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Basketball action, page 28.
"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
The U.S. Air Force Reserve Band, directed by Major N. Alan Clark, commander and conductor, preformed a
free concert at the Anna Maria Island Community Center Friday evening and it was standing-room only for
a performance of classical overtures, John Philip Sousa marches, Broadway show tunes and popular music
favorites. The hand is based at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia and travels around the globe to more than
500 concerts a year. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
Probation period terminated for
Bradenton Beach department heads
Probation for department heads in Bradenton
Beach has been terminated, city commissioners de-
cided last week.
"We need to let the department heads get on with
their jobs without this hanging over their heads," said
City Commissioner John Shaughnessy, advocate of the
'Road rage' incident
dropped by sheriff
By Paul Roat
No harm, no foul, no charges.
That statement essentially summed up the Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office investigation in an incident
involving a Bradenton Beach city commissioner earlier
this month, in which Deputy Matt Miller wrote that
"this case will be closed inactive with no charges filed,
there was no threat by word or act to do violence to the
Ronald F. Ockerman filed a report with deputies
Jan. 6 against Bradenton Beach City Commissioner
Lisa Marie Phillips. According to Deputy Michael
Kenyan, an "intent to do violence" charge was levied
against Phillips Jan. 6.
According to the report by Kenyan, Ockerman "got
into a verbal altercation" with Phillips on 22nd Street.
Ockerman stated "he looked in his mirror and thought
he saw [Phillips] flip him off, so he 'flipped off' the
driver back," according to the report. Ockerman was
driving with his wife, Nancy, at the time.
A heated discussion ensued between Phillips and
Ockerman, who both exited their cars, taking the argu-
PLEASE SEE PHILLIPS, PAGE 4
"Why do they have to be on probation?" he asked.
"It's like a threat."
City commissioners Nov. 21 voted 4-1 to place all
four of the city's department heads police chief, city
clerk, director of public works and building official -
on a 90-day probation pending performance evalua-
tions. As of last week, no action toward implementing
performance evaluations had been made with the ex-
ception of a request that all of the city's top employees
file a daily log of their time.
"Lots of employees really stepped up to the plate
and are doing a great job," said Vice Mayor Anna
O'Brien, "but there are some I still have problems with.
I'd like to see this [probation] continue and see some
kind of review. We all need to review what we found
out and look at areas where improvements need to be
City Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips said she
"would like to avoid any type of perception that with
someone who had left our employ it would look like it
was for one person. I want to avoid any sense of impro-
Shortly after the city commission vote to place all
department heads on probation and the termination
of employment of City Attorney Alan Prather and City
Planner Bill Brisson Building Official Bob Welch
tendered his resignation, citing in part that "actions by
public official have made it impossible for me to con-
tinue working for the city."
He referenced Phillips and O'Brien in his letter or
resignation, using terms such as "witch hunt" and "ret-
ribution" in his letter to Mayor John Chappie.
Shaughnessy's motion to terminate the probation-
ary period of department heads passed 3-2, with
Chappie, City Commissioner Peter Barreda and
Shaughnessy voting in favor, and O'Brien and Phillips
Volume 12, No. 12 Jan. 28, 2004 FREE
By Rick Catlin
Tidemark Partners filed for Chapter 11 federal
bankruptcy protection last week, likely ending any
chance the company at least in its current form -
can develop its planned 40-unit marina/condo/hotel at
the site of the former Pete Reynard's/Marina Bay Res-
taurant in Holmes Beach. The company had received
site plan approval from the Holmes Beach City Com-
mission for construction of the project in August 2001.
The bankruptcy petition came after Regions Bank of
Florida foreclosed in December on a first mortgage
against the property for $1.7 million. Second mortgage
holder Brasaota Mortgage Inc. filed a foreclosure notice
last November for $1.7 million to protect its interest.
According to the online database of the U.S. Fed-
eral Bankruptcy Court in Tampa, Tidemark Partners
LLC, doing business as "Tidemark Lodge and Ma-
rina," filed its bankruptcy papers Jan. 21. The company
is represented by Tampa attorney Stephen R. Leslie.
Tidemark listed 51 creditors in its application, but
was not required to supply specific amounts owed in its
Included in the creditors list is Nick Easterling,
who is himself the managing general partner of Tide-
mark Partners LLC.
Easterling said that after a proposed partnership
with the Dallas-based Parliament Group collapsed in
December, another real estate venture group, EFO of
Dallas, agreed to come into the project, but suggested
bankruptcy as a means of protection.
"So, we have a loan commitment from EFO for
just under $4 million and we'll take that to the judge.
If he accepts it, we plan on being out of bankruptcy
within 90 to 120 days," he said confidently.
"The bankruptcy petition is just to give us time to
reorganize. My goal is still to get everybody paid,"
Easterling pledged, "and these guys (EFO) have agreed
to fund the project."
Other creditors listed on the bankruptcy include the
PLEASE SEE TIDEMARK, NEXT PAGE
Tide going out?
Nick Easterling of Tidemark Lodge and Holmes
Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore toast the demolition
of the former Pete Reynard's.Marina Bay restaurant
before a crowd of hundreds in August 2002 in
preparation for construction of the planned 40-unit
Tidemark facility. Tidemark Partners filed for
federal bankruptcy protection on Jan. 21. Islander
Photo: J.L. Robertson
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Attorney Dye changes ruling after 'further review'
By Rick Catlin
Just like NFL officials, attorneys can change their
minds "upon further review." Roll the video tapes and
look at the play from all angles.
Tidemark files for bankruptcy
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, the Office of the U.S. Attorney and the State
of Florida Department of Revenue.
The company and its attorney will meet with court
trustees on Feb. 20 to establish assets, while Tidemark
has until May 20, 2004, to file a reorganization plan,
according to the online information.
Regions Bank foreclosed on its mortgage in De-
cember and plans on selling its interest Feb. 12 on the
Manatee County Courthouse steps, unless an offer is
accepted prior to the sale.
Attorney Scott Cichon, representing Regions
Bank, has said several parties have contacted him about
purchasing the mortgage, but no offer has been re-
"We still plan on the courthouse sale on Feb. 12,"
The controversial Tidemark project was approved
by the city commission in August 2001, and Easterling
also obtained a Florida Department of Environmental
Protection permit to expand a seawall on the northeast
side of the property along the inlet.
The restaurant and two duplexes on the site were
demolished, but construction on the condominiums
If built, the condominiums were expected to sell
for between $450,000 to $600,000, making the total
project worth an estimated $20 million.
Holmes Beach Building Official Bill Saunders has
said previously that site plan approval goes with the
property. Any interested party looking for the same
approval for a 40-unit condominium complex with
adjoining marina would have to buy the property.
A new proposal for any construction, said
Saunders, would require an entirely new site plan.
Anna Maria City Attorney Jim Dye is probably a
football fan, because he's reversed his original opinion
that Commissioner Duke Miller's proposed parking
plan (The Islander, Jan. 21) was "probably illegal,"
after "further review" and an explanation from Miller.
"I believe your proposal is permitted," Dye told
Miller in a memo last week. He had previously indi-
cated to Miller he didn't think the proposal would meet
state legal standards.
"I didn't understand that your proposal [was] to
remove all (or most) parking restrictions. That is a
horse of a different color," the attorney noted.
Dye said that the city "can choose to regulate as
much or as little as it decides," but to implement the
Miller plan, the city needs an ordinance "which spells
out the new policy, and secondly, repeals those ordi-
nances in conflict with the new one."
There are still some issues to be resolved, he added,
and the commission has to remember that a right of
way has numerous uses and users.
He clarified that the city would still have to restrict
some parking by local law, consider the safety issue and
liability, the bike paths and sidewalks, and "other instances
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that come to light as the proposal is discussed."
Any new ordinance must still "make clear that the
city retains its rights in the right of way," Dye added,
and there should be no guarantee that private plantings
in the right of way won't be removed by the city as
necessary, and the city is under no obligation to replace
them if it does so.
As Dye sees the proposal now, however, if a per-
son does park on privately installed plantings, a citation
"could not be issued since parking on the plantings
would not be illegal," just difficult.
Dye said the issues could be sorted out as a policy
decision by the commission, adding that "I do not see
where any of my concerns would out-and-out prevent
the new policy, although they may affect how the final
version appears upon implementation."
Thus the ruling on the field stands for now.
Miller said he was pleased with Dye's new inter-
"I hope we can all now go forward and implement
this solution. It may take more meetings and some
tweaking, but I firmly believe we are on the right track
with this plan."
Music directors from the six Anna
Maria Island churches met to
coordinate a community ecumeni-
cal service scheduled Feb. 29 at
the Island Baptist Church, 6805
Gulf Drive Anna Maria. Standing
from left are Susan Crumpler,
Roser Memorial Comnmnunity
Church; Carl Parks, Gloria Dei
Lutheran; Charlie Hahn, Island
Baptist. Seated is Don Donahue,
St. Bernard Catholic Church. Not
shown are Berty Simches of
Harvey Memorial Community
Church and Thom Tenny, Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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THE ISLANDER M JAN. 28, 2004 0 PAGE 3
'Savings clause' in works for Holmes Beach
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission was in
no rush to recommend the proposed lot-of-record "sav-
ings clause" amendment to the city's land development
code at its meeting Jan. 22.
Attorney Mark Singer, appointed by.the city com-
mission as special counsel regarding the proposed sav-
ings clause amendment, advised the planning commis-
sion to take its time. "There is no rush or crisis, so let
this be correct," Singer said. "Be observant of uninten-
tional consequences. You want to be fully aware of its
limitations and you don't want to open any loopholes."
Planning commissioners also benefited from the
advice of land planner Bill Brisson, who reviewed the
proposed savings clause ordinance drafted by City
Attorney Patricia Petruff.
The purpose of the proposed savings clause is to
allow owners of legal non-conforming lots of record,
in particular those lots that are insufficient as to width,
to develop their property without the need for a lot
width variance, provided the development of these lots
meets all other requirements of the LDC.
Singer explained to the planning commission that
a "lot of record" is a parcel of land properly recorded.
A "nonconformity" arises when lots, parcels, buildings,
structures and uses that were lawful no longer conform
to amended or newly established ordinances.
Singer stressed that the proposed ordinance should
clarify the date by which existing lots should have been
recorded to be considered legally nonconforming for
the purpose of the savings clause.
Singer noted that the city's comprehensive plan is
dated May 1989, but the LDC was enacted December
1989. The proposed ordinance, Singer says, needs to
clarify if the savings clause will apply to deeds of
record as of May or December that year.
Singer also pointed out that there are several types
of nonconformities that a savings clause can address -
lot width, structures and land use. In this case, the pro-
posed ordinance only pertains to nonconforming lot
In reviewing the proposed ordinance, Brisson said
the main flaw was that it contained language that could
be misconstrued to allow for development at densities
exceeding the parameters allowed by the city's com-
"Clearly this was not intended," Brisson said, "and
the language should be revised to eliminate this poten-
tial inconsistency with the comprehensive plan.
"You can have a savings clause," he explained,
"but you can't develop in excess of the density allowed
by the comprehensive plan."
Planning commissioners agreed to allow Brisson to
redraft the proposed ordinance to clarify its intended
According to Brisson, his redraft will reflect the
city's wish to provide owners of a legal nonconform-
ing lot of record to build a single-family dwelling unit
or other dwelling permitted by the zoning district as
long as it meets all district regulations and does not
exceed the density or intensity allowed in its land-use
The proposed ordinance will also permit owners of
contiguous legal nonconforming lots to construct a
single-family dwelling on each of the lots.
Brisson told the commission that the savings clause
does not mean the property owner will be able to build a
larger home than if a variance were required because all
the same setback and height requirements will apply.
Brisson did mention that if property owners are
allowed, as a matter of right, to develop nonconform-
ing lots, that the planning commission may want to
consider prohibiting or limiting the extent to which
variances may be applied to the property.
"Typically when a nonconforming lot is permitted
to be developed, it's assumed that the lot is of sufficient
size and configuration for its intended purpose,"
Brisson said. "Variances are typically applied for be-
cause the owner wishes to do something that cannot be
accommodated and still meet all of the LDC require-
ments. It doesn't mean the lot cannot be developed."
Singer concurred and added that one way to avoid
that is to state that if any property in any zoning district
doesn't meet the lot-width requirement, it can be used
for a single-family home. "It may not be the highest or
best use of the property, but you can't say you don't
have the ability to use it."
The planning commission was receptive to the
notion of restricting in some form the ability to apply
for additional variances.
Chairperson Sue Normand said, "I don't want to
add fuel to the fire and allow them to go to the board
of adjustment to get a variance for more."
Brisson suggested the possibility of limiting the
extent to which a variance could be applied to not more
than 10 or 20 percent of the LDC requirements. For
example, if the side-yard setack requirement is 15 feet,
the owner may only be permitted to apply for a vari-
ance to reduce the side yard to 13.5 feet with a 10 per-
cent variance, or 12 feet if given a 20 percent variance.
Planning commissioners also requested that at the
next presentation of the proposed ordinance, Brisson
provide an accurate account of the number of proper-
ties that would benefit from the savings clause.
Slight progress on Anna Maria City drainage issue
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners, members of the
capital improvements advisory committee, and engi-
neers from Baskerville-Donovan Inc. met Jan. 20 to
attempt to resolve the impasse over the CIAC's prior-
ity list of drainage projects and funding those efforts
through city borrowing.
The commission had rejected a CIAC priority list
presented last November that would have required the
city to borrow about $250,000 to complete just a few
projects on the entire list.
The impasse wasn't resolved, but at least commis-
sioners agreed with the CIAC to move forward with
funding for some design and permitting of the two
major projects on the 18-item list.
Commissioners also agreed to do three small drain-
age projects this year that are funded in the current
budget and don't require a Southwest Florida Water
Management District permit.
CIAC member Bill Snow argued that the commis-
sion should establish a line of credit or similar funding
source and start down the list of projects now.
Next year, those projects will cost at least 6 to 8
percent more to complete, he said, while money can be
borrowed at between 1 and 2 percent.
"So, you would be ahead of the game," Snow ob-
served. "Let's get it rolling, then the commission could
decide what to do. At least the money would be there.
You are nit-picking and not going anywhere."
City Commissioner Dale Woodland, however,
sounded a cautionary note.
"We're putting the cart before the horse" by bor-
rowing money, he claimed. "I want to see some suc-
Commissioners did agree to consider funding the
design and permitting of the first two projects on the
CIAC list: the Pine Avenue-Crescent Drive outfall and
North Shore Drive drainage improvements.
BDI's Kurt Jensen said he'll get estimates for de-
sign and permitting of those projects to the commission
as soon as possible, but noted it could take up to eight
months to get a Swiftmud permit.
The three projects already budgeted, which the com-
mission agreed should be done this year before the rainy
season starts, are Rose Street drainage between Alamanda
Road and Poinsettia Road; the Hammock Road swale, and
Archer Way catch-basin improvements.
Anna Maria city commissioners, representatives of the city engineering firm of Baskerville-Donovan Inc., and
the capital improvements advisory committee met Jan. 20 to discuss priorities and funding for needed drain-
age projects throughout the city. Islander Photo: Rick Cc
Jensen said work on those projects should begin on
Feb. 10, with BDI engineers supervising the efforts.
Public Works Director George McKay said his
department does help city residents with drainage prob-
lems "when we find hardships," but those measures
"can't solve all the problems," just give some tempo-
Resident Pat Bell of Pine Avenue applauded the
PWD efforts to relieve her drainage problems, but said
the commission needs to "do something," and address
the entire priority list.
Rick DeFrank of Pine Avenue agreed. "Do some-
thing. Give us some relief. Start with No. 1 on the pri-
Drainage grant given the boot by DEP
The Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion has rejected a grant application submitted last year
by Anna Maria and city engineer's Baskerville-
Donovan Inc. for stormwater capital improvement
PLEASE SEE DRAINAGE, NEXT PAGE
Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board work ses-
Feb. 5, 7 p.m., parking work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Jan. 29, 3:30 p.m., city commission work session
Feb. 5, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Feb. 4, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Feb. 5, 10 a.m., safety program rehearsal.
Feb. 8, 3:30 p.m., turtle ordinance meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
PAGE 4 M JAN. 28, 2004 M THE ISLANDER
Bridge, not traffic, study needed at Gulf Drive, Cortez Road
By Paul Roat
It's not the intersection, it's the bridge that is caus-
ing the problems at Gulf Drive and Cortez Road, re-
gional transportation planners agreed.
Another study has been requested for bridge open-
ings at the Cortez Bridge to try to alleviate traffic con-
gestion that at high-season peak times backs up ve-
hicles to the midpoint of Longboat Key and far north
into Bradenton Beach and beyond at the Cortez-Gulf
Drive "choke point."
Members of the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization Monday agreed to request the
Florida Department of Transportation conduct a six-
month traffic analysis of what is arguably the Island's
Results of the expected heavy traffic counts taken
in part during "season," MPO members hope, will
sway U.S. Coast Guard officials into changing the
timed bridge openings at Cortez Bridge into a more ve-
hicular-friendly schedule and help ease the backups at
Coast Guard officials regulate bridge openings on
draw bridges in the country. For Cortez Bridge, the bas-
cule opens on demand for boaters on the hour and 20
and 40 minutes thereafter from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The hoped-for change will have the draw open on
the hour and half-hour during the same time period, or
at least during peak vehicular traffic hours probably
from 2-6 p.m.
Bradenton Beach police officers have said that
much of the traffic tie-ups result from the frequency of
the openings. At peak traffic times, with a number of
high-masted boats traversing the Gulf Intracoastal Wa-
terway, it can take up to seven minutes for the bridge
to open and eventually close.
At times, vehicles going to or leaving the Island are
still stopped on the bridge or backed up in traffic when
another flotilla of boats comes by and wants to pass
through the bridge, creating a traffic nightmare that
sometimes lasts for hours.
The new request to the Coast Guard will be about
the third such request made in the past decade, all to no
It is hoped that the DOT will begin the traffic
counts soon, since many of the previous surveys were
conducted in summer-fall months when traffic on the
bridge was less than during the winter season.
Monday's MPO action capped about six months of
discussion on the intersection.
First to be discussed was a roundabout there and
removing the traffic light to facilitate traffic flow. A
special consultant found that a roundabout was very
feasible for the intersection, but during recent city can-
didate roundtables, the roundabout proposal garnered
little support among candidates or city commissioners.
Next up was an intersection study to determine
what might work best at the site. Cost of the intersec-
tion study was originally put at $49,000, of which the
entire fund of MPO money for such studies was
$50,000, prompting at least one MPO member to ques-
tion if the consultant hadn't sculpted the study to meet
the money available.
Another review of the scope of the intersection
study dropped the cost to about $28,000, but Manatee
County Commissioner Joe McClash said there had al-
ready been intersection studies done for the location
and that perhaps members of the MPO technical advi-
sory committee should review them to see if any infor-
mation contained therein would be valid.
The MPO Technical Advisory Committee mem-
bers reviewed some data and told MPO members that
they would not pursue the intersection study because
the data they received "was more of a vision statement
than a technical report."
Dr. Jeffrey Glassberg the National President and Founder of the North American Butterfly Association was in
the Sarasota area working with Dr. Jacqueline Miller at the Allen Butterfly Research Department of the
University of South Florida. Officers of the Sarasota and Manasota chapters of the North American Butterfly
Association enjoyed dinner and Dr. Glassberg's talk on "How Butterflies Can Enrich Your Life and Save the
World. Pictured left to right are Marvin and Marilyn Keyser and Catherine La Brie of the Sarasota chapter,
Dr. Glassberg, Joan Malcolm and Islander Nancy Ambrose of the Manasota Chapter.
Phillips charges dropped
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ment to the street.
At one point, Ockerman said he was going to call
the police, which prompted Phillips to say, "Go ahead
and call the police. I am a city commissioner. I run the
police, and I run the chief.'
Ockerman said that because he has a pacemaker,
he was placed in fear of his safety, according to the
Deputy Miller's Jan. 15 report included interviews
with Phillips and four witnesses.
Phillips told Miller "she was driving on 22nd Street
when she came behind a red truck that was sitting in the
roadway. She stopped her vehicle behind the truck for
approximately 15 seconds, and then sounded the car's
horn. She said the driver flipped her the middle finger;
she then drove around the truck and stopped, she exited
her vehicle and began yelling at the vehicle's driver
"She said an argument began between the two at
which time Ockerman also exited his vehicle. She said
Ockerman said that he was going to call the police and
she said that she may have said something about being
a commissioner and running the police. She said that
in no way did she threaten to harm Ockerman and later
in the same day she found his vehicle parked at a home
in the same area and she was able to talk and apologize
to Ockerman for the way she acted. She said the two
shook hands and thought the situation was resolved."
Miller also interviewed neighbors Gloria Morotti,
Shelly Hodges, Mel Hodges and Nancy Ockerman. All
for the most part agreed that no threats to do violence
occurred during the altercation.
