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Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992) ( January 7, 2004 )

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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Creation Date: January 7, 2004

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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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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map in this edition, page 18.


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Year in review, page 8.


"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Volume 12, No. 9 Jan. 7, 2004 FREE


Kenricks are 2003 'Islanders of the year'


Ilona and Jeff Kenrick are The Islander
newspaper's "Islanders of the year" for 2003.
The Holmes Beach couple are facilitators for an
anonymous foundation, based in the city, whose lo-
cal, national and international aid amounts to about
$1 million a year. The foundation's mission state-
ment calls for the foundation to "make contributions
for religious, educational, charitable and scientific
purposes."
Locally, the pair established a blood drive that last
year accounted to more than 230 units of blood to be


given on the Island. The foundation contributed $100
for each unit, with blood donors to determine between
four Island not-for-profit organizations as beneficiaries
of the funds.
The four Island groups reaping the benefits of the
foundation's largesse are the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, Anna Maria Island Privateers, Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch and Wildlife Rescue Inc.
The foundation's efforts to draw blood donors
earned it a "Gold Award" in 2001 from a national blood
service group, Ilona Kenrick said. Another similar


blood drive in Bradenton is in the planning stages for
later this year, as well as the Island drive.
On the local front, the foundation aids Southeast
Guide Dogs, Manatee Religious Services, Foundation
for Dreams camp in Bradenton for mentally and physi-
cally challenged children, and local hospice organiza-
tions.
Nationally, the organization assists financially with
a children's home in Texas, the Lions Eye Bank in
PLEASE SEE ISLANDERS, PAGE 3


Do Island real estate

shopping right now
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Winter visitors to Anna Maria Island thinking of
buying Island real estate should do their holiday shop-
ping today. By tomorrow, the price could go up, par-
ticularly for condominiums.
"Condominiums have seen quite an appreciation in
value" the past six months, said Mike Norman of Mike
Norman Real Estate in Holmes Beach. "And they are
still a great value to purchase."
In fact, the average price of an off-water condo-
minium on the Island has climbed 25 percent in just the
past six months.
The average off-water Island condo sold for
$265,000 the first six months of 2003 with 18 units
sold.
Then in June, the Florida Association of Realtors
PLEASE SEE REAL ESTATE, PAGE 3


Eye on Gulf breezes
The Eyeland Needlers have completed the 2004 Tour of Homes prize quilt titled "Gulf Breezes" and it is on display
beginning this week and throughout January at the Island Branch Library in Holmes Beach. The March Tour of
Homes and the quilt raffle benefit for the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Working on the quilt in October
were, from left, Kay Beverly, Betsy Smith, the late Irene Murphy, Joan Pettigrew, Penny Reinholz and Dolores
Harrell. Financial support for the tour is sought with the highest level being a "platinum" sponsor at $2,500.
Details may be obtained by calling the Center at 778-1908. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan


No charges filed in Sunshine Law


complaint in Bradenton Beach


By Paul Roat
No foul, no charges, no problems, but get an edu-
cation.
That was the base conclusion of both the
Bradenton Beach police and state attorney investiga-
tions into "alleged sunshine violations, along with al-
leged violations of misuse of public position and a vio-
lation of laws governing licensing of architects," ac-
cording to a determination of Assistant State Attorney
Ed Brodsky Tuesday.
His findings: "Based on the findings by law en-
forcement of no violations of law, there will be no
charges filed."
Brodsky wrote in his findings that the charges
"were fully investigated by [Bradenton Beach] Det.
Sgt. Leonard Diaz. In his findings, he concluded there
were no. violations of law regarding all of the allega-
tions. In one particular allegation, which dealt with al-
leged violations of Sunshine Laws by city commission-


ers in their e-mail communications with one another,
Det. Diaz concluded 'It does not appear that their in-
tent was to violate the Sunshine Laws, but rather lack
of knowledge."
"The state concurs with the findings of law en-
forcement," Brodsky continued. "Regarding the e-mail
conversations, however, the state would point out that
there need not be any intention to commit a Sunshine
Law violation in order for a violation to exist. A com-
munication in violation of the Sunshine Law may be
rectified by a discussion of the issue at a commission
meeting. This should not be utilized as a saving grace
from a violation of Sunshine Law. It is recommended
that Bradenton Beach officials receive training in the
Sunshine Laws."
The complaint was lodged by former Bradenton
Beach Building Official Bob Welch. In an Oct. 29
memo from Welch to Mayor John Chappie, he said "I
PLEASE SEE SUNSHINE, PAGE 3


Island Players present
'Crimes of the Heart'
"Crimes of the Heart" opens Jan. 8 at Island
Players at its theater in Anna Maria City featuring
Megan Mooney, front left, as Babe, her sisters Lenny
and Meg played by Diana Shoemaker, right, and
Dianne Brin, seated center. Others in the cast are
Leslie Tavlor, standing right, as Chick Boyle, Joe
Shedrick, rear center, as Doc Porter, Stan Koci,
standing left, as Barnette Lloyd. Curtain times are 8
p.m. except for three Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
(Quiet Mondays.) Tickets are $15. The theater is at
GulfDrive and Pine A venue in Anna Maria. Box
office hours are 9 a.m.-I p.m. daily except Sunday,
and one hour before each performance. Call 778-
5755 during box office hours.


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Parasailing teens praise unknown paramedic


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The two teenage girls who narrowly escaped death
or serious injury in a parasailing accident Dec. 29 in
Bradenton Beach would like to thank their unknown
benefactor (The Islander, Dec. 31).
The two 15-year-old girls, Stephanie Cote and
Nataliya Lozko, both from Chicopee, Mass., were
parasailing that day off Bradenton Beach with U-Fly
Parasailing of Cortez when the tow line snapped, sending
the two careening toward the Beach House Restaurant.
Their parachute hit a power line on Gulf Drive near
the restaurant and exploded, hurling the two girls to the
pavement 30 feet below.
An unidentified vacationing paramedic from
Canada immediately went to their aid, stabilizing the
two and treating their injuries until police and ambu-
lances arrived.
Miraculously, neither Stephanie or Nataliya suffered
any serious injuries. They were air-flighted by helicopter
to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where they
were treated and released later that evening.
By the next day, the two had returned to the scene of
the accident and appeared none the worse for wear, al-
though they don't plan on parasailing on future vacations.
"We consider ourselves very lucky," said Stephanie,
"and we'd really like to thank the paramedic who was
right there when it happened. She said she was from
Canada and told us her name, but we can't remember it.
We'd wanted to thank her personally, but she just disap-
peared. We don't know how to get in touch with her. If she
reads this story, maybe she can contact the newspaper."
Both girls are soccer players and expect their "bumps
and bruises" to be fine by the time they return to school.
The girls were vacationing with Stephanie's father
and, other than the parasail mishap, have enjoyed their
Island vacation.
"Hopefully, we'll get back here again, but we don't
plan on any more parasailing," said Nataliya.
The mishap is being investigated by the U.S. Coast
Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission.


Happy ending
Just one day after they could have been killed when their out-of-control parasail struck a power line on Gulf
Drive and burst into flames, Nataliya Lozko, left, and Stephanie Cote returned to the scene at the Beach
House Restaurant for some scrapbook pictures. The fated power line is in the background. Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin


Anna Maria City twins with relatives


A Manatee County Sheriffs Office spokesperson
said 7-year-old twins Olivia and Dylan Young have
been placed with relatives following the murder-sui-
cide of their parents on Dec. 26 in Anna Maria (The
Islander, Dec. 31).
The spokesperson did not know if the children


would continue to live in Anna Maria or Manatee
County, but noted the relatives now caring for the twins
were from out of state. The relatives are in the process
of adopting the children, the spokesperson added.
The twins attended Anna Maria Elementary School
prior to the incident and the holiday break.


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'Islanders of year' for 2003
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Miami, and Doctors Without Borders.
Internationally, the foundation aids the Sisters of
Mercy Hospice in Chile, a children's education pro-
gram in Viet Nam, Russian Ministries in Moscow, and


Island real estate keeps going up
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
announced that the Bradenton-Sarasota area had the
highest increase in home value the past year of any
FAR reporting area. Area homes jumped 24 percent in
value between April 2002 and the same month in 2003,
the FAR said.
That didn't stop Island condominium buyers from
spotting a bargain.
For the past six months, 29 condo units have been
sold on the Island at an average price of $333,000.
"It looks like the interest in condominiums is quite
high," observed Norman, "and we've been getting a lot of
inquiries for both waterfront and off-water units. I expect
the value to continue to increase this coming year.
Waterfront homes are still a good value, he said, but
many buyers are finding good prices in single-family
homes off the water. The average price of those houses
increased 12 percent the first six months of 2003.
"Island real estate is still a great value investment,"
predicted Norman. "Where else can you get a 25 to 30
percent annual return on your investment?"
The "future looks good" for the winter real estate
market, said Norman, adding that advance reservations
for winter rental units are well ahead of last year at this
time.
Gail Tutewelier of Wedebrock Real Estate in
Holmes Beach agreed that "prices aren't going to be
lower," and "the appreciation rate of Island real.estate
is still quite good. People looking to get into the mar-
ket should buy now."
Indeed, condominiums that sold for just under
$300,000 in June 2003 are now listed at $350,000, with
no shortage of buyers, she said.
Last June, some condominiums were still available
for just under $200,000. "Now, there's not much under


Sunshine Law
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
have reason to suspect that the actions of several city
board members may have violated state statutes,"
Welch said. Mentioned in the memo are former City
Commissioner Scott Barr, Vice Mayor Anna O'Brien,
former City Commissioner Dawn Baker, Board of
Adjustment Chair Ken Lohn, former mayor and board
of adjustment member Gail Cole and planning and
zoning board member Ernest Clay.
Among Welch's comments were "possible Sun-
shine Law violations by the use of e-mails referencing
items brought before the commission or items that
foreseeable may be brought before the commission; the
e-mails were between Barr and O'Brien, between
Baker and O'Brien, and between Baker, O'Brien and
Lohn."


Father Eugene Hattie, an 82-year-old Jesuit priest who
works with the homeless in Uganda. The foundation
also assists a Boston-based charity providing medical
equipment and aid to developing countries throughout
the world.
The Kenricks moved to the Island from St. Peters-
burg in 1995, and started Marina Pointe Realty in 1999
in Anna Maria City.

Honored Islanders
Ilona and Jeff Kenrick
accept a plaque of
appreciation from
Elaine Ackel, right, of
the Manatee Commu-
nity Blood Center, at a
reception last year
honoring the Kenricks,
the foundation they
represent, the sponsors
and recipients of the
June Islandwide blood
drive. Jeff Kenrick
conceived the blood
'drive, which resulted in
the area's largest blood
collection ever from a
single event and a
generous cash bonus
for Island charities.
Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy


$250,000," she observed.
In one location, a waterfront condo that sold for
$650,000just two years ago sold recently for $950,000,
a 45 percent climb in just two years.
While Gulffront condos are "always a good value"
for the investor, said Tuteweiller, there are still excel-
lent values in non-waterfront condominiums. The
smart shopper can find those condo units in the
$250,000 to $300,000 range, she pointed out.
People who bought single-family homes last June
have already seen nearly a 20-percent increase in their
property's value in just the past six months.
"There's no longer anything under $300,000 and
houses under $400,000 are considered bargains and
usually sell quickly," Tuteweiller added.
For those interested in Island real estate who don't
know what a bargain is, consider that the FAR reported in
April 2003 that the average price of a single-family home
on Sanibel Island exceeded $900,000 while the average
condo unit selling price was more than $600,000.
"Anna Maria Island real estate is still priced well
below a number of similar Florida barrier islands,"
such as Marco Island, Sanibel, Captiva and Longboat
Key, said Tuteweiler
While there's always a little lull of interested buyers
on the Island before Christmas, the holiday real estate
shopping season should be a good one, she indicated.
"Nobody wants to be the last person who pays too
much," said Doug Dowling of Doug Dowling Real Estate
in Anna Maria, "but nobody wants to be the person who
didn't buy and saw the price go up the next week.
"Serious buyers should buy now because the top of
the market hasn't been reached yet," he said.


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Haleys, Wolfman, fireworks spark new year
Haley's Motel of Holmes Beach celebrated its 50th
anniversary in fine style with fireworks and an oldies
dance with the Wolfinan spinning tunes, shown here
with motel owner Sabine Buehler. Wolfman, who says
he took the name in 1995 and worked on radio for 32
years, now has an Internet radio station of his own,
wolfnansradio.com. From Brooklyn, he now resides in
Hollywood, Fla. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose


THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 7, 2004 E PAGE 3



Tradewinds


Resort sale


pending

David Teitelbaum is poised to acquire another
Bradenton Beach property.
Teitelbaum said he has a $6 million contract
to purchase the Tradewinds Resort, 1603 Gulf
Drive, in Bradenton Beach. He said his intent was
to retain the 35-unit resort as a hotel, but that each
of the units would be sold in the same fashion as
a condominium. Individual price per unit is be-
tween $275,000 and $295,000; he said eight units
have already been sold.
"I expect to close in March," he said, adding
that ResortQuest would handle the day-to-day
rental operation on the property.
He said that zoning on the Tradewinds prop-
erty could allow 56 units, but "it's so beautiful, so
special, we love the fact that it's low density. It
has that Old Florida look."
Teitelbaum is also the developer of Old
Bridge Village on Bay Drive South in the city, and
purchased and converted the Tortuga Inn, 1325
Gulf Drive, from motel to condos last year.
He said Phase 1 of Old Bridge Village is com-
plete, and furniture is being moved into the six
available units and two finished commercial
spaces. Five more condo units are still under con-
struction.



Meetings

Anna Maria City
Jan. 7, 4 p.m., capital improvement advisory commit-
tee meeting. Agenda: Engineers update and report, dis-
cussion on 2003-04 priority project list, new business,
and public comment.
Jan. 8, 3:30 p.m., city hall remodeling selection com-
mittee committee meeting.
Jan 8, 6:30 p.m., special meeting on code hearings.
Jan. 8, 7 p.m., city commission work session. Agenda:
First reading and public hearing on partial building mora-
torium, first reading and public hearing on swimming pool
setback ordinance, first reading and public hearing on
noise ordinance, home occupational ordinance fee pro-
posal, city hall remodeling discussion, proposal to ban
shark fishing off beaches, anonymous complaints discus-
sion, budget format change discussion, alcohol permitting
system discussion, and public comment.
Jan. 12, 7 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Jan. 13, comprehensive plan ad-hoc committee meet-
ing.
Jan. 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting on parking.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
Jan. 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Public
comment, revisit motion regarding legal services, discus-
sion on proposed countywide half-cent sales tax, trolley
shelter priority list discussion, approval of revised corri-
dor management plan, police department mural budget
amendment, interim attorney invoice, dumpster discus-
sion, household hazardous waste participation discussion,
clock tower chime discussion, meetings at city hall discus-
sion, consent agenda, and commission reports.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005.

Holmes Beach
Jan. 7, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
meeting.
Jan. 13, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 14, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Jan. 15. 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800.

Of Interest
Jan. 7, 10 a.m., Island Emergency Management Com-
mittee at Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.






PAGE 4 M JAN. 7, 2004 M THE ISLANDER


Bradenton Beach concerned with pier payments


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach City Commission met Dec.
30 as the community redevelopment agency to discuss
delinquent lease payments by Bradenton Beach Pier
Cafe Inc., the city pier and restaurant franchisee.
What they got from operators Karen and John
Gallo was the whole gamut of the seasonal nature of
Florida's restaurant industry.
The Gallos made the November lease payment of
$8,223 earlier that day, but it was the third time they've
been late since they signed a lease with the city in July
2003.
The lease calls for a payment of 12 percent of the
gross receipts to the city, but not less than $5,000. The
new lease also moved the due date from the last
Wednesday of the month to the third Wednesday, a
move the Gallos claim is a hardship.
A bigger hardship, however, is that the lease re-
quires the restaurant to be open 15 hours a day.



