island venues, from the
ashes of a burned-out five-piece band.
In an "I'm-having-a-good-time" tone, Conte says,
, "the name of the band's a metaphor, and hopefully it'll
take us to the top."
Currently it's taking them to plenty of private holi-
day parties and venues like Grego's, Woody's River
Roo, the Banana Factory, and to one of the few remain-
ing mainstays of Island boogie, D.Coy Ducks.
The duo's been at it for about five months. They're
on fire with enthusiasm and spreading the heat.
Conte says, "We play everything funk, jazz,
blues, reggae and rock. We play what others can't do,
like Chicago, Grover Washington Jr. and George
Benson." Add to that Louis Armstrong, Tower of
Power, great jazz composer Wayne Shorter and some
serious James Brown.
That's because both men are multi-instrumentalists.
Conte programs drums and keyboards, sings and
plays six horns.
Black picks guitar, blows harmonica like he's in
love with it and sings. His hands walk the bass, his
main instrument, like a spider crab.
They're definitely danceable. At a recent performance
nearly everyone in the house danced to "It's a Wonderful
World," and folks continued dancing to "Ain't No Sun-
shine," "Mustang Sally," "Heard it on the Grapevine" and
the band's new original, "Rio Wine."
Straight Up's as much spectacle as music.
Both men talk, joke andjive. Conte sounds like a born
disk jockey or radio announcer. He's fast with repartee and
shakes and wiggles like he feels every note.
Conte grew up in Sarasota, played trumpet in high


Music in motion
Chad Conte of the band Straight Up shakes things up with his horn at a recent performance at the Banana


Factory in Bradenton. Islander Photo: Carrie Price

school and won a full music scholarship to Manatee
Community College.
"Since I read and write music, I picked up the other
instruments along the way." In addition to trumpet, he
plays soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, flute and
flugelhorn.
"We play cover tunes, fun dance music we can
improvise over and play our solos. Otherwise what's
the point? We might as well get a day job. Music's my
number one passion."
The band's favorites comprise a long list of mostly
pop music from the 1960s and '70s, including Wilson
Picket, Earth Wind and Fire, Kool & the Gang, Com-
modores, Sly & the Family Stone, BB King, Marvin
Gaye and, preeminently, James Brown.
They'll soon release a compact disc recorded in


Conte's home studio titled "State of Shock."
Audiences are already familiar with some of the
disc's want-to-dance, party-time tunes, including "Go-
ing Out of My Mind," and "Lovin' Baby."
Black says, "I'm really pleased with how the CD's
coming out."
Black grew up in Louisville, Ky., which he says
was alive with music.
His uncle played jazz guitar and his cousins played
bluegrass and gospel. "It was great being exposed to all
that music."
He started playing harmonica at the spry age of 2
and upright bass at age 10, standing on a chair or a
bucket. By high school, he had enlarged his musical
palette to include bands like Led Zeppelin and Black
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By Preston Whaley Jr.
Islander Correspondent
When the Island-area community radio station gets
up and running, singer-songwriter Louise Taylor is sure
to get airplay.
Taylor, an internationally recognized recording
artist, was the main attraction at the station's fundraiser
held Saturday at Fogartyville Cafe, where the alchemy
of her voice, guitar playing and original music spell-
bound the audience for nearly three hours.
Manatee Radio Project organizer Dave Beaton said
the show was a sellout and future fundraising events are
in the making.
The low-power radio station is proposed to be
broadcast from Perico Island and serve the Anna Maria
Island and northwest Bradenton market.
Many Islanders attended and helped organize the
event, which pending the Federal Communications
Commission's approval of its license raised $450
toward making the low-power FM station a reality.
Volunteers are still welcome. For more informa-
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
Sabbath. He's been playing professionally for 25 years
and with all that experience, he says, "I'm really for-
tunate to be playing with Chad."
In coming months, the group plans to incorporate
a new guitarist who hails from Japan and calls him-
self "TK."
Black, a short squat kinda guy, says TK's "a short,
squat sushi chef. He plays all the styles and he's unbe-
lievable. You name it anything and he'll play it."
TK is featured on the new CD.
Chad says the group's looking into playing more *
corporate functions, which means travel, fun and "cha-
ching" bucks.
They'll have a second CD out by next summer and
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Islanders recognized at


Manatee County history fair


Entries to this year's Manatee County History
Fair ran the gamut from "History of McDonald's"
to "History of UNICEF."
The fair is open to students in the fourth-
through 12th-grades and this year students were
asked to base projects on the theme "Exploration,
Encounter, Exchange in History."
Students had their choice of writing a paper,
creating a project display board, a documentary or
performance.
Many students stuck to this year's history fair
theme, writing about exploring the gold rush in
Skagway, the cultural exchange and impacts of
modern music and America's recent encounters
with terrorism.
Closer to home, several Island residents not
only participated in the fair, but also brought home
prizes for their entries.
Fourth-graders Martine and Daniel Miller
were awarded Manatee County History Prize for
their joint effort on their project about "Bob Pitt -
a Local Boat Builder." The Millers attend the Cen-
ter for Education in Bradenton along with another
Island prize winner, fifth-grader Maggie Bartles.
Bartles was awarded the Florida History Prize
for her entry on Selby Gardens in Sarasota. This
is the second year Bartles has participated in the
fair.
Another repeat participant and winner from
the Center for Education is Islander Hayne
Brousseau. This year she was awarded the Oral
History Prize for her entry "Where History In-
spires."
Eighth-grader Michael Galati, who attends St.
Joseph's School in Bradenton, was recognized for
his project on Lewis and Clark's exploration with
the Explorers in History Prize.


The Islander newspaper sponsored several his-
tory fair awards, including the Best Paper Prize,
which went to Bradenton Christian School sixth-
grader Kelly F. Moss for "The Exploration of Lewis
and Clark," Bradenton Academy senior Jose
Furtado for "The Encounters and Exchanges Pro-
moted by the Portuguese Discoveries During the
15th Century," and Bradenton Academy junior
Chad Keohane for "The Great Migration: A Time of
Change."
The Islander-sponsored award for the history of
the city of Anna Maria went to Janine Scully of
Haile Middle School for her research paper, and the
history of Egmont Key prize went to three recipi-
ents, Sarah Shields, Trevor Radcliff and Hayley
Thomas.
Finally, The Islander recognized Rachel Lebar,
Josie Groover and Brooke Apple with the Gib
Bergquist Cracker History Prize for their projects on
DeSoto County, Florida cracker houses and cracker
trails, respectively.
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society also
sponsored a prize for projects related to Island his-
tory. This year there were two recipients for the
Anna Maria Island history prize. Fifth-grader Gage
Essman of St. Stephen's School won for his project
on Island history along with Islander Kimberly
Kuizon, whose project focused on the history of the
Island's postal service. Kuizon is junior at Mana-
tee High School.
Student projects are judged by community vol-
unteers who evaluate each project based on histori-
cal quality, relation to the theme, clarity of presen-
tation and basic rules, such as size or word limit.
Some students who do well at the county fair
will be selected to enter the Florida State History
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IMS students set sail aboard schooner