Further review of the data indicated the reports
lacked sufficient information to be useful, and both the
TAC and Citizen Advisory Committees of the MPO
recommended that the matter be sent to the Bradenton
Beach City Commission for a more specific request for
Data from a 1990-vintage traffic study revealed
that northbound traffic turning east from Gulf Drive to
Cortez Road accounted for 72 percent of the conges-
tion there, with westbound traffic on Cortez Road turn-
ing south on Gulf Drive tallying 63 percent of the ve-
hicles passing through the intersection.
In other words, it's all about beachgoers to and
from'Coquina Beach, or persons going to and from
may not be over
By Rick Catlin
Reports that Susan Negele might be close to
settling her lawsuit against the City of Anna
Maria, the Florida League of Cities and the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
(The Islander, Dec. 10) may be premature.
Attorney Greg Hootman, representing Anna
Maria and the FLC in the lawsuit, had said that
at a Nov. 18 "mediation conference" with
Negele's attorneys, DEP representatives, and
Anna Maria City Attorney Jim Dye, the DEP
appeared agreeable to allowing construction on
the subject property by Negele.
But during a followup visit to the Negele
property at 107 Elm St. in Anna Maria by
Negele, her lawyers, and a DEP attorney, said
Hootman, the DEP apparently got cold feet and
reportedly said "no way" it would allow con-
struction on the site.
In a letter to the League of Cities forwarded to
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, Hootman said he
now believes Negele will sell the property to an
adjacent land owner, rather than continue with the
The DEP has filed a motion to dismiss the
lawsuit that will be heard by Judge Paul Logan on
Feb. 25 at the Manatee County Courthouse.
Negele, acting as representative of her late
father's estate, filed the suit after the city com-
mission denied her variance request in August
2001 for her beachfront lot on Elm Street, de-
spite a recommendation for approval by the
planning and zoning board. She had requested a
variance of 7 feet on the side of a proposed
house, 3 feet less than the city requirement of a
10-foot setback, because a 10-foot setback
would have encroached on what the DEP con-
siders environmentally sensitive lands.
Drainage work inches forward
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
In its rejection letter, DEP administrator Karl
Kurka indicated the project should have focused more
on reducing nonpoint source pollution than drainage.
Anna Maria had plenty of company in getting a
pink slip, however.
Kurka said there were 42 grant applications total-
ing $29 million, but because of state budget cuts, the
DEP had only $9 million to disperse.
But Kurka didn't entirely close the door on Anna
Maria, and encouraged the city to apply again this year
by the July 5 deadline and focus more on reducing
pollutants that "contribute to water-body impairment."
Bo Conerly of BDI said the grant application will
be modified to provide additional water-quality im-
provement measures, thus increasing the project's ben-
Kurka said most of the grants approved this year
for 319 funds were applications that had been previ-
Conerly said BDI has submitted a grant application
to the Southwest Florida Water Management District
for $135,000 of flood protection through Swiftmud's
Cooperative Funding Initiative. He expects to get feed-
back from Swiftmud on the application in March.
THE ISLANDER M JAN. 28, 2004 M PAGE 5
Island often left without ambulance, critical care aid
By Rick Catlin
Islanders may be in more danger of dying from an
accident or medical emergency than they think.
The ambulance that is located at the West Mana-
tee Fire & Rescue District station in Holmes Beach is
licensed and controlled by Manatee County Emergency
Medical Services to provide level-one critical care, but
is often unavailable when WMFR units respond to an
The fire district does have trained personnel to deal
with critical care, said WMFR Chief Andy Price, "but
without authorization from Manatee County to perform
level-one emergency care (Advanced Life Support), we
can't give that care in an emergency. We can only give
basic emergency treatment."
Case in point: A man drowned off Coquina Beach
a few years ago while WMFR paramedics stood help-
lessly by, waiting for the EMS ambulance which had
been called off-Island on another emergency.
WMFR paramedics knew what to do, but by state
law they were prohibited from giving ALS, and didn't
have the needed equipment anyway.
The EMS ambulance arrived 18 minutes after
WMFR units did, too late to save the man's life.
"Would it have made a difference if we could have
provided that care with the right equipment?" asked
Price. "We'll never know, but I hope we're never in
that situation again."
You could call it a page from Ripley's "Believe it
Price said WMFR has six trained paramedics that are
qualified to give level-one service under state law, but
can't give that care without a license from the county.
The county controls level-one service through the
EMS program, and could give the WMFR and other
fire districts a license to provide that care, claimed
Price, but a legal opinion by the county attorney says
the county doesn't have that authority.
Price wonders why Polk, Marion and Lee counties,
among others, have the legal framework for licensing
firemen trained as paramedics, but Manatee doesn't.
"It's being done there and it's not illegal." he ob-
With more and more people living "out east" in
Manatee County, and more and more emergency calls
The EMS ambulance, left, at the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District stationhouse in Holmes Beach is often
called off-Islandfor an emergency, leaving Islanders without advanced life support care in the event of their
own emergency. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
to the east, Price worries that the 14 EMS ambulances
are not enough for the more than 280,000 people in
And 14 available units for the county doesn't seem
enough for Island needs.
The EMS init in Holmes Beach is often called off-
Island and there are times when no unit is available for
an Island emergency.
"Last week, we had a call on the Island and the
nearest unit was in Ellenton," said Price. "It took them
about 15 minutes to get here."
In fact, units of the WMFR responded to eight
calls foremergency service last week, and on four of
those calls, the EMS ambulance was unavailable.
"We always respond, and we can give primary
care, including defibrillation, but we're not allowed to
give ALS and we aren't allowed ALS equipment.
"We can only operate at the emergency medical
technician level," observed Price. "It's the difference
between what an LPN and an RN can do.
"We've been asking the county for years to correct
this problem. Allow us to provide ALS and we'll get
there within minutes with the personnel and equip-
Price noted that the Longboat Key Fire Department
personnel are allowed by the county to provide ALS
and there is a private ambulance service in the county
with such authorization.
"I just hope we can solve this problem before
someone actually dies because we couldn't provide the
necessary ic\el of service," he said.
Meetings are scheduled in February with County
Administrator Ernie Padgett and the county legal staff
to solve the dilemma, however.
"We want to know how come all these other coun-
ties can provide the service, but we can't. Are they all
operating outside the law?" wondered Price.
"We don't mind backing up EMS when they are
there, and giving primary care when they're not," he
claimed, "but let's do something."
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Bridge study? Again?
It's time for another study, buddy!
In what could be classed as a biennial event, Island
officials are requesting a traffic count on the Cortez
Bridge in the hopes the timed openings for boats may
The bridge as well as the Anna Maria Bridge at
Manatee Avenue currently opens upon boaters' re-
quest on the hour and each 20 minutes thereafter from
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; officials hope to limit that schedule to
on the hour and half-hour.
Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organi-
zation members Monday learned that only the "owner"
of the bridge, in this case the Florida Department of
Transportation, can request a schedule change.
They also learned that the U.S. Coast Guard is the
agency responsible for regulating bridge openings.
And the Coast Guard now requires a minimum six
months of traffic counts before it considers any bridge
The traffic counts are key to any change. If, as most
motorists who navigate the span during "high season"
already know, the Coast Guard can be convinced that
opening the bridge three times an hour causes vehicu-
lar gridlock, then a change may take place.
The Coast Guard considers a whole slew of data
when it considers changing the timed openings. There
is a "stacking" area requirement, based on wind and
currents, that must allow boats to safely mill around
waiting for the bridge opening. Not enough room to
wait safely, no change to the opening schedules.
This request for another study buddy is at
least the third one in a decade. There was even a one-
month test period in January 1994 where the twice-an-
hour opening of both Island bridges was tried. It didn't
And no, the MPO didn't discuss expanding the
study to the Anna Maria Bridge at Manatee Avenue,,
likely because that would seem too obvious.
So here we go again. We've got another six-month
study ahead of us, and it is hoped at least part of the
traffic count will take place during the height of season
- the height of traffic volume.
To really make a change would require an act of
Congress amending, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
regulations, which presently take precedent over the
roadway. Fat chance.
So here we go studying again.
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Stop the madness
We didn't save the shoreline of Anna Maria Island
in order to increase density.
I concur with The Islander of Jan. 14 on enacting
the proposed lot of record "savings clause" that might
add 1,000 residential units to Holmes Beach.
Bradenton Beach is trying to stop the development
madness. Anna Maria City did stop the madness a long
I urge you to stop this madness now.
Katie Pierola, president, Save Anna Maria Inc.
Islander reporter Rick Catlin did a great job with
the article on my son being home from Baghdad.
Stephen is back in Baghdad, his wife and kids are
back in Germany and Roz and I have many pictures,
memories and newspaper articles to remind us of what
a super 15 days we had with them.
Thanks so much to The Islander for being a part of
this holiday season.
Roz, Greg and Crissy Slavik, Holmes Beach
Take time to enjoy
I was delighted to welcome back our winter resi-
dents. It's so nice to see their familiar faces when P.J.,
my Scottie dog, takes me for our long walks around the
north end of the Island.
Most of the locals seem to get upset about traffic
delays, or having the bridge go up. What better place
to get stuck in traffic than in paradise?
Just stop and take time to enjoy our Island, reflect
on some of the things we take for granted. Leave a little
earlier for work or the appointment so you don't get
frazzled when the bridge goes up or a lost tourist is
holding things up.
Remember most of us had to learn our way, have
a little patience when you see those out-of-state or
out-of-country tags. Florida needs its tourists and
To be quite honest, when spring comes it feels like
an exodus to me. I feel sad to see the winter people go.
So again, welcome back.
Jacqueline "Jake Danzer, Anna Maria
The clock-bell tower:
The Prozac clock
I'm beginning to regret that I contributed to the
clock tower on Bridge Street six years ago. What was
a wonderful idea has turned into a nerve-racking an-
I live part of my life in the Bridge Street area and
the other part in Colorado Springs where there is a great
park called Memorial Park that has a wonderful set of
carillon bells. These gentle bells are very soothing and
even play a John Philip Sousa march at noon.
Whose idea was it to bring Big Ben to our quiet
area? This is not fitting to the ambiance of our Island.
Eileen Suhre, Bradenton Beach
$5,450 bellringers: Thanks to all
from Kiwanis, Salvation Army
I would like to extend a very special thank you to
the Anna Maria Island community for donations to the
Salvation Army bellringing at Publix during December
- $5,450 was raised in donations for the Salvation
Russ Olson of the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island organized this outstanding effort with help from
community volunteers including members of the Island
Rotary Club and the Woman's Club. Some of our vol-
unteers included Dick Hennessey, Art Doudera, Bruce
Cook, Charles Knopp, Chuck A. Lee, Dan Hayes,
Delores Flanagan, Marion Mulroy, Gib Bergquist,
Robert Allen and many others.
Phyllis Bohnenberger, president, Kiwanis Club
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 28, 2004 M PAGE 7
New residents caught in middle of Anna Maria moratorium
By Rick Catlin
Nicki Hunt and her family fell in love with Anna
Maria the first time they visited the city four years ago
from their native England.
They loved the city so much, she and her husband
moved lock, stock, business and children to Anna
Maria last fall and bought property in late November
at 301 Pine Ave., intending to build a retail-residential
unit in the Residential-Office-Retail zone where they
could live and enjoy the benefits of their planned busi-
ness in the same structure.
Anna Maria's building moratorium, however, has
put the Hunts in a quandary, explained Nicki at the Jan.
22 city commission meeting, where commissioners
were scheduled to pass a six-month moratorium ordi-
"If this is passed, we have to wait six months and
we are faced with a great financial cost," she told com-
missioners. "We'll lose six months of income and the
delay will.cost us between $30,000 and $40,000, and
we'll have to continue to rent a house."
Commissioners were not unsympathetic to Hunt's
problem. The moratorium was only intended to last
while the planning and zoning board finalizes a site-
plan application process and procedures for major de-
velopments such as sub-divisions, lot splits, commer-
cial construction and single-family homes on lots
greater than 15,000 square feet.
Because the Hunts want a commercial establishment
in their ROR unit, however, that falls under the morato-
rium, City Attorney Jim Dye told commissioners.
"This is a worst case scenario," said Commissioner
Commissioner Dale Woodland suggested ending
the moratorium on April 1, 2004, after Mayor SueLynn
said the P&Z work is nearing completion. Board mem-
bers have agreed to hold as many meetings as possible
in the next few weeks to get the work done and forward
the document to the commission for adoption.
"According to our schedule, the P&Z work will be
done by the end of February," she said.
Commissioners agreed to move the moratorium
expiration date forward to April 1.
Commissioner Carol Ann Magill wondered about
other people who might be in the same situation as the
Hunts, although no one else stepped forward at the
meeting with a similar predicament.
Architect Mike McCaleb got the commission to
clarify that a change of use in the ROR zone is not af-
fected by the moratorium, as long as the footprint of the
building in question is not increased.
McCaleb's clients have two residential units on
property in the ROR zone and want to convert one to
It's an allowable change of use of an existing struc-
ture in the zone, he explained, and Dye said that's OK
as long as it's not increasing density or intensity. The
word "allowable" was added to the ordinance to clarify
situations such as McCaleb presented.
In addition to changing the end date of the mora-
torium ordinance, commissioners had to hastily add an
amendment exempting the planned remodeling of city
hall, expected to begin in late February.
The amended moratorium ordinance passed unani-
Commissioners also voted to spend up to $50,000
from the capital improvements budget for Baskerville-
Donovan Inc. to design and obtain permits for two
major drainage projects Pine Avenue-Crescent
Drive outfall and North Shore Drive drainage improve-
ments (see related story).
Commissioners passed a noise ordinance using the
"reasonable person" standard to consider what amounts
to a loud noise.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies assigned
to Anna Maria will investigate complaints and issue
citations as necessary.
In essence, the ordinance establishes a "quiet time"
in the city from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Commissioners had previously worried that the
Manatee County Area Transit trolley would be a noise
nuisance because it sounds loud and rumbles through
the city just after 6 a.m. to begin its route.
Woodland said that he believed the trolley would
be excluded in the ordinance because it's just "passing
by," and Dye agreed.
Over payment to elected officials
By a 4-1 vote, the commission agreed to turn col-
lection of money owed the city by former City Com-
missioner Doug Wolfe and former Mayor Gary
Deffenbaugh to an agency.
According to the 2000-01 city audit, five elected
officials were accidentally overpaid by the city during
that fiscal year. Three of them (Hill, Skoloda and
Barlow) have since returned the overpayments..
Deffenbaugh has paid $620 of the $800 the audi-
tors claimed he owed, and has said previously he
doesn't believe he's liable for the remainder.
Wolfe allegedly owed $400, but apparently has
moved to North Carolina, the mayor said. Efforts to
reach him have been unsuccessful, she added.
Commissioner Linda Cramer, however, thought
that since it was a city mistake, not an error by the
elected officials, the commission should drop the sub-
At the same time, Cramer questioned why the city
hasn't gone after former Mayor Chuck Shumard, who
reportedly owes the city $2,500 incurred through legal
fees, but Commission Chair John Quam said Shumard
was a spearate issue.
The commissioners said it was a matter of principle
to pursue payment from Wolfe and Deffenbaugh and
voted 4-1 to have a collection agency attempt to collect
the money. Cramer voted against the measure.
In response, Deffenbaugh said he's getting legal
advice from his own attorney about recovering the
"overpayments" he's already returned to the city. He
said his understanding from reading the city charter is
that he didn't owe the money to begin with, and he
certainly has no intention of paying the city any more
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by Rick Catlin
English rose drove
Allies to victory
Many Americans occasionally have to be reminded
that World War II actually started on Sept. 1, 1939,
when the Nazi armies of Adolph Hitler invaded Poland,
and Great Britain and France stood by their guarantees
to the Polish government.
For the British and their empire, they would be at
war for the next six years and, between June 1940 and
Dec. 7, 1941, would stand as virtually the sole free
world defenders of democracy against the Axis forces.
As a teenager growing up in Darby, England, site
of the world-famous Rolls Royce auto and engine
plant, Marjorie Dawson remembers how that summer
before the war started, she and all her friends kept hop-
ing it could be avoided.
"But at the same time, we guessed that a war was
coming. We all planned to join up when the time
came," said Marjorie.
For women, there were no opportunities for com-
bat, but when she was old enough, Marjorie was taken
into the Womans Royal Naval Service popularly
known as the Wrens as one of the few females in the
British armed forces.
"My father worked for Rolls Royce, so I knew a lot
about cars and learned to drive at an early age. Very
few women in those days drove cars, so the Wrens
made me a driver," she said. "It seemed very exclusive
to be wearing a Wrens uniform and be a driver. My
family was very proud."
Originally, many people thought the war would be
over in a few months, but after the Dunkirk evacuation
and the fall of France in June 1940, reality set in.
"We never thought we would lose the war, even
though we thought we had been left alone by everyone
else, and we were bombed nearly every day by the
Germans. Churchill never let our spirits drop. He ral-
lied everyone to the cause."
Although not allowed in combat, Marjorie saw her
share of close scrapes.
Assigned to the ship H.M.S. Northeny at Hayling
Island near the Portsmouth Naval Base on the south
coast of England, Marjorie and other Wrens were un-
der constant bombardment from the German air force.
The bomb shelter frequently doubled as the sleeping
She was one of only two Wrens certified as driv-
ers at the base, and drove cars, supply trucks, motor-
cycles and ambulances, often through bombing and
Today, Marjorie Dawson Kendall enjoys the quiet
life in Holmes Beach with her husband, retired
physician Dr. Colin Kendall. Islander Photo: Rick
Marjorie Dawson, front, and her friend Judy Blackwood, both members of the Womens Royal Naval Service
during WWII, were among the handful of women allowed to drive motorcycles and other vehicles for the
British armed forces during the war. Islander Photo: Courtesy Marjorie Dawson Kendall
strafing runs by enemy aircraft.
"But when you are young, you don't worry about
what might happen," she said. "You just do your duty."
When America entered the war on Dec. 7, 1941,
everyone "felt a sigh of relief," observed Marjorie. "We
were so very thankful, but at the same time, we won-
dered why it had taken so long. Of course, we didn't
understand the politics involved at the time."
Throughout the summer and fall of 1942, Ameri-
can servicemen and ships began to arrive in England,
and London soon became the center of action for the
Allies in Britain.
"London was so very exciting and great fun," she
said. There were so many different soldiers from the
various nations and there was plenty of entertainment,
even if the war was still on.
"We had lots of fun in London, and back in Ports-
mouth, the American sailors often invited us to parties
aboard their ship. We had our duty, but we also had
some good times."
By late spring of 1944, however, the ship-board
parties stopped, and everyone knew an invasion was
"Something was up. Every ship, every field, every
village was just full of soldiers. Of course, we didn't
know the exact day, but when we were restricted to the
base, we knew it wouldn't be far off. It was just thrill-
ing to know you were a part of something very, very
big to save the world."
With the D-Day invasion just around the corner,
Marjorie was ordered to drive a crusty old admiral to
the naval base at Inverness, Scotland, in time to reach
his ship for the invasion, a 500-mile drive over rough
About 100 miles from the base, in the middle of the
woods, Marjorie asked if she could pull over and use
the closest rest room a nearby clump of trees. The
admiral grudgingly assented.
Hurrying back to the car to resume the journey, she
failed to glance in the rear seat, and just assumed the
admiral was still in his rightful place.
When she reached the base, she turned to ask di-
rections and discovered the crusty old gent was no-
where to be seen.
She quickly realized the admiral had seized the
stop in the woods for his own needs and, unbeknownst
to her, had disembarked to the opposite side of the road.
Horrified, she retraced her path down country lanes
at highly excessive speeds and, after a time, came upon
the admiral, walking with a precise military bearing as
best he could.
"Madam, you will be charged tomorrow," thun-
dered the old admiral as she humbly opened the door
for him. Not another word was spoken on the trip.
"I was terribly embarrassed, but I got him to the
base on time, so I guess the invasion was saved. And I
didn't get thrown out of the service for my mistake,"
said Marjorie with a laugh.
Then, a few days later, she and the other Wrens
woke up on June 6, 1944, to learn that the invasion of
Europe had taken place, and Allied armies had gained
a foothold on the coast of France in Normandy.
"So at last we had gone back," she said. "Everyone
was so excited, but a few days later, we learned that a
lot of the men we knew who had trained at Portsmouth
to be first on the beaches for the invasion were not
By April 1945, however, everyone knew the war
would soon be over.
"We were delighted, but a little sad, because we
knew our group would be breaking up. We had a big
celebration when the war [against Germany] ended," in
"We felt we had all done our part. We all lost a lot
of friends and family during the war, and many Wrens
got killed doing their duty. I was just lucky," said
After her discharge from the WRNS in 1946,
Marjorie married Colin Kendall, an Australian who had
studied medicine in London during the war.