Sandbar asks again

for alleyway vacation
:By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
It's been nearly 10 years since the last time Ed
Chiles and the Sandbar restaurant in Anna Maria asked
for an alleyway vacation, but judging by the reaction
from some planning and zoning board members Dec.
29 to the Sandbar's latest alleyway vacation proposal,
the restaurant is likely to get the same answer: No!
Jeff Hostetler of Banks Engineering presented the
request on behalf of the restaurant and said basically, the
Sandbar just wants to swap locations for an alleyway.
It needs the present alleyway, which is not being
used by the city, to become compliant with parking re-
quirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
he said.
Martha Wright of the Sandbar said the restaurant
needs the space to create three ADA parking spaces
close to the south side of the restaurant. The restaurant
also has to create a hard, paved surface for the spaces
and for handicapped customers to reach the restaurant
entrance.
"It will be impossible to comply with the ADA is-
sue without vacation, because we can't pour the con-
crete," she said. "Our current handicap parking spaces
do not comply with the ADA."
So the proposal is a simple swap, said Hostetler.
But board member Charles Canniff was
unconvinced.
According to the city code, he said, the applicant
is supposed to be "entitled" to a vacation, and he can't
see where the Sandbar is entitled to an alleyway vaca-
tion.
Hostetler noted that the alleyway hasn't been used
by the city in more than 40 years, perhaps longer.
In Cannif's view, however, "If we grant one vaca-
tion, Pandora's Box will be open, and I haven't heard
anything that says you are entitled to the vacation."
He also suggested that the solution to the ADA
problem is to move parking 10 feet away from the
building and pave a sidewalk over the alleyway.
P&Z board member Chuck Webb, also an attorney,
said that while he has a "sympathetic ear" for the ADA
problem, he needs to see a completed application for
the vacation, including a survey and a title report, be-
fore he can make a decision.
The board agreed and continued the variance re-
quest to its Jan. 26 meeting.
In other action, the board recommended to the city
commission by a 4-1 vote that swimming pools and
accompanying decking not be allowed within setbacks.
Webb had argued that pool decks within a home's
setbacks are a non-issue.
The board also held a public hearing on the pro-
posed partial building moratorium ordinance and board
chairpeson Ellen Trudelle clarified that the moratorium
does not affect repairs and remodeling of existing struc-
tures, including commercial properties.
Board members agreed to add language suggested
by City Attorney Jim Dye that repairs and renovations
are allowable under the moratorium as long as there is
no "increase in density or intensity" at the property.
The board also agreed to include in the moratorium


It costs them $107 an hour to operate the business,
said John Gallo, so when the weather is bad and busi-
ness is slow "we have to take the loss."
Now, with the arrival of good weather and the win-
ter tourist season, "we should be in good shape," said
Gallo.
But he asked the commission to review the opera-
tion in a couple of months. If it's not satisfied at that
time, "maybe you would need someone else" to oper-
ate the pier, he suggested.
"Give us four more months. If you're still not
happy," then maybe it's time to go, Gallo suggested.
Commissioner Anna O'Brien said that the Gallos
should have brought the problem with the hours of op-
eration and the lease payment due date to the commis-
sion, rather than waiting for the commission to call
them on the carpet.
Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips wondered why
the Gallos would want to stay in a business if they were
losing money.


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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach City Commission at
its Jan. 6 meeting was scheduled to discuss
whether or not it wants Mayor Carol
Whitmore to explore avenues for the city to
purchase the Tidemark property.
The item was placed on the agenda for
discussion to "see if the commission wants to
discuss going forward," said Whitmore.
She said she needs commission approval
to investigate the possibilities of purchasing
the property through various nonprofit orga-
nizations such as the Trust for Public Lands
or the Coalition for Public Purchase.
Commissioner Don Maloney is in favor
of discussing a potential purchase, now that
Regions Bank has foreclosed on the Tidemark
mortgage (The Islander, Dec. 24).
"It's something I'd like the city to at least
consider," said Maloney, who cast the lone
dissenting vote against commission approval
of the Tidemark site plan in July 2001.
"I think we should at least explore the


construction on lots that do not currently have access
to a platted and dedicated public road.
The first reading of the ordinance will be at the Jan.
8 city commission meeting.
An "informal" building moratorium has already
been approved by the commission.
The moratorium is expected to be in effect only


She's been in the Florida restaurant business before
and "it's always cyclical," she said.
Commissioner Pete Barreda, who owns a restau-
rant in Cortez, said his concern was that the Gallos
were "always trying to catch up.
"Are you going to be back here in the same boat in
four months?" he asked.
Phillips agreed that the commission could talk
about the mandatory 15-hours-per-day issue and
wanted to get an opinion from City Attorney Chuck
Webb, who was not at the meeting.
"We should look at that and all the issues," said
Mayor John Chappie, who called the meeting. "I had
just wanted fo get the commission concerned and I
suggest we contact the city attorney so we know our
options."
The Gallos have operated the city pier restaurant
since May 2003 when they took over from the previ-
ous franchise holder. They signed a new lease with the
city in July 2003.


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Shipwreck?
Vanndals did $500-
$600 worth of
damage to the
Christmas parade
float-Santa sled of
the Anna Maria
Island Privateers. It
was parked at
12316 Cortez.Road
when vandals struck
New Year's Eve.
Any information on
the crime should be
reported to Larry or
Sandy Hand at 792-
7437, Rick Maddox
at 794-2599, or the
Manatee Counlt
Sheriff's Office at
747-3011.


possibilities of protecting the land for pub-
lic use and having a say in its future use,"
stressed Maloney.
"Who knows what's the next proposal
there? A McDonald's?" he asked.
Regions Bank foreclosed on its first
mortgage for $1.7 million and the property
will be offered for public sale on Feb. 12.
A second mortgage against the property
held by Brasota Mortgage for approximately
$1.7 million is also in foreclosure.
The Tidemark property is located on the
site of the former Marina Bay restaurant in
Holmes Beach.
The Trust for Public Lands buys proper-
ties of historical and recreational signifi-
cance on behalf of local governments, then
works with the municipality on financing to
purchase the property from the Trust.
Representatives from the St. Petersburg
office of the TPL have looked recently at
several properties in Anna Maria, including
Roser Cottage and the site of the former Is-
land Marine, for a potential purchase.


until the city adopts a site plan review process for all
major construction projects in the city.
The review procedures have been prepared by con-
sultant Joel Freedman and the board during the past six
months and board members agreed to hold a special
meeting to approve the final plan and submit that to the
commission as soon as possible.


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considering Tidemark purchase





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Electric cars to scoot down Gulf Drive?


By Paul Roat
A matter that has been "resting on the table" before
Bradenton Beach planners may come up again in the
next month.
Vicky Sweeney proposed an additional service to
her Island Water Sports and Scooter Rental business in
June 2003 rental of electric cars.
At the time, Florida Department of Transportation
officials balked at the use of the vehicles on Gulf Drive,
a state road.
Deborah Snyder, traffic operations manager for the
DOT, wrote then that although Florida law allows use of
the "low-speed vehicles" Sweeney is proposing to rent,
"the DOT may prohibit the operation of low-speed ve-
hicles on any road under its jurisdiction if it determines
that such prohibition is necessary in the interest of safety."
She added in a letter to Bradenton Beach Police
Chief Sam Speciale that "in the interest of safety, Irec-
ommend not allowing these vehicles on State Road 789
[Gulf Drive]. It is my intent to prohibit these vehicles
from SR 789 in Bradenton Beach."
However, Snyder apparently relented after meeting
with Sweeney and others later in the year, stating that
"low-speed vehicles do present a potential for improv-
ing the 'quality of life' aspects of this beach commu-
nity with their quiet and subtle character. For the time
being, the department will not restrict access of low-
speed vehicles on SR 789. We hope they will not
present the problems that we fear and the citizens of
Bradenton Beach are able to reap their benefits."
Sweeney still needs the blessing of the city plan-
ning and zoning board and city commission in an ex-
pansion of her special exception use, which allows her
to rent bicycles and scooters and perhaps electric
cars at Silver Surf Resort, 1301 Gulf Drive.
All three Island city governments possess similar
electric cars which do operate on Gulf Drive, a use that
is allowed as municipalities are exempt from any op-
erating prohibitions on state roads.
The "neighborhood electric vehicles" Sweeney
hopes to rent have a top speed of about 30 mph, and can
travel about 30 miles without needing to be recharged.


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Bicycle in an effort to promote bike safety awareness
to elementary school students.
The project kicks off in Manatee County Jan. 8 at
three elementary schools, including Anna Maria, and
will focus on the importance of wearing bike helmets.
The project will be conducted over a five-week
period in which firefighters will be on the lookout at


school to see if kids are wearing helmets.
The firefighters will distribute rewards for student
bikers wearing safety helmets and provide information
for those observed not wearing helmets.
Coupons for other items, including McDonald's ice
cream, bike helmets and more, will also be distributed.
The team's goal is to make students aware that
many head injuries can be prevented with the proper
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Problems, concerns, or not
Perhaps it's good that in the midst of the frenetic
holidays, one of our biggest problems on the Island is
dogs on the beach. And, after the tragic murder-suicide
in Anna Maria City, we'll take the dogs and their ac-
companying problems any time.
But be forewarned: Things promise to get very inter-
esting in the next few months in our little slice of paradise.
In Anna Maria City, the "informal" moratorium
should give way to a legally binding matter on some home
construction. The issue could become contentious or
not, if the long-standing building ban on some construc-
tion in Bradenton Beach is any indication. Few people
there seem to care about or even attend the past two years'
hearings on the moratorium on street vacation, compre-
hensive plan amendments and rezonings.
Anna Maria City's building ban merely intends to
slow development until a site-plan review process is
adopted.
Building and construction or the lack thereof -
will be the focus in the next few months, or years, in Anna
Maria and Bradenton Beach. Both cities are inching along
on the path to develop a long-range vision for their com-
munities. Anna Maria is already into the process;
Bradenton Beach will embark on the matter later this
month.
In both instances, the grueling pattern of meeting and
(hopefully) compromising will take about two years, ac-
cording to past practices and consultant estimates.
Holmes Beach will have its problems with the
usual matters there: rezoning and maximizing develop-
ment. We envision the growth-- as a result of greed
- will be overwhelming.
And that may be the biggest problem the Island
faces for the future: Having government, or the bureau-
cracy, keep pace with rapidly evolving (divide and
develop) market trends.
Who would have guessed that Island property values
would increase by something like 25 percent in a year?
Who would have thought condominium sales would
so overwhelm the real estate market that homes, shops,
offices, even churches, would become conversions?
While market trends are fickle and fast, govern-
ment, by definition of being thorough and involving all
the people through a deliberate process, is usually not.
Heck, it'll be years before today's "vision" of the Island
can be implemented.
Wonder what the vision of 2006 will be?
High rises? We're going to the dogs.



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Opinion


Courage to quit
"He would not quit" was spoken and heard by
many who attended his (Leslie Young's) memorial ser-
vice. In building such a successful business one has to
be that way. So this character trait was perhaps over-
developed by his day-to-day schedule and shoulderload
of responsibilities.
He had begun to learn about his spiritual side per
his minister's comments. Had he begun earlier, been
more persistent and consistent in learning about Spirit's
presence and the peace it brings when you understand
its presence in you, it's possible he would have had the
courage "to quit" a toxic situation and "let go," with the
faith to let Spirit handle it.
So to those of you in pain, seek your own connec-
tion with Spirit for your sake and those around you, and
if you understand, then listen and go share your peace
and confidence with those who will seek you out.
Rob Crafts, Cortez
Thanks!
What a fantastic turn out for the Third Annual
Lester's Family Fun Day!
There were smiles and laughter and holiday tidings
for friends old and new. There was Santa's awesome
arrival by fire truck, face painting, cookie decorating,
snow cones, and Christmas story telling. Don't forget
the fish pond and beanbag toss. But most of all, there
was a feeling of good old-fashioned FUN with great
old-fashioned prices.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center would
like to extend a heartfelt thanks to event sponsors
Chuck and Joey Lester, whose continued support over
the years has been incredible, to their co-sponsor The
Islander, for its terrific publicity for the event.
We would also like to thank the following people
and organizations for their food donations: Pat Geyer
and the Duffy's Grill Team, Chef Damon Presswood
of Ooh La La!, Publix Bakery Department, John Home
of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar restaurants, Joe
Hutchison, the Coutoulakis family and Lance Snacks.


By Egan


Another thanks to the Lesters for providing 48 tur-
keys to some lucky raffle winners! Thanks to instruc-
tor Sara Tanner and her pretty-in-pink ballerinas,
thanks to Bob Mullikin for transforming into a very
believable Santa for two hours, thanks to West Mana-
tee Fire & Rescue District for being Santa's "wheels"
and thanks to the Privateers for their very generous
$1,000 donation to the Center.
Also, we'd like to acknowledge all of the wonder-
ful volunteers who so graciously gave their time, rolled
up their sleeves and made this event happen: The AMI
Rotary Club, the Manatee High School Key Club, The
Anna Maria Kiwanis Club and the many who simply
showed up and asked, "What can I do to help?"
The Lester's Family Fun Fest was a wonderful
opportunity for everyone to come out and visit our
Center, to see what we do and meet our staff. We wish
you all a very safe, healthy and happy holiday.
Anna Maria Island Community Center

Thanks from Annie
I would like to thank my family, friends and teach-
ers/staff of Anna Maria Elementary School for coming
to see "Annie." You have all been supportive of me.
I would also like to thank everyone for the flowers
and gifts that I received. You have helped my dream
become a reality. A very special thanks to my teacher
Mrs. Brockway for being the most understanding
teacher in the world.
Trina Rizzo, Islander who starred as Annie in
Sarasota Players musical

Author lunches
We at the Bradenton Beach Library Board for the
Tingley Memorial Library wish to thank The Islander
for its participation in both the Tim Dorsey and Randy
Wayne White book-signing lunch.
We genuinely appreciate your interest in the library
and thank you again for your contribution of time and
effort as a member of the community.
Cotty Johnson, board chair


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New Year's resolution?
It's worth trying
By Don Maloney
Special to The Islander
After hours really after days of very serious
thought, I've finally decided how to get into the New
Year's resolution thing. It's by making one that's
ONE that I believe I can keep.
It's not to go on a diet, either. I tried that last year
for the 51st time, and it was the inost painful three
hours in my life. And it's not to do more exercise. I get
plenty of that every night during my treks from the
bedroom to you know where.
Really, it's not one of the normal New Year's
promises. In fact, I'll bet you never heard of anyone
resolving this before: I'm going to quit reading news-
papers and magazines except, of course, for the
comics and crossword puzzles.
Why? That's easy to explain. For one thing, some
of the ads I see in print are sometimes frightening and
other times aggravating. For a frightening instance, I
put the drug ads right up there in first place. Every time
I read one, they tell me I'd be better off with what I
have than I might be with their product that can cure it.
If you don't believe me, read the fine print like I did.
Like recently, I was glad to see an ad that claimed
they had a drug that could lower my cholesterol and


help prevent heart attacks. That was exactly what the
four-color ad said with large print. But then I read the
fine print on the next page and I'm talking FINE
print. At one point, it said that taking their pill "may
elevate creatine phosphokinase and transaminase lev-
els." What the hell they are, even Google couldn't tell
me, so my cholesterol stays where it is.
The aggravating ads I mentioned are usually for
automobiles. That's because they always tell you how
great their cars are and how long they are promised to
last. But, unlike the drug people, they hold down the
fine print until a year or so after you have the car when
they send you the list of things that can go wrong on
that once-perfect car and how much it will cost you to
fix those wrongs if you don't buy that extended
warrantee.
Regular news stories bug me, too.
Like I just read the other day that formulas that
have been used to calculate human life expectancy
were flawed, and that they overestimated longevity by
almost two years. Then the story gave the current ex-
pected end for men, which was an age that I was al-
ready three years past. The only good part of that news
was that it indicated, as a result, that I would be stupid
to buy the extended warranty on my car if I won't be
here as long as I thought.
I gave up the annual diet resolution because I read
in the Bradenton paper that the federal government
says that 65 percent of adult males my age are over-
weight and I have no desire to join the 35 percent mi-
nority. I'd have to make all new friends. Anyway, what
kind of resolutions can normal-sized people make?
And that reminds me of another reason I'm quitting

30 years in Washington topic
for library friends
Former correspondent James A. McCartney will
discuss "My 30 Years in Washington" when he talks
for the Friends of the Island Library program series
Tuesday, Jan. 13.
He will speak at two gatherings, 11 a.m. and 2
p.m., both at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. As a reporter for the Chicago Daily News,
McCartney specialized in foreign affairs, reported on
the Viet Nam war and national political conventions.


THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 7, 2004 0 PAGE 7
reading. That's because the writers seldom give all the
details. For instance, there was a story about a "Body
Painting Workshop" (I'm not making this up) planned
here on the Island that would last three days and would
"bring out the inner (not outer, mind you) personality
of the person who is painted." Costs were said to be
$849 for a single participant and $1,449 for a couple.
Now, what bothers me is that those previously
mentioned 65 percent of adult males that might get
involved in such a pastime are going to need a lot more
paint maybe even more brushes than the slimmer
35 percentile group.
Do the 65 percenters have to pay more? And who
paints the singles, other singles they've never met?
Who pairs off the doubles? And where do they sit while
they dry? Do they sit at all? Plus, how do you bring out
your inner by painting your outer? How long do you
stay painted?
See how reading a simple story like that can be
confusing? And I never even got to whether the paint
was latex, acrylic or oil.
I could go on, as you know I often do, but I think I've
made my point about why I'm giving up reading. You'll
have to let me know if I did (make my point), because this
is the first thing in 2004 I'm not going to read.
Didn't you now wish it was your first?



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2003 year in review: A look back


By Paul Roat
Partial building moratoriums in two cities, changes
in staff and changes in commissions were some of the
highlights of the second half of 2003.
And the year ended in a tragic note with a murder-
suicide of an Anna Maria City couple, the first murder
in at least 50 years in that city.