Island Middle School students set sail for maritime
learning aboard the Daniel Webster Clements, a 72-
foot Gulf Coast schooner.
The schooner is a sailing classroom operated by
bay area sailors Peter Seyffert, Joe Jacobson and Bob
Killian through Aquarian Quest, a non-profit organiza-
tion based in Sarasota.
Aquarian Quest contracts with schools and school
districts to introduce the next generation of adults to the
physics of sailing, the math of navigation and the bi-
ology of marine life.
IMS sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were di-
Svided into groups of 40, with each group boarding the
"schoolship" for a three-hour educational trip.
While on board students rotated through several
education stations designed around the natural food
web, with the first stop at the plankton station where
students took a magnified gander at live plankton.
Killian said the plankton station demonstrates that
there are things that we can't see with the naked eye
that are part of the environment.
Next up was the fish station, where students
viewed live specimens from the bay. Group leaders dis-
cussed with students the condition of the environment
and the importance of water quality to aquatic speci-
mens.
Next, students conducted their own water quality
field test to determine the dissolved oxygen content in
the water. According to Killian, the dissolved oxygen

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the schooner's position on a nautical chart using two
land sightings.
The schooner itself also became a learning compo-
nent for students as they got hands-on experience help-
ing the crew raise the sails.
According to Killian, the schooner was selected for
its similarity to the vessels historically used in this area.
The schooner not only added a new dimension to learn-
ing about marine science, but it also tied students to the
history of the area, he said.
Killian said students learn about the efficiency of
this historic vessel.and its ability to tread through shal-
low waters during their experience on board.
Ultimately, the schooner quest provides students
with the opportunity to become more attuned to their
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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.
4 p.m. Children's Mass at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-4769.
4:30 p.m. Holiday service at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-1813.
5p.m. First Mass of Christmas at the Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1638.
5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service at Roser Me-
morial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-0414.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.
7p.m. Candlelight service with choir and solo-
ist Leesandra Ramirez of Puerto Rico at Island Baptist
Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
778-0719.
7 p.m. Candlelight service with full choir at
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church St.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 721-3643.
8 p.m. Christmas Eve service with Children's
pageant at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1813.
8 p.m. Christmas service at the Christian Sci-
ence Church, 6300 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. In-
formation: 778-4266.
9 p.m. Christmas Eve service at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-0414.
9:30 p.m. Caroling followed by the Holy Eucha-
rist of the Nativity at Episcopal Church of the Annun-
ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-1638.
10 p.m. A Christmas Eve candlelight service at
the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-6491.
11:30 p.m. Holiday music and midnight mass at
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4769.

Thursday, Dec. 25
8:30 a.m. Christmas service at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-4769.
9:30 a.m. Christmas service and caroling at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1813.
10 a.m. Christmas service at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-4769.
10a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I and carols at Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1638.
10 to 10:30 a.m. Chapel Communion at Roser


Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-0414.

Friday, Dec. 26
7 to 11 p.m. Koko Ray and the Soul Providers
Holiday Jam at Grego's Almost at the Beach Tavern,
4332 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 761-
3055. Bring your own gear.

Saturday, Dec. 27
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-
0355.
10 a.m. to noon Pottery demonstration by Reda
Reynolds at the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.

Tuesday, Dec. 30
Noon to 3:30 p.m. -Friendly bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans' service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Appointments: 749-3030.

Wednesday, Dec. 31
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.

Ongoing:
"Digital Fine Artists Association" exhibit at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach, through Dec. 30. Information: 778-
2099.
"De Cuba Con Amor" photography exhibit by
Michael Harris and Barbara Gabbe-Harris at Copper
Moon Gallery, 1006 11th Ave. W., Bradenton, through
Dec. 31. Information: 747-8783.
"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 exhibit by Dee Pastorius at All Angels
by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road,
Longboat Key. Information: 761-4119.
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.

Upcoming:
"Living Art Collection" at Garcia Gallery,
Bradenton, Jan. 2.


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Bill Tester of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club,
right, rings the bell for the Salvation Army as Mark
Shuford, left, makes a donation. Islander Photo:
Nancy Ambrose


Bellringers hope windup

today will be large
You can still ring a bell for the poor, if you
hurry.
The bellringing at Publix Supermarket, 3900
E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, will come to a halt
at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Volunteers of the Kiwanis Club of Anna
Maria Island, along with other volunteers, have
been collecting contributions in the red kettle all
month long. They are hoping for a few good ring-
ers to wind up the season.
Volunteers from the Island Rotary Club and
the Island Woman's Club have pitched in, but
everyone is getting a bit arm-weary, said Russ
Olson, who has run the effort for Kiwanis.
If you can spare two hours for a shift there,
call him at 778-6746. If you can spare a few
Christmas dollars, drop them in the kettle. The
money will go to the Salvation Army.

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Jan. 2.
Boating safety class at the Anna Maria Island
Power Squadron Jan. 3.
Artists Guild of Anna Maria meeting at Church of
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Those low, low tides offer a high ol' time for exploring


This is a good time of year to take a walk on the
bay.
Astronomically low tides, coupled with the cold
fronts that blow the water out of the bays, tend to produce
extremely low water. Seagrass beds that once were cov-
ered with saltwater are now baking in the sun. Oyster beds
are uncovered, wide channels are now tiny creeks.
It's a good time to throw on a pair of rubber boots,
or a pair of waders, and go exploring.
Boaters can turn the low water into a learning ex-
perience. If you pay attention to where you can cruise
at an extreme low tide, the chances of running aground
at a normal tide are slimmer.
And for some unknown reason, the water in the
bays always seems to be clear after a cold front, so you
can see more neat stuff on the bottom.
Enjoy!

Cruising (with) class classes
starting next month
My buddy Stan Zimmerman is starting his Cruis-
ing (with) Class seminars in January and, although tar-
geted toward sailors, the lectures are pretty interesting
to anyone who has any type of boat.
The classes are at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron,
on City Island in Sarasota, just over the bridge at the
south end of Longboat Key, and are free and open to
the public
"The West Coast of Florida is one of the best
places in the world to learn how to go a-voyaging in a
small sailboat," Zimmerman said. "If you are interested
in learning the necessary skills, or are an experienced
cruiser new to our area, I cordially invite you to what
I call Cruising (with) Class."
The course consists of nine two-hour lectures.
Topics covered include coastal navigation, weather,
sail handling, anchoring, provisioning and cooking,
self-steering, emergency response, and other skills nec-
essary to cruise in comfort and safety.
A new lecture this year will consider what to look
for when buying a small boat to cruise the Gulf Coast.
Each class will feature a useful anchorage along the
coast, as well as instruction on tying sailing knots.
Classes begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 8. Students are ex-
pected to take notes and ask questions. They should
also bring a small hank of line to practice knots. There
is no on-the-water instruction, although students are
expected to practice what they learn to gain profi-
ciency.

Power squadron classes
next two Saturdays
The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron
will instruct boating safety classes two Satur-
days, Jan. 3 and 10, 8 a.m.-noon, at 1200 71 st St.
N.W., Bradenton.
The course provides an overview of aspects of
boating such as safety, laws, weather, boat types,
rules of the road, boat handling, and distress sig-
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For more information, call squadron club manager
Pat Murphy at 388-2355.
If you can't make all the classes, you may want to
pick up Stan's book "Cruising (with) Class," which is
derived from his lectures. He'll have copies available
at the seminars.
I've missed the live performances, but I did get a
copy of the book and found it to be full of lots of good
information.
"The emphasis is on comfort, the kind of comfort
bred in skill and culminating in safety," Stan writes.
"Safety is a comfort issue. Familiarity with the boat is
a comfort issue. Confidence in the skills of yourself and
your crew is a comfort issue. If you are not comfort-
able, there is no reason to endure the hardships of sail-
ing a small vessel across an implacable sea. Better to
stay in your La-Z-Boy watching cable television than
be cold, wet, hungry and exhausted in the middle of a
passage.
Stan also offers little tips through his lectures and
in his book that are sometimes so bonehead simple that
you have to think, "Jeez, this guy must think we're all
idiots!" After all, everybody realizes that the most im-
portant thing about an engine is to not let it run out of
fuel, right?
I sometimes wonder why SeaTow does such a
good business, too.