She worked as an editor at an American publish-
ing house in London before she and her husband
moved to Australia. The family eventually reached
Princeton, N.J., and Marjorie spent 17 years as an edi-
tor for various publications in Princeton. The Kendalls
retired to Holmes Beach in 1996.
The couple have truly been international travelers
as each of their three children was born in a different
country. Marjorie and Colin now have five grandchil-
She's never forgotten her wartime experiences, and
will always remember how proud she was of her coun-
try for standing up to the Axis forces, and doing it all
with good cheer and spirit.
"People did suffer a lot, what with the bombing and
rationing and losing family and friends. But no one
ever complained. This was war. We kept our spirits up,
didn't whine, and all did our duty.
"And I would do it all again if I had to," said
Marjorie Dawson Kendall.
"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans,
men and women, who served in the armed forces of
any allied country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland,
Norway, France, Poland. Australia, New Zealand,
the Philippines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like
to hear from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 778-
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Island scouts from Cub Scout Pack 7 and Boy Scout Troop 102 served a homemade spaghetti dinner in the
Anna Maria Elementatry School cafeteria Jan. 20. The scout-sponsored dinner preceded the school's monthly
Parent-Teacher Organization meeting and student performance. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Privateers seek sponsors
for Horton tournament
The Anna Maria Island Privateers are looking for
sponsors to help put on the 10th annual Whitey Horton
Memorial Golf Tournament, a major fundraiser for the
The tournament will be May 8 at the Manatee
County Golf Course, 6415 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton,
starting at 1 p.m., a four-person scramble. Cost will be
$80 per person, $300 per foursome, with the money
going into the Whitey Horton Scholarship Fund. Spe-
cial golfing events also are planned, along with an
awards dinner-dance that evening.
Right now the Privateers need hole sponsors to help
underwrite the tournament. They are: $250 for a gold
sponsorship, including tee sign and one entry for golf and
dinner, and $100 for silver, which includes tee sign.
Deadline for sponsorship and entries is May 1.
Contacts are Deby Kuderle at 753-1629, Jane Dunn at
794-5163, and Kathy Griffenkrantz at 747-4953.
Castor will speak on Island
Betty Castor, Democratic candidate for the U.S.
Senate, heads the list of candidates who will be on
Anna Maria Island for a fundraising event Feb. 9.
Castor will be keynote speaker at the buffet dinner
at 5:30 p.m. at the Sandbar restaurant, 100 Spring Ave.,
Anna Maria. Host is the Democratic Women's Club of
Other Democratic candidates on the program in-
clude C.J. Czaia, Jan Schneider and Floyd Jay Winters,
for U.S. representative from the 13th district, and
Kevin Murphy, for Manatee County sheriff.
Reservations must be made by Tuesday, Feb. 3, by
calling 792-6983. Cost of the dinner is $30.
Castor was the first woman elected to the Florida
cabinet, as commissioner of education. In addition she
was the first woman president pro tempore of the
Florida Senate and the first woman president of the
University of South Florida.
She began her elective office service on the
Hillsborough County Commission and most recently
has been president and CEO of the National Board for
Professional Teaching Standards.
Professional leadership positions include member-
ship on the Florida board of the Bank of America, na-
tional board of the March of Dimes, executive board of
the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Insti-
tute. She and husband Sam Bell III, a former state leg-
islator, have six children.
Hennessey speaks Monday
Island author Dick Hennessey will discuss self-pub-
lishing at a meeting of the Gulf Coast Writers at 10:15 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 2, at the Island Branch Library.
Hennessey also will talk of his novel "Me Tarzan-
You Jane." The meeting is open to the public. The li-
brary is at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Further
information may be obtained by calling 761-9036.
Islander's film showing Friday
at Sarasota festival
Segments of Debra Hussong's documentary
"Human Shield" will be shown at 3 p.m. Friday,
Jan. 30, at the Florida Forum of the Sarasota
Film Festival, the forum's directors said.
Filmmaker Hussong, of Holmes Beach,
based her film on the experiences of Faith
Fippinger, 62, of Sarasota, when she joined a
"human shield" in Iraq a year ago to try to fore-
stall the U.S. military action against Saddam
The documentary in January opened the
Through Women's Eyes Film Festival and was
screened at the Flickering Image Film Festival in
Hollywood. Hussong won "best documentary"
designation at the Suncoast Film Festival in 2002
for her "For Better ... or Worse." She is currently
co-producing a documentary on family violence.
Information on the Florida Forum may be
obtained by calling 725-0139.
Book sale is Saturday,
preview Friday evening
The annual book sale of the Friends of the Island
Branch Library will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 31, with a preview sale from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan.
The preview is for members of the organization,
but it was pointed out that anyone may join during the
special sale. Membership is $5.
For sale will be fiction and nonfiction, paperback
and hard-covers, almost every kind of book except
texts and technical books, said a library spokesperson.
Proceeds are to benefit the branch's facility and
The library is at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. It opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday, clos-
ing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. Tuesday
and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The phone
number there is 778-6341.
Privateers seek vendors
for 'thieves market'
The Anna Maria Island Privateers are organizing
a "thieves market" next month and are looking for ven-
dors who wish to participate.
Scheduled for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 28, it will be in
the parking area across the street from the Seafood
Shack restaurant and marina, 4110 127th St. W.,
Cortez. at the mainland end of the Cortez Bridge.
Areas for vendors are $15 for a 10-by-10-foot
space, $25 for a 20-footer. Arrangements may be made
and details obtained by calling 729-4793, 747-4953 or
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AME suffers another personal loss
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School faculty is again
grieving, this time for the loss of a member of its ex-
AME Principal Kathy Hayes said Jamie Lynn
Rodriguez, the 24-year-old daughter of Eris and Joe
Lightner, died Jan. 19 from flu symptoms.
Both Eris and Joe worked at AME for many years
and their daughter Jamie attended the Island school.
Eris managed the school lunch program and cafete-
ria for more than 10 years; her husband Joe retired from
his custodial position at the school in 2001 after 20 years
According to AME staff, Joe's parents still live on
the Island, but he and Eris moved to Illinois to be close
to Jamie, her husband Jose Rodriguez and their grand-
Hayes said she has established a memorial account
for Joe-Joe at the Island's Wachovia Bank branch lo-
cated at 5327 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
To make a contribution, ask for the Anna Maria
Elementary Lightner Memorial Fund or note the fund
on a check to the bank.
Hayes also noted that AME has a memorial fund
for former AME students Dylan and Olivia Young,
whom she said have settled in with relatives in Penn-
sylvania and are attending a private school.
Contributions to the Anna Maria Elementary Young
Memorial Fund would also be appreciated since, Hayes
said, the parent's estate is not yet available. The Young
memorial account is also at Wachovia Bank.
Beverley Ann Cairnie
Beverley Ann Cairnie, 70, of Bradenton and for-
merly Holmes Beach, died Jan. 24.
Born in Woburn, Mass., Mrs. Cairnie came to
Holmes Beach from Andover, Mass., 33 years ago. She
was a graduate of Woburn High School and graduated
from Burrows Business School in Boston and
Bradenton Beauty School, where she also worked as an
instructor. She was a member of the D.A.V. Auxiliary.
She was a member of Roser Memorial Community
Church, Anna Maria City.
The family received friends Jan. 26. Memorial ser-
vices will be held at a later date. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Shannon Funeral
Home Town Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband of 40 years Duncan M.;
sons Bradford A. and Bruce W. of Parrish, Douglas S.
of Methuen, Mass.; daughter Deborah J. Douglass of
Andover; and eight grandchildren.
Gregory E. Haas
Gregory E. Haas, 48, of Bradenton, died Jan. 18.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Mr. Haas came to Manatee
County from Perrysburg, Ohio, in 1960. He was Catho-
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
21, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3100 26th St. W.,
Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to
Guardian Angel Fund at St. Joseph Catholic Church,
2704 33rd Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Brown and
Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by mother Millie of Bradenton; sis-
ters Sandra K. Haas-Martens of Holmes Beach, Laura
L. Cleveland of Ft. Myers, Elaine M. of Bradenton,
Cheryl A. Gonzales of Questa, N.M., and Bonnie R.
Haas-Cumber of Tampa; and brothers Dale A. of
Sarasota, Gerald A. of Ft. Myers, Mark E. and James
J., both of Bradenton, Francis J. of Worchester, Mass.,
and Douglas P. of Palmetto.
Ruth J. Heath
Ruth J. Heath, 81, of Bradenton, died Jan. 20.
Ms. Heath was active in the Island Players, the
Manatee Players and the Sarasota Players. She was a
secretary at St. George's Episcopal Church in
Bradenton. She retired from the Manatee County
Health Department after 10 years.
Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at
Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to the
American Cancer Society, 600 U.S. 301 Blvd. W.,
Suite 136, Bradenton FL 34205. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Manatee Avenue Chapel, is in charge of ar-
She is survived by daughter Karen Kraner of
Bradenton; son Brian of Bradenton; and four grandchil-
Jamie Lynn Lightner Rodriquez
Jamie Lynn Lightner Rodriquez, 24, of Anna
Maria and Dixon, Ill., died Jan. 19.
Mrs. Rodriquez attended Anna Maria Elementary
school, King Middle School and Manatee High, gradu-
ating from Dixon High School, and Sauk Valley Com-
munity College of Dixon. She attended Harvest Time
Bible Church in Rock Falls, Ill.
Condolences may be sent to Jose Rodriquez or Mr.
and Mrs. Joe Lightner, 607 Pine St., Dixon IL 61021.
A memorial has been established for her son at the Is-
land branch of Wachovia Bank.
She is survived by husband Jose; son Joey; parents
Joe and Eris Lightner (he is a former custodian at Anna
Maria Elementary and she was the cafeteria manager);
and grandparents Merle and Marillyn Lightner of Anna
Maria and the Rev. and Mrs. Paul Mason of Virginia.
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SAM will nominate officers
Save Anna Maria Inc., the organization credited
with killing state plans for a high-rise bridge replacing
the Manatee Avenue span, will nominate officers at a
meeting from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Tingley
Also on the agenda at the library, 111 Second St.,.
Bradenton Beach, will be collection of dues, a petition
drive "to let the City of Bradenton know our feelings
about the proposed development of Perico Island," and
archiving a history of Save Anna Maria Inc. for the 10
years of its existence.
Officers will be elected from among the nominees
at a meeting Feb. 7 from 2-4 p.m. at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The organization is asking members to renew their
memberships at Saturday's meeting or by mail to Save
Anna Maria Inc., P.O. Box 906, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-9390.
Center tai chi expands
to three classes
The Oriental-based movements of tai chi have
proved so popular at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center that expansion to three classes is necessary,
said a spokesperson.
An evening session from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday
is being offered, with a Wednesday 9 a.m. class geared
to seniors and Saturday's 9-10 a.m. session for all ages.
All meet at the Center with Wayne Crosby as instruc-
He explained that tai chi is "meditation in motion"
and helps relaxation, stability, balance and mobility.
Cost is $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers. Full
details may be obtained at 778-1908.
Bible study series starting
An interdenominational Bible study meeting on 10
consecutive Thursday mornings will begin Feb. 5 at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
It will use "Joy of Living" material entitled "Hall
of Faith" and will be based on the 1 th chapter of He-
brews, said Dorothy Swanberg.
The 10 lessons will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the 10
Thursday at the church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Further information may be obtained from
Swanberg at 778-1130.
Watercolor show Saturday
Artist Shirley Rush Dean will demonstrate water-
color painting from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 31, at
the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. The program is free and open to the public.
Details are available at 778-6648.
Art trip scheduled from
Longboat on Saturday
Artist/art critic Kevin Costello will lead a
day trip for an exhibition at the Tampa Museum
of Art leaving Longboat Key at 8:30 a.m. Satur-
day, Jan. 31.
The charter bus will depart the Education
Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, and return
that evening. Cost is $75 for members, $85 for
nonmembers, including admission and lunch at
Costello will conduct another trip to the Sal-
vador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg on Feb. 28.
Details about either trip may be obtained by call-
League's studio exhibit opens
The Anna Maria Island Art League Studio Artists
Exhibit will open with a reception that is free and open
to the public from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6.
The exhibit will run through Feb. 27 at the gallery,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Director Ginger White said, "The league is unique
among leagues because of the individual studios that
are occupied within its walls."
Featured artists are Ann Casale, Richard Thomas,
Diane Linscott, Charles Townsend, Andre Renard,
Jerry Quin, Chris Galanopoulis, Diane Harden, Layla
Copeland, Erin Huybrechts, John Bonser, Bob Smelser
Hours at the gallery are 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday-
Friday. Details may be obtained by calling 778-2099.
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Art, quilts on library's schedule
Featured at the Island Branch Library in February
will be woven art by Cindy Custis, quilts by Sharing
Quilters and watercolors by Sue Lynn Cotton, as well
as a trip to London through the eyes of retired travel
executive Jim Hyndman.
The library has served notice that it will be closed
Monday, Feb. 16, for the Presidents' Day holiday.
The full February program for the library, which is
at 5701 Marina Drive:
Monday, Feb. 9 and 23, Internet class for begin-
ners at 8:30 a.m. (advance registration required at 778-
Tuesday, Feb. 10, Friends of the Island Branch
Library program Focus on Florida, Dr. John Mellon
discusses the writings of Abraham Lincoln at 11 a.m.
and again at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 24, Friends Writers Series with Is-
land novelist Gene Ciliberti discussing his "Recollec-
tions of a Boy Marine," 2 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 3-4, AARP driver
safety brush-up course noon-4 p.m. (advance registra-
tion required at 776-1158).
Tuesday, Feb. 3-24, veterans service officer talks
with clients 1-4 p.m. (for appointment call 749-3030).
Wednesday, Feb. 11, Friends Book Club 10:30
Wednesday, Feb. 18, seminar on Florida tax on
intangibles, 10:15 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14, origami class 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 21, Friends Travel Program with Jim
Hyndman on London, 2 p.m.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday,
closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. Tues-
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Island Marine owner won't budge on price
By Rick Catlin
A potential purchase by the City of Anna Maria of
the Island Marine property on Pine Avenue fell flat last
week after property owner Jeff Van Hoose refused to
budge from his $2.5 million asking price.
Mayor SueLynn, along with representatives of the
Trust for Public Lands, city commissioners and mem-
bers of the public met with Van Hoose Jan. 20 to dis-
cuss a potential purchase and learn the TPL process.
TPL representative John Garrison said his non-
profit organization would purchase the property for
Anna Maria, based on an agreement with the city that
it would raise the necessary money to buy the land from
TPL. That's typically done with a state or federal grant,
At the same time, however, Garrison said TPL
would have to get its own appraisal of the property
from a certified appraiser on its approved list. The TPL
won't pay more than what the independent appraisal
states, he said.
That proved to be the sticking point for Van Hoose,
who supplied his own appraisal of $2.5 million done by
appraiser David Moore for the Brasota Mortgage Com-
Van Hoose claimed he's got other offers on the
property already, but wanted to give the city first crack.
But even with an independent appraisal, Van
Hoose said he wouldn't come down from the $2.5 mil-
lion price, regardless of what the TPL will pay.
Commissioner Duke Miller questioned the math in
the Moore appraisal, pointing out that Moore had based
his appraisal on five buildable lots at 7,260 square feet
per lot, although the lots are only 5,700 square feet
In addition, Moore used lots in Key Royale at $53
per square foot as his comparison to reach his appraisal
figure of $60 per square foot, and added in the cost of
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be five buildable lots on the property, but Van Hoose
needs a variance to the city's lot-size requirements in
order to make five buildable lots.
"So the value is based on the variance," suggested
Garrison agreed. "It does sound like an appraisal
based on a zoning variance for five buildable lots," he
Either way, Garrison said the TPL needs an inde-
pendent appraisal before it proceeds with a purchase
and won't pay more than that appraisal.
Commissioner Carol Ann Magill asked Van Hoose if
he would come down in his asking price, based upon the
independent appraisal, but Van Hoose wasn't interested.
"I'm comfortable with the $2.5 million price," he
"Then I'd say if I had a $2.5 million offer, I'd take
it and get out of Dodge," Miller told Van Hoose.
Commissioners agreed there was little point in pro-
ceeding with an appraisal and purchase agreement, al-
though they praised the effort by SueLynn to try to
purchase the property for public use.
"There's no point if he's not going to lower the
IMS, Parsons retain
By Diana Bogan
The Island Middle School Board of Direc-
tors has retained attorney Scott Fisher of Fowler,
White, Boggs and Banker in Tampa to represent
the non-profit organization, Island Middle
School Inc., and IMS Director Kelly Parsons in
the civil suit filed against them by former IMS
Director Gary Hughes.
Hughes, who is represented by attorney Ri-
chard Groff of Dye, Deitrich, Prather, Petruff &
St. Paul, filed the suit Jan. 8 in Manatee County
price, even with the required appraisal," said Commis-
sion Chairman John Quam.
"This is something I would really like to have
done," added Commissioner Dale Woodland.
"It's a big disappointment," said the mayor, "but I
have to agree with the commissioners. There's really
no point in going forward at this time."
The mayor said that in the past, the city had failed
to act when it had the opportunity to purchase Bean
Point and the land where the Villa Rosa subdivision is
being developed. She had pursued the idea of purchas-
ing the Island Marine property because the TPL had
indicated it was interested in assisting the city.
Garrison thought Anna Maria had an excellent
chance of receiving a grant for 100 percent of the pur-
chase price from the Florida Communities Trust. The
FCT has $66 million in grant money available and an-
nounces its decisions in September, giving the city
ample time to file an application, he said.
The planning and zoning board's Jan. 26 vote to
deny the variance request by Island Marine ended in a
2-2 tie as three members were absent. The board agreed
to continue the variance application to its Feb. 23 regu-
lawyer in civil suit
Groff is seeking action to compel IMS to pro-
vide Hughes public records from Parsons re-
quested Dec. 8, 2003.
Hughes is also seeking a declaration that he
has the right to be on school grounds for any
lawful purpose and statements made in a petition
for "protection from repeat violence" made by
Parsons were false. The petition was since de-
The IMS board members unanimously agreed
that Parsons has been acting in the capacity of the
school's director and therefore the school should
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Beautification committee previews school landscape
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Com-
mittee previewed landscape plans for Anna Maria El-
ementary School prepared by landscape architect/ar-
borist David Jones at its January meeting.
Jones and AME construction team member Larry
Roemer of the Manatee County School District Con-
struction Services Department, met with committee
members and described the landscape that will grace
the Holmes Beach campus once the new school build-
ing is constructed.
Jones said he wanted his landscape design to re-
flect the true history and future of a neighborhood
school, which is one of only two Florida schools with
Jones said he aimed at preserving and recreating
what would be the native landscape before settlers ar-
rived, which he believes will also provide educational
opportunities and hopefully inspire others with ideas
for their own landscaping.
The oak trees and cabbage palms provide the foun-
dation of the school's landscape design, Jones said, and
the team was able to save the oak hammock located at
the site of the current kindergarten playground, and
virtually all the cabbage palms on campus.
Jones said the oak hammock will become the fo-
cal point of the school as a courtyard with sloping sides
that will create an amphitheater in the front of the new
"The scale of the [two-story] building was hard to
work with," Jones said, "but the courtyard will taper up
so you won't notice the 5-foot grade change."
Jones said the cabbage palms will be tucked in
around the playgrounds to provide shade, and the soc-
cer and baseball fields will be irrigated.
Two large ficus trees currently on campus will also
be retained, Jones told the committee.
Committee members questioned whether any of
the Brazilian pepper trees along the shore would be
removed, and Jones confirmed they would be.
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"I was a late edition to the team and adjusted to the
school plans," Jones said. "The existing oaks will be
preserved or there will be some hides tacked up on the
Landscaping is part of the final construction phase
and, according to Roemer, is at least a year away.
Roemer told the committee construction plans are out
to bid for a guaranteed maximum price, which will then
be approved one final time by the school board. Construc-
tion could start in May, but since the first phase is noisy,
the team may wait for summer to start, he said.
Manatee County needs a 2,000-2,400-seat
center for the performing arts and it should be built
in downtown Bradenton.
That is the conclusion of a study committee
whose officers by happy coincidence are Holmes
Beach residents. Its president is Marilyn Steele,
and its enthusiastic spokesperson is Ellie
Thomassen, who is secretary. Others from the Is-
land are Nancy Dunne, vice president, and John
Thomassen said the group expects such a cen-
ter to be built in the county at a cost of $40-$80
million, which would come from federal, state and
local governments and private sources such as cor-
porate sponsors, individual donors and estate gifts.
"It has to come," she said. "Manatee is about
the same size as Athens, Ga., and Appleton, Wis.,
and both of them have performing arts centers."
Completion date for the center, the committee
estimates, will be 2010, when the county is ex-
Roemer also mentioned that the school district has
received a donation of approximately 500 mature oak
trees, although the timing in relocating oak trees is criti-
cal and he isn't sure if AME will receive any of those
Jones assured the committee that the team was not
"scrimping" on AME's landscape budget.