July
Drowning: A Sarasota man who grew up in
Holmes Beach drowned off Bean Point in Anna Maria
City after he jumped from a boat to the water for a
swim and was caught in a riptide. Robert Bileth's
uncle, Craig Freiler, lost sight of him and couldn't get
the boat started to go after him in the strong current.
Rescue workers found Bileth's body shortly afterward.
Newlywed excitement: Heather and Scott Ander-
son had a stormy wedding literally. The couple was
married at the Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton
Beach. As the party was winding down, a storm blew
in off the Gulf and tossed the tent which had covered
the wedding party into the side of the restaurant. No
one was hurt. The next night, another storm blew
through and ripped off most of the roof of the Seaside
Motel,.where the wedding party was staying. Again, no
one was hurt.
Open: The micro-skate park in Holmes Beach
opened with a throng of skateboarders and-officials at
the dedication ceremony.
Bad BOA, you've gone too high: Holmes Beach
city commissioners instructed the city attorney to draft
an ordinance making decisions of the city's board of
adjustment "recommendations" rather than having the
power of law. City commissioners said they were up-
set over building height variances granted by the board.
Anna Maria City height: Members of the Anna
Maria City Commission and the planning and zoning
board agreed they couldn't agree on what to do with
building height variance requests in the city, but did
agree to hold another meeting on the matter.
New look: Anna Maria city commissioners agreed
to about $150,000 worth of renovations to city hall. The
bulk of the changes dealt with making the building
handicap-accessible. The project still needs to go out
to bid for the work to be done.
Suit: A construction company sued the Tidemark-
development in Holmes Beach for lack of payment for
work done. Nick Easterling of Tidemark said he didn't
owe anybody anything.
In writing, please: Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioners agreed that written reports must be provided
after any conversations between city officials, consult-
ants and developers.
Uproar: Police were called several times to calm
an unruly crowd at Bradenton Beach City Hall during
an appeal of a building official's decision to grant per-
mits for a duplex to be built on Bay Drive South. Ken
Lohn, who requested the appeal, told the city's board
of adjustment the duplex was too high and encroached
into the east-side setback toward Anna Maria Sound.
Building Official Bob Welch said he rejected the height
request and that surveys of the property indicate the
setback met city codes. Board members agreed to de-
cide on the matter later.
Stormwater tax: Holmes Beach city commission-
ers agreed to hold public hearings later in the year on
the matter of assessing a $36-per-year stormwater tax
on all property in the city. Funds from the tax, or fee,
would be used to improve drainage on city streets..
Music silenced: Cortez Kitchen's plea to continue
to have amplified music at its popular restaurant in
Cortez was rejected by Manatee County officials. No
amplified music is allowed at the restaurant pursuant
to county land development codes, county officials
said.
Winner: Former Islander J.D. Webb, 16, took first
place in the Junior Masters Water-Ski and Wakeboard
Tournament in Georgia in the 14-16 age bracket.
Tree disaster: Islanders were incensed and out-
raged after construction crews doing site preparation
work at the Anna Maria Elementary School bulldozed
17 live oak trees, estimated to be at least 100 years old.
Parent Judy Titsworth said the community had been
told throughout the planning process that saving the
trees would be a priority. The demolition "was like a
kick in the teeth," she said. School officials and archi-


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tects said they tried to keep as many trees as possible
and that the community knew that some of the oaks
would have to "come out." Also uprooted was about
$60,000 worth of playground equipment that the com-
munity raised funds for and installed at the school in
1998. The play gear was piled near the bayfront, with
much of it destroyed.
Good BOA: Holmes Beach city commissioners
backpedaled on their plan to change the city's board of
adjustment from providing legal decisions to making
recommendations to the city commission, which would
then allow the commission to make a final determina-
tion on variances. Another meeting was scheduled.
Anna Maria City goes hunting: Anna Maria city
commissioners started the search for a building official
after Holmes Beach officials said they would stop pro-
viding planning services after 90 days.
No tax: Anna Maria city commissioners learned
that the city's occupational license tax should no longer
be collected because it is contrary to state law.
Parking: There are 355 available parking spaces
in Anna Maria City along streets that could be utilized
for public parking. Now, the question is, how many
should be developed? More meetings were planned.
IMS in, out: The Island Middle School Board of
Directors chose life-skills instructor Gary Hughes from
a field of three applicants to serve as director of the
charter school. The field was narrowed to two appli-
cants, Hughes and Carol Celona, and the six board
members present out of a seven-member body were
split between the two. Celona then withdrew her appli-
cation, stating the board was "strongly divided" and the
school therefore "would not be a situation in which I
would like to be involved." Three members of the
board, Cindy Jennis, John Monetti, and Chuck Webb,
all founding directors later resigned, and the four re-
maining members selected Hughes. His salary was set
at $42,000 annually.
One more year: Bradenton Beach planning and
zoning board members agreed that another year's par-
tial building ban in the city should be implemented and
recommended the same to the city commission. Prohib-
ited are individual-initiated street vacations, property
rezonings and comprehensive-plan amendments.
No: A building permit for a 6,000-square-foot
three-story eight-sided house in Anna Maria City was
denied by the building official on grounds that it had
the appearance of a duplex in a single-family zoning
area. The home is at 206 Spring Lane.
Cell tower: Anna Maria city commissioners tink-
ered more with the communications tower ordinance,
and vowed more meetings to fine-tune the document.
Lost: Twelve property owners who sued to retain
rights to the beachfront end of 79th Street in Holmes
Beach lost their case in court. The four-year dispute
was spurred when the property, used as an easement by


nearby residents, was in 1986 to adjacent beachfront
property owners.
Owes: The bank handling the financing for the
Tidemark condo-resort-restaurant-marina project in
Holmes Beach filed a foreclosure suit against the de-
velopment for $1.45 million. Developer Nick
Easterling said he was negotiating with another bank
for financing and would pay off the first bank loan.
Thoughts?: School officials invited the commu-
nity to provide input in design plans for Anna Maria
Elementary School. Further meetings were scheduled.
Cycle death: Johnny Cicero, 18, of Bradenton, son
of Holmes Beach restaurateur Karen of Parrot Bay
Cafe, was killed in a motorcycle accident on Cortez
Road.
Parking: Anna Maria city commissioners ap-
peared to be leaning toward a compromise resident-
visitor parking plan for the city's streets.
No merit: Ken Lohn's appeal of Building Official
Bob Welch's issuance of a building permit for a duplex
on Bay Drive South was overturned by members of the
Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment, who said that
height issues were indeed erroneous and had been ad-
dressed by Welch, and the other matters Lohn ques-
tioned were without merit. GSR Development's prin-
cipals Steve Noriega and Robert Byrne filed suit
against Lohn for "tortitous interference."
City vs. village: Residents and business people in
Anna Maria City wanted to change the designation of
the municipality from "city" to "village." City commis-
sioners said "Why?" and tabled the matter.

August
Tragedy: More than 200 loggerhead sea turtles
from four nests in Holmes Beach died when they be-
came disoriented due to lights visible from the shore.
Turtle Watch Director Suzi Fox said lack of enforce-
ment on lighting laws was to blame.
Out, in: Holmes Beach Det. Sgt. Nancy Rogers, a
13-year veteran of the force, announced her retirement.
She was replaced by Terry Davis, who was a patrol
officer for the Longboat Key Police Department.
$5,000 kid: Longboat Key contributed $5,000 to-
ward creation of the micro-skate park in Holmes Beach
for the town's youth. One Longboat youth currently
takes advantage of the park.
Newlyweds: Dee Percifield and Gene Schaefer,
longtime friends and business partners at Cafe on the
Beach at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach,
married.
Residency required: Bradenton Beach city com-
missioners agreed that "qualified electors only" should
serve on the city's advisory boards. Most of the boards
already call for members to be residents; only the plan-
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ning and zoning board allows people who merely own
property to also serve.
Density, growth tops: An ad-hoc committee re-
viewing the Anna Maria City comprehensive plan
agreed that density and growth were top priorities and
should be addressed first as the group wrestles with
other elements of the plan, which was expected to take
at least two years of review before completion.
Racked up: Modular newsracks were installed at
three locations in Anna Maria City, the first Island city
to see the units. The effort was spearheaded by The
Islander and local daily newspapers.
Moratorium extended: City commissioners in
Bradenton Beach approved extending a moratorium on
street vacations, property rezoning and comprehensive-
plan amendments for one year.
Trashed: Anna Maria City's code enforcement
officer handed out 87 warning notices to people who
had failed to move trash containers from the street af-
ter the routine garbage pickup.
School compromise reached: After weeks of
meetings, Islanders and school officials apparently
reached a compromise on the landscaping and design
of the new Anna Maria Elementary School.
Sued: Two of Frank Davis's neighbors at the
Harrington House Bed & Breakfast annex on Gulf
Drive filed a lawsuit against the city of Holmes Beach
on charges they were not notified of his request for
height and setback variances granted in February.
Bring in the feds: Fed up with continuing lighting
offenses along the beach that disorient, sometimes fa-
tally, baby sea turtles, Turtle Watch Director Suzi Fox
requested officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser-
vice tour the Island's beaches and address the issue.
Budget OK'd: Anna Maria city. commissioners
approved a $2.1 million budget for fiscal year 2003-04.
... and again: Holmes Beach city commissioners
approved a $7.228 million budget for the same fiscal
year.
... and yet again: Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioners approved a $2.63 million budget.
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Oops: Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment mem-
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home at 693 Key Royale Drive that was built more than
three feet higher than city codes allow. Homeowner
Robert Taylor, had hired an architect and contractor to
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pany in charge or remodeling Taylor's home and chair
of the board of adjustment, brought the matter forward
when he discovered the error. The matter was sent to
the city commission for a final decision and, failing
approval there, probably to the courts.
Rosa Del Mar OK'd: A 14-unit Gulffront condo
project, Rosa Del Mar, was approved by Bradenton
Beach planning and zoning board members. Develop-
ers Steve Noriega and Robert Byrne said the units in
the 2500 block of Gulf Drive will sell for $1.5 to $1.7
million each.

September
Bad R-3 zoning?: Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioners agreed to place a non-binding question on the
November ballot asking electors, "Do you wish to do
away with multi-family, R-3 density, in perpetuity?"
Attorneys and citizens packed city hall during the de-
liberations, and one lawyer said that if the city were to
implement any such downzoning more than 100 par-
cels would be affected and "all could have claims
against the city" through the city's "taking" of devel-
opment rights.
Recycling: Bradenton Beach city commissioners
agreed to start a curbside recycling program by the end
of the year. Unresolved was cost to the consumers, al-
though the commission estimated the recycling truck
and bins could be acquired for about $25,000.
Oops: Bradenton Beach city commissioners
learned that the "resident-only" ordinance they ap-
proved last month for members of the city's advisory
boards did not oust the members immediately, but al-
lowed them to serve out their appointed terms on the
board.
Line-of-credit OK: Anna Maria city commission-
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capital improvement projects in the city.
Vanishing act: Anna Maria Island registered voter
numbers dropped more than 13 percent from 2000 to
2003. Bradenton Beach was the hardest hit with a re-
duction of almost 17 percent of qualified voters;
Holmes Beach lost 13.5 percent; and Anna Maria City
lost 10 percent. Population numbers remained mostly
constant for the same period.
Moose revolts: Angered by the July 1 implemen-
tation of a statewide indoor-smoking ban, some mem-
bers of the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach staged a
"smoke-in," prompting management to call police to
oust the rowdy smokers. No one was arrested in the
ensuing altercation.
Rezone redux: Pat Kabris requested rezoning of
his recreation-zoned beachfront property which is ad-
jacent to his home at 101 75th St. in Holmes Beach to
allow him to to build a duplex or two condos. The plan-
ner said the zoning change would allow four units on
the merged properties. Planning commissioners de-
cided they needed to study the matter further.
Fire tax?: Members of the West Manatee Fire and
Rescue District agreed to ask voters if they would fa-
vor a property tax in addition to the current assessment
method. The vote is scheduled for March 2004.
BB-gun vandals: After a five month hiatus, van-
dals with BB guns again struck more than a dozen
parked vehicles in Holmes Beach. Police continued to
investigate.
Yes: A building permit for the house at 206 Spring
Lane was approved by Anna Maria City officials.
Homeowners modified the structure from its original
eight sides to six and removed one of the kitchens
(which made it a duplex in a single-family neighbor-
hood) as had been originally proposed.

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directed the city attorney to draft an ordinance calling
for specific parking spaces within the "beach access
zone" for residents and visitors. The action took place
after four hours of heated debate, and was narrowly
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care" packages for troops in the Middle East is just a
week away, and the sponsor has issued a call for help
now.
He is the Rev. William Grossman, pastor of
Harvey Memorial Community Church in Bradenton
Beach. He launched the "Soldier's Heart" campaign
before Christmas and needs to have the contributions
in hand by Jan. 14 to get them delivered for Valentine's
Day, Feb. 14.
Items needed by troops include toilet articles, eye
drops, non-aerosol bug repellant, sun and lip screen,
duct tape, flea collars for ankles, crew socks and such
handy articles for away-from-home troops. Plus cash
to cover the transportation charges.
Donations may be dropped off at the church, 300
Church St., from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, 10-11 a.m.
Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday, or at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, during of-
fice hours. Details are available from Mr. Grossman at
224-8608, Ed Callen at 778-1126, or Nancy Ambrose
at 778-7978.

Annual golf tournament
set up on Longboat
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is look-
ing for volunteers to help set up its annual golf tourna-
ment, with the organizational meeting scheduled at
8:30 a.m. Jan. 15.
The meeting will be at the chamber office, 6854
Gulf of Mexico Drive. The tournament will be May 21
at the Islandside Golf Course of the Longboat Key
Club. Details are available at 383-2466.

Books being accepted for sale
The Friends of the Island Branch Library are get-
ting organized for their annual book sale, which will be
Jan. 31 at the library.
What they need is books of all kinds fiction,
nonfiction, technical, professional, cooking "any-
thing between covers," as one Friend expressed it.
The books should be brought to the library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, any time the library is
open until Jan. 27. Proceeds go to help fund the library
facilities and services.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday,
closing ai p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Information may be obtained by calling 778-6341.

St. Bernard pancakes Sunday
St. Bernard Catholic Church will have a public
pancake breakfast and bake sale from 8-11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. I1, at the church hall, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Cost is $3 for adults, half price
for children. Further information may be obtained at
778-4769.


AME construction
team loses member,
moves forward
Anna Maria Elementary School will be one
of the last projects to carry the spirit and vision
of Educational Design Associates Architect Tom
Cardinal, who passed away this week.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes was saddened
by the news. "Cardinal was extremely intelligent
and a gifted architect," she said. "He had a pas-
sion for providing the best school possible."
AME's project is set to move forward, Hayes
said. Hayes believes AME's project was ap-
proved by the school board last month and said
that it has already gone out to bid with W.G.
Mills.
Hayes recently learned that Cardinal had
been selected as the.architect for King Middle
School's construction project and is sad that they
will miss his "talents and comradeship."
"We're fortunate we got to work with him on
one of his very last projects," she said.
Hayes said Cardinal had the ability to look at
AME's needs from a parent's point of view,
since he was actively involved in his own
children's education, but he also had a desire to
protect the interest of the teachers and their on-
the-job needs.
The staff at AME plans to send the Cardinal
family flowers and Hayes said she will be send-
ing a personal letter of condolence to the family.
Despite the turmoil that surrounded AME's
construction plans, Hayes said Cardinal "was
always a gentleman and tried not to take things
personally. He didn't let little hurdles keep him
down."


'Quintessential Contemporary'
show's preview opens
A preview has begun of the Longboat Key Center
for the Arts new show of contemporary art from private
collections on the key.
Titled "Quintessential Contemporary," the show
will run nearly all of February at the center, 6860
Longboat Drive. It will focus on art produced since the
1970s.
The preview is at the Northern Trust Bank's
Longboat office, 540 Bay Isles Road. It began Tuesday,
Jan. 6, and will continue through Jan. 29 during bank
business hours. Details are available at 383-2345.

Shell club meeting Thursday
The Sarasota Shell Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thurs-
day, Jan. 8, at the Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium,
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, on City Island
off the south ramp of the New Pass Bridge. Details may
be obtained at 739-0908.


Obituaries


Edward J. Oliveira
Edward J. Oliveira, 55, of Holmes Beach, died
iec. 27.
Born in Fall River, Mass., Mr. Oliveira moved to
Florida in 1992. For the past five years he was a real
estate salesman with A. Paradise Realty. He was an
active member in the Portuguese community, the
United Way and the Anna Maria Island Community
Center.
Private services will be held at a later date. Memo-
rial contributions may be made to Southeastern Guide
Dog Association, 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto FL 34221.
He is survived by wife Bernadette; son Ed; daugh-
ters Beth and Debbie; sister Laura Joaquin; and two
grandchildren.