Last-minute holiday gift thoughts
To quote columnist and author Dave Barry, "I'm
not making this up."
According to a press release we got the other day,
"A recent study at the University of Arizona found
grocery shopping carts covered in bacteria. Dr. Kelly
Reynolds, a microbiologist at the University of Ari-
zona, found everything from body fluids (blood, mu-
cus, saliva) to drippings from chicken and meat.
"Experts recommend parents wipe off the surface


before putting their children in grocery carts. There's
also an easy new way to keep babies safe. The Clean
Shopper is a one-piece cloth covering that protects
babies from shopping cart germs. It's mom-invented,
made of 100 percent cotton-quilted fabric, and has been
designed to fit nearly all shopping carts. The Clean
Shopper is machine washable and can be kept handy in
the car for grocery trips."
You can get Clean Shopper at www.
cleanshopper.com.
Geez,just when you thought it was safe to go to the
grocery store ...
And another gift thought, one that does sound
kinda neat, from another press release:
"Not only are we about to ring in a new year, but
last week marked the dawn of the second century of
powered flight. For readers looking ahead to goals for
2004, one that is particularly timely, and always life-
altering, is learning how to fly. In fact, a student pilot
who takes a first lesson in January and sticks with it can
earn a pilot's license in time to take friends or family
on a flying summer vacation.
"There are several flight schools in the area that
can put you in the air for a 'try it, you'll like it' intro-
ductory flight lesson forjust $49, through the nonprofit
BE A PILOT Program.
"For less than the cost of a round of golf, you.can
take the controls of a single-engine airplane and actu-
ally fly for 30 minutes or more, under the guidance of
an FAA-licensed flight instructor. You can register for
the low-cost lesson, as well as locate a participating
flight school in the area, at www.beapilot.com, or by
calling 1-888-BE A PILOT."
As the press release put it, "As resolutions go,
learning to fly is a lot more fun than losing weight or
quitting smoking!"

Sandscript factoid
I am confused on many things. In writing, the dis-
tinction between "affect" and "effect" continues to
elude me, as is the difference between "poring" over a
document versus "pouring" a beer on the pages.
Latitude and longitude were also a problem until I
noticed that Stan Zimmerman had a quick way to dis-
tinguish which is north and south and which is east and
west:
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Cold weather chills fishing, sheepies reported


By Capt. Mike Heistand
It's cold out there, especially on the water.
Fishing action has drastically chilled in the past
week, with rough seas, high winds and cold tempera-
tures keeping many of the more avid anglers close to
the dock.
For those who did get out, sheepshead action is
starting to pick up. Catches of 4-pound sheepies are not
at all uncommon from most of the more popular
shoreside locations: the Anna Maria Bridge, any of the
piers, the Manatee Public Beach pier and any of the
docks in the bay.
Mangrove snapper up to 2 pounds are also a com-
mon event now.
Redfish within the slot limit is another good bet,
and there were some pompano caught off Longboat
Pass.
Remember that both snook and trout season is
closed, so any fish you catch have to go back to be
caught another day.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's catching
lots of small redfish to 20 inches in length, sheepshead
to 4 pounds and mangrove snapper to 2 pounds. He
took Sean and Randy Johnson out on one trip and did
quite well, with reds to 26 inches, sheepshead to 23
inches, catch-and-release trout to 24 inches and lots of
small gag grouper.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
sheepshead are thick around the pilings at the Anna
Maria Bridge and the Manatee Public Beach pier.
Backwater fishing has slowed with all the cold weather,
but there were still some catch-and-release trout reports
on the warmer days last week, with more and better
catches expected this week as the temperatures start to
climb.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's still catching redfish near Joe's Island
just north of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge piers, and
he's also getting a few small catch-and-release snook.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said the few
who ventured out on the water last week, good reports
were had for redfish, trout, flounder and a few pompano
near Longboat Pass. There were also some good catches
of good-sized catch-and-release snook near the canals.
Offshore fishing was pretty much a dud, though it was
just too darned rough to get out into the Gulf.


Commercial fishermen working out of Cortez
are having a bad year with mullet, or lack of them,
but stone crabs are a bit more plentiful now.
The word from Karen Bell of A.P. Bell Fish
Co. in Cortez is "the mullet are somewhere else,"
though normally that fishery is in full swing this
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the Manatee River, and black drum are coming on
strong in the river near the docks.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
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On my boat Magic, we were able to make it out
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Good luck and good fishing.
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Fishermen are fervently hoping for a late run
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Indoor Soccer tourney crowns six champions


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
The 10th annual Christmas Indoor Soccer tourna-
ment at the Anna Maria Island Community Center
came to an exciting end Sunday, Dec. 21, when the
Braden River Bears defeated the Islanders in a shootout
to claim the U-14 boys' title.
The second-place finish is the best showing for an
Island team this year, though two Island residents -
Joey Hutchinson and Stephen Thomas were mem-
bers of Manatee Magic teams that won their respective
age divisions.
Thomas and his U-12 Manatee Magic team raced
through the tourney without dropping a game. They
defeated the Red Rage 7-5 to open the tournament be-
fore coming back with an 11-1 white-washing of the
Rage in their second game.
The Magic met the Red Rage again in the final and
came away with another 7-5 win behind three goals
from Thomas and single goals from Chris Jensen, Jake
Droulers, Kevin Harvey and Isaac Cook.
Thomas was named MVP of the tournament for his
terrific efforts.
Hutchinson's team also ran through the tournament
without dropping a game, outscoring three teams by a 22-
3 margin, including a 5-2 win over the Green Machine in
the finals. The Magic advanced to the finals with a 10-0
win over the Snowballs and opened tournament play with
a 7-0 win over the Green Machine. Dillon Lofthouse was
awarded MVP for his strong play.


Stephen Thomas led his U-12 Manatee Magic boys'
soccer team with three goals in the championship
game and earned his division's MVP.

The U-14 boys' division was arguably the most
competitive division with the Bears and the Islanders
playing three games that were separated by five goals.
The Islanders defeated the Bears 5-3 to open the tour-
nament and followed that win up with a 6-1 win over
the Rage to advance to the winner's bracket finals.
There they met the Bears for the second time, but this
time they dropped a 9-7 decision forcing a winner-take-
all final Sunday afternoon.
The two teams slugged it out, playing to a 5-5 tie,
forcing a penalty kick shootout, which was won by the


Center Tip-Off Classic basketball tournament all stars.


Bears. Andy Quijano won the MVP for the Bears.
The U-14 girls' division was won by the Raging
Snowmen which edged Black Magic 2-1 in the finals.
The Raging Snowmen opened the tourney with an easy
10-2 win over the Whos and followed that up with a 3-
1 win over Black Magic in the winner's bracket final.
They then sat back and waited for Black Magic to fight
its way through the loser's bracket where they again
edged their cross-town rivals.
The Angels captured the U-12 girls' division
thanks to two straight victories over the Outrage. An-
gels defeated the Islanders 9-1 to open tournament
play, but fell 2-1 to Outrage in its second game to drop
into the loser's bracket.
The Angels shut out the Pink Panthers 6-0 to earn
a rematch with Outrage and took care of business with
two straight wins to claim the championship trophy.
Alexa Congelosi led the way for the Angels and was
named MVP for her efforts.
The U-10 girls' division was won by the Vixens,
which raced through the tournament by outscoring its
opponents 30-2 in three games.