Roemer said the site will be fully irrigated and the
team is working on getting a permit to upgrade the well
to support the entire site.
Roemer said there would be a detailed scheduling
program when the team has a better idea of where the
pected to have 315,000 population. With four ma-
jor halls serving more than three million people in
the Tampa Bay area, the need is obvious and surely
will be met, she said.
The question is where it should be built, and
the committee is looking at several sites downtown
to forestall a site at Lakewood Ranch.
"The thing is, if it's built at Lakewood Ranch,
Bradenton and Anna Maria people will drive to
Sarasota's facilities instead, because they're closer.
Then Manatee County and Bradenton would lose
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Comp plan committee plows
slowly through goals, more
Anna Maria's committee charged with a state-
mandated review of the city's comprehensive plan
met Jan. 13 to address goals, objectives and policies
of the plan.
While the city just finalized its visioning process
last year, culminating in a "vision" for the future that
was adopted by the city commission, the goal of the
comp plan was enacted in 1989 and it carries a similar
tone with a difference it is the Bible of the city.
Nearly 14 years later, and lacking substantial
changes in that time, the comp plan's stated goal is to
ensure the single-family residential character of the city
and to regulate future growth and development.
Revisions suggested by Tony Arrant of the
Florida Institute of Government, a consultant hired
by the city to guide'it through the nearly two-year
review process, went along the lines of changing
"adopt" in the plan's language to "maintain" in the
Arrant assured the committee that a detailed
land-use map is progressing and that it will be avail-
able in digital format for committee review.
"We're going to give you copies and have you
review the database, then update it," Arrant said, be-
cause Manatee County acknowledges "its informa-
tion is incomplete."
Arrant noted there are some differences in pre-
firm post-firm housing, relating to the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency enactment of flood
regulations and building elevations in the mid-
"Those are code enforcement issues that you will
have to look at," he said, regarding elevated homes
with living space on the ground floor. "We're just
taking a picture, so when we bring it forward, I'm
saying, 'Don't shoot the messenger.'"
Non-compliance of those properties after they
are identified will be public record and can be ad-
dressed by code enforcement, Arrant said.
The committee members will review by section
all areas of the city to be certain homes are where
they say they are, where new development is, and
which are elevated homes, comparing the database
to actual development in the city.
Arrant directed the committee to review its
goals, objectives and policies as it progressed
through several pages and its recommended changes.
"The goal is a long-range vision statement for
your community," Arrant said, "a 10-year, or if you
make it 20, this should be the long-range for what
you want in the community."
Presently, the comp plan stated goal is "ensure
that the single-family residential character of the
City of Anna Maria is maintained and protected,
while maximizing the potential for economic benefit
and the enjoyment of natural and manmade re-
sources by the citizens and minimizing the threat to
health, safety and welfare posed by hazards, nui-
sances, incompatible land uses and environmental
Committee members agreed to strike "maximiz-
ing the potential for economic benefit" and add
"maximizing the quality of life" before "health,
safety and welfare."
It its objectives, the committee recognized the
future growth and redevelopment, rather than devel-
opment in the original plan. It agreed to "continue to
implement" rather than adopt its land regulations
and to add "restoration and preservation of natural
resources and historic single-family, low-density
The committee agreed to add a policy to discour-
age the conversion of single-family homesteads in
the city to rental units and to minimize the negative
impacts of rental units in residential areas. It also
agreed to add a policy to preserve and increase open
The committee next tackled the issue of density,
which is presently 5.8 residential units per gross acre
in the low-density residential zone.
Arrant said, "Where I'm from, low density is one
unit per 10 acres, high density is two units per acre,"
emphasizing the range of possibilities.
"I really want to hear your numbers for density,"
he told the committee members, who agreed they
need to study the issue and come back with numbers
at the next meeting.
Dale Woodland, both a committee member and
city commissioner, said he wants to eliminate me-
dium density from the comp plan.
He said the tax appraiser's office indicated 36 of
321 duplexes in the city are developed in the duplex
zone, 81 duplexes are in the single-family zone."
Arrant said they would address density at the
next meeting at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20.
The meetings are open to the public, but com-
ments by the public will not be made part of the
committee's record until the final revised plan is
presented to the city commission in public hearings.
The committee asks that suggestions for comp
plan revisions be presented in writing for discussion
at a later date.
Anna Maria Elementary School teachers Lynn
Drolet and Karen Newhall hosted an ice skating
party in the school's chilly auditorium, complete
with a mock ice rink, cotton snow and hot chocolate.
Drolet was ambushed by several students in a
surprise "snowball" fight while skating. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan
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two years of their life in reviewing the city's long-range
comprehensive plan for growth and development have
just a few days to apply for the job.
Applicants to the ad hoc comprehensive plan re-
view committee should be submitted to city hall no
later than noon Thursday, Jan. 29.
City commissioners are expected to choose up to
seven members to serve on the special committee dur-
ing their Feb. 5 meeting.
Applicants to the committee must be registered
voters in the city. Financial disclosure statements will
also need to be filed by committee members.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Jan. 20, 400 block of Spring Avenue, information.
A man reported that he was attempting to put his dogs
into his truck when a cat entered the driveway. The
man told deputies his dogs chased the cat and before he
was able to catch them the cat had been killed. An ani-
mal control officer responded and advised the man to
bury the cat, according to the report.
Jan. 21, 100 S. Bay Blvd., City Pier Restaurant,
theft. Two T-shirts and a dining menu were reportedly
stolen from a restaurant display case.
Jan. 12, 2000 block of Gulf Drive South, traffic
arrest. A man stopped for speeding was arrested for
driving with a suspended license. According to the re-
port, officers also found he had an active traffic war-
rant from Pinellas County.
Jan. 16, 2000 Gulf Drive N., Bungalow Beach
Resort, burglary. A man reported his wallet stolen from
Jan. 18, 1801 Gulf Drive N., Runaway Bay condo-
miniums, grand theft. A man reported his 1997
Chevrolet Cavalier stolen from the parking space in
front of his condominium unit. According to the report,
the vehicle was recovered by a Manatee County
sheriffs deputy who found the red convertible aban-
doned on a roadway with the key still inside.
Jan. 19, 5348 Gulf Drive, Bark & Company, crimi-
nal mischief. According to the report, the front window
of the office was broken. Officers believe evidence
shows the damage was done by a skateboard.
Jan. 19, 3200 block of East Bay Drive, DUI. James
Bowers, 48, of Palmetto, was arrested for driving while
intoxicated. According to the report, when Bowers was
stopped for careless driving, the officer found an al-
most empty bottle of whiskey. Bowers was reportedly
too intoxicated to perform a field sobriety test and
failed a breathalyzer test.
Jan. 20, 3805 E. Bay Drive, Sunbow Bay condo-
miniums, burglary. A man reported his checkbook sto-
len from a drawer in his home.
Jan. 21, 5312 Marina Drive, Island Florist, fraud.
According to the report, the shop received a worthless
check for less than $10.
Jan. 22, 4700 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Elementary
School, criminal mischief. An employee reported that
a rear window of his car was broken.
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Sweet Adelines prepare
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The Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines cho-
rus will stage its annual show Feb. 7, with added
features, and tickets are on sale now.
The show will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Neel
Auditorium on the Manatee Community College
campus, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets at
$12 for the afternoon performance and $14 for the
evening show may be ordered by calling 794-
0218 or 713-1209.
Titled "A Sunshine State of Mind," it will be
directed by Lois Van Beek and Betty Meinholz.
Two quartets will appear the Bron's Tones
with Meinholz directing, and My Three Sons,
Sarasota group with Stephen Ditchfield and his
sons Nathanael, David and Michael.
Anna Maria Island women participating in
Sweet Adelines are Ellen Linsley, Marge Malin,
Judy McClarren, Diana Milesko, Loretta Owens,
Jeanette Rothberg, Marilyn Shirley and Doris
Islander and pals to sing
for your Valentine
Charles Caniff of Anna Maria will bring three of
his buddies wherever you wish and deliver a singing
Valentine to the heartthrob of your choice.
He is part of a group of barbershop quartets with
the Gulfcoast Sandpiper Barbershop Quartets of Mana-
tee County who offer to appear in costume on Feb. 13
or Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, and present two songs, a
card and a box of chocolate to the chosen person.
The quartet arrives unannounced to surprise the
The singing Valentines are presented for a dona-
tion of $35 to the Gulfcoast Sandpipers.
Caniff is taking the "sweetheart" orders at 778-
Last class in beading
Friday at Center
Artist Dawn Gurtner will instruct her last class in
creations in beads in the current schedule on Friday,
Jan. 30, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Making a necklace, bracelet, earrings or wine glass
rings are among the prospects in beading, said Gurter
of Artist for Rent. The class will meet from 12:15-2:15
p.m. Cost is $13 for members, $15 for nonmembers.
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Children's Haven program
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will see a
presentation by the Kaleidoscope Musical Theater from
Children's Haven at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday,
The session will be at the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Details
may be obtained by calling 778-1788.
due at Beth Israel
A four-part course on the Kabbalah, mystical
teachings of rabbinical origin, will be presented every
Thursday in February at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay
Isles Road, Longboat Key.
The sessions will be at 2 p.m., the first coming Feb.
5. Bob Waxman will conduct the classes, which are
open to the public for $60, free to members of the
temple. Further information may be obtained by call-
Headlines in the Jan. 27, 1994, issue
of The Islander announced that:
Bean Point, the seven-acre undeveloped tract of
land at the northern end of Anna Maria Island, will be
put on the public auction block in February, owner E.S.
Reasoner of Bradenton said. Although a grant applica-
tion by the Anna Maria Civic Association for $2 mil-
lion to purchase the property was rejected, members
said they would continue efforts to find the money to
buy the land.
Members of the Barrier Island Elected Officials
agreed to explore the idea of creating a barrier island
county of the four island municipalities after learning
a similar proposal was under way among Jacksonville's
three barrier island cities: Jacksonville Beach, Atlan-
tic Beach and Neptune Beach.
The Bradenton Beach City Commission agreed to
build a chain-link fence at 10th Street North to block
commercial fishermen from reaching their boats an-
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ban the boats, but were surprised to learn that city.
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If mysteries with titles like "Florida Roadkill,"
"Hammerhead Ranch Motel," "Triggerfish Twist," and
the "Stringray Shuffle" are just your style, there's a
treat in store for you, and it's no Valentine.
Florida author Tim Dorsey will sign copies of his
Feb. 3 release title and chat with fans and friends at a
"reservations only" luncheon as the guest of The Is-
lander, Circle Books and Ooh La La! Bistro.
Dorsey will autograph copies of his newest book,
"Cadillac Beach." The book continues the adventures
of his character Serge Storms, this time attempting to
unravel the mysterious death of his grandfather in
wacky 1964 Miami.
Some reviews for Dorsey include:
"Some of the most wacky villains and situations
since Hiaasen stuck a plastic alligator down a stranger's
throat and called it Tourist Season." Chicago Tri-
"Vulgar, violent and gaudier than sunsets on the Keys,
Dorsey's roadshow is some fun." New York Times.
"Tim Dorsey is one sick bunny." Belfast (N. Ire-
You can count on Dorsey to bring some anecdotes,
some fun photos, and some of his new Serge Store mer-
chandise, featuring shirts, caps and mugs. "His prices
are insane," according to Dorsey's Web site.
Dorsey will greet fans at a luncheon beginning at
12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Ooh La La! Bistro, 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Tickets for the luncheon,
which includes a first-edition copy of "Cadillac
Beach," are $50. Reservations are a must and may be
made by calling The Islander at 778-7978.
The luncheon is sponsored by the newspaper,
Circle Books of St. Armands, and Ooh La La! A por-
tion of the proceeds will go to the Tingley Memorial
Library in Bradenton Beach.
IMS begins project-based learning
By Diana Bogan
Island Middle School started off the new year and
new semester implementing a key element of its school
charter project-based learning.
At the board of director's meeting Jan. 13, IMS
founding member Noranne Hutcheson said she was not
only excited, but also encouraged by the change.
"This is our dream," Hutcheson said, "to motivate
kids that might not otherwise be motivated. This meets
the needs of all types of children."
Project-based learning allows students the freedom
to choose topics of interest in science and social stud-
ies and produce an in-depth, hands-on project to
present to classmates.
For example, Hutcheson noted, one student was
excited to learn that with project-based learning he
could study the history of basketball and still meet class
requirements. And Hutcheson reported that students
have been eagerly sharing information about their
projects as they uncover facts, such as one student's
discovery that early American settlers used air guns.
Most of the work for student projects should be
done at school, Noranne said, although parent supervi-
sion may be needed for some projects.
Students have been asked to select a topic in sci-
ence and in social studies that will be integrated into
their other courses. The parameters of the projects have
been set by Sunshine State Standards and Manatee
County's benchmarks for each grade level.
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gained from their topics as the basis for learning. They
will learn new vocabulary related to their topic and they
will learn different research and presentation methods
through various types of projects.
Students can choose to present their topic in a variety
of ways, including power point presentations, filmstrips,
poetry, artwork, a proposal, or participating in a related
community event. A complete list of possible presentation
products will be posted on the school Web site.
Noranne said students will have an opportunity to
use projects to draw from the expertise of members of
the Island community as well as make a difference.
The Parent-Teacher Organization will host an "Ex-
hibition of Mastery" at each of its meetings when stu-
dents will have the opportunity to present their work.
IMS is also interested in displaying student
projects at area businesses.
IMS Director Kelly Parsons said students seem to
be enjoying project-based learning and that it's a good
method for helping kids focus.
"And it inspires them," she said.
At the PTO meeting, four students presented
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Anna Maria Elementary
Monday, Feb. 2
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Breaded Chicken with Mashed Potatoes,
Frito Pie with Corn Chips or Peanut Butter and
Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad, Peas, Fruit, Juice
Tuesday, Feb. 3
Breakfast: French Toast Glaze, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Cheeseburger, Chef Salad or Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Tossed Salad, Potato
Wednesday, Feb. 4
Breakfast: Orange Muffin, Chicken Tender with
Roll, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes,
Fish on a Bun or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sand-
wich, Tossed Salad, Green Beans, Fruit
Thursday, Feb. 5
Breakfast: Yogurt, Cereal, Toast, Churro, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Bites with Tater Tots, Yogurt.
Fruit and Muffin Plate or Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich, Steamed Broccoli, Tossed Salad. Fruit
Friday, Feb. 6
Breakfast: Belgian Waffle Sticks with Syrup,
Cereal, Toast, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
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Sandwich or Turkey and Cheese Sandwich, Capri
Blend, Tossed Salad, Fruit
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
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Burgeoning filmmakers lack vital gear, not vision
By Diana Bogan
Island Middle School has a dozen burgeoning film-
makers with an eye for deconstructing Hollywood
movies and a vision for crafting independent films.
It isn't a lack of imagination holding back this
group of focused students, it's a lack of filmmaking
IMS teacher Cyndy Dake has been teaching a film
class since the start of the school year and believes her
young proteges are primed with enough knowledge
about script writing, camera angles and drafting
storyboards to embark on making their own short film.
During the previous semester, students worked on
individual film ideas, which they painstakingly mapped
out on hand-drawn index cards to create an old-fash-
ioned yet functional story board. Story boards break
down the concept of a script take by take.
Film ideas stretched from comedic horror flicks,
such as "Barbie versus Freddie Krueger," to a down-
to-earth teen view of life at IMS.
The next step for these students, Dake said, is to
put their ideas on film, but that takes equipment the
Dake said the class currently has one video cam-
era, which is a challenge. She admits she has been ac-
tively soliciting donated equipment from'a variety of
sources and has inquired about possible grant money
to no avail.
Much of the equipment that would be useful to the
class, Dake says, is often the old equipment gathering
dust in people's closets. Dake said the class could make
use of old camcorders, television sets, 8-mm cameras
and tape, VHS tapes, lights, tripods, microphones, still
cameras or film. Even a reel-to-reel tape player or
karaoke machine would come in handy.
A donation or purchase of a refurbished video cam-
era, which Dake said costs $90 to $200 at an electronic
store, would help these students put their newfound
knowledge to work.
Given the opportunity, Dake's students would like
to collaborate on a film project and submit it into film
festivals that feature middle-school productions.
The class already has a script that features the Is-
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thanks to IMS teacher Cyndy Dake's film class.
land and the school. The film casts IMS students on a
marine-science excursion that is shipwrecked and fol-
lows their survival. It includes parents and administra-
tors as they handle the situation at home and at school.
Students say in return for business sponsors they
will create and film commercials to feature at school
events and other feature presentations.
In the meantime, the students are studying the work
of other filmmakers at this week's Sarasota Film Fes-
tival presentation for middle-school students.
Dake's class will view films, such as "Trial and
Error" and "self-portrait" created by students in a col-
laborative program between Capital Children's Mu-
seum and the National Gallery of Art.
Students will also take part in classroom discus-
sions with visiting filmmakers, view a presentation on
the creative process of filmmaking and take a behind-
the-scenes tour of the theater.
"Some of these students have an amazing ability as
screenwriters, others as filmmakers," Dake said. "They
really work well as a team, they work hard and they de-
serve to make films."
Clang, vroom, vroom goes the AMI trolley
By June Griffin
Special to The Islander
Sitting on the bench waiting for the green trolley
to appear on Marina Drive, I was reminded of Judy
Garland singing "Clang-clang-clang went the trolley"
about the famous trolley in San Francisco.
In March 2002, Manatee County instituted this
wonderful idea of a free Anna Maria Island trolley ser-
vice for everyone who boards these charming, old-fash-
ioned vehicles, and no one benefited more from this
innovation than the many senior citizens who live on
The trolleys make a circuit around the area, stop-
ping at specially marked trolley stops along the way
and the route is planned so that you only have to wait
20 minutes at the most to be picked up at one of the
designated trolley stops.
As a much-traveled senior citizen, I have discov-
ered the plus and minuses of the system, and they are
the same problems I meet taking local transportation in
Europe you must be agile enough to walk to a bus
or trolley stop and from my house here in Florida it
takes me a five- to 10-minute unhurried walk to the
nearest trolley stop.
One must be especially able to climb the three steps
to board the trolley, the first step being high, and I use
the side rails to give myself a boost.
I notice the people who use the trolley the most can
be divided into two groups young teenagers and
small children with mothers although a large portion
of the passengers are the senior citizens who are happy
to make beautiful Anna Maria Island their home, some
just for the winter.
I have noticed that invariably when the trolley is
full, that a young teenager, boy or girl, will get up to
offer a seat to an older person, which is gratefully taken
as it is hard for us to hang onto a pole with the trolley
rumbling, starting and stopping so often!
Stops are made by pulling the rope to hear the bell.
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International travel writer June Griffin boards the
Manatee County Area Transit Manatee Trolley as
driver Greg Harvey welcomes her aboard. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
The people who don't need the fine green trolley are
the middle group of residents who have cars and can
drive everywhere and perhaps the trolley is too slow
for them in their busy lives.
For me, it's easy to just allow more time for the
trolley and not to purchase heavy items which I would
have to carry home after getting off the trolley.
The drivers of the trolley are all courteous and
helpful in my experience, last year and this, and will
answer questions and be helpful to those not familiar
with the service. There is a printed schedule available
both on the trolley and in shops.
In November I used the public transportation in
Europe when I visited Budapest, where not everyone
has a car as we do here in the United States. With a
special pass, a bargain for tourists, I boarded the trains,
subway, buses and trolleys, and even rode the funicular
up to the top of a mountain.
Manatee County and Anna Maria Island have done
us all a service making the Island less crowded with
cars on the roads, and giving us a free and picturesque
alternative way to get around. It's great for agile older
citizens, giving freedom to those who perhaps wouldn't
be out otherwise.
For me, it is just another plus I have found on my
favorite Florida destination, Anna Maria Island.
Editor's Note: Observations on taking the Manatee
County Area Transit Manatee Trolley by June Griffin
of Holmes Beach and Lewiston, Maine, an interna-
tional travel writer of many years.
The Red Cross will offer free disaster prepared-
ness training from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29,
at 2905 59th St. W., Bradenton, with advance reg-
istration required by calling 792-8686..
The address is the location of the Manatee
County Chapter, American Red Cross, which said
the course provides families, communities and
businesses with information on how to prepare to
deal with disaster, including terrorist attack.
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THE ISLANDER M JAN. 28, 2004 0 PAGE 19
Manatee County School Choice begins for students
By Diana Bogan
The Manatee County School District will be ac-
cepting school choice applications now through Feb.
School choice provides an opportunity for elemen-
tary school students to apply to attend any school in
their "cluster area."
The cluster which includes Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School is no longer defined by geographic prox-
imity. AME Principal Kathy Hayes said students who
would attend Ballard, Miller, Moody, Orange Ridge-
Bullock, Palma Sola and Stewart Elementary Schools
comprise AME's new cluster.