Patrick F. Plunkett
Patrick F. Plunkett, 75, of Holmes Beach, died
Dec. 22.
Born in Grosse Pointe, Mich., Mr. Plunkett had
been a winter visitor from Port Sanilac, Mich., since
1995. he was a retired manager with General Motors.
He served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War. He
was a graduate of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. He
was active with Southeast Guide Dogs. He attended St.


Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.
Memorial services will be held in Michigan in May
2004. Memorial contributions may be made to South-
eastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77 St. E., Palmetto FL
34221.
He is survived by companion Charlene M. Stimac;
personal friend Jerry Fournier of Farmington Hills,
Mich.; and cousin John of Edwardsburg, Mich.

Gladys I. Smith
Gladys I. Smith, 97, of Bradenton, died Dec. 30.
Born in Highland Park, Mich., Mrs. Smith came to
Manatee County from Detroit, Mich., in 1968. She was
a homemaker. She attended Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, Holmes Beach. She was a member of
Past Worthy Matron- of Trinity Temple O.E.S.,
Clawson, Mich.
Memorial services were Jan. 3. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to Michigan Masonic Home,
Alma MI 48801. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Mana-
tee Avenue Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughter Shirley Simpson of
Murfreesboro, Tenn.; sons Albert E. of Green Valley,
Ariz., and Richard C. of Osprey; five grandchildren;
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guild Monday at the organization's monthly meeting. The new slate is, from left, President Peggy Potter, First
Vice President Jacquie Clark, Treasurer Ben Cooper, Second Vice President Lonnie Owens, Corresponding
Secretary Shirley O'Day and Recording Secretary Jean Nelczarek. The guild is a nonprofit organization
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The Anna Maria Island Privateers will have one of
their traditional mullet smokes at the Publix supermar-
ket, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, Saturday morn-
ing, Jan. 10.
The smoking will start at 8 a.m. and continue un-
til the mullet are all used up, said the Privateers, but it's
best to get there early as the delicacy sells fast. Details
may be obtained at 794-5163.

Variety of classes
offered at Center
Karate, dance, writing, even a "fitness free-for-all"
are on the January docket at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The karate class is geared for every age group from
8-and-under to seniors, meeting in three classes Tues-
day evenings 5:45 p.m. for 8-and-under, 6:30 for
ages 9-13, 7:30 for 14 through adult. Kevin Bergquist
is instructor. Cost is $25 per month.
Tickets are being sold for the Center's big band
dance Jan. 16, from 8-11 p.m., with music by the
Dreamclassics IV. The $10 tickets are available at the
Center.
Line dancing resumes Friday, Jan. 9,.at noon with
Bunny Burton as instructor. Cost is $3 for members, $4
for nonmembers.
The "fitness free-for-all" will be 1-3 p.m. Thursday,
Jan. 8, and it's free to the public. Showing what their
classes offer will be Sherry Fideler, "Muscles and More"
and "Body Ball" classes; Laura Bennet, "Pilates" and
"Cardio-Sculpting;" John Corbett, "Irish Dancing;" Dolce
Little, yoga; and Bunny Burton, line dancing.
Writing workshops will begin their four-week
schedule at 10 a.m. Jan. 13, with Andy Little instruct-
ing. Cost is $60.
Two Tai Chi classes will be offered by Wayne
Crosby, one geared for seniors at 9 a.m. Wednesday
starting Jan. 14 and the other for all ages at 9 a.m. Sat-
urdays starting Jan. 17. Cost is $4 per class for mem-
bers, $5 for nonmembers.
One scheduled class has been canceled. That is the
second session of NIA, planned for Wednesday morn-
ings. The Monday class at 10:30 a.m. will go on as
planned.

Widowed Persons meet Monday
The Island Widowed Persons group will meet at 9
a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, to discuss "On Life's Journey -
Travel Light." The meeting will be at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria.


Polish dinner dance
plans being made
St. Bernard's Guild will meet Thursday, Jan.
8, to finalize plans for the guild's annual Polish
dinner dance, scheduled for Jan. 17.
The meeting will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in
the social hall of St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The dance will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 17, at the social hall, with a homemade din-
ner served. Music will be by Fanfare, a four-
piece combo featuring longtime Islander Bob
LoPiccolo.
Tickets at $15 per person may be obtained
from Rickie Arnold at 778-3224, Jean Stanley at
792-7433, or the church office, 778-4769.



Watercolor demonstration
at Island Gallery West
Artist Caroline Whitmore will demonstrate her
watercolor painting techniques in a program from 10
a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 10, at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The event is free and open to the public. Details
may be obtained by calling 778-6648.


Traditional arts class
at league for youth
Registration is under way for a class in traditional
arts designed for young adults with little training in art,
scheduled for Tuesdays from 4:45-6:15 p.m. at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach.
The workshop/class will focus on sketching, paint-
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$76. Details are available at 778-2099.


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in the Cortez area will begin Tuesday. Jan. 13, in the
historic Fulford house at 4527 123rd St. W., Cortez.
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Over budget: Anna Maria Elementary School
plans, finally approved by the school "construction
team" and school officials, were $1.3 million over bud-
get. School officials said cuts in the project would have
to take place. Meetings were scheduled.
Appealed: Developers who hope to build two
Gulffront duplexes on the beachfront opposite Ber-
muda Bay Club in the 1400 block of Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach appealed a judge's decision in April
that blocked the project.
Go slow: Manatee County commissioners ap-
proved a slow speed zone for boaters in various parts
of the county, including the shoreline near Key Royale
and about two-thirds of Anna Maria Sound.
South Beach in Bradenton Beach: Bradenton
Beach planning and zoning board members approved
an eight-unit condo development on 10th Street North.
South Beach Village is owned by Tom Chipain, and is
located at the parking lot of the Gulf Drive Cafe. De-
velopers are Reed Mapes and Jeff Wilson.
Drug testing: Bradenton Beach city commission-
ers discussed having random drug testing mandatory
for all city employees. Questioned, though, was
whether or not city commissioners were city employ-
ees. The city attorney eventually ruled they were not
and therefore not subject to the testing.
Expansion OK'd: The Key Royale Club received
approval by the Holmes Beach City Commission to
expand its golf cart storage area as long as parking
along adjacent Hampshire Lane was reduced and land-
scaping added.
Turtle season ends: Occupants of the final re-
maining sea turtle nest of the May-November season
crawled off the beach and into the Gulf. The season had
164 nests on the beaches of Anna Maria Island, with
16,878 eggs, that produced 9,164 baby turtles, accord-
ing to Anna Maria Turtle Watch officials.
In, out at IMS: Island Middle School directors
promoted Kelly Parsons to the newly created co-direc-
tor position with Gary Hughes. A week later, the board
unanimously agreed that Hughes had been insubordi-
nate and failed to implement the school's charter and
said he would be dismissed from his position, although
he was welcome to return to his lifeskills teaching slot
at the school. Hughes refused. Board member Pam
Fortenberry, who was not present at the dismissal meet-
ing, later quit the board.
Tidemark: The condo-marina-resort-restaurant
project Tidemark had a new partner, Parliament Group
Inc., a Dallas-based real estate development company,
alleged developer Nick Easterling, who said construc-
tion was scheduled to start in November.
Tip music again: Tip of the Island pub-
restaurant's new owners began offering live music,


Clyde Dickie had a bittersweet moment with this photograph: The overall winner of The Islander's annual
Top Notch photo contest captured the late Dainy Mora's "flying boat" at takeoff. Mora and a passenger


crashed the craft in June.
despite assurances to neighbors in June they would not,
and neighbor's complaints of loud music again began.
Marina goes condo: Holmes Beach city commis-
sioners approved land-use changes that would allow
the Holmes Beach Marina, 202 52nd St., to be devel-
oped as a condo project.
... and in Anna Maria, too: Island Marina own-
ers announced plans to convert the marina into three
single-family homes. The homes at the Pine Avenue
site would sell for up to $800,000.
Impact fee impact on Island: Manatee County
commissioners announced plans to implement an im-
pact fee to fund growth within the county's municipali-
ties, including the Island. Island mayors opposed the
fee because the funds would go to county coffers, not
to the cities. Impact fees are used to allow growth to
pay for itself and are levied against new construction.
Out: Another board member at Island Middle
School resigned, as did the school's secretary.
New building official: After months and months
of using Holmes Beach's building department services,
Anna Maria city commissioners agreed to hire Kevin
Donohue as the city's building official.

November
Elections: The first-ever Islandwide municipal


elections were held, compliments of charter changes in
all three cities that aligned elections with county, state
and federal general elections in November.
In Anna Maria City, Commissioner John Quam
was re-elected, with political newcomers Carol Ann
Magill and Dale Woodland also taking office, defeat-
ing Randall Stover and Jeff Smith.
In Bradenton Beach, Mayor John Chappie was re-
elected, defeating Bill Arnold and Dawn Baker. In
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Ward 3, Peter Barreda defeated incumbent Scott Barr.
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Year in review
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condo units on Perico Island, some of them in 10-story
high rises. The lawsuit filed by ManaSota-88, Manatee
County and the three Island cities to block the project
is still pending in the courts.
Cells: Anna Maria city commissioners adopted a
wireless communication tower ordinance that outlines
specific areas within the city in which the towers can
be constructed. The city spent almost $60,000 and took
two years to draft the law.
Dredging OK'd: Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection officials announced their intent to
approve a modified dredging plan for Perico Harbor
Marina on Perico Island. The U.S. Army Corps of En-
gineers still must approve the project.
Another problem for Rich: Former Islander Rich
Salick, now living in Cocoa Beach, the recipient of
three kidney transplants thanks to siblings, was diag-
nosed as having lung cancer. Salick and his twin
brother, (donor) Phil, were leaders in the Florida surf-
ing movement. Mom Kay Shymanski and brother (also
a kidney donor) Wilson and sister Joanie Mills reside
here still.
Dwindling: Homestead exemption filings on the
Island were stagnant or in a state of decline, a clear
indication that the permanent population had not kept
pace with development of residential units.
Investigation: Bradenton Beach Building Official
Bob Welch lodged Sunshine Law complaints against
various members of the city commission and advisory
boards. The police department investigated the com-
plaints and turned the findings over to the state
attorney's office, which said it would investigate.
Continued: Frank Davis's request to build a multi-
unit condo in Holmes Beach at 5622 Gulf Drive and
relocate an existing four-bedroom building to 5626
Gulf Drive was continued until January.
In: Five new staff members were hired at Island
Middle School.
Now we're 11: The Islander celebrated its 11th
year of providing "The best news on Anna Maria Is-
land" as volume 12, issue No. 1 rolled off the presses.
Out: The new Anna Maria City Commission voted
to scrap the priority project list the capital improvement
advisory committee spent eight months drafting due to
lack of public input and cost considerations.
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Top citizens: Gene and Elizabeth Moss were
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and rebated $23,568 to the public library.

December
"Annie" star: Islander Trina Rizzo was selected
to head the cast of the Players Theatre of Sarasota per-
formance of "Annie."
Shark!: Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn was upset
about shark fishing from the beach amidst swimmers
in the Gulf.
Gone: Islander Warren Spahn, a 21-year veteran in
major-league baseball, died. Spahn, who began investing
and vacationing in Anna Maria early in his career, owned
several rental properties in the northernmost city.
Moratorium: An informal moratorium pending a
formal ordinance on lot splits, subdivision and com-
mercial building in Anna Maria City was approved by
city commissioners.
Copy the drives: Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioners, apparently upset about the "unknown" con-
tents of the computers used by city department heads,
ordered the drives be copied and stored in the city safe.
Out: Manatee County commissioners dropped
plans to implement impact fees within cities after pro-
tests from the municipalities.
Gone: After serving its members for 30 years, the
Christian Science Church announced it would sell its
property in Holmes Beach at the end of the year. De-
clining membership was the reason. The property is
expected to be transformed into condominiums.
Leaving: The Rev. Dan Kilts of the Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach announced his
plans to leave the Island for a new church in Jackson-
ville. He had been with the Island church 10 years.
In: Bradenton Beach city commissioners agreed to
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Bradenton Beach be "quashed," stating "it would be-
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courthouse in February.
Drainage OK'd: Anna Maria city commissioners
approved spending $25,000 for four small drainage
projects in the city after years of wrangling.
No: Permits for three waterfront homes at the
former Island Marina on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria
City were denied due to insufficient lot size.
Murder-suicide: Leslie Young, 50, shot his wife
Lisa, 40, then turned the gun on himself in his Oak
Avenue home in Anna Maria City. The couple's 7-
year-old twin children were at home at the time. It was
the first murder in Anna Maria for at least 50 years.
Lucky: Stephanie Cote and Nataliya Lozko, both
15, escaped injury when the towline of their tandem
parasail apparently broke. The Massachusetts youths
became entangled in power lines at the Beach House
Restaurant in Bradenton Beach and fell about 30 feet
onto the pavement of Gulf Drive. U.S. Coast Guard and
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
officers were investigating U-Fly Parasail owner Kirk
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The reception/book signing featuring author
Jilliane Hoffman scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 10, at
Ooh La La! Bistro in Holmes Beach in cooperation
with Circle Books of St. Armands Circle and The Is-
lander has been canceled.
'Introduction to Judaism' course
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The 10th annual James Pay exhibit has opened at
the gallery of Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. It is named for a long-
time late member of the league, founder of the annual
art and crafts show sponsored by the league and an avid
photographer. The exhibit, for league members only,
will be at the gallery until Jan. 30.
The gallery is open 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

Rotarians laying plans for '04
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will open
the doors to its annual Extravaganza & Casino Night
Saturday, Jan. 31.
Right now the organization is seeking support from
local businesses and individuals for the annual chari-
table affair, which will be at St. Bernard Catholic
Church at 6:30 p.m.
In exchange for donations, Rotary is offering pub-
licity for the helpful businesses and a special schedule
of four levels of advertising in the Extravaganza pro-
gram ranging from a full page in color and 10 ball tick-
ets for $1,000 to a quarter page and four tickets for
$250. Deadline for getting into the program is Jan. 10.
President Donald Fernald said that last year's event
provided dictionaries to three elementary schools and
contributions to the Special Olympics, Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, All Island Denominations,
and the Island's elementary and middle schools.
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and is the featured sculptor through Jan. 17 at
Island Gallery West. 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. The retired CPA-attorney is treasurer of the
30-artist cooperative. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5
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of The Islander announced that:
The Bradenton Beach City Commission approved
two easements to the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation, clearing the way for the DOT to construct a
roundabout at the Gulf Drive-Bridge Street intersec-
tion.
Bradenton Beach residents Dick and Eileen Suhre
will present a petition to the city commission signed by
47 other residents to have a city stockpile of rocks, sand
and bricks removed from its location at the corner of
25th Street and Avenue A.
Representatives of the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection and the Department of
Transportation plan to meet at the Anna Maria Bridge
in an attempt to resolve their differences over the
DOT's proposed new 65-foot-clearance bridge to re-
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 7, 2004 E PAGE 15

No dogs on the beach, please
Dottie Poindexter is dogged by canines on the
beach.
The Bradenton Beach public works director said
she has had a number of complaints in the past few
weeks about dogs and their detritus being on the
beach. The problem area is from around 25th Street
south to approximately the S-curve in the 1800 block
of Gulf Drive.
Poindexter said she believes the problem lies with
visitors to the city who are unaware of the pets-on-the
beach ban throughout the Island. Pets are prohibited on
all beaches in Manatee County with the exception of
Palma Sola Causeway.
Bradenton Beach revised its beach laws in 1996,
outlining a long list of prohibited activities from drink-
ing to fireworks to pets. Violations are subject to a sec-
ond-degree misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment
for no more than 60 days and a $500 fine.
Poindexter said added police patrols were taking to
the shore to try and catch the errant dogs and their
owners to alert them of the law. She said she also
planned to inform area resort owners of the matter.

Salacious music, insidious media
The Holmes Beach Police Department continues
its "Safety is a State of Mind" series with a discussion
on shock music and media messages at 7 p.m. Monday,
Jan. 12.
HBPD community resource officer Pete Lannon
will lead the discussion with guest Jimi Gee, musician
and music instructor and Island Middle School.
The presentation will focus on music lyrics, videos,
television programs and computer games marketed to
children.
Refreshments will be available a half hour before
the presentation at Holmes.Beach City Hall, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Babysitting services will be provided during the
presentation. Children will be given an age-appropri-
ate safety lesson from the McGruff Kids safety series.
For more information, call 708-5800.
Correction
The City of Holmes Beach will hold a public meet-
ing on the proposed revision to the city's turtle ordinance
at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at city hall. The meeting is a follow-
up to the informational meeting held Nov. 14, 2003. An
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 31, 414 Pine Ave., Island Deli parking lot,
suspended license. According to the report, while run-
ning radar near the deli, a deputy observed a man
known to have a suspended license drive into the park-
ing lot. The deputy confirmed the suspension and ar-
rested the driver.
Jan. 2,200 block of Palmetto Avenue, found property.
A man reported finding a bicycle near his property.
Jan. 2, 800 block of North Shore Drive, alarm. Ac-
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dence unaware that the alarm had been set. Although she
had a key to the residence, she did not have the alarm code
and, failing to reach the homeowners, a deputy contacted
the alarm company to send a technician.