Tip Off Classic names
all tournament teams
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's Tip
Off Classic basketball tournament kicked off the sea-
son in grand style and showed the fact that this writer's
prognostication skills are seriously lacking.
The Centerjust released its selections for divisional
all-tournament teams, a list that highlights the best
players throughout the tourney.
Premier League winner ReMax landed two players
on the squad in Clay Orr and Chad Richardson, as did
second-place Anna Maria Glass & Screen, which
boasts Billy Malfese and Taylor Manning as All-Stars.
The Beach House's Mike Wallen and Gary Scott from
Anna Maria Oyster Bar round out the Premier all-tour-
nament team.
Division I winner S&S Industries landed two play-
ers on the team led by JoJo Wood, the leading scorer
in the tournament and teammate Mike Schweitzer.
Tournament runner-up Sign of the Mermaid was rep-
resented by Justin Dearlove while Dylan Mullen of
Jesse's Beach Lounge, Zack Beeker from Rotten
Ralphs and A Paradise Realty's Jordan Graeff rounded
out the Division I all-tournament team.
Division II winner Longboat Observer somehow
managed only one all-tournament selection in Kyle
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Connor Bystrom and a Braden River Bear player battle for the ball along the wall of specta-
tors during U14 opening round action of the Anna Maria Island Community Center's Christ-
mas Indoor Soccer Tournament.


Spencer Carper challenges the Bears' keeper during opening round
action of the Anna Maria Island Community Center's Christmas
Indoor Soccer Tournament.


Sports
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 28

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Island property sales

205 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,896 sfla duplex
built in 1974 on a 70x100 lot, was sold 10/31/03,
Yearwood to Copeland, for $455,000.
221 85th St., Holmes Beach, a 1229 sfla/2,045 sfur
home built in 1977 on a 90x100 lot, was sold 10/30/03,
Holmes Beach Invest to Hunt, for $346,775.
5200 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 308 Martinique
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r 788 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 1680 sfla/2462
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1975 on a 75x100
lot, was sold 10/28/03, Znika to Rodda, for $625,000;
list $650,000.
911 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a bayfront 1,529
sfla 3bed/2bath home built in 1955 on a 50x125 lot,
was sold 10/28/03, DePass to Fiorica, for $1,000,000;
list $1,050,000.
100 73rd St., Holmes Beach, 201A Coconuts, a
660 sfla/780 sfur Ibed/Ibath condo built in 1972, was
sold 11/4/03, Hill to Gulf Beach Management, for
$364,000.
103 45th St., Holmes Beach, a Gulffront 1,625 sfla/
2287 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1977 on a
75x130 lot, was sold 11/4/03, Keuka Investments to
Hartung, for $1,425,000; list $1,450,000.
128 51st St., Holmes Beach, a 2,508 sfla/3,792 sfur
6bed/3bath/lcar duplex built in 1958 on a 100x 100 lot,
was sold 11/4/03, Bumess to Dobson, for $541,000; list
$569,000.
302 Spring, Anna Maria, a 896 sfla/1,484 sfur
2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1956 on a 52x145 lot,
was sold 11/7/03, Family Place Properties to Long
Carleton Real Estate, for $359,000; list 389,000.
526 Bayview Place, Anna Maria, a canalfront
1,212 sfla/1,808 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar/pool home built
in 1973 on a 60x1 10 lot, was sold 11/5/03, Roscoe to
Carlson, for $650,000; list $725,000.
600 Manatee Ave.W., Holmes Beach, 143
Westbay Cove 2, a 1,179 sfla/1,567 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo built in 1977, was sold 11/7/03, Pointer to Zion,
for $325,000; list $349,900.
635 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a bayfront
2,076 sfla/3,239 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car/pool home built
in 1968 on a 100x150 lot, was sold 11/3/03, Jozefowicz
to Brown, for $1,020,000.
7005 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,303 sfla/2,303
sfur 4bed/2bath duplex with pool built in 1969 on a


70x100 lot, was sold 11/4/03, Gulf Beach Management
to McPherson, for $540,000.
7100 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 208 Nautilus, a
1,081 sfla/1185 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1973, was
sold 11/5/03, Maggard to MCHO LLC, for $610,000.
711 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes Beach, 15 Westbay
Cove South 1, a 1,187 sfla/1,479 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1977, was sold 11/4/03, Robinson to Langford,
for $264,500; list $269,000.
746 Jacaranda, Anna Maria, a 2,151 sfla/2,731 sfur
2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1985 on a 50x100 lot,
was sold 11/5/03, Sinnott to Gottschalk, for $465,000.
1325 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 123 B Tortuga
1, a motel unit converted to a condo, was sold 11/10/
03, Tortuga Partners to Stellas, for $305,000.
1325 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 135 C Tortuga
1, a unit of the 37-unit Tortuga Motel converted into
condos, was sold 10/27/03, Tortuga Partners to
Culbreth, for $295,000.
3708 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 Island Paradise,
a Gulf front 1517 sfla/1601 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built
in 1991, was sold 11/13/03, Maurio to Gold, for
$1,275,000; list $1,300,000.
5300 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 722 sfla/834
sfur lbed/1.5bath condo built in 1971, was sold 11/10/
03, Grigsby to Bettle, for $340,000; list $359,000.


mememm !Angels
S" I SAgents and staff
...~- -.. at Wedebrock
Real Estate's
V eHolmes Beach,
SLongboat Key
S and Siesta Key
offices became
angels in the
Salvation Army's
Christmas Angel
in 1 program, provid-
Sfing gifts for three
Ron".needy families.
Left to right are
Lisa Varano, Gail
Tutewiler,
Danielle
Latkovich and
SVicki Jarratt.



5905 Flotilla, Holmes Beach, a 1,019 sfla/1,648
sfur 2bed/2bath/2car home with separate dockage built
in 1987 on a 75x108 lot, was sold 11/13/03, Barnes to
Collins, for $365,000.
606 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a canalfront two-
building fourplex (984 sfla/1056 sfur built in 1962 and
864 sfla/864 sfur built in 1964) on a 70x150 lot, was
sold 10/29/03, Adams to Thompson, for $626,200; list
$725,000.
6250 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 69 North
Beach Village 2, a 1,536 sfla/2,005 sfur 3bed/2.5bath/
2car condo built in the 20th Century, was sold 11/10/
03, Daubenspeck to Alvord, for $350,000; list
$350,000.
103 Fourth St. N., Bradenton Beach, a 400 sfla/528
sfur and 1,040 sfla /1040 sfur duplex built in 1945 on
a 50x87 lot, was sold 11/14/03, Messina to Brennan,
for $380,000; list $395,000.
2412 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,242 sfla/
1,479 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1973 on a 50x100
lot, was sold 11/21/03, Canasi to Butts, for $372,500;
list $374,900.
* 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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SEASONED FIREWOOD. Call Jeff Gunn, 809-7930.

UMAX ASTRA 2110U scanner with software,
owner's manual, cables. Mac and Windows compat-
ible. $50 or best offer. Like new. 792-0160.

TWIN BEDS AND nightstand. Complete set, mat-
tresses, box springs, headboards, linens. Can de-
liver. $160. Call 778-5538.

LADIES GOLF CLUBS with bag. Good for starter.
Call 778-6234.

LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon on Tuesday at
www.islander.org. And it's FREE!

BEDROOM SET: solid oak in a stateroom style by
National of Mt. Airy. Eight pieces with king-size head-
board, but no beds, $1,400. 792-4274.

ISLAND PLAYER'S PECAN SALE: Mammoth
halves! New crop. Holiday bags $6.95 lb., choco-
late covered $7.95 lb. Now available at SunCoast
Real Estate and The Islander newspaper located
in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach. Pro-
ceeds benefit the Island Players. For information
call: 779-0202.

FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, crabs,
native fish. Delivered to your door. Call James Lee,
795-1112 or 704-8421.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANNY! We hope you have a
wonderful day. We love you. Enjoy! Fritz, Dena,
Lenna, Abby and the cats!

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. Honeybell tange-
los crop, mature now!

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


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.

1996 BUICK ROADMASTER station wagon. Fully
loaded, excellent condition. 70,000 miles. $11,000.
Call 758-1932.

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. Minutes
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.

DEEP-WATER SLIP, north end of Anna Maria. Easy
Gulf access. 794-8877 or 730-5393.


EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out secret
water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont or cus-
tom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call 778-7459
or 720-5470.

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BRADENTON BEACH DUPLEX Direct Gulfview 2BR/1 BA on both floors, 1,000 2BR/2BA CONDO in Shell Point. Turnkey furnished, pool and tennis court. Close BEAUTIFUL BEACH HOME, corner lot, 3BR/2BA. Lots of extras, fireplace,
sq.ft. each. Room for a pool. Great rental history! Priced to sell: $848,000. to beaches and shopping. Priced to sell at $295,000. Coll Ted Schlegel must see! $399,000. Call Ann Vensel, 962-5627. MLS #98616
Call Ted Schlegel, 518-6117 or Barry Gould, 778-3314. 518- 6117 or Barry Gould, 302-1032.





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RARELY AVAILABLE, GULF FRONT CONDO AT PRESTIGIOUS ISLAND PARADISE CUTE 3BR/2.5BA TOWN HOUSE in Brodenton. Heated pool, tennis. New 3001 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217
CONDOMINIUMS Turnkey furnished, 3BR/2BA, upscale unit with large pool wooden floor, new A/C. $165,000. Call Ted Schlegel, 518-6117 or 941.778.6849 1.800.778.9599
and covered parking. Outstanding rental income. Prime location on Holmes Barry Gould, 778-3314. sales@islandvacationproperties.com
Beach. Asking $1,100,000. Call Barry Gould, 778-3314. Licensed Real Estate Broker: Ann Caron





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LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on the
charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater fish-
ing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided. 779-
9607.


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.

NEED A CHILD or pet sitter? Call one number and
get connected to three wonderful sitters! Tiffany, Kari,
Holly. 778-3275 or 779-0793.


ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/wine,
good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Call Longview
Realty, 383-6112.

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


REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, 383-5543.

FULL-TIME HOUSEKEEPER: Reliable, drug free.
Must work weekends and holidays. Bring refer-
ences. Apply in person. Club Bamboo/Econo
Lodge, 2502 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at
www.islander.org.

PART-TIME AFTER SCHOOL (K-5) counselor.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 2:30-6pm. Expe-
rience with kids a plus! Need a DCF license or must
be willing to commit to 40 hours of childcare train-
ing within first year of employment. Pay $6-$8/hour.
Must be at least 21 years old. Experience with kids
a plus! Call Shirley Berger, 726-3769.

PART-TIME MAINTENANCE: Must be reliable and
knowledgeable. Apply in person. Club Bamboo/Econo
Lodge, 2502 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.


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 news@ Islander.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 His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. We
need you! Call 778-0492.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria Is-
land since 1992.

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.


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REALTORS


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


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


BRAND NEW LISTING


* 222 feet direct beach frontage
* 6,900 sq. ft. living area in a total of 5 units
1,600 sq. ft. single story beachfront house with 3BR/2BA
Duplex, 1,700 sq. ft. each unit with 3BR/2BA
Two cottages, each 900 sq. ft. with 2BR/1BA
Large pool

Nothing on the Island compares!
Asking price $4,750,000
Call Barry Gould 941.778.3314 or
Ted Schlegel 941.518.6117


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VACATION
PROPERTIES, LLC


3001 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6849 800-778-9599
Fax: (941) 779-1750
E-mail: sales@islandvactionproperties.com
Web page: www.ivphomesforsale.com
Licensed Real Estate Broker: Ann Caron


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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! Anyone
interested in our friendly community library should
call Eveann Adams, 779-1208.


COASTAL MASSAGE THERAPY. Experience the
benefits. Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Neuro-
muscular techniques upon request. In-home service.
Call 753-7766. Lic. #MA34584.


MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent 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.
545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
sured. 778-0944.


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, servicing
private homes, condos, rentals and seasonal homes.
Concierge services and home watch. Bonded, in-
sured. 792-6660.

COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training, mainte-
nance, virus and Spyware protection. Island native.
Web site: www.matrixPConline.com.Call John Baird
with Matrix PC, 708-6541.

STEVE'S REMODELING & Repair: Chicago contrac-
tor for 30 years. Affordable and dependable service.
Please call 795-1968.

THE ROYAL MAID Service, licensed, bonded, in-
sured. Professional, experienced maids, free 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
home.

TREE SERVICE: Topping, trimming, removals. Palm
trimming. 15 years locally working on Anna Maria.
Phil Brewer, 545-4770.



103 PELICAN
,m--B-',?-,j j A canalfront with dock
and 1,424 sq.ft. living
r area, 2,654 sq.ft. under
S roof. 3BR/2BA, three-
car garage home with
caged pool built in 1997
Sby Quality Builders on a
75-by-100-ft. lot is for
Sale for $675,000, fully
and gorgeously fur-
Snished to the nines.

Doug Dowling Realty
Phone & Fax: (941) 778-1222
S E E-Mail: dougdowllng'earthlink.net
www.dougdowllng.com









HAPPY



z HOLIDAYS
it" "A ADORABLE! NW BRADENTON
HOME This may be the last chance
._ to own an adorable renovated 2BR
S home under$165K. Even cuter in-
S '_ ar side than out! Open floor plan,
' wood and ceramic floors, spa bath-
|'" "' ti4. _, utub and much more. All on a large
85-by-150-ft. lot. Plenty of room to
grow and plenty of room for pool.
Single-car garage, outdoor workshop and much more! Asking $160,000.
Call Bob Hinds direct, 545-7453. MLS#97584
AFFORDABLE! DUPLEX WEST
'SIDE OF GULF DRIVE Own a piece
of the Island before its too late! Cute
and cozy, half-block to beautiful
beach in an area of 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





l. SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS


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
Gleaning, 779-1128. References available.

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

MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and restora-
tion. 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.

CLASSIFIEDS ADS can be found on line at
www.islander.org.

IRONING OR HOUSE cleaning services available.
13 years, smoke-free environment. Also laundry and
repairs! Free pick-up and delivery. Island resident.
Call 778-4192.

COMPUTER REPAIR: Residence and business.
Professional/licensed. Free Spyware protection, free
pickup (when required). Call 727-8347.



DICK MAHER
AND
DAVE JONES
ISLAND SPECIALISTS g


Simplify Your Search!
Call anytime for a consultation.


THIS IS IT! ON THE ISLAND AND
IN YOUR PRICE RANGE!


Are you looking for a beautiful 4BR/2BA
condo with a large caged pool, close to the
beach in a great central Holmes Beach loca-
tion? Over 2,000 sq.ft. with lots of extra stor-
age, hardwood floors in the main living area
and much more. Priced to sell at $349,000.


SCall Gayle Schulz,
S-' Office (941) 778-4847
Cell (941) 812-6489


Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
www.jim a ndersonrealty.com
e-mail: jimsrealtyco@aol.com







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CLEANING BY BENNETT and Bryant. Honest, rea-
sonable rates, references, weekly, bi-weekly or
monthly. Free estimate. Call Ms. Bryant, 778-5717.