Middle-school students are able to attend any
school in their region, including magnet schools, which
are not overcrowded.
The Island Middle School is holding an orientation
for parents and students interested in attending IMS
through the school choice program from 6:30 to 7:30
p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.
High school students may apply to any school in
the district, but may not participate in school choice
after the 10th grade.
Applications are available online at
www.manatee.kl2.fl.us, at all district schools, and at
the Parent Information Center, at 234 Manatee Ave. E.,
Only students who wish to change schools need to
apply for school choice and applications should be mailed
or dropped off to the Parent Information Center.
For more information, call 708-4971, ext. 211, or
708-8770 ext. 2012.
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Several Islanders advance to regional science fair
By Diana Bogan
The Manatee County Schools Regional Science
and Engineering Fair is taking place at the Manatee
County Fairgrounds in Palmetto this week and several
Island students are among the participants.
Island residents Brad and Alexandra Stemm,
Donna and Lauren Barth, Stephen Thomas and Amber
Wright made top honors within their school competi-
tion at King Middle School.
In order to advance to the regional competition,
student projects must place either first or second within
their project category.
Brad Stemm explained that projects aren't judged
by grade level, but by scientific category.
A veteran science fair winner, this is the third year
Brad has entered the competition. In sixth- and sev-
enth-grades, he entered in the botany category and took
first place both years in the local and regional level.
First-place winners advance to the state competi-
tion, where Brad placed third last year.
Knowing competition would be stiff in the botany
category, Brad said this year he wanted to try some-
thing different. His project, "Electromagnetic Fields:
Harmful or Beneficial to Microscopic Organisms," is
entered in the microbiology category.
Brad obtained specific bacterial cultures from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.,
and conducted field research and laboratory work and
evaluation in the microbiology labs at Manatee Com-
He examined the effect electromagnetic fields
emitted by high-voltage transmission lines have on the
growth of beneficial microorganisms found in soil.
His sister, sixth-grader Alexandra, is also compet-
ing with her first science fair project, "Insulation 'R'
Value, Fact or Fiction."
The purpose of her experiment, she said, was to
determine if the "R" value given to household insula-
tion has a real effect on the temperature in a house. She
said she also wanted to see if the addition of a radiant
barrier would have any impact.
The result, she said, is that the higher the "R" fac-
tor for household insulation, the better the insulating
Both Brad and Alexandra said they scanned the
Internet for different ideas and used them as inspiration
in creating their own hypothesis.
For Donna and Lauren Barth, award-winning ideas
were developed from a book, "101 Science Fair
Projects." The initial concepts for their projects started
from the book and were developed further to suit their
Donna, a sixth-grader at King, explored how to
make biodegradable plastics. Using a formula she
found in the book, she made objects out of her own
plastic-like substance and buried them. She found that
her substance did biodegrade faster than regular plas-
Islanders Stephen Thomas, Brad Stemmn and sister Alexandra are among the group of King Middle School
students participating in the Manatee County School Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Palmetto this
week. Each placed first or second in a category at school in order to advance to the regional competition.
Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Eighth-grader Lauren Barth studied the relative
concentration of vitamin C in various fruits and veg-
etables. She juiced fresh fruits and vegetables and fig-
ured out which had the highest concentrations of vita-
Lauren said she guessed orange juice would be
high in the vitamin but was surprised to find green pep-
per had the highest concentration, followed by Granny
Smith apples. Celery ranked lowest.
Lauren is competing in the chemistry category and
her sister is competing in environmental science.
Joining herin the environmental science category
is sixth-grader Stephan Thomas with his project,
"Treatment of Oil Spills."
Thomas combined vegetable and motor oil to the
consistency of crude oil and placed it in containers of
salt water. He then tested different materials to attempt
to absorb the water.
After removing his test material from the water,
Thomas suctioned the oil left in the water to determine
the amount of the spill left unabsorbed.
Thomas said that of the materials he tested, paper
towels were the most absorbent and coffee filters were
the least absorbent.
Eighth-grader Amber Wright is also moving for-
ward to the county competition with project teammate
Amanda Rigney. The duo entered the team category
with a project testing five clothing materials to see
which retained heat more efficiently.
They tested wool, felt, artificial leather, cotton and
polyester. Wright said the final results showed the ar-
tificial leather performed the worst and cotton retained
heat the best.
Judging for the regional competition was held Jan.
27 in Kendrick Auditorium at the fairgrounds and the
winners will be announced at an awards ceremony Jan.
29. The statewide competition will take place in Jack-
sonville in April.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 28, 2004 M PAGE 21
His legacy: 80 years of music and our orchestra
By Jim Hanson
Willem Bartelsman admits he's slowing down just
a bit. It's about time he'll be 80 April 1, and he spent
some of those years giving the Island its orchestra.
Not only did he give us the Anna Maria Island
Community Orchestra and Chorus, he found and deliv-
ered its premier conductor, Alfred Gershfeld.
He confesses ruefully that the great classics that he has
played for the better part of a century are not all his first
choice for performance. That's Johann Sebastian Bach.
"I love playing Bach," he said. "It's my only
hobby. I think every musician loves Bach. Every audi-
ence loves Bach. But not all the time, so we move to
classics and more modern music. That's wonderful,
although it isn't Bach."
He was born and reared in a musical family in the
Netherlands, son of a conductor and composer. Willem
sang under him as a teenager. He became a devoted
amateur on the oboe and the related English horn,
which is a big oboe, and the smaller oboe d'amoure.
He came to the United States in 1958 and was in
marketing most of his working life, marketing director
for pharmaceutical companies. He headquartered in the
Netherlands and traveled the world.
Everywhere he went, he found musicians and mu-
sic and orchestras that welcomed him as oboe players
are scarce. He was in Amsterdam when he retired, and
then spent two years in Spain because there was an
orchestra he liked there.
He came back to the U.S. and to Anna Maria Island
in 1987. He packed his instruments with him, of course,
and for quite awhile commuted to Venice to play in its
That' show he met Gershfeld, who had just arrived
from Russia and lived then in Bradenton. Bartelsman
shared his car with Gershfeld and a couple of other
commuting musicians, and became friends with the
gifted young musician. He even helped him a bit with
Gershfeld's almost nonexistent English. Gershfeld had
some Yiddish and Bartelsman some German, which
permitted early communication.
"One day he said he wouldn't need a ride next
week, he would be busy with opera. Well, I went to the
opera and found Gershfeld conducting. The Israeli
Society sponsored two Russian operas that Gershfeld
conducted, and he got raving applause."
Then Bartelsman began organizing the Island or-
Willem Bartelsman received a plaque by the three
Island mayors last year on the 10th anniversary of
the orchestra. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
chestra, a difficult task when there's no money to lu-
bricate the process. But in November 1992 he got it
officially off the ground and programmed its first con-
cert in March 1993.
"I needed good amateurs and professionals to vol-
unteer to play," he recalled. "We got things organized
and needed a conductor and I asked Alfred if he would
please conduct the first concert. It was wonderful.
"The professionals in the orchestra told me after-
ward 'That conductor is far too good for us at our
level.' But even though he was very successful in Mi-
ami by that time, he offered to conduct the second con-
cert and the second season too." He is still the
The orchestra first practiced in Roser Memorial
Community Church, then during its remodeling moved
to the Island Baptist Church until it too began remod-
eling, then to St. Bernard Catholic Church until the
pastor was reassigned, back to the Baptist church for
awhile, and the Christian Science Church for a bit. The
musicians now practice in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
and present concerts in the Baptist church.
Bartelsman pressed on with his beloved Bach and his
beloved oboe, but time began to collect its due. His daugh-
ter Nora, a physician in the Netherlands, urged him repeat-
edly to slow down and, he admits now, "playing became
harder; your lungs must be very strong."
He gradually cut back as he gradually wore down.
Younger people have taken over "and they're doing a
fine job," he said. "But they sometimes don't like old
people looking over their shoulder." He still sings with
Last year on the orchestra's 10th anniversary he was
honored with a plaque from the mayors of all three Island
cities. The 11th anniversary concert March 21, "Bach's
Birthday Bash," will find him still the orchestra's stron-
gest supporter, especially when it plays Bach.
Meanwhile the orchestra and chorus, still unique as
a voluntary group, will present a concert Feb. 8 at 2
p.m. at the Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. It is open to the public free of charge, but
donations are gratefully accepted.
'Mostly Mozart' concert coming
"The jewel of the Island," the Anna Maria Island
Community Orchestra and Chorus, will present a
"Mostly Mozart" concert Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m.
Conducted by Alfred Gershfeld, along with chorus
director James Forssell, the performance will be at the
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
As are all of the group's concerts, it is a free pre-
sentation but a donation of at least $15 is suggested by
The program will feature the overture to "The
Marriage of Figaro," Symphony No. 25, "Regina Coeli
in C," "Exsultate Jubilate," "Ave Vernum Corpus."
Michelle Giglio will be soloist in the "Queen of the
Night" aria from "The Magic Flute," and Kim Hoffman
and Lorraine Herrera will be the stars in Vivaldi's
"Concerto for Two Cellos."
Further information may be obtained by calling
PAGE 22 M JAN. 28, 2004 M THE ISLANDER
Returning Islander Patience is an art
Debbie Dial Bach has returned to Anna Maria Artist Patience Heyl teaches art on location. Islander
Island with the opening of Diamond Shores Realty Photo: Rick Catlin
Inc. at 1501 Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton Beach.
Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Back to the Island
When Debbie Dial Bach left Anna Maria Island
several years ago, she always knew she wanted to
"come back home" some day. She had raised her chil-
dren on the Island and the Island was special to her.
That "day" took place in January when she re-
turned to the Island to open Diamond Shores Realty
Inc. at 1501 Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton Beach.
With more than 20 years experience in real estate
sales and rental management, Debbie considers herself
well qualified for the Island real estate market.
She has previously worked in real estate in Ellenton
and Sun City before coming back to the Island.
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To reach Diamond Shores, call Debbie at 779-
The art of Patience
Artist Patience Heyl has been teaching art and
conducting art classes for more than 30 years in such
locations as Mexico, Colorado Springs, North Caro-
lina, England and throughout Europe.
Now, she's located her traveling art studio to Anna
Maria Island, but her real location is anywhere.
That's because Patience specializes in teaching art
"on location" at the beach, an historic building, a pub-
lic park or whereverr the students want," she said.
Patience offers morning or evening classes for her
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New salon concept
The Amy Dodge Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa
opened Monday, Jan. 26 in the Island Fitness Center
building at 5315 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, and of-
fers a unique concept in services for hair, nails, facials,
skin and massage therapy.
The full-service salon will carry Aveda products,
including clothing and jewelry, and stylists use the
Aveda concept in hair styling.
Aveda also offers an entire line of hair, skin and
As a new opening special, the salon is offering
complimentary eyebrow waxing for every hair appoint-
Hours for the salon are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-
day through Saturday except on Thursday when the
salon is open until 9 p.m.
Amy Dodge Salon also has a location on Longboat
Key at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
For more information or to schedule an appoint-
ment, call 778-8191.
Vinjavagar, the fine wines, coffee and cigar store,
reopened last week at a new location on Bridge Street
in Bradenton Beach, this time right next to the
The store features an assortment of wines from
boutique vineyards around the world, a variety of wine-
related gift items, brand-name cigars, and an assort-
ment of the best coffee and coffee drinks.
Vinjavagar also serves house coffee, latte and
cappuccino and other popular coffee drinks.
The store is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. week-
days and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. More infor-
mation, call 782-1120.
New Trippe G.M.
Florida native Dilman Thomas was appointed
general manager and executive vice president of the Ft.
Myers-based Oswald Trippe and Company insurance
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Sin Holmes Beach.
T. Dolly Young Real
Estate at 5568 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach honored
its top 2003 producers at the company's annual Christ-
mas dinner Dec. 18.
Associates Margie Maltbie and T. Dolly Young
both exceeded $2 million in sales for 2003 while
Heidrun Tommasi reached the $1.5 million plateau.
Young and Maltbie have each been full-time Realtors
for more than 30 years.
Benny Parrish and Jim Gallagher of Cannons
Marina on Longboat Key were recently certified for
their successful completion of the 2004 Grady-White
Boats product and sales information conference held in
December in North Carolina.
Cannons Marina is located at 6040 Gulf of Mexico
Drive on Longboat Key and has been in business for
nearly 50 years.
The full-service marina specializes in sales, service
and rentals and features Grady-White Boats.
For more information on Cannons Marina, call
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 28, 2004 U PAGE 23
-4 Islander Valerie Hietala
has joined RE/MAX
SGulfstream at its Holmes
Beach office. She is a
Former environmental sci-
Sence teacher, lived in Ger-
many for four years and is
fluent in German.
Hietala She and husband Kaarlo
have five grown children.
Becky Smith and Elfi Starrett led both in obtaining
new listings and in the closed volume category at the Anna
Maria Island office of Wagner Realty in December, while
Harold Small was sales leader there. Bill Greene led in
sales at the Longboat Key office while Vera Freeman and
Helen Bradshaw were tops in closed volume on Longboat.
At Island Real Estate, Marianne Correll and Alan
Galletto were top listing agents in December, Galletto
also leading sales agent.
Award goes to Island's Chiles
Ed Chiles of Holmes Beach was awarded the Edgar
Price Humanitarian Award during observances of
Martin Luther King's birthday at a banquet at the Pal-
metto Youth Center.
He was one of seven citizens honored for service that
promotes the ideals of Dr. King. His award was named in
honor of former State Sen. Edgar Price, himself a noted
humanitarian and one of the people who voted on the
Seymour Sales of Palmetto, longtime benefactor of
the youth center and activist in causes there, said Chiles'
"work in the community at the state and local levels, plus
his fine spirit in race relations" earned him the honor.
"To have that award in Ed Price's name means a lot
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Wednesday, Jan. 28
8 to 9 a.m. "Good Morning Longboat Key" mem-
ber breakfast at the Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. In-
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.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girl's life-
skills club at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
5 to 7p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce Business card exchange at Tropic Isle Motel,
101 22nd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Thursday, Jan. 29
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tai Chi with Wayne Crosby at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee ap-
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Club Bamboo open house at
2502 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
778-6671 ext. 404.
6:30 p.m. Island Garden Club pot-luck dinner at
Gloria Dei-Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 224-4399.
7 p.m. Bingo at Annie Silver Community Cen-
ter, Avenue C and 23rd Street, Bradenton Beach. In-
Friday, Jan. 30
12:15 to 2:15 p.m. "Beads in Fashion" class with
Dawn Gurtner at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
8 p.m. Florida West Coast Symphony Master-
works concert at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840
26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 953-4252. Fee
Saturday, Jan. 31
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Mana-
tee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
10 a.m. to noon Watercolor demonstration by
Shirley Rush Dean at-Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
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Holmes Beach. Information: 379-0951.
10:30 a.m. Reptiles presentation at the Pelican
Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
2 p.m. Leon Merian big band concert at the
Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 748-5875. Fee applies.
2 to 3 p.m. Save Anna Maria Inc. meeting at
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 778-9390.
Sunday, Feb. 1
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anna Maria Islandfest art
show at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 379-0951.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photography exhibit by Rich-
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Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.
2 p.m. Tribute to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana
Brass at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St.
W., Bradenton. Information: 752-5252. Fee applies.
3p.m.- Music ministry hymn festival and concert
at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4769. Offering ac-
cepted for Project Light Literacy Center of Manatee.
Monday, Feb. 2
10:15 a.m. Gulf Coast Writers present "Me
Tarzan, You Jane" author Dick Hennessey at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 761-9036.
1 to 2 p.m. Stepping stone crafts with Glen
LeFerve at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Roots and Shoots" teen environ-
mental program at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
6:30 p.m. Artists Guild of Anna Maria presents
Kaleidoscope Musical Theater from Children's Haven
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1788.
7p.m. "From Beach to Bay: Tracking Migratory
Turtles" with Tony Tucker at Mote Marine Laboratory,
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information:
388-4441. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Feb. 3
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.
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP driver safety course at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,.Holmes
Beach. Information: 776-1158. Fee applies.
1 to 2 p.m. Stepping stone crafts with Glen
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1 to 4 p.m. Veterans' service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
4:30 to 6p.m. Al Hixon's "It's Jazz from Dixie to
Dizzy" concert at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts,
6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-
2345. Fee applies.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Anna Maria Elementary Kid's
Karaoke night at Beef O'Brady's, 6703 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton. Information: 761-1444.
7 to 9 p.m. Boating skills and seamanship pro-
gram at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Building, 5801
53rd Ave. Ct. W., Bradenton. Information: 761-4303.
7:30 to 9p.m. Al Hixon's "It's Jazz from Dixie to
Dizzy" concert at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts,
6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information:
383-2345. Fee applies.
8 p.m. Opening night of "The Adventures of
Tom Sawyer" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main
St., Bradenton. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Feb. 4
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Informa-
.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.
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP driver safety course at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 776-1158. Fee applies.
4:30 to 6 p.m. "Educating Jane" teen girl's life-
skills club at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Family storytime at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
"Quintessential Contemporary" exhibit at North-
ern Trust Bank, 540 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key,
through Jan. 29. Information: 329-2685.
"10th Annual James Pay" exhibit at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, through Jan. 30. Information: 778-2099.
Manatee County Fair at 17th Street and 13th
Avenue, Palmetto, through Jan. 31. Information: 722-
1639. Fee applies.
Oil paintings by Erin Huybrechts at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
through Jan. 31. Information: 778-1259.
"The King and I" at the Manatee Players'
Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton,
through Feb. 1. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
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Riverfront Theater, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton,
through Feb. 8. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Richard Stewart photography exhibit at Island
Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through
Feb. 14. Information: 778-6648.
Sew For Fun with Diana Kelly at the Roser Me-
morial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
through March 18. Information: 792-6934.
"Souvenirs of Florida: The Tasteful and the
Tacky" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton, through March 21. Information: 746-4131.
Watercolor sessions with Susie Cotton at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria, through May 25. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
Episcopal Church Women of the Church of the
Annunciation meeting in Lowe Hall Feb. 5.
Glass painting at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center Feb. 6.
Opening reception at Anna Maria Island Art
League Feb. 6.
"Black Tie at the Ranch" at the Lakewood Ranch
Golf and Country Club Feb. 7.
Comic Rich Praytor at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church Feb. 7.
Save Anna Maria Inc. meeting at the Island
Branch Library Feb. 7.
Wild bird rescue training class at the Pelican
Man's Bird Sanctuary Feb. 7.
Sweet Adelines concert at Neel Performing Arts
Center Feb. 7.
Jacobite Pipe and Drum Band at Neel Perform-
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"Mostly Mozart" Anna Maria Island Community
Orchestra & Chorus concert at Island Baptist Church
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Slurry of factoids, news McNuggets for review
It's clean-up-the-desk time again, and below are a
bunch of little snippets of information that I've been
squirreling away for a while.
Termite awareness month?
We get a lot of press releases at The Islander and,
unfortunately, most of them are pretty dull. The follow-
ing was a good one, though, from Jane Morse at the
"The Florida Department of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services has declared February as 'Termite
Awareness Month.' So please make an attempt next
Month to be a little kinder to these poor little creatures
who live in the dirt and dark and ...
"Oh, wait a minute. After re-reading the press re-
lease, I see now that wasn't the intent. The FDACS
wants Florida residents to be more aware of the vast
damage these despicable little #$%^& cause every
year, and also provide information on how to make
structures safer against them."
And you thought that February was all hearts and
flowers and candy and Valentines Day.
Month of festivals coming up
February promises to be a busy month for marine
The Florida Fishing College will be held from 10
a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Feb. 7, at the Manatee Conven-
tion Center in Palmetto. Cost is $2, and there will be
loads of talks on fishing, boating, and demonstrations
on everything from casting lines to casting nets. There
will also be lots of door prizes given out.
The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is Feb. 21-
22 in the village of Cortez. Cost of this event is also $2,
and there will be live music, lots and lots of food, games
for the kids and exhibits about marine life. Don't miss it.
Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6
John Stevely, the marine agent with the University
of Florida's Manatee County Cooperative Extension
Service, mentioned a neat service offered by National
"Dial-A-Buoy" is offered by the National Data Buoy
Center. Basically, you call 228-688-1948, and scroll your
way through the menu to get real-time weather from any
one of hundreds of buoys in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlan-
tic, Pacific, Great Lakes or Caribbean. You can get wind
direction, water temperature, wind speed, gusts, wave
high, air temperature, atmospheric pressure and probably
more information than you would ever want.
The info is also available on-line at
The point behind all this is to check what's going
on offshore before you go offshore.
I checked on a few of the buoys there is also a
station at the Rod & Reel Pier and found that some
of the data were pretty interesting. Water temps at a site
in the middle of the Gulf were registering 73 degrees.
when we had 61-degree water closer to shore. It was
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Anyway, the Dial-a-Buoy information is just one
more tool you can add to your tackle box before you go
out on the water.