Bradenton Beach
No reports.

Holmes Beach
Jan. 1, 2700 block of Gulf Drive, battery. A man
was arrested after a witness called police and reported
the man had grabbed his girlfriend by the neck and
thrown her to the ground.
Jan. 3, 100 block of White Avenue, burglary. A
woman reported her wallet stolen from the center con-
sole of her vehicle.
Jan. 3, 100.block of White Avenue, theft. A man
reported his bicycle stolen from his carport.
Jan. 3, 5100 block of Fifth Avenue, burglary. A
man reported his wallet was stolen from his home.
According to the report, someone gained access to the
wallet, which was left on a dresser, by reaching through
a nearby window.
Jan. 3, 100 block of 77th Street, burglary. A
woman reported that her Palm Pilot and some cash
were stolen from a purse she left near her bedroom
window. According to the report, someone gained ac-
cess to the purse by reaching through the partially
opened window.

IMS art program awarded funding
The Island Middle School was-awarded a grant in
the amount of $1,000 for a glass and tile mosaic wall
and stepping stone project.
The grant was made possible through the Leslie
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The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is
looking for recipes and photos to accompany them, for
an Island cookbook "Friends Family & Food."
Any tasty dish will do, for the chamber figures it
will take a wide variety of recipes to make its book.
Also being sought are photos of family and friends
"enjoying a variety of dining experiences" to accom-
pany each recipe.
Submissions may be sent to the chamber at 5313
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217, attn: Clare
Talbert and Peggy Birch. Further information may be
obtained at 778-1541.

Feast time
"It's feast or famine," says artist Barbara Harrison,
with two shows going at once. She is one of 21 artists
presented by the Art Center of Sarasota, 707 N.
Tamiami Trail, Jan. 9-28, in the Premiere Artists Invi-
tational, and has sculptures being shown at the 2004
American Society of Interior Design Showcase at 8834
Fisherman's Bay Drive, Sarasota.


Clark paintings featured
Jacquie Clark's works are featured this month at
the gallery of the Arts Council of Manatee County, 926
12th St. W., Bradenton. A watercolorist, she specializes
in flowers and still-life. Past president of the Art
League of Manatee County and Florida Suncoast Wa-
tercolor Slociety, she teaches at the Ringling School of
Art and Design. She is also the newly elected first vice
president of the Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island.

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Lunch: Chicken Tenders, Grilled Cheese Sandwich
or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Green Beans,
Tomato Soup, Juice Bar, Fruit
Tuesday, Jan. 13
Breakfast: Yogurt, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Cereal,
Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Garlic Toast,
Hot Dog on a Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sand-
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Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Peanut Butter
and Jelly Sandwich, Toast, Cereal, Fruit
Lunch: Tuna Sandwich, Barbecue Rib on Bun or
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad,
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Thursday, Jan. 15
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Baked Chicken, Sloppy Joe on Bun or Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes, Tossed
Salad, Fruit
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Breakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza, Ham and Cheese Sandwich
with Baked Cheetos or Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Steamed Broccoli, Tossed Salad, Fruit
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Cook's all about

melody, soft, easy jazz
A teacher once advised Island's End jazz pianist
Skip Cook that "it's the melody of a song that makes
the listeners love it, so don't spend the evening try-
ing to be clever covering it up."
It's advice he takes to heart.
Cook's "soft, easy jazz," as he calls it, has to do
with touch and tone and playing freely improvis-
ing within the corral of a composer's musical in-
tention.
"When you stray too far from the composer's
harmonic ideas, I consider it-an effrontery to the
composer," he says.
From Tin Pan Alley to jazz standards to Broad-
way, Cook's repertoire includes an entire century of
American popular music.
He points to the popularity of contemporary art-
ists, such as Diana Krall, Michael Feinstein, the still-
kicking Tony Bennett and the rock star-turned-
jazzman Rod Stewart "as proof this music has ac-
claim." He adds, "When I heard Rod Stewart, I
couldn't believe how good he sounded."
Cook wants to please his audience.
Every week he "cooks up" what he terms a "Mu-
sic Menu" highlighting the evening's "appetizers,"
"tunes du jour," "main course" and his nightly spe-
cial, "for the Latin taste." Don't worry. He doesn't
forget "dessert."
In addition, every evening includes "composers
of the week," such as Hoagy Carmichael or Burt
Bachrach, including a medley of their famous com-
positions such as Carmichael's "Skylark," "How
Little We Know," "Two Sleepy People," and so on.
No request goes unplayed. Cook's an encyclo-
pedia of song. You name it and he remembers it like
a Tin Pan Alley jukebox.
After obliging a request for "Georgia On My
Mind," a customer tells Cook, "I've heard that song
many times. That was very unique and just right."
After dinner, people linger and listen. The mu-
sic is warm. Lights glow softly. Candles flicker near
table roses. You get the picture.
Cook grew up in the northeast. His father was in
sales and moved the family from one New England
town to another. The one constant was his mother's
extraordinary musical talent. She played in sym-
phony orchestras in Boston, New York and other
cities.
Cook says, "Our home was often filled with fine
musicians. I have always described my gestation pe-
riod as having been only a few inches from her mu-
sic stand. Whatever I have accomplished in music,
I owe to her."
He played music in high school and studied the-
ater under Milton Smith at Dickinson College.
"I wrote librettos and scores for original musi-
cals for the Dickinson Follies," he said, "We went on
tour several months each year."
Cook was busy with music, but graduated in
economics, which came in handy after his efforts
trying to break into the New York theater scene in
1954 proved futile.
"It was not a good time for getting into the the-
ater," he says.
He was married and broke, but ambitious and
talented.
"It was after the war and I walked into a manage-
ment vacuum that landed me on Madison Avenue in
the textile business. Then I became totally myopic
about textile mills and manufacturing efficiencies. I
loved to sell, too, and rarely touched a piano."
It wasn't until he sold his business in the mid-
1980s that a friend persuaded him to take it up again.
Music and sailing became his life. He raced a
Johnson Brothers J-24 sailboat called
"Smithereens." It had a brass plaque with the mes-
sage "second sucks" emblazoned on it.
During this time he was living in Charlotte,
N.C., and playing dinners at a local restaurant near
a music theater, which booked people like Grover


THE ISLANDER N JAN. 7, 2004 0 PAGE 17


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Poised for the next course
Skip Cook whips up a melody like a chef preparing a fine five-course meal at Island's End restaurant in Anna


Maria. Islander Photo: Preston Whaley Jr.
Washington Jr., Chuck Mangioni, Branford and
Wynton Marsalis and others.
Cook says, "It was almost a tradition that these
giants would come over to the restaurant to jam."
Except for occasions when a giant tried to steal his
girlfriend, he says, "It was a wonderful learning ex-
perience."
In the early '90s, Cook disembarked from Annapo-
lis, Md., in a new boat, with a new wife, 12 cases of
wine and a new keyboard. He sipped wine and honed
his piano chops every night for five months until he


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Cooking for a cause
Eleanor Thomassen of Holmes Beach prepares a dish fro
"Gourmet Dinner for 12, which she donated to the AA
auction last year and will again this year.


landed in Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
"As luck would have it, I fell in with a group of
great musicians retirees from the Ringling
Barnum and Bailey Circus band. They had every-
thing except a piano. I was their hero."
The work was good, but the pace too slow. Af-
ter six months, he began cruising again, this time the
west coast of Florida, until he arrived at Anna Maria
Island in 1991, where he's remained ever since.
You can hear him Friday through Sunday nights
at Island's End in Anna Maria.


Islander's


dinner tops

auction again

this year
Islanders Terry and Jay Erickson
won the bidding war for Islander
Eleanor Thomassen's gourmet dinner
at an auction last year, and Thomassen
is gearing up for a repeat this year.
It's part of the annual event of the
American Association of University
*.^^ Women, which will auction and dine
again Feb. 29 at the Holiday Inn-Air-
port/Marina, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail
near the Manatee/Sarasota county line.
Manatee County Sheriff Charlie
Wells will preside over the live auc-
tion at 7 p.m. The affair will begin
with a silent auction at 4 p.m. and sit-
down dinner at 6 p.m.
Thomassen's "Gourmet Dinner
for 12" will be the piece de resistance,
long with vacation getaways, boat
rides, luncheon/lesson with Euphemia
Haye Chef Ray Arpke, and cartoons
by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune's
9 Ralph Smith and a wide selection of
other items to be auctioned.
The Ericksons and five other
couples pooled their resources and
bought the gourmet dinner at last
year's event.
S 'Proceeds go to scholarships for lo-
cal men and women under the pro-
gram of the AAUW Bradenton
Branch's Scholarship Foundation.
n herThe event is open to the public,
mn her
UW and tickets at $30 may be purchased
through Thomassen at 778-6219.





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A splendid buffet
Andy Zheng, manager of the just-opened Splendid
Buffet at 6010 14th Street W. (U.S. 41), Bradenton,
with staff member Melody Guo, greet customers at
the splendid daily buffet. Islander Photo: Nancy
Ambrose

Splendid food
The Splendid Buffet recently opened at 6010 14th
Street W. (U.S. 41) in Bradenton with an international
cast of cuisine to meet all Islanders' taste buds.
Manager Andy Zheng serves primarily Chinese
foods, but the buffet line also has sushi, Mongolian
BBQ, snow crab legs and a host of other seafood.
A favorite of restaurant-goers is to select their own
stir fry items, then have them cooked right in front of
them, Andy said.
The Splendid Buffet also has a banquet room with
seating for up to 78 people and catering service is avail-
able.
Another "splendid" special is a free buffet on a
birthday when that person is accompanied by three or


more adults for the buffet.
The Splendid Buffet also offers carry-out service
and children under age 3 eat free.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
daily.
For more information on The Splendid Buffet, call
739-8988.

Welcome new
chamber members
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
recently welcomed 27 new members, including 13
based on Anna Maria Island.
New accommodation members are:
201 Peacock Hideaway in Holmes Beach.
A Beachhouse on Rose at 614 Rose St. in Anna
Maria.
Anna Maria Island Condos at 2312 Ave. C in
Bradenton Beach.
Beach Breakers at 102 31 st St. in Holmes Beach
and 798 N. Shore Drive in Anna Maria.
Linger Longer at 305 Gulf Drive S. in Bradenton
Beach.
Sandpiper at Summer Sands at 100 Gulf Drive N.
in Bradenton Beach.
Sweet Dreams at 7204 Palm Drive in Holmes
Beach.
Other new members are:
Kerr Graphics at 1309 64th St. W. in Bradenton.
The Antique Store at 5306 Holmes Blvd. in
Holmes Beach.
Paul Sutherland carpentry and repairs of 7211
25th Ave. Drive W. in Bradenton.
The Playroom at 5345 Gulf Drive, No. 300, in
Holmes Beach.
Merrill Lynch at 1401 Manatee Ave. W. in
Bradenton.
Franklynn Floors (flooring) at 6711 Second Ave.
Circle W. in Bradenton.
Fit to Eat Deli at 5315 Gulf Drive N. in Holmes


Beach.
Tebo Graphics at 1308 71st St. N.W. in
Bradenton.
Haven Health Club at 6737 Manatee Avenue W.
in Bradenton.
Countrywide Home Lending at 401 Manatee
Ave. W. in Bradenton.
Connection internet and computer services at
5312 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures of Anna
Maria Island.
Jane E's Coffee & Tea at 5602 Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach.
Matrix PC computer services at 919 38th St. W.
in Bradenton.
Jack's Pool Cleaning at 4010 18th Ave. W in
Bradenton.
J.R. Chappie's Lawn Service at 108 12th St. S. in
Bradenton Beach.
The Paw Spa at 5343 Gulf Drive, No. 700, in
Holmes Beach.
Bernard Photography & Fine Arts at 714 43rd St.
W. in Bradenton.

Islander now at
Michael Saunders
Jason Suzor recently joined the Bradenton office
of Michael Saunders & Company real estate, where
he will specialize in Anna Maria Island residential real
estate.
A graduate of Florida State University, Suzor has
more than 10 years business experience in Bradenton
and on the Island, and is co-owner of The Waterfront
restaurant in Anna Maria.

Got a new business going up in Anna Maria Island,
Cortez or Longboat Key? How about a new product or
service, an anniversary, a new hire, or an award-win-
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Wednesday, Jan. 7
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-7062.
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.
1 to 2:30 p.m. Drawing class with Susie Cotton at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-6341.

Thursday, Jan. 8
12:30 p.m. St. Bernard's Guild meeting in the
church social hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-2508.
1 to 3 p.m. "Fitness Free-for-All" workout open
house at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
2 to 3:30 p.m. Basics of interior design with Bettina
Sego at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
applies.
3 to 5 p.m. Saltwater fishing class with Capt. Ric
Ehlis at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811. Fee
applies.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. One-stroke painting class with Jo
Gustavsen a the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
7 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote Ma-
rine Aquarium, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. In-
formation: 739-0908.

Friday, Jan. 9
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge lessons with Larry
Auerbach at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,


407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
Noon Line dancing with Bunny Burton at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon Women of Manatee County Republican
Club with guest Bradenton Police Chief Michael
Radzilowski at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth
Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 722-5729. Fee applies.
12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Beads In Fashion class with
Dawn Gurtner at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Opening reception featuring Sue
Lynn Cotton at the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island Gal-
lery, 5414 Marina-Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
1788.

Saturday, Jan. 10
8 a.m. to noon Safe boating class at the Anna
Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W.,
Bradenton. Information: 778-8408. Fee applies.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meet-
ing at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Pub-
lic Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0355.
10 a.m. Bradenton Opera Guild presentation of
"Tosca" Prelude by guest speaker Louise Adler at the
Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 794-8784. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to noon Watercolor demonstration by
Caroline Whitmore at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Longboat Lifestyles Health Expo
at the Centre Shops, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key. Information: 383-8217. Fee applies.
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saltwater flyfishing class with
Steve Gibson at the Longboat Key Education Center,
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
383-8811. Fee applies.
3 p.m. Opening reception for Erin Huybrechts at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1259.

Sunday, Jan. 11
8 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast and bake sale
at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4769. Fee applies.


THE ISLANDER E JAN. 7, 2004 E PAGE 21
7:30 p.m. Auditions for "Over the River and
Through the Woods" at the Island Players theater, 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-5755.

Monday, Jan. 12
9 to 10 a.m. "On Life's Journey Travel Lignt"
presentation by the Island Manatee Widowed Persons at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. N.I.A. fitness class with Janis
Frawley-Holler at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. Democratic Women's Club of Manatee
County with guest Barbara Harvey of the Manatee County
School Board at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 5525
Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 778-3444. Fee
applies.
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Irish dance class at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Tuesday, Jan. 13
10 a.m. to noon "The Write Stuff" with Andrew
Clyde Little at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Fee applies.
11 a.m. "My 30 years in Washington" with Capitol
correspondent James McCartney at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-6341.
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.
S1 to 4 p.m. Veterans' service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Ap-
pointments: 749-3030.
2 p.m. "My 30 years in Washington" with Capitol
correspondent James McCartney at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-6341.

Wednesday, Jan. 14
9 a.m. Tai Chi for seniors with Wayne Crosby at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
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Noon io 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 Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-6341.
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Jan. 29. Information: 329-2685.
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Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through Jan. 30. Information: 778-2099.
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Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
through Jan. 31. Information: 778-1259.
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Watercolor sessions with Susie Cotton at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, through May 25. Information: 778-1908. Fee
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Jan. 15.
"Gbtta Dance" at the Anna Maria Island Community
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"Souvenirs of Florida: The Tasteful and the Tacky"
opening reception at the South Florida Museum Jan. 16.
St. Bernard Women's Guild Polish Dinner Dance at
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"Paris and the chateau country" with James
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Cassidy's Top 10 Island sports stories for 2003


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Correspondent
After serious contemplation, agony and procrasti-
nation, I have come up with my top 10 sports stories
concerning Islanders in the year 2003. To narrow it
down, I combined some stories together with similar
themes and others I just had to leave out. I don't have
the Christmas Indoor Soccer Tournament included, but
that doesn't make it any less exciting of an event. I tried
my best to include a variety so as to not exclude any-
one, but again I am sure I have. With that being said,
here are highlights of my top 10 sports stories for the
2003 year.