CHRISTMAS COMPUTER SERVICE New com-
puter, software or equipment for Christmas? Call us-
and we'll set it up for you. Call John Baird with Ma-
trix PC, 708-6541. www.matrixPConline.com

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

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
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!
www.jackelka.com. 778-2711.

NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in
the comfort of your home. Call today for an appoint-
ment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.

PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
778-2711.

SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast
and reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines,
cushions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer
Catlin, 727-5873.


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S29Years of Professional Service
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA Across from white sand beaches. Ground floor,
private courtyard opens onto heated pool/gazebo area. Turnkey furnished.
Well maintained. $299,000.
GULF BEACH PLACE 2BR/2BA, turnkey, beautifully updated, roof/
sundeck with panoramic views. $399,000.
5400 GULFRONT 1 BR/1 BA turnkey furnished $275,000.
5400 GULFRONT 2BR/1.5BA poolview $310,000.

VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
GULF BEACH 2BR/2BA, view, pool, beautiful vacation spot.
MARTINQUE Gulffront 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, elevators.
5400 GULFFRONT complex, 1 and 2BRs, pool.
BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA home, tastefully decorated.
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA, pool, gazebo across from beach.
Canal/Pool 3BR/2BA home.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
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Call meat
725-3660 if you'd
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on these exceptional
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KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT 4BR/3BA pool
home. Exquisitely remodeled and tastefully deco-
rated. Upgraded amenities include new kitchen and
bath cabinets and Corian counters. Canalfront with
direct Gulf and bay access. $769,000. #96726.

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CHARMING VILLAGE OF LONGBOAT KEY of-
fers this investment opportunity. Two-story du-
plex, 2BR each side. Newly remodeled kitchens
and tile flooring. $485,000. #93349.


AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing call 713-5967.



CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Maintenance.
Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn main-
tenance, cleanup, tree trimming, hauling,
Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent references.
778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it
is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis-
count. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City of
Anna Maria resident. Cell 448-3857.

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.



PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.

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Gulfview, 3BR/2BA, open floor plan, across
the street from beach access. $745,000.
Call Larry Albert 725-1074.


ANNA MARIA WATERFRONT 3BR totally re-
modeled home with 251-ft. of water frontage lo-
cated on a double lot. Caged pool, new dock plus
numerous upgrades throughout. $899,000.
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STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
insured. 727-5066.

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

TREES BY BREEZE: Landscapes, tree trimming and
property maintenance since 1988. Island resident.
Call Chris, 778-2837.



VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100

JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993. Lic#
CRC 035261.

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
778-1730.

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.




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5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
[Next to the Chamber in the Island Fitness Building]
GULFVIEW CONDO No detail over-
looked in this delightful end-unit in Sea
Pirate condos. Totally updated and
professionally decorated. Spectacular
.. views, easy beach access and a pool.
Turnkey furnished and ready to move
,_. Ma in! $326,400. Call Heather Absten
today for a viewing. 807-461.

GREAT INVESTMENT
Don't be afraid to make an offer.
S- Ground-level duplex in Anna Maria
HL City. Beautiful large yard, close to
S --pier. 2BR/IBA each side. Lots of
. I1 renovations including all new ap-
pliances. $459,000. Call Chris
778-0738
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: adorned with low maintenance
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1T M retirement or investment property.
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Call For Rates and Availability
866-661-6622 or 778-8000


Ci5r REALTORS
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 / 800-741-3772
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
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sT. SEASONAL RENTALS
Anna Maria:
3BR/2BA residence on canal. Sun deck. 1.5 blocks
from the beaches.
Holmes Beach:
Elevated duplex, 3BR/2BA, three-car garage.
Elevated duplex, 3BR/2BA, one-car garage, heated pool,
one block from the beach. Jan., March and April.
Martinique North Condo 2BR/2BA, heated pool.
Key Royal 2BR/2BA + den residence. Heated pool. On
canal. Available Jan. and April.
Residence, 2BR/2BA, one-car garage, one house from
the beach.
Condo 2BR/1BA, heated pools, on the beach, three
month minimum.
1 BR/1 BA o/fvded duplex. Oct.-Dec.
Bradenton Beach:
2BR/1BA condo. Three month minimum. Imperial House.
Just Before The Bridge: Perico Bay Club
in gated community. Heated pool, tennis court.
2BR/2BA villa, lake view, two month minimum.
Flamingo Cay:
3BR/2BA residence on canal. Heated pool.

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706 ROSE ST. "B"
2BR/IBA duplex apartment. Washer/dryer,
one block to beach. $1,600/month.

LAZY LIVIN' CONDO
2315 Avenue C Unit #5
IBR/IBA condo in Bradenton Beach very close to the
beach. Friendly complex with pool. $1,700 per month.

112 MAGNOLIA "A"
2BR/IBA duplex apartment. Half-block to Gulf.
$1,800/month.

201 WILLOW AVE
This 3BR/2BA house has just become available for the
winter season. This large, comfortable home is just one
short block to the beach in the village of Anna Maria.
Offered at $2,400 per month.

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

Call Ken or Carol today to reserve your place in paradise.


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3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
(941) 778-4364 Fax
Cathy Caserta 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Realtor, GRI, CRS (941) 778-6943 Home
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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.

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

KEY ROYALE
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.
$519,900.

WATERFRONT CONDO
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.

SANDY POINT
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.

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 Intracoastal 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.

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

779-0202 (800) 732-6434
ANNA MARIA

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Melinda Bordes newer home built in 1996 with
Realtor Gulfviews. Many extra features includ-
ing a big sleeping porch on the beach
side, master suite with large walk-in
shower, large rec-room for entertaining
and outside patio. 150 steps to the
beautifulGulf Beaches of Anna Maria
S Island. $899,900. MLS# 98454.


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Realtor


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Realtor


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Realtor


WATERFRONT HOMES
& LOTS
4212 Redfish Ct. LOT ..... $575,000

307 Iris St. .................... $475,000
536 Key Royale Dr........ $799,000
106 Gull Dr. .................. $599,000
531 77th St................. $1,895,000
243 Willow Ave.............. $895,000
301 S. Bay Blvd............. $650,000
229 Gladious St.............. $679,000

ISLAND HOMES,
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


Jon Kent
Broker/Associate


Tom Nelson
Realtor


Nick Patsios
Broker/Associate


100 7th St. So. Duplex ... S785.000
408 Poinsettia ............... 5525,000
4003 5th Ave. ............... $879.000
4005 5th Ave. ............... $879.000
Bayou 5C......................... $289.900
6501 Gulf Dr. ................ 899.900
210 83rd St ...............S424.900
3810 Sixth Ave. ............ S425.000
Sun Plaza West #210 ...... $459,000

COMMERCIAL
Business only .............. $295,000
427 Pine Ave. ................ $695,000
12106 Cortez Rd. .......... $1,500,00
Business opportunity .... $2,490,000

PERICO ISLAND/MAINLAND
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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Sun Plaza West 1202 ..... S409.000
3818 Sixth Ave............... S440,000

Island Village ;124......... 325.000
3603 4th Ave. ............. S1.099.000
Alan Galletto
Broker/Associate 104 7Lh St. So. Duplex ... S600.000


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OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Inte-
rior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call cell 778-6898 or cell,
518-3316.

TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 726-3077.

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
MasterCard/Visa. 720-0794.

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

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

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

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

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

MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and restora-
tion. Quality work. Over 20 years experience. In-
sured. Call Javier at 685-5163 or 795-6615.

PAUL SUTHERLAND CARPENTRY and More:
Residential and commercial. No job too small. 35
years experience and prompt dependable service.
Call 792-4645.