Out a cool $2 million
Two guys in Boynton Beach walked away from $2
million earlier this month. The money was in the form
of cocaine, though, and if they hadn't strolled off
they'd probably be pacing behind bars right now.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission officer noticed the two coming into a boat
ramp and decided to do a routine safety inspection.
Before he could get his boat tied up, though, the guys
had docked their boat.
"They started to walk away from the boat while
one talked into a cell phone," the water cop said in his
report. They proceeded at a "fast walk," and headed to
the highway. The cop followed, but a pickup truck "ap-
peared out of nowhere" and picked-up the suspects
before heading north.
Other law enforcement officers were contacted, a
drug-sniffing dog alerted on the boat. and officers
eventually unloaded 220 pounds of coke from the boat.
The suspects are being sought.
The bust, by the way, was called "one of the most
significant made by the FWC in recent years."
Water deal flushed for this year
A statewide water distribution plan floated by a busi-
ness group earlier this year doesn't seem to have much
support in Tallahassee and appears to have tanked.
The proposal, by the Florida Council of 100, called
for piping water from North Florida to more developed
parts of the state like Orlando or Miami-Dade. Sort of
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A course in boating skills and seamanship is
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four weeks starting Feb. 3.
The classes will be from 7-9 p.m. in the
auxiliary's building in G.T. Bray Park, 5801
53rd Ave. Court W., Bradenton. The instruction
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spreading the water wealth which, on the surface,
seemed to make sense.
The problem with the proposal apparently revolved
around the lack of details for the plan, including such
little things like cost. Critics also didn't-like the
proposal's additional layer of bureaucracy, wherein a
seven-member board would identify water sources and
water receptors above and beyond the water manage-
ment district parameters.
And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that
buying water from the Panhandle for a song and sell-
ing it in tony parts of South Florida or Orange County
would spur pricey development there and hamstring
any growth or development in the currently rural north.
Gov. Jeb Bush, who at one point was a point-man
for the project, backed off on the matter last week. "I
don't see the water issues being a big topic for this
year," he told the St. Petersburg Times.
Vanity plate winners for 2003
Florida has 88 vanity license plates, ranging from
designs of turtles to manatees to state universities to
In 2003, the top sellers were the panther plate, the
manatee plate, wild dolphins, University of Florida,
Florida State University and the turtle tag.
The specialty plates cost an additional $17 to $27
for drivers, with the funds mostly going toward what-
ever cause the plate touts.
Colleges were a big winner in the plate war last
year, with 21 of the total of 32 new plates for 2003
going to benefit independent state colleges or univer-
sities. A special bill by Sarasota Sen. Lisa Carlton ex-
empted colleges from the petition requirement of get-
ting 15,000 signatures and paying $60,000 as a deposit.
Everybody jumped on the plate drive.
Plates are retired if 8,000 aren't sold in five years.
So far, plates advocating Girl Scouts, the Tampa Bay
Storm and the Orlando Predators, both of the latter
Arena Football League teams, are gone.
Duck hunting in Sarasota Bay?
My colleague Bob Ardren reported in a recent edi-
tion of the Pelican Press newspaper that he's hearing
reports of duck hunting off Sister Keys, that island
group off the northeast shore of Longboat Key.
He referenced a Sarasota County official as saying
it's legal as long as steel shot is used and a valid duck
stamp is retained from the state.
I checked with the gang at the Bradenton Beach
police department, who told me it was not legal, since
discharging a firearm is a no-no in Manatee County.
Anybody heard any shooting out on the water?
According to John Stevely, who got the information
from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion, the Sunshine State is the Number One recreational
fishing destination in the United State, and economic im-
pact to the state amounts to $8 billion a year.
That's -a lot of hooks and line.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 28, 2004 0 PAGE 27
Sheepshead rule in backwater; gags, snapper good
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Winter fishing continues, with loads of reports of
big sheepshead up to 6 pounds coming in from guides
working structures or near the docks.
With water temperatures still cool, work the back-
waters or offshore to find the warmer waters better
than 62 degrees for the best action.
And I'll be at the Sarasota Boat Show at Robarts
Arena on Ringling Boulevard in Sarasota at 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 to talk about fishing around structures a good
topic for this time of year. Hope to see you there.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said off-
shore fishing is excellent right now, with limit-catches
of mangrove snapper and lots of gag grouper caught
trolling anywhere from four to seven miles offshore. In
the backwater, Bill said sheepshead fishing is in full
swing right now, plus there are plenty of catch-and-
release trout and redfish for anyone willing to go hunt-
ing for them.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said action there
included sheepshead, black drum, and a few redfish,
with sheepies being the best bet.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's been catching gag grouper to 12
pounds, plus red grouper, scamp, porgys, margates and
limit catches of mangrove snapper offshore in upwards
of 95 feet of water using using frozen sardines and live
shrimp as bait.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
he's seeing some snook coming onto the dock at night,
plus sheepshead, black drum and a few mangrove be-
ing caught almost any time.
Lee Gause at Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle said
there are lots of catch-and-release trout being nabbed
on the seagrass flats right now, plus a few redfish. Most
fishers are using shrimp with excellent results not-
withstanding the fact that the shrimp are big and fat
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's catching redfish to 24 inches, trout to
20 inches and lots of sheepshead.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
The mullet run never ran this season, spotty
results bringing in maybe half of last year's run
for Cortez commercial fishermen.
Walter Bell of A.P. Bell Fish Co. was philo-
sophical about it, saying "Fish come and go.
They seemed to run this year on weekends, when
fishing is closed."
Some 200,000 pounds of mullet were pro-
cessed at Bell's plant this year, he said. "We had
a couple of little runs, where in good seasons
they run thick for weeks."
He has spent many decades fishing and run-
ning the Bell company, and he has learned never
to predict what fish will make it to the dock at
"Take pompano a couple of years ago
so many moved into the bay that people who
never caught a fish before were eating what is
an expensive delicacy any other time. Now, I
haven't seen a single pompano for two, three
"It's ladyfish right now. They used to be
worthless except for bait. I bet I've tossed a mil-
lion pounds of them over the side. Now they're 80
cents a pound, and they're made into fish cakes
that are just delicious."
But Cortez fishermen will have to wait until
next season to catch roe mullet, which built
Cortez into a leading supplier of fish.
One thing fishermen found plentiful this sea-
son, Bell said: "The marine patrol was pretty
We're talking dinner here
Corvn Marsik and dad, Tom, were all grins at Corvn'.
his hit-list for the week included sheepshead, trout and
redfish. Lots of anglers are trying for snapper along the
shipping channel in Tampa Bay, some with good re-
sults, he added.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's been
onto some really good trout bites in the last few days,
plus sheepshead to 5 pounds and some hit-and-miss
redfish, but he's still able to put his charters onto some
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
s redfish, caught in a canal in Cortez.
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said reds, trout and
sheepies were his big winners last week, adding that
he's finding most of the best action around structures.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's been put-
ting his charters onto sheepshead to 4 pounds, trout to
3 pounds, redfish stretching out to 26 inches, a few
mangrove snapper and some flounder last week.
On my boat Magic we have been catching sheep-
shead to a whopping 6 pounds, redfish to 6 pounds,
catch-and-release trout to 4 pounds and a few pom-
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
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include identification fbr
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
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Oyster Bar closes down Beach House in duel for first
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Oyster Bar rode the inside-outside
combination of center Gary Scott and guard David
Buck to a 65-56 victory over the Beach House Restau-
rant in a "battle for first contest" Saturday, Jan. 24, to
top the Premier Division standings in the Anna Maria
Island Community Center Basketball League.
The Oyster Bar built a 37-26 lead through two
quarters and extended it to 55-38 at the end of the third
quarter behind six points apiece from Scott and Buck.
The Beach House made a couple of runs to trim its
deficit to single digits, but each time it did, the Oyster
Bar responded with a scoring run of its own.
Scott finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and
three blocks, while Buck nailed three long-range bas-
kets to finish with 19 points and six assists. Jacob
Stebans added eight points, while Lorenzo Rivera fin-
ished with six points and six rebounds to go along with
five points and two steals from Spencer Carper.
Chase Parker led all scorers with 30 points while
also pulling down nine rebounds. Justin Hessinger
chipped in with 13 points while Mike Wallen added
nine points, five assists and three steals for the Beach
House. Two points apiece from Steve Faasse and Tyler
Schneerer completed the Beach House scoring.
ReMax 60, A.M. Glass 55
STwenty points apiece from ReMax teammates
Clay Orr and Chad Richardson offset a game-high 26
points from Anna Maria Glass & Screen's Taylor Man-
ning as ReMax earned a five-point victory Saturday,
Jan. 24, in Premier Division action. ReMax also re-
ceived 10 points from Steven Seaton and seven points
from Anthony Rosas as they improved to 3-3 on the
Tyler Bekkerrus supported Manning's scoring ef-
fort with 17 points, while Zach Schield finished with
nine points and Bobby Gibbons posted six points in the
Beach House 60, A.M. Glass 48
The Beach House received double-figure scoring
efforts from three players during its 12-point victory
over Anna Maria Glass & Screen Monday, Jan. 19, in
Premier Division basketball -action. Chase Parker
scored 19 points to lead the Beach House, which also
received 15 points from Mike Wallen and 13 points
from Justin Hessinger. Sarah White added six points,
while Tyler Schneerer finished with five points.
Taylor Manning led A.M. Glass with 18 points,
while teammates Franklin Moore and Zach Schield
added 12 and 10 points respectively. Tyler Bekkerus
basketball league schedule
Premier (ages 14-17)
Jan. 31 10 a.m. ReMax vs. Oyster Bar
Jan. 31 11 a.m. Beach House vs.
Glass & Screen
Feb. 2 7 p.m. ReMax vs. Glass & Screen
Feb. 2 8 p.m. Beach House vs. Oyster Bar
Division I (ages 12-)
Jan. 28 8 p.m.
Jan. 31 6 p.m.
Jan. 31 7 p.m.
Feb. 2 6 p.m.
Feb. 3 8 p.m.
Ralph's vs. Jesse's
Mermaid vs Jesse's
S&S vs. A Paradise
Ralph's vs. Mermaid
S&S vs. Jesse's
Division II (ages 10-11)
Jan. 28 7 p.m. A&E vs. Observer
Jan. 29 8 p.m. Danziger vs. Banks
Jan. 30 7 p.m. A&E vs. S.T.G.C.
Jan. 30 8 p.m. IRE vs. Banks
Jan. 31 3 p.m. Danziger vs. STGC
Jan. 31 4 p.m. IRE vs. Observe
Division III (ages 8-9)
Jan. 29 7 p.m. Jessie's vs. Harry's
Jan. 30 6 p.m. Bistros vs. Duncan
Jan. 31 1 p.m. Galati vs. Harry's
Jan. 31 2 p.m. Jessie's vs. Duncan
Feb. 3 6 p.m. Bistros vs. Jessie's
Instructional (ages 5-7)
Jan. 28 6 p.m. Seaside vs. Young's
Jan. 29 6 p.m. Dips vs. Seaside
Jan. 31 12 p.m. Dips vs. Young's
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Mike Wallen is in position to block Spencer Carper's shot during Premier League basketball action at the
Center. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
added seven points to complete the scoring for Glass
Oyster Bar 82, ReMax 43
The Anna Maria Oyster Bar fried ReMax behind
double-figure scoring efforts from four players during
its 39-point victory Monday, Jan. 19. David Buck led
the way with 19 points, while Gary Scott scored 18 and
teammates Matt McDonough and Spencer Carper
added 14 points each. Jacob Stebans scored six points
and Lorenzo Rivera added five points to round out the
Oyster Bar scoring attack.
Sixteen points from Derek Mendez and 11 points
from Steven Seaton paced the ReMax offense in the loss.
Chad Richardson managed nine points, while Mike
Cramer and Anthony Rosas added four points each.
Division I: S&S 46, Mermaid 39
JoJo Wood poured in 23 points in three quarters of
action while the S&S Industries defense clamped down
on Sign of the Mermaid to hold them to only two points
in the second quarter on the way to a seven-point vic-
tory. Mike Schweitzer chipped in with eight points,
while Catie Carden and Jarot Nelson finished with six
points each in the Jan. 24 victory.
Ian Douglas scored 16 of his 19 points in the sec-
ond half as the Mermaid fought back to make a game
of it. Matt Shafer scored 11 and Justin Dearlove fin-
ished with nine points in the loss.
Paradise 43, Jesse's 37
A Paradise Realty improved to 6-0 on the season
behind a 24-point scoring effort from Jordan Graeff in
its six-point victory over Jesse's Beach Lounge Satur-
day, Jan. 24. Paradise also received 10 points from
Grant Lukitsch and four points apiece from Will
Osborne and Harrison Skaggs in the victory.
Jake Orr scored 16 points and Dylan Mullen added
11 to lead Jesse's in the loss. Celia Ware chipped in
with seven points for Jesse's, which also received six
points from Ryan Guerin and one points from Danielle
Paradise 39, Ralph's 36
Jordan Graeff's 15 points and eight points apiece
from Will Osborne and Harrison Skaggs lifted A Para-
dise Realty past Rotten Ralph's Wednesday, Jan. 21,
in Division I action. Grant Lukitsch added six points
while Terra Cole completed the scoring with three
Ten points from Zach Beeker and nine points from
Whitney Bauer paced Rotten Ralph's in the loss.
Broderick West chipped in with eight points, while
Casey Dalton scored six points and Corbin Kitchen fin-
ished with four points in the loss.
S&S 53, Jesse's 41
JoJo Wood scored a season-high 37 points that
included four three-pointers to lead S&S Industries to
a 12-point victory over Jesse's Beach Lounge Tuesday,
Jan. 20. Wood was supported by Catie Carden's 10
points and six points from Mike Schweitzer.
Celia Ware's 15 points and nine points apiece from
Dylan and Danielle Mullen led Jesse's which also re-
ceived two points from Ryan Guerin in the loss.
Mermaid 40, Ralph's 39
A 15-9 fourth-quarter run sent the Sign of the
Mermaid swimming past Rotten Ralph's by a 40-39
score on Monday, Jan. 19, in Division I basketball ac-
tion. Justin Dearlove sparked the Mermaid with 19
points, while teammate lan Douglas added 13 points in
the victory. Jamie Urch chipped in with seven points
for the Mermaid, which also received two points from
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
Basketball league standings
as of Jan. 24
Oyster Bar 5-1
Glass & Screen .3-3
Beach House 1-6
S&S Industries 5-1
Rotten Ralph's 2-4
Sign of the Mermaid 2-4
Jesse's Lounge 0-6
Island Real Estate 4-0
Banks Engineering 4-2
Air & Energy 1-5
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Zach Beeker scored a game-high 23 points and
Casey Dalton scored seven to lead Ralph's in the loss.
Whitney Bauer added four points, while Broderick
West scored three points to round out the scoring for
Division II: IRE 19, Danziger 10
Six points apiece from Chris and Kevin Callahan
helped Island Real Estate ease past Danziger Allergy
& Sinus Saturday, Jan. 24, to remain unbeaten in Di-
vision II. Shane Blair added three points, while Emma
Barlow and Gabe Salter each scored two points to com-
plete the scoring for IRE.
Garrett Secor scored seven points to lead Danziger
in the loss, while Daniel Riley finished with three
STGC 17, A&E 16
Donna Barth's fourth-quarter basket proved to be
the game-winner for Steve Titsworth General Contract-
ing during its Jan. 24 Division II victory over Air &
Energy. Ally Titsworth scored five points to lead a
balanced scoring attack for STGC that saw Barth and
Blake Wilson finish with four points each, while Gabby
Pace and Nash Thompson each scored two points to
complete the STGC scoring.
Kyle Sewall's six points and four points apiece
from Matt Bauer and Chandler Hardy led Air & Energy
in the loss. Sarah Howard added two points to complete
the scoring for A&E.
Observer 21, Banks 15
Eight points from Dylan King and seven points
from Kyle Aritt lifted the Longboat Observer over
Banks Engineering Saturday, Jan. 24, in Division II
action. Breann Richardson scored four points and Jus-
tin Garcia added two points to the victory.
Tommy Price scored six points and Miles Hostetler
scored five points to lead Banks in the loss. Jordan
Sebastiano and Burns Easterling completed the scoring
for the Engineers with two points each.
Banks 29, A&E 22
Banks Engineering opened up a 25-10 lead through
three quarters, then held on for dear life as Air & En-
ergy rallied behind 11 fourth-quarter points from Matt
Bauer Thursday, Jan. 22.
Miles Hostetler scored 13 points to lead Banks
Engineering which also received eight points from Jor-
dan Sebastiano, six points from Martine Miller and two
points from Alison Lukitsch in the victory.
Bauer finished with a game-high 15 points while
Kyle Sewall scored four points and Joey Hutchinson
finished with three points in the loss.
Division III: Jessie's 24, Galati 10
Trevor Bystrom exploded for 12 second-half points
to help turn a one-point halftime Jessie's Island Store
KalifMora pushes the ball upcourt during basketball action at the Community Center.
lead over Galati Marine into a 14-point victory in Di-
vision III action Saturday, Jan. 24. Jack Titsworth and
Zack Guerin added four points each, while Jay Beard
finished with two points in the victory.
Chase Stripling's six points paced Galati Marine,
which also received four points from Kelly Guerin in
Harry's 10, Duncan 5
Harry's Continental Kitchens doubled up on
Duncan Real Estate Saturday, Jan. 24, behind eight
points from Glenn Bower and two points from Dylan
Two points apiece from Kyle Crum and Giorgio
Gomez and one point from Josh Schmidt paced
Duncan in the loss.
Bistros 6, Harry's 1
Four points from Hailey Dearlove and two points
from Brittany Templeton carried the Bistros past
Harry's Continental Kitchens in its Jan. 22 victory in
Division III action. Grant Bower scored one point to
lead the scoring efforts for Harry's in the loss.
Duncan 10, Galati 1
Duncan Real Estate received four points from
Giorgio Gomez and two points apiece from Kyle
Crum, Jerry Mayer and Emily White during its Jan. 21
victory over Galati Marine in Division III basketball
action. Kelly Guerin scored one point for Galati in the
Bistros 24, Jessie's 3
The Bistros cooked Jessie's Island Store behind a
balanced scoring attack and tremendous team defense
Neil Carper follows through on his shot during
Instructional League basketball action at the Anna
Maria Island Communitv Center.
during its Jan. 20 victory. Hailey Dearlove led the way
with 10 points, while Molly McDonough added four
points to the Bistros offense, which also received two
points apiece from Brittany Templeton, Max Miller,
Connor Field, Pat Edwards and Emma Carper.
Zack Guerin paced the scoring efforts for Jessie's
with three points in the loss.
Little League registration soon
Anna Maria Island Little League will be holding
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two registration nights in early Febrary that will help
determine exactly how the league will be structured.
Player age divisions will be established, appar-
ently, depending on the number of players registered,
due to lagging participation in recent years.
Registration will take place at the Center Tuesday,
Feb. 3, and Thursday, Feb. 5, from 5-9 p.m. Tryouts
will follow Saturday, Feb. 7, starting at 10:30 a.m. for
8-9-year-old players. Players ages 10-12 will follow at
noon with the 5-7-year-olds trying out at 1:30 p.m.
The 10-12-year-olds get back at it for another try-
out Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m., while the 8-9-year-olds
have their second session on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Also
at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, the last tryout will take place
for the 5-7-year-old group.
Players ages 13-17 can also register for Junior and
Senior League baseball during regular Center hours.
Cost for all leagues is $45 per player and $40 for ad-
Coaches are needed for all age groups. If interested
or if you need more information, call 778-1908.
Canada-U.S. tennis tourney on horizon
The second-annual Canada-U.S. Tennis Tourna-
ment is set for Saturday, Feb. 7, from 8 a.m. to 4
p.m., at the Anna Maria Island Community Center
The tournament is open to seniors who participate
in the morning or afternoon tennis groups. The first 12
men and women to enter will be guaranteed a spot in
the tournament. If more players register early, the field
may be expanded to 16 or 18 players.
The tournament will be on a seeded basis with
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League basketball action at the Center.
mixed men's and women's doubles matches. All par-
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win six games or the team with the most wins after 30
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The tournament will conclude with dinner at Ato's
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nounced. Cost is $15. with $10 refunded to all who
attend the dinner.
No entries will be accepted after Wednesday, Feb.
4, or when the draw is full. For more information, call
Don Moffatt at 778-8261.
CHARMING ISLAND COTTAGE
108 Second St. N. Bradenton Beach
1BR/1BA, close to shops and restaurants,
one block to beach.
Well maintained, inside and out.