No. 1: Wild weekend of sports,
bowling to skimboarding
The second annual EZ Skimmers Back-to-School
skimboarding contest drew hundreds of interested on-
lookers to the Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton
Beach for two days of loud music, some interesting
commentary and a lot of good "boarding"' by the 125
competitors in the two-day event in August.
Local products Giorgio Gomez and Austin Frische
battled it out for the mini's division with Gomez claim-
ing the first-place prize and Frische right behind him
at second. The menehune division saw Holmes Beach
residents Michael Harrington and Trevor Bystrom fin-
ish in first and second, followed by Brett Ellis and
Matthew Unzicker.
The boys' age 12-14 division had a competitive
final heat with Venice's Taylor Brothers coming out
ahead of Brad Domke, who hails from the east coast.
The men's division went to Venice's Danny Gay
followed by Dion Davis, Dave Armstrong and Cole
Johnson, who hails from Bradenton, while the
women's division went to Raquel Rivera, edging out
Katie Murray in the finals. Senior division went to
.Travis Johnson of Holmes Beach, while Jim Voeste
brought home the masters title.
Girls' division winner was the multi-talented
Emily Roff. On Friday Roff was in Atlanta trying out
for a spot on the next American Idol series. Roff didn't
make the cut so she was back in time to win the girls'
skimboarding division over Heather Short and Chea
-Connor.
The junior boys' final had to be the most competi-
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There were some good bowling scores turned in by
a few folks, including Rich Guiton, who turned in the
high game with a 236 and also had the high men's se-
ries with an impressive 660 score.
Darlene McNamara's 197 was good for high game
among the women, but she was edged for high series
by Mikey Pletscher's 527 score.
The most impressive battle may have been the duel
for gutter king and queen. It appeared that Heather
Romberger had wrapped up the Gutter Queen Prize
with an impressive score of 32, but Katie Holmes
"kicked it down a notch" to claim the title with a
wimpy 20 pins in three games. On the men's side,
-Tom Reith thought his 49 had the title wrapped up, but
he was done in by Herb Tillion's 34.

No. 2: Islanders excel in
high school sports
Islanders were in the news for-high school sports
several times last year with participants in basketball,
football, soccer and other extracurricular activities.
The Manatee High Her-icanes, led by an outstanding
performance from Naomi Osborne in its defeat of
Riverview High, advanced to the regional playoffs for
the first'time in five years.
The Her-icanes dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to
Sarasota in the district final and also lost in its Regional
playoff game at Tampa Bloomingdale to end a nice
season for the Her-icanes.

Islanders break Southeast High's
3-year winning streak
Other Hurricanes in the news were Courtney Tay-
lor, Jessica Cramer, Ryanne Carden, Whitney Price and
Cristen Chiles. All were members of the MHS JV girls
basketball team that put together a 17-4 record, includ-
ing a win that ended a three-year undefeated streak by
the Southeast JV basketball team.

Islander Parker keeps busy at MHS
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Manatee High girls varsity basketball team.
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ticing every day after school perfecting her dance rou-
tines with the rest of the Sugar Canes dancing team for
halftime performances at the football games.
After football season, Parker takes a break from her
Sugar Canes commitment to work on her low post
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9th-grader makes mark at Bayshore High
Ninth-grader and life-long Island resident Miranda
Massey had a banner year. As a freshman at Bayshore
High School, Miranda has somehow maintained an
impressive 4.5 grade-point-average.
She's achieved great grades despite being ex-
tremely busy. Massey played defense as a member of
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Her pleased parents are Lisa Marie (Sapienza)
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Massey of Pine Island, Fla., couldn't be more proud.

No. 3: Physicians make noise
in softball league
Island Family Physicians made its presence known
in the 10-and-under division of the Miss Manatee Soft-
ball League. Its success was somewhat of a surprise


given the fact that league rules prohibit the formation
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of the other coaches in the league didn't think much of
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The only Island girl not playing for Island Family
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Botero. MacKenzie Kosfeld, Mallory Kosfeld, Kelly
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Fitzgerald, Molly McDonough and others.
IFP finished the season with an impressive 13-7
mark. with three of its losses coming at the hands of
first-place Active Images. The second-place finish
earned IFP the second seed in the season-ending tour-
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The IFP girls softball team was so successful that
four players Titsworth, Barlow, Fitzgerald and
Dearlove were selected to play All-Stars.

No. 4: Monster jam a slam dunk
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Center Monster Jam 3-on-3 basketball tournament was
a "monster" success. The May tourney played at the
Center attracted 37 teams and more than 160 players in
six age divisions.
No all-Island team brought home a first-place tro-
phy, but a couple of the first-place teams were well
represented with Islanders. Spencer Carper and Matt
McDonough teamed up with Bradenton's Mark
Templeton to claim the 12-13 division without drop-
ping a game all day. Their Magic team defeated the
30th Street Bailers 15-11 in the championship game.

No. 5: Dolphins season
ends with playoffs
The Dolphins fell to the Broncos 19-8 Nov. 8 in a
football playoff game that marks the third consecutive
defeat the Broncos have handed the Island Fins. Each
game was competitive, but in the end, the Dolphins
came out on the short end of the stick.
The fact that the 2003 Dolphins even made the
playoffs is the story here. The Dolphins started out 0-
3 and were 1-6 at one point it would have been very
easy for the Island boys to mail in the rest of the sea-
son but they didn't.
The Dolphins rallied to win three straight games,
forcing a three-way tie between the Fins, Raiders and
Panthers. The contest was settled on Saturday morning
in a Kansas tiebreaker. A flip of the coin gave the Pan-
thers a bye and pitted the Raiders versus the Fins with
alternating possessions at the 25-yard line until a win-
ner was decided.
The Fins elected to start the tiebreaker on defense
and completely shut down the Raider offensive attack.
The Fins then took care of business by running Chad
Richardson and Corey Williamson down their throats
until Richardson finished them off with a three-yard
touchdown run to clinch the win.
The tiebreaker against the Panthers was a bit
tougher, but the Dolphin defense again came through
when it mattered most. The Panthers elected to start on
offense and moved the ball down to the four-yard line.
On fourth down, the Panthers attempted a field goal,
but the Dolphin D came through with a blocked kick.
The teams battled through two more possessions
before Dolphin quarterback Nick Sato found Connor
Bystrom for a touchdown on fourth down to clinch the
third place in the league.

No. 6: Alternative sports dominate
Traditional sports are out. X-type games are in,
June saw the long-anticipated opening of the Holmes
Beach Skate Park while the south end of the Island
boasted the Budlight Beach Volleyball tournament at
Coquina Beach.

Skate park opens to media throng
The skate park ceremony June 28 kicked off with
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore, Commissioner
Sandy Haas-Martens, Rex and Helen Hagen, Dan and
Kay Kay Hardy and Pierrette Kelly conducting the of-
ficial ribbon cutting.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson intro-
duced Will Glennon, Kyle Johnson, Jon Scarboro, Matt
Helmer, Dane Overton and Robbie Ball, who provided
some examples of the different kinds of stunts that can
be executed on the various ramps at the park.
After the demonstration was concluded, plaques
were handed out to some key people in the community
who helped make the park a reality. Brad Bryant, who
got the initial ball rolling for the construction of a skate
park as part of a school project, was awarded a plaque
for his persistence.
Dan Hardy received a plaque thanking him and his
company for donating the labor and concrete needed to
build the slab while Rex and Helen Hagen received a
plaque for their extremely generous donation of
$42,000 that paid for the ramps, rails, fencing and land-
scaping at the park.
The conclusion of the opening ceremonies was
greeted with applause as the throng of kids who
showed up finally were allowed to give the park a try.

Budlight volleyball draws crowds
The Budlight Beach Volleyball series drew more
than 250 players and 500 fans to Coquina Beach June
28-29 for the two-day event that featured several divi-
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cal team Nancy and Tony Cothron taking second place
in the open co-ed division.
Nancy, who is director of physical education and
varsity volleyball coach at St. Stephen's, and husband
Tony, a director for the Manatee County Parks and
Recreation Department, played tough, but fell short
against winners Sam Cibrone and Kim Zschau, who
hail from Tampa and Clearwater.

No. 7: Basketball season champs
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's 2002-
03 basketball season came to a close on Feb. 22 with
a slate full of basketball, including championship
games in four age divisions, All-Star games and
coaches games to close the season out in style.
The Beach House completed its perfect season, but
Marco Polo upset regular-season winner Air & Energy
in Division II, while second-seeded Island Pressure
Cleaning overcame Sign of the Mermaid in a mild up-
set in Division I.
The Bistro's completed a season-long stay in first
by edging Acute Care Team in Division III.
The Center hosted the February awards banquet
and handed out league sportsmanship, most-valuable
male and female players, most-improved player and
top defensive player awards in each of the four league
divisions.
In the Premier Division, the sportsmanship award
went to Billy Malfese, Female MVP to Sarah White,
Male MVP to Clay Orr and the award for Defensive
Player of the Year went home with Bobby Gibbons.
In Division I, Kevin Kirn took the sportsmanship
trophy, Danielle Mullen Female MVP, Spencer Carper
Male MVP and Defensive Player of the Year went to
Dylan Mullen.
Division II top honors for sportsmanship went to
Ben Valdivieso, Female MVP Whitney Bauer, Male
MVP and Defensive Player of the Year both were
awarded to Justin Dearlove.
Division III sportsmanship award went to Hailey
Dearlove, Allison Titsworth and Joey Hutchinson won
MVP trophies, while Titsworth also captured Defen-
sive Player of the Year honors.

No. 8: Island soccer season finale
Another season of soccer came to a close at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center with no drastic
changes in the standings for all three age divisions.
West Coast Surf Shop completed an undefeated season
and just missed a perfect season due to a 1-1 tie suf-
fered against Gateway Solutions.
Air & Energy claimed the top spot in Division II,
while ReMax captured the Division I crown.

No. 9: WMFD makes
Little League showing
WMFD won its first game competing in the Mana-
tee West Little League in grand style, taking a 10-run


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mercy-rule victory over Pepsi in four innings. Jarrod
McKenzie got the pitching victory with an impressive
three-inning, five-strikeout performance in which he
allowed two hits and no runs. Ben Valdivieso came on
to close the game out in the fourth, allowing two runs
on two hits with three strikeouts.
Guerin finished with a double, single and two runs
scored and Mullen singled and scored three runs to lead
the WMFD offense. Shafer added a pair of doubles and
one run scored, while Fitzgerald went 2-for-3 with a
double and two RBIs. Valdivieso and Wooten singled and
scored two runs, while McKenzie got a double.
WMFD finished its first season of MWLL compe-
tition with a pair of wins. On April 11 the Islanders
edged SuperGrip 3-2 and followed that up the next
evening with a 13-11 upset of the Marine Corps.
In other Little League matters, around 100 Island
Little Leaguers went April 6 to a Tampa Bay Devil
Rays baseball game against the New York Yankees for
Anna Maria Island Community Center day at Tropican
Field in St. Petersburg.
Ryan Guerin got to throw out the first pitch of the
game, which raised $3,500 for the Center.

10. Tennis, eh?
Tennis made the local sports news with the first
Canada versus United States tennis tournament, which
.drew 32 participants for the January 2003 event.
Canada came out on top 324 games to 305 in the inau-
gural event held at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center.
The Canadian team was led by Capt. Vera McKay
of Toronto, while the U.S. team was led by Capt. H.C.
Minix of North Carolina.
Individual winners were Gerry McNabb and Ed
Caldwell, taking first and second place for the U.S.
team, while Bill Poole grabbed third place for Canada.
Women's winners were Jimmie MacSwain for the
States and JoAnn Driscoll of Canada, who tied for first.
There was a four-way tie for third place between Kay
Hibbs and Kareen Gilbert from the United States and
Mary Kay DiPaola and Vera McKay for Canada.

Island Youth Tennis starts up
The Island Youth Tennis League held its first season
of play followed by playoffs Dec. 13 at the Cedars Ten-
nis Club on Longboat Key. After splitting the four singles
matches, the Aces swept the doubles matches against
Cuzins Cougars to claim the first-year championship.
Island tennis news would not be complete with- .
out mentioning the ongoing battle between Island
tennis players Howie Banfield and Joe Hutchinson.
At last count, Banfield had a leg up on their weekly
matches, but Hutchinson has looked better while
also distancing himself in the number of tennis
racquets that inexplicably "break" or take wing dur-
ing matches.
Thus ends my "top 10" in sports for The Islander for
the year and we're set to make new top stories in 2004.





PAGE 26 N JAN. 7, 2004 0 THE ISLANDER


Manatee death toll grows, Asians found in Sarasota


2003 wasn't a very good year for Florida's mana-
tees.
Scientists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission's Florida Marine Research In-
stitute in St. Petersburg said 380 manatees died last
year, up from 305 in 2002. That makes last year the
second-greatest manatee mortality period since re-
searchers started keeping records in 1976.
No. 1 year for deaths of sea cows was 1996, when
415 died.
Researchers have determined that 98 manatee
deaths in 2003 were caused by exposure to red tide,
which persisted in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties
Sfor much of the summer. Another 73 deaths were attrib-
uted to sea cow-human "interaction" in the form of
watercraft-related injuries. That number is down from
an all-time high in 2002 of 95 deaths from boat colli-
sions. In 2001, 81 animals died from injuries sustained
in boat crashes.
Locally, Manatee County had seven manatee
deaths last year. Three were from boat crashes, two
from stress related to cold water, and two were listed
as "undetermined." The total number of manatees that
have died in Manatee County since 1976 is 89, by the
way.
So you work the spin on the story:
Manatee deaths up, bad.
Manatee deaths caused by boat collisions down,
good.
But whatever way you look at it, with only about
3,000 manatees roaming Florida's waters, losing 380
of them in one year is definitely not good.

No fish farm anytime soon
There won't be an offshore fish farm in the Gulf of
Mexico anytime soon.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's Fisheries Service had rejected a re-
quest by a group of Pinellas County businessmen to
establish an aquaculture site about 33 miles offshore of
Anna Maria Island, citing environmental concerns
stemming from an anticipated overabundance of fish
food at the proposed facility.
The feds also didn't like the proposal that Florida
Offshore Aquaculture submitted, finding parts of it
exactly the same as another proposal submitted by the
University of Miami for a similar fish farm off Puerto
Rico.
.In fact, the feds decided the whole issue of aquac-
ulture sites in open water was so contentious that they
placed a moratorium on issuance of all permits for two
years while they study the matter.
The fish farm would have been the first deepwater
facility of its kind in the United States. The fish would
be kept in pens, fed, and eventually sold to seafood
companies. Species were to include cobia, amberjack,
pompano and others.
As Florida Offshore Aquaculture's founder Jody
Symons told the St. Petersburg Times, "We're toast."

Asian green mussels are here
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I got a Miniature Doberman Pinscher at Christmas.
MinPins aren't really dobies, but Cayo looks exactly
like a doberman except that his ears seem to comprise
about 80 percent of his little 10-pound body.
We were at a dog-friendly waterfront watering hole
in Sarasota last week, and Cayo was sniffing around the
beach while I talked to a few of the gang. He came
charging up and started gnawing on what he'd found
at the water's edge.
His crunching drew our attention, and when I was
eventually able to wrestle what he had out of his mouth,
we all agreed it was an Asian green mussel, the first any
of us had spotted.
The mussels have plagued Tampa Bay for about
six years. Experts figure they were blown out of the
ballast of a ship in the port there and, without any natu-
ral enemies, have flourished and spread.
In fact, the mussels have been blamed for the de-
lays and problems at Tampa Bay Water's new desali-
nation water-treatment plant near Apollo Beach by
continually blocking the water inflow pipes.
We all looked at the pretty green mussel for a
while, then I tossed it back into the water. Cayo took
off the other way on the beach, and promptly returned
with another one in a waterborne, wacky canine form
of "fetch."
So, if two mussels in about two minutes retrieved
from one little dog is any clue, we've definitely got a
mussel infestation here.
By the way, they taste great with a little garlic,
butter and lime.

Bad Shirish! Bad Jeb!
My buddy Shirish Date made the news the other
week in a way that reporters don't really like he was
the news.
Shirish is the Tallahassee bureau chief for the Palm
Beach Post. He is also a mystery writer under the name
S.V. Date, and has written a slew of books about the
antics of Florida politics. His novel "Smokeout," about
Florida governor "Strollin' Boiling Waites" and his
fight against the tobacco industry, is a true gem.
Shirish has the dubious distinction of being the
only reporter to have been banned from the floor of the
Florida House of Representatives by the speaker after
some article he wrote.
Gov. Jeb Bush has also written in an e-mail that
Shirish is "a reporter by day and a mystery novelist at
night," which I guess Jeb thought makes Shirish sound
like he does something nasty in the dark.
Anyway, Shirish and Jeb went at it recently when
the Guy refused to invite the Palm Beach Post report-

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ers for his traditional end-of-the-year interviews.
Why? The Guv's press office said Shirish said a
bad word to them a few months ago, something that
was deemed to be "unprofessional."
"If certain members of the press corps treat these
members unprofessionally, I have to take the respon-
sibility to make sure that behavior is not condoned,"
said Jill Bratina, the Guv's communications director.
Although this is probably just a wild supposition
on my part, I would think that a series of articles that
have appeared in the Palm Beach Post critical to the
school voucher program a pet program of Jeb's -
may have also played a role in the interview embargo.
Shirish wrote in mid-November that Bratina and
staff had discussed pretty much flat-out fibs on some
of the voucher money allocations, but eventually reluc-
tantly decided to tell the truth.
I gave Shirish a call to commiserate with him over
not being invited to the party. He didn't seem all that
upset when we talked, and I got a good laugh out of him
when I pointed out that The Islander hadn't been in-
vited to the Guv's interviews either.
His new book is due out in March, by the way, and
will be a non-fiction story about Sen. Bob Graham. He
also agreed to join us for one of our author luncheons
when he goes on tour to tout the book, probably in
May.