ISLAND HOME REPAIRS: Painting, carpentry, elec-
tric, 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 annual,
$1,500/month. Bayfront cottages also available 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 Apartments,
778-2374.

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 or rent. Sea-
sonal or annual, 1 BR apartment, unfurnished, $700/
month includes utilities. 55-plus. Sandpiper Mobile
Resort 778-1140, or e-mail:
SandpiperResort@aol.com.

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:
ghowcrof@tampabay.rr.com.

ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA single-family home.
One block to beach and bay. New kitchen, garage/
workshop, washer/dryer. Private yard. $1,100/month
plus utilities. 2212 Avenue B. Call 795-8979.

ANNUAL PERICO BAY Club, Grand Cayman, 2BR/
2BA, plus den lagoon front with views of estuary and
bay. Ceramic 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. .akor 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-smok-
ing, 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.

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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. After
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/
month. 746-8666.

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.

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 elevated
duplex, light and bright, screened lanai. Washer/dryer.
Available now! $800/month. Call 228-7878.

2BR/1 BA unfurnished annual Gulfview. $850/month.
Call 778-0292 or 650-3552.

WESTBAY POINT finest waterfront corner unit and
270 degree view. 2BR/2BA, furnished. March/April,
$2,500/month. Call 778-9309.

KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Short-term
only. Night, weekend, weekly. Private entrance, pri-
vate deck. Nonsmoking, close to beach. Call 778-
3433 or 773-0010.

SEASONAL FURNISHED new home in Anna Maria.
3BR/2BA, elevated. One block to beach. Available
now through April (813) 251-9201.


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.

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
or 920-6481.

FURNISHED ANNUAL AND SEASONAL rentals from
$1,500/month! Annual, 7104 Marina Drive, 3BR/2BA
house with pool, $1,500/month; 2104 Avenue B, 1 BR/
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.

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.

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.

1BR/1BA WATERFRONT apartment in Cortez.
Peaceful, clean, bright. Annual, $650/month, in-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call 792-2620 or 778-1086.

VACATION RENTAL Charming 1BR/1BA, fully fur-
nished, across from white sandy beach. Call 809-3714.

LOVELY ELEVATED beach house unit. 2BR/2BA,
under-cover parking, nicely furnished. Three-month
rental, 210 81st Street. $2,500/month. Call in
Tampa, (813) 962-0817 or local, 778-2695.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 1BR/2BA, 750 sq.ft., washer/
dryer, on Gulf Drive. Annual. Includes cable TV, wa-
ter. $895/month. First, last, security deposit. 778-1098.

STEPS TO BEACH! Gorgeous furnished and spa-
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seasonal rentals. $550/week, $1,950 month. Call
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WATERFRONT APARTMENT 1 BR/1 BA. Peaceful,
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ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR apartment, one house to
beach, $925/month; 2BR apartment, Anna Maria,
$780/month; 3BR home, $995/month. Call Fran
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BEACHFRONT: NORTH SHORE Drive, Anna
Maria. Where the Gulf meets the bay. Ground level,
all view beachfront home. Large 2BR/2BA, sleeps
six. Tastefully redone. All you need is here. Janu-
ary $3,200/month; April $3,500/month. Call Tom,
(559) 760-1331.

SEASONAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA villas, washer/
dryer, screened porch, carport, ground level.
$2,000-$2,500/month. Marina Pointe Realty Co.,
779-0732 or (866) 779-0732.

BEAUTIFUL FURNISHED 1 BR in 55-plus Gulffront com-
plex. Panoramic bayview. Newly renovated and deco-
rated. Must see. Seasonal or annual. Call 779-9470.

NEW FOR SEASON! Gulfview 2BR home, $2,100;
west of Gulf Drive; 3BR home, $2,400/month. Call
Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.

NORTHWEST BRADENTON: Hawthorne Park,
4BR/3BA, luxury unfurnished home, caged pool
with spa, two-car garage, former model home.
$1,950/month. Call 778-2113.

RESERVE NOW! Cheerful 1BR duplex, $1,500/
month; Sunbow Bay 3BR, $2,600/month; light and
bright 2BR duplex, $1,800/month. Call Duncan Real
Estate, 779-0304.

ANNUAL RENTAL Holmes Beach, 2BR/2BA, ga-
rage, washer/dryer, dishwasher. 308 63rd St. $950/
month. Call 737-1121.

BY OWNER 2918 Avenue C., Holmes Beach. Mint
condition, 2BR/2BA elevated home. Only two
blocks to beach. $379,000. 545-8716, or e-mail
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LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty
parking spaces, contemporary design, great visibil-
ity. $14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor,
388-5514, or call 809-4253.

DUPLEX: BEAUTIFUL, built 2001/2002, 3,500 sq.ft.,
6BR/4BA, sun deck, storage house, corner lot, 100
by 100 feet, completely furnished. West of Gulf Drive,
600 ft. to beach. Walk to shopping center. Must see!
$799,000. Owner (813) 874-1939 or (813) 758-3648.

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

TOWNHOUSE 5BR/3BA, private boat dock, walking
distance to shopping and beach. Heated pool, tennis
and fishing pier. $335,000. #96435. Call Jan Sgueglia,
752-0101 or 358-6060, Michael Saunders & Co.

ON THE BEACH! 2BR/2BA Gulfview condo end-
unit. Turnkey furnished, unobstructed direct
Gulfviews from all rooms, heated pool, weekly rent-
als OK: $599,900. Call (732) 872-2646.

114 81ST ST. or Shell Drive, Holmes Beach. Home
for sale, steps from your own private beach.
Deeded access to the Gulf of Mexico. 2BR/2BA,
large playroom, fireplace, must see to believe! Call
(813) 681-9111, or (813) 363-1231. Ask for Dan.

TWO LUXURY VACATION villas built 2000, across
the road from public beach in Holmes Beach. Each
villa is 3BR/3BA and each have their own pools. For
details, contact Steve, 795-6225.

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Canal front, deep water-dock. 3BR/3BA with two master suites, open
floor plan & heated pool. Tastefully done in island decor, most
furnishings included. Easy move into this one! $605,000.

Vicki Gilbert 941-713-0195

Wedebrock Real Estate Company
Holmes Beach, Florida
Phone: 941-778-0700 Fax: 941-778-4794
Toll Free: 800-615-9930 www.wedebrock.com


AFFORDABLE ISLAND LIVING in this totally redone
duplex. Two large 2BR/2BA units with porches and
deck. Everything new, both sides. Let your tenant pay
your way! $395,000. Coldwell Banker, Doug New-
comer, 720-1555.

OPEN HOUSE: SATURDAY, Dec. 28, 2-4 PM. 530
Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. canalfront gem for
sale. 3BR/3BA, 3,000 sq.ft. under roof, completely
updated kitchen with Corian and KitchenAid appli-
ances, updated plumbing and A/C, large pool, new
Trex dock with 10,000-lb. boat lift and Waverunner lift.
Travetine marble bath with walk-in shower and two-
seater Jacuzzi. Large lot (100 by 140 feet), newer
seawall. $750,000. Call 730-1086 or 704-7336.

LONGBOAT KEY GULFFRONT 3BR/2BA condo-
minium. Six-month ownership, October-April annually.
Weekly rental opportunity. $325,000. Pat Naldrett-
Bilodeau, LLC, licensed real estate Broker, 685-0500.

OPEN HOUSE! Sunday, Dec. 28, 11am-3pm.
Two brand new Gulfview homes, 3,000 total sq.ft.
2203 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Or call for ap-
pointment. Florida Prime Realty, 778-1098.

BRING ALL OFFERS! Perico Bay Club villa.
Lakefront 2BR/2BA villa, furnished. Asking
$239,900. Call Marilyn Trevethan at Island Real
Estate, 778-6066.