Terry Hayes, 302-3100
BEAUTIFUL WEST BRADENTON The Crossing 3BR/
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THE WATERSIDE a tastefully updated Bay Palms 3BR/2BA, split-plan
home. Upgrades include Coran countertops, custom cabinets,
new appliances and Mexican tile. Perfect for entertaining or relax-
ing, the open living area offers lovely waterfront views. Enter onto
a spacious screened lanai through sliding glass doors. A contem-
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in the privacy of tropical landscaping. Asking $695,000.
For your personal showing
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310 Pine Avenue P.O. Box 1299 Anna Maria, FL 34216
Office 779-0304 Fax 779-0308 Toll Free 866-779-0304
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ianne orrell 4212 Redfish Ct.............. $575,000
Realtor 307 Iris St .................... $475,000
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106 Gull Dr. ..................... 599,000
531 77th St.............. $1,895,000
243 Willow Ave.............. $895,000
301 So. Bay Blvd............ $650,000
229 Gladiolus St. ............ $679,000
625 Emerald Ln. ............. $589,900
1102 Riverside Dr........ $1,490,000
4915 Gulf Dr.............. $1,715,000
3603 4th Ave. ........... $1,099,000
308 55th St. (Lot)........... $219,000
4003 5th Ave. ............... $879,000
4005 5th Ave. ............... $879,000
3818 6th Ave. ............... $440,000
3810 6th Ave. ............. $425,000
100 7th St. So.(Duplex) .. $785,000
104 7th St. So.(Duplex) ... $600,000
210 83rd St .................... $424,900
Sunbow Bay #104........... $299,000
Martinique North #101.... $595,000
Sun Plaza West #202 ....... $409,000
La Casa Costiera #11 .... $1,200,000
Sun Plaza West #210 ...... $459,000
Waters Edge #11ON ....... $759,000
Bradenton Beach Club B... $849,000
6501 Gulf Dr. .............. $828,000
747 Jacaranda Rd. (Lot)... $389,000
727 Jacaranda Rd........... $789,000
Bayou Condo 5C ............ $289,900
408 Poinsettia Rd. .......... $525,000
306 Spring Ave. (Lot)....... $306,000
5701 Carissa St. (Duplex) $798,000
504 69th St ............... $537,900
770 Jacaranda Rd.(Duplex) .... $459,000
Business Only ............... $295,000
427 Pine Ave. ............... $695,000
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$599 COMPLETE COMPUTER: 2.0 GHz, 256MB,
40GB, Windows XP Home, keyboard, speakers,
mouse, 17-inch CRT, one-year warranty. 752-4517.
NEW: TWO SWIVEL recliner rockers. Wheat color,
$500 for pair or best offer. Call 778-6228.
ALMOST NEW premium quality, white, 42-inch
lanai table with four chairs, $400. Brass and glass
36-inch console table with matching mirror, $100.
TEA CART: Brass and smoked glass. $35. Call
DINING TABLE with two leaves and four chairs,
$150; desk and chair, $75; swivel chair, $45. Re-
decorating. Call 779-9838.
WROUGHT IRON and glass table, six chairs, one
with arms, chandelier, $325; workbench, loveseat
sofa, full ottoman, off-white swirl pattern, $400.
Good condition, 778-7975.
BRAND NEW walk-in custom bird cage. Six feet
high by four feet wide by three feet deep. Solid an-
odized aluminum, can be used indoor or outdoor,
will not tarnish, chip or peel. Asking $6,500 or best
27-INCH SHARP TV, like new condition, two years
old. $95. Call 778-6234.
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.
Community pool, golf, tenni' O
$699,000. Roger Rawlings
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Give them a call! We still have
some choice rentals available
for both February and March.
Rates starting at $1,700.
Contact Carol at
Green Real Estate
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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.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon on Tuesday at
www.islander.org. And it's FREE!
FREE DELIVERY: SEAFOOD to go. Shrimp, crabs,
native fish. Delivered to your door. Call James Lee,
795-1112 or 704-8421.
BINGO! Annie Silvers Community Center. Every
Thursday, through April 1, 7pm. Everyone wel-
come. Corner of Avenue C and 23rd Street,
DR. DAVE BAND at Bongo's on Manatee Avenue
every Friday, 6-10pm.
AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit orders benefit Island chil-
dren. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit pack-
ages for shipment to friends and family from mem-
ber Rich Bohnenberger, 778-0355. Honeybell tan-
gelos crop, mature now!
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 778-7978.
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The 2004 Tour of Homes
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S1 Each or 6 for S5 proceeds benefit
the Anna Maria Island
ROSER THRIFT SHOP Open Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday, 9:30am-2pm, Saturday 9-noon. Always 50
percent off sales rack. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, Jan. 31, 8am-2pm.
Books, books, books and more. 305 73rd St.,
TRASH AND TREASURE sale, Saturday, Jan. 31,
8am-11:59am. Continental breakfast. Gulfshore
Mobile Park in the recreation hall, 3710 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
YARD SALE SATURDAY and Sunday, Jan. 30-31,
8am-3pm. Clothing, furniture, tools, fishing tackle,
household items, stereo system, recliner, much
more. 2915 Avenue C, Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE SATURDAY, Jan. 31, 8am. Two com-
puter desks, two-way phone, cordless phone, ladies
bike, few Jingle Beanies, dolls, dishes, clothes, etc.
Something for everyone. 409 72nd St., Holmes
YARD SALE SATURDAY, Jan. 31, 9am-1pm. 112
52nd. St., Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE, FRIDAY and Saturday. Double jog-
ging stroller, dresser. 202 76th St., Holmes Beach.
CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years
as an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved
pets with in-home visits. 778-6000.
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This inviting 3BR 2BA waterfront pool---
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with white glass-front cabinets, cozy waterside Florida room, with built-in bar area
and pecky cypress siding, newer seawall and dock, lovely vaulted pool cage, new
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DEEP-WATER SLIP, north end of Anna Maria.
Easy Gulf access. Call 794-8877 or 730-5393.
EGMONT EXPRESS CHARTERS: Seek out secret
water paradise. Sunsets, back water, Egmont or
custom trips. See dolphins and manatees. Call 778-
7459 or 720-5470.
FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander
for the best news here on the island since 1992!
More classified means more readers.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
BABY-SITTING AND PET-SITTING My name is
Sarah, I am 15-years old. Hourly charge: $5/child or
$3/pet, $2.50/hour for each additional pet or child.
Please call 778-7622, 778-7611 or 447-8593.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Seventh-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, 779-9783.
NEED A CHILD or pet sitter? Call one number and
get connected to three wonderful sitters! Tiffany,
Kari, Holly. 778-3275 or 779-0793.
ISLAND SPORTS BAR: All-year clientele. Beer/
wine, good lease, smoking OK. $85,000. Call
Longview Realty, 383-6112.
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high traf-
fic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized; not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, 383-5543.
RESERVATIONIST for busy vacation rental busi-
ness on Anna Maria Island. Call Liz at 778-4800 for
details and a confidential interviews.
PART-TIME SEASONAL rental agent needed for
expanding rental department. Smiles and friendly
personality a must. Snowbirds welcome to apply!
Excellent pay. Tuesday-Friday, 24-30 hours per
week. No experience required, will train. Please
contact Patty DePaoli, Island Real Estate,
JOURNALIST: Part-time reporter sought for city
beat and features writing by The Islander. Must have
journalism education, experience or background
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 generally
assisting library patrons. It's fun, give it a try! Any-
one interested in our friendly community library
should call Eveann Adams, 779-1208.
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.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $30 per hour- free ad-
COMING SOON' TL o beautiful rnew 3.,'2 hut.rrs at 306 56tri- Sr
Preconstrucuon pricing starting at $495.C00
Under construction New 3/2 5 family room with fireplace, beautiful cherry
cabinets with granite countertops Lots of upgrades
2205 88th St. Ct NW. $396,900.
Lot in northwest Bradenton. 80-by-21 5-ft. Will build your dream home
from your plans or ours. 2203 88th St. Ct. NW $120,000.
Only two new homes remaining at popular Heron's Watch subdivision. On
86th St. W. Just minutes to the beach Starting at $208.500.
Greg Oberhofer, 720-0932
5500 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 778-7127
JUST BACK ON THE MARKET...
GULFFRONT CONDO AT THE ALAMANDA VILLA IN
HOLMES BEACH. Large 1BR unit, turnkey furnished, taste-
fully decorated. Resort-style rental operation fully booked
through the winter. Pool to be installed at seller's expense.
Call today for showing appointments.
Available to show Saturday or Sunday, Jan. 31 & Feb. 1 only.
Call Barry Gould at 778-3314
or Ted Schlegel at 518-6117
3001 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6849 800-778-9599
Fax: (941) 779-1750
E-mail: sales@islandvactionproperties com
Web page. www.ivphomesforsale com
Licensed Real Estate Broker: Ann Caron
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ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt and salt. Thorough, reason-
able and reliable. Free estimates, licensed and in-
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 reasonable
price call Sebastian, 704-6719.
TREE SERVICE: Topping, trimming, removals.
Palm trimming. 15 years locally working on Anna
Maria. Phil Brewer, 545-4770.
FRANK'S HAULING SCRAP-Metal business. Is-
land resident, reasonable rates. Please call at any-
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks, up-
grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert at 778-3620.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
BENNETT'S APPLIANCE/AC and Household
Service. Service all brands, eighteen years expe-
rience. All repairs warranteed. Call 746-8984, cell
COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training, main-
tenance, virus and Spyware protection. Island na-
tive. Web site: www.matrixPConline.com. Call John
Baird with Matrix PC, 708-6541.
Cal No .. Jef n I or Cal Price
JACK OF ALL trades. Lawn care, home repair,
painting, cleaning. No job too small. Call Scott, 720-
4873 or 778-4425.
NOTARY PUBLIC: Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows, sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, 778-5834.
KD'S "DUST FREE" Cleaning Service. Rentals,
seasonals, move-in, move-out. Condos, apart-
ments and homes. Experienced and insured. Free
estimates. Call 729-3030.
CLEANINGS-R-JOB: Will clean your residence, of-
fice, rental or new construction. Island resident of
36 years. No job too big! Please call, 795-7324.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, 779-1128. References available.
YOU'VE CALLED the rest now call the best. 10
percent discount for new customers. Call "We
Clean." Ellen 779-2422, or Lolly 761-2800.
HOUSE CLEANING Bi-weekly, 12 years experi-
ence. Outstanding Island references. Call 792-
AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION: Fast service, new
vehicles, best prices. Fully permitted at all airports.
CLEANING WITH "TENDER loving care." Residen-
tial experts. We pay attention to every detail. You
will not be disappointed. 795-2502 or 737-5797.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resi-
dent, references. For pricing call 713-5967.
HANDYMAN SERVICES Scott Fulton, owner, Island
resident. "Get the job done right." Free estimate, many
references. 713-1907 cell, 778-4192 home.
THE ROYAL MAID Service, licensed, bonded, in-
sured. Professional, experienced maids, free esti-
mate, gift certificates available. Please call 727-9337.
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"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site annamariareal.com
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Be-
ginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 792-0160.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration.
Commercial and residential service, repair and/or re-
placement. Serving Manatee County and the Island
since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 795-7411. RA005052.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, 795-0887. MA#0017550.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD lessons. Call Jack Elka,
SEWING: Get your sewing alterations done fast and
reliably. Hems, zippers, sleeves, waistlines, cush-
ions, etc. Reasonably priced. Call Jenifer Catlin,
IRONING OR HOUSE cleaning services available.
13 years, smoke-free environment. Also laundry
and repairs! Free pick-up and delivery. Island resi-
dent. Call 778-4192.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING and Lawn Maintenance.
Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn main-
tenance, cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, Xeriscape.
Island resident. Excellent references. 778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it
is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis-
count.. Call 778-2581 or 962-6238.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified ads and service
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.
NEW LISTING IN HOLMES
BEACH! Quiet and comfortable
in a tropical setting. Many up-
dates since home was built in
.' 1982 (too many to list!) El-
evated 2BR/2BA with enclosed
garage. Wonderful brick paver
patio area, two very short
blocks to beach. Priced to sell at $369,900. Call Stephanie Bell,
Broker at 920-5156 for all the details! MLS#99433
ADORABLE! NW BRADENTON
HOME This may be the last
S -- : chance to own an adorable reno-
vated 2BR home under $165K.
.- Even cuter inside than out! Open
Siii.. floor plan, wood and ceramic
.- floors, spa bathtub and much
lt 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
-DUPLEX WEST SIDE OF GULF
DRIVE Own a piece of the Island
before it's too late! Cute and
S cozy, half-block to beautiful
beach in an area of newly con-
"- I structed homes. Don't miss out
REDUCED! on this opportunity. Investment
or residence. Many updates and
lots of potential. A must see! Priced reduced to $315,000. Call
Stephanie Bell Broker/Owner, 778-2307 or direct at 920-5156.
[B SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED 3BR/3BA canalfront home.
Interior designed by Eatman & Smith for comfortable enter-
taining from elegant to casual. Quality abounds from the
gourmet kitchen with custom-built beaded beech cabinets
to the outdoor room with an impressive red brick grilling sta-
tion. Relax in style in the caged pool with a built-in hot tub,
play shuffle board or enjoy your boat on a new 12,000-lb.
boat lift. Broker/owner. $735,000.
BEAUTIFUL BAY PALMS 3BR/2.5BA canalfront home re-
cently updated to include a coral-appointed remote-con-
trolled gas fireplace, 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.
1BR/1BA, 2BR/1BA DUPLEX located very close to AMI
Community Center. Loads of potential on a street with active
property improvements under way. $369,900.
M arina Pointe
314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
(941) 779-0732 Toll Free: (866) 779-0732
Storage Units Available!
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CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING Services: Quality lawn
maintenance, landscape cleanup, plantings, prun-
ing, shell and more! Insured, referenced, free esti-
mates. Call 778-2335 or 284-1568.
BAREFOOT LAWNS & GARDENS Providing the
total TLC for your landscaping requirements. Lawns,
trees, shrubs, container gardens and gardens. De-
sign, installation and service. Call 730-5318 for free
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Irri-
gation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 778-4441.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Installations,
clean-ups, pruning, irrigation, trees, edging, rip-rap,
mulch, rock, patios, shell, seawall fill. Reliable and
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $30/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates.
Call Larry at 795-7775, "shell phone" 720-0770.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, 795-5100
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 778-2993.
Licf CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
Two Adjoined Townhomes ,!.a'ir-
trornt and ,'iei, Do',L r.69 001 )
Extraordinary C3rijltront -4l P 2BR Ei
pool dcl-S. 6;8(i )(
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large lot S595,.n000
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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc.e
Now erving...Re l Coffee & Reait
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
OVER THIRTY YEARS craftsman experience. Inte-
rior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Dan
Michael, master carpenter. Call cell 778-6898 or
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, re-
liable, many Island references. Call Neil, 726-3077.
KEVIN GRIFFITHS' ISLAND Paint Interior/exterior
painting, pressure washing and wallpaper. For
prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates, call
704-7115 or 778-2996. Mom/son team.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. Lic#CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE, highly skilled, depend-
able restoration/renovation expert, carpenter, fine
finishing contractor. Kitchen/bathroom specialist.
Repairs, painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, 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.
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SPECTACULAR bayfront estate on a pris- MAJESTIC TRADITION IN MANGO
tine one-acre lot. Plantation-style home PARK. Two-story home with numerous
offers private beach, dock and many up- amenities. 4/5BR and heated pool.
grades throughout. $1,250,000. Kathy $424,900. Cindy Pierro, 920-6818 or
Valente, 685-6767. 97322 Victoria Horstmann, 518-1278. 97907
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BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED 3BR/2BA NW BRADENTON 4BR familyhome.
home on cul-de-sac. Heated pool, brick Private setting with room for pool.
fireplace and cathedral ceilings. Master suite has sitting/dressing area
$295,000. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or with Jacuzzi tub in bath. $295,000.
Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 99729 Elizabeth Gardini, 356-0096. 97980
MANATEE RIVERFRONT ESTATE on 1+3/4 acre lot. Main house and three guest homes.
Amazing wood work. $2,499,000. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala. 725-0781.
KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT. 4BR/3BA pool home. New kitchen and bath cabinets and
Corian counters. Canalfront with direct Gulf and bay access. $769,000. Ruth Lawler,
HISTORIC RIVERFRONT TREASURE. Two-story, 1925 home on large lot with majestic
oaks. Refinished oak/pine floors. Riverfront lot included.$649,000. Ruth Lawler, 587-4623.
NW WARNER'S WEST BAYOU 3BR/2BA with den. New Corian counters in kitchen and
seawall in 2003. Private setting. $499,000. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala,
IMPECCABLE PINE MEADOWS. Fireplace, separate dining, indoor laundry and eat-in
kitchen with nice patio area. Fenced backyard and pool area. $324,900. Cindy Pierro, 920-
IMMACULATE NW BRADENTON 48R/3BA home on quiet street. Open, bright floorplan,
new roof, large pool and more! Great curb appeal. $299,900. Mary Hellhake, 544-0763.
TOTAL LAWN CARE and community pool in this 3BR, plus den home in beautiful wooded
setting. Newer kitchen and baths. $275,000. Kathy Valente, 685-6767. 98825/98830
NW BRADENTON 3BR split plan home with fireplace in family room. Newer carpet and
tile. Freshly painted. Entertain in oversized lanai. $209.900. Colette Gerrish, 713-6557.
PINEBROOK CONDO. Third floor, 2BR/28A unit with golf course and lake views. Eat-in
kitchen, glass enclosed lanai and laundry in unit $160,000. Hal Gillihan, 713-5555.99313
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HOME REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry,
painting, sheetrock, popcorn, doors, bi-folds, trim,
moldings kitchen remodeling, general repairs.
Decks, hardwood floors. Homes, rentals. A.J. Win-
MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry
work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work, glass
block work, paver and brick driveways. Call Chris,
795-3034. Lic.#104776. Insured.
MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and resto-
ration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience. In-
sured. Call Javier at 685-5163 or 795-6615.
PAUL SUTHERLAND CARPENTRY and More:
Residential and commercial. No job too small. 35
years experience and prompt dependable service.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and fair
prices. Call 795-1947. Lic#RR0066450.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR and Lawn Care: Light
carpentry, grass cutting, handyman, plumbing and
electrical, light hauling, tree trimming. Call 778-6170
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. 778-3526 or 730-0516.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST-style home, north
Anna Maria Island, 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.
REAL ESTATE LLC
3BR/2BA waterfront home. Room for pool or to expand.
On dep-water canal with direct access to Tampa Bay.
Large backyard with view down canal to Bimini Bay.
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.
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.
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.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
Sandy Rich Realty
9908 Gulf Drive Anna Maria
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* Berber Carpet from $12.95 installed
* Ceramic tile installed from $4.95
* Excellent selection of hardwood floors
WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach, some lo-
cations. Units are complete. Rates seasonally ad-
justed. $375-$975/week, $975-$2,975/month. (800)
977-0803 or 737-1121. www.abeachview.com.
NEW LISTING First-time rental, fully furnished villa
in beautiful Mt. Vernon, near beaches, on canal, lake
view front. 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, carport, club-
house with numerous activities, heated pool,
Jacuzzi, tennis, no pets, non-smoking, age 55-plus,
minimum three months, peak season, $2,400/
month, annual $1,500/month. Call 721-1 784.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes with all conveniences. Now book-
ing for this season. Please call (813) 752-4235, or
view Web site: www.AhhSeaBreeze.com.
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL 2BR/2BA, washer/
dryer, pool, nicely furnished, ground floor. Available
April plus. Call 778-9576.
DUPLEX 2BR/2BA 2411 Avenue C, Bradenton
Beach. Carport below with storage room, $800/
OFFICE OR TWO-chair hair salon for rent. 112
52nd St., Holmes Beach. $475/month. 746-8666.
2BR/1 BA unfurnished annual Gulfview. $850/month.
Call 778-0292 or 650-3552.
KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Short-term
only. Night, weekend, weekly. Private entrance, pri-
vate deck. Nonsmoking, close to beach. Call 778-
3433 or 773-0010.
VACATION RENTAL Charming 1BR/1BA, fully fur-
nished, across from white sandy beach. Call 809-3714.
SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE March 1. 1BR
waterfront apartment on north end of Anna Maria.
$1,750/month. Call 778-5445.
150 STEPS to Gulf. Seasonal 2BR/2BA immaculate
ground-level home. Nonsmoking, no pets. Call (813)
961-6992 or email@example.com.
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:
VACATION, SEASONAL Anna Maria Gulffront
apartments. Lovely 2 and 3BR units, fully equipped,
porch, sundeck, tropical setting. Call 778-3143.
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.
2BR/1BA TOTALLY renovated duplex with under-
cover parking, storage area, washer/dryer. Steps to
Gulf and bay. 2516-E Avenue B in Bradenton
Beach. $850/month. (813) 300-8543.