Sandscript factoid
Although Asian green mussels are pretty tasty, be
careful about eating any found in our waters. Shellfish
bans are enacted by state officials regularly due to
water quality issues, and there are only a few approved
shellfish harvesting areas in our part of the Gulf or
bays, so anything you find out there and decide to eat
could come back to haunt you the next day.
But you can buy Asian greens at most seafood
purveyors and, as I said, they taste great.



Two saltwater fishing
classes due on Longboat
Two saltwater fishing courses will begin
this week at the Education Center on
Longboat Key, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Starting Thursday, Jan. 8, will be "Salt-
water Fishing for All Seasons," taught by
longtime local fishing guide Capt. Ric Ehlis.
It will run 3-5 p.m. for eight consecutive
Thursday. Cost is $90 for members, $95 for
nonmembers.
Saturday, Jan. 10, will see the first class
of "Saltwater Flyfishing," taught by Steve
Gibson, outdoor editor of the Sarasota Her-
ald-Tribune. It will be 2:30-4:30 p.m. on six
consecutive Saturdays. Cost is $70 for mem-
bers, $80 for nonmembers.
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THE ISLANDER U JAN. 7, 2004 M PAGE 27


Snapper out, sheepshead in: Welcome to winter fishing


By Capt. Mike Heistand
Offshore fishers are finding lots and lots of good
catches of snapper, both mangrove and lane, out in the
Gulf of Mexico.
At least the weather is starting to cooperate, with
moderate winds and mild seas.
In the backwater, catch-and-release trout are a real
treat for anglers now, with other action including some
big reds and a few flounder.
And, of course, there are winter's mainstay of
sheepshead around most structures at this time of year.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
are catching sheepshead to 4 pounds, plus black drum,.
some small snapper and some oversized redfish.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier reports
that sheepshead are the big ticket item there, plus some
small snook caught at night as well as black drum and
a few flounder.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
sheepshead are still a hot commodity off the Anna
Maria Bridge and the Manatee Public Beach pier, with
shrimp being a great choice of bait. On the seagrass
flats, look for catch-and-release trout and redfish, with
great results for backwater waders.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's really killing 'em with artificial bait
right now, with redfish and trout responding the best.
Mister Twisters are the artificial of choice, Capt. Thom
said, although he's also catching lots of sheepshead on
the seagrass flats in the potholes and is finding that
small treats of shrimp on a hook is good bait for a good
hookup.
Capt. Larry McGuire on Show Me the Fish
Charters said he is catching gag grouper to 20 pounds,
red grouper to 5 pounds, limit mangrove snapper to 4
pounds, plus banded rudderfish and big sheepshead.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said off-
shore snapper action is excellent right now, with good
catches coming from fishers in the 6- to 20-mile range out
in the Gulf of Mexico. Shrimp is the best bait for snapper,
Bill added. Grouper action is also fair to excellent right
now offshore, with pinfish the best lure, and for backwa-
ter anglers, look for lots of catch-and-release trout.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said,
lots of boats are coming to the docks with mangrove
snapper to 6 pounds, plus black drum to 10 pounds are
still being caught in the Manatee River and those pesky
catch-and-release trout are "everywhere" right now,
Dave said.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's catching
lots of sheepshead, mangrove snapper, keeper-size
grouper, triggerfish and redfish in the backwaters.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's putting his
charters onto lots of catch-and-release trout, some
sheepshead to 4 pounds, plus lots of keeper-size red-
fish.
Capt. Matt Denham on the Rip-Tide out of
Catchers said he's finding that his offshore trips for gag
grouper are producing fish everywhere, plus excellent
snapper fishing for both mangroves and yellowtails.
The grouper, by the way, are better than 20 pounds.
On my boat Magic, we have been catching sheep-
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Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404


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after feeling the effects of the monster forest fires around San
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Joey
Joey
Hutchinson,
10, who
attends Anna
Maria Elemen-
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grouper while
fishing with
dad Joe in the
bay near
Longboat Key.
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Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news@islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
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DINING ROOM TABLE, four chairs, recliner.
Table and chairs in antique ivory, $100. Lay-Z-
Boy recliner in light chocolate fabric, $50. Call
761-3714.

VERY NICE two-cushion sofa and matching
chair. Light bluish/gray/mauve/tan. $195 for set.
Call 778-2471.

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

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

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

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

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


NEW YEAR'S SALE at Niki's Gift Shop and An-
tique Mall, 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. All
sterling jewelry 50 percent off; lighted China
cabinet was $175, now $87.50; baker's rack 30
percent off; select gifts 50 percent to 70 percent
off. Big flea market Jan. 17. Open seven days.
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AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit orders benefit Island
children. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit
packages for shipment to friends and family from
member Rich Bohnenberger, 778-0355.
Honeybell tangelos crop, mature now!

LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to
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Holmes Beach. 778-7978.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP Open Tuesday, Thurs-
day, Friday, 9:30am-2pm, Saturday 9-noon. Al-
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Anna Maria. 779-2733.

JANUARY WHITE SALE 50 percent off all linens
and clothing at Housewarmings by Horigans. Lo-
cated in Essence of Time, 5306 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach.

GIANT GARAGE SALE Saturday, Jan. 10, 9am-
noon. Lots of great stuff. 206 71st. St., Holmes
Beach.

SELL it fast wtih an ad in The Islander. The best
news on Anna Maria Island since 1992.

ONE DAY ONLY! Garage Sale Friday, Jan. 9,
8am-? Lots of fun items. Small surfboard motor,
microwave and much more. 614 Ambassador
Lane, Key Royale, Holmes Beach.

MOVING SALE SATURDAY, Jan. 10, 8am-?
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LOST: "Puddin," 7-year-old black male kitty.
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LOST: "Yoda," 3-year-old male kitty. Gray and
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CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24
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FREE: TWIN KITTY brothers, approximately 6
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Easy Gulf access. 794-8877 or 730-5393.


EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out se-
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Egmont or custom trips. See dolphins and mana-
tees. Call 778-7459 or 720-5470.

LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
vided. 779-9607.


BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
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child or $3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional
pet or child. Please call 778-7622, 778-7611 or
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CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-
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school and weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9783.

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


ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/
wine, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Call
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REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high
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WedebrockReal Estate today! "Personalized, not
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SONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
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PART-TIME AFTER SCHOOL (K-5) counselor.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 2:30-6pm.
Experience with kids a plus! Need a DCF li-
cense or must be willing to commit to 40 hours
of childcare training within first year of employ-
ment. Pay $6-$8/hour. Must be at least 21 years
old. Experience with kids a plus! Call Shirley
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WANTED: EXPERIENCED line cook for new
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HELP WANTED: Private club, drug-free, part-
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NOW HIRING temporary help five days a week
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HELP WANTED: Apply for all positions at Ooh La
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JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city
beat and features writing by The Islander. Must
have journalism education, experience or back-
ground relevant to government reporting. E-mail
resumes to 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 Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. We need you! Call 778-0492.

THE TINGLEY MEMORIAL Library in Bradenton
Beach is looking for volunteers. Duties include
checking books in and out, reshelving and gener-
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Anyone interested in our friendly community li-
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CUTE 3BR/2.5BA TOWN HOUSE in Bradenton. Heated pool, tennis.
New wooden floor, new A/C. $165,000. Call Ted Schlegel, 518-6117





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BEAUTIFUL BEACH HOME, corner lot, 3BR/2BA. Lots of extras, fireplace,
must see! $399,000. Call Ann Vensel, 962-5627. MLS #98616

S LAND 301 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
VACATIO-N- 941.778.6849 1.800.778.9599
PROPERTIEe, LLC Licensed Real Estate Broker: Ann Caron


MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up,
edgings, more. Hard-working and responsible.
Excellent references. 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
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $25 per hour-
free advice. 545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great re-
sults, wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough,
reasonable and reliable. Free estimates, licensed
and insured. 778-0944.

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

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

TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price call Sebastian, 704-6719.

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

RESIDENTIAL WINDOW CLEANING specialist.
28 years experience. Owner/operator. Call Larry
for a free estimate, 447-1771.

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
Matrix PC, 708-6541. www.matrixPConline.com

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, 779-1128. References available.


5500 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL
ropical 941-779-2580
r op Fax: 941 779-2602



DESIRABLE BEAN POINT!


GEOFFREY WALL, G.R.I. P.A.
Realtor Sales Associate
941-545-0206
Pager: 941-233-0748


-ax: 941-778-479,

For your private showing call
"Island Aussie Geoff"


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Another record month, record prices
For Selling Action Call The Aussie


_eC_ eaNo one knows an island like an Aussie.
REAL ESATE COMPANY "The art of the deal for you."


Only for the Discerning Few:


The Sunray Quad
Lake-Bayou Front
$250,000 Turnkey Furnished
1,874 sq.ft. 3BR/28A


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The Whitney Villa
Direct Bayfront
$395,000 over 2,200 sq.ft.
3-Story 2BR/2.5BA


Around $1,000 a month gets you on your own private
island. 168 acres of nature preserve, two miles of wa-
terfront, country club-like facilities, Indian mounds,
museum. Choose from two prime locations.


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year-round home. Potential
out the ying-yang!
Only $389,900.


VILLA FRANCESCA Spectacular
Mediterranean villa. 3BR/3BA turnkey
furnished, swimming pool. Crow's
nest roof deck with views forever.
One block to beach. Unbeatable.
Established rental history. $875,000.


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


Holmes Beach


visit www.aussiegeoff.com
E-mail: islander@aussiegeoff.com


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MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance ser-
vice. Over 30 years experience, self-employed in
construction trades. "I'm handy to have around."
779-9666.

HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Island
resident. "Get the job done right." Free estimate,
many references. 713-1907 cell, 778-4192 home.

FRANK'S HAULING SCRAP-Metal business.
Please call at anytime, 778-3275.

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

STUDENT HAVING READING problems? Tutor/
reading specialist, leading consultant. 30 years ex-
perience. Elementary, Ed.B.A.; reading M.A.; Learn-
ing Disabilities, M.A.; Education, Ed.D. 778-0349.

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

CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communica-
tion electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and train-
ing. Call Robert at 778-3620.

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


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FOR SALE
Anna Maria canalfront home with pool on
a quiet cul-de-sac. Established vacation
g -; 'A i rental, but also the place to be for a
family. MLS#97716. $650,000
Call Pat Staebler, Lic. Real Estate Broker
778-0123 or 705-0123


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BENNETT'S APPLIANCE/AC and Household
Service. Service all brands, eighteen years expe-
rience. All repairs warranteed. Call 746-8984, cell
545-5793.

JACK OF ALL trades. Lawn care, home repair,
painting, cleaning. No job too small. Call Scott,
720-4873 or 778-4425.

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 per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 795-7411.
RA005052.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 778-2711.

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

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

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

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



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.':- ADORABLE! NW BRADENTON
S HOME This may be the last chance
--** to own an adorable renovated 2BR
home under $165K. Even cuter in-
I side than out! Open floor plan,
S wood and ceramic floors, spa bath-
,,,.r t -, I Ron ,_, ,tub 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
S '; ..of the Island before it's too late!
SCute and cozy, half-block to beauti-
A. ful beach in an area of newly con-
structed homes. Don't miss out on
R EDU ED! this opportunity. Investment or resi-
... . wdence. Many updates and lots of po-
tential. A must see! Priced reduced to $315,000. Call Stephanie Bell Broker/
Owner, 778-2307 or direct at 920-5156. MLS#93114




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SR SIDE OF GULF DRIVE Own a piece


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Mainte-
nance. Residential and commercial. Full-service
lawn maintenance, cleanup, tree trimming, haul-
ing, Xeriscape. Island resident. Excellent refer-
ences. 778-5294.

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

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

JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling,
cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 807-1015.

BAREFOOT LAWNS & GARDENS Providing the
total TLC for your landscaping requirements.
Lawns, trees, shrubs, container gardens and gar-
dens. Design, installation and service. Call 730-
5318 for free consultation.

CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING Services: Quality lawn
maintenance, landscape cleanup, plantings,
pruning, shell and more! Insured, references, free
estimates. See our coupon in this week's Islander.
Call 778-2335 or 284-1568.



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


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IBR/IBA villa on deep water
leading to Intracoastal! sisg_900.
FINE LIVING in this 2BR/2BA
furnished villa. $169,900. Both
homes have carports, community
pool, putting green, tennis and much
more. Call Anne Huber. 7312-9635.




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REALTORS


5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 / 800-741-3772
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
e-mail: rentals@smithrealtors.com

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/1 BA, heated pools, on the beach, three-
month minimum.
* 1 BR/1 BA elevated duplex. Oct.-Dec.
* 3BR/2BA single family. Heated pool. Across from beach
Bradenton Beach:
* 2BR/1 BA condo. Three month minimum. Imperial House.
Just Before The Bridge: Perico Bay Club
in gated community. Heated pool, tennis court.
* 2BR/2BA villa, lake view, two month minimum.
Flamingo Cay:
* 3BR/2BA residence on canal. Heated pool.


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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.



VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, 795-5100

JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodel-
ing contractors. In-house plan designs. State li-
censed 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.

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

CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construc-
tion. Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now
certifying back flow at water meters.
(FL#RF0038118) 778-3924 or 778-4461.

OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. In-
terior, 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/exte-
rior 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. Re-
modeling, repairs, additions, screen rooms,
kitchens, baths. Free estimates.
Lic#CGCO61519, #CCC057977, #PE0020374.
Insured. Accepting MasterCard/Visa. 720-0794.

25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, de-
pendable restoration/renovation expert, carpen-
ter, fine finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom
specialist. Repairs, 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 Allen Floor
Coverings. 792-1367, or 726-1802.

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

HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpen-
try, painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds,
trim, moldings kitchen remodeling, general re-
pairs. Decks, hardwood floors. Homes, rentals.
A.J. Winters, 713-1951.

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


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
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SABLE PALM GARDENS
1BR/1.5BA ground floor
Bradenton condo. Enclosed
tiled lanai, heated pool,
close to Gulf, shopping and
beaches. Price $85,000.
Call Michel Cerene, Realtor,
545-9591, eves.


Call .... Jeff'Ken k or Car.l-, P c"
Beautiful Bay Palms 3BR/2.5BA canalfront home recently up-
dated to include a coral-appointed remote-controlled gas fire-
place, new windows, pavers, boat hoist and more. Enjoy luxury
living in this single-level executive ranch-style home with more
than 2,650 sq. ft. of living area. $775,000.


1 BR/1 BA, 2BR/1BA duplex located very close to AMI Community
Center. Loads of potential on a street with active property im-
provements under way. $379,900.


Marina Pointe

Realty Co.

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

Storage Units Available!


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MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and res-
toration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience.
Insured. 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 ser-
vice. Call 792-4645.

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

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


WATERFRONT KEY WEST-style home, north
Anna Maria Island, annual, $1,500/month, or sea-
sonal, $2,500/month. Bayfront cottages also avail-
able with docks from $1,500/month, $500/week.
Call 794-5980, or www.divefish.com.

WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Es-
tate Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, 778-2374.

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


* Largest selection of rentals on the
Island
5 full-time rental managers/sales
agents to assist you.
On-line availability


Buying? Renting? Selling?

Call us for first class service



Mike 800.367-1617

Norman 941-7786696
RealtyN 3101 GULF DRIVE
NRealty HOLMES BEACH
WWW. MIKENORMANREALTY.COM


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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy'S Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 20 Years of
Law \ Quality & Dependable Service.
erviceCall us for your landscape
778I1345 and hardscape needs.
778Licensed & Insured

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

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
,t:l. Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
L:lB--. t_, Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Lic#CBC056755


ISLAND LUMBER

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


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EQUAL

HOUSING
OPPORTUNITY
All real estate advertising herein is subject to the Fair Hous-
ing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference,
limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex,
handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make
any such preference, limitation or discrimination." Familial sta-
tus includes children under age of 18 living with parents or le-
gal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody
of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowing accept
any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law.
Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised
in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis.
To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-
9777, for the hearing impaired (TDD) 1-800-543-8294.


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

2BR/1 BA TOTALLY renovated duplex with under-
cover parking, storage area, washer/dryer. Steps
to Gulf and bay. 2516-E Avenue B in Bradenton
Beach. Call (813) 300-8543 or (941) 778-0635.


ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1 BA single-family home.
One block to beach and bay. New kitchen,-ga-
rage/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, com-
pletely 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 reno-
vated and furnished. New washer/dryer, micro-
wave. Three-minute walk to beach. Seasonal,
$1,500/month. Call Ron, 761-9808.

ANNUAL RENTALS: Large 2BR/2BA, Florida
room, carport, tile floors, washer/dryer hookup,
close to beach, $950/month; 2BR/2BA nice du-
plex apartment, $725/month; 1BR/1BA duplex
apartment, $650/month. Dolores M. Baker Realty,
778-7500.