LONGBOAT KEY Completely furnished 2BR/2BA
condo. Deeded beach, docking, pool, clubhouse.
$279,000. 383-3751.

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WESTBAY POINT AND MOORINGS Unique
2BR condo with many upgrades. Custom kitchen
with second wet bar sink, new appliances, cherry
cabinets. A relaxation pool and fountain in the
entry garden, large tile floored lanai with canal
view. One of a kind. $349,000. Call Dave Jones
or Dick Maher at 778-4800 or 713-4800.







THIS UNIT HAS IT ALL. 2BR/2BA with two
balconies and views of the bay and Gulf.
Turnkey furnished. Totally updated and
cleaner than new. Enjoy the heated pool and
private boat dock. Great rental income.
$379,000. Call Ed Oliveira, 705-4800.


SUNBOW BAY Turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA
in great Island location. Near beaches, shop-
ping, restaurants and grocery. Complex has
great amenities. Including heated pool, ten-
nis. Low fees. $259,000. Call Jane
Grossman or Nicole Skaggs at 778-4800 or
795-5704.


COMMERCIAL LOT Seller is a builder. Will
build to suit if need and go through the pro-
cesses with the county to obtain permitting.
Going through initial process now. Perfect lo-
cation for a doctor or lawyers offices. Zoned
PRM. $320,000. Call Cindy Grazar at 778-
4800 or 504-5176.


GLEN LAKES Partial lake view from 4BR/
2BA home on corner lot. Screened lanai,
alarm system, irrigation system. Close to
great schools and Bollettieri Tennis Acad-
amy, golf courses and shopping. Minutes to
beaches and downtown. $215,900. Lynn
Hostetler, 720-5876.


KEY WEST-STYLE CANAL HOME 3BR/
2BA canal home on extra large lot in Anna
Maria. Very, very private on dead-end street.
True lagoon-style pool with spa. $659,000.
Quentin Talbert, 778-4800 or 704-9680.


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BIMINI BAY 6BR.B.BA\ CANALFRONT HOME
Bayfront home. Create '. ne, .. Sailboat water. New construc-
deep water, pool and spa. tion, 5BR/5BA, pool/spa.
$2,595,000. $1,570,000.


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Across
Creepy sort, for short
View from a lighthouse
Lobster diavolo
Pit stop can
Fountain treat
Native Nebraskan
Antiapartheid org.
Scale notes
Onassis, in tabloids
Skating star Kulik
" it the truth!"
Oxford, for one: Abbr.
Phone no. add-on
Magazine article
Healthful retreats
Sandy tract, in Britain
Movie cowboy Lash __
"Halt!" to a salt
What that isn't
Mortimer, a real dummy
Maximally chi-chi
Clear the slate
No longer stops?
Tuckered out
Airport city near
Montreal
Rover and Tabby, e.g.
Tiny Tim played it
Scrooge overcame this
Get-up
Software program,
briefly
Sermon subject
Cozy retreat
Noodlehead
N.F.C. gridder
Lush
Diets
Attach with laces
Gift exchange require-
ment: Abbr.
Not an orig.
Undeclared
It's heard in Islamabad
Kind of date


69 -Mbre-Eglise,
France
71 Abu Bay, site of
Horatio Nelson's naval
victory, 1798
73 "The Gift of the Magi,"
e.g.
74 Sgt. and sgt. maj.
75 Done, to Donne
76 Rainbow
77 Itinerary abbr.
78 Allure competitor
79 King in a 1978 pop hit
80 Pudding ingredient
81 Antique auto
82 Directly across from:
Abbr.
84 Spearheaded
85 Sound from a wok
86 Hurrah for El Farruco
87 Leg bone
89 Hide-hair link
90 Timeline info: Abbr.
91 Salute
92 Starting Harvard law
students
93 Without exception,
after "to"
95 Choir practice
97 Croupiers' tools
98 "Leave me alone!"
101 Colors in cave
paintings
102 Bourbon and others:
Abbr.
103 "Law & Order" type:
Abbr.
105 "Nobody's Fool" star
Paul
107 Window item
108 Skater Midori
109 Satisfied
111 One with a thick skin
112 Ballet leap
113 Seasonal air that
celebrates this


puzzle's theme
118 Carbon compound
119 Love symbol
120 Not give a definite
answer
121 Huge win
122 Beach shades
123 Western-themed films
124 Art Deco designer

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2 Stephen, in France
3 With 15-Down, what to
do to reveal this
puzzle's theme
4 Subject to external
controls
5 Satirist Mort
6 How lemmings move
7 It's often squirreled
away
8 Succumb to stage
fright
9 Name fit for a king?
10 Dancing siblings
11 Big stories
12 "Would I lie?!"
13 Amount of eggnog
14 Botch the subtitles,
maybe
15 See 3-Down
16 Is a go-between
17 Fringe material
30 Motor City org.
32 "Oy !"
35 Chinese zodiac sign
37 Drummer Starkey,
Ringo's son
38 English poet Dowson
40 Tour de France units:
Abbr.
43 "At Seventeen" singer
Janis
45 It holds one cup
47 Alphabet sextet


50 Narc's find, for short
52 British verb ending
54 Evel doings?
55 Ring setting
56 Noted family of
Flemish painters
58 Like some chords
60 One whose job is a
grind?
61 War horses
64 Winter Palace
residents
65 Sprang back
68 Linen closet stack
70 Game show host who
was once a CBC
newsman


72 Car tower
80 Gave birth, as on a
ranch
83 "God bless us every
one," e.g.
87 Trattoria desserts
88 Rally
91 It will hold your
horses
94 The boonies
95 White of the eye
96 Ancient Greek tunic
99 Key of Chopin's
Piano Concerto No. 2
100 Disperse
101 Antiquaire's item
102 Brenda of the


comics
104 "Coffee, __ Me?"
106 Nick of "Lorenzo's
Oil"
108 Stick
110 sandwich
113 Kyrgyz city
114 Phoenix-to-
Flagstaff dir.
115 Mania subject?
116 Brief time out?
117 Some old roadsters

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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


HOLMES BEACH BEAUTY! Location!
Location! Spacious family home or Island
retreat! Large corner lot with circular
drive, two deeded boat slips, updated
throughout, solar heated pool/spa. Gina
& Peter Uliano, 358-7990. #94820.
$539,900


ISLAND DUPLEX Spectacular bayview
from second floor on the end of the ca-
nal by the future Villa Rosa subdivision.
2BR/2BA each. Short distance to Gulf.
Laurie Dellatorre, 779-2700. #92819.
$749,000


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BEAUTIFUL MARINER'S COVE Grand
full bay water view. 2BR/2BA plus loft,
cathedral ceilings, fireplace, eat-in
kitchen. Large tiled lanai, web bar. 40-ft.
boat slip and dock. Joan Smith, 761-
3100. #96119. $424,000


ENJOY VIEWS OF BOAT BASIN In
Palma Sola Park from the pool of this
updated "everything" home. 3BR/2BA,
light and airy with 24-by-50-ft. guest quar-
ters/hobby shop/barn. Two lots fenced.
Jane Tinsworth, 761-3100. #97125.
$570,000




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WOODS OF PALMA SOLA Exceptional
1,625 sq.ft. 3BR/2BA updated residence
on large lot with prime NW Bradenton lo-
cation. Open floor plan, cathedral ceilings
in family room, fireplace. Dave Moynihan,
778-2246. #94970. $199,500


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gated parking, deluxe
a m e n i t i e s.
Preconstruciton pricing
starts at $1,600,000.


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