RENTALS RENT FAST advertised in The Islander!
ANNUAL RENTAL Holmes Beach, 2BR/2BA, ga-
rage, washer/dryer, dishwasher. 308 63rd St. $950/
month, plus utilities. Call 737-1121.
PERICO BAY CLUB, 3BR/2BA furnished condo,
water view, heated pool, spa, tennis, two miles to
beach. Seasonal or annual, http://
PericoBayClub.html or call (772) 713-4147.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria Is-
land since 1992.
SEASONAL RENTALS from $1,500/month. Annual
rentals: 7104 Marina, 3BR/2BA house, pool, pet OK,
$1,500/month; 517 72nd St., 3BR/2BA house, dock,
pet OK, $1,500/month; 2405 Avenue B, 2BR/2BA
duplex on stilts, pet OK, $900/month; Perico Bay
Club 2BR/2BA villa, two-car garage, $1,100/month;
Wildewood Springs/Bradenton, 2BR/2BA condo,
pool, $750/month. SunCoast Real Estate, 779-0202.
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL Totally remodeled 2BR
townhouses almost on the beach. Back and front
patios. Boat parking. Annual $1,150/month, sea-
sonal $2,500/month or $750/week. Call 778-4548.
2BR/2BA CONDO, waterfront, furnished, includes
utilities. Enclosed parking, secure entrance. $1,450/
month. Call 737-7121.
WESTBAY POINT: Finest waterfront unit and view!
2BR/2BA, corner unit, furnished. $2,500/month. Avail-
able February, March, April. Call (818) 620-3543.
ON THE BEACH new, 2BA/2BA weekly/monthly,
Bradenton Beach 778-3618 or www.linger-
CANCELLATION DUE to illness. Direct Gulffront
condo, newly furnished, 3BR/2BA, heated pooj
Jacuzzi, tennis. Available February-March. 794-
8877 or 730-5393.
ANNUAL PERICO BAY Club, Grand Cayman, 2BR/
2BA, plus den lagoon front with views of estuary and
bay. Ceramic tile throughout, completely updated.
$1,250/month. T. Dolly Young Real Estate, 778-0807.
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-shirts.
Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach or order on-line www.islander.org.
SEASONAL: Nicely furnished 2BR/1 BA, canalfront,
dock, duplex. Three-month minimum. $1,950/month.
No pets. Call, 778-8436 or 778-5793.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping and restaurants. 778-3875.
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.
STEPS TO BEACH! Gorgeous furnished and spa-
cious two-room apartments. Anna Maria Island, sea-
sonal rentals. $550/week, $1,900 month. Call 778-
1098. Pets welcome!
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SEASONAL VACATION rentals available now:
Palma Sola townhouse, 2BR, heated pool and boat
slip, $2,500/month; Tara Golf Club villa with heated
pool and golf course, $2,700/month. Available
March only: Longboat Village 2BR bungalow. Near
bay and restaurants, $2,700/month; Perico Bay villa,
heated pool, tennis, $2,500/month. Call Real Estate
4BR/3BA POOL HOME in northwest Bradenton.
Room for boat or RV. $900/week, $2,200/month.
EL CONQUISTADOR inches from PGA course.
Heated pool, washer/dryer, sunset view over courts,
clubhouse, Sarasota Bay. 2BR/2BA, furnished.
Available February, March, or annually. Call 750-
0648 or 302-1970.
SEASONAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA villas, washer/
dryer, screened porch, carport, groundlevel. $2,000-
$2,500/month. Call Marina Pointe Realty Co., 779-
0732 or (866) 779-0732.
ANNUAL 3BR/3BA two-car garage home on private
saltwater canal with dock and lift. Estuary views.
Two minutes to bay/beach. San Remo Shores sub-
division, water/garbage paid, $1,400/month. No
pets, nonsmoking. Call 798-9765 or 704-6383.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to
beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer,
garage, designer furnished with tropical yard setting.
One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,500/weekly or
$5,200/monthly. Call 713-4805 or e-mail:
FEBRUARY CANCELLATION now available at
Westbay Point and Moorings. Direct waterfront,
Skyway view, 2BR/2BA, upgraded. Old Florida
Realty 778-3377, or Sharon Annis, 713-9096.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA, half-duplex, el-
evated, $750/month; 2BR/2BA home with one-car
garage, $1,200/month; 3BR/2BA, direct bayfront
home with heated pool, $3,000/month. Call Betsy
Hills Real Estate, PA, 778-2291.
ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL 2BR/2BA
Shorewalk condo near beach, lakeview, Jacuzzis,
pools, tennis pros. $900/week. 748-9238.
2BR/2BA LUXURY CONDO, steps to beach, over-
looks pool, tennis, sauna. Available January, Feb-
ruary, March, April. $3,300/month, $1,000/week.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (863)
IDEAL OFFICE SPACE for lease, Loggerhead Junc-
tion in beautiful Holmes Beach. Small office park
within walking distance to the beach. 465 to 930 sq.ft.
Inland Southeast Property Management, 929-0144.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Excellent values. 1 BR duplex,
one block to Gulf, $680/month, includes most utili-
ties; 2BR/2BA elevated duplex with large outside
storage, $840/month; 2BR/1BA duplexes priced
from $760 to $1,000/month. Call Island Real Estate
for great move-in specials, 778-6066.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/2BA apartment, freshly
painted, new tile, washer/dryer hookups, dish-
washer, Anna Maria. $780/month. No pets. Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 778-2307.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND, steps to beach, shopping,
restaurants. 2BR/2BA duplex, washer/dryer, large
deck, small and medium pets welcome. $825/
month. Call 778-0837 or 704-4591.
1BR/1BA: Small, furnished, bayview cottage. Laun-
dry, water, trash included. Short or long term,
$1,000/month. Boat dock available for $100/month
extra. Call Zita at Gulf-Bay Realty, 778-7244.
HOLMES BEACH seasonal 2BR/1BA, 100 steps to
Gulf. Laundry, lanai. Available February 2004 due to
renter's illness. $1,800/monthly. Call (585) 473-9361
ANNUAL SPACIOUS 2BR/1BA, covered parking,
laundry, bay view, steps to Gulf. $895/month, plus
electric. Call 778-5412 or (585) 473-9361.
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ANNUAL 2BR/2BA CONDO: Waterfront, furnished,
includes utilities. Enclosed parking, secure entry.
$1,450/month. Call 737-7121.
EL CONQUISTADOR CONDO inches from the
PGA course. Heated pool, washer/dryer, sunset
view over courts, clubhouse, Sarasota Bay. 2BR/
2BA, furnished. Available February and March or
annually. Call 750-0648 or 302-1970.
ANNUAL 3BR/3BA, two-car garage home on pri-
vate saltwater canal with dock and lift. Two minutes
to bay/beach. San Remo Shores subdivision.
$1,300/month, water/garbage paid. No pets. Call
798-9765 or 704-6383.
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FEBRARY, MARCH & APRIL Gulf view rental now
available. 2BR unit totally renovated, all brand new,
including granite countertops. Beach access just
steps away. $2,950/month for three-month rental.
(800) 977-0803, www.ABEACHVIEW.com, look for
mermaid 2BR unit.
ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA. $800/month, plus
utilities. 7502 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Call
LOVELY 2BR UNIT, six-month rental. 210 81st.
St., Holmes Beach. Leave your stuff from year to
year. $2,250/month. Call (813) 962-0817 or 778-
LAST CHANCE! 1-3BR homes from $1,500/
month. Call Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
ONE-AND-A- HALF block to beach, 3BR/2BA,
washer/dryer hookup, new white tile floors, half-
duplex; 2BR/2BA, new tile floors; 1BR/1BA nice
larger apartment. No pets. Dolores M. Baker Re-
WEEKLY EASTER SPECIALS now available.
Duncan Real Estate, 779-0304.
BAYFRONT ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA house, quiet
neighborhood. Call 795-1132.
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.
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT gem for sale. 3BR/3BA,
3,000 sq.ft. under roof, completely updated kitchen with
Corian and KitchenAid appliances, updated plumbing and
A/C, large pool, new Trex dock with 10,000-lb. boat lift and
Waverunner lift. Travertine marble bath with walk-in shower
and two-seater Jacuzzi. Large lot (100 by 140 feet), newer
seawall. $750,000. Call 730-1086 or 704-7336.
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.
LONGBOAT KEY: Premium turnkey ground-floor
2BR/2BA condo with garden patio, amenities include
deeded beach, pool, docking, clubhouse and more.
$279,000. Call 383-3751.
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.
you can live on an island
for less than $350,000...
less than two miles to the beautiful Gulf beaches!
11434 Perico Isles Circle
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Enjoy the clubhouse, exercise room,
sauna and tennis. Call...
NEWLY RENOVATED two-story duplex. 2BR/2BA,
plus 3BR or den. Both units turnkey furnished, large
yard, one block to Holmes Beach. $545,000 or will split
as condos. $325,000/each. 725-2862 (by appointment
only). Must see!
CAYMAN CAY CONDO steps to beach. 2BR/2BA
fully furnished corner unit with carport. Old Florida
Realty, 778-3377 or Sharon Annis, 778-3730.
SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BA condo, unobstructed bay
view corner unit. Great amenities, heated pools, ten-
nis, under-building parking. Newly turnkey furnished,
walk to beach and shopping. For information call, 795-
BEACH COTTAGE RESORT 3BR owners home
plus three rental units. Great west of Gulf Drive lo-
cation. 100 yards to beach. Walking distance to
shops and restaurants. For sale by owner. 111 36th
St., Holmes Beach. $1,100,000. 778-2071.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: Total 3BR/2BA re-
model. New electric, plumbing, kitchen, baths, win-
dows, doors, flooring, security system, quiet dead-
end street. $179,500. Call 746-3462.
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Anna Maria canalfront
home with pool on a quiet
vacation rental, but also
the place to be for a
Call Pat Staebler, Lic. Real Estate Broker
778-0123 or 705-0123
STATELY ISLAND HOME with that Island
flair. A complete remodel in 2000. Attention
paid to detail from Anderson windows to total
intercom system in every room. 5BR/5.5BA
and coral fireplace. A must see! $995,000.
Quentin Talbert, 704-9680.
SANDY POINTE Bright and sunny 2BR/2BA
turnkey furnished unit. Spacious covered park-
ing. Located close to shopping, restaurants
and the beach. Affordable Island living!
$209,000. Call Dave Jones or Dick Maher at
778-4800 or 713-4800.
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.
DIRECT BAYFRONT Stunning 2BR/2BA
turnkey furnished Island condo. Very rental
friendly and just steps to the beach. Excellent
investment opportunity with great rental his-
tory. $429,000. Call Nicole Skaggs or Jane
Grossman at 778-4800.
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WESTBAY POINT AND MOORINGS condo.
Canalfront, furnished and updated. Ready to
move into with new kitchen and bathrooms in
Anna Maria's finest and most private commu-
nity. Heated pool, tennis and 26 acres of tropi-
cal splendor. $360,000. Dave Jones or Dick
Maher, 778-4800 or 713-4800.
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WOWt 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 Denny Rauschl, 725-3934.
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
PERIDIA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Lakefront and golf course view,
3BR/2BA. Especially well-maintained $239,500
4 UNITS-ANNA MARIA- Some bayview one 2BR, three 1BR, room
for pool, large courtyard. $870,000
CAYMAN CAY 2BR/2BA Across from white sand beaches. Ground
floor, private courtyard opens onto heated pool/gazebo area. Turnkey
furnished. Well maintained. $299,000.
GULF BEACH PLACE 2BR/2BA, turnkey, beautifully updated, roof/
sundeck with panoramic views. $399,000.
5400 GULFRONT 1 BR/1 BA turnkey furnished $275,000.
5400 GULFRONT 2BR/1.5BA poolview $310,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
GULF BEACH 2BR/2BA, view, pool, beautiful vacation spot.
MART1NQUE 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
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
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,
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PERICO BAY VILLA Gated community, 2BR/2BA,
nicely furnished. Tennis, heated pool. $259,000. Real
Estate Mart, 756-1090.
WATERFRONT LOTS and homes between
Englewood and Boca Grande: Six lots with seawalls
and a ground-level waterfront home, deep water, no
bridges, one tip-lot directly on Intracoastal and bay, your
dock to the Gulf in three minutes. Properties affordably
priced from $289,000. Call (570) 943-2516.
TROPICAL PARADISE! 3BR/3BA waterfront with dock
and boatlift, pool/spa. $535,000. 792-6978.
TIMESHARE AT the Maverick in Ormond Beach, Fla.
On the Atlantic. One week, week #8.1 BR, sleeps four.
$6,000 or best offer. Call 758-0985.
GOLF COURSE FRONTAGE 4BR/2BA Village Green
home. Family room, two-car garage. $224,900. Call
owner Fred, 756-1090.
PERICO BAY VILLA Gated community, 2BR/2BA,
nicely furnished. Tennis, heated pool. $259,000. Real
Estate Mart, 756-1090.
DUPLEX NEAR ISLAND 2BR/2BA each side, elevated,
large attractive rooms, walk-ins, extras, one mile to
Cortez Bridge. $198,000. Call 383-6272.
FOR SALE BY owner. 3BR/2BA on canal with dock
and pool. $639,000. 304 Iris, Anna Maria. 778-7508.
GEOFFREY WALL, G.R.I. P.A.
Realtor Sales Associate
No one knows an island like an Aussie.
"The art of the deal for you."
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For Selling Action Call The Aussie
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Gulf Drive commercial, 3,000
sq.ft., concrete block. Zoned C-2, high traffic area,
Gulfview. $799,000. Call 730-9440.
ANNA MARIA POOL HOME: 4-5BR/2BA, open plan,
two years old. $639,000. For pictures and virtual tour
www.philpaxton.com. Phil Paxton, Re/Max
Gulfstream Realty, 920-1363.
2BR/2BA LAKEFRONT condo, Meadowcroft in
Bradenton. Completely furnished. $120,000. Contact
Dan, 518-9303 or 795-5100 evenings.
WANT TO TRADE or sell two large waterfront lots with
dock permits on Lake Hartwell. Cove, S.C. Call 778-
2113, (607) 425-4183, or e-mail: email@example.com.
BEACH HOUSE FOR sale! This turnkey "homey"
beach house is ready for retirement/rental! Needs no
work! Great investment! 778-4675.
BY OWNER: Runaway Bay 2BR/2BA condo,
$286,400. Also, 1BR/1BA duplex, excellent shape,
annual rental, near beach, $292,600. Call 778-7389.
EIGHT-UNIT APARTMENT building in Toledo, Ohio.
Trade for Anna Maria condo/home/duplex. Great
cash flow. Call (734) 243-9006. Leave message.
GREAT FAMILY HOME/duplex on large 90-by-100-
foot lot in preferred area of Holmes Beach. Many
updates and new pool! $446,000. Call 778-4675.
The Sunray Quad The Whitney Villa
Lake-Bayou Front Direct Bayfront
$250,000 Turnkey Furnished $395,000 over 2,200 sq.ft.
1,874 sq.ft. 3BR/2BA 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.
RARE SPACIOUS PERICO Island townhouse, 3BR/
3BA, excellent turnkey furnished. Gorgeous master
suite, tennis, pool. $279,900. Premier Florida Realty,
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, Feb. 1, 2-4pm. Northwest
Bradenton, 1119 59th St. NW. 3-4BR/3BA on double
lot, 200-ft. waterfront, dock/lift, pool. $895,000. 224-
9008 or 927-2392.
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, 12-3PM. Builder's own Key
West-style pool home plus a nearby deep-water deeded
boat dock. Asking $995,000. The elevator, all fixtures,
materials, construction techniques are "top-of-the-line."
Gulf and Intracoastal views from third floor, panoramic
from widow's walk. Virtual tour at Realtor.com, MLS
#96357. Barbara McLauglin, Century 21 Real Estate
Champions, (800) 866-6032, cell (727) 420-8157.
NORTH HOLMES BEACH Gulf Drive duplex. 2BR/
2BA each side with a deck, underneath parking, stor-
age unit and washer/dryer hookup. Two blocks to
beach without crossing Gulf Drive. Look for the turtle
mailbox. $399,000 firm. Call 778-5736.
WHY PAY $200,000 or more? Canal home, 3BR/2BA,
deep water, no bridges, direct access to Intracoastal,
2.5 miles from beach. Call 778-1086.
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19 1930's film canine
20 Faith, Hope or Charity
21 Land on the Yellow Sea
22 Radio knob: Abbr.
23 Suffix with phosphor
24 Bicycle mechanic?
26 Goddess whom Homer
27 Music genre
28 Dimwit's brain size
29 Have control of
30 Actress Beulah
41 Woman, to a waiter
42 Belts a line drive
44 About 10% of New
46 "Cats" monogram
47 Econ. indicator
49 Getaway driver?
56 Had control of
57 Chinese port also called
58 Likelier to win a baby
59 Lost traction
61 It's often masked
62 Spade portrayer
63 Dry cleaner?
68 Announcement inside
the front door
70 Wrinkled, maybe
71 Site of many tie-ups
73 Took advantage of
74 1990's pact
77 Bond yield: Abbr.
80 Der Fritz
(Friedrich the Great)
85 Came together
88 Lodge with a mud roof
89 Defunct women's
90 Early progress
93 Prefix with phobia
99 Like wine barrels
100 Tre + tre
101 Something that's
105 Humans and apes,
106 Electrical inspector?
112 Security procedure
113 Brian of the original
114 Accident cause
115 One with a flag
116 you not"
117 Colo. Springs-to-Santa
118 Rodeo tie
119 Halloween bagful
120 Wall St. initials
2 Analogy part
3 Not yet done
4 Prepare for car
5 Tube plug
6 Closer to its pri
7 Loud, as a cro\
8 Corp. shares
9 Peach or plum
10 "I do" preceder
11 Orients a certain way
13 MGM motto start
14 Automotive pioneer's
15 Support group?
16 Venus, e.g.
17 Furniture cover
18 Old comic actress
25 Work with feet
31 Western Indian
34 Not hold back
35 Prepared, as pears
36 Parade stopper
37 Gritty Dirt Band
38 Festoons a tree with
bathroom rolls, briefly
39 Stored computer
images, for short
40 Goal of a tryout
44 "All in the Family"
45 U.S./Eur. link
48 I or II, e.g.
51 MoMA display
52 Love figure
53 Swed. neighbor
54 Boring article
58 Blast furnace fuel
60 Lawn additive
61 80-Across, in English
62 Pipe type
63 "You're asking me?"
64 Purse filler
65 Kind of arch
66 Mother of Castor and
67 Sign up for an offering
68 Vidi, translated
69 Teams in the West
74 Some Dodges
75 Trade talk
76 R.D.A. label require
77 Warning to a puzzle
79 Part of a low straight
82 Friend's addressee,
83 Q.E.D. part
84 Doesn't do just an
86 Pulpit's locale
91 1965 #1 hit of
92 Hustling places
93 1983 Super Bowl
94 Host holders
96 Prefix with transmis-
97 Home to over a
98 1962 Jackie
103 Roaster's spot
104 "The NeverEnding
107 U.K. foe
108 Monopoly props.
109 It can make molehills
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HOLMES BEACH BEAUTY! Location!
Location! Spacious family home or is-
land retreat! Large corner lot with circu-
lar drive, two deeded boat slips, updated
throughout, solar heated pool/spa. Gina
and Peter Uliano, 358-7990. #94820.
RIVERFRONT COMMUNITY Mediterra-
nean-style central courtyard home. Living
areas open onto atrium can be enclosed
and a pool added. Buy pre-construction
and choose options. Becky Smith or Elfi
Starrett, 778-2246. #99266. $399,000
LOCATION! LOCATION! This beautiful
building lot is adjacent to the future Villa
Rosa Subdivision. Deeded canal access
through Lot 88 (rear) for entrance and
dockage. Laurie Dellatorre, 778-2246.
ISLAND DUPLEX Elevated duplex 2BR/
1BA each side with separate utilities.
Recent renovations new vinyl siding,
kitchen cabinets, vanities, appliances,
stairways and balconies. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #96341.
MARINERS COVE CONDO Bayfront
unit, 2BR plus den, open plan, wetbar,
fireplace. Dock for 35-ft. boat, two pools
and tennis. Gated community, close to
Island beaches. Lynn Parker, 727-2800.
COTTAGE IN BRADENTON BEACH!
Adorable, cozy home just steps from the
Gulf. Water views from Florida room,
kitchen, and living room. Great opportu-
nity for investment or possible expansion
or rebuild. Gina and Peter Uliano, 358-
7990. #99737. $348,900
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THE VILLA ROSA
family homes in gated
community on canals
in Anna Maria. Start-
ing at $1,500,000.
THE ROSA DEL MAR
ums, pool, approxi-
mately 1,900 sq.ft.,
gated parking, deluxe
a m e n it i e s
starts at $1,600,000.
THE HIBISCUS Four
ums with boat dock
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