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.


NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spa-
cious 3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences.
Now booking for this season. Please call (813)
752-4235, or view Web site:
www.AhhSeaBreeze.com.

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 Moor-
ings available. After hours, Sharon Annis,
778-3730, or call 778-3377.

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.

ANNUAL 2BR/2BA in Holmes Beach. Lovely el-
evated duplex, light and bright, screened lanai.
Washer/dryer. Available now! $800/month. Call
228-7878.

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

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


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

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.

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/1 BA 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.

VACATION RENTAL Charming 1BR/1BA, fully
furnished, 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.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR apartment, one house
to beach, $925/month; 2BR apartment, Anna
Maria, $780/month; 3BR home, $995/month. Call
Fran Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.


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.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.

RENTALS RENT FAST advertised in The Islander.

VACATION RENTAL 1BR/1BA, furnished, heated
pool, secluded, private entrance. Steps to beach,
shopping, restaurants, ground level, Call 778-
0291 or 920-6481.

CONDO RENTALS: 2BR/1BA, Gulffront, avail-
able January. 2BR/2BA Gulffront complex, avail-
able February. Call 794-8877 or 730-5393.


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HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL close to beach
3BR/2BA, laundry, porch, large rooms. $2,500/
monthly. Call (585) 473-9361 or 778-5412.

ANNUAL RENTAL: Canalfront home, 3BR/1BA,
$1,200/month. Call Wagner Realty, 778-2246.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL large 2BR/2BA, den,
laundry, porch, close to beach. First, last and secu-
rity. $995/month. Call (585) 473-9361 or 778-5412.

ANNUAL RENTALS: Island duplexes, 1 BR, $525/
month; 2BR, $650/month. Call Wagner Realty,
778-2246.

SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE March 1. 1 BR
waterfront apartment on north end of Anna Maria.
$1,750/month. Call 778-5445.

DESIGNER KEY ROYALE canalfront home. 2BR/
2BA, den, Mediterranean pool/terrace, dock. Pri-
vate locale, highest standards on Island. Available
March-May. Starting at $4,200/month. Call (863)
860-7407. www.vrbo.com/18876.htm.

BRING YOUR BOAT! Coral Shores 2BR/2BA
canalfront pool home available January-April.
$3,900/month. Premier Florida Realty, 920-1501
or 761-3720.

ANNA MARIA NORTH END tastefully furnished,
one minute to gorgeous beach, 2BR/2BA,
sleeps six, elevated deck, barbecue, full
amenities. $1,200/week, $3,000/month (508)
946-3433.

SEASONAL: Nicely furnished 2BR/1BA,
canalfront, dock, duplex. Three-month mini-
mum. $1,950/month. No pets. Call, 778-8436 or
778-5793.
ANNUAL RENTAL APARTMENTS in Sunny
Shores, 1 BW/ DA and studio apartments, $500
security deposit. $735 and $680/month, includes
utilities. Call Jerry, 224-8850.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 1BR/2BA, 750 sq.ft.,
washer/dryer, on Gulf Drive. Annual. Includes
cable TV, water. $875/month. First, last, security
deposit. 778-1098.

STEPS TO BEACH! Gorgeous furnished and spa-
cious two-room apartments. Anna Maria Island,
seasonal rentals. $550/week, $1,950 month. Call
778-1098. Pets welcome!

RENTAL WANTED: Mature, professional couple
seeks 2BR annual rental on Anna Maria Island
close to the beach or bay. Long time Island resi-
dents with many references. Will consider $850-
$1,000/ month, plus utilities. No problem provid-
ing first/last/security. 778-2579.

150 STEPS to Gulf. Seasonal 2BR/2BA immacu-
late ground-level home. Nonsmoking, no pets.
Call .(813) 961-6992 or
ghowcrof@tampabay.rr.com.

ANNUAL RENTAL 3BR/2BA, direct bayfront
home with heated pool. $3,000/month. Call Betsy
Hills Real Estate, P.A., 778-2291.

ANNA MARIA 2BR/1BA, open floor plan, fourth
house to Gulf. Weekly, monthly. Open dates. Call
778-7933.

ANNUAL SPACIOUS 2BR/1 BA covered parking,
laundry, bay view, steps to Gulf. $895/month, plus
electric. Call 778-5412.

BRADENTON BEACH 1BR ground-floor apart-
ment. Fully furnished includes linens, dishes,
etc. Half-block to beach or bayside dock. Quiet
neighborhood, shady backyard, patio, grill, etc.
Nonsmoking, no pets. Good rates! 778-9002.


SEASONAL: Nicely furnished 2BR/1 BA, canalfront,
dock, duplex. Three-month minimum. $1,950/month.
No pets. Call 778-8436 or 778-5793.

GULFVIEW: NORTH SHORE Drive, 2BR/2BA,
ground level, available now thru May. Fully fur-
nished, $2,000/month, includes utilities. (863) 581-
4206, (813) 935-0694, (813) 933-8697, or e-mail:
andrewr@asme.org.

ANNUAL BAYFRONT 2BR/1 BA only one block to
beach. Covered parking. Great family area near
park. $900/month. Call 778-4675.

VERY CUTE! 1BR/BA, annual rental, historic
Bradenton Beach. One block to beach and bay! Tile
and wood floors. Live your dream. Nonsmoking, no
pets preferred. $750/month. Call now, 778-3647.

VACATION, SEASONAL Anna Maria Gulffront
apartments. Lovely 2 and 3BR units, fully
equipped, porch, sundeck, tropical setting. Call
778-3143.

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

NEW ON MARKET: Seasonal rental, 1BR/1BA
duplex in Holmes Beach. Available for long rental.
One-and-a-half block to Gulf. Call 920-s.

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

ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Very clean, very nice,
unfurnished 2BR/2BA, second-floor duplex over-
looks Tampa Bay on Bay Boulevard with rear
canal access. Front and rear porch, garage and
storage. Available February, $1,200/month.
Nonsmoking, no pets. First, last and security
required. Call 779-2700.

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.
3,500/month. Call Tom, (559) 760-1331.


LONGBOAT KEY former bank building, 4,700
square feet, zoned office/professional. Twenty
parking spaces, contemporary design, great vis-
ibility. $14/square foot. Can divide. Owner/Realtor,
388-5514, or call 809-4253.

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Frank Davis
Broker







Melinda Bordes
Realtor


332 108th St ................ $199,000
1277 Spoonbill Landings Cir. $239,000



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


SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA plus loft
townhouse with more than 1,600 sq.ft. of
luxury living space. Sunrise views from your
lanai overlooking environmental preserve
and canal. The beautiful furnishings are in-
cluded in the sale price. It also has a one-
car attached garage. All this and more in a
prestigious gated community close to the
Gulf beaches! $265,000. MLS# 97525

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
1102 Riverside Dr........ $1,490,000

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
Sun Plaza West #202 ..... $409,000
3818 Sixth Ave.............. $440,000
Island Village #124 ........ $331,000
3603 4th Ave. ............ $1,099,000
104 7th St. So. Duplex ... $600,000
100 7th St. So. Duplex ... $785,000
408 Poinsettia ............... $525,000
4003 5th Ave. ............... $879,000
4005 5th Ave. ............... $879,000
Bayou 5C....................... $289,900
6501 Gulf Dr. ................ $899,900
210 83rd St................... $424,900
3810 Sixth Ave.............. $425,000
Sun Plaza West #210 ...... $459,000
Bradenton Beach Club B.. $849,000

COMMERCIAL
Business only ................. $295,000
427 Pine Ave. ................ $695,000
12106 Cortez Rd. ........ $1,350,000
Business opportunity .... $2,490,000
1102 Riverside Dr........ $1,490,000

PERICO ISLAND/MAINLAND
11434 Perico Isles Cir. ... $349,000
845 Waterside Ln............ $265,000
8204 19th Ave. NW ........ $199,000


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GULFVIEW CONDO No detail over-
looked in this delightful end unit in Sea
Pirate condos, Totally updated and
professionally decorated. Spectacular
views, easy beach access and a pool.
Turnkey furnished and ready to move
in! $326,400. Call Heather Absten
today for a viewing. 807-4661.

GREAT INVESTMENT
Don't be afraid to make an offer.
Ground-level duplex in Anna Maria
City. Beautiful large yard, close to
pier. 2BR/I BA each side. Lots of
renovations including all new ap-
pliances. s4.9.000. Call Chris
778-0738
PRICED FOR QUICK SALE
Adorable 2BR/1 BA island cottage
adorned with low-maintenance
tropical landscaping. Perfect for
retirement or inve.t--''p property.
Grpei seasonal rental income.
$329,900. Call Heather Absten
today for a showing. 807-4661


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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/1BA 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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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 ISLAND
2BR/2BA, ground-floor, turnkey-furnished end unit.
Community pool and clubhouse. Water view. Close to
beaches and shopping. $189,900.

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

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.

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.


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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REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com


This beautifully remodeled duplex offers two spa-
cious bedrooms and two baths on each level, plus
a cozy den or third bedroom with French doors.
Amenities include Spanish tile floors, white tile
baths, fully equipped kitchens with knotty-pine
cabinets and breakfast bars, textured ceilings with
fans and Hotpoint washer and dryer on each level.
Adorable shabby-chic furnishings and whimsical
wall coverings and borders create a cozy and care-
free beach ambiance, while easy-care vinyl siding
and oyster-shell landscaping make maintenance a
breeze. Located just one short block to the Gulf,
this endearing hideaway won't last long! Priced
furnished at $545,000.


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S103 PELICAN
Canalfront with dock and
1,424 sq.ft. living area,
2,654 sq.ft. under roof.
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S .rage home with caged,
heated pool built in 1997
Sby Quality Builders on a
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
(941) 778-2291 P Box 2150
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294


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Realtor






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Realtor


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

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

11481ST ST. or Shell Drive, Holmes Beach. Home
for sale, steps from your own private beach. Deeded
access to the Gulf of Mexico. 2BR/2BA, large play-
room, fireplace, must see to believe! Call (813) 681 -
9111, or (813) 363-1231. Ask for Dan.

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


OPEN HOUSE THIS Sunday, 2-4 PM. 530 Key
Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. canalfront gem for
sale. 3BR/3BA, 3,000 sq.ft. under roof, com-
pletely updated kitchen with Corian and
KitchenAid appliances, 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 sea-
wall. $750,000. Call 730-1086 or 704-7336.

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4BR/4BA, 3,200 sf beach ranch for sale and rent.
Large lot, pool, loaded! Visit
www.annamariabeachranch.com. 778-8181. 210
67th St., Holmes Beach.

HARBOUR LANDINGS: Lot and dock. Beautiful
12,100 sq.ft. homesite offered by owner/Realtor.
Gated community in Cortez. $265,000 includes dock
for boat up to 35-feet Longview Realty, 383-6112, or
George Noble, 685-3372.

BREATH TAKING GULFVIEW! Two brand new
homes in Bradenton Beach. 3,000 total sq.ft. each.
Open house every Sunday, noon-3pm. Florida
Prime Realty, 778-1098.

JIMMY BUFFET SINGING on the stereo and
margaritas on the dock, just add salt. Seawall and
dock on deepwater canal. 3BR/2BA with granite
counter tops. New roof, water heater, kitchen,
plumbing, electrical and flooring. Tile throughout.
Fully furnished and professionally decorated. Just
bring your toothbrush. Ready in mid-January.
$700,000. Call Vicky, 708-0513.

4BR/4BA, 3,200 sq.ft. beach ranch for sale or
rent. Steps to Gulf, heated pool, totally renovated,
large lot, garage, furnished. Visit
www.annamariabeachranch.com. 210 67th St.,
Holmes Beach. 778-8181.

DUPLEX FOR SALE in wonderful family area only
five homes to beach. Great investment opportu-
nity. Priced to sell, $349,927. Call 778-4675.


LONGBOAT KEY: Premium turnkey ground-floor
2BR/2BA condo with garden patio, amenities in-
clude deeded beach, pool, docking, clubhouse
and more. $279,000. Call 383-3751.

BOATING COMMUNITY: Coral Shores, close to
Longboat Pass. Built 1995. 3BR/2BA, pool, two
boatlifts. $649,900. Call 761-8516.

OPEN HOUSE Sunday, Jan. 11, 1-4 PM. 404
80th St., Holmes Beach. Huge duplex, huge lot,
huge caged pool, huge income potential, not a
huge price. Asking just $795,000. Call Barry
Gould at 778-3314. Island Vacation Properties.

WOULD YOU LIKE to own a large 1 BR Gulffront
condo in Holmes Beach? Excellent rental history.
Call Joe, 779-9566.

DIRECT BAYFRONT 2BR/2BA ground-floor
condo in Bradenton Beach. Heated pool, tennis,
just across from beach. Great rental. Turnkey fur-
nished: $385,000. Call Barry Gould at 778-3314.
Island Vacation Properties.

205 SOUTH BAY DRIVE. Beautiful
uncompromised water views of the Sunshine
Skyway and bay. Vacant lot 50 x 200 ready for
custom home or purchase for investment.
$750,000, or best offer. Christopher Sullivan,
Coldwell Banker Previews, (727)417-9000

TROPICAL PARADISE! 3BR/3BA waterfront
with dock and boatlift, pool/spa. $535,000.
792-6978.


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Bayfront home. GrCea '.ic'. % .
deep water, pool and spa.
$2,595,000.


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


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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-
emy, golf courses and shopping. Minutes to
beaches and downtown. $215,900. Lynn
Hostetler, 720-5876.







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.


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.




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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 778-4800.


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By Seth A Able / Edited by Will Shortz


Across
Rooting sections?
Reserve
Latin-American rattler
Consort to Queen
Victoria
Had figured out
Meteorologist's line
Ambiguous headline
about agriculture
legislation
Superfund org.
They might save your
breath
_ Friday
Jiffy
Genteel affair
"Eso (Paul Anka
hit)
"Kapow!"
Many a perfume
Ambiguous headline
about school cooking
lessons
It's all ears
Quick approval: Abbr.
-mo
Nursery rhyme diner
Like a shoppe
Flummox
Release
" luck?"
Ambiguous headline
about construction delay
First mate?
Passable
No longer fast
Adoring trio
Some mattresses
Specters
Washington and others
CPR administrators
Abbr. after a comma
Capital on the Dnieper


78 Place for hops
79 Ambiguous headline
about the Bush cabinet
85 Actress Thurman
86 Once before?
87 Some partners: Abbr.
88 Cambodian currency
89 Fleet
92 Island chain?
94 Buds
95 Two-faced
96 Ambiguous headline
about Mideast deal-
ings
101 Pressing need?
102 Place to connect a
mike
103 "Rush!"
104 Swingers' grp.
107 Basketball position:
Abbr.
108 Summer quaff
109 Free from government
control, slangily
111 Parrot
114 Ambiguous headline
about a police action
119 Person behind a pram
120 Faucet attachment
121 Lady of Arthurian
romance
122 Athletic wear company
founded in Australia
123 Music bar
124 Flat person

Down
1 Sound's partner
2 Express approval, in a
way
3 Magician's opening
4 Apollo vehicle
5 Lead
6 Underline


7 "M*A*S*H"
co-star
8 Dutch painter Frans
9 Couture monogram
10 Acknowledges in
passing
11 W.W. II code ma-
chines
12 "Undo" mark
13 _pad
14 Vein specialists
15 Trash receptacles
16 Pooh pal
17 Border
18 Wine unit
19 Bailiwick
24 Platitudes
25 Classic kids' game
31 "L'Arlesienne" com-
poser
32 nut
33 Defeat badly
34 Big fat mouth
35 Leg-puller
36 "You betcha!"
37 Drug unit
38 Drew in books?
39 Cliff feature
40 Classic Welles role
41 Inkless pen
42 Customs
43 Popular painkiller
48 Jude, for one
50 Company whose name
is also its stock symbol
51 Wall Street workers
54 "Same here"
55 Clear in the winter
56 Collected dust
57 "Uncle!"
58 Racket
64 Casual attire
66 Observed the Sabbath
67 Justice dept. division
68 Crime solver's aid


70 Helps
71 Little sprinters
72 Do a do
74 Certain camera, for
short
77 Look that could kill,
say
79 Poet Khayyam
80 Store frequented by
mechanics
81 Its founder was born
in Mecca
82 Obstruct
83 Like some parties
84 Disney canine
85 Mentalist Geller


90 Faculty levels, for
short
91 Deep-sixed
93 Dance pioneer
Duncan
95 Crate label
97 Straight man?
98 Jazz pianist Hines
99 Alternatives to
Movados
100 Familiar complimen-
tary close
104 Illicit drugs, briefly
105 Rise
106 Church alcove
108 Suffix with chick


109 Christian name
110 To be overseas
111 Toiling away
112 Fresh scent
113 Retired, as a prof.
115 "Ain't Sweet"
116 Grier of "Foxy
Brown"
117 Approx. 252
calories
118 Hoosegow

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